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  1. Dynamic ultra high speed Scheimpflug imaging for assessing corneal biomechanical properties

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    Renato Ambrósio Jr


    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel technique for clinical characterization of corneal biomechanics using non-invasive dynamic imaging. METHODS: Corneal deformation response during non contact tonometry (NCT is monitored by ultra-high-speed (UHS photography. The Oculus Corvis ST (Scheimpflug Technology; Wetzlar, Germany has a UHS Scheimpflug camera, taking over 4,300 frames per second and of a single 8mm horizontal slit, for monitoring corneal deformation response to NCT. The metered collimated air pulse or puff has a symmetrical configuration and fixed maximal internal pump pressure of 25 kPa. The bidirectional movement of the cornea in response to the air puff is monitored. RESULTS: Measurement time is 30ms, with 140 frames acquired. Advanced algorithms for edge detection of the front and back corneal contours are applied for every frame. IOP is calculated based on the first applanation moment. Deformation amplitude (DA is determined as the highest displacement of the apex in the highest concavity (HC moment. Applanation length (AL and corneal velocity (CVel are recorded during ingoing and outgoing phases. CONCLUSION: Corneal deformation can be monitored during non contact tonometry. The parameters generated provide clinical in vivo characterization of corneal biomechanical properties in two dimensions, which is relevant for different applications in Ophthalmology.

  2. Assessment of corneal dynamics with high-speed swept source Optical Coherence Tomography combined with an air puff system (United States)

    Alonso-Caneiro, David; Karnowski, Karol; Kaluzny, Bartlomiej J.; Kowalczyk, Andrzej; Wojtkowski, Maciej


    We present a novel method and instrument for in vivo imaging and measurement of the human corneal dynamics during an air puff. The instrument is based on high-speed swept source optical coherence tomography (ssOCT) combined with a custom adapted air puff chamber from a non-contact tonometer, which uses an air stream to deform the cornea in a non-invasive manner. During the short period of time that the deformation takes place, the ssOCT acquires multiple A-scans in time (M-scan) at the center of the air puff, allowing observation of the dynamics of the anterior and posterior corneal surfaces as well as the anterior lens surface. The dynamics of the measurement are driven by the biomechanical properties of the human eye as well as its intraocular pressure. Thus, the analysis of the M-scan may provide useful information about the biomechanical behavior of the anterior segment during the applanation caused by the air puff. An initial set of controlled clinical experiments are shown to comprehend the performance of the instrument and its potential applicability to further understand the eye biomechanics and intraocular pressure measurements. Limitations and possibilities of the new apparatus are discussed.

  3. Noncontact Quantification of Topography of Anterior Corneal Surface and Bowman's Layer With High-Speed OCT. (United States)

    Matalia, Himanshu; Francis, Mathew; Gangil, Tarun; Chandapura, Rachana S; Kurian, Mathew; Shetty, Rohit; Nelson, Everette Jacob Remington; Sinha Roy, Abhijit


    To quantify keratometry and wavefront aberration of the anterior corneal surface and epithelium-Bowman's layer interface using anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT). Twenty-five normal eyes and 25 eyes with keratoconus were retrospectively analyzed. The anterior corneal edge and epithelium-Bowman's layer interface were segmented from 12 distortion-corrected OCT B-scans. Axial tangential curvatures and wavefront aberration were calculated by ray tracing and 6th order Zernike analyses. All eyes underwent simultaneous imaging with Pentacam (Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany). The Pentacam elevation data were used for aberration analyses using the same ray-tracing method. The paired t test was used to compare the variables. In normal eyes, mean steep axis and maximum keratometry of OCT of the anterior corneal surface and epithelium-Bowman's layer interface were significantly greater than the same of the Pentacam anterior corneal surface (P OCT surfaces was greater than the same of the Pentacam surface by a factor of 4. In eyes with keratoconus, mean steep axis and maximum keratometry of the OCT epithelium-Bowman's layer interface was the greatest (P OCT epithelium-Bowman's layer interface was the greatest (P OCT epithelium-Bowman's layer interface were significantly greater than those of the Pentacam anterior corneal surface. A noncontact method to quantify the topography and aberrations of corneal surfaces with OCT was presented. OCT measurements yielded greater curvature and aberrations than Pentacam in both normal and keratoconic eyes. [J Refract Surg. 2017;33(5):330-336.]. Copyright 2017, SLACK Incorporated.

  4. In vivo characterization of corneal biomechanics. (United States)

    Piñero, David P; Alcón, Natividad


    Interest in corneal biomechanics has increased with the development of new refractive surgery techniques aimed at modifying corneal properties and a variety of surgical options for corneal ectasia management. The human cornea behaves as soft biological material. It is a viscoelastic tissue and its response to a force applied to it depends not only on the magnitude of the force, but also on the velocity of the application. There are concerns about the limitations to measuring corneal biomechanical properties in vivo. To date, 2 systems are available for clinical use: the Ocular Response Analyzer, a dynamic bidirectional applanation device, and the Corvis ST, a dynamic Scheimpflug analyzer device. These devices are useful in clinical practice, especially for planning some surgical procedures and earlier detection of ectatic conditions, but further research is needed to connect the clinical measurements obtained with these devices to the standard mechanical properties. Neither author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2014 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. In vivo imaging of ocular blood flow using high-speed ultrasound (United States)

    Ketterling, Jeffrey A.; Urs, Raksha; Silverman, Ronald H.


    Clinical ophthalmic ultrasound is currently performed with mechanically scanned, single-element probes, but these are unable to provide useful information about blood flow with Doppler techniques. Linear arrays are well-suited for the detection of blood flow, but commercial systems generally exceed FDA ophthalmic safety limits. A high-speed plane-wave ultrasound approach with an 18-MHz linear array was utilized to characterize blood flow in the orbit and choroid. Acoustic intensity was measured and the plane-wave mode was within FDA limits. Data were acquired for up to 2 sec and up to 20,000 frames/s with sets of steered plane-wave transmissions that spanned 2*θ degrees where 0 degrees was normal to the array. Lateral resolution was characterized using compounding from 1 to 50 transmissions and -6-dB lateral beamwidths ranged from 320 to 180 μm, respectively. Compounded high-frame-rate data were post-processed using a singular value decomposition spatiotemporal filter and then flow was estimated at each pixel using standard Doppler processing methods. A 1-cm diameter rotating scattering phantom and a 2-mm diameter tube with a flow of blood-mimicking fluid were utilized to validate the flow-estimation algorithms. In vivo data were obtained from the posterior pole of the human eye which revealed regions of flow in the choroid and major orbital vessels supplying the eye. PMID:28275423

  6. SPLASSH: Open source software for camera-based high-speed, multispectral in-vivo optical image acquisition. (United States)

    Sun, Ryan; Bouchard, Matthew B; Hillman, Elizabeth M C


    Camera-based in-vivo optical imaging can provide detailed images of living tissue that reveal structure, function, and disease. High-speed, high resolution imaging can reveal dynamic events such as changes in blood flow and responses to stimulation. Despite these benefits, commercially available scientific cameras rarely include software that is suitable for in-vivo imaging applications, making this highly versatile form of optical imaging challenging and time-consuming to implement. To address this issue, we have developed a novel, open-source software package to control high-speed, multispectral optical imaging systems. The software integrates a number of modular functions through a custom graphical user interface (GUI) and provides extensive control over a wide range of inexpensive IEEE 1394 Firewire cameras. Multispectral illumination can be incorporated through the use of off-the-shelf light emitting diodes which the software synchronizes to image acquisition via a programmed microcontroller, allowing arbitrary high-speed illumination sequences. The complete software suite is available for free download. Here we describe the software's framework and provide details to guide users with development of this and similar software.

  7. Impact of chamber pressure and material properties on the deformation response of corneal models measured by dynamic ultra-high-speed Scheimpflug imaging

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    Fernando Faria Correia


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the deformation response of three distinct contact lenses with known structures, which served as corneal models, under different chamber pressures using ultra-high-speed (UHS Scheimpflug imaging. METHODS: Three hydrophilic contact lenses were mounted on a sealed water chamber with precisely adjustable pressure: TAN-G5X (41% hydroxyethylmethacrylate/glycolmethacrylate, 550 µm thick, TAN-40 (62% hydroxyethylmethacrylate, 525 µm thick and TAN-58 (42% methylmethacrylate, 258 µm thick. Each model was tested five times under different pressures (5, 15, 25, 35 and 45 mmHg, using ultra-high-speed Scheimpflug imaging during non-contact tonometry. 140 Scheimpflug images were taken with the UHS camera in each measurement. The deformation amplitude during non-contact tonometry was determined as the highest displacement of the apex at the highest concavity (HC moment. RESULTS: At each pressure level, the deformation amplitude was statistically different for each lens tested (p<0.001, ANOVA. Each lens had different deformation amplitudes under different pressure levels (p<0.001; Bonferroni post-hoc test. The thicker lens with less polymer (TAN-G5X had a higher deformation (less stiff behavior than the one that was thinner but with more polymer (TAN-40, when measured at the same internal pressure. The thinnest lens with less polymers (TAN-58 had a lower deformation amplitude (stiffer behavior at higher pressures than the thicker ones with more polymer (TAN-40 and TAN-G5X at lower pressures. CONCLUSIONS: UHS Scheimpflug imaging allowed for biomechanical assessment through deformation characterization of corneal models. Biomechanical behavior was more influenced by material composition than by thickness. Chamber pressure had a significant impact on deformation response of each lens.

  8. High-speed rotational angioplasty-induced echo contrast in vivo and in vitro optical analysis. (United States)

    Zotz, R J; Erbel, R; Philipp, A; Judt, A; Wagner, H; Lauterborn, W; Meyer, J


    High-speed rotational angioplasty is being evaluated as an alternative interventional device for the endovascular treatment of chronic coronary occlusions. It has been postulated that this type of angioplasty device may produce particulate debris or cavitations that induce myocardial ischemia. To determine the clinical presence of myocardial ischemia during rotational angioplasty, echocardiographic monitoring for wall motion abnormalities was performed in 9 patients undergoing rotational atheroablation using the Auth Rotablator for 10-sec intervals at 150,000 and 170,000 rpm. No wall motion abnormalities were detected in 5 patients evaluated with transesophageal echocardiography or in 4 patients monitored transthoracically, although AV block developed in one patient. Video intensitometry of the myocardial contrast effect for rotation times ranging from 3 to 20 sec found transient contrast enhancement of the myocardium supplied by the treated vessel. Intensity varied over time with half-time decay between 5.6 and 40 sec, indicating the likelihood of microcavitation. An in vitro model was constructed to measure the cavitation potential of the Auth Rotablator. A burr of 1.25 mm diameter rotating at 160,000 rpm achieves a velocity in excess of the 14.7 m/sec critical cavitation velocity. Testing the device in fresh human blood and distilled water produced microcavitations responsible for the enhanced echo effect, with the intensity and longevity of cavitation more pronounced in blood and proportional to the rotation time and speed. The mean size of the microcavitation bubbles in water was 90 +/- 33 (52-145) microns measured from photographs taken with a copper vapour laser emitting light pulses of 50 nsec duration as light source. The mean velocity of bubbles was found to be 0.62 +/- 0.30 ranging from 0.23 to 1.04 m/sec. It was measured via the motion of the bubbles during 5 laser pulses within 800 nsec. Clearly, microcavitations are associated with enhanced myocardial

  9. Compact LED-based full-field optical coherence microscopy for high-resolution high-speed in vivo imaging (United States)

    Ogien, Jonas; Dubois, Arnaud


    This work reports on a compact full-field optical coherence microscopy (FF-OCM) setup specifically designed to meet the needs for in vivo imaging, illuminated by a high-brightness broadband light emitting diode (LED). Broadband LEDs have spectra potentially large enough to provide imaging spatial resolutions similar to those reached using conventional halogen lamps, but their radiance can be much higher, which leads to high speed acquisition and makes in vivo imaging possible. We introduce a FF-OCM setup using a 2.3 W broadband LED, with an interferometer designed to be as compact as possible in order to provide the basis for a portable system that will make it possible to fully benefit from the capacity for in vivo imaging by providing the ability to image any region of interest in real-time. The interferometer part of the compact FF-OCM setup weighs 210 g for a size of 11x11x5 cm3. Using this setup, a sub-micron axial resolution was reached, with a detection sensitivity of 68 dB at an imaging rate of 250 Hz. Due to the high imaging rate, the sensitivity could be improved by accumulation while maintaining an acquisition time short enough for in vivo imaging. It was possible to reach a sensitivity of 75 dB at a 50 Hz imaging rate. High resolution in vivo human skin images were obtained with this setup and compared with images of excised human skin, showing high similarity.

  10. High-speed multispectral fluorescence lifetime imaging implementation for in vivo applications


    Shrestha, Sebina; Applegate, Brian E.; Park, Jesung; Xiao, Xudong; Pande, Paritosh; Javier A. Jo


    Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) offers a noninvasive approach for characterizing the biochemical composition of biological tissue. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the application of multispectral FLIM for medical diagnosis. Central to the clinical translation of FLIM technology is the development of robust, fast, and cost-effective FLIM instrumentation suitable for in vivo tissue imaging. Unfortunately, the predominant multispectral FLIM approaches su...

  11. In vitro and ex vivo corneal penetration and absorption models. (United States)

    Agarwal, Priyanka; Rupenthal, Ilva D


    Topical drug administration is the preferred route of drug delivery to the eye despite the poor bioavailability. To develop more efficient drug carriers, reliable in vitro or ex vivo models are required in the early stages of formulation development, with such methods being faster, cheaper, and more ethical alternatives to in vivo studies. In vitro cell culture models are increasingly being used for transcorneal penetration studies, with primary cell cultures and immortalized cell lines now giving way to the development of organotypic corneal constructs for studying ocular drug bioavailability. Artificially cultured human corneal equivalents are still in the early stages of development, but present tremendous potential for corneal penetration studies. Ex vivo models using excised animal tissue are also being used to study corneal penetration with promising results, although significant inter-species variations need to be considered. This review discusses the in vitro and ex vivo models currently being used to study corneal penetration and evaluates their advantages and limitations with a focus on diffusion cell assemblies. In addition to the tissue used, the diffusion cell set-up can significantly influence the penetration profile and should be cautiously adjusted to simulate clinical conditions.

  12. Impact of Hydration Media on Ex Vivo Corneal Elasticity Measurements. (United States)

    Dias, Janice; Ziebarth, Noël M


    To determine the effect of hydration media on ex vivo corneal elasticity. Experiments were conducted on 40 porcine eyes retrieved from an abattoir (10 eyes each for phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), balanced salt solution, Optisol, 15% dextran). The epithelium was removed, and the cornea was excised with an intact scleral rim and placed in 20% dextran overnight to restore its physiological thickness. For each hydration media, corneas were evenly divided into two groups: one with an intact scleral rim and the other without. Corneas were mounted onto a custom chamber and immersed in a hydration medium for elasticity testing. Although in each medium, corneal elasticity measurements were performed for 2 hr: at 5-min intervals for the first 30 min and then 15-min intervals for the remaining 90 min. Elasticity testing was performed using nanoindentation with spherical indenters, and Young modulus was calculated using the Hertz model. Thickness measurements were taken before and after elasticity testing. The percentage change in corneal thickness and elasticity was calculated for each hydration media group. Balanced salt solution, PBS, and Optisol showed an increase in thickness and Young moduli for corneas with and without an intact scleral rim. Fifteen percent dextran exhibited a dehydrating effect on corneal thickness and provided stable maintenance of corneal elasticity for both groups. Hydration media affects the stability of corneal thickness and elasticity measurements over time. Fifteen percent dextran was most effective in maintaining corneal hydration and elasticity, followed by Optisol.

  13. Development of a time-gated fluorescence lifetime microscope for in vivo corneal metabolic imaging (United States)

    Silva, Susana F.; Batista, Ana; Castejón, Olga C.; Quadrado, Maria João.; Domingues, José Paulo; Morgado, Miguel


    Metabolic imaging can be a valuable tool in the early diagnosis of corneal diseases. Cell metabolic changes can be assessed through non-invasive optical methods due to the autofluorescence of metabolic co-factors nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). Both molecules exhibit double exponential fluorescence decays, with well-separated short and long lifetime components, which are related to their protein-bound and free states. Corneal metabolism can be monitored by measuring the relative contribution of these two components. Here we report on the development of a fluorescence lifetime imaging microscope for in vivo measurement of FAD fluorescence lifetimes in corneal cells. The microscope is based on one-photon fluorescence excitation, through a pulsed blue diode laser. Fluorescence lifetime imaging is achieved using the Time-Gated technique. Structured illumination is used to improve the low axial resolution of wide-field time-gated FLIM. A Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) is used to produce the sinusoidal patterns required by structural illumination. The DMD control is integrated with the acquisition software of the imaging system which is based on an ultra-high speed gated image intensifier coupled to a CCD camera. We present preliminary results concerning optical and timing performance of the fluorescence lifetime microscope. Preliminary tests with ex-vivo bovine corneas are also described.

  14. Aberration-free volumetric high-speed imaging of in vivo retina

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    Hillmann, Dierck; Hain, Carola; Sudkamp, Helge; Franke, Gesa; Pfäffle, Clara; Winter, Christian; Hüttmann, Gereon


    Research and medicine rely on non-invasive optical techniques to image living tissue with high resolution in space and time. But so far a single data acquisition could not provide entirely diffraction-limited tomographic volumes of rapidly moving or changing targets, which additionally becomes increasingly difficult in the presence of aberrations, e.g., when imaging retina in vivo. We show, that a simple interferometric setup based on parallelized optical coherence tomography acquires volumetric data with 10 billion voxels per second, exceeding previous imaging speeds by an order of magnitude. This allows us to computationally obtain and correct defocus and aberrations resulting in entirely diffraction-limited volumes. As demonstration, we imaged living human retina with clearly visible nerve fiber layer, small capillary networks, and photoreceptor cells, but the technique is also applicable to obtain phase-sensitive volumes of other scattering structures at unprecedented acquisition speeds.

  15. Quantitative evaluation of corneal epithelial injury caused by n-heptanol using a corneal resistance measuring device in vivo

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    Full Text Available Masamichi Fukuda1, Hiroshi Sasaki11Department of Ophthalmology, Kanazawa Medical University, Uchinada, JapanPurpose: We attempted to develop a device for measuring electrical corneal resistance (CR using corneal contact lens electrodes to quantitatively evaluate corneal injury in vivo. In the present study, full-thickness detachment of the corneal epithelium was induced by n-heptanol, and the feasibility of the quantitative evaluation of this injury by corneal contact lens electrodes was evaluated in vivo.Methods: The central area of an albino rabbit's cornea was exposed to a filter paper pre-immersed in n-heptanol for 1 minute to induce injury of the corneal epithelium. After induction of injury, the electrical CR was measured and the percentage of CR (%CR was calculated. Fluorescein solution (3 µL was applied to the wound/affected area of the corneal epithelium for photography with a slit-lamp biomicroscope. The wound/affected area was measured using an image analysis system. The correlation between the %CR and the wound/affected area was analyzed.Results: As the size of the wound/affected area of the corneal epithelium increased, the %CR decreased after corneal epithelium detachment. Thus, a close correlation was found between the area of corneal epithelium detachment and the %CR.Conclusion: The corneal resistance device that we developed was capable of quantitatively evaluating n-heptanol-induced full-thickness injuries of the corneal epithelium.Keywords: eyes in vivo, corneal injury, corneal contact lens electrode corneal resistance device, n-heptanol

  16. AAV serotype influences gene transfer in corneal stroma in vivo


    Sharma, Ajay; Jonathan C K Tovey; Ghosh, Arkasubhra; Mohan, Rajiv R.


    This study evaluated the cellular tropism and relative transduction efficiency of three AAV serotypes, AAV6, AAV8 and AAV9, for corneal gene delivery using mouse cornea in vivo and donor human cornea ex vivo. The AAV6, AAV8 and AAV9 serotypes having AAV2 plasmid encoding for alkaline phosphatase (AP) gene were generated by transfecting HEK293 cell line with pHelper, pARAP4 and pRep/Cap plasmids. Viral vectors (109 vg/μl) were topically applied onto mouse cornea in vivo and human cornea ex viv...

  17. Kinetics of corneal epithelium turnover in vivo. Studies of lovastatin

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    Cenedella, R.J.; Fleschner, C.R. (Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, MO (USA))


    The authors developed a direct chemical approach for estimating the rate of turnover of the corneal epithelium in vivo. The method was used to examine the effects of lovastatin, a potent inhibitor of cholesterol biosynthesis, on proliferation and turnover of the epithelium. Corneal DNA was labeled by pulse injection (IP) of the rat with 3H-thymidine, and 3H-labeled DNA was recovered from peripheral and central corneas over the next 15 days. Only the epithelium became labeled, and the loss of label by cell desquamation began 3 days after injection. The loss of 3H-DNA from the cornea (peripheral plus central region) followed first-order kinetics. The half-life of the disappearance was about 3 days. The peripheral cornea became more highly labeled than the central cornea and began to lose 3H-DNA before the central cornea. These observations support the possibility of a higher mitotic rate in the peripheral region and the centripetal movement of a population of peripheral epithelial cells in the normal cornea. The half-lives of the disappearance of 3H-DNA from peripheral and central corneas measured between days 5 and 15 postinjection were identical, both at 3 days. Complete turnover of the corneal epithelium would, therefore, require about 2 weeks (4-5 half-lives). Treatment of the rat with lovastatin had no obvious effects upon the proliferation or turnover of the corneal epithelium. Although lovastatin inhibited corneal 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, the key regulatory enzyme of cholesterol synthesis, the cornea compensated by induction of this enzyme so that there was no net inhibition of cholesterol synthesis in the cornea.

  18. Corneal Re-innervation and Sensation Recovery in Patients with Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus: An In Vivo and Ex Vivo Study of Corneal Nerves (United States)

    Cruzat, Andrea; Hamrah, Pedram; Cavalcanti, Bernardo M.; Zheng, Lixin; Colby, Kathryn; Pavan-Langston, Deborah


    Purpose To study corneal reinnervation and sensation recovery in Herpes zoster Ophthalmicus (HZO). Methods Two patients with HZO were studied over time with serial corneal esthesiometry and laser in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). A Boston keratoprosthesis (B-KPro) type 1 was implanted and the explanted corneal tissues were examined by immunofluorescence histochemistry for βIII-tubulin to stain for corneal nerves. Results The initial central corneal IVCM performed in each patient, showed a complete lack of the subbasal nerve plexus, which was in accordance with severe loss of sensation (0 of 6 cm) measured by esthesiometry. When IVCM was repeated 2 years later prior to undergoing surgery, Case 1 showed a persistent lack of central subbasal nerves and sensation (0 of 6). In contrast, Case 2 showed regeneration of the central subbasal nerves (4,786 µm/mm2) with partial recovery of corneal sensation (2.5 of 6 cm). Immunostaining of the explanted corneal button in Case 1 showed no corneal nerves while Case 2, showed central and peripheral corneal nerves. Eight months after surgery, IVCM was again repeated in the donor tissue around the B-KPro in both patients, to study innervation of the corneal transplant. Case 1 showed no nerves, while Case 2 showed new nerves growing from the periphery into the corneal graft. Conclusions We demonstrate that regaining corneal innervation and function is possible in patients with HZO as shown by corneal sensation, IVCM, and ex-vivo immunostaining, indicating zoster neural damage is not always permanent and it may recover over an extended period of time. PMID:26989956

  19. Corneal Viscoelastic Properties from Finite-Element Analysis of In Vivo Air-Puff Deformation (United States)

    Kling, Sabine; Bekesi, Nandor; Dorronsoro, Carlos; Pascual, Daniel; Marcos, Susana


    Biomechanical properties are an excellent health marker of biological tissues, however they are challenging to be measured in-vivo. Non-invasive approaches to assess tissue biomechanics have been suggested, but there is a clear need for more accurate techniques for diagnosis, surgical guidance and treatment evaluation. Recently air-puff systems have been developed to study the dynamic tissue response, nevertheless the experimental geometrical observations lack from an analysis that addresses specifically the inherent dynamic properties. In this study a viscoelastic finite element model was built that predicts the experimental corneal deformation response to an air-puff for different conditions. A sensitivity analysis reveals significant contributions to corneal deformation of intraocular pressure and corneal thickness, besides corneal biomechanical properties. The results show the capability of dynamic imaging to reveal inherent biomechanical properties in vivo. Estimates of corneal biomechanical parameters will contribute to the basic understanding of corneal structure, shape and integrity and increase the predictability of corneal surgery. PMID:25121496

  20. AAV serotype influences gene transfer in corneal stroma in vivo. (United States)

    Sharma, Ajay; Tovey, Jonathan C K; Ghosh, Arkasubhra; Mohan, Rajiv R


    This study evaluated the cellular tropism and relative transduction efficiency of three AAV serotypes, AAV6, AAV8 and AAV9, for corneal gene delivery using mouse cornea in vivo and donor human cornea ex vivo. The AAV6, AAV8 and AAV9 serotypes having AAV2 plasmid encoding for alkaline phosphatase (AP) gene were generated by transfecting HEK 293 cell line with pHelper, pARAP4 and pRep/Cap plasmids. Viral vectors (10(9) vg/microl) were topically applied onto mouse cornea in vivo and human cornea ex vivo after removing the epithelium. Human corneas were processed for transgene delivery at day 5 after viral vector application. Mouse corneas were harvested at 4, 14 and 30 days after vector application for AP staining. Transduction efficiency was calculated by quantifying pixels of AP-stained area using Image J software and also confirmed by functional AP enzyme activity in the corneal lysates. Cellular toxicity of the three AAV serotypes was tested with TUNEL assay. Inflammatory response was detected by immunostaining for CD11b and F4/80. All three AAV serotypes successfully transduced mouse and human corneas. The order of transduction efficiency was AAV9 > AAV8 > AAV6. The transduction efficiency of AAV9 was 1.1-1.4 fold higher (p > 0.05) as compared to AAV8 and 3.5-5.5 fold higher (p AAV6. The level of transgene expression for all the three serotypes was greater at 14 days compared to 4 days and this high level of transgene expression was maintained up to the tested time point of 30 days. Corneas exposed to any of the three AAV serotypes did not show significant TUNEL positive cells or any inflammatory response as tested by CD11b or F4/80 staining suggesting that tested AAV serotypes do not induce cell death or inflammation and are safe for corneal gene therapy. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  1. In Vivo Confocal Microscopy of Corneal Nerves in Health and Disease. (United States)

    Cruzat, Andrea; Qazi, Yureeda; Hamrah, Pedram


    In vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) is becoming an indispensable tool for studying corneal physiology and disease. Enabling the dissection of corneal architecture at a cellular level, this technique offers fast and noninvasive in vivo imaging of the cornea with images comparable to those of ex vivo histochemical techniques. Corneal nerves bear substantial relevance to clinicians and scientists alike, given their pivotal roles in regulation of corneal sensation, maintenance of epithelial integrity, as well as proliferation and promotion of wound healing. Thus, IVCM offers a unique method to study corneal nerve alterations in a myriad of conditions, such as ocular and systemic diseases and following corneal surgery, without altering the tissue microenvironment. Of particular interest has been the correlation of corneal subbasal nerves to their function, which has been studied in normal eyes, contact lens wearers, and patients with keratoconus, infectious keratitis, corneal dystrophies, and neurotrophic keratopathy. Longitudinal studies have applied IVCM to investigate the effects of corneal surgery on nerves, demonstrating their regenerative capacity. IVCM is increasingly important in the diagnosis and management of systemic conditions such as peripheral diabetic neuropathy and, more recently, in ocular diseases. In this review, we outline the principles and applications of IVCM in the study of corneal nerves in various ocular and systemic diseases. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Corneal biomechanical properties from air-puff corneal deformation imaging (United States)

    Marcos, Susana; Kling, Sabine; Bekesi, Nandor; Dorronsoro, Carlos


    The combination of air-puff systems with real-time corneal imaging (i.e. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), or Scheimpflug) is a promising approach to assess the dynamic biomechanical properties of the corneal tissue in vivo. In this study we present an experimental system which, together with finite element modeling, allows measurements of corneal biomechanical properties from corneal deformation imaging, both ex vivo and in vivo. A spectral OCT instrument combined with an air puff from a non-contact tonometer in a non-collinear configuration was used to image the corneal deformation over full corneal cross-sections, as well as to obtain high speed measurements of the temporal deformation of the corneal apex. Quantitative analysis allows direct extraction of several deformation parameters, such as apex indentation across time, maximal indentation depth, temporal symmetry and peak distance at maximal deformation. The potential of the technique is demonstrated and compared to air-puff imaging with Scheimpflug. Measurements ex vivo were performed on 14 freshly enucleated porcine eyes and five human donor eyes. Measurements in vivo were performed on nine human eyes. Corneal deformation was studied as a function of Intraocular Pressure (IOP, 15-45 mmHg), dehydration, changes in corneal rigidity (produced by UV corneal cross-linking, CXL), and different boundary conditions (sclera, ocular muscles). Geometrical deformation parameters were used as input for inverse finite element simulation to retrieve the corneal dynamic elastic and viscoelastic parameters. Temporal and spatial deformation profiles were very sensitive to the IOP. CXL produced a significant reduction of the cornea indentation (1.41x), and a change in the temporal symmetry of the corneal deformation profile (1.65x), indicating a change in the viscoelastic properties with treatment. Combining air-puff with dynamic imaging and finite element modeling allows characterizing the corneal biomechanics in-vivo.

  3. High speed data converters

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    Ali, Ahmed MA


    This book covers high speed data converters from the perspective of a leading high speed ADC designer and architect, with a strong emphasis on high speed Nyquist A/D converters. For our purposes, the term 'high speed' is defined as sampling rates that are greater than 10 MS/s.

  4. Fully automatic evaluation of the corneal endothelium from in vivo confocal microscopy

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    Selig, B.; Vermeer, K.A.; Rieger, B.; Hillenaar, T.; Hendriks, C.L.L.


    Background Manual and semi-automatic analyses of images, acquired in vivo by confocal microscopy, are often used to determine the quality of corneal endothelium in the human eye. These procedures are highly time consuming. Here, we present two fully automatic methods to analyze and quantify corneal

  5. Ocular ketoconazole-loaded proniosomal gels: formulation, ex vivo corneal permeation and in vivo studies. (United States)

    Abdelbary, Ghada A; Amin, Maha M; Zakaria, Mohamed Y


    Vesicular drug carriers for ocular delivery have gained a real potential. Proniosomal gels as ocular drug carriers have been proven to be an effective way to improve bioavailability and patient compliance. Formulation and in vitro/ex vivo/in vivo characterization of ketoconazole (KET)-loaded proniosomal gels for the treatment of ocular keratitis. The effect of formulation variables; HLB value, type and concentration of non-ionic surfactants (Tweens, Spans, Brijs and Pluronics) with or without lecithin on the entrapment efficiency (EE%), vesicle size and in vitro KET release was evaluated. An ex vivo corneal permeation study to determine the level of KET in the external eye tissue of albino rabbits and an in vivo assessment of the level of KET in the aqueous humors were performed. In vivo evaluation showed an increase in bioavailability up to 20-folds from the optimum KET proniosomal gel formula in the aqueous humor compared to drug suspension (KET-SP). The selected formulae were composed of spans being hydrophobic suggesting the potential use of a more hydrophobic surfactant as Span during the formulation of formulae. Factors that stabilize the vesicle membrane and increase the entrapment efficiency of KET (namely low HLB, long alkyl chain, high phase transition temperature) slowed down the release profile. Proniosomal gels as drug delivery carriers were proven to be a promising approach to increase corneal contact and permeation as well as retention time in the eye resulting in a sustained action and enhanced bioavailability.

  6. In vivo Confocal Microscopy Report after Lasik with Sequential Accelerated Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking Treatment

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    Mazzotta, Cosimo; Balestrazzi, Angelo; Traversi, Claudio; Caragiuli, Stefano; Caporossi, Aldo


    ...) treatment combined with sequential high-fluence accelerated corneal collagen cross-linking, denominated Lasik XTra, by means of HRT II laser scanning in vivo confocal microscopy after a 6-month follow-up...

  7. Keratoconus associated with corneal macular dystrophy: in vivo confocal microscopic evaluation. (United States)

    Balestrazzi, A; Martone, G; Traversi, C; Haka, G; Toti, P; Caporossi, A


    The authors present a case, studied through in vivo confocal microscopy, of concomitant keratoconus and macular corneal dystrophy (MCD). A 29-year-old man underwent a penetrating keratoplasty in the right eye in May 2005. Confocal microscopy was performed to examine the cornea of the right eye. A diagnosis of concomitant keratoconus and MCD was suspected, due to the simultaneous findings of corneal ectasia and stromal opacities. In this case, using in vivo confocal microscopy, morphologic changes were detected in many corneal layers and compared with the histopathologic findings. The morphologic alterations were found mainly in the area of the cornea apex.

  8. Risk Factors Associated With Corneal Nerve Alteration in Type 1 Diabetes in the Absence of Neuropathy: A Longitudinal In Vivo Corneal Confocal Microscopy Study. (United States)

    Dehghani, Cirous; Pritchard, Nicola; Edwards, Katie; Russell, Anthony W; Malik, Rayaz A; Efron, Nathan


    The aim of this study was to determine alterations to the corneal subbasal nerve plexus (SNP) over 4 years using in vivo corneal confocal microscopy in participants with type 1 diabetes and to identify significant risk factors associated with these alterations. A cohort of 108 individuals with type 1 diabetes and no evidence of peripheral neuropathy at enrollment underwent laser-scanning in vivo corneal confocal microscopy, ocular screening, and health and metabolic assessment at baseline, and the examinations continued for 4 subsequent annual visits. At each annual visit, 8 central corneal images of the SNP were selected and analyzed to quantify corneal nerve fiber density, corneal nerve branch density and corneal nerve fiber length. Linear mixed model approaches were fitted to examine the relationship between risk factors and corneal nerve parameters. A total of 96 participants completed the final visit and 91 participants completed all visits. No significant relationships were found between corneal nerve parameters and time, sex, duration of diabetes, smoking, alcohol consumption, blood pressure, or body mass index. However, corneal nerve fiber density was negatively associated with glycated hemoglobin (β = -0.76, P high-density lipids (β = 2.01, P = 0.03). Higher glycated hemoglobin (β = -1.58, P = 0.04) and age (β = -0.23, P high-density lipid, and age have significant effects on SNP structure. These findings highlight the importance of diabetic management to prevent corneal nerve damage and the capability of in vivo corneal confocal microscopy for monitoring subclinical alterations in the corneal SNP in diabetes.

  9. In-vivo corneal biomechanical analysis of unilateral keratoconus

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    Orhan Ayar Mehmet Cuneyt Ozmen Orkun Muftuoglu Mehmet Orcun Akdemir Mustafa Koc Kemal Ozulken


    AIM: To evaluate and compare corneal biomechanical findings measured by ocular response analyzer,topographic and pachymetric findings in patients with unilateral keratoconus patients and healthy controls.· METHODS...

  10. Novel Method to Detect Corneal Lymphatic Vessels In Vivo by Intrastromal Injection of Fluorescein. (United States)

    Le, Viet Nhat Hung; Hou, Yanhong; Horstmann, Jens; Bock, Felix; Cursiefen, Claus


    Corneal lymphatic vessels are clinically invisible because of their thin walls and clear lymph fluid. There is no easy and established method for in vivo imaging of corneal lymphatic vessels so far. In this study, we present a novel approach to visualize corneal lymphatic vessels in vivo by injecting intrastromal fluorescein sodium. Six- to eight-week-old female BALB/c mice were used in the mouse model of suture-induced corneal neovascularization. Two weeks after the suture placement, fluorescein sodium was injected intrastromally. The fluorescein, taken up by the presumed lymphatic vessels, was then tracked using a clinically used Spectralis HRA + OCT device. Immunohistochemistry staining with specific lymphatic marker LYVE-1 and pan-endothelial marker CD31 was used to confirm the indirect lymphangiography findings. By injecting fluorescein intrastromally, both corneal blood and lymphatic vessels were detected. While the lymphatic vessels were visible as bright vessel-like structures using HRA, the blood vessels appeared as dark networks. Fluorescein-labeled lymphatic vessels were colocalized with LYVE-1 in immunohistochemically stained sections of the same specimen. Corneal lymphatic vessels can be easily imaged in vivo in the murine model using intrastromal fluorescein injection.

  11. Inverse computational analysis of in vivo corneal elastic modulus change after collagen crosslinking for keratoconus. (United States)

    Sinha Roy, Abhijit; Rocha, Karol M; Randleman, J Bradley; Stulting, R Doyle; Dupps, William J


    Corneal collagen crosslinking with riboflavin photosensitization and ultraviolet irradiation is a novel approach to limiting the progression of keratoconus in patients by increasing the elastic modulus of the degenerate cornea. Beneficial reductions in corneal steepness and aberrations after crosslinking also frequently occur. In a previous study, we described a computational modeling approach to simulating topographic progression in keratoconus and regression of disease with corneal collagen crosslinking. In the current study, this model has been expanded and applied to the inverse problem of estimating longitudinal time-dependent changes in the corneal elastic modulus after crosslinking using in vivo measurements from 16 human eyes. Topography measured before crosslinking was used to construct a patient-specific finite element model with assumed hyperelastic properties. Then the properties of the cornea were altered using an inverse optimization method to minimize the difference between the model-predicted and in vivo corneal shape after crosslinking. Effects of assumptions regarding sclera-to-cornea elastic modulus ratio and spatial attenuation of treatment effect due to ultraviolet beam characteristics on the predicted change in elastic modulus were also investigated. Corneal property changes computed by inverse finite element analysis provided excellent geometric agreement with clinical topography measurements in patient eyes post-crosslinking. Over all post-treatment time points, the estimated increase in corneal elastic modulus was 110.8 ± 48.1%, and slightly less stiffening was required to produce the same amount of corneal topographic regression of disease when the sclera-to-cornea modulus ratio was increased. Including the effect of beam attenuation resulted in greater estimates of stiffening in the anterior cornea. Corneal shape responses to crosslinking varied considerably and emphasize the importance of a patient-specific approach. Copyright © 2013

  12. In-vivo corneal pulsation in relation to in-vivo intraocular pressure and corneal biomechanics assessed in-vitro. An animal pilot study. (United States)

    Rogala, Maja M; Danielewska, Monika E; Antończyk, Agnieszka; Kiełbowicz, Zdzisław; Rogowska, Marta E; Kozuń, Marta; Detyna, Jerzy; Iskander, D Robert


    The aim was to ascertain whether the characteristics of the corneal pulse (CP) measured in-vivo in a rabbit eye change after short-term artificial increase of intraocular pressure (IOP) and whether they correlate with corneal biomechanics assessed in-vitro. Eight New Zealand white rabbits were included in this study and were anesthetized. In-vivo experiments included simultaneous measurements of the CP signal, registered with a non-contact method, IOP, intra-arterial blood pressure, and blood pulse (BPL), at the baseline and short-term elevated IOP. Afterwards, thickness of post-mortem corneas was determined and then uniaxial tensile tests were conducted leading to estimates of their Young's modulus (E). At the baseline IOP, backward stepwise regression analyses were performed in which successively the ocular biomechanical, biometric and cardiovascular predictors were separately taken into account. Results of the analysis revealed that the 3rd CP harmonic can be statistically significantly predicted by E and central corneal thickness (Models: R2 = 0.662, p biomechanics in-vitro was confirmed. In particular, spectral analysis revealed that higher amplitude and power of the 3rd CP harmonic indicates higher corneal stiffness, while the 1st CP harmonic correlates positively with the corresponding harmonic of the BPL signal. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. In Vivo Corneal Biomechanical Properties with Corneal Visualization Scheimpflug Technology in Chinese Population. (United States)

    Wu, Ying; Tian, Lei; Huang, Yi-Fei


    Purpose. To determine the repeatability of recalculated corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology (CorVis ST) parameters and to study the variation of biomechanical properties and their association with demographic and ocular characteristics. Methods. A total of 783 healthy subjects were included in this study. Comprehensive ophthalmological examinations were conducted. The repeatability of the recalculated biomechanical parameters with 90 subjects was assessed by the coefficient of variation (CV) and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Univariate and multivariate linear regression models were used to identify demographic and ocular factors. Results. The repeatability of the central corneal thickness (CCT), deformation amplitude (DA), and first/second applanation time (A1/A2-time) exhibited excellent repeatability (CV% ≤ 3.312% and ICC ≥ 0.929 for all measurements). The velocity in/out (V in/out), highest concavity- (HC-) radius, peak distance (PD), and DA showed a normal distribution. Univariate linear regression showed a statistically significant correlation between V in, V out, DA, PD, and HC-radius and IOP, CCT, and corneal volume, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that IOP and CCT were negatively correlated with V in, DA, and PD, while there was a positive correlation between V out and HC-radius. Conclusion. The ICCs of the recalculated parameters, CCT, DA, A1-time, and A2-time, exhibited excellent repeatability. IOP, CCT, and corneal volume significantly influenced the biomechanical properties of the eye.

  14. In Vivo Corneal Biomechanical Properties with Corneal Visualization Scheimpflug Technology in Chinese Population

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    Ying Wu


    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the repeatability of recalculated corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology (CorVis ST parameters and to study the variation of biomechanical properties and their association with demographic and ocular characteristics. Methods. A total of 783 healthy subjects were included in this study. Comprehensive ophthalmological examinations were conducted. The repeatability of the recalculated biomechanical parameters with 90 subjects was assessed by the coefficient of variation (CV and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC. Univariate and multivariate linear regression models were used to identify demographic and ocular factors. Results. The repeatability of the central corneal thickness (CCT, deformation amplitude (DA, and first/second applanation time (A1/A2-time exhibited excellent repeatability (CV% ≤ 3.312% and ICC ≥ 0.929 for all measurements. The velocity in/out (Vin/out, highest concavity- (HC- radius, peak distance (PD, and DA showed a normal distribution. Univariate linear regression showed a statistically significant correlation between Vin, Vout, DA, PD, and HC-radius and IOP, CCT, and corneal volume, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that IOP and CCT were negatively correlated with Vin, DA, and PD, while there was a positive correlation between Vout and HC-radius. Conclusion. The ICCs of the recalculated parameters, CCT, DA, A1-time, and A2-time, exhibited excellent repeatability. IOP, CCT, and corneal volume significantly influenced the biomechanical properties of the eye.

  15. [Imaging of corneal dystrophies: Correlations between en face anterior segment OCT and in vivo confocal microscopy]. (United States)

    Ghouali, W; Tahiri Joutei Hassani, R; Liang, H; Dupont-Monod, S; Auclin, F; Baudouin, C; Labbé, A


    To evaluate the usefulness of en face Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for evaluation of corneal dystrophies and to describe correlations with in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). Thirty-two eyes of 16 patients with 4 types of corneal dystrophies (epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, Fuchs dystrophy, Reis-Bücklers corneal dystrophy and Crocodile Shagreen dystrophy) were enrolled in this study. Axial and reconstructed en face scans were acquired using OCT. Images were then correlated to IVCM findings. En face OCT provided new insights into the structure, size and depth of corneal tissue alterations in various corneal dystrophies. OCT en face images were well correlated with IVCM features. Despite lower resolution than IVCM, en face OCT offers the advantages of being non-invasive and allowing the analysis of larger corneal areas. En face OCT provides useful new information in corneal dystrophies. This imaging technique will probably increase in popularity in the near future for the assessment of various anterior segment diseases. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. High speed heterostructure devices

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    Beer, Albert C; Willardson, R K; Kiehl, Richard A; Sollner, T C L Gerhard


    Volume 41 includes an in-depth review of the most important, high-speed switches made with heterojunction technology. This volume is aimed at the graduate student or working researcher who needs a broad overview andan introduction to current literature. Key Features * The first complete review of InP-based HFETs and complementary HFETs, which promise very low power and high speed * Offers a complete, three-chapter review of resonant tunneling * Provides an emphasis on circuits as well as devices.

  17. Label-Free In Vivo Imaging of Corneal Lymphatic Vessels Using Microscopic Optical Coherence Tomography. (United States)

    Horstmann, Jens; Schulz-Hildebrandt, Hinnerk; Bock, Felix; Siebelmann, Sebastian; Lankenau, Eva; Hüttmann, Gereon; Steven, Philipp; Cursiefen, Claus


    Corneal neovascularization, in particular lymphangiogenesis, is a limiting factor in corneal transplant survival. Novel treatment approaches focus on (selective) inhibition and regression of lymphatic vessels. Imaging clinically invisible corneal lymphatic vessels is a prerequisite for these strategies. Using a murine model, this study investigates whether corneal lymphatic vessels can be imaged using microscopic optical coherence tomography (mOCT). Corneal neovascularization was induced by intrastromal placement of 11.0 nylon sutures in one eye of BALB/c mice. After 2 weeks, cross-sectional images and volumes of the corneas with a 0.5 mm lateral and axial field of view were acquired using a custom-built mOCT system enabling a resolution of 1 μm at a B-scan rate of 165/s. Three of the six animals received an additional intrastromal injection of India ink 24 hours before the measurement to stain the corneal lymphatic system in vivo. Immunohistochemistry using CD31 and LYVE-1 was used to validate the mOCT findings. Using mOCT, lymphatic vessels were visible as dark vessel-like structures with the lumen lacking a hyperreflective wall and mostly lacking cells. However, individual, slowly moving particles, which most likely are immune cells, occasionally could be observed inside the lumen. In lymphatic vessels of ink-stained corneas, hyperreflection and shadowing underneath was observed. Ink-filled lymphatic vessels were colocalized in consecutive corneal flat mounts of the same specimen. Corneal lymphatic vessels can be imaged using mOCT. This novel approach opens new options for noninvasive clinical imaging of corneal lymphatic vessels for diagnostic and therapeutic indications.

  18. In Vivo Corneal Biomechanical Properties with Corneal Visualization Scheimpflug Technology in Chinese Population


    Ying Wu; Lei Tian; Yi-fei Huang


    Purpose. To determine the repeatability of recalculated corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology (CorVis ST) parameters and to study the variation of biomechanical properties and their association with demographic and ocular characteristics. Methods. A total of 783 healthy subjects were included in this study. Comprehensive ophthalmological examinations were conducted. The repeatability of the recalculated biomechanical parameters with 90 subjects was assessed by the coefficient of variat...

  19. In Vivo Characteristics of Corneal Endothelium/Descemet Membrane Complex for the Diagnosis of Corneal Graft Rejection. (United States)

    Abou Shousha, Mohamed; Yoo, Sonia H; Sayed, Mohamed S; Edelstein, Sean; Council, Matthew; Shah, Ravi S; Abernathy, Joshua; Schmitz, Zachary; Stuart, Patrick; Bentivegna, Rocio; Fernandez, Maria P; Smith, Christopher; Yin, Xiaotang; Harocopos, George J; Dubovy, Sander R; Feuer, William J; Wang, Jianhua; Perez, Victor L


    To evaluate the utility of endothelial/Descemet membrane complex (En/DM) characteristics in diagnosing corneal graft rejection. Diagnostic reliability study. One hundred thirty-nine eyes (96 corneal grafts post penetrating keratoplasty or Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty: 40 clear, 23 actively rejecting, 24 rejected, and 9 nonimmunologic failed grafts; along with 43 age-matched control eyes) were imaged using high-definition optical coherence tomography. Images were used to describe En/DM and measure central corneal thickness (CCT) and central En/DM thickness (DMT). En/DM rejection index (DRI) was computed to detect the relative En/DM thickening to the entire cornea. In actively rejecting grafts, DMT and DRI were significantly greater than controls and clear grafts (28, 17, and 17 μm and 1.5, 1 and 1, respectively; P < .001). Rejected grafts had the highest DMT and DRI compared to all groups (59 μm and 2.1; P < .001). DMT and DRI showed excellent accuracy, significantly better than that of CCT, in differentiating actively rejecting from clear grafts (100% and 96% sensitivity; 92.5% and 92.5% specificity), actively rejecting from rejected grafts (88% and 83% sensitivity; 91% and 83% specificity), and nonimmunologic failed from rejected grafts (100% and 100% sensitivity; 88% and 100% specificity). DMT correlated significantly with rejection severity (P < .001). In corneal grafts, in vivo relative thickening of the En/DM is diagnostic of graft rejection as measured by DMT and DRI. These indices have excellent accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity in detecting graft immunologic status, superior to CCT. DMT is a quantitative index that correlates accurately with the severity of rejection. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. In Vivo Assessment of Mechanisms Controlling Corneal Hydration. (United States)


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  1. In vivo Confocal Microscopy Report after Lasik with Sequential Accelerated Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking Treatment

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    Cosimo Mazzotta


    Full Text Available We report the first pilot qualitative confocal microscopic analysis of a laser in situ keratomileusis (Lasik treatment combined with sequential high-fluence accelerated corneal collagen cross-linking, denominated Lasik XTra, by means of HRT II laser scanning in vivo confocal microscopy after a 6-month follow-up. After obtaining approval from the Siena University Hospital Institutional Review Board, a 33-year-old female patient underwent a Lasik XTra procedure in her left eye. Confocal analysis demonstrated induced slight corneal microstructural changes by the interaction between UV-A, riboflavin and corneal stromal collagen, beyond the interface to a depth of 160 µm, without adverse events at the interface and endothelial levels. This application may be considered a prophylactic biomechanical treatment, stiffening the intermediate corneal stroma to prevent corneal ectasia and stabilizing the clinical results of refractive surgery. According to our preliminary experiences, this combined approach may be useful in higher-risk Lasik patients for hyperopic treatments, high myopia and lower corneal thicknesses.

  2. Comparison of factors that influence the measurement of corneal hysteresis in vivo and in vitro. (United States)

    Alhamad, Tariq A; Meek, Keith M


    The purpose of this study was to compare measurements of corneal hysteresis (CH) obtained in vivo, with similar measurements from excised human eyes and from excised human corneas mounted in an artificial anterior chamber. Corneal hysteresis was measured using an ocular response analyser (Reichert Ophthalmic Instruments) from three groups: 53 healthy normal corneas of fifty-three patients, six excised eyes and 17 excised corneas. In vivo, it was found that CH was independent of gender, age and mean spherical equivalent, but has a significant inverse relationship with intraocular pressure (IOP(cc)) (r = 0.53; p corneal pressure (r = 0.72; p corneal thickness [r = 0.86; p < 0.0001 and r = 0.611; p < 0.0005 (respectively)]. The in vitro results indicate that every normal human eye at physiological hydration shows an identical dependence of CH on IOP(cc) , the same dependence as is observed in vivo. This therefore would appear to be an intrinsic response of the tissue to a change in IOP. However, it is possible that the lower values of CH recorded from excised corneas reflect the influence of the artificial chamber replacing the eye globe, so in vivo values of CH may be influenced to some extent by the presence of the other components of the eye. © 2011 The Authors. Acta Ophthalmologica © 2011 Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica Foundation.

  3. BMP7 gene transfer via gold nanoparticles into stroma inhibits corneal fibrosis in vivo.

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    Ashish Tandon

    Full Text Available This study examined the effects of BMP7 gene transfer on corneal wound healing and fibrosis inhibition in vivo using a rabbit model. Corneal haze in rabbits was produced with the excimer laser performing -9 diopters photorefractive keratectomy. BMP7 gene was introduced into rabbit keratocytes by polyethylimine-conjugated gold nanoparticles (PEI2-GNPs transfection solution single 5-minute topical application on the eye. Corneal haze and ocular health in live animals was gauged with stereo- and slit-lamp biomicroscopy. The levels of fibrosis [α-smooth muscle actin (αSMA, F-actin and fibronectin], immune reaction (CD11b and F4/80, keratocyte apoptosis (TUNEL, calcification (alizarin red, vonKossa and osteocalcin, and delivered-BMP7 gene expression in corneal tissues were quantified with immunofluorescence, western blotting and/or real-time PCR. Human corneal fibroblasts (HCF and in vitro experiments were used to characterize the molecular mechanism mediating BMP7's anti-fibrosis effects. PEI2-GNPs showed substantial BMP7 gene delivery into rabbit keratocytes in vivo (2×10(4 gene copies/ug DNA. Localized BMP7 gene therapy showed a significant corneal haze decrease (1.68±0.31 compared to 3.2±0.43 in control corneas; p88%; p<0.0001, and immunoblotting of BMP7-transefected HCFs grown in the presence of TGFβ demonstrated significantly enhanced pSmad-1/5/8 (95%; p<0.001 and Smad6 (53%, p<0.001, and decreased αSMA (78%; p<0.001 protein levels. These results suggest that localized BMP7 gene delivery in rabbit cornea modulates wound healing and inhibits fibrosis in vivo by counter balancing TGFβ1-mediated profibrotic Smad signaling.

  4. In-vivo corneal biomechanical analysis of unilateral keratoconus

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    Orhan Ayar


    Full Text Available AIM: To evaluate and compare corneal biomechanical findings measured by ocular response analyzer, topographic and pachymetric findings in patients with unilateral keratoconus patients and healthy controls. METHODS: This is an observational, case-control study. Patients with keratoconus in one eye and forme fruste keratoconus in the fellow eye were compared with sex and age matched with controls healthy subjects. All subjects were evaluated with rotating scheimpflug imaging system. The receiver-operating-characteristic curves were analyzed to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the parameters. RESULTS: Twenty-seven patients with keratoconus in one eye and forme fruste keratoconus in the fellow eye were compared with 40 eyes of 40 normal subjects. Corneal hysteresis (CH was 8.0±1.7 mm Hg in keratoconus group, 8.3±1.6 mm Hg in forme fruste keratoconus group, and 9.8±1.6 mm Hg in control groups (P=0.54 between keratoconus and forme fruste keratoconus groups, P<0.01 between control group and other groups. Corneal resistance factor (CRF was 7.1±2.2 mm Hg in keratoconus group, 7.8±1.2 mm Hg in forme fruste keratoconus group and 9.9±1.5 mm Hg in control group (P<0.001 between control group and other groups. Using receiver-operating-characteristic analysis, the area under curve values of the parameters to distinguish forme fruste keratoconus from control subjects were: CH (0.768, CRF (0.866. Best cut-off points were 9.3 mm Hg and 8.8 mm Hg for CH and CRF respectively. CONCLUSION: Ocular response analyzer parameters (CH and CRF are found to be significantly lower in forme fruste keratoconus patients compared to normal control subjects.

  5. Fully automatic evaluation of the corneal endothelium from in vivo confocal microscopy. (United States)

    Selig, Bettina; Vermeer, Koenraad A; Rieger, Bernd; Hillenaar, Toine; Luengo Hendriks, Cris L


    Manual and semi-automatic analyses of images, acquired in vivo by confocal microscopy, are often used to determine the quality of corneal endothelium in the human eye. These procedures are highly time consuming. Here, we present two fully automatic methods to analyze and quantify corneal endothelium imaged by in vivo white light slit-scanning confocal microscopy. In the first approach, endothelial cell density is estimated with the help of spatial frequency analysis. We evaluate published methods, and propose a new, parameter-free method. In the second approach, based on the stochastic watershed, cells are automatically segmented and the result is used to estimate cell density, polymegathism (cell size variability) and pleomorphism (cell shape variation). We show how to determine optimal values for the three parameters of this algorithm, and compare its results to a semi-automatic delineation by a trained observer. The frequency analysis method proposed here is more precise than any published method. The segmentation method outperforms the fully automatic method in the NAVIS software (Nidek Technologies Srl, Padova, Italy), which significantly overestimates the number of cells for cell densities below approximately 1200 mm(-2), as well as previously published methods. The methods presented here provide a significant improvement over the state of the art, and make in vivo, automated assessment of corneal endothelium more accessible. The segmentation method proposed paves the way to many possible new morphometric parameters, which can quickly and precisely be determined from the segmented image.

