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  1. Computational modelling for diffusion of neutrons problems inside nuclear multiplying medium on bidimensional cartesian rectangular geometry; Modelagem computacional de problemas de difusao de neutrons em meios multiplicativos em geometria retangular cartesiana bi-dimensional

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    Couto, Nozimar do

    2003-07-01

    Diffusion theory is traditionally applied to nuclear reactor global calculations. Based on the good results generated by the one-dimensional spectral nodal diffusion (SND) method for benchmark problems, we offer the SND method for nuclear reactor global calculations in X,Y geometry. In this method, the continuity equation and Flick law are transverse integrated in each spatial direction leading to a system of two 'one-dimensional' equations coupled by the transverse leakage terms. We then apply the SND method to numerically solve this system with constant approximations for the transverse leakage terms. We perform a spectral analysis to determine the local general solution of each 'one-dimensional' nodal equation with flat approximation for the transverse leakages. We used special auxiliary equations with parameters that are to be determined in order to preserve the analytical general solutions in the numerical algorithm. By considering continuity conditions at the node interfaces and appropriate boundary conditions, we obtain a solvable system of discretized equations involving the node-edge average scalar fluxes at each estimate of the dominant eigenvalue (k{sub eff}) in the outer power iterations. As we considered approximations to the transverse leakages, the SND method is not free of spatial truncation errors. Nevertheless, it generated good results for the typical model problems that we considered. (author)

  2. Computational modelling for diffusion of neutrons problems inside nuclear multiplying medium on bidimensional cartesian rectangular geometry; Modelagem computacional de problemas de difusao de neutrons em meios multiplicativos em geometria retangular cartesiana bi-dimensional

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    2003-07-01

    Diffusion theory is traditionally applied to nuclear reactor global calculations. Based on the good results generated by the one-dimensional spectral nodal diffusion (SND) method for benchmark problems, we offer the SND method for nuclear reactor global calculations in X,Y geometry. In this method, the continuity equation and Flick law are transverse integrated in each spatial direction leading to a system of two 'one-dimensional' equations coupled by the transverse leakage terms. We then apply the SND method to numerically solve this system with constant approximations for the transverse leakage terms. We perform a spectral analysis to determine the local general solution of each 'one-dimensional' nodal equation with flat approximation for the transverse leakages. We used special auxiliary equations with parameters that are to be determined in order to preserve the analytical general solutions in the numerical algorithm. By considering continuity conditions at the node interfaces and appropriate boundary conditions, we obtain a solvable system of discretized equations involving the node-edge average scalar fluxes at each estimate of the dominant eigenvalue (k{sub eff}) in the outer power iterations. As we considered approximations to the transverse leakages, the SND method is not free of spatial truncation errors. Nevertheless, it generated good results for the typical model problems that we considered. (author)

  3. On Bi-Dimensional Second µ-Variation

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    Ereú Jurancy

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a generalization of the notion of bounded slope variation for functions defined on a rectangle Iba in ℝ2. Given a strictly increasing function µ-defined in a closed real interval, we introduce the class BVµ,2 (Iba , of functions of bounded second µ-variation on Iba ; and show that this class can be equipped with a norm with respect to which it is a Banach space. We also deal with the important case of factorizable functions in BVµ,2 (Iba and finally we exhibit a relation between this class and the one of double Riemann-Stieltjes integrals of functions of bi-dimensional bounded variation.

  4. Cooperative phenomena within organised bi-dimensional structures

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    Armand, Franck

    2001-01-01

    In this report produced for an Accreditation to Supervise Research, the author defines a cooperative phenomenon as a phenomenon occurring each time a cooperation between elementary entities results in a collective property which exceeds the simple addition of disorganised individual properties. He reports works and researches which show that such phenomena can be generated by molecular architectures developed in laboratory, but also requires an appropriate organisation of active elementary entities. This can be obtained by self-organisation in solution. However, many applications assume the use of solid phases, and notably thin layers. In this respect, the Langmuir-Blodgett technique and self-assembly are very interesting techniques to produce mono-molecular thin layers, without however controlling molecule in-plane orientation and organisation. The author propose an overview of his works which aimed at obtaining this control, and reports three examples of cooperative phenomena: the generation of a second harmonic, spin transition with hysteresis, and electron conduction (one-dimensional and bi-dimensional electron transfer). The report also contains articles published in various scientific publications, and contributions to congresses [fr

  5. RESFRIAMENTO ARTIFICIAL EM FORNOS RETANGULARES PARA A PRODUÇÃO DE CARVÃO VEGETAL

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    Aylson Costa Oliveira

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOUm importante aspecto a ser considerado na produção de carvão vegetal é o longo período de resfriamento dos fornos de alvenaria, acarretando na baixa produtividade e exigindo maior número de fornos para suprir a demanda de produção. Pesquisas têm sido desenvolvidas para a redução do tempo de resfriamento dos fornos retangulares, utilizando trocadores de calor. Dessa forma, o objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar três modelos de trocadores de calor que promovam a redução significativa do tempo de resfriamento. A pesquisa foi realizada na unidade produtora de carvão vegetal Buritis, da Empresa Arcelor Mittal Bioflorestas, localizada na cidade de Martinho Campos, MG. Foram avaliados três diferentes trocadores de calor (Modelos 1, 2 e 3, determinando o tempo, em dias, que os fornos retangulares levavam para atingir a temperatura de 50 ºC em relação ao resfriamento natural. O Modelo 1 apresentou ganho real no tempo de resfriamento de 12,5%; o Modelo 2, ganho real de 38%; e o Modelo 3, com fluxo de gás convencional, apresentou ganho médio de 32%, enquanto no fluxo de gás invertido o ganho foi de 43%. Conclui-se que os trocadores de calor avaliados foram eficientes na redução do tempo de resfriamento dos fornos retangulares para produção de carvão vegetal, elevando, assim, a produtividade dos fornos. O trocador de calor Modelo 3, com fluxo de gás invertido, apresentou o maior ganho real no tempo de resfriamento, além do menor número de focos de incêndio durante o descarregamento do carvão vegetal.

  6. Avaliação de duas rotinas de carbonização em fornos retangulares

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    Arruda, Tatiana Paula Marques de; Pimenta, Alexandre Santos; Vital, Benedito Rocha; Lucia, Ricardo Marius Della; Acosta, Fidel Candano

    2011-01-01

    Este estudo objetivou avaliar o desempenho de fornos retangulares no processo de carbonização, envolvendo duas rotinas de carbonização. As rotinas analisaram a influência de tatus e câmaras de combustão externa no processo de carbonização em quatro fornos retangulares instrumentados com termopares para acompanhamento da temperatura, bem como o balanço de massa e energia do sistema. A lenha utilizada na carbonização foi o clone A08, híbrido do cruzamento entre Eucalyptus grandis e Eucalyptus u...

  7. New bi-dimensional SPAD arrays for time resolved single photon imaging

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    Grasso, R. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud and Sez., INFN di Catania, Via S. Sofia 62, 95125 Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Centro Siciliano di Fisica Nucleare e Struttura della Materia, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania (Italy); Tudisco, S., E-mail: tudisco@lns.infn.it [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud and Sez., INFN di Catania, Via S. Sofia 62, 95125 Catania (Italy); Centro Siciliano di Fisica Nucleare e Struttura della Materia, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania (Italy); Piemonte, C. [FBK-Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via S. Croce 77, 38122 Trento (Italy); Lo Presti, D. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud and Sez., INFN di Catania, Via S. Sofia 62, 95125 Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Anzalone, A. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud and Sez., INFN di Catania, Via S. Sofia 62, 95125 Catania (Italy); Musumeci, F.; Scordino, A. [INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Sud and Sez., INFN di Catania, Via S. Sofia 62, 95125 Catania (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica ed Astronomia, Università di Catania, Via S. Sofia 64, 95123 Catania (Italy); Serra, N.; Zorzi, N. [FBK-Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Via S. Croce 77, 38122 Trento (Italy)

    2013-08-01

    Some of the first results concerning the electrical and optical performances of new bi-dimensional single photon avalanche diodes arrays for imaging applications are briefly presented. The planned arrays were realized at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler—Trento and tested at LNS–INFN. The proposed new solution, utilizing a new architecture with integrated quenching resistors, allows to simplify the electronic readout.

  8. New bi-dimensional SPAD arrays for time resolved single photon imaging

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    Grasso, R.; Tudisco, S.; Piemonte, C.; Lo Presti, D.; Anzalone, A.; Musumeci, F.; Scordino, A.; Serra, N.; Zorzi, N.

    2013-01-01

    Some of the first results concerning the electrical and optical performances of new bi-dimensional single photon avalanche diodes arrays for imaging applications are briefly presented. The planned arrays were realized at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler—Trento and tested at LNS–INFN. The proposed new solution, utilizing a new architecture with integrated quenching resistors, allows to simplify the electronic readout

  9. Locus of Control revisited: development of a new bi-dimensional measure

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    Javier Suárez-Álvarez

    Full Text Available Locus of control (LOC has a long tradition in Psychology, and various instruments have been designed for its measurement. However, the dimensionality of the construct is unclear, and still gives rise to considerable controversy. The aim of the present work is to present new evidence of validity in relation to the dimensionality of LOC. To this end, we developed a new measurement instrument with 23 items. The sample was made up of 697 Spanish participants, of whom 57.5% were women (M=22.43; SD= 9.19. The results support the bi-dimensionality of LOC: internal (α=.87 and external (α=.85. Furthermore, both subscales have shown adequate validity evidence in relation to self-efficacy, achievement motivation and optimism (r xy> .21. Statistically significant differences were found by sex (p < .05: men scored higher in external LOC and women in internal LOC. The validity evidence supports a two-dimensional structure for the LOC, and the measurement instrument developed showed adequate psychometric properties.

  10. Bi-dimensional arrays of SPAD for time-resolved single photon imaging

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    Tudisco, S.; Lanzano, L.; Musumeci, F.; Neri, L.; Privitera, S.; Scordino, A.; Condorelli, G.; Fallica, G.; Mazzillo, M.; Sanfilippo, D.; Valvo, G.

    2009-01-01

    Many scientific areas like astronomy, biophysics, biomedicine, nuclear and plasma science, etc. are interested in the development of a new time-resolved single photon imaging device. Such a device represents today one of the most challenging goals in the field of photonics. In collaboration with Catania R and D staff of ST-Microelectronics (STM) we created, during the last few years, a new avalanche photosensor-Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) able to detect and count, with excellent performance, single photons. Further we will discuss the possible realization of a single photon imaging device through the many elements integration (bi-dimensional arrays) of SPADs. In order to achieve the goal, it is also important to develop an appropriate readout strategy able to address the time information of each individual sensor and in order to read a great number of elements easily. First prototypes were designed and manufactured by STM and the results are reported here. In the paper we will discuss in particular: (i) sensor performance (gain, photodetection efficiency, timing, after-pulsing, etc.); (ii) array performance (layout, cross-talk, etc.); (iii) readout strategy (quenching, electronics), and (iv) first imaging results (general performance).

  11. Trains of Red Blood Cells in a bi-dimensional microflows

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    Viallat, Annie; Iss, Cecile; Held, Delphine; Badens, Catherine; Charrier, Anne; Helfer, Emmanuèle; CINaM Team; Dpt de Génétique Médicale Team

    2017-11-01

    In the vascular microcirculation RBC distribution is uneven in the direction normal to the blood flow, as first evidenced by the existence of a cell-free layer near the vessel wall. In addition, the most rigid cells such as white blood cells and platelets are known to segregate to the walls while flowing in wide channels. We use microfluidic bi-dimensional channels (60 µm wide, 8 µm high, 5 mm long) to explore the flow structure in RBC suspensions at several hematocrits, flow rates and RBC rigidities. We observe the dynamical formation of RBC clusters and their motion along the flow direction. We study healthy RBCs, RBCs stiffened with glutaraldehyde, mixture of healthy and stiffened RBCs and RBC from sickle cell patients. Initially dispersed healthy RBCs organize, while flowing along the channel, into series of parallel trains. The train length depends on RBC hematocrit and flow rate. Stiffened RBCs do not cluster and mainly display tumbling motion like rigid disks. They destabilize existing trains and are preferentially observed close to the walls. We compared our results to that observed in microcapillaries, where trains of RBCs entirely fill in width the microchannel. This work has been carried out thanks to the support of the A*MIDEX project (n° ANR-11-IDEX-0001-02) funding by the ''Investissements d'Avenir'' French Government program, ma,ged by ANR.

  12. The lottery-panel task for bi-dimensional parameter-free elicitation of risk attitudes

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    García-Gallego, Aurora

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a simple task for eliciting attitudes toward risky choice, the Sabater-Grande and Georgantzís (SGG lottery-panel task, which consists in a series of lotteries constructed to compensate riskier options with higher risk-return trade-offs. Using Principal Component Analysis technique, we show that the SGG lotterypanel task is capable of capturing two dimensions of individual risky decision making: subjects’ average willingness to choose risky projects and their sensitivity towards variations in the return to risk. We report results from a large dataset obtained from the implementation of the SGG lottery-panel task and discuss regularities and the desirability of its bi-dimensionality both for describing behaviour under uncertainty and explaining behaviour in other contexts.

    En este trabajo proponemos una tarea sencilla que permite obtener la actitud frente a la toma de riesgo monetario, y que llamaremos tarea Sabater-Grande y Georgantzís (SGG de riesgo. Esta tarea consiste en una serie de loterías construidas para compensar las opciones de mayor riesgo con un mayor retorno. Utilizando la técnica de componentes principales, encontramos que la tarea SGG es capaz de capturar dos dimensiones de la toma de decisiones individuales: por un lado, la voluntad promedio de los sujetos de elegir proyectos arriesgados y, por otro, su sensibilidad hacia las variaciones en el retorno por riesgo. Presentamos los resultados de una gran muestra de datos obtenidos a partir de la implementación de la tarea SGG, y discutimos las regularidades y la conveniencia de su bidimensionalidad tanto para describir el comportamiento en condiciones de incertidumbre como para explicar el comportamiento humano en otros contextos.

  13. Bi-dimensional null model analysis of presence-absence binary matrices.

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    Strona, Giovanni; Ulrich, Werner; Gotelli, Nicholas J

    2018-01-01

    Comparing the structure of presence/absence (i.e., binary) matrices with those of randomized counterparts is a common practice in ecology. However, differences in the randomization procedures (null models) can affect the results of the comparisons, leading matrix structural patterns to appear either "random" or not. Subjectivity in the choice of one particular null model over another makes it often advisable to compare the results obtained using several different approaches. Yet, available algorithms to randomize binary matrices differ substantially in respect to the constraints they impose on the discrepancy between observed and randomized row and column marginal totals, which complicates the interpretation of contrasting patterns. This calls for new strategies both to explore intermediate scenarios of restrictiveness in-between extreme constraint assumptions, and to properly synthesize the resulting information. Here we introduce a new modeling framework based on a flexible matrix randomization algorithm (named the "Tuning Peg" algorithm) that addresses both issues. The algorithm consists of a modified swap procedure in which the discrepancy between the row and column marginal totals of the target matrix and those of its randomized counterpart can be "tuned" in a continuous way by two parameters (controlling, respectively, row and column discrepancy). We show how combining the Tuning Peg with a wise random walk procedure makes it possible to explore the complete null space embraced by existing algorithms. This exploration allows researchers to visualize matrix structural patterns in an innovative bi-dimensional landscape of significance/effect size. We demonstrate the rational and potential of our approach with a set of simulated and real matrices, showing how the simultaneous investigation of a comprehensive and continuous portion of the null space can be extremely informative, and possibly key to resolving longstanding debates in the analysis of ecological

  14. On the bi-dimensional variational decomposition applied to nonstationary vibration signals for rolling bearing crack detection in coal cutters

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    Jiang, Yu; Li, Zhixiong; Zhang, Chao; Peng, Z; Hu, Chao

    2016-01-01

    This work aims to detect rolling bearing cracks using a variational approach. An original method that appropriately incorporates bi-dimensional variational mode decomposition (BVMD) into discriminant diffusion maps (DDM) is proposed to analyze the nonstationary vibration signals recorded from the cracked rolling bearings in coal cutters. The advantage of this variational decomposition based diffusion map (VDDM) method in comparison to the current DDM is that the intrinsic vibration mode of the crack can be filtered into a limited bandwidth in the frequency domain with an estimated central frequency, thus discarding the interference signal components in the vibration signals and significantly improving the crack detection performance. In addition, the VDDM is able to simultaneously process two-channel sensor signals to reduce information leakage. Experimental validation using rolling bearing crack vibration signals demonstrates that the VDDM separated the raw signals into four intrinsic modes, including one roller vibration mode, one roller cage vibration mode, one inner race vibration mode, and one outer race vibration mode. Hence, reliable fault features were extracted from the outer race vibration mode, and satisfactory crack identification performance was achieved. The comparison between the proposed VDDM and existing approaches indicated that the VDDM method was more efficient and reliable for crack detection in coal cutter rolling bearings. As an effective catalyst for rolling bearing crack detection, this newly proposed method is useful for practical applications. (paper)

  15. A bi-dimensional genome scan for prolificacy traits in pigs shows the existence of multiple epistatic QTL

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    Bidanel Jean P

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prolificacy is the most important trait influencing the reproductive efficiency of pig production systems. The low heritability and sex-limited expression of prolificacy have hindered to some extent the improvement of this trait through artificial selection. Moreover, the relative contributions of additive, dominant and epistatic QTL to the genetic variance of pig prolificacy remain to be defined. In this work, we have undertaken this issue by performing one-dimensional and bi-dimensional genome scans for number of piglets born alive (NBA and total number of piglets born (TNB in a three generation Iberian by Meishan F2 intercross. Results The one-dimensional genome scan for NBA and TNB revealed the existence of two genome-wide highly significant QTL located on SSC13 (P SSC17 (P P P P P Conclusions The complex inheritance of prolificacy traits in pigs has been evidenced by identifying multiple additive (SSC13 and SSC17, dominant and epistatic QTL in an Iberian × Meishan F2 intercross. Our results demonstrate that a significant fraction of the phenotypic variance of swine prolificacy traits can be attributed to first-order gene-by-gene interactions emphasizing that the phenotypic effects of alleles might be strongly modulated by the genetic background where they segregate.

  16. Experimental characterization of a bi-dimensional array of negative capacitance piezo-patches for vibroacoustic control

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    Tateo, F.; Collet, M.; Ouisse, M.; Ichchou, M. N.; Cunefare, K. A.

    2013-04-01

    A recent technological revolution in the fields of integrated MEMS has finally rendered possible the mechanical integration of active smart materials, electronics and power supply systems for the next generation of smart composite structures. Using a bi-dimensional array of electromechanical transducers, composed by piezo-patches connected to a synthetic negative capacitance, it is possible to modify the dynamics of the underlying structure. In this study, we present an application of the Floquet-Bloch theorem for vibroacoustic power flow optimization, by means of distributed shunted piezoelectric material. In the context of periodically distributed damped 2D mechanical systems, this numerical approach allows one to compute the multi-modal waves dispersion curves into the entire first Brillouin zone. This approach also permits optimization of the piezoelectric shunting electrical impedance, which controls energy diffusion into the proposed semi-active distributed set of cells. Furthermore, we present experimental evidence that proves the effectiveness of the proposed control method. The experiment requires a rectangular metallic plate equipped with seventy-five piezo-patches, controlled independently by electronic circuits. More specifically, the out-of-plane displacements and the averaged kinetic energy of the controlled plate are compared in two different cases (open-circuit and controlled circuit). The resulting data clearly show how this proposed technique is able to damp and selectively reflect the incident waves.

  17. El orden y la variedad del mundo. Una aproximación a la teoría cartesiana de la sustancia

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    Pedro Lomba Falcón

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se ensaya, por un lado, un examen de la reflexión cartesiana sobre el concepto de sustancia –reflexión que cristaliza en una teoría difusa, dispersa en múltiples pasajes de su obra– subrayando sus puntos más problemáticos (aquellos sobre los cuales la filosofía postcartesiana del XVII se verá obligada a posicionarse, siempre críticamente, y, por otro, un análisis de la manera como la teoría que Descartes construye a propósito de dicho concepto hace plenamente visibles los principios fundamentales que gobiernan la progresiva constitución de su metafísica: el creacionismo divino y las lógicas que éste implica (equivocismo y analogía.

  18. Study of dynamical properties in a bi-dimensional model describing the prey–predator dynamics with strong Allee effect in prey.

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    Partha Mandal

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we analyze a bi-dimensional differential equation system obtained by considering Holling type II functional response in prey–predator model with strong Allee effect in prey. One of the important consequence of this modification is the existence of separatrix curve which divides the behaviour of the trajectories in the phase plane. The results show that the origin is an attractor for any set of parameter values. Axial equilibrium points are stable or unstable according to the different parametric restrictions. The unique positive equilibrium point, if it exists, can be either an attractor or a repeller surrounded by a limit cycle, whose stability and uniqueness are also established. Therefore long-term coexistence of both populations is possible or they can go to extinction. Conditions on the parameter values are derived to show that the positive equilibrium point can be emerged or annihilated through transcritical bifurcation at axial equilibrium points. The existence of two heteroclinic curves is also established. It is also demonstrated that the origin is a global attractor in the phase plane for some parameter values, which implies that there are satisfying conditions where both populations can go to extinction. Ecological interpretations of all analytical results are provided thoroughly.

  19. Lie algebraic approach to the time-dependent quantum general harmonic oscillator and the bi-dimensional charged particle in time-dependent electromagnetic fields

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    Ibarra-Sierra, V.G.; Sandoval-Santana, J.C.; Cardoso, J.L.; Kunold, A.

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the one-dimensional, time-dependent general quadratic Hamiltonian and the bi-dimensional charged particle in time-dependent electromagnetic fields through the Lie algebraic approach. Such method consists in finding a set of generators that form a closed Lie algebra in terms of which it is possible to express a quantum Hamiltonian and therefore the evolution operator. The evolution operator is then the starting point to obtain the propagator as well as the explicit form of the Heisenberg picture position and momentum operators. First, the set of generators forming a closed Lie algebra is identified for the general quadratic Hamiltonian. This algebra is later extended to study the Hamiltonian of a charged particle in electromagnetic fields exploiting the similarities between the terms of these two Hamiltonians. These results are applied to the solution of five different examples: the linear potential which is used to introduce the Lie algebraic method, a radio frequency ion trap, a Kanai–Caldirola-like forced harmonic oscillator, a charged particle in a time dependent magnetic field, and a charged particle in constant magnetic field and oscillating electric field. In particular we present exact analytical expressions that are fitting for the study of a rotating quadrupole field ion trap and magneto-transport in two-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures illuminated by microwave radiation. In these examples we show that this powerful method is suitable to treat quadratic Hamiltonians with time dependent coefficients quite efficiently yielding closed analytical expressions for the propagator and the Heisenberg picture position and momentum operators. -- Highlights: •We deal with the general quadratic Hamiltonian and a particle in electromagnetic fields. •The evolution operator is worked out through the Lie algebraic approach. •We also obtain the propagator and Heisenberg picture position and momentum operators. •Analytical expressions for a

  20. Lie algebraic approach to the time-dependent quantum general harmonic oscillator and the bi-dimensional charged particle in time-dependent electromagnetic fields

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    Ibarra-Sierra, V.G.; Sandoval-Santana, J.C. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 México D.F. (Mexico); Cardoso, J.L. [Área de Física Teórica y Materia Condensada, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Azcapotzalco, Av. San Pablo 180, Col. Reynosa-Tamaulipas, Azcapotzalco, 02200 México D.F. (Mexico); Kunold, A., E-mail: akb@correo.azc.uam.mx [Área de Física Teórica y Materia Condensada, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Azcapotzalco, Av. San Pablo 180, Col. Reynosa-Tamaulipas, Azcapotzalco, 02200 México D.F. (Mexico)

    2015-11-15

    We discuss the one-dimensional, time-dependent general quadratic Hamiltonian and the bi-dimensional charged particle in time-dependent electromagnetic fields through the Lie algebraic approach. Such method consists in finding a set of generators that form a closed Lie algebra in terms of which it is possible to express a quantum Hamiltonian and therefore the evolution operator. The evolution operator is then the starting point to obtain the propagator as well as the explicit form of the Heisenberg picture position and momentum operators. First, the set of generators forming a closed Lie algebra is identified for the general quadratic Hamiltonian. This algebra is later extended to study the Hamiltonian of a charged particle in electromagnetic fields exploiting the similarities between the terms of these two Hamiltonians. These results are applied to the solution of five different examples: the linear potential which is used to introduce the Lie algebraic method, a radio frequency ion trap, a Kanai–Caldirola-like forced harmonic oscillator, a charged particle in a time dependent magnetic field, and a charged particle in constant magnetic field and oscillating electric field. In particular we present exact analytical expressions that are fitting for the study of a rotating quadrupole field ion trap and magneto-transport in two-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures illuminated by microwave radiation. In these examples we show that this powerful method is suitable to treat quadratic Hamiltonians with time dependent coefficients quite efficiently yielding closed analytical expressions for the propagator and the Heisenberg picture position and momentum operators. -- Highlights: •We deal with the general quadratic Hamiltonian and a particle in electromagnetic fields. •The evolution operator is worked out through the Lie algebraic approach. •We also obtain the propagator and Heisenberg picture position and momentum operators. •Analytical expressions for a

  1. Exploring intra- and inter-reader variability in uni-dimensional, bi-dimensional, and volumetric measurements of solid tumors on CT scans reconstructed at different slice intervals

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    Zhao, Binsheng; Tan, Yongqiang; Bell, Daniel J.; Marley, Sarah E.; Guo, Pingzhen; Mann, Helen; Scott, Marietta L.J.; Schwartz, Lawrence H.; Ghiorghiu, Dana C.

    2013-01-01

    Objective: Understanding magnitudes of variability when measuring tumor size may be valuable in improving detection of tumor change and thus evaluating tumor response to therapy in clinical trials and care. Our study explored intra- and inter-reader variability of tumor uni-dimensional (1D), bi-dimensional (2D), and volumetric (VOL) measurements using manual and computer-aided methods (CAM) on CT scans reconstructed at different slice intervals. Materials and methods: Raw CT data from 30 patients enrolled in oncology clinical trials was reconstructed at 5, 2.5, and 1.25 mm slice intervals. 118 lesions in the lungs, liver, and lymph nodes were analyzed. For each lesion, two independent radiologists manually and, separately, using computer software, measured the maximum diameter (1D), maximum perpendicular diameter, and volume (CAM only). One of them blindly repeated the measurements. Intra- and inter-reader variability for the manual method and CAM were analyzed using linear mixed-effects models and Bland–Altman method. Results: For the three slice intervals, the maximum coefficients of variation for manual intra-/inter-reader variability were 6.9%/9.0% (1D) and 12.3%/18.0% (2D), and for CAM were 5.4%/9.3% (1D), 11.3%/18.8% (2D) and 9.3%/18.0% (VOL). Maximal 95% reference ranges for the percentage difference in intra-reader measurements for manual 1D and 2D, and CAM VOL were (−15.5%, 25.8%), (−27.1%, 51.6%), and (−22.3%, 33.6%), respectively. Conclusions: Variability in measuring the diameter and volume of solid tumors, manually and by CAM, is affected by CT slice interval. The 2.5 mm slice interval provides the least measurement variability. Among the three techniques, 2D has the greatest measurement variability compared to 1D and 3D

  2. Dosimetric comparison of standard bi-dimensional radiotherapy, mono-isocentric three-dimensional and arc-therapy for a bilateral breast cancer case with ganglionary attack; Comparaison dosimetrique pour un cas de cancer du sein bilateral avec atteinte ganglionnaire de la radiotherapie bidimensionnelle standard, la radiotherapie tridimensionnelle mono-isocentrique et l'arctherapie

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    Arnaud, A. [Centre Leon-Berard, Lyon (France); Bodez, V.; Alric, K.; Chastel, D.; Mege, A. [Institut Sainte-Catherine, Avignon (France)

    2011-10-15

    The authors report a study which aimed at determining the optimal radiotherapy technique for a patient operated from a bilateral breast cancer with ganglionary attack and peculiar thoracic conformation. A dosimetric study has been performed. Target volumes and lung and heart coverages have been compared for three techniques: bi-dimensional and three-dimensional radiotherapy, and arc-therapy. It appears that arc-therapy would allow a dosimetric and therapeutic duration gain without improving the target volume coverage while increasing doses delivered to organs at risk. Short communication

  3. Heat transfer problems in ductus of retangular cross section

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    Cintra Filho, J. de S.

    1976-01-01

    The finite difference method is used to resolve the problem of heat transfer in the rectangular ducts in turbulent conditions. Velocities, temperatures and diffusivity distributions are determined. A computer programme is also developed for such calculations [pt

  4. Buena fortuna y felicidad en la ética cartesiana

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    Marvin Estrada

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo pretendo principalmente mostrar por qué Descartes afirma que la buena fortuna no es necesaria para alcanzar la felicidad. Primero mostraré la diferencia que  Descartes establece entre felicidad y dicha. Luego mostraré que Descartes considera que la felicidad solo puede obtenerse mediante la práctica de la virtud ya que esta constituye el bien supremo al que puede aspirar cada individuo y expondré las razones que apoyan esta afirmación.  Al estar la virtud enteramente en nuestro poder se ve claramente que el favor de la fortuna no es necesario para alcanzar la felicidad. También mostraré que si bien los bienes de la fortuna pueden producir contento, no son necesarios para lograr la felicidad del individuo. Sin embargo, Descartes indica que estos bienes sí son importantes para lograr alcanzar el bien supremo del conjunto de todos los seres humanos. Finalmente expondré brevemente que, según Descartes, la virtud también es necesaria para poder disfrutar adecuadamente del favor de la fortuna.

  5. Study of scattering in bi-dimensional neutron radiographic images

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    Oliveira, K.A.M. de; Crispim, V.R.; Silva, F.C.

    2009-01-01

    The effect of neutron scattering frequently causes distortions in neutron radiographic images and, thus, reduces the quality. In this project, a type of filter, comprised of cadmium (a neutron absorber), was used in the form of a grid to correct this effect. This device generated image data in the discrete shadow bands of the absorber, components relative to neutron scattering on the test object and surroundings. Scattering image data processing, together with the original neutron radiographic image, resulted in a corrected image with improved edge delineation and, thus, greater definition in the neutron radiographic image of the test object. The objective of this study is to propose a theoretical/experimental methodology that is capable of eliminating the components relative to neutron scattering in neutron radiographic images, coming from the material that composes the test object and the materials that compose the surrounding area. (author)

  6. La Autonomía moral como fin de la ética cartesiana

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    Corazón González, Rafael

    1997-01-01

    Descartes Considera Que El Hombre Esta Hecho A Imagen Y Semejanza De Dios Porquesu Voluntad Es Nuclearmente Infinita. Deduce De Esto Que, Aunque Nuestradependencia En El Ser Es Absoluta Con Respecto A Dios, Somos Tan Libres Como Elen Nuestra Conducta, Porqe Tenemos Los Medios Adecuados Para Lograr Nuestro Fincon La Misma Autonomia Y Generosidad Con Que Dios Actua.

  7. Actualidad de la concepción cartesiana de las emociones

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    Casacuberta, David,

    1999-01-01

    Científicos y pensadores se han empeñado en ubicar a Descartes en una simplista visión de lo que son las emociones. No hay mejor ejemplo que el libro del neurofisiólogo Antonio Damasio "El Error de Descartes" en el que Damasio acusa a nuestro filósofo de ser un poco padre del olvido total que se ha tenido de las emociones en nuestra historia de indagaciones teóricas. No deja de resultar molesto que este filósofo que parece estar en la lista negra de los que se ocupan de neurociencia olviden q...

  8. Chomsky e a linguística cartesiana Chomsky and the cartesian linguistics

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    Candice Glenday

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem por objetivo apresentar e examinar criticamente alguns dos principais argumentos fornecidos pelo linguista norte-americano Noam Chomsky, em favor da tese da origem inata de uma gramática universal, usualmente associada à tradição filosófica racionalista, como constituindo a única explicação possível das características específicas da linguagem humana e de sua aquisição, na mais tenra infância. Serão, por conseguinte, examinadas algumas críticas feitas por Thomas Nagel à tese do assim chamado inatismo biológico de Chomsky e, ao final do artigo, será feita uma defesa dos argumentos de Chomsky em favor de sua tese inatista.This paper intends to present and critically examine some of the main arguments provided by the North-American linguist Noam Chomsky to support the thesis of an innate origin of a universal grammar, which is commonly associated with the rationalist philosophical tradition, as the only possible explanation of the specific features of human language and its acquisition around early childhood. Some criticisms made by Thomas Nagel on Chomsky's so-called biological innatism will be then examined, and at the end of the paper we shall defend Chomsky's arguments in favor of his innatism.

  9. The Classical Isotropic bi-Dimensional Oscilator in the Eisenhart Formulation of Classical Mechanics

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    U. Percoco

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available De acuerdo con la Teoría de la Relatividad General, el movimi en- to de partículas por acción de su inercia y la gravedad es desc rito por geodésicas en el espacio-tiempo. Utilizamos la formulació n Geométrica de Eisenhart de la Mecánica Clásica para establecer una corres pondencia en- tre geodésicas y trayectorias en el espacio de fases del osci lador clásico isótropo. Se presentan los vectores de Killing y las constan tes de movimien- to asociadas, se comparan con las constantes de movimiento n o noetheriano calculadas por S. Hojman y colaboradores.

  10. The Molecularly Controlled Synthesis of Ordered Bi-dimensional C60 Arrays

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    Gengler, Regis Y. N.; Gournis, Dimitrios; Aimon, Akfiny H.; Toma, Luminita M.; Rudolf, Petra

    Much of the research effort concerning the nanoscopic properties of clays has focused on its mechanical applications, for example, as nanofillers for polymer reinforcement. To broaden the horizon of what is possible by exploiting the richness of clays in nanoscience, herein we report a bottom-up

  11. Critical percolation in the slow cooling of the bi-dimensional ferromagnetic Ising model

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    Ricateau, Hugo; Cugliandolo, Leticia F.; Picco, Marco

    2018-01-01

    We study, with numerical methods, the fractal properties of the domain walls found in slow quenches of the kinetic Ising model to its critical temperature. We show that the equilibrium interfaces in the disordered phase have critical percolation fractal dimension over a wide range of length scales. We confirm that the system falls out of equilibrium at a temperature that depends on the cooling rate as predicted by the Kibble-Zurek argument and we prove that the dynamic growing length once the cooling reaches the critical point satisfies the same scaling. We determine the dynamic scaling properties of the interface winding angle variance and we show that the crossover between critical Ising and critical percolation properties is determined by the growing length reached when the system fell out of equilibrium.

  12. Locus of Control revisited: development of a new bi-dimensional measure

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    Suárez-Álvarez, Javier; Pedrosa, Ignacio; García-Cueto, Eduardo; Muñiz, José

    2016-01-01

    Locus of control (LOC) has a long tradition in Psychology, and various instruments have been designed for its measurement. However, the dimensionality of the construct is unclear, and still gives rise to considerable controversy. The aim of the present work is to present new evidence of validity in relation to the dimensionality of LOC. To this end, we developed a new measurement instrument with 23 items. The sample was made up of 697 Spanish participants, of whom 57.5% were women (M=22.43; S...

  13. Meditaciones anti-cartesianas: sobre el origen del anti-discurso filosófico de la modernidad

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    ENRIQUE DUSSEL

    2008-01-01

    Descartes pasa por ser el primer filósofo moderno. Si se interpreta la Modernidad tal como lo hace el pensamiento decolonial o la filosofía de la liberación habría que resituar el siglo XVI, y los filósofos de ese siglo, como el origen de la filosofía moderna y no a Descartes. Además, Descartes fue alumno de los filósofos hispanos del siglo XVI contra los que se opina. El antidiscurso de la Modernidad no surge en la Ilustración sino al inicio del proceso de la conquista. Hay entonces que repl...

  14. Meditaciones anti-cartesianas: sobre el origen del anti-discurso filosófico de la modernidad

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    ENRIQUE DUSSEL

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Descartes pasa por ser el primer filósofo moderno. Si se interpreta la Modernidad tal como lo hace el pensamiento decolonial o la filosofía de la liberación habría que resituar el siglo XVI, y los filósofos de ese siglo, como el origen de la filosofía moderna y no a Descartes. Además, Descartes fue alumno de los filósofos hispanos del siglo XVI contra los que se opina. El antidiscurso de la Modernidad no surge en la Ilustración sino al inicio del proceso de la conquista. Hay entonces que replantear completamente la historia filosófica de la Modernidad. Por último, la crítica de la Modernidad más radical debe buscarse en aquellos que la sufrieron como Guamán Poma de Ayala en el Perú.

  15. FLUST-2D - A computer code for the calculation of the two-dimensional flow of a compressible medium in coupled retangular areas

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    Enderle, G.

    1979-01-01

    The computer-code FLUST-2D is able to calculate the two-dimensional flow of a compressible fluid in arbitrary coupled rectangular areas. In a finite-difference scheme the program computes pressure, density, internal energy and velocity. Starting with a basic set of equations, the difference equations in a rectangular grid are developed. The computational cycle for coupled fluid areas is described. Results of test calculations are compared to analytical solutions and the influence of time step and mesh size are investigated. The program was used to precalculate the blowdown experiments of the HDR experimental program. Downcomer, plena, internal vessel region, blowdown pipe and a containment area have been modelled two-dimensionally. The major results of the precalculations are presented. This report also contains a description of the code structure and user information. (orig.) [de

  16. Comparação entre métodos de análise estrutural para reservatórios retangulares de concreto armado

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    Kuehn, Adriana

    2002-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro Tecnológico. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Civil. Atualmente o concreto armado é um dos materiais mais utilizados na execução de reservatórios para o armazenamento de água e outros líquidos. A grande incidência de manifestações patológicas nos reservatórios de concreto armado no Brasil, causadas principalmente pela falta de controle de fissuração e por impermeabilização inadequada, motivou o desenvolvimento d...

  17. Mesa de coordenadas cartesianas (x,y para la perforación de materiales por medio de un microcontrolador 8051 de intel

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    Omar Yesid Flórez-Prada

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In our environment we are surrounded by a number of electronic systems that perform automatic operations according to a number of parameters previously programmed by the operator. This paper presents the prototype of a table of two coordinates (Cartesian plane (X, Y, which uses a development system based on the 8051 microcontroller INTEL (R (computer system, making the system function sending the respective control commands to locate the tool at different points of the work area of the table, the points are previously programmed by the operator, interacting with the keyboard. To make the movements of the table (X, Y, actuator devices responsible for carrying out a linear movement that moves the tool to the specified distance are used.

  18. Coordenadas cartesianas moleculares a partir da geometria dos modos normais de vibração Molecular cartesian coordinates from vibrational normal modes geometry

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    Emílio Borges

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available A simple method to obtain molecular Cartesian coordinates as a function of vibrational normal modes is presented in this work. The method does not require the definition of special matrices, like the F and G of Wilson, neither of group theory. The Eckart's conditions together with the diagonalization of kinetic and potential energy are the only required expressions. This makes the present approach appropriate to be used as a preliminary study for more advanced concepts concerning vibrational analysis. Examples are given for diatomic and triatomic molecules.

  19. Strong coupling between bi-dimensional electron gas and nitrogen localized states in heavily doped GaAs1-xN x structures

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    Hamdouni, A.; Bousbih, F.; Ben Bouzid, S.; Oueslati, M.; Chtourou, R.; Harmand, J.C.

    2005-01-01

    We report a low-temperature photoluminescence spectra (LTPL) of GaAs 1-x N x layers and two-dimension electron gas (2DEG) GaAs 1-x N x /AlGaAs modulation doped heterostructure grown on GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with low nitrogen content [N] = 2 x 10 18 cm -3 . At low temperature, PL spectra of GaAs 1-x N x layers are governed by several features associate to the excitons bound to nitrogen complexes, these features disappear in (2DEG) GaAs 1-x N x /AlGaAs modulation doped heterostructure and the PL peak energy decrease with the laser power excitation. This effect is explained by the strongly coupling of the (2DEG) fundamental state with the nitrogen localized states. An activated energy of about 55 meV is deduced by photoluminescence measurements in the 10-300 K range for a laser power excitation P = 6 W/cm 2

  20. Two-dimensional {chi}{sup 2} analysis in kaon interferometry; Analise bi-dimensional de {chi}{sup 2} em interferometria de kaons

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    Roldao, C.G.; Padula, S.S. [Instituto de Fisica Teorica , IFT, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    1997-12-31

    This work presents preliminary results obtained from the {chi}{sup 2} analysis performed on the E 859 Joint Work data. The work objective is to quantify the resolution power of the kaon two-dimension interferometry 11 refs., 1 fig.; e-mail: roldao at axp.ift.unesp.br; padula at axp.ift.unesp.br

  1. The density of states for the Bi-dimensional Anderson model in the presence of a magnetic field with quantum plaque flux

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    Kuehl, N.M.

    1987-01-01

    The regularity properties of the integrated density of states and the state density of the Anderson bidimensional tight-binding model, in the presence of a uniform magnetic field, perpendicular to the plane of the system by means of quantum flux with plaques, are studied. (A.C.A.S.) [pt

  2. Análise cinemática bi-dimensional dos núcleos de NGC 4051 e NGC 4941

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    Barbosa, F. K. B.; Storchi-Bermagnn, T.; Schmitt, H. R.; Cid Fernandes, R.; Winge, C.

    2003-08-01

    Estudos recentes da cinemática da região dentro de 1 kpc do núcleo de galaxias Seyfert próximas usando espectroscopia de fenda longa com alta resolução espacial (~ 100 pc ou melhores) encontraram uma queda na dispersão de velocidades nas regiões centrais dentro de um raio de ~ 300 pc do núcleo. Essa queda vem sendo tentativamente explicada por um cenário evolutivo em que um evento de formação estelar recente cria as estrelas da região central em um disco de dimensões 300 pc. Desde sua criação, tais estrelas não tiveram tempo de "virializar", ou seja, seguir a distribuição radial de dispersões de velocidades determinada pelo campo gavitacional da galáxia e, portanto, a dispersão de velocidades medida nessa região do bojo acaba sendo menor do que a dispersão medida nas vizinhanças. No presente trabalho investigamos a cinemática estelar no núcleo das galáxias Seyfert NGC 4051 e NGC 4941 usando o tripleto do Ca ii (8500 Å) em absorção. Os dados foram obtidos com o IFU GMOS no telescópio Gemini. O elemento de resolução espacial nas galáxias é da ordem de 30 pc. No intervalo espectral coberto pelo espectrografo a linha [S iii] (9068 Å) também é visível, o que permite estudar a cinemática do gás na mesma região. Serão apresentados mapas bi-dimensionais da velocidade e dispersão de velocidades das estrelas e do gás, além de imagens na linha [S iii] que mapeia o gás de alta excitação.

  3. A polynomial analytical method for one-group slab-geometry discrete ordinates heterogeneous problems; Metodo analitico de aproximacao polinomial para problemas de ordenadas discretas em geometria Cartesiana unidimensional

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    Leal, Andre Luiz do Carmo

    2008-07-01

    In this work we evaluate polynomial approximations to obtain the transfer functions that appear in SGF auxiliary equations (Green's Functions) for monoenergetic linearly anisotropic scattering SN equations in one-dimensional Cartesian geometry. For this task we use Lagrange Polynomials in order to compare the numerical results with the ones generated by the standard SGF method applied to SN problems in heterogeneous domains. This work is a preliminary investigation of a new proposal for handling the transverse leakage terms that appear in the transverse-integrated one-dimensional SN equations when we use the SGF - exponential nodal method (SGF-ExpN) in multidimensional rectangular geometry. (author)

  4. Impact and evaluation of the use of tri-dimensional over bi-dimensional plan for the breast and axillary lymph node irradiation with tangential fields for conservative breast cancer treatment

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    Pellizzon, Antonio Cassio Assis; Boccaletti Karina; Belletti Fernanda

    2011-01-01

    A comparative study of dose distribution delivered to the anatomically defined breast, axillary levels I-III, supra clavicle nodal, cardiac and left lung volumes treated by standard tangent fields using conventional technique, planned by either two dimensional (2D) or tri-dimensional (3D) radiotherapy treatment-plan was performed to determine if the dosimetry for the breast, regional lymph nodes and normal tissues at risk can be improved. Material And Methods: Data of the charts and images of 10 consecutive patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery for left-sided breast cancer and received post-operative RT at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Hospital A.C. Camargo, Sao Paulo, Brazil were reviewed and re-planned. All sets of images used for the study were saved separately and no modification was performed to the initial programmed plan for each patient. For 2D irradiation plans, two opposed fields to treat the breast volume were used and one appositional field was used to treat the supra clavicle nodes. After 2D dosimetric planning, a second 3D treatment plan, with CT tomography at 5-mm intervals in the same position as predetermined in the 2D simulation, was used for plan dose coverage comparison. Results: The breast CTV dose coverage evaluated by the D85%, D90% and D100% presented statically significant differences favoring the 3D plan (p = 0.017; 0.011 and 0.005), with correlation indexes ranging from 42.6% to 57.2%. The same was observed for the supra clavicle nodes (p = 0.003; < 0.001 and 0.045) with correlation indexes ranging from 19.4% to 37.4%. For the axillary levels, a statistical significant difference on dose coverage was observed only for the axillary level III D100%, p 0.001 and correlation index of 72.5%. For the cardiac area there was a statistical significant difference between the maximum and median given, p 0.002 and p = 0.01, favoring the 3D plan. Conclusion: The use of 3D plan is necessary to include not only the breast but also the axillary nodes, with the advantage of significantly reducing the dose given to the cardiac area. (author)

  5. Modeling precipitation of short duration by means of the modified Bartlett-Lewis rectangular pulse model Modelagem da precipitação de curta duração por meio do modelo de pulsos retangulares de Bartlett-Lewis modificado

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    Álvaro José Back

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to evaluate the mathematical modeling of rainfall of duration less than one hour using the modified Bartlett-Lewis model with six parameters. The data used were for the period October 1980 to December 2007, from recording rain gauges (pluviographs at the meteorological station of Epagri, Urussanga, south of Santa Catarina (latitude 28.31° S, longitude 48.19 ° W. Based on simulations of series with 100 years of data it can be concluded that: the adjustment of the parameters of the modified Bartlett-Lewis model enables the simulation of rain at intervals as small as 5 minutes of duration, preserving the statistical properties of precipitation over various intervals of aggregation in time. In general there was a tendency toward overestimation of the probability of dry periods and underestimation of the covariance for intervals of 24 hours, especially in summer. The total annual rainfall simulated for all time intervals examined remains within the confidence interval of 95%.Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a modelagem matemática da precipitação pluviométrica de duração inferior a uma hora por meio do modelo de Bartlett-Lewis modificado com seis parâmetros. Foi utilizada a série de dados pluviográficos do período de outubro de 1980 a dezembro de 2007 da estação meteorológica da Epagri, Urussanga, Sul de Santa Catarina (latitude 28,31º S, longitude 48,19º W. Com base nas simulações de séries com 100 anos de dados pode-se concluir que: o ajuste dos parâmetros do modelo de Bartlett-Lewis modificado possibilita a simulação de chuvas com intervalos de duração de até 5 minutos preservando as propriedades estatísticas da precipitação em vários níveis de agregação temporal. De forma geral observou-se a tendência de superestimativa da probabilidade dos períodos serem secos e subestimativa da covariância para intervalos de 24 horas, principalmente no verão e que os totais anuais de chuva simulada para todos os intervalos de duração analisados permanecem dentro do intervalo de confiança de 95%.

  6. Aplicação do modelo de pulsos retangulares de Bartlett-Lewis modificado para estimativa de eventos extremos de precipitação The application of the modified Bartlett-Lewis rectangular-pulses model to estimate extreme precipitation events

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    Álvaro J. Back

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a modelagem matemática da precipitação pluviométrica horária por meio do modelo de Bartlett-Lewis modificado com seis parâmetros e sua aplicação para estimativa de eventos extremos. Foi utilizada a série de dados pluviográficos do período de outubro de 1980 a dezembro de 2007, da estação meteorológica de Urussanga - SC (latitude 28,31º S, longitude 48,19º W. Foram ajustados os parâmetros mensais do modelo para a precipitação em intervalos de 1 hora, 30 min, 15 min, 10 min e 5 min. Para cada duração estudada, foram simuladas séries com 100 anos de dados. Pode-se concluir que o ajuste dos parâmetros do modelo de Bartlett-Lewis modificado possibilita a simulação de chuvas preservando as propriedades estatísticas da precipitação em vários níveis de agregação temporal. Para as séries de precipitação simulada com duração de 1 hora, observou-se que a série de máximas anuais da série simulada manteve as características da série observada. Também a série de máximas anuais de precipitação diária obtida da agregação da precipitação horária apresentou estatísticas similares às observadas na série histórica. Para durações inferiores, as séries simuladas apresentaram subestimativas superiores a 23%, inviabilizando sua aplicação na estimativa de eventos extremos.The present study aims at evaluating the modified Bartlett-Lewis model with six parameters as well as its application to estimate extreme events. Pluviographical data from the period of October 1980 to December 2007 obtained from the meteorological station of Epagri in Urussanga - SC, Brazil (latitude 28º 31' S and longitude 48º 19' W were used in the study. The monthly parameters of the model were adjusted for precipitations occurring in intervals of 1 hour, 30 min, 15 min, 10 min, and 5 min. For each studied duration, 100-year time data series were simulated. Results show that: through the parameters adjustment of the modified Bartlett-Lewis model it is possible to simulate rainfall events preserving precipitation statistical properties in several temporal aggregation levels; the 1 hour duration simulated precipitation series showed that the annual maximum series of the simulated series kept the observed series characteristics; the annual maximum series of daily precipitation obtained from hourly precipitation aggregation also presented similar statistics to the observed in the historical series. Finally, the simulated series for inferior duration underestimated more than 23% the observed values, showing that the model did not prove valuable for this duration range.

  7. The Effects of Dimensional Salience, Pretraining Task, and Developmental Level Upon Bidimensional Processing in a Matching Task.

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    Katsuyama, Ronald M.; Reid, Amy

    Purposes of this study are to determine the effects of (1) preassessed dimensional salience upon performance in a bi-dimensional matching task, and (2) pretraining conditions expected to facilitate bi-dimensional processing. An additional aim was to elucidate a model of development involving changing salience hierarchies by comparing the effects…

  8. Perforation of reinforced concrete walls by missiles

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    Berriaud, C.; Verpeaux, P.

    1979-01-01

    The tests performed in France are presented together with the results obtained at the present time. Comparisons are made between test results and calculations. A bi-dimensional finite element program Plexus is used

  9. Inclusion of nodal option in diffusion conventional codes

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    Prati, A.; Anaf, J.

    1985-01-01

    The GCMDT (Generalized Coarse Mesh Diffusion Theory) is studied to use in the 2DB diffusion conventional code. An adequate formalism for its implementation in codes of 'Mesh-Centered' is developed for retangular, triangular and hexagonal geometries. (M.C.K.) [pt

  10. Single Event Upset Rate Estimates for a 16-K CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) SRAM (Static Random Access Memory).

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    1986-09-30

    4 . ~**..ft.. ft . - - - ft SI TABLES 9 I. SA32~40 Single Event Upset Test, 1140-MeV Krypton, 9/l8/8~4. . .. .. .. .. .. .16 II. CRUP Simulation...cosmic ray interaction analysis described in the remainder of this report were calculated using the CRUP computer code 3 modified for funneling. The... CRUP code requires, as inputs, the size of a depletion region specified as a retangular parallel piped with dimensions a 9 b S c, the effective funnel

  11. Therapy response evaluation of malignant lymphoma in a multicenter study. Comparison of manual and semiautomatic measurements in CT

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    Wessling, J.; Schuelke, C.; Koch, R.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Comparison of manual one-/bi-dimensional measurements versus semi-automatically derived one-/bi-dimensional and volumetric measurements for therapy response evaluation of malignant lymphoma during CT follow-up examinations in a multicenter setting. Materials and Methods: MSCT data sets of patients with malignant lymphoma were evaluated before (baseline) and after two cycles of chemotherapy (follow-up) at radiological centers of five university hospitals. The long axis diameter (LAD), the short axis diameter (SAD) and the bi-dimensional WHO of 307 target lymph nodes were measured manually and semi-automatically using dedicated software. Lymph node volumetry was performed semi-automatically only. The therapeutic response was evaluated according to lymphoma-adapted RECIST. Results: Based on a single lymph node, semi-automatically derived multidimensional parameters allowed for significantly more accurate therapy response classification than the manual or the semi-automatic unidimensional parameters. Incorrect classifications were reduced by up to 9.6%. Compared to the manual approach, the influence of the study center on correct therapy classification is significantly less relevant when using semi-automatic measurements. Conclusion: Semi-automatic volumetry and bi-dimensional WHO significantly reduce the number of incorrectly classified lymphoma patients by approximately 9.6% in the multicenter setting in comparison to linear parameters. Semi-automatic quantitative software tools may help to significantly reduce wrong classifications that are associated with the manual assessment approach. (orig.)

  12. Variations in thermoelectric power of thin monocrystalline films with conductivity

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    Tellier, C. R.; Tosser, A. J.; Hafid, L.

    1980-12-01

    Starting from the bi-dimensional model for grain boundaries in monocrystalline thin films, the difference in thermoelectric power is expressed in terms of conductivity and energy dependence of the bulk electronic mean free path U. A new procedure is suggested for measuring U.

  13. Comparison of two interpolation methods for empirical mode decomposition based evaluation of radiographic femur bone images.

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    Udhayakumar, Ganesan; Sujatha, Chinnaswamy Manoharan; Ramakrishnan, Swaminathan

    2013-01-01

    Analysis of bone strength in radiographic images is an important component of estimation of bone quality in diseases such as osteoporosis. Conventional radiographic femur bone images are used to analyze its architecture using bi-dimensional empirical mode decomposition method. Surface interpolation of local maxima and minima points of an image is a crucial part of bi-dimensional empirical mode decomposition method and the choice of appropriate interpolation depends on specific structure of the problem. In this work, two interpolation methods of bi-dimensional empirical mode decomposition are analyzed to characterize the trabecular femur bone architecture of radiographic images. The trabecular bone regions of normal and osteoporotic femur bone images (N = 40) recorded under standard condition are used for this study. The compressive and tensile strength regions of the images are delineated using pre-processing procedures. The delineated images are decomposed into their corresponding intrinsic mode functions using interpolation methods such as Radial basis function multiquadratic and hierarchical b-spline techniques. Results show that bi-dimensional empirical mode decomposition analyses using both interpolations are able to represent architectural variations of femur bone radiographic images. As the strength of the bone depends on architectural variation in addition to bone mass, this study seems to be clinically useful.

  14. Investigation of capacitance characteristics in metal/high-k

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    Keywords. C − V characteristic; high-k dielectric; interface state density; MIS structure; nanotechnology; TCAD simulation. Abstract. Capacitance vs. voltage ( C − V ) curves at AC high frequency of a metal–insulator–semiconductor (MIS) capacitorare investigated in this paper. Bi-dimensional simulations with Silvaco TCAD ...

  15. Therapy response evaluation of malignant lymphoma in a multicenter study. Comparison of manual and semiautomatic measurements in CT

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    Wessling, J.; Schuelke, C. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Clinical Radiology; Koch, R. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Medical Informatics and Biomathematics; and others

    2014-08-15

    Purpose: Comparison of manual one-/bi-dimensional measurements versus semi-automatically derived one-/bi-dimensional and volumetric measurements for therapy response evaluation of malignant lymphoma during CT follow-up examinations in a multicenter setting. Materials and Methods: MSCT data sets of patients with malignant lymphoma were evaluated before (baseline) and after two cycles of chemotherapy (follow-up) at radiological centers of five university hospitals. The long axis diameter (LAD), the short axis diameter (SAD) and the bi-dimensional WHO of 307 target lymph nodes were measured manually and semi-automatically using dedicated software. Lymph node volumetry was performed semi-automatically only. The therapeutic response was evaluated according to lymphoma-adapted RECIST. Results: Based on a single lymph node, semi-automatically derived multidimensional parameters allowed for significantly more accurate therapy response classification than the manual or the semi-automatic unidimensional parameters. Incorrect classifications were reduced by up to 9.6%. Compared to the manual approach, the influence of the study center on correct therapy classification is significantly less relevant when using semi-automatic measurements. Conclusion: Semi-automatic volumetry and bi-dimensional WHO significantly reduce the number of incorrectly classified lymphoma patients by approximately 9.6% in the multicenter setting in comparison to linear parameters. Semi-automatic quantitative software tools may help to significantly reduce wrong classifications that are associated with the manual assessment approach. (orig.)

  16. MSCT follow-up in malignant lymphoma. Comparison of manual linear measurements with semi-automated lymph node analysis for therapy response classification

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    Wessling, J.; Puesken, M.; Kohlhase, N.; Persigehl, T.; Mesters, R.; Heindel, W.; Buerke, B.; Koch, R.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: Assignment of semi-automated lymph node analysis compared to manual measurements for therapy response classification of malignant lymphoma in MSCT. Materials and Methods: MSCT scans of 63 malignant lymphoma patients before and after 2 cycles of chemotherapy (307 target lymph nodes) were evaluated. The long axis diameter (LAD), short axis diameter (SAD) and bi-dimensional WHO were determined manually and semi-automatically. The time for manual and semi-automatic segmentation was evaluated. The ref. standard response was defined as the mean relative change across all manual and semi-automatic measurements (mean manual/semi-automatic LAD, SAD, semi-automatic volume). Statistical analysis encompassed t-test and McNemar's test for clustered data. Results: Response classification per lymph node revealed semi-automated volumetry and bi-dimensional WHO to be significantly more accurate than manual linear metric measurements. Response classification per patient based on RECIST revealed more patients to be correctly classified by semi-automatic measurements, e.g. 96.0 %/92.9 % (WHO bi-dimensional/volume) compared to 85.7/84.1 % for manual LAD and SAD, respectively (mean reduction in misclassified patients of 9.95 %). Considering the use of correction tools, the time expenditure for lymph node segmentation (29.7 ± 17.4 sec) was the same as with the manual approach (29.1 ± 14.5 sec). Conclusion: Semi-automatically derived 'lymph node volume' and 'bi-dimensional WHO' significantly reduce the number of misclassified patients in the CT follow-up of malignant lymphoma by at least 10 %. However, lymph node volumetry does not outperform bi-dimensional WHO. (orig.)

  17. MSCT follow-up in malignant lymphoma. Comparison of manual linear measurements with semi-automated lymph node analysis for therapy response classification

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    Wessling, J.; Puesken, M.; Kohlhase, N.; Persigehl, T.; Mesters, R.; Heindel, W.; Buerke, B. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Clinical Radiology; Koch, R. [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Biostatistics and Clinical Research

    2012-09-15

    Purpose: Assignment of semi-automated lymph node analysis compared to manual measurements for therapy response classification of malignant lymphoma in MSCT. Materials and Methods: MSCT scans of 63 malignant lymphoma patients before and after 2 cycles of chemotherapy (307 target lymph nodes) were evaluated. The long axis diameter (LAD), short axis diameter (SAD) and bi-dimensional WHO were determined manually and semi-automatically. The time for manual and semi-automatic segmentation was evaluated. The ref. standard response was defined as the mean relative change across all manual and semi-automatic measurements (mean manual/semi-automatic LAD, SAD, semi-automatic volume). Statistical analysis encompassed t-test and McNemar's test for clustered data. Results: Response classification per lymph node revealed semi-automated volumetry and bi-dimensional WHO to be significantly more accurate than manual linear metric measurements. Response classification per patient based on RECIST revealed more patients to be correctly classified by semi-automatic measurements, e.g. 96.0 %/92.9 % (WHO bi-dimensional/volume) compared to 85.7/84.1 % for manual LAD and SAD, respectively (mean reduction in misclassified patients of 9.95 %). Considering the use of correction tools, the time expenditure for lymph node segmentation (29.7 {+-} 17.4 sec) was the same as with the manual approach (29.1 {+-} 14.5 sec). Conclusion: Semi-automatically derived 'lymph node volume' and 'bi-dimensional WHO' significantly reduce the number of misclassified patients in the CT follow-up of malignant lymphoma by at least 10 %. However, lymph node volumetry does not outperform bi-dimensional WHO. (orig.)

  18. Nuevas fuentes de subjetivación: Hacia una teoría política del cuerpo

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    Martínez Ramírez, Máriam

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The modernity establishes the basis of subjectivity from the Cartesian dualist separation of the mind as the active consciousness and subject and the body as a passive material object. This essay takes as standpoint the political philosophy of Iris Marion Young in relation to her phenomenological writings. Thus, it accepts a metaphysical approach on the body as lived body and situation which constructs subjectivity for any human being. It argues that the author gives to the body the ontological status that Cartesian tradition attributes to the consciousness alone. The essay reflects on different aspects of the social consequences of this tradition, and the new horizons that several feminist studies give in many significant ways to the embodiment political theory.

    La modernidad instaura las bases de la subjetividad a partir de la separación cartesiana que distingue entre la mente, como conciencia activa del sujeto, y el cuerpo, como objeto material pasivo de esa conciencia activa. Este artículo toma como punto de partida la filosofía política de Iris Marion Young, en relación a sus escritos sobre fenomenología, corporalidad y género, para aceptar un enfoque metafísico sobre el cuerpo como significación de la experiencia vivida y situación que conforma el proceso de subjetivación de todo ser humano. De esta manera, la autora confiere al cuerpo el estatus ontológico que aquella tradición cartesiana confiere a la sola conciencia. Sobre las consecuencias sociales del peso de esta tradición metafísica cartesiana, y los nuevos horizontes que ofrecen algunos estudios feministas en relación con el pensamiento de la encorporación («embodiment thinking» indaga este artículo.

  19. Una aproximación al método cartesiano. Su relación con la contabilidad

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    Vargas-Restrepo, Carlos Mario; Universidad Católica de Oriente

    2014-01-01

    La filosofía cartesiana constituyó el puntode partida de la modernidad. Con ella, se impone la razónen la manera de aproximarse al conocimiento y cobra relevancialo medible y lo cuantificable, legado de los postuladosde Galileo Galilei. Así entonces, los preceptos delmétodo cartesiano y la duda metódica sirvieron de basepara acceder al conocimiento verdadero y para descubrirnuevas verdades a partir de las ya conocidas. El desarrollode la disciplina contable también estuvo influenciado porla f...

  20. PV aplicado en la resolución de problemas de variación

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    Caicedo, Segundo Javier; Díaz, Leonora

    2014-01-01

    Se reporta cómo los estudiantes utilizan la regla de tres y la reducción a la unidad como herramientas para predecir desde una tabla de valores respecto de una situación de variación lineal y no aplican la razón promedio de cambio. Además, se muestra cómo los estudiantes consideran a la tabla, a la gráfica cartesiana y a las expresiones algebraicas como medios para presentar información y no como entidades para argumentar y predecir, es decir, no se consideran como modelos matemáticos.

  1. Modelamiento numérico de yacimientos naturalmente fracturados con flujo de fluidos composicional acoplado a deformación geomecánica

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    Arango Acevedo, María Adelaida

    2009-01-01

    Se desarrolla un modelo matemático que permite evaluar el comportamiento geomecánico en macizos rocosos que contienen fracturas y valorar el cambio de la permeabilidad debido a la variación en el estado de esfuerzos, causado por la diferencia en la presión de los fluidos presentes en el yacimiento, que por su complejidad deben ser analizados como fluidos composicionales. El modelo matemático se plantea en tres dimensiones y en coordenadas cartesianas partiendo de las ecuaciones de flujo de fl...

  2. La formación del espíritu científico y el desarrollo de la conciencia en la ciencia

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    Arcia Grajales, John H

    2006-01-01

    Tesis (Maestría en Educación Docencia). Universidad de Manizales, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas, 2006 El proyecto de investigación parte del cuestionamiento sobre el intersticio que existe entre el desarrollo de la conciencia y la formación del espíritu científico. Para ello se desarrolla interpretación teórica desde la cual se identifica la noción de conciencia en sentido histórico que pueda trascender la definición nominalista y newtoniana/cartesiana. De la misma manera sucede ...

  3. O dualismo de Descartes como princípio de sua Filosofia Natural

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    Zelia Ramozzi-Chiarottino; José-Jozefran Freire

    2013-01-01

    Procuraremos mostrar que o imaginário ocidental a respeito da filosofia cartesiana como um "dualismo" não superado e responsável pela ruptura do homem com cultura e natureza colide com as reais posições do filósofo. Na aurora da filosofia moderna, com Descartes, um dualismo ainda metafísico entre "dois modos da mesma substância" transforma-se num dualismo gnoseológico entre, de um lado, um sujeito do conhecimento científico (sujeito epistêmico), e, de outro, sistemas a serem explicados: corpo...

  4. O amor no cérebro

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    Maria Borges

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, eu procurarei mostrar a relação entre o sentimento do amor e neurotransmissores, bem como o lugar do amor no cérebro. Na primeira parte, eu examinarei a tradição de ligar emoções e fisiologia, partindo da intuição cartesiana de que os sentimentos têm um aspecto fisiológico. Num segundo momento, mostrarei os experimentos da neurologista Helen Fisher sobre o amor, nos quais buscou detectar as regiões cerebrais responsáveis por esse sentimento.

  5. Sobre la teoría musical

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    López Ortiz, Jorge Alberto

    2007-01-01

    Tenemos aquí una visión panorámica del desarrollo de la música y su marco conceptual en occidente a partir de sus dos fuentes principales: la matemática y el lenguaje. La ciencia de los números estableció desde Pitágoras la teoría de los intervalos que definen verticalidad de las alturas musicales, su "espacialidad". De otro lado, los pies métricos de la prosodia griega aportan ese elemento que es propio de la música; su "temporalidad". En una virtualidad cartesiana de espacio-tiempo, la mús...

  6. CRITICA AL ARTE CRITICO. SOBRE LAS POSIBILIDADES DEL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DE EJERCER UNA FUNCION CRITICA AL INTERIOR DE LA MODERNIDAD LIQUIDA

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    VALLEJOS FABRES, CRISTOBAL

    2011-01-01

    Podríamos señalar que es la duda filosófica cartesiana la que inaugura la emergencia de la subjetividad moderna. Desde el "pienso, luego existo" comienza a constituirse el carácter inquisitivo del sujeto moderno: en la frase se encierra una sospecha inecusable para ese entonces, a saber, lo necesario de la presentación del proceso de autoconciencia, una movilización intelectiva tendiente a tomar presente, al menos, una unidad que posibilite la tarea del pensar. Desde aquí el co...

  7. SOBRE LAS POSIBILIDADES DEL ARTE CONTEMPORANEO DE EJERCER UNA FUNCION CRITICA AL INTERIOR DE LA MODERNIDAD LIQUIDA

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    VALLEJOS FABRES; CRISTOBAL; VALLEJOS FABRES; CRISTOBAL

    2011-01-01

    Podríamos señalar que es la duda filosófica cartesiana la que inaugura la emergencia de la subjetividad moderna. Desde el "pienso, luego existo" comienza a constituirse el carácter inquisitivo del sujeto moderno: en la frase se encierra una sospecha in-ecusable para ese entonces, a saber, lo necesario de la presentación del proceso de autoconciencia, una movilización intelectiva tendiente a tomar presente, al menos, una unidad que posibilite la tarea del pensar. Desde aquí el cogito cartesian...

  8. O Método no Tempo e na Obra de Descartes e a Inspiração Matemática

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    Luciano Marques de Jesus

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo, aborda-se a questão do método, preâmbulo da filosofia cartesiana. Analisa-se a posição do método no tempo, na filosofia e no caminho intelectual de Descartes; a inspiração matemática: a influência da lógica, da análise dos antigos e da álgebra dos modernos, no que possuem de positivo e válido, sem os seus defeitos e limitações, na constituição do método.

  9. Convecção mista sobre cavidade porosa aberta

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    Jorge Isaias Llagostera Beltran

    1990-01-01

    Resumo: Este trabalho apresenta um extenso conjunto de resultados de simulação numérica sobre a convecção mista, natural e forçada em uma configuração porosa abert.a. A configuração estudada é formada por uma camada horizontal que apresenta em sua parede inferior uma cavidade de secção transversal retangular. A parede de fundo da cavidade é aquecida e a parede superior da camada horizontal é resfriada ambas isotermicamente o problema em regime permanente é analisado procurando-se estabelec...

  10. A comparison of in vitro friction forces among conventional and self-ligating aesthetic orthodontic brackets

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    Leal, Rodrigo Severo

    2009-01-01

    O objetivo do presente estudo consistiu em comparar in vitro o atrito produzido por braquetes estéticos, convencionais e autoligados quando inseridos fios retangulares de aço inoxidável de diferentes dimensões, nas angulações de zero e três graus entre os braquetes. Foram utilizados 120 braquetes de 6 marcas comerciais (Gemini, Clarity convencional, Transcend, Inspire, Clarity autoligado, Damon autoligado), sendo 20 braquetes de cada marca comercial. Para os ensaios laboratoriais, foram colad...

