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  1. AGR-2 Irradiated Test Train Preliminary Inspection and Disassembly First Look

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    Ploger, Scott [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Demkowciz, Paul [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-05-01

    The AGR 2 irradiation experiment began in June 2010 and was completed in October 2013. The test train was shipped to the Materials and Fuels Complex in July 2014 for post-irradiation examination (PIE). The first PIE activities included nondestructive examination of the test train, followed by disassembly of the test train and individual capsules and detailed inspection of the capsule contents, including the fuel compacts and their graphite fuel holders. Dimensional metrology was then performed on the compacts, graphite holders, and steel capsule shells. AGR 2 disassembly and metrology were performed with the same equipment used successfully on AGR 1 test train components. Gamma spectrometry of the intact test train gave a preliminary look at the condition of the interior components. No evidence of damage to compacts or graphite components was evident from the isotopic and gross gamma scans. Disassembly of the AGR 2 test train and its capsules was conducted rapidly and efficiently by employing techniques refined during the AGR 1 disassembly campaign. Only one major difficulty was encountered while separating the test train into capsules when thermocouples (of larger diameter than used in AGR 1) and gas lines jammed inside the through tubes of the upper capsules, which required new tooling for extraction. Disassembly of individual capsules was straightforward with only a few minor complications. On the whole, AGR 2 capsule structural components appeared less embrittled than their AGR 1 counterparts. Compacts from AGR 2 Capsules 2, 3, 5, and 6 were in very good condition upon removal. Only relatively minor damage or markings were visible using high resolution photographic inspection. Compact dimensional measurements indicated radial shrinkage between 0.8 to 1.7%, with the greatest shrinkage observed on Capsule 2 compacts that were irradiated at higher temperature. Length shrinkage ranged from 0.1 to 0.9%, with by far the lowest axial shrinkage on Capsule 3 compacts‚

  2. AGR-1 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report, Rev. 3

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-01-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-1 irradiation experiment. AGR-1 is the first of eight planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the US Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Next-Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project. The objectives of the AGR-1 experiment are: 1. To gain experience with multi-capsule test train design, fabrication, and operation with the intent to reduce the probability of capsule or test train failure in subsequent irradiation tests. 2. To irradiate fuel produced in conjunction with the AGR fuel process development effort. 3. To provide data that will support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-1 experiment was irradiated in the B-10 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total duration of 620 effective full power days of irradiation. Irradiation began on December 24, 2006 and ended on November 6, 2009 spanning 13 ATR cycles and approximately three calendar years. The test contained six independently controlled and monitored capsules. Each capsule contained 12 compacts of a single type, or variant, of the AGR coated fuel. No fuel particles failed during the AGR-1 irradiation. Final burnup values on a per compact basis ranged from 11.5 to 19.6 %FIMA, while fast fluence values ranged from 2.21 to 4.39 x 1025 n/m2 (E >0.18 MeV). We’ll say something here about temperatures once thermal recalc is done. Thermocouples performed well, failing at a lower rate than expected. At the end of the irradiation, nine of the originally-planned 19 TCs were considered functional. Fission product release-to-birth (R/B) ratios were quite low. In most capsules, R/B values at the end of the irradiation were at or below

  3. PIE on Safety-Tested AGR-1 Compact 5-1-1

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gerczak, Tyler J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-08-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed in support of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel development and qualification for High-Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGRs). AGR-1 was the first in a series of TRISO fuel irradiation experiments initiated in 2006 under the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program; this work continues to be funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy as part of the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) initiative. AGR-1 fuel compacts were fabricated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2006 and irradiated for three years in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) to demonstrate and evaluate fuel performance under HTGR irradiation conditions. PIE is being performed at INL and ORNL to study how the fuel behaved during irradiation, and to examine fuel performance during exposure to elevated temperatures at or above temperatures that could occur during a depressurized conduction cooldown event. This report summarizes safety testing of irradiated AGR-1 Compact 5-1-1 in the ORNL Core Conduction Cooldown Test Facility (CCCTF) and post-safety testing PIE.

  4. AGR-2 irradiation test final as-run report, Rev. 1

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    2014-01-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO 2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities; (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing; and, (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO 2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO 2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-2 experiment was irradiated in the B-12 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total irradiation duration of 559.2 effective full power days (EFPD). Irradiation began on June 22, 2010, and ended on October 16, 2013, spanning 12 ATR power cycles and approximately three and a half calendar years. The

  5. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). VHTR Program

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: 1. Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. 2. Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. 3. Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tristructural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S.-produced fuel.

  6. AGR-1 Thermocouple Data Analysis

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    Einerson, Jeff

    2012-01-01

    This report documents an effort to analyze measured and simulated data obtained in the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel irradiation test program conducted in the INL's Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) to support the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) R and D program. The work follows up on a previous study (Pham and Einerson, 2010), in which statistical analysis methods were applied for AGR-1 thermocouple data qualification. The present work exercises the idea that, while recognizing uncertainties inherent in physics and thermal simulations of the AGR-1 test, results of the numerical simulations can be used in combination with the statistical analysis methods to further improve qualification of measured data. Additionally, the combined analysis of measured and simulation data can generate insights about simulation model uncertainty that can be useful for model improvement. This report also describes an experimental control procedure to maintain fuel target temperature in the future AGR tests using regression relationships that include simulation results. The report is organized into four chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification program, AGR-1 test configuration and test procedure, overview of AGR-1 measured data, and overview of physics and thermal simulation, including modeling assumptions and uncertainties. A brief summary of statistical analysis methods developed in (Pham and Einerson 2010) for AGR-1 measured data qualification within NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) is also included for completeness. Chapters 2-3 describe and discuss cases, in which the combined use of experimental and simulation data is realized. A set of issues associated with measurement and modeling uncertainties resulted from the combined analysis are identified. This includes demonstration that such a combined analysis led to important insights for reducing uncertainty in presentation of AGR-1 measured data (Chapter 2) and interpretation of

  7. AGR-1 Thermocouple Data Analysis

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    Jeff Einerson

    2012-05-01

    This report documents an effort to analyze measured and simulated data obtained in the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel irradiation test program conducted in the INL's Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) to support the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) R&D program. The work follows up on a previous study (Pham and Einerson, 2010), in which statistical analysis methods were applied for AGR-1 thermocouple data qualification. The present work exercises the idea that, while recognizing uncertainties inherent in physics and thermal simulations of the AGR-1 test, results of the numerical simulations can be used in combination with the statistical analysis methods to further improve qualification of measured data. Additionally, the combined analysis of measured and simulation data can generate insights about simulation model uncertainty that can be useful for model improvement. This report also describes an experimental control procedure to maintain fuel target temperature in the future AGR tests using regression relationships that include simulation results. The report is organized into four chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification program, AGR-1 test configuration and test procedure, overview of AGR-1 measured data, and overview of physics and thermal simulation, including modeling assumptions and uncertainties. A brief summary of statistical analysis methods developed in (Pham and Einerson 2010) for AGR-1 measured data qualification within NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) is also included for completeness. Chapters 2-3 describe and discuss cases, in which the combined use of experimental and simulation data is realized. A set of issues associated with measurement and modeling uncertainties resulted from the combined analysis are identified. This includes demonstration that such a combined analysis led to important insights for reducing uncertainty in presentation of AGR-1 measured data (Chapter 2) and interpretation of

  8. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). VHTR Program

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel.

  9. AGR-5/6/7 Irradiation Test Predictions using PARFUME

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    Skerjanc, William F. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2017-09-14

    PARFUME, (PARticle FUel ModEl) a fuel performance modeling code used for high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs), was used to model the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR)-5/6/7 irradiation test using predicted physics and thermal hydraulics data. The AGR-5/6/7 test consists of the combined fifth, sixth, and seventh planned irradiations of the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The AGR-5/6/7 test train is a multi-capsule, instrumented experiment that is designed for irradiation in the 133.4-mm diameter north east flux trap (NEFT) position of Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). Each capsule contains compacts filled with uranium oxycarbide (UCO) unaltered fuel particles. This report documents the calculations performed to predict the failure probability of tristructural isotropic (TRISO)-coated fuel particles during the AGR-5/6/7 experiment. In addition, this report documents the calculated source term from the driver fuel. The calculations include modeling of the AGR-5/6/7 irradiation that is scheduled to occur from October 2017 to April 2021 over a total of 13 ATR cycles, including nine normal cycles and four Power Axial Locator Mechanism (PALM) cycle for a total between 500 ‚Äď 550 effective full power days (EFPD). The irradiation conditions and material properties of the AGR-5/6/7 test predicted zero fuel particle failures in Capsules 1, 2, and 4. Fuel particle failures were predicted in Capsule 3 due to internal particle pressure. These failures were predicted in the highest temperature compacts. Capsule 5 fuel particle failures were due to inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) cracking causing localized stresses concentrations in the SiC layer. This capsule predicted the highest particle failures due to the lower irradiation temperature. In addition, shrinkage of the buffer and IPyC layer during irradiation resulted in formation of a buffer-IPyC gap. The two capsules at the two ends of the test train, Capsules 1 and 5 experienced the smallest buffer-IPyC gap

  10. AGR-3/4 Irradiation Test Train Disassembly and Component Metrology First Look Report

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    Stempien, John Dennis [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rice, Francine Joyce [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip Lon [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-09-01

    The AGR-3/4 experiment was designed to study fission product transport within graphitic matrix material and nuclear-grade graphite. To this end, this experiment consisted of 12 capsules, each fueled with 4 compacts containing UCO TRISO particles as driver fuel and 20 UCO designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles in each compact. The DTF fuel was fabricated with a thin pyrocarbon layer which was intended to fail during irradiation and provide a source of fission products. These fission products could then migrate through the compact and into the surrounding concentric rings of graphitic matrix material and/or nuclear graphite. Through post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the rings (including physical sampling and gamma scanning) fission product concentration profiles within the rings can be determined. These data can be used to elucidate fission product transport parameters (e.g. diffusion coefficients within the test materials) which will be used to inform and refine models of fission product transport. After irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) had been completed in April 2014, the AGR-3/4 experiment was shipped to the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) for inspection, disassembly, and metrology. The AGR-3/4 test train was received at MFC in two separate shipments between February and April 2015. Visual examinations of the test train exterior did not indicate dimensional distortion, and only two small discolored areas were observed at the bottom of Capsules 8 and 9. No corresponding discoloration was found on the inside of these capsules, however. Prior to disassembly, the two test train sections were subject to analysis via the Precision Gamma Scanner (PGS), which did not indicate that any gross fuel relocation had occurred. A series of specialized tools (including clamps, cutters, and drills) had been designed and fabricated in order to carry out test train disassembly and recovery of capsule components (graphite

  11. AGR-3/4 Irradiation Test Train Disassembly and Component Metrology First Look Report

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    Stempien, John Dennis [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Rice, Francine Joyce [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip Lon [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-03-01

    The AGR-3/4 experiment was designed to study fission product transport within graphitic matrix material and nuclear-grade graphite. To this end, this experiment consisted of 12 capsules, each fueled with 4 compacts containing UCO TRISO particles as driver fuel and 20 UCO designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles in each compact. The DTF fuel was fabricated with a thin pyrocarbon layer which was intended to fail during irradiation and provide a source of fission products. These fission products could then migrate through the compact and into the surrounding concentric rings of graphitic matrix material and/or nuclear graphite. Through post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the rings (including physical sampling and gamma scanning) fission product concentration profiles within the rings can be determined. These data can be used to elucidate fission product transport parameters (e.g. diffusion coefficients within the test materials) which will be used to inform and refine models of fission product transport. After irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) had been completed in April 2014, the AGR-3/4 experiment was shipped to the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) for inspection, disassembly, and metrology. The AGR-3/4 test train was received at MFC in two separate shipments between February and April 2015. Visual examinations of the test train exterior did not indicate dimensional distortion, and only two small discolored areas were observed at the bottom of Capsules 8 and 9. No corresponding discoloration was found on the inside of these capsules, however. Prior to disassembly, the two test train sections were subject to analysis via the Precision Gamma Scanner (PGS), which did not indicate that any gross fuel relocation had occurred. A series of specialized tools (including clamps, cutters, and drills) had been designed and fabricated in order to carry out test train disassembly and recovery of capsule components (graphite

  12. Safety Testing of AGR-2 UCO Compacts 6-4-2 and 2-3-1

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Morris, Robert N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Burns, Zachary M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2017-08-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) and elevated-temperature safety testing are being performed on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2). Details on this irradiation experiment have been previously reported [Collin 2014]. The AGR-2 PIE effort builds upon the understanding acquired throughout the AGR-1 PIE campaign [Demkowicz et al. 2015] and is establishing a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs.

  13. AGR-1 Compact 1-3-1 Post-Irradiation Examination Results

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    Demkowicz, Paul Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-12-01

    The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program was established to perform the requisite research and development on tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel to support deployment of a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). The work continues as part of the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) TRISO Fuel program. The overarching program goal is to provide a baseline fuel qualification data set to support licensing and operation of an HTGR. To achieve these goals, the program includes the elements of fuel fabrication, irradiation, post-irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing, fuel performance modeling, and fission product transport (INL 2015). A series of fuel irradiation experiments is being planned and conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These experiments will provide data on fuel performance under irradiation, support fuel process development, qualify the fuel for normal operating conditions, provide irradiated fuel for safety testing, and support the development of fuel performance and fission product transport models. The first of these irradiation tests, designated AGR-1, began in the ATR in December 2006 and ended in November 2009. This experiment was conducted primarily to act as a shakedown test of the multicapsule test train design and provide early data on fuel performance for use in fuel fabrication process development. It also provided samples for post-irradiation safety testing, where fission product retention of the fuel at high temperatures will be experimentally measured. The capsule design and details of the AGR-1 experiment have been presented previously (Grover, Petti, and Maki 2010, Maki 2009).

  14. AGR-1 Compact 5-3-1 Post-Irradiation Examination Results

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    Demkowicz, Paul [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Phil [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Ploger, Scott A. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-12-01

    The Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program was established to perform the requisite research and development on tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel to support deployment of a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). The work continues as part of the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) TRISO Fuel program. The overarching program goal is to provide a baseline fuel qualification data set to support licensing and operation of an HTGR. To achieve these goals, the program includes the elements of fuel fabrication, irradiation, post-irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing, fuel performance, and fission product transport (INL 2015). A series of fuel irradiation experiments is being planned and conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These experiments will provide data on fuel performance under irradiation, support fuel process development, qualify the fuel for normal operating conditions, provide irradiated fuel for safety testing, and support the development of fuel performance and fission product transport models. The first of these irradiation tests, designated AGR-1, began in the ATR in December 2006 and ended in November 2009. This experiment was conducted primarily to act as a shakedown test of the multicapsule test train design and provide early data on fuel performance for use in fuel fabrication process development. It also provided samples for post-irradiation safety testing, where fission product retention of the fuel at high temperatures will be experimentally measured. The capsule design and details of the AGR-1 experiment have been presented previously.

  15. HIGH-TEMPERATURE SAFETY TESTING OF IRRADIATED AGR-1 TRISO FUEL

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    Stempien, John D.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Reber, Edward L.; Chrisensen, Cad L.

    2016-11-01

    High-Temperature Safety Testing of Irradiated AGR-1 TRISO Fuel John D. Stempien, Paul A. Demkowicz, Edward L. Reber, and Cad L. Christensen Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625 Idaho Falls, ID 83415, USA Corresponding Author: john.stempien@inl.gov, +1-208-526-8410 Two new safety tests of irradiated tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel have been completed in the Fuel Accident Condition Simulator (FACS) furnace at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). In the first test, three fuel compacts from the first Advanced Gas Reactor irradiation experiment (AGR-1) were simultaneously heated in the FACS furnace. Prior to safety testing, each compact was irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor to a burnup of approximately 15 % fissions per initial metal atom (FIMA), a fast fluence of 3√ó1025 n/m2 (E > 0.18 MeV), and a time-average volume-average (TAVA) irradiation temperature of about 1020 ¬įC. In order to simulate a core-conduction cool-down event, a temperature-versus-time profile having a peak temperature of 1700 ¬įC was programmed into the FACS furnace controllers. Gaseous fission products (i.e., Kr-85) were carried to the Fission Gas Monitoring System (FGMS) by a helium sweep gas and captured in cold traps featuring online gamma counting. By the end of the test, a total of 3.9% of an average particle‚Äôs inventory of Kr-85 was detected in the FGMS traps. Such a low Kr-85 activity indicates that no TRISO failures (failure of all three TRISO layers) occurred during the test. If released from the compacts, condensable fission products (e.g., Ag-110m, Cs-134, Cs-137, Eu-154, Eu-155, and Sr-90) were collected on condensation plates fitted to the end of the cold finger in the FACS furnace. These condensation plates were then analyzed for fission products. In the second test, five loose UCO fuel kernels, obtained from deconsolidated particles from an irradiated AGR-1 compact, were heated in the FACS furnace to a peak temperature of 1600 ¬įC. This test had two

  16. Advanced Electron Microscopy and Micro analytical technique development and application for Irradiated TRISO Coated Particles from the AGR-1 Experiment

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    Van Rooyen, Isabella Johanna [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Lillo, Thomas Martin [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Wen, Haiming [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Wright, Karen Elizabeth [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Madden, James Wayne [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Aguiar, Jeffery Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2017-01-01

    A series of up to seven irradiation experiments are planned for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Quantification Program, with irradiation completed at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for the first experiment (i.e., AGR-1) in November 2009 for an effective 620 full power days. The objective of the AGR-1 experiment was primarily to provide lessons learned on the multi-capsule test train design and to provide early data on fuel performance for use in fuel fabrication process development and post-irradiation safety testing data at high temperatures. This report describes the advanced microscopy and micro-analysis results on selected AGR-1 coated particles.

  17. AGR-1 Data Qualification Report

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    Abbott, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Projects for the very high temperature reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office (TDO) program provide data in support of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of the VHTR. Fuel and materials to be used in the reactor are tested and characterized to quantify performance in high temperature and high fluence environments. The VHTR program has established the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) to ensure that VHTR data are (1) qualified for use, (2) stored in a readily accessible electronic form, and (3) analyzed to extract useful results. This document focuses on the first NDMAS objective. It describes the data streams associated with the first Advanced Gas Reactor experiment (AGR-1), the processing of these data within NDMAS, and reports the qualification status of the data. Data qualification activities within NDMAS for specific types of data are determined by the data qualification category assigned by the data generator. They include: (1) capture testing, to confirm that the data stored within NDMAS are identical to the raw data supplied, (2) accuracy testing, to confirm that the data are an accurate representation of the system or object being measured, and (3) documentation that the data were collected under an NQA-1 or equivalent quality assurance program. The NDMAS database processing and qualification status of the following five data streams is reported in this document: (1) Fuel fabrication data. All data have been processed into the NDMAS database and qualified (1,819 records). (2) Fuel irradiation data. Data from all 13 AGR-1 reactor cycles have been processed into the NDMAS database and tested. Of these, 85% have been qualified and 15% have failed NDMAS accuracy testing. (3) FPMS data. Reprocessed (January 2010) data from all 13 AGR-1 reactor cycles have been processed into the database and capture tested. Final qualification of these data will be recorded after QA approval of an Engineering Calculations and Analysis Report currently

  18. AGR-2 Irradiation Test Final As-Run Report, Rev 2

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    Collin, Blaise P. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2014-08-01

    This document presents the as-run analysis of the AGR-2 irradiation experiment. AGR-2 is the second of the planned irradiations for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) Technical Development Office (TDO) program. The objectives of the AGR-2 experiment are to: (a) Irradiate UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Fuel attributes are based on results obtained from the AGR-1 test and other project activities. (b) Provide irradiated fuel samples for post-irradiation experiment (PIE) and safety testing. (c) Support the development of an understanding of the relationship between fuel fabrication processes, fuel product properties, and irradiation performance. The primary objective of the test was to irradiate both UCO and UO2 TRISO (tri-structural isotropic) fuel produced from prototypic scale equipment to obtain normal operation and accident condition fuel performance data. The UCO compacts were subjected to a range of burnups and temperatures typical of anticipated prismatic reactor service conditions in three capsules. The test train also includes compacts containing UO2 particles produced independently by the United States, South Africa, and France in three separate capsules. The range of burnups and temperatures in these capsules were typical of anticipated pebble bed reactor service conditions. The results discussed in this report pertain only to U.S. produced fuel. In order to achieve the test objectives, the AGR-2 experiment was irradiated in the B-12 position of the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for a total irradiation duration of 559.2 effective full power days (EFPD). Irradiation began on June 22, 2010, and ended on October 16, 2013, spanning 12 ATR power cycles and approximately three and a

  19. AGR-1 Data Qualification Interim Report

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    Abbott, Machael

    2009-01-01

    Projects for the very-high-temperature reactor (VHTR) program provide data in support of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of the VHTR. Fuel and materials to be used in the reactor are tested and characterized to quantify performance in high temperature and high fluence environments. The VHTR Program has established the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) to ensure that VHTR data are (1) qualified for use, (2) stored in a readily accessible electronic form, and (3) analyzed to extract useful results. This document focuses on the first NDMAS objective. It describes the data streams associated with the first Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-1) experiment, the processing of these data within NDMAS, and reports the interim FY09 qualification status of the AGR-1 data to date. Data qualification activities within NDMAS for specific types of data are determined by the data qualification category, which is assigned by the data generator, and include: (1) capture testing, to confirm that the data stored within NDMAS are identical to the raw data supplied, (2) accuracy testing, to confirm that the data are an accurate representation of the system or object being measured, and (3) documentation that the data were collected under an NQA-1 or equivalent QA program. The interim qualification status of the following four data streams is reported in this document: (1) fuel fabrication data, (2) fuel irradiation data, (3) fission product monitoring system (FPMS) data, and (4) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) operating conditions data. A final report giving the NDMAS qualification status of all AGR-1 data (including cycle 145A) is planned for February 2010

  20. ELECTRON PROBE MICROANALYSIS OF IRRADIATED AND 1600¬įC SAFETY-TESTED AGR-1 TRISO FUEL PARTICLES WITH LOW AND HIGH RETAINED 110MAG

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    AGR-1 fuel Compact 4-3-3 achieved 18.63% FIMA and was exposed subsequently to a safety test at 1600¬įC. Two particles, AGR1-433-003 and AGR1-433-007, with measured-to-calculated 110mAg inventories of <22% and 100%, respectively, were selected for comparative electron microprobe analysis to determine whether the distribution or abundance of fission products differed proximally and distally from the deformed kernel in AGR1-433-003, and how this compared to fission product distribution in AGR1-433-007. On the deformed side of AGR1-433-003, Xe, Cs, I, Eu, Sr, and Te concentrations in the kernel buffer interface near the protruded kernel were up to six times higher than on the opposite, non-deformed side. At the SiC-inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) interface proximal to the deformed kernel, Pd and Ag concentrations were 1.2 wt% and 0.04 wt% respectively, whereas on the SiC-IPyC interface distal from the kernel deformation those elements measured 0.4 and 0.01 wt%, respectively. Palladium and Ag concentrations at the SiC-IPyC interface of AGR1-433-007 were 2.05 and 0.05 wt.%, respectively. Rare earth element concentrations at the SiC-IPyC interface of AGR1-433-007 were a factor of ten higher than at the SiC-IPyC interfaces measured in particle AGR1-433-003. Palladium permeated the SiC layer of AGR1-433-007 and the non-deformed SiC layer of AGR1-433-003.

  1. AGR-1 Post Irradiation Examination Final Report

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    2015-08-01

    The post-irradiation examination (PIE) of the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR)-1 experiment was a multi-year, collaborative effort between Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to study the performance of UCO (uranium carbide, uranium oxide) tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel fabricated in the U.S. and irradiated at the Advanced Test Reactor at INL to a peak burnup of 19.6% fissions per initial metal atom. This work involved a broad array of experiments and analyses to evaluate the level of fission product retention by the fuel particles and compacts (both during irradiation and during post-irradiation heating tests to simulate reactor accident conditions), investigate the kernel and coating layer morphology evolution and the causes of coating failure, and explore the migration of fission products through the coating layers. The results have generally confirmed the excellent performance of the AGR-1 fuel, first indicated during the irradiation by the observation of zero TRISO coated particle failures out of 298,000 particles in the experiment. Overall release of fission products was determined by PIE to have been relatively low during the irradiation. A significant finding was the extremely low levels of cesium released through intact coatings. This was true both during the irradiation and during post-irradiation heating tests to temperatures as high as 1800¬įC. Post-irradiation safety test fuel performance was generally excellent. Silver release from the particles and compacts during irradiation was often very high. Extensive microanalysis of fuel particles was performed after irradiation and after high-temperature safety testing. The results of particle microanalysis indicate that the UCO fuel is effective at controlling the oxygen partial pressure within the particle and limiting kernel migration. Post-irradiation examination has provided the final body of data that speaks to the quality of the AGR-1 fuel, building

  2. AGR 3/4 Irradiation Test Final As Run Report

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    2015-06-01

    Several fuel and material irradiation experiments have been planned for the Idaho National Laboratory Advanced Reactor Technologies Technology Development Office Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program (referred to as the INL ART TDO/AGR fuel program hereafter), which supports the development and qualification of tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel for use in HTGRs. The goals of these experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination and safety testing (INL 05/2015). AGR-3/4 combined the third and fourth in this series of planned experiments to test TRISO coated low enriched uranium (LEU) oxycarbide fuel. This combined experiment was intended to support the refinement of fission product transport models and to assess the effects of sweep gas impurities on fuel performance and fission product transport by irradiating designed-to-fail fuel particles and by measuring subsequent fission metal transport in fuel-compact matrix material and fuel-element graphite. The AGR 3/4 fuel test was successful in irradiating the fuel compacts to the burnup and fast fluence target ranges, considering the experiment was terminated short of its initial 400 EFPD target (Collin 2015). Out of the 48 AGR-3/4 compacts, 42 achieved the specified burnup of at least 6% fissions per initial heavy-metal atom (FIMA). Three capsules had a maximum fuel compact average burnup < 10% FIMA, one more than originally specified, and the maximum fuel compact average burnup was <19% FIMA for the remaining capsules, as specified. Fast neutron fluence fell in the expected range of 1.0 to 5.5√ó1025 n/m2 (E >0.18 MeV) for all compacts. In addition, the AGR-3/4 experiment was globally successful in keeping the

  3. Commissioning methods applied to the Hunterston 'B' AGR operator training simulator

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    1985-01-01

    The Hunterston 'B' full scope AGR Simulator, built for the South of Scotland Electricity Board by Marconi Instruments, encompasses all systems under direct and indirect control of the Hunterston central control room operators. The resulting breadth and depth of simulation together with the specification for the real time implementation of a large number of highly interactive detailed plant models leads to the classic problem of identifying acceptance and acceptability criteria. For example, whilst the ultimate criterion for acceptability must clearly be that within the context of the training requirement the simulator should be indistinguishable from the actual plant, far more measurable (i.e. less subjective) statements are required if a formal contractual acceptance condition is to be achieved. Within the framework, individual models and processes can have radically different acceptance requirements which therefore reflect on the commissioning approach applied. This paper discusses the application of a combination of quality assurance methods, design code results, plant data, theoretical analysis and operator 'feel' in the commissioning of the Hunterston 'B' AGR Operator Training Simulator. (author)

  4. Data Compilation for AGR-1 Baseline Coated Particle Composite LEU01-46T

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    2006-01-01

    This document is a compilation of characterization data for the AGR-1 baseline coated particle composite LEU01-46T, a composite of four batches of TRISO-coated 350 (micro)m 19.7% low enrichment uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (LEUCO). The AGR-1 TRISO-coated particles consist of a spherical kernel coated with a ‚ąľ 50% dense carbon buffer layer (100 (micro)m nominal thickness) followed by a dense inner pyrocarbonlayer (40 (micro)m nominal thickness) followed by a SiC layer (35 (micro)m nominal thickness) followed by another dense outer pyrocarbon layer (40 (micro)m nominal thickness). The coated particles, were produced by ORNL for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) program to be put into compacts for insertion in the first irradiation test capsule, AGR-1. The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite (G73D-20-69302). The BWXT kernel lot G73D-20-69302 was riffled into sublots for characterization and coating by ORNL and identified as LEU01-?? (where ?? is a series of integers beginning with 01). Additional particle batches were coated with only buffer or buffer plus inner pyrocarbon (IPyC) layers using similar process conditions as used for the full TRISO batches comprising the LEU01-46T composite. These batches were fabricated in order to qualify that the process conditions used for buffer and IPyC would produce acceptable densities, as described in sections 8 and 9. These qualifying batches used 350 (micro)m natural uranium oxide/uranium carbide kernels (NUCO). The kernels were obtained from BWXT and identified as composite G73B-NU-69300. The use of NUCO surrogate kernels is not expected to significantly effect the densities of the buffer and IPyC coatings. Confirmatory batches using LEUCO kernels from G73D-20-69302 were coated and characterized to verify this assumption. The AGR-1 Fuel Product Specification and Characterization Guidance (INL EDF-4380, Rev. 6) provides the requirements necessary for acceptance

  5. AGR-2 Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 147A, 148A, 148B, and 149A

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    Abbott, Michael L.; Daum, Keith A.

    2011-01-01

    This report presents the data qualification status of fuel irradiation data from the first four reactor cycles (147A, 148A, 148B, and 149A) of the on-going second Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-2) experiment as recorded in the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). This includes data received by NDMAS from the period June 22, 2010 through May 21, 2011. AGR-2 is the second in a series of eight planned irradiation experiments for the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification Program, which supports development of the very high temperature gas-cooled reactor (VHTR) under the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. Irradiation of the AGR-2 test train is being performed at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and is planned for 600 effective full power days (approximately 2.75 calendar years) (PLN-3798). The experiment is intended to demonstrate the performance of UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Data qualification status of the AGR-1 experiment was reported in INL/EXT-10-17943 (Abbott et al. 2010).

  6. AGR-2 Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 147A, 148A, 148B, and 149A

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    Michael L. Abbott; Keith A. Daum

    2011-08-01

    This report presents the data qualification status of fuel irradiation data from the first four reactor cycles (147A, 148A, 148B, and 149A) of the on-going second Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-2) experiment as recorded in the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). This includes data received by NDMAS from the period June 22, 2010 through May 21, 2011. AGR-2 is the second in a series of eight planned irradiation experiments for the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification Program, which supports development of the very high temperature gas-cooled reactor (VHTR) under the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project. Irradiation of the AGR-2 test train is being performed at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and is planned for 600 effective full power days (approximately 2.75 calendar years) (PLN-3798). The experiment is intended to demonstrate the performance of UCO (uranium oxycarbide) and UO2 (uranium dioxide) fuel produced in a large coater. Data qualification status of the AGR-1 experiment was reported in INL/EXT-10-17943 (Abbott et al. 2010).

  7. AGR-3/4 Final Data Qualification Report for ATR Cycles 151A through 155B-1

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    Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-03-01

    This report provides the qualification status of experimental data for the entire Advanced Gas Reactor 3/4 (AGR 3/4) fuel irradiation. AGR-3/4 is the third in a series of planned irradiation experiments conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for the AGR Fuel Development and Qualification Program, which supports development of the advanced reactor technology under the INL ART Technology Development Office (TDO). The main objective of AGR-3/4 irradiation is to provide a known source of fission products for subsequent transport through compact matrix and structural graphite materials due to the presence of designed-to-fail fuel particles. Full power irradiation of the AGR 3/4 test began on December 14, 2011 (ATR Cycle 151A), and was completed on April 12, 2014 (end of ATR Cycle 155B) after 369.1 effective full power days of irradiation. The AGR-3/4 test was in the reactor core for eight of the ten ATR cycles between 151A and 155B. During the unplanned outage cycle, 153A, the experiment was removed from the ATR northeast flux trap (NEFT) location and stored in the ATR canal. This was to prevent overheating of fuel compacts due to higher than normal ATR power during the subsequent Powered Axial Locator Mechanism cycle, 153B. The AGR 3/4 test was inserted back into the ATR NEFT location during the outage of ATR Cycle 154A on April 26, 2013. Therefore, the AGR-3/4 irradiation data received during these 2 cycles (153A and 153B) are irrelevant and their qualification status isnot included in this report. Additionally, during ATR Cycle 152A the ATR core ran at low power for a short enough duration that the irradiation data are not used for physics and thermal calculations. However, the qualification status of irradiation data for this cycle is still covered in this report. As a result, this report includes data from 8 ATR Cycles: 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 154A, 154B, 155A, and 155B, as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and

  8. Safety testing of AGR-2 UO2 compacts 3-3-2 and 3-4-2

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-09-01

    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is in progress on tristructural-isotropic (TRISO) coated-particle fuel compacts from the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program second irradiation experiment (AGR-2) [Collin 2014]. The AGR-2 PIE will build upon new information and understanding acquired throughout the recently-concluded six-year AGR-1 PIE campaign [Demkowicz et al. 2015] and establish a database for the different AGR-2 fuel designs.

  9. AGR-2 Data Qualification Interim Report

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    Abbott, Michael L.

    2010-01-01

    Projects for the very high temperature reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office program provide data in support of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of the VHTR. Fuel and materials to be used in the reactor are tested and characterized to quantify performance in high temperature and high fluence environments. The VHTR program established the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) to manage and document VHTR data qualification, for storage of the data in a readily accessible electronic form, and to assist in the analysis and presentation of the data. This document gives the status of NDMAS processing and qualification of data associated with the initial reactor cycle (147A) of the second Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-2) experiment which began on June 21, 2010. Because it is early in the AGR-2 experiment, data from only two AGR-2 data streams are reported on: Fuel Fabrication and Fuel Irradiation data. As of August 1, 2010, approximately 311,000 irradiation data records have been stored in NDMAS, and qualification tests are in progress. Preliminary information indicates that TC 2 in Capsule 2 failed prior to start of the experiment, and NDMAS testing has thus far identified only two invalid data values from the METSO data collection system Data from the Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS) are not currently processed until after reactor cycle shutdown and have not yet been received. A description of the ATR operating conditions data associated with the AGR-2 experiment (e.g., power levels) are summarized in the AGR-1 data qualification report (INL/EXT-09-16460). Since ATR data are collected under ATR program data quality requirements (i.e., outside the VHTR program), the NGNP program and NDMAS do not take additional actions to qualify these data other than NDMAS capture testing. Data qualification of graphite characterization data collected under the Graphite Technology Development Project is reported in a separate status report (Hull 2010).

  10. AGR-2 Data Qualification Interim Report

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    Michael L. Abbott

    2010-09-01

    Projects for the very high temperature reactor (VHTR) Technology Development Office program provide data in support of Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing of the VHTR. Fuel and materials to be used in the reactor are tested and characterized to quantify performance in high temperature and high fluence environments. The VHTR program established the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) to manage and document VHTR data qualification, for storage of the data in a readily accessible electronic form, and to assist in the analysis and presentation of the data. This document gives the status of NDMAS processing and qualification of data associated with the initial reactor cycle (147A) of the second Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR-2) experiment which began on June 21, 2010. Because it is early in the AGR-2 experiment, data from only two AGR-2 data streams are reported on: Fuel Fabrication and Fuel Irradiation data. As of August 1, 2010, approximately 311,000 irradiation data records have been stored in NDMAS, and qualification tests are in progress. Preliminary information indicates that TC 2 in Capsule 2 failed prior to start of the experiment, and NDMAS testing has thus far identified only two invalid data values from the METSO data collection system Data from the Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS) are not currently processed until after reactor cycle shutdown and have not yet been received. A description of the ATR operating conditions data associated with the AGR-2 experiment (e.g., power levels) are summarized in the AGR-1 data qualification report (INL/EXT-09-16460). Since ATR data are collected under ATR program data quality requirements (i.e., outside the VHTR program), the NGNP program and NDMAS do not take additional actions to qualify these data other than NDMAS capture testing. Data qualification of graphite characterization data collected under the Graphite Technology Development Project is reported in a separate status report (Hull 2010).

  11. AGR-1 Compact 4-1-1 Post-Irradiation Examination Results

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    Demkowicz, Paul Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason M. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Winston, Philip L. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Ploger, Scott A. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); van Rooyen, Isabella J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-02-01

    Destructive post-irradiation examination was performed on AGR-1 fuel Compact 4-1-1, which was irradiated to a final compact-average burnup of 19.4% FIMA (fissions per initial metal atom) and a time-average, volume-average temperature of 1072¬įC. The analysis of this compact focused on characterizing the extent of fission product release from the particles and examining particles to determine the condition of the kernels and coating layers. The work included deconsolidation of the compact and leach-burn-leach analysis, visual inspection and gamma counting of individual particles, metallurgical preparation of selected particles, and examination of particle cross-sections with optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and elemental analysis. Deconsolidation-leach-burn-leach (DLBL) analysis revealed no particles with failed TRISO or failed SiC layers (as indicated by very low uranium inventory in all of the leach solutions). The total fractions of the predicted compact inventories of fission products Ce-144, Cs-134, Cs-137, and Sr-90 that were present in the compact outside of the SiC layers were <2√ó10-6, based on DLBL data. The Ag-110m fraction in the compact outside the SiC layers was 3.3√ó10-2, indicating appreciable release of silver through the intact coatings and subsequent retention in the OPyC layers or matrix. The Eu-154 fraction was 2.4√ó10-4, which is equivalent to the inventory in one average particle, and indicates a small but measurable level of release from the intact coatings. Gamma counting of 61 individual particles indicated no particles with anomalously low fission product retention. The average ratio of measured inventory to calculated inventory was close to a value of 1.0 for several fission product isotopes (Ce-144, Cs-134, and Cs-137), indicating good retention and reasonably good agreement with the predicted inventories. Measured-to-calculated (M/C) activity ratios for fission products Eu-154, Eu-155, Ru-106, Sb

  12. Improving the AGR fuel testing power density profile versus irradiation-time in the advanced test reactor

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    Chang, Gray S.; Lillo, Misti A.; Maki, John T.; Petti, David A.

    2009-01-01

    The Very High Temperature gas-cooled Reactor (VHTR), which is currently being developed, achieves simplification of safety through reliance on ceramic-coated fuel particles. Each TRISO-coated fuel particle has its own containment which serves as the principal barrier against radionuclide release under normal operating and accident conditions. These fuel particles, in the form of graphite fuel compacts, are currently undergoing a series of irradiation tests in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to support the Advanced Gas-Cooled Reactor (AGR) fuel qualification program. A representive coated fuel particle with an 235 U enrichment of 19.8 wt% was used in this analysis. The fuel burnup analysis tool used to perform the neutronics study reported herein, couples the Monte Carlo transport code MCNP, with the radioactive decay and burnup code ORIGEN2. The fuel burnup methodology known as Monte-Carlo with ORIGEN2 (MCWO) was used to evaluate the AGR experiment assembly and demonstrate compliance with ATR safety requirements. For the AGR graphite fuel compacts, the MCWO-calculated fission power density (FPD) due to neutron fission in 235 U is an important design parameter. One of the more important AGR fuel testing requirements is to maintain the peak fuel compact temperature close to 1250degC throughout the proposed irradiation campaign of 550 effective full power days (EFPDs). Based on the MCWO-calculated FPD, a fixed gas gap size was designed to allow regulation of the fuel compact temperatures throughout the entire fuel irradiation campaign by filling the gap with a mixture of helium and neon gases. The chosen fixed gas gap can only regulate the peak fuel compact temperature in the desired range during the irradiation test if the ratio of the peak power density to the time-dependent low power density (P/T) at 550 EFPDs is less than 2.5. However, given the near constant neutron flux within the ATR driver core and the depletion of 235 U

  13. Ceramographic Examinations of Irradiated AGR-1 Fuel Compacts

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    Paul Demkowicz; Scott Ploger; John Hunn

    2012-05-01

    The AGR 1 experiment involved irradiating 72 cylindrical fuel compacts containing tri-structural isotropic (TRISO)-coated particles to a peak burnup of 19.5% fissions per initial metal atom with no in-pile failures observed out of almost 300,000 particles. Five irradiated AGR 1 fuel compacts were selected for microscopy that span a range of irradiation conditions (temperature, burnup, and fast fluence). These five compacts also included all four TRISO coating variations irradiated in the AGR experiment. The five compacts were cross-sectioned both transversely and longitudinally, mounted, ground, and polished after development of careful techniques for preserving particle structures against preparation damage. Approximately 40 to 80 particles within each cross section were exposed near enough to mid-plane for optical microscopy of kernel, buffer, and coating behavior. The microstructural analysis focused on kernel swelling and porosity, buffer densification and fracture, debonding between the buffer and inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layers, and fractures in the IPyC and SiC layers. Three basic particle morphologies were established according to the extent of bonding between the buffer and IPyC layers: complete debonding along the interface (Type A), no debonding along the interface (Type B), and partial debonding (Type AB). These basic morphologies were subdivided according to whether the buffer stayed intact or fractured. The resulting six characteristic morphologies were used to classify particles within each cross section, but no spatial patterns were clearly observed in any of the cross-sectional morphology maps. Although positions of particle types appeared random within compacts, examining a total of 830 classified particles allowed other relationships among morphological types to be established.

  14. Ceramographic Examinations of Irradiated AGR-1 Fuel Compacts

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    Demkowicz, Paul; Ploger, Scott; Hunn, John

    2012-01-01

    The AGR 1 experiment involved irradiating 72 cylindrical fuel compacts containing tri-structural isotropic (TRISO)-coated particles to a peak burnup of 19.5% fissions per initial metal atom with no in-pile failures observed out of almost 300,000 particles. Five irradiated AGR 1 fuel compacts were selected for microscopy that span a range of irradiation conditions (temperature, burnup, and fast fluence). These five compacts also included all four TRISO coating variations irradiated in the AGR experiment. The five compacts were cross-sectioned both transversely and longitudinally, mounted, ground, and polished after development of careful techniques for preserving particle structures against preparation damage. Approximately 40 to 80 particles within each cross section were exposed near enough to mid-plane for optical microscopy of kernel, buffer, and coating behavior. The microstructural analysis focused on kernel swelling and porosity, buffer densification and fracture, debonding between the buffer and inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layers, and fractures in the IPyC and SiC layers. Three basic particle morphologies were established according to the extent of bonding between the buffer and IPyC layers: complete debonding along the interface (Type A), no debonding along the interface (Type B), and partial debonding (Type AB). These basic morphologies were subdivided according to whether the buffer stayed intact or fractured. The resulting six characteristic morphologies were used to classify particles within each cross section, but no spatial patterns were clearly observed in any of the cross-sectional morphology maps. Although positions of particle types appeared random within compacts, examining a total of 830 classified particles allowed other relationships among morphological types to be established.

  15. Acceptance Test Data for the AGR-5/6/7 Irradiation Test Fuel Composite Defective IPyC Fraction and Pyrocarbon Anisotropy

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    Helmreich, Grant W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dyer, John A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Schumacher, Austin T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2017-05-01

    Coated particle composite J52R-16-98005 was produced by Babcock and Wilcox Technologies (BWXT) as fuel for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program‚Äôs AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). This composite was comprised of four coated particle fuel batches J52O-16-93165B (26%), 93168B (26%), 93169B (24%), and 93170B (24%), chosen based on the Quality Control (QC) data acquired for each individual candidate AGR-5/6/7 batch. Each batch was coated in a 150-mm-diameter production-scale fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnace. Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coatings were deposited on 425-őľm-nominal-diameter spherical kernels from BWXT Lot J52R-16-69317 containing a mixture of 15.5%-enriched uranium carbide and uranium oxide (UCO). The TRISO coatings consisted of four consecutive CVD layers: a ~50% dense carbon buffer layer with 100-őľm-nominal thickness, a dense inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layer with 40-őľm-nominal thickness, a silicon carbide (SiC) layer with 35-őľm-nominal thickness, and a dense outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer with 40-őľm-nominal thickness. The TRISO-coated particle batches were sieved to upgrade the particles by removing over-sized and under-sized material, and the upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter A to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165A). Secondary upgrading by sieving was performed on the A-designated batches to remove particles with missing or very-thin buffer layers that were identified during previous analysis of the individual batches for defective IPyC, as reported in the acceptance test data report for the AGR-5/6/7 production batches [Hunn et al. 2017]. The additionally-upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter B to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165B).

  16. Ceramography of Irradiated tristructural isotropic (TRISO) Fuel from the AGR-2 Experiment

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    Rice, Francine Joyce [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Stempien, John Dennis [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2016-09-01

    Ceramography was performed on cross sections from four tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel compacts taken from the AGR-2 experiment, which was irradiated between June 2010 and October 2013 in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). The fuel compacts examined in this study contained TRISO-coated particles with either uranium oxide (UO2) kernels or uranium oxide/uranium carbide (UCO) kernels that were irradiated to final burnup values between 9.0 and 11.1% FIMA. These examinations are intended to explore kernel and coating morphology evolution during irradiation. This includes kernel porosity, swelling, and migration, and irradiation-induced coating fracture and separation. Variations in behavior within a specific cross section, which could be related to temperature or burnup gradients within the fuel compact, are also explored. The criteria for categorizing post-irradiation particle morphologies developed for AGR-1 ceramographic exams, was applied to the particles in the AGR-2 compacts particles examined. Results are compared with similar investigations performed as part of the earlier AGR-1 irradiation experiment. This paper presents the results of the AGR-2 examinations and discusses the key implications for fuel irradiation performance.

  17. The 2009 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting: Peter Agre, Chemistry 2003.

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    Agre, Peter

    2009-12-09

    Peter Agre, born in 1949 in Northfield Minnesota, shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Roderick MacKinnon for his discovery of aquaporins, the channel proteins that allow water to cross the cell membrane. Agre's interest medicine was inspired by the humanitarian efforts of the Medical Missionary program run by the Norwegians of his home community in Minnesota. Hoping to provide new treatments for diseases affecting the poor, he joined a cholera laboratory during medical school at Johns Hopkins. He found that he enjoyed biomedical research, and continued his laboratory studies for an additional year after medical school. Agre completed his clinical training at Case Western Hospitals of Cleveland and the University of North Carolina, and returned to Johns Hopkins in 1981. There, his serendipitous discovery of aquaporins was made while pursuing the identity of the Rhesus (Rh) antigen. For a century, physiologists and biophysicists had been trying to understand the mechanism by which fluid passed across the cell's plasma membrane. Biophysical evidence indicated a limit to passive diffusion of water, suggesting the existence of another mechanism for water transport across the membrane. The putative "water channel," however, could not be identified. In 1988, while attempting to purify the 30 kDa Rh protein, Agre and colleagues began investigating a 28 kDa contaminant that they believed to be a proteolytic fragment of the Rh protein. Subsequent studies over the next 3-4 years revealed that the contaminant was a membrane-spanning oligomeric protein, unrelated to the Rh antigen, and that it was highly abundant in renal tubules and red blood cells. Still, they could not assign a function to it. The breakthrough came following a visit with his friend and former mentor John Parker. After Agre described the properties of the mysterious 28 kDa protein, Parker suggested that it might be the long-sought-after water channel. Agre and colleagues tested this idea by

  18. An analysis of nuclear fuel burnup in the AGR-1 TRISO fuel experiment using gamma spectrometry, mass spectrometry, and computational simulation techniques

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    Harp, Jason M.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Winston, Philip L.; Sterbentz, James W.

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: ‚ÄĘ The burnup of irradiated AGR-1 TRISO fuel was analyzed using gamma spectrometry. ‚ÄĘ The burnup of irradiated AGR-1 TRISO fuel was also analyzed using mass spectrometry. ‚ÄĘ Agreement between experimental results and neutron physics simulations was excellent. - Abstract: AGR-1 was the first in a series of experiments designed to test US TRISO fuel under high temperature gas-cooled reactor irradiation conditions. This experiment was irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and is currently undergoing post-irradiation examination (PIE) at INL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. One component of the AGR-1 PIE is the experimental evaluation of the burnup of the fuel by two separate techniques. Gamma spectrometry was used to non-destructively evaluate the burnup of all 72 of the TRISO fuel compacts that comprised the AGR-1 experiment. Two methods for evaluating burnup by gamma spectrometry were developed, one based on the Cs-137 activity and the other based on the ratio of Cs-134 and Cs-137 activities. Burnup values determined from both methods compared well with the values predicted from simulations. The highest measured burnup was 20.1% FIMA (fissions per initial heavy metal atom) for the direct method and 20.0% FIMA for the ratio method (compared to 19.56% FIMA from simulations). An advantage of the ratio method is that the burnup of the cylindrical fuel compacts can be determined in small (2.5 mm) axial increments and an axial burnup profile can be produced. Destructive chemical analysis by inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was then performed on selected compacts that were representative of the expected range of fuel burnups in the experiment to compare with the burnup values determined by gamma spectrometry. The compacts analyzed by mass spectrometry had a burnup range of 19.3% FIMA to 10.7% FIMA. The mass spectrometry evaluation of burnup for the four compacts agreed well with the gamma

  19. How safe is an AGR

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    Wilkinson, Max

    1987-01-01

    The paper concerns the safety of an AGR, in the light of the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island reactor accidents. To assess the safety systems the resources editor of the Financial Times newspaper spent an afternoon trying to do as much damage as possible to one of the Hinkley Point B advanced gas cooled reactors - on the simulator at the Central Electricity Generating Board's training centre at Oldbury. An account of the experience in the nuclear power control room is given. (U.K.)

  20. Microscopic analysis of irradiated AGR-1 coated particle fuel compacts

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    Ploger, Scott A., E-mail: scott.ploger@inl.gov [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3855 (United States); Demkowicz, Paul A. [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3855 (United States); Hunn, John D.; Kehn, Jay S. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States)

    2014-05-01

    The AGR-1 experiment involved irradiation of 72 TRISO-coated particle fuel compacts to a peak compact-average burnup of 19.5% FIMA with no in-pile failures observed out of 3 √ó 10{sup 5} total particles. Irradiated AGR-1 fuel compacts have been cross-sectioned and analyzed with optical microscopy to characterize kernel, buffer, and coating behavior. Six compacts have been examined, spanning a range of irradiation conditions (burnup, fast fluence, and irradiation temperature) and including all four TRISO coating variations irradiated in the AGR-1 experiment. The cylindrical specimens were sectioned both transversely and longitudinally, then polished to expose from 36 to 79 individual particles near midplane on each mount. The analysis focused primarily on kernel swelling and porosity, buffer densification and fracturing, buffer‚ÄďIPyC debonding, and fractures in the IPyC and SiC layers. Characteristic morphologies have been identified, 981 particles have been classified, and spatial distributions of particle types have been mapped. No significant spatial patterns were discovered in these cross sections. However, some trends were found between morphological types and certain behavioral aspects. Buffer fractures were found in 23% of the particles, and these fractures often resulted in unconstrained kernel protrusion into the open cavities. Fractured buffers and buffers that stayed bonded to IPyC layers appear related to larger pore size in kernels. Buffer‚ÄďIPyC interface integrity evidently factored into initiation of rare IPyC fractures. Fractures through part of the SiC layer were found in only four classified particles, all in conjunction with IPyC‚ÄďSiC debonding. Compiled results suggest that the deliberate coating fabrication variations influenced the frequencies of IPyC fractures and IPyC‚ÄďSiC debonds.

  1. Advances in AGR fuel fabrication - now and the future

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    Bleasdale, P.A.

    1995-01-01

    To date, over 3 million AGR fuel pins have been manufactured at Springfields for the UK AGR programme. During this time, AGR fuel design and manufacture has developed and evolved in response to the needs of the reactor operators to enhance fuel reliability and performance. More recently, major advances have been made in the systems and organisational culture which support fuel manufacture at Fuel Division. The introduction of MRP II in 1989 into Fuel Division enabled significant reductions in stock and work-in-progress, together with reductions in manufacturing lead times. Other successful initiatives introduced into Fuel Division have been Just-in-Time (JIT) and AST (Additional Skills Training) which have built on the success of MRP II. All of these initiatives are evidence of Fuel Division's ''Total Quality'' approach to fabricating fuel. Fuel Division is currently in the final stages of commissioning the New Oxide Fuels Complex (NOFC) where both AGR and PWR fuel will be manufactured to the highest standards of quality, safety and environmental protection. NOFC is a totally integrated plant which represents a Pound 200M investment, demonstrating Fuel Division's commitment to building on its 40+ years of fuel fabrication experience and ensuring secure supply of fuel to its customers for years to come. (author)

  2. AGR fuel pin pellet-clad interaction failure limits and activity release fractions

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    Hughes, H.; Hargreaves, R.

    1985-01-01

    The limiting conditions beyond which pellet-clad interaction can flail AGR fuel are described. They have been determined by many experiments involving post-irradiation examination and testing, loop experiments and cycling and up-rating of both individual fuel stringers and the whole WAGR core. The mechanisms causing this interaction are well understood and are quantitatively expressed in computer codes. Strain concentration effects over fuel cracks determine power cycling endurance while additional strain concentrations at clad ridges and from cross pin temperature gradients contribute to up-rating failures. An equation summarising tube burst test data so as to determine the ductility available at any transient is given. The hollow fuel and more ductile clad of the Civil AGR fuel pins leads to a much improved performance over the original fuel design. The Civil AGRs operate well within these limiting conditions and substantial increases beyond the design burn-up are confidently expected. The activity release on pin failure and its development during continued operation of failed fuel have also been investigated. A retention of radioiodine and caesium of 90-99% compared to the noble gases has been demonstrated. Measured fission gas releases into the free volume of Civil AGR fuel pins have been very low (< 0.1%)

  3. KEY RESULTS FROM IRRADIATION AND POST-IRRADIATION EXAMINATION OF AGR-1 UCO TRISO FUEL

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    Demkowicz, Paul A.; Hunn, John D.; Petti, David A.; Morris, Robert N.

    2016-11-01

    The AGR-1 irradiation experiment was performed as the first test of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel in the US Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The experiment consisted of 72 right cylinder fuel compacts containing approximately 3√ó105 coated fuel particles with uranium oxide/uranium carbide (UCO) fuel kernels. The fuel was irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor for a total of 620 effective full power days. Fuel burnup ranged from 11.3 to 19.6% fissions per initial metal atom and time average, volume average irradiation temperatures of the individual compacts ranged from 955 to 1136¬įC. This paper focuses on key results from the irradiation and post-irradiation examination, which revealed a robust fuel with excellent performance characteristics under the conditions tested and have significantly improved the understanding of UCO coated particle fuel irradiation behavior within the US program. The fuel exhibited a very low incidence of TRISO coating failure during irradiation and post-irradiation safety testing at temperatures up to 1800¬įC. Advanced PIE methods have allowed particles with SiC coating failure to be isolated and meticulously examined, which has elucidated the specific causes of SiC failure in these specimens. The level of fission product release from the fuel during irradiation and post-irradiation safety testing has been studied in detail. Results indicated very low release of krypton and cesium through intact SiC and modest release of europium and strontium, while also confirming the potential for significant silver release through the coatings depending on irradiation conditions. Focused study of fission products within the coating layers of irradiated particles down to nanometer length scales has provided new insights into fission product transport through the coating layers and the role various fission products may have on coating integrity. The broader implications of these results and the application of

  4. Improving thermal model prediction through statistical analysis of irradiation and post-irradiation data from AGR experiments

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    Pham, Binh T.; Hawkes, Grant L.; Einerson, Jeffrey J.

    2014-01-01

    As part of the High Temperature Reactors (HTR) R and D program, a series of irradiation tests, designated as Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR), have been defined to support development and qualification of fuel design, fabrication process, and fuel performance under normal operation and accident conditions. The AGR tests employ fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder shrouded by a steel capsule and instrumented with thermocouples (TC) embedded in graphite blocks enabling temperature control. While not possible to obtain by direct measurements in the tests, crucial fuel conditions (e.g., temperature, neutron fast fluence, and burnup) are calculated using core physics and thermal modeling codes. This paper is focused on AGR test fuel temperature predicted by the ABAQUS code's finite element-based thermal models. The work follows up on a previous study, in which several statistical analysis methods were adapted, implemented in the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS), and applied for qualification of AGR-1 thermocouple data. Abnormal trends in measured data revealed by the statistical analysis are traced to either measuring instrument deterioration or physical mechanisms in capsules that may have shifted the system thermal response. The main thrust of this work is to exploit the variety of data obtained in irradiation and post-irradiation examination (PIE) for assessment of modeling assumptions. As an example, the uneven reduction of the control gas gap in Capsule 5 found in the capsule metrology measurements in PIE helps identify mechanisms other than TC drift causing the decrease in TC readings. This suggests a more physics-based modification of the thermal model that leads to a better fit with experimental data, thus reducing model uncertainty and increasing confidence in the calculated fuel temperatures of the AGR-1 test

  5. Improving thermal model prediction through statistical analysis of irradiation and post-irradiation data from AGR experiments

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    Pham, Binh T., E-mail: Binh.Pham@inl.gov [Human Factor, Controls and Statistics Department, Nuclear Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States); Hawkes, Grant L. [Thermal Science and Safety Analysis Department, Nuclear Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States); Einerson, Jeffrey J. [Human Factor, Controls and Statistics Department, Nuclear Science and Technology, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States)

    2014-05-01

    As part of the High Temperature Reactors (HTR) R and D program, a series of irradiation tests, designated as Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR), have been defined to support development and qualification of fuel design, fabrication process, and fuel performance under normal operation and accident conditions. The AGR tests employ fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder shrouded by a steel capsule and instrumented with thermocouples (TC) embedded in graphite blocks enabling temperature control. While not possible to obtain by direct measurements in the tests, crucial fuel conditions (e.g., temperature, neutron fast fluence, and burnup) are calculated using core physics and thermal modeling codes. This paper is focused on AGR test fuel temperature predicted by the ABAQUS code's finite element-based thermal models. The work follows up on a previous study, in which several statistical analysis methods were adapted, implemented in the NGNP Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS), and applied for qualification of AGR-1 thermocouple data. Abnormal trends in measured data revealed by the statistical analysis are traced to either measuring instrument deterioration or physical mechanisms in capsules that may have shifted the system thermal response. The main thrust of this work is to exploit the variety of data obtained in irradiation and post-irradiation examination (PIE) for assessment of modeling assumptions. As an example, the uneven reduction of the control gas gap in Capsule 5 found in the capsule metrology measurements in PIE helps identify mechanisms other than TC drift causing the decrease in TC readings. This suggests a more physics-based modification of the thermal model that leads to a better fit with experimental data, thus reducing model uncertainty and increasing confidence in the calculated fuel temperatures of the AGR-1 test.

  6. Analysis of fission gas release-to-birth ratio data from the AGR irradiations

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    Einerson, Jeffrey J.; Pham, Binh T.; Scates, Dawn M.; Maki, John T.; Petti, David A.

    2016-01-01

    A series of advanced gas reactor (AGR) irradiation tests is being conducted in the advanced test reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in support of development and qualification of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel used in the High temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). Each AGR test consists of multiple independent capsules containing fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder shrouded by a steel shell. These capsules are instrumented with thermocouples (TC) embedded in the graphite enabling temperature control. For AGR-1, the first US irradiation of modern TRISO fuel completed in 2009, there were no particle failures detected. For AGR-2, a few exposed kernels existed in the fuel compacts based upon quality control data. For the AGR-3/4 experiment, particle failures in all capsules were expected because of the use of designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles whose kernels are identical to the driver fuel kernels and whose coatings are designed to fail under irradiation. The release-rate-to-birth-rate ratio (R/B) for each of krypton and xenon isotopes is calculated from release rates measured by the germanium detectors used in the AGR fission product monitoring (FPM) system installed downstream from each irradiated capsule. Birth rates are calculated based on the fission power in the experiment and fission product generation models. Thus, this R/B is a measure of the ability of fuel particle coating layers and compact matrix to retain fission gas atoms preventing their release into the sweep gas flow. The major factors that govern gaseous diffusion and release processes are found to be fuel material diffusion coefficient, temperature, and isotopic decay constant. To compare the release behavior among the AGR capsules and historic experiments, the R/B per failed particle is used. HTGR designers use this parameter in their fission product behavior models. For the U.S. TRISO fuel, a regression analysis is performed to establish functional relationships

  7. Analysis of Fission Gas Release-to-Birth Ratio Data from the AGR Irradiations

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    Einerson, Jeffrey J.; Pham, Binh T.; Scates, Dawn M.; Maki, John T.; Petti, David A.

    2014-01-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation tests is being conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in support of development and qualification of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel used in the High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR). Each AGR test consists of multiple independent capsules containing fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder shrouded by a steel shell. These capsules are instrumented with thermocouples (TC) embedded in the graphite enabling temperature control. For AGR-1, the first US irradiation of modern TRISO fuel completed in 2009, there were no particle failures detected. For AGR-2, a few exposed kernels existed in the fuel compacts based upon quality control data. For the AGR-3/4 experiment, particle failures in all capsules were expected because of the use of designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles whose kernels are identical to the driver fuel kernels and whose coatings are designed to fail under irradiation. The release-rate-to-birth-rate ratio (R/B) for each of krypton and xenon isotopes is calculated from release rates measured by the germanium detectors used in the AGR Fission Product Monitoring (FPM) System installed downstream from each irradiated capsule. Birth rates are calculated based on the fission power in the experiment and fission product generation models. Thus, this R/B is a measure of the ability of fuel particle coating layers and compact matrix to retain fission gas atoms preventing their release into the sweep gas flow. The major factors that govern gaseous diffusion and release processes are found to be fuel material diffusion coefficient, temperature, and isotopic decay constant. To compare the release behavior among the AGR capsules and historic experiments, the R/B per failed particle is used. HTGR designers use this parameter in their fission product behavior models. For the U.S. TRISO fuel, a regression analysis is performed to establish functional relationships

  8. Analysis of fission gas release-to-birth ratio data from the AGR irradiations

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    Einerson, Jeffrey J., E-mail: jeffrey.einerson@inl.gov; Pham, Binh T.; Scates, Dawn M.; Maki, John T.; Petti, David A.

    2016-09-15

    A series of advanced gas reactor (AGR) irradiation tests is being conducted in the advanced test reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in support of development and qualification of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel used in the High temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). Each AGR test consists of multiple independent capsules containing fuel compacts placed in a graphite cylinder shrouded by a steel shell. These capsules are instrumented with thermocouples (TC) embedded in the graphite enabling temperature control. For AGR-1, the first US irradiation of modern TRISO fuel completed in 2009, there were no particle failures detected. For AGR-2, a few exposed kernels existed in the fuel compacts based upon quality control data. For the AGR-3/4 experiment, particle failures in all capsules were expected because of the use of designed-to-fail (DTF) fuel particles whose kernels are identical to the driver fuel kernels and whose coatings are designed to fail under irradiation. The release-rate-to-birth-rate ratio (R/B) for each of krypton and xenon isotopes is calculated from release rates measured by the germanium detectors used in the AGR fission product monitoring (FPM) system installed downstream from each irradiated capsule. Birth rates are calculated based on the fission power in the experiment and fission product generation models. Thus, this R/B is a measure of the ability of fuel particle coating layers and compact matrix to retain fission gas atoms preventing their release into the sweep gas flow. The major factors that govern gaseous diffusion and release processes are found to be fuel material diffusion coefficient, temperature, and isotopic decay constant. To compare the release behavior among the AGR capsules and historic experiments, the R/B per failed particle is used. HTGR designers use this parameter in their fission product behavior models. For the U.S. TRISO fuel, a regression analysis is performed to establish functional relationships

  9. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the AGR 3/4 Experiment

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    Pham, Binh Thi-Cam

    2015-01-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation experiments are being conducted within the Advanced Reactor Technology (ART) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The main objectives of the fuel experimental campaign are to provide the necessary data on fuel performance to support fuel process development, qualify a fuel design and fabrication process for normal operation and accident conditions, and support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes (PLN 3636, 'Technical Program Plan for INL Advanced Reactor Technologies Technology Development Office/Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program'). The AGR 3/4 test was inserted in the Northeast Flux Trap position in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) core at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in December 2011 and successfully completed irradiation in mid-April 2014, resulting in irradiation of the tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel for 369.1 effective full-power days (EFPDs) during approximately 2.4 calendar years. The AGR 3/4 data, including the irradiation data and calculated results, were qualified and stored in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). To support the U.S. TRISO fuel performance assessment and to provide data for validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, the daily as run thermal analysis has been performed separately on each of twelve AGR 3/4 capsules for the entire irradiation as discussed in ECAR-2807, 'AGR 3/4 Daily As Run Thermal Analyses'. The ABAQUS code's finite element-based thermal model predicts the daily average volume average (VA) fuel temperature (FT), peak FT, and graphite matrix, sleeve, and sink temperature in each capsule. The JMOCUP simulation codes were also created to perform depletion calculations for the AGR 3/4 experiment (ECAR-2753, 'JMOCUP As-Run Daily Physics Depletion Calculation for the AGR 3/4 TRISO Particle

  10. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the AGR 3/4 Experiment

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    Pham, Binh Thi-Cam [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-09-01

    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation experiments are being conducted within the Advanced Reactor Technology (ART) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The main objectives of the fuel experimental campaign are to provide the necessary data on fuel performance to support fuel process development, qualify a fuel design and fabrication process for normal operation and accident conditions, and support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes (PLN 3636, ‚ÄúTechnical Program Plan for INL Advanced Reactor Technologies Technology Development Office/Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification Program‚ÄĚ). The AGR 3/4 test was inserted in the Northeast Flux Trap position in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) core at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in December 2011 and successfully completed irradiation in mid-April 2014, resulting in irradiation of the tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel for 369.1 effective full-power days (EFPDs) during approximately 2.4 calendar years. The AGR 3/4 data, including the irradiation data and calculated results, were qualified and stored in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). To support the U.S. TRISO fuel performance assessment and to provide data for validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, the daily as run thermal analysis has been performed separately on each of twelve AGR 3/4 capsules for the entire irradiation as discussed in ECAR-2807, ‚ÄúAGR 3/4 Daily As Run Thermal Analyses‚ÄĚ. The ABAQUS code‚Äôs finite element-based thermal model predicts the daily average volume average (VA) fuel temperature (FT), peak FT, and graphite matrix, sleeve, and sink temperature in each capsule. The JMOCUP simulation codes were also created to perform depletion calculations for the AGR 3/4 experiment (ECAR-2753, ‚ÄúJMOCUP As-Run Daily Physics Depletion Calculation for the AGR 3/4 TRISO Particle Experiment in ATR

  11. MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF FISSION PRODUCT TRANSPORT IN THE AGR-3/4 EXPERIMENT

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    Humrickhouse, Paul W.; Collin, Blaise P.; Hawkes, Grant L.; Harp, Jason M.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Petti, David A.

    2016-11-01

    In this work we describe the ongoing modeling and analysis efforts in support of the AGR-3/4 experiment. AGR-3/4 is intended to provide data to assess fission product retention and transport (e.g., diffusion coefficients) in fuel matrix and graphite materials. We describe a set of pre-test predictions that incorporate the results of detailed thermal and fission product release models into a coupled 1D radial diffusion model of the experiment, using diffusion coefficients reported in the literature for Ag, Cs, and Sr. We make some comparisons of the predicted Cs profiles to preliminary measured data for Cs and find these to be reasonable, in most cases within an order of magnitude. Our ultimate objective is to refine the diffusion coefficients using AGR-3/4 data, so we identify an analytical method for doing so and demonstrate its efficacy via a series of numerical experiments using the model predictions. Finally, we discuss development of a post-irradiation examination plan informed by the modeling effort and simulate some of the heating tests that are tentatively planned.

  12. Sensitivity Evaluation of the Daily Thermal Predictions of the AGR-1 Experiment in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    Grant Hawkes; James Sterbentz; John Maki

    2011-05-01

    A temperature sensitivity evaluation has been performed for the AGR-1 fuel experiment on an individual capsule. A series of cases were compared to a base case by varying different input parameters into the ABAQUS finite element thermal model. These input parameters were varied by ¬Ī10% to show the temperature sensitivity to each parameter. The most sensitive parameters are the outer control gap distance, heat rate in the fuel compacts, and neon gas fraction. Thermal conductivity of the compacts and graphite holder were in the middle of the list for sensitivity. The smallest effects were for the emissivities of the stainless steel, graphite, and thru tubes. Sensitivity calculations were also performed varying with fluence. These calculations showed a general temperature rise with an increase in fluence. This is a result of the thermal conductivity of the fuel compacts and graphite holder decreasing with fluence.

