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  1. Transformation invariant on-line target recognition.

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    Iftekharuddin, Khan M

    2011-06-01

    Transformation invariant automatic target recognition (ATR) has been an active research area due to its widespread applications in defense, robotics, medical imaging and geographic scene analysis. The primary goal for this paper is to obtain an on-line ATR system for targets in presence of image transformations, such as rotation, translation, scale and occlusion as well as resolution changes. We investigate biologically inspired adaptive critic design (ACD) neural network (NN) models for on-line learning of such transformations. We further exploit reinforcement learning (RL) in ACD framework to obtain transformation invariant ATR. We exploit two ACD designs, such as heuristic dynamic programming (HDP) and dual heuristic dynamic programming (DHP) to obtain transformation invariant ATR. We obtain extensive statistical evaluations of proposed on-line ATR networks using both simulated image transformations and real benchmark facial image database, UMIST, with pose variations. Our simulations show promising results for learning transformations in simulated images and authenticating out-of plane rotated face images. Comparing the two on-line ATR designs, HDP outperforms DHP in learning capability and robustness and is more tolerant to noise. The computational time involved in HDP is also less than that of DHP. On the other hand, DHP achieves a 100% success rate more frequently than HDP for individual targets, and the residual critic error in DHP is generally smaller than that of HDP. Mathematical analyses of both our RL-based on-line ATR designs are also obtained to provide a sufficient condition for asymptotic convergence in a statistical average sense. PMID:21571610

  2. First on-line results for As and F beams from HRIBF target/ion sources

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    Carter, H.K.; Kormicki, J.; Stracener, D.W.; Breitenbach, J.B.; Blackmon, J.C.; Smith, M.S.; Bardayan, D.W.

    1996-12-31

    The first on-line tests of the ion sources to provide radioactive ion beams of {sup 69,70}As and {sup 17,18}F for the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility have been performed using the UNISOR facility at HRIBF. For {sup 70}As the measured efficiency is 0.8 {+-} 0.3% with a hold-up time of 3.6 {+-} 0.3 hours as measured with {sup 72}As at a target temperature of 1,270 C. For {sup 17}F the efficiency for Al{sup 17}F is 0.0024 {+-} 0.0008% with a hold-up time of 16.4 {+-} 0.8 m as measured with Al{sup 18}F at a target temperature of 1,470 C.

  3. First on-line results for As and F beams from HRIBF target/ion sources

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    Stracener, D.W.; Carter, H.K.; Kormicki, J.; Breitenbach, J.B.; Blackmon, J.C.; Smith, M.S.; Bardayan, D.W.

    1996-12-31

    The first on-line tests of the ion sources to provide radioactive ion beams of {sup 69,70}As and {sup 17,18}F for the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility (HRIBF) have been performed using the UNISOR facility at HRIBF. The target/ion source is an electron beam plasma (EBP) source similar to the ISOLDE design. The measured efficiencies for {sup 69}As and {sup 70}AS were 0.5 {+-} 0.2% and 0.8 {+-} 0.3%, respectively. The arsenic hold-up time in the tested target ion source was 3.6 {+-} 0.3 hours as measured with {sup 72}As at a target temperature of 1300 {degrees}C. The measured efficiencies for {sup 17}F and {sup 18}F were 0.0052 {+-} 0.0008% and 0.06 {+-} 0.02%, respectively. The source hold-up time for fluorine was measured with Al{sup 18}F since 88% of the observed radioactive fluorine was found in this molecule. The Al{sup 18}F hold-up time was 16.4 {+-} 0.8 minutes at a target temperature of 1470 {degrees}C.

  4. Imaging Ultrasound Guidance and on-line Estimation of Thermal Behavior in HIFU Exposed Targets

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    Chauhan, Sunita; Haryanto, Amir

    2006-05-01

    Elevated temperatures have been used for many years to combat several diseases including treatment of certain types of cancers/tumors. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) has emerged as a potential non-invasive modality for trackless targeting of deep-seated cancers of human body. For the procedures which require thermal elevation such as hyperthermia and tissue ablation, temperature becomes a parameter of vital importance in order to monitor the treatment on-line. Also, embedding invasive temperature probes for this purpose beats the supremacy of the non-invasive ablating modality. In this paper, we describe the use of a non-invasive and inexpensive conventional imaging ultrasound modality for lesion positioning and estimation of thermal behavior of the tissue on exposure to HIFU. Representative results of our online lesion tracking algorithm for discerning lesioning behavior using image capture, processing and phase-shift measurements are presented.

  5. On-Line Target Position Localization in the Presence of Respiration: A Comparison of two Methods

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    Hugo, Geoffrey D. Liang Jian; Campbell, Jonathan; Yan Di

    2007-12-01

    Purpose: To compare two 'four-dimensional' methods for image-guided target localization in the presence of respiration. Methods and Materials: Four-dimensional image guidance was performed with two methods. A respiration-correlated computed tomography (RCCT) was acquired on a CT simulator, and an average CT (AVG-CT) image was generated from the RCCT. A respiration-correlated cone-beam CT (RC-CBCT) and a free-breathing cone-beam CT (FB-CBCT) were acquired. The 'RCCT method' consisted of calculating the mean target position on both the RCCT and RC-CBCT, registering the RCCT to the RC-CBCT, and determining the shift in the mean target position from the planned mean position. The 'AVG-CT method' consisted of registering the AVG-CT to the FB-CBCT. The ability of each to measure the shift in the mean target position was compared, both in a respiratory phantom and in 8 patients. Results: In phantom, the RCCT and AVG-CT methods were able to measure the true mean target position to within 0.15 cm and 0.10 cm, respectively. In the patient study, the mean error between the methods was 0.13 cm (left-right), 0.14 cm (anterior-posterior), and 0.10 cm (cranio-caudal). The error was not observed to vary with tumor position or magnitude of tumor motion. Conclusions: Respiration may impact the on-line image guidance process. The RCCT method enables localization of the mean tumor position and measurement of changes in the motion pattern, whereas the AVG-CT method is simple, fast, and easily implemented. We found the methods to be nearly equivalent in detecting shifts in the mean tumor position.

  6. Installation and Initial Operation of an On-line Target Imaging System for SNS

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    McManamy, Thomas J; Banke, Glenn; Blokland, Willem; Brunson, Aly; Dayton, Michael J; Goetz, Kathleen C; Janney, Jim G; Lance, Michael J; Maxey, L Curt; Montgomery, Fred C; Rosenblad, Peter M; Sampath, Sanjay; Simpson, Marc Livingstone; Shea, Thomas J

    2010-01-01

    After several years of operation, the SNS now enters an era of megawatt class operation. At this intensity level, the target will be operating closer to its engineering limits and the beam profile on target must be carefully controlled. During commissioning and early operations, a temporary imaging system was used to measure the proton density on target. This system was not designed to survive the increasing power levels and it had to be removed in the second half of 2006. Since then, no direct measurement of beam properties at the target has been available. A collaboration was forged to remedy this situation, and has resulted in a new imaging system consisting of three major components: a thermal-sprayed luminescent coating deposited on the target nose, a radiation-tolerant optical system installed upstream of the target, and an image acquisition system integrated with the accelerator controls network. The design, installation, and integration of these components will be described. Initial beam measurements and image analysis results will be presented. Lessons learned during this initial operating experience have been documented and will guide the collaboration s future plans.

  7. An on-line learning tracking of non-rigid target combining multiple-instance boosting and level set

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    Chen, Mingming; Cai, Jingju

    2013-10-01

    Visual tracking algorithms based on online boosting generally use a rectangular bounding box to represent the position of the target, while actually the shape of the target is always irregular. This will cause the classifier to learn the features of the non-target parts in the rectangle region, thereby the performance of the classifier is reduced, and drift would happen. To avoid the limitations of the bounding-box, we propose a novel tracking-by-detection algorithm involving the level set segmentation, which ensures the classifier only learn the features of the real target area in the tracking box. Because the shape of the target only changes a little between two adjacent frames and the current level set algorithm can avoid the re-initialization of the signed distance function, it only takes a few iterations to converge to the position of the target contour in the next frame. We also make some improvement on the level set energy function so that the zero level set would have less possible to converge to the false contour. In addition, we use gradient boost to improve the original multi-instance learning (MIL) algorithm like the WMILtracker, which greatly speed up the tracker. Our algorithm outperforms the original MILtracker both on speed and precision. Compared with the WMILtracker, our algorithm runs at a almost same speed, but we can avoid the drift caused by background learning, so the precision is better.

  8. Miniaturized DNA aptamer-based monolithic sorbent for selective extraction of a target analyte coupled on-line to nanoLC.

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    Brothier, Fabien; Pichon, Valérie

    2014-12-01

    A complete characterization of a novel target-specific DNA aptamer-based miniaturized solid phase extraction (SPE)-sorbent coupled on-line to nanoLC is presented. A miniaturized oligosorbent (mOS) was prepared via the in situ sol-gel synthesis of a hybrid organic-inorganic monolith in 100 μm i.d. capillary columns using tetraethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as precursors, followed by covalent binding of a 5'-amino-modified DNA aptamer with a C12 spacer arm specific for a molecule of small molecular weight. Ochratoxin A (OTA), one of the most abundant naturally occurring mycotoxins, was chosen as model analyte to demonstrate the principle of such an approach. The mOS was coupled on-line to RP-nanoLC-LIF. Selective extraction of OTA on several mOSs was demonstrated with an average extraction recovery above 80 % when percolating spiked binding buffer and a low recovery on control monoliths grafted with a non-specific aptamer. Reproducibility of mOSs preparation was highlighted by comparing extraction yields. Otherwise, the mOSs demonstrated no cross-reactivity towards an OTA structural analogue, i.e., ochratoxin B. Due to the high specific surface area of the hybrid silica-based monolith, the coverage density of DNA aptamers covalently immobilized in the capillaries was very high and reached 6.27 nmol μL(-1), thus leading to a capacity above 5 ng of OTA. This miniaturized device was then applied to the selective extraction of OTA from beer samples. It revealed to be effective in isolating OTA from this complex matrix, thus improving the reliability of its analysis at the trace level. PMID:25335821

  9. Coded Access Optical Sensor (CAOS) Imager

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    Riza, N. A.; Amin, M. J.; La Torre, J. P.

    2015-04-01

    High spatial resolution, low inter-pixel crosstalk, high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), adequate application dependent speed, economical and energy efficient design are common goals sought after for optical image sensors. In optical microscopy, overcoming the diffraction limit in spatial resolution has been achieved using materials chemistry, optimal wavelengths, precision optics and nanomotion-mechanics for pixel-by-pixel scanning. Imagers based on pixelated imaging devices such as CCD/CMOS sensors avoid pixel-by-pixel scanning as all sensor pixels operate in parallel, but these imagers are fundamentally limited by inter-pixel crosstalk, in particular with interspersed bright and dim light zones. In this paper, we propose an agile pixel imager sensor design platform called Coded Access Optical Sensor (CAOS) that can greatly alleviate the mentioned fundamental limitations, empowering smart optical imaging for particular environments. Specifically, this novel CAOS imager engages an application dependent electronically programmable agile pixel platform using hybrid space-time-frequency coded multiple-access of the sampled optical irradiance map. We demonstrate the foundational working principles of the first experimental electronically programmable CAOS imager using hybrid time-frequency multiple access sampling of a known high contrast laser beam irradiance test map, with the CAOS instrument based on a Texas Instruments (TI) Digital Micromirror Device (DMD). This CAOS instrument provides imaging data that exhibits 77 dB electrical SNR and the measured laser beam image irradiance specifications closely match (i.e., within 0.75% error) the laser manufacturer provided beam image irradiance radius numbers. The proposed CAOS imager can be deployed in many scientific and non-scientific applications where pixel agility via electronic programmability can pull out desired features in an irradiance map subject to the CAOS imaging operation.

  10. On-Line Use of Three-Dimensional Marker Trajectory Estimation From Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Projections for Precise Setup in Radiotherapy for Targets With Respiratory Motion

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    Worm, Esben S.; Hoyer, Morten; Fledelius, Walther; Nielsen, Jens E.; Larsen, Lars P.; Poulsen, Per R.

    2012-05-01

    Purpose: To develop and evaluate accurate and objective on-line patient setup based on a novel semiautomatic technique in which three-dimensional marker trajectories were estimated from two-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) projections. Methods and Materials: Seven treatment courses of stereotactic body radiotherapy for liver tumors were delivered in 21 fractions in total to 6 patients by a linear accelerator. Each patient had two to three gold markers implanted close to the tumors. Before treatment, a CBCT scan with approximately 675 two-dimensional projections was acquired during a full gantry rotation. The marker positions were segmented in each projection. From this, the three-dimensional marker trajectories were estimated using a probability based method. The required couch shifts for patient setup were calculated from the mean marker positions along the trajectories. A motion phantom moving with known tumor trajectories was used to examine the accuracy of the method. Trajectory-based setup was retrospectively used off-line for the first five treatment courses (15 fractions) and on-line for the last two treatment courses (6 fractions). Automatic marker segmentation was compared with manual segmentation. The trajectory-based setup was compared with setup based on conventional CBCT guidance on the markers (first 15 fractions). Results: Phantom measurements showed that trajectory-based estimation of the mean marker position was accurate within 0.3 mm. The on-line trajectory-based patient setup was performed within approximately 5 minutes. The automatic marker segmentation agreed with manual segmentation within 0.36 {+-} 0.50 pixels (mean {+-} SD; pixel size, 0.26 mm in isocenter). The accuracy of conventional volumetric CBCT guidance was compromised by motion smearing ({<=}21 mm) that induced an absolute three-dimensional setup error of 1.6 {+-} 0.9 mm (maximum, 3.2) relative to trajectory-based setup. Conclusions: The first on-line clinical use of trajectory estimation from CBCT projections for precise setup in stereotactic body radiotherapy was demonstrated. Uncertainty in the conventional CBCT-based setup procedure was eliminated with the new method.

  11. On-Line Nutrition.

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    Kongshem, Lars

    1995-01-01

    Several sources of nutrition information are available on the Internet. Good online sources include the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Consumer Service bulletin board, the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the IFIC (International Food Information Council) Foundation On-Line. E-mail addresses…

  12. Antimicrobial activity of caO nanoparticles.

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    Roy, Arup; Gauri, Samiran S; Bhattacharya, Madhusmita; Bhattacharya, Jayanta

    2013-09-01

    The high degree of microbial diseases and their multidrug resistant properties make the researchers to develop new class of antimicrobial agents. A modern and innovative approach of drug development is the use of metallic nanoparticles as new formulations of antimicrobial agents. In this study, microwave irradiated CaO nanoparticles (CaO-NPs) were used to determine their antimicrobial efficacy against gram negative and gram positive bacteria, as well as pathogenic yeast. The physiochemical properties of CaO-NPs were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The nanoparticles consist of well dispersed agglomerates of grains with a narrow size distribution of 14-24 nm. The prepared CaO-NPs showed much higher antimicrobial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27853) and Staphylococcus epidermidis (MTCC 435) in comparision to Candida tropicalis (NCIM 3110). The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value of CaO-NPs was found within the range of 2-8 mM for all the above tested strains. This bioactive nanoparticle also inhibits the biofilm formation and may have future applications cheap and non toxic as antimicrobial drug for skin care product development. PMID:23980504

  13. [Study on Shi Zhenduo's Ben cao bu (Supplemented materia medica)].

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    Zhen, Xueyan; Zheng, Jinsheng

    2002-10-01

    Being called "precursor of pharmacy imported from the west" by Fan Xingzhun, a famous medical historian, Ben cao bu was lost in China. It has been found outside China recently. This article deals with the author, blockprinting edition, contents of the book and makes a comparison with its texts cited in Ben cao gang mu shi yi (Supplemented Compendium of Materia Medica). It also evaluates the practical significance of this book as an early dissemination of pharmacy imported from the west. PMID:12639433

  14. INVESTIGATION OF PRODUCT-LAYER DIFFUSIVITY FOR CAO SULFATION

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    The paper gives results of comparisons of the sulfation rates of CaO prepared from Ca(OH)2 and CaCO3, using six types of each precursor derived from the same natural limestones. The particles were small enough to eliminate all transport resistances except diffusion through the Ca...

  15. XPS study of CaO in sodium silicate glass

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    Veal, B.W.; Lam, D.J.; Paulikas, A.P.; Ching, W.Y.

    1981-07-01

    This paper shows that CaO added to silicate glasses behaves much like Na/sub 2/O in converting bridging oxygen sites to nonbridging sites. Good correspondence with model predictions was obtained but deviations were still sufficiently large to warrant attention. We speculate that some CaO may remain unreacted or that small-scale phase separation may occur. XPS core level shifts were monitored and possible charge-transfer effects were considered. Preliminary theoretical calculations utilizing a molecular-cluster approach were presented. XPS spectra for various glass compositions were simulated by appropriately combining local densities of state calculated for individual atoms. Dominant spectral features observed experimentally were found in the simulations. In conjunction with experiments, more carefully refined calculations will be subsequently examined. 7 figures.

  16. Physicochemical properties of Cs borosilicate glasses containing CaO

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    Banerjee, D.; Sudarsan, V.; Joseph, A.; Singh, I. J.; Nuwad, J.; Pillai, C. G. S.; Wattal, P. K.; Das, D.

    2011-06-01

    A series of Cs-borosilicate glasses of general formula (mol%): 17.5Na 2O-2.5Cs 2O-45SiO 2-(35- x)B 2O 3- xCaO, where x varies from 0 to 10, were prepared by conventional melt quenching technique. Physicochemical properties like glass transition temperature, extent of volatilization loss of Cs and chemical durability of these glasses have been investigated in detail. Based on the Tg values obtained from DSC studies, it is confirmed that the glass network remains unaffected with increase in CaO content in the glass at the expense of B 2O 3. Cs loss as function of duration of heating revealed that the Cs evaporation follows diffusion controlled mechanism and the extent of loss increases with the increase of CaO incorporation in glass. Chemical durability of the glasses has been found to improve significantly with in the increase of CaO content in glass and this has been attributed to the formation of Ca and Si rich layer at the outer surface of the glass, as inferred from SEM with EDX analysis.

  17. On-Line Communications Devices.

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    Sternick, Barbara R.

    These summaries have been compiled to assist users in selecting terminals for use with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on-line systems. The summaries describe the salient characteristics and approximate prices of a large number of hard copy and display devices. Many of the terminals listed may be modified by the addition of various options…

  18. Near UV bands of jet-cooled CaO

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    Stewart, Jacob T.; Sullivan, Michael N.; Heaven, Michael C.

    2016-04-01

    The electronic spectrum of CaO has been recorded for the 29,800-33,150 cm-1 energy range. Jet cooling was used to obtain relatively uncongested spectra. Rotationally resolved bands have been assigned to the C1Σ+-X1Σ+ and F1∏-X transitions. These data extend the range of vibronic levels characterized for the upper states. Three additional vibronic states were observed as a short progression. One of these levels, which are of 0+ symmetry, interacts strongly with the C1Σ+, v‧ = 7 level. Possible assignments for the perturbing state are considered.

  19. Caos en sistemas clásico-cuánticos

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    Dirani, L. D.; Núñez, J. A.

    Una de las formas de estudiar la existencia de caos en el comportamiento de un sistema clásico-cuántico, es truncando el espacio de Hilbert del sistema cuántico. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar como afecta dicho truncamiento en la dinámica del sistema. Para tal fin se propone un Hamiltoniano integrable, cuyos valores de expectación asociados a coordenadas y momentos cuánticos responden, por el teorema de Ehrenfest, a un sistema de dos osciladores clásicos con acoplamiento lineal.

  20. Electronic structure and bonding in CaO

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    Sharma, G.; Mishra, M. C.; Vyas, V.; Sharma, B. K.

    2013-06-01

    In this paper we report the electron momentum density distribution in CaO. Both directional as well as spherically averaged Compton profiles are calculated for the compound employing the CRYSTAL code within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). The anisotropy [100]-[110] is in agreement with the published data. The spherically averaged theoretical values are compared with the measurement made on polycrystalline sample using 59.54 keV gamma-rays from Am241 source. Charge transfer in the compound has also been estimated following the ionic model. The present study suggests charge transfer from Ca to O atom.

  1. Thermodynamic analysis of hydrogen production from ethanol using CaO as a CO 2 sorbent

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    Comas, Jose; Laborde, Miguel; Amadeo, Norma

    Ethanol steam reforming with and without the presence of CaO as a CO 2 sorbent is modeled. Potential advantages of the presence of CaO as CO 2 sorbent include higher energy efficiency, higher hydrogen production and lower CO content in the reformer gas exit. The presence of CaO eliminates the need of a WGS reactor for PEMFC application. Favorable operation conditions in the presence of CaO are (1) atmospheric pressure, (2) reactor temperatures around 700 C, and (3) water/ethanol molar ratio of 4.

  2. UNISOR on-line nuclear orientation facility (UNISOR/NOF)

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    Girit, I.C.; Alton, G.D.; Bingham, C.R.; Carter, H.K.; Simpson, M.L.; Cole, J.D.; Croft, W.L.; Hamilton, J.H.; Jones, E.F.; Gore, P.M.

    1988-01-01

    The UNISOR on-line nuclear orientation facility (UNISOR/NOF) consists of a /sup 3/He--/sup 4/He dilution refrigerator on line to the isotope separator. Nuclei are implanted directly into a target foil which is soldered to the bottom accessed cold finger of the refrigerator. A 1.5 T superconducting magnet polarizes the ferromagnetic target foils and determines the axis of symmetry. Up to eight gamma detectors can be positioned around the refrigerator, each 9 cm from the target. A unique feature of this system is that the k = 4 term in the directional distribution function can be directly and unambiguously deduced so that a single solution for the mixing ratio can be found. The first on-line experiment at this facility reported here was a study of the decay of the /sup 191/Hg and /sup 193/Hg isotopes. 5 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  3. 12Cao-7Al2o3 Electride Hollow Cathode

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    Rand, Lauren P. (Inventor); Williams, John D. (Inventor); Martinez, Rafael A. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    The use of the electride form of 12CaO-7Al.sub.2O.sub.3, or C12A7, as a low work function electron emitter in a hollow cathode discharge apparatus is described. No heater is required to initiate operation of the present cathode, as is necessary for traditional hollow cathode devices. Because C12A7 has a fully oxidized lattice structure, exposure to oxygen does not degrade the electride. The electride was surrounded by a graphite liner since it was found that the C12A7 electride converts to it's eutectic (CA+C3A) form when heated (through natural hollow cathode operation) in a metal tube.

  4. [TG-FTIR study on pyrolysis of wheat-straw with abundant CaO additives].

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    Han, Long; Wang, Qin-Hui; Yang, Yu-Kun; Yu, Chun-Jiang; Fang, Meng-Xiang; Luo, Zhong-Yang

    2011-04-01

    Biomass pyrolysis in presence of abundant CaO additives is a fundamental process prior to CaO sorption enhanced gasification in biomass-based zero emission system. In the present study, thermogravimetric Fourier transform infrared (TG-FTIR) analysis was adopted to examine the effects of CaO additives on the mass loss process and volatiles evolution of wheat-straw pyrolysis. Observations from TG and FTIR analyses simultaneously demonstrated a two-stage process for CaO catalyzed wheat-straw pyrolysis, different from the single stage process for pure wheat-straw pyrolysis. CaO additives could not only absorb the released CO2 but also reduce the yields of tar species such as toluene, phenol, and formic acid in the first stage, resulting in decreased mass loss and maximum mass loss rate in this stage with an increase in CaO addition. The second stage was attributed to the CaCO3 decomposition and the mass loss and maximum mass loss rate increased with increasing amount of CaO additives. The results of the present study demonstrated the great potential of CaO additives to capture CO2 and reduce tars yields in biomass-based zero emission system. The gasification temperature in the system should be lowered down to avoid CaCO3 decomposition. PMID:21714234

  5. CaO as Drop-In Colloidal Catalysts for the Synthesis of Higher Polyglycerols

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    Kirby, Fiona; Nieuwelink, Anne-Eva; Kuipers, Bonny W M; Kaiser, Anton; Bruijnincx, Pieter C A; Weckhuysen, Bert M

    2015-01-01

    Glycerol is an attractive renewable building block for the synthesis of polyglycerols, which find application in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. The selective etherification of glycerol to higher oligomers was studied in the presence of CaO colloids and the data are compared with those obtained from NaOH and CaO. The materials were prepared by dispersing CaO, CaCO3, or Ca(OH)2 onto a carbon nanofiber (CNF) support. Colloidal nanoparticles were subsequently dispensed from the CNF into the reaction mixture to give CaO colloids that have a higher activity than equimolar amounts of bulk CaO and NaOH. Optimization of the reaction conditions allowed us to obtain a product with Gardner color number <2, containing no acrolein and minimal cyclic byproducts. The differences in the CaO colloids originating from CNF and bulk CaO were probed using light scattering and conductivity measurements. The results confirmed that the higher activity of the colloids originating from CaO/CNF was due to their more rapid formation and smaller size compared with colloids from bulk CaO. We thus have developed a practical method for the synthesis of polyglycerols containing low amounts of Ca. PMID:25684403

  6. Kinetic Study on Desulfurization of Hot Metal Using CaO and CaC2

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    Lindström, David; Sichen, Du

    2014-09-01

    The kinetics and reaction mechanisms of hot metal desulfurization using CaO and CaC2 were studied in a well-controlled atmosphere with a lab scale high temperature furnace. The growths of CaS around CaO and CaC2 were measured and compared at 1773 K (1500 °C). The parabolic rate constant was evaluated to be 5 × 10-7 (cm s-1) on CaO particles, and 2.4 × 10-7 (cm s-1) on CaC2. The bigger parabolic constant of CaO resulted in more efficient desulfurization. Agglomerates and big CaO particles led to 2CaO·SiO2 formation which hindered further utilization of CaO for desulfurization. The 2CaO·SiO2 formation was favoured by a high oxygen potential. Since the desulfurization reaction of CaO not only produced CaS but also oxygen, the local oxygen concentration around big CaO particles was higher than around small particles.

  7. Kinetic Study on Desulfurization of Hot Metal Using CaO and CaC2

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    Lindström, David; Sichen, Du

    2015-02-01

    The kinetics and reaction mechanisms of hot metal desulfurization using CaO and CaC2 were studied in a well-controlled atmosphere with a lab scale high temperature furnace. The growths of CaS around CaO and CaC2 were measured and compared at 1773 K (1500 °C). The parabolic rate constant was evaluated to be 5 × 10-7 (cm s-1) on CaO particles, and 2.4 × 10-7 (cm s-1) on CaC2. The bigger parabolic constant of CaO resulted in more efficient desulfurization. Agglomerates and big CaO particles led to 2CaO·SiO2 formation which hindered further utilization of CaO for desulfurization. The 2CaO·SiO2 formation was favoured by a high oxygen potential. Since the desulfurization reaction of CaO not only produced CaS but also oxygen, the local oxygen concentration around big CaO particles was higher than around small particles.

  8. The NSINIC on-line system

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    Lev, Brian

    1991-01-01

    The NSI NIC on-line system is described in the form of view graphs. The following subject areas are covered: NSI history; the ADFTO's other on-line services; the current system; and the next generation of NSI NIC.

  9. Expanding Academic Vocabulary with an Interactive On-Line Database

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    Horst, Marlise; Cobb, Tom; Nicolae, Ioana

    2005-01-01

    University students used a set of existing and purpose-built on-line tools for vocabulary learning in an experimental ESL course. The resources included concordance, dictionary, cloze-builder, hypertext, and a database with interactive self-quizzing feature (all freely available at www.lextutor.ca). The vocabulary targeted for learning consisted…

  10. SSC Model Fits to Simultaneous Fermi and CAO observations of Bl Lac's

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    Gordon, Tyler; Macomb, Daryl J.; Hand, Jared; Norris, Jay P.; Long, Min

    2016-01-01

    The Challis Astronomical Observatory (CAO) has been surveying a sample of blazar-type AGN since 2010. The CAO blazar sample includes4 3 sources - comprising 30 FSRQs, 15 BL Lacs, one radio galaxy and four unclassified sources - covering a redshift range 0.02 < z < 2. Observations are carried out in BVRI filters. Here we describe photometric results on a small sample emphasizing BL Lacs. We combine the CAO data with Fermi/LAT data and explore the suitability of fits to the data using the uniform conical jet model of Potter and Cotter (MNRAS, 2012, 423, 756-765).

  11. Cao Gío (coin rubbing). Vietnamese attitudes toward health care.

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    Yeatman, G W; Dang, V V

    1980-12-19

    Cao gío is the Vietnamese practice of rubbing the skin with a coin to alleviate various common symptoms of illness. The back, neck, head, shoulder, and chest are common sites of application. Although mimicking the lesions of trauma, it is not a harmful procedure, and no complications are known. A survey of 50 Vietnamese living in the United States since 1975 and 1976 has shown marked distrust of American Physicians, owing largely to actual or perceived criticism of cao gío. Acceptance of cao gío as a valid cultural practice will facilitate compliance and adequate medical follow-up. PMID:7441861

  12. Assessment of CAOS as a training model in spinal surgery: a randomised study

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    Kurta, I. C.; Jasani, V.; Jones, C. H. Wynn; Rahmatalla, A.; MacKenzie, G.; Dove, J.

    2006-01-01

    The objectives of this study were (1) to quantify the benefit of computer assisted orthopaedic surgery (CAOS) pedicle screw insertion in a porcine cadaver model evaluated by dissection and computed tomography (CT); (2) to compare the effect on performance of four surgeons with no experience of CAOS, and varying experience of pedicle screw insertion; (3) to see if CT with extended windows was an acceptable method to evaluate the position of the pedicle screws in the porcine cadaver model, compared to dissection. This was a prospective, randomised, controlled and blinded porcine cadaver study. Twelve 6-month-old porcine (white skinned Landrace) lumbar spines were scanned pre-operatively by spiral CT, as required for the CAOS computer data set. Computer randomisation allocated the specimens to one of four surgeons, all new to CAOS but with different levels of experience in spinal surgery. The usual anatomical landmarks for the freehand technique were known to all four surgeons. Two pedicles at each vertebral level were randomly allocated between conventional free hand insertion and an electromagnetic image guided surgery (NAVITRAK) and 6.5mm cancellous AO screws inserted. Post-operatively, spiral CT was blindly evaluated by an independent radiologist and the spine fellow to assess the accuracy of pedicle screw placement, by each method. The inter- and intra-observer reliability of CT was evaluated compared to dissection. The pedicle screw placement was assessed as perfect if within the pedicle along its central axis, or acceptable (within<2mm from perfect), and measured in millimetres from perfect thereafter. One hundred and sixty-six of 168 pedicles in 12 porcine spines were operated on. Complete data were present for 163 pedicles (81 CAOS, 82 freehand). In the CAOS group 84% of screws were deemed acceptable or perfect, compared to 75.6% with the freehand technique. Screw misplacement was significantly reduced using CAOS (P=0.049). Seventy-nine percent of CAOS screws were ideally placed compared with 64% with a conventional freehand technique (P=0.05). A logistic linear regression model showed that the miss placed pedicle screw rate was significantly reduced using CAOS (P=0.047). CAOS benefited the least experienced surgeons most (the research registrars acceptable rate increased from 70 to 90% and the spine fellow from 76 to 86%). CAOS did not have a statistically significant effect on the experienced consultant spine surgeon increasing from 70 to 79% (P=0.39). The experienced general orthopaedic surgeon did not benefit from CAOS (P=0.5). CT compared to dissection showed an intra-observer reliability of 99.4% and inter-observer reliability of 92.6%. The conclusions of this study were as follows: (1) an increased number of pedicle screws were ideally placed using the CAOS electromagnetic guidance system compared to the conventional freehand technique; (2) junior surgeons benefited most from CAOS; (3) we believe CAOS (Navitrak) with porcine lumbar spines evaluated by post operative CT, represents a useful model for training junior surgeons in pedicle screw placement; (4) experienced spine surgeons, who have never used CAOS, may find CAOS less helpful than previously reported. PMID:16683122

  13. [Investigation on bookstore block-printed editions of Zheng He Ben Cao in Ming Dynasty].

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    Li, Jian; Zhang, Ruixian; Zhang, Wei; Liang, Fei

    2011-05-01

    Many editions of Zheng He Ben Cao was published in Ming Dynasty. The bookstore block-printed editions recorded are Liu's Rixintang Edition in Zhengde year 14 (1519 AD), Yangxianchun Gui Renzai Edition and Jinling Tang's Fuchuntang Edition in Wanli year 6 (1578 AD). Rixintang Edition took Chenghua year 4 (1478 AD) Edition as source text and inherited the mistakes too. Guirenzai Version took Rixintang Version as source text, thereafter, Fuchuntang version took Guirenzai Version. Errors, missing, rough collation handed down from one version to another, thus in Fuchuntang Version, mistakes jumped out on each page. In order to attract more buyers, the bookstores erase the name Chong Xiu Zheng He Jing Shi Zheng Lei Bei Yong Ben Cao and change the name to Da Guan Ben Cao Gang Mu Quan Shu or Da Guan Ben Cao. PMID:21781550

  14. Nonisothermal Thermogravimetric Analysis of Thai Lignite with High CaO Content

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    Pintana, Pakamon

    2013-01-01

    Thermal behaviors and combustion kinetics of Thai lignite with different SO3-free CaO contents were investigated. Nonisothermal thermogravimetric method was carried out under oxygen environment at heating rates of 10, 30, and 50°C min−1 from ambient up to 1300°C. Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO) and Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) methods were adopted to estimate the apparent activation energy (E) for the thermal decomposition of these coals. Different thermal degradation behaviors were observed in lignites with low (14%) and high (42%) CaO content. Activation energy of the lignite combustion was found to vary with the conversion fraction. In comparison with the KAS method, higher E values were obtained by the FWO method for all conversions considered. High CaO lignite was observed to have higher activation energy than the low CaO coal. PMID:24250259

  15. Variations in Compressive Strength of Geopolymer due to the CaO Added Fly Ash

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    Zhao, Yuqing; Koumoto, Tatsuya; Kondo, Fumiyoshi

    Recently, geopolymer has been a noteworthy material which can be used as a replacement for portland cement. The mechanical characteristics and consistency of the geopolymer are strongly affected by its chemical components of fly ash. The variations in compressive strength of geopolymer due to the CaO added fly ash were investigated in this paper. The compressive strengths of geopolymer were increased with an increase in the curing period, and the characteristics changed from the one of plastic soil material to brittle material such as concrete, regardless of CaO content. Also, the results of compressive strength and modulus of deformation showed their maximum value in the case of 8-10% CaO content. From this result, the maximum characteristics of the strengths were assumed to be exerted in case which the water draining process of geopolymer was balanced with the water absorbing process of additional CaO.

  16. Measurement of secondary ionization coefficient of CaO film electrode

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    Suzuki, Susumu; Kashiwagi, Yasuhide; Itoh, Haruo

    2013-02-01

    The secondary ionization coefficient γ of a CaO film electrode is investigated taking into account the difference in breakdown voltage obtained by repeated voltage applications. Such measurement is performed under a sinusoidal voltage of 0.5 Hz. If the CaO film electrode acts as the cathode, breakdown voltage gradually decreases and converges to an almost constant value after several breakdowns. From the obtained results, the γ of the CaO film electrode is determined for each breakdown using Townsend's criterion. The γ in the first breakdown is lower than those in subsequent breakdowns, particularly in the steady state. The difference in γ is considered to originate from accumulated charges on the CaO film electrode. Contribution to the Topical Issue "13th International Symposium on High Pressure Low Temperature Plasma Chemistry (Hakone XIII)", Edited by Nicolas Gherardi, Henryca Danuta Stryczewska and Yvan Ségui.

  17. On-line monitoring of incinerator emissions

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    Mao, Zhuoxiong; Demirgian, J.C.; Hwang, E.

    1993-07-01

    As part of efforts to develop an on-line emissions monitor to detect specific organic compounds for incinerators, the authors tested a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) coupled with a long-path cell (LPC). A mixture of toluene, chlorobenzene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, and trichloroethylene with elemental ratio C:H:Cl = 3:3.1:0.9 was incinerated in a methane/air flame. The effluent was continuously passed through a heated long-path cell. Eleven target compounds were simultaneously analyzed: methane, toluene, chlorobenzene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, benzene, ethylene, hydrogen chloride, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and water. During the testing, the incinerator temperature and the excess air ratio were deliberately changed to simulate both complete and incomplete combustion conditions in the incinerator. Test results indicate that the FTIR/LPC system can successfully follow concentration changes in the emissions that are associated with the change in the incinerator operations. In addition to carbon monoxide, methane, ethylene, and benzene have been found to be major products of incomplete combustion of the mixture. In this paper, the authors also discuss problems related to obtaining representative calibration standards and to developing adequate methods for continuous monitoring of emissions.

  18. On-Line Assessment: What, Why, How.

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    Natal, Dottie

    Recent increases in the speed and accessibility of computers and networks have made it possible to administer tests on-line. On-line assessment can be conducted in a controlled setting, such as a testing center, or distributed over local area networks or the Internet to libraries and student homes, allowing students the flexibility to complete…

  19. On-line diagnosis of sequential systems

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    Sundstrom, R. J.

    1973-01-01

    A model for on-line diagnosis was investigated for discrete-time systems, and resettable sequential systems. Generalized notions of a realization are discussed along with fault tolerance and errors. Further investigation into the theory of on-line diagnosis is recommended for three levels: binary state-assigned level, logical circuit level, and the subsystem-network level.

  20. Water quality for on-line haemodiafiltration.

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    Cappelli, G; Perrone, S; Ciuffreda, A

    1998-01-01

    The term 'ultrapure water' is a common way to define water used for on-line treatments: it refers to the absence of chemical, organic and microbiological contamination. To be more accurate in definition, every known and potential contaminant has to be fixed at its limit value. AAMI recommendations and various Pharmacopoeias have set limits for dialysate based on traditional dialysis treatments, but on-line treatments should also be regulated by guidelines for infusion solutions. Modern water treatment technology allows us to obtain a proper chemical quality both for dialysate and infusion solutions in on-line dialysis. Technology alone, however, cannot guarantee adequate microbiological quality if water treatment is not linked to the appropriate maintenance, monitoring, cleaning and sanitizing procedures. On-line dialysis treatments, as well as high-flux dialysis, use the monitor as an on-site pharmaceutical factory where sterilization by filtration forces nephrologists to look for procedures to keep sterile water sterile. PMID:9623524

  1. On-line chemical composition analyzer development

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    Garrison, A.A.

    1993-01-01

    This report relates to the development of an on-line Raman analyzer for control of a distillation column. It is divided into: program issues, experimental control system evaluation, energy savings analysis, and reliability analysis. (DLC)

  2. Effect of sulfation on the surface activity of CaO for N2O decomposition

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    Wu, Lingnan; Hu, Xiaoying; Qin, Wu; Dong, Changqing; Yang, Yongping

    2015-12-01

    Limestone addition to circulating fluidized bed boilers for sulfur removal affects nitrous oxide (N2O) emission at the same time, but mechanism of how sulfation process influences the surface activity of CaO for N2O decomposition remains unclear. In this paper, we investigated the effect of sulfation on the surface properties and catalytic activity of CaO for N2O decomposition using density functional theory calculations. Sulfation of CaO (1 0 0) surface by the adsorption of a single gaseous SO2 or SO3 molecule forms stable local CaSO3 or CaSO4 on the CaO (1 0 0) surface with strong hybridization between the S atom of SOx and the surface O anion. The formed local CaSO3 increases the barrier energy of N2O decomposition from 0.989 eV (on the CaO (1 0 0) surface) to 1.340 eV, and further sulfation into local CaSO4 remarkably increases the barrier energy to 2.967 eV. Sulfation from CaSO3 into CaSO4 is therefore the crucial step for deactivating the surface activity for N2O decomposition. Completely sulfated CaSO4 (0 0 1) and (0 1 0) surfaces further validate the negligible catalytic ability of CaSO4 for N2O decomposition.

  3. New pyrometallurgical process of EAF dust treatment with CaO addition

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    Chairaksa-Fujimoto, Romchat; Inoue, Yosuke; Umeda, Naoyoshi; Itoh, Satoshi; Nagasaka, Tetsuya

    2015-08-01

    The non-carbothermic zinc pyrometallurgical processing of electric arc furnace (EAF) dust was investigated on a laboratory scale. The main objective of this process was to convert highly stable zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4), which accounts for more than half of total zinc in the EAF dust, into ZnO and Ca2Fe2O5 by CaO addition. The EAF dust was mixed with CaO powder in various ratios, pressed into pellets, and heated in a muffle furnace in air at temperatures ranging from 700 to 1100°C for a predetermined holding time. All ZnFe2O4 was transformed into ZnO and Ca2Fe2O5 at a minimum temperature of 900°C within 1 h when sufficient CaO to achieve a Ca/Fe molar ratio of 1.1 was added. However, at higher temperatures, excess CaO beyond the stoichiometric ratio was required because it was consumed by reactions leading to the formation of compounds other than ZnFe2O4. The evaporation of halides and heavy metals in the EAF dust was also studied. These components could be preferentially volatilized into the gas phase at 1100°C when CaO was added.

  4. Combined effects of Fenton peroxidation and CaO conditioning on sewage sludge thermal drying.

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    Liu, Huan; Liu, Peng; Hu, Hongyun; Zhang, Qiang; Wu, Zhenyu; Yang, Jiakuan; Yao, Hong

    2014-12-01

    Joint application of Fenton's reagent and CaO can dramatically enhance sludge dewaterability, thus are also likely to affect subsequent thermal drying process. This study investigated the synergistic effects of the two conditioners on the thermal drying behavior of sewage sludge and the emission characteristics of main sulfur-/nitrogen-containing gases. According to the results, Fenton peroxidation combined with CaO conditioning efficiently promoted sludge heat transfer, reduced the amounts of both free and bound water, and created porous structure in solids to provide evaporation channels, thus producing significant positive effects on sludge drying performance. In this case, the required time for drying was shortened to one-third. Additionally, joint usage of Fenton's reagent and CaO did not increase the losses of organic matter during sludge drying process. Meanwhile, they facilitated the formation of sulfate and sulfonic acid/sulfone, leading to sulfur retention in dried sludge. Both of Fenton peroxidation and CaO conditioning promoted the oxidation, decomposition, and/or dissolution of protein and inorganic nitrogen in sludge pre-treatment. As a consequence, the emissions of sulfurous and nitrogenous gases from dewatered sludge drying were greatly suppressed. These indicate that combining Fenton peroxidation with CaO conditioning is a promising strategy to improve drying efficiency of sewage sludge and to control sulfur and nitrogen contaminants during sludge thermal drying process. PMID:25289973

  5. [Quantitative estimation of CaO content in surface rocks using hyperspectral thermal infrared emissivity].

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    Zhang, Li-Fu; Zhang, Xue-Wen; Huang, Zhao-Qiang; Yang, Hang; Zhang, Fei-Zhou

    2011-11-01

    The objective of the present paper is to study the quantitative relationship between the CaO content and the thermal infrared emissivity spectra. The surface spectral emissivity of 23 solid rocks samples were measured in the field and the first derivative of the spectral emissivity was also calculated. Multiple linear regression (MLR), principal component analysis (PCR) and partial least squares regression (PLSR) were modeled and the regression results were compared. The results show that there is a good relationship between CaO content and thermal emissivity spectra features; emissivities become lower when CaO content increases in the 10.3-13 mm region; the first derivative spectra have a better predictive ability compared to the original emissivity spectra. PMID:22242490

  6. On-Line Fringe Tracking and Prediction at IOTA

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    Wilson, Edward; Mah, Robert; Lau, Sonie (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    The Infrared/Optical Telescope Array (IOTA) is a multi-aperture Michelson interferometer located on Mt. Hopkins near Tucson, Arizona. To enable viewing of fainter targets, an on-line fringe tracking system is presently under development at NASA Ames Research Center. The system has been developed off-line using actual data from IOTA, and is presently undergoing on-line implementation at IOTA. The system has two parts: (1) a fringe tracking system that identifies the center of a fringe packet by fitting a parametric model to the data; and (2) a fringe packet motion prediction system that uses characteristics of past fringe packets to predict fringe packet motion. Combined, this information will be used to optimize on-line the scanning trajectory, resulting in improved visibility of faint targets. Fringe packet identification is highly accurate and robust (99% of the 4000 fringe packets were identified correctly, the remaining 1% were either out of the scan range or too noisy to be seen) and is performed in 30-90 milliseconds on a Pentium II-based computer. Fringe packet prediction, currently performed using an adaptive linear predictor, delivers a 10% improvement over the baseline of predicting no motion.

  7. Dissolution process for ZrO.sub.2 -UO.sub.2 -CaO fuels

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    Paige, Bernice E.

    1976-06-22

    The present invention provides an improved dissolution process for ZrO.sub.2 -UO.sub.2 -CaO-type pressurized water reactor fuels. The zirconium cladding is dissolved with hydrofluoric acid, immersing the ZrO.sub.2 -UO.sub.2 -CaO fuel wafers in the resulting zirconium-dissolver-product in the dissolver vessel, and nitric acid is added to the dissolver vessel to facilitate dissolution of the uranium from the ZrO.sub.2 -UO.sub.2 -CaO fuel wafers.

  8. On-line handwritten text categorization

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    Peña Saldarriaga, Sebastián; Viard-Gaudin, Christian; Morin, Emmanuel

    2009-01-01

    As new innovative devices, accepting or producing on-line documents, emerge, managing facilities for these kinds of documents such as topic spotting are required. This means that we should be able to perform text categorization of on-line documents. The textual data available in on-line documents can be extracted through online recognition, a process which produces noise, i.e. errors, in the resulting text. This work reports experiments on categorization of on-line handwritten documents based on their textual contents. We analyze the effect of the word recognition rate on the categorization performances, by comparing the performances of a categorization system over the texts obtained through on-line handwriting recognition and the same texts available as ground truth. Two categorization algorithms (kNN and SVM) are compared in this work. A subset of the Reuters-21578 corpus consisting of more than 2000 handwritten documents has been collected for this study. Results show that accuracy loss is not significant, and precision loss is only significant for recall values of 60%-80% depending on the noise levels.

  9. On-line range prediction system, part 2

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    Levan, Nhan

    1988-01-01

    The on-line range prediction system is designed for providing a prediction of the target range in the case of a laser data dropout. It consists of real time implementation of a Kalman filter on an IBM PC/AT equipped with necessary hardware. The system was set up and tested at Crows Landing in the Fall of 1987. The improvements made on the on-line range prediction system during 1988 are examined. Solutions are proposed and discussed to the several problems encountered during system tests. Then, the improvements made on the filter software are explained, namely, accounting for the time lag and providing data continously. Finally, the ideas are mentioned that can be considered in the future.

  10. On-line atomic data access

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    Schultz, D.R.; Nash, J.K.

    1996-04-01

    The need for atomic data is one which continues to expand in a wide variety of applications including fusion energy, astrophysics, laser- produced plasma research, and plasma processing. Modern computer database and communications technology nables this data to be placed on-line and obtained by users of the Internet. Presented here is a summary of the observations and conclusions regarding such on-line atomic data access derived from a forum held at the Tenth APS Topical Conference on Atomic Processes in Plasmas.

  11. On-line atomic data access

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    Schultz, David R.; Nash, Jeffrey K.

    1996-07-01

    The need for atomic data is one which continues to expand in a wide variety of applications including fusion energy, astrophysics, laser-produced plasma research, and plasma processing. Modern computer database and communications technology enables this data to be placed on-line and obtained by users over the INTERNET. Presented here is a summary of the observations and conclusions regarding such on-line atomic data access derived from a forum held at the Tenth APS Topical Conference on Atomic Processes in Plasmas.

  12. Evaluation of antibacterial activity of plant mediated CaO nanoparticles using Cissus quadrangularis extract.

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    Marquis, Gowdhami; Ramasamy, Balagurunathan; Banwarilal, Sarkar; Munusamy, Ayyasamy Pudukadu

    2016-02-01

    An assessment of antibacterial activity of greenly synthesized nanoparticles using aqueous stem extract of Cissus quadrangularis was carried out. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, SEM, XRD, FTIR and further subjected for antibacterial activity against the pathogens Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhi, Shigella dysenteriae and Vibrio cholerae. The SEM photograph represents cubic and hexagonal shape of NPs about 58nm respectively whereas the XRD indicated the pure phase of the product and no impurity in peaks of well crystallized products. The FTIR spectrum of nanoparticles showed intensive peaks with blue shift indicating the crystalline and shorten the distance of crystal lattice. The plant mediated CaO nanoparticles showed maximum inhibition on E. coli followed by other strains. In MIC, the plant mediated CaO NPs possess high activity against all the test organisms whereas the CaCl2 and CaO compounds were moderately active. The approach to the synthesis of plant mediated CaO NPs has many advantages as scaled up, economic viability, etc. Application of such ecofriendly nanoparticles in bactericidal, wound healing and other medical applications makes this method potential existing for the large scale synthesis of the inorganic materials. PMID:26723000

  13. METHOD FOR VARIATION OF GRAIN SIZE IN STUDIES OF GAS-SOLID REACTIONS INVOLVING CAO

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    The paper describes a method for varying grain size in studies of gas-solid reactions involving CaO. (Note: Introducing grain size as an independent experimental variable should contribute to improved understanding of reactions in porous solids.) Calcining 1 micrometer CaCO3 part...

  14. Effect of partial carbonation on the cyclic CaO carbonation reaction

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    Grasa, G.; Abanades, J.C.; Anthony, E.J.

    2009-10-15

    CaO particles from the calcination of natural limestones can be used as regenerable solid sorbents in some CO{sub 2} capture systems. Their decay curves in terms of CO{sub 2} capture capacity have been extensively studied in the literature, always in experiments allowing particles to reach their maximum carbonation conversion for a given cycle. However, at the expected operating conditions in a CO{sub 2} capture system using the carbonation reaction, a relevant fraction of the CaO particles will not have time to fully convert in the carbonator reactor. This work investigates if there is any effect on the decay curves when CaO is only partially converted in each cycle. Experiments have been conducted in a thermobalance arranged to interrupt the carbonation reaction in each cycle before the end of the fast reaction period typical in the CaO-CO{sub 2} reaction. It is shown that, after the necessary normalization of results, the effective capacity of the sorbent to absorb CO{sub 2} during particle lifetime in the capture system slightly increases and CaO particles partially converted behave 'younger' than particles fully converted after every calcination. This has beneficial implications for the design of carbonation/calcination loops.

  15. IDENTIFICATION OF CASO4 FORMED BY REACTION OF CAO AND SO2

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    The article discusses the XRD-determination of the identity of CaSO4, formed by the reaction between CaO and S02, and the support of that determination by density measurements with helium pycnometry. The anhydrous CaS04 compound formed has an orthorhombic crystal structure and an...

  16. Highly basic CaO nanoparticles in mesoporous carbon materials and their excellent catalytic activity.

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    Raja, Pradeep Kumar; Chokkalingam, Anand; Priya, Subramaniam V; Balasubramanian, Veerappan V; Benziger, Mercy R; Aldeyab, Salem S; Jayavell, Ramasamy; Ariga, Katsukiho; Vinu, Ajayan

    2012-06-01

    Highly basic CaO nanoparticles immobilized mesoporous carbon materials (CaO-CMK-3) with different pore diameters have been successfully prepared by using wet-impregnation method. The prepared materials were subjected to extensive characterization studies using sophisticated techniques such as XRD, nitrogen adsorption, HRSEM-EDX, HRTEM and temperature programmed desorption of CO2 (TPD of CO2). The physico-chemical characterization results revealed that these materials possess highly dispersed CaO nanoparticles, excellent nanopores with well-ordered structure, high specific surface area, large specific pore volume, pore diameter and very high basicity. We have also demonstrated that the basicity of the CaO-CMK-3 samples can be controlled by simply varying the amount of CaO loading and pore diameter of the carbon support. The basic catalytic performance of the samples was investigated in the base-catalyzed transesterification of ethylacetoacetate by aryl, aliphatic and cyclic primary alcohols. CMK-3 catalyst with higher CaO loading and larger pore diameter was found to be highly active with higher conversion within a very short reaction time. The activity of 30% CaO-CMK3-150 catalyst for transesterification of ethylacetoacetate using different alcohols increases in the following order: octanol > butanol > cyclohexanol > benzyl alcohol > furfuryl alcohol. PMID:22905508

  17. Scale Drift in On-Line Calibration.

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    Stocking, Martha L.

    Recent advances in psychometrics and computer technology encourage the development of model-based methods of individualized testing on a microcomputer, where each examinee receives short tests and where the number of pretest items that can be administered is severely restricted. On-line (i.e., data is collected on operational equipment) methods

  18. Authority Issues in On-Line Instruction.

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    Podis, JoAnne M.

    An informal study examined the sources of professors' authority and whether the authority dynamic between professor and student changes in an electronic setting. Five on-line writing instructors (who use Internet Email or the World Wide Web) completed a questionnaire. Results indicated that (1) professors tended, at least initially, to replicate…

  19. On-line load relief control

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    Jovanovic, S.; Fox, B.; Thompson, J.G. )

    1994-11-01

    This paper describes the results of an investigation concerning the on-line prediction and enhancement of load relief. The effects of voltage fluctuation, system voltage profile control and generator voltage adjustment on load relief and load shedding operations during under-frequency transients are studied. The technique promoted in the paper may be used to reduce system spinning reserve or prospective load shedding.

  20. LUST ON-LINE CALCULATOR INTRODUCTION

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    EPA has developed a suite of on-line calculators to assist in performing site assessment and modeling calculations for leaking underground storage tank sites (http://www.epa.gov/athens/onsite). The calculators are divided into four types: parameter estimation, models, scientific...

  1. Condenser on-line leak-detection system development

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    Not Available

    1991-11-01

    Condenser tube leaks have been the number one source of impurities in most utility steam cycles. The impurities lead to corrosion of feedwater systems, boilers, and turbines. EPRI recommends sodium in the condensate be less than 3 ppb, which means less than one gallon leakage per day in some cases. The location of leaks requires isolation of the condenser water box and is costly because of power reduction. On-line detection using tracer can cut down the isolation time and, therefore, offers cost advantages to utilities. The on-line leak detection technique utilizes the concepts developed by EPRI for targeted chlorination''. Sulfur hexafluoride (SF{sub 6}), helium gases, and perfluorocarbon liquid were considered as tracers. Laboratory studies were conducted to evaluate the practicability of injecting water with dissolved SF{sub 6} gas, SF{sub 6} bubbles, and dissolved SF{sub 6} gas in perfluorocarbon liquid. Both static and dynamic tests were conducted in a condenser model. It was determined that water entrained with SF{sub 6} bubbles offered the most practical method of injection, followed by dissolved SF{sub 6} gas in perfluorocarbon. A conceptual design was developed that utilizes a water lance, a swivel arrangement in the waterbox manhole cover, a tracer targeting and mixing system, and a tracer gas detection system at the air ejector exhaust. A successful demonstration of targeted leak detection using a waterjet lance with SF{sub 6} was conducted at Carolina Power Light Company's Asheville Steam Electric Station Unit 1. A measurable artificially created leak was detected and located using this system with the condenser on-line. 2 refs., 39 figs., 6 tabs.