  11. Trocas gasosas e condutância estomática em três espécies de gramíneas Gas exchanges and stomatal conductance on three gramineous species

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    Eduardo Caruso Machado

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se, sob condições naturais e sem deficiência hídrica, o comportamento diário das taxas de assimilação de CO2 (A e de transpiração (E, a condutância estomática (g e a eficiência fotossintética do uso de água (E/A em milho (C4, arroz (C3 e trigo (C3. Nas três espécies, a curva de resposta de A em função da irradiância (I, apresentou a forma de uma hipérbole retangular, porém em milho não houve saturação lumínica. A resposta de g em relação a I apresentou a mesma forma, respondendo E linearmente, nas três espécies. Em relação à variação de g, a curva de resposta de A também mostrou a forma de hipérbole retangular, enquanto E respondeu linearmente. Devido à resposta diferencial de A e de E, tanto em função de I como de g, a razão E/A aumentou com o aumento de I. As espécies C3 (arroz e trigo revelaram valores maiores de E/A que a C4 (milho, em todos os níveis de I e valores de g, indicando melhor adaptabilidade da C4 na limitação de abertura estomática.Under natural condition and without water deficit, assimilation of CO2 (A and transpiration (E rates, stomatal conductance (g and photosyntetic efficiency of water use (E/A, were monitored daily on maize (C4, rice (C3 and wheat (C3. In all species, the shape of response curves of A in function of irradiance (I, was a retangular hyperbole. However, luminic saturation was not observed in maize. Stomatal conductance response curve in function of I was also a retangular hyperbole, while E was linear in all species. Due to differential response of A and E, as a function of I as well as g, the ratio E/A was increased with the increase of I. The C3 species (rice and wheat showed higher values of E/A than the C4 specie (maize, in all levels of I and g, showing the better C4 adaptation when stomatal limitation aperture occurs.

  12. Avaliação do comportamento de vigas de bambu laminado colado submetidas à flexão

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    Lima,Douglas Mateus de; Amorim,Mariana Mendes; Lima Júnior,Humberto Correia; Barbosa,Normando Perazzo; Wilrich,Fábio Luiz

    2014-01-01

    O presente trabalho apresenta e discute um estudo experimental de vigas de bambu laminado colado (BLC). Utilizaram-se ripas provenientes do bambu Dendrocalamus giganteus para a confecção de vigas de seção transversal retangular, as quais foram preparadas com quatro diferentes disposições de nós e de emendas. Dois tipos de adesivos foram utilizados: um à base de resorcinol-formaldeído, e outro à base de poliacetato de vinila (PVA). As vigas foram ensaiadas à flexão por meio de quatro pontos de...

  13. Guias ópticos para sensores

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    Marcos de Castro Pacitti

    1993-01-01

    Neste trabalho foram estudados guias ópticos para atuarem como sensores ou em sistemas sensores. Ênfase especial foi dada em guias ópticos retangulares, para dispositivos ópticos integrados, e fibras ópticas elípticas. A analise de fibras ópticas elípticas resultou em um modelamento pratico para projeto das mesmas em aplicações onde se deseja operar com dois modos guiados, situação esta que se mostra muito atraente para implementação de diversos tipos de sensores a fibra óptica. A seguir es...

  14. Synthesis and organisation of poly-substituted porphyrins in thin films for the elaboration of a highly conjugated 2D polymer

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    Da Cruz, Fernande

    1997-01-01

    This research thesis addresses the production and characterization of organic thin layers for the elaboration of a wholly conjugated bi-dimensional polymer. The author first reports the synthesis of molecules belonging to the substituted porphyrin family substituted by reactive functions (acetylenic and thiophene functions). He reports how these molecules are organised under the form of a plane paving by using the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique and self-assembly. It has been possible to obtain steady and organised LB films from one the synthesized porphyrins. A new method of organisation based on self-assembly has been developed, and allowed polymerizable organised porphyrin single layers to be obtained. This opens a promising way to the production of the bi-dimensional polymer. Thin films have been characterized by UV-visible spectrophotometry, IR spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and linear dichroism [fr

  15. Optimization of the segmented method for optical compression and multiplexing system

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    Al Falou, Ayman

    2002-05-01

    Because of the constant increasing demands of images exchange, and despite the ever increasing bandwidth of the networks, compression and multiplexing of images is becoming inseparable from their generation and display. For high resolution real time motion pictures, electronic performing of compression requires complex and time-consuming processing units. On the contrary, by its inherent bi-dimensional character, coherent optics is well fitted to perform such processes that are basically bi-dimensional data handling in the Fourier domain. Additionally, the main limiting factor that was the maximum frame rate is vanishing because of the recent improvement of spatial light modulator technology. The purpose of this communication is to benefit from recent optical correlation algorithms. The segmented filtering used to store multi-references in a given space bandwidth product optical filter can be applied to networks to compress and multiplex images in a given bandwidth channel.

  16. O aparelho pré-ajustado: sua evolução e suas prescrições The pre-adjusted appliance: evolution and prescriptions

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    Vicente de Sousa Brito Júnior

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho revisou as prescrições de braquetes pré-ajustados existentes no mercado, abordando as variações dos valores de inclinação, angulação e rotação dentária. A revisão reporta desde a origem do conceito de uso de arcos retangulares em acessórios com secções retangulares até os atuais modelos de braquetes autoligados e outros braquetes com formatos diferenciados.This research intended to review all the available prescriptions of pre-adjusted orthodontic appliances in the market and to discuss the justification of the authors as to the prescribed angulation, inclination and rotation suggested. The review encompassed the rectangular wire application in Edgewise brackets, until the implementation of self ligation, and many other kinds of brackets with distinct shapes according to the utilized technique. It was clear the great variety of many orthodontic mechanotherapy and brackets prescriptions, demonstrating that Orthodontics is a science with many possible alternatives.

  17. TURBO: a computer program for two-dimensional incompressible fluid flow analysis using a two-equations turbulence model

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    Botelho, D.A.; Moreira, M.L.

    1991-06-01

    The Reynolds turbulent transport equations for an incompressible fluid are integrated on a bi-dimensional staggered grid, for velocity and pressure, using the SIMPLER method. With the resulting algebraic relations it was developed the TURBO program, which final objectives are the thermal stratification and natural convection analysis of nuclear reactor pools. This program was tested in problems applications with analytic or experimental solutions previously known. (author)

  18. Quantum field theory in non-stationary coordinate systems and Green functions

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    Svaiter, B.F.; Svaiter, N.F.

    1988-01-01

    In this paper we studied a neutral massive scalar field in a bi-dimensional Milne space time. The quantization is made on hyperboles which are Lorentz invariant surfaces. The expansion for the field operator was carried on using a complete set of orthonormal modes which have definite positive and negative dilatation frequence. We have calculated the advanced and retarded Green function and proved that the Feynman propagator diverges in the usual sense. (author) [pt

  19. DESENVOLVIMENTO DE UM APLICATIVO ANDROID PARA A HIDRÁULICA DE CANAIS

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    Pedro Henrique Alves Braga

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    Full Text Available RESUMO: O presente artigo aborda o desenvolvimento de um aplicativo para sistema Android destinado a estudantes e profissionais que lidam com a hidráulica de canais ou condutos livres, constituindo também uma ferramenta didática para o ensino da referida disciplina nos cursos de Engenharia. O aplicativo abrange o dimensionamento de canais retangulares e trapezoidais pela determinação da profundidade normal; a determinação do diâmetro de seções circulares verificando as restrições de velocidade (v e da relação altura d'água e diâmetro (h/d; a verificação da capacidade hidráulica de seções retangulares e trapezoidais pela determinação da vazão e o cálculo da profundidade crítica. O desenvolvimento do aplicativo deu-se pela utilização da IDE (Integrated Development Environment Android Studio. Para o dimensionamento e determinação das profundidades normal e crítica para canais retangulares e trapezoidais, dispôs-se do método de Newton-Raphson criando estruturas de repetição a partir da fórmula de Manning, permitindo a resolução de cálculos de maneira rápida. Já para o dimensionamento das seções circulares dispôs-se das equações propostas por Saatçi (1990 e Menezes Filho e Costa (2012. Os resultados obtidos com o aplicativo quando comparados às metodologias de tentativa e erro ou sistemática iterativa ou gráfica foram satisfatórios para diversos exemplos coletados na literatura, configurando-se assim uma ferramenta didática importante para o ensino da hidráulica de canais.

  20. Cylinder packing by simulated annealing

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    M. Helena Correia

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper is motivated by the problem of loading identical items of circular base (tubes, rolls, ... into a rectangular base (the pallet. For practical reasons, all the loaded items are considered to have the same height. The resolution of this problem consists in determining the positioning pattern of the circular bases of the items on the rectangular pallet, while maximizing the number of items. This pattern will be repeated for each layer stacked on the pallet. Two algorithms based on the meta-heuristic Simulated Annealing have been developed and implemented. The tuning of these algorithms parameters implied running intensive tests in order to improve its efficiency. The algorithms developed were easily extended to the case of non-identical circles.Este artigo aborda o problema de posicionamento de objetos de base circular (tubos, rolos, ... sobre uma base retangular de maiores dimensões. Por razões práticas, considera-se que todos os objetos a carregar apresentam a mesma altura. A resolução do problema consiste na determinação do padrão de posicionamento das bases circulares dos referidos objetos sobre a base de forma retangular, tendo como objetivo a maximização do número de objetos estritamente posicionados no interior dessa base. Este padrão de posicionamento será repetido em cada uma das camadas a carregar sobre a base retangular. Apresentam-se dois algoritmos para a resolução do problema. Estes algoritmos baseiam-se numa meta-heurística, Simulated Annealling, cuja afinação de parâmetros requereu a execução de testes intensivos com o objetivo de atingir um elevado grau de eficiência no seu desempenho. As características dos algoritmos implementados permitiram que a sua extensão à consideração de círculos com raios diferentes fosse facilmente conseguida.

  1. El genio maligno de Suárez: Suárez y Descartes

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    Baciero Ruiz, Francisco Tadeo

    2007-01-01

    [ES] Tradicionalmente se ha considerado la filosofía cartesiana como un comienzo casi absoluto en la historia de la Filosofía. Sin embargo, las conocidas hipótesis del “genio maligno” y del “Dios engañador”, parte fundamental del artificio de la “duda metódica” en las Meditaciones metafísicas, se encuentran en la Disputación metafísica 9 de Suárez (la única mención de Suárez en todo Descartes, precisamente en las “Respuestas” a las Meditaciones). Parece claro, a partir de la correspondencia d...

  2. El sentido de la obra de Descartes a la luz de la tradición y su valor prospectivo

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    Davide E. Daturi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Se describe la relación de algunos temas centrales de la teoría cartesiana del conocimiento con la tradición filosófica y al mismo tiempo se pretende conectar las intuiciones epistemológicas de este autor con el nacimiento de la ciencia moderna, así como plantear el desarrollo, en la filosofía, de los conceptos de razón, sujeto y trascendentalidad, en los últimos tres siglos. Confirmamos que la descripción del sujeto que introduce Descartes vive en directa conexión con el individuo forjado en los estudia humanitatis que empiezan en el siglo xiv y con aquella figura novedosa de hombre práctico que se desprende del moderno mercader norteeuropeo, y, por otro lado resaltamos la importancia del trabajo cartesiano para la definición del rumbo de la moderna epistemología.

  3. El iluminismo en Mozart y Beethoven

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    Alberto Londoño Alvarez

    1967-09-01

    Full Text Available El siglo XVIII que se inicia bajo el signo del Iluminismo, presenta el aspecto de una época profundamente revolucionaria. En un breve lapso de tiempo aparecen nuevas formas de la vida social y en las mentes plasmadas por la filosofía cartesiana se desarrolla un pensamiento eminentemente analítico que se manifiesta en una gran cantidad de descubrimientos en todos los dominios de la ciencia. Sin embargo, si se la examina con criterio histórico, esta centuria resulta que no entraña ninguna concepción esencialmente original: como toda época revolucionaria, no es más que una determinada etapa de un proceso de evolución espiritual, que en ella se precipita.

  4. Os fundamentos transcendentais da daseinsanalyse psiquiátrica de Ludwig Binswanger

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    Rodrigo Alvarenga

    Full Text Available Ludwig Binswanger compreendeu que era necessário reestruturar o método de investigação e abordagem dos fenômenos psicóticos, pelo afastamento da ontologia cartesiana do sujeito e do objeto, o qual pressupunha o dualismo e o solipsismo da consciência, para fundar uma abordagem intersubjetiva da psiquiatria. O objetivo desta pesquisa é justamente examinar esse percurso fenomenológico da Daseinsanalyse psiquiátrica de Ludwig Binswanger, no que se refere ao cumprimento daquilo para o qual ela própria se propôs, por meio da assimilação da investigação transcendental no campo das psicoses.

  5. Revisión crítica del concepto "psicosomático" a la luz del dualismo mente-cuerpo

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    Mariantonia Lemos Hoyos

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El concepto "psicosomático" trae consigo una pesada carga semántica que tiene sus raíces en el dualismo filosófico, acentuado en la propuesta cartesiana, que ha permeado la racionalidad moderna y con ella la concepción de la enfermedad, tanto en el campo de la medicina como de la psicología. En esta revisión teórica se expone una breve discusión en torno al concepto "psicosomático", esbozando las principales perspectivas en el abordaje de la relación mente-cuerpo. Se concluye como necesaria la revisión de las posiciones dualistas y la incorporación de una nueva mirada de las nociones de salud y enfermedad, a partir de la cual el concepto psicosomático se hace redundante.

  6. Modelação matemática da queda livre.

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    Elizandra Amaral Monteiro

    2006-01-01

    Esta dissertação trata da hidráulica da queda livre em canal de seção retangular. A análise bibliográfica do tema está calcada nos trabalhos pioneiros, nos clássicos e nos recentes. Com base nos princípios da Física: Conservação de Massa, Quantidade de Movimento, e Primeira Lei da Termodinâmica, foi desenvolvido um modelo matemático para a queda livre. O modelo proposto, após ser analisado do ponto de vista de sua consistência, foi validado em comparações com resultados fornecidos por outros ...

  7. On the application of finite element method in the solution of steady state diffusion equation

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    Ono, S.

    1982-01-01

    The solution of the steady state neutron diffusion equation is obtained by using the finite element method. Specifically the variational approach is used for one dimensional problems and the weighted residual method (Galerkin) for one and two dimensional problems. The spatial domain is divided into retangular elements and the neutron flux is approximated by linear (one dimensional case), and bilinear (two-dimensional case) functions. Numerical results are obtained with a FORTRAN IV computer program and compared with those obtained by the finite difference CITATION code. The results show that linear or bilinear functions, do not satisfactorily describe the differential parameters in highly heterogeneous reactor cases, but provide good results for integral parameters such as multiplication factor. (Author) [pt

  8. Simulações da SAR na cabeça e antenas planares para telefones móveis

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    Salles, Alvaro Augusto Almeida de; Fernández Rodríguez, Claudio Enrique; Bonadiman, Mateus

    2003-01-01

    A Taxa de Absorção Específica (SAR) na cabeça dos usuários de telefones móveis é simulada utilizando o método das Diferenças Finitas no Domínio do Tempo (FDTD) quando antenas tipo monopolo convencionais e quando antenas diretivas planares são utilizadas. São também resumidos o projeto de antenas tipo patch retangular em microstrip, suas características de desempenho esperadas e medidas são apresentadas. São calculados entre outros, a taxa de onda estacionária e a largura de banda simuladas no...

  9. Caracterização geomorfológica com enfoque pedológico e análise da rede de drenagem da área correspondente à Folha Alhandra 1:25.000 – estados da Paraíba e Pernambuco, Nordeste do Brasil

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    Freitas Gilvonete Maria Araujo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A pesquisa objetivou caracterizar a geomorfologia e a rede de drenagem da Folha Alhandra. Para realizá-la, confeccionaram-se as cartas hipsométrica e clinográfica, verificandose a predominância de áreas com 0-3% de declividade, enquanto a ocorrência de áreas > 45% é mínima. As altitudes variam de 2 a 137 m, evidenciando planícies e tabuleiros. Realizaram-se análises laboratoriais de solo, atestando elevado intemperismo químico e erosão por etchplanação. Na rede de drenagem, destaca-se o padrão retangular, percebendo-se cursos retilíneos e cursos com inflexões bruscas, sugerindo ação tectônica na região

  10. 137Cs distribution in guava trees

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    Mosquera, B.; Veiga, R.; Mangia, L.; Carvalho, C.; Estellita, L.; Uzeda, D.; Facure, A.; Violini, B.; Anjos, R.M.

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents results of 137 Cs concentration measured from a guava tree cultivated after the first decontamination work of one of the sites where the worst Brazilian radiological accident occurred. The present work aims to verify how the 137 Cs is transported and distributed along the tropical trees. Bi-dimensional analyses of the radial distribution of 137 Cs in the main trunk are also presented. Neither symmetrical nor homogeneous behaviors of the specific activity distribution in the tree rings were observed. (author)

  11. {sup 137}Cs distribution in guava trees

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    Mosquera, B.; Veiga, R.; Mangia, L.; Carvalho, C.; Estellita, L.; Uzeda, D.; Facure, A.; Violini, B.; Anjos, R.M. [Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    2004-09-15

    This paper presents results of {sup 137}Cs concentration measured from a guava tree cultivated after the first decontamination work of one of the sites where the worst Brazilian radiological accident occurred. The present work aims to verify how the {sup 137}Cs is transported and distributed along the tropical trees. Bi-dimensional analyses of the radial distribution of {sup 137}Cs in the main trunk are also presented. Neither symmetrical nor homogeneous behaviors of the specific activity distribution in the tree rings were observed. (author)

  12. Relativistic Bosons in Time-Harmonic Electric Fields

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    Buhucianu, Ovidiu; Dariescu, Marina-Aura; Dariescu, Ciprian

    2012-02-01

    In the present paper, we consider a bi-dimensional thin sample, placed in a strong harmonically oscillating electric field and a static magnetic induction, both directed along the normal to the sample's plane. The Klein-Gordon equation describing the relativistic bosons leads to a Mathieu's type equation for the temporal part of the wave functions. It follows that, for the electric field pulsation inside a computable range, depending on the external fields intensities, the amplitude functions are turning from oscillatory to exponentially growing modes. For ultra-relativistic particles, one can recover the periodic stationary amplitude behavior.

  13. Time-dependent density functional calculation of the energy loss of antiprotons colliding with metallic nanoshells

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    Quijada, M.; Borisov, A.G.; Muino, R.D.

    2008-01-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory is used to study the interaction between antiprotons and metallic nanoshells. The ground state electronic properties of the nanoshell are obtained in the jellium approximation. The energy lost by the antiproton during the collision is calculated and compared to that suffered by antiprotons traveling in metal clusters. The resulting energy loss per unit path length of material in thin nanoshells is larger than the corresponding quantity for clusters. It is shown that the collision process can be interpreted as the antiproton crossing of two nearly bi-dimensional independent metallic systems. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Lifetime of Bubble Rafts: Cooperativity and Avalanches

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    Ritacco, Hernán; Kiefer, Flavien; Langevin, Dominique

    2007-06-01

    We have studied the collapse of pseudo-bi-dimensional foams. These foams are made of uniformly sized soap bubbles packed in an hexagonal lattice sitting at the top of a liquid surface. The collapse process follows the sequence: (1) rupture of a first bubble, driven by thermal fluctuations and (2) a cascade of bursting bubbles. We present a simple numerical model which captures the main characteristics of the dynamics of foam collapse. We show that in a certain range of viscosities of the foaming solutions, the size distribution of the avalanches follows power laws as in self-organized criticality processes.

  15. Análises do proteoma de raízes de cana-de-açúcar e da expressão de uma peroxidase apoplástica responsiva à micorriza arbuscular

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    Simão Lindoso de Souza

    2006-01-01

    Micorrizas arbusculares (MAs) são associações simbióticas entre os fungos do filo Glomeromycota e a maioria das plantas. Os mecanismos moleculares que controlam o processo de colonização e desenvolvimento das MAs são ainda pouco conhecidos, mas proteínas com acúmulo diferencial em MAs podem ter papel regulatório importante. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo detectar, por meio de eletroforese bi-dimensional (2D-PAGE) e espectrometria de massas, proteínas com acúmulo diferencial no fluido ...

  16. Calculation of electromagnetic fields in electric machines by means of the finite element. Computational aspects; Calculo de campos electromagneticos en maquinas electricas mediante elemento finito. Aspectos computacionales

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    Rosales, Mario; De la Torre, Octavio [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1990-12-31

    In this article are described the computational characteristics of the Package CALIIE 2D of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), for the calculation of bi-dimensional electromagnetic fields. The computational implementation of the package is based in the electromagnetic and numerical statements formerly published in this series. [Espanol] En este articulo se describen las caracteristicas computacionales del paquete CALIIE 2D del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), para calcular campos electromagneticos bidimensionales. La implantacion computacional del paquete se basa en los planteamientos electromagneticos y numericos antes publicados en esta serie.

  17. Calculation of electromagnetic fields in electric machines by means of the finite element. Computational aspects; Calculo de campos electromagneticos en maquinas electricas mediante elemento finito. Aspectos computacionales

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    Rosales, Mario; De la Torre, Octavio [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1989-12-31

    In this article are described the computational characteristics of the Package CALIIE 2D of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), for the calculation of bi-dimensional electromagnetic fields. The computational implementation of the package is based in the electromagnetic and numerical statements formerly published in this series. [Espanol] En este articulo se describen las caracteristicas computacionales del paquete CALIIE 2D del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), para calcular campos electromagneticos bidimensionales. La implantacion computacional del paquete se basa en los planteamientos electromagneticos y numericos antes publicados en esta serie.

  18. The spectral element approach for the solution of neutron transport problems

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    Barbarino, A.; Dulla, S.; Ravetto, P.; Mund, E.H.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper a possible application of the Spectral Element Method to neutron transport problems is presented. The basic features of the numerical scheme on the one-dimensional diffusion equation are illustrated. Then, the AN model for neutron transport is introduced, and the basic steps for the construction of a bi-dimensional solver are described. The AN equations are chosen for their structure, involving a system of coupled elliptic-type equations. Some calculations are carried out on typical benchmark problems and results are compared with the Finite Element Method, in order to evaluate their performances. (author)

  19. Limonoids isolated from fruits of Carapa guianensis Aublet (Meliaceae); Limonoides isolados dos frutos de Carapa guianensis Aublet (Meliaceae)

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    Silva, Sunia Gomes; Nunomura, Rita de Cassia Saraiva [Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Manaus, AM (Brazil); Nunomura, Sergio Massayoshi, E-mail: sunisilva@ibest.com.br [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA), Manaus, AM (Brazil). Coordenacao de Pesquisas em Tecnologia e Inovacao

    2012-07-01

    Six limonoids were isolated in hexane extract obtained from the seeds and pericarps of Carapa guianensis. The structures of the limonoids were determined based on the analysis of High Resolution Mass Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (uni-and bi-dimensional experiments) data. This is the first report of isolation of the limonoid 6{alpha}-acetoxy-7-deacetilgedunin from the seeds of the C. guianensis species. The limonoid 6-hydroxy-methyl angolensate was also described for the first time in this species. (author)

  20. Modeling and experimentation with asymmetric rigid bodies: a variation on disks and inclines

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    Raviola, Lisandro A; Zárate, Oscar; Rodríguez, Eduardo E

    2014-01-01

    We study the ascending motion of a disk rolling on an incline when its centre of mass lies outside the disk axis. The problem is suitable as laboratory project for a first course in mechanics at the undergraduate level and goes beyond typical textbook problems about bi-dimensional rigid body motions. We develop a theoretical model for the disk motion based on mechanical energy conservation and compare its predictions with experimental data obtained by digital video recording. Using readily available resources, a very satisfactory agreement is obtained between the model and the experimental observations. These results complement previous ones that have been reported in the literature for similar systems. (paper)

  1. Seed layer technique for high quality epitaxial manganite films

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    P. Graziosi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available We introduce an innovative approach to the simultaneous control of growth mode and magnetotransport properties of manganite thin films, based on an easy-to-implement film/substrate interface engineering. The deposition of a manganite seed layer and the optimization of the substrate temperature allows a persistent bi-dimensional epitaxy and robust ferromagnetic properties at the same time. Structural measurements confirm that in such interface-engineered films, the optimal properties are related to improved epitaxy. A new growth scenario is envisaged, compatible with a shift from heteroepitaxy towards pseudo-homoepitaxy. Relevant growth parameters such as formation energy, roughening temperature, strain profile and chemical states are derived.

  2. Palliative radiotherapy for hematuria complicating the local evolution of primitive bladder cancers; Radiotherapie palliative pour hematurie compliquant l'evolution locale des cancers primitifs de vessie

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    Saillard, S.M.; Benyoucef, A.; Dubray, B. [Centre Henri-Becquerel, 76 - Rouen (France); Smaali, C.; Albouy, B.; Pfister, C.; Grise, P. [Centre hospitalier universitaire, 76 - Rouen (France)

    2010-10-15

    As a haemostatic irradiation is often proposed to patients suffering from a primitive bladder cancer, the authors report a retrospective mono-centric analysis of the effects of an external bi-dimensional palliative radiotherapy on patients taken into care for relapsing macroscopic hematuria after failure of local urological treatments. The assessment concerns the hematuria persistence, the interval without hematuric relapse, global survival, and transfusion needs. Based on a sample of 21 patients submitted to different irradiation schemes, the authors notice that a simple pelvic irradiation technique results in a fast symptomatic improvement of hematuria among fragile patients. Short communication

  3. A calculation methodology applied for fuel management in PWR type reactors using first order perturbation theory

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    Rossini, M.R.

    1992-01-01

    An attempt has been made to obtain a strategy coherent with the available instruments and that could be implemented with future developments. A calculation methodology was developed for fuel reload in PWR reactors, which evolves cell calculation with the HAMMER-TECHNION code and neutronics calculation with the CITATION code.The management strategy adopted consists of fuel element position changing at the beginning of each reactor cycle in order to decrease the radial peak factor. The bi-dimensional, two group First Order perturbation theory was used for the mathematical modeling. (L.C.J.A.)

  4. A WORD-OF-MOUSE APPROACH FOR WORD-OF-MOUTH MEASUREMENT

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    Andreia Gabriela ANDREI

    2012-01-01

    Despite of the fact that word-of-mouth phenomenon gained unseen dimensions, only few studies have focused on its measurement and only three of them developed a word-of-mouth construct. Our study develops a bi-dimensional scale which assigns usual word-of-mouth mechanisms available in online networking sites (eg: Recommend, Share, Like, Comment) into the WOM (+) - positive word-of-mouth valence dimension - respectively into the WOM (-) - negative word-of-mouth valence dimension. We adapted e-W...

  5. 1-octen-3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1 -> 6-beta-glucopyranoside, a minor substance from the leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae

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    Ana P. Almeida

    Full Text Available From the leaves of Kalanchoe pinnata (Crassulaceae, a medicinal plant widely used against inflammatory processes which exhibit a important immunosuppressive and anti-leishmanial activities, was isolated a minor vinylic aliphatic alcohol diglycoside which structure was proposed as the known 1-octen-3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl-(1 -> 6-beta-glucopyranoside based on ¹H and 13C mono and bi-dimensional NMR experiments and GC-MS analysis, after successive chromatographic column procedures. This molecule is a water-soluble derivative of the volatile aglicone 1-octen-3-ol that appears to be attractant of pollinators and signalling of defence against herbivores.

  6. Two-dimensional wavelet transform feature extraction for porous silicon chemical sensors.

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    Murguía, José S; Vergara, Alexander; Vargas-Olmos, Cecilia; Wong, Travis J; Fonollosa, Jordi; Huerta, Ramón

    2013-06-27

    Designing reliable, fast responding, highly sensitive, and low-power consuming chemo-sensory systems has long been a major goal in chemo-sensing. This goal, however, presents a difficult challenge because having a set of chemo-sensory detectors exhibiting all these aforementioned ideal conditions are still largely un-realizable to-date. This paper presents a unique perspective on capturing more in-depth insights into the physicochemical interactions of two distinct, selectively chemically modified porous silicon (pSi) film-based optical gas sensors by implementing an innovative, based on signal processing methodology, namely the two-dimensional discrete wavelet transform. Specifically, the method consists of using the two-dimensional discrete wavelet transform as a feature extraction method to capture the non-stationary behavior from the bi-dimensional pSi rugate sensor response. Utilizing a comprehensive set of measurements collected from each of the aforementioned optically based chemical sensors, we evaluate the significance of our approach on a complex, six-dimensional chemical analyte discrimination/quantification task problem. Due to the bi-dimensional aspects naturally governing the optical sensor response to chemical analytes, our findings provide evidence that the proposed feature extractor strategy may be a valuable tool to deepen our understanding of the performance of optically based chemical sensors as well as an important step toward attaining their implementation in more realistic chemo-sensing applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Using mass spectrometry for identification of ABC transporters from Xanthomonas citri and mutants expressed in different growth conditions

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    Faria, J.N.; Balan, A.; Paes Leme, A.F.

    2012-01-01

    Full text: Xanthomonas citri is a phytopathogenic bacterium that infects citrus plants causing significant losses for the economy. In our group, we have focused on the identification and characterization of ABC transport proteins of this bacterium, in order to determinate their function for growth in vitro and in vivo, during infection. ABC transporters represent one of the largest families of proteins, which transport since small molecules as ions up to oligopeptides and sugars. In prokaryotic cells many works have reported the ABC transport function in pathogenesis, resistance, biofilm formation, infectivity and DNA repair, but until our knowledge, there is no data related to these transporters and X. citri. So, In order to determinate which transporters are expressed in X. citri, we started a proteomic analysis based on mono and bi-dimensional gels associated to mass spectrometry analyses. After growing X. citri and two different mutants deleted for ssuA and nitA genes in LB and minimum media, cellular extracts were obtained and used for preparation of mono and bi-dimensional gels. Seven bands covering the expected mass of ABC transporter components (20 kDa to 50 kDa) in SDS-PAGE were cut off the gel, treated with trypsin and submitted to the MS for protein identification. The results of 2D gels were good enough and will serve as a standard for development of similar experiments in large scale. (author)

  8. Conduction velocity of action potentials measured from unidimensional latency-topography in human and frog skeletal muscle fibers.

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    Homma, S; Nakajima, Y; Hayashi, K; Toma, S

    1986-01-01

    Conduction of an action potential along skeletal muscle fibers was graphically displayed by unidimensional latency-topography, UDLT. Since the slopes of the equipotential line were linear and the width of the line was constant, it was possible to calculate conduction velocity from the slope. To determine conduction direction of the muscle action potential elicited by electric stimulation applied directly to the muscle, surface recording electrodes were placed on a two-dimensional plane over a human muscle. Thus a bi-dimensional topography was obtained. Then, twelve or sixteen surface electrodes were placed linearly along the longitudinal direction of the action potential conduction which was disclosed by the bi-dimensional topography. Thus conduction velocity of muscle action potential in man, calculated from the slope, was for m. brachioradialis, 3.9 +/- 0.4 m/s; for m. biceps brachii, 3.6 +/- 0.2 m/s; for m. sternocleidomastoideus, 3.6 +/- 0.4 m/s. By using a tungsten microelectrode to stimulate the motor axons, a convex-like equipotential line of an action potential in UDLT was obtained from human muscle fibers. Since a similar pattern of UDLT was obtained from experiments on isolated frog muscles, in which the muscle action potential was elicited by stimulating the motor axon, it was assumed that the maximum of the curve corresponds to the end-plate region, and that the slopes on both sides indicate bi-directional conduction of the action potential.

  9. Fricção em braquetes gerada por fios de aço inoxidável, superelásticos com IonGuard e sem IonGuard Friction force on brackets generated by stainless steel wire and superelastic wires with and without IonGuard

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    Luiz Carlos Campos Braga

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a fricção no braquete (Roth, Composite, 10.17.005, 3,2mm, largura 0,022" x 0,030", Torque -2° e angulação +13°, Morelli®, Brasil, utilizando fios ortodônticos retangulares de 0,019" x 0,025" de aço inoxidável (Morelli®, Brasil e de níquel-titânio superelásticos Bioforce com IonGuard e sem IonGuard (Bioforce, GAC®, EUA. MÉTODOS: foram utilizados 24 conjuntos braquetes/segmento de fio, divididos em 3 grupos de acordo com o fio. Cada conjunto braquete/segmento de fio foi testado 3 vezes e obtida uma média. Os ensaios foram realizados em máquina universal de ensaios EMIC DL2000®. Os dados foram submetidos à Análise de Variância com significância de 95%. RESULTADOS: o fio retangular Bioforce com IonGuard apresentou fricção significativamente menor que o Bioforce sem IonGuard, porém sem diferença do fio de aço inoxidável. Entretanto, o coeficiente de variação dos fios Bioforce com e sem IonGuard foi menor que o do fio de aço inoxidável. CONCLUSÃO: os fios retangulares de 0,019" x 0,025" Bioforce com IonGuard apresentam menor fricção que o fio Bioforce sem IonGuard, sem diferença para o fio de aço inoxidável.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the friction forces on brackets (Roth, Composite, 10.17.005, 3.2 mm, width 0.022" x 0.030 ", Torque -2° and angulation +13°, Morelli®, Brazil, with stainless steel orthodontic rectangular wire (Morelli®, Brazil and nickel titanium superelastic Bioforce wires with and without IonGuard (Bioforce, GAC®, USA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-four brackets/wire segment combinations were used, distributed into three groups according to the orthodontic wire. Each bracket/wire segment combination was tested three times. The tests were performed in a universal testing machine Emic DL2000®. The data was submitted to ANOVA one way followed by Tukey's post hoc test (p<0.05. RESULTS: The rectangular orthodontic Bioforce wire

  10. O problema de corte de estoque em indústrias de móveis de pequeno e médio portes

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    Socorro Rangel

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A geração de padrões de corte para cortar painéis retangulares de madeira em itens retangulares menores é uma tarefa rotineira em indústrias de móveis. Além do objetivo usual de minimizar perdas, as indústrias procuram gerar padrões de corte que facilitem o processo de corte. Neste trabalho analisamos os padrões de corte adotados por uma fábrica característica do Pólo Moveleiro de Votuporanga-SP. Propomos uma heurística para a geração de um conjunto de padrões de corte baseados em padrões n-grupos e usamos na solução do problema de corte de estoque. Comparamos a solução do método heurístico com a solução obtida através do método em 2-estágios de Gilmore e Gomory e a prática da fábrica. Os resultados obtidos indicam que a heurística proposta é capaz de gerar padrões de corte similares aos utilizados pela fábrica, com índices de perda iguais ou melhores.Defining cutting patterns to cut rectangular plates to produce smaller rectangular pieces with specified sizes and demands is an every day task in the furniture industry. Besides the usual interest in cutting patterns that minimizes waste, there is also interest in developing cutting patterns that allows a rapid manipulation of the plates. In this work we analyze the cutting patterns used in a furniture industry situated at the state of São Paulo-Brazil and present a heuristic procedure to generate cutting patterns based on n-group guillotine pattern. We compare the heuristic solution with the solution given by the traditional 2-stage Gilmore-Gomory method and the industry practice. The results indicate that the proposed heuristic can generate cutting patterns similar to the ones used in the industry with waste index that are equal or better.

  11. Magneto-electrochemical recovery of diluted metals using three-dimensionally structured electrodes

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    Fernández, Dámaris; Romeral, Luis; Lyons, Michael E. G.

    2015-04-01

    In a typical metal recovery process, where highly purified metals are obtained from a concentrated electrolyte, usually the cathodic electrodes are planar and can be described mainly as bi-dimensional. This leads to a low space-time yield and low normalized space velocity with an impact on production rates. New requirements of low-energy consumption yet intensive production factories impose the need to adequate electrodes in order to comply. Furthermore, a reduction in the number of steps required to achieve a product would be ideal. This suggests that direct electro-precipitation of metals contained in diluted electrolytes would be in principle a desirable technique to implement. However, the less concentrated the solution, the higher the IR drop becomes, making the process more energy-consuming and current efficiency strongly decays. Good potential alternatives arise from three-dimensionally designed electrodes in the form of mesh, porous or fluidized beds, for instance, and several examples are well known in literature. Nevertheless, current efficiency can still be a problem in the more diluted electrolytes. Furthermore, the anodic electrode, where the counter reaction takes place, plays also an important role in determining the current efficiency of the overall process. In this case, the liquid-to-gas phase transition implies that the electrodes get a strong gas shield that increases the IR drop. Whereas shifting from bi-dimensional to three-dimensional electrodes could provide an alternative for achieving better performances, it is still far from the expected targets. Therefore alternative or complementary techniques to improve efficiency are required. It is well known that magnetic fields coupled with electric fields enhance mass transport via de Lorentz and other forces. In this work, the applications and properties of three-dimensional arrays subject to magnetic field interactions are examined and compared with the traditional bi-dimensional electrodes

  12. Homem-máquina: as produções discursivas e os processos de subjetividade desenvolvidos na integração do sujeito com redes digitais

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    Fausi dos Santos

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available O artigo apresenta, a partir da Análise do Discurso de linha francesa, a concepção de sujeito e sua vinculação com o corpo, a razão e os efeitos de sentido produzidos nas redes digitais. Parte da noção de sujeito pensante na filosofia cartesiana, no qual a razão exerce poder sobre o corpo e a matéria. O corpo para Descartes é um obstáculo a ser superado pela mente. Já em Foucault, há um deslocamento da noção de sujeito enquanto unidade ontológica para a noção de sujeito como uma função do discurso. Para Foucault, o sujeito se faz como produto de uma interação sócio-biológica, que se faz e refaz segundo a função e o posicionamento que ocupa no ato discursivo. As redes digitais são espaços de subjetividade, onde ocorre o deslocamento do sujeito em relação ao seu corpo que é anulado momentaneamente enquanto veículo ou invólucro da função-sujeito, dando vazão para a livre circulação do sujeito e da mente em espaços rizomáticos e digitais.

  13. Formação cidadã em enfermagem: mito ou possibilidade utópica?

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    Mara Regina Lemes De Sordi

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho é constatar, a partir da aplicação de questionários aos alunos concluintes do curso de graduação, as concepções de universidade, cidadania, compromisso social e sistema de saúde, que sintetizam sua forma de ver e praticar enfermagem. O Projeto Pedagógico do curso é tomado como referência para análise dos discursos dos alunos. Observa-se que os futuros egressos ainda não evidenciam avanços nas concepções de mundo, de educação e saúde sugerindo que a proposta pedagógica precisa ser constantemente reavaliada para ter impacto na ampliação da visão dos estudantes. Reconhece-se a heterogeneidade discursiva dos alunos contrastando com a aparente semelhança no domínio de conteúdos específicos. Ressalta-se o movimento dialético que afeta as práticas docentes oscilantes entre a formação crítica e formação orientada pela lógica cartesiana. Conclui-se que a avaliação contínua do projeto educacional é estratégia vital para a consolidação de uma formação comprometida com a cidadania coletiva.

  14. Eva en el Paraíso: La construcción y representación del cuerpo femenino en la playa como espacio turístico en Costa Rica

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    Esteban Barboza Núñez

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza la representación del cuerpo femenino como destino turístico, en la promoción de las playas en Costa Rica. Se hace un esbozo del estatus de la figura femenina en el imaginario androcéntrico occidental, desde sus raíces judeocristianas y de pensamiento clásico, hasta el advenimiento de la modernidad. Se reseñan postulados acerca del estatus del cuerpo femenino y la forma en que se construye en las representaciones gráficas; se parte de que la manera en que el cuerpo femenino es representado en la publicidad, enfocada a atraer turistas a la playa, le genera una doble otredad. La primera como mujer, cuyo físico es controlado por un imaginario androcéntrico que lo usa cual Eva-sirena, que tienta y atrae al posible visitante. La segunda como elemento que recrea una fantasía de exploración colonial de una playa prístina y “virginal”, y que la aleja de la modernidad racional cartesiana, en la cual la mente se impone a un cuerpo que debe ser controlado y domesticado por la razón.

  15. Anatomía de la monstruosidad: la figura del monstruo como objeto de la mirada médico-anatómica moderna

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    Fortanet, Joaquin

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an analysis of the monster category on medical research in the modernity. This analysis is based on the development of human anatomy in the sixteenth century and in the study of the physiological relationship between body and organs in the XIX. The Cartesian anatomical research and the naturalization of monster category will open the way to the physiological view of life as a prelude to legal and social medicine.Este texto plantea un análisis de la sustitución de la categoría médica de monstruo por la de hermafrodita. Para ello, se basa en el desarrollo de la anatomía humana en el siglo XVI y en el estudio de la relación fisiológica de los órganos del cuerpo a partir del XIX. Se supondrá como necesaria la investigación anatómica cartesiana y su reflexión sobre el cuerpo para poder abrir el camino a la mirada fisiológica sobre la vida como preludio de la medicina legal y social.

  16. Discursos alrededor del cuerpo, la máquina, la energía y la fatiga: hibridaciones culturales en la Argentina fin-de-siècle Discourses on the body, the 'human motor', energy and fatigue: cultural hybridations in fin-de-siècle Argentina

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    Diego P. Roldán

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Indaga algunos discursos producidos en la Argentina sobre el cuerpo, la máquina, la energía y la fatiga entre fines del siglo XIX y comienzos del XX. A partir de este estudio se procura mostrar cómo el carácter híbrido de estas formulaciones científicamente purificadas colaboró en la construcción de un saber biopolítico (economía orgánica que colocó al cuerpo en relación con la producción (capitalismo y la nación (Estado. De igual forma, analiza los discursos sobre la fatiga y el entrenamiento para evidenciar limitaciones propias de los saberes basados en las escisiones cartesianas.This work investigates some discourses that emerged about the body, the 'human motor', energy and fatigue in Argentina between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Based on this inquiry an attempt is made to show how the hybrid nature of these scientifically purified formulations participated in the construction of biopolitical knowledge (organic economy that projected the body in relation to production (capitalism and the nation (state. Similarly, it analyzes the discourses on fatigue and training in an attempt to pinpoint limitations of areas of knowledge based on a Cartesian split.

  17. Bergson e os dualismos Bergson and dualisms

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    Débora Cristina Morato Pinto

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta introdutoriamente a maneira como Bergson aborda o dualismo ontológico num diálogo crítico com a tradição moderna. A proposta de reconstrução da metafísica em novos termos exige a passagem pela colocação tradicional dos principais problemas filosóficos, em especial o dualismo moderno, cuja origem é cartesiana. Para diluir as antíteses do pensamento conceitual, a filosofia da bergsoniana estabelece um procedimento dualista, a dissociação analítica da experiência determinando seus domínios distintos em natureza. Somente a noção de duração permite a reconciliação entre tais elementos, pensados então como ritmos do tempo. Nossa intenção é mostrar como se esquematiza tal percurso nas duas primeiras obras de Bergson.This article is an introductory presentation to Bergson’s analysis of ontological dualism and his critical dialogue with the modern tradition. The proposal of metaphysical reconstruction demands a study of Cartesian dualism to dissolve the antithetical positions of conceptual thought. In this way, Bergson’s philosophy makes an analytical dissolution of human experience and determines two domains of reality. Only the idea of duration can solve the tensions of Bergson’s dualism.

  18. Pelo direito de ouvir: Falcão, música brega e estereótipos

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    Ivan Fortunato

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo são apresentados argumentos para refutar a ideia de que o gosto musical está intrinsicamente relacionado ao status social, econômico e cultural de cada indivíduo. Porque, com isso, especificamente, marginaliza-se um dos mais complexos compositores brasileiros que é Marcondes Falcão Maia, conhecido como Falcão, ou pelas roupas coloridas e um girassol aderente ao seu paletó. Rotulado como brega, suas canções podem ser interpretadas como uma afronta ao pensamento culto sendo que, portanto, intelectuais não deveriam escutá-lo. O principal objetivo dessa comunicação é o de compartilhar como sua catilogência (alto grau de categoria, lógica e inteligência é revelada ao longo de suas composições, apresentando, dentre outros, análise de conjuntura socioeconômica, crítica à política nacional e a processos burocráticos, controle midiático, homofobia, consumismo e até a própria ciência cartesiana... Ao final, defende-se não apenas a qualidade de sua produção cultural, que se torna pública por meio de um humor colorido de sátiras e paródias, mas o direito de ouvi-lo e com ele aprender.

  19. 'Corpore sano in mens sana'. La dimensión moral de la sangre en la donación de sangre

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    David Casado Neira

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available La concepción moderna de la salud nos remite a la dualidad cartesiana según la cual el ser humano es cuerpo y alma. En la donación de sangre esta división parece claramente marcada, la encarnación es un proceso de civilización, en la donación de sangre el altruismo es la base moral que sustenta esa encarnación. El cuerpo de la persona donante se considera sustancialmente sangre, un mero continente que hace llegar este fluido a los bancos de sangre. El uso biomédico de la sangre donada no anula o excluye una dimensión o aspectos morales, es más, se hace necesario recurrir a una moral para garantizar el don (regalo de la sangre; así el altruismo se concibe como un fenómeno fisiológico a través de una asimilación entre altruismo y disponibilidad extractiva.

  20. El cognitivismo y la negación de la mente: influencia del dualismo cartesiano

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    Rodolfo Bächler Silva

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available El cognitivismo, enfoque predominante en psicología y ciencias cognitivas en general, constituye un paradigma de comprensión de la mente que, en apariencia, resulta compatible con los postulados materialistas de la ciencia. De esta forma, pareciera que este enfoque fuese el primer intento plenamente científico, concebido para investigar y desarrollar explicaciones acerca de la mente. Sin embargo, examinados algunos elementos centrales del cognitivismo, puede apreciarse que, en su interior, esta perspectiva contiene una maniobra reduccionista que deja fuera algunos componentes centrales de la psique, continuando, de alguna forma, la histórica tradición cartesiana de negación de la mente como fenómeno físico y natural. En este trabajo, se revisan los postulados centrales del cognitivismo, los cuales son analizados a la luz del dualismo de sustancias de René Descartes, para develar cuánto de esta perspectiva filosófica sigue presente en las nuevas ciencias de la mente, restringiendo nuestra comprensión de los procesos cognitivos.

  1. O dualismo de Descartes como princípio de sua Filosofia Natural

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    Zelia Ramozzi-Chiarottino

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Procuraremos mostrar que o imaginário ocidental a respeito da filosofia cartesiana como um "dualismo" não superado e responsável pela ruptura do homem com cultura e natureza colide com as reais posições do filósofo. Na aurora da filosofia moderna, com Descartes, um dualismo ainda metafísico entre "dois modos da mesma substância" transforma-se num dualismo gnoseológico entre, de um lado, um sujeito do conhecimento científico (sujeito epistêmico, e, de outro, sistemas a serem explicados: corpo humano e natureza, ou seja, sistemas de conceitos bioquímicos e físicos. Assim, a filosofia de Descartes reúne em si o conteúdo filosófico de toda investigação anterior a ela, convertendo-se no centro do qual se irradiam os múltiplos caminhos e tendências da crítica do conhecimento e da filosofia das ciências.

  2. O Naturalismo Biológico de Searle e a Relação Mente-cérebro

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    Carlos Eduardo de Sousa Lyra

    Full Text Available RESUMO Apresentamos o 'naturalismo biológico' de John Searle enquanto possível referencial filosófico para um estudo da mente em diálogo com a neurociência contemporânea. O método utilizado baseia-se em uma revisão crítica e sistemática das principais obras de John Searle sobre a consciência e o problema mente-corpo, com eventuais consultas a outros autores. Nosso objetivo principal é demonstrar que a resolução apresentada por Searle ao problema mente-corpo acaba por introduzir um dualismo de propriedades ou de perspectivas que não resolve, de fato, o problema. Apesar disso, reconhecemos a posição apresentada por Searle como um avanço importante na tentativa de enfrentar a tradição cartesiana e alguns de seus caudatários contemporâneos.

  3. True believers: the recption of Descartes's meditations by Malebranche and Huet

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    D. Anthony Larivière

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Both Nicholas Malebranche and Pierre-Daniel Huet were at first positively influenced by Descartes's Meditations, and both came to perceive shortcomings in that work. With respect to mind-body dualism, Malebranche attempted to strengthen Descartes's position by jettisoning clarity and distinctness basing it instead on a principle of intentionality. Huet jettisoned the whole position in favor of skepticism. The source of their different responses lay in their different estimations of Descartes's integrity.Tanto Nicholas Malebranche como Pierre-Daniel Huet foram inicialmente positivamente influenciados pelas Meditações de Descartes e ambos terminaram por perceber falhas nesta obra. No que concerne o dualismo mente e corpo, Malebranche buscou fortalecer a posição cartesiana abandonando o critério de clareza e distinção em favor de um princípio de intencionalidade. Huet abandonou o cartesianismo como um todo em favor do ceticismo. A fonte destas respostas diversas está nas avaliações distintas que fizeram da integridade de Descartes.

  4. Gráficas lineales: un proceso de significación a partir de su uso en ingeniería

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    Isabel Tuyub Sánchez

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available En este escrito se analiza el uso de gráficas lineales en una maestría en ingeniería con la intención de generar una base de significación para el desarrollo de pensamiento matemático funcional. Esta investigación de corte socioepistemológico muestra tres casos ilustrativos sobre cómo esta comunidad académico-científica usa gráficas cartesianas. Se evidencian significados propios que provienen del uso de conocimiento matemático y que se integran en una significación mayor con una riqueza en la articulación de nociones como pendiente de rectas y puntos de intersección. El objetivo es mostrar la factibilidad de un cambio didáctico de los objetos hacia las prácticas, ya que estas favorecen un desarrollo intencional de usos del conocimiento matemático, propuesta que puede permear a lo largo del contexto escolar como una herramienta para el desarrollo de pensamiento matemático.

  5. A interdisciplinaridade como um movimento articulador no processo ensino-aprendizagem

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    Juares da Silva Thiesen

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Discute la interdisciplinariedad como un movimiento contemporáneo presente en las dimensiones de la epistemología y de la pedagogía, que viene marcando el rompimiento con una visión cartesiana y mecanicista de mundo y de educación y, al mismo tiempo asumiendo una concepción más integradora, dialéctica y totalizadora en la construcción del conocimiento y de la práctica pedagógica. Inicialmente, se hace una breve presentación del origen histórico de ese movimiento, se discuten aspectos de su conceptuación y sus implicaciones en el campo de las diferentes ciencias contemporáneas para entonces presentar la interdisciplinariedad como un importante fenómeno de articulación del proceso de enseñanza y aprendizaje. El argumento presentado en el texto busca destacar que el movimiento de la interdisciplinariedad puede transformar profundamente la calidad de la educación escolar por intermedio de sus procesos de enseñanza.

  6. Gestão do Conhecimento e Complexidade

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    Ivan Rocha Neto

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Este ensaio tem por objetivo propor uma revisão crítica sobre Estado da Arte da teoria e prática de Gestão do Conhecimento (GC sob o ponto de vista do pensamento complexo. Com estes propósitos foram feitas buscas em várias bases de informação, restringindo as ocorrências aos últimos cinco anos (2007-2011, com as palavras chaves exatas, apenas nos títulos das publicações segundo o aplicativo Program Files \\Harzing's Publish or Perish 3. Esta proposta tem origem nas discussões atuais a respeito das possibilidades e limitações teóricas, práticas e de pesquisa sobre a Gestão do Conhecimento, que têm normalmente sido olhadas segundo a ótica positivista e cartesiana de alguns autores contemporâneos, mas que pode ser estudada do ponto de vista da teoria da complexidade, sendo um campo de investigação deveras promissor.DOI:10.5585/gep.v3i1.41

  7. El Quijote, Descartes y la tradición de la novela autoconsciente

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    Jensen, Julio Hans C.

    2015-01-01

    and Cartesian philosophy emerges that is related to, on the one hand, the appearance of the natural sciences in the sixteenth century and, on the other, to Renaissance individualism. Ultimately, the intention is to situate Don Quixote in its proper historical paradigm. Resumen El presente artículo compara el...... Quijote con la filosofía de Descartes para así indagar en la prácticamente simultánea aparición de, respectivamente, la novela autoconsciente o metaficcional y la filosofía del sujeto. Emerge así una serie de rasgos comunes a la narrativa cervantina y a la filosofía cartesiana, los cuales remiten, por un...... lado, a la aparición de las ciencias naturales en el s. XVI y, por otro, al individualismo renacentista. En definitiva, la intención es ubicar la obra maestra cervantina en el paradigma histórico al que pertenece....

  8. High resolution NMR study of cellulose in solid state and in solution

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    Saint-Germain, Jean

    1983-01-01

    This research thesis reports the study of native cellulose (cotton) and wood by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). As far as the cotton spectrum is concerned, the author assigned resonances which more specifically corresponded to amorphous or crystalline areas. Wood was studied in its bulk condition, and resonances have been determined for the different wood components. The behaviour of cellulose in solution in a solvent has been studied by liquid high resolution NMR. The solvation mechanism has been determined and a study of model components of the macromolecule allowed a conformational study of cellulose in this solvent to be performed. Bi-dimensional NMR and longitudinal relaxation time measurements highlighted the existence of an intramolecular hydrogen bond in the cellulose in solution [fr

  9. IS THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT THE ACTUAL CONTEXT FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RESEARCH?

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    Fernando A. Ribeiro Serra

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The International Business Environment (IBE has been argued to be the essential context for international business (IB studies and the distinguishing factor from other management studies and studies of large enterprises. Two content analysis show that many papers published in top tier IB journals either lack reference to any dimension of the IBE or tend to be uni-or bi-dimensional when addressing the IBE; it is not a surprise that the cultural dimension is the most often used. We suggest that: (a there is need to developed more uni-and multi-dimensional environmental constructs; (ba more holistic view of the IBE provides richer insights on the actual complexity underlying IB research. Future studiesthat provide more comprehensive models of the IBE that overcome the usual broad classifications of the internationalenvironment as undefined and uncontrollable factors are warranted to advance conceptual and empirical research.

  10. Neuromorphic Silicon Neuron Circuits

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    Indiveri, Giacomo; Linares-Barranco, Bernabé; Hamilton, Tara Julia; van Schaik, André; Etienne-Cummings, Ralph; Delbruck, Tobi; Liu, Shih-Chii; Dudek, Piotr; Häfliger, Philipp; Renaud, Sylvie; Schemmel, Johannes; Cauwenberghs, Gert; Arthur, John; Hynna, Kai; Folowosele, Fopefolu; Saighi, Sylvain; Serrano-Gotarredona, Teresa; Wijekoon, Jayawan; Wang, Yingxue; Boahen, Kwabena

    2011-01-01

    Hardware implementations of spiking neurons can be extremely useful for a large variety of applications, ranging from high-speed modeling of large-scale neural systems to real-time behaving systems, to bidirectional brain–machine interfaces. The specific circuit solutions used to implement silicon neurons depend on the application requirements. In this paper we describe the most common building blocks and techniques used to implement these circuits, and present an overview of a wide range of neuromorphic silicon neurons, which implement different computational models, ranging from biophysically realistic and conductance-based Hodgkin–Huxley models to bi-dimensional generalized adaptive integrate and fire models. We compare the different design methodologies used for each silicon neuron design described, and demonstrate their features with experimental results, measured from a wide range of fabricated VLSI chips. PMID:21747754

  11. Risk assessment and modeling of technical solutions for filtrations earth dams

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    Michael Álvarez González

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the evaluation and the analysis of three types of filter geometry to evaluate the filtration risk in Zaza Reservoir, taking as starting point the historic characteristics of the fluctuation of water levels inside the earth dam. The work is based on the experience of a multidisciplinary team and previous research with bi-dimensional models, using the Finite Elements Method for the solution of basic engineering problems. Also, the results of the installation of a new filter system with a geospatial index are evaluated (under criteria of threats, vulnerability, and risk with spatial visualization data in a Geographical Information System for thematic maps generation, that represent how much the water level varies inside the dam according to the different filters evaluated.

  12. Effects of social support and self-esteem on depressive symptoms in Japanese middle-aged and elderly people.

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    Fukukawa, Y; Tsuboi, S; Niino, N; Ando, F; Kosugi, S; Shimokata, H

    2000-04-01

    We examined the relationship among social support, self-esteem, and depression. The subjects were 1,116 Japanese community-dwelling adults aged between 40-79, who were the first wave participants of the National Institute for Longevity Sciences--Longitudinal Study of Aging (NILS-LSA). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were performed on the Rosenberg's self-esteem scale that supported the superiority of the bi-dimensional structure of the scale marked by self-confidence and self-deprecation subscales. The subsequent causal analyses, using structural equation modeling, demonstrated that social support reduced depressed affect through an increase in self-confidence and a decrease in self-deprecation. By contrast, social support did not show a direct effect on depressed affect. The findings suggest the importance of esteem-improving elements of social support in reducing depressive symptoms.

  13. Reliability of numerical wind tunnels for VAWT simulation

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    Castelli, M. Raciti; Masi, M.; Battisti, L.; Benini, E.; Brighenti, A.; Dossena, V.; Persico, G.

    2016-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based on the Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (URANS) equations have long been widely used to study vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs). Following a comprehensive experimental survey on the wakes downwind of a troposkien-shaped rotor, a campaign of bi-dimensional simulations is presented here, with the aim of assessing its reliability in reproducing the main features of the flow, also identifying areas needing additional research. Starting from both a well consolidated turbulence model (k-ω SST) and an unstructured grid typology, the main simulation settings are here manipulated in a convenient form to tackle rotating grids reproducing a VAWT operating in an open jet wind tunnel. The dependence of the numerical predictions from the selected grid spacing is investigated, thus establishing the less refined grid size that is still capable of capturing some relevant flow features such as integral quantities (rotor torque) and local ones (wake velocities). (paper)

  14. Reliability of numerical wind tunnels for VAWT simulation

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    Raciti Castelli, M.; Masi, M.; Battisti, L.; Benini, E.; Brighenti, A.; Dossena, V.; Persico, G.

    2016-09-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based on the Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (URANS) equations have long been widely used to study vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs). Following a comprehensive experimental survey on the wakes downwind of a troposkien-shaped rotor, a campaign of bi-dimensional simulations is presented here, with the aim of assessing its reliability in reproducing the main features of the flow, also identifying areas needing additional research. Starting from both a well consolidated turbulence model (k-ω SST) and an unstructured grid typology, the main simulation settings are here manipulated in a convenient form to tackle rotating grids reproducing a VAWT operating in an open jet wind tunnel. The dependence of the numerical predictions from the selected grid spacing is investigated, thus establishing the less refined grid size that is still capable of capturing some relevant flow features such as integral quantities (rotor torque) and local ones (wake velocities).

  15. Heterogeneous fundamentalists and market maker inventories

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    Carraro, Alessandro; Ricchiuti, Giorgio

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we develop a heterogeneous agents model of asset price and inventory with a market maker who considers the excess demand of two groups of agents that employ the same trading rule (i.e. fundamentalists) with different beliefs on the fundamental value. The dynamics of our model is driven by a bi-dimensional discrete non-linear map. We show that the market maker has a destabilizing role when she actively manages the inventory. Moreover, inventory share and the distance between agents’ beliefs strongly influence the results: market instability and periodic, or even, chaotic price fluctuations can be generated. Finally, we show through simulations that endogenous fluctuations of the fractions of agents may trigger instability for a larger set of parameters.

  16. Materials selection as an interdisciplinary technical activity: basic methodology and case studies

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    M. Ferrante

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available The technical activity known as Materials Selection is reviewed in its concepts and methodologies. Objectives and strategies are briefly presented and two important features are introduced and discussed; (i Merit Indices: a combination of materials properties, which maximises the objectives chosen by the designer and (ii Materials Properties Maps: a bi-dimensional space whose coordinates are pairs of properties in which materials can be plotted and compared directly in terms of their merit indices. A general strategy for the deduction of these indices is explained and a formal methodology to establish a ranking of candidate materials when multiple constraints intervene is presented. Finally, two case studies are discussed in depth, one related to materials substitution in the context of mechanical design and a less conventional case linking material selection to physical comfort in the home furniture industry.

  17. Replicate periodic windows in the parameter space of driven oscillators

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    Medeiros, E.S., E-mail: esm@if.usp.br [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Souza, S.L.T. de [Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del-Rei, Campus Alto Paraopeba, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Medrano-T, R.O. [Departamento de Ciencias Exatas e da Terra, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Diadema, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Caldas, I.L. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

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    Highlights: > We apply a weak harmonic perturbation to control chaos in two driven oscillators. > We find replicate periodic windows in the driven oscillator parameter space. > We find that the periodic window replication is associated with the chaos control. - Abstract: In the bi-dimensional parameter space of driven oscillators, shrimp-shaped periodic windows are immersed in chaotic regions. For two of these oscillators, namely, Duffing and Josephson junction, we show that a weak harmonic perturbation replicates these periodic windows giving rise to parameter regions correspondent to periodic orbits. The new windows are composed of parameters whose periodic orbits have the same periodicity and pattern of stable and unstable periodic orbits already existent for the unperturbed oscillator. Moreover, these unstable periodic orbits are embedded in chaotic attractors in phase space regions where the new stable orbits are identified. Thus, the observed periodic window replication is an effective oscillator control process, once chaotic orbits are replaced by regular ones.

  18. Tomography of a simply magnetized toroidal plasma

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    Ruggero, BARNI; Stefano, CALDIROLA; Luca, FATTORINI; Claudia, RICCARDI

    2018-02-01

    Optical emission spectroscopy is a passive diagnostic technique, which does not perturb the plasma state. In particular, in a hydrogen plasma, Balmer-alpha (H α ) emission can be easily measured in the visible range along a line of sight from outside the plasma vessel. Other emission lines in the visible spectral range from hydrogen atoms and molecules can be exploited too, in order to gather complementary pieces of information on the plasma state. Tomography allows us to capture bi-dimensional structures. We propose to adopt an emission spectroscopy tomography for studying the transverse profiles of magnetized plasmas when Abel inversion is not exploitable. An experimental campaign was carried out at the Thorello device, a simple magnetized torus. The characteristics of the profile extraction method, which we implemented for this purpose are discussed, together with a few results concerning the plasma profiles in a simply magnetized torus configuration.

  19. The effect of initial pressure on detonation propagation across a mixture

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    Yao-Chung Hsu

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This study determines the effect of the initial pressure on the propagation of a Chapman–Jouguet detonation wave from a stoichiometric C3H8/O2 mixture (donor to a stoichiometric C3H8/air mixture (acceptor. Depending on the initial pressure ratio in the donor and the acceptor, the result can be a smooth transmission, a re-initiated detonation wave, or a transmitted shock wave. When the donor is divided into a driver donor and a driven donor, the degree of overdrive in a driven donor varies with the donor pressure ratio. There must be a greater degree of overdrive in the driven donor for re-initiation of a detonation wave in the acceptor, particularly if the initial pressure in the driven donor is lower than the Chapman–Jouguet pressure in the acceptor. The bi-dimensional effect is also another major factor.

  20. Iter in vessel viewing system design and assessment activities

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    Neri, C., E-mail: carlo.neri@enea.it [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA sulla Fusione, Via Enrico Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati, Rome (Italy); Costa, P.; Ferri De Collibus, M.; Florean, M.; Mugnaini, G.; Pillon, M.; Pollastrone, F.; Rossi, P. [Associazione EURATOM-ENEA sulla Fusione, Via Enrico Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati, Rome (Italy)

    2011-10-15

    The In Vessel Viewing System (IVVS) is fundamental remote handling equipment, which will be used to make a survey of the status of the blanket first wall and divertor plasma facing components. A prototype of a laser In Vessel Viewing and ranging System was developed and tested at ENEA laboratories in Frascati under EFDA task agreements, it is able to perform sub-millimetric bi-dimensional and three-dimensional images inside ITER during maintenance procedure allowing the evaluation of the state and damages of the in-vessel surface. The present prototype has been designed to operate under room conditions and starting from springtime 2009 a Grant with F4E is in progress for the design and the assessment of the IVVS system for ITER, keeping in account all the environmental conditions and constraints.

  1. Attachment, conflict and self-esteem in adolescents from intact and divorced families / Apego, conflito e auto-estima em adolescentes de famílias intactas e divorciadas

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    Catarina Pinheiro Mota

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to analyze the differential contribution to adolescent's self-esteem concerning family structure (intact and divorced families, interparental conflict, and attachment to parents and peers. The sample consisted of 403 adolescents, aged from 14 to 19. Univariate ANOVA showed that family structure does not predict self-esteem, but adolescents from intact families with higher levels of interparental conflict presented lower self-esteem. Parental attachment patterns derived from cluster analysis and based on Bartholomew bi-dimensional model were associated with self-esteem, namely, with higher levels for adolescents with a secure style. An ANOVA showed no moderation role in predicting adolescents' self-esteem, when attachment to parents and peers were considered as independent factors. On the other hand, multiple regression results indicated that high quality bonds to parents and peers are predictors of self-esteem.

  2. Calculation of electromagnetic field in electric machines through the finite element: Electromagnetic modeling; Calculo de campos electromagneticos en maquinas electricas mediante elemento finito: Modelacion electromagnetica

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    Rosales, Mario F [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1988-12-31

    In this article are presented the general characteristics of the electromagnetic phenomena that can be described by means of the software CALIIE-2D of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) derived from a modeling based in the magnetic and electric potentials, always using the MKS rationalized units system. Closed regions are considered with axial or moving symmetry to incorporate the bi-dimensional behavior of the electromagnetic fields. The possibility of means with movement is also included. [Espanol] En este articulo se presentan las caracteristicas generales de los fenomenos electromagneticos que pueden describirse mediante el programa de computo CALIIE-2D, del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), que provienen de una modelacion basada en los potenciales magnetico y electrico, en esta se utiliza sistema MKS racionalizado de unidades. Se consideran regiones cerradas con simetria axial o traslacional para incorporar el comportamiento bidimensional de los campos electromagneticos, se incluye tambien la posibilidad de medios con movimiento.

  3. Dispersion analysis and measurement of circular cylindrical wedge-like acoustic waveguides.

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    Yu, Tai-Ho

    2015-09-01

    This study investigated the propagation of flexural waves along the outer edge of a circular cylindrical wedge, the phase velocities, and the corresponding mode displacements. Thus far, only approximate solutions have been derived because the corresponding boundary-value problems are complex. In this study, dispersion curves were determined using the bi-dimensional finite element method and derived through the separation of variables and the Hamilton principle. Modal displacement calculations clarified that the maximal deformations appeared at the outer edge of the wedge tip. Numerical examples indicated how distinct thin-film materials deposited on the outer surface of the circular cylindrical wedge influenced the dispersion curves. Additionally, dispersion curves were measured using a laser-induced guided wave, a knife-edge measurement scheme, and a two-dimensional fast Fourier transform method. Both the numerical and experimental results correlated closely, thus validating the numerical solution. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Photoluminescence study of the nitrogen content effect on GaAs/GaAs1-xNx/GaAs/AlGaAs: (Si) quantum well

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    Hamdouni, A.; Bousbih, F.; Ben bouzid, S.; Aloulou, S.; Harmand, J.C.; Chtourou, R.

    2008-01-01

    We study the effect of nitrogen content in modulation-doped GaAs/GaAs 1-x N x /GaAs/GaAlAs:(Si) quantum well using low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy. The samples were grown on GaAs (001) substrates by molecular-beam epitaxy with different nitrogen compositions. The variation of the nitrogen composition from 0.04% to 0.32% associated to the bi-dimensional electron gas gives a new interaction mode between the nitrogen localized states and the GaAs 1-x N x /GaAs energies levels. The red-shift observed in photoluminescence spectra as function of nitrogen content has been interpreted in the frame of the band anticrossing model

  5. Describing to compute

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    Adriana Rossi

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the advantages due to the possibility of generating complex surfaces starting from bi-dimensional geometries by means of CAD softwares are discussed. Two case studies are presented to show the hypothetical variation of three primary choice cycles. The study of basic geometries (a, paths where the geometries are swept along (b, places occupied by the sections lofting the paths (c. The strong innovation contained in the continuity of invention process is deeply appreciated. This is especially true when that process is not the result of habit and finds its roots in the principles and in the criteria of geometry. Nothing is left to improvisation in this discipline: every concept is based on mathematical calculus.

  6. Self-regulation processes in the life-course: primary and secondary control / Processos de auto-regulação no curso de vida: controle primário e controle secundário

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    Hilma Tereza Tôrres Khoury

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This article discusses relevant concepts of life course perspective which are not very much diffused in Brazil: primary and secondary control. The former refers to efforts to change the environment so that it fits individual's needs. The latter involves efforts to fit in with the environment. The original definitions are presented as a two-process model of control in contrast to one-process models such as learned helplessness. Furthermore, it discusses a conceptual revision, which modified and expanded these constructs as a bi-dimensional model that relates primary and secondary control to the concepts of selection and compensation. In process of arguing about those, suggestions are presented for thinking and expanding the theoretical and conceptual discussion of these constructs.