  13. Developing equipment for AGR remote visual inspection

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    James, P.W.; Walton, P.J.

    1985-01-01

    The Remote Inspection Group is part of the CEGB's Generation Development and Construction Division, and has responsibility for the design, development, procurement, testing and setting to work of the equipment provided to carry out routine remote visual inspections of its AGRs. This equipment includes both the viewing devices and the necessary placement equipment. (author)

  14. Antisense locked nucleic acids targeting agrA inhibit quorum sensing and pathogenesis of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Da, F; Yao, L; Su, Z; Hou, Z; Li, Z; Xue, X; Meng, J; Luo, X

    2017-01-01

    Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is commonly associated with nonnosocomial skin and soft tissue infections due to its virulence, which is mainly controlled by the accessory gene regulator (agr) quorum sensing (QS) system. In this study (KFF) 3 K peptide-conjugated locked nucleic acids (PLNAs) targeting agrA mRNA were developed to inhibit agr activity and arrest the pathogenicity of CA-MRSA. Two PLNAs were designed, and synthesized, after predicting the secondary structure of agrA mRNA. The influence on bacterial growth was tested using a growth curve assay. RT-qPCR, haemolysis assay, lactate dehydrogenase release assay and chemotaxis assay were used to evaluate the effects of the PLNAs on inhibiting agr QS. A mouse skin infection model was employed to test the protective effect of the PLNAs in¬†vivo. None of the PLNAs were found to be bacteriostatic or bactericidal in¬†vitro. However, one PLNA, PLNA34, showed strong ability to suppress expression of agrA and the effector molecule RNAIII in USA300 LAC strain. Furthermore, PLNA34 inhibited the expression of virulence genes that are upregulated by agr, including hla, psmőĪ, psmő≤ and pvl. The haemolytic activity of the supernatants from PLNA34-treated bacteria was also dramatically reduced, as well as the capacity to lyse and recruit neutrophils. Moreover, PLNA34 showed high levels of protection in the CA-MRSA mouse skin infection model. The anti-agrA PLNA34 can effectively inhibit the agr QS and suppress CA-MRSA pathogenicity. agrA is a promising target for the development of antisense oligonucleotides to block agr QS. Journal of Applied Microbiology ¬© 2016 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  15. The Agr Quorum Sensing System Represses Persister Formation through Regulation of Phenol Soluble Modulins in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Tao Xu

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The opportunistic pathogen Staphylococcus aureus has become an increasing threat to public health. While the Agr quorum sensing (QS system is a master regulator of S. aureus virulence, its dysfunction has been frequently reported to promote bacteremia and mortality in clinical infections. Here we show that the Agr system is involved in persister formation in S. aureus. Mutation of either agrCA or agrD but not RNAIII resulted in increased persister formation of stationary phase cultures. RNA-seq analysis showed that in stationary phase AgrCA/AgrD and RNAIII mutants showed consistent up-regulation of virulence associated genes (lip and splE, etc. and down-regulation of metabolism genes (bioA and nanK, etc.. Meanwhile, though knockout of agrCA or agrD strongly repressed expression of phenol soluble modulin encoding genes psmőĪ1-4, psmő≤1-2 and phenol soluble modulins (PSM transporter encoding genes in the pmt operon, mutation of RNAIII enhanced expression of the genes. We further found that knockout of psmőĪ1-4 or psmő≤1-2 augmented persister formation and that co-overexpression of PSMőĪs and PSMő≤s reversed the effects of AgrCA mutation on persister formation. We also detected the effects on persister formation by mutations of metabolism genes (arcA, hutU, narG, nanK, etc. that are potentially regulated by Agr system. It was found that deletion of the ManNAc kinase encoding gene nanK decreased persister formation. Taken together, these results shed new light on the PSM dependent regulatory role of Agr system in persister formation and may have implications for clinical treatment of MRSA persistent infections.

  16. Materials and boiler rig testing to support chemical cleaning of once-through AGR boilers

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    Tice, D.R.; Platts, N.; Raffel, A.S.; Rudge, A.

    2002-01-01

    An extensive programme of work has been carried out to evaluate two candidate inhibited cleaning solutions for possible implementation on plant, which would be the first chemical clean of an AGR boiler. The two candidate cleaning solutions considered were a Stannine-inhibited citric acid/formic acid mixture (GOM106) and inhibited hydrofluoric acid. Citric acid-based cleaning processes are widely used within the UK Power Industry. The GOM106 solution, comprising a mixture of 3% citric acid, 0.5% formic acid and 0.05% Stannine LTP inhibitor, buffered with ammonia to pH 3.5, was developed specifically for the AGR boilers during the 1970's. Although a considerable amount of materials testing work was carried out by British Energy's predecessor companies to produce a recommended cleaning procedure there were some remaining concerns with the use of GOM106, from these earlier studies, for example, an increased risk of pitting attack associated with the removal of thick 9Cr oxide deposits and a risk of unacceptable damage in critical locations such as the upper transition joints and other weld locations. Hence, additional testing was still required to validate the solution for use on plant. Inhibited hydrofluoric acid (HFA) was also evaluated as an alternative reagent to GOM106. HFA has been used extensively for cleaning mild and low'alloy steel boiler tubes in fossil-fired plant in the UK and elsewhere in Europe and is known to remove oxide quickly. Waste treatment is also easier than for the GOM106 process and some protection against damage to the boiler tube materials is provided by complexing of fluoride with ferric ion. Validation of the potential reagents and inhibitors was achieved by assessing the rate and effectiveness of oxide removal from specimens of helical boiler tubing and welds, together with establishing the extent of any metal loss or localised damage. The initial materials testing resulted in the inhibited ammoniated citric / formic acid reagent being

  17. AgrAbility Project

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    ... Cordless Ratchet Wrench ClampTite Wire Clamping Tool iBlue Smart Gate/Door Opener Full Toolbox AT Database Extranet ... in-person NTW - March 19-22, Portland, Maine House and Senate Appropriations Committees recommend restoring AgrAbility funding... ...

  18. Progress with the AGR system

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    Merrett, D.J.

    1984-01-01

    The AGR programme was initiated in 1965 with the ordering of the Dungeness 'B' reactor, followed by Hinkley point 'B' (1965), Hunterston 'B' (1968), Hartlepool (1970), Heysham I (1970) and the two latest stations at Heysham II and Torness. The paper reviews the achievements and prospects for the AGR system under 6 topic headings. These include: operational experience at Hinkley Point 'B' and Hunterston'B', commissioning of Dungeness 'B', Hartlepool and Heysham I, Heysham II/Torness design, Heysham II/Torness programme and finally future prospects. (U.K.)

  19. Electron Microscopic Examination of Irradiated TRISO Coated Particles of Compact 6-3-2 of AGR-1 Experiment

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    Van Rooyen, Isabella Johanna [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Demkowicz, Paul Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Riesterer, Jessica Lori [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Miller, Brandon Douglas [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Janney, Dawn Elizabeth [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Ploger, Scott Arden [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2012-12-01

    The electron microscopic examination of selected irradiated TRISO coated particles of the AGR-1 experiment of fuel compact 6-3-2 are presented in this report. Compact 6-3-2 refers to the compact in Capsule 6 at level 3 of Stack 2. The fuel used in capsule 6 compacts, are called the ‚Äúbaseline‚ÄĚ fuel as it is fabricated with refined coating process conditions used to fabricate historic German fuel, because of its excellent irradiation performance with UO2 kernels. The AGR-1 fuel is however made of low-enriched uranium oxycarbide (UCO). Kernel diameters are approximately 350 ¬Ķm with a U-235 enrichment of approximately 19.7%. Compact 6-3-2 has been irradiated to 11.3% FIMA compact average burn-up with a time average, volume average temperature of 1070.2¬įC and with a compact average fast fluence of 2.38E21 n/cm

  20. Electron Microscopic Examination of Irradiated TRISO Coated Particles of Compact 6-3-2 of AGR-1 Experiment

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    Van Rooyen, Isabella Johanna [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Demkowicz, Paul Andrew [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Riesterer, Jessica Lori [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Miller, Brandon Douglas [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Janney, Dawn Elizabeth [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Harp, Jason Michael [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Ploger, Scott Arden [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2012-12-01

    The electron microscopic examination of selected irradiated TRISO coated particles of the AGR-1 experiment of fuel compact 6-3-2 are presented in this report. Compact 6-3-2 refers to the compact in Capsule 6 at level 3 of Stack 2. The fuel used in capsule 6 compacts, are called the ‚Äúbaseline‚ÄĚ fuel as it is fabricated with refined coating process conditions used to fabricate historic German fuel, because of its excellent irradiation performance with UO2 kernels. The AGR-1 fuel is however made of low-enriched uranium oxycarbide (UCO). Kernel diameters are approximately 350 ¬Ķm with a U-235 enrichment of approximately 19.7%. Compact 6-3-2 has been irradiated to 11.3% FIMA compact average burn-up with a time average, volume average temperature of 1070.2¬įC and with a compact average fast fluence of 2.38E21 n/cm

  1. AGR v PWR

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    Green, D.

    1986-01-01

    When the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) invited tenders and placed a contract for the Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) at Dungeness B in 1965 -preferring it to the Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) -the AGR was lamentably ill developed. The effects of the decision were widely felt, for it took the British nuclear industry off the light water reactor highway of world reactor business and up and idiosyncratic private highway of its own, excluding it altogether from any material export business in the two decades which followed. Yet although the UK may have made wrong decisions in rejecting the PWR in 1965, that does not mean that it can necessarily now either correct them, or redeem their consequence, by reversing the choice in 1985. In the 20 years since 1965 the whole world economic and energy picture has been transformed and the national picture with it. Picking up the PWR now could prove as big a disaster as rejecting it may have been in 1965. (author)

  2. Description of the advanced gas cooled type of reactor (AGR)

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    Nonboel, E. [Risoe National Lab., Roskilde (Denmark)

    1996-11-01

    The present report comprises a technical description of the Advanced Gas cooled Reactor (AGR), a reactor type which has only been built in Great Britain. 14 AGR reactors have been built, located at 6 different sites and each station is supplied with twin-reactors. The Torness AGR plant on the Lothian coastline of Scotland, 60 km east of Edinburgh, has been chosen as the reference plant and is described in some detail. Data on the other 6 stations, Dungeness B, Hinkely Point B, Hunterston G, Hartlepool, Heysham I and Heysham II, are given only in tables with a summary of design data. Where specific data for Torness AGR has not been available, corresponding data from other AGR plans has been used, primarily from Heysham II, which belongs to the same generation of AGR reactors. The information presented is based on the open literature. The report is written as a part of the NKS/RAK-2 subproject 3: `Reactors in Nordic Surroundings`, which comprises a description of nuclear power plants neighbouring the Nordic countries. (au) 11 refs.

  3. Description of the advanced gas cooled type of reactor (AGR)

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    Nonboel, E.

    1996-11-01

    The present report comprises a technical description of the Advanced Gas cooled Reactor (AGR), a reactor type which has only been built in Great Britain. 14 AGR reactors have been built, located at 6 different sites and each station is supplied with twin-reactors. The Torness AGR plant on the Lothian coastline of Scotland, 60 km east of Edinburgh, has been chosen as the reference plant and is described in some detail. Data on the other 6 stations, Dungeness B, Hinkely Point B, Hunterston G, Hartlepool, Heysham I and Heysham II, are given only in tables with a summary of design data. Where specific data for Torness AGR has not been available, corresponding data from other AGR plans has been used, primarily from Heysham II, which belongs to the same generation of AGR reactors. The information presented is based on the open literature. The report is written as a part of the NKS/RAK-2 subproject 3: 'Reactors in Nordic Surroundings', which comprises a description of nuclear power plants neighbouring the Nordic countries. (au) 11 refs

  4. Anterior Gradient 2 (AGR2) Induced Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) Signaling Is Essential for Murine Pancreatitis-Associated Tissue Regeneration

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    Wodziak, Dariusz; Dong, Aiwen; Basin, Michael F.; Lowe, Anson W.

    2016-01-01

    A recently published study identified Anterior Gradient 2 (AGR2) as a regulator of EGFR signaling by promoting receptor presentation from the endoplasmic reticulum to the cell surface. AGR2 also promotes tissue regeneration in amphibians and fish. Whether AGR2-induced EGFR signaling is essential for tissue regeneration in higher vertebrates was evaluated using a well-characterized murine model for pancreatitis. The impact of AGR2 expression and EGFR signaling on tissue regeneration was evaluated using the caerulein-induced pancreatitis mouse model. EGFR signaling and cell proliferation were examined in the context of the AGR2-/- null mouse or with the EGFR-specific tyrosine kinase inhibitor, AG1478. In addition, the Hippo signaling coactivator YAP1 was evaluated in the context of AGR2 expression during pancreatitis. Pancreatitis-induced AGR2 expression enabled EGFR translocation to the plasma membrane, the initiation of cell signaling, and cell proliferation. EGFR signaling and tissue regeneration were partially inhibited by the tyrosine kinase inhibitor AG1478, but absent in the AGR2-/- null mouse. AG1478-treated and AGR2-/- null mice with pancreatitis died whereas all wild-type controls recovered. YAP1 activation was also dependent on pancreatitis-induced AGR2 expression. AGR2-induced EGFR signaling was essential for tissue regeneration and recovery from pancreatitis. The results establish tissue regeneration as a major function of AGR2-induced EGFR signaling in adult higher vertebrates. Enhanced AGR2 expression and EGFR signaling are also universally present in human pancreatic cancer, which support a linkage between tissue injury, regeneration, and cancer pathogenesis. PMID:27764193

  5. Sa√ļde e mercado de trabalho no Brasil: diferenciais entre ocupados agr√≠colas e n√£o agr√≠colas

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    Alexandre Gori Maia

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa as diferen√ßas no estado de sa√ļde entre e dentro dos grupos de ocupados agr√≠colas e n√£o agr√≠colas no Brasil, utilizando medidas de autoavalia√ß√£o do estado de sa√ļde captadas no suplemento da PNAD (Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domic√≠lios de 2008. As an√°lises baseiam-se na composi√ß√£o socioecon√īmica dos ocupados agr√≠colas e n√£o agr√≠colas e nas estimativas de equa√ß√Ķes simult√Ęneas para captar as rela√ß√Ķes n√£o lineares entre sa√ļde, renda e jornada de trabalho. Um dos pressupostos do trabalho √© que a baixa preval√™ncia de saud√°veis entre os ocupados agr√≠colas estaria associada, sobretudo, √† composi√ß√£o socioecon√īmica desse grupo, e n√£o √† maior insalubridade a que os ocupados das atividades agr√≠colas estariam submetidos em condi√ß√Ķes socioecon√īmicas semelhantes √†s dos n√£o agr√≠colas. Analogamente, a desigualdade no estado de sa√ļde seria menor entre os ocupados agr√≠colas devido aos h√°bitos mais homog√™neos, n√£o s√≥ no que se refere ao tipo de atividade, mas tamb√©m em rela√ß√£o √† qualidade de vida e ao acesso a uma s√©rie de itens de consumo, t√≠pico das localidades menos desenvolvidas onde as atividades agr√≠colas prevalecem.This paper analyzes differences of health conditions between and within agricultural and non-agricultural workers in Brazil. Self-reported health measures of the Health Supplement of Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domic√≠lios (PNAD, from 2008, are used. Results are based on the description of the socioeconomic characteristics of each group of employees and on estimates of a simultaneous equation to measure non-linear relations between health conditions, income and work hours. The main hypothesis is that the lower prevalence of workers with good health among agricultural workers is mainly due to socioeconomic characteristics of this group and not necessarily to higher insalubrious conditions that such workers would be submitted to in equivalent socioeconomic conditions

  6. A forma√ß√£o de Licenciados em Ci√™ncias Agr√≠colas/Agr√°rias: o conhecimento e suas conex√Ķes

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    Marco Antonio de Moraes

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1984644413683Este trabalho visa identificar os perfis de forma√ß√£o dos licenciados de Ci√™ncias Agr√≠colas/Agr√°rias e os objetivos dos cursos que formam estes profissionais no Brasil. Neste estudo explorat√≥rio, os dados foram coletados atrav√©s da Internet no site do MEC e das Institui√ß√Ķes de Ensino Superior. O perfil geralmente proposto na forma√ß√£o do professor em Ci√™ncias Agr√≠colas/Agr√≠colas √© amplo, com atua√ß√£o em diferentes campos das Ci√™ncias Agr√°rias com finalidades econ√īmicas, mas com aten√ß√£o √†s quest√Ķes s√≥cio-pol√≠ticas e culturais presentes no meio rural brasileiro. Percebe-se a inten√ß√£o de formar licenciados que atendam alguns aspectos ou demandas regionais e que estejam preparados para as quest√Ķes da atualidade. Destaca-se a preocupa√ß√£o com o desenvolvimento de algumas compet√™ncias importantes na forma√ß√£o do profissional que ir√° atuar na educa√ß√£o escolar.

  7. Measurements of fuel temperature coefficient of reactivity on a commercial AGR

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    Telford, A.; Bridge, M.J.

    1978-01-01

    Tests have been carried out on the commercial AGR at Hikley Point to determine the fuel temperature coefficient of reactivity, an important safety related parameter. Reactor neutron flux was measured during transients induced by movement of a bank of control rods from one steady position to another. An inverse kinetics analysis was applied to the measured flux to determine the change which occured in core reactivity as the fuel temperature changed. The variation of mean fuel temperature was deduced from the flux transient by means of a nine-plane thermal hydraulics representation of the AGR fuel channel. Results so far obtained confirm the predicted variation of fuel temperature coefficient with butn-up. (author)

  8. Mecanização Agrícola - Análise de aspectos de operacionalidade de máquinas agrícolas

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    2012-01-01

    Este trabalho destina-se a apoiar a aprendizagem de estudantes do ramo das ci√™ncias agr√°rias sobre aspectos relevantes √† operacionalidade das m√°quinas agr√≠colas. Utiliza√ß√£o das equa√ß√Ķes de equil√≠brio na previs√£o de esfor√ßos sobre os eixos de tractores com alfaias montadas e semi-montadas com vista a salvaguardar os limites t√©cnicos, a estabilidade em declives e a qualidade do solo. Dada a import√Ęncia que t√™m as opera√ß√Ķes de manuseamento de carga nas explora√ß√Ķes agr√≠colas, √© abordado o...

  9. Training of engineers for nuclear power station operation

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    Myerscough, P.B.

    1980-01-01

    The requirements for staffing and training of a nuclear electric utility are described. Current training facilities at the Central Electricity Generating Board are applicable to gas-cooled technology with the possibility of the introduction of a thermal water system and fast reactors in the future. The CEGB training centres provide for the initial training of operational staff, revision training of experienced operational staff, and training of non-operational staff from the stations and supporting departments. Details are given of the content of the training courses which also provide simulation facilities of the basic dynamics of the CEGB stations. Further developments in simulation will include dynamics of the boiler and turbine plants in Magnox stations. The flexibility of the AGR simulations will enable the training exercises to be adjusted to meet changing operating patterns for each AGR station. (U.K.)

  10. Readiness Review of BWXT for Fabrication of AGR 5/6/7 Compacts

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    Marshall, Douglas William [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Sharp, Michelle Tracy [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2017-02-01

    In support of preparations for fabricating compacts for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel qualification irradiation experiments (AGR-5/6/7), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) conducted a readiness review of the BWX Technology (BWXT) procedures, processes, and equipment associated with compact fabrication activities at the BWXT Nuclear Operations Group (BWXT-NOG) facility outside Lynchburg, VirginiaVA. The readiness review used quality assurance requirements taken from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard (NQA-1-2008/1a-2009) as a basis to assess readiness to start compact fabrication.

  11. Detection and Analysis of Particles with Failed SiC in AGR-1 Fuel Compacts

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    Hunn, John D.; Baldwin, Charles A.; Gerczak, Tyler J.; Montgomery, Fred C.; Morris, Robert N.; Silva, Chinthaka M.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Harp, Jason M.; Ploger, Scott A.

    2014-01-01

    As the primary barrier to release of radioactive isotopes emitted from the fuel kernel, retention performance of the SiC layer in tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particles is critical to the overall safety of reactors that utilize this fuel design. Most isotopes are well-retained by intact SiC coatings, so pathways through this layer due to cracking, structural defects, or chemical attack can significantly contribute to radioisotope release. In the US TRISO fuel development effort, release of "1"3"4Cs and "1"3"7Cs are used to detect SiC failure during fuel compact irradiation and safety testing because the amount of cesium released by a compact containing one particle with failed SiC is typically ten or more times higher than that released by compacts without failed SiC. Compacts with particles that released cesium during the AGR-1 irradiation test or post-irradiation safety testing at 1600‚Äď 1800¬įC were identified, and individual particles with abnormally low cesium retention were sorted out with the ORNL Irradiated Microsphere Gamma Analyzer (IMGA). X-ray tomography was used for three-dimensional imaging of the internal coating structure to locate low-density pathways through the SiC layer and guide subsequent materialography by optical and scanning electron microscopy. All three cesium-releasing particles recovered from as-irradiated compacts showed a region where the inner pyrocarbon (IPyC) had cracked due to radiation-induced dimensional changes in the shrinking buffer and the exposed SiC had experienced concentrated attack by palladium; SiC failures observed in particles subjected to safety testing were related to either fabrication defects or showed extensive Pd corrosion through the SiC where it had been exposed by similar IPyC cracking. (author)

  12. Survival of Listeria monocytogenes in Soil Requires AgrA-Mediated Regulation.

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    Vivant, Anne-Laure; Garmyn, Dominique; Gal, Laurent; Hartmann, Alain; Piveteau, Pascal

    2015-08-01

    In a recent paper, we demonstrated that inactivation of the Agr system affects the patterns of survival of Listeria monocytogenes (A.-L. Vivant, D. Garmyn, L. Gal, and P. Piveteau, Front Cell Infect Microbiol 4:160, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2014.00160). In this study, we investigated whether the Agr-mediated response is triggered during adaptation in soil, and we compared survival patterns in a set of 10 soils. The fate of the parental strain L. monocytogenes L9 (a rifampin-resistant mutant of L. monocytogenes EGD-e) and that of a őĒagrA deletion mutant were compared in a collection of 10 soil microcosms. The őĒagrA mutant displayed significantly reduced survival in these biotic soil microcosms, and differential transcriptome analyses showed large alterations of the transcriptome when AgrA was not functional, while the variations in the transcriptomes between the wild type and the őĒagrA deletion mutant were modest under abiotic conditions. Indeed, in biotic soil environments, 578 protein-coding genes and an extensive repertoire of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) were differentially transcribed. The transcription of genes coding for proteins involved in cell envelope and cellular processes, including the phosphotransferase system and ABC transporters, and proteins involved in resistance to antimicrobial peptides was affected. Under sterilized soil conditions, the differences were limited to 86 genes and 29 ncRNAs. These results suggest that the response regulator AgrA of the Agr communication system plays important roles during the saprophytic life of L. monocytogenes in soil. Copyright ¬© 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  13. Investigation of thermally sensitised stainless steels as analogues for spent AGR fuel cladding to test a corrosion inhibitor for intergranular stress corrosion cracking

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    Whillock, Guy O. H.; Hands, Brian J.; Majchrowski, Tom P.; Hambley, David I.

    2018-01-01

    A small proportion of irradiated Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) fuel cladding can be susceptible to intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) when stored in pond water containing low chloride concentrations, but corrosion is known to be prevented by an inhibitor at the storage temperatures that have applied so far. It may be necessary in the future to increase the storage temperature by up to ‚ąľ20 ¬įC and to demonstrate the impact of higher temperatures for safety case purposes. Accordingly, corrosion testing is needed to establish the effect of temperature increases on the efficacy of the inhibitor. This paper presents the results of studies carried out on thermally sensitised 304 and 20Cr-25Ni-Nb stainless steels, investigating their grain boundary compositions and their IGSCC behaviour over a range of test temperatures (30-60 ¬įC) and chloride concentrations (0.3-10 mg/L). Monitoring of crack initiation and propagation is presented along with preliminary results as to the effect of the corrosion inhibitor. 304 stainless steel aged for 72 h at 600 ¬įC provided a close match to the known pond storage corrosion behaviour of spent AGR fuel cladding.

  14. Building Of Training Program Of Non-Destructive Testing For Concrete Structures (Part 1: Radiographic testing; Ultrasonic pulse velocity measurement; Nuclear moisture-density gauge)

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    Nguyen Le Son; Phan Chanh Vu; Pham The Hung; Vu Huy Thuc

    2007-01-01

    Non-destructive testing methods (NDT) have been identified as a strong candidate for remote sensing of concrete structures over recent years. This has accelerated the powerful development of the NDT techniques in Vietnam. Hence, there is an urgent need to promote the awareness of NDT methods which could give an improved estimate of the condition concrete. Building of training program of non-destructive testing for concrete structures is a necessary duty, in aiming to build a unified training program, possibly satisfying the requirements on training as well as researching. Under the framework of the basic VAEC project (CS/07/02-03), a training program for the first 03 NDT methods: 1. Radiographic testing; 2. Ultrasonic pulse velocity measurement; 3. Nuclear moisture- density gauge was prepared. The main products of this project include: 1. Set out 03 training notes for 03 methods; 2. Set out the practical exercises to train for 03 methods; 3. Editing a set of examination questions in aiming to familiarize with various questions in 03 trained methods; 4. Fabricating practical test specimens to demonstrate for 03 techniques. (author)

  15. AGR fuel management using PANTHER

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    Haddock, S.A.; Parks, G.T.

    1995-01-01

    This paper describes recent improvements in the AGR fuel management methodology implemented within PANTHER and the use of the code both for stand-alone calculations and within an automatic optimisation procedure. (author)

  16. Irradiation performance of AGR-1 high temperature reactor fuel

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    Demkowicz, Paul A., E-mail: paul.demkowicz@inl.gov [Idaho National Laboratory, PO Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Ploger, Scott A. [Idaho National Laboratory, PO Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States); Morris, Robert N.; Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Harp, Jason M.; Winston, Philip L. [Idaho National Laboratory, PO Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States); Gerczak, Tyler J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States); Rooyen, Isabella J. van [Idaho National Laboratory, PO Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6188 (United States); Montgomery, Fred C.; Silva, Chinthaka M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6093 (United States)

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: ‚ÄĘ Post-irradiation examination was performed on AGR-1 coated particle fuel. ‚ÄĘ Cesium release from the particles was very low in the absence of failed SiC layers. ‚ÄĘ Silver release was often substantial, and varied considerably with temperature. ‚ÄĘ Buffer and IPyC layers were found to play a key role in TRISO coating behavior. ‚ÄĘ Fission products palladium and silver were found in the SiC layer of particles. - Abstract: The AGR-1 experiment contained 72 low-enriched uranium oxide/uranium carbide TRISO coated particle fuel compacts in six capsules irradiated to burnups of 11.2 to 19.6% FIMA, with zero TRISO coating failures detected during the irradiation. The irradiation performance of the fuel including the extent of fission product release and the evolution of kernel and coating microstructures was evaluated based on detailed examination of the irradiation capsules, the fuel compacts, and individual particles. Fractional release of {sup 110m}Ag from the fuel compacts was often significant, with capsule-average values ranging from 0.01 to 0.38. Analysis of silver release from individual compacts indicated that it was primarily dependent on fuel temperature history. Europium and strontium were released in small amounts through intact coatings, but were found to be significantly retained in the outer pyrocarbon and compact matrix. The capsule-average fractional release from the compacts was 1 √ó 10{sup ‚ąí4} to 5 √ó 10{sup ‚ąí4} for {sup 154}Eu and 8 √ó 10{sup ‚ąí7} to 3 √ó 10{sup ‚ąí5} for {sup 90}Sr. The average {sup 134}Cs fractional release from compacts was <3 √ó 10{sup ‚ąí6} when all particles maintained intact SiC. An estimated four particles out of 2.98 √ó 10{sup 5} in the experiment experienced partial cesium release due to SiC failure during the irradiation, driving {sup 134}Cs fractional release in two capsules to approximately 10{sup ‚ąí5}. Identification and characterization of these particles has provided unprecedented insight into

  17. Scottish Nuclear Limited: the AGR - past, present and future

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    Anderson, D.; Barnes, G.G.

    1993-01-01

    This article reviews the historical development of the AGR (advanced gas-cooled reactor) in Scotland from its inception to its current successfully established position. It examines where the AGRs will go in the future and concludes with the strategic role of the existing and new plant in the market-led electricity supply industry. (Author)

  18. X-ray Analysis of Defects and Anomalies in AGR-5/6/7 TRISO Particles

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    Helmreich, Grant W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dyer, John A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Schumacher, Austin T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2017-06-01

    Coated particle fuel batches J52O-16-93164, 93165, 93166, 93168, 93169, 93170, and 93172 were produced by Babcock and Wilcox Technologies (BWXT) for possible selection as fuel for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program‚Äôs AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR), or may be used for other tests. Each batch was coated in a 150-mm-diameter production-scale fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnace. Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coatings were deposited on 425-őľm-nominal-diameter spherical kernels from BWXT lot J52R-16-69317 containing a mixture of 15.4%-enriched uranium carbide and uranium oxide (UCO), with the exception of Batch 93164, which used similar kernels from BWXT lot J52L-16-69316. The TRISO-coatings consisted of a ~50% dense carbon buffer layer with 100-őľmnominal thickness, a dense inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layer with 40-őľm-nominal thickness, a silicon carbide (SiC) layer with 35-őľm-nominal thickness, and a dense outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer with 40-őľm-nominal thickness. Each coated particle batch was sieved to upgrade the particles by removing over-sized and under-sized material, and the upgraded batch was designated by appending the letter A to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93164A). Secondary upgrading by sieving was performed on the upgraded batches to remove specific anomalies identified during analysis for Defective IPyC, and the upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter B to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165B). Following this secondary upgrading, coated particle composite J52R-16-98005 was produced by BWXT as fuel for the AGR Program‚Äôs AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the INL ATR. This composite was comprised of coated particle fuel batches J52O-16-93165B, 93168B, 93169B, and 93170B.

  19. Crystal Structure of AGR_C_4470p from Agrobacterium tumefaciens

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    Vorobiev,S.; Neely, H.; Seetharaman, J.; Ma, L.; Xiao, R.; Acton, T.; Montelione, G.; Tong, L.

    2007-01-01

    We report here the crystal structure at 2.0 {angstrom} resolution of the AGR{_}C{_}4470p protein from the Gram-negative bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The protein is a tightly associated dimer, each subunit of which bears strong structural homology with the two domains of the heme utilization protein ChuS from Escherichia coli and HemS from Yersinia enterocolitica. Remarkably, the organization of the AGR{_}C{_}4470p dimer is the same as that of the two domains in ChuS and HemS, providing structural evidence that these two proteins evolved by gene duplication. However, the binding site for heme, while conserved in HemS and ChuS, is not conserved in AGR{_}C{_}4470p, suggesting that it probably has a different function. This is supported by the presence of two homologs of AGR{_}C{_}4470p in E. coli, in addition to the ChuS protein.

  20. Trace organics in AGR coolants

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    Smith, R.; Green, L.O.; Johnson, P.A.V.

    1980-01-01

    Several analytical techniques have been employed in previous studies of the stable organic compounds arising from the radiolysis of methane/carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide coolants. The majority of this early information was collected from the Windscale AGR prototype. Analyses were also carried out on the liquors obtained from the WAGR humidryers. Three classes of compound were found in the liquors; aliphatic acids in the aqueous phase and methyl ketones and aromatic hydrocarbons in the oily phase. Acetic acid was found to be the predominant carboxylic acid. This paper outlines the major findings from a recent analytical survey of coolants taken over a wide range of dose rate, pressure, temperature and composition, from materials testing reactor facilities, WAGR and CAGR. (author)

  1. Inverse kinetics technique for reactor shutdown measurement: an experimental assessment. [AGR

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    Lewis, T. A.; McDonald, D.

    1975-09-15

    It is proposed to use the Inverse Kinetics Technique to measure the subcritical reactivity as a function of time during the testing of the nitrogen injection systems on AGRs. A description is given of an experimental assessment of the technique by investigating known transients created by control rod movements on a small experimental reactor, (2m high, 1m radius). Spatial effects were observed close to the moving rods but otherwise derived reactivities were independent of detector position and agreed well with the existing calibrations. This prompted the suggestion that data from installed reactor instrumentation could be used to calibrate CAGR control rods.

  2. AGR core safety assessment methodologies

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    McLachlan, N.; Reed, J.; Metcalfe, M.P.

    1996-01-01

    To demonstrate the safety of its gas-cooled graphite-moderated AGR reactors, nuclear safety assessments of the cores are based upon a methodology which demonstrates no component failures, geometrical stability of the structure and material properties bounded by a database. All AGRs continue to meet these three criteria. However, predictions of future core behaviour indicate that the safety case methodology will eventually need to be modified to deal with new phenomena. A new approach to the safety assessment of the cores is currently under development, which can take account of these factors while at the same time providing the same level of protection for the cores. This approach will be based on the functionality of the core: unhindered movement of control rods, continued adequate cooling of the fuel and the core, continued ability to charge and discharge fuel. (author). 5 figs

  3. The use of simulation on courses at the CEGB's nuclear power training centre

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    Madden, V.J.; Tompsett, P.A.

    1986-01-01

    Simulation used during training courses held at the Central Electricity Generating Board's (CEGB's) Nuclear Power Training Centre takes the form of desk-top kinetics units, generic Magnox and plant specific Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) simulators. This paper reviews the CEGB's experience in the training use of the first three AGR simulators and describes both the developments made since their first commissioning and those currently envisaged. The Heysham 2 simulator is compared with the earlier units and its use during training courses is discussed. The role of the tutor in the provision of simulator training is considered together with the various facilities which he controls. (author)

  4. La Elvira, desarrollo agrícola olvidado (caso real

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    √Ālvaro Camacho Caicedo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En √©ste art√≠culo, se hace una reflexi√≥n cr√≠tica sobre la concepci√≥n que tradicionalmente han tenido los lideres y dirigentes de las instituciones gubernamentales, privadas y acad√©micas relacionadas con el Desarrollo Rural del Municipio, sobre la importancia de "la contribuci√≥n del "subsector agr√≠cola campesino cale√Īo" al PIB municipal. Se resalta la relaci√≥n fundamental que existe entre el nivel de productividad y competitividad que pueden llegar a alcanzar los corregimientos cale√Īos en sus cosechas de hortalizas con los acompa√Īamientos, fomento y apoyos de asistencia tecnol√≥gica, cr√©dito agr√≠cola, administraci√≥n de cultivos y comercializaci√≥n por parte de las instituciones mencionadas. La falta de apoyos interinstitucionales genera en la comunidad el efecto contrario. En el presente art√≠culo se plantean propuestas, estrategias y pol√≠ticas para el desarrollo agr√≠cola del corregimiento cale√Īo de La Elvira, basadas en la experiencia del autor como economista agr√≠cola y de otras personas interesadas y conocedoras del tema.

  5. Uncertainty Quantification of Calculated Temperatures for the U.S. Capsules in the AGR-2 Experiment

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    Lybeck, Nancy [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Einerson, Jeffrey J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Hawkes, Grant L. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

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    A series of Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) irradiation experiments are being conducted within the Advanced Reactor Technology (ART) Fuel Development and Qualification Program. The main objectives of the fuel experimental campaign are to provide the necessary data on fuel performance to support fuel process development, qualify a fuel design and fabrication process for normal operation and accident conditions, and support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes (PLN-3636). The AGR-2 test was inserted in the B-12 position in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) core at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in June 2010 and successfully completed irradiation in October 2013, resulting in irradiation of the TRISO fuel for 559.2 effective full power days (EFPDs) during approximately 3.3 calendar years. The AGR-2 data, including the irradiation data and calculated results, were qualified and stored in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS) (Pham and Einerson 2014). To support the U.S. TRISO fuel performance assessment and to provide data for validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, the daily as-run thermal analysis has been performed separately on each of four AGR-2 U.S. capsules for the entire irradiation as discussed in (Hawkes 2014). The ABAQUS code’s finite element-based thermal model predicts the daily average volume-average fuel temperature and peak fuel temperature in each capsule. This thermal model involves complex physical mechanisms (e.g., graphite holder and fuel compact shrinkage) and properties (e.g., conductivity and density). Therefore, the thermal model predictions are affected by uncertainty in input parameters and by incomplete knowledge of the underlying physics leading to modeling assumptions. Therefore, alongside with the deterministic predictions from a set of input thermal conditions, information about prediction uncertainty is instrumental for the ART

  6. Corrosion inhibition studies in support of the long term storage of AGR fuel

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    Standring, P [Sellafield Limited (United Kingdom)

    2012-07-01

    Thorp Receipt and Storage (at Sellafield, UK) is currently being investigated as a bridging solution for the storage of AGR fuel pending the out-come of a national review into spent fuel management. AGR spent fuel is known to be susceptible to corrosion through inter-granular attack. To avoid this, the chosen storage regime for AGR fuel is sodium hydroxide dosed pond water to pH 11.4; now 22 years of operating experience. The conversion of TR and S will require a phased transition. During this transition sodium hydroxide cannot be used due to materials compatibility issues. Alternative corrosion inhibitors have been investigated as an interim measure and sodium nitrate has been selected as a suitable candidate. The efficiency of sodium nitrate to inhibit propagating inter-granular attack of active AGR materials has yet to be established. In the longer term sodium hydroxide will be deployed along with a move to a closed loop pond water management system. Given that carbon dioxide is known to be absorbed by sodium hydroxide dosed water and can affect fuel integrity, in the case of Magnox fuel, there is a need to establish its impact on AGR fuel. The objectives are: To establish the impact of carbonate on AGR fuel corrosion; To establish the efficiency of sodium nitrate to inhibit propagating inter-granular attack of irradiated AGR materials.

  7. Saberes agrícolas tradicionales como programa académico

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    J. Antonio Gómez Espinoza

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En el marco de las crisis social y ambiental del tercer milenio, se hace necesario repensar la universidad, sus paradigmas, el concepto de educaci√≥n y su modelo educativo para impactar en la construcci√≥n de la nueva sociedad. Los Saberes Agr√≠colas Tradicionales (SAT aportan elementos conceptuales b√°sicos para la implementaci√≥n y desarrollo de una sociedad sustentable. A partir del rescate, la sistematizaci√≥n de los SAT y el di√°logo intercultural SAT-ciencia, se propone incorporar los Saberes Agr√≠colas Tradicionales como programa acad√©mico en las Instituciones de Ense√Īanza y Aprendizaje Agr√≠cola del nivel Superior (IEAS.

  8. Operator training facilities for CEGB advanced gas cooled reactors

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    Green, J.F.; Birnie, S.

    1980-01-01

    The facilities provided at the Nuclear Power Training Centre of the CEGB for the training of operators fo the AGR are described. The simulator control desks are replicas of three AGR designs with, in addition, simulation of the Data Processing System for each station. Three modes of operation are envisaged: a.) Demonstration where the simulator is used by the tutor to illustrate lecture on plant behaviour. b.) Interaction where the student carries out normal procedures and experiences plant failure situations. c.) Investigation where engineering staff use the simulator for validation of modified operational procedures, ergonomic studies etc. (orig./HP)

  9. Comparison of fission product release predictions using PARFUME with results from the AGR-1 irradiation experiment

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    Collin, Blaise P.; Petti, David A.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Maki, John T.

    2014-01-01

    The PARFUME (PARticle FUel ModEl) code was used to predict fission product release from tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated fuel particles and compacts during the first irradiation experiment (AGR-1) of the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification program. The PARFUME model for the AGR-1 experiment used the fuel compact volume average temperature for each of the 620 days of irradiation to calculate the release of fission products silver, cesium, and strontium from a representative particle for a select number of AGR-1 compacts. Post-irradiation examination (PIE) measurements provided data on release of fission products from fuel compacts and fuel particles, and retention of fission products in the compacts outside of the silicon carbide (SiC) layer. PARFUME-predicted fractional release of these fission products was determined and compared to the PIE measurements. Results show an overall over-prediction of the fractional release of cesium by PARFUME. For particles with failed SiC layers, the over-prediction is by a factor of about two, corresponding to an over-estimation of the diffusivity in uranium oxycarbide (UCO) by a factor of about 100. For intact particles, whose release is much lower, the over-prediction is by an average of about an order of magnitude, which could additionally be attributed to an over-estimated diffusivity in SiC by about 30%. The release of strontium from intact particles is also over-estimated by PARFUME, which also points towards an over-estimated diffusivity of strontium in either SiC or UCO, or possibly both. The measured strontium fractional release from intact particles varied considerably from compact to compact, making it difficult to assess the effective over-estimation of the diffusivities. Furthermore, the release of strontium from particles with failed SiC is difficult to observe experimentally due to the release from intact particles, preventing any conclusions to be made on the accuracy or validity of the

  10. AGR-1 Fuel Compact 6-3-2 Post-Irradiation Examination Results

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    Paul demkowicz; jason Harp; Scott Ploger

    2012-12-01

    Destructive post-irradiation examination was performed on fuel Compact 6-3-2, which was irradiated in the AGR-1 experiment to a final compact average burnup of 11.3% FIMA and a time-average, volume-average temperature of 1070¬įC. The analysis of this compact was focused on characterizing the extent of fission product release from the particles and examining particles to determine the condition of the kernels and coating layers. The work included deconsolidation of the compact and leach-burn-leach analysis, visual inspection and gamma counting of individual particles, measurement of fuel burnup by several methods, metallurgical preparation of selected particles, and examination of particle cross-sections with optical microscopy. A single particle with a defective SiC layer was identified during deconsolidation-leach-burn-leach analysis, which is in agreement with previous measurements showing elevated cesium in the Capsule 6 graphite fuel holder associated with this fuel compact. The fraction of the compact europium inventory released from the particles and retained in the matrix was relatively high (approximately 6E-3), indicating release from intact particle coatings. The Ag-110m inventory in individual particles exhibited a very broad distribution, with some particles retaining =80% of the predicted inventory and others retaining less than 25%. The average degree of Ag-110m retention in 60 gamma counted particles was approximately 50%. This elevated silver release is in agreement with analysis of silver on the Capsule 6 components, which indicated an average release of 38% of the Capsule 6 inventory from the fuel compacts. In spite of the relatively high degree of silver release from the particles, virtually none of the Ag-110m released was found in the compact matrix, and presumably migrated out of the compact and was deposited on the irradiation capsule components. Release of all other fission products from the particles appears to be less than a single

  11. The Staphylococcus aureus Two-Component System AgrAC Displays Four Distinct Genomic Arrangements That Delineate Genomic Virulence Factor Signatures

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    Kumari S. Choudhary

    2018-05-01

    Full Text Available Two-component systems (TCSs consist of a histidine kinase and a response regulator. Here, we evaluated the conservation of the AgrAC TCS among 149 completely sequenced Staphylococcus aureus strains. It is composed of four genes: agrBDCA. We found that: (i AgrAC system (agr was found in all but one of the 149 strains, (ii the agr positive strains were further classified into four agr types based on AgrD protein sequences, (iii the four agr types not only specified the chromosomal arrangement of the agr genes but also the sequence divergence of AgrC histidine kinase protein, which confers signal specificity, (iv the sequence divergence was reflected in distinct structural properties especially in the transmembrane region and second extracellular binding domain, and (v there was a strong correlation between the agr type and the virulence genomic profile of the organism. Taken together, these results demonstrate that bioinformatic analysis of the agr locus leads to a classification system that correlates with the presence of virulence factors and protein structural properties.

  12. The Staphylococcus aureus Two-Component System AgrAC Displays Four Distinct Genomic Arrangements That Delineate Genomic Virulence Factor Signatures

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    Choudhary, Kumari S.; Mih, Nathan; Monk, Jonathan; Kavvas, Erol; Yurkovich, James T.; Sakoulas, George; Palsson, Bernhard O.

    2018-01-01

    Two-component systems (TCSs) consist of a histidine kinase and a response regulator. Here, we evaluated the conservation of the AgrAC TCS among 149 completely sequenced Staphylococcus aureus strains. It is composed of four genes: agrBDCA. We found that: (i) AgrAC system (agr) was found in all but one of the 149 strains, (ii) the agr positive strains were further classified into four agr types based on AgrD protein sequences, (iii) the four agr types not only specified the chromosomal arrangement of the agr genes but also the sequence divergence of AgrC histidine kinase protein, which confers signal specificity, (iv) the sequence divergence was reflected in distinct structural properties especially in the transmembrane region and second extracellular binding domain, and (v) there was a strong correlation between the agr type and the virulence genomic profile of the organism. Taken together, these results demonstrate that bioinformatic analysis of the agr locus leads to a classification system that correlates with the presence of virulence factors and protein structural properties. PMID:29887846

  13. Caracterização dos acidentes com tratores agrícolas

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    Schlosser José Fernando

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Em despeito √† sua import√Ęncia, poucas pesquisas v√™m sendo executadas com o intuito de caracterizar os acidentes de trabalho com tratores agr√≠colas, identificando sua natureza (tipo bem como suas causas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi caracterizar os acidentes envolvendo tratores agr√≠colas ocorridos na regi√£o da Depress√£o Central do Rio Grande do Sul e, a partir disto, delinear estrat√©gias eficientes na sua preven√ß√£o. Para o levantamento dos dados, foi aplicado um question√°rio aos operadores de tratores agr√≠colas da regi√£o da Depress√£o Central do Rio Grande do Sul. Os dados demonstraram que 39% dos trabalhadores rurais entrevistados j√° sofreram algum tipo de acidente de trabalho com tratores agr√≠colas. Dentre os tipos de acidentes com tratores agr√≠colas detectados na pesquisa, destacam-se o capotamento, que correspondeu a 51,71% do total de acidentes graves, e os escorreg√Ķes, que corresponderam a 40,82% dos acidentes leves. As principais causas dos acidentes relatados foram a falta de conhecimento a respeito das medidas de seguran√ßa na opera√ß√£o de tratores (32,77%, a falta de aten√ß√£o (32,22% para a tarefa executada e o equipamento inadequado (22,22%. Os acidentes graves tiveram causas diferentes comparativamente aos leves. Operadores sem treinamento adequado, a n√£o observa√ß√£o de regras b√°sicas de seguran√ßa e a longa jornada de trabalho s√£o tend√™ncias observadas neste trabalho que ampliam os riscos de ocorr√™ncia de acidentes. A inclus√£o de dispositivos que tornem a m√°quina mais segura e confort√°vel, bem como o treinamento dos operadores de tratores agr√≠colas s√£o pr√°ticas de import√Ęncia fundamental para a preven√ß√£o dos acidentes com tratores agr√≠colas.

  14. Trabajadores agrícolas y subjetividad en California

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    Florencio Posadas Segura

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se explora el problema de la subjetividad de los trabajadores agríco - las, partiendo de la hipótesis de que éstos consideran malas sus condiciones de vida y de trabajo. Mediante el trabajo de campo se demostraron sus conocimientos y opi - niones sobre su situación laboral y existencial en el Valle de San Joaquín California durante 2007 y 2008. Se descubrió que la visión del trabajador agrícola está basada en la subjetivación y reinterpretación de sus circunstancias objetivas de trabajo y de vida. Se concluyó que los trabajadores agrícolas opinan que sus condiciones son pé - simas porque sus derechos laborales, sociales y humanos no se reconocen o respetan, la crisis económica, social y política de Estados Unidos les perjudica y el Tratado de Libre Comercio entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá ( TLCAN sólo podría beneficiarles con una reforma migratoria.

  15. The design and development of AGR fuelling machines

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    Calnan, J.P.; Hardon, L.

    1986-01-01

    The main functional requirements and essential generic design aspects of the UK AGR fuelling machines are listed and described as a precursor to reviewing some detail features of the individual station designs. The paper highlights the variability of engineering solutions adopted to meet the common challenge of on-load refuelling the first generation AGR stations. Design development from first to second generation stations is illustrated by detailed reference to the Hinkley B/Hunterston B and Heysham II/Torness fuelling machine designs. The paper concludes with a brief speculative view on the possible direction of future design development. (author)

  16. Daily Thermal Predictions of the AGR-1 Experiment with Gas Gaps Varying with Time

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    Grant Hawkes; James Sterbentz; John Maki; Binh Pham

    2012-06-01

    A new daily as-run thermal analysis was performed at the Idaho National Laboratory on the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) test experiment number one at the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). This thermal analysis incorporates gas gaps changing with time during the irradiation experiment. The purpose of this analysis was to calculate the daily average temperatures of each compact to compare with experimental results. Post irradiation examination (PIE) measurements of the graphite holder and fuel compacts showed the gas gaps varying from the beginning of life. The control temperature gas gap and the fuel compact ‚Äď graphite holder gas gaps were linearly changed from the original fabrication dimensions, to the end of irradiation measurements. A steady-state thermal analysis was performed for each daily calculation. These new thermal predictions more closely match the experimental data taken during the experiment than previous analyses. Results are presented comparing normalized compact average temperatures to normalized log(R/B) Kr-85m. The R/B term is the measured release rate divided by the predicted birth rate for the isotope Kr-85m. Correlations between these two normalized values are presented.

  17. Heysham II/Torness AGR steam generator

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    Charcharos, A.N.; Wood, M.B.; Glasgow, J.R.

    1988-01-01

    The AGR Steam Generators for Heysham II and Torness Power Stations have been installed at site and are being operated in the initial low temperature commissioning plant engineering tests. In this paper a description of the high pressure once-through steam generators together with layout arrangements, materials employed, operating parameters, plant operating conditions and constraints is given. An outline of the development of the design through thermo-hydraulic considerations, mechanical design, instrumentation to component testing is presented. Special features of the design directed to accommodate such requirements as seismic loadings, waterside static and dynamic stability, gas flow induced vibration, thermal expansions are described in detail. The fabrication facilities employed and techniques selected and developed for the manufacture and assembly of the heating surfaces are presented. These include welding processes, tube manipulation and heat treatment with details of the automation applied to the processes. Operating experience in the early commissioning plant engineering tests at Site is described with an emphasis on those tests which provide the final confirmation of the design prior to operation at full load. The paper concludes with a description of the outstanding commissioning activities up to raise power. (author)

  18. Heysham II/Torness AGR steam generator

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    Charcharos, A N [National Nuclear Corporation Ltd., Knutsford (United Kingdom); Wood, M B; Glasgow, J R [NEI Power Projects Ltd., Gateshead (United Kingdom)

    1988-07-01

    The AGR Steam Generators for Heysham II and Torness Power Stations have been installed at site and are being operated in the initial low temperature commissioning plant engineering tests. In this paper a description of the high pressure once-through steam generators together with layout arrangements, materials employed, operating parameters, plant operating conditions and constraints is given. An outline of the development of the design through thermo-hydraulic considerations, mechanical design, instrumentation to component testing is presented. Special features of the design directed to accommodate such requirements as seismic loadings, waterside static and dynamic stability, gas flow induced vibration, thermal expansions are described in detail. The fabrication facilities employed and techniques selected and developed for the manufacture and assembly of the heating surfaces are presented. These include welding processes, tube manipulation and heat treatment with details of the automation applied to the processes. Operating experience in the early commissioning plant engineering tests at Site is described with an emphasis on those tests which provide the final confirmation of the design prior to operation at full load. The paper concludes with a description of the outstanding commissioning activities up to raise power. (author)

  19. Acceptance Test Data for Candidate AGR-5/6/7 TRISO Particle Batches BWXT Coater Batches 93165 93172 Defective IPyC Fraction and Pyrocarbon Anisotropy

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    Helmreich, Grant W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Skitt, Darren J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Dyer, John A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Schumacher, Austin T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    Coated particle fuel batches J52O-16-93165, 93166, 93168, 93169, 93170, and 93172 were produced by Babcock and Wilcox Technologies (BWXT) for possible selection as fuel for the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program‚Äôs AGR-5/6/7 irradiation test in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Advanced Test Reactor (ATR). Some of these batches may alternately be used as demonstration coated particle fuel for other experiments. Each batch was coated in a 150-mm-diameter production-scale fluidized-bed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) furnace. Tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coatings were deposited on 425-őľm-nominal-diameter spherical kernels from BWXT lot J52R-16-69317 containing a mixture of 15.5%-enriched uranium carbide and uranium oxide (UCO). The TRISO coatings consisted of four consecutive CVD layers: a ~50% dense carbon buffer layer with 100-őľm-nominal thickness, a dense inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC) layer with 40-őľm-nominal thickness, a silicon carbide (SiC) layer with 35-őľm-nominal thickness, and a dense outer pyrolytic carbon (OPyC) layer with 40-őľmnominal thickness. The TRISO-coated particle batches were sieved to upgrade the particles by removing over-sized and under-sized material, and the upgraded batches were designated by appending the letter A to the end of the batch number (e.g., 93165A).

  20. PIE on Safety-Tested Loose Particles from Irradiated Compact 4-4-2

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    Hunn, John D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gerczak, Tyler J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Morris, Robert Noel [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Baldwin, Charles A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Montgomery, Fred C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

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    Post-irradiation examination (PIE) is being performed in support of tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated particle fuel development and qualification for High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactors (HTGRs). This work is sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) through the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) Office under the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification (AGR) Program. The AGR-1 experiment was the first in a series of TRISO fuel irradiation tests initiated in 2006. The AGR-1 TRISO particles and fuel compacts were fabricated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2006 using laboratory-scale equipment and irradiated for 3 years in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to demonstrate and evaluate fuel performance under HTGR irradiation conditions. Post-irradiation examination was performed at INL and ORNL to study how the fuel behaved during irradiation, and to test fuel performance during exposure to elevated temperatures at or above temperatures that could occur during a depressurized conduction cooldown event. This report summarizes safety testing and post-safety testing PIE conducted at ORNL on loose particles extracted from irradiated AGR-1 Compact 4-4-2.

  1. Performance Tests of Three Flow Distributors Using SMART-ITL with 1-Train CMT

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    Bae, Hwang; Ryu, Sung Uk; Shin, Yong-Cheol; Ko, Yung-Joo; Min, Kyoung-Ho; Ryu, Hyo Bong; Park, Jong-Kuk; Bang, Yun-Gon; Chae, Young-Jong; Yi, Sung-Jae; Park, Hyun-Sik [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Passive safety systems (PSSs) are key tools to remove the heat from the core or containment. Safety improvements for SMART have been studied since the Standard Design Approval (SDA) for SMART was certificated in 2012. Active safety systems such as safety injection pumps are replaced by a passive system, which is a kind of the gravity injection system with core makeup tanks (CMT) and safety injection tanks (SIT). All tanks for the passive safety systems are located higher than a pressurized reactor vessel, whose injection nozzles are located around the reactor coolant pumps (RCP). An Integral Test Loop for the SMART design (SMART-ITL) has been constructed and its commissioning tests finished in 2012. SMART-ITL is scaled down by the volume scaling methodology. Its height is conserved and its volume scale ratio is 1/49. The SMART-ITL has all fluid systems of SMART together with a break system and instruments. Recently, a test program to validate the performance of SMART Passive Safety System (PSS) was launched. A scaled-down test facility for SMART PSS was additionally installed at the existing SMART-ITL facility and a set of validation tests were performed. In this paper, the performance tests of the flow distributors using SMART-ITL with 1-train CMT will be discussed. A 1-train passive safety system including a CMT and SIT, which is operated only by gravity force, was additionally installed in the SMART-ITL to replace the active safety system for the SMART design. Several performance tests for the flow distributors were carried out to estimate a designed flow rate. 1. The peak flow rate in a hot test does not reach the value in a cold test, and the approaching time to peak is also delayed during the early stage of gravity injection. 2.. It is verified that the flow rate from a gravity injection depends on the differential pressure in the injection pipe line including a friction and form drag, which can be adjusted by controlling the resistance coefficient.

  2. AGR-2 Final Data Qualification Report for U.S. Capsules - ATR Cycles 147A Through 154B

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    Pham, Binh T. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High-Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office; Einerson, Jeffrey J. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Very High-Temperature Reactor Technology Development Office

    2014-07-01

    This report provides the data qualification status of AGR-2 fuel irradiation experimental data in four U.S. capsules from all 15 Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) Cycles 147A, 148A, 148B, 149A, 149B, 150A, 150B, 151A, 151B, 152A, 152B, 153A, 153B, 154A, and 154B, as recorded in the Nuclear Data Management and Analysis System (NDMAS). Thus, this report covers data qualification status for the entire AGR-2 irradiation and will replace four previously issued AGR-2 data qualification reports (e.g., INL/EXT-11-22798, INL/EXT-12-26184, INL/EXT-13-29701, and INL/EXT-13-30750). During AGR-2 irradiation, two cycles, 152A and 153A, occurred when the ATR core was briefly at low power, so AGR-2 irradiation data are not used for physics and thermal calculations. Also, two cycles, 150A and 153B, are Power Axial Locator Mechanism (PALM) cycles when the ATR power is higher than during normal cycles. During the first PALM cycle, 150A, the experiment was temporarily moved from the B-12 location to the ATR water canal and during the second PALM cycle, 153B, the experiment was temporarily moved from the B-12 location to the I-24 location to avoid being overheated. During the ‚ÄúOutage‚ÄĚ cycle, 153A, seven flow meters were installed downstream from seven Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS) monitors to measure flows from the monitors and these data are included in the NDMAS database.

  3. Competencias Profesionales del Ingeniero Agrónomo de la Universidad de Guanajuato Competencias Profesionales del Ingeniero Agrónomo de la Universidad de Guanajuato

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    Gabriel Córdova Duarte

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Buscando determinar las competencias profesionales del Ingeniero Agr√≥nomo, se realiz√≥ una revisi√≥n bibliogr√°fi ca de la problem√°tica agr√≠cola del estado de Guanajuato, sobre las caracter√≠sticas y tipos de competencias, requeridas en √©ste contexto. Las mismas se identificaron y clasificaron de la siguiente manera: t√©cnicas, establecer, implementar y evaluar las diversas t√©cnicas de producci√≥n de cultivos; realizar un uso eficiente del agua; conservar, recuperar y optimizar el suelo; seleccionar y manejar maquinaria y equipo agropecuario; diagnosticar, controlar y prevenir las plagas, malezas y enfermedades de los cultivos; las metodol√≥gicas: analizar, implementar y evaluar diversas estrategias de venta y comercializaci√≥n de productos y subproductos agr√≠colas; administrar empresas y proyectos agr√≠colas; y, establecer, implementar y evaluar alternativas energ√©ticas agr√≠colas; la social participativa: dise√Īar, implementar y evaluar diversas estrategias para el desarrollo rural. Por tanto, la formaci√≥n del agr√≥nomo debe brindar estas competencias, a fin de contribuir al mejoramiento de la problem√°tica estatal. In order to determine the professional competencies needed by Agricultural Engineers, a bibliographic review of agricultural problems in the state of Guanajuato was performed, focused on the types and characteristics of competencies needed, which were identified and classified as follows: Techniques for the establishment, implementation, and evaluation of various methods of crop production; the efficient use of water; the conservation, recuperation, and optimization of soil; the selection and use of machinery and farming equipment; and the diagnosing, control, and prevention of weeds, vermin, and crop diseases; Methodologies for the analysis, implementation, and evaluation of various sales strategies and the commercialization of agricultural products and sub-products; the administration of companies and agricultural

  4. Cross-Talk between Staphylococcus aureus and Other Staphylococcal Species via the agr Quorum Sensing System

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    Jaime Canovas

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Staphylococci are associated with both humans and animals. While most are non-pathogenic colonizers, Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic pathogen capable of causing severe infections. S. aureus virulence is controlled by the agr quorum sensing system responding to secreted auto-inducing peptides (AIPs sensed by AgrC, a two component histidine kinase. agr loci are found also in other staphylococcal species and for Staphylococcus epidermidis, the encoded AIP represses expression of agr regulated virulence genes in S. aureus. In this study we aimed to better understand the interaction between staphylococci and S. aureus, and show that this interaction may eventually lead to the identification of new anti-virulence candidates to target S. aureus infections. Here we show that culture supernatants of 37 out of 52 staphylococcal isolates representing 17 different species inhibit S. aureus agr. The dog pathogen, Staphylococcus schleiferi, expressed the most potent inhibitory activity and was active against all four agr classes found in S. aureus. By employing a S. aureus strain encoding a constitutively active AIP receptor we show that the activity is mediated via agr. Subsequent cloning and heterologous expression of the S. schleiferi AIP in S. aureus demonstrated that this molecule was likely responsible for the inhibitory activity, and further proof was provided when pure synthetic S. schleiferi AIP was able to completely abolish agr induction of an S. aureus reporter strain. To assess impact on S. aureus virulence, we co-inoculated S. aureus and S. schleiferi in vivo in the Galleria mellonella wax moth larva, and found that expression of key S. aureus virulence factors was abrogated. Our data show that the S. aureus agr locus is highly responsive to other staphylococcal species suggesting that agr is an inter-species communication system. Based on these results we speculate that interactions between S. aureus and other colonizing staphylococci

  5. Measurement techniques for AGR circulators in a full-density rig

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    Watson, I.; Wilson, R.R.

    1977-01-01

    Safety and reliability are the most important factors of a nuclear power plant. This applies in particular to the circulators used to drive the high-density CO 2 around the reactor core and boiler circuits. Under operating conditions, very high sound-pressure levels are generated which could excite components and cause possible fatigue failures. Failures of this type were experienced on the original axial blowers for the Hinkley 'A' Magnox reactor and, following this, a stringent test plan was specified for the AGR circulators. The present paper describes some of the techniques used to measure strain, sound and vibration on circulators in a full-density rig. This rig reproduces the actual reactor working conditions of 300 0 C and 4.1 MN m -2 with gas velocities up to 120 m s -1 . Under these conditions sound-pressure levels of up to 172 dB are generated. This programme of circulator testing has continued for the past 10 years. During this period many obstacles and difficulties were encountered. Some of these problems, together with the solutions found, are discussed. (author)

  6. La ingeniería agrícola en el mundo

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    José Eugenio Hernández H.

    1989-07-01

    Full Text Available Con el objeto de dar a conocer el grado de difusión que la ingeniería agrícola tiene en el mundo, en el presente artículo se indican la mayoría de los países y las universidades que en los distintos continentes ofrecen programas de pregrado y postgrado en ingeniería agrícola y áreas afines. Se trata de una recopilación de la información disponible en diferentes fuentes; pretendemos que sirva de punto de apoyo en la obtención de mayores datos para aquellas personas interesadas en iniciar la carrera a nivel de pregrado o bien en cursar estudios de postgrado en una de las áreas específicas de acción profesional de la ingeniería agrícola.

  7. Ras-dva1 small GTPase regulates telencephalon development in Xenopus laevis embryos by controlling Fgf8 and Agr signaling at the anterior border of the neural plate

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    Maria B. Tereshina

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available We previously found that the small GTPase Ras-dva1 is essential for the telencephalic development in Xenopus laevis because Ras-dva1 controls the Fgf8-mediated induction of FoxG1 expression, a key telencephalic regulator. In this report, we show, however, that Ras-dva1 and FoxG1 are expressed in different groups of cells; whereas Ras-dva1 is expressed in the outer layer of the anterior neural fold, FoxG1 and Fgf8 are activated in the inner layer from which the telencephalon is derived. We resolve this paradox by demonstrating that Ras-dva1 is involved in the transduction of Fgf8 signal received by cells in the outer layer, which in turn send a feedback signal that stimulates FoxG1 expression in the inner layer. We show that this feedback signal is transmitted by secreted Agr proteins, the expression of which is activated in the outer layer by mediation of Ras-dva1 and the homeodomain transcription factor Otx2. In turn, Agrs are essential for maintaining Fgf8 and FoxG1 expression in cells at the anterior neural plate border. Our finding reveals a novel feedback loop mechanism based on the exchange of Fgf8 and Agr signaling between neural and non-neural compartments at the anterior margin of the neural plate and demonstrates a key role of Ras-dva1 in this mechanism.

  8. A abordagem ambiental na geografia agrária brasileira: uma análise dos periódicos Revista Agrária, Revista Campo-Território e Revista NERA

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    Artur Leonardo Andrade

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    O presente estudo procurou analisar a abordagem ambiental na geografia agrária brasileira a partir dos periódicos Revista Agrária, Revista Campo-Território e Revista NERA. Para isso, foram selecionados e analisados 78 artigos que debatem, de forma direta, a questão ambiental. Como os periódicos foram criados a partir da década de 1990, a escolha metodológica possibilitou uma análise do período atual da geografia agrária, o pós-1990, marcado pela pluralidade teórico-metodológica. Esta pesquisa...

  9. Política Agrícola Canadiense. Algunas lecciones para Argentina

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    Rinaldo Antonio Colomé

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo general de este trabajo es analizar el dise√Īo de la pol√≠tica agr√≠cola canadiense, compar√°ndola con las de los otros pa√≠ses altamente desarrollados y con la de Argentina.¬† Los objetivos espec√≠ficos son: aAnalizar la pol√≠tica agr√≠cola de Canad√° referida a la producci√≥n y al comercio de granos y su efecto en los mercados internacionales; bAnalizar la pol√≠tica agr√≠cola y comercial de Canad√° referida al sector de oferta dirigida o regulada y sus efectos en el mercado dom√©stico y en los internacionales; c Realizar una comparaci√≥n con Argentina.¬†

  10. Heysham II/Torness AGR core integrity

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    Birch, A.L.; Hampson, J.D.

    1985-01-01

    The design and construction process for the Heysham II/Torness AGR core structures is presented. The design intent utilizing all past experience in designing and building AGR core structures is described. The major aspects of the design criteria and the design conditions are outlined to demonstrate how the integrity of the Heysham II/Torness core is assured. Since no recognized codes of practice for graphite core design exist, the National Nuclear Corporation (NNC) have conceived design criteria utilizing reserve factors based on their design experience. Target reserve factors are defined for particular loading conditions including the ultimate 'safe-shutdown earthquake'. The substantial programme of computer analysis and RandD work to substantiate the design, including seismic qualification, is described. In keeping with their responsibility for the detailed core structure design and the fuel path geometry (guide tube system), NNC attach great importance to design/manufacture/construction liaison, which is demonstrated in the quality assurance section. (author)

  11. CD147 and AGR2 expression promote cellular proliferation and metastasis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

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    Sweeny, Larissa; Liu, Zhiyong; Bush, Benjamin D.; Hartman, Yolanda; Zhou, Tong; Rosenthal, Eben L.

    2012-01-01

    The signaling pathways facilitating metastasis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells are not fully understood. CD147 is a transmembrane glycoprotein known to induce cell migration and invasion. AGR2 is a secreted peptide also known to promote cell metastasis. Here we describe their importance in the migration and invasion of HNSCC cells (FADU and OSC-19) in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, knockdown of CD147 or AGR2 decreased cellular proliferation, migration and invasion. In vivo, knockdown of CD147 or AGR2 expression decreased primary tumor growth as well as regional and distant metastasis. -- Highlights: ‚Ėļ We investigated AGR2 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma for the first time. ‚Ėļ We explored the relationship between AGR2 and CD147 for the first time. ‚Ėļ AGR2 and CD147 appear to co-localize in head and squamous cell carcinoma samples. ‚Ėļ Knockdown of both AGR2 and CD147 reduced migration and invasion in vitro. ‚Ėļ Knockdown of both AGR2 and CD147 decreased metastasis in vivo.

  12. Improvements in televisual and photographic inspections of AGRs

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    Hayter, R.; Wadsworth, A.

