#### Sample records for nonlinear transmission problems

1. On the Robin-Transmission Boundary Value Problems for the Nonlinear Darcy-Forchheimer-Brinkman and Navier-Stokes Systems

Kohr, Mirela; de Cristoforis, Massimo Lanza; Wendland, Wolfgang L.

2016-06-01

The purpose of this paper is to study a boundary value problem of Robin-transmission type for the nonlinear Darcy-Forchheimer-Brinkman and Navier-Stokes systems in two adjacent bounded Lipschitz domains in {{{R}}n (nin {2,3})}, with linear transmission conditions on the internal Lipschitz interface and a linear Robin condition on the remaining part of the Lipschitz boundary. We also consider a Robin-transmission problem for the same nonlinear systems subject to nonlinear transmission conditions on the internal Lipschitz interface and a nonlinear Robin condition on the remaining part of the boundary. For each of these problems we exploit layer potential theoretic methods combined with fixed point theorems in order to show existence results in Sobolev spaces, when the given data are suitably small in {L^2}-based Sobolev spaces or in some Besov spaces. For the first mentioned problem, which corresponds to linear Robin and transmission conditions, we also show a uniqueness result. Note that the Brinkman-Forchheimer-extended Darcy equation is a nonlinear equation that describes saturated porous media fluid flows.

2. Detonator comprising a nonlinear transmission line

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Elizondo-Decanini, Juan M

2014-12-30

Detonators are described herein. In a general embodiment, the detonator includes a nonlinear transmission line that has a variable capacitance. Capacitance of the nonlinear transmission line is a function of voltage on the nonlinear transmission line. The nonlinear transmission line receives a voltage pulse from a voltage source and compresses the voltage pulse to generate a trigger signal. Compressing the voltage pulse includes increasing amplitude of the voltage pulse and decreasing length of the voltage pulse in time. An igniter receives the trigger signal and detonates an explosive responsive to receipt of the trigger signal.

3. Problems in nonlinear resistive MHD

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Turnbull, A.D.; Strait, E.J.; La Haye, R.J.; Chu, M.S.; Miller, R.L.

1998-12-31

Two experimentally relevant problems can relatively easily be tackled by nonlinear MHD codes. Both problems require plasma rotation in addition to the nonlinear mode coupling and full geometry already incorporated into the codes, but no additional physics seems to be crucial. These problems discussed here are: (1) nonlinear coupling and interaction of multiple MHD modes near the B limit and (2) nonlinear coupling of the m/n = 1/1 sawtooth mode with higher n gongs and development of seed islands outside q = 1.

4. Non-linear potential problems

Skerget, P.; Brebbia, C. A.

In many practical applications of boundary elements, the potential problems may be nonlinear. The use of Kirchoff's transform provides an approach to convert a nonlinear material problem into a linear one. A description of several different shape functions to define the conductivity is presented. Attention is given to the type of integral equations which are obtained if the Kirchoff's transform is applied for nonlinear material in the presence of mixed boundary conditions. The integral formulation for nonlinear radiation boundary conditions with and without potential dependent conductivity is also considered. For steady heat conduction problems with constant conductivity a boundary integral equation relating boundary values for temperatures (or potentials) and its normal derivatives over the boundary can be obtained. Applications which concern the solution of steady state conduction problems are investigated. The problems are related to a hollow cylinder, a nuclear reactor pressure vessel, and an industrial furnace.

5. Networks of nonlinear superconducting transmission line resonators

Leib, M.; Deppe, F.; Marx, A.; Gross, R.; Hartmann, M. J.

2012-07-01

We investigate a network of coupled superconducting transmission line resonators, each of them made nonlinear with a capacitively shunted Josephson junction coupling to the odd flux modes of the resonator. The resulting eigenmode spectrum shows anticrossings between the plasma mode of the shunted junction and the odd resonator modes. Notably, we find that the combined device can inherit the complete nonlinearity of the junction, allowing for a description as a harmonic oscillator with a Kerr nonlinearity. Using a dc SQUID instead of a single junction, the nonlinearity can be tuned between 10 kHz and 4 MHz while maintaining resonance frequencies of a few gigahertz for realistic device parameters. An array of such nonlinear resonators can be considered a scalable superconducting quantum simulator for a Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian. The device would be capable of accessing the strongly correlated regime and be particularly well suited for investigating quantum many-body dynamics of interacting particles under the influence of drive and dissipation.

6. Nonlinear problems in flight dynamics

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Chapman, G. T.; Tobak, M.

1984-01-01

A comprehensive framework is proposed for the description and analysis of nonlinear problems in flight dynamics. Emphasis is placed on the aerodynamic component as the major source of nonlinearities in the flight dynamic system. Four aerodynamic flows are examined to illustrate the richness and regularity of the flow structures and the nature of the flow structures and the nature of the resulting nonlinear aerodynamic forces and moments. A framework to facilitate the study of the aerodynamic system is proposed having parallel observational and mathematical components. The observational component, structure is described in the language of topology. Changes in flow structure are described via bifurcation theory. Chaos or turbulence is related to the analogous chaotic behavior of nonlinear dynamical systems characterized by the existence of strange attractors having fractal dimensionality. Scales of the flow are considered in the light of ideas from group theory. Several one and two degree of freedom dynamical systems with various mathematical models of the nonlinear aerodynamic forces and moments are examined to illustrate the resulting types of dynamical behavior. The mathematical ideas that proved useful in the description of fluid flows are shown to be similarly useful in the description of flight dynamic behavior.

7. NOVEL SIGNAL PROCESSING WITH NONLINEAR TRANSMISSION LINES

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D. REAGOR; ET AL

2000-08-01

Nonlinear dielectrics offer uniquely strong and tunable nonlinearities that make them attractive for current devices (for example, frequency-agile microwave filters) and for future signal-processing technologies. The goal of this project is to understand pulse propagation on nonlinear coplanar waveguide prototype devices. We have performed time-domain and frequency-domain experimental studies of simple waveguide structures and pursued a theoretical understanding of the propagation of signals on these nonlinear waveguides. To realistically assess the potential applications, we used a time-domain measurement and analysis technique developed during this project to perform a broadband electrodynamics characterization in terms of nonlinear, dispersive, and dissipative effects. We completed a comprehensive study of coplanar waveguides made from high-temperature superconducting thin-film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} electrodes on nonlinear dielectric single-crystal SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. By using parameters determined from small-signal (linear) transmission characteristics of the waveguides, we develop a model equation that successfully predicts and describes large-signal (nonlinear) behavior.

8. Nonlinear transmission spectroscopy with dual frequency combs

Glenn, Rachel; Mukamel, Shaul

2014-08-01

We show how two frequency combs E1, E2 can be used to measure single-photon, two-photon absorption (TPA), and Raman resonances in a molecule with three electronic bands, by detecting the radio frequency modulation of the nonlinear transmission signal. Some peaks are independent of the carrier frequency of the comb and others shift with that frequency and have a width close to the comb width. TPA and Raman resonances independent of the carrier frequency are selected by measuring the transmission signal ˜E12E22 and the single-photon resonances are selected by measuring the transmission signal ˜E13E2. Sinusoidal spectral phase shaping strongly affects the TPA, but not the Raman resonances.

9. Scalar discrete nonlinear multipoint boundary value problems

2007-06-01

In this paper we provide sufficient conditions for the existence of solutions to scalar discrete nonlinear multipoint boundary value problems. By allowing more general boundary conditions and by imposing less restrictions on the nonlinearities, we obtain results that extend previous work in the area of discrete boundary value problems [Debra L. Etheridge, Jesus Rodriguez, Periodic solutions of nonlinear discrete-time systems, Appl. Anal. 62 (1996) 119-137; Debra L. Etheridge, Jesus Rodriguez, Scalar discrete nonlinear two-point boundary value problems, J. Difference Equ. Appl. 4 (1998) 127-144].

10. Nonlinear transmission line based electron beam driver

French, David M.; Hoff, Brad W.; Tang, Wilkin; Heidger, Susan; Allen-Flowers, Jordan; Shiffler, Don

2012-12-01

Gated field emission cathodes can provide short electron pulses without the requirement of laser systems or cathode heating required by photoemission or thermionic cathodes. The large electric field requirement for field emission to take place can be achieved by using a high aspect ratio cathode with a large field enhancement factor which reduces the voltage requirement for emission. In this paper, a cathode gate driver based on the output pulse train from a nonlinear transmission line is experimentally demonstrated. The application of the pulse train to a tufted carbon fiber field emission cathode generates short electron pulses. The pulses are approximately 2 ns in duration with emission currents of several mA, and the train contains up to 6 pulses at a frequency of 100 MHz. Particle-in-cell simulation is used to predict the characteristic of the current pulse train generated from a single carbon fiber field emission cathode using the same technique.

11. Nonlinear transmission line based electron beam driver.

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French, David M; Hoff, Brad W; Tang, Wilkin; Heidger, Susan; Allen-Flowers, Jordan; Shiffler, Don

2012-12-01

Gated field emission cathodes can provide short electron pulses without the requirement of laser systems or cathode heating required by photoemission or thermionic cathodes. The large electric field requirement for field emission to take place can be achieved by using a high aspect ratio cathode with a large field enhancement factor which reduces the voltage requirement for emission. In this paper, a cathode gate driver based on the output pulse train from a nonlinear transmission line is experimentally demonstrated. The application of the pulse train to a tufted carbon fiber field emission cathode generates short electron pulses. The pulses are approximately 2 ns in duration with emission currents of several mA, and the train contains up to 6 pulses at a frequency of 100 MHz. Particle-in-cell simulation is used to predict the characteristic of the current pulse train generated from a single carbon fiber field emission cathode using the same technique. PMID:23277977

12. Nonlinear transmission line based electron beam driver

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French, David M.; Hoff, Brad W.; Tang Wilkin; Heidger, Susan; Shiffler, Don; Allen-Flowers, Jordan

2012-12-15

Gated field emission cathodes can provide short electron pulses without the requirement of laser systems or cathode heating required by photoemission or thermionic cathodes. The large electric field requirement for field emission to take place can be achieved by using a high aspect ratio cathode with a large field enhancement factor which reduces the voltage requirement for emission. In this paper, a cathode gate driver based on the output pulse train from a nonlinear transmission line is experimentally demonstrated. The application of the pulse train to a tufted carbon fiber field emission cathode generates short electron pulses. The pulses are approximately 2 ns in duration with emission currents of several mA, and the train contains up to 6 pulses at a frequency of 100 MHz. Particle-in-cell simulation is used to predict the characteristic of the current pulse train generated from a single carbon fiber field emission cathode using the same technique.

13. Nonlinearity management in fiber transmission systems with hybrid amplification

Ania-Castañón, J. D.; Nasieva, I. O.; Kurukitkoson, N.; Turitsyn, S. K.; Borsier, C.; Pincemin, E.

2004-04-01

Nonlinearity management in transmission lines with periodic dispersion compensation and hybrid Raman-Erbium doped fiber amplification is studied both analytically and numerically. Different transmission/compensating fiber pairs are considered, with particular focus on the SMF/DCF case.

14. Studies of Nonlinear Problems. I

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Fermi, E.; Pasta, J.; Ulam, S.

1955-05-01

A one-dimensional dynamical system of 64 particles with forces between neighbors containing nonlinear terms has been studied on the Los Alamos computer MANIAC I. The nonlinear terms considered are quadratic, cubic, and broken linear types. The results are analyzed into Fourier components and plotted as a function of time. The results show very little, if any, tendency toward equipartition of energy among the degrees of freedom.

15. Nonlinear system guidance in the presence of transmission zero dynamics

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Meyer, G.; Hunt, L. R.; Su, R.

1995-01-01

An iterative procedure is proposed for computing the commanded state trajectories and controls that guide a possibly multiaxis, time-varying, nonlinear system with transmission zero dynamics through a given arbitrary sequence of control points. The procedure is initialized by the system inverse with the transmission zero effects nulled out. Then the 'steady state' solution of the perturbation model with the transmission zero dynamics intact is computed and used to correct the initial zero-free solution. Both time domain and frequency domain methods are presented for computing the steady state solutions of the possibly nonminimum phase transmission zero dynamics. The procedure is illustrated by means of linear and nonlinear examples.

16. Generalized spectral decomposition for stochastic nonlinear problems

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Nouy, Anthony Le Maitre, Olivier P.

2009-01-10

We present an extension of the generalized spectral decomposition method for the resolution of nonlinear stochastic problems. The method consists in the construction of a reduced basis approximation of the Galerkin solution and is independent of the stochastic discretization selected (polynomial chaos, stochastic multi-element or multi-wavelets). Two algorithms are proposed for the sequential construction of the successive generalized spectral modes. They involve decoupled resolutions of a series of deterministic and low-dimensional stochastic problems. Compared to the classical Galerkin method, the algorithms allow for significant computational savings and require minor adaptations of the deterministic codes. The methodology is detailed and tested on two model problems, the one-dimensional steady viscous Burgers equation and a two-dimensional nonlinear diffusion problem. These examples demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithms which exhibit convergence rates with the number of modes essentially dependent on the spectrum of the stochastic solution but independent of the dimension of the stochastic approximation space.

17. Bounding solutions of geometrically nonlinear viscoelastic problems

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Stubstad, J. M.; Simitses, G. J.

1986-01-01

Integral transform techniques, such as the Laplace transform, provide simple and direct methods for solving viscoelastic problems formulated within a context of linear material response and using linear measures for deformation. Application of the transform operator reduces the governing linear integro-differential equations to a set of algebraic relations between the transforms of the unknown functions, the viscoelastic operators, and the initial and boundary conditions. Inversion either directly or through the use of the appropriate convolution theorem, provides the time domain response once the unknown functions have been expressed in terms of sums, products or ratios of known transforms. When exact inversion is not possible approximate techniques may provide accurate results. The overall problem becomes substantially more complex when nonlinear effects must be included. Situations where a linear material constitutive law can still be productively employed but where the magnitude of the resulting time dependent deformations warrants the use of a nonlinear kinematic analysis are considered. The governing equations will be nonlinear integro-differential equations for this class of problems. Thus traditional as well as approximate techniques, such as cited above, cannot be employed since the transform of a nonlinear function is not explicitly expressible.

18. Bounding solutions of geometrically nonlinear viscoelastic problems

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Stubstad, J. M.; Simitses, G. J.

1985-01-01

Integral transform techniques, such as the Laplace transform, provide simple and direct methods for solving viscoelastic problems formulated within a context of linear material response and using linear measures for deformation. Application of the transform operator reduces the governing linear integro-differential equations to a set of algebraic relations between the transforms of the unknown functions, the viscoelastic operators, and the initial and boundary conditions. Inversion either directly or through the use of the appropriate convolution theorem, provides the time domain response once the unknown functions have been expressed in terms of sums, products or ratios of known transforms. When exact inversion is not possible approximate techniques may provide accurate results. The overall problem becomes substantially more complex when nonlinear effects must be included. Situations where a linear material constitutive law can still be productively employed but where the magnitude of the resulting time dependent deformations warrants the use of a nonlinear kinematic analysis are considered. The governing equations will be nonlinear integro-differential equations for this class of problems. Thus traditional as well as approximate techniques, such as cited above, cannot be employed since the transform of a nonlinear function is not explicitly expressible.

19. Some Legal Problems of Satellite Transmission.

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Siebert, Fred S.

Now that the technical aspects of satellite transmission have been solved, there remain the more complex and difficult problems of maintaining both order in outer space and the rights of nations and individuals as these rights may be affected by broadcasts transmitted by satellite stations. These broadcasts, whether beamed to a ground station or…

20. Nonlinear transmission through a tapered fiber in rubidium vapor

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Hendrickson, S. M.; Pittman, T. B.; Franson, J. D.

2009-02-15

Subwavelength-diameter tapered optical fibers surrounded by rubidium vapor can undergo a substantial decrease in transmission at high atomic densities due to the accumulation of rubidium atoms on the surface of the fiber. Here we demonstrate the ability to control these changes in transmission using light guided within the taper. We observe transmission through a tapered fiber that is a nonlinear function of the incident power. This effect can also allow a strong control beam to change the transmission of a weak probe beam.

1. Multigrid Methods for Nonlinear Problems: An Overview

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Henson, V E

2002-12-23

Since their early application to elliptic partial differential equations, multigrid methods have been applied successfully to a large and growing class of problems, from elasticity and computational fluid dynamics to geodetics and molecular structures. Classical multigrid begins with a two-grid process. First, iterative relaxation is applied, whose effect is to smooth the error. Then a coarse-grid correction is applied, in which the smooth error is determined on a coarser grid. This error is interpolated to the fine grid and used to correct the fine-grid approximation. Applying this method recursively to solve the coarse-grid problem leads to multigrid. The coarse-grid correction works because the residual equation is linear. But this is not the case for nonlinear problems, and different strategies must be employed. In this presentation we describe how to apply multigrid to nonlinear problems. There are two basic approaches. The first is to apply a linearization scheme, such as the Newton's method, and to employ multigrid for the solution of the Jacobian system in each iteration. The second is to apply multigrid directly to the nonlinear problem by employing the so-called Full Approximation Scheme (FAS). In FAS a nonlinear iteration is applied to smooth the error. The full equation is solved on the coarse grid, after which the coarse-grid error is extracted from the solution. This correction is then interpolated and applied to the fine grid approximation. We describe these methods in detail, and present numerical experiments that indicate the efficacy of them.

2. Nonlinear waves propagating in the electrical transmission line

Duan, W.-S.

2004-04-01

A coupled Zakharov-Kuznetsov (ZK) equation is derived for a nonlinear transmission line in which the nonlinear capacitance C is of a general form C = C0(1 + k1V + k2V2 + ...). For a solitary-wave solution of the ZK equation, there is an instability region which is given numerically in this paper. It is in agreement with the analytical results for special cases.

3. Variational approach to stochastic nonlinear problems

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Phythian, R.; Curtis, W.D.

1986-03-01

A variational principle is formulated which enables the mean value and higher moments of the solution of a stochastic nonlinear differential equation to be expressed as stationary values of certain quantities. Approximations are generated by using suitable trial functions in this variational principle and some of these are investigated numerically for the case of a Bernoulli oscillator driven by white noise. Comparison with exact data available for this system show that the variational approach to such problems can be quite effective.

4. On the transmissibilities of nonlinear vibration isolation system

Lu, Zeqi; Brennan, Michael J.; Chen, Li-Qun

2016-08-01

Transmissibility is a key parameter to quantify the effectiveness of a vibration isolation system. Under harmonic excitation, the force transmissibility of a linear vibration isolation system is defined as the ratio between the amplitude of the force transmitted to the host structure and the excitation force amplitude, and the displacement transmissibility is the ratio between the displacement amplitude of the payload and that of the base. For a nonlinear vibration isolation system, the force or the displacement responses usually have more frequency components than the excitation. For a harmonic excitation, the response may be periodic, quasi-periodic or chaotic. Therefore, the amplitude ratio cannot well define the transmissibility. The root-mean-square ratio of the response to the excitation is suggested to define the transmissibility. The significance of the modified transmissibility is highlighted in a nonlinear two-stage vibration isolation system consisting of two linear spring connected linear vibration isolators with two additional horizontal linear springs. Harmonic balance method (HBM) is applied to determine the responses with the fundamental and third harmonic. Numerical simulations reveal that chaos may occur in the responses. In both cases, the modified transmissibility works while the original definition cannot be applied to chaotic response.

5. OPEN PROBLEM: Some nonlinear challenges in biology

Mosconi, Francesco; Julou, Thomas; Desprat, Nicolas; Sinha, Deepak Kumar; Allemand, Jean-François; Croquette, Vincent; Bensimon, David

2008-08-01

Driven by a deluge of data, biology is undergoing a transition to a more quantitative science. Making sense of the data, building new models, asking the right questions and designing smart experiments to answer them are becoming ever more relevant. In this endeavour, nonlinear approaches can play a fundamental role. The biochemical reactions that underlie life are very often nonlinear. The functional features exhibited by biological systems at all levels (from the activity of an enzyme to the organization of a colony of ants, via the development of an organism or a functional module like the one responsible for chemotaxis in bacteria) are dynamically robust. They are often unaffected by order of magnitude variations in the dynamical parameters, in the number or concentrations of actors (molecules, cells, organisms) or external inputs (food, temperature, pH, etc). This type of structural robustness is also a common feature of nonlinear systems, exemplified by the fundamental role played by dynamical fixed points and attractors and by the use of generic equations (logistic map, Fisher-Kolmogorov equation, the Stefan problem, etc.) in the study of a plethora of nonlinear phenomena. However, biological systems differ from these examples in two important ways: the intrinsic stochasticity arising from the often very small number of actors and the role played by evolution. On an evolutionary time scale, nothing in biology is frozen. The systems observed today have evolved from solutions adopted in the past and they will have to adapt in response to future conditions. The evolvability of biological system uniquely characterizes them and is central to biology. As the great biologist T Dobzhansky once wrote: 'nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution'.

6. Kurtosis Approach to Solution of a Nonlinear ICA Problem

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Duong, Vu; Stubberud, Allen

2009-01-01

An algorithm for solving a particular nonlinear independent-component-analysis (ICA) problem, that differs from prior algorithms for solving the same problem, has been devised. The problem in question of a type known in the art as a post nonlinear mixing problem is a useful approximation of the problem posed by the mixing and subsequent nonlinear distortion of sensory signals that occur in diverse scientific and engineering instrumentation systems.

7. Nonlinearities of biopolymer gels increase the range of force transmission

Xu, Xinpeng; Safran, Samuel A.

2015-09-01

We present a model of biopolymer gels that includes two types of elastic nonlinearities, stiffening under extension and softening (due to buckling) under compression, to predict the elastic anisotropy induced by both external as well as internal (e.g., due to cell contractility) stresses in biopolymer gels. We show how the stretch-induced anisotropy and the strain-stiffening nonlinearity increase both the amplitude and power-law range of transmission of internal, contractile, cellular forces, and relate this to recent experiments.

8. Nonlinearities of biopolymer gels increase the range of force transmission.

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Xu, Xinpeng; Safran, Samuel A

2015-09-01

We present a model of biopolymer gels that includes two types of elastic nonlinearities, stiffening under extension and softening (due to buckling) under compression, to predict the elastic anisotropy induced by both external as well as internal (e.g., due to cell contractility) stresses in biopolymer gels. We show how the stretch-induced anisotropy and the strain-stiffening nonlinearity increase both the amplitude and power-law range of transmission of internal, contractile, cellular forces, and relate this to recent experiments. PMID:26465519

9. Soliton transmission in optical fibers with loss and saturable nonlinearity

Aicklen, Gregory H.; Tamil, Lakshman S.

1996-09-01

Optical solitons propagating in media exhibiting saturable nonlinearity offer advantages over Kerr-medium solitons for transmission over large distances through optical fibers with loss. Soliton pulses in saturable media offer greater energy for a given peak power, and upper-branch solitons decrease in width with distance traveled. These properties result in pulses that remain distinct and detectable for greater distances than Kerr-medium solitons do with the same peak power. .

10. Studies in nonlinear problems of energy

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Matkowsky, B.J.

1992-07-01

Emphasis has been on combustion and flame propagation. The research program was on modeling, analysis and computation of combustion phenomena, with emphasis on transition from laminar to turbulent combustion. Nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation were investigated in the transition. Stability of combustion waves, and transitions to complex waves are described. Combustion waves possess large activation energies, so that chemical reactions are significant only in thin layers, or reaction zones. In limit of infinite activation energy, the zones shrink to moving surfaces, (fronts) which must be found during the analysis, so that (moving free boundary problems). The studies are carried out for limiting case with fronts, while the numerical studies are carried out for finite, though large, activation energy. Accurate resolution of the solution in the reaction zones is essential, otherwise false predictions of dynamics are possible. Since the the reaction zones move, adaptive pseudo-spectral methods were developed. The approach is based on a synergism of analytical and computational methods. The numerical computations build on and extend the analytical information. Furthermore, analytical solutions serve as benchmarks for testing the accuracy of the computation. Finally, ideas from analysis (singular perturbation theory) have induced new approaches to computations. The computational results suggest new analysis to be considered. Among the recent interesting results, was spatio-temporal chaos in combustion. One goal is extension of the adaptive pseudo-spectral methods to adaptive domain decomposition methods. Efforts have begun to develop such methods for problems with multiple reaction zones, corresponding to problems with more complex, and more realistic chemistry. Other topics included stochastics, oscillators, Rysteretic Josephson junctions, DC SQUID, Markov jumps, laser with saturable absorber, chemical physics, Brownian movement, combustion synthesis, etc.

11. Social Emotional Optimization Algorithm for Nonlinear Constrained Optimization Problems

Xu, Yuechun; Cui, Zhihua; Zeng, Jianchao

Nonlinear programming problem is one important branch in operational research, and has been successfully applied to various real-life problems. In this paper, a new approach called Social emotional optimization algorithm (SEOA) is used to solve this problem which is a new swarm intelligent technique by simulating the human behavior guided by emotion. Simulation results show that the social emotional optimization algorithm proposed in this paper is effective and efficiency for the nonlinear constrained programming problems.

12. Multisplitting for linear, least squares and nonlinear problems

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Renaut, R.

1996-12-31

In earlier work, presented at the 1994 Iterative Methods meeting, a multisplitting (MS) method of block relaxation type was utilized for the solution of the least squares problem, and nonlinear unconstrained problems. This talk will focus on recent developments of the general approach and represents joint work both with Andreas Frommer, University of Wupertal for the linear problems and with Hans Mittelmann, Arizona State University for the nonlinear problems.

13. A Signal Transmission Technique for Stability Analysis of Multivariable Non-Linear Control Systems

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Jackson, Mark; Zimpfer, Doug; Adams, Neil; Lindsey, K. L. (Technical Monitor)

2000-01-01

Among the difficulties associated with multivariable, non-linear control systems is the problem of assessing closed-loop stability. Of particular interest is the class of non-linear systems controlled with on/off actuators, such as spacecraft thrusters or electrical relays. With such systems, standard describing function techniques are typically too conservative, and time-domain simulation analysis is prohibitively extensive, This paper presents an open-loop analysis technique for this class of non-linear systems. The technique is centered around an innovative use of multivariable signal transmission theory to quantify the plant response to worst case control commands. The technique has been applied to assess stability of thruster controlled flexible space structures. Examples are provided for Space Shuttle attitude control with attached flexible payloads.

14. Nonlinear transmission of CO2 laser radiation by graphene

Sorochenko, V. R.; Obraztsova, Elena D.; Rusakov, P. S.; Rybin, M. G.

2012-10-01

The nonlinear transmission of multilayer (~12 layers) graphene at the wavelength λ ~ 10 μm is measured for the first time. The absorption saturation intensity in graphene (~330 kW cm-2) and the ablation threshold of its outer layers (~1 MW cm-2, 0.11 J cm-2) under action of a CO2 laser pulse with a duration of 70 — 85 ns at λ = 10.55 μm are determined. The residual absorption of graphene at its partial saturation was 48 % of the initial value. This is significantly smaller than the value measured previously for samples with a close number of layers at λ = 1.55 μm (92.3 % — 93.8 %). It is shown that the ablation threshold of two graphene layers adjacent to the BaF2 substrate (after successive ablation of outer layers) exceeds 0.27 J cm-2.

15. Nonlinear band gap transmission in optical waveguide arrays.

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Khomeriki, Ramaz

2004-02-13

The effect of nonlinear transmission in coupled optical waveguide arrays is theoretically investigated and a realistic experimental setup is suggested. The beam is injected in a single boundary waveguide, linear refractive index of which (n(0)) is larger than refractive indexes (n) of other identical waveguides in the array. Particularly, the effect holds if omega(n(0)-n)/c>2Q, where Q is a linear coupling constant between array waveguides, omega is a carrier wave frequency, and c is a light velocity. Numerical experiments show that the energy transfers from the boundary waveguide to the waveguide array above a certain threshold intensity of the injected beam. This effect is due to the creation and the propagation of gap solitons in full analogy with a similar phenomenon in sine-Gordon lattice [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 134102 (2002)

16. Monolithic high voltage nonlinear transmission line fabrication process

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Cooper, Gregory A.

1994-01-01

A process for fabricating sequential inductors and varactor diodes of a monolithic, high voltage, nonlinear, transmission line in GaAs is disclosed. An epitaxially grown laminate is produced by applying a low doped active n-type GaAs layer to an n-plus type GaAs substrate. A heavily doped p-type GaAs layer is applied to the active n-type layer and a heavily doped n-type GaAs layer is applied to the p-type layer. Ohmic contacts are applied to the heavily doped n-type layer where diodes are desired. Multiple layers are then either etched away or Oxygen ion implanted to isolate individual varactor diodes. An insulator is applied between the diodes and a conductive/inductive layer is thereafter applied on top of the insulator layer to complete the process.

17. Monolithic high voltage nonlinear transmission line fabrication process

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Cooper, G.A.

1994-10-04

A process for fabricating sequential inductors and varistor diodes of a monolithic, high voltage, nonlinear, transmission line in GaAs is disclosed. An epitaxially grown laminate is produced by applying a low doped active n-type GaAs layer to an n-plus type GaAs substrate. A heavily doped p-type GaAs layer is applied to the active n-type layer and a heavily doped n-type GaAs layer is applied to the p-type layer. Ohmic contacts are applied to the heavily doped n-type layer where diodes are desired. Multiple layers are then either etched away or Oxygen ion implanted to isolate individual varistor diodes. An insulator is applied between the diodes and a conductive/inductive layer is thereafter applied on top of the insulator layer to complete the process. 6 figs.

18. Minimax theory for a class of nonlinear statistical inverse problems

Ray, Kolyan; Schmidt-Hieber, Johannes

2016-06-01

We study a class of statistical inverse problems with nonlinear pointwise operators motivated by concrete statistical applications. A two-step procedure is proposed, where the first step smoothes the data and inverts the nonlinearity. This reduces the initial nonlinear problem to a linear inverse problem with deterministic noise, which is then solved in a second step. The noise reduction step is based on wavelet thresholding and is shown to be minimax optimal (up to logarithmic factors) in a pointwise function-dependent sense. Our analysis is based on a modified notion of Hölder smoothness scales that are natural in this setting.

19. Non-conforming finite element methods for transmission eigenvalue problem

Yang, Yidu; Han, Jiayu; Bi, Hai

2016-08-01

The transmission eigenvalue problem is an important and challenging topic arising in the inverse scattering theory. In this paper, for the Helmholtz transmission eigenvalue problem, we give a weak formulation which is a nonselfadjoint linear eigenvalue problem. Based on the weak formulation, we first discuss the non-conforming finite element approximation, and prove the error estimates of the discrete eigenvalues obtained by the Adini element, Morley-Zienkiewicz element, modified-Zienkiewicz element et. al. And we report some numerical examples to validate the efficiency of our approach for solving transmission eigenvalue problem.

20. A Unified Approach for Solving Nonlinear Regular Perturbation Problems

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Khuri, S. A.

2008-01-01

This article describes a simple alternative unified method of solving nonlinear regular perturbation problems. The procedure is based upon the manipulation of Taylor's approximation for the expansion of the nonlinear term in the perturbed equation. An essential feature of this technique is the relative simplicity used and the associated unified…

1. Nonlinear Transient Problems Using Structure Compatible Heat Transfer Code

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Hou, Gene

2000-01-01

The report documents the recent effort to enhance a transient linear heat transfer code so as to solve nonlinear problems. The linear heat transfer code was originally developed by Dr. Kim Bey of NASA Largely and called the Structure-Compatible Heat Transfer (SCHT) code. The report includes four parts. The first part outlines the formulation of the heat transfer problem of concern. The second and the third parts give detailed procedures to construct the nonlinear finite element equations and the required Jacobian matrices for the nonlinear iterative method, Newton-Raphson method. The final part summarizes the results of the numerical experiments on the newly enhanced SCHT code.

2. Parabolic Perturbation of a Nonlinear Hyperbolic Problem Arising in Physiology

Colli, P.; Grasselli, M.

We study a transport-diffusion initial value problem where the diffusion codlicient is "small" and the transport coefficient is a time function depending on the solution in a nonlinear and nonlocal way. We show the existence and the uniqueness of a weak solution of this problem. Moreover we discuss its asymptotic behaviour as the diffusion coefficient goes to zero, obtaining a well-posed first-order nonlinear hyperbolic problem. These problems arise from mathematical models of muscle contraction in the framework of the sliding filament theory.

3. Explanation of the Inverse Doppler Effect Observed in Nonlinear Transmission Lines

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Kozyrev, Alexander B.; Weide, Daniel W. van der

2005-05-27

The theory of the inverse Doppler effect recently observed in magnetic nonlinear transmission lines is developed. We explain the crucial role of the backward spatial harmonic in the occurrence of an inverse Doppler effect and draw analogies of the magnetic nonlinear transmission line to the backward wave oscillator.

4. Studies in nonlinear problems of energy

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Matkowsky, B.J.

1990-11-01

We carry out a research program with primary emphasis on the applications of Bifurcation and Stability Theory to Problems of energy, with specific emphasis on Problems of Combustion and Flame Propagation. In particular we consider the problem of transition from laminar to turbulent flame propagation. A great deal of progress has been made in our investigations. More than one hundred and thirty papers citing this project have been prepared for publication in technical journals. A list of the papers, including abstracts for each paper, is appended to this report.

5. Investigation of a stripline transmission line structure for gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line high power microwave sources

Reale, D. V.; Parson, J. M.; Neuber, A. A.; Dickens, J. C.; Mankowski, J. J.

2016-03-01

A stripline gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) was constructed out of yttrium iron garnet ferrite and tested at charge voltages of 35 kV-55 kV with bias fields ranging from 10 kA/m to 20 kA/m. Typically, high power gyromagnetic NLTLs are constructed in a coaxial geometry. While this approach has many advantages, including a uniform transverse electromagnetic (TEM) mode, simple interconnection between components, and the ability to use oil or pressurized gas as an insulator, the coaxial implementation suffers from complexity of construction, especially when using a solid insulator. By moving to a simpler transmission line geometry, NLTLs can be constructed more easily and arrayed on a single substrate. This work represents a first step in exploring the suitability of various transmission line structures, such as microstrips and coplanar waveguides. The resulting high power microwave (HPM) source operates in ultra high frequency (UHF) band with an average bandwidth of 40.1% and peak rf power from 2 MW to 12.7 MW.

6. Investigation of a stripline transmission line structure for gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line high power microwave sources.

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Reale, D V; Parson, J M; Neuber, A A; Dickens, J C; Mankowski, J J

2016-03-01

A stripline gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) was constructed out of yttrium iron garnet ferrite and tested at charge voltages of 35 kV-55 kV with bias fields ranging from 10 kA/m to 20 kA/m. Typically, high power gyromagnetic NLTLs are constructed in a coaxial geometry. While this approach has many advantages, including a uniform transverse electromagnetic (TEM) mode, simple interconnection between components, and the ability to use oil or pressurized gas as an insulator, the coaxial implementation suffers from complexity of construction, especially when using a solid insulator. By moving to a simpler transmission line geometry, NLTLs can be constructed more easily and arrayed on a single substrate. This work represents a first step in exploring the suitability of various transmission line structures, such as microstrips and coplanar waveguides. The resulting high power microwave (HPM) source operates in ultra high frequency (UHF) band with an average bandwidth of 40.1% and peak rf power from 2 MW to 12.7 MW. PMID:27036802

7. On the Dirichlet problem for a nonlinear elliptic equation

Egorov, Yu V.

2015-04-01

We prove the existence of an infinite set of solutions to the Dirichlet problem for a nonlinear elliptic equation of the second order. Such a problem for a nonlinear elliptic equation with Laplace operator was studied earlier by Krasnosel'skii, Bahri, Berestycki, Lions, Rabinowitz, Struwe and others. We study the spectrum of this problem and prove the weak convergence to 0 of the sequence of normed eigenfunctions. Moreover, we obtain some estimates for the 'Fourier coefficients' of functions in W^1p,0(Ω). This allows us to improve the preceding results. Bibliography: 8 titles.

8. On a Highly Nonlinear Self-Obstacle Optimal Control Problem

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Di Donato, Daniela; Mugnai, Dimitri

2015-10-15

We consider a non-quadratic optimal control problem associated to a nonlinear elliptic variational inequality, where the obstacle is the control itself. We show that, fixed a desired profile, there exists an optimal solution which is not far from it. Detailed characterizations of the optimal solution are given, also in terms of approximating problems.

9. On the Inverse Problems of Nonlinear Acoustics and Acoustic Turbulence

Gurbatov, S. N.; Rudenko, O. V.

2015-12-01

We consider the problem of retrieval of the radiated acoustic signal parameters from the measured wave field in some cross section of the nonlinear medium. The possibilities of solving regular and statistical inverse problems are discussed on the basis of the solution of the Burgers equation for zero and infinitesimal viscosities.

10. Differential eigenvalue problems in which the parameter appears nonlinearly

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Bridges, T. J.; Morris, P. J.

1984-01-01

Several methods are examined for determining the eigenvalues of a system of equations in which the parameter appears nonlinearly. The equations are the result of the discretization of differential eigenvalue problems using a finite Chebyshev series. Two global methods are considered which determine the spectrum of eigenvalues without an initial estimate. A local iteration scheme with cubic convergence is presented. Calculations are performed for a model second order differential problem and the Orr-Sommerfeld problem for plane Poiseuille flow.

11. A reduced basis Landweber method for nonlinear inverse problems

Garmatter, Dominik; Haasdonk, Bernard; Harrach, Bastian

2016-03-01

We consider parameter identification problems in parametrized partial differential equations (PDEs). These lead to nonlinear ill-posed inverse problems. One way of solving them is using iterative regularization methods, which typically require numerous amounts of forward solutions during the solution process. In this article we consider the nonlinear Landweber method and couple it with the reduced basis method as a model order reduction technique in order to reduce the overall computational time. In particular, we consider PDEs with a high-dimensional parameter space, which are known to pose difficulties in the context of reduced basis methods. We present a new method that is able to handle such high-dimensional parameter spaces by combining the nonlinear Landweber method with adaptive online reduced basis updates. It is then applied to the inverse problem of reconstructing the conductivity in the stationary heat equation.

12. Finite element methods for nonlinear elastostatic problems in rubber elasticity

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Oden, J. T.; Becker, E. B.; Miller, T. H.; Endo, T.; Pires, E. B.

1983-01-01

A number of finite element methods for the analysis of nonlinear problems in rubber elasticity are outlined. Several different finite element schemes are discussed. These include the augmented Lagrangian method, continuation or incremental loading methods, and associated Riks-type methods which have the capability of incorporating limit point behavior and bifurcations. Algorithms for the analysis of limit point behavior and bifurcations are described and the results of several numerical experiments are presented. In addition, a brief survey of some recent work on modelling contact and friction in elasticity problems is given. These results pertain to the use of new nonlocal and nonlinear friction laws.

13. Frequency dependence of the nonlinear response in YBa2Cu3O7-x transmission lines

Mateu, Jordi; Booth, James C.; Moeckly, Brian H.

2007-01-01

The authors evaluate the frequency dependence of the nonlinear response in high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x thin films by simultaneously measuring the nonlinear intermodulation products and harmonic generation in broadband superconducting transmission lines at 76K. The frequencies of the two-tone incident signal are set to produce spurious signals from 1to21GHz. They extract a nonlinear term ∣ΔR2+jωΔL2∣ by applying a model of spurious signal generation in superconducting transmission lines to their measurement results. They found that this nonlinear term follows a linear dependence on frequency, indicating a dominant contribution of the nonlinear inductance ΔL2 over the nonlinear resistance ΔR2, (ωΔL2≫ΔR2), for the superconducting nonlinear response.

14. The problem of applying information theory to efficient image transmission.

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Sakrison, D. J.

1973-01-01

The main ideas of Shannon's (1948, 1960) theory of source encoding with a fidelity constraint, more commonly known as rate distortion theory, are summarized. The theory was specifically intended to provide a theoretical basis for efficient transmission of information such as images. What the theory has to contribute to the problem is demonstrated. Difficulties that impeded application of the theory to image transmission, and current efforts to solve these difficulties are discussed.

15. Multiply scaled constrained nonlinear equation solvers. [for nonlinear heat conduction problems

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1986-01-01

To improve the numerical stability of nonlinear equation solvers, a partitioned multiply scaled constraint scheme is developed. This scheme enables hierarchical levels of control for nonlinear equation solvers. To complement the procedure, partitioned convergence checks are established along with self-adaptive partitioning schemes. Overall, such procedures greatly enhance the numerical stability of the original solvers. To demonstrate and motivate the development of the scheme, the problem of nonlinear heat conduction is considered. In this context the main emphasis is given to successive substitution-type schemes. To verify the improved numerical characteristics associated with partitioned multiply scaled solvers, results are presented for several benchmark examples.

16. Particle swarm optimization for complex nonlinear optimization problems

Alexandridis, Alex; Famelis, Ioannis Th.; Tsitouras, Charalambos

2016-06-01

This work presents the application of a technique belonging to evolutionary computation, namely particle swarm optimization (PSO), to complex nonlinear optimization problems. To be more specific, a PSO optimizer is setup and applied to the derivation of Runge-Kutta pairs for the numerical solution of initial value problems. The effect of critical PSO operational parameters on the performance of the proposed scheme is thoroughly investigated.

17. Position-momentum-entangled photon pairs in nonlinear waveguides and transmission lines

Sherkunov, Y.; Whittaker, David M.; Fal'ko, Vladimir

2016-04-01

We analyze the correlation properties of light in nonlinear waveguides and transmission lines, predict the position-momentum realization of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox for photon pairs in Kerr-type nonlinear photonic circuits, and we show how two-photon entangled states can be generated and detected.

18. Time domain adjoint sensitivity analysis of electromagnetic problems with nonlinear media.

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Bakr, Mohamed H; Ahmed, Osman S; El Sherif, Mohamed H; Nomura, Tsuyoshi

2014-05-01

In this paper, we propose a theory for wideband adjoint sensitivity analysis of problems with nonlinear media. We show that the sensitivities of the desired response with respect to all shape and material parameters are obtained through one extra adjoint simulation. Unlike linear problems, the system matrices of this adjoint simulation are time varying. Their values are determined during the original simulation. The proposed theory exploits the time-domain transmission line modeling (TLM) and provides an efficient AVM approach for sensitivity analysis of general time domain objective functions. The theory has been illustrated through a number of examples. PMID:24921783

19. Nonlinear eigenvalue problems in Density Functional Theory calculations

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Fattebert, J

2009-08-28

Developed in the 1960's by W. Kohn and coauthors, Density Functional Theory (DFT) is a very popular quantum model for First-Principles simulations in chemistry and material sciences. It allows calculations of systems made of hundreds of atoms. Indeed DFT reduces the 3N-dimensional Schroedinger electronic structure problem to the search for a ground state electronic density in 3D. In practice it leads to the search for N electronic wave functions solutions of an energy minimization problem in 3D, or equivalently the solution of an eigenvalue problem with a non-linear operator.

20. Nonlinear transmission properties in bacteriorhodopsin-embedded photonic crystal

2003-11-01

Transmission spectra and photoinduced transmission change are observed in periodic waveguide which consist of a quartz grating substrate and a thin protein film of bacteriorhodopsin. We propose a scheme to achieve all optical switching using the photoinduced refractive index change of bacteriorhodopsin.

1. Numerical solution of control problems governed by nonlinear differential equations

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Heinkenschloss, M.

1994-12-31

In this presentation the author investigates an iterative method for the solution of optimal control problems. These problems are formulated as constrained optimization problems with constraints arising from the state equation and in the form of bound constraints on the control. The method for the solution of these problems uses the special structure of the problem arising from the bound constraint and the state equation. It is derived from SQP methods and projected Newton methods and combines the advantages of both methods. The bound constraint is satisfied by all iterates using a projection, the nonlinear state equation is satisfied in the limit. Only a linearized state equation has to be solved in every iteration. The solution of the linearized problems are done using multilevel methods and GMRES.

2. Large predispersion for reduction of intrachannel nonlinear impairments in strongly dispersion-managed transmissions

Cao, Wenhua

2016-05-01

Predispersion for reduction of intrachannel nonlinear impairments in quasi-linear strongly dispersion-managed transmission system is analyzed in detail by numerical simulations. We show that for moderate amount of predispersion there is an optimal value at which reduction of the nonlinear impairments can be obtained, which is consistent with previous well-known predictions. However, we found that much better transmission performance than that of the previous predictions can be obtained if predispersion is increased to some extent. For large predispersion, the nonlinear impairments reduce monotonically with increasing predispersion and then they tend to be stabilized when predispersion is further increased. Thus, transmission performance can be efficiently improved by inserting a high-dispersive element, such as a chirped fiber bragg grating (CFBG), at the input end of the transmission link to broaden the signal pulses while, at the output end, using another CFBG with the opposite dispersion to recompress the signal.

3. Difference equation state approximations for nonlinear hereditary control problems

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Rosen, I. G.

1984-01-01

Discrete approximation schemes for the solution of nonlinear hereditary control problems are constructed. The methods involve approximation by a sequence of optimal control problems in which the original infinite dimensional state equation has been approximated by a finite dimensional discrete difference equation. Convergence of the state approximations is argued using linear semigroup theory and is then used to demonstrate that solutions to the approximating optimal control problems in some sense approximate solutions to the original control problem. Two schemes, one based upon piecewise constant approximation, and the other involving spline functions are discussed. Numerical results are presented, analyzed and used to compare the schemes to other available approximation methods for the solution of hereditary control problems. Previously announced in STAR as N83-33589

4. Difference equation state approximations for nonlinear hereditary control problems

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Rosen, I. G.

1982-01-01

Discrete approximation schemes for the solution of nonlinear hereditary control problems are constructed. The methods involve approximation by a sequence of optimal control problems in which the original infinite dimensional state equation has been approximated by a finite dimensional discrete difference equation. Convergence of the state approximations is argued using linear semigroup theory and is then used to demonstrate that solutions to the approximating optimal control problems in some sense approximate solutions to the original control problem. Two schemes, one based upon piecewise constant approximation, and the other involving spline functions are discussed. Numerical results are presented, analyzed and used to compare the schemes to other available approximation methods for the solution of hereditary control problems.

5. Nonlinear optical transmission in VOx nanotubes and VOx nanotube composites

Xu, J.-F.; Czerw, R.; Webster, S.; Carroll, D. L.; Ballato, J.; Nesper, R.

2002-08-01

Optical-limiting behavior of vanadium oxide nanotubes is characterized for the visible and infrared spectral ranges using 8 ns pulses from a Nd:YAG laser with an f/40 optical system. Vanadium oxide nanotube dispersions were investigated in both water suspensions and embedded in solid polymethyl methacrylate films. In each case, these nanotubes exhibit strong optical-limiting at 532 nm (in comparison to carbon nanotubes); however, no nonlinear behavior is observed for 1064 nm. This suggests that a two photon or excited state absorption mechanism is responsible for the observed nonlinearity.

6. Discrete Element Method Simulation of Nonlinear Viscoelastic Stress Wave Problems

Tang, Zhiping; Horie, Y.; Wang, Wenqiang

2002-07-01

A DEM(Discrete Element Method) simulation of nonlinear viscoelastic stress wave problems is carried out. The interaction forces among elements are described using a model in which neighbor elements are linked by a nonlinear spring and a certain number of Maxwell components in parallel. By making use of exponential relaxation moduli, it is shown that numerical computation of the convolution integral does not require storing and repeatedly calculating strain history, so that the computational cost is dramatically reduced. To validate the viscoelastic DM2 code1, stress wave propagation in a Maxwell rod with one end subjected to a constant stress loading is simulated. Results excellently fit those from the characteristics calculation. The code is then used to investigate the problem of meso-scale damage in a plastic-bonded explosive under shock loading. Results not only show "compression damage", but also reveal a complex damage evolution. They demonstrate a unique capability of DEM in modeling heterogeneous materials.

7. Discrete Element Method Simulation of Nonlinear Viscoelastic Stress Wave Problems

Wang, Wenqiang; Tang, Zhiping; Horie, Y.

2002-07-01

A DEM(Discrete Element Method) simulation of nonlinear viscoelastic stress wave problems is carried out. The interaction forces among elements are described using a model in which neighbor elements are linked by a nonlinear spring and a certain number of Maxwell components in parallel. By making use of exponential relaxation moduli, it is shown that numerical computation of the convolution integral does not require storing and repeatedly calculating strain history, so that the computational cost is dramatically reduced. To validate the viscoelastic DM2 code[1], stress wave propagation in a Maxwell rod with one end subjected to a constant stress loading is simulated. Results excellently fit those from the characteristics calculation. The code is then used to investigate the problem of meso-scale damage in a plastic-bonded explosive under shock loading. Results not only show "compression damage", but also reveal a complex damage evolution. They demonstrate a unique capability of DEM in modeling heterogeneous materials.

8. Galerkin approximation for inverse problems for nonautonomous nonlinear distributed systems

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Banks, H. T.; Reich, Simeon; Rosen, I. G.

1988-01-01

An abstract framework and convergence theory is developed for Galerkin approximation for inverse problems involving the identification of nonautonomous nonlinear distributed parameter systems. A set of relatively easily verified conditions is provided which are sufficient to guarantee the existence of optimal solutions and their approximation by a sequence of solutions to a sequence of approximating finite dimensional identification problems. The approach is based on the theory of monotone operators in Banach spaces and is applicable to a reasonably broad class of nonlinear distributed systems. Operator theoretic and variational techniques are used to establish a fundamental convergence result. An example involving evolution systems with dynamics described by nonstationary quasilinear elliptic operators along with some applications are presented and discussed.

9. Reduction of nonlinear phase noise using optical phase conjugation in quasi-linear optical transmission systems.

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Kumar, Shiva; Liu, Ling

2007-03-01

An analytical expression for the variance of nonlinear phase noise for a quasi-linear system using the midpoint optical phase conjugation (OPC) is obtained. It is shown that the the system with OPC and dispersion inversion (DI) can exactly cancel the nonlinear phase noise up to the first order in nonlinear coefficient if the amplifier and the end point of the system are equidistant from the OPC. It is found that the nonlinear phase noise variance of the midpoint phase-conjugated optical transmission system with DI is smaller than that of the system without DI. PMID:19532453

10. Barrier transmission map of one-dimensional nonlinear split-ring-resonator-based metamaterials: Bright, dark, and gray soliton resonances

McGurn, Arthur R.

2013-10-01

The barrier transmission characteristics of a one-dimensional chain of optically linear split-ring resonators (SRRs) containing a barrier composed of optically nonlinear split-ring resonators are studied. (This is an analogy to the quantum mechanical problem of the resonant transmission of a particle through a finite barrier potential.) The SRRs are idealized as inductor-resistor-capacitor-equivalent resonator circuits where the capacitance is either from a linear dielectric medium (optically linear SRRs) or from a Kerr-type nonlinear dielectric medium (optically nonlinear SRRs). The SRRs are arrayed in a one-dimensional chain and interact with one another through weak nearest-neighbor mutually inductive couplings. The transmission maxima of the SRR barrier problem are studied as they are located in a two-dimensional parameter space characterizing the linear mutually inductive coupling and the nonlinear Kerr dielectric of the SRRs of the barrier. The result is a two-dimensional map giving the conditions for the existence of the resonant-barrier modes that are excited in the transmission process. The various lines of transmission maxima in the two-dimensional plot are associated with different types of resonant excitations in the barrier. The map is similar to one recently made in McGurn [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO0163-182910.1103/PhysRevB.77.115105 77, 115105 (2008)] for the resonant-transmission modes of a nonlinear barrier in a photonic crystal waveguide. The SRR problem, however, is quite different from the photonic crystal problem as the nonlinear difference equations of the two systems are different in the nature of their nonlinear interactions. Consequently, the results for the two systems are briefly compared. The transmission maxima of the SRR system occur along lines in the two-dimensional plot, which are associated with modes resonantly excited in the barrier. These lines of resonant modes either originate as a simple evolution from the resonant modes of the

11. On the Cauchy problem for strongly nonlinear intense wave groups

Slunyaev, Alexey

2015-04-01

Stable long-living nonlinear groups of gravity water waves (very steep and very short envelope solitons) were first observed in numerical simulations [1, 2] and then - in laboratory conditions [3]. In [2] their interaction was shown to be almost elastic in some (but not all) situations. Therefore the Cauchy problem for localized wave groups beyond the weakly nonlinear assumption is of interest. In general, the formation of a few solitary wave groups from the initial condition may take place [4]. We have focused on the unidentified reason, why some experimental tests of solitary wave groups in [3] were not successful (while other runs with slightly different experimental parameters were successful). In this paper we consider the initial problem, when the initial condition is taken in the form of a scaled intense envelope soliton of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation, and is simulated by means of the fully nonlinear code of potential Euler equations. The result of the long-term evolution (which is generally represented by a solitary wave group and smaller scale waves) is compared with the prediction of the weakly nonlinear theory. We show reasonable agreement between the weakly nonlinear theory and the strongly nonlinear simulations. In particular, a 10% decrease of the initial perturbation results in 20% smaller amplitude of the eventual envelope soliton. This fact explains the failure of reproduction of envelope solitons in some experimental tests in the finite-depth flume [3]. The solution of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation for finite-depth water may be transformed to the infinite-depth solution with reduced amplitude. [1] A.I. Dyachenko, V.E. Zakharov, On the formation of freak waves on the surface of deep water. J. Exp. Theor. Phys. Lett. 88, 307-311 (2008). [2] A.V. Slunyaev, Numerical simulation of "limiting" envelope solitons of gravity waves on deep water. JETP 109, 676-686 (2009). [3] A. Slunyaev, G.F. Clauss, M. Klein, M. Onorato, Simulations and

12. Nonlinear Stefan problem with convective boundary condition in Storm's materials

Briozzo, Adriana C.; Natale, Maria F.

2016-04-01

We consider a nonlinear one-dimensional Stefan problem for a semi-infinite material x > 0, with phase change temperature T f . We assume that the heat capacity and the thermal conductivity satisfy a Storm's condition, and we assume a convective boundary condition at the fixed face x = 0. A unique explicit solution of similarity type is obtained. Moreover, asymptotic behavior of the solution when {h→ + ∞} is studied.

13. Parallel computation of three-dimensional nonlinear magnetostatic problems.

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Levine, D.; Gropp, W.; Forsman, K.; Kettunen, L.; Mathematics and Computer Science; Tampere Univ. of Tech.

1999-02-01

We describe a general-purpose parallel electromagnetic code for computing accurate solutions to large computationally demanding, 3D, nonlinear magnetostatic problems. The code, CORAL, is based on a volume integral equation formulation. Using an IBM SP parallel computer and iterative solution methods, we successfully solved the dense linear systems inherent in such formulations. A key component of our work was the use of the PETSc library, which provides parallel portability and access to the latest linear algebra solution technology.

14. Application of bifurcation methods to nonlinear flight dynamics problems

Goman, M. G.; Zagainov, G. I.; Khramtsovsky, A. V.

Applications of global stability and bifurcational analysis methods are presented for different nonlinear flight dynamics problems, such as roll-coupling, stall, spin, etc. Based on the results for different real aircraft, F-4, F-14, F-15, High Incidence Research Model, (HIRM), the general methods developed by many authors are presented. The outline of basic concepts and methods from dynamcal system theory are also introduced.