  7. Resolution of unsteady Maxwell equations with charges in non convex domains

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    Garcia, Emmanuelle

    2002-01-01

    This research thesis deals with the modelling and numerical resolution of problems related to plasma physics. The interaction of charged particles (electrons and ions) with electromagnetic fields is modelled with the system of unsteady Vlasov-Maxwell coupled equations (the Vlasov system describes the transport of charged particles and the Maxwell equations describe the wave propagation). The author presents definitions related to singular domains, establishes a Helmholtz decomposition in a space of electro-magnetostatic solutions. He reports a mathematical analysis of decompositions into a regular and a singular part of general functional spaces intervening in the investigation of the Maxwell system in complex geometries. The method is then implemented for bi-dimensional domains. A last part addressed the study and the numerical resolution of three-dimensional problems

  8. Context-specific attentional sampling: Intentional control as a pre-requisite for contextual control.

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    Brosowsky, Nicholaus P; Crump, Matthew J C

    2016-08-01

    Recent work suggests that environmental cues associated with previous attentional control settings can rapidly and involuntarily adjust attentional priorities. The current study tests predictions from adaptive-learning and memory-based theories of contextual control about the role of intentions for setting attentional priorities. To extend the empirical boundaries of contextual control phenomena, and to determine whether theoretical principles of contextual control are generalizable we used a novel bi-dimensional stimulus sampling task. Subjects viewed briefly presented arrays of letters and colors presented above or below fixation, and identified specific stimuli according to a dimensional (letter or color) and positional cue. Location was predictive of the cued dimension, but not the position or identity. In contrast to previous findings, contextual control failed to develop through automatic, adaptive-learning processes. Instead, previous experience with intentionally changing attentional sampling priorities between different contexts was required for contextual control to develop. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. [Internet addiction: development and validation of an instrument in adolescent scholars in Lima, Peru].

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    Lam-Figueroa, Nelly; Contreras-Pulache, Hans; Mori-Quispe, Elizabeth; Nizama-Valladolid, Martín; Gutiérrez, César; Hinostroza-Camposano, Williams; Reyes, Erasmo Torrejón; Hinostroza-Camposano, Richard; Coaquira-Condori, Elizabeth; Hinostroza-Camposano, Willy David

    2011-01-01

    To develop and validate an instrument to assess Internet Addiction (IA) phenomenon in adolescents of Metropolitan Lima. We performed an observational analytical study, including a sample of 248 high school adolescent students. In order to evaluate the IA, we constructed the questionnaire: "Scale for Internet Addiction of Lima" (SIAL), which assesses symptoms and dysfunctional characteristics. The resulting items were submitted to experts' judgment, finally obtaining a 11-item scale. The mean age was 14 years old. The psychometric analysis of the instrument showed a Cronbach' Alpha Coefficient of 0.84, with values of item-total correlation ranging from 0.45 to 0.59. The dimensional analysis yielded a two-dimensional structure that explained up to 50.7% of the total variance. The bi-dimensional data analysis revealed a significant association (paddiction has a dynamic role, which evidences a problem generated in family patterns and inadequate social networks.

  10. Analysis of transit time spread on FBK silicon photomultipliers

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    Acerbi, F.; Gola, A.; Ferri, A.; Zorzi, N.; Paternoster, G.; Piemonte, C.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we studied one of the aspects potentially limiting the single-photon time-resolution (SPTR) of the silicon photomultiplier (SiPM): the transit time spread (TTS). We illuminated the SiPM in different positions with a fast-pulsed laser collimated to a circular spot of 0.2 mm-diameter and acquired bi-dimensional maps of the avalanche-signal arrival time of RGB and RGB-HD SiPMs, produced at FBK. We studied the effect of both the number of bonding wires connecting the device to the package and the layout of the top-metal connection (on the device). We found that the TTS does not simply depend on the trace length between the cell and the bonding pad and it could vary in the range between tens of picoseconds (with 3 bonding connections) to more than one hundred of picoseconds (with one connection)

  11. Calculation of electromagnetic field in electric machines through the finite element: Electromagnetic modeling; Calculo de campos electromagneticos en maquinas electricas mediante elemento finito: Modelacion electromagnetica

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    Rosales, Mario F. [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1987-12-31

    In this article are presented the general characteristics of the electromagnetic phenomena that can be described by means of the software CALIIE-2D of the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) derived from a modeling based in the magnetic and electric potentials, always using the MKS rationalized units system. Closed regions are considered with axial or moving symmetry to incorporate the bi-dimensional behavior of the electromagnetic fields. The possibility of means with movement is also included. [Espanol] En este articulo se presentan las caracteristicas generales de los fenomenos electromagneticos que pueden describirse mediante el programa de computo CALIIE-2D, del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE), que provienen de una modelacion basada en los potenciales magnetico y electrico, en esta se utiliza sistema MKS racionalizado de unidades. Se consideran regiones cerradas con simetria axial o traslacional para incorporar el comportamiento bidimensional de los campos electromagneticos, se incluye tambien la posibilidad de medios con movimiento.

  12. Development of parallel GPU based algorithms for problems in nuclear area

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    Almeida, Adino Americo Heimlich

    2009-01-01

    Graphics Processing Units (GPU) are high performance co-processors intended, originally, to improve the use and quality of computer graphics applications. Since researchers and practitioners realized the potential of using GPU for general purpose, their application has been extended to other fields out of computer graphics scope. The main objective of this work is to evaluate the impact of using GPU in two typical problems of Nuclear area. The neutron transport simulation using Monte Carlo method and solve heat equation in a bi-dimensional domain by finite differences method. To achieve this, we develop parallel algorithms for GPU and CPU in the two problems described above. The comparison showed that the GPU-based approach is faster than the CPU in a computer with two quad core processors, without precision loss. (author)

  13. IMPROVEMENT OF SLAB REHEATING PROCESS AT USIMINAS THROUGH MATHEMATICAL SIMULATION

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    Antônio Adel dos Santos

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Basic characteristics and application examples of the mathematical simulator for reheating process in walking-beam type furnaces, that has been developed and applied to Usiminas plate mill line at Ipatinga, are shown in this paper. This is a bi-dimensional mathematical model solved by the finite volume method, validated by temperature measurements inside the slab during heating and coded as a visual tool. Among these applications, the following can be highlighted: (i determination of suitable furnace zone temperatures and residence times for processing steels by accelerated cooling technology; (ii determination of slab average temperature at discharging as well as at each zone exit, supplying data to be fed to the automation system at the comissioning stage; (iii analyses of slab thermal distribution through the reheating process, enabling operational optimization

  14. Innate and Cultural Spatial Time: A Developmental Perspective

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    Barbara Magnani

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available We reviewed literature to understand when a spatial map for time is available in the brain. We carefully defined the concepts of metrical map of time and of conceptual representation of time as the mental time line (MTL in order to formulate our position. It is that both metrical map and conceptual representation of time are spatial in nature. The former should be innate, related to motor/implicit timing, it should represent all magnitudes with an analogic and bi-dimensional structure. The latter MTL should be learned, available at about 8–10 years-old and related to cognitive/explicit time. It should have uni-dimensional, linear and directional structure (left-to-right in Western culture. We bear the centrality of the development of number cognition, of time semantic concepts and of reading/writing habits for the development of ordinality and linearity of the MTL.

  15. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction analysis for quantitative defect evaluation in GaP/Si nanolayers

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    Nguyen Thanh, T.; Robert, C. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France); Létoublon, A., E-mail: Antoine.letoublon@insa-rennes.fr [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France); Cornet, C. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France); Quinci, T. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France); CEA LCP, INES, 50 av. du Lac Léman, Savoie Technolac, 73375 Le Bourget du Lac (France); Giudicelli, E.; Almosni, S. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France); Boudet, N. [CRG-D2AM, ESRF and Inst. Néel, CNRS-UJF, 25 Av des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble (France); Ponchet, A. [CEMES, CNRS, Université de Toulouse, 29 rue J. Marvig BP 94347, 31055 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Kuyyalil, J. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France); Danila, M. [National Institute for Research and Development in Microtechnologies (IMT), 126A Erou Iancu Nicolae Street, 077190, Bucharest (Romania); Durand, O.; Bertru, N.; Le Corre, A. [Université Européenne de Bretagne, INSA, FOTON, UMR 6082, F-35708 RENNES (France)

    2013-08-31

    In the context of III–V monolithic integration on silicon, synchrotron X-ray diffraction has been employed in this study using a bi-dimensional large area hybrid pixel detector (XPAD third generation) to characterize defects in the GaP layers. Despite a very coherent interface (low plastic relaxation) of GaP/Si, 2 types of defect are detected. Micro-twins contributions are evidenced and quantitatively evaluated from additional reflections analysis. Antiphase domains are evidenced using the Williamson-Hall-like plot method applied to transverse scans extracted directly from single XPAD images taken on specular GaP reflections. - Highlights: ► Antiphase domain evidence and characterization in GaP/Si using X-ray diffraction ► Microtwin evidence and characterization ► Synchrotron diffraction ► Large area X-ray hybrid pixel detector.

  16. Structural and conformational study of polysaccharides by nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Bossennec, Veronique

    1989-01-01

    As some natural polysaccharides are involved in important biological processes, the use of nuclear magnetic resonance appears to be an adapted mean to determine their structure-activity relationship and is therefore the object of this research thesis. By using bi-dimensional proton-based NMR techniques, it is possible to identify minority saccharide units, to determine their conformation, and to identify units which they are bound to. The author reports the application of these methods to swine mucosa heparin, and to heparins displaying a high and low anticoagulant activity. The dermatan sulphate has also been studied, and the NMR analysis allowed some polymer structure irregularities to be identified. A molecular modelling of dermatan sulphate has been performed [fr

  17. On the exact solution for the multi-group kinetic neutron diffusion equation in a rectangle

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    Petersen, C.Z.; Vilhena, M.T.M.B. de; Bodmann, B.E.J.

    2011-01-01

    In this work we consider the two-group bi-dimensional kinetic neutron diffusion equation. The solution procedure formalism is general with respect to the number of energy groups, neutron precursor families and regions with different chemical compositions. The fast and thermal flux and the delayed neutron precursor yields are expanded in a truncated double series in terms of eigenfunctions that, upon insertion into the kinetic equation and upon taking moments, results in a first order linear differential matrix equation with source terms. We split the matrix appearing in the transformed problem into a sum of a diagonal matrix plus the matrix containing the remaining terms and recast the transformed problem into a form that can be solved in the spirit of Adomian's recursive decomposition formalism. Convergence of the solution is guaranteed by the Cardinal Interpolation Theorem. We give numerical simulations and comparisons with available results in the literature. (author)

  18. A novel mechatronic system for measuring end-point stiffness: mechanical design and preliminary tests.

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    Masia, L; Sandini, G; Morasso, P G

    2011-01-01

    Measuring arm stiffness is of great interest for many disciplines from biomechanics to medicine especially because modulation of impedance represents one of the main mechanism underlying control of movement and interaction with external environment. Previous works have proposed different methods to identify multijoint hand stiffness by using planar or even tridimensional haptic devices, but the associated computational burden makes them not easy to implement. We present a novel mechanism conceived for measuring multijoint planar stiffness by a single measurement and in a reduced execution time. A novel mechanical rotary device applies cyclic radial perturbation to human arm of a known displacement and the force is acquired by means of a 6-axes commercial load cell. The outcomes suggest that the system is not only reliable but allows obtaining a bi-dimensional estimation of arm stiffness in reduced amount of time and the results are comparable with those reported in previous researches. © 2011 IEEE

  19. Application and performance of an ML-EM algorithm in NEXT

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    Simón, A.; Lerche, C.; Monrabal, F.; Gómez-Cadenas, J. J.; Álvarez, V.; Azevedo, C. D. R.; Benlloch-Rodríguez, J. M.; Borges, F. I. G. M.; Botas, A.; Cárcel, S.; Carrión, J. V.; Cebrián, S.; Conde, C. A. N.; Díaz, J.; Diesburg, M.; Escada, J.; Esteve, R.; Felkai, R.; Fernandes, L. M. P.; Ferrario, P.; Ferreira, A. L.; Freitas, E. D. C.; Goldschmidt, A.; González-Díaz, D.; Gutiérrez, R. M.; Hauptman, J.; Henriques, C. A. O.; Hernandez, A. I.; Hernando Morata, J. A.; Herrero, V.; Jones, B. J. P.; Labarga, L.; Laing, A.; Lebrun, P.; Liubarsky, I.; López-March, N.; Losada, M.; Martín-Albo, J.; Martínez-Lema, G.; Martínez, A.; McDonald, A. D.; Monteiro, C. M. B.; Mora, F. J.; Moutinho, L. M.; Muñoz Vidal, J.; Musti, M.; Nebot-Guinot, M.; Novella, P.; Nygren, D. R.; Palmeiro, B.; Para, A.; Pérez, J.; Querol, M.; Renner, J.; Ripoll, L.; Rodríguez, J.; Rogers, L.; Santos, F. P.; dos Santos, J. M. F.; Sofka, C.; Sorel, M.; Stiegler, T.; Toledo, J. F.; Torrent, J.; Tsamalaidze, Z.; Veloso, J. F. C. A.; Webb, R.; White, J. T.; Yahlali, N.

    2017-08-01

    The goal of the NEXT experiment is the observation of neutrinoless double beta decay in 136Xe using a gaseous xenon TPC with electroluminescent amplification and specialized photodetector arrays for calorimetry and tracking. The NEXT Collaboration is exploring a number of reconstruction algorithms to exploit the full potential of the detector. This paper describes one of them: the Maximum Likelihood Expectation Maximization (ML-EM) method, a generic iterative algorithm to find maximum-likelihood estimates of parameters that has been applied to solve many different types of complex inverse problems. In particular, we discuss a bi-dimensional version of the method in which the photosensor signals integrated over time are used to reconstruct a transverse projection of the event. First results show that, when applied to detector simulation data, the algorithm achieves nearly optimal energy resolution (better than 0.5% FWHM at the Q value of 136Xe) for events distributed over the full active volume of the TPC.

  20. The use of the neuronavigator in the orbital surgery of a rare case of Rosai-Dorfman disease.

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    Cascone, Piero; Santamaria, Sergio; Mercurio, Alessandra; Polito, Ennio

    2004-07-01

    Neuronavigators are robotic devices that can help to bridge the gap between the data of three-dimensional images and the object by means of interactive computerized programs. A rare case of Rosai-Dorfman disease with prevalent bilateral endo-orbital interest is reported, in which an assisting neuronavigation system was used. The navigation system used is a stereotaxic system without the use of supporting mechanical arms, permitting bi-dimensional and tridimensional reconstruction through the data that are obtained from diagnostic equipment such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, single photon emission computed tomography, and positron emission tomography. This system has given an accurate localization of the pathological findings and has permitted a precise evaluation of the relation between the lesion and intraconical structures, which are fundamental requisites to optimize the treatment and reduce the postsurgical complications. The exciting results achieved in cerebral parenchyma surgery motivate extension of the use of neuronavigator systems to the splanchnocranial complex.

  1. Single Photon Avalanche Diodes: Towards the Large Bidimensional Arrays

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    Emilio Sciacca

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Single photon detection is one of the most challenging goals of photonics. In recent years, the study of ultra-fast and/or low-intensity phenomena has received renewed attention from the academic and industrial communities. Intense research activity has been focused on bio-imaging applications, bio-luminescence, bio-scattering methods, and, more in general, on several applications requiring high speed operation and high timing resolution. In this paper we present design and characterization of bi-dimensional arrays of a next generation of single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs. Single photon sensitivity, dark noise, afterpulsing and timing resolution of the single SPAD have been examined in several experimental conditions. Moreover, the effects arising from their integration and the readout mode have also been deeply investigated.

  2. Neuromorphic silicon neuron circuits

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    Giacomo eIndiveri

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Hardware implementations of spiking neurons can be extremely useful for a large variety of applications, ranging from high-speed modeling of large-scale neural systems to real-time behaving systems, to bidirectional brain-machine interfaces. The specific circuit solutions used to implement silicon neurons depend on the application requirements. In this paper we describe the most common building blocks and techniques used to implement these circuits, and present an overview of a wide range of neuromorphic silicon neurons, which implement different computational models, ranging from biophysically realistic and conductance based Hodgkin-Huxley models to bi-dimensional generalized adaptive Integrate and Fire models. We compare the different design methodologies used for each silicon neuron design described, and demonstrate their features with experimental results, measured from a wide range of fabricated VLSI chips.

  3. Development of parallel GPU based algorithms for problems in nuclear area; Desenvolvimento de algoritmos paralelos baseados em GPU para solucao de problemas na area nuclear

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    Almeida, Adino Americo Heimlich

    2009-07-01

    Graphics Processing Units (GPU) are high performance co-processors intended, originally, to improve the use and quality of computer graphics applications. Since researchers and practitioners realized the potential of using GPU for general purpose, their application has been extended to other fields out of computer graphics scope. The main objective of this work is to evaluate the impact of using GPU in two typical problems of Nuclear area. The neutron transport simulation using Monte Carlo method and solve heat equation in a bi-dimensional domain by finite differences method. To achieve this, we develop parallel algorithms for GPU and CPU in the two problems described above. The comparison showed that the GPU-based approach is faster than the CPU in a computer with two quad core processors, without precision loss. (author)

  4. From scientific discovery to health outcomes: A synergistic model of doctoral nursing education.

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    Michael, Melanie J; Clochesy, John M

    2016-05-01

    Across the globe, health system leaders and stakeholder are calling for system-level reforms in education, research, and practice to accelerate the uptake and application of new knowledge in practice and to improve health care delivery and health outcomes. An evolving bi-dimensional research-practice focused model of doctoral nursing education in the U.S. is creating unprecedented opportunities for collaborative translational and investigative efforts for nurse researchers and practitioners. The nursing academy must commit to a shared goal of preparing future generations of nurse scientists and practitioners with the capacity and motivation to work together to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice in order to place nursing at the forefront of health system improvement efforts and advance the profession. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Study of pollutant transport in surface boundary layer by generalized integral transform technique

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    Guerrero, Jesus S.P.; Heilbron Filho, Paulo F.L.; Pimentel, Luiz C.G.; Cataldi, Marcio

    2001-01-01

    A theoretical study was developed to obtain solutions of the atmospheric diffusion equation for various point source, considering radioactive decay and axial diffusion, under neutral atmospheric conditions. It was used an algebraic turbulence model available in the literature, based on Monin-Obukhov similarity theory, for the representation of the turbulent transport in the vertical direction, in the longitudinal directions was considered a constant mass eddy diffusivity . The bi-dimensional transient partial differential equation, representative of the physical phenomena, was transformed into a coupled one-dimensional transient equation system by applying the Generalized Integral Transform Technique. The coupled system was solved numerically using a subroutine based in the lines method. In order to evaluate the computational algorithm were analyzed some representative physical situations. (author)

  6. Eye-orbit NMR imaging: works in progress

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    Cabanis, E.A.; Iba-Zizen, M.T.; Tourbah, A.; Stievenart, J.L.; Nguyen, T.H.; Trocme, P.; Mottier, N.; Thibierge, M.; Haut, J.; Hamard, H.

    1995-01-01

    Progress in brain and eyes magnetic resonance imagery follows improvements in data processing. Most of the 45000 examinations performed since 1984 concerns the head (90%) and a third of them concerns the optic system (from the cornea to the calcarine fissure). The majority of the explorations has been done with a SIGNA GE device (1.5 T, 4 and 5x versions). Image treatment is performed on Advantage Windows stations. Proton spectroscopy is becoming a major tool in myelin evaluation. The spatial resolution of bi-dimensional descriptive anatomy has increased (see for instance the ciliary body and the axonal group of the optical nerve). Problem remains in the fusion of colour or grey scale X-ray scanning images with magnetic resonance images for surface or transparency tri-dimensional analysis of regional anatomy. Dynamic ( 4 D ) anatomy of cone muscles is favourable to the comprehension of theoretical data or precise clinical situations. (J.S.)

  7. Characterization of the new neutron imaging and materials science facility IMAT

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    Minniti, Triestino; Watanabe, Kenichi; Burca, Genoveva; Pooley, Daniel E.; Kockelmann, Winfried

    2018-04-01

    IMAT is a new cold neutron imaging and diffraction instrument located at the second target station of the pulsed neutron spallation source ISIS, UK. A broad range of materials science and materials testing areas will be covered by IMAT. We present the characterization of the imaging part, including the energy-selective and energy-dispersive imaging options, and provide the basic parameters of the radiography and tomography instrument. In particular, detailed studies on mono and bi-dimensional neutron beam flux profiles, neutron flux as a function of the neutron wavelength, spatial and energy dependent neutron beam uniformities, guide artifacts, divergence and spatial resolution, and neutron pulse widths are provided. An accurate characterization of the neutron beam at the sample position, located 56 m from the source, is required to optimize collection of radiographic and tomographic data sets and for performing energy-dispersive neutron imaging via time-of-flight methods in particular.

  8. Estruturas de concreto reforçadas com PRFC Parte I: análise dos modelos de flexão

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    A. L. Gamino

    Full Text Available Este trabalho, apresentado em duas partes, trata da avaliação dos modelos de projeto de estruturas de concreto armado reforçadas com Polímeros Reforçados com Fibras de Carbono (PRFC. Nesta primeira parte são avaliados modelos de flexão originados das recomendações ACI-440 e fib-14, assim como outros modelos mais recentes, disponíveis na literatura. Esses critérios foram aplicados a um total de vinte e cinco vigas reforçadas à flexão, ensaiadas pelos autores, das quais dezesseis com seção retangular e nove com seção "T". Foram aplicados diferentes tipos de compósitos de fibras de carbono (tecidos e laminados, de diferentes fabricantes, encontrados no mercado brasileiro. Os resultados obtidos mostram uma boa proximidade entre as cargas de ruptura calculadas de acordo com as recomendações ACI-440 para reforços à flexão e os valores observados nos ensaios.

  9. Avaliação do comportamento de vigas de bambu laminado colado submetidas à flexão

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    Douglas Mateus de Lima

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho apresenta e discute um estudo experimental de vigas de bambu laminado colado (BLC. Utilizaram-se ripas provenientes do bambu Dendrocalamus giganteus para a confecção de vigas de seção transversal retangular, as quais foram preparadas com quatro diferentes disposições de nós e de emendas. Dois tipos de adesivos foram utilizados: um à base de resorcinol-formaldeído, e outro à base de poliacetato de vinila (PVA. As vigas foram ensaiadas à flexão por meio de quatro pontos de carga. Os resultados foram comparados com vigas de referências, de dimensões similares, confeccionadas com duas espécies de madeiras de reflorestamento: Araucaria angustifolia e Eucalyptus grandis. O modo de ruptura das vigas foi em função da disposição dos nós e do tipo de emendas, além do tipo de adesivo utilizado. Curvas de carga vs. deslocamento são apresentadas, e foi observado que as vigas confeccionadas com adesivo à base de resorcinol-formaldeído apresentaram desempenho estrutural superior ao das vigas confeccionadas com PVA e ao das de referência.

  10. Estimation of the measurement effective point in cylindrical ionization chamber used in electron beams with energies between 6 and 20 MeV

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    Araujo, M.M. de.

    1984-01-01

    The radial displacement was determined in a water phantom for electrons beams at energies from 6 to 20 MeV for three commercial cylindrical ionization chambers of internal diameters varying from 3.5 to 9.0 mm. The chambers were irradiated with the main axis perpendicular to the direction of the beam. A 300 V bias voltage was applied and readings were taken with both polarities. It was observed that, with increasing depth in the water phantom, the radial displacement remains constant for the 8.9 MeV beam, it increases for the 12.6 MeV electrons and decreases for those of 16.8 and 19.7 MeV. A theoretical model was built in order to calculate the displacement of the effective point of measurement. The Fermi-Eyges multiple scattering theory and a retangular beam normalism developed by Jette (1983) for therapeutic electron beam are used. It was found that the radial displacement stays constant with increasing depth and it decreases with increasing average energy of the incident beam. The model also predicts that the displacement is dependent on the chamber radius. The experimental and theoretical results are compared. They show good agreement for 8.9 and 12.6 MeV electrons, while for 16.8 and 19.7 MeV electrons they indicate that modifications in the theoretical model are necessary. (Author) [pt

  11. Mechanical design features of the MSU K-800 cyclotron superconducting coil

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    Lawton, D.; Blosser, H.G.; Moskalik, J.M.; Stork, G.A.

    1984-01-01

    The winding of the K-800 cyclotron superconducting magnet coil was completed in late 1983. The windings consist of four separate coils (symmetrical large and small coils on each side of the median plane). The coils are wound in vertical layers in a spiral fashion. The large coils are 32 layers with 2329 total turns each (59,000 feet of wire) and the small coils are 32 layers with 1544 turns each (39,000 feet of wire). The spiral winding was achieved by supporting the first turn of a layer by a set of gradually increasing spacers with subsequent turns supported by previous turns. Winding was done on the 10 foot diameter table vertical lathe. The winding apparatus was mounted on the lathe's tool arm which had an automatic vertical feed to match the spiral path of the wire. The superconducting cable has a retangular cross section (with rounded corners) of dimentions .207 inches x .150 inches. Approximately 200 niobium titanium filaments are contained in a .04 inch x .06 inches copper insert that is soldered (50/50 lead tin) in a slot in the side of the copper conductor substrate

  12. Análise de viabilidade econômica de três sistemas produtivos de carvão vegetal por diferentes métodos

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    Diogo Aparecido Lopes Silva

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta um estudo de caso que objetiva avaliar economicamente três sistemas produtivos de carvão vegetal: fornos tradicionais tipo rabo quente, fornos retangulares em alvenaria e fornos cilíndricos metálicos. A empresa estudada já opera utilizando fornos rabo quente e deseja analisar se é mais viável manter seu sistema atual, ou se é melhor optar por um dos dois sistemas alternativos. Para avaliação econômica, utilizaram-se os métodos Valor Presente Líquido (VPL, Valor Anual Uniforme Equivalente (VAUE, Taxa Interna de Retorno (TIR, Taxa de Retorno Incremental (TRI, Benefício/Custo (B/C e Pay Back. Verificou-se que o sistema produtivo mais viável foi o de fornos cilíndricos metálicos. Esse sistema produtivo, apesar do alto custo com eletricidade e investimento inicial, apresentou redução de custos operacionais devido ao aumento no rendimento do processo de carbonização.

  13. ANÁLISE MORFOLÓGICA DA REDE DE DRENAGEM DO ALTO JURUÁ/AC, EXTRAÍDA DE MDE-SRTM.

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    Maria Madalena Sousa

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A caracterização da rede de drenagem utilizando variáveis como morfologia, propriedade e padrão auxiliam na identificação dos fatores de evolução da área. O uso dos dados e técnicas de Sensoriamento Remoto fornece ajuda significante em áreas com fisiografia complexa de difícil acesso como é o caso da Amazônia. Este trabalho consiste numa análise morfológica da rede de drenagem atual do Rio Juruá mais especificamente na região denominada Alto Juruá, no estado do Acre, utilizando imagens obtidas do MDE –SRTM. A análise mostra que o rio Juruá apresenta fortes evidências de feições tectônica afetando a paisagem, isto é revelado pelas seguintes características encontradas: lineamentos morfoestruturais coincidindo com a orientação geral das falhas, predomínio de padrões de drenagem variáveis, incluindo treliça, paralelas e retangular, abundância de anomalias nas drenagem tanto atuais quanto pretéritas, incluindo desvios de drenagem em ângulos retos e canais retilíneos.

  14. The Serra do Carambei Granite - PR and the uraniferous anomalism

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    Pinto-Coelho, C.V.

    1986-01-01

    The Serra do Carambei Granite forms a pluton relatively homogeneous, covering about 33 km 2 , cropping out as an elongate retangular body trending NE-SW, being emplaced in the Cunhaporanga Granitoid Complex. Its characteristics indicates a kind of hololeucocratic granite, equigranular, medium to coarse-grained, consisting predominantly of microperthitic alkali-feldspar, quartz and a small amount of biotite (less than 1%), thus being classified as an alaskite. Chemical data allows a classification in the group of granite with high contents of silica (74-76% Wt. SiO 2 ), dominantly alkaline chemism and hypersolvus character, derived from a parental magma under saturated in water with distinguished features of granitoids from the magnetite series and types I and A granites. The pluton shows important chemical variations due to weathering processes. However detailed chemical studies reveal the presence of anomalous concentrations of trace elements such as U, Sn, Nb, Y, Zr, the Serra do Carambei Granite lacks economically important mineralizations because of the absence of well-developed tardi/pos-magmatic processes that could concentrate them. The SW side of the granite is cut by leucocratic rhyolite dykes that show some radiometric anomalies. These rocks, which are highly diferentiated, were emplaced contemporaneously to the Serra do Carambei Granite. Although petrographic and chronological similarities are found between the uraniferous alaskite of Roessing (Namibia) and the Serra do Carambei Granite anyhow it was not possible to establish any lateral continuity with the uranifeous Pan-African Province. (Author) [pt

  15. Quasi-bivariate variational mode decomposition as a tool of scale analysis in wall-bounded turbulence

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    Wang, Wenkang; Pan, Chong; Wang, Jinjun

    2018-01-01

    The identification and separation of multi-scale coherent structures is a critical task for the study of scale interaction in wall-bounded turbulence. Here, we propose a quasi-bivariate variational mode decomposition (QB-VMD) method to extract structures with various scales from instantaneous two-dimensional (2D) velocity field which has only one primary dimension. This method is developed from the one-dimensional VMD algorithm proposed by Dragomiretskiy and Zosso (IEEE Trans Signal Process 62:531-544, 2014) to cope with a quasi-2D scenario. It poses the feature of length-scale bandwidth constraint along the decomposed dimension, together with the central frequency re-balancing along the non-decomposed dimension. The feasibility of this method is tested on both a synthetic flow field and a turbulent boundary layer at moderate Reynolds number (Re_{τ } = 3458) measured by 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV). Some other popular scale separation tools, including pseudo-bi-dimensional empirical mode decomposition (PB-EMD), bi-dimensional EMD (B-EMD) and proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), are also tested for comparison. Among all these methods, QB-VMD shows advantages in both scale characterization and energy recovery. More importantly, the mode mixing problem, which degrades the performance of EMD-based methods, is avoided or minimized in QB-VMD. Finally, QB-VMD analysis of the wall-parallel plane in the log layer (at y/δ = 0.12) of the studied turbulent boundary layer shows the coexistence of large- or very large-scale motions (LSMs or VLSMs) and inner-scaled structures, which can be fully decomposed in both physical and spectral domains.

  16. Radiological evaluation of the fetal face using three-dimensional ultrasound imaging

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    Full Text Available Marcel Bäumler,1–3 Michèle Bigorre,1,4 Jean-Michel Faure1,51CHU Montpellier, Centre de Compétence des Fentes Faciales, Hôpital Lapeyronie, Montpellier, 2Clinique du Parc, Imagerie de la Femme, Castelnau-le-Lez, 3Cabinet de Radiologie du Trident, Lunel, 4CHU Service de Chirurgie Plastique Pédiatrique, Hôpital Lapeyronie, Montpellier, 5CHU Montpellier, Service de Gynécologie-Obstétrique, Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve, Montpellier, FranceAbstract: This paper reviews screening and three-dimensional diagnostic ultrasound imaging of the fetal face. The different techniques available for analyzing biometric and morphological items of the profile, eyes, ears, lips, and hard and soft palate are commented on and briefly compared with the respective bi-dimensional techniques. The available literature supports the use of three-dimensional ultrasound in difficult prenatal diagnostic conditions because of its diagnostic accuracy, enabling improved safety of perinatal care. Globally, a marked increase has been observed in the accuracy of three-dimensional ultrasound in comparison with the bi-dimensional approach. Because there is no consensus about the performance of the different three-dimensional techniques, future studies are needed in order to compare them and to find the best technique for analysis of each of the respective facial elements. Universal prenatal standards may integrate these potential new findings in the future. At this time, the existing guidelines for prenatal facial screening should not be changed.Keywords: prenatal three-dimensional ultrasound, prenatal screening, prenatal diagnosis, cleft lip and palate, fetal profile, retrognathism

  17. Representações sociais do corpo: um estudo sobre as construções simbólicas em adolescentes Representaciones sociales del cuerpo: un estudio sobre las construcciones simbólicas en adolescentes Social representations of the body: a study on the symbolic constructions in teenagers

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    Leonéa Vitória Santiago

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    Full Text Available Este estudo, de natureza exploratória descritiva, buscou compreender as representações do corpo em adolescentes, do nono ano de escolaridade em Portugal em ambos os gêneros. Entrevistas foram gravadas, recorrendo-se à técnica de análise de conteúdo. Utilizou-se o programa informático NVivo para tratar os dados. Como resultado, verificamos que a herança cartesiana, concebe o corpo como extensão da mente. A representação feminina valoriza o estético, enquanto o corpo é instrumento e a saúde como valor, é representado pelo gênero masculino como forma de se estar no mundo. No lazer surge o movimento pelo movimento e de novo surge o convívio como valor. A comunicação social influência o sentido crítico de cada um. A anorexia nervosa é representada por questões socioculturais e os alunos não reconhecem a aluna diagnosticada com a patologia, no contexto escolar.Este estudio, de naturaleza exploratoria descriptiva, buscó comprender las representaciones del cuerpo en adolescentes, del noveno año de escolaridad en Portugal, en ambos géneros. Entrevistas fueron grabadas, recurriéndose a la técnica de análisis de contenido. Se utilizó el programa informático NVivo para tratar los datos. Como resultado, verificamos que la herencia cartesiana, concibe el cuerpo como extensión de la mente. La representación femenina valoriza lo estético, en cuanto el cuerpo es instrumento y la salud, como valor, es representado por el género masculino como forma de estar en el mundo. En el ocio, surge el movimiento por el movimiento y de nuevo surge la convivencia como valor. La comunicación social influencia el sentido crítico de cada uno. La anorexia nerviosa es representada por cuestiones socioculturales y los alumnos no reconocen la alumna diagnosticada con la patología, en el contexto escolar.The current descriptive exploratory nature study aimed at understanding the representations of the body in teenagers of both sexes from the

  18. Una (revisión heterodoxa del desarrollo (territorial: un imperativo categórico

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    Sergio Boisier

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    Full Text Available La evidencia empírica mundial muestra un fracaso completo de los programas de promoción del desarrollo, por lo menos en el periodo 1941-2001, lapso en el cual el concepto teórico de desarrollo se convierte en un concepto político. Las diversas formas de intervención y el gasto de cantidades inconmensurables de recursos revelan un mundo patéticamente dividido entre un reducido número de “ganadores” y un enorme conjunto de “perdedores”. El autor plantea que de aquí en adelante habrá que considerar el fomento al desarrollo como un “imperativo categórico” kantiano; que además será preciso colocar en primer plano la dimensión axiológica o valórica del desarrollo, mostrando así su carácter de estado y de proceso intangible, subjetivo, dependiente de la trayectoria y del territorio. Las causas del fracaso del último sexenio se centran, según el autor, en el “peso de la noche cartesiana”, es decir, en el apego irrestricto al paradigma positivista y al método analítico, que, llevado al plano de la acción, se ha traducido en el “incrementalismo disjunto” de Lindblom. El autor sugiere un cambio radical de enfoque, dando paso a un paradigma que combine la complejidad con el constructivismo, que considere el desarrollo como una propiedad emergente de un sistema territorial complejo y que utilice conceptos e instrumentos como la sinapsis neuronal, la sinergia cognitiva y la conversación social como medios para realizar una “ingeniería de las intervenciones territoriales” que genere, efectivamente, el desarrollo. Se plantean complejas cuestiones de reforma en la manera de hacer gobierno.

  19. La conciencia colectiva como “conjunto de fenómenos”: el programa de la fenomenología en el "Durkheim objetivista" = Collective consciousness as a “collection of phenomena”: the program of phenomenology in the “objectivist Durkheim”

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    Belvedere, Carlos

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    Full Text Available Nos proponemos mostrar que existe una convergencia programática entre Durkheim y Husserl en tres niveles: uno temático; otro, metodológico; un tercero, ontológico. A tales efectos, realizaremos una lectura fenomenológica de las Reglas del método sociológico, donde encontraremos algunas problemáticas medulares de la Crisis de las ciencias europeas y la fenomenología trascendental y de El origen de la geometría. También mostraremos, en afinidad con las Meditaciones cartesianas, que el método sociológico es –como la fenomenología – un modo cartesiano de proceder. Veremos, además, que en cuestiones de método y ontología, la tesitura durkheimeana presenta la misma circularidad que la husserleana, la cual fuera advertida por Marion. A su vez, mostraremos que el modo en que la encara lo posiciona a Durkheim en el terreno de la fenomenología de la actitud natural profesada por Schutz. Finalmente, ilustraremos cómo Durkheim, al igual que el Galileo de la Crisis…, resulta ser a la vez un genio descubridor y un genio encubridor; por lo cual deja escapar lo mejor de su fenomenología social, preso de un involuntario antropomorfismo y de dogmas metafísicos que no alcanzó a poner totalmente en suspenso

  20. Modernità e ortodossia: strategie di conciliazione e dissidenza nell'insegnamento della filosofia nei collegi gesuitici del primo Settecento

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    Anna Rita Capoccia

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    Full Text Available La contribution d'A. R. Capoccia s'appuie sur l'analyse des manuscrits de philosophie naturelle (phisica de Giulio Gori et d'autres professeurs jésuites du Collège Romain au cours des deux premières décenniesdu xviiie siècle. L'auteure s'attache à mettre en évidence l'opposition, “disimulée” mais bien réelle, des professeurs aux prescriptions officielles de l'Ordre en matière d'enseignement. Elle s'emploie en particulier à décrire l'une des stratégies d'introduction de la philosophie moderne, atomiste et cartésienne, qui sapaient en fait les bases des propositions doctrinales constitutives de l'orthodoxie doctrinale de la Compagnie de Jésus.Il contributo di A. R. Capoccia è basato sull’analisi dei manoscritti di filosofia naturale (phisica di Giulio Gori e di altri professori gesuiti al Collegio romano nel primo ventennio del Settecento; in esso si descrivono la ‘dissimulata’ opposizione dei professori alle prescrizioni ufficiali dell’Ordine in materia d’insegnamento e una delle strategie d’introduzione della filosofia moderna, atomistica e cartesiana in particolare, che scardinavano gli assunti dottrinali a fondamento dell’ortodossia nell’Ordine dei gesuiti.Anna Rita Capoccia's contribution is based on the analysis of manuscripts created by Giulio Gori and other Jesuit professors at Roman College in the first twenty years of eighteenth century.There are here described professors' "hidden" opposition to official precepts by the Order about teaching and an introduction strategy to Atomist and Cartesian modern philosophy; these strategies unhinged doctrinal tasks that were the theoretical structure of Jesuit Order's orthodoxy.

  1. O legado de Cabanis: hipótese sobre raízes da educação médica no Brasil

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    Naomar Almeida-Filho

    Full Text Available Georges Cabanis foi um reformador da prática clínica e do ensino médico que, na Revolução Francesa, lançou as bases conceituais do modelo de educação implantado na França no decorrer do século XIX. Tal modelo, por sua vez, marcou a organização dos sistemas educacionais de muitos países latino-americanos. Este artigo tem como objetivo apresentar e justificar uma hipótese: o modelo de educação médica ainda hoje hegemônico no Brasil ainda hoje se baseia na reforma cabasiana, mantendo uma perspectiva conceitual linear e cartesiana, com matriz curricular disciplinar, formatos tradicionais de prática pedagógica e submissão à lógica profissional corporativa. Para melhor compreensão do contexto social e político dos processos históricos geradores desse anacronismo, em primeiro lugar, apresento uma súmula da biografia e do conjunto pensamento-obra de Georges Cabanis, introduzindo-o como personagem central em seu contexto histórico. Em segundo lugar, destaco os principais elementos estruturais do modelo cabanisiano, com foco especial no ensino médico, tomando alguns dos seus textos autorais como fonte documental. Finalmente, em breves traços, apresento o projeto de reforma do ensino médico elaborado por Cabanis e seus colaboradores como subsídio para avaliação preliminar da hipótese proposta.

  2. O Behaviorismo Radical como filosofia da mente Radical Behaviorism as philosophy of mind

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    Carlos Eduardo Lopes

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available O Behaviorismo Radical de B. F. Skinner é constantemente acusado de eliminar a mente de sua explicação do comportamento humano. Uma análise do livro The Concept of Mind, de Gilbert Ryle, sugere a possibilidade de defender a existência de uma mente relacional, diferente da categoria de existência da mente defendida em interpretações cartesianas (mente substancial. A análise de alguns textos de Skinner sugere que o conceito de uma mente relacional também pode ser defendido no Behaviorismo Radical. Esse fato, culminaria na possibilidade de que, além de filosofia da Ciência do Comportamento, o Behaviorismo Radical, também pode ser uma filosofia da mente, o que traria conseqüências ao estudo e à aplicação da Análise do Comportamento.B. F. Skinner's Radical Behaviorism has been repeatedly accused of eliminating the mind from its explanation of human behavior. An analysis of Gilbert Ryle's book, The Concept of Mind, suggests the possibility of defending the existence of a relational mind, different from the category of existence of mind defended in Cartesian interpretations (substantial mind. The analysis of some texts of Skinner suggests that the concept of a relational mind can also be defended in Radical Behaviorism. This fact would lead to the possibility that, beyond a philosophy of Behavior Science, Radical Behaviorism may also be a philosophy of mind, which would bring consequences to the study and application of Analysis of Behavior.

  3. CURVAS PARALELAS EXPLÍCITAS DE LAS CURVAS CÓNICAS NO DEGENERADAS PARA EL TORNEADO CNC DE LENTES Y ESPEJOS ASFÉRICO-CÓNICOS EXPLICIT PARALLEL CURVES OF NON-DEGENERATE CONIC CURVES FOR THE TURNED CNC OF ASPHERIC-CONIC LENSES AND MIRORS

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    Juan Camilo Valencia

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta el método para obtener, en coordenadas cartesianas, las líneas curvas paralelas de las curvas cónicas no degeneradas, por métodos analíticos y numéricos. Se define el offset como una función paralela a la función original a una distancia r. El offset de una cónica es importante para los procesos de fabricación de mecanismos, lentes, espejos y moldes; especialmente en el torneado con control numérico computarizado (CNC de superficies de revolución con secciones cónicas, usando buriles de diamante con punta de radio r. También se presenta una técnica refinada usando interpolación circular segmentaria para construir numéricamente el offset de una parábola, que también puede usarse como modelo para determinar el offset de la elipse y de la hipérbola.This paper presents the method to obtain, in Cartesian coordinates, the parallel curve lines of non-degenerate conical curves, by analytical and numerical methods. Offset is defined as parallel function to the original function to a distance r. Offset of a conic is important for the manufacturing processes of mechanisms, lenses, mirrors, and molds; especially in the turning with computerized numerical control (CNC of surfaces of revolution with conical sections, using diamond tools of radio r. Also a refined tip technique using segmental circular interpolation to numerically construct the parabola offset is presented, that also can be used as model to determine offsets of ellipse and hyperbola.

  4. Sobre el proceso de adquisición de instrumentos musicales de El Sistema. Hacia una epistemología ecológica en la educación musical.

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    Attilio Lafontant

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se pretende hacer visible la relación entre la explotación de maderas tonales en el Sur Global y la estrategia de adquisición de instrumentos musicales de cuerda frotada y pulsada en El Sistema Nacional de Coros y Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (en adelante, El Sistema desde el año 2007. Este es el período en el que este programa comenzó a recibir un gran financiamiento nacional e internacional, con miras a incluir en el programa a un millón de jóvenes para el año 2019. La naturaleza de este estudio es de carácter documental, pues involucra la aplicación del análisis de contenido a los planes de adquisiciones de Fundamusical (órgano rector de El Sistema. Asimismo, se realizó una correlación entre esta estrategia de adquisición de instrumentos musicales y la información arrojada por medios ambientalistas que reclaman una deforestación sin precedentes en el Sur Global, en la que empresas chinas se posicionan como las principales importadoras mundiales de instrumentos musicales e importador de maderas tonales. Finalmente, se evidencia cómo detrás de la retórica del bienestar social se continúan reproduciendo escenarios de injusticia ambiental para proveer materialmente a El Sistema. La decolonización de tales prácticas debe incorporar una epistemología ecológica que permita trazar la influencia recíproca entre la visión antropocéntrica cartesiana de la educación musical y su incidencia en la crisis socioambiental actual.

  5. Discurso e "verdade": a produção das relações entre mulheres, homens e matemática Discourse and "truth": the production of the relationships between women, men and mathematics

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    Maria Celeste Reis Fernandes de Souza

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho apresenta um ensaio de análise desenvolvido numa pesquisa que investigou relações de gênero nas práticas de numeramento das/os alunas/os da Educação de Pessoas Jovens e Adultas (EJA. Na tentativa de compreender como essas relações, pautadas nas diferenças de gênero, constituem-se nas práticas de numeramento e constituem tais práticas, adotamos o conceito de gênero como uma categoria de análise, transitando pelas teorizações foucaultianas relativas ao discurso. Assumindo contribuições do campo da etnomatemática, problematizamos a racionalidade de matriz cartesiana como produtora de verdades sobre mulheres, homens e matemática. Neste artigo, descrevemos o enunciado "Homem é melhor em matemática do que mulher", identificado como produtor do discurso da superioridade masculina em matemática.This work presents an analysis essay developed in a research which investigated the gender relations in numeracy practices of male and female students in Youth and Adult Education (EJA. As an attempt to understand how these relations - based on gender differences - are constituted by numeracy practices and, at the same time, how they constitute such practices, we adopt the gender concept as an analysis category, passing through Foucaultian theorizations related to discourse. Taking into consideration the contributions from Ethnomathematics, we point to the rationality of the Cartesian matrix as the producer of truths about women, men and mathematics. This article describes the utterance "Man is better in math than woman", which was identified as a discourse maker of male superiority in mathematics.

  6. Influência de cultivares de arroz e épocas da adubação nitrogenada nas relações de interferência da cultura com cultivar simulador de infestação de arroz-vermelho Influence of rice cultivars and nitrogen fertilizer timing on the interference relationships between the crop and cultivar simulating red rice infestation

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    D. Agostinetto

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos de cultivares de arroz irrigado e de épocas de adubação nitrogenada durante o ciclo da cultura sobre a habilidade competitiva do cereal em relação ao cultivar EEA 406, usado como simulador da planta daninha arrozvermelho. Para isso, conduziu-se experimento em campo, na estação de crescimento 2001/02. Os tratamentos, dispostos em esquema fatorial, constaram de cultivares de arroz (BRS-38 Ligeirinho, IRGA 417 e BR-IRGA 409, épocas de aplicação do nitrogênio (N (100% do N na semeadura, 50% do N na semeadura mais 50% no início da diferenciação da panícula (IDP, 100% no IDP e testemunha sem o adubo e populações do cultivar simulador do arroz-vermelho. Para relacionar as perdas de produtividade de grãos de arroz com populações do cultivar simulador, utilizou-se o modelo de regressão da hipérbole retangular, ajustado de modo independente para os fatores estudados. Verificou-se que a época de aplicação do N influenciou na habilidade competitiva dos cultivares de arroz. Cultivares de ciclo muito curto e curto apresentaram maior habilidade competitiva com o cultivar simulador, quando a adubação foi realizada na semeadura, enquanto o cultivar de ciclo médio se beneficiou do fracionamento da adubação na semeadura e no IDP.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of flooded rice cultivars and timings of nitrogen fertilizer application during the crop cycle on the competitive ability of this cereal in relation to EEA 406 cultivar, used as a mimicker of red rice. Thus, a field experiment was carried out during the 2001/02 growing season. The treatments were arranged in a factorial design,comprising the rice cultivars (BRS-38 Ligeirinho, IRGA 417, and BR-IRGA 409, nitrogen (N application timings (100% at sowing, 50% at sowing plus 50% at the beginning of panicle differentiation (BPD, 100% at BPD, and check without fertilizer, and densities of the mimicker cultivar. In

  7. Interferência e nível de dano econômico de capim-arroz sobre o arroz em função do arranjo de plantas da cultura Interference and economic weed threshold (Ewt of barnyardgrass on rice as a function of crop plant arrangement

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    D. Agostinetto

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Na cultura do arroz irrigado ocorrem elevadas perdas de produtividade de grãos devido à interferência de plantas daninhas, pois estas também estão adaptadas ao ambiente inundado de cultivo do cereal. Objetivou-se avaliar a interferência e determinar o nível de dano econômico de populações de capim-arroz em arroz irrigado em função do arranjo de plantas da cultura. Foi realizado um experimento em campo, com cultivo de arroz em sistema convencional. Os tratamentos foram constituídos por três arranjos de plantas de arroz, cultivar BRS Pelota (17 e 32 cm e semeadura a lanço, e nove populações de capim-arroz em cada método de semeadura. O modelo de regressão não linear da hipérbole retangular estima adequadamente as perdas de produtividade do arroz irrigado na presença de plantas de capim-arroz. A cultura do arroz semeada a lanço apresenta maior habilidade competitiva com o capim-arroz em relação à semeadura em linha nos espaçamentos de 17 e 32 cm. A variável área foliar apresenta melhor ajuste ao modelo da hipérbole retangular, comparativamente às variáveis população de plantas, massa seca da parte aérea e cobertura do solo. A utilização de semeadura a lanço aumenta o nível de dano econômico, justificando a adoção de medidas de controle do capim-arroz em níveis mais elevados de população. Acréscimo na produtividade de grãos, no preço do arroz e na eficiência do herbicida e redução no custo de controle diminuem os valores do nível de dano econômico, justificando a adoção de medidas de controle em baixas populações de capim-arroz.High yield losses in irrigated rice occur due to weed interference, as weeds are also adapted to the flooded environment where the crop is cultivated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the degree of interference and determine the economic weed threshold of populations of barnyardgrass in irrigated rice, according to crop arrangement. Thus, an experiment was

  8. Interferência de plantas concorrentes em arroz irrigado modificada por métodos culturais Interference of concurrent plants in flooded rice modified by cultural methods

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    N.G. Fleck

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available A otimização de um programa de controle de plantas daninhas depende da previsão precoce e confiável do impacto destas sobre o rendimento da cultura. Este trabalho teve por objetivos avaliar os efeitos de cultivares e de arranjos de plantas na perda de rendimento de grãos em arroz irrigado e identificar a variável explicativa que proporcione melhor ajuste ao modelo testado. Foram conduzidos dois experimentos em campo, na estação estival de crescimento 2000/01. Os tratamentos constaram de três cultivares de arroz (BRS-38 Ligeirinho, IRGA 417 e BR-IRGA 409, dois espaçamentos entre linhas (15 e 25 cm e populações (dez e seis níveis para o primeiro e segundo experimentos, respectivamente do cultivar de arroz EEA 406, simulando infestação de arroz-vermelho. Os dados foram analisados utilizando-se o modelo de regressão não-linear da hipérbole retangular, ajustado de modo independente para os três fatores estudados. Os resultados do primeiro experimento foram utilizados para avaliar o ajuste dos dados ao modelo e os do segundo para validar o modelo obtido no primeiro experimento. O cultivar IRGA 417 apresentou maior habilidade competitiva com o cultivar simulador de arroz-vermelho do que os outros dois. A redução no espaçamento entre linhas aumentou a habilidade competitiva dos cultivares de arroz em relação ao cultivar concorrente. O modelo da hipérbole retangular foi apropriado para estimar perdas de rendimento de grãos de arroz irrigado por interferência de plantas concorrentes. A variável explicativa área foliar do cultivar EEA 406, em geral, apresentou equivalência à população de plantas como variável independente no modelo matemático testado.The optimization of a weed control program depends on early and reliable prediction of the impact of weeds on crop yield. This research aimed to evaluate the effects of rice cultivars and plant arrangements on flooded rice grain yield loss and to identify the explicative

  9. Sobrevivência e reprodução de Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Diptera, Muscidae

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    Rodrigo F. Krüger

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    Full Text Available A reprodução e a sobrevivência de Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp, 1883 foram estudadas entre 22 e 28ºC, UR de 70% e fotoperíodo de 12h. Os dados foram analisados através de classes de idade, tabelas de vida de fecundidade, análise de sobrevivência pela distribuição de Weibull e análise das curvas de sobrevivência através do conceito de entropia (H. A taxa intrínseca de aumento natural (r m, taxa finita de aumento (lambda, taxa de reprodução líquida (R0 e tempo médio de uma geração (T foram 0,534; 1,7; 59,439 e 7,65 respectivamente, sugerindo rápido crescimento populacional nestas condições. Isso foi causado pela alta fecundidade, confirmando o que ocorre para esta espécie, com média de 266 ovos/fêmea e período de pré-oviposição de 10,25 dias. O modelo de Weibull demonstrou que a sobrevivência não foi constante ao longo da vida de adultos, com mortalidade pronunciada depois da quarta e quinta semanas e valores de H intermediários aos valores teóricos esperados (0,0-0,5 para os ambos sexos, demonstrando que a curva de sobrevivência é retangular (com maior impacto da mortalidade na quarta e quinta semanas após a emergência. Os resultados apresentados podem ser considerados como base para estudos pormenorizados da dinâmica e do crescimento populacional desta espécie em hábitats naturais.

  10. Problemas difusivos bidimensionais em regime permanente com fonte arbitrária: soluções exatas Steady two-dimensional diffusion problems with arbitrary sources: exact solutions

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    Jorge Rodolfo Silva Zabadal

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho são apresentados métodos híbridos para solução de problemas difusivos relativos à dispersão de poluentes em meio aquático. Estes métodos aplicam variáveis complexas a fim de executar mapeamentos sobre a equação diferencial a ser resolvida bem como sobre o domínio considerado. O mapeamento sobre a equação diferencial converte o operador laplaciano bidimensional em uma derivada cruzada de segunda ordem na variável espacial. O mapeamento do domínio transforma regiões de formato complexo em regiões retangulares. Ambos mapeamentos são usados a fim de reduzir o tempo total requerido de processamento para solução de problemas difusivos não-homogêneos. Resultados numéricos são apresentados.In this work hybrid methods for solving diffusion problems related to pollutants dispersion in water bodies are presented. These methods employ complex variables in order to perform mappings over the differential equation to be solved as well as over the considered domain. The mapping over the differential equation converts the two dimensional laplacian operator into a second order mixed derivative in the complex variables. The mapping of the domain transforms complex-shaped regions into rectangular ones. Both mappings are used in order to reduce the total time proccessing required for solving non-homogeneous diffusion problems. Numerical results are reported.

  11. Momentos fletores em vigas de edifícios de concreto armado

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    F. A. N. Silva

    Full Text Available Edifícios residenciais compostos de sistema de lajes maciças apoiadas em vigas de concreto armado são largamente utilizados na indústria da construção civil. Na prática, o cálculo das reações destas lajes sobre as vigas é feito através de processos simplificados, nos quais os painéis de laje são analisados de forma isolada. A NBR 6118 [1] mantém em seu texto o mesmo teor da antiga NB-1 [2] permitindo que, no caso de lajes maciças retangulares com carga uniforme, as reações possam ser calculadas admitindo-se que elas correspondem às cargas atuantes nos triângulos ou trapézios determinados através do método das charneiras plásticas. De maneira aproximada, a norma brasileira permite ainda que estas reações possam ser consideradas como uniformemente distribuídas sobre as vigas de apoio. O trabalho demonstra através de exemplos práticos que tal recomendação pode conduzir a resultados contrários à segurança e propõe uma correção para o cálculo das reações de apoio em lajes maciças sobre as vigas de concreto armado.

  12. Modelo digital de elevação do município de Confresa-MT

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    Raphael Maia Aveiro Cessa

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou construir modelos digitais de elevação (MDE do Município de Confresa-MT por meio de diferentes interpoladores. O MDE foi obtido a partir dos valores de altitude elipsoidal fornecidos pelo aplicativo computacional Google Earth nos vértices de uma grade poligonal retangular regular com auxílio do aplicativo computacional TrackMaker. O sistema de coordenadas geográficas métrico UTM, sistema geodésico de referência SIRGAS 2000 com o elipsoide GRS80 e datum geocêntrico foram utilizados nas configurações dos aplicativos computacionais Track Maker e Golden Surfer 8.0 – esse último utilizado para confecção do MDE por meio dos interpoladores. Embora os valores de altitude utilizados tenham sido elipsoidais, tornando obrigatório o emprego do Mapa Geoidal do Brasil na obtenção de altitudes referenciadas ao geóide (nível médio dos mares foi possível estimar Modelos Digitais de Elevação do Município de Confresa-MT com base em softwares e base de dados georreferenciados disponíveis e de baixo custo, acreditando-se que os resultados obtidos são relevantes para utilização nas demais áreas científicas interessadas daquele Município. Constatou-se que a comparação entre interpoladores utilizados nas representações do MDE do Município de Confresa-MT foi mais interessante quando se observaram as formas pelas quais esses criam seus diagramas.

  13. VULNERABILIDADE AOS IMPACTOS AMBIENTAIS DA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO CAUAMÉ EM DECORRÊNCIA DA EXPANSÃO URBANA E USO PARA LAZER EM SUAS PRAIAS

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    Juliana da Silva Oliveira

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa teve como objetivo caracterizar temporalmente o uso e cobertura da bacia hidrográfica do rio Cauamé, no ano de 2014 e análise visual para 1943 e 1975, para identificar as vulnerabilidades sócioambientais com base no padrão de uso destinado ao lazer nas praias do rio Cauamé. As etapas metodológicas foram baseadas em técnicas de sensoriamento remoto/geoprocessamento que foram utilizadas para a classificação do uso e cobertura da terra, perfil longitudinal, declividade e hipsometria; idas a campo, para a identificação dos pontos vulneráveis a impactos ambientais e sua caracterização. A bacia foi compartimentada com base em critérios geomorfológicos em três divisões: alta, média e baixa bacia as quais representem o alto, médio e baixo curso do rio Cauamé. Esses três compartimentos foram segmentados em quatro tipos de padrões de drenagem: retangular, paralelos, dendríticos e sub-dendríticos. Foram caracterizadas seis praias para o lazer: Praia do Caçari, Praia da Polar, Praia do Curupira, Banho da Ponte, Banho do Caranã e Banhoda Cachoeirinha. Os resultados desta pesquisa ajudarão a traçar o perfíl do meio físico, como o padrão de uso e cobertura da bacia do rio Cauamé, e servir de base para a caracterização das áreas destinadas ao lazer e seus respectivos impactos ambientais. Informações importantes para o gerenciamento/planejamento urbano e de áreas úmidas, assim como compor bases iniciais do entendimento dos aspectos hidrogeomorfológicos de Roraima.

  14. VULNERABILIDADE AOS IMPACTOS AMBIENTAIS DA BACIA HIDROGRÁFICA DO RIO CAUAMÉ EM DECORRÊNCIA DA EXPANSÃO URBANA E USO PARA LAZER EM SUAS PRAIAS

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    Juliana da Silva Oliveira, Thiago Morato Carvalho

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa teve como objetivo caracterizar temporalmente o uso e cobertura da bacia hidrográfica do rio Cauamé, no ano de 2014 e análise visual para 1943 e 1975, para identificar as vulnerabilidades sócio-ambientais com base no padrão de uso destinado ao lazer nas praias do rio Cauamé. As etapas metodológicas foram baseadas em técnicas de sensoriamento remoto/geoprocessamento que foram utilizadas para a classificação do uso e cobertura da terra, perfil longitudinal, declividade e hipsometria; idas a campo, para a identificação dos pontos vulneráveis a impactos ambientais e sua caracterização. A bacia foi compartimentada com base em critérios geomorfológicos em três divisões: alta, média e baixa bacia as quais representem o alto, médio e baixo curso do rio Cauamé. Esses três compartimentos foram segmentados em quatro tipos de padrões de drenagem: retangular, paralelos, dendríticos e sub-dendríticos. Foram caracterizadas seis praias para o lazer: Praia do Caçari, Praia da Polar, Praia do Curupira, Banho da Ponte, Banho do Caranã e Banho da Cachoeirinha. Os resultados desta pesquisa ajudarão a traçar o perfíl do meio físico, como o padrão de uso e cobertura da bacia do rio Cauamé, e servir de base para a caracterização das áreas destinadas ao lazer e seus respectivos impactos ambientais. Informações importantes para o gerenciamento/planejamento urbano e de áreas úmidas, assim como compor bases iniciais do entendimento dos aspectos hidrogeomorfológicos de Roraima.

  15. Particularidades na escrita matemática de profissionais da construção civil

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    Márcio Antônio Souza Paim

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem o objetivo de analisar os registros de escrita matemática de três profissionais da construção civil.  Investiga quais são os conhecimentos matemáticos que os mesmos utilizam ao resolver uma atividade que simula o assentamento de cerâmicas numa área retangular. Ao observar os registros de escrita dos trabalhadores percebeu-se os diferentes caminhos tomados para se resolver a mesma atividade. O contato com os profissionais envolvidos mostrou que as histórias de vida de cada um foram influenciadas por problemas sociais. Por meio de uma pesquisa participante foi possível compreender melhor a maneira como cada profissional resolveu o problema proposto. Constatou-se também que o tempo escolar de cada um influenciou na execução da atividade.Palavras–chave: Registros de escrita matemática. Profissionais da construção civil. Pesquisa participante.Specific written in professional mathematics constructionAbstractThis work aims to analyze the mathematical writing records of three construction professionals. It investigates the mathematical knowledgement they employed to solve an activity that simulates the laying of ceramic in a rectangular area. By observing the workers' written records it was realized the different paths taken to solve the same activity. The contact with the professionals involved showed that the life stories of each one were influenced by social problems. Through a participatory research it was possible to better understanding how each professional solved the problem proposed. It was also found that the school time of each one influenced the execution of the activity.Keywords: Mathematical writing records. Professional construction. Participatory research.

  16. Outbreaks source: A new mathematical approach to identify their possible location

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    Buscema, Massimo; Grossi, Enzo; Breda, Marco; Jefferson, Tom

    2009-11-01

    Classical epidemiology has generally relied on the description and explanation of the occurrence of infectious diseases in relation to time occurrence of events rather than to place of occurrence. In recent times, computer generated dot maps have facilitated the modeling of the spread of infectious epidemic diseases either with classical statistics approaches or with artificial “intelligent systems”. Few attempts, however, have been made so far to identify the origin of the epidemic spread rather than its evolution by mathematical topology methods. We report on the use of a new artificial intelligence method (the H-PST Algorithm) and we compare this new technique with other well known algorithms to identify the source of three examples of infectious disease outbreaks derived from literature. The H-PST algorithm is a new system able to project a distances matrix of points (events) into a bi-dimensional space, with the generation of a new point, named hidden unit. This new hidden unit deforms the original Euclidean space and transforms it into a new space (cognitive space). The cost function of this transformation is the minimization of the differences between the original distance matrix among the assigned points and the distance matrix of the same points projected into the bi-dimensional map (or any different set of constraints). For many reasons we will discuss, the position of the hidden unit shows to target the outbreak source in many epidemics much better than the other classic algorithms specifically targeted for this task. Compared with main algorithms known in the location theory, the hidden unit was within yards of the outbreak source in the first example (the 2007 epidemic of Chikungunya fever in Italy). The hidden unit was located in the river between the two village epicentres of the spread exactly where the index case was living. Equally in the second (the 1967 foot and mouth disease epidemic in England), and the third (1854 London Cholera epidemic

  17. Application of a circulation model in waters, based in the difference method, for bays

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    Rosa, P.A.C.

    1985-01-01

    The Knowledge of circulation of water in bays, in addition to the possibility of simulation future conditions, can be of great interest in solving problems related to the cooling water for Nuclear Power Plants, study of sediments and water polution, in addition to the study of civil engineering works planned in bays. A Numerical Circulation Model of water in bays, is applied to the conditions of Sepetiba Bay at Rio de Janeiro coast. This System of Partial Differential Equations that constitute the Model, were solved by the Finite Difference Method, using a uniform cartesian grid for uniform time steps generating a bi-dimensional flow measurement of depth. The results obtained by comparing the values of the Model and measurements taken a bay were satisfactory, assuring its credibility and efficiency. A programming code was developed for the application providing outputing at any preditermined time steps, with discrimination of 30 seconds, the average levels, flows, velocities and depths of water of each grid spacing along the length of the bay in addition to a graphic of the flow. (Author) [pt

  18. Knowledge Design: A Much Needed Discipline

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    Alessandro Carrera

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In the age of print, the disposition and density of words on the page conveyed specific messages about how texts were supposed to be read. In the current proliferation of electronic supports, “knowledge design” is required to make sure that the process of passing on information becomes an effective transfer of knowledge. The article addresses the cohabitation of print environment and digital environment with reference to the recent debate on the digitization of learning and the so-called “digital colonialism.” The bi-dimensionality of tablets and e-book readers vs. the tri-dimensionality of books and reactions from intellectuals to digital reading and learning are also addressed. Teachers in the age of over-(and dis-information are now assigned the role of “cultural djs.” A reappraisal of ancient rhetoric in its classic three-part subdivision is therefore needed: invention (knowledge creation, disposition (knowledge design, and elocution (knowledge management.

  19. Cross-sectional anatomy, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the head of common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba).

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    Alonso-Farré, J M; Gonzalo-Orden, M; Barreiro-Vázquez, J D; Barreiro-Lois, A; André, M; Morell, M; Llarena-Reino, M; Monreal-Pawlowsky, T; Degollada, E

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    Computed tomography (CT) and low-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were used to scan seven by-caught dolphin cadavers, belonging to two species: four common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and three striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). CT and MRI were obtained with the animals in ventral recumbency. After the imaging procedures, six dolphins were frozen at -20°C and sliced in the same position they were examined. Not only CT and MRI scans, but also cross sections of the heads were obtained in three body planes: transverse (slices of 1 cm thickness) in three dolphins, sagittal (5 cm thickness) in two dolphins and dorsal (5 cm thickness) in two dolphins. Relevant anatomical structures were identified and labelled on each cross section, obtaining a comprehensive bi-dimensional topographical anatomy guide of the main features of the common and the striped dolphin head. Furthermore, the anatomical cross sections were compared with their corresponding CT and MRI images, allowing an imaging identification of most of the anatomical features. CT scans produced an excellent definition of the bony and air-filled structures, while MRI allowed us to successfully identify most of the soft tissue structures in the dolphin's head. This paper provides a detailed anatomical description of the head structures of common and striped dolphins and compares anatomical cross sections with CT and MRI scans, becoming a reference guide for the interpretation of imaging studies. © 2014 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  20. Synchrotron X-ray micro-beam studies of ancient Egyptian make-up

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    Martinetto, P.; Anne, M.; Dooryhee, E.; Drakopoulos, M.; Dubus, M.; Salomon, J.; Simionovici, A.; Walter, Ph.

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    Vases full of make-up are most often present in the burial furniture of Egyptian tombs dated from the pharaonic period. The powdered cosmetics made of isolated grains are analysed to identify their trace element signature. From this signature we identify the provenance of the mineral ingredients in the make-up and we observe different impurities in products, which have been demonstrated as synthetic substances by previous works. Focused X-ray micro-beam (2x5 μm 2 ) is successively tuned at 11 keV, below the L III absorption edge of Pb, and 31.8 keV for global characterisation of the metal impurities. The fluorescence signal integrated over each single grain is detected against the X-ray micro-diffraction pattern collected in transmission with a bi-dimensional detector. Furthermore, for galena grains rich in Zn, the XANES signal at the K-absorption edge of Zn shows its immediate nearest-neighbour environment

  1. Synchrotron X-ray micro-beam studies of ancient Egyptian make-up

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    Martinetto, P.; Anne, M.; Dooryhée, E.; Drakopoulos, M.; Dubus, M.; Salomon, J.; Simionovici, A.; Walter, Ph.

    2001-07-01

    Vases full of make-up are most often present in the burial furniture of Egyptian tombs dated from the pharaonic period. The powdered cosmetics made of isolated grains are analysed to identify their trace element signature. From this signature we identify the provenance of the mineral ingredients in the make-up and we observe different impurities in products, which have been demonstrated as synthetic substances by previous works. Focused X-ray micro-beam ( 2×5 μm2) is successively tuned at 11 keV, below the L III absorption edge of Pb, and 31.8 keV for global characterisation of the metal impurities. The fluorescence signal integrated over each single grain is detected against the X-ray micro-diffraction pattern collected in transmission with a bi-dimensional detector. Furthermore, for galena grains rich in Zn, the XANES signal at the K-absorption edge of Zn shows its immediate nearest-neighbour environment.