    1988-01-01

    The visual inspection techniques and equipment used at AGR Power Stations have been improved and updated in the light of need and technological advance, new equipment being developed and introduced where necessary. Specifically this report covers the development and use of: a short TRIUMPH compatible photographic camera 600 mm long x 75 mm dia taking 50 shots on a 35 mm film; a 240 mm dia photographic pod taking high quality 70 mm format photographs of large in-reactor volumes; a photographic camera of cross section 37 x 17 mm for the inspection of helically wound AGR boilers and the subsequent development of this latter device into a state of the art TV inspection camera. (author)

  13. The Agr communication system provides a benefit to the populations of Listeria monocytogenes in soil.

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    Vivant, Anne-Laure; Garmyn, Dominique; Gal, Laurent; Piveteau, Pascal

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we investigated whether the Agr communication system of the pathogenic bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was involved in adaptation and competitiveness in soil. Alteration of the ability to communicate, either by deletion of the gene coding the response regulator AgrA (response-negative mutant) or the signal pro-peptide AgrD (signal-negative mutant), did not affect population dynamics in soil that had been sterilized but survival was altered in biotic soil suggesting that the Agr system of L. monocytogenes was involved to face the complex soil biotic environment. This was confirmed by a set of co-incubation experiments. The fitness of the response-negative mutant was lower either in the presence or absence of the parental strain but the fitness of the signal-negative mutant depended on the strain with which it was co-incubated. The survival of the signal-negative mutant was higher when co-cultured with the parental strain than when co-cultured with the response-negative mutant. These results showed that the ability to respond to Agr communication provided a benefit to listerial cells to compete. These results might also indicate that in soil, the Agr system controls private goods rather than public goods.

  14. Geografia agrícola brasileira: gênese e diversidad

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    Suzuki, Julio César

    2009-01-01

    A geografia agrícola é muito recente. A sua definição como um fragmento de conhecimento não possui mais de meio século. No entanto, o conhecimento sobre o campo é quase tão antigo quanto a história do homem, pelo menos aquela referente ao homem, cuja prática da agricultura alterou as possibilidades de desenvolvimento social. Desta forma, entendemos a geografia agrária como um momento particular de estruturação de conhecimentos sobre o campo e a agricultura, com base na sistematização do conhe...

  15. Fission product monitoring of TRISO coated fuel for the advanced gas reactor-1 experiment

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    Scates, Dawn M.; Hartwell, John K.; Walter, John B.; Drigert, Mark W.; Harp, Jason M.

    2010-01-01

    The US Department of Energy has embarked on a series of tests of TRISO coated particle reactor fuel intended for use in the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) as part of the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) program. The AGR-1 TRISO fuel experiment, currently underway, is the first in a series of eight fuel tests planned for irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The AGR-1 experiment reached a peak compact averaged burnup of 9% FIMA with no known TRISO fuel particle failures in March 2008. The burnup goal for the majority of the fuel compacts is to have a compact averaged burnup greater than 18% FIMA and a minimum compact averaged burnup of 14% FIMA. At the INL the TRISO fuel in the AGR-1 experiment is closely monitored while it is being irradiated in the ATR. The effluent monitoring system used for the AGR-1 fuel is the Fission Product Monitoring System (FPMS). The FPMS is a valuable tool that provides near real-time data indicative of the AGR-1 test fuel performance and incorporates both high-purity germanium (HPGe) gamma-ray spectrometers and sodium iodide [NaI(Tl)] scintillation detector-based gross radiation monitors. To quantify the fuel performance, release-to-birth ratios (R/B's) of radioactive fission gases are computed. The gamma-ray spectra acquired by the AGR-1 FPMS are analyzed and used to determine the released activities of specific fission gases, while a dedicated detector provides near-real time count rate information. Isotopic build up and depletion calculations provide the associated isotopic birth rates. This paper highlights the features of the FPMS, encompassing the equipment, methods and measures that enable the calculation of the release-to-birth ratios. Some preliminary results from the AGR-1 experiment are also presented.

  16. CD147 and AGR2 expression promote cellular proliferation and metastasis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

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    Sweeny, Larissa, E-mail: larissasweeny@gmail.com [Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1670 University Boulevard, Volker Hall G082, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Liu, Zhiyong; Bush, Benjamin D.; Hartman, Yolanda [Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1670 University Boulevard, Volker Hall G082, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Zhou, Tong [Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, 1825 University Boulevard, Shelby Biomedical Research Building 302, Birmingham, Alabama (United States); Rosenthal, Eben L., E-mail: oto@uab.edu [Department of Surgery, University of Alabama, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1670 University Boulevard, Volker Hall G082, Birmingham, Alabama (United States)

    2012-08-15

    The signaling pathways facilitating metastasis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells are not fully understood. CD147 is a transmembrane glycoprotein known to induce cell migration and invasion. AGR2 is a secreted peptide also known to promote cell metastasis. Here we describe their importance in the migration and invasion of HNSCC cells (FADU and OSC-19) in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, knockdown of CD147 or AGR2 decreased cellular proliferation, migration and invasion. In vivo, knockdown of CD147 or AGR2 expression decreased primary tumor growth as well as regional and distant metastasis. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated AGR2 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We explored the relationship between AGR2 and CD147 for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AGR2 and CD147 appear to co-localize in head and squamous cell carcinoma samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Knockdown of both AGR2 and CD147 reduced migration and invasion in vitro. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Knockdown of both AGR2 and CD147 decreased metastasis in vivo.

  17. La normalización y certificación de tractores agrícolas en México

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    Alma Velia Ayala Garay; Rocío Cervantes Osornio; Marco Antonio Audelo Benítez; Noé Velázquez López; José Manuel Vargas Sállago

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    El tractor agrícola es la principal fuente de potencia dentro de una unidad de producción. Por lo tanto para los usuarios de maquinaria agrícola, resulta una prioridad contar con mecanismos que permitan dar seguridad al usuario final o productor agrícola en el funcionamiento y calidad de los tractores, para esto el objetivo del presente es dar a conocer la evolución de la normalización y certificación de la maquinaria agrícola en México, sus impactos y tendencias, por medio de una descripción...

  18. AGR core models and their application to HTRs and RBMKs

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    Baylis, Samuel

    2014-01-01

    EDF Energy operates 14 AGRs, commissioned between 1976 and 1989. The graphite moderators of these gas cooled reactors are subjected to a number of ageing processes under fast neutron irradiation in a high temperature CO2 environment. As the graphite ages, continued safe operation requires an advanced whole-core modeling capability to enable accurate assessments of the core’s ability to fulfil fundamental nuclear safety requirements. This is also essential in evaluating the reactor's remaining economic lifetime, and similar assessments are useful for HTRs in the design stage. A number of computational and physical models of AGR graphite cores have been developed or are in development, allowing simulation of the reactors in normal, fault and seismic conditions. Many of the techniques developed are applicable to other graphite moderated reactors. Modeling of the RBMK allows validation against a core in a more advanced state of ageing than the AGRs, while there is also an opportunity to adapt the models for high temperature reactors. As an example, a finite element model of the HTR-PM side reflector based on rigid bodies and nonlinear springs is developed, allowing rapid assessments of distortion in the structure to be made. A model of the RBMK moderator has also been produced using an established AGR code based on similar methods. In addition, this paper discusses the limitations of these techniques and the development of more complex core models that address these limitations, along with the lessons that can be applied to HTRs. (author)

  19. Determination of the Quantity of I-135 Released from the AGR Experiment Series

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    Scates, Dawn M.; Walter, John B.; Reber, Edward L.; Sterbentz, James W.; Petti, David A.

    2014-01-01

    A series of three Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) experiments have been conducted in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). From 2006 through 2014, these experiments supported the development and qualification of the new U.S. tri-structural isotropic (TRISO) particle fuel for Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR). Each AGR experiment consisted of multiple fueled capsules, each plumbed for independent temperature control using a mix of helium and neon gases. The gas leaving a capsule was routed to individual Fission Product Monitor (FPM) detectors. For intact fuel particles, the TRISO particle coatings provide a substantial barrier to fission product release. However, particles with failed coatings, whether because of a minute percentage of initially defective particles, those which fail during irradiation, or those designed-to-fail (DTF) particles, can release fission products to the flowing gas stream. Because reactive fission product elements like iodine and cesium quickly deposit on cooler capsule components and piping structures as the effluent gas leaves the reactor core, only the noble fission gas isotopes of Kr and Xe tend to reach FPM detectors. The FPM system utilizes High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors coupled with a thallium activated sodium iodide NaI(Tl) scintillator. The germanium detector provides individual isotopic information, while the NaI(Tl) scintillator is used as a gross count rate meter. During irradiation, the "1"3"5"mXe concentration reaching the FPM detectors is from both direct fission and by decay of the accumulated "1"3"5I. About ~2.5 hours after irradiation (ten 15.3 minute "1"3"5mXe half-lives) the directly produced "1"3"5"mXe has decayed and only the longer lived "1"3"5I remains as a source. Decay systematics dictate that "1"3"5"mXe will be in secular equilibrium with its "1"3"5I parent, such that it’s production rate very nearly equals the decay rate of the parent, and its concentration in the flowing

  20. La maquinaria agrícola en el siglo XX

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    Ruiz-Altisent, Margarita; Gil Sierra, Jacinto

    2000-01-01

    La evolución de la maquinaria agrícola en el siglo XX ha sido tan espectacular que, de los tres grandes avances habidos a lo largo de la historia de la maquinaria agrícola, dos de ellos podemos considerar que marcan el comienzo y el fin del siglo XX. El primer avance fundamental se dio el día en que el hombre que removía la tierra golpeándola con una herramienta tipo azada decidió avanzar con ella introducida en el suelo venciendo la fuerza de tiro. Nació así el arado en un tiempo indetermina...

  1. Major Results from 1-Train Passive Safety System Tests for the SMART Design with the SMART-ITL Facility

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    Park, Hyun-Sik; Bae, Hwang; Ryu, Sung-Uk; Jeon, Byong-Guk; Ruy, Hyobong; Kim, Woo-Shik; Byun, Sun-Joon; Shin, Yong-Cheol; Min, Kyoung-Ho; Yi, Sung-Jae [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    To satisfy the domestic and international needs for nuclear safety improvement after the Fukushima accident, an effort to improve its safety has been studied, and a Passive Safety System (PSS) for SMART has been designed. In addition, an Integral Test Loop for the SMART design (SMART-ITL, or FESTA) has been constructed and it finished its commissioning tests in 2012. Consequently, a set of Design Base Accident (DBA) scenarios have been simulated using SMARTITL. Recently, a test program to validate the performance of the SMART PSS was launched and its scaled-down test facility was additionally installed at the existing SMART-ITL facility. In this paper, the major results from the 1-train passive safety system validation tests with the SMARTITL facility will be summarized. The acquired data will be used to validate the safety analysis code and its related models, to evaluate the performance of SMART PSS, and to provide base data during the application phase of the SDA revision and construction licensing. In this paper, the major results from the validation tests of the SMART passive safety system using a 1-train test facility were summarized. They include a dozen of SMART PSS tests using 1-train SMART PSS tests. From the test results, it was estimated that the SMART PSS has sufficient cooling capability to deal with the SBLOCA scenario of SMART. During the SBLOCA scenario, in the CMT, the water layer inventory was well stratified thermally and the safety injection water was injected efficiently into the RPV from the initial period, and cools down the RCS properly.

  2. Mod increases AGR boiler output

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    Jones, W.K.C.; Rider, G.; Taylor, D.E.

    1986-01-01

    During the commissioning runs of the first reactor units at Heysham I and Hartlepool Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs), non-uniform temperature distributions were observed across individual boiler units which were more severe than those predicted from the design analysis. This article describes the re-orificing (referruling) of the boilers to overcome this problem. The referruling has reduced boiler sensitivity and resulted in an increase of load of 7 or 8%. (U.K.)

  3. Chitinase expression in Listeria monocytogenes is positively regulated by the Agr system

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    Paspaliari, Dafni Katerina; Mollerup, Maria Storm; Kallipolitis, Birgitte H.

    2014-01-01

    The food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes encodes two chitinases, ChiA and ChiB, which allow the bacterium to hydrolyze chitin, the second most abundant polysaccharide in nature. Intriguingly, despite the absence of chitin in human and mammalian hosts, both of the chitinases have been deemed...... important for infection, through a mechanism that, at least in the case of ChiA, involves modulation of host immune responses. In this study, we show that the expression of the two chitinases is subject to regulation by the listerial agr system, a homologue of the agr quorum-sensing system of Staphylococcus...... chitinolytic activity on agar plates. Agr was specifically induced in response to chitin addition in stationary phase and agrD was found to regulate the amount of chiA, but not chiB, transcripts. Although the transcript levels of chiB did not depend on agrD, the extracellular protein levels of both chitinases...

  4. Design and development of steam generators for the AGR power stations at Heysham II/Torness

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    Charcharos, A N; Jones, A G [National Nuclear Corp. Ltd., Cheshire (United Kingdom)

    1984-07-01

    The current AGR steam generator design is a development of the successful once-through units supplied for the Oldbury Magnox and Hinkley/Hunterston AGR power stations. These units have demonstrated proven control and reliability in service. In this paper the factors which have dictated the design and layout of the latest AGR steam generators are described and reference made to the latest high temperature design techniques that have been employed. Details of development work to support the design and establish the performance characteristics over the range of plant operating conditions are also given. To comply with current UK safety standards, the AGR steam generators and associated plant are designed to accommodate seismic loadings. In addition, provision is made for an independent heat removal system for post reactor trip operations. (author)

  5. Design and development of steam generators for the AGR power stations at Heysham II/Torness

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    Charcharos, A.N.; Jones, A.G.

    1984-01-01

    The current AGR steam generator design is a development of the successful once-through units supplied for the Oldbury Magnox and Hinkley/Hunterston AGR power stations. These units have demonstrated proven control and reliability in service. In this paper the factors which have dictated the design and layout of the latest AGR steam generators are described and reference made to the latest high temperature design techniques that have been employed. Details of development work to support the design and establish the performance characteristics over the range of plant operating conditions are also given. To comply with current UK safety standards, the AGR steam generators and associated plant are designed to accommodate seismic loadings. In addition, provision is made for an independent heat removal system for post reactor trip operations. (author)

  6. On the use of flux-adjoint condensed nuclear data for 1-group AGR kinetics

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    Hutt, P.K.

    1979-03-01

    Following previous work on the differences between one and two neutron group AGR kinetics the possible advantages of flux-adjoint condensed lattice data over the simple flux condensation procedure are investigated. Analytic arguments are given for expecting flux-adjoint condensation to give a better representation of rod worth slopes and flux shape changes associated with partially rodded cores. These areas have previously been found to yield most of the one to two neutron group differences. The validity of these arguments is demonstrated comparing various calculations. (U.K.)

  7. The ATP-Dependent Protease ClpP Inhibits Biofilm Formation by Regulating Agr and Cell Wall Hydrolase Sle1 in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Liu, Qian; Wang, Xing; Qin, Juanxiu; Cheng, Sen; Yeo, Won-Sik; He, Lei; Ma, Xiaowei; Liu, Xiaoyun; Li, Min; Bae, Taeok

    2017-01-01

    Biofilm causes hospital-associated infections on indwelling medical devices. In Staphylococcus aureus, Biofilm formation is controlled by intricately coordinated network of regulating systems, of which the ATP-dependent protease ClpP shows an inhibitory effect. Here, we demonstrate that the inhibitory effect of ClpP on biofilm formation is through Agr and the cell wall hydrolase Sle1. Biofilm formed by clpP mutant consists of proteins and extracellular DNA (eDNA). The increase of the protein was, at least in part, due to the reduced protease activity of the mutant, which was caused by the decreased activity of agr. On the other hand, the increase of eDNA was due to increased cell lysis caused by the higher level of Sle1. Indeed, as compared with wild type, the clpP mutant excreted an increased level of eDNA, and showed higher sensitivity to Triton-induced autolysis. The deletion of sle1 in the clpP mutant decreased the biofilm formation, the level of eDNA, and the Triton-induced autolysis to wild-type levels. Despite the increased biofilm formation capability, however, the clpP mutant showed significantly reduced virulence in a murine model of subcutaneous foreign body infection, indicating that the increased biofilm formation capability cannot compensate for the intrinsic functions of ClpP during infection. PMID:28555174

  8. The ATP-Dependent Protease ClpP Inhibits Biofilm Formation by Regulating Agr and Cell Wall Hydrolase Sle1 in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Qian Liu

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Biofilm causes hospital-associated infections on indwelling medical devices. In Staphylococcus aureus, Biofilm formation is controlled by intricately coordinated network of regulating systems, of which the ATP-dependent protease ClpP shows an inhibitory effect. Here, we demonstrate that the inhibitory effect of ClpP on biofilm formation is through Agr and the cell wall hydrolase Sle1. Biofilm formed by clpP mutant consists of proteins and extracellular DNA (eDNA. The increase of the protein was, at least in part, due to the reduced protease activity of the mutant, which was caused by the decreased activity of agr. On the other hand, the increase of eDNA was due to increased cell lysis caused by the higher level of Sle1. Indeed, as compared with wild type, the clpP mutant excreted an increased level of eDNA, and showed higher sensitivity to Triton-induced autolysis. The deletion of sle1 in the clpP mutant decreased the biofilm formation, the level of eDNA, and the Triton-induced autolysis to wild-type levels. Despite the increased biofilm formation capability, however, the clpP mutant showed significantly reduced virulence in a murine model of subcutaneous foreign body infection, indicating that the increased biofilm formation capability cannot compensate for the intrinsic functions of ClpP during infection.

  9. Influence of previous experience on resistance training on reliability of one-repetition maximum test.

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    Ritti-Dias, Raphael Mendes; Avelar, Ademar; Salvador, Emanuel Péricles; Cyrino, Edilson Serpeloni

    2011-05-01

    The 1-repetition maximum test (1RM) has been widely used to assess maximal strength. However, to improve accuracy in assessing maximal strength, several sessions of the 1RM test are recommended. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of previous resistance training experience on the reliability of 1RM test. Thirty men were assigned to the following 2 groups according to their previous resistance training experience: no previous resistance training experience (NOEXP) and more than 24 months of resistance training experience (EXP). All subjects performed the 1RM tests in bench press and squat in 4 sessions on distinct days. There was a significant session √ó group effect in bench press (F = 3.09; p reliability of the 1RM test is influenced by the subject's previous experience in resistance training. Subjects without experience in resistance training require more practice and familiarization and show greater increases in maximal strength between sessions than subjects with previous experience in resistance training.

  10. Cross-Talk between Staphylococcus aureus and Other Staphylococcal Species via the agr Quorum Sensing System

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    Canovas de la Nuez, Jaime; Baldry, Mara; Bojer, Martin S

    2016-01-01

    -inducing peptides (AIPs) sensed by AgrC, a two component histidine kinase. agr loci are found also in other staphylococcal species and for Staphylococcus epidermidis, the encoded AIP represses expression of agr regulated virulence genes in S. aureus. In this study we aimed to better understand the interaction...... between staphylococci and S. aureus, and show that this interaction may eventually lead to the identification of new anti-virulence candidates to target S. aureus infections. Here we show that culture supernatants of 37 out of 52 staphylococcal isolates representing 17 different species inhibit S. aureus...... suggesting that agr is an inter-species communication system. Based on these results we speculate that interactions between S. aureus and other colonizing staphylococci will significantly influence the ability of S. aureus to cause infection, and we propose that other staphylococci are potential sources...

  11. An agr-like two-component regulatory system in Lactobacillus plantarum is involved in production of a novel cyclic peptide and regulation of adherence

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    Sturme, M.H.J.; Nakayama, J.; Molenaar, D.; Murakami, Y.; Kunugi, R.; Fujii, T.; Vaughan, E.E.; Kleerebezem, M.; Vos, de W.M.

    2005-01-01

    We have analyzed a locus on the annotated Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1 genome that showed homology to the staphylococcal agr quorum-sensing system and designated it lam for Lactobacillus agr-like module. Production of the lamBDCA transcript was shown to be growth phase dependent. Analysis of a

  12. Listeria monocytogenes differential transcriptome analysis reveals temperature-dependent Agr regulation and suggests overlaps with other regulons.

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    Garmyn, Dominique; Augagneur, Yoann; Gal, Laurent; Vivant, Anne-Laure; Piveteau, Pascal

    2012-01-01

    Listeria monocytogenes is a ubiquitous, opportunistic pathogenic organism. Environmental adaptation requires constant regulation of gene expression. Among transcriptional regulators, AgrA is part of an auto-induction system. Temperature is an environmental cue critical for in vivo adaptation. In order to investigate how temperature may affect AgrA-dependent transcription, we compared the transcriptomes of the parental strain L. monocytogenes EGD-e and its őĒagrA mutant at the saprophytic temperature of 25¬įC and in vivo temperature of 37¬įC. Variations of transcriptome were higher at 37¬įC than at 25¬įC. Results suggested that AgrA may be involved in the regulation of nitrogen transport, amino acids, purine and pyrimidine biosynthetic pathways and phage-related functions. Deregulations resulted in a growth advantage at 37¬įC, but affected salt tolerance. Finally, our results suggest overlaps with PrfA, ŌÉB, ŌÉH and CodY regulons. These overlaps may suggest that through AgrA, Listeria monocytogenes integrates information on its biotic environment.

  13. Reliability and smallest worthwhile difference in 1RM tests according to previous resistance training experience in young women

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    Matheus Amarante do Nascimento

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to determine the familiarization and smallest worthwhile difference (SWD of one-repetition maximum (1RM tests in detrained women according to their previous resistance training experience. Three groups of women with varying amounts of previous resistance training experience were recruited: Novice (n = 27, 1 to 6 months, Intermediate (n = 13, from 7 to 12 months, and Advanced (n = 20, 13 to 24 months. All participants performed four 1RM test sessions in the bench press (BP, squat (SQ, and arm curl (AC. A significant (p< 0.05 (group vs. time interaction was observed in SQ suggesting that more experienced participants needed fewer 1RM test sessions to reach a stable load compared to the less experienced groups. Strength changes (p 0.05, suggesting that experience had no impact on familiarization for these lifts. SWDs suggest that strength gains greater than 2-4% in these lifts would indicate a meaningful improvement in strength beyond random variation from trial to trial no matter the experience of the subject. Women with limited previous resistance training experience do not require more trials to reach load stabilization than those with more experience. Stability of 1RM loads for BP and AC may require only two sessions, while SQ may require at least three trials.

  14. Economía de Producción Agrícola en Colombia: Capitulo 1. Regiones Geográficas y Agrícolas de Colombia

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    Beltr√°n G. Gregorio

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    Full Text Available Es Colombia la √ļnica naci√≥n en la Am√©rica del Sur que tiene costas en ambos oc√©anos lo cual le da una gran ventaja tanto para el comercio mundial como para el inter-americano. As√≠ se puede comunicar por mar sin necesidad de cruzar el canal de Panam√° o el Cabo de Hornos con todos los pa√≠ses latinoamericanos, con ambas costas de los Estados Unidos y Canad√° y con Europa o el Oriente. Las fronteras terrestres limitan con Venezuela, Brasil, Per√ļ, Ecuador y Panam√°. En los l√≠mites con dos pa√≠ses vecinos, Venezuela y Ecuador, tiene fuertes n√ļcleos de poblaci√≥n. Seg√ļn Wihitbeck y Williams el pa√≠s est√° dividido en cuatro grandes regiones naturales, 1 EL Coraz√≥n Monta√Īoso que est√° formado por tres ramas de la Cordillera de los Andes y la Parte alta de los valles de los r√≠os Magdalena y Cauca; 2 La Costa del Caribe abarca todas las tierras bajas de la parte norte de Colombia excepto la zona del r√≠o Atrato; incluye los departamentos del Magdalena, Atl√°ntico, Bol√≠var y C√≥rdoba, la Comisar√≠a de la Guajira y adem√°s la parte baja de los valles de los r√≠os Magdalena y Cauca. En la Costa Caribe se incluye por su localizaci√≥n, la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a√ļn cuando √©sta por sus caracter√≠sticas fitogeogr√°ficas es m√°s similar al Coraz√≥n Monta√Īoso; 3 La Costa del Pac√≠fico y Valle del Atrato es la regi√≥n formada por las vertientes occidentales de la Cordillera Oriental y su prolongaci√≥n La Serran√≠a de Abibe. Incluye los valles de los r√≠os Atrato y San Juan y la Serran√≠a del Baud√≥. Esta zona est√° clasificada fitogeogr√°ficamente como bosque ecuatorial o de zonas lluviosas; 4 Las Tierras Bajas Tropicales del Este son el area mas grande del pa√≠s: abarcan aproximadamente las dos terceras partes del territorio nacional a√ļn cuando en ellas s√≥lo vive cerca de un 2 por ciento de la poblaci√≥n. Es una zona plana al Norte, tiene en su parte media elevaciones escalonadas hacia el Amazonas que no pasan de 800 metros de altura

  15. Upgrade of the Hunterston B AGR operator training simulator

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    Morrison, J.; Nicol, D.; Hacking, D.

    1997-01-01

    Nuclear power plant simulators provide a vital tool in the training of operational staff in the statutory procedures and operational requirements of the nuclear industry. Scottish Nuclear, and its predecessor the South of Scotland Electricity Board, recognised the value such facilities offered to safety and efficiency and commissioned the construction of the Hunterston Operator Training Simulator as early as 1980. The simulator is a full scope, total plant, and real time system, with a complete 'as plant' replication of the operator interface, together with extensive instructor and tutorial facilities. Its uses have extended beyond the operator training role into plant engineering post incident analysis, evolving to be an essential feature of the station as a whole. Operation of the simulator for the foreseeable life of the station was the main driving force behind the current simulator update project, and whilst the need to move to a new computing platform, avoiding impending obsolescence problems, was the prime reason, the retention of 17 years of software development was seen as a valuable legacy to preserve. This paper discusses the main criteria considered during the simulator upgrade programme, highlighting the main technical issues and risks involved. (author)

  16. Building on the AGR experience

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    Churchill, G.F.

    1985-01-01

    Experience with AGR reactors has indicated that quality assurance applied to procurement of plant and services throughout the hierarchy of purchasers and suppliers is a main area where there is scope for improvement. In view of this, improvements for procurement have been undertaken. These include a) the rationalisation of specified requirements for quality assurance systems, with the particular needs of each contract, and b) the rationalisation of purchasers' involvement in suppliers' quality assurance activities. Both aspects of procurement are described and discussed. (U.K.)

  17. Presence of Classical Enterotoxin Genes, agr Typing, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Genetic Diversity of Staphylococcus aureus from Milk of Cows with Mastitis in Southern Brazil.

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    Kroning, Isabela S; Iglesias, Mariana A; Mendonça, Karla S; Lopes, Graciela V; Silva, Wladimir P

    2018-05-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a common causative agent of bovine mastitis in dairy cows and commonly associated with foodborne disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of enterotoxin genes, agr typing, antimicrobial resistance, and genetic diversity of S. aureus isolated from milk of cows with mastitis in dairy farms from southern Brazil. Results showed that 7 (22.6%) of 31 S. aureus isolates were positive for enterotoxin genes. Specifically, the genes encoding for enterotoxins A ( n = 4), C ( n = 2), and B ( n = 1) were detected. Isolates belonging to the agr group III (10 of 31, 32.2%) and agr group I (7 of 31, 22.5%) were the most common. To our knowledge, this is the first report of both agr I and III in the same S. aureus isolate from milk of cows with bovine mastitis. The antimicrobial resistance test showed that 54% of the isolates were multiresistant to antimicrobial agents. The macrorestriction analysis produced 16 different major SmaI pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns, with up to two subpatterns. Moreover, the presence of some S. aureus clones in a distinct area was observed. Although this study characterized a limited number of S. aureus isolates, the presence of classical enterotoxin genes and resistance to multiple antimicrobial agents reinforces the importance of this microorganism to animal and human health. In addition, similar genetic profiles have been identified in distinct geographic areas, suggesting clonal dissemination of S. aureus in dairy herds from southern Brazil.

  18. Comércio agrícola: o Brasil e a OMC

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    Danielle Annoni

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The agricultural and textile sectors, have been the greaters targets of the developed countries protectionism, that possess in common the fact that the amount of man-power used is sufficiently great, it means variation of the products final cost. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand why the most underdeveloped countries are more competitive in the dispute of the world-wide market‚Äôs control in these sectors. Thus the importance of the OMC elapses, in the search for the effectiveness of international trade regulation of agricultural goods is an activity that interests the developing countries, what is particularly applicable to Brazil, where the agricultural products answers almost for one third of the exportations.Los sectores agr√≠colas y textil, han sido los mayores objetivos del proteccionismo de los pa√≠ses desarrollados, que poseen en com√ļn la cantidad de mano-de-obra usado y esta energ√≠a es suficientemente grande y significa variaci√≥n del costo final del producto. Por tanto, no es dif√≠cil comprender porque cuanto m√°s subdesarrollados los pa√≠ses, m√°s ser√°n competitivos y amenazadores para el conflicto sobre el control del mercado mundial en estos sectores. As√≠ la importancia del OMC transcurre, en la b√ļsqueda para la eficacia de la regulaci√≥n del comercio internacional de mercanc√≠as agr√≠colas es una, actividad que interesa a los pa√≠ses en v√≠as de desarrollo en su totalidad, lo que es particularmente aplicable al Brasil, donde los productos agr√≠colas casi contestan para un tercio de las exportaciones.Os setores agr√≠cola e t√™xtil, t√™m sido os maiores alvos do protecionismo dos pa√≠ses desenvolvidos, que possuem em comum o fato de que a quantidade de m√£o-de-obra utilizada √© bastante grande o que significa margem de varia√ß√£o do custo final do produto. Portanto, n√£o √© dif√≠cil entender porque os pa√≠ses qu√£o mais subdesenvolvidos forem mais competitivos e amea√ßadores s√£o na disputa pelo controle do mercado

  19. O Brasil agr√≠cola: o tortuoso e dif√≠cil ‚Äúcaminho da ro√ßa‚ÄĚ

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    Full Text Available Brasil atualmente √© um dos maiores produtores de commodities agr√≠colas, tais como soja, caf√©, carne (bovina, su√≠na e de aves, a√ß√ļcar e suco de laranja, e o pa√≠s se orgulha disso. Essa √© uma realidade que come√ßou com a ado√ß√£o da Revolu√ß√£o Verde na d√©cada de 1960 (alta tecnologia no campo, mecaniza√ß√£o, insumos, sele√ß√£o gen√©tica, etc., quando foi implantado um modelo de farmeriza√ß√£o. Para se chegar a esse modelo de agricultura, concentrador e pouco democr√°tico, o Brasil precisou de quase cinco s√©culos. Durante a maior parte desse longo per√≠odo, a agricultura n√£o era vista como atividade nobre, ao contr√°rio, procurava-se superar a identidade agr√°ria, visto que a atividade n√£o conferia status. Em certa medida, o Brasil teve vergonha de ser agr√≠cola. Neste trabalho, o objetivo √© analisar como o Brasil, um pa√≠s agr√°rio, durante mais de tr√™s s√©culos teve dificuldades de assumir uma identidade agr√°ria, especialmente em fun√ß√£o da influ√™ncia de uma mentalidade portuguesa n√£o afeita √†s lides agr√≠colas.

  20. Anechoic wind tunnel tests on high-speed train bogie aerodynamic noise

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    Latorre Iglesias, E.; Thompson, D.; Smith, M.; Kitagawa, T.; Yamazaki, N.

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    Aerodynamic noise becomes a significant noise source at speeds normally reached by high-speed trains. The train bogies are identified as important sources of aerodynamic noise. Due to the difficulty to assess this noise source carrying out field tests, wind tunnel tests offer many advantages. Tests were performed in the large-scale low-noise anechoic wind tunnel at Maibara, Japan, using a 1/7 scale train car and bogie model for a range of flow speeds between 50, 76, 89 and 100 m/s. The depend...

  1. Irradiation performance of AGR-1 high temperature reactor fuel

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    Paul A. Demkowicz; John D. Hunn; Robert N. Morris; Charles A. Baldwin; Philip L. Winston; Jason M. Harp; Scott A. Ploger; Tyler Gerczak; Isabella J. van Rooyen; Fred C. Montgomery; Chinthaka M. Silva

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    The AGR-1 experiment contained 72 low-enriched uranium oxide/uranium carbide TRISO-coated particle fuel compacts in six capsules irradiated to burnups of 11.2 to 19.5% FIMA, with zero TRISO coating failures detected during the irradiation. The irradiation performance of the fuel‚Äďincluding the extent of fission product release and the evolution of kernel and coating microstructures‚Äďwas evaluated based on detailed examination of the irradiation capsules, the fuel compacts, and individual particles. Fractional release of 110mAg from the fuel compacts was often significant, with capsule-average values ranging from 0.01 to 0.38. Analysis of silver release from individual compacts indicated that it was primarily dependent on fuel temperature history. Europium and strontium were released in small amounts through intact coatings, but were found to be significantly retained in the outer pyrocrabon and compact matrix. The capsule-average fractional release from the compacts was 1√ó10 4 to 5√ó10 4 for 154Eu and 8√ó10 7 to 3√ó10 5 for 90Sr. The average 134Cs release from compacts was <3√ó10 6 when all particles maintained intact SiC. An estimated four particles out of 2.98√ó105 experienced partial cesium release due to SiC failure during the irradiation, driving 134Cs release in two capsules to approximately 10 5. Identification and characterization of these particles has provided unprecedented insight into the nature and causes of SiC coating failure in high-quality TRISO fuel. In general, changes in coating morphology were found to be dominated by the behavior of the buffer and inner pyrolytic carbon (IPyC), and infrequently observed SiC layer damage was usually related to cracks in the IPyC. Palladium attack of the SiC layer was relatively minor, except for the particles that released cesium during irradiation, where SiC corrosion was found adjacent to IPyC cracks. Palladium, silver, and uranium were found in the SiC layer of irradiated particles, and characterization

  2. Sistemas de producción agrícola sostenible

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    Róger Martínez Castillo

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    Full Text Available El desarrollo sostenible se fundamenta en principios éticos, como el respeto y armonía con la naturaleza; valores políticos, como la democracia participativa y equidad social; y normas morales, como racionalidad ambiental. El desarrollo sostenible es igualitario, descentralizado y autogestionario, capaz de satisfacer las necesidades básicas de la población, respetando la diversidad cultural y mejorando la calidad de vida. La agricultura y el desarrollo sostenible se refieren a la necesidad de minimizar la degradación de la tierra agrícola, maximizando a su vez la producción. Este considera el conjunto de las actividades agrícolas, como el manejo de suelos y aguas,el manejo de cultivos y la conservación de la biodiversidad; considerando a su vez el suministro de alimentos y materias primas. La sostenibilidad de los sistemas de producción agrícola se refiere a la capacidad del sistema para mantener su productividad a pesar de las perturbaciones económicas y naturales, externas o internas. La sostenibilidad es función de las características naturales del sistema y las presiones e intervenciones que sufre, así como aquellas intervenciones sociales, económicas y técnicas que se hacen para contrarrestar presiones negativas; destacándose la resiliencia del sistema.

  3. The contribution of nuclear training staff to human factors work in the CEGB and Nuclear Electric PLC

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    1990-01-01

    The staff and simulators of utility's nuclear training function are being utilized in support of a wide range of human factor related activities. In addition to work on man machines interface review, operating procedures, operator support system and VDU format design and validation for the Magnox and AGR series of nuclear power plants, support is also being provided to the PWR Project Team through staff who have undergone extensive and comprehensive overseas PWR training programs. This paper discusses how recent initiatives in connection with a survey on operator stress and the possible use of psychometric testing in support of the selection of reactor desk engineers are also being supported

  4. Modelos de vulnerabilidad agrícola ante los efectos del cambio climático

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    Claudia Hernández Ramírez

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La Vulnerabilidad Agrícola (VA es el resultado de la medición de la variabilidad climática dentro de un contexto de vulnerabilidad social y sectorial, que ha ido agregando conceptos e indicadores que enriquecen y complementan el análisis de la seguridad alimentaria, en el entendido que la disponibilidad de un pronóstico corresponde no solo al derecho primordial de cualquier ser humano, sino a la supervivencia del mismo. La metodología de medición de esta variable depende estrictamente del alcance de la investigación y de la disponibilidad de datos de la región y del producto agrícola seleccionado. Los modelos utilizados hasta la fecha son tres: el modelo Estructural, el modelo Espacial y la Vulnerabilidad Agrícola.

  5. A Revolução Agrária Cubana: conquistas e desafios

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    Full Text Available Ap√≥s o triunfo da Revolu√ß√£o em 1959, iniciou-se uma profunda transforma√ß√£o da sociedade cubana, primeiro pol√≠tica, depois social e, desde muito cedo, agr√°ria. A Revolu√ß√£o Cubana foi a supera√ß√£o da quest√£o agr√°ria originada na etapa republicana e uma op√ß√£o socialista para o desenvolvimento socioecon√īmico do pa√≠s, do qual o desenvolvimento agr√°rio tem sido um eixo fundamental. A supera√ß√£o dessa "quest√£o agr√°ria" do socialismo cubano determina as estrat√©gias em curso e suas metas imediatas. Como parte desse processo, examinamos seis aspectos que caracterizaram seu desenvolvimento; s√£o eles: a estrutura da pose de terra; o uso do solo; a organiza√ß√£o agr√°ria; o modelo tecnol√≥gico; a economia agr√°ria; e o desenvolvimento da sociedade rural.Con el triunfo de la Revoluci√≥n en 1959, se inici√≥ una profunda transformaci√≥n de la sociedad cubana, primero pol√≠tica, despu√©s social y desde muy tempranamente, agraria. La Revoluci√≥n Cubana fue la superaci√≥n de la cuesti√≥n agraria originada en la etapa republicana y una opci√≥n socialista para el desarrollo socioecon√≥mico del pa√≠s, del cual el desarrollo agrario ha sido un eje fundamental. La superaci√≥n de esta "cuesti√≥n agraria" del socialismo cubano, determina las estrategias en curso y sus metas inmediatas. Como parte de ese proceso, se examinan seis de los aspectos que caracterizaron su desarrollo, a saber: la estructura de tenencia de la tierra; el uso del suelo; la organizaci√≥n agraria; el modelo tecnol√≥gico; la econom√≠a agraria; y el desarrollo de la sociedad rural.After the triumph of the revolution in 1959, a profound transformation of Cuban society began - first political, then social and, very early on, agrarian. The Cuban Revolution surmounted the agrarian issue that had originated during the republican phase and embodied a socialist option for socioeconomic development (of which agricultural development was a fundamental part. Cuban socialism's efforts to

  6. Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP-Based Overexpression Screening and Characterization of AgrC, a Receptor Protein of Quorum Sensing in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Full Text Available Staphylococcus aureus AgrC is an important component of the agr quorum-sensing system. AgrC is a membrane-embedded histidine kinase that is thought to act as a sensor for the recognition of environmental signals and the transduction of signals into the cytoplasm. However, the difficulty of expressing and purifying functional membrane proteins has drastically hindered in-depth understanding of the molecular structures and physiological functions of these proteins. Here, we describe the high-yield expression and purification of AgrC, and analyze its kinase activity. A C-terminal green fluorescent protein (GFP fusion to AgrC served as a reporter for monitoring protein expression levels in real time. Protein expression levels were analyzed by the microscopic assessment of the whole-cell fluorescence. The expressed AgrC-GFP protein with a C-terminal His-tagged was purified using immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC and size exclusion chromatography (SEC at yields of ‚Č•10 mg/L, following optimization. We also assessed the effects of different detergents on membrane solubilization and AgrC kinase activity, and polyoxyethylene-(23-lauryl-ether (Brij-35 was identified as the most suitable detergent. Furthermore, the secondary structural stability of purified AgrC was analyzed using circular dichroism (CD spectroscopy. This study may serve as a general guide for improving the yields of other membrane protein preparations and selecting the appropriate detergent to stabilize membrane proteins for biophysical and biochemical analyses.

  7. Efeito de doses de gesso agr√≠cola na cultura do milho e altera√ß√Ķes qu√≠micas no solo

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    Luiz Augusto Amaral

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    Full Text Available A cultura do milho apresenta import√Ęncia econ√īmica no cen√°rio agr√≠cola, de modo que a regi√£o Centro Oeste det√©m a maior media de produtividade do Brasil.¬†O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito de doses de gesso agr√≠cola sobre a produtividade de milho cultivado em segunda safra e seus efeitos qu√≠micos no solo. O experimento foi realizado no Campus experimental da UNEMAT, Tangar√° da Serra ‚Äď MT. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos casualizados (DBC com cinco tratamentos (0 kg ha-1, 1.000 kg ha-1, 2.000 kg ha-1, 3.000 kg ha-1¬†e 4.000 kg ha-1¬†de gesso agr√≠cola com quatro repeti√ß√Ķes, totalizando 20 parcelas. Foi utilizado o h√≠brido de milho DKB 390 VT Pro2, e as parcelas foram constitu√≠das de cinco metros de comprimento por quatro de largura, com espa√ßamento entre linhas de 0,50 m. Foi aplicado calc√°rio dolom√≠tico e gesso agr√≠cola aos 60 e 30 dias antes da semeadura, respectivamente. Somente a vari√°vel di√Ęmetro do caule e produtividade apresentou diferen√ßa significativa entre os tratamentos, onde os di√Ęmetros superiores foram observados nas doses acima 2.000 kg ha-1¬†e a maior produtividade obtida na dose de 4.000 kg ha-1¬†de gesso. O efeito da aplica√ß√£o do gesso proporcionou aumento na concentra√ß√£o de enxofre, c√°lcio e magn√©sio no subsolo, assim como redu√ß√£o nos teores de alumino. A dose de 4.000 kg ha-1¬†de gesso promoveu a maior produtividade.

  8. Diagnósticos de las apuestas productivas para seis productos del sector agrícola en Colombia

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    Quintero Rubio, Paula Vanesa; Rubio Rodriguez, Juan Camilo

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    El documento ‚ÄúDiagn√≥sticos de las apuestas productivas para seis productos del sector agr√≠cola en Colombia‚ÄĚ, pretende proporcionar herramientas para el incremento productivo de seis productos agr√≠colas con un alto potencial en el pa√≠s, mediante la identificaci√≥n de mercados internacionales factibles, el an√°lisis de sus procesos de producci√≥n y la comparaci√≥n de eficiencia en costos del transporte de mercanc√≠a a nivel nacional; buscando el aumento de la participaci√≥n del PIB agr√≠cola en el PI...

  9. Programa computacional para calcular a potência requerida de máquinas e implementos agrícolas

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    Pablo Pereira Corr√™a Klaver; Ricardo Ferreira Garcia; Jos√© Francisco S√° Vasconcelos J√ļnior; Delorme Corr√™a Junior; Wellington Gonzaga Vale

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    O uso de programas computacionais no setor agr√≠cola permite atingir objetivos espec√≠ficos na √°rea. Dentre esses, um dos mais complexos √© a sele√ß√£o adequada de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas visando √† otimiza√ß√£o de opera√ß√Ķes agr√≠colas, devido, principalmente, √† grande variedade de equipamentos existentes no mercado e a gama de tarefas e situa√ß√Ķes de trabalho que estas s√£o submetidas no campo. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um programa computacional para calcular a pot√™ncia requeri...

  10. Programa computacional para calcular a potência requerida de máquinas e implementos agrícolas

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    Pablo Pereira Corrêa Klaver

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available O uso de programas computacionais no setor agr√≠cola permite atingir objetivos espec√≠ficos na √°rea. Dentre esses, um dos mais complexos √© a sele√ß√£o adequada de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas visando √† otimiza√ß√£o de opera√ß√Ķes agr√≠colas, devido, principalmente, √† grande variedade de equipamentos existentes no mercado e a gama de tarefas e situa√ß√Ķes de trabalho que estas s√£o submetidas no campo. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um programa computacional para calcular a pot√™ncia requerida de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas normalmente utilizados na condu√ß√£o de opera√ß√Ķes de campo, desde o preparo do solo at√© as opera√ß√Ķes de implanta√ß√£o de culturas. Desenvolvido em linguagem PHP, o programa computacional baseia-se na norma ASAE D497.4 - Agricultural Machinery Management Data como refer√™ncia para desenvolvimento de c√°lculos. A partir do programa desenvolvido, tornou-se poss√≠vel a execu√ß√£o de tarefas para c√°lculos de avalia√ß√£o da demanda de pot√™ncia de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas de forma simplificada pela internet.

  11. Putting brain training to the test.

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    Owen, Adrian M; Hampshire, Adam; Grahn, Jessica A; Stenton, Robert; Dajani, Said; Burns, Alistair S; Howard, Robert J; Ballard, Clive G

    2010-06-10

    'Brain training', or the goal of improved cognitive function through the regular use of computerized tests, is a multimillion-pound industry, yet in our view scientific evidence to support its efficacy is lacking. Modest effects have been reported in some studies of older individuals and preschool children, and video-game players outperform non-players on some tests of visual attention. However, the widely held belief that commercially available computerized brain-training programs improve general cognitive function in the wider population in our opinion lacks empirical support. The central question is not whether performance on cognitive tests can be improved by training, but rather, whether those benefits transfer to other untrained tasks or lead to any general improvement in the level of cognitive functioning. Here we report the results of a six-week online study in which 11,430 participants trained several times each week on cognitive tasks designed to improve reasoning, memory, planning, visuospatial skills and attention. Although improvements were observed in every one of the cognitive tasks that were trained, no evidence was found for transfer effects to untrained tasks, even when those tasks were cognitively closely related.

  12. Strength testing and training of rowers: a review.

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    Lawton, Trent W; Cronin, John B; McGuigan, Michael R

    2011-05-01

    In the quest to maximize average propulsive stroke impulses over 2000-m racing, testing and training of various strength parameters have been incorporated into the physical conditioning plans of rowers. Thus, the purpose of this review was 2-fold: to identify strength tests that were reliable and valid correlates (predictors) of rowing performance; and, to establish the benefits gained when strength training was integrated into the physical preparation plans of rowers. The reliability of maximal strength and power tests involving leg extension (e.g. leg pressing) and arm pulling (e.g. prone bench pull) was high (intra-class correlations 0.82-0.99), revealing that elite rowers were significantly stronger than their less competitive peers. The greater strength of elite rowers was in part attributed to the correlation between strength and greater lean body mass (r‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.57-0.63). Dynamic lower body strength tests that determined the maximal external load for a one-repetition maximum (1RM) leg press (kg), isokinetic leg extension peak force (N) or leg press peak power (W) proved to be moderately to strongly associated with 2000-m ergometer times (r‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ-0.54 to -0.68; p‚ÄČtraining experience and muscle morphology, in that those individuals with greater training experience and/or proportions of slow twitch fibres performed more repetitions. Muscle balance ratios derived from strength data (e.g. hamstring-quadriceps ratio training may be counterproductive to strength development over the shorter term (i.e. training within the sequence of training units should be considered, particularly over the non-competition phase (e.g. 2-6 sets‚ÄČ√ó‚ÄČ4-12 repetitions, three sessions a week). Maximal strength was sustained when infrequent (e.g. one or two sessions a week) but intense (e.g. 73-79% of maximum) strength training units were scheduled; however, it was unclear whether training adaptations should emphasize maximal strength, endurance or power in order to enhance

  13. Training guidelines in non-destructive testing techniques: 2008 ed

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    This publication is a revision of IAEA-TECDOC-628/Rev.1 and provides the basic syllabus for systems for training and certification programmes of non-destructive testing (NDT) personnel in accordance with the requirements of international standard ISO 9712 (2005). The training guidelines developed to date have been used by Member States in formulating their national NDT programmes and to provide local end user industries with a skilled workforce. The present publication accommodates the latest advancements in technology and will continue to play an important role towards international harmonization in the field of NDT. This publication contains a body of knowledge for non-destructive testing. It was developed to provide guidelines for trainers, training organizations and certification bodies, detailing the subject matter and the content for each level of certification. It is general in nature but the contents of the training should be adapted to the needs, procedures, materials and products of the customer. The recommended training hours are consistent with the edition of the standard ISO 9712 in effect at the time of preparation. All formal training described in this publication contains a theoretical portion and a practical portion. Guidance is included on the range of equipment and materials needed for instruction in each method. There is a common core of material that is required by level 3 personnel in every method. This common material has been removed from the content for the particular method and included as a separate section. All training should end with an examination and can lead to a certification. Examination and certification are not covered by this publication, but detailed information about this can be found in ISO 9712. This publication is applicable for the following methods: eddy current testing, magnetic particle testing, liquid penetrant testing, radiographic testing, and ultrasonic testing. NDT methods are now widely used in civil engineering

  14. PRAPRAG: software para planejamento racional de máquinas agrícolas

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    Mercante,Erivelto; Souza,Eduardo G. de; Johann,Jerry A; Gabriel Filho,Antonio; Uribe-Opazo,Miguel A

    2010-01-01

    O software PRAPRAG √© uma ferramenta de escolha de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas que apresentam o menor custo por √°rea ou por quantidade produzida, bem como, faz o planejamento de aquisi√ß√£o das m√°quinas para a propriedade agr√≠cola, do ponto de vista t√©cnico e econ√īmico. Foi utilizada a linguagem de programa√ß√£o Borland Delphi 3.0 e, a partir de prospectos das m√°quinas e implementos, criou-se um banco de dados onde o usu√°rio pode cadastrar e modificar suas caracter√≠sticas de uso. O software m...

  15. ART Or AGR: Deciphering Which Reserve Program is Best Suited for Today’s Total Force Structure

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    AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE AIR UNIVERSITY ART OR AGR: DECIPHERING WHICH RESERVE PROGRAM IS BEST SUITED FOR TODAY’S TOTAL FORCE STRUCTURE...4 ART Program...time workforce, which are the ART and AGR programs, by comparing each and highlighting the differences, advantages and disadvantages they present to

  16. Safety analysis report: packages. Argonne National Laboratory SLSF test train shipping container, P-1 shipment. Fissile material. Final report

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    Meyer, C.A.

    1975-06-01

    The package is used to ship an instrumented test fuel bundle (test train) containing fissile material. The package assembly is Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Model R1010-0032. The shipment is fissile class III. The packaging consists of an outer carbon steel container into which an inner container is placed; the inner container is separated from the outer container by urethane foam cushioning material. The test train is supported in the inner container by a series of transverse supports spaced along the length of the test train. Both the inner and outer containers are closed with bolted covers. The covers do not seal the containers in a leaktight manner. The gross weight of the shipment is about 8350 lb. The unirradiated fissile material content is less than 3 kg of UO 2 of up to 93.2 percent enrichment. This is a Type A quantity (transport group III and less than 3 curies) of radioactive material which does not require shielding, cooling or heating, or neutron absorption or moderation functions in its packaging. The maximum exterior dimensions of the container are 37 ft 11 in. long, 24 1 / 2 in. wide, and 19 3 / 4 in. high

  17. Translation of incremental talk test responses to steady-state exercise training intensity.

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    Lyon, Ellen; Menke, Miranda; Foster, Carl; Porcari, John P; Gibson, Mark; Bubbers, Terresa

    2014-01-01

    The Talk Test (TT) is a submaximal, incremental exercise test that has been shown to be useful in prescribing exercise training intensity. It is based on a subject's ability to speak comfortably during exercise. This study defined the amount of reduction in absolute workload intensity from an incremental exercise test using the TT to give appropriate absolute training intensity for cardiac rehabilitation patients. Patients in an outpatient rehabilitation program (N = 30) performed an incremental exercise test with the TT given every 2-minute stage. Patients rated their speech comfort after reciting a standardized paragraph. Anything other than a "yes" response was considered the "equivocal" stage, while all preceding stages were "positive" stages. The last stage with the unequivocally positive ability to speak was the Last Positive (LP), and the preceding stages were (LP-1 and LP-2). Subsequently, three 20-minute steady-state training bouts were performed in random order at the absolute workload at the LP, LP-1, and LP-2 stages of the incremental test. Speech comfort, heart rate (HR), and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded every 5 minutes. The 20-minute exercise training bout was completed fully by LP (n = 19), LP-1 (n = 28), and LP-2 (n = 30). Heart rate, RPE, and speech comfort were similar through the LP-1 and LP-2 tests, but the LP stage was markedly more difficult. Steady-state exercise training intensity was easily and appropriately prescribed at intensity associated with the LP-1 and LP-2 stages of the TT. The LP stage may be too difficult for patients in a cardiac rehabilitation program.

  18. Experience of iodine, caesium and noble gas release from AGR failures

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    Chapman, C.J.; Harris, A.M.; Phillips, M.E.

    1985-01-01

    In the event of a fuel failure in an Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR), the quantity of fission products available for release to the environment is determined by the transport of fission products in the UO 2 fuel, by the possible retention of fission products in the fuel can interspace and by the deposition of fission products on gas circuit surfaces ('plate-out'). The fission products of principal radiological concern are radioactive caesium (Cs-137 and Cs-134) and iodine (principally I-131). Results are summarised of a number of experiments which were designed to study the release of these fission products from individual fuel failures in the prototype AGR at Windscale. Results are also presented of fission product release from failures in commercial AGRs. Comparisons of measured releases of caesium and iodine relative to the release of the noble gas fission products show that, for some fuel failures, there is a significant retention of caesium and iodine within the fuel can interspace. Under normal conditions circuit deposition reduces caesium and iodine gas concentrations by several orders of magnitude. Differing release behaviour of caesium and iodine from the failures is examined together with subsequent deposition within the sampling equipment. These observations are important factors which must be considered in developing an understanding of the mechanisms involved in circuit deposition. (author)

  19. Necesidades educacionales sobre riesgo de plaguicidas en el contexto socio-ambiental de las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora

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    M.I. Silveira Gramont; L. Aldana Madrid; A.I. Valenzuela Quintanar; C.B. Ochoa Nogales; G. Jasa-Silveira; Beatriz Camarena Gómez

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    Para proponer estrategias de educación y comunicación sobre plaguicidas en las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora, se requiere situar la problemática de la exposición a plaguicidas en el contexto socio-cultural y ambiental de las comunidades afectadas, tomando en cuenta los factores que contribuyen al mayor riesgo de exposición de los trabajadores agrícolas y de sus familias. Este estudio examina los factores poblacionales, educacionales, culturales y de trabajo de habitantes y trabajadores agrí...

  20. Study on a Footwork Training and Testing System

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    Full Text Available In the sport science fields, for a long time there are various attempts to explore more advanced technology in order to collect kinds of information concerned during athletes training and matches. In the paper, a footwork training and testing system has been developed by adopting the advanced technology of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN. The system is comprised of some wireless senor nodes and gateways, system control software and so on. By means of the system, the daily footwork training methods and modes will be simulated to automatically guide the training of the athletes, at the same time the training data concerned will be automatically recorded, including moving velocity, moving frequency and success average, moving exercise duration and so on, and it is facilitate to evaluate digitally the training and testing effects for coaches and athletes. The system will bring about an auxiliary means in sport science training and research, make coaches and researchers have more options for the technical and information forms, and provide the technology foundation for synchronizing and intermingling the training and testing smoothly.

  1. Development of techniques to dispose of the Windscale AGR heat exchangers

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    Crossley, H.; Wakefield, J.R.

    1991-01-01

    In a gas-cooled nuclear power plant the gas side of the heat exchanger tubes becomes contaminated with radioactive deposits carried from the reactor in the coolant stream. In order to dispose of the heat exchangers in the safest and most cost-effective way during plant decommissioning, the deposits have to be removed. In situ chemical decontamination is considered to be the only viable method. This paper describes the research and development of chemical decontamination methods for the Windscale AGR heat exchangers, and the testing of a selected method on an in situ superheater. The research involved characterization of tube corrosion and radioactivity deposits, laboratory testing of chemical reagents on actual tube samples, and the provision and operation of a plant to apply the selected reagent. Disposal of radioactive effluent is an important consideration in chemical decontamination and in the present case was the major factor in determining the process

  2. O impacto do trabalho infantil no setor agr√≠cola sobre a sa√ļde

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    Full Text Available O objetivo desse artigo √© verificar se o trabalho infantil no setor agr√≠cola produz impacto negativo sobre a sa√ļde. Para a an√°lise foram utilizadas as PNADs (Pesquisas Nacionais por Amostra de Domic√≠lios de 1998 e 2003, que trazem suplemento especial sobre sa√ļde, empregando a t√©cnica econom√©trica de pseudo-painel. Assim, foram consideradas as crian√ßas de 5 a 15 anos em 1998 e de 10 a 20 anos em 2003. Os resultados mostram que, para os indiv√≠duos economicamente ativos, a atividade no setor agr√≠cola e o trabalho de risco no setor agr√≠cola n√£o diferem dos outros setores, ou seja, trabalhar no setor agr√≠cola n√£o imp√Ķe um maior desgaste √† sa√ļde em rela√ß√£o aos outros setores da economia. Se considerados todos os indiv√≠duos economicamente ativos, os resultados mostram que o trabalho agr√≠cola n√£o afeta a sa√ļde e que o trabalho n√£o-agr√≠cola tem impacto negativo. Dessa forma, acredita-se que a atua√ß√£o do governo deve ser setorial, visando uma melhoria no acesso ao sistema de sa√ļde, bem como aos medicamentos, e a promo√ß√£o da educa√ß√£o materna com rela√ß√£o √† sa√ļde.The aim of this dissertation is to identify the causal relation between rural child labour and health. The analysis utilized the PNAD, a Brazilian household survey, from 1998 and 2003. The econometric modeling was based on the pseudo-panel approach and was considered the children from 5 to 15 years old in 1998 and from 10 to 20 years old in 2003. The results show that work and work in risky jobs in the agricultural sector do not differ from those impacts of other sectors. It was also presented, for all individuals that work in the agricultural sector does not impact the health capital and work in the non rural sector impact negatively the health capital. So, the government intervention in rural areas should be different from the one implemented on the urban area to mitigate the impact of child labour on health and also, the government intervention should be

  3. IUE observations of the hot components in two symbiotic stars. [R Agr and RW Hya, 1200 to 3200 A

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    Michalitsianos, A G [National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Greenbelt, MD (USA). Goddard Space Flight Center; Kafatos, M; Hobbs, R W; Maran, S P

    1980-03-13

    Ultraviolet measurements in the 1,200 - 3,200 A range are reported on two symbiotic stars, R Agr and RW Hya. The results indicate the presence of a hot component in each star, supporting the view that each is a binary system with a luminous red primary and a hot, sub-luminous companion. In the case of RW Hya the hot companion manifests itself by exciting a compact nebulosity while in the case of R Agr it is believed that the continuous spectrum of the hot star is directly detected, while the continuum of nebulosity excited by the hot star is detected at longer wavelengths.

  4. Modelagem matemática para seleção de conjuntos mecanizados agrícolas pelo menor custo operacional

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    Baio,F√°bio H. R.; Rodrigues,Andrew D.; Santos,Gilson S. dos; Silva,Simone P. da

    2013-01-01

    A seleção de uma máquina agrícola pode tornar-se uma tarefa árdua, pois há diversas variáveis que devem ser consideradas. A escolha do equipamento mais adequado para uma propriedade agrícola é uma das etapas mais importantes do processo produtivo. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um modelo de computador por programação linear em plataforma web para seleção automatizada de conjuntos mecanizados agrícolas, baseados no menor custo operacional. O programa, desenvolvido em linguagem ASP.N...

  5. The effects of progressive muscle relaxation and autogenic relaxation on young soccer players' mood states.

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    Hashim, Hairul Anuar; Hanafi Ahmad Yusof, Hazwani

    2011-06-01

    This study was designed to compare the effects of two different relaxation techniques, namely progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and autogenic relaxation (AGR) on moods of young soccer players. sixteen adolescent athletes (mean age: 14.1 ¬Ī 1.3) received either PMR or AGR training. Using Profile of Mood States- Adolescents, their mood states were measured one week before relaxation training, before the first relaxation session, and after the twelfth relaxation session. Mixed ANOVA revealed no significant interaction effects and no significant main effects in any of the subscales. However, significant main effects for testing sessions were found for confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension subscales. Post hoc tests revealed post-intervention reductions in the confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension subscale scores. These two relaxation techniques induce equivalent mood responses and may be used to regulate young soccer players' mood states.

  6. Linear peptidomimetics as potent antagonists of Staphylococcus aureus agr quorum sensing

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    Karathanasi, Georgia; Bojer, Martin Saxtorph; Baldry, Mara

    2018-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogen causing infections in humans and animals. Increasing problems with antimicrobial resistance has prompted the development of alternative treatment strategies, including antivirulence approaches targeting virulence regulation such as the agr quorum...

  7. MicroRNA-1291 targets the FOXA2-AGR2 pathway to suppress pancreatic cancer cell proliferation and tumorigenesis

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    Qiu, Jing-Xin; Kim, Edward J.; Yu, Ai-Ming

    2016-01-01

    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Better understanding of pancreatic cancer biology may help identify new oncotargets towards more effective therapies. This study investigated the mechanistic actions of microRNA-1291 (miR-1291) in the suppression of pancreatic tumorigenesis. Our data showed that miR-1291 was downregulated in a set of clinical pancreatic carcinoma specimens and human pancreatic cancer cell lines. Restoration of miR-1291 expression inhibited pancreatic cancer cell proliferation, which was associated with cell cycle arrest and enhanced apoptosis. Furthermore, miR-1291 sharply suppressed the tumorigenicity of PANC-1 cells in mouse models. A proteomic profiling study revealed 32 proteins altered over 2-fold in miR-1291-expressing PANC-1 cells that could be assembled into multiple critical pathways for cancer. Among them anterior gradient 2 (AGR2) was reduced to the greatest degree. Through computational and experimental studies we further identified that forkhead box protein A2 (FOXA2), a transcription factor governing AGR2 expression, was a direct target of miR-1291. These results connect miR-1291 to the FOXA2-AGR2 regulatory pathway in the suppression of pancreatic cancer cell proliferation and tumorigenesis, providing new insight into the development of miRNA-based therapy to combat pancreatic cancer. PMID:27322206

  8. Training simulator for advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) shutdown sequence equipment

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    Shankland, J.P.; Nixon, G.L.

    1978-01-01

    Successful shutdown of nuclear plant is of prime importance for both safety and economic reasons and large sums of money are spent on equipment to make shutdowns fully automatic, thus removing the possibility of operator errors. While this aim can largely be realized, one must consider the possibility of automatic equipment or plant failures when operators are required to take manual action, and off-line training facilities should be available to operating staff to minimize the risk of incorrect actions being taken. This paper presents the practice adopted at Hunterston 'B' Nuclear Power Station to solve this problem and concerns the computer-based training simulator for the Reactor Shutdown Sequence Equipment (RSSE) which was commissioned in January 1977. The plant associated with shutdown is briefly described and the reasoning which shows the need for a simulator is outlined. The paper also gives details of the comprehensive facilities available on the simulator and goes on to describe the form that shutdown training takes and the experience gained at this time. (author)

  9. The safety of the AGR

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    Dale, G.C.; Bowerman, J.M.

    1982-01-01

    The publication is in 10 parts. Section 1 describes regulatory control of the nuclear industry in the UK and outlines the principal Acts of Parliament and international regulations currently in force in the licensing of nuclear power stations. Section 2 discusses the responsibilities laid on licensees of nuclear sites for ensuring the safety of their employees and members of the public. In Section 3, a comprehensive description of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) system and its principal components is given. The safety features are described in Section 4. Radiological effects are described in Section 5. Section 6 explains how different types of radioactive wastes arise and describes their management and plans for their long-term disposal. Section 7 deals with the transportation of fuel and radioactive waste. Section 8 is devoted to fault conditions; the steps taken to ensure adequate protection against faults and the reliability of plant are described. Liaison with local communities is discussed in Section 9; the role of the Local Liaison Committees is described and details of emergency plans are given. The final section covers the decommissioning and dismantling of power stations after they have reached the end of their useful lives. (author)

  10. Chemical cleaning of AGR boilers

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    Moore, S.V.; Moore, W.; Rantell, A.

    1978-01-01

    AGR boilers are likely to require post service chemical cleaning to remove accumulated oxides at intervals of 15 - 35 kh. The need to clean will be based on an assessment of such factors as the development of flow imbalances through parallel tubes induced by the formation of rough oxide surfaces, an increasing risk of localised corrosion as the growth of porous oxides proceeds and the risk of tube blockage caused by the exfoliation of steam-grown oxides. The study has shown what heterogeneous multilayer oxides possessing a range of physical and chemical properties form on the alloy steels. They include porous and compact magnetites, chromium spinels and sesquioxide. Ammoniated citric acid has been shown to remove deposited and water-grown magnetites from the carbon and alloy steels but will not necessarily remove the substituted spinels grown on the alloy steels or the potentially spalling steam-grown magnetite on the A1SI 316 superheater. Citric acid supplemented with the reducing agent glyoxal completely removes all oxides from the boiler except the protective inner spinel formed on the 316. Removal of the spinels and compact magnetites occurs more by undercutting and physical detachment than by the dissolution. (author)

  11. Propuesta para llevar al espacio académico institucional, saberes agrícolas tradicionales

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    Gómez Espinoza, José Antonio

    2007-01-01

    Este texto se present√≥ como comunicaci√≥n al II Congreso Internacional de Etnograf√≠a y Educaci√≥n: Migraciones y Ciudadan√≠as. Universidad Aut√≥noma de Barcelona, Barcelona, 5-8 Septiembre 2008. Mientras en las ‚Äúmilpas‚ÄĚ campesinas se practican saberes agr√≠colas tradicionales (SAT) para la subsistencia campesina a trav√©s de la producci√≥n de ma√≠z y cultivos asociados (milpa), en las Instituciones de Ense√Īanza Agr√≠cola Superior del pa√≠s, se ense√Īa un enorme bagaje cient√≠fico y tecnol√≥gico sin con...

  12. Seroprevalencia de brucelosis en trabajadores agr√≠colas de las comarcas costeras de Castell√≥n, Espa√Īa

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    Villamarín-Vázquez José Luis

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar la seroprevalencia de brucelosis en trabajadores agr√≠colas. Material y m√©todos. Estudio transversal efectuado durante 1996 y 1997 en la Unidad de Salud Laboral del Centro de Salud P√ļblica (CSP de Castell√≥n, Espa√Īa, con 482 aspirantes a su acreditaci√≥n como manipulador de plaguicidas para aplicaci√≥n agr√≠cola y a quienes se les hicieron las pruebas serol√≥gicas de rosa de Bengala, seroaglutinaci√≥n de Wright y Coombs antibrucela. En el an√°lisis estad√≠stico se estim√≥ la prevalencia y se us√≥ regresi√≥n log√≠stica. Resultados. 15 personas (3.1%, IC 95% 1.8%-5.1% presentaron t√≠tulos de 1/40 o mayores a las pruebas de Wright o Coombs, y todas negativas al rosa de Bengala. No se apreci√≥ riesgo profesional elevado. Conclusiones. La prevalencia estimada fue baja.

  13. Chemical cleaning of UK AGR boilers

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    Rudge, A.; Turner, P.; Ghosh, S.; Clary, W.; Tice, D.R.

    2002-01-01

    For a number of years, the waterside pressure drops across the advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) pod boilers have been increasing. The pressure drop increases have accelerated with time, which is the converse behaviour to that expected for rippled magnetite formation (rapid initial increase slowing down with time). Nonetheless, magnetite deposition remains the most likely cause for the increasing boiler resistances. A number of potential countermeasures have been considered in response to the boiler pressure drop increases. However, there was no detectable reduction in the rate of pressure drop increase. Chemical cleaning was therefore considered and a project to substantiate and then implement chemical cleaning was initiated. (authors)

  14. Profissão, escola e campo: um estudo sobre o Ensino Técnico Agrícola

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    Martins-Salandim, Maria Ednéia [UNESP; Garnica, Antonio Vicente Marafioti [UNESP

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    Apresentando uma síntese histórico-sociológica do panorama rural brasileiro, da constituição do ensino técnico, e do desenvolvimento do ensino técnico agrícola, este artigo defende que as escolas técnicas agrícolas sofrem uma dupla marginalização, por um lado proveniente de sua natureza profissionalizante e, por outro, dada sua vinculação com o meio rural brasileiro.