  2. Hydrometallurgical extraction of zinc from CaO treated EAF dust in ammonium chloride solution.

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    Miki, Takahiro; Chairaksa-Fujimoto, Romchat; Maruyama, Katsuya; Nagasaka, Tetsuya

    2016-01-25

    Zinc in Electric Arc Furnace dust or EAF dust mainly exists as ZnFe2O4 and ZnO. While ZnO can be simply dissolved into either an acidic or alkaline solution, it is difficult to dissolve ZnFe2O4. In our previous work, we introduced a process called "CaO treatment", a preliminary pyrometallurgical process designed to transform the ZnFe2O4 in the EAF dust into ZnO and Ca2Fe2O5. The halogens and others heavy metals were favorably vaporized during CaO treatment with no essential evaporation loss of zinc and iron, leaving CaO treated dust which consisted mainly of ZnO and Ca2Fe2O5 and no problematic ZnFe2O4 compound. In this work, the selective leaching of zinc over iron and calcium in the CaO treated dust was investigated using an NH4Cl solution. The effects of temperature, reaction time and NH4Cl concentration on dissolution behavior were examined. While most of the zinc in the CaO treated dust was extracted after 2 h at 70 °C with 2 M NH4Cl, only about 20% of calcium was leached in NH4Cl solution. However, the iron did not dissolve and remained as Ca2Fe2O5 in residue. It was confirmed that zinc can be effectively recovered using NH4Cl solution. PMID:26448494

  3. Materials compatibility during the chlorination of molten CaCl/sub 2/. CaO salts. [CaCl/sub 2/. CaO salt

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    Rense, C.E.C.; Fife, K.W.; Bowersox, D.F.; Ferran, M.D.

    1987-01-01

    As part of our effort to develop a semicontinuous PuO/sub 2/ reduction process, we are investigating promising materials for containing a 900/sup 0/C molten CaCl/sub 2/ . CaO chlorination reaction. We want the material to contain this reaction and to be reusable. We tested candidate materials in a simulated salt (no plutonium) using anhydrous HCl as the chlorinating agent. Data are presented on the performance of 36 metals and alloys, 9 ceramics, and 3 coatings.

  4. On-line controlled documents: Lessons learned

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    Cochrell, R.C.; Steele, C.M.

    1995-06-01

    Placing Controlled Documents on-line on a computer network seems like the solution to many problems, one being distribution, with a path toward a paperless office. However, many problems presented themselves as we were designing the system and placing the documents on-line. Although we planned and established a Process Management Team to help work out the bugs, we still encountered many obstacles in the process. This presentation will cover the ``trials and tribulations`` of placing Controlled Documents on a computer network at three different sites. We will discuss the process we went through, the problems we encountered, the software we used, and how we got management to buy into the process.

  5. Connecting to On-line Data

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    Eichhorn, G.; Astrophysics Datacenter Executive Committee (ADEC)

    2004-05-01

    The Astrophysics Datacenter Executive Committee (ADEC) is coordinating the development of a system to facilitate the linking to on-line data. This system has three components: 1. Unique dataset identifiers. 2. A verification system for identifiers. 3. Permanent links to on-line data sets. 1. The ADEC has agreed on a naming scheme for data sets that allows for the unique identification of any data set. The ADEC data centers will clearly mark their data with these identifiers to allow the generation of links to these data. 2. Each data center has a utility that can check whether a data set identifier is a valid identifier at that center. A central verifier allows third parties access to these individual verifiers through a single portal. 3. The central verifier also provides permanent links to data sets through a central link forwarding system. This makes it possible to move data sets between data centers while maintaining the permanent links. The ADEC plans to first use this system to implement the linking from the literature to on-line data in a collaboration with the AAS and the University of Chicago Press for the AAS journals.

  6. Sulfation of CaO particles in a carbonation/calcination loop to capture CO{sub 2}

    SciTech Connect

    Grasa, G.S.; Alonso, M.; Abanades, J.C.

    2008-03-15

    CaO is being proposed as a regenerable sorbent of CO{sub 2} via a carbonation/calcination loop. It is well known that natural sorbents lose their capacity to capture CO{sub 2} with the number of cycles due to textural degradation. In coal combustion systems, reaction with the SO{sub 2} present in flue gases also causes sorbent deactivation. This work investigates the effect of partial sorbent sulfation on the amount of CaO used in systems where both carbonation and sulfation reactions are competing. We have found that SO{sub 2} reacts with the deactivated CaO resulting from repetitive calcination/carbonation reactions. Therefore, the deactivation of CaO as a result of the presence of SO{sub 2} is lower than one would expect if one assumes that SO{sub 2} reacts only with active CaO. This work shows that changes in the texture of the sorbent due to repetitive carbonation/calcination cycles tend to increase the sulfation capacity of the sorbents tested. This suggests that the purge of deactivated CaO obtained from a CO{sub 2} capture loop could be a more effective sorbent of SO{sub 2} than fresh CaO.

  7. [Version investigation and the author investigation and argumentation of Zeng Bu Shi Wu Ben Cao Bei Kao].

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    Zheng, Hong; Liao, Chun-Hong

    2012-11-01

    Zeng Bu Shi Wu Ben Cao Bei Kaois the masterpiece of Guangdong food material medica works Based on the investigation of the existing version. We think the statement that Chinese ancient books catalogue record the first version of the book is in ten years of Yong Zheng is wrong. We infer that Zeng Bu Shi Wu Ben Cao Bei Kao's author named He kejian and Sheng Cao Yao Xing Be Yao's author named He Jian is the same person. However, the former book is mainly sorted by He Shengxuan, and it maybe initially carved in 1738. PMID:23363852

  8. Temperature effect corrections for URAGAN based on CAO, GDAS, NOAA data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dmitrieva, A.; Ampilogov, N.; Astapov, I.; Barbashina, N.; Borog, V.; Chernov, D.; Kovylyaeva, A.; Kokoulin, R.; Kompaniets, K.; Mannocchi, G.; Mishutina, Yu; Petrukhin, A.; Saavedra, O.; Shutenko, V.; Sit'ko, O.; Trinchero, G.; Yakovleva, E.; Yashin, I.

    2015-08-01

    For the analysis of muon flux variations caused by extra-atmospheric processes it is necessary to introduce corrections for meteorological effects. For temperature effect (TE) correction it is necessary to know the temperature profile of the atmosphere. As a rule, this profile is measured by meteorological balloons two or four times a day. Alternative sources are satellite observations and data obtained from models of atmosphere used for weather forecasting. Vertical temperature profiles obtained from NOAA satellites, GDAS (Global Data Assimilation System) and CAO data (Central Aerological Observatory, Russia) for standard isobaric levels were compared. Mean value of temperature difference for most levels does not exceed 1 K. Comparison of URAGAN data corrected for TE with CAO information, satellites and GDAS shows a good agreement. Counting rate and anisotropy of the muon flux corrected for meteorological effects for 2007-2014 are presented.

  9. Characteristics of HCN removal using CaO at high temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    Houzhang Tan; Xuebin Wang; Congling Wang; Tongmo Xu

    2009-03-15

    Experimental investigation on the removal of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) using calcium oxide (CaO) was carried out in a fixed bed reactor at temperature ranging from 300 to 1173 K, and the original HCN was produced during the pyrolysis of pyridine. Effects of temperature, volume space velocity, and initial HCN concentration on HCN removal were discussed. The results of temperature-programmed experiments show that temperature is the main factor affecting HCN removal. With the formation of CO, HCN starts to decrease from 473 K, and remains unchanged from 673 to 873 K. At 873 K, there is a further decrease in HCN without CO formation, and when temperature is higher than 1023 K, HCN is removed completely. In the isothermal experiments, CaCN{sub 2} was detected at 723 K, but at higher temperatures of 923 and 1123 K, there was no CaCN{sub 2} in the solid residues, and the nitrogen in the removed HCN was equal to that in the formed N{sub 2}. This indicates that at a lower temperature CaO is consumed to remove HCN, CaO + 2HCN {yields} CaCN{sub 2} + CO + H{sub 2}; but at a higher temperature, CaO acts as a catalyst for HCN removal, 2C{sub i}H{sub j} + 2HCN {yields} N{sub 2} + (j + 1 - k)H{sub 2} + 2C{sub I} + 1H{sub k}. The investigation on the removal efficiency shows that there is a critical temperature and a critical volume space velocity at which the HCN removal efficiency is able to reach up to 100%. 41 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Dairy Herd On-line Information System

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Takahashi, Satoshi

    As the business circumstances have become worse, computational breeding management based on the scientific matters has been needed for dairy farming in our country. In this connection it was urgent to construct the system which provided data effectively used in the fields for dairy farmers. The Federation has executed to provide dairy farming technical data promptly through its own on-line network being composed of middle sized general-purpose computer (main memory : 5MB, and fixed disk : 1100MB) and 22 terminals.

  11. On-line structural parameter identification

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Thau, F. E.; Montgomery, R. C.; Horner, G. C.

    1981-01-01

    Algorithms are presented for on-line parameter identification of structural dynamic systems. As an example, they are used to calculate the parameters of a modal model of a flexible beam. The algorithms are tested using hardware consisting of a 12 ft. beam with four voice coil actuators and nine noncontacting displacement sensors. They are programmed in a CDC Cyber 175 digital computer which provides input command signals for the actuators, reads the sensor data, and processes the algorithm to calculate consistent estimates of the modal parameters of the beam. Experimental results are compared with those of simulation analysis.

  12. On-line diagnosis of unrestricted faults

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Meyer, J. F.; Sundstrom, R. J.

    1975-01-01

    Attention is given to the formal development of the notion of a discrete-time system and the associated concepts of fault, result of a fault, and error. The considered concept of on-line diagnosis is formalized and a diagnosis using inverse machines is discussed. The case of an inverse which is lossless is investigated. It is found that in such a case the class of unrestricted faults can be diagnosed with a delay equal to the delay of losslessness of the inverse system.

  13. On-line learning of unrealizable tasks.

    PubMed

    Scarpetta, S; Saad, D

    1999-11-01

    The dynamics of on-line learning is investigated for structurally unrealizable tasks in the context of two-layer neural networks with an arbitrary number of hidden neurons. Within a statistical mechanics framework, a closed set of differential equations describing the learning dynamics can be derived, for the general case of unrealizable isotropic tasks. In the asymptotic regime one can solve the dynamics analytically in the limit of a large number of hidden neurons, providing an analytical expression for the residual generalization error, the optimal and critical asymptotic training parameters, and the corresponding prefactor of the generalization error decay. PMID:11970491

  14. Interfacial Phenomena among Liquid Iron-Carbon Alloy, Liquid Slag, and Solid CaO

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Taniguchi, Yoshinori; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2012-06-01

    Interfacial phenomena between hot metal, liquid slag and solid CaO are important to the understanding of the desulfurization reaction in hot-metal treatment processes. In the current work, the surface tension of molten iron-carbon alloy and liquid slag as well as the interfacial tensions among molten iron-carbon alloy-solid CaO, liquid slag-solid CaO, as well as molten iron-carbon alloy-liquid slag were measured in the temperature range 1623 K to 1723 K (1350 °C to 1450 °C). The sessile drop method has been used for these measurements. To analyze the experimental results, two types of graphical analysis programs have been developed to determine the coordinates of the X-ray shadow or charge-coupled device (CCD) image of the droplet. Furthermore, a software package that uses the Gauss-Newton method to minimize an error function between the physically observed and a theoretical Laplacian curve has also been developed in this work.

  15. Porous carbon material containing CaO for acidic gas capture: preparation and properties.

    PubMed

    Przepiórski, Jacek; Czyżewski, Adam; Pietrzak, Robert; Toyoda, Masahiro; Morawski, Antoni W

    2013-12-15

    A one-step process for the preparation of CaO-containing porous carbons is described. Mixtures of poly(ethylene terephthalate) with natural limestone were pyrolyzed and thus hybrid sorbents could be easily obtained. The polymeric material and the mineral served as a carbon precursor and CaO delivering agent, respectively. We discuss effects of the preparation conditions and the relative amounts of the raw materials used for the preparations on the porosity of the hybrid products. The micropore areas and volumes of the obtained products tended to decrease with increasing CaO contents. Increase in the preparation temperature entailed a decrease in the micropore volume, whereas the mesopore volume increased. The pore creation mechanism is proposed on the basis of thermogravimetric and temperature-programmed desorption measurements. The prepared CaO-containing porous carbons efficiently captured SO2 and CO2 from air. Washing out of CaO from the hybrid materials was confirmed as a suitable method to obtain highly porous carbon materials. PMID:23743266

  16. The EINSTEIN On-Line Service (EOLS)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Harris, D. E.; Stern Grant, C. P.; Andernach, H.

    1994-08-01

    In January 1989, SAO established an on-line service to help astronomers prepare ROSAT proposals by providing access to the preliminary source list from the ``Einstein Observatory Catalog of IPC X-ray Sources''. In the intervening years, we have updated the source list, added to the documentation, included many more Einstein databases as well as a number of tables from other wavebands, provided access to images for downloading from all of the Einstein CDROMs, and installed new software for more sophisticated filtering and retrieval. Although we have improved the functionality and made significant additions to the databases, we still maintain a simple menu interface accessible from any type of terminal. EOLS provides all of our databases to the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) and our documents which describe each table are thus written in the ADS format. In conjunction with the IAU working group on Archiving and Data Bases for Radio Astronomy, EOLS serves as an experimental platform for on-line access to the radio source lists collected by one of us (H.A.). The number of these entries exceeds half a million.

  17. On-line and Mobil Learning Activities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ackerman, S. A.; Whittaker, T. M.; Jasmin, T.; Mooney, M. E.

    2012-12-01

    Introductory college-level science courses for non-majors are critical gateways to imparting not only discipline-specific information, but also the basics of the scientific method and how science influences society. They are also indispensable for student success to degree. On-line, web-based homework (whether on computers or mobile devices) is a rapidly growing use of the Internet and is becoming a major component of instruction in science, replacing delayed feedback from a few major exams. Web delivery and grading of traditional textbook-type questions is equally effective as having students write them out for hand grading, as measured by student performance on conceptual and problem solving exams. During this presentation we will demonstrate some of the interactive on-line activities used to teach concepts and how scientists approach problem solving, and how these activities have impacted student learning. Evaluation of the activities, including formative and summative, will be discussed and provide evidence that these interactive activities significantly enhance understanding of introductory meteorological concepts in a college-level science course. More advanced interactive activities are also used in our courses for department majors, some of these will be discussed and demonstrated. Bring your mobile devices to play along! Here is an example on teaching contouring: http://profhorn.aos.wisc.edu/wxwise/contour/index.html

  18. On line mechanical cleaning of heat exchangers

    SciTech Connect

    Stegelman, A.F.; Renfftlen, R.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses experiences with on line, continuous, mechanical cleaning of heat exchangers in a cat cracker and comparisons with other cleaning methods. Heat exchangers, including surface condensers, can be severely affected by waterside fouling and the insulating effect of the laminar layer of stagnant water next to the tube wall. Waterside fouling, which includes mineral scale, biofouling, silt and corrosion products, accounts for 33% of the total heat resistance. Waterside film of stagnant water accounts for 39%. Describes an on line continuous mechanical cleaning system utilizing specially engineered sponge rubber balls which are cycled through the condenser tubes in the cooling water. Presents graphs of calorimetric test comparison of mechanical and chemical cleaning; steam rate vs. condenser pressure; condenser pressure for air blower turbine before and after cleaning system installation; and calorimetric test of sponge-ball cleaning. Charge rate of cat crackers depends on the regenerator air delivered by a 10,000 hp air blower driven by a steam turbine operating on 720F steam at 400 psi. Key to turbine performance lies in maintaining design condenser vacuum.

  19. CaO nanocrystals grown over SiO2 microtubes for efficient CO2 capture: organogel sets the platform.

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    Prathap, Annamalai; Shaijumon, M M; Sureshan, Kana M

    2016-01-14

    Materials that can capture and store CO2 are important. Though CaO is a cheap sorbent, it is inefficient for practical purposes due to sintering and poor diffusion of CO2 through the surface-CaCO3 layer. We have developed a high performance, sintering-resistant CaO-based sorbent by uniformly nanofabricating the CaO nanocrystals on SiO2 microtubes made by organogel templated polymerization. PMID:26621485

  20. On-line process control monitoring system

    DOEpatents

    O'Rourke, Patrick E.; Van Hare, David R.; Prather, William S.

    1992-01-01

    An on-line, fiber-optic based apparatus for monitoring the concentration of a chemical substance at a plurality of locations in a chemical processing system comprises a plurality of probes, each of which is at a different location in the system, a light source, optic fibers for carrying light to and from the probes, a multiplexer for switching light from the source from one probe to the next in series, a diode array spectrophotometer for producing a spectrum from the light received from the probes, and a computer programmed to analyze the spectra so produced. The probes allow the light to pass through the chemical substance so that a portion of the light is absorbed before being returned to the multiplexer. A standard and a reference cell are included for data validation and error checking.

  1. NASDA's Advanced On-Line System (ADOLIS)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yamamoto, Yoshikatsu; Hara, Hideo; Yamada, Shigeo; Hirata, Nobuyuki; Komatsu, Shigenori; Nishihata, Seiji; Oniyama, Akio

    1993-01-01

    Spacecraft operations including ground system operations are generally realized by various large or small scale group work which is done by operators, engineers, managers, users and so on, and their positions are geographically distributed in many cases. In face-to-face work environments, it is easy for them to understand each other. However, in distributed work environments which need communication media, if only using audio, they become estranged from each other and lose interest in and continuity of work. It is an obstacle to smooth operation of spacecraft. NASDA has developed an experimental model of a new real-time operation control system called 'ADOLIS' (ADvanced On-Line System) adopted to such a distributed environment using a multi-media system dealing with character, figure, image, handwriting, video and audio information which is accommodated to operation systems of a wide range including spacecraft and ground systems. This paper describes the results of the development of the experimental model.

  2. On-line tritium production monitor

    DOEpatents

    Mihalczo, J.T.

    1993-11-23

    A scintillation optical fiber system for the on-line monitoring of nuclear reactions in an event-by-event manner is described. In the measurement of tritium production one or more optical fibers are coated with enriched {sup 6}Li and connected to standard scintillation counter circuitry. A neutron generated {sup 6}Li(n)T reaction occurs in the coated surface of {sup 6}Li-coated fiber to produce energetic alpha and triton particles one of which enters the optical fiber and scintillates light through the fiber to the counting circuit. The coated optical fibers can be provided with position sensitivity by placing a mirror at the free end of the fibers or by using pulse counting circuits at both ends of the fibers. 5 figures.

  3. On-line tritium production monitor

    DOEpatents

    Mihalczo, John T.

    1993-01-01

    A scintillation optical fiber system for the on-line monitoring of nuclear reactions in an event-by-event manner is described. In the measurement of tritium production one or more optical fibers are coated with enriched .sup.6 Li and connected to standard scintillation counter circuitry. A neutron generated .sup.6 Li(n )T reaction occurs in the coated surface of .sup.6 Li-coated fiber to produce energetic alpha and triton particles one of which enters the optical fiber and scintillates light through the fiber to the counting circuit. The coated optical fibers can be provided with position sensitivity by placing a mirror at the free end of the fibers or by using pulse counting circuits at both ends of the fibers.

  4. On-line Resources for Xenopus

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    Bowes, Jeff

    2015-01-01

    Summary Since the advent of computational methods in biology the quantity of biological data has grown exponentially. These data support genomic, genetic, developmental, and other forms of biological experimentation. The number of on-line resources has kept pace with the growth in data. Xenopus has perhaps lagged some of the other model organisms in developing resources but is now quickly catching up. There are now a number of well-established and developing resources for Xenopus. This chapter looks beyond the widely-known public databases, Genbank and the EBI, and describes how the researcher can use a number of central sites such as Xenbase, UniProtKB, and major genome browsers to navigate to a variety of different resources. PMID:22956109

  5. On-line chemical composition analyzer development

    SciTech Connect

    Roberts, M.J.; Garrison, A.A.; Muly, E.C.; Moore, C.F.

    1992-02-01

    The energy consumed in distillation processes in the United States represents nearly three percent of the total national energy consumption. If effective control of distillation columns can be accomplished, it has been estimated that it would result in a reduction in the national energy consumption of 0.3%. Real-time control based on mixture composition could achieve these savings. However, the major distillation processes represent diverse applications and at present there does not exist a proven on-line chemical composition sensor technology which can be used to control these diverse processes in real-time. This report presents a summary of the findings of the second phase of a three phase effort undertaken to develop an on-line real-time measurement and control system utilizing Raman spectroscopy. A prototype instrument system has been constructed utilizing a Perkin Elmer 1700 Spectrometer, a diode pumped YAG laser, two three axis positioning systems, a process sample cell land a personal computer. This system has been successfully tested using industrially supplied process samples to establish its performance. Also, continued application development was undertaken during this Phase of the program using both the spontaneous Raman and Surface-enhanced Raman modes of operation. The study was performed for the US Department of Energy, Office of Industrial Technologies, whose mission is to conduct cost-shared R D for new high-risk, high-payoff industrial energy conservation technologies. Although this document contains references to individual manufacturers and their products, the opinions expressed on the products reported do not necessarily reflect the position of the Department of Energy.

  6. Gated Treatment Delivery Verification With On-Line Megavoltage Fluoroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Tai An; Christensen, James D.; Gore, Elizabeth; Khamene, Ali; Boettger, Thomas; Li, X. Allen

    2010-04-15

    Purpose: To develop and clinically demonstrate the use of on-line real-time megavoltage (MV) fluoroscopy for gated treatment delivery verification. Methods and Materials: Megavoltage fluoroscopy (MVF) image sequences were acquired using a flat panel equipped for MV cone-beam CT in synchrony with the respiratory signal obtained from the Anzai gating device. The MVF images can be obtained immediately before or during gated treatment delivery. A prototype software tool (named RTReg4D) was developed to register MVF images with phase-sequenced digitally reconstructed radiograph images generated from the treatment planning system based on four-dimensional CT. The image registration can be used to reposition the patient before or during treatment delivery. To demonstrate the reliability and clinical usefulness, the system was first tested using a thoracic phantom and then prospectively in actual patient treatments under an institutional review board-approved protocol. Results: The quality of the MVF images for lung tumors is adequate for image registration with phase-sequenced digitally reconstructed radiographs. The MVF was found to be useful for monitoring inter- and intrafractional variations of tumor positions. With the planning target volume contour displayed on the MVF images, the system can verify whether the moving target stays within the planning target volume margin during gated delivery. Conclusions: The use of MVF images was found to be clinically effective in detecting discrepancies in tumor location before and during respiration-gated treatment delivery. The tools and process developed can be useful for gated treatment delivery verification.

  7. Thermodynamics and kinetics of the reaction: CaCO/sub 3/ = CaO + CO/sub 2/

    SciTech Connect

    Knutsen, G.F.

    1980-09-01

    Hot-pressing experiments with CaCO/sub 3/ and CaO suggested that CO/sub 2/ promotes significant sintering of CaO at 800/sup 0/C. The Knudsen and Langmuir studies show that sintering of CaO is indeed catalyzed by CO/sub 2/, but at 700/sup 0/C pressures must be within about 20% of the equilibrium CaCO/sub 3/ decomposition pressure to reduce surface areas at 700/sup 0/C from 90 m/sup 2//gram to 30 m/sup 2//gram. LiCl additions, however, increase the CaCO/sub 3/ decomposition rates and markedly reduce the surface area of the product CaO. At 700/sup 0/C the CaO surface area is reduced to approx. 1 m/sup 2//gram by either decomposing CaCO/sub 3/ in the presence of LiCl or by heating high surface area CaO with LiCl. This suggests that hot pressing of CaO with LiCl which is later vaporized may be a practical means of making high-density CaO at relatively low temperatures. The equilibrium CO/sub 2/ pressure for CaCO/sub 3/ decomposition, measured by a null-point method in this study, agrees to within 10% of values measured by a static method by Shukla. Within estimated experimental errors there is no clear effect of surface area on decomposition pressure. Reaction of porous CaO with CO/sub 2/ in the range of 600 to 700/sup 0/C is time independent until the reaction is 70% complete. Reaction rate falls off sharply, probably because pores are blocked by the reaction product. It seems evident that if high surface area particles of larger relative pore volumes can be produced, then a fast linear rate may extend until reaction is 100% complete. This possibility should be investigated because effective removal of gases such as sulfur oxides by metal oxides like CaO is of great importance in the development of industrial processes that do not seriously contribute to environmental pollution.

  8. Viability of Clostridium sporogenes spores after CaO hygienization of meat waste.

    PubMed

    Bauza-Kaszewska, Justyna; Paluszak, Zbigniew; Skowron, Krzysztof

    2014-01-01

    The occurrence of the pathogenic species C. perfringens and C. botulinum spores in animal by-products poses a potential epidemiological hazard. Strong entero- and neurotoxins produced by these bacteria adversely affect human health. To inactivate pathogens present in animal by-products, waste must be subjected to various methods of sanitization. The aim of the presented study was to estimate the effect of different doses of CaO on the viability of spores Clostridium sporogenes in meat wastes category 3. During the research, two doses of burnt lime were added to the poultry mince meat and meat mixed with swine blood contaminated with Clostridium sporogenes spore suspension. Half of the samples collected for microbiological analyses were buffered to achieve the pH level ~7, the other were examined without pH neutralization. To estimate the spore number, 10-fold dilution series in peptone water was prepared and heat-treated at 80 °C for 10 min. After cooling-down, one milliliter of each dilution was pour-plated onto DRCM medium solidified with agar. Statistical analysis were performed using the Statistica software. Application of 70% CaO caused complete inactivation of Clostridium spores in meat wastes after 48 hours. The highest temperature achieved during the experiment was 67 °C. Rapid alkalization of the biomass resulted in increasing pH to values exceeding 12. The effect of liming was not dependent on the meat wastes composition nor CaO dose. The experiment proved the efficiency of liming as a method of animal by-products sanitization. Application of the obtained results may help reduce the epidemiological risk and ensure safety to people handling meat wastes at each stage of their processing and utilization. PMID:25292114

  9. Effect of CaO Addition on Iron Recovery from Copper Smelting Slags by Solid Carbon

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    Heo, Jung Ho; Kim, Byung-Su; Park, Joo Hyun

    2013-12-01

    We investigated the effect of flux (lime) addition on the reduction behavior of iron oxide in copper slag by solid carbon at 1773 K (1500 °C). In particular, we quantified the recovery of iron by performing typical kinetic analysis and considering slag foaming, which is strongly affected by the thermophysical properties of slags. The iron oxide in the copper slag was consistently reduced by solid carbon over time. In the kinetic analysis, we determined mass transfer coefficients with and without considering slag foaming using a gas holdup factor. The mass transfer of FeO was not significantly changed by CaO addition when slag foaming was ignored, whereas the mass transfer of FeO when slag foaming was considered was at a minimum in the 20 mass pct CaO system. Iron recovery, defined as the ratio of the amount of iron clearly transferred to the base metal ingot to the initial amount of iron in the slag phase before reduction, was maximal (about 90 pct) in the 20 mass pct CaO system. Various types of solid compounds, including Mg2SiO4 and Ca2SiO4, were precipitated in slags during the FeO reduction process, and these compounds strongly affected the reduction kinetics of FeO as well as iron recovery. Iron recovery was the greatest in the 20 mass pct CaO system because no solid compounds formed in this system, resulting in a highly fluid slag. This fluid slag allowed iron droplets to fall rapidly with high terminal velocity to the bottom of the crucible. A linear relationship between the mass transfer coefficient of FeO considering slag foaming and foam stability was obtained, from which we concluded that the mass transfer of FeO in slag was effectively promoted not only by gas evolution due to reduction reactions but also by foamy slag containing solid compounds. However, the reduced iron droplets were finely dispersed in foamy and viscous slags, making actual iron recovery a challenge.

  10. On-line analysis of sulfur aerosols

    SciTech Connect

    Neubauer, K.R.; Johnston, M.V.; Wexler, A.S.

    1995-12-31

    Sulfur enters the atmosphere as gaseous species and can undergo a variety of chemical transformations leading to tetravalent and hexavalent products which eventually condense into the particulate phase. Certain species may be used as tracers for source apportionment. For example, methanesulfonic acid (MSA) results from natural, marine emissions, while hydroxymethanesulfonic acid (HMSA) is more likely to be found in urban aerosols of anthropogenic origin. We use rapid single-particle mass spectrometry (RSMS), an on-line technique capable of analyzing individual particles at a rapid rate, to differentiate sulfur species in aerosols. The relative amounts of MSA and NaHMSA (the sodium salt of HMSA) in simulated marine and urban aerosols can be determined, to a first approximation, by measuring peak area ratios in the negative ion spectra. However, analysis can be performed more quickly and with a higher degree of quantitation by applying the classification and regression tree (CART) algorithm to uncalibrated spectra. Further improvements in data analysis may result by applying an autocorrelation routine to the raw spectra prior to the CART algorithm. The effects of particle morphology, size, and physical distribution of components within a particle are also explored in relation to sulfur speciation. These considerations become important when considering field measurements of ambient aerosols.

  11. On-Line Learning: One Way to Bring People Together

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Goff-Kfouri, Carol Ann

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the benefits of on-line learning for adult learners and to further demystify three common misconceptions concerning on-line learning: students certainly do receive support from their on-line professors, the professor is pro-active rather than passive, and students may be more motivated to learn than in…

  12. A Distributed System for Learning Programming On-Line

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    Verdu, Elena; Regueras, Luisa M.; Verdu, Maria J.; Leal, Jose P.; de Castro, Juan P.; Queiros, Ricardo

    2012-01-01

    Several Web-based on-line judges or on-line programming trainers have been developed in order to allow students to train their programming skills. However, their pedagogical functionalities in the learning of programming have not been clearly defined. EduJudge is a project which aims to integrate the "UVA On-line Judge", an existing on-line…

  13. On-line measurement of pulverized coal

    SciTech Connect

    Earley, D.

    2000-07-01

    Coal-fired electric utilities consistently struggle with attempts to improve overall plant performance by achieving optimum combustion. while many techniques are employed, little has been done to optimize combustion at the individual burners. Distribution of windbox airflow and pulverized coal flow can vary greatly. There has been no effective method to measure coal and air, and the utility industry continues to accept these performance inadequacies. In the age of deregulation and with increasing concerns over emissions, the utility industry continues to search for better methods of fuel and airflow measurement and control. This is especially true with the use of low NO{sub x} burners, which require accurate airflow and fuel balance for optimum reduction of NO{sub x} while simultaneously minimizing unburned carbon. In 1997, a large Utility in Germany tested the use of a new coal flow measuring device which utilizes low frequency microwaves to accurately measure the absolute mass flow in coal pipes. When applied to coal outlets from a pulverizer, this device can accurately measure coal flow distribution form pipe-to-pipe. This device has successfully proven its ability to measure coal flow distribution with no maintenance drift problems. Based on the device's success on one mill, the Utility elected to equip all of the pipes on one boiler at this station. Secondary air (SA) is individually ducted to each burner on this boiler (unlike SA in the US); the plant will control airflow to account for fuel imbalances on-line in an attempt to increase plant efficiency by reducing excess oxygen.

  14. Students On-Line Atmospheric Research

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    Woods, D. C.; Moore, S. W.; Walters, S. C.

    2002-12-01

    Students On-Line Atmospheric Research (SOLAR) is one of NASA's educational outreach programs. SOLAR's primary role is to support educational outreach activities for NASA's Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III). SAGE III is the latest version of a series of solar occultation experiments, which include SAGE I and SAGE II. The SAGE III instrument was launched on a Russian METEOR 3M spacecraft in December 2001, and is now monitoring the global distribution of aerosols, ozone, clouds, and other important trace gases in the upper atmosphere. The SAGE measurements are critical to improving the understanding of global climate forcing as well as atmospheric chemical processes in the upper atmosphere. The SAGE experiment addresses interesting science problems related to the Earth's atmosphere. Many exciting science and technology topics from SAGE can be developed and incorporated into K-12 curriculum materials to enhance student interest in science. In addition, technologies employed by the SAGE measurement technique give rise to ideas for science projects that involve student participation. The SOLAR outreach program helps to bring these topics and ideas to the classroom by focusing on helping teachers become familiar with current research in the atmospheric sciences, and helping them integrate SOLAR developed educational materials into their curriculum. SOLAR gives special presentations at national and regional science teacher conferences and conducts an annual summer teacher workshop at the NASA Langley Research Center. Members of the SOLAR team also visit schools give classroom presentations and presentations to special student groups. This poster highlights some of the key features of the SOLAR program and presents descriptions of student projects, teacher workshops, and SOLAR resources.

  15. On-line evaluation of multiloop digital controller performance

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    Wieseman, Carol D.

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this presentation is to inform the Guidance and Control community of capabilities which were developed by the Aeroservoelasticity Branch to evaluate the performance of multivariable control laws, on-line, during wind-tunnel testing. The capabilities are generic enough to be useful for all kinds of on-line analyses involving multivariable control in experimental testing. Consequently, it was decided to present this material at this workshop even though it has been presented elsewhere. Topics covered include: essential on-line analysis requirements; on-line analysis capabilities; on-line analysis software; frequency domain procedures; controller performance evaluation frequency-domain flutter suppression; and plant determination.

  16. Formation of 1D adsorbed water structures on CaO(001)

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    Zhao, Xunhua; Bhattacharya, Saswata; Ghiringhelli, Luca M.; Levchenko, Sergey V.; Scheffler, Matthias

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the interaction of water with oxide surfaces is of fundamental importance for basic and engineering sciences. Recently, a spontaneous formation of one-dimensional (1D) adsorbed water structures have been observed on CaO(001). Interestingly, at other alkaline earth metal oxides, in particular MgO(001) and SrO(001), such structures have not been found experimentally. We calculate the relative stability of adsorbed water structures on the three oxides using density-functional theory combined with the ab initio atomistic thermodynamics. Low-energy structures at different coverages are obtained with a first-principles genetic algorithm. Finite-temperature vibrational spectra are calculated using ab initio molecular dynamics. We find a range of (T, p) conditions where 1D structures are thermodynamically stable on CaO(001). The orientation and vibrational spectra of the 1D structures are in agreement with the experiments. The formation of the 1D structures is found to be actuated by a symmetry breaking in the adsorbed water tetramer, as well as by a balance between water-water and water-substrate interactions, determined by the lattice constant of the oxide.

  17. Calcium precursors for the production of CaO sorbents for multicycle CO2 capture.

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    Liu, Wenqiang; Low, Nathanael W L; Feng, Bo; Wang, Guoxiong; Diniz da Costa, João C

    2010-01-15

    A screening of potential calcium precursors for the production of CaO sorbents for CO(2) capture at high temperature was conducted in this work. The precursors studied include microsized calcium carbonate (CC-CaO), calcium hydroxide (CH-CaO), nanosized (<70 nm) calcium carbonate (CC70 nm-CaO), nanosized (<160 nm) calcium oxide (CaO160 nm-CaO), calcium acetate hydrate (CA-CaO), calcium l-lactate hydrate (CL-CaO), calcium formate (CF-CaO), calcium citrate tetrahydrate (CCi-CaO), and calcium d-gluconate monohydrate (CG-CaO). The capture capability of these sorbents was investigated using a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) for multiple capture cycles. CG-CaO exhibited the best capacity for capturing CO(2) with a 1-min conversion of 65.9% and a 30-min conversion of 83.8% at the ninth cycle. Subsequently, a further parametric study was conducted to examine the effect of reaction conditions such as reaction temperature (550-750 degrees C) and CO(2) gas concentration (1-15%) on the capture capacity of CG-CaO. The sorbent CG-CaO also showed a much lower decomposition temperature and higher predicted residual conversion after prolonged cycles, compared with CC-CaO. PMID:20030311

  18. EOS ODL Metadata On-line Viewer

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    Yang, J.; Rabi, M.; Bane, B.; Ullman, R.

    2002-12-01

    We have recently developed and deployed an EOS ODL metadata on-line viewer. The EOS ODL metadata viewer is a web server that takes: 1) an EOS metadata file in Object Description Language (ODL), 2) parameters, such as which metadata to view and what style of display to use, and returns an HTML or XML document displaying the requested metadata in the requested style. This tool is developed to address widespread complaints by science community that the EOS Data and Information System (EOSDIS) metadata files in ODL are difficult to read by allowing users to upload and view an ODL metadata file in different styles using a web browser. Users have the selection to view all the metadata or part of the metadata, such as Collection metadata, Granule metadata, or Unsupported Metadata. Choices of display styles include 1) Web: a mouseable display with tabs and turn-down menus, 2) Outline: Formatted and colored text, suitable for printing, 3) Generic: Simple indented text, a direct representation of the underlying ODL metadata, and 4) None: No stylesheet is applied and the XML generated by the converter is returned directly. Not all display styles are implemented for all the metadata choices. For example, Web style is only implemented for Collection and Granule metadata groups with known attribute fields, but not for Unsupported, Other, and All metadata. The overall strategy of the ODL viewer is to transform an ODL metadata file to a viewable HTML in two steps. The first step is to convert the ODL metadata file to an XML using a Java-based parser/translator called ODL2XML. The second step is to transform the XML to an HTML using stylesheets. Both operations are done on the server side. This allows a lot of flexibility in the final result, and is very portable cross-platform. Perl CGI behind the Apache web server is used to run the Java ODL2XML, and then run the results through an XSLT processor. The EOS ODL viewer can be accessed from either a PC or a Mac using Internet Explorer 5.0+ or Netscape 4.7+.

  19. A thermodynamic study of the system CaO + Al2O3 + FexO at 1673 K

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    Espejo, V.; Iwase, M.

    1995-04-01

    Electrochemical measurements of the solid-oxide galvanic cell: Mo/Mo + MoO2/ZrO2(MgO)/(CaO + Al2O3 + FexO) + Fe(s) + Ag/Fe have been conducted at 1673 K in order to obtain the activities of FexO) in CaO + Al2O3 + FexO slags. By using the activity data for FexO, the isothermal section of the phase diagram for the system CaO + Al2O3 + FexO was derived.

  20. Self-healing of defects in CaO coatings on V-5%Cr-5%Ti in liquid lithium

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    Park, J.H.; Kassner, T.F.

    1994-11-01

    In-situ electrical resistance of CaO coatings produced on V-5%Cr-5%Ti by exposure of the alloy to liquid Li that contained 0.5-85 wt % dissolved Ca was measured as a function of time at temperatures between 250 and 600{degrees}C. Examination of the specimens after cooling to room temperature revealed no spallation, but homogeneous crazing cracks were present in the CaO coating. Additional tests to investigate the in-situ self-healing behavior of the cracks indicated that rapid healing occurred at >360{degrees}C.

  1. DOE-EPRI On-Line Monitoring Implementation Guidelines

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    E. Davis, R. Bickford

    2003-01-02

    Industry and EPRI experience at several plants has shown on-line monitoring to be very effective in identifying out-of-calibration instrument channels or indications of equipment-degradation problems. The EPRI implementation project for on-line monitoring has demonstrated the feasability of on-line monitoring at several participating nuclear plants. The results have been very enouraging, and substantial progress is anticipated in the coming years.

  2. Corundum, rutile, periclase, and CaO in Ca,Al-rich inclusions from carbonaceous chondrites.

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    Greshake, A; Bischoff, A; Putnis, A; Palme H

    1996-05-31

    Four calcium,aluminum-rich inclusions from four carbonaceous chondrites-Allende, Acfer 082, Acfer 086, and Acfer 094-were studied by transmission electron microscopy. All inclusions contained at least two of the oxides periclase (MgO), rutile (TiO2), calcium oxide (CaO), and corundum (Al2O3). The oxides (50 to 200 nanometers in size) were found inside and at grain boundaries of the constituent minerals of the inclusions. Determining how these oxides formed may provide insight about condensation processes in the early solar nebula and the origin of refractory inclusions in chondrites. Formation of these oxides by exsolution is considered unlikely. An origin by kinetically controlled condensation appears more probable. PMID:8662462

  3. Phonon-mediated electron transport through CaO thin films.

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    Cui, Yi; Tosoni, Sergio; Schneider, Wolf-Dieter; Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2015-01-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy has developed into a powerful tool for the characterization of conductive surfaces, for which the overlap of tip and sample wave functions determines the image contrast. On insulating layers, as the CaO thin film grown on Mo(001) investigated here, direct overlap between initial and final states is not enabled anymore and electrons are transported via hopping through the conduction-band states of the oxide. Carrier transport is accompanied by strong phonon excitations in this case, imprinting an oscillatory signature on the differential conductance spectra of the system. The phonons show a characteristic spatial dependence and become softer around lattice irregularities in the oxide film, such as dislocation lines. PMID:25615494

  4. DUSTER: collection of meteoric CaO and carbon smoke particles in the upper stratosphere .

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    Della Corte, V.; Rietmeijer, F. J. M.; Rotundi, A.; Ferrari, M.; Palumbo, P.

    Nanometer- to micrometer-size particles present in the upper stratosphere are a mixture of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial origins. They can be extraterrestrial particles condensed after meteor ablation. Meteoric dust in bolides is occasionally deposited into the lower stratosphere around 20 km altitude. Nanometer CaO and pure carbon smoke particles were collected at 38 km altitude in the upper stratosphere in the Arctic during June 2008 using DUSTER (Dust in the Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Retrieval), a balloon-borne instrument for the non-destructive collection of solid particles between 200 nm to 40 microns. We report the collection of micron sized CaCO_3 (calcite) grains. Their morphologies show evidence of melting and condensation after vaporization suggest at temperatures of approximately 3500 K. The formation environment of the collected grains was probably a dense dust cloud formed by the disintegration of a carbonaceous meteoroid during deceleration in the Earth� atmosphere. For the first time, DUSTER collected meteor ablation products that were presumably associated with the disintegration of a bolide crossing the Earth's atmosphere. The collected mostly CaO and pure carbon nanoparticles from the debris cloud of a fireball, included: 1) intact fragments; 2) quenched melted grains; and 3) vapor phase condensation products. The DUSTER project was funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), PRIN2008/MIUR (Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Universitá e della Ricerca), PNRA 2013(Piano Nazionale Ricerca Antartide). CNES graciously provided this flight opportunity. We thank E. Zona and S. Inarta at the Laboratorio di Fisica Cosmica INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte-Universitá di Napoli Parthenope. F.J.M.R. was supported by grant NNX07AI39G from the NASA Cosmochemistry Program. We thank three anonymous reviewers who assisted us in introducing our new instrument.

  5. ExoMol molecular line lists - XIII. The spectrum of CaO

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    Yurchenko, Sergei N.; Blissett, Audra; Asari, Usama; Vasilios, Marcus; Hill, Christian; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2016-03-01

    An accurate line list for calcium oxide is presented covering transitions between all bound ro-vibronic levels from the five lowest electronic states X 1Σ+, A' 1Π, A 1Σ+, a 3Π, and b 3Σ+. The ro-vibronic energies and corresponding wavefunctions were obtained by solving the fully coupled Schrödinger equation. Ab initio potential energy, spin-orbit, and electronic angular momentum curves were refined by fitting to the experimental frequencies and experimentally derived energies available in the literature. Using our refined model we could (1) reassign the vibronic states for a large portion of the experimentally derived energies (van Groenendael A., Tudorie M., Focsa C., Pinchemel B., Bernath P. F., 2005, J. Mol. Spectrosc., 234, 255), (2) extended this list of energies to J = 61-118 and (3) suggest a new description of the resonances from the A 1Σ+-X 1Σ+ system. We used high level ab initio electric dipole moments reported previously (Khalil H., Brites V., Le Quere F., Leonard C., 2011, Chem. Phys., 386, 50) to compute the Einstein A coefficients. Our work is the first fully coupled description of this system. Our line list is the most complete catalogue of spectroscopic transitions available for 40Ca16O and is applicable for temperatures up to at least 5000 K. CaO has yet to be observed astronomically but its transitions are characterized by being particularly strong which should facilitate its detection. The CaO line list is made available in an electronic form as supplementary data to this article and at www.exomol.com.

  6. A network pharmacology approach to discover active compounds and action mechanisms of San-Cao Granule for treatment of liver fibrosis

    PubMed Central

    Wei, Shizhang; Niu, Ming; Wang, Jian; Wang, Jiabo; Su, Haibin; Luo, Shengqiang; Zhang, Xiaomei; Guo, Yanlei; Liu, Liping; Liu, Fengqun; Zhao, Qingguo; Chen, Hongge; Xiao, Xiaohe; Zhao, Pan; Zhao, Yanling

    2016-01-01

    Ethnopharmacological relevance San-Cao Granule (SCG) has been used in patients with liver fibrosis for many years and has shown good effect. However, its mechanism of therapeutic action is not clear because of its complex chemical system. The purpose of our study is to establish a comprehensive and systemic method that can predict the mechanism of action of SCG in antihepatic fibrosis. Materials and methods In this study, a “compound–target–disease” network was constructed by combining the SCG-specific and liver fibrosis–specific target proteins with protein–protein interactions, and network pharmacology was used to screen out the underlying targets and mechanisms of SCG for treatment of liver fibrosis. Then, some key molecules of the enriched pathway were chosen to verify the effects of SCG on liver fibrosis induced by thioacetamide (TAA). Results This systematic approach had successfully revealed that 16 targets related to 11 SCG compounds were closely associated with liver fibrosis therapy. The pathway-enrichment analysis of them showed that the TGF-β1/Smad signaling pathway is relatively important. Animal experiments also proved that SCG could significantly ameliorate liver fibrosis by inhibiting the TGF-β1/Smad pathway. Conclusion SCG could alleviate liver fibrosis through the molecular mechanisms predicted by network pharmacology. Furthermore, network pharmacology could provide deep insight into the pharmacological mechanisms of Chinese herbal formulas. PMID:26929602

  7. System Requirements for On-Line and Batch Retrieval.

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    American Society for Information Science, Washington, DC. Special Interest Group on Computerized Retrieval Services.

    Three papers on system requirements for on-line and batch retrieval presented at the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) annual meeting are included here. At G.D. Searle, data for records related to pharmacology screening are used in a batch system, and an on-line system is used to search information on mutagenic, carcinogenic, and…

  8. On-Line AACE Forums: Joining, Participating, and Leading.

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    Carlsen, Roger

    Factors that increase the likelihood of sustainable on-line learning community success fall into four general categories: the selection of an ease of learning and ease of use application permits an adequate default setting to begin operation yet permits users and managers to customize their on-line environment; creation and support of users,…

  9. Blogs and Wikis: Environments for On-Line Collaboration.

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    Goodwin-Jones, Bob

    2003-01-01

    Discusses two recent innovations made available via the Internet that are useful to language educators: blogs and wikis. Blogs are on-line journals that offer opportunities for collaborative use. They are easily linked and cross-linked, thus creating larger on-line communities. Wikis feature a loosely structured set of pages, linked in multiple…

  10. On-Line and Off-Line Assessment of Metacognition

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    Saraç, Seda; Karakelle, Sema

    2012-01-01

    The study investigates the interrelationships between different on-line and off-line measures for assessing metacognition. The participants were 47 fifth grade elementary students. Metacognition was assessed through two off-line and two on-line measures. The off-line measures consisted of a teacher rating scale and a self-report questionnaire. The…

  11. Are On-Line Data Bases in Your Library's Future?

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    Deacon, Jim

    1983-01-01

    THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT: Today there are over 900 on-line data banks available for public access. Most microcomputers can use them through the aid of a modem and communication program. Major public information utilities that offer access to these on-line data bases are growing and expanding. The Source, a data base utility

  12. Evidence on the Effectiveness of On-Line Homework

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    Dillard-Eggers, Jane; Wooten, Tommy; Childs, Brad; Coker, John

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of on-line homework in principles of accounting classes. We surveyed students to determine their degree of satisfaction with on-line homework and their perceptions about its effectiveness in enhancing their learning. We also gathered data to determine the extent of online…

  13. On-Line Course Development: Engaging and Retaining Students

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    Bruster, Benita G.

    2015-01-01

    As the number of on-line classes and the demand for on-line education continues to sky-rocket, it is critical that course developers and university faculty have the skills to effectively design curricula, to develop engaging learning opportunities, and to create responsive courses that meet individual student needs. This paper details three…

  14. 45 CFR 502.8 - Documents on-line.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 45 Public Welfare 3 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Documents on-line. 502.8 Section 502.8 Public Welfare Regulations Relating to Public Welfare (Continued) FOREIGN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT COMMISSION OF THE UNITED STATES, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RULES OF PRACTICE PUBLIC INFORMATION-FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT § 502.8 Documents on-line. Commission...

  15. Are On-Line Data Bases in Your Library's Future?

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Deacon, Jim

    1983-01-01

    THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT: Today there are over 900 on-line data banks available for public access. Most microcomputers can use them through the aid of a modem and communication program. Major public information utilities that offer access to these on-line data bases are growing and expanding. The Source, a data base utility…

  16. Remote Automatic Material On-Line Sensor

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    Magnuson, Erik

    2005-12-20

    Low cost NMR sensor for measuring moisture content of forest products. The Department of Energy (DOE) Industries of the Future (IOF) program seeks development and implementation of technologies that make industry more efficient--in particular, more energy-efficient. Quantum Magnetics, Inc. (QM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Security, received an award under the program to investigate roles for low-cost Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology in furtherance of these goals. Most NMR systems are designed for high-resolution spectroscopy applications. These systems use intense magnetic fields produced by superconducting magnets that drive price and operating cost to levels beyond industry tolerance. At low magnetic fields, achievable at low cost, one loses the ability to obtain spectroscopic information. However, measuring the time constants associated with the NMR signal, called NMR relaxometry, gives indications of chemical and physical states of interest to process control and optimization. It was the purpose of this effort to investigate the technical and economic feasibility of using such low-field, low-cost NMR to monitor parameters enabling greater process efficiencies. The primary target industry identified in the Cooperative Development Agreement was the wood industry, where the moisture content of wood is a key process parameter from the time the cut tree enters a mill until the time it is delivered as pieces of lumber. Extracting the moisture is energy consuming, and improvements in drying efficiency stand to reduce costs and emissions substantially. QM designed and developed a new, low-cost NMR instrument suitable for inspecting lumber up to 3 inches by 12 inches in cross section, and other materials of similar size. Low cost is achieved via an inexpensive, permanent magnet and low-cost NMR spectrometer electronics. Laboratory testing demonstrated that the NMR system is capable of accurate ({+-} 0.5%) measurements of the moisture content of wood for moisture ranging from 2% to over 140% (referenced to the wood's dry weight). Accuracy exceeded that offered by existing instrumentation when the moisture content was in excess of the fiber saturation point ({approx}20%). Accuracy was independent of the wood form: solid wood, wood chips or sawdust. The prototype NMR system was designed and built for incorporation and use in a beta test site. Beta testing is under way at the pilot plant operated by the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN) in Vancouver, B.C. Other industries were also investigated. For example, laboratory testing demonstrated that low-field NMR is capable of measuring the hydrogen content of calcium oxide (quicklime). Hydrogen content measurement can be done both rapidly (on the order of 1 second) and nondestructively. Measurement of moisture in quicklime affects energy consumption in the steel industry. Further advances in system electronics, ongoing under DOD support, will enable yet more substantial system cost reductions over the prototype system, opening up a wider range of utility.

  17. Polyacrylamide + Al2(SO4)3 and polyacrylamide + CaO remove coliform bacteria and nutrients from swine wastewater.

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    Entry, James A; Phillips, Ian; Stratton, Helen; Sojka, R E

    2003-01-01

    Animal wastes are a major contributor of nutrients and enteric microorganisms to surface water and ground water. Polyacrylamide (PAM) mixtures are an effective flocculent, and we hypothesized that they would reduce transport of microorganisms in flowing water. After waste water running at 60.0 1 min(-1) flowed over PAM + Al2(SO4)3, or PAM + CaO in furrows, total coliform bacteria (TC) and fecal coliform bacteria (FC) were reduced by 30-50% at 1 and 50 m downstream of the treatments compared to the control. In a column study, PAM + Al2(SO4)3, and PAM + CaO applied to sandy, sandy loam, loam, and clay soils reduced NH4+ and ortho-P concentrations in leachate compared to the source waste water and the control. PAM + Al2(SO4)3 and PAM + CaO applied to sandy, sandy loam and loam soils reduced both total and ortho-P, concentrations in leachate compared to he source wastewater and control treatment. In a field study, PAM + Al2(SO4)3, or PAM + CaO treatments did not consistently reduce NH4+, NO3-, ortho-P, and total P concentrations in wastewater flowing over any soil compared to inflow wastewater or the control treatment. With proper application PAM + Al2(SO4)3 and PAM + CaO may be able to reduce the numbers of enteric bacteria in slowly flowing wastewater running off animal confinement areas, reducing the amount of pollutants entering surface water and groundwater. PMID:12685771

  18. Practical experience with on-line ion chromatography

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    Lynch, G.J.

    1991-12-31

    Bettis is heavily involved in on-line ion chromatography and has gained much experience with the systems. This paper serves to pass that experience along to any users, current or prospective, that are interested in the systems. On-line IC is extremely dynamic and the developments over the past few years have helped to produce systems that can provide technical and productivity improvements. The potential uses of the systems are only beginning to be tapped. It is the information provided herein maybe useful to any interested in on-line ion chromatography.

  19. On-line maintenance methodology development and its applications

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    Kim, J.; Jae, M.

    2012-07-01

    With the increasing economic pressures being faced and the potential for shortening outage times under the conditions of deregulated electricity markets in the world, licensees are motivated to get an increasing amount of the on-line maintenance (OLM). The benefits of the OLM includes increased system and plant reliability, reduction of plant equipment and system material condition deficiencies that could adversely impact operations, and reduction of work scope during plant refueling outages. In Korea, allowance guidelines of risk assessment is specified in the safety regulation guidelines 16.7 and 16.8 of the Korea Inst. of Nuclear Safety (KINS), which is 'General guidelines of Risk-informed application for requesting permission of changes' and 'Requesting permission of changes of Risk-informed application for Technical Specification'. We select the emergency diesel generator (EDG) of the Ulchin unit 3 and 4 for risk assessment analysis by applying configuration changes. The EDG which has plant safety level IE belongs to on-site standby power (A, B train EDG) in electric distribution system. The EDG is important component because it should maintain standby status during plant is operating, therefore we select the EDG for target component of risk assessment analysis. The risk assessment is limited to CDF. The risk assessment is performed by using AIMS-PSA Release2. We evaluate CDF by applying the configuration changes with some assumptions. Evaluation of the full power operation and Low power/Shut down operation was performed. This study has been performed for introducing a methodology and performing risk assessment. (authors)

  20. Room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior in electride 12CaO .7Al2O3

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    Wada, Nororu; Nakamura, Sho; Tsubaki, Kotaro; Toyo University Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    Crystalline dodecacalcium hepta-aluminate 12CaO .7Al2O3 (C12A7) has a nanoporous structure that contains twelve cages with an inner diameter of 0.44 nm per unit cell. By replacing the O2- ions originally incorporated in some cages with electrons, C12A7 becomes electride and is known to exhibit a variety of interesting physical and chemical properties. Here, we report results on SQUID magnetic measurements of electride C12A7, where ferromagnetic behavior that persisted even above room temperature was found. Electride samples were prepared by heating C12A7 samples in vacuum with metallic Ca at 700 and 800 °C for specific periods of time. Although as-is C12A7 samples showed paramagnetic behavior, once the as-is samples were reduced with metallic Ca, they exhibited magnetization curves which suggested ferromagnetism. It was found that the longer the reducing time was and the higher the reducing temperature was, the larger the saturation magnetization value became. Systematic magnetization behavior found as functions of reducing time and temperature might suggest the ferromagnetism found in electride C12A7 originated from the electron spins in the cages. The origin of ferromagnetism found in electride C12A7 will be discussed.