  2. Synchrotron X-ray micro-beam studies of ancient Egyptian make-up

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    Martinetto, P; Anne, M; Dooryhee, E; Drakopoulos, M; Dubus, M; Salomon, J; Simionovici, A; Walter, Ph

    2001-07-01

    Vases full of make-up are most often present in the burial furniture of Egyptian tombs dated from the pharaonic period. The powdered cosmetics made of isolated grains are analysed to identify their trace element signature. From this signature we identify the provenance of the mineral ingredients in the make-up and we observe different impurities in products, which have been demonstrated as synthetic substances by previous works. Focused X-ray micro-beam (2x5 {mu}m{sup 2}) is successively tuned at 11 keV, below the L{sub III} absorption edge of Pb, and 31.8 keV for global characterisation of the metal impurities. The fluorescence signal integrated over each single grain is detected against the X-ray micro-diffraction pattern collected in transmission with a bi-dimensional detector. Furthermore, for galena grains rich in Zn, the XANES signal at the K-absorption edge of Zn shows its immediate nearest-neighbour environment.

  3. Real time estimation of generation, extinction and flow of muscle fibre action potentials in high density surface EMG.

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    Mesin, Luca

    2015-02-01

    Developing a real time method to estimate generation, extinction and propagation of muscle fibre action potentials from bi-dimensional and high density surface electromyogram (EMG). A multi-frame generalization of an optical flow technique including a source term is considered. A model describing generation, extinction and propagation of action potentials is fit to epochs of surface EMG. The algorithm is tested on simulations of high density surface EMG (inter-electrode distance equal to 5mm) from finite length fibres generated using a multi-layer volume conductor model. The flow and source term estimated from interference EMG reflect the anatomy of the muscle, i.e. the direction of the fibres (2° of average estimation error) and the positions of innervation zone and tendons under the electrode grid (mean errors of about 1 and 2mm, respectively). The global conduction velocity of the action potentials from motor units under the detection system is also obtained from the estimated flow. The processing time is about 1 ms per channel for an epoch of EMG of duration 150 ms. A new real time image processing algorithm is proposed to investigate muscle anatomy and activity. Potential applications are proposed in prosthesis control, automatic detection of optimal channels for EMG index extraction and biofeedback. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Large eddy simulation of turbulent and stably-stratified flows

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    Fallon, Benoit

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    The unsteady turbulent flow over a backward-facing step is studied by mean of Large Eddy Simulations with structure function sub grid model, both in isothermal and stably-stratified configurations. Without stratification, the flow develops highly-distorted Kelvin-Helmholtz billows, undergoing to helical pairing, with A-shaped vortices shed downstream. We show that forcing injected by recirculation fluctuations governs this oblique mode instabilities development. The statistical results show good agreements with the experimental measurements. For stably-stratified configurations, the flow remains more bi-dimensional. We show with increasing stratification, how the shear layer growth is frozen by inhibition of pairing process then of Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities, and the development of gravity waves or stable density interfaces. Eddy structures of the flow present striking analogies with the stratified mixing layer. Additional computations show the development of secondary Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities on the vorticity layers between two primary structures. This important mechanism based on baroclinic effects (horizontal density gradients) constitutes an additional part of the turbulent mixing process. Finally, the feasibility of Large Eddy Simulation is demonstrated for industrial flows, by studying a complex stratified cavity. Temperature fluctuations are compared to experimental measurements. We also develop three-dimensional un-stationary animations, in order to understand and visualize turbulent interactions. (author) [fr

  5. Mapping the conformational free energy of aspartic acid in the gas phase and in aqueous solution.

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    Comitani, Federico; Rossi, Kevin; Ceriotti, Michele; Sanz, M Eugenia; Molteni, Carla

    2017-04-14

    The conformational free energy landscape of aspartic acid, a proteogenic amino acid involved in a wide variety of biological functions, was investigated as an example of the complexity that multiple rotatable bonds produce even in relatively simple molecules. To efficiently explore such a landscape, this molecule was studied in the neutral and zwitterionic forms, in the gas phase and in water solution, by means of molecular dynamics and the enhanced sampling method metadynamics with classical force-fields. Multi-dimensional free energy landscapes were reduced to bi-dimensional maps through the non-linear dimensionality reduction algorithm sketch-map to identify the energetically stable conformers and their interconnection paths. Quantum chemical calculations were then performed on the minimum free energy structures. Our procedure returned the low energy conformations observed experimentally in the gas phase with rotational spectroscopy [M. E. Sanz et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, 3573 (2010)]. Moreover, it provided information on higher energy conformers not accessible to experiments and on the conformers in water. The comparison between different force-fields and quantum chemical data highlighted the importance of the underlying potential energy surface to accurately capture energy rankings. The combination of force-field based metadynamics, sketch-map analysis, and quantum chemical calculations was able to produce an exhaustive conformational exploration in a range of significant free energies that complements the experimental data. Similar protocols can be applied to larger peptides with complex conformational landscapes and would greatly benefit from the next generation of accurate force-fields.

  6. The anisosphere as a new tool for interpreting Foucault pendulum experiments. Part I: harmonic oscillators

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    Verreault, René

    2017-08-01

    In an attempt to explain the tendency of Foucault pendula to develop elliptical orbits, Kamerlingh Onnes derived equations of motion that suggest the use of great circles on a spherical surface as a graphical illustration for an anisotropic bi-dimensional harmonic oscillator, although he did not himself exploit the idea any further. The concept of anisosphere is introduced in this work as a new means of interpreting pendulum motion. It can be generalized to the case of any two-dimensional (2-D) oscillating system, linear or nonlinear, including the case where coupling between the 2 degrees of freedom is present. Earlier pendulum experiments in the literature are revisited and reanalyzed as a test for the anisosphere approach. While that graphical method can be applied to strongly nonlinear cases with great simplicity, this part I is illustrated through a revisit of Kamerlingh Onnes' dissertation, where a high performance pendulum skillfully emulates a 2-D harmonic oscillator. Anisotropy due to damping is also described. A novel experiment strategy based on the anisosphere approach is proposed. Finally, recent original results with a long pendulum using an electronic recording alidade are presented. A gain in precision over traditional methods by 2-3 orders of magnitude is achieved.

  7. Nonlinear observer to estimate polarization phenomenon in membrane distillation

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    Khoukhi Billal

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    Full Text Available This paper presents a bi-dimensional dynamic model of Direct Contact Membrane Desalination (DCMD process. Most of the MD configuration processes have been modeled as steady-state one-dimensional systems. Stationary two-dimensional MD models have been considered only in very few studies. In this work, a dynamic model of a DCMD process is developed. The model is implemented using Matlab/Simulink environment. Numerical simulations are conducted for different operational parameters at the module inlets such as the feed and permeate temperature or feed and permeate flow rate. The results are compared with experimental data published in the literature. The work presents also a feed forward control that compensates the possible decrease of the temperature gradient by increasing the flow rate. This work also deals with a development of nonlinear observer to estimate temperature polarization inside the membrane. The observer gives a good profile and longitudinal temperature estimations and shows a good prediction of pure water flux production.

  8. Sensitivity, applicability and validation of bi-gaussian off- and on-line models for the evaluation of the consequences of accidental releases in nuclear facilities

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    Kretzschmar, J.G.; Mertens, I.; Vanderborght, B.

    1984-01-01

    A computer code CAERS (Computer Aided Emergency Response System) has been developed for the simulation of the short-term concentrations caused by an atmospheric emission. The concentration calculations are based on the bi-gaussian theorem with the possibility of using twelve different sets of turbulence typing schemes and dispersion parameters or the plume can be simulated with a bi-dimensional puff trajectory model with tri-gaussian diffusion of the puffs. With the puff trajectory model the emission and the wind conditions can be variable in time. Sixteen SF 6 tracer dispersion experiments, with mobile as well as stationary time averaging sampling, have been carried out for the validation of the on-line and off-line models of CAERS. The tracer experiments of this study have shown that the CAERS system, using the bi-gaussian model and the SCK/CEN turbulence typing scheme, can simulate short time concentration levels very well. The variations of the plume under non-steady emission and meteo conditions are well simulated by the puff trajectory model. This leads to the general conclusion that the atmospheric dispersion models of the CAERS system can give a significant contribution to the management and the interpretation of air pollution concentration measurements in emergency situations

  9. Detection of plastic explosives using thermal neutron radiography

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    Hacidume, Leo Ryoske

    1999-12-01

    The work aims to demonstrate the potentiality of the neutron radiography technique, allied to the computerized tomography by transmission, to both detect and visualize plastic explosive samples in several hidden conditions, using a simple scanner as a digitalisation instrument. Each tomographic essay was obtained in the J-9 channel of the Argonauta Research Reactor of IEN/CNEN, in groups of six neutron radiographic projections, performed with an angular increment of 30 deg C, in a period of time of 30 minutes for each projection. Two groups of tomographic reconstructions were generated, distinguished by the digitalisation process of the interested lines in the reconstruction plane coming from the projection groups, utilization a scanner and a microdensitometer, respectively. The reconstruction of the bi-dimensional image of the transverse section, in relation to this plane, was processed making use of the Image Reconstruction Algorithmic of an Image based on the Maximum Entropy principle (ARIEM). From the qualitative analysis of the images, we conclude that the neutron radiographic system was able to detect the explosive sample in a satisfactory way while the quantitative analysis confirmed the application effectiveness of a scanner to acquire the projection dates whose objective is only a reconnaissance. (author)

  10. Detection of plastic explosives by thermic neutron radiography

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    Hacidume, Leo R.; Crispim, Verginia R.; Silva, Ademir X. da

    2000-01-01

    This work aims to demonstrate the potentiality of the neutron radiography technique, allied to the computerized tomography by transmission, to both detect and visualize plastic explosive samples in several hidden conditions, using a simple scanner as a digitalisation instrument. Each tomographic essay was obtained in the J-9 channel of the Argonauta Research Reactor of IEN/CNEN, in groups of six neutron radiographic projections, performed with an angular increment of 30 in a period of time of 30 minutes for each projection. Two groups of tomographic reconstructions were generated, distinguished by the digitalisation process of the interested lines in the reconstruction plane coming from the projection groups, utilizing a scanner and a microdensitometer, respectively. The reconstruction of the bi-dimensional image of the transverse section, in relation to this plane, was processed making use of the Image reconstruction algorithmic of an image based on the maximum entropy principle (ARIEM). From the qualitative analysis of the images, we conclude that the neutron radiographic system was able to detect the explosive sample in a satisfactory way while the quantitative analysis confirmed the application effectiveness of a scanner to acquire the projection dates whose objective is only a reconnaissance. (author)

  11. Integrating Taxonomic, Functional and Phylogenetic Beta Diversities: Interactive Effects with the Biome and Land Use across Taxa.

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    Corbelli, Julian Martin; Zurita, Gustavo Andres; Filloy, Julieta; Galvis, Juan Pablo; Vespa, Natalia Isabel; Bellocq, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    The spatial distribution of species, functional traits and phylogenetic relationships at both the regional and local scales provide complementary approaches to study patterns of biodiversity and help to untangle the mechanisms driving community assembly. Few studies have simultaneously considered the taxonomic (TBD), functional (FBD) and phylogenetic (PBD) facets of beta diversity. Here we analyze the associations between TBD, FBD, and PBD with the biome (representing different regional species pools) and land use, and investigate whether TBD, FBD and PBD were correlated. In the study design we considered two widely used indicator taxa (birds and ants) from two contrasting biomes (subtropical forest and grassland) and land uses (tree plantations and cropfields) in the southern Neotropics. Non-metric multidimensional scaling showed that taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic distances were associated to biome and land use; study sites grouped into four groups on the bi-dimensional space (cropfields in forest and grassland, and tree plantations in forest and grassland), and that was consistent across beta diversity facets and taxa. Mantel and PERMANOVA tests showed that TBD, FBD and PBD were positively correlated for both bird and ant assemblages; in general, partial correlations were also significant. Some of the functional traits considered here were conserved along phylogeny. Our results will contribute to the development of sound land use planning and beta diversity conservation.

  12. Design, realization and test of a rad-hard 2D-compressor and packing chip for high energy physics experiments

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    Antinori, Samuele; Falchieri, Davide; Gabrielli, Alessandro; Gandolfi, Enzo

    2004-01-01

    CARLOSv3 is a third version of a chip that plays a significant role in the data acquisition chain of the A Large Ion Collider Experiment Inner Tracking System experiment. It has been designed and realized with a 0.25 μm CMOS 3-metal rad-hard digital library. The chip elaborates and compresses, by means of a bi-dimensional compressor, data belonging to a so-called event. The compressor looks for cross-shaped clusters within the whole data set coming from the silicon detector. To test the chip a specific PCB has been designed; it contains the connectors for probing the ASIC with a pattern generator and a logic state analyzer. The chip is inserted on the PCB using a ZIF socket. This allows to test the 35 packaged samples out of the total amount of bare chips we have from the foundry. The test phase has shown that 32 out of 35 chips under test work well. It is planned to redesign a new version of the chip by adding extra features and to submit the final version of CARLOS upon the final DAQ chain will be totally tested both in Bologna and at CERN

  13. Effects of electro-fishing on galvano-taxis and carcass quality characteristics in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax

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    Edo D’Agaro

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of electro-fishing in sea water. We evaluated the feasibility of an electro-fishing system using numerical simulations for laboratory tanks and the open sea and performing a laboratory experiment. A non-homogeneous bi-dimensional electric-field model for marine water and fish based on discrete formulation of electro-magnetic field equations was developed using GAME (geometric approach for Maxwell equations software. Voltage gradients inside the fish and close to the body were determined. Re- sults showed that fish in the open sea and in groups had greater internal voltage differences than did fish in tanks and single fish. Sea bass (length:10 and 30 cm were exposed in laboratory tanks to pulsed direct current (PDC, 25-125 Hz and duty cycle (5-40%. We measured the electro-taxis and tetanus thresholds after electrical exposure. It is significant that these values decreased with increasing the size of fish. No differences were found after electro-fishing on overall appearance, internal and external haemorrhage, standard freshness scoring techniques and carcass quality characteristics

  14. Integrating Taxonomic, Functional and Phylogenetic Beta Diversities: Interactive Effects with the Biome and Land Use across Taxa

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    Corbelli, Julian Martin; Zurita, Gustavo Andres; Filloy, Julieta; Galvis, Juan Pablo; Vespa, Natalia Isabel; Bellocq, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    The spatial distribution of species, functional traits and phylogenetic relationships at both the regional and local scales provide complementary approaches to study patterns of biodiversity and help to untangle the mechanisms driving community assembly. Few studies have simultaneously considered the taxonomic (TBD), functional (FBD) and phylogenetic (PBD) facets of beta diversity. Here we analyze the associations between TBD, FBD, and PBD with the biome (representing different regional species pools) and land use, and investigate whether TBD, FBD and PBD were correlated. In the study design we considered two widely used indicator taxa (birds and ants) from two contrasting biomes (subtropical forest and grassland) and land uses (tree plantations and cropfields) in the southern Neotropics. Non-metric multidimensional scaling showed that taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic distances were associated to biome and land use; study sites grouped into four groups on the bi-dimensional space (cropfields in forest and grassland, and tree plantations in forest and grassland), and that was consistent across beta diversity facets and taxa. Mantel and PERMANOVA tests showed that TBD, FBD and PBD were positively correlated for both bird and ant assemblages; in general, partial correlations were also significant. Some of the functional traits considered here were conserved along phylogeny. Our results will contribute to the development of sound land use planning and beta diversity conservation. PMID:25978319

  15. Integrating Taxonomic, Functional and Phylogenetic Beta Diversities: Interactive Effects with the Biome and Land Use across Taxa.

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    Julian Martin Corbelli

    Full Text Available The spatial distribution of species, functional traits and phylogenetic relationships at both the regional and local scales provide complementary approaches to study patterns of biodiversity and help to untangle the mechanisms driving community assembly. Few studies have simultaneously considered the taxonomic (TBD, functional (FBD and phylogenetic (PBD facets of beta diversity. Here we analyze the associations between TBD, FBD, and PBD with the biome (representing different regional species pools and land use, and investigate whether TBD, FBD and PBD were correlated. In the study design we considered two widely used indicator taxa (birds and ants from two contrasting biomes (subtropical forest and grassland and land uses (tree plantations and cropfields in the southern Neotropics. Non-metric multidimensional scaling showed that taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic distances were associated to biome and land use; study sites grouped into four groups on the bi-dimensional space (cropfields in forest and grassland, and tree plantations in forest and grassland, and that was consistent across beta diversity facets and taxa. Mantel and PERMANOVA tests showed that TBD, FBD and PBD were positively correlated for both bird and ant assemblages; in general, partial correlations were also significant. Some of the functional traits considered here were conserved along phylogeny. Our results will contribute to the development of sound land use planning and beta diversity conservation.

  16. Finite elements study of the Flexi Post and Flexi Flange post systems in a maxillary central incisor

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    Lewgoy Hugo Roberto

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of post and core systems has become an excellent alternative for restoring endodontically treated teeth. The aim of this study was to evaluate the von Mises, maximal compressive and tensile stresses distribution using the Finite Element Method (FEM on human teeth restored with different post and core systems. The analysis was made on endodontically treated maxillary central incisors. The post systems used in this investigation were the stainless steel or titanium Flexi Post/Flexi Flange. Composite resin was used as core material and resin cement was the cement material of choice to seat a full porcelain crown. The bi-dimensional mathematical model was created from pictures taken from an intact human maxillary central incisor and prefabricated posts. This image was transferred to a personal computer in the MSC/Nastran 4.5 software. A static and linear analysis treatment was performed when a 45º load of 100 N was applied on the lingual surface of the tooth. Based on the results obtained, it can be concluded that the post design and its material can alter the stress pattern distribution.

  17. Thermal fatigue appears to be more damaging than uniaxial isothermal fatigue for the austentic stainless steels, and application of multiaxial fatigue criteria

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    Fissolo, Antoine; Gourdin, Cedric; Vincent, Ludovic

    2009-01-01

    For nuclear reactor components, uniaxial isothermal fatigue curves are used to estimate the crack initiation under thermal fatigue. However, such approach would be not sufficient in some cases where cracking was observed. To investigate differences between uniaxial and thermal fatigue damage, tests have been carried out at CEA using the thermal fatigue devices SPLASH and FAT3D: a bi-dimensional (2-D) loading status is obtained in SPLASH, whereas a tri-dimensional (3-D) loading status is obtained in FAT3D. All the analysed tests clearly show that crack initiation in thermal fatigue is faster than in uniaxial isothermal fatigue conditions: for identical levels of strain, the number of cycles required to achieve crack initiation is significantly lower. The enhanced damaging effect probably results from a pure mechanical origin: a nearly perfect biaxial state corresponds to an increased hydrostatic stress. Consequently, multiaxial fatigue criteria must be applied. The Zamrik's strain criterion and the energy criterion proposed by Ecole Polytechnique provide the best estimations. In that framework, the proposed new method coupling both RCC-MR strain estimations and Zamrik's criterion appears to be more promising for the designer. (orig.)

  18. Short-time scale coupling between thermohaline and meteorological forcing in the Ría de Pontevedra

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    Paula C. Pardo

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available Two cruises were performed in May-June and October-November 1997 in the Ría de Pontevedra under strong downwelling conditions. Temperature and salinity data were recorded in short sampling periods to describe the changes in thermohaline property distribution in a short time scale. In order to obtain the residual fluxes in the Ría, a bi-dimensional non-stationary salt and thermal-energy weight averaged box-model was applied. Outputs from this kinematic model were compared with Upwelling Index, river flow and density gradient, resulting in a good multiple correlation, which proves the strong coupling between thermohaline properties and meteorological variability. Ekman forcing affects the whole area but mainly controls the dynamics of outer zones. The intensity of its effect on the circulation pattern within the Ría depends on the grade of stratification of the water bodies. River flow is more relevant in inner parts. According to estimated spatially averaged velocities, water residence time is lower than two weeks in outer parts of the Ría, and decreases toward the inner zones.

  19. Quantitative CT: technique dependence of volume estimation on pulmonary nodules

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    Chen, Baiyu; Barnhart, Huiman; Richard, Samuel; Colsher, James; Amurao, Maxwell; Samei, Ehsan

    2012-03-01

    Current estimation of lung nodule size typically relies on uni- or bi-dimensional techniques. While new three-dimensional volume estimation techniques using MDCT have improved size estimation of nodules with irregular shapes, the effect of acquisition and reconstruction parameters on accuracy (bias) and precision (variance) of the new techniques has not been fully investigated. To characterize the volume estimation performance dependence on these parameters, an anthropomorphic chest phantom containing synthetic nodules was scanned and reconstructed with protocols across various acquisition and reconstruction parameters. Nodule volumes were estimated by a clinical lung analysis software package, LungVCAR. Precision and accuracy of the volume assessment were calculated across the nodules and compared between protocols via a generalized estimating equation analysis. Results showed that the precision and accuracy of nodule volume quantifications were dependent on slice thickness, with different dependences for different nodule characteristics. Other parameters including kVp, pitch, and reconstruction kernel had lower impact. Determining these technique dependences enables better volume quantification via protocol optimization and highlights the importance of consistent imaging parameters in sequential examinations.

  20. Development of a system for monitoring and diagnosis of steam generator tubes using artificial intelligence techniques on Eddy Current Test signals

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    Mesquita, Roberto Navarro de; Ting, Daniel Kao Sun; Lopez, Luis A. Negro M.; Upadhyaya, Belle R.

    2002-01-01

    New classification and feature extraction methods for steam generator tube defects are being developed by IPEN/CNEN-SP in cooperation with UTK to improve a monitoring and diagnosis system for classification and characterization of steam generator tube defects using Eddy Current Testing (ECT) signals. The first methodology being developed uses a set of feature extraction methods applied to different tube defect type ECT signals and each obtained feature vector is projected into a bi-dimensional map obtained by a Self-Organizing Map neural network. This methodology allows an optimal feature extraction method selection for the defect type classification. Other approach is being developed using tubes with different manufactured defect types which are tested using MIZ-17ET equipment with 4 sets of probes (two different diameter). A fuzzy inference system will be used to build a knowledge base for these defects. These methodology and algorithms will be integrated into an automated diagnosis system being developed with UTK, which is designed to read both on-line acquired data, as well as stored data files. These commercial software tools are the ones usually utilized in nuclear power plants. (author)

  1. Post-acquisition data processing for the screening of transformation products of different organic contaminants. Two-year monitoring of river water using LC-ESI-QTOF-MS and GCxGC-EI-TOF-MS.

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    López, S Herrera; Ulaszewska, M M; Hernando, M D; Martínez Bueno, M J; Gómez, M J; Fernández-Alba, A R

    2014-11-01

    This study describes a comprehensive strategy for detecting and elucidating the chemical structures of expected and unexpected transformation products (TPs) from chemicals found in river water and effluent wastewater samples, using liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometer (LC-ESI-QTOF-MS), with post-acquisition data processing and an automated search using an in-house database. The efficacy of the mass defect filtering (MDF) approach to screen metabolites from common biotransformation pathways was tested, and it was shown to be sufficiently sensitive and applicable for detecting metabolites in environmental samples. Four omeprazole metabolites and two venlafaxine metabolites were identified in river water samples. This paper reports the analytical results obtained during 2 years of monitoring, carried out at eight sampling points along the Henares River (Spain). Multiresidue monitoring, for targeted analysis, includes a group of 122 chemicals, amongst which are pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides and PAHs. For this purpose, two analytical methods were used based on direct injection with a LC-ESI-QTOF-MS system and stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) with bi-dimensional gas chromatography coupled with a time-of-flight spectrometer (GCxGC-EI-TOF-MS).

  2. Theoretical and numerical simulation of the saturation of the stimulated Raman scattering instability that occurs in laser-plasma interaction; Modelisation theorique et numerique de la saturation de l'instabilite de diffusion Raman stimulee se developpant dans l'interaction laser-plasma

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    Fouquet, T

    2007-01-15

    In this work we present 2 important results. First, for a relatively moderate laser lighting (I*{lambda}{sup 2} {approx_equal} 10{sup 14} W{mu}m{sup 2}/cm{sup 2}), cavitation appears in Langmuir decay instability (LDI) whenever the plasma wavelength is above a certain limit. Secondly, in the case of an inhomogeneous plasma there is an increase of the Raman reflectivity in presence of LDI for a plasma density profile that was initially smooth. This work is divided into 5 chapters. The first chapter is dedicated to parametric instabilities especially Raman instability and Langmuir decay instability. The equations that govern these instabilities as well as their numerical solutions are presented in the second chapter. The third chapter deals with the case of a mono-dimensional plasma with homogenous density. The saturation of the Raman instability in a mono-dimensional plasma with inhomogeneous density is studied in the fourth chapter. The last chapter is dedicated to bi-dimensional simulations for various types of laser beams.

  3. Design and Development of a Framework Based on Ogc Web Services for the Visualization of Three Dimensional Large-Scale Geospatial Data Over the Web

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    Roccatello, E.; Nozzi, A.; Rumor, M.

    2013-05-01

    This paper illustrates the key concepts behind the design and the development of a framework, based on OGC services, capable to visualize 3D large scale geospatial data streamed over the web. WebGISes are traditionally bounded to a bi-dimensional simplified representation of the reality and though they are successfully addressing the lack of flexibility and simplicity of traditional desktop clients, a lot of effort is still needed to reach desktop GIS features, like 3D visualization. The motivations behind this work lay in the widespread availability of OGC Web Services inside government organizations and in the technology support to HTML 5 and WebGL standard of the web browsers. This delivers an improved user experience, similar to desktop applications, therefore allowing to augment traditional WebGIS features with a 3D visualization framework. This work could be seen as an extension of the Cityvu project, started in 2008 with the aim of a plug-in free OGC CityGML viewer. The resulting framework has also been integrated in existing 3DGIS software products and will be made available in the next months.

  4. Integral transform solution of natural convection in a square cavity with volumetric heat generation

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    C. An

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The generalized integral transform technique (GITT is employed to obtain a hybrid numerical-analytical solution of natural convection in a cavity with volumetric heat generation. The hybrid nature of this approach allows for the establishment of benchmark results in the solution of non-linear partial differential equation systems, including the coupled set of heat and fluid flow equations that govern the steady natural convection problem under consideration. Through performing the GITT, the resulting transformed ODE system is then numerically solved by making use of the subroutine DBVPFD from the IMSL Library. Therefore, numerical results under user prescribed accuracy are obtained for different values of Rayleigh numbers, and the convergence behavior of the proposed eigenfunction expansions is illustrated. Critical comparisons against solutions produced by ANSYS CFX 12.0 are then conducted, which demonstrate excellent agreement. Several sets of reference results for natural convection with volumetric heat generation in a bi-dimensional square cavity are also provided for future verification of numerical results obtained by other researchers.

  5. Medical applications of multi-wire proportional chambers

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    1976-05-01

    The adaption of Multi-Wire Proportional Chambers (MWPC) for medical applications has necessitated bi-dimensional readout. This is achieved by analysing signals induced onto the cathode planes. At a useful X-ray energy of 40 to 45 keV, just above the K absorption edge in Xenon, the efficiency and resolution are both optimized. Poor resolution events due to K shell fluorescent capture and Auger emission, or L shell photo-electron emission, may be rejected by using energy discrimination - resulting in approximately halving the efficiency to 8% for a 1.6 cm thick atmospheric pressure chamber, but with sub millimeter inherent resolution. This is still far inferior to film resolution, but the MWPC is useful when numbers are required for computation or retrieval. Short descriptions of the MWPC applications to bone density measurements and tomography are given. Its use when pressurized as a gamma camera is discussed, and it is concluded that it may prove useful as a portable special purpose camera, or as one with a very large area thus compensating for low efficiency. Developments with liquid filled chambers are given and also the promising positron imaging hybrid MWPC. (author)

  6. Fitochemistry evaluation of leaves of Excoecaria lucida Sw. (Aité) (Euphorbiaceae) and isolation e identification of a hemiterpenoid

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    Pacheco, Ania Ochoa; Arranz, Julio César Escalona; Fechine Tavares, Josean; Da Silva, Marcelo Sobra

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: excoecaria lucida Sw. (Aité), it is a species that grow in Cuba and at the Caribbean region. It has been scientifically quite a little studied, in spite of the fact that the population utilizes it due to their medicinal properties as antiasthmatic, antimicrobial, and for the toothache treatment. Objectives: to determine the chemical composition of leaves, as well as the isolation and identification of their secondary metabolites. Methods: dried and milled leaves were macerated 72 hours with ethanol 95 %, repeating the procedure in 4 occasions. Total extract was determined in his chemical qualitative composition and afterwards it was fragmented with solvents. The phase with greater yield was studied by High Performance Liquid Chromatography and isolated the main substance, which was characterized by infrared and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy: uni-dimensional 1H and 13C at 500 MHz and bi-dimensional HMQC, HMBC, COSY and NOESY. Results: the identification of Alkaloids, triterpenes and steroids, quinone, flavonoids, coumarins, sesqiterpenic lactones, tannins and phenols were accomplished. From the greater yield phase (butanol= 23.48 g) was isolated and identified the main compound, a hemiterpenoid. Conclusions: the identified secondary metabolites are in coincidence with other reports related to the genera. For first time the hemiterpene (2E)-2-methyl-2- buten-1,4-di-hydroxyl-1-O-β-D-glucopyranoside is informed in this genera and specie. (author)

  7. Implementation of 3D models in the Monte Carlo code MCNP

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    Lopes, Vivaldo; Millian, Felix M.; Guevara, Maria Victoria M.; Garcia, Fermin; Sena, Isaac; Menezes, Hugo

    2009-01-01

    On the area of numerical dosimetry Applied to medical physics, the scientific community focuses on the elaboration of new hybrids models based on 3D models. But different steps of the process of simulation with 3D models needed improvement and optimization in order to expedite the calculations and accuracy using this methodology. This project was developed with the aim of optimize the process of introduction of 3D models within the simulation code of radiation transport by Monte Carlo (MCNP). The fast implementation of these models on the simulation code allows the estimation of the dose deposited on the patient organs on a more personalized way, increasing the accuracy with this on the estimates and reducing the risks to health, caused by ionizing radiations. The introduction o these models within the MCNP was made through a input file, that was constructed through a sequence of images, bi-dimensional in the 3D model, generated using the program '3DSMAX', imported by the program 'TOMO M C' and thus, introduced as INPUT FILE of the MCNP code. (author)

  8. Cultural, Political, and Social Dimensions of Identity among Student

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available As various Iranian theorists emphasis, challenge between tradition and modernity is among the most affective phenomena on Iranian identity. Thus, in the present study, different dimensions of Student’s identity have been evaluated regarding this challenge. According to the main hypothesis, student’s identity is a hybrid of traditional and modern elements. Each dimension of identity (either modern or traditional has been studied from the social, cultural, and political aspects. The study has been carried using questionnaire in 6 universities in Tehran –including University of Tehran, Shahid Beheshti, Allameh Tabatabaei, Sharif University of Technology, Al-Zahra, and University of Applied Science and Technology. Results show that in social and cultural aspects, modern elements of identity prevail, while in the political aspect it is the traditional elements that prevail. In another word, religion-politics blend and authoritarianism play crucial role in students’ identity rather than tendency to civil society. In addition, students’ identity is not simply a one-dimensional structure, but a bi-dimensional construction within which both modern and traditional elements are involved.

  9. Validación Estructural de la Escala Básica de Empatía (Basic Empathy Scale Modificada en Adolescentes: un Estudio Preliminar

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    César Merino-Soto

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Se hizo un estudio preliminar para verificar la estructura de una versión de 9 ítems de la Escala Básica de Empatía (EBE, un instrumento que evalúa la empatía afectiva y cognitiva. Los participantes fueron 135 adolescentes entre 11 y 18 años (M=14, DE=1.4 de educación regular, en una región urbana de Lima Metropolitana. Se usó metodología de ecuaciones estructurales para confirmar la estructura, y la transformación Schmid-Leiman para evaluar el modelo bi-dimensional. Los resultados indican que un modelo oblicuo de dos factores es satisfactorio para los datos, la confiabilidad es superior a .70, y no se justifica la interpretación de un solo puntaje tal como anteriormente se hacía. Se discuten las diferencias en la interpretación de los modelos y la valoración de la metodología factorial.

  10. Moyal star product of μ-holomorphic j-differentials

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    Kachkachi, K.

    2007-08-01

    It was shown only for scalar conformal fields, that the Moyal-Weyl star product can introduce the quantum effect as the phase factor to the ordinary product. In this paper we show that, even on the same complex structure, the Moyal-Weyl star product of two j-differentials (conformal fields of weights (j, 0)) does not vanish but it generates the quantum effect at the first order of its perturbative series. More generally, we get the explicit expression of the Moyal-Weyl star product of j-differentials defined on any complex structure of a bi-dimensional Riemann surface Σ. We show that the star product of two j-differentials is not a j-differential and does not preserve the conformal covariance character. This can shed some light on the Moyal-Weyl deformation quantization procedure connection's with the deformation of complex structures on a Riemann surface. Hence, the situation might relate the star products to the Moduli and Teichmuller spaces of Riemann surfaces. (author)

  11. Oxidative proteome alterations during skeletal muscle ageing

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    Sofia Lourenço dos Santos

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Sarcopenia corresponds to the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality, and strength associated with ageing and leads to a progressive impairment of mobility and quality of life. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in this process are not completely understood. A hallmark of cellular and tissular ageing is the accumulation of oxidatively modified (carbonylated proteins, leading to a decreased quality of the cellular proteome that could directly impact on normal cellular functions. Although increased oxidative stress has been reported during skeletal muscle ageing, the oxidized protein targets, also referred as to the ‘oxi-proteome’ or ‘carbonylome’, have not been characterized yet. To better understand the mechanisms by which these damaged proteins build up and potentially affect muscle function, proteins targeted by these modifications have been identified in human rectus abdominis muscle obtained from young and old healthy donors using a bi-dimensional gel electrophoresis-based proteomic approach coupled with immunodetection of carbonylated proteins. Among evidenced protein spots, 17 were found as increased carbonylated in biopsies from old donors comparing to young counterparts. These proteins are involved in key cellular functions such as cellular morphology and transport, muscle contraction and energy metabolism. Importantly, impairment of these pathways has been described in skeletal muscle during ageing. Functional decline of these proteins due to irreversible oxidation may therefore impact directly on the above-mentioned pathways, hence contributing to the generation of the sarcopenic phenotype.

  12. Relationship among vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of female pelvic floor muscles

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    Vanessa S. Pereira

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: The proper evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM is essential for choosing the correct treatment. Currently, there is no gold standard for the assessment of female PFM function. Objective: To determine the correlation between vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, and electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of the female PFM. Method: This cross-sectional study evaluated 80 women between 18 and 35 years of age who were nulliparous and had no pelvic floor dysfunction. PFM function was assessed based on digital palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, electromyographic activity, bilateral diameter of the bulbocavernosus muscles and the amount of bladder neck movement during voluntary PFM contraction using transperineal bi-dimensional ultrasound. The Pearson correlation was used for statistical analysis (p<0.05. Results: There was a strong positive correlation between PFM function and PFM contraction pressure (0.90. In addition, there was a moderate positive correlation between these two variables and PFM electromyographic activity (0.59 and 0.63, respectively and movement of the bladder neck in relation to the pubic symphysis (0.51 and 0.60, respectively. Conclusions: This study showed that there was a correlation between vaginal palpation, vaginal squeeze pressure, and electromyographic and ultrasonographic variables of the PFM in nulliparous women. The strong correlation between digital palpation and PFM contraction pressure indicated that perineometry could easily be replaced by PFM digital palpation in the absence of equipment.

  13. Redox stress proteins are involved in adaptation response of the hyperthermoacidophilic archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus to nickel challenge

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    Scaloni Andrea

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Exposure to nickel (Ni and its chemical derivatives has been associated with severe health effects in human. On the contrary, poor knowledge has been acquired on target physiological processes or molecular mechanisms of this metal in model organisms, including Bacteria and Archaea. In this study, we describe an analysis focused at identifying proteins involved in the recovery of the archaeon Sulfolobus solfataricus strain MT4 from Ni-induced stress. Results To this purpose, Sulfolobus solfataricus was grown in the presence of the highest nickel sulphate concentration still allowing cells to survive; crude extracts from treated and untreated cells were compared at the proteome level by using a bi-dimensional chromatography approach. We identified several proteins specifically repressed or induced as result of Ni treatment. Observed up-regulated proteins were largely endowed with the ability to trigger recovery from oxidative and osmotic stress in other biological systems. It is noteworthy that most of the proteins induced following Ni treatment perform similar functions and a few have eukaryal homologue counterparts. Conclusion These findings suggest a series of preferential gene expression pathways activated in adaptation response to metal challenge.

  14. Sustainable Development of Heritage Areas: Towards Cyber-Physical Systems Integration in Extant Heritage Buildings and Planning Conservation

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    Laila Mohamed Khodeir

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Although architectural heritage reflects the evolution of human civilization throughout history, nevertheless, civilized and social changes of heritage areas in many countries led to their degradation. Historical building management and planning conservation raise two important issues: the restoration and improvement of historical areas features and adopting a framework of sustainable development in heritage regions. Recently a number of processes have arose to aid in the aforementioned problems, namely the heritage building information modelling (HBIM and the  cyber-physical systems approach (CPS, where the latter is believed to  achieve great potentials hereby integrating virtual models and physical construction and  enabling bidirectional coordination. Since HBIM has recently been investigated through a number of recent research and application, the aim of this paper is to explore the potentials offered by the CPS, to move from 3D content model to bi-dimensional coordination for achieving efficient management of built heritage. To tackle the objective of this paper, firstly, a review of the BIM use in the field of cultural heritage  was undergone, Secondly, reporting the existing BIM/HBIM platforms, analyzing cyber-physical systems integration in extant heritage buildings and in planning conservation were performed. Results of this paper took the form of detailed comparative analysis between both CPS and HBIM, which could guide decision makers working in the field of heritage buildings management, in addition to shedding light on the main potentials of the emerging CPS.

  15. Theoretical and numerical simulation of the saturation of the stimulated Raman scattering instability that occurs in laser-plasma interaction

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    Fouquet, T.

    2007-01-01

    In this work we present 2 important results. First, for a relatively moderate laser lighting (I*λ 2 ≅ 10 14 Wμm 2 /cm 2 ), cavitation appears in Langmuir decay instability (LDI) whenever the plasma wavelength is above a certain limit. Secondly, in the case of an inhomogeneous plasma there is an increase of the Raman reflectivity in presence of LDI for a plasma density profile that was initially smooth. This work is divided into 5 chapters. The first chapter is dedicated to parametric instabilities especially Raman instability and Langmuir decay instability. The equations that govern these instabilities as well as their numerical solutions are presented in the second chapter. The third chapter deals with the case of a mono-dimensional plasma with homogenous density. The saturation of the Raman instability in a mono-dimensional plasma with inhomogeneous density is studied in the fourth chapter. The last chapter is dedicated to bi-dimensional simulations for various types of laser beams

  16. Sex-Free and Sex-Related Components of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ Neuroticism Scale among Finnish and Turkish Students

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    Timo Lajunen

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies have suggested that the Neuroticism scale (N of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ reflects two different dimensions, of which the first is sex-related (N-S and the second sex-free (N-A. The N-S component is characterized by social sensitivity and worry while N-A reflects moodiness, irritability and boredom. The purpose of this study was to investigate the internal structure of the N scale in samples of 320 Finnish and 230 Turkish students. The bi-dimensional structure suggested by Francis had an acceptable fit to data in the Finnish and Turkish samples. Higher N-S and N scores correlated with being a woman in the Turkish sample. Neither N nor N-S scores were related to sex in the Finnish sample. ANOVA results showed the main effect of sex on N and N-S scores and the main effect of culture (Finnish vs. Turkish on N and N-A. Turkish women scored higher in N and N-S scales than the other groups. The possible cultural and social reasons for the sex differences on the N scale score were discussed.

  17. Investigation on wind turbine wakes: wind tunnel tests and field experiments with LIDARs

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    Iungo, Giacomo; Wu, Ting; Cöeffé, Juliette; Porté-Agel, Fernando; WIRE Team

    2011-11-01

    An investigation on the interaction between atmospheric boundary layer flow and wind turbines is carried out with wind tunnel and LIDAR measurements. The former were carried out using hot-wire anemometry and multi-hole pressure probes in the wake of a three-bladed miniature wind turbine. The wind turbine wake is characterized by a strong velocity defect in the proximity of the rotor, and its recovery is found to depend on the characteristics of the incoming atmospheric boundary layer (mean velocity and turbulence intensity profiles). Field experiments were performed using three wind LIDARs. Bi-dimensional scans are performed in order to analyse the wake wind field with different atmospheric boundary layer conditions. Furthermore, simultaneous measurements with two or three LIDARs allow the reconstruction of multi-component velocity fields. Both LIDAR and wind tunnel measurements highlight an increased turbulence level at the wake boundary for heights comparable to the top-tip of the blades; this flow feature can produce dangerous fatigue loads on following wind turbines.

  18. Recent Developments on the Silicon Drift Detector readout scheme for the ALICE Inner Tracking System

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    Mazza, G; Bonazzola, G C; Bonvicini, V; Cavagnino, D; Cerello, P G; De Remigis, P; Falchieri, D; Gabrielli, A; Gandolfi, E; Giubellino, P; Hernández, R; Masetti, M; Montaño-Zetina, L M; Nouais, D; Rashevsky, A; Rivetti, A; Tosello, F

    1999-01-01

    Proposal of abstract for LEB99, Snowmass, Colorado, 20-24 September 1999Recent developments of the Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) readout system for the ALICE Experiment are presented. The foreseen readout system is based on 2 main units. The first unit consists of a low noise preamplifier, an analog memory which continuously samples the amplifier output, an A/D converter and a digital memory. When the trigger signal validates the analog data, the ADCs convert the samples into a digital form and store them into the digital memory. The second unit performs the zero suppression/data compression operations. In this paper the status of the design is presented, together with the test results of the A/D converter, the multi-event buffer and the compression unit prototype.Summary:In the Inner Tracker System (ITS) of the ALICE experiment the third and the fourth layer of the detectors are SDDs. These detectors provide the measurement of both the energy deposition and the bi-dimensional position of the track. In terms o...

  19. A study of the pulsatile flow and its interaction with rectangular leaflets

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    Ledesma, Rene; Zenit, Roberto; Pulos, Guillermo

    2009-11-01

    To avoid the complexity and limited understanding of the 3D pulsatile flow field through heart valves, a cardiac-like flow circuit and a test channel were designed to study the behavior of bidimensional leaflets made of hyperelastic materials. We study a simple 2D arrangement to understand the basic physics of the flow-leaflet interaction. Creating a periodic pressure gradient, measurements of leaflet deflection were obtained for different flow conditions, geometries and materials. Using PIV and Phase Locking techniques, we have obtained the leaflet motion and the time-dependent flow velocity fields. The results show that two dimensionless parameters determine the performance of a simple bi-dimensional valve, in accordance with the flow conditions applied: π1=f(sw)^1/2(E/ρ)^1/2 and π2=V/(2slw), where f is the pulsation frequency, V is the stroke volume, s, w and l are the dimensions on the leaftlet and E and ρ are the elastic modulus and density of the material, respectively. Furthermore, we have identified the conditions for which the fluid stresses can be minimized. With these results we propose a new set of parameters to improve the performance of prosthetic heart valves and, in consequence, to reduce blood damage.

  20. MODELADO DE DINÁMICA DE FLUIDOS Y TRANSFERENCIA DE CALOR Y MASA EN PROCESOS AGROALIMENTARIOS POR MÉTODO DE VOLÚMENES FINITOS

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    NELSON O. MORAGA

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Se describe la transferencia de momento, calor y masa transitorio bi-dimensional en procesos agroalimentarios. Estos procesos son: la pre-cosecha y la deshidratación por aire caliente de frutas. La metodología incluye modelación matemática y simulación computacional para describir la convección y difusión de calor y masa conjugada que resulta de la interacción entre el alimento y el aire. El modelo matemático emplea las ecuaciones diferenciales parciales no lineales acopladas de continuidad, momento lineal, energía y materia. Se considera que las propiedades físicas de las frutas calculadas mediante correlaciones empíricas, varían con la temperatura y la concentración de humedad. El método de volúmenes finitos junto el algoritmo SIMPLE se utiliza para obtener los resultados de la variación en el tiempo de las distribuciones de velocidades (v, temperaturas (T y concentraciones de humedad (C para los procesos en estudio. Las propiedades termofísicas variables de los alimentos se obtuvieron a partir de modelos empíricos. Los resultados obtenidos incluyen distribuciones de las variables dependientes (v, T, C en el tiempo, los cuales se comparan con resultados experimentales y numéricos de la literatura especializada.

  1. Resilience to emotional distress in response to failure, error or mistakes: A systematic review.

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    Johnson, Judith; Panagioti, Maria; Bass, Jennifer; Ramsey, Lauren; Harrison, Reema

    2017-03-01

    Perceptions of failure have been implicated in a range of psychological disorders, and even a single experience of failure can heighten anxiety and depression. However, not all individuals experience significant emotional distress following failure, indicating the presence of resilience. The current systematic review synthesised studies investigating resilience factors to emotional distress resulting from the experience of failure. For the definition of resilience we used the Bi-Dimensional Framework for resilience research (BDF) which suggests that resilience factors are those which buffer the impact of risk factors, and outlines criteria a variable should meet in order to be considered as conferring resilience. Studies were identified through electronic searches of PsycINFO, MEDLINE, EMBASE and Web of Knowledge. Forty-six relevant studies reported in 38 papers met the inclusion criteria. These provided evidence of the presence of factors which confer resilience to emotional distress in response to failure. The strongest support was found for the factors of higher self-esteem, more positive attributional style, and lower socially-prescribed perfectionism. Weaker evidence was found for the factors of lower trait reappraisal, lower self-oriented perfectionism and higher emotional intelligence. The majority of studies used experimental or longitudinal designs. These results identify specific factors which should be targeted by resilience-building interventions. Resilience; failure; stress; self-esteem; attributional style; perfectionism. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Thermal diffusivity measurement of erythritol and numerical analysis of heat storage performance on a fin-type heat exchanger

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    Zamengo, Massimiliano; Funada, Tomohiro; Morikawa, Junko

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Thermal diffusivity of Erythritol was measured by temperature wave method. • Thermal diffusivity was measured in function of temperature and during phase change. • Database of temperature-dependent thermal properties is used for numerical analysis. • Heat transfer and heat storage were analyzed in a fin-type heat exchanger. • Use of temperature-dependent properties in calculations lead to longer melting time. - Abstract: Temperature dependency of thermal diffusivity of erythritol was measured by temperature wave analysis (TWA) method. This modulating technique allowed measuring thermal diffusivity continuously, even during the phase transition solid-liquid. Together with specific heat capacity and specific enthalpy measured by differential scanning calorimetry, the values of measured properties were utilized in a bi-dimensional numerical model for analysis of heat transfer and heat storage performance. The geometry of the model is representative of a cross section of a fin-type heat exchanger, in which erythritol is filling the interspaces between fins. Time-dependent temperature change and heat storage performance were analyzed by considering the variation of thermophysical properties as a function of temperature. The numerical method can be utilized for a fast parametric analysis of heat transfer and heat storage performance into heat storage systems of phase-change materials and composites.

  3. Different underlying mechanisms for face emotion and gender processing during feature-selective attention: Evidence from event-related potential studies.

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    Wang, Hailing; Ip, Chengteng; Fu, Shimin; Sun, Pei

    2017-05-01

    Face recognition theories suggest that our brains process invariant (e.g., gender) and changeable (e.g., emotion) facial dimensions separately. To investigate whether these two dimensions are processed in different time courses, we analyzed the selection negativity (SN, an event-related potential component reflecting attentional modulation) elicited by face gender and emotion during a feature selective attention task. Participants were instructed to attend to a combination of face emotion and gender attributes in Experiment 1 (bi-dimensional task) and to either face emotion or gender in Experiment 2 (uni-dimensional task). The results revealed that face emotion did not elicit a substantial SN, whereas face gender consistently generated a substantial SN in both experiments. These results suggest that face gender is more sensitive to feature-selective attention and that face emotion is encoded relatively automatically on SN, implying the existence of different underlying processing mechanisms for invariant and changeable facial dimensions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Development of a system for monitoring and diagnosis of steam generator tubes using artificial intelligence techniques on Eddy Current Test signals

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    Mesquita, Roberto Navarro de [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Monitoracao e Diagnostico]|[Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil); Ting, Daniel Kao Sun [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Monitoracao e Diagnostico; Cabral, Eduardo Lobo C. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil); Lopez, Luis A. Negro M. [Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial, Sao Bernardo do Campo, SP (Brazil); Upadhyaya, Belle R. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States)

    2002-07-01

    New classification and feature extraction methods for steam generator tube defects are being developed by IPEN/CNEN-SP in cooperation with UTK to improve a monitoring and diagnosis system for classification and characterization of steam generator tube defects using Eddy Current Testing (ECT) signals. The first methodology being developed uses a set of feature extraction methods applied to different tube defect type ECT signals and each obtained feature vector is projected into a bi-dimensional map obtained by a Self-Organizing Map neural network. This methodology allows an optimal feature extraction method selection for the defect type classification. Other approach is being developed using tubes with different manufactured defect types which are tested using MIZ-17ET equipment with 4 sets of probes (two different diameter). A fuzzy inference system will be used to build a knowledge base for these defects. These methodology and algorithms will be integrated into an automated diagnosis system being developed with UTK, which is designed to read both on-line acquired data, as well as stored data files. These commercial software tools are the ones usually utilized in nuclear power plants. (author)

  5. Sport commitment and participation in masters swimmers: the influence of coach and teammates.

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    Santi, Giampaolo; Bruton, Adam; Pietrantoni, Luca; Mellalieu, Stephen

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated how coach and teammates influence masters athletes' sport commitment, and the effect of functional and obligatory commitments on participation in masters swimming. The sample consisted of 523 masters swimmers (330 males and 193 females) aged between 22 and 83 years (M = 39.00, SD = 10.42). A bi-dimensional commitment scale was used to measure commitment dimensions and perceived influence from social agents. Structural equation modelling analysis was conducted to evaluate the influence of social agents on functional and obligatory commitments, and the predictive capabilities of the two types of commitment towards sport participation. Support provided by coach and teammates increased functional commitment, constraints from these social agents determined higher obligatory commitment, and coach constraints negatively impacted functional commitment. In addition, both commitment types predicted training participation, with functional commitment increasing participation in team training sessions, and obligatory commitment increasing the hours of individual training. The findings suggest that in order to increase participation in masters swimming teams and reduce non-supervised training, coach and teammates should exhibit a supportive attitude and avoid over expectation.

  6. Tail dependence and information flow: Evidence from international equity markets

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    Al Rahahleh, Naseem; Bhatti, M. Ishaq; Adeinat, Iman

    2017-05-01

    Bhatti and Nguyen (2012) used the copula approach to measure the tail dependence between a number of international markets. They observed that some country pairs exhibit only left-tail dependence whereas others show only right-tail. However, the flow of information from uni-dimensional (one-tail) to bi-dimensional (two-tails) between various markets was not accounted for. In this study, we address the flow of information of this nature by using the dynamic conditional correlation (DCC-GARCH) model. More specifically, we use various versions of the DCC models to explain the nexus between the information flow of international equity and to explain the stochastic forward vs. backward dynamics of financial markets based on data for a 15-year period comprising 3,782 observations. We observed that the information flow between the US and Hong Kong markets and between the US and Australian markets are bi-directional. We also observed that the DCC model captures a wider co-movement structure and inter-connectedness compared to the symmetric Joe-Clayton copula.

  7. Backstroke start kinematic and kinetic changes due to different feet positioning.

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    de Jesus, Karla; de Jesus, Kelly; Figueiredo, Pedro; Gonçalves, Pedro; Pereira, Suzana Matheus; Vilas-Boas, João Paulo; Fernandes, Ricardo Jorge

    2013-01-01

    The backstroke swimming start international rules changed in 2005. This study compared two backstroke start variants, both with feet parallel to each other but in complete immersion and emersion. Six elite swimmers performed two sets of 4 maximal 15 m bouts, each set using one of the variants. The starts were videotaped in the sagittal plane with two cameras, providing bi-dimensional dual-media kinematic evaluation, and an underwater force plate and a handgrip instrumented with a load cell collected kinetic data. Backstroke start with feet immerged displayed greater centre-of-mass horizontal starting position, centre-of-mass horizontal velocity at hands-off and take-off angle. Backstroke start with feet emerged showed greater wall contact time, centre-of-mass horizontal and downward vertical velocity at take-off, lower limbs horizontal impulse, and centre-of-mass downward vertical velocity during flight phase. Backstroke start with feet immerged and emerged displayed similar centre-of-mass horizontal water reach, back arc angle and 5 m starting time. Irrespective of the swimmer's feet positioning, coaches should emphasise each variant's mechanical advantages during the wall contact phases. Furthermore, the maintenance of those advantages throughout the flight should be stressed for better backstroke start performance.

  8. The association between need for touch and desire for unique products and consumer (interdependent problem-solving

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    Valter Afonso Vieira

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Some people cannot buy products without first touching them, believing that doing so will create more assurance and information and reduce uncertainty. The international consumer marketing literature suggests an instrument to measure consumers' necessity for pohysical contact, called Need for Touch (NFT. This paper analyzes whether the Need for Touch structure is empirically consistent. Based on a literature review, we suggest six hypotheses in order to assess the nomological, convergent, and discriminant validity of the phenomenon. Departing from these, data supported four assumptions in the predicted direction. Need for Touch was associated with Need for Input and with Need for Cognition. Need for Touch was not associated with traditional marketing channels. The results also showed the dual characterization of Need for Touch as a bi-dimensional construct. The moderator effect indicated that when the consumer has a higher (vs. lower Need for Touch autotelic score, the experiential motivation for shopping played a more (vs. less important role in impulsive motivation. Our Study 3 supports the NFT structure and shows new associations with the need for unique products and dependent decisions.

  9. Analysis of fracture surface of CFRP material by three-dimensional reconstruction methods

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    Lobo, Raquel M.; Andrade, Arnaldo H.P.

    2009-01-01

    Fracture surfaces of CFRP (carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer) materials, used in the nuclear fuel cycle, presents an elevated roughness, mainly due to the fracture mode known as pulling out, that displays pieces of carbon fibers after debonding between fiber and matrix. The fractographic analysis, by bi-dimensional images is deficient for not considering the so important vertical resolution as much as the horizontal resolution. In this case, the knowledge of this heights distribution that occurs during the breaking, can lead to the calculation of the involved energies in the process that would allows a better agreement on the fracture mechanisms of the composite material. An important solution for the material characterization, whose surface presents a high roughness due to the variation in height, is to reconstruct three-dimensionally these fracture surfaces. In this work, the 3D reconstruction was done by two different methods: the variable focus reconstruction, through a stack of images obtained by optical microscopy (OM) and the parallax reconstruction, carried through with images acquired by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results of both methods present an elevation map of the reconstructed image that determine the height of the surface pixel by pixel,. The results obtained by the methods of reconstruction for the CFRP surfaces, have been compared with others materials such as aluminum and copper that present a ductile type fracture surface, with lower roughness. (author)

  10. Peer sexual harassment in adolescent girls: A cross-national study (Spain-Italy

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    Rosario Ortega

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Los estudios internacionales sobre el acoso sexual en la adolescencia han mostrado que este fenómeno es más frecuente de lo esperado, aunque la prevalencia del acoso sexual varía de unos estudios a otros. Algunas de estas diferencias han sido explicadas en función de los modelos y dimensiones explicativas de las que parten los diferentes estudios. La presente estudio descriptivo intenta contribuir a esta línea de investigación, evaluando diferentes modelos explicativos del acoso sexual en 318 chicas adolescentes (edad media 17,05 años de dos países europeos (España e Italia. Aplicando análisis confirmatorios y modelos de múltiples grupos para medir la invarianza en ambos países, los resultados mostraron que un modelo bi-dimensional, compuesto por la dimensión acoso verbal/visual y la dimensión acoso físico fue el que mejor ajustó los datos. El modelo de Fitzgerald también fue evaluado aunque los índices de ajuste no alcanzaron niveles tan satisfactorios. Los resultados se discuten con relación a las investigaciones previas en este campo y respecto a las implicaciones que estos resultados tienen para la prevención y la intervención sobre acoso sexual y cortejo en la adolescencia.

  11. Basics elements for modelling the dynamics of cell migration in cell culture

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    FarIas, Ro; Vidal, Cs; Rapacioli, M; Flores, V

    2007-01-01

    This paper introduces some basic elements for modelling the dynamics of cell migration activity over a bi-dimensional substratum. A square matrix, representing the substratum, is implemented in order to generate virtual cells with an initial random uniform distribution, with the ability to freely move within the matrix and to interact with each others by mean of adhesive forces. Two different conditions were examined: A) cells can freely move and after contacting with another cell they both completely inhibit their migration; B) cells that come into contact have the ability to rotate respect to each other without losing their contacts and retaining the ability to move together but at a slower rate, being the decrease in the rate of movement proportional to the number of contacting cells. The dynamics of the migration process in these two conditions was evaluated by recording the evolution of several parameters as a function of time. Minor modifications in some parameters (mobility, intensity of cell-cell and cell-substratum adhesiveness) significantly change the dynamics and the final result of the virtual migrating cells

  12. Software Image J to study soil pore distribution

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    Sabrina Passoni

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In the soil science, a direct method that allows the study of soil pore distribution is the bi-dimensional (2D digital image analysis. Such technique provides quantitative results of soil pore shape, number and size. The use of specific softwares for the treatment and processing of images allows a fast and efficient method to quantify the soil porous system. However, due to the high cost of commercial softwares, public ones can be an interesting alternative for soil structure analysis. The objective of this work was to evaluate the quality of data provided by the Image J software (public domain used to characterize the voids of two soils, characterized as Geric Ferralsol and Rhodic Ferralsol, from the southeast region of Brazil. The pore distribution analysis technique from impregnated soil blocks was utilized for this purpose. The 2D image acquisition was carried out by using a CCD camera coupled to a conventional optical microscope. After acquisition and treatment of images, they were processed and analyzed by the software Noesis Visilog 5.4® (chosen as the reference program and ImageJ. The parameters chosen to characterize the soil voids were: shape, number and pore size distribution. For both soils, the results obtained for the image total porosity (%, the total number of pores and the pore size distribution showed that the Image J is a suitable software to be applied in the characterization of the soil sample voids impregnated with resin.

  13. Heterogeneity of compulsive buyers based on impulsivity and compulsivity dimensions: a latent profile analytic approach.

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    Yi, Sunghwan

    2013-07-30

    Despite the recognition that compulsive buyers are not one homogenous group, there is a dearth of theory-guided empirical investigation. Furthermore, although compulsivity and impulsivity are used as major psychiatric criteria for diagnosing compulsive buyers, these dimensions have rarely been considered in assessing the heterogeneity issue. We fill this gap by applying the motivation shift model of addiction to compulsive buying and empirically assessing the heterogeneity issue in the bi-dimensional space represented by the buying impulsivity and compulsivity dimensions. These hypotheses were tested with latent profile analysis based on survey data (N=445). Consistent with the hypothesis, we identified the cluster of buyers with high buying compulsivity and impulsivity ("compulsive-impulsive buyers"), the cluster of buyers with low buying compulsivity and high impulsivity ("impulsive excessive buyers"), and the cluster of ordinary buyers. Furthermore, it was found that disparate clusters of buyers exhibit unique dispositional tendencies. Theoretical contributions and policy implications of the findings are discussed as well. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Proteomics analysis of "Rovabiot Excel", a secreted protein cocktail from the filamentous fungus Penicillium funiculosum grown under industrial process fermentation.

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    Guais, Olivier; Borderies, Gisèle; Pichereaux, Carole; Maestracci, Marc; Neugnot, Virginie; Rossignol, Michel; François, Jean Marie

    2008-12-01

    MS/MS techniques are well customized now for proteomic analysis, even for non-sequenced organisms, since peptide sequences obtained by these methods can be matched with those found in databases from closely related sequenced organisms. We used this approach to characterize the protein content of the "Rovabio Excel", an enzymatic cocktail produced by Penicillium funiculosum that is used as feed additive in animal nutrition. Protein separation by bi-dimensional electrophoresis yielded more than 100 spots, from which 37 proteins were unambiguously assigned from peptide sequences. By one-dimensional SDS-gel electrophoresis, 34 proteins were identified among which 8 were not found in the 2-DE analysis. A third method, termed 'peptidic shotgun', which consists in a direct treatment of the cocktail by trypsin followed by separation of the peptides on two-dimensional liquid chromatography, resulted in the identification of two additional proteins not found by the two other methods. Altogether, more than 50 proteins, among which several glycosylhydrolytic, hemicellulolytic and proteolytic enzymes, were identified by combining three separation methods in this enzymatic cocktail. This work confirmed the power of proteome analysis to explore the genome expression of a non-sequenced fungus by taking advantage of sequences from phylogenetically related filamentous fungi and pave the way for further functional analysis of P. funiculosum.

  15. Multidimensional human dynamics in mobile phone communications.

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    Quadri, Christian; Zignani, Matteo; Capra, Lorenzo; Gaito, Sabrina; Rossi, Gian Paolo

    2014-01-01

    In today's technology-assisted society, social interactions may be expressed through a variety of techno-communication channels, including online social networks, email and mobile phones (calls, text messages). Consequently, a clear grasp of human behavior through the diverse communication media is considered a key factor in understanding the formation of the today's information society. So far, all previous research on user communication behavior has focused on a sole communication activity. In this paper we move forward another step on this research path by performing a multidimensional study of human sociality as an expression of the use of mobile phones. The paper focuses on user temporal communication behavior in the interplay between the two complementary communication media, text messages and phone calls, that represent the bi-dimensional scenario of analysis. Our study provides a theoretical framework for analyzing multidimensional bursts as the most general burst category, that includes one-dimensional bursts as the simplest case, and offers empirical evidence of their nature by following the combined phone call/text message communication patterns of approximately one million people over three-month period. This quantitative approach enables the design of a generative model rooted in the three most significant features of the multidimensional burst - the number of dimensions, prevalence and interleaving degree - able to reproduce the main media usage attitude. The other findings of the paper include a novel multidimensional burst detection algorithm and an insight analysis of the human media selection process.

  16. Thermal fatigue appears to be more damaging than uniaxial isothermal fatigue for the austentic stainless steels, and application of multiaxial fatigue criteria

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    Fissolo, Antoine; Gourdin, Cedric [DM2S/SEMT/LISN, Gif sur Yvette (France); Vincent, Ludovic [DMN/SRMA/LCD, Gif sur Yvette (France)

    2009-07-01

    For nuclear reactor components, uniaxial isothermal fatigue curves are used to estimate the crack initiation under thermal fatigue. However, such approach would be not sufficient in some cases where cracking was observed. To investigate differences between uniaxial and thermal fatigue damage, tests have been carried out at CEA using the thermal fatigue devices SPLASH and FAT3D: a bi-dimensional (2-D) loading status is obtained in SPLASH, whereas a tri-dimensional (3-D) loading status is obtained in FAT3D. All the analysed tests clearly show that crack initiation in thermal fatigue is faster than in uniaxial isothermal fatigue conditions: for identical levels of strain, the number of cycles required to achieve crack initiation is significantly lower. The enhanced damaging effect probably results from a pure mechanical origin: a nearly perfect biaxial state corresponds to an increased hydrostatic stress. Consequently, multiaxial fatigue criteria must be applied. The Zamrik's strain criterion and the energy criterion proposed by Ecole Polytechnique provide the best estimations. In that framework, the proposed new method coupling both RCC-MR strain estimations and Zamrik's criterion appears to be more promising for the designer. (orig.)

  17. Mapping the conformational free energy of aspartic acid in the gas phase and in aqueous solution

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    Comitani, Federico; Rossi, Kevin; Ceriotti, Michele; Sanz, M. Eugenia; Molteni, Carla

    2017-04-01

    The conformational free energy landscape of aspartic acid, a proteogenic amino acid involved in a wide variety of biological functions, was investigated as an example of the complexity that multiple rotatable bonds produce even in relatively simple molecules. To efficiently explore such a landscape, this molecule was studied in the neutral and zwitterionic forms, in the gas phase and in water solution, by means of molecular dynamics and the enhanced sampling method metadynamics with classical force-fields. Multi-dimensional free energy landscapes were reduced to bi-dimensional maps through the non-linear dimensionality reduction algorithm sketch-map to identify the energetically stable conformers and their interconnection paths. Quantum chemical calculations were then performed on the minimum free energy structures. Our procedure returned the low energy conformations observed experimentally in the gas phase with rotational spectroscopy [M. E. Sanz et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, 3573 (2010)]. Moreover, it provided information on higher energy conformers not accessible to experiments and on the conformers in water. The comparison between different force-fields and quantum chemical data highlighted the importance of the underlying potential energy surface to accurately capture energy rankings. The combination of force-field based metadynamics, sketch-map analysis, and quantum chemical calculations was able to produce an exhaustive conformational exploration in a range of significant free energies that complements the experimental data. Similar protocols can be applied to larger peptides with complex conformational landscapes and would greatly benefit from the next generation of accurate force-fields.

  18. Massive Exploration of Perturbed Conditions of the Blood Coagulation Cascade through GPU Parallelization

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    Paolo Cazzaniga

    2014-01-01

    high-performance computing solutions is motivated by the need of performing large numbers of in silico analysis to study the behavior of biological systems in different conditions, which necessitate a computing power that usually overtakes the capability of standard desktop computers. In this work we present coagSODA, a CUDA-powered computational tool that was purposely developed for the analysis of a large mechanistic model of the blood coagulation cascade (BCC, defined according to both mass-action kinetics and Hill functions. coagSODA allows the execution of parallel simulations of the dynamics of the BCC by automatically deriving the system of ordinary differential equations and then exploiting the numerical integration algorithm LSODA. We present the biological results achieved with a massive exploration of perturbed conditions of the BCC, carried out with one-dimensional and bi-dimensional parameter sweep analysis, and show that GPU-accelerated parallel simulations of this model can increase the computational performances up to a 181× speedup compared to the corresponding sequential simulations.

  19. [Psychometric properties of the Escala de Autoeficacia para el Afrontamiento del Estrés (EAEAE)].

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    Godoy Izquierdo, Débora; Godoy García, Juan F; López-Chicheri García, Isabel; Martínez Delgado, Antonio; Gutiérrez Jiménez, Susana; Vázquez Vázquez, Luisa

    2008-02-01

    This paper presents the theoretical construct of and an instrument for its assessment, the Escala de Autoeficacia para el Afrontamiento del Estrés (EAEAE; in English, Coping with Stress Self-Efficacy Scale), as well as the results obtained concerning its psychometric properties from an adult population. 812 individuals, aged 18 to 64 years old ( M = 26.46, SD = 9.93, 62.6% females and 37.4% males), recruited from various contexts, participated in this study. Participants completed the EAEAE along with other measures of constructs theoretically related to this specific self-efficacy. The EAEAE shows appropriate reliability in its complete form as well as in its two subscales of Efficacy Expectations and Outcome Expectations, and adequate factorial construct validity (which reveals the bi-dimensionality of the instrument), and convergent validity with the remaining measures. The characteristics of brevity and ease of application of the scale, in addition to its adequate psychometric properties, indicate that the EAEAE is an appropriate tool to assess and investigate coping with stress self-efficacy in research as well as clinical settings.

  20. Production and transfer of energy and information in Hamiltonian systems.

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    Chris G Antonopoulos

    Full Text Available We present novel results that relate energy and information transfer with sensitivity to initial conditions in chaotic multi-dimensional Hamiltonian systems. We show the relation among Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy, Lyapunov exponents, and upper bounds for the Mutual Information Rate calculated in the Hamiltonian phase space and on bi-dimensional subspaces. Our main result is that the net amount of transfer from kinetic to potential energy per unit of time is a power-law of the upper bound for the Mutual Information Rate between kinetic and potential energies, and also a power-law of the Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy. Therefore, transfer of energy is related with both transfer and production of information. However, the power-law nature of this relation means that a small increment of energy transferred leads to a relatively much larger increase of the information exchanged. Then, we propose an "experimental" implementation of a 1-dimensional communication channel based on a Hamiltonian system, and calculate the actual rate with which information is exchanged between the first and last particle of the channel. Finally, a relation between our results and important quantities of thermodynamics is presented.

  1. Intra-cavity upconversion to 631 nm of images illuminated by an eye-safe ASE source at 1550 nm.

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    Torregrosa, A J; Maestre, H; Capmany, J

    2015-11-15

    We report an image wavelength upconversion system. The system mixes an incoming image at around 1550 nm (eye-safe region) illuminated by an amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) fiber source with a Gaussian beam at 1064 nm generated in a continuous-wave diode-pumped Nd(3+):GdVO(4) laser. Mixing takes place in a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal placed intra-cavity. The upconverted image obtained by sum-frequency mixing falls around the 631 nm red spectral region, well within the spectral response of standard silicon focal plane array bi-dimensional sensors, commonly used in charge-coupled device (CCD) or complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) video cameras, and of most image intensifiers. The use of ASE illumination benefits from a noticeable increase in the field of view (FOV) that can be upconverted with regard to using coherent laser illumination. The upconverted power allows us to capture real-time video in a standard nonintensified CCD camera.