  15. A computer model to predict temperatures and gas flows during AGR fuel handling

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    Bishop, D.C.; Bowler, P.G.

    1986-01-01

    The paper describes the development of a comprehensive computer model (HOSTAGE) that has been developed for the Heysham II/Torness AGRs to predict temperature transients for all the important components during normal and fault conditions. It models not only the charge and discharge or fuel from an on-load reactor but also follows the fuel down the rest of the fuel route until it is dismantled. The main features of the physical model of gas and heat flow are described. Experimental results are used where appropriate and an indication will be given of how the predictions by HOSTAGE correlate with operating AGR reactors. The role of HOSTAGE in the Heysham II/Torness safety case is briefly discussed. (author)

  16. Impactos do Protocolo de Cartagena sobre o Comércio de Commodities Agrícolas

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    Borges, Izaías de Carvalho; Silveira, Jose Maria Ferreira Jardim da; Vieira Filho, José Eustáquio; Pereira, Andrea M.

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    O Protocolo de Cartagena sobre Biossegurança é um acordo ambiental que agrega 132 países. O Protocolo tem impactos sobre o comércio de commodities agrícolas, porque estabelece regras para o transporte entre fronteiras de organismos vivos modificados (OVMs). O Artigo 18.2(a) do Protocolo refere-se às formas de identificação dos OVMs nos carregamentos de commodities agrícolas. O fato de que os principais países exportadores de grãos também sejam produtores de cultivares geneticamente modificado...

  17. A ‚Äúquest√£o agr√°ria‚ÄĚ em Mari√°tegui

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    Frederico Daia Firmiano

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    Full Text Available Neste breve artigo temos como objetivo refletir sobre a ‚Äúquest√£o agr√°ria‚ÄĚ no pensamento de Jos√© Carlos Mari√°tegui, sobretudo a partir de sua principal obra, os ‚ÄúSete ensaios de interpreta√ß√£o da realidade peruana‚ÄĚ. Nosso argumento √© que o socialista peruano n√£o tratou os problemas da forma√ß√£o social peruana a partir da chave te√≥rica dada pela ‚Äúquest√£o agr√°ria‚ÄĚ, mas a encontrou no curso de uma interpreta√ß√£o marxista, profundamente original e inventiva, sobre esta forma√ß√£o social (desenvolvida ao lado da intensa milit√Ęncia pol√≠tica, identificando o problema ind√≠gena ao problema da terra, aos que Amauta conferiu uma alternativa socialista.

  18. La Ingeniería Agrícola en el País

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    Bustamante M. Hellodoro

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    Full Text Available Es sumamente difícil situar en la historia, el origen de la Ingeniería Agrícola, aunque podría remontarse al propio origen de la tierra, de las plantas y de las aguas. La Ingeniería Agrícola está ocupando un campo de acción que se ha desarrollado a pesar de las limitaciones que le ofrece el mismo desarrollo del país y al escepticismo sin fundamento de algunos pregoneros del pesimismo nacional; le corresponde enfrentar además hoy al cáncer del desempleo y a la falta de oportunidad para demostrar al país que la inversión hecha por el estado en la formación de estos profesionales es productiva.

  19. AGR-5/6/7 LEUCO Kernel Fabrication Readiness Review

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    Marshall, Douglas W. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). Fuel Design and Development; Bailey, Kirk W. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States). ART Quality Assurance Engineer

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    In preparation for forming low-enriched uranium carbide/oxide (LEUCO) fuel kernels for the Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel development and qualification program, Idaho National Laboratory conducted an operational readiness review of the Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Operations Group ‚Äď Lynchburg (B&W NOG-L) procedures, processes, and equipment from January 14 ‚Äď January 16, 2015. The readiness review focused on requirements taken from the American Society Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance Standard (NQA-1-2008, 1a-2009), a recent occurrence at the B&W NOG-L facility related to preparation of acid-deficient uranyl nitrate solution (ADUN), and a relook at concerns noted in a previous review. Topic areas open for the review were communicated to B&W NOG-L in advance of the on-site visit to facilitate the collection of objective evidences attesting to the state of readiness.

  20. The Effects of Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Autogenic Relaxation on Young Soccer Players’ Mood States

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    Hashim, Hairul Anuar; Hanafi@Ahmad Yusof, Hazwani

    2011-01-01

    Purpose This study was designed to compare the effects of two different relaxation techniques, namely progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and autogenic relaxation (AGR) on moods of young soccer players. Methods Sixteen adolescent athletes (mean age: 14.1 ¬Ī 1.3) received either PMR or AGR training. Using Profile of Mood States- Adolescents, their mood states were measured one week before relaxation training, before the first relaxation session, and after the twelfth relaxation session. Results Mixed ANOVA revealed no significant interaction effects and no significant main effects in any of the subscales. However, significant main effects for testing sessions were found for confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension subscales. Post hoc tests revealed post-intervention reductions in the confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension subscale scores. Conclusion These two relaxation techniques induce equivalent mood responses and may be used to regulate young soccer players‚Äô mood states. PMID:22375225

  1. El Título de Ingeniero Agrónomo

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    Universidad Nacional de Colombia Facultad de Agronomía

    1941-08-01

    Full Text Available Como es ocurrencia frecuente la controversia sobre la propiedad académica o el derecho que asiste a los profesionales que han cursado estudios superiores de Agronomía para usar el título de Ingenieros Agrónomos, es procedente aclarar este punto sobre todo hoy que en Colombia la carrera agronómica está ocupando destacada posición en el panorama social y económico del país.

  2. Sostenibilidad de sistemas agrícolas Sustainability of farming systems

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    Leiva Fabio R.

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Las actividades agrícolas pueden tener impactos negativos sobre el ambiente, con efectos dentro y fuera de los predios. El presente artículo pretende contribuir al avance de la agricultura sostenible con énfasis en países en vías de desarrollo. Se revisan y analizan los conceptos de sostenibilidad y agricultura sostenible, incluyendo los diferentes puntos de vista en el debate sobre sostenibilidad'. El artículo examina los impactos ambientales debidos a las actividades agrícolas, destacando la importancia de fortalecer la investigación, con publicación de resultados, sobre la relación agricultura y medio ambiente. La complejidad de los factores que determinan la sostenibilidad agrícola exige una concepción de sistemas, integradora, participativa y holística. El uso de indicadores tiene un gran potencial en la evaluación de la sostenibilidad de sistemas productivos. La práctica de agricultura sostenible requiere tener en cuenta las condiciones ambientales, sociales y económicas en las cuales
    se desenvuelve la agricultura.Farming activities have the potential to affect the farming system itself and the offfarm environment. This paper attempts to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture with emphasis in developing countries. The concepts of sustainability and sustainable agriculture are reviewed and discussed, including the different viewpoints in the sustainability debate. Environmental impacts due to farming activities are examined emphasising the need of promoting further research and publication of findings on the links between environment and agriculture. The complexity of the factors that determine farming sustainability requires
    a systematic, holistic, participative and integrated approach. Indicators are likely to contribute to the development of sustainable farming systems. Understanding environmental, social and economic circumstances is required to promote sustainability.

  3. 14 CFR 133.37 - Crewmember training, currency, and testing requirements.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Crewmember training, currency, and testing..., currency, and testing requirements. (a) No certificate holder may use, nor may any person serve, as a pilot in operations conducted under this part unless that person‚ÄĒ (1) Has successfully demonstrated, to the...

  4. Puesta en Valor del Patrimonio Agrícola en Ciudades Intermedias, caso Chillán

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    Marcela Andrea Soto Caro

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Frente al actual escenario territorial, donde la ruralidad persiste en todas sus expresiones identitarias, sociales y econ√≥micas, el suelo agr√≠cola pierde extensi√≥n, en una pugna constante por sobreponerse a la expansi√≥n urbana. Las modificaciones estructurales del espacio periurbano en las √ļltimas d√©cadas nos presentan la consolidaci√≥n de los procesos de crecimiento y transformaci√≥n urbana desiguales, que bajo el modelo neoliberal imperante y persistente, se hacen cada vez m√°s visibles en las ciudades de rango intermedio. Si bien no tienen la escala metropolitana, adquieren velocidades de crecimiento urbano a√ļn mayores. El presente estudio compara la evoluci√≥n de indicadores relacionados con el desarrollo urbano del territorio, para analizar las din√°micas de crecimiento y la p√©rdida de suelo agr√≠cola. Si bien las ciudades de rango intermedio promueven el consumo de suelo urbano, existe una oportunidad de resaltar el valor patrimonial y productivo del suelo agr√≠cola.

  5. [Impact of a training model for the Child Development Evaluation Test in primary care].

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    Rizzoli-C√≥rdoba, Antonio; Delgado-Ginebra, Ismael; Cruz-Ortiz, Leopoldo Alfonso; Baqueiro-Hern√°ndez, C√©sar Iv√°n; Martain-P√©rez, Itzamara Jacqueline; Palma-Tavera, Josuha Alexander; Villas√≠s-Keever, Miguel √Āngel; Reyes-Morales, Hortensia; O'Shea-Cuevas, Gabriel; Aceves-Villagr√°n, Daniel; Carrasco-Mendoza, Joaqu√≠n; Antill√≥n-Ocampo, F√°tima Adriana; Villagr√°n-Mu√Īoz, V√≠ctor Manuel; Halley-Castillo, Elizabeth; Vargas-L√≥pez, Guillermo; Mu√Īoz-Hern√°ndez, Onofre

    The Child Development Evaluation (CDE) Test is a screening tool designed and validated in Mexico for the early detection of child developmental problems. For professionals who will be administering the test in primary care facilities, previous acquisition of knowledge about the test is required in order to generate reliable results. The aim of this work was to evaluate the impact of a training model for primary care workers from different professions through the comparison of knowledge acquired during the training course. The study design was a before/after type considering the participation in a training course for the CDE test as the intervention. The course took place in six different Mexican states from October to December 2013. The same questions were used before and after. There were 394 participants included. Distribution according to professional profile was as follows: general physicians 73.4%, nursing 7.7%, psychology 7.1%, nutrition 6.1% and other professions 5.6%. The questions with the lowest correct answer rates were associated with the scoring of the CDE test. In the initial evaluation, 64.9% obtained a grade lower than 20 compared with 1.8% in the final evaluation. In the initial evaluation only 1.8% passed compared with 75.15% in the final evaluation. The proposed model allows the participants to acquire general knowledge about the CDE Test. To improve the general results in future training courses, it is required to reinforce during training the scoring and interpretation of the test together with the previous lecture of the material by the participants. Copyright © 2015 Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  6. Training Guidelines in Non-Destructive Testing Techniques: Manual for Visual Testing at Level 2

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    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been active in the promotion of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology for many decades. The prime reason for this interest has been the need for stringent quality control standards for safe operation of nuclear as well as other industrial installations. The IAEA has successfully executed a number of projects, including technical cooperation projects (national and regional) and coordinated research projects, in which NDT was an important part. Through these projects, a large number of persons have been trained in numerous Member States, leading to the establishment of national certifying bodies responsible for training and certification of NDT personnel. Consequently a state of self-sufficiency in this area of technology has been achieved in many of these States. All along there has been a realization of the need to have well established training guidelines and related books, in order, first, to guide IAEA experts involved in this training programme and, second, to achieve some level of international uniformity and harmonization of training materials and consequent competence of NDT personnel. The syllabuses for training courses have been published in the form of TECDOC publications. The first was IAEA-TECDOC-407 (1987), which contained syllabuses for the five basic NDT methods: liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing. To accommodate advancements in NDT technology, later versions of this publication were issued in 1991, 2002 and 2008, with the current version being IAEA-TECDOC- 628/Rev.2 (2008), which includes additional and more advanced NDT methods. The next logical step was to compile textbooks and training manuals in accordance with these syllabuses. Manuals on liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiographic, ultrasonic and eddy current testing have already been published in the Training Course Series. These play a vital role in

  7. Effects of endurance training and competition on exercise tests in relatively untrained people.

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    Verstappen, F T; Janssen, G M; Does, R J

    1989-10-01

    One hundred fourteen subjects (34 +/- 8 years) without any competition background took part in an endurance training study to be completed after 1.5 years with running a marathon. Ultimately, 60 males and 18 females achieved that goal. The training program, carefully supervised, was divided into three phases with a maximum of 45, 70, and 110 km/week training volume and concluded with a performance race of 15, 25, and 42.195 km, respectively. Three days before and 3 and 5 days after each race, 35 subjects were selected to perform a progressive treadmill test and the remaining subjects participated in performing field tests of running 400 and 1000 m. The maximal velocity achieved in the treadmill test was 4.75 +/- 0.36 m.s-1 for males and 4.18 +/- 0.28 m.s-1 for females; it remained constant throughout the study. However, the running velocity at 4 mmol.1(-1) plasma lactate concentration increased about 10% from phase 1 to 3. In the females this rise already appeared to be completed in phase 2. Heart rate showed a tendency to increase at both submaximal and maximal exercise from training phase 1 to 2 and 3, whereas plasma lactate concentration showed a decreasing tendency. Three days after the 25 km and the marathon race the maximal running velocity in the exercise test was 2%-4% lower compared with the pre-race test (P less than 0.05). Five days after the race this difference again faded away. This small decline in running performance was not reflected in changes of physiologic responses such as heart rate or plasma lactate concentration.

  8. Obreros agrícolas migrantes en Sinaloa

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    Florencio Posadas Segura

    2015-01-01

    El objetivo de este artículo es demostrar la presencia significativa de los obreros agrícolas migrantes, algunas características que la explican y la pauperización que experimentan. La causa principal de la migración es la desocupación; los empresarios controlan los métodos de contratación, trasportación y explotación, y los jornaleros rurales migrantes trabajan más, ganan menos y su situación es mayormente miserable. Esto se ilustra con el caso de Villa Benito Juárez, Sinaloa, que prueba la ...

  9. Characterization of virulence and antibiotic profile and agr typing of Staphylococcus aureus from milk of subclinical mastitis bovine in State of Rio de Janeiro

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    B.S. Soares

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT This study aims to detect the main virulence and antimicrobial resistance genes in Stapylococcus aureus from bovine mastitic milk as well as classifying them according to agr typing. A total of 55 strains from six dairy unities in the state of Rio de Janeiro were selected, of these 27.3% presented fbnA and 78,2% for fbnB genes, respectively. None of the strains tested were positive for cap5 gene, 3.6% were positive for cap8 gene. Additionally, 94.5% of strains had hlA gene and 89.1% had hlB gene while 67.3% of the strains had icaA gene and 87.3% had icaD gene. From these results it was possible to establish 12 different virulence profiles. Prevalence of agrII type was detected in 81.8% of the isolates. Concerning antimicrobial resistance evaluation, the studied strains were susceptible to all antibiotics tested except penicillin, 83.6% being resistant strains. None of the strains had mecA gene, however, 40% of the strains had blaZ gene. Associating virulence and resistance data made it possible to obtain 23 different profiles. This great diversity of strains shows wide array of bacterial strategies and the challenge of mastitis prevention in cattle. Despite antimicrobial susceptibility, these strains presented certain genes that allow its persistence in the herd.

  10. Metodología para evaluar el impacto de la maquinaria agrícola sobre los recursos naturales del medio ambiente

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    Norge Díaz Rodríguez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una propuesta de metodología para evaluar el impacto que ejerce la maquinaria agrícola sobre algunos de los recursos naturales del medio ambiente. Durante su explotación la maquinaria agrícola, como unidad energética para el trabajo agrícola, produce un conjunto de impactos negativos sobre el medio en tres direcciones fundamentales: suelo, aire, y agua. A pesar de existir conciencia sobre este problema, no se disponen de herramientas apropiadas para hacer una evaluación certera de la magnitud de estos impactos, lo cual no es una simple tarea.

  11. Trabajadores agrícolas migrantes en Baja California. Vinculación con la migración internacional

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    Ma. Eugenia Anguiano Téllez

    1989-09-01

    Full Text Available En este ensayo los jornaleros agr√≠colas migrantes son clasificados en dos estratos: el primero, considera la migraci√≥n internacional, es decir, aqu√©llos que se internan en Estados Unidos con el prop√≥sito de conseguir empleo; y el segundo, corresponde a la migraci√≥n interna de los trabajadores agr√≠colas que permanecen en Baja California para laborar en los valles de Mexicali y San Quint√≠n.En este trabajo se se√Īalan las diferencias entre estos dos estratos, tanto de car√°cter econ√≥mico como en los niveles de educaci√≥n; asimismo, se comparan las caracter√≠sticas de los jornaleros agr√≠colas migrantes que cruzan a Estados Unidos por Mexicali y por Tijuana, seg√ļn su actividad econ√≥mica de procedencia y su expectativa de empleo en los Estados Unidos.

  12. EMG Biofeedback Training Versus Systematic Desensitization for Test Anxiety Reduction

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    Romano, John L.; Cabianca, William A.

    1978-01-01

    Biofeedback training to reduce test anxiety among university students was investigated. Biofeedback training with systematic desensitization was compared to an automated systematic desensitization program not using EMG feedback. Biofeedback training is a useful technique for reducing test anxiety, but not necessarily more effective than systematic…

  13. Sensory submodalities testing in neurolinguistic programming, part of mental training

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    Vlad Teodor GROSU

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    Full Text Available Introduction: this study is part of a larger work, which involves increasing sporting performance by applying mental training techniques ‚Äď special techniques of neurolinguistic programming. In this case we will discuss some aspects of the test application Jacobson S. (2011. Purpose of study and hypothesis: In neurolinguistic programming (NLP we have studied the relationship between sensory submodalities, in accordance with the Jacobson test (2011. We wanted to check the degree of significance of the mean difference parameters studied and if the materiality result falls within the objective parameters. If ideomotor representations of athletes are completed with multiple sensations of all sensory submodalities such as visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatory, the possibility of applying the techniques of NLP (neurolinguistic programming will have more effective results. Methods and material: two records were made by using two tests, test1 and test2 on master students of the University ‚ÄúBabes-Bolyai‚ÄĚ Cluj-Napoca, from FEFS from APS department (training and sports performance. The statistical indicators were calculated on elements of descriptive statistics and the data is presented using indicators of centrality, location and distribution. Statistical analysis of non-parametric Wilcoxon test was used for sample pairs (data uneven distribution/rank. Materiality tests used was őĪ=0.05 (5%, őĪ=0.01 (1% or őĪ=0.001. Results and deliberations: to detect the correlation between the two variables we used the Spearman rank correlation coefficient (ŌĀ. Statistical analysis was performed using the correlation coefficients Colton‚Äôs rule. It was found that no statistically significant differences were observed (p>0.05 in the statistical analysis of sample pairs Jacobson test values (times T1-T2. This is a result of the short timeframe ‚Äď just one month ‚Äď for objectives reasons. However, many of them appear in a good and a very good

  14. Solo agr√≠cola e agricultura em espa√ßo urbano: din√Ęmicas. O exemplo de √Čvora

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    Maria Freire

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo √© melhorar o entendimento sobre o significado da componente agr√≠cola em espa√ßo urbano para as sociedades e perspetivar estrat√©gias no sentido de promover o patrim√≥nio solo agr√≠cola e a perman√™ncia e sustentabilidade do uso agr√≠cola em espa√ßo urbano. A metodologia de trabalho seguida compreende a an√°lise da din√Ęmica de evolu√ß√£o urbana, associada √† presen√ßa da agricultura em espa√ßo urbano em √Čvora, numa perspetiva que inclui o seu significado nos dom√≠nios hist√≥ricos, sociais, econ√≥micos, ecol√≥gicos e est√©ticos.

  15. Analysis of Gln223Agr Polymorphism of Leptin Receptor Gene in Type II Diabetic Mellitus Subjects among Malaysians

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    Chong Pei Pei

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Leptin is known as the adipose peptide hormone. It plays an important role in the regulation of body fat and inhibits food intake by its action. Moreover, it is believed that leptin level deductions might be the cause of obesity and may play an important role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM, as well as in cardiovascular diseases (CVD. The Leptin Receptor (LEPR gene and its polymorphisms have not been extensively studied in relation to the T2DM and its complications in various populations. In this study, we have determined the association of Gln223Agr loci of LEPR gene in three ethnic groups of Malaysia, namely: Malays, Chinese and Indians. A total of 284 T2DM subjects and 281 healthy individuals were recruited based on International Diabetes Federation (IDF criteria. Genomic DNA was extracted from the buccal specimens of the subjects. The commercial polymerase chain reaction (PCR method was carried out by proper restriction enzyme MSP I to both amplify and digest the Gln223Agr polymorphism. The p-value among the three studied races was 0.057, 0.011 and 0.095, respectively. The values such as age, WHR, FPG, HbA1C, LDL, HDL, Chol and Family History were significantly different among the subjects with Gln223Agr polymorphism of LEPR (p < 0.05.

  16. Analysis of Gln223Agr polymorphism of Leptin Receptor Gene in type II diabetic mellitus subjects among Malaysians.

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    Etemad, Ali; Ramachandran, Vasudevan; Pishva, Seyyed Reza; Heidari, Farzad; Aziz, Ahmad Fazli Abdul; Yusof, Ahmad Khairuddin Mohamed; Pei, Chong Pei; Ismail, Patimah

    2013-09-18

    Leptin is known as the adipose peptide hormone. It plays an important role in the regulation of body fat and inhibits food intake by its action. Moreover, it is believed that leptin level deductions might be the cause of obesity and may play an important role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), as well as in cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The Leptin Receptor (LEPR) gene and its polymorphisms have not been extensively studied in relation to the T2DM and its complications in various populations. In this study, we have determined the association of Gln223Agr loci of LEPR gene in three ethnic groups of Malaysia, namely: Malays, Chinese and Indians. A total of 284 T2DM subjects and 281 healthy individuals were recruited based on International Diabetes Federation (IDF) criteria. Genomic DNA was extracted from the buccal specimens of the subjects. The commercial polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method was carried out by proper restriction enzyme MSP I to both amplify and digest the Gln223Agr polymorphism. The p-value among the three studied races was 0.057, 0.011 and 0.095, respectively. The values such as age, WHR, FPG, HbA1C, LDL, HDL, Chol and Family History were significantly different among the subjects with Gln223Agr polymorphism of LEPR (p < 0.05).

  17. Impact of relationships between test and training animals and among training animals on reliability of genomic prediction.

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    Wu, X; Lund, M S; Sun, D; Zhang, Q; Su, G

    2015-10-01

    One of the factors affecting the reliability of genomic prediction is the relationship among the animals of interest. This study investigated the reliability of genomic prediction in various scenarios with regard to the relationship between test and training animals, and among animals within the training data set. Different training data sets were generated from EuroGenomics data and a group of Nordic Holstein bulls (born in 2005 and afterwards) as a common test data set. Genomic breeding values were predicted using a genomic best linear unbiased prediction model and a Bayesian mixture model. The results showed that a closer relationship between test and training animals led to a higher reliability of genomic predictions for the test animals, while a closer relationship among training animals resulted in a lower reliability. In addition, the Bayesian mixture model in general led to a slightly higher reliability of genomic prediction, especially for the scenario of distant relationships between training and test animals. Therefore, to prevent a decrease in reliability, constant updates of the training population with animals from more recent generations are required. Moreover, a training population consisting of less-related animals is favourable for reliability of genomic prediction. © 2015 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  18. Cambio climático, ensalitramiento de suelos y producción agrícola en áreas de riego

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    Leonardo Pulido Madrigal

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    Full Text Available Se analiz√≥ el impacto del clima en los problemas de salinidad, drenaje y producci√≥n agr√≠cola en el Distrito de Riego 038 r√≠o Mayo Sonora el cual presenta afectaciones por sales en 32% de su superficie. Con datos de clima y agron√≥micos generados entre 1970-2001, se elaboraron modelos de regresi√≥n lineal simple para estudiar la relaci√≥n entre la superficie ensalitrada con la temperatura ambiente, superficie afectada por niveles fre√°ticos superficiales, volumen de riego, salinidad del agua de riego, precipitaci√≥n pluvial, producci√≥n agr√≠cola y productividad del agua. Asimismo, se correlacion√≥ el manto fre√°tico con la temperatura, volumen de riego y precipitaci√≥n pluvial. La producci√≥n se correlacion√≥ con la salinidad del suelo, temperatura ambiente, superficie afectada por niveles fre√°ticos superficiales y volumen de riego. Adem√°s, por medio de modelos de regresi√≥n lineal m√ļltiple se determinaron las relaciones tanto de la superficie ensalitrada como de la producci√≥n agr√≠cola, con la temperatura, superficie afectada por niveles fre√°ticos superficiales, volumen de riego, superficie cosechada y precipitaci√≥n pluvial. Los resultados evidenciaron que el aumento de superficie ensalitrada est√° relacionado con el incremento de temperatura; mismo que se asoci√≥ con la disminuci√≥n del volumen de cosechas y con el aumento de superficie con niveles fre√°ticos. Se encontr√≥ que los vol√ļmenes de riego impactan en el incremento de la superficie agr√≠cola con niveles fre√°ticos someros y con el aumento de superficie ensalitrada. Con el calentamiento global los problemas de salinidad del suelo se incrementaron entre 24.1 y 15.8% en los estratos de suelo a 30 y 60 cm de profundidad, respectivamente. Asimismo, se estim√≥ un crecimiento del 21.9% de superficies con niveles fre√°ticos superficiales. El impacto del calentamiento global en el volumen de producci√≥n agr√≠cola se estim√≥ en una reducci√≥n del 18.9% del volumen de cosechas.

  19. El Banco Nacional de Fomento en el desarrollo del sector agrícola durante el quinquenio 1992-1996. Propuesta a mediano plazo.

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    Proa√Īo Gaibor, Alfonso

    1998-01-01

    El estudio contiene un panorama de la economía y del sector agrícola nacional, las políticas económicas aplicadas en el período de estudio, sus indicadores macroeconómicos, el PIB, el tipo de cambio y la incidencia de la agricultura en la población económicamente activa. El sector agrícola es analizado desde la perspectiva del comercio exterior, evaluando importaciones y exportaciones del sector agrícola, resultados en balanza comercial y proyección en el mercado global. La agricultura en...

  20. [Effects of education and strength training on functional tests among older people with osteoarthritis].

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    Jiménez S, Christian Edgardo; Fernández G, Rubén; Zurita O, Félix; Linares G, Daniel; Farías M, Ariel

    2014-04-01

    Hip and knee osteoarthritis are important causes of pain and disability among older people. Education and strength training can alleviate symptoms and avoid functional deterioration. To assess muscle strength, fall risk and quality of life of older people with osteoarthritis and the effects of physiotherapy education and strength training on these variables. Thirty participants aged 78 ¬Ī 5 years (63% women) were randomly assigned to receive physiotherapy (Controls), physiotherapy plus education (Group 1) and physiotherapy plus strength training (group 2). At baseline and after 16 weeks of intervention, patients were evaluated with the Senior Fitness Test, Timed Up and Go and Quality of Life score short form (SF-36). During the intervention period, Senior Fitness Test and Timed Up and Go scores improved in all groups and SF-36 did not change. The improvement in Senior Fitness Test and Timed Up and Go was more marked in Groups 1 and 2 than in the control group. Education and strength training improve functional tests among older people with osteoarthritis.

  1. Comparison of silver release predictions using PARFUME with results from the AGR-2 irradiation experiment

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    Collin, Blaise P.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Baldwin, Charles A.; Harp, Jason M.; Hunn, John D.

    2016-11-01

    The PARFUME (PARticle FUel ModEl) code was used to predict silver release from tristructural isotropic (TRISO) coated fuel particles and compacts during the second irradiation experiment (AGR-2) of the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification program. The PARFUME model for the AGR-2 experiment used the fuel compact volume average temperature for each of the 559 days of irradiation to calculate the release of fission product silver from a representative particle for a select number of AGR-2 compacts and individual fuel particles containing either mixed uranium carbide/oxide (UCO) or 100% uranium dioxide (UO2) kernels. Post-irradiation examination (PIE) measurements were performed to provide data on release of silver from these compacts and individual fuel particles. The available experimental fractional releases of silver were compared to their corresponding PARFUME predictions. Preliminary comparisons show that PARFUME under-predicts the PIE results in UCO compacts and is in reasonable agreement with experimental data for UO2 compacts. The accuracy of PARFUME predictions is impacted by the code limitations in the modeling of the temporal and spatial distributions of the temperature across the compacts. Nevertheless, the comparisons on silver release lie within the same order of magnitude.

  2. Agility in Team Sports: Testing, Training and Factors Affecting Performance.

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    Paul, Darren J; Gabbett, Tim J; Nassis, George P

    2016-03-01

    Agility is an important characteristic of team sports athletes. There is a growing interest in the factors that influence agility performance as well as appropriate testing protocols and training strategies to assess and improve this quality. The objective of this systematic review was to (1) evaluate the reliability and validity of agility tests in team sports, (2) detail factors that may influence agility performance, and (3) identify the effects of different interventions on agility performance. The review was undertaken in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. We conducted a search of PubMed, Google Scholar, Science Direct, and SPORTDiscus databases. We assessed the methodological quality of intervention studies using a customized checklist of assessment criteria. Intraclass correlation coefficient values were 0.80-0.91, 0.10-0.81, and 0.81-0.99 for test time using light, video, and human stimuli. A low-level reliability was reported for youth athletes using the video stimulus (0.10-0.30). Higher-level participants were shown to be, on average, 7.5% faster than their lower level counterparts. Reaction time and accuracy, foot placement, and in-line lunge movement have been shown to be related to agility performance. The contribution of strength remains unclear. Efficacy of interventions on agility performance ranged from 1% (vibration training) to 7.5% (small-sided games training). Agility tests generally offer good reliability, although this may be compromised in younger participants responding to various scenarios. A human and/or video stimulus seems the most appropriate method to discriminate between standard of playing ability. Decision-making and perceptual factors are often propositioned as discriminant factors; however, the underlying mechanisms are relatively unknown. Research has focused predominantly on the physical element of agility. Small-sided games and video training may offer effective

  3. Test Specification of A1-1 Test for OECD-ATLAS Project

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    Kang, Kyoung-Ho; Moon, Sang-Ki; Lee, Seung-Wook; Choi, Ki-Yong; Song, Chul-Hwa

    2014-01-01

    In the OECD-ATLAS project, design extension conditions (DECs) such as a station blackout (SBO) and a total loss of feed water (TLOFW) will be experimentally investigated to meet the international interests in the multiple high-risk DECs raised after the Fukushima accident. The proposed test matrix for the OECD-ATLAS project is summarized in Table 1.. In this study, detailed specification of the first test named as A1-1 in the OECD-ATLAS project was described. The target scenario of the A1-1 test is a prolonged SBO with delayed supply of turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater to only SG number 2 (SG-2). A SBO is one of the most important DECs in that without any proper operator actions, a total loss of heat sink leads to core uncover, to core damage, and ultimately a core melt-down scenario under high pressure. Due to this safety importance, a SBO is considered to be a base test item of the OECD-ATLAS project. A detailed specification of the first test named as A1-1 in the OECD-ATLAS project was described. The target scenario of the A1-1 test is a prolonged SBO with delayed supply of turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater to only SG-2 in order to consider an accident mitigation measure. The pre-test analysis using MARS code was performed with an aim of setting up the detailed test procedures for A1-1 test and also gaining the physical insights for a prolonged SBO transient. In the A1-1 test, a prolonged SBO transient will be simulated with two temporal phases: Phase (I) for conservative SBO transient without supply of turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater and Phase (II) for asymmetric cooling via single trained supply of turbine-driven auxiliary feedwater

  4. Monitoring and performance analysis of AGR boilers during commissioning and power raising

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    El-Nagdy, M.; Harrison, R.M.

    1984-01-01

    The installed boiler plant, for two 1300 MW AGR stations, is comprehensively instrumented for boiler control, performance assessment and component monitoring to ensure the integrity and safe operation of the plant during normal and faulty operating conditions. Plant instrumentation and computer systems installed at site for vibration analysis during the engineering runs and data acquisition during the power raising stage have been described. The results, from early rig investigations and the vibration testing during the unfueled engineering runs, indicate that the behaviour of the plant within the practical range of operating conditions is free from vibration problems. Also the analysis of the steady state thermal and hydrodynamic behaviour of the boiler plant during the power raising phase confirms the methods and computer models used for the boiler design. (author)

  5. Project accent: graphite irradiated creep in a materials test reactor

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    Brooking, M.

    2014-01-01

    Atkins manages a pioneering programme of irradiation experiments for EDF Energy. One of these projects is Project ACCENT, designed to obtain evidence of a beneficial physical property of the graphite, which may extend the life of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs). The project team combines the in-house experience of EDF Energy with two supplier organisations (providing the material test reactors and testing facilities) and supporting consultancies (Atkins and an independent technical expert). This paper describes: - Brief summary of the Project; - Discussion of the challenges faced by the Project; and - Conclusion elaborating on the aims of the Project. These challenging experiments use bespoke technology and both un-irradiated (virgin) and irradiated AGR graphite. The results will help to better understand graphite irradiation-induced creep (or stress modified dimensional change) properties and therefore more accurately determine lifetime and safe operating envelopes of the AGRs. The first round of irradiation has been completed, with a second round about to commence. This is a key step to realising the full lifetime ambition for AGRs, demonstrating the relaxation of stresses within the graphite bricks. (authors)

  6. Integrated initial training program for a CEGB operations engineer

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    Tompsett, P.A.

    1987-01-01

    This paper considers the overall training programs undertaken by a newly appointed Operations Engineer at one of the Central Electricity Generating Board's (CEGB) Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) nuclear power stations. The training program is designed to equip him with the skills and knowledge necessary for him to discharge his duties safely and effectively. In order to assist the learning process and achieve and integrated program, aspects of reactor technology and operation, initially the subject of theoretical presentations at the CEGB's Nuclear Power Training Center (NPTC) are reinforced by either simulation and/or practical experience on site. In the later stages plant-specific simulators, operated by trained tutors, are incorporated into the training program to provide the trainee with practical experience of plant operation. The trainee's performance is assessed throughout the program to provide feedback to the trainee, the trainers and station management

  7. Accessory Gene Regulator-1 Locus Is Essential for Virulence and Pathogenesis of Clostridium difficile

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Clostridium difficile infection (CDI is responsible for most of the definable cases of antibiotic- and hospital-associated diarrhea worldwide and is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in older patients. C. difficile, a multidrug-resistant anaerobic pathogen, causes disease by producing toxins A and B, which are controlled by an accessory gene regulator (Agr quorum signaling system. Some C. difficile strains encode two Agr loci in their genomes, designated agr1 and agr2. The agr1 locus is present in all of the C. difficile strains sequenced to date, whereas the agr2 locus is present in a few strains. The functional roles of agr1 and agr2 in C. difficile toxin regulation and pathogenesis were unknown until now. Using allelic exchange, we deleted components of both agr loci and examined the mutants for toxin production and virulence. The results showed that the agr1 mutant cannot produce toxins A and B; toxin production can be restored by complementation with wild-type agr1. Furthermore, the agr1 mutant is able to colonize but unable to cause disease in a murine CDI model. These findings have profound implications for CDI treatment because we have uncovered a promising therapeutic target for the development of nonantibiotic drugs to treat this life-threatening emerging pathogen by targeting the toxins directly responsible for disease.

  8. Existe convergência espacial da produtividade agrícola no Brasil?

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    Eduardo Sim√Ķes de Almeida

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa a converg√™ncia espacial da produtividade agr√≠cola da terra para as microrregi√Ķes brasileiras entre o per√≠odo de 1991 a 2003. Tal an√°lise avalia se h√° evid√™ncias para a exist√™ncia de converg√™ncia beta da produtividade agr√≠cola, controlando-se explicitamente para efeitos espaciais. Para tanto, conduziu-se preliminarmente uma an√°lise explorat√≥ria de dados espaciais, que detectou a presen√ßa de autocorrela√ß√£o espacial para a produtividade da terra. Numa etapa posterior, desenvolveram-se modelos econom√©tricos espaciais para a an√°lise da converg√™ncia.This work analyzes the convergence of land productivity for Brazilian regions from 1991 to 2003. It evaluates if there is or not beta convergence of the agricultural productivity, controlling explicitly for spatial effects. To do so, an exploratory spatial data analysis was previously implemented and the presence of spatial autocorrelation for the land productivity was detected. In addition, spatial econometric models were developed for the convergence analysis.

  9. High-voltage test and training of plastic streamer tubes for the DELPHI hadron calorimeter

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    Alekseev, G.D.; Cellar, S.; Khomenko, B.A.; Korytov, A.V.; Kulinich, P.A.; Micelmacher, G.V.; Sedykh, Yu.V.; Toledo, R.

    1987-01-01

    The results of high-voltage test and training of plastic streamer tubes of the DELPHI hadron calorimeter are presented. The testing technique is considered in detail. The equipment for high-voltage training consists of a mini-computer, CAMAC-electronics, a controllable high-voltage supply and a digital ampermeter. The experimental results shows that high-voltage training of streamer tubes improves their characteristics. The value of dark current decreased up to 1 őľA. The operational voltage range increased by a value more than 300 V

  10. Opposing Roles of the Staphylococcus aureus Virulence Regulators, Agr and Sar, in Triton X-100- and Penicillin-Induced Autolysis

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    Fujimoto, David F.; Bayles, Kenneth W.

    1998-01-01

    The regulation of murein hydrolases is a critical aspect of peptidoglycan growth and metabolism. In the present study, we demonstrate that mutations within the Staphylococcus aureus virulence factor regulatory genes, agr and sar, affect autolysis, resulting in decreased and increased autolysis rates, respectively. Zymographic analyses of these mutant strains suggest that agr and sar exert their effects on autolysis, in part, by modulating murein hydrolase expression and/or activity.

  11. 49 CFR 232.217 - Train brake tests conducted using yard air.

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    ... reduction of brake pipe air pressure at the same, or slower, rate as an engineer's brake valve. (b) The yard... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Train brake tests conducted using yard air. 232... Train brake tests conducted using yard air. (a) When a train air brake system is tested from a yard air...

  12. Metodologías para establecer valores de referencia de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas: Perspectivas para Colombia

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    Rueda Saa Germ√°n

    2011-09-01

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    Los problemas ambientales de los metales pesados en los suelos est√°n relacionados con su car√°cter t√≥xico cuando se acumulan o cuando interact√ľan con algunas propiedades especificas, se movilizan a ¬†trav√©s del perfil a la cadena tr√≥fica mediante los cuerpos de agua o los cultivos y pueden llegar a afectar la salud humana. En pa√≠ses desarrollados el establecimiento de valores de referencia de estos metales ha permitido el mejoramiento de la planeaci√≥n y la gesti√≥n ambiental del recurso suelo, y se ha convertido en un instrumento de control para las entidades ambientales que ha permitido evaluar el impacto en diferentes actividades agr√≠colas.

    En este artículo se analizan diferentes conceptos relacionados con los niveles de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas y la incidencia de las características edafológicas en su concentración. Se revisan, igualmente, algunas metodologias para derivar valores de referencia especificos aplicables a suelos agrícolas colombianos, y se plantean algunas perspectivas orientadas a la protección y recuperación de suelos en el país. En Colombia en la actualidad no se cuenta con criterios y estándares de calidad para metales pesados en suelos agrícolas; por esto se hace necesario gestionar el apoyo de entidades gubernamentales con el fin de iniciar y desarrollar investigaciones en diferentes sectores agricolas primarios, contribuyendo de esta forma a garantizar la producción agrícola y la sostenibilidad ambiental del recurso suelo.

  13. Rehabilitación de un suelo salino con yeso agrícola en un cultivo de nogal en el Valle del Yaqui

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    Alma Trasvi√Īa Barriga

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    Full Text Available El cultivo de nogal es una actividad en amplio crecimiento en el Valle del Yaqui, Sonora. Las zonas nogaleras de la regi√≥n se caracterizan por presentar problemas de salinidad y altas concentraciones de sodio intercambiable, lo que provoca disminuci√≥n en la productividad de la nuez pecana. Al terminar la temporada de riego con agua del sistema de presas del R√≠o Yaqui, el uso de agua de pozos profundos es utilizada, generalmente en los meses de mayo a agosto. Esto puede ocasionar acumulaci√≥n de sales en el suelo cuando el agua es de mala calidad. El yeso agr√≠cola ha sido utilizado como enmienda para rehabilitar el suelo mejorando las propiedades qu√≠micas del mismo. El objetivo del presente estudio fue determinar el efecto de la aplicaci√≥n de yeso agr√≠cola en un suelo salino de un huerto de nogal en el Valle del Yaqui. Se llev√≥ a cabo la rehabilitaci√≥n durante dos a√Īos, en el primer a√Īo se emplearon dosis de 5 y 10 Mg ha-1, mientras que en el segundo a√Īo 2 Mg ha-1 de yeso agr√≠cola. Se realizaron dos lavados por melgas despu√©s de cada aplicaci√≥n. Los an√°lisis qu√≠micos del suelo se ejecutaron de acuerdo a la NOM-021-RECNAT-2000 durante tres a√Īos, previo y posterior a las aplicaciones de enmienda. Posterior a la aplicaci√≥n de enmienda, disminuyeron los valores de conductividad el√©ctrica de 12.41 a 6.29 dS m-1, porcentaje de sodio intercambiable de 12.48 a 5.57 y relaci√≥n de adsorci√≥n de sodio de 10.54 a 4.88 en la profundidad de 0-30 cm en la primera aplicaci√≥n. El empleo de yeso agr√≠cola y los lavados en el suelo salino del huerto de nogal mejoraron las propiedades qu√≠micas.

  14. Estudio de los métodos para la evaluación de los proveedores para una empresa de fabricación de maquinaria agrícola

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    Vilalta Martí, Josep M.

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    El objeto de este proyecto es el estudio de los métodos para la evaluación de los proveedores para una empresa de fabricación de maquinaria agrícola y la implantación de la misma. Concretamente maquinaria agrícola pesada destinada al transporte de productos agrícolas. Dicha fábrica estará situada en la provincia de Lérida.

  15. Motion perception and driving: predicting performance through testing and shortening braking reaction times through training.

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    Wilkins, Luke; Gray, Rob; Gaska, James; Winterbottom, Marc

    2013-12-30

    A driving simulator was used to examine the relationship between motion perception and driving performance. Although motion perception test scores have been shown to be related to driving safety, it is not clear which combination of tests are the best predictors and whether motion perception training can improve driving performance. In experiment 1, 60 younger drivers (22.4 ¬Ī 2.5 years) completed three motion perception tests (2-dimensional [2D] motion-defined letter [MDL] identification, 3D motion in depth sensitivity [MID], and dynamic visual acuity [DVA]) followed by two driving tests (emergency braking [EB] and hazard perception [HP]). In experiment 2, 20 drivers (21.6 ¬Ī 2.1 years) completed 6 weeks of motion perception training (using the MDL, MID, and DVA tests), while 20 control drivers (22.0 ¬Ī 2.7 years) completed an online driving safety course. The EB performance was measured before and after training. In experiment 1, MDL (r = 0.34) and MID (r = 0.46) significantly correlated with EB score. The change in DVA score as a function of target speed (i.e., "velocity susceptibility") was correlated most strongly with HP score (r = -0.61). In experiment 2, the motion perception training group had a significant decrease in brake reaction time on the EB test from pre- to posttreatment, while there was no significant change for the control group: t(38) = 2.24, P = 0.03. Tests of 3D motion perception are the best predictor of EB, while DVA velocity susceptibility is the best predictor of hazard perception. Motion perception training appears to result in faster braking responses.

  16. Measurement implications for effective testing in nuclear training

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    Zaret, R.; Pawlowski, V.

    1983-01-01

    The primary thrust of this paper is to present an overview of the measurement concepts of reliability and validity. Techniques and issues are presented which will allow Nuclear Training Personnel to have greater confidence in the accuracy of scores obtained from in-house developed tests. While it is realized that the conditions under which tests are developed in Nuclear Training environments are less than ideal, the concepts and techniques addressed can be applied under any conditions

  17. Potencial de biodegradación de DDT y sus metabolitos en suelos agrícolas de Chinandega

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    Carlos E. Noguera Solís

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available LA PRESENTE INVESTIGACI√ďN EVALU√ď EL POTENCIAL DE BIODEGRADACI√ďN DEL 1,1,1-Tricloro- 2,2-bis(4-clorofeniletano (DDT y sus metabolitos en suelos agr√≠colas pertenecientes a fincas del municipio de El Viejo, Chinandega, a trav√©s de dos ensayos: ensayo de biodegradaci√≥n ex situ y ensayo de b√ļsqueda e identificaci√≥n de microorganismos capaces de biodegradar DDT. En el primer ensayo se determin√≥ el porcentajede biodegradaci√≥n, bajo condiciones id√≥neas, durante un per√≠odo de 100 d√≠as en diferentes lotes de suelo con diferentes aditivos (cachaza y esti√©rcol a trav√©s de la aplicaci√≥n de cepas microbianas comerciales Environoc 201¬ģ. De ello se obtuvo como resultado un porcentaje de biodegradaci√≥n mayor para el lote que no presentaba aditivos org√°nicos, siendo √©ste de 23,92%. En el ensayo de b√ļsqueda eidentificaci√≥n de bacterias se lograron aislar e identificar cepas microbianas nativas de los suelos agr√≠colas objeto de estudio utilizando medios de cultivo con DDT como √ļnica fuente de carbono y energ√≠a. Como resultado se lograron identificar los siguientes microorganismos: Pseudomonas sp., Streptomyces sp., Phanerochaetechrysosporium y levaduras.

  18. Necesidades educacionales sobre riesgo de plaguicidas en el contexto socio-ambiental de las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora

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    M.I. Silveira Gramont

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Para proponer estrategias de educaci√≥n y comunicaci√≥n sobre plaguicidas en las comunidades agr√≠colas de Sonora, se requiere situar la problem√°tica de la exposici√≥n a plaguicidas en el contexto socio-cultural y ambiental de las comunidades afectadas, tomando en cuenta los factores que contribuyen al mayor riesgo de exposici√≥n de los trabajadores agr√≠colas y de sus familias. Este estudio examina los factores poblacionales, educacionales, culturales y de trabajo de habitantes y trabajadores agr√≠colas de dichas comunidades, as√≠ como las limitaciones de infraestructura comunitaria y de condiciones de vivienda en relaci√≥n al riesgo de contaminaci√≥n por plaguicidas. Sobre la base de este an√°lisis se proponen posibles alternativas educacionales orientadas a mitigar tal riesgo en el contexto socio-cultural de dichas comunidades. M√©todo De los estudios reportados sobre la presencia de residuos de plaguicidas en productos agr√≠colas y acu√≠colas, en suelos, agua, medio ambiente y en l√≠quidos corporales de ni√Īos y adultos de Sonora, se puede concluir que tanto los trabajadores agr√≠colas como la poblaci√≥n que reside cerca de las zonas agr√≠colas, est√°n sujetos a un mayor riesgo de contaminaci√≥n por plaguicidas. Para la realizaci√≥n del presente estudio se seleccionaron cinco comunidades localizadas en los valles agr√≠colas m√°s productivos de Sonora, en las cuales se han llevado a cabo investigaciones relacionadas con plaguicidas. B√°sicamente, se analiz√≥ la informaci√≥n obtenida de encuestas aplicadas a residentes y trabajadores agr√≠colas de dichas comunidades, para explorar su conocimiento sobre uso y manejo de plaguicidas, percepci√≥n del riesgo que tales sustancias representan y las pr√°cticas de protecci√≥n personal que llevan a cabo para la prevenci√≥n de dichos riesgos (en el hogar y trabajo. Tambi√©n se describe la infraestructura de los poblados y las viviendas de sus habitantes en relaci√≥n al potencial de riesgo de contaminaci

  19. Planificación estratégica de un sistema provincial de extensión agrícola (Sipea) para la Provincia de Acobamba

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    El objetivo fue analizar la realidad actual del servicio de extensi√≥n agr√≠cola en la provincia de Acobamba, regi√≥n Huancavelica, para proponer uno que articule los componentes hacia una √≥ptima calidad del servicio, realizando los an√°lisis de car√°cter externo positivo o negativo que favorece o perjudica el desarrollo del servicio de extensi√≥n agr√≠cola. Se dise√Ī√≥ un plan estrat√©gico para el sistema provincial de extensi√≥n agr√≠cola para Acobamba, el enlace de los objetivos con la realidad actual...

  20. Psychomotor testing predicts rate of skill acquisition for proficiency-based laparoscopic skills training.

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    Stefanidis, Dimitrios; Korndorffer, James R; Black, F William; Dunne, J Bruce; Sierra, Rafael; Touchard, Cheri L; Rice, David A; Markert, Ronald J; Kastl, Peter R; Scott, Daniel J

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    Laparoscopic simulator training translates into improved operative performance. Proficiency-based curricula maximize efficiency by tailoring training to meet the needs of each individual; however, because rates of skill acquisition vary widely, such curricula may be difficult to implement. We hypothesized that psychomotor testing would predict baseline performance and training duration in a proficiency-based laparoscopic simulator curriculum. Residents (R1, n = 20) were enrolled in an IRB-approved prospective study at the beginning of the academic year. All completed the following: a background information survey, a battery of 12 innate ability measures (5 motor, and 7 visual-spatial), and baseline testing on 3 validated simulators (5 videotrainer [VT] tasks, 12 virtual reality [minimally invasive surgical trainer-virtual reality, MIST-VR] tasks, and 2 laparoscopic camera navigation [LCN] tasks). Participants trained to proficiency, and training duration and number of repetitions were recorded. Baseline test scores were correlated to skill acquisition rate. Cutoff scores for each predictive test were calculated based on a receiver operator curve, and their sensitivity and specificity were determined in identifying slow learners. Only the Cards Rotation test correlated with baseline simulator ability on VT and LCN. Curriculum implementation required 347 man-hours (6-person team) and 795,000 dollars of capital equipment. With an attendance rate of 75%, 19 of 20 residents (95%) completed the curriculum by the end of the academic year. To complete training, a median of 12 hours (range, 5.5-21), and 325 repetitions (range, 171-782) were required. Simulator score improvement was 50%. Training duration and repetitions correlated with prior video game and billiard exposure, grooved pegboard, finger tap, map planning, Rey Figure Immediate Recall score, and baseline performance on VT and LCN. The map planning cutoff score proved most specific in identifying slow learners

  1. Initial Gamma Spectrometry Examination of the AGR-3/4 Irradiation

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    Harp, Jason M.; Demkowicz, Paul A.; Stempien, John D.

    2016-11-01

    The initial results from gamma spectrometry examination of the different components from the combined third and fourth US Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development TRISO-coated particle fuel irradiation tests (AGR-3/4) have been analyzed. This experiment was designed to provide information about in-pile fission product migration. In each of the 12 capsules, a single stack of four compacts with designed-to-fail particles surrounded by two graphitic diffusion rings (inner and outer) and a graphite sink were irradiated in the Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Test Reactor. Gamma spectrometry has been used to evaluate the gamma-emitting fission product inventory of compacts from the irradiation and evaluate the burnup of these compacts based on the activity of the radioactive cesium isotopes (Cs-134 and Cs-137) in the compacts. Burnup from gamma spectrometry compares well with predicted burnup from simulations. Additionally, inner and outer rings were also examined by gamma spectrometry both to evaluate the fission product inventory and the distribution of gamma-emitting fission products within the rings using gamma emission computed tomography. The cesium inventory of the scanned rings compares acceptably well with the expected inventory from fission product transport modeling. The inventory of the graphite fission product sinks is also being evaluated by gamma spectrometry.

  2. Training in multiple breath washout testing for respiratory physiotherapists.

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    O'Neill, Katherine; Elborn, J Stuart; Tunney, Michael M; O'Neill, Philip; Rowan, Stephen; Martin, Susan; Bradley, Judy M

    2018-03-01

    The development of multiple breath washout (MBW) testing in respiratory disease highlights the need for increased awareness amongst respiratory physiotherapists and a potential opportunity for professional development in the use of an important outcome measure for clinical trials. To rationalise how MBW may be a useful assessment tool for respiratory physiotherapists and to describe a local MBW training and certification programme for physiotherapists. The respiratory Multidisciplinary Team in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (BHSCT) identified a need for MBW testing to be available to facilitate clinical research and assessment. A 2day training programme consisting of prereading preparation, self-directed learning, theory presentations, practical demonstrations and hands-on practice was developed and delivered. All participants underwent a certification process. We have demonstrated the successful training and certification of clinical and research physiotherapists and encourage other respiratory physiotherapists to consider MBW test training. Copyright © 2017 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Data of piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting of a bridge undergoing vibration testing and train passage

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    Paul Cahill

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available The data presented in this article is in relation to the research article ‚ÄúVibration energy harvesting based monitoring of an operational bridge undergoing forced vibration and train passage‚ÄĚ Cahill et al. (2018 [1]. The article provides data on the full-scale bridge testing using piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters on Pershagen Bridge, Sweden. The bridge is actively excited via a swept sinusoidal input. During the testing, the bridge remains operational and train passages continue. The test recordings include the voltage responses obtained from the vibration energy harvesters during these tests and train passages. The original dataset is made available to encourage the use of energy harvesting for Structural Health Monitoring.

  4. Metodologías para establecer valores de referencia de metales pesados en suelos agrícolas: perspectivas para Colombia

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    Germ√°n Rueda Saa

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    Full Text Available Los impactos ambientales de los metales pesados en los suelos est√°n relacionados con su car√°cter t√≥xico cuando se acumulan o interact√ļan con algunas propiedades espec√≠ficas, se movilizan a trav√©s del perfil a la cadena tr√≥fica mediante los cuerpos de agua o los cultivos y pueden llegar a afectar la salud humana. En pa√≠ses desarrollados el establecimiento de valores de referencia de estos metales ha permitido el mejoramiento de la planeaci√≥n y la gesti√≥n ambiental del recurso suelo, y se ha convertido en un instrumento de control para las entidades ambientales que ha permitido evaluar el impacto en diferentes actividades agr√≠colas. En este art√≠culo se analizan diversos conceptos relacionados con los niveles de metales pesados en suelos agr√≠colas y la incidencia de las caracter√≠sticas edafol√≥gicas en su concentraci√≥n. Se revisan, igualmente, algunas metodolog√≠as para derivar valores de referencia espec√≠ficos aplicables a suelos agr√≠colas colombianos, y se plantean algunas perspectivas orientadas a la protecci√≥n y recuperaci√≥n de suelos en el pa√≠s. En Colombia en la actualidad no se cuenta con criterios y est√°ndares de calidad para medir la contaminaci√≥n por metales pesados en suelos agr√≠colas; por esto se hace necesario gestionar el apoyo de entidades gubernamentales con el fin de iniciar y desarrollar investigaciones en diferentes sectores agr√≠colas primarios, contribuyendo de esta forma a garantizar una producci√≥n m√°s limpia y la sostenibilidad ambiental del recurso suelo.

  5. Manufacture of steam generator units and components for the AGR power stations at Heysham II and Torness

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    Glasgow, J.R.; Parkin, K.

    1984-01-01

    The current AGR Steam Generator is a development of the successful once-through units supplied for the Oldbury Magnox and Hinkley B/Hunterston B AGR power stations. In this paper a brief outline of the evolution of the steam generator design from the earlier gas cooled reactor stations is presented. A description of the main items of fabrication development is given. The production facilities for the manufacture of the units are described. Reference is also made to some of the work on associated components. The early experience on the construction site of installation of the steam generators is briefly outlined. (author)

  6. Manufacture of steam generator units and components for the AGR power stations at Heysham II and Torness

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    Glasgow, J R; Parkin, K [N.E.I. Nuclear Systems Ltd., Gateshead, Tyne and Wear (United Kingdom)

    1984-07-01

    The current AGR Steam Generator is a development of the successful once-through units supplied for the Oldbury Magnox and Hinkley B/Hunterston B AGR power stations. In this paper a brief outline of the evolution of the steam generator design from the earlier gas cooled reactor stations is presented. A description of the main items of fabrication development is given. The production facilities for the manufacture of the units are described. Reference is also made to some of the work on associated components. The early experience on the construction site of installation of the steam generators is briefly outlined. (author)

  7. Education and training by utilizing irradiation test reactor simulator

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    Eguchi, Shohei; Koike, Sumio; Takemoto, Noriyuki; Tanimoto, Masataka; Kusunoki, Tsuyoshi

    2016-01-01

    The Japan Atomic Energy Agency, at its Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR), completed an irradiation test reactor simulator in May 2012. This simulator simulates the operation, irradiation test, abnormal transient change during operation, and accident progress events, etc., and is able to perform operation training on reactor and irradiation equipment corresponding to the above simulations. This simulator is composed of a reactor control panel, process control panel, irradiation equipment control panel, instructor control panel, large display panel, and compute server. The completed simulator has been utilized in the education and training of JMTR operators for the purpose of the safe and stable operation of JMTR and the achievement of high operation rate after resuming operation. For the education and training, an education and training curriculum has been prepared for use in not only operation procedures at the time of normal operation, but also learning of fast and accurate response in case of accident events. In addition, this simulator is also being used in operation training for the purpose of contributing to the cultivation of human resources for atomic power in and out of Japan. (A.O.)

  8. Development methodology of the novel Endoscopic stone treatment step 1 (EST s1) training/assessment curriculum.

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    Veneziano, Domenico; Ahmed, Kamran; Van Cleynenbreugel, Ben S E P; Gözen, Ali Serdar; Palou, Joan; Sarica, Kemal; Liatsikos, Evangelos N; Sanguedolce, Francesco; Honeck, Patrick; Alvarez-Maestro, Mario; Papatsoris, Athanasios; Kallidonis, Panagiotis; Greco, Francesco; Breda, Alberto; Somani, Bhaskar

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    Background Simulation based technical-skill assessment is a core topic of debate, especially in high-risk environments. After the introduction of the E-BLUS exam for basic laparoscopy, no more technical training/assessment urological protocols have been developed in Europe. Objective We describe the methodology used in the development of the novel Endoscopic Stone Treatment step 1 (EST s1) assessment curriculum. Materials and Methods The "full life cycle curriculum development" template was followed for curriculum development. A CTA was run to define the most important steps and details of RIRS, in accordance with EAU Urolithiasis guidelines. Training tasks were created between April 2015 and September 2015. Tasks and metrics were further analyzed by a consensus meeting with the EULIS board in February 2016. A review, aimed to study available simulators and their accordance with task requirements, was subsequently run in London on March 2016. After initial feedback and further tests, content validity of this protocol was achieved during EUREP 2016. Results The EST s1 curriculum development, took 23 months. 72 participants tested the 5 preliminary tasks during EUREP 2015, with sessions of 45 minutes each. Likert-scale questionnaires were filled-out to score the quality of training. The protocol was modified accordingly and 25 participants tested the 4 tasks during the hands-on training sessions of the ESUT 2016 congress. 134 participants finally participated in the validation study in EUREP 2016. During the same event 10 experts confirmed content validity by filling-out a Likert-scale questionnaire. Conclusion We described a reliable and replicable methodology that can be followed to develop training/assessment protocols for surgical procedures. The expert consensus meetings, strict adherence to guidelines and updated literature search towards an Endourology curriculum allowed correct training and assessment protocol development. It is the first step towards

  9. Practicing the Test Produces Strength Equivalent to Higher Volume Training.

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    Mattocks, Kevin T; Buckner, Samuel L; Jessee, Matthew B; Dankel, Scott J; Mouser, J Grant; Loenneke, Jeremy P

    2017-09-01

    To determine if muscle growth is important for increasing muscle strength or if changes in strength can be entirely explained from practicing the strength test. Thirty-eight untrained individuals performed knee extension and chest press exercise for 8 wk. Individuals were randomly assigned to either a high-volume training group (HYPER) or a group just performing the one repetition maximum (1RM) strength test (TEST). The HYPER group performed four sets to volitional failure (~8RM-12RM), whereas the TEST group performed up to five attempts to lift as much weight as possible one time each visit. Data are presented as mean (90% confidence interval). The change in muscle size was greater in the HYPER group for both the upper and lower bodies at most but not all sites. The change in 1RM strength for both the upper body (difference of -1.1 [-4.8, 2.4] kg) and lower body (difference of 1.0 [-0.7, 2.8] kg for dominant leg) was not different between groups (similar for nondominant). Changes in isometric and isokinetic torque were not different between groups. The HYPER group observed a greater change in muscular endurance (difference of 2 [1,4] repetitions) only in the dominant leg. There were no differences in the change between groups in upper body endurance. There were between-group differences for exercise volume (mean [95% confidence interval]) of the dominant (difference of 11,049.3 [9254.6-12,844.0] kg) leg (similar for nondominant) and chest press with the HYPER group completing significantly more total volume (difference of 13259.9 [9632.0-16,887.8] kg). These findings suggest that neither exercise volume nor the change in muscle size from training contributed to greater strength gains compared with just practicing the test.

  10. Efici√™ncia energ√©tica de um trator agr√≠cola utilizando duas configura√ß√Ķes de tomada de pot√™ncia

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    Ulisses Giacomini Frantz

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    Full Text Available A tomada de pot√™ncia (TDP de um trator agr√≠cola tem por principal finalidade transmitir a pot√™ncia gerada no motor, para acionamento de √≥rg√£os ativos das m√°quinas agr√≠colas. Tendo em vista a necessidade de se aumentar a efici√™ncia energ√©tica na agricultura, alguns fabricantes disponibilizam para os agricultores uma configura√ß√£o de TDP que proporciona o acionamento dessas m√°quinas a um regime de rota√ß√£o menor do motor do trator. Assim, a rota√ß√£o da TDP √© mantida podendo-se obter uma redu√ß√£o do consumo de combust√≠vel. Este trabalho objetivou quantificar o consumo de combust√≠vel de um trator agr√≠cola, operando com duas configura√ß√Ķes de TDP (normal e econ√īmica em duas √°reas agr√≠colas de relevo distinto. Como resultado, evidencia-se que, com a utiliza√ß√£o da TDP econ√īmica, tanto o consumo hor√°rio quanto o consumo operacional de combust√≠vel, em ambas as √°reas trabalhadas, foi menor quando comparado √† TDP normal.

  11. The Agr quorum-sensing system regulates fibronectin binding but not hemolysis in the absence of a functional electron transport chain.

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    Pader, Vera; James, Ellen H; Painter, Kimberley L; Wigneshweraraj, Sivaramesh; Edwards, Andrew M

    2014-10-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for numerous chronic and recurrent infections, which are frequently associated with the emergence of small-colony variants (SCVs) that lack a functional electron transport chain. SCVs exhibit enhanced expression of fibronectin-binding protein (FnBP) and greatly reduced hemolysin production, although the basis for this is unclear. One hypothesis is that these phenotypes are a consequence of the reduced Agr activity of SCVs, while an alternative is that the lack of a functional electron transport chain and the resulting reduction in ATP production are responsible. Disruption of the electron transport chain of S. aureus genetically (hemB and menD) or chemically, using 2-n-heptyl-4-hydroxyquinoline N-oxide (HQNO), inhibited both growth and Agr activity and conferred an SCV phenotype. Supplementation of the culture medium with synthetic autoinducing peptide (sAIP) significantly increased Agr expression in both hemB mutant strains and S. aureus grown with HQNO and significantly reduced staphylococcal adhesion to fibronectin. However, sAIP did not promote hemolysin expression in hemB mutant strains or S. aureus grown with HQNO. Therefore, while Agr regulates fibronectin binding in SCVs, it cannot promote hemolysin production in the absence of a functional electron transport chain. Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  12. The training and assessment of operations engineers at Hinkley Point 'B' nuclear power station

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    Walsey, B.A.; Howard, J.D.

    1986-01-01

    The Nuclear Power Training Centre at Oldbury-on-Severn was established to provide a common training of staff at all nuclear power stations operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board, following the ''Standard Specification for the Nuclear Training of Staff at CEGB Nuclear Power Stations''. The paper deals with the following aspects of AGR Stations: The Legislation applicable to these stations. The current training requirements for Operations Staff. The development of training for operations staff at Hinkley Point 'B' including training for career progression within the Operations Department. A detailed explanation of the training package developed for Reactor Desk Drivers at Hinkley 'B'. Revision training of Operations staff to ensure that they continue to run the plant in a safe and commercially viable manner. The training of Shift Operations Engineers for their duties under the Station Emergency Plan. (author)

  13. Entre a propriedade e o salário. Memórias dos trabalhos agrícolas em Alpiarça (anos 50/80)

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    At√© aos anos 60 do s√©culo XX, Portugal foi um pa√≠s essencialmente agr√≠cola e rural. O r√°pido √™xodo rural facilitou o abandono ou a transforma√ß√£o da agricultura. Apresenta-se aqui uma reflex√£o sobre os actuais processos de rememora√ß√£o das pr√°ticas agr√≠colas numa vila do Ribatejo (Portugal) e sobre a amn√©sia social verificada relativamente ao passado agr√≠cola, que decorre das transforma√ß√Ķes ocorridas e dos valores sociais e culturais associados √† reconstru√ß√£o da identidade da vila de Alp...

  14. Entre a propriedade e o salário. Memórias dos trabalhos agrícolas em Alpiarça (anos 50/80

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    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available At√© aos anos 60 do s√©culo XX, Portugal foi um pa√≠s essencialmente agr√≠cola e rural. O r√°pido √™xodo rural facilitou o abandono ou a transforma√ß√£o da agricultura. Apresenta-se aqui uma reflex√£o sobre os actuais processos de rememora√ß√£o das pr√°ticas agr√≠colas numa vila do Ribatejo (Portugal e sobre a amn√©sia social verificada relativamente ao passado agr√≠cola, que decorre das transforma√ß√Ķes ocorridas e dos valores sociais e culturais associados √† reconstru√ß√£o da identidade da vila de Alpiar√ßa.

  15. Training manuals for nondestructive testing using magnetic particles

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    Training manuals containing the fundamentals of nondestructive testing using magnetic particle as detection media are used by metal parts inspectors and quality assurance specialists. Magnetic particle testing involves magnetization of the test specimen, application of the magnetic particle and interpretation of the patterns formed.

  16. Development, test-retest reliability, and construct validity of the resistance training skills battery.

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    Lubans, David R; Smith, Jordan J; Harries, Simon K; Barnett, Lisa M; Faigenbaum, Avery D

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the development and assess test-retest reliability and construct validity of the Resistance Training Skills Battery (RTSB) for adolescents. The RTSB provides an assessment of resistance training skill competency and includes 6 exercises (i.e., body weight squat, push-up, lunge, suspended row, standing overhead press, and front support with chest touches). Scoring for each skill is based on the number of performance criteria successfully demonstrated. An overall resistance training skill quotient (RTSQ) is created by adding participants' scores for the 6 skills. Participants (44 boys and 19 girls, mean age = 14.5 ¬Ī 1.2 years) completed the RTSB on 2 occasions separated by 7 days. Participants also completed the following fitness tests, which were used to create a muscular fitness score (MFS): handgrip strength, timed push-up, and standing long jump tests. Intraclass correlation (ICC), paired samples t-tests, and typical error were used to assess test-retest reliability. To assess construct validity, gender and RTSQ were entered into a regression model predicting MFS. The rank order repeatability of the RTSQ was high (ICC = 0.88). The model explained 39% of the variance in MFS (p ‚ȧ 0.001) and RTSQ (r = 0.40, p ‚ȧ 0.001) was a significant predictor. This study has demonstrated the construct validity and test-retest reliability of the RTSB in a sample of adolescents. The RTSB can reliably rank participants in regards to their resistance training competency and has the necessary sensitivity to detect small changes in resistance training skill proficiency.