  6. Cytotoxic effects of betaxolol on healthy corneal endothelial cells both in vitro and in vivo

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    Ying Miao


    Full Text Available AIM: To demonstrate the cytotoxic effect of betaxolol and its underlying mechanism on human corneal endothelial cells(HCE cells in vitro and cat corneal endothelial cells(CCE cells in vivo, providing experimental basis for safety anti-glaucoma drug usage in clinic of ophthalmology.METHODS: In vivo and in vitro experiments were conducted to explore whether and how betaxolol participates in corneal endothelial cell injury. The in vitro morphology, growth status, plasma membrane permeability, DNA fragmentation, and ultrastructure of HCE cells treated with 0.021875-0.28g/L betaxolol were examined by light microscope, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiahiazo (-z-y1-3,5-di-phenytetrazoliumromide (MTT assay, acridine orange (AO/ethidium bromide (EB double-fluorescent staining, DNA agarose gel electrophoresis, and transmission electron microscope (TEM. The in vivo density, morphology, and ultrastructure of CCE cells, corneal thickness, and eye pressure of cat eyes treated with 0.28g/L betaxolol were investigated by specular microscopy, applanation tonometer, alizarin red staining, scanning electron microscope (SEM, and TEM.RESULTS: Exposure to betaxolol at doses from 0.0875g/L to 2.8g/L induced morphological and ultrastructural changes of in vitro cultured HCE cells such as cytoplasmic vacuolation, cellular shrinkage, structural disorganization, chromatin condensation, and apoptotic body appearance. Simultaneously, betaxolol elevated plasma membrane permeability and induced DNA fragmentation of these cells in a dose-dependent manner in AO/EB staining. Furthermore, betaxolol at a dose of 2.8g/L also induced decrease of density of CCE cells in vivo, and non-hexagonal and shrunk apoptotic cells were also found in betaxolol-treated cat corneal endothelia.CONCLUSION: Betaxolol has significant cytotoxicity on HCE cells in vitro by inducing apoptosis of these cells, and induced apoptosis of CCE cells in vivo as well. The findings help provide new insight into the apoptosis

  7. In vivo biomechanical changes after corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus and corneal ectasia: 1-year analysis of a randomized, controlled, clinical trial. (United States)

    Greenstein, Steven A; Fry, Kristen L; Hersh, Peter S


    To investigate the in vivo, corneal, biomechanical changes after corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) using the Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) in patients with keratoconus and post-laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) ectasia. Single-center, prospective, randomized, controlled, clinical trial. After CXL (69 eyes, 46 keratoconus and 23 post-LASIK), corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF) were measured using the ORA and analyzed in a treatment, sham control, and fellow eye control group at baseline and 1, 3, 6, and 12 months. There were no significant changes in CH (change = 0.05 ± 1.5; P = 0.78) or CRF (change = 0.29 ± 1.4; P = 0.1) at 1 year compared with preoperative values. Changes in CH and CRF were not correlated with changes in clinical outcomes of uncorrected visual acuity, best spectacle-corrected visual acuity, and maximum keratometry. There were no significant changes in CH in the sham or fellow eye control groups (P(sham) = 0.7; P(FE) = 0.3) or CRF (P(sham) = 0.6; P(FE) = 0.72). Despite an increase in CRF at one month, there were no statistically significant changes in CH and CRF measurements 1 year after CXL. Development of other in vivo biomechanical metrics would aid in evaluating the corneal response to CXL.

  8. HIGH SPEED CAMERA (United States)

    Rogers, B.T. Jr.; Davis, W.C.


    This patent relates to high speed cameras having resolution times of less than one-tenth microseconds suitable for filming distinct sequences of a very fast event such as an explosion. This camera consists of a rotating mirror with reflecting surfaces on both sides, a narrow mirror acting as a slit in a focal plane shutter, various other mirror and lens systems as well as an innage recording surface. The combination of the rotating mirrors and the slit mirror causes discrete, narrow, separate pictures to fall upon the film plane, thereby forming a moving image increment of the photographed event. Placing a reflecting surface on each side of the rotating mirror cancels the image velocity that one side of the rotating mirror would impart, so as a camera having this short a resolution time is thereby possible.

  9. High Speed Ice Friction (United States)

    Seymour-Pierce, Alexandra; Sammonds, Peter; Lishman, Ben


    Many different tribological experiments have been run to determine the frictional behaviour of ice at high speeds, ostensibly with the intention of applying results to everyday fields such as winter tyres and sports. However, experiments have only been conducted up to linear speeds of several metres a second, with few additional subject specific studies reaching speeds comparable to these applications. Experiments were conducted in the cold rooms of the Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory, UCL, on a custom built rotational tribometer based on previous literature designs. Preliminary results from experiments run at 2m/s for ice temperatures of 271 and 263K indicate that colder ice has a higher coefficient of friction, in accordance with the literature. These results will be presented, along with data from further experiments conducted at temperatures between 259-273K (in order to cover a wide range of the temperature dependent behaviour of ice) and speeds of 2-15m/s to produce a temperature-velocity-friction map for ice. The effect of temperature, speed and slider geometry on the deformation of ice will also be investigated. These speeds are approaching those exhibited by sports such as the luge (where athletes slide downhill on an icy track), placing the tribological work in context.

  10. Innervation of tissue-engineered recombinant human collagen-based corneal substitutes : A comparative in vivo confocal microscopy study


    Lagali, Neil; Griffith, May; Fagerholm, Per; Merrett, Kimberley; Huynh, Melissa; Munger, Rejean


    PURPOSE. To compare reinnervation in recombinant human collagen-based corneal substitutes with allografts during a 1-year postimplantation follow-up period in pigs. A retrospective comparison to innervation in porcine collagen-based biosynthetic grafts was also performed. METHODS. Pigs received a corneal allograft or a substitute made of either recombinant human type-I or -III collagen. In vivo confocal microscopic examination of the central cornea of surgical and untouched control eyes befor...

  11. Ex vivo expansion of bovine corneal endothelial cells in xeno-free medium supplemented with platelet releasate.

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    Ming-Li Chou

    Full Text Available Clinical-grade ex vivo expansion of corneal endothelial cells can increase the availability of corneal tissues for transplantation and treatment of corneal blindness. However, these cells have very limited proliferative capacity. Successful propagation has required so far to use very complex growth media supplemented with fetal bovine serum and other xenocomponents. We hypothesized that human platelet releasates rich in multiple growth factors, and in particular neurotrophins, could potentially be a useful supplement for ex vivo expansion of corneal endothelium cells due to their neural crest origin. Platelet releasates were prepared by calcium salt activation of apheresis platelet concentrates, subjected or not to complement inactivation by heat treatment at 56°C for 30 minutes. Platelet releasates were characterized for their content in proteins and were found to contain high amount of growth factors including platelet-derived growth factor-AB (30.56 to 39.08 ng/ml and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (30.57 to 37.11 ng/ml neurotrophins. We compared the growth and viability of corneal endothelium cells in DMEM-F12 medium supplemented with different combinations of components, including 2.5%∼10% of the platelet releasates. Corneal endothelium cells expanded in platelet releasates exhibited good adhesion and a typical hexagonal morphology. Their growth and viability were enhanced when using the complement-inactivated platelet releasate at a concentration of 10%. Immunostaining and Western blots showed that CECs maintained the expressions of four important membrane markers: Na-K ATPase α1, zona occludens-1, phospho-connexin 43 and N-cadherin. In conclusion, our study provides the first proof-of-concept that human platelet releasates can be used for ex vivo expansion of corneal endothelium cells. These findings open a new paradigm for ex vivo propagation protocols of corneal endothelium cells in compliance with good tissue culture practices

  12. In Vivo Confocal Microscopic Observation of Lamellar Corneal Transplantation in the Rabbit Using Xenogenic Acellular Corneal Scaffolds as a Substitute (United States)

    Feng, Yun; Wang, Wei


    Background: The limiting factor to corneal transplantation is the availability of donors. Research has suggested that xenogenic acellular corneal scaffolds (XACS) may be a possible alternative to transplantation. This study aimed to investigate the viability of performing lamellar corneal transplantation (LCT) in rabbits using canine XACS. Methods: Fresh dog corneas were decellularized by serial digestion, and LCT was performed on rabbit eyes using xenogeneic decellularized corneal matrix. Cellular and morphological changes were observed by slit-lamp, light, and scanning electron microscopy at 7, 30 and 90 days postoperatively. Immunocytochemical staining for specific markers such as keratin 3, vimentin and MUC5AC, was used to identify cells in the graft. Results: Decellularized xenogenic corneal matrix remained transparent for about 1-month after LCT. The recipient cells were able to survive and proliferate into the grafts. Three months after transplantation, grafts had merged with host tissue, and graft epithelialization and vascularization had occurred. Corneal nerve fibers were able to grow into the graft in rabbits transplanted with XACS. Conclusions: Xenogenic acellular corneal scaffolds can maintain the transparency of corneal grafts about 1-month and permit growth of cells and nerve fibers, and is, therefore, a potential substitute or carrier for a replacement cornea. PMID:25836615

  13. Mapping of normal corneal K-structures by in vivo laser confocal microscopy. (United States)

    Yokogawa, Hideaki; Kobayashi, Akira; Sugiyama, Kazuhisa


    To produce 2-dimensional reconstruction maps of normal human corneal fibrous structures beneath the Bowman layer (K-structures) by in vivo laser confocal microscopy and to show association of structures with the anterior corneal mosaic (ACM). Central corneal regions of 3 healthy volunteers were scanned. Acquired images of K-structures for each eye were arranged and mapped into a subconfluent montage. For each subject, electrical tracings of K-structures were superimposed on a slit-lamp photograph of the ACM produced by rubbing the eyelid. A mean of 677 +/- 211 images of K-structures were obtained for each eye. Mean dimensions of the mapped areas were 5.88 +/- 0.50 (horizontal) and 3.51 +/- 1.37 mm (vertical). In all subjects, K-structures formed a netlike pattern (mean area, 0.082 +/- 0.051 mm), and electrical tracings had good concordance with the ACM. This is the first study, to our knowledge, to elucidate the overall distribution of K-structures in normal human corneas. The netlike pattern of K-structures corresponded well with ACM pattern. These results support the hypothesis that the K-structures are the anterior collagen fiber bundles running at the posterior surface of the Bowman layer and thus are the structural basis for ACM formation.

  14. Clinical use of in vivo confocal microscopy through focusing in corneal refractive surgery. (United States)

    Ying, Li; Xiao, Zhang; Liuxueying, Zhong; Yumei, Jin


    To illustrate the use of in vivo confocal microscopy through focusing to observe normal cornea and corneal wound healing after excimer laser refractive surgery. A total of 197 eyes, including both unoperated eyes and eyes that had undergone LASIK, photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), or laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASEK), were examined using in vivo confocal microscopy through focusing. Images of the various corneal layers resolved by confocal microscopy through focusing were recorded and analyzed. Pachymetry of the cornea, epithelium, and stroma was also recorded for all eyes. The t test was used to evaluate the differences between unoperated eyes and postoperative eyes and the change in corneal pachymetry preoperatively to postoperatively with each type of surgery. A P value <.05 was considered statistically significant. Each layer of the cornea could be resolved in unoperated eyes and eyes that had undergone refractive surgery. Wound healing could be followed over time using confocal microscopy through focusing. In eyes that underwent PRK, at 1 month postoperatively, the entire cornea and stroma were thinner than preoperatively, whereas the epithelial layer was statistically significantly thicker (P<.05). Haze after PRK is seen as reflectivity of subepithelial anterior stroma. No clinically significant haze was observed in eyes that underwent LASEK or LASIK. The features of the eyes that underwent LASIK were the same as those of unoperated eyes. Confocal microscopy through focusing was useful in documenting cellular morphology in unoperated corneas and corneas that had undergone refractive surgery. Wound-healing characteristics of eyes that had undergone refractive surgery were also documented using confocal microscopy.

  15. Descemet Membrane Thickening as a Sign for the Diagnosis of Corneal Graft Rejection: An Ex Vivo Study. (United States)

    VanDenBerg, Ryan; Diakonis, Vasilios F; Bozung, Alison; Gameiro, Gustavo Rosa; Fischer, Oliver; El Dakkak, Ahmed; Ulloa-Padilla, Jan Paul; Anagnostopoulos, Apostolos; Dubovy, Sander; Abou Shousha, Mohamed


    To disclose, using an ex vivo study, the histopathological mechanism behind in vivo thickening of the endothelium/Descemet membrane complex (En/DM) observed in rejected corneal grafts (RCGs). Descemet membrane (DM), endothelium, and retrocorneal membranes make up the total En/DM thickness. These layers are not differentiable by high-definition optical coherence tomography; therefore, the source of thickening is unclear from an in vivo perspective. A retrospective ex vivo study (from September 2015 to December 2015) was conducted to measure the thicknesses of DM, endothelium, and retrocorneal membrane in 54 corneal specimens (31 RCGs and 23 controls) using light microscopy. Controls were globes with posterior melanoma without corneal involvement. There were 54 corneas examined ex vivo with mean age 58.1 ± 12.2 in controls and 51.7 ± 27.9 years in RCGs. The ex vivo study uncovered the histopathological mechanism of En/DM thickening to be secondary to significant thickening (P vivo study shows that DM is responsible for thickening of the En/DM in RCGs observed in vivo by high-definition optical coherence tomography and not the endothelium or retrocorneal membrane.

  16. Localization of angiotensin converting enzyme in rabbit cornea and its role in controlling corneal angiogenesis in vivo. (United States)

    Sharma, Ajay; Bettis, Daniel I; Cowden, John W; Mohan, Rajiv R


    The renin angiotensin system (RAS) has been shown to modulate vascular endothelial growth factor and angiogenesis. In this study we investigated (i) the existence of the RAS components angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and angiotensin II receptors (AT(1) and AT(2)) in the rabbit cornea using in vitro and ex vivo models and (ii) the effect of enalapril, an ACE inhibitor, to inhibit angiogenesis in rabbit cornea in vivo. New Zealand White rabbits were used. Cultured corneal fibroblasts and corneal epithelial cells were used for RNA isolation and cDNA preparation using standard molecular biology techniques. PCR was performed to detect the presence of ACE, AT(1), and AT(2) gene expression. A corneal micropocket assay to implant a vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) pellet in the rabbit cornea was used to induce corneal angiogenesis. Rabbits of the control group received sterile water, and the treated group received 3 mg/kg enalapril intramuscularly once daily for 14 days starting from day 1 of pellet implantation. The clinical eye examination was performed by slit-lamp biomicroscopy. We monitored the level of corneal angiogenesis in live animals by stereomicroscopy at days 4, 9, and 14 after VEGF pellet implantation. Collagen type IV and lectin immunohistochemistry and fluorescent microscopy were used to measure corneal angiogenesis in tissue sections of control and enalapril-treated corneas of the rabbits. Image J software was used to quantify corneal angiogenesis in the rabbit eye in situ. Our data demonstrated the presence of ACE, AT(1), and AT(2) expression in corneal fibroblasts. Cells of corneal epithelium expressed AT(1) and AT(2) but did not show ACE expression. Slit-lamp examination did not show any significant difference between the degree of edema or cellular infiltration between the corneas of control and enalapril-treated rabbits. VEGF pellet implantation caused corneal angiogenesis in the eyes of vehicle-treated control rabbits, and the mean area

  17. In vivo confocal microscopy of brachycephalic dogs with and without superficial corneal pigment. (United States)

    Vallone, Lucien V; Enders, Andrew M; Mohammed, Hussni O; Ledbetter, Eric C


    To characterize canine superficial corneal pigment (SCP) in brachycephalic dogs using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). Fifty-seven client-owned brachycephalic dogs from breeds predisposed to SCP (i.e., Boston Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Pug, and Shih Tzu). Complete ocular examination, including slit-lamp biomicroscopy, was used to determine presence or absence of SCP, and IVCM examinations were then performed. Clinical and IVCM abnormalities were recorded using a standardized scoring system and statistically compared between dogs with and without SCP. Dogs were split into two groups for analysis; Pugs and non-Pug breeds. Of the 57 dogs examined, 32 were Pugs and 25 were non-Pug breeds. Twenty-three Pugs (71.8%) and 10 non-Pugs (40%) displayed SCP. Six of 13 evaluated IVCM features were significantly (P Pugs and non-Pugs and included superficial epithelial pigment, basal epithelial pigment, Langerhans cells, anterior stromal dendritic cells, epithelial disorganization, and vascularization. Additionally, superficial epithelial leukocytes and anterior stromal dendritic cells were significantly associated with SCP in Pugs only. Many of the IVCM features associated with SCP were also observed in SCP unaffected dogs; however, they were present at a reduced frequency and confined to the perilimbal region of the cornea. By IVCM, SCP in dogs is characterized by microscopic features of chronic inflammation. Abnormalities were superficial and largely confined to the corneal epithelium. Superficial pigment in brachycephalic dogs appears morphologically as a centripetal corneal migration of microanatomic features normally confined to the perilimbal region of the cornea. © 2016 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  18. Targeted decorin gene therapy delivered with adeno-associated virus effectively retards corneal neovascularization in vivo.

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    Rajiv R Mohan

    Full Text Available Decorin, small leucine-rich proteoglycan, has been shown to modulate angiogenesis in nonocular tissues. This study tested a hypothesis that tissue-selective targeted decorin gene therapy delivered to the rabbit stroma with adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5 impedes corneal neovascularization (CNV in vivo without significant side effects. An established rabbit CNV model was used. Targeted decorin gene therapy in the rabbit stroma was delivered with a single topical AAV5 titer (100 µl; 5×10(12 vg/ml application onto the stroma for two minutes after removing corneal epithelium. The levels of CNV were examined with stereomicroscopy, H&E staining, lectin, collagen type IV, CD31 immunocytochemistry and CD31 immunoblotting. Real-time PCR quantified mRNA expression of pro- and anti-angiogenic genes. Corneal health in live animals was monitored with clinical, slit-lamp and optical coherence tomography biomicroscopic examinations. Selective decorin delivery into stroma showed significant 52% (p<0.05, 66% (p<0.001, and 63% (p<0.01 reduction at early (day 5, mid (day 10, and late (day 14 stages of CNV in decorin-delivered rabbit corneas compared to control (no decorin delivered corneas in morphometric analysis. The H&E staining, lectin, collagen type IV, CD31 immunostaining (57-65, p<0.5, and CD31 immunoblotting (62-67%, p<0.05 supported morphometric findings. Quantitative PCR studies demonstrated decorin gene therapy down-regulated expression of VEGF, MCP1 and angiopoietin (pro-angiogenic and up-regulated PEDF (anti-angiogenic genes. The clinical, biomicroscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies revealed that AAV5-mediated decorin gene therapy is safe for the cornea. Tissue-targeted AAV5-mediated decorin gene therapy decreases CNV with no major side effects, and could potentially be used for treating patients.

  19. Evaluation of the relationship of corneal biomechanical metrics with physical intraocular pressure and central corneal thickness in ex vivo rabbit eye globes. (United States)

    Bao, FangJun; Deng, ManLi; Wang, QinMei; Huang, JinHai; Yang, Jing; Whitford, Charles; Geraghty, Brendan; Yu, Ayong; Elsheikh, Ahmed


    The relationship of corneal biomechanical metrics provided by the Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA) and Corvis ST (CVS) with physical intraocular pressure (IOPp) and central corneal thickness (CCT) was evaluated. Thirty fresh enucleated eyes of 30 rabbits were used in ex vivo whole globe inflation experiments. IOPp was measured with a pressure transducer and increased from 7.5 to 37.5 mmHg in steps of 7.5 mmHg while biomechanical data was acquired using the ORA and CVS. At least 3 examinations were performed at each pressure level, where CCT and twelve biomechanical metrics were recorded and analyzed as a function of IOPp. The biomechanical metrics included corneal hysteresis (CH) and corneal resistance factor (CRF), obtained by the ORA. They also included the applanation times (A1T, A2T), lengths (A1L, A2L) and velocities (A1V, A2V), in addition to the highest concavity time (HCT), peak distance (PD), radius (HR) and deformation amplitude (DA), obtained by the CVS. The variation of CCT and the twelve biomechanical metrics for the 30 rabbit eyes tested across the 5 pressure stages considered (inter-pressure differences) were statistically significant (P = 0.00). IOPp was highly to moderately correlated with most biomechanical metrics, especially CRF, A1T, A1V, A2V, PD and DA, while the relationships with CH, A2T, A1L and HCT were poor. IOP has important influences on most corneal biomechanical metrics provided by CVS and ORA. Two biomechanical metrics A1V and HR were influenced by CCT after correcting for the effect of IOP in most pressure stages, while the correlation with others were weak. Comparisons of research groups based on ORA and CVS with different IOPs and CCTs may lead to possible misinterpretations if both or one of which are not considered in the analysis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Innervation of tissue-engineered recombinant human collagen-based corneal substitutes: a comparative in vivo confocal microscopy study. (United States)

    Lagali, Neil; Griffith, May; Fagerholm, Per; Merrett, Kimberley; Huynh, Melissa; Munger, Rejean


    To compare reinnervation in recombinant human collagen-based corneal substitutes with allografts during a 1-year postimplantation follow-up period in pigs. A retrospective comparison to innervation in porcine collagen-based biosynthetic grafts was also performed. Pigs received a corneal allograft or a substitute made of either recombinant human type-I or -III collagen. In vivo confocal microscopic examination of the central cornea of surgical and untouched control eyes before surgery and at 2, 6, and 12 months after surgery was performed to quantify the number, density, and diameter of nerves at various corneal depths. By 12 months after surgery, the number and density of regenerated nerves in the anterior and deep anterior corneal stroma recovered to preoperative and control levels in both types of substitute grafts and in the allografts. In the subepithelial and subbasal regions, however, significantly fewer nerves were detected relative to those in control subjects at 12 months, regardless of graft type (P collagen-based biosynthetic grafts. An absence of thick stromal nerve trunks (diameter, >10 mum) in all grafts, irrespective of material type, indicated that nerve regeneration in grafts was accompanied by persistent morphologic changes. Nerve regeneration in recombinant human collagen-based biosynthetic corneal grafts proceeded similarly to that in allograft tissue, demonstrating the suitability of recombinant human collagen constructs as nerve-friendly corneal substitutes. Furthermore, only minor differences were noted between type-I and -III collagen grafts, indicating an insensitivity of nerve regeneration to initial collagen type.

  1. In Vivo Confocal Microscopy of Corneal Nerves: An Ocular Biomarker for Peripheral and Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. (United States)

    Misra, Stuti L; Craig, Jennifer P; Patel, Dipika V; McGhee, Charles N J; Pradhan, Monika; Ellyett, Kevin; Kilfoyle, Dean; Braatvedt, Geoffrey D


    We investigated the relationship between corneal subbasal nerve (SBN) plexus density, corneal sensitivity, and peripheral and cardiac autonomic neuropathy in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. We recruited 53 patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and 40 normal control participants. Corneal in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) and sensitivity testing were performed on one eye of each subject. Autonomic function testing was done and an overall neuropathy score obtained from a combination of a symptomatic neuropathy score, clinical assessment, biothesiometry, and nerve conduction tests. The corneal SBN density (P < 0.001) and corneal sensitivity (P < 0.001) were significantly lower in subjects with diabetes compared to controls. A modest negative correlation between total neuropathy score and SBN density was observed (r = -0.33, P = 0.01). A negative correlation between corneal sensitivity and expiration/inspiration component of the autonomic nerve analysis (ANS-EI) also was noted (r = -0.36, P = 0.008). Corneal SBN density was abnormal in 50% of diabetic subjects classified as "Normal" by the clinical and electrophysiological based tests of total neuropathy score. The correlation of corneal SBN density with total neuropathy score suggests that reduced corneal nerve density reflects peripheral neuropathy in diabetes. Corneal SBN changes precede other clinical and electrophysiology tests of neuropathy supporting a possible role for corneal IVCM and corneal sensitivity testing as surrogate markers in the assessment of diabetic peripheral and cardiac autonomic neuropathy.

  2. In vivo confocal microscopic evaluation of corneal wound healing after femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty. (United States)

    Shtein, Roni M; Kelley, Kurt H; Musch, David C; Sugar, Alan; Mian, Shahzad I


    To evaluate corneal wound healing after femtosecond laser-assisted keratoplasty (FLAK) using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). Prospective, interventional, consecutive case series of 17 eyes after mushroom-shaped FLAK. IVCM was performed preoperatively and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months postoperatively to assess wound healing. Mean keratocyte activation grade increased from preoperative levels to 1 month postoperatively in both the central (0.41 ± 0.62 to 1.73 ± 1.03) and peripheral (0.47 ± 0.52 to 1.57 ± 1.09) cornea, then gradually decreased through 12 months. Dendritic cells increased from preoperatively to 1 month postoperatively in both the central (0.71 ± 0.83 to 1.33 ± 0.98) and peripheral (0.79 ± 0.70 to 1.42 ± 0.90) cornea, then gradually decreased until 6 months postoperatively. Stromal reinnervation was 1 month postoperatively in 8 patients (50%). By 12 months, sub-epithelial nerves were observed centrally in 5 patients (45.5%). IVCM after FLAK shows an initial increase in keratocyte activation and dendritic cells that decrease over time. Corneal reinnervation is seen as early as 1 month postoperatively. Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.

  3. In Vivo Measurements of the Ischiofemoral Space in Recreationally Active Participants During Dynamic Activities: A High-Speed Dual Fluoroscopy Study. (United States)

    Atkins, Penny R; Fiorentino, Niccolo M; Aoki, Stephen K; Peters, Christopher L; Maak, Travis G; Anderson, Andrew E


    Ischiofemoral impingement (IFI) is a dynamic process, but its diagnosis is often based on static, supine images. To couple 3-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) models with dual fluoroscopy (DF) images to quantify in vivo hip motion and the ischiofemoral space (IFS) in asymptomatic participants during weightbearing activities and evaluate the relationship of dynamic measurements with sex, hip kinematics, and the IFS measured from axial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cross-sectional study; Level of evidence, 3. Eleven young, asymptomatic adults (5 female) were recruited. 3D reconstructions of the femur and pelvis were generated from MRI and CT. The axial and 3D IFS were measured from supine MRI. In vivo hip motion during weightbearing activities was quantified using DF. The bone-to-bone distance between the lesser trochanter and ischium was measured dynamically. The minimum and maximum IFS were determined and evaluated against hip joint angles using a linear mixed-effects model. The minimum IFS occurred during external rotation for 10 of 11 participants. The IFS measured from axial MRI (mean, 23.7 mm [95% CI, 19.9-27.9]) was significantly greater than the minimum IFS observed during external rotation (mean, 10.8 mm [95% CI, 8.3-13.7]; P measurements. Compared with male participants, the IFS in female participants was reduced during standing and walking, despite a lack of kinematic differences between the sexes. The relationship between the IFS and hip joint angles suggests that the hip should be placed into greater extension, adduction, and external rotation in clinical examinations and imaging, as the IFS measured from static images, especially in a neutral orientation, may not accurately represent the minimum IFS during dynamic motion. Nevertheless, this statement must be interpreted with caution, as only asymptomatic participants were analyzed herein.

  4. Evaluation of Corneal Cross-Linking for Treatment of Fungal Keratitis: Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy on an Ex Vivo Human Corneal Model. (United States)

    Alshehri, Jawaher M; Caballero-Lima, David; Hillarby, M Chantal; Shawcross, Susan G; Brahma, Arun; Carley, Fiona; Read, Nick D; Radhakrishnan, Hema


    Some previous reports have established the use of photoactivated chromophore-induced corneal cross-linking (PACK-CXL) in treating fungal keratitis. The results of these case reports have often been conflicting. To systematically study the effect of PACK-CXL in the management of Fusarium keratitis, we have developed an ex vivo model of human corneal infection using eye-banked human corneas. Sixteen healthy ex vivo human corneas were divided into four study groups: (1) untreated control, (2) cross-linked, (3) infected with fungal spores, and (4) infected with fungal spores and then cross-linked. All infected corneas were inoculated with Fusarium oxysporum spores. The PACK-CXL procedure was performed 24 hours post inoculation for group 4. For PACK-CXL treatment, the corneas were debrided of epithelium; then 1% (wt/vol) isotonic riboflavin was applied dropwise at 5-minute intervals for 30 minutes and during the course of UV-A cross-linking for another 30 minutes. The corneas were imaged using a confocal microscope at 48 hours post inoculation, and the Fusarium hyphal volume and spore concentration were calculated. The infected and then cross-linked group had a significantly lower volume of Fusarium hyphae, compared to the infected (P = 0.001) group. In the infected and then cross-linked group there was significant inhibition of Fusarium sporulation compared with the infected (P = 0.007) group. A model of human corneal infection was successfully developed for investigation of the effects of PACK-CXL on fungal keratitis. A treatment regimen of combined UV-A/riboflavin-induced corneal cross-linking appears to be a valuable approach to inhibit the growth and sporulation of Fusarium and suppress the progression of fungal keratitis.

  5. High speed rail distribution study. (United States)


    The Texas Central Partners are in the process of developing a high speed rail line connecting : Houston and Dallas, Texas. Ultimately, plans are for 8 car trains that accommodate 200 people per : vehicle scheduled every 30 minutes. In addition, Texas...

  6. Diffusion and Monod kinetics to determine in vivo human corneal oxygen-consumption rate during soft contact-lens wear. (United States)

    Chhabra, Mahendra; Prausnitz, John M; Radke, C J


    The rate of oxygen consumption is an important parameter to assess the physiology of the human cornea. Metabolism of oxygen in the cornea is influenced by contact-lens-induced hypoxia, diseases such as diabetes, surgery, and drug treatment. Therefore, estimation of in vivo corneal oxygen-consumption rate is essential for gauging adequate oxygen supply to the cornea. Phosphorescence quenching of a dye coated on the posterior of a soft contact lens provides a powerful technique to measure tear-film oxygen tension (Harvitt and Bonanno, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1996;37:1026-1036; Bonanno et al., Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2002;43:371-376). Unfortunately, previous work in establishing oxygen-consumption kinetics from transient postlens tear-film oxygen tensions relies on the simplistic assumption of a constant corneal-consumption rate. A more realistic model of corneal metabolism is needed to obtain reliable oxygen-consumption kinetics. Here, physiologically relevant nonlinear Monod kinetics is adopted for describing the local oxygen-consumption rate, thus avoiding aphysical negative oxygen tensions in the cornea. We incorporate Monod kinetics in an unsteady-state reactive-diffusion model for the cornea contact-lens system to determine tear-film oxygen tension as a function of time when changing from closed-eye to open-eye condition. The model was fit to available experimental data of in vivo human postlens tear-film oxygen tension to determine the corneal oxygen-consumption rate. Reliance on corneal oxygen diffusivity and solubility data obtained from rabbits is no longer requisite. Excellent agreement is obtained between the proposed model and experiment. We calculate the spatial-averaged in vivo human maximum corneal oxygen-consumption rate as Q(c)(max) = 1.05 x 10(-4) mL/(cm(3) s). The calculated Monod constant is K(m) = 2.2 mmHg. (c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Microscopia confocal in vivo nos depósitos corneanos por amiodarona In vivo confocal microscopy in amiodarone corneal deposits

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    Gustavo Victor


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever os achados da microscopia confocal in vivo em pacientes nos diversos estágios de ceratopatia induzida por amiodarona, e correlacionar o estadiamento biomicroscópico com o estadiamento confocal. MÉTODOS: Vinte olhos de 10 pacientes (6 homens e 4 mulheres em tratamento com amiodarona, que apresentavam ceratopatia induzida pela droga, foram selecionados para o estudo, com a microscopia confocal (MC. RESULTADOS: A média de idade foi 58 ± 6,2 anos (50-66 anos e o tempo de uso da droga foi de 6 ± 3,2 anos (2-11 anos. Todos pacientes tinham acuidade visual com correção melhor ou igual a 20/40. A biomicroscopia evidenciou ceratopatia por amiodarona: dois pacientes no estágio 1, quatro no estágio 2 e quatro no estágio 3. Todas as córneas apresentaram inclusões intracelulares brilhantes e de alta refletividade na camada epitelial basal. A partir dos estágios 2 e 3, foram encontrados microdepósitos em todas camadas corneanas. Foram observados afilamento e aumento da tortuosidade dos nervos corneanos nos estágios 2 e 3 da ceratopatia. A contagem endotelial média foi de 2.524 ± 150,3 células/mm². CONCLUSÃO: O epitélio basal foi o mais acometido nos diferentes estágios da ceratopatia. Nos pacientes do estágio 1 a biomicroscopia, os microdepósitos subepiteliais são restritos ao epitélio superficial e basal, ao passo que nos pacientes dos estágios 2 e 3, os microdepósitos afetam todas camadas corneanas. À medida que a ceratopatia avança, os nervos corneanos ficam mais afilados e tortuosos.PURPOSE: To describe in vivo confocal microscopy findings in patients with different stages of amiodarone-induced keratopathy, and correlate biomicroscopy stages with confocal stages. METHODS: Twenty eyes of 10 patients (6 men and 4 women, who receive treatment with amiodarone were selected for the study with confocal microscopy (MC. RESULTS: The average age was 58 ± 6.2 years (50-66 years and time of use of the drug was 6

  8. Autologous Serum Tears for Treatment of Photoallodynia in Patients with Corneal Neuropathy: Efficacy and Evaluation with In Vivo Confocal Microscopy. (United States)

    Aggarwal, Shruti; Kheirkhah, Ahmad; Cavalcanti, Bernardo M; Cruzat, Andrea; Colon, Clara; Brown, Emma; Borsook, David; Prüss, Harald; Hamrah, Pedram


    Patients suffering from corneal neuropathy may present with photoallodynia; i.e., increased light sensitivity, frequently with a normal slit-lamp examination. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of autologous serum tears (AST) for treatment of severe photoallodynia in corneal neuropathy and to correlate clinical findings with corneal subbasal nerve alterations by in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). Retrospective case control study with 16 patients with neuropathy-induced severe photoallodynia compared to 16 normal controls. Symptom severity, clinical examination and bilateral corneal IVCM scans were recorded. All patients suffered from extreme photoallodynia (8.8±1.1) with no concurrent ocular surface disease. Subbasal nerves were significantly decreased at baseline in patients compared to controls; total nerve length (9208±1264 vs 24714±1056 μm/mm(2); P<.0001) and total nerve number (9.6±1.4 vs 28.6±2.0; P<.0001), respectively. Morphologically, significantly increased reflectivity (2.9±0.2 vs 1.8±0.1; P<.0001), beading (in 93.7%), and neuromas (in 62.5%) were seen. AST (3.6±2.1 months) resulted in significantly decreased symptom severity (1.6±1.7; P=.02). IVCM demonstrated significantly improved nerve parameters (P<.005), total nerve length (15451±1595 μm/mm(2)), number (13.9±2.1), and reflectivity (1.9±0.1). Beading and neuromas were seen in only 56.2% and 7.6% of patients. Patients with corneal neuropathy-induced photoallodynia show profound alterations in corneal nerves. AST restores nerve topography through nerve regeneration, and this correlated with improvement in patient-reported photoallodynia. The data support the notion that corneal nerve damage results in alterations in afferent trigeminal pathways to produce photoallodynia. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. In vivo confocal microscopy: corneal changes of hydrogel contact lens wearers. (United States)

    Yagmur, Meltem; Okay, Okan; Sizmaz, Selcuk; Unal, Ilker; Yar, Kemal


    To evaluate the corneal findings in hydrogel contact lens wearers by in vivo confocal scanning microscopy. One hundred and forty-two eyes of 71 myopic contact lens wearers (group 1) and 142 eyes of 71 non-contact lens wearers (group 2), whose age, gender and refractive error matched, were enrolled in order to detect the corneal changes by in vivo confocal microscopy through the central cornea. The average age was 25.5 ± 5.7 (16-52) and 25.6 ± 5.6 (17-49) in groups 1 and 2, respectively. The mean duration of contact lens wear was 43.9 ± 15.3 (6-240) months. Anterior keratocyte density was 667.5 ± 128.3 cells/mm(2) in group 1 and 821.4 ± 136.7 cells/mm(2) in group 2 (P = 0.001). Posterior keratocyte densities of groups 1 and 2 were 540.2 ± 87.6 cells/mm(2) and 628.2 ± 72.4 cells/mm(2), respectively (P lenses with a mean Dk/t ratio of 26.5 × 10(-9) ± 5.9 (8.9-32 × 10(-9)). Stromal microdots occurred with contact lenses with a mean Dk/t ratio of 13.2 × 10(-9) ± 17.5 × 10(-9) (8.9-20 × 10(-9)). In vivo examination of the cornea with confocal microscopy revealed a number of changes. These changes can be attributed both to the mechanical and the hypoxic effects of soft contact lenses. In soft contact lenses with a high Dk/t ratio, these changes would be less frequent.

  10. Nonlinear optical corneal collagen crosslinking of ex vivo rabbit eyes. (United States)

    Bradford, Samantha M; Brown, Donald J; Juhasz, Tibor; Mikula, Eric; Jester, James V


    To determine whether riboflavin-induced collagen crosslinking (CXL) could be precisely achieved in the corneal stroma of ex vivo rabbit eyes using nonlinear optical excitation with a low numerical aperture lens and enlarged focal volume. Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA. Experimental study. The corneal epithelium was removed and the corneas were soaked in 0.5% riboflavin solution. Using a 0.1 numerical aperture objective, a theoretical excitation volume of 150 μm × 3 μm was generated using 1 W of 760 nm femtosecond laser light and raster scanned with 4.4 μm line separation at varying effective speeds over a 4.50 mm × 2.25 mm area. Corneal sections were examined for collagen autofluorescence. Collagen autofluorescence was enhanced 2.9 times compared with ultraviolet-A (UVA) CXL. Also, increasing speed was linearly associated with decreasing autofluorescence intensity. The slowest speed of 2.69 mm/s showed a mean of 182.97 μm ± 52.35 (SD) long autofluorescent scan lines axially in the central cornea compared with 147.84 ± 4.35 μm for UVA CXL. Decreasing dwell time was linearly associated with decreasing autofluorescence intensity, approaching that of UVA CXL at a speed of 8.9 mm/s. Using an effective speed of 8.9 mm/s, nonlinear optical CXL could be achieved over a 3.0 mm diameter area in fewer than 4 minutes. Further development of nonlinear optical CXL might result in safer, faster, and more effective CXL treatments. None of the authors has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Copyright © 2016 ASCRS and ESCRS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. High-Speed Electrochemical Imaging. (United States)

    Momotenko, Dmitry; Byers, Joshua C; McKelvey, Kim; Kang, Minkyung; Unwin, Patrick R


    The design, development, and application of high-speed scanning electrochemical probe microscopy is reported. The approach allows the acquisition of a series of high-resolution images (typically 1000 pixels μm(-2)) at rates approaching 4 seconds per frame, while collecting up to 8000 image pixels per second, about 1000 times faster than typical imaging speeds used up to now. The focus is on scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM), but the principles and practicalities are applicable to many electrochemical imaging methods. The versatility of the high-speed scan concept is demonstrated at a variety of substrates, including imaging the electroactivity of a patterned self-assembled monolayer on gold, visualization of chemical reactions occurring at single wall carbon nanotubes, and probing nanoscale electrocatalysts for water splitting. These studies provide movies of spatial variations of electrochemical fluxes as a function of potential and a platform for the further development of high speed scanning with other electrochemical imaging techniques.

  12. Non-invasive pre-lens tear film assessment with high-speed videokeratoscopy. (United States)

    Llorens-Quintana, Clara; Mousavi, Maryam; Szczesna-Iskander, Dorota; Iskander, D Robert


    To evaluate the effect of two types of daily contact lenses (delefilcon A and omafilcon A) on the tear film and establish whether it is dependent on pre-corneal tear film characteristics using a new method to analyse high-speed videokeratoscopy recordings, as well as to determine the sensitivity of the method in differentiating between contact lens materials on eye. High-speed videokeratoscopy recordings were analysed using a custom made automated algorithm based on a fractal dimension approach that provides a set of parameters directly related to tear film stability. Fifty-four subjects participated in the study. Baseline measurements, in suppressed and natural blinking conditions, were taken before subjects were fitted with two different daily contact lenses and after four hours of contact lens wear. The method for analysing the stability of the tear film provides alternative parameters to the non-invasive break up time to assess the quality of the pre-corneal and pre-lens tear film. Both contact lenses significantly decreased the quality of the tear film in suppressed and natural blinking conditions (pfilm characteristics were not correlated with the decrease in pre-lens tear film quality. High-speed videokeratoscopy equipped with an automated method to analyse the dynamics of the tear film is able to distinguish between contact lens materials in vivo. Incorporating the assessment of pre-lens tear film to the clinical practice could aid improving contact lens fitting and understand contact lens comfort. Copyright © 2017 British Contact Lens Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. The effect of standard and transepithelial ultraviolet collagen cross-linking on human corneal nerves: an ex vivo study. (United States)

    Al-Aqaba, Mouhamed; Calienno, Roberta; Fares, Usama; Otri, Ahmad Muneer; Mastropasqua, Leonardo; Nubile, Mario; Dua, Harminder S


    To evaluate the early effect of standard and transepithelial collagen cross-linking on human corneal nerves in donor eyes by ex vivo confocal microscopy and acetylcholinesterase staining. Experimental laboratory investigation. Eight human eye bank corneal buttons (mean age, 73.6 years) were included. Ultraviolet A collagen cross-linking was performed postmortem on 3 corneas with the standard protocol involving epithelial debridement and 4 corneas by the transepithelial approach. One cornea served as a control. Corneal nerves were evaluated using confocal microscopy and acetylcholinesterase histology. Confocal microscopy demonstrated the absence of subbasal nerves in corneas treated by the standard technique. These nerves were preserved in corneas treated by the transepithelial approach. Stromal nerves were visible in both groups. Histology of corneas treated by the standard technique revealed localized swellings of the stromal nerves with disruption of axonal membrane and loss of axonal continuity within the treatment zone. These changes were absent in corneas treated by the transepithelial approach. This study highlights the immediate effects of collagen cross-linking on the corneal nerves in an ex vivo model. The absence of subbasal nerves in the early phase of treatment appears to be attributable mainly to mechanical removal of epithelium, rather than ultraviolet light-induced damage. Localized swelling of the stromal nerves was the main difference between the 2 treatment protocols. Further research on laboratory animals would be necessary to verify these changes over a specified time course without the super-addition of postmortem changes. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. In vivo assessment of corneal barrier function through non-invasive impedance measurements using a flexible probe (United States)

    Guimera, A.; Illa, X.; Traver, E.; Marchan, S.; Herrero, C.; Lagunas, C.; Maldonado, M. J.; Ivorra, A.; Villa, R.


    The cornea is a transparent structure composed of three layers: the epithelium, the stroma and the endothelium. To maintain its ransparency the stroma remains in a constant state of dehydration. Consequently, any ion flow disorder through the covering layers can compromise the barrier function and, therefore the corneal homeostasis. Since ionic permeability has a fundamental impact on the passive electrical properties of living tissues, in this work it is proposed and demonstrated a diagnosis method based on tetrapolar impedance measurements performed by electrodes placed on the corneal surface. The contribution of each cornea layer to the total measured impedance has been analysed over a frequency range. Following the obtained guidelines, a flexible probe with integrated electrodes has been developed and manufactured using SU-8 photoresin. The feasibility of the proposed method has been evaluated in vivo by monitoring corneal epithelium wound healing. Obtained impedance measurements have been compared with measurements of permeability to sodium fluorescein from different excised corneas. Successful results demonstrate the feasibility of this novel flexible sensor and its capability to quantify corneal permeability in vivo in a noninvasive way.

  15. High-speed photonics interconnects

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    Chrostowski, Lukas


    Dramatic increases in processing power have rapidly scaled on-chip aggregate bandwidths into the Tb/s range. This necessitates a corresponding increase in the amount of data communicated between chips, so as not to limit overall system performance. To meet the increasing demand for interchip communication bandwidth, researchers are investigating the use of high-speed optical interconnect architectures. Unlike their electrical counterparts, optical interconnects offer high bandwidth and negligible frequency-dependent loss, making possible per-channel data rates of more than 10 Gb/s. High-Speed

  16. High-speed pulse techniques

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    Coekin, J A


    High-Speed Pulse Techniques covers the many aspects of technique in digital electronics and encompass some of the more fundamental factors that apply to all digital systems. The book describes the nature of pulse signals and their deliberate or inadvertent processing in networks, transmission lines and transformers, and then examines the characteristics and transient performance of semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. Some of the problems associated with the assembly of these into viable systems operating at ultra high speed are also looked at. The book examines the transients and w

  17. High-speed OTDM switching

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    Jepsen, Kim Stokholm; Mikkelsen, Benny; Clausen, Anders


    Optical TDM (OTDM) continues to be of interest both for point-point transmission and as a networking technology for both LANs and long-distance fibre transmission. Recent research has demonstrated enabling techniques for OTDM networks at high speeds. In conclusion, OTDM is emerging as an attracti...

  18. Ex vivo corneal epithelial wound healing following exposure to ophthalmic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

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    Keping Xu


    bromfenac 0.09%.Conclusion: Corneas treated with ketorolac 0.45% healed as rapidly as those treated with MEM, likely secondary to addition of CMC and removal of BAK. In the ex vivo corneal organ culture model, ketorolac 0.45% had statistically less impact on corneal re-epithelialization than prior ketorolac formulations (0.4% and 0.5%, bromfenac 0.09%, and nepafenac 0.01%.Keywords: bromfenac 0.09%, corneal epithelial wound healing, epithelial toxicity, ketorolac 0.45%, nepafenac 0.1%, ocular surgery

  19. A case of in vivo iontophoresis-assisted corneal collagen cross-linking for keratoconus: An immunohistochemical study. (United States)

    Manetti, Mirko; Favuzza, Eleonora; Sgambati, Eleonora; Mencucci, Rita; Marini, Mirca


    The standard corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL), that includes the removal of corneal epithelium to permit adequate penetration of riboflavin in the stroma, is an established procedure to halting keratoconus progression. However, as epithelial removal may cause postoperative pain and an increased risk of corneal infection, new therapeutic approaches have been proposed. Iontophoresis is a recently developed non-invasive technique which provides the use of electrical current during CXL to enhance transepithelial penetration of riboflavin into the corneal stroma. Here, we describe for the first time the morphological changes of the corneal stromal compartment in a patient with keratoconus who underwent in vivo iontophoresis-assisted CXL (ionto-CXL) before full-thickness corneal transplantation. Immunohistochemistry for type I collagen and CD34 was performed to investigate the stromal distribution of collagen fibers and keratocytes, respectively. The histology of ionto-CXL-treated keratoconic cornea, collected 6 months after the intervention, was compared with that of healthy corneas and either untreated or standard CXL-treated keratoconic corneas. An attempt to restore a normal stromal architecture was observed in the ionto-CXL-treated cornea compared with untreated keratoconic corneas. In particular, the ionto-CXL-treated cornea showed a parallel distribution of type I collagen fibers, although fiber interweaving appeared less organized than in healthy corneas and standard CXL-treated keratoconic corneas. Moreover, the distribution of CD34-positive keratocytes was improved in keratoconic corneas following ionto-CXL treatment, though a scattered CD34 immunoreactivity was still noticeable in the subepithelial stroma. This study provides histological evidence that ionto-CXL may represent a non-invasive alternative in the management of progressive keratoconus in adults. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  20. Evaluation of keratic precipitates and corneal endothelium in Fuchs' heterochromic cyclitis by in vivo confocal microscopy. (United States)

    Labbé, A; Dupas, B; Offret, H; Baudouin, C; Labetoulle, M


    To analyse keratic precipitates in Fuchs' heterochromic cyclitis (FHC) by in-vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). A retrospective chart review of 13 consecutive patients with FHC was conducted. Data collection included medical and ophthalmological history, age, age at diagnosis, gender, detailed slit-lamp examination and IVCM images. The IVCM characteristics of keratic precipitates and of the endothelium were analysed. Large hyperreflective deposits corresponding to keratic precipitates were observed on the endothelium of all FHC eyes and showed a great consistency among the different patients. These infiltrating keratic precipitates had a dendritic shape, with a small central core with numerous thin pseudopodia sometimes making connection between different keratic precipitates. The mean density of these keratic precipitates was 16.01/mm(2) (SD 6.54). The mean size of the largest dimension of these keratic precipitates was 127.31 microm (SD 41.49; range 66.16-201.4 microm). Hyporeflective round defects were observed at the level of the endothelium at contact or in the close vicinity of keratic precipitates or smaller hyperreflective deposits. All contralateral (non-affected eyes) had no keratic precipitates nor endothelial abnormalities. By providing high resolution images of corneal endothelium and keratic precipitates, IVCM could help the diagnosis and understanding of complex forms of intraocular inflammation such as FHC.

  1. In vivo confocal microscopy of pre-Descemet corneal dystrophy associated with X-linked ichthyosis: a case report. (United States)

    Shi, Hui; Qi, Xiao-Feng; Liu, Tao-Tao; Hao, Qian; Li, Xiao-Hong; Liang, Ling-Ling; Wang, Yi-Miao; Cui, Zhi-Hua


    Pre-Descemet corneal dystrophy (PDCD) is characterized by the presence of numerous, tiny, polymorphic opacities immediately anterior to Descemet membrane, which is a rare form of corneal stromal dystrophy and hard to be diagnosed. In vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) is a useful tool to examine the minimal lesions of the cornea at the cellular level. In this article, we report a rare case of PDCD associated with X-linked ichthyosis and evaluate IVCM findings. We present a 34-year-old male Chinese patient with PDCD associated with X-linked ichthyosis. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy showed the presence of tiny and pleomorphic opacities in the posterior stroma immediately anterior to Descemet membrane bilaterally. IVCM revealed regular distributed hyperreflective particles inside the enlarged and activated keratocytes in the posterior stroma. Hyperreflective particles were also observed dispersedly outside the keratocytes in the anterior stroma. Dermatological examination revealed that the skin over the patient's entire body was dry and coarse, with thickening and scaling of the skin in the extensor side of the extremities. PCR results demonstrated that all ten exons and part flanking sequences of STS gene failed to produce any amplicons in the patient. IVCM is useful for analyzing the living corneal structural changes in rare corneal dystrophies. We first reported the IVCM characteristics of PDCD associated with X-linked ichthyosis, which was caused by a deletion of the steroid sulfatase (STS) gene, confirmed by gene analysis.

  2. High speed cryogenic monodisperse targets (United States)

    Boukharov, A.; Vishnevkii, E.


    The basic possibility of creation of high speed cryogenic monodisperse targets is shown. According to calculations at input of thin liquid cryogenic jets with a velocity of bigger 100 m/s in vacuum the jets don’t manage to freeze at distance to 1 mm and can be broken into monodisperse drops. Drops due to evaporation are cooled and become granules. High speed cryogenic monodisperse targets have the following advantages: direct input in vacuum (there is no need for a chamber of a triple point chamber and sluices), it is possible to use the equipment of a cluster target, it is possible to receive targets with a diameter of D 100m/s), exact synchronization of the target hitting moment in a beam with the moment of sensors turning on.

  3. High-speed AC motors

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    Jokinen, T.; Arkkio, A. [Helsinki University of Technology Laboratory of Electromechanics, Otaniemi (Finland)


    The paper deals with various types of highspeed electric motors, and their limiting powers. Standard machines with laminated rotors can be utilised if the speed is moderate. The solid rotor construction makes it possible to reach higher power and speed levels than those of laminated rotors. The development work on high-speed motors done at Helsinki University of Technology is presented, too. (orig.) 12 refs.

  4. Cornea stress test--evaluation of corneal endothelial function in vivo by contact lens induced stress

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    Saini Jagjit


    Full Text Available Reliable and valid assessment of corneal endothelial function is a critical input for diagnosing, prognosticating and monitoring progression of disorders affecting corneal endothelium. In 123 eyes, corneal endothelial function was assessed employing data from the corneal hydration recovery dynamics. Serial pachometric readings were recorded on Haag-Striet pachometer with Mishima-Hedbys modification before and after two hours of thick soft contact lens wear. Percentage Recovery Per Hour (PRPH was derived from raw data as an index of endothelial function. Assessed PRPH in pseudophakic corneal oedema and Fuchs′ endothelial dystrophy eyes (35.9 +/- 9.8% was significantly lower than normal controls (61.9 +/- 10.5%. On employing receiver operation characteristics curve analysis the tested results demonstrated high sensitivity (87% and specificity (92% for detection of low endothelial function at PRPH cut off of 47.5%. Using this PRPH cut off, 80% of Fuchs′ endothelial dystrophy and 93.3% of pseudophakic corneal oedema eyes could be demonstrated to have low endothelial function. A total of 66.7% of diabetic eyes also demonstrated PRPH of lower than 47.5%. Clear corneal grafts demonstrated PRPH values of 24.6% to 73.0%. Of 6 corneal grafts that demonstrated initial PRPH of lower than 47.5%, 4 failed within 4 to 6 months. Our data demonstrated high sensitivity and specificity of this corneal stress test. PRPH index was useful in quantifying endothelial function in clinical disorders including diabetes mellitus. The index PRPH was demonstrated to be useful in monitoring and prognosticating outcome of corneal grafts.

  5. In vivo and in vitro evaluation of corneal damage induced by 1573 nm laser radiation

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    Courant, D.; Chapel, C. [CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses (DSV/DRR/SRBF), 92 (France). Dept. de Radiobiologie et de Radiopathologie; Pothier, C. [DGA-DCE/CTA/LOT, 94 - Arcueil (France); Sales, N. [CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses (DSV/DRM/SNV), 92 (France)


    Recent developments in laser technology have originated a variety of infrared laser sources between 1500-1700 nm called as 'eye-safe' which are gaining widespread use in industry, medicine and military applications. This spectral region has been called 'eye safe' because the cornea and aqueous humor absorb sufficient radiation to prevent nearly all potentially damaging radiation from reaching the retina whereas the lens does not absorb this spectral range and remains undamaged. However, in providing protection for the deeper layers of the eye, the cornea itself is susceptible to thermal damage. Previous studies, performed at 1540 nm with exposures less than 1 s, are inconsistent in the quantity of energy required to cause corneal damage. The purpose of this study was first, to determine the threshold damage exposure (E.D.{sub 50}) on rabbit cornea induced by a 3 ns single pulse emitted at 1573 nm, using clinical observations and histology and to compare the results to the limit values recommended by I.C.N.I.R.P. guidelines or international standards. Secondly, it was suggested to investigate the cellular effects of infrared radiation with biochemical techniques on cell cultures in order to specify a cellular damage threshold and a better understanding of the laser - tissue interaction and the corneal injury. The minimal damage criterion was defined by a shallow, very small depression of the epithelial surface with a mild fluorescein staining. The E.D.{sub 50} obtained with corneal beam diameter of 400 mm is 26.6{sup -2}. The corresponding radiant exposure, calculated with the 1 mm aperture diameter recommended by I.C.N.I.R.P. guidelines or standards, is 4.3{sup -2}. In vitro experiments have been carried out on primary keratocytes and H.T. 1080 epithelial cell line, using an expanded beam of 3.5 mm diameter on plates or Lab Tek holders. Cells were irradiated with 10 Hz pulse ratio frequency during 1, 2 or 3 s. The S A

  6. Ultra high-speed sorting. (United States)

    Leary, James F


    Cell sorting has a history dating back approximately 40 years. The main limitation has been that, although flow cytometry is a science, cell sorting has been an art during most of this time. Recent advances in assisting technologies have helped to decrease the amount of expertise necessary to perform sorting. Droplet-based sorting is based on a controlled disturbance of a jet stream dependent on surface tension. Sorting yield and purity are highly dependent on stable jet break-off position. System pressures and orifice diameters dictate the number of droplets per second, which is the sort rate limiting step because modern electronics can more than handle the higher cell signal processing rates. Cell sorting still requires considerable expertise. Complex multicolor sorting also requires new and more sophisticated sort decisions, especially when cell subpopulations are rare and need to be extracted from background. High-speed sorting continues to pose major problems in terms of biosafety due to the aerosols generated. Cell sorting has become more stable and predictable and requires less expertise to operate. However, the problems of aerosol containment continue to make droplet-based cell sorting problematical. Fluid physics and cell viability restraints pose practical limits for high-speed sorting that have almost been reached. Over the next 5 years there may be advances in fluidic switching sorting in lab-on-a-chip microfluidic systems that could not only solve the aerosol and viability problems but also make ultra high-speed sorting possible and practical through massively parallel and exponential staging microfluidic architectures.

