2-D algebraic test for robust stability of time-delay systems with interval parameters
Xiao Yang
2006-01-01
The robust stability test of time-delay systems with interval parameters can be concluded into the robust stability of the interval quasipolynomials. It has been revealed that the robust stability of the quasipolynomials depends on that of their edge polynomials. This paper transforms the interval quasipolynomials into two-dimensional (2-D) interval polynomials (2-D s-z hybrid polynomials), proves that the robust stability of interval 2-D polynomials are sufficient for the stability of given quasipolynomials. Thus, the stability test of interval quasipolynomials can be completed in 2-D s-z domain instead of classical 1-D s domain. The 2-D s-z hybrid polynomials should have different forms under the time delay properties of given quasipolynomials. The stability test proposed by the paper constructs an edge test set from Kharitonov vertex polynomials to reduce the number of testing edge polynomials. The 2-D algebraic tests are provided for the stability test of vertex 2-D polynomials and edge 2-D polynomials family. To verify the results of the paper to be correct and valid, the simulations based on proposed results and comparison with other presented results are given.
Robust stability test for 2-D continuous-discrete systems with interval parameters
肖扬
2004-01-01
It is revealed that the dynamic stability of 2-D recursive continuous-discrete systems with interval parameters involves the problem of robust Hurwitz-Schur stability of bivariate polynomials family. It is proved that the HurwitzSchur stability of the denominator polynomials of the systems is necessary and sufficient for the asymptotic stability of the 2-D hybrid systems. The 2-D hybrid transformation, i.e. 2-D Laplace-Z transformation, has been proposed to solve the stability analysis of the 2-D continuous-discrete systems, to get the 2-D hybrid transfer functions of the systems. The edge test for the Hurwitz-Schur stability of interval bivariate polynomials is introduced. The Hurwitz-Schur stability of the interval family of 2-D polynomials can be guaranteed by the stability of its finite edge polynomials of the family. An algorithm about the stability test of edge polynomials is given.
The robust regulation problem with robust stability
Cevik, M.K.K.; Schumacher, J.M.
1999-01-01
Among the most common purposes of control are the tracking of reference signals and the rejection of disturbance signals in the face of uncertainties. The related design problem is called the `robust regulation problem'. Here we investigate the trade-off between the robust regulation constraint and
Robust stability of interval parameter matrices
无
2000-01-01
This note is devoted to the problem of robust stability of interval parameter matrices. Based on some basic facts relating the H∞ norm of a transfer function to the Riccati matrix inequality and Hamilton matrix, several test conditions with parameter perturbation bounds are obtained.
ROBUST STABILITY ANALYSIS FOR RAILWAY VEHICLE SYSTEMS
Wang Yong; Zeng Jing; Cao Dengqing
2003-01-01
The lateral stability for railway vehicle dynamic system with uncertain parameters and nonlinear uncertain force vector is studied by using the Lyapunov stability theory. A robust stability condition for the considered system is derived, and the obtained stability bounds are not necessarily symmetric with respect to the origin in the parameter space. The lateral stability analysis for a railway bogie model is analyzed by using the proposed approach. The symmetric and asymmetric results are both given and the influence of the adjustable parameter ( on the stability bounds is also discussed. With the help of the proposed method, the robust stability analysis can provide a reference for the design of the railway vehicle systems.
Robust integral stabilization of regular linear systems
XU Chengzheng; FENG Dexing
2004-01-01
We consider regular systems with control and observation. We prove some necessary and sufficient condition for an exponentially stable regular system to admit an integral stabilizing controller. We propose also some robust integral controllers when they exist.
Robust and distributed hypothesis testing
Gül, Gökhan
2017-01-01
This book generalizes and extends the available theory in robust and decentralized hypothesis testing. In particular, it presents a robust test for modeling errors which is independent from the assumptions that a sufficiently large number of samples is available, and that the distance is the KL-divergence. Here, the distance can be chosen from a much general model, which includes the KL-divergence as a very special case. This is then extended by various means. A minimax robust test that is robust against both outliers as well as modeling errors is presented. Minimax robustness properties of the given tests are also explicitly proven for fixed sample size and sequential probability ratio tests. The theory of robust detection is extended to robust estimation and the theory of robust distributed detection is extended to classes of distributions, which are not necessarily stochastically bounded. It is shown that the quantization functions for the decision rules can also be chosen as non-monotone. Finally, the boo...
Robust Schur Stability and Robust H^2 Performance
Stoustrup, Jakob; Zhao, K.-Y.
1996-01-01
In this paper we address the problems of robust stability androbust QTR H^2 performance for uncertain discrete time systemswith nonlinear parametric uncertainties. We consider two families ofsystems with parametric uncertainties described by state space modelswhich offer a fairly general represen...
Albers, Willem/Wim; Kallenberg, W.C.M.; Otten, G.D.
1997-01-01
Because of inaccuracies of the measurement process inspection of manufactured parts requires test limits which are more strict than the given specification limits. Test limits derived under the assumption of normality for product characteristics turn out to violate the prescribed bound on the
Robust Schur Stability and Robust H^2 Performance
Stoustrup, Jakob; Zhao, K.-Y.
1996-01-01
In this paper we address the problems of robust stability androbust QTR H^2 performance for uncertain discrete time systemswith nonlinear parametric uncertainties. We consider two families ofsystems with parametric uncertainties described by state space modelswhich offer a fairly general...... representation of most uncertain systemswith one or two parameters (the approach can be extended to more parameters).For these two families we obtain explicit expressions for the Schurstability radius and for the QTR H^2 robust performance radiusin the case of uncertainties with a single parameter. Moreover, we...
Stability Constraints for Robust Model Predictive Control
Amanda G. S. Ottoni
2015-01-01
Full Text Available This paper proposes an approach for the robust stabilization of systems controlled by MPC strategies. Uncertain SISO linear systems with box-bounded parametric uncertainties are considered. The proposed approach delivers some constraints on the control inputs which impose sufficient conditions for the convergence of the system output. These stability constraints can be included in the set of constraints dealt with by existing MPC design strategies, in this way leading to the “robustification” of the MPC.
Robust fuzzy logic stabilization with disturbance elimination.
Danapalasingam, Kumeresan A
2014-01-01
A robust fuzzy logic controller is proposed for stabilization and disturbance rejection in nonlinear control systems of a particular type. The dynamic feedback controller is designed as a combination of a control law that compensates for nonlinear terms in a control system and a dynamic fuzzy logic controller that addresses unknown model uncertainties and an unmeasured disturbance. Since it is challenging to derive a highly accurate mathematical model, the proposed controller requires only nominal functions of a control system. In this paper, a mathematical derivation is carried out to prove that the controller is able to achieve asymptotic stability by processing state measurements. Robustness here refers to the ability of the controller to asymptotically steer the state vector towards the origin in the presence of model uncertainties and a disturbance input. Simulation results of the robust fuzzy logic controller application in a magnetic levitation system demonstrate the feasibility of the control design.
A numerical investigation for robust stability of fractional-order uncertain systems.
Senol, Bilal; Ates, Abdullah; Alagoz, B Baykant; Yeroglu, Celaleddin
2014-03-01
This study presents numerical methods for robust stability analysis of closed loop control systems with parameter uncertainty. Methods are based on scan sampling of interval characteristic polynomials from the hypercube of parameter space. Exposed-edge polynomial sampling is used to reduce the computational complexity of robust stability analysis. Computer experiments are used for demonstration of the proposed robust stability test procedures.
Xianming ZHANG; Min WU; Jinhua SHE; Dongsheng HAN
2007-01-01
This paper addresses the problems of the robust stability and robust stabilization of a discrete-time system with polytopic uncertainties.A new and simple method is presented to directly decouple the Lyapunov matrix and the system dynamic matrix.Combining this method with the parameter-dependent Lyapunov function approach yields new criteria that include some existing ones as special cases.A numerical example illustrates the improvement over the existing ones.
Stabilization of nonlinear systems based on robust control Lyapunov function
CAI Xiu-shan; HAN Zheng-zhi; LU Gan-yun
2007-01-01
This paper deals with the robust stabilization problem for a class of nonlinear systems with structural uncertainty. Based on robust control Lyapunov function, a sufficient and necessary condition for a function to be a robust control Lyapunov function is given. From this condition, simply sufficient condition for the robust stabilization (robust practical stabilization) is deduced. Moreover, if the equilibrium of the closed-loop system is unique, the existence of such a robust control Lyapunov function will also imply robustly globally asymptotical stabilization. Then a continuous state feedback law can be constructed explicitly. The simulation shows the effectiveness of the method.
Robust laser frequency stabilization by serrodyne modulation
Kohlhaas, Ralf; Bernon, Simon; Bertoldi, Andrea; Landragin, Arnaud; Bouyer, Philippe
2011-01-01
We report the frequency stabilization of a distributed feedback erbium-doped fiber laser on an optical cavity by serrodyne frequency shifting. A correction bandwidth of 2.4 MHz and a dynamic range of 220 MHz are achieved, which leads to a strong robustness against large disturbances up to high frequencies. Serrodyne frequency shifting allows to use an electro-optical modulator as a fast external transducer with a correction range which exceeds the one of acousto-optical modulators by at least one order of magnitude.
Hybrid Dynamical Systems Modeling, Stability, and Robustness
Goebel, Rafal; Teel, Andrew R
2012-01-01
Hybrid dynamical systems exhibit continuous and instantaneous changes, having features of continuous-time and discrete-time dynamical systems. Filled with a wealth of examples to illustrate concepts, this book presents a complete theory of robust asymptotic stability for hybrid dynamical systems that is applicable to the design of hybrid control algorithms--algorithms that feature logic, timers, or combinations of digital and analog components. With the tools of modern mathematical analysis, Hybrid Dynamical Systems unifies and generalizes earlier developments in continuous-time and discret
Probabilistic robust stabilization of fractional order systems with interval uncertainty.
Alagoz, Baris Baykant; Yeroglu, Celaleddin; Senol, Bilal; Ates, Abdullah
2015-07-01
This study investigates effects of fractional order perturbation on the robust stability of linear time invariant systems with interval uncertainty. For this propose, a probabilistic stability analysis method based on characteristic root region accommodation in the first Riemann sheet is developed for interval systems. Stability probability distribution is calculated with respect to value of fractional order. Thus, we can figure out the fractional order interval, which makes the system robust stable. Moreover, the dependence of robust stability on the fractional order perturbation is analyzed by calculating the order sensitivity of characteristic polynomials. This probabilistic approach is also used to develop a robust stabilization algorithm based on parametric perturbation strategy. We present numerical examples demonstrating utilization of stability probability distribution in robust stabilization problems of interval uncertain systems.
Robust estimation and hypothesis testing
Tiku, Moti L
2004-01-01
In statistical theory and practice, a certain distribution is usually assumed and then optimal solutions sought. Since deviations from an assumed distribution are very common, one cannot feel comfortable with assuming a particular distribution and believing it to be exactly correct. That brings the robustness issue in focus. In this book, we have given statistical procedures which are robust to plausible deviations from an assumed mode. The method of modified maximum likelihood estimation is used in formulating these procedures. The modified maximum likelihood estimators are explicit functions of sample observations and are easy to compute. They are asymptotically fully efficient and are as efficient as the maximum likelihood estimators for small sample sizes. The maximum likelihood estimators have computational problems and are, therefore, elusive. A broad range of topics are covered in this book. Solutions are given which are easy to implement and are efficient. The solutions are also robust to data anomali...
Robust stabilization of general nonlinear systems with structural uncertainty
无
2006-01-01
This paper deals with the robust stabilization and passivity of general nonlinear systems with structural uncertainty. By using Lyapunov function, it verifies that under some conditions the robust passivity implies the zero-state detectability, Furthermore, it also implies the robust stabilization for such nonlinear systems. We then establish a stabilization method for the nonlinear systems with structural uncertainty. The smooth state feedback law can be constructed with the solution of an equation. Finally, it is worth noting that the main contribution of the paper establishes the relation between robust passivity and feedback stabilization for the general nonlinear systems with structural uncertainty. The simulation shows the effectiveness of the method.
Robust stabilization of rotor-active magnetic bearing systems
Li, Guoxin
Active magnetic bearings (AMBs) are emerging as a beneficial technology for high-speed and high-performance suspensions in rotating machinery applications. A fundamental feedback control problem is robust stabilization in the presence of uncertain destabilizing mechanisms in aeroelastic, hydroelastic dynamics, and AMB feedback. As rotating machines are evolving in achieving high speed, high energy density, and high performance, the rotor and the support structure become increasingly flexible, and highly coupled. This makes rotor-AMB system more challenging to stabilize. The primary objective of this research is to develop a systematic control synthesis procedure for achieving highly robust stabilization of rotor-AMB systems. Of special interest is the stabilization of multivariable systems such as the AMB supported flexible rotors and gyroscopic rotors, where the classical control design may encounter difficulties. To this end, we first developed a systematic modeling procedure. This modeling procedure exploited the best advantages of technology developed in rotordynamics and the unique system identification tool provided by the AMBs. A systematic uncertainty model for rotor-AMB systems was developed, eliminating the iterative process of selecting uncertainty structures. The consequences of overestimation or underestimation of uncertainties were made transparent to control engineers. To achieve high robustness, we explored the fundamental performance/robustness limitations due to rotor-AMB system unstable poles. We examined the mixed sensitivity performance that is closely related to the unstructured uncertainty. To enhance transparency of the synthesis, we analyzed multivariable controllers from classical control perspectives. Based on these results, a systematic robust control synthesis procedure was established. For a strong gyroscopic rotor over a wide speed range, we applied the advanced gain-scheduled synthesis, and compared two synthesis frameworks in
Robustness and robust stability of the active sliding mode synchronization
Naseh, Majid Reza [Electrical Engineering Department, Islamic Azad University, Birjand Branch (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: naseh@ee.src.aiu.ir; Haeri, Mohammad [Advanced Control System Lab., Electrical Engineering Department, Sharif University Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: haeri@sina.sharif.edu
2009-01-15
We have developed relations between uncertainties and signals bounds in one side and the control parameters on the other side in the case of the active sliding mode synchronization. Using Lyapunov stability theorem, we have determined uncertainties levels for which synchronization is achieved for a given set of the control parameters. We have run a nonlinear programming algorithm to determine the control parameters for specific range of the uncertainties. Finally, numerical simulations are presented to verify the derived relations.
Computation of robustly stabilizing PID controllers for interval systems.
Matušů, Radek; Prokop, Roman
2016-01-01
The paper is focused on the computation of all possible robustly stabilizing Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controllers for plants with interval uncertainty. The main idea of the proposed method is based on Tan's (et al.) technique for calculation of (nominally) stabilizing PI and PID controllers or robustly stabilizing PI controllers by means of plotting the stability boundary locus in either P-I plane or P-I-D space. Refinement of the existing method by consideration of 16 segment plants instead of 16 Kharitonov plants provides an elegant and efficient tool for finding all robustly stabilizing PID controllers for an interval system. The validity and relatively effortless application of presented theoretical concepts are demonstrated through a computation and simulation example in which the uncertain mathematical model of an experimental oblique wing aircraft is robustly stabilized.
LLCL-Filtered Grid Converter with Improved Stability and Robustness
Min, Huang; Wang, Xiongfei; Loh, Poh Chiang
2016-01-01
impedance variations, making its design more challenging. To address these concerns, a new parameter design method for LLCL-filter has been formulated in the paper, which when enforced, guarantees robust and stable grid current control regardless of how the grid conditions change. It is thus an enhanced......LLCL-filter has been proven to introduce more filtering at the converter switching frequency, while using smaller passive components. However, like other higher order filters, it introduces resonance to the grid when used with a grid converter. Its stability and robustness are also affected by grid...... method even with no damping added to the grid converter. The method has been applied to the development of an LLCL-filter for testing in the laboratory with a 5-kW, 400-V, and 50-Hz grid converter. The method can also be applied to the lower order LCL-filter with only a slight modification needed....
Robust stabilization, robust performance, and disturbance attenuation for uncertain linear systems
Wang, Yeih J.; Shieh, Leang S.; Sunkel, John W.
1992-01-01
This paper presents a linear quadratic regulator approach to the robust stabilization, robust performance, and disturbance attenuation of uncertain linear systems. The state-feedback designed systems provide both the robust stability with optimal performance and the disturbance attenuation with H-infinity-norm bounds. The proposed approach can be applied to matched and/or mismatched uncertain linear systems. For a matched uncertain linear system, it is shown that the disturbance attenuation robust-stabilizing controllers with or without optimal performance always exist and can be easily determined without searching; whereas, for a mismatched uncertain linear system, the introduced tuning parameters greatly enhance the flexibility of finding the disturbance-attenuation robust-stabilizing controllers.
Robust stability for the perturbed sampled-data systems
无
2006-01-01
Robust stability for a class of sampled-data systems whose underlying continuous-time systems were subjected to additive structured perturbations was considered. The proposed upper bounds of the induced perturbations in discrete-time model were similar to those obtained in reference. A stable digital optimal state feedback controller whose design was based on the solution of Riccati equation was given. By considering stability based on the second method of Lyapunov, the robust stability bounds for discrete-time model was obtained.Combining the above findings, one sufficient condition of robust stability and a new region of robust stability on the underlying continuous-time system were obtained. Example was given to illustrate the proposed results. It was shown that the sampling period was a crucial design parameter.
Saad, Ahmed S; Ismail, Nahla S; Soliman, Marwa; Zaazaa, Hala E
2016-01-01
A sensitive and highly selective stability-indicating gradient HPLC method was developed and validated for simultaneous determination of clorsulon (CLO) and ivermectin (IVM) in the presence of their degradation products. The drugs were subjected to different stress conditions, including acid and alkaline hydrolysis, oxidative, thermal, and photolytic forced degradation. The robustness of the proposed method was assessed using the Plackett-Burman experimental design, the factors affecting system performance were defined, and nonsignificant intervals for the significant factors were determined. The separation was carried out on a ZORBAX SB phenyl analytical column (250 × 4.6 mm id, 5 μm particle size), with gradient elution utilizing 10 mM sodium dihydrogen phosphate and acetonitrile as mobile phase. UV detection was performed for CLO and IVM at 254 nm over a concentration range of 4-140 and 5-50 μg/mL, respectively, with mean percentage recoveries of 99.90 ± 1.30 and 98.59 ± 1.16%, respectively. The proposed method was successfully applied to a pharmaceutical dosage form containing the investigated drugs. The results were statistically compared with the official HPLC methods, and no significant differences were found.
On delay-dependent robust stability of neutral systems
Renxin ZHONG; Zhi YANG; Guoli WANG
2006-01-01
The delay-dependent robust stability of uncertain linear neutral systems with delays is investigated. Both discrete-delay-dependent/neutral-delay-independent and neutral-/discrete- delay-dependent stability criteria will be developed. The proposed stability criteria are formulated in the form of linear matrix inequalities and it is easy to check the robust stability of the considered systems. By introducing certain Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional the mathematical development of our result avoids model transformation and bounding for cross terms, which lead to conservatism. Finally, numerical example is given to indicate the improvement over some existing results.
Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Linear Delay Markow Jump System
钟麦英; 汤兵勇; 黄小原
2001-01-01
Markov jump linear systems are defined as a family of linear systems with randomly Markov jumping parameters and are used to model systems subject to failures or changes in structure. The robust stabilization problem of jump linear delay system with umcerratnty was studied. By using of linear matrix inequalities, the existence conditions of robust stabilizing and the state feedback controller designing methods are also presented and proved. Finally, an illustrated example shows the effectiveness of this approach.
Inherent robust stability of driver support systems
王龙; J.; Ackermann
1999-01-01
Presented are the fact that the transfer function from the front steering angle to yaw rate is strictly positive real, irrespective of the uncertain mass and uncertain velocity, how to determine the positivity margin for this transfer function (some stabilization results are obtained), and how to check the positivity of a controller family. Furthermore,by exploiting the intrinsic structure of system equations and uncertainties, a nonconservative PID stabilization criterion for driver support systems is established. Some interesting results on positivity and connections of PID controllers are shown. Finally, some extreme point results on PID α-stabilization are obtained. These results give certain explanations and justifications for the simulation results performed at German Aerospace Research Center.
Tetraphenylborate Solids Stability Tests
Walker, D.D. [Westinghouse Savannah River Company, AIKEN, SC (United States)
1997-06-25
Tetraphenylborate solids are a potentially large source of benzene in the slurries produced in the In-Tank Precipitation (ITP) process. The stability of the solids is an important consideration in the safety analysis of the process and we desire an understanding of the factors that influence the rate of conversion of the solids to benzene. This report discusses current testing of the stability of tetraphenylborate solids.
Robust stabilization of uncertain nonholonomic systems with strong nonlinear drifts
Yuqiang WU; Xiuyun ZHENG
2008-01-01
This paper investigates the robust stabilization of the nonholonomic control systems with strongly nonlinear uncertainties.In order to make the state scaling effective and to prevent the fiflite time escape phenomenon from happening.the switching control strategy based on the state measurement of the first subsystem is employed to achieve the asymptotic stabilization.The recurslve integrator backstepping technique is applied to the design of the robust controller.The simulation example demonstrates the efficiency and robust features of the proposed method.
New results on robust exponential stability of integral delay systems
Melchor-Aguilar, Daniel
2016-06-01
The robust exponential stability of integral delay systems with exponential kernels is investigated. Sufficient delay-dependent robust conditions expressed in terms of linear matrix inequalities and matrix norms are derived by using the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional approach. The results are combined with a new result on quadratic stabilisability of the state-feedback synthesis problem in order to derive a new linear matrix inequality methodology of designing a robust non-fragile controller for the finite spectrum assignment of input delay systems that guarantees simultaneously a numerically safe implementation and also the robustness to uncertainty in the system matrices and to perturbation in the feedback gain.
Robust Helicopter Stabilization in the Face of Wind Disturbance
A. Danapalasingam, Kumeresan; Leth, John-Josef; la Cour-Harbo, Anders
2010-01-01
When a helicopter is required to hover with minimum deviations from a desired position without measurements of an affecting persistent wind disturbance, a robustly stabilizing control action is vital. In this paper, the stabilization of the position and translational velocity of a nonlinear...
Robust stabilization for a class of nonlinear networked control systems
Jinfeng GAO; Hongye SU; Xiaofu JI; Jian CHU
2008-01-01
The problem of robust stabilization for a class of uncertain networked control systems(NCSs)with nonlinearities satisfying a given sector condition is investigated in this paper.By introducing a new model of NCSs with parameter uncertainty,network.induced delay,nonlinearity and data packet dropout in the transmission,a strict linear matrix inequality(LMI)criterion is proposed for robust stabilization of the uncenmn nonlinear NCSs based on the Lyapunov stability theory.The maximum allowable transfer interval(MATI)can be derived by solving the feasibility problem of the corresponding LMI.Some numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed algorithm.
Robust stabilization of stochastic systems based on the LQ controller
Jundong BAO; Feiqi DENG; Qi LUO
2005-01-01
The robust exponential stability in mean square for a class of linear stochastic uncertain control systems is dealt with.For the uncertain stochastic systems,we have designed an optimal controller which guarantees the exponential stability of the system.Actually,we employed Lyapunov function approach and the stochastic algebraic Riccati equation (SARE) to have shown the robustness of the linear quadratic(LQ) optimal control law.And the algebraic criteria for the exponential stability on the linear stochastic uncertain closed-loop systems are given.
Robust Stabilization, Robust Performance, and Disturbance Attenuation for Uncertain Linear Systems
1992-01-01
the following Riccati equation: [ - ] B Tp+!I+ 1 CTC+Q=O. (7) Then, a disturbance-attenuation robust- stabilizing control law is given by u(t) = K z(t...disturbance-attenuation robust- stabilizing control law with the attenuation constant 6 is given by u(t) = K x(t), where K = -- BT P with 7> 1/2... stabilizing control law with the attenuation constant 6 is given by u(t) = K z(t), where K = -7 BT P with 7> - 1/2. Furthermore, the state-feedback
Robust Stabilization of a Class of passive Nonlinear Systems
Joshi, Suresh M.; Kelkar, Atul G.
1996-01-01
The problem of feedback stabilization is considered for a class of nonlinear, finite dimensional, time invariant passive systems that are affine in control. Using extensions of the Kalman-Yakubovch lemma, it is shown that such systems can be stabilized by a class of finite demensional, linear, time-invariant controllers which are strictly positive real in the weak or marginal sense. The stability holds regardless of model uncertainties, and is therefore, robust.
Robust stability of time-varying uncertain systems with rational dependence on the uncertainty
2010-01-01
Robust stability of time-varying uncertain systems is a key problem in automatic control. This note considers the case of linear systems with rational dependence on an uncertain time-varying vector constrained in a polytope, which is typically addressed in the literature by using the linear fractional representation (LFR). A novel sufficient condition for robust stability is derived in terms of a linear matrix inequality (LMI) feasibility test by exploiting homogeneous polynomial Lyapunov fun...
A New Approach for Aeroelastic Robust Stability Analysis
Wu Zhigang; Yang Chao
2008-01-01
Air vehicles undergo variations in structural mass and stiffness because of fuel consumption and the failure of structural components, which might lead to serious influences on the aeroelastic characteristics. An approach for aeroelastic robust stability analysis taking into account the perturbations of structural mass and stiffness is developed. Applying the perturbation method and harmonic unsteady aerodynamic forces, the frequency-domain linear fractal transformation (LFT) representation of pertorbed aeroelastic system is modeled.Then, the robust stability is analyzed by using the structured singular value μ-method. The numerical results of a bi-spar wing show its effectiveness and low computational time in dealing with the robust problems with mass and stiffness perturbations. In engineering analysis for solving aeroelastic problems, the robust approach can be applied to flutter analysis for airplane with the fuel load variation and taking the damage conditions into consideration.
Hypotheses testing for fuzzy robust regression parameters
Kula, Kamile Sanli [Ahi Evran University, Department of Mathematics, 40200 Kirsehir (Turkey)], E-mail: sanli2004@hotmail.com; Apaydin, Aysen [Ankara University, Department of Statistics, 06100 Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail: apaydin@science.ankara.edu.tr
2009-11-30
The classical least squares (LS) method is widely used in regression analysis because computing its estimate is easy and traditional. However, LS estimators are very sensitive to outliers and to other deviations from basic assumptions of normal theory [Huynh H. A comparison of four approaches to robust regression. Psychol Bull 1982;92:505-12; Stephenson D. 2000. Available from: (http://folk.uib.no/ngbnk/kurs/notes/node38.html); Xu R, Li C. Multidimensional least-squares fitting with a fuzzy model. Fuzzy Sets and Systems 2001;119:215-23.]. If there exists outliers in the data set, robust methods are preferred to estimate parameters values. We proposed a fuzzy robust regression method by using fuzzy numbers when x is crisp and Y is a triangular fuzzy number and in case of outliers in the data set, a weight matrix was defined by the membership function of the residuals. In the fuzzy robust regression, fuzzy sets and fuzzy regression analysis was used in ranking of residuals and in estimation of regression parameters, respectively [Sanli K, Apaydin A. Fuzzy robust regression analysis based on the ranking of fuzzy sets. Inernat. J. Uncertainty Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based Syst 2008;16:663-81.]. In this study, standard deviation estimations are obtained for the parameters by the defined weight matrix. Moreover, we propose another point of view in hypotheses testing for parameters.
Robust Stabilization of Uncertain Systems Based on Energy Dissipation Concepts
Gupta, Sandeep
1996-01-01
Robust stability conditions obtained through generalization of the notion of energy dissipation in physical systems are discussed in this report. Linear time-invariant (LTI) systems which dissipate energy corresponding to quadratic power functions are characterized in the time-domain and the frequency-domain, in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMls) and algebraic Riccati equations (ARE's). A novel characterization of strictly dissipative LTI systems is introduced in this report. Sufficient conditions in terms of dissipativity and strict dissipativity are presented for (1) stability of the feedback interconnection of dissipative LTI systems, (2) stability of dissipative LTI systems with memoryless feedback nonlinearities, and (3) quadratic stability of uncertain linear systems. It is demonstrated that the framework of dissipative LTI systems investigated in this report unifies and extends small gain, passivity, and sector conditions for stability. Techniques for selecting power functions for characterization of uncertain plants and robust controller synthesis based on these stability results are introduced. A spring-mass-damper example is used to illustrate the application of these methods for robust controller synthesis.
Finite-Time Robust Stabilization for Stochastic Neural Networks
Weixiong Jin
2012-01-01
Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the finite-time stabilization for a class of stochastic neural networks (SNNs with noise perturbations. The purpose of the addressed problem is to design a nonlinear stabilizator which can stabilize the states of neural networks in finite time. Compared with the previous references, a continuous stabilizator is designed to realize such stabilization objective. Based on the recent finite-time stability theorem of stochastic nonlinear systems, sufficient conditions are established for ensuring the finite-time stability of the dynamics of SNNs in probability. Then, the gain parameters of the finite-time controller could be obtained by solving a linear matrix inequality and the robust finite-time stabilization could also be guaranteed for SNNs with uncertain parameters. Finally, two numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed design method.
FREQUENCY DOMAIN CRITERIA FOR ROBUST D-STABILITY OF MIMO SYSTEMS BASED ON LMI METHOD
LI Hai-bin; WANG Zhi-zhen; WANG Long; LI Zhao-ping; LI Er-xiao
2006-01-01
The problem of checking robust D-stability of multi-in and multi-out (MIMO) systems was studied. Three system models were introduced, i.e. multilinear polynomial matrix, polytopic polynomial matrix and feedback system model. Furthermore, the convex property of each model with respect to the parametric uncertainties was estabilished respectively. Based on this, sufficient conditions for D-stability were expressed in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) involving only the convex vertices. Therefore, the robust D-stability was tested by solving an LMI optimal problem.
Analytic robust stability analysis of SVD orbit feedback
Pfingstner, Jürgen
2012-01-01
Orbit feedback controllers are indispensable for the operation of modern particle accelerators. Many such controllers are based on the decoupling of the inputs and outputs of the system to be controlled with the help of the singular value decomposition (SVD controller). It is crucial to verify the stability of SVD controllers, also in the presence of mismatches between the used accelerator model and the real machine (robust stability problem). In this paper, analytical criteria for guaranteed stability margins of SVD orbit feedback systems for three different types of model mismatches are presented: scaling errors of actuators and BPMs (beam position monitors) and additive errors of the orbit response matrix. For the derivation of these criteria, techniques from robust control theory have been used, e.g the small gain theorem. The obtained criteria can be easily applied directly to other SVD orbit feedback systems. As an example, the criteria were applied to the orbit feedback system of the Compact Linear ...
Design for robust stabilization of nonlinear systems with uncertain parameters
赖旭芝; 文静; 吴敏
2004-01-01
Based on Lyapunov stability theory, a design method for the robust stabilization problem of a class of nonlinear systems with uncertain parameters is presented. The design procedure is divided into two steps: the first is to design controllers for the nominal system and make the system asymptotically stabilize at the expected equilibrium point; the second is to construct closed-loop nominal system based on the first step, then design robust controller to make the error of state between the original system and the nominal system converge to zero, thereby a dynamic controller with the constructed closed-loop nominal system served as interior dynamic is obtained. A numerical simulation verifies the correctness of the design method.
Semigroup approximation and robust stabilization of distributed parameter systems
Kurdila, A. J.; Fabiano, R.; Strganac, T.; Hsu, S.
1994-01-01
Theoretical results that enable rigorous statements of convergence and exponential stability of Galerkin approximations of LQR controls for infinite dimensional, or distributed parameter, systems have proliferated over the past ten years. In addition, extensive progress has been made over the same time period in the derivation of robust control design strategies for finite dimensional systems. However, the study of the convergence of robust finite dimensional controllers to robust controllers for infinite dimensional systems remains an active area of research. We consider a class of soft-constrained differential games evolving in a Hilbert space. Under certain conditions, a saddle point control can be given in feedback form in terms of a solution to a Riccati equation. By considering a related LQR problem, we can show a convergence result for finite dimensional approximations of this differential game. This yields a computational algorithm for the feedback gain that can be derived from similar strategies employed in infinite dimensional LQR control design problems. The approach described in this paper also inherits the additional properties of stability robustness common to game theoretic methods in finite dimensional analysis. These theoretical convergence and stability results are verified in several numerical experiments.
Microgrid Stability Controller Based on Adaptive Robust Total SMC
Su, Xiaoling; Han, Minxiao; Guerrero, Josep M.
2015-01-01
and mathematical models of the MSC indicate that the system is inherently nonlinear and time-variable. Therefore, this paper proposes an adaptive robust total sliding-mode control (ARTSMC) system for the MSC. It is proved that the ARTSMC system is insensitive to parametric uncertainties and external disturbances......This paper presents a microgrid stability controller (MSC) in order to provide existing DGs the additional functionality of working in islanding mode without changing their control strategies in grid-connected mode and to enhance the stability of the microgrid. Microgrid operating characteristics....... The MSC provides fast dynamic response and robustness to the microgrid. When the system is operating in grid-connected mode, it is able to improve the controllability of the exchanged power between the microgrid and the utility grid, while smoothing DG’s output power. When the microgrid is operating...
Impact of pilots' biodynamic feedthrough on rotorcraft by robust stability
Quaranta, Giuseppe; Masarati, Pierangelo; Venrooij, Joost
2013-09-01
The coupling of rotorcraft dynamics with the dynamics of one of the main systems devoted to its control, the pilot, may lead to several peculiar phenomena, known as Rotorcraft-Pilot Couplings (RPCs), all characterized by an abnormal behavior that may jeopardize flight safety. Among these phenomena, there is a special class of couplings which is dominated by the biodynamic behavior of the pilot's limbs that close the loop between the vibrations and the control inceptors in the cockpit. Leveraging robust stability analysis, the inherently uncertain pilot biodynamics can be treated as the uncertain portion of a feedback system, making analytical, numerical or graphical determination of proneness to RPC possible by comparing robust stability margins of helicopter models with experimental Biodynamic Feedthrough (BDFT) data. The application of the proposed approach to collective bounce is exemplified using simple analytical helicopter and pilot models. The approach is also applied to detailed helicopter models and experimental BDFT measurement data.
On delay-dependent robust stability for uncertain neutral systems
He Yong; Wu Min
2005-01-01
The problem of delay-dependent criteria for the robust stability of neutral systems with time-varying structured uncertainties and identi-eal neutral-delay and discrete-delay is concerned. A criterion for nominal systems is presented by taking the relationship between the terms in the Leibniz-Newton formula into account, which is described by some freeweighting matrices. In addition, this criterion is extended to robust stability of the systems with time-varying structured uncertainties. All of the criteria are based on linear matrix inequality such that it is easy to calculate the upper bound of the time-delay and the free-weighting matrices. Numerical examples illustrate the effectiveness and the improvement over the existing results.
Robust Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems with Uncertain Varying Control Coefficient
Zaiyue Yang
2014-01-01
Full Text Available This paper investigates the stabilization problem for a class of nonlinear systems, whose control coefficient is uncertain and varies continuously in value and sign. The study emphasizes the development of a robust control that consists of a modified Nussbaum function to tackle the uncertain varying control coefficient. By such a method, the finite-time escape phenomenon has been prevented when the control coefficient is crossing zero and varying its sign. The proposed control guarantees the asymptotic stabilization of the system and boundedness of all closed-loop signals. The control performance is illustrated by a numerical simulation.
Robust Stability Criterion for Uncertain Neural Networks with Time Delays
LIN Zhi-wei; ZHANG Ning; YANG Hong-jiu
2010-01-01
The robust stability of uncertain neural network with time-varying delay was investigated. The norm-bounded un-certainties are included in the system matrices. The constraint on time-varying delays is removed, which means that a fast time-varying delay is admissible. Some new delay-dependent stability criteria were presented by using Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) approaches. Finally, a numerical example was given to illustrate the effec-tiveness and innovation nature of the developed techniques.
Robust decentralized adaptive stabilization for a class of interconnected systems
Zhaojing WU; Xuejun XIE; Siying ZHANG
2004-01-01
The robust decentralized adaptive output-feedback stabilization for a class of interconnected systems with static and dynamic interconnections by using the MT-filters and backstepping design method is studied. By introducing a new filtered tramformation, the adaptive laws were derived for measurement. Under the assumption of the nonlinear growth conditions imposed on the nonlinear interconnections and by constructing the error system and using a new proof method, the global stability of the closed-loop system was effectively analyzed, and the exponential convergence of all the signals except for parameter estimates were guaranteed.
A Robust Method to Improve Stability in Matrix Converters
Liu, F.; Klumpner, Christian; Blaabjerg, Frede
2004-01-01
of instability. The matrix converter stability can be improved by decoupling its input current with the input voltage. A modulation strategy is presented that satisfies the idea. The difference of the strategy compared with the traditional one only concerns on the definition of the reference angle for the input....... It is simple in implementation and the algorithm is robust. Experimental results are presented to verify the conclusions....
Robust Stability and Performance Comparison of PID and PPI Control
任正云; 张红; 邵惠鹤
2004-01-01
Predictive PI (PPI) control form, capable of time delay compensation, has been put forward recently. This control algorithm is essentially a PI controller with enhanced derivative action, which is not only suitable for long time delay process, but also of simple structure and excellent robust stability. The performance of PPI controller was demonstrated and compared with that of traditional PID controller by different tuning methods.
QFT Framework for Robust Tuning of Power System Stabilizers
Alavi, Seyyed Mohammad Mahdi; Izadi-Zamanabadi, Roozbeh
2005-01-01
This paper discusses the use of conventional quantitative feedback design for Power System Stabilizer (PSS). An appropriate control structure of the PSS that is directly applicable to PSS, is described. Two desired performances are also proposed in order to achieve an overall improvement in damping...... and robustness. The efficiency of the proposed method is demonstrated on Single Machine Infinite Bus (SMIB) power system with level of uncertainty....
Robust Stability of Scaled-Four-Channel Teleoperation with Internet Time-Varying Delays
Emma Delgado
2016-04-01
Full Text Available We describe the application of a generic stability framework for a teleoperation system under time-varying delay conditions, as addressed in a previous work, to a scaled-four-channel (γ-4C control scheme. Described is how varying delays are dealt with by means of dynamic encapsulation, giving rise to mu-test conditions for robust stability and offering an appealing frequency technique to deal with the stability robustness of the architecture. We discuss ideal transparency problems and we adapt classical solutions so that controllers are proper, without single or double differentiators, and thus avoid the negative effects of noise. The control scheme was fine-tuned and tested for complete stability to zero of the whole state, while seeking a practical solution to the trade-off between stability and transparency in the Internet-based teleoperation. These ideas were tested on an Internet-based application with two Omni devices at remote laboratory locations via simulations and real remote experiments that achieved robust stability, while performing well in terms of position synchronization and force transparency.
Ma, Yingdong; Lu, Junguo; Chen, Weidong
2014-03-01
This paper investigates the robust stability and stabilization of fractional order linear systems with positive real uncertainty. Firstly, sufficient conditions for the asymptotical stability of such uncertain fractional order systems are presented. Secondly, the existence conditions and design methods of the state feedback controller, static output feedback controller and observer-based controller for asymptotically stabilizing such uncertain fractional order systems are derived. The results are obtained in terms of linear matrix inequalities. Finally, some numerical examples are given to validate the proposed theoretical results.
ROBUST REPETITIVE CONTROL FOR IMPROVING RATE SMOOTHNESS OF TEST TURNTABLE
LIUYu; ZENGMing; SUBao-ku
2005-01-01
A robust repetitive control scheme is used to improve the rate smoothness of a brushless DC motor (BLDCM) driven test turntable. The method synthesizes variable structure control (VSC) laws and repetitive control (RC) laws in a complementary manner. The VSC strategy can stabilize the system and suppress uncertainties, such as the aperiodic disturbance and noises, while RC strategy can eliminate the periodic rate fluctuation in a steady state. The convergence of the repetitive learning process is also guaranteed by VSC. A general nonlinear system model is discussed. The model can be considered as an extension of BLDCMs. The stability and asymptotic position tracking performance are validated by using Lyapunov functions. Simulation results show the effectiveness of the proposed approach for improving the rate smoothness.
Uezato, E. [Ryukyu Univ., Nishihara, Okinawa (Japan)] Ikeda, M. [Osaka Univ., Suita (Japan)] Toyama, R. [Kobe Univ. (Japan)
1998-11-30
This paper presents two sufficient conditions as linear and bilinear matrix conditions for a system with polytopic uncertainties to be robustly stabilizable by an approach of quadratic stabilization of equivalent systems as regards closed system and robust stabilization. For the purpose, two systems are assumed which are equivalent concerning closed loop system and robust stabilization and contains no uncertainty in the coefficient matrix of the differential of descriptor variables. The robust stability conditions for the original system are obtained by deriving quadratic stabilization conditions of the equivalent systems because the original closed system is robustly stable if those equivalent systems are quadratically stable. Robust stabilizability conditions for a system with polytopic uncertainties in the coefficient matrix are given in terms of linear and bilinear matrix inequalities. In addition, an algorithm based on the idea of the homotopy method is proposed to solve the bilinear matrix inequality. 13 refs., 1 fig.
Microgrid Stability Controller Based on Adaptive Robust Total SMC
Xiaoling Su
2015-03-01
Full Text Available This paper presents a microgrid stability controller (MSC in order to provide existing distributed generation units (DGs the additional functionality of working in islanding mode without changing their control strategies in grid-connected mode and to enhance the stability of the microgrid. Microgrid operating characteristics and mathematical models of the MSC indicate that the system is inherently nonlinear and time-variable. Therefore, this paper proposes an adaptive robust total sliding-mode control (ARTSMC system for the MSC. It is proved that the ARTSMC system is insensitive to parametric uncertainties and external disturbances. The MSC provides fast dynamic response and robustness to the microgrid. When the system is operating in grid-connected mode, it is able to improve the controllability of the exchanged power between the microgrid and the utility grid, while smoothing the DGs’ output power. When the microgrid is operating in islanded mode, it provides voltage and frequency support, while guaranteeing seamless transition between the two operation modes. Simulation and experimental results show the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
Robust enzyme design: bioinformatic tools for improved protein stability.
Suplatov, Dmitry; Voevodin, Vladimir; Švedas, Vytas
2015-03-01
The ability of proteins and enzymes to maintain a functionally active conformation under adverse environmental conditions is an important feature of biocatalysts, vaccines, and biopharmaceutical proteins. From an evolutionary perspective, robust stability of proteins improves their biological fitness and allows for further optimization. Viewed from an industrial perspective, enzyme stability is crucial for the practical application of enzymes under the required reaction conditions. In this review, we analyze bioinformatic-driven strategies that are used to predict structural changes that can be applied to wild type proteins in order to produce more stable variants. The most commonly employed techniques can be classified into stochastic approaches, empirical or systematic rational design strategies, and design of chimeric proteins. We conclude that bioinformatic analysis can be efficiently used to study large protein superfamilies systematically as well as to predict particular structural changes which increase enzyme stability. Evolution has created a diversity of protein properties that are encoded in genomic sequences and structural data. Bioinformatics has the power to uncover this evolutionary code and provide a reproducible selection of hotspots - key residues to be mutated in order to produce more stable and functionally diverse proteins and enzymes. Further development of systematic bioinformatic procedures is needed to organize and analyze sequences and structures of proteins within large superfamilies and to link them to function, as well as to provide knowledge-based predictions for experimental evaluation.
Robust adaptive output stabilization using dynamic normalizing signal
Haixia SU; Xuejun XIE; Haikuan LIU
2007-01-01
For a class of nonlinear systems with dynamic uncertainties,robust adaptive stabilization problem is considered in this paper.Firstly,by introducing an observer,an augmented system is obtained.Based on the system,we construct an exp-ISpS Lyapunov function for the unmodeled dynamics,prove that the unmodeled dynamics is exp-ISpS,and then obtain a dynamic normalizing signal to counteract the dynamic disturbances.By the backstepping technique,an adaptive controller is given,it is proved that all the signals in the adaptive control system are globally uniformly ultimately bounded,and the output can be regulated to the origin with any prescribed accuracy.A simulation example further demonstrates the efficiency of the control scheme.
Introduction to Robust Estimation and Hypothesis Testing
Wilcox, Rand R
2012-01-01
This revised book provides a thorough explanation of the foundation of robust methods, incorporating the latest updates on R and S-Plus, robust ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) and regression. It guides advanced students and other professionals through the basic strategies used for developing practical solutions to problems, and provides a brief background on the foundations of modern methods, placing the new methods in historical context. Author Rand Wilcox includes chapter exercises and many real-world examples that illustrate how various methods perform in different situations.Introduction to R
Robust Principal Component Test in Gross Error Detection and Identification
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2007-01-01
Principle component analysis (PCA) based chi-square test is more sensitive to subtle gross errors and has greater power to correctly detect gross errors than classical chi-square test. However, classical principal component test (PCT) is non-robust and can be very sensitive to one or more outliers. In this paper, a Huber function liked robust weight factor was added in the collective chi-square test to eliminate the influence of gross errors on the PCT. Meanwhile, robust chi-square test was applied to modified simultaneous estimation of gross error (MSEGE) strategy to detect and identify multiple gross errors. Simulation results show that the proposed robust test can reduce the possibility of type Ⅱ errors effectively. Adding robust chi-square test into MSEGE does not obviously improve the power of multiple gross error identification, the proposed approach considers the influence of outliers on hypothesis statistic test and is more reasonable.
Thermal stability of the C106 dye in robust electrolytes
Lund, Torben; Phuong, Nguyen Tuyet; Pechy, Peter
Thermal stability of the C106 dye in robust electrolytes. We have investigated the thermal stability and degradation chemistry of the ruthenium dye C106 (Figure 1) at 80 ◦C in the “robust” electrolyte “B” comprised of 1.0 M DMII, 0.03 M I2, 0.5 M NBB, and 0.1 M GuNCS in 3-methoxypropionitrile (3......-MPN) introduced by Gao et al. in 2008. [1]. Figure 1 Thermal degradation of C106 bound to TiO2 at 80 ºC in dark as a function of heating time. ● C106 = RuLL´(NCS)2 ■ RuLL´(NCS)(NBB)+ ▲ RuLL´(NCS)(3-MPN)+ The C106 dye was attached to the surface of TiO2 nano-particles and stable colloidal solutions...... of the particles were prepared in electrolyte mixture B. The solutions were thermally treated at 80 ◦C for 0-2000 hours followed by dye extraction and analysis by HPLC coupled to UV/Vis and electro spray mass spectrometry [2]. Figure 1 shows the concentration profiles of C106 samples prepared under ambient...
Ahmadi, Mohamadreza; Mojallali, Hamed; Wisniewski, Rafal
2012-01-01
This paper addresses the robust stability and control problem of uncertain piecewise linear switched systems where, instead of the conventional Carathe ́odory solutions, we allow for Filippov solutions. In other words, in contrast to the previous studies, solutions with infinite switching in finite...... time along the facets and on faces of arbitrary dimensions are also taken into account. Firstly, based on earlier results, the stability problem of piecewise linear systems with Filippov solutions is translated into a number of linear matrix inequality feasibility tests. Subsequently, a set of matrix...
Model-based robustness testing for avionics-embedded software
Yang Shunkun; Liu Bin; Wang Shihai; Lu Minyan
2013-01-01
Robustness testing for safety-critical embedded software is still a challenge in its nascent stages.In this paper,we propose a practical methodology and implement an environment by employing model-based robustness testing for embedded software systems.It is a system-level black-box testing approach in which the fault behaviors of embedded software is triggered with the aid of modelbased fault injection by the support of an executable model-driven hardware-in-loop (HIL) testing environment.The prototype implementation of the robustness testing environment based on the proposed approach is experimentally discussed and illustrated by industrial case studies based on several avionics-embedded software systems.The results show that our proposed and implemented robustness testing method and environment are effective to find more bugs,and reduce burdens of testing engineers to enhance efficiency of testing tasks,especially for testing complex embedded systems.
ROBUST STABILITY WITH GUARANTEEING COST FOR DISCRETE TIME-DELAY SYSTEMS WITH NONLINEAR PERTURBATION
JIA Xinchun; ZHENG Nanning; LIU Yuehu
2005-01-01
The problems of robust stability and robust stability with a guaranteeing cost for discrete time-delay systems with nonlinear perturbation are discussed. A sufficient criterion for robust stability is established in an LMI framework and a linear convex optimization problem with LMI constraints for computing maximal perturbation bound is proposed. Meanwhile, a sufficient criterion for robust stability with a guaranteeing cost for such systems is obtained, and an optimal procedure for decreasing the value of guaranteeing cost is put forward. Two examples are used to illustrate the efficiency of the results.
Structural Break Tests Robust to Regression Misspecification
Abi Morshed, Alaa; Andreou, E.; Boldea, Otilia
2016-01-01
Structural break tests developed in the literature for regression models are sensitive to model misspecification. We show - analytically and through simulations - that the sup Wald test for breaks in the conditional mean and variance of a time series process exhibits severe size distortions when the
Study on Robust Uniform Asymptotical Stability for Uncertain Linear Impulsive Delay Systems
刘斌; 刘新芝; 廖晓昕
2003-01-01
In the area of control theory the time-delay systems have been investigated. It's well known that delays often result in instability, therefore, stability analysis of time-delay systems is an important subject in control theory. As a result, many criteria for testing the stability of linear time-delay systems have been proposed. Significant progress has been made in the theory of impulsive systems and impulsive delay systems in recent years. However, the corresponding theory for uncertain impulsive systems and uncertain impulsive delay systems has not been fully developed. In this paper, robust stability criteria are established for uncertain linear delay impulsive systems by using Lyapunov function, Razumikhin techniques and the results obtained. Some examples are given to illustrate our theory.
A new delay-independent condition for global robust stability of neural networks with time delays.
Samli, Ruya
2015-06-01
This paper studies the problem of robust stability of dynamical neural networks with discrete time delays under the assumptions that the network parameters of the neural system are uncertain and norm-bounded, and the activation functions are slope-bounded. By employing the results of Lyapunov stability theory and matrix theory, new sufficient conditions for the existence, uniqueness and global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point for delayed neural networks are presented. The results reported in this paper can be easily tested by checking some special properties of symmetric matrices associated with the parameter uncertainties of neural networks. We also present a numerical example to show the effectiveness of the proposed theoretical results.
Real-Time Stability Margin Measurements for X-38 Robustness Analysis
Bosworth, John T.; Stachowiak, Susan J.
2005-01-01
A method has been developed for real-time stability margin measurement calculations. The method relies on a tailored-forced excitation targeted to a specific frequency range. Computation of the frequency response is matched to the specific frequencies contained in the excitation. A recursive Fourier transformation is used to make the method compatible with real-time calculation. The method was incorporated into the X-38 nonlinear simulation and applied to an X-38 robustness test. X-38 stability margins were calculated for different variations in aerodynamic and mass properties over the vehicle flight trajectory. The new method showed results comparable to more traditional stability analysis techniques, and at the same time, this new method provided coverage that is more complete and increased efficiency.
Blackwell, C. C.
1987-01-01
A relevant facet of the application of Lyapunov gradient-generated robust control to unstable linear autonomous plants is explored. It is demonstrated that if the plant, the output, and the nominal stabilizing control satisfy certain conditions, then the robust component alone stabilizes the nominal plant. An example characterized by two zero eigenvalues and two negative real value poles is presented. These results assure that the robust component will fulfill the role of nominal stabilization successfully so long as the possible magnitude of the robust component can overcome the contribution of the instability to positiveness of the Lyapunov rate.
Blackwell, C. C.
1987-01-01
A relevant facet of the application of Lyapunov gradient-generated robust control to unstable linear autonomous plants is explored. It is demonstrated that if the plant, the output, and the nominal stabilizing control satisfy certain conditions, then the robust component alone stabilizes the nominal plant. An example characterized by two zero eigenvalues and two negative real value poles is presented. These results assure that the robust component will fulfill the role of nominal stabilization successfully so long as the possible magnitude of the robust component can overcome the contribution of the instability to positiveness of the Lyapunov rate.