  17. Seroprevalencia de brucelosis en trabajadores agr√≠colas de las comarcas costeras de Castell√≥n, Espa√Īa Seroprevalence of brucellosis in agricultural workers living in coastal areas of Castellon, Spain

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar la seroprevalencia de brucelosis en trabajadores agr√≠colas. Material y m√©todos. Estudio transversal efectuado durante 1996 y 1997 en la Unidad de Salud Laboral del Centro de Salud P√ļblica (CSP de Castell√≥n, Espa√Īa, con 482 aspirantes a su acreditaci√≥n como manipulador de plaguicidas para aplicaci√≥n agr√≠cola y a quienes se les hicieron las pruebas serol√≥gicas de rosa de Bengala, seroaglutinaci√≥n de Wright y Coombs antibrucela. En el an√°lisis estad√≠stico se estim√≥ la prevalencia y se us√≥ regresi√≥n log√≠stica. Resultados. 15 personas (3.1%, IC 95% 1.8%-5.1% presentaron t√≠tulos de 1/40 o mayores a las pruebas de Wright o Coombs, y todas negativas al rosa de Bengala. No se apreci√≥ riesgo profesional elevado. Conclusiones. La prevalencia estimada fue baja.Objective. To estimate the seroprevalence of brucellosis in agricultural workers. Material and Methods. This cross-sectional study was conducted between 1996 and 1997 at Unidad de Salud Laboral del Centro de Salud P√ļblica (CSP in Castellon, Espa√Īa (Public Health Center Occupational Health Unit, among 482 subjects applying for certification to handle pesticides for agricultural use. Serologic testing consisted of rose Bengal staining, Wright's agglutination, and antibrucella Coombs tests. Statistical analysis consisted in estimation of prevalence figures and logistic regression modelling. Results. Fifteen subjects (3.1%, 95% CI 1.8%-5.1% had titers of 1/40 or higher to Wright and/or Coombs tests; all were negative to rose Bengal staining. No high occupational risk was observed. Conclusions. A low prevalence of brucellosis was found.

  18. Tritium Systems Test Assembly operator training program

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    Kerstiens, F.L.

    1985-01-01

    Proper operator training is needed to help ensure the safe operation of fusion facilities by personnel who are qualified to carry out their assigned responsibilities. Operators control and monitor the Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) during normal, emergency, and maintenance phases. Their performance is critical both to operational safety, assuring no release of tritium to the atmosphere, and to the successful simulation of the fusion reaction progress. Through proper training we are helping assure that TSTA facility operators perform their assignments in a safe and efficient manner and that the operators maintain high levels of operational proficiency through continuing training, retraining, requalification, and recertification

  19. Numerical simulation of the insert chemistry of the hollow cathode from the deep space 1 ion engine 30,000 Hrs life test

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    Coletti, Michele; Grubisic, Angelo; Gabriel, Stephen

    2007-01-01

    A model for the insert chemistry developed by the authors and based on the knowledge of the BaO ‚Äď CaO ‚Äď Al2O3 ternary system the ELT discharge cathode insert from the Deep Space 1 life test has been simulated. The computed data show a good agreement with the experimental one; the agreement increase with the imposition of boundary conditions closer to the experimental evidence. Tungsten deposition effect have been introduced into the model using experimental data and further improving the agre...

  20. Biofeedback-assisted relaxation training to decrease test anxiety in nursing students.

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    Prato, Catherine A; Yucha, Carolyn B

    2013-01-01

    Nursing students experiencing debilitating test anxiety may be unable to demonstrate their knowledge and have potential for poor academic performance. A biofeedback-assisted relaxation training program was created to reduce test anxiety. Anxiety was measured using Spielberger's Test Anxiety Inventory and monitoring peripheral skin temperature, pulse, and respiration rates during the training. Participants were introduced to diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and autogenic training. Statistically significant changes occurred in respiratory rates and skin temperatures during the diaphragmatic breathing session; respiratory rates and peripheral skin temperatures during progressive muscle relaxation session; respiratory and pulse rates, and peripheral skin temperatures during the autogenic sessions. No statistically significant difference was noted between the first and second TAI. Subjective test anxiety scores of the students did not decrease by the end of training. Autogenic training session was most effective in showing a statistically significant change in decreased respiratory and pulse rates and increased peripheral skin temperature.

  1. Necesidades educacionales sobre riesgo de plaguicidas en el contexto socio-ambiental de las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora

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    Silveira Gramont, M.I.; Aldana Madrid, L.; Valenzuela Quintanar, A.I.; Ochoa Nogales, C.B.; Jasa-Silveira, G.; Camarena Gómez, Beatriz

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    Resumen Introducción: Para proponer estrategias de educación y comunicación sobre plaguicidas en las comunidades agrícolas de Sonora, se requiere situar la problemática de la exposición a plaguicidas en el contexto socio-cultural y ambiental de las comunidades afectadas, tomando en cuenta los factores que contribuyen al mayor riesgo de exposición de los trabajadores agrícolas y de sus familias. Este estudio examina los factores poblacionales, educacionales, culturales y de trabajo de habita...

  2. Qualidade do emprego e condi√ß√Ķes de vida dos empregados assalariados rurais agr√≠colas e n√£o agr√≠colas das mesorregi√Ķes mais e menos modernizadas do Estado de Minas Gerais : um estudo entre os anos 2000 a 2010

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    Gandolfi, Maria Raquel Caixeta

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    Este trabalho tem como objetivo contribuir com os estudos em torno da qualidade do emprego e condi√ß√Ķes de vida da for√ßa de trabalho residente no setor rural das Mesorregi√Ķes de Minas Gerais, especificamente, o empregado assalariado. O recorte compreende as Mesorregi√Ķes de Minas Gerais, separadas por mais e menos modernizadas nas culturas do caf√©, cana-de-a√ß√ļcar e milho, envolvendo os empregados e as fam√≠lias agr√≠colas. Considerando a queda dos empregos agr√≠colas ocorridos na d√©...

  3. Staphylococcus aureus but not Listeria monocytogenes adapt to triclosan and adaptation correlates with increased fabI expression and agr deficiency

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    Nielsen, Lene N√łrby; Larsen, Marianne Halberg; Skovgaard, Sissel

    2013-01-01

    was initially 4 mg/L and remained unaltered by the exposure. The adapted S. aureus isolates retained normal colony size but displayed increased expression of fabI encoding an essential enzyme in bacterial fatty acid synthesis. Also, they displayed decreased or no expression of the virulence associated agr......C of the agr quorum sensing system. While most adapted strains of USA300 carried mutations in fabI, none of the adapted strains of 8325-4 did. Conclusions. Adaptability to triclosan varies substantially between Gram positive human pathogens. S. aureus displayed an intrinsically lower MIC for triclosan compared...... to L. monocytogenes but was easily adapted leading to the same MIC as L. monocytogenes. Even though all adapted S. aureus strains over-expressed fabI and eliminated expression of the agr quorum sensing system, adaptation in USA300 involved fabI mutations whereas this was not the case for 8325-4. Thus...

  4. Orientación Agrícola

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    Gutiérrez E. Jorge

    1941-06-01

    Full Text Available Ya estamos sintiendo los efectos de la Guerra Europea y pocos son los preparativos que tenemos para organizar nuestra defensa. Al referirme a preparativos, no tengo en cuenta 108 militares, sino aquellos de car√°cter agr√≠cola, base de todas las actividades en el orden econ√≥mico. Cierto que los poderes legislativo y ejecutivo se han preocupado del problema, pero a mi modo de ver, en proporciones muy reducidas por carencia de dinero. Suceden cosas muy curiosas; todos nuestros compatriotas experimentan complacencia cuando se proyecta incrementar la Industria Agropecuaria, nervio y vida de la riqueza p√ļblica; el mismo legislador se contagia del entusiasmo; pero cuando llega el momento de asegurar la obra, apropiando las partidas del caso en los presupuestos, las nobles intenciones se esfuman y as√≠ han pasado los a√Īos y con ellos la oportunidad de hacemos fuertes.

  5. El desarrollo tecnológico y la evolución de la frontera agrícola en el período 1961-2009

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    Casal, Luciano Martín

    2014-01-01

    Se analizó la evolución de la frontera agrícola argentina y su relación con el cambio tecnológico sucedido para el período 1961-2009, en particular de los activos fijos tangibles como la maquinaria agrícola, además de los cambios en la función de producción. Se buscó verificar la existencia de una relación funcional importante de largo plazo entre el aumento del capital fijo tangible y los cambios en la función de producción, para explicar la evolución de la frontera agrícola. Si bien la fron...

  6. Distributed training, testing, and decision aids within one solution

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    Strini, Robert A.; Strini, Keith

    2002-07-01

    Military air operations in the European theater require U.S. and NATO participants to send various mission experts to 10 Combined Air Operations Centers (CAOCs). Little or no training occurs prior to their arrival for tours of duty ranging between 90 days to 3 years. When training does occur, there is little assessment of its effectiveness in raising CAOC mission readiness. A comprehensive training management system has been developed that utilizes traditional and web based distance-learning methods for providing instruction and task practice as well as distributed simulation to provide mission rehearsal training opportunities on demand for the C2 warrior. This system incorporates new technologies, such as voice interaction and virtual tutors, and a Learning Management System (LMS) that tracks trainee progress from academic learning through procedural practice and mission training exercises. Supervisors can monitor their subordinate's progress through synchronous or asynchronous methods. Embedded within this system are virtual tutors, which provide automated performance measurement as well as tutoring. The training system offers a true time management savings for current instructors and training providers that today must perform On the Job Training (OJT) duties before, during and after each event. Many units do not have the resources to support OJT and are forced to maintain an overlap of several days to minimally maintain unit readiness. One CAOC Commander affected by this paradigm has advocated supporting a beta version of this system to test its ability to offer training on-demand and track the progress of its personnel and unit readiness. If successful, aircrew simulation devices can be connected through either Distributed Interactive Simulation or High Level Architecture methods to provide a DMT-C2 air operations training environment in Europe. This paper presents an approach to establishing a training, testing and decision aid capability and means to assess

  7. Training guidelines in non-destructive testing techniques

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    1987-02-01

    With the conclusion in 1979 of a successful Agency executed UNDP project in Argentina, whose aim was the establishment of a national non-destructive testing centre, the Agency was asked by other countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region to evaluate the possibility of transferring this success to the whole region. In 1982, with the financial cooperation of UNFSSTD and UNIDO, a regional project was started with the principal objective of assisting the countries in the region to reinforce autonomous NDT capability through regional cooperation. One essential component of this project has been the harmonization of training through the development and use of course syllabi by the 17 countries now participating in the project. To this end, a Regional Working Group was formed and one of its tasks is the development of these syllabi for the more common NDT methods. This publication is a collection of the training programmes elaborated to date which have so far been followed by some 10,000 persons in the region who have received training in NDT as a direct result of the project. These syllabi take into account the development work done by the International Committee for Non-destructive Testing and many national training programmes, and are meant to be an objective guide to assist in the formation of NDT personnel

  8. State, Bank and Agricultural Credit in Sinaloa and Sonora: The Banco de Sinaloa and Banco Agrícola Sonorense, 1933-1976 Estado, banca y crédito agrícola en Sinaloa y Sonora: El Banco de Sinaloa y el Banco Agrícola Sonorense, 1933-1976

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    Gustavo Aguilar Aguilar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In the Northwest of M√©xico the increase in the agricultural productivity in the years between 1940 and 1970, was due to the expansion of the farming lands, the use of improved seeds and fertilizer, mechanization, the greater availability of credit, the irrigation system and road improvement. The important intervention from the Mexican state to implement policies of investment with the support of internationally development agencies, and grant credit facilities for the development of agriculture trough the creation of official agricultural banks and the facilities to the constitution of private commercial banks. After the disarticulation of the bank in M√©xico due to the revolution, is advanced with steady steps in restructuring the banking system with the creation of a new banking law, the foundation of Banco de M√©xico and the Comision Nacional Bancaria in 1924; Banco Nacional de Credito Agricola (1926, the Banco Nacional de Credito Ejidal (1935, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (1937 and the Banco Nacional Agropecuario (1965, which gave financial support to small farmers and ejidatarios (members of a cooperative. The main farmers of Sinaloa and Sonora in collaboration with the federal government through the Comision Monetaria and the Banco de M√©xico founded the Banco de Sinaloa and Banco Agricola Sonorense in 1933. Explain the impact these financial institutions had in the agricultural credit of Sinaloa and Sonora will be the central objective of this work.En el Noroeste de M√©xico el incremento en la productividad agr√≠cola entre los a√Īos de 1940 y 1970, fue debido a la expansi√≥n de las tierras de cultivo, el uso de fertilizantes y semillas mejoradas, la mecanizaci√≥n, la mayor disponibilidad de cr√©ditos, a los sistemas de irrigaci√≥n y el mejoramiento de las carreteras. As√≠ como la importante intervenci√≥n del Estado mexicano al implementar pol√≠ticas de inversi√≥n con el apoyo de agencias internacionales de desarrollo, y otorgar

  9. Estructura económica nacional: breve análisis del sector agrícola ecuatoriano

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    Jorge Gonz√°lez-Sarango

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available La estructura econ√≥mica del Ecuador se ha basado, tradicionalmente, en el sector agr√≠cola, el cual enfrenta un panorama econ√≥mico mundial desalentador. El actual, pero bajo, precio del petr√≥leo, podr√≠a incentivar a los importadores de materias primas, pero a la vez complicar√≠a la situaci√≥n de los exportadores de productos agr√≠colas, especialmente en econom√≠as, como la ecuatoriana, que no cuentan con estrategias de mejora de los niveles de productividad ante el r√©gimen de tipo de cambio flexible de las econom√≠as vecinas y de aquellas que demandan bienes nacionales, es decir, que no pueden devaluar la moneda, para compensar el impacto de las p√©rdidas en los t√©rminos de intercambio de la demanda, que genera el abaratamiento del petr√≥leo. Por otra parte, la tasa de crecimiento de la econom√≠a ecuatoriana ha tenido que ser replanteada ante los cambios en el contexto mundial, lo cual puede significar, un retroceso en cuanto a la planeaci√≥n estatal y la determinaci√≥n del Presupuesto General del Estado para el 2016. En este escenario, el sector agr√≠cola de Ecuador, se ve abocado a contribuir con un porcentaje ‚Äďcada vez mayor‚Äď a la composici√≥n del Producto Interno Bruto, sin contar con incentivos ni mejoras dirigidas precisamente a impulsar este sector.

  10. Planificación de Maquinaria Agrícola

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    Alvarez Cardona Alberto

    1979-06-01

    Full Text Available Se entiende por planificación agrícola el conjunto de técnicas que permiten ver con anticipación suficiente la cantidad de maquinaria, tanto fuentes de potencia como implementos que serán requeridos para realizar un trabajo específico en un tiempo determinado; ó la cantidad de trabajo específico que podrá realizar un equipo con características ya definidas a través de un tiempo determinado; se analizan también bajo este concepto de planificación aquellos sistemas que permiten evaluar, controlar y ajustar la planificación propuesta a las circunstancias reales una vez iniciada ésta.

  11. For sale: 7 AGR stations and a brand new PWR

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    Anon.

    1995-01-01

    Britain's seven AGR stations and the Sizewell B PWR will pass to private ownership under the UK government's plan to privatise the two nuclear generators, Nuclear Electric and Scottish Nuclear, sometime next year. Under the new set-up, the two generators will become operating subsidiaries of a holding company which will be headquartered in Scotland. The companies' ageing Magnox gas-cooled reactors will remain in a separate public sector company before being transferred to British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) at the time of privatisation. (author)

  12. Redescubriendo El suelo: Su importancia ecológica y agrícola

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    Full Text Available Redescubriendo el suelo: su importancia ecológica y agrícola es un libro muy completo, actualizado y sin duda será de consulta obligada para quienes hacen investigación edafológica y como material elemental para los cursos de pre- y posgrado de suelo y materias afines, tanto en México como en América Latina.

  13. Canvi d'us d'una nau agrícola a restaurant vinícola : el celler dels Mora

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    Mora Aller, Elisa

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    El present treball fi de carrera tracta sobre el canvi d‚Äô√ļs d‚Äôuna nau agr√≠cola a restaurant vin√≠cola. La nau es troba situada a la capital del vi, Vilafranca del Pened√®s. Durant els darrers anys, hi ha hagut un creixement important pel que fa al turisme del vi, a la zona de l‚ÄôAlt Pened√®s. L‚Äôedifici objecte d‚Äôestudi, va ser constru√Įt pel meu avi a l‚Äôany 1980. Antigament, s‚Äôutilitzava per a guardar el bestiar i les eines agr√≠coles. Actualment, no hi ha bestiar, nom√©s s‚Äôutilitza per a guardar...

  14. Could situational judgement tests be used for selection into dental foundation training?

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    Patterson, F; Ashworth, V; Mehra, S; Falcon, H

    2012-07-13

    To pilot and evaluate a machine-markable situational judgement test (SJT) designed to select candidates into UK dental foundation training. Single centre pilot study. UK postgraduate deanery in 2010. Seventy-four candidates attending interview for dental foundation training in Oxford and Wessex Deaneries volunteered to complete the situational judgement test. The situational judgement test was developed to assess relevant professional attributes for dentistry (for example, empathy and integrity) in a machine-markable format. Test content was developed by subject matter experts working with experienced psychometricians. Evaluation of psychometric properties of the pilot situational judgement test (for example, reliability, validity and fairness). Scores in the dental foundation training selection process (short-listing and interviews) were used to examine criterion-related validity. Candidates completed an evaluation questionnaire to examine candidate reactions and face validity of the new test. Forty-six candidates were female and 28 male; mean age was 23.5-years-old (range 22-32). Situational judgement test scores were normally distributed and the test showed good internal reliability when corrected for test length (őĪ = 0.74). Situational judgement test scores positively correlated with the management, leadership and professionalism interview (N = 50; r = 0.43, p fair. This initial pilot study suggests that a situational judgement test is an appropriate and innovative method to measure professional attributes (eg empathy and integrity) for selection into foundation training. Further research will explore the long-term predictive validity of the situational judgement test once candidates have entered training.

  15. Automated testing and reverification for training simulators using SATAR

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    Charles, R.D.; Gaddy, C.D.; Nargarkar, A.; Colley, R.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports that simulators used to train nuclear power plant operators must be recertified periodically to ensure fidelity for training (10 CFR 55.45). The objective of the Simulator Automated Testing and Reverification (SATAR) project was to develop software to reverify dynamic simulator performance automatically. The software resides in a standard configuration personal computer and in the simulator computer; the two computers are linked via serial ports. SATAR will automatically run performance tests, collect and analyze data, and compare data with baseline performance data. With SATAR, support from operations and simulator support personnel can be reduced greatly, and the repeatability of performance tests can be improved

  16. Prospective Molecular Characterization of Burn Wound Colonization: Novel Tools and Analysis

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    2014-02-01

    targets differentiating the cellulitis and endocarditis isolates. This was followed with a basic Pearson’s Chi-squared test with Yates’ continuity... cellulitis agrB X-squared = 8.4, df = 1, p-value = 0.0037 agrC X-squared = 9.3, df = 1, p-value = 0.0023 agrD X-squared = 11.2, df = 1, p-value = 0.00080...34 Cellulitis ", "Endocarditis"), Gene = c("Present","Absent")) > (Xsq <- chisq.test(AgrB)) Pearson’s Chi-squared test with Yates’ continuity correction

  17. Nevada Test Site craters used for astronaut training

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    Moore, H. J.

    1977-01-01

    Craters produced by chemical and nuclear explosives at the Nevada Test Site were used to train astronauts before their lunar missions. The craters have characteristics suitable for reconnaissance-type field investigations. The Schooner test produced a crater about 300 m across and excavated more than 72 m of stratigraphic section deposited in a fairly regular fashion so that systematic observations yield systematic results. Other features common on the moon, such as secondary craters and glass-coated rocks, are present at Schooner crater. Smaller explosive tests on Buckboard Mesa excavated rocks from three horizontal alteration zones within basalt flows so that the original sequence of the zones could be determined. One crater illustrated the characteristics of craters formed across vertical boundaries between rock units. Although the exercises at the Nevada Test Site were only a small part of the training of the astronauts, voice transcripts of Apollo missions 14, 16, and 17 show that the exercises contributed to astronaut performance on the moon.

  18. 26 CFR 301.7516-1 - Training and training aids on request.

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    ... 26 Internal Revenue 18 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Training and training aids on request. 301.7516... the United States § 301.7516-1 Training and training aids on request. The Commissioner is authorized... conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, and to supply them with texts and other training aids. Requests...

  19. Analysis of the thermal hydraulics and core degradation behavior in the PHEBUS-FPT1 test train with impact/SAMPSON code

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    Terada, Masafumi; Ikeda, Takashi; Nakahara, Katsuhiko; Shirakawa, Noriyuki; Horie, Hideki; Katsuragi, Kazuyuki; Yamagishi, Makoto; Ito, Takahiro

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    As one of the verification studies of SAMPSON code, PHEBUS-FPT1, which is authorized as the International Standard Problem-46, was analyzed about the in-core phenomena with four modules, the molten core relocation analysis (MCRA) module, the fuel rod heat up analysis (FRHA) module, the fission product release analysis (FPRA) module, and the analysis control module (ACM) of SAMPSON. This paper describes the analysis of thermal hydraulics and core degradation behavior in the test train. Two-dimensional version of MCRA models the whole structure of the test train in the cylindrical system, including the fuel bundle and the shroud. FRHA models eighteen irradiated fuel rods, two fresh fuel rods, and one control rod in the center of the bundle. FRHA evaluates the transient behavior of fuel rods and releases failed fuel components to MCRA. MCRA evaluates the fluid dynamics of steam and debris considering the thermal and fluid mechanical interaction between them, and at the same time the thermal interaction between gas/debris and shroud material. By the phase change model of MCRA, molten debris forms debris pool and a part of them possibly freezes on fuel rods or shroud surface, then forms crust. This combination of modules of SAMPSON was proved to be capable for modeling the PHEBUS-FPT1 in-core phenomena sufficiently. The analysis has shown sufficient agreement with test results regarding to steam flow rates at the outlet, reproducing its reduction due to hydrogen generation, steam and shroud temperature, and debris relocation behavior. (author)

  20. Training Guidelines in Non-Destructive Testing Techniques: Leak Testing at Level 2

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    2012-01-01

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been active in the promotion of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology for many decades. The prime reason for this interest has been the need for stringent standards for quality assurance for safe operation of nuclear and other industrial installations. The IAEA successfully executed a number of programmes, including technical cooperation projects (national and regional) and coordinated research projects (CRPs), in which NDT was an important part. Through these programmes, a large number of personnel have been trained in Member States, leading to the establishment of national certifying bodies responsible for the training and certification of NDT personnel. Consequently, a state of self-sufficiency in this area of technology has been achieved in many Member States. All along there has been a realization of the need to have well established training guidelines, in order to orient the IAEA experts who were involved in training and certification programmes, and to achieve some level of international uniformity and harmonization of training materials and certification processes, and consequent competence of NDT personnel.

  1. Sensitivity of the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test and cardiac autonomic responses to training in futsal players.

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    de Freitas, Victor H; Pereira, Lucas A; de Souza, Eberton A; Leicht, Anthony S; Bertollo, Maurizio; Nakamura, F√°bio Y

    2015-07-01

    This study examined the sensitivity of maximal (Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery [IR] 1 and 2) and submaximal (5'-5') tests to identify training adaptations in futsal players along with the suitability of heart-rate (HR) and HR-variability (HRV) measures to identify these adaptations. Eleven male professional futsal players were assessed before (pretraining) and after (posttraining) a 5-wk period. Assessments included 5'-5' and Yo-Yo IR1 and IR2 performances and HR and HRV at rest and during the IR and 5'-5' tests. Magnitude-based-inference analyses examined the differences between pre- and posttraining, while relationships between changes in variables were determined via correlation. Posttraining, Yo-Yo IR1 performance likely increased while Yo-Yo IR2 performance almost certainly increased. Submaximal HR during the Yo-Yo IR1 and Yo-Yo IR2 almost certainly and likely, respectively, decreased with training. HR during the 5'-5' was very likely decreased, while HRV at rest and during the 5'-5' was likely increased after training. Changes in both Yo-Yo IR performances were negatively correlated with changes in HR during the Yo-Yo IR1 test and positively correlated with the change in HRV during the 5'-5'. The current study has identified the Yo-Yo IR2 as more responsive for monitoring training-induced changes of futsal players than the Yo-Yo IR1. Changes in submaximal HR during the Yo-Yo IR and HRV during the 5'-5' were highly sensitive to changes in maximal performance and are recommended for monitoring training. The 5'-5' was recommended as a time-efficient method to assess training adaptations for futsal players.

  2. Enhanced operator-training simulator for the Fast Flux Test Facility

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    Schrader, F.D.; Swanson, C.D.

    1983-01-01

    The FFTF Plant Operator Training Simulator Facility has proven to be a valuable asset throughtout the testing, startup and early operational phases of the Fast Flux Test facility. However, limitations inherent in the existing simulation facility, increased emphasis on the required quality of operator training, and an expanded scope of applications (e.g., MNI development) justify an enhanced facility. Direct use of plant operators in the development of improved reactor control room displays and other man/machine interface equipment and procedures increases the credibility of proposed techniques and reported results. The FFTF Plant Operator Training Simulator provides a key element in this development program

  3. La combinación de sistemas agrícolas tradicionales y comerciales, el proceso de conversión en Cruz de Piedra, Estado de México

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    Leonardo Ernesto M√°rquez Mireles

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La comprensi√≥n de las relaciones establecidas entre la cultura y la agricultura de una poblaci√≥n dedicada al cultivo, ubicada en el ecotono, al sur del volc√°n Nevado de Toluca, en el Estado de M√©xico; genera varias preguntas, entre ellas: ¬ŅCu√°les son las transformaciones que han sufrido la organizaci√≥n social y el trabajo agr√≠cola que permiten combinar un sistema agr√≠cola convencional con un sistema agr√≠cola tradicional? La respuesta a la pregunta se deriva en dos rubros: (1 Para que los campesinos dentro del proceso de conversi√≥n tengan dinero para la compra de insumos agroindustriales, este debe ingresar a trav√©s de actividades asalariadas o de la migraci√≥n; (2 La conversi√≥n implica desarrollar una agricultura de monocultivos y dejar a un lado la diversidad de cultivos de la agricultura tradicional. Los resultados que se presentan a lo largo de este art√≠culo muestran c√≥mo se realiz√≥ esta combinaci√≥n y cu√°les fueron los mecanismos de ajuste social y cultural a su ambiente y al mercado.

  4. Periferias e reestruturação agrícola

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    Dentinho, Tomaz; Rodrigues, Orlando

    2007-01-01

    As regi√Ķes vocacionadas par a agricultura encontram-se muitas vezes na situa√ß√£o de perificidade, pois t√™m produ√ß√Ķes agr√≠colas com elevada produtividade e capazes de competir nos mercados externos √† sua regi√£o mas, devido a falhas de mercado ao longo da cadeia de valor, muito do valor criado a n√≠vel a n√≠vel regional acaba por gerar rendimento fora da regi√£o. Por outro lado s√£o estas mesmas regi√Ķes perif√©ricas que sofrem de forma mais not√≥ria os impactos das altera√ß√Ķes nos mercados dos produtos...

  5. Comparison of Anxiety Management Training and Desensitization in Reducing Test and Other Anxieties.

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    Deffenbacher, Jerry L.; Shelton, John L.

    1978-01-01

    Effects of systematic desensitization and anxiety management training in reducing test anxiety and generalizing to other anxieties were compared. Both desensitization and anxiety management training produced significant reduction of text anxiety, but by follow-up, anxiety management training produced significantly more test-anxiety reduction on…

  6. ORIENTEERING SITUATION TESTS IN THE FUNCTION OF PREDICTING SUCCESS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN TOPOGRAPHY FIELD TRAINING

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    Boban Milojkovińá

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The sample of 45 students (15 students of the I year of Police Academy ‚Äď the members of orienteering section ‚Äď Group 1, 15 students of the I year of Police Academy ‚Äď Group 2 and 15 students of Advanced School of Interior Affairs ‚Äď Group 3 has been chosen to test the degree of success in topography field training through several stages, and orienteering situation tests were used in one of these stages. The research was carried out following the completed theoretical and practical training in topography by the same teacher but according to various models. During the research, three batteries of tests were used, the tests of capability of fast and accurate reading of topographic maps in the form of perforated sections (T-1, T-2 and T-3. With regard to measuring success in solving orienteering situation tests of three tested groups based on which the educational efficiency of police members in topography field training should have been evaluated, the obtained results have shown that at a general level there were statistically important differences of total variance of the observed set of variables of tested groups at the level p = 0.000 (Willks Lambda, 0.056, F = 225.598. The results have shown that there were statistically important differences between the success in test solving with reference to groups at the level p = 0.002 and p = 0.000, respectively. Thedifferences between groups in the function of an individual test were as follows: T-1, there was a cross difference between all three groups; T-2, there was no difference between the first and second groups, but the third group differed in relation to the first and second ones; T-3, there was a cross difference between all three groups. The results of tested population by means of the stated instruments describe the level of competency of police members in topography respectively in order to individualize training, but primarily prove statistically considerable difference of the level

  7. Eddy Current Testing at Level 2: Manual for the Syllabi Contained in IAEA-TECDOC-628.Rev. 2 'Training Guidelines for Non Destructive Testing Techniques'

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    2011-01-01

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has been active in the promotion of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology in the world for many decades. The prime reason for this interest has been the need for stringent standards for quality control for safe operation of nuclear as well as other industrial installations. It has successfully executed a number of programmes including technical co-operation (TC) projects (national and regional) and the coordinated research projects (CRP) of which NDT was an important part. Through these programmes a large number of persons in the Member States have been trained, leading to establishment of national certifying bodies (NCB) responsible for training and certification of NDT personnel. Consequently, a state of self-sufficiency in this area of technology has been achieved in many of them. All along there has been a realization of the need to have well established training guidelines and related books in order, firstly, to guide the IAEA experts who were involved in this training programme and, secondly, to achieve some level of international uniformity and harmonization of training materials and consequent competence of NDT personnel. The syllabi for training courses have been published in the form of IAEA-TECDOC publications. The first was IAEA-TECDOC-407 (1987), which contained syllabi for the basic five methods, i.e. liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing. To accommodate advancements in NDT technology, later versions of this publication were issued in 1991, 2002 and 2008, the current version being IAEA-TECDOC-628/Rev.2 (2008), which includes additional and more advanced NDT methods. This IAEA-TECDOC, as well as most of the international standards on the subject of training and certification of NDT personnel including ISO 9712 (2005), define three levels of competence. Among these, level 1 is the lowest and level 3 the highest. The intermediate

  8. Analise da vulnerabilidade de um solo agrícola, irrigado com águas poluídas

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    Benjamim Carvalho Lima Junior

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available O re√ļso planejado de √°gua de qualidade inferior contribui para uma gest√£o melhor dos recursos h√≠dricos, favorecendo a produ√ß√£o agr√≠cola em locais onde este fator de produ√ß√£o √© escasso. No semi√°rido brasileiro a utiliza√ß√£o de √°gua de qualidade inferior em sistemas produtivos irrigados √© em muitas situa√ß√Ķes, a √ļnica maneira de garantir a produ√ß√£o agr√≠cola. Este trabalho objetivou identificar os impactos salinos em um solo agr√≠cola cultivado com bananicultura irrigada com √°guas polu√≠das. Foram avaliados os par√Ęmetros hidrodin√Ęmico do solo condutividade hidr√°ulica (K0, e porosidade dren√°vel (őľ, e os par√Ęmetros de classifica√ß√£o salina do solo (pHes, CEes e PST. Foram realizadas an√°lises explorat√≥rias atrav√©s de m√©todos estat√≠sticos descritiva dos par√Ęmetros hidrodin√Ęmicos e modelagem geoestat√≠stica dos par√Ęmetros de classifica√ß√£o salina. Observou no estudo o solo da √°rea experimental encontra-se degradado por processo de saliniza√ß√£o e sodicidade, a√ß√£o provocada principalmente pela irriga√ß√£o com √°gua de qualidade inferior e defici√™ncia na drenagem natural do solo.

  9. SILICON CARBIDE GRAIN BOUNDARY DISTRIBUTIONS, IRRADIATION CONDITIONS, AND SILVER RETENTION IN IRRADIATED AGR-1 TRISO FUEL PARTICLES

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    Lillo, T. M.; Rooyen, I. J.; Aguiar, J. A.

    2016-11-01

    Precession electron diffraction in the transmission electron microscope was used to map grain orientation and ultimately determine grain boundary misorientation angle distributions, relative fractions of grain boundary types (random high angle, low angle or coincident site lattice (CSL)-related boundaries) and the distributions of CSL-related grain boundaries in the SiC layer of irradiated TRISO-coated fuel particles. Two particles from the AGR-1 experiment exhibiting high Ag-110m retention (>80%) were compared to a particle exhibiting low Ag-110m retention (<19%). Irradiated particles with high Ag-110m retention exhibited a lower fraction of random, high angle grain boundaries compared to the low Ag-110m retention particle. An inverse relationship between the random, high angle grain boundary fraction and Ag-110m retention is found and is consistent with grain boundary percolation theory. Also, comparison of the grain boundary distributions with previously reported unirradiated grain boundary distributions, based on SEM-based EBSD for similarly fabricated particles, showed only small differences, i.e. a greater low angle grain boundary fraction in unirradiated SiC. It was, thus, concluded that SiC layers with grain boundary distributions susceptible to Ag-110m release were present prior to irradiation. Finally, irradiation parameters were found to have little effect on the association of fission product precipitates with specific grain boundary types.

  10. Metodologia para estimar o n√ļmero de dias trabalh√°veis com m√°quinas agr√≠colas

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    Estrada,Javier Solis; Schlosser,Jos√© Fernando; Farias,Marcelo Silveira de; Santos,Gustavo Oliveira do; R√ľdell,Iury Yago Port

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    No atual modelo de agricultura, √© indispens√°vel que o produtor conhe√ßa a real disponibilidade de tempo para a execu√ß√£o das opera√ß√Ķes agr√≠colas ao longo do ciclo das culturas. Este √© o primeiro passo para se planejar e se obter maior efici√™ncia na execu√ß√£o dessas opera√ß√Ķes, que est√£o sujeitas √†s varia√ß√Ķes do clima. As vari√°veis meteorol√≥gicas de uma determinada regi√£o influenciam diretamente no n√ļmero de dias dispon√≠veis para trabalhar com m√°quinas agr√≠colas. O objetivo deste trabalho foi esti...

  11. Reestructuración agrícola de las familias productoras de maíz: estudio en San Mateo Ayecac, Tlaxcala, 2000-2008.

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    Ma. Concepción Alvarado Méndez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La investigación tiene por objetivo analizar el mecanismo de transformación agrícola expresado en los cambios de la fuerza de trabajo agrícola en términos de su estructura económica así como las principales consecuencias económicas en la comunidad de San Mateo Ayecac, municipio de Tepetitla en el estado de Tlaxcala. Los resultados muestran una transformación de las familias productoras de granos básicos, expresados en el proceso productivo, específicamente en la disminución de labores, fertilización, disminución del trabajo familiar y en el rendimiento. A pesar de ello no existe abandono de la actividad agrícola y sigue siendo la base de la alimentación familiar y un importante abastecedor de alimentos de los mercados locales.

  12. Spectrum Management Guidelines for National and Service Test and Training Ranges

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  13. The Next Generation Nuclear Plant/Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Irradiation Experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    2009-01-01

    The United States Department of Energy's Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Program will be irradiating eight separate low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The ATR has a long history of irradiation testing in support of reactor development and the INL has been designated as the new United States Department of Energy's lead laboratory for nuclear energy development. The ATR is one of the world's premiere test reactors for performing long term, high flux, and/or large volume irradiation test programs. These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States, and will be irradiated over the next ten years to demonstrate and qualify new particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the irradiation experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which will each consist of at least six separate capsules, will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gas will also have on-line fission product monitoring on its effluent to track performance of the fuel in each individual capsule during irradiation. The first experiment (designated AGR-1) started irradiation in December 2006, and the second experiment (AGR-2) is currently in the design phase. The design of test trains, as well as the support systems and fission product monitoring system that will monitor and control the experiment during irradiation will be discussed. In

  14. Corrosion studies of thermally sensitised AGR fuel element brace in pH7 and pH9.2 borate solutions

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    1987-04-01

    Brace and cladding of AGR fuel elements sensitised in reactor are susceptible to intergranular and crevice corrosion, which may initiate in the pH7 borate pond storage environment of CEGB/SSEB stations. This report considers the benefit in corrosion control that is provided by raising the pond solution pH to 9.2, whilst maintaining the boron level at 1250 gm -3 . The greater corrosion protection provided by pH9.2 solution compared to the pH7 borate solution is demonstrated by a series of tests with non-active laboratory sensitised brace samples exposed to solutions dosed with chloride or sulphate in order to promote localised corrosion. The corrosion tests undertaken consisted of 5000 hour immersions at 32 0 C and shorter term electrochemically monitored experiments (rest potential, impedance, anodic current) generally conducted at 22 0 C. The pH9.2 solution effectively inhibited the initiation of crevice and intergranular corrosion in the presence of low levels of chloride and sulphate, whereas the pH7 solution did not always do so. However, the pH9.2 solution, dosed with 40 gm -3 chloride, failed to suppress fully crevice corrosion initiated in unborated 40 gm -3 chloride solution at 22 0 C. Fluoride is not deleterious at low levels ‚ąľ 10 gm -3 in the borate solutions. The significant improvement in corrosion control demonstrated for the change from pH7 to pH9.2 borate solution on laboratory sensitised brace samples should ideally be confirmed using complete irradiated AGR fuel elements. (U.K.)

  15. Estrutura de oferta e desenvolvimento agr√≠cola: um modelo de equa√ß√Ķes recursivasStructure of supply and agricultural development: a model of recursive equations

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    Sergio Alberto Brandt

    1981-11-01

    Full Text Available A hip√≥tese central desta pesquisa √© a de que as elasticidades de oferta agr√≠cola variam entre tipos de agricultura (moderna, tradicionais e de fronteira e orienta√ß√Ķes de produ√ß√£o (autoconsumo e comercial. Para verifica√ß√£o emp√≠rica da hip√≥tese, usa-se um modelo recursivo de √°rea e rendimento que admite a possibilidade de intera√ß√£o entre essas duas vari√°veis. Os dados b√°sicos utilizados s√£o s√©ries temporais e o m√©todo de ajustamento √© o de m√≠nimos quadrados ordin√°rios. O teste de Chow √© usado para compara√ß√£o das elasticidades de resposta agr√≠cola. Os resultados obtidos indicam a impossibilidade de se estabelecer na ordena√ß√£o geral das elasticidades de resposta e das respostas de rendimento em rela√ß√£o √† √°rea, para os diferentes tipos de agricultura e de produto. Constatou-se tamb√©m que o pressuposto geralmente aceito de que a elasticidade de resposta de √°rea √© um limite inferior da elasticidade de oferta n√£o √©, em geral, v√°lido. Politicas agr√≠colas e de pre√ßos deveriam considerar as diferen√ßas em graus de resposta de √°rea e de rendimento, entre tipos de agricultura e entre orienta√ß√Ķes da produ√ß√£o./The basic hypothesis of this research is test farm supply elasticity varies between types of farming an between types of product. The empirical testing of that hypothesis is based upon a recursive model of acreage and yield responses allowing for acreage-yield interaction. Time series data (1947-77 and ordinary least squares were used and Chow's test was applied for comparison among supply elasticities. The empirical evidence indicates the impossibility of establishing a general ordering of acreage and yield response elasticities according to types of agriculture and types of products (modern, tradicional, frontier and subsistence, market agriculture. Results also point out that acreage response elasticity is not always a lower limit of supply elasticity. Nonetheless, price policy should allow for differences

  16. Liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing at level 2. Manual for the syllabi contained in IAEA-TECDOC-628, training guidelines in non-destructive testing techniques

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    2000-01-01

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been active in the promotion of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology in the world for many decades. The prime reason for this has been the need for stringent standards for quality control for safe operation of industrial as well a nuclear installations. It has successfully executed a number of programmes and regional projects of which NDT was an important part. Through these programmes a large number of persons have been trained in the member states and a state of self sufficiency in this area of technology has been achieved in many of them. All along there has been a realization of the need to have well established training guidelines and related books in order, firstly, to guide the IAEA experts who were involved in this training programme and, secondly, to achieve some level of international uniformity and harmonization of training materials and consequent competence of personnel. The syllabi for training courses have been published in the form of two TECDOC publications. The first was IAEA-TECDOC-407 which contained syllabi for the basic five methods, i.e. liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing, and the second and revised is IAEA-TECDOC-628 which includes additional methods of visual testing and leak testing. IAEA-TECDOC-628, as well as most of the international standards on the subject of training and certification of NDT personnel including ISO 9712, define three levels of competence, namely, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Among these, Level 1 is the lowest and Level 3 the highest. The intermediate Level 2 is considered to be the most appropriate for persons who, beside other duties, are expected to independently undertake practical testing in the relevant method of NDT; develop NDT procedures adapted to various problems; prepare written instructions; make accept/reject decisions in accordance with relevant standards and

  17. Liquid penetrant and magnetic particle testing at level 2. Manual for the syllabi contained in IAEA-TECDOC-628, training guidelines in non-destructive testing techniques

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    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been active in the promotion of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology in the world for many decades. The prime reason for this has been the need for stringent standards for quality control for safe operation of industrial as well a nuclear installations. It has successfully executed a number of programmes and regional projects of which NDT was an important part. Through these programmes a large number of persons have been trained in the member states and a state of self sufficiency in this area of technology has been achieved in many of them. All along there has been a realization of the need to have well established training guidelines and related books in order, firstly, to guide the IAEA experts who were involved in this training programme and, secondly, to achieve some level of international uniformity and harmonization of training materials and consequent competence of personnel. The syllabi for training courses have been published in the form of two TECDOC publications. The first was IAEA-TECDOC-407 which contained syllabi for the basic five methods, i.e. liquid penetrant testing, magnetic particle testing, eddy current testing, radiographic testing and ultrasonic testing, and the second and revised is IAEA-TECDOC-628 which includes additional methods of visual testing and leak testing. IAEA-TECDOC-628, as well as most of the international standards on the subject of training and certification of NDT personnel including ISO 9712, define three levels of competence, namely, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. Among these, Level 1 is the lowest and Level 3 the highest. The intermediate Level 2 is considered to be the most appropriate for persons who, beside other duties, are expected to independently undertake practical testing in the relevant method of NDT; develop NDT procedures adapted to various problems; prepare written instructions; make accept/reject decisions in accordance with relevant standards and

  18. Training Guidelines in Non-destructive Testing Techniques. 2013 Edition

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    2014-12-01

    The IAEA promotes industrial applications of radiation technology, including non-destructive testing (NDT), through activities such as Technical Cooperation Projects (national and regional) and Coordinated Research Projects. Through this cooperation, Member States have initiated national programmes for the training and certification of NDT personnel. National certifying bodies have also been established based on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. As part of these efforts, the IAEA has been actively involved in developing training materials. Consequently, IAEA-TECDOC-407, Training Guidelines in Non-destructive Testing Techniques, was published in 1987, then revised and expanded as IAEA-TECDOC-628 in 1991. Revisions of IAEA-TECDOC-628 were considered essential to meet the demands of end-user industries in Member States, and revised and expanded versions were issued in 2002 and 2008. These latter versions included work conducted by the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing (ICNDT) and many national NDT societies. It is one of the publications referred to in ISO 9712:2005, Non-destructive Testing: Qualification and Certification of Personnel, which in turn is an internationally accepted standard, revised as ISO 9712:2012, Non-destructive Testing: Qualification and Certification of NDT Personnel. This publication is an updated version of IAEA-TECDOC-628. The content of which has been revised following the changes of ISO 9712 converging with EN 473 and becoming EN ISO 9712:2012, based on the experience of experts and comments from end-user industries. The details of the topics on each subject have been expanded to include the latest developments in the respective methods. The incorporated changes will assist the end-user industries to update their NDT qualification and certification schemes and course materials. This publication, like the previous versions, will continue to play an important role in international harmonization

  19. Reproducción de Eisenia foetida en suelos agrícolas de áreas mineras contaminadas por cobre y arsênico.

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    √ĀVILA, G.; GAETE, H.; MORALES, M.; NEAMAN, A.

    2008-01-01

    El objetivo del trabajo fue evaluar la toxicidad del cobre y arsénico en suelos agrícolas, mediante bioensayos estandarizados de toxicidad aguda y crónica sobre Eisenia foetida y relacionar la respuesta de ésta con las concentraciones de cobre y arsénico en los suelos. Los suelos agrícolas fueram muestreados en las inmediaciones de áreas mineras en la cuenca del río Aconcagua, Chile. E. foetida expuesta a los suelos estudiados mostró una baja mortalidad, indicando la ausencia de toxicidad agu...

  20. Políticas trabalhista, fundiária e de crédito agrícola no Brasil

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    Gerv√°sio Castro de Rezende

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo discute as causas do padr√£o concentrador do desenvolvimento agr√≠cola brasileiro recente, expresso no predom√≠nio da produ√ß√£o em grande escala, elevado √≠ndice de mecaniza√ß√£o e baixa absor√ß√£o de m√£o de obra n√£o qualificada. Cita, inicialmente, a exist√™ncia de duas posi√ß√Ķes antag√īnicas que procuram explicar esse fato: uma, que culpa a heran√ßa latifundi√°ria de nossa agricultura, e a outra, que v√™ nisso um determinismo tecnol√≥gico, n√£o havendo, assim, possibilidade de atuar sobre esse problema sem incorrer numa perda em termos de efici√™ncia econ√īmica. Este trabalho, contudo, atribui √†s pol√≠ticas trabalhista agr√≠cola, fundi√°ria e de cr√©dito agr√≠cola, institu√≠das na d√©cada de 1960, a responsabilidade maior por esse problema. Conforme a an√°lise apresentada, essas pol√≠ticas inviabilizaram o mercado de trabalho agr√≠cola tempor√°rio e a agricultura familiar, ao mesmo tempo em que fomentaram a mecaniza√ß√£o agr√≠cola e o predom√≠nio da produ√ß√£o em grande escala. O trabalho termina propondo uma desregulamenta√ß√£o dos mercados de trabalho e de terra na agricultura brasileira, assim como uma redu√ß√£o dr√°stica do subs√≠dio ao cr√©dito rural.This paper discusses the question of the concentrated pattern of agricultural development in Brazil, as expressed in the predominance of large-scale production, high level of mechanization and low absorption of non-qualified labor. It is proposed, initially, the existence of two conflicting explanations for this fact: the first, that blames our historical heritage, characterized by the predominance of the latifundio, and the second, that sees in this fact a technological determinism, with the implication that lesser concentration in agriculture would involve a loss of economic efficiency. This paper, however, attributes to the labor, land and credit policies directed to agriculture, instituted in the decade of 1960, the major responsibility for this problem. As the analysis

  1. Erosión y pérdida de nutrientes en diferentes sistemas agrícolas de una microcuenca en la zona periurbana de la ciudad de Puebla, México

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    Rosalía Castelán Vega

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available El suelo es un componente natural de gran importancia en la sostenibilidad de los ecosistemas, su degradaci√≥n se debe, en la mayor√≠a de los casos, al mal manejo bajo condiciones de ladera, lo que disminuye su productividad y su capacidad para sostener la vida humana. Se evalu√≥ la producci√≥n de sedimentos y la p√©rdida de nutrientes durante el a√Īo 2013 en sistemas agr√≠colas representativos de la zona periurbana de la ciudad de Puebla, M√©xico; con el objetivo de ponderar el coeficiente de enriquecimiento de dichos sedimentos, y as√≠ identificar el sistema agr√≠cola que menor perdida de fertilidad genera. Se instalaron parcelas delimitadas con dimensiones de 3 m de ancho y 9 m de largo con pendiente homog√©nea de 9% de inclinaci√≥n, en los sistemas: ma√≠z, ma√≠z-calabaza y ma√≠z-avena. Se recolectaron los sedimentos, a los cuales se les determin√≥ la concentraci√≥n de materia org√°nica, nitr√≥geno y f√≥sforo, seg√ļn lo marca la NOM-021-SEMARNAT-2000. La producci√≥n de sedimentos y escorrent√≠a fue significativamente mayor en el sistema agr√≠cola de ma√≠z (54.6 mm y 37.9 Mg ha‚ÄĎ1, respectivamente y menor en ma√≠z-calabaza. Los coeficientes de enriquecimiento de los sedimentos erosionados fueron en su mayor√≠a, superiores a la unidad, destacando la materia org√°nica con los coeficientes m√°s altos. Se observ√≥ una fuerte correlaci√≥n entre la producci√≥n de sedimentos y las p√©rdidas de materia org√°nica, nitr√≥geno y f√≥sforo, en los sistemas agr√≠colas. Los resultados obtenidos demuestran que el actual manejo de los cultivos agr√≠colas en la zona de estudio, favorecen la degradaci√≥n de los suelos. De igual forma, los resultados generados son una base importante para establecer estrategias agr√≠colas y disminuir √°reas degradadas en los espacios rurales de la zona periurbana de la ciudad de Puebla, M√©xico.

  2. Ensino agrícola e influência norte-americana no Brasil (1945-1961

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    Sonia Regina de Mendonça

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo trata das redefini√ß√Ķes sofridas pelo Ensino Agr√≠cola no Brasil, a partir da conjuntura marcada pelo fim da II Guerra Mundial/Guerra Fria, quando in√ļmeros acordos de "coopera√ß√£o t√©cnica" seriam firmados entre os governos brasileiro e estadunidense, objetivando "recuperar" seu novo p√ļblico-alvo: o trabalhador rural adulto e analfabeto.

  3. Caracterizaci√≥n del uso del suelo en las principales √°reas agr√≠colas de la Gran √Ārea Metropolitana (GAM de Costa Rica

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    Sue Wei-Salas

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de aportar informaci√≥n para el ordenamiento y la planificaci√≥n del uso del suelo, mediante la caracterizaci√≥n de su utilizaci√≥n en las regiones agr√≠colas de la Gran √Ārea Metropolitana (GAM, se realiz√≥ una investigaci√≥n entre marzo 2008 y octubre 2009, por medio de Sistemas de Informaci√≥n Geogr√°fica (SIG. En el estudio se utilizaron im√°genes a√©reas correspondientes al proyecto Misi√≥n Carta capturadas entre febrero y marzo del 2005, lo que permiti√≥ identificar la distribuci√≥n y extensi√≥n de los principales cultivos existentes en la GAM. Para identificar estas √°reas se utiliz√≥ el m√©todo del reconocimiento remoto, el cual consiste en conocer la apariencia de un determinado cultivo en im√°genes a√©reas que permiten ubicar todas las √°reas con aspecto similar y as√≠ identificar la adecuada diferenciaci√≥n entre cultivos y usos. La informaci√≥n geogr√°fica fue procesada mediante el programa de c√≥mputo ArgGIS 9.2, el cual permiti√≥ obtener un mapa base a escala 1:12.500. El ha sido previamente desarrollada por diferentes instituciones del pa√≠s, lo que permiti√≥ caracterizar la actividad agr√≠cola de la GAM. Los resultados muestran que la actividad agr√≠cola cubre alrededor del 24% del √°rea total de la GAM, destac√°ndose la producci√≥n de hortalizas, caf√© y plantas ornamentales bajo sar√°n. Las hortalizas tienen la mayor importancia en extensi√≥n, ya que abarca el 52% del √°rea agr√≠cola de la GAM, seguidas del caf√© con 44%, mientras que la producci√≥n de ornamentales bajo sar√°n representa solamente cerca del 4%. Al analizar los cambios ocurridos en la actividad agr√≠cola de la GAM en los √ļltimos 28 a√Īos, en el caso del caf√© el √°rea de producci√≥n disminuy√≥ en 3569 ha, lo cual corresponde al 17% de las 22 545 ha identificadas en 1983.

  4. CO{sub 2} direct cycles suitable for AGR type reactors; Cycles directs de gaz carbonique applicables aux reacteurs du genre AGR

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    Maillet, E [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique. Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    1967-10-01

    The perspectives given by the gas turbines under pressure, to build simple nuclear power plants and acieving significantly high yield, are specified. The CO{sub 2} is characterised by by good efficiency under moderate temperature (500 to 750 Celsius degrees), compactness and the simpleness of machines and the safe exploitation (supply, storage, relief cooling, thermosyphon). The revision of thermal properties of the CO{sub 2} and loss elements show that several direct cycles would fit in particular to the AGR type reactors. Cycles that would diverge a little from classical models and able to lead to power and heat generation can lead by simple means to the best results. Several satisfying solutions present for the starting up, the power regulation and the stopping. The nuclear power plant components and the functioning safety are equally considered in the present report. The conclusions stimulate the studies and realizations of carbon dioxide gas turbines in when approprite. [French] Les perspectives offertes par la turbine a gaz sous pression, pour construire des centrales nucleaires simples et de rendement progressivement eleve, se precisent actuellement. le CO{sub 2} se distingue par sa bonne efficacite a temperature moderee (500 a 750 degres celsius), la compacite et la simplicite des machines, et la surete qu'il apporte a l'exploitation ( approvisionnement, stockage, refroidissement de secours, thermosiphon). La revision des proprietes thermophysiques du CO{sub 2} et des elements de pertes montre que divers cycles directs conviendraient en particulier aux reacteurs agr ou derives. Des cycles s'ecartant peu des modeles classiques, et se pretant ulterieurement a la production simultanee d'electricite et de chaleur, peuvent conduire par des moyens simples aux meilleurs resultats d'ensemble. Plusieurs solutions satisfaisantes se presentent pour le demarrage, le reglage de la puissance et l'arret. Les composants de la centrale et la surete de fonctionnement sont

  5. 78 FR 34423 - Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group...

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    ... the relevance, reliability, validity, and effectiveness of the FAA's aeronautical testing and training... Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Airman Testing Standards and Training Working Group (ATSTWG) AGENCY... Certification Standards (ACS) documents developed by the Airman Testing Standards and Training WG for the...

  6. Non-stop training during LS1!

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    The year 2013 is a busy year for the Safety Training team, who are seeing a dramatic increase in their activities during LS1. The Safety Training Service within the HSE Unit offers training courses all year round to people working on the CERN site who are exposed to a variety of potential hazards (e.g. chemical hazards, fire hazards, etc.) either because of the activities they perform (e.g. work in confined spaces or on machines) and/or their place of work (e.g. workshops, laboratories, underground areas, etc.).   LS1 has triggered an increase in the number of requests for training, mainly from people requiring to carry out work on the LHC. Indeed, in order to access the underground areas, it is obligatory to have taken certain safety courses such as the self-rescue mask or radiation protection training courses. Consequently, the number of training sessions and the number of people trained is currently twice what it was during the same period in 2012, with almost 4,600 people trained in 530 s...

  7. Development of training simulator based on critical assemblies test bench

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    Narozhnyi, A.T.; Vorontsov, S.V.; Golubeva, O.A.; Dyudyaev, A.M.; Il'in, V.I.; Kuvshinov, M.I.; Panin, A.V.; Peshekhonov, D.P.

    2007-01-01

    When preparing critical mass experiment, multiplying system (MS) parts are assembled manually. This work is connected with maximum professional risk to personnel. Personnel training and keeping the skill of working experts is the important factor of nuclear safety maintenance. For this purpose authors develop a training simulator based on functioning critical assemblies test bench (CATB), allowing simulation of the MS assemblage using training mockups made of inert materials. The control program traces the current status of MS under simulation. A change in the assembly neutron physical parameters is mapped in readings of the regular devices. The simulator information support is provided by the computer database on physical characteristics of typical MS components The work in the training mode ensures complete simulation of real MS assemblage on the critical test bench. It makes it possible to elaborate the procedures related to CATB operation in a standard mode safely and effectively and simulate possible abnormal situations. (author)

  8. Validity of the ISUOG basic training test

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    Hillerup, Niels Emil; Tabor, Ann; Konge, Lars

    2018-01-01

    A certain level of theoretical knowledge is required when performing basic obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound. To assess the adequacy of trainees' basic theoretical knowledge, the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) has developed a theoretical test of 49...... Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) items for their basic training courses....

  9. Study on driver training, testing and medical fitness.

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    Helman, S. Vlakveld, W. Fildes, B. Oxley, J. Fern√°ndez-Medina, K. & Weekley, J.

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    The information and views set out in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the Commission. The Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this study. Neither the Commission nor any person acting on the Commission’s behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein. Improving the education and training of road users in Europe through a range of training, testing and lice...

  10. Multidimensional Aptitude Battery-Second Edition Intelligence Testing of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training Candidates Compared with Manned Airframe Training Candidates

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    2015-03-01

    assessing the general intelligence and neuropsychological aptitudes of USAF RPA pilot training candidates. Chappelle et al. obtained comprehensive...computer-based intelligence testing (Multidimensional Aptitude Battery-Second Edition [MAB-II]) and neuropsychological screening (MicroCog) on USAF MQ-1... schizophrenia , attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorders) and not on very high functioning populations such as aviators

  11. Pioneiros da ecologia pol√≠tica agr√°ria contempor√Ęnea The pioneers of the contemporary agrarian political ecology

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    Humberto Miranda Nascimento

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem por objetivo apresentar os pioneiros dos estudos materialistas sobre ecologia pol√≠tica agr√°ria contempor√Ęnea. √Č feita uma an√°lise das contribui√ß√Ķes da Escola Russa de Estudos do Solo e de refer√™ncias mais recentes aos escritos de Marx e Liebig. Nas considera√ß√Ķes finais, enfatiza-se a necessidade de desenvolver a abordagem da Ecologia Pol√≠tica Agr√°ria como maneira mais apropriada de entender a rela√ß√£o entre sistemas agr√°rios, forma√ß√Ķes sociais e ecossistemas espec√≠ficos em √°reas rurais.The pioneering studies on the relationship between society and nature are important for the analysis of agricultural and ecological changes in rural areas. The goal of the present article is to introduce the contemporary pioneers of the agrarian ecology studies with a Marxist Materialism approach. The agrarian ecology describes the relations among agrarian systems, social formations and specific ecosystems in rural territories. Thence, the concept has a double function: turn the agrarian problem into an ecological theme and redefine its importance for the current studies on rural territory.

  12. Effectiveness of three just-in-time training modalities for N-95 mask fit testing.

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    Jones, David; Stoler, Genevieve; Suyama, Joe

    2013-01-01

    To compare and contrast three different training modalities for fit testing N-95 respirator face masks. Block randomized interventional study. Urban university. Two hundred eighty-nine medical students. Students were randomly assigned to video, lecture, or slide show to evaluate the effectiveness of the methods for fit testing large groups of people. Ease of fit and success of fit for each instructional technique. Mask 1 was a Kimberly-Clark duckbill N-95 respirator mask, and mask 2 was a 3M‚ĄĘ carpenters N-95 respirator mask. "Ease of fit" was defined as the ability to successfully don a mask in less than 30 seconds. "Success of fit" was defined as the ability to correctly don a mask in one try. There were no statistical differences by training modality for either mask regarding ease of fit or success of fit. There were no differences among video presentation, small group demonstration, and self-directed slide show just-in-time training modalities for ease of fit or success of fit N-95 respirator mask fitting. Further study is needed to explore more effective fit training modalities.

  13. PRAPRAG: software para planejamento racional de máquinas agrícolas PRAPRAG: software for rational planning of agricultural machines

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    Erivelto Mercante; Eduardo G. de Souza; Jerry A Johann; Antonio Gabriel Filho; Miguel A Uribe-Opazo

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    O software PRAPRAG √© uma ferramenta de escolha de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas que apresentam o menor custo por √°rea ou por quantidade produzida, bem como, faz o planejamento de aquisi√ß√£o das m√°quinas para a propriedade agr√≠cola, do ponto de vista t√©cnico e econ√īmico. Foi utilizada a linguagem de programa√ß√£o Borland Delphi 3.0 e, a partir de prospectos das m√°quinas e implementos, criou-se um banco de dados onde o usu√°rio pode cadastrar e modificar suas caracter√≠sticas de uso. O software m...

  14. Migraci√≥n internacional, actividades agr√≠colas y distribuci√≥n del ingreso en una comunidad oaxaque√Īa, M√©xico

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    Renato Salas Alfaro

    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo explora el efecto que tiene la migración internacional y las remesas sobre las actividades agrícolas y la distribución del ingreso en una comunidad indígena que recientemente ha masificado su migración internacional. Se emplearon modelos para relacionar variables agrícolas contra factores productivos, socio demográficos y de financiamiento a la migración en el hogar, asimismo, la descomposición del coeficiente de Gini se utilizó para determinar el efecto que tienen las fuentes de...

  15. Defense Infrastructure: DoD Environmental Community Involvement Programs at Test and Training Ranges

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    2002-01-01

    Who Should Read This Report and Why? This report should be of interest to operational personnel at DoD test and training ranges and to others concerned with the sustainability of DoD test and training ranges...

  16. Comparison of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1 Responses to Different Endurance Training Intensities in Runner Men

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    M. Habibian

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Aims: Blood neurotrophins, such as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1, mediate exercise- induced health benefits in humans. The purpose of this study was to compare the response of BDNF and IGF-1 to different endurance training intensities in runner men. Materials & Methods: In this semi-experimental study with pre-test-posttest design in 2015, 10 people of male runners from Gorgan were selected through purposeful and accessible sampling. The endurance training protocol was 6 km running with moderate (70-75% of heart rate reserve or severe (80-85% of heart rate reserve intensity, which was performed within a week's interval. Fasting blood samples were collected before and immediately after both acute training sessions and serum levels of BDNF and IGF-1 were measured by ELISA and radioimmunoassay enzyme. Data were analyzed by SPSS 20 software using independent t-test and paired t-test. Findings: Both acute endurance training significantly increased serum levels of BDNF and IGF-1 in runners, but high intensity endurance exercises increased BDNF levels in comparison with moderate intensity (p0.05. Conclusion: Serum BDNF response in endurance athletes is affected by the intensity of exercise, so that the effect of high intensity endurance training on BDNF levels is greater than moderate intensity exercise, but the response of IGF-1 to acute endurance training is independent of the intensity of exercise.

  17. Programa computacional para aquisição de dados para avaliação de máquinas agrícolas Computer program for data acquisition to evaluate of agricultural machines

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    Ricardo F. Garcia

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available A aquisi√ß√£o de dados √© um dos principais problemas enfrentados por engenheiros e pesquisadores respons√°veis pela realiza√ß√£o de testes de m√°quinas agr√≠colas, devido √† alta complexidade dessas m√°quinas. Para estabelecer os par√Ęmetros relacionados ao seu desempenho, uma s√©rie de vari√°veis precisam ser monitoradas. Diante disso, o objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver um programa de computador para aquisi√ß√£o autom√°tica de dados a serem utilizados na avalia√ß√£o de m√°quinas agr√≠colas. O sistema foi implementado utilizando-se o programa de computador LabVIEW vers√£o 6i e equipamentos da "National Instruments". Desenvolveram-se Instrumentos Virtuais (VI para os seguintes tipos de sensores: c√©lula de carga, torqu√≠metro, sensor de rota√ß√£o tipo sensor indutivo e sensor de velocidade tipo radar. No trabalho realizado implementou-se um sistema de aquisi√ß√£o autom√°tica de dados e se desenvolveu o aplicativo AvaliaMA para avalia√ß√£o de m√°quinas agr√≠colas, o qual foi desenvolvido buscando-se a coleta de dados de forma eficiente e se eliminando os erros tradicionais gerados pela coleta de dados convencional, como anota√ß√Ķes incorretas em planilhas e perda de dados. Observou-se, durante os ensaios, facilidade de opera√ß√£o do sistema, permitindo rapidez na opera√ß√£o de aquisi√ß√£o de dados, e a capacidade de se combinar o sistema implementado para atender a demandas de diversas pesquisas, podendo ser utilizado em diferentes tipos de m√°quinas agr√≠colas.Data acquisition is one of the main problems that engineers and researchers face while testing agricultural machines, due to the high complexity of these machines. To analyze the performance of a machine, several variables need to be measured. The objective of this study was to develop an automatic data acquisition computer program for use in agricultural machine evaluation tests. The system was implemented using the LabVIEW software version 6i. Virtual instruments (VI were

  18. Indicadores para estimar la sostenibilidad agrícola de la cuenca media del río Reventado, Cartago, Costa Rica

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    Laura Ramírez

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue identificar indicadores para evaluar la sostenibilidad agr√≠cola en la cuenca media del r√≠o Reventado. Se encontr√≥ una acumulaci√≥n Ca, Mg y K en los terrenos y una disminuci√≥n del porcentaje de saturaci√≥n de acidez con los a√Īos de uso del suelo en agricultura, los suelos han mejorado su fertilidad con el tiempo por efecto antr√≥pico. Se encontr√≥ una tendencia similar con el P disponible, cuyos niveles aumentaron en ‚Čą2,3 mg.l-1.a√Īo-1, eventualmente podr√≠a reducirse la aplicaci√≥n de este elemento, lo que har√≠a m√°s sostenible el sistema de producci√≥n. Los niveles de erosi√≥n, en la mayor√≠a de las fincas, fueron moderados; el grosor del horizonte A y el P disponible disminuyeron al pasar de erosi√≥n leve, a moderada y a severa. El √≠ndice estructural y la capacidad de uso de las tierras indicaron en las Clases II y III, suelos moderadamente susceptibles a ser degradados, y en las clases mayores alta susceptibilidad a ser degradados. No se encontr√≥ diferencias significativas entre las clases de capacidad de uso de la tierra y la producci√≥n de los cultivos. La producci√≥n de papa y cebolla fue mayor en zonas con riego, donde la relaci√≥n B/C mayor se encontr√≥ en Tierra Blanca, debido al manejo del sistema productivo. Los indicadores econ√≥micos y sociales evaluados fueron positivos para ambas regiones, no as√≠ los indicadores ambientales. La actividad agr√≠cola a√ļn se mantiene como una actividad rentable para los productores de la cuenca media del r√≠o Reventadoactividad agr√≠cola a√ļn se mantiene como una actividad rentable para los productores de la cuenca media del r√≠o Reventado.

  19. Escenarios de erosión bajo diferentes manejos agrícolas en la cuenca del lago de Zirahuén, Michoacán, México

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    Manuel E. Mendoza Cant√ļ

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available La erosi√≥n h√≠drica, la desecaci√≥n y p√©rdida de √°reas y vol√ļmenes de los lagos son problemas severos en las cuencas cerradas del Sistema Volc√°nico Transversal. Este deterioro comienza a extenderse a la cuenca del lago de Zirahu√©n, Michoac√°n, en la cual se encuentra uno de los pocos lagos mexicanos de aguas casi pr√≠stinas; por ello, es urgente plantear estudios que ofrezcan bases para un manejo sostenible de los recursos naturales que beneficie a los distintos usuarios del lago y de la cuenca. El objetivo de este trabajo fue predecir la erosi√≥n h√≠drica asociada a sistemas de manejo agr√≠cola considerando tres tipos de labranza (tradicional, m√≠nima y de conservaci√≥n en la cuenca del lago de Zirahu√©n. La predicci√≥n se realiz√≥ aplicando la Ecuaci√≥n Universal de P√©rdidas de Suelo (EUPS dentro del contexto de un sistema de informaci√≥n geogr√°fica. Los resultados indicaron que el uso de la labranza de conservaci√≥n en las √°reas agr√≠colas de la cuenca, reducir√≠a las p√©rdidas de suelo a menos de 3 t ha-1 a√Īo-1 en toda el √°rea agr√≠cola de la cuenca, y probablemente se disminuir√≠a la contaminaci√≥n por arrastre de sedimentos en el lago de Zirahu√©n.