  1. Preparation and characterizaton of CaO nanoparticle for biodiesel production

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    Gupta, Jharna; Agarwal, Madhu

    2016-04-01

    Nanoparticle of CaO from calcium Nitrate (CaO/CaN) and Snail shell (CaO/SS) are successfully synthesized by method as described in the literature and used as an active and stable catalyst for the biodiesel production. These catalysts are characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The average crystalline size in nanometer was also calculated by Debye-Scherrer equation. The performance of the CaO/CaN and CaO/SS were tested for their catalytic activity via transesterification process and it was found that biodiesel yield has been increased from 93 to 96%. The optimum conditions for the highest yield were 8wt% catalyst loading, 65°C temperature, 12:1 methanol/oil molar ratio, and 6 h for reaction time. The nano catalyst from snail shell exhibits excellent catalytic activity and stability for the transesterification reaction, which suggested that this catalyst would be potentially used as a solid base nano catalyst for biodiesel production. In order to examine the reusability of catalyst developed from snail shell, five transesterification reaction cycles were also performed.

  2. Preparing Students for Assessment in the On-Line Class.

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    Ford, Michele L.

    2002-01-01

    Advises professors with limited technological experience on how to use features of their existing computer networks to communicate assessment expectations to their on-line students. Explains how e-mail and Web postings can serve this purpose. (EV)

  3. High temperature ion source for an on-line isotope separator

    DOEpatents

    Mlekodaj, Ronald L.

    1979-01-01

    A reduced size ion source for on-line use with a cyclotron heavy-ion beam is provided. A sixfold reduction in source volume while operating with similar input power levels results in a 2000.degree. C. operating temperature. A combined target/window normally provides the reaction products for ionization while isolating the ion source plasma from the cyclotron beam line vacuum. A graphite felt catcher stops the recoiling reaction products and releases them into the plasma through diffusion and evaporation. Other target arrangements are also possible. A twenty-four hour lifetime of unattended operation is achieved, and a wider range of elements can be studied than was heretofore possible.

  4. On-line Monitoring of Ultrasonic Polymer Chain Scission

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    Akyüz, Ali; Giz, Ahmet; Çatalgil-Giz, Huceste

    2007-03-01

    Poly vinyl pyrrolidone in dilute aqueous solution was subjected to ultrasonic scission. The decrease of the molecular weight was monitored by light scattering via a BIMwA molecular weight analyzer. The on-line data was compared with the theoretical models of Schmid, Malhorta, Price, Madras and Berlin, Doulah,. The models were compared on the bases of χ^2 analysis and fit quality. It is seen that on-line data can discriminate among theoretical models.

  5. Introducing an on-line adaptive procedure for prostate image guided intensity modulate proton therapy

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    Zhang, M.; Westerly, D. C.; Mackie, T. R.

    2011-08-01

    With on-line image guidance (IG), prostate shifts relative to the bony anatomy can be corrected by realigning the patient with respect to the treatment fields. In image guided intensity modulated proton therapy (IG-IMPT), because the proton range is more sensitive to the material it travels through, the realignment may introduce large dose variations. This effect is studied in this work and an on-line adaptive procedure is proposed to restore the planned dose to the target. A 2D anthropomorphic phantom was constructed from a real prostate patient's CT image. Two-field laterally opposing spot 3D-modulation and 24-field full arc distal edge tracking (DET) plans were generated with a prescription of 70 Gy to the planning target volume. For the simulated delivery, we considered two types of procedures: the non-adaptive procedure and the on-line adaptive procedure. In the non-adaptive procedure, only patient realignment to match the prostate location in the planning CT was performed. In the on-line adaptive procedure, on top of the patient realignment, the kinetic energy for each individual proton pencil beam was re-determined from the on-line CT image acquired after the realignment and subsequently used for delivery. Dose distributions were re-calculated for individual fractions for different plans and different delivery procedures. The results show, without adaptive, that both the 3D-modulation and the DET plans experienced delivered dose degradation by having large cold or hot spots in the prostate. The DET plan had worse dose degradation than the 3D-modulation plan. The adaptive procedure effectively restored the planned dose distribution in the DET plan, with delivered prostate D98%, D50% and D2% values less than 1% from the prescription. In the 3D-modulation plan, in certain cases the adaptive procedure was not effective to reduce the delivered dose degradation and yield similar results as the non-adaptive procedure. In conclusion, based on this 2D phantom study, by updating the proton pencil beam energy from the on-line image after realignment, this on-line adaptive procedure is necessary and effective for the DET-based IG-IMPT. Without dose re-calculation and re-optimization, it could be easily incorporated into the clinical workflow.

  6. Introducing an on-line adaptive procedure for prostate image guided intensity modulate proton therapy.

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    Zhang, M; Westerly, D C; Mackie, T R

    2011-08-01

    With on-line image guidance (IG), prostate shifts relative to the bony anatomy can be corrected by realigning the patient with respect to the treatment fields. In image guided intensity modulated proton therapy (IG-IMPT), because the proton range is more sensitive to the material it travels through, the realignment may introduce large dose variations. This effect is studied in this work and an on-line adaptive procedure is proposed to restore the planned dose to the target. A 2D anthropomorphic phantom was constructed from a real prostate patient's CT image. Two-field laterally opposing spot 3D-modulation and 24-field full arc distal edge tracking (DET) plans were generated with a prescription of 70 Gy to the planning target volume. For the simulated delivery, we considered two types of procedures: the non-adaptive procedure and the on-line adaptive procedure. In the non-adaptive procedure, only patient realignment to match the prostate location in the planning CT was performed. In the on-line adaptive procedure, on top of the patient realignment, the kinetic energy for each individual proton pencil beam was re-determined from the on-line CT image acquired after the realignment and subsequently used for delivery. Dose distributions were re-calculated for individual fractions for different plans and different delivery procedures. The results show, without adaptive, that both the 3D-modulation and the DET plans experienced delivered dose degradation by having large cold or hot spots in the prostate. The DET plan had worse dose degradation than the 3D-modulation plan. The adaptive procedure effectively restored the planned dose distribution in the DET plan, with delivered prostate D(98%), D(50%) and D(2%) values less than 1% from the prescription. In the 3D-modulation plan, in certain cases the adaptive procedure was not effective to reduce the delivered dose degradation and yield similar results as the non-adaptive procedure. In conclusion, based on this 2D phantom study, by updating the proton pencil beam energy from the on-line image after realignment, this on-line adaptive procedure is necessary and effective for the DET-based IG-IMPT. Without dose re-calculation and re-optimization, it could be easily incorporated into the clinical workflow. PMID:21772078

  7. Canopy spectral and chemical diversity from lowland to tree line in the Western Amazon using CAO-VSWIR

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    Martin, R. E.; Asner, G. P.

    2012-12-01

    Canopy chemistry and spectroscopy offer insight into community assembly and ecosystem processes in high-diversity tropical forests. Results from one lowland site in the Peruvian Amazon suggests both an environmental and an evolutionary component of canopy trait development however, the degree to which larger environmental differences influence diversity in canopy traits and their respective spectroscopic signatures across remains poorly understood. The spectranomics approach explicitly connects phylogenetic, chemical and spectral patterns in tropical canopies providing the basis for analysis, while high-fidelity, airborne remote sensing measurements extend plot-level data to landscape-scale, achieving a comprehensive view of the region. In 2011, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) was used to sample a large region of the Western Amazon Basin in southeastern Peru, extending from lowlands to tree line in the Andean mountains. The CAO Visible-Shortwave Imaging Spectrometer (VSWIR) collected 480-band high-fidelity imaging spectroscopy data of the forest canopy, while its high-resolution LiDAR captured information on canopy structure and the underlying terrain. The data were used to quantify relationships between environmental gradients and canopy chemical and spectral diversity. Results suggest strong environmental control with additional phylogenetic influence over canopy spectral and chemical properties, particularly those related to structure, defense and metabolic function. Data from CAO-VSWIR extends the large range in canopy chemical and spectral diversity related to environmental factors across the Western Amazon Basin.

  8. CaO insulator coatings and self-healing of defects on V-Cr-Ti alloys in liquid lithium

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    Park, J.H.; Kassner, T.F.

    1996-02-01

    Electrically insulating and corrosion-resistant coatings are required at the liquid metal/structural interface in fusion first-wall/blanket applications. The electrical resistance of CaO coatings produced on V-5%Cr-5%Ti by exposure of the alloy to liquid Li that contained 0.5--85 wt.% dissolved Ca was measured as a function of time at temperatures between 250 and 600{degrees}C. The solute element, Ca in liquid Li, reacted with the alloy substrate at 400--420{degrees}C to produce a CaO coating. Resistance of the coating layer measured in-situ in liquid Li was {approx}10{sup 6} {Omega} at 400{degrees}C. Thermal cycling between 300 and 700{degrees}C changed the coating layer resistance. which followed insulator behavior. These results suggest that thin homogeneous coatings can be produced on variously shaped surfaces by controlling the exposure time, temperature, and composition of the liquid metal. The technique can be applied to various shapes(e.g., inside/outside of tubes, complex geometrical shapes) because the coating is formed by liquid-phase reaction. Examination of the specimens after cooling to room temperature revealed no spallation, but homogeneous crazing cracks were present in the CaO coating. Additional tests to investigate the in-situ self-healing behavior of the cracks indicated that rapid healing occurred at {ge}360{degrees}C.

  9. Individuality and Stability in Male Songs of Cao Vit Gibbons (Nomascus nasutus) with Potential to Monitor Population Dynamics

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    Ma, Chang-Yong; Fei, Han-Lan; Fan, Peng-Fei

    2014-01-01

    Vocal individuality and stability has been used to conduct population surveys, monitor population dynamics, and detect dispersal patterns in avian studies. To our knowledge, it has never been used in these kinds of studies among primates. The cao vit gibbon is a critically endangered species with only one small population living in a karst forest along China-Vietnam border. Due to the difficult karst terrain, an international border, long life history, and similarity in male morphology, detailed monitoring of population dynamics and dispersal patterns are not possible using traditional observation methods. In this paper, we test individuality and stability in male songs of cao vit gibbons. We then discuss the possibility of using vocal individuality for population surveys and monitoring population dynamics and dispersal patterns. Significant individuality of vocalization was detected in all 9 males, and the correct rate of individual identification yielded by discriminant function analysis using a subset of variables was satisfactory (>90%). Vocal stability over 2–6 years was also documented in 4 males. Several characters of cao vit gibbons allowed long-term population monitoring using vocal recordings in both China and Vietnam: 1) regular loud calls, 2) strong individuality and stability in male songs, 3) stable territories, and 4) long male tenure. During the course of this research, we also observed one male replacement (confirmed by vocal analysis). This time- and labor-saving method might be the most effective way to detect dispersal patterns in this transboundary population. PMID:24788306

  10. On line Release Simulator of Radioactive Beams produced by ISOL technique

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    Turrion, Manuela; Tengblad, Olof; Borge, Maria J. G.; Reillo, Eva; Morrissey, Edward R.; Santana, Mario

    2007-02-12

    Target and ion source constitute the heart for the production of radioactive ion beams, RIBs. The goal of this work is to help in the development of reliable and efficient target and ion source systems for production of short-lived isotopes of a wide range of elements by the ISOL method. With this aim an oracle database of diffusion and desorption parameters with more than 10.000 entries has been built. The database is accessible on line and a web application has been developed allowing the retrieval of information from the database in order to assist in the configuration of the input parameters for a Monte Carlo code, RIBO, for the simulation of target-ion source systems.

  11. Adopting on-line hemodiafiltration as standard therapy in EMEA NephroCare centers.

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    Stopper, Andrea; Scatizzi, Laura; Klinkner, Gerdi; Boccato, Carlo; Grassmann, Aileen; Marcelli, Daniele

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes the historical journey that led to the adoption of on-line hemodiafiltration (HDF) as a standard therapy for the patients in the Fresenius Medical Care (FME) NephroCare dialysis network. In 1998, FME faced the tremendous challenge of consolidating a series of heterogeneous clinics under one umbrella. In 2002, the European Best Practice Guidelines (EBPG) for hemodialysis (HD) were published by the European Renal Association which FME promptly adopted within its clinic network. On the basis of this document, the strategic decision was taken to apply high-flux, biocompatible membranes throughout the entire network. To cope with the effective implementation of this step, the clinics' technical infrastructure was updated. The widespread application of high-flux therapy, together with the implementation of the required infrastructure, especially concerning water quality, opened the way to the extensive use of on-line HDF. To fully realize this ambitious goal, two further technological steps were targeted and successfully reached: introduction of the Fresenius 5008 dialysis equipment and an even stricter control of the water quality. The combined pressure from the educational activities, which brought about a preliminary cultural change, and the creation of a target based on the percentage of treatments by this technique resulted in an increasing implementation of this modality by the individual clinics. After 2004, on-line HDF continuously increased its share among the dialysis techniques prescribed in the network and currently more than 50% of patients are on this modality. PMID:22188697

  12. Overcoming the polarization catastrophe in the rocksalt oxides MgO and CaO

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    Gaddy, Benjamin E.; Paisley, Elizabeth A.; Maria, Jon-Paul; Irving, Douglas L.

    2014-09-01

    Interfaces between dissimilar polar materials may provide a pathway to new device functionality, including high carrier mobility layers at the interface. The development of these materials has proven challenging, in part because of the high energy cost of forming polar surfaces. Our density functional theory calculations explore the mechanisms by which a real material satisfies the electrostatic criteria for stability imposed by a polar surface. The consequences of polarity are studied by comparing the formation energies, charge distribution, and electronic structure of a number of low-index surfaces of rocksalt MgO and CaO. These surfaces are explored both in their bare, undecorated form as well as with surface reconstructions and adsorbed foreign species. Our ground-state surface energies are extended to relevant environmental conditions by use of ab initio thermodynamics. We find that the high energy of bare polar surfaces is the result of the significant charge redistribution that arises to compensate the polarity and pushes electronic states into the forbidden band gap. Other mechanisms of polarity compensation (reconstruction or foreign species adsorption) are therefore seen more frequently. We explain the experimental observations of surface roughness during growth in the [111] direction. In typical epitaxial growth conditions, there is preferential formation of an octopolar reconstruction of the {111} surface, which exposes {001}-type nanofacets. The low energy of the {001} surface likely causes these facets to grow, leading to a rough surface morphology. Our results indicate that when water vapor is present during growth, a smooth, polar surface can be stabilized by the formation of a hydroxyl layer.

  13. Biodiesel production from transesterification of palm oil with methanol over CaO supported on bimodal meso-macroporous silica catalyst.

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    Witoon, Thongthai; Bumrungsalee, Sittisut; Vathavanichkul, Peerawut; Palitsakun, Supaphorn; Saisriyoot, Maythee; Faungnawakij, Kajornsak

    2014-03-01

    Calcium oxide-loaded porous materials have shown promise as catalysts in transesterification. However, the slow diffusion of bulky triglycerides through the pores limited the activity of calcium oxide (CaO). In this work, bimodal meso-macroporous silica was used as a support to enhance the accessibility of the CaO dispersed inside the pores. Unimodal porous silica having the identical mesopore diameter was employed for the purpose of comparison. Effects of CaO content and catalyst pellet size on the yield of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) were investigated. The basic strength was found to increase with increasing the CaO content. The CaO-loaded bimodal porous silica catalyst with the pellet size of 325μm achieved a high %FAME of 94.15 in the first cycle, and retained an excellent %FAME of 88.87 after five consecutive cycles. PMID:24525218

  14. Connecting to On-line Data, a Progress Report

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    Eichhorn, G.; Astrophysics Datacenter Executive Committee (ADEC)

    2004-12-01

    The Astrophysics Datacenter Executive Committee (ADEC) has worked with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the University of Chicago Press (UChP) to implement links from the on-line literature to on-line data and vice versa. A first demonstration of this system is on-line in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement, Volume 154, Issue 1, a special issue about first results from Spitzer. Several of these on-line articles have links to on-line data. This linking system requires the collaboration of the data centers (marking data sets with unique identifiers, providing a verification system for identifiers, providing a systematic linking system to data sets), the ADS (providing a master verifier that connects the journal to the individual verifiers at the data centers, providing a linking server that allows stable links for the journals even if data sets move), and the AAS and the UChP (implementing LaTeX tags for identifiers, processing and verifying identifiers, implementing the links). Once the links are in place at the journal website, the publisher returns this information to the ADS and from there to the data centers in order to provide the data centers the information necessary to implement the opposite links from data sets to journal articles. The pipeline for this information flow is now fully in place and will be described in this poster. This work is supported by NASA under sevreal grants.

  15. On-line octane control with NIR analyzers. [Near InfraRed

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    Zetter, M.S. ); Politzer, B.A. )

    1993-03-01

    On-line octane monitoring at the blender offers substantial advantages in reformulating gasoline and minimizing octane giveaway'. Accurate, real-time measurement of octane number allows rapid adjustments to component feed streams, compensating for variability in the rest of the refining process. With tighter control of the blending operation, less off-spec product is produced, which is particularly important when blending directly into a pipeline. In blending to tankage, less reblending is required to achieve the desired octane specification, which increases both efficiency and equipment utilization. Once tighter octane control is achieved, the refiner can shift octane number targets closer to minimum specifications, thereby reducing octane giveaway. The paper describes on-line octane measurement; remote sensing spectrophotometer; in-line application; principles of operation; instrument calibration; technical performance; tangible economic savings; and future expansion.

  16. Single battery power subsystems: On-line reconditioning

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    Tobias, R.F.

    1996-02-01

    The effect of on-line reconditioning (deep discharge) on a single, Nickel-Hydrogen spacecraft battery in GEO and LEO is considered. A life cycle test was performed in both GEO and LEO to study the effect of reconditioning on the battery`s end of discharge voltage (EODV). The results of these tests show that: LEO on-line reconditioning increased the EODV (by approximately 15 cycles to maximum EODV) and the EODV lasted for approximately 300 cycles, but GEO on-line reconditioning decreased the EODV slightly during the first six days and increases significantly after the seventh day. Based on the available data from the life cycle test, it has been concluded that a long life and stable voltage is realizable with the baseline architecture (single battery, single bus) without the need for reconditioning.

  17. Approaches for on-line coupling of extraction and chromatography.

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    Hyötyläinen, Tuulia; Riekkola, Marja-Liisa

    2004-04-01

    This review provides an overview of the approaches available in order to perform on-line coupling of various extraction techniques with liquid and gas chromatography, for the analysis of semivolatile and nonvolatile analytes in liquid and solid samples. The main focus is on the instrumental set-up of these techniques. Selected real applications are described by way of illustration. The extraction methods suitable for on-line coupling covered in this review are: liquid-liquid extraction, solid-phase extraction, membrane-based techniques, pressurised liquid extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, and microwave- and sonication-assisted extractions. The following systems are not covered in this review: on-line coupled solid-phase extraction-liquid chromatography, purge-and-trap-GC, and membrane extraction with a sorbent interface-GC. PMID:14997264

  18. On-line monitoring and controlling system for fermentation processes.

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    Liu; Wang; Lee

    2001-01-01

    A personal computer-based on-line monitoring and controlling system was developed for the fermentation of microorganism. The on-line HPLC system for the analysis of glucose and ethanol in the fermentation broth was connected to the fermenter via an auto-sampling equipment, which could perform the pipetting, filtration and dilution of the sample and final injection onto the HPLC through automation based on a programmed procedure. The A/D and D/A interfaces were equipped in order to process the signals from electrodes and from the detector of HPLC, and to direct the feed pumps, the motor of stirrer and gas flow-rate controller. The software that supervised the control of the stirring speed, gas flow-rate, pH value, feed flow-rate of medium, and the on-line measurement of glucose and ethanol concentration was programmed by using Microsoft Visual Basic under Microsoft Windows. The signal for chromatographic peaks from on-line HPLC was well captured and processed using an RC filter and a smoothing algorithm. This monitoring and control system was demonstrated to be effective in the ethanol fermentation of Zymomonas mobilis operated in both batch and fed-batch modes. In addition to substrate and product concentrations determined by on-line HPLC, the biomass concentration in Z. mobilis fermentation could also be on-line estimated by using the pH control and an implemented software sensor. The substrate concentration profile in the fed-back fermentation followed well the set point profile due to the fed-back action of feed flow-rate control. PMID:11150792

  19. Making the most of on-line recruiting.

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    Cappelli, P

    2001-03-01

    Ninety percent of large U.S. companies are already recruiting via the Internet. By simply logging on to the Web, company recruiters can locate vast numbers of qualified candidates for jobs at every level, screen them in minutes, and contact the most promising ones immediately. The payoffs can be enormous: it costs substantially less to hire someone on-line, and the time saved is equally great. In this article, Peter Cappelli examines some of the emerging service providers and technologies--matchmakers, job boards, hiring management systems software, and applicant-screening mechanisms that test skills and record interests. He also looks at some of the strategies companies are adopting as they enter on-line labor markets. Recruiting needs to be refashioned to resemble marketing, he stresses. Accordingly, smart companies are designing Web pages, and even product ads, with potential recruits in mind. They're giving line managers authority to hire so that candidates in cyberspace aren't lost. They're building internal on-line job networks to retain talent. Integrating recruiting efforts with overall marketing campaigns, especially through coordination and identification with the company's brand, is the most important thing companies can do to ensure success in on-line hiring. Along the way, Cappelli sounds two cautionary notes. First, a human touch, not electronic contact, is vital in the last steps of a successful hiring process. Second, companies must make sure that on-line testing and hiring criteria do not discriminate against women, disabled people, workers over 40, or members of minority groups. When competition for talent is fierce, companies that master the art and science of on-line recruiting will be the ones that attract and keep the best people. PMID:11246921

  20. Micelle-assisted synthesis of Al2O3CaO nanocatalyst: optical properties and their applications in photodegradation of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol.

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    Imtiaz, Ayesha; Farrukh, Muhammad Akhyar; Khaleeq-ur-rahman, Muhammad; Adnan, Rohana

    2013-01-01

    Calcium oxide (CaO) nanoparticles are known to exhibit unique property due to their high adsorption capacity and good catalytic activity. In this work the CaO nanocatalysts were prepared by hydrothermal method using anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), as a templating agent. The as-synthesized nanocatalysts were further used as substrate for the synthesis of alumina doped calcium oxide (Al2O3CaO) nanocatalysts via deposition-precipitation method at the isoelectric point of CaO. The Al2O3CaO nanocatalysts were characterized by FTIR, XRD, TGA, TEM, and FESEM techniques. The catalytic efficiencies of these nanocatalysts were studied for the photodegradation of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (2,4,6-TNP), which is an industrial pollutant, spectrophotometrically. The effect of surfactant and temperature on size of nanocatalysts was also studied. The smallest particle size and highest percentage of degradation were observed at critical micelle concentration of the surfactant. The direct optical band gap of the Al2O3CaO nanocatalyst was found as 3.3?eV. PMID:24311980

  1. Measuring the Effects of an On-Line Training Module for School Psychologists Working with Traumatized Children: A Pilot Study

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    Dezen, Kristin

    2012-01-01

    The present study was designed to address the current lack of trauma training provided to school psychologists. Specifically, this study employed a randomized, controlled design to test the efficacy of an on-line training targeting school psychology graduate student trainees' awareness of the signs and symptoms of child abuse as well as their…

  2. Measuring the Effects of an On-Line Training Module for School Psychologists Working with Traumatized Children: A Pilot Study

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    Dezen, Kristin

    2012-01-01

    The present study was designed to address the current lack of trauma training provided to school psychologists. Specifically, this study employed a randomized, controlled design to test the efficacy of an on-line training targeting school psychology graduate student trainees' awareness of the signs and symptoms of child abuse as well as their

  3. On-line condenser tube cleaning system demonstration. Final report

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    Ulvog, P.

    1995-11-01

    This report describes the results of a working demonstration of the on-line SIDTEC{trademark} Rocket{trademark} condenser tube cleaning system to improve condenser performance in open-loop cooling systems through the reduction of tube fouling from either biological means or inorganic mineral deposition. Benefits can include: heat rate improvement; avoidance of load limitations due to back pressure concerns; elimination of off-line cleaning; extended tube life; cooling water pump auxiliary load reductions; and elimination of on-line chemical treatments. As a result, significant cost savings have been achieved in comparison to existing methods of maintaining condenser cleanliness.

  4. On-line access to geoscience bibliographic citations

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    Wild, Emily C.

    2012-01-01

    On-line geoscience bibliographic citations and access points to citations are exponentially increasing as commercial, non-profit, and government agencies worldwide publish materials electronically. On-line bibliographic tools capture cited works, and open access content allows for freely obtained citations and documents. For this newsletter, citations from the numerous journals and books listed in the "Recent Papers" section of the EXPLORE newsletters from 2008-2011 were used to provide freely-accessible web sites to determine the availability of bibliographic information.

  5. Psychology over the Internet: On-Line Experiences.

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    García, V; Ahumada, L; Hinkelman, J; Muñoz, R F; Quezada, J

    2004-02-01

    The "International Symposium on Psychology over the Internet: On-Line Experiences" was held in Lima, Peru, July 2003, at the 29th InterAmerican Congress of Psychology. The main topic was the advantages and disadvantages of using this technology in the applied field of psychology. The Internet has been considered a new alternative for teaching-learning processes (virtual classroom); vocational assessment; counseling and orientation (virtual psychological consultation); and intervention focused on specific health-related problems. These experiences of on-line psychological services and their conclusions are briefly described herein. PMID:15006166

  6. QCM array for on-line-monitoring of composting procedures.

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    Dickert, Franz L; Lieberzeit, Peter A; Achatz, Paul; Palfinger, Christian; Fassnauer, Michael; Schmid, Erich; Werther, Wolfgang; Horner, Gerd

    2004-05-01

    Six QCM resonators forming a sensor array were coated with different molecularly imprinted polymers for the on-line monitoring of composting procedures. Four key analytes are traced, namely water, 1-propanol, ethyl acetate and limonene. Trendlines obtained on-line by the sensor during measurements in a commercial composter give a distinct pattern: the signal for the alcohols first decreases according to an increase in ethyl acetate concentration, and increases again, when obviously no more acetic acid is formed. Limonene is detected in later stages of composting. Similar trends could also be observed by GC-MS. Additionally, chromatographic and sensor data for limonene could be correlated with each other. PMID:15116236

  7. On-line measurement of heat of combustion

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    Chaturvedi, S. K.; Chegini, H.

    1988-01-01

    An experimental method for an on-line measurement of heat of combustion of a gaseous hydrocarbon fuel mixture of unknown composition is developed. It involves combustion of a test gas with a known quantity of air to achieve a predetermined oxygen concentration level in the combustion products. This is accomplished by a feedback controller which maintains the gas volumetric flow rate at a level consistent with the desired oxygen concentration in the products. The heat of combustion is determined from a known correlation with the gas volumetric flow rate. An on-line microcomputer accesses the gas volumetric flow data, and displays the heat of combustion values at desired time intervals.

  8. Intermitência alfvênica gerada por caos na atmosfera solar e no vento solar

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    Rempel, E. L.; Chian, A. C.-L.; Macau, E. E. N.; Rosa, R. R.

    2003-08-01

    Dados medidos no vento solar rápido proveniente dos buracos coronais revelam que os plasmas no meio interplanetário são dominados por flutuações Alfvênicas, caracterizadas por uma alta correlação entre as variações do campo magnético e da velocidade do plasma. As flutuações exibem muitas características esperadas em turbulência magneto-hidrodinâmica totalmente desenvolvida, tais como intermitência e espectros contínuos. Contudo, os mecanismos responsáveis pela evolução de turbulência Alfvênica intermitente não são completamente compreendidos. Neste trabalho a teoria de caos é usada para explicar como sistemas Alfvênicos, modelados pela equação Schrödinger não-linear derivativa e pela equação Kuramoto-Sivashinsky, podem se tornar fortemente caóticos à medida em que parâmetros do plasma são variados. Pequenas perturbações no parâmetro de dissipação podem fazer com que o sistema mude bruscamente de um regime periódico, ou fracamente caótico, para um regime fortemente caótico. As séries temporais das flutuações do campo magnético nos regimes fortemente caóticos exibem comportamento intermitente, em que fases laminares ou fracamente caóticas são interrompidas por fortes estouros caóticos. É mostrado que o regime fortemente caótico é atingido quando as soluções periódicas ou fracamente caóticas globalmente estáveis interagem com soluções do sistema que são fortemente caóticas, mas globalmente instáveis. Estas soluções globalmente instáveis são conjuntos caóticos não-atrativos conhecidos como selas caóticas, e são responsáveis pelos fortes estouros nos regimes intermitentes. Selas caóticas têm sido detectadas experimentalmente em uma grande variedade de sistemas, sendo provável que elas desempenhem um papel importante na turbulência intermitente observada em plasmas espaciais.

  9. On-Line NDE for Advanced Reactor Designs

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    Nakagawa, N.; Inanc, F.; Thompson, R. B.; Junker, W. R.; Ruddy, F. H.; Beatty, J. M.; Arlia, N. G.

    2003-03-01

    This expository paper introduces the concept of on-line sensor methodologies for monitoring the integrity of components in next generation power systems, and explains general benefits of the approach, while describing early conceptual developments of suitable NDE methodologies. The paper first explains the philosophy behind this approach (i.e. the design-for-inspectability concept). Specifically, we describe where and how decades of accumulated knowledge and experience in nuclear power system maintenance are utilized in Generation IV power system designs, as the designs are being actively developed, in order to advance their safety and economy. Second, we explain that Generation IV reactor design features call for the replacement of the current outage-based maintenance by on-line inspection and monitoring. Third, the model-based approach toward design and performance optimization of on-line sensor systems, using electromagnetic, ultrasonic, and radiation detectors, will be explained. Fourth, general types of NDE inspections that are considered amenable to on-line health monitoring will be listed. Fifth, we will describe specific modeling developments to be used for radiography, EMAT UT, and EC detector design studies.

  10. The Lesson Observation On-Line (Evidence Portfolio) Platform

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    Cooper, David G.

    2015-01-01

    At a time when teacher training is being moved to school-based programmes it is important to engage in a research-informed dialogue about creating more distinctive, and cost-effective 21st century models of teacher training. Three years ago I began feasibility field testing the Lesson Observation On-line (Evidence Portfolio) Platform [LOOP]…

  11. Parallel dynamic programming for on-line flight path optimization

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    Slater, G. L.; Hu, K.

    1989-01-01

    Parallel systolic algorithms for dynamic programming(DP) and their respective hardware implementations are presented for a problem in on-line trajectory optimization. The method is applied to a model for helicopter flight path optimization through a complex constraint region. This problem has application to an air traffic control problem and also to a terrain following/threat avoidance problem.

  12. On-line diagnosis of sequential systems, 2

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    Sundstrom, R. J.

    1974-01-01

    The theory and techniques applicable to the on-line diagnosis of sequential systems, were investigated. A complete model for the study of on-line diagnosis is developed. First an appropriate class of system models is formulated which can serve as a basis for a theoretical study of on-line diagnosis. Then notions of realization, fault, fault-tolerance and diagnosability are formalized which have meaningful interpretations in the the context of on-line diagnosis. The diagnosis of systems which are structurally decomposed and are represented as a network of smaller systems is studied. The fault set considered is the set of faults which only affect one component system is the network. A characterization of those networks which can be diagnosed using a purely combinational detector is achieved. A technique is given which can be used to realize any network by a network which is diagnosable in the above sense. Limits are found on the amount of redundancy involved in any such technique.

  13. A simulation of the SDC on-line processing farm

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    Wang, C.; Chen, Y.; Dorenbosch, J.; Lee, J.; Sayle, R.

    1993-10-01

    In the Solenoidal Detector Collaboration (SDC) data acquisition system (DAQ), an enormous amount of data flows into a processor farm for extraction of interesting physics events. To design an efficient on-line filter, the operations in the farm must be carefully modeled. The authors present a simulation model developed at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory which efficiently allocates physics events to the farm.

  14. WMI2, the Student's On-Line Symbolic Calculator

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    Kovacs, Zoltan

    2011-01-01

    Student activities focused on discovering mathematics play an important role in the teaching and learning process. WebMathematics Interactive (WMI2) was developed to offer a fast and user-friendly on-line web interface to enhance the quality of both theoretical and applied mathematics courses. For the teacher, in the classroom, it provides…

  15. Bucknell On-Line Circulation System; A Library Staff View.

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    Rivoire, Helena

    The Bucknell On-Line Circulation System (BLOCS) was designed to meet the requirements of a circulation system of the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library of Bucknell University. The requirements for an automated system were, in sum: (1) a system whose operations were not only reliable but simple enough for student assistants (many of whom work only 10…

  16. EPA'S ON-LINE CALCULATORS AND TRAINING COURSE

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    EPA has developed a suite of on-line calculators called "OnSite" for assessing transport of environmental contaminants int the subsurface. The calculators are available on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/athens/onsite, and are divided into four categories: Parameter Estimate...

  17. On-Line Synthesis and Analysis by Mass Spectrometry

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    Bain, Ryan M.; Pulliam, Christopher J.; Raab, Shannon A.; Cooks, R. Graham

    2015-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, students learn how to use ESI to accelerate chemical synthesis and to couple it with on-line mass spectrometry for structural analysis. The Hantzsch synthesis of symmetric 1,4-dihydropyridines is a classic example of a one-pot reaction in which multiple intermediates can serve to indicate the progress of the reaction…

  18. Developing an On-Line Interactive Health Psychology Module

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    Upton, Dominic; Cooper, Carol

    2006-01-01

    On-line teaching material in health psychology was developed which ensured a range of students could access appropriate material for their course and level of study. This material has been developed around the concept of smaller "content chunks" which can be combined into whole units of learning (topics), and ultimately, a module. On the basis of…

  19. An Experimental On-Line Information Retrieval System.

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    Cautin, Harvey; And Others

    This paper reports an experiment in on-line retrieval using man-machine dialogue on a remote console. Message editing procedures and the use of two command languages are described. The system employs a PDP-8 computer for generating, proofreading, and editing messages, and an IBM 7040 computer for information retrieval processing. The symbolic…

  20. Experience with on-line generator partial discharge tests

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    Kurtz, M.; Stone, G. C.; Jannaway, W. F.

    1981-12-01

    Partial discharge tests found useful in assessing the condition of stator winding insulation systems in hydraulic generators and in the early detection of incipient problems are discussed. This on-line test procedure was not only found to be less costly to implement than early methods, but also was shown to be capable of yielding meaningful data under noisy conditions.

  1. On-Line Synthesis and Analysis by Mass Spectrometry

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    Bain, Ryan M.; Pulliam, Christopher J.; Raab, Shannon A.; Cooks, R. Graham

    2015-01-01

    In this laboratory experiment, students learn how to use ESI to accelerate chemical synthesis and to couple it with on-line mass spectrometry for structural analysis. The Hantzsch synthesis of symmetric 1,4-dihydropyridines is a classic example of a one-pot reaction in which multiple intermediates can serve to indicate the progress of the reaction

  2. Improving Linking from the Literature to On-line Data

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    Eichhorn, G.; Accomazzi, A.; Grant, C. S.; Henneken, E. A.; Kurtz, M. J.; Murray, S. S.

    2003-12-01

    The ADS, in close collaboration with the Astrophysics Data Centers Executive Committee (ADEC) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) has been working on improving the linking between the literature and on-line data by allowing authors to specify data that were used in the research described in journal articles. We are working with the ADEC on identifying data sets in a consistent manner. The ADEC has agreed that all NASA data centers will use data set identifiers of the form: ADS/facility#identifier where facility specifies the telescope that acquired the data and identifier is a data center selected identifier for a particular data set. The ADS is providing a registration service for facility names that identify data collections at the various data centers, a verification service that allows authors and editors to verify the existence of data set identifiers, and a linking service that allows journals to use permanent URLs for links to data sets that may move between data centers. Current plans of the ADEC-AAS collaboration call for including data set identifiers in the LaTeX manuscripts by the authors. The data set identifiers will be provided by the data centers with all data delivered. The editorial process will verify all data set identifiers and include links to the on-line data from the on-line articles. The identifiers used in each article will be made available to the ADS for linking to the on-line data from the ADS system as well.

  3. Using On-line Corpus To Facilitate Language Learning.

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    Sun, Yu-Chih

    The potential for on-line corpus in language teaching and learning has been the focus of attention on the part of teachers and researchers for some time now. The purpose of this study is to report on an Internet-based concordance approach to language learning and to investigate both qualitatively and quantitatively Taiwanese

  4. The On-Line Audit Revisited: Yale University.

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    Weldon, Albert R., Jr.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Yale University's on-line examination of accounting and administrative systems is discussed. Program goals are to review financial management systems at the university to identify weaknesses in internal controls, and to fulfill all audit requirements of federal grants and contracts. After outlining the quarterly audit cycle, advantages of the…

  5. The Transformation of Mathematics in On-Line Courses

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    Borba, Marcelo C.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents some research findings regarding the changes in the mathematics produced by mathematics teachers in on-line distance courses. Predicated on the belief that knowledge is generated by collectives of humans-with-media, and that different technologies modify the nature of the knowledge generated, we have sought to understand how…

  6. On-Line Learning and the Implications for School Design

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    Stack, Greg

    2011-01-01

    "Disrupting Class," published in 2008, is the story of how disruptive innovation, innovation that changes the business model organizations, will fundamentally change the American school system. The book's most startling prediction is that half of all high school classes will be on-line by 2019. In considering these predictions, the author began to

  7. Children's On-Line Processing of Scrambling in Japanese

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    Suzuki, Takaaki

    2013-01-01

    This study investigates the on-line processing of scrambled sentences in Japanese by preschool children and adults using a combination of self-paced listening and speeded picture selection tasks. The effects of a filler-gap dependency, reversibility, and case markers were examined. The results show that both children and adults had difficulty in…

  8. Gain Purchasing Power the Newfangled Way--On-Line.

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    Milshtein, Amy

    1999-01-01

    Examines how San Diego State University uses computers to cut purchasing costs and boost efficiency and whether their solution can work for other business-to-business needs. How the school developed the totally self-sustaining, on-line and on-time purchasing system is discussed, including solutions to start-up problems. (GR)

  9. BCN: On-Line Information Retrieval for the Masses?

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    Hess, Edward J.

    On-line information retrieval systems will spread beyond its narrow scope with the widespread development of interactive communication capability in connection with cable television. There is a possibility of far better attention to the information needs of the non-specialist with a coordinated information source. The major problems of such a…

  10. Personality Interactions and Scaffolding in On-Line Discussions

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    Nussbaum, E. Michael; Hartley, Kendall; Sinatra, Gale M.; Reynolds, Ralph E.; Bendixen, Lisa D.

    2004-01-01

    The potential of on-line discussions to prompt greater reflection of course material is often stymied by a tendency of students to agree with one another rather than to formulate counter-arguments. This article describes an experiment using note starters and elaborated cases to encourage counter-argumentation and examines interactions with…

  11. On-Line Schemes For Computing Rotation Angles For SVDS

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    Ercegovac, Milos D.; Lang, Tomas

    1988-01-01

    Two floating-point radix-2 schemes using on-line arithmetic for implementing the direct two-angle method for SVDs are presented. The first scheme is an on-line variant of the cosine/sine approach and is the fastest of the schemes considered: it performs the 2x2 SVD step in about 2n clock cycles. However, it requires a relatively large number of modules; this number is reduced when some modules are reused, resulting in a time of 3n clock cycles. The number of modules of this on-line version is still larger than that of the conventional one, but this is compensated by the smaller number of bit-slices per module and by the digit-serial communication among modules. The corresponding speed-up ratios are of 5 and 3 with respect to a conventional arithmetic implementation. The second scheme uses an on-line CORDIC approach and performs the 2x2 SVD in about 7n clock cycles and is advantageous because it is more time-area efficient. It results in a speed-up of about 2.5 with respect to the conventional CORDIC implementation.

  12. On-line mass storage system functional design document

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    Earnest, D.

    1975-01-01

    A functional system definition for an on-line high density magnetic tape data storage system is provided. This system can be implemented in a multi-purpose, multi-host environment, and satisfy the requirements of economical data storage in the range of 2 to 50 billion bytes.

  13. 'On line' data handling in a routine haematology department.

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    Burmester, H B; Crow, G S

    1979-03-01

    The use of a ;stand alone' mini computer, on line, data acquisition system is described utilising a microprocessor as an adjunct to the main central processor to increase data transmission rates. Visual display units (VDU) provide on line flexibility of data input. The system acquires, on line, the Coulter S generated parameters together with the associated patient identification data and other requested tests. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, platelet count, and B12 and folate results are fed in at will via the VDUs, using rapid entry subroutines. Percentage differential white cell count results and the absolute leucocyte count are calculated by the microprocessor, on line input being facilitated by remote keyboards associated with the VDUs. Total editing of all requests and results is available on all ;current' (unfiled) reports via the VDUs, and this facility includes the entry of film appearances using plus symbols and predetermined comments available against a code number. This editing function is also used to enter all other results that can be made available on the computer-printed report form. The computer system also provides quality control data, immediate printout of Coulter S results outside given limits, cumulative filing for all routine and designated ;priority' results, and a daily alphabetical listing of all patients from whom specimens have been examined together with full blood count, ESR, and platelet results on specimens examined that day. PMID:429594

  14. On-Line Learning and the Implications for School Design

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    Stack, Greg

    2011-01-01

    "Disrupting Class," published in 2008, is the story of how disruptive innovation, innovation that changes the business model organizations, will fundamentally change the American school system. The book's most startling prediction is that half of all high school classes will be on-line by 2019. In considering these predictions, the author began to…

  15. On-Line Pesticide Training with Narrated Powerpoint Presentations

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    Johnson, Steven B.

    2015-01-01

    UMaine Cooperative Extension is the primary educational delivery organization for pesticide recertification credits in Maine. Shrinking budgets and staff numbers are making traditional face-to-face delivery increasingly difficult to maintain. To address this issue, on-line pesticide applicator recertification training credits were developed. The…

  16. ON-LINE TOXICITY MONITORS AND WATERSHED EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS

    EPA Science Inventory

    A Water Quality Early Warning System using On-line Toxicity Monitors (OTMs) has been deployed in the East Fork of the Little Miami River, Clermont County, OH. Living organisms have long been used to determine the toxicity of environmental samples. With advancements in electronic ...

  17. On-Line Pesticide Training with Narrated Powerpoint Presentations

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    Johnson, Steven B.

    2015-01-01

    UMaine Cooperative Extension is the primary educational delivery organization for pesticide recertification credits in Maine. Shrinking budgets and staff numbers are making traditional face-to-face delivery increasingly difficult to maintain. To address this issue, on-line pesticide applicator recertification training credits were developed. The

  18. On-Line Text Processing: Introduction and Overview.

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    Walker, D.E.

    The objective of the current work program is to develop an on-line computer capability that would assist an information analyst in processing textual materials. The initial result of the work program is the design of a system for text processing and a computer implementation of a preliminary model of the system that strongly supports the validity…

  19. The Nearness of You: Students & Teachers Writing On-Line.

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    Edgar, Christopher, Ed.; Wood, Susan Nelson, Ed.

    This book is a guide to using new computer technologies in innovative ways to teach writing, particularly imaginative writing. The book shows how on-line technology can be a positive tool in the classroom, if the focus is on the users of the technology and the technology is integrated into the curriculum. The book is divided into five sections and…

  20. Section BB Hatch Coating; Framing Plan on Line C Lodging ...

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    Section B-B Hatch Coating; Framing Plan on Line C Lodging Knees at Hatch; Elevation A-A Hull Framing; Section at Hatch Frame 36, Starboard Looking Aft; Midship Section Frame 37, Port Looking Aft - Steam Schooner WAPAMA, Kaiser Shipyard No. 3 (Shoal Point), Richmond, Contra Costa County, CA

  1. An on-line replanning method for head and neck adaptive radiotherapy

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    Ahunbay, Ergun E.; Peng, Cheng; Godley, Andrew; Schultz, Christopher; Li, X. Allen

    2009-10-15

    Daily setup for head and neck (HN) radiotherapy (RT) can vary randomly due to neck rotation and anatomy change. These differences cannot be totally corrected by the current practice of image guided RT with translational repositioning. The authors present a novel rapid correction scheme that can be used on-line to correct both interfractional setup variation and anatomy change for HN RT. The scheme consists of two major steps: (1) Segment aperture morphing (SAM) and (2) segment weight optimization (SWO). SAM is accomplished by applying the spatial relationship between the apertures and the contours of the planning target and organs at risk (OARs) to the new target and OAR contours. The new target contours are transferred from planning target contours to the CT of the day by means of deformable registration (MIMVISTA). The dose distribution for each new aperture was generated using a planning system with a fast dose engine and hardware and was input into a newly developed SWO package using fast sequential quadratic programming. The entire scheme was tested based on the daily CT images acquired for representative HN IMRT cases treated with a linac and CT-on-Rails combo. It was found that the target coverage and/or OAR sparing was degraded based on the CT of the day with the current standard repositioning from rigid registration. This degradation can be corrected by the SAM/SWO scheme. The target coverage and OAR sparing for the SAM/SWO plans were found to be equivalent to the original plan. The SAM/SWO process took 5-8 min for the head and neck cases studied. The proposed aperture morphing with weight optimization is an effective on-line approach for correcting interfractional patient setup and anatomic changes for head and neck cancer radiotherapy.

  2. Condenser on-line leak-detection system development. Final report

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    Not Available

    1991-11-01

    Condenser tube leaks have been the number one source of impurities in most utility steam cycles. The impurities lead to corrosion of feedwater systems, boilers, and turbines. EPRI recommends sodium in the condensate be less than 3 ppb, which means less than one gallon leakage per day in some cases. The location of leaks requires isolation of the condenser water box and is costly because of power reduction. On-line detection using tracer can cut down the isolation time and, therefore, offers cost advantages to utilities. The on-line leak detection technique utilizes the concepts developed by EPRI for ``targeted chlorination``. Sulfur hexafluoride (SF{sub 6}), helium gases, and perfluorocarbon liquid were considered as tracers. Laboratory studies were conducted to evaluate the practicability of injecting water with dissolved SF{sub 6} gas, SF{sub 6} bubbles, and dissolved SF{sub 6} gas in perfluorocarbon liquid. Both static and dynamic tests were conducted in a condenser model. It was determined that water entrained with SF{sub 6} bubbles offered the most practical method of injection, followed by dissolved SF{sub 6} gas in perfluorocarbon. A conceptual design was developed that utilizes a water lance, a swivel arrangement in the waterbox manhole cover, a tracer targeting and mixing system, and a tracer gas detection system at the air ejector exhaust. A successful demonstration of targeted leak detection using a waterjet lance with SF{sub 6} was conducted at Carolina Power & Light Company`s Asheville Steam Electric Station Unit 1. A measurable artificially created leak was detected and located using this system with the condenser on-line. 2 refs., 39 figs., 6 tabs.

  3. Influence of high-temperature steam on the reactivity of CaO sorbent for CO? capture.

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    Donat, Felix; Florin, Nicholas H; Anthony, Edward J; Fennell, Paul S

    2012-01-17

    Calcium looping is a high-temperature CO(2) capture technology applicable to the postcombustion capture of CO(2) from power station flue gas, or integrated with fuel conversion in precombustion CO(2) capture schemes. The capture technology uses solid CaO sorbent derived from natural limestone and takes advantage of the reversible reaction between CaO and CO(2) to form CaCO(3); that is, to achieve the separation of CO(2) from flue or fuel gas, and produce a pure stream of CO(2) suitable for geological storage. An important characteristic of the sorbent, affecting the cost-efficiency of this technology, is the decay in reactivity of the sorbent over multiple CO(2) capture-and-release cycles. This work reports on the influence of high-temperature steam, which will be present in flue (about 5-10%) and fuel (?20%) gases, on the reactivity of CaO sorbent derived from four natural limestones. A significant increase in the reactivity of these sorbents was found for 30 cycles in the presence of steam (from 1-20%). Steam influences the sorbent reactivity in two ways. Steam present during calcination promotes sintering that produces a sorbent morphology with most of the pore volume associated with larger pores of ?50 nm in diameter, and which appears to be relatively more stable than the pore structure that evolves when no steam is present. The presence of steam during carbonation reduces the diffusion resistance during carbonation. We observed a synergistic effect, i.e., the highest reactivity was observed when steam was present for both calcination and carbonation. PMID:22191682

  4. On the use of ocean-atmosphere-wave models during an extreme CAO event: the importance of being coupled

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    Carniel, Sandro; Barbariol, Francesco; Benetazzo, Alvise; Bonaldo, Davide; Falcieri, Francesco M.; Miglietta, Mario M.; Ricchi, Antonio; Sclavo, Mauro

    2015-04-01

    During winter 2012 an extreme meteorological event stroke the whole Europe and particularly its central-southern sector. A strong and persistent spit of cold air coming from Siberian region (a Cold Air Outbreak, CAO) insisted on northern Italy and the Adriatic sea basin, leading to decreases in the sea temperatures up to 6 °C in less than two weeks, ice formation on the Venice lagoon and an exceptional snow fall in the Apennine region. In the sea the CAO was associated to a significant episode of dense water formation (DWF), a crucial phenomenon that heavily impacts the whole Adriatic Sea (from the sinking of water masses and associated ventilation of the northernmost shelf, to the flow along the western coast, until the flushing of southern Adriatic open slope and submarine canyons, with associated sediment transport and bottom reshaping). The extent of the DWF event in the Northern Adriatic sub-basin was estimated by means of coastal observatories, ad hoc measurements and, until now, results from existing one-way coupled atmosphere-ocean models. These are characterized by no SST feedback from the ocean to the atmosphere, and therefore by turbulent heat fluxes that may heavily reflect a non-consistent ocean state. The study proposes an investigation of the 2012 CAO using a fully coupled, three components, ocean-atmosphere-wave system (COAWST). Results highlight that, although the energy interplays between air and sea do not seem to significantly impact the wind forecasts, when providing heat fluxes that are consistent with the ocean temperature we find modified heat fluxes and air sea temperatures figures. Moreover, the consistent description of thermal exchanges adopted in the fully coupled model can affect the basin circulation, the quantification of dense water produced mass, and the description of its migration pathways and rates of off-shelf descent.

  5. Recent advances in nuclear physics through on-line isotope separation

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    Jenkins, David Gareth

    2014-12-01

    Nuclear physics is advancing rapidly at the precision frontier, where measurements of nuclear observables are challenging state-of-the-art nuclear models. A major contribution is associated with the increasing availability of accelerated beams of radioactive ions produced using the isotope separation on-line technique. These advances have come hand in hand with significant progress in the development of high-efficiency detector systems and improved target technologies which are invaluable in exploiting these beams to their full advantage. This article reviews some of the recent highlights in the field of nuclear structure profiting from these technological advances.

  6. High temperature electron beam ion source for on-line production of isotopes of refractory elements

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    Panteleev, V. N.; Barzakh, A. E.; Fedorov, D. V.; Ivanov, V. S.; Moroz, F. V.; Orlov, S. Yu.; Seliverstov, M. D.; Volkov, Yu. M.; Tecchio, L.; Andrighetto, A.; Stroe, L.

    2004-05-01

    A high temperature electron beam ion source (HTEBIS) for production of single charge ions of refractory elements was built and on-line used for production of isotopes of Fe, Co, Cu, Rh, and Pd. Off-line ionization efficiency measurement of pointed out elements have been carried out. The yields of some neutron rich isotopes of these elements, when HTEBIS was used with the uranium carbide target have been measured. The measured yields have been compared with calculated ones, obtained from experimentally defined cross-sections. A new designed and off-line tested version of HTEBIS with electron emitting cathode placed from the extraction electrode side has been discussed.

  7. Heterogeneous-nucleation and glass-formation studies of 56Ga2O3-44CaO

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Curreri, Peter A.; Pline, David

    1987-01-01

    Glass formation and heterogeneous crystallization are described for the reluctant-glass-forming 56Ga2O3-44CaO eutectic composition. The times and temperatures for nucleation at various cooling rates and experimental conditions were measured and empirical continuous-cooling-crystallization boundaries were constructed for various heterogeneous nucleation processes. A definition for an empirical critical cooling rate to form a glass from reluctant borderline glass formers is proposed, i.e., the cooling rate that results in glass formation in 95 percent of the quenching experiments.

  8. Astronomy On-Line Programme Enters "hot Week"

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1996-11-01

    World's Biggest Astronomy WWW-Event Attracts Thousands of Students The Astronomy On-line Programme (See ESO Press Release 09/96 of 18 June 1996) began officially on 1 October and is now about to enter its most intense phase, known as the Hot Week . On 18 - 22 November, an estimated 4000 astronomy-interested, mostly young people in Europe and on four other continents will get together during five days in what - not unexpected - has become the world's biggest astronomy event ever organised on the World Wide Web. This carefully structured Programme is carried out in collaboration between the European Association for Astronomy Education (EAAE), the European Southern Observatory and the European Commission, under the auspices of the Fourth European Week for Scientific and Technological Culture. The Programme has already had a most visible impact on the school education of natural sciences in various countries; for instance, the Internet-connection of schools has been advanced in some, in order to allow groups to participate. There have been numerous contacts among the groups across the borders and there are clear signs that many Astronomy On-line participants have progressed to use the impressive possibilities of the Web in an efficient and structured way. There has been a lively media interest in Astronomy On-line all over Europe and it is expected to increase during the next week. The current status of Astronomy On-line It is obvious that the pilot function of the Astronomy On-line Programme in the use of the Web has been very effective and that the associated dissemination of astronomical knowledge has been successful. At this time, more than 650 groups have registered with Astronomy On-line. Most come from 31 different European countries and a few dozen groups are located in North and South America as well as in Asia and Australia. Together they have experienced the steady build-up of Astronomy On-line over the past weeks, by means of numerous contributions from a large number of teachers, amateur astronomers and others interested in this field of science. The Astronomy On-line concept is that of a well-structured marketplace with a number of different shops which cater to the participants with a great variety of interesting and educational activities. These range from the availability of useful links to educational and scientific Web sites all around the world, collaborative projects where many participants in different countries work together to achieve an astronomical result and, not the least, the possibility to submit observing programmes to a dozen telescopes at 10 major observatories, including La Silla in Chile. In the early phases of Astronomy On-line , coordinated observations were performed of a lunar eclipse on 27 September and a partial solar eclipse on 12 October. Both events attracted many hundreds of observers from groups in almost all European countries and provisional reports have already been published on the Web. Many beautiful photographs and interesting reports about the activities of the individual groups are also available at their special Web sites. The Hot Week will last from Monday to Friday, 18-22 November and the time interval from 15:00-21:00 UT (16:00 - 22:00 Central European Time) will be the busiest. During this period, a variety of activities will take place. For instance, the groups will have the opportunity to contact professional astronomers at many observatories. They will also be invited to follow the other developments, e.g. the astronomical observations. The resulting images will immediately be made available on the Web. There will also be a Final Event involving all the groups. How to obtain more information about Astronomy On-line Astronomy On-line may be accessed through: http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/ and http://www.algonet.se/~sirius/eaae.htm. National Astronomy On-line Committees have been established in many European countries. They have set up National Astronomy On-line Web-sites which can be reached directly from the sites indicated above. Information about the individual groups, their participants' interests as well as their postal, E-mail and Web addresses are also available, sorted by country. The addresses of the National organisers of Astronomy On-line may be found at these Web sites. A full report about this unique pilot project will become available before the end of this year. How to obtain ESO Press Information ESO Press Information is made available on the World-Wide Web (URL: http://www.eso.org../). ESO Press Photos may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory.