15. Solving nonlinear equality constrained multiobjective optimization problems using neural networks.

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Mestari, Mohammed; Benzirar, Mohammed; Saber, Nadia; Khouil, Meryem

2015-10-01

This paper develops a neural network architecture and a new processing method for solving in real time, the nonlinear equality constrained multiobjective optimization problem (NECMOP), where several nonlinear objective functions must be optimized in a conflicting situation. In this processing method, the NECMOP is converted to an equivalent scalar optimization problem (SOP). The SOP is then decomposed into several-separable subproblems processable in parallel and in a reasonable time by multiplexing switched capacitor circuits. The approach which we propose makes use of a decomposition-coordination principle that allows nonlinearity to be treated at a local level and where coordination is achieved through the use of Lagrange multipliers. The modularity and the regularity of the neural networks architecture herein proposed make it suitable for very large scale integration implementation. An application to the resolution of a physical problem is given to show that the approach used here possesses some advantages of the point of algorithmic view, and provides processes of resolution often simpler than the usual techniques. PMID:25647664

16. A convergence theory for a class of nonlinear programming problems.

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Rauch, S. W.

1973-01-01

A recent convergence theory of Elkin concerning methods for unconstrained minimization is extended to a certain class of nonlinear programming problems. As in Elkin's original approach, the analysis of a variety of step-length algorithms is treated entirely separately from that of several direction algorithms. This allows for their combination into many different methods for solving the constrained problem. These include some of the methods of Rosen and Zoutendijk. We also extend the results of Topkis and Veinott to nonconvex sets and drop their requirement of the uniform feasibility of a subsequence of the search directions.

17. Application of nonlinear Krylov acceleration to radiative transfer problems

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Till, A. T.; Adams, M. L.; Morel, J. E.

2013-07-01

The iterative solution technique used for radiative transfer is normally nested, with outer thermal iterations and inner transport iterations. We implement a nonlinear Krylov acceleration (NKA) method in the PDT code for radiative transfer problems that breaks nesting, resulting in more thermal iterations but significantly fewer total inner transport iterations. Using the metric of total inner transport iterations, we investigate a crooked-pipe-like problem and a pseudo-shock-tube problem. Using only sweep preconditioning, we compare NKA against a typical inner / outer method employing GMRES / Newton and find NKA to be comparable or superior. Finally, we demonstrate the efficacy of applying diffusion-based preconditioning to grey problems in conjunction with NKA. (authors)

18. Correct averaging in transmission radiography: Analysis of the inverse problem

Wagner, Michael; Hampel, Uwe; Bieberle, Martina

2016-05-01

Transmission radiometry is frequently used in industrial measurement processes as a means to assess the thickness or composition of a material. A common problem encountered in such applications is the so-called dynamic bias error, which results from averaging beam intensities over time while the material distribution changes. We recently reported on a method to overcome the associated measurement error by solving an inverse problem, which in principle restores the exact average attenuation by considering the Poisson statistics of the underlying particle or photon emission process. In this paper we present a detailed analysis of the inverse problem and its optimal regularized numerical solution. As a result we derive an optimal parameter configuration for the inverse problem.

19. Implicit solvers for large-scale nonlinear problems

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Keyes, D E; Reynolds, D; Woodward, C S

2006-07-13

Computational scientists are grappling with increasingly complex, multi-rate applications that couple such physical phenomena as fluid dynamics, electromagnetics, radiation transport, chemical and nuclear reactions, and wave and material propagation in inhomogeneous media. Parallel computers with large storage capacities are paving the way for high-resolution simulations of coupled problems; however, hardware improvements alone will not prove enough to enable simulations based on brute-force algorithmic approaches. To accurately capture nonlinear couplings between dynamically relevant phenomena, often while stepping over rapid adjustments to quasi-equilibria, simulation scientists are increasingly turning to implicit formulations that require a discrete nonlinear system to be solved for each time step or steady state solution. Recent advances in iterative methods have made fully implicit formulations a viable option for solution of these large-scale problems. In this paper, we overview one of the most effective iterative methods, Newton-Krylov, for nonlinear systems and point to software packages with its implementation. We illustrate the method with an example from magnetically confined plasma fusion and briefly survey other areas in which implicit methods have bestowed important advantages, such as allowing high-order temporal integration and providing a pathway to sensitivity analyses and optimization. Lastly, we overview algorithm extensions under development motivated by current SciDAC applications.

20. The relative degree enhancement problem for MIMO nonlinear systems

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Schoenwald, D.A.; Oezguener, Ue.

1995-07-01

The authors present a result for linearizing a nonlinear MIMO system by employing partial feedback - feedback at all but one input-output channel such that the SISO feedback linearization problem is solvable at the remaining input-output channel. The partial feedback effectively enhances the relative degree at the open input-output channel provided the feedback functions are chosen to satisfy relative degree requirements. The method is useful for nonlinear systems that are not feedback linearizable in a MIMO sense. Several examples are presented to show how these feedback functions can be computed. This strategy can be combined with decentralized observers for a completely decentralized feedback linearization result for at least one input-output channel.

1. Exact Null Controllability of a Nonlinear Thermoelastic Contact Problem

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Sivergina, Irina F. Polis, Michael P.

2005-01-15

We study the controllability properties of a nonlinear parabolic system that models the temperature evolution of a one-dimensional thermoelastic rod that may come into contact with a rigid obstacle. Basically the system dynamics is described by a one-dimensional nonlocal heat equation with a nonlinear and nonlocal boundary condition of Newmann type.We focus on the control problem and treat the case when the control is distributed over the whole space domain. In this case the system is proved to be exactly null controllable provided the parameters of the system are smooth.The proof is based on changing the control variable and using Aubin's Compactness Lemma to obtain an invariant set for the linearized controllability map. Then, by proving that the found solution is sufficiently smooth, we get the null controllability for the original system.

2. Non-Linear Transmission Line (NLTL) Microwave Source Lecture Notes the United States Particle Accelerator School

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Russell, Steven J.; Carlsten, Bruce E.

2012-06-26

We will quickly go through the history of the non-linear transmission lines (NLTLs). We will describe how they work, how they are modeled and how they are designed. Note that the field of high power, NLTL microwave sources is still under development, so this is just a snap shot of their current state. Topics discussed are: (1) Introduction to solitons and the KdV equation; (2) The lumped element non-linear transmission line; (3) Solution of the KdV equation; (4) Non-linear transmission lines at microwave frequencies; (5) Numerical methods for NLTL analysis; (6) Unipolar versus bipolar input; (7) High power NLTL pioneers; (8) Resistive versus reactive load; (9) Non-lineaer dielectrics; and (10) Effect of losses.

3. Subwavelength electromagnetic switch: bistable wave transmission of side-coupling nonlinear meta-atom.

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Ding, Yaqiong; Xue, Chunhua; Sun, Yong; Jiang, Haitao; Li, Yunhui; Li, Hongqiang; Chen, Hong

2012-10-22

We propose a scheme for subwavelength electromagnetic switch by employing nonlinear meta-atom. Bistable response is conceptually demonstrated on a microwave transmission line, which is side-coupled to a varactor-loaded split ring resonator acting as a nonlinear meta-atom. Calculations and experiments show that by applying conductive coupling instead of near-field interaction between the transmission line and the nonlinear meta-atom, switch performances are improved. The switch threshold of low to -5.8 dBm and the transmission contrast of up to 4.0 dB between the two bistable states were achieved. Subwavelength size of our switch should be useful for miniaturization of integrated optical nanocircuits. PMID:23187246

4. The role of spiking nonlinearity in contrast gain control and information transmission.

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Yu, Yuguo; Potetz, Brian; Lee, Tai Sing

2005-03-01

Threshold and saturation are two nonlinear features common to almost all spiking neurons. How these nonlinearities affect the performance gain of the transfer function and coding properties of the neurons has attracted much attention. Here, we deduce basic analytical relationships among these nonlinearities (threshold and saturation), performance gain and information transmission in neurons. We found that performance gain and information transmission can be maximized by input signals with optimal variance. The threshold and saturation inside the model determines the gain tuning property and maximum coding capacity. This framework provides an understanding of some basic design principles underlying information processing systems that can be adjusted to match the statistics of signals in the environment. This study also isolates the exact contributions of the nonlinearities on the contrast adaptation phenomena observed in real visual neurons. PMID:15621176

5. Inverse problem of nonlinear dynamical systems: a constructive approach

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Gonzalez-Gascon, F.; Moreno-Insertis, F.; Rodriguez-Camino, E.

1980-08-01

A quite simple and practical method is developed for the construction of two dimensional nonlinear dynamical systems (plane vector fields) possessing an arbitrary number of given limit cycles. The method is applied to the construction of n-dimensional dynamical systems (R/sup n/ vector fields) possessing at least one limit cycle and, under certain circumstances, more than one, or even a numerable infinity. Interesting open problems arise when n is greater than two, or where more than one limit cycle appears. Our constructive algorithm for this type of inverse problem is also applied to the construction of second order differential equations (Newtonian differential equations) possessing a finite or infinite number of invariant speeds. This last problem is relevant for certain aspects of the special theory of relativity.

6. Optimizing material properties of composite plates for sound transmission problem

Tsai, Yu-Ting; Pawar, S. J.; Huang, Jin H.

2015-01-01

To calculate the specific transmission loss (TL) of a composite plate, the conjugate gradient optimization method is utilized to estimate and optimize material properties of the composite plate in this study. For an n-layer composite plate, a nonlinear dynamic stiffness matrix based on the thick plate theory is formulated. To avoid huge computational efforts due to the combination of different composite material plates, a transfer matrix approach is proposed to restrict the dynamic stiffness matrix of the composite plate to a 4×4 matrix. Moreover, the transfer matrix approach has also been used to simplify the complexity of the objective function gradient for the optimization method. Numerical simulations are performed to validate the present algorithm by comparing the TL of the optimal composite plate with that of the original plate. Small number of iterations required during convergence tests illustrates the efficiency of the optimization method. The results indicate that an excellent estimation for the composite plate can be obtained for the desired sound transmission.

7. Application of the transmission line method for the study of highly nonlinear multilayer optical structures

Moshonas, Nikolaos; Pagiatakis, Gerasimos K.; Papagiannis, Panagiotis; Savaidis, Stylianos P.; Stathopoulos, Nikolaos A.

2014-11-01

In this work, we numerically investigate and analyze the properties of an optical structure composed of successive thin film layers that can possess high values of nonlinear susceptibility, affecting the refractive index and/or the absorption coefficient. By applying the transmission line method properly modified to resolve the inclusion of third-order nonlinearity, the spectral reflectivity and transmission of such a device are presented. Specifically, the method is applied to a conceptual design of a distributed Bragg reflector. Optical bistability can be observed, which translates not only to a change in the value of reflectivity as the input power increases, but also to a shift of the Bragg wavelength.

8. Numerical solution of nonlinear heat problem with moving boundary

AL-Mannai, Mona; Khabeev, Nail

2012-01-01

Two phase gas-liquid flow in pipes is widely spread in space applications: bubble flows appear in cryogenic components transport through fuel/oxidant supply lines. Another important application is based on the fact that in liquid flows with small bubbles a close contact between the two phases occurs resulting in high rates of transfer between them. The compactness of a system makes it ideally suited to serve as a space-based two-phase bio-reactor which forms an important unit in environmental control and life support system deployed onboard. A numerical method was developed for solving a nonlinear problem of thermal interaction between a spherical gas bubble and surrounding liquid. The system of equations for describing this interaction was formulated. It includes ordinary and nonlinear partial differential equations. The problem was solved using finite-difference technique by dividing the system into spherical layers inside the bubble and employing the new variable which "freezes" the moving boundary of the bubble. A numerical solution is obtained for the problem of radial bubble motion induced by a sudden pressure change in the liquid—a situation which corresponds to the behavior of bubbles beyond a shock wave front when the latter enters a bubble curtain.

9. Sharp and asymmetric transmission response in metal-dielectric-metal plasmonic waveguides containing Kerr nonlinear media.

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Zhong, Zhi-Jian; Xu, Yi; Lan, Sheng; Dai, Qiao-Feng; Wu, Li-Jun

2010-01-01

Based on the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), we analytically and numerically investigate the transmission response in metal-dielectric-metal (MDM) plasmonic waveguides with a side coupled nanocavity (SCNC). By filling the nanocavity with a Kerr nonlinear medium, the position of the resonant dip in the transmission spectrum can be tuned by the incident light intensity. The oscillation of a Fabry-Perot nanocavity formed by incorporating a finite length of the same Kerr nonlinear media into the MDM waveguide acts as a background for the transmission response of the system and induces a sharp and asymmetric response line shape. As a result, the wavelength shift required for the plasmonic device to be switched from the maximum to the minimum transmission can be reduced by half in a structure less than 400 nm long. Such an effect may be potentially applied to constructing SPP-based all-optical switching with low power threshold at nanoscale. PMID:20173825

10. Application of Genetic Algorithms in Nonlinear Heat Conduction Problems

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Khan, Waqar A.

2014-01-01

Genetic algorithms are employed to optimize dimensionless temperature in nonlinear heat conduction problems. Three common geometries are selected for the analysis and the concept of minimum entropy generation is used to determine the optimum temperatures under the same constraints. The thermal conductivity is assumed to vary linearly with temperature while internal heat generation is assumed to be uniform. The dimensionless governing equations are obtained for each selected geometry and the dimensionless temperature distributions are obtained using MATLAB. It is observed that GA gives the minimum dimensionless temperature in each selected geometry. PMID:24695517

11. Transmission, reflection and localization of waves in one-dimensional amplifying media with nonlinear gain

Nguyen, Ba Phi; Kim, Kihong

2014-06-01

We study theoretically the influence of nonlinear gain effects on the transmission and the Anderson localization of waves in both uniform and random one-dimensional amplifying media by using the discrete nonlinear Schrödinger equation. In uniform amplifying media with nonlinear gain, we find that the strong oscillatory behavior of the transmittance and the reflectance for odd and even values of the sample length disappears for large nonlinearities. The exponential decay rate of the transmittance in the asymptotic limit is found to be independent of nonlinear gain. In random amplifying media, we find that the maximum values of the disorder-averaged logarithmic transmittance and reflectance depend nonmonotonically on the strength of nonlinear gain. We also find that the localization length is independent of nonlinear gain. In other words, the Anderson localization is neither enhanced nor weakened due to nonlinear gain. In both the uniform and the random cases, the crossover length, which is the critical length for the amplification to be efficient, is strongly reduced by the nonlinear nature of the gain.

12. Fuzzy control for a nonlinear mimo-liquid level problem

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Smith, R. E.; Mortensen, F. N.; Wantuck, P. J.; Parkinson, W. J. ,

2001-01-01

Nonlinear systems are very common in the chemical process industries. Control of these systems, particularly multivariable systems, is extremely difficult. In many chemical plants, because of this difficulty, control is seldom optimal. Quite often, the best control is obtained in the manual mode using experienced operators. Liquid level control is probably one of the most common control problems in a chemical plant. Liquid level is important in heat exchanger control where heat and mass transfer rates can be controlled by the amount of liquid covering the tubes. Distillation columns, mixing tanks, and surge tanks are other examples where liquid level control is very important. The problem discussed in this paper is based on the simultaneous level control of three tanks connected in series. Each tank holds slightly less than 0.01 m{sup 3} of liquid. All three tanks are connected, Liquid is pumped into the first and the third tanks to maintain their levels. The third tank in the series drains to the system exit. The levels in the first and third tank control the level in the middle tank. The level in the middle tank affects the levels in the two end tanks. Many other chemical plant systems can be controlled in a manner similar to this three-tank system. For example, in any distillation column liquid level control problems can be represented as a total condenser with liquid level control, a reboiler with liquid level control, with the interactive column in between. The solution to the three-tank-problem can provide insight into many of the nonlinear control problems in the chemical process industries. The system was tested using the fuzzy logic controller and a proportional-integral (PI) controller, in both the setpoint tracking mode and disturbance rejection mode. The experimental results are discussed and comparisons between fuzzy controller and the standard PI controller are made.

13. Nonlinear problems of the theory of heterogeneous slightly curved shells

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Kantor, B. Y.

1973-01-01

An account if given of the variational method of the solution of physically and geometrically nonlinear problems of the theory of heterogeneous slightly curved shells. Examined are the bending and supercritical behavior of plates and conical and spherical cupolas of variable thickness in a temperature field, taking into account the dependence of the elastic parameters on temperature. The bending, stability in general and load-bearing capacity of flexible isotropic elastic-plastic shells with different criteria of plasticity, taking into account compressibility and hardening. The effect of the plastic heterogeneity caused by heat treatment, surface work hardening and irradiation by fast neutron flux is investigated. Some problems of the dynamic behavior of flexible shells are solved. Calculations are performed in high approximations. Considerable attention is given to the construction of a machine algorithm and to the checking of the convergence of iterative processes.

14. Topology optimization for nonlinear dynamic problems: Considerations for automotive crashworthiness

Kaushik, Anshul; Ramani, Anand

2014-04-01

Crashworthiness of automotive structures is most often engineered after an optimal topology has been arrived at using other design considerations. This study is an attempt to incorporate crashworthiness requirements upfront in the topology synthesis process using a mathematically consistent framework. It proposes the use of equivalent linear systems from the nonlinear dynamic simulation in conjunction with a discrete-material topology optimizer. Velocity and acceleration constraints are consistently incorporated in the optimization set-up. Issues specific to crash problems due to the explicit solution methodology employed, nature of the boundary conditions imposed on the structure, etc. are discussed and possible resolutions are proposed. A demonstration of the methodology on two-dimensional problems that address some of the structural requirements and the types of loading typical of frontal and side impact is provided in order to show that this methodology has the potential for topology synthesis incorporating crashworthiness requirements.

15. Nonlinear optical transmission of cyanobacteria-derived optical materials

Zhao, Edward H.; Watanabe, Fumiya; Zhao, Wei

2015-08-01

Cyanobacteria-derived optical materials for optical limiting applications have been studied in this work. Six samples have been prepared from cyanobacteria including cyanobacteria suspension in water, extracts in water, methanol, and N,N-dimethylformamide, and pyrolyzed cyanobacteria (PCYB) dispersed in dsDNA (sodium salt from salmon testes) solution and sodium dodecyl sulfate solution, respectively. The extracts contain phycocyanin, chlorophyll a, and carotenoids as measured by optical absorption spectroscopy, while the PCYB is a nanostructural composite composed of multi-walled carbon nanotubes, carbon nanoringes, and multilayer graphenes, as revealed by transmission electron microscopy. The optical limiting responses of the samples have been measured at 532 and 756 nm. The PCYB in dsDNA solution has the best limiting performance out of all the cyanobacteria-derived samples. It outperforms carbon black suspension standard at 532 nm and is a broadband limiter, which makes it attractive for optical limiting applications.

16. Channel Capacity of Non-Linear Transmission Systems

Ellis, Andrew D.; Zhao, Jian

Since their introduction in the late 1970s, the capacity of optical communication links has grown exponentially, fuelled by a series of key innovations including movement between the three telecommunication windows of 850 nm, 1,310 nm and 1,550 nm, distributed feedback laser, erbium-doped fibre amplifiers (EDFAs), dispersion-shifted and dispersion-managed fibre links, external modulation, wavelength division multiplexing, optical switching, forward error correction (FEC), Raman amplification, and most recently, coherent detection, electronic signal processing and optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM). Throughout this evolution, one constant factor has been the use of single-mode optical fibre, whose fundamental principles dated back to the 1800s, when Irish scientist, John Tyndall demonstrated in a lecture to the Royal Society in London that light could be guided through a curved stream of water [1]. Following many developments, including the proposal for waveguides by J.J. Thompson [2], the presentation of detailed calculations for dielectric waveguides by Snitzer [3], the proposal [4] and fabrication [5] of ultra low loss fibres, single-mode fibres were first adopted for non-experimental use in Dorset, UK in 1975, and are still in use today, despite the evolving designs to control chromatic dispersion and non-linearity.

17. Correcting nonlinear drift distortion of scanning probe and scanning transmission electron microscopies from image pairs with orthogonal scan directions.

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Ophus, Colin; Ciston, Jim; Nelson, Chris T

2016-03-01

Unwanted motion of the probe with respect to the sample is a ubiquitous problem in scanning probe and scanning transmission electron microscopies, causing both linear and nonlinear artifacts in experimental images. We have designed a procedure to correct these artifacts by using orthogonal scan pairs to align each measurement line-by-line along the slow scan direction, by fitting contrast variation along the lines. We demonstrate the accuracy of our algorithm on both synthetic and experimental data and provide an implementation of our method. PMID:26716724

18. Scrambled coherent superposition for enhanced optical fiber communication in the nonlinear transmission regime.

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Liu, Xiang; Chandrasekhar, S; Winzer, P J; Chraplyvy, A R; Tkach, R W; Zhu, B; Taunay, T F; Fishteyn, M; DiGiovanni, D J

2012-08-13

Coherent superposition of light waves has long been used in various fields of science, and recent advances in digital coherent detection and space-division multiplexing have enabled the coherent superposition of information-carrying optical signals to achieve better communication fidelity on amplified-spontaneous-noise limited communication links. However, fiber nonlinearity introduces highly correlated distortions on identical signals and diminishes the benefit of coherent superposition in nonlinear transmission regime. Here we experimentally demonstrate that through coordinated scrambling of signal constellations at the transmitter, together with appropriate unscrambling at the receiver, the full benefit of coherent superposition is retained in the nonlinear transmission regime of a space-diversity fiber link based on an innovatively engineered multi-core fiber. This scrambled coherent superposition may provide the flexibility of trading communication capacity for performance in future optical fiber networks, and may open new possibilities in high-performance and secure optical communications. PMID:23038549

19. Nonlinear performance of multi-granularity orthogonal transmission systems with frequency division multiplexing.

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Zhang, Fan; Yang, Chuanchuan; Fang, Xi; Zhang, Tingting; Chen, Zhangyuan

2013-03-11

Orthogonal transmission with frequency division multiplexing technique is investigated for next generation optical communication systems. Coherent optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and single-carrier frequency division multiplexing (SCFDM) schemes are compared in combination with polarization-division multiplexing quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) or 16-QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) formats. Multi-granularity transmission with flexible bandwidth can be realized through ultra-dense wavelength division multiplexing (UDWDM) based on the orthogonal technique. The system performance is numerically studied with special emphasis on transmission degradations due to fiber Kerr nonlinearity. The maximum reach and fiber capacity for different spectral efficiencies are investigated for systems with nonlinear propagation over uncompensated standard single-mode fiber (SSMF) links with lumped amplification. PMID:23482180

20. Linear and nonlinear transfer functions of single mode fiber for optical transmission systems.

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Binh, Le Nguyen

2009-07-01

The transmittance transfer function of single mode optical fibers operating in both linear and nonlinear regions is presented. For the linear domain, Fresnel sine and cosine integrals are obtained via the Fourier transform. In the nonlinear region dominated by self-phase-modulation effects, the Volterra series is essential to obtain the nonlinear transfer function. A convergence criterion for the Volterra series transfer function (VSTF) approach is described for solving the nonlinear Schrödinger wave propagation equation. Soliton transmission over single fibers is demonstrated as a case study of the application of the VSTF and a modified VSTF with a number of segmented steps whose distance is within the limit of the convergence of the VSTF. PMID:19568291

1. Effect of second order signal-noise interactions in nonlinearity compensated optical transmission systems.

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Al-Khateeb, Mohammad A Z; McCarthy, Mary; Sánchez, Christian; Ellis, Andrew

2016-04-15

In this Letter, we theoretically and numerically analyze the performance of coherent optical transmission systems that deploy inline or transceiver based nonlinearity compensation techniques. For systems where signal-signal nonlinear interactions are fully compensated, we find that beyond the performance peak the signal-to-noise ratio degradation has a slope of 3  dBSNR/dBPower suggesting a quartic rather than quadratic dependence on signal power. This is directly related to the fact that signals in a given span will interact not only with linear amplified spontaneous emission noise, but also with the nonlinear four-wave mixing products generated from signal-noise interaction in previous (hitherto) uncompensated spans. The performance of optical systems employing different nonlinearity compensation schemes were numerically simulated and compared against analytical predictions, showing a good agreement within a 0.4 dB margin of error. PMID:27082361

2. Wave reflection and transmission reduction using a piezoelectric semipassive nonlinear technique.

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Guyomar, D; Faiz, A; Petit, L; Richard, C

2006-01-01

This study addresses the problem of noise reduction using piezoelements. The nonlinear technique, synchronized switch damping (SSD), is implemented. The device is a pulse-tube termination equipped with piezoelements, which allows performant damping of the vibration resulting from an incident acoustic wave. Due to this damping, both reflected and transmitted wave are reduced. In the semipassive damping approach proposed in this paper, energy degradation is strongly enhanced when the piezoelements are continuously switched from open to short circuit synchronously to the strain. This technique has been developed following two strategies. The first is SSD on a short circuit in which the piezoelement is always in open circuit, except for a very brief period at each strain extremum where it is short-circuited. The second approach is SSD on an inductor. The process is very similar, except that instead of forcing the voltage to zero, the voltage is exactly reversed using a controlled oscillating discharge of the piezoelement capacitor on an inductor during switch drive. Due to this switching mechanism, a phase shift appears between the strain and the resulting voltage, thus creating energy dissipation. Following SSD on an piezoelement, attenuations of 15 dB in reflection and 7 dB in transmission were obtained. PMID:16454284

3. Experimental analysis of nonlinear problems by optical methods

Laermann, Karl-Hans

1994-11-01

As an example of a geometrical nonlinear problem a thin plate-in-bending under large deflection is considered. To determine the inplane- as well as the bending stress-state the photoelastic reflection method and Ligtenberg's moire method are used; the measured information is evaluated according to the principles of integrated photoelasticity. As yet in photoelasticity it has always been supposed Hooke's law of elasticity is valid and consequently linear relations between birefringent effects and stresses are existing. However, in areas of high stress concentration and with reference to some of the mainly used photoelastic material nonlinear strain-stress relations must be introduced. A proper constitutive equation yields an advanced principal photoelastic equation, the solution of which is performed in an iterative procedure. It should be mentioned that extended material testing is demanded to get the various material parameters. Finally proper algorithms and the respective numerical evaluation procedures are described, to analyze plane stress-states, if the material shows viscoelastic response. Then the mechanical as well as the optical rheological response of material must be considered.

4. On the sputtering of metals and insulators: A nonlinear evolution problem with nonlinear boundary condition

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Zhang, H.

1994-10-01

In this paper the author considers a nonlinear evolution problem denoted in the paper as P. Problem (P) arises in the study of thermal evaporation of atoms and molecules from locally heated surface regions (spikes) invoked as one of several mechanisms of ion-bombardment-induced particle emission (sputtering). Then in the case of particle-induced evaporation, the Stefan-Boltzman law of heat loss by radiation is replaced by some activation law describing the loss of heat by evaporation. The equation in P is the so-called degenerate diffusion problem, which has been extensively studied in recent years. However, when dealing with the nonlinear flux boundary condition, {beta}({center_dot}) is usually assumed to be monotene. The purpose of this paper is to provide a general theory for problem P under a different assumption on {beta}({center_dot}), i.e., Lipschitz continuity instead of monotonicity. The main idea of the proof used here is to choose an appropriate test function from the corresponding linearized dual space of the solution. The similar idea has been used by many authors, e.g., Aronson, Crandall and Peletier, Bertsch and Hilhorst and Friedman. The author follows the proof of Bertsch and Hilhorst. The paper is organized as follows. They begin by stating the precise assumptions on the functions involved in P and by defining a weak solution. Then, in Section 2 they prove the existence of the solution by the method of parabolic regularization. The uniqueness is proved in Section 3. Finally, they study the large time behavior of the solution in Section 4.

5. Nonlinear Quantum Mechanics Implies Polynomial-Time Solution for NP-Complete and # P Problems

Abrams, Daniel S.; Lloyd, Seth

1998-11-01

If quantum states exhibit small nonlinearities during time evolution, then quantum computers can be used to solve NP-complete and # P problems in polynomial time. We provide algorithms that solve NP-complete and # P oracle problems by exploiting nonlinear quantum logic gates. Using the Weinberg model as a simple example, the explicit construction of these gates is derived from the underlying physics. Nonlinear quantum algorithms are also presented using Polchinski type nonlinearities which do not allow for superluminal communication.

6. Nonlinear Control of Wind Turbines with Hydrostatic Transmission Based on Takagi-Sugeno Model

Schulte, Horst; Georg, Soren

2014-06-01

A nonlinear model-based control concept for wind turbines with hydrostatic transmission is proposed. The complete mathematical model of a wind turbine drive train with variable displacement pump and variable displacement motor is presented. The controller design takes into consideration the nonlinearity of the aerodynamic maps and hydrostatic drive train by an convex combination of state space controller with measurable generator speed and hydraulic motor displacement as scheduling parameters. The objectives are the set point control of generator speed and tracking control of the rotor speed to reach the maximum power according to the power curve in the partial-load region.

7. Modified semi-classical methods for nonlinear quantum oscillations problems

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Moncrief, Vincent; Marini, Antonella; Maitra, Rachel

2012-10-15

We develop a modified semi-classical approach to the approximate solution of Schroedinger's equation for certain nonlinear quantum oscillations problems. In our approach, at lowest order, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation of the conventional semi-classical formalism is replaced by an inverted-potential-vanishing-energy variant thereof. With suitable smoothness, convexity and coercivity properties imposed on its potential energy function, we prove, using methods drawn from the calculus of variations together with the (Banach space) implicit function theorem, the existence of a global, smooth 'fundamental solution' to this equation. Higher order quantum corrections thereto, for both ground and excited states, can then be computed through the integration of associated systems of linear transport equations, derived from Schroedinger's equation, and formal expansions for the corresponding energy eigenvalues obtained therefrom by imposing the natural demand for smoothness on the (successively computed) quantum corrections to the eigenfunctions. For the special case of linear oscillators our expansions naturally truncate, reproducing the well-known exact solutions for the energy eigenfunctions and eigenvalues. As an explicit application of our methods to computable nonlinear problems, we calculate a number of terms in the corresponding expansions for the one-dimensional anharmonic oscillators of quartic, sectic, octic, and dectic types and compare the results obtained with those of conventional Rayleigh/Schroedinger perturbation theory. To the orders considered (and, conjecturally, to all orders) our eigenvalue expansions agree with those of Rayleigh/Schroedinger theory whereas our wave functions more accurately capture the more-rapid-than-gaussian decay known to hold for the exact solutions to these problems. For the quartic oscillator in particular our results strongly suggest that both the ground state energy eigenvalue expansion and its associated wave function expansion

8. Highly accurate adaptive finite element schemes for nonlinear hyperbolic problems

Oden, J. T.

1992-08-01

This document is a final report of research activities supported under General Contract DAAL03-89-K-0120 between the Army Research Office and the University of Texas at Austin from July 1, 1989 through June 30, 1992. The project supported several Ph.D. students over the contract period, two of which are scheduled to complete dissertations during the 1992-93 academic year. Research results produced during the course of this effort led to 6 journal articles, 5 research reports, 4 conference papers and presentations, 1 book chapter, and two dissertations (nearing completion). It is felt that several significant advances were made during the course of this project that should have an impact on the field of numerical analysis of wave phenomena. These include the development of high-order, adaptive, hp-finite element methods for elastodynamic calculations and high-order schemes for linear and nonlinear hyperbolic systems. Also, a theory of multi-stage Taylor-Galerkin schemes was developed and implemented in the analysis of several wave propagation problems, and was configured within a general hp-adaptive strategy for these types of problems. Further details on research results and on areas requiring additional study are given in the Appendix.

9. Blue-phase liquid crystal cored optical fiber array with photonic bandgaps and nonlinear transmission properties.

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Khoo, Iam Choon; Hong, Kuan Lung; Zhao, Shuo; Ma, Ding; Lin, Tsung-Hsien

2013-02-25

Blue-phase liquid crystal (BPLC) is introduced into the pores of capillary arrays to fabricate fiber arrays. Owing to the photonic-crystals like properties of BPLC, these fiber arrays exhibit temperature dependent photonic bandgaps in the visible spectrum. With the cores maintained in isotropic as well as the Blue phases, the fiber arrays allow high quality image transmission when inserted in the focal plane of a 1x telescope. Nonlinear transmission and optical limiting action on a cw white-light continuum laser is also observed and is attributed to laser induced self-defocusing and propagation modes changing effects caused by some finite absorption of the broadband laser at the short wavelength regime. These nonlinear and other known electro-optical properties of BPLC, in conjunction with their fabrication ease make these fiber arrays highly promising for imaging, electro-optical or all-optical modulation, switching and passive optical limiting applications. PMID:23481965

10. Simulation and properties of highly nonlinear multilayer optical structures using the transmission line method

Moshonas, Nikolaos; Pagiatakis, Gerasimos K.; Papagiannis, Panagiotis; Savaidis, Stylianos P.; Stathopoulos, Nikolaos A.

2014-05-01

In this work we numerically investigate and analyse the properties of an optical structure comprised of successive thin film layers that can possess high values of nonlinear susceptibility, affecting the refractive index and/or the absorption coefficient. By applying the Transmission Line Method (TLM), properly modified to resolve the inclusion of third order nonlinearity, the spectral reflectivity and transmission of such a device are presented. Specifically, the method is applied for the case of conceptual design of a Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR). Optical bistability can be observed, which translates not only to a change in the value of reflectivity, as the input power increases, but also to a shift of the Bragg wavelength.

11. Electrical short pulses generation using a resonant tunneling diode nonlinear transmission line

Essimbi, B. Z.; Jäger, D.

2012-03-01

In this paper, the generation of short electrical pulses based on nonlinear active wave propagation effects along the resonant tunneling diode transmission line is studied. The principle of operation is discussed and it is shown by computer experiments that an input rectangular pulse as well as a sinusoidal input signal can be converted into a set of output spikes, suitable for A/D conversion at millimeter wave frequencies.

12. Nonlinear absorption and transmission properties of Ge, Te and InAs using tuneable IR FEL

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Amirmadhi, F.; Becker, K.; Brau, C.A.

1995-12-31

Nonlinear absorption properties of Ge, Te and InAs are being investigated using the transmission of FEL optical pulses through these semiconductors (z-scan method). Wavelength, intensity and macropulse dependence are used to differentiate between two-photon and free-carrier absorption properties of these materials. Macropulse dependence is resolved by using a Pockles Cell to chop the 4-{mu}s macropulse down to 100 ns. Results of these experiments will be presented and discussed.

13. Exact Solutions and Bifurcations of a Modulated Equation in a Discrete Nonlinear Electrical Transmission Line (III)

Li, Jibin; Chen, Fengjuan

In this paper, we consider a modulated equation in a discrete nonlinear electrical transmission line. This model is an integrable planar dynamical system having three singular straight lines. By using the theory of singular systems to investigate the dynamical behavior for this system, we obtain bifurcations of phase portraits under different parameter conditions. Corresponding to some special level curves, we derive exact explicit parametric representations of solutions (including smooth solitary wave solutions, peakons, compactons, periodic cusp wave solutions) under different parameter conditions.

14. Effect of non-linear capacitance on a non-uniform transmission line

Kumar, L.; Shankar Pandey, V.; Parthasarathy, H.; Shrimali, V.; Varshney, G.

2016-05-01

In this paper we derive a non-linear polarization electric field relationship in a dielectric by considering harmonics binding of the electrons to its nuclei. We apply this theory to a transmission line to model the non-linear, inhomogeneous frequency-dependent capacitance of the line and approximate an expression for the line current when the line is terminated by load impedance. We then suggest a method for estimating the inhomogeneous, frequency-dependent non-linear component of the line capacitance from the measurements of the far field electromagnetic field radiated by the line current. The far field magnetic vector potential is calculated from the line current by the standard Green's function integration in free space.

15. A parametric study of nonlinear seismic response analysis of transmission line structures.

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Tian, Li; Wang, Yanming; Yi, Zhenhua; Qian, Hui

2014-01-01

A parametric study of nonlinear seismic response analysis of transmission line structures subjected to earthquake loading is studied in this paper. The transmission lines are modeled by cable element which accounts for the nonlinearity of the cable based on a real project. Nonuniform ground motions are generated using a stochastic approach based on random vibration analysis. The effects of multicomponent ground motions, correlations among multicomponent ground motions, wave travel, coherency loss, and local site on the responses of the cables are investigated using nonlinear time history analysis method, respectively. The results show the multicomponent seismic excitations should be considered, but the correlations among multicomponent ground motions could be neglected. The wave passage effect has a significant influence on the responses of the cables. The change of the degree of coherency loss has little influence on the response of the cables, but the responses of the cables are affected significantly by the effect of coherency loss. The responses of the cables change little with the degree of the difference of site condition changing. The effect of multicomponent ground motions, wave passage, coherency loss, and local site should be considered for the seismic design of the transmission line structures. PMID:25133215

16. A Parametric Study of Nonlinear Seismic Response Analysis of Transmission Line Structures

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Wang, Yanming; Yi, Zhenhua

2014-01-01

A parametric study of nonlinear seismic response analysis of transmission line structures subjected to earthquake loading is studied in this paper. The transmission lines are modeled by cable element which accounts for the nonlinearity of the cable based on a real project. Nonuniform ground motions are generated using a stochastic approach based on random vibration analysis. The effects of multicomponent ground motions, correlations among multicomponent ground motions, wave travel, coherency loss, and local site on the responses of the cables are investigated using nonlinear time history analysis method, respectively. The results show the multicomponent seismic excitations should be considered, but the correlations among multicomponent ground motions could be neglected. The wave passage effect has a significant influence on the responses of the cables. The change of the degree of coherency loss has little influence on the response of the cables, but the responses of the cables are affected significantly by the effect of coherency loss. The responses of the cables change little with the degree of the difference of site condition changing. The effect of multicomponent ground motions, wave passage, coherency loss, and local site should be considered for the seismic design of the transmission line structures. PMID:25133215

17. Inductive intrinsic localized modes in a one-dimensional nonlinear electric transmission line

Sato, M.; Mukaide, T.; Nakaguchi, T.; Sievers, A. J.

2016-07-01

The experimental properties of intrinsic localized modes (ILMs) have long been compared with theoretical dynamical lattice models that make use of nonlinear onsite and/or nearest-neighbor intersite potentials. Here it is shown for a one-dimensional lumped electrical transmission line that a nonlinear inductive component in an otherwise linear parallel capacitor lattice makes possible a new kind of ILM outside the plane wave spectrum. To simplify the analysis, the nonlinear inductive current equations are transformed to flux transmission line equations with analog onsite hard potential nonlinearities. Approximate analytic results compare favorably with those obtained from a driven damped lattice model and with eigenvalue simulations. For this mono-element lattice, ILMs above the top of the plane wave spectrum are the result. We find that the current ILM is spatially compressed relative to the corresponding flux ILM. Finally, this study makes the connection between the dynamics of mass and force constant defects in the harmonic lattice and ILMs in a strongly anharmonic lattice.

18. Inductive intrinsic localized modes in a one-dimensional nonlinear electric transmission line.

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Sato, M; Mukaide, T; Nakaguchi, T; Sievers, A J

2016-07-01

The experimental properties of intrinsic localized modes (ILMs) have long been compared with theoretical dynamical lattice models that make use of nonlinear onsite and/or nearest-neighbor intersite potentials. Here it is shown for a one-dimensional lumped electrical transmission line that a nonlinear inductive component in an otherwise linear parallel capacitor lattice makes possible a new kind of ILM outside the plane wave spectrum. To simplify the analysis, the nonlinear inductive current equations are transformed to flux transmission line equations with analog onsite hard potential nonlinearities. Approximate analytic results compare favorably with those obtained from a driven damped lattice model and with eigenvalue simulations. For this mono-element lattice, ILMs above the top of the plane wave spectrum are the result. We find that the current ILM is spatially compressed relative to the corresponding flux ILM. Finally, this study makes the connection between the dynamics of mass and force constant defects in the harmonic lattice and ILMs in a strongly anharmonic lattice. PMID:27575139

19. The treatment of contact problems as a non-linear complementarity problem

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Bjorkman, G.

1994-12-31

Contact and friction problems are of great importance in many engineering applications, for example in ball bearings, bolted joints, metal forming and also car crashes. In these problems the behavior on the contact surface has a great influence on the overall behavior of the structure. Often problems such as wear and initiation of cracks occur on the contact surface. Contact problems are often described using complementarity conditions, w {>=} 0, p {>=} 0, w{sup T}p = 0, which for example represents the following behavior: (i) two bodies can not penetrate each other, i.e. the gap must be greater than or equal to zero, (ii) the contact pressure is positive and different from zero only if the two bodies are in contact with each other. Here it is shown that by using the theory of non-linear complementarity problems the unilateral behavior of the problem can be treated in a straightforward way. It is shown how solution methods for discretized frictionless contact problem can be formulated. By formulating the problem either as a generalized equation or as a B-differentiable function, it is pointed out how Newtons method may be extended to contact problems. Also an algorithm for tracing the equilibrium path of frictionless contact problems is described. It is shown that, in addition to the {open_quotes}classical{close_quotes} bifurcation and limit points, there can be points where the equilibrium path has reached an end point or points where bifurcation is possible even if the stiffness matrix is non-singular.

20. Nonlinear problems in data-assimilation : Can synchronization help?

Tribbia, J. J.; Duane, G. S.

2009-12-01

Over the past several years, operational weather centers have initiated ensemble prediction and assimilation techniques to estimate the error covariance of forecasts in the short and the medium range. The ensemble techniques used are based on linear methods. The theory This technique s been shown to be a useful indicator of skill in the linear range where forecast errors are small relative to climatological variance. While this advance has been impressive, there are still ad hoc aspects of its use in practice, like the need for covariance inflation which are troubling. Furthermore, to be of utility in the nonlinear range an ensemble assimilation and prediction method must be capable of giving probabilistic information for the situation where a probability density forecast becomes multi-modal. A prototypical, simplest example of such a situation is the planetary-wave regime transition where the pdf is bimodal. Our recent research show how the inconsistencies and extensions of linear methodology can be consistently treated using the paradigm of synchronization which views the problems of assimilation and forecasting as that of optimizing the forecast model state with respect to the future evolution of the atmosphere.

1. Optical stealth transmission based on super-continuum generation in highly nonlinear fiber over WDM network.

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Zhu, Huatao; Wang, Rong; Pu, Tao; Fang, Tao; Xiang, Peng; Zheng, Jilin; Chen, Dalei

2015-06-01

In this Letter, the optical stealth transmission carried by super-continuum spectrum optical pulses generated in highly nonlinear fiber is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In the proposed transmission scheme, super-continuum signals are reshaped in the spectral domain through a wavelength-selective switch and are temporally spread by a chromatic dispersion device to achieve the same noise-like characteristic as the noise in optical networks, so that in both the time domain and the spectral domain, the stealth signals are hidden in public channel. Our experimental results show that compared with existing schemes where stealth channels are carried by amplified spontaneous emission noise, super-continuum signal can increase the transmission performance and robustness. PMID:26030557

2. Impulsive two-point boundary value problems for nonlinear qk-difference equations

Mardanov, Misir J.; Sharifov, Yagub A.

2016-08-01

In this study, impulsive two-point boundary value problems for nonlinear qk -difference equations is considered. Note that this problem contains the similar problem with antiperiodic boundary conditions as a partial case. The theorems on existence and uniqueness of the solution of the considered problem are proved. Obtained here results not only enlarges the class of considered boundary problems and also strengthens them.

3. Repetitive sub-gigawatt rf source based on gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line.

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Romanchenko, Ilya V; Rostov, Vladislav V; Gubanov, Vladimir P; Stepchenko, Alexey S; Gunin, Alexander V; Kurkan, Ivan K

2012-07-01

We demonstrate a high power repetitive rf source using gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line to produce rf oscillations. Saturated NiZn ferrites act as active nonlinear medium first sharpening the pumping high voltage nanosecond pulse and then radiating at central frequency of about 1 GHz: shock rise time excites gyromagnetic precession in ferrites forming damping rf oscillations. The optimal length of nonlinear transmission line was found to be of about 1 m. SINUS-200 high voltage driver with Tesla transformer incorporated into pulse forming line has been designed and fabricated to produce bursts of 1000 pulses with 200 Hz repetition rate. A band-pass filter and mode-converter have been designed to extract rf pulse from low-frequency component and to form TE(11) mode of circular waveguide with linear polarization. A wide-band horn antenna has been fabricated to form Gaussian distribution of radiation pattern. The peak value of electric field strength of a radiated pulse at the distance of 3.5 m away from antenna is measured to be 160 kV/m. The corresponding rf peak power of 260 MW was achieved. PMID:22852710

4. Optical phase conjugation in phase-modulated transmission systems: experimental comparison of different nonlinearity-compensation methods.

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Minzioni, Paolo; Pusino, Vincenzo; Cristiani, Ilaria; Marazzi, Lucia; Martinelli, Mario; Langrock, Carsten; Fejer, M M; Degiorgio, Vittorio

2010-08-16

We experimentally compare the effectiveness of three different optical-phase-conjugation-based nonlinearity-compensation strategies on a transmission system employing phase-modulated signals, and hence affected by the Gordon-Mollenauer effect. We demonstrate that it is possible to obtain significant nonlinearity compensation, but that no improvement is obtained using configurations specifically aimed at the compensation of the nonlinear phase noise. PMID:20721200

5. Robust transmission stabilization and dynamic switching in broadband hybrid waveguide systems with nonlinear gain and loss

Nguyen, Quan M.; Peleg, Avner; Tran, Thinh P.

2015-01-01

We develop a method for transmission stabilization and robust dynamic switching for colliding optical soliton sequences in broadband waveguide systems with nonlinear gain and loss. The method is based on employing hybrid waveguides, consisting of spans with linear gain and cubic loss, and spans with linear loss, cubic gain, and quintic loss. We show that the amplitude dynamics is described by a hybrid Lotka-Volterra (LV) model, and use the model to determine the physical parameter values required for enhanced transmission stabilization and switching. Numerical simulations with coupled nonlinear Schrödinger equations confirm the predictions of the LV model, and show complete suppression of radiative instability and pulse distortion. This enables stable transmission over distances larger by an order of magnitude compared with uniform waveguides with linear gain and cubic loss. Moreover, multiple on-off and off-on dynamic switching events are demonstrated over a wide range of soliton amplitudes, showing the superiority of hybrid waveguides compared with static switching in uniform waveguides.

6. Multigrid approaches to non-linear diffusion problems on unstructured meshes

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Mavriplis, Dimitri J.; Bushnell, Dennis M. (Technical Monitor)

2001-01-01

The efficiency of three multigrid methods for solving highly non-linear diffusion problems on two-dimensional unstructured meshes is examined. The three multigrid methods differ mainly in the manner in which the nonlinearities of the governing equations are handled. These comprise a non-linear full approximation storage (FAS) multigrid method which is used to solve the non-linear equations directly, a linear multigrid method which is used to solve the linear system arising from a Newton linearization of the non-linear system, and a hybrid scheme which is based on a non-linear FAS multigrid scheme, but employs a linear solver on each level as a smoother. Results indicate that all methods are equally effective at converging the non-linear residual in a given number of grid sweeps, but that the linear solver is more efficient in cpu time due to the lower cost of linear versus non-linear grid sweeps.

7. Capacity estimates for optical transmission based on the nonlinear Fourier transform.

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Derevyanko, Stanislav A; Prilepsky, Jaroslaw E; Turitsyn, Sergei K

2016-01-01

What is the maximum rate at which information can be transmitted error-free in fibre-optic communication systems? For linear channels, this was established in classic works of Nyquist and Shannon. However, despite the immense practical importance of fibre-optic communications providing for >99% of global data traffic, the channel capacity of optical links remains unknown due to the complexity introduced by fibre nonlinearity. Recently, there has been a flurry of studies examining an expected cap that nonlinearity puts on the information-carrying capacity of fibre-optic systems. Mastering the nonlinear channels requires paradigm shift from current modulation, coding and transmission techniques originally developed for linear communication systems. Here we demonstrate that using the integrability of the master model and the nonlinear Fourier transform, the lower bound on the capacity per symbol can be estimated as 10.7 bits per symbol with 500 GHz bandwidth over 2,000 km. PMID:27611059

8. Inference of Stochastic Nonlinear Oscillators with Applications to Physiological Problems

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Smelyanskiy, Vadim N.; Luchinsky, Dmitry G.

2004-01-01

A new method of inferencing of coupled stochastic nonlinear oscillators is described. The technique does not require extensive global optimization, provides optimal compensation for noise-induced errors and is robust in a broad range of dynamical models. We illustrate the main ideas of the technique by inferencing a model of five globally and locally coupled noisy oscillators. Specific modifications of the technique for inferencing hidden degrees of freedom of coupled nonlinear oscillators is discussed in the context of physiological applications.

9. Haar wavelet operational matrix method for solving constrained nonlinear quadratic optimal control problem

Swaidan, Waleeda; Hussin, Amran

2015-10-01

Most direct methods solve finite time horizon optimal control problems with nonlinear programming solver. In this paper, we propose a numerical method for solving nonlinear optimal control problem with state and control inequality constraints. This method used quasilinearization technique and Haar wavelet operational matrix to convert the nonlinear optimal control problem into a quadratic programming problem. The linear inequality constraints for trajectories variables are converted to quadratic programming constraint by using Haar wavelet collocation method. The proposed method has been applied to solve Optimal Control of Multi-Item Inventory Model. The accuracy of the states, controls and cost can be improved by increasing the Haar wavelet resolution.

10. Dynamical analysis of transmission line cables. Part 3—Nonlinear theory

Barbieri, Renato; Barbieri, Nilson; de Souza Júnior, Oswaldo Honorato

2008-05-01

In this work the authors use nonlinear mathematical models for simulation of the dynamical behavior of transmission lines cables. The numerical models are obtained through the finite element method. For validation of the mathematical nonlinear models, the simulated results are compared with experimental data obtained in an automated testing system for overhead line cables. Many sample lengths and load situations were used. The forced response is obtained through an impulsive excitation (impact hammer) or electromechanical shaker and, the vibration signals are collected through accelerometers placed along the half sample. The eigenbehavior is analyzed using the Irvine parameter for straight and inclinated cables. It also showed the numeric and experimental dynamical behavior results for the load cable fluctuation in function of the excitation frequency, the influence of concentrated mass of straight cable and the beat condition.

11. Analytical expressions for the nonlinear interference in dispersion managed transmission coherent optical systems

Qiao, Yaojun; Li, Ming; Yang, Qiuhong; Xu, Yanfei; Ji, Yuefeng

2015-01-01

Closed-form expressions of nonlinear interference of dense wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) systems with dispersion managed transmission (DMT) are derived. We carry out a simulative validation by addressing an ample and significant set of the Nyquist-WDM systems based on polarization multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying (PM-QPSK) subcarriers at a baud rate of 32 Gbaud per channel. Simulation results show the simple closed-form analytical expressions can provide an effective tool for the quick and accurate prediction of system performance in DMT coherent optical systems.

12. Multigrid techniques for nonlinear eigenvalue probems: Solutions of a nonlinear Schroedinger eigenvalue problem in 2D and 3D

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Costiner, Sorin; Taasan, Shlomo

1994-01-01

This paper presents multigrid (MG) techniques for nonlinear eigenvalue problems (EP) and emphasizes an MG algorithm for a nonlinear Schrodinger EP. The algorithm overcomes the mentioned difficulties combining the following techniques: an MG projection coupled with backrotations for separation of solutions and treatment of difficulties related to clusters of close and equal eigenvalues; MG subspace continuation techniques for treatment of the nonlinearity; an MG simultaneous treatment of the eigenvectors at the same time with the nonlinearity and with the global constraints. The simultaneous MG techniques reduce the large number of self consistent iterations to only a few or one MG simultaneous iteration and keep the solutions in a right neighborhood where the algorithm converges fast.

13. Lossless Convexification of Control Constraints for a Class of Nonlinear Optimal Control Problems

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Blackmore, Lars; Acikmese, Behcet; Carson, John M.,III

2012-01-01

In this paper we consider a class of optimal control problems that have continuous-time nonlinear dynamics and nonconvex control constraints. We propose a convex relaxation of the nonconvex control constraints, and prove that the optimal solution to the relaxed problem is the globally optimal solution to the original problem with nonconvex control constraints. This lossless convexification enables a computationally simpler problem to be solved instead of the original problem. We demonstrate the approach in simulation with a planetary soft landing problem involving a nonlinear gravity field.

14. Nonlinearity in apparent mass and transmissibility of the supine human body during vertical whole-body vibration

Huang, Ya; Griffin, Michael J.

2009-07-01

Resonance frequencies evident in the apparent mass and the transmissibility of the human body decrease with increasing vibration magnitude, but the mechanisms responsible for this nonlinearity have not been established. This experiment was designed to explore the effects of body location on the nonlinearity of the body in supine postures. In a group of 12 male subjects, the apparent mass and transmissibility to the sternum, upper abdomen, and lower abdomen were measured in three postures (relaxed semi-supine, flat supine and constrained semi-supine) with vertical random vibration (0.25-20 Hz) at seven vibration magnitudes (nominally 0.0313, 0.0625, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1.0 ms -2 rms). In all three postures, the apparent mass resonance frequencies and the primary peak frequencies in the transmissibilities to the upper and lower abdomen decreased with increases in vibration magnitude from 0.25 to 1.0 ms -2 rms. Nonlinearity generally apparent in transmissibility to the abdomen was less evident in transmissibility to the sternum and less evident in transmissibilities to the abdomen at vibration magnitudes less than 0.125 ms -2 rms. The nonlinearity was more apparent in the flat supine posture than in the semi-supine postures. The findings are consistent with the nonlinearity being associated with the response of soft tissues, more likely a consequence of passive thixotropy than muscle activity.

15. Solving nonlinear heat conduction problems with multigrid preconditioned Newton-Krylov methods

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Rider, W.J.; Knoll, D.A.

1997-09-01

Our objective is to investigate the utility of employing multigrid preconditioned Newton-Krylov methods for solving initial value problems. Multigrid based method promise better performance from the linear scaling associated with them. Our model problem is nonlinear heat conduction which can model idealized Marshak waves. Here we will investigate the efficiency of using a linear multigrid method to precondition a Krylov subspace method. In effect we will show that a fixed point nonlinear iterative method provides an effective preconditioner for the nonlinear problem.

16. Nonlinear Schwarz-Fas Methods for Unstructured Finite Element Elliptic Problems

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Jones, J E; Vassilevski, P S; Woodward, C S

2002-09-30

This paper provides extensions of an element agglomeration AMG method to nonlinear elliptic problems discretized by the finite element method on general unstructured meshes. The method constructs coarse discretization spaces and corresponding coarse nonlinear operators as well as their Jacobians. We introduce both standard (fairly quasi-uniformly coarsened) and non-standard (coarsened away) coarse meshes and respective finite element spaces. We use both kind of spaces in FAS type coarse subspace correction (or Schwarz) algorithms. Their performance is illustrated on a number of model problems. The coarsened away spaces seem to perform better than the standard spaces for problems with nonlinearities in the principal part of the elliptic operator.

17. Solving Large Scale Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problem in Next-Generation Accelerator Design

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Liao, Ben-Shan; Bai, Zhaojun; Lee, Lie-Quan; Ko, Kwok; /SLAC

2006-09-28

A number of numerical methods, including inverse iteration, method of successive linear problem and nonlinear Arnoldi algorithm, are studied in this paper to solve a large scale nonlinear eigenvalue problem arising from finite element analysis of resonant frequencies and external Q{sub e} values of a waveguide loaded cavity in the next-generation accelerator design. They present a nonlinear Rayleigh-Ritz iterative projection algorithm, NRRIT in short and demonstrate that it is the most promising approach for a model scale cavity design. The NRRIT algorithm is an extension of the nonlinear Arnoldi algorithm due to Voss. Computational challenges of solving such a nonlinear eigenvalue problem for a full scale cavity design are outlined.