  2. Morphological images analysis and chromosomic aberrations classification based on fuzzy logic

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    Souza, Leonardo Peres

    2011-01-01

    This work has implemented a methodology for automation of images analysis of chromosomes of human cells irradiated at IEA-R1 nuclear reactor (located at IPEN, Sao Paulo, Brazil), and therefore subject to morphological aberrations. This methodology intends to be a tool for helping cytogeneticists on identification, characterization and classification of chromosomal metaphasic analysis. The methodology development has included the creation of a software application based on artificial intelligence techniques using Fuzzy Logic combined with image processing techniques. The developed application was named CHRIMAN and is composed of modules that contain the methodological steps which are important requirements in order to achieve an automated analysis. The first step is the standardization of the bi-dimensional digital image acquisition procedure through coupling a simple digital camera to the ocular of the conventional metaphasic analysis microscope. Second step is related to the image treatment achieved through digital filters application; storing and organization of information obtained both from image content itself, and from selected extracted features, for further use on pattern recognition algorithms. The third step consists on characterizing, counting and classification of stored digital images and extracted features information. The accuracy in the recognition of chromosome images is 93.9%. This classification is based on classical standards obtained at Buckton [1973], and enables support to geneticist on chromosomic analysis procedure, decreasing analysis time, and creating conditions to include this method on a broader evaluation system on human cell damage due to ionizing radiation exposure. (author)

  3. Multidimensional human dynamics in mobile phone communications.

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    Christian Quadri

    Full Text Available In today's technology-assisted society, social interactions may be expressed through a variety of techno-communication channels, including online social networks, email and mobile phones (calls, text messages. Consequently, a clear grasp of human behavior through the diverse communication media is considered a key factor in understanding the formation of the today's information society. So far, all previous research on user communication behavior has focused on a sole communication activity. In this paper we move forward another step on this research path by performing a multidimensional study of human sociality as an expression of the use of mobile phones. The paper focuses on user temporal communication behavior in the interplay between the two complementary communication media, text messages and phone calls, that represent the bi-dimensional scenario of analysis. Our study provides a theoretical framework for analyzing multidimensional bursts as the most general burst category, that includes one-dimensional bursts as the simplest case, and offers empirical evidence of their nature by following the combined phone call/text message communication patterns of approximately one million people over three-month period. This quantitative approach enables the design of a generative model rooted in the three most significant features of the multidimensional burst - the number of dimensions, prevalence and interleaving degree - able to reproduce the main media usage attitude. The other findings of the paper include a novel multidimensional burst detection algorithm and an insight analysis of the human media selection process.

  4. Diamond-based photoconductors for deep UV detection

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    Balducci, A.; Bruzzi, M.; De Sio, A.; Donato, M.G.; Faggio, G.; Marinelli, M.; Messina, G.; Milani, E.; Morgada, M.E.; Pace, E.; Pucella, G.; Santangelo, S.; Scoccia, M.; Scuderi, S.; Tucciarone, A.; Verona-Rinati, G.

    2006-01-01

    This work reports on the development and characterization of bi-dimensional deep-UV sensor arrays based on synthetic diamond to address the requirements of space-born astrophysical experiments. The material was synthesized at the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata' where both heteroepitaxial polycrystalline diamond films and homoepitaxial single-crystal diamonds are grown using a tubular MWCVD reactor. The quality of chemical vapour deposited diamond was characterized by cathodoluminescence, photoluminescence, Raman spectroscopy and thermally stimulated currents. Then, suitable samples were selected and used to fabricate photoconductive single-pixel and 2D array devices by evaporating metal contacts on the growth surface. The electro-optical characterization of the devices was carried out in a wide spectral region, ranging from 120 to 2400 nm. A deuterium lamp and a 0.5 m vacuum monochromator were used to measure the detector responsivity under continuous monochromatic irradiation in the 120-250 nm spectral range, while an optical parametric oscillator tunable laser producing 5 ns pulses was used as light source from 210 up to 2400 nm. Time response, signal-to-noise ratio, responsivity and visible rejection factor were evaluated and the results are hereafter summarized

  5. Fluidic Vectoring of a Planar Incompressible Jet Flow

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    Mendez, Miguel Alfonso; Scelzo, Maria Teresa; Enache, Adriana; Buchlin, Jean-Marie

    2018-06-01

    This paper presents an experimental, a numerical and a theoretical analysis of the performances of a fluidic vectoring device for controlling the direction of a turbulent, bi-dimensional and low Mach number (incompressible) jet flow. The investigated design is the co-flow secondary injection with Coanda surface, which allows for vectoring angles up to 25° with no need of moving mechanical parts. A simple empirical model of the vectoring process is presented and validated via experimental and numerical data. The experiments consist of flow visualization and image processing for the automatic detection of the jet centerline; the numerical simulations are carried out solving the Unsteady Reynolds Average Navier- Stokes (URANS) closed with the k - ω SST turbulence model, using the PisoFoam solver from OpenFOAM. The experimental validation on three different geometrical configurations has shown that the model is capable of providing a fast and reliable evaluation of the device performance as a function of the operating conditions.

  6. The antileishmanial activity assessment of unusual flavonoids from Kalanchoe pinnata.

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    Muzitano, Michelle F; Tinoco, Luzineide W; Guette, Catherine; Kaiser, Carlos R; Rossi-Bergmann, Bartira; Costa, Sônia S

    2006-09-01

    The importance of flavonoids for the antileishmanial activity of Kalanchoe pinnata was previously demonstrated by the isolation of quercitrin, a potent antileishmanial flavonoid. In the present study, the aqueous leaf extract from the medicinal plant K. pinnata (Crassulaceae) afforded a kaempferol di-glycoside, named kapinnatoside, identified as kaempferol 3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl (1-->2) alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside (1). In addition, two unusual flavonol and flavone glycosides already reported, quercetin 3-O-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl (1-->2) alpha-L-rhamnopyranoside (2) and 4',5-dihydroxy-3',8-dimethoxyflavone 7-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside (3), have been isolated. Their structures were determined via analyses of mono and bi-dimensional (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopic experiments and HR-MALDI mass spectra. Because of its restricted occurrence and its abundance in K. pinnata, flavonoid (2) may be a chemical marker for this plant species of high therapeutic potential. The three flavonoids were tested separately against Leishmania amazonenis amastigotes in comparison with quercitrin, quercetin and afzelin. The quercetin aglycone - type structure, as well as a rhamnosyl unit linked at C-3, seem to be important for antileishmanial activity.

  7. Fuel rod modelling during transients: The TOUTATIS code

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    Bentejac, F.; Bourreau, S.; Brochard, J.; Hourdequin, N.; Lansiart, S.

    2001-01-01

    The TOUTATIS code is devoted to the PCI local phenomena simulation, in correlation with the METEOR code for the global behaviour of the fuel rod. More specifically, the TOUTATIS objective is to evaluate the mechanical constraints on the cladding during a power transient thus predicting its behaviour in term of stress corrosion cracking. Based upon the finite element computation code CASTEM 2000, TOUTATIS is a set of modules written in a macro language. The aim of this paper is to present both code modules: The axisymmetric bi-dimensional module, modeling a unique block pellet; The tri dimensional module modeling a radially fragmented pellet. Having shown the boundary conditions and the algorithms used, the application will be illustrated by: A short presentation of the bidimensional axisymmetric modeling performances as well as its limits; The enhancement due to the three dimensional modeling will be displayed by sensitivity studies to the geometry, in this case the pellet height/diameter ratio. Finally, we will show the easiness of the development inherent to the CASTEM 2000 system by depicting the process of a modeling enhancement by adding the possibility of an axial (horizontal) fissuration of the pellet. As conclusion, the future improvements planned for the code are depicted. (author)

  8. Structural evolution of Eucalyptus tar pitch-based carbons during carbonization

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    Prauchner, Marcos J.; Pasa, Vanya M.D.; Molhallem, Nelcy D.S.; Otani, Choyu; Otani, Satika; Pardini, Luiz C.

    2005-01-01

    Wood tar pitches are generated as by-products by the charcoal manufacturing industry. They have a macromolecular structure constituted mainly by phenolic, guaiacylic, and siringylic units common to lignin. Due to their characteristics, biopitches are been investigated as precursors of carbon materials such as carbon fibers, bioelectrodes and activated carbons. In the present work the structural evolution of Eucalyptus tar pitches under carbonization is investigated, which is important for the improvement of planning and control of pitch processing and end-product properties during carbon material production. The studies involve X-ray diffraction and infrared analyses, besides helium density, BET surface area and BJH pore volume measurements. The results showed that the conversion of pitch into carbon basically involves three steps: (1) Up to around 600 deg C the material has an highly disordered structure, being the release of aliphatic side chains and volatiles the main events taking place. (2) Between 600 deg C and 800 deg C, condensation of aromatic rings occurs to form bi-dimensional hexagonal networks so that micro- and mesoporosity are developed. The 800 deg C-coke is constituted by two phases: one highly disordered and another more crystalline. (3) Over 800 deg C, both phases are gradually ordered. As defects are gradually removed, surface area and porosity decrease, approaching zero for the 2100 deg C-coke

  9. Study and qualification of solid and gaseous captors designated to X imaging at around 60 keV; Etude et qualification de capteurs solide et gazeux en vue de leur utilisation en imagerie X autour de 60 keV

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    Ismaili, Y. [Caen Univ., 14 (France). Lab. de Physique Corpusculaire

    1996-09-01

    X ray detection techniques are used in numerous fields: industrial applications, security systems, scientific research and medicine. Among the medical applications, the dual energy detection of X-rays around 60 keV is used for bone densitometry. This thesis presents the design, realization and characterization of several kinds of detectors that could be suitable for X-ray imaging around 60 keV, bone densitometry being one the possible applications. The first part of this thesis is devoted to the realization of an original three-step gaseous detector coupled with a microchannel plate converter. The operating principle, the characteristics and the performance of such a bi-dimensional detector are discussed. Our study has allowed us to improve the efficiency by a factor of two, as compared to other systems based on the same principle. The obtained images have an excellent spatial resolution and can also be used to discriminate materials with different compositions. The work related to the study of a mono-dimensional detector constitutes the second part of the thesis. It is about the evaluation and optimization of a 8 element array made of Cd Te (Cadmium Telluride) which is a semi-conductor operating at room temperature. The tests carried-out with this detector show that it is a promising candidate for bone densitometry measurements. (author) 48 refs.

  10. Study and qualification of solid and gaseous captors designated to X imaging at around 60 keV

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    Ismaili, Y.

    1996-09-01

    X ray detection techniques are used in numerous fields: industrial applications, security systems, scientific research and medicine. Among the medical applications, the dual energy detection of X-rays around 60 keV is used for bone densitometry. This thesis presents the design, realization and characterization of several kinds of detectors that could be suitable for X-ray imaging around 60 keV, bone densitometry being one the possible applications. The first part of this thesis is devoted to the realization of an original three-step gaseous detector coupled with a microchannel plate converter. The operating principle, the characteristics and the performance of such a bi-dimensional detector are discussed. Our study has allowed us to improve the efficiency by a factor of two, as compared to other systems based on the same principle. The obtained images have an excellent spatial resolution and can also be used to discriminate materials with different compositions. The work related to the study of a mono-dimensional detector constitutes the second part of the thesis. It is about the evaluation and optimization of a 8 element array made of Cd Te (Cadmium Telluride) which is a semi-conductor operating at room temperature. The tests carried-out with this detector show that it is a promising candidate for bone densitometry measurements. (author)

  11. The chaotic global best artificial bee colony algorithm for the multi-area economic/emission dispatch

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    Secui, Dinu Calin

    2015-01-01

    This paper suggests a chaotic optimizing method, based on the GBABC (global best artificial bee colony algorithm), where the random sequences used in updating the solutions of this algorithm are replaced with chaotic sequences generated by chaotic maps. The new algorithm, called chaotic CGBABC (global best artificial bee colony algorithm), is used to solving the multi-area economic/emission dispatch problem taking into consideration the valve-point effects, the transmission line losses, multi-fuel sources, prohibited operating zones, tie line capacity and power transfer cost between different areas of the system. The behaviour of the CGBABC algorithm is studied considering ten chaotic maps both one-dimensional and bi-dimensional, with various probability density functions. The CGBABC algorithm's performance including a variety of chaotic maps is tested on five systems (6-unit, 10-unit, 16-unit, 40-unit and 120-unit) with different characteristics, constraints and sizes. The results comparison highlights a hierarchy in the chaotic maps included in the CGBABC algorithm and shows that it performs better than the classical ABC algorithm, the GBABC algorithm and other optimization techniques. - Highlights: • A chaotic global best ABC algorithm (CGBABC) is presented. • CGBABC is applied for solving the multi-area economic/emission dispatch problem. • Valve-point effects, multi-fuel sources, POZ, transmission losses were considered. • The algorithm is tested on five systems having 6, 10, 16, 40 and 120 thermal units. • CGBABC algorithm outperforms several optimization techniques.

  12. Toxicity and profile and objective response of Paclitaxel in metastatic breast cancer

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    Ansari, T.N.; Mahmood, A; Rasul, S.; Syed, A.S.

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of 1-hour weekly Paclitaxel in metastatic breast cancer along with evaluation of overall survival. Patients and Methods: Thirty six patients were enrolled in the study. All patients with histologically confirmed and bi- dimensionally measurable metastatic breast cancer who had received previously either chemotherapy or hormone therapy were included in the study. Paclitaxel was administered in 1-hour weekly infusion in a dose of 100 mg/m/sup 2/ for 12 doses. Results: All patients had received previous chemotherapy with either CAF or CMF. Twenty five patients had also received hormone therapy, 61% had two or more metastatic sites involved, and lung was the common site of involvement. Complete response was observed in 4 (11.1 %) patients, partial response in 14 (38.8%) patients, with an overall response rate of 50.0%. Clinical benefit was 94.4% and median overall survival was 11 months. Treatment was well-tolerated with no grade 3 or 4 toxicity. Common side effects were arthralgias, myalgias and neutropenia. Conclusion: Treatment with 1-hour weekly infusion of Paclitaxel is a well-tolerated chemotherapy with a substantial degree of efficacy in patients with metastatic breast cancer. (author)

  13. Quantitative comparison of different-shaped wavefront sensors and preliminary results for defocus aberrations on a mechanical eye Comparações quantitativas entre o sensor Hartmann-Shack e o sensor de Castro e resultados preliminares para um olho mecânico

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    Luis Alberto Carvalho

    2006-04-01

    : mean of root mean square (RMSE for all aberrations, when theoretical Zernike coefficients were used as control, was 0.22, 0.66 and 0.26 microns; RMSE of sphere-cylinder values when compared to autorefractor measurements was 0.18D, 0.22D and 0.35D for sphere, 0.14D, 0.24D and 0.17D for cylinder, 34.36°, 35.16° and 26.36° for axis; RMSE of sphere-cylinder values when theoretical values were used as control was 0.11D, 0.29D and 0.46D for sphere, 0.15D, 0.28D and 0.17D for cylinder, 19.71°, 25.56° and 18.56° for axis. CONCLUSION: The main conclusion is that the symmetry of an optical sensor is not an important consideration when measuring typical eye aberrations such as defocus (myopic and hyperopic, but there are differences. In this sense, the polar symmetry sensors render results that are equivalent to the traditional Cartesian Hartmann-Shack sensor, but furnish an easier method for determining the optical center.OBJETIVO: Sensores de aberrações ópticas de simetria cartesiana são aceitos pela maioria da comunidade científica como um padrão (como o sensor de Hartmann-Shack (HS nos ramos da óptica e da oftalmologia. Neste trabalho foram desenvolvidos e testados três tipos de sensores com simetrias e/ou configurações diferentes e foram feitas comparações entre o sensor de Castro (SC e o sensor HS na sua forma cilíndrica e cartesiana. MÉTODOS: Todos os sensores foram projetados e desenvolvidos em nosso laboratório no Instituto de Física de São Carlos - USP. O primeiro sensor é um sensor HS convencional, ou seja, no formato cartesiano; o segundo é um sensor HS cilíndrico e o terceiro é o SC. Para cada sensor foram realizados tanto cálculos teóricos como medidas práticas em um olho mecânico. O olho mecânico foi ajustado com 10 diferentes tipos de aberrações de desfocalização, de -5D a +5D, em passos de 1D. RESULTADOS: A precisão dos sensores foi analisada utilizando-se dois diferentes métodos: primeiramente um método totalmente te

  14. Use of sinuosity indexes to describe freeranging cow paths

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    Sanuy, D.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available An analysis of circular data was used to obtain vertical and horizontal sinuosity indexes of free-ranging cow paths. Focal sampling of cow displacements from 20 cows was translated from Cartesian co-ordinates (X,Y,Z to rotation angles and the first order correlated random walk model developed by BOVET & BENHAMOU (1988 was used to calculate sinuosity indexes. Some of the statistical hypotheses were hard to accomplish in some samples. Nevertheless, the obtained indexes summarized well the complete path of grazing animals and so it could be used in order to detect differences in animal behavior pattern.

    [fr] Une analyse de données circulaires a été utilisée pour obtenir les index de sinuosité verticales et horizontales de parcours des vaches en libre pacage. Les observations visuelles des déplacements de 20 vaches ont été traduites de coordonnées cartésiennes (X,Y,Z en angles rationnels et on a utilisé le modèle de premier ordre de parcours aléatoires correlés (correlated random walk, développé par BOVET & BENHAMOU (1988 pour calculer les index de sinuosité. Certaines des hypothèses statistiques du modèle étaient difficiles â accomplir pour quelques échantillons. Néanmoins, les index obtenus ont bien résumé le parcours complet des animaux et par conséquent peuvent être utilisés pour détecter des différences dans le modèle de comportement animal. [es] Se ha utilizado un análisis de datos circulares para obtener los índices de sinuosidad vertical y horizontal de vacas en pastoreo libre. Las observaciones visuales de los desplazamientos de 20 vacas se han traducido de coordenadas cartesianas (X,Y,Z a ángulos rotacionales y se ha utilizado el modelo de primer orden de recorridos aleatorios correlacionados (correlated random walk, desarrollado por BOVET & BENHAMOU (1988, para calcular los índices de sinuosidad. Algunas de las hipótesis estadísticas del modelo son difíciles de cumplir para ciertas muestras

  15. MODELING OF DIRECT SOLAR RADIATION IN A COMPOUND PARABOLIC COLLECTOR (CPC WITH THE RAY TRACING TECHNIQUE

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    JOSÉ A. COLINA MÁRQUEZ

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El colector parabólico compuesto (CPC es una tecnología ampliamente usada en aplicaciones fotoquímicas, como las reacciones fotocatalíticas. Para propósitos cinéticos en esta clase de reacciones, se debe conocer la distribución de la radiación ya que la velocidad de reacción depende la absorción de fotones. En el presente trabajo desarrolló un modelo matemático que permitió simular el fenómeno de reflexión de la radiación solar directa en un CPC. Las ecuaciones se evaluaron usando geometría analítica y cálculo vectorial, primero para calcular las coordenadas cartesianas de la superficie reflectiva. Luego estos puntos se usaron para calcular las trayectorias de los rayos incidentes y reflejados en cualquier instante. La radiación incidente en el receptor se graficó independientemente, mostrando la distribución de la energía directa que llega directamente al absorbedor. La longitud de la involuta también se calculó a partir de estos datos, los cuales pueden resultar muy útiles para su construcción. Los resultados obtenidos a partir de las simulaciones muestran que la distribución de la energía incidente en la superficie del absorbedor depende de la reflectividad de la superficie del CPC. La energía incidente es mayor en la parte superior que en la inferior del absorbedor, y son más convenientes valores altos de reflectividad para distribuciones de energía más uniformes. Este modelo matemático puede ser una primera aproximación para modelos más complejos de absorción de fotones que incluyan radiación solar directa en aplicaciones fotoquímicas o fototérmicas.

  16. EL CUERPO Y LA PERSONA EN EL ESPACIO-TIEMPO DE LOS MAYAS DE LOS CHENES, CAMPECHE

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    Javier Hirose López

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Para los médicos tradicionales mayas de la región de los Chenes, en el estado de Campeche, winik, el término que designa a la persona, hombre o individuo (Barrera Vázquez 2001, está estrechamente ligado al simbolismo de los rituales de sanación y los principios de la cosmovisión maya. En contraste con la visión cartesiana del mundo, propia de la mente occidental, que separa el cuerpo de la mente y el espíritu, para los mayas la persona se manifiesta en su forma material, el cuerpo, kukut, como reflejo del cosmos, con cuatro rumbos y un centro, y se conforma por los elementos de la naturaleza: tierra, agua, fuego, viento y luz. Simultáneamente, los mismos componentes que conforman su materialidad se manifiestan como entidades sutiles a través de las cuales el individuo se interrelaciona con los diferentes niveles del cosmos. Dicha interacción se da en un espacio delimitado por cuatro lados, cuyo movimiento —en contrasentido al giro de las manecillas del reloj— lo liga con el tiempo.   ABSTRACT For the mayan traditional healers of the Chenes region in Campeche, winik, the term used to designate a “person”, “man” or “individual”(Barrera-Vázquez 2001, is closely linked to the healing rituals and the principles of mayan cosmology. The Cartesian world view, proper to the occidental mind, separates the body from the mind and the spirit. In contrast, for the mayan, the person has a material aspect, the body, kukut, which resembles the cosmos, with four orientations and a center, and is the manifestation of the elements present in nature: earth, water, fire, wind and light. Simultaneously, the same components that conform its materiality, are manifest as subtle entities that let the individual interact with the different levels of the cosmos. This interaction takes place in a dimension defined by a four sided space which moves in the universe in a counter-clockwise direction.

  17. KINEMATICS ANALYSIS OF A PARALLEL ROBOT WITH A PASSIVE SEGMENT ANÁLISIS DE LA CINEMÁTICA DE UN ROBOT PARALELO CON UN SEGMENTO PASIVO

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    Abdelhakim Cherfia

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a geometrical model of a constrained robot of three degrees of freedom (d.o.f added to a PPP passive central segment. This structure provides a pure translation motion. We will also determine the relations between generalized and articular velocities by using the inverse Jacobian matrix. Further, we determine the reciprocal relations between cartesian and angular velocities of the end-effector via articular velocities by simple derivation of the direct geometrical model expressions. A determination of the workspace based on the geometrical model analysis is derived followed by a numerical calculation of all the atteignables points enabling a graphical visualisation of such a workspace. Moreover, the analysis of the Jacobian matrix has permitted to ensure that there are no singularities of type 1 and 2 in such a structure. A prototype of a parallel robot has been built up in our laboratory in order to validate the proposed models.Este trabajo presenta el modelo geométrico de un robot paralelo con tres grados de libertad (d.o.f agregados a un segmento central pasivo del PPP. Esta estructura proporciona un movimiento de translación pura. También determinaremos las relaciones entre las velocidades generalizadas y articulares usando la matriz Jacobiana inversa. Además, determinamos las relaciones recíprocas entre las velocidades cartesianas y angulares del end-effector vía velocidades articulares por la derivación simple de las expresiones del modelo geométrico directo. Una determinación del espacio de trabajo basado en el análisis del modelo geométrico es derivado seguido por un cálculo numérico de todos los puntos que deben alcanzarse permitiendo una visualización gráfica de tal espacio de trabajo. Por otra parte, el análisis de los coeficientes de la matriz Jacobiana permite asegurar que no haya singularidades del tipo 1 y 2 en tal estructura. Se ha realizado un prototipo de robot paralelo en nuestro laboratorio

  18. Análisis de Procrustes y el estudio de la variación morfológica

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    Torcida, Sebastián

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de la variación morfológica ha ocupado un lugar central en la antropología, así como en el resto de las ciencias naturales, a partir de su surgimiento en el siglo XVIII. Desde un punto de vista cuantitativo, el estudio de la variación morfológica busca obtener información acerca del tamaño y la forma de una estructura. Tradicionalmente, estas propiedades han sido estudiadas a través de variables lineales tales como "ancho", "longitud", "altura" y empleando métodos estadísticos multivariados. En las décadas del 1980 y 1990 las técnicas cuantitativas de análisis de la variación morfológica fueron revolucionadas por el desarrollo y la aplicación de un método para estudiar coordenadas cartesianas de puntos anatómicos: el análisis de Procrustes. Desde entonces, este método ha ganado relevancia en el campo de la antropología biológica. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar los principios del análisis de Procrustes aplicado a coordenadas de puntos anatómicos y discutir el empleo de diferentes versiones del mismo en bioantropología. El texto está ordenado como sigue: en primer lugar revisamos diversas nociones básicas involucradas en los estudios morfométricos; entre ellos, los conceptos de tamaño y forma. En segundo lugar discutimos los principios del análisis de Procrustes y señalamos las diferencias entre sus dos versiones más importantes: la superposición por cuadrados mínimos y la superposición robusta por medianas repetidas. Finalmente, mostramos y discutimos algunos ejemplos de la aplicación de estos métodos en el campo de la antropología biológica.

  19. Análisis de Procrustes y el estudio de la variación morfológica

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    Torcida, Sebastián

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de la variación morfológica ha ocupado un lugar central en la antropología, así como en el resto de las ciencias naturales, a partir de su surgimiento en el siglo XVIII. Desde un punto de vista cuantitativo, el estudio de la variación morfológica busca obtener información acerca del tamaño y la forma de una estructura. Tradicionalmente, estas propiedades han sido estudiadas a través de variables lineales tales como “ancho”, “longitud”, “altura” y empleando métodos estadísticos multivariados. En las décadas del 1980 y 1990 las técnicas cuantitativas de análisis de la variación morfológica fueron revolucionadas por el desarrollo y la aplicación de un método para estudiar coordenadas cartesianas de puntos anatómicos: el Análisis de Procrustes. Desde entonces, este método ha ganado relevancia en el campo de la antropología biológica. El objetivo de este artículo es revisar los principios del Análisis de Procrustes aplicado a coordenadas de puntos anatómicos y discutir el empleo de diferentes versiones del mismo en bioantropología. El texto está ordenado como sigue: en primer lugar revisamos diversas nociones básicas involucradas en los estudios morfométricos; entre ellos, los conceptos de tamaño y forma. En segundo lugar discutimos los principios del Análisis de Procrustes y señalamos las diferencias entre sus dos versiones más importantes: la superposición por cuadrados mínimos y la superposición robusta por medianas repetidas. Finalmente, mostramos y discutimos algunos ejemplos de la aplicación de estos métodos en el campo de la antropología biológica.

  20. Una (revisión heterodoxa del desarrollo (territorial: un imperativo categórico

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    Sergio Boisier

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available La evidencia empírica mundial muestra un fracaso completo de los programas de promoción del desarrollo, por lo menos en el período 1941/2001, período en el cual el concepto teórico de desarrollo se convierte en un concepto político. Las diversas formas de intervención y el gasto de cantidades inconmensurables de recursos muestran un mundo patéticamente dividido entre un reducido número de “ganadores” y un enorme conjunto de “perdedores”. El autor plantea que de aquí en adelante habrá que considerar el fomento al desarrollo como un “imperativo categórico” kantiano; que además será preciso colocar en primer plano la dimensión axiológica o valórica del desarrollo, mostrando así su carácter de estado y de proceso intangible, subjetivo, dependiente de la trayectoria y del territorio. Las causas del fracaso del último sexenio se centran, según el autor, en el “peso de la noche cartesiana”, es decir, en el apego irrestricto al paradigma positivista y al método analítico, que llevado al plano de la acción se ha traducido en el “incrementalismo disjunto” de Lindblom. El autor sugiere un cambio radical de enfoque, dando paso a un paradigma que combine la complejidad con el constructivismo, que considere el desarrollo como una propiedad emergente de un sistema territorial complejo, y que utilice conceptos e instrumentos como la sinapsis neuronal, la sinergia cognitiva, y la conversación social como medios para realizar una “ingeniería de las intervenciones territoriales” que genere, efectivamente, el desarrollo. Se sugieren complejas cuestiones de reforma en la manera de hacer gobierno

  1. O MODELO TEIA DE RELAÇÕES PARA A CONSTRUÇÃO DA ESTRATÉGIA EMPRESARIAL

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    Augusto César Barreto Rocha

    2006-05-01

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    O presente trabalho propõe um modelo de mapeamento da estratégia empresarial chamado Teia de Relações,
    que objetiva transpor a tradicional visão cartesiana, centrada na compreensão de elementos mecânicos que
    interagem entre si (visão das partes, também defendida por Newton, para uma visão ecológica, onde o foco
    das atenções são as relações. Para esse intento faz uma análise da importância das relações dentro do mundo
    contemporâneo. Em seguida analisa alguns dos aspectos mais importantes utilizados pelo paradigma do
    mapeamento cartesiano, especificamente associado aos conceitos de estratégia empresarial. Com base nas
    seções anteriores, propõe uma abstração da estratégia organizacional através de um modelo chamado Teia de
    Relações, que utiliza a hipótese de uma empresa ter as características de um ser vivo. Conclui pela adequação
    do mapeamento ao contexto estudado, propondo trabalhos de pesquisa futuros para validação e
    aprofundamento do tema.
    Palavras-chave: estratégia, relações, sistemas.

     

    Abstract
    This work propose a model to map the enterprise strategy called Web of Relations, which intends to transpose
    the traditional Cartesians’ vision, centered in the comprehension of mechanical elements which interacts each
    other (parts vision, supported by Newton, to the ecological vision, where the attention focus are the relations. To
    this intent makes an analysis of the relations importance in our days. Follows by some aspects analysis most
    relevant in the paradigm of Cartesians’ mapping, in enterprise strategy. Based on previous sections, propose an
    abstraction of organizational strategy called Web of Relations, which uses the hypothesis of one company inherit
    the life character. Concludes by the model and proposes future works and researches to

  2. A saúde da Physis e a saúde do Dasein em Heidegger Physis's health and Dasein's health according to Heidegger

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    Roberto Passos Nogueira

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Ao investigar o significado do conceito de physis em Aristóteles, Heidegger parece defender a idéia de que o corpo físico guarda em si um poder espontâneo de cura, correspondendo à conhecida noção da natura medicatrix. Contudo, em suas exposições nos seminários de Zollikon, ele deixa claro que a saúde e a enfermidade são apenas modos existenciais do Dasein como ser-no-mundo. Por isso, o corpo, com sua fisiologia e sua patologia, estão sempre submetidos ao domínio da essência ex-tática do Dasein; o homem jamais é natureza, como pressupõe a ontologia cartesiana. O artigo realiza um confronto entre essas duas abordagens de Heidegger. Mostra também as conseqüências de três determinações da saúde que são as únicas coerentes com a ontologia fundamental de Heidegger: a enfermidade é uma privação ontológica; a saúde é a potencialidade de ser do Dasein em sua essência ex-tática; o estresse e a enfermidade relacionam-se com o círculo hermenêutico de interpelações e respostas que o Dasein mantém em seu vínculo essencial com o mundo.In his study about the meaning of the Aristotle's concept of physis, Heidegger seems to espouse the idea that human physical body keeps inside itself a spontaneous power of healing, that responds to the well-known notion of natura medicatrix. However, at the Zollikon seminars, he made clear that health and disease are nothing else than modes of Dasein's existential ways of being-in-the-world. Thus the body, its physiology and pathology are always submitted to the sway of the unfolding essence of Dasein; man never is nature as thinks the Cartesian ontology. This article carries through a confrontation between these two Heidegger's approaches to health. It also shows the consequences of three determinations of health in Heidegger's thought that are coherent with his fundamental ontology: a disease is a an ontological privation; b health is a potentiality of the being of Dasein in its

  3. Tamanho e forma de parcela em experimentos com morangueiro cultivado em solo ou em hidroponia Plot size and shape in trials using strawberry cultivated with soil or using hydroponics

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    Carine Cocco

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi estimar a forma e o tamanho de parcela ótimos para ensaios com a cultura do morangueiro (Fragaria x ananassa em cultivo hidropônico e em solo. Foram conduzidos dois, experimentos, um em cultivo convencional no solo, em túneis baixos, e outro em cultivo hidropônico. Em cada experimento, avaliaram-se os efeitos do tamanho e do formato das parcelas sobre a precisão experimental. Cada planta foi considerada uma unidade básica, e o número de unidades básicas por parcela variou de 1 (48 parcelas a 24 (duas parcelas. Foram ajustadas funções para a determinação do coeficiente de variação entre as parcelas e para a determinação da variância por unidade básica entre as parcelas. O cultivo no solo apresentou maior variabilidade experimental que o cultivo hidropônico. O aumento no número de plantas por parcela causou redução acentuada na variabilidade experimental, especialmente quando se usou o formato de parcela retangular. O tamanho ótimo estimado das parcelas é de dez plantas, no cultivo com solo, e de seis plantas, no cultivo hidropônico.The objective of this work was to estimate the optimal size and shape of plots to be used in experiments of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa cultivation in soil or using hydroponics. Two experiments were conducted, one in soil in low tunnels, and another in a hydroponic system. In each experiment, the effects of plot sizes and shapes on experimental accuracy were evaluated. Each plant was considered an experimental basic unit, and the number of plants per plot varied from 1 (48 plots to 24 (two plots. Functions were adjusted to determine the coefficient of variation among plots and the variance per basic unit between plots. Plants grown in soil had higher experimental variability than the plants grown in hydroponics. Increasing the number of plants per plot caused strong reduction in the experimental variability, especially when a rectangular plot shape was used

  4. Qualidade física e química do solo em áreas de exploração florestal no Mato Grossso

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    Alice Aparecida Iarema

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar o impacto provocado nos solos sob pátios de estocagem de madeira, bem como a influência do formato dos pátios sobre o processo de degradação nesses locais, foram selecionados cinco pátios em uma área de exploração de madeira, onde predominava solo do tipo Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo, localizada no Município de Nova Maringá, MT. Foram escolhidos quatro pátios de formato quadrado e um de formato retangular. Em cada pátio, estabeleceram-se três transectos, que adentraram a mata nativa, sendo feitas coletas de solo na profundidade de 0 a 20 cm, em cinco pontos de cada transecto. Essas amostras foram utilizadas para a determinação de textura, argila dispersa em água, umidade na capacidade de campo, estabilidade e distribuição de agregados, análises químicas de rotina, C-total, N-total e C mineralizável. Para a determinação da densidade do solo e densidade de partículas, as amostras foram retiradas nas profundidades de 0 a 5 cm e 15 a 20 cm do transecto central. Os resultados foram submetidos a testes de média (Tukey, P<0,05. Testes de resistência à penetração em cinco pontos de cada pátio e três pontos na mata adjacente foram realizados na época da seca e na época chuvosa. Os resultados mostraram que houve forte degradação nas propriedades dos solos sob pátios de estocagem, observando-se expressivo aumento na densidade do solo e resistência à penetração, bem como diminuição da porosidade total, do DMP dos agregados e dos teores de nutrientes. A utilização de pátios com diferentes formas não minimizou os impactos ambientais.

  5. Epiderme dos segmentos foliares de Mauritia flexuosa L. f. (Arecaceae em três fases de desenvolvimento Epidermis of leaf segments from Mauritia flexuosaL. f. (Arecaceae on three phases of development

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    Mahedy Araújo Bastos Passos

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available São apresentados os dados anatômicos da epiderme dos segmentos foliares de Mauritia flexuosa L. f. (Arecaceae em três fases do desenvolvimento. Os segmentos foliares foram analisados em toda a extensão do limbo. As células intercostais da epiderme das faces adaxial e abaxial evidenciam-se com paredes sinuosas, retangulares e orientadas longitudinalmente em relação ao eixo do segmento foliar com acentuada presença de corpos de sílica esférico-espinulosos. As células epidérmicas da região costal de ambas as faces apresentam paredes retas e variam entre curtas, longas e arredondadas. Os tricomas são simples, unicelulares, longos, com base mais alargada. Os segmentos foliares de M. flexuosa são anfiestomáticos com estômatos tetracíticos. Em secção transversal a epiderme foliar é uniestratificada com câmara subestomática ampla. Os resultados obtidos não demonstraram variações expressivas entre as três fases de desenvolvimento e os caracteres encontrados parecem ser comuns a outras palmeiras.Anatomic data on the epidermis leaf segments from Mauritia flexuosa L. f. (Arecaceae are presented on three phases of development. Leaf segments were analyzed on the all extension of leaf. Both adaxial and abaxial epidermal cells stand out with sinuous walls, rectangular and longitudinally oriented to the foliar axis with the marked presence of spherical- spiny silica bodies. The back epidermal cells of both surfaces present straight walls and vary among short, long and round. Trichomes are unicellular, simple, long, with a wider base. Leaf segments from M. flexuosa are anphistomatic with tetracitic type stomats. In a cross-section the leaf skin is unistratified with a broad substimatic chamber. The findings obtained showed no significant variations among the three phases of development and the characters that were found appear to be common on other palm trees.

  6. Biaxial seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete columns =

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    Rodrigues, Hugo Filipe Pinheiro

    A analise dos efeitos dos sismos mostra que a investigacao em engenharia sismica deve dar especial atencao a avaliacao da vulnerabilidade das construcoes existentes, frequentemente desprovidas de adequada resistencia sismica tal como acontece em edificios de betao armado (BA) de muitas cidades em paises do sul da Europa, entre os quais Portugal. Sendo os pilares elementos estruturais fundamentais na resistencia sismica dos edificios, deve ser dada especial atencao a sua resposta sob acoes ciclicas. Acresce que o sismo e um tipo de acao cujos efeitos nos edificios exige a consideracao de duas componentes horizontais, o que tem exigencias mais severas nos pilares comparativamente a acao unidirecional. Assim, esta tese centra-se na avaliacao da resposta estrutural de pilares de betao armado sujeitos a acoes ciclicas horizontais biaxiais, em tres linhas principais. Em primeiro lugar desenvolveu-se uma campanha de ensaios para o estudo do comportamento ciclico uniaxial e biaxial de pilares de betao armado com esforco axial constante. Para tal foram construidas quatro series de pilares retangulares de betao armado (24 no total) com diferentes caracteristicas geometricas e quantidades de armadura longitudinal, tendo os pilares sido ensaiados para diferentes historias de carga. Os resultados experimentais obtidos sao analisados e discutidos dando particular atencao a evolucao do dano, a degradacao de rigidez e resistencia com o aumento das exigencias de deformacao, a energia dissipada, ao amortecimento viscoso equivalente; por fim e proposto um indice de dano para pilares solicitados biaxialmente. De seguida foram aplicadas diferentes estrategias de modelacao nao-linear para a representacao do comportamento biaxial dos pilares ensaiados, considerando nao-linearidade distribuida ao longo dos elementos ou concentrada nas extremidades dos mesmos. Os resultados obtidos com as varias estrategias de modelacao demonstraram representar adequadamente a resposta em termos das curvas

  7. Estudo eletromiográfico dos músculos deltoide, peitoral maior e tríceps braquial de nadadores durante contrações bilaterais realizadas em exercício multiarticular com cargas variadas

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    Fernando Nazário-de-Rezende

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar a atividade elétrica do músculo deltoide (porção média, peitoral maior (porção clavicular e tríceps braquial (cabeça longa durante contração bilateral realizada num aparelho multiarticular de desenvolvimento articulado convergente, com 40% e 80% da carga voluntária máxima (CVM, em 11 nadadores do gênero masculino (idades entre 15 e 23 anos, peso 70 ± 4kg, estatura 183 ± 6cm e tempo de prática do esporte de 10 ± 4 anos treinados em exercícios resistidos. Os sinais eletromiográficos (EMG foram captados através da colocação de eletrodos ativos de superfície diferenciais de ganho de 20 vezes, composto por duas barras retangulares paralelas da EMG System do Brasil, um eletrodo de referência (terra, e um módulo condicionador de sinais (eletromiógrafo, com aquisição simultânea de até oito canais diferenciais, filtro com faixa de passagem de 20Hz a 5Hz, estágio amplificador ajustável, possibilitando ganhos entre 100 e 4.960 vezes, impedância de entrada de canais de 10GΩ em módulos diferencial e CMRR de 93db a 60Hz, e um sistema de aquisição de dados (Alc-EMG que forneceu dados numéricos em RMS (raiz quadrada da média para análise dos resultados. Cada sinal coletado captou apenas a fase concêntrica do movimento e o mesmo teve duração de três segundos. Diante dos resultados (teste U de Mann-Whitney, Friedman e Wilcoxon conclui-se que, em termos práticos de prescrição e periodização do treinamento neuromuscular, as contrações bilaterais realizadas no aparelho desenvolvimento articulado convergente são eficientes visando recrutamento (80% > 40% dos músculos deltoide médio, peitoral maior (porção clavicular e tríceps braquial (cabeça longa, sendo evidenciadas diferenças entre o membro dominante e o não dominante apenas para o tríceps braquial dominante com a carga de 80% da CVM nestes atletas nadadores com histórico de treinamento com pesos.

  8. Establishment of a new genus for Parastenocaris itica (Copepoda, Harpacticoida from El Salvador, Central America, with discussion of the Parastenocaris fontinalis and P. proserpina groups Proposta de um novo gênero para Parastenocaris itica (Copepoda, Harpacticoida de El Salvador, América Central e discussão dos grupos Parastenocaris fontinalis e P. proserpina

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    Paulo Henrique C. Corgosinho

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A new genus of Parastenocarididae is described from the Neotropical region. Iticocaris gen. nov. is established to include Parastenocaris itica Noodt, 1962. Iticocaris gen. nov. is defined by the following characters: 1 male leg 3 with 2-segmented exopod; 2 first exopodal segment short and rectangular; 3 thumb hypertrophic, longer than the second exopodal segment and inserted on the distal edge of exopod segment 1, occupying the whole distal margin; 4 exopod 2 or apophysis strongly sclerotized, articulated with the exopod segment 1 on its inner margin and curved against the thumb, forming a strong forceps; 5 leg 4 endopod without dimorphism in shape and size vs. minor dimorphism in ornamentation; 6 leg 5 with three setae and 7 lack of the anterolateral furcal seta II. The new genus is monotypic, represented by Iticocaris itica (Noodt, 1962 comb. nov., from El Salvador, Central America. A close relationship is hypothesized between I. itica and the genus Brasilibathynellocaris Jakobi, 1972, the males of which both share the forceps-like elongated apophysis.Um novo gênero de Parastenocarididae é proposto para a Região Neotropical para incluir Parastenocaris itica Noodt, 1962. Iticocaris gen. nov. é diagnosticado pela presença dos seguintes caracteres: 1 toracópodo 3 do macho com exópodo bissegmentado; 2 primeiro segmento exopodal curto e retangular; 3 "thumb" hipertrófico, mais longo que o segundo segmento do exópodo e inserido na margem distal do exópodo 1, ocupando toda a margem distal do segmento; 4 exópodo 2 ou apófise fortemente esclerotizado, articulado com o exópodo 1 em sua margem interna e curvado contra o "thumb", formando um forte fórceps; 5 endópodo do toracópodo 4 sem dimorfismo sexual quanto à forma e tamanho vs. discreto dimorfismo quanto à ornamentação; 6 toracópodo 5 com três cerdas e 7 furca sem a cerda anterolateral II. O novo gênero é monotípico, sendo representado por Iticocaris itica (Noodt, 1962 comb

  9. Um método heurístico baseado em programação dinâmica para o problema de corte bidimensional guilhotinado restrito A heuristic method based on dynamic programming for the constrained two-dimensional guillotine cutting problem

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    Rejane Joas Silveira

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo estudamos um caso particular dos problemas de corte, denominado problema bidimensional guilhotinado restrito (PGR. O PGR é um problema NP-difícil que aparece em diversos processos industriais de corte de chapas retangulares, em particular, na indústria de vidro e placas de circuito impresso. Para resolvê-lo, exploramos uma variação do método exato de CHRISTOFIDES & HADJICONSTANTINOU (1995, baseada numa relaxação do espaço de estados de uma formulação de programação dinâmica do PGR, num procedimento do tipo otimização do subgradiente, e numa heurística de factibilização. O resultado é um método sem garantia de otimalidade, porém bem mais rápido e capaz de resolver problemas maiores do que o método exato de Christofides e Hadjiconstantinou. O desempenho computacional do método é avaliado resolvendo-se diversos exemplos da literatura e exemplos aleatórios, e comparando-se as soluções obtidas com as de CHRISTOFIDES & HADJICONSTANTINOU (1995 e da conhecida heurística de WANG (1983.In this paper we study a particular case of two-dimensional cutting problems named constrained guillotine cutting (CGC. The CGC is an NP-hard problem that appears in different industrial processes of cutting rectangular plates, such as in the glass and circuit board industries. To solve the problem we present a variation of the exact method of CHRISTOFIDES & HADJICONSTANTINOU (1995, based on a state space relaxation of a dynamic programming formulation of the CGC, a procedure of subgradient optimization type, and a feasibility heuristic. The result is a method without guarantee of optimality, however, faster and able to solve larger problems than the exact method of Christofides and Hadjiconstantinou. The computational performance of the approach is evaluated solving several examples of the literature as well as randomly generated examples, and comparing the solutions obtained with the ones of Christofides and Hadjiconstantinou

  10. Estimativa de entropia de Muscina stabulans (Fallén (Diptera, Muscidae em condições artificiais

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    Rodrigo Ferreira Krüger

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Estimativa de entropia de Muscina stabulans (Fallén (Diptera, Muscidae em condições artificiais. O conceito de entropia (H foi adaptado da mecânica estatística para a demografia para quantificar o impacto da mortalidade na expectativa de vida e demonstrar quantitativamente a tendência da mortalidade em populações experimentais. Isto foi verificado para 160 casais de Muscina stabulans (Fallén, 1817 mantidos em câmara climatizada a 24,8ºC ± 0,6ºC, umidade relativa do ar entre 70 e 80% e fotofase de 12 horas. Nestas condições, machos e fêmeas apresentaram valores de H intermediários aos valores teóricos de H = 0 e H = 0,5 demonstrando que para esta espécie, a curva de sobrevivência é do tipo retangular. A distribuição da mortalidade por idade específica indicou que a força desse parâmetro age de dois modos sobre os adultos desta espécie. Em um, a mortalidade tem maior força nos intervalos compreendidos entre a emergência dos adultos e o 10º dia após este processo. No segundo modo, a força de mortalidade é maior entre o 20º e 30º dias após a emergência, sendo que pequenas variações na mortalidade causam maior impacto na sobrevivência das fêmeas do que nos machos.Entropy estimation in Muscina stabulans (Fallén (Diptera, Muscidae under laboratory conditions. Entropy (H as a concept in demography was adapted from that of physics to quantify the impact of mortality on life expectancy and to quantitatively demonstrate mortality tendencies in experimental populations. Entropy was estimated for 160 pairs of Muscina stabulans (Fallén, 1817 in a climate-controlled chamber (24.8ºC ± 0.6ºC, relative humidity 70 - 80%, 12 h photophase. Both sexes had H values intermediate to those theoretically expected (0.0 - 0.5, showing that the survival curve is rectangular. The age-specific mortality distribution shows that mortality affects adults of this species in two ways. First, mortality is higher for 10 days from pupal

  11. Características de fermentação e composição químico-bromatológica de silagens de capim-tifton 85 confeccionadas com cinco teores de matéria seca

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    Castro Flávio Geraldo Ferreira

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito do emurchecimento e da aplicação de aditivo bacteriano-enzimático (ABE ou ácido propiônico tamponado (APT sobre as características de fermentação e a composição química da silagem de capim-tifton 85 (Cynodon spp. armazenada em forma de fardos retangulares revestidos de filme plástico. Foram confeccionadas cinco silagens (250, 350, 450, 550 e 650 g/kg MS sem aplicação de ABE (SA, três (250, 450 e 650 g/kg MS com aplicação de ABE (CA e uma (650 g/kg MS foi pulverizada com uma solução contendo APT. As amostras foram colhidas nos tempos zero hora antes da ensilagem e 6, 12 horas, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 90 e 180 dias após a ensilagem, para se estabelecer a tendência das características de fermentação e composição química. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi inteiramente casualizado, com três repetições, em parcelas subdivididas no tempo, sendo os tratamentos os fatores das parcelas, arranjados em esquema fatorial 5 x 2 incompleto. O emurchecimento a teores médios de MS (450 g/kg MS favoreceu os parâmetros de fermentação (pH, N-NH3 e poder tampão e a composição química das silagens de capim-tifton 85. O uso de APT não melhorou as características qualitativas de fermentação e a composição química das silagens. A utilização de ABE apresentou mínimos benefícios somente nas silagens contendo elevado teor de matéria seca (650 g/kg MS, sendo ineficiente para forragens contendo alto teor de umidade (250 g/kg MS.

  12. Estudo qualitativo fotoelástico do sistema de forças gerado pela mola "T" de retração com diferentes pré-ativações Qualitative photoelastic study of the force system produced by retraction T-springs with different preactivations

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    Luiz Guilherme Martins Maia

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar o sistema de forças gerado pela mola T utilizada para fechamento de espaços. MÉTODOS: por meio do método experimental fotoelástico, avaliou-se a mola T utilizada no fechamento de espaços com duas variações de pré-ativação em sua porção apical, sendo uma com 30º e a outra com 45º. As molas foram confeccionadas com fio retangular de titânio-molibdênio (TMA de secção 0,017" x 0,025", centralizadas no espaço interbraquetes de 27mm e ativadas em 5,0mm, 2,5mm e posição neutra. Para melhor confiabilidade dos resultados, os testes foram repetidos em três modelos fotoelásticos igualmente reproduzidos e confeccionados pelo mesmo operador. Para compreensão dos resultados, as franjas fotoelásticas visualizadas no polariscópio foram fotografadas e analisadas qualitativamente. RESULTADOS: por meio da análise qualitativa da ordem de franjas no modelo fotoelástico, notou-se que, nas extremidades de retração e ancoragem, a mola T com 30º de ativação apical apresentou um acúmulo de energia discretamente maior para o sistema de forças liberado.OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the force system produced by the T-spring used for space closure. METHODS: By means of the experimental photoelastic method, we evaluated the T-spring-used for space closure-with two different preactivations on its apical portion, i.e., one with 30° and one with 45º. The springs were fabricated with rectangular 0.017 X 0.025-in titanium-molybdenum alloy (TMA, centered in a 27.0 mm interbracket space and activated at 5.0 mm and 2.5 mm, and in a neutral position. For more reliable results, tests were repeated on three photoelastic models duplicated and prepared by the same operator. To better understand the results, the fringes seen in the polariscope were photographed and analyzed qualitatively. RESULTS: Through qualitative analysis of the fringe order in the photoelastic model it was noted that at the retraction and anchoring ends the T-spring with

  13. Comparação do ponto de deflexão da frequência cardíaca com a máxima fase estável de lactato em corredores de fundo Comparison between heart rate deflection point and maximal lactate steady state in distance runners

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    Bruno Honorato da Silveira

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi comparar o ponto de deflexão da freqüência cardíaca (PDFC visual e método DMAX com a máxima fase estável de lactato (MFEL. Treze corredores executaram teste incremental Vameval e testes de cargas retangulares (TCR. A velocidade do PDFC visual (14,3 ± 1,13km.h-1 foi significantemente maior que o DMAX (13,2 ± 1,35km.h-1 além de apresentarem correlação não significante. Entretanto, nenhuma dessas velocidades foram diferentes da MFEL (13,8 ± 0,90km.h-1 embora somente o PDFC visual tenha apresentado correlação significante com a MFEL (r = 0,75. A concentração de lactato sanguíneo não apresentou estabilidade em oito sujeitos no TCR na intensidade do PDFC visual o qual nos leva a concluir que este não é um índice confiável para estimativa da MFEL. No entanto, este índice pode ser usado como um indicador de capacidade aeróbia.The aim of study was to compare heart rate deflection point (HRDP determined by visual and DMAX methods to Maximal lactate steady state (MLSS. Thirteen runners carried out incremental test Vameval and constant load tests (CLT. Velocity of HRDP (14,3 ± 1,13km.h-1 was significantly higher compared to DMAX (13,2 ± 1,35km.h-1 but they were not significantly correlated. However, both velocities, HRDP and DMAX, were not different from MLSS (13,8 ± 0,90km.h-1 while only HRDP has been significant correlated with MLSS (r = 0,75. On eight runners during CLT the blood lactate concentration did not show stability at HRDP velocity which to let us to conclude that HRPD is not appropriated to estimate MLSS. However, it may be used as aerobic capacity index.

  14. Insuficiência valvar aórtica por valva quadricúspide

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    SALUM Marco Antônio

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Valva aórtica quadricúspide (VAQ é uma anomalia rara com incidência entre 0,003% e 0,043%. Pode ser achado ocasional em pacientes assintomáticos, mas, freqüentemente, está associada com regurgitação aórtica. O ecocardiograma é método ideal de determinação e acompanhamento dessa anomalia e suas repercussões. É relatado caso de paciente do sexo masculino, 56 anos, hipertenso, que apresentou dispnéia súbita, tosse seca, sopro diastólico grau III/VI focos aórtico e aórtico acessório, crepitações pulmonares nas bases, sugerindo insuficiência cardíaca. Ecocardiograma transtorácico mostrou VAQ com regurgitação moderada. Houve melhora com tratamento clínico. Após um ano, novo ecocardiograma revelou regurgitação aórtica importante, hipertensão pulmonar, hipertrofia moderada e dilatação leve de ventrículo esquerdo. Diante da deterioração da fração de ejeção e demais achados ecocardiográficos, indicou-se a troca valvar. A valva nativa apresentava três cúspides de mesmo tamanho e uma pouco menor. O paciente evoluiu com remissão dos sintomas. Insuficiência aórtica por valva quadricúspide geralmente é detectada em adultos; nas crianças a função cardíaca é normal. Defeitos cardíacos associados são raros e incluem defeitos óstio coronário. A anatomia valvar varia com o tamanho das cúspides, sendo que em 60% dos casos a VAQ possui três cúspides de igual tamanho e uma cúspide menor. A definição ecocardiográfica característica de VAQ é a forma de 'X' durante a diástole e abertura livre das cúspides com configuração retangular durante a sístole. Os achados clínicos e anatômicos da valva do paciente descrito condizem com a literatura.

  15. Esponjas (Porifera, Demospongiae da plataforma continental ao largo do Estado do Amapá, Brasil Sponges (Porifera, Demospongiae of the continental shelf off the coast of Amapá State, Brazil

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    Beatriz Mothes

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available As amostras foram coletadas com draga retangular ao largo da costa (04º13'00" -02º34'02" N, 47º54'05" -50º50'07" W, pela Comissão Pesca Norte I, em 1968, através da Diretoria de Hidrografia e Navegação da Marinha do Brasil com o N./Oc. " Almirante Saldanha" em profundidades que variaram de 56 a 95 m. Oito espécies são aqui registradas, entre as quais Niphates alba Van Soest, 1980, Placospongia melobesioides Gray, 1867 e Terpios belindae Rützler & Smith, 1993 são identificadas pela primeira vez para a costa brasileira. As demais espécies, Aplysina fulva (Pallas, 1766, Ircinia strobilina (Lamarck, 1816, Niphates erecta (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864, Neopetrosia proxima (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864 e Plakinastrella onkodes Uliczka, 1929 são conhecidas pela primeira vez para a área estudada. Todas as espécies identificadas são também registradas para o Caribe. Os espécimes encontram-se depositados na Coleção de Porifera do Museu de Ciências Naturais, Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.The collections were dredged off the coast (04º13'00" -02º34'02" N, 47º54'05" -50º50'07" W. They were collected between 56 to 95 depths, during an oceanographic expedition, Diretoria de Hidrografia e Navegação da Marinha do Brasil, by R/V " Almirante Saldanha" in 1968. Eight species are here registered, among which Niphates alba Van Soest, 1980, Placospongia melobesioides Gray, 1867 and Terpios belindae Rützler & Smith, 1993 represent new registers for Brazil. The other species: Aplysina fulva (Pallas, 1766, Ircinia strobilina (Lamarck, 1816, Niphates erecta Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864, Neopetrosia proxima (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1864 and Plakinastrella onkodes Uliczka, 1929 represent new records to the studied area. All registered species are also known from Caribbean. Specimens are deposited in the Porifera Collection of the Museu de Ciências Naturais, Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

  16. Avaliação qualitativa em modelo experimental fotoelástico do sistema de força gerado pela mola "T" centralizada com pré-ativações preconizadas por Burstone Qualitative evaluation in photoelastic experimental models of the force system generated by T-springs placed in the center of the interbracket space with pre-activations advocated by Burstone

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    Luiz Guilherme Martins Maia

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar o sistema de forças gerado pela mola T centralizada no espaço interbraquete, com pré-ativação preconizada por Burstone. MÉTODOS: utilizando-se modelos fotoelásticos, a mola T com pré-ativações preconizadas por Burstone, confeccionada com fio retangular de titânio-molibdênio (TMA de secção 0,017"x 0,025", centralizada e com ativação de 6mm, 3mm e em posição neutra. Para melhor confiabilidade dos resultados, os testes foram repetidos em três modelos igualmente duplicados e confeccionados pelo mesmo operador. Utilizou-se uma distância interbraquetes de 27mm. Para compreensão dos resultados, as franjas foram visualizadas através do polariscópio, fotografadas e analisadas qualitativamente. RESULTADOS: por meio da análise qualitativa da ordem de franjas no modelo fotoelástico, notou-se que, nas extremidades de retração e ancoragem, ambas apresentaram simetria no sistema de força, em toda extensão radicular.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the force system generated by T-springs placed in the center of the interbracket space using the pre-activations advocated by Burstone. METHODS: Photoelastic models were used to assess T-springs fabricated with 0.017x0.025-in rectangular titanium-molybdenum alloy wire (TMA, centrally positioned, with 6.0 mm activation, 3 mm activation, and in neutral position. To ensure reliable results, tests were repeated on three photoelastic models equally duplicated and fabricated by the same operator. An interbracket distance of 27.0 mm was used. For a better understanding of the results, the fringes were viewed in a polariscope, then photographed and qualitatively analyzed. RESULTS: Through qualitative analysis of the fringe order in the photoelastic model it was noted that both the retraction and anchorage ends displayed force system symmetry across the full extent of the root.

  17. Controle estatístico aplicado ao processo de colheita mecanizada diurna e noturna de cana-de-açúcar

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    Rafael Henrique de Freitas Noronha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O sistema de colheita mecanizada pode buscar melhorias no processo utilizando ferramentas de qualidade e auxiliar na redução de perdas, aos danos à soqueira e aumentar a longevidade do canavial. O objetivo deste trabalho foi detectar o controle efetivo da variabilidade das perdas e danos à soqueira, bem como identificar se estas estão dentro dos padrões aceitáveis. Para tanto, foram amostrados 40 pontos em dois períodos de colheita, diurna e noturna, em malhas retangulares (55 x 45 m para determinação das perdas visíveis (rebolos repicados e estilhaçados, pedaço fixo e solto, toco e estilhaço, utilizando-se armações de 10 m². Foram mensurados a altura de corte e os danos na soqueira (sem danos, danos parciais e fragmentados. A estatística utilizada foi descritiva para as variáveis perdas de cana-de-açúcar no período diurno (D e noturno (N, além da análise de variância, utilizando-se o teste F a 5% de probabilidade e o teste de Tukey para comparação de médias e a utilização de controle estatístico de processo por meio de cartas de controle de processo. Não houve diferença quanto a danos na soqueira. No processo de colheita, as perdas por rebolo repicado e estilhaçado foram consideradas estáveis (sob controle, assim como as perdas por toco, enquanto as perdas por pedaço fixo e solto, estilhaço e cana-inteira ficaram fora de controle. A altura de corte e as perdas totais foram maiores durante a colheita noturna. As cartas foram eficientes para a avaliação de controle do processo de colheita diurno e noturno.

  18. Effect of repeated microwave disinfection on surface roughness and baseplate adaptation of denture resins polymerized by different techniques = Efeito da desinfecção repetida por microondas sobre rugosidade superficial e adaptação de bases de resinas polimerizadas por diferentes técnicas

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    Campos, Maria Agnese Pinto de

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar o efeito cumulativo de dois protocolos de desinfecção por energia de micro-ondas (Protocolo 1: 690 W/6 min; Protocolo 2: 345 W/6 min na rugosidade superficial (Ra e adaptação de bases de dentadura de duas resinas polimerizadas por micro-ondas (Onda Cryl ou banho de água quente (QC-20. Metodologia: Para Ra, espécimes retangulares foram fabricados e divididos de acordo com o tratamento de desinfecção (n=8/grupo: 1 Controle (sem desinfecção, 2 Protocolo 1, e 3 Protocolo 2. Para medir Ra usou-se um rugosímetro no baseline (T0 e após 2 procedimentos de desinfecção (T1, T2 com intervalo de 7 dias de imersão em água destilada. Para avaliar a estabilidade dimensional, bases maxilares foram divididas nos 3 grupos (n=6 e a adaptação foi medida por pesagem de uma película de silicone que reproduzia o espaço entre a base de resina e um modelo-mestre metálico. Resultados: Para Ra, houve interação significativa entre tipo de resina e técnica de polimerização, tratamento de desinfecção, e número de procedimentos desinfecção (P<0,001. Os grupos Protocolo 2 e controle apresentaram aumento semelhante de Ra ao longo do tempo, mas os grupos Protocolo 1 tiveram uma redução significativa de Ra em T2. A adaptação da base foi afetada por uma interação significante entre tratamento de desinfecção e número de procedimentos de desinfecção (P<0,001; o Protocolo 1 apresentou a maior média em T2. Conclusão: Onda Cryl teve maiores alterações de Ra e adaptação que QC-20. O Protocolo 1 promoveu dano geral para ambos os tipos de resina após dois procedimentos de desinfecção

  19. Resistência de união à dentina de quatro sistemas adesivos Bond strength of four adhesive systems to dentin

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    Marcela Rocha de Oliveira Carrilho

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente estudo foi avaliar a resistência adesiva de quatro sistemas adesivos, composicionalmente diferentes, aplicados à dentina humana. Doze dentes terceiros molares humanos tiveram o esmalte oclusal removido para exposição de uma superfície plana de dentina, na qual foram realizados os procedimentos de adesão. Os dentes foram aleatoriamente divididos em quatro grupos, considerando-se o sistema adesivo e a resina composta a serem empregados: Grupo 1 - Single Bond + P60 (SB; Grupo 2 - Bond 1 + Surefil (B1; Grupo 3 - Prime & Bond NT + Alert (NT e Grupo 4 - Prime & Bond 2.1 + TPH (2.1. Após 24 h de armazenagem em água destilada a 37ºC, os dentes foram seccionados, longitudinalmente, em cortes perpendiculares entre si, para que fossem obtidos espécimes em formato de um paralelogramo com secção transversal retangular de 0,8 mm² de área e 10 mm de comprimento, em média. Os espécimes foram submetidos ao teste de microtração. A análise de variância (alfa = 0,05 demonstrou não haver diferença significante entre os valores médios de resistência obtidos pelos quatro adesivos, embora a análise dos espécimes que sofreram fratura precoce tenha evidenciado menor sensibilidade para o sistema SB.The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the bond strength of four adhesive systems to dentin. Twelve human third molars had their occlusal enamel removed in order to expose a flat dentinal surface, on which the adhesive procedures were carried out. The teeth were divided into four groups, according to the employed adhesive system and composite resin: Group 1 - Single Bond + P60 (SB; Group 2 - Bond 1 + Surefil (B1; Group 3 - Prime & Bond NT + Alert (NT; and Group 4 - Prime & Bond 2.1 + TPH (2.1. After 24 h in distilled water at 37ºC, the teeth were longitudinally sectioned in two perpendicular directions in order to obtain parallelogram-shaped specimens with a cross-sectional area of 0.8 mm² and 10 mm of length, on the

  20. CARACTERIZAÇÃO DA REDE DE DRENAGEM NA PORÇÃO LESTE DA ILHA DO MARAJÓ E IMPLICAÇÕES TECTÔNICAS

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    Lena Simone Barata Souza

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available A análise de bacias de drenagem, combinada com dados de sensoriamento remoto e cartográficos, fornece informações significantes para o reconhecimento de lineamentos morfoestruturais e para a detecção de feições tectônicas com expressão na paisagem atual. Este procedimento foi aplicado no estudo de três bacias de drenagem do leste da Ilha do Marajó, correspondentes aos rios Arari, Camará e Paracauari. Todas estas bacias mostram evidências de anomalias morfoestruturais, incluindo-se principalmente: mudanças rápidas no padrão de drenagem dentro de uma mesma bacia, variando de treliça, retangular, multibacinal a subparalelo; canais retilíneos comumente conectados em ângulos retos; canais fortemente sinuosos que se tornam retilíneos; meandros localizados; e bacias altamente assimétricas. Anomalias de drenagem, consistindo em frequentes desvios de direção formando ângulos retos e meandros isolados e comprimidos, são também reconhecidas na paleodrenagem preservada neste setor da ilha. Com base na densidade dos lineamentos estruturais, pode-se reconhecer dois compartimentos morfoestruturais. O compartimento I é localizado na porção centro-leste da área de estudo, onde ocorre densidade de lineamento alta com duas direções preferenciais para NW-SE e NE-SW. O compartimento II, correspondente ao restante da área, apresenta densidade de lineamentos variando entre muito baixa a média e com orientação principal para NE-SW. As características morfoestruturais dos sistemas de drenagem atual e pretérita permitem sugerir área com forte controle tectônico. A deformação tectônica pode refletir reativação de falhas de direções principais NW-SE e NE-SW, melhor registradas no compartimento I.

  1. Variabilidade espacial de atributos físicos de um latossolo vermelho-amarelo, sob lavoura cafeeira

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    Karina Marie Kamimura

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available O conhecimento da variabilidade dos atributos físicos do solo é importante para o monitoramento da qualidade do solo, pois eles estão diretamente relacionados com a sustentabilidade da produção agrícola. Este estudo teve como objetivos avaliar e identificar as estruturas de dependência espacial, por meio da construção de semivariogramas, num Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo (LVA, sob lavoura cafeeira; caracterizar as distribuições espaciais dos atributos físicos pela krigagem ordinária; e identificar a camada com maior impedimento físico. O experimento foi conduzido num LVA textura muito argilosa na Fazenda da Empresa de Pesquisa Agropecuária de Minas Gerais, em Patrocínio, MG. A amostragem foi realizada em trincheiras confeccionadas nas intersecções de uma malha retangular de 40 x 150 m, perfazendo um total de 28 pontos, de onde foram coletadas amostras indeformadas em anéis metálicos de 2,54 cm de altura e 6,30 cm de diâmetro, com auxílio do amostrador tipo Uhland. Cada trincheira possuía três degraus de 2,0 x 1,5 m de superfície, nas camadas de 0,00; 0,10; e 0,25 m, onde se coletaram sete amostras indeformadas em cada degrau, dispostas em forma matricial, totalizando 588 amostras. Os atributos físicos do solo apresentaram estrutura de dependência espacial em todas as camadas, exceto a porosidade total. A técnica de krigagem ordinária demonstrou ser alternativa viável para a estimativa de dados em pontos não amostrados na área experimental. A camada de 0,00-0,03 m apresentou maior impedimento físico ao crescimento de raízes, por apresentar maior densidade e menor macroporosidade do solo.