  9. Effect of Translational and Rotational Errors on Complex Dose Distributions With Off-Line and On-Line Position Verification

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    Lips, Irene M. Heide, Uulke A. van der; Kotte, Alexis N.T.J.; Vulpen, Marco van; Bel, Arjan

    2009-08-01

    Purpose: To investigate the influence of translational and rotational errors on prostate intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with an integrated boost to the tumor and to evaluate the effect of the use of an on-line correction protocol. Methods and Materials: For 19 patients, who had been treated with prostate IMRT and fiducial marker-based position verification, highly inhomogeneous IMRT plans, including an integrated tumor boost, were made using varying margins (2, 4, 6, and 8 mm). The measured translational and rotational errors were used to calculate the dose using two positioning strategies: an off-line and an on-line protocol to correct the translational shifts. The estimated dose to the targets and the organs at risk was compared with the intended dose. Results: Residual deviations after off-line correction led to statistically significant, but very small, reductions in dose coverage. Even when a 2-mm margin was used, the average reduction in dose to 99% of the volume was 1.4 {+-} 1.9 Gy for the tumor, 1.5 {+-} 1.5 Gy for the prostate without seminal vesicles (boost volume), and 4.3 {+-} 4.6 Gy, including the seminal vesicles (clinical target volume). Patients with large systematic rotational errors demonstrated a substantial decrease in dose, especially for the clinical target volume. If an on-line correction protocol was used, the average mean dose and dose to 99% of the volume of the targets improved. However, the extensive dose reduction for patients with large rotational errors barely recovered with on-line correction. Conclusion: For complex prostate IMRT with an integrated tumor boost, the use of an on-line correction protocol yields little improvement without the correction of rotational errors.

  10. Characterization of 12CaO x 7Al2O3 doped indium tin oxide films for transparent cathode in top-emission organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Jung, Chul Ho; Hwang, In Rok; Park, Bae Ho; Yoon, Dae Ho

    2013-11-01

    12CaO x 7Al2O3, insulator (C12A7) doped indium tin oxide (ITO) (ITO:C12A7) films were fabricated using a radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering system with ITO and C12A7 targets. The qualitative and quantitative properties of ITO:C12A7 films, as a function of C12A7 concentration, were examined via X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray scattering as well as by conducting atomic force microscopy. The work function of ITO:C12A7 (1.3%) films of approximately 2.8 eV obtained by high resolution photoemission spectroscopy measurements make them a reasonable cathode for top-emission organic light-emitting diodes. PMID:24245291

  11. Automatic on-line wafer stepper calibration system

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    van den Brink, Martin A.; Franken, Hans; Wittekoek, Stefan; Fahner, Theo

    1990-06-01

    This paper introduces a new wafer stepper on-line calibration sensor, the Image Sensor, which refers directly to the aerial reticle image at the exposure wavelength. This sensor system is integrated with other stepper metrology systems by a so-called Image Sensor fiducial plate, which interacts simultaneously with the aerial reticle image, the Image Sensor, the TTL alignment system and the focus sensor of the stepper. An integrated software package ensures on-line regular stepper calibration, eliminating dependance on environmental, process and time parameters. Unique in this concept is the direct measurement of the consequence of wavelength drift in excimer laser steppers by measuring the aerial image deformation at the exposure wavelength. This information is used as a direct feedback to the wavelength control of the laser. Initial results of this system are presented for both UV (365 nm) and DUV (248 nm) steppers.

  12. On-line Measurement of Chaos Laser Radar using FPGA

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    Nakagawa, Tatsuya; Tsuda, Norio; Yamada, Jun

    Today, laser radar is widely studied as in-car radar. The laser radar has a characteristic that the received signal becomes to be buried in noise with increasing distance. When the long distance is measured, it needs a high power laser, or the repetitive process that uses multiplication and integration. Therefore, a new type of the chaos laser radar has been studied. This laser radar is relatively resistant to noise and can simply process because of using only additional process. But, the chaos laser radar has been off-line processing thus far. Then using FPGA in the signal processing, the on-line measurement system is developed. As a result, the distance up to 95m can be measured on-line.

  13. On-line object feature extraction for multispectral scene representation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ghassemian, Hassan; Landgrebe, David

    1988-01-01

    A new on-line unsupervised object-feature extraction method is presented that reduces the complexity and costs associated with the analysis of the multispectral image data and data transmission, storage, archival and distribution. The ambiguity in the object detection process can be reduced if the spatial dependencies, which exist among the adjacent pixels, are intelligently incorporated into the decision making process. The unity relation was defined that must exist among the pixels of an object. Automatic Multispectral Image Compaction Algorithm (AMICA) uses the within object pixel-feature gradient vector as a valuable contextual information to construct the object's features, which preserve the class separability information within the data. For on-line object extraction the path-hypothesis and the basic mathematical tools for its realization are introduced in terms of a specific similarity measure and adjacency relation. AMICA is applied to several sets of real image data, and the performance and reliability of features is evaluated.

  14. On-line application of the PANTHER advanced nodal code

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    Hutt, P.K.; Knight, M.P. )

    1992-01-01

    Over the last few years, Nuclear Electric has developed an integrated core performance code package for both light water reactors (LWRs) and advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGRs) that can perform a comprehensive range of calculations for fuel cycle design, safety analysis, and on-line operational support for such plants. The package consists of the following codes: WIMS for lattice physics, PANTHER whole reactor nodal flux and AGR thermal hydraulics, VIPRE for LWR thermal hydraulics, and ENIGMA for fuel performance. These codes are integrated within a UNIX-based interactive system called the Reactor Physics Workbench (RPW), which provides an interactive graphic user interface and quality assurance records/data management. The RPW can also control calculational sequences and data flows. The package has been designed to run both off-line and on-line accessing plant data through the RPW.

  15. On-line analyzers to distributed control system linking

    SciTech Connect

    Peterson, S.F.; Buchanan, B.R.; Sanders, M.A.

    1990-01-01

    The Analytical Development Section (ADS) of the Savannah River Laboratory is developing on-line analyzers to monitor various site processes. Data from some of the on-line analyzers (OLA's) will be used for process control by distributed control systems (DCS's) such as the Fisher PRoVOX. A problem in the past has been an efficient and cost effective way to get analyzer data onto the DCS data highway. ADS is developing a system to accomplish the linking of OLA's to PRoVOX DCS's. The system will be described, and results of operation in a research and development environment given. Plans for the installation in the production environment will be discussed.

  16. The CEBAF on-line data acquisition system

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    Heyes, G.; Watson, W.A. III; Jastrzembski, E.; Chen, J.; Abbott, D.; Barker, D.

    1994-12-31

    The CEBAF On-line Data Acquisition system, CODA, is a flexible modular data acquisition system which has been designed to provide a common platform for data acquisition for the three experimental halls at CEBAF. CODA has been in use in detector tests at CEBAF and on-line in experiments at other laboratories (LSND, CHAOS). CODA runs on a distributed network of machines running the UNIX and VxWorks operating systems. The VxWorks systems may be embedded processors in VME, CAMAC or FASTBUS. The UNIX systems currently supported are ULTRIX and HP-UX. The system is modular and scalable and is designed to be easily ported to any future operating systems. This paper describes the main features of the current release of CODA and enhancements to CODA currently under development in preparation for the commissioning of the CEBAF detectors.

  17. On-line corrosion monitoring with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Roberge, P.R. . Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering); Sastri, V.S. )

    1994-10-01

    Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) has been found to be a rapid and accurate technique for measuring corrosion rates in the most difficult situations and for yielding information concerning the occurrence of localized corrosion. When used in the absence of potentiostatic control, the technique carries less instrumental overhead, and the danger of damaging the probe by accidental polarization is reduced. Results from two field tests were presented to illustrate the advantages of using EIS for on-line monitoring of general and localized corrosion.

  18. Detector cooling technology for on-line process control

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    Teigland, Si R.

    1993-12-01

    The use of FT-IR spectrometers for on-line monitoring and process control has recently been gaining in popularity. Many of these FT-IR systems use LN2 cooled detectors. This paper discusses the use of stirling cycle cryogenic coolers for the cooling of IR detectors to liquid nitrogen temperatures (77 K). The technology of linear drive coolers, using dual opposed pistons and clearance-seal technology is discussed as a method of minimizing detector microphonics while maximizing cooler durability.

  19. Electrochemistry on-line with electrospray mass spectrometry

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    Van Berkel, G.J.; Zhou, Feimeng

    1995-12-31

    The authors have found electrospray (ES) to be a suitable interface for coupling electrochemistry (EC) on-line with mass spectrometry (MS). In contrast to many of the ionization methods/interfaces that have been used to couple EC and MS, ES involves no heating of the solvent systems, gas-phase reactions of the analyte/products are minimal, and a wide variety of solvent systems, ranging from water to nonpolar organic solvents like methylene chloride, can be used.

  20. On-line breath analysis with PTR-TOF.

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    Herbig, Jens; Müller, Markus; Schallhart, Simon; Titzmann, Thorsten; Graus, Martin; Hansel, Armin

    2009-06-01

    We report on on-line breath gas analysis with a new type of analytical instrument, which represents the next generation of proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometers. This time-of-flight mass spectrometer in combination with the soft proton-transfer-reaction ionization (PTR-TOF) offers numerous advantages for the sensitive detection of volatile organic compounds and overcomes several limitations. First, a time-of-flight instrument allows for a measurement of a complete mass spectrum within a fraction of a second. Second, a high mass resolving power enables the separation of isobaric molecules and the identification of their chemical composition. We present the first on-line breath measurements with a PTR-TOF and demonstrate the advantages for on-line breath analysis. In combination with buffered end-tidal (BET) sampling, we obtain a complete mass spectrum up to 320 Th within one exhalation with a signal-to-noise ratio sufficient to measure down to pptv levels. We exploit the high mass resolving power to identify the main components in the breath composition of several healthy volunteers. PMID:21383459

  1. Review of trigger and on-line processors at SLAC

    SciTech Connect

    Lankford, A.J.

    1984-07-01

    The role of trigger and on-line processors in reducing data rates to manageable proportions in e/sup +/e/sup -/ physics experiments is defined not by high physics or background rates, but by the large event sizes of the general-purpose detectors employed. The rate of e/sup +/e/sup -/ annihilation is low, and backgrounds are not high; yet the number of physics processes which can be studied is vast and varied. This paper begins by briefly describing the role of trigger processors in the e/sup +/e/sup -/ context. The usual flow of the trigger decision process is illustrated with selected examples of SLAC trigger processing. The features are mentioned of triggering at the SLC and the trigger processing plans of the two SLC detectors: The Mark II and the SLD. The most common on-line processors at SLAC, the BADC, the SLAC Scanner Processor, the SLAC FASTBUS Controller, and the VAX CAMAC Channel, are discussed. Uses of the 168/E, 3081/E, and FASTBUS VAX processors are mentioned. The manner in which these processors are interfaced and the function they serve on line is described. Finally, the accelerator control system for the SLC is outlined. This paper is a survey in nature, and hence, relies heavily upon references to previous publications for detailed description of work mentioned here. 27 references, 9 figures, 1 table.

  2. Multi-parameter on-line coal bulk analysis

    SciTech Connect

    1999-02-01

    This was a four-year grant that was given a no cost extension for one more year. The purpose of the grant was to develop a pulsed neutron-based technique that could measure on-line all the major and minor elements in coal. Such measurements would allow the continuous monitoring of bulk parameters such as coal heating value (BTU/lb), volatile matter, moisture etc., deemed important to the coal industry. Such parameters, along with the continuous measurement of elements such as sulfur and sodium, are of major economic and environmental concern, and their measurement would assist in a more efficient use of the coal-fired boilers, as well as limiting emissions controlled by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. It was hoped that this study would lead to the development of a technique able to create a marketable product, an On-Line Elemental Coal Analyzer. The study was separated in the following major parts: (1) Devise an efficient system for the detection of gamma rays; (2) Prior to experimentation, perform modeling and simulations for items such as detector shielding, coal sample configuration, and neutron tube collimation; (3) Develop a computer code for data reduction and analysis; (4) Measure the elemental composition of various coal samples; and (5) Design a prototype, on-line elemental coal analyzer, based on the PFTNA principle.

  3. Problem formulation, metrics, open government, and on-line collaboration

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ziegler, C. R.; Schofield, K.; Young, S.; Shaw, D.

    2010-12-01

    Problem formulation leading to effective environmental management, including synthesis and application of science by government agencies, may benefit from collaborative on-line environments. This is illustrated by two interconnected projects: 1) literature-based evidence tools that support causal assessment and problem formulation, and 2) development of output, outcome, and sustainability metrics for tracking environmental conditions. Specifically, peer-production mechanisms allow for global contribution to science-based causal evidence databases, and subsequent crowd-sourced development of causal networks supported by that evidence. In turn, science-based causal networks may inform problem formulation and selection of metrics or indicators to track environmental condition (or problem status). Selecting and developing metrics in a collaborative on-line environment may improve stakeholder buy-in, the explicit relevance of metrics to planning, and the ability to approach problem apportionment or accountability, and to define success or sustainability. Challenges include contribution governance, data-sharing incentives, linking on-line interfaces to data service providers, and the intersection of environmental science and social science. Degree of framework access and confidentiality may vary by group and/or individual, but may ultimately be geared at demonstrating connections between science and decision making and supporting a culture of open government, by fostering transparency, public engagement, and collaboration.

  4. Development of on-line measurement system for grinding machining

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    Wang, Xiwen; Chen, Da X.

    1993-09-01

    In this paper a new type of intelligent on-line measurer is developed which is used for on-line measuring diametershape and place value of the axle. In the meter MCS-51''1 microcontroller is adopted. The sensor is an inductance transducer. The dynamic character of the sensor is analyzed in detail. That is say how the poor dynamic character of the meter make the on-line measuring error If the meter is a first-order system and the input function is a ramp function the respond error of the system to the input is analyzed. With this method the system error is compensated by the software. So the accuracy of the measuring result is high enough. In order to keep the measuring system work at worksite in normal condition the anti-interference techniques are adopted. In addition to hardware anti-interference technique is used the redundant programming technique and watchdog system are used too in the software. lastly the real measuring result is given.

  5. Designing effective on-line continuing medical education.

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    Zimitat, Craig

    2001-03-01

    The Internet, and new information and communication technologies available through the Internet, provides medical educators with an opportunity to develop unique on-line learning environments with real potential to improve physicians' knowledge and effect change in their clinical practice. There are approximately 100 websites offering on-line CME courses in the USA alone. However, few of these CME courses appear to be based on sound educational principles or CME research and may have little chance of achieving the broader goals of CME. The majority of these courses closely resemble their traditional counterparts (e.g. paper-based books are now electronic books) and appear to be mere substitutions for old-technology CME resources. Whilst some CME providers add unique features of the Internet to enrich their websites, they do not employ strategies to optimize the learning opportunities afforded by this new technology. The adoption of adult learning principles, reflective practice and problem-based approaches can be used as a foundation for sound CME course design. In addition, knowledge of Internet technology and the learning opportunities it affords, together with strategies to maintain participation and new assessment paradigms, are all needed for developing online CME. We argue for an evidence-based and strategic approach to the development of on-line CME courses designed to enhance physician learning and facilitate change in clinical behaviour. PMID:11371287

  6. DEVELOPMENT OF AN ON-LINE COAL WASHABILITY ANALYZER

    SciTech Connect

    J.D. Miller; C.L. Lin; G.H. Luttrell; G.T. Adel; Barbara Marin

    2001-06-26

    Washability analysis is the basis for nearly all coal preparation plant separations. Unfortunately, there are no on- line techniques for determining this most fundamental of all coal cleaning information. In light of recent successes at the University of Utah, it now appears possible to determine coal washability on-line through the use of x-ray computed tomography (CT) analysis. The successful development of such a device is critical to the establishment of process control and automated coal blending systems. In this regard, Virginia Tech, Terra Tek Inc., and U.S. coal producers have joined with the University of Utah and to undertake the development of an X-ray CT-based on- line coal washability analyzer with financial assistance from DOE. Each project participant brought special expertise to the project in order to create a new dimension in coal cleaning technology. The project involves development of appropriate software and extensive testing/evaluation of well-characterized coal samples from operating coal preparation plants. Data collected to date suggest that this new technology is capable of serving as a universal analyzer that can not only provide washability analysis, but also particle size distribution analysis, ash analysis, and perhaps pyritic sulfur analysis.

  7. Electrochemistry combined on-line with electrospray mass spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    Zhou, F.; Berkel, G.J.V.

    1995-10-15

    In this paper a variety of methods to couple electrochemistry on-line with electrospray mass spectrometry (EC/ES-MS) are presented, and the fundamental and analytical utility of this hybrid technique is illustrated. The major problems encountered in coupling EC and ES-MS are discussed, and means to overcome them are presented. Three types of electrochemical flow cells, viz., a thin-layer electrode flow-by cell, a tubular electrode flow-through cell, and a porous electrode flow-through cell, are discussed in regard to their suitability for this coupling. Methods for coupling each of these electrochemical cells on-line with ES-MS, either floated at or decoupled from the ES high voltage and controlled by a constant current supply, a constant potential supply, or a potentiostat are presented. Three applications are used to illustrate the utility and versatility of the EC/ES-MS combination: (1) the ionization of neutral analytes (i.e., perylene) for detection by ES-MS, (2) the study of the products of electrode reactions (i.e., nickel(II) octaethylporphyrin oxidation products), including relatively short-lived products (i.e., {Beta}-carotene oxidation products), and (3) the enhanced determination of metals (i.e., elemental silver) achieved by coupling anodic stripping voltammetry on-line with ES-MS. 52 refs., 6 figs.

  8. Charge competition with oxygen molecules determines the growth of gold particles on doped CaO films.

    PubMed

    Cui, Yi; Huang, Kai; Nilius, Niklas; Freund, Hans-Joachim

    2013-01-01

    The influence of gas-phase oxygen on the growth of Au nanoparticles on Mo-doped CaO films has been investigated by means of low temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Whereas at ideal vacuum conditions, only 2D Au islands develop on the oxide surface, the fraction of 3D deposits increases with increasing O2 pressure until they become the dominant species in 106 mbar oxygen. The morphology crossover arises from changes in the interfacial electron flow between Mo donors in the CaO lattice and different ad-species on the oxide surface. In the absence of 02 molecules, the donor electrons are predominately transferred to the Au ad-atoms, which consequently experience enhanced binding to the oxide surface and agglomerate into 2D islands. In an oxygen atmosphere, on the other hand, a substantial fraction of the excess electrons is trapped by adsorbed O2 molecules, while the Au atoms remain neutral and assemble into tall 3D particles that are typical for non-doped oxides. Our experiments demonstrate how the competition for charge between different adsorbates governs the physical and chemical properties of doped oxides, so widely used in heterogeneous catalysis. PMID:24015581

  9. Nuclear orientation of on-line separated isotopes

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    Vandeplassche, D.; Vanneste, L.; Pattyn, H.; Geenen, J.; Nuytten, C.; van Walle, E.

    On-line techniques have proven to be successful for the study of nuclei far from stability in performing spectroscopy. Further information on these short-lived nuclei can be obtained by measuring anisotopy coefficients of β- and γ-transitions. These measurements permit the clarifying of decay schemes and the study of nuclear moments. We thus propose the combination of on-line mass-separation with low temperature nuclear orientation. A system for this is being set up at the LISOL facility. The main part consists of a 3He- 4He dilution cryostat with high cooling power. It features a side-access port to allow direct implantation on the cold finger. A liquid helium cooled transport line with adjustable baffles makes the connection to the isotope separator. Nuclei with a lifetime down to a few minutes can be continuously implanted into a ferromagnetic host and oriented by the hyperfine field at temperatures lower than 30 mK. The limit of the lifetime is set by the spin-lattice relaxation time. In order to study shorter lived nuclei an "on-line" immediate orienting mechanism is installed: the beam line includes a UHV-chamber, where polarization is achieved by scattering at grazing incidence on a magnetized nickel single crystal. For preserving the obtained orientation during measurement the low temperature implantation is still required. Both mentioned orienting mechanisms completement each other for a nuclear study of short-lived isotopes. Sets of deflection plates and a movable part of the beam line allow a quick transition from one mode to another. Furthermore the cooled collecting foils can be changed in a short time without breaking the cooling cycle it removal of the daughter activities is requested.

  10. A Refreshable, On-line Cache for HST Data Retrieval

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fraquelli, Dorothy A.; Ellis, Tracy A.; Ridgaway, Michael; DPAS Team

    2016-01-01

    We discuss upgrades to the HST Data Processing System, with an emphasis on the changes Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Archive users will experience. In particular, data are now held on-line (in a cache) removing the need to reprocess the data every time they are requested from the Archive. OTFR (on the fly reprocessing) has been replaced by a reprocessing system, which runs in the background. Data in the cache are automatically placed in the reprocessing queue when updated calibration reference files are received or when an improved calibration algorithm is installed. Data in the on-line cache are expected to be the most up to date version. These changes were phased in throughout 2015 for all active instruments.The on-line cache was populated instrument by instrument over the course of 2015. As data were placed in the cache, the flag that triggers OTFR was reset so that OTFR no longer runs on these data. "Hybrid" requests to the Archive are handled transparently, with data not yet in the cache provided via OTFR and the remaining data provided from the cache. Users do not need to make separate requests.Users of the MAST Portal will be able to download data from the cache immediately. For data not in the cache, the Portal will send the user to the standard "Retrieval Options Page," allowing the user to direct the Archive to process and deliver the data.The classic MAST Search and Retrieval interface has the same look and feel as previously. Minor changes, unrelated to the cache, have been made to the format of the Retrieval Options Page.

  11. In the Jungle of Astronomical On--line Data Services

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Egret, D.

    The author tried to survive in the jungle of astronomical on--line data services. In order to find efficient answers to common scientific data retrieval requests, he had to collect many pieces of information, in order to formulate typical user scenarios, and try them against a number of different data bases, catalogue services, or information systems. He discovered soon how frustrating treasure coffers may be when their keys are not available, but he realized also that nice widgets and gadgets are of no help when the information is not there. And, before long, he knew he would have to navigate through several systems because no one was yet offering a general answer to all his questions. I will present examples of common user scenarios and show how they were tested against a number of services. I will propose some elements of classification which should help the end-user to evaluate how adequate the different services may be for providing satisfying answers to specific queries. For that, many aspects of the user interaction will be considered: documentation, access, query formulation, functionalities, qualification of the data, overall efficiency, etc. I will also suggest possible improvements to the present situation: the first of them being to encourage system managers to increase collaboration between one another, for the benefit of the whole astronomical community. The subjective review I will present, is based on publicly available astronomical on--line services from the U.S. and from Europe, most of which (excepting the newcomers) were described in ``Databases and On-Line Data in Astronomy", (Albrecht & Egret, eds, 1991): this includes databases (such as NED and Simbad ), catalog services ( StarCat , DIRA , XCatScan , etc.), and information systems ( ADS and ESIS ).

  12. Publishing Links to Astronomical Data On-line

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    Accomazzi, A.; Eichhorn, G.

    2004-07-01

    We discuss the design and implementation of a scheme enabling authors to refer and link to on-line datasets available from astronomical archives. This will provide the readers of electronic papers with direct access to the data discussed therein. The software tools used to create and maintain links from published papers to the datasets make use of Web-Services-based technology. The system has been designed in collaboration with the NASA Astrophysics Data Centers, the American Astronomical Society, and the University of Chicago Press, and will be maintained by the NASA Astrophysics Data System. More information about this project is available at: http://vo.ads.harvard.edu/dv.

  13. On-line optimal NGL recovery in lean oil plants

    SciTech Connect

    Berkowitz, P.N.; Papadopoulos, M.N. ); Gamez, J.P. )

    1993-04-01

    On-line, adaptive multivariable control (MVC) has been used to provide cost-effective solutions for optimal control of continuous processes. Such an approach has been implemented successfully in worldscale heavy chemical plants during the past four years. More recently, similar successful applications have been implemented in a gas processing facility involving the separation of CO[sub 2] from ethane, and in gas treating, fractionation and NGL recovery by cryogenic and refrigerated lean oil processes. This paper describes these two applications and results from the field testing in the Wyoming and Texas facilities.

  14. Anisotropic. cap alpha. -emission of on-line separated isotopes

    SciTech Connect

    Wouters, J.; Vandeplassche, D.; van Walle, E.; Severijns, N.; Van Haverbeke, J.; Vanneste, L.

    1987-12-10

    The technical realization of particle detection at very low temperatures (4K) has made it possible to study for the first time the anisotropic ..cap alpha..-decay of oriented nuclei which have been produced, separated and implanted on line. The measured ..cap alpha..-angular distributions reveal surprising new results on nuclear aspects as well as in solid state physics. The nuclear structure information from these data questions the older ..cap alpha..-decay theoretical interpretation and urges for a reaxamination of the earliest work on anisotropic ..cap alpha..-decay.

  15. High-pressure on-line photolysis with NMR detection

    SciTech Connect

    Yonker, C.R.; Wallen, S.L.

    1996-06-01

    The investigation of the photoreversible fulgide Aberchrome-540 as a function of pressure and temperature with the use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) detection is described. This technique demonstrates the novel combination of high-pressure NMR and laser photolysis with the use of fiber optics for the conversion of the fulgide on-line in the instrument. Investigation of the photolysis of Aberchrome-540 to 2.0 kbar and 120 degrees C is reported. Extension of this technique should allow the investigation of photo-initiated reaction kinetics and equilibria as a function of pressure and temperature with simultaneous structural characterization with NMR. {copyright} {ital 1996} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  16. On-line Monitoring and Active Control for Transformer Noise

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liang, Jiabi; Zhao, Tong; Tian, Chun; Wang, Xia; He, Zhenhua; Duan, Lunfeng

    This paper introduces the system for on-line monitoring and active noise control towards the transformer noise based on LabVIEW and the hardware equipment including the hardware and software. For the hardware part, it is mainly focused on the composition and the role of hardware devices, as well as the mounting location in the active noise control experiment. And the software part introduces the software flow chats, the measurement and analysis module for the sound pressure level including A, B, C weighting methods, the 1/n octave spectrum and the power spectrum, active noise control module and noise data access module.

  17. Framework on an On-Line Regulations Expert Permit Server

    SciTech Connect

    Christine Hansen

    1997-12-31

    This is a cooperative project between the Oil and Gas Compact Commission (OIGCC) and the oil and gas industry to use computerized communication technology as a means of providing information from state agencies. A major effort is the development of a framework for an on-line regulatory compliance and permit server system. Other aspects included provide feedback to state regulatory agencies with recommendations suggesting where procedures or regulations could be simplified or streamlined, identifying overlapping regulations, and surveying the needs of the IOGCC states in the area of emerging issues where sharing of regulatory procedures among the states might be useful.

  18. Source reduction from chemical plants using on-line optimization

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Z.; Pike, R.W.; Hertwig, T.A.

    1995-12-01

    An effective approach for source reduction in chemical plants has been demonstrated using on-line optimization with flowsheeting (ASPEN PLUS) for process optimization and parameter estimation and the Tjao-Biegler algorithm implemented in a mathematical programming language (GAMS/MINOS) for data reconciliation and gross error detection. Results for a Monsanto sulfuric acid plant with a Bailey distributed control system showed a 25% reduction in the sulfur dioxide emissions and a 17% improvement in the profit over the current operating conditions. Details of the methods used are described.

  19. Based on line scan CCD print image detection system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Lifeng; Xie, Kai; Li, Tong

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, a new method based on machine vision is proposed for the defects of the traditional manual inspection of the quality of printed matter. With the aid of on line array CCD camera for image acquisition, using stepper motor as a sampling of drive circuit. Through improvement of driving circuit, to achieve the different size or precision image acquisition. In the terms of image processing, the standard image registration algorithm then, because of the characteristics of CCD-image acquisition, rigid body transformation is usually used in the registration, so as to achieve the detection of printed image.

  20. On-line infrared process signature measurements through combustion atmospheres

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    Zweibaum, F. M.; Kozlowski, A. T.; Surette, W. E., Jr.

    1980-01-01

    A number of on-line infrared process signature measurements have been made through combustion atmospheres, including those in jet engines, piston engines, and coal gasification reactors. The difficulties involved include operation in the presence of pressure as high as 1800 psi, temperatures as high as 3200 F, and explosive, corrosive and dust-laden atmospheres. Calibration problems have resulted from the use of purge gases to clear the viewing tubes, and the obscuration of the view ports by combustion products. A review of the solutions employed to counteract the problems is presented, and areas in which better solutions are required are suggested.

  1. Bridging culture on-line: Strategies for teaching cultural sensitivity.

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    Wendler, M Cecilia; Struthers, Roxanne

    2002-01-01

    The demand for on-line learning experiences is greatly increasing, especially for place-bound students living in rural areas. Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire School of Nursing responded to the need for coursework focusing on cultural competence by offering an elective course at both the undergraduate and graduate level through asynchronous delivery systems. To accomplish this, specific strategies were used in the course on cross-cultural health. These approaches were thoughtfully developed to bridge cultures in an on-line environment for students who do not have cross-cultural experiences easily accessible within their home communities. Strategies included: (1) culturally congruent use of a minority visiting scholar who is a leader in professional nursing and a traditional woman healer within her Native American community to provide wisdom, information, and support to students and faculty, in the novel role of guest listener; (2) requiring participation in cultural enrichment activities, designed to assist the student in discovering the similarities and differences among diverse peoples in their lives; and (3) developing course and faculty evaluations that are congruent with the asynchronous learning environment. PMID:12486638

  2. Fully On-line Introductory Physics with a Lab

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schatz, Michael

    We describe the development and implementation of a college-level introductory physics (mechanics) course and laboratory that is suited for both on-campus and on-line environments. The course emphasizes a ``Your World is Your Lab'' approach whereby students first examine and capture on video (using cellphones) motion in their immediate surroundings, and then use free, open-source software both to extract data from the video and to apply physics principles to build models that describe, predict, and visualize the observations. Each student reports findings by creating a video lab report and posting it online; these video lab reports are then distributed to the rest of the class for peer review. In this talk, we will discuss the student and instructor experiences in courses offered to three distinct audiences in different venues: (1) a Massively Open On-line Course (MOOC) for off-campus participants, (2) a flipped/blended course for on-campus students, and, most recently, (3) a fully-online course for off-campus students.

  3. On-line diagnosis of sequential systems, 3

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    Sundstrom, R. J.

    1975-01-01

    A formal model is introduced which can serve as the basis for a theoretical investigation of on-line diagnosis. Within this model a fault of a system S is considered to be a transformation of S into another system S prime at some time tau. The resulting faulty system is taken to be the system which looks like S up to time tau and like S prime thereafter. The on-line diagnosis of systems which are structurally decomposed and represented as a network of smaller systems is also investigated. The fault set considered is the set of unrestricted component faults; namely, the set of faults which only affect one component of the network. A characterization of networks which can be diagnosed using a combinational detector is obtained. It is further shown that any network can be made diagnosable in the above sense through the addition of one component. In addition, a lower bound is obtained on the complexity of any component, the addition of which is sufficient to make a particular network combinationally diagnosable.

  4. Pulsed Neurton Elemental On-Line Material Analyzer

    DOEpatents

    Vourvopoulos, George

    2002-08-20

    An on-line material analyzer which utilizes pulsed neutron generation in order to determine the composition of material flowing through the apparatus. The on-line elemental material analyzer is based on a pulsed neutron generator. The elements in the material interact with the fast and thermal neutrons produced from the pulsed generator. Spectra of gamma-rays produced from fast neutrons interacting with elements of the material are analyzed and stored separately from spectra produced from thermal neutron reactions. Measurements of neutron activation takes place separately from the above reactions and at a distance from the neutron generator. A primary passageway allows the material to flow through at a constant rate of speed and operators to provide data corresponding to fast and thermal neutron reactions. A secondary passageway meters the material to allow for neutron activation analysis. The apparatus also has the capability to determine the density of the flowed material. Finally, the apparatus continually utilizes a neutron detector in order to normalize the yield of the gamma ray detectors and thereby automatically calibrates and adjusts the spectra data for fluctuations in neutron generation.

  5. On-line coupling of electrokinetic chromatography and mass spectrometry.

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    Somsen, Govert W; Mol, Roelof; de Jong, Gerhardus J

    2010-06-18

    The use of pseudostationary phases (PSPs) in capillary electrophoresis provides powerful separation systems of high efficiency, selectivity and flexibility. Such electrokinetic chromatographic (EKC) systems are particularly useful for chiral analysis or for the analysis of samples containing a broad range of compounds. As the availability of mass and/or structural data on (unknown) sample constituents is increasingly important, the on-line coupling of EKC and mass spectrometry (MS) has gained attention. However, commonly used PSPs, such as micelles and cyclodextrines, may strongly interfere with electrospray ionization (ESI), making on-line EKC-MS quite a challenging task. This review covers the various approaches that have been proposed and developed to combine EKC and MS. A distinction is made between methodologies that prevent the PSP from entering the MS system, and methodologies that allow introduction of PSPs into the ion source. Various approaches such as partial filling of the separation capillary with PSP, use of reverse-migrating PSPs, employment of volatile PSPs, and alternative ionization modes, are outlined. Specific applications are described and overview tables are provided. It is concluded that there is no general solution for EKC-MS available yet, but new ionization techniques like atmospheric pressure photoionization may offer attractive perspectives for achieving full compatibility. PMID:20181344

  6. On-line moisture detection for a microwave vacuum dryer.

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    White, J G

    1994-05-01

    A method has been developed to determine the moisture end point in a microwave vacuum dryer using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR). Dryer studies were conducted in two T.K. Fielder microwave dryers, a Spectrum 65 and a Spectrum 1200. On-line spectra were collected using a NIRSystems Model 5000 Analyzer with a fiber-optic probe. The calibration equation uses absorbances measured at 1410, 1930, and 1630 nm. Moisture values determined on-line with this equation correlate to within 1% of the Karl Fischer results for samples below 6% moisture. The absolute SEP is 0.6% and the average residual is -0.2%. At levels above 6% moisture, the NIR results do not correlate well with Karl Fischer but the moisture curve can be used to assess the homogeneity of the water in the granulation. The combination of qualitative and quantitative information makes it possible to monitor the drying process and to predict consistently the moisture end point in the microwave dryer. PMID:8058644

  7. Polar On-Line Acquisition Relay and Transmission System (POLARATS)

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    Yuracko, K.

    2004-07-15

    POLARATS (Polar On-Line Acquisition Relay And Transmission System) is being developed by YAHSGS LLC (YAHSGS) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to provide remote, unattended monitoring of environmental parameters under harsh environmental conditions. In particular, instrumental design and engineering is oriented towards protection of human health in the Arctic, and with the additional goal of advancing Arctic education and research. POLARATS will obtain and transmit environmental data from hardened monitoring devices deployed in locations important to understanding atmospheric and aquatic pollutant migration as it is biomagnified in Arctic food chains. An Internet- and personal computer (PC)-based educational module will provide real time sensor data, on-line educational content, and will be integrated with workbooks and textbooks for use in middle and high school science programs. The educational elements of POLARATS include an Internet-based educational module that will instruct students in the use of the data and how those data fit into changing Arctic environments and food chains. POLARATS will: (1) Enable students, members of the community, and scientific researchers to monitor local environmental conditions in real time over the Internet; and (2) Provide additional educational benefits through integration with middle- and high-school science curricula. Information will be relayed from POLARATS devices to classrooms and libraries along with custom-designed POLARATS teaching materials that will be integrated into existing curricula to enhance the educational benefits realized from the information obtained.

  8. On-line parameter estimation using a high sensitivity estimator

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    Mishne, D.; Bryson, A. E., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    An on-line parameter identification method is presented. The method is based on a recursive formulation of the maximum likelihood method, with a significant modification on the gains of the state estimator. In the conventional maximum likelihood method, the Kalman gains are used in the state estimator. This produces unbiased, minimum variance parameter estimates in the presence of process noise and measurement noise, but it also slows the convergence rate when the identification is done on-line. Here we suggest choosing the gains to maximize a measure of the sensitivities of the state estimates to parameter variations. One such criterion is to minimize the trace of the inverse information matrix. This increases the convergence rate significantly. After one or two time constants, the gains are switched to the Kalman values to assure unbiased, minimum-variance estimates. The state estimate will initially be nonoptimal, and may not be adequate for control purposes. In this case, a parallel Kalman filter which uses the identifier's parameter estimates can be used. This method is applied here for the identification of a simple first-order system, and for the identification of short-period stability derivatives of an F-8 aircraft from simulated data.

  9. On-line information sources on chemical substances.

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    Castriotta, M; Dracos, A

    1994-01-01

    Information technology has brought about changes in the work patterns of researchers and scientists. After some hints on the on-line facilities needed to be connected to the international host computers, an analysis is made of some of the main automated sources available to retrieve information on chemical substances. Special emphasis is given to textual-numeric data banks, first reviewing the main chemical dictionaries, like Registry and Chemline, and then focusing on those sources that offer immediate information in case of emergency. Among the Toxnet files, produced and managed within the US National Library of Medicine Toxicology Information Program, play a very important role in offering publicly available data on toxicology and on hazardous chemicals. Therefore, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) and the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) are described for their relevance thereon. Other data banks produced in Europe, like the Environmental Chemicals Data Information Network (ECDIN) and the very specialized Major Hazard Incident Data Service (MHIDAS) are also briefly outlined. To integrate this overview on online information, the attention is then shifted on sources having the characteristic of reference databases: prestigious files covering the international scientific literature, as CA/Chemabs, Toxline/Toxlit, Embase, Medline are introduced. Implications of on-line technology in enhancing information access in the next future are discussed, pointing out the new tools created to meet the information needs of end-users. PMID:7762934

  10. On-line social interactions and executive functions

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    Ybarra, Oscar; Winkielman, Piotr

    2012-01-01

    A successful social interaction often requires on-line and active construction of an ever-changing mental-model of another person’s beliefs, expectations, emotions, and desires. It also requires the ability to maintain focus, problem-solve, and flexibly pursue goals in a distraction-rich environment, as well as the ability to take-turns and inhibit inappropriate behaviors. Many of these tasks rely on executive functions (EF) – working memory, attention/cognitive control, and inhibition. Executive functioning has long been viewed as relatively static. However, starting with recent reports of successful cognitive interventions, this view is changing and now EFs are seen as much more open to both short- and long-term “training,” “warm-up,” and “exhaustion” effects. Some of the most intriguing evidence suggests that engaging in social interaction enhances performance on standard EF tests. Interestingly, the latest research indicates these EF benefits are selectively conferred by certain on-line, dynamic social interactions, which require participants to mentally engage with another person and actively construct a model of their mind. We review this literature and highlight its connection with evolutionary and cultural theories emphasizing links between intelligence and sociality. PMID:22509160

  11. Precise on-line position measurement for particle therapy

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    Actis, O.; Meer, D.; König, S.

    2014-12-01

    An on-line beam position monitoring and regular beam stability tests are of utmost importance for the Quality Assurance (QA) of the patient treatment at any particle therapy facility. The Gantry 2 at the Paul Scherrer Institute uses a strip ionization chamber for the on-line beam position verification. The design of the strip chamber placed in the beam in front of the patient allows for a small beam penumbra in order to achieve a high-quality lateral beam delivery. The position error of 1 mm in a lateral plane (plane perpendicular to the beam direction) can result in a dose inhomogeneity of more than 5%. Therefore the goal of Gantry 2 commissioning was to reach a sub-millimeter level of the reconstruction accuracy in order to bring a dose uncertainty to a level of 1%. In fact, we observed that for beams offered by Gantry 2 signal profiles in a lateral plane can be reconstructed with a precision of 0.1 mm. This is a necessary criterion to perform a reliable patient treatment. The front end electronics and the whole data processing sequence have been optimized for minimizing the dead time in between two consecutive spots to about 2 ms: the charge collection is performed in about 1 ms, read-out takes place in about 100μs while data verification and logging are completed in less than 1 ms.

  12. Uranium determination on-line using remote fiber fluorimetry

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    Malstrom, R. A.

    Remote Fiber Fluorimetry (RFF) is being developed at Savannah River Laboratory for the on-line determination of uranium in plant process streams. A prototype system suitable for plant use has been designed and is being built. RFF has four major components: a laser, an optical fiber, an optrode, and a detector. Essentially, an optical fiber carries laser radiation from a laser to a process sampling point. An optrode (the optical analog of an electrode) couples the laser light into a sample solution. Fluorescence from the sample is collected by the optrode and goes back through the same fiber to a detector. Using an RFF system, the analysis can be made both simply and safely. The laser and detector are placed at a convenient remote location, such as the control room. Optical fibers run from the laser to either the sample aisle or process tanks. Multiplexing makes it possible to analyze several different sampling positions with one laser and detector. The incentives for demonstrating this technology include reduced analysis time and decreased sample load for the laboratory. Since RFF is a remote on-line technique, sample handling is avoided. Analysis time is five minutes (versus the four-hour minimum needed now), and the control laboratory has a decreased sample load. Finally, RFF could easily be incorporated into a large-scale process control system.

  13. Increased Cortical Thickness in Professional On-Line Gamers

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    Hyun, Gi Jung; Shin, Yong Wook; Kim, Bung-Nyun; Cheong, Jae Hoon; Jin, Seong Nam

    2013-01-01

    Objective The bulk of recent studies have tested whether video games change the brain in terms of activity and cortical volume. However, such studies are limited by several factors including cross-sectional comparisons, co-morbidity, and short-term follow-up periods. In the present study, we hypothesized that cognitive flexibility and the volume of brain cortex would be correlated with the career length of on-line pro-gamers. Methods High-resolution magnetic resonance scans were acquired in twenty-three pro-gamers recruited from StarCraft pro-game teams. We measured cortical thickness in each individual using FreeSurfer and the cortical thickness was correlated with the career length and the performance of the pro-gamers. Results Career length was positively correlated with cortical thickness in three brain regions: right superior frontal gyrus, right superior parietal gyrus, and right precentral gyrus. Additionally, increased cortical thickness in the prefrontal cortex was correlated with winning rates of the pro-game league. Increased cortical thickness in the prefrontal and parietal cortices was also associated with higher performance of Wisconsin Card Sorting Test. Conclusion Our results suggest that in individuals without pathologic conditions, regular, long-term playing of on-line games is associated with volume changes in the prefrontal and parietal cortices, which are associated with cognitive flexibility. PMID:24474988

  14. On-line MR imaging for dose validation of abdominal radiotherapy

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    Glitzner, M.; Crijns, S. P. M.; de Senneville, B. Denis; Kontaxis, C.; Prins, F. M.; Lagendijk, J. J. W.; Raaymakers, B. W.

    2015-11-01

    For quality assurance and adaptive radiotherapy, validation of the actual delivered dose is crucial. Intrafractional anatomy changes cannot be captured satisfactorily during treatment with hitherto available imaging modalitites. Consequently, dose calculations are based on the assumption of static anatomy throughout the treatment. However, intra- and interfraction anatomy is dynamic and changes can be significant. In this paper, we investigate the use of an MR-linac as a dose tracking modality for the validation of treatments in abdominal targets where both respiratory and long-term peristaltic and drift motion occur. The on-line MR imaging capability of the modality provides the means to perform respiratory gating of both delivery and acquisition yielding a model-free respiratory motion management under free breathing conditions. In parallel to the treatment, the volumetric patient anatomy was captured and used to calculate the applied dose. Subsequently, the individual doses were warped back to the planning grid to obtain the actual dose accumulated over the entire treatment duration. Ultimately, the planned dose was validated by comparison with the accumulated dose. Representative for a site subject to breathing modulation, two kidney cases (25 Gy target dose) demonstrated the working principle on volunteer data and simulated delivery. The proposed workflow successfully showed its ability to track local dosimetric changes. Integration of the on-line anatomy information could reveal local dose variations  -2.3-1.5 Gy in the target volume of a volunteer dataset. In the adjacent organs at risk, high local dose errors ranging from  -2.5 to 1.9 Gy could be traced back.

  15. PDMS-SiO2-TiO2-CaO hybrid materials - Cytocompatibility and nanoscale surface features.

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    Almeida, J Carlos; Wacha, András; Gomes, Pedro S; Fernandes, M Helena R; Fernandes, M Helena Vaz; Salvado, Isabel M Miranda

    2016-07-01

    Two PDMS-SiO2-TiO2-CaO porous hybrid materials were prepared using the same base composition, precursors, and solvents, but following two different sol-gel procedures, based on the authors' previous works where for the first time, in this hybrid system, calcium acetate was used as calcium source. The two different procedures resulted in monolithic materials with different structures, microstructures, and surface wettability. Even though both are highly hydrophobic (contact angles of 127.2° and 150.6°), and present different filling regimes due to different surface topographies, they have demonstrated to be cytocompatible when tested with human osteoblastic cells, against the accepted idea that high-hydrophobic surfaces are not suitable to cell adhesion and proliferation. At the nanoscale, the existence of hydrophilic silica domains containing calcium, where water molecules are physisorbed, is assumed to support this capability, as discussed. PMID:27127030

  16. Glass integrated optical wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) devices: a comparison between experimental results and modeling by CAOS software

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    Perrone, Guido; Gulisano, A.; Petazzi, Diego; Macchia, L.; Montrosset, Ivo; Morasca, Salvatore; Pozzi, Fabio; De Bernardi, Carlo S.; Zaffiro, Gianluca

    1994-08-01

    A systematic study on integrated wavelength multi/demultiplexers is presented, in which the experimental features of the devices, the theoretical predictions of a simple model, and the results of extensive modelling by a BPM analysis are compared. The components are based on the two-mode interference principle, and are fabricated on soda-lime glass by Ag-Na ion exchange. The modelling is performed by CAOS, a user-friendly general purpose simulator, based on a FD scheme with transparent boundary conditions. The agreement between experimental and simulated spectral characteristics is very good; moreover the proposed analysis procedure allows the determination of the maximum index variation (Delta) n and the diffusion depth D which describe the optical and geometrical characteristics of the waveguides.

  17. Hydrogen-rich gas production via CaO sorption-enhanced steam gasification of rice husk: a modelling study.

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    Beheshti, Sayyed Mohsen; Ghassemi, Hojat; Shahsavan-Markadeh, Rasoul; Fremaux, Sylvain

    2015-01-01

    Gasification is a thermochemical process in which solid or liquid fuels are transformed into synthesis gas through partial oxidation. In this paper, a kinetic model of rice husk gasification has been developed, which is interesting for the applications of the syngas produced. It is a zero-dimensional, steady-state model based on global reaction kinetic, empirical correlation of pyrolysis and is capable of predicting hydrogen yield in the presence of sorbent CaO. The model can also be used as a useful tool to investigate the influence of process parameters including steam/biomass ratio, CaO/fuel ratio (CaO/Fuel), and gasification temperature on hydrogen efficiency, CO2 capture ratio (CCR), and average carbonation conversion (Save). Similar to hydrogen formation, CCR also increases with increasing CaO/Fuel, but an opposite trend is exhibited in Save. Model predictions were compared with available data from the literature, which showed fairly good agreement. PMID:25403373

  18. FEDIX on-line information service: Design, develop, test, and implement, an on-line research and education information service

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    Rodman, J.A.

    1992-01-01

    The FEDIX Annual Status Report provides details regarding an on-line information project designed, developed and implemented by Federal Information Exchange, Inc., a diversified information services company. This document details the project design activities, summarizes the developmental phases of the project and describes the implementation activities generated to fulfill the project's objectives. The information contained in this document illustrates FIE's continuing commitment to serve as the link that facilitates the dissemination of federal information to the education community. This report reviews the project accomplishments and describes intended service enhancements.

  19. Environmental controls on plant chemical traits: Using the CAO-VSWIR to characterize patterns in a mediterranean-type ecosystem

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    Dahlin, K.; Asner, G. P.; Field, C. B.

    2012-12-01

    Here we present results from a new imaging spectrometer, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory's (CAO) Visible-Short Wave Infrared (VSWIR) sensor, and we use these data to map key plant functional traits in a semi-arid ecosystem, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (Woodside, CA USA). We considered four fundamental plant traits: leaf nitrogen per mass (Nmass, %), leaf carbon per mass (Cmass, %), leaf water fraction (WL), and canopy water fraction (WC).With these maps we ask the following questions: (1) How do these traits vary with environmental gradients and land use history, independent of species composition? (2) Does information about plant community improve our ability to explain trait patterns? And (3) what does the variation within plant communities tell us about the underlying processes driving or limiting this ecosystem? We show that the new CAO-VSWIR combined with partial least squares regression can effectively map these four plant chemical traits across multiple plant functional types (observed v. predicted R2s ranging from 0.55 for WL to 0.84 for Cmass). To consider how these traits varied with environmental gradients we used simultaneous autoregressive modeling and found, in general, that environment and land-use history together explained about a quarter of the variation in each trait, but that information about plant community boundaries dramatically improved our predictive power. While 29 - 44% of the variation in these four traits remained unexplained, when we considered the trait distributions within each plant community we found that most plant communities were sharply peaked (leptokurtic) or near normal, while a few communities were more evenly distributed (platykurtic) for each trait. These results show that, even though environmental gradients play a small but significant role, most of the plant communities at Jasper Ridge are characterized by a narrow range of trait patterns. For the few communities that are highly divergent, possible causal factors include resource limitation, competition, and/or past disturbances.

  20. Agent-based station for on-line diagnostics by self-adaptive laser Doppler vibrometry

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    Serafini, S.; Paone, N.; Castellini, P.

    2013-12-01

    A self-adaptive diagnostic system based on laser vibrometry is proposed for quality control of mechanical defects by vibration testing; it is developed for appliances at the end of an assembly line, but its characteristics are generally suited for testing most types of electromechanical products. It consists of a laser Doppler vibrometer, equipped with scanning mirrors and a camera, which implements self-adaptive bahaviour for optimizing the measurement. The system is conceived as a Quality Control Agent (QCA) and it is part of a Multi Agent System that supervises all the production line. The QCA behaviour is defined so to minimize measurement uncertainty during the on-line tests and to compensate target mis-positioning under guidance of a vision system. Best measurement conditions are reached by maximizing the amplitude of the optical Doppler beat signal (signal quality) and consequently minimize uncertainty. In this paper, the optimization strategy for measurement enhancement achieved by the down-hill algorithm (Nelder-Mead algorithm) and its effect on signal quality improvement is discussed. Tests on a washing machine in controlled operating conditions allow to evaluate the efficacy of the method; significant reduction of noise on vibration velocity spectra is observed. Results from on-line tests are presented, which demonstrate the potential of the system for industrial quality control.

  1. All About Frozen Ground, an Educational On-line Resource for K-12 Students and Teachers

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    Sheffield, E.; Zhang, T.

    2008-12-01

    How do you design a site that will meet the needs of teachers and students and actually be used in the classroom, when there are millions of Web sites competing for their attention? Many science centers, including the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), strive to meet the informational needs of the general public without specifically targeting educators, who desire Web material that is prepackaged for use in the classroom. In creating a new educational Web site, we wanted to develop our materials to ensure the content is used by educators in the classroom, seeking collaborators beyond our organization. Noting a lack of on-line information geared to the public on frozen ground and its significance to global climate, we are developing a Web site, All About Frozen Ground, to assist K-12 students, teachers and the public to understand frozen ground, its relation to the climate system, and its impact on engineering in cold regions. NSIDC partnered with scientists, writers, teachers, and an evaluator to make certain the content meets science standards and the requirements and interests of teachers and their students. Following accepted evaluation procedures, we will test the material in the classroom and through on-line surveys, and use the feedback to improve the Web site and its accompanying educational materials.

  2. Agent-based station for on-line diagnostics by self-adaptive laser Doppler vibrometry.

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    Serafini, S; Paone, N; Castellini, P

    2013-12-01

    A self-adaptive diagnostic system based on laser vibrometry is proposed for quality control of mechanical defects by vibration testing; it is developed for appliances at the end of an assembly line, but its characteristics are generally suited for testing most types of electromechanical products. It consists of a laser Doppler vibrometer, equipped with scanning mirrors and a camera, which implements self-adaptive bahaviour for optimizing the measurement. The system is conceived as a Quality Control Agent (QCA) and it is part of a Multi Agent System that supervises all the production line. The QCA behaviour is defined so to minimize measurement uncertainty during the on-line tests and to compensate target mis-positioning under guidance of a vision system. Best measurement conditions are reached by maximizing the amplitude of the optical Doppler beat signal (signal quality) and consequently minimize uncertainty. In this paper, the optimization strategy for measurement enhancement achieved by the down-hill algorithm (Nelder-Mead algorithm) and its effect on signal quality improvement is discussed. Tests on a washing machine in controlled operating conditions allow to evaluate the efficacy of the method; significant reduction of noise on vibration velocity spectra is observed. Results from on-line tests are presented, which demonstrate the potential of the system for industrial quality control. PMID:24387408

  3. An expert system to perform on-line controller tuning

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    Litt, Jonathan S.

    1990-01-01

    An expert system which tunes a Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) controller on-line for a single-input-single-output multiple-lag process with dead time is described. The expert system examines features of the previous transient responses and their corresponding sets of controller parameters. It determines a new set of controller gains to obtain a more desirable time response. This technique can be used to determine and implement a different set of PID gains for each operating regime and, once in steady state, the system can be used to find optimal parameters for load disturbance rejection. The expert system can be applied to any system of the specified form (aerospace, industrial, etc.) and can be expanded to include additional process models.

  4. An on-line advanced plant simulator (OLAPS)

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    Samuels, J.W.

    1989-01-01

    A PC based on-line advanced plant simulator (OLAPS) for high quality simulations of Portland General Electric's Trojan Nuclear Facility is presented. OLAPS is designed to simulate the thermal-hydraulics of the primary system including core, steam generators, pumps, piping and pressurizer. The simulations are based on a five equation model that has two mass equations, two energy equations, two energy equations, and one momentum equation with a drift flux model to provide closure. A regionwise point reactor kinetics model is used to model the neutron kinetics in the core. The conservation equations, constitutive models and the numerical methods used to solve them are described. OLAPS results are compared with data from chapter 15 of the Trojan Nuclear Facility's final safety analysis report.