18. Existence of global decaying solutions to the exterior problem for the Klein-Gordon equation with a nonlinear localized dissipation and a derivative nonlinearity

Nakao, Mitsuhiro

We prove the existence of global decaying solutions to the exterior problem for the Klein-Gordon equation with a nonlinear localized dissipation and a derivative nonlinearity. To derive the required estimates of solutions we employ a 'loan' method.

19. Cognitive Variables in Problem Solving: A Nonlinear Approach

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Stamovlasis, Dimitrios; Tsaparlis, Georgios

2005-01-01

We employ tools of complexity theory to examine the effect of cognitive variables, such as working-memory capacity, degree of field dependence-independence, developmental level and the mobility-fixity dimension. The nonlinear method correlates the subjects' rank-order achievement scores with each cognitive variable. From the achievement scores in…

20. An application of a linear programing technique to nonlinear minimax problems

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Schiess, J. R.

1973-01-01

A differential correction technique for solving nonlinear minimax problems is presented. The basis of the technique is a linear programing algorithm which solves the linear minimax problem. By linearizing the original nonlinear equations about a nominal solution, both nonlinear approximation and estimation problems using the minimax norm may be solved iteratively. Some consideration is also given to improving convergence and to the treatment of problems with more than one measured quantity. A sample problem is treated with this technique and with the least-squares differential correction method to illustrate the properties of the minimax solution. The results indicate that for the sample approximation problem, the minimax technique provides better estimates than the least-squares method if a sufficient amount of data is used. For the sample estimation problem, the minimax estimates are better if the mathematical model is incomplete.

1. Algorithm for nonlinear stationary Navier-Stokes problem

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Gabrielsen, R. E.; Karel, S.

1975-01-01

Results of applications of algorithm suggest that it has potential application to variety of related fluid flow problems, such as presently intractable separation problem of aerodynamics. Details of mathematical development, as well as computation of explicit error estimates, are available.

2. Nonlinearity in the vertical transmissibility of seating: the role of the human body apparent mass and seat dynamic stiffness

Tufano, Saverio; Griffin, Michael J.

2013-01-01

The efficiency of a seat in reducing vibration depends on the characteristics of the vibration, the dynamic characteristics of the seat, and the dynamic characteristics of the person sitting on the seat. However, it is not known whether seat cushions influence the dynamic response of the human body, whether the human body influences the dynamic response of seat cushions, or the relative importance of human body nonlinearity and seat nonlinearity in causing nonlinearity in measures of seat transmissibility. This study was designed to investigate the nonlinearity of the coupled seat and human body systems and to compare the apparent mass of the human body supported on rigid and foam seats. A frequency domain model was used to identify the dynamic parameters of seat foams and investigate their dependence on the subject-sitting weight and hip breadth. With 15 subjects, the force and acceleration at the seat base and acceleration at the subject interface were measured during random vertical vibration excitation (0.25-25 Hz) at each of five vibration magnitudes, (0.25-1.6 ms-2 r.m.s.) with four seating conditions (rigid flat seat and three foam cushions). The measurements are presented in terms of the subject's apparent mass on the rigid and foam seat surfaces, and the transmissibility and dynamic stiffness of each of the foam cushions. Both the human body and the foams showed nonlinear softening behaviour, which resulted in nonlinear cushion transmissibility. The apparent masses of subjects sitting on the rigid seat and on foam cushions were similar, but with an apparent increase in damping when sitting on the foams. The foam dynamic stiffness showed complex correlations with characteristics of the human body, which differed between foams. The nonlinearities in cushion transmissibilities, expressed in terms of changes in resonance frequencies and moduli, were more dependent on human body nonlinearity than on cushion nonlinearity.

3. Fundamental immunological problems associated with "transmissible spongiform encephalopathies".

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Ebringer, Alan; Rashid, Taha; Wilson, Clyde

2015-02-01

"Bovine spongiform encephalopathy", "scrapie", as well as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and kuru belong to a group of related neurological conditions termed "transmissible spongiform encephalopathies". These diseases are based on the LD50 measurement whereby saline brain homogenates are injected into experimental animals and when 50% of them develop symptoms, this is considered as transmission of the disease, but the gold standard for diagnosis is autopsy examination. However, an untenable assumption is being made in that saline brain homogenates do not cause tissue damage but it is known since the time of Pasteur, that they give rise to "post-rabies vaccination allergic encephalomyelitis". This is the fundamental flaw in the diagnosis of these diseases. A way forward, however, is to examine infectious agents, such as Acinetobacter which show molecular mimicry with myelin and elevated levels of antibodies to this microbe are found in multiple sclerosis patients and animals affected by "bovine spongiform encephalopathy". PMID:25573495

4. Solving mixed integer nonlinear programming problems using spiral dynamics optimization algorithm

2016-02-01

Many engineering and practical problem can be modeled by mixed integer nonlinear programming. This paper proposes to solve the problem with modified spiral dynamics inspired optimization method of Tamura and Yasuda. Four test cases have been examined, including problem in engineering and sport. This method succeeds in obtaining the optimal result in all test cases.

5. Bias-field controlled phasing and power combination of gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines

Reale, D. V.; Bragg, J.-W. B.; Gonsalves, N. R.; Johnson, J. M.; Neuber, A. A.; Dickens, J. C.; Mankowski, J. J.

2014-05-01

Gyromagnetic Nonlinear Transmission Lines (NLTLs) generate microwaves through the damped gyromagnetic precession of the magnetic moments in ferrimagnetic material, and are thus utilized as compact, solid-state, frequency agile, high power microwave (HPM) sources. The output frequency of a NLTL can be adjusted by control of the externally applied bias field and incident voltage pulse without physical alteration to the structure of the device. This property provides a frequency tuning capability not seen in many conventional e-beam based HPM sources. The NLTLs developed and tested are mesoband sources capable of generating MW power levels in the L, S, and C bands of the microwave spectrum. For an individual NLTL the output power at a given frequency is determined by several factors including the intrinsic properties of the ferrimagnetic material and the transmission line structure. Hence, if higher power levels are to be achieved, it is necessary to combine the outputs of multiple NLTLs. This can be accomplished in free space using antennas or in a transmission line via a power combiner. Using a bias-field controlled delay, a transient, high voltage, coaxial, three port, power combiner was designed and tested. Experimental results are compared with the results of a transient COMSOL simulation to evaluate combiner performance.

6. Nonlinear phase noise mitigation in phase-sensitive amplified transmission systems.

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Olsson, Samuel L I; Karlsson, Magnus; Andrekson, Peter A

2015-05-01

We investigate the impact of in-line amplifier noise in transmission systems amplified by two-mode phase-sensitive amplifiers (PSAs) and present the first experimental demonstration of nonlinear phase noise (NLPN) mitigation in a modulation format independent PSA-amplified transmission system. The NLPN mitigation capability is attributed to the correlated noise on the signal and idler waves at the input of the transmission span. We study a single-span system with noise loading in the transmitter but the results are expected to be applicable also in multi-span systems. The experimental investigation is supported by numerical simulations showing excellent agreement with the experiments. In addition to demonstrating NLPN mitigation we also present a record high sensitivity receiver, enabled by low-noise PSA-amplification, requiring only 4.1 photons per bit to obtain a bit error ratio (BER) of 1 × 10(-3) with 10 GBd quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) data. PMID:25969263

7. Bias-field controlled phasing and power combination of gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines.

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Reale, D V; Bragg, J-W B; Gonsalves, N R; Johnson, J M; Neuber, A A; Dickens, J C; Mankowski, J J

2014-05-01

Gyromagnetic Nonlinear Transmission Lines (NLTLs) generate microwaves through the damped gyromagnetic precession of the magnetic moments in ferrimagnetic material, and are thus utilized as compact, solid-state, frequency agile, high power microwave (HPM) sources. The output frequency of a NLTL can be adjusted by control of the externally applied bias field and incident voltage pulse without physical alteration to the structure of the device. This property provides a frequency tuning capability not seen in many conventional e-beam based HPM sources. The NLTLs developed and tested are mesoband sources capable of generating MW power levels in the L, S, and C bands of the microwave spectrum. For an individual NLTL the output power at a given frequency is determined by several factors including the intrinsic properties of the ferrimagnetic material and the transmission line structure. Hence, if higher power levels are to be achieved, it is necessary to combine the outputs of multiple NLTLs. This can be accomplished in free space using antennas or in a transmission line via a power combiner. Using a bias-field controlled delay, a transient, high voltage, coaxial, three port, power combiner was designed and tested. Experimental results are compared with the results of a transient COMSOL simulation to evaluate combiner performance. PMID:24880394

8. Bias-field controlled phasing and power combination of gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines

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Reale, D. V. Bragg, J.-W. B.; Gonsalves, N. R.; Johnson, J. M.; Neuber, A. A.; Dickens, J. C.; Mankowski, J. J.

2014-05-15

Gyromagnetic Nonlinear Transmission Lines (NLTLs) generate microwaves through the damped gyromagnetic precession of the magnetic moments in ferrimagnetic material, and are thus utilized as compact, solid-state, frequency agile, high power microwave (HPM) sources. The output frequency of a NLTL can be adjusted by control of the externally applied bias field and incident voltage pulse without physical alteration to the structure of the device. This property provides a frequency tuning capability not seen in many conventional e-beam based HPM sources. The NLTLs developed and tested are mesoband sources capable of generating MW power levels in the L, S, and C bands of the microwave spectrum. For an individual NLTL the output power at a given frequency is determined by several factors including the intrinsic properties of the ferrimagnetic material and the transmission line structure. Hence, if higher power levels are to be achieved, it is necessary to combine the outputs of multiple NLTLs. This can be accomplished in free space using antennas or in a transmission line via a power combiner. Using a bias-field controlled delay, a transient, high voltage, coaxial, three port, power combiner was designed and tested. Experimental results are compared with the results of a transient COMSOL simulation to evaluate combiner performance.

9. On solvability of inverse coefficient problems for nonlinear convection—diffusion—reaction equation

Brizitskii, R. V.; Saritskaya, Zh Yu

2016-06-01

An inverse coefficient problem is considered for a stationary nonlinear convection- diffusion-reaction equation, in which reaction coefficient has a rather common dependence on substance concentration and on spacial variable. The solvability of the considered nonlinear boundary value problem is proved in a general case. The existence of solutions of the inverse problem is proved for the reaction coefficients, which are defined by the product of two functions. The first function depends on a spatial variable, the second one depends nonlinearly on the solution of the boundary value problem. The mentioned inverse problem consists in reconstructing the first function with the help of additional information provided by the solution of the boundary value problem.

10. A family of approximate solutions and explicit error estimates for the nonlinear stationary Navier-Stokes problem

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Gabrielsen, R. E.; Karel, S.

1975-01-01

An algorithm for solving the nonlinear stationary Navier-Stokes problem is developed. Explicit error estimates are given. This mathematical technique is potentially adaptable to the separation problem.

11. Constrained Coding Techniques for the Suppression of Intrachannel Nonlinear Effects in High-Speed Optical Transmission

Djordjevic, Ivan B.; Vasic, Bane

2006-01-01

A problem of suppression of intrachannel nonlinearities through the use of constrained coding is considered. Three different techniques are proposed and compared with respect to their efficiency, namely 1) constrained coding; 2) combined constrained and error control coding; and 3) deliberate error insertion. Significant Q-factor improvement up to 16 dB depending on code rate and number of spans is demonstrated. A combined constrained-iterative forward error correction (FEC) scheme can operate in the presence of strong intrachannel nonlinearities when even advanced FEC schemes would be overwhelmed with errors. It provides a coding gain of 12.1 dB at a bit error rate (BER) of 10-9. Deliberate error insertion is an efficient approach to balance the encoder complexity and the achievable coding gain.

12. Fast and Robust Newton strategies for non-linear geodynamics problems

Le Pourhiet, Laetitia; May, Dave

2014-05-01

Geodynamic problems are inherently non-linear, with sources of non-inearities arising from the (i) rheology, (ii) boundary conditions and (iii) the choice of time integration scheme. We have developed a robust non-linear scheme utilizing PETSc's non-linear solver framework; SNES. Through the SNES framework, we have access to a wide range of globalization techniques. In this work we extensively use line search implementation. We explored a wide range different strategies for solving a variety of non-linear problems specific to geodynamics. In this presentation, we report of the most robust line-searching techniques which we have found for the three classes of non-linearities previously identified. Among the class of rheological non-linearities, the shear banding instability using visco-plastic flow rules is the most difficult to solve. Distinctively from its sibling, the elasto-plastic rheology, the visco-plastic rheology causes instantaneous shear localisation. As a results, decreasing time-stepping is not a viable approach to better capture the initial phase of localisation. Furthermore, return map algorithms based on a consistent tangent cannot be used as the slope of the tangent is infinite. Obtaining a converged non-linear solution to this problem only relies on the robustness non-linear solver. After presenting a Newton methodology suitable for rheological non-linearities, we examine the performance of this formulation when frictional sliding boundary conditions are introduced. We assess the robustness of the non-linear solver when applied to critical taper type problems.

13. Applying nonlinear diffusion acceleration to the neutron transport k-Eigenvalue problem with anisotropic scattering

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Willert, Jeffrey; Park, H.; Taitano, William

2015-10-12

High-order/low-order (or moment-based acceleration) algorithms have been used to significantly accelerate the solution to the neutron transport k-eigenvalue problem over the past several years. Recently, the nonlinear diffusion acceleration algorithm has been extended to solve fixed-source problems with anisotropic scattering sources. In this paper, we demonstrate that we can extend this algorithm to k-eigenvalue problems in which the scattering source is anisotropic and a significant acceleration can be achieved. Lastly, we demonstrate that the low-order, diffusion-like eigenvalue problem can be solved efficiently using a technique known as nonlinear elimination.

14. Characteristics of a four element gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line array high power microwave source.

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Johnson, J M; Reale, D V; Krile, J T; Garcia, R S; Cravey, W H; Neuber, A A; Dickens, J C; Mankowski, J J

2016-05-01

In this paper, a solid-state four element array gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line high power microwave system is presented as well as a detailed description of its subsystems and general output capabilities. This frequency agile S-band source is easily adjusted from 2-4 GHz by way of a DC driven biasing magnetic field and is capable of generating electric fields of 7.8 kV/m at 10 m correlating to 4.2 MW of RF power with pulse repetition frequencies up to 1 kHz. Beam steering of the array at angles of ±16.7° is also demonstrated, and the associated general radiation pattern is detailed. PMID:27250448

15. Characteristics of a four element gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line array high power microwave source

Johnson, J. M.; Reale, D. V.; Krile, J. T.; Garcia, R. S.; Cravey, W. H.; Neuber, A. A.; Dickens, J. C.; Mankowski, J. J.

2016-05-01

In this paper, a solid-state four element array gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission line high power microwave system is presented as well as a detailed description of its subsystems and general output capabilities. This frequency agile S-band source is easily adjusted from 2-4 GHz by way of a DC driven biasing magnetic field and is capable of generating electric fields of 7.8 kV/m at 10 m correlating to 4.2 MW of RF power with pulse repetition frequencies up to 1 kHz. Beam steering of the array at angles of ±16.7° is also demonstrated, and the associated general radiation pattern is detailed.

16. High power microwave beam steering based on gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines

Romanchenko, I. V.; Rostov, V. V.; Gunin, A. V.; Konev, V. Yu.

2015-06-01

We demonstrate electronically controlled beam steering by high power RF pulses produced by two gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines (NLTLs) connected to a one high voltage driver. Each NLTL is capable of producing several ns RF pulses with peak power from 50 to 700 MW (6% standard deviation) at frequencies from 0.5 to 1.7 GHz (1% standard deviation) with 100 Hz repetition rate. Using a helix antenna allows irradiating of RF pulses with almost circular polarization and 350 MW maximum peak power, which corresponds to 350 kV effective potential of radiation. At the installation of two identical channels, we demonstrate the possibility of beam steering within ±15° in the horizontal plane by coherent RF pulses with circular polarization at 1.0 GHz center frequency. Fourfold increase in the power flux density for in-phase irradiation of RF pulses is confirmed by comparison with one-channel operation.

17. Nonlinear gearshifts control of dual-clutch transmissions during inertia phase.

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Hu, Yunfeng; Tian, Lu; Gao, Bingzhao; Chen, Hong

2014-07-01

In this paper, a model-based nonlinear gearshift controller is designed by the backstepping method to improve the shift quality of vehicles with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Considering easy-implementation, the controller is rearranged into a concise structure which contains a feedforward control and a feedback control. Then, robustness of the closed-loop error system is discussed in the framework of the input to state stability (ISS) theory, where model uncertainties are considered as the additive disturbance inputs. Furthermore, due to the application of the backstepping method, the closed-loop error system is ordered as a linear system. Using the linear system theory, a guideline for selecting the controller parameters is deduced which could reduce the workload of parameters tuning. Finally, simulation results and Hardware in the Loop (HiL) simulation are presented to validate the effectiveness of the designed controller. PMID:24815082

18. Flexible traffic control of the synfire-mode transmission by inhibitory modulation: Nonlinear noise reduction

Shinozaki, Takashi; Okada, Masato; Reyes, Alex D.; Câteau, Hideyuki

2010-01-01

Intermingled neural connections apparent in the brain make us wonder what controls the traffic of propagating activity in the brain to secure signal transmission without harmful crosstalk. Here, we reveal that inhibitory input but not excitatory input works as a particularly useful traffic controller because it controls the degree of synchrony of population firing of neurons as well as controlling the size of the population firing bidirectionally. Our dynamical system analysis reveals that the synchrony enhancement depends crucially on the nonlinear membrane potential dynamics and a hidden slow dynamical variable. Our electrophysiological study with rodent slice preparations show that the phenomenon happens in real neurons. Furthermore, our analysis with the Fokker-Planck equations demonstrates the phenomenon in a semianalytical manner.

19. Weakly nonlinear analysis of the Saffman-Taylor problem

Miranda, Jose A.

The Saffman-Taylor viscous fingering instability occurs when a less viscous fluid displaces a more viscous one between narrowly spaced parallel plates in a Hele-Shaw cell. Experiments in radial and rectangular flow geometries form finger-like patterns, in which fingers of different lengths compete, spread and split. Our weakly nonlinear analysis of the instability predicts these phenomena, which are beyond the scope of linear stability theory. Finger competition arises through enhanced growth of sub-harmonic perturbations, while spreading and splitting occur through the growth of harmonic modes. Nonlinear mode-coupling enhances the growth of these specific perturbations with appropriate relative phases, as we demonstrate through a symmetry analysis of the mode coupling equations. We extend our mode coupling theory to include the situation in which one of the fluids is a ferrofluid and a magnetic field is applied normal to the Hele-Shaw cell. Our analysis indicates that the onset of interface symmetry breaking observed in experiments involving ferrofluids depends on viscosity contrast, not on the applied magnetic field. We also show how magnetic fields lead to finger tip-splitting.

20. From Self-consistency to SOAR: Solving Large Scale NonlinearEigenvalue Problems

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Bai, Zhaojun; Yang, Chao

2006-02-01

What is common among electronic structure calculation, design of MEMS devices, vibrational analysis of high speed railways, and simulation of the electromagnetic field of a particle accelerator? The answer: they all require solving large scale nonlinear eigenvalue problems. In fact, these are just a handful of examples in which solving nonlinear eigenvalue problems accurately and efficiently is becoming increasingly important. Recognizing the importance of this class of problems, an invited minisymposium dedicated to nonlinear eigenvalue problems was held at the 2005 SIAM Annual Meeting. The purpose of the minisymposium was to bring together numerical analysts and application scientists to showcase some of the cutting edge results from both communities and to discuss the challenges they are still facing. The minisymposium consisted of eight talks divided into two sessions. The first three talks focused on a type of nonlinear eigenvalue problem arising from electronic structure calculations. In this type of problem, the matrix Hamiltonian H depends, in a non-trivial way, on the set of eigenvectors X to be computed. The invariant subspace spanned by these eigenvectors also minimizes a total energy function that is highly nonlinear with respect to X on a manifold defined by a set of orthonormality constraints. In other applications, the nonlinearity of the matrix eigenvalue problem is restricted to the dependency of the matrix on the eigenvalues to be computed. These problems are often called polynomial or rational eigenvalue problems In the second session, Christian Mehl from Technical University of Berlin described numerical techniques for solving a special type of polynomial eigenvalue problem arising from vibration analysis of rail tracks excited by high-speed trains.

1. Influence of impurities on solitons in the nonlinear LC transmission line.

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Pan, Jun-ting; Chen, Wei-zhong; Tao, Feng; Xu, Wen

2011-01-01

This paper studies the propagation of solitons in the nonlinear LC transmission line (NLCTL) with capacitor impurity. Based on Kirchhoff's laws, the numerical simulation shows that the amplitude of the soliton will be increased or decreased when it is close to the positive or negative impurity. Then, it will be split into reflected and transmitted waves by both the positive and negative impurities. Furthermore, their final amplitude and propagating speeds are almost independent of the impurity polarity. The observations near the impurity can be understood in the physical picture of the linear uncoupled energy absorption. By these results, we find that the impurity-soliton interactions (ISIs) in NLCTLs for both inductance and capacitance impurities, which have been seen to be different before, actually can be unified. They also indicate that the ISIs in NLCTLs essentially can be integrated with those in many other soliton systems, such as the Frenkel-Kontorova model and hydrodynamics. Moreover, the impurity-induced influence on the NLCTL solitons can also be well interpreted in the framework of the nonlinear Schrödinger model with an impurity term derived from the discrete voltage propagation equations by means of the perturbation method. PMID:21405785

2. Vibration transmissibility and damping behaviour for auxetic and conventional foams under linear and nonlinear regimes

Bianchi, Matteo; Scarpa, Fabrizio

2013-08-01

This work describes the vibration transmissibility behaviour in conventional and auxetic (negative Poisson’s ratio) foams under low and high amplitude vibrations. Auxetic foam pads were manufactured from conventional open cell PU-PE based blocks using an alternative manufacturing process to the one currently used in the mainstream literature. The dynamic behaviour of both conventional and auxetic porous materials was assessed within the frequency bandwidth 5-500 Hz using a base excitation technique with a calibrated seismic mass. The foam pads were subjected to white noise broadband excitation at low dynamic strain, followed by a sine sweep around the resonance of the foam-mass system. The experimental data have been used to perform an inverse identification of the nonlinear dependence of the foam permeability versus the amplitude and frequency of excitation using a single-degree-of-freedom poroelastic vibration model. The auxetic foam shows higher dynamic stiffness and enhanced viscous dissipation characteristics, in particular when subjected to nonlinear vibration loading.

3. Efficient time-domain simulation of nonlinear, state-space, transmission-line models of the cochlea (L).

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Pan, Shuokai; Elliott, Stephen J; Teal, Paul D; Lineton, Ben

2015-06-01

Nonlinear models of the cochlea are best implemented in the time domain, but their computational demands usually limit the duration of the simulations that can reasonably be performed. This letter presents a modified state space method and its application to an example nonlinear one-dimensional transmission-line cochlear model. The sparsity pattern of the individual matrices for this alternative formulation allows the use of significantly faster numerical algorithms. Combined with a more efficient implementation of the saturating nonlinearity, the computational speed of this modified state space method is more than 40 times faster than that of the original formulation. PMID:26093443

4. Beyond conventional migration: non-linear elastic subsalt imaging with transmissions and two-sided illumination

Ravasi, Matteo; Vasconcelos, Ivan; Curtis, Andrew

2014-08-01

Source-receiver interferometric imaging can be used to synthesize a subsurface acoustic or elastic image, consisting of a zero-time, zero-offset response (or Green's function) between a colocated pseudo-source and pseudo-receiver placed at each point in the subsurface image. However, if the imaging process does not properly account for multiple reflections, and enclosing boundaries of sources and receivers are not available, the image shows artefacts, poorly illuminated areas and distorted image amplitudes. Here we demonstrate with numerical examples that two-sided non-linear imaging provides the best elastic pure-mode (PP and SS) and converted-mode (PS) images, having higher resolution and more uniform illumination than those obtained from both one-sided linear imaging and from other intermediate steps of imaging (e.g. non-linear one-sided, linear two-sided). We also propose practical approaches to construct the additional fields required by two-sided non-linear imaging without the need for a detailed velocity model and receivers (and/or sources) in the subsurface. Moreover, when conversions are used for imaging, true-amplitude' images (here true-amplitude means properly retrieving amplitudes that represent the zero-time, zero-offset elastic response) should theoretically vanish because neither P-to-S or S-to-P conversions arise at zero-time and zero-offset. Applying a correction procedure that accounts for the polarity reversal in PS (or SP) single-shot images helps with their structural interpretation but results in an unphysical estimate of the subsurface response and uninterpretable amplitudes. This suggests that there are advantages in exploiting pure-mode SS reflections/transmissions, in addition to converted waves only, because they require no polarity correction and the resulting image contains meaningful amplitudes that are proportional to the local shear-wave properties of the medium.

5. Differential geometry measures of nonlinearity for the bearing-only tracking problem

Mallick, Mahendra; La Scala, Barbara F.; Arulampalam, M. S.

2005-05-01

The bearing-only tracking problem arises in many radar and sonar tracking applications. Since the bearing measurement model is a nonlinear function of the target state, the filtering problem is nonlinear in nature. A great deal of attention has been focused on this problem due to the difficulty posed by the so-called high degree of nonlinearity (DoN) in the problem. However, a quantitative measure of the DoN is not calculated in previous works. It has been observed that the extended Kalman filter (EKF) in which the state vector consists of the Cartesian components of position and velocity is unstable and diverges in some cases. The range parametrized EKF (RPEKF) and particle filter (PF) have been shown to produce improved estimates for the bearing-only tracking problem. In this paper, we calculate two measures of nonlinearity, (1) the parameter-effects curvature and (2) intrinsic curvature for the bearing-only tracking problem using the differential geometry measures of nonlinearity. We present numerical results using simulated data for the constant velocity motion of a target in 2D with bearing-only measurements where the sensor platform uses a higher order motion than the target to achieve observability. We analyze the DoN by varying the distance between the target and sensor.

6. Solution algorithms for non-linear singularly perturbed optimal control problems

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Ardema, M. D.

1983-01-01

The applicability and usefulness of several classical and other methods for solving the two-point boundary-value problem which arises in non-linear singularly perturbed optimal control are assessed. Specific algorithms of the Picard, Newton and averaging types are formally developed for this class of problem. The computational requirements associated with each algorithm are analysed and compared with the computational requirement of the method of matched asymptotic expansions. Approximate solutions to a linear and a non-linear problem are obtained by each method and compared.

7. COYOTE: a finite-element computer program for nonlinear heat-conduction problems

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Gartling, D.K.

1982-10-01

COYOTE is a finite element computer program designed for the solution of two-dimensional, nonlinear heat conduction problems. The theoretical and mathematical basis used to develop the code is described. Program capabilities and complete user instructions are presented. Several example problems are described in detail to demonstrate the use of the program.

8. Periodic boundary value problems for nonlinear impulsive evolution equations on Banach spaces

Yu, Xiulan; Wang, JinRong

2015-05-01

In this paper, we consider periodic boundary value problems for two new type nonlinear impulsive evolution equations on Banach spaces. By using the theory of semigroup, a mixed type Gronwall inequality and fixed point methods, we establish several sufficient conditions on the existence of mild solutions for such problems. Finally, examples are given to illustrate our main results.

9. A hybrid symbolic/finite-element algorithm for solving nonlinear optimal control problems

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Bless, Robert R.; Hodges, Dewey H.

1991-01-01

The general code described is capable of solving difficult nonlinear optimal control problems by using finite elements and a symbolic manipulator. Quick and accurate solutions are obtained with a minimum for user interaction. Since no user programming is required for most problems, there are tremendous savings to be gained in terms of time and money.

10. SEACAS Theory Manuals: Part 1. Problem Formulation in Nonlinear Solid Mechancis

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Attaway, S.W.; Laursen, T.A.; Zadoks, R.I.

1998-08-01

This report gives an introduction to the basic concepts and principles involved in the formulation of nonlinear problems in solid mechanics. By way of motivation, the discussion begins with a survey of some of the important sources of nonlinearity in solid mechanics applications, using wherever possible simple one dimensional idealizations to demonstrate the physical concepts. This discussion is then generalized by presenting generic statements of initial/boundary value problems in solid mechanics, using linear elasticity as a template and encompassing such ideas as strong and weak forms of boundary value problems, boundary and initial conditions, and dynamic and quasistatic idealizations. The notational framework used for the linearized problem is then extended to account for finite deformation of possibly inelastic solids, providing the context for the descriptions of nonlinear continuum mechanics, constitutive modeling, and finite element technology given in three companion reports.

11. On high-continuity transfinite element formulations for linear-nonlinear transient thermal problems

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Tamma, Kumar K.; Railkar, Sudhir B.

1987-01-01

This paper describes recent developments in the applicability of a hybrid transfinite element methodology with emphasis on high-continuity formulations for linear/nonlinear transient thermal problems. The proposed concepts furnish accurate temperature distributions and temperature gradients making use of a relatively smaller number of degrees of freedom; and the methodology is applicable to linear/nonlinear thermal problems. Characteristic features of the formulations are described in technical detail as the proposed hybrid approach combines the major advantages and modeling features of high-continuity thermal finite elements in conjunction with transform methods and classical Galerkin schemes. Several numerical test problems are evaluated and the results obtained validate the proposed concepts for linear/nonlinear thermal problems.

12. Singular layers for transmission problems in thin shallow shell theory: Rigid junction case

Merabet, Ismail; Chacha, D. A.; Nicaise, S.

2010-02-01

In this Note we study two-dimensional transmission problems for the linear Koiter's model of an elastic multi-structure composed of two thin shallow shells. This work enters in the framework of singular perturbation of problems depending on a small parameter ɛ. The formal limit problem fails to give a solution satisfying all boundary and transmission conditions; it gives only the outer solution. Both in the case of regular or singular loadings, we derive a limit problem which allows us to determine the inner solution explicitly.

13. The eigenvalue problem associated with the nonlinear buckling of a shear bending column

Nishimura, Isao

2011-04-01

This paper discusses the eigenvalue problem of a nonlinear differential equation that governs the stability of a shear bending column under extremely large deformation. What is taken into consideration is the geometrical nonlinearity while the material is supposed to be linear. The reason of a superbly stable buckling behavior of a slender rubber bearing is physically explained by pointing out the analogy that is similar to the nonlinear wave propagation expressed in KdV equation. The nonlinear boundary condition and the nonlinear term of the differential equation cancel each other and make the associated eigenvalue rather constant. In other words, as far as the material is supposed to be linear, the column does not buckle no matter how large the deformation is. This theoretical prediction is experimentally verified and successfully applied to a base isolation system of a lightweight structure.

14. Boundary-element shape sensitivity analysis for thermal problems with nonlinear boundary conditions

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Kane, James H.; Wang, Hua

1991-01-01

Implicit differentiation of the discretized boundary integral equations governing the conduction of heat in solid objects subjected to nonlinear boundary conditions is shown to generate an accurate and economical approach for the computation of shape sensitivities for this class of problems. This approach involves the employment of analytical derivatives of boundary-element kernel functions with respect to shape design variables. A formulation is presented that can consistently account for both temperature-dependent convection and radiation boundary conditions. Several iterative strategies are presented for the solution of the resulting sets of nonlinear equations and the computational performances examined in detail. Multizone analysis and zone condensation strategies are demonstrated to provide substantive computational economies in this process for models with either localized nonlinear boundary conditions or regions of geometric insensitivity to design variables. A series of nonlinear example problems are presented that have closed-form solutions.

15. Determination of Nonlinear Stiffness Coefficients for Finite Element Models with Application to the Random Vibration Problem

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Muravyov, Alexander A.

1999-01-01

In this paper, a method for obtaining nonlinear stiffness coefficients in modal coordinates for geometrically nonlinear finite-element models is developed. The method requires application of a finite-element program with a geometrically non- linear static capability. The MSC/NASTRAN code is employed for this purpose. The equations of motion of a MDOF system are formulated in modal coordinates. A set of linear eigenvectors is used to approximate the solution of the nonlinear problem. The random vibration problem of the MDOF nonlinear system is then considered. The solutions obtained by application of two different versions of a stochastic linearization technique are compared with linear and exact (analytical) solutions in terms of root-mean-square (RMS) displacements and strains for a beam structure.

16. Linearity and Nonlinearity in HIV/STI Transmission: Implications for the Evaluation of Sexual Risk Reduction Interventions

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Pinkerton, Steven D.; Chesson, Harrell W.; Crosby, Richard A.; Layde, Peter M.

2011-01-01

A mathematical model of HIV/sexually transmitted infections (STI) transmission was used to examine how linearity or nonlinearity in the relationship between the number of unprotected sex acts (or the number of sex partners) and the risk of acquiring HIV or a highly infectious STI (such as gonorrhea or chlamydia) affects the utility of sexual…

17. The effect of problem perturbations on nonlinear dynamical systems and their reduced order models

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Serban, R; Homescu, C; Petzold, L

2005-03-03

Reduced order models are used extensively in many areas of science and engineering for simulation, design, and control. Reduction techniques for nonlinear dynamical systems produce models that depend strongly on the nominal set of parameters for which the reduction is carried out. In this paper we address the following two questions: 'What is the effect of perturbations in the problem parameters on the output functional of a nonlinear dynamical system?' and 'To what extent does the reduced order model capture this effect?'

18. Application of traditional CFD methods to nonlinear computational aeroacoustics problems

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Chyczewski, Thomas S.; Long, Lyle N.

1995-01-01

This paper describes an implementation of a high order finite difference technique and its application to the category 2 problems of the ICASE/LaRC Workshop on Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA). Essentially, a popular Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) approach (central differencing, Runge-Kutta time integration and artificial dissipation) is modified to handle aeroacoustic problems. The changes include increasing the order of the spatial differencing to sixth order and modifying the artificial dissipation so that it does not significantly contaminate the wave solution. All of the results were obtained from the CM5 located at the Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation Laboratory. lt was coded in CMFortran (very similar to HPF), using programming techniques developed for communication intensive large stencils, and ran very efficiently.

19. CUERVO: A finite element computer program for nonlinear scalar transport problems

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Sirman, M.B.; Gartling, D.K.

1995-11-01

CUERVO is a finite element code that is designed for the solution of multi-dimensional field problems described by a general nonlinear, advection-diffusion equation. The code is also applicable to field problems described by diffusion, Poisson or Laplace equations. The finite element formulation and the associated numerical methods used in CUERVO are outlined here; detailed instructions for use of the code are also presented. Example problems are provided to illustrate the use of the code.

20. On the Value Function of Weakly Coercive Problems in Nonlinear Stochastic Control

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Motta, Monica; Sartori, Caterina

2011-08-15

In this paper we investigate via a dynamic programming approach some nonlinear stochastic control problems where the control set is unbounded and a classical coercivity hypothesis is replaced by some weaker assumptions. We prove that these problems can be approximated by finite fuel problems; show the continuity of the relative value functions and characterize them as unique viscosity solutions of a quasi-variational inequality with suitable boundary conditions.

1. Some comparison of restarted GMRES and QMR for linear and nonlinear problems

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Morgan, R.; Joubert, W.

1994-12-31

Comparisons are made between the following methods: QMR including its transpose-free version, restarted GMRES, and a modified restarted GMRES that uses approximate eigenvectors to improve convergence, For some problems, the modified GMRES is competitive with or better than QMR in terms of the number of matrix-vector products. Also, the GMRES methods can be much better when several similar systems of linear equations must be solved, as in the case of nonlinear problems and ODE problems.

2. An iterative method to solve the heat transfer problem under the non-linear boundary conditions

Zhu, Zhenggang; Kaliske, Michael

2012-02-01

The aim of the paper is to determine the approximation of the tangential matrix for solving the non-linear heat transfer problem. Numerical model of the strongly non-linear heat transfer problem based on the theory of the finite element method is presented. The tangential matrix of the Newton method is formulated. A method to solve the heat transfer with the non-linear boundary conditions, based on the secant slope of a reference function, is developed. The contraction mapping principle is introduced to verify the convergence of this method. The application of the method is shown by two examples. Numerical results of these examples are comparable to the ones solved with the Newton method and the commercial software COMSOL for the heat transfer problem under the radiative boundary conditions.

3. Finite dimensional approximation of a class of constrained nonlinear optimal control problems

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Gunzburger, Max D.; Hou, L. S.

1994-01-01

An abstract framework for the analysis and approximation of a class of nonlinear optimal control and optimization problems is constructed. Nonlinearities occur in both the objective functional and in the constraints. The framework includes an abstract nonlinear optimization problem posed on infinite dimensional spaces, and approximate problem posed on finite dimensional spaces, together with a number of hypotheses concerning the two problems. The framework is used to show that optimal solutions exist, to show that Lagrange multipliers may be used to enforce the constraints, to derive an optimality system from which optimal states and controls may be deduced, and to derive existence results and error estimates for solutions of the approximate problem. The abstract framework and the results derived from that framework are then applied to three concrete control or optimization problems and their approximation by finite element methods. The first involves the von Karman plate equations of nonlinear elasticity, the second, the Ginzburg-Landau equations of superconductivity, and the third, the Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible, viscous flows.

4. Genetics Inquiry: Strategies and Knowledge Geneticists Use in Solving Transmission Genetics Problems.

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Thomson, Norman; Stewart, James

2003-01-01

Presents a study to determine the methods inquiry geneticists use to solve dynamic complex computer-generated transmission genetics problems; specifically, their strategies and conceptual knowledge. Develops a hierarchical framework and pathway for solving problems through geneticist solution protocols and interviews. (Contains 32 references.)…

5. A new algorithm for constrained nonlinear least-squares problems, part 1

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Hanson, R. J.; Krogh, F. T.

1983-01-01

A Gauss-Newton algorithm is presented for solving nonlinear least squares problems. The problem statement may include simple bounds or more general constraints on the unknowns. The algorithm uses a trust region that allows the objective function to increase with logic for retreating to best values. The computations for the linear problem are done using a least squares system solver that allows for simple bounds and linear constraints. The trust region limits are defined by a box around the current point. In its current form the algorithm is effective only for problems with small residuals, linear constraints and dense Jacobian matrices. Results on a set of test problems are encouraging.

6. A nonlinear singular eigenvalue problem for a linear system of ordinary differential equations with redundant conditions

Abramov, A. A.; Yukhno, L. F.

2016-07-01

A nonlinear eigenvalue problem for a linear system of ordinary differential equations is examined on a semi-infinite interval. The problem is supplemented by nonlocal conditions specified by a Stieltjes integral. At infinity, the solution must be bounded. In addition to these basic conditions, the solution must satisfy certain redundant conditions, which are also nonlocal. A numerically stable method for solving such a singular overdetermined eigenvalue problem is proposed and analyzed. The essence of the method is that this overdetermined problem is replaced by an auxiliary problem consistent with all the above conditions.

7. The intergenerational transmission of problem gambling: The mediating role of parental psychopathology.

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Dowling, N A; Shandley, K; Oldenhof, E; Youssef, G J; Thomas, S A; Frydenberg, E; Jackson, A C

2016-08-01

The present study investigated the intergenerational transmission of problem gambling and the potential mediating role of parental psychopathology (problem drinking, drug use problems, and mental health issues). The study comprised 3953 participants (1938 males, 2015 females) recruited from a large-scale Australian community telephone survey of adults retrospectively reporting on parental problem gambling and psychopathology during their childhood. Overall, 4.0% [95%CI 3.0, 5.0] (n=157) of participants reported paternal problem gambling and 1.7% [95%CI 1.0, 2.0] (n=68) reported maternal problem gambling. Compared to their peers, participants reporting paternal problem gambling were 5.1 times more likely to be moderate risk gamblers and 10.7 times more likely to be problem gamblers. Participants reporting maternal problem gambling were 1.7 times more likely to be moderate risk gamblers and 10.6 times more likely to be problem gamblers. The results revealed that the relationships between paternal-and-participant and maternal-and-participant problem gambling were significant, but that only the relationship between paternal-and-participant problem gambling remained statistically significant after controlling for maternal problem gambling and sociodemographic factors. Paternal problem drinking and maternal drug use problems partially mediated the relationship between paternal-and-participant problem gambling, and fully mediated the relationship between maternal-and-participant problem gambling. In contrast, parental mental health issues failed to significantly mediate the transmission of gambling problems by either parent. When parental problem gambling was the mediator, there was full mediation of the effect between parental psychopathology and offspring problem gambling for fathers but not mothers. Overall, the study highlights the vulnerability of children from problem gambling households and suggests that it would be of value to target prevention and intervention

8. TENSOLVE: A software package for solving systems of nonlinear equations and nonlinear least squares problems using tensor methods

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Bouaricha, A.; Schnabel, R.B.

1996-12-31

This paper describes a modular software package for solving systems of nonlinear equations and nonlinear least squares problems, using a new class of methods called tensor methods. It is intended for small to medium-sized problems, say with up to 100 equations and unknowns, in cases where it is reasonable to calculate the Jacobian matrix or approximate it by finite differences at each iteration. The software allows the user to select between a tensor method and a standard method based upon a linear model. The tensor method models F({ital x}) by a quadratic model, where the second-order term is chosen so that the model is hardly more expensive to form, store, or solve than the standard linear model. Moreover, the software provides two different global strategies, a line search and a two- dimensional trust region approach. Test results indicate that, in general, tensor methods are significantly more efficient and robust than standard methods on small and medium-sized problems in iterations and function evaluations.

9. Asymptotics for inhomogeneous Dirichlet initial-boundary value problem for the nonlinear Schrödinger equation

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Kaikina, Elena I.

2013-11-15

We consider the inhomogeneous Dirichlet initial-boundary value problem for the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, formulated on a half-line. We study traditionally important problems of the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations, such as global in time existence of solutions to the initial-boundary value problem and the asymptotic behavior of solutions for large time.

10. High power microwave beam steering based on gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines

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Romanchenko, I. V. Rostov, V. V.; Gunin, A. V.; Konev, V. Yu.

2015-06-07

We demonstrate electronically controlled beam steering by high power RF pulses produced by two gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines (NLTLs) connected to a one high voltage driver. Each NLTL is capable of producing several ns RF pulses with peak power from 50 to 700 MW (6% standard deviation) at frequencies from 0.5 to 1.7 GHz (1% standard deviation) with 100 Hz repetition rate. Using a helix antenna allows irradiating of RF pulses with almost circular polarization and 350 MW maximum peak power, which corresponds to 350 kV effective potential of radiation. At the installation of two identical channels, we demonstrate the possibility of beam steering within ±15° in the horizontal plane by coherent RF pulses with circular polarization at 1.0 GHz center frequency. Fourfold increase in the power flux density for in-phase irradiation of RF pulses is confirmed by comparison with one-channel operation.

11. Material selection of a ferrimagnetic loaded coaxial delay line for phasing gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines

Johnson, J. M.; Reale, D. V.; Cravey, W. H.; Garcia, R. S.; Barnett, D. H.; Neuber, A. A.; Dickens, J. C.; Mankowski, J. J.

2015-08-01

Implementing nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) technology in the design of a high power microwave source has the benefits of producing a comparatively small and lightweight solid-state system where the emission frequency is easily tuned. Usually, smaller in physical size, single NLTLs may produce significantly less power than its vacuum based counterparts. However, combining individual NLTL outputs electrically or in free-space is an attractive solution to achieve greater output power. This paper discusses a method for aligning a four element NLTL antenna array with coaxial geometry using easily adjustable temporal delay lines. These delay lines, sometimes referred to as pulse shock lines or pulse sharpening lines, are placed serially in front of the main NLTL line. The propagation velocity in each delay line is set by the voltage amplitude of an incident pulse as well as the magnetic field bias. Each is adjustable although for the system described in this paper, the voltage is held constant while the bias is changed through applying an external DC magnetic field of varying magnitude. Three different ferrimagnetic materials are placed in the temporal delay line to evaluate which yields the greatest range of electrical delay with the least amount of variability from consecutive shots.

12. Solid-State Radio Frequency Plasma Heating Using a Nonlinear Transmission Line

Miller, Kenneth; Ziemba, Timothy; Prager, James; Slobodov, Ilia

2015-11-01

Radio Frequency heating systems are rarely used by the small-scale validation platform experiments due to the high cost and complexity of these systems, which typically require high power gyrotrons or klystrons, associated power supplies, waveguides and vacuum systems. The cost and complexity of these systems can potentially be reduced with a nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) based system. In the past, NLTLs have lacked a high voltage driver that could produce long duration high voltage pulses with fast rise times at high pulse repetition frequency. Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc. (EHT) has created new high voltage nanosecond pulser, which combined with NLTL technology will produce a low-cost, fully solid-state architecture for the generation of the RF frequencies (0.5 to 10 GHz) and peak power levels (~ 10 MW) necessary for plasma heating and diagnostic systems for the validation platform experiments within the fusion science community. The proposed system does not require the use of vacuum tube technology, is inherently lower cost, and is more robust than traditional high power RF heating schemes. Design details and initial bench testing results for the new RF system will be presented. This work is supported under DOE Grant # DE-SC0013747.

13. Material selection of a ferrimagnetic loaded coaxial delay line for phasing gyromagnetic nonlinear transmission lines.

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Johnson, J M; Reale, D V; Cravey, W H; Garcia, R S; Barnett, D H; Neuber, A A; Dickens, J C; Mankowski, J J

2015-08-01

Implementing nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) technology in the design of a high power microwave source has the benefits of producing a comparatively small and lightweight solid-state system where the emission frequency is easily tuned. Usually, smaller in physical size, single NLTLs may produce significantly less power than its vacuum based counterparts. However, combining individual NLTL outputs electrically or in free-space is an attractive solution to achieve greater output power. This paper discusses a method for aligning a four element NLTL antenna array with coaxial geometry using easily adjustable temporal delay lines. These delay lines, sometimes referred to as pulse shock lines or pulse sharpening lines, are placed serially in front of the main NLTL line. The propagation velocity in each delay line is set by the voltage amplitude of an incident pulse as well as the magnetic field bias. Each is adjustable although for the system described in this paper, the voltage is held constant while the bias is changed through applying an external DC magnetic field of varying magnitude. Three different ferrimagnetic materials are placed in the temporal delay line to evaluate which yields the greatest range of electrical delay with the least amount of variability from consecutive shots. PMID:26329216

14. Accelerated projected steepest descent method for nonlinear inverse problems with sparsity constraints

Teschke, Gerd; Borries, Claudia

2010-02-01

This paper is concerned with the construction of an iterative algorithm to solve nonlinear inverse problems with an ell1 constraint on x. One extensively studied method to obtain a solution of such an ell1 penalized problem is iterative soft-thresholding. Regrettably, such iteration schemes are computationally very intensive. A subtle alternative to iterative soft-thresholding is the projected gradient method that was quite recently proposed by Daubechies et al (2008 J. Fourier Anal. Appl. 14 764-92). The authors have shown that the proposed scheme is indeed numerically much thriftier. However, its current applicability is limited to linear inverse problems. In this paper we provide an extension of this approach to nonlinear problems. Adequately adapting the conditions on the (variable) thresholding parameter to the nonlinear nature, we can prove convergence in norm for this projected gradient method, with and without acceleration. A numerical verification is given in the context of nonlinear and non-ideal sensing. For this particular recovery problem we can achieve an impressive numerical performance (when comparing it to non-accelerated procedures).

15. Fore-and-aft transmissibility of backrests: Variation with height above the seat surface and non-linearity

Abdul Jalil, Nawal A.; Griffin, Michael J.

2007-01-01

The transmissibility of a seat depends on the dynamic response of the human body (which varies between individuals, body locations, and vibration magnitudes) and the dynamic response of the seat (which varies according to seat design). In the fore-and-aft direction, the transmissibility of a seat backrest was therefore expected to vary with vertical position on the backrest. This experimental study with 12 subjects investigated how backrest transmissibility varied with both the vertical measurement position and the magnitude of vibration. The transmissibilities of the backrest of a car seat and a block of solid foam were measured at five heights above the seat surface with random fore-and-aft vibration at five magnitudes (0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.6 ms -2 rms) over the range 0.25-20 Hz. The median transmissibilities exhibited resonances in the range 4-5 Hz for the car seat and in the range 3-6 Hz for the foam. The backrests showed clear changes in transmissibility with vertical position, but there were minimal changes in the resonance frequencies. For both backrests, the transmissibilities were greatest at the middle of the backrest. The least transmissibility was measured at the top of the car seat but at the bottom of the foam backrest. At each measurement position on both backrests, the transmissibility was non-linear with vibration magnitude: the resonance frequencies and transmissibilities at resonance decreased with increasing vibration magnitude. The variations in backrest transmissibility with vertical position and with vibration magnitude were sufficiently great to affect assessments of backrest dynamic performance. The results suggest that the fore-and-aft transmissibilities of backrests should be evaluated from more than one measurement location.

16. Initial Value Problem Solution of Nonlinear Shallow Water-Wave Equations

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Kanoglu, Utku; Synolakis, Costas

2006-10-06

The initial value problem solution of the nonlinear shallow water-wave equations is developed under initial waveforms with and without velocity. We present a solution method based on a hodograph-type transformation to reduce the nonlinear shallow water-wave equations into a second-order linear partial differential equation and we solve its initial value problem. The proposed solution method overcomes earlier limitation of small waveheights when the initial velocity is nonzero, and the definition of the initial conditions in the physical and transform spaces is consistent. Our solution not only allows for evaluation of differences in predictions when specifying an exact initial velocity based on nonlinear theory and its linear approximation, which has been controversial in geophysical practice, but also helps clarify the differences in runup observed during the 2004 and 2005 Sumatran tsunamigenic earthquakes.

17. Newton's method: A link between continuous and discrete solutions of nonlinear problems

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Thurston, G. A.

1980-01-01

Newton's method for nonlinear mechanics problems replaces the governing nonlinear equations by an iterative sequence of linear equations. When the linear equations are linear differential equations, the equations are usually solved by numerical methods. The iterative sequence in Newton's method can exhibit poor convergence properties when the nonlinear problem has multiple solutions for a fixed set of parameters, unless the iterative sequences are aimed at solving for each solution separately. The theory of the linear differential operators is often a better guide for solution strategies in applying Newton's method than the theory of linear algebra associated with the numerical analogs of the differential operators. In fact, the theory for the differential operators can suggest the choice of numerical linear operators. In this paper the method of variation of parameters from the theory of linear ordinary differential equations is examined in detail in the context of Newton's method to demonstrate how it might be used as a guide for numerical solutions.

18. Appraisal analysis for nonlinear problems: Tool for image interpretation and survey design

Routh, P. S.

2005-12-01

At present there is no formal theory for nonlinear appraisal analysis. A lthough this makes the problem difficult but there are number of methods proposed in the past such as linearized analysis (Backus and Gilbert, 1 970), funnel function approach (Oldenburg, 1983) and nonlinear Backus-Gi lbert theory (Snieder, 1990) have provided direction to look at this pro blem. In this paper I will briefly review these methods and discuss some new developments in the nonlinear and linearized point spread function analysis as a model const ruction problem. Point spread functions (PSF) describes how an impulse f unction in the model is observed in the inversion result. Knowledge of P SF provides insight into the inverse operator. It allows to carry out image interpretation such as regions of the model supported by data and provides the ability to design focused surveys.Examples from seismic tomography and controlled source EM will be presented.

19. Mesh independent convergence of the modified inexact Newton method for a second order nonlinear problem

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Kim, T; Pasciak, J E; Vassilevski, P S

2004-09-20

In this paper, we consider an inexact Newton method applied to a second order nonlinear problem with higher order nonlinearities. We provide conditions under which the method has a mesh-independent rate of convergence. To do this, we are required to first, set up the problem on a scale of Hilbert spaces and second, to devise a special iterative technique which converges in a higher than first order Sobolev norm. We show that the linear (Jacobian) system solved in Newton's method can be replaced with one iterative step provided that the initial nonlinear iterate is accurate enough. The closeness criteria can be taken independent of the mesh size. Finally, the results of numerical experiments are given to support the theory.

20. Singular layers for transmission problems in thin shallow shell theory: Elastic junction case

Merabet, Ismail; Chacha, D. A.; Nicaise, Serge

2010-05-01

In this Note we study two-dimensional transmission problems for the linear Koiter's model of an elastic multi-structure composed of two thin shallow shells with the same thickness ɛ≪1, in the elastic junction case. We suppose that the loading is singular, that the elastic coefficients are of different order on each part ( O(ɛ) and O(1) respectively) and that the elastic stiffness coefficient of the hinge is k=O(ɛ). The formal limit problem fails to give a solution satisfying all boundary and transmission conditions; it gives only the outer solution. We derive the inner limit problem which allows us to describe the transmission layer.

1. An improved iterative technique for solving nonlinear doubly singular two-point boundary value problems

2016-06-01

This paper presents a new iterative technique for solving nonlinear singular two-point boundary value problems with Neumann and Robin boundary conditions. The method is based on the homotopy perturbation method and the integral equation formalism in which a recursive scheme is established for the components of the approximate series solution. This method does not involve solution of a sequence of nonlinear algebraic or transcendental equations for the unknown coefficients as in some other iterative techniques developed for singular boundary value problems. The convergence result for the proposed method is established in the paper. The method is illustrated by four numerical examples, two of which have physical significance: The first problem is an application of the reaction-diffusion process in a porous spherical catalyst and the second problem arises in the study of steady-state oxygen-diffusion in a spherical cell with Michaelis-Menten uptake kinetics.

2. COYOTE II - a finite element computer program for nonlinear heat conduction problems. Part I - theoretical background

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Gartling, D.K.; Hogan, R.E.

1994-10-01

The theoretical and numerical background for the finite element computer program, COYOTE II, is presented in detail. COYOTE II is designed for the multi-dimensional analysis of nonlinear heat conduction problems and other types of diffusion problems. A general description of the boundary value problems treated by the program is presented. The finite element formulation and the associated numerical methods used in COYOTE II are also outlined. Instructions for use of the code are documented in SAND94-1179; examples of problems analyzed with the code are provided in SAND94-1180.

3. Numerical solutions of nonlinear STIFF initial value problems by perturbed functional iterations

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Dey, S. K.

1982-01-01

Numerical solution of nonlinear stiff initial value problems by a perturbed functional iterative scheme is discussed. The algorithm does not fully linearize the system and requires only the diagonal terms of the Jacobian. Some examples related to chemical kinetics are presented.

4. Study of hybrid methods for approximating the Edgeworth-Pareto hull in nonlinear multicriteria optimization problems

Berezkin, V. E.; Lotov, A. V.; Lotova, E. A.

2014-06-01

Methods for approximating the Edgeworth-Pareto hull (EPH) of the set of feasible criteria vectors in nonlinear multicriteria optimization problems are examined. The relative efficiency of two EPH approximation methods based on classical methods of searching for local extrema of convolutions of criteria is experimentally studied for a large-scale applied problem (with several hundred variables). A hybrid EPH approximation method combining classical and genetic approximation methods is considered.

5. A comparison of several methods of solving nonlinear regression groundwater flow problems.

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Cooley, R.L.