  7. Corneal Laceration

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    Full Text Available ... What Is Corneal Laceration? Corneal Laceration Symptoms What Causes Corneal Laceration? Corneal Laceration Diagnosis Corneal Laceration Treatment ... the corneal laceration is deep enough it can cause a full thickness laceration. This is when the ...

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  9. In vivo glucose monitoring using dual-wavelength polarimetry to overcome corneal birefringence in the presence of motion. (United States)

    Pirnstill, Casey W; Malik, Bilal H; Gresham, Vincent C; Coté, Gerard L


    Over the past 35 years considerable research has been performed toward the investigation of noninvasive and minimally invasive glucose monitoring techniques. Optical polarimetry is one noninvasive technique that has shown promise as a means to ascertain blood glucose levels through measuring the glucose concentrations in the anterior chamber of the eye. However, one of the key limitations to the use of optical polarimetry as a means to noninvasively measure glucose levels is the presence of sample noise caused by motion-induced time-varying corneal birefringence. In this article our group presents, for the first time, results that show dual-wavelength polarimetry can be used to accurately detect glucose concentrations in the presence of motion-induced birefringence in vivo using New Zealand White rabbits. In total, nine animal studies (three New Zealand White rabbits across three separate days) were conducted. Using the dual-wavelength optical polarimetric approach, in vivo, an overall mean average relative difference of 4.49% (11.66 mg/dL) was achieved with 100% Zone A+B hits on a Clarke error grid, including 100% falling in Zone A. The results indicate that dual-wavelength polarimetry can effectively be used to significantly reduce the noise due to time-varying corneal birefringence in vivo, allowing the accurate measurement of glucose concentration in the aqueous humor of the eye and correlating that with blood glucose.

  10. Ocular Surface Alterations in the Context of Corneal In Vivo Confocal Microscopic Characteristics in Patients With Fibromyalgia. (United States)

    Erkan Turan, Kadriye; Kocabeyoglu, Sibel; Unal-Cevik, Isin; Bezci, Figen; Akinci, Aysen; Irkec, Murat


    To quantify the morphology of corneal basal epithelium and subbasal nerves and to evaluate the ocular surface alterations in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). Patients with FM (n = 34) and healthy controls (n = 42) were enrolled. All participants underwent ocular surface tests in the following order: corneal sensitivity, tear film breakup time, lissamine green staining, Schirmer test, and the Ocular Surface Disease Index questionnaire. Basal epithelial cells and subbasal nerves were evaluated using in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM). Demographic characteristics, Visual Analog Scale for Pain (VAS), American College of Rheumatology 1990, the Widespread Pain Index (WPI), and the Symptom Impact Questionnaire (SIQR) scores of patients with FM were obtained. Corneal sensitivity was 0.4 g/mm (fiber length: 6.0 cm) in all eyes. Patients with FM had a higher Ocular Surface Disease Index (42.2 ± 18.9 vs. 1.2 ± 1.7, P FM compared with those of the controls (P FM should be evaluated in terms of ocular surface diseases. IVCM may be used in FM to assess small fiber neuropathy.

  11. Diffusion and Monod kinetics model to determine in vivo human corneal oxygen-consumption rate during soft contact lens wear. (United States)

    Del Castillo, Luis F; da Silva, Ana R Ferreira; Hernández, Saul I; Aguilella, M; Andrio, Andreu; Mollá, Sergio; Compañ, Vicente


    We present an analysis of the corneal oxygen consumption Qc from non-linear models, using data of oxygen partial pressure or tension (P(O2) ) obtained from in vivo estimation previously reported by other authors. (1) METHODS: Assuming that the cornea is a single homogeneous layer, the oxygen permeability through the cornea will be the same regardless of the type of lens that is available on it. The obtention of the real value of the maximum oxygen consumption rate Qc,max is very important because this parameter is directly related with the gradient pressure profile into the cornea and moreover, the real corneal oxygen consumption is influenced by both anterior and posterior oxygen fluxes. Our calculations give different values for the maximum oxygen consumption rate Qc,max, when different oxygen pressure values (high and low P(O2)) are considered at the interface cornea-tears film. Present results are relevant for the calculation on the partial pressure of oxygen, available at different depths into the corneal tissue behind contact lenses of different oxygen transmissibility. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Espana.

  12. Assessment of the ex vivo biomechanical properties of porcine cornea with inflation test for corneal xenotransplantation. (United States)

    Bao, F; Jiang, L; Wang, X; Zhang, D; Wang, Q; Zeng, Y


    This study aims to obtain the biomechanical properties of porcine cornea so as to provide necessary biomechanical experimental basis for pig-to-human corneal xenotransplantation. Seventeen fresh porcine corneal specimens obtained from pigs aged 4-6 months were examined under inflation conditions to determine the constitutive relationships of the material through dynamic loading conditions (pressure range: 1.47-42.66 mmHg). The forward deflection of porcine anterior corneal apex was measured by the laser displacement sensor. The pressure deformation results were analysed on the basis of shell theory to estimate Young's modulus of the cornea and derive its relationship with intraocular pressure (IOP). The porcine corneas showed a nonlinear corneal forward displacement/IOP and stress/strain relationship with an initial low stiffness stage and a later high stiffness stage. In spite of the nonlinearity between the internal pressure and apex forward deflection, the relationship between the Young's modulus and the IOP was almost linear. Compared with human corneas, porcine corneas exhibited a similar nonlinear behaviour but lower stiffness values. The biomechanical parameters of porcine cornea obtained from this test could be applied to numerical simulations of refractive surgery procedures and lay a foundation for pig-to-human corneal xenotransplantation. Copyright © 2012 Informa UK, Ltd.

  13. Towards high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Tabak, Femke Chantal


    In this thesis, two routes towards high-speed scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) are described. The first possibility for high-speed scanning that is discussed is the use of MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems) devices as high-speed add-ons in STM microscopes. The functionality of these devices

  14. Real-time mapping of the corneal sub-basal nerve plexus by in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy (United States)

    Guthoff, Rudolf F.; Zhivov, Andrey; Stachs, Oliver


    The aim of the study was to produce two-dimensional reconstruction maps of the living corneal sub-basal nerve plexus by in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy in real time. CLSM source data (frame rate 30Hz, 384x384 pixel) were used to create large-scale maps of the scanned area by selecting the Automatic Real Time (ART) composite mode. The mapping algorithm is based on an affine transformation. Microscopy of the sub-basal nerve plexus was performed on normal and LASIK eyes as well as on rabbit eyes. Real-time mapping of the sub-basal nerve plexus was performed in large-scale up to a size of 3.2mm x 3.2mm. The developed method enables a real-time in vivo mapping of the sub-basal nerve plexus which is stringently necessary for statistically firmed conclusions about morphometric plexus alterations.

  15. High speed nanofluidic protein accumulator. (United States)

    Wu, Dapeng; Steckl, Andrew J


    Highly efficient preconcentration is a crucial prerequisite to the identification of important protein biomarkers with extremely low abundance in target biofluids. In this work, poly(dimethylsiloxane) microchips integrated with 10 nm polycarbonate nanopore membranes were utilized as high-speed protein accumulators. Double-sided injection control of electrokinetic fluid flow in the sample channel resulted in highly localized protein accumulation at a very sharp point in the channel cross point. This greatly enhanced the ability to detect very low levels of initial protein concentration. Fluorescein labeled human serum albumin solutions of 30 and 300 pM accumulated to 3 and 30 microM in only 100 s. Initial solutions as low as 0.3 and 3 pM could be concentrated within 200 s to 0.3 and 3 microM, respectively. This demonstrates a approximately 10(5)-10(6) accumulation factor, and an accumulation rate as high as 5000/sec, yielding a >10x improvement over most results reported to date.

  16. Characterization of Corneal Indentation Hysteresis. (United States)

    Ko, Match W L; Dongming Wei; Leung, Christopher K S


    Corneal indentation is adapted for the design and development of a characterization method for corneal hysteresis behavior - Corneal Indentation Hysteresis (CIH). Fourteen porcine eyes were tested using the corneal indentation method. The CIH measured in enucleated porcine eyes showed indentation rate and intraocular pressure (IOP) dependences. The CIH increased with indentation rate at lower IOP ( 25 mmHg). The CIH was linear proportional to the IOP within an individual eye. The CIH was positively correlated with the IOP, corneal in-plane tensile stress and corneal tangent modulus (E). A new method based on corneal indentation for the measurement of Corneal Indentation Hysteresis in vivo is developed. To our knowledge, this is the first study to introduce the corneal indentation hysteresis and correlate the corneal indentation hysteresis and corneal tangent modulus.

  17. Treatment of progressive keratoconus by riboflavin-UVA-induced cross-linking of corneal collagen: ultrastructural analysis by Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph II in vivo confocal microscopy in humans. (United States)

    Mazzotta, Cosimo; Balestrazzi, Angelo; Traversi, Claudio; Baiocchi, Stefano; Caporossi, Tomaso; Tommasi, Cristina; Caporossi, Aldo


    To assess ultrastructural stromal modifications after riboflavin-UVA-induced cross-linking of corneal collagen in patients with progressive keratoconus. This was a second-phase prospective nonrandomized open study in 10 patients with progressive keratoconus treated by riboflavin-UVA-induced cross-linking of corneal collagen and assessed by means of Heidelberg Retinal Tomograph II Rostock Corneal Module (HRT II-RCM) in vivo confocal microscopy. The eye in the worst clinical condition was treated for each patient. Treatment under topical anesthesia included corneal deepithelization (9-mm diameter) and instillation of 0.1% riboflavin phosphate-20% dextran T 500 solution at 5 minutes before UVA irradiation and every 5 minutes for a total of 30 minutes. UVA irradiation was 7 mm in diameter. Patients were assessed by HRT II-RCM confocal microscopy in vivo at 1, 3, and 6 months after treatment. Rarefaction of keratocytes in the anterior and intermediate stroma, associated with stromal edema, was observed immediately after treatment. The observation at 3 months after the operation detected keratocyte repopulation in the central treated area, whereas the edema had disappeared. Cell density increased progressively over the postoperative period. At approximately 6 months, keratocyte repopulation was complete, accompanied by increased density of stromal fibers. No endothelial damage was observed at any time. Reduction in anterior and intermediate stromal keratocytes followed by gradual repopulation has been confirmed directly in vivo in humans by HRT II-RCM confocal microscopy after riboflavin-UVA-induced corneal collagen cross-linking.

  18. Establishing Corneal Cross-Linking With Riboflavin and UV-A in the Mouse Cornea In Vivo: Biomechanical Analysis. (United States)

    Hammer, Arthur; Kling, Sabine; Boldi, Marc-Olivier; Richoz, Olivier; Tabibian, David; Randleman, J Bradley; Hafezi, Farhad


    To establish corneal cross-linking (CXL) with riboflavin and UV-A in in the mouse cornea in vivo and to develop tools to measure the biomechanical changes observed. A total of 55 male C57BL/6 wild-type mice (aged 5 weeks) were divided into 14 groups. Standard CXL parameters were adapted to the anatomy of the mouse cornea, and riboflavin concentration (0.1%-0.5%) and fluence series (0.09-5.4 J/cm²) were performed on the assumption of the endothelial damage thresholds. Untreated and riboflavin only corneas were used as controls. Animals were killed at 30 minutes and at 1 month after CXL. Corneas were harvested. Two-dimensional (2D) biomechanical testing was performed using a customized corneal holder in a commercially available stress-strain extensometer/indenter. Both elastic and viscoelastic analyses were performed. Statistical inference was performed using t-tests and specific mathematical models fitted to the experimental stress-strain and stress-relaxation data. Adjusted P values by the method of Benjamini and Hochberg are reported. For all CXL treatment groups, stress-relaxation showed significant differences (P biomechanical effect successfully measured. This could create opportunities to study molecular pathways of CXL in transgenic mice.

  19. High Speed On-Wafer Characterization Laboratory (United States)

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — At the High Speed On-Wafer Characterization Laboratory, researchers characterize and model devices operating at terahertz (THz) and millimeter-wave frequencies. The...

  20. High speed imaging - An important industrial tool (United States)

    Moore, Alton; Pinelli, Thomas E.


    High-speed photography, which is a rapid sequence of photographs that allow an event to be analyzed through the stoppage of motion or the production of slow-motion effects, is examined. In high-speed photography 16, 35, and 70 mm film and framing rates between 64-12,000 frames per second are utilized to measure such factors as angles, velocities, failure points, and deflections. The use of dual timing lamps in high-speed photography and the difficulties encountered with exposure and programming the camera and event are discussed. The application of video cameras to the recording of high-speed events is described.

  1. Evaluation of UVA Cytotoxicity for Human Endothelium in an Ex Vivo Corneal Cross-linking Experimental Setting. (United States)

    Mooren, Pepijn; Gobin, Laure; Bostan, Nezahat; Wouters, Kristien; Zakaria, Nadia; Mathysen, Danny G P; Koppen, Carina


    To evaluate endothelial cytotoxicity after exposure of human corneas to ultraviolet-A (UVA) (λ = 365 nm; 5.4 J/cm(2)) in an experimental ex vivo corneal cross-linking setting. Sixteen pairs of human donor corneas were cut into two pieces. One piece of each cornea was treated with 0.025% riboflavin solution prior to UVA irradiation (5 minutes; 18 mW/cm(2)), whereas the other piece was not irradiated but treated with riboflavin (right eye) or preservation medium (left eye). By irradiating from the endothelial side, the UVA dosage applied to endothelial cells exceeded at least eight times the cytotoxic threshold established in animal models (0.65 J/cm(2)). Endothelial cell counts were performed by two independent investigators after storage (4 to 5 days at 31 °C) and staining (trypan blue, alizarin red). Normality (Q-Q plot; Shapiro-Wilk test) and equivalence (mixed-effects modeling with a 10% equivalence threshold) of the endothelial cell counts of the different groups were evaluated. Equivalence of mean endothelial cell density between both groups was observed: 2,237 ± 208 cells/mm(2) in UVA-irradiated pieces and 2,290 ± 281 cells/mm(2) in control pieces (mean difference of 53 ± 240 cells/mm(2) between both groups). Despite direct irradiation of human donor endothelium using the clinical dosage for cross-linking, equivalence in endothelial cell counts was observed between irradiated tissues and controls. Ex vivo human corneal endothelial cells seem to be far more resistant to riboflavin-enhanced UVA irradiation than previously estimated by animal experiments. Copyright 2016, SLACK Incorporated.

  2. Association of fluorescein anterior corneal mosaic and corneal K-structures by in vivo laser confocal microscopy in patients with keratoconus. (United States)

    Kobayashi, Akira; Yokogawa, Hideaki; Mori, Natsuko; Masaki, Toshinori; Sugiyama, Kazuhisa


    To report the in vivo laser confocal microscopy findings of corneas with keratoconus, with special attention to abnormality of Bowman's layer and sub-Bowman's fibrous structures (Kobayashi-structures [K-structures]). Sixteen keratoconic eyes in 8 consecutive patients with keratoconus (4 males, 4 females, mean age, 41.1 years) were included in this study. Slit-lamp biomicroscopic photos were taken with or without fluorescein staining. The existence of anterior corneal mosaic (ACM) after eyelid rubbing under fluorescein staining was documented. In vivo laser confocal microscopic examinations were performed for all patients in both the central cone and the peripheral cornea to examine the existence of K-structures. According to the Amsler-Krumeich scale, the eyes were graded as follows: stage 1 (n=3), stage 2 (n=1), stage 3 (n=1), and stage 4 (n=11). ACM was observed in 7 eyes (61.1%) in the cone area and 16 eyes (100%) in the peripheral cornea among all keratoconic eyes enrolled in this study. In addition, K-structures were observed in the 7 eyes (61.1%) and 16 eyes (100%) in the peripheral cornea among all keratoconic eyes. The presence of the K-structures was completely matched (100%) with the presence of ACM in both the central cone and the peripheral cornea. In 11 eyes with stage 4 keratoconus, ACM and K-structure was absent in 9 eyes (81.8%) in the cone area. On the contrary, in 5 eyes with mild-to-moderate keratoconus (grade 1 to 3), ACM and K-structure was present in all eyes (100%) in the cone area. The absent ratio of ACM and K-structures in the cone area was significantly higher in stage 4 severe keratoconus compared to mild-to-moderate keratoconus (grade 1 to 3) (Fisher, P=0.005). The existence of ACM and K-structures in both the central cone and the peripheral cornea showed perfect accord in patients with keratoconus, indicating a strong association of ACM and K-structures in patients with keratoconus. With the progress of the keratoconus, it seemed that

  3. High-speed imaging in fluids

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    Versluis, Michel


    High-speed imaging is in popular demand for a broad range of experiments in fluids. It allows for a detailed visualization of the event under study by acquiring a series of image frames captured at high temporal and spatial resolution. This review covers high-speed imaging basics, by defining

  4. Corneal Laceration

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    Full Text Available ... Corneal Laceration? Corneal Laceration Diagnosis Corneal Laceration Treatment What Is Corneal Laceration? Leer en Español: ¿Qué Es una Laceración de la Córnea? Written By: Daniel ...

  5. Evaluation of hypoxic swelling of human cornea with high speed ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (United States)

    Bizheva, Kostadinka; Hyun, Chulho; Eichel, Justin; Hariri, Sepideh; Mishra, Akshaya; Clausi, David; Fieguth, Paul; Simpson, Trefford; Hutchings, Natalie


    Hypoxia induced corneal swelling was observed and evaluated in healthy human volunteers by use of high speed, ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (UHROCT). Two dimensional corneal images were acquired at a speed of 47,000 A-scans/s with 3µm x 10µm (axial x lateral) resolution in corneal tissue. The UHROCT tomograms showed clear visualization of all corneal layers, including the Bowman's layer and the Descemet's membrane - Endothelium complex. A segmentation algorithm was developed and used for automatic detection of the boundaries of the different corneal layers and evaluation the individual layer thickness as a function of location. Corneal hypoxia was induced by wear of a soft contact lens (SCL) and an eye patch by 2 healthy volunteers for duration of 3 hours. The thickness of all corneal layers was measured as a function of time, prior to, with and after removal of the SCL. Results from the hypoxia study showed different rates of swelling and de-swelling of the individual corneal layers. About 10% increase in the total cornea thickness was observed, similar to the changes in the stroma, the Bowman's membrane swelled by 20%, while no significant change in the thickness was observed in the Descemet's - Endothelium complex.

  6. In vivo visualisation of murine corneal nerve fibre regeneration in response to ciliary neurotrophic factor. (United States)

    Reichard, Maria; Hovakimyan, Marina; Guthoff, Rudolf F; Stachs, Oliver


    The aim of this study was to examine the murine subbasal nerve fibre plexus (SNP) regeneration altered by surgical dissection. Investigations in the mouse model addressed the regeneration capabilities of the SNP, and the influence of local ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) application on the regeneration process. In preliminary experiments, the healthy mouse cornea was monitored using in vivo confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM) from the age of 8-52 weeks, to reveal and rule out the age-dependent changes in SNP. Nerve fibre density (NFD) was determined with the semi-automatic nerve tracing program NeuronJ. No quantitative or qualitative changes in NFD were detected in untreated animals over time; mean NFD in mice aged 8 weeks (28.30 ± 9.12 mm/mm2), 16 weeks (29.23 ± 7.28 mm/mm2), 30 weeks (26.31 ± 8.58 mm/mm2) and 52 weeks (26.34 ± 6.04 mm/mm2) showed no statistically significant differences between time points (p > 0.05). For regeneration studies a circular incision through corneal epithelium and anterior stroma of minimum 60 μm depth was generated with a custom-made guided trephine system to cut the subbasal corneal nerves in adult mice. The corneal nerve pattern was monitored and NFD was measured before and up to 8 weeks after surgery. Animals were divided in three groups each comprising 6 mice. The CNTF group received eye drops containing CNTF (25 ng/ml) 3 times daily for 3 weeks, whereas the control group received no further medication. In the sham group the same treatment schedule was applied as in CNTF group, using vehicle. The regenerating subbasal nerve fibres sprouted out of stromal nerves within the cut and additionally regrew over the scar rim from outside. They showed parallel orientation but were thinner than before incision. Whorl patterning was observed after 4 weeks. All three groups revealed a marked NFD reduction starting at one week after incision, followed by continuous recovery. After 8 weeks the NFD reached 23.5 ± 2.4 mm/mm2 (78

  7. Human Bone Derived Collagen for the Development of an Artificial Corneal Endothelial Graft. In Vivo Results in a Rabbit Model.

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    Natalia Vázquez

    Full Text Available Corneal keratoplasty (penetrating or lamellar using cadaveric human tissue, is nowadays the main treatment for corneal endotelial dysfunctions. However, there is a worldwide shortage of donor corneas available for transplantation and about 53% of the world's population have no access to corneal transplantation. Generating a complete cornea by tissue engineering is still a tough goal, but an endothelial lamellar graft might be an easier task. In this study, we developed a tissue engineered corneal endothelium by culturing human corneal endothelial cells on a human purified type I collagen membrane. Human corneal endothelial cells were cultured from corneal rims after corneal penetrating keratoplasty and type I collagen was isolated from remnant cancellous bone chips. Isolated type I collagen was analyzed by western blot, liquid chromatography -mass spectrometry and quantified using the exponentially modified protein abundance index. Later on, collagen solution was casted at room temperature obtaining an optically transparent and mechanically manageable membrane that supports the growth of human and rabbit corneal endothelial cells which expressed characteristic markers of corneal endothelium: zonula ocluddens-1 and Na+/K+ ATPase. To evaluate the therapeutic efficiency of our artificial endothelial grafts, human purified type I collagen membranes cultured with rabbit corneal endothelial cells were transplanted in New Zealand white rabbits that were kept under a minimal immunosuppression regimen. Transplanted corneas maintained transparency for as long as 6 weeks without obvious edema or immune rejection and maintaining the same endothelial markers that in a healthy cornea. In conclusion, it is possible to develop an artificial human corneal endothelial graft using remnant tissues that are not employed in transplant procedures. This artificial endothelial graft can restore the integrality of corneal endothelium in an experimental model of

  8. High speed curving performance of rail vehicles (United States)


    On March 13, 2013, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a final rule titled Vehicle/Track Interaction Safety Standards; High-Speed and High Cant Deficiency Operations which amended the Track Safety Standards (49 CFR Part213) and ...

  9. Jane's high-speed marine transportation

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    Phillips, S.J


    The purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive reference yearbook covering the design, build and operation of high-speed marine transportation, worldwide, an annually updated reference book...

  10. Corneal epithelial and aqueous humor acidification during in vivo contact lens wear in rabbits. (United States)

    Giasson, C; Bonanno, J A


    Based on contact lens-induced stromal acidification of the cornea, it has been suggested that the corneal epithelial and endothelial cells also become acidotic during contact lens wear. This alleged acidification may have a role in altered cell appearance and metabolism during contact lens wear. This study investigated the effects of anoxia, carbon dioxide retention, and contact lens gas transmissibility on the epithelial and aqueous humor pH in living rabbits. Epithelial intracellular pH (pHi) and aqueous humor pH were fluorophotometrically measured with a pH sensitive-dye (BCECF) during contact lens wear or exposure to various gas mixtures. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) lens wear acidified epithelial cells by preventing CO2 efflux and by inducing hypoxia. Increasing lens oxygen transmissibility decreased epithelial acidification. After initiation of rigid, gas-permeable (RGP) lens wear or CO2-air exposure, pHi dropped transiently and then recovered partially. This recovery of pHi was not observed during anoxia, whether induced by PMMA lens wear or exposure to 100% N2. The aqueous humor also acidified during PMMA lens wear, a phenomenon not observed during RGP lens wear. Changes in aqueous pH were smaller, slower, and delayed when compared to their epithelial counterparts. Hypoxic contact lens wear acidifies the corneal epithelium and aqueous humor. The aqueous humor pH change indicates a probable endothelial acidification during hypoxic contact lens wear; the pH changes are caused by two separate and additive effects, CO2 retention and hypoxic acidosis. Increases in the oxygen transmissibility of the lens decrease the cellular acidosis, which might minimize cellular complications arising from contact lens wear. We estimate that a lens with an oxygen transmissibility (Dk/L) of 300 x 10(-11) (cm/sec)(ml O2/ml x mm Hg) is needed to prevent epithelial pHi changes in the open eye. In contrast, lenses with Dk/L as low as 18 x 10(-9) (cm/sec)(ml O2/ml x mm Hg) can

  11. High speed rail : challenges for the high speed rail project in Norway


    Ringstad, Vidar


    This Master Thesis has focus on parts of the public transport system in Norway. The main topic in this thesis is: What variables must be calculated for the decision concerning the construction and implementation of the Norwegian High Speed Rail project, and how are the variables calculated? High Speed Rail does not have a single standard definition. High Speed Rail definition, given in the European Union definition, Directive 96/48 is suitable for many different systems of rolling stock...

  12. Corneal Ulcer (United States)

    ... Español Eye Health / Eye Health A-Z Corneal Ulcer Sections What Is a Corneal Ulcer? Corneal Ulcer ... Diagnosis Corneal Ulcer Treatment What Is a Corneal Ulcer? Leer en Español: ¿Qué es una Úlcera de ...

  13. Scientific Visualization in High Speed Network Environments (United States)

    Vaziri, Arsi; Kutler, Paul (Technical Monitor)


    In several cases, new visualization techniques have vastly increased the researcher's ability to analyze and comprehend data. Similarly, the role of networks in providing an efficient supercomputing environment have become more critical and continue to grow at a faster rate than the increase in the processing capabilities of supercomputers. A close relationship between scientific visualization and high-speed networks in providing an important link to support efficient supercomputing is identified. The two technologies are driven by the increasing complexities and volume of supercomputer data. The interaction of scientific visualization and high-speed networks in a Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation/visualization environment are given. Current capabilities supported by high speed networks, supercomputers, and high-performance graphics workstations at the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation Facility (NAS) at NASA Ames Research Center are described. Applied research in providing a supercomputer visualization environment to support future computational requirements are summarized.

  14. High Speed Digital Camera Technology Review (United States)

    Clements, Sandra D.


    A High Speed Digital Camera Technology Review (HSD Review) is being conducted to evaluate the state-of-the-shelf in this rapidly progressing industry. Five HSD cameras supplied by four camera manufacturers participated in a Field Test during the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-128 launch. Each camera was also subjected to Bench Tests in the ASRC Imaging Development Laboratory. Evaluation of the data from the Field and Bench Tests is underway. Representatives from the imaging communities at NASA / KSC and the Optical Systems Group are participating as reviewers. A High Speed Digital Video Camera Draft Specification was updated to address Shuttle engineering imagery requirements based on findings from this HSD Review. This draft specification will serve as the template for a High Speed Digital Video Camera Specification to be developed for the wider OSG imaging community under OSG Task OS-33.

  15. High Speed Wireless Signal Generation and Demodulation

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    Caballero Jambrina, Antonio; Sambaraju, Rakesh; Zibar, Darko

    We present the experimental demonstration of high speed wireless generation, up to 40 Gb/s, in the 75-110 GHz wireless band. All-optical OFDM and photonic up-conversion are used for generation and single side-band modulation with digital coherent detection for demodulation.......We present the experimental demonstration of high speed wireless generation, up to 40 Gb/s, in the 75-110 GHz wireless band. All-optical OFDM and photonic up-conversion are used for generation and single side-band modulation with digital coherent detection for demodulation....

  16. Estimation of the Corneal Young’s Modulus In Vivo Based on a Fluid-Filled Spherical-Shell Model with Scheimpflug Imaging

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    Po-Jen Shih


    Full Text Available Current intraocular pressure (IOP measurement using air puff could be erroneous without applying proper corrections. Although noncontact tonometry is not considered to be accurate, it is still popularly used by eye clinics. It is thus necessary to extract the correct information from their results. This study proposes a practical approach to correctly measure IOP in vivo. By embedding a new model-based correction to the Corvis® ST, we can extract the corneal Young’s modulus from the patient data. This Young’s modulus can be used to correct the IOP readings. The tests were applied to 536 right eyes of 536 healthy subjects (228 male and 308 female between March of 2012 and April of 2016. The tests were applied to patients at the Department of Ophthalmology, National Taiwan University Hospital and the Hung-Chuo Eye Clinics. The statistical analysis showed that the value for the Young’s modulus was independent of all the other parameters collected from the Corvis ST, including the corneal thickness and the intraocular pressure. Therefore, it is important to independently measure the Young’s modulus instead of depending on the correlation with the other parameters. This study adds the methodology of measuring corneal stiffness in vivo for ophthalmologists’ reference in diagnosis.

  17. Aerodynamic design on high-speed trains (United States)

    Ding, San-San; Li, Qiang; Tian, Ai-Qin; Du, Jian; Liu, Jia-Li


    Compared with the traditional train, the operational speed of the high-speed train has largely improved, and the dynamic environment of the train has changed from one of mechanical domination to one of aerodynamic domination. The aerodynamic problem has become the key technological challenge of high-speed trains and significantly affects the economy, environment, safety, and comfort. In this paper, the relationships among the aerodynamic design principle, aerodynamic performance indexes, and design variables are first studied, and the research methods of train aerodynamics are proposed, including numerical simulation, a reduced-scale test, and a full-scale test. Technological schemes of train aerodynamics involve the optimization design of the streamlined head and the smooth design of the body surface. Optimization design of the streamlined head includes conception design, project design, numerical simulation, and a reduced-scale test. Smooth design of the body surface is mainly used for the key parts, such as electric-current collecting system, wheel truck compartment, and windshield. The aerodynamic design method established in this paper has been successfully applied to various high-speed trains (CRH380A, CRH380AM, CRH6, CRH2G, and the Standard electric multiple unit (EMU)) that have met expected design objectives. The research results can provide an effective guideline for the aerodynamic design of high-speed trains.

  18. High-Speed Rail & Air Transport Competition

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    Adler, Nicole; Nash, Chris; Pels, Eric


    This paper develops a methodology to assess transport infrastructure investments and their effects on a Nash equilibria taking into account competition between multiple privatized transport operator types. The operators, including high-speed rail, hub and spoke legacy airlines and low cost carriers,

  19. High-speed Rail & air transport competition

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    Adler, N; Nash, C.; Pels, E.


    This research develops a methodology to assess infrastructure investments and their effects on transport equilibria taking into account competition between multiple privatized transport operator types. The operators, including high-speed rail, hub-and-spoke legacy airlines and regional low-cost

  20. Brandaris ultra high-speed imaging facility

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    Lajoinie, Guillaume; de Jong, Nico; Versluis, Michel; Tsuji, K.


    High-speed imaging is in popular demand for a broad range of scientific applications, including fluid physics, and bubble and droplet dynamics. It allows for a detailed visualization of the event under study by acquiring a series of images captured at high temporal and spatial resolution. The

  1. Crew Rostering for the High Speed Train

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    R.M. Lentink (Ramon); M.A. Odijk; E. van Rijn


    textabstractAt the time of writing we entered the final stage of implementing the crew rostering system Harmony CDR to facilitate the planning of catering crews on board of the Thalys, the High Speed Train connecting Paris, Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Geneva. Harmony CDR optimally supports the

  2. Corneal collagen cross-linking combined with simulation of femtosecond laser-assisted refractive lens extraction: an ex vivo biomechanical effect evaluation. (United States)

    Kanellopoulos, Anastasios J; Kontos, Mark A; Chen, Shihao; Asimellis, George


    To evaluate biomechanical changes induced by in situ corneal cross-linking (CXL) with stromal pocket delivered enhanced concentration riboflavin and high-fluence, high-energy UV-A irradiation. Eight human donor corneas were subjected to intrastromal lamellar corneal tissue removal of anterior 140-μm deep, 80-μm thick × 5-mm diameter central stromal buttons, extracted through a 3.5-mm width tunnel, surfacing in the superior cornea periphery. Enhanced concentration riboflavin solution (0.25%) was instilled in the pocket. In study group A (CXL), superficial high-fluence UV-A irradiation was applied, whereas in control group B (no CXL), none. To comparatively assess changes in corneal rigidity, corneal specimens were subjected to transverse biaxial resistance measurements by application of a unidirectional tangential shear force. Biomechanical differences were evaluated through stress and Young shear modulus. Stress at 10% strain was 305 ± 24 kPa in study group A versus 157 ± 11 kPa in control group B (relative difference Δ = 107%, P = 0.021). Stress at 20% strain was 1284 ± 34 kPa in study group A versus 874 ± 29 kPa in control group B (Δ = 47%, P = 0.043). Average shear modulus in study group A at 10% strain was 6.98 ± 1.12 MPa versus 4.04 ± 0.85 MPa in control group B (Δ = 73%, P = 0.036). Average shear modulus in study group A at 20% strain was 11.46 ± 0.75 MPa versus 8.80 ± 0.72 MPa in group B (Δ = 30%, P = 0.047). Adjunct CXL in this ex vivo simulation refractive lens extraction procedure seems to provide significant increase in corneal rigidity, up to +107%. These findings also support our previous reported work on laser in situ keratomileusis combined with CXL.

  3. Corneal biomechanics - a review. (United States)

    Kling, Sabine; Hafezi, Farhad


    In recent years, the interest in corneal biomechanics has strongly increased. The material properties of the cornea determine its shape and therefore play an important role in corneal ectasia and related pathologies. This review addresses the molecular origin of biomechanical properties, models for their description, methods for their characterisation, techniques for their modification, and computational simulation approaches. Recent research has focused on developing non-contact techniques to measure the biomechanical properties in vivo, on determining structural and molecular abnormalities in pathological corneas, on developing and optimising techniques to reinforce the corneal tissue and on the computational simulation of surgical interventions. A better understanding of corneal biomechanics will help to improve current refractive surgeries, allow an earlier diagnosis of ectatic disorders and a better quantification of treatments aiming at reinforcing the corneal tissue. © 2017 The Authors Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics © 2017 The College of Optometrists.

  4. Dynamic OCT measurement of corneal deformation by an air puff in normal and cross-linked corneas (United States)

    Dorronsoro, Carlos; Pascual, Daniel; Pérez-Merino, Pablo; Kling, Sabine; Marcos, Susana


    A new technique is presented for the non-invasive imaging of the dynamic response of the cornea to an air puff inducing a deformation. A spectral OCT instrument combined with an air tonometer in a non-collinear configuration was used to image the corneal deformation over full corneal cross-sections, as well as to obtain high speed measurements of the temporal evolution of the corneal apex. The entire deformation process can be dynamically visualized. A quantitative analysis allows direct extraction of several deformation parameters, such as amplitude, diameter and volume of the maximum deformation, as well as duration and speed of the increasing deformation period and the recovery period. The potential of the technique is demonstrated on porcine corneas in vitro under constant IOP for several conditions (untreated, after riboflavin instillation and under cross-linking with ultraviolet light), as well as on human corneas in vivo. The new technique has proved very sensitive to detect differences in the deformation parameters across conditions. We have confirmed non-invasively that Riboflavin and UV-cross-linking induce changes in the corneal biomechanical properties. Those differences appear to be the result of changes in constituent properties of the cornea, and not a consequence of changes in corneal thickness, geometry or IOP. These measurements are a first step for the estimation of the biomechanical properties of corneal tissue, at an individual level and in vivo, to improve diagnosis and prognosis of diseases and treatments involving changes in the biomechanical properties of the cornea. PMID:22435096

  5. Evaluating in vivo delivery of riboflavin with coulomb-controlled iontophoresis for corneal collagen cross-linking: a pilot study. (United States)

    Arboleda, Alejandro; Kowalczuk, Laura; Savoldelli, Michèle; Klein, Christophe; Ladraa, Sophia; Naud, Marie-Christine; Aguilar, Mariela C; Parel, Jean-Marie; Behar-Cohen, Francine


    To evaluate the efficacy of coulomb-controlled iontophoresis (CCI) for delivery of riboflavin prior to corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). The eyes of 20 8-week-old Lewis rats, subject to epithelium-ON (epi-ON, n = 20 eyes) or epithelium-OFF (epi-OFF, n = 20 eyes) conditions, were used to evaluate the in vivo delivery of two riboflavin solutions: 0.1% riboflavin-20% dextran T500 solution (riboflavin-dextran) and 0.1% riboflavin 5'-phosphate (riboflavin-phosphate). After systemic intramuscular anesthesia, 0.25 mL of the photosensitizing agent was delivered by either instillation or CCI (2.11 mA/cm(2) for 4 or 10 minutes) into either epithelial condition. The CCI probe on the eye without current served as control. Confocal microscopy of flat-mounted corneas was used to analyze intracorneal penetration and fluorometry was used to quantify riboflavin in the aqueous within 30 minutes of treatment. Instillation and CCI allowed for uniform delivery of riboflavin-dextran throughout the stroma after epithelial debridement. Transepithelial delivery of riboflavin-dextran was not efficacious. Riboflavin-phosphate was successfully delivered in both epithelium conditions. Complete saturation of the cornea was achieved using CCI after removing the epithelium, the epi-ON case allowed for limited diffusion. Increasing the time from 4 to 10 minutes greatly increased the amount of riboflavin detected in the cornea and aqueous humor. Coulomb-controlled iontophoresis is an effective technique for transepithelial delivery of riboflavin-phosphate into the cornea. This drug delivery method would allow clinicians to significantly shorten the time required for the CXL procedure, with or without epithelial debridement. Whether efficient crosslinking can be achieved through an intact epithelium remains to be demonstrated.

  6. Innervation of Tissue-Engineered Recombinant Human Collagen-Based Corneal Substitutes: A Comparative In Vivo Confocal Microscopy Study

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    Lagali, Neil; Griffith, May; Fagerholm, Per; Merrett, Kimberley; Huynh, Melissa; Munger, Rejean


    ...; and the 3 Department of Ophthalmology, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden. METHODS . Pigs received a corneal allograft or a substitute made of either recombinant human type-I or -III collagen...

  7. Gas turbine for high speed trains

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    Chenard, J.-L. [Turbomeca (France)


    This presentation will show how the gas turbine engines can be the right compromise to face the challenges raised by the demand for high speed trains through out the world. From the steam locomotive still in use in China to the TGV or ICE in Europe and Shinkensen in Japan able to run at more than 300 kms/hour, the modes of traction for trains have been greatly improved during the last fifty years. Even more faster trains are under studies for the future with the magnetic levitation system. Three main propulsion system, diesel, electric and gas turbines are actually competing in the high speed train market. They will have to comply with the new environmental regulations, better efficiency and customers` requirements for the developed countries, and with the necessity to use the existing tracks for most of the applications

  8. High-Speed Rail & Air Transport Competition


    Nicole Adler; Chris Nash; Eric Pels


    This paper develops a methodology to assess transport infrastructure investments and their effects on a Nash equilibria taking into account competition between multiple privatized transport operator types. The operators, including high-speed rail, hub and spoke legacy airlines and low cost carriers, maximize profit functions via prices, frequency and train/plane sizes, given infrastructure provision and costs and environmental charges. The methodology is subsequently applied to all 27 Europea...

  9. High-speed inline holographic Stokesmeter imaging. (United States)

    Liu, Xue; Heifetz, Alexander; Tseng, Shih C; Shahriar, M S


    We demonstrate a high-speed inline holographic Stokesmeter that consists of two liquid crystal retarders and a spectrally selective holographic grating. Explicit choices of angles of orientation for the components in the inline architecture are identified to yield higher measurement accuracy than the classical architecture. We show polarimetric images of an artificial scene produced by such a Stokesmeter, demonstrating the ability to identify an object not recognized by intensity-only imaging systems.

  10. Radiation-Tolerant High-Speed Camera (United States)


    Radiation -Tolerant High-Speed Camera Esko Mikkola, Andrew Levy, Matt Engelman Alphacore, Inc. Tempe, AZ 85281 Abstract: As part of an... radiation -hardened CMOS image sensor and camera system. Radiation -hardened cameras with frame rates as high as 10 kfps and resolution of 1Mpixel are solution that is under development with a similar architecture. It also includes a brief description of the radiation -hardened camera that

  11. The cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic effects of phenylephrine on corneal stromal cells via a mitochondrion-dependent pathway both in vitro and in vivo. (United States)

    Zhao, Jun; Qiu, Yue; Tian, Cheng-Lei; Fan, Ting-Jun


    Phenylephrine (PHE), a selective α1-adrenergic receptor agonist, is often used as a decongestant for mydriasis prior to cataract surgery, and its abuse might be cytotoxic to the cornea and result in blurred vision. However, the cytotoxicity of PHE to the cornea and its cellular and molecular mechanisms remain unknown. To provide references for secure medication and prospective therapeutic interventions of PHE, we investigated the cytotoxicity of PHE to corneal stroma and its possible mechanisms using an in vitro model of human corneal stromal (HCS) cells and an in vivo model of cat keratocytes. We found that PHE, above the concentration of 0.0781125% (1/128 of its clinical therapeutic dosage), had a dose- and time-dependent cytotoxicity to HCS cells by inducing morphological abnormality and viability decline, as well as S phase arrest. Moreover, PHE induced apoptosis of HCS cells by inducing plasma membrane permeability elevation, phosphatidylserine externalization, DNA fragmentation and apoptotic body formation. Furthermore, PHE could induce activations of caspase-3 and -9, disruption of mitochondrial transmembrane potential, downregulation of anti-apoptotic Bcl-xL, upregulation of pro-apoptotic Bax, along with upregulation of cytoplasmic cytochrome c and apoptosis-inducing factor. The cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic effects of PHE were also proven by the induced apoptotic-like ultrastructural alterations of keratocytes in vivo. Taken together, our results suggest that PHE has a significant cytotoxicity to corneal stroma cells both in vitro and in vivo by inducing cell apoptosis, and the pro-apoptotic effect of PHE is achieved via a Bcl-2 family proteins-mediated mitochondrion-dependent pathway. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  12. Developing course lecture notes on high-speed rail. (United States)


    1. Introduction a. World-wide Development of High-Speed Rail (Japan, Europe, China) b. High-speed Rail in the U.S. 2. High-Speed Rail Infrastructure a. Geometric Design of High Speed Rail i. Horizontal Curve ii. Vertical Curve iii. Grade and Turnout ...

  13. A hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo expansion of human corneal epithelial stem cells. (United States)

    Chen, D; Qu, Y; Hua, X; Zhang, L; Liu, Z; Pflugfelder, S C; Li, D-Q


    PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope. The expressions of specific cell markers were assessed by immunofluorescence staining and quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR).ResultsSuccessful cultures of CESCs were obtained in both groups, resulting in multilayered stratified epithelia. Comparing to group A, the cells in group B was grown slightly slower and formed less cellular layers at the end of culture. The corneal specific cytokeratin (K) 12 and differentiation markers, involucrin, and connexin 43, were mainly expressed in the superficial cellular layers in both groups. Interestingly, certain basal cells were immune-positive to proposed stem cell markers such as K19, ABCG2, and integrin β1 in both groups. There was no significant difference between the two groups with regard to the gene expression levels of all these selected corneal markers (all P>0.05).ConclusionsThe hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system may support the expansion of regenerative CESCs without the risk of xeno component contamination. The regenerated epithelium maintains similar characteristics of native corneal epithelium.

  14. All aboard for high-speed rail

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    Herman, D.


    A sleek, bullet-nosed train whizzing across the countryside is a fairly common sight in many nations. Since the Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV)--the record-setting ``train with great speed``--was introduced in France in 1981, Germany, Japan, and other countries have joined the high-speed club. In addition, the Eurostar passenger train, which travels between Great Britain and France through the Channel Tunnel, can move at 186 miles per hour once it reaches French tracks. Despite the technology`s growth elsewhere, rapid rail travel has not been seen on US shores beyond a few test runs by various manufacturers. Before the end of the century, however, American train spotters will finally be able to see some very fast trains here too. In March, Washington, DC-based Amtrak announced the purchase of 18 American Flyer high-speed train sets for the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston through new York to the nation`s capital. Furthermore, Florida will get its own system by 2004, and other states are now taking a look at the technology. The American Flyer--designed by Montreal-based Bombardier and TGV manufacturer GEC Alsthom Transport in Paris--should venture onto US rails by 1999. Traveling at up to 150 miles per hour, the American Flyer will cut the New York-Boston run from 4 1/2 hours to 3 hours and reduce New York-Washington trip time from 3 hours to less than 2 3/4. Amtrak hopes the new trains and better times will earn it a greater share of travelers from air shuttles and perhaps from Interstate 95. This article describes how technologies that tilt railcars and propel the world`s fastest trains will be merged into one train set for the American Flyer, Amtrak`s first trip along high-speed rails.

  15. Substrates for Expansion of Corneal Endothelial Cells towards Bioengineering of Human Corneal Endothelium

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    Jesintha Navaratnam


    Full Text Available Corneal endothelium is a single layer of specialized cells that lines the posterior surface of cornea and maintains corneal hydration and corneal transparency essential for vision. Currently, transplantation is the only therapeutic option for diseases affecting the corneal endothelium. Transplantation of corneal endothelium, called endothelial keratoplasty, is widely used for corneal endothelial diseases. However, corneal transplantation is limited by global donor shortage. Therefore, there is a need to overcome the deficiency of sufficient donor corneal tissue. New approaches are being explored to engineer corneal tissues such that sufficient amount of corneal endothelium becomes available to offset the present shortage of functional cornea. Although human corneal endothelial cells have limited proliferative capacity in vivo, several laboratories have been successful in in vitro expansion of human corneal endothelial cells. Here we provide a comprehensive analysis of different substrates employed for in vitro cultivation of human corneal endothelial cells. Advances and emerging challenges with ex vivo cultured corneal endothelial layer for the ultimate goal of therapeutic replacement of dysfunctional corneal endothelium in humans with functional corneal endothelium are also presented.

  16. Controllable High-Speed Rotation of Nanowires (United States)

    Fan, D. L.; Zhu, F. Q.; Cammarata, R. C.; Chien, C. L.


    We report a versatile method for executing controllable high-speed rotation of nanowires by ac voltages applied to multiple electrodes. The rotation of the nanowires can be instantly switched on or off with precisely controlled rotation speed (to at least 1800 rpm), definite chirality, and total angle of rotation. We have determined the torque due to the fluidic drag force on nanowire of different lengths. We also demonstrate a micromotor using a rotating nanowire driving a dust particle into circular motion. This method has been used to rotate magnetic and nonmagnetic nanowires as well as carbon nanotubes.

  17. High-speed multispectral confocal biomedical imaging. (United States)

    Carver, Gary E; Locknar, Sarah A; Morrison, William A; Ramanujan, V Krishnan; Farkas, Daniel L


    A new approach for generating high-speed multispectral confocal images has been developed. The central concept is that spectra can be acquired for each pixel in a confocal spatial scan by using a fast spectrometer based on optical fiber delay lines. This approach merges fast spectroscopy with standard spatial scanning to create datacubes in real time. The spectrometer is based on a serial array of reflecting spectral elements, delay lines between these elements, and a single element detector. The spatial, spectral, and temporal resolution of the instrument is described and illustrated by multispectral images of laser-induced autofluorescence in biological tissues.

  18. Theory Of High-Speed Stereophotogrammetry (United States)

    Hongxun, Song; Junren, Chen


    The general equations of direct linear transformation (DLT) are derived according to the actual process of high-speed stereophotogrammetry. The equations are not only applicable to the ordinary photographic system, but also to the photographic system with reflectors or stereo-reflectors. The equations are also suitable to the enlarged, copied and projected measurements of photographic film. The linear and non-linear errors in photogrammetric process can be corrected. Finally, the equations of right angle intersection photogrammetry are given and the merits and demerits of this method are discussed.

  19. High Speed SPM of Functional Materials

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    Huey, Bryan D. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States)


    The development and optimization of applications comprising functional materials necessitates a thorough understanding of their static and dynamic properties and performance at the nanoscale. Leveraging High Speed SPM and concepts enabled by it, efficient measurements and maps with nanoscale and nanosecond temporal resolution are uniquely feasible. This includes recent enhancements for topographic, conductivity, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties as originally proposed, as well as newly developed methods or improvements to AFM-based mechanical, friction, thermal, and photoconductivity measurements. The results of this work reveal fundamental mechanisms of operation, and suggest new approaches for improving the ultimate speed and/or efficiency, of data storage systems, magnetic-electric sensors, and solar cells.

  20. ACTS High-Speed VSAT Demonstrated (United States)

    Tran, Quang K.


    The Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) developed by NASA has demonstrated the breakthrough technologies of Ka-band transmission, spot-beam antennas, and onboard processing. These technologies have enabled the development of very small and ultrasmall aperture terminals (VSAT s and USAT's), which have capabilities greater than have been possible with conventional satellite technologies. The ACTS High Speed VSAT (HS VSAT) is an effort at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field to experimentally demonstrate the maximum user throughput data rate that can be achieved using the technologies developed and implemented on ACTS. This was done by operating the system uplinks as frequency division multiple access (FDMA), essentially assigning all available time division multiple access (TDMA) time slots to a single user on each of two uplink frequencies. Preliminary results show that, using a 1.2-m antenna in this mode, the High Speed VSAT can achieve between 22 and 24 Mbps of the 27.5 Mbps burst rate, for a throughput efficiency of 80 to 88 percent.

  1. Study of high-speed civil transports (United States)


    A systems study to identify the economic potential for a high-speed commercial transport (HSCT) has considered technology, market characteristics, airport infrastructure, and environmental issues. Market forecasts indicate a need for HSCT service in the 2000/2010 time frame conditioned on economic viability and environmental acceptability. Design requirements focused on a 300 passenger, 3 class service, and 6500 nautical mile range based on the accelerated growth of the Pacific region. Compatibility with existing airports was an assumed requirement. Mach numbers between 2 and 25 were examined in conjunction with the appropriate propulsion systems, fuels, structural materials, and thermal management systems. Aircraft productivity was a key parameter with aircraft worth, in comparison to aircraft price, being the airline-oriented figure of merit. Aircraft screening led to determination that Mach 3.2 (TSJF) would have superior characteristics to Mach 5.0 (LNG) and the recommendation that the next generation high-speed commercial transport aircraft use a kerosene fuel. The sensitivity of aircraft performance and economics to environmental constraints (e.g., sonic boom, engine emissions, and airport/community noise) was identified together with key technologies. In all, current technology is not adequate to produce viable HSCTs for the world marketplace. Technology advancements must be accomplished to meet environmental requirements (these requirements are as yet undetermined for sonic boom and engine emissions). High priority is assigned to aircraft gross weight reduction which benefits both economics and environmental aspects. Specific technology requirements are identified and national economic benefits are projected.

  2. Small fiber neuropathy in women with fibromyalgia. An in vivo assessment using corneal confocal bio-microscopy. (United States)

    Ramírez, Manuel; Martínez-Martínez, Laura-Aline; Hernández-Quintela, Everardo; Velazco-Casapía, Jorge; Vargas, Angélica; Martínez-Lavín, Manuel


    A consistent line of investigation suggests that fibromyalgia is a neuropathic pain syndrome. This outlook has been recently reinforced by several controlled studies that describe decreased small nerve fiber density in skin biopsies of patients with fibromyalgia. The cornea receives the densest small fiber innervation of the body. Corneal confocal bio-microscopy is a new noninvasive method to evaluate small nerve fiber morphology. Our objective was to assess corneal small nerve fiber morphology in patients with fibromyalgia, and to associate corneal nerve microscopic features with neuropathic pain descriptors and other fibromyalgia symptoms. We studied 17 female patients with fibromyalgia and 17 age-matched healthy control subjects. All the participants completed different questionnaires regarding the symptoms of fibromyalgia, including a neuropathic pain survey. A central corneal thickness scan was obtained with a confocal microscope. Nerve measurements were made by a single ophthalmologist without knowledge of the clinical diagnosis. Stromal nerve thickness was defined as the mean value between the widest and the narrowest portion of each analyzed stromal nerve. Corneal sub-basal plexus nerve density was also assessed. Patients with fibromyalgia had stromal nerve thickness of 5.0 ± 1.0 µm (mean ± standard deviation) significantly different from that of control's values (6.1 ± 1.3) p = 0.01. Patients also had decreased sub-basal plexus nerve density per square millimeter (85 ± 29) vs. 107 ± 26 of controls p = 0.02. When controls and patients were grouped together, there was an association between stromal nerve slenderness and neuropathic pain descriptors (Fisher's exact test p = 0.007). Women suffering from fibromyalgia have thinner corneal stromal nerves and diminished sub-basal plexus nerve density when compared to healthy controls. Nerve scarcity is associated with neuropathic pain descriptors. Small fiber neuropathy may play a role in the pathogenesis of

  3. Laser beam welding by high-speed beam deflection; Laserstrahlschweissen durch High-Speed-Strahlbewegung

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    Klotzbach, A.; Morgenthal, L.; Beyer, E. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik, Dresden (Germany)


    The beam deflection system developed at Fraunhofer IWS can be used for rapid moving of a high power laser beam over the workpiece surface. Therefore it is possible to scan even rather small paths with high speed. The system contents two galvanometer scanner with specially designed lightweight mirrors in combination with a beam focusing unit. (Fig. 1). The high-speed welding of contours with small diameter is favorably done with both focusing optics and workpiece fixed (Fig. 2,3). Thus all notorius problems of conventional handling systems, as limited velocity and accuracy resulting from the inertia of the moved focusing head or workpiece, vanish. (orig.)

  4. Corneal Laceration

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    Full Text Available ... or apply pressure to eye avoid giving aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These ... lost sight from a corneal scar as a child. Now that I’m older, will a corneal ...

  5. Corneal Laceration

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    Full Text Available ... rub or apply pressure to eye avoid giving aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. ... lost sight from a corneal scar as a child. Now that I’m older, will a corneal ...

  6. Corneal Laceration

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    Full Text Available ... Now that I’m older, will a corneal transplant help me? May 15, 2015 Why Do My ... May Have A Future Alternative to Full Corneal Transplantation Nov 29, 2016 Combating Eye Injuries from Air ...

  7. Técnicas para facilitar o diagnóstico da topografia da córnea in vivo Techniques for facilitating in vivo corneal topography diagnosis

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    Luis Alberto Vieira de Carvalho


    videokeratograph developed in our laboratory was used to collect in vivo data. The cornea of a patient with keratoconus was used as input data for all implemented visualization methods. RESULTS: The various methods of visualization were compared between each other for the same cornea and it was observed that for each method the corneal anomalies appear differently. DISCUSSION: The aspects related to the scientific visualization of the cornea have been a subject of very little attention both by the Brazilian and international community. Nevertheless, with the results presented in this first study, we believe it is not only important to extend the scope of these studies but also to apply these techniques to other medical areas. CONCLUSION: A simple choice of the visualization method can make the difference between a simple and correct diagnosis and a completely dramatic error in an apparently simple case. Therefore, the results obtained in this study make clear the importance of making the correct choice of the scientific visualization method for this kind of medical instrument.

  8. High-speed dynamic-clamp interface (United States)

    Yang, Yang; Adowski, Timothy; Ramamurthy, Bina; Neef, Andreas


    The dynamic-clamp technique is highly useful for mimicking synaptic or voltage-gated conductances. However, its use remains rare in part because there are few systems, and they can be expensive and difficult for less-experienced programmers to implement. Furthermore, some conductances (such as sodium channels) can be quite rapid or may have complex voltage sensitivity, so high speeds are necessary. To address these issues, we have developed a new interface that uses a common personal computer platform with National Instruments data acquisition and WaveMetrics IGOR to provide a simple user interface. This dynamic clamp implements leak and linear synaptic conductances as well as a voltage-dependent synaptic conductance and kinetic channel conductances based on Hodgkin-Huxley or Markov models. The speed of the system can be assayed using a testing mode, and currently speeds of >100 kHz (10 μs per cycle) are achievable with short latency and little jitter. PMID:25632075

  9. High-speed analog CMOS pipeline system (United States)

    Möschen, J.; Caldwell, A.; Hervas, L.; Hosticka, B.; Kötz, U.; Sippach, B.