  2. Realização da episiotomia nos dias atuais à luz da produção científica: uma revisão Realización de la episiotomía en los días actuales a luz de la producción científica: una revisión Realization of the episiotomy in the current days to the light of the scientific production: a revision

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    Paulo Alexandre de Souza São Bento

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A episiotomia é um procedimento cirúrgico realizado no períneo da mulher no momento do parto, feita por obstetras e enfermeiros obstetras. Atualmente tem sido empregada de forma rotineira, e esta prática vem sendo questionada. O presente estudo foi concebido a partir do levantamento bibliográfico da produção científica sobre episiotomia. Deu-se com busca eletrônica no banco de dados informatizado da LILACS. Foram levantados 60 estudos, sendo analisados 22 trabalhos sobre episiotomia especificamente, separados por décadas: 1980, 1990, e de 2000 a 2005. As discussões orientaram-se pela característica de estudo e do profissional que o produziu, e de que forma analisou a questão sobre a episiotomia. Conclui-se que a maioria dos estudos publicados sobre episiotomia foi elaborada por médicos, predominando os aspectos técnico-científicos e revelando-se o reflexo de uma formação cartesiana, com enfoque biologicista, também reflexo da visão política voltada à saúde da mulher, que ao longo dos anos foi definida como ser da reprodução, figura feita para o lar e para os filhos, ideologia impressa nos programas políticos que definiram a saúde deste grupo.Este es un procedimiento quirúrgico realizado en el perineo de la mujer en la ocasión del parto, y es ejecutado por obstetras y enfermeros obstetras. Actualmente la episiotomía ha sido empleada de forma rutinaria e esta práctica viene sendo cuestionada. El presente estudio fué conducido a partir de la investigación bibliográfica de la producción científica a respecto de la episiotomía. La investigación bibliográfica se hizo por medio de busca electrónica en el banco de dados informatizado LILACS. Fueron reunidos 60 estudios, analizados 22 trabajos sobre episiotomía especificadamente, divididos por los periodos de las décadas de 80 y 90 e aquello entre los años de 2000 a 2005. Las discusiones se orientaron por la característica del estudio, el profesional quién lo

  3. Threatened Neotropical mollusks: analysis of shape differences in three endemic snails from High Paraná River by geometric morphometrics Moluscos neotropicales amenazados: análisis de diferencias de forma en tres caracoles endémicos del río Alto Paraná mediante morfometría geométrica

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    Roberto E. Vogler

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Variation in shape among a living and 2 extinct aquatic snails of the genus Aylacostoma, using a geometric morphometric method of thin plate splines and multivariate analysis was investigated. The analysis was performed to evaluate the diagnostic capability of this method and to explore shell shape differences, due to the lack of other data, in an attempt to answer why only 1 of the species persisted in the wild. Sixteen landmarks in a bi-dimensional space for 32 shells of type, paratype and reference specimens deposited in museums of Argentina were defined. Analysis was successful in assigning individual specimens to particular species. Statistically significant differences in last whorl, aperture, and spire were found for the first 4 non-uniform components explaining an 85% of local variation observed. Differences could be related to a differential use of habitat and/or to the degree of exposure to water current. More globose shell found in the extinct species could be associated to habitats and substrata with the highest water currents, whereas the more stylized shell in the third species could be related to a preference for more protected habitats, like those where it presently occurs.La variación de forma entre una especie viviente y dos extintas de caracoles acuáticos del género Aylacostoma, fue investigada mediante el método de morfometría geométrica de "thin plate splines" y análisis multivariado. El análisis se realizó para evaluar la capacidad diagnóstica del método y explorar las diferencias de forma de conchilla, debido a la falta de otros datos, en un intento por responder por qué sólo una de las especies persistió en la naturaleza. Dieciséis "landmarks" fueron definidos en un espacio bi-dimensional para 32 conchillas de ejemplares tipo, paratipo y de referencia depositados en museos de Argentina. El análisis fue exitoso en la asignación de los individuos a especies particulares. Se encontraron diferencias

  4. [The Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS): a French-speaking validation and psychometric examination in young students].

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    Cazenave, N; Paquette, L

    2010-10-01

    In French-speaking countries, the concept of sensation seeking has been most widely assessed using the Zuckerman Sensation Seeking Scale form V (SSS), since this instrument was validated (in French) more than 15 years ago. This instrument has received several criticisms which limit the internal and external consistencies. Indeed, five limitations of conception and form could reduce the fact that many researchers have found the SSSV to be valid and useful and, more importantly, the conclusions that can be drawn from studies in which it has been used (e.g; tautological relationships, a forced-choice format, language of some items is out-of-date). Arnett thus developed a new measurement (Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking, AISS) based on a new conceptualization of sensation seeking, which is characterized by the need for novelty and intensity of stimulation, whereas sensation seeking, as developed by Zuckerman, is marked by a need for novelty and complexity of stimulation. The AISS has been translated and validated in Spanish and in German. Both studies found support for the bi-dimensional structure of the instrument. Currently, there is no French-speaking version of the AISS, and because of the cultural differences between English- and French-speaking populations, we cannot simply translate the instrument without examining the reliability and the factorial validity. Hence, we followed the seven steps of the cross-cultural validation methodology for psychological questionnaires presented by Vallerand. Questionnaires were distributed to 782 young adults. Out of these questionnaires, 737 (94%) were returned. One hundred and sixteen questionnaires were removed because of missing data. Thus, a total of 621 young adults were included in the study. They were aged from 18 to 28 years (M=23.32, SD=2.79). They completed the SSS and the AISS. We conducted a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) on the data set, using Amos 6.0, to assess the validity of the bi-dimensional

  5. The AIDS epidemic in the Amazon region: a spatial case-control study in Rondonia, Brazil

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    Maria Rita Donalisio

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE To analyze spatial changes in the risk of AIDS and the relationship between AIDS incidence and socioeconomic variables in the state of Rondonia, Amazon region. METHODS A spatial, population case-control study in Rondonia, Brazil, based on 1,780 cases reported to the Epidemiological Surveillance System and controls based on demographic data from 1987 to 2006. The cases were grouped into five consecutive four-year periods. A generalized additive model was adjusted to the data; the dependent variable was the status of the individuals (case or control, and the independent variables were a bi-dimensional spline of the geographic coordinates and some municipality-level socioeconomic variables. The observed values of the Moran’s I test were compared to a reference distribution of values generated under conditions of spatial randomness. RESULTS AIDS risk shows a marked spatial and temporal pattern. The disease incidence is related to socioeconomic variables at the municipal level in Rondônia, such as urbanization and human capital. The highest incidence rates of AIDS are in municipalities along the BR-364 highway and calculations of the Moran’s I test show positive spatial correlation associated with proximity of the municipality to the highway in the third and fourth periods (p = 0.05. CONCLUSIONS Incidence of the disease is higher in municipalities of greater economic wealth and urbanization, and in those municipalities bisected by Rondônia’s main roads. The rapid development associated with the opening up of once remote regions may be accompanied by an increase in these risks to health.

  6. The beam-kicker system of the synchrotron Saturne. Magnetic field and particle orbit computations. Experimental results (1963); Le percuteur de faisceau de Saturne. Calcul du champ magnetique et des trajectoires. Verifications experimentales (1963)

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    Gouttefangeas, M; Katz, A; Rastoix, G [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires

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    In this report is briefly described the beam-kicker system of the synchrotron Saturne. An analysis of its operation based on the sampling method is given, as well as two methods for computing toe magnetic field produced by a set of endless conductors in the neighbourhood of a conducting shield where eddy currents are circulating. The first method leads to the resolution of a bi-dimensional Laplace equation with first kind boundary conditions (Dirichlet problem); the second one translates to electromagnetism the electrical images method currently used in electrostatics and yields the magnetic field as the sum of a triple series expansion in the general case of a set of conductors located in a parallelepipedal box. Finally are given the results obtained in computing on IBM 7090 the perturbation of the particle motion due to the beam-kicker. These results are compared with the experimental data. (authors) [French] Ce rapport decrit brievement le dispositif percuteur de faisceau mis en place sur le synchrotron Saturne. On y trouvera une analyse de se fonctionnement a partir de la theorie des echantillonnages. On indique egalment deux methodes de calcul du champ magnetique produit par un system de conducteurs indefinis en presence d'un blindage conducteur parcouru par des courants de Foucault: la premiere se ramene a la resolution d'une equation de Laplace a deux dimensions avec des conditions aux limites de premiere espece (probleme de Dirichlet), la seconde transpose en electromagnetisme la methode des images electriques classique en electrostatique et permet d'exprimer le champ magnetique sous la forme de la somme d'une serie triple dans le cas general d'un systeme de conducteurs contenus dans un blindage parallelepipedique. Pour terminer, on mentionne les resultats du calcul numerique de la perturbation de la trajectoire des particules sous l'effet du percuteur et on compare ces resultats aux resultats experimentaux. (auteurs)

  7. Towards UV imaging sensors based on single-crystal diamond chips for spectroscopic applications

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    De Sio, A. [Department of Astronomy and Space Science, University of Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 2, 50125 Florence (Italy)], E-mail: desio@arcetri.astro.it; Bocci, A. [Department of Astronomy and Space Science, University of Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 2, 50125 Florence (Italy); Bruno, P.; Di Benedetto, R.; Greco, V.; Gullotta, G. [INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Catania (Italy); Marinelli, M. [INFN-Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Roma ' Tor Vergata' (Italy); Pace, E. [Department of Astronomy and Space Science, University of Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 2, 50125 Florence (Italy); Rubulotta, D.; Scuderi, S. [INAF-Astrophysical Observatory of Catania (Italy); Verona-Rinati, G. [INFN-Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Roma ' Tor Vergata' (Italy)

    2007-12-11

    The recent improvements achieved in the Homoepitaxial Chemical Vapour Deposition technique have led to the production of high-quality detector-grade single-crystal diamonds. Diamond-based detectors have shown excellent performances in UV and X-ray detection, paving the way for applications of diamond technology to the fields of space astronomy and high-energy photon detection in harsh environments or against strong visible light emission. These applications are possible due to diamond's unique properties such as its chemical inertness and visible blindness, respectively. Actually, the development of linear array detectors represents the main issue for a full exploitation of diamond detectors. Linear arrays are a first step to study bi-dimensional sensors. Such devices allow one to face the problems related to pixel miniaturisation and of signal read-out from many channels. Immediate applications would be in spectroscopy, where such arrays are preferred. This paper reports on the development of imaging detectors made by our groups, starting from the material growth and characterisation, through the design, fabrication and packaging of 2xn pixel arrays, to their electro-optical characterisation in terms of UV sensitivity, uniformity of the response and to the development of an electronic circuit suitable to read-out very low photocurrent signals. The detector and its electronic read-out were then tested using a 2x5 pixel array based on a single-crystal diamond. The results will be discussed in the framework of the development of an imager device for X-UV astronomy applications in space missions.

  8. Identification of a probable new adrenergic agonist by nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry

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    Boatto, Gianpiero [Department of Toxicological Chemistry, University of Sassari, Sassari (Italy); Culeddu, Nicola [CNR Biomolecular Chemistry Institute, Sassari (Italy); Testa, Cecilia [IZS della Sardegna, Sassari (Italy); Neri, Bruno [IZS delle Regioni Lazio e Toscana, Rome (Italy); Brambilla, Gianfranco [Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Environment Department, Toxicological Chemistry Unit, Rome (Italy)]. E-mail: g.brambi@iss.it; Barbosa, Jorge [LNIV, Lisbon (Portugal); Cruz, Clara [LNIV, Lisbon (Portugal)

    2007-03-14

    In animal production, it is consolidated the synthesis and the illegal use of growth promoters of new generation, able to skip routine screening and confirmatory analysis. In this work it is reported the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and the mass spectrometry identification of a probable new adrenergic drug found in a feed premix. The substance was selectively purified on alpha 1 acid glycoprotein affinity columns; then its structure was first achieved by recording the {sup 13}C NMR spectrum that gave the total number of carbons of the molecule, successively sorted by DEPT experiments into quaternary, CH, CH{sub 2}, and CH{sub 3} groups. However, the complete assignments of all resonances were derived from the bi-dimensional analysis and the crucial indications from the {sup 1}H-{sup 13}C reverse experiments. Further characterisation was performed by atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation both in positive and negative ion mode, matching the molecular ion and the fragmentation pattern with those of most recently described new adrenergic agonists. After the loss of a ter-butylic group, the structure shows an internal symmetry along with the presence of Chlorine clusters. The proposed formula of the compound, the 8,8'-diamino-9,9'-dichloro-1-terbutyl-1,1',4,4-tetrahydro-5H,5'H-2,2'-bi -1-benzazepine-5,5'-dione, partially resembles that of Zilpaterol for the presence of a heterocyclic ring; Further work is in progress to characterise the structure-activity relationship.

  9. Molecular interactions between the olive and the fruit fly Bactrocera oleae

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    Corrado Giandomenico

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The fruit fly Bactrocera oleae is the primary biotic stressor of cultivated olives, causing direct and indirect damages that significantly reduce both the yield and the quality of olive oil. To study the olive-B. oleae interaction, we conducted transcriptomic and proteomic investigations of the molecular response of the drupe. The identifications of genes and proteins involved in the fruit response were performed using a Suppression Subtractive Hybridisation technique and a combined bi-dimensional electrophoresis/nanoLC-ESI-LIT-MS/MS approach, respectively. Results We identified 196 ESTs and 26 protein spots as differentially expressed in olives with larval feeding tunnels. A bioinformatic analysis of the identified non-redundant EST and protein collection indicated that different molecular processes were affected, such as stress response, phytohormone signalling, transcriptional control and primary metabolism, and that a considerable proportion of the ESTs could not be classified. The altered expression of 20 transcripts was also analysed by real-time PCR, and the most striking differences were further confirmed in the fruit of a different olive variety. We also cloned the full-length coding sequences of two genes, Oe-chitinase I and Oe-PR27, and showed that these are wound-inducible genes and activated by B. oleae punctures. Conclusions This study represents the first report that reveals the molecular players and signalling pathways involved in the interaction between the olive fruit and its most damaging biotic stressor. Drupe response is complex, involving genes and proteins involved in photosynthesis as well as in the production of ROS, the activation of different stress response pathways and the production of compounds involved in direct defence against phytophagous larvae. Among the latter, trypsin inhibitors should play a major role in drupe resistance reaction.

  10. Three-dimensional pre-treatment verification for intensity modulated radiotherapy using the 3DVH™ software

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    Martins, Lais P.; Silveira, Thiago B.; Garcia, Paulo L.; Trindade, Cassia; Santos, Maira R.; Batista, Delano V.S.

    2013-01-01

    The IMRT quality assurance is normally analyzed punctual or bi-dimensionally. One difficult of this procedure is to evaluate the clinical impact of the QA result on treatment. The 3DVHTM software gives a 3D measured dose distribution, providing DVH analysis for organs at risk and target volumes. The aim of this work is to validate and implement the software 3DVH™ for IMRT treatments and to verify advantages over the QA 2D. The software uses two groups of data to generate the dose distribution: one from the treatment planning system and another from the irradiation for traditional QA 2D, measured with MapCHECK (Sun Nuclear) (MC). To validate the software, a small volume ionization chamber was used to check if both calculated 3DVHTM dose and measured dose by the chamber were equivalent. For QA analysis, ten IMRT cases planned in Eclipse 8.6 (Varian) and treated in Instituto Nacional de Cancer (INCA) were selected. For all cases, verification plans were created and irradiated in MC, and the analysis were made using the gamma index. Among the cases, five DVH comparisons between planned and measured data presented a deviation lower than 4% of the prescribed dose in 95% of the PTV and GTV's coverage. Other cases showed differences larger than 4%, presented in areas where the movements of the MLC leaves were more complex, mostly in the neighborhood of organs at risk. The 3DVH™ software provides several clinical advantages to IMRT QA, generating refined analysis of the cases evaluated, in comparison to conventional QA 2D. (author)

  11. The relationship between acculturation strategies and depressive and anxiety disorders in Turkish migrants in the Netherlands.

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    Ünlü Ince, Burçin; Fassaert, Thijs; de Wit, Matty A S; Cuijpers, Pim; Smit, Jan; Ruwaard, Jeroen; Riper, Heleen

    2014-09-05

    Turkish migrants in the Netherlands have a high prevalence of depressive and/or anxiety disorders. Acculturation has been shown to be related to higher levels of psychological distress, although it is not clear whether this also holds for depressive and anxiety disorders in Turkish migrants. This study aims to clarify the relationship between acculturation strategies (integration, assimilation, separation and marginalization) and the prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders as well as utilisation of GP care among Turkish migrants. Existing data from an epidemiological study conducted among Dutch, Turkish and Moroccan inhabitants of Amsterdam were re-examined. Four scales of acculturation strategies were created in combination with the bi-dimensional approach of acculturation by factor analysis. The Lowlands Acculturation Scale and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview were used to assess acculturation and mood and anxiety disorders. Socio-demographic variables, depressive, anxiety and co-morbidity of both disorders and the use of health care services were associated with the four acculturation strategies by means of Chi-Squared and Likelihood tests. Three two-step logistic regression analyses were performed to control for possible, confounding variables. The sample consisted of 210 Turkish migrants. Significant associations were found between the acculturation strategies and age (p acculturation strategies and depressive disorders (p = .049): integration was associated with a lower risk of depression, separation with a higher risk. Using the axis separately, participation in Dutch society showed a significant relationship with a decreased risk of depressive, anxiety and co-morbidity of both disorders (OR = .15; 95% CI: .024 - .98). Non-participation showed no significant association. No association was found between the acculturation strategies and uptake of GP care. Turkish migrants who integrate may have a lower risk of developing a

  12. Reliability analysis for cementless hip prosthesis using a new optimized formulation of yield stress against elasticity modulus relationship

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    Kharmanda, G.

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • We develop a new formulation between the yield stress and Young’s modulus of bone. • We validate the optimized formulation for cortical and trabecular bone. • We integrate the reliability analysis into artificially hip replacement design. - Abstract: Using classical design optimization methods for implant-bone studies does not completely guarantee a safety and satisfactory performance, due in part to the randomness of bone properties and loading. Here, the material properties of the different bone layers are considered as uncertain parameters. So their corresponding yield stress values will not be deterministic, that leads to integrate variable limitations into the optimization process. Here there is a strong need to find a reliable mathematical relationship between yield stress and material properties of the different bone layers. In this work, a new optimized formulation for yield stress against elasticity modulus relationship is first developed. This model is based on some experimental results. A validation of the proposed formulation is next carried out to show its accuracy for both bone layers (cortical and cancellous). A probabilistic sensitivity analysis is then carried out to show the role of each input parameter with respect to the limit state function. The new optimized formulation is next integrated into a reliability analysis problem in order to assess the reliability level of the stem–bone study where we deal with variable boundary limitations. An illustrative application is considered as a bi-dimensional example (contains only two variables) in order to present the results in an illustrative 2D space. Finally, a multi-variable problem considering several daily loading cases on a hip prosthesis shows the applicability of the proposed strategy

  13. Emotion Recognition from Single-Trial EEG Based on Kernel Fisher’s Emotion Pattern and Imbalanced Quasiconformal Kernel Support Vector Machine

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    Yi-Hung Liu

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Electroencephalogram-based emotion recognition (EEG-ER has received increasing attention in the fields of health care, affective computing, and brain-computer interface (BCI. However, satisfactory ER performance within a bi-dimensional and non-discrete emotional space using single-trial EEG data remains a challenging task. To address this issue, we propose a three-layer scheme for single-trial EEG-ER. In the first layer, a set of spectral powers of different EEG frequency bands are extracted from multi-channel single-trial EEG signals. In the second layer, the kernel Fisher’s discriminant analysis method is applied to further extract features with better discrimination ability from the EEG spectral powers. The feature vector produced by layer 2 is called a kernel Fisher’s emotion pattern (KFEP, and is sent into layer 3 for further classification where the proposed imbalanced quasiconformal kernel support vector machine (IQK-SVM serves as the emotion classifier. The outputs of the three layer EEG-ER system include labels of emotional valence and arousal. Furthermore, to collect effective training and testing datasets for the current EEG-ER system, we also use an emotion-induction paradigm in which a set of pictures selected from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS are employed as emotion induction stimuli. The performance of the proposed three-layer solution is compared with that of other EEG spectral power-based features and emotion classifiers. Results on 10 healthy participants indicate that the proposed KFEP feature performs better than other spectral power features, and IQK-SVM outperforms traditional SVM in terms of the EEG-ER accuracy. Our findings also show that the proposed EEG-ER scheme achieves the highest classification accuracies of valence (82.68% and arousal (84.79% among all testing methods.

  14. Epileptogenic focus localization: a new approach

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    Tavares, Vânia [Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisboa (Portugal); Ribeiro, André Santos [Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisboa (Portugal); Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology, Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, London (United Kingdom); Capela, Carlos; Cerqueira, Luís [Department of Neuroradiology, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central, Lisbon (Portugal); Ferreira, Hugo Alexandre [Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisboa (Portugal)

    2015-05-18

    Epilepsy is one of the most important chronic neurological disorders worldwide affecting more than 50 million people of all ages. Among these, almost 20% of epilepsy cases are uncontrollable and have an unknown source of this abnormal electrical activity. Present techniques for the detection of epileptogenic foci include electroencephalography (EEG), positron emission tomography, and multimodal EEG/functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), all with limitations in terms of spatial and temporal resolutions. In order to overcome some of those limitations a novel approach using fMRI alone was developed based on the hypotheses that the epileptogenic focus shows Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) temporal profiles distinct from the remaining brain parenchyma during interictal activity and that the epileptogenic focus BOLD signals show lower complexity than healthy parenchyma. In this novel approach, bi-dimensional temporal clustering analysis, a data-driven technique, was used to identify brain regions with similar temporal profiles. Then, the BOLD signals of these regions were assessed regarding complexity using detrended fluctuation analysis and also using a modified multiscale entropy algorithm in order to identify which of those regions corresponded to epileptogenic tissue. In order to demonstrate the applicability of the developed method three epileptic patients were analyzed comprising two types of epilepsy: unilateral and bilateral temporal lobe epilepsies. The results showed that this method is able to detect the brain regions associated with epileptogenic tissue. The results also showed that the epileptogenic focus influences the dynamics of related brain networks. This could be a key factor in the applicability of this method to other epilepsy cases. Finally, new perspectives are envisioned concerning the use of this method in the medical care of epilepsy. In particular, by improving this method using simultaneous structural, functional, and metabolic

  15. Exploring DSM-5 ADHD criteria beyond young adulthood: phenomenology, psychometric properties and prevalence in a large three-decade birth cohort.

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    Vitola, E S; Bau, C H D; Salum, G A; Horta, B L; Quevedo, L; Barros, F C; Pinheiro, R T; Kieling, C; Rohde, L A; Grevet, E H

    2017-03-01

    There are still uncertainties on the psychometric validity of the DSM-5 attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) criteria for its use in the adult population. We aim to describe the adult ADHD phenotype, to test the psychometric properties of the DSM-5 ADHD criteria, and to calculate the resulting prevalence in a population-based sample in their thirties. A cross-sectional evaluation using the DSM-5 ADHD criteria was carried out in 3574 individuals from the 1982 Pelotas Birth Cohort. Through receiver operator curve, latent and regression analyses, we obtained parameters on construct and discriminant validity. Still, prevalence rates were calculated for different sets of criteria. The latent analysis suggested that the adult ADHD phenotype is constituted mainly by inattentive symptoms. Also, inattention symptoms were the symptoms most associated with impairment. The best cut-off for diagnosis was four symptoms, but sensitivity and specificity for this cut-off was low. ADHD prevalence rates were 2.1% for DSM-5 ADHD criteria and 5.8% for ADHD disregarding age-of-onset criterion. The bi-dimensional ADHD structure proposed by the DSM demonstrated both construct and discriminant validity problems when used in the adult population, since inattention is a much more relevant feature in the adult phenotype. The use of the DSM-5 criteria results in a higher prevalence of ADHD when compared to those obtained by DSM-IV, and prevalence would increase almost threefold when considering current ADHD syndrome. These findings suggest a need for further refinement of the criteria for its use in the adult population.

  16. Contribution to the numerical modeling of inertial confinement fusion

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    Maire, P.H.

    2011-02-01

    This work was realized by writing the CHIC code, which is a software for designing and restoring experience in the field of inertial confinement fusion. The theoretical model describing the implosion of a laser target is a system of partial differential equations in the center of which is the Euler equations written in Lagrangian formalism, coupled with diffusion equations modeling the nonlinear transport of energy by electrons and photons. After a brief review of the physical context, we describe two novel methods which constitute the backbone of the CHIC code. These are 2 high-order finite volume schemes respectively dedicated to solving the equations of Lagrangian hydrodynamics and the anisotropic diffusion equations on bi-dimensional unstructured grids. The first scheme, called EUCCLHYD (Explicit Unstructured Lagrangian Hydrodynamics), solves the equations of gas dynamics on a moving mesh that moves at the speed of light. It is obtained from a general formalism based on the concept of sub-cell forces. In this context, the numerical fluxes are expressed in terms of the sub-cell force and the nodal velocity. Their determination is based on 3 basic principles: geometric compatibility between the movement of nodes and the volume change of mesh (geometric conservation law), compatibility with the second law of thermodynamics and conservation of total energy and momentum. The high-order extension is performed using a method based on solving a generalized Riemann problem in the acoustic approximation. The second scheme, called CCLAD (Cell-Centered Lagrangian Diffusion), solves the anisotropic heat equation. The corresponding discretization relies on a discrete variational formulation based on the sub-cell that allows to build a multipoint approximation of heat flux. This high-order discretization makes possible the resolution of the equations of anisotropic diffusion with satisfactory accuracy on highly distorted Lagrangian meshes. (author)

  17. Computational voxel phantom, associated to anthropometric and anthropomorphic real phantom for dosimetry in human male pelvis radiotherapy; Fantoma computacional de voxel, associado a fantoma real antropomorfico antropometrico, para dosimetria em radioterapia de pelve masculina

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    Silva, Cleuza Helena Teixeira; Campos, Tarcisio Passos Ribeiro de [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Ciencias e Tecnicas Nucleares]. E-mail: campos@nuclear.ufmg.br

    2005-07-01

    This paper addresses a computational model of voxels through MCNP5 Code and the experimental development of an anthropometric and anthropomorphic phantom for dosimetry in human male pelvis brachytherapy focusing prostatic tumors. For elaboration of the computational model of the human male pelvis, anatomical section images from the Visible Man Project were applied. Such selected and digital images were associated to a numeric representation, one for each section. Such computational representation of the anatomical sections was transformed into a bi-dimensional mesh of equivalent tissue. The group of bidimensional meshes was concatenated forming the three-dimensional model of voxels to be used by the MCNP5 code. In association to the anatomical information, data from the density and chemical composition of the basic elements, representatives of the organs and involved tissues, were setup in a material database for the MCNP-5. The model will be applied for dosimetric evaluations in situations of irradiation of the human masculine pelvis. Such 3D model of voxel is associated to the code of transport of particles MCNP5, allowing future simulations. It was also developed the construction of human masculine pelvis phantom, based on anthropometric and anthropomorphic dates and in the use of representative equivalent tissues of the skin, fatty, muscular and glandular tissue, as well as the bony structure.This part of work was developed in stages, being built the bony cast first, later the muscular structures and internal organs. They were then jointly mounted and inserted in the skin cast. The representative component of the fatty tissue was incorporate and accomplished the final retouchings in the skin. The final result represents the development of two important essential tools for elaboration of computational and experimental dosimetry. Thus, it is possible its use in calibrations of pre-existent protocols in radiotherapy, as well as for tests of new protocols, besides

  18. Association of Post-Saline Load Plasma Aldosterone Levels With Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Primary Hypertension.

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    Catena, Cristiana; Verheyen, Nicolas D; Url-Michitsch, Marion; Kraigher-Krainer, Elisabeth; Colussi, GianLuca; Pilz, Stefan; Tomaschitz, Andreas; Pieske, Burkert; Sechi, Leonardo A

    2016-03-01

    Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity in hypertension. Current evidence suggests a contribution to LVH of plasma aldosterone levels that are inappropriately elevated for the salt status. The aim of this study was to investigate whether inappropriate modulation of aldosterone production by a saline load is associated with left ventricular (LV) mass in hypertensive patients. In 90 hypertensive patients free of clinically relevant cardiovascular complications in whom secondary forms of hypertension were ruled out, we performed a standard intravenous saline load (0.9% NaCl, 2 l in 4 hours) with measurement of plasma aldosterone and active renin at baseline and end of infusion. Bi-dimensional echocardiography was performed for the assessment of cardiac morphology and function. LVH was present in 19% of patients who had significantly worse renal function and higher body mass, blood pressure, and plasma aldosterone levels measured both at baseline and after the saline load than patients without LVH. LV mass was directly related to age, body mass, systolic blood pressure, duration of hypertension, baseline, and post-saline load plasma aldosterone levels and inversely to glomerular filtration. Multivariate regression analysis showed independent correlation of LV mass with body mass, systolic blood pressure, and plasma aldosterone levels measured after intravenous saline load, but not at baseline. In patients with hypertension, aldosterone levels measured after intravenous saline load are related to LV mass independent of age, body mass, and blood pressure, suggesting that limited ability of salt to modulate aldosterone production could contribute to LVH. © American Journal of Hypertension, Ltd 2015. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  19. Interfacing 3D Engineered Neuronal Cultures to Micro-Electrode Arrays: An Innovative In Vitro Experimental Model

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    Tedesco, Mariateresa; Frega, Monica; Martinoia, Sergio; Pesce, Mattia; Massobrio, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Currently, large-scale networks derived from dissociated neurons growing and developing in vitro on extracellular micro-transducer devices are the gold-standard experimental model to study basic neurophysiological mechanisms involved in the formation and maintenance of neuronal cell assemblies. However, in vitro studies have been limited to the recording of the electrophysiological activity generated by bi-dimensional (2D) neural networks. Nonetheless, given the intricate relationship between structure and dynamics, a significant improvement is necessary to investigate the formation and the developing dynamics of three-dimensional (3D) networks. In this work, a novel experimental platform in which 3D hippocampal or cortical networks are coupled to planar Micro-Electrode Arrays (MEAs) is presented. 3D networks are realized by seeding neurons in a scaffold constituted of glass microbeads (30-40 µm in diameter) on which neurons are able to grow and form complex interconnected 3D assemblies. In this way, it is possible to design engineered 3D networks made up of 5-8 layers with an expected final cell density. The increasing complexity in the morphological organization of the 3D assembly induces an enhancement of the electrophysiological patterns displayed by this type of networks. Compared with the standard 2D networks, where highly stereotyped bursting activity emerges, the 3D structure alters the bursting activity in terms of duration and frequency, as well as it allows observation of more random spiking activity. In this sense, the developed 3D model more closely resembles in vivo neural networks. PMID:26554533

  20. Storm-time total electron content and its response to penetration electric fields over South America

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    P. M. de Siqueira

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work the response of the ionosphere due to the severe magnetic storm of 7–10 November 2004 is investigated by analyzing GPS Total Electron Content (TEC maps constructed for the South America sector. In order to verify the disturbed zonal electric fields in South America during the superstorm, ionospheric vertical drift data obtained from modeling results are used in the analysis. The vertical drifts were inferred from ΔH magnetometer data (Jicamarca-Piura following the methodology presented by Anderson et al. (2004. Also used were vertical drifts measured by the Jicamarca ISR. Data from a digisonde located at São Luís, Brazil (2.33° S, 44.2° W, dip latitude 0.25° are presented to complement the Jicamarca equatorial data. Penetration electric fields were observed by the comparison between the equatorial vertical drifts and the Interplanetary Electric Field (IEF. The TEC maps obtained from GPS data reflect the ionospheric response over the South America low-latitude and equatorial region. They reveal unexpected plasma distributions and TEC levels during the main phase of the superstorm on 7 November, which is coincident with the local post-sunset hours. At this time an increase in the pre-reversal enhancement was expected to develop the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA but we observed the absence of EIA. The results also reveal well known characteristics of the plasma distributions on 8, 9, and 10 November. The emphasized features are the expansion and intensification of EIA due to prompt penetration electric fields on 9 November and the inhibition of EIA during post-sunset hours on 7, 8, and 10 November. One important result is that the TEC maps provided a bi-dimensional view of the ionospheric changes offering a spatial description of the electrodynamics involved, which is an advantage over TEC measured by isolated GPS receivers.

  1. Processos de auto-regulação no curso de vida: controle primário e controle secundário Self-regulation processes in the life-course: primary and secondary control

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    Hilma Tereza Tôrres Khoury

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo discute conceitos relevantes à perspectiva do curso de vida, porém pouco difundidos no Brasil: controle primário e controle secundário. O primeiro se refere aos esforços que o indivíduo empreende para adaptar o ambiente às suas necessidades; o segundo, para se adaptar ao ambiente. Apresenta-se a formulação original dos conceitos como modelo de dois processos de controle, em oposição a modelos de processo único, como o do desamparo aprendido. Em seguida, discute-se revisão conceitual que trouxe modificação e ampliação para estes construtos, concebendo-os em um modelo bidimensional que articula controle primário e secundário com os conceitos de seleção e compensação. Nesse processo, apresentam-se contribuições no intuito de estimular a reflexão e expandir a discussão teórico-conceitual que envolve estes construtos.This article discusses relevant concepts of life course perspective which are not very much diffused in Brazil: primary and secondary control. The former refers to efforts to change the environment so that it fits individual's needs. The latter involves efforts to fit in with the environment. The original definitions are presented as a two-process model of control in contrast to one-process models such as learned helplessness. Furthermore, it discusses a conceptual revision, which modified and expanded these constructs as a bi-dimensional model that relates primary and secondary control to the concepts of selection and compensation. In process of arguing about those, suggestions are presented for thinking and expanding the theoretical and conceptual discussion of these constructs.

  2. Red-luminescence band: A tool for the quality assessment of germanium and silicon nanocrystals

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    Fraj, I.; Favre, L.; David, T.; Abbarchi, M.; Liu, K.; Claude, J. B.; Ronda, A.; Naffouti, M.; Saidi, F.; Hassen, F.; Maaref, H.; Aqua, J. N.; Berbezier, I.

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    We present the photoluminescence (PL) emission of Silicon and Germanium nanocrystals (NCs) of different sizes embedded in two different matrices. Formation of the NCs is achieved via solid-state dewetting during annealing in a molecular beam epitaxy ultra-high vacuum system of ultrathin amorphous Si and Ge layers deposited at room temperature on SiO2. During the dewetting process, the bi-dimensional amorphous layers transform into small pseudo-spherical islands whose mean size can be tuned directly with the deposited thickness. The nanocrystals are capped either ex situ by silicon dioxide or in situ by amorphous Silicon. The surface-state dependent emission (typically in the range 1.74 eV-1.79 eV) exhibited higher relative PL quantum yields compared to the emission originating from the band gap transition. This red-PL emission comes from the radiative transitions between a Si band and an interface level. It is mainly ascribed to the NCs and environment features deduced from morphological and structural analyses. Power dependent analysis of the photoluminescence intensity under continuous excitation reveals a conventional power law with an exponent close to 1, in agreement with the type II nature of the emission. We show that Ge-NCs exhibit much lower quantum efficiency than Si-NCs due to non-radiative interface states. Low quantum efficiency is also obtained when NCs have been exposed to air before capping, even if the exposure time is very short. Our results indicate that a reduction of the non-radiative surface states is a key strategy step in producing small NCs with increased PL emission for a variety of applications. The red-PL band is then an effective tool for the quality assessment of NCs based structures.

  3. Plasmonic 3D-structures based on silver decorated nanotips for biological sensing

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    Coluccio, M. L.; Francardi, M.; Gentile, F.; Candeloro, P.; Ferrara, L.; Perozziello, G.; Di Fabrizio, E.

    2016-01-01

    Recent progresses in nanotechnology fabrication gives the opportunity to build highly functional nano-devices. 3D structures based on noble metals or covered by them can be realized down to the nano-scales, obtaining different devices with the functionalities of plasmonic nano-lenses or nano-probes. Here, nano-cones decorated with silver nano-grains were fabricated using advanced nano-fabrication techniques. In fabricating the cones, the angle of the apex was varied over a significant range and, in doing so, different geometries were realized. In depositing the silver nano-particles, the concentration of solution was varied, whereby different growth conditions were realized. The combined effect of tip geometry and growth conditions influences the size and distribution of the silver nano grains. The tips have the ability to guide or control the growth of the grains, in the sense that the nano-particles would preferentially distribute along the cone, and especially at the apex of the cone, with no o minor concentration effects on the substrate. The arrangement of metallic nano-particles into three-dimensional (3D) structures results in a Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) device with improved interface with analytes compared to bi-dimensional arrays of metallic nanoparticles. In the future, similar devices may find application in microfluidic devices, and in general in flow chambers, where the system can be inserted as to mimic a a nano-bait, for the recognition of specific biomarkers, or the manipulation and chemical investigation of single cells directly in native environments with good sensitivity, repeatability and selectivity.

  4. INTERACTIVE ILUSTRATION FOR PHOTOSYNTHESIS TEACHING

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    M.R. Pereira

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available Computational resources became the major tool in the challenge of making high education moreeasy and motivating. Complex Biochemical pathways can now be presented in interactive and three-dimensional animations. One of the most complex (detailed and interesting metabolic pathway thatstudents must understand in biochemical courses is photosynthesis. The light-dependent reactionsare of special interest since they involve many dierent kinds of mechanisms, as light absorptionby membrane complexes, proteins movement inside membranes, reactions of water hydrolysis, andelectrons ow; making it dicult to understand by static bi-dimensional representations.The resources of animation and ActionScript programming were used to make an interactive ani-mation of photosynthesis, which at some times even simulates three-dimensionality. The animationbegins with a leaf and progressively zooms in, until we have a scheme of a tylakoyd membrane, whereeach of the dierent steps of the pathway can be clicked to reveal a more detailed scheme of it. Whereappropriate, the energy graphs are shown side by side with the reactions. The electron is representedwith a face, so it can be shown to be stressing while going up in the energy graphs. Finally, there isa simplied version of the whole pathway, to illustrate how it all goes together.The objective is to help professors on teaching the subject in regular classes, since currently allthe explanations are omitted. In a future version, texts will be added to each step so it can beself-explicative to the students, helping them even on home or on-line learning.

  5. Acute Rheumatic Fever versus Post-Streptococcal Reactive Arthritis

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    Ashry, K.M.

    2009-01-01

    Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that may develop after a Group A streptococcal infection and can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain. A migrating polyarthritis after throat infection with group A β-haemolytic streptococci is classically attributed to acute rheumatic fever (ARF). Sterile non-migratory arthritis may occur as a separate entity, the so called post streptococcal reactive arthritis (PSRA). This study aimed to identify clinical and serological differences of patients with reactive arthritis after infection with Lance field group Aβ-haemolytic streptococci, compared with acute rheumatic fever. Hundred and twenty patients were recruited for the study , they were classified into two groups according to the diagnosis of ARF and PSRA patients consecutively seen in the Rheumatology and the Pediatric wards. Clinical and laboratory data were assessed through a questionnaire. The diagnosis of rheumatic fever was made based on revised modified Jones' criteria, while the diagnosis of post streptococcal reactive arthritis was made based on Deighton criteria; these associated with laboratory data, electrocardiography, chest X-ray, and bi-dimensional echocardiography. Results revealed no significant differences between both groups as regard age where ρ>0.05, while there were a significant difference regarding the date of antecedent upper respiratory tract infection (ρ 0.05). Regarding the cardio logical changes P-R interval by ECG was prolonged in 19 patients (31.67%)and Echo study showed changes in 12 patient (20%) of cases of ARF patient only. On the basis of simple laboratory variables and management, it ws possible to differentiate ARF from PSRA patients. So it could be concluded that these two conditions are actually distinct identities

  6. Review of studies for thermonuclear ignition with 1.8 MJ laser (LMJ): theory and experiment; Synthese des etudes pour l'allumage thermonucleaire avec 1,8MJ d'energie laser (LMJ): theorie et experience

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    Holstein, P.A.; Bastian, J.; Bowen, C.; Casanova, M.; Chaland, F.; Cherfils, C.; Dattolo, E.; Galmiche, D.; Gauthier, P.; Giorla, J.; Laffite, S.; Liberatore, S.; Loiseau, P.; Larroche, O.; Lours, L.; Malinie, G.; Masse, L.; Monteil, M.C.; Morice, O.; Paillard, D.; Poggi, F.; Saillard, Y.; Seytor, P.; Teychenne, D.; Vandenboomgaerde, M.; Wagon, F.; Bonnefille, M.; Hedde, T.; Lefebvre, E.; Riazuelo, G.; Babonneau, D.; Primout, M.; Casner, A.; Depierreux, S.; Girard, F.; Huser, G.; Jadaud, J.P.; Juraszek, D.; Miquel, J.L.; Naudy, M.; Philippe, F.; Rousseaux, C.; Videau, L

    2008-07-01

    The purpose of the laser Megajoule (LMJ) is the ignition of thermonuclear fusion reactions in a microscopic capsule of cryogenic DT whose implosion is obtained by a laser pulse in the range of 10{sup -20} ns, delivering a power of 400 - 500 TW. In this report we have tried to gather in one document the main part of the work made from 1995 to 2005 by the teams of Cea/DAM to design the LMJ targets. This report deals with the targets adapted to the laser energy of 1.8 MJ corresponding to 60 laser beams (called quadruplets because of their 4 beamlets), so primarily, with the target called A1040. The targets studied more recently adapted to lower laser energy are too new to appear in it. It concerns all the topics of the physics of target LMJ: laser-plasma interaction, radiative budget of the hohlraum, implosion interaction, hydrodynamic instabilities and robustness of the target to the technological uncertainties. The approach made for the robustness study is original and makes it possible to specify the features of the laser and the targets. This review scans all the aspects of the target design done with numerical simulations of bi-dimensional radiative hydrodynamics but it points out also the main results of the experiments made with the lasers Phebus, Nova and Omega for 20 years. This review also addresses to scientist not specialists in the problems of inertial confinement fusion. It is organized by topics of physics and the experiments appear at the end of each chapter. It does not concern the aspects of target fabrication nor the problems of diagnostic. (authors)

  7. Water surface elevation from the upcoming SWOT mission under different flows conditions

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    Domeneghetti, Alessio; Schumann, Guy J. P.; Wei, Rui; Frasson, Renato P. M.; Durand, Michael; Pavelsky, Tamlin; Castellarin, Attilio; Brath, Armando

    2017-04-01

    The upcoming SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) satellite mission will provide unprecedented bi-dimensional observations of terrestrial water surface heights along rivers wider than 100m. Despite the literature reports several activities showing possible uses of SWOT products, potential and limitations of satellite observations still remain poorly understood and investigated. We present one of the first analyses regarding the spatial observation of water surface elevation expected from SWOT for a 140 km reach of the middle-lower portion of the Po River, in Northern Italy. The river stretch is characterized by a main channel varying from 100-500 m in width and a floodplain delimited by a system of major embankments that can be as wide as 5 km. The reconstruction of the hydraulic behavior of the Po River is performed by means of a quasi-2D model built with detailed topographic and bathymetric information (LiDAR, 2m resolution), while the simulation of remotely sensed hydrometric data is performed with a SWOT simulator that mimics the satellite sensor characteristics. Referring to water surface elevations associated with different flow conditions (maximum, minimum and average flow) this work characterizes the spatial observations provided by SWOT and highlights the strengths and limitations of the expected products. The analysis provides a robust reference for spatial water observations that will be available from SWOT and assesses possible effects of river embankments, river width and river topography under different hydraulic conditions. Results of the study characterize the expected accuracy of the upcoming SWOT mission and provide additional insights towards the appropriate exploitation of future hydrological observations.

  8. A constrained extended Kalman filter for the optimal estimate of kinematics and kinetics of a sagittal symmetric exercise.

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    Bonnet, V; Dumas, R; Cappozzo, A; Joukov, V; Daune, G; Kulić, D; Fraisse, P; Andary, S; Venture, G

    2017-09-06

    This paper presents a method for real-time estimation of the kinematics and kinetics of a human body performing a sagittal symmetric motor task, which would minimize the impact of the stereophotogrammetric soft tissue artefacts (STA). The method is based on a bi-dimensional mechanical model of the locomotor apparatus the state variables of which (joint angles, velocities and accelerations, and the segments lengths and inertial parameters) are estimated by a constrained extended Kalman filter (CEKF) that fuses input information made of both stereophotogrammetric and dynamometric measurement data. Filter gains are made to saturate in order to obtain plausible state variables and the measurement covariance matrix of the filter accounts for the expected STA maximal amplitudes. We hypothesised that the ensemble of constraints and input redundant information would allow the method to attenuate the STA propagation to the end results. The method was evaluated in ten human subjects performing a squat exercise. The CEKF estimated and measured skin marker trajectories exhibited a RMS difference lower than 4mm, thus in the range of STAs. The RMS differences between the measured ground reaction force and moment and those estimated using the proposed method (9N and 10Nm) were much lower than obtained using a classical inverse dynamics approach (22N and 30Nm). From the latter results it may be inferred that the presented method allows for a significant improvement of the accuracy with which kinematic variables and relevant time derivatives, model parameters and, therefore, intersegmental moments are estimated. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Photogrammetric measurement of 3D freeform millimetre-sized objects with micro features: an experimental validation of the close-range camera calibration model for narrow angles of view

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    Percoco, Gianluca; Sánchez Salmerón, Antonio J.

    2015-09-01

    The measurement of millimetre and micro-scale features is performed by high-cost systems based on technologies with narrow working ranges to accurately control the position of the sensors. Photogrammetry would lower the costs of 3D inspection of micro-features and would be applicable to the inspection of non-removable micro parts of large objects too. Unfortunately, the behaviour of photogrammetry is not known when photogrammetry is applied to micro-features. In this paper, the authors address these issues towards the application of digital close-range photogrammetry (DCRP) to the micro-scale, taking into account that in literature there are research papers stating that an angle of view (AOV) around 10° is the lower limit to the application of the traditional pinhole close-range calibration model (CRCM), which is the basis of DCRP. At first a general calibration procedure is introduced, with the aid of an open-source software library, to calibrate narrow AOV cameras with the CRCM. Subsequently the procedure is validated using a reflex camera with a 60 mm macro lens, equipped with extension tubes (20 and 32 mm) achieving magnification of up to 2 times approximately, to verify literature findings with experimental photogrammetric 3D measurements of millimetre-sized objects with micro-features. The limitation experienced by the laser printing technology, used to produce the bi-dimensional pattern on common paper, has been overcome using an accurate pattern manufactured with a photolithographic process. The results of the experimental activity prove that the CRCM is valid for AOVs down to 3.4° and that DCRP results are comparable with the results of existing and more expensive commercial techniques.

  10. Photogrammetric measurement of 3D freeform millimetre-sized objects with micro features: an experimental validation of the close-range camera calibration model for narrow angles of view

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    Percoco, Gianluca; Sánchez Salmerón, Antonio J

    2015-01-01

    The measurement of millimetre and micro-scale features is performed by high-cost systems based on technologies with narrow working ranges to accurately control the position of the sensors. Photogrammetry would lower the costs of 3D inspection of micro-features and would be applicable to the inspection of non-removable micro parts of large objects too. Unfortunately, the behaviour of photogrammetry is not known when photogrammetry is applied to micro-features.In this paper, the authors address these issues towards the application of digital close-range photogrammetry (DCRP) to the micro-scale, taking into account that in literature there are research papers stating that an angle of view (AOV) around 10° is the lower limit to the application of the traditional pinhole close-range calibration model (CRCM), which is the basis of DCRP.At first a general calibration procedure is introduced, with the aid of an open-source software library, to calibrate narrow AOV cameras with the CRCM. Subsequently the procedure is validated using a reflex camera with a 60 mm macro lens, equipped with extension tubes (20 and 32 mm) achieving magnification of up to 2 times approximately, to verify literature findings with experimental photogrammetric 3D measurements of millimetre-sized objects with micro-features. The limitation experienced by the laser printing technology, used to produce the bi-dimensional pattern on common paper, has been overcome using an accurate pattern manufactured with a photolithographic process.The results of the experimental activity prove that the CRCM is valid for AOVs down to 3.4° and that DCRP results are comparable with the results of existing and more expensive commercial techniques. (paper)

  11. Epileptogenic focus localization: a new approach

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    Tavares, Vânia; Ribeiro, André Santos; Capela, Carlos; Cerqueira, Luís; Ferreira, Hugo Alexandre

    2015-01-01

    Epilepsy is one of the most important chronic neurological disorders worldwide affecting more than 50 million people of all ages. Among these, almost 20% of epilepsy cases are uncontrollable and have an unknown source of this abnormal electrical activity. Present techniques for the detection of epileptogenic foci include electroencephalography (EEG), positron emission tomography, and multimodal EEG/functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), all with limitations in terms of spatial and temporal resolutions. In order to overcome some of those limitations a novel approach using fMRI alone was developed based on the hypotheses that the epileptogenic focus shows Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) temporal profiles distinct from the remaining brain parenchyma during interictal activity and that the epileptogenic focus BOLD signals show lower complexity than healthy parenchyma. In this novel approach, bi-dimensional temporal clustering analysis, a data-driven technique, was used to identify brain regions with similar temporal profiles. Then, the BOLD signals of these regions were assessed regarding complexity using detrended fluctuation analysis and also using a modified multiscale entropy algorithm in order to identify which of those regions corresponded to epileptogenic tissue. In order to demonstrate the applicability of the developed method three epileptic patients were analyzed comprising two types of epilepsy: unilateral and bilateral temporal lobe epilepsies. The results showed that this method is able to detect the brain regions associated with epileptogenic tissue. The results also showed that the epileptogenic focus influences the dynamics of related brain networks. This could be a key factor in the applicability of this method to other epilepsy cases. Finally, new perspectives are envisioned concerning the use of this method in the medical care of epilepsy. In particular, by improving this method using simultaneous structural, functional, and metabolic

  12. Computational voxel phantom, associated to anthropometric and anthropomorphic real phantom for dosimetry in human male pelvis radiotherapy

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    Silva, Cleuza Helena Teixeira; Campos, Tarcisio Passos Ribeiro de

    2005-01-01

    This paper addresses a computational model of voxels through MCNP5 Code and the experimental development of an anthropometric and anthropomorphic phantom for dosimetry in human male pelvis brachytherapy focusing prostatic tumors. For elaboration of the computational model of the human male pelvis, anatomical section images from the Visible Man Project were applied. Such selected and digital images were associated to a numeric representation, one for each section. Such computational representation of the anatomical sections was transformed into a bi-dimensional mesh of equivalent tissue. The group of bidimensional meshes was concatenated forming the three-dimensional model of voxels to be used by the MCNP5 code. In association to the anatomical information, data from the density and chemical composition of the basic elements, representatives of the organs and involved tissues, were setup in a material database for the MCNP-5. The model will be applied for dosimetric evaluations in situations of irradiation of the human masculine pelvis. Such 3D model of voxel is associated to the code of transport of particles MCNP5, allowing future simulations. It was also developed the construction of human masculine pelvis phantom, based on anthropometric and anthropomorphic dates and in the use of representative equivalent tissues of the skin, fatty, muscular and glandular tissue, as well as the bony structure.This part of work was developed in stages, being built the bony cast first, later the muscular structures and internal organs. They were then jointly mounted and inserted in the skin cast. The representative component of the fatty tissue was incorporate and accomplished the final retouchings in the skin. The final result represents the development of two important essential tools for elaboration of computational and experimental dosimetry. Thus, it is possible its use in calibrations of pre-existent protocols in radiotherapy, as well as for tests of new protocols, besides

  13. Structure and Optical Properties of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer over Dusty Hot Deserts

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    Chalermthai, B.; Al Marzooqi, M.; Basha, G.; Ouarda, T.; Armstrong, P.; Molini, A.

    2014-12-01

    Strong sensible heat fluxes and deep turbulent mixing - together with marked dustiness and a low substrate water content - represent a characteristic signature of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) over hot deserts, resulting in "thicker" mixing layers and peculiar optical properties. Beside these main common features however, desert boundary layers present extremely complex local structures that have been scarcely addressed in the literature, and whose understanding is essential in modeling processes such as transport and deposition of dust and pollutants, local wind fields, turbulent fluxes and their impacts on the sustainable development, human health and solar energy harvesting in these regions. In this study, we explore the potential of the joint usage of Lidar Ceilometer backscattering profiles and sun-photometer optical depth retrievals to quantitatively determine the vertical aerosol profile over dusty hot desert regions. Toward this goal, we analyze a continuous record of observations of the atmospheric boundary layer height from a single lens LiDAR ceilometer operated at Masdar Institute Field Station (24.4425N 54.6163E, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), starting March 2013, and the concurrent measurements of aerosol optical depth derived independently from the Masdar Institute AERONET sun-photometer. The main features of the desert ABL are obtained from the ceilometer range corrected backscattering profiles through bi-dimensional clustering technique we developed as a modification of the recently proposed single-profile clustering method, and therefore "directly" and "indirectly" calibrated to obtain a full diurnal cycle climatology of the aerosol optical depth and aerosol profiles. The challenges and the advantages of applying a similar methodology to the monitoring of aerosols and dust over hyper-arid regions are also discussed, together with the issues related to the sensitivity of commercial ceilometers to changes in the solar background.

  14. Contribution to the theoretical study of the plastic strain localization in porous materials; Contribution a l'etude theorique de la localisation plastique dans les poreux

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    Willot, F

    2007-01-15

    This work presents a study in theoretical mechanics, in the classical framework of homogenization of heterogeneous media. It addresses a notoriously problematical situation of non-linear behavior and infinite contrast between two phases, one of which is a plastic solid phase and the other one, the porosity of the medium. Its aim is to investigate how plastic strain localization manifests itself at the level of the overall effective behavior of the medium in presence of pores, and in particular in the non-trivial limit of small porosity. This question, important to the understanding of ductile damage, is examined both numerically and theoretically, in the restricted situation of bi-dimensional systems, and using a deformation theory approach of plasticity. The numerical investigations consist of quasi-exact computations of the strain and stress fields in the voided medium, by means of a Fast Fourier Transform method, and using a particular Green function. The theoretical approach makes use of exact solutions, which can be obtained in particular cases of a periodic void lattice, as well as of a recent 'second-order' nonlinear homogenization approach. The virtues of the latter are evaluated in two steps, first by studying the underlying linear anisotropic homogenization step (an essential ingredient), then by studying the nonlinear step itself. The nature and significance of the singularities of the theory which appear in the limit of small porosity, confirmed by numerical computations, are partly elucidated. Finally, original observations are presented as to the relation between plastic deformation patterns in an ideal disordered medium, and some features of the macroscopic strain/stress curve. (author)

  15. In-vivo dosimetry with Gafchromic films for multi-isocentric VMAT irradiation of total marrow lymph-nodes: a feasibility study

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    Mancosu, Pietro; Navarria, Pierina; Reggiori, Giacomo; Cozzi, Luca; Fogliata, Antonella; Gaudino, Anna; Lobefalo, Francesca; Paganini, Lucia; Palumbo, Valentina; Sarina, Barbara; Stravato, Antonella; Castagna, Luca; Tomatis, Stefano; Scorsetti, Marta

    2015-01-01

    Total marrow (lymph-nodes) irradiation (TMI-TMLI) by volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) was shown to be feasible by dosimetric feasibility studies. It was demonstrated that several partially overlapping arcs with different isocenters are required to achieve the desired coverage of the hematopoietic or lymphoid tissues targets and to spare the neighbouring healthy tissues. The effect of isocenter shifts was investigated with the treatment planning system but an in- vivo verification of the procedure was not carried out. The objective of this study was the in-vivo verification of the consistency between the delivered and planned doses using bi-dimensional GafChromic EBT3 films. In a first phase a phantom study was carried out to quantify the uncertainties under controlled conditions. In a second phase three patients treated with TMLI were enrolled for in-vivo dosimetry. The dose prescription was 2Gy in single fraction. Ten arcs paired on 4-6 isocenters were used to cover the target. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) was used to verify the patient positioning at each isocenter. GafChromic EBT3 films were placed below the patient on the top of a dedicated immobilization system specifically designed. The dose maps measured with the EBT3 films were compared with the corresponding calculations along the patient support couch. Gamma Agreement Index (GAI) with dose difference of 5% and distance to agreement of 5 mm was computed. In the phantom study, optimal target coverage and healthy tissue sparing was observed. GAI(5%,5 mm) was 99.4%. For the patient-specific measurements, GAI(5%,5 mm) was greater than 95% and GAI (5%,3 mm) > 90% for all patients. In vivo measurements demonstrated the delivered dose to be in good agreement with the planned one for the TMI-TMLI protocol where partially overlapping arcs with different isocenters are required

  16. Associations between language acculturation, age of immigration, and obesity in the Mexican American Mano A Mano cohort.

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    Chrisman, Matthew; Chow, Wong-Ho; Daniel, Carrie R; Wu, Xifeng; Zhao, Hua

    As Mexican immigrants to the U.S. become acculturated, they face worsening health outcomes such as obesity. The role of language acculturation in the development of obesity has not been thoroughly examined. To examine associations between language acculturation and obesity, data were drawn from the Mexican-American Mano A Mano cohort study. Participants aged 20 years and over (n=18,298) completed baseline questionnaires on socio-demographic and behavioural factors, including physical activity and sitting time. The Bi-dimensional Acculturation Scale for Hispanics assessed language acculturation. Multivariate-adjusted logistic regression was conducted to investigate associations between language acculturation, immigration age, and obesity, and whether sitting time and physical activity mediated these associations. Individuals with obesity were more linguistically acculturated than individuals who were normal weight or overweight (Pobesity (OR=1.35, 95% CI: 1.12-1.62) in U.S.-born participants and lower risk in Mexico-born participants (OR=0.90, 95%CI=0.81-1.00). For Mexico-born participants, arrival in the U.S. as an adult (≥20years old) was associated with a reduced obesity risk (OR=0.74, 95% CI: 0.67-0.80). Sitting time mediated the association between language acculturation and obesity. Language acculturation may influence obesity development among the U.S.-born Mexican Americans in this cohort, but not their Mexico-born counterparts. Sitting time could be targeted in obesity prevention efforts in this population. Copyright © 2017 Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Mechanical characteristics of plastic base Ports and impact on flushing efficacy.

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    Guiffant, Gérard; Flaud, Patrice; Royon, Laurent; Burnet, Espérie; Merckx, Jacques

    2017-01-01

    Three types of totally implantable venous access devices, Ports, are currently in use: titanium, plastic (polyoxymethylene, POM), and mixed (titanium base with a POM shell). Physics theory suggests that the interaction between a non-coring needle (NCN, made of stainless steel) and a plastic base would lead to the stronger material (steel) altering the more malleable material (plastic). To investigate whether needle impacts can alter a plastic base's surface, thus potentially reducing flushing efficacy. A Port made of POM was punctured 200 times with a 19-gauge NCN. Following the existing guidelines, the needle tip pricked the base with each puncture. The Port's base was then examined using a two-dimensional optical instrument, and a bi-dimensional numerical simulation using COMSOL ® was performed to investigate potential surface irregularities and their impact on fluid flow. Each needle impact created a hole (mean depth, 0.12 mm) with a small bump beside it (mean height, 0.02 mm) the Reynolds number Re k ≈10. A numerical simulation of the one hole/bump set showed that the flushing efficacy was 60% that of flushing along a flat surface. In clinical practice, the number of times a Port is punctured depends on patient and treatment characteristics, but each needle impact on the plastic base may increase the risk of decreased flushing effectiveness. Therefore, the more a plastic Port is accessed, the greater the risk of microorganisms, blood products, and medication accumulation. Multiple needle impacts created an irregular surface on the Port's base, which decreased flushing efficacy. Clinical investigation is needed to determine whether plastic base Ports are associated with an increased risk of Port infection and occlusion compared to titanium base Ports.

  18. Study of the dynamic fragmentation of laser shock-loaded metallic target

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    Lescoute, E.

    2010-01-01

    The irradiation of a metallic target by a high power laser pulse induces a shock wave in the material. Under some conditions, it leads to the production of high velocity ejecta which can damage the optical environment (lenses, mirrors, windows, etc.). With the ongoing development of high energy laser facilities designed to achieve inertial confinement fusion, such as the Laser MegaJoule in France or the National Ignition Facility in the USA, the question of debris ejection from metallic samples subjected to intense laser irradiation has become a key issue. It is necessary to understand fragmentation processes induced by laser shock, and to anticipate and quantify generated fragments, in order to design suitable protections and experiments, and to preserve laser facilities. The main fragmentation processes which can occur in a laser-shock-loaded metallic target and generate high velocity ejecta are: (i) micro-jetting, which occurs upon reflection of the incident compressive front from the free surface, (ii) spallation, which is due to the later interaction of the release wave reflected from that surface with the incident unloading wave and (iii) dynamic punching of thin targets. Experimental campaigns have been performed on high energy laser facilities in the Centre d'Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques d'Aquitaine (CESTA, CEA, Alise facility) and in the Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation des Lasers Intenses (LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, LULI 2000 facility). Gold and aluminium have been mainly studied because they are the two main metallic components of the target which will be used to achieved the inertial confinement fusion. Specific diagnostics have been developed and used during these experiments to study the dynamic fragmentation: transverse shadowgraphy, free surface velocity measurement and recovery of generated fragments. Experimental results have been compared with numerical predictions obtained with a bi-dimensional hydrodynamic code, where a specific numerical

  19. Reversal of cerebral radiation necrosis with bevacizumab treatment in 17 Chinese patients

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bevacizumab has been suggested as a new treatment modality for cerebral radiation necrosis due to its ability to block the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF in leakage-prone capillaries, though its use still remains controversial in clinical practice. Methods The use of bevacizumab in 17 patients with symptomatic cerebral radiation necrosis poorly controlled with dexamethasone steroid treatments was examined between March 2010 and January 2012. Bevacizumab therapy was administered for a minimum of two cycles (7.5 mg/kg, at two-week interval with a median of four bevacizumab injections. Changes in bi-dimensional measurements of the largest radiation necrosis lesions were observed by gadolinium-enhanced and T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Additionally, dexamethasone dosage, Karnofsky performance status (KPS, adverse event occurrence and associated clinical outcomes were recorded for each patient. Results MRI analysis revealed that the average reduction was 54.9% and 48.4% in post-gadolinium and T2-weighted sequence analysis, respectively. Significant clinical neurological improvements were expressed in 10 patients according to KPS values. Dexamethasone reduction was achieved four weeks after initiation of bevacizumab in all patients, with four patients successfully discontinuing dexamethasone treatment. Mild to moderate bevacizumab-related adverse events, such as fatigue, proteinuria and hypertension were observed in three patients. Upon follow-up at 4 to 12 months, 10 patients showed clinical improvement, and 7 patient deaths occurred from tumor progression (5 patients, recurrent necrosis (1 patient, and uncontrolled necrosis-induced edema (1 patient. Conclusions These findings suggest bevacizumab as a promising treatment for cerebral radiation necrosis induced by common radiation therapies, including external beam radiotherapy (EBRT, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS, and fractionated stereotactic

  20. Commercial CMOS image sensors as X-ray imagers and particle beam monitors

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    Castoldi, A.; Guazzoni, C.; Maffessanti, S.; Montemurro, G.V.; Carraresi, L.

    2015-01-01

    CMOS image sensors are widely used in several applications such as mobile handsets webcams and digital cameras among others. Furthermore they are available across a wide range of resolutions with excellent spectral and chromatic responses. In order to fulfill the need of cheap systems as beam monitors and high resolution image sensors for scientific applications we exploited the possibility of using commercial CMOS image sensors as X-rays and proton detectors. Two different sensors have been mounted and tested. An Aptina MT9v034, featuring 752 × 480 pixels, 6μm × 6μm pixel size has been mounted and successfully tested as bi-dimensional beam profile monitor, able to take pictures of the incoming proton bunches at the DeFEL beamline (1–6 MeV pulsed proton beam) of the LaBeC of INFN in Florence. The naked sensor is able to successfully detect the interactions of the single protons. The sensor point-spread-function (PSF) has been qualified with 1MeV protons and is equal to one pixel (6 mm) r.m.s. in both directions. A second sensor MT9M032, featuring 1472 × 1096 pixels, 2.2 × 2.2 μm pixel size has been mounted on a dedicated board as high-resolution imager to be used in X-ray imaging experiments with table-top generators. In order to ease and simplify the data transfer and the image acquisition the system is controlled by a dedicated micro-processor board (DM3730 1GHz SoC ARM Cortex-A8) on which a modified LINUX kernel has been implemented. The paper presents the architecture of the sensor systems and the results of the experimental measurements

  1. Study and mathematical model of ultra-low gas burner

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    Gueorguieva, A.

    2001-01-01

    The main objective of this project is prediction and reduction of NOx and CO 2 emissions under levels recommended from European standards for gas combustion processes. A mathematical model of burner and combustion chamber is developed based on interacting fluid dynamics processes: turbulent flow, gas phase chemical reactions, heat and radiation transfer The NOx prediction model for prompt and thermal NOx is developed. The validation of CFD (Computer fluid-dynamics) simulations corresponds to 5 MWI burner type - TEA, installed on CASPER boiler. This burner is three-stream air distribution burner with swirl effect, designed by ENEL to meet future NOx emission standards. For performing combustion computer modelling, FLUENT CFD code is preferred, because of its capabilities to provide accurately description of large number of rapid interacting processes: turbulent flow, phase chemical reactions and heat transfer and for its possibilities to present wide range of calculation and graphical output reporting data The computational tool used in this study is FLUENT version 5.4.1, installed on fs 8200 UNIX systems The work includes: study the effectiveness of low-NOx concepts and understand the impact of combustion and swirl air distribution and flue gas recirculation on peak flame temperatures, flame structure and fuel/air mixing. A finite rate combustion model: Eddy-Dissipation (Magnussen-Hjertager) Chemical Model for 1, 2 step Chemical reactions of bi-dimensional (2D) grid is developed along with NOx and CO 2 predictions. The experimental part of the project consists of participation at combustion tests on experimental facilities located in Livorno. The results of the experiments are used, to obtain better vision for combustion process on small-scaled design and to collect the necessary input data for further Fluent simulations

  2. Arritmias cardiacas generadas por heterogeneidad electrofisiológica: estudio mediante simulación Cardiac arrhythmias generated by electrophysiological heterogeneity: simulation study

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    Oscar Henao

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Las arritmias ventriculares usualmente se presentan como consecuencia de isquemia miocárdica aguda, lo cual causa la mayoría de las muertes súbitas. La heterogeneidad cardiaca tanto funcional (diferente comportamiento eléctrico en los miocitos como bioquímica (diferentes concentraciones iónicas en isquemia, altera el comportamiento eléctrico del ventrículo y genera dispersión en la repolarización del potencial de acción, por lo que se convierte en sustrato funcional para la generación de arritmias fatales. En este trabajo se revisan las técnicas experimentales para el estudio y la detección de arritmias por reentrada, y se valida un modelo geométrico de isquemia, en presencia de heterogeneidad eléctrica en la región transmural de la pared ventricular. Para ello se utilizaron simulaciones bidimensionales de un modelo biofísicamente detallado y se obtuvieron reentradas lobulares en diferentes configuraciones de las células M de la pared ventricular.Ventricular arrhythmias usually appear as consequence of acute myocardial ischemia, responsible for most of sudden deaths. Functional (different electrical behavior of myocytes as well as biochemical (different ionic concentrations during ischemia cardiac heterogeneity alter the ventricle electric performance and generate dispersion in the action potential repolarization that turns into functional substrate for the generation of fatal arrhythmias. In this work the experimental techniques for the study and detection of arrhythmias by re-entry are reviewed and a geometrical model of ischemia is validated in the presence of electrical heterogeneity in the trans-mural region of the ventricular wall. For this purpose, bi-dimensional simulations of a detailed biophysical model were used and lobular re-entries in different configurations of the M cells of the ventricular wall were obtained.

  3. Aile adaptable : Design du systeme d'actionnement de l'aileron rigide, caracterisation des capteurs de pression et instrumentation pour des tests statiques =

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    Vincent, Jean-Baptiste

    This Master's thesis is part of a multidisciplinary optimisation project initiated by the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) ; this project is about designing and manufacturing a morphing wing demonstrator. The morphing design adopted in this project is based on airfoil thickness variation applied to the upper skin. This morphing generates a change in the laminar to turbulent boundary layer transition position on top of the wing. The position of this transition area leads to significant changes in the aerodynamic performance of the wing. The study presented here focuses on the design of the conventional aileron actuation system and on the characterization of the high sensitivity differential pressure sensors installed on the upper skin in order to determine the laminar to turbulent transition position. Furthermore, the study focuses on the data acquisition system for the morphing wing structural test validation. The aileron actuation system is based on a linear actuator actuated by a brushless motor. The component choice is presented as well as the command method. A static validation as well as wind tunnel validation is presented. The pressure sensor characterization is performed by installing three of those high sensitivity differential pressure sensors in a bi-dimensional known airfoil. This study goes through the process of determining the sensor position in order to observe the transition area by using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) statistic approach. The validation of the laminar to turbulent transition position is carried out with a series of wind tunnel tests. A structural test has been executed in order to validate the wing structure. This Master's thesis shows the data acquisition system for the microstrain measurement installed inside the morphing wing. A hardware and software architecture description is developed and presented as well as the practical results.

  4. Wave-processing of long-scale information by neuronal chains.

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    José Antonio Villacorta-Atienza

    Full Text Available Investigation of mechanisms of information handling in neural assemblies involved in computational and cognitive tasks is a challenging problem. Synergetic cooperation of neurons in time domain, through synchronization of firing of multiple spatially distant neurons, has been widely spread as the main paradigm. Complementary, the brain may also employ information coding and processing in spatial dimension. Then, the result of computation depends also on the spatial distribution of long-scale information. The latter bi-dimensional alternative is notably less explored in the literature. Here, we propose and theoretically illustrate a concept of spatiotemporal representation and processing of long-scale information in laminar neural structures. We argue that relevant information may be hidden in self-sustained traveling waves of neuronal activity and then their nonlinear interaction yields efficient wave-processing of spatiotemporal information. Using as a testbed a chain of FitzHugh-Nagumo neurons, we show that the wave-processing can be achieved by incorporating into the single-neuron dynamics an additional voltage-gated membrane current. This local mechanism provides a chain of such neurons with new emergent network properties. In particular, nonlinear waves as a carrier of long-scale information exhibit a variety of functionally different regimes of interaction: from complete or asymmetric annihilation to transparent crossing. Thus neuronal chains can work as computational units performing different operations over spatiotemporal information. Exploiting complexity resonance these composite units can discard stimuli of too high or too low frequencies, while selectively compress those in the natural frequency range. We also show how neuronal chains can contextually interpret raw wave information. The same stimulus can be processed differently or identically according to the context set by a periodic wave train injected at the opposite end of the

  5. Plasmonic 3D-structures based on silver decorated nanotips for biological sensing

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    Coluccio, M. L.