1985-01-01

Computational efficiency and computer memory requirements for four methods of minimizing functions were compared for four test nonlinear-regression steady state groundwater flow problems. The fastest methods were the Marquardt and quasi-linearization methods, which required almost identical computer times and numbers of iterations; the next fastest was the quasi-Newton method, and last was the Fletcher-Reeves method, which did not converge in 100 iterations for two of the problems.-from Author

6. Characterization of long-haul 112Gbit/s PDM-QAM-16 transmission with and without digital nonlinearity compensation.

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Makovejs, Sergejs; Millar, David S; Lavery, Domanic; Behrens, Carsten; Killey, Robert I; Savory, Seb J; Bayvel, Polina

2010-06-01

In this paper long-haul, single channel, polarization multiplexed 16-state quadrature amplitude modulation (PDM-QAM-16) transmission at 112 Gbit/s is investigated. Novel digital signal processing techniques are used to perform carrier phase estimation and symbol estimation, in combination with nonlinear digital backpropagation. The results obtained demonstrate that the use of digital nonlinear backpropagation increases the optimum launch power from -4 dBm to -1 dBm with a consequent increase in maximum reach from 1440 km to 2400 km, which is a record transmission distance for QAM-16 reported to date for an SMF link with EDFAs only. Furthermore, experimental measurements are supported by simulations, based on the link used in the experiment. PMID:20588423

7. Analogy between the one-dimensional acoustic waveguide and the electrical transmission line in the cases of nonlinearity and relaxation

Yang, Desen; Zhang, Haoyang; Shi, Shengguo; Li, Di; Shi, Jie; Hu, Bo

2015-10-01

The propagation of plane acoustic waves can be investigated by taking advantage of the electro-acoustical analogy between the one-dimensional acoustic waveguide and the electrical transmission line, because they share the same type of equation. This paper follow the previous studies and expand the analogy into the cases of quadratic nonlinearity and dispersion produced by relaxation process. From the basic equations relating acoustic pressure, density fluctuation and velocity, which are valid for the nonlinear and relaxing media, the equivalent travelling-wave circuits of one-dimensional acoustic waveguide with the consideration of nonlinearity and relaxation processes are obtained. Furthermore, we also discuss the analogy relationship of parameters which exist in the acoustical and electrical systems.

8. Adaptive wavelet collocation methods for initial value boundary problems of nonlinear PDE's

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Cai, Wei; Wang, Jian-Zhong

1993-01-01

We have designed a cubic spline wavelet decomposition for the Sobolev space H(sup 2)(sub 0)(I) where I is a bounded interval. Based on a special 'point-wise orthogonality' of the wavelet basis functions, a fast Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT) is constructed. This DWT transform will map discrete samples of a function to its wavelet expansion coefficients in O(N log N) operations. Using this transform, we propose a collocation method for the initial value boundary problem of nonlinear PDE's. Then, we test the efficiency of the DWT transform and apply the collocation method to solve linear and nonlinear PDE's.

9. Series in vector spherical harmonics: An efficient tool for solution of nonlinear problems in spherical plasmas

Xu, S.; Ostrikov, K. N.

2000-07-01

The series expansion of the plasma fields and currents in vector spherical harmonics has been demonstrated to be an efficient technique for solution of nonlinear problems in spherically bounded plasmas. Using this technique, it is possible to describe the nonlinear plasma response to the rotating high-frequency magnetic field applied to the magnetically confined plasma sphere. The effect of the external magnetic field on the current drive and field configuration is studied. The results obtained are important for continuous current drive experiments in compact toruses.

10. Multilevel adaptive solution procedure for material nonlinear problems in visual programming environment

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Kim, D.; Ghanem, R.

1994-12-31

Multigrid solution technique to solve a material nonlinear problem in a visual programming environment using the finite element method is discussed. The nonlinear equation of equilibrium is linearized to incremental form using Newton-Rapson technique, then multigrid solution technique is used to solve linear equations at each Newton-Rapson step. In the process, adaptive mesh refinement, which is based on the bisection of a pair of triangles, is used to form grid hierarchy for multigrid iteration. The solution process is implemented in a visual programming environment with distributed computing capability, which enables more intuitive understanding of solution process, and more effective use of resources.

11. Domain decomposition based iterative methods for nonlinear elliptic finite element problems

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Cai, X.C.

1994-12-31

The class of overlapping Schwarz algorithms has been extensively studied for linear elliptic finite element problems. In this presentation, the author considers the solution of systems of nonlinear algebraic equations arising from the finite element discretization of some nonlinear elliptic equations. Several overlapping Schwarz algorithms, including the additive and multiplicative versions, with inexact Newton acceleration will be discussed. The author shows that the convergence rate of the Newtons method is independent of the mesh size used in the finite element discretization, and also independent of the number of subdomains into which the original domain in decomposed. Numerical examples will be presented.

12. Expectation propagation for nonlinear inverse problems – with an application to electrical impedance tomography

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Gehre, Matthias; Jin, Bangti

2014-02-15

In this paper, we study a fast approximate inference method based on expectation propagation for exploring the posterior probability distribution arising from the Bayesian formulation of nonlinear inverse problems. It is capable of efficiently delivering reliable estimates of the posterior mean and covariance, thereby providing an inverse solution together with quantified uncertainties. Some theoretical properties of the iterative algorithm are discussed, and the efficient implementation for an important class of problems of projection type is described. The method is illustrated with one typical nonlinear inverse problem, electrical impedance tomography with complete electrode model, under sparsity constraints. Numerical results for real experimental data are presented, and compared with that by Markov chain Monte Carlo. The results indicate that the method is accurate and computationally very efficient.

13. The linearized characteristics method and its application to practical nonlinear supersonic problems

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Ferri, Antonio

1952-01-01

The methods of characteristics has been linearized by assuming that the flow field can be represented as a basic flow field determined by nonlinearized methods and a linearized superposed flow field that accounts for small changes of boundary conditions. The method has been applied to two-dimensional rotational flow where the basic flow is potential flow and to axially symmetric problems where conical flows have been used as the basic flows. In both cases the method allows the determination of the flow field to be simplified and the numerical work to be reduced to a few calculations. The calculations of axially symmetric flow can be simplified if tabulated values of some coefficients of the conical flow are obtained. The method has also been applied to slender bodies without symmetry and to some three-dimensional wing problems where two-dimensional flow can be used as the basic flow. Both problems were unsolved before in the approximation of nonlinear flow.

14. An Algorithm for Efficient Maximum Likelihood Estimation and Confidence Interval Determination in Nonlinear Estimation Problems

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Murphy, Patrick Charles

1985-01-01

An algorithm for maximum likelihood (ML) estimation is developed with an efficient method for approximating the sensitivities. The algorithm was developed for airplane parameter estimation problems but is well suited for most nonlinear, multivariable, dynamic systems. The ML algorithm relies on a new optimization method referred to as a modified Newton-Raphson with estimated sensitivities (MNRES). MNRES determines sensitivities by using slope information from local surface approximations of each output variable in parameter space. The fitted surface allows sensitivity information to be updated at each iteration with a significant reduction in computational effort. MNRES determines the sensitivities with less computational effort than using either a finite-difference method or integrating the analytically determined sensitivity equations. MNRES eliminates the need to derive sensitivity equations for each new model, thus eliminating algorithm reformulation with each new model and providing flexibility to use model equations in any format that is convenient. A random search technique for determining the confidence limits of ML parameter estimates is applied to nonlinear estimation problems for airplanes. The confidence intervals obtained by the search are compared with Cramer-Rao (CR) bounds at the same confidence level. It is observed that the degree of nonlinearity in the estimation problem is an important factor in the relationship between CR bounds and the error bounds determined by the search technique. The CR bounds were found to be close to the bounds determined by the search when the degree of nonlinearity was small. Beale's measure of nonlinearity is developed in this study for airplane identification problems; it is used to empirically correct confidence levels for the parameter confidence limits. The primary utility of the measure, however, was found to be in predicting the degree of agreement between Cramer-Rao bounds and search estimates.

15. A new approach to the Pontryagin maximum principle for nonlinear fractional optimal control problems

Ali, Hegagi M.; Pereira, Fernando Lobo; Gama, Sílvio M. A.

2016-09-01

In this paper, we discuss a new general formulation of fractional optimal control problems whose performance index is in the fractional integral form and the dynamics are given by a set of fractional differential equations in the Caputo sense. We use a new approach to prove necessary conditions of optimality in the form of Pontryagin maximum principle for fractional nonlinear optimal control problems. Moreover, a new method based on a generalization of the Mittag-Leffler function is used to solving this class of fractional optimal control problems. A simple example is provided to illustrate the effectiveness of our main result.

16. Nonlinear Inertia Weighted Teaching-Learning-Based Optimization for Solving Global Optimization Problem

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Wu, Zong-Sheng; Fu, Wei-Ping; Xue, Ru

2015-01-01

Teaching-learning-based optimization (TLBO) algorithm is proposed in recent years that simulates the teaching-learning phenomenon of a classroom to effectively solve global optimization of multidimensional, linear, and nonlinear problems over continuous spaces. In this paper, an improved teaching-learning-based optimization algorithm is presented, which is called nonlinear inertia weighted teaching-learning-based optimization (NIWTLBO) algorithm. This algorithm introduces a nonlinear inertia weighted factor into the basic TLBO to control the memory rate of learners and uses a dynamic inertia weighted factor to replace the original random number in teacher phase and learner phase. The proposed algorithm is tested on a number of benchmark functions, and its performance comparisons are provided against the basic TLBO and some other well-known optimization algorithms. The experiment results show that the proposed algorithm has a faster convergence rate and better performance than the basic TLBO and some other algorithms as well. PMID:26421005

17. An iterative HAM approach for nonlinear boundary value problems in a semi-infinite domain

Zhao, Yinlong; Lin, Zhiliang; Liao, Shijun

2013-09-01

In this paper, we propose an iterative approach to increase the computation efficiency of the homotopy analysis method (HAM), a analytic technique for highly nonlinear problems. By means of the Schmidt-Gram process (Arfken et al., 1985) [15], we approximate the right-hand side terms of high-order linear sub-equations by a finite set of orthonormal bases. Based on this truncation technique, we introduce the Mth-order iterative HAM by using each Mth-order approximation as a new initial guess. It is found that the iterative HAM is much more efficient than the standard HAM without truncation, as illustrated by three nonlinear differential equations defined in an infinite domain as examples. This work might greatly improve the computational efficiency of the HAM and also the Mathematica package BVPh for nonlinear BVPs.

18. Finite element solution of nonlinear eddy current problems with periodic excitation and its industrial applications.

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Bíró, Oszkár; Koczka, Gergely; Preis, Kurt

2014-05-01

An efficient finite element method to take account of the nonlinearity of the magnetic materials when analyzing three-dimensional eddy current problems is presented in this paper. The problem is formulated in terms of vector and scalar potentials approximated by edge and node based finite element basis functions. The application of Galerkin techniques leads to a large, nonlinear system of ordinary differential equations in the time domain. The excitations are assumed to be time-periodic and the steady-state periodic solution is of interest only. This is represented either in the frequency domain as a finite Fourier series or in the time domain as a set of discrete time values within one period for each finite element degree of freedom. The former approach is the (continuous) harmonic balance method and, in the latter one, discrete Fourier transformation will be shown to lead to a discrete harmonic balance method. Due to the nonlinearity, all harmonics, both continuous and discrete, are coupled to each other. The harmonics would be decoupled if the problem were linear, therefore, a special nonlinear iteration technique, the fixed-point method is used to linearize the equations by selecting a time-independent permeability distribution, the so-called fixed-point permeability in each nonlinear iteration step. This leads to uncoupled harmonics within these steps. As industrial applications, analyses of large power transformers are presented. The first example is the computation of the electromagnetic field of a single-phase transformer in the time domain with the results compared to those obtained by traditional time-stepping techniques. In the second application, an advanced model of the same transformer is analyzed in the frequency domain by the harmonic balance method with the effect of the presence of higher harmonics on the losses investigated. Finally a third example tackles the case of direct current (DC) bias in the coils of a single-phase transformer. PMID

19. Nonlinear experimental dye-doped nematic liquid crystal optical transmission spectra estimated by neural network empirical physical formulas

Yildiz, Nihat; San, Sait Eren; Köysal, Oğuz

2010-09-01

In this paper, two complementary objectives related to optical transmission spectra of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) were achieved. First, at room temperature, for both pure and dye (DR9) doped E7 NLCs, the 10-250 W halogen lamp transmission spectra (wavelength 400-1200 nm) were measured at various bias voltages. Second, because the measured spectra were inherently highly nonlinear, it was difficult to construct explicit empirical physical formulas (EPFs) to employ as transmittance functions. To avoid this difficulty, layered feedforward neural networks (LFNNs) were used to construct explicit EPFs for these theoretically unknown nonlinear NLC transmittance functions. As we theoretically showed in a previous work, a LFNN, as an excellent nonlinear function approximator, is highly relevant to EPF construction. The LFNN-EPFs efficiently and consistently estimated both the measured and yet-to-be-measured nonlinear transmittance response values. The experimentally obtained doping ratio dependencies and applied bias voltage responses of transmittance were also confirmed by LFFN-EPFs. This clearly indicates that physical laws embedded in the physical data can be faithfully extracted by the suitable LFNNs. The extraordinary success achieved with LFNN here suggests two potential applications. First, although not attempted here, these LFNN-EPFs, by such mathematical operations as derivation, integration, minimization etc., can be used to obtain further transmittance related functions of NLCs. Second, for a given NLC response function, whose theoretical nonlinear functional form is yet unknown, a suitable experimental data based LFNN-EPF can be constructed to predict the yet-to-be-measured values.

20. Solving deterministic non-linear programming problem using Hopfield artificial neural network and genetic programming techniques

Vasant, P.; Ganesan, T.; Elamvazuthi, I.

2012-11-01

A fairly reasonable result was obtained for non-linear engineering problems using the optimization techniques such as neural network, genetic algorithms, and fuzzy logic independently in the past. Increasingly, hybrid techniques are being used to solve the non-linear problems to obtain better output. This paper discusses the use of neuro-genetic hybrid technique to optimize the geological structure mapping which is known as seismic survey. It involves the minimization of objective function subject to the requirement of geophysical and operational constraints. In this work, the optimization was initially performed using genetic programming, and followed by hybrid neuro-genetic programming approaches. Comparative studies and analysis were then carried out on the optimized results. The results indicate that the hybrid neuro-genetic hybrid technique produced better results compared to the stand-alone genetic programming method.

1. Numerical identification of boundary conditions on nonlinearly radiating inverse heat conduction problems

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Murio, Diego A.

1991-01-01

An explicit and unconditionally stable finite difference method for the solution of the transient inverse heat conduction problem in a semi-infinite or finite slab mediums subject to nonlinear radiation boundary conditions is presented. After measuring two interior temperature histories, the mollification method is used to determine the surface transient heat source if the energy radiation law is known. Alternatively, if the active surface is heated by a source at a rate proportional to a given function, the nonlinear surface radiation law is then recovered as a function of the interface temperature when the problem is feasible. Two typical examples corresponding to Newton cooling law and Stefan-Boltzmann radiation law respectively are illustrated. In all cases, the method predicts the surface conditions with an accuracy suitable for many practical purposes.

2. Hybrid transfinite element modeling/analysis of nonlinear heat conduction problems involving phase change

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Tamma, Kumar K.; Railkar, Sudhir B.

1988-01-01

The present paper describes the applicability of hybrid transfinite element modeling/analysis formulations for nonlinear heat conduction problems involving phase change. The methodology is based on application of transform approaches and classical Galerkin schemes with finite element formulations to maintain the modeling versatility and numerical features for computational analysis. In addition, in conjunction with the above, the effects due to latent heat are modeled using enthalpy formulations to enable a physically realistic approximation to be dealt computationally for materials exhibiting phase change within a narrow band of temperatures. Pertinent details of the approach and computational scheme adapted are described in technical detail. Numerical test cases of comparative nature are presented to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed formulations for numerical modeling/analysis of nonlinear heat conduction problems involving phase change.

3. Scalable libraries for solving systems of nonlinear equations and unconstrained minimization problems.

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Gropp, W. D.; McInnes, L. C.; Smith, B. F.

1997-10-27

Developing portable and scalable software for the solution of large-scale optimization problems presents many challenges that traditional libraries do not adequately meet. Using object-oriented design in conjunction with other innovative techniques, they address these issues within the SNES (Scalable Nonlinear Equation Solvers) and SUMS (Scalable Unconstrained Minimization Solvers) packages, which are part of the multilevel PETSCs (Portable, Extensible Tools for Scientific computation) library. This paper focuses on the authors design philosophy and its benefits in providing a uniform and versatile framework for developing optimization software and solving large-scale nonlinear problems. They also consider a three-dimensional anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau model as a representative application that exploits the packages' flexible interface with user-specified data structures and customized routines for function evaluation and preconditioning.

4. Numerical techniques for solving nonlinear instability problems in smokeless tactical solid rocket motors. [finite difference technique

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Baum, J. D.; Levine, J. N.

1980-01-01

The selection of a satisfactory numerical method for calculating the propagation of steep fronted shock life waveforms in a solid rocket motor combustion chamber is discussed. A number of different numerical schemes were evaluated by comparing the results obtained for three problems: the shock tube problems; the linear wave equation, and nonlinear wave propagation in a closed tube. The most promising method--a combination of the Lax-Wendroff, Hybrid and Artificial Compression techniques, was incorporated into an existing nonlinear instability program. The capability of the modified program to treat steep fronted wave instabilities in low smoke tactical motors was verified by solving a number of motor test cases with disturbance amplitudes as high as 80% of the mean pressure.

5. Numerical solution of a nonlinear least squares problem in digital breast tomosynthesis

Landi, G.; Loli Piccolomini, E.; Nagy, J. G.

2015-11-01

In digital tomosynthesis imaging, multiple projections of an object are obtained along a small range of different incident angles in order to reconstruct a pseudo-3D representation (i.e., a set of 2D slices) of the object. In this paper we describe some mathematical models for polyenergetic digital breast tomosynthesis image reconstruction that explicitly takes into account various materials composing the object and the polyenergetic nature of the x-ray beam. A polyenergetic model helps to reduce beam hardening artifacts, but the disadvantage is that it requires solving a large-scale nonlinear ill-posed inverse problem. We formulate the image reconstruction process (i.e., the method to solve the ill-posed inverse problem) in a nonlinear least squares framework, and use a Levenberg-Marquardt scheme to solve it. Some implementation details are discussed, and numerical experiments are provided to illustrate the performance of the methods.

6. Iterative Methods for Solving Nonlinear Parabolic Problem in Pension Saving Management

Koleva, M. N.

2011-11-01

In this work we consider a nonlinear parabolic equation, obtained from Riccati like transformation of the Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation, arising in pension saving management. We discuss two numerical iterative methods for solving the model problem—fully implicit Picard method and mixed Picard-Newton method, which preserves the parabolic characteristics of the differential problem. Numerical experiments for comparison the accuracy and effectiveness of the algorithms are discussed. Finally, observations are given.

7. Landau-Zener problem in a three-level neutrino system with nonlinear time dependence

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Keraenen, P.; Maalampi, J.; Myyrylaeinen, M.; Riittinen, J.

2007-02-01

We consider the level-crossing problem in a three-level system with nonlinearly time-varying Hamiltonian (time-dependence t{sup -3}). We study the validity of the so-called independent crossing approximation in the Landau-Zener model by making comparison with results obtained numerically in the density matrix approach. We also demonstrate the failure of the so-called 'nearest zero' approximation of the Landau-Zener level-crossing probability integral.

8. Modeling and analysis of electric and magnetic coupled problems under nonlinear conditions

Geri, A.; La Rosa, M.; Veca, G. M.

1994-05-01

In this paper the authors define a numerical method to solve nonlinear combined magnetic and electric problems using reliable general purpose calculation codes. This method has been applied to analyze the behavior of a busbar system built with a saturable steel enclosure and connected with an arbitrary external circuit. The enclosure magnetic characteristics have been determined by means of experimental tests executed by the authors. To analyze this electrical system, the skin and proximity effects in the massive conductors, as well as the load conditions of the external circuit, must be taken into account. The present formulation permits us to solve the previously described coupled problems by means of an iterative procedure. Using this technique, it is possible to solve separately the field and the circuit equations by means of specific codes. In particular, an iterative procedure it is pointed out so defined: for each estimated load condition, a finite element code has been used to evaluate the relating busbar cross parameters, taking into account the nonlinear behavior of the steel enclosure, while, for each assigned set of the busbar cross parameters, a circuit simulator has been used to determine the relating load conditions of the busbar. In addition, a specialized post-processor has been developed to manage the data flow between the calculation codes. The originality of this work is linked to the use of general purpose commercial software to solve the nonlinear magnetic and electric coupled problems.

9. Parallel supercomputing: Advanced methods, algorithms, and software for large-scale linear and nonlinear problems

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Carey, G.F.; Young, D.M.

1993-12-31

The program outlined here is directed to research on methods, algorithms, and software for distributed parallel supercomputers. Of particular interest are finite element methods and finite difference methods together with sparse iterative solution schemes for scientific and engineering computations of very large-scale systems. Both linear and nonlinear problems will be investigated. In the nonlinear case, applications with bifurcation to multiple solutions will be considered using continuation strategies. The parallelizable numerical methods of particular interest are a family of partitioning schemes embracing domain decomposition, element-by-element strategies, and multi-level techniques. The methods will be further developed incorporating parallel iterative solution algorithms with associated preconditioners in parallel computer software. The schemes will be implemented on distributed memory parallel architectures such as the CRAY MPP, Intel Paragon, the NCUBE3, and the Connection Machine. We will also consider other new architectures such as the Kendall-Square (KSQ) and proposed machines such as the TERA. The applications will focus on large-scale three-dimensional nonlinear flow and reservoir problems with strong convective transport contributions. These are legitimate grand challenge class computational fluid dynamics (CFD) problems of significant practical interest to DOE. The methods developed and algorithms will, however, be of wider interest.

10. Computation of Transonic Nozzle Sound Transmission and Rotor Problems by the Dispersion-Relation-Preserving Scheme

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Tam, Christopher K. W.; Aganin, Alexei

2000-01-01

The transonic nozzle transmission problem and the open rotor noise radiation problem are solved computationally. Both are multiple length scales problems. For efficient and accurate numerical simulation, the multiple-size-mesh multiple-time-step Dispersion-Relation-Preserving scheme is used to calculate the time periodic solution. To ensure an accurate solution, high quality numerical boundary conditions are also needed. For the nozzle problem, a set of nonhomogeneous, outflow boundary conditions are required. The nonhomogeneous boundary conditions not only generate the incoming sound waves but also, at the same time, allow the reflected acoustic waves and entropy waves, if present, to exit the computation domain without reflection. For the open rotor problem, there is an apparent singularity at the axis of rotation. An analytic extension approach is developed to provide a high quality axis boundary treatment.

11. Resolution Analysis for Experiment Planning of a Nonlinear Seafloor Acoustic Inverse Problem

Ganse, A. A.; Odom, R. I.

2007-12-01

Geoacoustic inversion is the estimation of physical properties of the ocean bottom as a continuous function of position (or depth) in the seafloor given acoustic receptions in the water column. It is closely related to marine reflection seismology but also has features of refraction seismology, and uses sonar equipment and less than ideal geometries because accurate scientific determination of the seafloor may not be the primary goal of the experiments. However, the authors show how a pre-measurement inverse theory resolution analysis can be used as part of experiment planning regarding sensor placement and ship tracks, such that a desire for an experimental configuration giving the most information in bottom inversion can be quantitatively balanced with that for other needs like tracking and communication. This nonlinear geoacoustic inverse problem is ill-posed, so that one can only estimate the continuous function of seafloor properties to a limited resolution. This limited resolution varies with experiment geometry, frequency, and other such factors, and can be quantified in either a frequentist or Bayesian framework. Given statistics of the measurement noise (but without any new measurements themselves), the resolution can be quantified exactly for a linear inverse problem, and compared between different experiment geometries. Nonlinear problems complicate this picture, but if the problem can be transformed into a weakly nonlinear form then the resolution may still be explored in an approximate sense and used as a tool in the planning phase. The ideal situation is when previous seafloor estimates exist for the same region in which a new experiment with new geometry and configuration is being planned. For the scenario without previous results, a somewhat more ad-hoc approach can still compare changes in resolution across different seafloor models. This presentation demonstrates the technique for a synthetic problem involving a single stationary source and a

12. Analytical study of dynamics of matter-wave solitons in lossless nonlinear discrete bi-inductance transmission lines

Kengne, E.; Lakhssassi, A.

2015-03-01

We consider a lossless one-dimensional nonlinear discrete bi-inductance electrical transmission line made of N identical unit cells. When lattice effects are considered, we use the reductive perturbation method in the semidiscrete limit to show that the dynamics of modulated waves can be modeled by the classical nonlinear Schrödinger (CNLS) equation, which describes the modulational instability and the propagation of bright and dark solitons on a continuous-wave background. Our theoretical analysis based on the CNLS equation predicts either two or four frequency regions with different behavior concerning the modulational instability of a plane wave. With the help of the analytical solutions of the CNLS equation, we investigate analytically the effects of the linear capacitance CS on the dynamics of matter-wave solitons in the network. Our results reveal that the linear parameter CS can be used to manipulate the motion of bright, dark, and kink soliton in the network.

13. Analytical study of dynamics of matter-wave solitons in lossless nonlinear discrete bi-inductance transmission lines.

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Kengne, E; Lakhssassi, A

2015-03-01

We consider a lossless one-dimensional nonlinear discrete bi-inductance electrical transmission line made of N identical unit cells. When lattice effects are considered, we use the reductive perturbation method in the semidiscrete limit to show that the dynamics of modulated waves can be modeled by the classical nonlinear Schrödinger (CNLS) equation, which describes the modulational instability and the propagation of bright and dark solitons on a continuous-wave background. Our theoretical analysis based on the CNLS equation predicts either two or four frequency regions with different behavior concerning the modulational instability of a plane wave. With the help of the analytical solutions of the CNLS equation, we investigate analytically the effects of the linear capacitance CS on the dynamics of matter-wave solitons in the network. Our results reveal that the linear parameter CS can be used to manipulate the motion of bright, dark, and kink soliton in the network. PMID:25871172

14. Application of High Order Acoustic Finite Elements to Transmission Losses and Enclosure Problems

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Craggs, A.; Stevenson, G.

1985-01-01

A family of acoustic finite elements was developed based on C continuity (acoustic pressure being the nodal variable) and the no-flow condition. The family include triangular, quadrilateral and hexahedral isoparametric elements with linear quadratic and cubic variation in modelling and distortion. Of greatest use in problems with irregular boundaries are the cubic isoparametric elements: the 32 node hexahedral element for three-dimensional systems; and the twelve node quadrilateral and ten node triangular elements for two-dimensional/axisymmetric applications. These elements were applied to problems involving cavity resonances, transmission loss in silencers and the study of end effects, using a Floating Point Systems 164 attached array processor accessed through an Amdahl 5860 mainframe. The elements are presently being used to study the end effects associated with duct terminations within finite enclosures. The transmission losses with various silencers and sidebranches in ducts is also being studied using the same elements.

15. Inverse problem of nonlinear acoustics: Synthesizing intense signals to intensify the thermal and radiation action of ultrasound

Rudenko, O. V.; Gurbatov, S. N.

2016-07-01

Inverse problems of nonlinear acoustics have important applied significance. On the one hand, they are necessary for nonlinear diagnostics of media, materials, manufactured articles, building units, and biological and geological structures. On the other hand, they are needed for creating devices that ensure optimal action of acoustic radiation on a target. However, despite the many promising applications, this direction remains underdeveloped, especially for strongly distorted high-intensity waves containing shock fronts. An example of such an inverse problem is synthesis of the spatiotemporal structure of a field in a radiating system that ensures the highest possible energy density in the focal region. This problem is also related to the urgent problems of localizing wave energy and the theory of strongly nonlinear waves. Below we analyze some quite general and simple inverse nonlinear problems.

16. Transmission eigenvalues

2013-10-01

In inverse scattering theory, transmission eigenvalues can be seen as the extension of the notion of resonant frequencies for impenetrable objects to the case of penetrable dielectrics. The transmission eigenvalue problem is a relatively late arrival to the spectral theory of partial differential equations. Its first appearance was in 1986 in a paper by Kirsch who was investigating the denseness of far-field patterns for scattering solutions of the Helmholtz equation or, in more modern terminology, the injectivity of the far-field operator [1]. The paper of Kirsch was soon followed by a more systematic study by Colton and Monk in the context of developing the dual space method for solving the inverse scattering problem for acoustic waves in an inhomogeneous medium [2]. In this paper they showed that for a spherically stratified media transmission eigenvalues existed and formed a discrete set. Numerical examples were also given showing that in principle transmission eigenvalues could be determined from the far-field data. This first period of interest in transmission eigenvalues was concluded with papers by Colton et al in 1989 [3] and Rynne and Sleeman in 1991 [4] showing that for an inhomogeneous medium (not necessarily spherically stratified) transmission eigenvalues, if they existed, formed a discrete set. For the next seventeen years transmission eigenvalues were ignored. This was mainly due to the fact that, with the introduction of various sampling methods to determine the shape of an inhomogeneous medium from far-field data, transmission eigenvalues were something to be avoided and hence the fact that transmission eigenvalues formed at most a discrete set was deemed to be sufficient. In addition, questions related to the existence of transmission eigenvalues or the structure of associated eigenvectors were recognized as being particularly difficult due to the nonlinearity of the eigenvalue problem and the special structure of the associated transmission

17. Model choice problems using approximate Bayesian computation with applications to pathogen transmission data sets.

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Lee, Xing Ju; Drovandi, Christopher C; Pettitt, Anthony N

2015-03-01

Analytically or computationally intractable likelihood functions can arise in complex statistical inferential problems making them inaccessible to standard Bayesian inferential methods. Approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) methods address such inferential problems by replacing direct likelihood evaluations with repeated sampling from the model. ABC methods have been predominantly applied to parameter estimation problems and less to model choice problems due to the added difficulty of handling multiple model spaces. The ABC algorithm proposed here addresses model choice problems by extending Fearnhead and Prangle (2012, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B 74, 1-28) where the posterior mean of the model parameters estimated through regression formed the summary statistics used in the discrepancy measure. An additional stepwise multinomial logistic regression is performed on the model indicator variable in the regression step and the estimated model probabilities are incorporated into the set of summary statistics for model choice purposes. A reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo step is also included in the algorithm to increase model diversity for thorough exploration of the model space. This algorithm was applied to a validating example to demonstrate the robustness of the algorithm across a wide range of true model probabilities. Its subsequent use in three pathogen transmission examples of varying complexity illustrates the utility of the algorithm in inferring preference of particular transmission models for the pathogens. PMID:25303085

18. On large-scale nonlinear programming techniques for solving optimal control problems

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Faco, J.L.D.

1994-12-31

The formulation of decision problems by Optimal Control Theory allows the consideration of their dynamic structure and parameters estimation. This paper deals with techniques for choosing directions in the iterative solution of discrete-time optimal control problems. A unified formulation incorporates nonlinear performance criteria and dynamic equations, time delays, bounded state and control variables, free planning horizon and variable initial state vector. In general they are characterized by a large number of variables, mostly when arising from discretization of continuous-time optimal control or calculus of variations problems. In a GRG context the staircase structure of the jacobian matrix of the dynamic equations is exploited in the choice of basic and super basic variables and when changes of basis occur along the process. The search directions of the bound constrained nonlinear programming problem in the reduced space of the super basic variables are computed by large-scale NLP techniques. A modified Polak-Ribiere conjugate gradient method and a limited storage quasi-Newton BFGS method are analyzed and modifications to deal with the bounds on the variables are suggested based on projected gradient devices with specific linesearches. Some practical models are presented for electric generation planning and fishery management, and the application of the code GRECO - Gradient REduit pour la Commande Optimale - is discussed.

19. Modeling Granular Materials as Compressible Non-Linear Fluids: Heat Transfer Boundary Value Problems

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Massoudi, M.C.; Tran, P.X.

2006-01-01

We discuss three boundary value problems in the flow and heat transfer analysis in flowing granular materials: (i) the flow down an inclined plane with radiation effects at the free surface; (ii) the natural convection flow between two heated vertical walls; (iii) the shearing motion between two horizontal flat plates with heat conduction. It is assumed that the material behaves like a continuum, similar to a compressible nonlinear fluid where the effects of density gradients are incorporated in the stress tensor. For a fully developed flow the equations are simplified to a system of three nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The equations are made dimensionless and a parametric study is performed where the effects of various dimensionless numbers representing the effects of heat conduction, viscous dissipation, radiation, and so forth are presented.

20. Inverse atmospheric radiative transfer problems - A nonlinear minimization search method of solution. [aerosol pollution monitoring

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Fymat, A. L.

1976-01-01

The paper studies the inversion of the radiative transfer equation describing the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with atmospheric aerosols. The interaction can be considered as the propagation in the aerosol medium of two light beams: the direct beam in the line-of-sight attenuated by absorption and scattering, and the diffuse beam arising from scattering into the viewing direction, which propagates more or less in random fashion. The latter beam has single scattering and multiple scattering contributions. In the former case and for single scattering, the problem is reducible to first-kind Fredholm equations, while for multiple scattering it is necessary to invert partial integrodifferential equations. A nonlinear minimization search method, applicable to the solution of both types of problems has been developed, and is applied here to the problem of monitoring aerosol pollution, namely the complex refractive index and size distribution of aerosol particles.

1. Nonlinear optical transmission of an integrated optical bent coupler in semiconductor-doped glass

Guntau, Matthias; Possner, Torsten; Braeuer, Andreas H.; Dannberg, Peter

1991-08-01

A technology for monomode slab and strip waveguide fabrication in semiconductor-doped glasses (SDG) is presented. On this basis, directional couplers consisting of both parallel (DC) and bent (BC) couplers of strip waveguides were realized. The optically linear and nonlinear behavior of these devices is described.

2. Transmission eigenvalues

2013-10-01

In inverse scattering theory, transmission eigenvalues can be seen as the extension of the notion of resonant frequencies for impenetrable objects to the case of penetrable dielectrics. The transmission eigenvalue problem is a relatively late arrival to the spectral theory of partial differential equations. Its first appearance was in 1986 in a paper by Kirsch who was investigating the denseness of far-field patterns for scattering solutions of the Helmholtz equation or, in more modern terminology, the injectivity of the far-field operator [1]. The paper of Kirsch was soon followed by a more systematic study by Colton and Monk in the context of developing the dual space method for solving the inverse scattering problem for acoustic waves in an inhomogeneous medium [2]. In this paper they showed that for a spherically stratified media transmission eigenvalues existed and formed a discrete set. Numerical examples were also given showing that in principle transmission eigenvalues could be determined from the far-field data. This first period of interest in transmission eigenvalues was concluded with papers by Colton et al in 1989 [3] and Rynne and Sleeman in 1991 [4] showing that for an inhomogeneous medium (not necessarily spherically stratified) transmission eigenvalues, if they existed, formed a discrete set. For the next seventeen years transmission eigenvalues were ignored. This was mainly due to the fact that, with the introduction of various sampling methods to determine the shape of an inhomogeneous medium from far-field data, transmission eigenvalues were something to be avoided and hence the fact that transmission eigenvalues formed at most a discrete set was deemed to be sufficient. In addition, questions related to the existence of transmission eigenvalues or the structure of associated eigenvectors were recognized as being particularly difficult due to the nonlinearity of the eigenvalue problem and the special structure of the associated transmission

3. Solving Nonlinear Solid Mechanics Problems with the Jacobian-Free Newton Krylov Method

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J. D. Hales; S. R. Novascone; R. L. Williamson; D. R. Gaston; M. R. Tonks

2012-06-01

The solution of the equations governing solid mechanics is often obtained via Newton's method. This approach can be problematic if the determination, storage, or solution cost associated with the Jacobian is high. These challenges are magnified for multiphysics applications with many coupled variables. Jacobian-free Newton-Krylov (JFNK) methods avoid many of the difficulties associated with the Jacobian by using a finite difference approximation. BISON is a parallel, object-oriented, nonlinear solid mechanics and multiphysics application that leverages JFNK methods. We overview JFNK, outline the capabilities of BISON, and demonstrate the effectiveness of JFNK for solid mechanics and solid mechanics coupled to other PDEs using a series of demonstration problems.

4. Entropy solutions for a nonlinear parabolic problems with lower order term in Orlicz spaces

Mabdaoui, M.; Moussa, H.; Rhoudaf, M.

2016-03-01

We shall give the proof of existence results for the entropy solutions of the following nonlinear parabolic problem [Equation not available: see fulltext.]where A is a Leray-Lions operator having a growth not necessarily of polynomial type. The lower order term Φ :Ω × (0,T)× {R}→ {R}^N is a Carathéodory function, for a.e. (x,t)in Q_T and for all sin R , satisfying only a growth condition and the right hand side f belongs to L^1(Q_T).

5. Genetic algorithms: An evolution from Monte Carlo Methods for strongly non-linear geophysical optimization problems

Gallagher, Kerry; Sambridge, Malcolm; Drijkoningen, Guy

In providing a method for solving non-linear optimization problems Monte Carlo techniques avoid the need for linearization but, in practice, are often prohibitive because of the large number of models that must be considered. A new class of methods known as Genetic Algorithms have recently been devised in the field of Artificial Intelligence. We outline the basic concept of genetic algorithms and discuss three examples. We show that, in locating an optimal model, the new technique is far superior in performance to Monte Carlo techniques in all cases considered. However, Monte Carlo integration is still regarded as an effective method for the subsequent model appraisal.

6. A nonlinear control design for energy sink simulation in the Euler-Poinsot problem

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Kammer, Daniel C.; Gray, Gary L.

1993-01-01

A nonlinear control design is presented for the purpose of quantitatively simulating the effects of internal damping mechanisms modeled as energy sinks on the attitude dynamics of rigid body spacecraft. Damping is important because it is often the driving mechanism behind passive attitude acquisition maneuvers. Introduction of the controller into the Euler attitude equations of motion allows for the explicit representation of damping without the introduction of additional degrees of freedom required for a physical damping mechanism. This result is significant because perturbation techniques which rely on the closed form solution of the unperturbed problem can then be used to analyze the effects of perturbations upon a damped system. The controller is designed to dissipate kinetic energy while maintaining the magnitude of the angular momentum vector. Control torques are nonlinear functions of the angular momentum components expressed in a body-fixed frame. A numerical simulation of an actual damping mechanism during a decay from minor axis spin into a flat spin is presented showing that the nonlinear controller gives a good qualitative representation and, in many instances, a good quantitative approximation of the attitude motion of a representative spacecraft containing a damping mechanism.

7. A nonlinear analysis of an equilibrium craze. I - Problem formulation and solution. II - Simulations of craze and crack growth

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Ungsuwarungsri, T.; Knauss, W. G.

1988-01-01

A numerical method is developed for the determinations of the equilibrium shape of a craze in an infinite elastic plane whose fibrils exhibit very general nonlinear force-displacement behavior. The problem formulation is based on the superposition of the relevant elasticity Green's function; the solution of the resulting nonlinear problem is obtained by using Picard's successive approximation scheme. The model is used to investigate the effect of nonlinear fibril behavior on the mechanics of craze and crack growth, and the results are compared with the Dugdale model.

8. Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Large Arrays of Coupled Oscillators: Application to Fluid-Elastic Problems

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Moon, Francis C.

2002-04-01

Large numbers of fluid elastic structures are part of many power plant systems and vibration of these systems sometimes are responsible for plant shut downs. Earlier research at Cornell in this area had centered on nonlinear dynamics of fluid-elastic systems with low degrees of freedom. The focus of current research is the study of the dynamics of thousands of closely arrayed structures in a cross flow under both fluid and impact forces. This research is relevant to two areas: (1) First, fluid-structural problems continue to be important in the power industry, especially in heat exchange systems where up to thousands of pipe-like structures interact with a fluid medium. [Three years ago in Japan for example, there was a shut down of the Monju nuclear power plant due to a failure attributed to flow induced vibrations.] (2) The second area of relevance is to nonlinear systems and complexity phenomena; issues such as spatial temporal dynamics, localization and coherent patterns entropy measures as well as other complexity issues. Early research on flow induced vibrations in tube row and array structures in cross flow goes back to Roberts in 1966 and Connors in 1970. These studies used linear models as have many of the later work in the 1980's. Nonlinear studies of cross flow induced vibrations have been undertaken in the last decade. The research at Cornell sponsored by DOE has explored nonlinear phenomena in fluid-structure problems. In the work at Cornell we have documented a subcritical Hopf bifurcation for flow around a single row of flexible tubes and have developed an analytical model based on nonlinear system identification techniques. (Thothadri, 1998, Thothadri and Moon, 1998, 1999). These techniques have been applied to a wind tunnel experiment with a row of seven cylinders in a cross flow. These system identification methods have been used to calculate fluid force models that have replicated certain quantitative vibration limit cycle behavior of the

9. Quality parameter for coherent transmissions with Gaussian-distributed nonlinear noise.

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Grellier, Edouard; Bononi, Alberto

2011-06-20

By assuming the nonlinear noise as a signal-independent circular gaussian noise, a typical case in non-dispersion managed links with coherent multilevel modulation formats, we provide several analytical properties of a new quality parameter--playing the role of the signal to noise ratio (SNR) at the sampling gate in the coherent receiver--which carry over to the Q-factor versus power (or "bell") curves. We show that the maximum Q is reached at an optimal power, the nonlinear threshold, at which the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise power is twice the nonlinear noise power, and the SNR penalty with respect to linear propagation is 10Log(3/2) ≃ 1.76  dB,, although the Q-penalty is somewhat larger and increases at lower Q-factors, as we verify for the polarization-division multiplexing quadrature phase shift keying (PDM-QPSK) format. As we vary the ASE power, the maxima of the SNR vs. power curves are shown to slide along a straight-line with slope ≃-2 dB/dB. A similar behavior is followed by the Q-factor maxima, although for PDM-QPSK the local slope is around -2.7 dB/dB for Q-values of practical interest. PMID:21716520

10. An efficient computational method for solving nonlinear stochastic Itô integral equations: Application for stochastic problems in physics

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Heydari, M.H.; Hooshmandasl, M.R.; Cattani, C.; Maalek Ghaini, F.M.

2015-02-15

Because of the nonlinearity, closed-form solutions of many important stochastic functional equations are virtually impossible to obtain. Thus, numerical solutions are a viable alternative. In this paper, a new computational method based on the generalized hat basis functions together with their stochastic operational matrix of Itô-integration is proposed for solving nonlinear stochastic Itô integral equations in large intervals. In the proposed method, a new technique for computing nonlinear terms in such problems is presented. The main advantage of the proposed method is that it transforms problems under consideration into nonlinear systems of algebraic equations which can be simply solved. Error analysis of the proposed method is investigated and also the efficiency of this method is shown on some concrete examples. The obtained results reveal that the proposed method is very accurate and efficient. As two useful applications, the proposed method is applied to obtain approximate solutions of the stochastic population growth models and stochastic pendulum problem.

11. The Compressible Viscous Surface-Internal Wave Problem: Nonlinear Rayleigh-Taylor Instability

Jang, Juhi; Tice, Ian; Wang, Yanjin

2016-07-01

This paper concerns the dynamics of two layers of compressible, barotropic, viscous fluid lying atop one another. The lower fluid is bounded below by a rigid bottom, and t he upper fluid is bounded above by a trivial fluid of constant pressure. This is a free boundary problem: the interfaces between the fluids and above the upper fluid are free to move. The fluids are acted on by gravity in the bulk, and at the free interfaces we consider both the case of surface tension and the case of no surface forces.We are concerned with the Rayleigh-Taylor instability when the upper fluid is heavier than the lower fluid along the equilibrium interface. When the surface tension at the free internal interface is below the critical value, we prove that the problem is nonlinear unstable.

12. A singularly perturbed nonlinear traction problem in a periodically perforated domain: a functional analytic approach

Dalla Riva, M.; Musolino, P.

2014-01-01

We consider a periodically perforated domain obtained by making in R^n a periodic set of holes, each of them of size proportional to \\epsilon. Then we introduce a nonlinear boundary value problem for the Lam\\'e equations in such a periodically perforated domain. The unknown of the problem is a vector valued function u which represents the displacement attained in the equilibrium configuration by the points of a periodic linearly elastic matrix with a hole of size \\epsilon contained in each periodic cell. We assume that the traction exerted by the matrix on the boundary of each hole depends (nonlinearly) on the displacement attained by the points of the boundary of the hole. Then our aim is to describe what happens to the displacement vector function u when \\epsilon tends to 0. Under suitable assumptions we prove the existence of a family of solutions {u(\\epsilon,.) : \\epsilon \\in ]0,\\epsilon'[} with a prescribed limiting behaviour when \\epsilon approaches 0. Moreover, the family {u(\\epsilon,.) : \\epsilon \\in ]0,\\epsilon'[} is in a sense locally unique and can be continued real analytically for negative values of \\epsilon.

13. Application and flight test of linearizing transformations using measurement feedback to the nonlinear control problem

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Antoniewicz, Robert F.; Duke, Eugene L.; Menon, P. K. A.

1991-01-01

The design of nonlinear controllers has relied on the use of detailed aerodynamic and engine models that must be associated with the control law in the flight system implementation. Many of these controllers were applied to vehicle flight path control problems and have attempted to combine both inner- and outer-loop control functions in a single controller. An approach to the nonlinear trajectory control problem is presented. This approach uses linearizing transformations with measurement feedback to eliminate the need for detailed aircraft models in outer-loop control applications. By applying this approach and separating the inner-loop and outer-loop functions two things were achieved: (1) the need for incorporating detailed aerodynamic models in the controller is obviated; and (2) the controller is more easily incorporated into existing aircraft flight control systems. An implementation of the controller is discussed, and this controller is tested on a six degree-of-freedom F-15 simulation and in flight on an F-15 aircraft. Simulation data are presented which validates this approach over a large portion of the F-15 flight envelope. Proof of this concept is provided by flight-test data that closely matches simulation results. Flight-test data are also presented.

14. Voltage problems on transmission networks subject to unusual power flow patterns

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Ilic, M.; Stankovic, A. . Lab. for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems)

1991-02-01

In this paper existence conditions for the physically acceptable voltage solution in power transmission networks are given and a sensitivity-based approach for their real-time evaluation is outlined. Proposed theoretical results are illustrated on a simplified Pennsylvania-Jersey-Maryland model, on which reactive power/voltage problems were reported to exist. On the same system a comparison of the most typical voltage controls is made. Different corrective control actions are compared in context of their role within multiple utility power wheeling operating mode. The paper represents an overall attempt to link existing operating voltage problems (frequently economics driven) to the theoretical results necessary for their fundamental understanding and, further, for designing efficient real time system monitoring and control techniques.

15. Broadband transmission filters from the 2013 Optical Interference Coatings manufacturing problem contest [invited].

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Li, Li; Dobrowolski, J A; Jacobson, Michael; Cooksey, Catherine

2014-02-01

A broadband transmission filter from 400 to 1100 nm was selected for the manufacturing problem contest. The purpose of the contest is to test the state of the art of current optical thin film manufacturing capabilities. A total of 37 people from 15 teams participated in the contest and submitted 17 samples. Diverse approaches were taken by participants to tackle the problem. A range of different solutions was obtained where the number of layers varied from 22 to 608, and the total layer thickness ranged from 1.859 to 23.099 μm. Two independent laboratories performed sample evaluation measurements. Three teams shared the best result with the lowest average measured merit function. PMID:24514223

16. Q parameter estimation using numerical simulations for linear and nonlinear transmission systems

Eberhard, Marc; Blow, Keith J.

2006-09-01

We compare the Q parameter obtained from scalar, semi-analytical and full vector models for realistic transmission systems. One set of systems is operated in the linear regime, while another is using solitons at high peak power. We report in detail on the different results obtained for the same system using different models. Polarisation mode dispersion is also taken into account and a novel method to average Q parameters over several independent simulation runs is described.

17. Internal Radiation Field in the Nonlinear Transfer Problem for a One-Dimensional Anisotropic Medium. II

Pikichyan, H. V.

2016-06-01

It is shown that for the nonlinear boundary value problem of determining the radiation field inside a one-dimensional anisotropic medium illuminated from outside at its boundaries on both sides, the formulas for adding layers in semilinear systems of differential equations for radiative transfer, invariant embedding, and total Ambartsumyan invariance can be used to reduce the equations for the problem to separable equations with initial conditions. The fields travelling to the left and right are thereby found independently of one another. In addition, when one of them has been determined, the other can be found directly using an explicit expression. A general equivalence property of operators with respect to a certain mathematical form, expression, or functional is formulated mathematically. New equations, referred to as kinetic equations of equivalency, are derived from the mutual equivalence of the differential operators of the Boltzmann kinetic equation (the equations of radiative transfer) and the functional equation of the Ambartsumian's complete invariance. Besides separability, these new equations also have the property of linearity. Formulas are also introduced for special problems of single sided illumination of a medium that in this case serve as supplementary information in the initial conditions for formulating Cauchy problems.

18. Input nonlinearities can shape beyond-pairwise correlations and improve information transmission by neural populations

Zylberberg, Joel; Shea-Brown, Eric

2015-12-01

While recent recordings from neural populations show beyond-pairwise, or higher-order, correlations (HOC), we have little understanding of how HOC arise from network interactions and of how they impact encoded information. Here, we show that input nonlinearities imply HOC in spin-glass-type statistical models. We then discuss one such model with parametrized pairwise- and higher-order interactions, revealing conditions under which beyond-pairwise interactions increase the mutual information between a given stimulus type and the population responses. For jointly Gaussian stimuli, coding performance is improved by shaping output HOC only when neural firing rates are constrained to be low. For stimuli with skewed probability distributions (like natural image luminances), performance improves for all firing rates. Our work suggests surprising connections between nonlinear integration of neural inputs, stimulus statistics, and normative theories of population coding. Moreover, it suggests that the inclusion of beyond-pairwise interactions could improve the performance of Boltzmann machines for machine learning and signal processing applications.

19. Input nonlinearities can shape beyond-pairwise correlations and improve information transmission by neural populations.

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Zylberberg, Joel; Shea-Brown, Eric

2015-12-01

While recent recordings from neural populations show beyond-pairwise, or higher-order, correlations (HOC), we have little understanding of how HOC arise from network interactions and of how they impact encoded information. Here, we show that input nonlinearities imply HOC in spin-glass-type statistical models. We then discuss one such model with parametrized pairwise- and higher-order interactions, revealing conditions under which beyond-pairwise interactions increase the mutual information between a given stimulus type and the population responses. For jointly Gaussian stimuli, coding performance is improved by shaping output HOC only when neural firing rates are constrained to be low. For stimuli with skewed probability distributions (like natural image luminances), performance improves for all firing rates. Our work suggests surprising connections between nonlinear integration of neural inputs, stimulus statistics, and normative theories of population coding. Moreover, it suggests that the inclusion of beyond-pairwise interactions could improve the performance of Boltzmann machines for machine learning and signal processing applications. PMID:26764727

20. Some convergence properties of finite element approximations of problems in nonlinear elasticity with multi-valued solutions

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Oden, J. T.

1976-01-01

Some results of studies of convergence and accuracy of finite element approximations of certain nonlinear problems encountered in finite elasticity are presented. A general technique for obtaining error bounds is also described together with an existence theorem. Numerical results obtained by solving a representative problem are also included.

1. Nonlinear problems in relativity and cosmology; Proceedings of the 6th Florida Workshop in Nonlinear Astronomy, University of Florida, Gainesville, Oct. 2-4, 1990

Buchler, J. R.; Detweiler, Steven L.; Ipser, James R.

1991-08-01

Consideration is given to 3D numerical cosmology, sources of chaos in mixmaster cosmologies, growth of nonlinear cosmological structure, galactic oscillations, cosmic-string traveling waves, post-Newtonian effects on the oscillations of rotating stars, a new method for treating nonradial pulsations in general relativity, mathematical results on gravitational collapse, and slowly evolving black hole binary systems. Attention is also given to detectability of gravitational radiation from stellar-core collapse, the Cauchy problem on space times with closed timelike curves, exact solutions to conformal Weyl gravity, astrophysical aspects of Weyl gravity; rotating black holes, complex geometry, and thermodynamics; nonlinear operators on spacetime manifolds; and exact solutions, asymptotic structure, and quadrupole radiation.

Stepanov, Alexey B.

3. An MMIC implementation of FitzHugh-Nagumo neurons using a resonant tunneling diode nonlinear transmission line

Klofaï, Yerima; Essimbi, B. Z.; Jäger, D.

2015-02-01

In this paper the electronic implementation of FitzHugh-Nagumo (F-N) neurons via monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC) based upon a resonant tunneling diode (RTD) nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) using a coplanar waveguide (CPW) is considered. The goals are twofold. In the framework of electrical equivalent circuit emulating nonlinear active wave propagation effects, it is shown, on one hand, how different physical mechanisms are responsible for the time evolution of given input signals. A key result is that this medium supports stable and stationary pulse propagation that is only determined by the parameters of the RTD-NLTL and is independent of the boundary conditions. On the other hand, the influence of specific line elements on the output signal waveform is discussed in a most systematic manner. This leads, for the first time, to a more physical interpretation of the properties of the RTD-NLTL and, furthermore, to interesting technical applications at multi-GHz frequencies and on picosecond time scales. As a result, physically based ways are elucidated regarding how the technical design of those compact neuromorphic electrical circuits can be optimized by numerical simulations and performed using standard MMIC technologies.

4. hp-Pseudospectral method for solving continuous-time nonlinear optimal control problems

Darby, Christopher L.

2011-12-01

In this dissertation, a direct hp-pseudospectral method for approximating the solution to nonlinear optimal control problems is proposed. The hp-pseudospectral method utilizes a variable number of approximating intervals and variable-degree polynomial approximations of the state within each interval. Using the hp-discretization, the continuous-time optimal control problem is transcribed to a finite-dimensional nonlinear programming problem (NLP). The differential-algebraic constraints of the optimal control problem are enforced at a finite set of collocation points, where the collocation points are either the Legendre-Gauss or Legendre-Gauss-Radau quadrature points. These sets of points are chosen because they correspond to high-accuracy Gaussian quadrature rules for approximating the integral of a function. Moreover, Runge phenomenon for high-degree Lagrange polynomial approximations to the state is avoided by using these points. The key features of the hp-method include computational sparsity associated with low-order polynomial approximations and rapid convergence rates associated with higher-degree polynomials approximations. Consequently, the hp-method is both highly accurate and computationally efficient. Two hp-adaptive algorithms are developed that demonstrate the utility of the hp-approach. The algorithms are shown to accurately approximate the solution to general continuous-time optimal control problems in a computationally efficient manner without a priori knowledge of the solution structure. The hp-algorithms are compared empirically against local (h) and global (p) collocation methods over a wide range of problems and are found to be more efficient and more accurate. The hp-pseudospectral approach developed in this research not only provides a high-accuracy approximation to the state and control of an optimal control problem, but also provides high-accuracy approximations to the costate of the optimal control problem. The costate is approximated by

5. Green's function-stochastic methods framework for probing nonlinear evolution problems: Burger's equation, the nonlinear Schroedinger's equation, and hydrodynamic organization of near-molecular-scale vorticity

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Keanini, R.G.