  20. Antropometria aplicada aos operadores de tratores agrícolas Anthropometrics applied to the agricultural tractors operators

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    José Fernando Schlosser

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar o padr√£o antropom√©trico dos operadores de tratores agr√≠colas da Depress√£o Central do Rio Grande do Sul. Os operadores de tratores agr√≠colas foram medidos por meio de um painel constitu√≠do por duas chapas met√°licas, permanecendo durante as medi√ß√Ķes em p√©, eretos, com o m√≠nimo de roupa poss√≠vel e em contato com o painel. As vari√°veis medidas foram as seguintes: altura do corpo; altura ao n√≠vel dos olhos; altura ao n√≠vel dos olhos sentado; altura do cotovelo; alcance do bra√ßo; alcance da m√£o; dist√Ęncia p√©-patela; apoio do assento. Os dados obtidos demonstram que h√° diferen√ßas entre o bi√≥tipo do operador utilizado pela ind√ļstria de tratores agr√≠colas e o do operador da regi√£o, de forma que este √ļltimo apresentou, para todas as medidas, √† exce√ß√£o do apoio do assento, uma m√©dia maior. Observa-se tamb√©m que, para cada medida, os limites inferior e superior do intervalo onde se encontram 90% dos operadores avaliados foram, respectivamente, menores e maiores que o padr√£o utilizado pela ind√ļstria, caracterizando uma maior varia√ß√£o. Levando-se em considera√ß√£o as diferen√ßas existentes entre o perfil antropom√©trico dos operadores de tratores agr√≠colas da Depress√£o Central do Rio Grande do Sul e os par√Ęmetros utilizados pela ind√ļstria, pode-se confirmar a hip√≥tese de que os tratores agr√≠colas que se encontram atualmente em comercializa√ß√£o no Brasil podem n√£o oferecer o conforto necess√°rio ao operador desta regi√£o .The objective of this work was to evaluate the anthropometric measures of the agricultural tractor operators of the Central Region of Rio Grande do Sul State. The agricultural tractor operators were measured through a panel that was made of two metallic plates. During the measurement, they were standing, wearing the minimum amount clothes possible, and touching the panel. The measures body height, eyes level height (standing, eyes level height (sitting, elbow

  1. Mecanizaci√≥n agr√≠cola ¬ŅDeterioro o conservaci√≥n del suelo?

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    Armando Alvarado Chaves

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available ‚ÄúMecanizaci√≥n agr√≠cola; ¬ŅDeterioro o conservaci√≥n del suelo?‚ÄĚ trata sobre el mito de que la mecanizaci√≥n o preparaci√≥n de los suelos, en forma mec√°nica, es el detonante del deterioro de los suelos por erosi√≥n sobre todo por erosi√≥n h√≠drica y en menor grado por erosi√≥n e√≥lica. La erosi√≥n de los suelos puede ser de poca o de gran magnitud, dependiendo de cuatro factores, los cuales se analizan como errores que se cometen en el momento de preparar los suelos. Estos errores son, en realidad, los causantes del deterioro de los suelos por erosi√≥n y no la mecanizaci√≥n, ya que esta, bien planificada y aplicada, puede incluso servir para la conservaci√≥nde los suelos y el medio ambiente. Tambi√©n se describen los implementos agr√≠colas que pueden usarse para reducir la erosi√≥n de los suelos, citando su forma de trabajo y algunas de las ventajas del uso de esos implementos.

  2. Molecular characteristics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains isolated from patients with bacteremia based on MLST, SCCmec, spa, and agr locus types analysis.

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    Goudarzi, Mehdi; Seyedjavadi, Sima Sadat; Nasiri, Mohammad Javad; Goudarzi, Hossein; Sajadi Nia, Raheleh; Dabiri, Hossein

    2017-03-01

    The widespread emergence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, as a common cause of nosocomial infections, is becoming a serious concern in global public health. The objective of the present study was to investigate antimicrobial susceptibility pattern, frequency of virulence genes and molecular characteristics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from patients with bacteremia. A total of 128 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates were collected during February 2015 to January 2016. In vitro antimicrobial susceptibility of the isolates was assessed using the disk diffusion method. Conventional PCR was performed for the detection of adhesion (can, bbp, ebp, fnbB, fnbA, clfB, clfA) and toxin (etb, eta, pvl, tst) encoding genes, determining the agr type, SCCmec, MLST and spa typing of the isolates. All the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates were found to be sensitive to linezolid, teicoplanin, and vancomycin. Resistance to the tested antibiotics varied from 97.7% for penicillin to 24.2% for mupirocin. The rate of multi drug resistance (MDR) in the present study was 97.7%. The most commonly detected toxin and adhesion genes were tst (58.6%), and clfB (100%), respectively. The majority of SCCmec III isolates were found in agr group I while SCCmec IV and II isolates were distributed among agr group III. Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) of the MRSA isolates showed five different sequence types: ST239 (43%), ST22 (39.8%), ST585 (10.9%), ST45 (3.9%) and ST240 (2.3%). All of the pvl positive strains belonged to ST22-SCCmec IV/t790 clone and were MDR. Among different 7 spa types, the most common were t790 (27.3%), t037 (21.9%), and t030 (14.1%). spa types t016, t924 and spa type t383 were reported for the first time from Asia and Iran, respectively. It was shown that spa types circulating in the studied hospitals varied which support the need to perform future surveillance studies in order to understand

  3. The agr inhibitors solonamide B and analogues alter immune responses to Staphylococccus aureus but do not exhibit adverse effects on immune cell functions

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    Baldry, Mara; Kitir, Bet√ľl; Fr√łki√¶r, Hanne

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance with the community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) strains such as USA300 being of particular concern. The inhibition of bacterial virulence has been proposed as an alte......Staphylococcus aureus infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance with the community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) strains such as USA300 being of particular concern. The inhibition of bacterial virulence has been proposed...... as an alternative approach to treat multi-drug resistant pathogens. One interesting anti-virulence target is the agr quorum-sensing system, which regulates virulence of CA-MRSA in response to agr-encoded autoinducing peptides. Agr regulation confines exotoxin production to the stationary growth phase...

  4. Results of experimental testing of hee girl students’ motor skills at aerobic trainings

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    N. P. Martinova

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: to analyze dynamic of motor skills’ formation in girl students, who practice aerobic by experimental program. Material: in the research 40 girl students participated. Motor skills level was tested with the help of state and additional tests. Results: it was found that for training quickness it is necessary to use rope skipping in mode, corresponding to development of this quality. For training maximal strength it is purposeful to use more complex power exercises in ground part of the complex. Conclusions: implementation of rope skipping means in dance aerobic trainings increases training influence on practically all motor skills. Rope skipping permits to doze and regulate training load. The same under musical accompaniment develop sense of rhythm. In some modes such jumps facilitate training of speed power qualities and power endurance.

  5. Mice in Bion-M 1 Space Mission: Training and Selection

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    Andreev-Andrievskiy, Alexander; Popova, Anfisa; Boyle, Richard; Alberts, Jeffrey; Shenkman, Boris; Vinogradova, Olga; Dolgov, Oleg; Anokhin, Konstantin; Tsvirkun, Darya; Soldatov, Pavel; Nemirovskaya, Tatyana; Ilyin, Eugeniy; Sychev, Vladimir

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    After a 16-year hiatus, Russia has resumed its program of biomedical research in space, with the successful 30-day flight of the Bion-M 1 biosatellite (April 19‚ÄďMay 19, 2013). The principal species for biomedical research in this project was the mouse. This paper presents an overview of the scientific goals, the experimental design and the mouse training/selection program. The aim of mice experiments in the Bion-M 1 project was to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms, underlying the adaptation of key physiological systems to long-term exposure in microgravity. The studies with mice combined in vivo measurements, both in flight and post-flight (including continuous blood pressure measurement), with extensive in vitro studies carried out shortly after return of the mice and in the end of recovery study. Male C57/BL6 mice group housed in space habitats were flown aboard the Bion-M 1 biosatellite, or remained on ground in the control experiment that replicated environmental and housing conditions in the spacecraft. Vivarium control groups were used to account for housing effects and possible seasonal differences. Mice training included the co-adaptation in housing groups and mice adaptation to paste food diet. The measures taken to co-adapt aggressive male mice in housing groups and the peculiarities of ‚Äúspace‚ÄĚ paste food are described. The training program for mice designated for in vivo studies was broader and included behavioral/functional test battery and continuous behavioral measurements in the home-cage. The results of the preliminary tests were used for the selection of homogenous groups. After the flight, mice were in good condition for biomedical studies and displayed signs of pronounced disadaptation to Earth's gravity. The outcomes of the training program for the mice welfare are discussed. We conclude that our training program was effective and that male mice can be successfully employed in space biomedical research. PMID:25133741

  6. Determinación de la adsorción de cadmio mediante isotermas de adsorción en suelos agrícolas venezolanos

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    Subero Neudis; S√°nchez Nereida; Rivero Carmen

    2011-01-01

    El cadmio es un metal pesado que tiende a acumularse en la superficie del suelo. En los √ļltimos a√Īos, las actividades antropog√©nicas han ocasionado un incremento en los niveles de este metal en suelos agr√≠colas generando gran preocupaci√≥n ambiental debido a su movilidad y lixiviaci√≥n en el perfil del suelo y a la facilidad con que es absorbido por las plantas. El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar la capacidad de adsorci√≥n de cadmio, de cuatro suelos venezolanos de uso agr√≠cola con difer...

  7. Propuesta metodológica interdisciplinaria para el análisis de las relaciones comerciales presentes en el sector agrícola costarricense: el caso del subsector frijolero

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    Ileana √Āvalos

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El complejo entramado de relaciones de poder genera influencia directa en la construcci√≥n de pol√≠ticas p√ļblicas agr√≠colas y en los procesos de intercambio comercial. En un sector tan sensible como el agr√≠cola, cobra mayor relevancia el reconocimiento, identificaci√≥n y an√°lisis de las relaciones que se estructuran tanto a nivel sectorial como sub-sectorial. Esta disecci√≥n es la que podr√≠a permitir el planteamiento de renovadas pol√≠ticas p√ļblicas y de estrategias asertivas para el sector agr√≠cola. El presente art√≠culo es producto de una investigaci√≥n cient√≠fica denominada ?Din√°mica de poder en la agrocadena costarricense de frijol: un estudio a partir del Sello de Apoyo al productor nacional de frijol?, la cual describe las relaciones existentes entre grupos econ√≥micos, comerciales y sociales dentro de la agrocadena del frijol. Particularmente este art√≠culo realiza una propuesta metodol√≥gica para analizar las relaciones de poder en el sector agr√≠cola, tomando como referencia la experiencia adquirida analizando el subsector frijolero costarricense.

  8. Rela√ß√Ķes contratuais de cr√©dito agr√≠cola e o papel dos agentes financeiros privados: teoria e evid√™ncias dos EUA

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    Fabio R Chaddad

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho analisa a quest√£o do financiamento da produ√ß√£o agr√≠cola sob uma √≥tica sist√™mica, considerando o papel dos agentes privados no fornecimento de cr√©dito rural. Desenvolve-se a id√©ia de que o volume e o custo de recursos financeiros disponibilizados para a produ√ß√£o agr√≠cola s√£o afetados por "fric√ß√Ķes" em diversas transa√ß√Ķes sequenciais interligando emprestadores e tomadores de cr√©dito. O objetivo do trabalho √© analisar as vantagens comparativas dos diversos agentes que atuam no mercado de cr√©dito, enfocando o potencial de cada agente em reduzir as tais fric√ß√Ķes. Esta an√°lise comparativa baseia-se na leitura do funcionamento do mercado de cr√©dito agr√≠cola dos Estados Unidos e pode ser aplicada nara o desenvolvimento de novos arranjos contratuais no mercado brasileiro.

  9. STATUS OF TRISO FUEL IRRADIATIONS IN THE ADVANCED TEST REACTOR SUPPORTING HIGH-TEMPERATURE GAS-COOLED REACTOR DESIGNS

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    Davenport, Michael; Petti, D. A.; Palmer, Joe

    2016-11-01

    The United States Department of Energy’s Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program is irradiating up to seven low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States. The experiments will be irradiated over the next several years to demonstrate and qualify new TRISO coated particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which will each consist of several independent capsules, will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gas will also have on-line fission product monitoring on its effluent to track performance of the fuel in each individual capsule during irradiation. The first experiment (designated AGR-1) started irradiation in December 2006 and was completed in November 2009. The second experiment (AGR-2) started irradiation in June 2010 and completed in October 2013. The third and fourth experiments have been combined into a single experiment designated (AGR-3/4), which started its irradiation in December 2011 and completed in April 2014. Since the purpose of this experiment was to provide data on fission product migration and retention in the NGNP reactor, the design of this experiment was significantly different from the first two experiments, though the control

  10. Modelo Evolucionário de Aprendizado Agrícola

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    José Maria Ferreira da Silveira

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The definition of the agriculture sector as a supplier dominated is a very restrictive supposition which implies that the technological changes would be residual. The learning process of the farmer throughout, determines the increase in productivity, and simultaneously the reduction in the cost of production, which all depends on the ability of the producers to recognize the value of new information, as well as the managerial ability to apply technological knowledge. The investments in the managerial capability of the farmers allow taking better advantage of the external knowledge. With the aim of systemizing the chains of the main ideas on agricultural dynamics, one has sought to construct the Evolutionary Model of Learning. Preliminary results showed that innovative producers on average maintain an avant-garde technological stance. The increase in the absorptive capacity serves to conquer gains in production and to make lower costs.A defini√ß√£o do setor agr√≠cola como sendo dominado pelos fornecedores √© uma pressuposi√ß√£o muito restritiva, j√° que define a mudan√ßa tecnol√≥gica como residual. O processo de aprendizado do agricultor no decorrer do tempo √© respons√°vel pelo aumento da produtividade e, paralelamente, pela redu√ß√£o dos custos de produ√ß√£o, dependendo da capacidade do produtor de interpretar e assimilar as novas informa√ß√Ķes, bem como da habilidade gerencial do uso do conhecimento tecnol√≥gico. Os investimentos na capacidade gerencial dos agricultores possibilitam um melhor aproveitamento do conhecimento externo. No intuito de sistematizar o encadeamento das principais ideias da din√Ęmica agr√≠cola, buscou-se construir o modelo evolucion√°rio de aprendizado. Os resultados preliminares mostraram que os produtores inovadores, em m√©dia, mant√™m posi√ß√Ķes de vanguarda tecnol√≥gica. O aumento da capacidade de absor√ß√£o auxilia nos ganhos produtivos e nas quedas dos custos.

  11. Balancing standardized testing with personalized training in surgery

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Aadil Ahmed, Muhammad Abbas Abid, Nasir I Bhatti Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD,¬†USA Abstract: Students pursuing a medical career in the US are subject to standardized testing at regular intervals. These standardized tests not only quantify the milestones students have already achieved, but also define the path for future achievements. The purpose of these examinations is to help students become self-directed, lifelong learners ‚Äď an essential attribute of a medical professional. However, whether preparing for these examinations actually makes students such disciplined learners needs to be examined. Especially during residency training with its limited time and unpredictable exposure, trainees must learn in the most efficient way for their learning styles, and thus develop attributes that will be helpful to them in their medical career. In this review, we propose that a personalized, learner-centered approach tailored to residents‚Äô educational needs and preferences can not only fulfill learning interests and objectives but also serve as a time-efficient and cost-effective approach for graduate medical education. Keywords: standardized testing, personalized training, surgery

  12. Training and testing ERP-BCIs under different mental workload conditions

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    Ke, Yufeng; Wang, Peiyuan; Chen, Yuqian; Gu, Bin; Qi, Hongzhi; Zhou, Peng; Ming, Dong

    2016-02-01

    Objective. As one of the most popular and extensively studied paradigms of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), event-related potential-based BCIs (ERP-BCIs) are usually built and tested in ideal laboratory settings in most existing studies, with subjects concentrating on stimuli and intentionally avoiding possible distractors. This study is aimed at examining the effect of simultaneous mental activities on ERP-BCIs by manipulating various levels of mental workload during the training and/or testing of an ERP-BCI. Approach. Mental workload was manipulated during the training or testing of a row-column P300-speller to investigate how and to what extent the spelling performance and the ERPs evoked by the oddball stimuli are affected by simultaneous mental workload. Main results. Responses of certain ERP components, temporal-occipital N200 and the late reorienting negativity evoked by the oddball stimuli and the classifiability of ERP features between targets and non-targets decreased with the increase of mental workload encountered by the subject. However, the effect of mental workload on the performance of ERP-BCI was not always negative but depended on the conditions where the ERP-BCI was built and applied. The performance of ERP-BCI built under an ideal lab setting without any irrelevant mental activities declined with the increasing mental workload of the testing data. However, the performance was significantly improved when an ERP-BCI was built under an appropriate mental workload level, compared to that built under speller-only conditions. Significance. The adverse effect of concurrent mental activities may present a challenge for ERP-BCIs trained in ideal lab settings but which are to be used in daily work, especially when users are performing demanding mental processing. On the other hand, the positive effects of the mental workload of the training data suggest that introducing appropriate mental workload during training ERP-BCIs is of potential benefit to the

  13. Extensive utilization of training reactor VR-1

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    Matejka, Karel; Sklenka, Lubomir

    2003-01-01

    to provide special training for selected specialists from Czech and Slovak Nuclear Power Plants. Scientific research respects reactor parameters and requirements of the so-called clean reactor core (free from a major effect of the fission products). Research on VR-1 is mainly aimed at the preparation and testing of new educational methodologies, investigation of reactor lattice parameters, reactor dynamics study, research in the control equipment field, neutron detector calibration, etc. Information services and promotional activities in the nuclear power field are important parts of the reactor operation. Many visitors, mainly high school students, come to the reactor. The reactor staff prepares an attractive program including reactor operation. Every year, more than 1500 high school students come to visit the reactor, as do many foreigner visitors. The plan for the training reactor VR-1 for the next 10 years covers essential activities (less important activities describes the annual plan for each year) in five fields: education activities, research activities, public relation activities, international cooperation, and human resources, innovation and new equipment.Education activities: Keeping the current state in the field number of user schools, number of students and number of offered experimental exercises; Improving existing experimental exercises and establishing new according requests users from Universities and Nuclear Engineering companies, for example: study of neutron noise and it's application, study of thermal effects, study of digital control systems, study of transmutation technologies ADTT, study of neutron detectors. Research activities: Seeking research activities which can use advantages of 'clean' core without temperature, pressure, burn-up feedback etc.; Continuing in study of the digitally controlled nuclear research reactors; Continuing development of control equipment the VR-1 reactor; Continuing wide co-operation with Czech and Slovak

  14. Pioneer robot testing and training status

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    Herndon, J.; Nosovsky, A.; Garin, E.; Goncharov, B.; Neretin, Y.

    2001-01-01

    The U. S. Department of Energy developed the Pioneer Robot and provided it to the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) within the framework of international technical assistance. At the Pioneer Robot has been transferred to ChNPP ownership for broad use in ChNPP activities related to decommissioning and emergency response, as well as in Unit Shelter. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working with ChNPP and SLIRT to test the Pioneer Robot operation in a broader scope, and to provide additional operational training

  15. Training induced cortical plasticity compared between three tongue training paradigms

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    Kothari, Mohit; Svensson, Peter; Jensen, Jim

    2013-01-01

    The primary aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different training types and secondary to test gender differences on the training-related cortical plasticity induced by three different tongue training paradigms: 1. Therapeutic tongue exercises (TTE), 2. Playing computer games......) (control) were established using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) at three time-points: (1) before tongue training, (2) immediately after training, (3) 1 h after training. Subject-based reports of motivation, fun, pain and fatigue were evaluated on 0-10 numerical rating scales (NRS) after training....... The resting motor thresholds of tongue MEPs were lowered by training with TDS and TPT (Ptraining with TDS and TPT (P

  16. Training courses at VR-1 reactor

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    Sklenka, L.; Kropik, M.

    2006-01-01

    This paper describes one of the main purposes of the VR-1 training reactor utilization - i.e. extensive educational program. The educational program is intended for the training of university students and selected nuclear power plant personnel. The training courses provide them experience in reactor and neutron physics, dosimetry, nuclear safety and operation of nuclear facilities. At present, the training course participants can go through more than 20 standard experimental exercises; particular exercises for special training can be prepared. Approximately 200 university students become familiar with the reactor (lectures, experiments, experimental and diploma works, etc.) every year. About 12 different faculties from Czech universities use the reactor. International co-operation with European universities in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Holland and UK is frequent. The VR-1 reactor takes also part in Eugene Wigner Course on Reactor Physics Experiments in the framework of European Nuclear Educational Network (ENEN) association. Recently, training courses for Bulgarian research reactor specialists supported by IAEA were carried out. An attractive program including demonstration of reactor operation is prepared also for high school students. Every year, more than 1500 high school students come to visit the reactor, as do many foreigner visitors. (author)

  17. Modernização da Agricultura em Moçambique: determinantes da renda agrícola

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho √© verificar at√© que ponto as tecnologias oriundas da revolu√ß√£o verde foram efetivamente adotadas na √Āfrica Subsaariana e, nos casos em que foram adotadas, se tiveram sucesso em melhorar a renda e a produtividade da agricultura. Para este fim, o trabalho faz primeiramente um breve resumo do estado das artes da revolu√ß√£o verde na √Āfrica, mostrando quais pa√≠ses avan√ßaram mais e como se correlaciona a utiliza√ß√£o de fertilizantes qu√≠micos com os aumentos de produtividade. Faz-se tamb√©m uma discuss√£o sobre as caracter√≠sticas do processo de intensifica√ß√£o num caso em particular, o de Mo√ßambique. Finalmente, com base nos microdados do Tratado de Inqu√©rito Agr√≠cola (TIA, se testa um modelo econom√©trico de MQO que visa avaliar os determinantes da renda agr√≠cola e, em particular, do uso de fertilizantes qu√≠micos.

  18. Plantas forrageiras cultivadas em assentamentos da reforma agr√°ria visando mapear para o melhoramento participativo

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    Maria Tereza Bolzon Soster

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho visou atender a demanda de levantamento sobre as plantas forrageiras cultivadas em assentamentos da Reforma Agr√°ria no Rio Grande do Sul para que um projeto de Melhoramento Participativo possa ser implantado para esse fim. Os dados foram levantados atrav√©s dos alunos do Instituto Educar e seus assentamentos, totalizando 8 assentamentos, abrangendo 1019 fam√≠lias. Em m√©dia t√™m-se 16 esp√©cies forrageiras por assentamento, entre esp√©cies de inverno e de ver√£o, com maior destaque √† esp√©cies de ver√£o e maior contribui√ß√£o de gram√≠neas (Poaceae. Notou-se que quanto maior o assentamento, mais esp√©cies est√£o √† disposi√ß√£o dos mesmos, enfatizando a import√Ęncia da fragmenta√ß√£o agr√°ria para a biodiversidade, inclusive de cultivos de plantas forrageiras. Os agricultores se demonstraram receptivos a programas de melhoramento de suas pastagens sobretudo quanto a adapta√ß√£o e rendimento de massa seca.¬†

  19. An Intelligent Tutoring System for Nondestructive Testing Training

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    Kim, J. K.; Koh, S. N. [Joong Ang Inspection Co., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, M. K.; Shim, Y. J. [Ajou University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-02-15

    This paper is written to introduce a multimedia tutoring system for nondestructive testing using personal computer. Nondestructive testing, one of the chief methods for inspecting welds and many other components, is very difficult for the NDT inspectors to understand its technical basis without a wide experience. And it is necessary for considerable repeated education and training for keeping their knowledge. The tutoring system that can simulate NDT works is suggested to solve the above problem based on reasonable condition. The tutoring system shows basic theories of nondestructive testing in a book-style with video images and hyper-links, and it offers practices, in which users can simulate the testing equipment. The book-style and simulation practices provide effective and individual environments for learning nondestructive testing

  20. An Intelligent Tutoring System for Nondestructive Testing Training

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    Kim, J. K.; Koh, S. N.; Kim, M. K.; Shim, Y. J.

    1998-01-01

    This paper is written to introduce a multimedia tutoring system for nondestructive testing using personal computer. Nondestructive testing, one of the chief methods for inspecting welds and many other components, is very difficult for the NDT inspectors to understand its technical basis without a wide experience. And it is necessary for considerable repeated education and training for keeping their knowledge. The tutoring system that can simulate NDT works is suggested to solve the above problem based on reasonable condition. The tutoring system shows basic theories of nondestructive testing in a book-style with video images and hyper-links, and it offers practices, in which users can simulate the testing equipment. The book-style and simulation practices provide effective and individual environments for learning nondestructive testing

  1. Operation characteristics and conditions of training reactor VR-1

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    Matejka, K.; Kolros, A.; Polach, S.; Sklenka, L.

    1994-01-01

    The first 3 years of operation of the VR-1 training reactor are reviewed. This period includes its physical start-up (preparation, implementation, results) and operation development as far as the current operating configuration of the reactor core. The physical start-up was commenced using a reactor core referred to as AZ A1, whose physical parameters had been verified by calculation and whose configuration was based on data tested experimentally on the SR-0 reactor at Vochov. The next operating core, labelled AZ A2, was already prepared during the test operation of the VR-1 reactor. Its configuration was such that both of the main horizontal channels, radial and tangential, could be employed. The configuration that followed, AZ A3, was an intermediate step before testing the graphite side reflector. The current reactor core, labelled AZ A3 G, was obtained by supplementing the previous core with a one-sided graphite side reflector. (Z.S.). 2 tabs., 11 figs., 2 refs

  2. Etiam specie inanium validus (Anais, XIII, 8, 3): o papel de Agrícola e Corbulão na narrativa de Tácito.

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    Programa de Pós-Graduação em História. Departamento de História, Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Sociais, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto. A presente dissertação trata da análise do papel de dois generais presentes na narrativa de Tácito, Agrícola e Corbulão. O primeiro general encontra-se em uma biografia, Vida de Agrícola, e o segundo em uma narrativa histórica, os Anais de Tácito. Tácito nos apresenta esses generais como uma forma de exemplo de conduta aristocrática imperial. Pensamo...

  3. Del hogar agrícola a los maestros queseros. La escuela granja de Tandil (Argentina, 1915-1960

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    Full Text Available La formaci√≥n de recursos humanos y la generaci√≥n de conocimientos adaptados a las condiciones de explotaci√≥n de las diversas produccio-nes regionales en la Argentina ocuparon la atenci√≥n de los t√©cnicos del Ministerio de Agricultura de la Naci√≥n, de las entidades agraristas y de sectores pol√≠ticos y educativos diversos desde inicios del siglo XX. No escap√≥ a ese inter√©s la preocupaci√≥n por la mujer y el ‚Äúhogar agr√≠cola‚ÄĚ. En el presente art√≠culo fueron analizadas, en ese contexto, las primeras d√©cadas de la Escuela Granja ‚ÄúRam√≥n Santamarina‚ÄĚ de Tandil, un esta-blecimiento con una rica historia institucional que alberg√≥ la primera es-cuela del hogar agr√≠cola del pa√≠s, transformada pronto en granja-escuela y especializada en industria l√°ctea. El tr√°nsito del ‚Äúhogar agr√≠cola‚ÄĚ a la preparaci√≥n de maestros queseros -en el marco de la orientaci√≥n productivista de las escuelas en la pro-puesta educativa del Ministerio-, los sujetos sociales involucrados, la es-pecializaci√≥n en queser√≠a y sus resultados, son algunas de las cuestiones analizadas. Esto se inserta en el contexto de un proyecto educativo agra-rio pensado no solo como fuente de mano de obra, vinculado a determi-nadas industrias agrarias, sino tambi√©n ‚Äďy tal vez m√°s que nada‚Äď como irradiador de ese tipo de ense√Īanzas hacia la comunidad.

  4. Histórico e os limites da reforma agrária na contemporaneidade brasileira History and limits of the agrarian reform in the Brazilian contemporary time

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    Full Text Available Objetiva-se reconstituir a trajet√≥ria da quest√£o fundi√°ria (e agr√°ria na experi√™ncia de maior concentra√ß√£o de riqueza e recursos vivenciada no √Ęmbito do sistema capitalista, partindo-se da premissa de que a crescente desigualdade do modelo brasileiro passa necessariamente pela quest√£o agr√°ria. Num segundo momento, procede-se √† an√°lise dos limites atualmente colocados a qualquer possibilidade de uma Reforma Agr√°ria ampla e estrutural, dados pelo avan√ßo do agroneg√≥cio nos √ļltimos dez anos, pela desmobiliza√ß√£o pol√≠tica de parcela significativa da sociedade no que se refere a esta quest√£o e pelos pr√≥prios limites estruturais da economia brasileira nos quadros da globaliza√ß√£o financeira. O texto ser√° dividido em seis sess√Ķes: a coloniza√ß√£o e origens do latif√ļndio; b O modelo agroexportador e a ruptura incompleta; c a quest√£o agr√°ria e a industrializa√ß√£o brasileira; d a quest√£o agr√°ria e o agroneg√≥cio; e os limites da reforma agr√°ria na contemporaneidade; f considera√ß√Ķes finais.This paper aims at reconstructing the history of the land (agrarian issue considering the greatest concentration of wealth and resources in the capitalist system. The standpoint is that the growing inequality of the Brazilian model is related to the agrarian issue. Secondly, we analyze the limits ¬≠currently placed on any possibility of a comprehensive and structural agrarian reform, due to the advancement of the agribusiness over the last ten years, the political demobilization of a significant portion of society that put this issue aside, and the limits of the Brazilian economy in the context of the financial globalization. The paper is divided into six parts: a colonization and origins of the large landed estates; b the agro-export model and the incomplete rupture; c the agrarian issue and the Brazilian industrialization; d the agrarian issue and the agribusiness; e the limits of the agrarian reform in the contemporary time; f final

  5. Modelo de Precificação de Capital: Segmento de Commodities Agrícola

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    T√ĀCITO AUGUSTO FARIAS

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    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo √© a aplica√ß√£o do modelo de precifica√ß√£o de ativos conhecido na literatura de economia financeira como CAPITAL ASSET PRICING MODEL ‚Äď MODELO DE PRECIFICA√á√ÉO DE ATIVOS DE CAPITAL, utilizando como ferramentas os balan√ßos patrimoniais das empresas selecionadas. Brasil Ecodiesel ind√ļstria e comercio de biocombust√≠veis e √≥leos vegetais s.a. (v-agro e SLC Agr√≠cola s.a. no per√≠odo relativo ao ano de 2009 e 2010. Resultado fundamental: ambas as empresas no per√≠odo em estudo apresentaram um beta inferior a 1, ou seja, risco menor que o risco do mercado. Descrevemos alguns resultados estat√≠sticos que mostram o comportamento de ambas as empresas do setor de frigorifico.¬†

  6. Proyección para la instalación de una empresa de servicios agrícolas y administrativos en Manabí

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    Full Text Available La investigaci√≥n se realiz√≥ en los cantones Bol√≠var, Chone y Tosagua. El objetivo fue establecer la proyecci√≥n de implantaci√≥n de una empresa de servicios agr√≠colas y administrativos. La metodolog√≠a se dividi√≥ en cuatro etapas: diagn√≥stico, an√°lisis estrat√©gico, programa de asistencia y socializaci√≥n. Entre los principales cultivos de la zona se encontraron al cacao, tomate y pl√°tano. Se determin√≥ que problemas de sanidad vegetal, como hongos e insectos fueron los m√°s importantes. La mayor√≠a de los encuestados consideraron que necesitan un programa de asistencia administrativa que les ayude a planificar sus actividades. Los especialistas se√Īalaron que la asistencia agr√≠cola que se necesita es sobre control de plagas y peque√Īos sistema de riego. Los temas expuestos en la socializaci√≥n fueron manejo integrado de plagas, aplicaci√≥n de sistema de riego por goteo, manejo de fertilizaci√≥n y planificaci√≥n estrat√©gica en la finca. Palabras clave: Econom√≠a agr√≠cola, ambiental, innovaci√≥n tecnol√≥gica, ecol√≥gico, control.

  7. Increased correlation coefficient between the written test score and tutors' performance test scores after training of tutors for assessment of medical students during problem-based learning course in Malaysia.

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    Jaiprakash, Heethal; Min, Aung Ko Ko; Ghosh, Sarmishtha

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    This paper is aimed at finding if there was a change of correlation between the written test score and tutors' performance test scores in the assessment of medical students during a problem-based learning (PBL) course in Malaysia. This is a cross-sectional observational study, conducted among 264 medical students in two groups from November 2010 to November 2012. The first group's tutors did not receive tutor training; while the second group's tutors were trained in the PBL process. Each group was divided into high, middle and low achievers based on their end-of-semester exam scores. PBL scores were taken which included written test scores and tutors' performance test scores. Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated between the two kinds of scores in each group. The correlation coefficient between the written scores and tutors' scores in group 1 was 0.099 (pcorrelation coefficient in the group where tutors received the PBL training reinforces the importance of tutor training before their participation in the PBL course.

  8. Recent developments in simulator-based operator training in the UK

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    Madden, V.J.

    1987-01-01

    Ever since the earliest days of the Magnox stations with training programs which were first run in the late 1950s, use has been made of simulation devices. In those early days of nuclear power, analog techniques were used to develop an understanding of reactor dynamics. The value of this type of limited scope device for training in basic principles has been confirmed over the years. The analog simulator - in use for over 20 years -has just been replaced by a microprocessor driven unit with extended scope to include a heat exchanger unit (thus completing the primary circuit). A wider range of faults have been incorporated together with tutor facilities and display systems which have taken advantage of today's technologies. The modelling software and the use of an interchangeable panel enable it to represent either a Magnox or an AGR system

  9. Cyber Security Testing and Training Programs for Industrial Control Systems

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    Daniel Noyes

    2012-03-01

    Service providers rely on industrial control systems (ICS) to manage the flow of water at dams, open breakers on power grids, control ventilation and cooling in nuclear power plants, and more. In today's interconnected environment, this can present a serious cyber security challenge. To combat this growing challenge, government, private industry, and academia are working together to reduce cyber risks. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is a key contributor to the Department of Energy National SCADA Test Bed (NSTB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program (CSSP), both of which focus on improving the overall security posture of ICS in the national critical infrastructure. In support of the NSTB, INL hosts a dedicated SCADA testing facility which consists of multiple control systems supplied by leading national and international manufacturers. Within the test bed, INL researchers systematically examine control system components and work to identify vulnerabilities. In support of the CSSP, INL develops and conducts training courses which are designed to increase awareness and defensive capabilities for IT/Control System professionals. These trainings vary from web-based cyber security trainings for control systems engineers to more advanced hands-on training that culminates with a Red Team/ Blue Team exercise that is conducted within an actual control systems environment. INL also provides staffing and operational support to the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Security Operations Center which responds to and analyzes control systems cyber incidents across the 18 US critical infrastructure sectors.

  10. Carboy Security Testing and Training Programs for Industrial Control Systems

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    Noyes, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Service providers rely on industrial control systems (ICS) to manage the flow of water at dams, open breakers on power grids, control ventilation and cooling in nuclear power plants, and more. In today's interconnected environment, this can present a serious cyber security challenge. To combat this growing challenge, government, private industry, and academia are working together to reduce cyber risks. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is a key contributor to the Department of Energy National SCADA Test Bed (NSTB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program (CSSP), both of which focus on improving the overall security posture of ICS in the national critical infrastructure. In support of the NSTB, INL hosts a dedicated SCADA testing facility which consists of multiple control systems supplied by leading national and international manufacturers. Within the test bed, INL researchers systematically examine control system components and work to identify vulnerabilities. In support of the CSSP, INL develops and conducts training courses which are designed to increase awareness and defensive capabilities for IT/Control System professionals. These training vary from web-based cyber security training for control systems engineers to more advanced hands-on training that culminates with a Red Team/Blue Team exercise that is conducted within an actual control systems environment. INL also provides staffing and operational support to the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Security Operations Center which responds to and analyzes control systems cyber incidents across the 18 US critical infrastructure sectors

  11. Cyber Security Testing and Training Programs for Industrial Control Systems

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    Noyes, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Service providers rely on industrial control systems (ICS) to manage the flow of water at dams, open breakers on power grids, control ventilation and cooling in nuclear power plants, and more. In today's interconnected environment, this can present a serious cyber security challenge. To combat this growing challenge, government, private industry, and academia are working together to reduce cyber risks. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is a key contributor to the Department of Energy National SCADA Test Bed (NSTB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program (CSSP), both of which focus on improving the overall security posture of ICS in the national critical infrastructure. In support of the NSTB, INL hosts a dedicated SCADA testing facility which consists of multiple control systems supplied by leading national and international manufacturers. Within the test bed, INL researchers systematically examine control system components and work to identify vulnerabilities. In support of the CSSP, INL develops and conducts training courses which are designed to increase awareness and defensive capabilities for IT/Control System professionals. These trainings vary from web-based cyber security trainings for control systems engineers to more advanced hands-on training that culminates with a Red Team/ Blue Team exercise that is conducted within an actual control systems environment. INL also provides staffing and operational support to the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Security Operations Center which responds to and analyzes control systems cyber incidents across the 18 US critical infrastructure sectors.

  12. Carboy Security Testing and Training Programs for Industrial Control Systems

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    Noyes, Daniel [Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho (United States)

    2012-03-15

    Service providers rely on industrial control systems (ICS) to manage the flow of water at dams, open breakers on power grids, control ventilation and cooling in nuclear power plants, and more. In today's interconnected environment, this can present a serious cyber security challenge. To combat this growing challenge, government, private industry, and academia are working together to reduce cyber risks. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is a key contributor to the Department of Energy National SCADA Test Bed (NSTB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Control Systems Security Program (CSSP), both of which focus on improving the overall security posture of ICS in the national critical infrastructure. In support of the NSTB, INL hosts a dedicated SCADA testing facility which consists of multiple control systems supplied by leading national and international manufacturers. Within the test bed, INL researchers systematically examine control system components and work to identify vulnerabilities. In support of the CSSP, INL develops and conducts training courses which are designed to increase awareness and defensive capabilities for IT/Control System professionals. These training vary from web-based cyber security training for control systems engineers to more advanced hands-on training that culminates with a Red Team/Blue Team exercise that is conducted within an actual control systems environment. INL also provides staffing and operational support to the DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Security Operations Center which responds to and analyzes control systems cyber incidents across the 18 US critical infrastructure sectors.

  13. Analysis of failure dependent test, repair and shutdown strategies for redundant trains

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    Uryasev, S.; Samanta, P.

    1994-09-01

    Failure-dependent testing implies a test of a redundant components (or trains) when failure of one component has been detected. The purpose of such testing is to detect any common cause failures (CCFs) of multiple components so that a corrective action such as repair or plant shutdown can be taken to reduce the residence time of multiple failures, given a failure has been detected. This type of testing focuses on reducing the conditional risk of CCFs. Formulas for calculating the conditional failure probability of a two train system with different test, repair and shutdown strategies are developed. A methodology is presented with an example calculation showing the risk-effectiveness of failure-dependent strategies for emergency diesel generators (EDGs) in nuclear power plants (NPPs)

  14. AGR steel corrosion monitoring schemes: progress on off-site testing of coupon specimens to end of 1985: Pt. 1

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    Whittle, I.; Meredith, M.E.

    1988-03-01

    Off-site Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor steel corrosion monitoring through experiments on mild steel coupon specimens is reported. The appearance of all mild steel coupons oxidised over the temperature range 375 to 450 0 C is consistent with what is expected for the appropriate silicon content, temperature and in the gas mixes used. Likewise, weight gain data from the tests is as expected and where linear (breakaway) oxidation kinetics are in evidence, measured rates are within one standard deviation of the mean oxidation rates predicted by the 1/R model. Also, data relating mean breakaway oxide thickness to weight gain is in good agreement with the currently recommended relationship of 1 mg cm -2 weight gain = 6.72 őľm oxide thickness. The observed oxidation behaviour of the off-site mild steel coupons is consistent with the most recent design data. (author)

  15. The Effects of Backwards Running Training on Forward Running Economy in Trained Males.

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    Ordway, Jason D; Laubach, Lloyd L; Vanderburgh, Paul M; Jackson, Kurt J

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    Backwards running (BR) results in greater cardiopulmonary response and muscle activity compared with forward running (FR). BR has traditionally been used in rehabilitation for disorders such as stroke and lower leg extremity injuries, as well as in short bursts during various athletic events. The aim of this study was to measure the effects of sustained backwards running training on forward running economy in trained male athletes. Eight highly trained, male runners (26.13 ¬Ī 6.11 years, 174.7 ¬Ī 6.4 cm, 68.4 ¬Ī 9.24 kg, 8.61 ¬Ī 3.21% body fat, 71.40 ¬Ī 7.31 ml¬∑kg(-1)¬∑min(-1)) trained with BR while harnessed on a treadmill at 161 m¬∑min(-1) for 5 weeks following a 5-week BR run-in period at a lower speed (134 m¬∑min(-1)). Subjects were tested at baseline, postfamiliarized, and post-BR training for body composition, a ramped VO2max test, and an economy test designed for trained male runners. Subjects improved forward running economy by 2.54% (1.19 ¬Ī 1.26 ml¬∑kg(-1)¬∑min(-1), p = 0.032) at 215 m¬∑min(-1). VO2max, body mass, lean mass, fat mass, and % body fat did not change (p > 0.05). Five weeks of BR training improved FR economy in healthy, trained male runners without altering VO2max or body composition. The improvements observed in this study could be a beneficial form of training to an already economical population to improve running economy.

  16. Assessment of Random Assignment in Training and Test Sets using Generalized Cluster Analysis Technique

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The properness of random assignment of compounds in training and validation sets was assessed using the generalized cluster technique. Material and Method: A quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship model using Molecular Descriptors Family on Vertices was evaluated in terms of assignment of carboquinone derivatives in training and test sets during the leave-many-out analysis. Assignment of compounds was investigated using five variables: observed anticancer activity and four structure descriptors. Generalized cluster analysis with K-means algorithm was applied in order to investigate if the assignment of compounds was or not proper. The Euclidian distance and maximization of the initial distance using a cross-validation with a v-fold of 10 was applied. Results: All five variables included in analysis proved to have statistically significant contribution in identification of clusters. Three clusters were identified, each of them containing both carboquinone derivatives belonging to training as well as to test sets. The observed activity of carboquinone derivatives proved to be normal distributed on every. The presence of training and test sets in all clusters identified using generalized cluster analysis with K-means algorithm and the distribution of observed activity within clusters sustain a proper assignment of compounds in training and test set. Conclusion: Generalized cluster analysis using the K-means algorithm proved to be a valid method in assessment of random assignment of carboquinone derivatives in training and test sets.

  17. The Effects of a 6-Week Strength Training on Critical Velocity, Anaerobic Running Distance, 30-M Sprint and Yo-Yo Intermittent Running Test Performances in Male Soccer Players.

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    Karsten, Bettina; Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko; Kandemir, Gokhan; Hazir, Tahir; Klose, Andreas; Naclerio, Fernando

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    The objectives of this study were to examine the effects of a moderate intensity strength training on changes in critical velocity (CV), anaerobic running distance (D'), sprint performance and Yo-Yo intermittent running test (Yo-Yo IR1) performances. two recreational soccer teams were divided in a soccer training only group (SO; n = 13) and a strength and soccer training group (ST; n = 13). Both groups were tested for values of CV, D', Yo-Yo IR1 distance and 30-m sprint time on two separate occasions (pre and post intervention). The ST group performed a concurrent 6-week upper and lower body strength and soccer training, whilst the SO group performed a soccer only training. after the re-test of all variables, the ST demonstrated significant improvements for both, YoYo IR1 distance (p = 0.002) and CV values (psoccer training significantly improves CV, Yo-Yo IR1 whilst moderately improving 30-m sprint performances in non-previously resistance trained male soccer players. Critical Velocity can be recommended to coaches as an additional valid testing tool in soccer.

  18. Development of knowledge tests for multi-disciplinary emergency training

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    2015-01-01

    and evaluating a multiple-choice question(MCQ) test for use in a multi-disciplinary training program inobstetric-anesthesia emergencies. Methods: A multi-disciplinary working committee with 12members representing six professional healthcare groups andanother 28 participants were involved. Recurrent revisions......, 40 out of originally50 items were included in the final MCQ test. The MCQ test wasable to distinguish between levels of competence, and good con-struct validity was indicated by a significant difference in the meanscore between consultants and first-year trainees, as well as betweenfirst...

  19. Incentivos a la innovación de la biotecnología agrícola-alimentaria en México

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    Full Text Available En el art√≠culo analizamos la innovaci√≥n biotecnol√≥gica relacionada con los sectores agr√≠cola y alimentario en M√©xico. Tomamos en cuenta las pol√≠ticas p√ļblicas, las leyes y las reglamentaciones; la din√°mica del sector y del merado. Asimismo, analizamos la forma en la que las empresas agro-alimentarias pueden aprovechar los insumos de conocimiento cient√≠fico y tecnol√≥gico que ofrece la biotecnolog√≠a. La principal conclusi√≥n es que actualmente el marco institucional regulatorio y la din√°mica del mercado establecen m√°s barreras que incentivos para el desarrollo y aplicaci√≥n de innovaciones biotecnol√≥gicas y con ello lograr una mejora en la cali - dad de los alimentos y un incremento en la competitividad de las empresas y del sector agr√≠cola en el pa√≠s.

  20. Morbilidad laboral en el sector agrícola en trabajadores afiliados a una administradora de riesgos laborales (ARL) de Colombia, durante el periodo 2011-2012.

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    Este estudio muestra la prevalencia por enfermedad laboral de un grupo de trabajadores afiliados a una ARL en Colombia. Compara la morbilidad laboral entre dos grupo de trabajadores expuestos y no expuestos al trabajo agr√≠cola y al interior del grupo de trabajadores agr√≠colas agrupados en las actividades de corte de ca√Īa, cultivo de banano y flores. Se realiz√≥ un estudio descriptivo de tipo transversal durante el periodo 2011-2012, mediante la revisi√≥n de una base de datos de morbilidad la...

  1. Aspectos constitucionais do direito agr√°rio emenda constitucional N¬į 10/64

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    José Carlos Vieira

    1988-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper, presents a brief history of the constitutional work applied to property rights in Brazil, mainly to those regarding land property. lt also shows the development of agrarian rights as an independent branch of the juridical prescription up to its effective recognition. It slightly shows the important role of the social function of property in constitutional texts as to support governmental actions aiming at an agrarian reform, and any other tendency to alter the rural profile of the country. This work is aimed to show that, despite a set of laws related to the agrarian reality of this country, the facts and data make it clear that nothing has been done about it up to today. The research Our constitutional texts shows that some advances towards the effectiveness of the social function of property principles have been made; nevertheless, the constitution to be promulgated by the year 1988, surprisingly takes a step backwards as to this chapter for it decreases the scope that it had in former constitutions and even in the original ones by authoritarian governments.O presente trabalho cont√©m um resumo hist√≥rico do tratamento constitucional reservado ao direito de propriedade no Brasil, especialmente √† propriedade da terra, bem assim a evolu√ß√£o do direito agr√°rio como ramo aut√īnomo do ordenamento jur√≠dico, at√© o seu efetivo reconhecimento como tal. Registra, mesmo que rapidamente, a import√Ęncia que teve a adota√ß√£o do princ√≠pio da "fun√ß√£o social da propriedade" nos textos constitucionais, de forma a respaldar a√ß√Ķes governamentais objetivando a realiza√ß√£o da reforma agr√°ria e outras medidas tendentes a alterar o perfil rural do pa√≠s. O trabalho procura mostrar, tamb√©m, que, malgrado dispor o pais de um rol de leis capazes de dar suporte a propostas destinadas a promover uma efetiva mudan√ßa na realidade agr√°ria, os fatos demonstram claramente que isto n√£o ocorreu at√© hoje. A pesquisa nos textos constitucionais mostra

  2. Desensitization And Study-Skills Training As Treatment For Two Types of Test-Anxious Students

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    Osterhouse, Robert A.

    1972-01-01

    This study compared the effectiveness of systematic desensitization and training in efficient study methods for reducing test anxiety among subjects selected on the basis of two types of self reported anxiety. Desensitization offered more promise as a treatment method for test anxiety than did training in study skills. (Author)

  3. Marketing in the pre-development process of agricultural machines: a reference model Marketing no pré-desenvolvimento de máquinas agrícolas: um modelo de referência

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    Alexandre S. de Oliveira

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available The theme of the research is the development of the domain of marketing knowledge in the design of agricultural machinery. It is developed throughout the design of agricultural machinery in order to identify the corporate and customers needs and to develop strategies to satisfy these needs. The central problem of the research questions which marketing tools to apply on pre-development process of farm machinery, in order to increase the market value of the products and of the company and, consequently, generate competitive advantage to the manufacturers of agricultural machinery. As methodology, it was developed bibliographical research and multicase study of the development process of agricultural machinery developed by small, medium and large companies and the academy. As a result, a marketing reference model was elaborated for the pre-development stage of agricultural machinery, which outlines the activities, tasks, mechanisms and controls that can be used in strategic planning and in products planning of agricultural machinery manufacturers, contributing to explain the explicit knowledge in the marketing field.O tema de pesquisa √© o desenvolvimento do dom√≠nio de conhecimento de marketing no projeto de m√°quinas agr√≠colas. Este √© desenvolvido ao longo do projeto de m√°quinas agr√≠colas a fim de identificar as necessidades dos clientes e da corpora√ß√£o e criar estrat√©gias para que sejam satisfeitas. O problema central de pesquisa questiona quais mecanismos de marketing utilizar no processo de pr√©-desenvolvimento de m√°quinas agr√≠colas, para aumentar o valor de mercado dos produtos e da empresa e, conseq√ľentemente, gerar um diferencial competitivo √†s fabricantes de m√°quinas agr√≠colas. Como metodologia desenvolveu-se pesquisas bibliogr√°ficas e estudo de multicasos do processo de desenvolvimento de m√°quinas agr√≠colas desenvolvido pelas pequenas, m√©dias e grandes empresas e pela academia. Como resultado elaborou-se um modelo

  4. Obreros agrícolas migrantes en Sinaloa

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    Florencio Posadas Segura

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available el objetivo de este artículo es demostrar la presencia sig-nificativa de los obreros agrícolas migrantes, algunas carac-terísticas que la explican y la pauperización que experimen-tan. La causa principal de la migración es la desocupación;los empresarios controlan los métodos de contratación, tras-portación y explotación, y los jornaleros rurales migrantestrabajan más, ganan menos y su situación es mayormentemiserable. Esto se ilustra con el caso de Villa Benito Juárez,Sinaloa, que prueba la gran importancia de los asalariadosestacionales del campo, como auténticos productores de lariqueza, y la paradoja de su condición de pobreza aguda. Elpatrón migratorio interno y externo descubierto contradicelos estereotipos prevalecientes, en el marco de la reestruc-turación productiva y laboral de la agricultura mexicana yla incorporación de fuerza de trabajo asalariada pagada pordebajo de su valor, segmentada y dosificada conveniente-mente de acuerdo con la estrategia del capital, guiada por elespíritu de la ganancia máxima.

  5. Estimación de la movilidad del ibuprofeno en suelos agrícolas

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    Biel Maeso, Miriam

    2011-01-01

    Los productos farmacéuticos y de higiene personal están emergiendo como contaminantes en el medio ambiente, lo que conlleva una creciente preocupación en la conciencia de la población. La mayoría de los estudios sobre el destino ambiental de estos productos se han centrado en los procesos de tratamiento de las aguas residuales, en los ambientes acuáticos, y en los lodos de depuración, sin embargo, poco se sabe acerca de su comportamiento en los suelos agrícolas. Máster Universitario en Hid...

  6. The development of calculational methods and assessment standards for AGR refuelling safety cases

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    Dawson, J.W.; Grant, R.J.; Thomas, D.L.

    1995-01-01

    This paper considers the methods used to assess the protection needed against hazards in the AGR fuel route. These methods are all directed towards the objective of showing that all postulated events taking place during refuelling are acceptable within agreed criteria of severity versus frequency. The methods allow the determination of temperatures arising in various hazards, from which estimates can be made of the radiological release, if any, which would occur. Comparison of this estimate with the level considered acceptable at the fault frequency leads to the requirement for protection. (author)

  7. Assessment of a Newly Developed, Active Pneumatic-Driven, Sensorimotor Test and Training Device

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    Wolfram Haslinger

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The sensorimotor system (SMS plays an important role in sports and in every day movement. Several tools for assessment and training have been designed. Many of them are directed to specific populations, and have major shortcomings due to the training effect or safety. The aim of the present study was to design and assess a dynamic sensorimotor test and training device that can be adjusted for all levels of performance. The novel pneumatic-driven mechatronic device can guide the trainee, allow independent movements or disrupt the individual with unpredicted perturbations while standing on a platform. The test-reliability was evaluated using intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC. Subjects were required to balance their center of pressure (COP in a target circle (TITC. The time in TITC and the COP error (COPe were recorded for analysis. The results of 22 males and 14 females (23.7 ¬Ī 2.6 years showed good to excellent test‚Äďretest reliability. The newly designed Active Balance System (ABS was then compared with the Biodex Balance System SD¬ģ (BBS. The results of 15 females, 14 males (23.4 ¬Ī 1.6 years showed modest correlation in static and acceptable correlation in dynamic conditions, suggesting that ABS could be a reliable and comparable tool for dynamic balance assessments.

  8. Closure Report for Corrective Action Unit 415: Project 57 No. 1 Plutonium Dispersion (NTTR) Nevada Test and Training Range, Nevada, Revision 0 with ROTC-1

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    Sloop, Christina

    2017-12-01

    This Closure Report (CR) presents information supporting the closure of Corrective Action Unit (CAU) 415: Project 57 No. 1 Plutonium Dispersion, which is located on Range 4808A of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). This CR complies with the requirements of the Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (FFACO) that was agreed to by the State of Nevada; U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Management; U.S. Department of Defense; and DOE, Legacy Management. CAU 415 comprises one corrective action site (CAS): NAFR-23-02, Pu Contaminated Soil. The purpose of this CR is to provide justification and documentation supporting the recommendation that no further corrective action is needed for CAU 415 based on the implementation of the corrective action of Closure in Place.

  9. 1.8K conditioning (non-quench training) of a model SSC dipole

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    Gilbert, W.S.; Hassenzahl, W.V.

    1986-09-01

    The accepted hypothesis is that training quenches are caused by heat generation when conductors move under Lorentz force. Afterwards no conductor motion will occur until a higher field and greater Lorentz force acts. If superior heat transfer and/or greater temperature margin is provided by operating at lower bath temperature, one might expect that the heat generated by conductor motion will not cause a runaway temperature increase, or quench. To test this hypothesis, the central dipole field in SSC model magnets was ramped at 1.8 K to 7.1 tesla without the magnets' quenching. The bath was then raised to 4.4 K and the magnets quenched at their short sample limits of 6.6 tesla or higher. Comparison with similar magnets trained in He I at 4.4 K is made and the significance of the non-quench training on system operation is discussed

  10. 1. 8K conditioning (non-quench training) of a model SSC dipole

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    Gilbert, W.S.; Hassenzahl, W.V.

    1986-09-01

    The accepted hypothesis is that training quenches are caused by heat generation when conductors move under Lorentz force. Afterwards no conductor motion will occur until a higher field and greater Lorentz force acts. If superior heat transfer and/or greater temperature margin is provided by operating at lower bath temperature, one might expect that the heat generated by conductor motion will not cause a runaway temperature increase, or quench. To test this hypothesis, the central dipole field in SSC model magnets was ramped at 1.8 K to 7.1 tesla without the magnets' quenching. The bath was then raised to 4.4 K and the magnets quenched at their short sample limits of 6.6 tesla or higher. Comparison with similar magnets trained in He I at 4.4 K is made and the significance of the non-quench training on system operation is discussed.

  11. La sucesión "mortis causa" en la explotación agrícola familiar

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    José Luis De Los Mozos

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    Full Text Available Llevo nada menos que cuarenta a√Īos dando vueltas al tema de la sucesi√≥n mortis causa¬†en el Derecho agrario y m√°s concretamente, al de la sucesi√≥n en la explotaci√≥n agr√≠cola.¬†Esto no constituye ning√ļn m√©rito, naturalmente, no es m√°s que una mera circunstancia que¬†acredita, cuando mucho, la firmeza de una convicci√≥n. Durante este tiempo, con mayor o¬†menor contacto con la realidad social, he seguido y sigo fiel a mis puntos de vista originarios;¬†no es que nada haya cambiado en todos estos a√Īos, sino que ha cambiado casi todo.Pero es que las soluciones que me parec√≠an entonces muy dudosas, ahora me parecen inadmisibles.La evoluci√≥n econ√≥mica y social, ha puesto de relieve que las ideas que se utilizaban¬†hace medio siglo en la materia, actualmente han quedado obsoletas (...Contenido:¬†Una distinci√≥n obligada y un recuerdo inevitable. El recurso a la atribuci√≥n preferente. Las condicionantes de la atribuci√≥n preferente. El concepto de explotaci√≥n agr√≠cola. La reforma del derecho sucesorio como recapitulaci√≥n

  12. 78 FR 35935 - National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH)-Certified B Readers; Training and Testing

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    ... training and certification program by developing digital- format training materials and examinations. Core...; Training and Testing AGENCY: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the Centers...: Request for information and comment on priority knowledge and competency items to address in training and...

  13. Integração vertical como estratégia de apropriação de valor: um estudo exploratório no canal de distribuição de produtos agrícolas Alternative marketing channels in order to attenuate the power of retail chains: agrícola Pedra Branca case study

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    Vivian Lara dos Santos Silva

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, investiga-se a ado√ß√£o de canais alternativos para a comercializa√ß√£o de produtos agr√≠colas como forma de atenuar o poder, cada vez maior, exercido pelas grandes redes varejistas. O artigo investiga a decis√£o - e os efeitos da√≠ decorrentes - de uma determinada empresa sediada no interior paulista, agr√≠cola Pedra Branca, quanto √† operacionaliza√ß√£o verticalizada de uma butique de frutas, legumes e verduras (FLVs. Consciente dos novos padr√Ķes demandados pelo consumidor, a estrat√©gia da empresa alvo do estudo foi combinar a oferta regular de produtos frescos, de qualidade intr√≠nseca padronizada e pre√ßos atrativos, a um servi√ßo diferenciado, baseado em um alto valor na experi√™ncia de compra. Esta estrat√©gia fundamenta-se no anseio dos consumidores de, mais do que simplesmente adquirir produtos, experimentar sensa√ß√Ķes, as quais vividas em momentos de lazer exerceriam um grande poder de diferencia√ß√£o. Realizou-se um estudo de caso baseado em entrevistas em profundidade semiestruturadas com diretores e gerentes da empresa. Como resultado, as evid√™ncias emp√≠ricas sugerem: 1 a verticaliza√ß√£o (integra√ß√£o vertical da atividade de comercializa√ß√£o como uma alternativa para a apropria√ß√£o de valor da produ√ß√£o ao longo do canal de distribui√ß√£o; e 2 o desafio da gest√£o do suprimento como requisito-chave para a adequada gest√£o do valor de uma marca. Considera-se oportuno lembrar, por√©m, que, em decorr√™ncia das limita√ß√Ķes pr√≥prias da metodologia de estudos de caso, estas tais evid√™ncias devem ser entendidas como proposi√ß√£o a ser testada em trabalhos quantitativos futuros, ou mesmo melhor embasada via condu√ß√£o de estudos multicaso.This paper aims to analyze the search for alternative marketing channels of industry and rural producers in order to attenuate the power of retail chains over the sale of products and services. In special, we focus on the rural producers' perspective investigating the decision of

  14. Avaliação económica de tarifas de água no uso agrícola: um estudo de caso no Sul de Portugal

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    Rui Fragoso

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo avalia os efeitos de pol√≠ticas de tarifas da √°gua no uso agr√≠cola, em termos do consumo de √°gua, do aproveitamento das √°reas beneficiadas com regadio, do rendimento do produtor agr√≠cola, da recupera√ß√£o dos custos com a √°gua e do desenvolvimento agr√≠cola. A metodologia utilizada baseia-se na elabora√ß√£o de um modelo de programa√ß√£o matem√°tica multiper√≠odo, adaptado √†s caracter√≠sticas espec√≠ficas de uma empresa agr√≠cola do Sul de Portugal. Foram analisadas a tarifa fixa por √°rea beneficiada, a tarifa volum√©trica por metro c√ļbico de √°gua consumida, a tarifa bin√≥mica e a tarifa progressiva. Para as simula√ß√Ķes, foram considerados um cen√°rio produtivo tradicional e um cen√°rio produtivo alternativo, em que s√£o introduzidas culturas de valor acrescentado.This paper evaluates the effects of water tariffs in irrigation, in terms of water consumption, land irrigated, farm income, water cost recovery and agricultural investment. The methodology is based on a multiperiod mathematical programming model, which was applied to the specific characteristics of a representative farm in southern Portugal. The main aspects analyzed were: the fix tariff per area benefited, the volumetric tariff per cubic meter of water consumed, the mix tariff and the increasing block tariff. For the simulations, it was considered a traditional productive scenario and an alternative scenario, which include value added crops.

  15. Dynamic testing in schizophrenia: does training change the construct validity of a test?

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    Wiedl, Karl H; Schöttke, Henning; Green, Michael F; Nuechterlein, Keith H

    2004-01-01

    Dynamic testing typically involves specific interventions for a test to assess the extent to which test performance can be modified, beyond level of baseline (static) performance. This study used a dynamic version of the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) that is based on cognitive remediation techniques within a test-training-test procedure. From results of previous studies with schizophrenia patients, we concluded that the dynamic and static versions of the WCST should have different construct validity. This hypothesis was tested by examining the patterns of correlations with measures of executive functioning, secondary verbal memory, and verbal intelligence. Results demonstrated a specific construct validity of WCST dynamic (i.e., posttest) scores as an index of problem solving (Tower of Hanoi) and secondary verbal memory and learning (Auditory Verbal Learning Test), whereas the impact of general verbal capacity and selective attention (Verbal IQ, Stroop Test) was reduced. It is concluded that the construct validity of the test changes with dynamic administration and that this difference helps to explain why the dynamic version of the WCST predicts functional outcome better than the static version.

  16. [Autogenic training in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus].

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    Göhr, M; Röpcke, B; Pistor, K; Eggers, C

    1997-04-01

    This paper discusses psychosocial influences of diabetes mellitus type 1 on children and young patients. A group of 21 patients, age 9 to 14 years with Diabetes mellitus type 1 attended a course in "Autogenic Training" for a period of 11 weeks. From the multidimensional questionnaire for children (PFK 9-14, SETZ U. RAUSCHE 1976) 15 dimensions of personality and 5 second rank factors were extracted at the beginning and at the end of training and 5 months later. Additionally HbA1-scores were assessed at the beginning and at the end at a 2 month and a 5 month-follow-up. At the beginning of the course only on one of the 15 scales a significant difference could be observed between experimental group and age related normal population. After training 5 scales and one second rank factor showed significant changes. Significant reduction was observed in: "need for aggressive forms of dominance behaviour" "feeling of submission with respects to other:", "emotional lability" and "tendency for dependence on adults". A significantly increased score was observed in the scale measuring "self confidence regarding one's own meaning, decisions and planning ability". The second rank faktor "neuroticism" was significantly reduced. Against expectations there was no reduction in HbA1 scores. At the end of training HbA1 scores even had increased significantly. But this might have been related to the high frequency of infections during this course. In subjective ratings of training evaluation most of the course members and their parents described fewer problems with attention, less test-anxiety and less aggression and nervousness. The results of this prospective pilot-study are discussed in terms of the psychodynamic influence on diabetes.

  17. Modelo para el monitoreo y seguimiento de indicadores de sostenibilidad del recurso hídrico en el sector agrícola

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    Carvajal Escobar Yesid

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El sistema de monitoreo y seguimiento permite identificar, a través de indicadores e índices, la sostenibilidad del recurso hídrico en el sector agrícola de la microcuenca Centella (Dagua-Valle del Cauca. Este modelo de monitoreo permite evaluar continua y sistemáticamente el progreso y los cambios ocasionados por la ejecución de un conjunto de actividades en un período de tiempo determinado. De igual manera, a través de este sistema es posible realizar un seguimiento y verificar en qué medida se cumplen las metas propuestas de sostenibilidad del recurso hídrico en el sector agrícola a nivel: biofísico, tecnológico, político-institucional y socioeconómico.

  18. Modelo para el monitoreo y seguimiento de indicadores de sostenibilidad del recurso hídrico en el sector agrícola

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    Wilmar Loaiza Cerón

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El sistema de monitoreo y seguimiento permite identificar, a través de indicadores e índices, la sostenibilidad del recurso hídrico en el sector agrícola de la microcuenca Centella (Dagua-Valle del Cauca. Este modelo de monitoreo permite evaluar continua y sistemáticamente el progreso y los cambios ocasionados por la ejecución de un conjunto de actividades en un período de tiempo determinado. De igual manera, a través de este sistema es posible realizar un seguimiento y verificar en qué medida se cumplen las metas propuestas de sostenibilidad del recurso hídrico en el sector agrícola a nivel: biofísico, tecnológico, político-institucional y socioeconómico.

  19. Pilot test of cooperative learning format for training mental health researchers and black community leaders in partnership skills.

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    Laborde, Danielle J; Brannock, Kristen; Breland-Noble, Alfiee; Parrish, Theodore

    2007-12-01

    To support reduction of racial disparities in mental health diagnosis and treatment, mental health researchers and black community-based organization (CBO) leaders need training on how to engage in collaborative research partnerships. In this study, we pilot tested a series of partnership skills training modules for researchers and CBO leaders in a collaborative learning format. Two different sets of three modules, designed for separate training of researchers and CBO leaders, covered considering, establishing and managing mental health research partnerships and included instructions for self-directed activities and discussions. Eight CBO leaders participated in 10 sessions, and six researchers participated in eight sessions. The effectiveness of the training content and format was evaluated through standardized observations, focus group discussions, participant evaluation forms and retrospective pre-/posttests to measure perceived gains in knowledge. Participants generally were satisfied with the training experience and gained new partnership knowledge and skills. Although the CBO leaders were more engaged in the cooperative learning process, this training format appealed to both audiences. Pilot testing demonstrated that: 1) our modules can equip researchers and CBO leaders with new partnership knowledge and skills and 2) the cooperative learning format is a well-received and suitable option for mental health research partnership training.

  20. Trabalhismo, reforma agr√°ria, legisla√ß√£o para as popula√ß√Ķes rurais: uma abordagem do projeto pol√≠tico de Fernando Ferrari

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    Full Text Available No presente texto, apresentamos uma abordagem introdut√≥ria do projeto pol√≠tico de Fernando Ferrari para a quest√£o agr√°ria. Ao longo da d√©cada de 1950 e come√ßo dos anos de 1960, esse autor participou das discuss√Ķes em torno dos problemas rurais brasileiros com base na doutrina trabalhista, desenvolvida por Alberto Pasqualini. Nesse sentido, destacamos o projeto trabalhista defendido por Fernando Ferrari para o campo mediante dois temas constantes em seus escritos: a reforma agr√°ria e a legisla√ß√£o para a popula√ß√£o rural.

  1. 30 CFR 77.107-1 - Plans for training programs.

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    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Plans for training programs. 77.107-1 Section... COAL MINES Qualified and Certified Persons § 77.107-1 Plans for training programs. Each operator must..., a program or plan setting forth what, when, how, and where the operator will train and retrain...

  2. Inspeção periódica de pulverizadores agrícolas

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    Gandolfo, Marco Antonio [UNESP

    2001-01-01

    Para a otimiza√ß√£o no uso de agroqu√≠micos, v√°rios pa√≠ses tem realizado avalia√ß√Ķes peri√≥dicas em pulverizadores agr√≠colas. No Brasil, o reconhecimento do estado destas m√°quinas, pode nortear pesquisas e investimentos em orienta√ß√£o de uso e manuten√ß√£o. Os objetivos deste trabalho foram avaliar o estado de pulverizadores em uso na agricultura nacional, estudar a necessidade de implanta√ß√£o de inspe√ß√Ķes peri√≥dicas em tais m√°quinas no Brasil e desenvolver metodologia espec√≠fica para as condi√ß√Ķes bra...