Curtain, RF
2004-01-01
We solve the problem of robust stabilization with respect to left coprime factor perturbations for a class of irrational transfer functions with a state space realization. We obtain a parameterization of the robustly stabilizing controllers in terms of the generating operators and an arbitrary
Robust Stability and Performance for Linear Systems with Structured and Unstructured Uncertainties
1990-06-01
IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol...34 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control , vol. AC-30, pp. 577-579, June 1985. [10] Yedavalli, R.K., "Perturbation Bounds for Robust Stability in Linear...Zhou, K. and Khargonekar, Pl, "Stability Robustness Bounds for Linear State Space Models with Structured Uncertainty," IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control ,
Comparing Several Robust Tests of Stochastic Equality.
Vargha, Andras; Delaney, Harold D.
In this paper, six statistical tests of stochastic equality are compared with respect to Type I error and power through a Monte Carlo simulation. In the simulation, the skewness and kurtosis levels and the extent of variance heterogeneity of the two parent distributions were varied across a wide range. The sample sizes applied were either small or…
Sandeep Gupta
2015-01-01
Full Text Available A current source converter (CSC based static synchronous compensator (STATCOM is a shunt flexible AC transmission system (FACTS device, which has a vital role as a stability support for small and large transient instability in an interconnected power network. This paper investigates the impact of a novel and robust pole-shifting controller for CSC-STATCOM to improve the transient stability of the multimachine power system. The proposed algorithm utilizes CSC based STATCOM to supply reactive power to the test system to maintain the transient stability in the event of severe contingency. Firstly, modeling and pole-shifting controller design for CSC based STATCOM are stated. After that, we show the impact of the proposed method in the multimachine power system with different disturbances. Here, applicability of the proposed scheme is demonstrated through simulation in MATLAB and the simulation results show an improvement in the transient stability of multimachine power system with CSC-STATCOM. Also clearly shown, the robustness and effectiveness of CSC-STATCOM are better rather than other shunt FACTS devices (SVC and VSC-STATCOM by comparing the results in this paper.
Robust stability of discrete-time nonlinear system with time-delay
LIU Xin-ge; WU Min
2005-01-01
The robustly asymptotical stability problem for discrete-time nonlinear systems with time-delay was investigated. Positive definite matrix are constructed through Lyapunov functional. With the identity transform, property of matrix inverse and S-procedure, a new sufficient condition independent of the size of time-delay for robust stability of discrete-time nonlinear systems with time-delay is established. With Schur complement, another equivalent sufficient condition for robust stability of discrete-time nonlinear systems with time-delay is given. Finally, a sufficient condition dependent on the size of time-delay for robust stability of discrete-time nonlinear systems with time-delay is obtained. A unified approach is used to cast the robust stability problem into a convex optimization involving linear matrix inequalities.
A robust test of uncertain linear systems
Yogesh V.HOTE; D.Roy CHOUDHURY; J.R.P.GUPTA
2009-01-01
In this paper,it is shown that for low-order uncertain systems,there is no need to calculate all the minimum and maximum values of the coefficients for a perturbed system which is expressed in terms of polynomials and hence no need to formulate and test all the four Kharitonov's polynomials.Furthermore,for higher-order systems such as n ≥ 5,the usual four Kharitonov's polynomials need not be tested initially for sufficient condition of perturbed systems; rather,the necessary condition can be checked before going for sufficient condition.In order to show the effectiveness of the proposed method,numerical examples are shown and computational efficiency is highlighted.
Robust Absolute Stability of General Interval Lur'e Type Nonlinear Control Systems
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2001-01-01
In this paper, Lyapunov function method isused to study the robust absolute stability of general interval Lur'e type nonlinear control systems. As a result, algebraically sufficient conditions with interval matrix inequality form are obtained for the general interval Lur'e type nonlinear control systems, thus the relationship between the stability of symmetrical interval matrix and the robust absolute stability of general interval Lur'e type nonlinear control systems is established.
Delay-dependent state feedback robust stabilization for uncertain singular time-delay systems
Gao Huanli; Xu Bugong
2008-01-01
The problem of robust stabilization for uncertain singular time-delay systems is studied.First,a new delay-dependent asymptotic stability criteria for normal singular time-delay systems is given,which is less conservative.Using this result,the problem of state feedback robust stabilization for uncertain singular time-delay systems is discussed.Finally,two examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the results.
Design of robust stability augmentation system for an airship using genetic algorithm
OUYANG Jin; QU Wei-dong; XI Yu-geng
2005-01-01
This paper presents the design of stability augmentation system (SAS) for the airship, which is robust with respect to parametric plant uncertainties. A robust pole placement approach is adopted in the design,which uses genetic algorithm (GA) as the optimization tool to derive the most robust solution of the state-feedback gain matrix K. The method can guarantee the resulting closed-loop poles to remain in a specified allocation region despite plant parameter uncertainty. Thus, the longitudinal stability of the airship is augmented by robustly assigning the closed-loop poles in a prescribed region of the left half s-plane.
Robust adaptive dynamic programming and feedback stabilization of nonlinear systems.
Jiang, Yu; Jiang, Zhong-Ping
2014-05-01
This paper studies the robust optimal control design for a class of uncertain nonlinear systems from a perspective of robust adaptive dynamic programming (RADP). The objective is to fill up a gap in the past literature of adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) where dynamic uncertainties or unmodeled dynamics are not addressed. A key strategy is to integrate tools from modern nonlinear control theory, such as the robust redesign and the backstepping techniques as well as the nonlinear small-gain theorem, with the theory of ADP. The proposed RADP methodology can be viewed as an extension of ADP to uncertain nonlinear systems. Practical learning algorithms are developed in this paper, and have been applied to the controller design problems for a jet engine and a one-machine power system.
Robust stability of uncertain neutral linear stochastic differential delay system
JIANG Ming-hui; SHEN Yi; LIAO Xiao-xin
2007-01-01
The LaSalle-type theorem for the neutral stochastic differential equations with delay is established for the first time and then applied to propose algebraic criteria of the stochastically asymptotic stability and almost exponential stability for the uncertain neutral stochastic differential systems with delay. An example is given to verify the effectiveness of obtained results.
Robust Stability Analysis of Nonlinear Switched Systems with Filippov Solutions
Ahmadi, Mohamadreza; Mojallali, Hamed; Wisniewski, Rafal
2012-01-01
. Based on the theory of differential inclusions, a Lyapunov stability theorem is brought forward. These results are also extended to autonomous switched systems subject to polytopic uncertainty. Furthermore, the proposed stability theorems are reformulated using the sum of squares decomposition method...... which provides sufficient means to construct the corresponding Lyapunov functions via available semi-definite programming techniques....
Robustness Testing of Software-Intensive Systems: Explanation and Guide
2005-04-01
connections. 3.1.3.2 Lost Network Connection Unplug the network cable during different phases of operation. These phases can include start-up and during any...properly handles and reports failures to login to the database. This test will require disabling the database by disabling or unplugging the server or by...and testing experience. In addition, there are courses available that teach robustness testing concepts. If the test team is composed entirely of
Chen Qin
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This paper considers the problems of the robust stability and robust H∞ controller design for time-varying delay switched systems using delta operator approach. Based on the average dwell time approach and delta operator theory, a sufficient condition of the robust exponential stability is presented by choosing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional candidate. Then, a state feedback controller is designed such that the resulting closed-loop system is exponentially stable with a guaranteed H∞ performance. The obtained results are formulated in the form of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs. Finally, a numerical example is provided to explicitly illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.
A Developed Graphical User Interface for Power System Stability and Robustness Studies
GHOURAF Djamel Eddine
2015-06-01
Full Text Available This paper present the realization and development of a graphical user interface (GUI to studied the stability and robustness of power systems (analysis and synthesis, using Conventional Power System Stabilizers (CPSS - realized on PID scheme or advanced controllers (based on adaptive and robust control, and applied on automatic excitation control of powerful synchronous generators, to improve dynamic performances and robustness. The GUI is a useful average to facilitate stability study of power system with the analysis and synthesis of regulators, and resolution of the compromise: results precision / calculation speed. The obtained Simulation results exploiting our developed GUI realized under MATLAB shown considerable improvements in static and dynamic performances, a great stability and enhancing the robustness of power system, with best precision and minimum operating time. This study was performed for different types of powerful synchronous generators.
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2006-01-01
In this paper, using the theory of topological degree and Liapunov functional methods, the authors study the competitive neural networks with time delays and different time scales and present some criteria of global robust stability for this neural network model.
Su Weiwei; Chen Yiming
2008-01-01
Delay-dependent robust stability of cellular neural networks with time-varying discrete and distributed time-varying delays is considered. Based on Lyapunov stability theory and the linear matrix inequality (LMIs) technique, delay-dependent stability criteria are derived in terms of LMIs avoiding bounding certain cross terms, which often leads to conservatism. The effectiveness of the proposed stability criteria and the improvement over the existing results are illustrated in the numerical examples.
Dynamic compensator design for robust stability of linear uncertain systems
Yedavalli, R. K.
1986-01-01
This paper presents a robust linear dynamic compensator design algorithm for linear uncertain systems whose parameters vary within given bounded sets. The algorithm explicitly incorporates the structure of the uncertainty into the design procedure and utilizes the elemental perturbation bounds developed recently. The special cases of linear state feedback and measurement feedback controllers are considered and the relative trade offs are discussed. The design algorithm is illustrated with the help of a simple example.
A New Robust Stabilization Analysis Result for Uncertain Systems with Time-Varying Delay
WANG Zhong-sheng; WANG Dong-yun; LIAO Xiao-xin
2005-01-01
The robust stabilization problem for uncertain systems with time-varying delay has been discussed. A new sufficient criterion is obtained to guarantee the closed-loop system robust stabilizable. The controller gain matrix is included in a Hamiltonian matrix. The Hamiltonian matrix can be constructed by the boundedness of the uncertainties. Some examples are given to illustrate the feasibility of the criterion.
Robust Stability of Fractional Order Time-Delay Control Systems: A Graphical Approach
Radek Matušů; Roman Prokop
2015-01-01
The paper deals with a graphical approach to investigation of robust stability for a feedback control loop with an uncertain fractional order time-delay plant and integer order or fractional order controller. Robust stability analysis is based on plotting the value sets for a suitable range of frequencies and subsequent verification of the zero exclusion condition fulfillment. The computational examples present the typical shapes of the value sets of a family of closed-loop characteristic qua...
A new result on global exponential robust stability of neural networks with time-varying delays
Jinliang SHAO; Tingzhu HUANG
2009-01-01
In this paper,the global exponential robust stability of neural networks with time-varying delays is investigated.By using nonnegative matrix theory and the Halanay inequality,a new sufficient condition for global exponential robust stability is presented.It is shown that the obtained result is different from or improves some existing ones reported in the literatures.Finally,some numerical examples and a simulation are given to show the effectiveness of the obtained result.
Jinxing Lin
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the problems of delay-dependent robust stability and stabilization for a class of continuous singular systems with time-varying delay in range and parametric uncertainties. The parametric uncertainties are assumed to be of a linear fractional form, which includes the norm bounded uncertainty as a special case and can describe a class of rational nonlinearities. In terms of strict linear matrix inequalities (LMIs, delay-range-dependent robust stability criteria for the unforced system are presented. Moreover, a strict LMI design approach is developed such that, when the LMI is feasible, a desired state feedback stabilizing controller can be constructed, which guarantees that, for all admissible uncertainties, the closed-loop dynamics will be regular, impulse free, and robustly asymptotically stable. Numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods.
A Robust Method of Vehicle Stability Accurate Measurement Using GPS and INS
Miao Zhibin
2015-12-01
Full Text Available With the development of the vehicle industry, controlling stability has become more and more important. Techniques of evaluating vehicle stability are in high demand. Integration of Global Positioning System (GPS and Inertial Navigation System (INS is a very practical method to get high-precision measurement data. Usually, the Kalman filter is used to fuse the data from GPS and INS. In this paper, a robust method is used to measure vehicle sideslip angle and yaw rate, which are two important parameters for vehicle stability. First, a four-wheel vehicle dynamic model is introduced, based on sideslip angle and yaw rate. Second, a double level Kalman filter is established to fuse the data from Global Positioning System and Inertial Navigation System. Then, this method is simulated on a sample vehicle, using Carsim software to test the sideslip angle and yaw rate. Finally, a real experiment is made to verify the advantage of this approach. The experimental results showed the merits of this method of measurement and estimation, and the approach can meet the design requirements of the vehicle stability controller.
Robust Adaptive Stabilization of Nonholonomic Mobile Robots with Bounded Disturbances
Gang Chen
2014-01-01
Full Text Available The stabilization problem of nonholonomic mobile robots with unknown system parameters and environmental disturbances is investigated in this paper. Considering the dynamic model and the kinematic model of mobile robots, the transverse function approach is adopted to construct an additional control parameter, so that the closed-loop system is not underactuated. Then the adaptive backstepping method and the parameter projection technique are applied to design the controller to stabilize the system. At last, simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed controller schemes.
Robust Utilization of Wind Turbine Flexibility for Grid Stabilization
Juelsgaard, Morten; Bendtsen, Jan Dimon; Wisniewski, Rafal
2012-01-01
This work considers the use of wind turbines for stabilizing an electrical grid, by employing temporary overproduction with respect to available power. We present a simple model describing a turbine, and show how the possible period of overproduction, can be maximized through a series of convex...
A Robust Stability and Control Theory for Hybrid Dynamical Systems
2006-09-30
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Youden test application in robustness assays during method validation.
Karageorgou, Eftichia; Samanidou, Victoria
2014-08-01
Analytical method validation is a vital step following method development for ensuring reliable and accurate method performance. Among examined figures of merit, robustness/ruggedness study allows us to test performance characteristics of the analytical process when operating conditions are altered either deliberately or not. This study yields useful information, being a fundamental part of method validation. Since many experiments are required, this step is high demanding in time and consumables. In order to avoid the difficult task of performing too many experiments the Youden test which makes use of fractional factorial designs and has been proved to be a very effective approach. The main advantage of Youden test is the fact that it keeps the required time and effort to a minimum, since only a limited number of determinations have to be made, using combinations of the chosen investigated factors. Typical applications of this robustness test found in literature covering a wide variety of sample matrices are briefly discussed in this review.
Robust stability in predictive control with soft constraints
Thomsen, Sven Creutz; Niemann, Hans Henrik; Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad
2010-01-01
In this paper we take advantage of the primary and dual Youla parameterizations for setting up a soft constrained model predictive control (MPC) scheme for which stability is guaranteed in face of norm-bounded uncertainties. Under special conditions guarantees are also given for hard input...... consisting of the primary and dual Youla parameter. This is included in the MPC optimization as a constraint on the induced gain of the optimization variable. We illustrate the method with a numerical simulation example....
Quantitative testing of robustness on superomniphobic surfaces by drop impact.
Nguyen, Thi Phuong Nhung; Brunet, Philippe; Coffinier, Yannick; Boukherroub, Rabah
2010-12-07
The quality of a liquid-repellent surface is quantified by both the apparent contact angle θ(0) that a sessile drop adopts on it and the value of the liquid pressure threshold the surface can withstand without being impaled by the liquid, hence maintaining a low-friction condition. We designed surfaces covered with nanowires obtained by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth technique that are able to repel most of the existing nonpolar liquids including those with very low surface tension as well as many polar liquids with moderate to high surface tension. These superomniphobic surfaces exhibit apparent contact angles ranging from 125 to 160° depending on the liquid. We tested the robustness of the surfaces against impalement by carrying out drop impact experiments. Our results show how this robustness depends on Young's contact angle θ(0) related to the surface tension of the liquid and that the orientational growth of nanowires is a favorable factor for robustness.
Blanchini, F. [Universita di Udine (Italy); Carabelli, S. [Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
1994-12-31
We apply a technique recently proposed in literature for the robust stabilization of linear systems with time-varying uncertain parameters to a magnetic levitation system. This technique allows the construction of a polyhedral Lyapunov function and a linear variable-structure stabilizing controller.
An improved robust stability result for uncertain neural networks with multiple time delays.
Arik, Sabri
2014-06-01
This paper proposes a new alternative sufficient condition for the existence, uniqueness and global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point for the class of delayed neural networks under the parameter uncertainties of the neural system. The existence and uniqueness of the equilibrium point is proved by using the Homomorphic mapping theorem. The asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point is established by employing the Lyapunov stability theorems. The obtained robust stability condition establishes a new relationship between the network parameters of the system. We compare our stability result with the previous corresponding robust stability results derived in the past literature. Some comparative numerical examples together with some simulation results are also given to show the applicability and advantages of our result.
The robustness of diagnostic tests for GH deficiency in adults.
Andersen, Marianne
2015-06-01
Since the 1970s, GH treatment has been an important tool in paediatric endocrinology for the management of growth retardation. It is now accepted that adults with severe GH deficiency (GHD) demonstrate impaired physical and psychological well-being and may benefit from replacement therapy with recombinant human GH. There is, however, an ongoing debate on how to diagnose GHD, especially in adults. A GH response below the cut-off limit of a GH-stimulation test is required in most cases for establishing GHD in adults. No 'gold standard' GH-stimulation test exists, but some GH stimulation tests may be more robust to variations in patient characteristics such as age and gender, as well as to pre-test conditions like heat exposure due to a hot bath or bicycling. However, body mass index (BMI) is negatively associated with GH-responses to all available GH-stimulation tests and glucocorticoid treatment, including conventional substitution therapy, influences the GH-responses. Recently, the role of IGF-I measurements in the clinical decision making has been discussed. The aim of this review is to discuss the available GH-stimulation tests. In this author's opinion, tests which include growth-hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) tend to be more potent and robust, especially the GHRH+arginine test which has been proven to be of clinical use. In contrast, the insulin tolerance test (ITT) and the glucagon test appear to have too many drawbacks.
Robust stability in constrained predictive control through the Youla parameterisations
Thomsen, Sven Creutz; Niemann, Hans Henrik; Poulsen, Niels Kjølstad
2011-01-01
In this article we take advantage of the primary and dual Youla parameterisations to set up a soft constrained model predictive control (MPC) scheme. In this framework it is possible to guarantee stability in face of norm-bounded uncertainties. Under special conditions guarantees are also given...... arguments on the loop consisting of the primary and dual Youla parameter. This is included in the MPC optimisation as a constraint on the induced gain of the optimisation variable. We illustrate the method with a numerical simulation example....
21 CFR 211.166 - Stability testing.
2010-04-01
... record of such data shall be maintained. Accelerated studies, combined with basic stability information... shelf life studies, there must be stability studies conducted, including drug product testing at... 21 Food and Drugs 4 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Stability testing. 211.166 Section 211.166...
Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Rizzuto, Enrico; Narasimhan, Harikrishna
2012-01-01
More frequent use of advanced types of structures with limited redundancy and serious consequences in case of failure combined with increased requirements to efficiency in design and execution followed by increased risk of human errors has made the need of requirements to robustness of structures......, a theoretical and risk-based framework is presented which facilitates the quantification of robustness, and thus supports the formulation of pre-normative guidelines....
Intuitive robust stability metric for PID control of self-regulating processes.
Arbogast, Jeffrey E; Beauregard, Brett M; Cooper, Douglas J
2008-10-01
Published methods establish how plant-model mismatch in the process gain and dead time impacts closed-loop stability. However, these methods assume no plant-model mismatch in the process time constant. The work presented here proposes the robust stability factor metric, RSF, to examine the effect of plant-model mismatch in the process gain, dead time, and time constant. The RSF is presented in two forms: an equation form and a visual form displayed on robustness plots derived from the Bode and Nyquist stability criteria. This understanding of robust stability is reinforced through visual examples of how closed-loop performance changes with various levels of plant-model mismatch. One example shows how plant-model mismatch in the time constant can impact closed-loop stability as much as plant-model mismatch in the gain and/or dead time. Theoretical discussion shows that the impact is greater for small dead time to time constant ratios. As the closed-loop time constant used in Internal Model Control (IMC) tuning decreases, the impact becomes significant for a larger range of dead time to time constant ratios. To complete the presentation, the RSF is used to compare the robust stability of IMC-PI tuning to other PI, PID, and PID with Filter tuning correlations.
Pan, Indranil; Ghosh, Soumyajit; Gupta, Amitava; 10.1109/PACC.2011.5978958
2012-01-01
Networked Control Systems (NCSs) are often associated with problems like random data losses which might lead to system instability. This paper proposes a method based on the use of variable controller gains to achieve maximum parametric robustness of the plant controlled over a network. Stability using variable controller gains under data loss conditions is analyzed using a suitable Linear Matrix Inequality (LMI) formulation. Also, a Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) based technique is used to maximize parametric robustness of the plant.
Liu, Yanbin; Liu, Mengying; Sun, Peihua
2014-01-01
A typical model of hypersonic vehicle has the complicated dynamics such as the unstable states, the nonminimum phases, and the strong coupling input-output relations. As a result, designing a robust stabilization controller is essential to implement the anticipated tasks. This paper presents a robust stabilization controller based on the guardian maps theory for hypersonic vehicle. First, the guardian maps theories are provided to explain the constraint relations between the open subsets of complex plane and the eigenvalues of the state matrix of closed-loop control system. Then, a general control structure in relation to the guardian maps theories is proposed to achieve the respected design demands. Furthermore, the robust stabilization control law depending on the given general control structure is designed for the longitudinal model of hypersonic vehicle. Finally, a simulation example is provided to verify the effectiveness of the proposed methods.
PAN Li-xin; JIN Hong-zhang; WANG Lin-lin
2011-01-01
In the case of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) navigating with low speed near water surface, a new method for design of roll motion controller is proposed in order to restrain wave disturbance effectively and improve roll stabilizing performance. Robust control is applied, which is based on uncertain nonlinear horizontal motion model of AUV and the principle of zero speed fin stabilizer. Feedback linearization approach is used to transform the complex nonlinear system into a comparatively simple linear system. For parameter uncertainty of motion model, the controller is designed with mixed-sensitivity method based on H-infinity robust control theory. Simulation results show better robustness improved by this control method for roll stabilizing of AUV navigating near water surface.
Robust stability analysis of singular linear system with delay and parameter uncertainty
Renxin ZHONG; Zhi YANG
2005-01-01
This paper deals with the problem of robust stability for continuous-time singular systems with state delay and parameter uncertainty.The uncertain singular systems with delay considered in this paper are assumed to be regular and impulse free.By decomposing the systems into slow and fast subsystems,a robust delay-dependent asymptotic stability criteria based on linear matrix inequality is proposed,which is derived by using Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals,neither model transformation nor bounding for cross terms is required in the derivation of our delay-dependent result.The robust delay-dependent stability criterion proposed in this paper is a sufficient condition.Finally,numerical examples and Matlab simulation are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
GRANDIN, P. H.
2014-06-01
Full Text Available Recommendation systems based on collaborative filtering are open by nature, what makes them vulnerable to profile injection attacks that insert biased evaluations in the system database in order to manipulate recommendations. In this paper we evaluate the stability and robustness of collaborative filtering algorithms applied to semantic web services recommendation when submitted to random and segment profile injection attacks. We evaluated four algorithms: (1 IMEAN, that makes predictions using the average of the evaluations received by the target item; (2 UMEAN, that makes predictions using the average of the evaluation made by the target user; (3 an algorithm based on the k-nearest neighbor (k-NN method and (4, an algorithm based on the k-means clustering method.The experiments showed that the UMEAN algorithm is not affected by the attacks and that IMEAN is the most vulnerable of all algorithms tested. Nevertheless, both UMEAN and IMEAN have little practical application due to the low precision of their predictions. Among the algorithms with intermediate tolerance to attacks but with good prediction performance, the algorithm based on k-nn proved to be more robust and stable than the algorithm based on k-means.
The robustness of diagnostic tests for GH deficiency in adults
Andersen, Marianne
2015-01-01
Since the 1970s, GH treatment has been an important tool in paediatric endocrinology for the management of growth retardation. It is now accepted that adults with severe GH deficiency (GHD) demonstrate impaired physical and psychological well-being and may benefit from replacement therapy...... with recombinant human GH. There is, however, an ongoing debate on how to diagnose GHD, especially in adults. A GH response below the cut-off limit of a GH-stimulation test is required in most cases for establishing GHD in adults. No 'gold standard' GH-stimulation test exists, but some GH stimulation tests may...... be more robust to variations in patient characteristics such as age and gender, as well as to pre-test conditions like heat exposure due to a hot bath or bicycling. However, body mass index (BMI) is negatively associated with GH-responses to all available GH-stimulation tests and glucocorticoid treatment...
Reliable grading robust stabilization for uncertain time-varying systems via dynamic compensator
无
2002-01-01
A new general model for uncertain time-varying parameters and a new measure sensor failure model are presented, and the problems of both grading robust stabilization and reliable grading robust stabilization for such systems are studied. By the Lyapunov stability theory and matrix algebra method, some sufficient criteria for the above two control problems are established in quasi-linear matrix inequalities (Q-LMIS) forms. In view of linear matrix inequality (LMI) approach, a solving procedure for the Q-LMIS problem is proposed. The solvability of the Q-LMIS problem can be improved obviously by adding some LMI constraints to the Q-LMIS. Based on the two Q-LMIS criteria, a grading robust stable control strategy, namely, the controller with different energy is acted on the system with different uncertain parameter range, is presented. The numerical simulating results show that the grading robust stable control strategy for the robust stabilization of uncertain systems has important theoretical and practical significance.
Quantum Popov robust stability analysis of an optical cavity containing a saturated Kerr medium
Petersen, Ian R.
2017-09-01
This paper applies results of the robust stability of nonlinear quantum systems to a system consisting of an optical cavity containing a saturated Kerr medium. The system is characterised by a Hamiltonian operator that contains a non-quadratic term involving a quartic function of the annihilation and creation operators. A saturated version of the Kerr nonlinearity leads to a sector-bounded nonlinearity that enables a quantum small gain theorem to be applied to this system in order to analyse its stability. Also, a non-quadratic version of a quantum Popov stability criterion is presented and applied to analyse the stability of this system.
Zhengguang WU; Wuneng ZHOU
2008-01-01
This paper investigates the problem of delay-dependent robust stabilization for uncertain singular systems with discrete and distributed delays in terms of linear matrix inequality(LMI)approach.Based on a delay-dependent stability condition for the nominal system,a state feedback controller is designed,which guarantees the resultant closedloop system to be robustly stable.An explicit expression for the desired controller is also given by solving a set of matrix inequalities.Some numerical examples are provided to illustrate the less conservativeness of the proposed methods.
Delay-dependent criteria for the robust stability of systems with time-varying delay
Min WU; Yong HE; Jinhua SHE
2003-01-01
The problem of delay-dependent robust stability for systems with titne-varying delay has been considered. By using the S-procedure and the Park' s inequality in the recent issue, a delay-dependent robust stability criterion which is less conservative than the previous results has been derived for time-delay systems with time-varying structured uncertainties. The same idea has also been easily extended to the systems with nonlinear perturbations. Numerical examples illustrated the effectiveness and the improvement of the proposed approach.
Robust exponential stability analysis of a larger class of discrete-time recurrent neural networks
无
2007-01-01
The robust exponential stability of a larger class of discrete-time recurrent neural networks (RNNs) is explored in this paper. A novel neural network model, named standard neural network model (SNNM), is introduced to provide a general framework for stability analysis of RNNs. Most of the existing RNNs can be transformed into SNNMs to be analyzed in a unified way.Applying Lyapunov stability theory method and S-Procedure technique, two useful criteria of robust exponential stability for the discrete-time SNNMs are derived. The conditions presented are formulated as linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) to be easily solved using existing efficient convex optimization techniques. An example is presented to demonstrate the transformation procedure and the effectiveness of the results.
Robust Video Stabilization Using Particle Keypoint Update and l₁-Optimized Camera Path.
Jeon, Semi; Yoon, Inhye; Jang, Jinbeum; Yang, Seungji; Kim, Jisung; Paik, Joonki
2017-02-10
Acquisition of stabilized video is an important issue for various type of digital cameras. This paper presents an adaptive camera path estimation method using robust feature detection to remove shaky artifacts in a video. The proposed algorithm consists of three steps: (i) robust feature detection using particle keypoints between adjacent frames; (ii) camera path estimation and smoothing; and (iii) rendering to reconstruct a stabilized video. As a result, the proposed algorithm can estimate the optimal homography by redefining important feature points in the flat region using particle keypoints. In addition, stabilized frames with less holes can be generated from the optimal, adaptive camera path that minimizes a temporal total variation (TV). The proposed video stabilization method is suitable for enhancing the visual quality for various portable cameras and can be applied to robot vision, driving assistant systems, and visual surveillance systems.
Robust decentralized PID-based power system stabilizer design using an ILMI approach
Soliman, M.; Bendary, F.; Mansour, W. [Electrical Power and Machines Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Benha university, 108 Shoubra St., Cairo (Egypt); Elshafei, A.L. [Electrical Power and Machines Dept., Cairo University, Gamma St, Giza (Egypt)
2010-12-15
Thanks to its essential functionality and structure simplicity, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers are commonly used by industrial utilities. A robust PID-based power system stabilizer (PSS) is proposed to properly function over a wide range of operating conditions. Uncertainties in plant parameters, due to variation in generation and load patterns, are expressed in the form of a polytopic model. The PID control problem is firstly reduced to a generalized static output feedback (SOF) synthesis. The derivative action is designed and implemented as a high-pass filter based on a low-pass block to reduce its sensitivity to sensor noise. The proposed design algorithm adopts a quadratic Lyapunov approach to guarantee {alpha}-decay rate for the entire polytope. A constrained structure of Lyapunov function and SOF gain matrix is considered to enforce a decentralized scheme. Setting of controller parameters is carried out via an iterative linear matrix inequality (ILMI). Simulation results, based on a benchmark model of a two-area four-machine test system, are presented to compare the proposed design to a well-tuned conventional PSS and to the standard IEEE-PSS4B stabilizer. (author)
Robust stabilization using LMI techniques of neutral time-delay systems subject to input saturation
El Fezazi, Nabil; El Haoussi, Fatima; Houssaine Tissir, El; Alvarez, Teresa; Tadeo, Fernando
2017-01-01
The robust stabilization of uncertain saturated neutral systems with state delay is solved in this paper: based on a free weighting matrix approach, sufficient conditions are obtained via an LMI formulation. From these conditions, state feedback gains that ensure stability for the largest set of admissible initial conditions can be calculated solving optimization problems with LMI constraints. Some applications of this methodology to feedback control are then presented and compared with previous results in the literature.
Robust exponential stability and stabilization of linear uncertain polytopic time-delay systems
Nam PHAN T.; Phat VU N.
2008-01-01
This paper proposes new sufficient conditions for the exponential stability and stabilization.of linear uncertain polytopic time-delay systems.The conditions for exponential stability are expressed in terms of Kharitonov-type linear matrix inequalities(LMIs)and we develop control design methods based on UMIs for solving stabilization problem.Our method consists of a combination of the LMI approach and the use of parameter-dependent Lyapunov funcfionals,which allows to compute simultaneously the two bounds that characterize the exponetial stability rate of the solution.Numerical examples illustrating the conditions are given.
NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) Trajectory Validation and Robustness
Sarli, Bruno V.; Ozimek, Martin T.; Atchison, Justin A.; Englander, Jacob A.; Barbee, Brent W.
2017-01-01
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will be the first to test the concept of a kinetic impactor. Several studies have been made on asteroid redirection and impact mitigation, however, to this date no mission tested the proposed concepts. An impact study on a representative body allows the measurement of the effects on the target's orbit and physical structure. With this goal, DART's objective is to verify the effectiveness of the kinetic impact concept for planetary defense. The spacecraft uses solar electric propulsion to escape Earth, flyby (138971) 2001 CB21 for impart rehearsal, and impact the secondary body of the (65803) Didymos system. This work focuses on the interplanetary trajectory design part of the mission with the validation of the baseline trajectory, performance comparison to other mission objectives, and assessment of the baseline robustness to missed thrust events. Results show a good performance of the selected trajectory for different mission objectives: latest possible escape date, maximum kinetic energy on impact, shortest possible time of flight, and use of an Earth swing-by. The baseline trajectory was shown to be robust to a missed thrust with 1% of fuel margin being enough to recover the mission for failures of more than 14 days.
Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Control Systems Using Piecewise Quadratic Lyapunov Functions
无
2002-01-01
The sufficient condition based on piecewise quadratic simultaneous Lyapunov functions for robust stabilizationof uncertain control systems via a constant linear state feedback control law is obtained. The objective is to use a robuststability criterion that is less conservative than the usual quadratic stability criterion. Numerical example is given, show-ing the advanteges of the proposed method.
IQC-based robust stability analysis for LPV control of doubly-fed induction generators
Tien, H. N.; Scherer, C. W.; Scherpen, J. M. A.
2008-01-01
Parameters of electrical machines are usually varying with time in a smooth way due to changing operating conditions, such as variations in the machine temperature and/or the magnetic saturation. This paper is concerned with robust stability analysis of controlled Doubly-Fed Induction Generators (DF
Oostveen, JC; Curtain, RF
1997-01-01
We solve the problem of robust stabilization with respect to normalized coprime factor perturbations for a new class of infinite-dimensional systems with finite-rank, colocated actuators and sensors and possibly infinitely many unstable eigenvalues on the imaginary axis. Such systems are often used
Robust stabilization with H∞ performance for a class of linear parameter-dependent systems
Hamid Reza Karimi
2006-01-01
Full Text Available We focus on the issue of robust stabilization with H∞ performance for a class of linear time-invariant parameter-dependent systems under norm-bounded nonlinear uncertainties. By combining the idea of polynomially parameter-dependent quadratic Lyapunov functions and linear matrix inequalities formulations, some parameter-independent conditions with high precision are given to guarantee robust asymptotic stability and robust disturbance attenuation of the linear time-invariant parameter-dependent system in the presence of norm-bounded nonlinear uncertainties. The parameter-dependent state-feedback control is designed based on the Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaac (HJI method. The applicability of the proposed design method is illustrated in a simple example.
Qiang Yang
2016-01-01
Full Text Available Based on adaptive nonlinear damping, a novel decentralized robust adaptive output feedback stabilization comprising a decentralized robust adaptive output feedback controller and a decentralized robust adaptive observer is proposed for a large-scale interconnected nonlinear system with general uncertainties, such as unknown nonlinear parameters, bounded disturbances, unknown nonlinearities, unmodeled dynamics, and unknown interconnections, which are nonlinear function of not only states and outputs but also unmodeled dynamics coming from other subsystems. In each subsystem, the proposed stabilization only has two adaptive parameters, and it is not needed to generate an additional dynamic signal or estimate the unknown parameters. Under certain assumptions, the proposed scheme guarantees that all the dynamic signals in the interconnected nonlinear system are bounded. Furthermore, the system states and estimate errors can approach arbitrarily small values by choosing the design parameters appropriately large. Finally, simulation results illustrated the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.
Control design for robust stability in linear regulators: Application to aerospace flight control
Yedavalli, R. K.
1986-01-01
Time domain stability robustness analysis and design for linear multivariable uncertain systems with bounded uncertainties is the central theme of the research. After reviewing the recently developed upper bounds on the linear elemental (structured), time varying perturbation of an asymptotically stable linear time invariant regulator, it is shown that it is possible to further improve these bounds by employing state transformations. Then introducing a quantitative measure called the stability robustness index, a state feedback conrol design algorithm is presented for a general linear regulator problem and then specialized to the case of modal systems as well as matched systems. The extension of the algorithm to stochastic systems with Kalman filter as the state estimator is presented. Finally an algorithm for robust dynamic compensator design is presented using Parameter Optimization (PO) procedure. Applications in a aircraft control and flexible structure control are presented along with a comparison with other existing methods.
Robust H∞ stabilization of a hard disk drive system with a single-stage actuator
Harno, Hendra G.; Kiin Woon, Raymond Song
2015-04-01
This paper considers a robust H∞ control problem for a hard disk drive system with a single stage actuator. The hard disk drive system is modeled as a linear time-invariant uncertain system where its uncertain parameters and high-order dynamics are considered as uncertainties satisfying integral quadratic constraints. The robust H∞ control problem is transformed into a nonlinear optimization problem with a pair of parameterized algebraic Riccati equations as nonconvex constraints. The nonlinear optimization problem is then solved using a differential evolution algorithm to find stabilizing solutions to the Riccati equations. These solutions are used for synthesizing an output feedback robust H∞ controller to stabilize the hard disk drive system with a specified disturbance attenuation level.
MohammadReza Davoodi
2009-12-01
Full Text Available This paper offers a design procedure for robust stability, robust H-infinity control and robust H2 control via dynamic output feedback for a class of uncertain linear systems. The uncertainties are of norm bounded type. Then in order to support a high-speed energy storage flywheel, these procedures are applied to an active radial magnetic bearing system. The state space matrices of this controller are the solution of some linear matrix inequalities (LMIs.
Robust stabilizing first-order controllers for a class of time delay systems.
Saadaoui, Karim; Testouri, Sana; Benrejeb, Mohamed
2010-07-01
In this paper, stabilizing regions of a first-order controller for an all poles system with time delay are computed via parametric methods. First, the admissible ranges of one of the controller's parameters are obtained. Then, for a fixed value of this parameter, stabilizing regions in the remaining two parameters are determined using the D-decomposition method. Phase and gain margin specifications are then included in the design. Finally, robust stabilizing first-order controllers are determined for uncertain plants with an interval type uncertainty in the coefficients. Examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Kanit Mukdasai
2012-01-01
Full Text Available This paper investigates the problem of robust exponential stability for linear parameter-dependent (LPD systems with discrete and distributed time-varying delays and nonlinear perturbations. Parameter dependent Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, Leibniz-Newton formula, and linear matrix inequality are proposed to analyze the stability. On the basis of the estimation and by utilizing free-weighting matrices, new delay-dependent exponential stability criteria are established in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs. Numerical examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness and less conservativeness of the proposed methods.
Robust Stability Analysis of the Space Launch System Control Design: A Singular Value Approach
Pei, Jing; Newsome, Jerry R.
2015-01-01
Classical stability analysis consists of breaking the feedback loops one at a time and determining separately how much gain or phase variations would destabilize the stable nominal feedback system. For typical launch vehicle control design, classical control techniques are generally employed. In addition to stability margins, frequency domain Monte Carlo methods are used to evaluate the robustness of the design. However, such techniques were developed for Single-Input-Single-Output (SISO) systems and do not take into consideration the off-diagonal terms in the transfer function matrix of Multi-Input-Multi-Output (MIMO) systems. Robust stability analysis techniques such as H(sub infinity) and mu are applicable to MIMO systems but have not been adopted as standard practices within the launch vehicle controls community. This paper took advantage of a simple singular-value-based MIMO stability margin evaluation method based on work done by Mukhopadhyay and Newsom and applied it to the SLS high-fidelity dynamics model. The method computes a simultaneous multi-loop gain and phase margin that could be related back to classical margins. The results presented in this paper suggest that for the SLS system, traditional SISO stability margins are similar to the MIMO margins. This additional level of verification provides confidence in the robustness of the control design.
Nevsky, A; Alighanbari, S; Chen, Q-F; Ernsting, I; Vasilyev, S; Schiller, S; Barwood, G; Gill, P; Poli, N; Tino, G M
2013-11-15
We have demonstrated a compact, robust device for simultaneous absolute frequency stabilization of three diode lasers whose carrier frequencies can be chosen freely relative to the reference. A rigid ULE multicavity block is employed, and, for each laser, the sideband locking technique is applied. A small lock error, computer control of frequency offset, wide range of frequency offset, simple construction, and robust operation are the useful features of the system. One concrete application is as a stabilization unit for the cooling and trapping lasers of a neutral-atom lattice clock. The device significantly supports and improves the clock's operation. The laser with the most stringent requirements imposed by this application is stabilized to a line width of 70 Hz, and a residual frequency drift less than 0.5 Hz/s. The carrier optical frequency can be tuned over 350 MHz while in lock.
Computational analysis of a stability robustness margin for structured real-parameter perturbations
Wedell, Evan; Chuang, C.-H.; Wie, Bong
1989-01-01
An efficient computational method is presented for stability robustness analysis with structured real-parameter perturbations. A generic model of a class of uncertain dynamical systems is used as an example. The parameter uncertainty is characterized by a real scalar, epsilon. Multilinearity of the closed-loop characteristic polynomial is exploited to permit application of the mapping theorem to calculate the stability robustness margin. It is found that sensitive geometry of the stability boundary in the epsilon, omega-plane renders problematic the calculation of the minimum epsilon as a function of omega. This difficulty is avoided by calculating the minimum distance to the image of the uncertainty domain over omega as a function of epsilon. It is also shown that a certain class of uncertain dynamical systems has the required multilinearity property and are thus amenable to the proposed technique.
Robust stability analysis of uncertain discrete-time systems with state delay
任正云; 张立群; 邵惠鹤
2004-01-01
The sufficient conditions of stability for uncertain discrete-time systems with state delay have been proposed by some researchers in the past few years, yet these results may be conservative in application. The stability analysis of these systems is discussed, and the necessary and sufficient condition of stability is derived by method other than constructing Lyapunov function and solving Riccati inequality. The root locations of system characteristic polynomial, which is obtained by augmentation approach and Laplace expansion, determine the stability of uncertain discrete-time systems with state delay, the system is stable if and only if all roots lie within the unit circle. In order to analyze robust stability of system characteristic polynomial effectively, Kharitonov theorem and edge theorem are applied. Example shows the practicability of these methods.
Stabilization and regulation of nonlinear systems a robust and adaptive approach
Chen, Zhiyong
2015-01-01
The core of this textbook is a systematic and self-contained treatment of the nonlinear stabilization and output regulation problems. Its coverage embraces both fundamental concepts and advanced research outcomes and includes many numerical and practical examples. Several classes of important uncertain nonlinear systems are discussed. The state-of-the art solution presented uses robust and adaptive control design ideas in an integrated approach which demonstrates connections between global stabilization and global output regulation allowing both to be treated as stabilization problems. Stabilization and Regulation of Nonlinear Systems takes advantage of rich new results to give students up-to-date instruction in the central design problems of nonlinear control, problems which are a driving force behind the furtherance of modern control theory and its application. The diversity of systems in which stabilization and output regulation become significant concerns in the mathematical formulation of practical contr...
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2011-01-01
In this paper,the robust stability issue of switched uncertain multidelay systems resulting from actuator failures is considered.Based on the average dwell time approach,a set of suitable switching signals is designed by using the total activation time ratio between the stable subsystem and the unstable one.It is first proven that the resulting closed-loop system is robustly exponentially stable for some allowable upper bound of delays if the nominal system with zero delay is exponentially stable under thes...
Protocols for Robust Herbicide Resistance Testing in Different Weed Species.
Panozzo, Silvia; Scarabel, Laura; Collavo, Alberto; Sattin, Maurizio
2015-07-02
Robust protocols to test putative herbicide resistant weed populations at whole plant level are essential to confirm the resistance status. The presented protocols, based on whole-plant bioassays performed in a greenhouse, can be readily adapted to a wide range of weed species and herbicides through appropriate variants. Seed samples from plants that survived a field herbicide treatment are collected and stored dry at low temperature until used. Germination methods differ according to weed species and seed dormancy type. Seedlings at similar growth stage are transplanted and maintained in the greenhouse under appropriate conditions until plants have reached the right growth stage for herbicide treatment. Accuracy is required to prepare the herbicide solution to avoid unverifiable mistakes. Other critical steps such as the application volume and spray speed are also evaluated. The advantages of this protocol, compared to others based on whole plant bioassays using one herbicide dose, are related to the higher reliability and the possibility of inferring the resistance level. Quicker and less expensive in vivo or in vitro diagnostic screening tests have been proposed (Petri dish bioassays, spectrophotometric tests), but they provide only qualitative information and their widespread use is hindered by the laborious set-up that some species may require. For routine resistance testing, the proposed whole plant bioassay can be applied at only one herbicide dose, so reducing the costs.
Jinxing Lin; Shumin Fei; Jiong Shen
2010-01-01
The problems of robust stability and stabilization via memoryless state feedback for a class of discrete-time switched singular systems with time-varying delays and linear fractional uncertainties are investigated.By constructing a novel switched Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional,a delay-dependent criterion for the unforced system to be regular,causal and uniformly asymptotically stable is established in terms of linear matrix inequalities(LMIs).An explicit expression for the desired memoryless state feedback stabilization controller is also given.The merits of the proposed criteria lie in their less conservativeness and relative simplicity,which are achieved by considering additionally useful terms(ignored in previous methods)when estimating the upper bound of the forward difference of the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and by avoiding utilizing any model augmentation transformation.Some numerical examples are provided to illustrate the validity of the proposed methods.
Huaicheng YAN; Xinhan HUANG; Min WANG
2007-01-01
In this paper, delay-dependent robust stability for a class of uncertain networked control systems (NCSs)with multiple state time-delays is investigated. Modeling of multi-input and multi-output (MIMO) NCSs with networkinduced delays and uncertainties through new methods are proposed. Some new stability criteria in terms of LMIs are derived by using Lyapunov stability theory combined with linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) techniques. We analyze the delay-dependent asymptotic stability and obtain maximum allowable delay bound (MADB) for the NCSs with the proposed methods. Compared with the reported results, the proposed results obtain a much less conservative MADB which are more general. Numerical example and simulation is used to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods.
Global robust asymptotic stability of variable-time impulsive BAM neural networks.
Saylı, Mustafa; Yılmaz, Enes
2014-12-01
In this paper, the global robust asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point for a more general class of bidirectional associative memory (BAM) neural networks with variable time of impulses is addressed. Unlike most existing studies, the case of non-fix time impulses is focused on in the present study. By means of B-equivalence method, which was introduced in Akhmet (2003, 2005, 2009, 2010), Akhmet and Perestyuk (1990) and Akhmet and Turan (2009), we reduce these networks to a fix time impulsive neural networks system. Sufficient conditions ensuring the existence, uniqueness and global robust asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point are obtained by employing an appropriate Lyapunov function and linear matrix inequality (LMI). Finally, we give one illustrative example to show the effectiveness of the theoretical results.
Robust D-Stability Controller Design for a Ducted Fan Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Xiao-lu Ren
2014-01-01
Full Text Available This paper deals with the aerodynamic modeling of a small ducted fan UAV and the problem of attitude stabilization when the parameter of the vehicle is varied. The main aerodynamic model of the hovering flight UAV is first presented. Then, an attitude control is designed from a linearization of the dynamic model around the hovering flight, which is based on the H∞ output feedback control theory with D-stability. Simulation results show that such method has good robustness to the attitude system. They can meet the requirements of attitude control and verify further the feasibility of such a control strategy.
Robust Stability Analysis and Synthesis for Switched Discrete-Time Systems with Time Delay
Liguo Zhang
2010-01-01
Full Text Available The problems of robust stability analysis and synthesis for a class of uncertain switched time-delay systems with polytopic type uncertainties are addressed. Based on the constructive use of an appropriate switched Lyapunov function, sufficient linear matrix inequalities (LMIs conditions are investigated to make such systems a uniform quadratic stability with an L2-gain smaller than a given constant level. System synthesis is to design switched feedback schemes, whether based on state, output measurements, or by using dynamic output feedback, to guarantee that the corresponding closed-loop system satisfies the LMIs conditions. Two numerical examples are provided that demonstrate the efficiency of this approach.
On Robust Stability of a Class of Uncertain Nonlinear Systems with Time-Varying Delay
NIAN Xiao-hong
2002-01-01
The problem of robust stability of a class of uncertain nonlinear dynamical systems with time-delay is considered. Based on the assumption that the nominal system is stable, some sufficient conditions onrobust stability of uncertain nonlinear dynamical systems with time-delay are derived. Some analytical methods and a type of Lyapunov functional are used to investigate such sufficient conditions. The results obtained in this paper are applicable to perturbed time-delay systems with unbounded time-varying delay.Some previous results are improved and a numerical example is given to demonstrate the validity of our results.
Liu, Ping
2013-07-01
This paper deals with the finite-time stabilization of unified chaotic complex systems with known and unknown parameters. Based on the finite-time stability theory, nonlinear control laws are presented to achieve finite-time chaos control of the determined and uncertain unified chaotic complex systems, respectively. The two controllers are simple, and one of the uncertain unified chaotic complex systems is robust. For the design of a finite-time controller on uncertain unified chaotic complex systems, only some of the unknown parameters need to be bounded. Simulation results for the chaotic complex Lorenz, Lü and Chen systems are presented to validate the design and analysis.
Flight control application of new stability robustness bounds for linear uncertain systems
Yedavalli, Rama K.
1993-01-01
This paper addresses the issue of obtaining bounds on the real parameter perturbations of a linear state-space model for robust stability. Based on Kronecker algebra, new, easily computable sufficient bounds are derived that are much less conservative than the existing bounds since the technique is meant for only real parameter perturbations (in contrast to specializing complex variation case to real parameter case). The proposed theory is illustrated with application to several flight control examples.
Wang, Leimin; Shen, Yi; Sheng, Yin
2016-04-01
This paper is concerned with the finite-time robust stabilization of delayed neural networks (DNNs) in the presence of discontinuous activations and parameter uncertainties. By using the nonsmooth analysis and control theory, a delayed controller is designed to realize the finite-time robust stabilization of DNNs with discontinuous activations and parameter uncertainties, and the upper bound of the settling time functional for stabilization is estimated. Finally, two examples are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the theoretical results.
What trends in energy efficiencies? Evidence from a robust test
Le Pen, Yannick [LEMNA, Institut d' Economie et de Management de Nantes - IAE, Universite de Nantes, Chemin de la Censive du Tertre, BP 52231, 44322 Nantes cedex 3 (France); Sevi, Benoit [GRANEM, Faculte de Droit, Economie et Gestion, Universite d' Angers, 13 allee Francois Mitterrand, BP 13633, 49036 Angers cedex 01, LEMNA and Bordeaux Management School (CEREBEM) (France)
2010-05-15
A proper modeling of the long-run behavior of energy and oil intensities is crucial in many respects. This paper aims at checking whether this long-run behavior should be modelled as a deterministic or a stochastic trend or both. We first apply a test for a deterministic trend robust to uncertainty about the stochastic trend. Our results indicate that, for the period 1960-2004, energy intensities of only 8 OECD countries out of 25 include a negative deterministic trend, 3 include a positive one and 14 seem to be better modelled by a stochastic trend only. When considering a sample of 73 non-OECD countries on the period 1971-2004, we show that only 22 exhibit a deterministic trend (negative for 15 countries and positive for 7 countries). A similar analysis for oil intensity leads to reject the hypothesis of an insignificant deterministic trend for 7 OECD countries out of 23 for the period 1965-2004 and 11 non-OECD countries out of 40 for the period 1971-2004. In the next step, we apply standard unit root tests and find that the unit root hypothesis is not very often rejected. We conclude that a main feature of energy intensities is the presence of a stochastic trend. (author)
Automation for a base station stability testing
2016-01-01
This Batchelor’s thesis was commissioned by Oy LM Ericsson Ab Oulu. The aim of it was to help to investigate and create a test automation solution for the stability testing of the LTE base station. The main objective was to create a test automation for a predefined test set. This test automation solution had to be created for specific environments and equipment. This work included creating the automation for the test cases and putting them to daily test automation jobs. The key factor...