    We present a switched-capacitor readout system for high speed analog signals. It consists of a 10 MHz four-channel delay-line chip with 58 samples per channel and a 12 channel buffer chip with a sampling rate of 1 MHz and a depth of nine samples. In addition the buffer chip includes an analog multiplexer with 25 inputs for the buffer channels and for 13 additional unbuffered signals. Both chips have been fabricated in CMOS-technology and will be used for the readout of the ZEUS high resolution calorimeter. The circuit and chip concept will be presented and some design optimizations will be discussed. Measurements from integrated prototypes will be given including some experimental data from irradiated chips.

  10. High-speed electrical motor evaluation

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    Under this task, MTI conducted a general review of state-of-the-art high-speed motors. The purpose of this review was to assess the operating parameters, limitations and performance of existing motor designs, and to establish commercial sources for a motor compatible with the requirements of the Brayton-cycle system. After the motor requirements were established, a list of motor types, manufacturers and designs capable of achieving the requisite performance was compiled. This list was based on an in-house evaluation of designs. Following the establishment of these options, a technical evaluation of the designs selected was conducted. In parallel with their evaluations, MTI focused on the establishment of commercial sources.


    Goss, W.C.; Gilley, L.F.


    The present invention relates to a high speed camera utilizing a Kerr cell shutter and a novel optical delay system having no moving parts. The camera can selectively photograph at least 6 frames within 9 x 10/sup -8/ seconds during any such time interval of an occurring event. The invention utilizes particularly an optical system which views and transmits 6 images of an event to a multi-channeled optical delay relay system. The delay relay system has optical paths of successively increased length in whole multiples of the first channel optical path length, into which optical paths the 6 images are transmitted. The successively delayed images are accepted from the exit of the delay relay system by an optical image focusing means, which in turn directs the images into a Kerr cell shutter disposed to intercept the image paths. A camera is disposed to simultaneously view and record the 6 images during a single exposure of the Kerr cell shutter. (AEC)

  12. Network Based High Speed Product Innovation

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    Lindgren, Peter

    In the first decade of the 21st century, New Product Development has undergone major changes in the way NPD is managed and organised. This is due to changes in technology, market demands, and in the competencies of companies. As a result NPD organised in different forms of networks is predicted...... to be of ever-increasing importance to many different kinds of companies. This happens at the same times as the share of new products of total turnover and earnings is increasing at unprecedented speed in many firms and industries. The latter results in the need for very fast innovation and product development...... - a need that can almost only be resolved by organising NPD in some form of network configuration. The work of Peter Lindgren is on several aspects of network based high speed product innovation and contributes to a descriptive understanding of this phenomenon as well as with normative theory on how NPD...

  13. Corneal dystrophies

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    Klintworth Gordon K


    Full Text Available Abstract The term corneal dystrophy embraces a heterogenous group of bilateral genetically determined non-inflammatory corneal diseases that are restricted to the cornea. The designation is imprecise but remains in vogue because of its clinical value. Clinically, the corneal dystrophies can be divided into three groups based on the sole or predominant anatomical location of the abnormalities. Some affect primarily the corneal epithelium and its basement membrane or Bowman layer and the superficial corneal stroma (anterior corneal dystrophies, the corneal stroma (stromal corneal dystrophies, or Descemet membrane and the corneal endothelium (posterior corneal dystrophies. Most corneal dystrophies have no systemic manifestations and present with variable shaped corneal opacities in a clear or cloudy cornea and they affect visual acuity to different degrees. Corneal dystrophies may have a simple autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive or X-linked recessive Mendelian mode of inheritance. Different corneal dystrophies are caused by mutations in the CHST6, KRT3, KRT12, PIP5K3, SLC4A11, TACSTD2, TGFBI, and UBIAD1 genes. Knowledge about the responsible genetic mutations responsible for these disorders has led to a better understanding of their basic defect and to molecular tests for their precise diagnosis. Genes for other corneal dystrophies have been mapped to specific chromosomal loci, but have not yet been identified. As clinical manifestations widely vary with the different entities, corneal dystrophies should be suspected when corneal transparency is lost or corneal opacities occur spontaneously, particularly in both corneas, and especially in the presence of a positive family history or in the offspring of consanguineous parents. Main differential diagnoses include various causes of monoclonal gammopathy, lecithin-cholesterol-acyltransferase deficiency, Fabry disease, cystinosis, tyrosine transaminase deficiency, systemic lysosomal storage

  14. High-speed ground transportation noise and vibration impact assessment. (United States)


    This report is the second edition of a guidance manual originally issued in 2005, which presents procedures for predicting and assessing noise and vibration impacts of high-speed ground transportation projects. Projects involving high-speed trains us...

  15. High Speed Magnetostrictive MEMS Actuated Mirror Deflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The main goal of this proposal is to develop high speed magnetostrictive and MEMS actuators for rapidly deflecting or deforming mirrors. High speed, light-weight,...

  16. Potential scenarios of concern for high speed rail operations (United States)


    Currently, multiple operating authorities are proposing the : introduction of high-speed rail service in the United States. : While high-speed rail service shares a number of basic : principles with conventional-speed rail service, the operational : ...

  17. South Carolina southeast high speed rail corridor improvement study (United States)


    The Southeast Rail Corridor was originally designated as a high-speed corridor in Section 1010 of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991. More specifically, it involved the high-speed grade-crossing improvement program o...

  18. High-speed and intercity passenger rail testing strategy. (United States)


    This high-speed and intercity passenger rail (HSIPR) testing strategy addresses the requirements for testing of high-speed train sets and technology before introduction to the North American railroad system. The report documents the results of a surv...

  19. High Speed Magnetostrictive MEMS Actuated Mirror Deflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop high speed magnetostrictive and MEMS actuators for rapidly deflecting or deforming mirrors. High speed, light-weight, low voltage beam...

  20. High-Speed Low-Jitter Frequency Multiplication in CMOS

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    van de Beek, R.C.H.


    This thesis deals with high-speed Clock and Frequency Multiplication. The term `high-speedù applies to both the output and the reference frequency of the multiplier. Much emphasis is placed on analysis and optimization of the total timing inaccuracies, and on implementing a high-speed feedback

  1. Videokymography : High-speed line scanning of vocal fold vibration

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    Svec, JG; Schutte, HK

    A digital technique for high-speed visualization of vibration, called videokymography, was developed and applied to the vocal folds. The system uses a modified video camera able to work in two modes: high-speed (nearly 8,000 images/s) and standard (50 images/s in CCIR norm). In the high-speed mode,

  2. High-Speed Interferometry Under Impacting Drops

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    Langley, Kenneth R.


    Over the last decade the rapid advances in high-speed video technology, have opened up to study many multi-phase fluid phenomena, which tend to occur most rapidly on the smallest length-scales. One of these is the entrapment of a small bubble under a drop impacting onto a solid surface. Here we have gone from simply observing the presence of the bubble to detailed imaging of the formation of a lubricating air-disc under the drop center and its subsequent contraction into the bubble. Imaging the full shape-evolution of the air-disc has required μm and sub-μs space and time resolutions. Time-resolved 200 ns interferometry with monochromatic light, has allowed us to follow individual fringes to obtain absolute air-layer thicknesses, based on the eventual contact with the solid. We can follow the evolution of the dimple shape as well as the compression of the gas. The improved imaging has also revealed new levels of detail, like the nature of the first contact which produces a ring of micro-bubbles, highlighting the influence of nanometric surface roughness. Finally, for impacts of ultra-viscous drops we see gliding on ~100 nm thick rarified gas layers, followed by extreme wetting at numerous random spots.

  3. CMOS Image Sensors for High Speed Applications. (United States)

    El-Desouki, Munir; Deen, M Jamal; Fang, Qiyin; Liu, Louis; Tse, Frances; Armstrong, David


    Recent advances in deep submicron CMOS technologies and improved pixel designs have enabled CMOS-based imagers to surpass charge-coupled devices (CCD) imaging technology for mainstream applications. The parallel outputs that CMOS imagers can offer, in addition to complete camera-on-a-chip solutions due to being fabricated in standard CMOS technologies, result in compelling advantages in speed and system throughput. Since there is a practical limit on the minimum pixel size (4∼5 μm) due to limitations in the optics, CMOS technology scaling can allow for an increased number of transistors to be integrated into the pixel to improve both detection and signal processing. Such smart pixels truly show the potential of CMOS technology for imaging applications allowing CMOS imagers to achieve the image quality and global shuttering performance necessary to meet the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications. In this paper, a review of CMOS-based high-speed imager design is presented and the various implementations that target ultrahigh-speed imaging are described. This work also discusses the design, layout and simulation results of an ultrahigh acquisition rate CMOS active-pixel sensor imager that can take 8 frames at a rate of more than a billion frames per second (fps).

  4. CMOS Image Sensors for High Speed Applications

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    M. Jamal Deen


    Full Text Available Recent advances in deep submicron CMOS technologies and improved pixel designs have enabled CMOS-based imagers to surpass charge-coupled devices (CCD imaging technology for mainstream applications. The parallel outputs that CMOS imagers can offer, in addition to complete camera-on-a-chip solutions due to being fabricated in standard CMOS technologies, result in compelling advantages in speed and system throughput. Since there is a practical limit on the minimum pixel size (4~5 μm due to limitations in the optics, CMOS technology scaling can allow for an increased number of transistors to be integrated into the pixel to improve both detection and signal processing. Such smart pixels truly show the potential of CMOS technology for imaging applications allowing CMOS imagers to achieve the image quality and global shuttering performance necessary to meet the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications. In this paper, a review of CMOS-based high-speed imager design is presented and the various implementations that target ultrahigh-speed imaging are described. This work also discusses the design, layout and simulation results of an ultrahigh acquisition rate CMOS active-pixel sensor imager that can take 8 frames at a rate of more than a billion frames per second (fps.

  5. Características in vivo del epitelio corneal versus magnitud del defecto refractivo, posterior a tratamiento con láser de excímeros

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    Eduardo Rojas Álvarez

    Full Text Available Objetivo: describir las características in vivo del epitelio corneal y su relación con la magnitud del defecto refractivo tratado posterior al tratamiento quirúrgico de LASIK. Método: estudio descriptivo, prospectivo-longitudinal con 24 pacientes (48 ojos con astigmatismo miópico intervenidos con el ESIRIS (Schwind-Alemania por la técnica quirúrgica LASIK con microquerátomo pendular. Se analizaron los resultados a partir de técnicas de estadística descriptiva. Se utilizó el microscopio confocal ConfoScan 4 de NIDEK para la obtención y estudio de las imágenes in vivo de tejido corneal. Resultados: el grosor epitelial central medio en el preoperatorio fue 34,7 mm, a los 7 días del posoperatorio hubo un incremento del 36 % en pacientes con defectos refractivos inferiores a 4D y un incremento del 44 % en pacientes con defectos refractivos de 4 D o más. El promedio de densidad de células del epitelio basal a los 7 días fue de 5 098,3±1 654 células/mm², tuvo variaciones mínimas inferiores a la unidad porcentual durante la etapa de estudio. Conclusiones: existió incremento del grosor epitelial posterior a LASIK que fue superior en defectos refractivos mayores de 4 dioptrías. La densidad celular del epitelio basal no tuvo variaciones significativas y fue independiente a la magnitud del defecto refractivo tratado.

  6. High-Speed Data Recorder for Space, Geodesy, and Other High-Speed Recording Applications (United States)

    Taveniku, Mikael


    A high-speed data recorder and replay equipment has been developed for reliable high-data-rate recording to disk media. It solves problems with slow or faulty disks, multiple disk insertions, high-altitude operation, reliable performance using COTS hardware, and long-term maintenance and upgrade path challenges. The current generation data recor - ders used within the VLBI community are aging, special-purpose machines that are both slow (do not meet today's requirements) and are very expensive to maintain and operate. Furthermore, they are not easily upgraded to take advantage of commercial technology development, and are not scalable to multiple 10s of Gbit/s data rates required by new applications. The innovation provides a softwaredefined, high-speed data recorder that is scalable with technology advances in the commercial space. It maximally utilizes current technologies without being locked to a particular hardware platform. The innovation also provides a cost-effective way of streaming large amounts of data from sensors to disk, enabling many applications to store raw sensor data and perform post and signal processing offline. This recording system will be applicable to many applications needing realworld, high-speed data collection, including electronic warfare, softwaredefined radar, signal history storage of multispectral sensors, development of autonomous vehicles, and more.

  7. High Speed/ Low Effluent Process for Ethanol

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    M. Clark Dale


    n this project, BPI demonstrated a new ethanol fermentation technology, termed the High Speed/ Low Effluent (HS/LE) process on both lab and large pilot scale as it would apply to wet mill and/or dry mill corn ethanol production. The HS/LE process allows very rapid fermentations, with 18 to 22% sugar syrups converted to 9 to 11% ethanol ‘beers’ in 6 to 12 hours using either a ‘consecutive batch’ or ‘continuous cascade’ implementation. This represents a 5 to 8X increase in fermentation speeds over conventional 72 hour batch fermentations which are the norm in the fuel ethanol industry today. The ‘consecutive batch’ technology was demonstrated on a large pilot scale (4,800 L) in a dry mill corn ethanol plant near Cedar Rapids, IA (Xethanol Biofuels). The pilot demonstrated that 12 hour fermentations can be accomplished on an industrial scale in a non-sterile industrial environment. Other objectives met in this project included development of a Low Energy (LE) Distillation process which reduces the energy requirements for distillation from about 14,000 BTU/gal steam ($0.126/gal with natural gas @ $9.00 MCF) to as low as 0.40 KW/gal electrical requirements ($0.022/gal with electricity @ $0.055/KWH). BPI also worked on the development of processes that would allow application of the HS/LE fermentation process to dry mill ethanol plants. A High-Value Corn ethanol plant concept was developed to produce 1) corn germ/oil, 2) corn bran, 3) ethanol, 4) zein protein, and 5) nutritional protein, giving multiple higher value products from the incoming corn stream.

  8. High Speed Link Radiated Emission Reduction (United States)

    Bisognin, P.; Pelissou, P.; Cissou, R.; Giniaux, M.; Vargas, O.


    To control the radiated emission of high-speed link and associated unit, the current approach is to implement overall harness shielding on cables bundles. This method is very efficient in the HF/ VHF (high frequency/ very high frequency) and UHF (ultra-high frequency) ranges when the overall harness shielding is properly bonded on EMC back-shell. Unfortunately, with the increasing frequency, the associated half wavelength matches with the size of Sub-D connector that is the case for the L band. Therefore, the unit connectors become the main source of interference emission. For the L-band and S-band, the current technology of EMC back-shell leaves thin aperture matched with the L band half wavelength and therefore, the shielding effectiveness is drastically reduced. In addition, overall harness shielding means significant increases of the harness mass.Airbus D&S Toulouse and Elancourt investigated a new solution to avoid the need of overall harness shielding. The objective is to procure EM (Electro-Magnetic) clean unit connected to cables bundles free of any overall harness shielding. The proposed solution is to implement EMC common mode filtering on signal interfaces directly on unit PCB as close as possible the unit connector.Airbus D&S Elancourt designed and manufactured eight mock-ups of LVDS (Low Voltage Differential Signaling) interface PCBs' with different solutions of filtering. After verification of the signal integrity, three mock-ups were retained (RC filter and two common mode choke coil) in addition to the reference one (without EMC filter).Airbus D&S Toulouse manufactured associated LVDS cable bundles and integrated the RX (Receiver) and TX (Transmitter) LVDS boards in shielded boxes.Then Airbus D&S performed radiated emission measurement of the LVDS links subassemblies (e.g. RX and TX boxes linked by LVDS cables) according to the standard test method. This paper presents the different tested solutions and main conclusions on the feasibility of such

  9. Water Containment Systems for Testing High-Speed Flywheels (United States)

    Trase, Larry; Thompson, Dennis


    Water-filled containers are used as building blocks in a new generation of containment systems for testing high-speed flywheels. Such containment systems are needed to ensure safety by trapping high-speed debris in the event of centrifugal breakup or bearing failure. Traditional containment systems for testing flywheels consist mainly of thick steel rings. The effectiveness of this approach to shielding against high-speed debris was demonstrated in a series of tests.

  10. Chicago-St. Louis high speed rail plan

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    Stead, M.E.


    The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in cooperation with Amtrak, undertook the Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Financial and Implementation Plan study in order to develop a realistic and achievable blueprint for implementation of high speed rail in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor. This report presents a summary of the Price Waterhouse Project Team`s analysis and the Financial and Implementation Plan for implementing high speed rail service in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

  11. High-speed rail-coming to America? (United States)

    Cameron, David Ossian


    The United States lags many parts of the world when it comes to high-speed rail. But investing in high-speed rail could help us through current problems. Funds- $8 billion-in the economic stimulus package passed by Congress are designated for high-speed rail. Other funds in the pipeline total approximately $15.5 billion. High-speed rail can relieve congestion, free up national airspace, provide reliable transportation and positive economic development, create jobs, and is more energy efficient than other modes of travel.

  12. The high-speed train and its spatial effects


    Javier Gutiérrez Puebla


    This paper analyses the high-speed train from a spatial point of view. The basic characteristics of this transportation mode,the evolution of high-speed networks in several countries and the building of a trans-European high-speed railway network are studied.The paper analyses also the process of space-time convergence and its consequences on competitivity and cohesion;the tunel effect;the impact of the high speed-train on transportation demand;and the impacts on the city.

  13. In Vivo Functionality of a Corneal Endothelium Transplanted by Cell-Injection Therapy in a Feline Model (United States)

    Bostan, Cristina; Thériault, Mathieu; Forget, Karolyn J.; Doyon, Christelle; Cameron, J. Douglas; Proulx, Stéphanie; Brunette, Isabelle


    Purpose To evaluate the functionality of a corneal endothelium reconstituted by injection of corneal endothelial cells (CEC) in the anterior chamber of a feline model. Methods We operated the right eyes of 16 animals. Eight underwent central endothelial scraping and injection with 2 × 105 (n = 4) or 1 × 106 (n = 4) feline CEC supplemented with Y-27632 and labeled with 3,3′-Dioctadecyl-5,5′-Di(4-Sulfophenyl)Oxacarbocyanine (SP-DiOC18[3] or DiOC). After total endothelial scraping, two eyes were injected with 1 × 106 labeled CEC and Y-27632. The central (n = 3) or entire (n = 3) endothelium was scraped in six eyes followed by Y-27632 injection without CEC. Subjects were positioned eyes down for 3 hours. Outcomes included graft transparency, pachymetry, CEC morphometry, histology, electron microscopy, and function and wound healing–related protein immunostaining. Results Postoperatively, corneas grafted with 2 × 105 CEC and centrally scraped controls displayed the best transparency and pachymetry. Corneas grafted with 1 × 106 CEC yielded intermediate results. Entirely scraped controls remained hazy and thick. Histopathology revealed a confluent endothelial monolayer expressing sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na+/K+-ATPase) and zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) in corneas grafted with 2 × 105 CEC and centrally scraped controls, a nonuniform endothelial multilayer without expression of functional proteins in centrally scraped corneas grafted with 1 × 106 CEC, and a nonfunctional fibrotic endothelium in entirely scraped grafts and controls. Expression of DiOC in grafts was scarce. Conclusions Injected CEC contributed little to the incompletely functional endothelium of grafted corneas. Y-27632 injection without CEC following scraping reconstituted the healthiest endothelium. Further studies investigating the therapeutic effect of Y-27632 alone are needed to validate these conclusions. PMID:27046125

  14. [Corneal biomechanics]. (United States)

    Torres, R M; Merayo-Lloves, J; Jaramillo, M A; Galvis, V


    To review the corneal biomechanic concepts and to analyse, clarify and understand their relevance in refractive surgery. A literature review has been done using different databases. Corneal biomechanic concepts are not new and are applied implicitly in numerous surgical procedures. Their origin is related to tonometry studies, but they gained in popularity when they were linked to the treatment of keratoconus, a pathology in which the mechanical properties of the cornea are altered. Factors determining corneal stability were thus defined. Corneal biomechanics have also been used following refractive surgery to study post-operative keratectasia and to improve ablation patterns, which ignores the corneal response. The new ablation systems need to include the biomechanical factors, which motivate research conducted in physical-mathematical models and in corneal wound healing, improving our knowledge about the corneal biomechanical response. The corneal biomechanic concepts have gained in popularity with the advent of refractive surgery, although they did exist previously. Their relevance is linked to improvements in the ablation systems used in an attempt to obtain more accurate and reliable results.

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  18. Swelling of the collagen-keratocyte matrix of the bovine corneal stroma ex vivo in various solutions and its relationship to tissue thickness. (United States)

    Doughty, M J


    The mammalian corneal stroma, like some other connective tissues, can absorb fluid, swell and become oedematous. Since studies on the corneal stroma have been carried out with different types of preparations and solutions, inter-study comparisons are very difficult. A study was thus undertaken on a standardised preparation to assess the relative magnitude of this swelling and its relationship to thickness of the preparations. From selected recent post-mortem eyes of adult cattle, stroma preparations were cut from the central part of the cornea. These preparations were immersed in various solutions of known pH and osmolality, and the time-dependent changes in wet mass were assessed over 9 h at 37 degrees C. The relative rates and magnitude of the swelling of the tissue were then compared. A reference value for stromal swelling was obtained by incubation in a 35 mM bicarbonate-buffered mixed salts solution equilibrated with 5% CO2-air (pH 7.60) where a 3.39-fold increase in wet mass and a 4.58-fold increase in thickness was realised in 9 h, at an initial rate of 76 +/- 3%/h. The swelling was essentially the same in an organic buffer-mixed salt solution (pH 7.5) but progressively greater in phosphate-buffered saline (pH 7.5), a range of phosphate buffers (10-67 mM, pH 7.5), NaCl solutions (0.025-1%) and with gross swelling observed in water (where a 15.9-fold increase in wet mass occurred along with a 25-fold increase in thickness, at an initial rate of 643 +/- 62%/h). Overall, the wet mass changes were strongly related to thickness (P stroma has been overestimated in the past, and that a similar discrepancy may also exist for studies on other connective tissues ex vivo when non-physiological experimental solutions are used.

  19. Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati high-speed rail study (United States)


    In the past five years, the evaluation of different high-speed rail (HSR) studies in the Midwest has resulted in a realization that high speed rail, with speeds greater than 110 miles per hour, is too expensive in the short term to be implemented in ...

  20. Florida High Speed Rail Authority - 2003 report to the legislature (United States)


    Since its last full report to the Legislature in January 2002, the Florida High Speed Rail Authority (FHSRA) has continued to fulfill the duties defined in the Florida High Speed Rail Authority Act, Section 341.8201 to 341.842, Florida Statutes. The ...

  1. Advancing high-speed rail policy in the United States. (United States)


    This report builds on a review of international experience with high-speed rail projects to develop recommendations for a High-speed rail policy framework for the United States. The international review looked at the experience of Korea, Taiwan, Chin...

  2. Optical Systems for Ultra-High-Speed TDM Networking

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    Galili, Michael; Hu, Hao; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen


    This paper discusses key results in the field of high speed optical networking with particular focus on packet-based systems. Schemes for optical packet labeling, packet switching and packet synchronization will be discussed, along with schemes for optical clock recovery, channel identification...... and detection of ultra-high-speed optical signals....

  3. Optical Systems for Ultra-High-Speed TDM Networking

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    Michael Galili


    Full Text Available This paper discusses key results in the field of high speed optical networking with particular focus on packet-based systems. Schemes for optical packet labeling, packet switching and packet synchronization will be discussed, along with schemes for optical clock recovery, channel identification and detection of ultra-high-speed optical signals.

  4. 14 CFR 23.253 - High speed characteristics. (United States)


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false High speed characteristics. 23.253 Section... Requirements § 23.253 High speed characteristics. If a maximum operating speed VMO/MMO is established under § 23.1505(c), the following speed increase and recovery characteristics must be met: (a) Operating...

  5. Rounding Technique for High-Speed Digital Signal Processing (United States)

    Wechsler, E. R.


    Arithmetic technique facilitates high-speed rounding of 2's complement binary data. Conventional rounding of 2's complement numbers presents problems in high-speed digital circuits. Proposed technique consists of truncating K + 1 bits then attaching bit in least significant position. Mean output error is zero, eliminating introducing voltage offset at input.

  6. Corneal topography. (United States)

    Seitz, B; Behrens, A; Langenbucher, A


    In the review period, limitations of individual Placido disk-based topography systems have been studied and new principles, such as raster photogrammetry, pancorneal slit topography, laser holographic interferometry, and confocal laser scanning topography, have been introduced for laboratory or clinical work. Both Fourier analysis and Zernike decomposition of topographic height data seem to be powerful new tools for cross-sectional analysis of complex topographic corneal images, such as after cataract surgery, penetrating keratoplasty, and refractive surgery, as well as for longitudinal studies of corneal changes, such as in schoolchildren. Subdividing into rational optical components may improve consistency and standardization of topography data from different systems. Topography-based flying-spot-mode excimer laser photoablation after Zernike decomposition of topography height data has been proposed for correction of irregular corneal astigmatism. Topography-based central power measurements are of increasing value for intraocular lens power calculation before cataract surgery in eyes with irregular corneal surfaces, such as in keratoconus or after refractive surgery procedures. Quantitative and qualitative classification of corneal topography maps after corneal transplantation following conventional mechanical and nonmechanical trephination or after refractive surgery may lead to a better understanding of impaired visual acuity despite a clear graft or despite significantly reduced ametropia or corneal astigmatism.

  7. Novel anti-inflammatory liposomal formulation for the pre-ocular tear film: In vitro and ex vivo functionality studies in corneal epithelial cells. (United States)

    Soriano-Romaní, Laura; Vicario-de-la-Torre, Marta; Crespo-Moral, Mario; López-García, Antonio; Herrero-Vanrell, Rocío; Molina-Martínez, Irene T; Diebold, Yolanda


    In ocular surface inflammatory diseases, such as dry eye disease, long-term symptom relief requires targeting the inflammation itself rather than treating only the surface-associated dryness with artificial tears. Therefore, we included an anti-inflammatory agent in an unpreserved liposome-based (LP) formulation used as artificial tears. Our aim was to characterize and study its in vitro and ex vivo cell uptake and functionality. Human corneal epithelial (HCE) cells were used to study MPA-LP-induced effects after 60 min of exposure, using blank LP and non-LP MPA formulations as controls. A fluorescent labeled LP formulation was used to determine uptake by HCE cells and localization in ex vivo porcine corneas. The LP formulation complied with the required physicochemical properties and had no cytotoxicity on HCE cells after 60 min of exposure. HCE cells showed LP-associated fluorescence at 24, 48, and 72 h after 60 min of exposure, and the LP-associated fluorescence was uniformly distributed throughout the porcine corneal epithelium immediately after 5 min of exposure. MPA-LP increased protein expression and nuclear translocation of progesterone receptor in comparison with controls as determined by Western blotting and immunofluorescence. Moreover, MPA-LP significantly reduced the cell proliferation rate and IL-6 and IL-8 production 48 h after the exposure period, as determined by the alamarBlue assay and ELISA, respectively. None of these effects were evident in blank LP-exposed cells and non-LP MPA formulation reduced only IL-6 production. Our results suggest that the LP-based formulation, used to replenish the lipids of the tear film, can be loaded with anti-inflammatory agents that can be delivered into the cells and activate specific drug receptors. These agents can reduce inflammatory cytokine production and may be effective in the treatment of inflammatory processes associated with ocular surface diseases. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights

  8. Time-gated FLIM microscope for corneal metabolic imaging (United States)

    Silva, Susana F.; Batista, Ana; Domingues, José Paulo; Quadrado, Maria João.; Morgado, António Miguel


    Detecting corneal cells metabolic alterations may prove a valuable tool in the early diagnosis of corneal diseases. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) are autofluorescent metabolic co-factors that allow the assessment of metabolic changes through non-invasive optical methods. These co-factors exhibit double-exponential fluorescence decays, with well-separated short and lifetime components, which are related to their protein-bound and free-states. Corneal metabolism can be assessed by measuring the relative contributions of these two components. For that purpose, we have developed a wide-field time-gated fluorescence lifetime microscope based on structured illumination and one-photon excitation to record FAD lifetime images from corneas. NADH imaging was not considered as its UV excitation peak is regarded as not safe for in vivo measurements. The microscope relies on a pulsed blue diode laser (λ=443 nm) as excitation source, an ultra-high speed gated image intensifier coupled to a CCD camera to acquire fluorescence signals and a Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to implement the Structured Illumination technique. The system has a lateral resolution better than 2.4 μm, a field of view of 160 per 120 μm and an optical sectioning of 6.91 +/- 0.45 μm when used with a 40x, 0.75 NA, Water Immersion Objective. With this setup we were able to measure FAD contributions from ex-vivo chicken corneas collected from a local slaughterhouse..

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  18. The use of high-speed imaging in education (United States)

    Kleine, H.; McNamara, G.; Rayner, J.


    Recent improvements in camera technology and the associated improved access to high-speed camera equipment have made it possible to use high-speed imaging not only in a research environment but also specifically for educational purposes. This includes high-speed sequences that are created both with and for a target audience of students in high schools and universities. The primary goal is to engage students in scientific exploration by providing them with a tool that allows them to see and measure otherwise inaccessible phenomena. High-speed imaging has the potential to stimulate students' curiosity as the results are often surprising or may contradict initial assumptions. "Live" demonstrations in class or student- run experiments are highly suitable to have a profound influence on student learning. Another aspect is the production of high-speed images for demonstration purposes. While some of the approaches known from the application of high speed imaging in a research environment can simply be transferred, additional techniques must often be developed to make the results more easily accessible for the targeted audience. This paper describes a range of student-centered activities that can be undertaken which demonstrate how student engagement and learning can be enhanced through the use of high speed imaging using readily available technologies.

  19. Corneal Backscatter Analysis by In Vivo Confocal Microscopy: Fellow Eye Comparison of Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and Femtosecond Laser-Assisted LASIK

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    Alper Agca


    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate and compare corneal backscatter from anterior stroma between small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE and femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK (femto-LASIK. Methods. A cohort of 60 eyes of 30 patients was randomized to receive SMILE in one eye and femto-LASIK in the fellow eye. In vivo confocal microscopy was performed at 1 week and 1, 3, and 6 months after surgery. The main outcome measurements were maximum backscattered intensity and the depth from which it was measured, the backscattered light intensity 30 μm below Bowman’s membrane at the flap interface and 150 μm below the superficial epithelium, and the number of refractive particles at the flap interface. Results. The mean backscattered light intensity (LI at all measured depths and the maximum backscattered LI were higher in the SMILE group than the femto-LASIK group at all postoperative visits. LI differences at 1 week and 1- and 3-month visits were statistically significant (P<0,05. LI differences at 6 months were not statistically significant. There was no difference in the number of refractive particles at the flap interface between the groups at any visit. Conclusions. SMILE results in increased backscattered LI in the anterior stroma when compared with femto-LASIK were evaluated.

  20. Design and development of a novel pH triggered nanoemulsified in-situ ophthalmic gel of fluconazole: ex-vivo transcorneal permeation, corneal toxicity and irritation testing. (United States)

    Pathak, Mukesh K; Chhabra, Gulshan; Pathak, Kamla


    The objective of the present research was to develop a novel pH triggered nanoemulsified in-situ gel (NE-ISG) for ophthalmic delivery of fluconazole (FLZ) to enhance the permeation and residence time of the formulation, by overcoming the limitations associated with protective ocular barriers. Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed using capmul MCM (oil phase), tween 80 (surfactant) and transcutol P (cosurfactant) to identify the NE region. Nanoemulsions (NE1-NE6) of FLZ were prepared by spontaneous emulsification method and evaluated for various pharmacotechnical characteristics. NE4 was selected as optimized NE and was dispersed in carbopol 934 solution to form nanoemulsified sols (NE-ISG1 to NE-ISG5) that were expected to convert in to in-situ gels at corneal pH (7.4). The optimized NE-ISG was selected on the basis of gelation ability with a residence time up to or more than 6 h. Ex-vivo transcorneal permeation study displayed significantly higher (p toxicity study revealed no visual signs of tissue damage. Hence it can be concluded that NE-ISG5 may offer a more intensive treatment of ocular fungal infections due to higher permeation, prolonged precorneal residence time and sustained drug release along with higher in-vitro efficacy, safety and greater patient compliance.

  1. Corneal collagens. (United States)

    Robert, L; Legeais, J M; Robert, A M; Renard, G


    Cornea is a highly differentiated tissue rich in extracellular matrix (ECM) specifically distributed in space in order to insure its dual role--transparency and protection of inner eye-tissues. Corneal ECM is especially rich in collagens. Since the characterisation of a number of distinct collagen types it appeared that most of them are present in the cornea. Their synthesis follows a specific program of sequential expression of the different collagen types to be synthesised during the development and maturation of the cornea. The precise regulation of the diameter and orientation of fibers, and of the interfibrillar spaces is partially at least attributed to interactions between glycosaminoglycans and collagens. The 'program' of vectorial collagen synthesis and GAG-collagen interactions changes also with age and in several pathological conditions as corneal dystrophies and wound healing. The Maillard reaction, especially in diabetes, is one of these important factors involved in age-dependent modifications of corneal structure and function. Far from being inert, corneal collagens were shown to have relatively short half-lives. The biosynthesis of corneal collagens was studied also during wound healing. The refibrillation of wounded corneas does not follow the original 'program' of ECM-synthesis as shown by the comparative study of wound healing using biochemical and morphometric methods. This review recapitulates briefly previous and recent studies on corneal collagens in order to present to clinicians and scientists an overview of the state of the art of this important field at the intersection of eye research and matrix biology.

  2. High-speed optical measurement for the drumhead vibration (United States)

    Zhang, Qican; Su, Xianyu


    In this paper, a high-speed optical measurement for the vibrating drumhead is presented and verified by experiment. A projected sinusoidal fringe pattern on the measured drumhead is dynamically deformed with the vibration of the membrane and grabbed by a high-speed camera. The shape deformation of the drumhead at each sampling instant can be recovered from this sequence of obtained fringe patterns. The vibration of the membrane of a Chinese drum has been measured with a high speed sampling rate (1,000 fps) and a standard deviation (0.075 mm). The restored vibration of the drumhead is also presented in an animation.

  3. Design and Analysis of a High Speed Carry Select Adder


    Simarpreet Singh Chawla; Swapnil Aggarwal; Anshika; Nidhi Goel


    An optimal high-speed and low-power VLSI architecture requires an efficient arithmetic processing unit that is optimized for speed and power consumption. Adders are one of the widely used in digital integrated circuit and system design. High speed adder is the necessary component in a data path, e.g. Microprocessors and a Digital signal processor. The present paper proposes a novel high-speed adder by combining the advantages of Carry Look Ahead Adder (CLAA) and Carry Select Adder (CSA), devi...

  4. Design and Analysis of a High Speed Carry Select Adder


    Simarpreet Singh Chawla; Swapnil Aggarwal; Anshika; Nidhi Goel


    An optimal high-speed and low-power VLSI architecture requires an efficient arithmetic processing unit that is optimized for speed and power consumption. Adders are one of the widely used in digital integrated circuit and system design.High speed adder is the necessary component in a data path, e.g. Microprocessors and a Digital signal processor. The present paper proposes a novel high-speed adder by combining the advantages of Carry Look Ahead Adder (CLAA) and Carry Select Adder (CSA), devis...

  5. The Paris - Strasbourg high-speed line; Hochgeschwindigkeitsstrecke Paris - Strassburg

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    Brux, G.


    On 10th June 2007, TGV high-speed trains operated by French state railways SNCF, and ICE high-speed trains of Deutsche Bahn, will commence operations of France's eastern highspeed line Paris - Strasbourg, running services from Paris to Luxembourg, Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart, and also to Basel and Zurich. As from the start of the new timetable on 9th December 2007, the service will also extend to Munich. The new high-speed line will shorten rail travels on these connections by several hours. (orig.)

  6. Railroad Embankment Stabilization Demonstration for High-Speed Rail Corridors (United States)


    The development of high-speed railroad corridors in the United States is being considered by Congress as a fuel efficient and economical alternative to air or highway passenger travel. The exisiting infrastructure is, in many ways, suitable for freig...

  7. Promoting intermodal connectivity at California's high-speed rail stations. (United States)


    High-speed rail (HSR) has emerged as one of the most revolutionary and transformative transportation technologies, having a : profound impact on urban-regional accessibility and inter-city travel across Europe, Japan, and more recently China and othe...

  8. Florida High Speed Rail Authority - 2002 report to the legislature (United States)


    This report addresses a legislative requirement that the Authority issue a report of its actions, findings and recommendations. Previous high speed ground transportation studies were reviewed as part of the preparation of this report. Independent ana...

  9. High-speed rail turnout literature review : final report. (United States)


    High-speed rail (HSR) turnout design criteria generally address unbalanced lateral acceleration or cant deficiency (CD), cant deficiency change rate (CDCR), and entry and exit jerk. Various countries have adopted different design values for their HSR...

  10. Safety evaluation of high-speed rail bogie concepts. (United States)


    The study defines the basic design concepts required to provide a safe, reliable, high-speed bogie for the next generation PRIIA passenger locomotive. The requirements and conditions for the U.S. market create unique design challenges that currently ...

  11. High-Speed-/-Hypersonic-Weapon-Development-Tool Integration

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    Duchow, Erin M; Munson, Michael J; Alonge, Jr, Frank A


    Multiple tools exist to aid in the design and evaluation of high-speed weapons. This paper documents efforts to integrate several existing tools, including the Integrated Hypersonic Aeromechanics Tool (IHAT)1-7...

  12. High speed railway track dynamics models, algorithms and applications

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    Lei, Xiaoyan


    This book systematically summarizes the latest research findings on high-speed railway track dynamics, made by the author and his research team over the past decade. It explores cutting-edge issues concerning the basic theory of high-speed railways, covering the dynamic theories, models, algorithms and engineering applications of the high-speed train and track coupling system. Presenting original concepts, systematic theories and advanced algorithms, the book places great emphasis on the precision and completeness of its content. The chapters are interrelated yet largely self-contained, allowing readers to either read through the book as a whole or focus on specific topics. It also combines theories with practice to effectively introduce readers to the latest research findings and developments in high-speed railway track dynamics. It offers a valuable resource for researchers, postgraduates and engineers in the fields of civil engineering, transportation, highway & railway engineering.

  13. High-Speed Thermal Characterization of Cryogenic Flows Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Luna proposes to continue development on a high-speed fiber optic sensor and readout system for cryogenic temperature measurements in liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid...

  14. Modern trends in designing high-speed trains

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    Golubović, Snežana D; Rašuo, Boško P; Lučanin, Vojkan J


    Increased advantages of railway transportation systems over other types of transportation systems in the past sixty years have been a result of an intensive development of the new generations of high-speed trains...

  15. Application of Beyond Bound Decoding for High Speed Optical Communications

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    Li, Bomin; Larsen, Knud J.; Vegas Olmos, Juan José


    This paper studies the application of beyond bound decoding method for high speed optical communications. This hard-decision decoding method outperforms traditional minimum distance decoding method, with a total net coding gain of 10.36 dB....

  16. Characterising argon-bomb balloons for high-speed photography

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    Olivier, M


    Full Text Available -1 SABO 2013 TME Workshop Alkantpan Characterising Argon-bomb balloons for High-speed Photography M Olivier and FJ Mostert Landward Sciences, Defence Peace Safety and Security, CSIR, Meiring Naude Road, Pretoria, RSA. Abstract A...

  17. Engineering Data on Selected High Speed Passenger Trucks (United States)


    The purpose of this project is to compile a list of high speed truck engineering parameters for characterization in dynamic performance modeling activities. Data tabulations are supplied for trucks from France, Germany, Italy, England, Japan, U.S.S.R...

  18. Next Generation Modeling Technology for High Speed Rotorcraft Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Recent R&D associated with designing high speed rotorcraft has been greatly hampered by a lack of test data and confidence in predictions for rotors operating...

  19. Next Generation Modeling Technology for High Speed Rotorcraft Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Development of a new generation of high speed rotorcraft has been hampered by both an absence of strong predictive methods for rotors operating at very high advance...

  20. High-speed optical signal processing using time lenses

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    Galili, Michael; Hu, Hao; Guan, Pengyu


    This paper will discuss time lenses and their broad range of applications. A number of recent demonstrations of complex high-speed optical signal processing using time lenses will be outlined with focus on the operating principle.......This paper will discuss time lenses and their broad range of applications. A number of recent demonstrations of complex high-speed optical signal processing using time lenses will be outlined with focus on the operating principle....

  1. Minimum Plate Thickness in High-Speed Craft

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    Pedersen, Preben Terndrup; Zhang, Shengming


    The minimum plate thickness requirements specified by the classification societies for high-speed craft are supposed to ensure adequate resistance to impact loads such as collision with floating objects and objects falling on the deck. The paper presents analytical methods of describing such impact...... phenomena and proposes performance requirements instead of thickness requirements for hull panels in high-speed craft made of different building materials....

  2. From periphery to core: economic adjustments to high speed rail


    Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M.; Feddersen, Arne


    This paper presents evidence that high speed rail systems, by bringing economic agents closer together, sustainably promote economic activity within regions that enjoy an increase in accessibility. Our results on the one hand confirm expectations that have led to huge public investments into high speed rail all over the world. On the other hand, they confirm theoretical predictions arising from a consolidate body of (New) Economic Geography literature taking a positive, man-made and reproduci...


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    Dimas Endro W


    Full Text Available High speed design studies became very intense studies. One of the subject that can be explore is obtaining total resistace. A high speed ship has four stages of condition when she operates. Starting from low speed condition until developent of dinamics lift force. These four states that happened on high speed ship when she cuise on her operational speed, make a specific consideration on predicting her total resistance.  As high speed ship become more widely built and operate in Indonesia, the study of the state of art of high speed vessel  especially for obtaining total resistance has became more challenging In this paper is foccused on proposing an applicative methods for high speed resistance calculation based on savitsky method. Result which obtained form empirical study is compared to numerical software. Result of this study shows that there are no significant differences between empirical method and result form software application. Considering of sea margin would be effective to made the empirical method would be applicable. There is a 128,0812 KN of total resistance using empirical method, by considering sea margine factor, and a 128,512 KN of total resistance resulted form software calculation

  4. An unusual case of feline acute corneal hydrops: atypical disease presentation and possible in vivo detection of Descemet's membrane detachment in the cat's unaffected eye. (United States)

    Schlesener, Brittany N; Scott, Erin M; Vallone, Lucien V


    A 1-year-old, female spayed, domestic shorthair cat presented for blepharospasm of the right eye. Slit-lamp biomicroscopic examination showed focal corneal ulceration and presumptive keratomalacia of the right eye. Examination of the left eye was normal apart from a focal endothelial opacity. Within the first 24 h of medical management, the right eye developed marked corneal edema and globular anterior protrusion of the corneal surface consistent with feline acute corneal hydrops (FACH). Surgical management consisted of a bridge conjunctival graft, nictitating membrane flap, and temporary tarsorrhaphy. Resolution of corneal edema and pain occurred in the right eye within 24 days. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) of the anterior segment was performed in both eyes. Conjunctival tissue from the bridge graft precluded examination of deeper corneal structures in the right eye. The left eye displayed a focal separation of the corneal endothelium and Descemet's membrane from the overlying stroma. These SD-OCT findings are similar to the analogous syndrome found in humans and represent a potential etiology for FACH of the right eye in the case presented here. Unfortunately, the cat was lost to follow-up and the progression of this lesion to FACH in the left eye could not be determined. © 2017 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

  5. Femtosecond laser corneal refractive surgery (United States)

    Kurtz, Ron M.; Spooner, Greg J. R.; Sletten, Karin R.; Yen, Kimberly G.; Sayegh, Samir I.; Loesel, Frieder H.; Horvath, Christopher; Liu, HsiaoHua; Elner, Victor; Cabrera, Delia; Muenier, Marie-Helene; Sacks, Zachary S.; Juhasz, Tibor


    We evaluated the efficacy, safety, and stability of femtosecond laser intrastromal refractive procedures in ex vivo and in vivo models. When compared with longer pulsewidth nanosecond or picosecond laser pulses, femtosecond laser-tissue interactions are characterized by significantly smaller and more deterministic photodisruptive energy thresholds, as well as reduced shock waves and smaller cavitation bubbles. We utilized a highly reliable, all-solid-state femtosecond laser system for all studies to demonstrate clinical practicality. Contiguous tissue effects were achieved by scanning a 5 μm focused laser spot below the corneal surface at pulse energies of approximately 2 - 4 microjoules. A variety of scanning patterns was used to perform three prototype procedures in animal eyes; corneal flap cutting, keratomileusis, and intrastromal vision correction. Superior dissection and surface quality results were obtained for lamellar procedures (corneal flap cutting and keratomileusis). Preliminary in vivo evaluation of intrastromal vision correction in a rabbit model revealed consistent and stable pachymetry changes, without significant inflammation or loss of corneal transparency. We conclude that femtosecond laser technology may be able to perform a variety of corneal refractive procedures with high precision, offering advantages over current mechanical and laser devices and techniques.

  6. Corneal Transplantation

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    Hjortdal, Jesper Østergaard

    Corneal transplantation has been performed for more than 100 years. Until 15 years ago the state-of-the art type of transplantation was penetrating keratoplasty, but since the start of this millennium, newly designed surgical techniques have developed considerably. Today, the vast majority...... with less risk of rejection episodes. Besides covering updated chapters on penetrating keratoplasty, and anterior and posterior lamellar procedures, this textbook also gives a thorough overview of the history of corneal transplantation and a detailed presentation of the microstructural components....... Economic considerations on cost and benefi t of medical treatment and surgical procedures are today an integrated part of the health system in many countries, and a chapter covers these aspects of corneal transplantation. This textbook is aimed at presenting an updated review of the new techniques...

  7. Ocular Imaging Combining Ultrahigh Resolution and High Speed OCT (United States)

    Schmoll, Tilman; Leitgeb, Rainer A.

    The impact of ultrahigh-resolution and ultrahigh-speed OCT technique on corneal and retinal imaging is shown. The capabilities of advanced OCT system for imaging of the cornea and the thickness determination of the tear film, corneal epithelium, and Bowman's layer over a wide field of view are demonstrated. The high transverse and axial resolution of OCT system allowing one to image individual nerve fiber bundles, the parafoveal capillary network, and individual cone photoreceptors is described.

  8. Clinical applications of corneal confocal microscopy

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    Mitra Tavakoli


    Full Text Available Mitra Tavakoli1, Parwez Hossain2, Rayaz A Malik11Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK; 2University of Southampton, Southampton Eye Unit, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, UKAbstract: Corneal confocal microscopy is a novel clinical technique for the study of corneal cellular structure. It provides images which are comparable to in-vitro histochemical techniques delineating corneal epithelium, Bowman’s layer, stroma, Descemet’s membrane and the corneal endothelium. Because, corneal confocal microscopy is a non invasive technique for in vivo imaging of the living cornea it has huge clinical potential to investigate numerous corneal diseases. Thus far it has been used in the detection and management of pathologic and infectious conditions, corneal dystrophies and ecstasies, monitoring contact lens induced corneal changes and for pre and post surgical evaluation (PRK, LASIK and LASEK, flap evaluations and Radial Keratotomy, and penetrating keratoplasty. Most recently it has been used as a surrogate for peripheral nerve damage in a variety of peripheral neuropathies and may have potential in acting as a surrogate marker for endothelial abnormalities.Keywords: corneal confocal microscopy, cornea, infective keratitis, corneal dystrophy, neuropathy

  9. Modern trends in designing high-speed trains

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    Golubović Snežana D.


    Full Text Available Increased advantages of railway transportation systems over other types of transportation systems in the past sixty years have been a result of an intensive development of the new generations of high-speed trains. Not only do these types of trains comply with the need for increased speed of transportation and make the duration of the journey shorter, but they also meet the demands for increased reliability, safety and direct application of energy efficiency to the transportation system itself. Along with increased train speed, the motion resistance is increased as well, whereby at speeds over 200 km/h the proportion of air resistance becomes the most dominant member. One of the most efficient measures for reducing air resistance, as well as other negative consequences of high-speed motion, is the development of the aerodynamic shape of the train. This paper presents some construction solutions that affect the aerodynamic properties of high-speed trains, first and foremost, the nose shape, as well as the similarities and differences of individual subsystems necessary for the functioning of modern high-speed rail systems. We analysed two approaches to solving the problem of the aerodynamic shape of the train and the appropriate infrastructure using the examples of Japan and France. Two models of high-speed trains, Shinkansen (Japan and TGV, i.e. AGV (France, have been discussed.

  10. Assessment of rural soundscapes with high-speed train noise. (United States)

    Lee, Pyoung Jik; Hong, Joo Young; Jeon, Jin Yong


    In the present study, rural soundscapes with high-speed train noise were assessed through laboratory experiments. A total of ten sites with varying landscape metrics were chosen for audio-visual recording. The acoustical characteristics of the high-speed train noise were analyzed using various noise level indices. Landscape metrics such as the percentage of natural features (NF) and Shannon's diversity index (SHDI) were adopted to evaluate the landscape features of the ten sites. Laboratory experiments were then performed with 20 well-trained listeners to investigate the perception of high-speed train noise in rural areas. The experiments consisted of three parts: 1) visual-only condition, 2) audio-only condition, and 3) combined audio-visual condition. The results showed that subjects' preference for visual images was significantly related to NF, the number of land types, and the A-weighted equivalent sound pressure level (LAeq). In addition, the visual images significantly influenced the noise annoyance, and LAeq and NF were the dominant factors affecting the annoyance from high-speed train noise in the combined audio-visual condition. In addition, Zwicker's loudness (N) was highly correlated with the annoyance from high-speed train noise in both the audio-only and audio-visual conditions. © 2013.

  11. Características microscópicas in vivo del plexo nervioso subbasal corneal en pacientes con queratocono

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    Janet González Sotero

    Full Text Available Objetivo: describir las características microscópicas in vivo del plexo nervioso subbasal en córneas de pacientes con queratocono. Métodos: se realizó un estudio observacional, descriptivo y transversal, en el que se analizaron 226 pacientes con queratocono que cumplieron con los criterios establecidos en el periodo comprendido entre enero y noviembre de 2010. Los resultados se compararon con los obtenidos en un grupo de contraste compuesto por 68 sujetos sanos. Se empleó el ConfoScan 4 para el análisis microscópico. Se empleó estadística descriptiva básica, y la comparación de las medias de las variables fue ejecutada mediante ANOVA de un factor. Las comparaciones múltiples de las medias de las variables histológicas de los pacientes con queratocono separado por su severidad, con las del grupo de contraste, fueron ajustadas en la prueba t de Dunnett. Se comprobó la asociación univariada entre variables histológicas entre sí y con la severidad del queratocono mediante el coeficiente de correlación de Spearman. Con el fin de controlar sesgos en la investigación, la correlación de variables se controló por edad. Resultados: la densidad del plexo nervioso subbasal se encontró disminuida significativamente, en el grupo de pacientes con grado III, fue aproximadamente 43 % menor que en el grupo contraste. Se observó una asociación significativa entre la densidad del plexo nervioso subbasal y la severidad del queratocono. Conclusiones: la microarquitectura del plexo nervioso subbasal está alterada en las córneas con queratocono desde estadios iniciales de la enfermedad.

  12. Corneal Intelligence

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    the damping effect of the tissue to an applied force) or corneal compliance being the major risk factor. Figure 1. The percentage of participants in the observation group who developed primary open-angle glaucoma (median follow-up, 72 months) ...

  13. Corneal ulcers

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    visual acuity chart. • fluorescein strips. • topical anaesthetic eye drops. • direct ophthalmoscope. Examination. Assessing vision with a Snellen visual acuity chart gives a clue as to the extent of the problem (e.g. a corneal abrasion with good vision is unlikely to require specialist intervention). Each eye should be tested ...

  14. Corneal Intelligence

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    Corneal Intelligence. Ian Murdoch. Institute of Ophthalmology, Bath Street, London. In 2002, the ocular hypertension treatment study (OHTS) published their results. This study had taken 1636 ocular hypertensives. 1, 2. (IOP 24-32mmHg) and randomized them to receive therapy or no therapy. The primary outcome of the ...

  15. Parallelism and pipelining in high-speed digital simulators (United States)

    Karplus, W. J.


    The attainment of high computing speed as measured by the computational throughput is seen as one of the most challenging requirements. It is noted that high speed is cardinal in several distinct classes of applications. These classes are then discussed; they comprise (1) the real-time simulation of dynamic systems , (2) distributed parameter systems, and (3) mixed lumped and distributed systems. From the 1950s on, the quest for high speed in digital simulators concentrated on overcoming the limitations imposed by the so-called von Neumann bottleneck. Two major architectural approaches have made ig possible to circumvent this bottleneck and attain high speeds. These are pipelining and parallelism. Supercomputers, peripheral array processors, and microcomputer networks are then discussed.

  16. High-speed modulation of vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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    Hietala, V.M.; Armendariz, M.G.; Choquette, K.D.; Lear, K.L.


    This report summarizes work on the development of high-speed vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for multi-gigabit per second optical data communications applications (LDRD case number 3506.010). The program resulted in VCSELs that operate with an electrical bandwidth of 20 GHz along with a simultaneous conversion efficiency (DC to light) of about 20%. To achieve the large electrical bandwidth, conventional VCSELs were appropriately modified to reduce electrical parasitics and adapted for microwave probing for high-speed operation.

  17. Method for high-speed Manchester encoded optical signal generation

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    Zhang, Jianfeng; Chi, Nan; Holm-Nielsen, Pablo Villanueva


    A method for high-speed Manchester encoded optical signal generation is proposed and demonstrated with a specially configured electro-optical modulator. A 10 Gb/s Manchester encoded optical signal was generated, and its bit-error-ratio (BER) performance was evaluated.......A method for high-speed Manchester encoded optical signal generation is proposed and demonstrated with a specially configured electro-optical modulator. A 10 Gb/s Manchester encoded optical signal was generated, and its bit-error-ratio (BER) performance was evaluated....

  18. Secondary Containment Design for a High Speed Centrifuge

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    Snyder, K.W.


    Secondary containment for high speed rotating machinery, such as a centrifuge, is extremely important for operating personnel safety. Containment techniques can be very costly, ungainly and time consuming to construct. A novel containment concept is introduced which is fabricated out of modular sections of polycarbonate glazed into a Unistrut metal frame. A containment study for a high speed centrifuge is performed which includes the development of parameters for secondary containment design. The Unistrut/polycarbonate shield framing concept is presented including design details and proof testing procedures. The economical fabrication and modularity of the design indicates a usefulness for this shielding system in a wide variety of containment scenarios.

  19. [Transplantation of corneal endothelial cells]. (United States)

    Amano, Shiro


    Though conventional corneal transplantation has achieved great success, it still has several drawbacks including limited availability of donor corneas, recurrent allograft rejection, and subsequent graft failure in certain cases. Reconstructing clinically usable corneas by applying the technology of regenerative medicine can offer a solution to these problems, as well as making corneal transplantation a non-emergency surgery and enabling the usage of banked corneal cells. In the present study, we focused on corneal endothelium that is critical for corneal transparency and investigated the reconstruction of cornea utilizing cultured human corneal endothelial cells (HCECs). We succeeded in steadily culturing HCECs by using culture dishes pre-coated with extracellular matrix produced by calf corneal endothelial cells and culture media that contained basic fibroblast growth factor and fetal bovine serum. We performed the following analysis utilizing these cultured HCECs. The older the donor was, the more frequently large senescent cells appeared in the passaged HCECs. The telomeres of HCECs were measured as terminal restriction fragments (TRF) by Southern blotting. HCECs, in vivo from donors in their seventies had a long TRFs of over 12 kilobases. Passaging shortened the TRFs but there was no difference in TRFs among donors of various ages. These results indicated that shortening of telomere length is not related to senescence of HCECs. We investigated the role of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the senescence of in vivo HCECs. The results indicated that AGE-protein in the aqueous humor is endocytosed into HCECs via AGE receptors expressed on the surface of HCECs and damages HCECs by producing reactive oxygen species and inducing apoptosis, suggesting that AGEs, at least partly, cause the senescence of HECEs. HCECs were cultured using adult human serum instead of bovine serum to get rid of bovine material that can be infected with prions. Primary and passage

  20. Recent Advances in Ultra-High-Speed Optical Signal Processing

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    Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Palushani, Evarist; Hu, Hao


    We review recent advances in the optical signal processing of ultra-high-speed serial data signals up to 1.28 Tbit/s, with focus on applications of time-domain optical Fourier transformation. Experimental methods for the generation of symbol rates up to 1.28 Tbaud are also described....