    2015-05-01

    Recent progresses in nanotechnology fabrication gives the opportunity to build highly functional nano-devices. 3D structures based on noble metals or covered by them can be realized down to the nano-scales, obtaining different devices with the functionalities of plasmonic nano-lenses or nano-probes. Here, nano-cones decorated with silver nano-grains were fabricated using advanced nano-fabrication techniques. In fabricating the cones, the angle of the apex was varied over a significant range and, in doing so, different geometries were realized. In depositing the silver nano-particles, the concentration of solution was varied, whereby different growth conditions were realized. The combined effect of tip geometry and growth conditions influences the size and distribution of the silver nano grains. The tips have the ability to guide or control the growth of the grains, in the sense that the nano-particles would preferentially distribute along the cone, and especially at the apex of the cone, with no o minor concentration effects on the substrate. The arrangement of metallic nano-particles into three-dimensional (3D) structures results in a Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) device with improved interface with analytes compared to bi-dimensional arrays of metallic nanoparticles. In the future, similar devices may find application in microfluidic devices, and in general in flow chambers, where the system can be inserted as to mimic a a nano-bait, for the recognition of specific biomarkers, or the manipulation and chemical investigation of single cells directly in native environments with good sensitivity, repeatability and selectivity. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

  6. Biochemical quantitation of the eIF5A hypusination in Arabidopsis thaliana uncovers ABA-dependent regulation

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    Belda-Palazón, Borja; Nohales, María A.; Rambla, José L.; Aceña, José L.; Delgado, Oscar; Fustero, Santos; Martínez, M. Carmen; Granell, Antonio; Carbonell, Juan; Ferrando, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    The eukaryotic translation elongation factor eIF5A is the only protein known to contain the unusual amino acid hypusine which is essential for its biological activity. This post-translational modification is achieved by the sequential action of the enzymes deoxyhypusine synthase (DHS) and deoxyhypusine hydroxylase (DOHH). The crucial molecular function of eIF5A during translation has been recently elucidated in yeast and it is expected to be fully conserved in every eukaryotic cell, however the functional description of this pathway in plants is still sparse. The genetic approaches with transgenic plants for either eIF5A overexpression or antisense have revealed some activities related to the control of cell death processes but the molecular details remain to be characterized. One important aspect of fully understanding this pathway is the biochemical description of the hypusine modification system. Here we have used recombinant eIF5A proteins either modified by hypusination or non-modified to establish a bi-dimensional electrophoresis (2D-E) profile for the three eIF5A protein isoforms and their hypusinated or unmodified proteoforms present in Arabidopsis thaliana. The combined use of the recombinant 2D-E profile together with 2D-E/western blot analysis from whole plant extracts has provided a quantitative approach to measure the hypusination status of eIF5A. We have used this information to demonstrate that treatment with the hormone abscisic acid produces an alteration of the hypusine modification system in Arabidopsis thaliana. Overall this study presents the first biochemical description of the post-translational modification of eIF5A by hypusination which will be functionally relevant for future studies related to the characterization of this pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana. PMID:24904603

  7. Evaluation of atmospheric solid analysis probe ionization coupled to ion mobility mass spectrometry for characterization of poly(ether ether ketone) polymers

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    Cossoul, Emilie; Hubert-Roux, Marie; Sebban, Muriel [Normandie Université, COBRA, UMR6014 and FR3038, Université de Rouen, INSA de Rouen, CNRS, IRCOF, 1 rue Tesnière, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex (France); Churlaud, Florence [Arkema, Centre d’Etude de Recherche et Développement, 27470 Serquigny (France); Oulyadi, Hassan [Normandie Université, COBRA, UMR6014 and FR3038, Université de Rouen, INSA de Rouen, CNRS, IRCOF, 1 rue Tesnière, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex (France); Afonso, Carlos, E-mail: carlos.afonso@univ-rouen.fr [Normandie Université, COBRA, UMR6014 and FR3038, Université de Rouen, INSA de Rouen, CNRS, IRCOF, 1 rue Tesnière, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex (France)

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    Highlights: • Solvent free approach. • Production of intact small oligomers of PEEK with ASAP ionization. • Comparison of the MS/MS spectra from M{sup +}· and [M + H]{sup +} precursor ions. • Identification of end-groups using tandem mass spectrometry. - Abstract: Recently, the interest of the coupling between atmospheric solid analysis probe (ASAP) and ion mobility–mass spectrometry has been revealed in the field of polymers. This method associates a direct ionization technique with a bi-dimensional separation method. Poly(ether ether ketones) (PEEK) belong to the family of the poly(aryl ether ketones) (PAEK) which are high performance aromatic polymers usually used in aerospace, electronics and nuclear industries. PEEK are important commercial thermoplastics with excellent chemical resistance and good mechanical properties. Because of their low solubility, few structural characterization studies of PEEK have been reported. In mass spectrometry, only MALDI-TOF analyses for polymer synthesis monitoring have been described with the use of strong acids such as sulfuric acid. This work demonstrates that ASAP is particularly efficient for analysis of PEEK in a solvent free approach with the production of intact small oligomers (n ≤ 2). Five types of PEEK oligomers with different end-groups were evidenced. With MALDI-TOF, the same end-groups with almost the same relative abundance were obtained which support the hypothesis that the oligomers detected in ASAP are intact small oligomers and not fragments or pyrolysis products. This is particularly interesting as generally the ASAP analysis of polymers yields pyrolysis products with the loss of end-group information. The end-groups assignments have been confirmed by tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) experiments on the M{sup +}· molecular ions, which allowed highlighting some specific neutral or radical losses as well as two diagnostic product ions. Thus, ASAP-IM/MS/MS proves to be a fast and efficient

  8. Somatosensory inputs by application of KinesioTaping: Effects on spasticity, balance, and gait in chronic spinal cord injury

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    Federica eTamburella

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Leg paralysis, spasticity, reduced inter limb coordination and impaired balance are considered the chief limitations to overground ambulation in subjects with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI. In the last years KinesioTaping (KT application has been proposed for enhancing sensory inputs, decreasing spasticity via proprioception feedback and relieving abnormal muscle tension. No studies addressed KT technique on SCI subjects: our goal was to analyze effects of ankle joint KT application on spasticity, balance and gait. Material and Methods: A randomized cross-over case control design was used to compare KT and conventional non-elastic silk tape (ST application’s effects in 11 chronic SCI subjects, AIS level D, with soleus/gastrocnemius (S/G muscles’ spasticity , balance and gait impairments. Treatment: 48 hours of either KT or ST treatment was followed after 1 week interval by a reverse protocol. Patient treated with KT were subjected to 48 hours of ST treatment and viceversa. Single Y-stripe of Cure©tape (KT and ST were applied to S and G with 0% stretch. Before and after 48 hours of KT and ST application, clinical data of range of motion (ROM, spasticity, clonus, pain, balance and gait were collected. Stabilometric platform assessment of Centre of Pressure (COP movements, bi-dimensional gait analysis and electromyograpich (EMG activity of S, G, Tibialis Anterior and Extensor Hallicus Lungus muscles were also collected. Results: Only After KT treatment significant effects on spasticity, clonus and COP movements, kinematic gait parameters and EMG activities were recorded. Comparison between KT and ST improvements pointed out significant differences for ROM, spasticity, clonus, pain, COP parameters and most of all kinematic gait data. Discussion: KT short term application reduces spasticity and pain and improves balance and gait performances in chronic incomplete SCI subjects.

  9. Three-dimensional pre-treatment verification for intensity modulated radiotherapy using the 3DVH™ software; Verificacao tridimensional pre-tratamento de radioterapia de intensidade modulada utilizando o software 3DVH™

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    Martins, Lais P.; Silveira, Thiago B.; Garcia, Paulo L.; Trindade, Cassia; Santos, Maira R.; Batista, Delano V.S., E-mail: pm.lais@gmail.com [Instituto Nacional de Cancer (INCA), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

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    The IMRT quality assurance is normally analyzed punctual or bi-dimensionally. One difficult of this procedure is to evaluate the clinical impact of the QA result on treatment. The 3DVHTM software gives a 3D measured dose distribution, providing DVH analysis for organs at risk and target volumes. The aim of this work is to validate and implement the software 3DVH™ for IMRT treatments and to verify advantages over the QA 2D. The software uses two groups of data to generate the dose distribution: one from the treatment planning system and another from the irradiation for traditional QA 2D, measured with MapCHECK (Sun Nuclear) (MC). To validate the software, a small volume ionization chamber was used to check if both calculated 3DVHTM dose and measured dose by the chamber were equivalent. For QA analysis, ten IMRT cases planned in Eclipse 8.6 (Varian) and treated in Instituto Nacional de Cancer (INCA) were selected. For all cases, verification plans were created and irradiated in MC, and the analysis were made using the gamma index. Among the cases, five DVH comparisons between planned and measured data presented a deviation lower than 4% of the prescribed dose in 95% of the PTV and GTV's coverage. Other cases showed differences larger than 4%, presented in areas where the movements of the MLC leaves were more complex, mostly in the neighborhood of organs at risk. The 3DVH™ software provides several clinical advantages to IMRT QA, generating refined analysis of the cases evaluated, in comparison to conventional QA 2D. (author)

  10. Review of studies for thermonuclear ignition with 1.8 MJ laser (LMJ): theory and experiment

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    Holstein, P.A.; Bastian, J.; Bowen, C.; Casanova, M.; Chaland, F.; Cherfils, C.; Dattolo, E.; Galmiche, D.; Gauthier, P.; Giorla, J.; Laffite, S.; Liberatore, S.; Loiseau, P.; Larroche, O.; Lours, L.; Malinie, G.; Masse, L.; Monteil, M.C.; Morice, O.; Paillard, D.; Poggi, F.; Saillard, Y.; Seytor, P.; Teychenne, D.; Vandenboomgaerde, M.; Wagon, F.; Bonnefille, M.; Hedde, T.; Lefebvre, E.; Riazuelo, G.; Babonneau, D.; Primout, M.; Casner, A.; Depierreux, S.; Girard, F.; Huser, G.; Jadaud, J.P.; Juraszek, D.; Miquel, J.L.; Naudy, M.; Philippe, F.; Rousseaux, C.; Videau, L.

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    The purpose of the laser Megajoule (LMJ) is the ignition of thermonuclear fusion reactions in a microscopic capsule of cryogenic DT whose implosion is obtained by a laser pulse in the range of 10 -20 ns, delivering a power of 400 - 500 TW. In this report we have tried to gather in one document the main part of the work made from 1995 to 2005 by the teams of Cea/DAM to design the LMJ targets. This report deals with the targets adapted to the laser energy of 1.8 MJ corresponding to 60 laser beams (called quadruplets because of their 4 beamlets), so primarily, with the target called A1040. The targets studied more recently adapted to lower laser energy are too new to appear in it. It concerns all the topics of the physics of target LMJ: laser-plasma interaction, radiative budget of the hohlraum, implosion interaction, hydrodynamic instabilities and robustness of the target to the technological uncertainties. The approach made for the robustness study is original and makes it possible to specify the features of the laser and the targets. This review scans all the aspects of the target design done with numerical simulations of bi-dimensional radiative hydrodynamics but it points out also the main results of the experiments made with the lasers Phebus, Nova and Omega for 20 years. This review also addresses to scientist not specialists in the problems of inertial confinement fusion. It is organized by topics of physics and the experiments appear at the end of each chapter. It does not concern the aspects of target fabrication nor the problems of diagnostic. (authors)

  11. Simulated and experimental spectroscopic performance of GaAs X-ray pixel detectors

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    Bisogni, M.G.; Cola, A.; Fantacci, M.E.

    2001-01-01

    In pixel detectors, the electrode geometry affects the signal shape and therefore the spectroscopic performance of the device. This effect is enhanced in semiconductors where carrier trapping is relevant. In particular, semi insulating (SI) GaAs crystals present an incomplete charge collection due to a high concentration of deep traps in the bulk. In the last few years, SI GaAs pixel detectors have been developed as soft X-ray detectors for medical imaging applications. In this paper, we present a numerical method to evaluate the local charge collection properties of pixel detectors. A bi-dimensional description has been used to represent the detector geometry. According to recent models, the active region of a reverse biased SI GaAs detector is almost neutral. Therefore, the electrostatic potential inside a full active detector has been evaluated using the Laplace equation. A finite difference method with a fixed step orthogonal mesh has been adopted. The photon interaction point has been generated with a Monte Carlo method according to the attenuation length of a monochromatic X-ray beam in GaAs. The number of photogenerated carriers for each interaction has been extracted using a gaussian distribution. The induced signal on the collecting electrode has been calculated according to the Ramo's theorem and the trapping effect has been modeled introducing electron and hole lifetimes. The noise of the charge preamplifier have been also taken into account. A comparison between simulated and experimental X-ray spectra from a 241 Am source acquired with different GaAs pixel detectors has been carried out

  12. Observation and simulation of crack growth in Zry-4

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    Bertolino, Graciela; Meyer, Gabriel; Perez Ipina, J

    2003-01-01

    Security and life extension of components of nuclear reactors are the most motivating aspects that encourage to study embrittlement processes of zirconium alloys by reaction with hydrogen.Here, the use of fracture mechanics tests are suitable to monitor the material resistance of components under service.Because many times is difficult to obtain normalized probes from real size components, researchers look for alternative experimental techniques or crack growth simulation from the knowledge of particular material properties.In this work we present the results obtained after experimental observation and computer simulation of crack growth in Zry-4 probes.Experimental observation were obtained by performing flexion tests in three point probes SSEN(B) of 3 x 7 x 32 mm 3 located in the chamber of a scanning electron microscope, measuring in situ the crack length and opening when an external load is applied.Using the information obtained from stress-displacement measurements after tensile tests and the empiric relationship between crack opening and crack length, the crack growth process was simulated.Displacement field in the zone close to the crack tip was obtained by finite elements technique (Castem, DMT, CEA) assuming plain stress, a plastic bilinear homogeneous material and neglecting texture or directional anisotropy.To compare experimental observation and simulation, a grid (10 x 10 μm 2 each square) was drawn in the zone close to the crack tip by selective sputtering.Following the movement of two (three) points of the surface allows to compare uni (bi) dimensional deformation.A good agreement between observation and simulation was observed: after the crack opening grew 28 times (from 1.5 to 42 μm) the base-height relationship of a triangle involving the crack tip change 40% (35%) in the experimental observation (simulation)

  13. Adaptation and validation of the patient assessment of chronic illness care in the French context.

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    Krucien, Nicolas; Le Vaillant, Marc; Pelletier-Fleury, Nathalie

    2014-06-19

    Chronic diseases are major causes of disability worldwide with rising prevalence. Most patients suffering from chronic conditions do not always receive optimal care. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) has been developed to help general practitioners making quality improvements. The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) questionnaire was increasingly used in several countries to appraise the implementation of the CCM from the patients' perspective. The objective of this study was to adapt the PACIC questionnaire in the French context and to test the validity of this adaptation in a sample of patients with multiple chronic conditions. The PACIC was translated into French language using a forward/backward procedure. The French version was validated using a sample of 150 patients treated for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and having multiple chronic co-morbidities. Several forms of validity were analysed: content; face; construct; and internal consistency. The construct validity was investigated with an exploratory factorial analysis. The French-version of the PACIC consisted in 18 items, after merging two pairs of items due to redundancy. The high number of items exhibiting floor/ceiling effects and the non-normality of the ratings suggested that a 5-points rating scale was somewhat inappropriate to assess the patients' experience of care. The construct validity of the French-PACIC was verified and resulted in a bi-dimensional structure. Overall this structure showed a high level of internal consistency. The PACIC score appeared to be significantly related to the age and self-reported health of the patients. A French-version of the PACIC questionnaire is now available to evaluate the patients' experience of care and to monitor the quality improvements realised by the medical structures. This study also pointed out some methodological issues about the PACIC questionnaire, related to the format of the rating scale and to the structure of the

  14. Advancement Questions and Tasks to a Chapter of the University Engineering Textbook

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    A. A. Dorofeev

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper shows how the insight characteristics of questions and tasks used as an assessment and diagnostic materials (ADM of the textbook chapter influence on its didactic quality and success in achieving learning objectives. With a lack of techniques to design such ADM the paper states the theoretical bases of their development in terms of representing the textbook as a tool of the activity subject – subject learning technologies with bi-dimensionally structured (by category of knowledge and level of their activity development representation of learning objectives with a possibility for self-directed learning of material and realization of self-assessment function. Didactic functions of the chapter are considered as an integrating didactic unit (module with the structured learning objectives and their specification by didactic units, which are divided into the attributive, basic, learnt ones and those being under study (new. The presented problem and functional analysis of questions and tasks supposes student’s self-direction and pedagogical support in the form of teacher’s activity in creation and management of a cognitive situation. The ADM synthesis is based on providing the representativeness and the structurally informative predictive and criteria validity differentiated according to three substantial and activity levels the highest of which considers a creative component and possibility for self-direction of learning activity. The paper gives advices in the chapter on the relationship between the number of didactic units and the learning objectives showing a desirable level of activity for their achievement, and presenting the appropriate number of the multi-level tasks in ADM. It shows the approved example to implement the described technique of ADM development and formulates a relevant task to optimize their structure and content.

  15. Mulheres, homens e matemática: uma leitura a partir dos dados do Indicador Nacional de Alfabetismo Funcional Women, men, and mathematics: a reading of data from the National Index of Functional Literacy

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    Maria Celeste Reis Fernandes de Souza

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como propósito discutir as diferenças apresentadas por mulheres e homens em práticas matemáticas cotidianas, demandadas pelos apelos ou pelas oportunidades de uma sociedade pautada na dinâmica e nos critérios da cultura escrita. Tomaremos para análise os resultados divulgados na quarta edição da pesquisa Indicador Nacional de Alfabetismo Funcional (INAF, realizada em 2004, que avaliou as condições e a eficiência da população jovem e adulta brasileira na mobilização de habilidades matemáticas na execução de tarefas do cotidiano, e na qual os resultados apresentados pela população masculina foram considerados sensivelmente superiores aos resultados apresentados pela população feminina. Apoiando-nos numa reflexão referenciada numa perspectiva foucaultiana, buscamos compreender esses resultados como articulados a um campo discursivo, marcado pela racionalidade matemática de matriz cartesiana. Analisando, nessa perspectiva, os mecanismos que contribuem para um pior desempenho das mulheres em relação aos homens em avaliações dessa natureza - voltadas para as possibilidades de dar respostas consideradas adequadas na execução de tarefas cotidianas consideradas relevantes -, nossa preocupação se volta para a identificação de mais uma instância de produção de desigualdades entre as mulheres e os homens, representada pela maior valorização (na vida social e nas avaliações de certos modos de conceber e reagir diante das demandas do cotidiano. Como educadoras, interessanos desvendar a produção das desigualdades, de maneira a desconstruir discursos que a favorecem e instaurar outras perspectivas de análise e de ação pedagógica.The purpose of this article is to discuss the differences observed between women and men in some of the daily mathematical practices made necessary by the demand and opportunities of a society based on the dynamics and criteria of written culture. We take for our analysis

  16. Le fascisme, c’est du théâtre. Macchina scenica e meccanica narrativa

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    Emanuele Canzaniello

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available «Le fascisme, c’est du théâtre», sostiene Jean Genet, e come tale i suoi legami con la natura e la prassi della messa in scena sono essenziali alla specificità del fenomeno. La resa spettacolare della nazionalizzazione delle masse è stata senz’altro tra i temi fondamentali della ricerca sui totalitarismi. Il mio proposito è qui quello di intarsiare alcuni nuclei consolidati della ricerca storica con le rese squisitamente letterarie di quello che fu poco più che un  decennio di immensi tableaux vivants, visioni di un nuovo ordine di massa. Un’opera d’arte collettiva, basata su una premessa  fondamentale: dare “figurabilità” ai detriti e alle rovine (rimosse? di alcuni miti delle origini propri della cultura romantica, e  consapevolmente avviare e mettere in luce un enorme processo più generale di disgregazione del logos e di tutta la civiltà europea nella sua prospettiva diremo cartesiana, geometrica e razionalista. Il mio discorso si fonda, anche se in breve, su un testo solo: la Gerbe des forces (1937 di A. de Châteaubriant, uno dei più singolari resoconti di pellegrinaggio politico verso il miraggio totalitario che si sia dato tre le due guerre mondiali. Soccorsi non secondari sono il saggio di Sontag Under the sign of Saturn (1980 e quello di Tame La Mystique du Fascisme dans l’oeuvre de Robert Brasillach (1986. According to Jean Genet: «Le fascisme, c’est du théâtre», and as such its relationship with the nature and praxis of staging are essential to the specificity of the phenomenon. The magnificent representation of mass nationalisation is beyond doubt one of the fundamental issues when investigating totalitarianisms. My aim here is to link some wellestablished nuclei of historical research to the literary outputs of what was little more than a decade of immense tableaux vivants, visions of a new mass order. A collective work of art, based on a fundamental premise: to give ‘figurality’ to the rubble

  17. Lo orgánico y lo funcional en psiquiatría

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    Roberto Anselmo Ramos Valverde

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available El desarrollo acelerado de las neurociencias en las últimas dos décadas permitió rescatar al cerebro de las sombras cartesianas donde se encontraba condenado, demostrándose que todo fenómeno psíquico, normal o morboso, tiene como sustento material a este órgano gestor de las funciones psíquicas. De esta manera quedó esclarecido que los trastornos mentales desencadenados por acontecimientos psicosociales estresantes actúan sobre el cerebro, provocando cambios neuroquímicos a nivel molecular responsables de la sintomatología que los tipifica, conjugándose etiopatogénicamente los factores biológicos, psicológicos y sociales gestores de estos desórdenes mentales. (1 Se distinguen en psiquiatría dos tipos de perfiles clínicos que los clásicos semiólogos clasificaron en síndromes orgánicos y funcionales; los primeros causados por alteraciones estructurales a nivel histopatológico en el cerebro o sus envolturas, nombradas afecciones orgánicas propiamente dichas, y síntomáticas cuando afectan el metabolismo cerebral a distancia; los segundos sustentan los cambios a nivel molecular, afectando la constitución química del cerebro por factores psicosociales, hereditarios y congénitos. (1 Los avances neurobiológicos esclarecen la multicausalidad de los trastornos mentales y el papel organogénico del cerebro, sustentado en su capacidad intrínseca de reflejar la realidad objetiva, que al perderse origina el espectro psicopatológico que hoy conocemos. (2 Algunos autores contemporáneos a partir del resurgimiento del protagonismo cerebral en la cristalización de los trastornos mentales, plantean que las fronteras entre lo orgánico y lo funcional se quebraron y que la enfermedad mental es orgánica en toda su extensión dada la obligada participación etiológica del cerebro. Soy del criterio que la actual omnipresencia cerebral en la generación de los procesos psicológicos, es sin duda, una virtud trascendente de la ciencia

  18. Aplicação e análise de alguns procedimentos de contrução de rota para o problema do caixeiro viajante

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    Paula Francis Benevides

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O transporte, em geral, absorve em média a porcentagem mais elevada de custos do que qualquer outra atividade logística. Por isso, muitas empresas estão repensando seus processos para redução dos mesmos. A otimização da distribuição de produtos é um problema estudado há muito tempo por pesquisadores de diversas áreas. Este tipo de problema é classificado como de otimização combinatória. Dentre as modelagens podem ser citados o Problema do Caixeiro Viajante (PCV e o Problema de Roteamento de Veículos (PRV. Estes têm por objetivo encontrar o menor caminho conectando-seNlugares de destino. O presente trabalho visa analisar e comparar, em termos de desempenho computacional e qualidade das soluções obtidas, as principais heurísticas de construção de rotas, além de um Algoritmo Genético para o PCV. Também aplicou-se o algoritmo 2-opt para melhoria das rotas geradas. Foram utilizados dados reais de uma distribuidora de produtos em uma determinada região da cidade de Curitiba (PR, Brasil. As coordenadas geográficas dos pontos de visitação foram extraídas do aplicativo online Google Earth, as quais foramconvertidas em coordenadas cartesianas, para posterior aplicação dos algoritmos utilizados. Os resultados obtidos foram comparados com as rotas reais que estão sendo utilizadas por um determinado representante da referida distribuidora. The transport in general, absorb on average the highest percentage of costs than any other logistics activities. Therefore,many companies are rethinking their processes to reduce them. The optimization of product distribution is a much studied problem time by researchers from several areas. This type of problem is classified as combinatorial optimization. Among the modeling can be cited the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP and the problem of Vehicle Routing (PRV. These, aims to find the lowest path connecting N places of destination. The present work analyze and compare, in terms of

  19. La mujer es puro cuento: la cultura del género La mujer es puro cuento: the culture of gender

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    Verena Stolke

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available El término género se tornó un atajo, en la década de los 1970s, para designar la construcción cultural y no las bases biológicas del tratamiento desigual entre hombres y mujeres, además de la dominación de las mujeres por los hombres. En las últimas tres décadas de teorización feminista ese vocablo se tornó tan ubícuo como ambíguo pero, sorprendentemente, no existe una historia semántica de sus orígenes, de sus significados, ni de los varios abordajes. En este artículo demuestro que sexólogos y psicólogos americanos introdujeron la palabra gênero en los años 1950s, con la intención de distinguir el sexo anatómico del género social. Esa construcción biomédica de género es relevante para entender las dificultades epistemológicas, en la teoría feminista, con la conección entre género y sexo. El artículo aborda tres questiones relacionadas entre sí: 1 la costumbre, entre académicas feministas, de asociar el término género a las diferencias sexuales; 2 el dualismo heterosexual que caracteriza la noción médica original de género social y que persiste en gran parte de la teoría feminista, hasta fines de los años 1980s; y 3 la indisputada dicotomía cartesiana entre naturaleza y cultura que permanece como un hilván en las controversias sobre sexo y género. Este artículo, inevitablemente, no es conclusivo. Como sugiero, avances de la biotecnología pueden abrir nuevos panoramas en relación al dilema antropológico fundamental de conciliar la cultura con la naturaleza.The term gender has become the feminist shorthand, in the 1970s, to signal the cultural construction rather than biological basis of women's unequal treatment and domination by men. In the past three decades the term has become as ubiquitous as ambiguous in feminist theorizing but, surprisingly, there is no semantic history of the origins, changing approaches and meanings of the concept. In this article I show that US sexologists and psychologists

  20. A reinvenção dos corpos: por uma pedagogia da complexidade The reinvention of bodies: for a pedagogy of complexity

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    Adroaldo Gaya

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste ensaio é o de reivindicar a presença do corpo humano nas reflexões epistemológicas e pedagógicas. Parte-se da seguinte hipótese: Em tempos pós-modernos, os discursos filosófico e sociológico apontam para a superação da racionalidade iluminista. As propostas pedagógicas procuram perspectivas interdisciplinares, novas formas de configuração curricular e de organização do espaço escolar. Muito seguidamente ouvem-se referências a uma pedagogia da complexidade. Todavia, paradoxalmente, é nesta mesma escola e no âmbito dessa mesma pedagogia que o paradigma do racionalismo iluminista inspirador de uma educação intelectualista permanece, assumindo a herança cartesiana que concebe o corpo como simples extensão da mente. Três temas compõem os argumentos em defesa da hipótese orientadora: (1 Nas escolas de nosso tempo o corpo considerado como res extensa permanece passivo. Enfim, o corpo não vai à escola. (2 As principais correntes epistemológicas sobre a origem do conhecimento, da mesma forma, limitam-se a expressões de um conhecimento predominantemente racional. O corpo permanece ausente de interesse epistemológico. (3 Uma pedagogia que se limita ao exclusivamente racional é míope e, por conseqüência, não pode exigir configurar-se numa pedagogia da complexidade. É necessário recolocar os corpos na epistemologia, na pedagogia e nas escolas. É a reinvenção dos corpos.This essay is aimed at claiming the presence of the human body in epistemological and pedagogical reflections. It stars from the following hypothesis: in pre-modern times, the philosophical and sociological discourses point to an overcoming of enlightening rationality. The pedagogical proposals seek interdisciplinary perspectives, new forms of curricula configuration and organization of school space. References are often heard about a pedagogy of complexity. However, it is in that same school and within that same pedagogy that

  1. Aplicação da técnica de fio quente na determinação das propriedades térmicas de polímeros fundidos Hot wire technique in the determination of thermal properties of melt polymers

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    Wilson N. dos Santos

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available A natureza da estrutura molecular dos plásticos torna as propriedades desses materiais fortemente dependentes da temperatura. A condutividade térmica, difusividade térmica e o calor específico, conhecidos como propriedades térmicas, são as três propriedades físicas mais importantes de um material em cálculos de transferência de calor. Valores confiáveis dessas propriedades são essenciais em polímeros, tanto em problemas envolvendo estado estacionário como em estado não estacionário de troca de calor. Hoje, várias técnicas diferentes para a determinação da condutividade térmica e difusividade térmica podem ser encontradas na literatura. Neste trabalho, a técnica de fio quente paralelo é empregada na determinação experimental das propriedades térmicas de polímeros. Três polímeros semi-cristalinos (PEAD, PEBD e PP, e dois polímeros amorfos (PS e HIPS foram selecionados para este trabalho. As medidas experimentais são feitas desde a temperatura ambiente até a, aproximadamente, 50 ºC acima da temperatura de fusão. As amostras são preparadas pelo processo de extrusão, partindo-se do pó ou "pellets" do polímero no estado sólido. Um molde especial de aço inoxidável, em forma de paralelepípedo retangular, provido de isoladores cerâmicos entre o fio quente, o termopar e o próprio molde é utilizado para armazenar a massa polimérica fundida, cujas propriedades térmicas serão medidas. Os resultados experimentais obtidos são comparados com dados disponíveis na literatura e com dados fornecidos pelos fabricantes. Uma análise crítica desta metodologia mostra as vantagens e desvantagens desta técnica experimental em relação à técnica de pulso de energia.The nature of the molecular structure of the plastics makes the properties of such materials markedly temperature dependent. Thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat, namely the thermal properties, are the three most important physical

  2. Streptococcus mutans-induced secondary caries adjacent to glass ionomer cement, composite resin and amalgam restorations in vitro Cárie secundária adjacente a restaurações de cimento de ionômero de vidro, resina composta e amálgama induzida por Streptococcus mutans in vitro

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    Adriana Gama-Teixeira

    2007-12-01

    ável contendo flúor. Os dentes foram termociclados, esterilizados com radiação gama, expostos a um desafio cariogênico utilizando um sistema bacteriano com Streptococcus mutans e preparados para observação microscópica. Os parâmetros medidos em cada lesão formada foram: extensão, profundidade e área de inibição de cárie. As lesões externas formadas apresentaram camada superficial intacta e formato retangular. Não foram vistas lesões de parede no interior das cavidades. Após Análise de Variância e Análise de Componentes de Variância, foi observado que o grupo CIV apresentou as menores lesões e o maior número de áreas de inibição de cárie. As lesões formadas ao redor das restaurações de amálgama e Ariston pHc apresentaram tamanho intermediário e as maiores lesões foram observadas ao redor das restaurações dos grupos Z-100 e Heliomolar. Pode ser concluído que os materiais restauradores CIV, amálgama e compósitos que liberam íons podem reduzir a formação de cáries secundárias.

  3. Natural regeneration in a quaternary coastal plain in southern Brazilian Atlantic Rain forest

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    Cleber Ibraim Salimon

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Composition, structure and dynamics of an eight year old secondary forest was studied at Reserva Volta Velha (26°04'S; 48°38'W, southern Brazil. A 0.72ha plot was divided into 36 subplots of 20X10m, where all trees/shrubs greater than 1m tall were identified, measured (height/diameter and evaluated (successional status. The results were: (1 95 species collected within 68 genera and 44 families; the most species rich families were Myrtaceae and Asteraceae with 8 species each; (2 the most important species (considering biomass and density were Psidium cattleianum, Eupatorium casarettoi, Ocotea pulchella and Ternstroemia brasiliensis; (3 the most similar area was a fallow abandoned 35 years ago; (4 the higher species diversity were found in border subplots, indicating that most of the species do not tolerate extreme conditions in the center of the opening, and are colonizing the area through the borders.A maior parte das áreas florestais no domínio da Floresta Atlântica se encontra degradada devido a diferentes pressões antrópicas. No intuito de ampliar os conhecimentos sobre relictos de florestas nativas intactas, e também de áreas abandonadas para se obter dados sobre os processos naturais de regeneração, foi realizado um estudo da composição florística, estrutura e dinâmica de uma comunidade vegetal em estágio seral inicial de 8 anos. em Floresta Ombrófila Densa das Terras Baixas, na Reserva Volta Velha, Itapoa-SC, Brasil. Foram utilizados os métodos usuais de coleta, herborização e identificação das espécies encontradas, e a análise estrutural foi feita utilizando-se 36 parcelas retangulares de 20 X 10m, sendo incluídas todas as plantas arbustivo/arbóreas com no mínimo 1 metro de altura. Os resultados obtidos foram os seguintes: 1- Foram encontradas 96 espécies, dentro de 68 gêneros e 44 famílias; as famílias com maior número de espécies foram Myrtaceae e Asteraceae com 8 espécies cada, e o gênero mais

  4. Evaluation of radioprotective effect of carnosine (beta- alanyl-1- histidine on the wound healing in rats Avaliação do efeito radioprotetor da carnosina (beta-alanil-1- histidina no processo de cicatrização em ratos

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    Rosana Aramaki Tanaka

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the radioprotective effect of carnosine (beta- alanyl-1-histidine on the wound healing in rats. Therefore, 48 male rats were submitted to a surgical procedure to perform a rectangular wound in the anterior-dorsal region. The animals were divided into 4 experimental groups randomly chosen: control; irradiated; carnosine irradiated and carnosine group. The irradiated and carnosine irradiated group were exposed to a dose (6Gy of gamma irradiation, in the whole body, 72 hours after surgery. The carnosine and carnosine irradiated groups, in addition to the surgical procedure and the irradiation, received two doses of carnosine aqueous solution, the first one being injected 48 hours after surgery, and the second one 1 hour and 30 minutes before irradiation. The tissue repair of the 4 groups was evaluated at 4, 7, 14, and 21 days after inflicting the wound, by morphological, histochemical and histophysical methods. At all examined periods, it could be observed that the animals from the carnosine irradiated group presented a better developed granulation tissue than the irradiated group and closely similar to that of the control group. Thus, under the experimental conditions used, it was possible to conclude that carnosine is an effective radioprotective substance.O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito radioprotetor da carnosina (beta-alanil-1-histidina no processo de cicatrização em ratos. Para isto, 48 ratos machos foram submetidos a um procedimento cirúrgico para realização de uma ferida retangular na região dorsal anterior. Os animais foram divididos aleatoriamente em 4 grupos experimentais: controle, irradiado, carnosina irradiado e carnosina. Os grupos carnosina e carnosina irradiado foram exposto a uma dose de corpo todo de 6 Gy de radiação gama, 72 horas após a cirurgia para confecção da ferida. O grupo carnosina e carnosina irradiado, adicionalmente, ao procedimento cirúrgico e a

  5. Study of thermocycling effect on the bond strength between an aluminous ceramic and a resin cement Estudo do efeito da ciclagem térmica na resistência da união adesiva entre uma cerâmica aluminizada e um cimento resinoso

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    Osvaldo Daniel Andreatta Filho

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the effect of thermocycling on the bond strength between Procera AllCeram (Nobel-Biocare and a resin cement (Panavia F, Kuraray CO. Nine ceramic blocks with dimensions of 5x6x6mm were conditioned at one face with Rocatec System (Espe. After, they were luted with Panavia F to composite resin blocks (Clearfil AP-X, Kuraray CO. The nine groups formed by ceramic, cement and composite resin were split up obtaining 75 samples with dimensions of 12x1x1mm and adhesive surface presenting 1mm²±0.1mm² of area. The samples were divided into 3 groups (n=25: G1 - 14 days in distilled water at 37ºC; G2 - 6,000 cycles in water (5ºC - 55ºC - 30s; G3 - 12,000 cycles in water (5ºC - 55ºC - 30s. The samples were tested in a universal testing machine (EMIC at a crosshead speed of 1mm/min. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey tests. The results indicated that mean values of rupture tension (MPa of G1 (10.71 ± 3.54 did not differ statistically (p Este trabalho avaliou o efeito da ciclagem térmica sobre a resistência adesiva entre a cerâmica aluminizada (Procera AllCeram, Nobel-Biocare e um cimento resinoso (Panavia F, Kuraray CO. Nove blocos de cerâmica, com dimensões de 5x6x6mm, foram condicionados em uma de suas faces com o Sistema Rocatec (ESPE. A seguir foram cimentados a blocos de resina composta (Clearfil AP-X, Kuraray CO. Os conjuntos cerâmica-cimento-resina foram cortados em 75 corpos-de-prova com formato retangular com dimensões de 12x1x1mm e superfície adesiva apresentando 1mm² ± 0,1mm². Os corpos-de-prova foram divididos em três grupos (n=25: G1 - 14 dias em água destilada a 37ºC, G2 - 6000 ciclos em água (5ºC e 55ºC e G3 - 12000 ciclos em água (5ºC e 55ºC. Os corpos-de-prova foram ensaiados sob velocidade de 1mm/min em máquina de ensaio universal (EMIC. Os dados foram tratados estatisticamente com os testes de Anova e Tukey e indicaram que os valores médios de tensão de rupturas (MPa de G1 (10,71 ± 3

  6. Influência da frequência estimulatória envolvida nos efeitos analgésicos induzidos por eletroacupuntura em cervicalgia tensional Influence of the stimulating frequency involved in analgesic effects induced by electroacupuncture for neck pain due to muscular tension

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    P Nohama

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a influência da frequência estimulatória envolvida na analgesia induzida por eletroacupuntura em cervicalgia. MÉTODOS: Comparou-se o desempenho da analgesia produzida em 2Hz, 100Hz, 1000Hz, 2500Hz e um grupo só com acupuntura, sem estímulo elétrico, avaliado por meio de algometria de pressão, Escala Visual Analógica (EVA e frequência cardíaca. Utilizou-se um estimulador elétrico microprocessado, com forma de pulso em padrão pulsado, monofásico, retangular, balanceado assimétrico, com fase secundária em exponencial decrescente, com período de estimulação de 4 segundos e repouso de 3 segundos. A amostra contou com 66 voluntários com cervicalgia tensional, idade média de 33,67±9,97 anos, 89,5% do gênero feminino e 10,5% do masculino. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferenças entre os grupos para as variáveis nota atribuída à dor pela EVA e frequência cardíaca, sendo que em todos os grupos houve melhoras analgésicas. No entanto, quando comparado o comportamento antes-depois, por meio da algometria de pressão, para um mesmo indivíduo, dentro de seu próprio grupo, houve vantagens analgésicas para o uso de 2500Hz (p=0,006 para a base da região occiptal; p=0,003 para o trapézio direito; e p=0,013 para o trapézio esquerdo, seguido de 100Hz (p=0,035, p=0,016 e p=0,038, para as mesmas regiões, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: Recomenda-se preferencialmente a aplicação de 2500Hz e 100Hz em eletroacupuntura para analgesia em cervicalgia tensional.OBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of the stimulating frequency involved in analgesia induced by electroacupuncture for neck pain. METHODS: The performance of the analgesia produced by 2Hz, 100Hz, 1000Hz and 2500Hz was compared with a group with acupuncture alone (without electrical stimulation, by means of pressure algometry, a visual analog scale (VAS and heart rate. We used an electrical stimulator with a microprocessor yielding standard, single-phase, rectangular and

  7. Método de fio quente na determinação das propriedades térmicas de polímeros Hot wire technique in the determination of thermal properties of polymers

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    Wilson N. dos Santos

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available A técnica de fio quente paralelo normalizada para a determinação da condutividade térmica de materiais cerâmicos foi empregada na determinação das propriedades térmicas de polímeros. As amostras foram preparadas em forma de paralelepípedos retangulares, com dimensões de (230x80x30mm. Neste trabalho, a condutividade térmica e o calor específico foram simultaneamente determinados a partir do mesmo transiente térmico experimental e a difusividade térmica foi calculada a partir dessas duas propriedades. Cinco diferentes polímeros com diferentes estruturas a temperatura ambiente foram selecionados neste trabalho. Os cálculos foram feitos utilizando-se um método de ajuste por regressão não linear, de tal maneira que todos os pontos experimentais obtidos são considerados nos cálculos dessas propriedades térmicas. O equipamento utilizado neste trabalho é totalmente automatizado. A reprodutibilidade dos resultados foi muito boa com respeito à condutividade térmica, obtendo-se um desvio máximo de apenas 0,5% entre os valores máximo e mínimo para todas as amostras ensaiadas, mesmo introduzindo propositadamente alguns defeitos no arranjo experimental, em relação ao modelo teórico. Todavia, pequenos desvios do modelo teórico podem causar drásticas influências nos valores de calor específico, obtendo-se desvios de até 32% em relação ao arranjo experimental correto. Os resultados experimentais foram então comparados com aqueles encontrados na literatura. As discrepâncias observadas entre alguns desses valores podem estar associadas ao grau de cristalinidade ou à história térmica da amostra, ficando assim mostrada a aplicabilidade desta técnica na determinação das propriedades térmicas de polímeros.The hot wire parallel technique standardized for determining thermal conductivity of ceramic materials was employed in the determination of thermal properties of polymers. Samples were prepared in shape of rectangular

  8. Comparação de diferentes metodologias para estimativa de curvas intensidade-duração-freqüência para Pelotas - RS Comparison of different methodologies to estimate intensity-duration-frequency curves for Pelotas - RS, Brazil

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    Rita de C. F. Damé

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Nos projetos agrícolas de obras hidráulicas, onde não se dispõe de dados observados de vazão, é necessário explorar ao máximo as informações relativas às curvas Intensidade-Duração-Freqüência (IDF. Diante disso, é preciso obter maneira de desenvolver metodologias de estimativas de curvas IDF, em locais que possuam pouco ou nenhum dado pluviográfico. O objetivo do trabalho foi comparar as metodologias de desagregação de precipitações diárias para verificar o ganho de informação em termos de curvas IDF, comparadas àquela obtida a partir de dados observados (histórica. Os métodos utilizados foram: (a Método das Relações (CETESB, 1979; (b BELTRAME et al. (1991; (c ROBAINA & PEITER (1992; (d Modelo Bartlett-Lewis do Pulso Retangular Modificado (DAMÉ, 2001. Utilizou-se de série de dados de precipitação diária de Pelotas - RS, referente ao período de 1982-1998. Para estimar as curvas IDF, a partir dos registros históricos, foram estabelecidas as durações de 15; 30; 60; 360; 720 e 1.440 minutos, e os períodos de retorno de 2; 5 e 10 anos. Os valores de intensidades máximas foram comparados entre si, pelo teste "t" de Student, para os coeficientes linear e angular, e pelo Erro Relativo Médio Quadrático. O método que melhor representou as intensidades máximas de precipitação, nos períodos de retorno de 2 e 10 anos, foi o Método das Relações (CETESB, 1979.Agricultural projects which deal with hydraulic projects and do not possess observed data on outflow need to explore at the most, information about the Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF curves. Thus, it is necessary to create ways to develop methodologies that estimate IDF curves for locations that have little or no pluviometric data. The aim of this work was to compare disaggregation methodologies for daily precipitation, to verify the increase in quality information considering the IDF curves, as compared to those originated from observed data

  9. Estudo fotoelástico do controle vertical com o arco de dupla chave na técnica Straight wire Photoelastic study of the vertical control with double key loop archwire in the Straight wire technique

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    Adriano Dobranszki

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: em alguns casos, a extração de pré-molares torna-se necessária e nem sempre os espaços são completamente fechados após o alinhamento e nivelamento. O arco de dupla chave, ou Double Key Loop (DKL, é um arco retangular de aço para retração, com duas alças - uma mesial e outra distal ao canino. OBJETIVOS: este trabalho propôs-se a estudar o local onde a força é exercida, após a ativação desse arco, utilizando ativação na alça distal, ativação entre as alças e na alça distal, e ativação com Gurin®. MÉTODOS: foram montados nove modelos fotoelásticos de um arco dentário inferior, sem os primeiros pré-molares e os terceiros molares, com braquetes In-Ovation e arco DKL. O arco foi ativado e a região de incisivos, caninos e dentes posteriores foi fotografada, com interposição de filtros polarizadores de luz. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÕES: após a análise do modelo fotoelástico, concluiu-se que a ativação com Gurin® pode produzir movimento de retração anterior com componente extrusivo; a ativação na alça distal pode produzir movimento de retração anterior sem componente extrusivo; e a ativação entre as alças e na alça distal pode produzir movimento de retração anterior com componente intrusivo.INTRODUCTION: There are clinical situations in which the extraction of bicuspids becomes necessary and, eventually, the extraction spaces are completely closed after aligning and leveling the teeth. The Double Key Loop (DKL is a stainless steel arch for retraction, with two loops (keys, one mesial and another distal to the canine. AIM: This study aims to study the area where the force is exerted after the activation of the distal loop, the activation of the loops among themselves and the distal loop, and the activation with Gurin®. METHODS: Nine photoelastic models of the inferior arch were made, without the first bicuspids and the third molars, with In-Ovation brackets and the DKL. With the

  10. Influência da secção transversa de fios ortodônticos na fricção superficial de braquetes autoligados Influence of the cross-section of orthodontic wires on the surface friction of self-ligating brackets

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    Roberta Buzzoni

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: o objetivo do presente trabalho foi determinar a força de atrito estático entre braquetes de aço inoxidável autoligados com sistema de fechamento resiliente e fios ortodônticos redondos e retangulares do mesmo material. MÉTODOS: empregaram-se 30 braquetes referentes aos caninos superiores divididos em 6 grupos formados por braquetes autoligados Smartclip, In-Ovation R e convencionais Gemini amarrados com ligaduras elásticas. A hipótese testada neste trabalho foi quanto à possibilidade dos braquetes autoligados ativos serem suscetíveis à elevação da força de atrito com o aumento e alteração da secção transversal dos fios ortodônticos. Os ensaios foram realizados com tração de 30s em fios de aço inoxidável 0,020" e 0,019"X0,025" na máquina de ensaios Emic DL 10000, com uma célula de carga de 20 newtons. Cada conjunto braquete/fio foi responsável pela geração de quatro corpos de prova, totalizando 120 leituras. As comparações entre as médias foram realizadas através da Análise de Variância (one way ANOVA com correções pelo coeficiente de Bonferroni. RESULTADOS E CONCLUSÃO: os braquetes autoligados apresentaram maior força de atrito do que os braquetes convencionais amarrados com ligaduras elásticas. O grupo Smartclip foi o mais efetivo no controle do atrito (pOBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the surface friction produced by self-ligating stainless steel brackets equipped with a resilient closure system and compare the friction generated during traction of round and rectangular orthodontic wires made from the same material. METHODS: Thirty maxillary canine brackets were divided into six groups comprising SmartClip and In-Ovation R self-ligating brackets, and conventional Gemini brackets tied with elastomeric ligatures. This investigation tested the hypothesis that self-ligating brackets are susceptible to increases in friction that are commensurate with increases and changes in the

  11. Which is the best environment for the development of the early life stages of fish during the dry season? Qual o melhor ambiente para o desenvolvimento das fases jovens de peixes durante a estação seca?

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    Full Text Available AIM: The main objective of this study was to investigate the quality of habitats for early life stages of fish in the Jacaré-Guaçu River, during the dry phase; METHODS: For assessing the quality of the habitats for the development of early life stages, the relative condition factor was applied to the juveniles of five species of fishes, captured in four different habitats (reservoir, floodplain lake, main river, and tributary. The juveniles were caught in macrophytes of the littoral zone by a rectangular sieve, in the dry season of 2008 and 2009; RESULTS: The species Astyanax altiparanae thrived similarly in the four habitats, and A. fasciatus, Hyphessobrycon eques, Hoplias malabaricus and Serrapinnus notomelas, showed higher values of relative condition factors in the reservoir and in the lake. Among the species, A. fasciatus showed the highest values of the relative condition factor in these two habitats; CONCLUSIONS: It is likely that the complexity of the macrophytes' stands and the current velocity were the main factors influencing the development of juveniles. It was found that a lower current velocity can propitiated the establishment of a greater richness of macrophytes, which in turn can influence positively the development of fish juveniles. Moreover, a higher current velocity ends in a higher energy demand for swimming.OBJETIVO: O objetivo principal deste estudo foi investigar a qualidade dos habitats para as primeiras fases de vida dos peixes no Rio Jacaré-Guaçu, durante a estação seca; MÉTODOS: Para avaliar a qualidade dos hábitats para o desenvolvimento das primeiras fases, o fator de condição relativo foi aplicado aos juvenis de cinco espécies de peixes, capturados em quatro habitats diferentes (reservatório, lago de planície de inundação, canal principal e tributário. Os juvenis foram coletados em macrófitas litorâneas com uma peneira retangular, na estação seca de 2008 e 2009; RESULTADOS: Somente Astyanax

  12. Produção de bulbos e incidência de pseudoperfilhamento na cultura do alho vernalizado em função de adubações potássicas e nitrogenadas Bulb yield and pseudogrowing incidence of vernalizated garlic as influenced by potassic and nitrogen fertilization

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    Leonardo Theodoro Büll

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de estudar a influência da interação N x K na cultura do alho (Allium sativum L. vernalizado, instalaram-se dois experimentos em casa de vegetação telada, em vasos retangulares de cimento-amianto contendo 50 kg de terra da camada arável em Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro Álico, textura média. Ambos os experimentos constituíram fatorial 4 x 4. Em 1993, estudaram-se quatro níveis de potássio no plantio (original, 4%, 8% e 16% da CTC e quatro níveis de nitrogênio em cobertura (40, 80, 160 e 320 kg.ha-1 aplicados em duas parcelas, metade aos 30 dias e metade aos 50 dias após a emergência (DAE. O experimento de 1994 compreendeu quatro níveis de potássio e os mesmos quatro níveis de nitrogênio, ambos aplicados parcelados em cobertura, mantendo-se constante o nível de potássio aplicado no plantio. Aos 70 DAE coletaram-se duas plantas de cada vaso para diagnose foliar. Os resultados indicaram redução na concentração foliar de nitrogênio pela adubação potássica, tanto no plantio quanto na cobertura, havendo, entretanto, aumento nos teores de potássio com a concentração de nitrogênio no tecido; aumento na concentração de clorofila com os níveis de potássio no tecido foliar, em virtude de variações nas doses de fertilizante potássico aplicado no plantio e com as doses de nitrogênio em cobertura; favorecimento das elevações nas doses da adubação nitrogenada em cobertura na incidência de pseudoperfilhamento na cultura, que não foi influenciada pela adubação potássica no plantio ou em cobertura; aumento na produção de bulbos com adubação nitrogenada em cobertura.Two experiments were carried out under greenhouse conditions, with the objective of studying the influence of N x K interaction on vernalizated garlic (Allium sativum L. grown in 50 kg pots. Both experiments were in factorial 4 x 4: (a one in 1993 with four potassium levels in the sowing (original, 4%, 8% and 16% of CEC and four levels of

  13. Avaliação das principais causas de perdas pós-colheita de hortaliças comercializadas em Santarém, Pará

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    Antonia Mirian Nogueira de Moura Guerra

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    Full Text Available As hortaliças estão sujeitas a diversos tipos de danos após a colheita, ocasionados por condições inadequadas de manuseio, armazenagem, doenças e injúrias mecânicas. Este trabalho teve como objetivo levantar informações sobre as principais causas de perdas pós-colheita em pimentões, batatas e cebolas comercializadas nas feiras e supermercados de Santarém, Pará. O trabalho foi conduzido no comércio varejista, supermercados, Feira da Cohab, Feira do Aeroporto Velho e Mercadão 2000. Os danos nas hortaliças foram avaliados e classificados em: danos fisiológicos, microbiológicos e mecânicos. Em todos os locais avaliados todas as hortaliças apresentaram algum dano, que foi atribuído como responsáveis pelas perdas de forma direta ou indireta. Nas cebolas os principais danos foram: talo grosso, bulbos mal formados, flácidos, descoloridos e brotados. Todos os pimentões avaliados apresentaram formato retangular e cor verde, os principais danos encontrados foram: frutos amassados, apodrecidos, queimados, atacados por insetos, feridos, murchos, com rachaduras e malformados. Os tubérculos apresentaram-se com cortes superficiais não diferiu entre os diferentes locais, porém destacaram-se as amassaduras, esfoladuras, esverdeamento, má formação e murcha nos comercializados nas feiras, enquanto que nos supermercados os danos mais presentes foram os cortes profundos e brotados. Estes resultados revelam a necessidade de investimento na estruturação dos mercados varejistas para que possibilitem a diminuição das indesejáveis perdas e prejuízos financeiros na comercialização de hortaliças.Evaluation of the main causes of post-harvest losses of vegetables sold in Santarém, Pará stateAbstract: Vegetables are subject to various types of damage after harvest due to inadequate handling and storage, disease and mechanical injury. The objective of this work was to carry out a survey of the main causes of post-harvest losses in

  14. Ajuste oclusal na Ortodontia: por que, quando e como? Occlusal adjustment in Orthodontics: why, when and how?

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    Roberto Carlos Bodart Brandão

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: o conhecimento sobre oclusão dentária deve ser considerado condição fundamental para a prática de uma Ortodontia de qualidade. O diagnóstico feito sem a manipulação do paciente em Relação Cêntrica pode levar à surpresa desagradável de se planejar o tratamento de uma má oclusão e se deparar com outra, depois dos primeiros arcos de nivelamento. Ao usar arcos retangulares, é importante a checagem dos contatos oclusais para se definir o tipo de movimento dentário necessário para o alcance do equilíbrio oclusal e, principalmente, verificar se este movimento é exeqüível. Durante o tratamento ortodôntico, devido à complexidade das superfícies oclusais, o ajuste oclusal por desgaste deve ser realizado para viabilizar movimentos dentários verticais, reduzindo o tempo de tratamento. Interferências oclusais são responsáveis tanto por efeitos adversos na biomecânica, quanto por aplicação de forças excessivas, que podem causar reabsorções radiculares. Após a Ortodontia, o ajuste oclusal é um dos determinantes da estabilização dentária, devendo-se obter, para cada dente posterior, contatos oclusais "A" e "B", ou "B" e "C" no sentido vestibulolingual, além dos contatos de "parada" e "equilíbrio" no sentido mesiodistal. Os dentes anteriores passam a funcionar em movimentos mandibulares, desocluindo de imediato os dentes posteriores, o que é denominado de guia anterior, visando equilíbrio muscular e proteção do sistema estomatognático. O desgaste seletivo não deve ser utilizado como substituto da movimentação ortodôntica. OBJETIVO: apresentar os princípios relacionados ao ajuste oclusal em Ortodontia.INTRODUCTION: The knowledge of dental occlusion should be considered the basic foundation to an excellent orthodontic practice. The patient’s diagnose without the centric relation assessment can take the orthodontist to an unpleasant surprises. The use of rectangular archwires requires occlusal

  15. Evaluation of the friction force generated by monocristalyne and policristalyne ceramic brackets in sliding mechanics

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    Roberta Ferreira Pimentel

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    braquetes. MÉTODOS: os ensaios foram realizados em ambiente seco e em ambiente umedecido com saliva artificial em gel (Oral Balance, utilizando uma máquina de ensaios mecânicos (EMIC, modelo DL10000, simulando um deslizamento de 2mm de fios retangulares 0,019" x 0,025" de aço sobre os braquetes (n = 18, para cada braquete, pré-angulados e pré-torqueados (canino superior direito prescrição Roth, slot 0,022" x 0,030". Para comparação entre os braquetes, em ambiente seco ou umedecido, utilizou-se a análise de variância; e para a comparação dos braquetes em ambiente seco e umedecido, utilizou-se o teste t para amostras independentes. RESULTADOS: os resultados obtidos indicaram que, na ausência de saliva, os braquetes monocristalinos Radiance demonstraram o maior coeficiente de atrito, seguidos pelos braquetes policristalinos 20/40 e InVu. Nos ensaios realizados em ambiente umedecido, os braquetes Radiance e 20/40 apresentaram coeficientes de atrito estatisticamente semelhantes, e superiores ao apresentado pelos braquetes InVu. A saliva artificial não promoveu alterações na força máxima de atrito para os braquetes Radiance; todavia, para os demais (20/40 e InVu, promoveu aumento significativo nos coeficientes de atrito. CONCLUSÃO: os braquetes InVu apresentaram, tanto nos ensaios realizados na ausência, quanto na presença de saliva, os menores coeficientes de atrito, entre os braquetes ensaiados.

  16. Evolution of major milk proteins in Mus musculus and Mus spretus mouse species: a genoproteomic analysis

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    Panthier Jean-Jacques

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Due to their high level of genotypic and phenotypic variability, Mus spretus strains were introduced in laboratories to investigate the genetic determinism of complex phenotypes including quantitative trait loci. Mus spretus diverged from Mus musculus around 2.5 million years ago and exhibits on average a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP in every 100 base pairs when compared with any of the classical laboratory strains. A genoproteomic approach was used to assess polymorphism of the major milk proteins between SEG/Pas and C57BL/6J, two inbred strains of mice representative of Mus spretus and Mus musculus species, respectively. Results The milk protein concentration was dramatically reduced in the SEG/Pas strain by comparison with the C57BL/6J strain (34 ± 9 g/L vs. 125 ± 12 g/L, respectively. Nine major proteins were identified in both milks using RP-HPLC, bi-dimensional electrophoresis and MALDI-Tof mass spectrometry. Two caseins (β and αs1 and the whey acidic protein (WAP, showed distinct chromatographic and electrophoresis behaviours. These differences were partly explained by the occurrence of amino acid substitutions and splicing variants revealed by cDNA sequencing. A total of 34 SNPs were identified in the coding and 3'untranslated regions of the SEG/Pas Csn1s1 (11, Csn2 (7 and Wap (8 genes. In addition, a 3 nucleotide deletion leading to the loss of a serine residue at position 93 was found in the SEG/Pas Wap gene. Conclusion SNP frequencies found in three milk protein-encoding genes between Mus spretus and Mus musculus is twice the values previously reported at the whole genome level. However, the protein structure and post-translational modifications seem not to be affected by SNPs characterized in our study. Splicing mechanisms (cryptic splice site usage, exon skipping, error-prone junction sequence, already identified in casein genes from other species, likely explain the existence of multiple αs1-casein

  17. Adaptable coordination of U(IV) in the 2D-(4,4) uranium oxalate network: From 8 to 10 coordinations in the uranium (IV) oxalate hydrates

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    Duvieubourg-Garela, L.; Vigier, N.; Abraham, F.; Grandjean, S.

    2008-01-01

    Crystals of uranium (IV) oxalate hydrates, U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .6H 2 O (1) and U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .2H 2 O (2), were obtained by hydrothermal methods using two different U(IV) precursors, U 3 O 8 oxide and nitric U(IV) solution in presence of hydrazine to avoid oxidation of U(IV) into uranyl ion. Growth of crystals of solvated monohydrated uranium (IV) oxalate, U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .H 2 O.(dma) (3), dma=dimethylamine, was achieved by slow diffusion of U(IV) into a gel containing oxalate ions. The three structures are built on a bi-dimensional complex polymer of U(IV) atoms connected through bis-bidentate oxalate ions forming [U(C 2 O 4 )] 4 pseudo-squares. The flexibility of this supramolecular arrangement allows modifications of the coordination number of the U(IV) atom which, starting from 8 in 1 increases to 9 in 3 and, finally increases, to 10 in 2. The coordination polyhedron changes from a distorted cube, formed by eight oxygen atoms of four oxalate ions, in 1, to a mono-capped square anti-prism in 3 and, finally, to a di-capped square anti-prism in 2, resulting from rotation of the oxalate ions and addition of one and two water oxygen atoms in the coordination of U(IV). In 1, the space between the ∞ 2 [U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 ] planar layers is occupied by non-coordinated water molecules; in 2, the space between the staggered ∞ 2 [U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .2H 2 O] layers is empty, finally in 3, the solvate molecules occupy the interlayer space between corrugated ∞ 2 [U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .H 2 O] sheets. The thermal decomposition of U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .6H 2 O under air and argon atmospheres gives U 3 O 8 and UO 2 , respectively. - Graphical abstract: The adaptable environment of U(IV) in U(IV) oxalates: from eight cubic coordination in U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .6H 2 O (a) completed by water oxygens to nine in [U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .H 2 O](C 2 NH 5 ) (b) and ten coordination in U(C 2 O 4 ) 2 .2H 2 O (c)

  18. Mechanical characteristics of plastic base Ports and impact on flushing efficacy

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    Full Text Available Gérard Guiffant,1 Patrice Flaud,1 Laurent Royon,1 Espérie Burnet,2 Jacques Merckx1–3 1University Paris Diderot, Biofluidic Group, UMR CNRS, 2Pulmonary Department and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, Cochin Hospital, 3University Teaching Hospital, Necker-Enfants Malades, Paris, France Background: Three types of totally implantable venous access devices, Ports, are currently in use: titanium, plastic (polyoxymethylene, POM, and mixed (titanium base with a POM shell. Physics theory suggests that the interaction between a non-coring needle (NCN, made of stainless steel and a plastic base would lead to the stronger material (steel altering the more malleable material (plastic. Objectives: To investigate whether needle impacts can alter a plastic base’s surface, thus potentially reducing flushing efficacy. Study design and methods: A Port made of POM was punctured 200 times with a 19-gauge NCN. Following the existing guidelines, the needle tip pricked the base with each puncture. The Port’s base was then examined using a two-dimensional optical instrument, and a bi-dimensional numerical simulation using COMSOL® was performed to investigate potential surface irregularities and their impact on fluid flow. Results: Each needle impact created a hole (mean depth, 0.12 mm with a small bump beside it (mean height, 0.02 mm the Reynolds number Rek≈10. A numerical simulation of the one hole/bump set showed that the flushing efficacy was 60% that of flushing along a flat surface. Discussion: In clinical practice, the number of times a Port is punctured depends on patient and treatment characteristics, but each needle impact on the plastic base may increase the risk of decreased flushing effectiveness. Therefore, the more a plastic Port is accessed, the greater the risk of microorganisms, blood products, and medication accumulation. Conclusions: Multiple needle impacts created an irregular surface on the Port’s base, which decreased flushing efficacy

  19. From 3D view to 3D print

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    Dima, M.; Farisato, G.; Bergomi, M.; Viotto, V.; Magrin, D.; Greggio, D.; Farinato, J.; Marafatto, L.; Ragazzoni, R.; Piazza, D.

    2014-08-01

    In the last few years 3D printing is getting more and more popular and used in many fields going from manufacturing to industrial design, architecture, medical support and aerospace. 3D printing is an evolution of bi-dimensional printing, which allows to obtain a solid object from a 3D model, realized with a 3D modelling software. The final product is obtained using an additive process, in which successive layers of material are laid down one over the other. A 3D printer allows to realize, in a simple way, very complex shapes, which would be quite difficult to be produced with dedicated conventional facilities. Thanks to the fact that the 3D printing is obtained superposing one layer to the others, it doesn't need any particular work flow and it is sufficient to simply draw the model and send it to print. Many different kinds of 3D printers exist based on the technology and material used for layer deposition. A common material used by the toner is ABS plastics, which is a light and rigid thermoplastic polymer, whose peculiar mechanical properties make it diffusely used in several fields, like pipes production and cars interiors manufacturing. I used this technology to create a 1:1 scale model of the telescope which is the hardware core of the space small mission CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) by ESA, which aims to characterize EXOplanets via transits observations. The telescope has a Ritchey-Chrétien configuration with a 30cm aperture and the launch is foreseen in 2017. In this paper, I present the different phases for the realization of such a model, focusing onto pros and cons of this kind of technology. For example, because of the finite printable volume (10×10×12 inches in the x, y and z directions respectively), it has been necessary to split the largest parts of the instrument in smaller components to be then reassembled and post-processed. A further issue is the resolution of the printed material, which is expressed in terms of layers

  20. History highlights and future trends of infrared sensors

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    Corsi, Carlo

    2010-10-01

    Infrared (IR) technologies (materials, devices and systems) represent an area of excellence in science and technology and, even if they have been generally confined to a selected scientific community, they have achieved technological and scientific highlights constituting 'innovation drivers' for neighbouring disciplines, especially in the sensors field. The development of IR sensors, initially linked to astronomical observations, since World War II and for many years has been fostered essentially by defence applications, particularly thermo-vision and, later on, smart vision and detection, for surveillance and warning. Only in the last few decades, the impact of silicon technology has changed the development of IR detectors dramatically, with the advent of integrated signal read-outs and the opening of civilian markets (EO communications, biomedical, environmental, transport and energy applications). The history of infrared sensors contains examples of real breakthroughs, particularly true in the case of focal plane arrays that first appeared in the late 1970s, when the superiority of bi-dimensional arrays for most applications pushed the development of technologies providing the highest number of pixels. An impressive impulse was given to the development of FPA arrays by integration with charge coupled devices (CCD), with strong competition from different technologies (high-efficiency photon sensors, Schottky diodes, multi-quantum wells and, later on, room temperature microbolometers/cantilevers). This breakthrough allowed the development of high performance IR systems of small size, light weight and low cost - and therefore suitable for civil applications - thanks to the elimination of the mechanical scanning system and the progressive reduction of cooling requirements (up to the advent of microbolometers, capable of working at room temperature). In particular, the elimination of cryogenic cooling allowed the development and commercialisation of IR Smart Sensors

  1. Investigation of bone morphology using X-ray microfluorescence bidimensional mapping

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    Lima, I.; Sales, E.; Anjos, M.J.; Assis, J.T.; Lopes, R.T.

    2008-01-01

    Full text: The utilization of radiation for medical purposes is an important tool that has been helping in finding the causes of several illnesses. In relation to application of radioisotope in medicine, it has been making a great contribution to the development of analytical techniques that can help diagnostic illness. The X-ray fluorescence technique is within this context providing identification of chemical elements, and moreover, it can provide its spatial concentrations and distributions in several kinds of biological tissues, such as bone. Several issues concerning bone metabolism are still under study, and the investigation of its morphology, in relation to mineral distribution, can be useful. The aim of this study is to characterize trabecular bone samples in order to verify the influence of the chemical elemental distribution in bone morphology through bi-dimensional mapping obtained through X-ray fluorescence technique with synchrotron radiation. The measurements were performed at Brazilian Synchrotron Light National Laboratory (XRF beam line). This line is equipped with an HPGe detector with a resolution of 150 eV at 5.9 keV, a white beam, and the sample holder is placed at 45 deg in relation to the detector and the incident beam. The beam is focused by a fine conical capillary which provides X-ray microbeam of 20 μm diameter. To perform the experiment, the samples were placed in a mylar adhesive tape, positioned in the experimental set up and their measurements was taken into account in the calculation of concentration. The spectra were acquired in 10 s and 200 s to perform 2D images and single profiles respectively. No sample preparation was required and the experiment was performed in vertebrae and femur bone sites (in several positions) with 150 μm of thickness approximately. It was measured NIST Standard Reference Material (bone ash and bone meal - SRM 1400 and SRM 1486) in order to evaluate our experimental method. The sample holder has complete

  2. Apego, conflito e auto-estima em adolescentes de famílias intactas e divorciadas Attachment, conflict and self-esteem in adolescents from intact and divorced families

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    Catarina Pinheiro Mota

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objectivo analisar a contribuição da estrutura familiar (intacta e divorciada, do conflito interparental, do apego aos pais e aos pares para a auto-estima do adolescente. A amostra foi constituída por 403 adolescentes, entre os 14 e os 19 anos de idade. A análise univariada da variância mostrou que a estrutura familiar não prediz a auto-estima. Contudo, os estilos de apego aos pais derivados das análises de clusters e baseados no modelo bidimensional de Bartholomew foram associados à auto-estima , com níveis mais elevados para adolescentes de estilo seguro. A variância multivariada com o apego aos pais e aos pares como fatores independentes mostraram que o apego aos pares não desempenha um papel moderador na predição da auto-estima nos adolescentes. A regressão múltipla hierárquica indicou que uma elevada qualidade dos apegos aos pais e pares se mostram relevantes na predição da auto-estima.This study aimed to analyze the differential contribution to adolescent's self-esteem concerning family structure (intact and divorced families, interparental conflict, and attachment to parents and peers. The sample consisted of 403 adolescents, aged from 14 to 19. Univariate ANOVA showed that family structure does not predict self-esteem, but adolescents from intact families with higher levels of interparental conflict presented lower self-esteem. Parental attachment patterns derived from cluster analysis and based on Bartholomew bi-dimensional model were associated with self-esteem, namely, with higher levels for adolescents with a secure style. An ANOVA showed no moderation role in predicting adolescents' self-esteem, when attachment to parents and peers were considered as independent factors. On the other hand, multiple regression results indicated that high quality bonds to parents and peers are predictors of self-esteem.

  3. Anisotropic magnetotelluric inversion using a mutual information constraint

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    Mandolesi, E.; Jones, A. G.