Liang, Yao; Yamaura, Hiroshi; Ouyang, Huajiang
2017-06-01
As friction couples tangential and lateral degrees-of-freedom of a structure at contact interfaces, the resulting asymmetric dynamic system is prone to dynamic instability. Using state-feedback control, such a frictional asymmetric system can be stabilized through assigning the system desirable eigenvalues; but uncertainties in system parameters can cause assigned eigenvalues to deviate from desired locations and thus stability may be lost. This study presents a robust stabilization method that assigns both desirable eigenvalues and their sensitivities and thus render assigned eigenvalues stable and insensitive to perturbations in uncertain contact parameters (the friction coefficient, contact damping, and contact stiffness). This method utilizes receptances of the corresponding symmetric part of the asymmetric system. The optimal control input location is first determined by minimizing the Frobenius norm of the normalized eigen-sensitivity matrix. The normalized eigen-sensitivities indicate that the friction coefficient and contact stiffness intrinsically have similar crucial effects on the stability of the system. To demonstrate the application of the proposed control method, the eigen-sensitivities with respect to only the friction coefficient are assigned. A constrained over-determined least-squares problem is solved to assign both required eigenvalues and eigen-sensitivities. Numerical examples validate the effectiveness of the proposed robust control scheme by Monte Carlo simulations.
Robust Output Feedback Stabilization of a Field-Sensed Magnetic Suspension System
Jen-Hsing Li
2013-01-01
Full Text Available The magnetic suspension system (MSS is very important in many engineering applications. This paper proposes the dynamic output feedback control of a field-sensed MSS (FSMSS. Subsequently, the mathematical model of the MSS is described by discrete-time systems. Ideally, the coefficients of a nominal polynomial can precisely determine the Schur stability. But in reality, the coefficients may contain uncertainties due to reasons such as computational errors. Therefore, there is a need to address the problem of robust stability for discrete-time systems. In this paper, the size of allowable perturbation in polynomial coefficient space was estimated for the output feedback control of the MSS. The ℓ∞-norm and a lower bound for the size of the Schur stability hypercube are provided in this paper.
Robust numerical phase stabilization for long-range swept-source optical coherence tomography.
Song, Shaozhen; Xu, Jingjiang; Men, Shaojie; Shen, Tueng T; Wang, Ruikang K
2017-05-09
A novel phase stabilization technique is demonstrated with significant improvement in the phase stability of a micro-electromechanical (MEMS) vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) based swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) system. Without any requirements of hardware modifications, the new fully numerical phase stabilization technique features high tolerance to acquisition jitter, and significantly reduced budget in computational effort. We demonstrate that when measured with biological tissue, this technique enables a phase sensitivity of 89 mrad in highly scattering tissue, with image ranging distance of up to 12.5 mm at A-line scan rate of 100.3 kHz. We further compare the performances delivered by the phase-stabilization approach with conventional numerical approach for accuracy and computational efficiency. Imaging result of complex signal-based optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and Doppler OCTA indicate that the proposed phase stabilization technique is robust, and efficient in improving the image contrast-to-noise ratio and extending OCTA depth range. The proposed technique can be universally applied to improve phase-stability in generic SS-OCT with different scale of scan rates without a need for special treatment. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
SHAO, Xueguang; CHEN, Da; XU, Heng; LIU, Zhichao; CAI, Wensheng
2009-01-01
Partial least-squares (PLS) regression has been presented as a powerful tool for spectral quantitative measure- ment. However, the improvement of the robustness and stability of PLS models is still needed, because it is difficult to build a stable model when complex samples are analyzed or outliers are contained in the calibration data set. To achieve the purpose, a robust ensemble PLS technique based on probability resampling was proposed, which is named RE-PLS. In the proposed method, a probability is firstly obtained for each calibration sample from its resid- ual in a robust regression. Then, multiple PLS models are constructed based on probability resampling. At last, the multiple PLS models are used to predict unknown samples by taking the average of the predictions from the multi- ple models as final prediction result. To validate the effectiveness and universality of the proposed method, it was applied to two different sets of NIR spectra. The results show that RE-PLS can not only effectively avoid the inter- ference of outliers but also enhance the precision of prediction and the stability of PLS regression. Thus, it may pro- vide a useful tool for multivariate calibration with multiple outliers.
Robust Controller Design Using the Nevanlinna-Pick Interpolation in Gyro Stabilized Pod
Bin Liu
2010-01-01
Full Text Available The sensitivity minimization of feedback system is solved based on the theory of Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation with degree constraint without using weighting functions. More details of the dynamic characteristic of second-order system investigated, which is determined by the location of spectral zeroes, the upper bound γ of S, the length of the spectral radius and the additional interpolation constraints. And the guidelines on how to tune the design parameters are provided. Gyro stabilized pod as a typical tracking system is studied, which is based on the typical structure of two-axis and four-frame. The robust controller is designed based on Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation with degree constraint. When both friction of LuGre model and disturbance exist, the closed-loop system has stronger disturbance rejection ability and high tracking precision. Numerical examples illustrate the potential of the method in designing robust controllers with relatively low degrees.
Buffered Qualitative Stability explains the robustness and evolvability of transcriptional networks.
Albergante, Luca; Blow, J Julian; Newman, Timothy J
2014-09-02
The gene regulatory network (GRN) is the central decision-making module of the cell. We have developed a theory called Buffered Qualitative Stability (BQS) based on the hypothesis that GRNs are organised so that they remain robust in the face of unpredictable environmental and evolutionary changes. BQS makes strong and diverse predictions about the network features that allow stable responses under arbitrary perturbations, including the random addition of new connections. We show that the GRNs of E. coli, M. tuberculosis, P. aeruginosa, yeast, mouse, and human all verify the predictions of BQS. BQS explains many of the small- and large-scale properties of GRNs, provides conditions for evolvable robustness, and highlights general features of transcriptional response. BQS is severely compromised in a human cancer cell line, suggesting that loss of BQS might underlie the phenotypic plasticity of cancer cells, and highlighting a possible sequence of GRN alterations concomitant with cancer initiation.
Labyrinth Seal Flutter Analysis and Test Validation in Support of Robust Rocket Engine Design
El-Aini, Yehia; Park, John; Frady, Greg; Nesman, Tom
2010-01-01
High energy-density turbomachines, like the SSME turbopumps, utilize labyrinth seals, also referred to as knife-edge seals, to control leakage flow. The pressure drop for such seals is order of magnitude higher than comparable jet engine seals. This is aggravated by the requirement of tight clearances resulting in possible unfavorable fluid-structure interaction of the seal system (seal flutter). To demonstrate these characteristics, a benchmark case of a High Pressure Oxygen Turbopump (HPOTP) outlet Labyrinth seal was studied in detail. First, an analytical assessment of the seal stability was conducted using a Pratt & Whitney legacy seal flutter code. Sensitivity parameters including pressure drop, rotor-to-stator running clearances and cavity volumes were examined and modeling strategies established. Second, a concurrent experimental investigation was undertaken to validate the stability of the seal at the equivalent operating conditions of the pump. Actual pump hardware was used to construct the test rig, also referred to as the (Flutter Rig). The flutter rig did not include rotational effects or temperature. However, the use of Hydrogen gas at high inlet pressure provided good representation of the critical parameters affecting flutter especially the speed of sound. The flutter code predictions showed consistent trends in good agreement with the experimental data. The rig test program produced a stability threshold empirical parameter that separated operation with and without flutter. This empirical parameter was used to establish the seal build clearances to avoid flutter while providing the required cooling flow metering. The calibrated flutter code along with the empirical flutter parameter was used to redesign the baseline seal resulting in a flutter-free robust configuration. Provisions for incorporation of mechanical damping devices were introduced in the redesigned seal to ensure added robustness
Cefotaxime stability during in vitro microbiological testing.
Marchbanks, C R; Yost, R L; White, R. L.
1987-01-01
Cefotaxime is a broad-spectrum cephalosporin which is metabolized or degraded to less active or inactive metabolites by serum esterases, elevated temperatures, or a pH outside of its stability range. Cefotaxime instability during in vitro microbiological susceptibility tests may lead to an underestimation of the antibacterial activity of the compound. Cefotaxime and desacetylcefotaxime solutions were studied under MIC and serum inhibitory titer testing conditions. Cefotaxime concentrations, a...
Synthesis of Model Based Robust Stabilizing Reactor Power Controller for Nuclear Power Plant
Arshad Habib Malik
2011-04-01
Full Text Available In this paper, a nominal SISO (Single Input Single Output model of PHWR (Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor type nuclear power plant is developed based on normal moderator pump-up rate capturing the moderator level dynamics using system identification technique. As the plant model is not exact, therefore additive and multiplicative uncertainty modeling is required. A robust perturbed plant model is derived based on worst case model capturing slowest moderator pump-up rate dynamics and moderator control valve opening delay. Both nominal and worst case models of PHWR-type nuclear power plant have ARX (An Autoregressive Exogenous structures and the parameters of both models are estimated using recursive LMS (Least Mean Square optimization algorithm. Nominal and worst case discrete plant models are transformed into frequency domain for robust controller design purpose. The closed loop system is configured into two port model form and H? robust controller is synthesized. The H?controller is designed based on singular value loop shaping and desired magnitude of control input. The selection of desired disturbance attenuation factor and size of the largest anticipated multiplicative plant perturbation for loop shaping of H? robust controller form a constrained multi-objective optimization problem. The performance and robustness of the proposed controller is tested under transient condition of a nuclear power plant in Pakistan and found satisfactory.
Stability and robustness analysis of a linear time-periodic system subjected to random perturbations
Redkar, Sangram; Liu, J.; Sinha, S. C.
2012-03-01
In this work, new methods of guaranteeing the stability of linear time periodic dynamical systems with stochastic perturbations are presented. In the approaches presented here, the Lyapunov-Floquet (L-F) transformation is applied first so that the linear time-periodic part of the equations becomes time-invariant. For the linear time periodic system with stochastic perturbations, a stability theorem and related corollary have been suggested using the results previously obtained by Infante. This technique is not only applicable to systems with stochastic parameters but also to systems with deterministic variation in parameters. Some illustrative examples are presented to show the practical applications. These methods can be used to investigate the degree of robustness and design controllers for systems with time periodic coefficients subjected to random perturbations.
Robust Global Control Strategies for Improvement of Angular Stability using FACTS and HVDC Devices
Agnihotri, P.; Kulkarni, A. M.; Gole, A. M.
2013-05-01
System-wide feedback signals made available by Wide-Area Measurement Systems technology can be used in FACTS/HVDC based controllers for the improvement of angular stability. These global signals can facilitate the efficient use of controller effort to stabilize critical swing modes. This paper introduces a restricted global strategy which involves the use of specific global feedback signals which are available at the HVDC/FACTS locations. The strategy is expected to be robust to changes in the power grid as well as communication uncertainties. This paper presents a heuristic introduction to this strategy using a circuit analogy of a simplified model of a power system. Preliminary results on a small system are also presented.
Power System Stabilizer Based on Robust H∞ Controller for Low Frequency Operating Range
Ali Mohamed Yousef
2012-05-01
Full Text Available The aim of study is designed of Power System Stabilizer (PSS based on H4 approach for power system stabilization. The uncertainties in power system modeling and operations are considered at designing of H∞ PSS. The bounds of power system parameters are determined over a wide range of low frequency operating conditions. These bounds are used to design a robust H∞ PSS. A sample power system composed a synchronous generator connected to infinite bus through transmission line is simulated. The digital H∞ PSS can achieve good performance over a wide range of operating conditions. A comparison between power system responses at variety of operating conditions using the proposed H∞ PSS and Linear Quadratic Regulator LQR control have been done. H2 PSS is designed and compared with the proposed controller.
Liu Ping
2013-01-01
This paper deals with the finite-time stabilization of unified chaotic complex systems with known and unknown parameters.Based on the finite-time stability theory,nonlinear control laws are presented to achieve finite-time chaos control of the determined and uncertain unified chaotic complex systems,respectively.The two controllers are simple,and one of the uncertain unified chaotic complex systems is robust.For the design of a finite-time controller on uncertain unified chaotic complex systems,only some of the unknown parameters need to be bounded.Simulation results for the chaotic complex Lorenz,Lü and Chen systems are presented to validate the design and analysis.
Robust Stabilization of T-S Fuzzy Stochastic Descriptor Systems via Integral Sliding Modes.
Li, Jinghao; Zhang, Qingling; Yan, Xing-Gang; Spurgeon, Sarah K
2017-09-19
This paper addresses the robust stabilization problem for T-S fuzzy stochastic descriptor systems using an integral sliding mode control paradigm. A classical integral sliding mode control scheme and a nonparallel distributed compensation (Non-PDC) integral sliding mode control scheme are presented. It is shown that two restrictive assumptions previously adopted developing sliding mode controllers for Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy stochastic systems are not required with the proposed framework. A unified framework for sliding mode control of T-S fuzzy systems is formulated. The proposed Non-PDC integral sliding mode control scheme encompasses existing schemes when the previously imposed assumptions hold. Stability of the sliding motion is analyzed and the sliding mode controller is parameterized in terms of the solutions of a set of linear matrix inequalities which facilitates design. The methodology is applied to an inverted pendulum model to validate the effectiveness of the results presented.
DC/DC Converter Stability Testing Study
Wang, Bright L.
2008-01-01
This report presents study results on hybrid DC/DC converter stability testing methods. An input impedance measurement method and a gain/phase margin measurement method were evaluated to be effective to determine front-end oscillation and feedback loop oscillation. In particular, certain channel power levels of converter input noises have been found to have high degree correlation with the gain/phase margins. It becomes a potential new method to evaluate stability levels of all type of DC/DC converters by utilizing the spectral analysis on converter input noises.
Nominal and robust stability regions of optimization-based PID controllers.
Ou, Linlin; Zhang, Weidong; Gu, Danying
2006-07-01
In recent decades, several optimization-based methods have been developed for the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller design, and the common feature of these methods is that the controller has only one adjustable parameter. To keep the closed-loop systems stable is an essential requirement for the optimization-based PID controllers. In almost all these methods, however, no exact stability region for the single adjustable parameter was sketched. In this paper, using the proposed analytical procedure based on the dual-locus diagram technique, explicit stability regions of the optimization-based PID controllers are derived for stable, integrating, and unstable processes with time delay in the nominal and perturbed cases, respectively. It is revealed that the proposed analytical procedure is effective for the determination of the nominal and robust stability regions and it offers simplicity and ease of mathematical calculations over other available stability analysis methods. The results in this paper provide some insight into the tuning of the optimization-based PID controllers.
Robust Stability Clearance of Flight Control Law Based on Global Sensitivity Analysis
Liuli Ou
2014-01-01
Full Text Available To validate the robust stability of the flight control system of hypersonic flight vehicle, which suffers from a large number of parametrical uncertainties, a new clearance framework based on structural singular value (μ theory and global uncertainty sensitivity analysis (SA is proposed. In this framework, SA serves as the preprocess of uncertain model to be analysed to help engineers to determine which uncertainties affect the stability of the closed loop system more slightly. By ignoring these unimportant uncertainties, the calculation of μ can be simplified. Instead of analysing the effect of uncertainties on μ which involves solving optimal problems repeatedly, a simpler stability analysis function which represents the effect of uncertainties on closed loop poles is proposed. Based on this stability analysis function, Sobol’s method, the most widely used global SA method, is extended and applied to the new clearance framework due to its suitability for system with strong nonlinearity and input factors varying in large interval, as well as input factors subjecting to random distributions. In this method, the sensitive indices can be estimated via Monte Carlo simulation conveniently. An example is given to illustrate the efficiency of the proposed method.
ZHU Xiao-cai; DONG Guo-hua; CAI Zi-xing; HU De-wen
2007-01-01
A robust unified controller was proposed for wheeled mobile robots that do not satisfy the ideal rolling without slipping constraint. Practical trajectory tracking and posture stabilization were achieved in a unified framework. The design procedure was based on the transverse function method and Lyapunov redesign technique. The Lie group was also introduced in the design. The left-invariance property of the nominal model was firstly explored with respect to the standard group operation of the Lie group SE(2). Then, a bounded transverse function was constructed, by which a corresponding smooth embedded submanifold was defined.With the aid of the group operation, a smooth control law was designed, which fulfills practical tracking/stabilization of the nominal system. An additional component was finally constructed to robustify the nominal control law with respect to the slipping disturbance by using the Lyapunov redesign technique. The design procedure can be easily extended to the robot system suffered from general unknown but bounded disturbances. Simulations were provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the robust unified controller.
STRUCTURAL SYNTHESIS OF A STABILIZING ROBUST CONTROLLER OF THE ROTOR FLUX LINKAGE
N. J. Khlopenko
2017-03-01
Full Text Available Purpose. The aim is to structural synthesis of robust stabilizing control of the rotor flux vector control system of induction motor. Methodology. Synthesis controller structure was carried out in two stages. The first stage constructed a mathematical model of the channel of the rotor flux with parametric uncertainty and calculated transfer function of H∞-suboptimal controller by method of the mixed sensitivity. The second stage was carried out the expansion of the transfer function of the continued fraction for the Euclidean algorithm. This fraction was used to construct the controller structural scheme. Results. Computer modeling of the transfer function of H∞-suboptimal controller. Achieved decomposition found the transfer function of the continued fraction. The flow diagram of suboptimal H∞-controller with a proportional and integrating links and a few summers. The curves of transient rotor flux linkage in packages Robust Control Toolbox and Simulink. They coincide in the steady state, but differ among themselves in the transition. Originality. We developed the method of structural synthesis of robust stabilizing controller of the flux linkage rotor, H∞-suboptimal structural scheme of which is presented in the form of simple compounds integrating and proportional elements of the same order as the controller with the strictly correct transfer function, and takes into account the parametric uncertainty of control object. The results of the simulation of transient processes in a variety of packages MATLAB applications confirms the adequacy and small sensitivity of the system to parametric perturbation. Practical value. The resulting structure of the controller makes it possible to carry out the modernization of electric control systems, in use, with minimal financial costs.
Stability precision dynamic testing system on artillery
Wang, Chunyan; Li, Bo
2014-12-01
Dynamic feature of Weapon equipments is one of important performance index for evaluating the performance of the whole weapon system. The construction of target range in our country in fire control dynamic testing is relatively backward; therefore, it has greatly influenced the evaluation on the fire control system. In order to solve this problem, it's urgent to develop a new testing instrument so as to adjust to the armament research process and promote weapon system working more efficiently and thereby meeting the needs of modernization in national defense. This paper proposes a new measure which is used to test the stability precision of the fire control system, and it is installed on the moving base. Using the method, we develop a testing system which can test the stability precision of the fire control system and achieve a high precision results after testing. The innovation of the system is we can receive the image not only by CCD, but our eyes. It also adopts digital image-forming and image processing technique for real-time measurement and storing of the target information; it simultaneously adopts the method adjusting the platform and the corresponding fixture mounted on a sample to measure the stable precision and the precision of corner of stabilizator. In this paper, we make a description on the construction of the system and the idea of the designing of the optical system. Finally, we introduce the actual application of the system and testing results.
Test Bench Development for Femur Stability Assessment
Samuel SANCHEZ-CABALLERO
2015-01-01
Full Text Available This paper shows the design and development of a test bench for humanfemurs. The main uses of this test bench will run from artificial femurs comparisonwith real femurs, to join stability assessment after bone a fracture repair. Amongthis uses is specially designed for condylar fractures testing. The test bench isdeveloped from a self-made existing tensile/compression testing machine. Thedesign procedure is supported by a literature review about the bone mechanicalbehavior and composition generally and the knee joint performance and repairparticularly. On the basis of this review, the machine was designed to simulate theadduction and abduction movements of the joint. The magnitudes to be measuredare: the compression force, the bone displacement (vertical and the knee jointrotation
Robust Frequency and Voltage Stability Control Strategy for Standalone AC/DC Hybrid Microgrid
Furqan Asghar
2017-05-01
Full Text Available The microgrid (MG concept is attracting considerable attention as a solution to energy deficiencies, especially in remote areas, but the intermittent nature of renewable sources and varying loads cause many control problems and thereby affect the quality of power within a microgrid operating in standalone mode. This might cause large frequency and voltage deviations in the system due to unpredictable output power fluctuations. Furthermore, without any main grid support, it is more complex to control and manage the system. In past, droop control and various other coordination control strategies have been presented to stabilize the microgrid frequency and voltages, but in order to utilize the available resources up to their maximum capacity in a positive way, new and robust control mechanisms are required. In this paper, a standalone microgrid is presented, which integrates renewable energy-based distributed generations and local loads. A fuzzy logic-based intelligent control technique is proposed to maintain the frequency and DC (direct current-link voltage stability for sudden changes in load or generation power. Also from a frequency control perspective, a battery energy storage system (BESS is suggested as a replacement for a synchronous generator to stabilize the nominal system frequency as a synchronous generator is unable to operate at its maximum efficiency while being controlled for stabilization purposes. Likewise, a super capacitor (SC and BESS is used to stabilize DC bus voltages even though maximum possible energy is being extracted from renewable generated sources using maximum power point tracking. This newly proposed control method proves to be effective by reducing transient time, minimizing the frequency deviations, maintaining voltages even though maximum power point tracking is working and preventing generators from exceeding their power ratings during disturbances. However, due to the BESS limited capacity, load switching
Power System Stabilizer Design Based on Model Reference Robust Fuzzy Control
Mohammad Reza Yazdchi
2012-04-01
Full Text Available Power System Stabilizers (PSS are used to generate supplementary damping control signals for the excitation system in order to damp the Low Frequency Oscillations (LFO of the electric power system. The PSS is usually designed based on classical control approaches but this Conventional PSS (CPSS has some problems in power system control and stability enhancement. To overcome the drawbacks of CPSS, numerous techniques have been proposed in literatures. In this study a new method based on Model Reference Robust Fuzzy Control (MRRFC is considered to design PSS. In this new approach, in first an optimal PSS is designed in the nominal operating condition and then power system identification is used to obtain model reference of power system including optimal PSS. With changing system operating condition from the nominal condition, the error between obtained model reference and power system response in sent to a fuzzy controller and this fuzzy controller provides the stabilizing signal for damping power system oscillations just like PSS. In order to model reference identification a PID type PSS (PID-PSS is considered for damping electric power system oscillations. The parameters of this PID-PSS are tuned based on hybrid Genetic Algorithms (GA optimization method. The proposed MRRFC is evaluated against the CPSS at a single machine infinite bus power system considering system parametric uncertainties. The simulation results clearly indicate the effectiveness and validity of the proposed method.
Automated Search-Based Robustness Testing for Autonomous Vehicle Software
Betts, Kevin M; Petty, Mikel D
2016-01-01
.... Search-based testing techniques were used to automatically generate test cases, consisting of initial conditions and fault sequences, intended to challenge the control software more than test cases...
ROBUST STABILIZATION AND OPTIMIZATION OF FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM WITH STATE FEEDBACK AND FUZZY LOGICS
Marta M. Komnatska
2009-04-01
Full Text Available This paper deals with combination of two powerful and modern control tools as linear matrix inequality that is used for synthesis a ‘crisp’ controller and a fuzzy control approach for designing a soft controller. The control design consists of two stages. The first stage investigates the problem of a robust an controller design with parameters uncertainties of the handled plant in the presence of external disturbances. Stability conditions are obtained via a quadratic Lyapunov function and represented in the form of linear matrix inequalities. The second stage consists of the outer loop controller construction based on fuzzy inference system that utilizes for altitude hold mode. The parameters of the fuzzy controller are adjusted with a gradient descent method in order to improve the performance of the overall system. The case study illustrates the efficiency of the proposed approach to the flight control of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Stochastic robustness and relative stability of multiple pathways in biological networks
Guo, Yongyi; Qian, Min; Ge, Hao
2015-01-01
Multiple dynamic pathways always exist in biological networks, but their robustness against internal fluctuations and relative stability have not been well recognized and carefully analyzed yet. Here we try to address these issues through an illustrative example, namely the Siah-1/beta-catenin/p14/19 ARF loop of protein p53 dynamics. Its deterministic Boolean network model predicts that two parallel pathways with comparable magnitudes of attractive basins should exist after the protein p53 is activated when a cell becomes harmfully disturbed. Once the low but non-neglectable intrinsic fluctuations are incorporated into the model, we show that a phase transition phenomenon is emerged: in one parameter region the probability weights of the normal pathway, reported in experimental literature, are comparable with the other pathway which is seemingly abnormal with the unknown functions, whereas, in some other parameter regions, the probability weight of the abnormal pathway can even dominate and become globally at...
Delay-dependent robust stability for neutral systems with mixed discrete-and-neutral delays
Yong HE; Min WU; Jinhua SHE
2004-01-01
This paper focuses on the problem of delay-dependent robust stability of neutral systems with different discrete-and-neutral delays and time-varying structured uncertainties.Some new criteria are presented,in which some free weighting matrices are used to express the relationships between the terms in the Leibniz-Newton formula.The criteria include the information on the size of both neutral-and-discrete delays.It is shown that the present results also include the results for identical discrete-and-neutral delays as special cases.A numerical example illustrates the improvement of the proposed methods over the previous methods and the influences between the discrete and neutral delays.
Rohlf, Thimo
2008-01-01
Genetic regulation is a key component in development, but a clear understanding of the structure and dynamics of genetic networks is not yet at hand. In this work we investigate these properties within an artificial genome model originally introduced by Reil. We analyze statistical properties of randomly generated genomes both on the sequence- and network level, and show that this model correctly predicts the frequency of genes in genomes as found in experimental data. Using an evolutionary algorithm based on stabilizing selection for a phenotype, we show that robustness against single base mutations, as well as against random changes in initial network states that mimic stochastic fluctuations in environmental conditions, can emerge in parallel. Evolved genomes exhibit characteristic patterns on both sequence and network level.
Practical robust stabilization of PMAC servo drive based on continuous variable structure control
Grcar, B.; Cafuta, P.; Znidaric, M. [Univ. of Maribor (Slovenia). Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
1996-12-01
In the paper the two stage control design of a high performance PMAC servo drive is described. In the first stage the nominal PMAC motor model is discussed as an analytical nonlinear system, transformed into the controllable canonical Brunovsky`s forms on the basis of input-output linearization. The influence of the load torque is considered implicitly by introducing the disturbance observer. Due to the sensitivity of the nominal model based control to parameter perturbations the linear tracking control is extended in the second stage by a continuous variable structure stabilizing control derived from Lyapunov`s function of the augmented feedback system. The design of the variable structure control requires no knowledge of the upper bounds of the perturbation function; instead, it considers the variable bounds of the available control signal. Undesired chattering of states and controlled variables are excluded. The introduced two stage control design assures practical robust stabilization for the class of bounded nonlinear perturbations satisfying the matching conditions without affecting the relative degree of the feedback system. Experimental results of the proposed PMAC servo drive control are presented.
Nguyen, Quan M.; Peleg, Avner; Tran, Thinh P.
2015-01-01
We develop a method for transmission stabilization and robust dynamic switching for colliding optical soliton sequences in broadband waveguide systems with nonlinear gain and loss. The method is based on employing hybrid waveguides, consisting of spans with linear gain and cubic loss, and spans with linear loss, cubic gain, and quintic loss. We show that the amplitude dynamics is described by a hybrid Lotka-Volterra (LV) model, and use the model to determine the physical parameter values required for enhanced transmission stabilization and switching. Numerical simulations with coupled nonlinear Schrödinger equations confirm the predictions of the LV model, and show complete suppression of radiative instability and pulse distortion. This enables stable transmission over distances larger by an order of magnitude compared with uniform waveguides with linear gain and cubic loss. Moreover, multiple on-off and off-on dynamic switching events are demonstrated over a wide range of soliton amplitudes, showing the superiority of hybrid waveguides compared with static switching in uniform waveguides.
Xungao Zhong
2013-10-01
Full Text Available In this paper, a global-state-space visual servoing scheme is proposed for uncalibrated model-independent robotic manipulation. The scheme is based on robust Kalman filtering (KF, in conjunction with Elman neural network (ENN learning techniques. The global map relationship between the vision space and the robotic workspace is learned using an ENN. This learned mapping is shown to be an approximate estimate of the Jacobian in global space. In the testing phase, the desired Jacobian is arrived at using a robust KF to improve the ENN learning result so as to achieve robotic precise convergence of the desired pose. Meanwhile, the ENN weights are updated (re-trained using a new input-output data pair vector (obtained from the KF cycle to ensure robot global stability manipulation. Thus, our method, without requiring either camera or model parameters, avoids the corrupted performances caused by camera calibration and modeling errors. To demonstrate the proposed scheme’s performance, various simulation and experimental results have been presented using a six-degree-of-freedom robotic manipulator with eye-in-hand configurations.
Ratschbacher, Lothar; Gallego, Jose; Ghosh, Sutapa; Alavi, Seyed; Alt, Wolfgang; Martinez-Dorantes, Miguel; Meschede, Dieter
2016-04-01
Fiber Fabry-Perot cavities, formed by micro-machined mirrors on the end-facets of optical fibers, are used in an increasing number of technical and scientific applications. Some of the most promising areas of application of these optical micro-resonators with high finesse and small mode volume are in the field of quantum communication and information. The resonator-enhanced light-matter interaction, for instance, provide basis for the realization of efficient optical interfaces between stationary matter-based quantum nodes and flying single-photon qubits. To date fiber Fabry-Perot cavities have been successfully applied in experiments interfacing single photons with a wide range of quantum systems, including cold atoms, ions and solid state emitters as well as quantum optomechanical experiments. Here we address some important practical questions that arise during the experimental implementation of high finesse fiber Fabry-Perot cavities: How can optimal fiber cavity alignment be achieved and how can the efficiency of coupling light from the optical fibers to the cavity mode and vice versa be characterized? How should optical fiber cavities be constructed and stabilized to fulfill their potential for miniaturization and integration into robust scientific and technological devices that can operate outside of dedicated laboratory environments in the future? The first two questions we answer with an analytic mode matching calculation that relates the alignment dependent fiber-to-cavity mode-matching efficiency to the easily measurable dip in the reflected light power at the cavity resonance. Our general analysis provides a simple recipe for the optimal alignment of fiber Fabry-Perot cavities and moreover for the first time explains the asymmetry in their reflective line shapes. The latter question we explore by investigating a novel, intrinsically rigid fiber cavity design that makes use of the high passive stability of a monolithic cavity spacer and employs thermal
Viola, Laura; Garrido, Gabriela; Rescorla, Leslie
2011-01-01
Comparisons of Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) scores from 31 societies (Rescorla et al. "Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders" 15:13-142 2007) supported the instrument's multicultural robustness, but none of these societies was in South America. The present study tested the multicultural robustness of the 2001 CBCL using data from a…
Viola, Laura; Garrido, Gabriela; Rescorla, Leslie
2011-01-01
Comparisons of Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) scores from 31 societies (Rescorla et al. "Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders" 15:13-142 2007) supported the instrument's multicultural robustness, but none of these societies was in South America. The present study tested the multicultural robustness of the 2001 CBCL using data…
Robust Design of Reliability Test Plans Using Degradation Measures.
Lane, Jonathan Wesley; Lane, Jonathan Wesley; Crowder, Stephen V.; Crowder, Stephen V.
2014-10-01
With short production development times, there is an increased need to demonstrate product reliability relatively quickly with minimal testing. In such cases there may be few if any observed failures. Thus, it may be difficult to assess reliability using the traditional reliability test plans that measure only time (or cycles) to failure. For many components, degradation measures will contain important information about performance and reliability. These measures can be used to design a minimal test plan, in terms of number of units placed on test and duration of the test, necessary to demonstrate a reliability goal. Generally, the assumption is made that the error associated with a degradation measure follows a known distribution, usually normal, although in practice cases may arise where that assumption is not valid. In this paper, we examine such degradation measures, both simulated and real, and present non-parametric methods to demonstrate reliability and to develop reliability test plans for the future production of components with this form of degradation.
Glave, A Page; Didier, Jennifer J; Weatherwax, Jacqueline; Browning, Sarah J; Fiaud, Vanessa
2016-01-01
There are a variety of options to test postural stability; however many physical tests lack validity information. Two tests of postural stability - the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT) and Biodex Balance System Limits of Stability Test (LOS) - were examined to determine if similar components of balance were measured. Healthy adults (n=31) completed the LOS (levels 6 and 12) and SEBT (both legs). SEBT directions were offset by 180° to approximate LOS direction. Correlations and partial correlations controlling for height were analyzed. Correlations were significant for SEBT 45° and LOS back-left (6: r=-0.41; 12: r=-0.42; pbalance. Research is needed to determine and define what specific components of balance are being assessed. Care must be taken when choosing balance tests to best match the test to the purpose of testing (fall risk, athletic performance, etc.).
Gayvoronskiy, S. A.; Ezangina, T.; Khozhaev, I.; Gunbo, Lan
2017-01-01
The authors of this article developed the technique of combined parametric synthesis of a linear controller on the basis of the coefficient method and the method of mathematical programming capable of ensuring the maximization of the degree of robust stability of a control system. The article also presents the numerical illustration of the PI controller synthesis of the position stabilization system of an underwater object.
The performance of robust test statistics with categorical data
Savalei, V.; Rhemtulla, M.
2013-01-01
This paper reports on a simulation study that evaluated the performance of five structural equation model test statistics appropriate for categorical data. Both Type I error rate and power were investigated. Different model sizes, sample sizes, numbers of categories, and threshold distributions were
The performance of robust test statistics with categorical data
Savalei, V.; Rhemtulla, M.
2013-01-01
This paper reports on a simulation study that evaluated the performance of five structural equation model test statistics appropriate for categorical data. Both Type I error rate and power were investigated. Different model sizes, sample sizes, numbers of categories, and threshold distributions were
M. Ramírez
2015-04-01
Full Text Available In this paper, the effect of fuzzy logic-based robust power system stabilizers on the improvement of the dynamics of a large-scale power system is investigated. The study is particularly focused on the Mexican Interconnected System and on adding damping to two critical inter-area system oscillation modes: the north-south mode and the western-peninsular mode. The fuzzy power system stabilizers (FPSSs applied here are based on a significantly reduced rule base, small number of tuning parameters, and simple control algorithm and architecture, which makes their design and implementation easier and suitable for practical applications. Non-linear time-domain simulations for a set of test cases and results from Prony Analysis verify the robustness of the designed FPSSs, as compared to conventional PSSs.
Adaptive and robust active vibration control methodology and tests
Landau, Ioan Doré; Castellanos-Silva, Abraham; Constantinescu, Aurelian
2017-01-01
This book approaches the design of active vibration control systems from the perspective of today’s ideas of computer control. It formulates the various design problems encountered in the active management of vibration as control problems and searches for the most appropriate tools to solve them. The experimental validation of the solutions proposed on relevant tests benches is also addressed. To promote the widespread acceptance of these techniques, the presentation eliminates unnecessary theoretical developments (which can be found elsewhere) and focuses on algorithms and their use. The solutions proposed cannot be fully understood and creatively exploited without a clear understanding of the basic concepts and methods, so these are considered in depth. The focus is on enhancing motivations, algorithm presentation and experimental evaluation. MATLAB®routines, Simulink® diagrams and bench-test data are available for download and encourage easy assimilation of the experimental and exemplary material. Thre...
Robust Tests for Heteroscedasticity in a general Framework
Lebreton, Marie; Peguin-Feissolle, Anne
2007-01-01
This article studies the world stock markets integration for developed and emerging countries and investigate its effects on diversification. We test a partially segmented ICAPM using an asymmetric multivariate GARCH-in-Mean specification. Our results support the integration hypothesis and suggest that investors from all studied countries could expect statistically significant benefits from international diversification but that gains are considerably larger for emerging markets.
Zhang Yougang; Xu Bugong
2006-01-01
Decentralized robust stabilization problem of discrete-time fuzzy large-scale systems with parametric uncertainties is considered. This uncertain fuzzy large-scale system consists of N interconnected T-S fuzzy subsystems, and the parametric uncertainties are unknown but norm-bounded. Based on Lyapunov stability theory and decentralized control theory of large-scale system, the design schema of decentralized parallel distributed compensation (DPDC) fuzzy controllers to ensure the asymptotic stability of the whole fuzzy large-scale system is proposed. The existence conditions for these controllers take the forms of LMIs. Finally a numerical simulation example is given to show the utility of the method proposed.
Liu, Yuzhi; Li, Muguo
2015-05-01
This paper investigates the robust stabilization problem for uncertain linear systems with interval time-varying delays. By constructing novel Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals and developing delay-partitioning approaches, some delay-dependent stability criteria are derived based on an improved Wirtinger׳s inequality and the reciprocally convex method. The proposed methods have improved the stability conditions without increasing much computational complexity. A state feedback controller design approach is also presented based on the proposed criteria. Numerical examples are finally given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
Weihua Mao
2012-01-01
Full Text Available This paper discusses the mean-square exponential stability of uncertain neutral linear stochastic systems with interval time-varying delays. A new augmented Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional (LKF has been constructed to derive improved delay-dependent robust mean-square exponential stability criteria, which are forms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs. By free-weight matrices method, the usual restriction that the stability conditions only bear slow-varying derivative of the delay is removed. Finally, numerical examples are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
S. Lakshmanan; P. Balasubramaniarn
2011-01-01
This paper studies the problem of linear matrix inequality(LMI)approach to robust stability analysis for stochastic neural networks with a time-varying delay. By developing a delay decomposition approach, the information of the delayed plant states can be taken into full consideration. Based on the new Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, some inequality techniques and stochastic stability theory, new delay-dependent stability criteria are obtained in terms of LMIs. The proposed results prove the less conservatism, which are realized by choosing new Lyapunov matrices in the decomposed integral intervals. Finally, numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the less conservatism and effectiveness of the proposed LMI method.
Faydasicok, Ozlem; Arik, Sabri
2013-08-01
The main problem with the analysis of robust stability of neural networks is to find the upper bound norm for the intervalized interconnection matrices of neural networks. In the previous literature, the major three upper bound norms for the intervalized interconnection matrices have been reported and they have been successfully applied to derive new sufficient conditions for robust stability of delayed neural networks. One of the main contributions of this paper will be the derivation of a new upper bound for the norm of the intervalized interconnection matrices of neural networks. Then, by exploiting this new upper bound norm of interval matrices and using stability theory of Lyapunov functionals and the theory of homomorphic mapping, we will obtain new sufficient conditions for the existence, uniqueness and global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point for the class of neural networks with discrete time delays under parameter uncertainties and with respect to continuous and slope-bounded activation functions. The results obtained in this paper will be shown to be new and they can be considered alternative results to previously published corresponding results. We also give some illustrative and comparative numerical examples to demonstrate the effectiveness and applicability of the proposed robust stability condition.
Yang Fang
2016-01-01
Full Text Available The robust exponential stability problem for a class of uncertain impulsive stochastic neural networks of neutral-type with Markovian parameters and mixed time-varying delays is investigated. By constructing a proper exponential-type Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and employing Jensen integral inequality, free-weight matrix method, some novel delay-dependent stability criteria that ensure the robust exponential stability in mean square of the trivial solution of the considered networks are established in the form of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs. The proposed results do not require the derivatives of discrete and distributed time-varying delays to be 0 or smaller than 1. Moreover, the main contribution of the proposed approach compared with related methods lies in the use of three types of impulses. Finally, two numerical examples are worked out to verify the effectiveness and less conservativeness of our theoretical results over existing literature.
Soil Stabilization: A Durability Test for Stabilized Soils
tensile strength at the surface of test specimens (slabs) subjected to laboratory cycles of weathering. This test, called the Durability Tensile Test , is...have been shown elsewhere to cause a loss in effective cohesion, also result in a loss in tensile strength. Therefore the Durability Tensile Test appears
Developing Uncertainty Models for Robust Flutter Analysis Using Ground Vibration Test Data
Potter, Starr; Lind, Rick; Kehoe, Michael W. (Technical Monitor)
2001-01-01
A ground vibration test can be used to obtain information about structural dynamics that is important for flutter analysis. Traditionally, this information#such as natural frequencies of modes#is used to update analytical models used to predict flutter speeds. The ground vibration test can also be used to obtain uncertainty models, such as natural frequencies and their associated variations, that can update analytical models for the purpose of predicting robust flutter speeds. Analyzing test data using the -norm, rather than the traditional 2-norm, is shown to lead to a minimum-size uncertainty description and, consequently, a least-conservative robust flutter speed. This approach is demonstrated using ground vibration test data for the Aerostructures Test Wing. Different norms are used to formulate uncertainty models and their associated robust flutter speeds to evaluate which norm is least conservative.
Delay-dependent robust stabilization for a class of neutral systems with nonlinear perturbations
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2007-01-01
This note deals with the problem of stabilization/stability for neutral systems with nonlinear perturbations.A new stabilization/stability scheme is presented.Using improved Lyapunov functionals.less conservative stabilization/stability conditions are derived for such systems based on linear matrix inequalities(LMI).Numerical examples are provided to show that the proposed results significantly improve the allowed upper bounds of the delay size over some existing ones in the literature.
Uncertainty considerations for interferometric stability testing
Ellis, J.D.; Joo, K.N.; Verlaan, A.L.; Spronck, J.W.
2008-01-01
Material stability is an important parameter for EUV lithography, space instrumentation, and metrology in general. In both EUV lithography and space, more information is needed about material stability during an atmospheric to vacuum transition. For metrology instruments in general, determining the
Software Mutational Robustness: Bridging The Gap Between Mutation Testing and Evolutionary Biology
Schulte, Eric; Fast, Ethan; Forrest, Stephanie; Weimer, Westley
2012-01-01
In the mutation testing paradigm, test suite quality is measured by its ability to detect variant programs generated through application of random changes to an original program. In evolutionary biology however, neutral mutations that leave fitness unchanged are considered to be beneficial---improving the system's robustness and ability to discover evolutionary improvements. In this paper, we generate a population of variant programs from an original program by applying lightweight random mutations. We adopt biological terminology and refer to undetected variants as neutral, and the percentage of all variants that are neutral as mutational robustness. Although they are related to equivalent mutants in mutation testing, which are viewed as problematic, we show positive properties of neutral variants which are easily generated and can be used to protect software against unknown defects. Even when mutations are restricted to statements executed by the test suit, we find that mutational robustness is high: 36.75%...
Weak instrument robust tests in GMM and the new Keynesian Phillips curve
Kleibergen, F.; Mavroeidis, S.
2009-01-01
We discuss weak instrument robust statistics in GMM for testing hypotheses on the full parameter vector or on subsets of the parameters. We use these test procedures to reexamine the evidence on the new Keynesian Phillips curve model. We find that U.S. postwar data are consistent with the view that
Collaborative Research: Robust Climate Projections and Stochastic Stability of Dynamical Systems
Ghil, Michael; McWilliams, James; Neelin, J. David; Zaliapin, Ilya; Chekroun, Mickael; Kondrashov, Dmitri; Simonnet, Eric
2011-10-13
The project was completed along the lines of the original proposal, with additional elements arising as new results were obtained. The originally proposed three thrusts were expanded to include an additional, fourth one. (i) The e ffects of stochastic perturbations on climate models have been examined at the fundamental level by using the theory of deterministic and random dynamical systems, in both nite and in nite dimensions. (ii) The theoretical results have been implemented first on a delay-diff erential equation (DDE) model of the El-Nino/Southern-Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. (iii) More detailed, physical aspects of model robustness have been considered, as proposed, within the stripped-down ICTP-AGCM (formerly SPEEDY) climate model. This aspect of the research has been complemented by both observational and intermediate-model aspects of mid-latitude and tropical climate. (iv) An additional thrust of the research relied on new and unexpected results of (i) and involved reduced-modeling strategies and associated prediction aspects have been tested within the team's empirical model reduction (EMR) framework. Finally, more detailed, physical aspects have been considered within the stripped-down SPEEDY climate model. The results of each of these four complementary e fforts are presented in the next four sections, organized by topic and by the team members concentrating on the topic under discussion.
Jin, Q B; Liu, Q; Huang, B
2016-03-01
This paper considers the problem of determining all the robust PID (proportional-integral-derivative) controllers in terms of the gain and phase margins (GPM) for open-loop unstable first order plus time delay (UFOPTD) processes. It is the first time that the feasible ranges of the GPM specifications provided by a PID controller are given for UFOPTD processes. A gain and phase margin tester is used to modify the original model, and the ranges of the margin specifications are derived such that the modified model can be stabilized by a stabilizing PID controller based on Hermite-Biehlers Theorem. Furthermore, we obtain all the controllers satisfying a given margin specification. Simulation studies show how to use the results to design a robust PID controller.
Cha, Young Joo; Lee, Jae Jin; Kim, Do Hyun; You, Joshua Sung H
2017-07-21
Core stabilization plays an important role in the regulation of postural stability. To overcome shortcomings associated with pain and severe core instability during conventional core stabilization tests, we recently developed the dynamic neuromuscular stabilization-based heel sliding (DNS-HS) test. The purpose of this study was to establish the criterion validity and test-retest reliability of the novel DNS-HS test. Twenty young adults with core instability completed both the bilateral straight leg lowering test (BSLLT) and DNS-HS test for the criterion validity study and repeated the DNS-HS test for the test-retest reliability study. Criterion validity was determined by comparing hip joint angle data that were obtained from BSLLT and DNS-HS measures. The test-retest reliability was determined by comparing hip joint angle data. Criterion validity was (ICC2,3) = 0.700 (pcore stability measures. Test-retest reliability was (ICC3,3) = 0.953 (pcore stability measures. Test-retest reliability data suggests that DNS-HS core stability was a reliable test for core stability. Clinically, the DNS-HS test is useful to objectively quantify core instability and allow early detection and evaluation.
Renji Han; Wei Jiang
2009-01-01
The problem of delay-dependent robust stability for uncertain linear singular neu-tral systems with time-varying and distributed delays is investigated. The uncertain-ties under consideration are norm bounded, and possibly time varying. Some new stability criteria, which are simpler and less conservative than existing results, are derived based on a new class of Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals combined with the descriptor model transformation and the decomposition technique of coefficient matrix and formulated in the form of a linear matrix inequalitys (LMIs). Also, the criteria can be easily checked by the Matlab LMI toolbox.
Fei Song; Shiyin Qin
2014-01-01
This paper proposed a robust fault-tolerant control algorithm for satellite stabilization based on active disturbance rejection approach with artificial bee colony algorithm. The actuating mechanism of attitude control system consists of three working reaction flywheels and one spare reaction flywheel. The speed measurement of reaction flywheel is adopted for fault detection. If any reaction flywheel fault is detected, the corresponding fault flywheel is isolated and the spare reaction flywhe...
Yi-You Hou; Zhang-Lin Wan
2014-01-01
This paper considers the problem of the robust stability for the nonlinear system with time-varying delay and parameters uncertainties. Based on the H∞ theorem, Lyapunov-Krasovskii theory, and linear matrix inequality (LMI) optimization technique, the H∞ quasi-sliding mode controller and switching function are developed such that the nonlinear system is asymptotically stable in the quasi-sliding mode and satisfies the disturbance attenuation (H∞-norm performance). The effectiveness and accura...
G. Chesi
2013-01-01
This paper addresses the problem of establishing robust asymptotical stability of discrete-time systems affected by time-varying parametric uncertainty. Specifically, it is supposed that the coefficients of the system depend linearly on the uncertainty, and that the uncertainty is confined into a polytope. In the continuous-time case, the problem can be addressed by imposing that the system admits a common homogeneous polynomial Lyapunov function (HPLF) at the vertices of the polytope. Unfort...
Robust Stabilization Analysis for Uncertain Systems with Time-Varying Delays
WANG Zhong-sheng; WANG Dong-yun; SHEN Yi
2004-01-01
In this paper, the stabilization problem for uncertain systems with time-varying delays both in state and control are discussed. A stabilization criterion is obtained to guarantee the quadratic stability of the closed-loop system. The controller gain matrix is included in an Hamiltonian matrix, which is easily constructed by the boundedness of the uncertainties.
Jeevanandham Arumugam
2009-01-01
Full Text Available In this paper a classical lead-lag power system stabilizer is used for demonstration. The stabilizer parameters are selected in such a manner to damp the rotor oscillations. The problem of selecting the stabilizer parameters is converted to a simple optimization problem with an eigen value based objective function and it is proposed to employ simulated annealing and particle swarm optimization for solving the optimization problem. The objective function allows the selection of the stabilizer parameters to optimally place the closed-loop eigen values in the left hand side of the complex s-plane. The single machine connected to infinite bus system and 10-machine 39-bus system are considered for this study. The effectiveness of the stabilizer tuned using the best technique, in enhancing the stability of power system. Stability is confirmed through eigen value analysis and simulation results and suitable heuristic technique will be selected for the best performance of the system.
Kim, Dongcheol; Rhee, Sehun
2002-01-01
CO(2) welding is a complex process. Weld quality is dependent on arc stability and minimizing the effects of disturbances or changes in the operating condition commonly occurring during the welding process. In order to minimize these effects, a controller can be used. In this study, a fuzzy controller was used in order to stabilize the arc during CO(2) welding. The input variable of the controller was the Mita index. This index estimates quantitatively the arc stability that is influenced by many welding process parameters. Because the welding process is complex, a mathematical model of the Mita index was difficult to derive. Therefore, the parameter settings of the fuzzy controller were determined by performing actual control experiments without using a mathematical model of the controlled process. The solution, the Taguchi method was used to determine the optimal control parameter settings of the fuzzy controller to make the control performance robust and insensitive to the changes in the operating conditions.
一类前馈系统的鲁棒镇定%Robust Stabilization of a Class of Feedforward Systems
叶华文; 王红; 康剑灵
2005-01-01
Two kinds of saturated controllers are designed for a class of feedforward systems and the closed-loop resulted is locally input-to-state stable and input-to-state stable, respectively. By the word "locally", it is meant that there are restrictions on the amplitude of inputs. At first, under the guidance of suitable energy functions, two kinds of saturated controllers are designed as locally input-to-state stabilizers for a class of perturbed linear systems, from which explicit gain estimations can be obtained for the subsequent design. Then under the conditions that two subsystems of the feedforward system are respectively of locally input-to-state stability and input-to-state stability, the small gain theory is used to determine saturated degrees for corresponding robust stabilizers. The stability proofs are given by using a new characterization of input-to-state stability that is based on the concept of ultimate boundedness. As an application, saturated controllers are designed for the partial dynamics of a certain inverted pendulum.
George, Angela; Riddell, Daniel; Seal, Sheila; Talukdar, Sabrina; Mahamdallie, Shazia; Ruark, Elise; Cloke, Victoria; Slade, Ingrid; Kemp, Zoe; Gore, Martin; Strydom, Ann; Banerjee, Susana; Hanson, Helen; Rahman, Nazneen
2016-07-13
Advances in DNA sequencing have made genetic testing fast and affordable, but limitations of testing processes are impeding realisation of patient benefits. Ovarian cancer exemplifies the potential value of genetic testing and the shortcomings of current pathways to access testing. Approximately 15% of ovarian cancer patients have a germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation which has substantial implications for their personal management and that of their relatives. Unfortunately, in most countries, routine implementation of BRCA testing for ovarian cancer patients has been inconsistent and largely unsuccessful. We developed a rapid, robust, mainstream genetic testing pathway in which testing is undertaken by the trained cancer team with cascade testing to relatives performed by the genetics team. 207 women with ovarian cancer were offered testing through the mainstream pathway. All accepted. 33 (16%) had a BRCA mutation. The result informed management of 79% (121/154) women with active disease. Patient and clinician feedback was very positive. The pathway offers a 4-fold reduction in time and 13-fold reduction in resource requirement compared to the conventional testing pathway. The mainstream genetic testing pathway we present is effective, efficient and patient-centred. It can deliver rapid, robust, large-scale, cost-effective genetic testing of BRCA1 and BRCA2 and may serve as an exemplar for other genes and other diseases.
Robust CUSUM-M test in the presence of long-memory disturbances
2000-01-01
We derive the limiting null distribution of the robust CUSUM-M test and the recursive CUSUM-M test for structural change of the coefficients of a linear regression model with long-memory disturbances. It turns out that the asymptotic null distribution of the CUSUM-M statistic is a fractional Brownian Bridge and the asymptotic null distribution of the recursive CUSUM-M statistic is fractional Brownian motion.