  5. On-line chiral analysis using the kinetic method.

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    Bain, Ryan M; Yan, Xin; Raab, Shannon A; Ayrton, Stephen T; Flick, Tawnya G; Cooks, R Graham

    2016-04-21

    Chiral analysis of constituents in solution-phase reaction mixtures can be performed by tandem mass spectrometry using the kinetic method to determine the enantiomeric excess (ee). Simply diluting an aliquot of a reaction mixture, adjusting the pH, and adding reagents necessary to form a chiral cluster ion allows chiral analysis. The product of a stereospecific N-selective alkylation reaction, 2-(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)-5-oxo-1,6-naphthyridin-6(5H)-yl)propanoic acid, was monitored for ee during the course of reaction, and it showed the expected inversion without ee erosion. Base-catalyzed racemization of the reaction product showed the expected decrease in ee as the reaction proceeded. The base-catalyzed racemization of ibuprofen was monitored on-line, providing near real-time data on ee. PMID:26979554

  6. Sensor fusion for on-line monitoring of yoghurt fermentation.

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    Cimander, Christian; Carlsson, Maria; Mandenius, Carl-Fredrik

    2002-11-13

    Measurement data from an electronic nose (EN), a near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS) and standard bioreactor probes were used to follow the course of lab-scale yoghurt fermentation. The sensor signals were fused using a cascade neural network: a primary network predicted quantitative process variables, including lactose, galactose and lactate; a secondary network predicted a qualitative process state variable describing critical process phases, such as the onset of coagulation or the harvest time. Although the accuracy of the neural network prediction was acceptable and comparable with the off-line reference assay, its stability and performance were significantly improved by correction of faulty data. The results demonstrate that on-line sensor fusion with the chosen analyzers improves monitoring and quality control of yoghurt fermentation with implications to other fermentation processes. PMID:12385712

  7. On-Line Robust Modal Stability Prediction using Wavelet Processing

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    Brenner, Martin J.; Lind, Rick

    1998-01-01

    Wavelet analysis for filtering and system identification has been used to improve the estimation of aeroservoelastic stability margins. The conservatism of the robust stability margins is reduced with parametric and nonparametric time- frequency analysis of flight data in the model validation process. Nonparametric wavelet processing of data is used to reduce the effects of external disturbances and unmodeled dynamics. Parametric estimates of modal stability are also extracted using the wavelet transform. Computation of robust stability margins for stability boundary prediction depends on uncertainty descriptions derived from the data for model validation. The F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle aeroservoelastic flight test data demonstrates improved robust stability prediction by extension of the stability boundary beyond the flight regime. Guidelines and computation times are presented to show the efficiency and practical aspects of these procedures for on-line implementation. Feasibility of the method is shown for processing flight data from time- varying nonstationary test points.

  8. On-line monitoring system for downhole temperature and pressure

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    Shou, Ma; Jianchun, Guo; Yanli, Guo; Jun, Cao; Boming, Zhang

    2014-08-01

    To overcome the downhole space limitation, eccentric tubing was designed. Two fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors written in one optical fiber were integrated into the specially designed tubing to form an on-line monitoring system, and a protective casing was designed to isolate the FBG sensors from the harsh environment. The wavelengths of the FBGs were recorded at certain temperatures and pressures in order to calibrate the temperature and pressure sensitivity, respectively. Both the temperature and the pressure exhibit good linear relationships with the wavelengths of the FBGs, which suggest that they can be represented as a function of the wavelength and generated via a data analysis system. The good linear relationships also proved that the sensing area was well sealed. The temperature was measured by the FBG sensor and a thermocouple at the same time, and good agreement was found between these results, validating the credibility of this system.

  9. An on-line method in studying music parsing.

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    Berent, I; Perfetti, C A

    1993-03-01

    Listening to music entails the construction of a mental representation based on partial and ambiguous information. This study examines an experimental method that reflects such parsing decisions on-line by detecting the cognitive load resulting from temporary parsing failures. The method investigated was a divided attention paradigm in which listening to music was the primary task and click detection was a concurrent secondary task. It was hypothesized that increasing the complexity of the primary task by introducing an unprepared chromatic modulation results in an increase in response latencies to a click presented immediately after the modulatory shift. The support of this prediction by musicians' data provides evidence for the sensitivity of the paradigm. The failure of non-musicians to reflect the expected load is attributed to their attention-allocation strategy. These results are discussed in terms of their implications on the view of the musical parser as deterministic. PMID:8462272

  10. On-line single particle analysis of environmental tobacco smoke

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    Prather, K.A.; Morrical, B.O.

    1995-12-01

    Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is a major component in indoor and outdoor air pollution. It has been estimated that ETS accounts for approximately 2.7% of fine organic aerosol emissions in the Los Angeles area and the adverse health effects of cigarette emissions have been well documented. Particulate analysis by conventional analytical methods, such as GC/MS, do not provide information on individual aerosol particles due to the off-line collection and sampling procedures. Aerosol Time-Flight Mass Spectrometry is an on-line analytical technique that is uniquely capable of single particle analysis, simultaneously providing information on particle size and chemical composition. It will be demonstrated that this technique can be used to show how the chemical composition of ETS particles changes as a function of size. Data demonstrating the ability to monitor chemical composition and size change as a function of time will also be presented.

  11. Issues for Bringing Electron Beam Irradiators On-Line

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    Kaye, R.J.; Turman, B.N.

    1999-04-20

    Irradiation of red meat and poultry has been approved by the U.S. FDA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rule for processing red meat is out for comment. Looking beyond the current issues of packaging materials, labeling, and consumer acceptance, this paper reviews the next step of implementation and how to remove, or at least reduce, the barriers to utilization. Polls of the user community identified their requirements for electron beam or x-ray processing of meat or poultry and their concerns about implementation for on-line processing. These needs and issues are compared to the capabilities of the accelerator industry. The critical issues of beam utilization and dose uniformity, factors affecting floor space requirements, and treatment costs are examined.

  12. On-Line Safe Flight Envelope Determination for Impaired Aircraft

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    Lombaerts, Thomas; Schuet, Stefan; Acosta, Diana; Kaneshige, John

    2015-01-01

    The design and simulation of an on-line algorithm which estimates the safe maneuvering envelope of aircraft is discussed in this paper. The trim envelope is estimated using probabilistic methods and efficient high-fidelity model based computations of attainable equilibrium sets. From this trim envelope, a robust reachability analysis provides the maneuverability limitations of the aircraft through an optimal control formulation. Both envelope limits are presented to the flight crew on the primary flight display. In the results section, scenarios are considered where this adaptive algorithm is capable of computing online changes to the maneuvering envelope due to impairment. Furthermore, corresponding updates to display features on the primary flight display are provided to potentially inform the flight crew of safety critical envelope alterations caused by the impairment.

  13. On-line control of the nonlinear dynamics for synchrotrons

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    Bengtsson, J.; Martin, I. P. S.; Rowland, J. H.; Bartolini, R.

    2015-07-01

    We propose a simple approach to the on-line control of the nonlinear dynamics in storage rings, based on compensation of the nonlinear resonance driving terms using beam losses as the main indicator of the strength of a resonance. The correction scheme is built on the analysis of the resonance driving terms in first perturbative order and on the possibility of using independent power supplies in the sextupole magnets, which is nowadays present in many synchrotron light sources. Such freedom allows the definition of "smart sextupole knobs" attacking each resonance separately. The compensation scheme has been tested at the Diamond light source and proved to be effective in opening up the betatron tune space, resonance free, available to the electron beam and to improve the beam lifetime.

  14. Holographic digital microscopy in on-line process control

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    Osanlou, Ardeshir

    2011-09-01

    This article investigates the feasibility of real-time three-dimensional imaging of microscopic objects within various emulsions while being produced in specialized production vessels. The study is particularly relevant to on-line process monitoring and control in chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cleaning, and personal hygiene industries. Such processes are often dynamic and the materials cannot be measured once removed from the production vessel. The technique reported here is applicable to three-dimensional characterization analyses on stirred fluids in small reaction vessels. Relatively expensive pulsed lasers have been avoided through the careful control of the speed of the moving fluid in relation to the speed of the camera exposure and the wavelength of the continuous wave laser used. The ultimate aim of the project is to introduce a fully robust and compact digital holographic microscope as a process control tool in a full size specialized production vessel.

  15. Development of continuous on-line purge and trap analysis.

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    Saridara, Chutarat; Brukh, Roman; Mitra, Somenath

    2006-02-01

    An on-line purge and trap system for continuous monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) is presented. The purge chamber was designed for continuous extraction of VOC from water with nitrogen. The analytes were preconcentrated on a microtrap prior to analysis by GC with flame ionization detection. The microtrap served as a fast injection device for carrying out analysis at high frequency. Continuous monitoring was accomplished by performing injections at fixed intervals. This system showed high sensitivity, high precision, detection limits at the ppb level, and stable response over long periods of continuous operation. Factors affecting system performance were studied. A predictive model based on gas-liquid partitioning is also presented. PMID:16544887

  16. Enabling the On-line Intrinsic Evolution of Analog Controllers

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    Gwaltney, David A.; Ferguson, Michael I.

    2005-01-01

    The intrinsic evolution of analog controllers to provide closed-loop control of the speed of a DC motor has been previously demonstrated at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. A side effect of the evolutionary process is that during evolution there are necessarily poor configurations to be evaluated that could cause damage to the plant, This paper concerns the development and implementation of a safe Evolvable Analog Controller (EAC) architecture able to evolve controllers on-line even in the presence of these poor configurations, The EAC concept is discussed and experimental results are presented that show the feasibility of the approach This EAC architecture represents the first in a series of steps required to make deployment of an evolvable controller a reality.

  17. Enabling the On-Line Intrinsic Evolution of Analog Controllers

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    Gwaltney, David A.; Ferguson, Michael I.

    2005-01-01

    The intrinsic evolution of analog controllers to provide closed-loop control of the speed of a DC motor has been previously demonstrated at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. A side fleet of the evolutionary process is that during evolution there are necessarily poor configurations to be evaluated that could cause damage to the plant. This paper concern the development and implementation of a safe Evolvable Analog Controller (EAC) architecture able to evolve controllers on-line even in the presence of these poor configurations. The EAC concept is discussed and experimental results are presented that show the feasibility of the approach This EAC architecture represents the first in a series of steps required to make deployment of an evolvable controller a reality.

  18. [On line digital microscopy in 2007: One technology, many uses].

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    Ameisen, David; Vergier, Béatrice; Hauchecorne, Olivier; Camparo, Philippe; Kussaibi, Haitham; Rivet, Jacqueline; Leca, Philippe; Daniel, Christel; Legrès, Luc; Ratajczak, Philippe; Leboeuf, Christophe; Janin, Anne; Bertheau, Philippe

    2008-02-01

    Digital microscopy enables several observers to look at any field of one microscopical section, at any magnification, through an Internet connexion. An overview of the systems used to digitize microscopy slides and to put them on line is presented. This technique is already used in many fields of pathology, for teaching, research and, to a lesser extent, diagnostic purposes. Several examples are given in this review, some of them with a true evaluation process, and strong points and weaker points are addressed. While conventional microscopy remains the keystone method in 2007 and for the coming years, it is also obvious that digital microscopy will be playing an increasing role. It is our task to make it evolve according to our needs. PMID:18538710

  19. FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED PHOTOACOUSTIC SPECTROSCOPY CHARACTERIZATION OF SULFUR-OXYGEN SPECIES RESULTING FROM THE REACTION OF SO2 WITH CAO AND CACO3

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    Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy (FTIR-PAS) has been used to investigate the reaction of SO2 in He with CaO and CaCO3 particles at temperatures between 25 and 900 C. SO2 reacts with CaC at 25 C, while the reaction of Ca-CO3 with SO2 is first evident at 550 C ...

  20. PHENIX on-line distributed computing system architecture

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    Desmond, Edmond; Haggerty, John; Kehayias, Hyon Joo; Kozlowski, Thomas; Purschke, Martin L.; Witzig, Chris

    1998-05-01

    PHENIX is one of the two large experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) currently under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The detector consists of 11 subdetectors, that are further subdivided into 29 units ("granules") that can be operated independently, which includes simultaneous data taking with independent data streams and independent triggers. The detector has 250 000 channels and is read out by front-end modules, where the data is buffered in a pipeline while awaiting the level 1 trigger decision. Zero suppression and calibration is done after the level 1 accept in custom built data collection modules (DCMs) with DSPs before the data is sent to an event builder (design throughput of 2 Gb/sec) and higher level triggers. The On-line Computing Systems Group (ONCS) has two responsibilities. Firstly, it is responsible for receiving the data from the event builder, routing it through a network of workstations to consumer processes and archiving it at a data rate of 20 MB/sec. Secondly, it is also responsible for the overall configuration, control and operation of the detector and data acquisition chain, which comprises the software integration for several thousand custom built hardware modules. The software must furthermore support the independent operation of the above mentioned granules, which includes the coordination of processes that run in 60-100 VME processors and workstations. ONCS has adapted the Shlaer-Mellor Object Oriented Methodology for the design of the top layer software. CORBA is used as communication layer between the distributed objects, which are implemented as asynchronous finite state machines. We will give an overview of the PHENIX online system with the main focus on the system architecture, software components and integration tasks of the On-line Computing group ONCS and report on the status of the current prototypes.

  1. PHENIX On-Line Distributed Computing System Architecture

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    Desmond, Edmond; Haggerty, John; Kehayias, Hyon Joo; Purschke, Martin L.; Witzig, Chris; Kozlowski, Thomas

    1997-05-22

    PHENIX is one of the two large experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) currently under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The detector consists of 11 sub-detectors, that are further subdivided into 29 units (``granules``) that can be operated independently, which includes simultaneous data taking with independent data streams and independent triggers. The detector has 250,000 channels and is read out by front end modules, where the data is buffered in a pipeline while awaiting the level trigger decision. Zero suppression and calibration is done after the level accept in custom built data collection modules (DCMs) with DSPs before the data is sent to an event builder (design throughput of 2 Gb/sec) and higher level triggers. The On-line Computing Systems Group (ONCS) has two responsibilities. Firstly it is responsible for receiving the data from the event builder, routing it through a network of workstations to consumer processes and archiving it at a data rate of 20 MB/sec. Secondly it is also responsible for the overall configuration, control and operation of the detector and data acquisition chain, which comprises the software integration for several thousand custom built hardware modules. The software must furthermore support the independent operation of the above mentioned granules, which includes the coordination of processes that run in 60-100 VME processors and workstations. ONOS has adapted the Shlaer- Mellor Object Oriented Methodology for the design of the top layer software. CORBA is used as communication layer between the distributed objects, which are implemented as asynchronous finite state machines. We will give an overview of the PHENIX online system with the main focus on the system architecture, software components and integration tasks of the On-line Computing group ONCS and report on the status of the current prototypes.

  2. A rapid and accurate method for on-line measurement of straw-coal blends using near infrared spectroscopy.

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    He, Cheng; Chen, Longjian; Yang, Zengling; Huang, Guangqun; Liao, Na; Han, Lujia

    2012-04-01

    On-line measurement of biomass-coal blends is very important for developing appropriate subsidy policies for biomass co-firing power generation. Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) was used for on-line qualitative analysis of straw, coal and straw-coal blends and on-line quantitative analysis of straw content of straw-coal blends. A total of 80 straw samples, nine coal samples, 120 straw-coal blends samples with straw content from 70% to 99% (blends1) and 120 straw-coal blends samples with straw content from 1% to 30% (blends2) were prepared. Spectra were obtained using a Thermo Fisher Scientific Antaris Target FT-NIR spectrometer. Linear discriminant analysis method was used for qualitative analysis, correct classification percentages of straw, blends1, blends2 and coal were 89.87%, 79.66%, 94.92% and 100%, respectively. The ratio of standard error of performance to standard deviation (RPD) of quantitative analysis model was 3.52. It is concluded NIRS is a rapid and accurate method for on-line measurement of straw-coal blends. PMID:22342588

  3. On-line screening of airborne PAH contamination by simultaneous multiphoton ionization and laser induced fluorescence

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    Gridin, V.V.; Inoue, Takanori; Ogawa, Teiichiro; Schechter, I.

    2000-04-01

    In this preliminary study, the feasibility of on-line monitoring of sub-micron polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) aerosols by a combination of laser-induced-fluorescence (LIF) and laser multiphoton ionization (LMPI) techniques was investigated. For this purpose, an aerosol contaminated nitrogen gas was slowly bubbled through a quartz measurement chamber filled with hexane. Continuous PAH monitoring was maintained over two hours of the resultant concentration process. Simultaneous LIF and LMPI excitation was achieved by a pulsed dye laser, operated at 283 nm. For this wavelength, pyrene and naphthalene aerosols were used as target PAH materials. The resultant fluorescence light was collected by an optical fiber, while the LMPI signals were acquired by a pair of stainless steel electrodes immersed in the solution, allowing an automated readout of the photoionization current. The results indicate that PAH sub-micron aerosols, at an air concentration of 1 mg/m{sup 3}, can be monitored in this way.

  4. Development of an on-line expert system for integrated alarm processing in nuclear power plants

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    Kim, Han Gon; Choi, Seong Soo; Kang, Ki Sig; Chang, Soon Heung

    1994-12-31

    An on-line expert system, called AFDS (Alarm Filtering and Diagnostic System), has been developed to assist operators in effectively maintaining plant safety and to enhance plant availability using advanced computer technologies for alarm processing. The AFDS is designed to perform alarm filtering and overall plantwide diagnosis when an abnormal state occurs. in addition to these functions, it carries out alarm prognosis to provide the operator with prediction-based messages and to generate high-level alarms that can be used as another diagnostic information. The system is developed on a SUN SPARC 2 workstation, and its target domain is the alarm system in the main control room of Yonggwang units 1 and 2.

  5. Biosensors. A new analytic technology for real-time, on-line biochemical monitoring.

    PubMed

    Hunter, K W

    1989-04-01

    A new technology is evolving that has the potential of improving patient management while substantially reducing the overall cost of health care. This new technology is based on biosensors, analytic microelectronic devices that use biologic detector molecules (e.g., antibodies, enzymes, receptor proteins, lectins, nucleic acids) as the sensing or signal transducing elements. An array of different biosensor configurations are under development, spurred on by recent advances in biotechnology and solid-state electronics. Although not all biosensors can detect their target analytes instantaneously, nor perform continuous measurements, certain biosensors embody both capabilities. Real-time, on-line biochemical monitoring will offer important information heretofore unavailable to the physician. It is also inevitable that biosensor-based instruments will decentralize patient testing, but telemetric systems can maintain the active and necessary involvement of the clinical pathologist. PMID:2648807

  6. Use of solid-electrolyte galvanic cells to determine the activity of CaO in the CaO-ZrO{sub 2} system and the standard Gibbs free energies of formation of CaZrO{sub 3} from CaO and ZrO{sub 2}

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    Tanabe, Jun; Nagata, Kazuhiro

    1996-08-01

    Ultraclean steel is deoxidized by the addition of aluminum, followed by desulfurizing and deoxidizing by the addition of calcium and zirconium. As a result of the deoxidation and desulfurization of molten steel, considerable oxide and sulfide inclusions are produced. The activity of CaO in the CaO-ZrO{sub 2} system has been measured at 1,572 to 1,877 K with a galvanic cell composed of 4CaO {center_dot} P{sub 2}O{sub 5} as the solid electrolyte. The activity ZrO{sub 2} was calculated from the activity of CaO by integrating the Gibbs-Duhem relation. From the activities of CaO and ZrO{sub 2}, the standard Gibbs free energy of formation of CaO {center_dot} ZrO{sub 2} was determined as follows: {Delta}G{sub f}{sup 0} = {minus}25,200 ({+-}150) {minus} 17.58 ({+-}0.085) T (1,633 to 1,873 K) J/mol.

  7. Dose-volume delivery guided proton therapy using beam on-line PET system

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    Nishio, Teiji; Ogino, Takashi; Nomura, Kazuhiro; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2006-11-15

    Proton therapy is one form of radiotherapy in which the irradiation can be concentrated on a tumor using a scanned or modulated Bragg peak. Therefore, it is very important to evaluate the proton-irradiated volume accurately. The proton-irradiated volume can be confirmed by detection of pair annihilation gamma rays from positron emitter nuclei generated by the target nuclear fragment reaction of irradiated proton nuclei and nuclei in the irradiation target using a positron emission tomography (PET) apparatus, and dose-volume delivery guided proton therapy (DGPT) can thereby be achieved using PET images. In the proton treatment room, a beam ON-LINE PET system (BOLPs) was constructed so that a PET apparatus of the planar-type with a high spatial resolution of about 2 mm was mounted with the field of view covering the isocenter of the beam irradiation system. The position and intensity of activity were measured using the BOLPs immediately after the proton irradiation of a gelatinous water target containing {sup 16}O nuclei at different proton irradiation energy levels. The change of the activity-distribution range against the change of the physical range was observed within 2 mm. The experiments of proton irradiation to a rabbit and the imaging of the activity were performed. In addition, the proton beam energy used to irradiate the rabbit was changed. When the beam condition was changed, the difference between the two images acquired from the measurement of the BOLPs was confirmed to clearly identify the proton-irradiated volume.

  8. RECOMMENDED PRACTICES FOR ON-LINE MEASUREMENT OF RESIDUAL CHLORINE IN WASTEWATERS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This document provides users with information that assists them in specifying, installing, calibrating, maintaining and monitoring the subsequent performance of on-line residual chlorine analyzers in wastewater treatment plants. An on-line residual chlorine analyzer must have, am...

  9. Hubble Space Telescope on-line operations coordination

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    Lychenheim, David E.; Pepe, Joyce; Knapp, Debra

    2002-12-01

    An important aspect of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operations is the ability to quickly disseminate and coordinate spacecraft commanding and ground system information for both routine spacecraft operations and Space Shuttle Servicing Missions. When deviating from preplanned activities all new spacecraft commanding, ground system and space system configurations must be reviewed, authorized and executed in an efficient manner. The information describing the changes must be disseminated to and coordinated by a large group of users. In the early years of the HST mission a paper-based Operational Request System was used. The system worked, but was cumbersome to efficiently coordinate with a large geographically dispersed group of users in a timely manner. As network and server technology matured, the HST Project developed an on-line interactive Operations Request System. This Operations Request System is a server-based system (access via HST Net) that provides immediate access to command and ground system information to both local and remotely based Instrument Engineers, Flight Operations Team Controllers, Subsystem Engineers and Project Management. This paper describes the various aspects of the system's submission, review, authorization and implementation processes. Also described is the methodology used to arrive at the current system design and the Graphical User Interface (GUI). This system has been used successfully for all routine and special HST operations for the last five years. This approach to operations coordination is adaptable to spacecraft of any complexity.

  10. On-line range images registration with GPGPU

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    Będkowski, J.; Naruniec, J.

    2013-03-01

    This paper concerns implementation of algorithms in the two important aspects of modern 3D data processing: data registration and segmentation. Solution proposed for the first topic is based on the 3D space decomposition, while the latter on image processing and local neighbourhood search. Data processing is implemented by using NVIDIA compute unified device architecture (NIVIDIA CUDA) parallel computation. The result of the segmentation is a coloured map where different colours correspond to different objects, such as walls, floor and stairs. The research is related to the problem of collecting 3D data with a RGB-D camera mounted on a rotated head, to be used in mobile robot applications. Performance of the data registration algorithm is aimed for on-line processing. The iterative closest point (ICP) approach is chosen as a registration method. Computations are based on the parallel fast nearest neighbour search. This procedure decomposes 3D space into cubic buckets and, therefore, the time of the matching is deterministic. First technique of the data segmentation uses accele-rometers integrated with a RGB-D sensor to obtain rotation compensation and image processing method for defining pre-requisites of the known categories. The second technique uses the adapted nearest neighbour search procedure for obtaining normal vectors for each range point.

  11. Multi-wavelength Astronomical Image Service ON-line

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    Watanabe, Masaru; Aoki, Kentaro; Miura, Akira; Uno, Shin-Ichiro

    2001-03-01

    We have developed an astronomical-image browser system which operates on the World Wide Web. The system, called "Multi-wavelength Astronomical Image Service ON-line" or "MAISON", works as a "broker" between a user and multiple, separate, independent astronomical image servers on the Web. Through the MAISON server the user can quickly make a visual inspection into multiple images overlaid each other on the client browser. A dominant feature of the MAISON as compared with other similar multi-wavelength image servers such as Sky View and Aladin is that MAISON deals with a pointing observation image server as well as a survey image server. The first version of the MAISON has been opened on the Web at http://maison.isas.ac.jp. The version is implemented with the image servers of an X-ray astronomical satellite ASCA and with some survey image servers including the Digitized Sky Survey in optical, the IRAS Sky Survey Atlas in far-infrared, and the Green Bank Sky Map and the FIRST survey in radio. In this paper we present details of the structure of the MAISON system, services it provides, some problems to be settled, and the prospect of the future development.

  12. Virtual laboratories: Collaborative environments and facilities-on-line

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    Thomas, C.E. Jr.; Cavallini, J.S.; Seweryniak, G.R.; Kitchens, T.A.; Hitchcock, D.A.; Scott, M.A.; Welch, L.C.; Aiken, R.J. |; Stevens, R.L.

    1995-07-01

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has major research laboratories in a number of locations in the US, typically co-located with large research instruments or research facilities valued at tens of millions to even billions of dollars. Present budget exigencies facing the entire nation are felt very deeply at DOE, just as elsewhere. Advances over the last few years in networking and computing technologies make virtual collaborative environments and conduct of experiments over the internetwork structure a possibility. The authors believe that development of these collaborative environments and facilities-on-line could lead to a ``virtual laboratory`` with tremendous potential for decreasing the costs of research and increasing the productivity of their capital investment in research facilities. The majority of these cost savings would be due to increased productivity of their research efforts, better utilization of resources and facilities, and avoiding duplication of expensive facilities. A vision of how this might all fit together and a discussion of the infrastructure necessary to enable these developments is presented.

  13. On-line milk spectrometry: analysis of bovine milk composition

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    Spitzer, Kyle; Kuennemeyer, Rainer; Woolford, Murray; Claycomb, Rod

    2005-04-01

    We present partial least squares (PLS) regressions to predict the composition of raw, unhomogenised milk using visible to near infrared spectroscopy. A total of 370 milk samples from individual quarters were collected and analysed on-line by two low cost spectrometers in the wavelength ranges 380-1100 nm and 900-1700 nm. Samples were collected from 22 Friesian, 17 Jersey, 2 Ayrshire and 3 Friesian-Jersey crossbred cows over a period of 7 consecutive days. Transmission spectra were recorded in an inline flowcell through a 0.5 mm thick milk sample. PLS models, where wavelength selection was performed using iterative PLS, were developed for fat, protein, lactose, and somatic cell content. The root mean square error of prediction (and correlation coefficient) for the nir and visible spectrometers respectively were 0.70%(0.93) and 0.91%(0.91) for fat, 0.65%(0.5) and 0.47%(0.79) for protein, 0.36%(0.49) and 0.45%(0.43) for lactose, and 0.50(0.54) and 0.48(0.51) for log10 somatic cells.

  14. EnviroNET: On-line information for LDEF

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lauriente, Michael

    1993-01-01

    EnviroNET is an on-line, free-form database intended to provide a centralized repository for a wide range of technical information on environmentally induced interactions of use to Space Shuttle customers and spacecraft designers. It provides a user-friendly, menu-driven format on networks that are connected globally and is available twenty-four hours a day - every day. The information, updated regularly, includes expository text, tabular numerical data, charts and graphs, and models. The system pools space data collected over the years by NASA, USAF, other government research facilities, industry, universities, and the European Space Agency. The models accept parameter input from the user, then calculate and display the derived values corresponding to that input. In addition to the archive, interactive graphics programs are also available on space debris, the neutral atmosphere, radiation, magnetic fields, and the ionosphere. A user-friendly, informative interface is standard for all the models and includes a pop-up help window with information on inputs, outputs, and caveats. The system will eventually simplify mission analysis with analytical tools and deliver solutions for computationally intense graphical applications to do 'What if...' scenarios. A proposed plan for developing a repository of information from the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) for a user group is presented.

  15. Enterprise utilization of "always on-line" diagnostic study archive.

    PubMed

    McEnery, Kevin W; Suitor, Charles T; Thompson, Stephen K; Shepard, Jeffrey S; Murphy, William A

    2002-01-01

    To meet demands for enterprise image distribution, an "always on-line" image storage archive architecture was implemented before soft copy interpretation. It was presumed that instant availability of historical diagnostic studies would elicit a substantial utilization. Beginning November 1, 2000 an enterprise distribution archive was activated (Stentor, SanFrancisco, CA). As of August 8, 2001, 83,052 studies were available for immediate access without the need for retrieval from long-term archive. Image storage and retrieval logs for the period from June 12, 2001 to August 8, 2001 were analyzed. A total of 41,337 retrieval requests were noted for the 83,052 studies available as August 8, 2001. Computed radiography represented 16.8% of retrieval requests; digital radiography, 16.9%; computed tomography (CT), 44.5%; magnetic resonance (MR), 19.2%; and ultrasonography, 2.6%. A total of 51.5% of study retrievals were for studies less than 72 hours old. Study requests for cases greater than 100 days old represented 9.9% of all accessions, 9.7% of CT accessions, and 15.4% of MR accessions. Utilization of the archive indicates a substantial proportion of study retrievals for studies less than 72 hours after study completion. However, significant interest in historical CT and MR examinations was shown. PMID:12105703

  16. Manometric biosensor for on-line measurement of milk urea.

    PubMed

    Jenkins, Daniel M; Delwiche, Michael J

    2002-06-01

    Performance of a prototype sensor for on-line measurement of urea in milk during milking was evaluated. The sensor was based on a manometric assay of the carbon dioxide generated by the enzymatic hydrolysis of urea. Temperature compensation of the sensor was described briefly, and was shown to be effective. The calibration of the sensor was described and resulted in a standard calibration error of about 0.15 mM of urea. The standard error of the sensor in milk was shown to be about 0.25 mM (given a physiological range of about 2-7 mM in cow milk). The sensor was simple, inexpensive, suffered from no interferences in raw milk, and completed a measurement cycle in about 5 min (less than the time to milk a typical cow). A custom made sampling device, whereby milk was passively collected from the milk line under vacuum, was shown to collect an ample volume within 10 s to run a test with the sensor. No measurable bubbles or foam were introduced from the sampling mechanism so that the milk sampled was not diminished in density compared to samples taken by other methods. PMID:11959478

  17. Adaptive on-line optimizing control of bioreactor systems.

    PubMed

    Shi, Z; Shimizu, K; Watanabe, N; Kobayashi, T

    1989-03-01

    Several on-line optimizing control strategies were proposed and tested by computer simulation for the efficient operation of bioreactors. The control task was divided into two, one of which was to search for the optimal operating point and passed the set point to the lower layer of which task was to make the process output follow the set point as soon as possible. It was shown to be effective for the upper layer to express the objective function as a polynomial with respect to the measurement variable and to make use of it for finding the optimum point. Noting that the major dynamic characteristics of bioreactor system is the time-varying and nonlinear nature, the adaptive type control system is in evitable. It was shown to be quite effective to use discrete type self-tuning PID controller and the optimal controller compensated for the interaction between the control loops.Application was made to the cell recycle system for the production of lactic acid and baker's yeast cultivation. I was found from the former application that the control quality can be significantly improved by incorporating the decoupling strategy into the lower layer closed-loop system. It was also found from the latter application that the initial startup period can be significantly reduced by making use of the rough mathematical model. PMID:18588014

  18. On-line phase measuring profilometry for a rotating object

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    Wang, Peng; Cao, Yiping; Yang, Xin; Peng, Kuang

    2014-11-01

    On-line phase measuring profilometry (OPMP) for a rotating object is proposed. N frames of circular sinusoidal grating patterns are designed in advance, in which the transmittance along the radial direction is sinusoidal and there is a fixed shifting phase pitch of 2π/N between every adjacent two grating patterns along the radial direction. While the measured object is rotating, the designed grating patterns are projected onto the rotating object by digital light processing and the corresponding deformed patterns caused by the object at different positions are captured by a charge coupled device camera. By pixel matching and rotation transformation with special marks, N frames of the deformed patterns of the object at the same position can be extracted. Hence, the rotating object can be reconstructed by the extracted deformed patterns. The results of computer emulation and experiment show the feasibility and validity of the proposed OPMP. Either the maximum measurement absolute error is 0.118 mm or the maximum root mean square error is 0.077 mm in the measured region of 0 to 25 mm.

  19. Using on-line altered auditory feedback treating Parkinsonian speech

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    Wang, Emily; Verhagen, Leo; de Vries, Meinou H.

    2005-09-01

    Patients with advanced Parkinson's disease tend to have dysarthric speech that is hesitant, accelerated, and repetitive, and that is often resistant to behavior speech therapy. In this pilot study, the speech disturbances were treated using on-line altered feedbacks (AF) provided by SpeechEasy (SE), an in-the-ear device registered with the FDA for use in humans to treat chronic stuttering. Eight PD patients participated in the study. All had moderate to severe speech disturbances. In addition, two patients had moderate recurring stuttering at the onset of PD after long remission since adolescence, two had bilateral STN DBS, and two bilateral pallidal DBS. An effective combination of delayed auditory feedback and frequency-altered feedback was selected for each subject and provided via SE worn in one ear. All subjects produced speech samples (structured-monologue and reading) under three conditions: baseline, with SE without, and with feedbacks. The speech samples were randomly presented and rated for speech intelligibility goodness using UPDRS-III item 18 and the speaking rate. The results indicted that SpeechEasy is well tolerated and AF can improve speech intelligibility in spontaneous speech. Further investigational use of this device for treating speech disorders in PD is warranted [Work partially supported by Janus Dev. Group, Inc.].

  20. Virtual laboratories: Collaborative environments and facilities-on-line

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thomas, C. E., Jr.; Cavallini, J. S.; Seweryniak, G. R.; Kitchens, T. A.; Hitchcock, D. A.; Scott, M. A.; Welch, L. C.

    1995-01-01

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has major research laboratories in a number of locations in the US, typically co-located with large research instruments or research facilities valued at tens of millions to even billions of dollars. Present budget exigencies facing the entire nation are felt very deeply at DOE, just as elsewhere. Advances over the last few years in networking and computing technologies make virtual collaborative environments and conduct of experiments over the internetwork structure a possibility. The authors believe that development of these collaborative environments and facilities-on-line could lead to a 'virtual laboratory' with tremendous potential for decreasing the costs of research and increasing the productivity of their capital investment in research facilities. The majority of these cost savings would be due to increased productivity of their research efforts, better utilization of resources and facilities, and avoiding duplication of expensive facilities. A vision of how this might all fit together and a discussion of the infrastructure necessary to enable these developments is presented.

  1. On-line DNA analysis system with rapid thermal cycling

    DOEpatents

    Swerdlow, H.P.; Wittwer, C.T.

    1999-08-10

    This application describes an apparatus particularly suited for subjecting biological samples to any necessary sample preparation tasks, subjecting the sample to rapid thermal cycling, and then subjecting the sample to subsequent on-line analysis using one or more of a number of analytical techniques. The apparatus includes a chromatography device including an injection means, a chromatography pump, and a chromatography column. In addition, the apparatus also contains a capillary electrophoresis device consisting of a capillary electrophoresis column with an inlet and outlet end, a means of injection, and means of applying a high voltage to cause the differential migration of species of interest through the capillary column. Effluent from the liquid chromatography column passes over the inlet end of the capillary electrophoresis column through a tee structure and when the loading of the capillary electrophoresis column is desired, a voltage supply is activated at a precise voltage and polarity over a specific duration to cause sample species to be diverted from the flowing stream to the capillary electrophoresis column. A laser induced fluorescence detector preferably is used to analyze the products separated while in the electrophoresis column. 6 figs.

  2. On-line DNA analysis system with rapid thermal cycling

    DOEpatents

    Swerdlow, Harold P.; Wittwer, Carl T.

    1999-01-01

    An apparatus particularly suited for subjecting biological samples to any necessary sample preparation tasks, subjecting the sample to rapid thermal cycling, and then subjecting the sample to subsequent on-line analysis using one or more of a number of analytical techniques. The apparatus includes a chromatography device including an injection means, a chromatography pump, and a chromatography column. In addition, the apparatus also contains a capillary electrophoresis device consisting of a capillary electrophoresis column with an inlet and outlet end, a means of injection, and means of applying a high voltage to cause the differential migration of species of interest through the capillary column. Effluent from the liquid chromatography column passes over the inlet end of the capillary electrophoresis column through a tee structure and when the loading of the capillary electrophoresis column is desired, a voltage supply is activated at a precise voltage and polarity over a specific duration to cause sample species to be diverted from the flowing stream to the capillary electrophoresis column. A laser induced fluorescence detector preferably is used to analyze the products separated while in the electrophoresis column.

  3. On-line performance characteristics of a radiology PACS

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    Wong, Albert W. K.; Loloyan, Mansur; Lou, Shyhliang A.; Huang, H. K.

    1992-07-01

    We have experienced that system reliability and performance become primary concerns when we moved our PACS from a research and development laboratory to a clinical environment. Providing consistent uptime builds user confidence and fast service accelerates system acceptance. The fault-tolerant mechanism implemented in our PACS has minimized system downtime. This paper considers the performance issues of an on-line multimodal PACS. The intent of conducting performance measurements on individual PACS components such as the radiological imaging devices, archive devices, host computers, and communication networks is to compare the throughput rates of these components in a real-time clinical environment as a basis of evaluating the overall throughput of a PACS system. Our primary goal is to identify the major factors that degrade the performance of a PACS, and to establish new strategies so that fast service with minimal delay is provided to the clinic. Approximately 200-Gbyte data transactions including CT, MR and CR images from our PACS were analyzed. Results showed that PACS throughput was limited by two major factors: (1) low-speed data interface used in the radiological imaging devices and archive devices; (2) network degradation due to heavy network traffic. We concluded that PACS throughput could be improved by well- designed network architecture and image-routing strategy. However, device-dependent low- speed data interface limited PACS performance.

  4. Laser Ultrasonic System for On-Line Steel Tube Gauging

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    Monchalin, Jean-Pierre; Choquet, Marc; Padioleau, Christian; Néron, Christian; Lévesque, Daniel; Blouin, Alain; Corbeil, Christian; Talbot, Richard; Bendada, Abdelhakim; Lamontagne, Mario; Kolarik, Robert V.; Jeskey, Gerald V.; Dominik, Erich D.; Duly, Larry J.; Samblanet, Kenneth J.; Agger, Steven E.; Roush, Kenneth J.; Mester, Michael L.

    2003-03-01

    A laser-ultrasonic system has been installed on a seamless tubing production line of The Timken Company and is being used to measure on-line the wall thickness of tubes during processing. The seamless process consists essentially in forcing a mandrel through a hot cylindrical billet in rotation and typically results in fairly large wall thickness variations that should be minimized and controlled to respect specifications. The system includes a Q-switched Nd-YAG laser for generation of ultrasound by ablation, a long pulse very stable Nd-YAG laser for detection coupled to a confocal Fabry-Perot interferometer, a pyrometer to measure tube temperature and two laser Doppler velocimeters to measure the coordinates of the probing location at the tube surface. The laser, data acquisition and processing units are housed in a cabin off line and connected to a front coupling head located over the passing tube by optical fibers. The system has been integrated into the plant computer network and provides in real time thickness data to the plant operators. It allow much faster mill setups, has been used since its deployment for inspecting more than 100,000 tubes and has demonstrated very significant savings.

  5. On-line monitoring of methane in sewer air

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    Liu, Yiwen; Sharma, Keshab R.; Murthy, Sudhir; Johnson, Ian; Evans, Ted; Yuan, Zhiguo

    2014-01-01

    Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas and contributes significantly to climate change. Recent studies have shown significant methane production in sewers. The studies conducted so far have relied on manual sampling followed by off-line laboratory-based chromatography analysis. These methods are labor-intensive when measuring methane emissions from a large number of sewers, and do not capture the dynamic variations in methane production. In this study, we investigated the suitability of infrared spectroscopy-based on-line methane sensors for measuring methane in humid and condensing sewer air. Two such sensors were comprehensively tested in the laboratory. Both sensors displayed high linearity (R2 > 0.999), with a detection limit of 0.023% and 0.110% by volume, respectively. Both sensors were robust against ambient temperature variations in the range of 5 to 35°C. While one sensor was robust against humidity variations, the other was found to be significantly affected by humidity. However, the problem was solved by equipping the sensor with a heating unit to increase the sensor surface temperature to 35°C. Field studies at three sites confirmed the performance and accuracy of the sensors when applied to actual sewer conditions, and revealed substantial and highly dynamic methane concentrations in sewer air. PMID:25319343

  6. On-line monitoring of methane in sewer air

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    Liu, Yiwen; Sharma, Keshab R.; Murthy, Sudhir; Johnson, Ian; Evans, Ted; Yuan, Zhiguo

    2014-10-01

    Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas and contributes significantly to climate change. Recent studies have shown significant methane production in sewers. The studies conducted so far have relied on manual sampling followed by off-line laboratory-based chromatography analysis. These methods are labor-intensive when measuring methane emissions from a large number of sewers, and do not capture the dynamic variations in methane production. In this study, we investigated the suitability of infrared spectroscopy-based on-line methane sensors for measuring methane in humid and condensing sewer air. Two such sensors were comprehensively tested in the laboratory. Both sensors displayed high linearity (R2 > 0.999), with a detection limit of 0.023% and 0.110% by volume, respectively. Both sensors were robust against ambient temperature variations in the range of 5 to 35°C. While one sensor was robust against humidity variations, the other was found to be significantly affected by humidity. However, the problem was solved by equipping the sensor with a heating unit to increase the sensor surface temperature to 35°C. Field studies at three sites confirmed the performance and accuracy of the sensors when applied to actual sewer conditions, and revealed substantial and highly dynamic methane concentrations in sewer air.

  7. On-line monitoring of methane in sewer air.

    PubMed

    Liu, Yiwen; Sharma, Keshab R; Murthy, Sudhir; Johnson, Ian; Evans, Ted; Yuan, Zhiguo

    2014-01-01

    Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas and contributes significantly to climate change. Recent studies have shown significant methane production in sewers. The studies conducted so far have relied on manual sampling followed by off-line laboratory-based chromatography analysis. These methods are labor-intensive when measuring methane emissions from a large number of sewers, and do not capture the dynamic variations in methane production. In this study, we investigated the suitability of infrared spectroscopy-based on-line methane sensors for measuring methane in humid and condensing sewer air. Two such sensors were comprehensively tested in the laboratory. Both sensors displayed high linearity (R(2) > 0.999), with a detection limit of 0.023% and 0.110% by volume, respectively. Both sensors were robust against ambient temperature variations in the range of 5 to 35°C. While one sensor was robust against humidity variations, the other was found to be significantly affected by humidity. However, the problem was solved by equipping the sensor with a heating unit to increase the sensor surface temperature to 35°C. Field studies at three sites confirmed the performance and accuracy of the sensors when applied to actual sewer conditions, and revealed substantial and highly dynamic methane concentrations in sewer air. PMID:25319343

  8. On line sensing of weld penetration using infrared thermography

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    Wang, Y.; Chin, B.A.

    1986-01-01

    The objective of this research is to apply new sensing techniques, artificial intelligence, and robotics to improve the welding process through control of penetration depth and width parameters. By producing a constant depth and width of penetration through on line control, the quality and strength of welds may be improved to a new level of reliability previously unobtainable. Experimental data presented in this paper indicate that depth and width of penetration can be monitored by infrared thermography and hence controlled dynamically during the weld process. Infrared thermography is used to monitor surface temperature distributions in the vicinity of the molten metal pool. Characteristics of temperature distributions perpendicular to the direction of arc travel are analyzed and correlated with weld bead width and depth as measured by destructive examination after the weld production. The results show that there is a linear relationship between peak weld plate surface temperature and depth of penetration. Additionally, surface puddle width is found to be directly correlated to measured distance separating solidus temperatures of the molten metal as measured by infrared thermography.

  9. On-Line Loss of Control Detection Using Wavelets

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    Brenner, Martin J. (Technical Monitor); Thompson, Peter M.; Klyde, David H.; Bachelder, Edward N.; Rosenthal, Theodore J.

    2005-01-01

    Wavelet transforms are used for on-line detection of aircraft loss of control. Wavelet transforms are compared with Fourier transform methods and shown to more rapidly detect changes in the vehicle dynamics. This faster response is due to a time window that decreases in length as the frequency increases. New wavelets are defined that further decrease the detection time by skewing the shape of the envelope. The wavelets are used for power spectrum and transfer function estimation. Smoothing is used to tradeoff the variance of the estimate with detection time. Wavelets are also used as front-end to the eigensystem reconstruction algorithm. Stability metrics are estimated from the frequency response and models, and it is these metrics that are used for loss of control detection. A Matlab toolbox was developed for post-processing simulation and flight data using the wavelet analysis methods. A subset of these methods was implemented in real time and named the Loss of Control Analysis Tool Set or LOCATS. A manual control experiment was conducted using a hardware-in-the-loop simulator for a large transport aircraft, in which the real time performance of LOCATS was demonstrated. The next step is to use these wavelet analysis tools for flight test support.

  10. Effects of Requiring Students to Meet High Expectation Levels within an On-Line Homework Environment

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    Weber, William J., Jr.

    2010-01-01

    On-line homework is becoming a larger part of mathematics classrooms each year. Thus, ways to maximize the effectiveness of on-line homework for both students and teachers must be investigated. This study sought to provide one possible answer to this aim, by requiring students to achieve at least 50% for any on-line homework assignment in order to…

  11. 21 CFR 870.4330 - Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor. (a) Identification. A cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor is a device used in conjunction with a blood gas sensor to measure the level of gases in the blood... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas...

  12. 21 CFR 870.4330 - Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  13. 21 CFR 870.4330 - Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor. (a) Identification. A cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor is a device used in conjunction with a blood gas sensor to measure the level of gases in the blood... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas...

  14. 21 CFR 870.4330 - Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  15. 21 CFR 870.4330 - Cardiopulmonary bypass on-line blood gas monitor.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  16. On Line Instruction: An Opportunity to Re-Examine and Re-Invent Pedagogy

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    Rosenthal, Irene

    2011-01-01

    One of the reasons the author agreed to teach a hybrid, on-line course last summer was specifically to either challenge or confirm her negative perceptions about on-line instruction. In order to continue to be an outspoken critic whenever administrators encouraged developing on-line courses for what she assumed were pecuniary considerations, she…

  17. Women Physicians Are Early Adopters of On-Line Continuing Medical Education

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    Harris, John M., Jr.; Novalis-Marine, Cheryl; Harris, Robin B.

    2003-01-01

    Introduction: On-line continuing medical education (CME) provides advantages to physicians and to medical educators. Although practicing physicians increasingly use on-line CME to meet their educational needs, the overall use of on-line CME remains limited. There are few data to describe the physicians who use this new educational medium; yet,…

  18. The effect of family therapy on the changes in the severity of on-line game play and brain activity in adolescents with on-line game addiction

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    Han, Doug Hyun; Kim, Sun Mi; Lee, Young Sik; Renshaw, Perry F.

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated whether a brief 3-week family therapy intervention would change patterns of brain activation in response to affection and gaming cues in adolescents from dysfunctional families who met criteria for on-line game addiction. Fifteen adolescents with on-line game addiction and fifteen adolescents without problematic on-line game play and an intact family structure were recruited. Over 3 weeks, families were asked to carry out homework assignments focused on increasing family cohesion for more than 1 hour/day and 4 days/week. Before therapy, adolescents with on-line game addiction demonstrated decreased activity as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) within the caudate, middle temporal gyrus, and occipital lobe in response to images depicting parental affection and increased activity of the middle frontal and inferior parietal in response scenes from on-line games, relative to healthy comparison subjects. Improvement in perceived family cohesion following 3 weeks of treatment was associated with an increase in the activity of the caudate nucleus in response to affection stimuli and was inversely correlated with changes in on-line game playing time. With evidence of brain activation changes in response to on-line game playing cues and images depicting parental love, the present findings suggest that family cohesion may be an important factor in the treatment of problematic on-line game playing. PMID:22698763

  19. The effect of family therapy on the changes in the severity of on-line game play and brain activity in adolescents with on-line game addiction.

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    Han, Doug Hyun; Kim, Sun Mi; Lee, Young Sik; Renshaw, Perry F

    2012-05-31

    We evaluated whether a brief 3-week family therapy intervention would change patterns of brain activation in response to affection and gaming cues in adolescents from dysfunctional families who met criteria for on-line game addiction. Fifteen adolescents with on-line game addiction and fifteen adolescents without problematic on-line game play and an intact family structure were recruited. Over 3 weeks, families were asked to carry out homework assignments focused on increasing family cohesion for more than 1 hour/day and 4 days/week. Before therapy, adolescents with on-line game addiction demonstrated decreased activity as measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) within the caudate, middle temporal gyrus, and occipital lobe in response to images depicting parental affection and increased activity of the middle frontal and inferior parietal in response scenes from on-line games, relative to healthy comparison subjects. Improvement in perceived family cohesion following 3 weeks of treatment was associated with an increase in the activity of the caudate nucleus in response to affection stimuli and was inversely correlated with changes in on-line game playing time. With evidence of brain activation changes in response to on-line game playing cues and images depicting parental love, the present findings suggest that family cohesion may be an important factor in the treatment of problematic on-line game playing. PMID:22698763

  20. Oxidation of CoO into Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} in CoO-ZrO{sub 2}(CaO) and Co{sub 1{minus}x}Ni{sub x}O-ZrO{sub 2}(CaO) lamellar eutectic structures

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    Lafleurielle, M.; Dhalenne, G.; Millot, F.; Revcolevschi, A.

    1995-09-01

    Unidirectional solidification experiments were carried out at the eutectic composition of the systems CoO-ZrO{sub 2}(CaO) and Co{sub 1{minus}x}Ni{sub x}O-ZrO{sub 2}(CaO) yielding materials made of regularly aligned lamellar structures. These eutectic samples were submitted to a high temperature chemical oxidation treatment under oxygen, in conditions where CoO should be oxidized into Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}. The study of partially oxidized samples shows that Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} is formed by two mechanisms which are presented together with the corresponding kinetics.

  1. Geological control of canopy structure and function in Panamanian forests as identified by CAO-AToMS

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    Higgins, M.; Asner, G. P.; Martin, R. E.; Knapp, D. E.

    2012-12-01

    Geological formations and their edaphic properties are known to control plant species composition in tropical forests. It has been speculated that these edaphic and compositional patterns might also be translated into functional patterns, but this has been difficult to test due to a lack of broad-scale but detailed canopy structural and functional data. Here we use the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System (AToMS), which combines a 480-band visible-to-shortwave imaging spectrometer (VSWIR) with dual waveform LiDAR, to generate ultra-high resolution data on geomorphology, canopy structure, and canopy chemistry for forests in the vicinity of the Panama Canal. Using these remotely-sensed data, in conjunction with field data on soils and plant species composition, we demonstrate that geological formations regulate forest structure and chemistry in these forests via changes in soils and plant species composition. These chemical properties, moreover, correspond to canopy functional properties including photosynthetic investment and anti-herbivore defenses. Together, our findings indicate that forest canopy structure and function in these forests are an expression their geological history, over which variations due to contemporary variables such as climate are overlaid.

  2. Genetic variants of Cao Bang hantavirus in the Chinese mole shrew (Anourosorex squamipes) and Taiwanese mole shrew (Anourosorex yamashinai).

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    Gu, Se Hun; Arai, Satoru; Yu, Hon-Tsen; Lim, Burton K; Kang, Hae Ji; Yanagihara, Richard

    2016-06-01

    To determine the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of Cao Bang virus (CBNV) and to ascertain the existence of CBNV-related hantaviruses, natural history collections of archival tissues from Chinese mole shrews (Anourosorex squamipes) and Taiwanese mole shrews (Anourosorex yamashinai), captured in Guizho Province, People's Republic of China, and in Nantou County, Taiwan, in 2006 and 1989, respectively, were analyzed for hantavirus RNA by RT-PCR. Pair-wise alignment and comparison of the S-, M- and L-segment sequences indicated CBNV in two of five Chinese mole shrews and a previously unrecognized hantavirus, named Xinyi virus (XYIV), in seven of 15 Taiwanese mole shrews. XYIV was closely related to CBNV in Vietnam and China, as well as to Lianghe virus (LHEV), recently reported as a distinct hantavirus species in Chinese mole shrews from Yunnan Province in China. Phylogenetic analyses, using maximum-likelihood and Bayesian methods, showed that XYIV shared a common ancestry with CBNV and LHEV, in keeping with the evolutionary relationship between Anourosorex mole shrews. Until such time that tissue culture isolates of CBNV, LHEV and XYIV can be fully analyzed, XYIV and LHEV should be regarded as genetic variants, or genotypes, of CBNV. PMID:26921799

  3. Dielectric properties of (CuO, CaO2, and BaO)y/CuTl-1223 composites

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    Mumtaz, M.; Kamran, M.; Nadeem, K.; Jabbar, Abdul; Khan, Nawazish A.; Saleem, Abida; Tajammul Hussain, S.; Kamran, M.

    2013-07-01

    We synthesized (CuO, CaO2, and BaO)y/Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? (y = 0, 5%, 10%, 15%) composites by solid-state reaction and characterized them by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, dc-resistivity, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Frequency and temperature dependent dielectric properties, such as real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and ac-conductivity of these composites were studied by capacitance and conductance measurements as a function of frequency (10 kHz to 10 MHz) and temperature (78 to 300 K). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the characteristic behavior of the superconductor phase and the structure of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? are nearly undisturbed by doping with nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy images show the improvement in the intergranular linking between the superconducting grains occurring with increasing nanoparticle concentration. Microcracks are healed up with these nanoparticles, and superconducting volume fraction is also increased. Dielectric properties of these composites strongly depend on the frequency and temperature. Zero resistivity critical temperature and dielectric properties show opposite trends with the addition of nanoparticles to the Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? superconductor matrix.

  4. On-line single-particle analysis of multicomponent aerosols

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    Ge, Zhaozhu

    1998-06-01

    Understanding the properties of atmospheric aerosols is crucial to solving problems related to climate and human health. Conventionally. an aerosol sample is collected prior to chemical analysis. Possible contamination and chemical reactions during the collection and preparation processes may lead to inaccurate results from actually how the aerosol particles exist in the atmosphere. An on- line technique (Rapid Single-particle Mass Spectrometry, RSMS) is thus presented to sample aerosol particles directly from air, and to analyze the chemical composition of individual particle with laser desorption/ionization. In this work, RSMS was employed to analyze the surface chemical composition of aerosol particles resulted from crystallization and deliquescence, thus the mechanism for such processes can be inferred. In general the experimental results are consistent with the thermodynamic analyses. For certain complicated systems, such as (NH4)2SO4/NH4NO3 mixtures, uncertainties still remain and are discussed. Laser desorption/ionization characteristics of single ultrafine multicomponent aerosols have been investigated. The ability of laser desorption/ionization to detect several atmospheric relevant compounds is studied. The application of laser desorption/ionization to measuring atmospheric ultrafine aerosols is also discussed. In the current instrumental setup of RSMS, light scattering is used to detect aerosol particles in-flight before being ablated by an excimer laser. An alternative detection method is proposed which utilizes the electrostatic charge property of aerosol particles. Detection mechanism, the corresponding theory, and the details of instrumentation are presented. An extended Kohler theory incorporating the surface fixed charge effect is presented to study the activation of particles composed of insoluble carbonaceous material in cloud. Surfaces of most such particles obtain a fixed charge in water, and form a Debye layer near the particle surface which reduces water activity. A comparison of the theoretical predictions with reported experimental results is given.