2011-04-15

Research Highlights: > Systematic approach for physically probing nonlinear and random evolution problems. > Evolution of vortex sheets corresponds to evolution of an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process. > Organization of near-molecular scale vorticity mediated by hydrodynamic modes. > Framework allows calculation of vorticity evolution within random strain fields. - Abstract: A framework which combines Green's function (GF) methods and techniques from the theory of stochastic processes is proposed for tackling nonlinear evolution problems. The framework, established by a series of easy-to-derive equivalences between Green's function and stochastic representative solutions of linear drift-diffusion problems, provides a flexible structure within which nonlinear evolution problems can be analyzed and physically probed. As a preliminary test bed, two canonical, nonlinear evolution problems - Burgers' equation and the nonlinear Schroedinger's equation - are first treated. In the first case, the framework provides a rigorous, probabilistic derivation of the well known Cole-Hopf ansatz. Likewise, in the second, the machinery allows systematic recovery of a known soliton solution. The framework is then applied to a fairly extensive exploration of physical features underlying evolution of randomly stretched and advected Burger's vortex sheets. Here, the governing vorticity equation corresponds to the Fokker-Planck equation of an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process, a correspondence that motivates an investigation of sub-sheet vorticity evolution and organization. Under the assumption that weak hydrodynamic fluctuations organize disordered, near-molecular-scale, sub-sheet vorticity, it is shown that these modes consist of two weakly damped counter-propagating cross-sheet acoustic modes, a diffusive cross-sheet shear mode, and a diffusive cross-sheet entropy mode. Once a consistent picture of in-sheet vorticity evolution is established, a number of analytical results, describing the motion

6. A linear stability analysis for nonlinear, grey, thermal radiative transfer problems

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Wollaber, Allan B.; Larsen, Edward W.

2011-02-20

We present a new linear stability analysis of three time discretizations and Monte Carlo interpretations of the nonlinear, grey thermal radiative transfer (TRT) equations: the widely used 'Implicit Monte Carlo' (IMC) equations, the Carter Forest (CF) equations, and the Ahrens-Larsen or 'Semi-Analog Monte Carlo' (SMC) equations. Using a spatial Fourier analysis of the 1-D Implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) equations that are linearized about an equilibrium solution, we show that the IMC equations are unconditionally stable (undamped perturbations do not exist) if {alpha}, the IMC time-discretization parameter, satisfies 0.5 < {alpha} {<=} 1. This is consistent with conventional wisdom. However, we also show that for sufficiently large time steps, unphysical damped oscillations can exist that correspond to the lowest-frequency Fourier modes. After numerically confirming this result, we develop a method to assess the stability of any time discretization of the 0-D, nonlinear, grey, thermal radiative transfer problem. Subsequent analyses of the CF and SMC methods then demonstrate that the CF method is unconditionally stable and monotonic, but the SMC method is conditionally stable and permits unphysical oscillatory solutions that can prevent it from reaching equilibrium. This stability theory provides new conditions on the time step to guarantee monotonicity of the IMC solution, although they are likely too conservative to be used in practice. Theoretical predictions are tested and confirmed with numerical experiments.

7. Blow-up problems for the heat equation with a local nonlinear Neumann boundary condition

Yang, Xin; Zhou, Zhengfang

2016-09-01

This paper estimates the blow-up time for the heat equation ut = Δu with a local nonlinear Neumann boundary condition: The normal derivative ∂ u / ∂ n =uq on Γ1, one piece of the boundary, while on the rest part of the boundary, ∂ u / ∂ n = 0. The motivation of the study is the partial damage to the insulation on the surface of space shuttles caused by high speed flying subjects. We show the finite time blow-up of the solution and estimate both upper and lower bounds of the blow-up time in terms of the area of Γ1. In many other work, they need the convexity of the domain Ω and only consider the problem with Γ1 = ∂ Ω. In this paper, we remove the convexity condition and only require ∂Ω to be C2. In addition, we deal with the local nonlinearity, namely Γ1 can be just part of ∂Ω.

8. Advances in the study of boundary value problems for nonlinear integrable PDEs

Pelloni, Beatrice

2015-02-01

In this review I summarize some of the most significant advances of the last decade in the analysis and solution of boundary value problems for integrable partial differential equations (PDEs) in two independent variables. These equations arise widely in mathematical physics, and in order to model realistic applications, it is essential to consider bounded domain and inhomogeneous boundary conditions. I focus specifically on a general and widely applicable approach, usually referred to as the unified transform or Fokas transform, that provides a substantial generalization of the classical inverse scattering transform. This approach preserves the conceptual efficiency and aesthetic appeal of the more classical transform approaches, but presents a distinctive and important difference. While the inverse scattering transform follows the ‘separation of variables’ philosophy, albeit in a nonlinear setting, the unified transform is based on the idea of synthesis, rather than separation, of variables. I will outline the main ideas in the case of linear evolution equations, and then illustrate their generalization to certain nonlinear cases of particular significance.

9. Parallel-vector computation for linear structural analysis and non-linear unconstrained optimization problems

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Nguyen, D. T.; Al-Nasra, M.; Zhang, Y.; Baddourah, M. A.; Agarwal, T. K.; Storaasli, O. O.; Carmona, E. A.

1991-01-01

Several parallel-vector computational improvements to the unconstrained optimization procedure are described which speed up the structural analysis-synthesis process. A fast parallel-vector Choleski-based equation solver, pvsolve, is incorporated into the well-known SAP-4 general-purpose finite-element code. The new code, denoted PV-SAP, is tested for static structural analysis. Initial results on a four processor CRAY 2 show that using pvsolve reduces the equation solution time by a factor of 14-16 over the original SAP-4 code. In addition, parallel-vector procedures for the Golden Block Search technique and the BFGS method are developed and tested for nonlinear unconstrained optimization. A parallel version of an iterative solver and the pvsolve direct solver are incorporated into the BFGS method. Preliminary results on nonlinear unconstrained optimization test problems, using pvsolve in the analysis, show excellent parallel-vector performance indicating that these parallel-vector algorithms can be used in a new generation of finite-element based structural design/analysis-synthesis codes.

10. Experimental study of transmission of a pulsed focused beam through a skull phantom in nonlinear regime

Tsysar, S. A.; Nikolaeva, A. V.; Svet, V. D.; Khokhlova, V. A.; Yuldashev, P. V.; Sapozhnikov, O. A.

2015-10-01

In the paper the use of receiving and radiating system, which allows to determine the parameters of bone by nonlinear pulse-echo technique and to image of brain structures through the skull bones, was proposed. Accuracy of the skull bone characterization is due to higher measured harmonic and is significantly better than in linear case. In the experimental part focused piezoelectric transducer with diameter 100 mm, focal distance 100 mm, the frequency of 1.092 MHz was used. It was shown that skull bone profiling can be performed with the use of 3rd harmonic since 1st harmonic can be used for visualization of the underlying objects. The use of wideband systems for both skull profiling and brain visualization is restricted by skull attenuation and resulting low effective sensitivity.

11. Experimental study of transmission of a pulsed focused beam through a skull phantom in nonlinear regime

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Tsysar, S. A. Nikolaeva, A. V.; Khokhlova, V. A.; Yuldashev, P. V.; Svet, V. D.; Sapozhnikov, O. A.

2015-10-28

In the paper the use of receiving and radiating system, which allows to determine the parameters of bone by nonlinear pulse-echo technique and to image of brain structures through the skull bones, was proposed. Accuracy of the skull bone characterization is due to higher measured harmonic and is significantly better than in linear case. In the experimental part focused piezoelectric transducer with diameter 100 mm, focal distance 100 mm, the frequency of 1.092 MHz was used. It was shown that skull bone profiling can be performed with the use of 3rd harmonic since 1st harmonic can be used for visualization of the underlying objects. The use of wideband systems for both skull profiling and brain visualization is restricted by skull attenuation and resulting low effective sensitivity.

12. Nonlinear stochastic creep problem for an inhomogeneous plane with the damage to the material taken into account

Popov, N. N.; Radchenko, V. P.

2007-03-01

An analytical method for the solution of two-dimensional nonlinear creep problems is developed using as an example the biaxial extension of a plane from a stochastically inhomogeneous material with damage accumulation and the third stage of creep taken into account. The governing creep relation is adopted in accordance with the energetic version of the nonlinear theory of viscous flow. The stochasticity of the material is defined by two random functions of coordinates. Formulas for calculating the stress variance are obtained.

13. Stable sequential Kuhn-Tucker theorem in iterative form or a regularized Uzawa algorithm in a regular nonlinear programming problem

Sumin, M. I.

2015-06-01

A parametric nonlinear programming problem in a metric space with an operator equality constraint in a Hilbert space is studied assuming that its lower semicontinuous value function at a chosen individual parameter value has certain subdifferentiability properties in the sense of nonlinear (nonsmooth) analysis. Such subdifferentiability can be understood as the existence of a proximal subgradient or a Fréchet subdifferential. In other words, an individual problem has a corresponding generalized Kuhn-Tucker vector. Under this assumption, a stable sequential Kuhn-Tucker theorem in nondifferential iterative form is proved and discussed in terms of minimizing sequences on the basis of the dual regularization method. This theorem provides necessary and sufficient conditions for the stable construction of a minimizing approximate solution in the sense of Warga in the considered problem, whose initial data can be approximately specified. A substantial difference of the proved theorem from its classical same-named analogue is that the former takes into account the possible instability of the problem in the case of perturbed initial data and, as a consequence, allows for the inherited instability of classical optimality conditions. This theorem can be treated as a regularized generalization of the classical Uzawa algorithm to nonlinear programming problems. Finally, the theorem is applied to the "simplest" nonlinear optimal control problem, namely, to a time-optimal control problem.

14. Holographic s-wave condensate with nonlinear electrodynamics: A nontrivial boundary value problem

Banerjee, Rabin; Gangopadhyay, Sunandan; Roychowdhury, Dibakar; Lala, Arindam

2013-05-01

In this paper, considering the probe limit, we analytically study the onset of holographic s-wave condensate in the planar Schwarzschild-AdS background. Inspired by various low-energy features of string theory, in the present work we replace the conventional Maxwell action with a (nonlinear) Born-Infeld action which essentially corresponds to the higher-derivative corrections of the gauge fields. Based on a variational method which is commonly known as the Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem and considering a nontrivial asymptotic solution for the scalar field, we compute the critical temperature for the s-wave condensation. The results thus obtained analytically agree well with the numerical findings [J. Jing and S. Chen, Phys. Lett. B 686, 68 (2010)]. As a next step, we extend our perturbative technique to compute the order parameter for the condensation. Interestingly, our analytic results are found to be of the same order as the numerical values obtained earlier.

15. Minimax terminal approach problem in two-level hierarchical nonlinear discrete-time dynamical system

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Shorikov, A. F.

2015-11-30

We consider a discrete–time dynamical system consisting of three controllable objects. The motions of all objects are given by the corresponding vector nonlinear or linear discrete–time recurrent vector relations, and control system for its has two levels: basic (first or I level) that is dominating and subordinate level (second or II level) and both have different criterions of functioning and united a priori by determined informational and control connections defined in advance. For the dynamical system in question, we propose a mathematical formalization in the form of solving a multistep problem of two-level hierarchical minimax program control over the terminal approach process with incomplete information and give a general scheme for its solving.

16. An exact solution to a certain non-linear random vibration problem

Dimentberg, M. F.

A single-degree-of-freedom system with a special type of nonlinear damping and both external and parametric white-noise excitations is considered. For the special case, when the intensities of coordinates and velocity modulation satisfy a certain condition an exact analytical solution is obtained to the corresponding stationary Fokker-Planck-Kolmogorov equation yielding an expression for joint probability density of coordinate and velocity. This solution is analyzed particularly in connection with stochastic stability problem for the corresponding linear system; certain implications are illustrated for the system, which is stable with respect to probability but unstable in the mean square. The solution obtained may be used to check different approximate methods for analysis of systems with randomly varying parameters.

17. Minimax terminal approach problem in two-level hierarchical nonlinear discrete-time dynamical system

Shorikov, A. F.

2015-11-01

We consider a discrete-time dynamical system consisting of three controllable objects. The motions of all objects are given by the corresponding vector nonlinear or linear discrete-time recurrent vector relations, and control system for its has two levels: basic (first or I level) that is dominating and subordinate level (second or II level) and both have different criterions of functioning and united a priori by determined informational and control connections defined in advance. For the dynamical system in question, we propose a mathematical formalization in the form of solving a multistep problem of two-level hierarchical minimax program control over the terminal approach process with incomplete information and give a general scheme for its solving.

18. An adaptive model order reduction by proper snapshot selection for nonlinear dynamical problems

Nigro, P. S. B.; Anndif, M.; Teixeira, Y.; Pimenta, P. M.; Wriggers, P.

2016-04-01

Model Order Reduction (MOR) methods are employed in many fields of Engineering in order to reduce the processing time of complex computational simulations. A usual approach to achieve this is the application of Galerkin projection to generate representative subspaces (reduced spaces). However, when strong nonlinearities in a dynamical system are present and this technique is employed several times along the simulation, it can be very inefficient. This work proposes a new adaptive strategy, which ensures low computational cost and small error to deal with this problem. This work also presents a new method to select snapshots named Proper Snapshot Selection (PSS). The objective of the PSS is to obtain a good balance between accuracy and computational cost by improving the adaptive strategy through a better snapshot selection in real time (online analysis). With this method, it is possible a substantial reduction of the subspace, keeping the quality of the model without the use of the Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD).

19. Analysis of a parallelized nonlinear elliptic boundary value problem solver with application to reacting flows

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Keyes, David E.; Smooke, Mitchell D.

1987-01-01

A parallelized finite difference code based on the Newton method for systems of nonlinear elliptic boundary value problems in two dimensions is analyzed in terms of computational complexity and parallel efficiency. An approximate cost function depending on 15 dimensionless parameters is derived for algorithms based on stripwise and boxwise decompositions of the domain and a one-to-one assignment of the strip or box subdomains to processors. The sensitivity of the cost functions to the parameters is explored in regions of parameter space corresponding to model small-order systems with inexpensive function evaluations and also a coupled system of nineteen equations with very expensive function evaluations. The algorithm was implemented on the Intel Hypercube, and some experimental results for the model problems with stripwise decompositions are presented and compared with the theory. In the context of computational combustion problems, multiprocessors of either message-passing or shared-memory type may be employed with stripwise decompositions to realize speedup of O(n), where n is mesh resolution in one direction, for reasonable n.

20. Solution of large nonlinear quasistatic structural mechanics problems on distributed-memory multiprocessor computers

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Blanford, M.

1997-12-31

Most commercially-available quasistatic finite element programs assemble element stiffnesses into a global stiffness matrix, then use a direct linear equation solver to obtain nodal displacements. However, for large problems (greater than a few hundred thousand degrees of freedom), the memory size and computation time required for this approach becomes prohibitive. Moreover, direct solution does not lend itself to the parallel processing needed for todays multiprocessor systems. This talk gives an overview of the iterative solution strategy of JAS3D, the nonlinear large-deformation quasistatic finite element program. Because its architecture is derived from an explicit transient-dynamics code, it does not ever assemble a global stiffness matrix. The author describes the approach he used to implement the solver on multiprocessor computers, and shows examples of problems run on hundreds of processors and more than a million degrees of freedom. Finally, he describes some of the work he is presently doing to address the challenges of iterative convergence for ill-conditioned problems.

1. The finite-time blowup of the solution of an initial boundary-value problem for the nonlinear equation of ion sound waves

Korpusov, M. O.

2016-06-01

We obtain blowup conditions for the solutions of initial boundary-value problems for the nonlinear equation of ion sound waves in a hydrogen plasma in the approximation of "hot" electrons and "heavy" ions. A specific characteristic of this nonlinear equation is the noncoercive nonlinearity of the form ∂ t|∇ u|2, which complicates its study by any energy method. We solve this problem by the Mitidieri-Pohozaev method of nonlinear capacity.

2. Signal transmission from motor axons to group Ia muscle spindle afferents: frequency responses and second-order non-linearities.

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Windhorst, U; Kokkoroyiannis, T; Laouris, Y; Meyer-Lohmann, J

1994-03-01

Spinal recurrent inhibition via Renshaw cells and proprioceptive feedback via skeletal muscle and muscle spindle afferents have been hypothesized to constitute a compound feedback system [Windhorst (1989) Afferent Control of Posture and Locomotion; Windhorst (1993) Robots and Biological Systems--Towards a New Bionics]. To assess their detailed functions, it is necessary to know their dynamic characteristics. Previously we have extensively described the properties of signal transmission from motor axons to Renshaw cells using random motor axon stimulation and data analysis methods based thereupon. Using the same methods, we here compare these properties, in the cat, with those between motor axons and group Ia muscle spindle afferents in terms of frequency responses and nonlinear features. The frequency responses depend on the mean rate (carrier rate) of activation of motor axons and on the strength of coupling between motor units and spindles. In general, they are those of a second-order low-pass system with a cut-off at fairly low frequencies. This contrasts with the dynamics of motor axon-Renshaw cell couplings which are those of a much broader band-pass with its peak in the range of c. 2-15 Hz [Christakos (1987) Neuroscience 23, 613-623]. The second-order non-linearities in motor unit-muscle spindle signal lines are much more diverse than those in motor axon-Renshaw cell couplings. Although the average strength of response declines with mean stimulus rate in both subsystems, there is no systematic relationship between the amount of non-linearity and the average response in the former, whilst there is in the latter. The qualitative appearance of motor unit-muscle spindle non-linearities was complicated as was the average response to motor unit twitches. Thus, whilst Renshaw cells appear to dynamically reflect motor output rather faithfully, muscle spindles seem to signal local muscle fibre length changes and their dynamics. This would be consistent with the

3. Transmission Loss Calculation using A and B Loss Coefficients in Dynamic Economic Dispatch Problem

Jethmalani, C. H. Ram; Dumpa, Poornima; Simon, Sishaj P.; Sundareswaran, K.

2016-04-01

This paper analyzes the performance of A-loss coefficients while evaluating transmission losses in a Dynamic Economic Dispatch (DED) Problem. The performance analysis is carried out by comparing the losses computed using nominal A loss coefficients and nominal B loss coefficients in reference with load flow solution obtained by standard Newton-Raphson (NR) method. Density based clustering method based on connected regions with sufficiently high density (DBSCAN) is employed in identifying the best regions of A and B loss coefficients. Based on the results obtained through cluster analysis, a novel approach in improving the accuracy of network loss calculation is proposed. Here, based on the change in per unit load values between the load intervals, loss coefficients are updated for calculating the transmission losses. The proposed algorithm is tested and validated on IEEE 6 bus system, IEEE 14 bus, system IEEE 30 bus system and IEEE 118 bus system. All simulations are carried out using SCILAB 5.4 (www.scilab.org) which is an open source software.

4. Transient even and odd order nonlinearity of a YBCO transmission line

Huizen, Richard; Remillard, Stephen

Second (IMD2) and third (IMD3) order intermodulation distortions were found to exhibit dependencies on temperature and magnetic field. A carrier wave at the 890 MHz resonant frequency of the type-II YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting resonator circuit, with TC = 89K, was introduced into the circuit via an electric coupling antenna. Two off-resonance probe signals were injected into the circuit via a separate magnetic coupling element. The combination of these three signals locally excited synchronous second and third order IMD. A static magnetic field was applied perpendicularly to the film which induced magnetic flux vortices in the sample. Upon removal of the static magnetic field, IMD2 and IMD3 exhibited distinct transient decay modes correlating to temperature. Between 85.0K and 87.5K, IMD3 decayed exponentially. Above 87.5K, IMD3 exhibited bounded exponential growth, while within a narrow temperature range around 87.5K, removal of a static magnetic field strongly suppressed IMD3. IMD2 exhibited exponential decay at all temperatures. Even and odd order microwave nonlinearities were thus shown to result from different, magnetically coupled, physical mechanisms. Funding for this project was provided by Award Number DMR-1206149 from the National Science Foundation.

5. Parallel-vector computation for structural analysis and nonlinear unconstrained optimization problems

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Nguyen, Duc T.

1990-01-01

Practical engineering application can often be formulated in the form of a constrained optimization problem. There are several solution algorithms for solving a constrained optimization problem. One approach is to convert a constrained problem into a series of unconstrained problems. Furthermore, unconstrained solution algorithms can be used as part of the constrained solution algorithms. Structural optimization is an iterative process where one starts with an initial design, a finite element structure analysis is then performed to calculate the response of the system (such as displacements, stresses, eigenvalues, etc.). Based upon the sensitivity information on the objective and constraint functions, an optimizer such as ADS or IDESIGN, can be used to find the new, improved design. For the structural analysis phase, the equation solver for the system of simultaneous, linear equations plays a key role since it is needed for either static, or eigenvalue, or dynamic analysis. For practical, large-scale structural analysis-synthesis applications, computational time can be excessively large. Thus, it is necessary to have a new structural analysis-synthesis code which employs new solution algorithms to exploit both parallel and vector capabilities offered by modern, high performance computers such as the Convex, Cray-2 and Cray-YMP computers. The objective of this research project is, therefore, to incorporate the latest development in the parallel-vector equation solver, PVSOLVE into the widely popular finite-element production code, such as the SAP-4. Furthermore, several nonlinear unconstrained optimization subroutines have also been developed and tested under a parallel computer environment. The unconstrained optimization subroutines are not only useful in their own right, but they can also be incorporated into a more popular constrained optimization code, such as ADS.

6. An efficient distribution method for nonlinear transport problems in highly heterogeneous stochastic porous media

Ibrahima, Fayadhoi; Meyer, Daniel; Tchelepi, Hamdi

2016-04-01

Because geophysical data are inexorably sparse and incomplete, stochastic treatments of simulated responses are crucial to explore possible scenarios and assess risks in subsurface problems. In particular, nonlinear two-phase flows in porous media are essential, yet challenging, in reservoir simulation and hydrology. Adding highly heterogeneous and uncertain input, such as the permeability and porosity fields, transforms the estimation of the flow response into a tough stochastic problem for which computationally expensive Monte Carlo (MC) simulations remain the preferred option.We propose an alternative approach to evaluate the probability distribution of the (water) saturation for the stochastic Buckley-Leverett problem when the probability distributions of the permeability and porosity fields are available. We give a computationally efficient and numerically accurate method to estimate the one-point probability density (PDF) and cumulative distribution functions (CDF) of the (water) saturation. The distribution method draws inspiration from a Lagrangian approach of the stochastic transport problem and expresses the saturation PDF and CDF essentially in terms of a deterministic mapping and the distribution and statistics of scalar random fields. In a large class of applications these random fields can be estimated at low computational costs (few MC runs), thus making the distribution method attractive. Even though the method relies on a key assumption of fixed streamlines, we show that it performs well for high input variances, which is the case of interest. Once the saturation distribution is determined, any one-point statistics thereof can be obtained, especially the saturation average and standard deviation. Moreover, the probability of rare events and saturation quantiles (e.g. P10, P50 and P90) can be efficiently derived from the distribution method. These statistics can then be used for risk assessment, as well as data assimilation and uncertainty reduction

7. Performance analysis of half-sweep AOR method with nonlocal discretization scheme for nonlinear two-point boundary value problem

Alibubin, M. U.; Sunarto, A.; Sulaiman, J.

2016-06-01

In this paper, we present the concept of Half-sweep Accelerated OverRelaxation (HSAOR) iterative method with a nonlocal discretization scheme for solving nonlinear two-point boundary value problems. Second order finite difference scheme has been used to derive the half-sweep finite difference (HSFD) approximations of the problems. Then, the nonlocal discretization scheme is applied in order to transform the system of nonlinear approximation equations into the corresponding system of linear equations. Numerical results showed that HSAOR method is superior compared to Full-sweep Gauss-seidel (FSGS), Full-sweep Successive OverRelaxation (FSSOR) and Full-sweep Accelerated Over Relaxation (FSAOR) methods.

8. Global and blowup solutions of a mixed problem with nonlinear boundary conditions for a one-dimensional semilinear wave equation

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2014-04-30

A mixed problem for a one-dimensional semilinear wave equation with nonlinear boundary conditions is considered. Conditions of this type occur, for example, in the description of the longitudinal oscillations of a spring fastened elastically at one end, but not in accordance with Hooke's linear law. Uniqueness and existence questions are investigated for global and blowup solutions to this problem, in particular how they depend on the nature of the nonlinearities involved in the equation and the boundary conditions. Bibliography: 14 titles. (paper)

9. Initial-Boundary Value Problem Solution of the Nonlinear Shallow-water Wave Equations

Kanoglu, U.; Aydin, B.

2014-12-01

The hodograph transformation solutions of the one-dimensional nonlinear shallow-water wave (NSW) equations are usually obtained through integral transform techniques such as Fourier-Bessel transforms. However, the original formulation of Carrier and Greenspan (1958 J Fluid Mech) and its variant Carrier et al. (2003 J Fluid Mech) involve evaluation integrals. Since elliptic integrals are highly singular as discussed in Carrier et al. (2003), this solution methodology requires either approximation of the associated integrands by smooth functions or selection of regular initial/boundary data. It should be noted that Kanoglu (2004 J Fluid Mech) partly resolves this issue by simplifying the resulting integrals in closed form. Here, the hodograph transform approach is coupled with the classical eigenfunction expansion method rather than integral transform techniques and a new analytical model for nonlinear long wave propagation over a plane beach is derived. This approach is based on the solution methodology used in Aydın & Kanoglu (2007 CMES-Comp Model Eng) for wind set-down relaxation problem. In contrast to classical initial- or boundary-value problem solutions, here, the NSW equations are formulated to yield an initial-boundary value problem (IBVP) solution. In general, initial wave profile with nonzero initial velocity distribution is assumed and the flow variables are given in the form of Fourier-Bessel series. The results reveal that the developed method allows accurate estimation of the spatial and temporal variation of the flow quantities, i.e., free-surface height and depth-averaged velocity, with much less computational effort compared to the integral transform techniques such as Carrier et al. (2003), Kanoglu (2004), Tinti & Tonini (2005 J Fluid Mech), and Kanoglu & Synolakis (2006 Phys Rev Lett). Acknowledgments: This work is funded by project ASTARTE- Assessment, STrategy And Risk Reduction for Tsunamis in Europe. Grant 603839, 7th FP (ENV.2013.6.4-3 ENV

10. An efficient distribution method for nonlinear transport problems in stochastic porous media

Ibrahima, F.; Tchelepi, H.; Meyer, D. W.

2015-12-01

Because geophysical data are inexorably sparse and incomplete, stochastic treatments of simulated responses are convenient to explore possible scenarios and assess risks in subsurface problems. In particular, understanding how uncertainties propagate in porous media with nonlinear two-phase flow is essential, yet challenging, in reservoir simulation and hydrology. We give a computationally efficient and numerically accurate method to estimate the one-point probability density (PDF) and cumulative distribution functions (CDF) of the water saturation for the stochastic Buckley-Leverett problem when the probability distributions of the permeability and porosity fields are available. The method draws inspiration from the streamline approach and expresses the distributions of interest essentially in terms of an analytically derived mapping and the distribution of the time of flight. In a large class of applications the latter can be estimated at low computational costs (even via conventional Monte Carlo). Once the water saturation distribution is determined, any one-point statistics thereof can be obtained, especially its average and standard deviation. Moreover, rarely available in other approaches, yet crucial information such as the probability of rare events and saturation quantiles (e.g. P10, P50 and P90) can be derived from the method. We provide various examples and comparisons with Monte Carlo simulations to illustrate the performance of the method.

11. Accelerated solution of non-linear flow problems using Chebyshev iteration polynomial based RK recursions

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Lorber, A.A.; Carey, G.F.; Bova, S.W.; Harle, C.H.

1996-12-31

The connection between the solution of linear systems of equations by iterative methods and explicit time stepping techniques is used to accelerate to steady state the solution of ODE systems arising from discretized PDEs which may involve either physical or artificial transient terms. Specifically, a class of Runge-Kutta (RK) time integration schemes with extended stability domains has been used to develop recursion formulas which lead to accelerated iterative performance. The coefficients for the RK schemes are chosen based on the theory of Chebyshev iteration polynomials in conjunction with a local linear stability analysis. We refer to these schemes as Chebyshev Parameterized Runge Kutta (CPRK) methods. CPRK methods of one to four stages are derived as functions of the parameters which describe an ellipse {Epsilon} which the stability domain of the methods is known to contain. Of particular interest are two-stage, first-order CPRK and four-stage, first-order methods. It is found that the former method can be identified with any two-stage RK method through the correct choice of parameters. The latter method is found to have a wide range of stability domains, with a maximum extension of 32 along the real axis. Recursion performance results are presented below for a model linear convection-diffusion problem as well as non-linear fluid flow problems discretized by both finite-difference and finite-element methods.

12. Modeling of Field Effect Transistor Channel as a Nonlinear Transmission Line for Terahertz Detection

Ibrahim, Nihal Y.; Rafat, Nadia H.; Elnahwy, Salah E. A.

2013-10-01

This paper revisits the theory of operation of field effect transistor in the extremely high frequency scale, where the analysis has gone beyond the conventional cutoff frequency of the transistor. In this range, which is typically the terahertz (THz) and sub-terahertz range, the transistor blocks the high frequency signal and generates a rectified signal related to the input high frequency signal. An analytical model is derived for the channel of the FET in the linear mode of operation in non-resonant THz detection conditions. A transmission line distributed circuit model is applied. This is, from the authors' point of view, the suitable model for high frequency non-quasi static operation and the characteristic parameters of this model are derived from the differential equation governing the electron gas in the channel. A comparison is presented for the calculated photoresponse with previously published experimental one showing good agreement away from the threshold potential. Finally, the effects of coupling between the present model and the external input circuit have been taken into account including the loading effects of the antenna and a discussion is given for the effect on frequency selectivity of the FET.

13. COYOTE : a finite element computer program for nonlinear heat conduction problems. Part I, theoretical background.

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Glass, Micheal W.; Hogan, Roy E., Jr.; Gartling, David K.

2010-03-01

The need for the engineering analysis of systems in which the transport of thermal energy occurs primarily through a conduction process is a common situation. For all but the simplest geometries and boundary conditions, analytic solutions to heat conduction problems are unavailable, thus forcing the analyst to call upon some type of approximate numerical procedure. A wide variety of numerical packages currently exist for such applications, ranging in sophistication from the large, general purpose, commercial codes, such as COMSOL, COSMOSWorks, ABAQUS and TSS to codes written by individuals for specific problem applications. The original purpose for developing the finite element code described here, COYOTE, was to bridge the gap between the complex commercial codes and the more simplistic, individual application programs. COYOTE was designed to treat most of the standard conduction problems of interest with a user-oriented input structure and format that was easily learned and remembered. Because of its architecture, the code has also proved useful for research in numerical algorithms and development of thermal analysis capabilities. This general philosophy has been retained in the current version of the program, COYOTE, Version 5.0, though the capabilities of the code have been significantly expanded. A major change in the code is its availability on parallel computer architectures and the increase in problem complexity and size that this implies. The present document describes the theoretical and numerical background for the COYOTE program. This volume is intended as a background document for the user's manual. Potential users of COYOTE are encouraged to become familiar with the present report and the simple example analyses reported in before using the program. The theoretical and numerical background for the finite element computer program, COYOTE, is presented in detail. COYOTE is designed for the multi-dimensional analysis of nonlinear heat conduction problems

14. Studies in nonlinear problems of energy. Progress report, January 1, 1992--December 31, 1992

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Matkowsky, B.J.

1992-07-01

Emphasis has been on combustion and flame propagation. The research program was on modeling, analysis and computation of combustion phenomena, with emphasis on transition from laminar to turbulent combustion. Nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation were investigated in the transition. Stability of combustion waves, and transitions to complex waves are described. Combustion waves possess large activation energies, so that chemical reactions are significant only in thin layers, or reaction zones. In limit of infinite activation energy, the zones shrink to moving surfaces, (fronts) which must be found during the analysis, so that (moving free boundary problems). The studies are carried out for limiting case with fronts, while the numerical studies are carried out for finite, though large, activation energy. Accurate resolution of the solution in the reaction zones is essential, otherwise false predictions of dynamics are possible. Since the the reaction zones move, adaptive pseudo-spectral methods were developed. The approach is based on a synergism of analytical and computational methods. The numerical computations build on and extend the analytical information. Furthermore, analytical solutions serve as benchmarks for testing the accuracy of the computation. Finally, ideas from analysis (singular perturbation theory) have induced new approaches to computations. The computational results suggest new analysis to be considered. Among the recent interesting results, was spatio-temporal chaos in combustion. One goal is extension of the adaptive pseudo-spectral methods to adaptive domain decomposition methods. Efforts have begun to develop such methods for problems with multiple reaction zones, corresponding to problems with more complex, and more realistic chemistry. Other topics included stochastics, oscillators, Rysteretic Josephson junctions, DC SQUID, Markov jumps, laser with saturable absorber, chemical physics, Brownian movement, combustion synthesis, etc.

15. Non-linear stability of L 4 in the restricted problem when the primaries are finite straight segments under resonances

Jain, Ruchika; Sinha, Deepa

2014-09-01

The non-linear stability of L 4 in the restricted three-body problem when both primaries are finite straight segments in the presence of third and fourth order resonances has been investigated. Markeev's theorem (Markeev in Libration Points in Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics, 1978) is used to examine the non-linear stability for the resonance cases 2:1 and 3:1. It is found that the non-linear stability of L 4 depends on the lengths of the segments in both resonance cases. It is also found that the range of stability increases when compared with the classical restricted problem. The results have been applied in the following asteroids systems: (i) 216 Kleopatra-951 Gaspara, (ii) 9 Metis-433 Eros, (iii) 22 Kalliope-243 Ida.

16. Fourth-order solutions of nonlinear two-point boundary value problems by Newton-HSSOR iteration

Sulaiman, Jumat; Hasan, Mohd. Khatim; Othman, Mohamed; Karim, Samsul Ariffin Abdul

2014-06-01

In this paper, the Half-Sweep Successive Over-Relaxation (HSSOR) iterative method together with Newton scheme namely Newton-HSSOR is investigated in solving the nonlinear systems generated from the fourth-order half-sweep finite difference approximation equation for nonlinear two-point boundary value problems. The Newton scheme is proposed to linearize the nonlinear system into the form of linear system. On top of that, we also present the basic formulation and implementation of Newton-HSSOR iterative method. For comparison purpose, combinations between the Full-Sweep Gauss-Seidel (FSGS) and Full-Sweep Successive Over-Relaxation (FSSOR) iterative methods with Newton scheme, which are indicated as Newton-FSGS and Newton-FSSOR methods respectively have been implemented numerically. Numerical experiments of two problems are given to illustrate that the Newton-HSSOR method is more superior compared with the tested methods.

17. Valid inequalities and facets for a hypergraph model of the nonlinear knapsack and the FMS part selection problems

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Crama, Y.; Mazzola, J.

1994-12-31

This paper defines the dense subhypergraph problem (DSP), which provides a generalized modelling framework for the nonlinear knapsack problem and other well-known problems arising in areas such as capital budgeting, flexible manufacturing system production planning, repair-kit selection, and compiler construction. We define several families of valid inequalities and state conditions under which these inequalities are facet-defining for DSP. We also explore the polyhedral structure of the cardinality-constrained DSP. Finally, we examine a special case of this problem that arises, for example, within the context of Lagrangian decomposition. For this case, we present a complete description of the convex hull of the feasible region.

18. Uncertainty quantification and data assimilation via transform process for strongly nonlinear problems

Liao, Qinzhuo

Based on the polynomial approximation, the traditional probabilistic collocation method (PCM) approximates the model output response, which is a function of the random input parameter, from the Eulerian point of view in specific location. In some cases especially when the advection dominates, the model response has a strongly nonlinear profile with discontinuous shock or large gradient. This nonlinearity in space domain is then translated to the nonlinearity in random parametric domain, which causes oscillation and inaccurate estimation using the traditional PCM. To address this issue, a new transformed PCM (TPCM) is developed in this study, where the model response is now represented by the an alternative variable (e.g., the location of particular response value, or displacement vector, or arrival time of particular response value), which is relatively linear to the random parameter with a smooth profile. This alternative variable is then approximated by the polynomial, from which a sufficient number of location samples are randomly generated and transformed back to obtain the response samples. Finally, the statistical moments and probability density functions of model response are estimated from these samples. The advantage of the TPCM is demonstrated through applications to multiphase flow and solute transport in porous media. It is shown that the TPCM achieves higher accuracy for the statistical properties than does the PCM, and produces more reasonable realizations without oscillation, while the computational effort is greatly reduced compared to the direct sampling Monte Carlo method. The ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) has been widely used for data assimilation. It is challenging, however, when the relation of state and observation is strongly nonlinear. For example, near the flooding front in an immiscible flow, directly updating the saturation using the EnKF may lead to non-physical results. One possible solution, which may be referred to as the restarted En

19. Inverse Tasks In The Tsunami Problem: Nonlinear Regression With Inaccurate Input Data

Lavrentiev, M.; Shchemel, A.; Simonov, K.

A variant of modified training functional that allows considering inaccurate input data is suggested. A limiting case when a part of input data is completely undefined, and, therefore, a problem of reconstruction of hidden parameters should be solved, is also considered. Some numerical experiments are presented. It is assumed that a dependence of known output variables on known input ones should be found is the classic problem definition, which is widely used in the majority of neural nets algorithms. The quality of approximation is evaluated as a performance function. Often the error of the task is evaluated as squared distance between known input data and predicted data multiplied by weighed coefficients. These coefficients may be named "precision coefficients". When inputs are not known exactly, natural generalization of performance function is adding member that responsible for distance between known inputs and shifted inputs, which lessen model's error. It is desirable that the set of variable parameters is compact for training to be con- verging. In the above problem it is possible to choose variants of demands of a priori compactness, which allow meaningful interpretation in the smoothness of the model dependence. Two kinds of regularization was used, first limited squares of coefficients responsible for nonlinearity and second limited multiplication of the above coeffi- cients and linear coefficients. Asymptotic universality of neural net ability to approxi- mate various smooth functions with any accuracy by increase of the number of tunable parameters is often the base for selecting a type of neural net approximation. It is pos- sible to show that used neural net will approach to Fourier integral transform, which approximate abilities are known, with increasing of the number of tunable parameters. In the limiting case, when input data is set with zero precision, the problem of recon- struction of hidden parameters with observed output data appears. The

20. Designing a Beryllium-Free Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear Optical Material without a Structural Instability Problem.

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Zhao, Sangen; Kang, Lei; Shen, Yaoguo; Wang, Xiaodong; Asghar, Muhammad Adnan; Lin, Zheshuai; Xu, Yingying; Zeng, Siyuan; Hong, Maochun; Luo, Junhua

2016-03-01

A beryllium-free deep-ultraviolet (deep-UV) nonlinear optical (NLO) material K3Ba3Li2Al4B6O20F is developed mainly by the element substitution of Be for Al and Li from Sr2Be2B2O7 that was considered as one of the most promising deep-UV NLO materials. K3Ba3Li2Al4B6O20F preserves the structural merits of Sr2Be2B2O7 and thus exhibits no layering growth tendency and possesses the optical properties required for deep-UV NLO applications, including deep-UV transparency, phase-matchability, and sufficiently large second-harmonic generation (1.5 × KH2PO4). Furthermore, it overcomes the structural instability problem of Sr2Be2B2O7, which is confirmed by the obtainment of large single crystals and phonon dispersion calculations. These attributes make it very attractive for next-generation deep-UV NLO materials. The substitution of Be for Al and Li in beryllium borates provides a new opportunity to design beryllium-free deep-UV NLO materials with good performance. PMID:26889570

1. Taming the non-linearity problem in GPR full-waveform inversion for high contrast media

Meles, Giovanni; Greenhalgh, Stewart; van der Kruk, Jan; Green, Alan; Maurer, Hansruedi

2012-03-01

We present a new algorithm for the inversion of full-waveform ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. It is designed to tame the non-linearity issue that afflicts inverse scattering problems, especially in high contrast media. We first investigate the limitations of current full-waveform time-domain inversion schemes for GPR data and then introduce a much-improved approach based on a combined frequency-time-domain analysis. We show by means of several synthetic tests and theoretical considerations that local minima trapping (common in full bandwidth time-domain inversion) can be avoided by starting the inversion with only the low frequency content of the data. Resolution associated with the high frequencies can then be achieved by progressively expanding to wider bandwidths as the iterations proceed. Although based on a frequency analysis of the data, the new method is entirely implemented by means of a time-domain forward solver, thus combining the benefits of both frequency-domain (low frequency inversion conveys stability and avoids convergence to a local minimum; whereas high frequency inversion conveys resolution) and time-domain methods (simplicity of interpretation and recognition of events; ready availability of FDTD simulation tools).

2. Taming the non-linearity problem in GPR full-waveform inversion for high contrast media

Meles, Giovanni; Greenhalgh, Stewart; van der Kruk, Jan; Green, Alan; Maurer, Hansruedi

2011-02-01

We present a new algorithm for the inversion of full-waveform ground-penetrating radar (GPR) data. It is designed to tame the non-linearity issue that afflicts inverse scattering problems, especially in high contrast media. We first investigate the limitations of current full-waveform time-domain inversion schemes for GPR data and then introduce a much-improved approach based on a combined frequency-time-domain analysis. We show by means of several synthetic tests and theoretical considerations that local minima trapping (common in full bandwidth time-domain inversion) can be avoided by starting the inversion with only the low frequency content of the data. Resolution associated with the high frequencies can then be achieved by progressively expanding to wider bandwidths as the iterations proceed. Although based on a frequency analysis of the data, the new method is entirely implemented by means of a time-domain forward solver, thus combining the benefits of both frequency-domain (low frequency inversion conveys stability and avoids convergence to a local minimum; whereas high frequency inversion conveys resolution) and time-domain methods (simplicity of interpretation and recognition of events; ready availability of FDTD simulation tools).

3. Entropy stability theory for difference approximations of nonlinear conservation laws and related time-dependent problems

We study the entropy stability of difference approximations to nonlinear hyperbolic conservation laws, and related time-dependent problems governed by additional dissipative and dispersive forcing terms. We employ a comparison principle as the main tool for entropy stability analysis, comparing the entropy production of a given scheme against properly chosen entropy-conservative schemes.To this end, we introduce general families of entropy-conservative schemes, interesting in their own right. The present treatment of such schemes extends our earlier recipe for construction of entropy-conservative schemes, introduced in Tadmor (1987b). The new families of entropy-conservative schemes offer two main advantages, namely, (i) their numerical fluxes admit an explicit, closed-form expression, and (ii) by a proper choice of their path of integration in phase space, we can distinguish between different families of waves within the same computational cell; in particular, entropy stability can be enforced on rarefactions while keeping the sharp resolution of shock discontinuities.A comparison with the numerical viscosities associated with entropy-conservative schemes provides a useful framework for the construction and analysis of entropy-stable schemes. We employ this framework for a detailed study of entropy stability for a host of first- and second-order accurate schemes. The comparison approach yields a precise characterization of the entropy stability of semi-discrete schemes for both scalar problems and systems of equations.We extend these results to fully discrete schemes. Here, spatial entropy dissipation is balanced by the entropy production due to time discretization with a suffciently small time-step, satisfying a suitable CFL condition. Finally, we revisit the question of entropy stability for fully discrete schemes using a different approach based on homotopy arguments. We prove entropy stability under optimal CFL conditions.

4. Comment on "Compact envelope dark solitary wave in a discrete nonlinear electrical transmission line" [Phys. Lett. A 373 (2009) 3801-3809

Yamgoué, Serge Bruno; Pelap, François Beceau

2016-05-01

We revisit the derivation of the equation modeling envelope waves in a discrete nonlinear electrical transmission line (NLTL) considered a few years back in Physics Letters A 373 (2009) 3801-3809. Using a combination of rotating wave approximation and the Gardner-Morikawa transformation, we show that the modulated waves are described by a new type of extended nonlinear Schrödinger equation. In addition the expressions of several coefficients of this equation are found to be strongly different from those given earlier. As a consequence, key relationships between these coefficients that sustained the previous analysis are broken.

5. TORO II: A finite element computer program for nonlinear quasi-static problems in electromagnetics: Part 1, Theoretical background

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Gartling, D.K.

1996-05-01

The theoretical and numerical background for the finite element computer program, TORO II, is presented in detail. TORO II is designed for the multi-dimensional analysis of nonlinear, electromagnetic field problems described by the quasi-static form of Maxwells equations. A general description of the boundary value problems treated by the program is presented. The finite element formulation and the associated numerical methods used in TORO II are also outlined. Instructions for the use of the code are documented in SAND96-0903; examples of problems analyzed with the code are also provided in the users manual. 24 refs., 8 figs.

6. Using the nonlinear geometrical acoustics method in the problem of moreton and EUV wave propagation in the solar corona

Afanasyev, An. N.; Uralov, A. M.; Grechnev, V. V.

2011-12-01

Propagation of shock related Moreton and EUV waves in the solar atmosphere is simulated by the nonlinear geometrical acoustics method. This method is based on the ray approximation and takes account of nonlinear wave features: dependence of the wave velocity on its amplitude, nonlinear dissipation of wave energy in the shock front, and the increase in its duration with time. The paper describes ways of applying this method to solve the propagation problem of a blast magnetohydrodynamic shock wave. Results of analytical modeling of EUV and Moreton waves in the spherically symmetric and isothermal solar corona are also presented. The calculations demonstrate deceleration of these waves and an increase in their duration. The calculation results of the kinematics of the EUV wave observed on the Sun on January 17, 2010 are presented as an example.

7. Dam break problem for the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation and the generation of rogue waves

El, G. A.; Khamis, E. G.; Tovbis, A.

2016-09-01

We propose a novel, analytically tractable, scenario of the rogue wave formation in the framework of the small-dispersion focusing nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation with the initial condition in the form of a rectangular barrier (a ‘box’). We use the Whitham modulation theory combined with the nonlinear steepest descent for the semi-classical inverse scattering transform, to describe the evolution and interaction of two counter-propagating nonlinear wave trains—the dispersive dam break flows—generated in the NLS box problem. We show that the interaction dynamics results in the emergence of modulated large-amplitude quasi-periodic breather lattices whose amplitude profiles are closely approximated by the Akhmediev and Peregrine breathers within certain space-time domain. Our semi-classical analytical results are shown to be in excellent agreement with the results of direct numerical simulations of the small-dispersion focusing NLS equation.

8. A nonlinear eigenvalue problem for self-similar spherical force-free magnetic fields

Lerche, I.; Low, B. C.

2014-10-01

An axisymmetric force-free magnetic field B(r, θ) in spherical coordinates is defined by a function r sin θ B φ = Q ( A ) relating its azimuthal component to its poloidal flux-function A. The power law r sin θ B φ = a A | A | 1/ n, n a positive constant, admits separable fields with A = An/(θ)rn, posing a nonlinear boundary-value problem for the constant parameter a as an eigenvalue and An(θ) as its eigenfunction [B. C. Low and Y. Q Lou, Astrophys. J. 352, 343 (1990)]. A complete analysis is presented of the eigenvalue spectrum for a given n, providing a unified understanding of the eigenfunctions and the physical relationship between the field's degree of multi-polarity and rate of radial decay via the parameter n. These force-free fields, self-similar on spheres of constant r, have basic astrophysical applications. As explicit solutions they have, over the years, served as standard benchmarks for testing 3D numerical codes developed to compute general force-free fields in the solar corona. The study presented includes a set of illustrative multipolar field solutions to address the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) issues underlying the observation that the solar corona has a statistical preference for negative and positive magnetic helicities in its northern and southern hemispheres, respectively; a hemispherical effect, unchanging as the Sun's global field reverses polarity in successive eleven-year cycles. Generalizing these force-free fields to the separable form B = H/(θ ,φ)rn+2 promises field solutions of even richer topological varieties but allowing for φ-dependence greatly complicates the governing equations that have remained intractable. The axisymmetric results obtained are discussed in relation to this generalization and the Parker Magnetostatic Theorem. The axisymmetric solutions are mathematically related to a family of 3D time-dependent ideal MHD solutions for a polytropic fluid of index γ = 4/3 as discussed in the Appendix.

9. Strong-coupling regime of the nonlinear landau-zener problem for photo- and magnetoassociation of cold atoms

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Sokhoyan, R.; Azizbekyan, H.; Leroy, C.; Ishkhanyan, A.

2011-04-15

We discuss the strong-coupling regime of the nonlinear Landau-Zener problem occurring at coherent photo- and magneto-association of ultracold atoms. We apply a variational approach to an exact third-order nonlinear differential equation for the molecular state probability and construct an accurate approximation describing the time dynamics of the coupled atom-molecule system. The resultant solution improves the accuracy of the previous approximation [22]. The obtained results reveal a remarkable observation that in the strong-coupling limit, the resonance crossing is mostly governed by the nonlinearity, while the coherent atom-molecule oscillations occurring soon after crossing the resonance are principally of a linear nature. This observation is supposedly general for all nonlinear quantum systems having the same generic quadratic nonlinearity, due to the basic attributes of the resonance crossing processes in such systems. The constructed approximation turns out to have a larger applicability range than it was initially expected, covering the whole moderate-coupling regime for which the proposed solution accurately describes ail the main characteristics of the system evolution except the amplitude of the coherent atom-molecule oscillation, which is rather overestimated.

10. Asymptotic investigation of the nonlinear boundary value dynamic problem for the systems with finite sizes

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Andrianov, I.V.; Danishevsky, V.V.

1994-12-31

Asymptotic approaches for nonlinear dynamics of continual system are developed well for the infinite in spatial variables. For the systems with finite sizes we have an infinite number of resonance, and Poincare-Lighthill-Go method does riot work. Using of averaging procedure or method of multiple scales leads to the infinite systems of nonlinear algebraic or ordinary differential equations systems and then using truncation method. which does not gives possibility to obtain all important properties of the solutions.

11. Non-equilibrium Green functions method in the problem of optical nonlinearities

Lisitsa, M. P.; Yaremko, A. M.; Taratuta, R. A.

1994-01-01

The influence of high power resonance electromagnetic radiation on a Frenkel exciton system is studied. By means of the Keldysh diagram technique a formula for the nonlinear susceptibility is obtained. The influence of the excitation intensity on the shape of exciton band and on the value of the absorption coefficient is established. The phenomena of optical bistability and multistability are considered taking into account the nonlinear boundary conditions.

12. An effective numerical method to solve a class of nonlinear singular boundary value problems using improved differential transform method.

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Xie, Lie-Jun; Zhou, Cai-Lian; Xu, Song

2016-01-01

In this work, an effective numerical method is developed to solve a class of singular boundary value problems arising in various physical models by using the improved differential transform method (IDTM). The IDTM applies the Adomian polynomials to handle the differential transforms of the nonlinearities arising in the given differential equation. The relation between the Adomian polynomials of those nonlinear functions and the coefficients of unknown truncated series solution is given by a simple formula, through which one can easily deduce the approximate solution which takes the form of a convergent series. An upper bound for the estimation of approximate error is presented. Several physical problems are discussed as illustrative examples to testify the validity and applicability of the proposed method. Comparisons are made between the present method and the other existing methods. PMID:27462514

13. REVIEW: An overview of adaptive model theory: solving the problems of redundancy, resources, and nonlinear interactions in human movement control

Neilson, Peter D.; Neilson, Megan D.

2005-09-01

Adaptive model theory (AMT) is a computational theory that addresses the difficult control problem posed by the musculoskeletal system in interaction with the environment. It proposes that the nervous system creates motor maps and task-dependent synergies to solve the problems of redundancy and limited central resources. These lead to the adaptive formation of task-dependent feedback/feedforward controllers able to generate stable, noninteractive control and render nonlinear interactions unobservable in sensory-motor relationships. AMT offers a unified account of how the nervous system might achieve these solutions by forming internal models. This is presented as the design of a simulator consisting of neural adaptive filters based on cerebellar circuitry. It incorporates a new network module that adaptively models (in real time) nonlinear relationships between inputs with changing and uncertain spectral and amplitude probability density functions as is the case for sensory and motor signals.

14. COYOTE II: A Finite Element Computer Program for nonlinear heat conduction problems. Part 2, Users manual

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Gartling, D.K.; Hogan, R.E.

1994-10-01

User instructions are given for the finite element computer program, COYOTE II. COYOTE II is designed for the multi-dimensional analysis of nonlinear heat conduction problems including the effects of enclosure radiation and chemical reaction. The theoretical background and numerical methods used in the program are documented in SAND94-1173. Examples of the use of the code are presented in SAND94-1180.

15. Computational strategy for the solution of large strain nonlinear problems using the Wilkins explicit finite-difference approach

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Hofmann, R.

1980-01-01

The STEALTH code system, which solves large strain, nonlinear continuum mechanics problems, was rigorously structured in both overall design and programming standards. The design is based on the theoretical elements of analysis while the programming standards attempt to establish a parallelism between physical theory, programming structure, and documentation. These features have made it easy to maintain, modify, and transport the codes. It has also guaranteed users a high level of quality control and quality assurance.

16. Equivalence between Nonlinear H{sub {infinity}} Control Problems and Existence of Viscosity Solutions of Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaacs Equations

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Soravia, P.

1999-01-15

In this paper we extend to completely general nonlinear systems the result stating that the H{sub {infinity}} suboptimal control problem is solved if and only if the corresponding Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaacs (HJI) equation has a nonnegative (super)solution. This is well known for linear systems, using the Riccati equation instead of the HJI equation. We do this using the theory of differential games and viscosity solutions.

17. A nonlinear eigenvalue problem for self-similar spherical force-free magnetic fields

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Lerche, I.; Low, B. C.

2014-10-15

An axisymmetric force-free magnetic field B(r, θ) in spherical coordinates is defined by a function r sin θB{sub φ}=Q(A) relating its azimuthal component to its poloidal flux-function A. The power law r sin θB{sub φ}=aA|A|{sup 1/n}, n a positive constant, admits separable fields with A=(A{sub n}(θ))/(r{sup n}) , posing a nonlinear boundary-value problem for the constant parameter a as an eigenvalue and A{sub n}(θ) as its eigenfunction [B. C. Low and Y. Q Lou, Astrophys. J. 352, 343 (1990)]. A complete analysis is presented of the eigenvalue spectrum for a given n, providing a unified understanding of the eigenfunctions and the physical relationship between the field's degree of multi-polarity and rate of radial decay via the parameter n. These force-free fields, self-similar on spheres of constant r, have basic astrophysical applications. As explicit solutions they have, over the years, served as standard benchmarks for testing 3D numerical codes developed to compute general force-free fields in the solar corona. The study presented includes a set of illustrative multipolar field solutions to address the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) issues underlying the observation that the solar corona has a statistical preference for negative and positive magnetic helicities in its northern and southern hemispheres, respectively; a hemispherical effect, unchanging as the Sun's global field reverses polarity in successive eleven-year cycles. Generalizing these force-free fields to the separable form B=(H(θ,φ))/(r{sup n+2}) promises field solutions of even richer topological varieties but allowing for φ-dependence greatly complicates the governing equations that have remained intractable. The axisymmetric results obtained are discussed in relation to this generalization and the Parker Magnetostatic Theorem. The axisymmetric solutions are mathematically related to a family of 3D time-dependent ideal MHD solutions for a polytropic fluid of index γ = 4/3 as

18. Intergenerational transmission of multiple problem behaviors: prospective relationships between mothers and daughters.