Assessment And Testing of Industrial Devices Robustness Against Cyber Security Attacks
Tilaro, F
2011-01-01
CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research),like any organization, needs to achieve the conflicting objectives of connecting its operational network to Internet while at the same time keeping its industrial control systems secure from external and internal cyber attacks. With this in mind, the ISA-99[0F1] international cyber security standard has been adopted at CERN as a reference model to define a set of guidelines and security robustness criteria applicable to any network device. Devices robustness represents a key link in the defense-in-depth concept as some attacks will inevitably penetrate security boundaries and thus require further protection measures. When assessing the cyber security robustness of devices we have singled out control system-relevant attack patterns derived from the well-known CAPEC[1F2] classification. Once a vulnerability is identified, it needs to be documented, prioritized and reproduced at will in a dedicated test environment for debugging purposes. CERN - in collaboration ...
Embaby, Amira M; Saeed, Hesham; Hussein, Ahmed
2016-12-01
Present study underlines an unusual non-cumbersome-powerful strategy for purification of SHG10 keratinolytic alkaline protease from Bacillus licheniformis SHG10 DSM 28096 with robust stability properties. The enzyme was impressively purified to homogeneity with specific activity, purification fold, and yield of 613.82 U mg(-1) , 58.91 and 99%, respectively, via a sequential two-step purification strategy: precipitation with 65% (NH4 )2 SO4 and flow through fractions of DEAE-cellulose DE 53 column. SDS-PAGE conferred a monomeric enzyme with a molecular mass of 30.4 kDa. The enzyme demonstrated optimal activity at pH (10.0-11.0) and at 65 °C. It exhibited full stability at pH (6.0-11.0) over 38 h at 4 °C and at 65 °C for 15 min. Remarkable enhanced enzyme activity (130.15 and 126.37%) was retained in presence of commercial laundry detergents Oxi and Ariel after 1 h, respectively. Organic solvent stability of the enzyme was verified in butanol, ether, acetonitrile, isopropanol, and chloroform. Imposingly, full storage stability (100%) of the enzyme along 1 year in -20 °C was confirmed. Km -Vmax was 0.00174 mM-534.2 mM Sub · min(-1) · mg protein(-1) and 1.266 mg-28.89 mg Sub · h(-1) · mg protein(-1) on N-Suc-Ala-Ala-Pro-Phe-pNA and keratin azure, respectively. Robust stability properties of SHG10 keratinolytic alkaline protease along with rapid-efficient purification underpin its potential commercialization for industrial exploitation.
Robust Stability of a Class of Uncertain Lur'e Systems of Neutral Type
W. Weera
2012-01-01
Full Text Available This paper deals with the problem of stability for a class of Lur’e systems with interval time-varying delay and sector-bounded nonlinearity. The interval time-varying delay function is not assumed to be differentiable. We analyze the global exponential stability for uncertain neutral and Lur’e dynamical systems with some sector conditions. By constructing a set of improved Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional combined with Leibniz-Newton’s formula, we establish some stability criteria in terms of linear matrix inequalities. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the results.
Frye, Michael Takaichi
This dissertation examines the problem of global decentralized control by output feedback for large-scale uncertain nonlinear systems whose subsystems are interconnected not only by their outputs but also by their unmeasurable states. Several innovative techniques will be developed to create decentralized output feedback controllers rendering the closed-loop systems globally asymptotically stable. This is accomplished by extending an output feedback domination design that requires only limited information about the nonlinear system. We will apply our design to lower, upper, and non-triangular nonlinear systems. A time-varying output feedback controller is also constructed for use with large-scale systems that have unknown parameters. Furthermore, a mixed large-scale system consisting of both lower and upper triangular systems is shown to be stabilizable by employing a combined high and low gain domination technique. The significance of our results is that we do not need to have prior information about the nonlinearities of the system. In addition, a new design technique was developed using homogeneous system theory, which allows for the design of nonsmooth controllers and observers to stabilize a class of feedforward system with uncontrollable and unobservable linearization. An example of a large-scale system is a group of autonomous airships performing the function of a temporary mobile cell phone network. An airship mobile cell phone network is a novel solution to the problem of maintaining communication during the advent of extensive damage to the communication infrastructure; be it from a flood, earthquake, hurricane, or terrorist attack. A first principle force-based dynamic model for the Tri-Turbofan Airship was developed and will be discussed in detail. The mathematical model was based on actual flight test data that has been collected at the Gait Analysis and Innovative Technologies Laboratory. This model was developed to research autonomous airship
Robust non-parametric one-sample tests for the analysis of recurrent events.
Rebora, Paola; Galimberti, Stefania; Valsecchi, Maria Grazia
2010-12-30
One-sample non-parametric tests are proposed here for inference on recurring events. The focus is on the marginal mean function of events and the basis for inference is the standardized distance between the observed and the expected number of events under a specified reference rate. Different weights are considered in order to account for various types of alternative hypotheses on the mean function of the recurrent events process. A robust version and a stratified version of the test are also proposed. The performance of these tests was investigated through simulation studies under various underlying event generation processes, such as homogeneous and nonhomogeneous Poisson processes, autoregressive and renewal processes, with and without frailty effects. The robust versions of the test have been shown to be suitable in a wide variety of event generating processes. The motivating context is a study on gene therapy in a very rare immunodeficiency in children, where a major end-point is the recurrence of severe infections. Robust non-parametric one-sample tests for recurrent events can be useful to assess efficacy and especially safety in non-randomized studies or in epidemiological studies for comparison with a standard population.
Stability Testing of Herbal Drugs: Challenges, Regulatory Compliance and Perspectives.
Bansal, Gulshan; Suthar, Nancy; Kaur, Jasmeen; Jain, Astha
2016-07-01
Stability testing is an important component of herbal drugs and products (HDPs) development process. Drugs regulatory agencies across the globe have recommended guidelines for the conduct of stability studies on HDPs, which require that stability data should be included in the product registration dossier. From the scientific viewpoint, numerous chemical constituents in an herbal drug are liable to varied chemical reactions under the influence of different conditions during its shelf life. These reactions can lead to altered chemical composition of HDP and consequently altered therapeutic profile. Many reports on stability testing of HDPs have appeared in literature since the last 10 years. A review of these reports reveals that there is wide variability in temperature (-80 to 100 °C), humidity (0-100%) and duration (a few hours-36 months) for stability assessment of HDPs. Of these, only 1% studies are conducted in compliance with the regulatory guidelines for stability testing. The present review is aimed at compiling all stability testing reports, understanding key challenges in stability testing of HDPs and suggesting possible solutions for these. The key challenges are classified as chemical complexity and biochemical composition variability in raw material, selection of marker(s) and influences of enzymes. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Gibson, Scott M; Ficklin, Stephen P; Isaacson, Sven; Luo, Feng; Feltus, Frank A; Smith, Melissa C
2013-01-01
The study of gene relationships and their effect on biological function and phenotype is a focal point in systems biology. Gene co-expression networks built using microarray expression profiles are one technique for discovering and interpreting gene relationships. A knowledge-independent thresholding technique, such as Random Matrix Theory (RMT), is useful for identifying meaningful relationships. Highly connected genes in the thresholded network are then grouped into modules that provide insight into their collective functionality. While it has been shown that co-expression networks are biologically relevant, it has not been determined to what extent any given network is functionally robust given perturbations in the input sample set. For such a test, hundreds of networks are needed and hence a tool to rapidly construct these networks. To examine functional robustness of networks with varying input, we enhanced an existing RMT implementation for improved scalability and tested functional robustness of human (Homo sapiens), rice (Oryza sativa) and budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). We demonstrate dramatic decrease in network construction time and computational requirements and show that despite some variation in global properties between networks, functional similarity remains high. Moreover, the biological function captured by co-expression networks thresholded by RMT is highly robust.
Scott M Gibson
Full Text Available The study of gene relationships and their effect on biological function and phenotype is a focal point in systems biology. Gene co-expression networks built using microarray expression profiles are one technique for discovering and interpreting gene relationships. A knowledge-independent thresholding technique, such as Random Matrix Theory (RMT, is useful for identifying meaningful relationships. Highly connected genes in the thresholded network are then grouped into modules that provide insight into their collective functionality. While it has been shown that co-expression networks are biologically relevant, it has not been determined to what extent any given network is functionally robust given perturbations in the input sample set. For such a test, hundreds of networks are needed and hence a tool to rapidly construct these networks. To examine functional robustness of networks with varying input, we enhanced an existing RMT implementation for improved scalability and tested functional robustness of human (Homo sapiens, rice (Oryza sativa and budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We demonstrate dramatic decrease in network construction time and computational requirements and show that despite some variation in global properties between networks, functional similarity remains high. Moreover, the biological function captured by co-expression networks thresholded by RMT is highly robust.
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2011-01-01
The visual servoing stabilization of nonholonomic mobile robot with unknown camera parameters is investigated.A new kind of uncertain chained model of nonholonomic kinemetic system is obtained based on the visual feedback and the standard chained form of type (1,2) mobile robot.Then,a novel time-varying feedback controller is proposed for exponentially stabilizing the position and orientation of the robot using visual feedback and switching strategy when the camera parameters are not known.The exponential s...
Generator Set Environmental and Stability Testing
2015-03-01
EOT End of Test HFRR High Frequency Reciprocating Rig HRJ-8 Hydro-Renewable Jet Fuel JFTOT Jet Fuel Thermal Oxidation Test kW kilo Watts MEP...auxiliary heaters failed to start. Due to the time constraints of test facility, a decision was made to perform the cold soak at -20 °F, start the...units, and then rapidly cool the chamber down to -50 °F during the 15 minute no load warm up period. This would allow the auxiliary heaters to operate
Stability Test for 2-D Continuous-Discrete Systems
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2002-01-01
Models of 2-D continuous-discrete systems are introduced, which can be used to describe some complex systems. Different from classical 2-D continuous systems or 2-D discrete systems, the asymptotic stability of the continuous-discrete systems is determined by Hurwitz-Schur stability (hybrid one) of 2-D characteristic polynomials of the systems. An algebraic algorithm with simpler test procedure for Hurwitz-Schur stability test of 2-D polynomials is developed. An example to illustrate the applications of the test approach is provided.
基于运动矢量的鲁棒视频去抖动算法%Robust Video Stabilization Based on Motion Vectors
SONG Li; ZHOU Yuan-hua; ZHOU Jun
2005-01-01
This paper proposes a new robust video stabilization algorithm to remove unwanted vibrations in video sequences. A complete theoretical analysis is first established for video stabilization, providing a basis for new stabilization algorithm. Secondly, a new robust global motion estimation (GME) algorithm is proposed. Different from classic methods, the GME algorithm is based on spatial-temporal filtered motion vectors computed by block-matching methods. In addition, effective schemes are employed in correction phase to prevent boundary artifacts and error accumulation. Experiments show that the proposed algorithm has satisfactory stabilization effects while maintaining good tradeoff between speed and precision.
Yi-You Hou
2014-01-01
Full Text Available This paper considers the problem of the robust stability for the nonlinear system with time-varying delay and parameters uncertainties. Based on the H∞ theorem, Lyapunov-Krasovskii theory, and linear matrix inequality (LMI optimization technique, the H∞ quasi-sliding mode controller and switching function are developed such that the nonlinear system is asymptotically stable in the quasi-sliding mode and satisfies the disturbance attenuation (H∞-norm performance. The effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed methods are shown in numerical simulations.
A Physics-Based Temperature Stabilization Criterion for Thermal Testing
Rickman, Steven L.; Ungar, Eugene K.
2009-01-01
Spacecraft testing specifications differ greatly in the criteria they specify for stability in thermal balance tests. Some specify a required temperature stabilization rate (the change in temperature per unit time, dT/dt), some specify that the final steady-state temperature be approached to within a specified difference, delta T , and some specify a combination of the two. The particular values for temperature stabilization rate and final temperature difference also vary greatly between specification documents. A one-size-fits-all temperature stabilization rate requirement does not yield consistent results for all test configurations because of differences in thermal mass and heat transfer to the environment. Applying a steady-state temperature difference requirement is problematic because the final test temperature is not accurately known a priori, especially for powered configurations. In the present work, a simplified, lumped-mass analysis has been used to explore the applicability of these criteria. A new, user-friendly, physics-based approach is developed that allows the thermal engineer to determine when an acceptable level of temperature stabilization has been achieved. The stabilization criterion can be predicted pre-test but must be refined during test to allow verification that the defined level of temperature stabilization has been achieved.
Huynh, Huynh; Rawls, Anita
2011-01-01
There are at least two procedures to assess item difficulty stability in the Rasch model: robust z procedure and "0.3 Logit Difference" procedure. The robust z procedure is a variation of the z statistic that reduces dependency on outliers. The "0.3 Logit Difference" procedure is based on experiences in Rasch linking for tests…
Consensus stability testing protocols for organic photovoltaic materials and devices
Reese, Matthew O.; Gevorgyan, Suren; Jørgensen, Mikkel
2011-01-01
Procedures for testing organic solar cell devices and modules with respect to stability and operational lifetime are described. The descriptions represent a consensus of the discussion and conclusions reached during the first 3 years of the international summit on OPV stability (ISOS). The proced...
Consensus stability testing protocols for organic photovoltaic materials and devices
Reese, M.O.; Gevorgyan, S.A.; Jørgensen, M.; Bundgaard, E.; Kurtz, S.R.; Ginley, D.S.; Olson, D.C.; Lloyd, M.T.; Morvillo, P.; Katz, E.A.; Elschner, A.; Haillant, O.; Currier, T.R.; Shrotriya, V.; Hermenau, M.; Riede, M.; Kirov, K.R.; Trimmel, G.; Rath, T.; Inganäs, O.; Zhang, F.; Andersson, M.; Tvingstedt, K.; Lira-Cantu, M.; Laird, D.; McGuiness, C.; Gowrisanker, S.; Pannone, M.; Xiao, M.; Hauch, J.; Steim, R.; Delongchamp, D.M.; Rösch, R.; Hoppe, H.; Espinosa, N.; Urbina, A.; Yaman-Uzunoglu, G.; Bonekamp, J.-B.; Breemen, A.J.J.M. van; Girotto, C.; Voroshazi, E.; Krebs, F.C.
2011-01-01
Procedures for testing organic solar cell devices and modules with respect to stability and operational lifetime are described. The descriptions represent a consensus of the discussion and conclusions reached during the first 3 years of the international summit on OPV stability (ISOS). The procedure
Azizi, Sajad
2017-05-01
The robust stability of a class of feedback linearizable minimum-phase nonlinear system, having parametric uncertainties, is investigated in this study. The system in new coordinates is represented to an equivalent formulation after the attempt of feedback linearization. Due to the parametric uncertainties the approximately linearized system entails a norm bounded input nonlinearity such that the equilibrium point condition in error dynamics can not be satisfied. Accordingly, to guarantee the regional asymptotic stability a control synthesis problem is proposed by means of sufficient Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs) together with an amended nonlinear control term, derived from the Lyapunov redesign method, which tackles zero steady-state error condition. The numerical examples of a general aviation aircraft's longitudinal dynamics and inverted pendulum are simulated to show the proficiency of the proposed control technique. Copyright © 2017 ISA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Robust stability analysis of a class of neural networks with discrete time delays.
Faydasicok, Ozlem; Arik, Sabri
2012-05-01
This paper studies the existence, uniqueness and global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point for the class of neural networks with discrete constant time delays under parameter uncertainties. The class of the neural network considered in this paper employs the activation functions which are assumed to be continuous and slope-bounded but not required to be bounded or differentiable. We conduct a stability analysis by exploiting the stability theory of Lyapunov functionals and the theory of Homomorphic mapping to derive some easily verifiable sufficient conditions for existence, uniqueness and global asymptotic stability of the equilibrium point. The conditions obtained mainly establish some time-independent relationships between the network parameters of the neural network. We make a detailed comparison between our results and the previously published corresponding results. This comparison proves that our results are new and improve and generalize the results derived in the past literature. We also give some illustrative numerical examples to show the effectiveness and applicability of our proposed stability results.
Long-term stability test of a triple GEM detector
Adak, R P; Das, S; Ghosal, D; Ghosh, S K; Mondal, A; Nag, D; Nayak, T K; Patra, R N; Prasad, S K; Raha, S; Sahu, P K; Sahu, S; Swain, S
2016-01-01
The main aim of the study is to perform the long-term stability test of gain of the single mask triple GEM detector. A simple method is used for this long- term stability test using a radioactive X-ray source with high activity. The test is continued till accumulation of charge per unit area > 12.0 mC/mm2. The details of the chamber fabrication, the test set-up, the method of measurement and the test results are presented in this paper.
2013-01-01
Background Most phylogeny analysis methods based on molecular sequences use multiple alignment where the quality of the alignment, which is dependent on the alignment parameters, determines the accuracy of the resulting trees. Different parameter combinations chosen for the multiple alignment may result in different phylogenies. A new non-alignment based approach, Relative Complexity Measure (RCM), has been introduced to tackle this problem and proven to work in fungi and mitochondrial DNA. Result In this work, we present an application of the RCM method to reconstruct robust phylogenetic trees using sequence data for genus Galanthus obtained from different regions in Turkey. Phylogenies have been analyzed using nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. Results showed that, the tree obtained from nuclear ribosomal RNA gene sequences was more robust, while the tree obtained from the chloroplast DNA showed a higher degree of variation. Conclusions Phylogenies generated by Relative Complexity Measure were found to be robust and results of RCM were more reliable than the compared techniques. Particularly, to overcome MSA-based problems, RCM seems to be a reasonable way and a good alternative to MSA-based phylogenetic analysis. We believe our method will become a mainstream phylogeny construction method especially for the highly variable sequence families where the accuracy of the MSA heavily depends on the alignment parameters. PMID:23323678
Bakış Yasin
2013-01-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Most phylogeny analysis methods based on molecular sequences use multiple alignment where the quality of the alignment, which is dependent on the alignment parameters, determines the accuracy of the resulting trees. Different parameter combinations chosen for the multiple alignment may result in different phylogenies. A new non-alignment based approach, Relative Complexity Measure (RCM, has been introduced to tackle this problem and proven to work in fungi and mitochondrial DNA. Result In this work, we present an application of the RCM method to reconstruct robust phylogenetic trees using sequence data for genus Galanthus obtained from different regions in Turkey. Phylogenies have been analyzed using nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. Results showed that, the tree obtained from nuclear ribosomal RNA gene sequences was more robust, while the tree obtained from the chloroplast DNA showed a higher degree of variation. Conclusions Phylogenies generated by Relative Complexity Measure were found to be robust and results of RCM were more reliable than the compared techniques. Particularly, to overcome MSA-based problems, RCM seems to be a reasonable way and a good alternative to MSA-based phylogenetic analysis. We believe our method will become a mainstream phylogeny construction method especially for the highly variable sequence families where the accuracy of the MSA heavily depends on the alignment parameters.
Střelec, Luboš; Stehlík, Milan
2017-01-01
Normality of the error terms in regression models is one of the basic assumptions in the applied regression analysis. Therefore, testing for normality of the error terms constitutes one of the most important steps of regression model verification and validation. Failure to assess non-normality of the error terms may lead to incorrect results of usual statistical inference techniques such as t-test or F-test. Within the applied regression analysis there is a frequent problem of the presence of autocorrelation and conditional heteroscedasticity of the error terms. Under both autocorrelation and heteroscedasticity, the usual OLS estimators are still unbiased, linear and asymptotically normally distributed, however, no longer have the minimum variance property among all linear unbiased estimators. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to present and discuss normality testing of the error terms with presence of autocorrelation and conditional heteroscedasticity. To explore the power of selected classical tests and robust tests for normality, we perform simulation study.
Fang-Xiang Wu
2011-08-01
The study of stability is essential for designing or controlling genetic regulatory networks. This paper addresses global and robust stability of genetic regulatory networks with time delays and parameter uncertainties. Most existing results on this issue are based on the linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) approach, which results in checking the existence of a feasible solution to high dimensional LMIs. Based on M-matrix theory, we will present several novel global stability conditions for genetic regulatory networks with time-varying and time-invariant delays. All of these stability conditions are given in terms of M-matrices, for which there are many and very easy ways to be verified. Then, we extend these results to genetic regulatory networks with time delays and parameter uncertainties. To illustrate the effectiveness of our theoretical results, several genetic regulatory networks are analyzed. Compared with existing results in the literature, we also show that our results are less conservative than existing ones with these illustrative genetic regulatory networks.
Fei Song
2014-01-01
Full Text Available This paper proposed a robust fault-tolerant control algorithm for satellite stabilization based on active disturbance rejection approach with artificial bee colony algorithm. The actuating mechanism of attitude control system consists of three working reaction flywheels and one spare reaction flywheel. The speed measurement of reaction flywheel is adopted for fault detection. If any reaction flywheel fault is detected, the corresponding fault flywheel is isolated and the spare reaction flywheel is activated to counteract the fault effect and ensure that the satellite is working safely and reliably. The active disturbance rejection approach is employed to design the controller, which handles input information with tracking differentiator, estimates system uncertainties with extended state observer, and generates control variables by state feedback and compensation. The designed active disturbance rejection controller is robust to both internal dynamics and external disturbances. The bandwidth parameter of extended state observer is optimized by the artificial bee colony algorithm so as to improve the performance of attitude control system. A series of simulation experiment results demonstrate the performance superiorities of the proposed robust fault-tolerant control algorithm.
High Power Test for Klystron Stability
Seol, Kyung-Tae; Kim, Seong-Gu; Kwon, Hyeok-Jung; Kim, Han-Sung; Cho, Yong-Sub [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Gyeongju (Korea, Republic of)
2015-10-15
The 100-MeV linac consists of a 50-keV proton injector based on a microwave ion source, a 3-MeV RFQ with a four-vane structure, and a 100-MeV DTL. Nine sets of 1MW klystrons have been operated for the 100-MeV proton linac. The klystron filament heating time was approximately 5700 hours in 2014. During the high power operation of the klystron, unstable RF waveforms appeared at the klystron output, and we have checked and performed cavity frequency adjustments, magnet and heater current, reflection from a circulator, klystron test without a circulator, and the frequency spectrum measurement. The problems may be from harmonic power stay between the klystron and the circulator. A harmonic filter of waveguide type is designed to eliminate the harmonic power. Nine sets of the klystrons have been operated for the KOMAC 100-MeV proton linac. Some klystrons have unstable RF waveforms at specific power level. We have checked and tested the cavity frequency adjustment, reflection from a circulator, high power test without a circulator, and frequency spectrum at the unstable RF. The unstable RF may be from harmonic power stay between the klystron and the circulator. To eliminate the harmonic power, a harmonic filter of waveguide type is designed.
Quéro, Anthony; Jousse, Cyril; Lequart-Pillon, Michelle; Gontier, Eric; Guillot, Xavier; Courtois, Bernard; Courtois, Josiane; Pau-Roblot, Corinne
2014-11-01
Plant metabolite profiling is commonly carried out by GC-MS of methoximated trimethylsilyl (TMS) derivatives. This technique is robust and enables a library search for spectra produced by electron ionization. However, recent articles have described problems associated with the low stability of some TMS derivatives. This limits the use of GC-MS for metabolomic studies that need large sets of qualitative and quantitative analyses. The aim of this work is to determine the experimental conditions in which the stability of TMS derivatives could be improved. This would facilitate the analysis of the large-scale experimental designs needed in the metabolomics approach. For good repeatability, the sampling conditions and the storage temperature of samples during analysis were investigated. Multiple injections of one sample from one vial led to high variations while injection of one sample from different vials improved the analysis. However, before injection, some amino acid TMS derivatives were degraded during the storage of vials in the autosampler. Only 10% of the initial quantity of glutamine 3 TMS and glutamate 3 TMS and 66% of α-alanine 2 TMS was detected 48 h after derivatization. When stored at 4 °C until injection, all TMS derivatives remained stable for 12 h; at -20 °C, they remained stable for 72 h. From the integration of all these results, a detailed analytical procedure is thus proposed. It enables a robust quantification of polar metabolites, useful for further plant metabolomics studies using GC-MS.
Zhuanxian Xiong; Yun Long; Huixing Xiao; Xi Zhang; Lingxiang He; Baolong Lu
2011-01-01
A frequency-stabilized 556-nm laser is an essential tool for experimental studies associated with 1S0-3p1 intercombination transition of ytterbium (Yb) atoms. A 556-nm laser light using a single-pass second harmonic generation (SHG) is obtained in a periodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 (PPLN) crystal pumped by a fiber laser at 1111.6 nm. A robust frequency stabilization method which facilitates the control of laser frequency with an accuracy better than the natural linewidth (187 kHz) of the intercombination line is developed. The short-term frequency jitter is reduced to less than 100 kHz by locking the laser to a home-made reference cavity. A slow frequency drift is sensed by the 556-nm fluorescence signal of an Yb atomic beam excited by one probe beam and is reduced to less than 50-kHz by a computer-controlled servo system. The laser can be stably locked for more than 5 h. This frequency stabilization method can be extended to other alkaline-earth-like atoms with similar weak intercombination lines.%@@ A frequency-stabilized 556-nm laser is an essential tool for experimental studies associated with 1So-3P1intercombination transition of ytterbium (Yb) atoms.A 556-nm laser light using a single-pass second harmonic generation (SHG) is obtained in a periodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 (PPLN) crystal pumped by a fiber laser at 1111.6 nm.A robust frequency stabilization method which facilitates the control of laser frequency with an accuracy better than the natural linewidth (187 kHz) of the intercombination line is developed.The short-term frequency jitter is reduced to less than i00 kHz by locking the laser to a home-made reference cavity.A slow frequency drift is sensed by the 556-nm fluorescence signal of an Yb atomic beam excited by one probe beam and is reduced to less than 50-kHz by a computer-controlled servo system.The laser can be stably locked for more than 5 h.This frequency stabilization method can be extended to other alkaline-earth-like atoms with similar weak
Robust Output Stabilization of Time-Varying Input Delay Systems using Attractive Ellipsoid Method
Polyakov, Andrey; Poznyak, Alexander; Richard, Jean-Pierre
2013-01-01
International audience; The problem of output control design for linear system with unknown and time-varying input delay, bounded exogenous disturbances and bounded deterministic measurement noises is considered. The prediction technique is combined with Luenberger-like observer design in order to provide the stabilizing output feedback. The scheme of parameters tuning for reduction of measurement noises effect and exogenous disturbances effects is developed basing on Attractive Ellipsoids Me...
The Mona Lisa effect: Testing the limits of perceptual robustness vis-à-vis slanted images
Hecht Heiko
2014-01-01
Full Text Available We report three experiments that test the limits of the Mona Lisa effect. The gaze of a portrait that is looking at us appears to follow us around as we move with respect to the picture. Even if our position is shifted considerably to the side, or if the picture is severely slanted, do we feel the gaze to be directed at us? We determined the threshold where this effect breaks down to be maximally 70° of picture slant relative to the observer. Different factors modulate this remarkable robustness, among them being the display medium and the nature of the picture. The threshold was considerably lower when the picture was mounted on a physical surface as opposed to a computer simulation of slant. Also, the more the portrayed object deviated from the photograph of a human head, the less robust the Mona Lisa effect became. Implications for theories of perspective distortion are discussed.
Requejo, Rubén J; Cuesta, José A; Arenas, Alex; 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.026105
2012-01-01
The emergence and promotion of cooperation are two of the main issues in evolutionary game theory, as cooperation is amenable to exploitation by defectors, which take advantage of cooperative individuals at no cost, dooming them to extinction. It has been recently shown that the existence of purely destructive agents (termed jokers) acting on the common enterprises (public goods games) can induce stable limit cycles among cooperation, defection, and destruction when infinite populations are considered. These cycles allow for time lapses in which cooperators represent a relevant fraction of the population, providing a mechanism for the emergence of cooperative states in nature and human societies. Here we study analytically and through agent-based simulations the dynamics generated by jokers in finite populations for several selection rules. Cycles appear in all cases studied, thus showing that the joker dynamics generically yields a robust cyclic behavior not restricted to infinite populations. We also comput...
Robust stabilization of underactuated nonlinear systems: A fast terminal sliding mode approach.
Khan, Qudrat; Akmeliawati, Rini; Bhatti, Aamer Iqbal; Khan, Mahmood Ashraf
2017-01-01
This paper presents a fast terminal sliding mode based control design strategy for a class of uncertain underactuated nonlinear systems. Strategically, this development encompasses those electro-mechanical underactuated systems which can be transformed into the so-called regular form. The novelty of the proposed technique lies in the hierarchical development of a fast terminal sliding attractor design for the considered class. Having established sliding mode along the designed manifold, the close loop dynamics become finite time stable which, consequently, result in high precision. In addition, the adverse effects of the chattering phenomenon are reduced via strong reachability condition and the robustness of the system against uncertainties is confirmed theoretically. A simulation as well as experimental study of an inverted pendulum is presented to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed technique.
Observer-based robust stabilization for uncertain systems with unknown time-varying delay
Peigang JIANG; Chunwen LI
2004-01-01
This paper focuses on the problem of robust stabiiization for a class of linear systems with uncertain parameters and time varying delays in states. The parameter uncertainty is continuous, time varying, and norm-bounded. The state delay is unknown and time varying. The states of the system are not all measurable and an observer is constructed to estimate the states. If a linear matrix inequality (LMI) is solvable, the gains of the controller and observer can be obtained from the solution of the LMI.The observer and controller are dependent on the size of time delay and on the size of delay derivative. Finally, an example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed control method.
Nanoporous membrane robustness / stability in small form factor microfluidic filtration system.
Johnson, Dean G; Pan, Sabrina; Hayden, Andrew; McGrath, James L
2016-08-01
The development of wearable hemodialysis (HD) devices that replace center-based HD holds the promise to improve both outcomes and quality-of-life for patients with end-stage-renal disease (ERD). A prerequisite for these devices is the development of highly efficient membranes that can achieve high toxin clearance in small footprints. The ultrathin nanoporous membrane material developed by our group is orders of magnitude more permeable than conventional HD membranes. We report on our progress making a prototype wearable dialysis unit. First, we present data from benchtop studies confirming that clinical levels of urea clearance can be obtained in a small animal model with low blood flow rates. Second, we report on efforts to improve the mechanical robustness of high membrane area dialysis devices.
A flexible and robust soft-error testing system for microelectronic devices and integrated circuits
王晓辉; 杨振雷; 童腾; 苏弘; 刘杰; 张战刚; 古松; 刘天奇; 孔洁; 赵兴文
2015-01-01
Single event effects (SEEs) induced by radiations become a significant reliability challenge for modern elec-tronic systems. To evaluate SEEs susceptibility for microelectronic devices and integrated circuits (ICs), an SEE testing system with flexibility and robustness was developed at Heavy Ion Research Facility in Lanzhou (HIRFL). The system is compatible with various types of microelectronic devices and ICs, and supports plenty of complex and high-speed test schemes and plans for the irradiated devices under test (DUTs). Thanks to the combination of meticulous circuit design and the hardened logic design, the system has additional performances to avoid an overheated situation and irradiations by stray radiations. The system has been tested and verified by experiments for irradiating devices at HIRFL.
Thermal stability of the DSC ruthenium dye C106 in robust electrolytes
Lund, Torben; Phuong, Nguyen Tuyet; Pechy, Peter
2014-01-01
the dye from the TiO2 particles and analyzed its by HPLC coupled to UV/Vis and electro spray mass spectrometry. Samples prepared in the glove box gave the highest stability with a steady state photo anode surface concentration of 80% C106 intact and the remaining ∼20% being the N-butylbenzimidazole (NBB......We have investigated the thermal stability of the heteroleptic ruthenium complex C106 employed as a sensitizer in dye-sensitized solar cells. The C106 was adsorbed on TiO2 particles and exposed to 2 different iodide/triidode based redox electrolytes A and B at 80 °C for up to 1500 h in sealed glass...... of the degree of dye loading of the TiO2 particles and the ratio between the amount of dyed TiO2 particles and electrolyte volume. Assuming that this substitution is the predominant loss mechanism in a DSC during thermal stress, we estimate the reduction in the DSC efficiency after long term heat to be 12...
Quantitative testing of robustness on super-omniphobic surfaces by drop impact
Nguyen, Thi Phuong Nhung; Coffinier, Yannick; Boukherroub, Rabah
2010-01-01
The quality of a liquid-repellent surface is quantified by both the apparent contact angle $\\theta_0$ that a sessile drop adopts on it, and the value of the liquid pressure threshold the surface can withstand without being impaled by the liquid, hence keeping a low-friction condition. We designed surfaces covered with nano-wires obtained by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth technique, that are able to repel most of the existing non-polar liquids including those of very low surface tension, as well as many polar liquids of moderate to high surface tension. These super-omniphobic surfaces exhibit apparent contact angles ranging from 125 to 160$^{\\circ}$ depending on the liquid. We tested the robustness of the surfaces against impalement by carrying out drop impact experiments. Our results show how this robustness depends on the Young's contact angle $\\theta_0$ related to the surface tension of the liquid, and that the orientational growth of NWs is a favorable factor for robustness.
Minakshi, Manickam; Barmi, Maryam J; Jones, Robert T
2017-03-14
Hybrid capacitors can replace or complement batteries, while storing energy through ion adsorption and fast surface redox reactions. There is a growing demand in developing nanostructured materials as electrodes for hybrid systems that can enhance the specific capacitance by ion desolvation in the nanopores. Here, we demonstrate that rescaling the pore diameter with the aid of biopolymer at an optimal level during the synthesis of metal molybdate leads to high capacitance 124 F g(-1) giving robust capacitance retention of 80% over 2000 cycles for a constructed device (activated carbon vs. metal molybdate). The presence of biopolymer (l-glutamic acid) in the metal molybdate acts as a complexing agent of the metal ion while enhancing the mass transport and hence it's improved electrochemical performance. However, XPS and other elemental analyses illustrated no evidence for N doping but traces of other surface functional groups (i.e. C and O) could be present on the molybdate surface. The biopolymer synthetic approach has the advantage of yielding nanostructured material with a relatively narrow pore size distribution controlled by l-glutamic acid. This study will provide a generic route to rescale other metal molybdate, phosphate or oxide counterparts and be an added value to the database.
Wholesale energy market in a smart grid. Dynamic modeling, stability, and robustness
Kiani Bejestani, Arman
2013-01-24
The recent paradigm shift in the architecture of the smart grid is driven by the need to integrate Renewable Energy Resources (RER), the availability of information through communication networks, and an emerging policy of demand that is intertwined with pricing. A major component of this architecture is the design of electricity markets, which pertains to the optimal scheduling of power generation and reserve requirements. The challenge is to carry out this scheduling with a high level of integration of renewable generation sources, a formidable task due to intermittency and uncertainty. Introducing huge intermittency and uncertainty in the smart grid will demand a dynamic framework for addressing the operation, scheduling and financial settlements in the uncertain environment. The temporal components in scheduling generation are necessary due to increasing penetration of renewable sources, and increasing potential of adjustable demand via Demand Response (DR). The former brings issues of strong intermittency and uncertainty, and the latter brings a feedback structure, where demand can be modulated over a range of time-scales. Both of these components are dictating a new look at market mechanisms, with a controls viewpoint enabling a novel framework for analysis and synthesis. This dissertation provides static and dynamic models that capture the various aspects of electrical power systems, including the dynamics of market participants, the physical and technical constraints of power systems, and the uncertainty of RER. The proposed models shed new light on wholesale electricity market design, allowing an understanding to be gained of how to create markets, which enhance the stability of price profiles, and efficiency of the power systems, in the presence of uncertain demand and intermittent resources. The notion of market equilibrium in the presence of RER and DR is presented. The effects of uncertainties due to forecast errors in RER and variations due to DR on
More stability and robustness with the multi-loop control solution for dynamic voltage restorer (DVR
Abdelkhalek Othmane
2009-01-01
Full Text Available This paper presents the application of dynamic voltage restorers (DVR on power distribution systems for mitigation of voltage sags/swells at critical loads. DVR is one of the compensating types of custom power devices. An adequate modeling and simulation of DVR, including controls in MATLAB, based on forced-commutated voltage source converter (VSC, has been proved suitable for compensating the voltage sags/swells. In this paper, a double loop control method is proposed for the improvement of the stability of DVR during the load current variation. For the main loop (Outer Voltage Loop, we use a PI controller for the regulation of the filter condenser voltage. The second loop (Inner Current Loop also uses a PI controller to control the disturbances current during load variation. Simulation results are presented to illustrate and understand the performances of DVR in the compensation of voltage sags/swell even with variation load condition.
Application of Coordinated SOFC and SMES Robust Control for Stabilizing Tie-Line Power
Wei Liu
2013-04-01
Full Text Available Wind power causes fluctuations in power systems and introduces issues concerning system stability and power quality because of the lack of controllability of its discontinuous and intermittent resources. This paper presents a coordinated control strategy for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES to match the intermittent wind power generation and compensate for the rapid load changes. An optimal H∞ control method, where the weighting function selection is expressed as an optimization problem, is proposed to mitigate tie-line power fluctuations and the mixed-sensitivity approach is used to deal with the interference suppression. Simulation results show that the proposed method significantly improves the smoothing effect of wind power fluctuations. Compared with the conventional control method, the proposed method has better anti-interference performance in various operating situations.
Test Stability of Uster Advanced Fiber Information System(AFIS)
CAO Ji-peng; LU Qin; SUN Peng-zi; LIU Hua-pu
2010-01-01
To study test stability of Advanced Fiber Information System(AFIS),card sliver produced in two experiments(12 plans in each experiment)were tested by AFIS.By a statistic analysis of the test results,the number of test times that can get a reliable test reliability(hereinafter this number of test times is referred to as Reliable Test Times,RTT)of test parameters and the coefficient of variation(CV%)values of 30 test results of each experiment plan were obtained.It's concluded that some parameters,such as length,seed coat nep(SCN)size,nep size and immature fiber content(IFC),etc. are very reliable by a test of ten or more times,but other parameters,such as SCN content,trash content,and visible foreign matter(VFM)content,etc.are not reliable until they are tested over 100 times.
Zhang Jinhui [Department of Automatic Control, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China)], E-mail: jinhuizhang82@gmail.com; Shi Peng [Faculty of Advanced Technology, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd CF37 1DL (United Kingdom); ILSCM, School of Science and Engineering, Victoria University, Melbourne, Vic. 8001 (Australia); School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia)], E-mail: pshi@glam.ac.uk; Yang Hongjiu [Department of Automatic Control, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China)], E-mail: yanghongjiu@gmail.com
2009-12-15
This paper deals with the problem of non-fragile robust stabilization and H{sub {infinity}} control for a class of uncertain stochastic nonlinear time-delay systems. The parametric uncertainties are real time-varying as well as norm bounded. The time-delay factors are unknown and time-varying with known bounds. The aim is to design a memoryless non-fragile state feedback control law such that the closed-loop system is stochastically asymptotically stable in the mean square and the effect of the disturbance input on the controlled output is less than a prescribed level for all admissible parameter uncertainties. New sufficient conditions for the existence of such controllers are presented based on the linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) approach. Numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the developed techniques.
Yanke Du
2013-01-01
Full Text Available A class of interval Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with time-varying delays and infinite distributed delays is investigated. By employing H-matrix and M-matrix theory, homeomorphism techniques, Lyapunov functional method, and linear matrix inequality approach, sufficient conditions are established for the existence, uniqueness, and global robust exponential stability of the equilibrium point and the periodic solution to the neural networks. Our results improve some previously published ones. Finally, numerical examples are given to illustrate the feasibility of the theoretical results and further to exhibit that there is a characteristic sequence of bifurcations leading to a chaotic dynamics, which implies that the system admits rich and complex dynamics.
The Infinity Mirror Test for Analyzing the Robustness of Graph Generators
Aguinaga, Salvador
2016-01-01
Graph generators learn a model from a source graph in order to generate a new graph that has many of the same properties. The learned models each have implicit and explicit biases built in, and its important to understand the assumptions that are made when generating a new graph. Of course, the differences between the new graph and the original graph, as compared by any number of graph properties, are important indicators of the biases inherent in any modelling task. But these critical differences are subtle and not immediately apparent using standard performance metrics. Therefore, we introduce the infinity mirror test for the analysis of graph generator performance and robustness. This stress test operates by repeatedly, recursively fitting a model to itself. A perfect graph generator would have no deviation from the original or ideal graph, however the implicit biases and assumptions that are cooked into the various models are exaggerated by the infinity mirror test allowing for new insights that were not ...
A robust stabilization methodology for time domain integral equations in electromagnetics
Pray, Andrew J.
Time domain integral equations (TDIEs) are an attractive framework from which to analyze electromagnetic scattering problems. Casting problems in the time domain enables study of systems with nonlinearities, characterization of transient behavior both at the early and late time, and broadband analysis within a single simulation. Integral equation frameworks have the advantages of restricting the computational domain to the scatterer surface (boundary integral equations) or volume (volume integral equations), implicitly satisfying the radiation boundary condition, and being free of numerical dispersion error. Despite these advantages, TDIE solvers are not widely used by computational practitioners; principally because TDIE solutions are susceptible to late-time instability. While a plethora of stabilization schemes have been developed, particularly since the early 1980s, most of these schemes either do not guarantee stability, are difficult to implement, or are impractical for certain problems. The most promising methods seem to be the space-time Galerkin schemes. These are very challenging to implement as they require the accurate evaluation of 4-dimensional spatial integrals. The most successful recent approach to implementing these schemes has been to approximate a subset of these integrals, and evaluate the remaining integrals analytically. This approach describes the quasi-exact integration methods [Shanker et al. IEEE TAP 2009, Shi et al. IEEE TAP 2011]. The method of [Shanker et al. IEEE TAP 2009] approximates 2 of the 4 dimensions using numerical quadrature. The remaining integrals are evaluated analytically by determining shadow boundaries on the domain of integration. In [Shi et al. IEEE TAP 2011], only 1 dimension is approximated, but the procedure also relies on analytical integration between shadow boundaries. These two characteristics-the need to find shadow boundaries and develop analytical integration rules-prevent these methods from being extended
A robust TDT-type association test under informative parental missingness.
Chen, J H; Cheng, K F
2011-02-10
Many family-based association tests rely on the random transmission of alleles from parents to offspring. Among them, the transmission/disequilibrium test (TDT) may be considered to be the most popular statistical test. The TDT statistic and its variations were proposed to evaluate nonrandom transmission of alleles from parents to the diseased children. However, in family studies, parental genotypes may be missing due to parental death, loss, divorce, or other reasons. Under some missingness conditions, nonrandom transmission of alleles may still occur even when the gene and disease are not associated. As a consequence, the usual TDT-type tests would produce excessive false positive conclusions in association studies. In this paper, we propose a novel TDT-type association test which is not only simple in computation but also robust to the joint effect of population stratification and informative parental missingness. Our test is model-free and allows for different mechanisms of parental missingness across subpopulations. We use a simulation study to compare the performance of the new test with TDT and point out the advantage of the new method.
Imbers, J.; Lopez, A.; Huntingford, C.; Allen, M. R.
2013-04-01
This paper aims to test the robustness of the detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change using four different empirical models that were previously developed to explain the observed global mean temperature changes over the last few decades. These studies postulated that the main drivers of these changes included not only the usual natural forcings, such as solar and volcanic, and anthropogenic forcings, such as greenhouse gases and sulfates, but also other known Earth system oscillations such as El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) or the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). In this paper, we consider these signals, or forced responses, and test whether or not the anthropogenic signal can be robustly detected under different assumptions for the internal variability of the climate system. We assume that the internal variability of the global mean surface temperature can be described by simple stochastic models that explore a wide range of plausible temporal autocorrelations, ranging from short memory processes exemplified by an AR(1) model to long memory processes, represented by a fractional differenced model. In all instances, we conclude that human-induced changes to atmospheric gas composition is affecting global mean surface temperature changes.
Imbers, J.
2013-04-27
This paper aims to test the robustness of the detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change using four different empirical models that were previously developed to explain the observed global mean temperature changes over the last few decades. These studies postulated that the main drivers of these changes included not only the usual natural forcings, such as solar and volcanic, and anthropogenic forcings, such as greenhouse gases and sulfates, but also other known Earth system oscillations such as El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) or the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). In this paper, we consider these signals, or forced responses, and test whether or not the anthropogenic signal can be robustly detected under different assumptions for the internal variability of the climate system. We assume that the internal variability of the global mean surface temperature can be described by simple stochastic models that explore a wide range of plausible temporal autocorrelations, ranging from short memory processes exemplified by an AR(1) model to long memory processes, represented by a fractional differenced model. In all instances, we conclude that human-induced changes to atmospheric gas composition is affecting global mean surface temperature changes. ©2013. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
Robust energy-absorbing compensators for the ACTEX II test article
Blaurock, Carl A.; Miller, David W.; Nye, Ted
1995-05-01
The paper addresses the problem of satellite solar panel vibration. A multi-layer vibration control scheme is investigated using a flight test article. Key issues in the active control portion are presented in the paper. The paper discusses the primary control design drivers, which are the time variations in modal frequencies due to configuration and thermal changes. A local control design approach is investigated, but found to be unworkable due to sensor/actuator non-collocation. An alternate design process uses linear robust control techniques, by describing the modal shifts as uncertainties. Multiple modal design, alpha- shifted multiple model, and a feedthrough compensation scheme are examined. Ground and simulation tests demonstrate that the resulting controllers provide significant vibration reduction in the presence of expected system variations.
A Robust Semi-Parametric Test for Detecting Trait-Dependent Diversification.
Rabosky, Daniel L; Huang, Huateng
2016-03-01
Rates of species diversification vary widely across the tree of life and there is considerable interest in identifying organismal traits that correlate with rates of speciation and extinction. However, it has been challenging to develop methodological frameworks for testing hypotheses about trait-dependent diversification that are robust to phylogenetic pseudoreplication and to directionally biased rates of character change. We describe a semi-parametric test for trait-dependent diversification that explicitly requires replicated associations between character states and diversification rates to detect effects. To use the method, diversification rates are reconstructed across a phylogenetic tree with no consideration of character states. A test statistic is then computed to measure the association between species-level traits and the corresponding diversification rate estimates at the tips of the tree. The empirical value of the test statistic is compared to a null distribution that is generated by structured permutations of evolutionary rates across the phylogeny. The test is applicable to binary discrete characters as well as continuous-valued traits and can accommodate extremely sparse sampling of character states at the tips of the tree. We apply the test to several empirical data sets and demonstrate that the method has acceptable Type I error rates. © The Author(s) 2015. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Society of Systematic Biologists. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.
A Simple and Effective Test Method of the Emulsion Stability
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2001-01-01
An innovational test method was developed on the basis of redefinition of the emulsion stability. The stability was characterized by relative volume percentage of disperse phase demulsified thoroughly from the top part and the bottom part of an emulsion sample, each weighting the same amount, after being settled for a given time at constant temperature. Three series of emulsions were prepared and tested successfully, which were emulsions of paraffin oil and water stabilized with polyoxyethylene lauryl ether series (AEO3 and AEO9) at various HLBs, and emulsions of rapeseed oil and water stablized with sorbitan monoleate (Span80) and each of polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan carboxylic esters (Tween20, Tween40, Tween60, Tween80 and Tween85) at different HLBs. It proved that this method is especially workable while the boundaries are opaque in a wide range of HLBs and is capable of offering an accurate optimum HLB.
Greco, Brian; Hainline, Allison; Arbet, Jaron; Grinde, Kelsey; Benitez, Alejandra; Tintle, Nathan
2016-05-01
The widespread availability of genome sequencing data made possible by way of next-generation technologies has yielded a flood of different gene-based rare variant association tests. Most of these tests have been published because they have superior power for particular genetic architectures. However, for applied researchers it is challenging to know which test to choose in practice when little is known a priori about genetic architecture. Recently, tests have been proposed which combine two particular individual tests (one burden and one variance components) to minimize power loss while improving robustness to a wider range of genetic architectures. In our analysis we propose an expansion of these approaches, yielding a general method that works for combining any number of individual tests. We demonstrate that running multiple different tests on the same data set and using a Bonferroni correction for multiple testing is never better than combining tests using our general method. We also find that using a test statistic that is highly robust to the inclusion of non-causal variants (joint-infinity) together with a previously published combined test (sequence kernel adaptive test-optimal) provides improved robustness to a wide range of genetic architectures and should be considered for use in practice. Software for this approach is supplied. We support the increased use of combined tests in practice - as well as further exploration of novel combined testing approaches using the general framework provided here - to maximize robustness of rare variant testing strategies against a wide range of genetic architectures.
Viola, Laura; Garrido, Gabriela; Rescorla, Leslie
2011-08-01
Comparisons of Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) scores from 31 societies (Rescorla et al. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 15:13-142 2007) supported the instrument's multicultural robustness, but none of these societies was in South America. The present study tested the multicultural robustness of the 2001 CBCL using data from a national epidemiological survey in Uruguay. Participants were 1,374 6- to 11-year-olds recruited through 65 schools nationwide; 1,098 (80%) had received no mental health or special education services in the past year (non-referred group), whereas 276 (referred group) had been referred for mental health services, had repeated ≥ 2 grades, or had significant developmental disabilities. Mean item ratings, factor structure, and scale internal consistencies were very similar to findings reported by Rescorla et al. (Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 15:13-142 2007) and Ivanova et al. (Journal of Clinical Child and Adoloescent Psychology 36: 405-417 2007). Children from low SES school environments obtained higher problem scores, especially in the referred group. Gender, age, and referral status effects paralleled those in the U.S. Non-referred children obtained somewhat higher mean problem scores in Uruguay than in the U.S., but mean score differences between non-referred and referred children were smaller in Uruguay than the U.S. Findings supporting the CBCL's multicultural robustness in a South American country extend the generalizability of findings reported by Rescorla et al. (Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 15:13-142 2007) for 31 societies.
Stability test for a parabolic partial differential equation
Vajta, Miklos
2001-01-01
The paper describes a stability test applied to coupled parabolic partial differential equations. The PDE's describe the temperature distribution of composite structures with linear inner heat sources. The distributed transfer functions are developed based on the transmission matrix of each layer.
Nyquist stability test for a parabolic partial differential equation
Vajta, Miklos; Hamza, M.H.
2000-01-01
The paper describes a Nyquist stability test applied to a parabolic partial differential equation. The PDE describes the temperature distribution of composite structures with linear inner heat source. The distributed transfer functions have been developed by the transmission matrix method. To
Sirada Pinjai
2013-01-01
Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the problem of robust exponential stability for linear parameter-dependent (LPD neutral systems with mixed time-varying delays and nonlinear perturbations. Based on a new parameter-dependent Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, Leibniz-Newton formula, decomposition technique of coefficient matrix, free-weighting matrices, Cauchy’s inequality, modified version of Jensen’s inequality, model transformation, and linear matrix inequality technique, new delay-dependent robust exponential stability criteria are established in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs. Numerical examples are given to show the effectiveness and less conservativeness of the proposed methods.
Ganju, Jitendra; Yu, Xinxin; Ma, Guoguang Julie
2013-01-01
Formal inference in randomized clinical trials is based on controlling the type I error rate associated with a single pre-specified statistic. The deficiency of using just one method of analysis is that it depends on assumptions that may not be met. For robust inference, we propose pre-specifying multiple test statistics and relying on the minimum p-value for testing the null hypothesis of no treatment effect. The null hypothesis associated with the various test statistics is that the treatment groups are indistinguishable. The critical value for hypothesis testing comes from permutation distributions. Rejection of the null hypothesis when the smallest p-value is less than the critical value controls the type I error rate at its designated value. Even if one of the candidate test statistics has low power, the adverse effect on the power of the minimum p-value statistic is not much. Its use is illustrated with examples. We conclude that it is better to rely on the minimum p-value rather than a single statistic particularly when that single statistic is the logrank test, because of the cost and complexity of many survival trials.