  1. A high-speed interconnect network using ternary logic

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    Madsen, Jens Kargaard; Long, S. I.


    This paper describes the design and implementation of a high-speed interconnect network (ICN) for a multiprocessor system using ternary logic. By using ternary logic and a fast point-to-point communication technique called STARI (Self-Timed At Receiver's Input), the communication between...

  2. High-tech maintenance for high-speed trains

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    Lopez, Javier Rutz [Nertus Mantenimiento Ferroviario, S.A., Madrid (Spain); Hofmann, Manfred [Siemens AG, Erlangen (Germany). Mobility Div., Integrated Services


    Reliable, punctual trains cannot do without professional maintenance. Nertus S.A., a joint subsidiary of Siemens and Renfe, is responsible for providing precisely this for the Spanish high-speed train, Velaro E (AVE S103), which operates between Madrid and Barcelona. (orig.)

  3. High Speed Rail (HSR) in the United States (United States)


    Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) ...............................................................................................5 High Speed Rail In...conventional steel wheel on steel rail technology, or magnetic levitation (in which superconducting magnets levitate a train above a guide rail...transported.14 Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Maglev train technology was developed in the United States in the 1960s. It uses electromagnets to suspend

  4. Visualization of Projectile Flying at High Speed in Dusty Atmosphere (United States)

    Masaki, Chihiro; Watanabe, Yasumasa; Suzuki, Kojiro


    Considering a spacecraft that encounters particle-laden environment, such as dust particles flying up over the regolith by the jet of the landing thruster, high-speed flight of a projectile in such environment was experimentally simulated by using the ballistic range. At high-speed collision of particles on the projectile surface, they may be reflected with cracking into smaller pieces. On the other hand, the projectile surface will be damaged by the collision. To obtain the fundamental characteristics of such complicated phenomena, a projectile was launched at the velocity up to 400 m/s and the collective behaviour of particles around projectile was observed by the high-speed camera. To eliminate the effect of the gas-particle interaction and to focus on only the effect of the interaction between the particles and the projectile's surface, the test chamber pressure was evacuated down to 30 Pa. The particles about 400μm diameter were scattered and formed a sheet of particles in the test chamber by using two-dimensional funnel with a narrow slit. The projectile was launched into the particle sheet in the tangential direction, and the high-speed camera captured both projectile and particle motions. From the movie, the interaction between the projectile and particle sheet was clarified.

  5. Extremely high-speed imaging based on tubeless technology (United States)

    Li, Jingzhen


    This contribution focuses on the tubeless imaging, the extreme-high speed imaging. A detail discussion is presented on how and why to make them, which would be the most important in the high speed imaging field in the future. Tubeless extreme-high speed imaging can not only be used to observe the transient processes like collision, detonating, and high voltage discharge, but also to research the processes like disintegration and transfer of phonon and exacton in solid, photosynthesis primitive reaction, and electron dynamics inside atom shell. Its imaging frequency is about 107~1015fps. For this kind of imaging, the mechanism of how forming both high speed and framing would better make fine use of the light speed, the light parallelism, the parameters of light wave such as its amplitude, phase, polarization and wave length, and even quantum characteristics of photons. In the cascade connection system of electromagnetic wave and particle wave, it is able to simultaneously realize high level both the temporal resolution and the spatial resolution, and it would be possible to break through the limit of the Heisenberg uncertainty correlation of the optical frequency band.

  6. Time-interleaved high-speed D/A converters

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    Olieman, E.


    This thesis is on power efficient very high-speed digital-to-analog converters (DACs) in CMOS technology, intended to generate signals from DC to RF. Components in RF signal chains are nowadays often moved from the analog domain to the digital domain. This allows for more flexibility and better

  7. Bottom Raking Damage to High-Speed Craft

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    Simonsen, Bo Cerup


    This paper presents a comparative study of the raking damage to high speed craft (HSC) and conventional ships. The analysis is based on a detailed theoretical model for the raking resistance of an assembled ship bottom structure and on the idea that the impact conditions for various ship types have...

  8. Research notes : high-speed rail survey results. (United States)


    The survey was conducted from April 2010 to June 2010 using both a print and a web version with identical questions. The print version of the survey was distributed at open house meetings on high-speed rail held in Eugene, Junction City, Albany, Sale...

  9. The impact of high speed rail on airport competition

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    Terpstra, I.; Lijesen, M.G.


    We study the effects of introducing a high speed train connection on competition between airports, focusing on the new HST-link between Amsterdam and Brussels. We conduct a detailed analysis regarding the airport choice of passengers living in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Northern France

  10. On-line high-speed rail defect detection. (United States)


    This report presents the results of phase 2 of the project On-line high-speed rail defect detection aimed at improving the reliability and the speed of current defect detection in rails. Ultrasonic guided waves, traveling in the rail running di...

  11. High Speed and Wide Bandwidth Delta-Sigma ADCs

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    Bolatkale, M.


    This thesis describes the theory, design and implementation of a high-speed, high-performance continuous-time delta-sigma (CT??) ADC for applications such as medical imaging, high-definition video processing, and wireline and wireless communications. In order to achieve a GHz clocking speed, this

  12. High-Speed Low Power Design in CMOS

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    Ghani, Arfan; Usmani, S. H.; Stassen, Flemming


    Static CMOS design displays benefits such as low power consumption, dominated by dynamic power consumption. In contrast, MOS Current Mode Logic (MCML) displays static rather than dynamic power consumption. High-speed low-power design is one of the many application areas in VLSI that require...

  13. Tactile shoe inlays for high speed pressure monitoring

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    Drimus, Alin; Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan


    pressure sensitive cells and the use of high speed electronics and multiplexing algorithms provides frame rates of 100 Hz. The sensors tolerate overloads while showing a consistent output. The developed prototypes show a high potential not only for robotics, but also for use in sensorised human prosthetics....

  14. High-speed photodiodes in standard CMOS technology

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    Radovanovic, S.


    This thesis describes high-speed photodiodes in standard CMOS technology which allow monolithic integration of optical receivers for short-haul communication. The electronics for (multiple users) long-haul communication is very expensive (InP, GaAs), but the usage is justified by the large number of

  15. Optimization and performance of a high-speed plasma position ...

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    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 62; Issue 1. Optimization and performance of a high-speed plasma position digital control system. M Emami A R Babazadeh H Rasouli. Research Articles Volume 62 Issue 1 January 2004 pp 53-60 ...

  16. Faster than "g", Revisited with High-Speed Imaging (United States)

    Vollmer, Michael; Mollmann, Klaus-Peter


    The introduction of modern high-speed cameras in physics teaching provides a tool not only for easy visualization, but also for quantitative analysis of many simple though fast occurring phenomena. As an example, we present a very well-known demonstration experiment--sometimes also discussed in the context of falling chimneys--which is commonly…

  17. 14 CFR 25.253 - High-speed characteristics. (United States)


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false High-speed characteristics. 25.253 Section...-speed characteristics. (a) Speed increase and recovery characteristics. The following speed increase and recovery characteristics must be met: (1) Operating conditions and characteristics likely to cause...

  18. High speed flow cytometric separation of viable cells (United States)

    Sasaki, Dennis T.; Van den Engh, Gerrit J.; Buckie, Anne-Marie


    Hematopoietic cell populations are separated to provide cell sets and subsets as viable cells with high purity and high yields, based on the number of original cells present in the mixture. High-speed flow cytometry is employed using light characteristics of the cells to separate the cells, where high flow speeds are used to reduce the sorting time.

  19. Optimization and performance of a high-speed plasma position ...

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    a time domain of the order of few milliseconds. In order to achieve maximum performance it is essential to optimize the control system. In this paper plasma position measurement and the details of implementing high-speed PID controllers based on a TMS320c25 digital signal processor along with the system optimization ...

  20. High-speed T-38A landing gear extension loads (United States)

    Schmitt, A. L.


    Testing of T-38A landing gear extension at high speed and high altitude is described. The mechanisms are shown together with peak hydraulic pressure data during landing gear deployment with active and inactive strut door flaps. Results of strain gage measurements of stress on various structural members are included.

  1. Parallel and distributed processing in high speed traffic monitoring

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    Cristea, Mihai Lucian


    This thesis presents a parallel and distributed approach for the purpose of processing network traffic at high speeds. The proposed architecture provides the processing power required to run one or more traffic processing applications at line rates by means of processing full packets at

  2. Soliton-based ultra-high speed optical communications

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    All these facts are the outcome of research on optical solitons in fibers in spite of the fact that the commonly used RZ format is not always called a soliton format. The overview presented here attempts to incorporate the role of soliton-based communications research in present day ultra-high speed communications.

  3. A High-Speed Train Operation Plan Inspection Simulation Model

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    Yang Rui


    Full Text Available We developed a train operation simulation tool to inspect a train operation plan. In applying an improved Petri Net, the train was regarded as a token, and the line and station were regarded as places, respectively, in accordance with the high-speed train operation characteristics and network function. Location change and running information transfer of the high-speed train were realized by customizing a variety of transitions. The model was built based on the concept of component combination, considering the random disturbance in the process of train running. The simulation framework can be generated quickly and the system operation can be completed according to the different test requirements and the required network data. We tested the simulation tool when used for the real-world Wuhan to Guangzhou high-speed line. The results showed that the proposed model can be developed, the simulation results basically coincide with the objective reality, and it can not only test the feasibility of the high-speed train operation plan, but also be used as a support model to develop the simulation platform with more capabilities.

  4. Method for upgrading the performance at track transitions for high-speed service : next generation high-speed rail program (United States)


    High-speed trains in the speed range of 100 to 160 mph require tracks of nearly perfect geometry and mechanical uniformity, when subjected to moving wheel loads. Therefore, this report briefly describes the remedies being used by various railroads to...

  5. High speed tracking control of ball screw drives (United States)

    Liu, Chao-Yi; Huang, Ruei-Yu; Lee, An-Chen


    This paper presents a new method to achieve the requirement of high speed and high precision for ball screw drive. First, a PI controller is adopted to increase the equivalent structural damping in the velocity loop. Next, the design of the position controller is implemented by a two-stage method. The Doubly Coprime Factorization Disturbance Observer (DCFDOB) is developed to suppress disturbance and resist modelling error in the inner loop, while the outer loop is then designed based on method to extend the system bandwidth over first resonant frequency so that high speed and high accuracy can be achieved. Finally, a feedforward controller is implemented to improve tracking performance. The experiment results showed that the proposed method has smaller tracking error and better performance for suppressing disturbance when compared to the conventional cascaded P-PI control.

  6. High-speed measurement of firearm primer blast waves

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    Courtney, Michael; Eng, Jonathan; Courtney, Amy


    This article describes a method and results for direct high-speed measurements of firearm primer blast waves employing a high-speed pressure transducer located at the muzzle to record the blast pressure wave produced by primer ignition. Key findings are: 1) Most of the lead styphnate based primer models tested show 5.2-11.3% standard deviation in the magnitudes of their peak pressure. 2) In contrast, lead-free diazodinitrophenol (DDNP) based primers had standard deviations of the peak blast pressure of 8.2-25.0%. 3) Combined with smaller blast waves, these large variations in peak blast pressure of DDNP-based primers led to delayed ignition and failure to fire in brief field tests.

  7. Characterizing pyrotechnic igniter output with high-speed schlieren imaging (United States)

    Skaggs, M. N.; Hargather, M. J.; Cooper, M. A.


    Small-scale pyrotechnic igniter output has been characterized using a high-speed schlieren imaging system for observing critical features of the post-combustion flow. The diagnostic, with laser illumination, was successfully applied towards the quantitative characterization of the output from Ti/KClO_4 and TiH_{1.65}/KClO_4 pyrotechnic igniters. The high-speed image sequences showed shock motion, burned gas expansion, and particle motion. A statistical-based analysis methodology for tracking the full-field shock motion enabled straightforward comparisons across the experimental parameters of pyrotechnic material and initial density. This characterization of the mechanical energy of the shock front within the post-combustion environment is a necessary addition to the large body of literature focused on pyrotechnic combustion behavior within the powder bed. Ultimately, understanding the role that the combustion behavior has on the resulting multiphase environment is required for tailored igniter development and comparative performance assessments.

  8. Performance analysis of WAVE communication under high-speed driving

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    Bo-young Kang


    Full Text Available Although WAVE (Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments is a technology designed for the high-speed mobile environments, WAVE communication performance in a real road environment is highly dependent on the surrounding environments such as moving vehicles, road shape, and topography. In particular, when a vehicle moves at high speed, the location of the vehicle and its proximity to the road-side device are rapidly changed and thus affect communication performance. Accordingly, we build a performance evaluation system based on the WAVE-LTE network cooperative operation. We also analyzed the performance differences based on external environmental factors, such as information volume and velocity, from the data acquired through actual vehicle tests.

  9. High-speed imaging polarimetry using liquid crystal modulators

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    Ambs P.


    Full Text Available This paper deals with dynamic polarimetric imaging techniques. The basics of modern polarimetry have been known for one and a half century, but no practical high-speed implementation providing the full polarization information is currently available. Various methods are reviewed which prove to be a trade-off between the complexity of the optical set-up and the amount of polarimetric information they provide (ie the number of components of the Stokes vector. Techniques using liquid crystal devices, incepted in the late 1990's, are emphasized. Optical set-ups we implemented are presented. We particularly focus on high-speed techniques (i.e. faster than 200 Hz using ferroelectric liquid crystal devices.

  10. Clinical application of high speed B mode echocardiography. (United States)

    Kambe, T; Nishimura, K; Hibi, N; Sakakibara, T; Kato, T


    This study discusses the clinical application of high speed B mode echocardiography to a wide variety of heart diseases. We used a rapid mechanical sector scan at 30 frames per second and 120 scanning lines per frame, resulting in real time observation of cardiac structures. The sector angle was relatively wide (maximum 90 degrees). The tomograms were synchronized with the electrocardiogram and recorded on ordinary 35 mm or Polaroid film in conjunction with 8 mm cinematography. Heart cross sections could be recorded even in the presence of arrhythmia. We used a flat or focused, 10 mm diameter transducer made of lead zirconate-titanate with a resonant frequency of 2 or 3 MHz at a repetition rate of 3.6 kHz. High speed B mode echocardiography is a means of observing cross sections of the heart that can contribute to the improvement of accuracy in cardiac diagnosis.

  11. HIPO: a high-speed imaging photometer for occultations (United States)

    Dunham, Edward W.; Elliot, James L.; Bida, Thomas A.; Taylor, Brian W.


    HIPO is a special purpose instrument for SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy. It is a high-speed, imaging photometer that will be used for a variety of time-resolved precise photometry observations, including stellar occultations by solar system objects and transits by extrasolar planets. HIPO has two independent CCD detectors and can also co-mount with FLITECAM, an InSb imager and spectrometer, making simultaneous photometry at three wavelengths possible. HIPO's flexible design and high-speed imaging capability make it well suited to carry out initial test observations on the completed SOFIA system, and to this end a number of additional features have been incorporated. Earlier papers have discussed the design requirements and optical design of HIPO. This paper provides an overview of the instrument, describes the instrument's features, and reviews the actual performance, in most areas, of the completed instrument.

  12. Embedded function methods for compressible high speed turbulent flow (United States)

    Walker, J. D. A.


    This is the final report on the work performed on the grant 'Embedded Function Methods for Compressible High Speed Turbulent Flow' carried out at Lehigh University during the contract period from September, 1987, to October of 1991. Work has continued at Lehigh on this project on an unfunded basis to the present. The original proposed work had two separate thrusts which were associated with developing embedded function methods in order to obviate the need to expend computational resources on turbulent wall layers in Navier Stokes and boundary-layer calculations. Previous work on the incompressible problem had indicated that this could be done successfully for two-dimensional and three-dimensional incompressible flows. The central objective here was to extend the basic approach to the high speed compressible problem.

  13. Comparison of high-speed rail and maglev systems

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    Najafi, F.T. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Civil Engineering; Nassar, F.E. [Keith and Schnars, Fort Lauderdale, FL (United States)


    European and Japanese high-speed rail (HSR) and magnetically levitated (maglev) systems were each developed to respond to specific transportation needs within local economic, social, and political constraints. Not only is maglev technology substantially different from that of HSR, but also HSR and maglev systems differ in trainset design, track characteristics, cost structure, and cost sensitivity to design changes. This paper attempts to go beyond the traditional technology comparison table and focuses on the characteristics and conditions for which existing European and Japanese systems were developed. The technologies considered are the French train a grand vitesse (TGV), the Swedish X2000, the German Intercity Express (ICE) and Transrapid, and the Japanese Shinkansen, MLU, and high-speed surface train (HSST).

  14. Corrosion Inhibition of High Speed Steel by Biopolymer HPMC Derivatives

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    Shih-Chen Shi


    Full Text Available The corrosion inhibition characteristics of the derivatives of biopolymer hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose phthalate (HPMCP, and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS film are investigated. Based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopic measurements and potentiodynamic polarization, the corrosion inhibition performance of high speed steel coated with HPMC derivatives is evaluated. The Nyquist plot and Tafel polarization demonstrate promising anti-corrosion performance of HPMC and HPMCP. With increasing film thickness, both materials reveal improvement in corrosion inhibition. Moreover, because of a hydrophobic surface and lower moisture content, HPMCP shows better anti-corrosion performance than HPMCAS. The study is of certain importance for designing green corrosion inhibitors of high speed steel surfaces by the use of biopolymer derivatives.

  15. High-speed FPGA-based phase measuring profilometry architecture. (United States)

    Zhan, Guomin; Tang, Hongwei; Zhong, Kai; Li, Zhongwei; Shi, Yusheng; Wang, Congjun


    This paper proposes a high-speed FPGA architecture for the phase measuring profilometry (PMP) algorithm. The whole PMP algorithm is designed and implemented based on the principle of full-pipeline and parallelism. The results show that the accuracy of the FPGA system is comparable with those of current top-performing software implementations. The FPGA system achieves 3D sharp reconstruction using 12 phase-shifting images and completes in 21 ms with 1024 × 768 pixel resolution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first fully pipelined architecture for PMP systems, and this makes the PMP system very suitable for high-speed embedded 3D shape measurement applications.

  16. Ping-Pong Robotics with High-Speed Vision System

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    Li, Hailing; Wu, Haiyan; Lou, Lei


    The performance of vision-based control is usually limited by the low sampling rate of the visual feedback. We address Ping-Pong robotics as a widely studied example which requires high-speed vision for highly dynamic motion control. In order to detect a flying ball accurately and robustly......, a multithreshold legmentation algorithm is applied in a stereo-vision running at 150Hz. Based on the estimated 3D ball positions, a novel two-phase trajectory prediction is exploited to determine the hitting position. Benefiting from the high-speed visual feedback, the hitting position and thus the motion planning...... of the manipulator are updated iteratively with decreasing error. Experiments are conducted on a 7 degrees of freedom humanoid robot arm. A successful Ping-Pong playing between the robot arm and human is achieved with a high successful rate of 88%....

  17. High-speed cell sorting: fundamentals and recent advances. (United States)

    Ibrahim, Sherrif F; van den Engh, Ger


    Cell sorters have undergone dramatic technological improvements in recent years. Driven by the increased ability to differentiate between cell types, modern advances have yielded a new generation of cytometers, known as high-speed cell sorters. These instruments are capable of higher throughput than traditional sorters and can distinguish subtler differences between particles by measuring and processing more optical parameters in parallel. These advances have expanded their use to facilitate genomic and proteomic discovery, and as vehicles for many emerging cell-based therapies. High-speed cell sorting is becoming established as an essential research tool across a broad range of scientific fields and is poised to play a pivotal role in the latest therapeutic modalities.

  18. Ultra-high-speed optical and electronic distributed devices

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    Hietala, V.M.; Plut, T.A.; Kravitz, S.H.; Vawter, G.A.; Wendt, J.R.; Armendariz, M.G.


    This report summarizes work on the development of ultra-high-speed semiconductor optical and electronic devices. High-speed operation is achieved by velocity matching the input stimulus to the output signal along the device`s length. Electronic devices such as field-effect transistors (FET`s), should experience significant speed increases by velocity matching the electrical input and output signals along the device. Likewise, optical devices, which are typically large, can obtain significant bandwidths by velocity matching the light being generated, detected or modulated with the electrical signal on the device`s electrodes. The devices discussed in this report utilize truly distributed electrical design based on slow-wave propagation to achieve velocity matching.

  19. Development of Industrial High-Speed Transfer Parallel Robot

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    Kim, Byung In; Kyung, Jin Ho; Do, Hyun Min; Jo, Sang Hyun [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Parallel robots used in industry require high stiffness or high speed because of their structural characteristics. Nowadays, the importance of rapid transportation has increased in the distribution industry. In this light, an industrial parallel robot has been developed for high-speed transfer. The developed parallel robot can handle a maximum payload of 3 kg. For a payload of 0.1 kg, the trajectory cycle time is 0.3 s (come and go), and the maximum velocity is 4.5 m/s (pick amp, place work, adept cycle). In this motion, its maximum acceleration is very high and reaches approximately 13g. In this paper, the design, analysis, and performance test results of the developed parallel robot system are introduced.

  20. Numerical Investigation of Aerodynamic Characteristics of High Speed Train (United States)

    Ali, J. S. Mohamed; Omar, Ashraf Ali; Ali, Muhammad ‘Atif B.; Baseair, Abdul Rahman Bin Mohd


    In this work, initially the effect of nose shape on the drag characteristics of a high speed train is studied. Then the influence of cross winds on the aerodynamics and hence the stability of such modern high speed trains is analyzed. CFD analysis was conducted using STAR-CCM+ on trains with different features and important aerodynamic coefficients such as the drag, side force and rolling moment coefficients have been calculated for yaw angles of crosswinds ranging from 0° to 90°. The results show that the modification on train nose shape can reduce the drag up to more than 50%. It was also found that, bogie faring only reduces small percentage of drag but significantly contributed to higher rolling moment and side force coefficient hence induced train instability.

  1. Robust adaptive cruise control of high speed trains. (United States)

    Faieghi, Mohammadreza; Jalali, Aliakbar; Mashhadi, Seyed Kamal-e-ddin Mousavi


    The cruise control problem of high speed trains in the presence of unknown parameters and external disturbances is considered. In particular a Lyapunov-based robust adaptive controller is presented to achieve asymptotic tracking and disturbance rejection. The system under consideration is nonlinear, MIMO and non-minimum phase. To deal with the limitations arising from the unstable zero-dynamics we do an output redefinition such that the zero-dynamics with respect to new outputs becomes stable. Rigorous stability analyses are presented which establish the boundedness of all the internal states and simultaneously asymptotic stability of the tracking error dynamics. The results are presented for two common configurations of high speed trains, i.e. the DD and PPD designs, based on the multi-body model and are verified by several numerical simulations. Copyright © 2013 ISA. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Analysis and design technology for high-speed aircraft structures (United States)

    Starnes, James H., Jr.; Camarda, Charles J.


    Recent high-speed aircraft structures research activities at NASA Langley Research Center are described. The following topics are covered: the development of analytical and numerical solutions to global and local thermal and structural problems, experimental verification of analysis methods, identification of failure mechanisms, and the incorporation of analysis methods into design and optimization strategies. The paper describes recent NASA Langley advances in analysis and design methods, structural and thermal concepts, and test methods.

  3. High-speed OCT light sources and systems [Invited


    Klein, Thomas; Huber, Robert


    Imaging speed is one of the most important parameters that define the performance of optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems. During the last two decades, OCT speed has increased by over three orders of magnitude. New developments in wavelength-swept lasers have repeatedly been crucial for this development. In this review, we discuss the historical evolution and current state of the art of high-speed OCT systems, with focus on wavelength swept light sources and swept source OCT systems.

  4. High-speed OCT light sources and systems [Invited]. (United States)

    Klein, Thomas; Huber, Robert


    Imaging speed is one of the most important parameters that define the performance of optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems. During the last two decades, OCT speed has increased by over three orders of magnitude. New developments in wavelength-swept lasers have repeatedly been crucial for this development. In this review, we discuss the historical evolution and current state of the art of high-speed OCT systems, with focus on wavelength swept light sources and swept source OCT systems.

  5. High-speed OCT light sources and systems [Invited (United States)

    Klein, Thomas; Huber, Robert


    Imaging speed is one of the most important parameters that define the performance of optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems. During the last two decades, OCT speed has increased by over three orders of magnitude. New developments in wavelength-swept lasers have repeatedly been crucial for this development. In this review, we discuss the historical evolution and current state of the art of high-speed OCT systems, with focus on wavelength swept light sources and swept source OCT systems. PMID:28270988

  6. High-speed deformation processing of a titanium alloy

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    Tamirisakandala, S.; Medeiros, S.C.; Malas, J.C. [Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433 (United States); Yellapregada, P.V.R.K. [Department of Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, Karnataka 560 012 (India); Frazier, W.G. [NCPA Coliseum Drive, University, MS 38677 (United States); Dutta, B. [Department of Materials Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany)


    The deformation rate is the critical parameter for the phase transforming mechanism and subsequently the morphology of Ti-Al-V alloys, which in turn determines the feasibility of high-speed deformation. The evolution of defect-free equiaxed microstructures is due to dislocation-induced heterogeneous nucleation and growth. The Figure shows a microstructure of a Ti-6Al-4V specimen deformed at 1000 C in a backscattered SEM image. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  7. Modern trends in designing high-speed trains


    Golubović Snežana D.; Rašuo Boško P.; Lučanin Vojkan J.


    Increased advantages of railway transportation systems over other types of transportation systems in the past sixty years have been a result of an intensive development of the new generations of high-speed trains. Not only do these types of trains comply with the need for increased speed of transportation and make the duration of the journey shorter, but they also meet the demands for increased reliability, safety and direct application of energy efficiency to the transportation system itself...

  8. Design and specification of a high speed transport protocol


    McArthur, Robert C.


    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited Due to the increase in data throughput potential provided by high speed (fiber optic) networks, existing transport protocols are becoming increasingly incapable of providing reli­able and timely transfer of data. Whereas in networks of the past it was the transmission medium that caused the greatest communications delay, it is the case today that the transport protocols themselves have become the bottleneck. This thesis provides de...

  9. High Speed White Dwarf Asteroseismology with the Herty Hall Cluster (United States)

    Gray, Aaron; Kim, A.


    Asteroseismology is the process of using observed oscillations of stars to infer their interior structure. In high speed asteroseismology, we complete that by quickly computing hundreds of thousands of models to match the observed period spectra. Each model on a single processor takes five to ten seconds to run. Therefore, we use a cluster of sixteen Dell Workstations with dual-core processors. The computers use the Ubuntu operating system and Apache Hadoop software to manage workloads.

  10. Study and improvement of a high speed hydraulic jack (United States)

    Garcia, M. S.; Nouillant, M.; Viot, P.


    This paper describes the control problem of a high speed hydraulic jack. We shall estimate the performances of a servo-control with a classic controlled correction of type PD (Proportional Derivate). The study will be performed from a model (servo valve + jack + load), whose simulation will be performed in the Matlab-SimulinK environment. The aim of this article is to characterize, by simulating, the interdependence between the experimental apparatus and the tested object.

  11. Gearbox Reliability Collaborative High-Speed Shaft Calibration

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    Keller, J.; McNiff, B.


    Instrumentation has been added to the high-speed shaft, pinion, and tapered roller bearing pair of the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative gearbox to measure loads and temperatures. The new shaft bending moment and torque instrumentation was calibrated and the purpose of this document is to describe this calibration process and results, such that the raw shaft bending and torque signals can be converted to the proper engineering units and coordinate system reference for comparison to design loads and simulation model predictions.

  12. On the reversed Brayton cycle with high speed machinery

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    Backman, J.


    This work was carried out in the laboratory of Fluid Dynamics, at Lappeenranta University of Technology during the years 1991-1996. The research was a part of larger high speed technology development research. First, there was the idea of making high speed machinery applications with the Brayton cycle. There was a clear need to deepen the knowledge of the cycle itself and to make a new approach in the field of the research. Also, the removal of water from the humid air seemed very interesting. The goal of this work was to study methods of designing high speed machinery for the reversed Brayton cycle, from theoretical principles to practical applications. The reversed Brayton cycle can be employed as an air dryer, a heat pump or a refrigerating machine. In this research the use of humid air as a working fluid has an environmental advantage, as well. A new calculation method for the Brayton cycle is developed. In this method especially the expansion process in the turbine is important because of the condensation of the water vapour in the humid air. This physical phenomena can have significant effects on the level of performance of the application. Also, the influence of calculating the process with actual, achievable process equipment efficiencies is essential for the development of future machinery. The above theoretical calculations are confirmed with two different laboratory prototypes. (53 refs.)

  13. High Speed Imaging of Cavitation around Dental Ultrasonic Scaler Tips. (United States)

    Vyas, Nina; Pecheva, Emilia; Dehghani, Hamid; Sammons, Rachel L; Wang, Qianxi X; Leppinen, David M; Walmsley, A Damien


    Cavitation occurs around dental ultrasonic scalers, which are used clinically for removing dental biofilm and calculus. However it is not known if this contributes to the cleaning process. Characterisation of the cavitation around ultrasonic scalers will assist in assessing its contribution and in developing new clinical devices for removing biofilm with cavitation. The aim is to use high speed camera imaging to quantify cavitation patterns around an ultrasonic scaler. A Satelec ultrasonic scaler operating at 29 kHz with three different shaped tips has been studied at medium and high operating power using high speed imaging at 15,000, 90,000 and 250,000 frames per second. The tip displacement has been recorded using scanning laser vibrometry. Cavitation occurs at the free end of the tip and increases with power while the area and width of the cavitation cloud varies for different shaped tips. The cavitation starts at the antinodes, with little or no cavitation at the node. High speed image sequences combined with scanning laser vibrometry show individual microbubbles imploding and bubble clouds lifting and moving away from the ultrasonic scaler tip, with larger tip displacement causing more cavitation.

  14. Double Helical Gear Performance Results in High Speed Gear Trains (United States)

    Handschuh, Robert F.; Ehinger, Ryan; Sinusas, Eric; Kilmain, Charles


    The operation of high speed gearing systems in the transmissions of tiltrotor aircraft has an effect on overall propulsion system efficiency. Recent work has focused on many aspects of high-speed helical gear trains as would be used in tiltrotor aircraft such as operational characteristics, comparison of analytical predictions to experimental data and the affect of superfinishing on transmission performance. Baseline tests of an aerospace quality system have been conducted in the NASA Glenn High-Speed Helical Gear Train Test Facility and have been described in earlier studies. These earlier tests had utilized single helical gears. The results that will be described in this study are those attained using double helical gears. This type of gear mesh can be configured in this facility to either pump the air-oil environment from the center gap between the meshing gears to the outside of tooth ends or in the reverse direction. Tests were conducted with both inward and outward air-oil pumping directions. Results are compared to the earlier baseline results of single helical gears.

  15. Quantification of the uncertainties of high-speed camera measurements

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    Robbe C.


    Full Text Available This article proposes a combined theoretical and experimental approach to assess and quantify the global uncertainty of a high-speed camera velocity measurement. The study is divided in five sections: firstly, different sources of measurement uncertainties performed by a high-speed camera are identified and quantified. They consist of geometrical uncertainties, pixel discretisation uncertainties or optical uncertainties. Secondly, a global uncertainty factor, taking into account the previously identified sources of uncertainties, is computed. Thirdly, a sensibility study of the camera set-up parameters is performed, allowing the experimenter to optimize these parameters in order to minimize the final uncertainties. Fourthly, the theoretical computed uncertainty is compared with experimental measurements. Good concordance has been found. Finally, the velocity measurement uncertainty study is extended to continuous displacement measurements as a function of time. The purpose of this article is to propose all the mathematical tools necessary to quantify the individual and global uncertainties, to highlight the important aspects of the experimental set-up, and to give recommendations on how to improve a specific set-up in order to minimize the global uncertainty. Taking all these into account, it has been shown that highly dynamic phenomena such as a ballistic phenomenon can be measured using a high-speed camera with a global uncertainty of less than 2%.

  16. Noise in the passenger cars of high-speed trains. (United States)

    Hong, Joo Young; Cha, Yongwon; Jeon, Jin Yong


    The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of both room acoustic conditions and spectral characteristics of noises on acoustic discomfort in a high-speed train's passenger car. Measurement of interior noises in a high-speed train was performed when the train was operating at speeds of 100 km/h and 300 km/h. Acoustic discomfort caused by interior noises was evaluated by paired comparison methods based on the variation of reverberation time (RT) in a passenger car and the spectral differences in interior noises. The effect of RT on acoustic discomfort was not significant, whereas acoustic discomfort significantly varied depending on spectral differences in noise. Acoustic discomfort increased with increment of the sound pressure level (SPL) ratio at high frequencies, and variation in high-frequency noise components were described using sharpness. Just noticeable differences of SPL with low- and high-frequency components were determined to be 3.7 and 2.9 dB, respectively. This indicates that subjects were more sensitive to differences in SPLs at the high-frequency range than differences at the low-frequency range. These results support that, for interior noises, reduction in SPLs at high frequencies would significantly contribute to improved acoustic quality in passenger cars of high-speed trains.

  17. Sound transmission loss of windows on high speed trains (United States)

    Zhang, Yumei; Xiao, Xinbiao; Thompson, David; Squicciarini, Giacomo; Wen, Zefeng; Li, Zhihui; Wu, Yue


    The window is one of the main components of the high speed train car body structure through which noise can be transmitted. To study the windows’ acoustic properties, the vibration of one window of a high speed train has been measured for a running speed of 250 km/h. The corresponding interior noise and the noise in the wheel-rail area have been measured simultaneously. The experimental results show that the window vibration velocity has a similar spectral shape to the interior noise. Interior noise source identification further indicates that the window makes a contribution to the interior noise. Improvement of the window's Sound Transmission Loss (STL) can reduce the interior noise from this transmission path. An STL model of the window is built based on wave propagation and modal superposition methods. From the theoretical results, the window's STL property is studied and several factors affecting it are investigated, which provide indications for future low noise design of high speed train windows.

  18. Direct Numerical Simulation of Disperse Multiphase High-Speed Flows

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    Nourgaliev, R R; Dinh, T N; Theofanous, T G; Koning, J M; Greenman, R M; Nakafuji, G T


    A recently introduced Level-Set-based Cartesian Grid (LSCG) Characteristics-Based Matching (CBM) method is applied for direct numerical simulation of shock-induced dispersal of solid material. The method incorporates the latest advancements in the level set technology and characteristics-based numerical methods for solution of hyperbolic conservation laws and boundary treatment. The LSCG/CBM provides unique capabilities to simulate complex fluid-solid (particulate) multiphase flows under high-speed flow conditions and taking into account particle-particle elastic and viscoelastic collisions. The particular emphasis of the present study is placed on importance of appropriate modeling of particle-particle collisions, which are demonstrated to crucially influence the global behavior of high-speed multiphase particulate flows. The results of computations reveal the richness and complexity of flow structures in compressible disperse systems, due to dynamic formation of shocks and contact discontinuities, which provide an additional long-range interaction mechanism in dispersed high-speed multiphase flows.

  19. Unsteady Flow Simulation of High-speed Turbopumps (United States)

    Kiris, Cetin C.; Kwak, dochan; Chan, William; Housman, Jeffrey A.


    Computation of high-speed hydrodynamics requires high-fidelity simulation to resolve flow features involving transient flow, cavitation, tip vortex and multiple scales of unsteady fluctuations. One example of this type in aerospace is related to liquid-fueled rocket turbopump. Rocket turbopumps operate under severe conditions at very high rotational speeds typically at thousands of rpm. For example, the Shuttle orbiter low-pressure-fuel-turbopump creates transient flow features associated with reverse flows, tip clearance effects, secondary flows, vortex shedding, junction flows, and cavitation effects. Flow unsteadiness originating from the orbiter Low-Pressure-Fuel-Turbopump (LPFTP) inducer is one of the major contributors to the high frequency cyclic loading that results in high cycle fatigue damage to the flow liners just upstream of the LPFTP. The reverse flow generated at the tip of the inducer blades travels upstream and interacts with the bellows cavity. Simulation procedure for this type high-speed hydrodynamic problems requires a method for quantifying multi-scale and multi-phase flow as well as an efficient high-end computing strategy. The current paper presents a high-fidelity computational procedure for unsteady hydrodynamic problems using a high-speed liquid-fueled rocket turbopump.

  20. Software Developed for Analyzing High- Speed Rolling-Element Bearings (United States)

    Fleming, David P.


    COBRA-AHS (Computer Optimized Ball & Roller Bearing Analysis--Advanced High Speed, J.V. Poplawski & Associates, Bethlehem, PA) is used for the design and analysis of rolling element bearings operating at high speeds under complex mechanical and thermal loading. The code estimates bearing fatigue life by calculating three-dimensional subsurface stress fields developed within the bearing raceways. It provides a state-of-the-art interactive design environment for bearing engineers within a single easy-to-use design-analysis package. The code analyzes flexible or rigid shaft systems containing up to five bearings acted upon by radial, thrust, and moment loads in 5 degrees of freedom. Bearing types include high-speed ball, cylindrical roller, and tapered roller bearings. COBRA-AHS is the first major upgrade in 30 years of such commercially available bearing software. The upgrade was developed under a Small Business Innovation Research contract from the NASA Glenn Research Center, and incorporates the results of 30 years of NASA and industry bearing research and technology.

  1. Dynamic OCT measurement of corneal deformation by an air puff in normal and cross-linked corneas


    Dorronsoro, Carlos; Pascual, Daniel; Pérez-Merino, Pablo; Kling, Sabine; Marcos, Susana


    A new technique is presented for the non-invasive imaging of the dynamic response of the cornea to an air puff inducing a deformation. A spectral OCT instrument combined with an air tonometer in a non-collinear configuration was used to image the corneal deformation over full corneal cross-sections, as well as to obtain high speed measurements of the temporal evolution of the corneal apex. The entire deformation process can be dynamically visualized. A quantitative analysis allows direct extr...

  2. 36 CFR 1192.175 - High-speed rail cars, monorails and systems. (United States)


    ... 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false High-speed rail cars... TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES Other Vehicles and Systems § 1192.175 High-speed rail cars, monorails and systems. (a) All cars for high-speed rail systems, including but not limited to those using “maglev” or high speed...

  3. Corneal Transplantation in Children


    Gabrić, N.; Dekaris, I.; Vojniković, B.; Karaman, Ž.; Mravičić, I.; Katušić, J.


    The main purpose of the study was to describe the surgical success rate and visual results of penetrating keratoplasty in children. This retrospective study included children that underwent corneal transplantation at the Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital »Sveti Duh«, in the period 1994–1999. Patients’ age ranged from 6 to 16 years. Twenty-five corneal transplants were performed in 24 eyes. Corneal pathologies were corneal leucoma, congenital dystrophy, corneal combu...

  4. Development of High-speed Machining Database with Case-based Reasoning

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    Applying high-speed machining technology in shop floor has many benefits, such as manufacturing more accurate parts with better surface finishes. The selection of the appropriate machining parameters plays a very important role in the implementation of high-speed machining technology. The case-based reasoning is used in the developing of high-speed machining database to overcome the shortage of available high-speed cutting parameters in machining data handbooks and shop floors. The high-speed machining data...

  5. Influence of corneal astigmatism, corneal curvature and meridional differences on corneal hysteresis and corneal resistance factor. (United States)

    Wong, Yin-zhi; Lam, Andrew K C


    This study investigated the influence of corneal astigmatism, corneal curvature and meridional differences on corneal hysteresis (CH) and the corneal resistance factor (CRF) in a group of normal Chinese persons. Ninety-five participants were recruited and data from the eye with higher corneal astigmatism were analysed. The anterior corneal curvature was measured by corneal topography. The Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure (IOPg), corneal-compensated intraocular pressure (IOPcc), CH and CRF at different meridians (default horizontal position, 10°, 20° and 30° along the superotemporal and inferonasal meridians) were obtained from an ocular response analyser. The corneal powers at these specific meridians also were calculated. At the default position, the IOPg and CRF had weak correlations with corneal astigmatism, while the IOPcc and CH were not significantly correlated with corneal astigmatism. Both the IOPg and IOPcc were measured significantly higher at the default position. The CH and CRF were lower at the default position but the difference in the CRF from obliquity could not reach statistical significance. The CH was not significantly correlated with the corneal power at all meridians. The CRF correlated with the corneal power only at 30° superotemporal. Corneal astigmatism and head tilt did not have much effect on the measurement of CH and the CRF, both of which were lowest along the horizontal meridian. Clinically, the difference was small. The influence of corneal power on CH and the CRF was minimal. © 2011 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2011 Optometrists Association Australia.

  6. Implementation of High Speed Distributed Data Acquisition System (United States)

    Raju, Anju P.; Sekhar, Ambika


    This paper introduces a high speed distributed data acquisition system based on a field programmable gate array (FPGA). The aim is to develop a "distributed" data acquisition interface. The development of instruments such as personal computers and engineering workstations based on "standard" platforms is the motivation behind this effort. Using standard platforms as the controlling unit allows independence in hardware from a particular vendor and hardware platform. The distributed approach also has advantages from a functional point of view: acquisition resources become available to multiple instruments; the acquisition front-end can be physically remote from the rest of the instrument. High speed data acquisition system transmits data faster to a remote computer system through Ethernet interface. The data is acquired through 16 analog input channels. The input data commands are multiplexed and digitized and then the data is stored in 1K buffer for each input channel. The main control unit in this design is the 16 bit processor implemented in the FPGA. This 16 bit processor is used to set up and initialize the data source and the Ethernet controller, as well as control the flow of data from the memory element to the NIC. Using this processor we can initialize and control the different configuration registers in the Ethernet controller in a easy manner. Then these data packets are sending to the remote PC through the Ethernet interface. The main advantages of the using FPGA as standard platform are its flexibility, low power consumption, short design duration, fast time to market, programmability and high density. The main advantages of using Ethernet controller AX88796 over others are its non PCI interface, the presence of embedded SRAM where transmit and reception buffers are located and high-performance SRAM-like interface. The paper introduces the implementation of the distributed data acquisition using FPGA by VHDL. The main advantages of this system are high

  7. Fusion: ultra-high-speed and IR image sensors (United States)

    Etoh, T. Goji; Dao, V. T. S.; Nguyen, Quang A.; Kimata, M.


    Most targets of ultra-high-speed video cameras operating at more than 1 Mfps, such as combustion, crack propagation, collision, plasma, spark discharge, an air bag at a car accident and a tire under a sudden brake, generate sudden heat. Researchers in these fields require tools to measure the high-speed motion and heat simultaneously. Ultra-high frame rate imaging is achieved by an in-situ storage image sensor. Each pixel of the sensor is equipped with multiple memory elements to record a series of image signals simultaneously at all pixels. Image signals stored in each pixel are read out after an image capturing operation. In 2002, we developed an in-situ storage image sensor operating at 1 Mfps 1). However, the fill factor of the sensor was only 15% due to a light shield covering the wide in-situ storage area. Therefore, in 2011, we developed a backside illuminated (BSI) in-situ storage image sensor to increase the sensitivity with 100% fill factor and a very high quantum efficiency 2). The sensor also achieved a much higher frame rate,16.7 Mfps, thanks to the wiring on the front side with more freedom 3). The BSI structure has another advantage that it has less difficulties in attaching an additional layer on the backside, such as scintillators. This paper proposes development of an ultra-high-speed IR image sensor in combination of advanced nano-technologies for IR imaging and the in-situ storage technology for ultra-highspeed imaging with discussion on issues in the integration.

  8. Exploring THz band for high speed wireless communications

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    Yu, Xianbin; Zhang, Hangkai; Jia, Shi


    We overview recent trend in developing high speed wireless communication systems by exploring large bandwidth available in the THz band, and we also present our recent experimental achievements on 400 GHz wireless transmission with a data rate of up to 60 Gbit/s by using a uni-travelling carrier...... photodiode (UTC-PD) as emitter and a Schottky diode as receiver. This system is foreseen to be capable of accommodating faster data rates beyond 100 Gbit/s, and would find application in bandwidth hungry scenarios....

  9. HORNET: High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer


    Chen, Chen; Asoni, Daniele Enrico; Barrera, David; Danezis, George; Perrig, Adrian


    We present HORNET, a system that enables high-speed end-to-end anonymous channels by leveraging next generation network architectures. HORNET is designed as a low-latency onion routing system that operates at the network layer thus enabling a wide range of applications. Our system uses only symmetric cryptography for data forwarding yet requires no per-flow state on intermediate nodes. This design enables HORNET nodes to process anonymous traffic at over 93 Gb/s. HORNET can also scale as requ...

  10. Signal Conditioning in Process of High Speed Imaging

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    Libor Hargas


    Full Text Available The accuracy of cinematic analysis with camera system depends on frame rate of used camera. Specific case of cinematic analysis is in medical research focusing on microscopic objects moving with high frequencies (cilia of respiratory epithelium. The signal acquired by high speed video acquisition system has very amount of data. This paper describes hardware parts, signal condition and software, which is used for image acquiring thru digital camera, intelligent illumination dimming hardware control and ROI statistic creation. All software parts are realized as virtual instruments.

  11. An adaptive finite element method for high speed flows (United States)

    Peraire, J.; Morgan, K.; Peiro, J.; Zienkiewicz, O. C.


    The solution of the equations of compressible high speed flow, on unstructured triangular grids in 2D and tetrahedral grids in 3D, is considered. Solution methods based upon both Taylor-Galerkin and Runge-Kutta time-stepping techniques are presented and the incorporation of the ideas of flux corrected transport (FCT) is discussed. These methods are combined with an adaptive mesh regeneration procedure and are employed in the solution of several examples, consisting of Euler flows in both 2D and 3D and Navier-Stokes flows in 2D.

  12. Flexible, High-Speed CdSe Nanocrystal Integrated Circuits. (United States)

    Stinner, F Scott; Lai, Yuming; Straus, Daniel B; Diroll, Benjamin T; Kim, David K; Murray, Christopher B; Kagan, Cherie R


    We report large-area, flexible, high-speed analog and digital colloidal CdSe nanocrystal integrated circuits operating at low voltages. Using photolithography and a newly developed process to fabricate vertical interconnect access holes, we scale down device dimensions, reducing parasitic capacitances and increasing the frequency of circuit operation, and scale up device fabrication over 4 in. flexible substrates. We demonstrate amplifiers with ∼7 kHz bandwidth, ring oscillators with <10 μs stage delays, and NAND and NOR logic gates.

  13. 3D high-speed cinematography and its problems (United States)

    Eisfeld, Fritz


    Many fast events are three dimensional but the normal high- speed cameras are only suitable for 2-D images. Therefore it was investigated which stereoscopic methods could be used to study three dimensional processes. The choice of the optimal method is dependent on the investigated event. To record the 3-D spreading of an injection jet in a laboratory has to use other methods as to record an explosion from a smoke bomb in open air. Three methods are described and critically compared. Furthermore it is shown how from films with double pictures a cinematographic film can be made.

  14. High-speed cinematography of compressible mixing layers (United States)

    Mahadevan, R.; Loth, Eric


    Experiments are performed using high-speed film cinematography to temporally resolve compressible planar mixing layer structures using shadowgraphs and planar light sheet visualization. The technique is relatively inexpensive and allows multiple images. The time-dependent shadowgraph and Mie scattering images are documented with a rotating mirror camera operating at approximately 350 kHz. The results show the presence of large scale structures in the mixing layer which flatten as they convect downstream. Both spatial and temporal covariances have been obtained through digital image processing which yield, on average, elliptical structures with convective speeds above the isentropic prediction, and non-isotropic streamwise and transverse scalar transport fluctuations.

  15. Design and Analysis of High Speed Capacitive Pipeline DACs


    Duong, Quoc-Tai; Dabrowski, Jerzy; Alvandpour, Atila


    Design of a high speed capacitive digital-to-analog converter (SC DAC) is presented for 65 nm CMOS technology. SC pipeline architecture is used followed by an output driver. For GHz frequency operation with output voltage swing suitable for wireless applications (300 mVpp) the DAC performance is shown to be limited by the capacitor array imperfections. While it is possible to design a highly linear output driver with HD3 < -70 dB and HD2 < -90 dB over 0.55 GHz band as we show, the maxi...

  16. High-speed analog-to-digital conversion

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    Demler, Michael J


    This book covers the theory and applications of high-speed analog-to-digital conversion. An analog-to-digital converter takes real-world inputs (such as visual images, temperature readings, and rates of speed) and transforms them into digital form for processing by computer. This book discusses the design and uses of such circuits, with particular emphasis on improving the speed of the conversion process and the accuracy of its output--how well the output is a corresponding digital representation of the output*b1input signal. As computers become increasingly interfaced to the outside world, ""

  17. High-Speed EMU TCMS Design and LCC Technology Research

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    Hongwei Zhao


    Full Text Available This paper introduces the high-speed electrical multiple unit (EMU life cycle, including the design, manufacturing, testing, and maintenance stages. It also presents the train control and monitoring system (TCMS software development platform, the TCMS testing and verification bench, the EMU driving simulation platform, and the EMU remote data transmittal and maintenance platform. All these platforms and benches combined together make up the EMU life cycle cost (LCC system. Each platform facilitates EMU LCC management and is an important part of the system.

  18. Pushbroom Stereo for High-Speed Navigation in Cluttered Environments


    Barry, Andrew J.; Tedrake, Russ


    We present a novel stereo vision algorithm that is capable of obstacle detection on a mobile ARM processor at 120 frames per second. Our system performs a subset of standard block-matching stereo processing, searching only for obstacles at a single depth. By using an onboard IMU and state-estimator, we can recover the position of obstacles at all other depths, building and updating a local depth-map at framerate. Here, we describe both the algorithm and our implementation on a high-speed, sma...

  19. Investigations in high speed blanking: cutting forces and microscopic observations

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    Larue A.


    Full Text Available A new hopefull technique, called high speed blanking, has been investigated since few years. To understand the cutting process and how the tools have to be designed, this study is interrested in the cutting force measurement. A new cutting force measurement device has to be designed consider the industrial interest of such a study. The designed test bench induces a calibration process in order to stucy the cutting forces evolution. The paper is discussing the result that the peack load seems to decrease when the punch speed increases. Finally microscopic observations are made in order to find Adiabatic Shear Bands.

  20. Photonic Technologies for Ultra-High-Speed Information Highways

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    Bouchoule, S; Lèfevre, R.; Legros, E.


    The ACTS project HIGHWAY (AC067) addresses promising ultra-high speed optoelectronic components and system technologies for 40 Gbit/s time-division-multiplexed (TDM) transport systems. Advanced 40 Gbit/s TDM system lab demonstrators are to be realized and tested over installed field fiber testbeds....... This paper reviews the current status of 40 Gbit/s TDM components and subsystem technologies achieved in HIGHWAY. The results of HIGHWAY 40 Gbit/s TDM systems and field tests will be reported in a subsequent paper. (C) 1999 Academic Press....

  1. Preliminary results from the High Speed Airframe Integration Research project (United States)

    Coen, Peter G.; Sobieszczanski-Sobieski, Jaroslaw; Dollyhigh, Samuel M.


    A review is presented of the accomplishment of the near term objectives of developing an analysis system and optimization methods during the first year of the NASA Langley High Speed Airframe Integration Research (HiSAIR) project. The characteristics of a Mach 3 HSCT transport have been analyzed utilizing the newly developed process. In addition to showing more detailed information about the aerodynamic and structural coupling for this type of vehicle, this exercise aided in further refining the data requirements for the analysis process.

  2. A quick-retrieval high-speed digital framing camera


    Sato, A.H.; Yee, J; Bellan, P. M.


    A new high-speed digital framing camera is described. The design is built around a rotating polygon mirror that provides a framing rate of 24 000 frames/s. The camera electronics digitizes an image into a 32×104 grid of pixels, where the second dimension of the grid can be varied and is determined by the 8 bit computer-aided measurement and control digitizer sampling rate. Available digitizer memory provides for 314 frames at this horizontal resolution. The advantages over other available hig...

  3. High-speed digital-to-analog converter concepts (United States)

    Schmidt, Christian; Kottke, Christoph; Jungnickel, Volker; Freund, Ronald


    In today's fiber-optic communication systems, the bandwidth of the photonic components, i.e. modulators and photo diodes, is way greater than that of their electrical counterparts, i.e. digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). In order to increase the transmission capacity, the bandwidth limitations need to be overcome. We review the progress and the recent results in the field of high-speed DACs, which are desirable for software-defined transmitters. Furthermore, we evaluate interleaving concepts regarding their ability to overcome the above mentioned limitations and demonstrate recent experimental results for a bandwidth interleaved DAC with 40 GHz analog electrical bandwidth.

  4. Miniature high speed compressor having embedded permanent magnet motor (United States)

    Zhou, Lei (Inventor); Zheng, Liping (Inventor); Chow, Louis (Inventor); Kapat, Jayanta S. (Inventor); Wu, Thomas X. (Inventor); Kota, Krishna M. (Inventor); Li, Xiaoyi (Inventor); Acharya, Dipjyoti (Inventor)


    A high speed centrifugal compressor for compressing fluids includes a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) having a hollow shaft, the being supported on its ends by ball bearing supports. A permanent magnet core is embedded inside the shaft. A stator with a winding is located radially outward of the shaft. The PMSM includes a rotor including at least one impeller secured to the shaft or integrated with the shaft as a single piece. The rotor is a high rigidity rotor providing a bending mode speed of at least 100,000 RPM which advantageously permits implementation of relatively low-cost ball bearing supports.

  5. High-speed optical links for UAV applications (United States)

    Chen, C.; Grier, A.; Malfa, M.; Booen, E.; Harding, H.; Xia, C.; Hunwardsen, M.; Demers, J.; Kudinov, K.; Mak, G.; Smith, B.; Sahasrabudhe, A.; Patawaran, F.; Wang, T.; Wang, A.; Zhao, C.; Leang, D.; Gin, J.; Lewis, M.; Nguyen, D.; Quirk, K.


    High speed optical backbone links between a fleet of UAVs is an integral part of the Facebook connectivity architecture. To support the architecture, the optical terminals need to provide high throughput rates (in excess of tens of Gbps) while achieving low weight and power consumption. The initial effort is to develop and demonstrate an optical terminal capable of meeting the data rate requirements and demonstrate its functions for both air-air and air-ground engagements. This paper is a summary of the effort to date.

  6. High Speed Capacitor-Inverter Based Carbon Nanotube Full Adder

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    Rashtian M


    Full Text Available Abstract Carbon Nanotube filed-effect transistor (CNFET is one of the promising alternatives to the MOS transistors. The geometry-dependent threshold voltage is one of the CNFET characteristics, which is used in the proposed Full Adder cell. In this paper, we present a high speed Full Adder cell using CNFETs based on majority-not (Minority function. Presented design uses eight transistors and eight capacitors. Simulation results show significant improvement in terms of delay and power-delay product in comparison to contemporary CNFET Adder Cells. Simulations were carried out using HSPICE based on CNFET model with 0.6 V VDD.

  7. Dark matter phenomenology of high-speed galaxy cluster collisions

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    Mishchenko, Yuriy [Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Izmir (Turkey); Ji, Chueng-Ryong [North Carolina State University, Department of Physics, Raleigh, NC (United States)


    We perform a general computational analysis of possible post-collision mass distributions in high-speed galaxy cluster collisions in the presence of self-interacting dark matter. Using this analysis, we show that astrophysically weakly self-interacting dark matter can impart subtle yet measurable features in the mass distributions of colliding galaxy clusters even without significant disruptions to the dark matter halos of the colliding galaxy clusters themselves. Most profound such evidence is found to reside in the tails of dark matter halos' distributions, in the space between the colliding galaxy clusters. Such features appear in our simulations as shells of scattered dark matter expanding in alignment with the outgoing original galaxy clusters, contributing significant densities to projected mass distributions at large distances from collision centers and large scattering angles of up to 90 {sup circle}. Our simulations indicate that as much as 20% of the total collision's mass may be deposited into such structures without noticeable disruptions to the main galaxy clusters. Such structures at large scattering angles are forbidden in purely gravitational high-speed galaxy cluster collisions. Convincing identification of such structures in real colliding galaxy clusters would be a clear indication of the self-interacting nature of dark matter. Our findings may offer an explanation for the ring-like dark matter feature recently identified in the long-range reconstructions of the mass distribution of the colliding galaxy cluster CL0024+017. (orig.)