  3. O direito do comércio internacional no setor agrícola

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    Disserta√ß√£o (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Ci√™ncias Jur√≠dicas. Programa de P√≥s-Gradua√ß√£o em Direito. A disserta√ß√£o analisa a regulamenta√ß√£o jur√≠dica dos subs√≠dios agr√≠colas √† exporta√ß√£o na Organiza√ß√£o Mundial do Com√©rcio (OMC) e objetiva destacar pontos-chave para a√ß√£o e pesquisa jur√≠dica sobre o tema no contexto das negocia√ß√Ķes multilaterais em curso na Rodada Doha. A pesquisa encontra lastro nos Acordos e na jurisprud√™ncia da OMC, na doutrina estrangeira, ...

  4. Irisin and exercise training in humans - results from a randomized controlled training trial.

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    Hecksteden, Anne; Wegmann, Melissa; Steffen, Anke; Kraushaar, Jochen; Morsch, Arne; Ruppenthal, Sandra; Kaestner, Lars; Meyer, Tim

    2013-11-05

    The recent discovery of a new myokine (irisin) potentially involved in health-related training effects has gained great attention, but evidence for a training-induced increase in irisin remains preliminary. Therefore, the present study aimed to determine whether irisin concentration is increased after regular exercise training in humans. In a randomized controlled design, two guideline conforming training interventions were studied. Inclusion criteria were age 30 to 60 years, Physical performance provided positive control for the overall efficacy of training. Differences between groups were tested for significance using analysis of variance. For post hoc comparisons with the control group, Dunnett's test was used. Maximum performance increased significantly in the training groups compared with controls (controls: ¬Ī0.0 ¬Ī 0.7 km/h; AET: 1.1 ¬Ī 0.6 km/h, P error probability = 0.7). The general upward trend was mainly accounted for by a negative association of irisin concentration with the storage duration of frozen serum samples (P storage of samples from initial tests.

  5. Oxidative stress in response to aerobic and anaerobic power testing: influence of exercise training and carnitine supplementation.

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    Bloomer, Richard J; Smith, Webb A

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to compare the oxidative stress response to aerobic and anaerobic power testing, and to determine the impact of exercise training with or without glycine propionyl-L-carnitine (GPLC) in attenuating the oxidative stress response. Thirty-two subjects were assigned (double blind) to placebo, GPLC-1 (1g PLC/d), GPLC-3 (3g PLC/d) for 8 weeks, plus aerobic exercise. Aerobic (graded exercise test: GXT) and anaerobic (Wingate cycle) power tests were performed before and following the intervention. Blood was taken before and immediately following exercise tests and analyzed for malondialdehyde (MDA), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and xanthine oxidase activity (XO). No interaction effects were noted. MDA was minimally effected by exercise but lower at rest for both GPLC groups following the intervention (p = 0.044). A time main effect was noted for H2O2 (p = 0.05) and XO (p = 0.003), with values increasing from pre- to postexercise. Both aerobic and anaerobic power testing increase oxidative stress to a similar extent. Exercise training plus GPLC can decrease resting MDA, but it has little impact on exercise-induced oxidative stress biomarkers.

  6. [Training in iterative hypothesis testing as part of psychiatric education. A randomized study].

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    Lampen-Imkamp, S; Alte, C; Sipos, V; Kordon, A; Hohagen, F; Schweiger, U; Kahl, K G

    2012-01-01

    The improvement of medical education is at the center of efforts to reform the studies of medicine. Furthermore, an excellent teaching program for students is a quality feature of medical universities. Besides teaching of disease-specific contents, the acquisition of interpersonal and decision-making skills is important. However, the cognitive style of senior physicians leading to a diagnosis cannot easily be taught. Therefore, the following study aimed at examining whether specific training in iterative hypothesis testing (IHT) may improve the correctness of the diagnostic process. Seventy-one medical students in their 9th-11th terms were randomized to medical teaching as usual or to IHT training for 4 weeks. The intervention group received specific training according to the method of IHT. All students were examined by a multiple choice (MC) exam and additionally by simulated patients (SP). The SPs were instructed to represent either a patient with depression and comorbid anxiety and substance use disorder (SP1) or to represent a patient with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and acute suicidal tendencies (SP2). All students identified the diagnosis of major depression in the SPs, but IHT-trained students recognized more diagnostic criteria. Furthermore, IHT-trained students recognized acute suicide tendencies in SP2 more often and identified more comorbid psychiatric disorders. The results of the MC exam were comparable in both groups. An analysis of the satisfaction with the different training programs revealed that the IHT training received a better appraisal. Our results point to the role of IHT in teaching diagnostic skills. However, the results of the MC exam were not influenced by IHT training. Furthermore, our results show that students are in need of training in practical clinical skills.

  7. Límites de consistencia y sus implicaciones agrícolas en un suelo ultisol de sabana del estado Monagas, Venezuela

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    Américo Hossne

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El conocimiento de las propiedades f√≠sicas de los suelos agr√≠colas y bi√≥ticos proporciona informaci√≥n para el manejo de equipos agr√≠colas, procesos de compactaci√≥n y la labranza convencional y conservacionista. A medida que la humedad ed√°fica aumenta, genera diversos estados del suelo; e.g. una menor interacci√≥n entre part√≠culas adyacentes y un comportamiento que se aproxima al del l√≠quido. El inicio de la sensibilidad de compactaci√≥n, parece ser el l√≠mite pl√°stico del suelo bajo una bien definida energ√≠a de compactaci√≥n. El objetivo general, de este estudio fue caracterizar sistem√°ticamente, con las implicaciones de ingenier√≠a posibles, los suelos agr√≠colas de sabana del Estado Monagas de Venezuela. Los objetivos espec√≠ficos consistieron en determinar: a- los l√≠mites de Atterberg; y b- el √≠ndice de plasticidad y friabilidad. Para ello se utiliz√≥ los procedimientos de laboratorio de Mec√°nica de Suelos: ASTM D427-61 para el l√≠mite de contracci√≥n, ASTM D424-59 para el l√≠mite pl√°stico y ASTM 423-66 para el l√≠mite l√≠quido, de un suelo de sabana en muestras aleatorias a las profundidades de 0-15, 15-30, 30-45 y 45-60 cm. Se utiliz√≥ el an√°lisis de regresi√≥n para interpretar la proporci√≥n de la variancia entre par√°metros. Los resultados indicaron valores de: l√≠mite de contracci√≥n de 4,22¬Ė5,20%, l√≠mite pl√°stico de 12,92¬Ė14,04%, l√≠mite l√≠quido de 16,94¬Ė19,43%, √≠ndice de plasticidad de 3,59¬Ė5,78% e √≠ndice de friabilidad de 8,63¬Ė8,84%. Se concluye que los valores concuerdan con la bibliograf√≠a y el rango de uso agr√≠cola se encuentra entre 8% y 15% para el suelo en estudio.

  8. Monitoring Training Loads in Professional Basketball Players Engaged in a Periodized Training Program.

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    Aoki, Marcelo S; Ronda, Lorena T; Marcelino, Pablo R; Drago, Gustavo; Carling, Chris; Bradley, Paul S; Moreira, Alexandre

    2017-02-01

    Aoki, MS, Ronda, LT, Marcelino, PR, Drago, G, Carling, C, Bradley, PS, and Moreira, A. Monitoring training loads in professional basketball players engaged in a periodized training program. J Strength Cond Res 31(2): 348-358, 2017-The aim of this study was to investigate the dynamics of external training load (eTL) and internal training load (iTL) during seasonal periods, and examine the effect of a periodized training program on physical performance in professional basketball players. Repeated measures for 9 players (28 ¬Ī 6 years; 199 ¬Ī 8 cm; 101 ¬Ī 12 kg) were collected from 45 training sessions, over a 6-week preseason phase and a 5-week in-season phase. Physical tests were conducted at baseline (T1), week 4 (T2), and week 9 (T3). Differences in means are presented as % ¬Ī confident limits. A very likely difference was observed during in-season compared with preseason for the eTL variables (measured by multivariable monitoring device), mechanical load (13.5 ¬Ī 8.8) and peak acceleration (11.0 ¬Ī 11.2), respectively. Regarding iTL responses, a very large decrement in TRIMP (most likely difference, -20.6 ¬Ī 3.8) and in session rating of perceived exertion training load (very likely difference, -14.2 ¬Ī 9.0) was detected from preseason to in-season. Physical performance improved from T1 to T3 for Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test 1 (62.2 ¬Ī 34.3, effect size [ES] > 1.2); countermovement jump (8.8 ¬Ī 6.1, ES > 0.6); and squat jump (14.8 ¬Ī 10.2, ES > 0.8). Heart rate (HR; %HRpeak) exercise responses during a submaximal running test decreased from T1 to T3 (3.2 ¬Ī 4.3, ES 1.2). These results provide valuable information to coaches about training loads and physical performance across different seasonal periods. The data demonstrate that both eTL and iTL measures should be monitored in association with physical tests, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the training process.

  9. Corrective action plan for corrective action Unit 342: Area 23 Mercury Fire Training Pit, Nevada Test Site, Nevada

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    Nacht, S.

    1999-01-01

    The Mercury Fire Training Pit is a former fire training area located in Area 23 of the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The Mercury Fire Training Pit was used from approximately 1965 to the early 1990s to train fire-fighting personnel at the NTS, and encompasses an area approximately 107 meters (m) (350 feet [ft]) by 137 m (450 ft). The Mercury Fire Training Pit formerly included a bermed burn pit with four small burn tanks, four large above ground storage tanks an overturned bus, a telephone pole storage area, and areas for burning sheds, pallets, and cables. Closure activities will include excavation of the impacted soil in the aboveground storage tank and burn pit areas to a depth of 1.5 m (5 ft), and excavation of the impacted surface soil downgradient of the former ASTs and burnpit areas to a depth of 0.3 m (1 ft). Excavated soil will be disposed in the Area 6 Hydrocarbon Landfill at the NTS

  10. Overload training inhibits phagocytosis and ROS generation of peritoneal macrophages: role of IGF-1 and MGF.

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    Xiao, Weihua; Chen, Peijie; Wang, Ru; Dong, Jingmei

    2013-01-01

    We tested the hypothesis that overload training inhibits the phagocytosis and the reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation of peritoneal macrophages (MŌēs), and that insulin-like growth factor-1(IGF-1) and mechano-growth factor (MGF) produced by macrophages may contribute to this process. Rats were randomized to two groups, sedentary control group (n = 10) and overload training group (n = 10). The rats of overload training group were subjected to 11 weeks of experimental training protocol. Blood sample was used to determine the content of hemoglobin, testosterone, and corticosterone. The phagocytosis and the ROS generation of MŌēs were measured by the uptake of neutral red and the flow cytometry, respectively. IGF-1 and MGF mRNA levels in MŌēs were determined by real-time PCR. In addition, we evaluated the effects of IGF-1 and MGF peptide on phagocytosis and ROS generation of MŌēs in vitro. The data showed that overload training significantly decreased the body weight (19.3 %, P overload training significantly decreased the phagocytosis (27 %, P overload training group increased significantly compared with the control group (21-fold and 92-fold, respectively; P overload training inhibits the phagocytosis and the ROS generation of peritoneal macrophages, and that MGF produced by macrophages may play a key role in this process. This may represent a novel mechanism of immune suppression induced by overload training.

  11. The long term storage of advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) fuel

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    Standring, P.N.

    1999-01-01

    The approach being taken by BNFL in managing the AGR lifetime spent fuel arisings from British Energy reactors is given. Interim storage for up to 80 years is envisaged for fuel delivered beyond the life of the Thorp reprocessing plant. Adopting a policy of using existing facilities, to comply with the principles of waste minimisation, has defined the development requirements to demonstrate that this approach can be undertaken safely and business issues can be addressed. The major safety issues are the long term integrity of both the fuel being stored and structure it is being stored in. Business related issues reflect long term interactions with the rest of the Sellafield site and storage optimisation. Examples of the development programme in each of these areas is given. (author)

  12. Characterisation of AGR fuel cladding alloy using secondary ion mass spectrometry

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    Allen, G.C.; Sparry, R.P.; Wild, R.K.

    1987-08-01

    Uranium dioxide fuel used in the Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) is contained in a ribbed can of 20wt%Cr/25wt%Ni/Nb stabilised steel. Laboratory circumstances, spall during thermal cycling. To date it has been difficult to identify active material originating from the oxidation product of the cladding alloy in the cooling circuit. In an attempt to solve this problem we have set out to characterise fully a sample of oxide from this source and work is in progress to obtain suitable oxide samples from the surface of a 20%Cr/25%Ni/Nb stainless steel. In view of its high sensitivity and the ability to obtain chemical information from relatively small areas we have sought to use Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). (author)

  13. Contaminación y control de las quemas agrícolas en Imperial, California, y Mexicali, Baja California

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La quema de residuos agr√≠colas en los valles de Mexicali e Imperial, separados por una l√≠nea divisoria, constituye una fuente importante de emisi√≥n de contaminantes al aire, de compuestos como el metano (CH4, mon√≥xido de carbono (CO, bi√≥xido de nitr√≥geno (NO2, hidrocarburos (NMHC y part√≠culas menores a 10 micras (PM10. Para abordar el problema de los humos agr√≠colas se debe considerar la cuenca atmosf√©rica com√ļn, formada por ambos valles, que comparten un clima extremoso c√°lido y seco, con menos de 80 mm anuales de lluvia, y basan su econom√≠a en la agricultura, y el de Mexicali adem√°s en la industria manufacturera y otras actividades. En Mexicali, lo que se quema es sobre todo residuos de trigo y en menor proporci√≥n de cebada, c√°rtamo y ma√≠z. Los da√Īos a la salud ocasionados por las emisiones de PM10 son significativos en ambos valles

  14. Increased correlation coefficient between the written test score and tutors’ performance test scores after training of tutors for assessment of medical students during problem-based learning course in Malaysia

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    Full Text Available This paper is aimed at finding if there was a change of correlation between the written test score and tutors’ performance test scores in the assessment of medical students during a problem-based learning (PBL course in Malaysia. This is a cross-sectional observational study, conducted among 264 medical students in two groups from November 2010 to November 2012. The first group’s tutors did not receive tutor training; while the second group’s tutors were trained in the PBL process. Each group was divided into high, middle and low achievers based on their end-of-semester exam scores. PBL scores were taken which included written test scores and tutors’ performance test scores. Pearson correlation coefficient was calculated between the two kinds of scores in each group. The correlation coefficient between the written scores and tutors’ scores in group 1 was 0.099 (p<0.001 and for group 2 was 0.305 (p<0.001. The higher correlation coefficient in the group where tutors received the PBL training reinforces the importance of tutor training before their participation in the PBL course.

  15. Test facilities for hybrid and electric drive trains; Stazione di prova sistemi di trazione ibridi ed elettrici

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    Bernardini, G.; Ciancia, A.; De Andreis, L.; Pagni, G.; Pede, G.; Rossi, E.; Vellone, R. [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Rome (Italy). Dip. Energia

    1998-12-31

    ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment) is conducting a large research and development programme on innovative vehicles with high energy efficiency and low environmental impact. In particular conducts activities on electric and hybrid vehicles. Testing and evaluation activities play a strong role in this programme. A complete characterization chain has been then defined and set up with a network of facilities which covers main testing needs for single components, subsystems and complete vehicles, in simulated and real operating conditions. The test facility which has been realised is able to experiment and fully characterise complete drive-trains (and subsystems) for pure electric and hybrid vehicles. It is composed by a different section for each subsystem: 1) power generation; 2) energy storage and management; 3) driving motors. Each section acts as an experimental island, able to operate alone or jointly with the other sections. In fact, all the sections are remotely controlled and managed in order to create different assembly of the drive-train. The facility has been sized to allow the testing of drive-trains and subsystems of small and medium-sized vehicles (up to minibuses), but an extension to larger vehicles is possible. During 1996 and part of 1997 the Drive train Test Facility has been completed and made operative. This paper mainly presents the final configurations of these novel testing systems with peculiar features and characteristics. [Italiano] ENEA (Ente Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l`Energia e l`Ambiente) sta conducendo un vasto programma di ricerca e sviluppo sui veicoli innovativi ad alto rendimento energetico e basso impatto ambientale.

  16. Análisis de redes sociales para catalizar la innovación agrícola: de los vínculos directos a la integración y radialidad

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    Full Text Available Se analizan los efectos de las interacciones, directas e indirectas, entre agricultores y otros actores relevantes en el intercambio de informaci√≥n y conocimiento para la innovaci√≥n agr√≠cola. Los datos se obtuvieron al preguntar a 120 agricultores ¬ę¬Ņde qui√©n aprende y/o a qui√©n recurre para obtener informaci√≥n o conocimiento de cuestiones t√©cnicas y productivas en torno a su unidad de producci√≥n?¬Ľ. Se emplean indicadores del an√°lisis de redes sociales para proponer lineamientos que permitan catalizar la innovaci√≥n agr√≠cola. Los resultados confirman la importancia de los v√≠nculos indirectos, pues estos permiten que los agricultores alcancen mejor informaci√≥n de fuentes externas. Se recomienda que los programas encaminados a promover la innovaci√≥n agr√≠cola consideren la interacci√≥n preexistente en las redes de los agricultores.

  17. The validity and reliability of script concordance test in otolaryngology residency training.

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    Iravani, Kamyar; Amini, Mitra; Doostkam, Aida; Dehbozorgian, Mahnaz

    2016-04-01

    The script concordance test (SCT) is one the best tools used to evaluate clinical reasoning in ill-defined clinical situations. The aim of this study was to demonstrate SCT application in otolaryngology residency training. A 20 item otolaryngology SCT containing 60 questions was administered to 26 otolaryngology residents. The test was prepared by two otolaryngologists familiar to medical education. These questions have been validated by otolaryngology experts. The panel consisted of 9 academic staff in the field of otolaryngology. Pearson correlation test was used to assess the reliability of the test. The obtained mean scores were 68.4¬Ī5.8 (out of 100) for residents and 78.2¬Ī6.4(out of 100) for experts. There was a significant difference between the two scores (preliable tool to evaluate clinical reasoning in otolaryngology residents. It should be included in otolaryngology residency training.

  18. Exploring factors influencing HbA1c and psychosocial outcomes in people with type 1 diabetes after training in advanced carbohydrate counting.

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    Schmidt, Signe; Vistisen, Dorte; Almdal, Thomas; Hommel, Eva; N√łrgaard, Kirsten

    2017-08-01

    The purpose of this secondary analysis of the StenoABC Study was to identify determinants of the changes in HbA1c observed after training of people with type 1 diabetes in advanced carbohydrate counting (ACC) and automated bolus calculator (ABC) use, and further to investigate psychosocial effects of these insulin dosing approaches. Validated diabetes-specific questionnaires were used to assess diabetes treatment satisfaction, problem areas in diabetes, fear of hypoglycemia and diabetes dependent quality of life before and one year after the training. In addition, numeracy was tested (using a non-validated test developed specifically for this study) and behavioral measures (number of daily blood glucose measurements and self-reported use of ACC) were obtained. Associations between change in HbA1c and these measures plus sex, age, diabetes duration and BMI were tested. Numeracy was the only baseline predictor of yearly change in HbA1c identified. Higher levels of numeracy were associated with greater reductions in HbA1c (P=0.031). No associations between change in HbA1c and the behavioral measures investigated were found, nor were any clinically relevant associations between changes in HbA1c and questionnaire scores. Treatment satisfaction increased in all users of ACC (PHbA1c after training in ACC were inversely related to numeracy. Use of an ABC did not compensate for poor numeracy skills. However, device use reduced fear of hypoglycemia compared with ACC without ABC use. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Leishmaniasis direct agglutination test: using pictorials as training materials to reduce inter-reader variability and improve accuracy.

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    Emily R Adams

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The Direct Agglutination Test (DAT has a high diagnostic accuracy and remains, in some geographical areas, part of the diagnostic algorithm for Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL. However, subjective interpretation of results introduces potential for inter-reader variation. We report an assessment of inter-laboratory agreement and propose a pictorial-based approach to standardize reading of the DAT. METHODOLOGY: In preparation for a comparative evaluation of immunochromatographic diagnostics for VL, a proficiency panel of 15 well-characterized sera, DAT-antigen from a single batch and common protocol was sent to nine laboratories in Latin-America, East-Africa and Asia. Agreement (i.e., equal titre or within 1 titer with the reading by the reference laboratory was computed. Due to significant inter-laboratory disagreement on-site refresher training was provided to all technicians performing DAT. Photos of training plates were made, and end-titres agreed upon by experienced users of DAT within the Visceral-Leishmaniasis Laboratory-Network (VL-LN. RESULTS: Pre-training, concordance in DAT results with reference laboratories was only 50%, although agreement on negative sera was high (94%. After refresher training concordance increased to 84%; agreement on negative controls increased to 98%. Variance in readings significantly decreased after training from 3.3 titres to an average of 1.0 titre (two-sample Wilcoxon rank-sum (Mann-Whitney test (z‚Ää=‚Ää-3,624 and p‚Ää=‚Ää0.0003. CONCLUSION: The most probable explanation for disagreement was subjective endpoint reading. Using pictorials as training materials may be a useful tool to reduce disparity in results and promote more standardized reading of DAT, without compromising diagnostic sensitivity.

  20. Las actividades complementarias de las explotaciones agrícolas peruanas

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    Full Text Available La diversification des sources de revenu des exploitations agricoles est une question cruciale pour le bien être des populations rurales. En effet, toute utilisation supplémentaire du travail en milieu rural pour des activités autres que celles directement liées à l’exploitation agricole peut contribuer à augmenter les revenus, même modestement. Cet article montre que malgré le potentiel que représentent les activités complémentaires des exploitations agricoles tant en termes de création d’emplois que de revenus, elles sont encore un domaine peu compris de l’économie rurale. Cette faiblesse provient à la fois de l’hétérogénéité de ces activités qui est à la source de nombreuses confusions conceptuelles et des lacunes des statistiques nationales disponibles qui n’enregistrent pas ces activités de manière adéquate. En dépit de ces difficultés, cet article tente de donner un aperçu de l’importance et des caractéristiques des activités complémentaires des exploitations agricoles péruviennes. Quatre conclusions principales émergent de l’ensemble des résultats présentés : la sous-estimation indubitable de ces activités donc des revenus qui en découlent la part significative qu’occupe l’agriculture dans l’ensemble des activités complémentaires, la concentration de ces activités dans deux ou trois secteurs, la relative stabilité de leur distribution selon les secteurs dans le temps et dans l’espace, une division du travail assez marquée entre les hommes et les femmes. La diversificación de las fuentes de ingresos de las explotaciones agrícolas es un asunto crucial para el bienestar de las poblaciones rurales. De hecho, en el medio rural, todo trabajo adicional en actividades distintas a las directamente relacionadas con la explotación agrícola puede contribuir al aumento de los ingresos, aun en forma modesta. Este trabajo muestra que, pese a su potencial en términos de generación de empleos e

  1. Agricultural Labor Demand in Chile: A Cointegration Approach Demanda por Trabajo Agrícola en Chile: Un Enfoque de Cointegración

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    Full Text Available International evidence shows that the positive relationship between product and agricultural labor has weakened during the last 30 years, especially in emergent economies. Chilean agriculture has not been left out of this phenomenon The main purpose of this reseach was to estimate the causality relationships that govern the product, employment and salaries in the Chilean silviculture-agricultural-livestock sector, using a cointegration approach. Quarterly data from the 1996-2005 period were employed to estimate agricultural labor demand. A Cobb-Douglas agricultural production function was employed and from it were derived the minimum cost function and the labor demand as bases of this study; the latter was approximated log-linearly to find different measures of elasticity. The main results shows that the estimated demand for agricultural labor has long-run employment-product and employment-salary elasticities of 0.38 and -0.88, respectively. An important conclusion suggests that, compared with the employment-product and employment-salary elasticities of labor demand on the aggregated level, agricultural employment in the long run results less sensitive to changes in the product, but more sensitive to changes in salaries.La evidencia internacional muestra que la relaci√≥n positiva entre producto y empleo agr√≠cola se ha debilitado en los √ļltimos 30 a√Īos, especialmente en econom√≠as emergentes. La agricultura en Chile no ha estado al margen de este fen√≥meno. El objetivo principal de esta investigaci√≥n fue estimar las relaciones de causalidad que rigen al producto, el empleo y los salarios en el sector silvoagropecuario chileno, utilizando un enfoque de cointegraci√≥n. Para la estimaci√≥n de la demanda por trabajo agr√≠cola se utilizaron datos trimestrales del per√≠odo 1996 a 2005. Se utiliz√≥ una funci√≥n de producci√≥n agr√≠cola tipo Cobb-Douglas, a partir de la cual se deriv√≥ la funci√≥n de costo m√≠nimo y la demanda por trabajo base de

  2. Training of nuclear power facility personnel. Part 1

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    The proceedings of the conference entitled ''Training of Nuclear Power Facility Personnel'' and held in Tale, Czechoslovakia, on 24 - 27 April 1989, contain full texts of 58 contributions, 57 of which fall in the INIS subject scope. The aim of the conference was to summarize experience gained during the training and education of Czechoslovak nuclear power plants operating personnel, to put forth new suggestions for increasing the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants, and to establish the needs and new trends in the training and education of nuclear power plants personnel. The topics treated at the conference can be divided into three basic groups as follows: 1. professional qualification of nuclear power plant staff members; 2. development of technical means for the nuclear power plants personnel training; and 3. training of maintenance personnel, the system and organization of this training and education. The proceedings are published in two volumes. Part 1 contains the texts of 25 papers falling in the INIS subject scope. (Z.M.)

  3. Mecanización agrícola, empleo y migración en el norte de Tamaulipas

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo es analizar el modelo de desarrollo agrícola recientemente adoptado en los distritos de riego del norte de Tamaulipas, y los efectos sobre el empleo y la migración de la población rural. Dicho análisis se efectuará a partir de dos premisas fundamentales: una de ellas es la internacionalización del proceso productivo que se manifiesta con la presencia de una nueva división internacional del trabajo y lo que en este ensayo es llamada economía campesina, que fue la fuente primaria de la acumulación de capital de la agricultura mexicana, la cual jugará un papel importante para la acumulación de capital de la agricultura de los Estados Unidos de América, mediante la oferta de fuerza de trabajo agrícola barata, permitiendo el desarrollo de la agricultura comercial, modelo que ahora se ha volcado sobre la economía campesina condenándola a su desaparición como forma de subsistencia de la población rural, a quien expulsa de sus unidades de producción mediante el acaparamiento y el rentismo.

  4. Biorremediación de un suelo agrícola impactado con aceite residual automotriz

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    Pasaye Anaya, Lizbeth

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    El aceite residual automotriz (ARA) derivado del uso de automotores es una mezcla de hidrocarburos (HC) alifáticos, aromáticos y otros que en el suelo impide la actividad microbiana para el reciclaje de elementos esenciales para la vida. El objetivo de este trabajo fue analizar la biorremediación (BR) por bioestimulación (BS) de un suelo agrícola impactado con ARA. Para ello, el suelo contaminado con la mezcla de HC se biorremedió por BS con una solución mineral (SM), lombricomposta (LC) y ab...

  5. Agricultura familiar e as rendas não-agrícolas na Região Metropolitana de Porto Alegre : um estudo de caso dos municípios de Dois Irmãos e Ivoti - RS

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    Esta estudo discute a import√Ęncia das rendas n√£o-agr√≠colas na composi√ß√£o da renda total dos agricultores familiares de uma regi√£o fortemente marcada pela pluriatividade de seus produtores rurais. Os dados utilizados neste estudo foram obtidos a partir de uma pesquisa de campo realizada junto a 57 agricultores familiares dos munic√≠pios de Dois Irm√£os e Ivoti, RS. A metodologia utilizada consistiu na identifica√ß√£o e quantifica√ß√£o das rendas agr√≠colas e n√£o-agr√≠colas bem como na caracteriza√ß√£o d...

  6. Technology Reinvestment Project Manufacturing Education and Training. Volume 1

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    Schroer, Bernard J.; Bond, Arthur J.

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    The manufacturing education program is a joint program between the University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAH) College of Engineering and Alabama A&M University's (AAMLJ) School of Engineering and Technology. The objective of the program is to provide more hands-on experiences to undergraduate engineering and engineering technology students. The scope of work consisted of. Year 1, Task 1: Review courses at Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT); Task 2: Review courses at UAH and AAMU; Task 3: Develop new lab manuals; Task 4: Field test manuals; Task 5: Prepare annual report. Year 2, Task 1: Incorporate feedback into lab manuals; Task 2 : Introduce lab manuals into classes; Task 3: Field test manuals; Task 4: Prepare annual report. Year 3, Task 1: Incorporate feedback into lab manuals; Task 2: Introduce lab manuals into remaining classes; Task 3: Conduct evaluation with assistance of industry; Task 4: Prepare final report. This report only summarizes the activities of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The activities of Alabama A&M University are contained in a separate report.

  7. [Progress in isokinetic technology in testing and training for assessment of muscle function].

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    Huang, Ting-Ting; Fan, Li-Hua; Gao, Dong; Xia, Qing; Zhang, Min

    2013-02-01

    Isokinetic technology in testing and training is the most advanced practical technique in the evaluation of muscle function. This method is a continuous dynamic test in the full range of the joint motion which has strong pertinence at the aspect of assessing muscle strength, and is an objective and quantitative method for reflecting each point's muscle strength in the range of the joint motion. This article reviews the key concepts, brief history of development and influencing factors of isokinetic technology in testing and training, introduces the progress in the field of rehabilitation medicine and sport science, etc., and discusses the future exploration in forensic science.

  8. Locomotor training with body weight support in SCI: EMG improvement is more optimally expressed at a low testing speed.

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    Meyns, P; Van de Crommert, H W A A; Rijken, H; van Kuppevelt, D H J M; Duysens, J

    2014-12-01

    Case series. To determine the optimal testing speed at which the recovery of the EMG (electromyographic) activity should be assessed during and after body weight supported (BWS) locomotor training. Tertiary hospital, Sint Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Four participants with incomplete chronic SCI were included for BWS locomotor training; one AIS-C and three AIS-D (according to the ASIA (American Spinal Injury Association) Impairment Scale or AIS). All were at least 5 years after injury. The SCI participants were trained three times a week for a period of 6 weeks. They improved their locomotor function in terms of higher walking speed, less BWS and less assistance needed. To investigate which treadmill speed for EMG assessment reflects the functional improvement most adequately, all participants were assessed weekly using the same two speeds (0.5 and 1.5‚ÄČkm‚ÄČh(-1), referred to as low and high speed, respectively) for 6 weeks. The change in root mean square EMG (RMS EMG) was assessed in four leg muscles; biceps femoris, rectus femoris, gastrocnemius medialis and tibialis anterior. The changes in RMS EMG occurred at similar phases of the step cycle for both walking conditions, but these changes were larger when the treadmill was set at a low speed (0.5‚ÄČkm‚ÄČh(-1)). Improvement in gait is feasible with BWS treadmill training even long after injury. The EMG changes after treadmill training are more optimally expressed using a low rather than a high testing treadmill speed.

  9. Advanced electron microscopic techniques applied to the characterization of irradiation effects and fission product identification of irradiated TRISO coated particles from the AGR-1 experiment

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    Rooyen, I.J. van; Lillo, T.M.; Trowbridge, T.L.; Madden, J.M.; Wu, Y.Q.; Goran, D.

    2013-01-01

    Preliminary electron microscopy of coated fuel particles from the AGR-1 experiment was conducted using characterization techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). Microscopic quantification of fission-product precipitates was performed. Although numerous micro- and nano-sized precipitates observed in the coating layers during initial SEM characterization of the cross-sections, and in subsequent TEM diffraction patterns, were indexed as UPd 2 Si 2 , no Ag was conclusively found. Additionally, characterization of these precipitates highlighted the difficulty of measuring low concentrations of Ag in precipitates in the presence of significantly higher concentrations of Pd and U. The electron microscopy team followed a multi-directional and phased approach in the identification of fission products in irradiated TRISO fuel. The advanced electron microscopy techniques discussed in this paper, not only demonstrate the usefulness of the equipment (methods) as relevant research tools, but also provide relevant scientific results which increase the knowledge about TRISO fuel particles microstructure and fission products transport

  10. Does rational selection of training and test sets improve the outcome of QSAR modeling?

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    Martin, Todd M; Harten, Paul; Young, Douglas M; Muratov, Eugene N; Golbraikh, Alexander; Zhu, Hao; Tropsha, Alexander

    2012-10-22

    Prior to using a quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) model for external predictions, its predictive power should be established and validated. In the absence of a true external data set, the best way to validate the predictive ability of a model is to perform its statistical external validation. In statistical external validation, the overall data set is divided into training and test sets. Commonly, this splitting is performed using random division. Rational splitting methods can divide data sets into training and test sets in an intelligent fashion. The purpose of this study was to determine whether rational division methods lead to more predictive models compared to random division. A special data splitting procedure was used to facilitate the comparison between random and rational division methods. For each toxicity end point, the overall data set was divided into a modeling set (80% of the overall set) and an external evaluation set (20% of the overall set) using random division. The modeling set was then subdivided into a training set (80% of the modeling set) and a test set (20% of the modeling set) using rational division methods and by using random division. The Kennard-Stone, minimal test set dissimilarity, and sphere exclusion algorithms were used as the rational division methods. The hierarchical clustering, random forest, and k-nearest neighbor (kNN) methods were used to develop QSAR models based on the training sets. For kNN QSAR, multiple training and test sets were generated, and multiple QSAR models were built. The results of this study indicate that models based on rational division methods generate better statistical results for the test sets than models based on random division, but the predictive power of both types of models are comparable.

  11. Is Marathon Training Harder than the Ironman Training? An ECO-method Comparison.

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    Esteve-Lanao, Jonathan; Moreno-P√©rez, Diego; Cardona, Claudia A; Larumbe-Zabala, Eneko; Mu√Īoz, Iker; Sell√©s, Sergio; Cejuela, Roberto

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the absolute and relative training load of the Marathon (42k) and the Ironman (IM) training in recreational trained athletes. Methods: Fifteen Marathoners and Fifteen Triathletes participated in the study. Their performance level was the same relative to the sex's absolute winner at the race. No differences were presented neither in age, nor in body weight, height, BMI, running VO 2max max, or endurance training experience ( p > 0.05). They all trained systematically for their respective event (IM or 42k). Daily training load was recorded in a training log, and the last 16 weeks were compared. Before this, gas exchange and lactate metabolic tests were conducted in order to set individual training zones. The Objective Load Scale (ECOs) training load quantification method was applied. Differences between IM and 42k athletes' outcomes were assessed using Student's test and significance level was set at p < 0.05. Results: As expected, Competition Time was significantly different (IM 11 h 45 min ¬Ī 1 h 54 min vs. 42k 3 h 6 min ¬Ī 28 min, p < 0.001). Similarly, Training Weekly Avg Time (IM 12.9 h ¬Ī 2.6 vs. 42k 5.2 ¬Ī 0.9), and Average Weekly ECOs (IM 834 ¬Ī 171 vs. 42k 526 ¬Ī 118) were significantly higher in IM ( p < 0.001). However, the Ratio between Training Load and Training Time was superior for 42k runners when comparing ECOs (IM 65.8 ¬Ī 11.8 vs. 42k 99.3 ¬Ī 6.8) ( p < 0.001). Finally, all ratios between training time or load vs. Competition Time were superior for 42k ( p < 0.001) (Training Time/Race Time: IM 1.1 ¬Ī 0.3 vs. 42k 1.7 ¬Ī 0.5), (ECOs Training Load/Race Time: IM 1.2 ¬Ī 0.3 vs. 42k 2.9 ¬Ī 1.0). Conclusions: In spite of IM athletes' superior training time and total or weekly training load, when comparing the ratios between training load and training time, and training time or training load vs. competition time, the preparation of a 42k showed to be harder.

  12. Is Marathon Training Harder than the Ironman Training? An ECO-method Comparison

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare the absolute and relative training load of the Marathon (42k and the Ironman (IM training in recreational trained athletes.Methods: Fifteen Marathoners and Fifteen Triathletes participated in the study. Their performance level was the same relative to the sex's absolute winner at the race. No differences were presented neither in age, nor in body weight, height, BMI, running VO2max max, or endurance training experience (p > 0.05. They all trained systematically for their respective event (IM or 42k. Daily training load was recorded in a training log, and the last 16 weeks were compared. Before this, gas exchange and lactate metabolic tests were conducted in order to set individual training zones. The Objective Load Scale (ECOs training load quantification method was applied. Differences between IM and 42k athletes' outcomes were assessed using Student's test and significance level was set at p < 0.05.Results: As expected, Competition Time was significantly different (IM 11 h 45 min ¬Ī 1 h 54 min vs. 42k 3 h 6 min ¬Ī 28 min, p < 0.001. Similarly, Training Weekly Avg Time (IM 12.9 h ¬Ī 2.6 vs. 42k 5.2 ¬Ī 0.9, and Average Weekly ECOs (IM 834 ¬Ī 171 vs. 42k 526 ¬Ī 118 were significantly higher in IM (p < 0.001. However, the Ratio between Training Load and Training Time was superior for 42k runners when comparing ECOs (IM 65.8 ¬Ī 11.8 vs. 42k 99.3 ¬Ī 6.8 (p < 0.001. Finally, all ratios between training time or load vs. Competition Time were superior for 42k (p < 0.001 (Training Time/Race Time: IM 1.1 ¬Ī 0.3 vs. 42k 1.7 ¬Ī 0.5, (ECOs Training Load/Race Time: IM 1.2 ¬Ī 0.3 vs. 42k 2.9 ¬Ī 1.0.Conclusions: In spite of IM athletes' superior training time and total or weekly training load, when comparing the ratios between training load and training time, and training time or training load vs. competition time, the preparation of a 42k showed to be harder.

  13. Impact to non-destructive testing (NDT) companies of PNRI/PSNT trained NDT personnel

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    De Jesus, Teresita G.

    2002-12-01

    This research discusses the impact to non-destructive testing (NDT) companies of PNRI/PSNT trained NDT personnel to the individual and to the organization that the individual belongs in the midst of competitive, demanding and fast-paced workplace in the NDT industry. Related literature and studies were carefully chosen and reviewed to validate the consistencies of the research design and data gathering relationship to the present undertaking to previous studies were also discussed and analyzed. The research design used were the descriptive-normative survey method together with a questionnaire consisting of six (6) parts. The first part includes queries on personal/demographic profiles of respondents. The second part contains queries on the level of expectation of the respondents of the job-related variables. The third part contains queries on the levels of adequacy of the organization-related variables. The fourth part consists of questions on the impact of the PNRI/PSNT trained NDT personnel before and after the training. It is divided into two sections, first was for the organization and second was for the individual development. The fifth part was on the analysis of the personal-related factors that influence the impact of the PNRI/PSNT trained NDT personnel. The last part was to find out the significant differences on the impact of the training as to methods. A five-point scale was used to quantify the degree of respondents' responses to queries in the questionnaires. In addition, the following statistical formula were used for treatment of gathered data were frequency percentage, ranking, wilcoxon signed ranks test and spearman rho. The null hypotheses that were presented for acceptance or rejection were also tested. Presentation of findings, analysis and interpretations were presented based on the data gathered and the computations. Recommendations were discussed based on the findings. It is recommended that training of NDT personnel in the different NDT

  14. A Comparison between Bench Press Throw and Ballistic Push-Up tests to assess upper-body power in trained individuals.

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    Bartolomei, Sandro; Nigro, Federico; Ruggeri, Sandro; Lanzoni, Ivan Malagoli; Ciacci, Simone; Merni, Franco; Sadres, Eliahu; Hoffman, Jay R; Semprini, Gabriele

    2018-03-06

    The purpose of the present study was to validate the ballistic push-up test performed with hands on a force plate (BPU) as a method to measure upper-body power. Twenty-eight experienced resistance trained men (age = 25.4 ¬Ī 5.2 y; body mass = 78.5 ¬Ī 9.0 kg; body height = 179.6 ¬Ī 7.8 cm) performed, two days apart, a bench press 1RM test and upper-body power tests. Mean power and peak power were assessed using the bench press throw test (BT) and the BPU test performed in randomized order. The area under the force/power curve (AUC) obtained at BT was also calculated. Power expressed at BPU was estimated using a time-based prediction equation. Mean force and the participant's body weight were used to predict the bench press 1RM. Pearson product moment correlations were used to examine relationships between the power assessment methods and between the predicted 1RM bench and the actual value. Large correlations (0.79; p bench and the 1RM predicted by the BPU. Results of the present study indicate that BPU represents a valid and reliable method to estimate the upper-body power in resistance-trained individuals.

  15. Staff training makes a difference: improvements in neonatal illicit drug testing and intervention at a tertiary hospital.

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    Oral, Resmiye; Koc, Feyza; Jogerst, Kristen; Bayman, Levent; Austin, Andrea; Sullivan, Shannon; Bayman, Emine Ozgur

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    This project explored the impact of staff training on the rates of perinatal maternal and neonatal illicit drug testing. Controlled, retrospective chart review on 1186 newborn and mother dyads from 2006 (pre-training control group) and on 1861 dyads from 2009 (post-training study group) was completed. Differences between rates of infant and mother drug testing were compared. Increased drug testing rates for the mothers and infants led to increased case finding that tripled both for the mothers (13-3.7%, p‚ÄČimportance of and encourages other hospitals to analyze the efficacy of their current protocol and staff training practices in place to ensure the best child protection services.

  16. Aplicación de Lodo de Procesos de Intercambio Iónico como Mitigante de la Sodicidad en un Suelo Agrícola Salino-Sódico

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    Octavio Armend√°riz Alcaraz

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    Full Text Available La salinidad y sodicidad en los suelos es un problema que afecta a una gran extensi√≥n de campos agr√≠colas. El sodio en exceso provoca el rompimiento de la estructura del suelo, volvi√©ndolo impermeable, lo que reduce la cantidad de agua que llega a la zona de ra√≠z. Se evalu√≥ la eficiencia de tres dosis (D1= 0.424 g,D2= 1.061g y D3= 1.7 g de un tipo de lodo obtenido de la planta potabilizadora de agua subterr√°nea ‚ÄúLa Campi√Īa II‚ÄĚ en el tratamiento de un suelo salino-s√≥dico (44.13 g usando columnas de suelo en el laboratorio. Se determinaron las propiedades fisicoqu√≠micas del suelo y del lodo, as√≠ como la velocidad final de infiltraci√≥n (VFI, la conductividad el√©ctrica (CE y la relaci√≥n de absorci√≥n de sodio (RAS. La adici√≥n de este tipo de lodos mejor√≥ significativamente las VFI respecto a las muestras sin recibir tratamiento. La dosis de 1.061 g present√≥ la mejor velocidad final de infiltraci√≥n. Se puede concluir que los experimentos utilizando el lodo de la planta ‚ÄúLa Campi√Īa II‚ÄĚ se obtuvieron resultados que lo hacen atractivo para su uso en suelos agr√≠colas con problemas de sodicidad.

  17. Aerobic Training Prevents Heatstrokes in Calsequestrin-1 Knockout Mice by Reducing Oxidative Stress

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    Full Text Available Calsequestrin-1 knockout (CASQ1-null mice suffer lethal episodes when exposed to strenuous exercise and environmental heat, crises known as exertional/environmental heatstroke (EHS. We previously demonstrated that administration of exogenous antioxidants (N-acetylcysteine and trolox reduces CASQ1-null mortality during exposure to heat. As aerobic training is known to boost endogenous antioxidant protection, we subjected CASQ1-null mice to treadmill running for 2 months at 60% of their maximal speed for 1‚ÄČh, 5 times/week. When exposed to heat stress protocol (41¬įC/1‚ÄČh, the mortality rate of CASQ1-null mice was significantly reduced compared to untrained animals (86% versus 16%. Protection from heatstrokes was accompanied by a reduced increase in core temperature during the stress protocol and by an increased threshold of response to caffeine of isolated extensor digitorum longus muscles during in vitro contracture test. At cellular and molecular levels, aerobic training (i improved mitochondrial function while reducing their damage and (ii lowered calpain activity and lipid peroxidation in membranes isolated from sarcoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria. Based on this evidence, we hypothesize that the protective effect of aerobic training is essentially mediated by a reduction in oxidative stress during exposure of CASQ1-null mice to adverse environmental conditions.

  18. Determinantes dos preços de terras no Brasil: uma análise de região de fronteira agrícola e áreas tradicionais

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    Aline Barrozo Ferro

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available O estudo tem como objetivo analisar o impacto de vari√°veis sobre o pre√ßo da terra agr√≠cola entre 2000 e 2010 em tr√™s regi√Ķes: fronteira agr√≠cola (sul do Maranh√£o, sul do Piau√≠, leste do Tocantins e oeste da Bahia, √°rea de transi√ß√£o (explora√ß√£o relativamente recente, mas representa um importante produtor de soja, como o Centro-Oeste e desenvolvida (√°reas tradicionais, como o Sul do Pa√≠s. Foram utilizadas as vari√°veis pre√ßo de soja, produtividade, √°rea cultivada, cr√©dito rural, investimento em transporte, capacidade de armazenamento e pre√ßo da terra no per√≠odo anterior. A partir do modelo econom√©trico de dados em painel, observou-se que o pre√ßo da soja (representando a renda do produtor, teve rela√ß√£o estreita e positiva com o pre√ßo da terra. Verificou-se, tamb√©m, que nas regi√Ķes menos ocupadas um aumento da demanda por √°rea pode impactar negativamente em seu pre√ßo devido √† maior elasticidade da oferta de terras e √† possibilidade de convers√£o de terras brutas e de pastagens em agr√≠colas. J√° na regi√£o desenvolvida, a rela√ß√£o √© positiva, j√° que a oferta de terras √© praticamente inel√°stica. O fator especulativo foi bastante representativo na fronteira agr√≠cola, o que evidenciou o forte interesse de investidores no potencial de valoriza√ß√£o da terra no per√≠odo.

  19. Verificação de requisitos de segurança de tratores agrícolas em alguns municípios do estado de São Paulo

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    Full Text Available Um levantamento de informa√ß√Ķes foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar as condi√ß√Ķes de seguran√ßa de tratores agr√≠colas novos e usados em alguns munic√≠pios do estado de S√£o Paulo. Foram avaliados 487 tratores em uso em 270 propriedades agr√≠colas do estado de S√£o Paulo e 31 tratores novos dispon√≠veis em revendas e em exposi√ß√£o em feiras agr√≠colas, sendo inspecionados alguns requisitos de seguran√ßa relativos a posto de opera√ß√£o, acesso, comandos, prote√ß√£o de partes m√≥veis, disponibiliza√ß√£o de avisos contra riscos de acidentes e requisitos necess√°rios para tr√°fego em rodovias, previstos em documentos normativos nacionais e/ou internacionais. Verificou-se que os tratores em uso no campo n√£o favorecem a seguran√ßa e o conforto do operador, enquanto que os tratores novos mostram tend√™ncia de atendimento aos requisitos de seguran√ßa e conforto, principalmente aqueles relacionados ao posto de opera√ß√£o e √† prote√ß√£o de partes ativas.

  20. Pilot program on distance training in spirometry testing - the technology feasibility study.

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    NowiŇĄski, Adam; RomaŇĄski, Emil; BieleŇĄ, PrzemysŇāaw; Bednarek, MichaŇā; PuŇõciŇĄska, ElŇľbieta; Goljan-Geremek, Anna; PŇāywaczewski, Robert; Ňöliwinski, PaweŇā

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    Office spirometry has been widely used in recent years by general practitioners in primary care setting, thus the need for stricter monitoring of the quality of spirometry has been recognized. A spirometry counseling network of outpatients clinics was created in Poland using portable spirometer Spirotel. The spirometry data were transferred to counseling centre once a week. The tests sent to the counseling centre were analyzed by doctors experienced in the analysis of spirometric data. In justified cases they sent their remarks concerning performed tests to the centres via e-mail. We received 878 records of spirometry tests in total. Data transmission via the telephone was 100% effective. The quality of spirometry tests performed by outpatients clinics was variable. The use of spirometers with data transfer for training purposes seems to be advisable. There is a need to proper face-to-face training of spirometry operators before an implementation of any telemedicine technology.

  1. Test-retest reliability of the Military Pre-training Questionnaire.

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    Robinson, M; Stokes, K; Bilzon, J; Standage, M; Brown, P; Thompson, D

    2010-09-01

    Musculoskeletal injuries are a significant cause of morbidity during military training. A brief, inexpensive and user-friendly tool that demonstrates reliability and validity is warranted to effectively monitor the relationship between multiple predictor variables and injury incidence in military populations. To examine the test-retest reliability of the Military Pre-training Questionnaire (MPQ), designed specifically to assess risk factors for injury among military trainees across five domains (physical activity, injury history, diet, alcohol and smoking). Analyses were based on a convenience sample of 58 male British Army trainees. Kappa (kappa), weighted kappa (kappa(w)) and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were used to evaluate the 2-week test-retest reliability of the MPQ. For index measures constituting the assessment of a given construct, internal consistency was assessed by Cronbach's alpha (alpha) coefficients. Reliability of individual items ranged from poor to almost perfect (kappa range = 0.45-0.86; kappa(w) range = 0.11-0.91; ICC range = 0.34-0.86) with most items demonstrating moderate reliability. Overall scores related to physical activity, diet, alcohol and smoking constructs were reliable between both administrations (ICC = 0.63-0.85). Support for the internal consistency of the incorporated alcohol (alpha = 0.78) and cigarette (alpha = 0.75) scales was also provided. The MPQ is a reliable self-report instrument for assessing multiple injury-related risk factors during initial military training. Further assessment of the psychometric properties of the MPQ (e.g. different types of validity) with military populations/samples will support its interpretation and use in future surveillance and epidemiological studies.

  2. The Application of Voltage Transformer Simulator in Electrical Test Training

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    Li, Nan; Zhang, Jun; Chai, Ziqi; Wang, Jingpeng; Yang, Baowei

    2018-02-01

    The voltage transformer test is an important means to monitor its operating state. The accuracy and reliability of the test data is directly related to the test skill level of the operator. However, the risk of test instruments damage, equipment being tested damage and electric shock in operator is caused by improper operation when training the transformer test. In this paper, a simulation device of voltage transformer is set up, and a simulation model is built for the most common 500kV capacitor voltage transformer (CVT), the simulation model can realize several test items of CVT by combing with teaching guidance platform, simulation instrument, complete set of system software and auxiliary equipment in Changchun. Many successful applications show that the simulation device has good practical value and wide application prospect.

  3. LapTrain: multi-modality training curriculum for laparoscopic cholecystectomy-results of a randomized controlled trial.

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    Kowalewski, K F; Garrow, C R; Proctor, T; Preukschas, A A; Friedrich, M; M√ľller, P C; Kenngott, H G; Fischer, L; M√ľller-Stich, B P; Nickel, F

    2018-02-12

    Multiple training modalities for laparoscopy have different advantages, but little research has been conducted on the benefit of a training program that includes multiple different training methods compared to one method only. This study aimed to evaluate benefits of a combined multi-modality training program for surgical residents. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) was performed on a porcine liver as the pre-test. Randomization was stratified for experience to the multi-modality Training group (12¬†h of training on Virtual Reality (VR) and box trainer) or Control group (no training). The post-test consisted of a VR LC and porcine LC. Performance was rated with the Global Operative Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (GOALS) score by blinded experts. Training (n‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ33) and Control (n‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ31) were similar in the pre-test (GOALS: 13.7‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ3.4 vs. 14.7‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ2.6; p‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.198; operation time 57.0‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ18.1 vs. 63.4‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ17.5¬†min; p‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.191). In the post-test porcine LC, Training had improved GOALS scores (+‚ÄČ2.84‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ2.85 points, p‚ÄČ<‚ÄČ0.001), while Control did not (+‚ÄČ0.55‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ2.34 points, p‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.154). Operation time in the post-test was shorter for Training vs. Control (40.0‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ17.0 vs. 55.0‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ22.2¬†min; p‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.012). Junior residents improved GOALS scores to the level of senior residents (pre-test: 13.7‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ2.7 vs. 18.3‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ2.9; p‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.010; post-test: 15.5‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ3.4 vs. 18.8‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ3.8; p‚ÄČ=‚ÄČ0.120) but senior residents remained faster (50.1‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ20.6 vs. 25.0‚ÄȬĪ‚ÄČ1.9¬†min; p‚ÄČ<‚ÄČ0.001). No differences were found between groups on the post-test VR trainer. Structured multi-modality training is beneficial for novices to improve basics and overcome the initial learning curve in laparoscopy as well as to decrease operation time for LCs in different stages of experience. Future studies should evaluate multi-modality training in comparison with single modalities. German Clinical Trials Register DRKS00011040.

  4. Fungos micorrízicos arbusculares em campos de murundus após a conversão para sistemas agrícolas no cerrado

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    Paula Camylla Ramos Assis

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Os campos de murundus s√£o fitofisionomias de ocorr√™ncia no bioma Cerrado com fun√ß√Ķes ecol√≥gicas importantes para a manuten√ß√£o da sustentabilidade do solo; e a convers√£o para sistemas agr√≠colas pode provocar altera√ß√Ķes nos atributos f√≠sicos, qu√≠micos e biol√≥gicos do solo ainda n√£o avaliados, como a redu√ß√£o da biodiversidade de fungos micorr√≠zicos arbusculares. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar como a convers√£o dos campos de murundus em √°reas de sistema agr√≠cola altera a comunidade de fungos micorr√≠zicos arbusculares (FMAs. Os tratamentos constitu√≠ram-se de tr√™s √°reas agr√≠colas submetidas ao mesmo manejo e uso agr√≠cola em uma cronossequ√™ncia (7, 11 e 14 anos e duas na √°rea refer√™ncia [campo de murundus, em topo (TM e entre os murundus (EM]. Os esporos de FMAs foram extra√≠dos, contados, e as esp√©cies de FMAs identificadas pelas caracter√≠sticas morfol√≥gicas. O total de FMAs recuperado foi de 27 esp√©cies, sendo nove esp√©cies da fam√≠lia Acaulosporaceae, uma Ambisporaceae, sete Glomeraceae, duas Claroideoglomeraceae e oito Gigasporaceae. Desse total, as esp√©cies Acaulospora scrobiculata, Glomus macrocarpum, e Gigaspora sp. ocorreram em todas as √°reas nos dois anos estudados. As esp√©cies Acaulospora mellea, Acaulospora cavernata, Acaulospora colombiana, Glomus diaphanum, Scutellospora reticulata e Scutellospora sp. s√≥ foram encontradas nos campos de murundus. A convers√£o de campos de murundus em √°rea agr√≠cola modificou a ocorr√™ncia e composi√ß√£o da comunidade de FMAs; as esp√©cies Acaulospora scrobiculata, Glomus macrocarpum, Claroideoglomus etunicatus e Gigaspora sp ocorreram em todas as √°reas e a n√£o ocorr√™ncia de algumas esp√©cies nas √°reas de cultivo, como as esp√©cies Acaulospora cavernata, Acaulospora colombiana, Rhizophagus diaphanus, Scutellospora reticulata e Scutellospora sp. representa perda de diversidade desses fungos. Portanto, este estudo tratou-se do primeiro relato da ocorr√™ncia e da

  5. The arabidopsis thaliana AGRAVITROPIC 1 gene encodes a component of the polar-auxin-transport efflux carrier

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    Chen, R.; Hilson, P.; Sedbrook, J.; Rosen, E.; Caspar, T.; Masson, P. H.

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    Auxins are plant hormones that mediate many aspects of plant growth and development. In higher plants, auxins are polarly transported from sites of synthesis in the shoot apex to their sites of action in the basal regions of shoots and in roots. Polar auxin transport is an important aspect of auxin functions and is mediated by cellular influx and efflux carriers. Little is known about the molecular identity of its regulatory component, the efflux carrier [Estelle, M. (1996) Current Biol. 6, 1589-1591]. Here we show that mutations in the Arabidopsis thaliana AGRAVITROPIC 1 (AGR1) gene involved in root gravitropism confer increased root-growth sensitivity to auxin and decreased sensitivity to ethylene and an auxin transport inhibitor, and cause retention of exogenously added auxin in root tip cells. We used positional cloning to show that AGR1 encodes a putative transmembrane protein whose amino acid sequence shares homologies with bacterial transporters. When expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, AGR1 promotes an increased efflux of radiolabeled IAA from the cells and confers increased resistance to fluoro-IAA, a toxic IAA-derived compound. AGR1 transcripts were localized to the root distal elongation zone, a region undergoing a curvature response upon gravistimulation. We have identified several AGR1-related genes in Arabidopsis, suggesting a global role of this gene family in the control of auxin-regulated growth and developmental processes.

  6. Clinical Significance of Preoperative Albumin and Globulin Ratio in Patients with Gastric Cancer Undergoing Treatment

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    Full Text Available Background. The pretreatment albumin and globulin ratio (AGR was an inflammation-associated factor which was related to the overall survival in various malignancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of AGR in patients with gastric cancer. Method. This retrospective study included 862 cases pathologically diagnosed with gastric cancer. All patients were randomly divided into the testing group (431 cases and validation group (431 cases. The relationships of AGR with clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression methods. Results. In the testing group, the median overall survival was 26.90 months and the cutoff value of AGR was 1.50 based on R language. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that lower AGR was correlated with poorer overall survival. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that AGR was an independent prognostic factor for overall survival (HR: 0.584, 95% CI = 0.351‚Äď0.973, and p = 0.039. In the validation group, the median overall survival was 24.10 months. Lower AGR (‚ȧ1.50 also had a significantly poorer overall survival by Kaplan-Meier analysis. According to multivariate analysis, the AGR was also confirmed to be an independent prognostic factor for overall survival (HR: 0.578, 95% CI = 0.373‚Äď0.897, and p = 0.015. Conclusions. Our study suggested that the pretreatment AGR could be a prognostic biomarker for overall survival in patients with gastric cancer.

  7. Use of a dementia training designed for nurse aides to train other staff.

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    Irvine, A Blair; Beaty, Jeff A; Seeley, John R; Bourgeois, Michelle

    2013-12-01

    Problematic resident behaviors may escalate in long-term care facilities (LTCs). If nurse aides (NAs) are not nearby, the nearest staff to intervene may be non-direct care workers (NDCWs), who have little or no dementia training. This pilot research tested Internet dementia-training program, designed for NAs, on NDCWs in a LTC setting. Sixty-eight NDCWs participated, filling out two baseline surveys at 1-month intervals and a posttest survey after training. The surveys included video-situation testing, items addressing psychosocial constructs associated with behavior change, and measures training-acceptance. Paired t tests showed significant positive effects on measures of knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and behavioral intentions, with small-moderate effect sizes. Nursing staff as well as non-health care workers showed improved scores, and the web-site training program was well received by all participants. These results suggest that Internet training may allow staff development coordinators to conserve limited resources by cross-training of different job categories with the same program.

  8. Impactos provocados por la sequ√≠a agr√≠cola en el cultivo de Pl√°tano (Musa en √°reas del municipio Venezuela, Ciego de √Āvila, Cuba

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    Yurisbel Gallardo Ballat

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    Full Text Available En la presente investigaci√≥n se realiza el an√°lisis del impacto provocado por la sequ√≠a agr√≠cola en el cultivo del Pl√°tano Vianda (Musa paradisiaca en un per√≠odo de 13 a√Īos en √°reas de municipio de Venezuela de la provincia de Ciego de √Āvila. Cuba, para el an√°lisis de los per√≠odos de sequ√≠a se utiliz√≥ el √ćndice de Sequ√≠a Agraria (ISA el cual presenta dentro de su algoritmo matem√°tico como variables determinantes la Evapotranspiraci√≥n de Referencia, que en este caso se determin√≥ con el m√©todo de Penman Monteith FAO-1998, el d√©ficit de humedad, la precipitaci√≥n efectiva y el rendimiento agr√≠cola. Los resultados obtenidos demuestran que los procesos de sequ√≠as agr√≠colas se manifiestan en todos los ciclos del cultivo, afectando de manera general los rendimientos, la evaluaci√≥n de fen√≥meno es de gran utilidad para el manejo sostenible de ecosistemas agrarios en aras de lograr mejores resultados productivos a mediano y corto plazo. El an√°lisis de este fen√≥meno climatol√≥gico desde el punto de vista agr√≠cola, permite trazar estrategias para la aplicaci√≥n de m√©todos de conservaci√≥n del suelo y del recurso h√≠drico a los agricultores.

  9. Fabrication of Uranium Oxycarbide Kernels for HTR Fuel

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    Barnes, Charles; Richardson, Clay; Nagley, Scott; Hunn, John; Shaber, Eric

    2010-01-01

    Babcock and Wilcox (B and W) has been producing high quality uranium oxycarbide (UCO) kernels for Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) fuel tests at the Idaho National Laboratory. In 2005, 350-(micro)m, 19.7% 235U-enriched UCO kernels were produced for the AGR-1 test fuel. Following coating of these kernels and forming the coated-particles into compacts, this fuel was irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) from December 2006 until November 2009. B and W produced 425-(micro)m, 14% enriched UCO kernels in 2008, and these kernels were used to produce fuel for the AGR-2 experiment that was inserted in ATR in 2010. B and W also produced 500-(micro)m, 9.6% enriched UO2 kernels for the AGR-2 experiments. Kernels of the same size and enrichment as AGR-1 were also produced for the AGR-3/4 experiment. In addition to fabricating enriched UCO and UO2 kernels, B and W has produced more than 100 kg of natural uranium UCO kernels which are being used in coating development tests. Successive lots of kernels have demonstrated consistent high quality and also allowed for fabrication process improvements. Improvements in kernel forming were made subsequent to AGR-1 kernel production. Following fabrication of AGR-2 kernels, incremental increases in sintering furnace charge size have been demonstrated. Recently small scale sintering tests using a small development furnace equipped with a residual gas analyzer (RGA) has increased understanding of how kernel sintering parameters affect sintered kernel properties. The steps taken to increase throughput and process knowledge have reduced kernel production costs. Studies have been performed of additional modifications toward the goal of increasing capacity of the current fabrication line to use for production of first core fuel for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) and providing a basis for the design of a full scale fuel fabrication facility.

  10. Aerobic exercise in adolescents with obesity: preliminary evaluation of a modular training program and the modified shuttle test

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    van der Baan-Slootweg Olga H

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Increasing activity levels in adolescents with obesity requires the development of exercise programs that are both attractive to adolescents and easily reproducible. The aim of this study was to develop a modular aerobic training program for adolescents with severe obesity, with a focus on variety, individual targets and acquiring physical skills. We report here the effects on aerobic fitness from a pilot study. Furthermore, we examined the feasibility of the modified shuttle test (MST as an outcome parameter for aerobic fitness in adolescents with severe obesity. Methods Fifteen adolescents from an inpatient body weight management program participated in the aerobic training study (age 14.7 ¬Ī 2.1 yrs, body mass index 37.4 ¬Ī 3.5. The subjects trained three days per week for 12 weeks, with each session lasting 30‚Äď60 minutes. The modular training program consisted of indoor, outdoor and swimming activities. Feasibility of the MST was studied by assessing construct validity, test-retest reliability and sensitivity to change. Results Comparing pretraining and end of training period showed large clinically relevant and significant improvements for all aerobic indices: e.g. VO2 peak 17.5%, effect size (ES 2.4; Wmax 8%, ES 0.8. In addition, a significant improvement was found for the efficiency of the cardiovascular system as assessed by the oxygen pulse (15.8%, ES 1.6. Construct validity, test-retest reliability and sensitivity to change of the MST were very good. MST was significantly correlated with VO2 peak (r = 0.79 and Wmax (r = 0.84 but not with anthropometric measures. The MST walking distance improved significantly by 32.5%, ES 2.5. The attendance rate at the exercise sessions was excellent. Conclusion This modular, varied aerobic training program has clinically relevant effects on aerobic performance in adolescents with severe obesity. The added value of our aerobic training program for body weight management programs

  11. Efficacy of the National Football League-225 Test to Track Changes in One Repetition Maximum Bench Press After Training in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division IA Football Players.

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    Mann, J Bryan; Ivey, Pat A; Stoner, Josh D; Mayhew, Jerry L; Brechue, William F

    2015-11-01

    Numerous investigations have attested to the efficacy of the National Football League (NFL)-225 test to estimate one repetition maximum (1RM) bench press. However, no studies have assessed the efficacy of the test to track changes in strength across a training program. The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy of the NFL-225 test for determining the change in 1RM bench press in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division IA college football players after training. Over a 4-year period, players (n = 203) were assessed before and after a 6-week off-season resistance program for 1RM bench press and repetitions completed with 102.3 kg (225 lbs). Test sessions typically occurred within 1 week of each other. Players significantly increased 1RM by 4.2 ¬Ī 8.6 kg and NFL-225 repetitions by 0.9 ¬Ī 2.3, although the effect size (ES) for each was trivial (ES = 0.03 and 0.07, respectively). National Football League 225 prediction equations had higher correlations with 1RM before training (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC] = 0.95) than after training (ICC = 0.75). The correlation between the change in NFL-225 repetitions and change in 1RM was low and negative (r = -0.22, p bench press strength after short-term training.

  12. Calidad de Andosols en sistemas forestal, agroforestal y agrícola con diferentes manejos en Zacatlán, Puebla

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    Jonathan Omar Hern√°ndez Ordo√Īez

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    Full Text Available Los estudios de suelos en sistemas agroforestales relacionados con bosques mes√≥filos de monta√Īa han sido poco abordados en nuestro pa√≠s, especialmente los desarrollados en Andosols, los cuales son susceptibles a los procesos de degradaci√≥n por el cambio de uso del suelo. El presente estudio se realiz√≥ en el municipio de Zacatl√°n, Puebla con el objetivo de caracterizar la calidad de los Andosols bajo diferentes sistemas de manejo. Los m√©todos que se emplearon fueron: entrevistas a productores para identificar los sistemas, descripci√≥n de perfiles de suelos, an√°lisis de laboratorio y an√°lisis de similaridad de los diferentes manejos. Los resultados indicaron que la zona de estudio est√° integrada por tres sistemas: bosque mes√≥filo de Monta√Īa (BMM, agroforestal (asociaciones manzana-ma√≠z-calabaza-ar√°ndanos y agr√≠cola, con adici√≥n de abonos org√°nicos (FO o fertilizaci√≥n inorg√°nica (FI. En los Andosols con BMM, la estructura biol√≥gica domina (agregados migajosos y granulares hasta los 55 cm de profundidad, presentan alto contenido de materia org√°nica del suelo (MOS (31%, alta retenci√≥n de humedad (194.5% y baja densidad aparente (Da (0.49 g cm-3. Con el cambio de uso de suelo (de bosque a agroforestal o agr√≠cola, la estructura biol√≥gica se reduce en espesor o desaparece y dominan los bloques sub-angulares, debido a la disminuci√≥n dr√°stica del contenido de MOS (a 16.3 o a 6.3%, y retenci√≥n de humedad (de 97 o a 47%. Adem√°s, la Da aument√≥ hasta 1 g cm-3 en el sistema agr√≠cola. Por el contrario, en tierras degradadas, el sistema agroforestal con manejo org√°nico ha mejorado la calidad del horizonte superficial en menos de seis a√Īos y con la FO o FI algunos sistemas agroforestales aumentaron los contenidos de Ntot y P. Los √≠ndices que mejor caracterizaron la calidad de los Andosols bajo diferentes sistemas fueron: estructura del suelo, MOS, Ntot, P y retenci√≥n de humedad.

  13. Rese√Īa de tesis doctoral: Consolidaci√≥n de cadenas globales de valor y desarrollo de clusters locales: El caso de la maquinaria agr√≠cola en Argentina

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    Lan, Diana

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    El aporte del trabajo de investigación desarrollado por Federico Langard tiene que ver con la industria de maquinaria agrícola argentina y su larga tradición originada en el desarrollo de la agricultura pampeana. Se concentra en el Este de Córdoba y el Centro-Sur de Santa Fe. Esta industria aparece por las necesidades de las formas de producción agrícola, como talleres de reparación de maquinaria importada y luego como productoras que adaptan y fabrican los productos más complejos tecnológica...