National South African HIV prevalence estimates robust despite substantial test non-participation
Guy Harling
2017-07-01
Full Text Available Background. South African (SA national HIV seroprevalence estimates are of crucial policy relevance in the country, and for the worldwide HIV response. However, the most recent nationally representative HIV test survey in 2012 had 22% test non-participation, leaving the potential for substantial bias in current seroprevalence estimates, even after controlling for selection on observed factors. Objective. To re-estimate national HIV prevalence in SA, controlling for bias due to selection on both observed and unobserved factors in the 2012 SA National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey. Methods. We jointly estimated regression models for consent to test and HIV status in a Heckman-type bivariate probit framework. As selection variable, we used assigned interviewer identity, a variable known to predict consent but highly unlikely to be associated with interviewees’ HIV status. From these models, we estimated the HIV status of interviewed participants who did not test. Results. Of 26 710 interviewed participants who were invited to test for HIV, 21.3% of females and 24.3% of males declined. Interviewer identity was strongly correlated with consent to test for HIV; declining a test was weakly associated with HIV serostatus. Our HIV prevalence estimates were not significantly different from those using standard methods to control for bias due to selection on observed factors: 15.1% (95% confidence interval (CI 12.1 - 18.6 v. 14.5% (95% CI 12.8 - 16.3 for 15 - 49-year-old males; 23.3% (95% CI 21.7 - 25.8 v. 23.2% (95% CI 21.3 - 25.1 for 15 - 49-year-old females. Conclusion. The most recent SA HIV prevalence estimates are robust under the strongest available test for selection bias due to missing data. Our findings support the reliability of inferences drawn from such data.
黄剑; 关治洪; 王仲东
2005-01-01
The data packet dropouts phenomenon is usually inevitable when information transmitted among communication networks. In this paper, the robust stabilization problem for uncertain networked control systems with data packet dropouts is studied. First, an uncertain discrete-time switching system model is presented to describe these networked control systems. The stability equivalence is then proved between this switching system and an uncertain impulsive difference system.Moreover, a sufficient condition is obtained for the asymptotical stability of the nonlinear impulsive difference system. From this condition the robust stabilization problem is dealt with for the uncertain impulsive system. Main results are given in linear matrix inequalities. Finally a numerical example is given to illustrate the theoretical results.
Carozzi, Francesca Maria; Del Mistro, Annarosa; Cuschieri, Kate; Frayle, Helena; Sani, Cristina; Burroni, Elena
2016-03-01
This review aims to highlight the importance of Quality Assurance for Laboratories performing HPV test for Cervical Cancer Screening. An HPV test, to be used as primary screening test, must be validated according to international criteria, based on comparison of its clinical accuracy to HC2 or GP5+/6+ PCR-EIA tests. The number of validated platforms is increasing and appropriate Quality Assurance Programs (QAPs) which can interrogate longitudinal robustness and quality are paramount. This document describes the following topics: (1) the characteristics of an HPV laboratory and the personnel training needs, to ensure an elevated quality of the entire process and the optimal use of the resources; (2) the Quality Assurance, as both internal (IQA) and external quality assessment (EQA) systems, to be implemented and performed, and the description of the existing EQAs, including limitations; (3) general considerations for an optimal EQA program for hrHPV primary screening Due to the importance of Quality Assurance for this field, international efforts are necessary to improve QA International Collaboration.
Investigation of Indoor Stability Testing of Polymer Solar Cell
Pelin Kavak
2016-01-01
Full Text Available We have fabricated organic solar cell of a new low bandgap polymer poly[4,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl-4H-cyclopenta[2,1-b:3,4-b′]dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-4,7-bis(2-thienyl-2,1,3-benzothiadiazole-5′,5′′-diyl] (PCPDTTBTT. We have investigated for the first time the stability tests, ISOS-L-1 and ISOS-D-3, of PCPDTTBTT solar cells. Thermal annealing of PCPDTTBTT solar cells at 80°C brought about an improvement of photocurrent generation, stability, and efficiency of the solar cells. T80 value of PCPDTTBTT solar cell is about 150 hours which is close to P3HT (235 h. PCPDTTBTT is very promising polymer for both polymer solar cell efficiency and stability.
Li, XS; Narayanan, S; Michaelis, VK; Ong, TC; Keeler, EG; Kim, H; Mckay, IS; Griffin, RG; Wang, EN
2015-01-01
Modular and compact adsorption heat pumps (AHPs) promise an energy-efficient alternative to conventional vapor compression based heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. A key element in the advancement of AHPs is the development of adsorbents with high uptake capacity, fast intracrystalline diffusivity and durable hydrothermal stability. Herein, the ion exchange of NaY zeolites with ingoing Mg2+ ions is systematically studied to maximize the ion exchange degree (IED) for improved sorption performance. It is found that beyond an ion exchange threshold of 64.1%, deeper ion exchange does not benefit water uptake capacity or characteristic adsorption energy, but does enhance the vapor diffusivity. In addition to using water as an adsorbate, the uptake properties of Mg, Na-Y zeolites were investigated using 20 wt.% MeOH aqueous solution as a novel anti-freeze adsorbate, revealing that the MeOH additive has an insignificant influence on the overall sorption performance. We also demonstrated that the lab-scale synthetic scalability is robust, and that the tailored zeolites scarcely suffer from hydrothermal stability even after successive 108-fold adsorption/desorption cycles. The samples were analyzed using N-2 sorption, Al-27/Si-29 MAS NMR spectroscopy, ICP-AES, dynamic vapor sorption, SEM, Fick's 2nd law and D-R equation regressions. Among these, close examination of sorption isotherms for H2O and N-2 adsorbates allows us to decouple and extract some insightful information underlying the complex water uptake phenomena. This work shows the promising performance of our modified zeolites that can be integrated into various AHP designs for buildings, electronics, and transportation applications. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Leng, Y; Wang, Z; Tsai, L-K; Leeds, P; Fessler, E B; Wang, J; Chuang, D-M
2015-02-01
Fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF-21) is a new member of the FGF super-family and an important endogenous regulator of glucose and lipid metabolism. It has been proposed as a therapeutic target for diabetes and obesity. Its function in the central nervous system (CNS) remains unknown. Previous studies from our laboratory demonstrated that aging primary neurons are more vulnerable to glutamate-induced excitotoxicity, and that co-treatment with the mood stabilizers lithium and valproic acid (VPA) induces synergistic neuroprotective effects. This study sought to identify molecule(s) involved in these synergistic effects. We found that FGF-21 mRNA was selectively and markedly elevated by co-treatment with lithium and VPA in primary rat brain neurons. FGF-21 protein levels were also robustly increased in neuronal lysates and culture medium following lithium-VPA co-treatment. Combining glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) inhibitors with VPA or histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors with lithium synergistically increased FGF-21 mRNA levels, supporting that synergistic effects of lithium and VPA are mediated via GSK-3 and HDAC inhibition, respectively. Exogenous FGF-21 protein completely protected aging neurons from glutamate challenge. This neuroprotection was associated with enhanced Akt-1 activation and GSK-3 inhibition. Lithium-VPA co-treatment markedly prolonged lithium-induced Akt-1 activation and augmented GSK-3 inhibition. Akt-1 knockdown markedly decreased FGF-21 mRNA levels and reduced the neuroprotection induced by FGF-21 or lithium-VPA co-treatment. In addition, FGF-21 knockdown reduced lithium-VPA co-treatment-induced Akt-1 activation and neuroprotection against excitotoxicity. Together, our novel results suggest that FGF-21 is a key mediator of the effects of these mood stabilizers and a potential new therapeutic target for CNS disorders.
Yoon, Ju-Heon; Yoon, Kwan-Hee; Jeong, Jeung-hyun [Solar Cell Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Won Mok; Park, Jong-Keuk; Baik, Young-Joon [Electronic Materials Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 39-1, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Seong, Tae-Yeon, E-mail: jhjeong@kist.re.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of)
2011-10-26
The thermal stability of Mo thin films is indispensable to Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) solar cells: CIGS films are deposited above 500 deg. C. The thermal stabilities of Mo thin films with dense to porous Mo microstructures, which are varied by controlling the sputtering pressure, are investigated. Interface failures are found to occur in buckling mode in denser Mo films, whereas cracking arises in less dense films. The failure modes are apparently dependent on the sign of the residual stress: the former is due to compressive stress, whereas the latter is due to tensile stress. Interestingly, the softening of soda-lime glass at high temperatures reconfigures the film stresses to be more compressive after annealing, which in turn triggers buckling even in films that are tensile-stressed in the as-deposited states. We conclude that the appropriate processing conditions for thermally stable back contacts cannot be obtained with the simple single layer approach. On the basis of this relationship between microstructure, residual stress and the failure modes, it is shown that improvements in film adhesion can widen the processing window for the preparation of robust back contacts, i.e. with a conventional bilayer approach and substrate roughening. Since the bilayer approach employed more compliant porous structures in the bottom layer, back contacts that are better suited to higher stress and temperature can be produced. Furthermore, substrate roughening might make the back contact more conductive as well as more stable because adhesion can be enhanced without the use of an electrically resistive buffer layer.
Li, Xiansen; Narayanan, Shankar; Michaelis, Vladimir K; Ong, Ta-Chung; Keeler, Eric G; Kim, Hyunho; McKay, Ian S; Griffin, Robert G; Wang, Evelyn N
2015-01-01
Modular and compact adsorption heat pumps (AHPs) promise an energy-efficient alternative to conventional vapor compression based heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. A key element in the advancement of AHPs is the development of adsorbents with high uptake capacity, fast intracrystalline diffusivity and durable hydrothermal stability. Herein, the ion exchange of NaY zeolites with ingoing Mg(2+) ions is systematically studied to maximize the ion exchange degree (IED) for improved sorption performance. It is found that beyond an ion exchange threshold of 64.1%, deeper ion exchange does not benefit water uptake capacity or characteristic adsorption energy, but does enhance the vapor diffusivity. In addition to using water as an adsorbate, the uptake properties of Mg,Na-Y zeolites were investigated using 20 wt.% MeOH aqueous solution as a novel anti-freeze adsorbate, revealing that the MeOH additive has an insignificant influence on the overall sorption performance. We also demonstrated that the labscale synthetic scalability is robust, and that the tailored zeolites scarcely suffer from hydrothermal stability even after successive 108-fold adsorption/desorption cycles. The samples were analyzed using N2 sorption, (27)Al/(29)Si MAS NMR spectroscopy, ICP-AES, dynamic vapor sorption, SEM, Fick's 2(nd) law and D-R equation regressions. Among these, close examination of sorption isotherms for H2O and N2 adsorbates allows us to decouple and extract some insightful information underlying the complex water uptake phenomena. This work shows the promising performance of our modified zeolites that can be integrated into various AHP designs for buildings, electronics, and transportation applications.
Local stability tests in Dresden 2 boiling water reactor
March-Leuba, J.; Fry, D.N.; Buchanan, M.E.; McNew, C.O.
1984-04-01
This report presents the results of a local stability test performed at Dresden Unit 2 in May 1983 to determine the effect of a new fuel element design on local channel stability. This test was performed because the diameter of the new fuel rods increases the heat transfer coefficient, making the reactor more responsive and, thus, more susceptible to instabilities. After four of the new fuel elements with a 9 x 9 array of fuel rods were loaded into Dresden 2, the test was performed by inserting an adjacent control rod all the way in and then withdrawing it to its original position at maximum speed. At the moment of the test, reactor conditions were 52.7% power and 38.9% flow. Both the new 9 x 9 fuel elements and the standard 8 x 8 ones proved to be locally stable when operating at minimum pump speed at the beginning of cycle in Dresden 2, and no significant difference was found between the behavior of the two fuel types. Finally, Dresden 2 showed a high degree of stability during control rod and normal noise type perturbations.
Zhenhua Zhou
2015-01-01
Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the problem of designing robust H-infinity output feedback controller and resilient filtering for a class of discrete-time singular piecewise-affine systems with input saturation and state constraints. Based on a singular piecewise Lyapunov function combined with S-procedure and some matrix inequality convexifying techniques, the H-infinity stabilization condition is established and the resilient H-infinity filtering error dynamic system is investigated, and, meanwhile, the domain of attraction is well estimated. Under energy bounded disturbance, the input saturation disturbance tolerance condition is proposed; then, the resilient H-infinity filter is designed in some restricted region. It is shown that the controller gains and filter design parameters can be obtained by solving a family of LMIs parameterized by one or two scalar variables. Meanwhile, by using the corresponding optimization methods, the domain of attraction and the disturbance tolerance level is maximized, and the H-infinity performance γ is minimized. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed design methods.
De Cock, Bart; Borsuk, Agnieszka; Dejaegher, Bieke; Stiens, Johan; Mangelings, Debby; Vander Heyden, Yvan
2014-08-01
Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is an electrodriven separation technique that is often used for the separation of chiral molecules. Advantages of CE are its flexibility, low cost and efficiency. On the other hand, the precision and transfer of CE methods are well-known problems of the technique. Reasons for the more complicated method transfer are the more diverse instrumental differences, such as total capillary lengths and capillary cooling systems; and the higher response variability of CE methods compared to other techniques, such as liquid chromatography (HPLC). Therefore, a larger systematic change in peak resolutions, migration times and peak areas, with a loss of separation and efficiency may be seen when a CE method is transferred to another laboratory or another type of instrument. A swift and successful method transfer is required because development and routine use of analytical methods are usually not performed in the same laboratory and/or on the same type of equipment. The aim of our study was to develop transfer rules to facilitate CE method transfers between different laboratories and instruments. In our case study, three β-blockers were chirally separated and inter-instrumental transfers were performed. The first step of our study was to optimise the precision of the chiral CE method. Next, a robustness test was performed to identify the instrumental and experimental parameters that were most influencing the considered responses. The precision- and the robustness study results were used to adapt instrumental and/or method settings to improve the transfer between different instruments. Finally, the comparison of adapted and non-adapted transfers allowed deriving some rules to facilitate CE method transfers.
Robust flood frequency analysis: Performance of EMA with multiple Grubbs-Beck outlier tests
Lamontagne, J. R.; Stedinger, J. R.; Yu, Xin; Whealton, C. A.; Xu, Ziyao
2016-04-01
Flood frequency analysis generally involves the use of simple parametric probability distributions to smooth and extrapolate the information provided by short flood records to estimate extreme flood flow quantiles. Parametric probability distributions can have difficulty simultaneously fitting both the largest and smallest floods. A danger is that the smallest observations in a record can distort the exceedance probabilities assigned to the large floods of interest. The identification and treatment of such Potentially Influential Low Floods (PILFs) frees a fitting algorithm to describe the distribution of the larger observations. This can allow parametric flood frequency analysis to be both efficient, and also robust to deviations from the proposed probability model's lower tail. Historically, PILF identification involved subjective judgement. We propose a new multiple Grubbs-Beck outlier test (MGBT) for objective PILF identification. MGBT PILF identification rates (akin to Type I errors) are reported for the lognormal (LN) distribution and the log-Pearson Type III (LP3) distribution with a variety of skew coefficients. MGBT PILF identification generally matched subjective identification from a recent California flood frequency study. Monte Carlo results show that censoring of PILFs identified by the MGBT algorithm improves the extreme quantile estimator efficiency of the expected moments algorithm (EMA) for negatively skewed LP3 distributions and has little effect for zero or positive skews; simultaneously it protects against deviations from the LP3 in the lower tail, as illustrated by distorted LN examples. Thus, MGBT generally makes flood frequency analysis based on the LP3 distribution with EMA both more accurate and more robust.
吴敏; 何勇; 佘锦华
2005-01-01
This paper concerns problem of the delay-dependent robust stability and stabilization for uncertain neutral systems. Some new delay-dependent stability criteria are derived by taking matrices are given to express the relationship between the terms in the Leibniz-Newton formula and the new criteria are based on linear matrix inequalities such that the free weighting matrices can be easily obtained. Moreover, the stability criteria are also used to design the state-feedback controller.Numerical examples demonstrates that the proposed criteria are effective and are an improvement over the previous papers.
Testing and implementation of a transportable and robust radio-element mapping system
Jacques Bezuidenhout
2015-09-01
Full Text Available Gamma ray spectroscopy has been successfully applied as a survey tool in the fields of morphology, geology and mineral exploration. Gamma ray surveys are regularly done at ground level, which frequently requires transecting remote and unforgiving environments. Thus a need for the development of a transportable, robust and portable gamma ray detection system was identified. In addition to collecting radiation data, such a system was required to also provide the geographic position of the data and allow for various analyses tools to be utilised in the field. These functions were achieved by integrating a USB-driven scintillation detector with a field tablet and creating software to control acquisition and analyses of radiation data, as well as logging position. The system was tested in different geographical locations under different modes of transport. The instrument was tested by employing several different methods of data analysis in order to extract natural nuclide condensations. The consistency in the obtained data demonstrated the reliability of the instrument in the different environments. The system also successfully replicated previous radio-element survey findings and provided information on several geographical phenomena, including information on the geology, paved road structure and beach sediment characteristics.
Framing effects are robust to linguistic disambiguation: A critical test of contemporary theory.
Chick, Christina F; Reyna, Valerie F; Corbin, Jonathan C
2016-02-01
Theoretical accounts of risky choice framing effects assume that decision makers interpret framing options as extensionally equivalent, such that if 600 lives are at stake, saving 200 implies that 400 die. However, many scholars have argued that framing effects are caused, instead, by filling in pragmatically implied information. This linguistic ambiguity hypothesis is grounded in neo-Gricean pragmatics, information leakage, and schema theory. In 2 experiments, we conducted critical tests of the linguistic ambiguity hypothesis and its relation to framing. We controlled for this crucial implied information by disambiguating it using instructions and detailed examples, followed by multiple quizzes. After disambiguating missing information, we presented standard framing problems plus truncated versions, varying types of missing information. Truncations were also critical tests of prospect theory and fuzzy trace theory. Participants were not only college students, but also middle-age adults (who showed similar results). Contrary to the ambiguity hypothesis, participants who interpreted missing information as complementary to stated information nonetheless showed robust framing effects. Although adding words like "at least" can change interpretations of framing information, this form of linguistic ambiguity is not necessary to observe risky choice framing effects.
The Bead Assay for Biofilms: A Quick, Easy and Robust Method for Testing Disinfectants.
Katharina Konrat
Full Text Available Bacteria live primarily in microbial communities (biofilms, where they exhibit considerably higher biocide tolerance than their planktonic counterparts. Current standardized efficacy testing protocols of disinfectants, however, employ predominantly planktonic bacteria. In order to test the efficacy of biocides on biofilms in a standardized manner, a new assay was developed and optimized for easy-handling, quickness, low running costs, and above all-repeatability. In this assay, 5 mm glass- or polytetrafluoroethylene beads in 24 well microtiter plates served as substrate for Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. After optimizing result-relevant steps, the actual performance of the assay was explored by treating P. aeruginosa biofilms with glutaraldehyde, isopropanol, or peracetic acid in predefined concentrations. The aspired 5 log10 reduction in CFU counts was achieved by glutaraldehyde at 5% (30 min, and by peracetic acid at 0.3% (10 min. In contrast, 80% isopropanol (30 min failed to meet the reduction goal. However, the main accomplishment of this study was to unveil the potential of the array itself; most noteworthy here, a reliable repeatability of the results. The new bead assay for biofilms is a robust, quick and cost-effective method for assessing the efficacy of biocides against biofilms.
Testing the robustness of a precipitation proxy-based North Atlantic Oscillation reconstruction
Lehner, Flavio; Raible, Christoph C.; Stocker, Thomas F.
2012-06-01
The reconstruction of past atmospheric circulation is crucial for the understanding of natural climate change and its driving factors. A recent reconstruction suggests that, during Medieval times, the European region was dominated by a persistent positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), followed by a shift to a more oscillatory behavior. We test this hypothesis and the concept underlying the reconstruction in a pseudo-proxy approach using instrumental records, reanalysis data sets and millennial simulations with four different climate models. While a shift from a more positive to a more negative phase of the NAO seems to be likely, the amplitude and persistence of the reconstructed positive phase cannot be reproduced by models. The analysis further reveals that proxy locations that were used in the reconstruction are not always sufficient to describe the NAO. This is reflected in a failure of the reconstruction to verify against instrumental records of the NAO in the 19th century. By adding complementary proxies, the robustness of an NAO reconstruction can be improved to the degree that it would withstand the tests presented here.
Testing the robustness of proxy-based North Atlantic Oscillation reconstructions
Lehner, F.; Raible, C. C.; Merz, N.; Stocker, T. F.
2012-04-01
The reconstruction of past atmospheric circulation is crucial for the understanding of natural climate change and its driving factors. A recent reconstruction suggests that, during Medieval times, the European region was dominated by a persistent positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), followed by a shift to a more oscillatory behavior. We test this hypothesis and the concept underlying the reconstruction in a pseudo-proxy approach using instrumental records, reanalysis data sets and millennial simulations with four different climate models. While a shift from a more positive to a more negative phase of the NAO seems to be likely, the amplitude and persistence of the reconstructed positive phase cannot be reproduced by models. The analysis further reveals that proxy locations that were used in the reconstruction are not always sufficient to describe the NAO. This is reflected in a failure of the reconstruction to verify against instrumental records of the NAO in the 19th century. It is shown that, by adding complementary proxies, the robustness of a NAO reconstruction can be improved to the degree that it would withstand the tests presented here.
Leandro R. Monteiro
2005-01-01
Full Text Available In this study, we used a combination of geometric morphometric and evolutionary genetics methods for the inference of possible mechanisms of evolutionary divergence. A sensitivity analysis for the constant-heritability rate test results regarding variation in genetic and demographic parameters was performed, in order to assess the relative influence of uncertainty of parameter estimation on the robustness of test results. As an application, we present a study on body shape variation among populations of the poeciliine fish Poecilia vivipara inhabiting lagoons of the quaternary plains in northern Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. The sensitivity analysis showed that, in general, the most important parameters are heritability, effective population size and number of generations since divergence. For this specific example, using a conservatively wide range of parameters, the neutral model of genetic drift could not be accepted as a sole cause for the observed magnitude of morphological divergence among populations. A mechanism of directional selection is suggested as the main cause of variation among populations in different habitats and lagoons. The implications of parameter estimation and biological assumptions and consequences are discussed.
WIDE RANGE ACHIEVEMENT TEST IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: TEST-RETEST STABILITY.
Jantz, Paul B; Bigler, Erin D; Froehlich, Alyson L; Prigge, Molly B D; Cariello, Annahir N; Travers, Brittany G; Anderson, Jeffrey; Zielinski, Brandon A; Alexander, Andrew L; Lange, Nicholas; Lainhart, Janet E
2015-06-01
The principal goal of this descriptive study was to establish the test-retest stability of the Reading, Spelling, and Arithmetic subtest scores of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-3) across two administrations in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Participants (N = 31) were males ages 6-22 years (M = 15.2, SD = 4.0) who were part of a larger ongoing longitudinal study of brain development in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (N = 185). Test-retest stability for all three subtests remained consistent across administration periods (M = 31.8 mo., SD = 4.1). Age at time of administration, time between administrations, and test form did not significantly influence test-retest stability. Results indicated that for research involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder with a full scale intelligence quotient above 75, the WRAT-3 Spelling and Arithmetic subtests have acceptable test-retest stability over time and the Reading subtest has moderate test-retest stability over time.
WIDE RANGE ACHIEVEMENT TEST IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: TEST-RETEST STABILITY1, 2, 3
JANTZ, PAUL B.; FROEHLICH, ALYSON L.; CARIELLO, ANNAHIR N.; ANDERSON, JEFFREY; ALEXANDER, ANDREW L.; BIGLER, ERIN D.; PRIGGE, MOLLY B. D.; TRAVERS, BRITTANY G.; ZIELINSKI, BRANDON A.; LANGE, NICHOLAS; LAINHART, JANET E.
2015-01-01
Summary The principal goal of this descriptive study was to establish the test-retest stability of the Reading, Spelling, and Arithmetic subtest scores of the Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT–3) across two administrations in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Participants (N=31) were males ages 6–22years (M=15.2, SD=4.0) who were part of a larger ongoing longitudinal study of brain development in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (N=185). Test-retest stability for all three subtests remained consistent across administration periods (M=31.8mo., SD=4.1). Age at time of administration, time between administrations, and test form did not significantly influence test-retest stability. Results indicated that for research involving individuals with autism spectrum disorder with a full scale intelligence quotient above 75, the WRAT–3 Spelling and Arithmetic subtests have acceptable test-retest stability over time and the Reading subtest has moderate test-retest stability over time. PMID:25871566
Md. S. Rana
2008-01-01
Full Text Available Problem statement: The problem of heteroscedasticity occurs in regression analysis for many practical reasons. It is now evident that the heteroscedastic problem affects both the estimation and test procedure of regression analysis, so it is really important to be able to detect this problem for possible remedy. The existence of a few extreme or unusual observations that we often call outliers is a very common feature in data analysis. In this study we have shown how the existence of outliers makes the detection of heteroscedasticity cumbersome. Often outliers occurring in a homoscedastic model make the model heteroscedastic, on the other hand, outliers may distort the diagnostic tools in such a way that we cannot correctly diagnose the heteroscedastic problem in the presence of outliers. Neither of these situations is desirable. Approach: This article introduced a robust test procedure to detect the problem of heteroscedasticity which will be unaffected in the presence of outliers. We have modified one of the most popular and commonly used tests, the Goldfeld-Quandt, by replacing its nonrobust components by robust alternatives. Results: The performance of the newly proposed test is investigated extensively by real data sets and Monte Carlo simulations. The results suggest that the robust version of this test offers substantial improvements over the existing tests. Conclusion/Recommendations: The proposed robust Goldfeld-Quandt test should be employed instead of the existing tests in order to avoid misleading conclusion.
Wilcox, Rand R.; Serang, Sarfaraz
2017-01-01
The article provides perspectives on p values, null hypothesis testing, and alternative techniques in light of modern robust statistical methods. Null hypothesis testing and "p" values can provide useful information provided they are interpreted in a sound manner, which includes taking into account insights and advances that have…
Pihl, Susanne; Michaut, Lydia; Hendriks, Jenny; Loebbert, Ralf; Ryding, Janka; Nemansky, Martin; Vermet, Laurent; Companjen, Arjen
2014-05-01
Long- and short-term stability testing of the analyte is one of the key parameters in bioanalytical method validation in support of pharmacokinetics. However, for immunogenicity testing, the scientific rationale for long- and short-term stability testing on quality control samples most often spiked with polyclonal antibody raised in a different species should be questioned. Therefore, the European Bioanalysis Forum (EBF) formed a Topic Team to discuss the scientific rationale for stability testing of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). A review of EBF member companies' experience on ADA stability and on anti-vaccine antibodies from vaccine projects was the basis of this discussion. EBF recommends to perform short-term stability testing of the positive control, but not to perform long-term stability testing of ADAs in nonclinical and clinical studies.
A Robust Metric for Screening Outliers from Analogue Product Manufacturing Tests Responses
Krishnan, Shaji; Krishnan, Shaji; Kerkhoff, Hans G.
2011-01-01
Mahalanobis distance is one of the commonly used multivariate metrics for finely segregating defective devices from non-defective ones. An associated problem with this approach is the estimation of a robust mean and a covariance matrix. In the absence of such robust estimates, especially in the pres
A robust metric for screening outliers from analogue product manufacturing tests responses
Krishnan, S.; Kerkhoff, H.G.
2011-01-01
Mahalanobis distance is one of the commonly used multivariate metrics for finely segregating defective devices from non-defective ones. An associated problem with this approach is the estimation of a robust mean and a covariance matrix. In the absence of such robust estimates, especially in the pres
Schneid, Stefan C; Stärtzel, Peter M; Lettner, Patrick; Gieseler, Henning
2011-01-01
The recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) legislation has introduced the evaluation of the Design Space of critical process parameters in manufacturing processes. In freeze-drying, a "formulation" is expected to be robust when minor deviations of the product temperature do not negatively affect the final product quality attributes. To evaluate "formulation" robustness by investigating the effect of elevated product temperature on product quality using a bacterial vaccine solution. The vaccine solution was characterized by freeze-dry microscopy to determine the critical formulation temperature. A conservative cycle was developed using the SMART™ mode of a Lyostar II freeze dryer. Product temperature was elevated to imitate intermediate and aggressive cycle conditions. The final product was analyzed using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Karl Fischer, and modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC), and the life cell count (LCC) during accelerated stability testing. The cakes processed at intermediate and aggressive conditions displayed larger pores with microcollapse of walls and stronger loss in LCC than the conservatively processed product, especially during stability testing. For all process conditions, a loss of the majority of cells was observed during storage. For freeze-drying of life bacterial vaccine solutions, the product temperature profile during primary drying appeared to be inter-related to product quality attributes.
Shamsi, Mohammad Bagher; Sarrafzadeh, Javad; Jamshidi, Aliashraf
2015-02-01
It is a matter of controversy whether core stability exercise is preferred to other types of exercise for chronic low back pain. Lumbopelvic stability is an important element in low back pain. No study was found using lumbopelvic stability tests in comparing core stability and other exercises. The single leg squat, dip test, and runner pose test appear to be suitable as tests for lumbopelvic stability. The aim of this study was to compare "core stability" and "traditional trunk exercise" using these tests and also the Oswestry disability questionnaire and pain intensity. Twenty-nine non-specific chronic low back pain subjects were alternately allocated in one of the two exercise groups. For both groups, a 16-sessions exercise program was provided. Before and after training: (1) video was recorded while subjects performed the tests; (2) Oswestry disability questionnaire was completed; and (3) pain intensity was measured by visual analogue scale. The test videos were scored by three physiotherapists. Statistical analysis revealed a significant improvement in stability test scores (p = 0.020 and p = 0.041) and reduction in disability (p stability or equal effectiveness of TTE and CSE on improving LPS. The non-significant differences may also be attributable to the lack of sensitivity of our tests to assess stability change in two groups after training given the relatively small sample size.
Standard Test Method for Dimensional Stability of Sandwich Core Materials
American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia
2002-01-01
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the sandwich core dimensional stability in the two plan dimensions. 1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units given may be approximate. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
BFROST: binary features from robust orientation segment tests accelerated on the GPU
Cronje, J
2011-11-01
Full Text Available , scalable, rotation invariant, fast to compute in parallel and maintains low memory consumption. The proposed method demonstrates good robustness and very fast computation times, making it usable in real-time applications....
Sun, Yeong-Jeu; Wu, Yu-Biaw; Wang, Ching-Cheng
2013-06-01
In this study, the concept of global exponential ε-stabilization is introduced and the robust stabilization for a class of nonlinear systems with single input is investigated. Based on Lyapunov-like Theorem with differential and integral inequalities, a feedback control is proposed to realize the global stabilization of such nonlinear systems with any pre-specified exponential convergence rate. The guaranteed exponential convergence rate can be also correctly estimated. This result can be straightforwardly applicable to some famous chaotic systems. Besides, it will be proven that a single and linear control, with lower dimensions than that of the states, can realize the global exponential stability of some famous chaotic systems. Finally, comparisons of our main results with recently published results as well as numerical examples with circuit realization are provided to show the effectiveness and superiority of the obtained results.
嵇小辅; 杨泽斌; 孙玉坤; 苏宏业
2008-01-01
The problem of roust stabilization for linear time-varying uncertain periodic descriptor systems is revisited. Based on the concept of robust stability for linear time-varying uncer-tain periodic descriptor systems, a necessary and sufficient con-dition for robust stability is put forward. The robust stabiliza-tion problem is also studied and the corresponding necessary and sufficient condition is given using the notation of dual system.The obtained matrix inequality conditions can be transformed to linear matrix inequality ones with the introduction of some free matrices, which makes the analysis and design procedure simple and reliable.
Haddad, Wassim M.; Bernstein, Dennis S.
1991-01-01
Lyapunov function proofs of sufficient conditions for asymptotic stability are given for feedback interconnections of bounded real and positive real transfer functions. Two cases are considered: (1) a proper bounded real (resp., positive real) transfer function with a bounded real (resp., positive real) time-varying memoryless nonlinearity; and (2) two strictly proper bounded real (resp., positive real) transfer functions. A similar treatment is given for the circle and Popov theorems. Application of these results to robust stability with time-varying bounded real, positive real, and sector-bounded uncertainty is discussed.
Haddad, Wassim M.; Bernstein, Dennis S.
1991-01-01
Lyapunov function proofs of sufficient conditions for asymptotic stability are given for feedback interconnections of bounded real and positive real transfer functions. Two cases are considered: (1) a proper bounded real (resp., positive real) transfer function with a bounded real (resp., positive real) time-varying memoryless nonlinearity; and (2) two strictly proper bounded real (resp., positive real) transfer functions. A similar treatment is given for the circle and Popov theorems. Application of these results to robust stability with time-varying bounded real, positive real, and sector-bounded uncertainty is discussed.
Mechanical Stability Study for Integrable Optics Test Accelerator at Fermilab
McGee, Mike [Fermilab; Andrews, Richard [Fermilab; Carlson, Kermit [Fermilab; Leibfritz, Jerry [Fermilab; Nobrega, Lucy [Fermilab; Valishev, Alexander [Fermilab
2016-07-01
The Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA) is proposed for operation at Fermilab. The goal of IOTA is to create practical nonlinear accelerator focusing systems with a large frequency spread and stable particle motion. The IOTA is a 40 m circumference, 150 MeV (e-), 2.5 MeV (p⁺) diagnostic test ring. A heavy low frequency steel floor girder is proposed as the primary tier for IOTA device component support. Two design lengths; (8) 4 m and (2) 2.8 m long girders with identical cross section completely encompass the ring. This study focuses on the 4 m length girder and the development of a working prototype. Hydrostatic Level Sensor (HLS), temperature, metrology and fast motion measurements characterize the anticipated mechanical stability of the IOTA ring.
Mechanical stability study for Integrable Optics Test Accelerator at Fermilab
McGee, M W; Carlson, K; Leibfritz, J; Nobrega, L; Valishev, A
2016-01-01
The Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA) is proposed for operation at Fermilab. The goal of IOTA is to create practical nonlinear accelerator focusing systems with a large frequency spread and stable particle motion. The IOTA is a 40 m circumference, 150 MeV (e-), 2.5 MeV (p+) diagnostic test ring. A heavy low frequency steel floor girder is proposed as the primary tier for IOTA device component support. Two design lengths; (8) 3.96 m and (2) 3.1 m long girders with identical cross section completely encompass the ring. This study focuses on the 3.96 m length girder and the development of a working prototype. Hydrostatic Level Sensor (HLS), temperature, metrology and fast motion measurements characterize the anticipated mechanical stability of the IOTA ring.
Evaluation of a steady-state test of foam stability
Hutzler, Stefan; Lösch, Dörte; Carey, Enda; Weaire, Denis; Hloucha, Matthias; Stubenrauch, Cosima
2011-02-01
We have evaluated a steady-state test of foam stability, based on the steady-state height of a foam produced by a constant velocity of gas flow. This test is mentioned in the book by Bikerman [Foams, Springer, Berlin, 1973] and an elementary theory was developed for it by Verbist et al. [J. Phys. Condens. Matter 8 (1996) p. 3715]. For the study, we used an aqueous solution of the cationic surfactant dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide, C12TAB, at a concentration of two times the critical micelle concentration (2 cmc). During foam generation, bubbles collapse at the top of the column which, in turn, eventually counterbalances the rate of bubble production at the bottom. The resulting balance can be described mathematically by an appropriate solution of the foam drainage equation under specified boundary conditions. Our experimental findings are in agreement with the theoretical predictions of a diverging foam height at a critical gas velocity and a finite foam height in the limit of zero velocity. We identify a critical liquid fraction below which a foam is unstable as an important parameter for characterizing foam stability. Furthermore, we deduce an effective viscosity of the liquid which flows through the foam. Currently unexplained are two experimental observations, namely sudden changes of the steady-state foam height in experiments that run over several hours and a reduction in foam height once an overflow of the foam from the containing vessel has occurred.
Dynamic Modeling, Testing, and Stability Analysis of an Ornithoptic Blimp
John Dietl; Thomas Herrmann; Gregory Reich; Ephrahim Garcia
2011-01-01
In order to study omithopter flight and to improve a dynamic model of flapping propulsion,a series of tests are conducted on a flapping-wing blimp.The blimp is designed and constructed from mylar plastic and balsa wood as a test platform for aerodynamics and flight dynamics.The blimp,2.3 meters long and 420 gram mass,is propelled by its flapping wings.Due to buoyancy the wings have no lift requirement so that the distinction between lift and propulsion can be analyzed in a flight platform at low flight speeds.The blimp is tested using a Vicon motion tracking system and various initial conditions are tested including accelerating flight from standstill,decelerating from an initial speed higher than its steady state,and from its steady-state speed but disturbed in pitch angle.Test results are used to estimate parameters in a coupled quasi-steady aerodynamics/Newtonian flight dynamics model.This model is then analyzed using Floquet theory to determine local dynamic modes and stability.It is concluded that the dynamic model adequately describes the vehicle's nonlinear behavior near the steady-state velocity and that the vehicle's linearized modes are akin to those of a fixed-wing aircraft.
Mihet-Popa, Lucian; Groza, Voicu; Isleifsson, Fridrik Rafn
2012-01-01
Experimental Testing for Stability Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources Components with Storage Devices and Loads......Experimental Testing for Stability Analysis of Distributed Energy Resources Components with Storage Devices and Loads...
田俊康; 钟守铭; 熊良林
2008-01-01
This paper deals with delay-dependent robust stability of neutral Lurie control systems with multiple nonlinearities and time-varying structured uncertainties. The Lyapunov functional method is used. By adding some appropriate zero terms to the deviation of V and constructing some linear matrix inequalities, some sufficient conditions for the delay-dependent absolute stability and robust stability are derived. Finally, a numerical example is presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the method.
M.Syed Ali
2011-01-01
In this paper,the global stability of Takagi-Sugeno(TS)uncertain stochastic fuzzy recurrent neural networks with discrete and distributed time-varying delays(TSUSFRNNs)is considered.A novel LMI-based stability criterion is obtained by using Lyapunov functional theory to guarantee the asymptotic stability of TSUSFRNNs.The proposed stability conditions are demonstrated through numerical examples.Furthermore,the supplementary requirement that the time derivative of time-varying delays must be smaller than one is removed.Comparison results are demonstrated to show that the proposed method is more able to guarantee the widest stability region than the other methods available in the existing literature.
Vibrational Stability of SRF Accelerator Test Facility at Fermilab
McGee, M.W.; Volk, J.T.; /Fermilab
2009-05-01
Recently developed, the Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) Accelerator Test Facilities at Fermilab support the International Linear Collider (ILC), High Intensity Neutrino Source (HINS), a new high intensity injector (Project X) and other future machines. These facilities; Meson Detector Building (MDB) and New Muon Lab (NML) have very different foundations, structures, relative elevations with respect to grade level and surrounding soil composition. Also, there are differences in the operating equipment and their proximity to the primary machine. All the future machines have stringent operational stability requirements. The present study examines both near-field and ambient vibration in order to develop an understanding of the potential contribution of near-field sources (e.g. compressors, ultra-high and standard vacuum equipment, klystrons, modulators, utility fans and pumps) and distant noise sources to the overall system displacements. Facility vibration measurement results and methods of possible isolation from noise sources are presented and discussed.
Wing Kam Fung
2010-02-01
Full Text Available The case-control study is an important design for testing association between genetic markers and a disease. The Cochran-Armitage trend test (CATT is one of the most commonly used statistics for the analysis of case-control genetic association studies. The asymptotically optimal CATT can be used when the underlying genetic model (mode of inheritance is known. However, for most complex diseases, the underlying genetic models are unknown. Thus, tests robust to genetic model misspecification are preferable to the model-dependant CATT. Two robust tests, MAX3 and the genetic model selection (GMS, were recently proposed. Their asymptotic null distributions are often obtained by Monte-Carlo simulations, because they either have not been fully studied or involve multiple integrations. In this article, we study how components of each robust statistic are correlated, and find a linear dependence among the components. Using this new finding, we propose simple algorithms to calculate asymptotic null distributions for MAX3 and GMS, which greatly reduce the computing intensity. Furthermore, we have developed the R package Rassoc implementing the proposed algorithms to calculate the empirical and asymptotic p values for MAX3 and GMS as well as other commonly used tests in case-control association studies. For illustration, Rassoc is applied to the analysis of case-control data of 17 most significant SNPs reported in four genome-wide association studies.
Kaibo Shi
2014-01-01
Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the problem of delay-dependent robust stability analysis for a class of uncertain neutral type Lur’e systems with mixed time-varying delays. The system has not only time-varying uncertainties and sector-bounded nonlinearity, but also discrete and distributed delays, which has never been discussed in the previous literature. Firstly, by employing one effective mathematical technique, some less conservative delay-dependent stability results are established without employing the bounding technique and the mode transformation approach. Secondly, by constructing an appropriate new type of Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional with triple terms, improved delay-dependent stability criteria in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs derived in this paper are much brief and valid. Furthermore, both nonlinearities located in finite sector and infinite one have been also fully taken into account. Finally, three numerical examples are presented to illustrate lesser conservatism and the advantage of the proposed main results.
Jiang, Yunxuan; Conneely, Karen N; Epstein, Michael P
2014-09-01
Most rare-variant association tests for complex traits are applicable only to population-based or case-control resequencing studies. There are fewer rare-variant association tests for family-based resequencing studies, which is unfortunate because pedigrees possess many attractive characteristics for such analyses. Family-based studies can be more powerful than their population-based counterparts due to increased genetic load and further enable the implementation of rare-variant association tests that, by design, are robust to confounding due to population stratification. With this in mind, we propose a rare-variant association test for quantitative traits in families; this test integrates the QTDT approach of Abecasis et al. [Abecasis et al., ] into the kernel-based SNP association test KMFAM of Schifano et al. [Schifano et al., ]. The resulting within-family test enjoys the many benefits of the kernel framework for rare-variant association testing, including rapid evaluation of P-values and preservation of power when a region harbors rare causal variation that acts in different directions on phenotype. Additionally, by design, this within-family test is robust to confounding due to population stratification. Although within-family association tests are generally less powerful than their counterparts that use all genetic information, we show that we can recover much of this power (although still ensuring robustness to population stratification) using a straightforward screening procedure. Our method accommodates covariates and allows for missing parental genotype data, and we have written software implementing the approach in R for public use.
Christopher Darlow
2013-01-01
Full Text Available Background. Children of HIV patients are a historically neglected demographic by HIV services. It has been recommended by CHIVA that HIV services have a robust method of detecting and testing untested children. We note that no such method is either in widespread use or in the literature. Method. In December 2011, a one-page proforma to identify HIV untested children and a clear multidisciplinary pathway to test them were implemented. Twelve months later the uptake of the proforma and pathway, the numbers of patients and children identified for testing, and their outcomes were audited. Results. The proforma was completed in 192/203 (94.6% eligible patients. Twenty-five (21.5% of 118 identified offspring had not been tested. Ten (8.5% of these were <18 years old. All were reported to be clinically well. Ten children were referred for testing, seven were tested immediately, and three were tested within 18 months of identification. All children were tested HIV negative. Discussion. We have identified a method of identification that is easy and robust and provides a user-friendly safety net to empower healthcare providers to identify and test children at risk. We recommend the implementation of such strategies nationwide to prevent death due to undiagnosed HIV in children.
Vaseem, Mohammad; McKerricher, Garret; Shamim, Atif
2016-01-13
Currently, silver-nanoparticle-based inkjet ink is commercially available. This type of ink has several serious problems such as a complex synthesis protocol, high cost, high sintering temperatures (∼200 °C), particle aggregation, nozzle clogging, poor shelf life, and jetting instability. For the emerging field of printed electronics, these shortcomings in conductive inks are barriers for their widespread use in practical applications. Formulating particle-free silver inks has potential to solve these issues and requires careful design of the silver complexation. The ink complex must meet various requirements, such as in situ reduction, optimum viscosity, storage and jetting stability, smooth uniform sintered films, excellent adhesion, and high conductivity. This study presents a robust formulation of silver-organo-complex (SOC) ink, where complexing molecules act as reducing agents. The 17 wt % silver loaded ink was printed and sintered on a wide range of substrates with uniform surface morphology and excellent adhesion. The jetting stability was monitored for 5 months to confirm that the ink was robust and highly stable with consistent jetting performance. Radio frequency inductors, which are highly sensitive to metal quality, were demonstrated as a proof of concept on flexible PEN substrate. This is a major step toward producing high-quality electronic components with a robust inkjet printing process.
Vaseem, Mohammad
2015-12-29
Currently, silver-nanoparticle-based inkjet ink is commercially available. This type of ink has several serious problems such as a complex synthesis protocol, high cost, high sintering temperatures (∼200 °C), particle aggregation, nozzle clogging, poor shelf life, and jetting instability. For the emerging field of printed electronics, these shortcomings in conductive inks are barriers for their widespread use in practical applications. Formulating particle-free silver inks has potential to solve these issues and requires careful design of the silver complexation. The ink complex must meet various requirements, such as in situ reduction, optimum viscosity, storage and jetting stability, smooth uniform sintered films, excellent adhesion, and high conductivity. This study presents a robust formulation of silver–organo-complex (SOC) ink, where complexing molecules act as reducing agents. The 17 wt % silver loaded ink was printed and sintered on a wide range of substrates with uniform surface morphology and excellent adhesion. The jetting stability was monitored for 5 months to confirm that the ink was robust and highly stable with consistent jetting performance. Radio frequency inductors, which are highly sensitive to metal quality, were demonstrated as a proof of concept on flexible PEN substrate. This is a major step toward producing high-quality electronic components with a robust inkjet printing process.
Wang, Yonggang, E-mail: yyggwang@gmail.com, E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn, E-mail: yusheng.zhao@unlv.edu [High Pressure Science and Engineering Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Institute of Nanostructured Functional Materials, Huanghe Science and Technology College, Zhengzhou, Henan 450006 (China); High Pressure Synergetic Consortium (HPSynC), Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Wen, Ting [Institute of Nanostructured Functional Materials, Huanghe Science and Technology College, Zhengzhou, Henan 450006 (China); Park, Changyong; Kenney-Benson, Curtis [High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT), Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Pravica, Michael; Zhao, Yusheng, E-mail: yyggwang@gmail.com, E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn, E-mail: yusheng.zhao@unlv.edu [High Pressure Science and Engineering Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 (United States); Yang, Wenge, E-mail: yyggwang@gmail.com, E-mail: yangwg@hpstar.ac.cn, E-mail: yusheng.zhao@unlv.edu [High Pressure Synergetic Consortium (HPSynC), Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), Shanghai 201203 (China)
2016-01-14
The structure stability under high pressure and thermal expansion behavior of Na{sub 3}OBr and Na{sub 4}OI{sub 2}, two prototypes of alkali-metal-rich antiperovskites, were investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques under high pressure and low temperature. Both are soft materials with bulk modulus of 58.6 GPa and 52.0 GPa for Na{sub 3}OBr and Na{sub 4}OI{sub 2}, respectively. The cubic Na{sub 3}OBr structure and tetragonal Na{sub 4}OI{sub 2} with intergrowth K{sub 2}NiF{sub 4} structure are stable under high pressure up to 23 GPa. Although being a characteristic layered structure, Na{sub 4}OI{sub 2} exhibits nearly isotropic compressibility. Negative thermal expansion was observed at low temperature range (20–80 K) in both transition-metal-free antiperovskites for the first time. The robust high pressure structure stability was examined and confirmed by first-principles calculations among various possible polymorphisms qualitatively. The results provide in-depth understanding of the negative thermal expansion and robust crystal structure stability of these antiperovskite systems and their potential applications.
Wang, Yonggang; Wen, Ting; Park, Changyong; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Pravica, Michael; Yang, Wenge; Zhao, Yusheng
2016-01-01
The structure stability under high pressure and thermal expansion behavior of Na3OBr and Na4OI2, two prototypes of alkali-metal-rich antiperovskites, were investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques under high pressure and low temperature. Both are soft materials with bulk modulus of 58.6 GPa and 52.0 GPa for Na3OBr and Na4OI2, respectively. The cubic Na3OBr structure and tetragonal Na4OI2 with intergrowth K2NiF4 structure are stable under high pressure up to 23 GPa. Although being a characteristic layered structure, Na4OI2 exhibits nearly isotropic compressibility. Negative thermal expansion was observed at low temperature range (20-80 K) in both transition-metal-free antiperovskites for the first time. The robust high pressure structure stability was examined and confirmed by first-principles calculations among various possible polymorphisms qualitatively. The results provide in-depth understanding of the negative thermal expansion and robust crystal structure stability of these antiperovskite systems and their potential applications.
American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia
2002-01-01
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the stability in storage, of liquid, water-base chemical cleaning compounds, used to clean the exterior surfaces of aircraft. 1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
STABILITY FOR SEVERAL TYPES OF INTERVAL MATRICES
NianXiaohong; GaoJintai
1999-01-01
The robust stability for some types of tlme-varying interval raatrices and nonlineartime-varying interval matrices is considered and some sufficient conditions for robust stability of such interval matrices are given, The main results of this paper are only related to the verticesset of a interval matrices, and therefore, can be easily applied to test robust stability of interval matrices. Finally, some examples are given to illustrate the results.
Design of hydraulic active stabilizer bar test platform based on dSPACE
Shan CHEN
2016-12-01
Full Text Available For the study of the influence of hydraulic active stabilizer bar to vehicle lateral stability under high speed steering maneuver, the hydraulic active stabilizer bar HIL test platform is implemented. The HIL test platform is designed with single/double axles universal test bench to experiment on single or double axles active stabilizer bar, using MC9S12DG128 microcontroller as the core controller and running vehicle dynamics model in the dSPACE. This HIL platform is used to study the effect of the hydraulic active stabilizer bar on the vehicle roll stability under different types of the road and typical steering maneuvers. The experiment results illustrate that the hydraulic active stabilizer bar HIL test platform can simulate the experiment environment and provide a powerful support for the development of active stabilizer bar system.
Testing the long term stability of vancomycin ophthalmic solution.
McLellan, Christine; Ngo, Van; Pasedis, Sophia; Dohlman, Claes H
2008-01-01
Some patients with a keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea) are required to use prophylactic vancomycin ophthalmic solution daily for life to prevent infection, a regimen which has proven to be highly successful. The objective of this study was to determine whether such vancomycin solutions would remain stable at room temperature for an extended period of time, beyond that suggested by available published stability data and used in current practice. By relaxing the storage requirement and extending the expiration date of this solution, it was hoped that patient adherence and satisfaction would increase. The studied vancomycin ophthalmic solutions were compounded at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Pharmacy Services, Boston, Massachusetts, and were sent to an outside laboratory for high-performance liquid chromatography potency testing at predefined time points. Vancomycin 14-mg/mL ophthalmic solution compounded with 0.005% benzalkonium retains potency for at least 60 days at room temperature and 6 months frozen. Extending the beyond-use dating of vancomycin may lead to improved patient adherence by lowering costs and increasing convenience of storage and shipment of the medication.
Further Result on Robust Stabilization for Uncertain Nonlinear Time-delay Systems%不确定非线性时滞系统鲁棒镇定化研究
焦晓红; 申铁龙; 孙元章
2007-01-01
The systematic recursive design method of the robust stabilizing controller for general uncertain nonlinear time-delay systems is investigated in this paper. A delay-independent state feedback control law can be obtained by recursively constructing Lyapunov-Razumikhin function. It is shown that by some design techniques the obstacle that is intrinsic to the application of the Razumikhin condition can be removed such that the design of the robust stabilizing control law is free of any restriction for the systems.