  8. High-speed gears for gas turbine drive

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    Kane, J.


    Recently, Lufkin Industries, Power Transmission Div., full-load tested a high-speed gear designed to couple a 50 Hz electric power generator to a GE LM6000 gas turbine for a power generation project in Australia. The gear is rated 52.2 MW to match the output of the LM6000 gas turbine believed to be one of the largest gear testing operations for this type and size of gear. Each gear drive manufactured by Lufkin is full-speed tested to verify its performance. Tests performed on high-speed units duplicate field conditions, as closely as possible, in order to verify critical speed analysis results and new bearing designs, if used. Lufkin also tests design techniques used in the development of new products. The finite element analysis performed to predict housing deflection in the thrust bearing area of a new extruder driveline was verified by testing of a prototype unit housing. Recently, housing structure stiffness and natural frequencies were predicted and verified on the test stand for some 50 MW vertically offset gear units. A complete data acquisition system is used to gather data from bearing, inlet and drain temperature monitoring points. The temperature monitoring system will accommodate type T,K,J, and E thermocouples and platinum and nickel RTDs.

  9. Preliminary design of nine high speed civil transports (United States)

    Sandlin, Doral; Vantriet, Robert; Soban, Dani; Hoang, TY


    Sixty senior design students at Cal Poly, SLO have completed a year-long project to design the next generation of High Speed Civil Transports (HSCT). The design process was divided up into three distinct phases. The first third of the project was devoted entirely to research into the special problems associated with an HSCT. These included economic viability, airport compatibility, high speed aerodynamics, sonic boom minimization, environmental impact, and structures and materials. The result of this research was the development of nine separate Requests for Proposal (RFP) that outlined reasonable yet challenging design criteria for the aircraft. All were designed to be technically feasible in the year 2015. The next phase of the project divided the sixty students into nine design groups. Each group, with its own RFP, completed a Class 1 preliminary design of an HSCT. The nine configurations varied from conventional double deltas to variable geometry wings to a pivoting oblique wing design. The final phase of the project included a more detailed Class 2 sizing as well as performance and stability and control analysis. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo presents nine unique solutions to the same problem: that of designing an economically viable, environmentally acceptable, safe and comfortable supersonic transport.

  10. Profile parameters of wheelset detection for high speed freight train (United States)

    Yang, Kai; Ma, Li; Gao, Xiaorong; Wang, Li


    Because of freight train, in China, transports goods on railway freight line throughout the country, it does not depart from or return to engine shed during a long phase, thus we cannot monitor the quality of wheel set effectively. This paper provides a system which uses leaser and high speed camera, applies no-contact light section technology to get precise wheel set profile parameters. The paper employs clamping-track method to avoid complex railway ballast modification project. And detailed descript an improved image-tracking algorithm to extract central line from profile curve. For getting one pixel width and continuous line of the profile curve, uses local gray maximum points as direction control points to direct tracking direction. The results based on practical experiment show the system adapted to detection environment of high speed and high vibration, and it can effectively detect the wheelset geometric parameters with high accuracy. The system fills the gaps in wheel set detection for freight train in main line and has an enlightening function on monitoring the quality of wheel set.

  11. Ultra-High-Speed Image Signal Accumulation Sensor

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    Takeharu Goji Etoh


    Full Text Available Averaging of accumulated data is a standard technique applied to processing data with low signal-to-noise ratios (SNR, such as image signals captured in ultra-high-speed imaging. The authors propose an architecture layout of an ultra-high-speed image sensor capable of on-chip signal accumulation. The very high frame rate is enabled by employing an image sensor structure with a multi-folded CCD in each pixel, which serves as an in situ image signal storage. The signal accumulation function is achieved by direct connection of the first and the last storage elements of the in situ storage CCD. It has been thought that the multi-folding is achievable only by driving electrodes with complicated and impractical layouts. Simple configurations of the driving electrodes to overcome the difficulty are presented for two-phase and four-phase transfer CCD systems. The in situ storage image sensor with the signal accumulation function is named Image Signal Accumulation Sensor (ISAS.

  12. Active resonant subwavelength grating devices for high speed spectroscopic sensing (United States)

    Gin, A. V.; Kemme, S. A.; Boye, R. R.; Peters, D. W.; Ihlefeld, J. F.; Briggs, R. D.; Wendt, J. R.; Marshall, L. H.; Carter, T. R.; Samora, S.


    In this paper, we describe progress towards a multi-color spectrometer and radiometer based upon an active resonant subwavelength grating (RSG). This active RSG component acts as a tunable high-speed optical filter that allows device miniaturization and ruggedization not realizable using current sensors with conventional bulk optics. Furthermore, the geometrical characteristics of the device allow for inherently high speed operation. Because of the small critical dimensions of the RSG devices, the fabrication of these sensors can prove challenging. However, we utilize the state-of-the-art capabilities at Sandia National Laboratories to realize these subwavelength grating devices. This work also leverages previous work on passive RSG devices with greater than 98% efficiency and ~1nm FWHM. Rigorous coupled wave analysis has been utilized to design RSG devices with PLZT, PMN-PT and BaTiO3 electrooptic thin films on sapphire substrates. The simulated interdigitated electrode configuration achieves field strengths around 3×107 V/m. This translates to an increase in the refractive index of 0.05 with a 40V bias potential resulting in a 90% contrast of the modulated optical signal. We have fabricated several active RSG devices on selected electro-optic materials and we discuss the latest experimental results on these devices with variable electrostatic bias and a tunable wavelength source around 1.5μm. Finally, we present the proposed data acquisition hardware and system integration plans.

  13. High speed optical filtering using active resonant subwavelength gratings (United States)

    Gin, A. V.; Kemme, S. A.; Boye, R. R.; Peters, D. W.; Ihlefeld, J. F.; Briggs, R. D.; Wendt, J. R.; Ellis, A. R.; Marshall, L. H.; Carter, T. R.; Hunker, J. D.; Samora, S.


    In this work, we describe the most recent progress towards the device modeling, fabrication, testing and system integration of active resonant subwavelength grating (RSG) devices. Passive RSG devices have been a subject of interest in subwavelength-structured surfaces (SWS) in recent years due to their narrow spectral response and high quality filtering performance. Modulating the bias voltage of interdigitated metal electrodes over an electrooptic thin film material enables the RSG components to act as actively tunable high-speed optical filters. The filter characteristics of the device can be engineered using the geometry of the device grating and underlying materials. Using electron beam lithography and specialized etch techniques, we have fabricated interdigitated metal electrodes on an insulating layer and BaTiO3 thin film on sapphire substrate. With bias voltages of up to 100V, spectral red shifts of several nanometers are measured, as well as significant changes in the reflected and transmitted signal intensities around the 1.55um wavelength. Due to their small size and lack of moving parts, these devices are attractive for high speed spectral sensing applications. We will discuss the most recent device testing results as well as comment on the system integration aspects of this project.

  14. High-speed stimulated Brillouin scattering spectroscopy at 780 nm

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    Itay Remer


    Full Text Available We demonstrate a high-speed stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS spectroscopy system that is able to acquire stimulated Brillouin gain point-spectra in water samples and Intralipid tissue phantoms over 2 GHz within 10 ms and 100 ms, respectively, showing a 10-100 fold increase in acquisition rates over current frequency-domain SBS spectrometers. This improvement was accomplished by integrating an ultra-narrowband hot rubidium-85 vapor notch filter in a simplified frequency-domain SBS spectrometer comprising nearly counter-propagating continuous-wave pump-probe light at 780 nm and conventional single-modulation lock-in detection. The optical notch filter significantly suppressed stray pump light, enabling detection of stimulated Brillouin gain spectra with substantially improved acquisition times at adequate signal-to-noise ratios (∼25 dB in water samples and ∼15 dB in tissue phantoms. These results represent an important step towards the use of SBS spectroscopy for high-speed measurements of Brillouin gain resonances in scattering and non-scattering samples.

  15. High speed and wide bandwidth delta-sigma ADCs

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    Bolatkale, Muhammed; Makinwa, Kofi A A


    This book describes techniques for realizing wide bandwidth (125MHz) over-sampled analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) in nanometer-CMOS processes.  The authors offer a clear and complete picture of system level challenges and practical design solutions in high-speed Delta-Sigma modulators.  Readers will be enabled to implement ADCs as continuous-time delta-sigma (CT∆Σ) modulators, offering simple resistive inputs, which do not require the use of power-hungry input buffers, as well as offering inherent anti-aliasing, which simplifies system integration. The authors focus on the design of high speed and wide-bandwidth ΔΣMs that make a step in bandwidth range which was previously only possible with Nyquist converters. More specifically, this book describes the stability, power efficiency, and linearity limits of ΔΣMs, aiming at a GHz sampling frequency.   • Provides overview of trends in Wide Bandwidth and High Dynamic Range analog-to-digital converters (ADCs); • Enables the design of a wide band...

  16. Large area high-speed metrology SPM system (United States)

    Klapetek, P.; Valtr, M.; Picco, L.; Payton, O. D.; Martinek, J.; Yacoot, A.; Miles, M.


    We present a large area high-speed measuring system capable of rapidly generating nanometre resolution scanning probe microscopy data over mm2 regions. The system combines a slow moving but accurate large area XYZ scanner with a very fast but less accurate small area XY scanner. This arrangement enables very large areas to be scanned by stitching together the small, rapidly acquired, images from the fast XY scanner while simultaneously moving the slow XYZ scanner across the region of interest. In order to successfully merge the image sequences together two software approaches for calibrating the data from the fast scanner are described. The first utilizes the low uncertainty interferometric sensors of the XYZ scanner while the second implements a genetic algorithm with multiple parameter fitting during the data merging step of the image stitching process. The basic uncertainty components related to these high-speed measurements are also discussed. Both techniques are shown to successfully enable high-resolution, large area images to be generated at least an order of magnitude faster than with a conventional atomic force microscope.

  17. High-speed digital fiber optic links for satellite traffic (United States)

    Daryoush, A. S.; Ackerman, E.; Saedi, R.; Kunath, R. R.; Shalkhauser, K.


    Large aperture phased array antennas operating at millimeter wave frequencies are designed for space-based communications and imaging platforms. Array elements are comprised of active T/R modules which are linked to the central processing unit through high-speed fiber-optic networks. The system architecture satisfying system requirements at millimeter wave frequency is T/R level data mixing where data and frequency reference signals are distributed independently before mixing at the T/R modules. This paper demonstrates design procedures of a low loss high-speed fiber-optic link used for transmission of data signals over 600-900 MHz bandwidth inside satellite. The fiber-optic link is characterized for transmission of analog and digital data. A dynamic range of 79 dB/MHz was measured for analog data over the bandwidth. On the other hand, for bursted SMSK satellite traffic at 220 Mbps rates, BER of 2 x 10 to the -7th was measured for E(b)/N(o) of 14.3 dB.

  18. High-speed atomic force microscopy: imaging and force spectroscopy. (United States)

    Eghiaian, Frédéric; Rico, Felix; Colom, Adai; Casuso, Ignacio; Scheuring, Simon


    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is the type of scanning probe microscopy that is probably best adapted for imaging biological samples in physiological conditions with submolecular lateral and vertical resolution. In addition, AFM is a method of choice to study the mechanical unfolding of proteins or for cellular force spectroscopy. In spite of 28 years of successful use in biological sciences, AFM is far from enjoying the same popularity as electron and fluorescence microscopy. The advent of high-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM), about 10 years ago, has provided unprecedented insights into the dynamics of membrane proteins and molecular machines from the single-molecule to the cellular level. HS-AFM imaging at nanometer-resolution and sub-second frame rate may open novel research fields depicting dynamic events at the single bio-molecule level. As such, HS-AFM is complementary to other structural and cellular biology techniques, and hopefully will gain acceptance from researchers from various fields. In this review we describe some of the most recent reports of dynamic bio-molecular imaging by HS-AFM, as well as the advent of high-speed force spectroscopy (HS-FS) for single protein unfolding. Copyright © 2014 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Numerical analysis of dipole sound source around high speed trains. (United States)

    Takaishi, Takehisa; Sagawa, Akio; Nagakura, Kiyoshi; Maeda, Tatsuo


    As the maximum speed of high speed trains increases, the effect of aeroacoustic noise on the sound level on the ground becomes increasingly important. In this paper, the distribution of dipole sound sources at the bogie section of high speed trains is predicted numerically. The three-dimensional unsteady flow around a train is solved by the large eddy simulation technique. The time history of vortices shows that unstable shear layer separation at the leading edge of the bogie section sheds vortices periodically. These vortices travel downstream while growing to finally impinge upon the trailing edge of the section. The wavelength of sound produced by these vortices is large compared to the representative length of the bogie section, so that the source region can be regarded as acoustically compact. Thus a compact Green's function adapted to the shape can be used to determine the sound. By coupling the instantaneous flow properties with the compact Green's function, the distribution of dipole sources is obtained. The results reveal a strong dipole source at the trailing edge of the bogie section where the shape changes greatly and the variation of flow with time is also great. On the other hand, the bottom of the bogie section where the shape does not change, or the leading edge and boundary layer where the variation of flow with time is small, cannot generate a strong dipole source.

  20. Role of the eye in high-speed motion analysis (United States)

    Hyzer, William G.


    Prior to the investigation of the photographic process over 150 years ago, the analyses of rapid motions were limited by the dynamic efficacies of the human eye, which has a temporal resolution of approximately 1/10 sec and a maximum information acquisition rate estimated at 103 to 104 bits/sec. At high rates of object motion, only the simplest actions can be resolved, comprehended and retained in human memory. Advances in the field of high-speed photography drastically changed all this by providing us with the ability today to capture permanent images of transient events at acquisition rates in excess of 1012 bits/sec. As remarkable as these improvements in temporal resolution and image retention may be, the final step in correctly interpreting any image still rests largely upon the analyst's ability to process visual data. Those who enter the field of image analysis soon learn how capricious the eye can be in this task. It is incumbent upon anyone performing important image analyses to have at least a basic understanding of the eye's performance characteristics, especially its limitations and capricious anomalies. Exemplary data presented in this paper are drawn from the scientific literature and the author's forty years of experience as a researcher, author and educator in the field of high-speed imaging.

  1. High-speed digital video tracking system for generic applications (United States)

    Walton, James S.; Hallamasek, Karen G.


    The value of high-speed imaging for making subjective assessments is widely recognized, but the inability to acquire useful data from image sequences in a timely fashion has severely limited the use of the technology. 4DVideo has created a foundation for a generic instrument that can capture kinematic data from high-speed images. The new system has been designed to acquire (1) two-dimensional trajectories of points; (2) three-dimensional kinematics of structures or linked rigid-bodies; and (3) morphological reconstructions of boundaries. The system has been designed to work with an unlimited number of cameras configured as nodes in a network, with each camera able to acquire images at 1000 frames per second (fps) or better, with a spatial resolution of 512 X 512 or better, and an 8-bit gray scale. However, less demanding configurations are anticipated. The critical technology is contained in the custom hardware that services the cameras. This hardware optimizes the amount of information stored, and maximizes the available bandwidth. The system identifies targets using an algorithm implemented in hardware. When complete, the system software will provide all of the functionality required to capture and process video data from multiple perspectives. Thereafter it will extract, edit and analyze the motions of finite targets and boundaries.

  2. Quantitative Image Analysis Techniques with High-Speed Schlieren Photography (United States)

    Pollard, Victoria J.; Herron, Andrew J.


    Optical flow visualization techniques such as schlieren and shadowgraph photography are essential to understanding fluid flow when interpreting acquired wind tunnel test data. Output of the standard implementations of these visualization techniques in test facilities are often limited only to qualitative interpretation of the resulting images. Although various quantitative optical techniques have been developed, these techniques often require special equipment or are focused on obtaining very precise and accurate data about the visualized flow. These systems are not practical in small, production wind tunnel test facilities. However, high-speed photography capability has become a common upgrade to many test facilities in order to better capture images of unsteady flow phenomena such as oscillating shocks and flow separation. This paper describes novel techniques utilized by the authors to analyze captured high-speed schlieren and shadowgraph imagery from wind tunnel testing for quantification of observed unsteady flow frequency content. Such techniques have applications in parametric geometry studies and in small facilities where more specialized equipment may not be available.

  3. Reflectively coupled waveguide photodetector for high speed optical interconnection. (United States)

    Hsu, Shih-Hsiang


    To fully utilize GaAs high drift mobility, techniques to monolithically integrate In0.53Ga0.47As p-i-n photodetectors with GaAs based optical waveguides using total internal reflection coupling are reviewed. Metal coplanar waveguides, deposited on top of the polyimide layer for the photodetector's planarization and passivation, were then uniquely connected as a bridge between the photonics and electronics to illustrate the high-speed monitoring function. The photodetectors were efficiently implemented and imposed on the echelle grating circle for wavelength division multiplexing monitoring. In optical filtering performance, the monolithically integrated photodetector channel spacing was 2 nm over the 1,520-1,550 nm wavelength range and the pass band was 1 nm at the -1 dB level. For high-speed applications the full-width half-maximum of the temporal response and 3-dB bandwidth for the reflectively coupled waveguide photodetectors were demonstrated to be 30 ps and 11 GHz, respectively. The bit error rate performance of this integrated photodetector at 10 Gbit/s with 2(7)-1 long pseudo-random bit sequence non-return to zero input data also showed error-free operation.

  4. High-Speed Solar Wind and Geomagnetic Activity (United States)

    Olyak, M. R.


    The impact of high-speed solar wind disturbances on the occurrence of geomagnetic storms is analyzed. The solar wind velocity values, determined from scintillation observations at the UTR-2 and URAN-2 Ukrainian decameter radio telescopes are analyzed together with the solar wind parameters at the Earth’s orbit and geomagnetic indices Ap. The solar wind velocity increase during observations was chiefly caused by the high-speed streams from coronal holes. At the time of February 2011, the X-class solar flare, accompanied by coronal mass ejections, was also observed. It was found that the geomagnetic disturbances of that period occurred at negative daily values of the interplanetary magnetic field component being perpendicular to the ecliptic plane. It was shown that the increasing solar wind velocity observed with the UTR-2 and URAN-2 within a wide range of helio- latitudes leads to increase in geomagnetic index Ap and to geomagnetic disturbance. Whereas the increase of solar wind velocity in a narrow range of helio-latitudes near to the ecliptic plane was never accompanied by geomagnetic perturbations.

  5. Discovery of Molecular Markers to Discriminate Corneal Endothelial Cells in the Human Body

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    Yoshihara, Masahito; Ohmiya, Hiroko; Hara, Susumu; Kawasaki, Satoshi; Hayashizaki, Yoshihide; Itoh, Masayoshi; Kawaji, Hideya; Tsujikawa, Motokazu; Nishida, Kohji; Forrest, Alistair R. R.; Rehli, Michael; Baillie, J. Kenneth; de Hoon, Michiel J. L.; Haberle, Vanja; Lassmann, Timo; Kulakovskiy, Ivan V.; Lizio, Marina; Andersson, Robin; Mungall, Christopher J.; Meehan, Terrence F.; Schmeier, Sebastian; Bertin, Nicolas; Jørgensen, Mette; Dimont, Emmanuel; Arner, Erik; Schmidl, Christian; Schaefer, Ulf; Medvedeva, Yulia A.; Plessy, Charles; Vitezic, Morana; Severin, Jessica; Semple, Colin A.; Ishizu, Yuri; Francescatto, Margherita; Alam, Intikhab; Albanese, Davide; Altschuler, Gabriel M.; Archer, John A. C.; Arner, Peter; Babina, Magda; Baker, Sarah; Balwierz, Piotr J.; Beckhouse, Anthony G.; Pradhan-Bhatt, Swati; Blake, Judith A.; Blumenthal, Antje; Bodega, Beatrice; Bonetti, Alessandro; Briggs, James; Brombacher, Frank; Burroughs, A. Maxwell; Califano, Andrea; Cannistraci, Carlo V.; Carbajo, Daniel; Chen, Yun; Chierici, Marco; Ciani, Yari; Clevers, Hans C.; Dalla, Emiliano; Davis, Carrie A.; Detmar, Michael; Diehl, Alexander D.; Dohi, Taeko; Drabløs, Finn; Edge, Albert S. B.; Edinger, Matthias; Ekwall, Karl; Endoh, Mitsuhiro; Enomoto, Hideki; Fagiolini, Michela; Fairbairn, Lynsey; Fang, Hai; Farach-Carson, Mary C.; Faulkner, Geoffrey J.; Favorov, Alexander V.; Fisher, Malcolm E.; Frith, Martin C.; Fujita, Rie; Fukuda, Shiro; Furlanello, Cesare; Furuno, Masaaki; Furusawa, Jun-ichi; Geijtenbeek, Teunis B.; Gibson, Andrew; Gingeras, Thomas; Goldowitz, Daniel; Gough, Julian; Guhl, Sven; Guler, Reto; Gustincich, Stefano; Ha, Thomas J.; Hamaguchi, Masahide; Hara, Mitsuko; Harbers, Matthias; Harshbarger, Jayson; Hasegawa, Akira; Hasegawa, Yuki; Hashimoto, Takehiro; Herlyn, Meenhard; Hitchens, Kelly J.; Ho Sui, Shannan J.; Hofmann, Oliver M.; Hoof, Ilka; Hori, Fumi; Huminiecki, Lukasz; Iida, Kei; Ikawa, Tomokatsu; Jankovic, Boris R.; Jia, Hui; Joshi, Anagha; Jurman, Giuseppe; Kaczkowski, Bogumil; Kai, Chieko; Kaida, Kaoru; Kaiho, Ai; Kajiyama, Kazuhiro; Kanamori-Katayama, Mutsumi; Kasianov, Artem S.; Kasukawa, Takeya; Katayama, Shintaro; Kato, Sachi; Kawaguchi, Shuji; Kawamoto, Hiroshi; Kawamura, Yuki I.; Kawashima, Tsugumi; Kempfle, Judith S.; Kenna, Tony J.; Kere, Juha; Khachigian, Levon M.; Kitamura, Toshio; Klinken, S. Peter; Knox, Alan J.; Kojima, Miki; Kojima, Soichi; Kondo, Naoto; Koseki, Haruhiko; Koyasu, Shigeo; Krampitz, Sarah; Kubosaki, Atsutaka; Kwon, Andrew T.; Laros, Jeroen F. J.; Lee, Weonju; Lennartsson, Andreas; Li, Kang; Lilje, Berit; Lipovich, Leonard; Mackay-sim, Alan; Manabe, Ri-ichiroh; Mar, Jessica C.; Marchand, Benoit; Mathelier, Anthony; Mejhert, Niklas; Meynert, Alison; Mizuno, Yosuke; Morais, David A. de Lima; Morikawa, Hiromasa; Morimoto, Mitsuru; Moro, Kazuyo; Motakis, Efthymios; Motohashi, Hozumi; Mummery, Christine L.; Murata, Mitsuyoshi; Nagao-Sato, Sayaka; Nakachi, Yutaka; Nakahara, Fumio; Nakamura, Toshiyuki; Nakamura, Yukio; Nakazato, Kenichi; van Nimwegen, Erik; Ninomiya, Noriko; Nishiyori, Hiromi; Noma, Shohei; Nozaki, Tadasuke; Ogishima, Soichi; Ohkura, Naganari; Ohno, Hiroshi; Ohshima, Mitsuhiro; Okada-Hatakeyama, Mariko; Okazaki, Yasushi; Orlando, Valerio; Ovchinnikov, Dmitry A.; Pain, Arnab; Passier, Robert; Patrikakis, Margaret; Persson, Helena; Piazza, Silvano; Prendergast, James G. D.; Rackham, Owen J. L.; Ramilowski, Jordan A.; Rashid, Mamoon; Ravasi, Timothy; Rizzu, Patrizia; Roncador, Marco; Roy, Sugata; Rye, Morten B.; Saijyo, Eri; Sajantila, Antti; Saka, Akiko; Sakaguchi, Shimon; Sakai, Mizuho; Sato, Hiroki; Satoh, Hironori; Savvi, Suzana; Saxena, Alka; Schneider, Claudio; Schultes, Erik A.; Schulze-Tanzil, Gundula G.; Schwegmann, Anita; Sengstag, Thierry; Sheng, Guojun; Shimoji, Hisashi; Shimoni, Yishai; Shin, Jay W.; Simon, Christophe; Sugiyama, Daisuke; Sugiyama, Takaaki; Suzuki, Masanori; Swoboda, Rolf K.; 't Hoen, Peter A. C.; Tagami, Michihira; Takahashi, Naoko; Takai, Jun; Tanaka, Hiroshi; Tatsukawa, Hideki; Tatum, Zuotian; Thompson, Mark; Toyoda, Hiroo; Toyoda, Tetsuro; Valen, Eivind; van de Wetering, Marc; van den Berg, Linda M.; Verardo, Roberto; Vijayan, Dipti; Vorontsov, Ilya E.; Wasserman, Wyeth W.; Watanabe, Shoko; Wells, Christine A.; Winteringham, Louise N.; Wolvetang, Ernst; Wood, Emily J.; Yamaguchi, Yoko; Yamamoto, Masayuki; Yoneda, Misako; Yonekura, Yohei; Yoshida, Shigehiro; Zabierowski, Suzan E.; Zhang, Peter G.; Zhao, Xiaobei; Zucchelli, Silvia; Summers, Kim M.; Suzuki, Harukazu; Daub, Carsten O.; Kawai, Jun; Heutink, Peter; Hide, Winston; Freeman, Tom C.; Lenhard, Boris; Bajic, Vladimir B.; Taylor, Martin S.; Makeev, Vsevolod J.; Sandelin, Albin; Hume, David A.; Carninci, Piero


    The corneal endothelium is a monolayer of hexagonal corneal endothelial cells (CECs) on the inner surface of the cornea. CECs are critical in maintaining corneal transparency through their barrier and pump functions. CECs in vivo have a limited capacity in proliferation, and loss of a significant

  6. High speed turning of compacted graphite iron using controlled modulation (United States)

    Stalbaum, Tyler Paul

    Compacted graphite iron (CGI) is a material which emerged as a candidate material to replace cast iron (CI) in the automotive industry for engine block castings. Its thermal and mechanical properties allow the CGI-based engines to operate at higher cylinder pressures and temperatures than CI-based engines, allowing for lower fuel emissions and increased fuel economy. However, these same properties together with the thermomechanical wear mode in the CGI-CBN system result in poor machinability and inhibit CGI from seeing wide spread use in the automotive industry. In industry, machining of CGI is done only at low speeds, less than V = 200 m/min, to avoid encountering rapid wear of the cutting tools during cutting. Studies have suggested intermittent cutting operations such as milling suffer less severe tool wear than continuous cutting. Furthermore, evidence that a hard sulfide layer which forms over the cutting edge in machining CI at high speeds is absent during machining CGI is a major factor in the difference in machinability of these material systems. The present study addresses both of these issues by modification to the conventional machining process to allow intermittent continuous cutting. The application of controlled modulation superimposed onto the cutting process -- modulation-assisted machining (MAM) -- is shown to be quite effective in reducing the wear of cubic boron nitride (CBN) tools when machining CGI at high machining speeds (> 500 m/min). The tool life is at least 20 times greater than found in conventional machining of CGI. This significant reduction in wear is a consequence of reduction in the severity of the tool-work contact conditions with MAM. The propensity for thermochemical wear of CBN is thus reduced. It is found that higher cutting speed (> 700 m/min) leads to lower tool wear with MAM. The MAM configuration employing feed-direction modulation appears feasible for implementation at high speeds and offers a solution to this challenging

  7. Ultra-high-speed Optical Signal Processing using Silicon Photonics

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    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Ji, Hua; Jensen, Asger Sellerup

    on silicon photonics. In particular we use nano-engineered silicon waveguides (nanowires) [1] enabling efficient phasematched four-wave mixing (FWM), cross-phase modulation (XPM) or self-phase modulation (SPM) for ultra-high-speed optical signal processing of ultra-high bit rate serial data signals. We show......— In supercomputers, the optical inter-connects are getting closer and closer to the processing cores. Today, a single supercomputer system has as many optical links as the whole worldwide web together, and it is envisaged that future computing chips will contain multiple electronic processor cores...... that silicon can indeed be used to control Tbit/s serial data signals [2], perform 640 Gbit/s wavelength conversion [3] 640 Gbit/s serial-to-parallel conversion [4], 160 Gbit/s packet switching as well as all-optical regeneration [5]. We will also discuss the performance limitations of crystalline silicon...

  8. Thermal Behavior of High-Speed Helical Gear Trains Investigated (United States)

    Handschuh, Robert F.


    High-speed and heavily loaded gearing are commonplace in the rotorcraft systems employed in helicopter and tiltrotor transmissions. The components are expected to deliver high power from the gas turbine engines to the high-torque, low-speed rotor, reducing the shaft rotational speed in the range of 25:1 to 100:1. These components are designed for high power-to-weight ratios, thus the components are fabricated as light as possible with the best materials and processing to transmit the required torque and carry the resultant loads without compromising the reliability of the drive system. This is a difficult task that is meticulously analyzed and thoroughly tested experimentally prior to being applied on a new or redesigned aircraft.

  9. Quiet High Speed Fan II (QHSF II): Final Report (United States)

    Kontos, Karen; Weir, Don; Ross, Dave


    This report details the aerodynamic, mechanical, structural design and fabrication of a Honey Engines Quiet High Speed Fan II (lower hub/tip ratio and higher specific flow than the Baseline I fan). This fan/nacelle system incorporates features such as advanced forward sweep and an advanced integrated fan/fan exit guide vane design that provides for the following characteristics: (1) Reduced noise at supersonic tip speeds, in comparison to current state-of-the-art fan technology; (2) Improved aeroelastic stability within the anticipated operating envelope; and (3) Aerodynamic performance consistent with current state-of-the-art fan technology. This fan was fabricated by Honeywell and tested in the NASA Glenn 9- by 15-Ft Low Speed Wind Tunnel for aerodynamic, aeromechanical, and acoustic performance.

  10. High speed MSM photodetector based on Ge nanowires network (United States)

    Dhyani, Veerendra; Das, Samaresh


    This paper presents the photoresponse characteristics of a high speed Ge nanowires (NWs) network metal-semiconductor-metal photodetector. Ge NWs with different diameters (30 nm-100 nm) were grown by a vapour-liquid-solid method on SiO2/Si (100) wafers. Responsivity up to 1.75 A W-1 has been observed for a 30 nm NWs device compared to 0.5 A W-1 for a 100 nm NWs detector. A large population of surface states results in higher responsivity in a smaller diameter NWs device. The high gain in photocurrent has been explained using back-to-back Schottky junctions in a NWs network. The 30 nm NWs detector shows a fast photoresponse with a rise time of 95 μs and a fall time of 100 μs. The observed diameter-dependent time response in network NWs devices has been explained using barrier-dominant photo-conductance.

  11. Material Properties of High-Speed Steel Rolls

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    Shaohua Wu


    Full Text Available Recently, it has been required to improve the material properties of high-speed steel (HSS rolls, because of the low wear resistance and low mechanical properties. To improve them, several new steels have been proposed, which have high wear resistance as well as excellent mechanical properties, e.g., hardness and tensile properties, where additional elements (V, Cr and W were employed. However, their steels may have still technical issues, as the roll surfaces become roughened during the production process. The reason for this problem is found to be affected by the oxidation of the HSS surface. In this work, we have provided the suggestions to make high wear resistance of the HSS rolls

  12. Phoenix: Preliminary design of a high speed civil transport (United States)

    Aguilar, Joseph; Davis, Steven; Jett, Brian; Ringo, Leslie; Stob, John; Wood, Bill


    The goal of the Phoenix Design Project was to develop a second generation high speed civil transport (HSCT) that will meet the needs of the traveler and airline industry beginning in the 21st century. The primary emphasis of the HSCT is to take advantage of the growing needs of the Pacific Basin and the passengers who are involved in that growth. A passenger load of 150 persons, a mission range of 5150 nautical miles, and a cruise speed of Mach 2.5 constitutes the primary design points of this HSCT. The design concept is made possible with the use of a well designed double delta wing and four mixed flow engines. Passenger comfort, compatibility with existing airport infrastructure, and cost competitive with current subsonic aircraft make the Phoenix a viable aircraft for the future.

  13. High-speed Integrated Circuits for electrical/Optical Interfaces

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    Jespersen, Christoffer Felix


    of LC-oscillators with oscillator criteria, phase noise and different topologies are given as background. The theory of PLL circuits is also presented. Guidelines and suggestions for static divider, VCO, LA and CDR design are presented using static divider, 50-100 GHz VCO and 100Gb/s LA+CDR circuits......This thesis is a continuation of the effort to increase the bandwidth of communicationnetworks. The thesis presents the results of the design of several high-speed electrical ircuits for an electrical/optical interface. These circuits have been a contribution to the ESTA project in collaboration...... circuits at the receiver interface, though VCOs are also found in the transmitter where a multitude of independent sources have to be mutually synchronized before multiplexing. The circuits are based on an InP DHBT process (VIP-2) supplied by Vitesse and made publicly available as MPW. The VIP-2 process...

  14. High speed coding for velocity by archerfish retinal ganglion cells

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    Kretschmer Viola


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Archerfish show very short behavioural latencies in response to falling prey. This raises the question, which response parameters of retinal ganglion cells to moving stimuli are best suited for fast coding of stimulus speed and direction. Results We compared stimulus reconstruction quality based on the ganglion cell response parameters latency, first interspike interval, and rate. For stimulus reconstruction of moving stimuli using latency was superior to using the other stimulus parameters. This was true for absolute latency, with respect to stimulus onset, as well as for relative latency, with respect to population response onset. Iteratively increasing the number of cells used for reconstruction decreased the calculated error close to zero. Conclusions Latency is the fastest response parameter available to the brain. Therefore, latency coding is best suited for high speed coding of moving objects. The quantitative data of this study are in good accordance with previously published behavioural response latencies.

  15. Physiological consequences of military high-speed boat transits. (United States)

    Myers, Stephen D; Dobbins, Trevor D; King, Stuart; Hall, Benjamin; Ayling, Ruth M; Holmes, Sharon R; Gunston, Tom; Dyson, Rosemary


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the consequences of a high-speed boat transit on physical performance. Twenty-four Royal Marines were randomly assigned to a control (CON) or transit (TRAN) group. The CON group sat onshore for 3 h whilst the TRAN group completed a 3-h transit in open-boats running side-by-side, at 40 knots in moderate-to-rough seas, with boat deck and seat-pan acceleration recorded. Performance tests (exhaustive shuttle-run, handgrip, vertical-jump, push-up) were completed pre- and immediately post-transit/sit, with peak heart rate (HRpeak) and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) recorded. Serial blood samples (pre, 24, 36, 48, 72 h) were analyzed for creatine kinase (CK) activity. The transit was typified by frequent high shock impacts, but moderate mean heart rates (boat transits.

  16. Simplified Dynamic Model for High-Speed Checkweigher (United States)

    Yamakawa, Yuji; Yamazaki, Takanori

    In this paper, we concern with the dynamic behaviors of a high speed mass measurement system with conveyor belt (a checkweigher). The goal of this paper is to construct a simple model of the measurement system so as to duplicate a response of the system. The checkweigher with electromagnetic force compensation can be approximated by the combined spring-mass-damper systems as the physical model, and the equation of motion is derived. The model parameters (a damping coefficient and a spring constant) can be obtained from the experimental data for open-loop system. Finally, the validity of the proposed model can be confirmed by comparison of the simulation results with the realistic responses. The simple dynamic model obtained offers practical and useful information to examine control scheme.

  17. Analog parallel processor hardware for high speed pattern recognition (United States)

    Daud, T.; Tawel, R.; Langenbacher, H.; Eberhardt, S. P.; Thakoor, A. P.


    A VLSI-based analog processor for fully parallel, associative, high-speed pattern matching is reported. The processor consists of two main components: an analog memory matrix for storage of a library of patterns, and a winner-take-all (WTA) circuit for selection of the stored pattern that best matches an input pattern. An inner product is generated between the input vector and each of the stored memories. The resulting values are applied to a WTA network for determination of the closest match. Patterns with up to 22 percent overlap are successfully classified with a WTA settling time of less than 10 microsec. Applications such as star pattern recognition and mineral classification with bounded overlap patterns have been successfully demonstrated. This architecture has a potential for an overall pattern matching speed in excess of 10 exp 9 bits per second for a large memory.


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    Benea Ciprian


    Full Text Available In this exposure we intend to make visible the situation in which global warming is given by road and air transport, how could be revitalized railways, and how high speed trains could become a preferred mode of transport. But there is manifesting an opposition to railway development, nurtured by different interests, ranking from governments themselves, to oil importing countries, oil exporting countries, oil companies with their colligate partners situated along the oil distribution chain. But, there could be identified some voices which could create themselves the possibility to speak lauder in order to promote railway transportation. The greens, NGOs, the epistemic communities, for example, could unite their force to make something in order to provide the framework for rail transportation’s development, and for road and air transport reduction, for the benefit of while humankind.

  19. Design implications of high-speed digital PPM (United States)

    Sibley, Martin J. N.


    Work in the area of digital pulse position modulation (digital PPM) has shown that this type of modulation can yield sensitivities that are typically 4 - 5 dB better than an equivalent PCM system. Recent experimental work has shown that the receiver in a digital PPM system does not need to have a wide bandwidth. Instead, the bandwidth can be very low so that the receiver is effectively impulsed by the digital PPM signal. The advent of very high speed Si digital ICs, and fast lasers, means that digital PPM can now be used to code gigabit PCM signals. This paper presents original theoretical results for a digital PPM system coding 1 Gbit/s PCM signals into 8 Gbit/s digital PPM signals. The paper also addresses the difficulties that the system designer is likely to encounter, and discusses some possible solutions.

  20. Machining Chatter Analysis for High Speed Milling Operations (United States)

    Sekar, M.; Kantharaj, I.; Amit Siddhappa, Savale


    Chatter in high speed milling is characterized by time delay differential equations (DDE). Since closed form solution exists only for simple cases, the governing non-linear DDEs of chatter problems are solved by various numerical methods. Custom codes to solve DDEs are tedious to build, implement and not error free and robust. On the other hand, software packages provide solution to DDEs, however they are not straight forward to implement. In this paper an easy way to solve DDE of chatter in milling is proposed and implemented with MATLAB. Time domain solution permits the study and model of non-linear effects of chatter vibration with ease. Time domain results are presented for various stable and unstable conditions of cut and compared with stability lobe diagrams.

  1. High-Speed Coherent Raman Fingerprint Imaging of Biological Tissues

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    Camp, Charles H; Heddleston, John M; Hartshorn, Christopher M; Walker, Angela R Hight; Rich, Jeremy N; Lathia, Justin D; Cicerone, Marcus T


    We have developed a coherent Raman imaging platform using broadband coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (BCARS) that provides an unprecedented combination of speed, sensitivity, and spectral breadth. The system utilizes a unique configuration of laser sources that probes the Raman spectrum over 3,000 cm$^{-1}$ and generates an especially strong response in the typically weak Raman "fingerprint" region through heterodyne amplification of the anti-Stokes photons with a large nonresonant background (NRB) while maintaining high spectral resolution of $<$ 13 cm$^{-1}$. For histology and pathology, this system shows promise in highlighting major tissue components in a non-destructive, label-free manner. We demonstrate high-speed chemical imaging in two- and three-dimensional views of healthy murine liver and pancreas tissues and interfaces between xenograft brain tumors and the surrounding healthy brain matter.

  2. Premiere in high speed materials inter-operability

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    Brun, D.


    The Eurostar trains have been designed to meet the safety requirements of the Channel Tunnel. In particular, ti must be possible to remove the train from the tunnel in most fault scenarios. The train design is based upon an optimal capacity/price ratio. As far as the installation of electrical equipment is concerned (power supply, power conversion, motor units), the variety of track configurations is another consideration in addition to the questions of safety. The original solutions adopted give traction and braking performance that are satisfactory by comparison with the high-speed trains (TGV) in service on appropriate track, and the best possible for the British track. The trains are heavier and less powerful, but they are capable of getting out of the tunnel with only one motor out of three in service. (author). 6 figs.

  3. Optical communication equalized technique suitable for high-speed transmission (United States)

    Zhu, Yaolin; Guan, Hao


    To solve the phase distortion and high error rate in optical signal transmission, an equalized technique is proposed, which aims to improve the constant modulus algorithm (CMA). In order to correct phase rotating and reduce the error rate with 64 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), the method takes the mean square error as the judgment and utilizes the time-varying step size. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can improve the convergence speed of constellation points, make the eye opening larger, and the signal noise ratio (SNR) can be increased by 4 dB under the same bit error rate (BER), which is efficient for the recovery of information in high-speed transmission.

  4. High speed cutting of AZ31 magnesium alloy

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    Liwei Lu


    Full Text Available Using LBR-370 numerical control lathe, high speed cutting was applied to AZ31 magnesium alloy. The influence of cutting parameters on microstructure, surface roughness and machining hardening were investigated by using the methods of single factor and orthogonal experiment. The results show that the cutting parameters have an important effect on microstructure, surface roughness and machine hardening. The depth of stress layer, roughness and hardening present a declining tendency with the increase of the cutting speed and also increase with the augment of the cutting depth and feed rate. Moreover, we established a prediction model of the roughness, which has an important guidance on actual machining process of magnesium alloy.

  5. Towards high-speed autonomous navigation of unknown environments (United States)

    Richter, Charles; Roy, Nicholas


    In this paper, we summarize recent research enabling high-speed navigation in unknown environments for dynamic robots that perceive the world through onboard sensors. Many existing solutions to this problem guarantee safety by making the conservative assumption that any unknown portion of the map may contain an obstacle, and therefore constrain planned motions to lie entirely within known free space. In this work, we observe that safety constraints may significantly limit performance and that faster navigation is possible if the planner reasons about collision with unobserved obstacles probabilistically. Our overall approach is to use machine learning to approximate the expected costs of collision using the current state of the map and the planned trajectory. Our contribution is to demonstrate fast but safe planning using a learned function to predict future collision probabilities.

  6. Dynamics of High-Speed Rotors Supported in Sliding Bearings (United States)

    Šimek, J.; Svoboda, R.

    The higher the operating speed, the more serious are problems with rotor stability. Three basic groups of rotors are analyzed and some methods of suppressing instability are shown. In the first group are classical elastic rotors supported in hydrodynamic bearings. Practically all high-speed rotors now run in tilting pad bearings, which are inherently stable, but in specific conditions even tiling pad bearings may not ensure rotor stability. The second group is composed of combustion engines turbocharger rotors, which are characteristic by heavy impellers at both overhung ends of elastic shaft. These rotors are in most cases supported in floating ring bearings, which bring special features to rotor behaviour. The third group of rotors with gas bearings exhibits special features.

  7. High-Speed, Three Dimensional Object Composition Mapping Technology

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    Ishikawa, M Y


    This document overviews an entirely new approach to determining the composition--the chemical-elemental, isotopic and molecular make-up--of complex, highly structured objects, moreover with microscopic spatial resolution in all 3 dimensions. The front cover depicts the new type of pulsed laser system at the heart of this novel technology under adjustment by Alexis Wynne, and schematically indicates two of its early uses: swiftly analyzing the 3-D composition governed structure of a transistor circuit with both optical and mass-spectrometric detectors, and of fossilized dinosaur and turtle bones high-speed probed by optical detection means. Studying the composition-cued 3-D micro-structures of advanced composite materials and the microscopic scale composition-texture of biological tissues are two near-term examples of the rich spectrum of novel applications enabled by this field-opening analytic tool-set.

  8. Dynamic Control of High-speed Train Following Operation

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    Deng Pan


    Full Text Available Both safety and efficiency should be considered in high-speed train following control. The real-time calculation of dynamic safety following distance is used by the following train to understand the quality of its own following behavior. A new velocity difference control law can help the following train to adjust its own behavior from a safe and efficient steady-following state to another one if the actual following distance is greater than the safe following distance. Meanwhile, the stopping control law would work for collision avoidance when the actual following distance is less than the safe following distance. The simulation shows that the dynamic control of actual inter-train distance can be well accomplished by the behavioral adjustment of the following train, and verifies the effectiveness and feasibility of our presented methods for train following control.

  9. High Speed Water Sterilization Using One-Dimensional Nanostructures

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    Schoen, David T.


    The removal of bacteria and other organisms from water is an extremely important process, not only for drinking and sanitation but also industrially as biofouling is a commonplace and serious problem. We here present a textile based multiscale device for the high speed electrical sterilization of water using silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes, and cotton. This approach, which combines several materials spanning three very different length scales with simple dying based fabrication, makes a gravity fed device operating at 100000 L/(h m2) which can inactivate >98% of bacteria with only several seconds of total incubation time. This excellent performance is enabled by the use of an electrical mechanism rather than size exclusion, while the very high surface area of the device coupled with large electric field concentrations near the silver nanowire tips allows for effective bacterial inactivation. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  10. High-speed counters in Fibonacci numerical system (United States)

    Azarov, Olexiy; Chernyak, Olexandr; Komada, Paweł; Kozhambardiyeva, Miergul; Kalizhanova, Aliya


    Possibility of executing the carriers and borrowings by means of elementary additive transformations in the process of calculation in Fibonacci numerical system is substantiated. Methods of counting in the given numerical system, based on the usage of information redundancy are suggested. The methods consist in the fact that at every step executed all possible elementary addition transformations of code in the counter simultaneously with adding one. The suggested methods enable to construct up-, down- and up/down counters with high speed, independent on the data capacity and small hardware cost that linearly grow with the increase of the capacity. Schemes of structural organization of one digit for each of the suggested methods are given.

  11. Imaging acoustic sources moving at high-speed (United States)

    Bodony, Daniel; Papanicolaou, George


    In the quantification of the noise radiated by a turbulent flow the source motion is important. It is well known that moving acoustic sources radiate sound preferrentially in the direction of motion in a phenomenon termed `convective amplification.' Modern acoustic theories have utilized this behavior in their predictions. In the inverse problem the imaging of noise sources, by techniques such as beam forming, the source motion is not explicitly taken into account. In this talk we consider the imaging of acoustic sources moving at speeds on the order of the the ambient speed of sound, as typical of high-speed jets, for which the D"oppler shift approximation is not appropriate. An analysis will be presented that can be used to estimate the source motion based on the radiated acoustic field.

  12. High-speed single-pixel digital holography (United States)

    González, Humberto; Martínez-León, Lluís.; Soldevila, Fernando; Araiza-Esquivel, Ma.; Tajahuerce, Enrique; Lancis, Jesús


    The complete phase and amplitude information of biological specimens can be easily determined by phase-shifting digital holography. Spatial light modulators (SLMs) based on liquid crystal technology, with a frame-rate around 60 Hz, have been employed in digital holography. In contrast, digital micro-mirror devices (DMDs) can reach frame rates up to 22 kHz. A method proposed by Lee to design computer generated holograms (CGHs) permits the use of such binary amplitude modulators as phase-modulation devices. Single-pixel imaging techniques record images by sampling the object with a sequence of micro-structured light patterns and using a simple photodetector. Our group has reported some approaches combining single-pixel imaging and phase-shifting digital holography. In this communication, we review these techniques and present the possibility of a high-speed single-pixel phase-shifting digital holography system with phase-encoded illumination. This system is based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, with a DMD acting as the modulator for projecting the sampling patterns on the object and also being used for phase-shifting. The proposed sampling functions are phaseencoded Hadamard patterns generated through a Lee hologram approach. The method allows the recording of the complex amplitude distribution of an object at high speed on account of the high frame rates of the DMD. Reconstruction may take just a few seconds. Besides, the optical setup is envisaged as a true adaptive system, which is able to measure the aberration induced by the optical system in the absence of a sample object, and then to compensate the wavefront in the phasemodulation stage.

  13. Modeling Compressibility Effects in High-Speed Turbulent Flows (United States)

    Sarkar, S.


    Man has strived to make objects fly faster, first from subsonic to supersonic and then to hypersonic speeds. Spacecraft and high-speed missiles routinely fly at hypersonic Mach numbers, M greater than 5. In defense applications, aircraft reach hypersonic speeds at high altitude and so may civilian aircraft in the future. Hypersonic flight, while presenting opportunities, has formidable challenges that have spurred vigorous research and development, mainly by NASA and the Air Force in the USA. Although NASP, the premier hypersonic concept of the eighties and early nineties, did not lead to flight demonstration, much basic research and technology development was possible. There is renewed interest in supersonic and hypersonic flight with the HyTech program of the Air Force and the Hyper-X program at NASA being examples of current thrusts in the field. At high-subsonic to supersonic speeds, fluid compressibility becomes increasingly important in the turbulent boundary layers and shear layers associated with the flow around aerospace vehicles. Changes in thermodynamic variables: density, temperature and pressure, interact strongly with the underlying vortical, turbulent flow. The ensuing changes to the flow may be qualitative such as shocks which have no incompressible counterpart, or quantitative such as the reduction of skin friction with Mach number, large heat transfer rates due to viscous heating, and the dramatic reduction of fuel/oxidant mixing at high convective Mach number. The peculiarities of compressible turbulence, so-called compressibility effects, have been reviewed by Fernholz and Finley. Predictions of aerodynamic performance in high-speed applications require accurate computational modeling of these "compressibility effects" on turbulence. During the course of the project we have made fundamental advances in modeling the pressure-strain correlation and developed a code to evaluate alternate turbulence models in the compressible shear layer.

  14. High Speed Running and Sprinting Profiles of Elite Soccer Players

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    Miñano-Espin Javier


    Full Text Available Real Madrid was named as the best club of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. The aim of this study was to compare if players from Real Madrid covered shorter distances than players from the opposing team. One hundred and forty-nine matches including league, cup and UEFA Champions League matches played by the Real Madrid were monitored during the 2001-2002 to the 2006-2007 seasons. Data from both teams (Real Madrid and the opponent were recorded. Altogether, 2082 physical performance profiles were examined, 1052 from the Real Madrid and 1031 from the opposing team (Central Defenders (CD = 536, External Defenders (ED = 491, Central Midfielders (CM = 544, External Midfielders (EM = 233, and Forwards (F = 278. Match performance data were collected using a computerized multiple-camera tracking system (Amisco Pro®, Nice, France. A repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA was performed for distances covered at different intensities (sprinting (>24.0 km/h and high-speed running (21.1-24.0 km/h and the number of sprints (21.1-24.0 km/h and >24.0 km/h during games for each player sectioned under their positional roles. Players from Real Madrid covered shorter distances in high-speed running and sprint than players from the opposing team (p 0.01 from Real Madrid covered shorter distances in high-intensity running and sprint and performed less sprints than their counterparts. Finally, no differences were found in the high-intensity running and sprint distances performed by players from Real Madrid depending on the quality of the opposition.

  15. High-Speed Edge-Detecting Line Scan Smart Camera (United States)

    Prokop, Norman F.


    A high-speed edge-detecting line scan smart camera was developed. The camera is designed to operate as a component in a NASA Glenn Research Center developed inlet shock detection system. The inlet shock is detected by projecting a laser sheet through the airflow. The shock within the airflow is the densest part and refracts the laser sheet the most in its vicinity, leaving a dark spot or shadowgraph. These spots show up as a dip or negative peak within the pixel intensity profile of an image of the projected laser sheet. The smart camera acquires and processes in real-time the linear image containing the shock shadowgraph and outputting the shock location. Previously a high-speed camera and personal computer would perform the image capture and processing to determine the shock location. This innovation consists of a linear image sensor, analog signal processing circuit, and a digital circuit that provides a numerical digital output of the shock or negative edge location. The smart camera is capable of capturing and processing linear images at over 1,000 frames per second. The edges are identified as numeric pixel values within the linear array of pixels, and the edge location information can be sent out from the circuit in a variety of ways, such as by using a microcontroller and onboard or external digital interface to include serial data such as RS-232/485, USB, Ethernet, or CAN BUS; parallel digital data; or an analog signal. The smart camera system can be integrated into a small package with a relatively small number of parts, reducing size and increasing reliability over the previous imaging system..

  16. Changes of indicators of high-speed and high-speed and power preparedness at volleyball players of 12–13 years old


    Oleg Shevchenko


    Purpose: to define changes of indicators of high-speed and high-speed and power preparedness of volleyball players of 12–13 years old. Material & Methods: the test exercises, which are recommended by the training program of CYSS on volleyball, were used for the definition of the level of development of high-speed and high-speed and power abilities of volleyball players. 25 young volleyball players from the group of the previous basic preparation took part in the experiment. Sports experie...

  17. High-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography using non-uniform fast Fourier transform (United States)

    Chan, Kenny K. H.; Tang, Shuo


    The useful imaging range in spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is often limited by the depth dependent sensitivity fall-off. Processing SD-OCT data with the non-uniform fast Fourier transform (NFFT) can improve the sensitivity fall-off at maximum depth by greater than 5dB concurrently with a 30 fold decrease in processing time compared to the fast Fourier transform with cubic spline interpolation method. NFFT can also improve local signal to noise ratio (SNR) and reduce image artifacts introduced in post-processing. Combined with parallel processing, NFFT is shown to have the ability to process up to 90k A-lines per second. High-speed SD-OCT imaging is demonstrated at camera-limited 100 frames per second on an ex-vivo squid eye. PMID:21258551

  18. Isolation of deoxypodophyllotoxin and podophyllotoxin from Juniperus sabina by high speed counter current chromatography

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    Zhao, Y.; Yang, Y.; Chen, Q.; Kasimu, R.; Aisa, H.A.


    Deoxypodophyllotoxin and podophyllotoxin are known for their excellent anti-proliferative and anti-tumor activities, therefore large amount of pure compounds is urgently needed as authentic standards for various in vivo and in vitro studies. In this paper, an effective, rapid separation and purification method of deoxypodophyllotoxin and podophyllotoxin from the crude extract of Juniperus sabina was established using high speed counter current chromatography (HSCCC). HSCCC was performed with atwo phase solvent system comprising of n-hexane-ethylacetate-methanol-water (3:5:3:5, v/v) at the flow rate of 2mL/min at the speed of 850 rpm. 34.8 mg of deoxypodophyllotoxin and 7.9 mg of podophyllotoxin were obtained from 200 mg crude sample with a purity of 96.5% and 94.4%, respectively, as determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). (Author)

  19. Targeted corneal transplantation. (United States)

    Jhanji, Vishal; Mehta, Jod S; Sharma, Namrata; Sharma, Bhavana; Vajpayee, Rasik B


    Corneal transplantation surgery has moved from an era of conventional penetrating keratoplasty to selective replacement of the diseased corneal layer with complementary healthy donor corneal tissue. Anterior lamellar transplantation surgeries do not involve replacement of corneal endothelium, consequently eliminating the occurrence of endothelial rejection. Similarly, in diseases affecting the corneal endothelium, selective replacement with a lamellar lenticule bearing healthy endothelium provides better outcomes in terms of ocular surface, lesser astigmatism and quick visual recovery. In addition to the advantages of enhanced surgical outcomes, targeted corneal transplantation allows the use of one donor cornea for more than one recipient, thereby offering a viable solution to the problem of paucity of donor corneas. Evolving techniques of corneal transplantation have enabled better utilization of donor corneal tissue. Anterior lamellar as well as endothelial keratoplasty surgeries have become first-choice surgeries in appropriately selected cases. This review briefly discusses some of these novel surgical techniques. A better understanding of targeted corneal transplantation would lead to adaptation of the concept of component corneal surgery. This would further enable the corneal surgeons to circumvent the problem of donor corneal shortage especially in the developing world.

  20. 49 CFR 236.1007 - Additional requirements for high-speed service. (United States)


    ... by this subpart, and which have been utilized on high-speed rail systems with similar technical and... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Additional requirements for high-speed service..., AND APPLIANCES Positive Train Control Systems § 236.1007 Additional requirements for high-speed...