  5. On-line estimation of laser weld penetration.

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    Tu, J. F.; Lankalapalli, K. N.; Gartner, M.; Leong, K. H.; Technology Development; Purdue Univ.; FANUC Robotics North American, Inc.; Ford Motor Co.

    1997-12-01

    High-power CO{sub 2} laser welding has been widely used in the industry because of its high productivity and excellent weld quality. In order to tap the potential of this process completely, it is important to have on-line weld quality inspection methods to improve the process productivity and reliability by achieving 100 percent weld inspection. Weld penetration is one of the most important factors critical to the quality of a laser weld. However, it is very difficult to directly measure the extent of penetration without sectioning the workpiece. In this paper a model-based penetration depth estimation technique suitable for the production environment is developed. The proposed model relates the temperature measured on the bottom surface of the workpiece, weld bead width, laser beam power and welding speed to penetration depth. The closed-loop depth estimator combines the model and a model-error compensator to compensate for the uncertainty in the measurement of the laser power and absorptivity. Other effects considered are the averaging due to the finite size of the sensor, delay based on the sensor location and the process and sensor dynamics. Several bead-on-plate and butt welds were made on low carbon steel plates to validate the static process models and the depth estimation scheme. Temperatures on the bottom surface of the workpiece during welding were measured using infrared thermocouples. The welds were sectioned longitudinally to obtain the penetration profile. The penetration profiles estimated by the depth estimator matched satisfactorily with the measured penetration profiles. The results validate the capability of the proposed depth estimator to estimate penetration depth and its ability to trace the dynamic changes in penetration depth.

  6. On-Line Resources for Teaching Geoscience with Visualization

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    Hall, M.; Manduca, C. A.; Mogk, D. W.; Slotta, J.; Tversky, B.; Crabaugh, J.

    2004-12-01

    Understanding the Earth, its processes, and its evolution through time lies at the heart of geoscience. Geoscientists rely heavily on visualizations of changes in the earth in time and space to develop their understanding of Earth systems and processes. Thus visualizations that help researchers and students develop and use their own mental images are an important aspect of geoscience education. In winter 2004, a NAGT "On the Cutting Edge" workshop addressed the question "How do we teach geoscience with visualizations effectively?" The workshop convened geoscientists who are leaders in using visualizations in their teaching, learning scientists who study how we perceive and learn from visualizations, and creators of visualizations and visualization tools. Workshop participants brought expertise in understanding the cognitive processes of learning with visualizations, the classroom experience of teaching geoscience with visualizations, and the knowledge drawn from creating visualizations to convey conceptual ideas and display data. Based on this confluence of expertise, a set of design principles for effective visualizations was created. Participants recommended research directions on how geoscientists use visualizations in their thinking, on student perceptions of standard visualizations, and on the relationships between visualizations and student learning in the geosciences. A particularly interesting line of discussion was the use of student drawing in teaching. A large number of on-line resources to assist faculty in creating and using visualizations resulted from the workshop http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/visualize04/index.html.. These include 1) a collection of visualizations for teaching organized by topic; 2) design principles for creating effective visualizations; 3) information on tools for creating visualizations; 4) essays, references and websites describing research on learning with visualizations; 5) summaries of workshop discussions.

  7. Worldwide On-line Distance Learning University Astronomy

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    Eyres, S. P. S.; Hassall, B. J. M.; Butchart, I.; Bromage, G. E.

    2006-08-01

    The University of Central Lancashire operates a suite of distance learning courses in Astronomy, available both on-line and via CD-ROM. The courses are available worldwide, and emphasise flexibility of study. To this end students can study anything from a single module (1/6^th of a full year at degree level) all the way up to an entire degree entirely by distance learning. Study rates vary from one to four modules each year, and students can move on to Level 2 modules (equivalent to second year level in a UK degree) before completing the full set of Level 1 modules. Over 1000 awards have been made to date. The core syllabus is Astronomy and Cosmology at Level 1, alongside skills in literature research, using computers, and basic observing. We also offer a basic history of European astronomy. At Level 2 we look at the astrophysics of the Sun, the stars, and galaxies including the Milky Way. By Level 3 students are expected to engage in a large individual project, and a collaborative investigation with other students, alongside high-level courses in cosmology, relativity, extreme states of matter and the origins of the elements, life and astronomical objects. While many students are retired people looking to exercise their brains, keen amateur amateurs or professionals with disposable incomes, and significant fraction are teachers seeking to improve their subject knowledge or high school students gaining an edge in the UK University entrance competition. Via our involvement with SALT we offer our courses to members of previously disadvantaged communities. This leads to an incredibly diverse and lively student body.

  8. On-line, adaptive state estimator for active noise control

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    Lim, Tae W.

    1994-01-01

    Dynamic characteristics of airframe structures are expected to vary as aircraft flight conditions change. Accurate knowledge of the changing dynamic characteristics is crucial to enhancing the performance of the active noise control system using feedback control. This research investigates the development of an adaptive, on-line state estimator using a neural network concept to conduct active noise control. In this research, an algorithm has been developed that can be used to estimate displacement and velocity responses at any locations on the structure from a limited number of acceleration measurements and input force information. The algorithm employs band-pass filters to extract from the measurement signal the frequency contents corresponding to a desired mode. The filtered signal is then used to train a neural network which consists of a linear neuron with three weights. The structure of the neural network is designed as simple as possible to increase the sampling frequency as much as possible. The weights obtained through neural network training are then used to construct the transfer function of a mode in z-domain and to identify modal properties of each mode. By using the identified transfer function and interpolating the mode shape obtained at sensor locations, the displacement and velocity responses are estimated with reasonable accuracy at any locations on the structure. The accuracy of the response estimates depends on the number of modes incorporated in the estimates and the number of sensors employed to conduct mode shape interpolation. Computer simulation demonstrates that the algorithm is capable of adapting to the varying dynamic characteristics of structural properties. Experimental implementation of the algorithm on a DSP (digital signal processing) board for a plate structure is underway. The algorithm is expected to reach the sampling frequency range of about 10 kHz to 20 kHz which needs to be maintained for a typical active noise control application.

  9. The Eclipsing Binary On-Line Atlas (EBOLA)

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    Bradstreet, D. H.; Steelman, D. P.; Sanders, S. J.; Hargis, J. R.

    2004-05-01

    In conjunction with the upcoming release of \\it Binary Maker 3.0, an extensive on-line database of eclipsing binaries is being made available. The purposes of the atlas are: \\begin {enumerate} Allow quick and easy access to information on published eclipsing binaries. Amass a consistent database of light and radial velocity curve solutions to aid in solving new systems. Provide invaluable querying capabilities on all of the parameters of the systems so that informative research can be quickly accomplished on a multitude of published results. Aid observers in establishing new observing programs based upon stars needing new light and/or radial velocity curves. Encourage workers to submit their published results so that others may have easy access to their work. Provide a vast but easily accessible storehouse of information on eclipsing binaries to accelerate the process of understanding analysis techniques and current work in the field. \\end {enumerate} The database will eventually consist of all published eclipsing binaries with light curve solutions. The following information and data will be supplied whenever available for each binary: original light curves in all bandpasses, original radial velocity observations, light curve parameters, RA and Dec, V-magnitudes, spectral types, color indices, periods, binary type, 3D representation of the system near quadrature, plots of the original light curves and synthetic models, plots of the radial velocity observations with theoretical models, and \\it Binary Maker 3.0 data files (parameter, light curve, radial velocity). The pertinent references for each star are also given with hyperlinks directly to the papers via the NASA Abstract website for downloading, if available. In addition the Atlas has extensive searching options so that workers can specifically search for binaries with specific characteristics. The website has more than 150 systems already uploaded. The URL for the site is http://ebola.eastern.edu/.

  10. On-line combustion of samples for AMS and ion source developments at ORAU

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    Bronk Ramsey, C.; Humm, M. J.

    2000-10-01

    Each stage in the handling of radiocarbon samples provides an additional opportunity for contamination and increased cost. For large samples, graphitization is worthwhile since it allows precise AMS measurements to be made in a short time. Some samples, however, do not require high precision. These include small samples, for which high precision is impossible, and samples for which only an approximate date is required. In these cases, there is an advantage in burning the samples and then introducing the CO 2 directly into a gas ion source. ORAU has developed a system for performing on-line combustion, which is being tested for routine use. This paper presents the performance characteristics and explains the main design features. Such systems are expected to be useful for small samples in radiocarbon dating, the pre-screening of radiocarbon ages and in biomedical applications. The hybrid (graphite and CO 2) ion source at Oxford has also been upgraded to incorporate a 40-target sample changing mechanism. This can be used both for graphite samples and for the targets required for measurements on CO 2.

  11. Introducing ODL in Teacher Education--An On-Line Course on How To Create On-Line Learning Environments.

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    Ask, Bodil; Haugen, Harald

    This paper describes the online course, Pedagogy in Open Learning, offered by NITOL (Norwaynet with Information Technology for Open Learning). Target groups are teachers, developers, and providers of ODL (Open and Distance Learning). The main goal is to prepare a basis for development and applications of ODL material that uses ICT (Information and…

  12. A Compton imaging algorithm for on-line monitoring in hadron therapy

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    Gillam, J. E.; Lacasta, C.; Torres-Espallardo, I.; Candela Juan, C.; Llosá, G.; Solevi, P.; Barrio, J.; Rafecas, M.

    2011-03-01

    Hadron therapy, a subject of study by the ENVISION project, promises to provide enhanced accuracy in the treatment of cancer. The Bragg-peak, characteristic of the hadron-beam structure provides larger dose to the tumor while being able to spare surrounding tissue - even tissues in the beam-path, beyond the tumor-site. However, increased dose gradients require more precise treatment, as small beam misalignment can result in dose to healthy, often delicate, surrounding tissue. The requirement for accuracy necessitates imaging during therapy, yet the lack of a transmitted beam makes this difficult. The particulate beam interacts with the target material producing neutrons, positron emitting isotopes and a broad spectra of gamma radiation. Photons from positron-annihilation allow in-beam PET to provide on-line measurements of dose deposition during therapy. However, ib-PET suffers from low statistics and lost projections due to low sensitivity and detector constraints respectively. Instead, Compton imaging of gamma radiation is proposed to provide on-line monitoring for hadron therapy. Compton imaging suffers similarly from low statistics, especially, as is the case here, when incident energy is unknown. To surmount this problem, a method of Compton image reconstruction is proposed and tested using simulated data, which reconstructs incident energy along with the spatial variation in emission density. Through incident energy estimation, a larger range of measurements are available for image-reconstruction - greatly increasing the sensitivity of the system. It is shown in this preliminary study that, even with few statistics, a reasonable estimate of the beam path is calculable.

  13. On-line grammaticality judgments in French children and adults: a crosslinguistic perspective.

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    Kail, Michele

    2004-08-01

    This study examined the on-line processing of French sentences in a grammaticality judgment experiment. Three age groups of French children (mean age: 6 ; 8, 8 ; 6 and 10 ; 10 years) and a group of adults were asked to detect grammatical violations as quickly as possible. Three factors were studied: the violation type: agreement violations (number and gender) vs. word order violations; the violation position: early vs. late in the sentence; the target type of the violations: intra vs. interphrasal. An example of an early interphrasal verbal agreement violation follows: 'Chaque semaine la voisine remplissent le frigo après avoir fait les courses au marché' (Every week the neighbour fill the fridge after shopping at the market). The main developmental results were the following: not surprisingly, children were always slower than adults in the detection of grammatical violations. At each age level, morphological violations were more rapidly detected than word order violations. Each age group was faster at judging sentences with later occurring violations and the position effect was especially strong in the youngest groups. Finally, intraphrasal violations were more rapidly detected than interphrasal ones, this effect being observed only in the oldest groups (i.e. 10 ; 10 years and adults). The results were compared to previous on-line data obtained in modern Greek (Kail & Diakogiorgi, 1998) showing strong similarities, even though Greek is a very rich morphological language. These results are discussed within the framework of the Competition Model, outlining the necessity to incorporate new processing constraints into the model. PMID:15612396

  14. The effect of Al2O3, CaO, Cr2O3 and MgO on devitrification of silica

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    Zaplatynsky, Isidor

    1988-01-01

    The effect of doping on devitrification of vitreous silica was studied at 1100, 1200, and 1300 C. Dispersion of dopants on a molecular scale was accomplished via a sol-gel technique. All dopants accelerated the devitrification of silica but to different degrees. The most active was CaO followed by MgO, Al2O3, and Cr2O3. Pure silica and silica containing Cr2O3 and Al2O3 devitrified to alpha-cristobalite only, whereas silica doped with CaO and MgO produced alpha-quartz and alpha-cristobalite. It appears that prolonged heat treatment would cause alpha-quartz to transform to alpha-cristobalite.

  15. Quantitative evaluation of antibacterial activities of metallic oxide powders (ZnO, MgO and CaO) by conductimetric assay.

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    Sawai, J

    2003-08-01

    Antibacterial activities of metallic oxide (ZnO, MgO and CaO) powders against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli were quantitatively evaluated by measuring the change in electrical conductivity of the growth medium caused by bacterial metabolism (conductimetric assay). The obtained conductivity curves were analyzed using the growth inhibition kinetic model proposed by Takahashi for calorimetric evaluation, and the metallic oxides were determined for the antibacterial efficacy and kinetic parameters. The parameters provide some useful indicators for antimicrobial agents, such as the dependence of antibacterial activity on agent concentration, and the affinity between the agent and the bacterial cells. CaO was the most effective, followed by MgO and ZnO, against E. coli. On the other hand, ZnO was the most effective for S. aureus and was suggested to have a strong affinity to the cells of S. aureus. PMID:12782373

  16. Role of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO, MgO additives on structural and microstructural behavior of zirconia/mullite aggregates

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    Mishra, D. K.; Prusty, Sasmita; Mohapatra, B. K.; Singh, S. K.; Behera, S. N.

    2012-07-23

    Zirconia mullite (MUZ), Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MUZ, CaO-MUZ and MgO-MUZ composites, synthesized through plasma fusion technique, are becoming important due to their commercial scale of production within five minutes of plasma treatment from sillimanite, zircon and alumina mixture. The X-ray diffraction studies reveal the monoclinic zirconia phase in MUZ composite whereas mixed monoclinic, tetragonal and cubic phases of zirconia have been observed in Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO, MgO added MUZ composites. The Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CaO and MgO additives act as sintering aids to favour the transformation and stabilisation of tetragonal and cubic zirconia phases at room temperature. These additives also play a key role in the development of various forms of microstructure to achieve dense MUZ composites.

  17. End to end assembly of CaO and ZnO nanosheets to propeller-shaped architectures by orientation attachment approaches

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    Zhang, Yong; Liu, Fang

    2015-06-01

    Inspired by the agitation effect of propellers, heterogeneous propeller- shaped CaO/ZnO architectures were assembled in aqueous solution. Preferred nucleation and growth of CaO and ZnO nuclei resulted in their hexagonal nanosheets, and they were end to end combined into propeller-shaped architectures by oriented rotation and attachment reactions. When propeller-shaped CaO/ZnO product was used as solid base catalyst to synthesize biodiesel, a high biodiesel yield of 97.5% was achieved. The predominant exposure of active O2- on CaO(0 0 2) and ZnO(0 0 0 2) planes in propeller-shaped CaO/ZnO, led to good catalytic activity and high yield of biodiesel.

  18. The Vibrational Frequencies of CaO2, ScO2, and TiO2: A Comparison of Theoretical Methods

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    Rosi, Marzio; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Chertihin, George V.; Andrews, Lester; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    The vibrational frequencies of several states of CaO2, ScO2, and TiO2 are computed at using density functional theory (DFT), the Hatree-Fock approach, second order Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and the complete-active-space self-consistent-field theory. Three different functionals are used in the DFT calculations, including two hybrid functionals. The coupled cluster singles and doubles approach including the effect of unlinked triples, determined using perturbation theory, is applied to selected states. The Becke-Perdew 86 functional appears to be the cost effective method of choice, although even this functional does not perform well for one state of CaO2. The MP2 approach is significantly inferior to the DFT approaches.

  19. Preparation of CaO as OLED getter material through control of crystal growth of CaCO{sub 3} by block copolymers in aqueous solution

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    Park, Jae-Hyung; Oh, Seong-Geun

    2009-01-08

    As the starting materials of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) getter, calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) particles with various shapes and crystal structures have been successfully prepared with additives (L64 or PEGPG), which contain blocks of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO). These CaCO{sub 3} particles were calcinated into highly crystalline calcium oxide (CaO) nanoparticles with high capacity of water adsorption up to 14.23 wt.%. The CaCO{sub 3} and CaO particles prepared at various conditions were characterized using the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared microscopy (FT-IR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and dynamic vapor sorption (DVS) method.

  20. On-line damage detection in rotating machinery

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    Alkhalifa, Tareq Jawad

    This work is concerned with a set of techniques to detect internal defects in uniform circular discs (rotors). An internal defect is intentionally manufactured in stereolithographic discs by a rapid prototyping process using cured resin SL 5170 material. The analysis and results presented here are limited to a uniform circular disc, with internal defects, mounted on a uniform flexible circular shaft. The setup is comprised of a Bently Nevada rotor kit connected to a data acquisition system. The rotor consists of a disc and shaft that is supported by journal bearings and is coupled to a motor by a rubber joint. Damage produces localized changes in the strain energy, which is quantified to characterize the damage. Based on previous research, the Strain Energy Damage Index (SEDI) is utilized to localize the damage due to strain energy differences between damaged and undamaged modes. To accomplish the objective, this work covers three types of analysis: finite element analysis, vibration analysis, and experimental modal analysis. Finite element analysis (using SDRC Ideas software) is performed to develop a multi-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) rotor system with internal damage, and its dynamic characteristics are investigated. The analysis is performed for two different types damage cases: radial damage and circular damage. Parametric study for radial damage and random noise to undamaged disc have been investigated to predict the effect of noise in the damage detection. The developed on-line damage detection technique for rotating equipment incorporates and couples both vibration analysis and experimental modal analysis. The dynamic investigation of the rotating discs (with and without defect) is conducted by vibration signal analysis (using proximity sensors, data acquisition and LabView). The vibration analysis provides a unique vibration signature for the damaged disc, which indicates the existence of the damage. The vibration data are acquired at different running speeds (1000, 2500, 5000 rpm). Then the dynamic investigation of non-rotating discs (with and without defect) is conducted by experimental modal analysis (using STAR software). While the vibration analysis detects and indicates the existence of damage while the disc is rotating, experimental modal analysis (using STAR and MATLAB software) provides the localization of damage through the modal parameters for a non-rotating disc. Both of the experimental diagnostic algorithms are based on measurement of the dynamic behavior of the damaged disc. The results are compared with the reference, or baseline, one, obtained initially for an undamaged disc. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  1. On-line Geoscience Data Resources for Today's Undergraduates

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    Goodwillie, A. M.; Ryan, W.; Carbotte, S.; Melkonian, A.; Coplan, J.; Arko, R.; O'Hara, S.; Ferrini, V.; Leung, A.; Bonckzowski, J.

    2008-12-01

    Broadening the experience of undergraduates can be achieved by enabling free, unrestricted and convenient access to real scientific data. With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) (http://www.marine-geo.org/) serves as the integrated data portal for various NSF-funded projects and provides free public access and preservation to a wide variety of marine and terrestrial data including rock, fluid, biology and sediment samples information, underway geophysical data and multibeam bathymetry, water column and multi-channel seismics data. Users can easily view the locations of cruise tracks, sample and station locations against a backdrop of a multi-resolution global digital elevation model. A Search For Data web page rapidly extracts data holdings from the database and can be filtered on data and device type, field program ID, investigator name, geographical and date bounds. The data access experience is boosted by the MGDS use of standardised OGC-compliant Web Services to support uniform programmatic interfaces. GeoMapApp (http://www.geomapapp.org/), a free MGDS data visualization tool, supports map-based dynamic exploration of a broad suite of geosciences data. Built-in land and marine data sets include tectonic plate boundary compilations, DSDP/ODP core logs, earthquake events, seafloor photos, and submersible dive tracks. Seamless links take users to data held by external partner repositories including PetDB, UNAVCO, IRIS and NGDC. Users can generate custom maps and grids and import their own data sets and grids. A set of short, video-style on-line tutorials familiarises users step- by-step with GeoMapApp functionality (http://www.geomapapp.org/tutorials/). Virtual Ocean (http://www.virtualocean.org/) combines the functionality of GeoMapApp with a 3-D earth browser built using the NASA WorldWind API for a powerful new data resource. MGDS education involvement (http://www.marine-geo.org/, go to Education tab) includes the searchable Media Bank of images and video; KML files for viewing several MGDS data sets in Google Earth (tm); support in developing undergraduate- level teaching modules using NSF-MARGINS data. Examples of many of these data sets will be shown.

  2. The role of temperature on Cr(VI) formation and reduction during heating of chromium-containing sludge in the presence of CaO.

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    Mao, Linqiang; Gao, Bingying; Deng, Ning; Zhai, Jianping; Zhao, Yongbin; Li, Qin; Cui, Hao

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the temperature dependence of Cr(VI) formation and reduction in the presence of CaO was examined during the thermal treatment of sludge that contains chromium. thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffractometry were used to characterize the thermal behavior and phase transformation, respectively. Na2CO3 leaching procedure was employed to determine the amount of Cr(VI). The result showed that CaO promoted Cr(III) oxidation, however, its influence is very dependent on heating temperature, with the extent of the effect varying with temperature. From 200-400 C, the presence of CaO facilitated formation of intermediate product Cr2O3+x containing Cr(VI) during dehydration of chromium hydrate, while Cr2O3+x would decompose as temperature over 400 C, accompanied by part of Cr(VI) being reduced to Cr(III). From 500 to 900 C, Cr(III) reacted with CaO to form a leachable CaCrO4 product. This product was stable and a prolonged heating time did not reduce the amount of Cr(VI) significantly. At 1000-1200 C, part of CaCrO4 was reduced to Ca(CrO2)2 in 1h. While extended heating time above 1h resulted in the Ca(CrO2)2 being oxidized reversibly to CaCrO4 at 1200 C. Since CaCrO4 is thermodynamically less stable over 1000 C, MgO could induce CaCrO4 to be reduced into MgCr2O4 at around 900 C, lower than that for the reduction from CaCrO4 into Ca(CrO2)2. It suggested that adding MgO might be a potential approach for inhibiting Cr(VI) formation during heating sludge containing chromium. PMID:26072117

  3. CaO insulator coatings and self-healing of defects on V-Cr-Ti alloys in liquid lithium system

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    Park, J.H.; Kassner, T.F.

    1995-09-01

    Electrically insulating and corrosion-resistant coatings are required at the liquid metal/structural interface in fusion first-wall/blanket applications. Electrical resistance of CaO coatings that were produced on V-5%Cr-5%Ti by exposure of the alloy to liquid Li containing 0.5-85 wt.% dissolved Ca was measured as a function of time at temperatures between 250 and 600{degrees}C. The solute element, Ca in liquid Li, reacted with the alloy substrate at 400-420{degrees}C to produce a CaO coating. Resistance of the coating layer measured in-situ in liquid Li was {approx}10{sup 6} {Omega} at 400{degrees}C. Thermal cycling between 300 and 700{degrees}C changed the coating layer resistance, which followed insulator behavior. These results suggest that thin homogeneous coatings can be produced on variously shaped surfaces by controlling the exposure time, temperature, and composition of the liquid metal. The technique can be applied to various shapes (e.g., inside/outside of tubes, complex geometrical shapes) because the coating is formed by liquid-phase reaction. Examination of the specimens after cooling to room temperature revealed no spallation, but homogeneous crazing cracks were present in the CaO coating. Additional tests to investigate the in-situ self-healing behavior of the cracks indicated that rapid healing occurred at {>=}360{degrees}C.

  4. Oxidation Studies of SiAlON/MgAlON Ceramics with Fe2O3 and CaO Impurities, Part I: Kinetics

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    Li, Peng; Zhang, Mei; Teng, Lidong; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2013-02-01

    T he oxidation behaviors of composites SiAlON/MgAlON phases (β-SiAlON, 15R-SiAlON and MgAlON) synthesized from the residue during the leaching treatment of salt cake and corresponding synthetic samples were investigated in air by thermogravimetric measurements. Combined kinetics, viz. linear law + arctan law + parabolic law, are used to describe the kinetics of oxidation in isothermal mode. The oxidation studies reveal the effects of impurities, namely, Fe2O3 and CaO, present in the salt cake residue. The addition of Fe2O3 results in a lower activation energy and more aggressive oxidation. The addition of CaO caused the shrinkage during the synthesis and liquid formation during the oxidation above 1673 K (1400 °C). The impurities of CaO and Fe2O3 in the leaching residue can result in an aggressive oxidation at low temperature and a protective oxidation at temperatures above the eutectic point.

  5. Impact of Parkinson's disease on proprioceptively based on-line movement control.

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    Mongeon, David; Blanchet, Pierre; Bergeron, Stéphanie; Messier, Julie

    2015-09-01

    Evidence suggests that Parkinson's disease (PD) patients produce large spatial errors when reaching to proprioceptively defined targets. Here, we examined whether these movement inaccuracies result mainly from impaired use of proprioceptive inputs for movement planning mechanisms or from on-line movement guidance. Medicated and non-medicated PD patients and healthy controls performed three-dimensional reaching movements in four sensorimotor conditions that increase proprioceptive processing requirements. We assessed the influence of these sensorimotor conditions on the final accuracy and initial kinematics of the movements. If the patterns of final errors are primarily determined by planning processes before the initiation of the movement, the initial kinematics of reaching movements should show similar trends and predict the pattern of final errors. Medicated and non-medicated PD patients showed a greater mean level of final 3D errors than healthy controls when proprioception was the sole source of information guiding the movement, but this difference reached significance only for medicated PD patients. However, the pattern of initial kinematics and final spatial errors were markedly different both between sensorimotor conditions and between groups. Furthermore, medicated and non-medicated PD patients were less efficient than healthy controls in compensating for their initial spatial errors (hand distance from target location at peak velocity) when aiming at proprioceptively defined compared to visually defined targets. Considered together, the results are consistent with a selective deficit in proprioceptively based movement guidance in PD. Furthermore, dopaminergic medication did not improve proprioceptively guided movements in PD patients, indicating that dopaminergic dysfunction within the basal ganglia is not solely responsible for these deficits. PMID:26055990

  6. Mapping the geographic distribution of canopy species communities in lowland Amazon rainforest with CAO-AToMS (Invited)

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    Feret, J.; Asner, G. P.

    2013-12-01

    Mapping regional canopy diversity will greatly advance our understanding as well as the conservation of tropical rainforests. Changes in species composition across space and time are particularly important to understand the influence of climate, human activity and environmental factors on these ecosystems, but to date such monitoring is extremely challenging and is facing a scale gap between small-scale, highly detailed field studies and large-scale, low-resolution satellite observations. Advances were recently made in the field of spectroscopic imagery for the estimation of canopy alpha-diversity, and an original approach based on the segmentation of the spectral space proved its ability to estimate Shannon diversity index with unprecedented accuracy. We adapted this method in order to estimate spectral dissimilarity across landscape as a proxy for changes in species composition. We applied this approach and mapped species composition over four sites located in lowland rainforest of Peruvian Amazon. This study was based on spectroscopic imagery acquired using the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System (AToMS), operating a unique sensor combining the fine spectral and spatial resolution required for such task. We obtained accurate estimation of Bray-Curtis distance between pairs of plots, which is the most commonly used metric to estimate dissimilarity in species composition (n=497 pairs, r=0.63). The maps of species composition were then compared to topo-hydrographic properties. Our results indicated a strong shift in species composition and community diversity between floodplain and terra firme terrain conditions as well as a significantly higher diversity of species communities within Amazonian floodplains. These results pave the way for global mapping of tropical canopy diversity at fine geographic resolution.

  7. Sleeping tree selection of Cao Vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus) living in degraded karst forest in Bangliang, Jingxi, China.

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    Fei, Han-Lan; Scott, Matthew B; Zhang, Wen; Ma, Chang-Yong; Xiang, Zuo-Fu; Fan, Peng-Fei

    2012-11-01

    We studied the sleep-related behavior of two Cao Vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus) groups in Bangliang Nature Reserve in Jingxi County, China between January 2008 and December 2009 to test four hypotheses related to sleeping tree selection (predation avoidance, thermoregulation, food access, and range defense). Gibbons entered sleeping trees 88 ± SD 37 min before sunset before their main potential nocturnal predator become active. They usually moved rapidly and straight to sleeping trees and kept silent once settled. Over the course of the study, gibbon groups used many (87 and 57 per group) sleeping trees and reused them irregularly. They also tended to sleep in relatively tall trees without lianas, choosing small branches close to the treetop. These behaviors would make it difficult for potential terrestrial predators to detect and approach the gibbons. Therefore, these results strongly support the predation avoidance hypothesis. Gibbons tended to sleep closer to ridges than to valley bottoms and they did not sleep at lower elevations in colder months. They thus appeared not to select sleeping trees to minimize thermoregulatory stress. Gibbons very rarely slept in feeding trees, instead generally sleeping more than 100 m away from the last feeding trees of the day or the first feeding tree of the next morning. These patterns led us to reject the food access hypothesis. Lastly, we did not find evidence to support the range defense hypothesis because gibbons did not sleep in overlap areas with neighbors more often than expected based on the proportion of overlap and exclusively used areas. PMID:22767325

  8. Targeting intracellular targets.

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    Panyam, Jayanth; Labhasetwar, Vinod

    2004-07-01

    Many therapeutic agents have intracellular compartments as their site of action. Targeted delivery of these agents to their specific intracellular targets could result in enhanced therapeutic efficacy and reduced toxicity. Various carriers have been shown useful in targeted delivery of different classes of therapeutic agents. Among these carriers, biodegradable nanoparticles formulated from biocompatible polymers poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and polylactide (PLA) have shown the potential for sustained intracellular delivery of different therapeutic agents. In this review, we discuss different intracellular targets, barriers to intracellular delivery, mechanism and pathways of intracellular delivery, and various carriers and approaches that have been investigated for intracellular drug delivery. PMID:16305387

  9. Accurate on line measurements of low fluences of charged particles

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    Palla, L.; Czelusniak, C.; Taccetti, F.; Carraresi, L.; Castelli, L.; Fedi, M. E.; Giuntini, L.; Maurenzig, P. R.; Sottili, L.; Taccetti, N.

    2015-03-01

    Ion beams supplied by the 3MV Tandem accelerator of LABEC laboratory (INFN-Firenze), have been used to study the feasibility of irradiating materials with ion fluences reproducible to about 1%. Test measurements have been made with 7.5 MeV 7Li2+ beams of different intensities. The fluence control is based on counting ions contained in short bursts generated by chopping the continuous beam with an electrostatic deflector followed by a couple of adjustable slits. Ions are counted by means of a micro-channel plate (MCP) detecting the electrons emitted from a thin layer of Al inserted along the beam path in between the pulse defining slits and the target. Calibration of the MCP electron detector is obtained by comparison with the response of a Si detector.

  10. Molecularly imprinted monolith coupled on-line with high performance liquid chromatography for simultaneous quantitative determination of cyromazine and melamine.

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    Wang, Shanshan; Li, Daomin; Hua, Zhendong; Zhao, Meiping

    2011-09-21

    We report a novel method for simultaneous determination of cyromazine and melamine based on a molecularly imprinted monolith on-line coupled with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The imprinted monolith was prepared by in situ polymerization using 2,4-diamino-6-undecyl-1,3,5-triazine (DAUTA) as a mimic template. Due to the better solubility of DAUTA in chloroform, hydrogen bonds were effectively developed between the template and the functional monomer and resulted in the formation of highly specific cavities in the obtained imprinted monolith. With methanol as the loading solvent, cyromazine and melamine were both selectively retained by the obtained imprinted monolith, while the nonspecific adsorption on the non-imprinted monolith was negligible. The imprinted monolithic column was on-line coupled with HPLC for purification and concentration of the two analytes from milk samples. To minimize the peak broadening during the on-line transfer of the analytes from the imprinted monolith to the following analytical column, a successive desorption program was developed for the elution step, which enabled on-line stacking of the target compounds before being analyzed by HPLC. Low detection limits of 0.12 μg mL(-1) for melamine and 0.05 μg mL(-1) for cyromazine were achieved with only 0.3 mL of milk sample and a low sensitivity HPLC-UVD instrument. The method may be further extended to detect other analytes of interest in a large variety of samples. PMID:21785799

  11. BUILDING ROBUST APPEARANCE MODELS USING ON-LINE FEATURE SELECTION

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    PORTER, REID B.; LOVELAND, ROHAN; ROSTEN, ED

    2007-01-29

    In many tracking applications, adapting the target appearance model over time can improve performance. This approach is most popular in high frame rate video applications where latent variables, related to the objects appearance (e.g., orientation and pose), vary slowly from one frame to the next. In these cases the appearance model and the tracking system are tightly integrated, and latent variables are often included as part of the tracking system's dynamic model. In this paper we describe our efforts to track cars in low frame rate data (1 frame/second) acquired from a highly unstable airborne platform. Due to the low frame rate, and poor image quality, the appearance of a particular vehicle varies greatly from one frame to the next. This leads us to a different problem: how can we build the best appearance model from all instances of a vehicle we have seen so far. The best appearance model should maximize the future performance of the tracking system, and maximize the chances of reacquiring the vehicle once it leaves the field of view. We propose an online feature selection approach to this problem and investigate the performance and computational trade-offs with a real-world dataset.

  12. Developing Effective Continuous On-Line Monitoring Technologies to Manage Service Degradation of Nuclear Power Plants

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    Meyer, Ryan M.; Ramuhalli, Pradeep; Bond, Leonard J.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.

    2011-09-30

    Recently, there has been increased interest in using prognostics (i.e, remaining useful life (RUL) prediction) for managing and mitigating aging effects in service-degraded passive nuclear power reactor components. A vital part of this philosophy is the development of tools for detecting and monitoring service-induced degradation. Experience with in-service degradation has shown that rapidly-growing cracks, including several varieties of stress corrosion cracks (SCCs), can grow through a pipe in less than one fuel outage cycle after they initiate. Periodic inspection has limited effectiveness at detecting and managing such degradation requiring a more versatile monitoring philosophy. Acoustic emission testing (AET) and guided wave ultrasonic testing (GUT) are related technologies with potential for on-line monitoring applications. However, harsh operating conditions within NPPs inhibit the widespread implementation of both technologies. For AET, another hurdle is the attenuation of passive degradation signals as they travel though large components, relegating AET to targeted applications. GUT is further hindered by the complexity of GUT signatures limiting its application to the inspection of simple components. The development of sensors that are robust and inexpensive is key to expanding the use of AET and GUT for degradation monitoring in NPPs and improving overall effectiveness. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of AET and GUT in NPPs can be enhanced through thoughtful application of tandem AET-GUT techniques.

  13. Automated dynamic sampling system for the on-line monitoring of biogenic emissions from living organisms.

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    Vercammen, J; Pham-Tuan, H; Sandra, P

    2001-09-28

    An automated system for continuous on-line monitoring of biogenic emissions is presented. The system is designed in such a way that volatiles, emitted as reaction to biotic or abiotic stress, can be unequivocally elucidated. Two identical sampling units, named target and reference bulb, are therefore incorporated into the system and consecutively analyzed in monitoring experiments. A number of precautions were considered during these experiments to avoid the application of unwanted stress onto both organisms. Firstly, the system is constructed in such a way that both bulbs are continuously flushed, i.e. before, during and after analysis, with high purity air to avoid any accumulation of emitted volatiles. Moreover, the air is pre-humidified by bubbling it through water to sustain the biological samples for longer periods in the in vitro environment. Sorptive enrichment on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was used to trap the headspace volatiles. The hydrophobic nature of this material permitted easy removal of trapped moisture by direct flushing of the sampling cartridge with dry air before desorption. The system was used to monitor the emissions from in vitro mechanically wounded ivy (Hedera helix) and of in vitro grown tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) upon cotton leafworm (Spodoptera littoralis) feeding. Differences in light and dark floral emissions of jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) were also studied. PMID:11681578

  14. On-Line Microbial Whole Effluent Toxicity Monitoring for Industrial Wastewater

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    Mathews, S; Hoppes, W; Mascetti, M; Campbell, C G

    2002-09-17

    In this study a respirometer is tested for its ability to act as an early upset warning device and whole effluent toxicity monitor for industrial discharge. Industrial discharge water quality is commonly evaluated by comparing measured chemical concentrations to target values or regulatory limits established by governmental agencies. Unless the regulatory values are based upon empirical data, the actual effect of the discharge on aquatic systems is unknown. At the same time assessing the environmental toxicology of wastewater discharges is complicated by synergistic relationships among chemical constituents producing greater total toxicity. For example, metals may be more toxic in waters with low total hardness or more soluble at lower pH. An alternative approach that we are investigating is whole effluent toxicity testing. This study investigates the measurement of whole effluent toxicity through an on-line respirometer that measures toxicity to microorganisms comprising activated sludge. In this approach the oxygen uptake rate is monitored and used as an indicator of microbial activity or health. This study investigates the use of an online whole effluent toxicity testing system to provide early upset warning and the consistency of measured response to low pH. Repeated exposure of the microorganisms to low pH results in reduced sensitivity of the microbial population. We investigate whether this reduction in sensitivity results from physiological acclimation or changes in species composition. We identify promising applications, where, with proper calibration, respirometry based toxicity monitoring appear to be well suited for relative comparisons of whole effluent toxicity.

  15. Limits on Line Bisector Variability for Stars with Extrasolar Planets

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    Povich, M. S.; Giampapa, M. S.; Valenti, J. A.; Tilleman, T.; Barden, S.; Deming, D.; Livingston, W. C.; Pilachowski, C.

    2000-01-01

    We present an analysis of high-resolution synoptic spectra of ten F- and G-type stars, seven of which exhibit periodic radial velocity variations due to the presence of one or more substellar companions. We searched for subtle periodic variations in photospheric line asymmetry, as characterized by line bisectors. In principle, periodic variations in line asymmetry observed at lower spectral resolution could mimic the radial velocity signature of a companion, but we find no significant evidence of such behavior in our data. Observations were obtained from 1998 March to 1999 February using the National Solar Observatory (NSO) 1.52-m McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Facility on Kitt Peak in conjunction with the solar-stellar spectrograph, achieving a resolving power of 1.2x10(exp5). To characterize line asymmetry, we first measured line bisectors for the unblended Fe I photospheric line at 625.26 nm. To improve sensitivity to small fluctuations, we then combined points in each bisector to form a velocity displacement with respect to the line core. We searched for periodic variations in this displacement, finding no substantial difference between stars with substellar companions and those without reported companions. We find no correlation between bisector velocity displacement and the known orbital phase of substellar companions around our target stars. Simulations of a periodic signal with noise levels that mimic our measurement errors suggest that we can exclude bisector variations with amplitudes greater than about 20 m/s. These results support the conclusion that extrasolar planets best explain the observed periodic variations in radial velocity.

  16. Resonance ionization laser ion sources for on-line isotope separators (invited)

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    Marsh, B. A.

    2014-02-15

    A Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source (RILIS) is today considered an essential component of the majority of Isotope Separator On Line (ISOL) facilities; there are seven laser ion sources currently operational at ISOL facilities worldwide and several more are under development. The ionization mechanism is a highly element selective multi-step resonance photo-absorption process that requires a specifically tailored laser configuration for each chemical element. For some isotopes, isomer selective ionization may even be achieved by exploiting the differences in hyperfine structures of an atomic transition for different nuclear spin states. For many radioactive ion beam experiments, laser resonance ionization is the only means of achieving an acceptable level of beam purity without compromising isotope yield. Furthermore, by performing element selection at the location of the ion source, the propagation of unwanted radioactivity downstream of the target assembly is reduced. Whilst advances in laser technology have improved the performance and reliability of laser ion sources and broadened the range of suitable commercially available laser systems, many recent developments have focused rather on the laser/atom interaction region in the quest for increased selectivity and/or improved spectral resolution. Much of the progress in this area has been achieved by decoupling the laser ionization from competing ionization processes through the use of a laser/atom interaction region that is physically separated from the target chamber. A new application of gas catcher laser ion source technology promises to expand the capabilities of projectile fragmentation facilities through the conversion of otherwise discarded reaction fragments into high-purity low-energy ion beams. A summary of recent RILIS developments and the current status of laser ion sources worldwide is presented.

  17. Resonance ionization laser ion sources for on-line isotope separators (invited).

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    Marsh, B A

    2014-02-01

    A Resonance Ionization Laser Ion Source (RILIS) is today considered an essential component of the majority of Isotope Separator On Line (ISOL) facilities; there are seven laser ion sources currently operational at ISOL facilities worldwide and several more are under development. The ionization mechanism is a highly element selective multi-step resonance photo-absorption process that requires a specifically tailored laser configuration for each chemical element. For some isotopes, isomer selective ionization may even be achieved by exploiting the differences in hyperfine structures of an atomic transition for different nuclear spin states. For many radioactive ion beam experiments, laser resonance ionization is the only means of achieving an acceptable level of beam purity without compromising isotope yield. Furthermore, by performing element selection at the location of the ion source, the propagation of unwanted radioactivity downstream of the target assembly is reduced. Whilst advances in laser technology have improved the performance and reliability of laser ion sources and broadened the range of suitable commercially available laser systems, many recent developments have focused rather on the laser/atom interaction region in the quest for increased selectivity and/or improved spectral resolution. Much of the progress in this area has been achieved by decoupling the laser ionization from competing ionization processes through the use of a laser/atom interaction region that is physically separated from the target chamber. A new application of gas catcher laser ion source technology promises to expand the capabilities of projectile fragmentation facilities through the conversion of otherwise discarded reaction fragments into high-purity low-energy ion beams. A summary of recent RILIS developments and the current status of laser ion sources worldwide is presented. PMID:24593628

  18. A strategy for high-speed countercurrent chromatography purification of specific antioxidants from natural products based on on-line HPLC method with radical scavenging assay.

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    Inoue, Koichi; Baba, Erika; Hino, Tomoaki; Oka, Hisao

    2012-10-15

    We have proposed a novel and first strategy of high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC) purification for the efficient and effective discovery of antioxidant from natural product based on on-line HPLC method with radical scavenging assay. To achieve a strategy for HSCCC purification, the antioxidants in materials are identified by on-line HPLC with DPPH radical scavenging assay. Then, the optimal condition of target peaks would be investigated for the two-phase solvent system, and purified by HSCCC. In this study, the specific antioxidants in red cabbage, perilla and elderberry pigments were evaluated by on-line HPLC with DPPH radical scavenging assay, and purified by HSCCC technique. Specific antioxidants could be rapidly pinpointed in complex mixtures by on-line HPLC with DPPH radical scavenging assay. Then, the optimal two-phase solvent systems were investigated using these HPLC peaks. Finally, the purification of these nine antioxidants form three mixtures were performed by HSCCC. Using mass spectrometric analysis, these antioxidants were confirmed to cyanidin-based anthocyanin from red cabbage and elderberry pigments, and luteolin-based flavones from perrilla pigment. Due to the advantages derived from on-line HPLC with DPPH radical scavenging assay and HSCCC technique, a rapid, efficient and effective strategy has been developed for the discovery of antioxidants from natural products. PMID:23442686

  19. Effects of microstructure and CaO addition on the magnetic and mechanical properties of NiCuZn ferrites

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    Wang, Sea-Fue; Hsu, Yung-Fu; Liu, Yi-Xin; Hsieh, Chung-Kai

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the effects of grain size and the addition of CaCO3 on the magnetic and mechanical properties of Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics were investigated. The bending strength of the ferrites increased from 66 to 84 MPa as the grain size of the sintered ceramics decreased from 10.25 μm to 7.53 μm, while the change in hardness was insignificant. The addition of various amounts of CaCO3 densified the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramics at 1075 °C. In the pure Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic, second phase CuO was segregated at the grain boundaries. With the CaCO3 content ≥1.5 wt%, a small amount of discrete plate-like second phase Fe2CaO4 was observed, together with the disappearance of the second phase CuO. The grain size of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic dropped from 7.80 μm to 4.68 μm, and the grain size distribution widened as the CaCO3 content increased from 0 to 5 wt%. Initially rising to 807 after CaCO3 addition up to 2.0 wt%, due to a reduced grain size, the Vickers hardness began to drop as the CaCO3 content increased. The bending strength grew linearly with the CaCO3 content and reached twice the value for the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic with an addition of 5.0 wt% CaCO3. The initial permeability of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic decreased substantially from 402 to 103 as the addition of CaCO3 in ferrite increased from 0 to 5 wt%, and the quality factor of the Ni0.5Cu0.3Zn0.2Fe2O4 ceramic was maximized at 95 for 1.0 wt% CaCO3 addition.

  20. Hand interception of occluded motion in humans: a test of model-based vs. on-line control.

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    La Scaleia, Barbara; Zago, Myrka; Lacquaniti, Francesco

    2015-09-01

    Two control schemes have been hypothesized for the manual interception of fast visual targets. In the model-free on-line control, extrapolation of target motion is based on continuous visual information, without resorting to physical models. In the model-based control, instead, a prior model of target motion predicts the future spatiotemporal trajectory. To distinguish between the two hypotheses in the case of projectile motion, we asked participants to hit a ball that rolled down an incline at 0.2 g and then fell in air at 1 g along a parabola. By varying starting position, ball velocity and trajectory differed between trials. Motion on the incline was always visible, whereas parabolic motion was either visible or occluded. We found that participants were equally successful at hitting the falling ball in both visible and occluded conditions. Moreover, in different trials the intersection points were distributed along the parabolic trajectories of the ball, indicating that subjects were able to extrapolate an extended segment of the target trajectory. Remarkably, this trend was observed even at the very first repetition of movements. These results are consistent with the hypothesis of model-based control, but not with on-line control. Indeed, ball path and speed during the occlusion could not be extrapolated solely from the kinematic information obtained during the preceding visible phase. The only way to extrapolate ball motion correctly during the occlusion was to assume that the ball would fall under gravity and air drag when hidden from view. Such an assumption had to be derived from prior experience. PMID:26133803

  1. Report on On-Line Trial Test for Fourth-Grade Students -- May 2009

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    Verbic, Srdjan; Tomic, Boris; Kartal, Vesna

    2010-01-01

    On-line trial testing for fourth-grade students was an exploratory study realized as a part of the project "Developing annual test of students' achievement in Nature & Society" realized by Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation. Main ideas of the study were to explore possibilities for on-line testing at national level in Serbia, and to…

  2. Suggestions for Exploiting the Potential of On-Line Remote Access Information Retrieval and Display Systems

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    Wolfe, Theodore

    1971-01-01

    The ideal on-line information retrieval system would offer statistical inference analysis and heuristic optimization programs as aids to query formation, and would include on-line programs capable of automatically computing, generating, and executing optimal query formulations and retrieval on request. (Author/MM)

  3. On-Line Literature Search and Full Articles in the NASA ADS

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    Eichhorn, G.; Accomazzi, A.; Grant, C. S.; Kurtz, M. J.; Murray, S. S.

    2001-01-01

    The ADS provides free world-wide on-line access to over 2.2 million abstracts and over 1 million scanned pages of the astronomical and planetary literature plus over 4 million links to other relevant on-line information at http://ads.harvard.edu. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  4. Careers On-Line: Career Networks for University Students with Disabilities.

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    Aune, Betty; Stockdill, Stacy; Johnson, Donna; Lomas, Devora; Gaipa, Beth; Lorsung, Tina

    This final report describes Careers On-Line, a model demonstration project that is designed, using the Internet, to provide students with disabilities, career service providers, and employers with up-to-date information on career development, employment, and disabilities. Careers On-Line developed databases on job and internship postings, adaptive…

  5. Developmental and Individual Differences in Children's On-Line Representations of Dynamic Social Events.

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    Milch-Reich, Shoulamit; Campbell, Susan B.; Pelham, William E., Jr.; Connelly, Lynda M.; Geva, Diklah

    1999-01-01

    Compared the "on-line" (real time, ongoing internal representation) understanding of ongoing social events of boys with and without attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Found that younger children and those with ADHD showed less integrated on-line representations, accounting for poor recall and reasoning. (Author/KB)

  6. College Students' Choice Modeling of Taking On-Line International Business Courses

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    Yeh, Robert S.

    2006-01-01

    To understand students' choice behavior of taking on-line international business courses, a survey study is conducted to collect information regarding students' actual choices of taking on-line courses and potential factors that may have impacts on students' choices of online learning. Potential factors such as enrollment status, demographic…

  7. Case Study: Collaborative Creation of an On-Line Degree Program

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    Stewart, Barbara L.; Norwood, Marcella; Ezell, Shirley; Waight, Consuelo

    2006-01-01

    Faculty collaboratively developed an on-line Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and Merchandising (CSM). Part-time faculty and technical support services supported the four-member team. Small grants assisted in the creation and redesign of all CSM major courses for on-line delivery. Issues of appropriate learning strategies, student

  8. The Radical Model--A Painless Way To Teach On-Line.

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    Romm, C.; Taylor, W.

    The information technology/information systems (IT/IS) education sector needs to come up with creative ways of thinking about on-line education. In this paper, the major themes in the literature on on-line education to date are highlighted with a view to identifying issues that are either missing or under-emphasized. Next, the "radical model of…

  9. High School Open On-Line Courses (HOOC): A Case Study from Italy

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    Canessa, Enrique; Pisani, Armando

    2013-01-01

    The first implementation of complete high school, open on-line courses (HOOC) aiming to support the training and basic scientific knowledge of young students from the Liceo Ginnasio Dante Alighieri in Gorizia, Italy, is discussed. Using the open source and automated recording system openEyA, HOOC give a student the opportunity to watch on-line, at…

  10. Case Study: Collaborative Creation of an On-Line Degree Program

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    Stewart, Barbara L.; Norwood, Marcella; Ezell, Shirley; Waight, Consuelo

    2006-01-01

    Faculty collaboratively developed an on-line Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and Merchandising (CSM). Part-time faculty and technical support services supported the four-member team. Small grants assisted in the creation and redesign of all CSM major courses for on-line delivery. Issues of appropriate learning strategies, student…

  11. A Tool for Real Time On-Line Collaboration in Web-Based Learning.

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    Nokelainen, Petri; Miettinen, Miikka; Tirri, Henry; Kurhila, Jaakko

    This paper describes the design and implementation of a real time on-line collaboration tool, EDUCO. The main focus is to demonstrate how the tool is applied to a real life on-line distance education course, discuss the preliminary research findings of the qualitative empirical study, propose directions for future work and discuss implications.…

  12. Enhancing On-Line Teaching with Verbal Immediacy through Self-Determination Theory

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    Furlich, Stephen A.

    2013-01-01

    This paper explores the use of instructor verbal immediacy behaviors for on-line classes. Specifically, it demonstrates how instructor verbal immediacy behaviors found in face-to-face classes can also be displayed for on-line classes. It is argued that self-determination theory describes identification of the student as an important role in the…

  13. The Impact of Cognitive Style on Social Networks in On-Line Discussions

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    Jablokow, Kathryn; Vercellone-Smith, Pamela

    2011-01-01

    With the rise of e-Learning in engineering education, understanding the impact of individual differences on the ways students communicate and collaborate on-line has become increasingly important. The research described here investigates the influence of cognitive style on the interactions within student social networks in an on-line learning…

  14. The Anatomy of Program Design for an On-Line Business Management Course

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    Barger, Bonita

    2008-01-01

    How does one design an on-line course to bridge theory and practice? How can the feedback of on-going stakeholder (student and administration) be incorporated into the design process to enhance quality? This paper presents the theoretical underpinning of designing an on-line management course recognized as best practice for a "well organized…

  15. BROWSER: An Automatic Indexing On-Line Text Retrieval System. Annual Progress Report.

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    Williams, J. H., Jr.

    The development and testing of the Browsing On-line With Selective Retrieval (BROWSER) text retrieval system allowing a natural language query statement and providing on-line browsing capabilities through an IBM 2260 display terminal is described. The prototype system contains data bases of 25,000 German language patent abstracts, 9,000 English…

  16. 77 FR 55811 - Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board On-line Open Meeting

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    2012-09-11

    ... Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Advisory Board will hold an open, on-line meeting via webcast on...-line via webcast and will be open to the public. Interested parties may participate in the meeting from... Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board will hold a meeting via webcast on Wednesday, September...

  17. Students Reflecting on Test Performance and Feedback: An On-Line Approach

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    Fyfe, Georgina; Fyfe, Sue; Meyer, Jan; Ziman, Mel; Sanders, Kathy; Hill, Julie

    2014-01-01

    Undergraduate students accessing on-line tests in Human Biology in three Western Australian universities were asked to complete an on-line post-test reflective survey about their perceptions of their test performance in light of automated feedback. The survey allowed pre-determined choices and comment text boxes relating to students'…

  18. Asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation with on-line detection for drug transfer studies: a feasibility study.

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    Hinna, Askell; Steiniger, Frank; Hupfeld, Stefan; Brandl, Martin; Kuntsche, Judith

    2014-12-01

    Knowledge about drug retention within colloidal carriers is of uppermost importance particularly if drug targeting is anticipated. The aim of the present study was to evaluate asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) with on-line UV/VIS drug quantification for its suitability to determine both release and transfer of drug from liposomal carriers to a model acceptor phase consisting of large liposomes. The hydrophobic porphyrin 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-hydroxyphenyl)21H,23H-porphine (p-THPP), a fluorescent dye with an absorbance maximum in the visible range and structural similarity to the clinically used photosensitizer temoporfin, was used as a model drug, and two types of large liposomes were studied as a potential model acceptor phase. Efficiency of separation of small donor from large acceptor liposomes by AF4 was evaluated in dependence on the injected lipid mass using two different channel geometries. Drug quantification by on-line absorbance measurements was established by comprehensive evaluation of the size-dependent turbidity contribution in on-line UV/VIS detection and by comparison with off-line results obtained for the respective dye-loaded donor formulations (dissolved in methanol). Due to distinct differences in size, the acceptor liposomes (mean diameters ∼300-400 nm) could efficiently be separated from the donor liposomes (mean diameter ∼70 nm) with less than 4 % of p-THPP detected in the overlap region between both vesicle populations. Whereas p-THPP could accurately be determined in the fraction of small vesicles, on-line quantification was impaired in the fraction of the large acceptor liposomes due to the pronounced contribution of turbidity (about 80 % of total UV/VIS extinction signal). The AF4-based release/transfer approach suggested here was found repeatable and robust. The employed combination of AF4 with multi-angle laser light scattering furthermore provided detailed size information of the eluting sample and thus allowed to detect instabilities and/or interactions between the donor and acceptor liposomes. Drug quantification by on-line absorbance measurements was found feasible for the chosen model drug, but careful (re-)evaluation of turbidity effects is crucial for other drug and carrier combinations. PMID:24518901

  19. Improvement plans for the RHIC/AGS on-line model environments

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    Brown,K.A.; Ahrens, L.; Beebe-Wang, J.; Morris, J.; Nemesure, S.; Robert-Demolaize, G.; Satogata, T.; Schoefer, V.; Tepikian, S.