Zhang Hua-Guang; Fu Jie; Ma Tie-Dong; Tong Shao-Cheng
2009-01-01
This paper is concerned with the problem of robust stability for a class of Markovian jumping stochastic neural networks (MJSNNs) subject to mode-dependent time-varying interval delay and state-multiplicative noise.Based on the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and a stochastic analysis approach,some new delay-dependent sufficient conditions are obtained in the linear matrix inequality (LMI) format such that delayed MJSNNs are globally asymptotically stable in the mean-square sense for all admissible uncertainties.An important feature of the results is that the stability criteria are dependent on not only the lower bound and upper bound of delay for all modes but also the covariance matrix consisting of the correlation coefficient.Numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness.
Elastic Stability of Concentric Tube Robots: A Stability Measure and Design Test
Gilbert, Hunter B.; Hendrick, Richard J.; Webster, Robert J.
2016-01-01
Concentric tube robots are needle-sized manipulators which have been investigated for use in minimally invasive surgeries. It was noted early in the development of these devices that elastic energy storage can lead to rapid snapping motion for designs with moderate to high tube curvatures. Substantial progress has recently been made in the concentric tube robot community in designing snap-free robots, planning stable paths, and characterizing conditions that result in snapping for specific classes of concentric tube robots. However, a general measure for how stable a given robot configuration is has yet to be proposed. In this paper, we use bifurcation and elastic stability theory to provide such a measure, as well as to produce a test for determining whether a given design is snap-free (i.e. whether snapping can occur anywhere in the unloaded robot’s workspace). These results are useful in designing, planning motions for, and controlling concentric tube robots with high curvatures. PMID:27042170
Acid Pit Stabilization Project (Volume 1 - Cold Testing) and (Volume 2 - Hot Testing)
G. G. Loomis (INEEL); A. P. Zdinak (MSE); M. A. Ewanic (MSE); J. J. Jessmore (INEEL)
1998-01-01
During the summer and fall of Fiscal Year 1997, a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Treatability Study was performed at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. The study involved subsurface stabilization of a mixed waste contaminated soil site called the Acid Pit. This study represents the culmination of a successful technology development effort that spanned Fiscal Years 1994-1996. Research and development of the in situ grout stabilization technique was conducted. Hardware and implementation techniques are currently documented in a patent pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The stabilization technique involved using jet grouting of an innovative grouting material to form a monolith out of the contamination zone. The monolith simultaneously provides a barrier to further contaminant migration and closes voids in the soil structure against further subsidence. This is accomplished by chemical incorporation of contaminants into less soluble species and achieving a general reduction in hydraulic conductivity within the monolith. The grout used for this study was TECT-HG, a relatively dense iron oxide-based cementitious grout. The treatability study involved cold testing followed by in situ stabilization of the Acid Pit. Volume 1 of this report discusses cold testing, performed as part of a ''Management Readiness Assessment'' in preparation for going hot. Volume 2 discusses the results of the hot Acid Pit Stabilization phase of this project. Drilling equipment was specifically rigged to reduce the spread of contamination, and all grouting was performed under a concrete block containing void space to absorb any grout returns. Data evaluation included examination of implementability of the grouting process and an evaluation of the contaminant spread during grouting. Following curing of the stabilized pit, cores were obtained and evaluated for toxicity
Bondoso Cardoso, Pedro Miguel; Borges, Paulo A. V.; Veech, Joseph A.
2009-01-01
Aim Researchers measuring beta diversity have rarely concerned themselves with the problems of how complete the species lists of studied communities are, and of how the varying degrees of completeness can actually change estimates of beta diversity. No comprehensive assessment has been made...... regarding the behaviour of most beta diversity indices when applied to incomplete samples, a situation which is more common than usually recognized. Our objective was to assess the behaviour and robustness of a number of beta diversity measures for incidence data from undersampled communities. Location...... Mainland Portugal and the Azorean archipelago (North Atlantic). Methods Data from intensive sampling of spiders in mainland Portugal and arthropods in Azores were collected. We examined the properties of 15 beta diversity measures developed for incidence data. We simulated varying degrees of completeness, whereas...
Muhammad H. Al-Malack
2016-07-01
Full Text Available Fuel oil flyash (FFA produced in power and water desalination plants firing crude oils in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being disposed in landfills, which increases the burden on the environment, therefore, FFA utilization must be encouraged. In the current research, the effect of adding FFA on the engineering properties of two indigenous soils, namely sand and marl, was investigated. FFA was added at concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% to both soils with and without the addition of Portland cement. Mixtures of the stabilized soils were thoroughly evaluated using compaction, California Bearing Ratio (CBR, unconfined compressive strength (USC and durability tests. Results of these tests indicated that stabilized sand mixtures could not attain the ACI strength requirements. However, marl was found to satisfy the ACI strength requirement when only 5% of FFA was added together with 5% of cement. When the FFA was increased to 10% and 15%, the mixture’s strength was found to decrease to values below the ACI requirements. Results of the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP, which was performed on samples that passed the ACI requirements, indicated that FFA must be cautiously used in soil stabilization.
W. Weera
2011-01-01
theory, we derive new delay-dependent stability conditions in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs which can be solved by various available algorithms. Numerical examples are given to demonstrate that the derived conditions are much less conservative than those given in the literature.
LU Qiang; ZHENG ShaoMing; MEI ShengWei; WANG Gang; HUANG QiLi
2008-01-01
On the foundation of nonlinear robust control and exact generator model, this paper presents a design principle of NR-PSS (Nonlinear Robust Power System Stabilizer) for multi-machine power system, based on which an industrial NR-PSS equipment is developed. For popularizing it, the proposed parameter setting method of NR-PSS is completely the same as the widely used parameter adjustment rule of PSS. By virtue of real time digital simulator (RTDS), large disturbance experiments are carried out to compare the performances between generator excitation system equipped with NR-PSS and PSS in order to verify the correctness of design theory. The results show that compared with classical PSS, the proposed NR-PSS can dramatically improve the generator damping and attenuate the oscillation much faster, enhance the generator damping and raise both the small signal and large disturbance transient stability transmission power limit remarkably. The NR-PSS equipment with independent intellectual property right has been successfully put into operation on a 300 MW generator in Baishan Hydro Plant of Northeast China Grid more than 10 months.
Nada S. Abdelwahab
2017-05-01
Full Text Available The present work concerns with the development of stability indicating the RP-HPLC method for simultaneous determination of guaifenesin (GUF and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (PSH in the presence of guaifenesin related substance (Guaiacol. GUC, and in the presence of syrup excepients with minimum sample pre-treatment. In the developed RP-HPLC method efficient chromatographic separation was achieved for GUF, PSH, GUC and syrup excepients using ODS column as a stationary phase and methanol: water (50:50, v/v, pH = 4 with orthophosphoric acid as a mobile phase with a flow rate of 1 mL min−1 and UV detection at 210 nm. The chromatographic run time was approximately 10 min. Calibration curves were drawn relating the integrated area under peak to the corresponding concentrations of PSH, GUF and GUC in the range of 1–8, 1–20, 0.4–8 μg mL−1, respectively. The developed method has been validated and met the requirements delineated by ICH guidelines with respect to linearity, accuracy, precision, specificity and robustness. The validated method was successfully applied for determination of the studied drugs in triaminic chest congestion® syrup; moreover its results were statistically compared with those obtained by the official method and no significant difference was found between them.
Numerical Stability Test of Neutral Delay Differential Equations
Z. H. Wang
2008-01-01
Full Text Available The stability of a delay differential equation can be investigated on the basis of the root location of the characteristic function. Though a number of stability criteria are available, they usually do not provide any information about the characteristic root with maximal real part, which is useful in justifying the stability and in understanding the system performances. Because the characteristic function is a transcendental function that has an infinite number of roots with no closed form, the roots can be found out numerically only. While some iterative methods work effectively in finding a root of a nonlinear equation for a properly chosen initial guess, they do not work in finding the rightmost root directly from the characteristic function. On the basis of Lambert W function, this paper presents an effective iterative algorithm for the calculation of the rightmost roots of neutral delay differential equations so that the stability of the delay equations can be determined directly, illustrated with two examples.
Multilevel Factor Analysis by Model Segregation: New Applications for Robust Test Statistics
Schweig, Jonathan
2014-01-01
Measures of classroom environments have become central to policy efforts that assess school and teacher quality. This has sparked a wide interest in using multilevel factor analysis to test measurement hypotheses about classroom-level variables. One approach partitions the total covariance matrix and tests models separately on the…
Robust Adaptive Rate-Optimal Testing for the White Noise Hypothesis
Guay, Alain; Lazarova, Stepana
2011-01-01
A new test is proposed for the weak white noise null hypothesis. The test is based on an automatic choice of the order for a Box-Pierce or Hong test statistic. The simplest version of the test uses Lobato (2001) or Kuan and Lee (2006) HAC critical values but the procedure is flexible enough to improve the detection properties of any prescribed test. This can allow for instance to calibrate the test for optimal detection of specific alternatives as in Delgado and Velasco (2010a). The data-driven order choice is tailored to give a test which achieves adaptive rate-optimality against several classes of alternatives, namely (i) alternatives with a large enough number of autocorrelation coefficients converging to 0 faster than the parametric rate; (ii) alternatives with a "peak and valley" spectral density function. A simulation experiment leads to prefer the Box-Pierce version of the test, both under the null and the alternative. An application to daily exchange rate returns illustrates the usefulness of the prop...
Rauk, Adam P; Guo, Kevin; Hu, Yanling; Cahya, Suntara; Weiss, William F
2014-08-01
Defining a suitable product presentation with an acceptable stability profile over its intended shelf-life is one of the principal challenges in bioproduct development. Accelerated stability studies are routinely used as a tool to better understand long-term stability. Data analysis often employs an overall mass action kinetics description for the degradation and the Arrhenius relationship to capture the temperature dependence of the observed rate constant. To improve predictive accuracy and precision, the current work proposes a least-squares estimation approach with a single nonlinear covariate and uses a polynomial to describe the change in a product attribute with respect to time. The approach, which will be referred to as Arrhenius time-scaled (ATS) least squares, enables accurate, precise predictions to be achieved for degradation profiles commonly encountered during bioproduct development. A Monte Carlo study is conducted to compare the proposed approach with the common method of least-squares estimation on the logarithmic form of the Arrhenius equation and nonlinear estimation of a first-order model. The ATS least squares method accommodates a range of degradation profiles, provides a simple and intuitive approach for data presentation, and can be implemented with ease. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.
Huaiqin Wu
2012-01-01
Full Text Available By combing the theories of the switched systems and the interval neural networks, the mathematics model of the switched interval neural networks with discrete and distributed time-varying delays of neural type is presented. A set of the interval parameter uncertainty neural networks with discrete and distributed time-varying delays of neural type are used as the individual subsystem, and an arbitrary switching rule is assumed to coordinate the switching between these networks. By applying the augmented Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional approach and linear matrix inequality (LMI techniques, a delay-dependent criterion is achieved to ensure to such switched interval neural networks to be globally asymptotically robustly stable in terms of LMIs. The unknown gain matrix is determined by solving this delay-dependent LMIs. Finally, an illustrative example is given to demonstrate the validity of the theoretical results.
Aluminum Stabilized NbTi Conductor Test Coil Design, Fabrication, and Test Results
Andreev, N.; Chlachidze, G.; Evbota, D.; Kashikhin, V.S.; Lamm, M.; Makarov, A.; Tartaglia, M.; /Fermilab; Nakamoto, T.; Ogitsu, T.; Tanaka, K.; Yamamoto, A.; /KEK, Tsukuba
2011-09-01
A new generation of precision muon conversion experiments is planned at both Fermilab and KEK. These experiments will depend upon a complex set of solenoid magnets for the production, momentum selection and transport of a muon beam to a stopping target, and for tracking detector momentum analysis of candidate conversion electrons from the target. Baseline designs for the production and detector solenoids use NbTi cable that is heavily stabilized by an extruded high RRR aluminum jacket. A U.S.-Japan research collaboration has begun whose goal is to advance the development of optimized Al-NbTi conductors, gain experience with the technology of winding coils from this material, and test the conductor performance as modest length samples become available. For this purpose, a 'conductor test' solenoid with three coils was designed and built at Fermilab. A sample of the RIKEN Al-NbTi conductor from KEK was wound into a 'test' coil; this was sandwiched between two 'field' coils wound from doubled SSC cable, to increase the peak field on the RIKEN test coil. All three solenoid coils were epoxy impregnated, and utilized aluminum outer bandage rings to apply preload to the coils when cold. The design and fabrication details, and results of the magnet quench performance tests are presented and discussed.
Liu, Xue; Du, Jing; Shao, Yang; Zhao, Shao-Fan; Yao, Ke-Fu
2017-08-31
Metallic core-shell nanostructures have inspired prominent research interests due to their better performances in catalytic, optical, electric, and magnetic applications as well as the less cost of noble metal than monometallic nanostructures, but limited by the complicated and expensive synthesis approaches. Development of one-pot and inexpensive method for metallic core-shell nanostructures' synthesis is therefore of great significance. A novel Cu network supported nanoporous Ag-Cu alloy with an Ag shell and an Ag-Cu core was successfully synthesized by one-pot chemical dealloying of Zr-Cu-Ag-Al-O amorphous/crystalline composite, which provides a new way to prepare metallic core-shell nanostructures by a simple method. The prepared nanoporous Ag-Cu@Ag core-shell alloy demonstrates excellent air-stability at room temperature and enhanced oxidative stability even compared with other reported Cu@Ag core-shell micro-particles. In addition, the nanoporous Ag-Cu@Ag core-shell alloy also possesses robust antibacterial activity against E. Coli DH5α. The simple and low-cost synthesis method as well as the excellent oxidative stability promises the nanoporous Ag-Cu@Ag core-shell alloy potentially wide applications.
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2001-01-01
This paper focuses on the H∞ controller design for linear systems with time-varying delays and norm bounded parameter perturbetions in the system state and control/disturbance. On the existence of delayed/undelayed full state feedback controllers, we present a sufficient condition and give a design method in the form of Riccati equation. The controller can not only stabilize the time-delay system, but also make the H∞ norm of the closed-loop system be less than a given bound. This result practically generalizes the related results in current literature.
A robust hypothesis test for the sensitive detection of constant speed radiation moving sources
Dumazert, Jonathan, E-mail: jonathan.dumazert@cea.fr [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs Architectures Electroniques, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Coulon, Romain; Kondrasovs, Vladimir; Boudergui, Karim; Moline, Yoann; Sannié, Guillaume; Gameiro, Jordan; Normand, Stéphane [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs Architectures Electroniques, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Méchin, Laurence [CNRS, UCBN, Groupe de Recherche en Informatique, Image, Automatique et Instrumentation de Caen, 14050 Caen (France)
2015-09-21
Radiation Portal Monitors are deployed in linear networks to detect radiological material in motion. As a complement to single and multichannel detection algorithms, inefficient under too low signal-to-noise ratios, temporal correlation algorithms have been introduced. Test hypothesis methods based on empirically estimated mean and variance of the signals delivered by the different channels have shown significant gain in terms of a tradeoff between detection sensitivity and false alarm probability. This paper discloses the concept of a new hypothesis test for temporal correlation detection methods, taking advantage of the Poisson nature of the registered counting signals, and establishes a benchmark between this test and its empirical counterpart. The simulation study validates that in the four relevant configurations of a pedestrian source carrier under respectively high and low count rate radioactive backgrounds, and a vehicle source carrier under the same respectively high and low count rate radioactive backgrounds, the newly introduced hypothesis test ensures a significantly improved compromise between sensitivity and false alarm. It also guarantees that the optimal coverage factor for this compromise remains stable regardless of signal-to-noise ratio variations between 2 and 0.8, therefore allowing the final user to parametrize the test with the sole prior knowledge of background amplitude.
Robust Statistical Tests of Dragon-Kings beyond Power Law Distributions
Pisarenko, V F
2011-01-01
We ask the question whether it is possible to diagnose the existence of "Dragon-Kings" (DK), namely anomalous observations compared to a power law background distribution of event sizes. We present two new statistical tests, the U-test and the DK-test, aimed at identifying the existence of even a single anomalous event in the tail of the distribution of just a few tens of observations. The DK-test in particular is derived such that the p-value of its statistic is independent of the exponent characterizing the null hypothesis. We demonstrate how to apply these two tests on the distributions of cities and of agglomerations in a number of countries. We find the following evidence for Dragon-Kings: London in the distribution of city sizes of Great Britain; Moscow and St-Petersburg in the distribution of city sizes in the Russian Federation; and Paris in the distribution of agglomeration sizes in France. True negatives are also reported, for instance the absence of Dragon-Kings in the distribution of cities in Ger...
Representation and Stability in Testing and Measuring Rational Expectations.
Boumans, M.
1999-01-01
There are at least two elements of theory completion necessary for measurement: (1) a measurement formula and (2) standardization of that representation. Standardization is based on the search for stability. The more stable the correlation which the measurement formula represents is, the less
Jiang, Yanjun; Liu, Xinlong; Chen, Yafei; Zhou, Liya; He, Ying; Ma, Li; Gao, Jing
2014-02-01
A novel catalytic system of Pickering emulsion stabilized by lipase-containing periodic mesoporous organosilica was constructed (named LP@PE) and used as biocatalyst for biodiesel production. The reaction parameters were optimized and the optimum conditions were as follows: the water fraction 0.65%, molar ratio of ethanol to oleic acid 2:1, immobilized lipase particles 150mg, phosphate buffer pH 7.0 and temperature 30°C. Under these conditions, the maximum biodiesel yield obtained via esterification of oleic acid with ethanol could reach 95.8%. The biodiesel yield could maintain 88.6% after LP@PE was used 15times. The LP@PE was also used in the synthesis of biodiesel from Jatropha curcas oil. The highest yield could reach 87.1% and the yield was 73.0% after 10 cycles. All these results demonstrated that Pickering emulsion system stabilized by immobilized enzyme may possess much potential in many enzymatic industrial applications.
Invariance Property of the Stability Test with respect to the Characteristic Impedance
Amr A. Ibrahim
2012-01-01
Full Text Available Stability of electrical amplifiers is of crucial importance. Among the popular stability tests is the μ-test which has many advantages over other tests like the K-Δ test. However, the value of μ parameter is dependent on the input/output terminal characteristic impedance used and this raises the concern that the predictions of the test are dependent on the choice of . This paper proves that the conclusions of the μ-test regarding stability/instability remain invariant with . This proof is necessary for gaining confidence in the results of the μ-test and should benefit circuit designers. Similar proofs should be extended to all other stability tests for additional insights into their validity under different circuit termination.
2013-08-27
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2012-09-25
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Odor-cued taste avoidance: a simple and robust test of mouse olfaction.
Slotnick, Burton; Coppola, David M
2015-05-01
In odor-cued taste avoidance (OCTA), thirsty mice, offered either an odorized nonaversive fluid (S+) or an odorized aversive fluid (S-), quickly learn to use odor to avoid drinking the S-. Acquisition of both odor detection and odor discrimination tasks is very rapid with learning evidenced in most cases by either long response times or total avoidance on the second presentation of the S- stimulus. OCTA is perhaps one of the simplest conditioning procedures for assessing olfaction in mice; it requires only a test box, drinkometer circuit, and thirsty mice accustomed to drinking in the apparatus. Its advantages over the most commonly used alternatives, habituation-dishabituation, and the mouse dig test, are discussed.
Surface stability and small-scale testing of zirconia
Camposilvan, Erik
2015-01-01
Tetragonal polycrystalline zirconia stabilized with 3 mol% of yttria (3Y-TZP) is a biocompatible ceramic showing superior mechanical properties, which are partly the consequence of phase transformation: the tetragonal metastable phase can transform, with a net volume increase, to the stable monoclinic phase by a martensitic transformation. The transformation can be activated either mechanically by the application of high stresses, or chemically by the diffusion of water species, when the mate...
Barth, Aline Bergesch; de Oliveira, Gabriela Bolfe; Malesuik, Marcelo Donadel; Paim, Clésio Soldatelli; Volpato, Nadia Maria
2011-08-01
A stability-indicating liquid chromatography method for the determination of the antifungal agent butenafine hydrochloride (BTF) in a cream was developed and validated using the Plackett-Burman experimental design for robustness evaluation. Also, the drug photodegradation kinetics was determined. The analytical column was operated with acetonitrile, methanol and a solution of triethylamine 0.3% adjusted to pH 4.0 (6:3:1) at a flow rate of 1 mL/min and detection at 283 nm. BTF extraction from the cream was done with n-butyl alcohol and methanol in ultrasonic bath. The performed degradation conditions were: acid and basic media with HCl 1M and NaOH 1M, respectively, oxidation with H(2)O(2) 10%, and the exposure to UV-C light. No interference in the BTF elution was verified. Linearity was assessed (r(2) = 0.9999) and ANOVA showed non-significative linearity deviation (p > 0.05). Adequate results were obtained for repeatability, intra-day precision, and accuracy. Critical factors were selected to examine the method robustness with the two-level Plackett-Burman experimental design and no significant factors were detected (p > 0.05). The BTF photodegradation kinetics was determined for the standard and for the cream, both in methanolic solution, under UV light at 254 nm. The degradation process can be described by first-order kinetics in both cases.
Xu, Maoqi; Chen, Liang
2016-10-21
The individual sample heterogeneity is one of the biggest obstacles in biomarker identification for complex diseases such as cancers. Current statistical models to identify differentially expressed genes between disease and control groups often overlook the substantial human sample heterogeneity. Meanwhile, traditional nonparametric tests lose detailed data information and sacrifice the analysis power, although they are distribution free and robust to heterogeneity. Here, we propose an empirical likelihood ratio test with a mean-variance relationship constraint (ELTSeq) for the differential expression analysis of RNA sequencing (RNA-seq). As a distribution-free nonparametric model, ELTSeq handles individual heterogeneity by estimating an empirical probability for each observation without making any assumption about read-count distribution. It also incorporates a constraint for the read-count overdispersion, which is widely observed in RNA-seq data. ELTSeq demonstrates a significant improvement over existing methods such as edgeR, DESeq, t-tests, Wilcoxon tests and the classic empirical likelihood-ratio test when handling heterogeneous groups. It will significantly advance the transcriptomics studies of cancers and other complex disease.
Leijenaar, Ralph T. H.; Carvalho, Sara; Rios Velazquez, Emmanuel [Dept. of Radiation Oncology (MAASTRO), GROW-School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht Univ. Medical Center, Maastricht (Netherlands)] [and others
2013-10-15
Purpose: Besides basic measurements as maximum standardized uptake value (SUV){sub max} or SUV{sub mean} derived from 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) scans, more advanced quantitative imaging features (i.e. 'Radiomics' features) are increasingly investigated for treatment monitoring, outcome prediction, or as potential biomarkers. With these prospected applications of Radiomics features, it is a requisite that they provide robust and reliable measurements. The aim of our study was therefore to perform an integrated stability analysis of a large number of PET-derived features in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC), based on both a test-retest and an inter-observer setup. Methods: Eleven NSCLC patients were included in the test-retest cohort. Patients underwent repeated PET imaging within a one day interval, before any treatment was delivered. Lesions were delineated by applying a threshold of 50 % of the maximum uptake value within the tumor. Twenty-three NSCLC patients were included in the inter-observer cohort. Patients underwent a diagnostic whole body PET-computed tomography (CT). Lesions were manually delineated based on fused PET-CT, using a standardized clinical delineation protocol. Delineation was performed independently by five observers, blinded to each other. Fifteen first order statistics, 39 descriptors of intensity volume histograms, eight geometric features and 44 textural features were extracted. For every feature, test-retest and inter-observer stability was assessed with the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and the coefficient of variability, normalized to mean and range. Similarity between test-retest and inter-observer stability rankings of features was assessed with Spear man's rank correlation coefficient. Results: Results showed that the majority of assessed features had both a high test-retest (71%) and inter-observer (91%) stability in terms of their ICC. Overall, features more stable in repeated PET
Numerical testing rock strata stability around mine workings
Szmelter, J.; Walaszczyk, J.
1978-01-01
Methods are evaluated for stress analysis around mine roadways influenced by underground coal mining. Effects of underground mining on rock strata stability are analyzed. A discrete model of rock strata was developed using the finite element method. Effects of second-order strains on rock strata behavior were analyzed using the linear Hooke model. The fact that any deviation of rock strata from the state of equilibrium depended on transfer of energy from outside the system was used as a safety criterion. 2 refs.
Surface stability and small-scale testing of zirconia
Camposilvan, Erik
2015-01-01
Tesi per compendi de publicacions. La consulta íntegra de la tesi, inclosos els articles no comunicats públicament per drets d'autor, es pot realitzar prèvia petició a l'Arxiu UPC Tetragonal polycrystalline zirconia stabilized with 3 mol% of yttria (3Y-TZP) is a biocompatible ceramic showing superior mechanical properties, which are partly the consequence of phase transformation: the tetragonal metastable phase can transform, with a net volume increase, to the stable monoclinic phase by a ...
Elinor McKone
Full Text Available Other-race and other-ethnicity effects on face memory have remained a topic of consistent research interest over several decades, across fields including face perception, social psychology, and forensic psychology (eyewitness testimony. Here we demonstrate that the Cambridge Face Memory Test format provides a robust method for measuring these effects. Testing the Cambridge Face Memory Test original version (CFMT-original; European-ancestry faces from Boston USA and a new Cambridge Face Memory Test Chinese (CFMT-Chinese, with European and Asian observers, we report a race-of-face by race-of-observer interaction that was highly significant despite modest sample size and despite observers who had quite high exposure to the other race. We attribute this to high statistical power arising from the very high internal reliability of the tasks. This power also allows us to demonstrate a much smaller within-race other ethnicity effect, based on differences in European physiognomy between Boston faces/observers and Australian faces/observers (using the CFMT-Australian.
McKone, Elinor; Stokes, Sacha; Liu, Jia; Cohan, Sarah; Fiorentini, Chiara; Pidcock, Madeleine; Yovel, Galit; Broughton, Mary; Pelleg, Michel
2012-01-01
Other-race and other-ethnicity effects on face memory have remained a topic of consistent research interest over several decades, across fields including face perception, social psychology, and forensic psychology (eyewitness testimony). Here we demonstrate that the Cambridge Face Memory Test format provides a robust method for measuring these effects. Testing the Cambridge Face Memory Test original version (CFMT-original; European-ancestry faces from Boston USA) and a new Cambridge Face Memory Test Chinese (CFMT-Chinese), with European and Asian observers, we report a race-of-face by race-of-observer interaction that was highly significant despite modest sample size and despite observers who had quite high exposure to the other race. We attribute this to high statistical power arising from the very high internal reliability of the tasks. This power also allows us to demonstrate a much smaller within-race other ethnicity effect, based on differences in European physiognomy between Boston faces/observers and Australian faces/observers (using the CFMT-Australian).
Development of Clinical Rating Criteria for Tests of Lumbopelvic Stability
Margaret A. Perrott
2012-01-01
Objective. To develop rating criteria for three clinical tests of LPS. Design. Qualitative research: focus group. Method. A focus group of five expert physiotherapists used qualitative methods to develop rating criteria for the three clinical tests. Results. Detailed rating criteria were established for the three tests. Each key factor considered important for LPS had characteristics described that represented both good and poor LPS. Conclusion. This study established rating criteria that may be used to clinically assess LPS.
刘艳; 蒋卫生; 黄发伦
2004-01-01
It has been observed that for many stable feedback control systems, the introduction of arbitrarily small delays into the loop causes instability. Therefore, robustness of stablility with respect to small delays is of great importance. The authors study the robustness with respect to small delays for exponential stability of Pritchard-Salamon systems with admissible state feedback,i.e. the exponential stability of the following systems are equivalent:(x(t)=S(t)x0+∫t0S(t-s)ds)(u(t)=Fx(t),x0∈V,t≥0)(x(t)=S(t)x0+∫t0S(t-s)BFx(s-r)ds)(u(t)=Fx(t-r),x0∈V,t≥0)and obtain a mumber of necessary and sufficient conditions,particularly,frepuency domain characterization for robustness with respect to small delays for exponential stability.
16 CFR 1203.15 - Positional stability test (roll-off resistance).
2010-01-01
... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Positional stability test (roll-off resistance). 1203.15 Section 1203.15 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION CONSUMER PRODUCT... test (roll-off resistance). (a) Test equipment. (1) Headforms. The test headforms shall comply with...
PEP Support: Laboratory Scale Leaching and Permeate Stability Tests
Russell, Renee L.; Peterson, Reid A.; Rinehart, Donald E.; Buchmiller, William C.
2010-05-21
This report documents results from a variety of activities requested by the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP). The activities related to caustic leaching, oxidative leaching, permeate precipitation behavior of waste as well as chromium (Cr) leaching are: • Model Input Boehmite Leaching Tests • Pretreatment Engineering Platform (PEP) Support Leaching Tests • PEP Parallel Leaching Tests • Precipitation Study Results • Cr Caustic and Oxidative Leaching Tests. Leaching test activities using the PEP simulant provided input to a boehmite dissolution model and determined the effect of temperature on mass loss during caustic leaching, the reaction rate constant for the boehmite dissolution, and the effect of aeration in enhancing the chromium dissolution during caustic leaching. Other tests were performed in parallel with the PEP tests to support the development of scaling factors for caustic and oxidative leaching. Another study determined if precipitate formed in the wash solution after the caustic leach in the PEP. Finally, the leaching characteristics of different chromium compounds under different conditions were examined to determine the best one to use in further testing.
Laboratory test methods for combustion stability properties of solid propellants
Strand, L. D.; Brown, R. S.
1992-01-01
An overview is presented of experimental methods for determining the combustion-stability properties of solid propellants. The methods are generally based on either the temporal response to an initial disturbance or on external methods for generating the required oscillations. The size distribution of condensed-phase combustion products are characterized by means of the experimental approaches. The 'T-burner' approach is shown to assist in the derivation of pressure-coupled driving contributions and particle damping in solid-propellant rocket motors. Other techniques examined include the rotating-valve apparatus, the impedance tube, the modulated throat-acoustic damping burner, and the magnetic flowmeter. The paper shows that experimental methods do not exist for measuring the interactions between acoustic velocity oscillations and burning propellant.
An Accurate and Generic Testing Approach to Vehicle Stability Parameters Based on GPS and INS
Zhibin Miao
2015-12-01
Full Text Available With the development of the vehicle industry, controlling stability has become more and more important. Techniques of evaluating vehicle stability are in high demand. As a common method, usually GPS sensors and INS sensors are applied to measure vehicle stability parameters by fusing data from the two system sensors. Although prior model parameters should be recognized in a Kalman filter, it is usually used to fuse data from multi-sensors. In this paper, a robust, intelligent and precise method to the measurement of vehicle stability is proposed. First, a fuzzy interpolation method is proposed, along with a four-wheel vehicle dynamic model. Second, a two-stage Kalman filter, which fuses the data from GPS and INS, is established. Next, this approach is applied to a case study vehicle to measure yaw rate and sideslip angle. The results show the advantages of the approach. Finally, a simulation and real experiment is made to verify the advantages of this approach. The experimental results showed the merits of this method for measuring vehicle stability, and the approach can meet the design requirements of a vehicle stability controller.
程媛媛; 蒋威
2012-01-01
介绍了不确定时变时滞退化系统的一种新的鲁棒稳定性判据,该判据的提出利用适当的Lyapunov-Krasovskii函数方法,由一组线性矩阵不等式表示出来,判据可借助Matlab软件中LMI工具箱中得以验证.最后,数值实例证明了方法的有效性和优势.%This paper presents a new result of stability analysis for uncertain descriptor systems with time-varying delay,new delay-dependent robust stability criterion of uncertain time-delay descriptor systems is proposed by exploiting appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional candidate.This criterion is expressed by a set of linear matrix inequalities,which can be tested by using the LMI toolbox in Matlab.Finally,illustrative examples demonstrate the effectiveness and the advantage of the proposed method.
Maintaining Stability During a Conducted-Ripple EMC Test
Vorperian, Vatche
2007-01-01
An improved technique, and electronic circuitry to implement the technique, have been developed for a military-standard electromagnetic-compatibility (EMC) test in which one analyzes susceptibility to low-frequency ripple conducted into the equipment under test via a DC power line. In the traditional technique for performing the particular test, the ripple is coupled onto the DC power line via a transformer. Depending upon some design details of the equipment under test, the inductance of the transformer can contribute a degree of instability that results in an oscillation of amplitude large enough to destroy the equipment. It is usually possible to suppress the oscillation by connecting a damping resistor to the primary terminals of the ripple-injection transformer. However, it is important to emphasize the usually in the preceding sentence: sometimes, the resistive damping becomes insufficient to suppress destructive oscillation. In addition, undesirably, the resistor contributes to power dissipation and power demand, and thereby also necessitates the use of a larger ripple voltage amplifier. Yet another disadvantage of the transformer-coupling technique is that the transformer introduces low-frequency distortion of the injected ripple voltage. The improved technique makes it possible to inject ripple with very low distortion at low frequency, without inducing oscillation. In this technique, a transformer is not used: Instead, power is fed to the equipment under test via series power field-effect transistors (FETs) controlled by a summing operational amplifier. One of the inputs to the amplifier controls the DC component of the power-line voltage; the other input, generated by an external oscillator, controls the ripple component. The circuitry for implementing this technique includes panel displays, an internal power supply for the operational amplifier and panel displays, and amplitude controls for the DC and ripple powerline voltage components.
Test of Cable Products in Respect of Thermal and Dynamic Stability
M. A. Коrotkevich
2010-01-01
Full Text Available The paper considers conditions for selection of power supply of the unit which is used for testing samples of cable products by thermal and dynamic stability currents. It has been shown that while conducting testing by thermal and dynamic stability currents at nominal cable voltage it is more justifiable to use a percussive energy accumulator, and in the case when the voltage is low an inductive energy accumulator is used.
Rogan, Joanne C.; Keselman, H. J.
1977-01-01
The effects of variance heterogeneity on the empirical probability of a Type I error for the analysis of variance (ANOVA) F-test are examined. The rate of Type I error varies as a function of the degree of variance heterogeneity, and the ANOVA F-test is not always robust to variance heterogeneity when sample sizes are equal. (Author/JAC)
黎野平; 张少华; 孟培源
2001-01-01
In this paper, we are interested in the multigroup multidelays interval coefficient constant and time varying linear continuous control systems, by means of the equi valence method and the differential inequality in the time domain, we obtain someunconditional robust stability results for the multigroup multidelays constant and time varying interval coefficient linear continuous control systems, respectively.
Robust Stability of Switched Systems
Sloth, Christoffer; Wisniewski, Rafael
2014-01-01
This paper presents a linear programming-based method for finding Lyapunov functions of switched systems with polynomial vector fields and parametric uncertainties. We propose to utilize a certificate of positivity in the Bernstein basis to find a Lyapunov function. A certificate of positivity...... in the Bernstein basis always exists if a polynomial is positive, and the Bernstein basis is shown to be well conditioned....
Robust H∞ absolute stability control for a supercavitating vehicle%超空泡航行体鲁棒H∞ 绝对稳定控制
韩云涛; 强宝琛; 孙尧; 白涛
2015-01-01
In cruise phase, high-speed supercavitating vehicles ( HSSV) face a strong nonlinear planing force and noise disturbance. To solve these problems, a synthesis method for robust H∞ absolute stability controller was pro-posed based on absolute stability in the time domain. The original system was transformed into a cascade connection of two subsystems. Then, based on the connection, the sector bounded conditions of the planing force were ana-lyzed. Next, in order to handle the noise disturbance, the method was included in the form of a linear matrix ine-quality, by applying Lyapunov theory together with the sector bounded conditions. Simulation results show that the closed-loop system can obtain absolute stability with the resulting controller, and simultaneously achieve the pre-scribed H∞performance under zero initial conditions.%针对超空泡航行体( HSSV)在巡航阶段会受到强非线性滑行力,且伴随噪声干扰等问题,提出一种基于时域绝对稳定性的鲁棒H∞绝对稳定控制器的综合方法. 利用backstepping方法,将原系统转化成子系统级联形式的跟踪模型,并在其基础上分析了滑行力的扇形区域条件. 考虑系统中存在噪声干扰的情况,利用Lyapunov理论结合滑行力的扇形区域条件,给出了线性矩阵不等式( LMI)约束形式的鲁棒H∞ 绝对稳定控制器综合方法. 仿真结果表明,所设计的鲁棒H∞绝对稳定控制器可以实现闭环系统的绝对稳定,同时在零初始条件下具有给定的H∞ 性能.
Luo, Jun; Zhang, Hua; Deng, Zu-Hu; Que, You-Xiong
2012-05-01
Arithmetic mean method is commonly used to evaluate the yield stability and adaptability of sugarcane varieties, and variance analysis is applied to estimate the errors in regional trials. However, it is difficult to accurately evaluate the differences of the varieties due to the discrepancies across test sites and years. In this paper, GGE-biplot method was adopted to analyze the data from the regional trials with seven sugarcane varieties at five sites from 2008 to 2009, aimed to objectively evaluate the yield stability and adaptability of sugarcane varieties in China. Among the test sugarcane varieties, Funong No. 30 had higher cane yield and better yield stability, Yuegan No. 18 had higher sugar content and better trait stability, Funong No. 28 and Yunzhe 99-91 had high sucrose content and trait stability, while Yuegan No. 16 had the highest cane yield and sugar content but ordinary stability. In the test sites, Zhangzhou City in Fujian Province and Suixi City in Guangdong Province had the best representativeness and discrimination. This study showed that GGE-biplot analysis provided a simple and effective method to analyze the high yield and stability of sugarcane varieties in regional trials, and supplied the basis for the approval and extension of new sugarcane varieties.
Boyd, Philip W.; Bressac, Matthieu
2016-11-01
Geoengineering to mitigate climate change has long been proposed, but remains nebulous. Exploration of the feasibility of geoengineering first requires the development of research governance to move beyond the conceptual towards scientifically designed pilot studies. Fortuitously, 12 mesoscale (approx. 1000 km2) iron enrichments, funded to investigate how ocean iron biogeochemistry altered Earth's carbon cycle in the geological past, provide proxies to better understand the benefits and drawbacks of geoengineering. The utility of these iron enrichments in the geoengineering debate is enhanced by the GEOTRACES global survey. Here, we outline how GEOTRACES surveys and process studies can provide invaluable insights into geoengineering. Surveys inform key unknowns including the regional influence and magnitude of modes of iron supply, and stimulate iron biogeochemical modelling. These advances will enable quantification of interannual variability of iron supply to assess whether any future purposeful multi-year iron-fertilization meets the principle of `additionality' (sensu Kyoto protocol). Process studies address issues including upscaling of geoengineering, and how differing iron-enrichment strategies could stimulate wide-ranging biogeochemical outcomes. In summary, the availability of databases on both mesoscale iron-enrichment studies and the GEOTRACES survey, along with modelling, policy initiatives and legislation have positioned the iron-enrichment approach as a robust multifaceted test-bed to assess proposed research into climate intervention. This article is part of the themed issue 'Biological and climatic impacts of ocean trace element chemistry'.
Testing the stability and reliability of starspot modelling.
Kovari, Zs.; Bartus, J.
1997-07-01
Since the mid 70's different starspot modelling techniques have been used to describe the observed spot variability on active stars. Spot positions and temperatures are calculated by application of surface integration techniques or solution of analytic equations on observed photometric data. Artificial spotted light curves were generated, by use of the analytic expressions of Budding (1977Ap&SS..48..207B), to test how the different constraints like the intrinsic scatter of the observed data or the angle of inclination affects the spot solutions. Counteractions between the different parameters like inclination, latitude and spot size were also investigated. The results of re-modelling the generated data were scrutinized statistically. It was found, that (1) 0.002-0.005mag of photometric accuracy is required to recover geometrical spot parameters within an acceptable error box; (2) even a 0.03-0.05mag error in unspotted brightness substantially affects the recovery of the original spot distribution; (3) especially at low inclination, under- or overestimation of inclination by 10° leads to an important systematic error in spot latitude and size; (4) when the angle of inclination i<~20° photometric spot modelling is unable to provide satisfactory information on spot location and size.
PEP Support Laboratory Leaching and Permeate Stability Tests
Russell, Renee L.; Peterson, Reid A.; Rinehart, Donald E.; Buchmiller, William C.
2009-09-25
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been tasked by Bechtel National Inc. (BNI) on the River Protection Project-Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (RPP-WTP) project to perform research and development activities to resolve technical issues identified for the Pretreatment Facility (PTF). The Pretreatment Engineering Platform (PEP) was designed, constructed, and operated as part of a plan to respond to issue M12, "Undemonstrated Leaching Processes," of the External Flowsheet Review Team (EFRT) issue response plan.( ) The PEP is a 1/4.5-scale test platform designed to simulate the WTP pretreatment caustic leaching, oxidative leaching, ultrafiltration solids concentration, and slurry washing processes. The PEP replicates the WTP leaching processes using prototypic equipment and control strategies. A simplified flow diagram of the PEP system is shown in Figure 1.1. Two operating scenarios are currently being evaluated for the ultrafiltration process (UFP) and leaching operations. The first scenario has caustic leaching performed in the UFP-2 ultrafiltration feed vessels (i.e., vessel UFP-VSL-T02A in the PEP and vessels UFP-VSL-00002A and B in the WTP PTF). The second scenario has caustic leaching conducted in the UFP-1 ultrafiltration feed preparation vessels (i.e., vessels UFP-VSL-T01A and B in the PEP and vessels UFP-VSL-00001A and B in the WTP PTF). In both scenarios, 19-M sodium hydroxide solution (NaOH, caustic) is added to the waste slurry in the vessels to leach solid aluminum compounds (e.g., gibbsite, boehmite). Caustic addition is followed by a heating step that uses direct injection of steam to accelerate the leach process. Following the caustic leach, the vessel contents are cooled using vessel cooling jackets and/or external heat exchangers. The main difference between the two scenarios is that for leaching in UFP-VSL-T01A and B, the 19-M NaOH is added to un-concentrated waste slurry (3 to 8 wt% solids), while for leaching in
2004-01-01
Abstract: This paper investigates by means of Monte Carlo techniques the robustness of the CUSUM and CUSUM-of-squares tests (Brown et al., 1975) to serial correlation, endogeneity and lack of structural invariance. Our findings suggest that these tests perform better in the context of a dynamic model of the ADL type, which is not affected by serial correlation or nonpredetermined regressors even if over-specified. In this case, the empirical sizes of both tests are close to the nominal ones, ...
Hedetoft, Morten; Hyldegaard, Ole
2015-01-01
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to retrospectively evaluate the use of quantitative Romberg's testing on postural stability during the course of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy in patients presenting with decompression sickness (DCS). METHODS: The Quantitative Romberg test was used to ...
Hedetoft, Morten; Hyldegaard, Ole
2015-01-01
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to retrospectively evaluate the use of quantitative Romberg's testing on postural stability during the course of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy in patients presenting with decompression sickness (DCS). METHODS: The Quantitative Romberg test was used...
Robust goodness-of-fit tests for AR（p） models based on L1-norm fitting
蒋建成; 郑忠国
1999-01-01
A robustified residual autocorrelation is defined based on L1-regression. Under very general conditions,the asymptotic distribution of the robust residual autocorrelation is obtained. A robustified portmanteau statistic is then constructed which can be used in checking the goodness-of-fit of AR（p） models when using L1-norm fitting. Empirical results show that L1-norm estimators and the proposed portmanteau statistic are robust against outliers, error distributions, and accuracy for a given finite sample.
Hedetoft, Morten; Hyldegaard, Ole
2015-01-01
to evaluate postural stability in 33 patients with DCS treated between May 2009 and August 2014. Postural stability was assessed before and after each session of HBO2 therapy. Patients were allocated into groups according to whether they presented with vertigo or not. RESULTS: Significantly higher sway values...... obtained with the Quantitative Romberg test were observed in the group of DCS with vertigo relative to DCS without vertigo and healthy controls. A stepwise improvement in postural instability for DCS patients with vertigo was found following HBO2 therapy. After three treatments of HBO2, postural stability...
Testing and analysis of the robustness on Linux operating system%Linux文件系统健状性测试与分析
田欢
2014-01-01
Linux is one of the countries in the world to use free and open source operating system , the robustness analysis is very worthwhile to study .The robustness is an important indicator to measure the performance of software .This article describes a modern operating system robustness benchmark test method works focus on the robustness of the benchmark .Ballista robustness testing tools is used on Linux systems , and the measured data is corresponding analyzed .%健壮性是衡量软件性能的一个重要的指标，Linux是一个世界各国使用的自由和开放源码的操作系统，它的健壮性分析非常值得去研究。该文介绍了当今操作系统健壮性的4种基准程序测试的主要方法，重点介绍健壮性基准测试的工作原理，采用Ballista工具对Linux系统进行了健壮性测试，并对所测数据进行相应的分析。
Slope stability and bearing capacity of landfills and simple on-site test methods.
Yamawaki, Atsushi; Doi, Yoichi; Omine, Kiyoshi
2017-07-01
This study discusses strength characteristics (slope stability, bearing capacity, etc.) of waste landfills through on-site tests that were carried out at 29 locations in 19 sites in Japan and three other countries, and proposes simple methods to test and assess the mechanical strength of landfills on site. Also, the possibility of using a landfill site was investigated by a full-scale eccentric loading test. As a result of this, landfills containing more than about 10 cm long plastics or other fibrous materials were found to be resilient and hard to yield. An on-site full scale test proved that no differential settlement occurs. The repose angle test proposed as a simple on-site test method has been confirmed to be a good indicator for slope stability assessment. The repose angle test suggested that landfills which have high, near-saturation water content have considerably poorer slope stability. The results of our repose angle test and the impact acceleration test were related to the internal friction angle and the cohesion, respectively. In addition to this, it was found that the air pore volume ratio measured by an on-site air pore volume ratio test is likely to be related to various strength parameters.
Shamsi, Mohammad Bagher; Rezaei, Mandana; Zamanlou, Mehdi; Sadeghi, Mehdi; Pourahmadi, Mohammad Reza
2016-01-01
The aim was to compare core stability and general exercises (GEs) in chronic low back pain (LBP) patients based on lumbopelvic stability (LPS) assessment through three endurance core stability tests. There is a controversy about preference of core stability exercise (CSE) over other types of exercise for chronic LBP. Studies which have compared these exercises used other outcomes than those related to LPS. As it is claimed that CSE enhances back stability, endurance tests for LPS were used. A 16-session CSE program and a GE program with the same duration were conducted for two groups of participants. Frequency of interventions for both groups was three times a week. Forty-three people (aged 18-60 years) with chronic non-specific LBP were alternately allocated to core stability (n = 22) or GE group (n = 21) when admitted. The primary outcomes were three endurance core stability tests including: (1) trunk flexor; (2) trunk extensor; and (3) side bridge tests. Secondary outcomes were disability and pain. Measurements were taken at baseline and the end of the intervention. After the intervention, test times increased and disability and pain decreased within groups. There was no signiﬁcant difference between two groups in increasing test times (p = 0.23 to p = 0.36) or decreasing disability (p = 0.16) and pain (p = 0.73). CSE is not more effective than GE for improving endurance core stability tests and reducing disability and pain in chronic non-specific LBP patients.
Mose, Kristian Fredløv; Andersen, Klaus Ejner; Christensen, Lars Porskjaer
2012-01-01
storage conditions. Methods. Petrolatum samples of methyl methacrylate (MMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (2-HEMA), 2-hydroxypropyl acrylate (2-HPA), cinnamal and eugenol in patch test concentrations were stored in three different test chambers (IQ chamber™, IQ Ultimate™, and Van der Bend® transport...... during storage in the refrigerator. For these two chamber systems, the contact allergen concentration dropped below the stability limit in the following order: MMA, cinnamal, 2-HPA, eugenol, and 2-HEMA. In the Van der Bend® transport container, the contact allergens exhibited acceptable stability under...
Our objective is to determine an optimal experimental design for a mixture of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) that is robust to the assumption of additivity. PFAAs are widely used in consumer products and industrial applications. The presence and persistence of PFAAs, especially in ...
吴争光; 周武能
2007-01-01
This paper considers the problem of delay-dependent robust stabilization for uncertain singular delay systems. In terms of linear matrix inequality (LMI) approach, a delay-dependent stability criterion is given to ensure that the nominal system is regular, impulse free, and stable. Based on the criterion, the problem is solved via state feedback controller, which guarantees that the resultant closed-loop system is regular, impulse free, and stable for all admissible uncertainties. An explicit expression for the desired controller is also given. Some numerical examples are provided to illustrate the validity of the proposed methods.
杜昭平; 张庆灵; 刘丽丽
2009-01-01
In this paper, the problem of delay-dependent robust stabilization is investigated for singular systems with multiple input delays and admissible uncertainties. First, an improved delay-dependent stabilization criterion for the nominal system is established in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). Then, based on this criterion, the problem is solved via state feedback controller, which guarantees that the resultant closed-loop system is regular, impulse free, and stable for all admissible uncertainties. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.
蔡秀珊; 韩正之; 寇春海
2005-01-01
The general nonlinear system with structural uncertainty is dealt with and necessary conditions for it to be robust passivity are derived. From these necessary conditions, sufficient conditions of zero state detectability are deduced. Based on passive systems theory and the technique of feedback equivalence, sufficient conditions for it to be locally (globally) asymptotically stabilized via smooth state feedback are developed. A smooth state feedback control law can be constructed explicitly to locally (globally) stabilize the equilibrium of the closed-loop system. Simulation example shows the effectiveness of the method.
Hedetoft, Morten; Hyldegaard, Ole
2015-01-01
obtained with the Quantitative Romberg test were observed in the group of DCS with vertigo relative to DCS without vertigo and healthy controls. A stepwise improvement in postural instability for DCS patients with vertigo was found following HBO2 therapy. After three treatments of HBO2, postural stability...... was found to be within the normal range of healthy controls. CONCLUSIONS: The Quantitative Romberg test offers the the clinician a fast, reliable and objective set of parametrical data to document postural instability in patients with either confirmed or suspected DCS.......OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to retrospectively evaluate the use of quantitative Romberg's testing on postural stability during the course of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy in patients presenting with decompression sickness (DCS). METHODS: The Quantitative Romberg test was used...
Eye-head stabilization mechanism for a humanoid robot tested on human inertial data
Vannucci, Lorenzo; Falotico, Egidio; Tolu, Silvia;
2016-01-01
they keep the image stationary on the retina. In this work we present the first complete model of eye-head stabilization based on the coordination of VCR and VOR. The model is provided with learning and adaptation capabilities based on internal models. Tests on a simulated humanoid platform replicating...
Comparison of genome stability in two pig breeds by using the sister chromatid exchange (SCE test
V. Barbieri
2010-01-01
Full Text Available The sister chromatid exchange (SCE test has been used to detect genome stability in humans (Chaganti, 1974 and the main livestock species (Ciotola et al., 2004; Di Meo et al., 2000; Di Berardino et al., 1979, and to discover DNA damage caused by a variety of natural and artificial chemical compounds (Iannuzzi et al., 1990.
Romer, Natalie; Merrell, Kenneth W.
2013-01-01
This study focused on evaluating the temporal stability of self-reported and teacher-reported perceptions of students' social and emotional skills and assets. We used a test-retest reliability procedure over repeated administrations of the child, adolescent, and teacher versions of the "Social-Emotional Assets and Resilience Scales".…
2013-06-20
... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Guidance for Industry; Guidance on Abbreviated New Drug... the availability of a guidance for industry entitled ``ANDAs: Stability Testing of Drug Substances and... generic drug review, FDA is recommending that the generic drug industry follow the approach in...
Flatworm models in pharmacological research: the importance of compound stability testing.