  1. Dual-camera system for high-speed imaging in particle image velocimetry

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    Hashimoto, K; Hara, T; Onogi, S; Mouri, H


    Particle image velocimetry is an important technique in experimental fluid mechanics, for which it has been essential to use a specialized high-speed camera. However, the high speed is at the expense of other performances of the camera, i.e., sensitivity and image resolution. Here, we demonstrate that the high-speed imaging is also possible with a pair of still cameras.

  2. Development and Performance of the ACTS High Speed VSAT (United States)

    Quintana, J.; Tran, Q.; Dendy, R.


    The Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), developed by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has demonstrated the breakthrough technologies of Ka-band, spot beam antennas, and on-board processing. These technologies have enabled the development of very small aperture terminals (VSAT) and ultra-small aperture terminals (USAT) which have capabilities greater than were previously possible with conventional satellite technologies. However, the ACTS baseband processor (BBP) is designed using a time division multiple access (TDMA) scheme, which requires each earth station using the BBP to transmit data at a burst rate which is much higher than the user throughput data rate. This tends to mitigate the advantage of the new technologies by requiring a larger earth station antenna and/or a higher-powered uplink amplifier than would be necessary for a continuous transmission at the user data rate. Conversely, the user data rate is much less than the rate that can be supported by the antenna size and amplifier. For example, the ACTS TI VSAT operates at a burst rate of 27.5 Mbps, but the maximum user data rate is 1.792 Mbps. The throughput efficiency is slightly more than 6.5%. For an operational network, this level of overhead will greatly increase the cost of the user earth stations, and that increased cost must be repeated thousands of times, which may ultimately reduce the market for such a system. The ACTS High Speed VSAT (HS VSAT) is an effort to experimentally demonstrate the maximum user throughput data rate which can be achieved using the technologies developed and implemented on ACTS. Specifically, this was done by operating the system uplinks as frequency division multiple access (FDMA), essentially assigning all available TDMA time slots to a single user on each of two uplink frequencies. Preliminary results show that using a 1.2-m antenna in this mode, the HS VSAT can achieve between 22 and 24 Mbps out of the 27.5 Mbps burst

  3. Changes of indicators of high-speed and high-speed and power preparedness at volleyball players of 12–13 years old

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    Oleg Shevchenko


    Full Text Available Purpose: to define changes of indicators of high-speed and high-speed and power preparedness of volleyball players of 12–13 years old. Material & Methods: the test exercises, which are recommended by the training program of CYSS on volleyball, were used for the definition of the level of development of high-speed and high-speed and power abilities of volleyball players. 25 young volleyball players from the group of the previous basic preparation took part in the experiment. Sports experience of sportsmen is 3–4 years. The analysis of scientifically-methodical literature, pedagogical testing, pedagogical experiment, methods of mathematical statistics were carried out. Results: the analyzed level of high-speed and high-speed and power abilities of volleyball players. Conclusions: the results had reliable changes (t=2,2–2,4 at р<0,05 of the level of high-speed and high-speed and power abilities of volleyball players of 12–13years old in the experimental group at the end of the experiment, except run on 30 m that demonstrates a positive influence of application of special exercises in the educational-training process.

  4. Equine corneal stromal abscesses

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    Henriksen, M. D. L.; Andersen, P. H.; Plummer, C. E.


    The last 30 years have seen many changes in the understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of equine corneal stromal abscesses (SAs). Stromal abscesses were previously considered an eye problem related to corneal bacterial infection, equine recurrent uveitis, corneal microtrauma and corneal...... foreign bodies in horses. They were more commonly diagnosed in horses living in subtropical climatic areas of the world. Therapeutic recommendations to treat equine SAs were historically nearly always a medical approach directed at bacteria and the often associated severe iridocyclitis. Today...... the pathogenesis of most equine SAs appears to be more often related to fungal inoculation of the anterior corneal stroma followed by posterior migration of the fungi deeper into the corneal stroma. There is also now an increased incidence of diagnosis of corneal SAs in horses living in more temperate climates...

  5. Corneal transplantation in children. (United States)

    Gabrić, N; Dekaris, I; Vojniković, B; Karaman, Z; Mravicić, I; Katusić, J


    The main purpose of the study was to describe the surgical success rate and visual results of penetrating keratoplasty in children. This retrospective study included children that underwent corneal transplantation at the Department of Ophthalmology, General Hospital "Sveti Duh", in the period 1994-1999. Patients' age ranged from 6 to 16 years. Twenty-five corneal transplants were performed in 24 eyes. Corneal pathologies were corneal leucoma, congenital dystrophy, corneal combustion, corneal scar after perforating injury, keratoconus, corneal melting, hematocornea and rekeratoplasty. The follow-up period was at least 6 months. The rate of graft survival was 1 year in 75% of eyes with congenital dystrophy and keratoconus. Hematocornea and rekeratoplasty ended with graft failure. Postoperative visual acuity improvement was recorded in 14 out of 25 eyes. Penetrating keratoplasty in children showed very good surgical success. The final visual outcome was affected by irreversible amblyopia.

  6. Ways to Improve (Visual) Outcome in Corneal Transplantation, Corneal Pathology

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    M.C. Bartels (Marjolijn)


    textabstractThe normally transparent cornea can lose its ability to refract light regularly from various conditions. Among these conditions are corneal opacities and corneal diseases leading to a distortion of the corneal contour. Vision might be restored by a corneal transplantation. Corneal

  7. High-speed cinematography of gas-metal atomization

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    Ting, Jason [ALCOA Specialty Metals Division, 100 Technical Drive, Alcoa Center, PA 15069 (United States)]. E-mail:; Connor, Jeffery [Material Science Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (United States); Ridder, Stephen [Metallurgical Processing Group, NIST, 100 Bureau Dr. Stop 8556, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)


    A high-speed cinematographic footage of a 304L stainless steel gas atomization, recorded at the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), was analyzed using a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) algorithm. The analysis showed the gas atomization process possesses two prominent frequency ranges of melt oscillation (pulsation). A low-frequency oscillation in the melt flow occurring between 5.41 and 123 Hz, with a dominant frequency at 9.93 Hz, was seen in the recirculation zone adjacent to the melt orifice. A high-frequency melt oscillation range was observed above 123 Hz, and was more prominent one melt-tip-diameter downstream in the melt atomization image than upstream near the melt tip. This high-frequency range may reflect the melt atomization frequency used to produce finely atomized powder. This range also included a prominent high frequency at 1273 Hz, which dominated in the image further away downstream from the melt tip. This discrete high-frequency oscillation is most probably caused by the aeroacoustic ''screech'' phenomenon, intrasound (<20 kHz), a result of the atomizing gas jets undergoing flow resonance. It is hypothesized that this discrete intrinsic aeroacoustic tone may enhance melt breakup in the atomization process with evidence of this fact in the melt images.

  8. In defence of high-speed memory scanning. (United States)

    Sternberg, Saul


    This paper reviews some of the evidence that bears on the existence of a mental high-speed serial exhaustive scanning process (SES) used by humans to interrogate the active memory of a set of items to determine whether it contains a test item. First proposed in the 1960s, based on patterns of reaction times (RTs), numerous later studies supported, elaborated, extended, and limited the generality of SES, while critics claimed that SES never occurred, that predictions from SES were violated, and that other mechanisms produced the RT patterns that led to the idea. I show that some of these claims result from ignoring variations in experimental procedure that produce superficially similar but quantitatively different RT patterns and that, for the original procedures, the most frequently repeated claims that predictions are violated are false. I also discuss evidence against the generality of competing theories of active-memory interrogation, especially those that depend on discrimination of directly accessible "memory-strength". Some of this evidence has been available since the 1960s but has been ignored by some proponents of alternative theories. Other evidence presented herein is derived from results of one relevant experiment described for the first time, results of another described in more detail than heretofore, and new analyses of old data. Knowledge of brain function acquired during the past half century has increased the plausibility of SES. SES is alive and well, but many associated puzzles merit further investigation, suggestions for which are offered.

  9. Improvement of vocal pathologies diagnosis using high-speed videolaryngoscopy. (United States)

    Tsuji, Domingos Hiroshi; Hachiya, Adriana; Dajer, Maria Eugenia; Ishikawa, Camila Cristina; Takahashi, Marystella Tomoe; Montagnoli, Arlindo Neto


    Introduction The study of the dynamic properties of vocal fold vibration is important for understanding the vocal production mechanism and the impact of organic and functional changes. The advent of high-speed videolaryngoscopy (HSV) has provided the possibility of seeing the real cycle of vocal fold vibration in detail through high sampling rate of successive frames and adequate spatial resolution. Objective To describe the technique, advantages, and limitations of using HSV and digital videokymography in the diagnosis of vocal pathologies. Methods We used HSV and digital videokymography to evaluate one normophonic individual and four patients with vocal fold pathologies (nodules, unilateral paralysis of the left vocal fold, intracordal cyst, and adductor spasmodic dysphonia). The vocal fold vibration parameters (glottic closure, vibrational symmetry, periodicity, mucosal wave, amplitude, and glottal cycle phases) were assessed. Results Differences in the vocal vibration parameters were observed and correlated with the pathophysiology. Conclusion HSV is the latest diagnostic tool in visual examination of vocal behavior and has considerable potential to refine our knowledge regarding the vocal fold vibration and voice production, as well as regarding the impact of pathologic conditions have on the mechanism of phonation.

  10. Improvement of Vocal Pathologies Diagnosis Using High-Speed Videolaryngoscopy

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    Tsuji, Domingos Hiroshi


    Full Text Available Introduction The study of the dynamic properties of vocal fold vibration is important for understanding the vocal production mechanism and the impact of organic and functional changes. The advent of high-speed videolaryngoscopy (HSV has provided the possibility of seeing the real cycle of vocal fold vibration in detail through high sampling rate of successive frames and adequate spatial resolution. Objective To describe the technique, advantages, and limitations of using HSV and digital videokymography in the diagnosis of vocal pathologies. Methods We used HSV and digital videokymography to evaluate one normophonic individual and four patients with vocal fold pathologies (nodules, unilateral paralysis of the left vocal fold, intracordal cyst, and adductor spasmodic dysphonia. The vocal fold vibration parameters (glottic closure, vibrational symmetry, periodicity, mucosal wave, amplitude, and glottal cycle phases were assessed. Results Differences in the vocal vibration parameters were observed and correlated with the pathophysiology. Conclusion HSV is the latest diagnostic tool in visual examination of vocal behavior and has considerable potential to refine our knowledge regarding the vocal fold vibration and voice production, as well as regarding the impact of pathologic conditions have on the mechanism of phonation.

  11. Lagrangian transported MDF methods for compressible high speed flows (United States)

    Gerlinger, Peter


    This paper deals with the application of thermochemical Lagrangian MDF (mass density function) methods for compressible sub- and supersonic RANS (Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes) simulations. A new approach to treat molecular transport is presented. This technique on the one hand ensures numerical stability of the particle solver in laminar regions of the flow field (e.g. in the viscous sublayer) and on the other hand takes differential diffusion into account. It is shown in a detailed analysis, that the new method correctly predicts first and second-order moments on the basis of conventional modeling approaches. Moreover, a number of challenges for MDF particle methods in high speed flows is discussed, e.g. high cell aspect ratio grids close to solid walls, wall heat transfer, shock resolution, and problems from statistical noise which may cause artificial shock systems in supersonic flows. A Mach 2 supersonic mixing channel with multiple shock reflection and a model rocket combustor simulation demonstrate the eligibility of this technique to practical applications. Both test cases are simulated successfully for the first time with a hybrid finite-volume (FV)/Lagrangian particle solver (PS).

  12. Propulsion challenges and opportunities for high-speed transport aircraft (United States)

    Strack, William C.


    For several years there was a growing interest in the subject of efficient sustained supersonic cruise technology applied to a high-speed transport aircraft. The major challenges confronting the propulsion community for supersonic transport (SST) applications are identified. Both past progress and future opportunities are discussed in relation to perceived technology shortfalls for an economically successful SST that satisfies environmental constraints. A very large improvement in propulsion system efficiency is needed both at supersonic and subsonic cruise conditions. Toward that end, several advanced engine concepts are being considered that, together with advanced discipline and component technologies, promise at least 40 percent better efficiency that the Concorde engine. The quest for higher productivity through higher speed is also thwarted by the lack of a conventional, low-priced fuel that is thermally stable at the higher temperatures associated with faster flight. Airport noise remains a tough challenge because previously researched concepts fall short of achieving FAR 36 Stage 3 noise levels. Innovative solutions may be necessary to reach acceptably low noise. While the technical challenges are indeed formidable, it is reasonable to assume that the current shortfalls in fuel economy and noise can be overcome through an aggressive propulsion research program.

  13. Measurements of granular flow dynamics with high speed digital images

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    Lee, Jingeol [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States)


    The flow of granular materials is common to many industrial processes. This dissertation suggests and validates image processing algorithms applied to high speed digital images to measure the dynamics (velocity, temperature and volume fraction) of dry granular solids flowing down an inclined chute under the action of gravity. Glass and acrylic particles have been used as granular solids in the experiment. One technique utilizes block matching for spatially averaged velocity measurements of the glass particles. This technique is compared with the velocity measurement using an optic probe which is a conventional granular flow velocity measurement device. The other technique for measuring the velocities of individual acrylic particles is developed with correspondence using a Hopfield network. This technique first locates the positions of particles with pattern recognition techniques, followed by a clustering technique, which produces point patterns. Also, several techniques are compared for particle recognition: synthetic discriminant function (SDF), minimum average correlation energy (MACE) filter, modified minimum average correlation energy (MMACE) filter and variance normalized correlation. The author proposes an MMACE filter which improves generalization of the MACE filter by adjusting the amount of averaged spectrum of training images in the spectrum whitening stages of the MACE filter. Variance normalized correlation is applied to measure the velocity and temperature of flowing glass particles down the inclined chute. The measurements are taken for the steady and wavy flow and qualitatively compared with a theoretical model of granular flow.

  14. Integrated design and manufacturing for the high speed civil transport (United States)

    Lee, Jae Moon; Gupta, Anurag; Mueller, Craig; Morrisette, Monica; Dec, John; Brewer, Jason; Donofrio, Kevin; Sturisky, Hilton; Smick, Doug; An, Meng Lin


    In June 1992, the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech was awarded a three year NASA University Space Research Association (USRA) Advanced Design Program (ADP) grant to address issues associated with the Integrated Design and Manufacturing of High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) configurations in its graduate Aerospace Systems Design courses. This report provides an overview of the on-going Georgia Tech initiative to address these design/manufacturing issues during the preliminary design phases of an HSCT concept. The new design methodology presented here has been incorporated in the graduate aerospace design curriculum and is based on the concept of Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD). The selection of the HSCT as a pilot project was motivated by its potential global transportation payoffs; its technological, environmental, and economic challenges; and its impact on U.S. global competitiveness. This pilot project was the focus of each of the five design courses that form the graduate level aerospace systems design curriculum. This year's main objective was the development of a systematic approach to preliminary design and optimization and its implementation to an HSCT wing/propulsion configuration. The new methodology, based on the Taguchi Parameter Design Optimization Method (PDOM), was established and was used to carry out a parametric study where various feasible alternative configurations were evaluated. The comparison criterion selected for this evaluation was the economic impact of this aircraft, measured in terms of average yield per revenue passenger mile ($/RPM).

  15. Submonolayer Quantum Dots for High Speed Surface Emitting Lasers

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    Zakharov ND


    Full Text Available AbstractWe report on progress in growth and applications of submonolayer (SML quantum dots (QDs in high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs. SML deposition enables controlled formation of high density QD arrays with good size and shape uniformity. Further increase in excitonic absorption and gain is possible with vertical stacking of SML QDs using ultrathin spacer layers. Vertically correlated, tilted or anticorrelated arrangements of the SML islands are realized and allow QD strain and wavefunction engineering. Respectively, both TE and TM polarizations of the luminescence can be achieved in the edge-emission using the same constituting materials. SML QDs provide ultrahigh modal gain, reduced temperature depletion and gain saturation effects when used in active media in laser diodes. Temperature robustness up to 100 °C for 0.98 μm range vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs is realized in the continuous wave regime. An open eye 20 Gb/s operation with bit error rates better than 10−12has been achieved in a temperature range 25–85 °Cwithout current adjustment. Relaxation oscillations up to ∼30 GHz have been realized indicating feasibility of 40 Gb/s signal transmission.

  16. A DSP Based POD Implementation for High Speed Multimedia Communications

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    Chang Nian Zhang


    Full Text Available In the cable network services, the audio/video entertainment contents should be protected from unauthorized copying, intercepting, and tampering. Point-of-deployment (POD security module, proposed by OpenCableTM, allows viewers to receive secure cable services such as premium subscription channels, impulse pay-per-view, video-on-demand as well as other interactive services. In this paper, we present a digital signal processor (DSP (TMS320C6211 based POD implementation for the real-time applications which include elliptic curve digital signature algorithm (ECDSA, elliptic curve Diffie Hellman (ECDH key exchange, elliptic curve key derivation function (ECKDF, cellular automata (CA cryptography, communication processes between POD and Host, and Host authentication. In order to get different security levels and different rates of encryption/decryption, a CA based symmetric key cryptography algorithm is used whose encryption/decryption rate can be up to 75 Mbps. The experiment results indicate that the DSP based POD implementation provides high speed and flexibility, and satisfies the requirements of real-time video data transmission.

  17. Plastic straw: future of high-speed signaling (United States)

    Song, Ha Il; Jin, Huxian; Bae, Hyeon-Min


    The ever-increasing demand for bandwidth triggered by mobile and video Internet traffic requires advanced interconnect solutions satisfying functional and economic constraints. A new interconnect called E-TUBE is proposed as a cost-and-power-effective all-electrical-domain wideband waveguide solution for high-speed high-volume short-reach communication links. The E-TUBE achieves an unprecedented level of performance in terms of bandwidth-per-carrier frequency, power, and density without requiring a precision manufacturing process unlike conventional optical/waveguide solutions. The E-TUBE exhibits a frequency-independent loss-profile of 4 dB/m and has nearly 20-GHz bandwidth over the V band. A single-sideband signal transmission enabled by the inherent frequency response of the E-TUBE renders two-times data throughput without any physical overhead compared to conventional radio frequency communication technologies. This new interconnect scheme would be attractive to parties interested in high throughput links, including but not limited to, 100/400 Gbps chip-to-chip communications.

  18. Control-Surface Instability on High-Speed Airplanes (United States)

    Phillips, William H.


    Tests of several modern airplanes indicate that control surfaces with a high degree of aerodynamic balance are likely to possess characteristics which make them unsatisfactory or dangerous in high-speed flight. Dive tests made in the spring of 1940 at the NACA on a naval fighter-type airplane illustrate one form of instability that may be encountered. During a dive at an indicated airspeed of 365 miles per hour, the ailerons suddenly overbalanced. The efforts of the pilot to bring the ailerons back to neutral resulted in a violent oscillation of the control stick from side to side. Fortunately, the force required to return the ailerons to neutral was within the pilot's capabilities. A time history of the maneuver is given in figure1 and typical frames from motion pictures of the cockpit and of the wing, taken during the maneuver, are given in figure 2. In the illustrated case, the occurrence of aerodynamic overbalance was attributed to a slight bulge, approximately 1/16 inch thick, on the lower surface of the leading edges of the ailerons, caused by the installation of additional mass balance ahead of the hinge line. A drawing showing the shape of the bulge is given in figure 3. After this slight protuberance had been eliminated, dives were successfully made at higher speeds.

  19. Entrainment characteristics of fine particles under high speed airflow

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    Yin Shaowu


    Full Text Available Fine silicon particles (mean size of 2.7 μm are used as entrained materials, and the entrainment characteristics of fine particles are investigated in a cylindrical fluidized-bed (inner diameter of 28 mm and height of 1000 mm under high speed airflow. The effects of the volume flow of gas (Q, 1 m3/h to 2.5 m3/h, the number of holes (N, 1 to 4, the size of holes (D, 1 mm to 3 mm, and the distance between holes and the upper surface of the material layer (H, -100 mm to 200 mm on the entrainment characteristics (entrainment rate W and entrained powder-gas ratio R are experimentally studied through orthogonal experiment. The experimental results show that an increase in Q and H constantly improves the entrainment characteristics; a decrease in D enhances such characteristics, whereas the number of holes N has no significant effect on the entrainment characteristics. An optimal operating condition can result in optimal entrainment characteristics (W, 3.1 g/min and R, 0.058 g/g, which can be achieved with a Q of 2.5 m3/h, N of 1, D of 2 mm and H of 200 mm.

  20. Hardware demonstration of high-speed networks for satellite applications.

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    Donaldson, Jonathon W.; Lee, David S.


    This report documents the implementation results of a hardware demonstration utilizing the Serial RapidIO{trademark} and SpaceWire protocols that was funded by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL's) Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) office. This demonstration was one of the activities in the Modeling and Design of High-Speed Networks for Satellite Applications LDRD. This effort has demonstrated the transport of application layer packets across both RapidIO and SpaceWire networks to a common downlink destination using small topologies comprised of commercial-off-the-shelf and custom devices. The RapidFET and NEX-SRIO debug and verification tools were instrumental in the successful implementation of the RapidIO hardware demonstration. The SpaceWire hardware demonstration successfully demonstrated the transfer and routing of application data packets between multiple nodes and also was able reprogram remote nodes using configuration bitfiles transmitted over the network, a key feature proposed in node-based architectures (NBAs). Although a much larger network (at least 18 to 27 nodes) would be required to fully verify the design for use in a real-world application, this demonstration has shown that both RapidIO and SpaceWire are capable of routing application packets across a network to a common downlink node, illustrating their potential use in real-world NBAs.

  1. Storage and compression design of high speed CCD (United States)

    Cai, Xichang; Zhai, LinPei


    In current field of CCD measurement, large area and high resolution CCD is used to obtain big measurement image, so that, speed and capacity of CCD requires high performance of later storage and process system. The paper discusses how to use SCSI hard disk to construct storage system and use DSPs and FPGA to realize image compression. As for storage subsystem, Because CCD is divided into multiplex output, SCSI array is used in RAID0 way. The storage system is com posed of high speed buffer, DM A controller, control M CU, SCSI protocol controller and SCSI hard disk. As for compression subsystem, according to requirement of communication and monitor system, the output is fixed resolution image and analog PA L signal. The compression means is JPEG 2000 standard, in which, 9/7 wavelets in lifting format is used. 2 DSPs and FPGA are used to com pose parallel compression system. The system is com posed of FPGA pre-processing module, DSP compression module, video decoder module, data buffer module and communication module. Firstly, discrete wavelet transform and quantization is realized in FPGA. Secondly, entropy coding and stream adaption is realized in DSPs. Last, analog PA L signal is output by Video decoder. Data buffer is realized in synchronous dual-port RAM and state of subsystem is transfer to controller. Through subjective and objective evaluation, the storage and compression system satisfies the requirement of system.

  2. Numerical Simulation of Oil Jet Lubrication for High Speed Gears

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    Tommaso Fondelli


    Full Text Available The Geared Turbofan technology is one of the most promising engine configurations to significantly reduce the specific fuel consumption. In this architecture, a power epicyclical gearbox is interposed between the fan and the low pressure spool. Thanks to the gearbox, fan and low pressure spool can turn at different speed, leading to higher engine bypass ratio. Therefore the gearbox efficiency becomes a key parameter for such technology. Further improvement of efficiency can be achieved developing a physical understanding of fluid dynamic losses within the transmission system. These losses are mainly related to viscous effects and they are directly connected to the lubrication method. In this work, the oil injection losses have been studied by means of CFD simulations. A numerical study of a single oil jet impinging on a single high speed gear has been carried out using the VOF method. The aim of this analysis is to evaluate the resistant torque due to the oil jet lubrication, correlating the torque data with the oil-gear interaction phases. URANS calculations have been performed using an adaptive meshing approach, as a way of significantly reducing the simulation costs. A global sensitivity analysis of adopted models has been carried out and a numerical setup has been defined.

  3. High Speed Genetic Lips Detection by Dynamic Search Domain Control (United States)

    Akashi, Takuya; Wakasa, Yuji; Tanaka, Kanya; Karungaru, Stephen; Fukumi, Minoru

    In this paper, high-speed size and orientation invariant lips detection of a talking person in an active scene using template matching and genetic algorithms is proposed. As part of the objectives, we also try to acquire numerical parameters to represent the lips. The information is very important for many applications, where high performance is required, such as audio-visual speech recognition, speaker identification systems, robot perception and personal mobile devices interfaces. The difficulty in lips detection is mainly due to deformations and geometric changes of the lips during speech and the active scene by free camera motion. In order to enhance the performance in speed and accuracy, initially, the performance is improved on a single still image, that is, the base of video processing. Our proposed system is based on template matching using genetic algorithms (GA). Only one template is prepared per experiment. The template is the closed mouth of a subject, because the application is for personal devices. In our previous study, the main problem was trade-off between search accuracy and search speed. To overcome this problem, we use two methods: scaling window and dynamic search domain control (SD-Control). We therefore focus on the population size of the GA, because it has a direct effect on search accuracy and speed. The effectiveness of the proposed system is demonstrated by performing computer simulations. We achieved a lips detection accuracy of 91.33% at an average processing time of 33.70 milliseconds per frame.

  4. Increasing the life of high-speed steel cutting tools

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    Plyusnin, Y.G.


    The paper describes work on determining the rational area of use, mastering of production operations, and introduction into the plants of the industry of various methods of increasing the life of high-speed tools. Among these methods are carbonitriding, treatment of the tool by shock cooling and by application of a magnetic field, and the application of wear resistant coatings by the method of cathodic-ionic bombardment. The article briefly characterizes each method. Experience in the introduction of the carbonitriding process has shown that the greatest increase in life is obtained for relatively large cutting tools such as hubs and large diameter drills. The effectiveness of shock cooling depends to a great degree upon the original structure of the tool material and upon the requirements imposed on it in service (for stability). Experience in the magnetic treatment of drills and end mills up to 30mm in diameter has shown that the life of a magnetically treated tool with subsequent demagnetization increases by 1.2-1.4 times and without demagnetization by 1.7-2 times. The effectiveness of magnetic hardening depends not only upon the correctly selected strength of the magnetic field and time of application, but also upon the time of postmagnetic aging. Wear resistant coatings applied by the cathodic-ionic bombardment method increases by 2-5 times the life of a cutting tool. However, careful preparation of the tool surface is required as well as careful control of the temperature and thickness of the coating.

  5. An Early Evaluation of Italian High Speed Rail Projects

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    Paolo Beria


    Full Text Available Italy has undergone, in the last 15 years, an exceptional public financial effort to build approximately 1,000 km of high speed rail lines. Further extensions are under construction or planned, especially in the most important international relations. This network is widely considered as fundamental to comply the European vision of a continental-wide transport system.The paper analyses the past and the future of such network, where possible from a quantitative point of view. The first part of the article reviews the history of the Alta Velocità scheme, particularly focusing on the issues related to the economic regulation of the investments and the financial troubles at first and then on the present issues related to the regulation of rail services.The analysis of the supply, the time gains, the demand and the costs allows to build a simple but independent evaluation of the past projects from an ex-post perspective, pointing out the successes, but also important critical issues.The second part of the paper analyses the future expansion plans looking at the costs, the existing and expected demand and derives some policy indications and cost reduction strategies capable both to control public expenditure in a period of crisis and not to abandon the idea of a modern and effective rail network.

  6. Radio Wave Propagation Scene Partitioning for High-Speed Rails

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    Bo Ai


    Full Text Available Radio wave propagation scene partitioning is necessary for wireless channel modeling. As far as we know, there are no standards of scene partitioning for high-speed rail (HSR scenarios, and therefore we propose the radio wave propagation scene partitioning scheme for HSR scenarios in this paper. Based on our measurements along the Wuhan-Guangzhou HSR, Zhengzhou-Xian passenger-dedicated line, Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan passenger-dedicated line, and Beijing-Tianjin intercity line in China, whose operation speeds are above 300 km/h, and based on the investigations on Beijing South Railway Station, Zhengzhou Railway Station, Wuhan Railway Station, Changsha Railway Station, Xian North Railway Station, Shijiazhuang North Railway Station, Taiyuan Railway Station, and Tianjin Railway Station, we obtain an overview of HSR propagation channels and record many valuable measurement data for HSR scenarios. On the basis of these measurements and investigations, we partitioned the HSR scene into twelve scenarios. Further work on theoretical analysis based on radio wave propagation mechanisms, such as reflection and diffraction, may lead us to develop the standard of radio wave propagation scene partitioning for HSR. Our work can also be used as a basis for the wireless channel modeling and the selection of some key techniques for HSR systems.

  7. Dynamics of High-Speed Precision Geared Rotor Systems

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    Lim Teik C.


    Full Text Available Gears are one of the most widely applied precision machine elements in power transmission systems employed in automotive, aerospace, marine, rail and industrial applications because of their reliability, precision, efficiency and versatility. Fundamentally, gears provide a very practical mechanism to transmit motion and mechanical power between two rotating shafts. However, their performance and accuracy are often hampered by tooth failure, vibrations and whine noise. This is most acute in high-speed, high power density geared rotor systems, which is the primary scope of this paper. The present study focuses on the development of a gear pair mathematical model for use to analyze the dynamics of power transmission systems. The theory includes the gear mesh representation derived from results of the quasi-static tooth contact analysis. This proposed gear mesh theory comprising of transmission error, mesh point, mesh stiffness and line-of-action nonlinear, time-varying parameters can be easily incorporated into a variety of transmission system models ranging from the lumped parameter type to detailed finite element representation. The gear dynamic analysis performed led to the discovery of the out-of-phase gear pair torsion modes that are responsible for much of the mechanical problems seen in gearing applications. The paper concludes with a discussion on effectual design approaches to minimize the influence of gear dynamics and to mitigate gear failure in practical power transmission systems.

  8. Prototype high speed optical delay line for stellar interferometry (United States)

    Colavita, M. M.; Hines, B. E.; Shao, M.; Klose, G. J.; Gibson, B. V.


    The long baselines of the next-generation ground-based optical stellar interferometers require optical delay lines which can maintain nm-level path-length accuracy while moving at high speeds. NASA-JPL is currently designing delay lines to meet these requirements. The design is an enhanced version of the Mark III delay line, with the following key features: hardened, large diameter wheels, rather than recirculating ball bearings, to reduce mechanical noise; a friction-drive cart which bears the cable-dragging forces, and drives the optics cart through a force connection only; a balanced PZT assembly to enable high-bandwidth path-length control; and a precision aligned flexural suspension for the optics assembly to minimize bearing noise feedthrough. The delay line is fully programmable in position and velocity, and the system is controlled with four cascaded software feedback loops. Preliminary performance is a jitter in any 5 ms window of less than 10 nm rms for delay rates of up to 28 mm/s; total jitter is less than 10 nm rms for delay rates up to 20 mm/s.

  9. Recent high-speed rail vehicles; Kosoku tetsudo sharyo

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    Sone, S. [The University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan); Ishizu, K. [Central Japan Railway Company, Nagoya (Japan); Yoshie, N. [Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. Ltd., Fukuoka (Japan); Hata, T. [East Japan Railway Co., Tokyo (Japan); Watanabe, T.; Hata, H. [Railway Technical Research Institute, Tokyo (Japan); Brun, D.


    This paper describes the latest progress in high speed rail vehicles. It was in 1981 when TGV has inaugurated commercial operation with a speed of 260 km/h. Japan is trying to recover from a setback by putting forward the 300-line vehicle of discrete motive force system, and the 500-line vehicle of complete discrete motive force system featured by reduced weight and a unique power collection system. Central Japan Railway is moving forward a 700-line train aimed at improving comfortability and reducing noise. The 500-line vehicle has vehicular features such as the sharpened head shape, weight reduction and adoption of vibration control, and also such features in electric circuits as centralized main circuit devices and improved monitoring devices. The vehicle`s running test verified stable run at 300 km/h. The Shinkansen vehicle designed by East Japan Railway adopted collective control on the main circuit system, and transferred to a system in which large capacity GTOs are used to drive three-phase induction motors. The Inter City Express has been put into practical use in Germany, with traction vehicles arranged on both ends of a train. Technological characteristics in TGV may be pointed out as avoidance of curves and high gradient. Exchange of electric train technologies is in progress between Japan and Europe. 19 refs., 27 figs., 6 tabs.

  10. AC_ICAP: A Flexible High Speed ICAP Controller

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    Luis Andres Cardona


    Full Text Available The Internal Configuration Access Port (ICAP is the core component of any dynamic partial reconfigurable system implemented in Xilinx SRAM-based Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs. We developed a new high speed ICAP controller, named AC_ICAP, completely implemented in hardware. In addition to similar solutions to accelerate the management of partial bitstreams and frames, AC_ICAP also supports run-time reconfiguration of LUTs without requiring precomputed partial bitstreams. This last characteristic was possible by performing reverse engineering on the bitstream. Besides, we adapted this hardware-based solution to provide IP cores accessible from the MicroBlaze processor. To this end, the controller was extended and three versions were implemented to evaluate its performance when connected to Peripheral Local Bus (PLB, Fast Simplex Link (FSL, and AXI interfaces of the processor. In consequence, the controller can exploit the flexibility that the processor offers but taking advantage of the hardware speed-up. It was implemented in both Virtex-5 and Kintex7 FPGAs. Results of reconfiguration time showed that run-time reconfiguration of single LUTs in Virtex-5 devices was performed in less than 5 μs which implies a speed-up of more than 380x compared to the Xilinx XPS_HWICAP controller.

  11. The Kaye effect revisited: High speed imaging of leaping shampoo (United States)

    Versluis, Michel; Blom, Cock; van der Meer, Devaraj; van der Weele, Ko; Lohse, Detlef


    When a visco-elastic fluid such as shampoo or shower gel is poured onto a flat surface the fluid piles up forming a heap on which rather irregular combinations of fluid buckling, coiling and folding are observed. Under specific conditions a string of fluid leaps from the heap and forms a steady jet fed by the incoming stream. Momentum transfer of the incoming jet, combined with the shear-thinning properties of the fluid, lead to a spoon-like dimple in the highly viscous fluid pool in which the jet recoils. The jet can be stable for several seconds. This effect is known as the Kaye effect. In order to reveal its mechanism we analyzed leaping shampoo through high-speed imaging. We studied the jet formation, jet stability and jet disruption mechanisms. We measured the velocity of both the incoming and recoiled jet, which was found to be thicker and slower. By inclining the surface on which the fluid was poured we observed jets leaping at upto five times.

  12. Composite flywheel material design for high-speed energy storage

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    Michael A. Conteh


    Full Text Available Lamina and laminate mechanical properties of materials suitable for flywheel high-speed energy storage were investigated. Low density, low modulus and high strength composite material properties were implemented for the constant stress portion of the flywheel while higher density, higher modulus and strength were implemented for the constant thickness portion of the flywheel. Design and stress analysis were used to determine the maximum energy densities and shape factors for the flywheel. Analytical studies along with the use of the CADEC-online software were used to evaluate the lamina and laminate properties. This study found that a hybrid composite of M46J/epoxy–T1000G/epoxy for the flywheel exhibits a higher energy density when compared to known existing flywheel hybrid composite materials such as boron/epoxy–graphite/epoxy. Results from this study will contribute to further development of the flywheel that has recently re-emerged as a promising application for energy storage due to significant improvements in composite materials and technology.

  13. High-Speed Visualisation of Combustion in Modern Gasoline Engines (United States)

    Sauter, W.; Nauwerck, A.; Han, K.-M.; Pfeil, J.; Velji, A.; Spicher, U.


    Today research and development in the field of gasoline engines have to face a double challenge: on the one hand, fuel consumption has to be reduced, while on the other hand, ever more stringent emission standards have to be fulfilled. The development of engines with its complexity of in-cylinder processes requires modern development tools to exploit the full potential in order to reduce fuel consumption. Especially optical, non-intrusive measurement techniques will help to get a better understanding of the processes. With the presented high-speed visualisation system the electromagnetic radiation from combustion in the UV range is collected by an endoscope and transmitted to a visualisation system by 10, 000 optical fibres. The signal is projected to 1, 920 photomultipliers, which convert the optical into electric signals with a maximum temporal resolution of 200 kHz. This paper shows the systematic application of flame diagnostics in modern combustion systems. For this purpose, a single-cylinder SI engine has been modified for a spray guided combustion strategy as well as for HCCI. The characteristics of flame propagation in both combustion modes were recorded and correlated with thermodynamic analyses. In case of the spray guided GDI engine, high pressure fuel injection was applied and evaluated.

  14. Materials, structures, and devices for high-speed electronics (United States)

    Woollam, John A.; Snyder, Paul G.


    Advances in materials, devices, and instrumentation made under this grant began with ex-situ null ellipsometric measurements of simple dielectric films on bulk substrates. Today highly automated and rapid spectroscopic ellipsometers are used for ex-situ characterization of very complex multilayer epitaxial structures. Even more impressive is the in-situ capability, not only for characterization but also for the actual control of the growth and etching of epitaxial layers. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has expanded from the research lab to become an integral part of the production of materials and structures for state of the art high speed devices. Along the way, it has contributed much to our understanding of the growth characteristics and material properties. The following areas of research are summarized: Si3N4 on GaAs, null ellipsometry; diamondlike carbon films; variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) development; GaAs-AlGaAs heterostructures; Ta-Cu diffusion barrier films on GaAs; GaAs-AlGaAs superlattices and multiple quantum wells; superconductivity; in situ elevated temperature measurements of III-V's; optical constants of thermodynamically stable InGaAs; doping dependence of optical constants of GaAs; in situ ellipsometric studies of III-V epitaxial growth; photothermal spectroscopy; microellipsometry; and Si passivation and Si/SiGe strained-layer superlattices.

  15. New Drive Train Concept with Multiple High Speed Generator (United States)

    Barenhorst, F.; Serowy, S.; Andrei, C.; Schelenz, R.; Jacobs, G.; Hameyer, K.


    In the research project RapidWind (financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy under Grant 0325642) an alternative 6 MW drive train configuration with six high-speed (n = 5000 rpm) permanent magnet synchronous generators for wind turbine generators (WTG) is designed. The gearbox for this drive train concept is assembled with a six fold power split spur gear stage in the first stage, followed by six individual 1 MW geared driven generators. Switchable couplings are developed to connect and disconnect individual geared generators depending on the input power. With this drive train configuration it is possible to improve the efficiency during partial load operation, increasing the energy yield about 1.15% for an exemplary low-wind site. The focus of this paper is the investigation of the dynamic behavior of this new WTG concept. Due to the high gear ratio the inertia relationship between rotor and generator differs from conventional WT concepts, possibly leading to intensified vibration behavior. Moreover there are switching procedures added, that might also lead to vibration issues.

  16. Spiral Tube Assembly for High-Speed Countercurrent Chromatography (United States)

    Ito, Y.; Clary, R.; Powell, J.; Knight, M.; Finn, T. M.


    Optimal elution modes were determined for four typical two-phase solvent systems each with different physical parameters to achieve the best peak resolution and retention of the stationary phase by spiral tube high-speed countercurrent chromatography using a suitable set of test samples. Both retention of the stationary phase and partition efficiency are governed by an interplay between two forces, i.e., Archimedean Screw force and radial centrifugal force gradient of the spiral channel. In the polar solvent system represented by 1-butanol./acetic acid/water (4:1:5, v/v/v) with settling time of over 30 s, the effect by the radial centrifugal gradient force dominates giving the best separation of dipeptides either by pumping the lower phase from the inner terminal or the upper phase from the outer terminal of the spiral channel. In the moderately hydrophobic two-phase solvent system represented by hexane/ethyl acetate/methanol/0.1 M HCl (1:1:1:1) with settling time of 19 s, and two hydrophobic solvent systems of hexane/ethanol/water (5:4:1, v/v/v) and non-aqueous binary system of hexane/acetonitrile both having settling time of 9, the effect of the Archimedean screw force play a major role in hydrodynamic equilibrium, giving the best separations by pumping the lower phase from the head or the upper phase from the tail of the spiral channel. PMID:19343107

  17. MicroRNA-184 Regulates Corneal Lymphangiogenesis. (United States)

    Grimaldo, Sammy; Yuen, Don; Theis, Jaci; Ng, Melissa; Ecoiffier, Tatiana; Chen, Lu


    MicroRNAs are a class of small noncoding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression by binding to complimentary sequences of target messenger RNA. Their roles in corneal lymphangiogenesis are largely unknown. This study was to investigate the specific role of microRNA-184 (mir-184) in corneal lymphangiogenesis (LG) in vivo and lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) in vitro. Standard murine suture placement model was used to study the expressional change of mir-184 in corneal inflammatory LG and the effect of synthetic mir-184 mimic on this process. Additionally, a human LEC culture system was used to assess the effect of mir-184 overexpression on cell functions in vitro. Expression of mir-184 was significantly downregulated in corneal LG and, accordingly, its synthetic mimic suppressed corneal lymphatic growth in vivo. Furthermore, mir-184 overexpression in LECs inhibited their functions of adhesion, migration, and tube formation in vitro. These novel findings indicate that mir-184 is involved critically in LG and potentially could be used as an inhibitor of the process. Further investigation holds the promise for divulging new therapies for LG disorders, which occur inside and outside the eye.

  18. Numerical study of a high-speed miniature centrifugal compressor (United States)

    Li, Xiaoyi

    A miniature centrifugal compressor is a key component of reverse Brayton cycle cryogenic cooling system. The system is commonly used to generate a low cryogenic temperature environment for electronics to increase their efficiency, or generate, store and transport cryogenic liquids, such as liquid hydrogen and oxygen, where space limit is also an issue. Because of space limitation, the compressor is composed of a radial IGV, a radial impeller and an axial-direction diffuser (which reduces the radial size because of smaller diameter). As a result of reduction in size, rotating speed of the impeller is as high as 313,000 rpm, and Helium is used as the working fluid, in order to obtain the required static pressure ratio/rise. Two main characteristics of the compressor---miniature and high-speed, make it distinct from conventional compressors. Higher compressor efficiency is required to obtain a higher COP (coefficient of performance) system. Even though miniature centrifugal compressors start to draw researchers' attention in recent years, understanding of the performance and loss mechanism is still lacking. Since current experimental techniques are not advanced enough to capture details of flow at miniature scale, numerical methods dominate miniature turbomachinery study. This work numerically studied a high speed miniature centrifugal compressor with commercial CFD code. The overall performance of the compressor was predicted with consideration of interaction between blade rows by using sliding mesh model. The law of similarity of turbomachinery was validated for small scale machines. It was found that the specific ratio effect needs to be considered when similarity law is applied. But Reynolds number effect can be neglected. The loss mechanism of each component was analyzed. Loss due to turning bend was significant in each component. Tip leakage loss of small scale turbomachines has more impact on the impeller performance than that of large scale ones. Because the

  19. Method and apparatus for high speed data acquisition and processing (United States)

    Ferron, J.R.


    A method and apparatus are disclosed for high speed digital data acquisition. The apparatus includes one or more multiplexers for receiving multiple channels of digital data at a low data rate and asserting a multiplexed data stream at a high data rate, and one or more FIFO memories for receiving data from the multiplexers and asserting the data to a real time processor. Preferably, the invention includes two multiplexers, two FIFO memories, and a 64-bit bus connecting the FIFO memories with the processor. Each multiplexer receives four channels of 14-bit digital data at a rate of up to 5 MHz per channel, and outputs a data stream to one of the FIFO memories at a rate of 20 MHz. The FIFO memories assert output data in parallel to the 64-bit bus, thus transferring 14-bit data values to the processor at a combined rate of 40 MHz. The real time processor is preferably a floating-point processor which processes 32-bit floating-point words. A set of mask bits is prestored in each 32-bit storage location of the processor memory into which a 14-bit data value is to be written. After data transfer from the FIFO memories, mask bits are concatenated with each stored 14-bit data value to define a valid 32-bit floating-point word. Preferably, a user can select any of several modes for starting and stopping direct memory transfers of data from the FIFO memories to memory within the real time processor, by setting the content of a control and status register. 15 figs.

  20. Contact freezing observed with a high speed video camera (United States)

    Hoffmann, Nadine; Koch, Michael; Kiselev, Alexei; Leisner, Thomas


    Freezing of supercooled cloud droplets on collision with ice nucleating particle (INP) has been considered as one of the most effective heterogeneous freezing mechanisms. Potentially, it could play an important role in rapid glaciation of a mixed phase cloud especially if coupled with ice multiplication mechanism active at moderate subzero temperatures. The necessary condition for such coupling would be, among others, the presence of very efficient INPs capable of inducing ice nucleation of the supercooled drizzle droplets in the temperature range of -5°C to -20°C. Some mineral dust particles (K-feldspar) and biogenic INPs (pseudomonas bacteria, birch pollen) have been recently identified as such very efficient INPs. However, if observed with a high speed video (HSV) camera, the contact nucleation induced by these two classes of INPs exhibits a very different behavior. Whereas bacterial INPs can induce freezing within a millisecond after initial contact with supercooled water, birch pollen need much more time to initiate freezing. The mineral dust particles seem to induce ice nucleation faster than birch pollen but slower than bacterial INPs. In this contribution we show the HSV records of individual supercooled droplets suspended in an electrodynamic balance and colliding with airborne INPs of various types. The HSV camera is coupled with a long-working-distance microscope, allowing us to observe the contact nucleation of ice at very high spatial and temporal resolution. The average time needed to initiate freezing has been measured depending on the INP species. This time do not necessarily correlate with the contact freezing efficiency of the ice nucleating particles. We discuss possible mechanisms explaining this behavior and potential implications for future ice nucleation research.

  1. How sand grains stop a high speed intruder (United States)

    Behringer, Robert

    When a speeding intruder impacts on a granular material, it comes rapidly to rest after penetrating only a modest distance. Empirical dynamical models, dating to the 19th century (if not earlier), describe the drag on the intruder in terms of two types of depth-dependent forces: one a static force, which also includes gravity, and the other a collisional force proportional to the square of the instantaneous speed of the intruder. What processes occur in the material to so quickly decelerate the intruder? We address this question through experiments and simulations (work of Lou Kondic and collaborators). We first probe the granular response using quasi-two-dimensional granular materials consisting of photoelastic discs. When such a particle experiences a force, it appears bright under cross-polarized illumination. High speed video reveals dynamic force transmission into the material along force chains that form in response to the intruder motion. These chains are nearly normal to the intruder surface, implying that collisional rather than frictional forces dominate the momentum transfer from intruder to grains. These observations allow the formation of a collision-based model that correctly captures the collisional drag force for both 2D and 3D intruders of a variety of shapes. This talk will develop a collisional picture of impact, and also explore the change in the system response as the impact speed increases. Experimental collaborators include Abe Clark, Cacey Stevens Bester, and Alec Petersen. This work supported by DTRA, NSF Grant DMR1206351, NASA Grant NNX15AD38G, and the William M. Keck Foundation.

  2. Salivary hormonal values from high-speed resistive exercise workouts. (United States)

    Caruso, John F; Lutz, Brant M; Davidson, Mark E; Wilson, Kyle; Crane, Chris S; Craig, Chrsity E; Nissen, Tim E; Mason, Melissa L; Coday, Michael A; Sheaff, Robert J; Potter, William T


    Our study purpose examined salivary hormonal responses to high-speed resistive exercise. Healthy subjects (n = 45) performed 2 elbow flexor workouts on a novel (inertial kinetic exercise; Oconomowoc, WI, USA) strength training device. Our methods included saliva sample collection at both preexercise and immediately postexercise; workouts entailed two 60-second sets separated by a 90-second rest period. The samples were analyzed in duplicate for their testosterone and cortisol concentrations ([T], [C]). Average and maximum elbow flexor torque were measured from each exercise bout; they were later analyzed with a 2(gender) × 2(workout) analysis of variance (ANOVA) with repeated measures for workout. The [T] and [C] each underwent a 2(gender) × 2(time) ANOVA with repeated measures for time. A within-subject design was used to limit error variance. Average and maximum torque each had gender (men > women; p time, but women's values were unchanged. Yet multivariate regression revealed that 3 predictor variables (body mass and average and maximum torques) did not account for a significant amount of variance associated with the rise in male [T]. Changes in [C] were not significant. In conclusion, changes in [T] concur with the results from other studies that showed significant elevations in male [T], despite the brevity of current workouts and the rather modest volume of muscle mass engaged. Practical applications imply that salivary assays may be a viable alternative to blood draws from athletes, yet coaches and others who may administer this treatment should know that our results may have produced greater pre-post hormonal changes if postexercise sample collection had occurred at a later time point.

  3. Very High Speed Discrete Time Optical Signal Generation and Filtering (United States)

    Narayan, Vishwa

    Optical lattice filters constitute a class of devices that generate and operate upon high bandwidth optical signals. This dissertation describes the design, analysis, construction and testing of such devices. We derive elegant z-transform based filter transfer functions and develop a convenient state variable based scattering matrix filter description. A variety of filters are designed and analyzed. We also design locally optimal optical lattice filters with mirror imperfections such as losses and finite reflectivity round-off error. We conduct a quantitative sensitivity analysis of the degrading effects of these imperfections on system performance, and study the distorting effects of phase error on pulse train shape. Experimentally, we use mirror based optical lattice filters to generate 667 GHz repetition rate pulse bursts with step and ramp envelopes, and coded pulse bursts. We also demonstrate the quadrupling and octupling of the 76 MHz repetition rate of a mode-locked laser. We demonstrate the low pass filtering property of optical lattice filters by realizing a high speed discrete time optical integrator. Step functions are integrated to ramps, and ramps to quadratics, at 667 GHz. We also constructed a mechanical variable repetition rate filter with a tuning range of 2.14 to 100 GHz. We design and analyze a gain based mirror filter with active gain elements. Small signal linear constant gain tends to improve filter performance by increasing the output, and reducing fluctuations in the frequency response. We study the behavior of these filters at the stability limit, characterized by large fluctuations in the frequency response. Optical lattice filters may be used as wavelength multiplexers/demultiplexers in lightwave systems, as variable repetition rate pulse train generators for tunable repetition rate optical spectroscopy, as optical clock generators, and as discrete time/analog optical signal filters.

  4. Full-frame, high-speed 3D shape and deformation measurements using stereo-digital image correlation and a single color high-speed camera (United States)

    Yu, Liping; Pan, Bing


    Full-frame, high-speed 3D shape and deformation measurement using stereo-digital image correlation (stereo-DIC) technique and a single high-speed color camera is proposed. With the aid of a skillfully designed pseudo stereo-imaging apparatus, color images of a test object surface, composed of blue and red channel images from two different optical paths, are recorded by a high-speed color CMOS camera. The recorded color images can be separated into red and blue channel sub-images using a simple but effective color crosstalk correction method. These separated blue and red channel sub-images are processed by regular stereo-DIC method to retrieve full-field 3D shape and deformation on the test object surface. Compared with existing two-camera high-speed stereo-DIC or four-mirror-adapter-assisted singe-camera high-speed stereo-DIC, the proposed single-camera high-speed stereo-DIC technique offers prominent advantages of full-frame measurements using a single high-speed camera but without sacrificing its spatial resolution. Two real experiments, including shape measurement of a curved surface and vibration measurement of a Chinese double-side drum, demonstrated the effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed technique.

  5. Holistic design in high-speed optical interconnects (United States)

    Saeedi, Saman

    Integrated circuit scaling has enabled a huge growth in processing capability, which necessitates a corresponding increase in inter-chip communication bandwidth. As bandwidth requirements for chip-to-chip interconnection scale, deficiencies of electrical channels become more apparent. Optical links present a viable alternative due to their low frequency-dependent loss and higher bandwidth density in the form of wavelength division multiplexing. As integrated photonics and bonding technologies are maturing, commercialization of hybrid-integrated optical links are becoming a reality. Increasing silicon integration leads to better performance in optical links but necessitates a corresponding co-design strategy in both electronics and photonics. In this light, holistic design of high-speed optical links with an in-depth understanding of photonics and state-of-the-art electronics brings their performance to unprecedented levels. This thesis presents developments in high-speed optical links by co-designing and co-integrating the primary elements of an optical link: receiver, transmitter, and clocking. In the first part of this thesis a 3D-integrated CMOS/Silicon-photonic receiver will be presented. The electronic chip features a novel design that employs a low-bandwidth TIA front-end, double-sampling and equalization through dynamic offset modulation. Measured results show -14.9dBm of sensitivity and energy eciency of 170fJ/b at 25Gb/s. The same receiver front-end is also used to implement source-synchronous 4-channel WDM-based parallel optical receiver. Quadrature ILO-based clocking is employed for synchronization and a novel frequency-tracking method that exploits the dynamics of IL in a quadrature ring oscillator to increase the effective locking range. An adaptive body-biasing circuit is designed to maintain the per-bit-energy consumption constant across wide data-rates. The prototype measurements indicate a record-low power consumption of 153fJ/b at 32Gb/s. The

  6. Development of a rabbit corneal equivalent using an acellular corneal matrix of a porcine substrate. (United States)

    Xu, Yong-Gen; Xu, Yong-Sheng; Huang, Chen; Feng, Yun; Li, Ying; Wang, Wei


    The tissue equivalent that mimics the structure and function of normal tissue is a major bioengineering challenge. Tissue engineered replacement of diseased or damaged tissue has become a reality for some types of tissue such as skin and cartilage. The tissue engineered corneal epithelium, stroma, and endothelium scaffold are promising concepts in overcoming the current limitations of a cornea replacement with an allograft. The acellular corneal matrix from porcine (ACMP) was examined as a potential corneal cell sheet frame. The physical and mechanical properties of strength, expansion, transparency, and water content of the ACMP were measured. The major antigens of the cell components were completely removed with series of extraction methods, the major antigens of the cell components were identified by hematoxylin and eosin (HE), immunofluorescence staining, and scanning electron microscopy. The structural properties were investigated by HE stain and scanning electron microscopy. The three types of rabbit corneal cells were cultured in vitro, and characteristics were investigated by colony formation efficiency (CFE), BrdU staining, immunofluorescence staining, and western blot assay of keratin 3 (K3), vimentin, and aquaporin A. The biocompatibility of the ACMP was investigated for one month using rabbit corneal stroma and three types of cultured corneal cells both in vivo and in vitro. The three types of cultured rabbit corneal cells were seeded onto ACMP of each side at a cell density of 5.0 x 10(3) cells/mm(2). The optical and mechanical properties of the ACMP were similar to the normal porcine cornea. The collagen fiber interconnected to the network, formed regular collagen bundles of the ACMP, and was parallel to the corneal surface. The ACMP was transferred to the rabbit cornea stroma, which showed an intact epithelium and keratocytes in the implant region. There were no inflamed cells or new vessel invasion one month after transplantation. The three types of

  7. Development of precision casting in high speed steel; Seimitsu chuzo haisu no kaihatsu

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    Yagi, H.; Fujii, T. [Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Nagoya (Japan)


    As to the high speed steel manufactured by precision casting process, effect of decarbonization technology and low temperature casting, and difference between the characteristics of a steel and a high speed steel were examined. The high speed steel was cast by vacuum casing process using a mold manufactured by the lost wax process. Effect of superheating in casting on the product structure and the bending strength was examined. Decarbonization can be prevented by the vacuum casting process. By low temperature casting, the high speed steel structure becomes fine, and the bending strength or toughness is improved; 80% of the T-direction bending strength of the steel can be secured in the high speed steel. The high speed steel exceeds the steel by a little bit in abrasion resistance. When the high speed steel was applied to a spiral cutter, the high speed steel product exceeded 1.2 times the machined steel in the tool life. In the high speed steel, the cutting process is drastically reduced, and reduction of the material cost is also possible compared with the machined steel. The high speed steel is considered to show good results because of excellent abrasion resistance since the tool life depended more on abrasion than on toughness because of the machining conditions. 4 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. High-speed velocity measurements on an EFI-system (United States)

    Prinse, W. C.; van't Hof, P. G.; Cheng, L. K.; Scholtes, J. H. G.