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Loeber, Rolf; Hipwell, Alison; Battista, Deena; Sembower, Mark; Stouthamer-Loeber, Magda

2009-11-01

Much of the research examining intergenerational continuity of problems from mother to offspring has focused on homotypic continuity (e.g., depression), despite the fact that different types of mental health problems tend to cluster in both adults and children. It remains unclear whether mothers with multiple mental health problems compared to mothers with fewer or no problems are more likely to have daughters with multiple mental health problems during middle childhood (ages 7 to 11). Six waves of maternal and child data from the Pittsburgh Girls Study (n = 2,451) were used to examine the specificity of effects of maternal psychopathology on child adjustment. Child multiple mental health problems comprised disruptive behavior, ADHD symptoms, depressed mood, anxiety symptoms and somatic complaints, while maternal multiple mental health problems consisted of depression, prior conduct problems and somatic complaints. Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) was used to examine the prospective relationships between mother's single and multiple mental health problems and their daughter's single and multiple mental health problems across the elementary school-aged period (ages 7-11 years). The results show that multiple mental health problems in the mothers predicted multiple mental health problems in the daughters even when earlier mental health problem of the daughters, demographic factors, and childrearing practices were controlled. Maternal low parental warmth and harsh punishment independently contributed to the prediction of multiple mental health problems in their daughter, but mediation analyses showed that the contribution of parenting behaviors to the explanation of girls' mental health problems was small. PMID:19639406

19. A nonlinear inverse problem for the prediction of local thermal contact conductance in plate finned-tube heat exchangers

Huang, C.-H.; Hsu, G.-C.; Jang, J.-Y.

A nonlinear inverse problem utilizing the Conjugate Gradient Method (CGM) of minimization is used successfully to estimate the temporally and circumferentially varying thermal contact conductance of a plate finned-tube heat exchanger by reading the simulated transient temperature measurement data from the thermocouples located on the plate. The thermal properties of the fin and tube are assumed to be functions of temperature, and this makes the problem nonlinear. It is assumed that no prior information is available on the functional form of the unknown thermal contact conductance in the present study, thus, it is classified as the function estimation in the inverse calculation. The accuracy of the inverse analysis is examined by using the simulated temperature measurements. Finally the inverse solutions with and without the consideration of temperature-dependent thermal properties are compared. Results show that when the nonlinear inverse calculations are performed an excellent estimation on the thermal contact conductance can be obtained with any arbitrary initial guesses within a couple of minute's CPU time on a HP-730 workstation.

20. A parallel multi-domain solution methodology applied to nonlinear thermal transport problems in nuclear fuel pins

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Philip, Bobby; Berrill, Mark A.; Allu, Srikanth; Hamilton, Steven P.; Sampath, Rahul S.; Clarno, Kevin T.; Dilts, Gary A.

2015-01-26

We describe an efficient and nonlinearly consistent parallel solution methodology for solving coupled nonlinear thermal transport problems that occur in nuclear reactor applications over hundreds of individual 3D physical subdomains. Efficiency is obtained by leveraging knowledge of the physical domains, the physics on individual domains, and the couplings between them for preconditioning within a Jacobian Free Newton Krylov method. Details of the computational infrastructure that enabled this work, namely the open source Advanced Multi-Physics (AMP) package developed by the authors are described. The details of verification and validation experiments, and parallel performance analysis in weak and strong scaling studies demonstrating the achieved efficiency of the algorithm are presented. Moreover, numerical experiments demonstrate that the preconditioner developed is independent of the number of fuel subdomains in a fuel rod, which is particularly important when simulating different types of fuel rods. Finally, we demonstrate the power of the coupling methodology by considering problems with couplings between surface and volume physics and coupling of nonlinear thermal transport in fuel rods to an external radiation transport code.

1. A parallel multi-domain solution methodology applied to nonlinear thermal transport problems in nuclear fuel pins

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Philip, Bobby; Berrill, Mark A.; Allu, Srikanth; Hamilton, Steven P.; Sampath, Rahul S.; Clarno, Kevin T.; Dilts, Gary A.

2015-01-26

We describe an efficient and nonlinearly consistent parallel solution methodology for solving coupled nonlinear thermal transport problems that occur in nuclear reactor applications over hundreds of individual 3D physical subdomains. Efficiency is obtained by leveraging knowledge of the physical domains, the physics on individual domains, and the couplings between them for preconditioning within a Jacobian Free Newton Krylov method. Details of the computational infrastructure that enabled this work, namely the open source Advanced Multi-Physics (AMP) package developed by the authors are described. The details of verification and validation experiments, and parallel performance analysis in weak and strong scaling studies demonstratingmore » the achieved efficiency of the algorithm are presented. Moreover, numerical experiments demonstrate that the preconditioner developed is independent of the number of fuel subdomains in a fuel rod, which is particularly important when simulating different types of fuel rods. Finally, we demonstrate the power of the coupling methodology by considering problems with couplings between surface and volume physics and coupling of nonlinear thermal transport in fuel rods to an external radiation transport code.« less

2. Intergenerational Transmission of Multiple Problem Behaviors: Prospective Relationships between Mothers and Daughters

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Loeber, Rolf; Hipwell, Alison; Battista, Deena; Sembower, Mark; Stouthamer-Loeber, Magda

2009-01-01

Much of the research examining intergenerational continuity of problems from mother to offspring has focused on homotypic continuity (e.g., depression), despite the fact that different types of mental health problems tend to cluster in both adults and children. It remains unclear whether mothers with multiple mental health problems compared to…

3. Development of a multiple-parameter nonlinear perturbation procedure for transonic turbomachinery flows: Preliminary application to design/optimization problems

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Stahara, S. S.; Elliott, J. P.; Spreiter, J. R.

1983-01-01

An investigation was conducted to continue the development of perturbation procedures and associated computational codes for rapidly determining approximations to nonlinear flow solutions, with the purpose of establishing a method for minimizing computational requirements associated with parametric design studies of transonic flows in turbomachines. The results reported here concern the extension of the previously developed successful method for single parameter perturbations to simultaneous multiple-parameter perturbations, and the preliminary application of the multiple-parameter procedure in combination with an optimization method to blade design/optimization problem. In order to provide as severe a test as possible of the method, attention is focused in particular on transonic flows which are highly supercritical. Flows past both isolated blades and compressor cascades, involving simultaneous changes in both flow and geometric parameters, are considered. Comparisons with the corresponding exact nonlinear solutions display remarkable accuracy and range of validity, in direct correspondence with previous results for single-parameter perturbations.

4. Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize Talk: The Fermi Pasta Ulam (FPU) Problem and The Birth of Nonlinear Science

Campbell, David K.

2010-03-01

In 1953, Enrico Fermi, John Pasta, and Stan Ulam initiated a series of computer studies aimed at exploring how simple, multi-degree of freedom nonlinear mechanical systems obeying reversible deterministic dynamics evolve in time to an equilibrium state describable by statistical mechanics. Their expectation was that this would occur by mixing behavior among the many linear modes. Their intention was then to study more complex nonlinear systems, with the hope of modeling turbulence computationally. The results of this first study of the so-called Fermi-Pasta-Ulam (FPU) problem, which were published in 1955 and characterized by Fermi as a little discovery,'' showed instead of the expected mixing of linear modes a striking series of (near) recurrences of the initial state and no evidence of equipartition. This work heralded the beginning of both computational physics and (modern) nonlinear science. In particular, the work marked the first systematic study of a nonlinear system by digital computers (experimental mathematics'') and led directly to the discovery of solitons,'' as well as to deep insights into deterministic chaos and statistical mechanics. In this talk, I will review the original FPU studies and show how they led to the understanding of two key paradigms of nonlinear science. Specifically, I will show how a continuum approximation to the original discrete system led to the discovery of solitions'' whereas a low-mode approximation led to an early example of deterministic chaos.'' I will close with a brief indication of how the recurrence phenomenon observed by behavior by FPU can be reconciled with mixing, equipartition, and statistical mechanics.

5. Optical transmission and thermal heating effects due to irradiation of nonlinear optic and conductive polymers for space-based electro-optic applications

Grote, James G.; Taylor, Edward W.; Zetts, John S.; Winter, James E.; Sanchez, Anthony D.; Craig, Douglas M.; Hopkins, Frank K.

2000-10-01

A nonlinear optic polymer blend of disperse red 1 in poly methyl methacrylate, spin cast on an indium tin oxide coated borosilicate glass substrate and a conductive polymer blend of polyethylene dioxythiophene/poly styrene sulphonate (Baytron P) in poly vinyl alcohol, spin cast on an uncoated borosilicate glass substrate were irradiated by 63.3 MeV proton to a dose of 1 Mrad (Si) of proton particles. The pre and post irradiated optical transmission characteristics of these polymer films over a wavelength range of 400 - 2000 nm, as well as in-situ thermal heating generated by irradiation are presented.

6. Vertical and dual-axis vibration of the seated human body: Nonlinearity, cross-axis coupling, and associations between resonances in transmissibility and apparent mass

Zheng, Guangtai; Qiu, Yi; Griffin, Michael J.

2012-12-01

The vertical apparent mass of the human body exhibits nonlinearity, with the principal resonance frequency reducing as the vibration magnitude increases. Measures of the transmission of vibration to the spine and the pelvis have suggested complex modes are responsible for the dominant resonance during vertical excitation, but the modes present with dual-axis excitation have not been investigated. This study was designed to examine how the apparent mass and transmissibility of the human body depend on the magnitude of vertical excitation and the addition of fore-and-aft excitation, and the relation between the apparent mass and the transmissibility of the body. The movement of the body (over the first, fifth and twelfth thoracic vertebrae, the third lumbar vertebra, and the pelvis) in the fore-and-aft and vertical directions (and in pitch at the pelvis) was measured in 12 male subjects sitting with their hands on their laps during random vertical vibration excitation (over the range 0.25-20 Hz) at three vibration magnitudes (0.25, 0.5 and 1.0 m s-2 rms). At the highest magnitude of vertical excitation (1.0 m s-2 rms) the effect of adding fore-aft vibration (at 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 m s-2 rms) was investigated. The forces in the vertical and fore-and-aft directions on the seat surface were also measured so as to calculate apparent masses. Resonances in the apparent mass and transmissibility to the spine and pelvis in the fore-and-aft and vertical directions, and pitch transmissibility to the pelvis, shifted to lower frequencies as the magnitude of vertical excitation increased and as the magnitude of the additional fore-and-aft excitation increased. The nonlinear resonant behaviour of the apparent mass and transmissibility during dual-axis vibration excitation suggests coupling between the principal mode associated with vertical excitation and the cross-axis influence of fore-and-aft excitation. The transmissibility measures are consistent with complex modes

7. Nonlinear acoustic wave propagation in atmosphere. Absorbing boundary conditions for exterior problems

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Hariharan, S. I.

1985-01-01

Elliptic and hyperbolic problems in unbounded regions are considered. These problems, when one wants to solve them numerically, have the difficulty of prescribing boundary conditions at infinity. Computationally, one needs a finite region in which to solve these problems. The corresponding conditions at infinity imposed on the finite distance boundaries should dictate the boundary conditions at infinity and be accurate with respect to the interior numerical scheme. The treatment of these boundary conditions for wave-like equations is discussed.

8. Evaluation of correlative coding and DP-16QAM n-channel 112Gbit/s coherent transmission: digital non-linear compensation perspective.

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Asif, Rameez; Lin, Chien-Yu; Holtmannspoetter, Michael; Schmauss, Bernhard

2013-01-14

We numerically report on the complexity reduction of digital backward propagation (DBP) by utilizing correlative encoded transmission (dual-polarization quadrature duobinary) at a bit-rate of 112Gbit/s over 1640km fiber link. The single channel (N=1) and multi-channel (N=10) transmission performances are compared in this paper. In case of multi-channel system, 10 transmitters are multiplexed with 25GHz channel spacing. The fiber link consists of Large A(eff) Pure-Silica core fiber with 20 spans of 82km each. No in-line optical dispersion compensator is employed in the link. The system performances are evaluated by monitoring the bit-error-ratio and the forward error correction limit corresponds to bit-error-ratio of 3.8×10(-3). The DBP algorithm is implemented after the coherent detection and is based on the logarithmic step-size based split-step Fourier method. The results depict that dual-polarization quadrature duobinary can be used to transmit 112Gbit/s signals with an spectral efficiency of 4-b/s/Hz, but at the same time has a higher tolerance to nonlinear transmission impairments. By utilizing dual-polarization quadrature duobinary modulation, comparative system performance with respect to dual-polarization 16-quadrature amplitude modulation transmission can be achieved with 60% less computations and with a step-size of 205km. PMID:23388970

9. Uniqueness of the interior transmission problem with partial information on the potential and eigenvalues

Yang, Chuan-Fu; Buterin, Sergey

2016-03-01

The inverse spectral problem of determining a spherically symmetric wave speed v is considered in a bounded spherical region of radius b. A uniqueness theorem for the potential q of the derived Sturm-Liouville problem B (q) is presented from the data involving fractions of the eigenvalues of the problem B (q) on a finite interval and knowledge of q over a corresponding fraction of the interval. The methods employed rest on Weyl-function techniques and properties of zeros of a class of entire functions.

10. Linear and nonlinear pattern selection in Rayleigh-Benard stability problems

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Davis, Sanford S.

1993-01-01

A new algorithm is introduced to compute finite-amplitude states using primitive variables for Rayleigh-Benard convection on relatively coarse meshes. The algorithm is based on a finite-difference matrix-splitting approach that separates all physical and dimensional effects into one-dimensional subsets. The nonlinear pattern selection process for steady convection in an air-filled square cavity with insulated side walls is investigated for Rayleigh numbers up to 20,000. The internalization of disturbances that evolve into coherent patterns is investigated and transient solutions from linear perturbation theory are compared with and contrasted to the full numerical simulations.

11. A new Liu-Storey type nonlinear conjugate gradient method for unconstrained optimization problems

Zhang, Li

2009-03-01

Although the Liu-Storey (LS) nonlinear conjugate gradient method has a similar structure as the well-known Polak-Ribière-Polyak (PRP) and Hestenes-Stiefel (HS) methods, research about this method is very rare. In this paper, based on the memoryless BFGS quasi-Newton method, we propose a new LS type method, which converges globally for general functions with the Grippo-Lucidi line search. Moreover, we modify this new LS method such that the modified scheme is globally convergent for nonconvex minimization if the strong Wolfe line search is used. Numerical results are also reported.

12. Cauchy problem for non-linear systems of equations in the critical case

Kaikina, E. I.; Naumkin, P. I.; Shishmarev, I. A.

2004-12-01

The large-time asymptotic behaviour is studied for a system of non-linear evolution dissipative equations \\displaystyle u_t+\\mathscr N(u,u)+\\mathscr Lu=0, \\qquad x\\in\\mathbb R^n, \\quad t>0, \\displaystyle u(0,x)=\\widetilde u(x), \\qquad x\\in\\mathbb R^n, where \\mathscr L is a linear pseudodifferential operator \\mathscr Lu=\\overline{\\mathscr F}_{\\xi\\to x}(L(\\xi)\\widehat u(\\xi)) and the non-linearity \\mathscr N is a quadratic pseudodifferential operator \\displaystyle \\mathscr N(u,u)=\\overline{\\mathscr F}_{\\xi\\to x}\\sum_{k,l=1}^m\\int_{\\mathbb R^n}A^{kl}(t,\\xi,y)\\widehat u_k(t,\\xi-y)\\widehat u_l(t,y)\\,dy,where \\widehat u\\equiv\\mathscr F_{x\\to\\xi}u is the Fourier transform. Under the assumptions that the initial data \\widetilde u\\in\\mathbf H^{\\beta,0}\\cap\\mathbf H^{0,\\beta}, \\beta>n/2 are sufficiently small, where \\displaystyle \\mathbf H^{n,m}=\\{\\phi\\in\\mathbf L^2:\\Vert\\langle x\\rangle^m\\lang......\\phi(x)\\Vert _{\\mathbf L^2}<\\infty\\}, \\qquad \\langle x\\rangle=\\sqrt{1+x^2}\\,,is a Sobolev weighted space, and that the total mass vector \\displaystyle M=\\int\\widetilde u(x)\\,dx\

13. A Comparative Study of the Harmonic and Arithmetic Averaging of Diffusion Coefficients for Non-linear Heat Conduction Problems

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Samet Y. Kadioglu; Robert R. Nourgaliev; Vincent A. Mousseau

2008-03-01

We perform a comparative study for the harmonic versus arithmetic averaging of the heat conduction coefficient when solving non-linear heat transfer problems. In literature, the harmonic average is the method of choice, because it is widely believed that the harmonic average is more accurate model. However, our analysis reveals that this is not necessarily true. For instance, we show a case in which the harmonic average is less accurate when a coarser mesh is used. More importantly, we demonstrated that if the boundary layers are finely resolved, then the harmonic and arithmetic averaging techniques are identical in the truncation error sense. Our analysis further reveals that the accuracy of these two techniques depends on how the physical problem is modeled.

14. Nonlinear Projective-Iteration Methods for Solving Transport Problems on Regular and Unstructured Grids

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Dmitriy Y. Anistratov; Adrian Constantinescu; Loren Roberts; William Wieselquist

2007-04-30

This is a project in the field of fundamental research on numerical methods for solving the particle transport equation. Numerous practical problems require to use unstructured meshes, for example, detailed nuclear reactor assembly-level calculations, large-scale reactor core calculations, radiative hydrodynamics problems, where the mesh is determined by hydrodynamic processes, and well-logging problems in which the media structure has very complicated geometry. Currently this is an area of very active research in numerical transport theory. main issues in developing numerical methods for solving the transport equation are the accuracy of the numerical solution and effectiveness of iteration procedure. The problem in case of unstructured grids is that it is very difficult to derive an iteration algorithm that will be unconditionally stable.

15. Sensitivity Analysis of Stability Problems of Steel Structures using Shell Finite Elements and Nonlinear Computation Methods

Kala, Zdeněk; Kala, Jiří

2011-09-01

The main focus of the paper is the analysis of the influence of residual stress on the ultimate limit state of a hot-rolled member in compression. The member was modelled using thin-walled elements of type SHELL 181 and meshed in the programme ANSYS. Geometrical and material non-linear analysis was used. The influence of residual stress was studied using variance-based sensitivity analysis. In order to obtain more general results, the non-dimensional slenderness was selected as a study parameter. Comparison of the influence of the residual stress with the influence of other dominant imperfections is illustrated in the conclusion of the paper. All input random variables were considered according to results of experimental research.

16. Performance improvement for optimization of the non-linear geometric fitting problem in manufacturing metrology

Moroni, Giovanni; Syam, Wahyudin P.; Petrò, Stefano

2014-08-01

Product quality is a main concern today in manufacturing; it drives competition between companies. To ensure high quality, a dimensional inspection to verify the geometric properties of a product must be carried out. High-speed non-contact scanners help with this task, by both speeding up acquisition speed and increasing accuracy through a more complete description of the surface. The algorithms for the management of the measurement data play a critical role in ensuring both the measurement accuracy and speed of the device. One of the most fundamental parts of the algorithm is the procedure for fitting the substitute geometry to a cloud of points. This article addresses this challenge. Three relevant geometries are selected as case studies: a non-linear least-squares fitting of a circle, sphere and cylinder. These geometries are chosen in consideration of their common use in practice; for example the sphere is often adopted as a reference artifact for performance verification of a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) and a cylinder is the most relevant geometry for a pin-hole relation as an assembly feature to construct a complete functioning product. In this article, an improvement of the initial point guess for the Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) algorithm by employing a chaos optimization (CO) method is proposed. This causes a performance improvement in the optimization of a non-linear function fitting the three geometries. The results show that, with this combination, a higher quality of fitting results a smaller norm of the residuals can be obtained while preserving the computational cost. Fitting an ‘incomplete-point-cloud’, which is a situation where the point cloud does not cover a complete feature e.g. from half of the total part surface, is also investigated. Finally, a case study of fitting a hemisphere is presented.

17. Intergenerational Transmission of Internalizing Problems: Effects of Parental and Grandparental Major Depressive Disorder on Child Behavior

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Pettit, Jeremy W.; Olino, Thomas M.; Roberts, Robert E.; Seeley, John R.; Lewinsohn, Peter M.

2008-01-01

Effects of lifetime histories of grandparental (G1) and parental (G2) major depressive disorder (MDD) on children's (G3) internalizing problems were investigated among 267 G3 children (ages 2-18 years) who received Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) ratings and had diagnostic data available on 267 biological G2 parents and 527 biological G1…

18. Linear and nonlinear transmission of Fe{sup 2+}-doped ZnSe crystals at a wavelength of 2940 nm in the temperature range 20–220 °C

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Il'ichev, N N; Pashinin, P P; Gulyamova, E S; Bufetova, G A; Shapkin, P V; Nasibov, A S

2014-03-28

The linear and nonlinear transmission of Fe{sup 2+}:ZnSe crystals is measured at a wavelength of 2940 nm in the temperature range 20 – 220 °C. It is found that, with increasing temperature from 20 °C to 150 – 220 °C, the transmission of Fe{sup 2+}:ZnSe crystals decreases in the case of incident radiation with an intensity of ∼5.5 MW cm{sup -2} and increases in the case of radiation with an intensity of 28 kW cm{sup -2}. At a temperature of 220 °C, the linear transmission almost coincides with the nonlinear transmission. The transmission spectra of Fe{sup 2+}:ZnSe crystals at temperatures of 22 and 220 °C in the wavelength range 500 – 7000 nm are presented. (active media)

19. Reduction of nonlinear embedded boundary models for problems with evolving interfaces

Balajewicz, Maciej; Farhat, Charbel

2014-10-01

Embedded boundary methods alleviate many computational challenges, including those associated with meshing complex geometries and solving problems with evolving domains and interfaces. Developing model reduction methods for computational frameworks based on such methods seems however to be challenging. Indeed, most popular model reduction techniques are projection-based, and rely on basis functions obtained from the compression of simulation snapshots. In a traditional interface-fitted computational framework, the computation of such basis functions is straightforward, primarily because the computational domain does not contain in this case a fictitious region. This is not the case however for an embedded computational framework because the computational domain typically contains in this case both real and ghost regions whose definitions complicate the collection and compression of simulation snapshots. The problem is exacerbated when the interface separating both regions evolves in time. This paper addresses this issue by formulating the snapshot compression problem as a weighted low-rank approximation problem where the binary weighting identifies the evolving component of the individual simulation snapshots. The proposed approach is application independent and therefore comprehensive. It is successfully demonstrated for the model reduction of several two-dimensional, vortex-dominated, fluid-structure interaction problems.

20. Intergenerational Transmission of Child Problem Behaviors: A Longitudinal, Population-Based Study

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van Meurs, Inge; Reef, Joni; Verhulst, Frank C.; van der Ende, Jan

2009-01-01

The scores of 4- to 16-year-olds on a child behavior checklist made in 1983 is compared with those of their 6- to 18-year-old offsprings that were done in 2007. It is found that most forms of problem behavior in children were predicted by their parent's behavior as children and that continuity is stronger in mothers than fathers and in sons than…

1. Hybrid-finite-element analysis of some nonlinear and 3-dimensional problems of engineering fracture mechanics

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Atluri, S. N.; Nakagaki, M.; Kathiresan, K.

1980-01-01

In this paper, efficient numerical methods for the analysis of crack-closure effects on fatigue-crack-growth-rates, in plane stress situations, and for the solution of stress-intensity factors for arbitrary shaped surface flaws in pressure vessels, are presented. For the former problem, an elastic-plastic finite element procedure valid for the case of finite deformation gradients is developed and crack growth is simulated by the translation of near-crack-tip elements with embedded plastic singularities. For the latter problem, an embedded-elastic-singularity hybrid finite element method, which leads to a direct evaluation of K-factors, is employed.

2. Unified nonlinear approach to both weak and strong-interaction problems. [heat transfer in hypersonic flow

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Gupta, R. N.; Rodkiewicz, C. M.

1975-01-01

The numerical results are obtained for heat transfer, skin-friction, and viscous interaction induced pressure for a step-wise accelerated flat plate in hypersonic flow. In the unified approach here the results are presented for both weak and strong-interaction problems without employing any linearization scheme. With the help of the numerical method used in this work an accurate prediction of wall shear can be made for the problems with plate velocity changes of 1% or larger. The obtained results indicate that the transient contribution to the induced pressure for helium is greater than that for air.

3. Construction of solutions for some nonlinear two-point boundary value problems

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Pennline, J. A.

1982-01-01

Constructive existence and uniqueness results for boundary value problems associated with some simple special cases of the second order equation y'' = f(x,y,y') 0 or = x or = 1, are sought. The approach considered is to convert the differential equation and boundary conditions to an integral equation via Green's functions, and then to apply fixed point and contraction map principles to a sequence of successive approximations. The approach is tested on several applied problems. Difficulties in trying to prove general theorems are discussed.

4. Solving the Accelerator-Condenser Coupling Problem in a Nanosecond Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope

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Reed, B W; LaGrange, T; Shuttlesworth, R M; Gibson, D J; Campbell, G H; Browning, N D

2009-12-29

We describe a modification to a transmission electron microscope (TEM) that allows it to briefly (using a pulsed-laser-driven photocathode) operate at currents in excess of 10 mA while keeping the effects of condenser lens aberrations to a minimum. This modification allows real-space imaging of material microstructure with a resolution of order 10 nm over regions several {micro}m across with an exposure time of 15 ns. This is more than 6 orders of magnitude faster than typical video-rate TEM imaging. The key is the addition of a weak magnetic lens to couple the large-diameter high-current beam exiting the accelerator into the acceptance aperture of a conventional TEM condenser lens system. We show that the performance of the system is essentially consistent with models derived from ray tracing and finite element simulations. The instrument can also be operated as a conventional TEM by using the electron gun in a thermionic mode. The modification enables very high electron current densities in {micro}m-sized areas and could also be used in a non-pulsed system for high-throughput imaging and analytical TEM.

5. Solving the accelerator-condenser coupling problem in a nanosecond dynamic transmission electron microscope.

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Reed, B W; LaGrange, T; Shuttlesworth, R M; Gibson, D J; Campbell, G H; Browning, N D

2010-05-01

We describe a modification to a transmission electron microscope (TEM) that allows it to briefly (using a pulsed-laser-driven photocathode) operate at currents in excess of 10 mA while keeping the effects of condenser lens aberrations to a minimum. This modification allows real-space imaging of material microstructure with a resolution of order 10 nm over regions several microm across with an exposure time of 15 ns. This is more than six orders of magnitude faster than typical video-rate TEM imaging. The key is the addition of a weak magnetic lens to couple the large-diameter high-current beam exiting the accelerator into the acceptance aperture of a conventional TEM condenser lens system. We show that the performance of the system is essentially consistent with models derived from ray tracing and finite element simulations. The instrument can also be operated as a conventional TEM by using the electron gun in a thermionic mode. The modification enables very high electron current densities in microm-sized areas and could also be used in a nonpulsed system for high-throughput imaging and analytical TEM. PMID:20515144

6. The effects of maternal working conditions and mastery on child behavior problems: studying the intergenerational transmission of social control.

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Rogers, S J; Parcel, T L; Menaghan, E G

1991-06-01

We assess the impact of maternal sense of mastery and maternal working conditions on maternal perceptions of children's behavior problems as a means to study the transmission of social control across generations. We use a sample of 521 employed mothers and their four-to six-year-old children from the National Longitudinal Survey's Youth Cohort in 1986. Regarding working conditions, we consider mother's hourly wage, work hours, and job content including involvement with things (vs. people), the requisite level of physical activity, and occupational complexity. We also consider maternal and child background and current family characteristics, including marital status, family size, and home environment. Maternal mastery was related to fewer reported behavior problems among children. Lower involvement with people and higher involvement with things, as well as low physical activity, were related significantly to higher levels of perceived problems. In addition, recent changes in maternal marital status, including maternal marriage or remarriage, increased reports of problems; stronger home environments had the opposite effect. We interpret these findings as suggesting how maternal experiences of control in the workplace and personal resources of control can influence the internalization of control in children. PMID:1861050

7. Nonlinear Krylov acceleration applied to a discrete ordinates formulation of the k-eigenvalue problem

Calef, Matthew T.; Fichtl, Erin D.; Warsa, James S.; Berndt, Markus; Carlson, Neil N.

2013-04-01

We compare a variant of Anderson Mixing with the Jacobian-Free Newton-Krylov and Broyden methods applied to an instance of the k-eigenvalue formulation of the linear Boltzmann transport equation. We present evidence that one variant of Anderson Mixing finds solutions in the fewest number of iterations. We examine and strengthen theoretical results of Anderson Mixing applied to linear problems.

8. Goertler vortices in growing boundary layers: The leading edge receptivity problem, linear growth and the nonlinear breakdown stage

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Hall, Philip

1989-01-01

Goertler vortices are thought to be the cause of transition in many fluid flows of practical importance. A review of the different stages of vortex growth is given. In the linear regime, nonparallel effects completely govern this growth, and parallel flow theories do not capture the essential features of the development of the vortices. A detailed comparison between the parallel and nonparallel theories is given and it is shown that at small vortex wavelengths, the parallel flow theories have some validity; otherwise nonparallel effects are dominant. New results for the receptivity problem for Goertler vortices are given; in particular vortices induced by free stream perturbations impinging on the leading edge of the walls are considered. It is found that the most dangerous mode of this type can be isolated and it's neutral curve is determined. This curve agrees very closely with the available experimental data. A discussion of the different regimes of growth of nonlinear vortices is also given. Again it is shown that, unless the vortex wavelength is small, nonparallel effects are dominant. Some new results for nonlinear vortices of 0(1) wavelengths are given and compared to experimental observations.

9. Reliable use of determinants to solve nonlinear structural eigenvalue problems efficiently

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Williams, F. W.; Kennedy, D.

1988-01-01

The analytical derivation, numerical implementation, and performance of a multiple-determinant parabolic interpolation method (MDPIM) for use in solving transcendental eigenvalue (critical buckling or undamped free vibration) problems in structural mechanics are presented. The overall bounding, eigenvalue-separation, qualified parabolic interpolation, accuracy-confirmation, and convergence-recovery stages of the MDPIM are described in detail, and the numbers of iterations required to solve sample plane-frame problems using the MDPIM are compared with those for a conventional bisection method and for the Newtonian method of Simpson (1984) in extensive tables. The MDPIM is shown to use 31 percent less computation time than bisection when accuracy of 0.0001 is required, but 62 percent less when accuracy of 10 to the -8th is required; the time savings over the Newtonian method are about 10 percent.

10. GPU accelerated solver for nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems. Application to the electrophysiology problem

Mena, Andres; Ferrero, Jose M.; Rodriguez Matas, Jose F.

2015-11-01

Solving the electric activity of the heart possess a big challenge, not only because of the structural complexities inherent to the heart tissue, but also because of the complex electric behaviour of the cardiac cells. The multi-scale nature of the electrophysiology problem makes difficult its numerical solution, requiring temporal and spatial resolutions of 0.1 ms and 0.2 mm respectively for accurate simulations, leading to models with millions degrees of freedom that need to be solved for thousand time steps. Solution of this problem requires the use of algorithms with higher level of parallelism in multi-core platforms. In this regard the newer programmable graphic processing units (GPU) has become a valid alternative due to their tremendous computational horsepower. This paper presents results obtained with a novel electrophysiology simulation software entirely developed in Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA). The software implements fully explicit and semi-implicit solvers for the monodomain model, using operator splitting. Performance is compared with classical multi-core MPI based solvers operating on dedicated high-performance computer clusters. Results obtained with the GPU based solver show enormous potential for this technology with accelerations over 50 × for three-dimensional problems.

11. Solution of a few nonlinear problems in aerodynamics by the finite elements and functional least squares methods. Ph.D. Thesis - Paris Univ.; [mathematical models of transonic flow using nonlinear equations

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Periaux, J.

1979-01-01

The numerical simulation of the transonic flows of idealized fluids and of incompressible viscous fluids, by the nonlinear least squares methods is presented. The nonlinear equations, the boundary conditions, and the various constraints controlling the two types of flow are described. The standard iterative methods for solving a quasi elliptical nonlinear equation with partial derivatives are reviewed with emphasis placed on two examples: the fixed point method applied to the Gelder functional in the case of compressible subsonic flows and the Newton method used in the technique of decomposition of the lifting potential. The new abstract least squares method is discussed. It consists of substituting the nonlinear equation by a problem of minimization in a H to the minus 1 type Sobolev functional space.

12. Nature-inspired computing approach for solving non-linear singular Emden-Fowler problem arising in electromagnetic theory

2015-10-01

In this research, the well-known non-linear Lane-Emden-Fowler (LEF) equations are approximated by developing a nature-inspired stochastic computational intelligence algorithm. A trial solution of the model is formulated as an artificial feed-forward neural network model containing unknown adjustable parameters. From the LEF equation and its initial conditions, an energy function is constructed that is used in the algorithm for the optimisation of the networks in an unsupervised way. The proposed scheme is tested successfully by applying it on various test cases of initial value problems of LEF equations. The reliability and effectiveness of the scheme are validated through comprehensive statistical analysis. The obtained numerical results are in a good agreement with their corresponding exact solutions, which confirms the enhancement made by the proposed approach.

13. Third-order-accurate numerical methods for efficient, large time-step solutions of mixed linear and nonlinear problems

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Cobb, J.W.

1995-02-01

There is an increasing need for more accurate numerical methods for large-scale nonlinear magneto-fluid turbulence calculations. These methods should not only increase the current state of the art in terms of accuracy, but should also continue to optimize other desired properties such as simplicity, minimized computation, minimized memory requirements, and robust stability. This includes the ability to stably solve stiff problems with long time-steps. This work discusses a general methodology for deriving higher-order numerical methods. It also discusses how the selection of various choices can affect the desired properties. The explicit discussion focuses on third-order Runge-Kutta methods, including general solutions and five examples. The study investigates the linear numerical analysis of these methods, including their accuracy, general stability, and stiff stability. Additional appendices discuss linear multistep methods, discuss directions for further work, and exhibit numerical analysis results for some other commonly used lower-order methods.

14. Exploring equivalence domain in nonlinear inverse problems using Covariance Matrix Adaption Evolution Strategy (CMAES) and random sampling

Grayver, Alexander V.; Kuvshinov, Alexey V.

2016-05-01

This paper presents a methodology to sample equivalence domain (ED) in nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE)-constrained inverse problems. For this purpose, we first applied state-of-the-art stochastic optimization algorithm called Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMAES) to identify low-misfit regions of the model space. These regions were then randomly sampled to create an ensemble of equivalent models and quantify uncertainty. CMAES is aimed at exploring model space globally and is robust on very ill-conditioned problems. We show that the number of iterations required to converge grows at a moderate rate with respect to number of unknowns and the algorithm is embarrassingly parallel. We formulated the problem by using the generalized Gaussian distribution. This enabled us to seamlessly use arbitrary norms for residual and regularization terms. We show that various regularization norms facilitate studying different classes of equivalent solutions. We further show how performance of the standard Metropolis-Hastings Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm can be substantially improved by using information CMAES provides. This methodology was tested by using individual and joint inversions of magneotelluric, controlled-source electromagnetic (EM) and global EM induction data.

15. Exploring equivalence domain in non-linear inverse problems using Covariance Matrix Adaption Evolution Strategy (CMAES) and random sampling

Grayver, Alexander V.; Kuvshinov, Alexey V.

2016-02-01

This paper presents a methodology to sample equivalence domain (ED) in non-linear PDE-constrained inverse problems. For this purpose, we first applied state-of-the-art stochastic optimization algorithm called Covariance Matrix Adaptation Evolution Strategy (CMAES) to identify low misfit regions of the model space. These regions were then randomly sampled to create an ensemble of equivalent models and quantify uncertainty. CMAES is aimed at exploring model space globally and is robust on very ill-conditioned problems. We show that the number of iterations required to converge grows at a moderate rate with respect to number of unknowns and the algorithm is embarrassingly parallel. We formulated the problem by using the generalized Gaussian distribution. This enabled us to seamlessly use arbitrary norms for residual and regularization terms. We show that various regularization norms facilitate studying different classes of equivalent solutions. We further show how performance of the standard Metropolis-Hastings Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm can be substantially improved by using information CMAES provides. This methodology was tested by using individual and joint inversions of Magneotelluric, Controlled-source Electromagnetic (EM) and Global EM induction data.

16. The double-padlock problem: Is secure classical information transmission possible without key exchange?

Chappell, James M.; Gunn, Lachlan J.; Abbott, Derek

2014-09-01

The idealized Kish-Sethuraman (KS) cipher is theoretically known to offer perfect security through a classical information channel. However, realization of the protocol is hitherto an open problem, as the required mathematical operators have not been identified in the previous literature. A mechanical analogy of this protocol can be seen as sending a message in a box using two padlocks; one locked by the Sender and the other locked by the Receiver, so that theoretically the message remains secure at all times. We seek a mathematical representation of this process, considering that it would be very unusual if there was a physical process with no mathematical description. We select Clifford's geometric algebra for this task as it is a natural formalism to handle rotations in spaces of various dimension. The significance of finding a mathematical description that describes the protocol, is that it is a possible step toward a physical realization having benefits in increased security with reduced complexity.

17. Accuracy and stability of finite element schemes for the duct transmission problem

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Astley, R. J.; Walkington, N. J.; Eversman, W.

1981-01-01

An investigation is conducted regarding the feasibility of approaches for improving the efficiency and stability of existing finite element method (FEM) schemes, taking into account both analytical and numerical studies. Of the four schemes considered for the 'steady' problem, the Hermitian Galerkin formulation appears to be the most efficient and therefore the most suitable scheme for futher full scale implementation. The Hermitian residual least squares (RLS) scheme although comparable in accuracy for the cases considered exhibits a slight tendency to cumulative errors. The performance of both the Lagrangian element schemes considered compares poorly with that of their Hermitian element counterparts. This is particularly true of the Lagrangian RLS scheme. The presence of internal oscillatory components is an inevitable consequence of all Galerkin schemes irrespective of element type.

18. Saint-Venant's problem and semi-inverse solutions in nonlinear elasticity

Mielke, Alexander

1988-09-01

Saint-Venant's problem consists in finding elastic deformations of an infinite prismatic body taking given values for the cross-sectional resultants of force and moment. Using the center manifold approach we show that all deformations having sufficiently small bounded strains lie on a finite-dimensional manifold. In particular, the flow on this manifold is described by a set of equations having exactly the form of the classical rod equations. Moreover, the set of semi-inverse solutions can be analyzed locally.

19. VARIATIONAL APPROACH IN WAVELET FRAMEWORK TO POLYNOMIAL APPROXIMATIONS OF NONLINEAR ACCELERATOR PROBLEMS

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FEDOROVA,A.; ZEITLIN,M.; PARSA,Z.

2000-03-31

In this paper the authors present applications of methods from wavelet analysis to polynomial approximations for a number of accelerator physics problems. According to a variational approach in the general case they have the solution as a multiresolution (multiscales) expansion on the base of compactly supported wavelet basis. They give an extension of their results to the cases of periodic orbital particle motion and arbitrary variable coefficients. Then they consider more flexible variational method which is based on a biorthogonal wavelet approach. Also they consider a different variational approach, which is applied to each scale.

20. Kerr nonlinearity mitigation in 5 × 28-GBd PDM 16-QAM signal transmission over a dispersion-uncompensated link with backward-pumped distributed Raman amplification.

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Sackey, Isaac; Da Ros, Francesco; Jazayerifar, Mahmoud; Richter, Thomas; Meuer, Christian; Nölle, Markus; Molle, Lutz; Peucheret, Christophe; Petermann, Klaus; Schubert, Colja

2014-11-01

We present experimental and numerical investigations of Kerr nonlinearity compensation in a 400-km standard single-mode fiber link with distributed Raman amplification with backward pumping. A dual-pump polarization-independent fiber-based optical parametric amplifier is used for mid-link spectral inversion of 5 × 28-GBd polarization-multiplexed 16-QAM signals. Signal quality factor (Q-factor) improvements of 1.1 dB and 0.8 dB were obtained in the cases of a single-channel and a five-channel wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system, respectively. The experimental results are compared to numerical simulations with good agreement. It is also shown with simulations that a maximum transmission reach of 2400 km enabled by the optical phase conjugator is possible for the WDM signal. PMID:25401887

1. New bounding and decomposition approaches for MILP investment problems: Multi-area transmission and generation planning under policy constraints

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Munoz, F. D.; Hobbs, B. F.; Watson, J. -P.

2016-02-01

A novel two-phase bounding and decomposition approach to compute optimal and near-optimal solutions to large-scale mixed-integer investment planning problems is proposed and it considers a large number of operating subproblems, each of which is a convex optimization. Our motivating application is the planning of power transmission and generation in which policy constraints are designed to incentivize high amounts of intermittent generation in electric power systems. The bounding phase exploits Jensen’s inequality to define a lower bound, which we extend to stochastic programs that use expected-value constraints to enforce policy objectives. The decomposition phase, in which the bounds are tightened, improvesmore » upon the standard Benders’ algorithm by accelerating the convergence of the bounds. The lower bound is tightened by using a Jensen’s inequality-based approach to introduce an auxiliary lower bound into the Benders master problem. Upper bounds for both phases are computed using a sub-sampling approach executed on a parallel computer system. Numerical results show that only the bounding phase is necessary if loose optimality gaps are acceptable. But, the decomposition phase is required to attain optimality gaps. Moreover, use of both phases performs better, in terms of convergence speed, than attempting to solve the problem using just the bounding phase or regular Benders decomposition separately.« less

2. Preschoolers' psychophysiological responses to mood induction tasks moderate the intergenerational transmission of internalizing problems.

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Davis, Molly; Suveg, Cynthia; Whitehead, Monica; Jones, Anna; Shaffer, Anne

2016-05-01

To identify factors that can both exacerbate risk for, and protect against, internalizing problems during early childhood, the present study examined whether children's respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) suppression in response to emotionally-laden film clips would moderate the association between maternal and child anxious/depressive symptoms in a cross-sectional sample of 108 mothers (M age=30.68years, SD=6.06) and their preschool-age children (M age=3.50years, SD=0.52, 61.30% male). Results indicated that RSA suppression in response to the fear clip moderated the positive association between maternal and child anxious/depressive symptoms, such that higher suppression served a protective-stabilizing function while lower suppression exacerbated children's risk for internalizing symptoms in the context of higher maternal symptoms. Moderation findings involving RSA suppression in response to a happiness-inducing clip were consistent with biological sensitivity to context; the association between maternal and child symptoms was strongest for children higher in suppression. PMID:27045275

3. New Nonlinear Multigrid Analysis

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Xie, Dexuan

1996-01-01

The nonlinear multigrid is an efficient algorithm for solving the system of nonlinear equations arising from the numerical discretization of nonlinear elliptic boundary problems. In this paper, we present a new nonlinear multigrid analysis as an extension of the linear multigrid theory presented by Bramble. In particular, we prove the convergence of the nonlinear V-cycle method for a class of mildly nonlinear second order elliptic boundary value problems which do not have full elliptic regularity.

4. Algorithmic enhancements and experience with a large scale SQP code for general nonlinear programming problems

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Boggs, P.; Tolle, J.; Kearsley, A.

1994-12-31

We have developed a large scale sequential quadratic programming (SQP) code based on an interior-point method for solving general (convex or nonconvex) quadratic programs (QP). We often halt this QP solver prematurely by employing a trust-region strategy. This procedure typically reduces the overall cost of the code. In this talk we briefly review the algorithm and some of its theoretical justification and then discuss recent enhancements including automatic procedures for both increasing and decreasing the parameter in the merit function, a regularization procedure for dealing with linearly dependent active constraint gradients, and a method for modifying the linearized equality constraints. Some numerical results on a significant set of {open_quotes}real-world{close_quotes} problems will be presented.

5. On the nonlinear stability of viscous modes within the Rayleigh problem on an infinite flat plate

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Webb, J. C.; Otto, S. R.; Lilley, G. M.

1994-01-01

The stability has been investigated of the unsteady flow past an infinite flat plate when it is moved impulsively from rest, in its own plane. For small times the instantaneous stability of the flow depends on the linearized equations of motion which reduce in this problem to the Orr-Sommerfeld equation. It is known that the flow for certain values of Reynolds number, frequency and wave number is unstable to Tollmien-Schlichting waves, as in the case of the Blasius boundary layer flow past a flat plate. With increase in time, the unstable waves only undergo growth for a finite time interval, and this growth rate is itself a function of time. The influence of finite amplitude effects is studied by solving the full Navier-Stokes equations. It is found that the stability characteristics are markedly changed both by the consideration of the time evolution of the flow, and by the introduction of finite amplitude effects.

6. Yamabe type equations with a sign-changing nonlinearity, and the prescribed curvature problem

Bianchini, Bruno; Mari, Luciano; Rigoli, Marco

2016-05-01

In this paper, we investigate the prescribed scalar curvature problem on a non-compact Riemannian manifold (M , < , >), namely the existence of a conformal deformation of the metric < , > realizing a given function s ˜ (x) as its scalar curvature. In particular, the work focuses on the case when s ˜ (x) changes sign. Our main achievement are two new existence results requiring minimal assumptions on the underlying manifold, and ensuring a control on the stretching factor of the conformal deformation in such a way that the conformally deformed metric be bi-Lipschitz equivalent to the original one. The topological-geometrical requirements we need are all encoded in the spectral properties of the standard and conformal Laplacians of M. Our techniques can be extended to investigate the existence of entire positive solutions of quasilinear equations of the type

7. Analysis and algorithms for a regularized Cauchy problem arising from a non-linear elliptic PDE for seismic velocity estimation

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Cameron, M.K.; Fomel, S.B.; Sethian, J.A.

2009-01-01

In the present work we derive and study a nonlinear elliptic PDE coming from the problem of estimation of sound speed inside the Earth. The physical setting of the PDE allows us to pose only a Cauchy problem, and hence is ill-posed. However we are still able to solve it numerically on a long enough time interval to be of practical use. We used two approaches. The first approach is a finite difference time-marching numerical scheme inspired by the Lax-Friedrichs method. The key features of this scheme is the Lax-Friedrichs averaging and the wide stencil in space. The second approach is a spectral Chebyshev method with truncated series. We show that our schemes work because of (1) the special input corresponding to a positive finite seismic velocity, (2) special initial conditions corresponding to the image rays, (3) the fact that our finite-difference scheme contains small error terms which damp the high harmonics; truncation of the Chebyshev series, and (4) the need to compute the solution only for a short interval of time. We test our numerical scheme on a collection of analytic examples and demonstrate a dramatic improvement in accuracy in the estimation of the sound speed inside the Earth in comparison with the conventional Dix inversion. Our test on the Marmousi example confirms the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

8. Bio-inspired varying subspace based computational framework for a class of nonlinear constrained optimal trajectory planning problems.

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Xu, Y; Li, N

2014-09-01

Biological species have produced many simple but efficient rules in their complex and critical survival activities such as hunting and mating. A common feature observed in several biological motion strategies is that the predator only moves along paths in a carefully selected or iteratively refined subspace (or manifold), which might be able to explain why these motion strategies are effective. In this paper, a unified linear algebraic formulation representing such a predator-prey relationship is developed to simplify the construction and refinement process of the subspace (or manifold). Specifically, the following three motion strategies are studied and modified: motion camouflage, constant absolute target direction and local pursuit. The framework constructed based on this varying subspace concept could significantly reduce the computational cost in solving a class of nonlinear constrained optimal trajectory planning problems, particularly for the case with severe constraints. Two non-trivial examples, a ground robot and a hypersonic aircraft trajectory optimization problem, are used to show the capabilities of the algorithms in this new computational framework. PMID:24713876

9. Parallel High Order Accuracy Methods Applied to Non-Linear Hyperbolic Equations and to Problems in Materials Sciences

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Jan Hesthaven

2012-02-06

Final report for DOE Contract DE-FG02-98ER25346 entitled Parallel High Order Accuracy Methods Applied to Non-Linear Hyperbolic Equations and to Problems in Materials Sciences. Principal Investigator Jan S. Hesthaven Division of Applied Mathematics Brown University, Box F Providence, RI 02912 Jan.Hesthaven@Brown.edu February 6, 2012 Note: This grant was originally awarded to Professor David Gottlieb and the majority of the work envisioned reflects his original ideas. However, when Prof Gottlieb passed away in December 2008, Professor Hesthaven took over as PI to ensure proper mentoring of students and postdoctoral researchers already involved in the project. This unusual circumstance has naturally impacted the project and its timeline. However, as the report reflects, the planned work has been accomplished and some activities beyond the original scope have been pursued with success. Project overview and main results The effort in this project focuses on the development of high order accurate computational methods for the solution of hyperbolic equations with application to problems with strong shocks. While the methods are general, emphasis is on applications to gas dynamics with strong shocks.

10. Some aspects of the problem of secondary eyewall formation in idealized three-dimensional nonlinear simulations

Menelaou, K.; Yau, M. K.; Martinez, Y.

2014-09-01

Some aspects of the problem of secondary eyewall formation (SEF) are investigated with the aid of an idealized model. A series of experiments are conducted, starting with a strong annular vortex embedded in a quiescent background flow and forced by the sustained heating associated with a spiral rainband (control experiment). Following this, two experiments are configured to assess the impact of vertical wind shear (VWS) in the SEF process. The importance of the boundary layer force imbalance is finally investigated in a number of simulations in which surface and boundary layer physics are included. From the control experiment, it is found that in the absence of background environmental flow, the sustained latent heating associated with a spiral rainband can form a secondary eyewall even in the absence of a frictional boundary layer. The presence of VWS acts negatively in the SEF process by disrupting the organization of the potential vorticity induced by the rainband. When boundary layer physics is included, some similarities with previous studies are seen, but there is no SEF. These results suggest that the boundary layer most likely contributes to, rather than initiate, a secondary eyewall. This article was corrected on 10 OCT 2014. See the end of the full text for details.

11. Development of MLPG and LBIE Methods for Nonlinear Problems of Fracture

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Atluri, Satya N.; Raju, Ivatury S. (Technical Monitor)

2002-01-01

The truly meshless local Petrov-Galerkin (MLPG) method holds a great promise in solving boundary value problems, using a local symmetric weak form as a natural approach. In the present paper, in the context of MLPG and the meshless interpolation of a moving least squares (MLS) type, a method which uses primary and secondary nodes in the domain and on the global boundary is introduced, in order to improve the accuracy of solution. The secondary nodes can be placed at any location where one needs to obtain a better resolution. The sub-domains for the shape functions in the MLS approximation are defined only from the primary nodes, and the secondary nodes use the same sub-domains. The shape functions based on the MLS approximation, in an integration domain, have a single type of a rational function, which reduces the difficulty of numerical integration to evaluate the weak form. The present method is very useful in an adaptive calculation, because the secondary nodes can be easily added and/or moved without an additional mesh. The essential boundary conditions can be imposed exactly, and non-convex boundaries can be treated without special techniques. Several numerical examples are presented to illustrate the performance of the present method.

12. Method of integral equations and an extinction theorem for two-dimensional problems in nonlinear optics

Ghiner, A. V.; Surdutovich, G. I.

1994-07-01

An approach using the generalized method of integral equations by substitution of the variables in the integral equation is applied to two- and quasi-two-dimensional systems. As a result, the connection between the integral and Maxwell equations as well as an extinction theorem for this case are established. The technique developed may be applied to any composite medium with a columnlike mesostructure. By use of the elementary cylinder radiator (mesoscopic atom'') concept we reduce the problem of finding the optical properties of such media to the calculation of the susceptibility of a dense two-dimensional gas. The calculated optical anisotropy depends dramatically not only on the concentration but also on the form of the inclusions (mesostructure). Our calculations of the dielectric permittivity tensor for a two-dimensional composite medium with wire mesostructure show excellent agreement with the experimental measurements of the long-wavelength dielectric constants for two orthogonal polarizations in a photonic crystal made of dielectric rods [W. M. Robertson et al., J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 322 (1993)].

13. A semi-intrusive deterministic approach to uncertainty quantification in non-linear fluid flow problems

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Abgrall, Rémi; Congedo, Pietro Marco

2013-02-15

This paper deals with the formulation of a semi-intrusive (SI) method allowing the computation of statistics of linear and non linear PDEs solutions. This method shows to be very efficient to deal with probability density function of whatsoever form, long-term integration and discontinuities in stochastic space. Given a stochastic PDE where randomness is defined on Ω, starting from (i) a description of the solution in term of a space variables, (ii) a numerical scheme defined for any event ω∈Ω and (iii) a (family) of random variables that may be correlated, the solution is numerically described by its conditional expectancies of point values or cell averages and its evaluation constructed from the deterministic scheme. One of the tools is a tessellation of the random space as in finite volume methods for the space variables. Then, using these conditional expectancies and the geometrical description of the tessellation, a piecewise polynomial approximation in the random variables is computed using a reconstruction method that is standard for high order finite volume space, except that the measure is no longer the standard Lebesgue measure but the probability measure. This reconstruction is then used to formulate a scheme on the numerical approximation of the solution from the deterministic scheme. This new approach is said semi-intrusive because it requires only a limited amount of modification in a deterministic solver to quantify uncertainty on the state when the solver includes uncertain variables. The effectiveness of this method is illustrated for a modified version of Kraichnan–Orszag three-mode problem where a discontinuous pdf is associated to the stochastic variable, and for a nozzle flow with shocks. The results have been analyzed in terms of accuracy and probability measure flexibility. Finally, the importance of the probabilistic reconstruction in the stochastic space is shown up on an example where the exact solution is computable, the viscous

14. A semi-intrusive deterministic approach to uncertainty quantification in non-linear fluid flow problems

Abgrall, Rémi; Congedo, Pietro Marco

2013-02-01

This paper deals with the formulation of a semi-intrusive (SI) method allowing the computation of statistics of linear and non linear PDEs solutions. This method shows to be very efficient to deal with probability density function of whatsoever form, long-term integration and discontinuities in stochastic space. Given a stochastic PDE where randomness is defined on Ω, starting from (i) a description of the solution in term of a space variables, (ii) a numerical scheme defined for any event ω∈Ω and (iii) a (family) of random variables that may be correlated, the solution is numerically described by its conditional expectancies of point values or cell averages and its evaluation constructed from the deterministic scheme. One of the tools is a tessellation of the random space as in finite volume methods for the space variables. Then, using these conditional expectancies and the geometrical description of the tessellation, a piecewise polynomial approximation in the random variables is computed using a reconstruction method that is standard for high order finite volume space, except that the measure is no longer the standard Lebesgue measure but the probability measure. This reconstruction is then used to formulate a scheme on the numerical approximation of the solution from the deterministic scheme. This new approach is said semi-intrusive because it requires only a limited amount of modification in a deterministic solver to quantify uncertainty on the state when the solver includes uncertain variables. The effectiveness of this method is illustrated for a modified version of Kraichnan-Orszag three-mode problem where a discontinuous pdf is associated to the stochastic variable, and for a nozzle flow with shocks. The results have been analyzed in terms of accuracy and probability measure flexibility. Finally, the importance of the probabilistic reconstruction in the stochastic space is shown up on an example where the exact solution is computable, the viscous

15. A comparative study of the electron transmission through one-dimensional barriers relevant to field-emission problems

Mayer, A.