Stalmans, Sofie; Willems, Maxime; Adriaens, Els; Remon, Jean-Paul; D'Hondt, Matthias; De Spiegeleer, Bart
2014-10-01
Flatworms possess adult pluripotent stem cells, which make them extraordinary experimental model organisms to assess in vivo the undesirable effects of substances on stem cells. Currently, quality practices, implying evaluation of the stability of the test compound under the proposed experimental conditions, are uncommon in this research field. Nevertheless, performing a stability study during the rational design of in vivo assay protocols will result in more reliable assay results. To illustrate the influence of the stability of the test substance on the final experimental outcome, we performed a short-term International Conference on Harmonization (ICH)-based stability study of cyclophosphamide in the culture medium, to which a marine flatworm model Macrostomum lignano is exposed. Using a validated U(H)PLC method, it was demonstrated that the cyclophosphamide concentration in the culture medium at 20°C is lowered to 80% of the initial concentration after 21days. The multiwell plates, flatworms and diatoms, as well as light exposure, did not influence significantly the cyclophosphamide concentration in the medium. The results of the stability study have practical implications on the experimental set-up of the carcinogenicity assay like the frequency of medium renewal. This case study demonstrates the benefits of applying appropriate quality guidelines already during fundamental research increasing the credibility of the results.
具滞后的区间Lurie型系统的鲁棒绝对稳定性%Robust Absolute Stability of Interval Lurie Type Systems With Time Delay
孙继涛; 邓飞其; 刘永清
2001-01-01
讨论了具滞后的区间非线性Lurie型控制系统的鲁棒绝对稳定性。用区间向量不等式、Lyapunov函数法和Riccati方程法研究了具滞后的区间Lurie型直接控制系统和具滞后的区间Lurie型间接控制系统的鲁棒绝对稳定性，得到了具滞后的区间非线性Lurie型控制系统鲁棒绝对稳定的一些充分条件，并给出了数值例子说明本文结论的有效性。%To deal with the problem of robust absolute stability for interval nonlinear Lurie type control system with time delay. The interval vector inequalities, Lyapunov function and Riccati equation are used to study the robust absolute stability of interval Lurie type direct control system and interval Lurie type indirect control system with time delay, the sufficient conditions of robust absolute stability for interval nonlinear Lurie direct control systems and interval nonlinear Lurie indirect control systems with time delay are respectively given. Example is made to illustrate our results.
Deroba, J. J.; Butterworth, D. S.; Methot, R. D.
2015-01-01
The World Conference on Stock Assessment Methods (July 2013) included a workshop on testing assessment methods through simulations. The exercise was made up of two steps applied to datasets from 14 representative fish stocks from around the world. Step 1 involved applying stock assessments......-testing and cross-testing of models are a useful diagnostic approach, and suggested that estimates in the most recent years of time-series were the least robust. Results from the simulation exercise provide a basis for guidance on future large-scale simulation experiments and demonstrate the need for strategic...... investments in the evaluation and development of stock assessment methods...
Gorm Hansen, Birgitte
2012-01-01
as the analytical framework for descri bing the complex relationship between academic science and its so called “external” habitat. Although relational skills and adaptability do seem to be at the heart of successful research management, the key to success does not lie with the ability to assimilate to industrial...... knowledge", Danish research policy seems to have helped develop politically and economically "robust scientists". Scientific robustness is acquired by way of three strategies: 1) tasting and discriminating between resources so as to avoid funding that erodes academic profiles and push scientists away from...... and industrial intere sts. The paper concludes by stressing the potential danger of policy habitats who have promoted the evolution of robust scientists based on a competitive system where only the fittest survive. Robust scientists, it is argued, have the potential to become a new “invasive species...
Oca Casado, Mª Leticia; Rubio Martínez, Laura; Ortiz Fernández, Mª Cruz; Sarabia Peinador, Luis Antonio; García, I.
2016-01-01
In this work, the robustness of the sample preparation procedure for the determination of six tranquilizers (xylazine, azaperone, propionylpromazine, chlorpromazine, haloperidol, and azaperol) and a beta-blocker (carazolol) in animal muscle by LC/MS–MS was assessed through the experimental design methodology. A 2III7 − 4 fractional factorial design was performed to evaluate the influence of seven variables on the final concentration of the seven drugs in the samples, in accordance with what i...
Zhang, Xuming; Peng, Xiang; Li, Wan; Li, Limin; Gao, Biao; Wu, Guosong; Huo, Kaifu; Chu, Paul K
2015-04-17
A coaxial electrode structure composed of manganese oxide-decorated TiC/C core/shell nanofiber arrays is produced hydrothermally in a KMnO4 solution. The pristine TiC/C core/shell structure prepared on the Ti alloy substrate provides the self-sacrificing carbon shell and highly conductive TiC core, thus greatly simplifying the fabrication process without requiring an additional reduction source and conductive additive. The as-prepared electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance of 645 F g(-1) at a discharging current density of 1 A g(-1) attributable to the highly conductive TiC/C and amorphous MnO2 shell with fast ion diffusion. In the charging/discharging cycling test, the as-prepared electrode shows high stability and 99% capacity retention after 5000 cycles. Although the thermal treatment conducted on the as-prepared electrode decreases the initial capacitance, the electrode undergoes capacitance recovery through structural transformation from the crystalline cluster to layered birnessite type MnO2 nanosheets as a result of dissolution and further electrodeposition in the cycling. 96.5% of the initial capacitance is retained after 1000 cycles at high charging/discharging current density of 25 A g(-1). This study demonstrates a novel scaffold to construct MnO2 based SCs with high specific capacitance as well as excellent mechanical and cycling stability boding well for future design of high-performance MnO2-based SCs. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Kormány, Róbert; Fekete, Jenő; Guillarme, Davy; Fekete, Szabolcs
2014-02-01
The goal of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of simulated robustness testing using commercial modelling software (DryLab) and state-of-the-art stationary phases. For this purpose, a mixture of amlodipine and its seven related impurities was analyzed on short narrow bore columns (50×2.1mm, packed with sub-2μm particles) providing short analysis times. The performance of commercial modelling software for robustness testing was systematically compared to experimental measurements and DoE based predictions. We have demonstrated that the reliability of predictions was good, since the predicted retention times and resolutions were in good agreement with the experimental ones at the edges of the design space. In average, the retention time relative errors were software, we proved that the separation was feasible on all columns within the same analysis time (less than 4min), by proper adjustments of variables. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Zhibin Miao
2015-08-01
Full Text Available More and more hybrid electric vehicles are driven since they offer such advantages as energy savings and better active safety performance. Hybrid vehicles have two or more power driving systems and frequently switch working condition, so controlling stability is very important. In this work, a two-stage Kalman algorithm method is used to fuse data in hybrid vehicle stability testing. First, the RT3102 navigation system and Dewetron system are introduced. Second, a modeling of data fusion is proposed based on the Kalman filter. Then, this modeling is simulated and tested on a sample vehicle, using Carsim and Simulink software to test the results. The results showed the merits of this modeling.
Review of the Drive Beam Stabilization in the CLIC Test Facility CTF3
Dubrovskiy, A; Skowronski, P; Tecker, F; Persson, T
2013-01-01
CTF3 is a Test Facility focusing on beam-based studies of the key concepts of the Compact Linear Collider CLIC. Over the past several years many aspects of the CLIC two-beam acceleration scheme were studied in CTF3, including the crucial issue of drive beam stability. The main sources of drifts and instabilities have been identified and mitigated, helping to improve the machine performance and showing significant progress towards the experimental demonstration of the very stringent requirements on current, energy and phase stability needed in CLIC. In this paper, the more effective techniques and feed-backs are summarized. The latest measurements on beam stability are reported and their relevance to CLIC is discussed.
Smetana, F. O.; Summery, D. C.; Johnson, W. D.
1972-01-01
Techniques quoted in the literature for the extraction of stability derivative information from flight test records are reviewed. A recent technique developed at NASA's Langley Research Center was regarded as the most productive yet developed. Results of tests of the sensitivity of this procedure to various types of data noise and to the accuracy of the estimated values of the derivatives are reported. Computer programs for providing these initial estimates are given. The literature review also includes a discussion of flight test measuring techniques, instrumentation, and piloting techniques.
Stability of fruit quality traits in diverse watermelon cultivars tested in multiple environments.
Dia, Mahendra; Wehner, Todd C; Perkins-Veazie, Penelope; Hassell, Richard; Price, Daniel S; Boyhan, George E; Olson, Stephen M; King, Stephen R; Davis, Angela R; Tolla, Gregory E; Bernier, Jerome; Juarez, Benito
2016-01-01
Lycopene is a naturally occurring red carotenoid compound that is found in watermelon. Lycopene has antioxidant properties. Lycopene content, sugar content and hollowheart resistance are subject to significant genotype×environment interaction (G×E), which makes breeding for these fruit quality traits difficult. The objectives of this study were to (i) evaluate the influence of years and locations on lycopene content, sugar content and hollowheart resistance for a set of watermelon genotypes, and (ii) identify genotypes with high stability for lycopene, sugar, and hollowheart resistance. A diverse set of 40 genotypes was tested over 3 years and 8 locations across the southern United States in replicated, multi-harvest trials. Lycopene was tested in a subset of 10 genotypes. Data were analyzed using univariate and multivariate stability statistics (BLUP-GGE biplot) using SASGxE and RGxE programs. There were strong effects of environment as well as G×E interaction on watermelon quality traits. On the basis of stability measures, genotypes were classified as stable or unstable for each quality trait. 'Crimson Sweet' is an inbred line with high quality trait performance as well as trait stability. 'Stone Mountain', 'Tom Watson', 'Crimson Sweet' and 'Minilee' were among the best genotypes for lycopene content, sugar content and hollowheart resistance. We developed a stability chart based on marketable yield and average ranking generated from different stability measures for yield attributes and quality traits. The chart will assist in choosing parents for improvement of watermelon cultivars. See http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/cucurbit/wmelon/wmelonmain.html.
Stability of fruit quality traits in diverse watermelon cultivars tested in multiple environments
Dia, Mahendra; Wehner, Todd C; Perkins-Veazie, Penelope; Hassell, Richard; Price, Daniel S; Boyhan, George E; Olson, Stephen M; King, Stephen R; Davis, Angela R; Tolla, Gregory E; Bernier, Jerome; Juarez, Benito
2016-01-01
Lycopene is a naturally occurring red carotenoid compound that is found in watermelon. Lycopene has antioxidant properties. Lycopene content, sugar content and hollowheart resistance are subject to significant genotype×environment interaction (G×E), which makes breeding for these fruit quality traits difficult. The objectives of this study were to (i) evaluate the influence of years and locations on lycopene content, sugar content and hollowheart resistance for a set of watermelon genotypes, and (ii) identify genotypes with high stability for lycopene, sugar, and hollowheart resistance. A diverse set of 40 genotypes was tested over 3 years and 8 locations across the southern United States in replicated, multi-harvest trials. Lycopene was tested in a subset of 10 genotypes. Data were analyzed using univariate and multivariate stability statistics (BLUP-GGE biplot) using SASGxE and RGxE programs. There were strong effects of environment as well as G×E interaction on watermelon quality traits. On the basis of stability measures, genotypes were classified as stable or unstable for each quality trait. 'Crimson Sweet' is an inbred line with high quality trait performance as well as trait stability. 'Stone Mountain', 'Tom Watson', 'Crimson Sweet' and 'Minilee' were among the best genotypes for lycopene content, sugar content and hollowheart resistance. We developed a stability chart based on marketable yield and average ranking generated from different stability measures for yield attributes and quality traits. The chart will assist in choosing parents for improvement of watermelon cultivars. See http://cuke.hort.ncsu.edu/cucurbit/wmelon/wmelonmain.html. PMID:28066557
DEVELOPING THE STABILIZED MAPPING SYSTEM FOR THE GYROCOPTER – REPORT FROM THE FIRST TESTS
J. Kolecki
2016-06-01
Full Text Available The LiDAR mapping carried out using gyrocopters provides a relatively cheap alternative for traditional mapping involving airplanes. The costs of the fuel and the overall maintenance are much lower when compared to planes. At the same time the flight kinematics of the gyrocopter makes it an ideal vehicle for corridor mapping. However a limited payload and a strongly limited space prevent using stabilized platforms dedicated for aerial photogrammetry. As the proper stabilization of the laser scanner during the flight is crucial in order to keep the desirable quality of the LiDAR data, it was decided to develop the prototype of the stabilized, ultra-light mapping platform that can meet the restricted requirements of the gyrocopter. The paper starts with the brief discussion of the legal and practical aspects of the LiDAR data quality, dealing mostly with the influence of the flight imperfections on the point pattern and point density. Afterwards the mapping system prototype is characterized, taking into account three main components: stabilized platform, sensors and control. Subsequently first in-flight tests are described. Though the data are still not perfect mostly due to vibrations, the stabilization provides a substantial improvement of their geometry, reducing both roll and pitch deflections.
True Stability of Lubricants Determined Using the Ball-on-Disk Test
Angela Maria Tortora
2016-01-01
Full Text Available True stability of lubricants can be determined when there is minimum change in the contact area and also the intervention of wear debris in the contact zone. Here, we have used the ball-on-disk instrument with the migrating point contact, that is, relative motion between the ball and disk condition to fix the contact area and minimize the wear debris at the contact zone. The jump in the friction coefficient indicates the film failure, which appeared earlier for the motor oil 5W30 compared to 5W40. Such profile was not recorded in absence of relative motion. Therefore, 5W40 was considered to have a better lubricant stability than 5W30. Applying the same test condition to the natural lubricants shows that glycerol has better lubricant stability than glycerol-water mixture. Superior true lubricant stability by glycerol and 5W40 can be related to its high viscosity. However, they were less wear resistant compared to low viscosity lubricants like 5W30 and glycerol-water. We suspect the role of microscopic wear debris at the contact zone for this behavior although it should have been avoided in the migrating point contact condition. Overall, ball-on-disk instrument with a migrating point contact condition is an effective technique to determine the stability of lubricants.
Rachinskiy, Kirill; Schultze, Hergen; Boy, Matthias; Bornscheuer, Uwe; Büchs, Jochen
2009-06-01
A new high throughput technique for enzyme characterization with specific attention to the long term stability, called "Enzyme Test Bench," is presented. The concept of the Enzyme Test Bench consists of short term enzyme tests in 96-well microtiter plates under partly extreme conditions to predict the enzyme long term stability under moderate conditions. The technique is based on the mathematical modeling of temperature dependent enzyme activation and deactivation. Adapting the temperature profiles in sequential experiments by optimal non-linear experimental design, the long term deactivation effects can be purposefully accelerated and detected within hours. During the experiment the enzyme activity is measured online to estimate the model parameters from the obtained data. Thus, the enzyme activity and long term stability can be calculated as a function of temperature. The engineered instrumentation provides for simultaneous automated assaying by fluorescent measurements, mixing and homogenous temperature control in the range of 10-85 +/- 0.5 degrees C. A universal fluorescent assay for online acquisition of ester hydrolysis reactions by pH-shift is developed and established. The developed instrumentation and assay are applied to characterize two esterases. The results of the characterization, carried out in microtiter plates applying short term experiments of hours, are in good agreement with the results of long term experiments at different temperatures in 1 L stirred tank reactors of a week. Thus, the new technique allows for both: the enzyme screening with regard to the long term stability and the choice of the optimal process temperature regarding such process parameters as turn over number, space time yield or optimal process duration. The comparison of the temperature dependent behavior of both characterized enzymes clearly demonstrates that the frequently applied estimation of long term stability at moderate temperatures by simple activity measurements
Higuchi, S.; Allen, G.; Bencze, W.; Byer, R.; Dang, A.; DeBra, D. B.; Lauben, D.; Dorlybounxou, S.; Hanson, J.; Ho, L.; Huffman, G.; Sabur, F.; Sun, K.; Tavernetti, R.; Rolih, L.; Van Patten, R.; Wallace, J.; Williams, S.
2006-03-01
This article demonstrates experimental results of a thermal control system developed for ST-7 gravitational reference sensor (GRS) ground verification testing which provides thermal stability δT control of the LISA spacecraft to compensate solar irradiate 1/f fluctuations. Although for ground testing these specifications can be met fairly readily with sufficient insulation and thermal mass, in contrast, for spacecraft the very limited thermal mass calls for an active control system which can simultaneously meet disturbance rejection and stability requirements in the presence of long time delay; a considerable design challenge. Simple control laws presently provide ~ 1mK/surdHz for >24 hours. Continuing development of a model predictive feedforward control algorithm will extend performance to <1 mK/surdHz at f < 0.01 mHz and possibly lower, extending LISA coverage of super massive black hole mergers.
Tipton, Elizabeth; Pustejovsky, James E.
2015-01-01
Randomized experiments are commonly used to evaluate the effectiveness of educational interventions. The goal of the present investigation is to develop small-sample corrections for multiple contrast hypothesis tests (i.e., F-tests) such as the omnibus test of meta-regression fit or a test for equality of three or more levels of a categorical…
An implementation and test platform for wide area stability assessment methods
Wittrock, Martin Lindholm; Jóhannsson, Hjörtur
2013-01-01
This paper presents a software platform developed in MatLab with the purpose of supporting research, Development and testing of wide area algorithms for stability assessment and control. The development and testing process of algorithms exploiting real time wide area data from Phasor Measurement...... Units (PMU) can be very time consuming, especially if the testing procedure is not carried out in a systematic and automatic manner. The test platform overcomes this problem by automatically importing system model parameters, topology and simulation output from a time domain simulation of an instability...... scenario and automatically generating synthetic PMU snapshots of the system conditions. To demonstrate the platform’s potential for supporting research and development of wide area algorithms, a method to detect voltage instability is implemented and tested, giving results consistent with results from...
Cyclic stability testing of aminated-silica solid sorbent for post-combustion CO2 capture.
Fisher, James C; Gray, McMahan
2015-02-01
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is examining the use of solid sorbents for CO2 removal from coal-fired power plant flue gas streams. An aminated sorbent (previously reported by the NETL) is tested for stability by cyclic exposure to simulated flue gas and subsequent regeneration for 100 cycles. Each cycle was quantified using a traced gas in the simulated flue gas monitored by a mass spectrometer, which allowed for rapid determination of the capacity.
Stability Testing of a Wide Bone-Anchored Device after Surgery without Skin Thinning
Malou Hultcrantz
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Objective. To longitudinally follow the osseointegration using Resonance Frequency Analysis (RFA for different lengths of abutment on a new wide bone-anchored implant, introduced with the non-skin thinning surgical technique. Study Design. A single-center, prospective 1 year study following adults with bone-anchored hearing implants. Materials and Methods. Implantation was performed and followed for a minimum of 1 year. All patients were operated on according to the tissue preserving technique. A 4.5 mm wide fixture (Oticon Medical with varying abutments (9 to 12 mm was used and RFA was tested 1 week, 7 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months later. Implant Stability Quotient (ISQ, was measured from 1 to 100. Stability was compared to a group of patients (N=7 implanted with another brand (Cochlear BI400 of 4.5 mm fixtures. Results. All 10 adults concluded the study. None of the participants lost their implant during the test period indicating a good anchoring of abutments to the wide fixture tested. Stability testing was shown to vary depending on abutment length and time after surgery and with higher values for shorter abutments and increasing values over the first period of time. One patient changed the abutment from 12 to 9 mm and another from a 9 to a 12 during the year. No severe skin problems, numbness around the implant, or cosmetic problems arose. Conclusion. After 1 year of follow-up, combination of a wide fixture implant and the non-skin thinning surgical technique indicates a safe procedure with good stability and no abutment losses.
Kaps Christian
2009-07-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Surgery for disc herniations can be complicated by two major problems: painful degeneration of the spinal segment and re-herniation. Therefore, we examined an absorbable poly-glycolic acid (PGA biomaterial, which was lyophilized with hyaluronic acid (HA, for its utility to (a re-establish spinal stability and to (b seal annulus fibrosus defects. The biomechanical properties range of motion (ROM, neutral zone (NZ and a potential annulus sealing capacity were investigated. Methods Seven bovine, lumbar spinal units were tested in vitro for ROM and NZ in three consecutive stages: (a intact, (b following nucleotomy and (c after insertion of a PGA/HA nucleus-implant. For biomechanical testing, spinal units were mounted on a loading-simulator for spines. In three cycles, axial loading was applied in an excentric mode with 0.5 Nm steps until an applied moment of ± 7.5 Nm was achieved in flexion/extension. ROM and NZ were assessed. These tests were performed without and with annulus sealing by sewing a PGA/HA annulus-implant into the annulus defect. Results Spinal stability was significantly impaired after nucleotomy (p Conclusion PGA/HA biomaterial seems to be well suited for cell-free and cell-based regenerative treatment strategies in spinal surgery. Its abilities to restore spinal stability and potentially close annulus defects open up new vistas for regenerative approaches to treat intervertebral disc degeneration and for preventing implant herniation.
Yang, Rong; Xu, Zengguang; Chai, Junrui; Qin, Yuan; Li, Yanlong
2016-07-01
With the rapid increase of city waste, landfills have become a major method to deals with municipal solid waste. Thus, the safety of landfills has become a valuable research topic. In this paper, Jiangcungou Landfill, located in Shaanxi, China, was investigated and its slope stability was analyzed. Laboratory tests were used to obtain permeability coefficients of municipal solid waste. Based on the results, the distribution of leachate and stability in the landfill was computed and analyzed. These results showed: the range of permeability coefficient was from 1.0 × 10(-7) cm sec(-1) to 6.0 × 10(-3) cm sec(-1) on basis of laboratory test and some parameters of similar landfills. Owing to the existence of intermediate cover layers in the landfill, the perched water level appeared in the landfill with heavy rain. Moreover, the waste was filled with leachate in the top layer, and the range of leachate level was from 2 m to 5 m in depth under the waste surface in other layers. The closer it gets to the surface of landfill, the higher the perched water level of leachate. It is indicated that the minimum safety factors were 1.516 and 0.958 for winter and summer, respectively. Additionally, the slope failure may occur in summer. The research of seepage and stability in landfills may provide a less costly way to reduce accidents. Landslides often occur in the Jiangcungou Landfill because of the high leachate level. Some measures should be implemented to reduce the leachate level. This paper investigated seepage and slope stability of landfills by numerical methods. These results may provide the basis for increasing stability of landfills.
Zhenhua Luo
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Explaining species richness patterns is a central issue in biogeography and macroecology. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanisms driving biodiversity patterns, but the causes of species richness gradients remain unclear. In this study, we aimed to explain the impacts of energy, environmental stability, and habitat heterogeneity factors on variation of vertebrate species richness (VSR, based on the VSR pattern in China, so as to test the energy hypothesis, the environmental stability hypothesis, and the habitat heterogeneity hypothesis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A dataset was compiled containing the distributions of 2,665 vertebrate species and eleven ecogeographic predictive variables in China. We grouped these variables into categories of energy, environmental stability, and habitat heterogeneity and transformed the data into 100 × 100 km quadrat systems. To test the three hypotheses, AIC-based model selection was carried out between VSR and the variables in each group and correlation analyses were conducted. There was a decreasing VSR gradient from the southeast to the northwest of China. Our results showed that energy explained 67.6% of the VSR variation, with the annual mean temperature as the main factor, which was followed by annual precipitation and NDVI. Environmental stability factors explained 69.1% of the VSR variation and both temperature annual range and precipitation seasonality had important contributions. By contrast, habitat heterogeneity variables explained only 26.3% of the VSR variation. Significantly positive correlations were detected among VSR, annual mean temperature, annual precipitation, and NDVI, whereas the relationship of VSR and temperature annual range was strongly negative. In addition, other variables showed moderate or ambiguous relations to VSR. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The energy hypothesis and the environmental stability hypothesis were supported, whereas little
Luo, Zhenhua; Tang, Songhua; Li, Chunwang; Fang, Hongxia; Hu, Huijian; Yang, Ji; Ding, Jingjing; Jiang, Zhigang
2012-01-01
Explaining species richness patterns is a central issue in biogeography and macroecology. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanisms driving biodiversity patterns, but the causes of species richness gradients remain unclear. In this study, we aimed to explain the impacts of energy, environmental stability, and habitat heterogeneity factors on variation of vertebrate species richness (VSR), based on the VSR pattern in China, so as to test the energy hypothesis, the environmental stability hypothesis, and the habitat heterogeneity hypothesis. A dataset was compiled containing the distributions of 2,665 vertebrate species and eleven ecogeographic predictive variables in China. We grouped these variables into categories of energy, environmental stability, and habitat heterogeneity and transformed the data into 100 × 100 km quadrat systems. To test the three hypotheses, AIC-based model selection was carried out between VSR and the variables in each group and correlation analyses were conducted. There was a decreasing VSR gradient from the southeast to the northwest of China. Our results showed that energy explained 67.6% of the VSR variation, with the annual mean temperature as the main factor, which was followed by annual precipitation and NDVI. Environmental stability factors explained 69.1% of the VSR variation and both temperature annual range and precipitation seasonality had important contributions. By contrast, habitat heterogeneity variables explained only 26.3% of the VSR variation. Significantly positive correlations were detected among VSR, annual mean temperature, annual precipitation, and NDVI, whereas the relationship of VSR and temperature annual range was strongly negative. In addition, other variables showed moderate or ambiguous relations to VSR. The energy hypothesis and the environmental stability hypothesis were supported, whereas little support was found for the habitat heterogeneity hypothesis.
Epistemically Robust Strategy Subsets
Geir B. Asheim
2016-11-01
Full Text Available We define a concept of epistemic robustness in the context of an epistemic model of a finite normal-form game where a player type corresponds to a belief over the profiles of opponent strategies and types. A Cartesian product X of pure-strategy subsets is epistemically robust if there is a Cartesian product Y of player type subsets with X as the associated set of best reply profiles such that the set Y i contains all player types that believe with sufficient probability that the others are of types in Y − i and play best replies. This robustness concept provides epistemic foundations for set-valued generalizations of strict Nash equilibrium, applicable also to games without strict Nash equilibria. We relate our concept to closedness under rational behavior and thus to strategic stability and to the best reply property and thus to rationalizability.
Flight Test Experiment Design for Characterizing Stability and Control of Hypersonic Vehicles
Morelli, Eugene A.
2008-01-01
A maneuver design method that is particularly well-suited for determining the stability and control characteristics of hypersonic vehicles is described in detail. Analytical properties of the maneuver design are explained. The importance of these analytical properties for maximizing information content in flight data is discussed, along with practical implementation issues. Results from flight tests of the X-43A hypersonic research vehicle (also called Hyper-X) are used to demonstrate the excellent modeling results obtained using this maneuver design approach. A detailed design procedure for generating the maneuvers is given to allow application to other flight test programs.
Flávia Vieira Braga
2016-01-01
Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of finishing hot rolling temperature in promoting interpass recrystallization on a Nb-stabilized AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel. Torsion tests were performed in order to simulate the Steckel mill rolling process by varying the temperature ranges of the finishing passes. Interrupted torsion test were also performed and interpass recrystallization was evaluated via optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD. As a result of this work, it has been established, within the restrictions of a Steckel mill rolling schedule, which thermomechanical conditions mostly favor SRX.
Thermal stability test and analysis of a 20-actuator bimorph deformable mirror
Ning Yu; Zhou Hong; Yu Hao; Rao Chang-Hui; Jiang Wen-Han
2009-01-01
One of the important characteristic of adaptive mirrors is the thermal stability of surface flatness. In this paper, the thermal stability from 13℃ to 25℃ of a 20-actuator bimorph deformable mirror is tested by a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. Experimental results show that, the surface P-V of bimorph increases nearly linearly with ambient temperature. The ratio is 0.11 μm/℃ and the major component of surface displacement is defocused, compared with which, astigmatism, coma and spherical aberration contribute very small. Besides, a finite element model is built up to analyse the influence of thickness, thermal expansion coefficient and Young's modulus of materials on thermal stability. Calculated results show that bimorph has the best thermal stability when the materials have the same thermal expansion coefficient. And when the thickness ratio of glass to PZT is 3 and Young's modulus ratio is approximately 0.4, the surface instability behaviour of the bimorph manifests itself most severely.
Testing the hydrodynamics and stability of ammonoids: empirical and simulation studies
White, Thomas; Astrop, Timothy; Ren, Qilong; Angioni, Stefano; Carley, Michael; Wills, Matthew
2016-04-01
The coiled shells of ammonoids have classically been modelled in theoretical morphospaces with just a few variables. As dynamic accretionary structures, their shells preserve developmental trajectory as well as adult morphology. In traversing mass extinction events, the morphospace occupation of ammonoids was repeatedly reduced, but the clade often recolonized much of this morphospace in the wake of each mass extinction. The gross morphology of ammonoid shells was therefore subject to high levels of homoplasy and convergence. However, it is unclear what precise functions the ammonoid shells may have been optimized for, neither is it known what determined the bounds of their morphospace given that not all geometrically possible forms were realized. We demonstrate that the actualized occupation of Raupian morphospace can be predicted from numerical modelling, given the dual requirements for stability and manoeuvrability, both while stationary within the water column and while swimming. We test these theoretical predictions in two ways: firstly using 3D printed models in waterflow tank experiments, and secondly using computational fluid dynamic (CFD) approaches. All concur that ammonoids were not especially efficient or impressive swimmers. Spherocone forms maximized stability at the expense of manoeuvrability, while platycone and oxycone morphologies were better adapted for more rapid directional change rather than stability. We speculate that the former were optimized for stability within the water column, while the latter were adapted for moving dynamically around obstructions close to the bottom or for predation-avoidance manoeuvres.
Application of a Physics-Based Stabilization Criterion to Flight System Thermal Testing
Baker, Charles; Garrison, Matthew; Cottingham, Christine; Peabody, Sharon
2010-01-01
The theory shown here can provide thermal stability criteria based on physics and a goal steady state error rather than on an arbitrary "X% Q/mC(sub P)" method. The ability to accurately predict steady-state temperatures well before thermal balance is reached could be very useful during testing. This holds true for systems where components are changing temperature at different rates, although it works better for the components closest to the sink. However, the application to these test cases shows some significant limitations: This theory quickly falls apart if the thermal control system in question is tightly coupled to a large mass not accounted for in the calculations, so it is more useful in subsystem-level testing than full orbiter tests. Tight couplings to a fluctuating sink causes noise in the steady state temperature predictions.
Stability and Phase Noise Tests of Two Cryo-Cooled Sapphire Oscillators
Dick, G. John; Wang, Rabi T.
1998-01-01
A cryocooled Compensated Sapphire Oscillator (CSO), developed for the Cassini Ka-band Radio Science experiment, and operating in the 8K - 10K temperature range was previously demonstrated to show ultra-high stability of sigma(sub y) = 2.5 x 10 (exp -15) for measuring times 200 seconds less than or equal to tau less than or equal to 600 seconds using a hydrogen maser as reference. We present here test results for a second unit which allows CSO short-term stability and phase noise to be measured for the first time. Also included are design details of a new RF receiver and an intercomparison with the first CSO unit. Cryogenic oscillators operating below about 10K offer the highest possible short term stability of any frequency sources. However, their use has so far been restricted to research environments due to the limited operating periods associated with liquid helium consumption. The cryocooled CSO is being built in support of the Cassini Ka-band Radio Science experiment and is designed to operate continuously for periods of a year or more. Performance targets are a stability of 3-4 x 10 (exp -15) (1 second less than or equal to tau less than or equal to 100 seconds) and phase noise of -73dB/Hz @ 1Hz measured at 34 GHz. Installation in 5 stations of NASA's deep space network (DSN) is planned in the years 2000 - 2002. In the previous tests, actual stability of the CSO for measuring times tau less than or equal to 200 seconds could not be directly measured, being masked by short-term fluctuations of the H-maser reference. Excellent short-term performance, however, could be inferred by the success of an application of the CSO as local oscillator (L.O.) to the JPL LITS passive atomic standard, where medium-term stability showed no degradation due to L.O. instabilities at a level of (sigma)y = 3 x 10 (exp -14)/square root of tau. A second CSO has now been constructed, and all cryogenic aspects have been verified, including a resonator turn-over temperature of 7.907 K
Gold Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Stability Test, and Application for the Rice Growth
Aiwu Wang
2014-01-01
Full Text Available In today’s science, with the use of nanotechnology, nanomaterials, which behave very differently from the bulk solid, can be made. One of the capable uses of nanomaterials is bioapplications which make good use of the specific properties of nanoparticles. However, since the nanoparticles will be used both in-vivo and in-vitro, their stability is an important issue to the scientists, concern. In this dissertation, we are going to test the stability of gold nanoparticles in a number of media including the biocompatible medium and their behaviors will be illustrated in terms of optical properties change and aggregation degree. Herein, we report the synthesis of gold nanoparticles of different shapes and applications for the rice growth with significant difference. The gold nanoparticles can inhibit the elongation of rice root without inhibiting the germination of rice seeds.
Chen, Bor-Sen; Lin, Ying-Po
2013-01-01
Robust stabilization and environmental disturbance attenuation are ubiquitous systematic properties that are observed in biological systems at many different levels. The underlying principles for robust stabilization and environmental disturbance attenuation are universal to both complex biological systems and sophisticated engineering systems. In many biological networks, network robustness should be large enough to confer: intrinsic robustness for tolerating intrinsic parameter fluctuations; genetic robustness for buffering genetic variations; and environmental robustness for resisting environmental disturbances. Network robustness is needed so phenotype stability of biological network can be maintained, guaranteeing phenotype robustness. Synthetic biology is foreseen to have important applications in biotechnology and medicine; it is expected to contribute significantly to a better understanding of functioning of complex biological systems. This paper presents a unifying mathematical framework for investigating the principles of both robust stabilization and environmental disturbance attenuation for synthetic gene networks in synthetic biology. Further, from the unifying mathematical framework, we found that the phenotype robustness criterion for synthetic gene networks is the following: if intrinsic robustness + genetic robustness + environmental robustness ≦ network robustness, then the phenotype robustness can be maintained in spite of intrinsic parameter fluctuations, genetic variations, and environmental disturbances. Therefore, the trade-offs between intrinsic robustness, genetic robustness, environmental robustness, and network robustness in synthetic biology can also be investigated through corresponding phenotype robustness criteria from the systematic point of view. Finally, a robust synthetic design that involves network evolution algorithms with desired behavior under intrinsic parameter fluctuations, genetic variations, and environmental
Greywe, Daniela; Kreutz, Jürgen; Banduhn, Norbert; Krauledat, Matthias; Scheel, Julia; Schroeder, Klaus R; Wolf, Thorsten; Reisinger, Kerstin
2012-08-30
The hen's egg test for analysis of micronucleus formation (HET-MN) was developed several years ago to provide an alternative test system to the in vivo micronucleus test. In order to assess its applicability and robustness, a study was carried out at the University of Osnabrueck (lab A) and at the laboratories of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (lab B). Following transfer of the method to lab B, a range of test substances that had been pre-tested at lab A, were tested at Henkel: the genotoxins cyclophosphamide, dimethylbenz(a)anthracene, methotrexate, acrylamide, azorubin, N-nitroso-dimethylamine and the non-genotoxins, orange G and isopropyl myristate. In a second phase, additional compounds with known in vivo properties were examined in both labs: the non-genotoxin, ampicillin, the "irrelevant" positives, isophorone and 2,4-dichlorophenol ("irrelevant" means positive in standard in vitro tests, but negative in vivo), the clastogen p-chloroaniline, and the aneugens carbendazim and vinorelbine. All substances were correctly predicted in both labs with respect to their in vivo genotoxic properties, indicating that the HET-MN may have an improved predictivity compared with current standard in vitro test systems. The results support the promising role of the HET-MN assay as a supplement to existing test batteries.
Marshall, S A; Kugler, K C; Jones, R N
2000-08-01
In response to conflicting reports on the chemical stability of quinupristin/dalfopristin, a study was designed to assess the in vitro longevity and effects of media and storage conditions on this streptogramin combination. Broth microdilution trays containing parenteral (quinupristin/dalfopristin) and oral (RPR 106972) streptogramin combinations as well as pristinomycin components (P-I and P-II) were preincubated at 35 degrees C for 12-72 h before inoculation with control strains (Streptococcus pneumoniae ATCC 49619, Haemophilus influenzae ATCC 49247, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213) and five clinical isolates with various drug resistance phenotypes. Overall, the mean quinupristin/dalfopristin activity loss was 24%/12 h, 41%/18 h, 43%/24 h, 69%/48 h and 79%/72 h with no detected loss of potency when measured by E. faecalis until 18 h. RPR 106972 mean activity loss was 6%/12 h, 19%/18 h, 19%/24 h, 56%/48 h and 71%/72 h with no loss of potency as measured by S. aureus until 48 h. Overall, P-I components had greater stability as compared with P-II for both drug combinations. Bioassays showed similar trends in decreased activity. Bioassay differences among media types were only significant (> 3 mm; greater loss of potency) for haemophilus test media for both P-II components at 72 h. The presence of an organism in the medium had no effect on stability assay results. The effect of storage temperature (4, 25 degrees C) on quinupristin/dalfopristin and RPR 106972 stability was also detrimental to drug potency indicating the requirement for rigid quality assurance for streptogramin diagnostic reagents when determining activity by reference or standardized susceptibility tests.
Banerjee, S; Grebogi, C; Banerjee, Soumitro; Yorke, James A.; Grebogi, Celso
1998-01-01
It has been proposed to make practical use of chaos in communication, in enhancing mixing in chemical processes and in spreading the spectrum of switch-mode power suppies to avoid electromagnetic interference. It is however known that for most smooth chaotic systems, there is a dense set of periodic windows for any range of parameter values. Therefore in practical systems working in chaotic mode, slight inadvertent fluctuation of a parameter may take the system out of chaos. We say a chaotic attractor is robust if, for its parameter values there exists a neighborhood in the parameter space with no periodic attractor and the chaotic attractor is unique in that neighborhood. In this paper we show that robust chaos can occur in piecewise smooth systems and obtain the conditions of its occurrence. We illustrate this phenomenon with a practical example from electrical engineering.
Čίžek, Pavel; Härdle, Wolfgang Karl
2006-01-01
Econometrics often deals with data under, from the statistical point of view, non-standard conditions such as heteroscedasticity or measurement errors and the estimation methods need thus be either adopted to such conditions or be at least insensitive to them. The methods insensitive to violation of certain assumptions, for example insensitive to the presence of heteroscedasticity, are in a broad sense referred to as robust (e.g., to heteroscedasticity). On the other hand, there is also a mor...
McGuire, Lynne I; Poleggi, Anna; Poggiolini, Ilaria; Suardi, Silvia; Grznarova, Katarina; Shi, Song; de Vil, Bart; Sarros, Shannon; Satoh, Katsuya; Cheng, Keding; Cramm, Maria; Fairfoul, Graham; Schmitz, Matthias; Zerr, Inga; Cras, Patrick; Equestre, Michele; Tagliavini, Fabrizio; Atarashi, Ryuichiro; Knox, David; Collins, Steven; Haïk, Stéphane; Parchi, Piero; Pocchiari, Maurizio; Green, Alison
2016-07-01
Real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC) has been proposed as a sensitive diagnostic test for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; however, before this assay can be introduced into clinical practice, its reliability and reproducibility need to be demonstrated. Two international ring trials were undertaken in which a set of 25 cerebrospinal fluid samples were analyzed by a total of 11 different centers using a range of recombinant prion protein substrates and instrumentation. The results show almost complete concordance between the centers and demonstrate that RT-QuIC is a suitably reliable and robust technique for clinical practice. Ann Neurol 2016;80:160-165.
McGuire, Lynne I.; Poleggi, Anna; Poggiolini, Ilaria; Suardi, Silvia; Grznarova, Katarina; Shi, Song; de Vil, Bart; Sarros, Shannon; Satoh, Katsuya; Cheng, Keding; Cramm, Maria; Fairfoul, Graham; Schmitz, Matthias; Zerr, Inga; Cras, Patrick; Equestre, Michele; Tagliavini, Fabrizio; Atarashi, Ryuichiro; Knox, David; Collins, Steven; Haïk, Stéphane; Parchi, Piero; Pocchiari, Maurizio
2016-01-01
Real‐time quaking‐induced conversion (RT‐QuIC) has been proposed as a sensitive diagnostic test for sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease; however, before this assay can be introduced into clinical practice, its reliability and reproducibility need to be demonstrated. Two international ring trials were undertaken in which a set of 25 cerebrospinal fluid samples were analyzed by a total of 11 different centers using a range of recombinant prion protein substrates and instrumentation. The results show almost complete concordance between the centers and demonstrate that RT‐QuIC is a suitably reliable and robust technique for clinical practice. Ann Neurol 2016;80:160–165 PMID:27130376
Ruggieri, Flavia; Gil, Raúl A; Fernandez-Turiel, Jose-Luis; Saavedra, Julio; Gimeno, Domingo; Lobo, Agustin; Martinez, Luis D; Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Alejandro
2012-04-30
A method to obtain robust information on short term leaching behaviour of volcanic ashes has been developed independently on the sample age. A mixed factorial design (MFD) was employed as a multivariate strategy for the evaluation of the effects of selected control factors and their interactions (amount of sample (A), contact time (B), and liquid to solid ratio or L/S (C)) on the leaching process of selected metals (Na, K, Mg, Ca, Si, Al, V, Mn, Fe, and Co) and anions (Cl(-) and SO(4)(2-)). Box plots of the data acquired were used to evaluate the reproducibility achieved at different experimental conditions. Both the amount of sample (A) and leaching time (B) had a significant effect on the element stripping whereas the L/S ratio influenced only few elements. The lowest dispersion values have been observed when 1.0 g was leached with an L/S ratio equal to 10, shaking during 4 h. The entire method is completed within few hours, and it is simple, feasible and reliable in laboratory conditions. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Development and Flight Test of a Robust Optical-Inertial Navigation System Using Low-Cost Sensors
2008-03-01
for this test. Though, marketed as a GPS/INS, it was in fact used simply as an IMU for this test. The raw inertial measurement data (from the...base of the error vectors. The small square (bottom left) represents 1x1 pixel error magnitude. Note this is a different scale than is 1x1 pixel
Hojo, M.; Mitani, Y.; Tuji, K. [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan)
1997-06-20
Advanced control system design method (whose application is believed to be difficult in practical use) with the advancement of technologies of power system stabilization controllers has received much attention. In particular, demand of stabilizing control system with high robustness is pointed out. Construction of linearization control system is proposed based on direct operating volume of electric output power`s generator using the series variable impedance unit in this paper. The results are summarized as follows. Based on direct control aim of a generator power out of system of controllers with reference to the swing characteristics of power generator under specification, a linearized control is manufactured. Proposed control based on simple construction using variable impedance unit which is connected continuously with transmission line is realized. Linear system which keeps eigen values pointed out by designers who predicts based on the use of proposed controller is obtained. 6 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.
The Next Generation of High-Speed Dynamic Stability Wind Tunnel Testing (Invited)
Tomek, Deborah M.; Sewall, William G.; Mason, Stan E.; Szchur, Bill W. A.
2006-01-01
Throughout industry, accurate measurement and modeling of dynamic derivative data at high-speed conditions has been an ongoing challenge. The expansion of flight envelopes and non-conventional vehicle design has greatly increased the demand for accurate prediction and modeling of vehicle dynamic behavior. With these issues in mind, NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) embarked on the development and shakedown of a high-speed dynamic stability test technique that addresses the longstanding problem of accurately measuring dynamic derivatives outside the low-speed regime. The new test technique was built upon legacy technology, replacing an antiquated forced oscillation system, and greatly expanding the capabilities beyond classic forced oscillation testing at both low and high speeds. The modern system is capable of providing a snapshot of dynamic behavior over a periodic cycle for varying frequencies, not just a damping derivative term at a single frequency.
Dynamic stability test results on an 0.024 scale B-1 air vehicle
Beeman, R. R.
1972-01-01
Dynamic longitudinal and lateral-directional stability characteristics of the B-1 air vehicle were investigated in three wind tunnels at the Langley Research Center. The main rotary derivatives were obtained for an angle of attack range of -3 degrees to +16 degrees for a Mach number range of 0.2 to 2.16. Damping in roll data could not be obtained at the supersonic Mach numbers. The Langley 7 x 10 foot high speed tunnel, the 8 foot transonic pressure tunnel, and the 4 foot Unitary Plan wind tunnel were the test sites. An 0.024 scale light-weight model was used on a forced oscillation type balance. Test Reynolds number varied from 474,000/ft to 1,550,000/ft. through the Mach number range tested. The results showed that the dynamic stability characteristics of the model in pitch and roll were generally satisfactory up to an angle attack of about +6 degrees. In the wing sweep range from 15 to 25 degrees the positive damping levels in roll deteriorated rapidly above +2 degrees angle of attack. This reduction in roll damping is believed to be due to the onset of separation over the wing as stall is approached.
Vertical Spin Tunnel Testing and Stability Analysis of Multi-Mission Earth Entry Vehicles
Glaab, Louis J.; Morelli, Eugene A.; Fremaux, C. Michael; Bean, Jacob
2014-01-01
Multi-Mission Earth Entry Vehicles (MMEEVs) are blunt-body vehicles designed with the purpose of transporting payloads from space to the surface of the Earth. To achieve high reliability and minimum weight, MMEEVs avoid using limited-reliability systems, such as parachutes, retro-rockets, and reaction control systems and rely on the natural aerodynamic stability of the vehicle throughout the Entry, Descent, and Landing phases of flight. Testing in NASA Langley's 20-FT Vertical Spin Tunnel (20-FT VST), dynamically-scaled MMEEV models was conducted to improve subsonic aerodynamic models and validate stability criteria for this class of vehicle. This report documents the resulting data from VST testing for an array of 60-deg sphere-cone MMEEVs. Model configurations included were 1.2 meter, and 1.8 meter designs. The addition of a backshell extender, which provided a 150% increase in backshell diameter for the 1.2 meter design, provided a third test configuration. Center of Gravity limits were established for all MMEEV configurations. An application of System Identification (SID) techniques was performed to determine the aerodynamic coefficients in order to provide databases for subsequent 6-degree-of-freedom simulations.
Robust synchronization of uncertain chaotic systems
Li Fang; Hu Ai-Hua; Xu Zheng-Yuan
2006-01-01
This paper investigates robust unified (lag, anticipated, and complete) synchronization of two coupled chaotic systems. By introducing the concepts of positive definite symmetrical matrix and Riccati inequality and the theory of robust stability, several criteria on robust synchronization are established. Extensive numerical simulations are also used to confirm the results.
Agegraphic Chameleon-Tachyon dark energy model: stability and observational tests
Farajollahi, H.; Tayebi, F.; Feizi, Z.
2012-10-01
In this paper interacting chameleon-tachyon model with agegraphic dark energy is revisited. The model in two cases of matter and radiation dominated universe is best fitted with the observational data for distance modulus. Stability of the model is investigated. The model then tested against observational data for Hubble parameter. With respect to the best fitted model parameters, our results show that while both scenarios are in good match with the observational data in low redshifts, the model in radiation dominated case better fits the data in high redshifts.
International Conference on Robust Statistics
Filzmoser, Peter; Gather, Ursula; Rousseeuw, Peter
2003-01-01
Aspects of Robust Statistics are important in many areas. Based on the International Conference on Robust Statistics 2001 (ICORS 2001) in Vorau, Austria, this volume discusses future directions of the discipline, bringing together leading scientists, experienced researchers and practitioners, as well as younger researchers. The papers cover a multitude of different aspects of Robust Statistics. For instance, the fundamental problem of data summary (weights of evidence) is considered and its robustness properties are studied. Further theoretical subjects include e.g.: robust methods for skewness, time series, longitudinal data, multivariate methods, and tests. Some papers deal with computational aspects and algorithms. Finally, the aspects of application and programming tools complete the volume.
Short-term stability test for thorium soil candidate a reference material
Clain, Almir F.; Fonseca, Adelaide M.G.; Dantas, Vanessa V.D.B.; Braganca, Maura J.C.; Souza, Poliana S., E-mail: almir@ird.gov.br, E-mail: adelaide@ird.gov.br, E-mail: vanessa@ird.gov.br, E-mail: maura@ird.gov.br, E-mail: poliana@bolsista.ird.gov.br [Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD/CNEN-RJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)
2015-07-01
This work describes a methodology to determine the soil short-term stability after the steps of production in laboratory. The short-term stability of the soil is an essential property to be determined in order to producing a reference material. The soil is a candidate of reference material for chemical analysis of thorium with metrological traceability to be used in environmental analysis, equipment calibration, validation methods, and quality control. A material is considered stable in a certain temperature if the property of interest does not change with time, considering the analytical random fluctuations. Due to this, the angular coefficient from the graphic of Th concentration versus elapsed time must be near to zero. The analytical determinations of thorium concentration were performed by Instrumental Neutron activation Analysis. The slopes and their uncertainties were obtained from the regression lines at temperatures of 20 deg C and 60 deg C, with control temperature of -20 deg C. From the obtained data a t-test was applied. In both temperatures the calculated t-value was lower than the critical value, so we can conclude with 95% confidence level that no significant changes happened during the period studied concerning thorium concentration in soil at temperatures of 20 deg C and 60 deg C, showing stability at these temperatures. (author)
Radiation stability test on multiphase glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic waste forms
Tang, Ming; Kossoy, Anna; Jarvinen, Gordon; Crum, Jarrod; Turo, Laura; Riley, Brian; Brinkman, Kyle; Fox, Kevin; Amoroso, Jake; Marra, James
2014-05-01
A radiation stability study was performed on glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic waste forms. These materials are candidate host materials for immobilizing alkali/alkaline earth (Cs/Sr-CS) + lanthanide (LN) + transition metal (TM) fission product waste streams from nuclear fuel reprocessing. In this study, glass ceramics were fabricated using a borosilicate glass as a matrix in which to incorporate CS/LN/TM combined waste streams. The major phases in these multiphase materials are powellite, oxyaptite, pollucite, celsian, and durable residual glass phases. Al2O3 and TiO2 were combined with these waste components to produce multiphase crystalline ceramics containing hollandite-type phases, perovskites, pyrochlores and other minor metal titanate phases. For the radiation stability test, selected glass ceramic and crystalline ceramic samples were exposed to different irradiation environments including low fluxes of high-energy (∼1-5 MeV) protons and alpha particles generated by an ion accelerator, high fluxes of low-energy (hundreds of keV) krypton particles generated by an ion implanter, and in-situ electron irradiations in a transmission electron microscope. These irradiation experiments were performed to simulate self-radiation effects in a waste form. Ion irradiation-induced microstructural modifications were examined using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Our preliminary results reveal different radiation tolerance in different crystalline phases under various radiation damage environments. However, their stability may be rate dependent which may limit the waste loading that can be achieved.
A Stability Formula for Plastic-Tipped Bullets Part 2: Experimental Testing
Courtney, Michael W
2014-01-01
Part 1 of this paper describes a modification of the original Miller twist rule for computing gyroscopic bullet stability that is better suited to plastic-tipped bullets. The original Miller twist rule assumes a bullet of constant density, but it also works well for conventional copper (or gilding metal) jacketed lead bullets because the density of copper and lead are sufficiently close. However, the original Miller twist rule significantly underestimates the gyroscopic stability of plastic-tipped bullets, because the density of plastic is much lower than the density of copper and lead. Here, a new amended formula is developed for the gyroscopic stability of plastic-tipped bullets by substituting the length of just the metal portion for the total length in the (1 + L2) term of the original Miller twist rule. Part 2 describes experimental testing of this new formula on three plastic-tipped bullets. The new formula is relatively accurate for plastic-tipped bullets whose metal portion has nearly uniform density,...
Degradation Study on Sulfasalazine and a Validated HPLC-UV Method for its Stability Testing.