    2009-08-31

    The on-line models for Relativistic Ion Collider (RHIC) and the RHIC pre-injectors (the AGS and the AGS Booster) can be thought of as containing our best collective knowledge of these accelerators. As we improve these on-line models we are building the framework to have a sophisticated model-based controls system. Currently the RHIC on-line model is an integral part of the controls system, providing the interface for tune control, chromaticity control, and non-linear chromaticity control. What we discuss in this paper is our vision of the future of the on-line model environment for RHIC and the RHIC preinjectors. Although these on-line models are primarily used as Courant-Snyder parameter calculators using live machine settings, we envision expanding these environments to encompass many other problem domains.

  20. Species classification and bioactive ingredients accumulation of BaiJiangCao based on characteristic inorganic elements analysis by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and multivariate analysis

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    Wen-Lan, Li; Xue, Zhang; Xin-Xin, Yang; Shuai, Wang; Lin, Zhao; Huan-Jun, Zhao; Yong-Rui, Bao; Chen-Feng, Ji; Ning, Chen; Zheng, Xiang

    2015-01-01

    Background: Patrinia scabiosaefolia Fisch and Patrinia villosa (Thunb.) Juss., two species herbs with the same Chinese name “BaiJiangCao”, are important ancient herbal medicines widely used for more than 2000 years. The clinical application of two species herb is confused due to the difficult identification. Objective: The objective was to authenticate the species of BaiJiangCao and analyze the accumulation of bioactive ingredients based on characteristic inorganic elements analysis. Materials and Methods: Content of 32 inorganic elements in BaiJiangCao from different habitats were determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), and the characteristic inorganic elements were picked to distinguish the species of the herb by principal component analysis and cluster analysis. Contents of two bioactive ingredients, luteoloside, and oleanolic acid, in the samples, were also analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography method. Relationship between accumulation of bioactive ingredients and content of macroelements in BaiJiangCao was established by statistics. Results: A 4 macroelements (Na, Mg, K, Fe) in 32 determined inorganic elements were picked for characteristic inorganic elements. Content of Na, Mg, K and Fe showed positive correlations with that of luteoloside, content of Na, Mg showed positive correlations with that of oleanolic acid, but content of K and Fe showed negative correlations with that of oleanolic acid. Conclusion: It is for the first time to utilize the characteristic inorganic elements as an index to classify the herb species by the method of ICP-MS and multivariate analysis. And it is also the first report to investigate the influence of inorganic elements in herb on the accumulation of bioactive components which could affect the pharmacological efficacy of the herb medicine. And this method could also be utilized in research of corresponding aspects. PMID:26600721

  1. Use of CaO as an activator for producing a price-competitive non-cement structural binder using ground granulated blast furnace slag

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    Kim, Min Sik; Jun, Yubin; Lee, Changha Oh, Jae Eun

    2013-12-15

    The use of calcium oxide (CaO) demonstrates a superior potential for the activation of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS), and it produces a higher mechanical strength than calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH){sub 2}]. The mechanical strength differences between CaO- and Ca(OH){sub 2}-activated GGBFS binders are explored using isothermal calorimetry, powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TGA and DTA) as well as compressive strength testing. Calcium silicate hydrate (C–S–H), Ca(OH){sub 2} and a hydrotalcite-like phase are found as reaction products in all samples. The TGA and DTA results indicate that the use of CaO produces more C–S–H, although this is not likely to be the primary cause of higher strength development in the CaO-activated GGBFS. Rather, other factors such as porosity may govern the strength at a higher order of magnitude. Significant reduction of Ca(OH){sub 2} occurs only with the use of Ca(OH){sub 2}, followed by the formation of carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}), indicating carbonation. -- Highlights: •CaO showed a better potential for the activation of GGBFS than Ca(OH){sub 2}. •Strength test, XRD, TGA/DTA and isothermal calorimetry are used. •C-S-H, Ca(OH){sub 2}, and a hydrotalcite-like phase are found in all samples. •The use of Ca(OH){sub 2} causes some degree of carbonation.

  2. Landscape-scale tropical forest dynamics: Relating canopy traits and topographically derived hydrologic indices in a floodplain system using CAO-AToMS

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    Chadwick, K.; Asner, G. P.

    2012-12-01

    The geomorphology of floodplains in the humid tropics has been used to infer basic classifications of forest types. However, analysis of the landscape-scale topographic and hydrologic patterns underpinning spatial variation in forest composition and function remain elusive due to the sparse coverage of forest plots, coarse resolution remotely sensed data, and the challenges of collecting first order hydrologic data. Airborne remote measurements provide an opportunity to consider the relationship between high-resolution topographic and derived hydrologic environmental gradients, and forest canopy characteristics with important cascading effects on ecosystem function and biosphere-atmosphere interactions. In 2011, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) Airborne Taxonomic Mapping System (AToMS) was used to map a large section of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession harboring largely intact lowland humid tropical forest in the southwestern Peruvian Amazon. The CAO Visible-Shortwave Imaging Spectrometer (VSWIR) collected 480-band high-fidelity imaging spectroscopy data of the forest canopy, while its high-resolution dual waveform LiDAR captured information on canopy structure and the underlying terrain. The data were used to quantify relationships between topographic and hydrologic gradients and forest functional traits. Results suggest strong local hydrogeomorphic control over vegetation spectral properties with known relationships to canopy functional traits, including pigment and nutrient concentrations and light capture, as well as canopy structural characteristics, including vegetation height, understory plant cover, and aboveground biomass. Data from CAO-AToMS reveals local-scale patterns in environmental conditions and ecological variation that meets or exceeds the variation previously reported across ecosystems of the Western Amazon Basin.

  3. Heavy doping of H{sup -} ion in 12CaO.7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Hayashi, Katsuro

    2011-06-15

    12CaO.7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (C12A7, mayenite), which has a nanoscale porous structure that can accommodate extraframework species such as hydride (H{sup -}), oxide (O{sup 2-}), hydroxide (OH{sup -}) ions, and electrons, has been doped with H{sup -} ions to investigate its effects as dominant extraframework species. Chemical doping with CaH{sub 2} enables the concentration of H{sup -} ions to reach almost the theoretical maximum. The concentration of H{sup -} ions is characterized by optical absorption intensity ascribed to photoionization of H{sup -} ions, and {sup 1}H magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) spectroscopy. Persistent electron generation, which is accompanied by the formation of an F{sup +} absorption band and electrical conductivity, by irradiation with ultraviolet light at room temperature increases as the H{sup -} ion doping increases until it reaches half the theoretical maximum and then decreases as the H{sup -} ion concentration increases further. This dependence indicates that both H{sup -} and O{sup 2-} ions are necessary for the generation of persistent electrons. - Graphical abstract: CaH{sub 2} reduction markedly enhances H{sup -} ion doping in 12CaO.7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The H{sup -} ion incorporation is evaluated using optical absorption and {sup 1}H-MAS-NMR spectra. Both H{sup -} and O{sup 2-} ions are responsible for photogeneration of electrons. Highlights: > CaH{sub 2} reduction markedly enhances H{sup -} ion doping in 12CaO.7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. {yields}The H{sup -} ion incorporation is evaluated using optical absorption and {sup 1}H-MAS-NMR spectra. > Both H{sup -} and O{sup 2-} ions are responsible for photogeneration of electrons.

  4. Biological and mechanical properties of an experimental glass-ionomer cement modified by partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO.

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    Kim, Dong-Ae; Abo-Mosallam, Hany; Lee, Hye-Young; Lee, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Hae-Won; Lee, Hae-Hyoung

    2015-01-01

    Some weaknesses of conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC) as dental materials, for instance the lack of bioactive potential and poor mechanical properties, remain unsolved.Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO on the mechanical and biological properties of the experimental glass ionomer cements.Material and Methods Calcium fluoro-alumino-silicate glass was prepared for an experimental glass ionomer cement by melt quenching technique. The glass composition was modified by partial replacement (10 mol%) of CaO with MgO or ZnO. Net setting time, compressive and flexural properties, and in vitrorat dental pulp stem cells (rDPSCs) viability were examined for the prepared GICs and compared to a commercial GIC.Results The experimental GICs set more slowly than the commercial product, but their extended setting times are still within the maximum limit (8 min) specified in ISO 9917-1. Compressive strength of the experimental GIC was not increased by the partial substitution of CaO with either MgO or ZnO, but was comparable to the commercial control. For flexural properties, although there was no significance between the base and the modified glass, all prepared GICs marked a statistically higher flexural strength (p<0.05) and comparable modulus to control. The modified cements showed increased cell viability for rDPSCs.Conclusions The experimental GICs modified with MgO or ZnO can be considered bioactive dental materials. PMID:26398508

  5. Biological and mechanical properties of an experimental glass-ionomer cement modified by partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO

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    Dong-Ae, KIM; Hany, ABO-MOSALLAM; Hye-Young, LEE; Jung-Hwan, LEE; Hae-Won, KIM; Hae-Hyoung, LEE

    2015-01-01

    Some weaknesses of conventional glass ionomer cement (GIC) as dental materials, for instance the lack of bioactive potential and poor mechanical properties, remain unsolved. Objective The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the partial replacement of CaO with MgO or ZnO on the mechanical and biological properties of the experimental glass ionomer cements. Material and Methods Calcium fluoro-alumino-silicate glass was prepared for an experimental glass ionomer cement by melt quenching technique. The glass composition was modified by partial replacement (10 mol%) of CaO with MgO or ZnO. Net setting time, compressive and flexural properties, and in vitro rat dental pulp stem cells (rDPSCs) viability were examined for the prepared GICs and compared to a commercial GIC. Results The experimental GICs set more slowly than the commercial product, but their extended setting times are still within the maximum limit (8 min) specified in ISO 9917-1. Compressive strength of the experimental GIC was not increased by the partial substitution of CaO with either MgO or ZnO, but was comparable to the commercial control. For flexural properties, although there was no significance between the base and the modified glass, all prepared GICs marked a statistically higher flexural strength (p<0.05) and comparable modulus to control. The modified cements showed increased cell viability for rDPSCs. Conclusions The experimental GICs modified with MgO or ZnO can be considered bioactive dental materials. PMID:26398508

  6. FEDIX on-line information service: Design, develop, test, and implement an on-line research and education information service. Annual status report, September 1992--August 1993

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    Rodman, J.A.

    1993-08-01

    Federal Information Exchange, Inc. (FIE) is a diversified information services company that is recognized as the major electronic link between the higher education community and the Federal government in the field of research administration. FIE provides a range of information related services to the government, academic and private sectors, including database management, software development and technical support. FEDIX is the on-line information service designed, developed and implemented by FIE to accomplish the following objectives: (1). Broaden the participation of the education community in Federal research and education programs by providing free and unrestricted on-line access to information from all participating Federal agencies; and (2). Provide the education community with on-line access to a single keyword-searchable system for research and educational funding opportunities at the participating Federal agencies.

  7. Steam-Coal Gasification Using CaO and KOH for in Situ Carbon and Sulfur Capture

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    Siefert, Nicholas S.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Litster, Shawn; Berry, David A.

    2013-08-15

    We present experimental results of coal gasification with and without the addition of calcium oxide and potassium hydroxide as dual-functioning catalyst-capture agents. Using two different coal types and temperatures between 700 and 900 °C, we studied the effect of these catalyst-capture agents on (1) the syngas composition, (2) CO2 and H2S capture, and (3) the steam-coal gasification kinetic rate. The syngas composition from the gasifier was roughly 20% methane, 70% hydrogen, and 10% other species when a CaO/C molar ratio of 0.5 was added. We demonstrated significantly enhanced steam–coal gasification kinetic rates when adding small amounts of potassium hydroxide to coal when operating a CaO-CaCO3 chemical looping gasification reactor. For example, the steam–coal gasification kinetic rate increased 250% when dry mixing calcium oxide at a Ca/C molar ratio of 0.5 with a sub-bituminous coal, and the kinetic rate increased 1000% when aqueously mixing calcium oxide at a Ca/C molar ratio of 0.5 along with potassium hydroxide at a K/C molar ratio of 0.06. In addition, we conducted multi-cycle studies in which CaCO3 was calcined by heating to 900 °C to regenerate the CaO, which was then reused in repeated CaO-CaCO3 cycles. The increased steam-coal gasification kinetics rates for both CaO and CaO + KOH persisted even when the material was reused in six cycles of gasification and calcination. The ability of CaO to capture carbon dioxide decreased roughly 2-4% per CaO-CaCO3 cycle. We also discuss an important application of this combined gasifier-calciner to electricity generation and selling the purge stream as a precalcined feedstock to a cement kiln. In this scenario, the amount of purge stream required is fixed not by the degradation in the capture ability but rather by the requirements at the cement kiln on the amount of CaSO4 and ash in the precalcined feedstock.

  8. [Do we use the wrong target value for the supportive therapy of sepsis?].

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    Köhler, Dieter

    2015-03-01

    Sepsis is a generalized, usually infectious disease with a complex dsyregulated immune response and capillary leak. The leakage leads to a severe drop of blood pressure with hypoperfusion and sympathetic counterregulation. The lung is frequently involved either as a source of the inflammation or by emergence of an ARDS, both resulting into severe hypoxemia. The supportive therapy is used to stabilize the hemodynamics and to keep the target value partial pressure of arterial oxygen (PaO2) in the lower limit of normal. Pathophysiologically it is not plausible to define hypoxemia on the basis of PaO2 or SaO2, because the supply of the cells is determined by the amount of oxygen molecules. This is mirrored by the oxygen content (CaO2) and the hemodynamic transport, the cardiac output. As far as data about the hypoxic tolerance of organs are available, the critical value respective the threshold for anaerobic metabolism is 5-10 folds lower than values achieved by application of current guidelines. If CaO2 would be used as the target value, a lot of measures aiming for normoxia, which potentially harm patients, could be avoided. Among these measures are high, often toxic inspiratory concentrations of oxygen, high ventilation pressure, dangerous body position changes and excessive volume administration. It is not surprising, that there are no plausible data in the literature which have shown a positive effect for the target value PaO2 or SaO2. Studies are urgent needed to compare CaO2 as a target value to the standards in the current guidelines. Additional animal experiments should be done to get information on the critical range of CaO2, in order to translate these results into treatment strategies for intensive care unit patients with severe hypoxemia. PMID:25774737

  9. Can Teachers Learn through Enquiry On-Line? Studying Professional Development in Science Delivered On-Line and On-Campus. Research Report

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    Harlen, Wynne; Doubler, Susan J.

    2004-01-01

    The paper reports findings from research into the extent to which an on-line course, "Try Science", achieved its objectives compared with a face-to-face course with the same content and objectives. "Try Science" has the dual aims of developing participants' understanding of science content and of teaching science through enquiry. Whilst the…

  10. On-line monitoring of hybridoma cell growth using a laser turbidity sensor.

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    Konstantinov, K B; Pambayun, R; Matanguihan, R; Yoshida, T; Perusicn, C M; Hu, W S

    1992-12-20

    A high-sensitivity turbidity probe was used for on-line monitoring of the cell concentration in batch hybridoma cultivation. Good correlation between off-line cell counts and the linearized sensor signal was found. The quality of the signal was sufficiently high to provide for on-line estimation of the specific growth rate using an efficient filtering procedure. These positive results suggest that such laser turbidity sensors will facilitate development of systems for on-line monitoring and control of animal cell cultivations. PMID:18601089

  11. The ASDC Multi Mission Interactive Archive: on line analysis of the Swift/XRT data

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    Stratta, G.; Capalbi, M.; Perri, M.; Giommi, P.

    2010-10-15

    We present the Swift/XRT Interactive Archive and the On-line Analysis tool developed at the ASI Science Data Center (ASDC) as part of the Multi Mission Interactive Archive. The On-line Analysis enables to run the Swift/XRT software task ''xrtpipeline'' on any desired XRT observation present in the Swift data archive maintained at ASDC, directly on the web. On-line imaging (with XIMAGE), spectral (with XSPEC) and timing data analysis (with LCURVE) can be performed. At the same time, spectra, light curves, effective area, exposure map and response matrix are promptly available for download to the user for any off-line analysis.

  12. An artificial intelligence framework for on-line transient stability assessment of power systems

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    Wehenkel, L.; VanCutsem, T.; Ribbens-Pavella, M.

    1989-05-01

    A new framework is proposed to tackle the on-line transient stability problem of power systems. Based on artificial intelligence, it successively makes use of an inductive inference method to automatically build decision rules, and a deductive inference method to apply them on-line. This paper attempts to lay the foundations of an inductive inference method, where the rules explicitly relate a system's stability with relevant static parameters of it. A simple but realistic power system is treated to illustrate important features of the method and to suggest how the derived decision rules could be used on-line.

  13. Fast microwave-assisted catalytic co-pyrolysis of corn stover and scum for bio-oil production with CaO and HZSM-5 as the catalyst.

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    Liu, Shiyu; Xie, Qinglong; Zhang, Bo; Cheng, Yanling; Liu, Yuhuan; Chen, Paul; Ruan, Roger

    2016-03-01

    This study investigated fast microwave-assisted catalytic co-pyrolysis of corn stover and scum for bio-oil production with CaO and HZSM-5 as the catalyst. Effects of reaction temperature, CaO/HZSM-5 ratio, and corn stover/scum ratio on co-pyrolysis product fractional yields and selectivity were investigated. Results showed that co-pyrolysis temperature was selected as 550°C, which provides the maximum bio-oil and aromatic yields. Mixed CaO and HZSM-5 catalyst with the weight ratio of 1:4 increased the aromatic yield to 35.77wt.% of feedstock, which was 17% higher than that with HZSM-5 alone. Scum as the hydrogen donor, had a significant synergistic effect with corn stover to promote the production of bio-oil and aromatic hydrocarbons when the H/Ceff value exceeded 1. The maximum yield of aromatic hydrocarbons (29.3wt.%) were obtained when the optimal corn stover to scum ratio was 1:2. PMID:26773959

  14. Performance and economic assessments of a solid oxide fuel cell system with a two-step ethanol-steam-reforming process using CaO sorbent

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    Tippawan, Phanicha; Arpornwichanop, Amornchai

    2016-02-01

    The hydrogen production process is known to be important to a fuel cell system. In this study, a carbon-free hydrogen production process is proposed by using a two-step ethanol-steam-reforming procedure, which consists of ethanol dehydrogenation and steam reforming, as a fuel processor in the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. An addition of CaO in the reformer for CO2 capture is also considered to enhance the hydrogen production. The performance of the SOFC system is analyzed under thermally self-sufficient conditions in terms of the technical and economic aspects. The simulation results show that the two-step reforming process can be run in the operating window without carbon formation. The addition of CaO in the steam reformer, which runs at a steam-to-ethanol ratio of 5, temperature of 900 K and atmospheric pressure, minimizes the presence of CO2; 93% CO2 is removed from the steam-reforming environment. This factor causes an increase in the SOFC power density of 6.62%. Although the economic analysis shows that the proposed fuel processor provides a higher capital cost, it offers a reducing active area of the SOFC stack and the most favorable process economics in term of net cost saving.

  15. Influences of CaO on Crystallization, Microstructures, and Properties of BaO-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 Glass-Ceramics

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    Li, Bo; Tang, Bo; Xu, Mingjiang

    2015-10-01

    We have developed BaO-CaO-Al2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glass-ceramics with high thermal coefficient of expansion (TCE) to overcome thermal mismatch at board level. The crystalline phases include quartz (major), cristobalite (minor), and bazirite BaZrSi3O9 (minor). Calculations from whole-pattern fitting show that the crystallinity varies slightly within the range of 33.48% to 34.89%, while the mass fraction of the phases changes remarkably with the CaO content. This indicates that CaO cannot promote crystallization of Ba-Al-B-Si glass, but effectively suppresses the phase transformation from quartz to cristobalite, making the thermal expansion curves linear. An empirical equation for the TCE versus the temperature and the amount of CaO is established. Furthermore, the densification mechanism of Ca modifiers is revealed. Due to its higher field strength than Ba, substitution of Ca increases the glass viscosity and inhibits ion diffusion. Excessive CaO is thus harmful to the density, bending strength, and electrical properties. The sample with 10 wt.% CaO sintered at 950°C exhibited high bending strength (154.1 MPa) and high TCE (12.38 ppm/°C) as well as good electrical properties ( ɛ = 6.2, tan δ = 5 × 10-4, ρ = 3.8 × 1012 Ω cm).

  16. A distributed on-line HV transmission condition monitoring information system

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    Chan, W.L.; Pang, S.L.; Chan, T.M.; So, A.T.P.

    1997-04-01

    China Light and Power Company Ltd. (CLP) is responsible for supplying electricity to the whole of Hong Kong except Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island. In CLP`s Castle Peak power plant, 19 kV and 23 kV electric supplies are generated. The voltage is then stepped up to 400 kV for transmission. The intermediate control between those transformers and the major 400 kV overhead transmission system lies with a standard One and a half Breaker Configuration switch substations. The substation houses single phase encapsulated SF{sub 6} circuit breakers. In the urban centers, 400 kV substations are installed to step down 400 kV to 132 kV or further to 11 kV for distribution. This paper describes the development of a on-line distributed information system for monitoring the conditions of the whole HV transmission system. The system continuously monitors status of each circuit breaker (CB) together with important operational parameters, such as duration during making and breaking, operations of hydraulic pumps and SF{sub 6} gas pressure etc. Each group of CBs is monitored by a standalone microcontroller using a local area network with a baud rate of 9,600. The information can be recorded on the harddisk of an on-site microcomputer and further transmitted back to a remote computer for alarm generation and multi-station supervision. The CLP 400 kV substation and the Tsz Wan Shan 400 kV substation are among the first targets for development.

  17. The on-line processing of socio-emotional information in prototypical scenarios: inferences from brain potentials

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    Filik, Ruth; Murphy, Kirsty

    2012-01-01

    Little is known about the time course of the mechanisms involved in the on-line processing of socio-emotional information. We used event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to investigate this issue using vignettes that described prototypical, social scenarios. An initial sentence established the social context and the following target sentence ended with a critical word that informed the reader of the character’s socio-emotional response to the situation. Critical words that mismatched rather than matched with a character’s expected feelings elicited a larger ERP negativity (N400) ∼200–500 ms after word onset, followed by a larger frontal positivity. Dipole source modeling results indicated that an anterior temporal lobe source accounted for the N400-like effect, which we attribute to the increased demands of integrating general knowledge about social situations (e.g. scripts) with personal- and context-specific information. An additional mediofrontal source contributed to the later ERP effect and presumably reflects high-level mindreading functions. Together, these findings indicate that readers rapidly infer and evaluate on-line a character’s likely socio-emotional response based on the prototypical information provided by the text. PMID:21609967

  18. Integration of On-Line and Off-Line Diagnostic Algorithms for Aircraft Engine Health Management

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    Kobayashi, Takahisa; Simon, Donald L.

    2007-01-01

    This paper investigates the integration of on-line and off-line diagnostic algorithms for aircraft gas turbine engines. The on-line diagnostic algorithm is designed for in-flight fault detection. It continuously monitors engine outputs for anomalous signatures induced by faults. The off-line diagnostic algorithm is designed to track engine health degradation over the lifetime of an engine. It estimates engine health degradation periodically over the course of the engine s life. The estimate generated by the off-line algorithm is used to update the on-line algorithm. Through this integration, the on-line algorithm becomes aware of engine health degradation, and its effectiveness to detect faults can be maintained while the engine continues to degrade. The benefit of this integration is investigated in a simulation environment using a nonlinear engine model.

  19. Using a strengths model to build an on-line nursing education program.

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    Wieck, K Lynn; Alfred, Danita; Haas, Barbara K; Yarbrough, Susan

    2014-01-01

    The on-line environment is the new frontier for academia struggling to define its place in the evolving economy. A concern is how to engage students who maximize their on-line experience and graduate in a timely manner. A strengths model was used as the basis for development of an on-line doctoral nursing program. Upon entering the program, students were given a strengths assessment that focused both students and faculty on the positive attributes students were bringing to their doctoral studies. A positive feedback methodology using on-line discussions in each course was used to support the identified strengths. The optimal picture of a successful entering doctoral student appears to be a person whose top five strengths are learner, achiever, input, connectedness and responsibility. A strengths model promotes a positive learning environment and supports a teacher-learner dynamic where faculty members are encouraged to focus on the students' strengths rather than their challenges. PMID:24939333

  20. Adding Java and CGI Functionality to an On-Line Atlas of Anatomy for Medical Education

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    Quaresma, R.P.; Sabbatini, R.M.E.; Cardoso, S.H.; Ortale, J.R.; Rodrigues, E.A.; Kondo, A; Ubiali, G.L.P.

    1998-01-01

    The use of Java applications through applets, HTML facilities and CGI scripts provides useful interactivity to an on-line atlas of topographic anatomy via Internet, based on the Visible Human Project.

  1. Education and Training for On-Line Use of Data Bases

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    Williams, Martha E.

    1977-01-01

    This paper discusses vehicles for education and training, tools and techniques for promotion, and details the information requirements of the processors, service managers, searchers, and end users of on-line data bases. (Author/KP)

  2. On-line chemical composition analyzer development. Status report, February 1, 1993--April 30, 1993

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    Garrison, A.A.

    1993-06-01

    This report relates to the development of an on-line Raman analyzer for control of a distillation column. It is divided into: program issues, experimental control system evaluation, energy savings analysis, and reliability analysis. (DLC)

  3. ON-LINE TOOLS FOR PROPER VERTICAL POSITIONING OF VERTICAL SAMPLING INTERVALS DURING SITE ASSESSMENT

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    This presentation presents on-line tools for proper vertical positioning of vertical sampling intervals during site assessment. Proper vertical sample interval selection is critical for generate data on the vertical distribution of contamination. Without vertical delineation, th...

  4. Robust hand tracking with on-line and off-line learning

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    Wei, Jiangyue; Zhao, Yong; Liang, Hao; Cheng, Ruzhong; Wei, Yiqun

    2015-07-01

    Hand tracking is becoming more and more popular in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). A lot of studies in this area have made good progress. However, robust hand tracking is still difficult in long-term. On-line learning technology has great potential in terms of tracking for its strong adaptive learning ability. To address the problem we combined an on-line learning technology called on-line boosting with an off-line trained detector to track the hand. The contributions of this paper are: 1) we propose a learning method with an off-line model to solve the drift of on-line learning; 2) we build a framework for hand tracking based on the learning method. The experiments show that compared with other three methods, the proposed tracker is more robust in the strain case.

  5. On-Line Serials Control System in a Large Biomedical Library: (1) Description of the System

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    Fayollat, James

    1972-01-01

    An on-line serials control system with particular emphasis on storage and maintenance concepts is described. The system allows real-time display and updating of all elements of the file. (6 references) (Author)

  6. First structures on RyantoRainbow Line. Hframe structure on Line 1 ...

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    First structures on Ryan-to-Rainbow Line. H-frame structure on Line 1 (right) has historic porcelain suspension insulators and H-frame structure on Line 2 (center) has two historic porcelain insulators and one modern non-ceramic insulator. View to north - Ryan Hydroelectric Facility, Ryan-to-Rainbow 100 kV Transmission Line, West bank of Missouri River, northeast of Great Falls, Great Falls, Cascade County, MT

  7. An On-Line Solid Phase Extraction-Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry Method for the Determination of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Drinking and Surface Waters

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    Mazzoni, Michela; Rusconi, Marianna; Valsecchi, Sara; Martins, Claudia P. B.; Polesello, Stefano

    2015-01-01

    An UHPLC-MS/MS multiresidue method based on an on-line solid phase extraction (SPE) procedure was developed for the simultaneous determination of 9 perfluorinated carboxylates (from 4 to 12 carbon atoms) and 3 perfluorinated sulphonates (from 4 to 8 carbon atoms). This work proposes using an on-line solid phase extraction before chromatographic separation and analysis to replace traditional methods of off-line SPE before direct injection to LC-MS/MS. Manual sample preparation was reduced to sample centrifugation and acidification, thus eliminating several procedural errors and significantly reducing time-consuming and costs. Ionization suppression between target perfluorinated analytes and their coeluting SIL-IS were detected for homologues with a number of carbon atoms less than 9, but the quantitation was not affected. Total matrix effect corrected by SIL-IS, inclusive of extraction efficacy, and of ionization efficiency, ranged between −34 and +39%. The percentage of recoveries, between 76 and 134%, calculated in different matrices (tap water and rivers impacted by different pollutions) was generally satisfactory. LODs and LOQs of this on-line SPE method, which also incorporate recovery losses, ranged from 0.2 to 5.0 ng/L and from 1 to 20 ng/L, respectively. Validated on-line SPE-LC/MS/MS method has been applied in a wide survey for the determination of perfluoroalkyl acids in Italian surface and ground waters. PMID:25834752

  8. Advances in the helium-jet coupled on-line mass separator RAMA. [Recoil Atom Mass Analyzer

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    Moltz, D M; Aysto, J; Cable, M D; Parry, R F; Haustein, P E; Wouters, J M; Cerny, J

    1980-01-01

    General improvements to the on-line mass separator RAMA (Recoil Atom Mass Analyzer) have yielded a greater reliability and efficiency for some elements. A new utilitarian helium-jet chamber has been installed to facilitate quick target and degrader foil changes in addition to a new ion source holder. A higher efficiency hollow-cathode, cathode-extraction ion source, for lower melting point elements (< 1200/sup 0/C) has also been designed. Tests with the beta-delayed proton emitter /sup 37/Ca showed a factor of five increase in yield over the old hollow-cathode, anode-extraction source. A differentially-pumped-tape drive system compatible with both ..gamma..-..gamma.. and ..beta..-..gamma.. experiments has been incorporated into the general detection system. All major operating parameters will soon be monitored by a complete stand-alone microprocessor system which will eventually be upgraded to a closed-loop control system.

  9. Influence of CaO and SiO2 co-doping on the magnetic, electrical properties and microstructure of a Ni-Zn ferrite

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    Hajalilou, A.; Hashim, M.; Ebrahimi-Kahrizsangi, R.; Sarami, N.

    2015-04-01

    Effect of CaO and SiO2 additions on the grain growth and magnetic and electrical properties of a Ni-Zn ferrite was studied. The common oxides (x = 0.4CaO + 0.8SiO2) were added in different moles (x = 0, 0.02, 0.06, 0.012, 0.24 and 0.48) to Fe2O3, Zn, and NiO. The mixed powders were mechanically alloyed for 12 h using a high energy ball mill before heating at 1200 °C for 240 min. The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and static hysteresisgraph, and later by an impedance analyzer with a frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz. The XRD results indicate a formation of single phase spinel structure in all the samples. The average grain size was affected by the additive contents so that their sizes grew, up to x = 0.06, and after that their sizes reduced from 0.631 to 0.371 μ at x = 0.48. The experimental density of the samples displayed an upward trend for x < 0.06, increasing from 5.39 g cm-3 (x = 0) to 5.51 g cm-3 (x = 0.06): afterwards, their values presented a downward trend, reducing to 4.01 g cm-3 at x = 0.48. Magnetic behaviors such as saturation magnetization ({{M}s} ) and induction magnetization ({{B}s} ) degraded as well as the real permeability of the samples by increasing the x content. The loss factor i.e. hysteresis loss also remarkably decreased by accumulation of SiO2 and CaO in the grain boundaries. The electrical resistivity was determined in the order of 6.9  ×  1010 Ω cm for x = 0 and 6.4  ×  1011 Ω cm for x = 0.48. Therefore, low relative loss factor and high resistivity make these ferrites particularly useful as inductor and transformer materials for high frequency applications.

  10. Enhancing communication skills for pediatric visits through on-line training using video demonstrations

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    Kemper, Kathi J; Foy, Jane M; Wissow, Larry; Shore, Steve

    2008-01-01

    Background Training in communication skills for health professionals is important, but there are substantial barriers to individual in-person training for practicing clinicians. We evaluated the feasibility and desirability of on-line training and sought suggestions for future courses. Methods Based on successful in-person curricula for communication skills and our previous on-line curricula, we created an on-line course consisting of 28 modules (4.75 hours CME credit) about communication skills during pediatric visits that included a mental health concern; each module included a brief case, a multiple choice question, an explanation, and a 1–2 minute video demonstrating key skills. Specific communication skills included: greeting, setting an agenda, discussing diagnosis and treatment, and managing negative interactions. The course was announced by emails in spring, 2007; the course was available on-line for 60 days; we aimed to enroll 50 clinicians. Outcomes were analyzed for those who evaluated the course within 75 days of its initial availability. Results Overall, 61 clinicians registered, of whom most were nurses (N = 24), physicians (N = 22), or psychologists or social workers (N = 12). Of the 36 (59%) clinicians who evaluated the course, over 85% agreed that all course objectives had been met; over 90% reported greater confidence in greetings and agenda-setting; and over 80% reported greater confidence in discussing diagnosis and treatment and managing negative interactions. Nearly all, 97% would recommend the course to other clinicians and trainees. Suggestions for improvement included a library of additional video vignettes and written materials to accompany the on-line training. Conclusion On-line training in communication skills for pediatric mental health visits is feasible, desirable and associated with increased confidence in key skills. Positive feedback from clinicians suggests that a comparison of on-line versus in-person training is warranted. PMID:18267028

  11. Enhancement of fast CO2 capture by a nano-SiO2/CaO composite at Ca-looping conditions.

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    Valverde, J M; Perejon, A; Perez-Maqueda, L A

    2012-06-01

    In this paper we show the performance of a new CO(2) sorbent consisting of a dry physical mixture of a Ca-based sorbent and a SiO(2) nanostructured powder. Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) performed at conditions close to the Ca-looping process demonstrate that the rate of CO(2) capture by the mixture is enhanced during the fast carbonation stage of practical interest in applications. Moreover, the residual capture capacity of the mixture is increased. SEM/EDX, physisorption, and XRD analyses indicate that there is a relevant interaction between the nanostructured SiO(2) skeleton and CaO at high temperatures, which serves to improve the efficiency of the transfer of CO(2) to small reactive pores as well as the stability of the sorbent pore structure. PMID:22551622

  12. First Measurements of Time-Dependent Nucleation as a Function of Composition in Na2O.2CaO.3SiO2 Glasses

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    Kelton, K. F.; Narayan, K. Lakshmi

    1996-01-01

    The first measurements in any system of the composition dependence of the time-dependent nucleation rate are presented Nucleation rates of the stoichiometric crystalline phase, Na2O.2CaO.3SiO2, from quenched glasses made with different SiO2 concentrations were determined as a function of temperature and glass composition. A strong compositional dependence of the nucleation rates and a weak dependence for the induction times are observed. Using measured values of the liquidus temperatures and growth velocities as a function of glass composition, these data are shown to be consistent with predictions from the classical theory of nucleation, assuming a composition-dependent interfacial energy.

  13. Phase equilibria and crystal chemistry of the CaO-1/2 >Nd2O3-CoOz system at 885 °C in air

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Laws, W.; Talley, K. R.; Huang, Q.; Yan, Y.; Martin, J.; Kaduk, J. A.

    2014-07-01

    The phase diagram of the CaO-1/2 >Nd2O3-CoOz system at 885 °C in air has been determined. The system consists of two calcium cobaltate compounds that have promising thermoelectric properties, namely, the 2D thermoelectric oxide solid solution, (Ca3-xNdx)Co4O9-z (0≤x≤0.5), which has a misfit layered structure, and Ca3Co2O6 which consists of 1D chains of alternating CoO6 trigonal prisms and CoO6 octahedra. Ca3Co2O6 was found to be a point compound without the substitution of Nd on the Ca site. The reported Nd2CoO4 phase was not observed at 885 °C. A ternary (Ca1-xNd1+x)CoO4-z (x=0) phase, or (CaNdCo)O4-z, was found to be stable at this temperature. A solid solution region of distorted perovskite (Nd1-xCax)CoO3-z (0≤x≤0.25, space group Pnma) was established. In the peripheral binary systems, while a solid solution region was identified for (Nd1-xCax)2O3-z (0≤x≤0.2), Nd was not found to substitute in the Ca site of CaO. Six solid solution tie-line regions and six three-phase regions were determined in the CaO-Nd2O3-CoOz system in air.

  14. On-Line CORDIC For Generalized Singular Value Decomposition(GSVD)

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    Lee, Jeong-A.; Lang, Tomas

    1989-05-01

    An on-line CORDIC implementation for computing the Generalized Singular Value Decomposition is presented. Among several algorithms, the implementation shown is based on Luk's parallel version for a triangular processor array, using odd-even ordering. To implement GSVD, the CORDIC approach is attractive compared with using conventional arithmetic units, such as square root, divider and multiplier. However, the CORDIC module is relatively slow because of the requirement of full precision computation to determine the direction of the angle and the variable shifter in the basic step. To avoid this, the use of redundant and on-line CORDIC has been proposed previously for SVD and matrix triangularization. This results in a significant speedup at some additional cost because of the variable scaling factor introduced. The extension of on-line CORDIC approach to the GSVD is presented. The advantages of this approach are more significant in GSVD because of the longer sequence of dependent operations. This makes the combination of the short step time of on-line CORDIC and the overlapping capability of on-line very attractive. By comparing it with conventional approach as well as CORDIC approach with full precision computation, we show that a speedup of about 5 can be achieved.

  15. On-line and Model-based Approaches to the Visual Control of Action

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    Zhao, Huaiyong; Warren, William H.

    2014-01-01

    Two general approaches to the visual control of action have emerged in last few decades, known as the on-line and model-based approaches. The key difference between them is whether action is controlled by current visual information or on the basis of an internal world model. In this paper, we evaluate three hypotheses: strong on-line control, strong model-based control, and a hybrid solution that combines on-line control with weak off-line strategies. We review experimental research on the control of locomotion and manual actions, which indicates that (a) an internal world model is neither sufficient nor necessary to control action at normal levels of performance; (b) current visual information is necessary and sufficient to control action at normal levels; and (c) under certain conditions (e.g. occlusion) action is controlled by less accurate, simple strategies such as heuristics, visual-motor mappings, or spatial memory. We conclude that the strong model-based hypothesis is not sustainable. Action is normally controlled on-line when current information is available, consistent with the strong on-line control hypothesis. In exceptional circumstances, action is controlled by weak, context-specific, off-line strategies. This hybrid solution is comprehensive, parsimonious, and able to account for a variety of tasks under a range of visual conditions. PMID:25454700

  16. A Web-Based Synchronous Collaborative Review Tool: A Case Study of an On-Line Graduate Course

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    Serce, Fatma Cemile; Yildirim, Soner

    2006-01-01

    On-line collaboration is an instructional method that facilitates collaboration in an on-line learning setting. To promote effective collaboration, it is vital to reveal both the student's and the instructor's point of view pertaining to effective on-line collaboration. In this study, the effectiveness of a learning management system in on-line…

  17. On-Line Retrieval System Design; Part V of Scientific Report No. ISR-18, Information Storage and Retrieval...

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    Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Dept. of Computer Science.

    On-line retrieval system design is discussed in the two papers which make up Part Five of this report on Salton's Magical Automatic Retriever of Texts (SMART) project report. The first paper: "A Prototype On-Line Document Retrieval System" by D. Williamson and R. Williamson outlines a design for a SMART on-line document retrieval system using…

  18. On-line continuous sampling dynamic microwave-assisted extraction coupled with high performance liquid chromatographic separation for the determination of lignans in Wuweizi and naphthoquinones in Zicao.

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    Gao, Shiqian; You, Jingyan; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Rui; Zhang, Hanqi

    2012-03-01

    The on-line continuous sampling dynamic microwave-assisted extraction (on-line CSDMAE) coupled with high-performance liquid chromatographic separation and determination of the lignans in Wuweizi and naphthoquinones in Zicao was developed. The extraction, separation and determination of target analytes were simultaneously carried out. The experimental parameters, including type of extraction solvent, microwave extraction power, solvent flow rate, amount of sample and particle size of the sample, were evaluated by the univariate method and orthogonal screening. The detection limits for schisandrin A, schisantherin A, deoxyschizandrin, shikonin and β,β'-dimethylacrylshikonin are 0.86, 0.90, 0.27, 0.42 and 0.92 μg mL⁻¹, respectively. Compared with the conventional extraction methods, such as off-line continuous microwave-assisted extraction, ultrasound-assisted extraction and Soxhlet extraction, the proposed method is quicker and more effective. PMID:22321410

  19. Screening of drugs in equine plasma using automated on-line solid-phase extraction coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Kwok, W H; Leung, David K K; Leung, Gary N W; Wan, Terence S M; Wong, Colton H F; Wong, Jenny K Y

    2010-05-01

    A rapid liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) method was developed for the simultaneous screening of 19 drugs of different classes in equine plasma using automated on-line solid-phase extraction (SPE) coupled with a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. Plasma samples were first protein precipitated using acetonitrile. After centrifugation, the supernatant was directly injected into the on-line SPE system and analysed by a triple quadrupole LC-MS-MS in positive electrospray ionisation (+ESI) mode with selected reaction monitoring (SRM) scan function. On-line extraction and chromatographic separation of the targeted drugs were performed using respectively a polymeric extraction column (2 cm L x 2.1mm ID, 25 microm particle size) and a reversed-phase C18 LC column (3 cm L x 2.1mm ID, 3 microm particle size) with gradient elution to provide fast analysis time. The overall instrument turnaround time was 9.5 min, inclusive of post-run and equilibration time. Plasma samples fortified with 19 targeted drugs including narcotic analgesics, local anaesthetics, antipsychotics, bronchodilators, mucolytics, corticosteroids, sedative and tranquillisers at sub-parts per billion (ppb) to low parts per trillion (ppt) levels could be consistently detected. No significant matrix interference was observed at the expected retention times of the targeted ion transitions. Over 70% of the drugs studied gave detection limits at or below 100 pg/mL, with some detection limits reaching down to 19 pg/mL. The method had been validated for extraction recovery, precision and sensitivity, and a blockage study had also been carried out. This method is used regularly in the authors' laboratory to screen for the presence of targeted drugs in pre-race plasma samples from racehorses. PMID:20122690

  20. A new approach to on-line mechanical condenser tube cleaning

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    Ulvog, P.C.

    1995-06-01

    For many years, condenser biofouling has been difficult to prevent/control. The benefits of maintaining clean condenser tubes to the efficient operation of steam electric power plants include: (1) Prevention of Heat Rate Degradation (2) Extended Condenser Tube Life (3) Elimination of Outages to Clean the Condenser. TU Electric`s Martin Lake Plant has been utilizing an innovative on-line mechanical tube cleaning system since April, 1992 to maintain condenser cleanliness while eliminating the use of chlorine to control biofouling. The system is operated as a tube cleaning service; therefore, no capital investment or plant retrofit was required. The system was installed while the units were operating at base load. The results of the on-line cleaning effectiveness were determined by the EPRI Plant Monitoring Workstation, installed test grade instrumentation, and on-line video borescope tube inspections.

  1. Link community detection based on line graphs with a novel link similarity measure

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    Wang, Guishen; Huang, Lan; Wang, Yan; Pang, Wei; Ma, Qin

    2016-02-01

    Link community gradually unfolds its capacity in complex network research. In this paper, a novel link similarity measure on line graphs is proposed. This measure can be adapted to different types of networks with an adjustable parameter. We prove its value converges to a limit on line graphs with the relationship of the nonneighbor links taken into account. Based on this similarity measure, we propose a novel link community detection algorithm for link clustering on line graphs. The detection algorithm combines the novel link similarity measure with the classic Markov Cluster (MCL) Algorithm and determines the link community partitions by calculating an extended modularity measure. Extensive experiments on two types of complex networks demonstrate the effectiveness, reliability and rationality of our solution in contrast to the other two classical algorithms.

  2. Research on the Influence of Perceived Risk in Consumer On-line Purchasing Decision

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    Hong, Zhao; Yi, Li

    Perceived risk is an important factor that affects consumer's on-line shopping purchasing decision, through the perceived theories the consumer can know clearly which step owns higher risk in the whole shopping process, then learn how to prevent it, this process also strengthen the consumer confidence, thus lowering to know that the risk adjudicate to the feeling, so the essay has important and realistic meaning for further expand the electronic commerce. At first, investigate, collect, tidy up, analyze the questionnaire information, and thus get the primary data. Finally try to find out the influence of perceived risk to each stage of purchasing decision during consumer on-line shopping process with data and personal analytical. The paper is a complement to the local and existing perceived theories. The result of the study manifests that, the order of main perceived risks which felt by consumer during on-line shopping process are as follow: financial risk, the performance risk and service risk.

  3. SAR image data compression for an on-line archive system

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    Chang, C. Y.; Kwok, R.; Curlander, J. C.

    1987-01-01

    This paper summarizes the investigation of SAR image data compression for an on-line archive data distribution system. This system is planned for the ground processing system of Alaska SAR Facility (ASF) and Shuttle Imaging Radar (SIR-C). The objective of the SAR image data compression is to enable the data archive system to provide the remote users a large data base with good image quality, short response time, low transfer cost, and minimal decoding complexity. The requirements and limitations of the on-line archive data distribution system are presented. The effects of SAR image data characteristics on data compression are addressed. The users' survey results suggest that compression ratios between 10:1 and 20:1 appear suitable. Based on the algorithm evaluation results, the two-level tree-searched vector quantization technique has been recommended as the SAR image data compression algorithm for the on-line archive data distribution system.

  4. Development of on-line EDXRF to monitor actinide contaminated waste streams

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    Day, R.S.; Vigil, A.R.

    1995-12-31

    A commercially available on-line energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) system was modified for glove box operations and installed on the Advanced Testing Line for Actinide Separations (ATLAS) at Los Alamos, Actinides and metal impurities in an anion-exchange effluent were monitored to obtain near-real-time chemical information. This system demonstrated continuous monitoring of flowing actinide waste streams for the elements above atomic number 14. The EDXRF supplied semiquantitative and quantitative information, and with development and implementation of more rigorous analysis techniques, better quantitative results are possible, The analytic range were from the ppm level to weight percent compositions. Initial pre concentration experiments indicated that even lower levels of analysis with the on-line EDXRF may be possible. The use of the Si(Li) detector for both gamma and x-ray emissions enabled on-line analysis of americium to ppb levels.

  5. On-line electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry configurations: recent developments and trends

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    Burguera, Marcela; Burguera, Jose Luis

    2007-09-01

    In the present mini-review, an account of the actual state-of-the-art and future possibilities offered by on-line ET-AAS is presented. Topics such as: (1) on-line analyte preconcentration (by means of precipitation, sorption, solvent extraction, and solid phase extraction); (2) analyte separation by means of chromatography, and electrochemical, microdialysis and chemical vapor generation processes; and (3) sample treatment (by microwave sample digestion, sample emulsification and dilution processes) are used to illustrate the versatility of flow injection, sequential injection analysis, stop flow and continuous flow, when coupled to a graphite furnace. The use of some of the on-line systems for speciation and the simultaneous determination of different analytes is underlined.

  6. On-line analysis of reactor noise using time-series analysis

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    McGevna, V.G.

    1981-10-01

    A method to allow use of time series analysis for on-line noise analysis has been developed. On-line analysis of noise in nuclear power reactors has been limited primarily to spectral analysis and related frequency domain techniques. Time series analysis has many distinct advantages over spectral analysis in the automated processing of reactor noise. However, fitting an autoregressive-moving average (ARMA) model to time series data involves non-linear least squares estimation. Unless a high speed, general purpose computer is available, the calculations become too time consuming for on-line applications. To eliminate this problem, a special purpose algorithm was developed for fitting ARMA models. While it is based on a combination of steepest descent and Taylor series linearization, properties of the ARMA model are used so that the auto- and cross-correlation functions can be used to eliminate the need for estimating derivatives.

  7. Development of on-line measurement techniques for siloxanes and other trace compounds in biogas.

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    Arnold, M; Kajolinna, T

    2010-06-01

    This paper focuses on the development of an on-line measurement method for siloxanes and other biogas trace compounds impeding the energy utilisation of biogas, as well as the main gas components, methane and carbon dioxide. The method is based on gas chromatography and FT-IR-analysis. The level of siloxane, hydrogen sulphide and halogens in biogas generated in a number of landfills and digesters in Finland is also presented and factors affecting the concentrations discussed. Generally, the level of biogas trace compounds hampering electricity production was lower than those measured at comparable sites in Central Europe and the US. Moreover, the paper discusses the significance of on-line monitoring of siloxane in connection to biogas-to-electricity applications and points out with activated carbon as an example the benefits of on-line siloxane measurement in the control of siloxane removal technology. PMID:20056535

  8. On-line analysis of cracking in cortical bone under wedge penetration.

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    Alam, Khurshid; Kerckhofs, Greet; Mitrofanov, Alexander V; Lomov, Stepan; Wevers, Martin; Silberschmidt, Vadim V

    2012-09-01

    Understanding the mechanism of crack propagation during bone cutting is necessary for the development of realistic bone cutting models. This article studies the on-line fractural behaviour of cortical bone caused by penetration with a sharp metallic wedge mounted on an on-line loading stage within an X-ray microfocus computed tomography system. The experimental results demonstrated anisotropy in crack propagation depending on the penetration direction with regard to the longitudinal bone axis and relate the crack growth to the extent of penetration. Scanning electron microscopy is performed to analyse the mechanism of cracking in the two phase microstructure of compact bone. PMID:23025172

  9. REMPI-TOFMS for on-line monitoring and controlling the coffee roasting process

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    Dorfner, Ralph; Ferge, Thomas; Yeretzian, Chahan; Zimmermann, Ralf; Kettrup, Antonius

    2001-08-01

    REMPI@266nm-TOFMS is used for on-line analysis of the coffee roasting process. Volatile and flavor active compounds of coffee were ionized by REMPI@266nm and monitored on-line and in real-time by TOFMS during the coffee roasting process. The phenol and 4-vinylguaiacol time-intensity profiles, for example, show typical behavior for different roasting temperatures and provide an indicator to the achieved degree of roasting. The impact of the moisture level of the green coffee beans on the time shift of a typical (commercial) roasting time, correlates with REMPI-TOFMS measurements and literature data.

  10. Note: On-line weak signal detection via adaptive stochastic resonance

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    Lu, Siliang; He, Qingbo Kong, Fanrang

    2014-06-15

    We design an instrument with a novel embedded adaptive stochastic resonance (SR) algorithm that consists of a SR module and a digital zero crossing detection module for on-line weak signal detection in digital signal processing applications. The two modules are responsible for noise filtering and adaptive parameter configuration, respectively. The on-line weak signal detection can be stably achieved in seconds. The prototype instrument exhibits an advance of 20 dB averaged signal-to-noise ratio and 5 times averaged adjust R-square as compared to the input noisy signal, in considering different driving frequencies and noise levels.

  11. Line-on-Line Coincidence: A New Type of Epitaxy Found in Organic-Organic Heterolayers

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    Mannsfeld, Stefan C.; Leo, Karl; Fritz, Torsten

    2005-02-01

    We propose a new type of epitaxy, line-on-line coincidence (LOL), which explains the ordering in the organic-organic heterolayer system PTCDA on HBC on graphite. LOL epitaxy is similar to point-on-line coincidence (POL) in the sense that all overlayer molecules lie on parallel, equally spaced lines. The key difference to POL is that these lines are not restricted to primitive lattice lines of the substrate lattice. Potential energy calculations demonstrate that this new type of epitaxy is indeed characterized by a minimum in the overlayer-substrate interaction potential.

  12. Continuous On-Line Partial Discharge Monitor for Medium-Voltage Cable Feasibility Study

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    M. Fenger

    2005-11-30

    Partial discharge (PD) assessment is one method of detecting cable conditions that predict approaching failure. While not all PDs in cable systems lead to failure, PDs within the cable's insulation can lead to relatively rapid failure. Accordingly, on-line PD assessment may be more useful than periodic PD assessment because the period of partial discharging at the end of a cable's life may be quite short. The research described in this report studied the feasibility of developing an on-line PD monitor for assessing both shielded and unshielded MV cables.

  13. On-line HPLC/GC techniques for the analyses of biomass derived hydrocarbons

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    Luzbetak, D.J.; Hoffmann, J.J.

    1982-01-01

    An automated on-line high-performance liquid chromatography/gas chromatography (HPLC/GC) technique was developed for the analysis of biomass extractables (biocrude) as renewable sources of energy. The method was developed with a simulated biocrude mixture of n-alkane and terpenoid standards, and was applied to a sample from Pedilanthus macrocarpus (Euphorbiaceae). Hydrocarbon group-type separations were achieved by using normal-phase HPLC. On-line injections into a GC equipped with glass capillary column provided separations of the individual constituents. The technique can be used to monitor the agronomic development of bioenergy crops to optimize the production of the economically significant components.

  14. On-line automatic detection of driver drowsiness using a single electroencephalographic channel.

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    Picot, Antoine; Charbonnier, Sylvie; Caplier, Alice

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, an on-line drowsiness detection algorithm using a single electroencephalographic (EEG) channel is presented. This algorithm is based on a means comparison test to detect changes of the alpha relative power ([8-12]Hz band). The main advantage of the method proposed is that the detection threshold is completely independent of drivers and does not need to be tuned for each person. This algorithm, which works on-line, has been tested on a huge dataset representing 60 hours of driving and give good results with nearly 85% of good detections and 20% of false alarms. PMID:19163556

  15. Factors Related to Adoption and Non-Adoption of Technical and Organizational Recommendations by Farmers Involved with Societe de Developpement du Cacao (SO.DE.CAO) in Cameroon. A Research Summary.

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    Kamga, Andre; Cheek, Jimmy G.

    In order to promote cocoa production and assist cocoa farmers in overcoming diseases in this crop, the government of Cameroon created an experimental corporation called Societe de Developpement du Cacao (SO.DE.CAO) in 1974. This organization functioned much like an extension service to provide information about crop production and disease control.…

  16. Potentials of on-line repositioning based on implanted fiducial markers and electronic portal imaging in prostate cancer radiotherapy

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    Graf, Reinhold; Wust, Peter; Budach, Volker; Boehmer, Dirk

    2009-01-01

    Background To evaluate the benefit of an on-line correction protocol based on implanted markers and weekly portal imaging in external beam radiotherapy of prostate cancer. To compare the use of bony anatomy versus implanted markers for calculation of setup-error plus/minus prostate movement. To estimate the error reduction (and the corresponding margin reduction) by reducing the total error to 3 mm once a week, three times per week or every treatment day. Methods 23 patients had three to five, 2.5 mm Ø spherical gold markers transrectally inserted into the prostate before radiotherapy. Verification and correction of treatment position by analysis of orthogonal portal images was performed on a weekly basis. We registered with respect to the bony contours (setup error) and to the marker position (prostate motion) and determined the total error. The systematic and random errors are specified. Positioning correction was applied with a threshold of 5 mm displacement. Results The systematic error (1 standard deviation [SD]) in left-right (LR), superior-inferior (SI) and anterior-posterior (AP) direction contributes for the setup 1.6 mm, 2.1 mm and 2.4 mm and for prostate motion 1.1 mm, 1.9 mm and 2.3 mm. The random error (1 SD) in LR, SI and AP direction amounts for the setup 2.3 mm, 2.7 mm and 2.7 mm and for motion 1.4 mm, 2.3 mm and 2.7 mm. The resulting total error suggests margins of 7.0 mm (LR), 9.5 mm (SI) and 9.5 mm (AP) between clinical target volume (CTV) and planning target volume (PTV). After correction once a week the margins were lowered to 6.7, 8.2 and 8.7 mm and furthermore down to 4.9, 5.1 and 4.8 mm after correcting every treatment day. Conclusion Prostate movement relative to adjacent bony anatomy is significant and contributes substantially to the target position variability. Performing on-line setup correction using implanted radioopaque markers and megavoltage radiography results in reduced treatment margins depending on the online imaging protocol (once a week or more frequently). PMID:19397824

  17. On-line preconcentration of fluorescent derivatives of catecholamines in cerebrospinal fluid using flow-gated capillary electrophoresis.