  14. Exploring factors influencing HbA1c and psychosocial outcomes in people with type 1 diabetes after training in advanced carbohydrate counting

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    was tested (using a non-validated test developed specifically for this study) and behavioral measures (number of daily blood glucose measurements and self-reported use of ACC) were obtained. Associations between change in HbA1c and these measures plus sex, age, diabetes duration and BMI were tested. RESULTS......AIMS: The purpose of this secondary analysis of the StenoABC Study was to identify determinants of the changes in HbA1c observed after training of people with type 1 diabetes in advanced carbohydrate counting (ACC) and automated bolus calculator (ABC) use, and further to investigate psychosocial...

  15. Pentose sugars inhibit metabolism and increase expression of an AgrD-type cyclic pentapeptide in Clostridium thermocellum.

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    Verbeke, Tobin J; Giannone, Richard J; Klingeman, Dawn M; Engle, Nancy L; Rydzak, Thomas; Guss, Adam M; Tschaplinski, Timothy J; Brown, Steven D; Hettich, Robert L; Elkins, James G

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    Clostridium thermocellum could potentially be used as a microbial biocatalyst to produce renewable fuels directly from lignocellulosic biomass due to its ability to rapidly solubilize plant cell walls. While the organism readily ferments sugars derived from cellulose, pentose sugars from xylan are not metabolized. Here, we show that non-fermentable pentoses inhibit growth and end-product formation during fermentation of cellulose-derived sugars. Metabolomic experiments confirmed that xylose is transported intracellularly and reduced to the dead-end metabolite xylitol. Comparative RNA-seq analysis of xylose-inhibited cultures revealed several up-regulated genes potentially involved in pentose transport and metabolism, which were targeted for disruption. Deletion of the ATP-dependent transporter, CbpD partially alleviated xylose inhibition. A putative xylitol dehydrogenase, encoded by Clo1313_0076, was also deleted resulting in decreased total xylitol production and yield by 41% and 46%, respectively. Finally, xylose-induced inhibition corresponds with the up-regulation and biogenesis of a cyclical AgrD-type, pentapeptide. Medium supplementation with the mature cyclical pentapeptide also inhibits bacterial growth. Together, these findings provide new foundational insights needed for engineering improved pentose utilizing strains of C. thermocellum and reveal the first functional Agr-type cyclic peptide to be produced by a thermophilic member of the Firmicutes.

  16. Validation of SINERGIA as training tool: a randomized study to test the transfer of acquired basic psychomotor skills to LapMentor.

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    Moyano-Cuevas, J L; Sánchez-Margallo, F M; Sánchez-Peralta, L F; Pagador, J B; Enciso, S; Sánchez-González, P; Gómez-Aguilera, E J; Usón-Gargallo, J

    2011-11-01

    Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used in many surgical procedures but requires a learning process to develop the necessary skills. Virtual reality simulators play an essential role within the training curricula. This paper aims to determine whether training in SINERGIA VR simulator allows novice surgeons to improve their basic psychomotor laparoscopic skills. Forty-two people participated in this study, including 28 unexperience medical students and 14 expert surgeons who developed previously more than 100 laparoscopic procedures. Medical students made a pre-training test in LapMentor II; then, they trained in SINERGIA and they finally accomplished a post-training test in LapMentor II. Experts just made one trial in LapMentor II. A statistical analysis was carried out and results of pre- and post-training tests of novices were compared with Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Pre- and post-training tests of novices were also compared with results of experts with Mann-Whitney U test. Most metrics provided by LapMentor II and included in this study show significant differences when comparing pre- and post-training tests of novices. Analysis of pre-training test of novices and experts results show significant differences in all analyzed metrics for all studied tasks. On the other hand, LapMentor was not able to distinguish between experts and novices after training in SINERGIA for any metric in the camera manipulation task and for some metrics of the other tasks. Training in SINERGIA VR simulator allows improvement of basic psychomotor laparoscpic skills and transferring them to another virtual simulator. Therefore, it could be used in laparoscopic surgery training programs.

  17. Requisitos ambientais e acesso a mercados: o setor de defensivos agrícolas Environmental requirements and market access: the pesticide sector

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    Ricardo K.S. Fermam

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Os requisitos ambientais do com√©rcio internacional s√£o freq√ľentemente usados pelos pa√≠ses desenvolvidos como barreiras t√©cnicas ao acesso a mercados pelos pa√≠ses em desenvolvimento. Conhecer estes requisitos √© especialmente importante para o setor de defensivos agr√≠colas (pesticidas. Assim, este artigo busca identificar os principais requisitos ambientais relativos aos defensivos agr√≠colas, mostrando a import√Ęncia dos mesmos para os com√©rcio exterior dos pa√≠ses em desenvolvimento, especialmente o Brasil.The environmental requirements of the international trade are frequently used for the developed countries as technical barriers to the market access for the developing countries. To know these requirements is especially important for the sector of agricultural defensives (pesticides. Thus, this Article seeks to identify the main environmental requirements regards to the agricultural defensives, showing the importance of the same ones for the foreign trade of the developing countries, especially Brazil.

  18. Efectos del tlcan sobre el empleo de mano de obra en el sector agrícola de México, 1994-2010

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    Yuliana Lechuga Jardínez

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    Full Text Available el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte se implementó en 1994 para solucionar el desempleo de mano de obra en el campo mexicano, sin embargo, actual - mente las zonas rurales del país enfrentan el mismo pro - blema. Se calcularon las fuentes de crecimiento del em - pleo de mano de obra, de 1994 a 2010, con la finalidad de determinar su impacto sobre el sector agrícola de Méxi - co. Los resultados indican que el cambio en la estructura productiva fue desfavorable para el empleo en general, no obstante, el agrícola creció en diez millones de jornadas debido a un incremento en la superficie cosechada y a un aumento en los requerimientos de mano de obra. En Sinaloa, el cambio en la estructura productiva y una ma - yor mecanización perjudicaron al empleo, a diferencia de lo ocurrido en Estado de México y Chiapas, en donde lo beneficiaron.

  19. Contrato de maquinaria agrícola en el noroeste de la provincia de Buenos Aires

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    En el presente trabajo se aborda el contrato de maquinaria agr√≠cola, citando a diversos autores y su encuadre jur√≠dico. Los cambios introducidos en el nuevo C√≥digo Civil y Comercial. La tipicidad de este tipo de contratos y las modalidades de c√≥mo se desarrolla en el noroeste de la provincia de Aires. Para este √ļltimo punto se ha utilizado el m√©todo de entrevistas, tanto a contratistas como productores agropecuarios, para tratar de vislumbrar, si se trata de contratos at√≠picos o subtipos cont...

  20. Formação dos profissionais das áreas de ciências agrárias em segurança do trabalho rural Preparation of professionals in the area of agrarian sciences regarding safety in rural work

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    Adilson Luiz Seifert

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    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, objetivou-se verificar se os futuros profissionais que ser√£o engajados ao mercado de trabalho t√™m recebido orienta√ß√Ķes e treinamentos para atuar na quest√£o da seguran√ßa no trabalho rural e estabelecer rela√ß√Ķes entre a forma√ß√£o profissional e a informa√ß√£o levada aos produtores rurais. Foi utilizado como instrumento de pesquisa um question√°rio aplicado a 209 produtores/trabalhadores rurais, 156 discentes formandos, da √°rea de Ci√™ncias Agr√°rias, da Universidade Estadual de Londrina e 75 discentes do Col√©gio Agr√≠cola Estadual Manoel Ribas, Apucarana (PR. A coleta dos dados foi realizada nos meses de junho, julho e agosto de 2006. Os resultados mostraram que tanto os produtores/trabalhadores rurais como os futuros profissionais n√£o est√£o conscientizados com rela√ß√£o √† seguran√ßa no trabalho rural. Portanto, tornar a disciplina Seguran√ßa e Higiene do Trabalho Rural obrigat√≥ria nos curr√≠culos dos cursos da √°rea de Ci√™ncias Agr√°rias, colocar em pr√°tica a preven√ß√£o de acidentes ocupacionais no meio rural e realizar uma reciclagem cont√≠nua dos profissionais que atuam na √°rea, por meio de treinamentos e do acesso a informa√ß√Ķes atualizadas que poderiam se apresentar como alternativas para a preven√ß√£o de acidentes na √°rea rural.The present paper had the objective of checking if the professional who will be engaged in the job market had received proper orientation and training to act in rural working safety, to establish relations between professional orientation and the information which will be given to rural growers. As research instrument, a questionnaire was used and applied to 209 growers and farm works, 156 graduated students of crop science at the Londrina State University and 75 students of the Agriculture High School Manoel Ribas, Apucarana (PR. The data were collected during the months of June, July, and August 2006. The results showed that neither the farm works and growers nor the students

  1. Remote inspection manipulators for AGR II: Babcock Power's interstitial manipulator

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    Whyley, S.R.

    1985-01-01

    The interstitial manipulator has been designed and built by Babcock Power for the remote visual inspection of AGR II reactors at Heysham and Torness. Its five drives are operated from a console local to the manipulator on the pile cap, or from a similar console located remotely. The need to operate from an interstitial ISI standpipe has restricted the size of the components entering the reactor, and this has consequently provided the major design constraint. A detailed structural assessment of the manipulator was carried out to demonstrate the ability to operate with payloads in excess of the largest camera weight of 13.6 kg. The manipulator finite element model was also used to determine static deflections, and, as a consequence, has provided data from which the control system is able to predict accurately the camera's position. Other computer aided design techniques have enabled the step by step sequences of manipulator deployment, in the restricted space available, to be successfully demonstrated. (author)

  2. Lucienville's Agriculture Corp. Ltda. Cooperativa Agrícola Lucienville Ltda.

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    Patricia Boari

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Since the evolution of agriculture corporativism and through its memoirs and balance books the present study analyzes the development of Lucienville's Agriculture Corp. Ltda. during the historic peronism. On this stage the institution got a particular incidence on diverse economic activities of national agro (seed accumulation, its industrialization and commercialization, at the same time it strengthened its role as center of social services to the associates.A partir de la evolución del cooperativismo agrario argentino y a través de sus memorias y balances el presente estudio analiza el desenvolvimiento de la Cooperativa Agrícola Lucienville Ltda. durante el peronismo histórico. En esta etapa la institución adquiere particular incidencia en las diversas actividades económicas del agro regional (acopio de semillas, su industrialización y comercialización, al tiempo que refuerza su rol como centro de servicios sociales para los asociados.

  3. Compostagem de lodo de esgoto para uso agrícola

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    M√°rio Viana Paredes Filho

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho de revis√£o de literatura tem o objetivo de demonstrar o potencial existente no lodo de esgoto proveniente das esta√ß√Ķes de tratamento de esgotos, para que o mesmo seja reaproveitado e utilizado como mat√©ria org√Ęnica fornecedora de nutrientes para o solo. O lodo de esgoto deve ser tratado antes da sua disposi√ß√£o final atrav√©s de tratamentos biol√≥gicos que v√£o reduzir a carga org√Ęnica e promover a estabiliza√ß√£o e higieniza√ß√£o do composto. A compostagem apresenta-se como uma t√©cnica vi√°vel e relativamente de baixo custo, que atende aos padr√Ķes f√≠sicos, qu√≠micos e microbiol√≥gicos exigidos pela legisla√ß√£o pertinente. A reciclagem agr√≠cola do lodo de esgoto torna-se uma alternativa segura para a disposi√ß√£o final deste res√≠duo.

  4. A diversidade dos recursos genéticos vegetais e a nova pesquisa agrícola The diversity of plant genetic resources and the new approaches in the agronomic research

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    Full Text Available As novas demandas da pesquisa agr√≠cola requerem a forma√ß√£o de recursos humanos com n√≠veis avan√ßados de qualifica√ß√£o e capazes de elaborar e executar propostas cient√≠ficas, tecnol√≥gicas e pol√≠ticas relacionadas ao uso, melhoramento e conserva√ß√£o dos recursos gen√©ticos vegetais, domesticados ou n√£o. Esta nova √™nfase tem demandas associadas predominantemente ao uso intensivo do conhecimento. Os desafios atuais a serem enfrentados pela nova pesquisa agr√≠cola referem-se ao estabelecimento de estrat√©gias de caracteriza√ß√£o e conserva√ß√£o in situ; a defini√ß√£o precisa sobre o uso sustent√°vel dos recursos gen√©ticos; a valora√ß√£o; a regulamenta√ß√£o ao acesso, incluindo-se os aspectos associados √† soberania da diversidade gen√©tica vegetal. O Brasil √© o pa√≠s com a maior diversidade gen√©tica vegetal do mundo, ainda amplamente desconhecida. Neste sentido torna-se fundamental a caracteriza√ß√£o do material gen√©tico existente nas forma√ß√Ķes florestais e variedades crioulas, para subsidiar o manejo de determinadas popula√ß√Ķes naturais e os programas de melhoramento gen√©tico, visando ao aumento do rendimento econ√īmico da explora√ß√£o vegetal. Prop√Ķe-se o estabelecimento de programas de pesquisa conjuntos e a forma√ß√£o de recursos capazes de manejar a diversidade gen√©tica existente, atrav√©s do dom√≠nio e emprego de tecnologias pertinentes, habilitando-os a atuar nas transforma√ß√Ķes agr√≠colas atuais, de modo a favorecer o desenvolvimento agr√≠cola sustent√°vel.The new demands of the agricultural research require human resources highly qualified able to develop scientific proposals, technologies and polices related to the use, improvement and conservation of plant genetic resources, domesticated or not. This new emphase is based mainly in the intense use of the knowledge. The current challenges faced by the new agricultural research dealing with the establishment of strategies of characterization and in situ conservation; the

  5. Extensive utilization of training reactor VR-1

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    This paper describes one of the main purposes of the VR-1 training reactor utilisation - i.e. extensive educational programme. The educational programme is intended for the training of university students (all technical universities in Czech Republic) and selected nuclear power plant personnel. At the present, students can go through more than 20 different experimental exercises. An attractive programme including demonstration of reactor operation is prepared also for high school students. Moreover, research and development works and information programmes proceed at the VR-1 reactor as well

  6. Exercise testing, limitation and training in patients with cystic fibrosis. A personalized approach

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    Exercise testing and training are cornerstones in regular CF care. However, no consensus exists in literature about which exercise test protocol should be used for individual patients. Furthermore, divergence exists in insights about both the dominant exercise limiting mechanisms and the

  7. Intermittent Testing and Training for High-Level Football Players

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    Football is the most popular sport in the world, played by over 400 million men and women. In addition to the wide range of sport-specific technical and tactical skills needed, several physical components have been shown to be necessary to perform at a high level. The present PhD thesis is based...... on four articles that focus on physical testing and training for elite and sub-elite football players.The first article (Study I) aims to identify and establish aerobic capacities and anthropometric characteristics of elite female football players with the use of laboratory tests, and to examine whether...... systematic differences between the playing positions can be detected. Lately, field tests have become more frequently used in football than the laboratory tests used in Study I. Study II therefore aims to assess the validity of one of them, the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery test level 2 (Yo-Yo IR2). Along...

  8. TAP 1, Training Program Manual

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    Training programs at DOE nuclear facilities should provide well-trained, qualified personnel to safely and efficiently operate the facilities in accordance with DOE requirements. A need has been identified for guidance regarding analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of consistent and reliable performance-based training programs. Accreditation of training programs at Category A reactors and high-hazard and selected moderate-hazard nonreactor nuclear facilities will assure consistent, appropriate, and cost-effective training of personnel responsible for the operation, maintenance, and technical support of these facilities. Training programs that are designed and based on systematically determined job requirements, instead of subjective estimation of trainee needs, yield training activities that are consistent and develop or improve knowledge, skills, and abilities that can be directly related to the work setting. Because the training is job-related, the content of these programs more efficiently meets the needs of the employee. Besides a better trained work force, a greater level of operational reactor safety can be realized. This manual is intended to provide an overview of the accreditation process and a brief description of the elements necessary to construct and maintain training programs that are based on the requirements of the job. Two companion manuals provide additional information to assist contractors in their efforts to accredit training programs

  9. Polarized training has greater impact on key endurance variables than threshold, high intensity or high volume training

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    Full Text Available Endurance athletes integrate four conditioning concepts in their training programs: high-volume training (HVT, ‚Äėthreshold-training‚Äô (THR, high-intensity interval training (HIIT and a combination of these aforementioned concepts known as polarized training (POL. The purpose of this study was to explore which of these four training concepts provides the greatest response on key components of endurance performance in well-trained endurance athletes. Methods: Forty eight runners, cyclists, triathletes and cross-country skiers (peak oxygen uptake: (VO2peak: 62.6¬Ī7.1 mL‚ąômin-1‚ąôkg-1 were randomly assigned to one of four groups performing over nine weeks. An incremental test, work economy and a VO2peak tests were performed. Training intensity was heart rate controlled. Results: POL demonstrated the greatest increase in VO2peak (+6.8 ml‚ąômin‚ąôkg-1 or 11.7%, P0.05. Conclusion: POL resulted in the greatest improvements in most key variables of endurance performance in well-trained endurance athletes. THR or HVT did not lead to further improvements in performance related variables.

  10. Cold Pump Test and Training and Mock-Up Facility Functions and Requirements

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    This document defines the functions and requirements (F and R) for a test facility to provide for pre-deployment, checkout, testing, and training for the underground storage tank retrieval equipment, systems, and crews that will be developed or deployed as part of Waste Feed Delivery. The F and R for a River Protection Project retrieval test facility, one that supports a production mode tank farm system, are identified

  11. PRAPRAG: software para planejamento racional de máquinas agrícolas PRAPRAG: software for rational planning of agricultural machines

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    Erivelto Mercante

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available O software PRAPRAG √© uma ferramenta de escolha de m√°quinas e implementos agr√≠colas que apresentam o menor custo por √°rea ou por quantidade produzida, bem como, faz o planejamento de aquisi√ß√£o das m√°quinas para a propriedade agr√≠cola, do ponto de vista t√©cnico e econ√īmico. Foi utilizada a linguagem de programa√ß√£o Borland Delphi 3.0 e, a partir de prospectos das m√°quinas e implementos, criou-se um banco de dados onde o usu√°rio pode cadastrar e modificar suas caracter√≠sticas de uso. O software mostrou-se uma ferramenta √ļtil e uso amig√°vel. O software proporciona maior rapidez, seguran√ßa e confiabilidade ao processo produtivo e econ√īmico das propriedades, na sele√ß√£o e aquisi√ß√£o de conjuntos mecanizados agr√≠colas, e na determina√ß√£o de custos com a m√£o de obra utilizada.The software PRAPRAG is a tool used for choosing agricultural machines and implements that present the lowest cost per area or produced amount, as well as, to it makes the machines acquisition planning for the agricultural property, from both technical and economical points of view. It was used the programming language Borland Delphi 3.0. From the machine and implement handouts, it was created a database where the user can register and modify their characteristics of use. The software showed to be a useful and friendly tool. The software provides high speed, safety and reliability for the productive and economical process of the properties, at the selection and acquisition of agricultural systems, as well as for the determination of costs with the used labor.

  12. Personality Testing and Workplace Training: Exploring Stakeholders, Products and Purpose in Western Europe

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    Lundgren, Henriette; Kroon, Brigitte; Poell, Rob F.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore how and why personality tests are used in workplace training. This research paper is guided by three research questions that inquire about the role of external and internal stakeholders, the value of psychometric and practical considerations in test selection, and the purpose of personality test use…

  13. √Čtude des matrices sol-gel en film mince par d√©tection de mol√©cule unique en champ large : diffusion mol√©culaire et agr√©gation photo-induite

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    Nutarelli, D.; Débarre, A.; Jaffiol, R.; Julien, C.; Richard, A.; Tchénio, P.; Chaput, F.; Boilot, J. P.

    2004-11-01

    La fluorescence de mol√©cules de colorant dans des matrices sol-gel en film mince a √©t√© √©tudi√©e par d√©tection de mol√©cule unique. Outre les ph√©nom√®nes de photo-blanchiment et de clignotement, un processus de photo-agr√©gation a √©t√© observ√©. Ce ph√©nom√®ne, dont la dynamique d√©pend de la pr√©sence d'oxyg√®ne, de l'intensit√© du laser d'excitation et de la temp√©rature, montre l'existence de deux classes de mol√©cules dans l'√©chantillon. Des mol√©cules immobiles et d'autres qui diffusent. L'analyse de la dynamique d'agr√©gation permettra de d√©gager certaines caract√©ristiques du m√©canisme de photo-agr√©gation et d'appr√©hender le r√īle jou√© par la matrice sol-gel dans ce processus.

  14. The impact of training process on the stress tests results of women cross country skiing representation.

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    2015-01-01

    Title: The impact of training process on the stress tests results of women cross country skiing representation. Aim: The aim of this thesis is the comparison of the results of stress tests carried out preparatory period before and after the preparation period and whether the results were influenced by the applied training process. Methods: In this thesis was used background research of professional publications, content analyzes of documents and comparison of the results of stress tests and c...

  15. Exercise training improves breathing strategy and performance during the six-minute walk test in obese adolescents.

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    Mendelson, Monique; Michallet, Anne-Sophie; Perrin, Claudine; Levy, Patrick; Wuyam, Bernard; Flore, Patrice

    2014-08-15

    We aimed to examine ventilatory responses during the six-minute walk test in healthy-weight and obese adolescents before and after exercise training. Twenty obese adolescents (OB) (age: 14.5¬Ī1.7 years; BMI: 34.0¬Ī4.7kg¬∑m(-2)) and 20 age and gender-matched healthy-weight adolescents (HW) (age: 15.5¬Ī1.5 years; BMI: 19.9¬Ī1.4kg¬∑m(-2)) completed six-minute walk test during which breath-by-breath gas analysis and expiratory flow limitation (expFL) were measured. OB participated in a 12-week exercise-training program. Comparison between HW and OB participants showed lower distance achieved during the 6MWT in OB (-111.0m, 95%CI: -160.1 to 62.0, p<0.05) and exertional breathlessness was greater (+0.78 a.u., 95%CI: 0.091-3.27, p=0.039) when compared with HW. Obese adolescents breathed at lower lung volumes, as evidenced by lower end expiratory and end inspiratory lung volumes during exercise (p<0.05). Prevalence of expFL (8 OB vs 2 HW, p=0.028) and mean expFL (14.9¬Ī21.9 vs 5.32¬Ī14.6% VT, p=0.043, in OB and HW) were greater in OB. After exercise training, mean increase in the distance achieved during the 6MWT was 64.5 meters (95%CI: 28.1-100.9, p=0.014) and mean decrease in exertional breathlessness was 1.62 (95%CI: 0.47-2.71, p=0.05). Obese adolescents breathed at higher lung volumes, as evidenced by the increase in end inspiratory lung volume from rest to 6-min exercise (9.9¬Ī13.4 vs 20.0¬Ī13.6%TLC, p<0.05). Improved performance was associated with improved change in end inspiratory lung volume from rest to 6-min exercise (r=0.65, p=0.025). Our results suggest that exercise training can improve breathing strategy during submaximal exercise in obese adolescents and that this increase is associated with greater exercise performance. Copyright ¬© 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Constraints in Teacher Training for Computer Assisted Language Testing Implementation

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    Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Litzler, Mary Frances

    2011-01-01

    Many ELT examinations have gone online in the last few years and a large number of educational institutions have also started considering the possibility of implementing their own tests. This paper deals with the training of a group of 24 ELT teachers in the Region of Valencia (Spain). In 2007, the Ministry of Education provided funds to determine…

  17. The wide range in-core neutron measurement system used in the Windscale AGR concluding experiments

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    Goodings, A.; Budd, J.; Wilson, I.

    1982-06-01

    The Windscale AGR concluding experiments included a comparison of theoretical and experimental power transients and required measurements of neutron flux as a function of position and time within the reactor core. These measurements were specified to cover a working range as wide as possible and had to be made against the in-core gamma background of up to 4 x 10 7 R(hr) - 1 . The detectors were required to operate in special channels cooled by reactor inlet CO 2 and the overall system needed a response time such that it could follow transients with doubling times down to 2s with an accuracy of 2 or 3%. These problems were solved by the use of gas ion fission chambers operating in the current fluctuation or ''Campbelling'' mode. Their neutron to gamma sensitivity ratio was optimised by the use of unusually low filling pressures and they were fitted with special ''trilaminax'' mineral insulated cables to minimise the effects of electrical interference at the 100 kHz channel centre frequency. Ten detectors were built and nine were installed in the reactor, three in each of three special stringers at different radial positions. All were processed and tested for operation at 350 deg. C and their fissile coatings (430 őľg cm - 1 of natural uranium) were matched to give individual neutron sensitivities with a population spread better than +- 6% about the mean. The mean absolute sensitivities were determined to about +- 5% against manganese foils in the NESTOR reactor at AEE Winfrith. The detectors were complemented by special signal processing channels which provided current fluctuation sensitivity and appropriate output signals to the experiment data acquisition system. These channels also permitted dc measurement of chamber current for more precise flux determination near reactor full power

  18. Curvas de desempenho motor de um trator agr√≠cola utilizando diferentes propor√ß√Ķes de biodiesel de soja

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    Vanderson Rabelo de Paula

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A crise energ√©tica, associada ao aumento da demanda por combust√≠veis e √† crescente preocupa√ß√£o com o meio ambiente, tem levado √† busca por fontes alternativas de energia. Al√©m disso, a entrada de novos equipamentos e m√°quinas agr√≠colas altamente competitivos, em termos de custo, vem despertando o interesse dos agricultores. No entanto, tais equipamentos, pela sua recente inser√ß√£o no mercado, ainda n√£o apresentam par√Ęmetros que os remetam √† confiabilidade. Nesse contexto, este estudo visou ao ensaio dinamom√©trico de tomada de pot√™ncia (TDP de um trator agr√≠cola da marca Green Horse, modelo 204, para obten√ß√£o de suas curvas de desempenho, utilizando como combust√≠vel misturas de √≥leo diesel e biodiesel de soja, nas propor√ß√Ķes B2, B5, B20 e B100. Os resultados mostraram que o trator apresentou desempenho motor compat√≠vel com outros modelos de mesma pot√™ncia utilizados no pa√≠s, apresentando o melhor desempenho com o uso do combust√≠vel B5.

  19. Training and certification program of the operating staff for a 90-day test of a regenerative life support system

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    Prior to beginning a 90-day test of a regenerative life support system, a need was identified for a training and certification program to qualify an operating staff for conducting the test. The staff was responsible for operating and maintaining the test facility, monitoring and ensuring crew safety, and implementing procedures to ensure effective mission performance with good data collection and analysis. The training program was designed to ensure that each operating staff member was capable of performing his assigned function and was sufficiently cross-trained to serve at certain other positions on a contingency basis. Complicating the training program were budget and schedule limitations, and the high level of sophistication of test systems.

  20. Evaluación de riesgos en sistemas agrícolas asociados a la utilización de plaguicidas en el Municipio de Kukra Hill, Nicaragua, Centroamérica

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    Juan Asdr√ļbal Flores-Pacheco

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    Full Text Available La presente investigaci√≥n pretende identificar y tipificar los riesgos humanos y ambientales asociados a la utilizaci√≥n de plaguicidas en las actividades agr√≠colas en el municipio de Kukra Hill, Regi√≥n Aut√≥noma del Atl√°ntico Sur (RAAS, Nicaragua. Se trabaj√≥ desde la evaluaci√≥n de sus concentraciones en suelos y escorrent√≠as superficiales en √°reas de uso agr√≠cola, lo que es complementado con una investigaci√≥n de las condiciones de seguridad laboral, tanto preventiva como correctiva, que los agro-aplicadores realizan en sus labores diarias. Se logr√≥ determinar que existen presencia y concentraci√≥n de mol√©culas de plaguicida en concentraciones por debajo de los niveles de detecci√≥n permisibles seg√ļn valores gu√≠as canadienses de calidad de suelo de uso agr√≠cola para la protecci√≥n ambiental y salud humana. Se han incluido los testimonios de t√©cnicos extensionistas privados y de instituciones gubernamentales. Los resultados muestran un escaso uso de protecciones personales y una importante exposici√≥n laboral y extra-laboral a pesticidas.

  1. Personality testing and workplace training : Exploring stakeholders, products and purpose in Western Europe

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    Lundgren, H.; Kroon, B.; Poell, R.F.

    2017-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore how and why personality tests are used in workplace training. This research paper is guided by three research questions that inquire about the role of external and internal stakeholders, the value of psychometric and practical considerations in test

  2. Evolution de la perméabilité d'agrégats de sels sous contrainte liée à des circulations de fluides : dissolution, colmatage, déformation

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    Chen , Tao

    1994-01-01

    Le but de ce travail est d'étudier l'évolution de la perméabilité d'agrégats de sels sous contrainte lorsque les fluides circulant dans ces agrégats peuvent réagir avec le solide par des dissolutions et/ou des colmatages. Des essais de circulation de divers fluides à travers des échantillons de briques de sels sous contrainte ont permis de suivre l'évolution de la composition des fluides en cours d'essai. L'évolution des matériaux a été aussi caractérisée en cours d'essai (mesure de vitesse a...

  3. Avalia√ß√£o da aptid√£o agr√≠cola das terras como subs√≠dio ao assentamento de fam√≠lias rurais, utilizando sistemas de informa√ß√Ķes geogr√°ficas

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    Full Text Available Os assentamentos rurais no Brasil foram criados para responder a press√Ķes localizadas e est√£o marcados pela falta de planejamento pr√©vio de implanta√ß√£o e diagn√≥stico dos recursos naturais relativos a aptid√£o agr√≠cola, distribui√ß√£o das classes de relevo, hidrografia, vegeta√ß√£o e mecanismos de apoio. O objetivo desta pesquisa foi avaliar a aptid√£o agr√≠cola das terras destinadas ao assentamento de fam√≠lias rurais do Instituto Nacional de Coloniza√ß√£o e Reforma Agr√°ria (INCRA, aplicando o Sistema de Avalia√ß√£o da Aptid√£o Agr√≠cola das Terras (SAAT associado a um Sistema de Informa√ß√Ķes Geogr√°ficas (SIG no Projeto de Assentamento Eldorado dos Caraj√°s (PAEC, localizado no munic√≠pio de Lebon R√©gis/SC. No desenvolvimento da pesquisa, optou-se por utilizar mapas tem√°ticos em sistemas de informa√ß√Ķes geogr√°ficas (SIG para armazenar e integrar os dados espaciais. O uso do SIG permitiu a an√°lise e integra√ß√£o dos temas com significativa redu√ß√£o de tempo e subjetividade nos cruzamentos. O uso do m√©todo forneceu duas respostas b√°sicas ao planejamento de uso dos recursos naturais das √°reas rurais: as classes de aptid√£o agr√≠cola, apontando os principais fatores limitantes e a viabilidade de melhoramento das terras no n√≠vel tecnol√≥gico B; e, quando confrontado com os mapas tem√°ticos e os dados cadastrais do assentamento, revelou as regularidades e irregularidades no uso das terras em cada parcela imobili√°ria.

  4. Generating realistic environments for cyber operations development, testing, and training

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    Berk, Vincent H.; Gregorio-de Souza, Ian; Murphy, John P.

    2012-06-01

    Training eective cyber operatives requires realistic network environments that incorporate the structural and social complexities representative of the real world. Network trac generators facilitate repeatable experiments for the development, training and testing of cyber operations. However, current network trac generators, ranging from simple load testers to complex frameworks, fail to capture the realism inherent in actual environments. In order to improve the realism of network trac generated by these systems, it is necessary to quantitatively measure the level of realism in generated trac with respect to the environment being mimicked. We categorize realism measures into statistical, content, and behavioral measurements, and propose various metrics that can be applied at each level to indicate how eectively the generated trac mimics the real world.

  5. Incremental Validity of New Computerized Aptitude Tests for Predicting Training Performance in Nine Navy Technical Schools

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    Wolfe, John H; Larson, Gerald E; Alderton, David L

    2006-01-01

    During their second week of basic training, 4,989 Navy recruits assigned to one of nine technical training schools were administered a battery of six experimental computerized aptitude tests measuring four constructs...

  6. Cooperativa-escola nas Escolas Técnicas Agrícolas Cooperative-school at the Agricultural Technical Schools

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    Full Text Available A dificuldade de gerenciar recursos e proporcionar melhores condi√ß√Ķes de ensino para os estudantes s√£o algumas das defici√™ncia das Escolas T√©cnicas Agr√≠colas (ETAs brasileiras, problemas parcialmente superados por algumas escolas que adotaram a chamada Cooperativa-Escola. Neste trabalho, procura-se discutir alguns aspectos filos√≥ficos referentes √†s ETAs e como a Cooperativa-Escola pode ajudar a solucionar seus principais problemas educativos e administrativos; um estudo de caso utilizando-se a t√©cnica de auditoria administrativa foi desenvolvido numa ETA cuja Cooperativa-Escola √© considerada um modelo de bom funcionamento e alguns procedimentos foram descritos, objetivando-se estender a pr√°tica de Cooperativa-Escola para outras escolas t√©cnicas agr√≠colas brasileiras.Some of the problems with the Brazilian public Agricultural Technical School systems (ETAs are related to resource management and the need to improve teaching and learning conditions. Those deficiencies were partially corrected after setting up Cooperative-Schools that allow the ETAs to raise and to administrate funds. Administrative procedures of the ETAs and how the Cooperative-School could help solving their main educational and adminsitrative problems are discussed in this research. A case study using the management audit technique was developed in one ETA with a well known Cooperative-School. Some observed procedures are described with the intention of extending the practice of Cooperative-Schools to other Brazilian Agricultural Technical Schools.

  7. CPR and the RCP (1). Training of doctors in NHS hospitals.

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    Wheatly, S; Redmond, A D

    1993-10-01

    Six years after the Royal College of Physicians published its report, most hospitals in the UK with acute coronary beds fail to train or test their doctors adequately in the skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Doctors want more training, and consultants try to give it, but there is a lack of funds for this basic yet critical task.

  8. Servicios ecosistémicos de polinización y heterogeneidad de paisajes agrícolas

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    Vieli, Lorena; Davis, Frank; Kendall, Bruce; Montalba, Rene

    2015-01-01

    El paisaje en el cual se insertan los sistemas agr√≠colas afecta procesos agreoecol√≥gicos a nivel predial. En este estudio se evalu√≥ la relevancia de la diversidad de cultivos a escala de paisaje medida seg√ļn el momento de floraci√≥n de cada cultivo (floraci√≥n temprana, media, tard√≠a), para el servicio ecosist√©mico de polinizaci√≥n. Para esto se utiliz√≥ un modelo espacialmente expl√≠cito basado en estudios previos al cual se le incorporaron din√°micas de respuesta de los polinizadores al pulso de ...

  9. Ultrasonic testing of materials at level 2. Manual for the syllabi contained in IAEA-TECDOC-628, training guidelines in non-destructive testing techniques

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    1999-01-01

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been active in the promotion of non-destructive testing (NDT) technology for many years. The prime reason for this interest has been the need for stringent quality control standards for the safe operation of nuclear installations. The IAEA has successfully executed a number of regional projects of which NDT was an important part. These were the Regional Co-operative Arrangements for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America (ARCAL), the Regional Co-operative Agreement for Asia and the Pacific (RCA), the African Regional Co-operative Agreement (AFRA) and lately the NDT Regional Project in West Asia. Through these projects a large number of persons have been trained in Member States and a state of self-sufficiency in this area of technology has been achieved in many of them. There has long been a realization of the need to have well established training guidelines and related books in order, firstly, to guide IAEA experts who were involved in this training programme and, secondly, to achieve some level of international uniformity and harmonization of training materials and consequent competence of personnel. The syllabi for training courses have been published in the form of two publications, IAEA-TECDOC-407 and IAEA-TECDOC-628. IAEA-TECDOC-628, as well as most of the international standards on the subject of training and certification of NDT personnel includes ISO 9712. The next logical step is to compile the textbooks and training manuals. Work in this regard has been undertaken and a manual on radiographic testing was issued in 1992 in the Training Course Series. This publication is a continuation of that effort. Earlier training notes on this subject existed in the form of IAEA-TECDOC-462, which was compiled in accordance with the syllabus of IAEA-TECDOC-407. These fulfilled the training needs of the member countries of RCA for quite some time. The present book is in fact an expanded and

  10. Los trabajadores agrícolas mexicanos en los campos de California: migración, empleo y formación de clase en una agricultura intensiva

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    Manuel Adri√°n Hern√°ndez Romero

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se presenta una aproximación antropológica al proceso de formación de clase, motivado por el asentamiento y estabilización de la fuerza de trabajo migrante mexicana empleada en la agricultura de California. A partir de observación directa de las dinámicas productivas de una mercancía ilustrativa, las uvas para mesa, se describen las pautas de participación laboral en un contexto de capitalismo agrícola avanzado para explorar las formas de proletarización vinculadas al uso de mano de obra externa, analizando tanto los factores que propician proletarización como las condiciones que impiden que el empleo agrícola se iguale a otros sectores de la economía.

  11. Safety operation of training reactor VR-1

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    2001-01-01

    There are three nuclear research reactors in the Czech Republic in operation now: light water reactor LVR-15, maximum reactor power 10 MW t , owner and operator Nuclear Research Institute Rez; light water zero power reactor LR-0, maximum reactor power 5 kW t , owner and operator Nuclear Research Institute Rez and training reactor VR-1 Sparrow, maximum reactor power 5 kW t , owner and operate Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, CTU in Prague. The training reactor VR-1 Vrabec 'Sparrow', operated at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, was started up on December 3, 1990. Particularly it is designed for training the students of Czech universities, preparing the experts for the Czech nuclear programme, as well as for certain research work, and for information programmes in the nuclear programme, as well as for certain research work, and for information programmes in sphere of using the nuclear energy (public relations). (author)

  12. Science from evaluation: testing hypotheses about differential effects of three youth-focused suicide prevention trainings.

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    Coleman, Daniel; Del Quest, Aisling

    2015-01-01

    As part of an evaluation component of a youth suicide prevention, a quasi-experimental repeated measures design tested hypotheses about two brief suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings (Question, Persuade, Refer [QPR] and RESPONSE) and one longer suicide intervention skills training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training [ASIST]). All three trainings showed large changes in prevention attitudes and self-efficacy, largely maintained at follow-up. ASIST trainees had large increases in asking at-risk youth about suicide at follow-up. Convergent with other research, modeling and role-play in training are crucial to increased prevention behaviors. Practice and research implications are discussed, including social work roles in suicide prevention and research.

  13. Uso de plaguicidas en un valle agrícola tecnificado en el noroeste de México

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    LEYVA MORALES, Jos√© Belisario; GARC√ćA DE LA PARRA, Luz Mar√≠a; BASTIDAS BASTIDAS, Pedro de Jes√ļs; ASTORGA RODR√ćGUEZ, Jes√ļs Efr√©n; BEJARANO TRUJILLO, Jorge; CRUZ HERN√ĀNDEZ, Alejandro; MART√ćNEZ RODR√ćGUEZ, Irma Eugenia; BETANCOURT LOZANO, Miguel

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    En el presente estudio se comparan dos procedimientos para conocer el uso de plaguicidas durante los ciclos oto√Īo-invierno (O-I) 2011-2012 y primavera-verano (P-V) 2012 en el Valle de Culiac√°n, Sinaloa. A nivel nacional, este valle es una importante regi√≥n agr√≠cola tecnificada, productora de hortalizas y granos. Se analizaron las diferencias existentes en cuanto a cantidad total de ingrediente activo, seg√ļn los registros del programa "Campo Limpio" y bit√°coras de aplicaci√≥n de varias empresas...

  14. La disciplina Química para la formación ambiental del ingeniero agrónomo

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    2014-01-01

    El objetivo del trabajo es crear una propuesta didáctica para propiciar la formación ambiental en los estudiantes de la carrera de Ingeniería Agrónoma, desde la disciplina Química. La metodología utilizada fue la de casos simulados con enfoque ciencia, tecnología, sociedad y ambiente (CTSA). La propuesta se implementó durante tres cursos y sus resultados contribuyeron a que los estudiantes mostraran mayor satisfacción por el estudio de la Química. Se comprobó que utilizando esta propuesta se ...

  15. Potencial de uso agrícola e nutricional de cultivares crioulas de feijão Cropping and nutritional potential of common bean land varieties

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    Nerinéia Dalfollo Ribeiro

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available O valor nutricional e o potencial de uso agrícola de cultivares crioulas de feijão não têm sido suficientemente avaliados, sendo este o objetivo deste trabalho. O experimento foi conduzido nos anos agrícolas 2004/05 e 2005/06, em Santa Maria, RS, no delineamento experimental de látice triplo 6 x 6. Os tratamentos consistiram de 32 cultivares crioulas de feijão e quatro cultivares desenvolvidas pela pesquisa. Interação cultivar x ano foi observada em relação ao rendimento de grãos, à coloração do tegumento dos grãos e ao ciclo, evidenciando resposta diferenciada das cultivares crioulas aos anos de avaliação. Foi possível a identificação de cultivares crioulas com elevado potencial de rendimento de grãos, com coloração de tegumento de grãos adequada para os diferentes grupos comerciais, com precocidade e teor elevado de fibra alimentar. Nesse sentido, as cultivares crioulas - "21 INT-ps 1", "9 BR-ps 5", "9 BR-ps 15", "9 BR-ps 13", "9 BR-ps 7", "38 MO M-ps 11" e "36 BR MP-ps 14" - são promissoras para uso em programas de melhoramento genético devido ao elevado potencial de uso agrícola. A cultivar crioula "24 OP-ps 1" apresentou o maior teor de fibra alimentar e o seu potencial de uso como alimento funcional deve ser investigado.The objective of this study was to evaluate the nutrition and the crop values of common bean land varieties. The experiments were conducted in Santa Maria, RS, Brazil, in 2004/05 and 2005/06 cropping years, in a 6x6 triple lattice design. Treatments were composed of 32 common bean land varieties and four research-derived cultivars. Cultivar x environment interaction was detected for grain yield, seed coat color and cycle, what reveals a differential response of the land varieties to the different crop years. Land varieties were identified with high grain yield potential, commercially acceptable seed coat color from different commercial groups, early maturity and high dietary fiber content. '21

  16. Unidades de produção agrícola controlada no semiárido para o tratamento de água cinza

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    Full Text Available As reservas de √°gua doce, juntamente com as limita√ß√Ķes de lan√ßamento de efluentes no meio ambiente, culminam para a necessidade do uso racional dos recursos h√≠dricos de modo a reduzir os impactos negativos da gera√ß√£o de efluentes. Nesse contexto, o trabalho foi realizado objetivando-se implantar e monitorar efici√™ncia do tratamento da √°gua, para o semi√°rido, de unidades de produ√ß√£o agr√≠cola controladas UPAC‚Äôs utilizando as √°guas cinzas de uma lavanderia comunit√°ria. ¬†A pesquisa foi desenvolvida nas instala√ß√Ķes da Lavanderia P√ļblica do Distrito de Ribeira no munic√≠pio de Cabaceiras no Estado da Para√≠ba. Foram implantadas oito unidades de produ√ß√£o agr√≠cola controlada e os par√Ęmetros analisados das √°guas cinza coletadas dos pontos de observa√ß√£o das unidades foram: Condutividade El√©trica (CE, pH, e Oxig√™nio Dissolvido (OD.¬† No sistema foram plantadas duas culturas com destina√ß√£o √† alimenta√ß√£o animal as quais s√£o a mucuna-preta (Mucuna pruriens (L. e o capim elefante (Pennisetum purpureum e uma para consumo humano, o maracuj√° (Passiflora sp. O tratamento das √°guas cinzas nas Unidades de Produ√ß√£o Agr√≠cola Controladas promoveu uma diminui√ß√£o da CE, pH e OD das √°guas oriundas da lavanderia, tornando uma alternativa vi√°vel e sustent√°vel para o tratamento de √°gua de lavanderias como tamb√©m para produzir alimentos para fins animais e humanos.

  17. Introduction of test to education and training course and its evaluation

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    Nakashima, Satoru; Inada, Kuninobu; Matsushima, Akihito; Koba, Ryoji; Teramoto, Hiroaki; Yamasaki, Naomi; Hirata, Toshifumi

    2005-01-01

    A test for checking knowledge about radiation safety management was introduced to the education and training course for radiation workers. The radiation workers were guided to solve some questions during the lecture with checking the answers using textbook. It is expected that they could understand more effectively the important points as radiation worker by the test. The results are fairly good, although sometimes the score distributes from high score to low one. It was found that the score of the test, especially the questions concerning the laws and regulations of safety management, might be related with the attitude at the lecture. (author)

  18. Controle de dispositivos em estufa agrícola / Agricultural greenhouse control of devices

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    Ricardo A. Bona

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo mostra a possibilidade de se coletar dados e controlar dispositivos e sensores atrav√©s das portas serial e paralela de um computador, com aplicabilidade em uma estufa agr√≠cola. Os dados coletados s√£o: temperatura, umidade, press√£o, estado da porta de acesso e das janelas. Os dispositivos controlados s√£o: janela motorizada, exaustor, torneira e l√Ęmpada. Um software est√° sendo desenvolvido para analisar, em tempo real, os dados coletados de sensores e realizar o controle dos dispositivos, tomando decis√Ķes como, por exemplo, abertura ou fechamento da janela da estufa. O software analisa, tamb√©m, vari√°veis coletadas dos sensores e mostra resultados obtidos de forma gr√°Ô¨Ā ca

  19. Determinación de la adsorción de cadmio mediante isotermas de adsorción en suelos agrícolas venezolanos

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    Nereida S√°nchez

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available El cadmio es un metal pesado que tiende a acumularse en la superficie del suelo. En los √ļltimos a√Īos, las actividades antropog√©nicas han ocasionado un incremento en los niveles de este metal en suelos agr√≠colas generando gran preocupaci√≥n ambiental debido a su movilidad y lixiviaci√≥n en el perfil del suelo y a la facilidad con que es absorbido por las plantas. El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar la capacidad de adsorci√≥n de cadmio, de cuatro suelos venezolanos de uso agr√≠cola con diferencias texturales. Para determinar la capacidad de adsorci√≥n del metal en cada suelo, inicialmente se determin√≥ el tiempo √≥ptimo de agitaci√≥n; el cual fue de 2 horas y la relaci√≥n suelo-soluci√≥n enriquecedora de Cd; la cual fue de 1:50. Con estos par√°metros se elaboraron las isotermas de adsorci√≥n para los suelos y se compararon los modelos de Freundlich y Langmuir. Los resultados mostraron que el modelo matem√°tico de Freundlich es el que mejor describe la cin√©tica de la reacci√≥n y la capacidad de adsorci√≥n de Cd por los suelos, siendo los que poseen mayores contenidos de arcilla, MO y pH √°cidos los de mayor capacidad de adsorci√≥n.

  20. Respuesta de Leucaena leucocephala cv. Per√ļ a la aplicaci√≥n de diferentes dosis de MicoFert agr√≠cola

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    Full Text Available Se realiz√≥ una investigaci√≥n en la Empresa Pecuaria El Tabl√≥n (Cumanayagua, provincia Cienfuegos, Cuba, con el objetivo de evaluar el efecto que ejerce la aplicaci√≥n de diferentes dosis de MicoFert agr√≠cola sobre la producci√≥n de materia seca (MS y el contenido de f√≥sforo foliar en Leucaena leucocephala cv. Per√ļ. El dise√Īo fue de bloques al azar, con seis tratamientos y tres r√©plicas. Los tratamientos estuvieron constituidos por cuatro dosis de MicoFert (250, 500, 750 y 1 000 g/m-1, una variante a raz√≥n de 25 kg de N ha-1, y el control. El experimento tuvo una duraci√≥n de dos a√Īos; se realizaron cuatro cortes por a√Īo, con una frecuencia de 90 d√≠as, a una altura de 25 cm sobre el suelo. La aplicaci√≥n de MicoFert agr√≠cola increment√≥ el rendimiento de MS entre 13 y 40 %, de forma proporcional a las dosis aplicadas, respecto al control. El rendimiento m√°s alto de MS (18,44 t ha-1 se obtuvo con la aplicaci√≥n de nitr√≥geno, y difiri√≥ significativamente del resto de los tratamientos. Fue evidente el efecto que ejerci√≥ la inoculaci√≥n con el biofertilizante en el contenido de f√≥sforo foliar, el cual mostr√≥ diferencias significativas entre las variantes con MicoFert y el control. La colonizaci√≥n de raicillas por los hongos micorr√≠zicos arbusculares (HMA fue proporcional al incremento de las dosis de biofertilizante, con valores de 34, 38, 44 y 49 %, respectivamente. La fertilizaci√≥n con nitr√≥geno y el control presentaron 28 y 26 % de colonizaci√≥n micorr√≠zica, lo que indic√≥ la presencia de HMA nativos.

  1. Effects of a whole body vibration training program on strength, power, and functional tests in the physically active elderly

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    Renata Gonçalves da Silva

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a whole body vibration training program on knee extensor isokinetic peak torque, average power, and functional tests in the physically active elderly. Forty-seven subjects, who participated in a training program for the elderly, were recruited. The subjects were divided into two groups: whole body vibration group (WBV (n=24, 70.7¬Ī5.8 years, 62.7¬Ī12.3 kg and 155.9¬Ī8.0 cm and control group (n=23. 70.0¬Ī5.7 years, 65.3¬Ī10.7 kg and 157.9¬Ī6.6 cm. The WBS group underwent whole body vibration exercise and their regular training program for 13 weeks, 2 times per week, whereas the control group performed the regular training program only. Whole body vibration training was not effective in increasing isokinetic peak torque, average power, or performance in the functional tests. On the other hand, the regular training program was effective in increasing elbow flexor strength endurance, distance covered in the 6-min walk test, and speed in the timed up and go test. The results suggest that vibration training is not effective in modifying functionality or muscle strength and power in the physically active elderly.

  2. Reliability and construct validity of Yo-Yo tests in untrained and soccer-trained school-girls aged 9-16

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    Póvoas, Susana C A; Castagna, Carlo; Soares, José Manuel da Costa

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: The reliability and construct validity of three age-adapted-intensity Yo-Yo tests were evaluated in untrained (n=67) vs. soccer-trained (n=65) 9-16-year-old school-girls. Methods: Tests were performed 7 days apart for reliability (9-11-year-old: Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 1 children...... during test and retest. Conclusion: The Yo-Yo tests are reliable for determining intermittent-exercise capacity and %HRpeak for soccer players and untrained 9-16-year-old girls. They also possess construct validity with better performances for soccer players compared to untrained age-matched girls...

  3. 14 CFR 142.53 - Training center instructor training and testing requirements.

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    2010-01-01

    ... instruction in at least‚ÄĒ (i) The fundamental principles of the learning process; (ii) Elements of effective... training device controls and systems; (ii) Proper operation of environmental and fault panels; (iii... covering aircraft subsystems and operating rules applicable to the training courses that the instructor is...

  4. Magnetic Particle Testing, RQA/M1-5330.16.

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Huntsville, AL. George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.

    As one in the series of classroom training handbooks, prepared by the U.S. space program, instructional material is presented in this volume concerning familiarization and orientation on magnetic particle testing. The subject is divided under the following headings: Introduction, Principles of Magnetic Particle Testing, Magnetic Particle Test…

  5. Uma perspectiva evolucionária da economia agrícola: o caso da produção ovina no Brasil e Uruguai

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    Jo√£o Garibaldi Almeida Viana

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do artigo √© desenvolver conceitos institucionais e evolucion√°rios a fim de subsidiar a an√°lise de mercados agr√≠colas. A constru√ß√£o te√≥rica e anal√≠tica foi aplicada no caso da evolu√ß√£o da ovinocultura para responder √† quest√£o: vari√°veis institucionais e evolucion√°rias s√£o determinantes para o aumento da produ√ß√£o de ovinos no Brasil e no Uruguai? A hip√≥tese da pesquisa reside na import√Ęncia das vari√°veis institucionais e evolucion√°rias no processo produtivo, sendo decisivo o papel das regras informais e da din√Ęmica econ√īmica para o desenvolvimento futuro da atividade. Os dados do caso emp√≠rico foram analisados por meio de testes de hip√≥teses param√©tricos e an√°lise de regress√£o log√≠stica. Os resultados encontrados demonstram que fatores institucionais foram determinantes, tanto na manuten√ß√£o de ovinocultores ap√≥s um processo de mudan√ßa estrutural, como na pretens√£o futura de aumento da produ√ß√£o ovina nas duas regi√Ķes estudadas, apontando um papel decisivo para as regras informais da sociedade (costumes, tradi√ß√Ķes etc. e modos n√£o econ√īmicos de pensar na din√Ęmica econ√īmica da atividade ap√≥s per√≠odos de desequil√≠brios. A pesquisa demonstrou a possibilidade da aplica√ß√£o de pressupostos econ√īmicos evolucion√°rios, buscando, al√©m de compreender o fen√īmeno, estimular o fortalecimento desta aproxima√ß√£o te√≥rico-emp√≠rica em diversos temas da √°rea da economia agr√≠cola.

  6. El Perfil de Egreso del Ingeniero Agrónomo. Una Experiencia de Grupos de Discusión con Egresados El Perfil de Egreso del Ingeniero Agrónomo. Una Experiencia de Grupos de Discusión con Egresados

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    Gabriel Córdova Duarte

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta un estudio de grupos de discusión en panel con ingenieros agrónomos de la Universidad de Guanajuato para determinar el perfil de salida de dicha licenciatura. Los egresados sugieren: mantener las prácticas en unidades agropecuarias, mejorar las habilidades de manejo de maquinaria y equipo agrícola, fortalecer el área básica agronómica, fomentar la visión empresarial, de comercialización, de calidad de procesos y productos, formular y evaluar proyectos productivos, formar líderes y emprendedores, desarrollar la creatividad, puntualidad, constancia, disciplina, relaciones humanas, profundizar la formación humanista y, formar con el ejemplo; vincular dependencia con egresados y universidades, al profesor y la investigación con empresas agropecuarias.This work presents a study of discussion groups in a panel with agronomist of the Universidad of Guanajuato to determine the bachelors degree graduate profile. The graduates suggested: to keep the practices in agricultural units, to improve the operating skills on agricultural and machinery equipment, to strengthen the basic agronomic area, to foment the management vision of commercialization, of products and of quality processes, formulate and evaluate productive projects, upbringing leaders and entrepreneurs; to develop creativity, punctuality, perseverance, discipline and humane relationship, to strengthen the humanist education and education by example; to create bonds between the school, the graduates, the universities, the teacher and the research with agricultural enterprises.

  7. Holography: Use in Training and Testing Drivers on the Road in Accident Avoidance.

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    Frey, Allan H.; Frey, Donnalyn

    1979-01-01

    Defines holography, identifies visual factors in driving and the techniques used in on-road visual presentations, and presents the design and testing of a holographic system for driver training. (RAO)

  8. The effects of training with loads that maximise power output and individualised repetitions vs. traditional power training.

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    Full Text Available It has been suggested that strength training effects (i.e. neural or structural vary, depending on the total repetitions performed and velocity loss in each training set.The aim of this study is to compare the effects of two training programmes (i.e. one with loads that maximise power output and individualised repetitions, and the other following traditional power training.Twenty-five males were divided into three groups (optimum power [OP = 10], traditional training [TT = 9] and control group [CG = 6]. The training load used for OP was individualised using loads that maximised power output (41.7% ¬Ī 5.8 of one repetition maximum [1RM] and repetitions at maximum power (4 to 9 repetitions, or 'reps'. Volume (sets x repetitions was the same for both experimental groups, while intensity for TT was that needed to perform only 50% of the maximum number of possible repetitions (i.e. 61.1%-66.6% of 1RM. The training programme ran over 11 weeks (2 sessions per week; 4-5 sets per session; 3-minute rests between sets, with pre-, intermediate and post-tests which included: anthropometry, 1RM, peak power output (PPO with 30%, 40% and 50% of 1RM in the bench press throw, and salivary testosterone (ST and cortisol (SC concentrations. Rate of perceived exertion (RPE and power output were recorded in all sessions.Following the intermediate test, PPO was increased in the OP group for each load (10.9%-13.2%. Following the post-test, both experimental groups had increased 1RM (11.8%-13.8% and PPO for each load (14.1%-19.6%. Significant decreases in PPO were found for the TT group during all sets (4.9%-15.4%, along with significantly higher RPE (37%.OP appears to be a more efficient method of training, with less neuromuscular fatigue and lower RPE.

  9. Uso de plaguicidas en cultivos agrícolas como herramienta para el monitoreo de peligros en salud

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    Virya Bravo Dur√°n; Elba de la Cruz Malavassi; Gustavo Herrera Ledezma; Fernando Ram√≠rez Mu√Īoz

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    Costa Rica ha incrementado el uso de plaguicidas de mayor toxicidad, debido entre otras cosas al desarrollo de plagas más resistentes y la necesidad que tienen algunos productos agrícolas de exportación de mantener su posición en el mercado internacional. El ser humano al entrar en contacto con los plaguicidas puede experimentar efectos adversos en su salud desde agudos hasta crónicos que se manifiestan en diferentes grados. Para generar indicadores de peligro en salud en algunos cultivos por...

  10. Reliability and Validity of a Submaximal Warm-up Test for Monitoring Training Status in Professional Soccer Players.

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    Rabbani, Alireza; Kargarfard, Mehdi; Twist, Craig

    2018-02-01

    Rabbani, A, Kargarfard, M, and Twist, C. Reliability and validity of a submaximal warm-up test for monitoring training status in professional soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 32(2): 326-333, 2018-Two studies were conducted to assess the reliability and validity of a submaximal warm-up test (SWT) in professional soccer players. For the reliability study, 12 male players performed an SWT over 3 trials, with 1 week between trials. For the validity study, 14 players of the same team performed an SWT and a 30-15 intermittent fitness test (30-15IFT) 7 days apart. Week-to-week reliability in selected heart rate (HR) responses (exercise heart rate [HRex], heart rate recovery [HRR] expressed as the number of beats recovered within 1 minute [HRR60s], and HRR expressed as the mean HR during 1 minute [HRpost1]) was determined using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and typical error of measurement expressed as coefficient of variation (CV). The relationships between HR measures derived from the SWT and the maximal speed reached at the 30-15IFT (VIFT) were used to assess validity. The range for ICC and CV values was 0.83-0.95 and 1.4-7.0% in all HR measures, respectively, with the HRex as the most reliable HR measure of the SWT. Inverse large (r = -0.50 and 90% confidence limits [CLs] [-0.78 to -0.06]) and very large (r = -0.76 and CL, -0.90 to -0.45) relationships were observed between HRex and HRpost1 with VIFT in relative (expressed as the % of maximal HR) measures, respectively. The SWT is a reliable and valid submaximal test to monitor high-intensity intermittent running fitness in professional soccer players. In addition, the test's short duration (5 minutes) and simplicity mean that it can be used regularly to assess training status in high-level soccer players.

  11. A prospective randomized study to test the transfer of basic psychomotor skills from virtual reality to physical reality in a comparable training setting.

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    Lehmann, Kai S; Ritz, Joerg P; Maass, Heiko; Cakmak, Hueseyin K; Kuehnapfel, Uwe G; Germer, Christoph T; Bretthauer, Georg; Buhr, Heinz J

    2005-03-01

    To test whether basic skills acquired on a virtual endoscopic surgery simulator are transferable from virtual reality to physical reality in a comparable training setting. For surgical training in laparoscopic surgery, new training methods have to be developed that allow surgeons to first practice in a simulated setting before operating on real patients. A virtual endoscopic surgery trainer (VEST) has been developed within the framework of a joint project. Because of principal limitations of simulation techniques, it is essential to know whether training with this simulator is comparable to conventional training. Devices used were the VEST system and a conventional video trainer (CVT). Two basic training tasks were constructed identically (a) as virtual tasks and (b) as mechanical models for the CVT. Test persons were divided into 2 groups each consisting of 12 novices and 4 experts. Each group carried out a defined training program over the course of 4 consecutive days on the VEST or the CVT, respectively. To test the transfer of skills, the groups switched devices on the 5th day. The main parameter was task completion time. The novices in both groups showed similar learning curves. The mean task completion times decreased significantly over the 4 training days of the study. The task completion times for the control task on Day 5 were significantly lower than on Days 1 and 2. The experts' task completion times were much lower than those of the novices. This study showed that training with a computer simulator, just as with the CVT, resulted in a reproducible training effect. The control task showed that skills learned in virtual reality are transferable to the physical reality of a CVT. The fact that the experts showed little improvement demonstrates that the simulation trains surgeons in basic laparoscopic skills learned in years of practice.

  12. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing ‚Äď effective method for evaluation and recommendation of individualized exercise training in patients with metabolic syndrome

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    Claudiu Avram

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study aims to emphasize the role of cardiopulmonary exercise training (CPET in evaluation and recommendation of individualized exercise training in patients with a metabolic syndrome. Methods: We performed a prospective longitudinal study of 9 months. The study group consisted of 28 young patients (21.3¬Ī3.1 years old without contraindications to exercise, previously diagnosed with metabolic syndrome according to NCEP-ATPIII criteria. All patients were evaluating at baseline and after 3 months of intervention and at the end of the study (after 9 months. The evaluation consists in performing a CPET on bicycle ergometer in which subjects were monitored in terms of cardiac and respiratory parameters. The CPET results allow us to establish the range of effort intensity in which the patient should exercise in order to burn calories and achieve the maximum fat oxidation rate. All patients benefit from an intensive interval exercise training programme, supervised and guided by a physical therapist. Exercise training consisted in 50 minutes sessions, 3 times per week, at intensive endurance training zone (in the range of anaerobic threshold, completed by 1 minute interval in the range between anaerobic threshold (AT and respiratory compensation point (RCP, for every 5 minutes of training. Results: After 9 months of intervention we noticed an improvement of abdominal obesity (waist circumference decreased from 98.98¬Ī10.14 cm to 89.54¬Ī12.32 cm, p<0.001, physical fitness (V‚ÄôO2peak increased from 1.83¬Ī0.33 l/min to 2.13¬Ī0.4 l/min, p<0.001 and endurance (Oxygen uptake in the range of anaerobic treshold increase from 1.27¬Ī0.27 l/min to 1.55¬Ī0.31 l/min, p<0.001. Conclusions: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing together with training zones determinations is a useful tool for assessing the exercise capacity and drawing up individual workouts. Active and closely monitored intervention by individualized exercise training programmes leads to

  13. Análisis de las metodologías de evaluación financiera, económica, social y ambiental de proyectos de inversión agrícola utilizadas en Colombia

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    Ram√≥n Antonio Rosales √Ālvarez; Armando Malebranh Eraso Dorado; Clemencia Mart√≠nez Aldana; Rom√°n Leonardo Villarreal Ramos; Alexander Zamora Velandia; Susan Yurany Garz√≥n Bautista; Catalina Mic√°n Alba; Ang√©lica N√ļ√Īez Useche; Margarita Sanabria Mart√≠nez

    2007-01-01

    Se reporta una investigación enfocada a evaluar las metodologías utilizadas en la década de los noventa en proyectos de tipo agrícola, particularmente en los distritos de riego, identificando las fortalezas y debilidades teóricas y técnicas y operativas en los aspectos financieros, económicos, sociales y ambientales. A partir de una selección de los proyectos de mayor envergadura implementados por el sector agrícola durante el período se realiza la evaluación de las metodologías con base en u...

  14. Retention of laparoscopic psychomotor skills after a structured training program depends on the quality of the training and on the complexity of the task.

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    Molinas, Carlos Roger; Campo, Rudi

    2016-01-01

    This follow-up RCT was conducted to evaluate laparoscopic psychomotor skills retention after finishing a structured training program. In a first study, 80 gynecologists were randomly allocated to four groups to follow different training programs for hand-eye coordination (task 1) with the dominant hand (task 1-a) and the non-dominant hand (task 1-b) and laparoscopic intra-corporeal knot tying (task 2) in the Laparoscopic Skills Testing and Training (LASTT) model. First, baseline skills were tested (T1). Then, participants trained task 1 (G1: 1-a and 1-b, G2: 1-a only, G3 and G4: none) and then task 2 (all groups but G4). After training all groups were tested again to evaluate skills acquisition (T2). For this study, 2 years after a resting period, 73 participants were recruited and tested again to evaluate skills retention (T3). All groups had comparable skills at T1 for all tasks. At T2, G1, G2, and G3 improved their skills, but the level of improvement was different (G1 = G2 > G3 > G4 for task 1; G1 = G2 = G3 > G4 for task 2). At T3, all groups retained their task 1 skills at the same level than at T2. For task 2, however, a skill decay was already noticed for G2 and G3, being G1 the only group that retained their skills at the post-training level. Training improves laparoscopic skills, which can be retained over time depending on the comprehensiveness of the training program and on the complexity of the task. For high complexity tasks, full training is advisable for both skills acquisition and retention.

  15. A new tool to measure training load in soccer training and match play

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    Rebelo, A; Brito, J; Seabra, A

    2012-01-01

    -based methods (TRIMP and Edwards' method). 51 soccer players (age 15.6¬Ī0.3 years) answered 2 questions to assess perceived exertion and fatigue (VAS1-TL, and VAS2-TL) after training sessions and official matches. Performance in the Yo-Yo tests, VAS scores and heart rate of training sessions and matches......An accurate evaluation of training load is paramount for the planning and periodization of training. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between a new method to monitor training load in soccer (Visual Analogic Scale training load; VAS-TL), and two established heart rate...

  16. A Study to Estimate the Effectiveness of Visual Testing Training for Aviation Maintenance Management

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    Law, Lewis Lyle

    2007-01-01

    The Air Commerce Act of 1926 set the beginning for standards in aviation maintenance. Even after deregulation in the late l970s, maintenance standards and requirements still have not changed far from their initial criteria. After a potential candidate completes Federal Aviation Administration training prerequisites, they may test for their Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. Performing maintenance in the aviation industry for a minimum of three years, the technician may then test for their Inspection Authorization (IA). After receiving their Airframe and Powerplant certificate, a technician is said to have a license to perform. At no time within the three years to eligibility for Inspection Authorization are they required to attend higher-level inspection training. What a technician learns in the aviation maintenance industry is handed down from a seasoned technician to the new hire or is developed from lessons learned on the job. Only in Europe has the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) required higher-level training for their aviation maintenance technicians in order to control maintenance related accidents (Lu, 2005). Throughout the 1990s both the General Accounting Office (GAO) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made public that the FAA is historically understaffed (GAO, 1996). In a safety recommendation the NTSB stated "The Safety Board continues to lack confidence in the FAA's commitment to provide effective quality assurance and safety oversight of the ATC system (NTSB, 1990)." The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been known to be proactive in creating safer skies. With such reports you would suspect the FAA to also be proactive in developing more stringent inspection training for aviation maintenance technicians. The purpose of this study is to estimate the effectiveness of higher-level inspection training, such as Visual Testing (VT) for aviation maintenance technicians, to improve the safety of aircraft and to make

  17. Eddy current testing, volume 1

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    Cecco, V.S.; Van Drunen, G.; Sharp, F.L.

    1981-11-01

    This training and reference manual was assembled to provide those involved in eddy current testing with both the fundamental principles of the technique as well as the knowledge to deal with often complicated test results. A non-rigorous approach is used to simplify complex physical phenomena. Emphasis is placed on proper choice of test frequency and interpretation. Defect detection and diagnosis receive particular attention. Design and construction of probes are covered extensively since probes play a key role in eddy current testing. The advantages and limitations of various probe types are discussed. Electromagnetic theory, instrumentation, test methods and signal analysis are covered. Simplified derivations of probe response to test parameters are presented to develop a basic understanding of eddy current behaviour. Eddy current signals are presented on impedance plane diagrams throughout the manual since this is the most common display on modern, general purpose instruments. The use of 'phase leg' in signal analysis is covered in detail. To supplement theory, practical examples are presented to develop proficiency in performing inspections, and to illustrate how basic principles are applied to diagnose real signals