    For the development of an Exploding Foil Initiator for Insensitive Munitions applications the following topics are of interest: the electrical circuit, the exploding foil, the velocity of the flyer, the driver explosive, the secondary flyer and the acceptor explosive. Several parameters of the EFI have influences on the velocity of the flyer. To investigate these parameters a Fabry-Perot Velocity Interferometer System (F-PVIS) has been used. The light to and from the flyer is transported by a multimode fibre terminated with a GRIN-lens. By this method the velocity of very tiny objects (0.1 mm), can be measured. The velocity of flyer can be recorded with nanosecond resolution, depending on the Fabry-Perot etalon and the streak camera. With this equipment the influence of the dimensions of the exploding foil and the flyer on the velocity and the acceleration of the flyer are investigated. Also the integrity of the flyer during flight can be analyzed. To characterize the explosive material, to be used as driver explosive in EFI's, the initiation behaviour of the explosive has been investigated by taking pictures of the explosion with a high speed framing and streak camera. From these pictures the initiation distance and the detonation behaviour of the explosive has been analyzed. Normally, the driver explosive initiates the acceptor explosive (booster) by direct contact. This booster explosive is embedded in the main charge of the munitions. The combination of initiator, booster explosive and main charge explosive is called the detonation train. In this research the possibility of initiation of the booster by an intermediate flyer is investigated. This secondary flyer can be made of different materials, like aluminium, steel and polyester with different sizes. With the aid of the F-PVIS the acceleration of the secondary flyer is investigated. This reveals the influence of the thickness and density of the flyer on the acceleration and final velocity. Under certain

  9. Verifying cell loss requirements in high-speed communication networks

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    Kerry W. Fendick


    Full Text Available In high-speed communication networks it is common to have requirements of very small cell loss probabilities due to buffer overflow. Losses are measured to verify that the cell loss requirements are being met, but it is not clear how to interpret such measurements. We propose methods for determining whether or not cell loss requirements are being met. A key idea is to look at the stream of losses as successive clusters of losses. Often clusters of losses, rather than individual losses, should be regarded as the important “loss events”. Thus we propose modeling the cell loss process by a batch Poisson stochastic process. Successive clusters of losses are assumed to arrive according to a Poisson process. Within each cluster, cell losses do not occur at a single time, but the distance between losses within a cluster should be negligible compared to the distance between clusters. Thus, for the purpose of estimating the cell loss probability, we ignore the spaces between successive cell losses in a cluster of losses. Asymptotic theory suggests that the counting process of losses initiating clusters often should be approximately a Poisson process even though the cell arrival process is not nearly Poisson. The batch Poisson model is relatively easy to test statistically and fit; e.g., the batch-size distribution and the batch arrival rate can readily be estimated from cell loss data. Since batch (cluster sizes may be highly variable, it may be useful to focus on the number of batches instead of the number of cells in a measurement interval. We also propose a method for approximately determining the parameters of a special batch Poisson cell loss with geometric batch-size distribution from a queueing model of the buffer content. For this step, we use a reflected Brownian motion (RBM approximation of a G/D/1/C queueing model. We also use the RBM model to estimate the input burstiness given the cell loss rate. In addition, we use the RBM model to

  10. High speed QWIP FPAs on InP substrates (United States)

    Eker, S. U.; Arslan, Y.; Besikci, C.


    Quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) technology has allowed the realization of low cost staring focal plane arrays (FPAs). However, AlGaAs/(In)GaAs QWIP FPAs suffer from low quantum and conversion efficiencies under high frame rate and/or low background conditions. We extensively discuss the effect of sensor gain on the FPA performance under various operating conditions, and highlight the superiority of the InP/InGaAs material system with respect to AlGaAs/GaAs for high speed/low background thermal imaging applications. InP/InGaAs QWIPs, providing a bias adjustable gain in a wide range, offer the flexibility of adapting the FPA to strict operating conditions. We also present an experimental comparison of large format AlGaAs/GaAs and (strained) InP/InGaAs QWIP FPAs under different operating conditions. A 640 × 512 QWIP FPA constructed with the 40-well strained InP/In 0.48Ga 0.52As material system displays a cut-off wavelength of 9.7 μm ( λ p = 8.9 μm) with a BLIP temperature higher than 65 K ( f/2), and a peak quantum efficiency as high as 12% with a broad spectral response (Δ λ/ λ p = 17%). The conversion efficiency of the FPA pixels is as high as 20% under large bias (4 V) where the detectivity is reasonably high (˜3 × 10 10 cm Hz 1/2/W, f/2, 65 K). While providing a considerably higher quantum efficiency than the pixels of a similar AlGaAs/GaAs FPA, the InP/InGaAs QWIP provides similar NETD values with much shorter integration times and, being less sensitive to the read noise, successfully operates with sub-millisecond integration times. The results clearly demonstrate that InP based material systems display high potential for single- and dual-band QWIP FPAs by overcoming the limitations of the standard GaAs based QWIPs under high frame rate and/or low background conditions.

  11. Vanishing corneal vessels (United States)

    Nicholson, Luke; Chana, Rupinder


    We wish to highlight the importance of acknowledging the accompanying effects of topical phenylephrine drops on the eye other than its intended mydriasis. We reported a case of a 92-year-old woman with a corneal graft who was noted to have superficial corneal vascularisation which was not documented previously. After the instillation of topical tropicamide 1% and phenylephrine 2.5%, for funduscopy, the corneal vascularisation was not visible. When reassessed on another visit, tropicamide had no effect on the vessels and only phenylephrine did. We wish to highlight that when reviewing patients in cornea clinics, instilling phenylephrine prior to being seen may mask important corneal vascularisation. PMID:24121816

  12. Real-time display and functional optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy with high-speed two wavelength illumination (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Lee, Sang-Won; Kang, Heesung; Cho, Soon-Woo; Park, Sang Min; Kim, Chang-Seok; Lee, Tae Geol


    Optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM), has been widely used and studied as noninvasive and in-vivo imaging technique, can achieve a high resolution and high contrast image. OR-PAM is combined with optical absorption contrast and detection of acoustic wave generated by thermal expansion. Recently, nanoparticles and dyes have been used as contrast agents of OR-PAM. To obtain functional OR-PAM image such as a distribution image of blood vessels and nanoparticles, a tunable dye laser or optical parametric oscillator (OPO) should be needed at more two wavelength. However, because these lasers have a low pulse repetition rate (10 Hz 10 kHz), a functional OR-PAM image with real-time display has been limited. In our previous study, we demonstrated high-speed OR-PAM using an Ytterbium fiber laser and a graphics processing unit (GPU) technique at 300 kHz-pulse repetition rates. Although this Ytterbium fiber laser has a high pulse repetition rate, it is not comfortable for functional imaging owing to lasing at only single wavelength. Therefore, in this study, we used a high-speed interlaced illumination method at 532 nm and 1064 nm for real-time display functional OR-PAM. For high-speed interlaced illumination of two wavelength, we applied second harmonic generation effect and a high-speed optical switching using an electro-optic modulator. Therefore, we could obtain maximum amplitude projection (MAP) images about distributions of blood vessels and nanoparticles, simultaneously, with 500 x 500 pixels and a real-time display of approximately 0.5 fps.

  13. Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidative Effects of Camellia japonica on Human Corneal Epithelial Cells and Experimental Dry Eye: In Vivo and In Vitro Study. (United States)

    Lee, Hyo Seok; Choi, Joo-Hee; Cui, Lian; Li, Ying; Yang, Jee Myung; Yun, Je-Jung; Jung, Ji Eun; Choi, Won; Yoon, Kyung Chul


    To analyze the anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects of Camellia japonica (CJ) on human corneal epithelial (HCE) cells and its therapeutic effects in a mouse model of experimental dry eye (EDE). Camellia japonica extracts of varying concentrations (0.001%, 0.01%, and 0.1%) were used to treat HCE cells. Dichlorofluorescein diacetate (DCF-DA) and dihydroethidium (DHE) assays were performed. The production of peroxiredoxin (PRX) 1-6 and manganese-dependent superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) in HCE cells was assessed using Western blot analysis. Furthermore, eye drops containing 0.001%, 0.01%, or 0.1% CJ extract or a balanced salt solution (BSS) were applied to the EDE. Clinical parameters were measured 7 days after treatment. The levels of inflammatory markers and intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) were measured. Treatment with 0.01% and 0.1% CJ extracts decreased apoptosis in HCE cells. In addition, band intensities of PRX 1, 4, and 5, as well as MnSOD, after hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) treatment showed a significant improvement after pretreatment with 0.01% and 0.1% CJ extracts. Mice treated with 0.1% CJ extract showed significantly improved clinical parameters when compared to those of the EDE control and BSS groups. A significant decrease in the levels of inflammatory markers and intracellular ROS was observed in the 0.01% and 0.1% CJ extract groups. Camellia japonica extracts promoted antioxidative protein expression and suppressed apoptosis in HCE cells. Furthermore, CJ extracts improved clinical signs of dry eye and reduced oxidative stress and the expression of inflammatory markers, suggesting that eye drops containing CJ extract could be used as an adjunctive treatment for dry eye.

  14. An Alternative Approach for High Speed Railway Carrying Capacity Calculation Based on Multiagent Simulation

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    Mo Gao


    Full Text Available It is a multiobjective mixed integer programming problem that calculates the carrying capacity of high speed railway based on mathematical programming method. The model is complex and difficult to solve, and it is difficult to comprehensively consider the various influencing factors on the train operation. The multiagent theory is employed to calculate high speed railway carrying capacity. In accordance with real operations of high speed railway, a three-layer agent model is developed to simulate the operating process of high speed railway. In the proposed model, railway network agent, line agent, station agent, and train agent are designed, respectively. To validate the proposed model, a case study is performed for Beijing–Shanghai high speed railway by using NetLogo software. The results are consistent with the actual data, which implies that the proposed multiagent method is feasible to calculate the carrying capacity of high speed railway.

  15. High Speed Mobility Through On-Demand Aviation (United States)

    Moore, Mark D.; Goodrich, Ken; Viken, Jeff; Smith, Jeremy; Fredericks, Bill; Trani, Toni; Barraclough, Jonathan; German, Brian; Patterson, Michael


    automobiles. ?? Community Noise: Hub and smaller GA airports are facing increasing noise restrictions, and while commercial airliners have dramatically decreased their community noise footprint over the past 30 years, GA aircraft noise has essentially remained same, and moreover, is located in closer proximity to neighborhoods and businesses. ?? Operating Costs: GA operating costs have risen dramatically due to average fuel costs of over $6 per gallon, which has constrained the market over the past decade and resulted in more than 50% lower sales and 35% less yearly operations. Infusion of autonomy and electric propulsion technologies can accomplish not only a transformation of the GA market, but also provide a technology enablement bridge for both larger aircraft and the emerging civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) markets. The NASA Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) project successfully used a similar approach to enable the introduction of primary composite structures and flat panel displays in the 1990s, establishing both the technology and certification standardization to permit quick adoption through partnerships with industry, academia, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Regional and airliner markets are experiencing constant pressure to achieve decreasing levels of community emissions and noise, while lowering operating costs and improving safety. But to what degree can these new technology frontiers impact aircraft safety, the environment, operations, cost, and performance? Are the benefits transformational enough to fundamentally alter aircraft competiveness and productivity to permit much greater aviation use for high speed and On-Demand Mobility (ODM)? These questions were asked in a Zip aviation system study named after the Zip Car, an emerging car-sharing business model. Zip Aviation investigates the potential to enable new emergent markets for aviation that offer "more flexibility than the existing transportation solutions

  16. Prospects of high-speed traffic development on international routes to ukraine. an experience of other countries in establishing high-speed passenger traffic

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    Віта Валеріївна Якименко


    Full Text Available Prospects and directions of high-speed traffic development on international railway communication, possible ways of solving the mismatch problem of the railway track width are described and analyzed in the article. An experience of other countries in addressing the issue of international high-speed passenger traffic, ways to overcome negative influences on the number of passengers and direction of their solution is analyzed and reviewed

  17. Gearbox Reliability Collaborative Investigation of Gearbox Motion and High-Speed-Shaft Loads

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    Keller, Jon [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Guo, Yi [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Sethuraman, Latha [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)


    This paper extends a model-to-test validation effort to examine the effect of different constant rotor torque and moment conditions and intentional generator misalignment on the gearbox motion and high-speed-shaft loads. Fully validating gearbox motion and high-speed-shaft loads across a range of test conditions is a critical precursor to examining the bearing loads, as the gearbox motion and high-speed-shaft loads are the drivers of these bearing loads.

  18. Smart Materials Technology for High Speed Adaptive Inlet/Nozzle Design Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Enabling a new generation of high speed civil aircraft will require breakthrough developments in propulsion design, including novel techniques to optimize inlet...

  19. Applications of biomaterials in corneal wound healing. (United States)

    Tsai, I-Lun; Hsu, Chih-Chien; Hung, Kuo-Hsuan; Chang, Chi-Wen; Cheng, Yung-Hsin


    Disease affecting the cornea is a common cause of blindness worldwide. To date, the amniotic membrane (AM) is the most widely used clinical method for cornea regeneration. However, donor-dependent differences in the AM may result in variable clinical outcomes. To overcome this issue, biomaterials are currently under investigation for corneal regeneration in vitro and in vivo. In this article, we highlight the recent advances in hydrogels, bioengineered prosthetic devices, contact lenses, and drug delivery systems for corneal regeneration. In clinical studies, the therapeutic effects of biomaterials, including fibrin and collagen-based hydrogels and silicone contact lenses, have been demonstrated in damaged cornea. The combination of cells and biomaterials may provide potential treatment in corneal wound healing in the future. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Taiwan.

  20. Applications of biomaterials in corneal wound healing

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    I-Lun Tsai


    Full Text Available Disease affecting the cornea is a common cause of blindness worldwide. To date, the amniotic membrane (AM is the most widely used clinical method for cornea regeneration. However, donor-dependent differences in the AM may result in variable clinical outcomes. To overcome this issue, biomaterials are currently under investigation for corneal regeneration in vitro and in vivo. In this article, we highlight the recent advances in hydrogels, bioengineered prosthetic devices, contact lenses, and drug delivery systems for corneal regeneration. In clinical studies, the therapeutic effects of biomaterials, including fibrin and collagen-based hydrogels and silicone contact lenses, have been demonstrated in damaged cornea. The combination of cells and biomaterials may provide potential treatment in corneal wound healing in the future.

  1. Corneal biomechanics: a review. (United States)

    Piñero, David P; Alcón, Natividad


    Biomechanics is often defined as 'mechanics applied to biology'. Due to the variety and complexity of the behaviour of biological structures and materials, biomechanics is better defined as the development, extension and application of mechanics for a better understanding of physiology and physiopathology and consequently for a better diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury. Different methods for the characterisation of corneal biomechanics are reviewed in detail, including those that are currently commercially available (Ocular Response Analyzer and CorVis ST). The clinical applicability of the parameters provided by these devices are discussed, especially in the fields of glaucoma, detection of ectatic disorders and orthokeratology. Likewise, other methods are also reviewed, such as Brillouin microscopy or dynamic optical coherence tomography and others with potential application to clinical practice but not validated for in vivo measurements, such as ultrasonic elastography. Advantages and disadvantages of all these techniques are described. Finally, the concept of biomechanical modelling is revised as well as the requirements for developing biomechanical models, with special emphasis on finite element modelling. © 2014 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2014 Optometry Australia.

  2. Algorithms for High-Speed Noninvasive Eye-Tracking System (United States)

    Talukder, Ashit; Morookian, John-Michael; Lambert, James


    Two image-data-processing algorithms are essential to the successful operation of a system of electronic hardware and software that noninvasively tracks the direction of a person s gaze in real time. The system was described in High-Speed Noninvasive Eye-Tracking System (NPO-30700) NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 31, No. 8 (August 2007), page 51. To recapitulate from the cited article: Like prior commercial noninvasive eyetracking systems, this system is based on (1) illumination of an eye by a low-power infrared light-emitting diode (LED); (2) acquisition of video images of the pupil, iris, and cornea in the reflected infrared light; (3) digitization of the images; and (4) processing the digital image data to determine the direction of gaze from the centroids of the pupil and cornea in the images. Most of the prior commercial noninvasive eyetracking systems rely on standard video cameras, which operate at frame rates of about 30 Hz. Such systems are limited to slow, full-frame operation. The video camera in the present system includes a charge-coupled-device (CCD) image detector plus electronic circuitry capable of implementing an advanced control scheme that effects readout from a small region of interest (ROI), or subwindow, of the full image. Inasmuch as the image features of interest (the cornea and pupil) typically occupy a small part of the camera frame, this ROI capability can be exploited to determine the direction of gaze at a high frame rate by reading out from the ROI that contains the cornea and pupil (but not from the rest of the image) repeatedly. One of the present algorithms exploits the ROI capability. The algorithm takes horizontal row slices and takes advantage of the symmetry of the pupil and cornea circles and of the gray-scale contrasts of the pupil and cornea with respect to other parts of the eye. The algorithm determines which horizontal image slices contain the pupil and cornea, and, on each valid slice, the end coordinates of the pupil and cornea

  3. Advanced Ultra-High Speed Motor for Drilling

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    Three (3) designs have been made for two sizes, 6.91 cm (2.72 inch) and 4.29 cm (1.69 inch) outer diameters, of a patented inverted configured Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines (PMSM) electric motor specifically for drilling at ultra-high rotational speeds (10,000 rpm) and that can utilize advanced drilling methods. Benefits of these motors are stackable power sections, full control (speed and direction) of downhole motors, flow hydraulics independent of motor operation, application of advanced drilling methods (water jetting and abrasive slurry jetting), and the ability of signal/power electric wires through motor(s). Key features of the final designed motors are: fixed non-rotating shaft with stator coils attached; rotating housing with permanent magnet (PM) rotor attached; bit attached to rotating housing; internal channel(s) in a nonrotating shaft; electric components that are hydrostatically isolated from high internal pressure circulating fluids ('muds') by static metal to metal seals; liquid filled motor with smoothed features for minimized turbulence in the motor during operation; and new inverted coated metal-metal hydrodynamic bearings and seals. PMSM, Induction and Switched Reluctance Machines (SRM), all pulse modulated, were considered, but PMSM were determined to provide the highest power density for the shortest motors. Both radial and axial electric PMSM driven motors were designed with axial designs deemed more rugged for ultra-high speed, drilling applications. The 6.91 cm (2.72 inch) OD axial inverted motor can generate 4.18KW (5.61 Hp) power at 10,000 rpm with a 4 Nm (2.95 ft-lbs) of torque for every 30.48 cm (12 inches) of power section. The 6.91 cm (2.72 inch) OD radial inverted motor can generate 5.03 KW (6.74 Hp) with 4.8 Nm (3.54 ft-lb) torque at 10,000 rpm for every 30.48 cm (12 inches) of power section. The 4.29 cm (1.69 inch) OD radial inverted motor can generate 2.56 KW (3.43 Hp) power with 2.44 Nm (1.8 ft-lb) torque at

  4. Riboflavin concentration in corneal stroma after intracameral injection

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    Na Li


    Full Text Available AIM:To evaluate the enrichment of riboflavin in the corneal stroma after intracameral injection to research the barrier ability of the corneal endothelium to riboflavin in vivo.METHODS:The right eyes of 30 New Zealand white rabbits were divided into three groups. Different concentrations riboflavin-balanced salt solutions (BSS were injected into the anterior chamber (10 with 0.5%, 10 with 1%, and 10 with 2%. Eight corneal buttons of 8.5 mm in diameter from each group were dissected at 30min after injection and the riboflavin concentrations in the corneal stroma were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC after removing the epithelium and endothelium. The other two rabbits in every group were observed for 24h and sacrificed. As a comparison, the riboflavin concentrations from 16 corneal stromal samples were determined using HPLC after instillation of 0.1% riboflavin-BSS solution for 30min on the corneal surface (8 without epithelium and 8 with intact epithelium.RESULTS: The mean riboflavin concentrations were 11.19, 18.97, 25.08, 20.18, and 1.13 µg/g for 0.5%, 1%, 2%, de-epithelialzed samples, and the transepithelial groups, respectively. The color change of the corneal stroma and the HPLC results showed that enrichment with riboflavin similar to classical de-epithelialized corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL could be achieved by intracameral1% riboflavin-BSS solution after 30min; the effect appeared to be continuous for at least 30min.CONCLUSION:Riboflavin can effectively penetrate the corneal stroma through the endothelium after an intracameral injection in vivo, so it could be an enhancing method that could improve the corneal riboflavin concentration in transepithelial CXL.

  5. corneal pyogenic granuloma

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    Sep 14, 2012 ... Figure 3: A child with pyogenic cornea granuloma intra operatively. After excision of the mass, central corneal stromal defect developed. The patient was followed up for more than a month with topical antibiotic and cycloplegic. Subsequently, the defect healed and leucoma corneal opacity (figure.

  6. Corneal Biomechanical Changes after Crosslinking for Progressive Keratoconus with the Corneal Visualization Scheimpflug Technology

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    Johannes Steinberg


    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate the effect of corneal crosslinking in progressive keratoconus by applying in vivo corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology. Design. Longitudinal retrospective study. Subjects and Controls. Seventeen eyes of patients treated with corneal crosslinking for progressive keratoconus. Methods. Corneal visualization Scheimpflug technology analyses (research software version 6.07r08 of subjects with progressive keratoconus before and 3 months after corneal crosslinking (CXL were reviewed retrospectively. t-test (for normal distribution and Wilcoxon matched-pairs test (if not normally distributed were used to test for statistically significant differences between pre- and post-CXL analyses. Results. We demonstrated statistically significant differences for the intraocular pressure (median: +3 mmHg, P =0.004, the central corneal pachymetry (pachy; mean: −35 µm, P<0.001, the timespan between the air impulse release and the first applanation of the cornea (A1time; median: +0.12 ms, P<0.05, and the timespan between the air impulse release and the second applanation of the cornea (A2time; median: −37 ms, P<0.05. Conclusions. With the A1time and the A2time, we identified two parameters that demonstrated a statistically significant improvement of the biomechanical properties of the cornea after CXL. Despite the known initial decrease of the pachymetry after CXL, none of the analyzed parameters indicated a progression of the keratoconus.

  7. Increased corneal hysteresis after corneal collagen crosslinking: a study based on applanation resonance technology. (United States)

    Beckman Rehnman, Jeannette; Behndig, Anders; Hallberg, Per; Lindén, Christina


    A reliable tool for quantification of the biomechanical status of the cornea in conjunction with corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) treatment is needed. To quantify the biomechanical effects of CXL in vivo. A prospective, open, case-control study was conducted at the Department of Ophthalmology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. Participants included 28 patients (29 eyes) aged 18 to 28 years with progressive keratoconus and corresponding age- and sex-matched healthy individuals serving as controls. All participants were monitored during a 6-month period between October 13, 2009, and November 5, 2012. Corneal hysteresis after CXL for keratoconus. A difference in corneal hysteresis between the control group and the patients with keratoconus was found at baseline, both with an applanation resonance tonometer (ART) and an ocular response analyzer (ORA), at mean (SD) values of -1.09 (1.92) mm Hg (99% CI, -2.26 to 0.07; P = .01) and -2.67 (2.55) mm Hg (99% CI, -4.05 to -1.32; P corneal hysteresis was demonstrated with an ART 1 and 6 months after CXL, at 1.2 (2.4) mm Hg (99% CI,-0.1 to 2.5; P = .02) and 1.1 (2.7) mm Hg (99% CI, -0.3 to 2.6; P = .04), respectively, but not with ORA. A decrease in corneal thickness was seen 1 and 6 months after treatment (-24 [26] µm, P corneal flattening of -0.6 (0.7) diopters was seen at 6 months (P corneal hysteresis after CXL treatment. Given the large-scale use of CXL in modern keratoconus treatment, a tool with this capacity has a great potential value. Refinement of the ART method of measuring and quantifying corneal biomechanical properties will be a subject of further studies.

  8. Comparison on different insects' wing displacements using high speed digital holographic interferometry. (United States)

    Aguayo, Daniel D; Santoyo, Fernando Mendoza; De la Torre-I, Manuel H; Salas-Araiza, Manuel D; Caloca-Mendez, Cristian


    In-flight insect wing motion behavior depends on a wide variety of conditions. They have a complex structural system and what seems to be a rather complicated motion. Researchers in many fields have endeavoured to study and reproduce these wing movements with the aim to apply the gained knowledge in their fields and for the benefit of avionic technological improvements and insect migration studies, among many other themes. The study of in-flight insect wing motion and its measurement is a relevant issue to understand and reproduce its functionality. Being capable of measuring the wing flapping using optical noninvasive methods adds scientific and technological value to the fundamental research in the area. Four different types of butterflies found widely in Mexico's forests are used to compare their wing flapping mechanisms. An out-of-plane digital holographic interferometry system is used to detect and measure its wingmicro deformations. Displacement changes from in vivo flapping wings are registered with a CMOS high speed camera yielding full field of view images depicting these insects' wing motion. The results have a resolution in the scale of hundreds of nanometers over the entire wing surface.

  9. Detecting and Blocking Network Attacks at Ultra High Speeds

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    Paxson, Vern


    Stateful, in-depth, in-line traffic analysis for intrusion detection and prevention has grown increasingly more difficult as the data rates of modern networks rise. One point in the design space for high-performance network analysis - pursued by a number of commercial products - is the use of sophisticated custom hardware. For very high-speed processing, such systems often cast the entire analysis process in ASICs. This project pursued a different architectural approach, which we term Shunting. Shunting marries a conceptually quite simple hardware device with an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) running on commodity PC hardware. The overall design goal is was to keep the hardware both cheap and readily scalable to future higher speeds, yet also retain the unparalleled flexibility that running the main IPS analysis in a full general-computing environment provides. The Shunting architecture we developed uses a simple in-line hardware element that maintains several large state tables indexed by packet header fields, including IP/TCP flags, source and destination IP addresses, and connection tuples. The tables yield decision values the element makes on a packet-by-packet basis: forward the packet, drop it, or divert ('shunt') it through the IPS (the default). By manipulating table entries, the IPS can, on a fine-grained basis: (i) specify the traffic it wishes to examine, (ii) directly block malicious traffic, and (iii) 'cut through' traffic streams once it has had an opportunity to 'vet' them, or (iv) skip over large items within a stream before proceeding to further analyze it. For the Shunting architecture to yield benefits, it needs to operate in an environment for which the monitored network traffic has the property that - after proper vetting - much of it can be safely skipped. This property does not universally hold. For example, if a bank needs to examine all Web traffic involving its servers for regulatory compliance, then a

  10. Substructure method in high-speed monorail dynamic problems (United States)

    Ivanchenko, I. I.


    The study of actions of high-speed moving loads on bridges and elevated tracks remains a topical problem for transport. In the present study, we propose a new method for moving load analysis of elevated tracks (monorail structures or bridges), which permits studying the interaction between two strained objects consisting of rod systems and rigid bodies with viscoelastic links; one of these objects is the moving load (monorail rolling stock), and the other is the carrying structure (monorail elevated track or bridge). The methods for moving load analysis of structures were developed in numerous papers [1-15]. At the first stage, when solving the problem about a beam under the action of the simplest moving load such as a moving weight, two fundamental methods can be used; the same methods are realized for other structures and loads. The first method is based on the use of a generalized coordinate in the expansion of the deflection in the natural shapes of the beam, and the problem is reduced to solving a system of ordinary differential equations with variable coefficients [1-3]. In the second method, after the "beam-weight" system is decomposed, just as in the problem with the weight impact on the beam [4], solving the problem is reduced to solving an integral equation for the dynamic weight reaction [6, 7]. In [1-3], an increase in the number of retained forms leads to an increase in the order of the system of equations; in [6, 7], difficulties arise when solving the integral equations related to the conditional stability of the step procedures. The method proposed in [9, 14] for beams and rod systems combines the above approaches and eliminates their drawbacks, because it permits retaining any necessary number of shapes in the deflection expansion and has a resolving system of equations with an unconditionally stable integration scheme and with a minimum number of unknowns, just as in the method of integral equations [6, 7]. This method is further developed for

  11. Fire protection for high speed line tunnels; Risk analysis and exceptional robotic application results

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    Linde, F.W.J. van de; Gijsbers, F.B.J.; Klok, G.J.


    The Green Hart Tunnel in The Netherlands is a 7 km long high speed railway tunnel with an exterior diameter of 14.5 metres. A separation wall devides the tunnel into two single tubes. High speed trains will pass the tunnel at speeds of more than 300 kph. Inside the tunnel 200,000 m2 fire resistant

  12. Environmental risks of high-speed railway in China: Public participation, perception and trust

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    He, G.; Mol, A.P.J.; Zhang, L.; Lu, Y.


    Two decades ago China entered an era with rapid expansion of transport infrastructure. In an ambitious plan on high-speed railway development, China plans to have the longest high-speed railway network by 2020. Social concerns and anxiety with the adverse environmental and social risks and impacts

  13. Fire ventilation for the high-speed line south train tunnels

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    Leur, P.H.E. van de; Oerle, N.J. van; Lemaire, A.D.; Molag, M.


    In The Netherlands, the High-Speed Line South project currently under development as a part of the European railway network for high speed trains. In support of a Quantitative Risk Assessment, CFD calculations provide data on the consequences of fire scenarios for escaping passengers. The paper

  14. Calibration and test capabilities of the Langley 7- by 10- foot high speed tunnel (United States)

    Fox, C. H., Jr.; Huffman, J. K.


    The results of a new subsonic calibration of the Langley 7 by 10 foot high speed tunnel with the test section in a solid wall configuration are presented. A description of the test capabilities of the 7 by 10 foot high speed tunnel is also given.

  15. Parallel scanning laser ophthalmoscope (PSLO) for high-speed retinal imaging

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    Vienola, K.V.; Braaf, Boy; Damodaran, Mathi; Vermeer, Koenraad A.; de Boer, Johannes F.


    Purpose High-speed imaging of the retina is crucial for obtaining high quality images in the presence of eye motion. To improve the speed of traditional scanners, a high-speed ophthalmic device is presented using a digital micro-mirror device (DMD) for confocal imaging with multiple simultaneous

  16. L1 Adaptive Manoeuvring Control of Unmanned High-speed Water Craft

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    Svendsen, Casper H.; Holck, Niels Ole; Galeazzi, Roberto


    This work addresses the issue of designing an adaptive robust control system to govern the steering of a high speed unmanned personal watercraft (PWC) maintaining equal performance across the craft’s envelope of operation. The maneuvering dynamics of a high speed PWC is presented and a strong...

  17. Tri-state high speed rail study : Chicago - Milwaukee - Twin Cities corridor (United States)


    This report, the Final Report for the Tri-State Study of High Speed Rail Service, describes the work carried out by TMS/Benesch in analyzing the potential for high speed rail in the Tri-State Corridor. Specifically, the study provides a pre-feasibili...

  18. Impact of high-speed railway accessibility on the location choices of office establishments

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    Willigers, J.


    High-speed railways are becoming increasingly common in Europe. In the Netherlands soon the HSL-South will be opened. This high-speed railway line connects the Randstad to Brussels and Paris. A prominent aim of this new railway is to improve international competitiveness of the Netherlands. As a

  19. Developing seamless connections in the urban transit network : a look toward high-speed rail interconnectivity. (United States)


    In the past, U.S. studies on high-speed rail (HSR) have focused primarily on the economic implications of high-speed rail development. Recently, however, studies have begun evaluating multimodal connectivity of HSR stations. The ways in which differe...

  20. Automatic in-process chatter avoidance in the high-speed milling process

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    Dijk, N.J.M. van; Doppenberg, E.J.J.; Faassen, R.P.H.; Wouw, N. van de; Oosterling, J.A.J.; Nijmeijer, H.


    High-speed milling is often used in industry to maximize productivity of the manufacturing of high-technology components, such as aeronautical components, mold, and dies. The occurrence of chatter highly limits the efficiency and accuracy of high-speed milling operations. In this paper, two control

  1. A New High-Speed Low Distortion Switched-Current Cell

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    Shah, Peter Jivan; Toumazou, Christofer


    A new switched-current cell is presented which simultaneously offers high speed, low distortion, low gain error, and a virtual ground input. In a simulation example 0.01% distortion was achieved at 50MHz sampling rate which makes the cell very well suited for high accuracy high speed filtering...

  2. Evaluation of intrusion detection technologies for high speed rail grade crossings : final report. (United States)


    The rail industry is in the process of developing a prototype system for high speed rail. One of the concerns when using high speed rail is the danger of obstructions on the track. This level of danger is much higher than with traditional railway veh...

  3. Evaluation of a new device for sterilizing dental high-speed handpieces

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    Larsen, T; Andersen, H K; Fiehn, N E


    Dental high-speed turbines and handpieces can take up and expel microorganisms during operation and thus need regular sterilization. This study established a method for validating devices used to sterilize high-speed turbines and handpieces. The air and water channels and turbine chambers were...

  4. Flow-Visualization Techniques Used at High Speed by Configuration Aerodynamics Wind-Tunnel-Test Team (United States)

    Lamar, John E. (Editor)


    This paper summarizes a variety of optically based flow-visualization techniques used for high-speed research by the Configuration Aerodynamics Wind-Tunnel Test Team of the High-Speed Research Program during its tenure. The work of other national experts is included for completeness. Details of each technique with applications and status in various national wind tunnels are given.

  5. Verification of high-speed solar wind stream forecasts using operational solar wind models

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    Reiss, Martin A.; Temmer, Manuela; Veronig, Astrid M.


    High-speed solar wind streams emanating from coronal holes are frequently impinging on the Earth's magnetosphere causing recurrent, medium-level geomagnetic storm activity. Modeling high-speed solar wind streams is thus an essential element of successful space weather forecasting. Here we evaluate...

  6. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography - Ultra-high speed, ultra-high resolution ophthalmic imaging

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    Chen, T.; Cense, B.; Pierce, M. C.; Nassif, N. A.; Park, B. H.; Yun, S. H.; White, B.; Bouma, B. E.; Tearney, G. J.; de Boer, J.F.


    Objective: To introduce a new ophthalmic optical coherence tomography technology that allows unprecedented simultaneous ultra-high speed and ultra-high resolution. Methods: Using a superluminescent diode source, a clinically viable ultra-high speed, ultra-high resolution spectral domain optical

  7. Ultra-high-speed optical signal processing of serial data signals

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    Clausen, Anders; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Palushani, Evarist


    To ensure that ultra high-speed serial data signals can be utilised in future optical communication networks, it is indispensable to have all-optical signal processing elements at our disposal. In this paper, the most recent advances in our use of non-linear materials incorporated in different...... function blocks for high-speed signal processing are reviewed....

  8. Hybrid iterative wavefront shaping for high-speed focusing through scattering media (United States)

    Hemphill, Ashton S.; Wang, Lihong V.


    A major limiting factor of optical imaging in biological applications is the diffusion of light by tissue, preventing focusing at depths greater than ~1 mm in the body. To overcome this issue, phase-based wavefront shaping alters the phase of sections of the incident wavefront to counteract aberrations in phase caused by scattering. This enables focusing through scattering media beyond the optical diffusion limit and increases signal compared to amplitude-based compensation. However, in previous studies, speed of optimization has typically been limited by the use of a liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) for measurement and display. SLMs usually have refresh rates of less than 100 Hz and require much longer than the speckle correlation time of tissue in vivo, usually on the order of milliseconds, to determine the optimal wavefront. Here, we present a phase-based iterative wavefront shaping method based on an onaxis digital micromirror device (DMD) in conjunction with an electro-optic modulator (EOM) for measurement and a fast SLM for display. By combining phase modulation from an EOM with the modal selection of the DMD, we take advantage of DMDs higher refresh rate, approximately 23 kHz, for iterative phase measurement. The slower SLM requires one update for display following the rapid determination of the optimal wavefront via the DMD, allowing for high-speed wavefront shaping. Using this system, we are able to focus through scattering media using 64 modes in under 8 milliseconds, on the order of the speckle correlation time for tissue in vivo.

  9. Design of noise barrier inspection system for high-speed railway (United States)

    Liu, Bingqian; Shao, Shuangyun; Feng, Qibo; Ma, Le; Cholryong, Kim


    The damage of noise barriers will highly reduce the transportation safety of the high-speed railway. In this paper, an online inspection system of noise barrier based on laser vision for the safety of high-speed railway is proposed. The inspection system, mainly consisted of a fast camera and a line laser, installed in the first carriage of the high-speed CIT(Composited Inspection Train).A Laser line was projected on the surface of the noise barriers and the images of the light line were received by the camera while the train is running at high speed. The distance between the inspection system and the noise barrier can be obtained based on laser triangulation principle. The results of field tests show that the proposed system can meet the need of high speed and high accuracy to get the contour distortion of the noise barriers.

  10. A simulation-based study of HighSpeed TCP and its deployment

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    Souza, Evandro de [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    The current congestion control mechanism used in TCP has difficulty reaching full utilization on high speed links, particularly on wide-area connections. For example, the packet drop rate needed to fill a Gigabit pipe using the present TCP protocol is below the currently achievable fiber optic error rates. HighSpeed TCP was recently proposed as a modification of TCP's congestion control mechanism to allow it to achieve reasonable performance in high speed wide-area links. In this research, simulation results showing the performance of HighSpeed TCP and the impact of its use on the present implementation of TCP are presented. Network conditions including different degrees of congestion, different levels of loss rate, different degrees of bursty traffic and two distinct router queue management policies were simulated. The performance and fairness of HighSpeed TCP were compared to the existing TCP and solutions for bulk-data transfer using parallel streams.

  11. Impact of Myopia on Corneal Biomechanics in Glaucoma and Nonglaucoma Patients. (United States)

    Chansangpetch, Sunee; Panpruk, Rawiphan; Manassakorn, Anita; Tantisevi, Visanee; Rojanapongpun, Prin; Hurst, Cameron P; Lin, Shan C


    We evaluated the impact of myopia on corneal biomechanical properties in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and nonglaucoma patients, and the effect of modification of glaucoma on myopic eyes. This cross-sectional study included 66 POAG eyes (33 myopia, 33 nonmyopia) and 66 normal eyes (33 myopia, 33 nonmyopia). Seven corneal biomechanical parameters were measured by ultra-high-speed Scheimpflug imaging, including corneal deformation amplitude (CDA), inward/outward corneal applanation length (ICA, OCA), inward/outward corneal velocity (ICV, OCV), radius, and peak distance (PD). Mean age (SD) of the 65 male (49%) and 67 female (51%) patients was 59 (9.82) years. Myopia was associated with significantly higher CDA (adjusted effect = 0.104, P = 0.001) and lower OCV (adjusted effect = -0.105, P myopia on corneal biomechanics. Percentage differences in the adjusted myopic effect between POAG and nonglaucoma patients was 31.65, 27.27, 31.65, 50.00, 22.09, and 60.49 for CDA, ICA, OCA, ICV, OCV, and radius, respectively. Myopia had a significant impact on corneal biomechanical properties in the POAG and nonglaucoma groups. The differences in corneal biomechanical parameters suggest that myopia is correlated with significantly lower ocular rigidity. POAG may enhance the effects of myopia on most of these parameters.


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    S. T. Djabbarov


    Full Text Available Purpose. Studies of the effect of aerodynamic pressure on the maximum permissible speeds of a high-speed train on the existing railway infrastructure. Methodology. The study of the magnitude and direction of the aerodynamic pressure, its effect on the maximum speeds of a high-speed train was carried out on a train model composed of axisymmetric bodies with conical forms of head and tail parts. Findings. Determined the values of the aerodynamic pressure at different distances from the train are, when the high-speed train moves at a speed of 200 km/h or more. The maximum speeds of a high-speed train are determined taking into account the state of the infrastructure of the existing railway, ensuring the safe operation of a high-speed railway. Originality. Theoretical studies of aerodynamic pressure from secondary air currents formed during the movement of high-speed trains are performed on a model of a train composed of identical axisymmetric bodies with conical forms of head and tail moving in a compressible medium. The results of the research allow the regularity of the change in aerodynamic pressure during the movement of a high-speed train. Practical value. The obtained results allow to establish: 1 the maximum permissible speeds of a high-speed train taking into account the technical condition of permanent devices and structures of the existing railway infrastructure; 2 technical parameters of individual objects and structural elements of the infrastructure of high-speed iron subjected to the effect of aerodynamic pressure for a given maximum speed of high-speed trains.

  13. Collagen cross-linking of the Boston keratoprosthesis donor carrier to prevent corneal melting in high-risk patients. (United States)

    Robert, Marie-Claude; Arafat, Samer N; Ciolino, Joseph B


    To examine the clinical relevance and pathophysiology of Boston keratoprosthesis (B-KPro)-related corneal keratolysis (cornea melt) and to describe a novel method of preventing corneal melt using ex vivo crosslinked cornea tissue carrier. A review of B-KPro literature was performed to highlight cases of corneal melt. Studies examining the effect of corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) on the biomechanical properties of corneal tissue are summarized. The use of crosslinked corneal tissue as a carrier to the B-KPro is illustrated with a case. Corneal melting after B-KPro is a relatively rare event, occurring in 3% of eyes during the first 3 years of postoperative follow-up. The risk of post-KPro corneal melting is heightened in eyes with chronic ocular surface inflammation such as eyes with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and mucous membrane pemphigoid. This chronic inflammation results in high tear levels of matrix metalloproteinases, the enzymes responsible for collagenolysis and corneal melt. Crosslinked corneal tissue has been shown to have stiffer biomechanical properties and to be more resistant to degradation by collagenolytic enzymes. We have previously optimized the technique for ex vivo corneal CXL and are currently studying its impact on the prevention of corneal melting after B-KPro surgery in high-risk eyes. Crosslinked carrier tissue was used in a 52-year-old man with familial aniridia and severe post-KPro corneal melt. The patient maintained his visual acuity and showed no evidence of corneal thinning or melt in the first postoperative year. Collagen crosslinking was previously shown to halt the enzymatic degradation of corneal buttons ex vivo. This study demonstrates the safety and potential benefit of using crosslinked corneal grafts as carriers for the B-KPro, especially in eyes at higher risk of postoperative melt.


    Lamm, Vladimir; Hara, Hidetaka; Mammen, Alex; Dhaliwal, Deepinder; Cooper, David K.C.


    Approximately 39 million people are blind worldwide, with an estimated 285 million visually impaired. The developing world shoulders 90% of the world’s blindness, with 80% of causative diseases being preventable or treatable. Blindness has a major detrimental impact on the patient, community, and healthcare spending. Corneal diseases are significant causes of blindness, affecting at least 4 million people worldwide. The prevalence of corneal disease varies among parts of the world. Trachoma, for instance, is the second leading cause of blindness in Africa, after cataracts, but is rarely found today in developed nations. When preventive strategies have failed, corneal transplantation is the most effective treatment for advanced corneal disease. The major surgical techniques for corneal transplantation include penetrating keratoplasty (PK), anterior lamellar keratoplasty (ALK), and endothelial keratoplasty (EK). Indications for corneal transplantation vary among countries, with Fuchs’ dystrophy being the leading indication in the U.S. and keratoconus in Australia. With the exception of the US, where EK will soon overtake PK as the most common surgical procedure, PK is the overwhelming procedure of choice. Success using corneal grafts in developing nations, such as Nepal, demonstrates the feasibility of corneal transplantation on a global scale. The number of suitable corneas from deceased human donors that becomes available will never be sufficient, and so research into various alternatives, e.g., stem cells, amniotic membrane transplantation, synthetic and biosynthetic corneas, and xenotransplantation, is progressing. While each of these has potential, we suggest that xenotransplantation holds the greatest potential for a corneal replacement. With the increasing availability of genetically-engineered pigs, pig corneas may alleviate the global shortage of corneas in the near future. PMID:25268248


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    Lukáš Týfa


    Full Text Available The paper first describes high speed rail generally and explains the relationship between high speed and conventional railway networks (according to the vehicle types in operation on the network. The core of the paper is comprised of the methodology for choosing the best route for a railway line and its application to the high speed railway connection Praha – Brno. The Algorithm used assumes the existence of more route proposals, which could be different in terms of the operational conception, line routing or types of vehicles used. The optimal variant is the one with the lowest daily cost, which includes infrastructure and vehicle costs; investment and operational costs. The results from applying this model confirmed the assumption, that a dedicated high speed railway line, only for high speed trains, has the same or lower investment costs than a line for both high speed and conventional trains. Furthermore, a dedicated high line also has a lower cost for infrastructure maintenance but a higher cost for buying high speed multiple units.

  16. Corneal nerve microstructure in Parkinson's disease. (United States)

    Misra, Stuti L; Kersten, Hannah M; Roxburgh, Richard H; Danesh-Meyer, Helen V; McGhee, Charles N J


    Ocular surface changes and blink abnormalities are well-established in Parkinson's disease. Blink rate may be influenced by corneal sub-basal nerve density, however, this relationship has not yet been investigated in Parkinson's disease. This case-control study examined the ocular surface in patients with moderately severe Parkinson's disease, including confocal microscopy of the cornea. Fifteen patients with moderately severe Parkinson's disease (modified Hoehn and Yahr grade 3 or 4) and fifteen control participants were recruited. Ophthalmic assessment included slit-lamp examination, blink rate assessment, central corneal aesthesiometry and in vivo corneal confocal microscopy. The effect of disease laterality was also investigated. Of the 15 patients with Parkinson's disease, ten were male and the mean age was 65.5±8.6years. The corneal sub-basal nerve plexus density was markedly reduced in patients with Parkinson's disease (7.56±2.4mm/mm 2 ) compared with controls (15.91±2.6mm/mm 2 ) (pParkinson's disease (0.79±1.2mBAR) and the control group (0.26±0.35mBAR), p=0.12. Sub-basal nerve density was not significantly different between the eye ipsilateral to the side of the body with most-severe motor symptoms, and the contralateral eye. There was a significant positive correlation between ACE-R scores and sub-basal corneal nerve density (R 2 =0.66, p=0.02). This is the first study to report a significant reduction in corneal sub-basal nerve density in Parkinson's disease and demonstrate an association with cognitive dysfunction. These results provide further evidence to support the involvement of the peripheral nervous system in Parkinson's disease, previously thought to be a central nervous system disorder. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Corneal transplant - slideshow (United States)

    ... ency/presentations/100082.htm Corneal transplant - series—Normal anatomy To use the sharing features on this page, ... Bethesda, MD 20894 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Page last updated: ...

  18. High Speed Rail System and the Tourism Market: Between Accessibility, Image and Coordination Tool


    marie delaplace; sylvie bazin; francesca pagliara; Antonio Sposaro


    the aim of this P is to propose a state-of-the-art concerning the interaction between High-Speed Rail systems and the tourism market, in order to identify the possible best practices aiming to enhance the value of the tourist activities. This question arises because there are many projects of High-Speed Rail and others are ongoing, whose economic justification is based on the benefits deriving from them. In November 2013 there were 21.472 km of High Speed Railways (i.e., whose speed is greate...

  19. Assessment of potential aerodynamic effects on personnel and equipment in proximity to high-speed train operations : safety of high-speed ground transportation systems (United States)


    Amtrak is planning to provide high-speed passenger train service at speeds significantly higher than their current top speed of 125 mph, and with these higher speeds, there are concerns with safety from the aerodynamic effects created by a passing tr...

  20. Aerodynamic Effects of High-Speed Trains on People and Property at Stations in the Northeast Corridor. Safety of High-Speed Ground Transportation Systems. (United States)


    This report presents the results of a study to evaluate the aerodynamic (air velocity and pressure) effects of the new high-speed trains on the safety and comfort of people, and the impacts on physical facilities, in and around Northeast Corridor sta...

  1. Corneal Biomechanical Response Following Collagen Cross-Linking With Rose Bengal-Green Light and Riboflavin-UVA. (United States)

    Bekesi, Nandor; Kochevar, Irene E; Marcos, Susana


    To compare the biomechanical corneal response of two different corneal cross-linking (CXL) treatments, rose bengal-green light (RGX) and riboflavin-UVA (UVX), using noninvasive imaging. A total of 12 enucleated rabbit eyes were treated with RGX and 12 with UVX. Corneal dynamic deformation to an air puff was measured by high speed Scheimpflug imaging (Corvis ST) before and after treatment. The spatial and temporal deformation profiles were evaluated at constant intraocular pressure of 15 mm Hg, and several deformation parameters were estimated. The deformation profiles were modeled numerically using finite element analysis, and the hyperelastic corneal material parameters were obtained by inverse modeling technique. The corneal deformation amplitude decreased significantly after both CXL methods. The material parameters obtained from inverse modeling were consistent with corneal stiffening after both RGX and UVX. Within the treated corneal volume, we found that the elasticity decreased by a factor of 11 after RGX and by a factor of 6.25 after UVX. The deformation of UVX-treated corneas was smaller than the RGX-treated corneas. However, the reconstructed corneal mechanical parameters reveal that RGX produced in fact larger stiffening of the treated region (100-μm depth) than UVX (137-μm depth). Rose bengal-green light stiffens the cornea effectively, with shorter treatment times and shallower treated areas. Dynamic air puff deformation imaging coupled with mechanical simulations is a useful tool to characterize corneal biomechanical properties, assess different treatments, and possibly help optimize the treatment protocols.

  2. Acoustic comparison of Er,Cr:YSGG laser and dental high speed handpiece for primary anterior tooth preparation (United States)

    Jorden, Monserrat; Chen, Jung-Wei; Easley, Elisabeth; Li, Yiming; Kurti, R. Steven

    The acoustics of a dental hard tissue laser (Er,Cr:YSGG laser, Waterlase MD, Biolase, USA) and a traditional dental high speed hand piece (Midwest®, Dentsply International, USA) were compared in vitro using a simple approach that can be easily adapted for in vivo studies. Thirty one extracted caries and restoration free primary anterior teeth were selected. These teeth were sectioned along a symmetry axis to give two identical halves for use in a split study. These halves were randomly assigned to either the laser (experimental) or the high speed (control) group. A miniature electret microphone was coupled to the sample using a polymer and used to collect the acoustic signal at the interface of the pulp chamber. This signal was captured periodically by a digitizing oscilloscope and multiple traces were stored for subsequent analysis. 2x1x1mm3 preparations were made according to manufacturers recommendations for the given method. Each cavity was prepared by the same clinician and calibration tests were performed to ensure consistency. The measurements indicated that the peak acoustic pressures as well as cumulative acoustic effects (due to duty cycle) were significantly higher (Plaser. Our study suggests the need for further investigations into the neurological implications of acoustic effects in dental patient care such as pain studies.

  3. The Time Lens Concept Applied to Ultra-High-Speed OTDM Signal Processing

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    Clausen, Anders; Palushani, Evarist; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen


    This survey paper presents some of the applications where the versatile time-lens concept successfully can be applied to ultra-high-speed serial systems by offering expected needed functionalities for future optical communication networks....

  4. High Speed Railway Environment Safety Evaluation Based on Measurement Attribute Recognition Model

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    Qizhou Hu


    Full Text Available In order to rationally evaluate the high speed railway operation safety level, the environmental safety evaluation index system of high speed railway should be well established by means of analyzing the impact mechanism of severe weather such as raining, thundering, lightning, earthquake, winding, and snowing. In addition to that, the attribute recognition will be identified to determine the similarity between samples and their corresponding attribute classes on the multidimensional space, which is on the basis of the Mahalanobis distance measurement function in terms of Mahalanobis distance with the characteristics of noncorrelation and nondimensionless influence. On top of the assumption, the high speed railway of China environment safety situation will be well elaborated by the suggested methods. The results from the detailed analysis show that the evaluation is basically matched up with the actual situation and could lay a scientific foundation for the high speed railway operation safety.

  5. OptoCeramic-Based High Speed Fiber Multiplexer for Multimode Fiber Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A fiber-based fixed-array laser transmitter can be combined with a fiber-arrayed detector to create the next-generation NASA array LIDAR systems. High speed optical...

  6. High speed television camera system processes photographic film data for digital computer analysis (United States)

    Habbal, N. A.


    Data acquisition system translates and processes graphical information recorded on high speed photographic film. It automatically scans the film and stores the information with a minimal use of the computer memory.

  7. Analysis and improvement of calculation procedure of high-speed centrifugal pumps (United States)

    Kraeva, E. M.; Masich, I. S.


    The model of flow around a flowing part of a high-speed centrifugal pump with a semi-open impeller is presented. The calculated ratios for design of lowflow pumps are obtained and confirmed experimentally.

  8. Integrated High-Speed Digital Optical True-Time-Delay Modules for Synthetic Aperture Radars Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Crystal Research, Inc. proposes an integrated high-speed digital optical true-time-delay module for advanced synthetic aperture radars. The unique feature of this...

  9. High-Speed, Low-Power ADC for Digital Beam Forming (DBF) Systems Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In Phase 1, Ridgetop Group designed a high-speed, yet low-power silicon germanium (SiGe)-based, analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to be a key element for digital...

  10. Measurement and Analysis of High-speed Railway Subgrade Settlement in China: A Case Study

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    Qulin Tan; Leijuan Li; Senlin Wang


    .... With the rapid development of China's high-speed railway, it puts a very high requirement for track smoothness, and thus the requirements of subgrade stability and deformation control become very stringent...

  11. Study on the subgrade deformation under high-speed train loading and water-soil interaction (United States)

    Han, Jian; Zhao, Guo-Tang; Sheng, Xiao-Zhen; Jin, Xue-Song


    It is important to study the subgrade characteristics of high-speed railways in consideration of the water-soil coupling dynamic problem, especially when high-speed trains operate in rainy regions. This study develops a nonlinear water-soil interaction dynamic model of slab track coupling with subgrade under high-speed train loading based on vehicle-track coupling dynamics. By using this model, the basic dynamic characteristics, including water-soil interaction and without water induced by the high-speed train loading, are studied. The main factors-the permeability coefficient and the porosity-influencing the subgrade deformation are investigated. The developed model can characterize the soil dynamic behaviour more realistically, especially when considering the influence of water-rich soil.

  12. Advanced Modular, Multi-Channel, High Speed Fiber Optic Sensing System for Acoustic Emissions Monitoring Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Intelligent Fiber Optic Systems Corporation (IFOS) proposes to prove the feasibility of innovations based on ultra-light-weight, ultra-high-speed, multi-channel,...

  13. Formulating a strategy for securing high-speed rail in the United States. (United States)


    This report presents an analysis of information relating to attacks, attempted attacks, and plots against high-speed rail (HSR) : systems. It draws upon empirical data from MTIs Database of Terrorist and Serious Criminal Attacks Against Public Sur...

  14. Estimating workforce development needs for high-speed rail in California : [research brief]. (United States)


    It is critical to understand the emergent workforce characteristics for the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) network. Knowledge about the size and characteristics of this workforce, including its training and education needs, is required to guide the...

  15. Illinois high-speed rail four-quadrant gate reliability assessment (United States)


    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) tasked the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) to conduct a reliability analysis of the four-quadrant gate/vehicle detection equipment installed on the future high-speed rail (...

  16. San Joaquin, California, High-Speed Rail Grade Crossing Data Acquisition Characteristics, Methodology, and Risk Assessment (United States)


    This report discusses data acquisition and analysis for grade crossing risk analysis at the proposed San Joaquin High-Speed Rail Corridor in San Joaquin, California, and documents the data acquisition and analysis methodologies used to collect and an...

  17. Estimating workforce development needs for high-speed rail in California. (United States)


    This study provides an assessment of the job creation and attendant education and training needs associated with the creation of the California High-Speed Rail (CHSR) network, scheduled to begin construction in September 2012. Given the high profile ...

  18. An assessment of high-speed rail safety issues and research needs (United States)


    The objectives of the study were to provide the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Research and Development with the following information: A general description and operating characteristics of high-speed rail systems likely to be installed i...


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    G. V. Dovnar


    Full Text Available The aim of the work is development of new compositions of aluminium alloys with refractory metals of transition group and cremnium due to range extension of alloying at usage of high speed of melts cooling.

  20. High-speed surface transportation corridor : a conceptual framework, final report. (United States)


    Efficient transportation is indispensable for economic growth and prosperity. In this study we propose the development of a high-speed surface corridor and compatible vehicles. We present a conceptual framework for this corridor and vehicle. This pro...