Saini, Balraj; Bansal, Gulshan
2014-01-01
Sulfasalazine (SSZ) was subjected to degradation under the conditions of hydrolysis (acid, alkali, and water), oxidation (30% H2O2), dry heat, and photolysis (UV-VIS light) in accordance with the ICH guidelines. An RP-HPLC method was developed to study the degradation behavior. No degradation was noted under any condition except alkaline hydrolysis where SSZ was degraded to a single minor product. SSZ was optimally resolved from this product on an XTerra(®) RP18 column with a mobile phase composed of methanol and an ammonium acetate buffer (10 mM, pH 7.0) (48:52, v/v) delivered at a rate of 0.8 mL/min in an isocratic mode. The method was validated and found to be linear (r(2)=0.99945), precise (%RSD 2 from the nearest resolving peak, indicating the method to be selectively stability-indicating for the drug analysis. The method was applied successfully for the stability testing of the commercially available SSZ tablets that were under varied ICH-prescribed conditions. An explanation for the unusual stability of the drug when exposed to acidic hydrolysis, despite the presence of the sulfonamide linkage, is also discussed.
Vaivre-Douret, L
2002-01-01
Use of the traditional Bergès-Lézine standardization [Test d'imitation de gestes (1963).] allowed us to confirm praxic disorders in children who are encountering obvious motor difficulties. However, in comparison to other neuropsychological assessments carried out on these children, it does not enable us to precociously pinpoint disorders in praxic organization. By means of a newly evaluated method (1997) developed on the basis of the Bergès-Lézine Imitation of Gestures test (1963), we retroactively assessed a group of children (N=10) who had been observed in a longitudinal study at the age of 3-5 years and at 7-8 years and assessed with the Bergès-Lézine version (1963) of the Imitation of Gestures test. Our revised test (1997) takes into account the quantitative factor of success, as well as the qualitative factor of movement planning. It facilitates the early detection of motor organization disorders, in correlation with other neuropsychological assessments carried out on these children. Comparative clinical findings with the same group of children tested using the Bergès-Lézine version and ours indicate that our version detects, more robustly, children encountering difficulties resulting from ideomotor dyspraxia, not identified by the Bergès-Lézine test (1963). Our alternative scoring method of Bergès-Lézine's test contributes largely to early detection of instrumental difficulties in children. Additionally, its predictive capacity makes it possible to apprehend disorders in distal and digital neuromotor functions.
Thompson, Nick; Watters, Robert J.; Schiffman, Peter
2008-04-01
Hawaiian Island flank failures are recognized as the largest landslide events on Earth, reaching volumes of several thousand cubic kilometers and lengths of over 200 km and occurring on an average of once every 100 000 years. The 3.1 km deep Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project (HSDP) enabled an investigation of the rock mass strength variations on the island of Hawaii [Schiffman, P., Watters, R.J., Thompson, N., Walton, A.W., 2006. Hyaloclastites and the slope stability of Hawaiian volcanoes: insights from the Hawaiian Scientific Drilling Project's 3-km drill core. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 151 (1-3): 217-228]. This study builds on that of Schiffman et al. [Schiffman, P., Watters, R.J., Thompson, N., Walton, A.W., 2006. Hyaloclastites and the slope stability of Hawaiian volcanoes: Insights from the Hawaiian Scientific Drilling Project's 3-km drill core. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 151 (1-3): 217-228] by considering more in-depth rock mass classification and strength testing methods of the HSDP core. Geotechnical core logging techniques combined with laboratory strength testing methods show that rock strength differences exist within the edifice. Comparing the rock strength parameters obtained from the various volcano lithologies identified weak zones, suggesting the possible location of future slip surfaces for large flank failures. Relatively weak rock layers were recognized within poorly consolidated hyaloclastite zones, with increases in strength based on degree of alteration. Subaerial and submarine basalt flows are found to be significantly stronger. With the aid of digital elevation models, cross-sections have been developed of key flank areas on the island of Hawaii. Limit equilibrium slope stability analyses are performed on each cross-section using various failure criteria for the rock mass strength calculations. Based on the stability analyses the majority of the slopes analyzed are considered stable. In cases
Effects of asthma on stability of Wisconsin card sorting test measures A twin study
Yixiao Fu; Huaqing Meng; Hengshu Zhang; Lu Jia; Qinghua Luo
2008-01-01
BACKGROUND:The four measures used to assess the stability of the Wisconsin card sorting test (WEST),that is,the number of preservative errors,percentage of preservative errors,number of categories completed,and the number of trials to complete the first category,reflect the function of the frontal lobe.OBJECTIVE:This study was designed to investigate the effects of asthma on the stability of WCST measurements through the use of a twin study,and to analyze whether egg-type difference exists.DESIGN:A cohort study.SETTING:Mental Health Center,the First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University.PARTICIPANTS:Fifty-nine pairs of twins,aged 6-16 years,were primarily selected from schools between August 2005 and February 2007 and the WeST and Zygosity identification test was applied.Twins with achromatopsia,severe upper limb diseases,somatic diseases,or mental disorders were excluded.According to disease history of asthmatic attack,children were assigned into asthma(n=16)and non-asthma(n=43)groups.METHODS:Four WCST measurements were determined in the 59 pairs of twins,and egg-type differences were identified in conjunction.RESULTS:All 59 pairs of twins were included in the final analysis.Among the pairs of twins,28 (48.5%)were monozygotic twins,and 31(52%)were dizygotic twins.Among the monozygotic and dizygotic twins,the number of preservative errors and percentage of preservative errors were significantly higher in the asthma group than in the non-asthma group(P0.05).CONCLUSION:Asthma may affect the stability of WCST measures,but egg-type differences do not exist.
Experimental test of theory for the stability of partially saturated vertical cut slopes
Morse, Michael M.; Lu, N.; Wayllace, Alexandra; Godt, Jonathan W.; Take, W.A.
2014-01-01
This paper extends Culmann's vertical-cut analysis to unsaturated soils. To test the extended theory, unsaturated sand was compacted to a uniform porosity and moisture content in a laboratory apparatus. A sliding door that extended the height of the free face of the slope was lowered until the vertical cut failed. Digital images of the slope cross section and upper surface were acquired concurrently. A recently developed particle image velocimetry (PIV) tool was used to quantify soil displacement. The PIV analysis showed strain localization at varying distances from the sliding door prior to failure. The areas of localized strain were coincident with the location of the slope crest after failure. Shear-strength and soil-water-characteristic parameters of the sand were independently tested for use in extended analyses of the vertical-cut stability and of the failure plane angle. Experimental failure heights were within 22.3% of the heights predicted using the extended theory.
Treatability Test Plan for 300 Area Uranium Stabilization through Polyphosphate Injection
Vermeul, Vincent R.; Williams, Mark D.; Fritz, Brad G.; Mackley, Rob D.; Mendoza, Donaldo P.; Newcomer, Darrell R.; Rockhold, Mark L.; Williams, Bruce A.; Wellman, Dawn M.
2007-06-01
The U.S. Department of Energy has initiated a study into possible options for stabilizing uranium at the 300 Area using polyphosphate injection. As part of this effort, PNNL will perform bench- and field-scale treatability testing designed to evaluate the efficacy of using polyphosphate injections to reduced uranium concentrations in the groundwater to meet drinking water standards (30 ug/L) in situ. This technology works by forming phosphate minerals (autunite and apatite) in the aquifer that directly sequester the existing aqueous uranium in autunite minerals and precipitates apatite minerals for sorption and long term treatment of uranium migrating into the treatment zone, thus reducing current and future aqueous uranium concentrations. Polyphosphate injection was selected for testing based on technology screening as part of the 300-FF-5 Phase III Feasibility Study for treatment of uranium in the 300-Area.
Stability test of conduction-cooled LTS/HTS composite coil
Cui, Ying Min; Wang, Yin Shun; Lv, Gang; Pi, Wei
2016-06-01
A small LTS/HTS composite coil made of NbTi/Cu and YBCO, with an inner diameter of 80 mm, an outer diameter of 88mm, a height of 50 mm, and an inductance of 5.5 μH, was designed to test its heat disturbance performance in a GM cryocooler. For comparison, a conventional LTS coil of a similar size made of NbTi/Cu wire was also tested. Transport current was applied from 50 A to 700 A at 8 K and 8.5 K, respectively. The two coils’ heat disturbance, minimum quench energy and quench propagation velocity performance were investigated and simulated. The results indicate that the LTS/HTS composite coil shows better thermal stability and is more fit for operation in conductive cryocooler systems compared to LTS coils.
Siebielec G.
2013-04-01
Full Text Available Metals can be stabilized by soil amendments that increase metals adsorption or alter their chemical forms. Such treatments may limit the risk related to the contamination through reduction of metal transfer to the food chain (reduction of metal uptake by plants and its availability to soil organisms and metals migration within the environment. There is a need for experiments comparing various soil amendments available at reasonable amounts under similar environmental conditions. The other question is whether all components of soil environment or soil functions are similarly protected after remediation treatment. We conducted a series of pot studies to test some traditional and novel amendments and their combinations. The treatments were tested for several highly Zn/Cd/Pb contaminated soils. Among traditional amendments composts were the most effective – they ensured plant growth, increased soil microbial activity, reduced Cd in earthworms, reduced Pb bioaccessibility and increased share of unavailable forms of Cd and Pb.
Changchuan Xie
2016-01-01
Full Text Available VFAs (very flexible aircraft have begun to attract significant attention because of their good flight performances and significant application potentials; however, they also bring some challenges to researchers due to their unusual lightweight designs and large elastic deformations. A framework for the geometrically nonlinear aeroelastic stability analysis of very flexible wings is constructed in this paper to illustrate the unique aeroelastic characteristics and convenient use of these designs in engineering analysis. The nonlinear aeroelastic analysis model includes the geometrically nonlinear structure finite elements and steady and unsteady nonplanar aerodynamic computations (i.e., the nonplanar vortex lattice method and nonplanar doublet-lattice method. Fully nonlinear methods are used to analyse static aeroelastic features, and linearized structural dynamic equations are established at the structural nonlinear equilibrium state to estimate the stability of the system through the quasimode of the stressed and deformed structure. The exact flutter boundary is searched via an iterative procedure. A wind tunnel test is conducted to validate this theoretical analysis framework, and reasonable agreement is obtained. Both the analysis and test results indicate that the geometric nonlinearity of very flexible wings presents significantly different aeroelastic characteristics under different load cases with large deformations.
Consequences of new approach of chemical stability tests of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs
Marzena eJamrógiewicz
2016-02-01
Full Text Available There is a great need of broaden look on stability tests of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs in comparison with current requirements contained in pharmacopoeia. By usage of many modern analytical methods the conception of monitoring the changes of APIs during initial stage of their exposure to harmful factors has been developed. New knowledge must be acquired in terms of identification of each degradation products, especially volatile ones. Further research as toxicology prediction during in silico studies of determined and identified degradation products is necessary. In silico methods are known as computational toxicology or computer-assisted technologies which are used for predicting toxicology of pharmaceutical substances such as impurities or degradation products. This is a specialized software and databases intended to calculate probability of genotoxicity or mutagenicity of these substances through a chemical structure-based screening process and algorithm specific to a given software program. Applying of new analytical approach is proposed as the usage of PAT tools, XRD, HS-SPME GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS for stability testing. Described improvements should be taken into account in case of each drug existing already in the market as well as being implemented as new one.
Stability Test For Sorghum Mutant Lines Derived From Induced Mutations with Gamma-Ray Irradiation
S. Human
2011-12-01
Full Text Available Sorghum breeding program had been conducted at the Center for the Application of Isotopes and Radiation Technology, BATAN. Plant genetic variability was increased through induced mutations using gamma-ray irradiation. Through selection process in successive generations, some promising mutant lines had been identified to have good agronomic characteristics with high grain yield. These breeding lines were tested in multi location trials and information of the genotypic stability was obtained to meet the requirements for officially varietal release by the Ministry of Agriculture. A total of 11 sorghum lines and varieties consisting of 8 mutant lines derived from induced mutations (B-100, B-95, B-92, B-83, B-76, B-75, B-69 and Zh-30 and 3 control varieties (Durra, UPCA-S1 and Mandau were included in the experiment. All materials were grown in 10 agro-ecologically different locations namely Gunungkidul, Bantul, Citayam, Garut, Lampung, Bogor, Anyer, Karawaci, Cianjur and Subang. In each location, the local adaptability test was conducted by randomized block design with 3 replications. Data of grain yield was used for evaluating genotypic stability using AMMI approach. Results revealed that sorghum mutation breeding had generated 3 mutant lines (B-100, B-76 and Zh-30 exhibiting grain yield significantly higher than the control varieties. These mutant lines were genetically stable in all locations so that they would be recommended for official release as new sorghum varieties to the Ministry of Agriculture
C. Galán-Marín
2013-01-01
Full Text Available The aim of this research study was to evaluate the influence of utilising natural polymers as a form of soil stabilization, in order to assess their potential for use in building applications. Mixtures were stabilized with a natural polymer (alginate and reinforced with wool fibres in order to improve the overall compressive and flexural strength of a series of composite materials. Ultrasonic pulse velocity (UPV and mechanical strength testing techniques were then used to measure the porous properties of the manufactured natural polymer-soil composites, which were formed into earth blocks. Mechanical tests were carried out for three different clays which showed that the polymer increased the mechanical resistance of the samples to varying degrees, depending on the plasticity index of each soil. Variation in soil grain size distributions and Atterberg limits were assessed and chemical compositions were studied and compared. X-ray diffraction (XRD, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF, and energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF techniques were all used in conjunction with qualitative identification of the aggregates. Ultrasonic wave propagation was found to be a useful technique for assisting in the determination of soil shrinkage characteristics and fibre-soil adherence capacity and UPV results correlated well with the measured mechanical properties.
Dark energy constraints from ESPRESSO tests of the stability of fundamental couplings
Leite, A. C. O.; Martins, C. J. A. P.; Molaro, P.; Corre, D.; Cristiani, S.
2016-12-01
ESPRESSO is a high-resolution-ultrastable spectrograph for the Very Large Telescope, whose commissioning will start in 2017. One of its key science goals is to test the stability of nature's fundamental couplings with unprecedented accuracy and control of possible systematics. A total of 27 nights of the ESPRESSO Consortium's guaranteed time observations (GTO) will be spent in testing the stability of the fine-structure constant and other fundamental couplings. A set of 14 priority optimal targets have been selected for the GTO period. Here we briefly discuss the criteria underlying this selection and describe the selected targets, and then we present detailed forecasts of the impact of these measurements on fundamental physics and cosmology, focusing on dark energy constraints and using future supernova Type Ia surveys as a comparison point. We show how canonical reconstructions of the dark energy equation of state are improved by the extended redshift range enabled by these spectroscopic measurements, and also quantify additional improvements foreseen for a future ELT-HIRES instrument.
Kristensen, Morten T; Ekdahl, Charlotte; Kehlet, Henrik;
2010-01-01
To examine the number of trials needed to achieve performance stability of the Timed Up & Go (TUG) test using a standardized walking aid in patients with hip fracture who are allowed full weight bearing (FWB)....
Kristensen, Morten T; Ekdahl, Charlotte; Kehlet, Henrik;
2010-01-01
To examine the number of trials needed to achieve performance stability of the Timed Up & Go (TUG) test using a standardized walking aid in patients with hip fracture who are allowed full weight bearing (FWB).......To examine the number of trials needed to achieve performance stability of the Timed Up & Go (TUG) test using a standardized walking aid in patients with hip fracture who are allowed full weight bearing (FWB)....
Bird, Geoffrey
2017-01-01
Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is a neurodevelopmental condition, characterized by lifelong face recognition deficits. Leading research groups diagnose the condition using complementary computer-based tasks and self-report measures. In an attempt to standardize the reporting of self-report evidence, we recently developed the 20-item prosopagnosia index (PI20), a short questionnaire measure of prosopagnosic traits suitable for screening adult samples for DP. Strong correlations between scores on the PI20 and performance on the Cambridge Face Memory Test (CFMT) appeared to confirm that individuals possess sufficient insight into their face recognition ability to complete a self-report measure of prosopagnosic traits. However, the extent to which people have insight into their face recognition abilities remains contentious. A lingering concern is that feedback from formal testing, received prior to administration of the PI20, may have augmented the self-insight of some respondents in the original validation study. To determine whether the significant correlation with the CFMT was an artefact of previously delivered feedback, we sought to replicate the validation study in individuals with no history of formal testing. We report highly significant correlations in two independent samples drawn from the general population, confirming: (i) that a significant relationship exists between PI20 scores and performance on the CFMT, and (ii) that this is not dependent on the inclusion of individuals who have previously received feedback. These findings support the view that people have sufficient insight into their face recognition abilities to complete a self-report measure of prosopagnosic traits.
Gray, Katie L H; Bird, Geoffrey; Cook, Richard
2017-03-01
Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) is a neurodevelopmental condition, characterized by lifelong face recognition deficits. Leading research groups diagnose the condition using complementary computer-based tasks and self-report measures. In an attempt to standardize the reporting of self-report evidence, we recently developed the 20-item prosopagnosia index (PI20), a short questionnaire measure of prosopagnosic traits suitable for screening adult samples for DP. Strong correlations between scores on the PI20 and performance on the Cambridge Face Memory Test (CFMT) appeared to confirm that individuals possess sufficient insight into their face recognition ability to complete a self-report measure of prosopagnosic traits. However, the extent to which people have insight into their face recognition abilities remains contentious. A lingering concern is that feedback from formal testing, received prior to administration of the PI20, may have augmented the self-insight of some respondents in the original validation study. To determine whether the significant correlation with the CFMT was an artefact of previously delivered feedback, we sought to replicate the validation study in individuals with no history of formal testing. We report highly significant correlations in two independent samples drawn from the general population, confirming: (i) that a significant relationship exists between PI20 scores and performance on the CFMT, and (ii) that this is not dependent on the inclusion of individuals who have previously received feedback. These findings support the view that people have sufficient insight into their face recognition abilities to complete a self-report measure of prosopagnosic traits.
Baoquan Yang
2015-01-01
Full Text Available Geomechanical model testing is an important method for studying the overall stability of high arch dams. The main task of a geomechanical model test is deformation monitoring. Currently, many types of deformation instruments are used for deformation monitoring of dam models, which provide valuable information on the deformation characteristics of the prototype dams. However, further investigation is required for assessing the overall stability of high arch dams through analyzing deformation monitoring data. First, a relationship for assessing the stability of dams is established based on the comprehensive model test method. Second, a stability evaluation system is presented based on the deformation monitoring data, together with the relationships between the deformation and overloading coefficient. Finally, the comprehensive model test method is applied to study the overall stability of the Jinping-I high arch dam. A three-dimensional destructive test of the geomechanical model dam is conducted under reinforced foundation conditions. The deformation characteristics and failure mechanisms of the dam abutments and foundation were investigated. The test results indicate that the stability safety factors of the dam abutments and foundation range from 5.2 to 6.0. These research results provide an important scientific insight into the design, construction, and operation stages of this project.
Test System Stability and Natural Variability of a Lemna Gibba L. Bioassay
Scherr, Claudia; Simon, Meinhard; Spranger, Jörg; Baumgartner, Stephan
2008-01-01
Background In ecotoxicological and environmental studies Lemna spp. are used as test organisms due to their small size, rapid predominantly vegetative reproduction, easy handling and high sensitivity to various chemicals. However, there is not much information available concerning spatial and temporal stability of experimental set-ups used for Lemna bioassays, though this is essential for interpretation and reliability of results. We therefore investigated stability and natural variability of a Lemna gibba bioassay assessing area-related and frond number-related growth rates under controlled laboratory conditions over about one year. Methology/Principal Findings Lemna gibba L. was grown in beakers with Steinberg medium for one week. Area-related and frond number-related growth rates (r(area) and r(num)) were determined with a non-destructive image processing system. To assess inter-experimental stability, 35 independent experiments were performed with 10 beakers each in the course of one year. We observed changes in growth rates by a factor of two over time. These did not correlate well with temperature or relative humidity in the growth chamber. In order to assess intra-experimental stability, we analysed six systematic negative control experiments (nontoxicant tests) with 96 replicate beakers each. Evaluation showed that the chosen experimental set-up was stable and did not produce false positive results. The coefficient of variation was lower for r(area) (2.99%) than for r(num) (4.27%). Conclusions/Significance It is hypothesised that the variations in growth rates over time under controlled conditions are partly due to endogenic periodicities in Lemna gibba. The relevance of these variations for toxicity investigations should be investigated more closely. Area-related growth rate seems to be more precise as non-destructive calculation parameter than number-related growth rate. Furthermore, we propose two new validity criteria for Lemna gibba bioassays
Zhan, Yimin; Mechefske, Chris K.
2007-07-01
Optimal maintenance decision analysis is heavily dependent on the accuracy of condition indicators. A condition indicator that is subject to such varying operating conditions as load is unable to provide precise condition information of the monitored object for making optimal operational maintenance decisions even if the maintenance program is established within a rigorous theoretical framework. For this reason, the performance of condition monitoring techniques applied to rotating machinery under varying load conditions has been a long-term concern and has attracted intensive research interest. Part I of this study proposed a novel technique based on adaptive autoregressive modeling and hypothesis tests. The method is able to automatically search for the optimal time-series model order and establish a compromised autoregressive model fitting based on the healthy gear motion residual signals under varying load conditions. The condition of the monitored gearbox is numerically represented by a modified Kolmogorov-Smirnov test statistic. Part II of this study is devoted to applications of the proposed technique to entire lifetime condition detection of three gearboxes with distinct physical specifications, distinct load conditions, and distinct failure modes. A comprehensive and thorough comparative study is conducted between the proposed technique and several counterparts. The detection technique is further enhanced by a proposed method to automatically identify and generate fault alerts with the aid of the Wilcoxon rank-sum test and thus requires no supervision from maintenance personnel. Experimental analysis demonstrated that the proposed technique applied to automatic identification and generation of fault alerts also features two highly desirable properties, i.e. few false alerts and early alert for incipient faults. Furthermore, it is found that the proposed technique is able to identify two types of abnormalities, i.e. strong ghost components abruptly
Gorm Hansen, Birgitte
The concepts of “socially robust knowledge” and “mode 2 knowledge production” (Nowotny 2003, Gibbons et al. 1994) have migrated from STS into research policy practices. Both STS-scholars and policy makers have been known to propomote the idea that the way forward for today’s scientist is to jump...... from the ivory tower and learn how to create high-flying synergies with citizens, corporations and governments. In STS as well as in Danish research policy it has thus been argued that scientists will gain more support and enjoy greater success in their work by “externalizing” their research...... and adapting their interests to the needs of outside actors. However, when studying the concrete strategies of such successful scientists, matters seem a bit more complicated. Based on interviews with a plant biologist working in GMO the paper uses the biological concepts of field participants...
Aanæs, Henrik; Fisker, Rune; Åström, Kalle;
2002-01-01
Factorization algorithms for recovering structure and motion from an image stream have many advantages, but they usually require a set of well-tracked features. Such a set is in generally not available in practical applications. There is thus a need for making factorization algorithms deal...... effectively with errors in the tracked features. We propose a new and computationally efficient algorithm for applying an arbitrary error function in the factorization scheme. This algorithm enables the use of robust statistical techniques and arbitrary noise models for the individual features....... These techniques and models enable the factorization scheme to deal effectively with mismatched features, missing features, and noise on the individual features. The proposed approach further includes a new method for Euclidean reconstruction that significantly improves convergence of the factorization algorithms...
Breno Carvalho
2013-10-01
Full Text Available This paper purpose is to implement a computational program to estimate the states (complex nodal voltages of a power system and showing that the largest normalized residual (LNR test fails many times. The chosen solution method was the Weighted Least Squares (WLS. Once the states are estimated a gross error analysis is made with the purpose to detect and identify the measurements that may contain gross errors (GEs, which can interfere in the estimated states, leading the process to an erroneous state estimation. If a measure is identified as having error, it is discarded of the measurement set and the whole process is remade until all measures are within an acceptable error threshold. To validate the implemented software there have been done several computer simulations in the IEEE´s systems of 6 and 14 buses, where satisfactory results were obtained. Another purpose is to show that even a widespread method as the LNR test is subjected to serious conceptual flaws, probably due to a lack of mathematical foundation attendance in the methodology. The paper highlights the need for continuous improvement of the employed techniques and a critical view, on the part of the researchers, to see those types of failures.
Multi-Mission Earth Vehicle Subsonic Dynamic Stability Testing and Analyses
Glaab, Louis J.; Fremaux, C. Michael
2013-01-01
Multi-Mission Earth Entry Vehicles (MMEEVs) are blunt-body vehicles designed with the purpose of transporting payloads from outer space to the surface of the Earth. To achieve high-reliability and minimum weight, MMEEVs avoid use of limited-reliability systems, such as parachutes, retro-rockets, and reaction control systems and rely on the natural aerodynamic stability of the vehicle throughout the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) phase of flight. The Multi-Mission Systems Analysis for Planetary Entry (M-SAPE) parametric design tool is used to facilitate the design of MMEEVs for an array of missions and develop and visualize the trade space. Testing in NASA Langley?s Vertical Spin Tunnel (VST) was conducted to significantly improve M-SAPE?s subsonic aerodynamic models. Vehicle size and shape can be driven by entry flight path angle and speed, thermal protection system performance, terminal velocity limitations, payload mass and density, among other design parameters. The objectives of the VST testing were to define usable subsonic center of gravity limits, and aerodynamic parameters for 6-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) simulations, for a range of MMEEV designs. The range of MMEEVs tested was from 1.8m down to 1.2m diameter. A backshell extender provided the ability to test a design with a much larger payload for the 1.2m MMEEV.
基于分位数回归的金融市场稳定性检验%Test for Financial Market Stability Based on Quantile Regression Method
史金凤; 刘维奇; 杨威
2011-01-01
Based on the angles of the volatility, this paper gives a definition of financial market stability,proposes the test based on quantile regression method, and then tests the stability of Shanghai Market using the method. The empirical results show that the Shanghai stock market developed from unstable to stable, and particularly after the global financial crisis triggered by the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, it has entered a stable state in relatively fast manner. The test method performs robust to the selections of systematic shock and periods of volatility. Meanwhile, the change of stock market stability indicate that a good range of policies for global financial crisis play a role in promoting a stable and healthy development of financial market.%本文立足于收益波动率的视角界定了金融市场稳定的内涵,提出了基于分位数回归的检验金融市场稳定的方法,并运用该方法对我国股票市场的稳定性做了实证分析.结果显示,上海股票市场从不稳定状态向稳定状态发展,特别是在美国次贷危机引发的全球金融危机之后较快地进入了稳定状态,该结论同时也通过了来自系统性冲击和波动率周期选取的稳健性检验,并且支持了我国政府应对全球性金融危机出台各项政策的积极效应和正面效应.
Hayes, Roger; LeLacheur, Richard; Dumont, Isabelle; Couerbe, Philippe; Safavi, Afshin; Islam, Rafiq; Pattison, Colin; Cape, Stephanie; Rocci, Mario; Briscoe, Chad; Cojocaru, Laura; Groeber, Elizabeth; Silvestro, Luigi; Bravo, Jennifer; Shoup, Ron; Verville, Manon; Zimmer, Jennifer; Caturla, Maria Cruz; Khadang, Ardeshir; Bourdage, James; Hughes, Nicola; Fatmi, Saadya; Di Donato, Lorella; Sheldon, Curtis; Keyhani, Anahita; Satterwhite, Christina; Yu, Mathilde; Fiscella, Michele; Hulse, James; Lin, Zhongping John; Garofolo, Wei; Savoie, Natasha; Xiao, Yi Qun; Kurylak, Kai; Harris, Sarah; Saxena, Manju; Buonarati, Mike; Lévesque, Ann; Boudreau, Nadine; Lin, Jenny; Khan, Masood U; Ray, Gene; Liu, Yansheng; Xu, Allan; Soni, Gunjan; Ward, Ian; Kingsley, Clare; Ritzén, Hanna; Tabler, Edward; Nicholson, Bob; Bennett, Patrick; van de Merbel, Nico; Karnik, Shane; Bouhajib, Mohammed; Wieling, Jaap; Mulvana, Daniel; Ingelse, Benno; Allen, Mike; Malone, Michele; Fang, Xinping
2016-03-01
The 9th GCCClosed Forum was held just prior to the 2015 Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (WRIB) in Miami, FL, USA on 13 April 2015. In attendance were 58 senior-level participants, from eight countries, representing 38 CRO companies offering bioanalytical services. The objective of this meeting was for CRO bioanalytical representatives to meet and discuss scientific and regulatory issues specific to bioanalysis. The issues selected at this year's closed forum include CAPA, biosimilars, preclinical method validation, endogenous biomarkers, whole blood stability, and ELNs. A summary of the industry's best practices and the conclusions from the discussion of these topics is included in this meeting report.
Robust disturbance rejection for flexible mechanical structures
Enzmann, Marc R.; Doeschner, Christian
2000-06-01
Topic of the presentation is a procedure to determine controller parameters using principles from Internal Model Control (IMC) in combination with Quantitative Feedback Theory (QFT) for robust vibration control of flexible mechanical structures. IMC design is based on a parameterization of all controllers that stabilize a given nominal plant, called the Q-parameter or Youla-parameter. It will be shown that it is possible to choose the controller structure and the Q- parameter in a very straightforward manner, so that a low order controller results, which stabilizes the given nominal model. Additional constraints can be implemented, so that the method allows for a direct and transparent trade-off between control performance and controller complexity and facilitates the inclusion of low-pass filters. In order to test (and if necessary augment) the inherent robust performance of the resulting controllers, boundaries based on the work of Kidron and Yaniv are calculated in the Nichols-Charts of the open loop and the complementary sensitivity function. The application of these boundaries is presented. Very simple uncertainty models for resonant modes are used to assess the robustness of the design. Using a simply structured plant as illustrative example we will demonstrate the design process. This will illuminate several important features of the design process, e.g. trade-off between conflicting objectives, trade- off between controller complexity and achievable performance.
Dickerhoff, Darryl; Walker, Iain
2008-08-01
typical diurnal variations of low wind in the early morning and greatest winds in the late afternoon/early evening. Typically about ten tests were performed in each house. To answer the second question, different data analysis techniques were investigated that looked at averaging techniques, elimination of outliers, limiting leak pressures, etc. in order to minimize the influence of changing wind conditions during the test. The objective was to find a reasonable compromise between test precision and robustness--because many of the changes to the analysis to make the test more robust limit its ability to examine wide ranges of pressures and leakage flows. A secondary goal of this study is to show that DeltaQ uncertainties are acceptable for testing low leakage systems. Therefore houses with low duct leakage were deliberately chosen to be tested.
Romualdez, L J; Damaren, C J; Galloway, M N; Hartley, J W; Li, L; Massey, R J; Netterfield, C B
2016-01-01
Balloon-borne astronomy offers an attractive option for experiments that require precise pointing and attitude stabilization, due to a large reduction in the atmospheric interference observed by ground-based systems as well as the low-cost and short development time-scale compared to space-borne systems. The Balloon-borne Imaging Testbed (BIT) is an instrument designed to meet the technological requirements of high precision astronomical missions and is a precursor to the development of a facility class instrument with capabilities similar to the Hubble Space Telescope. The attitude determination and control systems (ADCS) for BIT, the design, implementation, and analysis of which are the focus of this paper, compensate for compound pendulation effects and other sub-orbital disturbances in the stratosphere to within 1-2$^{\\prime\\prime}$ (rms), while back-end optics provide further image stabilization down to 0.05$^{\\prime\\prime}$ (not discussed here). During the inaugural test flight from Timmins, Canada in S...
Elbeih, Ahmed; Abd-Elghany, Mohamed; Elshenawy, Tamer
2017-03-01
Vacuum stability test (VST) is mainly used to study compatibility and stability of energetic materials. In this work, VST has been investigated to study thermal decomposition kinetics of four cyclic nitramines, 1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazinane (RDX) and 1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocane (HMX), cis-1,3,4,6-tetranitrooctahydroimidazo-[4,5-d]imidazole (BCHMX), 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexanitro-2,4,6,8,10,12-hexaazaisowurtzitane (ε-HNIW, CL-20), bonded by polyurethane matrix based on hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB). Model fitting and model free (isoconversional) methods have been applied to determine the decomposition kinetics from VST results. For comparison, the decomposition kinetics were determined isothermally by ignition delay technique and non-isothermally by Advanced Kinetics and Technology Solution (AKTS) software. The activation energies for thermolysis obtained by isoconversional method based on VST technique of RDX/HTPB, HMX/HTPB, BCHMX/HTPB and CL20/HTPB were 157.1, 203.1, 190.0 and 176.8 kJ mol-1 respectively. Model fitting method proved that the mechanism of thermal decomposition of BCHMX/HTPB is controlled by the nucleation model while all the other studied PBXs are controlled by the diffusion models. A linear relationship between the ignition temperatures and the activation energies was observed. BCHMX/HTPB is interesting new PBX in the research stage.
Saucedo Flores, Salvador; Ortega Herrera, Jose A [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)
2005-01-15
A postmodern design method is used to synthesize the stabilizer of a generator connected to an infinite bus. It uses the linear fractional transformation to include, in a compact way, the parameters uncertainty for an exciter-generator set. A mixed criterion H{sub 2}/H{sub {infinity}} is then minimized by LMI (Linear Matrix Inequality) techniques. Aside, a zone in the complex plane is chosen to place the closed loop poles for the system, in order to meet some performance specifications. When the optimization problem is solved, the controller parameters to achieve stability over man operating points are obtained. A design example using MATLAB is presented followed by its simulation. [Spanish] Este trabajo presenta un metodo posmoderno para la sintesis del establilizador de un generador conectado a un bus infinito. Se usa la transformacion fraccional lineal para formar un modelo que incluya la incertidumbre de los parametros del conjunto excitador-estabilizador. Se propone un objetivo mixto, H{sub 2}/H{sub {infinity}}, mismo que se minimiza mediante la tecnica de las LMI, incluyendo ademas ubicacion de polos en cierta region de interes. Al resolver el problema de dicha optimizacion, se obtienen los parametros del regulador que hace que exista estabilidad en una gama muy amplia de puntos de operacion. Se presenta un ejemplo de diseno con el toolbox LIMX (desigualdades lineales de matrices) de MATLAB con la simulacion respectiva con SIMULINK.
Georgopoulos, A. P.; Tan, H.-R. M.; Lewis, S. M.; Leuthold, A. C.; Winskowski, A. M.; Lynch, J. K.; Engdahl, B.
2010-02-01
Traumatic experiences can produce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is a debilitating condition and for which no biomarker currently exists (Institute of Medicine (US) 2006 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment (Washington, DC: National Academies)). Here we show that the synchronous neural interactions (SNI) test which assesses the functional interactions among neural populations derived from magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings (Georgopoulos A P et al 2007 J. Neural Eng. 4 349-55) can successfully differentiate PTSD patients from healthy control subjects. Externally cross-validated, bootstrap-based analyses yielded >90% overall accuracy of classification. In addition, all but one of 18 patients who were not receiving medications for their disease were correctly classified. Altogether, these findings document robust differences in brain function between the PTSD and control groups that can be used for differential diagnosis and which possess the potential for assessing and monitoring disease progression and effects of therapy.
Laboratory tests of the response stability of the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter photomultipliers
Kazanin, Vassili; The ATLAS collaboration; Scuri, Fabrizio
2017-01-01
High performance of the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter response is achieved with a multi-stage calibration. One step of the calibration is based on measurements of the response to laser pulse excitation of the PMTs used to read out the calorimeter cells. A facility to study the PMT stability response is operating in the PISA-INFN laboratories since 2015. Goals of the tests are to study the time evolution of the PMT response as a function of the integrated anode charge and to compare test bench results with the observed response drifts of the Tile Calorimeter PMTs during LHC Run I and Run II. A new statistical approach was used to measure the drift of the absolute PMT gain. A new procedure which combines studies of the time evolution of the global PMT responses and of the individual PMT gains was adopted to derive the evolution of the cathode quantum efficiency. The experimental setup of the Pisa facility is described and the first results obtained by testing about 30 PMTs Hamamatsu model R7877 (a special evolution fo...
Laboratory tests of the response stability of the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter photomultipliers
AUTHOR|(INSPIRE)INSPIRE-00216540; The ATLAS collaboration; Leone, Sandra; Scuri, Fabrizio
2017-01-01
High performance of the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter response is achieved with a multi- stage calibration. One step of the calibration is based on measurements of the response to laser pulse excitation of the PMTs used to read out the calorimeter cells. A facility to study the PMT stability response is operating in the PISA-INFN laboratories since 2015. Goals of the tests are to study the time evolution of the PMT response as a function of the integrated anode charge and to compare test bench results with the observed response drifts of the Tile Calorimeter PMTs during LHC Run I and Run II. A new statistical approach was used to measure the drift of the absolute PMT gain. A new procedure which combines studies of the time evolution of the global PMT responses and of the individual PMT gains was adopted to derive the evolution of the cathode quantum efficiency. The experimental setup of the Pisa facility is described and the first results obtained by testing about 30 PMTs Hamamatsu model R7877 (a special evolution f...
An Advanced Robust AVR-PSS Based H2 and H∞ Frequency Approachs Simulated Under a Realized GUI
KABI Wahiba
2015-06-01
Full Text Available This article present a comparative study between two advanced robust frequency control strategies and their implementation using our realised Graphical User Interface ‘GUI’ under MATLAB software: the first method based on loop-shaping H∞ optimization technique and the second on robust H2 control method (LQG controller associated with KALMAN filter, and applied on automatic excitation control of synchronous generators, to improve transient stability and robustness of a single machine- infinite bus (SMIB system operating in different several conditions. The computer simulation results (static and dynamic stability, with test of robustness against machine parameters uncertainty (electric and mechanic, have proved that good dynamic performances, showing a stable system responses almost insensitive to large parameters variations, and more robustness using robust H∞ controller in comparison with H2 approach by exploiting our developed GUI interface in this work.
Hubert, C; Lebrun, P; Houari, S; Ziemons, E; Rozet, E; Hubert, Ph
2014-01-01
The understanding of the method is a major concern when developing a stability-indicating method and even more so when dealing with impurity assays from complex matrices. In the presented case study, a Quality-by-Design approach was applied in order to optimize a routinely used method. An analytical issue occurring at the last stage of a long-term stability study involving unexpected impurities perturbing the monitoring of characterized impurities needed to be resolved. A compliant Quality-by-Design (QbD) methodology based on a Design of Experiments (DoE) approach was evaluated within the framework of a Liquid Chromatography (LC) method. This approach allows the investigation of Critical Process Parameters (CPPs), which have an impact on Critical Quality Attributes (CQAs) and, consequently, on LC selectivity. Using polynomial regression response modeling as well as Monte Carlo simulations for error propagation, Design Space (DS) was computed in order to determine robust working conditions for the developed stability-indicating method. This QbD compliant development was conducted in two phases allowing the use of the Design Space knowledge acquired during the first phase to define the experimental domain of the second phase, which constitutes a learning process. The selected working condition was then fully validated using accuracy profiles based on statistical tolerance intervals in order to evaluate the reliability of the results generated by this LC/ESI-MS stability-indicating method. A comparison was made between the traditional Quality-by-Testing (QbT) approach and the QbD strategy, highlighting the benefit of this QbD strategy in the case of an unexpected impurities issue. On this basis, the advantages of a systematic use of the QbD methodology were discussed.
Designing for Reliability and Robustness
Svetlik, Randall G.; Moore, Cherice; Williams, Antony
2017-01-01
Long duration spaceflight has a negative effect on the human body, and exercise countermeasures are used on-board the International Space Station (ISS) to minimize bone and muscle loss, combatting these effects. Given the importance of these hardware systems to the health of the crew, this equipment must continue to be readily available. Designing spaceflight exercise hardware to meet high reliability and availability standards has proven to be challenging throughout the time the crewmembers have been living on ISS beginning in 2000. Furthermore, restoring operational capability after a failure is clearly time-critical, but can be problematic given the challenges of troubleshooting the problem from 220 miles away. Several best-practices have been leveraged in seeking to maximize availability of these exercise systems, including designing for robustness, implementing diagnostic instrumentation, relying on user feedback, and providing ample maintenance and sparing. These factors have enhanced the reliability of hardware systems, and therefore have contributed to keeping the crewmembers healthy upon return to Earth. This paper will review the failure history for three spaceflight exercise countermeasure systems identifying lessons learned that can help improve future systems. Specifically, the Treadmill with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization System (TVIS), Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization System (CEVIS), and the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) will be reviewed, analyzed, and conclusions identified so as to provide guidance for improving future exercise hardware designs. These lessons learned, paired with thorough testing, offer a path towards reduced system down-time.
Quantifying robustness of biochemical network models
Iglesias Pablo A
2002-12-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Robustness of mathematical models of biochemical networks is important for validation purposes and can be used as a means of selecting between different competing models. Tools for quantifying parametric robustness are needed. Results Two techniques for describing quantitatively the robustness of an oscillatory model were presented and contrasted. Single-parameter bifurcation analysis was used to evaluate the stability robustness of the limit cycle oscillation as well as the frequency and amplitude of oscillations. A tool from control engineering – the structural singular value (SSV – was used to quantify robust stability of the limit cycle. Using SSV analysis, we find very poor robustness when the model's parameters are allowed to vary. Conclusion The results show the usefulness of incorporating SSV analysis to single parameter sensitivity analysis to quantify robustness.
Wang, Guoying; Maciel, Dina; Wu, Yilun; Rodrigues, João; Shi, Xiangyang; Yuan, Yuan; Liu, Changsheng; Tomás, Helena; Li, Yulin
2014-10-08
The development of pH-sensitive drug delivery nanosystems that present a low drug release at the physiological pH and are able to increase the extent of the release at a lower pH value (like those existent in the interstitial space of solid tumors (pH 6.5) and in the intracellular endolysosomal compartments (pH 5.0)) is very important for an efficient and safe cancer therapy. Laponite (LP) is a synthetic silicate nanoparticle with a nanodisk structure (25 nm in diameter and 0.92 nm in thickness) and negative-charged surface, which can be used for the encapsulation of doxorubicin (DOX, a cationic drug) through electrostatic interactions and exhibit good pH sensitivity in drug delivery. However, the colloidal instability of LP still limits its potential clinical applications. In this study, we demonstrate an elegant strategy to develop stable Laponite-based nanohybrids through the functionalization of its surface with an amphiphile PEG-PLA copolymer by a self-assembly process. The hydrophobic block of PEG-PLA acts as an anchor that binds to the surface of drug-loaded LP nanodisks, maintaining the core structure, whereas the hydrophilic PEG part serves as a protective stealth shell that improves the whole stability of the nanohybrids under physiological conditions. The resulting nanocarriers can effectively load the DOX drug (the encapsulation efficiency is 85%), and display a pH-enhanced drug release behavior in a sustained way. In vitro biological evaluation indicated that the DOX-loaded nanocarriers can be effectively internalized by CAL-72 cells (an osteosarcoma cell line), and exhibit a remarkable higher anticancer cytotoxicity than free DOX. The merits of Laponite/PEG-PLA nanohybrids, such as good cytocompatibility, excellent physiological stability, sustained pH-responsive release properties, and improved anticancer activity, make them a promising platform for the delivery of other therapeutic agents beyond DOX.
Minimax Robust Quickest Change Detection
Unnikrishnan, Jayakrishnan; Meyn, Sean
2009-01-01
The two popular criteria of optimality for quickest change detection procedures are Lorden's criterion and the Bayesian criterion. In this paper a robust version of these quickest change detection problems is considered when the pre-change and post-change distributions are not known exactly but belong to known uncertainty classes of distributions. For uncertainty classes that satisfy a specific condition, it is shown that one can identify least favorable distributions (LFDs) from the uncertainty classes, such that the detection rule designed for the LFDs is optimal for the robust problem in a minimax sense. The condition is similar to that required for the identification of LFDs for the robust hypothesis testing problem studied by Huber. An upper bound on the delay incurred by the robust test is also obtained in the asymptotic setting under Lorden's criterion of optimality, which quantifies the delay penalty incurred to guarantee robustness. When the LFDs can be identified, the proposed test is easier to impl...
孟培源; 黎野平
2001-01-01
本文利用镇定理论中的等价性和时域中的积分-微分不等式,讨论了超中立区间系数定常、时变线性连续控制系统,获得了若干简洁的无条件鲁棒镇定性结果.%In this paper,we are interested in the hypemeutral typerneutral type interval coefficient constant and time varying linear continuous control systems,by means of the equivalence method and the differential-integral inequality in the time domain.we obtain some unconditional robust stability results for the hypemeutral type constant and time-varying interval coefficient linear continuous control systems,respectively.
Stability Tests of Positive Fractional Continuous-time Linear Systems with Delays
Tadeusz Kaczorek
2013-06-01
Full Text Available Necessary and sufficient conditions for the asymptotic stability of positive fractional continuous-time linear systems with many delays are established. It is shown that: 1 the asymptotic stability of the positive fractional system is independent of their delays, 2 the checking of the asymptotic stability of the positive fractional systems with delays can be reduced to checking of the asymptotic stability of positive standard linear systems without delays.
Surface stabilization and revegetation test plots. Fiscal year 1993 status report
Sackschewsky, M.R.; Kemp, C.J.; Hayward, W.M.
1993-09-01
Westinghouse Hanford Company Decommissioning and Decontamination Engineering Group and Environmental Technology and Assessment Groups are developing new technologies to improve revegetation techniques for interim stabilization control over underground waste sites within the Radiation Area Remedial Action Program. Successful revegetation is an integral aspect of waste isolation strategy. Unfortunately, revegetation can be very difficult to achieve on the Hanford Site due to several factors: low annual precipitation, unpredictable timing of precipitation, low fertility of available soils, and coarse physical texture of soils covering waste sites. The tests in this report were performed during fiscal years 1992 and 1993 and include the use of two soil sealants in combination with bare soil and a soil/compost mixture and a comparison of a wheatgrass mixture and a native seed mixture. Hydroprobe access ports were placed in one-half of the test plots and moisture data was collected. Soil fertility and plant community characteristics were monitored during the two years of the test. During the first year all sites with compost provided additional fertility and retained greater amounts of soil moisture than noncomposted sites. The use of Enduraseal soil fixative provided greater soil moisture than the use of Aerospray-77 soil fixative. During the second year the use of compost and soil fixative`s had a lesser effect on soil moisture. During late summer periods all treatments had very similar soil moisture profiles. The use of compost greatly increased vegetative cover and soil fertility in comparison to sites that had no compost added. Testing of the seed mixtures found that Siberian wheatgrass and Sandberg`s bluegrass were the most dominant of the seeded species observed. All plots exhibited a dominant plant cover of volunteer cheatgrass. Biomass production was significantly greater on plots with compost than on the noncomposted plots.
Lab scale testing of novel natural analog in situ stabilization agents
Shaw, P. [Lockheed Martin Idaho Technology Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
1997-12-31
This report summarizes the laboratory-scale test results on several novel in situ treatment and stabilization agents for buried hazardous and radioactive waste. Paraffin, hematite and phosphate materials were examined when combined with soil and other wastes representative of what might be present at buried waste DOE sites. Hematite was made from the reaction of agricultural iron and lime slurries to form gypsum and iron oxide/hydroxide. Common household paraffin was melted, both with and without a zeolitic additive, waste added and then cooled. Magnesium phosphate was made from the reaction of magnesium oxide and phosphoric acid or potassium biphosphate to form, magnesium phosphate. All were tested with soil and some with additional waste sumulants such as ash, machine oil and nitrate salts. The following laboratory-generated data indicate that all waste encapsulation materials tested are appropriate materials, for field in situ testing. Compressive strengths of treated Idaho National Engineering and Environment Laboratory (INEEL) soil and the waste encapsulation material were sufficient to prevent collapse of the void space in waste, i.e., greater than the NRC 60 psi minimum. The mineralogy and microstructure of hematite was amorphous but should progress to an interlocking crystalline solid. Phosphate was crystalline with characteristics of higher temperature ceramics. Paraffin is non crystalline but encapsulates even very fine grained INEEL soils. Each agent appears to be chemically and physically inert to possible waste materials such as, nitrates and machine cutting oil. Two of the agents hematite and phosphate react favorably with ash increasing the metals retention at higher waste loadings than Portland cement. Hematite, phosphate and zeolite decrease leaching of most hazardous metals from waste when compared to untreated waste and soil. Solution pH, time for reaction initiation, and viscosity values are conducive to jet-grouting application.
Falconer, James R; Wu, Zimei; Lau, Hugo; Suen, Joanna; Wang, Lucy; Pottinger, Sarah; Lee, Elaine; Alazawi, Nawar; Kallesen, Molly; Gargiulo, Derryn A; Swift, Simon; Svirskis, Darren
2014-10-01
Citric acid is used in cough reflex testing in clinical and research settings to assess reflexive cough in patients at risk of swallowing disorders. To address a lack of knowledge in this area, this study investigated the stability and sterility of citric acid solutions. Triplicate solutions of citric acid (0.8 M) in isotonic saline were stored at 4 ± 2 °C for up to 28 days and analysed by high-performance liquid chromatography. Microbiological sterility of freshly prepared samples and bulk samples previously used for 2 weeks within the hospital was determined using a pour plate technique. Microbial survival in citric acid was determined by inoculating Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, or Candida albicans into citric acid solution and monitoring the number of colony-forming units/mL over 40 min. Citric acid solutions remained stable at 4 °C for 28 days (98.4 ± 1.8 % remained). The freshly prepared and clinical samples tested were sterile. However, viability studies revealed that citric acid solution allows for the survival of C. albicans but not for S. aureus or E. coli. The microbial survival study showed that citric acid kills S. aureus and E. coli but has no marked effect on C. albicans after 40 min. Citric acid samples at 0.8 M remained stable over the 4-week testing period, with viable microbial cells absent from samples tested. However, C. albicans has the ability to survive in citric acid solution if inadvertently introduced in practice. For this reason, in clinical and research practice it is suggested to use single-use aliquots prepared aseptically which can be stored for up to 28 days at 4 °C.
A new improved multicopter chassis structure tested on slope stability monitoring
Rossi, Guglielmo; Tanteri, Luca; Salvatici, Teresa; Scaduto, Gabriele; Tacconi Stefanelli, Carlo; Casagli, Nicola; Moretti, Sandro
2017-04-01
The multicopter has an increasing role in remote sensing and aerial photography. The piloting ease and the mechanical simplicity are the main reasons for drone diffusion as a hobby and for professional use. Usually multicopters have a "spider" structure with a central body and many radial arms that support the propulsion device. To improve the structure of the existing multicopter, the Department of Earth Sciences of Florence (DST) has developed and patented a new type of chassis structure that allows us to overcome some critical issues for scientific and heavy payload or long flight applications. The drone has an innovative perimetric chassis that fully supports flight dynamics. The new structure allows us to obtain high flight performance combined with low vibration transmission to the carried instruments. The new patented structure is implemented in two new prototypes of high performance drones completely developed by the Department of Earth Sciences of Florence: Saturn 2 and Saturn mini X-21. Saturn 2 is a high performance multi-role drone capable of carrying up to 14 kg of scientific instruments. Saturn Mini X-21 is a high performance drone, entirely 3D printed and specialized for digital and 3D rapid mapping. The Saturn mini X-21 was especially developed to obtain for the first time, by a drone, a 3D high resolution digital model for slope monitoring purposes of the Stromboli Sciara del Fuoco, a large inaccessible area that presents harsh flight conditions such as high persistent wind, rotors, volcanic ash and saltiness. The Saturn drones are mainly developed and tested, all around software and hardware, on slope stability monitoring. Four test cases are proposed, which were performed during the development and testing phase: a large area 3D survey (Scillato - Sicily), a harsh condition 3D survey (Stromboli -Sicily), a multitemporal 3D survey (Ricasoli - Tuscany) and the testing phase of measurement performed by onboard radar equipment.
Pauckert, R. P.
1974-01-01
The stability characteristics of the like-doublet injector were defined over the range of OME chamber pressures and mixture ratios. This was accomplished by bomb testing the injector and cavity configurations in solid wall thrust chamber hardware typical of a flight contour with fuel heated to regenerative chamber outlet temperatures. It was found that stability in the 2600-2800 Hz region depends upon injector hydraulics and on chamber acoustics.