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    Zhang, Qiyang; Gong, Maojun

    2016-06-10

    Flow-gated capillary electrophoresis (CE) coupled with microdialysis has become an important tool for in vivo bioanalytical measurements because it is capable of performing rapid and efficient separations of complex biological mixtures thus enabling high temporal resolution in chemical monitoring. However, the limit of detection (LOD) is often limited to a micro- or nano-molar range while many important target analytes have picomolar or sub-nanomolar levels in brain and other tissues. To enhance the capability of flow-gated CE for catecholamine detection, a novel and simple on-line sample preconcentration method was developed exclusively for fluorescent derivatives of catecholamines that were fluorogenically derivatized with naphthalene-2,3-dicarboxaldehyde (NDA) in the presence of cyanide. The effective preconcentration coupled with the sensitive laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection lowered the LOD down to 20pM for norepinephrine (NE) and 50pM for dopamine (DA) at 3-fold of S/N ratio, and the signal enhancement was estimated to be over 100-fold relative to normal injection when standard analytes were dissolved in artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF). The basic focusing principle is novel since the sample plug contains borate while the background electrolyte (BGE) is void of borate. This strategy took advantage of the complexation between diols and borate, through which one negative charge was added to the complex entity. The sample derivatization mixture was electrokinetically injected into a capillary via the flow-gated injection, and then NE and DA derivatives were selectively focused to a narrow zone by the reversible complexation. Separation of NE and DA derivatives was executed by incoming surfactants of cholate and deoxycholate mixed in the front BGE plug. This on-line preconcentration method was finally applied to the detection of DA in rat cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) via microdialysis and on-line derivatization. It is anticipated that the method would be valuable for in vivo monitoring of DA and NE in various brain regions of live animals on flow-gated CE or microchip platforms. PMID:27156734

  18. An on-line calibration algorithm for external parameters of visual system based on binocular stereo cameras

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    Wang, Liqiang; Liu, Zhen; Zhang, Zhonghua

    2014-11-01

    Stereo vision is the key in the visual measurement, robot vision, and autonomous navigation. Before performing the system of stereo vision, it needs to calibrate the intrinsic parameters for each camera and the external parameters of the system. In engineering, the intrinsic parameters remain unchanged after calibrating cameras, and the positional relationship between the cameras could be changed because of vibration, knocks and pressures in the vicinity of the railway or motor workshops. Especially for large baselines, even minute changes in translation or rotation can affect the epipolar geometry and scene triangulation to such a degree that visual system becomes disabled. A technology including both real-time examination and on-line recalibration for the external parameters of stereo system becomes particularly important. This paper presents an on-line method for checking and recalibrating the positional relationship between stereo cameras. In epipolar geometry, the external parameters of cameras can be obtained by factorization of the fundamental matrix. Thus, it offers a method to calculate the external camera parameters without any special targets. If the intrinsic camera parameters are known, the external parameters of system can be calculated via a number of random matched points. The process is: (i) estimating the fundamental matrix via the feature point correspondences; (ii) computing the essential matrix from the fundamental matrix; (iii) obtaining the external parameters by decomposition of the essential matrix. In the step of computing the fundamental matrix, the traditional methods are sensitive to noise and cannot ensure the estimation accuracy. We consider the feature distribution situation in the actual scene images and introduce a regional weighted normalization algorithm to improve accuracy of the fundamental matrix estimation. In contrast to traditional algorithms, experiments on simulated data prove that the method improves estimation robustness and accuracy of the fundamental matrix. Finally, we take an experiment for computing the relationship of a pair of stereo cameras to demonstrate accurate performance of the algorithm.

  19. Fixed-target physics at Fermilab

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    Bjorken, J.D.

    1985-03-01

    The Fermilab Energy Saver is now successfully commissioned and fixed-target experimentation at high energy (800 GeV) has begun. In addition, a number of new experiments designed to exploit the unique features of the Tevatron are yet to come on-line. In this talk, we will review recent accomplishments in the fixed-target program and describe experiments in progress and others yet to come.

  20. Solid-state Marx based two-switch voltage modulator for the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research

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    Redondo, L. M.; Canacsinh, H.; Ferrao, N.; Mendes, C.; Silva, J. Fernando; Soares, R.; Schipper, J.; Fowler, A.

    2010-07-15

    A new circuit topology is proposed to replace the actual pulse transformer and thyratron based resonant modulator that supplies the 60 kV target potential for the ion acceleration of the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator, the stability of which is critical for the mass resolution downstream separator, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The improved modulator uses two solid-state switches working together, each one based on the Marx generator concept, operating as series and parallel switches, reducing the stress on the series stacked semiconductors, and also as auxiliary pulse generator in order to fulfill the target requirements. Preliminary results of a 10 kV prototype, using 1200 V insulated gate bipolar transistors and capacitors in the solid-state Marx circuits, ten stages each, with an electrical equivalent circuit of the target, are presented, demonstrating both the improved voltage stability and pulse flexibility potential wanted for this new modulator.

  1. Solid-state Marx based two-switch voltage modulator for the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research

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    Redondo, L. M.; Silva, J. Fernando; Canacsinh, H.; Ferrão, N.; Mendes, C.; Soares, R.; Schipper, J.; Fowler, A.

    2010-07-01

    A new circuit topology is proposed to replace the actual pulse transformer and thyratron based resonant modulator that supplies the 60 kV target potential for the ion acceleration of the On-Line Isotope Mass Separator accelerator, the stability of which is critical for the mass resolution downstream separator, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The improved modulator uses two solid-state switches working together, each one based on the Marx generator concept, operating as series and parallel switches, reducing the stress on the series stacked semiconductors, and also as auxiliary pulse generator in order to fulfill the target requirements. Preliminary results of a 10 kV prototype, using 1200 V insulated gate bipolar transistors and capacitors in the solid-state Marx circuits, ten stages each, with an electrical equivalent circuit of the target, are presented, demonstrating both the improved voltage stability and pulse flexibility potential wanted for this new modulator.

  2. Sputter target

    DOEpatents

    Gates, Willard G.; Hale, Gerald J.

    1980-01-01

    The disclosure relates to an improved sputter target for use in the deposition of hard coatings. An exemplary target is given wherein titanium diboride is brazed to a tantalum backing plate using a gold-palladium-nickel braze alloy.

  3. An Evaluation of On-Line Assignment Submission, Marking, and Return

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    Palmer, Stuart

    2006-01-01

    Technology has made a significant impact on assessment, including its use to automate assignment submission. On-line assignment submission, marking, and return were introduced into a fourth-year engineering management unit for the first time, and a formal evaluation was undertaken to assess student perceptions of this new development. Nearly all…

  4. ON-LINE ZEEMAN ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROSCOPY FOR MERCURY ANALYSIS IN OIL SHALE GASES

    EPA Science Inventory

    This publication describes the development and initial testing of instrumentation for continuous on-line analytical measurement of mercury concentrations in complex gas streams or in ambient air, in the presence of smoke, organic vapors, and oil mist from oil shale processing pla...

  5. Teacher-Student Interaction and Learning in On-Line Theological Education. Part III: Methodological Approach

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    Heinemann, Mark H.

    2006-01-01

    Many theological educators ask how on-line classes can provide students with the kind of personal teacher-student interaction that is needed in a healthy and holistic approach to preparation for ministry. A quantitative study was undertaken for the purposes of examining the relationships between three major types of teacher-student interaction…

  6. IN VIVO MEASUREMENT OF PHENYLGLUCUCURONIDE IN RAINBOW TROUT BY ON-LINE INJECTION MICRODIALYSIS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Phenylglucuronide (PG) was measured in vivo in arterial blood of rainbow trout using on-line injection microdialysis. A microdialysis probe was surgically implanted in the dorsal aorta of spinally-transected trout. The trout were dosed continuously with PG for 24 h using a ventra...

  7. ON-LINE MEASUREMENT OF NITROUS OXIDE FROM COMBUSTION SOURCES BY AUTOMATED GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY

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    The paper discusses on-line measurement of nitrous oxide (N2O) from combustion sources by automated gas chromatography. ossil fuel combustion is suspected of contributing to measured increases in the ambient concentrations of N2O. haracterization of N2O emissions from fossil fuel...

  8. Don't Waste Your Time Teaching in an On-Line Environment

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    Potvin, Bernie L.

    2012-01-01

    In this paper I address one question asked by teachers who teach online--"How can I build community among my learners in my class?" This paper provides an answer; in fact, it provides ten possible answers, in the form of ten models for teachers to use to build community in on-line courses. Each model has been tried and tested over ten…

  9. Early Orthographic Experience Modifies Both Phonological Awareness and On-Line Speech Processing

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    Cheung, Him; Chen, Hsuan-Chih

    2004-01-01

    Previous authors have shown that orthographic experience modifies phonological awareness, yet whether it also impacts on automatic speech processing has not been explored. In the present study, we replicated the effect of early orthographic experience on phonological awareness, and further demonstrated that on-line speech processing varied between

  10. On-line signature verification method by Laplacian spectral analysis and dynamic time warping

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    Li, Changting; Peng, Liangrui; Liu, Changsong; Ding, Xiaoqing

    2013-12-01

    As smartphones and touch screens are more and more popular, on-line signature verification technology can be used as one of personal identification means for mobile computing. In this paper, a novel Laplacian Spectral Analysis (LSA) based on-line signature verification method is presented and an integration framework of LSA and Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) based methods for practical application is proposed. In LSA based method, a Laplacian matrix is constructed by regarding the on-line signature as a graph. The signature's writing speed information is utilized in the Laplacian matrix of the graph. The eigenvalue spectrum of the Laplacian matrix is analyzed and used for signature verification. The framework to integrate LSA and DTW methods is further proposed. DTW is integrated at two stages. First, it is used to provide stroke matching results for the LSA method to construct the corresponding graph better. Second, the on-line signature verification results by DTW are fused with that of the LSA method. Experimental results on public signature database and practical signature data on mobile phones proved the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  11. On-line high-precision stable hydrogen isotopic analyses on nanoliter water samples.

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    Morrison, J; Brockwell, T; Merren, T; Fourel, F; Phillips, A M

    2001-08-01

    We describe a new on-line chromium reduction technique for the measurement of stable hydrogen (deltaD) isotopes in waters using continuous-flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry. The on-line Cr reduction method has low intersample memory effects (< 1%) and excellent precision and accuracy for deltaD (+/-0.5% and was used to analyze waters samples as small as 50 nL. The on-line Cr method has a number of significant advantages over conventional offline Zn and U reduction and on-line carbon-based pyrolysis techniques. A single Cr reactor can be used to analyze approximately 1,000 water samples using an injection volume of 0.5 microL, with an individual sample analysis time of 4 min. Intersample memory effects are negligible. The Cr reactor temperature of 1050 degree C is easily attainable on standard elemental analyzers and so does not require the specialized and costly high-temperature furnaces of carbon-based pyrolysis reactors. Furthermore, hydrogen isotopes in extremely small water samples in the 100-nL range or less can be easily measured; hence, this new method opens up a number of exciting application areas in earth and environmental sciences, for example, natural abundance deltaD measurements of individual fluid inclusions in geologic materials using a laser source and measurements of body fluids in physiological and metabolic research. PMID:11510820

  12. The S-Star Trial Bioinformatics Course: An On-line Learning Success

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    Lim, Yun Ping; Hoog, Jan-Olov; Gardner, Phyllis; Ranganathan, Shoba; Andersson, Siv; Subbiah, Subramanian; Tan, Tin Wee; Hide, Winston; Weiss, Anthony S.

    2003-01-01

    The S-Star Trial Bioinformatics on-line course (www.s-star.org) is a global experiment in bioinformatics distance education. Six universities from five continents have participated in this project. One hundred and fifty students participated in the first trial course of which 96 followed through the entire course and 70 fulfilled the overall…

  13. On-Line Processing of Tense and Temporality in Agrammatic Aphasia

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    Faroqi-Shah, Yasmeen; Dickey, Michael Walsh

    2009-01-01

    Agrammatic aphasic individuals exhibit marked production deficits for tense morphology. This paper presents three experiments examining whether a group of English-speaking agrammatic individuals (n = 10) exhibit parallel deficits in their comprehension of tense. Results from two comprehension experiments (on-line grammaticality judgment studies)…

  14. PORT: A Testbed Paradigm for On-line Digital Archive Development.

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    Keeler, Mary; Kloesel, Christian

    1997-01-01

    Discusses the Peirce On-line Resource Testbed (PORT), a digital archive of primary data. Highlights include knowledge processing testbeds for digital resource development; Peirce's pragmatism in operation; PORT and knowledge processing; obstacles to archive access; and PORT as a paradigm for critical control in knowledge processing. (AEF)

  15. The Impact of Recurrent On-Line Synchronous Scientific Argumentation on Students' Argumentation and Conceptual Change

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    Chen, Chien-Hsien; She, Hsiao-Ching

    2012-01-01

    This study reports the impact of Recurrent On-Line Synchronous Scientific Argumentation learning on 8th grade students' scientific argumentation ability and conceptual change involving physical science. The control group (N = 76) were recruited to receive conventional instruction whereas the experimental group (N = 74) received the Recurrent…

  16. Managing the Transition into Higher Education: An On-Line Spiral Induction Programme

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    Laing, Christopher; Robinson, Alan; Johnston, Veronique

    2005-01-01

    In helping students manage the transition into higher education, there must be (i) an understanding of the needs and expectations of the students, and (ii) a process that inducts the students into the needs and expectations of higher education. This premise underpins the on-line Spiral Induction Programme (onSIP) developed at Southampton…

  17. A Handbook for the Introduction of On-Line Bibliographic Search Services Into Academic Libraries.

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    Wax, David M.

    A handbook is provided for library administrators who are planning to install commercially available on-line interactive search services. It includes guidelines for selecting and organizing the service, staffing, training and orientation, preparing the service sites, promotion and user education, finance, data collection, and service evaluation.…

  18. Establishment of a national on-line registry for apheresis in Korea.

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    Song, Eun Young; Yoon, Jong Hyun; Lee, Jong Wook; Park, Chong Won; Kwon, Seog Woon; Kim, Dae Won; Lim, Young Ae; Kim, Hyun Ok; Han, Kyou Sup

    2008-04-01

    National apheresis registries can be used to evaluate changes in technology, clinical indications, and applications over the years. Since the establishment of the Korean Society of Apheresis (KSFA) in 1999, basic data on the status of apheresis have been collected using letters and e-mails on a biennial basis. In February 2006, a KSFA homepage and an on-line apheresis registry were constructed (http://www.apheresis.or.kr/). The registry consists of two sub-registries, one addressing overall aspects, e.g., the numbers and types of apheresis machines, total numbers of apheresis procedures, and the other addressing therapeutic plasmapheresis, e.g., diagnoses, modes of treatment, instrument used, replacement fluids, volumes processed, vascular access, anticoagulants, complications, and clinical responses. Data registered on-line is presumed to represent about 95% of total apheresis procedures performed in Korea. In this report, we introduce our on-line registry system and compared the data obtained by on-line registry with the previous ones. PMID:18359274

  19. A Low-Maintenance Approach to Improving Retention: Short On-Line Tutorials in Elementary Statistics

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    Sargent, Carol Springer; Borthick, A. Faye; Lederberg, Amy R.; Haardorfer, Regine

    2013-01-01

    The struggle to get weak students to use learning support services plagues virtually all retention programs (Friedlander, 1980; Hodges, 2001; Karabenick & Knapp, 1988; Moore & LeDee, 2006; Simpson, Hynd, Nist, & Burrell, 1997; Webster & Dee, 1998). This study presents a cost-effective form of supplemental instruction (SI), in the form of on-line

  20. Flexible On-line Assessment and Feedback for Teaching Linear Algebra.

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    Siew, Peg-Foo

    2003-01-01

    Discusses the advantages to using on-line assessment for both the instructor and the learner. Reports on the use of an online assessment tool that provides interactive feedback to students learning linear algebra. Measures success in terms of improved pass rate and students' satisfaction with the flexible learning opportunities that the tool…

  1. Development of the Defense Documentation Center Remote On-Line Retrieval System - Past, Present and Future.

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    Bennertz, Richard K.

    The document highlights in nontechnical language the development of the Defense Documentation Center (DDC) Remote On-Line Retrieval System from its inception in 1967 to what is planned. It describes in detail the current operating system, equipment configuration and associated costs, user training and system evaluation and may be of value to other…

  2. Author On-Line: Using Asynchronous Computer Conferencing To Support Literacy.

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    Clarke, Linda; Heaney, Peter

    2003-01-01

    Describes the Author-On-Line (AOL) project that used asynchronous computer conferencing to support the teaching and learning of literacy with pupils aged 10-12 years from two schools in Ireland. Presents the AOL-APT model which summarizes the key components: Author, Pedagogy and Technology (APT); and discusses its value for online, social,…

  3. 76 FR 52731 - On-Line Complaint Form for Service-Related Issues in Air Transportation

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-08-23

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Office of the Secretary On-Line Complaint Form for Service-Related Issues in Air Transportation AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice and request for comments....

  4. In Search of On-Line Locality Effects in Sentence Comprehension

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    Bartek, Brian; Lewis, Richard L.; Vasishth, Shravan; Smith, Mason R.

    2011-01-01

    Many comprehension theories assert that increasing the distance between elements participating in a linguistic relation (e.g., a verb and a noun phrase argument) increases the difficulty of establishing that relation during on-line comprehension. Such "locality effects" are expected to increase reading times and are thought to reveal properties…

  5. Designing On-Line Chinese Language Courses: New Roles for Educators

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    Zheng, Tongtao

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is threefold. Firstly, it will review the theories and practice of on-line learning and the need for new roles in the development of new media delivery systems. Secondly, the current status of university teachers will be analyzed within the context of the new roles. And thirdly, new roles for teachers and course designers

  6. Anodic stripping voltammetry coupled on-line with ICP-MS

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    Van Berkel, G.J.; Zhou, F.; Duckworth, D.C.; Morton, S.J.

    1995-12-31

    Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a sensitive technique for elemental analysis which provides submicrogram-per-liter (sub-ppb) detection limits (DLs) for most elements. The drive towards lower DLs in response to regulatory mandates and the need to eliminate problems imposed in quantitative analyses by sample matrices are research areas of active pursuit in ICP-MS. A generic means to effectively lower concentration detection limits and eliminate matrix effects is an on-line preconcentration/matrix elimination device. Anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) coupled on-line with ICP-MS has proven to be an effective and relatively simple method for on-line preconcentration and matrix elimination ASV utilizes an electrochemical deposition step to preconcentrate metal species from solution into the small volume of a mercury electrode. After deposition, the metal is electrochemically oxidized, thereby stripping it from the electrode back into solution. In previous work, the authors have shown that concentration detection limits for a VG Plasma Quad, equipped with a conventional nebulizer and spray chamber, could be lowered by at least an order-of-magnitude for some elements (e.g., Tl) with on-line ASV-ICP-MS using a thin-layer, low-dead volume (i.e., 1.0 {mu}L) flow-by electrochemical cell.

  7. On-line assessment performance of high pressure natural gas filter

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    Xu, Qiaoqi; Ji, Zhongli; Chen, Honghai; Xiong, Zhiyi

    2013-07-01

    In this paper, an on-line high pressure natural gas pipeline particulate analyzer was employed to determine the performance of two filters in two domestic natural gas transport stations. The particle size distribution and mass concentration for inlets and outlets of the two filters were obtained. The filtration efficiencies and cumulative efficiencies for them were also derived.

  8. RISK ASSESSMENT ANALYSES USING EPA'S ON-LINE SITE-SPECIFIC TRANSPORT MODELS AND FIELD DATA

    EPA Science Inventory

    EPA has developed a suite of on-line calculators and transport models to aid in risk assessment for subsurface contamination. The calculators (www.epa.gov/athens/onsite) provide several levels of tools and data. These include tools for generating commonly-used model input param...

  9. Marketing the Library in an On-Line University to Help Achieve Information Literacy

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    Murphy, Jennifer

    2013-01-01

    An entrepreneurial librarian takes the embedded librarian concept one step further at a completely on-line university and markets the virtual library to students, faculty and administration rather than wait for customers to come to the library. York and Vance (2009) make the observation that "one obstacle to marketing an embedded librarian…

  10. Searching for Information On-Line and Off-Line: Gender Differences among Middle School Students

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    Roy, Marguerite; Taylor, Roger; Chi, Michelene T. H.

    2003-01-01

    There has been a national call for increased use of computers and technology in schools. Currently, however, little is known about how students use and learn from these new technologies. This study examines how students search for, browse, and learn specific information when performing an on-line (Web) versus an off-line (Library) search.…

  11. The On-Line Study of Sentence Comprehension: An Examination of Dual Task Paradigms

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    Nicol, Janet; Swinney, David; Love, Tracy; Hald, Lea

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents three studies which examine the susceptibility of sentence comprehension to intrusion by extra-sentential probe words in two on-line dual-task techniques commonly used to study sentence processing: the cross-modal lexical priming paradigm and the unimodal all-visual lexical priming paradigm. It provides both a general review…

  12. On-Line Grammaticality Judgments in French Children and Adults: A Crosslinguistic Perspective

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    Kail, Michele

    2004-01-01

    This study examined the on-line processing of French sentences in a grammaticality judgment experiment. Three age groups of French children (mean age: 6;8, 8;6 and 10;10 years) and a group of adults were asked to detect grammatical violations as quickly as possible. Three factors were studied: the violation type: agreement violations (number and

  13. On-Line vs. Face-to-Face Delivery of Information Technology Courses: Students' Assessment

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    Said, Hazem; Kirgis, Lauren; Verkamp, Brian; Johnson, Lawrence

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates students' assessment of on-line vs face-to-face delivery of lecture-based information technology courses. The study used end-of-course surveys to examine students' ratings of five course quality indicators: Course Organization, Assessment and Grading Procedures, Instructor Performance, Positive Learning Experience, and…

  14. On-Line Mathematics Assessment: The Impact of Mode on Performance and Question Answering Strategies

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    Johnson, Martin; Green, Sylvia

    2006-01-01

    The transition from paper-based to computer-based assessment raises a number of important issues about how mode might affect children's performance and question answering strategies. In this project 104 eleven-year-olds were given two sets of matched mathematics questions, one set on-line and the other on paper. Facility values were analyzed to…

  15. The On-Line Processing of Verb-Phrase Ellipsis in Aphasia

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    Poirier, Josee; Shapiro, Lewis P.; Love, Tracy; Grodzinsky, Yosef

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the on-line processing of verb-phrase ellipsis (VPE) constructions in two brain injured populations: Broca's and Anomic aphasics. VPE constructions are built from two simple clauses; the first is the antecedent clause and the second is the ellipsis clause. The ellipsis clause is missing its verb and object (i.e., its verb phrase…

  16. On-Line Grammaticality Judgments in French Children and Adults: A Crosslinguistic Perspective

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    Kail, Michele

    2004-01-01

    This study examined the on-line processing of French sentences in a grammaticality judgment experiment. Three age groups of French children (mean age: 6;8, 8;6 and 10;10 years) and a group of adults were asked to detect grammatical violations as quickly as possible. Three factors were studied: the violation type: agreement violations (number and…

  17. Taking the Epistemic Step: Toward a Model of On-Line Access to Conversational Implicatures

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    Breheny, Richard; Ferguson, Heather J.; Katsos, Napoleon

    2013-01-01

    There is a growing body of evidence showing that conversational implicatures are rapidly accessed in incremental utterance interpretation. To date, studies showing incremental access have focussed on implicatures related to linguistic triggers, such as "some" and "or". We discuss three kinds of on-line model that can account for this data. A model…

  18. The On-Line ERIC Project at the National Library of Australia.

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    McCallum, Ian S.

    This report describes the On-Line ERIC Project conducted jointly by the National Library of Australia and by IBM Australia Ltd. between March and May 1976. The Project involved a telecommunications network with video terminals and printers linking the National Library, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Central Library, and Macquarie…

  19. In Search of the Best On-Line Degree Programs in Human Resources.

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    Kirk, James J.; Waltemyer, Holly

    The advent of the Internet, the World Wide Web, and global infrastructures for e-learning are revolutionizing how colleges and universities deliver degree programs to adult students. Benefits of on-line degree programs to working adults include flexibility, convenience, and time and cost savings. New technologies that greatly affect how online…

  20. An Evaluation of On-Line, Interactive Tutorials Designed to Teach Practice Concepts

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    Seabury, Brett A.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents an evaluation of two on-line-based programs designed to teach practice skills. One program teaches crisis intervention and the other teaches suicide assessment. The evaluation of the use of these programs compares outcomes for two groups of students, one using the interactive program outside a class context and the other using…

  1. Towards the Development of an On-Line Model Error Identification System

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Due to the complexity of potential error sources in land surface models, the accurate specification of model error parameters has emerged as a major challenge in the development of effective land data assimilation systems. While several on-line procedures for estimating model error parameters - base...

  2. Outcomes of On-Line Financial Education for Chronically Ill Rural Women

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    Haynes, Deborah C.; Haynes, George W.; Weinert, Clarann

    2011-01-01

    This research was part of a larger longitudinal study of chronically ill rural women to determine if computer technology could be effective in allowing the women to take control of their own well-being, including finances. The current study examined whether chronically ill rural women can effectively use on-line personal finance educational…

  3. Methodological Considerations in On-Line Contingent Research and Implications for Learning. Technical Report.

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    Whittington, Marna C.

    Methods for the implementation of on-line contingent research are described in this study. In a contingent experimentation procedure, the content of successive experimental trials is a function of a subject's responses to a previous trial or trials (in contrast to traditional experimentation in which the subject is presented a previously…

  4. On-Line vs. Face-to-Face Delivery of Information Technology Courses: Students' Assessment

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    Said, Hazem; Kirgis, Lauren; Verkamp, Brian; Johnson, Lawrence

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates students' assessment of on-line vs face-to-face delivery of lecture-based information technology courses. The study used end-of-course surveys to examine students' ratings of five course quality indicators: Course Organization, Assessment and Grading Procedures, Instructor Performance, Positive Learning Experience, and

  5. Towards the development of an on-line model error identification system for land surface models

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Due to the complexity of potential error sources in land surface models, the accurate specification of model error parameters has emerged as a major challenge in the development of effective land data assimilation systems for hydrologic and hydro-climatic applications. While several on-line procedur...

  6. English Collocation Learning through Corpus Data: On-Line Concordance and Statistical Information

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    Ohtake, Hiroshi; Fujita, Nobuyuki; Kawamoto, Takeshi; Morren, Brian; Ugawa, Yoshihiro; Kaneko, Shuji

    2012-01-01

    We developed an English Collocations On Demand system offering on-line corpus and concordance information to help Japanese researchers acquire a better command of English collocation patterns. The Life Science Dictionary Corpus consists of approximately 90,000,000 words collected from life science related research papers published in academic

  7. Application of data acquisition systems for on-line definition and control of wind tunnel shape

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wolf, S. W. D.

    1979-01-01

    Improvements in wind tunnel design to reduce test and flight discrepancies are analyzed. Flexible wall streamlining, criteria for tunnel streamlining, and error assessment are discussed. It is concluded that the concept of self-streamlining wind tunnels is suited for on-line computer control.

  8. TH-C-BRE-01: IGART: Fast On-Line Planning for IGART

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    Oelfke, U; Raaymakers, B; Jia, X; Ahunbay, E; Li, X

    2014-06-15

    Cone beam CT IGRT provides on-line anatomical data of the patient at the treatment couch while new hybrid MRI radiotherapy systems promise to provide this data during the actual radiation delivery itself. To exploit these data, and account for tissue rotations, deformations and tumor regression during radiation therapy delivery, fast, on-line IMRT (re)planning is required.On-line IMRT re-planning needs to re-generate a similar patient specific dose distribution as done in the pre-treatment planning but then for the new state of the anatomy. For this the pre-treatment information has to be propagated to the actual treatment. A fast dose engine is required, which may be, in the case of MRI based IGRT, Monte Carlo based in order to account for the magnetic field induced dose effects. Then robust re-planning methods or class solutions should be available that account efficiently for both rigid and non-rigid anatomical changes while preserving the patient specific pre-treatment dose considerations. Preferably this is all fully automatic, but also fast interactive re-planning is an option, especially in hypo-fractionated (boost) radiotherapy. Learning Objectives: Preservation of pre-treatment prescriptions in the on-line IMRT re-planning Fast re-planning techniques and speed limitations for dose engines Pros and cons of interactive versus automatic re-planning.

  9. Theory of reliable systems. [reliability analysis and on-line fault diagnosis

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Meyer, J. F.

    1974-01-01

    Research is reported in the program to refine the current notion of system reliability by identifying and investigating attributes of a system which are important to reliability considerations, and to develop techniques which facilitate analysis of system reliability. Reliability analysis, and on-line fault diagnosis are discussed.

  10. The On-Line Yes/No Test as a Placement Tool

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    Harrington, Michael; Carey, Michael

    2009-01-01

    This study evaluates the concurrent validity of an on-line Yes/No test of recognition vocabulary as a placement tool at an Australian English language school. Newly entering students (n = 88) completed a Yes/No test, which measured accuracy and speed of response, and a school placement battery consisting of grammar, writing, speaking and listening…

  11. Author On-Line: Using Asynchronous Computer Conferencing To Support Literacy.

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    Clarke, Linda; Heaney, Peter

    2003-01-01

    Describes the Author-On-Line (AOL) project that used asynchronous computer conferencing to support the teaching and learning of literacy with pupils aged 10-12 years from two schools in Ireland. Presents the AOL-APT model which summarizes the key components: Author, Pedagogy and Technology (APT); and discusses its value for online, social,

  12. An Evaluation of On-Line, Interactive Tutorials Designed to Teach Practice Concepts

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Seabury, Brett A.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents an evaluation of two on-line-based programs designed to teach practice skills. One program teaches crisis intervention and the other teaches suicide assessment. The evaluation of the use of these programs compares outcomes for two groups of students, one using the interactive program outside a class context and the other using

  13. Verb Agreements during On-Line Sentence Processing in Alzheimer's Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia

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    Price, C.C.; Grossman, M.

    2005-01-01

    An on-line ''word detection'' paradigm was used to assess the comprehension of thematic and transitive verb agreements during sentence processing in individuals diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's Disease (AD, n=15) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD, n=14). AD, FTD, and control participants (n=17) were asked to listen for a word in a sentence.…

  14. The On-Line Yes/No Test as a Placement Tool

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    Harrington, Michael; Carey, Michael

    2009-01-01

    This study evaluates the concurrent validity of an on-line Yes/No test of recognition vocabulary as a placement tool at an Australian English language school. Newly entering students (n = 88) completed a Yes/No test, which measured accuracy and speed of response, and a school placement battery consisting of grammar, writing, speaking and listening

  15. File Structure for an On-Line Catalog of One Million Titles

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    Dimsdale, J. J.; Heaps, H. S.

    1973-01-01

    Described is the file organization and design of an on-line catalog suitable for automation of one million books. A method of virtual hash addressing allows rapid search of the indexes to the catalog file. Storage of textual material in a compressed form allows considerable reduction in storage costs. (14 references) (Author/SJ)

  16. Understanding the Construction of the Teaching Discourse in an On-Line Environment

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    Silva, Juan

    2013-01-01

    The study of interactions regarding on-line environments for education is an area of research that has being developing during the last years in order to know the type of interactions that take place in discussion forums. Interactions analysis is important in order to know and to understand knowledge construction process in a virtual space.…

  17. Membrane Introduction Mass Spectrometry in a Pilot Plant: On-line Monitoring of Fermentation Broths

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    Johnson, R. C.; Srinivasan, N.; Cooks, R. G.; Schell, D.

    1997-01-01

    The performance of a membrane introduction mass spectrometry (MIMS) system has been tested under pilot plant conditions. The work employed a Finnigan ITS-40 ion trap instrument, coupled to MIMS experiments by the addition of an external membrane/jet separator interface and packaged to operate in an industrial production environment. A representative sample from a 9000 L fermentation reactor was taken continuously and monitored on line, using a stainless steel tangential filter as the only sample pretreatment. This filter was capable of withstanding the temperature and pressure of 30 psig steam sterilizationn as well as the 10-30 psig operating pressure from a sample stream containing in excess of 10% solids. The filtrate was sampled using a flow injection analysis system which allowed quantification using external standards. Calibration experiments established that the system displayed a lineral response to ethanol at concentrations between 1 and 10% by volume. During subsequent on-line experiments, ethanol standard and sample streams were examined alternately. The response of the standard solutions was used to quantitate the response of the sample stream and reduce errors associated with long term instrumental drift. Ethanol concentrations were found to be 2.97 = 0.07% and were quantitatively in agreement with off-line high-performance liquid chromatographic data. Minor components identified during on-line reactor monitoring included acctic and lactic acid. After one week of off-line operation in the pilot plant, on-line monitoring was continued for a period of four days.

  18. A Phenomenological Study of Gifted Adolescents and Their Engagement with One On-Line Learning System

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    Swicord, Barbara

    2010-01-01

    Little research exists on the nature of the interactions between gifted students and the use of technology. Furthermore, no research has investigated the phenomenon of gifted adolescents using one internet-based program, the Renzulli Learning System (RLS). Renzulli Learning is an on-line educational profile with a matching database that provides…

  19. The Seven Principles of Good Practice: A Framework for Evaluating On-Line Teaching

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    Bangert, Arthur W.

    2004-01-01

    Traditionally, campus-based courses rely on student evaluations to provide instructors with feedback about their teaching effectiveness. However, current instructor evaluation instruments do not tap the essential teaching practices recommended for effective on-line teaching. This exploratory study used the Seven Principles of Good Practice of…

  20. On-Line Hyperspectral Transmittance Imaging for Internal Defect Detection of Pickling Cucumbers

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Hyperspectral imaging technique under transmittance mode was investigated for detection of internal defect in pickling cucumbers such as carpel suture separation or hollow cucumbers caused by mechanical stress. A prototype of on-line hyperspectral transmittance imaging system was developed for real...

  1. The Use of On Line Video Projection Techniques in Computer Augmented Lectures.

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    Muller, M. T.; And Others

    A new technique called computer augmented lectures (CAL) now in use at the University of Texas at Austin is discussed in this report. The technique is described as involving the integration of on-line interactive time-sharing computer terminals and theater-size video projectors for large screen display, the goal being to promote student learning…

  2. English Collocation Learning through Corpus Data: On-Line Concordance and Statistical Information

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    Ohtake, Hiroshi; Fujita, Nobuyuki; Kawamoto, Takeshi; Morren, Brian; Ugawa, Yoshihiro; Kaneko, Shuji

    2012-01-01

    We developed an English Collocations On Demand system offering on-line corpus and concordance information to help Japanese researchers acquire a better command of English collocation patterns. The Life Science Dictionary Corpus consists of approximately 90,000,000 words collected from life science related research papers published in academic…

  3. Repeatability and reproducibility of characteristic features measured by laser Doppler vibrometry for on-line diagnostics

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    Agostinelli, G.; Paone, N.

    2008-06-01

    It is analyzed the statistical dispersion of characteristic features measured by Laser Doppler Vibrometry (LDV) in on-line diagnostic applications, with reference to on-line detection of mechanical defects of washing machines. The paper presents two complementary approaches: a) experimental evaluation of repeatability of measured features according to the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement-GUM; b) Montecarlo simulation of uncertainty propagation across the on-line test station. Experiments consist in a test bench which simulates the vibration of a washing machine, by playing back on a shaker a real signal acquired on-line and taking repeated measurements, so that a statistical analysis is performed about dispersion of diagnostic features. The analysis is repeated by varying the scattering characteristics of the vibrating surface, so to evaluate the effect of signal quality. The Montecarlo approach consists in modeling the propagation of uncertainty across the various elements of the measurement chain, up to the computation of features. The influence of LDV, Data Acquisition device (DAQ) and processing software have been taken into account. Results allow to estimate Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R) of a typical set of characteristic features used in industrial diagnostics and to discuss uncertainty of similar diagnostic procedures.

  4. Designing On-Line Chinese Language Courses: New Roles for Educators

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    Zheng, Tongtao

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is threefold. Firstly, it will review the theories and practice of on-line learning and the need for new roles in the development of new media delivery systems. Secondly, the current status of university teachers will be analyzed within the context of the new roles. And thirdly, new roles for teachers and course designers…

  5. An Evaluation of On-Line Assignment Submission, Marking, and Return

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    Palmer, Stuart

    2006-01-01

    Technology has made a significant impact on assessment, including its use to automate assignment submission. On-line assignment submission, marking, and return were introduced into a fourth-year engineering management unit for the first time, and a formal evaluation was undertaken to assess student perceptions of this new development. Nearly all

  6. An on-line, intelligent plant economic advisor for total plant optimization

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    Bragham, M.; Hunt, M.; Caplan, J.

    1995-06-01

    A key aspect of the total plant optimization problem is the impact that plant operations personnel can have on overall plant efficiency. Usually, plant systems are operated on a system by system basis and operators are tasted primarily with keeping the plant on-line. Though many units have installed on-line performance monitoring systems to help improve thermal efficiency, operators are often relatively ill-informed of the impact their actions can have on plant economic performance. Additionally, the inter-relationships between plant sub-systems are rarely incorporated into operational strategies. In order to truly optimize total plant operation, the impact of, and the inter-relationships between thermal efficiency, plant emissions, and plant materials handling (e.g., waste disposal/sales) must all be simultaneously evaluated. This paper presents the development effort to date for the Plant Economic Optimization Advisor (PEOA). PEOA is an electronic performance support system (EPSS), currently under development by New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) and DHR Technologies, Inc. (DHR). PEOA provides users with on-line control strategies for least cost plant operation. PEOA uses innovative approaches for plant optimization, as well as an intelligent Operations Advisor to help operators achieve optimal plant operation. PEOA also includes on-line data monitoring and analysis tools. The system uses a client/server, object-oriented open architecture that integrates plant information systems and provides support for integration of legacy third party systems such as performance monitors.

  7. Problem-based learning in an on-line biotechnology course

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    Cheaney, James Daniel

    Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical tool that uses a "real world" problem or situation as a context for learning. PBL encourages student development of critical thinking skills, a high professional competency, problem-solving ability, knowledge acquisition, the ability to work productively as a team member and make decisions in unfamiliar situations, and the acquisition of skills that support self-directed life-long learning, metacognition, and adaptation to change. However, little research has focused on the use of PBL in on-line "virtual" classes. We conducted two studies exploring the use of PBL in an on-line biotechnology course. In the first study, ethical, legal, social, and human issues were used as a motivation for learning about DNA testing technologies, applications, and bioethical issues. In the second study, we combined PBL pedagogy with a rich multimedia environment of streaming video interviews, physical artifacts, and extensive links to articles and databases to create a multidimensional immersive PBL environment called "Robert's World". In "Robert's World", a man is determining whether to undergo a pre-symptomatic DNA test for an untreatable, incurable, fatal genetic disease for which he has a family history. In both studies, design and implementation issues of the on-line PBL environment are discussed, as are differences between on-line PBL and face-to-face PBL. Both studies provide evidence to suggest that PBL stimulates higher-order learning in students. However, in both studies, student performance on an exam testing acquisition of lower-order factual learning was lower for PBL students than for students who learned the same material through a traditional lecture-based approach. Possible reasons for this lower level of performance are explored. Student feedback expressed engagement with the issues and material covered, with reservations about some aspects of the PBL format, such as the lack of flexibility provided in cooperative learning. We conclude that on-line PBL is a powerful tool in helping to develop higher-order learning in students. The reasons for the decrease in student understanding of factual information are unclear. However, there are certain circumstances unique to on-line classes to keep in mind when implementing on-line PBL. These are summarized in concluding recommendations.

  8. Scientific writing: a randomized controlled trial comparing standard and on-line instruction

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    Phadtare, Amruta; Bahmani, Anu; Shah, Anand; Pietrobon, Ricardo

    2009-01-01

    Background Writing plays a central role in the communication of scientific ideas and is therefore a key aspect in researcher education, ultimately determining the success and long-term sustainability of their careers. Despite the growing popularity of e-learning, we are not aware of any existing study comparing on-line vs. traditional classroom-based methods for teaching scientific writing. Methods Forty eight participants from a medical, nursing and physiotherapy background from US and Brazil were randomly assigned to two groups (n = 24 per group): An on-line writing workshop group (on-line group), in which participants used virtual communication, google docs and standard writing templates, and a standard writing guidance training (standard group) where participants received standard instruction without the aid of virtual communication and writing templates. Two outcomes, manuscript quality was assessed using the scores obtained in Six subgroup analysis scale as the primary outcome measure, and satisfaction scores with Likert scale were evaluated. To control for observer variability, inter-observer reliability was assessed using Fleiss's kappa. A post-hoc analysis comparing rates of communication between mentors and participants was performed. Nonparametric tests were used to assess intervention efficacy. Results Excellent inter-observer reliability among three reviewers was found, with an Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC) agreement = 0.931882 and ICC consistency = 0.932485. On-line group had better overall manuscript quality (p = 0.0017, SSQSavg score 75.3 ± 14.21, ranging from 37 to 94) compared to the standard group (47.27 ± 14.64, ranging from 20 to 72). Participant satisfaction was higher in the on-line group (4.3 ± 0.73) compared to the standard group (3.09 ± 1.11) (p = 0.001). The standard group also had fewer communication events compared to the on-line group (0.91 ± 0.81 vs. 2.05 ± 1.23; p = 0.0219). Conclusion Our protocol for on-line scientific writing instruction is better than standard face-to-face instruction in terms of writing quality and student satisfaction. Future studies should evaluate the protocol efficacy in larger longitudinal cohorts involving participants from different languages. PMID:19473511

  9. On-line and off-line data assimilation in palaeoclimatology: a case study

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    Matsikaris, A.; Widmann, M.; Jungclaus, J.

    2015-01-01

    Different ensemble-based data assimilation (DA) approaches for palaeoclimate reconstructions have been recently undertaken, but no systematic comparison among them has been attempted. We compare an off-line and an on-line ensemble-based method, with the testing period being the 17th century, which led into the Maunder Minimum. We use a low-resolution version of Max Planck Institute for Meteorology Earth System Model (MPI-ESM) to assimilate the Past Global Changes (PAGES) 2k continental temperature reconstructions. In the off-line approach, the ensemble for the entire simulation period is generated first and then the ensemble is used in combination with the empirical information to produce the analysis. In contrast, in the on-line approach, the ensembles are generated sequentially for sub-periods based on the analysis of previous sub-periods. Both schemes perform better than the simulations without DA. The on-line method would be expected to perform better if the assimilation led to states of the slow components of the climate system that are close to reality and the system had sufficient memory to propagate this information forward in time. In our comparison, which is based on analysing correlations and differences between the analysis and the proxy-based reconstructions, we find similar skill for both methods on the continental and hemispheric scales. This indicates either a lack of control of the slow components in our setup or a lack of skill in the information propagation on decadal timescales. Additional experiments are however needed to check whether the conclusions reached in this particular setup are valid in other cases. Although the performance of the two schemes is similar and the on-line method is more difficult to implement, the temporal consistency of the analysis in the on-line method makes it in general preferable.

  10. On-line coupling of volcanic ash and aerosols transport with multiscale meteorological models

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    Marti, Alejandro; Folch, Arnau; Jorba, Oriol

    2014-05-01

    Large explosive volcanic eruptions can inject significant amounts of tephra and aerosols (e.g. SO2) into the atmosphere inducing a multi-scale array of physical, chemical and biological feedbacks within the environment. Effective coupled Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models capable to forecast on-line the spatial and temporal distribution of volcanic ash and aerosols are necessary to assess the magnitude of these feedback effects. However, due to several limitations (users from different communities, operational constrains, computational power, etc.), tephra transport models and NWP models have evolved independently. Within the framework of NEMOH(an Initial Training Network of the European Commission FP7 Program), we aim to quantify the feedback effects of volcanic ash clouds and aerosols emitted during large-magnitude eruptions on regional meteorology. As a first step, we have focused on the differences between the off-line hypothesis, currently assumed by tephra transport models (e.g. FALL3D), and the on-line approach, where transport and sedimentation of volcanic ash is coupled on-line to the NMMB (Non-hydrostatic Multiscale Meteorological model on a B grid) meteorological model; the evolution of the WRF-NMME meteorological model. We compared the spatiotemporal transport of volcanic ash particles simulated with the on-line coupled FALL3D-NMMB/BSC-CTM model with those from the off-line FALL3D model, by using the 2011 Cordón-Caulle eruption as a test-case and validating results against satellite data. Additionally, this presentation introduces the forthcoming steps to implement a sulfate aerosol module within the chemical transport module of the FALL3D-NMMB/BSC-CTM model, in order to quantify the feedback effects on the atmospheric radiative budget, particularly during large-magnitude explosive volcanic eruptions. Keywords: volcanic ash, SO2, FALL3D, NMMB, meteorology, on-line coupling, NEMOH.

  11. ISAC targets

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    Dombsky, M.; Kunz, P.

    2014-01-01

    The TRIUMF-ISAC radioactive ion beam facility was designed and constructed to allow irradiation of thick targets with up to 100 A proton beam intensities. Since beginning operation in 1998, beam intensities on ISAC targets have progressively increased toward the 100 A design limit. Routine operation with p + intensities up to 75 A is currently possible for both refractory metal target materials and for composite metal carbide materials; full 99 A p + intensity has been achieved for Nb foil target material. Consideration must be given to the beam power deposition, the power dissipation and the limiting temperature criteria of each target material. Increased beam power dissipation has been achieved by modifying target materials and target containers. Increasing irradiation currents have produced benefits, drawbacks and unexpected results for ISOL operations.

  12. Listeners Exploit Syntactic Structure On-Line to Restrict Their Lexical Search to a Subclass of Verbs

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    Brusini, Perrine; Brun, Mélanie; Brunet, Isabelle; Christophe, Anne

    2015-01-01

    Many experiments have shown that listeners actively build expectations about up-coming words, rather than simply waiting for information to accumulate. The online construction of a syntactic structure is one of the cues that listeners may use to construct strong expectations about the possible words they will be exposed to. For example, speakers of verb-final languages use pre-verbal arguments to predict on-line the kind of arguments that are likely to occur next (e.g., Kamide, 2008, for a review). Although in SVO languages information about a verb's arguments typically follows the verb, some languages use pre-verbal object pronouns, potentially allowing listeners to build on-line expectations about the nature of the upcoming verb. For instance, if a pre-verbal direct object pronoun is heard, then the following verb has to be able to enter a transitive structure, thus excluding intransitive verbs. To test this, we used French, in which object pronouns have to appear pre-verbally, to investigate whether listeners use this cue to predict the occurrence of a transitive verb. In a word detection task, we measured the number of false alarms to sentences that contained a transitive verb whose first syllable was homophonous to the target monosyllabic verb (e.g., target “dort” /dɔʁ/ to sleep and false alarm verb “dorlote” /dɔʁlɔt/ to cuddle). The crucial comparison involved two sentence types, one without a pre-verbal object clitic, for which an intransitive verb was temporarily a plausible option (e.g., “Il dorlote” / He cuddles) and the other with a pre-verbal object clitic, that made the appearance of an intransitive verb impossible (“Il le dorlote” / He cuddles it). Results showed a lower rate of false alarms for sentences with a pre-verbal object pronoun (3%) compared to locally ambiguous sentences (about 20%). Participants rapidly incorporate information about a verb's argument structure to constrain lexical access to verbs that match the expected subcategorization frame. PMID:26696917

  13. Target capture and target ghosts

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    Auerbach, Steven P.

    1996-05-01

    Optimal detection methods for small targets rely on whitened matched filters, which convolve the measured data with the signal model, and whiten the result with the noise covariance. In real-world implementations of such filters, the noise covariance must be estimated from the data, and the resulting covariance estimate may be corrupted by presence of the target. The resulting loss in SNR is called 'target capture'. Target capture is often thought to be a problem only for bright targets. This presentation shows that target capture also arises for dim targets, leading to an SNR loss which is independent of target strength and depends on the averaging method used to estimate the noise covariance. This loss is due to a 'coherent beat' between the true noise and that portion of the estimated noise covariance due to the target. This beat leads to 'ghost targets', which diminish the target SNR by producing a negative target ghost at the target's position. A quantitative estimate of this effect will be given, and shown to agree with numerical results. The effect of averaging on SNR is also discussed for data scenes with synthetic injected targets, in cases where the noise covariance is estimated using 'no target' data. For these cases, it is shown that the so-called 'optimal' filter, which uses the true noise covariance, is actually worse than a 'sub-optimal' filter which estimates the noise from scene. This apparent contradiction is resolved by showing that the optimal filter is best if the same filter is used for many scenes, but is outperformed by a filter adapted to a specific scene.

  14. a Study of the Interferences with the On-Line Radioiodine Measurement Under Nuclear Accident Conditions

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    Tseng, Tung-Tse

    In this research the interferences with the on -line detection of radioiodines, under nuclear accident conditions, were studied. The special tool employed for this research is the developed on-line radioiodine monitor (the Penn State Radioiodine Monitor), which is capable of detecting low levels of radioiodine on-line in air containing orders of magnitude higher levels of radioactive noble gases. Most of the data reported in this thesis were collected during a series of experiments called "Source -Term Experiment Program (STEP)." The experiments were conducted at the Argonne National Laboratory's TREAT reactor located at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). In these tests, fission products were released from the Light Water Reactor (LWR) test fuels as a result of simulating a reactor accident. The Penn State Monitor was then used to sample the fission products accumulated in a large container which simulated the reactor containment building. The test results proved that the Penn State Monitor was not affected significantly by the passage of large amounts of noble gases through the system. Also, it confirmed the predicted results that the operation of conventional on-line radioiodine detectors would, under nuclear accident conditions, be seriously impaired by the passage of high concentrations of radioactive noble gases through such systems. This work also demonstrated that under conditions of high noble gas concentrations and low radioiodine concentrations, the formation of noble-gas-decayed alkali metals can seriously interfere with the on-line detection of radioiodine, especially during the 24 hours immediately after the accident. The decayed alkali metal particulates were also found to be much more penetrating than the ordinary type of particulates, since a large fraction (15%) of the particulates were found to penetrate through the commonly used High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter (rated >99.97% for 0.3 (mu)m particulate). Also, a significant fraction ((TURN)40%) of these particles became deposited on silver zeolite iodine filters inside the counting chamber. Finally, the Penn State Monitor proved itself to be a powerful research tool for the on-line source term studies since it can easily produce near noble-gas-free spectra during the real time studies occurring under simulated nuclear accident conditions.

  15. Yields of fission products from various uranium and thorium targets.

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    Kronenberg, A.; Spejewski, E. H.; Mervin, B.; Jost, C.; Carter, H. K.; Stracener, D. W.; Greene, J. P.; Nolen, J. A.; Talbert, W. L.; Physics; Oak Ridge Associated Univ.; ORNL; TechSource, Inc.

    2008-10-31

    Yield measurements from proton-induced fission have been performed on a number of actinide targets, both Th and U, at the on-line test facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The results are discussed with a focus on the production process and physical and chemical properties of the targets.

  16. Showing Up to Class in Pajamas (or Less!): The Fantasies and Realities of On-Line Professional Development Courses for Teachers.

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    Brown, Abbie; Green, Tim

    2003-01-01

    Considers the current state of on-line course design and delivery. Discusses several advantages and disadvantages of on-line instruction. Concludes that teachers seeking professional development opportunities should give careful consideration to on-line possibilities. (SG)

  17. On-Line Monitoring and Control of Radiochemical Streams at Spent Fuel Reprocessing Plant

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    Levitskaia, Tatiana G.; Bryan, Samuel A.

    2008-05-23

    Techniques are needed to provide on-line monitoring and control of the radiochemical processes that are being developed and demonstrated under the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) initiative. The instrumentation used to monitor these processes must be robust and must be able to withstand harsh radiation and chemical environments. A new on-line monitoring system satisfying these requirements featuring Raman spectroscopy combined with a Coriolis and conductivity probes, has been recently developed by our research team. It provides immediate chemical data and flow parameters of high-level radioactive waste streams with high brine/high alkalinity generated during retrieval from Hanford nuclear waste storage tanks. We are currently applying similar methodology for monitoring the radiochemical streams generated at the spent fuel reprocessing plant. The nature of these strems calls for additional spectroscopic information, which can be gained by the utilization of UV-vis-NIR capabilities.

  18. GEROM - Developing a Contemporary On-line Master's Degree Curriculum in Gerontology.

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    Kokol, Peter; Blažun, Helena

    2012-01-01

    Demographic changes have profoundly influenced the structure of present and future populations in terms of the number of older people requiring nursing care, the nature and settings of the nursing care provided, and finally, each individual, e. g., nursing care providers. The aim of the paper is to present the results of the EU Erasmus project GEROM, which, among other things, resulted in an on-line gerontological master's degree curriculum which is globally focused, flexible, innovative, diverse, contemporary and ICT-based. It focuses on meeting the needs of older people and their carers. An innovative aspect in the curriculum implementation is a virtual environment for clinical practice, enabling students to practice clinical and nursing interventions and diagnosing on-line, based on an adaptive, individualized and personalized blended-learning approach. During the pilot implementation of three randomly selected subjects, the students evaluated the program and were satisfied with both content and implementation. PMID:24199089

  19. On-Line "Chat Room" Tutorials—An Unusual Gender Bias in Computer Use

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    Kimbrough, Doris R.

    1999-09-01

    Research into gender bias in attitudes, access, and effectiveness associated with computers has produced conflicting results, resulting in conflicting opinions as to whether a technological gender gap favoring male students exists. No previous study, however, has ever demonstrated a preference for female use of a particular computer application. This work describes gender differences in the use of on-line ("chat room") tutorials by non-traditional chemistry students enrolled in distance learning sections of a general chemistry course. Higher percentages of female students participated in the on-line tutorials and they participated with greater frequency than male students. Furthermore, the correlation between frequency of participation and course performance was higher among the female students. Various explanations for this unusual gender bias are offered, and the conclusion that the diversity of computer applications available today requires that research into gender bias refrain from viewing the computer as a single entity is supported.

  20. Experience-Based and On-Line Categorization of Objects in Early Infancy

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    Bornstein, Marc H.; Mash, Clay

    2010-01-01

    What processes do infants employ in categorizing? Infants might categorize on line as they encounter category-related entities; alternatively, infants might depend on prior experience with entities in formulating categories. These alternatives were tested in forty-four 5-month-olds. Infants who were familiarized in the laboratory with a category of never-before-seen objects subsequently treated novel objects of the same category as familiar -- they categorized on line -- just as did infants who were exposed to objects from the same category at home for 2 months leading to their laboratory assessment of object categorization. Infants with home experience also recognized novel category objects as familiar from the outset – that is, prior experience with category exemplars was brought to bear in laboratory tasks. PMID:20573111