2010-05-01

We study the transmission coefficient of one-dimensional barriers that are relevant to field-emission problems. We compare, in particular, the results provided by the simple Jeffreys-Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (JWKB) approximation, the continued-fraction technique and the transfer-matrix methodology for the electronic transmission through square, triangular and Schottky-Nordheim barriers (the Schottky-Nordheim barrier is often used in models of field emission from flat metals). For conditions that are typical of field emission (Fermi energy of 10 eV, work function of 4.5 eV and field strength of 5 V nm - 1), it is shown that the simple JWKB approximation must be completed by an effective prefactor Peff in order to match the exact quantum-mechanical result. This prefactor takes typical values around 3.4 for square barriers, 1.8 for triangular barriers and 0.84 for the Schottky-Nordheim barrier. For fields F between 1 and 10 V nm - 1 and for work functions phi between 1 and 5 eV, the prefactor Peff to consider in the case of the Schottky-Nordheim barrier actually ranges between 0.28 and 0.98. This study hence demonstrates that the Fowler-Nordheim equation (in its standard form that accounts for the image interaction and that actually relies on the simple JWKB approximation) overestimates the current emitted from a flat metal by a factor that may be of the order of 2-3 for the conditions considered in this work. The study thus confirms Forbes's opinion that this prefactor should be reintegrated in field-emission theories.

16. A Conservative Galerkin-Characteristics Algorithm Combined with a Relaxation Scheme for Two Regions Nonlinear Solute Transport Problem in Porous Media

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Mahmood, Mohammed Shuker

2007-12-26

Numerical scheme based on the modified method of characteristics with adjusted advection combined with a relaxation scheme for solving strongly nonlinear degenerate convection diffusion problem which arises in the contaminant transport in porous media with dual porosity. A series of computational experiments and comparisons with other solutions are carried out to illustrate the rate of convergence, the behavior and the capability of the scheme.

17. SOLITONS: Optimal control of optical soliton parameters: Part 2. Concept of nonlinear Bloch waves in the problem of soliton management

Serkin, Vladimir N.; Belyaeva, T. L.

2001-11-01

It is shown that optical solitons in nonlinear fibre-optic communication systems and soliton lasers can be represented as nonlinear Bloch waves in periodic structures. The Bloch theorem is proved for solitons of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation in systems with the dispersion, the nonlinearity, and the gain (absorption coefficient) periodically changing over the length. The dynamics of formation and interaction, as well as stability of the coupled states of nonlinear Bloch waves are investigated. It is shown that soliton Bloch waves exist only under certain self-matching conditions for the basic parameters of the system and reveal a structural instability with respect to the mismatch between the periods of spatial modulation of the dispersion, nonlinearity or gain.

18. Lightning strikes to tall objects: A study of wave interactions at the return-stroke front using a nonlinear transmission line model

De Conti, Alberto; Silveira, Fernando H.; Visacro, Silvério

2015-07-01

A theoretical study is presented to investigate lightning strikes to towers, with focus on wave interactions occurring at the return-stroke front due to the arrival of current pulses that propagate upward on the channel after being transmitted from the tower. The lightning channel is represented as a transmission line including corona and nonlinear losses. Analyses for the hypothetical case of a lossless channel considering matched tower and channel impedances show that the arrival of current pulses at the upward moving return-stroke front leads to an increase in corona currents leaving the channel. This transient process generates current pulses whose arrival at the tower top can be interpreted as the effect of a current reflection at the upward moving front, even though no impedance discontinuity exists at that point if return-stroke and leader channel properties are assumed the same. In the more realistic case of a lossy channel considering unmatched channel and tower impedances, the nonlinear channel resistance modifies the current pulses that propagate along the channel so that they merge smoothly with the return-stroke front. In this case, the interaction of the current pulses transmitted from the tower to the channel with the upward moving return-stroke front does not lead to features that can be clearly interpreted as the result of current reflections at that point in the evaluated conditions. Finally, it is argued that the current reflection coefficient at the tower top should be viewed as a current dependent parameter as opposed to a constant, linear value.

19. Quantum phase transitions between bosonic symmetry-protected topological states without sign problem: Nonlinear sigma model with a topological term

You, Yi-Zhuang; Bi, Zhen; Mao, Dan; Xu, Cenke

2016-03-01

We propose a series of simple two-dimensional (2D) lattice interacting fermion models that we demonstrate at low energy describe bosonic symmetry-protected topological (SPT) states and quantum phase transitions between them. This is because due to interaction, the fermions are gapped both at the boundary of the SPT states and at the bulk quantum phase transition, thus these models at low energy can be described completely by bosonic degrees of freedom. We show that the bulk of these models is described by a Sp (N ) principal chiral model with a topological Θ term, whose boundary is described by a Sp (N ) principal chiral model with a Wess-Zumino-Witten term at level 1. The quantum phase transition between SPT states in the bulk is tuned by a particular interaction term, which corresponds to tuning Θ in the field theory, and the phase transition occurs at Θ =π . The simplest version of these models with N =1 is equivalent to the familiar O(4) nonlinear sigma model (NLSM) with a topological term, whose boundary is a (1 +1 )D conformal field theory with central charge c =1 . After breaking the O(4) symmetry to its subgroups, this model can be viewed as bosonic SPT states with U(1), or Z2 symmetries, etc. All of these fermion models, including the bulk quantum phase transitions, can be simulated with the determinant quantum Monte Carlo method without the sign problem. Recent numerical results strongly suggest that the quantum disordered phase of the O(4) NLSM with precisely Θ =π is a stable (2 +1 )D conformal field theory with gapless bosonic modes.

20. Research in nonlinear structural and solid mechanics

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Mccomb, H. G., Jr. (Compiler); Noor, A. K. (Compiler)

1980-01-01

Nonlinear analysis of building structures and numerical solution of nonlinear algebraic equations and Newton's method are discussed. Other topics include: nonlinear interaction problems; solution procedures for nonlinear problems; crash dynamics and advanced nonlinear applications; material characterization, contact problems, and inelastic response; and formulation aspects and special software for nonlinear analysis.

1. Is horizontal transmission really a problem for phylogenetic comparative methods? A simulation study using continuous cultural traits

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Currie, Thomas E.; Greenhill, Simon J.; Mace, Ruth

2010-01-01

Phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs) provide a potentially powerful toolkit for testing hypotheses about cultural evolution. Here, we build on previous simulation work to assess the effect horizontal transmission between cultures has on the ability of both phylogenetic and non-phylogenetic methods to make inferences about trait evolution. We found that the mode of horizontal transmission of traits has important consequences for both methods. Where traits were horizontally transmitted separately, PCMs accurately reported when trait evolution was not correlated even at the highest levels of horizontal transmission. By contrast, linear regression analyses often incorrectly concluded that traits were correlated. Where simulated trait evolution was not correlated and traits were horizontally transmitted as a pair, both methods inferred increased levels of positive correlation with increasing horizontal transmission. Where simulated trait evolution was correlated, increasing rates of separate horizontal transmission led to decreasing levels of inferred correlation for both methods, but increasing rates of paired horizontal transmission did not. Furthermore, the PCM was also able to make accurate inferences about the ancestral state of traits. These results suggest that under certain conditions, PCMs can be robust to the effects of horizontal transmission. We discuss ways that future work can investigate the mode and tempo of horizontal transmission of cultural traits. PMID:21041214

2. Canard solution and its asymptotic approximation in a second-order nonlinear singularly perturbed boundary value problem with a turning point

Shen, Jianhe; Han, Maoan

2014-08-01

This paper considers the existence and uniformly valid asymptotic approximation of canard solutions in a second-order nonlinear singularly perturbed boundary value problem with a turning point. We get the main results by constructing the asymptotic solution first and then defining a couple of upper and lower solutions suitably on the basis of the asymptotic solution. Two examples are carried out to illustrate and verify the theoretical results.

3. A methodology for airplane parameter estimation and confidence interval determination in nonlinear estimation problems. Ph.D. Thesis - George Washington Univ., Apr. 1985

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Murphy, P. C.

1986-01-01

An algorithm for maximum likelihood (ML) estimation is developed with an efficient method for approximating the sensitivities. The ML algorithm relies on a new optimization method referred to as a modified Newton-Raphson with estimated sensitivities (MNRES). MNRES determines sensitivities by using slope information from local surface approximations of each output variable in parameter space. With the fitted surface, sensitivity information can be updated at each iteration with less computational effort than that required by either a finite-difference method or integration of the analytically determined sensitivity equations. MNRES eliminates the need to derive sensitivity equations for each new model, and thus provides flexibility to use model equations in any convenient format. A random search technique for determining the confidence limits of ML parameter estimates is applied to nonlinear estimation problems for airplanes. The confidence intervals obtained by the search are compared with Cramer-Rao (CR) bounds at the same confidence level. The degree of nonlinearity in the estimation problem is an important factor in the relationship between CR bounds and the error bounds determined by the search technique. Beale's measure of nonlinearity is developed in this study for airplane identification problems; it is used to empirically correct confidence levels and to predict the degree of agreement between CR bounds and search estimates.

4. Bridging Proper Orthogonal Decomposition methods and augmented Newton-Krylov algorithms: an adaptive model order reduction for highly nonlinear mechanical problems

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Kerfriden, P.; Gosselet, P.; Adhikari, S.; Bordas, S.

2013-01-01

This article describes a bridge between POD-based model order reduction techniques and the classical Newton/Krylov solvers. This bridge is used to derive an efficient algorithm to correct, “on-the-fly”, the reduced order modelling of highly nonlinear problems undergoing strong topological changes. Damage initiation problems are addressed and tackle via a corrected hyperreduction method. It is shown that the relevancy of reduced order model can be significantly improved with reasonable additional costs when using this algorithm, even when strong topological changes are involved. PMID:27076688

5. A Sequential Linear Quadratic Approach for Constrained Nonlinear Optimal Control with Adaptive Time Discretization and Application to Higher Elevation Mars Landing Problem

Sandhu, Amit

A sequential quadratic programming method is proposed for solving nonlinear optimal control problems subject to general path constraints including mixed state-control and state only constraints. The proposed algorithm further develops on the approach proposed in [1] with objective to eliminate the use of a high number of time intervals for arriving at an optimal solution. This is done by introducing an adaptive time discretization to allow formation of a desirable control profile without utilizing a lot of intervals. The use of fewer time intervals reduces the computation time considerably. This algorithm is further used in this thesis to solve a trajectory planning problem for higher elevation Mars landing.

6. Steady induction effects in geomagnetism. Part 1B: Geomagnetic estimation of steady surficial core motions: A non-linear inverse problem

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Voorhies, Coerte V.

1993-01-01

The problem of estimating a steady fluid velocity field near the top of Earth's core which induces the secular variation (SV) indicated by models of the observed geomagnetic field is examined in the source-free mantle/frozen-flux core (SFI/VFFC) approximation. This inverse problem is non-linear because solutions of the forward problem are deterministically chaotic. The SFM/FFC approximation is inexact, and neither the models nor the observations they represent are either complete or perfect. A method is developed for solving the non-linear inverse motional induction problem posed by the hypothesis of (piecewise, statistically) steady core surface flow and the supposition of a complete initial geomagnetic condition. The method features iterative solution of the weighted, linearized least-squares problem and admits optional biases favoring surficially geostrophic flow and/or spatially simple flow. Two types of weights are advanced radial field weights for fitting the evolution of the broad-scale portion of the radial field component near Earth's surface implied by the models, and generalized weights for fitting the evolution of the broad-scale portion of the scalar potential specified by the models.

7. Multiple spreading phenomena for a free boundary problem of a reaction-diffusion equation with a certain class of bistable nonlinearity

2016-07-01

This paper deals with a free boundary problem for diffusion equation with a certain class of bistable nonlinearity which allows two positive stable equilibrium states as an ODE model. This problem models the invasion of a biological species and the free boundary represents the spreading front of its habitat. Our main interest is to study large-time behaviors of solutions for the free boundary problem. We will completely classify asymptotic behaviors of solutions and, in particular, observe two different types of spreading phenomena corresponding to two positive stable equilibrium states. Moreover, it will be proved that, if the free boundary expands to infinity, an asymptotic speed of the moving free boundary for large time can be uniquely determined from the related semi-wave problem.

8. Parasitic nonlinearities in photon pair generation via integrated spontaneous four-wave mixing: Critical problem or distraction?

Helt, L. G.; Steel, M. J.; Sipe, J. E.

2013-05-01

We consider integrated photon pair sources based on spontaneous four-wave mixing and derive expressions for the pump powers at which various nonlinear processes become relevant for a variety of source materials and structures. These expressions serve as rules of thumb in identifying reasonable parameter regimes for the design of such sources. We demonstrate that if pump powers are kept low enough to suppress cross-phase modulation, multi-pair events as well as many other nonlinear effects are often also constrained to negligible levels.

9. Multi-channel nonlinearity compensation of PDM-QPSK signals in dispersion-managed transmission using dispersion-folded digital backward propagation.

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Xia, Cen; Liu, Xiang; Chandrasekhar, S; Fontaine, N K; Zhu, Likai; Li, G

2014-03-10

We demonstrate nonlinearity compensation of 37.5-GHz-spaced 128-Gb/s PDM-QPSK signals using dispersion-folded digital-backward-propagation and a spectrally-sliced receiver that simultaneously receives three WDM signals, showing mitigation of intra-channel and inter-channel nonlinear effects in a 2560-km dispersion-managed TWRS-fiber link. Intra-channel and adjacent inter-channel nonlinear compensation gains when WDM channels are fully populated in the C-band are estimated based on the GN-model. PMID:24663923

10. Traveltime tomography and nonlinear constrained optimization

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Berryman, J.G.

1988-10-01

Fermat's principle of least traveltime states that the first arrivals follow ray paths with the smallest overall traveltime from the point of transmission to the point of reception. This principle determines a definite convex set of feasible slowness models - depending only on the traveltime data - for the fully nonlinear traveltime inversion problem. The existence of such a convex set allows us to transform the inversion problem into a nonlinear constrained optimization problem. Fermat's principle also shows that the standard undamped least-squares solution to the inversion problem always produces a slowness model with many ray paths having traveltime shorter than the measured traveltime (an impossibility even if the trial ray paths are not the true ray paths). In a damped least-squares inversion, the damping parameter may be varied to allow efficient location of a slowness model on the feasibility boundary. 13 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

11. A spectral projection method for transmission eigenvalues

Zeng, Fang; Sun, JiGuang; Xu, LiWei

2016-08-01

In this paper, we consider a nonlinear integral eigenvalue problem, which is a reformulation of the transmission eigenvalue problem arising in the inverse scattering theory. The boundary element method is employed for discretization, which leads to a generalized matrix eigenvalue problem. We propose a novel method based on the spectral projection. The method probes a given region on the complex plane using contour integrals and decides if the region contains eigenvalue(s) or not. It is particularly suitable to test if zero is an eigenvalue of the generalized eigenvalue problem, which in turn implies that the associated wavenumber is a transmission eigenvalue. Effectiveness and efficiency of the new method are demonstrated by numerical examples.

12. Analytical solution of a double moving boundary problem for nonlinear flows in one-dimensional semi-infinite long porous media with low permeability

Liu, Wen-Chao; Yao, Jun; Chen, Zhang-Xin

2014-02-01

Based on Huang's accurate tri-sectional nonlinear kinematic equation (1997), a dimensionless simplified mathematical model for nonlinear flow in one-dimensional semi-infinite long porous media with low permeability is presented for the case of a constant flow rate on the inner boundary. This model contains double moving boundaries, including an internal moving boundary and an external moving boundary, which are different from the classical Stefan problem in heat conduction: The velocity of the external moving boundary is proportional to the second derivative of the unknown pressure function with respect to the distance parameter on this boundary. Through a similarity transformation, the nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE) system is transformed into a linear PDE system. Then an analytical solution is obtained for the dimensionless simplified mathematical model. This solution can be used for strictly checking the validity of numerical methods in solving such nonlinear mathematical models for flows in low-permeable porous media for petroleum engineering applications. Finally, through plotted comparison curves from the exact analytical solution, the sensitive effects of three characteristic parameters are discussed. It is concluded that with a decrease in the dimensionless critical pressure gradient, the sensitive effects of the dimensionless variable on the dimensionless pressure distribution and dimensionless pressure gradient distribution becomemore serious; with an increase in the dimensionless pseudo threshold pressure gradient, the sensitive effects of the dimensionless variable become more serious; the dimensionless threshold pressure gradient (TPG) has a great effect on the external moving boundary but has little effect on the internal moving boundary. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

13. Analytical solution of a double moving boundary problem for nonlinear flows in one-dimensional semi-infinite long porous media with low permeability

Liu, Wen-Chao; Yao, Jun; Chen, Zhang-Xin

2014-01-01

Based on Huang's accurate tri-sectional nonlinear kinematic equation (1997), a dimensionless simplified mathematical model for nonlinear flow in one-dimensional semi-infinite long porous media with low permeability is presented for the case of a constant flow rate on the inner boundary. This model contains double moving boundaries, including an internal moving boundary and an external moving boundary, which are different from the classical Stefan problem in heat conduction: The velocity of the external moving boundary is proportional to the second derivative of the unknown pressure function with respect to the distance parameter on this boundary. Through a similarity transformation, the nonlinear partial differential equation (PDE) system is transformed into a linear PDE system. Then an analytical solution is obtained for the dimensionless simplified mathematical model. This solution can be used for strictly checking the validity of numerical methods in solving such nonlinear mathematical models for flows in low-permeable porous media for petroleum engineering applications. Finally, through plotted comparison curves from the exact analytical solution, the sensitive effects of three characteristic parameters are discussed. It is concluded that with a decrease in the dimensionless critical pressure gradient, the sensitive effects of the dimensionless variable on the dimensionless pressure distribution and dimensionless pressure gradient distribution become more serious; with an increase in the dimensionless pseudo threshold pressure gradient, the sensitive effects of the dimensionless variable become more serious; the dimensionless threshold pressure gradient (TPG) has a great effect on the external moving boundary but has little effect on the internal moving boundary.

14. Generation and transmission expansion planning for renewable energy integration

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Bent, Russell W; Berscheid, Alan; Toole, G. Loren

2010-11-30

In recent years the expansion planning problem has become increasingly complex. As expansion planning (sometimes called composite or integrated resource planning) is a non-linear and non-convex optimization problem, researchers have traditionally focused on approximate models of power flows to solve the problem. The problem has also been split into generation expansion planning (GEP) and transmission network expansion planning (TNEP) to improve computational tractability. Until recently these approximations have produced results that are straight-forward to combine and adapt to the more complex and complete problem. However, the power grid is evolving towards a state where the adaptations are no longer easy (e.g. large amounts of limited control, renewable generation, comparable generation and transmission construction costs) and necessitates new approaches. Recent work on deterministic Discrepancy Bounded Local Search (DBLS) has shown it to be quite effective in addressing the TNEP. In this paper, we propose a generalization of DBLS to handle simultaneous generation and transmission planning.

15. Uniqueness of self-similar solutions to the Riemann problem for the Hopf equation with complex nonlinearity

Kulikovskii, A. G.; Chugainova, A. P.; Shargatov, V. A.

2016-07-01

Solutions of the Riemann problem for a generalized Hopf equation are studied. The solutions are constructed using a sequence of non-overturning Riemann waves and shock waves with stable stationary and nonstationary structures.

16. Finite-element formulation for the analysis of interfaces, nonlinear and large displacement problems in geotechnical engineering

Zeevaert, A. E.

1980-03-01

A mathematical formulation to model the behavior under load of a reinforced soil system, where a fabric is placed over a soft soil and covered with stone for use as a temporary haul road is discussed. This approach is used to improve the behavior of temporary roadways, particularly where very soft soils are encountered. The stress distribution and the load-deformation characteristics of the soil-fabric system for varying geometries and material properties are defined. Included in the mathematical formulation are such features as: nonlinear behavior of the soil and fabric materials, friction parameters of the interface, tension characteristics of the fabric materials, large displacements in finite deformation, "no tension" conditions of the cohesionless materials, and yielding of plastic materials. The mathematical model is a more complete approximation of the actual fabric-soil system than is presently available.

17. Computational method for transmission eigenvalues for a spherically stratified medium.

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Cheng, Xiaoliang; Yang, Jing

2015-07-01

We consider a computational method for the interior transmission eigenvalue problem that arises in acoustic and electromagnetic scattering. The transmission eigenvalues contain useful information about some physical properties, such as the index of refraction. Instead of the existence and estimation of the spectral property of the transmission eigenvalues, we focus on the numerical calculation, especially for spherically stratified media in R3. Due to the nonlinearity and the special structure of the interior transmission eigenvalue problem, there are not many numerical methods to date. First, we reduce the problem into a second-order ordinary differential equation. Then, we apply the Hermite finite element to the weak formulation of the equation. With proper rewriting of the matrix-vector form, we change the original nonlinear eigenvalue problem into a quadratic eigenvalue problem, which can be written as a linear system and solved by the eigs function in MATLAB. This numerical method is fast, effective, and can calculate as many transmission eigenvalues as needed at a time. PMID:26367151

18. October 29-31, 2003 geomagnetic storm: geomagnetically induced currents and their relation to problems in the Swedish high-voltage power transmission system

Pulkkinen, A. A.; Lindahl, S.; Viljanen, A.; Pirjola, R.

2004-12-01

In October 30, 2003, an ongoing geomagnetic superstorm knocked down a part of the high-voltage power transmission system in southern Sweden operated by the Sydkraft company. The blackout lasted for an hour and left about 50000 people without electricity. The incident was probably the most severe GIC failure observed since the well-known March 1989 Québec blackout and thus the problems in a Swedish system deserve a closer look. The geophysical background and the impacts on the Swedish high-voltage power transmission system of the October 29-31, 2003 geomagnetic storm are described in the study at hand. It was seen that athough no serious problems in North-America have been reported, the "three-phase" storm produced exceptionally large geomagnetic activity at the Fennoscandian auroral region. It was also seen that GIC modeled for southern Sweden region using very simplistic methods were able to explain the times of the failures in the Swedish system thus confirming the sources of experienced problems and adding also GIC to the long list of causes of technological impacts of the storm. Though the great diversity of the GIC drivers are addresses in the study, the problems in operating the Swedish system during the exceptionally intense storm of October 29-31, 2003 are attributed geophysically to substorms, SSCs and enhanced ionospheric convection all of which were creating large and complex geoelectric fields capable of driving large GIC. Based on the basic two-fold nature of the failure-related geoelectric field characteristics, a semi-deterministic approach for forecasting GIC-related geomagnetic activity in which average overall activity is supplemented with statistical estimations of the amplitudes of GIC fluctuations is suggested.

19. Domestic transmission routes of pathogens: the problem of in-house contamination of drinking water during storage in developing countries.

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Jensen, Peter Kjaer; Ensink, Jeroen H J; Jayasinghe, Gayathri; van der Hoek, Wim; Cairncross, Sandy; Dalsgaard, Anders

2002-07-01

Even if drinking water of poor rural communities is obtained from a 'safe' source, it can become contaminated during storage in the house. To investigate the relative importance of this domestic domain contamination, a 5-week intervention study was conducted. Sixty-seven households in Punjab, Pakistan, were provided with new water storage containers (pitchers): 33 received a traditional wide-necked pitcher normally used in the area and the remaining 34 households received a narrow-necked water storage pitcher, preventing direct hand contact with the water. Results showed that the domestic domain contamination with indicator bacteria is important only when the water source is relatively clean, i.e. contains less than 100 Escherichia coli per 100 ml of water. When the number of E. coli in the water source is above this value, interventions to prevent the domestic contamination would have a minor impact on water quality compared with public domain interventions. Although the bacteriological water quality improved, elimination of direct hand contact with the stored water inside the household could not prevent the occasional occurrence of extreme pollution of the drinking water at its source. This shows that extreme contamination values that are often thought to originate within the domestic domain have to be attributed to the public domain transmission, i.e. filling and washing of the water pitchers. This finding has implications for interventions that aim at the elimination of these extreme contaminations. PMID:12100444

20. Improving the Accuracy of Quadrature Method Solutions of Fredholm Integral Equations That Arise from Nonlinear Two-Point Boundary Value Problems

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Sidi, Avram; Pennline, James A.

1999-01-01

In this paper we are concerned with high-accuracy quadrature method solutions of nonlinear Fredholm integral equations of the form y(x) = r(x) + definite integral of g(x, t)F(t,y(t))dt with limits between 0 and 1,0 less than or equal to x les than or equal to 1, where the kernel function g(x,t) is continuous, but its partial derivatives have finite jump discontinuities across x = t. Such integral equations arise, e.g., when one applied Green's function techniques to nonlinear two-point boundary value problems of the form y "(x) =f(x,y(x)), 0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 1, with y(0) = y(sub 0) and y(l) = y(sub l), or other linear boundary conditions. A quadrature method that is especially suitable and that has been employed for such equations is one based on the trepezoidal rule that has a low accuracy. By analyzing the corresponding Euler-Maclaurin expansion, we derive suitable correction terms that we add to the trapezoidal rule, thus obtaining new numerical quadrature formulas of arbitrarily high accuracy that we also use in defining quadrature methods for the integral equations above. We prove an existence and uniqueness theorem for the quadrature method solutions, and show that their accuracy is the same as that of the underlying quadrature formula. The solution of the nonlinear systems resulting from the quadrature methods is achieved through successive approximations whose convergence is also proved. The results are demonstrated with numerical examples.

1. Improving the Accuracy of Quadrature Method Solutions of Fredholm Integral Equations that Arise from Nonlinear Two-Point Boundary Value Problems

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Sidi, Avram; Pennline, James A.

1999-01-01

In this paper we are concerned with high-accuracy quadrature method solutions of nonlinear Fredholm integral equations of the form y(x) = r(x) + integral(0 to 1) g(x,t) F(t, y(t)) dt, 0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 1, where the kernel function g(x,t) is continuous, but its partial derivatives have finite jump discontinuities across x = t. Such integrals equations arise, e.g., when one applies Green's function techniques to nonlinear two-point boundary value problems of the form U''(x) = f(x,y(x)), 0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 1, with y(0) = y(sub 0) and g(l) = y(sub 1), or other linear boundary conditions. A quadrature method that is especially suitable and that has been employed for such equations is one based on the trapezoidal rule that has a low accuracy. By analyzing the corresponding Euler-Maclaurin expansion, we derive suitable correction terms that we add to the trapezoidal thus obtaining new numerical quadrature formulas of arbitrarily high accuracy that we also use in defining quadrature methods for the integral equations above. We prove an existence and uniqueness theorem for the quadrature method solutions, and show that their accuracy is the same as that of the underlying quadrature formula. The solution of the nonlinear systems resulting from the quadrature methods is achieved through successive approximations whose convergence is also proved. The results are demonstrated with numerical examples.

2. Influence of viscosity on the reflection and transmission of an acoustic wave by a periodic array of screens. The general 3-D problem

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Homentcovschi, Dorel; Miles, Ronald N.

2008-01-01

An analysis is presented of the diffraction of a pressure wave by a periodic grating including the influence of the air viscosity. The direction of the incoming pressure wave is arbitrary. As opposed to the classical nonviscous case, the problem cannot be reduced to a plane problem having a definite 3-D character. The system of partial differential equations used for solving the problem consists of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations associated with no-slip boundary conditions on solid surfaces. The problem is reduced to a system of two hypersingular integral equations for determining the velocity components in the slits’ plane and a hypersingular integral equation for the normal component of velocity. These equations are solved by using Galerkin’s method with some special trial functions. The results can be applied in designing protective screens for miniature microphones realized in MEMS technology. In this case, the physical dimensions of the device are on the order of the viscous boundary layer so that the viscosity cannot be neglected. The analysis indicates that the openings in the screen should be on the order of 10 microns in order to avoid excessive attenuation of the signal. This paper also provides the variation of the transmission coefficient with frequency in the acoustical domain. PMID:19122753

3. The Discrete Geometric Conservation Law and the Nonlinear Stability of ALE Schemes for the Solution of Flow Problems on Moving Grids

Farhat, Charbel; Geuzaine, Philippe; Grandmont, Céline

2001-12-01

Discrete geometric conservation laws (DGCLs) govern the geometric parameters of numerical schemes designed for the solution of unsteady flow problems on moving grids. A DGCL requires that these geometric parameters, which include among others grid positions and velocities, be computed so that the corresponding numerical scheme reproduces exactly a constant solution. Sometimes, this requirement affects the intrinsic design of an arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) solution method. In this paper, we show for sample ALE schemes that satisfying the corresponding DGCL is a necessary and sufficient condition for a numerical scheme to preserve the nonlinear stability of its fixed grid counterpart. We also highlight the impact of this theoretical result on practical applications of computational fluid dynamics.

4. Preconditioner and convergence study for the Quantum Computer Aided Design (QCAD) nonlinear poisson problem posed on the Ottawa Flat 270 design geometry.

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Kalashnikova, Irina

2012-05-01

A numerical study aimed to evaluate different preconditioners within the Trilinos Ifpack and ML packages for the Quantum Computer Aided Design (QCAD) non-linear Poisson problem implemented within the Albany code base and posed on the Ottawa Flat 270 design geometry is performed. This study led to some new development of Albany that allows the user to select an ML preconditioner with Zoltan repartitioning based on nodal coordinates, which is summarized. Convergence of the numerical solutions computed within the QCAD computational suite with successive mesh refinement is examined in two metrics, the mean value of the solution (an L{sup 1} norm) and the field integral of the solution (L{sup 2} norm).

5. Recent advances in nonlinear passive vibration isolators

Ibrahim, R. A.

2008-07-01

The theory of nonlinear vibration isolation has witnessed significant developments due to pressing demands for the protection of structural installations, nuclear reactors, mechanical components, and sensitive instruments from earthquake ground motion, shocks, and impact loads. In view of these demands, engineers and physicists have developed different types of nonlinear vibration isolators. This article presents a comprehensive assessment of recent developments of nonlinear isolators in the absence of active control means. It does not deal with other means of linear or nonlinear vibration absorbers. It begins with the basic concept and features of nonlinear isolators and inherent nonlinear phenomena. Specific types of nonlinear isolators are then discussed, including ultra-low-frequency isolators. For vertical vibration isolation, the treatment of the Euler spring isolator is based on the post-buckling dynamic characteristics of the column elastica and axial stiffness. Exact and approximate analyses of axial stiffness of the post-buckled Euler beam are outlined. Different techniques of reducing the resonant frequency of the isolator are described. Another group is based on the Gospodnetic-Frisch-Fay beam, which is free to slide on two supports. The restoring force of this beam resembles to a great extent the restoring roll moment of biased ships. The base isolation of buildings, bridges, and liquid storage tanks subjected to earthquake ground motion is then described. Base isolation utilizes friction elements, laminated-rubber bearings, and the friction pendulum. Nonlinear viscoelastic and composite material springs, and smart material elements are described in terms of material mechanical characteristics and the dependence of their transmissibility on temperature and excitation amplitude. The article is closed by conclusions, which highlight resolved and unresolved problems and recommendations for future research directions.

6. Identifying nonlinear biomechanical models by multicriteria analysis

Srdjevic, Zorica; Cveticanin, Livija

2012-02-01

In this study, the methodology developed by Srdjevic and Cveticanin (International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 34 (2004) 307-318) for the nonbiased (objective) parameter identification of the linear biomechanical model exposed to vertical vibrations is extended to the identification of n-degree of freedom (DOF) nonlinear biomechanical models. The dynamic performance of the n-DOF nonlinear model is described in terms of response functions in the frequency domain, such as the driving-point mechanical impedance and seat-to-head transmissibility function. For randomly generated parameters of the model, nonlinear equations of motion are solved using the Runge-Kutta method. The appropriate data transformation from the time-to-frequency domain is performed by a discrete Fourier transformation. Squared deviations of the response functions from the target values are used as the model performance evaluation criteria, thus shifting the problem into the multicriteria framework. The objective weights of criteria are obtained by applying the Shannon entropy concept. The suggested methodology is programmed in Pascal and tested on a 4-DOF nonlinear lumped parameter biomechanical model. The identification process over the 2000 generated sets of parameters lasts less than 20 s. The model response obtained with the imbedded identified parameters correlates well with the target values, therefore, justifying the use of the underlying concept and the mathematical instruments and numerical tools applied. It should be noted that the identified nonlinear model has an improved accuracy of the biomechanical response compared to the accuracy of a linear model.

7. Nonlinear rotordynamics analysis

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Day, W. B.

1985-01-01

The special nonlinearities of the Jeffcott equations in rotordynamics are examined. The immediate application of this analysis is directed toward understanding the excessive vibrations recorded in the LOX pump of the SSME during hot firing ground testing. Deadband, side force and rubbing are three possible sources of inducing nonlinearity in the Jeffcott equations. The present analysis initially reduces these problems to the same mathematical description. A special frequency, named the nonlinear natural frequency is defined and used to develop the solutions of the nonlinear Jeffcott equations as asympotic expansions. This nonlinear natural frequency which is the ratio of the cross-stiffness and the damping, plays a major role in determining response frequencies. Numerical solutions are included for comparison with the analysis. Also, nonlinear frequency-response tables are made for a typical range of values.

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Walsh, Timothy Francis; Day, David Minot

2007-04-01

In this report we will describe some nonlinear eigenvalue problems that arise in the areas of solid mechanics, acoustics, and coupled structural acoustics. We will focus mostly on quadratic eigenvalue problems, which are a special case of nonlinear eigenvalue problems. Algorithms for solving the quadratic eigenvalue problem will be presented, along with some example calculations.

9. Once Nonlinear, Always Nonlinear''

Blackstock, David T.

2006-05-01

The phrase "Once nonlinear, always nonlinear" is attributed to David F. Pernet. In the 1970s he noticed that nonlinearly generated higher harmonic components (both tones and noise) don't decay as small signals, no matter how far the wave propagates. Despite being out of step with the then widespread notion that small-signal behavior is restored in "old age," Pernet's view is supported by the Burgers-equation solutions of the early 1960s. For a plane wave from a sinusoidally vibrating source in a thermoviscous fluid, the old-age decay of the nth harmonic is e-nαx, not e-n2αx (small-signal expectation), where α is the absorption coefficient at the fundamental frequency f and x is propagation distance. Moreover, for spherical waves (r the distance) the harmonic diminishes as e-nαx/rn, not e-n2αx/r. While not new, these results have special application to aircraft noise propagation, since the large propagation distances of interest imply old age. The virtual source model may be used to explain the "anomalous" decay rates. In old age most of the nth harmonic sound comes from virtual sources close to the receiver. Their strength is proportional to the nth power of the local fundamental amplitude, and that sets the decay law for the nth harmonic.

10. Detecting nonlinearity and chaos in epidemic data

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Ellner, S.; Gallant, A.R.; Theiler, J. |

1993-08-01

Historical data on recurrent epidemics have been central to the debate about the prevalence of chaos in biological population dynamics. Schaffer and Kot who first recognized that the abundance and accuracy of disease incidence data opened the door to applying a range of methods for detecting chaos that had been devised in the early 1980s. Using attractor reconstruction, estimates of dynamical invariants, and comparisons between data and simulation of SEIR models, the case for chaos in childhood epidemics was made through a series of influential papers beginning in the mid 1980s. The proposition that the precise timing and magnitude of epidemic outbreaks are deterministic but chaotic is appealing, since it raises the hope of finding determinism and simplicity beneath the apparently stochastic and complicated surface of the data. The initial enthusiasm for methods of detecting chaos in data has been followed by critical re-evaluations of their limitations. Early hopes of a one size fits all algorithm to diagnose chaos vs. noise in any data set have given way to a recognition that a variety of methods must be used, and interpretation of results must take into account the limitations of each method and the imperfections of the data. Our goals here are to outline some newer methods for detecting nonlinearity and chaos that have a solid statistical basis and are suited to epidemic data, and to begin a re-evaluation of the claims for nonlinear dynamics and chaos in epidemics using these newer methods. We also identify features of epidemic data that create problems for the older, better known methods of detecting chaos. When we ask are epidemics nonlinear?, we are not questioning the existence of global nonlinearities in epidemic dynamics, such as nonlinear transmission rates. Our question is whether the datas deviations from an annual cyclic trend (which would reflect global nonlinearities) are described by a linear, noise-driven stochastic process.

11. A new Green's function Monte Carlo algorithm for the solution of the two-dimensional nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation: Application to the modeling of the communication breakdown problem in space vehicles during re-entry

Chatterjee, Kausik; Roadcap, John R.; Singh, Surendra

2014-11-01

The objective of this paper is the exposition of a recently-developed, novel Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC) algorithm for the solution of nonlinear partial differential equations and its application to the modeling of the plasma sheath region around a cylindrical conducting object, carrying a potential and moving at low speeds through an otherwise neutral medium. The plasma sheath is modeled in equilibrium through the GFMC solution of the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann (NPB) equation. The traditional Monte Carlo based approaches for the solution of nonlinear equations are iterative in nature, involving branching stochastic processes which are used to calculate linear functionals of the solution of nonlinear integral equations. Over the last several years, one of the authors of this paper, K. Chatterjee has been developing a philosophically-different approach, where the linearization of the equation of interest is not required and hence there is no need for iteration and the simulation of branching processes. Instead, an approximate expression for the Green's function is obtained using perturbation theory, which is used to formulate the random walk equations within the problem sub-domains where the random walker makes its walks. However, as a trade-off, the dimensions of these sub-domains have to be restricted by the limitations imposed by perturbation theory. The greatest advantage of this approach is the ease and simplicity of parallelization stemming from the lack of the need for iteration, as a result of which the parallelization procedure is identical to the parallelization procedure for the GFMC solution of a linear problem. The application area of interest is in the modeling of the communication breakdown problem during a space vehicle's re-entry into the atmosphere. However, additional application areas are being explored in the modeling of electromagnetic propagation through the atmosphere/ionosphere in UHF/GPS applications.

12. A new Green's function Monte Carlo algorithm for the solution of the two-dimensional nonlinear Poisson–Boltzmann equation: Application to the modeling of the communication breakdown problem in space vehicles during re-entry

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Chatterjee, Kausik; Roadcap, John R.; Singh, Surendra

2014-11-01

The objective of this paper is the exposition of a recently-developed, novel Green's function Monte Carlo (GFMC) algorithm for the solution of nonlinear partial differential equations and its application to the modeling of the plasma sheath region around a cylindrical conducting object, carrying a potential and moving at low speeds through an otherwise neutral medium. The plasma sheath is modeled in equilibrium through the GFMC solution of the nonlinear Poisson–Boltzmann (NPB) equation. The traditional Monte Carlo based approaches for the solution of nonlinear equations are iterative in nature, involving branching stochastic processes which are used to calculate linear functionals of the solution of nonlinear integral equations. Over the last several years, one of the authors of this paper, K. Chatterjee has been developing a philosophically-different approach, where the linearization of the equation of interest is not required and hence there is no need for iteration and the simulation of branching processes. Instead, an approximate expression for the Green's function is obtained using perturbation theory, which is used to formulate the random walk equations within the problem sub-domains where the random walker makes its walks. However, as a trade-off, the dimensions of these sub-domains have to be restricted by the limitations imposed by perturbation theory. The greatest advantage of this approach is the ease and simplicity of parallelization stemming from the lack of the need for iteration, as a result of which the parallelization procedure is identical to the parallelization procedure for the GFMC solution of a linear problem. The application area of interest is in the modeling of the communication breakdown problem during a space vehicle's re-entry into the atmosphere. However, additional application areas are being explored in the modeling of electromagnetic propagation through the atmosphere/ionosphere in UHF/GPS applications.

13. Transmission Planning Analysis Tool

Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

2015-06-23

Developed to solve specific problem: Assist transmission planning for regional transfers in interconnected power systems. This work was originated in a study for the U.S. Department of State, to recommend transmission reinforcements for the Central American regional system that interconnects 6 countries. Transmission planning analysis is currently performed by engineers with domainspecific and systemspecific knowledge without a unique methodology. The software codes of this disclosure assists engineers by defining systematic analysis procedures to help identifymore » weak points and make decisions on transmission planning of regional interconnected power systems. Transmission Planning Analysis Tool groups PSS/E results of multiple AC contingency analysis and voltage stability analysis and QV analysis of many scenarios of study and arrange them in a systematic way to aid power system planning engineers or transmission operators in effective decision]making process or in the off]line study environment.« less

14. Transmission Planning Analysis Tool

SciTech Connect

2015-06-23

Developed to solve specific problem: Assist transmission planning for regional transfers in interconnected power systems. This work was originated in a study for the U.S. Department of State, to recommend transmission reinforcements for the Central American regional system that interconnects 6 countries. Transmission planning analysis is currently performed by engineers with domainspecific and systemspecific knowledge without a unique methodology. The software codes of this disclosure assists engineers by defining systematic analysis procedures to help identify weak points and make decisions on transmission planning of regional interconnected power systems. Transmission Planning Analysis Tool groups PSS/E results of multiple AC contingency analysis and voltage stability analysis and QV analysis of many scenarios of study and arrange them in a systematic way to aid power system planning engineers or transmission operators in effective decision]making process or in the off]line study environment.

15. Shingles Transmission

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... on Shingles Immunization Action Coalition Chickenpox Q&As Transmission Language: English Español (Spanish) Recommend on Facebook Tweet ... Prevention & Treatment Related Pages Preventing Varicella Zoster Virus Transmission in Healthcare Settings Related Links Medline Plus NIH ...

16. Nonlinear phased array imaging

Croxford, Anthony J.; Cheng, Jingwei; Potter, Jack N.

2016-04-01

A technique is presented for imaging acoustic nonlinearity within a specimen using ultrasonic phased arrays. Acoustic nonlinearity is measured by evaluating the difference in energy of the transmission bandwidth within the diffuse field produced through different focusing modes. The two different modes being classical beam forming, where delays are applied to different element of a phased array to physically focus the energy at a single location (parallel firing) and focusing in post processing, whereby one element at a time is fired and a focused image produced in post processing (sequential firing). Although these two approaches are linearly equivalent the difference in physical displacement within the specimen leads to differences in nonlinear effects. These differences are localized to the areas where the amplitude is different, essentially confining the differences to the focal point. Direct measurement at the focal point are however difficult to make. In order to measure this the diffuse field is used. It is a statistical property of the diffuse field that it represents the total energy in the system. If the energy in the diffuse field for both the sequential and parallel firing case is measured then the difference between these, within the input signal bandwidth, is largely due to differences at the focal spot. This difference therefore gives a localized measurement of where energy is moving out of the transmission bandwidth due to nonlinear effects. This technique is used to image fatigue cracks and other damage types undetectable with conventional linear ultrasonic measurements.

17. Application of TAGE Iterative Methods for the Solution of Nonlinear Two Point Boundary Value Problems with Linear Mixed Boundary Conditions on a Non-Uniform Mesh

Mohanty, R. K.; Talwar, Jyoti; Khosla, Noopur

2012-05-01

We report the application of two parameter alternating group explicit (TAGE) iteration and Newton-TAGE iteration methods for the solution of nonlinear differential equation u″=F(x, u, u‧) subject to linear mixed boundary conditions on a non-uniform mesh. In both cases, we use only three non-uniform grid points. The convergence theory for TAGE iteration method is analyzed. Numerical examples are considered to demonstrate computationally and the utility of TAGE iteration methods.

18. Spatiotemporal soliton supported by parity-time symmetric potential with competing nonlinearities

Xu, Si-Liu; Zhao, Yuan; Petrović, Nikola Z.; Belić, Milivoj R.

2016-07-01

We construct explicit spatiotemporal or light bullet (LB) solutions to the (3 + 1)-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) with inhomogeneous diffraction/dispersion and nonlinearity in the presence of parity-time (PT) symmetric potential with competing nonlinearities. The solution is based on the similarity transformation, by which the initial inhomogeneous problem is reduced to the standard NLSE with constant coefficients but with redefined variables and potential. Transmission characteristics of LB solutions, such as the phase change, half width and chirp, are studied in the media with exponentially decreasing diffraction/dispersion and with periodic modulation. Our outcomes demonstrate that diffraction/dispersion and nonlinearity management can prolong the stability of LBs in a PT potential.

19. Spline approximations for nonlinear hereditary control systems

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Daniel, P. L.

1982-01-01

A sline-based approximation scheme is discussed for optimal control problems governed by nonlinear nonautonomous delay differential equations. The approximating framework reduces the original control problem to a sequence of optimization problems governed by ordinary differential equations. Convergence proofs, which appeal directly to dissipative-type estimates for the underlying nonlinear operator, are given and numerical findings are summarized.

20. LDRD report nonlinear model reduction

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Segalman, D.; Heinstein, M.

1997-09-01

The very general problem of model reduction of nonlinear systems was made tractable by focusing on the very large subclass consisting of linear subsystems connected by nonlinear interfaces. Such problems constitute a large part of the nonlinear structural problems encountered in addressing the Sandia missions. A synthesis approach to this class of problems was developed consisting of: detailed modeling of the interface mechanics; collapsing the interface simulation results into simple nonlinear interface models; constructing system models by assembling model approximations of the linear subsystems and the nonlinear interface models. These system models, though nonlinear, would have very few degrees of freedom. A paradigm problem, that of machine tool vibration, was selected for application of the reduction approach outlined above. Research results achieved along the way as well as the overall modeling of a specific machine tool have been very encouraging. In order to confirm the interface models resulting from simulation, it was necessary to develop techniques to deduce interface mechanics from experimental data collected from the overall nonlinear structure. A program to develop such techniques was also pursued with good success.

1. Nonlinear systems in medicine.

PubMed Central

Higgins, John P.

2002-01-01

Many achievements in medicine have come from applying linear theory to problems. Most current methods of data analysis use linear models, which are based on proportionality between two variables and/or relationships described by linear differential equations. However, nonlinear behavior commonly occurs within human systems due to their complex dynamic nature; this cannot be described adequately by linear models. Nonlinear thinking has grown among physiologists and physicians over the past century, and non-linear system theories are beginning to be applied to assist in interpreting, explaining, and predicting biological phenomena. Chaos theory describes elements manifesting behavior that is extremely sensitive to initial conditions, does not repeat itself and yet is deterministic. Complexity theory goes one step beyond chaos and is attempting to explain complex behavior that emerges within dynamic nonlinear systems. Nonlinear modeling still has not been able to explain all of the complexity present in human systems, and further models still need to be refined and developed. However, nonlinear modeling is helping to explain some system behaviors that linear systems cannot and thus will augment our understanding of the nature of complex dynamic systems within the human body in health and in disease states. PMID:14580107

2. Photonic surfaces for designable nonlinear power shaping

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Biswas, Roshni Povinelli, Michelle L.

2015-02-09

We propose a method for designing nonlinear input-output power response based on absorptive resonances of nanostructured surfaces. We show that various power transmission trends can be obtained by placing a photonic resonance mode at the appropriate detuning from the laser wavelength. We demonstrate our results in a silicon photonic crystal slab at a laser wavelength of 808 nm. We quantify the overall spectral red shift as a function of laser power. The shift results from absorptive heating and the thermo-optic effect. We then demonstrate devices with increasing, decreasing, and non-monotonic transmission as a function of laser power. The transmission changes are up to 7.5 times larger than in unpatterned silicon. The strong nonlinear transmission is due to a combination of resonantly enhanced absorption, reduced thermal conductivity, and the resonant transmission lineshape. Our results illustrate the possibility of designing different nonlinear power trends within a single materials platform at a given wavelength of interest.

3. A tale of two analogues: learning at a distance from the ancient greeks and maya and the problem of deciphering extraterrestrial radio transmissions

Finney, Ben; Bentley, Jerry

4. AQUIFER TRANSMISSIVITY

EPA Science Inventory

Evaluation of groundwater resources requires the knowledge of the capacity of aquifers to store and transmit ground water. This requires estimates of key hydraulic parameters, such as the transmissivity, among others. The transmissivity T (m2/sec) is a hydrauli...

5. Maintenance of hydrostatic transmissions

Esposito, A.

1981-10-01

Problems in hydrostatic transmission maintenance are identified and ways of overcoming them are suggested. It is found that problems arise from lack of lubrication, impurities in the oil, and cavitation at the pump and at the motor. It is under suggested that under nonsevere operating conditions, oil and filter should be changed every year, or every 1500 to 2000 hr running time. Under severe operating conditions or in dusty environments, the interval should be every 6 months or 1000 hr.

6. Drill string transmission line

DOEpatents

Hall, David R.; Hall, Jr., H. Tracy; Pixton, David S.; Bradford, Kline; Fox, Joe

2006-03-28

A transmission line assembly for transmitting information along a downhole tool comprising a pin end, a box end, and a central bore traveling between the pin end and the box end, is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a protective conduit. A transmission line is routed through the protective conduit. The protective conduit is routed through the central bore and the ends of the protective conduit are routed through channels formed in the pin end and box end of the downhole tool. The protective conduit is elastically forced into a spiral or other non-linear path along the interior surface of the central bore by compressing the protective conduit to a length within the downhole tool shorter than the protective conduit.

7. Computational methods in nonlinear structural and solid mechanics; Proceedings of the Symposium, Washington, D.C., October 6-8, 1980. Symposium sponsored by the George Washington University and NASA

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Noor, A. K. (Editor); Mccomb, H. G., Jr.

1981-01-01

Topics discussed include computational strategies for nonlinear problems in structural mechanics, time integration techniques and the numerical solution of nonlinear algebraic equations, material characterization and nonlinear fracture mechanics, nonlinear interaction problems, and seismic response and the nonlinear analysis of concrete structures. Also considered are nonlinear problems for nuclear reactors, crash dynamics and impact problems, nonlinear problems of fibrous composites and advanced nonlinear applications, and computerized symbolic manipulation and nonlinear analysis software systems.

8. Dilemmas of Cultural Transmission

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Kováts-Németh, Mária

2016-01-01

The fundamental problem of the 21st century is that in the modern civilization "the transmission of values is not stable." There is nothing, except for the natural sense of justice and some legal traditions, which would exercise selective power on social behavior. At a critical time in 1949 Albert Szent-Györgyi drew the attention to the…

9. TORO II: A finite element computer program for nonlinear quasi-static problems in electromagnetics: Part 2, Users manual

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Gartling, D.K.

1996-05-01

User instructions are given for the finite element, electromagnetics program, TORO II. The theoretical background and numerical methods used in the program are documented in SAND95-2472. The present document also describes a number of example problems that have been analyzed with the code and provides sample input files for typical simulations. 20 refs., 34 figs., 3 tabs.

10. Optimal control problems of epidemic systems with parameter uncertainties: application to a malaria two-age-classes transmission model with asymptomatic carriers.

PubMed

Mwanga, Gasper G; Haario, Heikki; Capasso, Vicenzo

2015-03-01

The main scope of this paper is to study the optimal control practices of malaria, by discussing the implementation of a catalog of optimal control strategies in presence of parameter uncertainties, which is typical of infectious diseases data. In this study we focus on a deterministic mathematical model for the transmission of malaria, including in particular asymptomatic carriers and two age classes in the human population. A partial qualitative analysis of the relevant ODE system has been carried out, leading to a realistic threshold parameter. For the deterministic model under consideration, four possible control strategies have been analyzed: the use of Long-lasting treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, screening and treatment of symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. The numerical results show that using optimal control the disease can be brought to a stable disease free equilibrium when all four controls are used. The Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) for all possible combinations of the disease-control measures is determined. The numerical simulations of the optimal control in the presence of parameter uncertainty demonstrate the robustness of the optimal control: the main conclusions of the optimal control remain unchanged, even if inevitable variability remains in the control profiles. The results provide a promising framework for the designing of cost-effective strategies for disease controls with multiple interventions, even under considerable uncertainty of model parameters. PMID:25481226

11. Infection Control Programs and Antibiotic Control Programs to Limit Transmission of Multi-Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Infections: Evolution of Old Problems and New Challenges for Institutes

PubMed Central

Chen, Chang-Hua; Lin, Li-Chen; Chang, Yu-Jun; Chen, Yu-Min; Chang, Chin-Yen; Huang, Chieh-Chen

2015-01-01

Background: Acinetobacter baumannii complex (A. baumannii) has been isolated worldwide. The rapid spread of multidrug-resistant A. baumannii complex (MDRAB) in clinical settings has made choosing an appropriate antibiotic to treat these infections and executing contact precautions difficult for clinicians. Although controlling the transmission of MDRAB is a high priority for institutions, there is little information about MDRAB control. Therefore, this study evaluated infection control measures for A. baumannii infections, clusters and outbreaks in the literature. Methods: We performed a review of OVID Medline (from 1980 to 2015), and analyzed the literature. Results: We propose that both infection control programs and antibiotic control programs are essential for control of MDRAB. The first, effective control of MDRAB infections, requires compliance with a series of infection control methods including strict environmental cleaning, effective sterilization of reusable medical equipment, concentration on proper hand hygiene practices, and use of contact precautions, together with appropriate administrative guidance. The second strategy, effective antibiotic control programs to decrease A. baumannii, is also of paramount importance. Conclusion: We believe that both infection control programs and antibiotics stewardship programs are essential for control of MDRAB infections. PMID:26264006

12. Nonlinear ionic pulses along microtubules.

PubMed

Sekulić, D L; Satarić, B M; Tuszynski, J A; Satarić, M V

2011-05-01

Microtubules are cylindrically shaped cytoskeletal biopolymers that are essential for cell motility, cell division and intracellular trafficking. Here, we investigate their polyelectrolyte character that plays a very important role in ionic transport throughout the intra-cellular environment. The model we propose demonstrates an essentially nonlinear behavior of ionic currents which are guided by microtubules. These features are primarily due to the dynamics of tubulin C-terminal tails which are extended out of the surface of the microtubule cylinder. We also demonstrate that the origin of nonlinearity stems from the nonlinear capacitance of each tubulin dimer. This brings about conditions required for the creation and propagation of solitonic ionic waves along the microtubule axis. We conclude that a microtubule plays the role of a biological nonlinear transmission line for ionic currents. These currents might be of particular significance in cell division and possibly also in cognitive processes taking place in nerve cells. PMID:21604102

13. Forward model nonlinearity versus inverse model nonlinearity

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Mehl, S.

2007-01-01

The issue of concern is the impact of forward model nonlinearity on the nonlinearity of the inverse model. The question posed is, "Does increased nonlinearity in the head solution (forward model) always result in increased nonlinearity in the inverse solution (estimation of hydraulic conductivity)?" It is shown that the two nonlinearities are separate, and it is not universally true that increased forward model nonlinearity increases inverse model nonlinearity. ?? 2007 National Ground Water Association.

14. A degeneration of two-phase solutions of the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation via Riemann-Hilbert problems

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Bertola, Marco

2015-06-15

Two-phase solutions of focusing NLS equation are classically constructed out of an appropriate Riemann surface of genus two and expressed in terms of the corresponding theta-function. We show here that in a certain limiting regime, such solutions reduce to some elementary ones called “Solitons on unstable condensate.” This degeneration turns out to be conveniently studied by means of basic tools from the theory of Riemann-Hilbert problems. In particular, no acquaintance with Riemann surfaces and theta-function is required for such analysis.

15. Advanced Computational Methods for Security Constrained Financial Transmission Rights

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Kalsi, Karanjit; Elbert, Stephen T.; Vlachopoulou, Maria; Zhou, Ning; Huang, Zhenyu

2012-07-26

Financial Transmission Rights (FTRs) are financial insurance tools to help power market participants reduce price risks associated with transmission congestion. FTRs are issued based on a process of solving a constrained optimization problem with the objective to maximize the FTR social welfare under power flow security constraints. Security constraints for different FTR categories (monthly, seasonal or annual) are usually coupled and the number of constraints increases exponentially with the number of categories. Commercial software for FTR calculation can only provide limited categories of FTRs due to the inherent computational challenges mentioned above. In this paper, first an innovative mathematical reformulation of the FTR problem is presented which dramatically improves the computational efficiency of optimization problem. After having re-formulated the problem, a novel non-linear dynamic system (NDS) approach is proposed to solve the optimization problem. The new formulation and performance of the NDS solver is benchmarked against widely used linear programming (LP) solvers like CPLEX™ and tested on both standard IEEE test systems and large-scale systems using data from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). The performance of the NDS is demonstrated to be comparable and in some cases is shown to outperform the widely used CPLEX algorithms. The proposed formulation and NDS based solver is also easily parallelizable enabling further computational improvement.