    2012-12-01

    In recent years, several authors pointed that the electrical conductivity of many subsurface structures cannot be described properly by a scalar field. With the development of field devices and techniques, data quality improved to the point that the anisotropy in conductivity of rocks (microscopic anisotropy) and tectonic structures (macroscopic anisotropy) cannot be neglected. Therefore a correct use of high quality data has to include electrical anisotropy and a correct interpretation of anisotropic data characterizes directly a non-negligible part of the subsurface. In this work we test an inversion routine that takes advantage of the classic Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm to invert magnetotelluric (MT) data generated from a bi-dimensional (2D) anisotropic domain. The LM method is routinely used in inverse problems due its performance and robustness. In non-linear inverse problems -such the MT problem- the LM method provides a spectacular compromise betwee quick and secure convergence at the price of the explicit computation and storage of the sensitivity matrix. Regularization in inverse MT problems has been used extensively, due to the necessity to constrain model space and to reduce the ill-posedness of the anisotropic MT problem, which makes MT inversions extremely challenging. In order to reduce non-uniqueness of the MT problem and to reach a model compatible with other different tomographic results from the same target region, we used a mutual information (MI) based constraint. MI is a basic quantity in information theory that can be used to define a metric between images, and it is routinely used in fields as computer vision, image registration and medical tomography, to cite some applications. We -thus- inverted for the model that best fits the anisotropic data and that is the closest -in a MI sense- to a tomographic model of the target area. The advantage of this technique is that the tomographic model of the studied region may be produced by any

  4. aCNViewer: Comprehensive genome-wide visualization of absolute copy number and copy neutral variations.

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    Victor Renault

    Full Text Available Copy number variations (CNV include net gains or losses of part or whole chromosomal regions. They differ from copy neutral loss of heterozygosity (cn-LOH events which do not induce any net change in the copy number and are often associated with uniparental disomy. These phenomena have long been reported to be associated with diseases and particularly in cancer. Losses/gains of genomic regions are often correlated with lower/higher gene expression. On the other hand, loss of heterozygosity (LOH and cn-LOH are common events in cancer and may be associated with the loss of a functional tumor suppressor gene. Therefore, identifying recurrent CNV and cn-LOH events can be important as they may highlight common biological components and give insights into the development or mechanisms of a disease. However, no currently available tools allow a comprehensive whole-genome visualization of recurrent CNVs and cn-LOH in groups of samples providing absolute quantification of the aberrations leading to the loss of potentially important information.To overcome these limitations, we developed aCNViewer (Absolute CNV Viewer, a visualization tool for absolute CNVs and cn-LOH across a group of samples. aCNViewer proposes three graphical representations: dendrograms, bi-dimensional heatmaps showing chromosomal regions sharing similar abnormality patterns, and quantitative stacked histograms facilitating the identification of recurrent absolute CNVs and cn-LOH. We illustrated aCNViewer using publically available hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs Affymetrix SNP Array data (Fig 1A. Regions 1q and 8q present a similar percentage of total gains but significantly different copy number gain categories (p-value of 0.0103 with a Fisher exact test, validated by another cohort of HCCs (p-value of 5.6e-7 (Fig 2B.aCNViewer is implemented in python and R and is available with a GNU GPLv3 license on GitHub https://github.com/FJD-CEPH/aCNViewer and Docker https://hub.docker.com/r/fjdceph/acnviewer/.aCNViewer@cephb.fr.

  5. aCNViewer: Comprehensive genome-wide visualization of absolute copy number and copy neutral variations.

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    Renault, Victor; Tost, Jörg; Pichon, Fabien; Wang-Renault, Shu-Fang; Letouzé, Eric; Imbeaud, Sandrine; Zucman-Rossi, Jessica; Deleuze, Jean-François; How-Kit, Alexandre

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    Copy number variations (CNV) include net gains or losses of part or whole chromosomal regions. They differ from copy neutral loss of heterozygosity (cn-LOH) events which do not induce any net change in the copy number and are often associated with uniparental disomy. These phenomena have long been reported to be associated with diseases and particularly in cancer. Losses/gains of genomic regions are often correlated with lower/higher gene expression. On the other hand, loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and cn-LOH are common events in cancer and may be associated with the loss of a functional tumor suppressor gene. Therefore, identifying recurrent CNV and cn-LOH events can be important as they may highlight common biological components and give insights into the development or mechanisms of a disease. However, no currently available tools allow a comprehensive whole-genome visualization of recurrent CNVs and cn-LOH in groups of samples providing absolute quantification of the aberrations leading to the loss of potentially important information. To overcome these limitations, we developed aCNViewer (Absolute CNV Viewer), a visualization tool for absolute CNVs and cn-LOH across a group of samples. aCNViewer proposes three graphical representations: dendrograms, bi-dimensional heatmaps showing chromosomal regions sharing similar abnormality patterns, and quantitative stacked histograms facilitating the identification of recurrent absolute CNVs and cn-LOH. We illustrated aCNViewer using publically available hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) Affymetrix SNP Array data (Fig 1A). Regions 1q and 8q present a similar percentage of total gains but significantly different copy number gain categories (p-value of 0.0103 with a Fisher exact test), validated by another cohort of HCCs (p-value of 5.6e-7) (Fig 2B). aCNViewer is implemented in python and R and is available with a GNU GPLv3 license on GitHub https://github.com/FJD-CEPH/aCNViewer and Docker https

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structures of new uranyl oxalate hydroxides: α- and β-[(UO2)2(C2O4)(OH)2(H2O)2] and [(UO2)2(C2O4)(OH)2(H2O)2].H2O

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    Duvieubourg, Laurence; Nowogrocki, Guy; Abraham, Francis; Grandjean, Stephane

    2005-01-01

    Two modifications of the new uranyl oxalate hydroxide dihydrate [UO 2 ) 2 (C 2 O 4 )(OH) 2 (H 2 O) 2 ] (1 and 2) and one form of the new uranyl oxalate hydroxide trihydrate [(UO 2 ) 2 (C 2 O 4 )(OH) 2 (H 2 O) 2 ].H 2 O (3) were synthesized by hydrothermal methods and their structures determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The crystal structures were refined by full-matrix least-squares methods to agreement indices R(wR)=0.0372(0.0842) and 0.0267(0.0671) calculated for 1096 and 1167 unique observed reflections (I>2σ(I)), for α (1) and β (2) forms, respectively and to R(wR)=0.0301(0.0737) calculated for 2471 unique observed reflections (I>2σ(I)), for 3. The α-form of the dihydrate is triclinic, space group P1-bar , Z=1, a=6.097(2), b=5.548(2), c=7.806(3)A, α=89.353(5), β=94.387(5), γ=97.646(5) o , V=260.88(15)A 3 , β-form is monoclinic, space group C2/c, Z=4, a=12.180(3), b=8.223(2), c=10.777(3)A, β=95.817(4), V=1073.8(5)A 3 . The trihydrate is monoclinic, space group P2 1 /c, Z=4, a=5.5095(12), b=15.195(3), c=13.398(3)A, β=93.927(3), V=1119.0(4)A 3 . In the three structures, the coordination of uranium atom is a pentagonal bipyramid composed of dioxo UO 2 2+ cation perpendicular to five equatorial oxygen atoms belonging to one bidentate oxalate ion, one water molecule and two hydroxyl ions in trans configuration in 2 and in cis configuration in 1 and 3. The UO 7 polyhedra are linked through hydroxyl oxygen atoms to form different structural building units, dimers [U 2 O 10 ] obtained by edge-sharing in 1, chains [UO 6 ] ∼ and tetramers [U 4 O 26 ] built by corner-sharing in 2 and 3, respectively. These units are further connected by oxalate entities that act as bis-bidentate to form one-dimensional chains in 1 and bi-dimensional network in 2 and 3. These chains or layers are connected in frameworks by hydrogen-bond arrays

  7. Physical mechanisms of Cu-Cu wafer bonding

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    Rebhan, B.

    2014-01-01

    Modern manufacturing processes of complex integrated semiconductor devices are based on wafer-level manufacturing of components which are subsequently interconnected. When compared with classical monolithic bi-dimensional integrated circuits (2D ICs), the new approach of three-dimensional integrated circuits (3D ICs) exhibits significant benefits in terms of signal propagation delay and power consumption due to the reduced metal interconnection length and allows high integration levels with reduced form factor. Metal thermo-compression bonding is a process suitable for 3D interconnects applications at wafer level, which facilitates the electrical and mechanical connection of two wafers even processed in different technologies, such as complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Due to its high electrical conductivity, copper is a very attractive material for electrical interconnects. For Cu-Cu wafer bonding the process requires typically bonding for around 1 h at 400°C and high contact pressure applied during bonding. Temperature reduction below such values is required in order to solve issues regarding (i) throughput in the wafer bonder, (ii) wafer-to-wafer misalignment after bonding and (iii) to minimise thermo-mechanical stresses or device degradation. The aim of this work was to study the physical mechanisms of Cu-Cu bonding and based on this study to further optimise the bonding process for low temperatures. The critical sample parameters (roughness, oxide, crystallinity) were identified using selected analytical techniques and correlated with the characteristics of the bonded Cu-Cu interfaces. Based on the results of this study the impact of several materials and process specifications on the bonding result were theoretically defined and experimentally proven. These fundamental findings subsequently facilitated low temperature (LT) metal thermo-compression Cu-Cu wafer bonding and even room temperature direct

  8. Unimodal Versus Bimodal EEG-fMRI Neurofeedback of a Motor Imagery Task

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    Lorraine Perronnet

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Neurofeedback is a promising tool for brain rehabilitation and peak performance training. Neurofeedback approaches usually rely on a single brain imaging modality such as EEG or fMRI. Combining these modalities for neurofeedback training could allow to provide richer information to the subject and could thus enable him/her to achieve faster and more specific self-regulation. Yet unimodal and multimodal neurofeedback have never been compared before. In the present work, we introduce a simultaneous EEG-fMRI experimental protocol in which participants performed a motor-imagery task in unimodal and bimodal NF conditions. With this protocol we were able to compare for the first time the effects of unimodal EEG-neurofeedback and fMRI-neurofeedback versus bimodal EEG-fMRI-neurofeedback by looking both at EEG and fMRI activations. We also propose a new feedback metaphor for bimodal EEG-fMRI-neurofeedback that integrates both EEG and fMRI signal in a single bi-dimensional feedback (a ball moving in 2D. Such a feedback is intended to relieve the cognitive load of the subject by presenting the bimodal neurofeedback task as a single regulation task instead of two. Additionally, this integrated feedback metaphor gives flexibility on defining a bimodal neurofeedback target. Participants were able to regulate activity in their motor regions in all NF conditions. Moreover, motor activations as revealed by offline fMRI analysis were stronger during EEG-fMRI-neurofeedback than during EEG-neurofeedback. This result suggests that EEG-fMRI-neurofeedback could be more specific or more engaging than EEG-neurofeedback. Our results also suggest that during EEG-fMRI-neurofeedback, participants tended to regulate more the modality that was harder to control. Taken together our results shed first light on the specific mechanisms of bimodal EEG-fMRI-neurofeedback and on its added-value as compared to unimodal EEG-neurofeedback and fMRI-neurofeedback.

  9. Occurrence, aetiology and challenges in the management of congestive heart failure in sub-saharan Africa: experience of the Cardiac Centre in Shisong, Cameroon

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    Tantchou Tchoumi Jacques Cabral

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study was to investigate the occurrence, the aetiology and the management of congestive heart failure in the cardiac centre of the St. Elizabeth catholic general hospital Shisong in Cameroon. METHODS: Between November 2002 and November 2008, a population of 8121 patients was consulted in the referral cardiac centre of St. Elizabeth Catholic General Hospital. Of these patients, 462 were diagnosed with congestive heart failure according to the modified Framingham criteria for the diagnosis of heart failure. Complementary investigations used to confirm and establish the aetiology of the disease were the chest X-ray, electrocardiography, bi-dimensional Doppler echocardiography. RESULTS: The results showed that the occurrence of congestive heart failure in our centre was 5,7%. Congestive heart failure was diagnosed in 198 females and 264 males, aged between 8 and 86 years old (42.5, plus or minus 18 years old. Post rheumatic valvulopathies (14.6% and congenital heart diseases (1.9% were the first aetiologic factor of congestive heart failure in the young, meanwhile cardiomyopathies (8,3% in elderly followed by hypertensive cardiomyopathy (4.4%. Congestive heart failure was also seen in adults with congenital heart diseases in 0.01%. In this zone of Cameroon, we discovered that HIV cardiomyopathy (1.6% and Cor pulmonale (8% were represented, aetiological factors not mentioned in previous studies conducted in urban areas of Cameroon. The mean duration of hospital stay for the compensation treatment was thirteen days, ranging between 7 and 21 days, the mortality being 9.2%. All the medications recommended for the treatment of congestive heart failure are available in our centre but many patients are not compliant to the therapy or cannot afford them. Financial limitation is causing the exacerbation of the disease and premature death. CONCLUSION: Our data show a high incidence of congestive heart failure mainly due to post

  10. Italy: Overview of activities on Neutron Imaging (NI) and Cultural Heritage (CH) studies

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    Zoppi, Marco

    2012-01-01

    far-east specimens provided by museum institutions with whom we are already collaborating. At the same time, we are planning to collaborate with Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) to enhance the energy resolving power of ToF instruments, fully exploiting the Bragg Edges analysis technique, by the development of a bi-dimensional detector with the best possible space resolution

  11. Full 2D observation of water surface elevation from SWOT under different flow conditions

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    Domeneghetti, Alessio; Schumann, Guy; Rui, Wei; Durand, Michael; Pavelsky, Tamlin

    2016-04-01

    The upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission is a joint project of NASA, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES, France), the Canadian Space Agency, and the Space Agency of the UK that will provide a first global, high-resolution observation of ocean and terrestrial water surface heights. Characterized by an observation swath of 120 km and an orbit repeat interval of about 21 days, SWOT will provide unprecedented bi-dimensional observations of rivers wider than 50-100 m. Despite many research activities that have investigated potential uses of remotely sensed data from SWOT, potentials and limitations of the spatial observations provided by the satellite mission for flood modeling still remain poorly understood and investigated. In this study we present a first analysis of the spatial observation of water surface elevation that is expected from SWOT for a 140 km reach of the middle-lower portion of the Po River, in Northern Italy. The river stretch is characterized by a main channel varying from 200-500 m in width and a floodplain that can be as wide as 5 km and that is delimited by a system of major embankments. The reconstruction of the hydraulic behavior of the Po River is performed by means of a quasi-2d model built with detailed topographic and bathymetric information (LiDAR, 2 m resolution), while the simulation of the spatial observation sensed by SWOT is performed with a SWOT simulator that mimics the satellite sensor characteristics. Referring to water surface elevations associated with different flow conditions (maximum, minimum and average flow reproduced by means of the quasi-2d numerical model) this work provides a first characterization of the spatial observations provided by SWOT and highlights the strengths and limitations of the expected products. By referring to a real river reach the analysis provides a credible example of the type of spatial observations that will be available after launch of SWOT and offers a first

  12. First-principles modeling of titanate/ruthenate superlattices

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    Junquera, Javier

    2013-03-01

    The possibility to create highly confined two-dimensional electron gases (2DEG) at oxide interfaces has generated much excitement during the last few years. The most widely studied system is the 2DEG formed at the LaO/TiO2 polar interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, where the polar catastrophe at the interface has been invoked as the driving force. More recently, partial or complete delta doping of the Sr or Ti cations at a single layer of a SrTiO3 matrix has also been used to generate 2DEG. Following this recipe, we report first principles characterization of the structural and electronic properties of (SrTiO3)5/(SrRuO3)1 superlattices, where all the Ti of a given layer have been replaced by Ru. We show that the system exhibits a spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas extremely confined to the 4 d orbitals of Ru in the SrRuO3 layer, a fact that is independent of the level of correlation included in the simulations. For hybrid functionals or LDA+U, every interface in the superlattice behaves as minority-spin half-metal ferromagnet, with a magnetic moment of μ = 2.0 μB/SrRuO3 unit. The shape of the electronic density of states, half metallicity and magnetism are explained in terms of a simplified tight-binding model, considering only the t2 g orbitals plus (i) the bi-dimensionality of the system, and (ii) strong electron correlations. Possible applications are discussed, from their eventual role in thermoelectric applications to the possible tuning of ferromagnetic properties of the 2DEG with the polarization of the dielectric. Work done in collaboration with P. García, M. Verissimo-Alves, D. I. Bilc, and Ph. Ghosez. Financial support provided by MICINN Grant FIS2009-12721-C04-02, and by the European Union Grant No. CP-FP 228989-2 ``OxIDes.'' The authors thankfully acknowledge the computer resources, technical expertise and assistance provided by the BSC/RES.

  13. Questionário de comportamentos anti-sociais e delitivos: evidências psicométricas de uma versão reduzida Antisocial and delictive behaviors questionnaire: psychometric evidences of a briefed version

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    Valdiney Veloso Gouveia

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo conhecer os parâmetros psicométricos do Questionário de Condutas Anti-sociais e Delitivas (CAD. Especificamente, procurou-se reunir evidências de sua validade fatorial e consistência interna no contexto paraibano, assim como conhecer a adequação de uma versão reduzida desta medida. Efetuaram-se dois estudos específicos. No primeiro participaram 480 estudantes do ensino médio, cuja idade média foi de 16,2 anos (DP = 1,60, sendo a maioria do sexo feminino (55,1%. No segundo contou-se com uma amostra de 1.463 estudantes de ensino fundamental, médio e superior, com idades variando de 10 a 36 anos (m = 16; DP = 4,41, a maioria do sexo feminino (59,9%. Os participantes responderam o Questionário de Condutas Anti-sociais e Delitivas e perguntas demográficas. Os resultados apoiaram a adequação psicométrica deste instrumento, que apresentou a estrutura bi-dimensional teorizada. Além disso, a proposta de uma versão reduzida do CAD se mostrou adequada, reunindo evidências de validade e consistência interna equiparáveis à versão original. Estes resultados foram discutidos à luz da literatura e pesquisas futuras foram sugeridas.This study aimed at knowing the psychometric parameters of the Antisocial and Delictive Behaviors Questionnaire (ADQ. Specifically, it tried to join evidences of its factor validity and reliability in the milieu of Paraíba-Brazil, as well as to know the adequacy of a briefed version of this measure. Two studies were accomplished. In Study 1, the participants were 480 students from high school, with a mean age of 16.2 years old (SD = 1.60, most of them were women (55.1%. In Study 2, 1,463 students of elementary school, high school, and university; with ages ranging from 10 to 36 years old (m = 16; SD = 4.41 participated in research, 59.9% were female. They answered the Antisocial and Delictive Behaviors Questionnaire and to demographic questions. Results supported the

  14. MRI assessment of relapsed glioblastoma during treatment with bevacizumab: Volumetric measurement of enhanced and FLAIR lesions for evaluation of response and progression—A pilot study

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    Pichler, Josef; Pachinger, Corinna; Pelz, Manuela; Kleiser, Raimund

    2013-01-01

    the tumour volumes from 6.8 to 5.6 months. Conclusion: In this pilot study the applied imaging estimates objectively tumour response and progression compared to the bi-dimensional measurement. The quantitative parameters are reproducible and also applicable for the diffuse infiltrating lesions

  15. Torque calculation in the induction motor with the finite element method; Calculo del par en el motor de induccion con el metodo del elemento finito

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    Castillo Diaz, Ramon

    2002-06-15

    In this work the method of the finite element is applied to the bi-dimensional analysis of the induction motor in operation in steady state, excited by sine sources of laminar currents and sine sources of voltage. The analysis is focused mainly in the calculation of the electromagnetic torque. The topics of electromagnetic theory are covered and in an idealized model of the induction motor, analytically and numerically with the method of the finite element, in the variant method of Galerkin, the vectorial potential and the torque are calculated. The results obtained with the analytical and numerical methods are compared. Three formulations are developed to calculate the torque with the method of the finite element, using triangular elements of first order, based in the equation of force of Lorentz, the Maxwell tensor and the principle of the virtual work. Finally, a motor of induction of real characteristics is simulated, assuming it is connected to a three-phase voltage source. In this motor it is analyzed the convergence and the evolution in the results obtained of the torque with different discretions, and the torque-velocity performance curve is calculated. [Spanish] En este trabajo se aplica el metodo del elemento finito al analisis bidimensional del motor de induccion en operacion en estado estable, excitado por fuentes de corriente laminar senoidales y fuentes de voltaje senoidales. El analisis se enfoca principalmente en el calculo del par electromagnetico. Se tratan los topicos de teoria electromagnetica involucrados y en un modelo idealizado del motor de induccion, se calculan analitica y numericamente con el metodo del elemento finito, en la variante metodo de Galerkin, el potencial vectorial y el par. Se comparan resultados obtenidos con los metodos analiticos y numericos. Se desarrollan tres formulaciones para calcular el par con el metodo del elemento finito, utilizando elementos triangulares de primer orden, basadas en la ecuacion de fuerza de

  16. DIONISIO 2.0: New version of the code for simulating a whole nuclear fuel rod under extended irradiation

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    Soba, Alejandro, E-mail: soba@cnea.gov.ar; Denis, Alicia

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • A new version of the DIONISIO code is developed. • DIONISIO is devoted to simulating the behavior of a nuclear fuel rod in operation. • The formerly two-dimensional simulation of a pellet-cladding segment is now extended to the whole rod length. • An acceptable and more realistic agreement with experimental data is obtained. • The prediction range of our code is extended up to average burnup of 60 MWd/kgU. - Abstract: The version 2.0 of the DIONISIO code, that incorporates diverse new aspects, has been recently developed. One of them is referred to the code architecture that allows taking into account the axial variation of the conditions external to the rod. With this purpose, the rod is divided into a number of axial segments. In each one the program considers the system formed by a pellet and the corresponding cladding portion and solves the numerous phenomena that take place under the local conditions of linear power and coolant temperature, which are given as input parameters. To do this a bi-dimensional domain in the r–z plane is considered where cylindrical symmetry and also symmetry with respect to the pellet mid-plane are assumed. The results obtained for this representative system are assumed valid for the complete segment. The program thus produces in each rod section the values of the temperature, stress, strain, among others as outputs, as functions of the local coordinates r and z. Then, the general rod parameters (internal rod pressure, amount of fission gas released, pellet stack elongation, etc.) are evaluated. Moreover, new calculation tools designed to extend the application range of the code to high burnup, which were reported elsewhere, have also been incorporated to DIONISIO 2.0 in recent times. With these improvements, the code results are compared with some 33 experiments compiled in the IFPE data base, that cover more than 380 fuel rods irradiated up to average burnup levels of 40–60 MWd/kgU. The results of these

  17. DIONISIO 2.0: New version of the code for simulating a whole nuclear fuel rod under extended irradiation

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    Soba, Alejandro; Denis, Alicia

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • A new version of the DIONISIO code is developed. • DIONISIO is devoted to simulating the behavior of a nuclear fuel rod in operation. • The formerly two-dimensional simulation of a pellet-cladding segment is now extended to the whole rod length. • An acceptable and more realistic agreement with experimental data is obtained. • The prediction range of our code is extended up to average burnup of 60 MWd/kgU. - Abstract: The version 2.0 of the DIONISIO code, that incorporates diverse new aspects, has been recently developed. One of them is referred to the code architecture that allows taking into account the axial variation of the conditions external to the rod. With this purpose, the rod is divided into a number of axial segments. In each one the program considers the system formed by a pellet and the corresponding cladding portion and solves the numerous phenomena that take place under the local conditions of linear power and coolant temperature, which are given as input parameters. To do this a bi-dimensional domain in the r–z plane is considered where cylindrical symmetry and also symmetry with respect to the pellet mid-plane are assumed. The results obtained for this representative system are assumed valid for the complete segment. The program thus produces in each rod section the values of the temperature, stress, strain, among others as outputs, as functions of the local coordinates r and z. Then, the general rod parameters (internal rod pressure, amount of fission gas released, pellet stack elongation, etc.) are evaluated. Moreover, new calculation tools designed to extend the application range of the code to high burnup, which were reported elsewhere, have also been incorporated to DIONISIO 2.0 in recent times. With these improvements, the code results are compared with some 33 experiments compiled in the IFPE data base, that cover more than 380 fuel rods irradiated up to average burnup levels of 40–60 MWd/kgU. The results of these

  18. MRI assessment of relapsed glioblastoma during treatment with bevacizumab: volumetric measurement of enhanced and FLAIR lesions for evaluation of response and progression--a pilot study.

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    Pichler, Josef; Pachinger, Corinna; Pelz, Manuela; Kleiser, Raimund

    2013-05-01

    . In this pilot study the applied imaging estimates objectively tumour response and progression compared to the bi-dimensional measurement. The quantitative parameters are reproducible and also applicable for the diffuse infiltrating lesions. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. MRI assessment of relapsed glioblastoma during treatment with bevacizumab: Volumetric measurement of enhanced and FLAIR lesions for evaluation of response and progression—A pilot study

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    Pichler, Josef, E-mail: josef.pichler@gespag.at [Wagner Jauregg Weg 15, 4020 Linz, Landesnervenklinik Linz (Austria); Pachinger, Corinna, E-mail: pachingercorinna@gmx.at [Wagner Jauregg Weg 15, 4020 Linz, Landesnervenklinik Linz (Austria); Pelz, Manuela, E-mail: mauela.pelz@gespag.at [Wagner Jauregg Weg 15, 4020 Linz, Landesnervenklinik Linz (Austria); Kleiser, Raimund, E-mail: raimund.kleiser@gespag.at [Wagner Jauregg Weg 15, 4020 Linz, Landesnervenklinik Linz (Austria)

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    the tumour volumes from 6.8 to 5.6 months. Conclusion: In this pilot study the applied imaging estimates objectively tumour response and progression compared to the bi-dimensional measurement. The quantitative parameters are reproducible and also applicable for the diffuse infiltrating lesions.

  20. DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENTÁVEL: PONTO E CONTRAPONTO DAS ECONOMIAS AMBIENTAL NEOCLÁSSICA E ECOLÓGICA NOS PROCESSOS DE TOMADA DE DECISÃO

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    MACHADO, A. M. O. B. S. M

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    Full Text Available A Crise Ambiental, dentre suas vertentes, fundamenta-se no Homem com uma visão individualizada e na sua racionalidade como centro de todas as coisas, desconsiderando a ordem da natureza e da sustentabilidade, instrumentalizando-a, na crença de que tudo se submete à sua razão utilitarista e a seus fins (LEFF, 2006. Este contexto do Homem no processo de degradação ambiental está inserido no modo de vida moderno. A modernidade carrega em si um projeto que delineou a concepção de homem, de sociedade, de Estado e de racionalidade que se constituiu desde antes do capitalismo, dentre os séculos XVI e XVIII, mas que realmente se desenvolveu com o advento deste como modo de produção dominante nos países europeus (GUEDES, 2013. Segundo Arendt (ARENDT, 2007, a visão da racionalidade moderna e de mundo mecanicista fundamentado nos parâmetros da ciência cartesiana newtoniana, do individualismo, do modo de produção capitalista, bem como na questão do liberalismo e do mercado fortalecido pelo papel do Estado contribui para a definição do Paradigma da Modernidade focado em um dos pilares da Crise Ambiental. A Era Moderna observa a natureza como algo estático, vasto, eterno, apenas como um palco para a atuação humana, como se não houvesse nenhum liame entre a atuação deste e a situação da natureza, tampouco se o Estado e as condições desta não interferissem na vida daquele, vendo todas as coisas dadas como matériaprima e toda a natureza como um imenso tecido do qual pode-se cortar e tornar a coser novamente. Desta forma, Furtado (FURTADO, 1996 explica que o quadro atual da Crise Ambiental não pode ser visto apenas pelo âmbito das ciências naturais, muito pelo contrário, esta passa por uma contribuição das práticas econômicas e sociais degeneradoras do ambiente e da qualidade de vida humana. O Desenvolvimento Sustentável fundamenta-se, segundo uma visão teórica, em duas principais correntes, a saber: A Economia

  1. Fractal analysis: A new tool in transient volcanic ash plume characterization.

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    Tournigand, Pierre-Yves; Peña Fernandez, Juan Jose; Taddeucci, Jacopo; Perugini, Diego; Sesterhenn, Jörn

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    Transient volcanic plumes are time-dependent features generated by unstable eruptive sources. They represent a threat to human health and infrastructures, and a challenge to characterize due to their intrinsic instability. Plumes have been investigated through physical (e.g. visible, thermal, UV, radar imagery), experimental and numerical studies in order to provide new insights about their dynamics and better anticipate their behavior. It has been shown experimentally that plume dynamics is strongly dependent to source conditions and that plume shape evolution holds key to retrieve these conditions. In this study, a shape evolution analysis is performed on thermal high-speed videos of volcanic plumes from three different volcanoes Sakurajima (Japan), Stromboli (Italy) and Fuego (Guatemala), recorded with a FLIR SC655 thermal camera during several field campaigns between 2012 and 2016. To complete this dataset, three numerical gas-jet simulations at different Reynolds number (2000, 5000 and 10000) have been used in order to set reference values to the natural cases. Turbulent flow shapes are well known to feature scale-invariant structures and a high degree of complexity. For this reason we characterized the bi-dimensional shape of natural and synthetic plumes by using a fractal descriptor. Such method has been applied in other studies on experimental turbulent jets as well as on atmospheric clouds and have shown promising results. At each time-step plume contour has been manually outlined and measured using the box-counting method. This method consists in covering the image with squares of variable sizes and counting the number of squares containing the plume outline. The negative slope of the number of squares in function of their size in a log-log plot gives the fractal dimension of the plume at a given time. Preliminary results show an increase over time of the fractal dimension for natural volcanic plume as well as for the numerically simulated ones, but at

  2. The Wilkes subglacial basin eastern margin electrical conductivity anomaly

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    Rizzello, Daniele; Armadillo, Egidio; Ferraccioli, Fausto; Caneva, Giorgio

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    allowed for a new processing of a wide dataset acquired during three different international Antarctic campaigns supported by the Italian Antarctic Project: the BACKTAM, WIBEM and WISE expeditions. The qualitative analysis of the induction arrows, in the period range 20-170 s, reveals an approximately 2D regional electrical conductivity pattern with a clear differentiation between the three Terrains crossed by the GDS transect we have re-analized: the Robertson Bay, the Bowers and the Wilson Terrain. Bi-dimensional conductivity models, jointly with magnetic and gravimetric profiles, suggest a differentiation of the investigated area in three crustal sectors separated by the Daniels Range and the Bowers Mts., in close relation with main known structural lineaments; to the West, a deep conductivity anomaly is associated with the transition to the Wilkes Subglagial Basin. We deem that such anomaly, together with the magnetic and gravimetric signatures, is compatible with an extensional regime in the eastern margin of the WSB. References Rizzello, D., Armadillo, E., Manzella, A."Statistical analysis of the polar electrojet influence on geomagnetic transfer functions estimates, over wide time and space scales". EGU 2013 General Assembly, Wien - poster presentation.

  3. Application of Three-Dimensional Models for the Teaching of Time Zones. (Breton Title: Aplicação de Modelos Tridimensionais Para o Ensino de Fusos Horários.) Aplicación de Modelos Tridimensionales Para la Enseñanza de Husos Horarios

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    Azevedo Sobreira, Paulo Henrique

    2012-07-01

    There are several interesting astronomical topics that must be addressed in the High School and Elementary/Middle School in the disciplines of Geography and of Sciences. Among them, the topic of time zones which is one of the most important to understand the correlation of the Earth's rotation and its implications on daily activities of citizens in local scale, regional and global scales which involve problems of time differences. For the teaching of time zones in the lessons of Geography, for example, there are bi-dimensional representations of thematic maps of world time zones, textbooks and atlas. It happens that teachers face some difficulties to permit its students to view three-dimensionally this astronomical phenomenon from the textbooks available in schools. The aim of this paper is to present two proposals with low-cost materials, which allow the preparation of three-dimensional models for the teaching of time zones. Há vários temas astronômicos interessantes que devem ser trabalhados nos Ensinos Médio e Fundamental, nas disciplinas de Geografia e de Ciências. Entre eles, o tema dos fusos horários que é um dos mais importantes para se correlacionar a rotação da Terra e suas implicações nas atividades cotidianas dos cidadãos em escala local, regional e global, que envolvem problemas de diferenças horárias. Para o ensino dos fusos horários nas aulas de Geografia, por exemplo, há representações bidimensionais de mapas temáticos de fusos horários mundiais, nos livros didáticos e nos atlas. Ocorre que os professores enfrentam algumas dificuldades para possibilitar aos seus alunos a visão tridimensional deste fenômeno astronômico, a partir dos materiais didáticos disponíveis nas escolas. O objetivo deste trabalho é apresentar duas propostas para a confecção de materiais de baixo custo, que possibilitem a elaboração de modelos tridimensionais para o ensino dos fusos horários. Hay algunos temas astronómicos interesantes que se

  4. Salivary gland proteins of the human malaria vector, Anopheles dirus B (Diptera: Culicidae Proteínas das glândulas salivares do Anopheles dirus B (Diptera: Culicidae, vetor da malária humana

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    Narissara Jariyapan

    2007-02-01

    diferentes regiões para alimentação de açucares e sangue. Análise SDS-PAGE revelou que pelo menos sete proteínas foram encontradas nas glândulas salivares de fêmeas, das quais cada região morfológica continha diferentes proteínas principais. Perfis eletroforéticos de proteínas semelhantes foram detectados comparando-se mosquitos não alimentados e alimentados por sangue, sugerindo que não existe proteína específica induzida pelo mesmo. Análise por gel poliacrilamida bi-dimensional mostrou a mais abundante proteína de glândulas salivares com aproximadamente 35 kilodaltons de massa molecular e ponto isoelétrico de aproximadamente 4,0. Estes resultados dão informações básicas que levariam a estudos adicionais sobre o papel das proteínas salivares do An. dirus B na transmissão da doença e hematofagia.

  5. Adicción a internet: desarrollo y validación de un instrumento en escolares adolescentes de Lima, Perú Internet addiction: development and validation of an instrument in adolescent scholars in Lima, Perú

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    Nelly Lam-Figueroa

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    Full Text Available Objetivos. Desarrollar y validar un instrumento que permita evaluar el fenómeno de la adicción a Internet (AI en adolescentes de Lima Metropolitana. Materiales y métodos. Se realizó un estudio observacional y analítico, donde incluimos una muestra de 248 adolescentes escolares del primer al quinto año de secundaria. Para evaluar la AI construimos el cuestionario ‘Escala de la Adicción a Internet de Lima’ (EAIL, la cual evalúa características sintomatológicas y disfuncionales. Los ítems resultantes fueron sometidos a un juicio de expertos, determinándose finalmente una escala de once ítems. Resultados. La edad media fue de 14 años. El análisis psicométrico del instrumento presentó un coeficiente Alfa de Cronbach de 0,84, con valores de correlación ítem-total de 0,45 hasta 0,59. El análisis dimensional mostró una estructura de dos dimensiones que explicaba el 50,7 % de la varianza total. El análisis bidimensional mostró asociación significativa (pObjectives. To develop and validate an instrument to assess Internet Addiction (IA phenomenon in adolescents of Metropolitan Lima. Materials and methods. We performed an observational analytical study, including a sample of 248 high school adolescent students. In order to evaluate the IA, we constructed the questionnaire: "Scale for Internet Addiction of Lima" (SIAL, which assesses symptoms and dysfunctional characteristics. The resulting items were submitted to experts’ judgment, finally obtaining a 11-item scale. Results. The mean age was 14 years old. The psychometric analysis of the instrument showed a Cronbach’ Alpha Coefficient of 0.84, with values of item-total correlation ranging from 0.45 to 0.59. The dimensional analysis yielded a two-dimensional structure that explained up to 50.7% of the total variance. The bi-dimensional data analysis revealed a significant association (p<0,001 between Dimension I (symptoms of IA and the weekly time spent on the Internet, male

  6. Physics of Limiting Phenomena in Superconducting Microwave Resonators: Vortex Dissipation, Ultimate Quench and Quality Factor Degradation Mechanisms

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    Checchin, Mattia [Illinois Inst. of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States)

    2016-12-01

    Superconducting niobium accelerating cavities are devices operating in radio-frequency and able to accelerate charged particles up to energy of tera-electron-volts. Such accelerating structures are though limited in terms of quality factor and accelerating gradient, that translates--in some cases--in higher capital costs of construction and operation of superconducting rf accelerators. Looking forward for a new generation of more affordable accelerators, the physical description of limiting mechanisms in superconducting microwave resonators is discussed. In particular, the physics behind the dissipation introduced by vortices in the superconductor, the ultimate quench limitations and the quality factor degradation mechanism after a quench are described in detail. One of the limiting factor of the quality factor is the dissipation introduced by trapped magnetic flux vortices. The radio-frequency complex response of trapped vortices in superconductors is derived by solving the motion equation for a magnetic flux line, assuming a bi-dimensional and mean free path-dependent Lorentzian-shaped pinning potential. The resulting surface resistance shows the bell-shaped trend as a function of the mean free path, in agreement with the experimental data observed. Such bell-shaped trend of the surface resistance is described in terms of the interplay of the two limiting regimes identified as pinning and flux flow regimes, for low and large mean free path values respectively. The model predicts that the dissipation regime--pinning- or flux-flow-dominated--can be tuned either by acting on the frequency or on the electron mean free path value. The effect of different configurations of pinning sites and strength on the vortex surface resistance are also discussed. Accelerating cavities are also limited by the quench of the superconductive state, which limits the maximum accelerating gradient achievable. The accelerating field limiting factor is usually associate d to the

  7. Concept-referenced spaces in Computer-supported Collaborative Work

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    Diviacco, Paolo; Pshenichny, Cyril

    2010-05-01

    case, to select an item from a dump, and in the latter, to decide what to put where, and why. How to balance, then, in one collaborative tool, the need to apply a fixed meaning and the claim to preserve different and concurrent meanings? Among possible paths that can be followed, we will here focus on two views that acknowledge formalism but at the same time avoid strict definitions: (I) task mapping and (II) the event bush method (Pshenichny et al., 2009). Both rely on a formalized graphic representation made of nodes (denoting abstractions or concepts) and edges, but relax on the meaning of nodes themselves, which are descriptive but not explanatory, connotative but not denotative. The former path (I) is more oriented toward human activities, e.g., a workflow of data processing. The latter (II) formalizes a domain of knowledge through relations of cause and effect as in describing geohazards. Importantly, these cause-effect relations are just postulated as observed or imagined facts, but not elucidated - e.g., "if something explodes, it falls into fragments", without an explanation. The one who denies this relation is free to build another event bush without it, and compare the structure of the two bushes to find out what else has changed with negation of this link. In both cases reasoning is projected over the graph while information (as a file resulting from an intermediate processing step, or the observations regarding the presence of water during a volcanic eruption) can be organized across the nodes of the graph. This adds to the bi-dimensional surface of the task-map or of the event bush, a third dimension creating a "concept-referenced" space (some kind of geo-referencing applied to reasoning) where collaborators can easily find the information they are looking for

  8. Physics of limiting phenomena in superconducting microwave resonators: Vortex dissipation, ultimate quench and quality factor degradation mechanisms

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    Checchin, Mattia

    Superconducting niobium accelerating cavities are devices operating in radiofrequency and able to accelerate charged particles up to energy of tera-electron-volts. Such accelerating structures are though limited in terms of quality factor and accelerating gradient, that translates--in some cases--in higher capital costs of construction and operation of superconducting rf accelerators. Looking forward for a new generation of more affordable accelerators, the physical description of limiting mechanisms in superconducting microwave resonators is discussed. In particular, the physics behind the dissipation introduced by vortices in the superconductor, the ultimate quench limitations and the quality factor degradation mechanism after a quench are described in detail. One of the limiting factor of the quality factor is the dissipation introduced by trapped magnetic flux vortices. The radio-frequency complex response of trapped vortices in superconductors is derived by solving the motion equation for a magnetic flux line, assuming a bi-dimensional and mean free path-dependent Lorentzian-shaped pinning potential. The resulting surface resistance shows the bell-shaped trend as a function of the mean free path, in agreement with the experimental data observed. Such bell-shaped trend of the surface resistance is described in terms of the interplay of the two limiting regimes identified as pinning and flux flow regimes, for low and large mean free path values respectively. The model predicts that the dissipation regime--pinning- or flux-flow-dominated--can be tuned either by acting on the frequency or on the electron mean free path value. The effect of different configurations of pinning sites and strength on the vortex surface resistance are also discussed. Accelerating cavities are also limited by the quench of the superconductive state, which limits the maximum accelerating gradient achievable. The accelerating field limiting factor is usually associated to the superheating

  9. Determinación de heterogeneidad y anisotropía en aluvión por micro-tomografía sísmica de cross-hole

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    Armando L Imhof

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    Full Text Available Con el propósito de analizar el comportamiento sísmico de muestras de suelo a escala de laboratorio; se desarrolló e implementó un sistema tomográfico basado en transmisión de ondas en el rango acústico en dominios bi-dimensionales con escasa cobertura espacial (cross-hole para determinar diferentes propiedades de materiales granulares en general y en la detección de anomalías. El objetivo fué, a partir de la medición de ondas compresionales, detectar variaciones en el grado de compactación del mismo, buscando la determinación de heterogeneidad y anisotropía. Para los ensayos se utilizaron 14 piezocristales de propósito general de 6kHz de frecuencia resonante como emisores (7 y receptores (7 de ondas mecánicas en el rango acústico, montándose en lados opuestos en un marco rígido rectangular de madera blanda. El conjunto marco-sensores se introdujo en un recipiente metálico de forma cilíndrica que se llenó luego con arena clasificada de río. 10ms de repetición; aplicados directamente sobre los transductores. El receptor consistió en un amplificador de bajo ruido de dos canales con filtros pasa-altos de 100Hz a la entrada, con ganancias regulables aproximadamente entre los 40 y 80dB. Se conectó el sistema a un DSO Tektronix TDS 210 con interfase RS232 para almacenamiento de datos a PC. Los resultados posibilitaron detectar tanto heterogeneidad como anisotropía vertical en el material debido al peso de las capas suprayacentes (anisotropía por esfuerzo que produjeron un aumento en la densidad del material y por lo tanto incremento de la velocidad y curvatura de rayos. Con los datos se pudo establecer una ley de incremento de velocidades en función de la profundidad.In order to analyze the seismic behavior of soil samples at laboratory scale, it was developed and implemented a tomographic system based on wave transmission on the acoustic range in bi-dimensional domains with limited spatial coverage (cross-hole, to

  10. La temporalité de l’utopie : entre création et réaction The temporality of Utopia: between creation and reaction

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    difficult to grasp, and its theoretical meaning remains uncertain. To discover a transversal definition of utopia, we have to get behind common sense and “work” with two constitutive dimensions of utopia: creation and reaction. Without one of those dimensions, utopia continues to be wedged in the middle of the debate on its possibility or impossibility. Thanks to the “bi-dimensional approach” utopia can stop being merely a subversive tool and gain immanence. The work of Charles Fourier is a perfect example of what the concept of utopia can signify when the two inseparable dimensions are exploited. By adding the impulse at the origin of his experiment, his utopia can transcend historical time. From passionate attractions to the Phalanstère, he is one of the few philosophers to have expressed simultaneously the immanent and transcendent sides of utopia.

  11. Profile of the orthodontist practicing in the State of São Paulo - Part 2

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    Fabio Brandalise Rampon

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    disponíveis, assim como surgiram outros recursos. OBJETIVO: analisar o perfil do ortodontista do estado de São Paulo em relação aos materiais que utiliza. MÉTODOS: foi enviado um questionário a 2414 especialistas em Ortodontia e Ortopedia Facial inscritos no Conselho Regional de Odontologia do estado de São Paulo. Para avaliar a associação entre as variáveis qualitativas, foi utilizado o teste qui-quadrado, ao nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: houve o retorno de 593 (24,65% questionários preenchidos. A eficácia do material ortodôntico foi o principal motivo alegado para sua escolha. A maioria demonstrou preferência por braquetes metálicos (98%, cerâmicos (32% e de policarbonato (7,8%. O slot mais citado foi o de 0,022" x 0,028" (73,2%. Sobre os fios ortodônticos, 88,2% empregam fio de aço redondo e o NiTi convencional redondo; 52,6% o NiTi termoativado redondo e 46,5% o TMA retangular. A ligadura elástica foi a forma mais empregada (92,9% para fixar o arco ortodôntico ao braquete. CONCLUSÕES: os ortodontistas analisados alegaram ser a eficácia o principal motivo de escolha do material; os braquetes convencionais unidos com ligaduras elásticas ainda são os mais utilizados. Entre os fios ortodônticos, os de secção redonda apareceram em primeiro lugar, tanto os de aço como os de nitinol convencional. Recursos recentes na Ortodontia brasileira, como os braquetes autoligáveis e os mini-implantes, não apresentaram uso significativo.

  12. Facoemulsificação por córnea clara no meridiano mais curvo Phacoemulsification using clear cornea incision in steepest meridian

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    Fernando Pistarini Gonçalves

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Avaliar o efeito da facoemulsificação com incisão em córnea clara no meridiano mais curvo sobre a magnitude do astigmatismo ceratométrico pré-operatório. Mapear a magnitude do astigmatismo cirurgicamente induzido por incisões nas posições nasal (N, temporal (T, temporal superior (TS e temporal inferior (TI. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo ceratométrico prospectivo em 48 olhos de 48 pacientes, submetidos a facoemulsificação com incisão do meridiano mais curvo. As medidas ceratométricas foram realizadas no pré-operatório e um mês após a realização da cirurgia. O astigmatismo cirurgicamente induzido foi determinado pelo método das coordenadas retangulares em 10 passos, modificado. RESULTADOS: Foram operados 21 olhos direitos e 27 olhos esquerdos e, de acordo com a posição das incisões em córnea clara, foram divididos em: 16 olhos N, 4 olhos T, 22 olhos TS, 6 olhos TI. A média da ametropia cilíndrica pré-operatória foi de 1,06D ± 0,65 e a pós-operatória de 0,89D ± 0,80. Houve diminuição estatisticamente significativa no astigmatismo corneal preexistente (p=0,016. A média total de astigmatismo cirurgicamente induzido foi de 0,94D ± 0,56. Em relação aos grupos o astigmatismo cirurgicamente induzido foi de 1,06D ± 0,66 em N, 0,87D ± 0,20 em T, 0,95D ± 0,55 em TS e 0,61D ± 0,25 em TI. Não houve diferença estatística com relação ao astigmatismo cirurgicamente induzido nos grupos N, T, TS e TI (p=0,426. CONCLUSÃO: A técnica se mostrou efetiva na redução do astigmatismo ceratométrico pré-operatório. A média do astigmatismo cirurgicamente induzido foi de 1,06D ± 0,66 em N, 0,95D ± 0,55 em TS, 0,61D ± 0,25 em T e 0,87D ± 0,20 em TI.PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of phacoemulsification through clear cornea incision in the steepest meridian (ISM, on the magnitude of preoperative keratometric astigmatism. To map the magnitude of surgically induced astigmatism (SIA by clear cornea incision

  13. Desempenho larval do camarão-d'água-doce (Macrobrachium rosenbergii De Man, 1879 submetido a diferentes regimes alimentares Larval performance of the freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii De Man, 1879 submitted to different feeding systems

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    Luciana Almada Thomaz

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    Full Text Available O desempenho das larvas de Macrobrachium rosenbergii submetidas a quatro diferentes regimes alimentares foi verificado utilizando a observação diária dos subestádios larvais e as primeiras metamorfoses. As larvas foram estocadas em densidade de aproximadamente 100 larvas.l-1, em 16 tanques retangulares, com capacidade de 33 litros. O experimento foi dividido em quatro unidades experimentais (blocos, nos quais foram testados quatro regimes alimentares na larvicultura em circuito aberto, com quatro repetições por tratamento. Os regimes alimentares substituindo progressivamente náuplio de Artemia sp. (nas pelo rotífero Brachionus plicatilis (rots foram os seguintes tratamentos: 100% Brachionus plicatilis (30 rots/mL (T1; 100% Artemia (5 nas/ mL (T2, 60% Artemia (3 nas/mL + 40% Brachionus plicatilis (12 rots/ mL (T3 e 40% Artemia (2 nas/mL + 60% Brachionus plicatilis (18 rots/ mL (T4, sendo adicionada a estes tratamentos ração úmida. Os resultados da mudança dos subestádios larvais demonstraram que não houve diferença significativa entre os tratamentos T2, T3 e T4. No tratamento T1 (100% Brachionus plicatilis houve mortalidade total no 14º dia do experimento. O efeito da ocorrência das primeiras metamorfoses para pós-larvas, ocorreu ao 27º dia nos tratamentos T2, T3 e T4. Conseqüentemente, o ciclo de larvicultura até a metamorfose de 90% para pós-larva (PL1 foi o mesmo nos tratamentos (35 dias. Portanto, a utilização do rotífero enriquecido e congelado no regime alimentar das larvas permitiu desempenho satisfatório em termos de desenvolvimento larval de M. rosenbergii até a passagem para o estádio de pós-larva.The feeding is one of the most important factors to larval development and the sucess of the commercial cultivation of decapod crustacean larvae depends on the efficient and economic utilization of the available food. The performance of Macrobrachium rosenbergii larva submitted to four different feeding systems was

  14. Composição florística e estrutura da comunidade de plantas do estrato herbáceo em áreas de cultivo de árvores frutíferas Floristic composition and community structure of understory vegetation in orchard

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    Yuriko A. N. P. Yanagizawa

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente trabalho foi caracterizar, em três épocas, a comunidade de plantas presentes em áreas de cultivo de abacateiro e de nogueira pecan, localizadas na Fazenda Experimental Lageado, da FCA-UNESP, município de Botucatu-SP. Em decorrência da arquitetura da copa e do caráter decíduo das nogueiras, esta área apresenta-se mais ensolarada, o que produz condições ambientais diferentes entre as duas áreas estudadas. Foi estabelecida uma grade retangular composta de 55 parcelas quadradas, contíguas, com 5 m de lado, havendo 40 parcelas sob os abacateiros e 15 sob as nogueiras. As coletas foram realizadas em março, maio e agosto de 1993, quando foram sorteados quadrados de 1x 1 m em cada parcela, de forma a não haver coincidência entre as amostragens realizadas em cada época. Foram levantadas as espécies ocorrentes, sua porcentagem de cobertura e freqüência. Os dados foram analisados através de métodos multivariados, utilizando-se a Análise de Agrupamento para as seis situações (3 épocas x 2 ambientes. Foram coletadas, no total, 54 espécies, distribuídas em 38 gêneros e 19 famílias, sendo Asteraceae e Poaceae as que contribuíram com o maior número de espécies. A riqueza em espécies foi maior na área sob as nogueiras; em ambas as áreas, a riqueza foi maior na estação úmida. Sob os abacateiros, a porcentagem de cobertura total da comunidade apresentou pouca variação temporal, diferindo da área sob as nogueiras onde se observou flutuação deste parâmetro. O padrão de distribuição espacial, para quase todas as populações, foi do tipo agrupado. A similaridade florística foi maior entre as duas áreas dentro de cada época de coleta. A presença constante de espécies como Commelina nudiflora que contribuiu com valores elevados de cobertura nas três épocas de coleta, mostra a necessidade de utilizar métodos de controle permanentes na área do pomar estudado.The main goal of this study was to

  15. Bracket/wire play: what to expect from tipping prescription on pre-adjusted appliances Folga braquete/fio: o que esperar da prescrição para inclinação nos aparelhos pré-ajustados

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    Leopoldino Capelozza Filho

    2012-08-01

    realista e crítica, com uma postura que revela maturidade da Ortodontia e maior conhecimento sobre a técnica. As maiores críticas, e com fundamento, referem-se à impossibilidade do sistema, seja Straight-Wire ou Edgewise, expressar totalmente as características embutidas nos braquetes, devido a deficiências mecânicas como folga entre braquetes e fios. OBJETIVOS: uma análise crítica dessa relação mal explicada, pela carência de estudos, foi o escopo desse artigo. MÉTODOS: o tratamento compensatório de dois pacientes, realizados com braquetes individualizados Capelozza, serve de cenário para uma avaliação cefalométrica das alterações nas inclinações dos incisivos produzidas por diferentes calibres de arcos de nivelamento. Resultados: a avaliação dos casos mostrou que, enquanto a introdução do arco de nivelamento de aço 0,019" X 0,025" em canaleta 0,022" X 0,030" não produziu alterações significativas nas inclinações dos incisivos, o arco 0,021" X 0,025"foi capaz de alterá-las, principalmente nos incisivos inferiores, e em direção contrária ao sentido da compensação. CONCLUSÃO: em tratamentos compensatórios, mesmo buscando-se utilizar prescrição individualizada de acordo com a má oclusão, a folga entre braquete e fio parece ser um fator positivo para que ocorra a correção da oclusão, sem que movimentos indesejáveis aconteçam. Assim, parece razoável admitir que, até que um sistema de braquetes permita ter uma individualização absoluta, é recomendável a utilização de fios retangulares que preservem uma folga com a canaleta do braquete.

  16. The study of the use of a latex biomembrane and conjunctival autograft in rabbit conjunctiva wound healing.

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    Pinho, Erika Christina Canarim Martha de; Chahud, Fernando; Lachat, João-José; Coutinho-Netto, Joaquim José; Sousa, Sidney Julio Faria E

    2018-04-01

    RESUMO Objetivo: Estudar o uso da biomembrana de látex e o transplante conjuntival autólogo na cicatrização conjuntival em coelhos. Métodos: Em nove coelhos albinos, neo-zelandeses, machos foram removidas áreas retangulares idênticas, do quadrante supero nasal, adjacente ao limbo, de ambos os olhos. As áreas desnudas da camada esclerótica nos olhos direitos foram recobertas com biomembrana de látex e a dos olhos esquerdos com enxerto conjuntival autólogo. Os animais foram sacrificados em grupos de três, aos 7, 14 e 21 dias após a cirurgia. Os tecidos do local cirúrgico, incluindo a córnea, foram fixados em formaldeído, antes de serem processados em parafina e corados com hematoxilina e eosina. A natureza e a intensidade da resposta inflamatória e o padrão de epitelização da superfície conjuntival foram avaliados sob microscopia óptica, em seções histológicas longitudinais, passando pelo centro dos espécimes anatômicos. Resultados: Até o décimo quarto dia pós-operatório, o grupo que recebeu a biomembrana apresentou reação inflamatória mais intensa do que o grupo com auto enxerto conjuntival. Aos 14 dias, os olhos com biomembrana apresentavam-se menos inflamados e com estroma mais espesso do que aos 7 dias. Aos 21 dias, a reparação conjuntival de ambos os grupos apresentavam características semelhantes. Conclusão: Apesar de apresentar uma cicatrização mais lenta, a biomembrana de látex se mostrou tão eficaz quanto o auto enxerto conjuntival na reconstrução da superfície ocular após três semanas de cicatrização pós-operatória. Devido as suas baixas toxicidade e alergenicidade, este material parece ser uma opção terapêutica promissora na reconstrução da conjuntiva.ABSTRACT Purpose: To study a latex biomembrane and conjunctival autograft with regard to the promotion of conjunctival healing in rabbits. The study included nine male albino rabbits. In these rabbits, a rectangular area of the conjunctiva was surgically

  17. Quantification of litter and nutrients on an Atlantic Rain Forest/ Quantificação de serapilheira e de nutrientes em uma Floresta Ombrófila Densa

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    Rafaelo Balbinot

    2008-08-01

    Ombrófila Densa Submontana, Blumenau/SC. Para as coletas da serapilheira acumulada foram utilizadas cinco unidades amostrais (UAs retangulares de 10 m x 20 m em cada estádio sucessional, totalizando 15 UAs. Em cada UA com o auxílio de um gabarito de metal de 0,25 m x 0,25 m foram realizadas as coletas do material de estudo de forma aleatória com cinco repetições por UA a cada 30 dias (75 amostras/mês, ou seja, 25 amostras/estádio sucessional. Em ordem decrescente, a produção média de serapilheira acumulada nos vinte e dois meses de coleta ocorreu no estádio III (5,28 Mg ha-1 > estádio II (5,02 Mg ha-1 > estádio I (4,47 Mg ha-1. O conteúdo total de macronutrientes na serapilheira acumulada em ordem decrescente no estádio sucessional I e II foram: N > Ca > Mg > K > S > P, e no estádio sucessional III: N > Ca > Mg > S > K > P. A floresta em estudo apresentou para o conteúdo total de micronutrientes na serapilheira acumulada nos três estádios sucessionais a seguinte ordem decrescente: Fe > Mn > Zn > B > Cu. No que se refere ao conteúdo total de carbono orgânico na serapilheira acumulada, a seqüência foi: estádio sucessional II (1,65 Mg ha-1 > estádio sucessional III (1,50 Mg ha-1 > estádio sucessional I (1,47 Mg ha-1.

  18. Techniques of Large Scale Processing of Counting Data; Les techniques d'exploitation a grande echelle des donnees de comptage; Tekhnika obrabotki dannykh izmerenij, provodyashchejsya v bol'shikh masshtabakh; Tecnicas de tratamiento en gran escala de los datos obtenidos en el recuento

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    Manov, G G; Eads, D L [Reactor Monitoring Center, Tracerlab Inc., Richmond, CA (United States)

    1960-06-15

    calibracion absoluta, el acopio, registro y tratamiento de los datos plantea problemas especiales. La metrologia de los radionuclidos suele comprender las siguientes operaciones tipicas: medicion de la actividad de mezclas de emisores {alpha}, determinacion de la amplitud de impulsos mediante analizadores de canales multiples, recuento {beta} 2 {pi} u 4 {pi} y mediciones {beta}-{gamma} por el metodo de coincidencias. El registro de datos en cintas magneticas y la lectura de los mismos con arreglo al sistema ''multiplex'' asegura el aprovechamient o racional de los instrumentos utilizados en la medicion de bajas actividades. Los errores aritmeticos, en especial las enojosas equivocaciones debidas a la transposicion inadvertida de cifras, quedan practicamente eliminados cuando se utilizan calculadoras electronicas. En una operacion corriente de medicion de una mezcla de nuclidos conocidos, los datos brutos obtenidos en el recuento se comunican a una calculadora que imprime el resultado mediante una maquina de escribir electrica. Si se trata de determinacione s espectrometricas, los resultados pueden representarse automaticament e en coordenadas cartesianas, lo que permite proceder a su analisis e interpretacion. En la memoria se reproducen esquemas que indican el orden de las operaciones. Las correcciones del tiempo de desintegracion se facilitan sustituyendo el ano del calendario gregoriano por un ano en que los dias estan numerados consecutivamente, comenzado a medianoche del 31 de deciembre (hora del meridiano de Greenwich). Asi las 15.05 horas del 17 de julio de 1959, hora de verano del Pacifico, se expresan, segun este sistema, como dia 198,920, y las 14.30 del 16 de octubre de 1959 hora centroeuropea), como dia 289,854. Es evidente la ventaja de este metodo, que permite sumar, testar, multiplicar o dividir los tiempos expresados con arreglo al mismo. Se describe el circuito electronico de un cronometro basado en este principio; la descripcion se ilustra con fotografias

  19. Dinâmica físico-hídrica de uma toposseqüência de solos sob Savana Florestada (Cerradão em Assis, SP Soil water dynamics in a toposequence under Savanna Woodland (Cerradão in Assis, SP, Brazil

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    Carlos Eduardo Pinto Juhász

    2006-06-01

    ção espacial do mosaico vegetacional.The aim of this study was to characterize the morphological, physical and hydraulic soil properties in a toposequence under native plant cover in a permanent observation plot of 320 x 320 m installed in the Assis Ecological Station, São Paulo State, Brazil. The plot is covered by a remnant Savanna Woodland (Cerradão vegetation of the southern border zone of the great Cerrado domain. The bi-dimensional geometry (horizontal and vertical of the soil horizons in a toposequence provided details on the soil morphology. The soil water dynamics in the native plants environment was studied through determination of the soil-water retention curves as well as soil particle-size distribution, and saturated soil hydraulic conductivity using the Guelph permeameter. Soil moisture was measured in situ using a WCR sensor. Soil moisture and rainfall distribution were monitored from November 2003 to November 2004. The soils were classified, from the summit down to the footslope, as Rhodic Haplustox, Typic Haplustox and Epiaquic Haplustult. The high clay content in the subsurface horizon of the Epiaquic Haplustult, when compared to the Oxisols with greater sand content, determines less drainage, greater water retention and lower hydraulic conductivity. The soil moisture in this layer never attained the saturation during the study period. Soil water dynamics were influenced by relief conditions, as evidenced by the continuous lateral color transition, soil texture and structure, and by rainfall. At the soil surface, the soil moisture oscillation is closely related to the rain events. In the subsurface, this effect is less intense, and lagged in time. The water availability along the toposequence is limited in the dry season and in part of the wet season. The floristic characteristics of the forest formation and its mosaic distribution in the plot can be explained by the seasonal water availability.

  20. Assessment of neuro-optometric rehabilitation using the Developmental Eye Movement (DEM test in adults with acquired brain injury

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    Neera Kapoor

    2018-04-01

    daño cerebral traumático leve (mTBI y cinco con ictus, con anterioridad y posterioridad a un programa de entrenamiento de ocho semanas, informático oculomotor y versional (movimientos de fijación, sacádicos, de persecución y lectura simulada, de 9,6 horas en total. El protocolo incorporó un diseño cruzado e intervencional, con y sin adición de retroalimentación auditiva en relación a la posición bi-dimensional de los ojos. La medida del resultado clínico se llevó a cabo mediante la puntuación de la prueba DEM (Developmental Eye Movement (ratio, errores realizada con anterioridad, en el punto medio, e inmediatamente tras el entrenamiento. Resultados: Para el parámetro de ratio DEM, se encontraron mejoras en el 80-89% de los sujetos. Para el parámetro de error DEM, se encontraron mejoras en el 100% de los sujetos. La incorporación del componente de retroalimentación auditiva reveló una tendencia hacia la mejora del rendimiento. Los hallazgos fueron similares para ambos parámetros DEM, así como para la incorporación de la retroalimentación auditiva, en ambos grupos diagnósticos. Discusión: Los resultados del presente estudio demostraron mejoras considerables de las puntuaciones de la prueba DEM tras la terapia oculomotora, lo que refleja una mayor optimización y precisión del seguimiento sacádico en el tiempo tras la terapia. Deberá considerarse la prueba DEM como una prueba clínica para valorar el rendimiento del seguimiento sacádico global en la población de DCA. Keywords: Traumatic brain injury (TBI, Cerebral vascular accident (CVA/stroke, Developmental Eye Movement (DEM test, Eye movements, Neuro-optometric rehabilitation, Palabras clave: Daño cerebral traumático (DCT, Accidente cerebro-vascular (ACV/ictus, Prueba DEM (Developmental Eye Movement, Movimientos oculares, Rehabilitación neuro-optométrica

  1. Les dilemmes des études ethniques aux États-Unis The dilemmas of ethnic studies in the United States: identitarian multiculturalism, disciplinary colonization, and decolonial epistemologies De la Universidad a la Pluriversidad : pensando desde la experiencia de los Estados-Unidos

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    Ramon Grosfoguel

    2012-06-01

    és ethniques/raciales (les Noirs, les Indigènes, les Asiatiques, etc. ou sur des disciplines coloniales occidentales (sociologie, anthropologie, histoire, sciences politiques, économie, etc.. Les études ethniques, une fois renommées “études décoloniales transmodernes”, constitueraient alors une contribution extrêmement importante non seulement au savoir académique mais aussi à l’affranchissement colonial (épistémique, social, politique, économique et spirituel de ces groupes oppressés et exploités par le racisme capitaliste/patriarcal du système-monde moderne/colonial.La experiencia de los estudios étnicos norteamericanos puede ser útil, guardando la particularidad de cada contexto, para problemas epistemológicos y experiencias de decolonización del conocimiento en espacios universitarios en otras partes del mundo. Los estudios étnicos en los Estados Unidos constituyen un espacio contradictorio que condensa posiciones en lucha que se debaten hoy día entre dos discursos hegemónicos (multiculturalismo identitario y colonización disciplinaria y uno contra-hegemónico (epistemologías decoloniales. A diferencia de otras partes del mundo, en los Estados Unidos los estudios étnicos surgen como resultado del movimiento de derechos civiles de las minorías racializadas. A fines de los años sesenta y principios de los setenta, ocurrieron varias huelgas estudiantiles y ocupación de universidades organizados por las minorías racializadas que condujeron a la creación de estudios afro-americanos, puertorriqueños, chicanos, asiáticos e indígenas a través de todo el país. Esta insurgencia epistémica fue fundamental para abrir espacios a profesores provenientes de grupos etno/raciales discriminados y con epistemologías no-occidentales en lo que hasta ese momento eran universidades monopolizadas por profesores y estudiantes blancos y epistemologías eurocentradas que privilegian la “ego-política del conocimiento” cartesiana (Grosfoguel 2006. Sin

  2. Measurements of Caesium-137 in Finnish Lapps in 1962-1964 by a Mobile Whole-Body Counter; Dosages de Cesium 137 chez les Lapons de Finlande en 1962-1964, au Moyen d'un Anthro- Pogammametre Mobile; 0418 0417 041c 0415 0420 0414 ; Determinacion del Cesio-137 en Lapones Finlandeses, en 1962-1964, Mediante un Antropogammametro Movil

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    Miettinen, J. K. [Department of Radiochemistry, University of Helsinki (Finland)

    1964-11-15

    sensiblement moins elevee et les fluctuations saisonnieres differaient legerement. L'auteur compare les resultats des quatre enquetes,et les examine par rapport a ceux des recherches sur l'alimentation et la sante. (author) [Spanish] El autor describe la construccion y calibracion de un antropogammametro movil, del tipo ideado en Suecia por K. Liden y colaboradores, asi como su aplicacion en las investigaciones en el terreno. El blindaje de plomo de este aparato (peso: 2 t) se encuentra colocado en el centro de un pesado camion cerrado; El sujeto esta rodeado por un cajon de plomo de 4 cm de espesor, quedando protegido el cristal de NaI(Tl) (de 12, 5 cm de diametro por 7, 5 cm de altura) por un espesor de 8 cm de plomo en todas las direcciones, salvo la del cajon. El instrumental esta integrado por un analizador de 512 canales, un impresor, un registrador en coordenadas cartesianas y un estabilizador, que se guardan para el transporte en cajas hermeticas a prueba de choques. El camion posee un circuito de calefaccion con termostato y dos pequenos vestuarios, A fin de calibrar elsistema para las determinaciones de cesio-137, se aplican dos metodos: 1. Se administra por via oral una cantidad exactamente conocida de cesio-137 (200 a 300 nc) a varios sujetos y se determina la eficiencia de recuento al cabo de 3 a 6 d. Se determina la porcion excretada de cesio-137 recogiendo y analizando las heces y la orina. 2. Se somete al recuento un maniqui de material plastico relleno con 70 kg de una solucion que contiene 1552 nc de cesio-137. Con el primer metodo se obtuvo una eficiencia 4,6% mayor que con el segundo. Se adopto como calibracion real la obtenida mediante el primer metodo. Ademas, se controlo su valor por medio de tres mediciones de intercalibracion con otros dos laboratorios moviles de antropogammametria. La concordancia es satisfactoria (diferencias menores que 1 a 4%). Para el potasio se empezo por efectuar una calibracion preliminar usando el maniqui. La eficiencia es 2

  3. Processes of heat transference during the construction of oil wells: inverse problem; Procesos de transferencia de calor durante la construccion de pozos petroleros: problema inverso

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    Olea Gonzalez, Ulises

    2007-08-15

    In the oil industry and during the drilling and completion of oil wells, it is indispensable to count on reliable temperature estimations of the formation; its relevance and application are found in many areas of the geophysics, of the reservoir engineering and oil engineering. Unfortunately, the temperatures registered during the runs normally are lower than the real temperature of the formation, this is due to the fact that the times of interruption and flow circulation and circulation in the well are too short so that they do not allow the mud at the well bottom reaches the heat balance, which usually requires several days or weeks, economically non feasible situation to determine temperature profiles, since the times and costs of services of drilling would exceed the programmed technical economic limits. In order to confront this critical process a numerical code was developed, which consists of an analytical and numerical solution of the equations of heat transfer which they govern a system well-formation, which are used to model the thermal stabilization of an oil well after the drilling fluid flow has been stopped, supposing that the formation consists of an homogenous porous medium. The mathematical context is to find the initial conditions of the ensemble of partial differential equations that govern the phenomena of heat transference in the well and the formation. These equations form a bi-dimensional model in transient state. The mathematical model is established for four regions in the system well-formation and the border conditions and the initial conditions tie the partial differential equations for the well as for the formation. With the previous thing a generated methodology is obtained to determine the field of formation temperatures. Later, a particular analysis based on the thermo physical properties of the well geometry, the border conditions and the initial condition is proposed, parameter that is indeed the incognito of the problem. Ahead of