16. Variational algorithms for nonlinear smoothing applications

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Bach, R. E., Jr.

1977-01-01

A variational approach is presented for solving a nonlinear, fixed-interval smoothing problem with application to offline processing of noisy data for trajectory reconstruction and parameter estimation. The nonlinear problem is solved as a sequence of linear two-point boundary value problems. Second-order convergence properties are demonstrated. Algorithms for both continuous and discrete versions of the problem are given, and example solutions are provided.

17. Nonlinear waveguides

SjöBerg, Daniel

2003-04-01

We investigate the propagation of electromagnetic waves in a cylindrical waveguide with an arbitrary cross section filled with a nonlinear material. The electromagnetic field is expanded in the usual eigenmodes of the waveguide, and the coupling between the modes is quantified. We derive the wave equations governing each mode with special emphasis on the situation with a dominant TE mode. The result is a strictly hyperbolic system of nonlinear partial differential equations for the dominating mode, whereas the minor modes satisfy hyperbolic systems of linear, nonstationary, and partial differential equations. A growth estimate is given for the minor modes.

18. Transmissible amyloid.

PubMed

Tjernberg, L O; Rising, A; Johansson, J; Jaudzems, K; Westermark, P

2016-08-01

There are around 30 human diseases associated with protein misfolding and amyloid formation, each one caused by a certain protein or peptide. Many of these diseases are lethal and together they pose an enormous burden to society. The prion protein has attracted particular interest as being shown to be the pathogenic agent in transmissible diseases such as kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Whether similar transmission could occur also in other amyloidoses such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and serum amyloid A amyloidosis is a matter of intense research and debate. Furthermore, it has been suggested that novel biomaterials such as artificial spider silk are potentially amyloidogenic. Here, we provide a brief introduction to amyloid, prions and other proteins involved in amyloid disease and review recent evidence for their potential transmission. We discuss the similarities and differences between amyloid and silk, as well as the potential hazards associated with protein-based biomaterials. PMID:27002185

19. Rotorcraft transmissions

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Coy, John J.

1990-01-01

Highlighted here is that portion of the Lewis Research Center's helicopter propulsion systems program that deals with drive train technology and the related mechanical components. The major goals of the program are to increase life, reliability, and maintainability, to reduce weight, noise, and vibration, and to maintain the relatively high mechanical efficiency of the gear train. The current activity emphasizes noise reduction technology and analytical code development, followed by experimental verification. Selected significant advances in technology for transmissions are reviewed, including advanced configurations and new analytical tools. Finally, the plan for transmission research in the future is presented.

20. Maximized Gust Loads of a Closed-Loop, Nonlinear Aeroelastic System Using Nonlinear Systems Theory

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Silva, Walter A.

1999-01-01

The problem of computing the maximized gust load for a nonlinear, closed-loop aeroelastic aircraft is discusses. The Volterra theory of nonlinear systems is applied in order to define a linearized system that provides a bounds on the response of the nonlinear system of interest. The method is applied to a simplified model of an Airbus A310.

1. Nonlinearities in the Quantum Multiverse

Bertolami, Orfeu; Herdeiro, Victor

2013-08-01

It has been recently proposed that the multiverse of eternal inflation, string landscape and the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics can be identified, yielding a new view on the measure and measurement problems. In the present note, we argue that a nonlinear evolution of observables in the quantum multiverse would be an obstacle for such a description and that these nonlinearities are expected from quite general arguments.

2. Optical nonlinearities in plasmonic metamaterials (Conference Presentation)

Zayats, Anatoly V.

2016-04-01

Metals exhibit strong and fast nonlinearities making metallic, plasmonic, structures very promising for ultrafast all-optical applications at low light intensities. Combining metallic nanostructures in metamaterials provides additional functionalities via prospect of precise engineering of spectral response and dispersion. From this point of view, hyperbolic metamaterials, in particular those based on plasmonic nanorod arrays, provide wealth of exciting possibilities in nonlinear optics offering designed linear and nonlinear properties, polarization control, spontaneous emission control and many others. Experiments and modeling have already demonstrated very strong Kerr-nonlinear response and its ultrafast recovery due to the nonlocal nature of the plasmonic mode of the metamaterial, so that small changes in the permittivity of the metallic component under the excitation modify the nonlocal response that in turn leads to strong changes of the metamaterial transmission. In this talk, we will discuss experimental studies and numerical modeling of second- and third-order nonlinear optical processes in hyperbolic metamaterials based on metallic nanorods and other plasmonic systems where coupling between the resonances plays important role in defining nonlinear response. Second-harmonic generation and ultrafast Kerr-type nonlinearity originating from metallic component of the metamaterial will be considered, including nonlinear magneto-optical effects. Nonlinear optical response of stand-alone as well as integrated metamaterial components will be presented. Some of the examples to be discussed include nonlinear polarization control, nonlinear metamaterial integrated in silicon photonic circuitry and second-harmonic generation, including magneto-optical effects.

3. A Genetic Algorithm Approach to Nonlinear Least Squares Estimation

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Olinsky, Alan D.; Quinn, John T.; Mangiameli, Paul M.; Chen, Shaw K.

2004-01-01

A common type of problem encountered in mathematics is optimizing nonlinear functions. Many popular algorithms that are currently available for finding nonlinear least squares estimators, a special class of nonlinear problems, are sometimes inadequate. They might not converge to an optimal value, or if they do, it could be to a local rather than…

4. Nonlinear growing neutrino cosmology

Ayaita, Youness; Baldi, Marco; Führer, Florian; Puchwein, Ewald; Wetterich, Christof

2016-03-01

The energy scale of dark energy, ˜2 ×10-3 eV , is a long way off compared to all known fundamental scales—except for the neutrino masses. If dark energy is dynamical and couples to neutrinos, this is no longer a coincidence. The time at which dark energy starts to behave as an effective cosmological constant can be linked to the time at which the cosmic neutrinos become nonrelativistic. This naturally places the onset of the Universe's accelerated expansion in recent cosmic history, addressing the why-now problem of dark energy. We show that these mechanisms indeed work in the growing neutrino quintessence model—even if the fully nonlinear structure formation and backreaction are taken into account, which were previously suspected of spoiling the cosmological evolution. The attractive force between neutrinos arising from their coupling to dark energy grows as large as 106 times the gravitational strength. This induces very rapid dynamics of neutrino fluctuations which are nonlinear at redshift z ≈2 . Nevertheless, a nonlinear stabilization phenomenon ensures only mildly nonlinear oscillating neutrino overdensities with a large-scale gravitational potential substantially smaller than that of cold dark matter perturbations. Depending on model parameters, the signals of large-scale neutrino lumps may render the cosmic neutrino background observable.

5. Recasting the theory of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission dynamics and control

PubMed Central

Smith, David L.; Perkins, T. Alex; Reiner, Robert C.; Barker, Christopher M.; Niu, Tianchan; Chaves, Luis Fernando; Ellis, Alicia M.; George, Dylan B.; Le Menach, Arnaud; Pulliam, Juliet R. C.; Bisanzio, Donal; Buckee, Caroline; Chiyaka, Christinah; Cummings, Derek A. T.; Garcia, Andres J.; Gatton, Michelle L.; Gething, Peter W.; Hartley, David M.; Johnston, Geoffrey; Klein, Eili Y.; Michael, Edwin; Lloyd, Alun L.; Pigott, David M.; Reisen, William K.; Ruktanonchai, Nick; Singh, Brajendra K.; Stoller, Jeremy; Tatem, Andrew J.; Kitron, Uriel; Godfray, H. Charles J.; Cohen, Justin M.; Hay, Simon I.; Scott, Thomas W.

2014-01-01

Mosquito-borne diseases pose some of the greatest challenges in public health, especially in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Efforts to control these diseases have been underpinned by a theoretical framework developed for malaria by Ross and Macdonald, including models, metrics for measuring transmission, and theory of control that identifies key vulnerabilities in the transmission cycle. That framework, especially Macdonald's formula for R0 and its entomological derivative, vectorial capacity, are now used to study dynamics and design interventions for many mosquito-borne diseases. A systematic review of 388 models published between 1970 and 2010 found that the vast majority adopted the Ross–Macdonald assumption of homogeneous transmission in a well-mixed population. Studies comparing models and data question these assumptions and point to the capacity to model heterogeneous, focal transmission as the most important but relatively unexplored component in current theory. Fine-scale heterogeneity causes transmission dynamics to be nonlinear, and poses problems for modeling, epidemiology and measurement. Novel mathematical approaches show how heterogeneity arises from the biology and the landscape on which the processes of mosquito biting and pathogen transmission unfold. Emerging theory focuses attention on the ecological and social context for mosquito blood feeding, the movement of both hosts and mosquitoes, and the relevant spatial scales for measuring transmission and for modeling dynamics and control. PMID:24591453

6. Recasting the theory of mosquito-borne pathogen transmission dynamics and control.

PubMed

Smith, David L; Perkins, T Alex; Reiner, Robert C; Barker, Christopher M; Niu, Tianchan; Chaves, Luis Fernando; Ellis, Alicia M; George, Dylan B; Le Menach, Arnaud; Pulliam, Juliet R C; Bisanzio, Donal; Buckee, Caroline; Chiyaka, Christinah; Cummings, Derek A T; Garcia, Andres J; Gatton, Michelle L; Gething, Peter W; Hartley, David M; Johnston, Geoffrey; Klein, Eili Y; Michael, Edwin; Lloyd, Alun L; Pigott, David M; Reisen, William K; Ruktanonchai, Nick; Singh, Brajendra K; Stoller, Jeremy; Tatem, Andrew J; Kitron, Uriel; Godfray, H Charles J; Cohen, Justin M; Hay, Simon I; Scott, Thomas W

2014-04-01

Mosquito-borne diseases pose some of the greatest challenges in public health, especially in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. Efforts to control these diseases have been underpinned by a theoretical framework developed for malaria by Ross and Macdonald, including models, metrics for measuring transmission, and theory of control that identifies key vulnerabilities in the transmission cycle. That framework, especially Macdonald's formula for R0 and its entomological derivative, vectorial capacity, are now used to study dynamics and design interventions for many mosquito-borne diseases. A systematic review of 388 models published between 1970 and 2010 found that the vast majority adopted the Ross-Macdonald assumption of homogeneous transmission in a well-mixed population. Studies comparing models and data question these assumptions and point to the capacity to model heterogeneous, focal transmission as the most important but relatively unexplored component in current theory. Fine-scale heterogeneity causes transmission dynamics to be nonlinear, and poses problems for modeling, epidemiology and measurement. Novel mathematical approaches show how heterogeneity arises from the biology and the landscape on which the processes of mosquito biting and pathogen transmission unfold. Emerging theory focuses attention on the ecological and social context for mosquito blood feeding, the movement of both hosts and mosquitoes, and the relevant spatial scales for measuring transmission and for modeling dynamics and control. PMID:24591453

7. Rotorcraft transmission

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Coy, John J.

1987-01-01

The NASA Lewis Research Center and the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command share an interest in advancing the technology for helicopter propulsion systems. In particular, this presentation outlines that portion of the program that applies to the drive train and its various mechanical components. The major goals of the program are to increase the life, reliability, and maintainability; reduce the weight, noise, and vibration; and maintain the relatively high mechanical efficiency of the gear train. The current activity emphasizes noise reduction technology and analytical code development followed by experimental verification. Selected significant advances in technology for transmissions are reviewed, including advanced configurations and new analytical tools. Finally, the plan for transmission research in the future is presented.

8. Cognitive processing for nonlinear radar

Martone, Anthony; Ranney, Kenneth; Hedden, Abigail; Mazzaro, Gregory; McNamara, David

2013-05-01

An increasingly cluttered electromagnetic environment (EME) is a growing problem for radar systems. This problem is becoming critical as the available frequency spectrum shrinks due to growing wireless communication device usage and changing regulations. A possible solution to these problems is cognitive radar, where the cognitive radar learns from the environment and intelligently modifies the transmit waveform. In this paper, a cognitive nonlinear radar processing framework is introduced where the main components of this framework consist of spectrum sensing processing, target detection and classification, and decision making. The emphasis of this paper is to introduce a spectrum sensing processing technique that identifies a transmit-receive frequency pair for nonlinear radar. It will be shown that the proposed technique successfully identifies a transmit-receive frequency pair for nonlinear radar from data collected from the EME.

9. Information geometric nonlinear filtering

Newton, Nigel J.

2015-06-01

This paper develops information geometric representations for nonlinear filters in continuous time. The posterior distribution associated with an abstract nonlinear filtering problem is shown to satisfy a stochastic differential equation on a Hilbert information manifold. This supports the Fisher metric as a pseudo-Riemannian metric. Flows of Shannon information are shown to be connected with the quadratic variation of the process of posterior distributions in this metric. Apart from providing a suitable setting in which to study such information-theoretic properties, the Hilbert manifold has an appropriate topology from the point of view of multi-objective filter approximations. A general class of finite-dimensional exponential filters is shown to fit within this framework, and an intrinsic evolution equation, involving Amari's -1-covariant derivative, is developed for such filters. Three example systems, one of infinite dimension, are developed in detail.

10. Solution of Nonlinear Systems

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Turner, L. R.

1960-01-01

The problem of solving systems of nonlinear equations has been relatively neglected in the mathematical literature, especially in the textbooks, in comparison to the corresponding linear problem. Moreover, treatments that have an appearance of generality fail to discuss the nature of the solutions and the possible pitfalls of the methods suggested. Probably it is unrealistic to expect that a unified and comprehensive treatment of the subject will evolve, owing to the great variety of situations possible, especially in the applied field where some requirement of human or mechanical efficiency is always present. Therefore we attempt here simply to pose the problem and to describe and partially appraise the methods of solution currently in favor.

11. Vented transmission

SciTech Connect

Nguyen, T.H.

1990-01-29

This patent describes a vented transmission. It comprises: a housing; a rotary input to the housing; a rotary output from the housing; transmission means within the housing interconnecting the input and the output and including a hollow, rotary shaft journaled within the housing; a vent tube having a first end extending into one end of the hollow shaft and a second end in fluid communication with the exterior of the housing; a shoulder within the hollow shaft and intermediate the ends of the vent tube and defining of relatively smaller diameter section near the first end of the vent tube that is within the hollow shaft and a relatively large diameter section nearer the second end of the vent tube; at least one aperture extending through the hollow shaft from the large diameter section immediately adjacent the shoulder; and a labyrinth seal at the interface of the vent tube and the large diameter section at a location between the aperture (s) and the second end of the vent tube.

12. Vibrational Control of a Nonlinear Elastic Panel

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Chow, P. L.; Maestrello, L.

1998-01-01

The paper is concerned with the stabilization of the nonlinear panel oscillation by an active control. The control is actuated by a combination of additive and parametric vibrational forces. A general method of vibrational control is presented for stabilizing panel vibration satisfying a nonlinear beam equation. To obtain analytical results, a perturbation technique is used in the case of weak nonlinearity. Possible application to other types of problems is briefly discussed.

13. Spurious Solutions Of Nonlinear Differential Equations

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Yee, H. C.; Sweby, P. K.; Griffiths, D. F.

1992-01-01

Report utilizes nonlinear-dynamics approach to investigate possible sources of errors and slow convergence and non-convergence of steady-state numerical solutions when using time-dependent approach for problems containing nonlinear source terms. Emphasizes implications for development of algorithms in CFD and computational sciences in general. Main fundamental conclusion of study is that qualitative features of nonlinear differential equations cannot be adequately represented by finite-difference method and vice versa.

14. Materials and characterization using acoustic nonlinearity parameters and harmonic generation - Effects of crystalline and amorphous structures

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Cantrell, John H.; Yost, William T.

1990-01-01

The effects of material structure on the nonlinearity parameters are reviewed. Problems discussed include definition of nonlinearity parameters, square-law nonlinearity and collinear beam-mixing, structure dependence of the nonlinearity parameters, negative nonlinearity parameters, and implications for materials characterization.

15. Design sensitivity analysis of nonlinear structural response

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Cardoso, J. B.; Arora, J. S.

1987-01-01

A unified theory is described of design sensitivity analysis of linear and nonlinear structures for shape, nonshape and material selection problems. The concepts of reference volume and adjoint structure are used to develop the unified viewpoint. A general formula for design sensitivity analysis is derived. Simple analytical linear and nonlinear examples are used to interpret various terms of the formula and demonstrate its use.

16. Methods of stability analysis in nonlinear mechanics

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Warnock, R.L.; Ruth, R.D.; Gabella, W.; Ecklund, K.

1989-01-01

We review our recent work on methods to study stability in nonlinear mechanics, especially for the problems of particle accelerators, and compare our ideals to those of other authors. We emphasize methods that (1) show promise as practical design tools, (2) are effective when the nonlinearity is large, and (3) have a strong theoretical basis. 24 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

17. Some nonlinear space decomposition algorithms

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Tai, Xue-Cheng; Espedal, M.

1996-12-31

Convergence of a space decomposition method is proved for a general convex programming problem. The space decomposition refers to methods that decompose a space into sums of subspaces, which could be a domain decomposition or a multigrid method for partial differential equations. Two algorithms are proposed. Both can be used for linear as well as nonlinear elliptic problems and they reduce to the standard additive and multiplicative Schwarz methods for linear elliptic problems. Two {open_quotes}hybrid{close_quotes} algorithms are also presented. They converge faster than the additive one and have better parallelism than the multiplicative method. Numerical tests with a two level domain decomposition for linear, nonlinear and interface elliptic problems are presented for the proposed algorithms.

18. Forces in nonlinear media

Milgrom, Mordehai

2002-02-01

I investigate the properties of forces on bodies in theories governed by the generalized Poisson equation μ(|ϕ| /a0)ϕ] ∝ Gρ, for the potential ϕ produced by a distribution of sources ρ. This equation describes, inter alia, media with a response coefficient, μ, that depends on the field strength, such as in nonlinear, dielectric or diamagnetic, media; nonlinear transport problems with field-strength-dependent conductivity or diffusion coefficient; nonlinear electrostatics, as in the Born-Infeld theory; certain stationary potential flows in compressible fluids, in which case the forces act on sources or obstacles in the flow. The expressions for the force on a point charge are derived exactly for the limits of very low and very high charge. The force on an arbitrary body in an external field of asymptotically constant gradient, -g0, is shown to be F = Qg0, where Q is the total effective charge of the body. The corollary Q = 0 → F = 0 is a generalization of d'Alembert's paradox. I show that for G > 0 (as in Newtonian gravity) two point charges of the same (opposite) sign still attract (repel). The opposite is true for G < 0. I discuss its generalization to extended bodies and derive virial relations.

19. Nonlinear gyrokinetic equations

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Dubin, D.H.E.; Krommes, J.A.; Oberman, C.; Lee, W.W.

1983-03-01

Nonlinear gyrokinetic equations are derived from a systematic Hamiltonian theory. The derivation employs Lie transforms and a noncanonical perturbation theory first used by Littlejohn for the simpler problem of asymptotically small gyroradius. For definiteness, we emphasize the limit of electrostatic fluctuations in slab geometry; however, there is a straight-forward generalization to arbitrary field geometry and electromagnetic perturbations. An energy invariant for the nonlinear system is derived, and various of its limits are considered. The weak turbulence theory of the equations is examined. In particular, the wave kinetic equation of Galeev and Sagdeev is derived from an asystematic truncation of the equations, implying that this equation fails to consider all gyrokinetic effects. The equations are simplified for the case of small but finite gyroradius and put in a form suitable for efficient computer simulation. Although it is possible to derive the Terry-Horton and Hasegawa-Mima equations as limiting cases of our theory, several new nonlinear terms absent from conventional theories appear and are discussed.

20. An Effective Schema for Solving Some Nonlinear Partial Differential Equation Arising In Nonlinear Physics

2015-10-01

In this paper, a new computational algorithm called the "Improved Bernoulli sub-equation function method" has been proposed. This algorithm is based on the Bernoulli Sub-ODE method. Firstly, the nonlinear evaluation equations used for representing various physical phenomena are converted into ordinary differential equations by using various wave transformations. In this way, nonlinearity is preserved and represent nonlinear physical problems. The nonlinearity of physical problems together with the derivations is seen as the secret key to solve the general structure of problems. The proposed analytical schema, which is newly submitted to the literature, has been expressed comprehensively in this paper. The analytical solutions, application results, and comparisons are presented by plotting the two and three dimensional surfaces of analytical solutions obtained by using the methods proposed for some important nonlinear physical problems. Finally, a conclusion has been presented by mentioning the important discoveries in this study.

1. Generation of 1.024-Tb/s Nyquist-WDM phase-conjugated twin vector waves by a polarization-insensitive optical parametric amplifier for fiber-nonlinearity-tolerant transmission.

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Liu, Xiang; Hu, Hao; Chandrasekhar, S; Jopson, R M; Gnauck, A H; Dinu, M; Xie, C; Winzer, P J

2014-03-24

We experimentally demonstrate the generation of 1.024-Tb/s Nyquist-WDM phase-conjugated vector twin waves (PCTWs), consisting of eight 128-Gb/s polarization-division-multiplexed QPSK signals and their idlers, by a broadband polarization-insensitive fiber optic parametric amplifier. This novel all-optical signal processing approach to generate WDM-PCTWs enables a 2-fold reduction in the needed optical transmitters as compared to the conventional approach where each idler is generated by a dedicated transmitter. Digital coherent superposition of the twin waves at the receiver enables more than doubled reach in a dispersion-managed transmission link. We further study the impact of polarization-mode dispersion on the performance gain brought by the phase-conjugated twin waves, showing a gain of ~3.8 dB in signal quality factors. PMID:24663996

2. Nonlinear control in fusion reactors

Schuster, Eugenio

There is consensus in the fusion reactor community that active control will be one of the key enabling technologies. With further advancements in reduced-order fusion modeling, advances in control systems for fusion will continue, including vertical and shape control, kinetic and current profile control, MHD (magnetohydrodynamic) stabilization and plasma transport reduction. This dissertation addresses different control problems in tokamaks using as common denominator a nonlinear control approach. Contributions are made in the areas of kinetic control, magnetic control, and MHD flow control. In the area of kinetic control, we approach the problem of nonlinear control of burn instability in fission reactors, where a lumped-parameter nonlinear model involving approximate conservation equations for the energy and the densities of the species is used to synthesize a nonlinear feedback controller (backstepping, feedback linearization, passivity and input to state stability) for stabilizing the thermally unstable burn condition of a fusion reactor. In addition, the problem of control of kinetic profiles in non-burning plasmas, where a set of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDE's) describing approximately the dynamics of the density and energy was considered as the plant model used to synthesize a boundary controller (infinite-dimensional nonlinear backstepping) whose goal was the control of the density and energy spatial distributions, is also considered. In the area of magnetic control, the problem of plasma vertical position stabilization and shape control under actuation saturation in the DIII-D Tokamak at General Atomics is approached. In this case, modifications of the nominal control loops (nonlinear anti-windup augmentation) are proposed to ensure stability of the plant and good behavior of the nominal controller under the presence of voltage saturation in the coils that are used to vertically position and shape the plasma inside the tokamak. In the area

3. Hydromechanical transmission

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Orshansky, Jr. deceased, Elias; Weseloh, William E.

1978-01-01

A power transmission having three planetary assemblies, each having its own carrier and its own planet, sun, and ring gears. A speed-varying module is connected in driving relation to the input shaft and in driving relationship to the three sun gears, all of which are connected together. The speed-varying means may comprise a pair of hydraulic units hydraulically interconnected so that one serves as a pump while the other serves as a motor and vice versa, one of the units having a variable stroke and being connected in driving relation to the input shaft, the other unit, which may have a fixed stroke, being connected in driving relation to the sun gears. The input shaft also drives the carrier of the third planetary assembly. A brake grounds the first carrier in the first range and in reverse and causes drive to be delivered to the output through the first ring gear in a hydrostatic mode. The carrier of the third planetary assembly drives the ring gear of the second planetary assembly, and a first clutching means connects the second carrier with the output in a second range, the brake for grounding the first carrier then being released. A second clutching means enables the third ring gear to drive the output shaft in a third range.

4. OREGANO_VE: a new parallelised 3D solver for the general (non-)linear Maxwell visco-elastic problem: validation and application to the calculation of surface deformation in the earthquake cycle

Yamasaki, Tadashi; Houseman, Gregory; Hamling, Ian; Postek, Elek

2010-05-01

We have developed a new parallelized 3-D numerical code, OREGANO_VE, for the solution of the general visco-elastic problem in a rectangular block domain. The mechanical equilibrium equation is solved using the finite element method for a (non-)linear Maxwell visco-elastic rheology. Time-dependent displacement and/or traction boundary conditions can be applied. Matrix assembly is based on a tetrahedral element defined by 4 vertex nodes and 6 nodes located at the midpoints of the edges, and within which displacement is described by a quadratic interpolation function. For evaluating viscoelastic relaxation, an explicit time-stepping algorithm (Zienkiewicz and Cormeau, Int. J. Num. Meth. Eng., 8, 821-845, 1974) is employed. We test the accurate implementation of the OREGANO_VE by comparing numerical and analytic (or semi-analytic half-space) solutions to different problems in a range of applications: (1) equilibration of stress in a constant density layer after gravity is switched on at t = 0 tests the implementation of spatially variable viscosity and non-Newtonian viscosity; (2) displacement of the welded interface between two blocks of differing viscosity tests the implementation of viscosity discontinuities, (3) displacement of the upper surface of a layer under applied normal load tests the implementation of time-dependent surface tractions (4) visco-elastic response to dyke intrusion (compared with the solution in a half-space) tests the implementation of all aspects. In each case, the accuracy of the code is validated subject to use of a sufficiently small time step, providing assurance that the OREGANO_VE code can be applied to a range of visco-elastic relaxation processes in three dimensions, including post-seismic deformation and post-glacial uplift. The OREGANO_VE code includes a capability for representation of prescribed fault slip on an internal fault. The surface displacement associated with large earthquakes can be detected by some geodetic observations

5. The estimation of nonlinearity in problems of the building of initial confidence regions for small bodies motion. (Russian Title: Оценивание нелинейности в задачах построения начальных доверительных областей движения малых тел)

Syusina, O. M.; Chernitsov, A. M.; Tamarov, V. A.

2011-07-01

Simple and mathematically rigorous methods for calculating of nonlinearity coefficients are proposed. These coefficients allow us to make classification for the least squares problem as strongly or weakly nonlinear one. The advices are given on how to reduce a concrete estimation problem to weakly nonlinear one where a more efficient linear approach can be used.

6. Intra-channel nonlinearity compensation with scaled translational symmetry.

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Wei, Haiqing; Plant, David

2004-09-01

It is proposed and demonstrated that two fiber spans in a scaled translational symmetry could cancel out their intra-channel nonlinear effects to a large extent without using optical phase conjugation. Significant reduction of intra-channel nonlinear effects may be achieved in a long-distance transmission line consisting of multiple pairs of translationally symmetric spans. The results have been derived analytically from the nonlinear Schrödinger equation and verified by numerical simulations using commercial software. PMID:19483975

7. [Nonlinear magnetohydrodynamics

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Not Available

1994-01-01

Resistive MHD equilibrium, even for small resistivity, differs greatly from ideal equilibrium, as do the dynamical consequences of its instabilities. The requirement, imposed by Faradays law, that time independent magnetic fields imply curl-free electric fields, greatly restricts the electric fields allowed inside a finite-resistivity plasma. If there is no flow and the implications of the Ohms law are taken into account (and they need not be, for ideal equilibria), the electric field must equal the resistivity times the current density. The vanishing of the divergence of the current density then provides a partial differential equation which, together with boundary conditions, uniquely determines the scalar potential, the electric field, and the current density, for any given resistivity profile. The situation parallels closely that of driven shear flows in hydrodynamics, in that while dissipative steady states are somewhat more complex than ideal ones, there are vastly fewer of them to consider. Seen in this light, the vast majority of ideal MHD equilibria are just irrelevant, incapable of being set up in the first place. The steady state whose stability thresholds and nonlinear behavior needs to be investigated ceases to be an arbitrary ad hoc exercise dependent upon the whim of the investigator, but is determined by boundary conditions and choice of resistivity profile.

8. Automatic transmission

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Miura, M.; Inuzuka, T.

1986-08-26

1. An automatic transmission with four forward speeds and one reverse position, is described which consists of: an input shaft; an output member; first and second planetary gear sets each having a sun gear, a ring gear and a carrier supporting a pinion in mesh with the sun gear and ring gear; the carrier of the first gear set, the ring gear of the second gear set and the output member all being connected; the ring gear of the first gear set connected to the carrier of the second gear set; a first clutch means for selectively connecting the input shaft to the sun gear of the first gear set, including friction elements, a piston selectively engaging the friction elements and a fluid servo in which hydraulic fluid is selectively supplied to the piston; a second clutch means for selectively connecting the input shaft to the sun gear of the second gear set a third clutch means for selectively connecting the input shaft to the carrier of the second gear set including friction elements, a piston selectively engaging the friction elements and a fluid servo in which hydraulic fluid is selectively supplied to the piston; a first drive-establishing means for selectively preventing rotation of the ring gear of the first gear set and the carrier of the second gear set in only one direction and, alternatively, in any direction; a second drive-establishing means for selectively preventing rotation of the sun gear of the second gear set; and a drum being open to the first planetary gear set, with a cylindrical intermediate wall, an inner peripheral wall and outer peripheral wall and forming the hydraulic servos of the first and third clutch means between the intermediate wall and the inner peripheral wall and between the intermediate wall and the outer peripheral wall respectively.

9. Regional Transmission Projects: Finding Solutions

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The Keystone Center

2005-06-15

The Keystone Center convened and facilitated a year-long Dialogue on "Regional Transmission Projects: Finding Solutions" to develop recommendations that will help address the difficult and contentious issues related to expansions of regional electric transmission systems that are needed for reliable and economic transmission of power within and across regions. This effort brought together a cross-section of affected stakeholders and thought leaders to address the problem with the collective wisdom of their experience and interests. Transmission owners sat at the table with consumer advocates and environmental organizations. Representatives from regional transmission organizations exchanged ideas with state and federal regulators. Generation developers explored common interests with public power suppliers. Together, the Dialogue participants developed consensus solutions about how to begin unraveling some of the more intractable issues surrounding identification of need, allocation of costs, and reaching consensus on siting issues that can frustrate the development of regional transmission infrastructure. The recommendations fall into three broad categories: 1. Recommendations on appropriate institutional arrangements and processes for achieving regional consensus on the need for new or expanded transmission infrastructure 2. Recommendations on the process for siting of transmission lines 3. Recommendations on the tools needed to support regional planning, cost allocation, and siting efforts. List of Dialogue participants: List of Dialogue Participants: American Electric Power American Transmission Company American Wind Energy Association California ISO Calpine Corporation Cinergy Edison Electric Institute Environmental Defense Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Great River Energy International Transmission Company ISO-New England Iowa Public Utility Board Kanner & Associates Midwest ISO National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners National Association

10. Dispersion and nonlinear effects in OFDM-RoF system

Alhasson, Bader H.; Bloul, Albe M.; Matin, M.

2010-08-01

The radio-over-fiber (RoF) network has been a proven technology to be the best candidate for the wireless-access technology, and the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technique has been established as the core technology in the physical layer of next generation wireless communication system, as a result OFDM-RoF has drawn attentions worldwide and raised many new research topics recently. At the present time, the trend of information industry is towards mobile, wireless, digital and broadband. The next generation network (NGN) has motivated researchers to study higher-speed wider-band multimedia communication to transmit (voice, data, and all sorts of media such as video) at a higher speed. The NGN would offer services that would necessitate broadband networks with bandwidth higher than 2Mbit/s per radio channel. Many new services emerged, such as Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), High Definition TV (HDTV), mobile multimedia and video stream media. Both speed and capacity have been the key objectives in transmission. In the meantime, the demand for transmission bandwidth increased at a very quick pace. The coming of 4G and 5G era will provide faster data transmission and higher bit rate and bandwidth. Taking advantages of both optical communication and wireless communication, OFDM Radio over Fiber (OFDM-RoF) system is characterized by its high speed, large capacity and high spectral efficiency. However, up to the present there are some problems to be solved, such as dispersion and nonlinearity effects. In this paper we will study the dispersion and nonlinearity effects and their elimination in OFDM-radio-over-fiber system.

11. Nonlinear acoustic wave propagation in atmosphere

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Hariharan, S. I.

1985-01-01

A model problem that simulates an atmospheric acoustic wave propagation situation that is nonlinear is considered. The model is derived from the basic Euler equations for the atmospheric flow and from the regular perturbations for the acoustic part. The nonlinear effects are studied by obtaining two successive linear problems in which the second one involves the solution of the first problem. Well posedness of these problems is discussed and approximations of the radiation boundary conditions that can be used in numerical simulations are presented.

12. Nonlinear acoustic wave propagation in atmosphere

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Hariharan, S. I.

1986-01-01

In this paper a model problem is considered that simulates an atmospheric acoustic wave propagation situation that is nonlinear. The model is derived from the basic Euler equations for the atmospheric flow and from the regular perturbations for the acoustic part. The nonlinear effects are studied by obtaining two successive linear problems in which the second one involves the solution of the first problem. Well-posedness of these problems is discussed and approximations of the radiation boundary conditions that can be used in numerical simulations are presented.

13. Applying optimization software libraries to engineering problems

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Healy, M. J.

1984-01-01

Nonlinear programming, preliminary design problems, performance simulation problems trajectory optimization, flight computer optimization, and linear least squares problems are among the topics covered. The nonlinear programming applications encountered in a large aerospace company are a real challenge to those who provide mathematical software libraries and consultation services. Typical applications include preliminary design studies, data fitting and filtering, jet engine simulations, control system analysis, and trajectory optimization and optimal control. Problem sizes range from single-variable unconstrained minimization to constrained problems with highly nonlinear functions and hundreds of variables. Most of the applications can be posed as nonlinearly constrained minimization problems. Highly complex optimization problems with many variables were formulated in the early days of computing. At the time, many problems had to be reformulated or bypassed entirely, and solution methods often relied on problem-specific strategies. Problems with more than ten variables usually went unsolved.

14. On a Nonlinear Model in Adiabatic Evolutions

Sun, Jie; Lu, Song-Feng

2016-08-01

In this paper, we study a kind of nonlinear model of adiabatic evolution in quantum search problem. As will be seen here, for this problem, there always exists a possibility that this nonlinear model can successfully solve the problem, while the linear model can not. Also in the same setting, when the overlap between the initial state and the final stare is sufficiently large, a simple linear adiabatic evolution can achieve O(1) time efficiency, but infinite time complexity for the nonlinear model of adiabatic evolution is needed. This tells us, it is not always a wise choice to use nonlinear interpolations in adiabatic algorithms. Sometimes, simple linear adiabatic evolutions may be sufficient for using. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 61402188 and 61173050. The first author also gratefully acknowledges the support from the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation under Grant No. 2014M552041

15. Nonlinear Single Spin Spectrum Analyzer

Kotler, Shlomi; Akerman, Nitzan; Glickman, Yinnon; Ozeri, Roee

2014-03-01

Qubits have been used as linear spectrum analyzers of their environments, through the use of decoherence spectroscopy. Here we solve the problem of nonlinear spectral analysis, required for discrete noise induced by a strongly coupled environment. Our nonperturbative analytical model shows a nonlinear signal dependence on noise power, resulting in a spectral resolution beyond the Fourier limit as well as frequency mixing. We develop a noise characterization scheme adapted to this nonlinearity. We then apply it using a single trapped ion as a sensitive probe of strong, non-Gaussian, discrete magnetic field noise. Finally, we experimentally compared the performance of equidistant vs Uhrig modulation schemes for spectral analysis. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 110503 (2013). Synopsis at http://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.110503 Current position: NIST, Boulder, CO.

16. Frequency domain nonlinear optics

Legare, Francois

2016-05-01

The universal dilemma of gain narrowing occurring in fs amplifiers prevents ultra-high power lasers from delivering few-cycle pulses. This problem is overcome by a new amplification concept: Frequency domain Optical Parametric Amplification - FOPA. It enables simultaneous up-scaling of peak power and amplified spectral bandwidth and can be performed at any wavelength range of conventional amplification schemes, however, with the capability to amplify single cycles of light. The key idea for amplification of octave-spanning spectra without loss of spectral bandwidth is to amplify the broad spectrum `slice by slice'' in the frequency domain, i.e. in the Fourier plane of a 4f-setup. The striking advantages of this scheme, are its capability to amplify (more than) one octave of bandwidth without shorting the corresponding pulse duration. This is because ultrabroadband phase matching is not defined by the properties of the nonlinear crystal employed but the number of crystals employed. In the same manner, to increase the output energy one simply has to increase the spectral extension in the Fourier plane and to add one more crystal. Thus, increasing pulse energy and shortening its duration accompany each other. A proof of principle experiment was carried out at ALLS on the sub-two cycle IR beam line and yielded record breaking performance in the field of few-cycle IR lasers. 100 μJ two-cycle pulses from a hollow core fibre compression setup were amplified to 1.43mJ without distorting spatial or temporal properties. Pulse duration at the input of FOPA and after FOPA remains the same. Recently, we have started upgrading this system to be pumped by 250 mJ to reach 40 mJ two-cycle IR few-cycle pulses and latest results will be presented at the conference. Furthermore, the extension of the concept of FOPA to other nonlinear optical processes will be discussed. Frequency domain nonlinear optics.

17. Soliton production with nonlinear homogeneous lines

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Elizondo-Decanini, Juan M.; Coleman, Phillip D.; Moorman, Matthew W.; Petney, Sharon Joy Victor; Dudley, Evan C.; Youngman, Kevin; Penner, Tim Dwight; Fang, Lu; Myers, Katherine M.

2015-11-24

Low- and high-voltage Soliton waves were produced and used to demonstrate collision and compression using diode-based nonlinear transmission lines. Experiments demonstrate soliton addition and compression using homogeneous nonlinear lines. We built the nonlinear lines using commercially available diodes. These diodes are chosen after their capacitance versus voltage dependence is used in a model and the line design characteristics are calculated and simulated. Nonlinear ceramic capacitors are then used to demonstrate high-voltage pulse amplification and compression. The line is designed such that a simple capacitor discharge, input signal, develops soliton trains in as few as 12 stages. We also demonstrated output voltages in excess of 40 kV using Y5V-based commercial capacitors. The results show some key features that determine efficient production of trains of solitons in the kilovolt range.

18. Soliton production with nonlinear homogeneous lines

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Elizondo-Decanini, Juan M.; Coleman, Phillip D.; Moorman, Matthew W.; Petney, Sharon Joy Victor; Dudley, Evan C.; Youngman, Kevin; Penner, Tim Dwight; Fang, Lu; Myers, Katherine M.

2015-11-24

Low- and high-voltage Soliton waves were produced and used to demonstrate collision and compression using diode-based nonlinear transmission lines. Experiments demonstrate soliton addition and compression using homogeneous nonlinear lines. We built the nonlinear lines using commercially available diodes. These diodes are chosen after their capacitance versus voltage dependence is used in a model and the line design characteristics are calculated and simulated. Nonlinear ceramic capacitors are then used to demonstrate high-voltage pulse amplification and compression. The line is designed such that a simple capacitor discharge, input signal, develops soliton trains in as few as 12 stages. We also demonstrated outputmore » voltages in excess of 40 kV using Y5V-based commercial capacitors. The results show some key features that determine efficient production of trains of solitons in the kilovolt range.« less

19. Transparency in nonlinear frequency conversion

Longhi, Stefano

2016-04-01

Suppression of wave scattering and the realization of transparency effects in engineered optical media and surfaces have attracted great attention in the past recent years. In this work the problem of transparency is considered for optical wave propagation in a nonlinear dielectric medium with second-order χ(2 ) susceptibility. Because of nonlinear interaction, a reference signal wave at carrier frequency ω1 can exchange power, thus being amplified or attenuated, when phase-matching conditions are satisfied and frequency conversion takes place. Therefore, rather generally the medium is not transparent to the signal wave because of "scattering" in the frequency domain. Here we show that broadband transparency, corresponding to the full absence of frequency conversion in spite of phase matching, can be observed for the signal wave in the process of sum frequency generation whenever the effective susceptibility χ(2 ) along the nonlinear medium is tailored following a suitable spatial apodization profile and the power level of the pump wave is properly tuned. While broadband transparency is observed under such conditions, the nonlinear medium is not invisible owing to an additional effective dispersion for the signal wave introduced by the nonlinear interaction.

20. Zika and Sexual Transmission

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1. Multilevel algorithms for nonlinear optimization

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Alexandrov, Natalia; Dennis, J. E., Jr.

1994-01-01

Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) gives rise to nonlinear optimization problems characterized by a large number of constraints that naturally occur in blocks. We propose a class of multilevel optimization methods motivated by the structure and number of constraints and by the expense of the derivative computations for MDO. The algorithms are an extension to the nonlinear programming problem of the successful class of local Brown-Brent algorithms for nonlinear equations. Our extensions allow the user to partition constraints into arbitrary blocks to fit the application, and they separately process each block and the objective function, restricted to certain subspaces. The methods use trust regions as a globalization strategy, and they have been shown to be globally convergent under reasonable assumptions. The multilevel algorithms can be applied to all classes of MDO formulations. Multilevel algorithms for solving nonlinear systems of equations are a special case of the multilevel optimization methods. In this case, they can be viewed as a trust-region globalization of the Brown-Brent class.

2. Optimal packing for cascaded regenerative transmission based on phase sensitive amplifiers.

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Sorokina, Mariia; Sygletos, Stylianos; Ellis, Andrew D; Turitsyn, Sergei

2013-12-16

We investigate the transmission performance of advanced modulation formats in nonlinear regenerative channels based on cascaded phase sensitive amplifiers. We identify the impact of amplitude and phase noise dynamics along the transmission line and show that after a cascade of regenerators, densely packed single ring PSK constellations outperform multi-ring constellations. The results of this study will greatly simplify the design of future nonlinear regenerative channels for ultra-high capacity transmission. PMID:24514694

3. Survey of Transmission Cost Allocation Methodologies for Regional Transmission Organizations

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Fink, S.; Porter, K.; Mudd, C.; Rogers, J.

2011-02-01

The report presents transmission cost allocation methodologies for reliability transmission projects, generation interconnection, and economic transmission projects for all Regional Transmission Organizations.

4. Nonlinear functional approximation with networks using adaptive neurons

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Tawel, Raoul

1992-01-01

A novel mathematical framework for the rapid learning of nonlinear mappings and topological transformations is presented. It is based on allowing the neuron's parameters to adapt as a function of learning. This fully recurrent adaptive neuron model (ANM) has been successfully applied to complex nonlinear function approximation problems such as the highly degenerate inverse kinematics problem in robotics.

5. Nonlinear Acoustics in Fluids

Lauterborn, Werner; Kurz, Thomas; Akhatov, Iskander

At high sound intensities or long propagation distances at in fluids sufficiently low damping acoustic phenomena become nonlinear. This chapter focuses on nonlinear acoustic wave properties in gases and liquids. The origin of nonlinearity, equations of state, simple nonlinear waves, nonlinear acoustic wave equations, shock-wave formation, and interaction of waves are presented and discussed. Tables are given for the nonlinearity parameter B/A for water and a range of organic liquids, liquid metals and gases. Acoustic cavitation with its nonlinear bubble oscillations, pattern formation and sonoluminescence (light from sound) are modern examples of nonlinear acoustics. The language of nonlinear dynamics needed for understanding chaotic dynamics and acoustic chaotic systems is introduced.

6. Nonlinear positron acoustic solitary waves

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Tribeche, Mouloud; Aoutou, Kamel; Younsi, Smain; Amour, Rabia

2009-07-15

The problem of nonlinear positron acoustic solitary waves involving the dynamics of mobile cold positrons is addressed. A theoretical work is presented to show their existence and possible realization in a simple four-component plasma model. The results should be useful for the understanding of the localized structures that may occur in space and laboratory plasmas as new sources of cold positrons are now well developed.

7. Quantum transport of strongly interacting photons in a one-dimensional nonlinear waveguide

Hafezi, Mohammad; Chang, Darrick E.; Gritsev, Vladimir; Demler, Eugene; Lukin, Mikhail D.

2012-01-01

We present a theoretical technique for solving the quantum transport problem of a few photons through a one-dimensional, strongly nonlinear waveguide. We specifically consider the situation where the evolution of the optical field is governed by the quantum nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Although this kind of nonlinearity is quite general, we focus on a realistic implementation involving cold atoms loaded in a hollow-core optical fiber, where the atomic system provides a tunable nonlinearity that can be large even at a single-photon level. In particular, we show that when the interaction between photons is effectively repulsive, the transmission of multiphoton components of the field is suppressed. This leads to antibunching of the transmitted light and indicates that the system acts as a single-photon switch. On the other hand, in the case of attractive interaction, the system can exhibit either antibunching or bunching, which is in stark contrast to semiclassical calculations. We show that the bunching behavior is related to the resonant excitation of bound states of photons inside the system.

8. On Euler's problem

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Egorov, Yurii V

2013-04-30

We consider the classical problem on the tallest column which was posed by Euler in 1757. Bernoulli-Euler theory serves today as the basis for the design of high buildings. This problem is reduced to the problem of finding the potential for the Sturm-Liouville equation corresponding to the maximum of the first eigenvalue. The problem has been studied by many mathematicians but we give the first rigorous proof of the existence and uniqueness of the optimal column and we give new formulae which let us find it. Our method is based on a new approach consisting in the study of critical points of a related nonlinear functional. Bibliography: 6 titles.

9. Nonlinear Modeling by Assembling Piecewise Linear Models

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Yao, Weigang; Liou, Meng-Sing

2013-01-01

To preserve nonlinearity of a full order system over a parameters range of interest, we propose a simple modeling approach by assembling a set of piecewise local solutions, including the first-order Taylor series terms expanded about some sampling states. The work by Rewienski and White inspired our use of piecewise linear local solutions. The assembly of these local approximations is accomplished by assigning nonlinear weights, through radial basis functions in this study. The efficacy of the proposed procedure is validated for a two-dimensional airfoil moving at different Mach numbers and pitching motions, under which the flow exhibits prominent nonlinear behaviors. All results confirm that our nonlinear model is accurate and stable for predicting not only aerodynamic forces but also detailed flowfields. Moreover, the model is robustness-accurate for inputs considerably different from the base trajectory in form and magnitude. This modeling preserves nonlinearity of the problems considered in a rather simple and accurate manner.

10. User's manual for GAMNAS: Geometric and Material Nonlinear Analysis of Structures

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Whitcomb, J. D.; Dattaguru, B.

1984-01-01

GAMNAS (Geometric and Material Nonlinear Analysis of Structures) is a two dimensional finite-element stress analysis program. Options include linear, geometric nonlinear, material nonlinear, and combined geometric and material nonlinear analysis. The theory, organization, and use of GAMNAS are described. Required input data and results for several sample problems are included.

11. A Technique for Determining Non-Linear Circuit Parameters from Ring Down Data

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ROMERO, LOUIS; DICKEY, FRED M.; DISON, HOLLY

2003-01-01

We present a technique for determining non-linear resistances, capacitances, and inductances from ring down data in a non-linear RLC circuit. Although the governing differential equations are non-linear, we are able to solve this problem using linear least squares without doing any sort of non-linear iteration.

12. Nonlinear cloaking at microwave frequencies

Gurvitz, E. A.; Sedykh, E. A.; Khodzitskiy, M. K.

The ideas of employing the unique properties of metamaterials for cloaking and invisibility applications has been recently suggested and investigated by several groups, because they may find numerous applications in physics and technology. While many of the recent designs of the cloaking structures are based on the transformation optics and exact formulas, the original concept suggested by Tretyakov employed the periodical set of parallel-plate waveguides with the height smoothly varying from H to h in order to reduce drastically the total scattering cross-section of a given object and to obtain broadband cloaking effect. Our paper is devoted to improvement of this design to make tunability and nonlinear effect. The Tretyakov's design was scaled for Ku-band frequencies and the cloak was placed into rectangular waveguide. The broad transmission band ("invisibility region") was obtained. The tunability of transmission band was realized by addition the capacitors into the cloak, between metallic plates. The cloaking system was simulated numerically by CST Microwave Studio. The possibility of invisibility switching on/off was shown by changing of capacity of varactor diodes from 0.4 to 3.4 pF by incident power. The nonlinear cloak behavior was shown at microwaves.

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Comminiello, Danilo; Scarpiniti, Michele; Scardapane, Simone; Parisi, Raffaele; Uncini, Aurelio

2015-09-01

The functional link adaptive filter (FLAF) represents an effective solution for online nonlinear modeling problems. In this paper, we take into account a FLAF-based architecture, which separates the adaptation of linear and nonlinear elements, and we focus on the nonlinear branch to improve the modeling performance. In particular, we propose a new model that involves an adaptive combination of filters downstream of the nonlinear expansion. Such combination leads to a cooperative behavior of the whole architecture, thus yielding a performance improvement, particularly in the presence of strong nonlinearities. An advanced architecture is also proposed involving the adaptive combination of multiple filters on the nonlinear branch. The proposed models are assessed in different nonlinear modeling problems, in which their effectiveness and capabilities are shown. PMID:26057613

14. Nature limits filarial transmission

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Chandra, Goutam

2008-01-01

Lymphatic filariasis, caused by Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi and B. timori is a public health problem of considerable magnitude of the tropics and subtropics. Presently 1.3 billion people are at risk of lymphatic filariasis (LF) infection and about 120 million people are affected in 83 countries. In this context it is worth mentioning that 'nature' itself limits filarial transmission to a great extent in a number of ways such as by reducing vector populations, parasitic load and many other bearings. Possibilities to utilize these bearings of natural control of filariasis should be searched and if manipulations on nature, like indiscriminate urbanization and deforestation, creating sites favourable for the breeding of filarial vectors and unsanitary conditions, water pollution with organic matters etc., are reduced below the threshold level, we will be highly benefited. Understandings of the factors related to natural phenomena of control of filariasis narrated in this article may help to adopt effective control strategies. PMID:18500974

15. Optimal singular control for nonlinear semistabilisation

2016-06-01

The singular optimal control problem for asymptotic stabilisation has been extensively studied in the literature. In this paper, the optimal singular control problem is extended to address a weaker version of closed-loop stability, namely, semistability, which is of paramount importance for consensus control of network dynamical systems. Three approaches are presented to address the nonlinear semistable singular control problem. Namely, a singular perturbation method is presented to construct a state-feedback singular controller that guarantees closed-loop semistability for nonlinear systems. In this approach, we show that for a non-negative cost-to-go function the minimum cost of a nonlinear semistabilising singular controller is lower than the minimum cost of a singular controller that guarantees asymptotic stability of the closed-loop system. In the second approach, we solve the nonlinear semistable singular control problem by using the cost-to-go function to cancel the singularities in the corresponding Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equation. For this case, we show that the minimum value of the singular performance measure is zero. Finally, we provide a framework based on the concepts of state-feedback linearisation and feedback equivalence to solve the singular control problem for semistabilisation of nonlinear dynamical systems. For this approach, we also show that the minimum value of the singular performance measure is zero. Three numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed singular semistabilisation frameworks.

16. Randomized discrepancy bounded local search for transmission expansion planning

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Bent, Russell W; Daniel, William B

2010-11-23

In recent years the transmission network expansion planning problem (TNEP) has become increasingly complex. As the TNEP is a non-linear and non-convex optimization problem, researchers have traditionally focused on approximate models of power flows to solve the TNEP. Existing approaches are often tightly coupled to the approximation choice. Until recently these approximations have produced results that are straight-forward to adapt to the more complex (real) problem. However, the power grid is evolving towards a state where the adaptations are no longer easy (e.g. large amounts of limited control, renewable generation) and necessitates new approaches. Recent work on deterministic Discrepancy Bounded Local Search (DBLS) has shown it to be quite effective in addressing this question. DBLS encapsulates the complexity of power flow modeling in a black box that may be queried for information about the quality of proposed expansions. In this paper, we propose a randomization strategy that builds on DBLS and dramatically increases the computational efficiency of the algorithm.

17. Nonlinear phenomena in plasma physics and hydrodynamics

Sagdeev, R. Z.

Advances in the theory of nonlinear phenomena are discussed in individual chapters contributed by Soviet physicists. Topics examined include vortices in plasma and hydrodynamics, oscillations and bifurcations in reversible systems, regular and chaotic dynamics of particles in a magnetic field, and renormalization-group theory and Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser theory. Consideration is given to nonlinear problems of the turbulent dynamo, strong turbulence and topological solitons, self-oscillations in chemical systems, and autowaves in biologically active media.

18. Modeling the dynamics of nonlinear inductor circuits

Deane, Jonathan H. B.

1994-09-01

The Jiles-Atherton (J-A) model is applied to the problem of describing the dynamics of a nonlinear circuit driven by a square wave voltage source and comprising a linear resistor and capacitor in series with a nonlinear inductor, whose core displays saturation and hysteresis. The presence of hysteresis is shown to increase the order of the circuit by one. Period-multiplication and chaos are observed and excellent agreement is obtained between experiment and simulation.

19. Nonlinear Krylov acceleration of reacting flow codes

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Kumar, S.; Rawat, R.; Smith, P.; Pernice, M.

1996-12-31

We are working on computational simulations of three-dimensional reactive flows in applications encompassing a broad range of chemical engineering problems. Examples of such processes are coal (pulverized and fluidized bed) and gas combustion, petroleum processing (cracking), and metallurgical operations such as smelting. These simulations involve an interplay of various physical and chemical factors such as fluid dynamics with turbulence, convective and radiative heat transfer, multiphase effects such as fluid-particle and particle-particle interactions, and chemical reaction. The governing equations resulting from modeling these processes are highly nonlinear and strongly coupled, thereby rendering their solution by traditional iterative methods (such as nonlinear line Gauss-Seidel methods) very difficult and sometimes impossible. Hence we are exploring the use of nonlinear Krylov techniques (such as CMRES and Bi-CGSTAB) to accelerate and stabilize the existing solver. This strategy allows us to take advantage of the problem-definition capabilities of the existing solver. The overall approach amounts to using the SIMPLE (Semi-Implicit Method for Pressure-Linked Equations) method and its variants as nonlinear preconditioners for the nonlinear Krylov method. We have also adapted a backtracking approach for inexact Newton methods to damp the Newton step in the nonlinear Krylov method. This will be a report on work in progress. Preliminary results with nonlinear GMRES have been very encouraging: in many cases the number of line Gauss-Seidel sweeps has been reduced by about a factor of 5, and increased robustness of the underlying solver has also been observed.

20. Nonlinear Hysteretic Torsional Waves.

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Cabaret, J; Béquin, P; Theocharis, G; Andreev, V; Gusev, V E; Tournat, V

2015-07-31

We theoretically study and experimentally report the propagation of nonlinear hysteretic torsional pulses in a vertical granular chain made of cm-scale, self-hanged magnetic beads. As predicted by contact mechanics, the torsional coupling between two beads is found to be nonlinear hysteretic. This results in a nonlinear pulse distortion essentially different from the distortion predicted by classical nonlinearities and in a complex dynamic response depending on the history of the wave particle angular velocity. Both are consistent with the predictions of purely hysteretic nonlinear elasticity and the Preisach-Mayergoyz hysteresis model, providing the opportunity to study the phenomenon of nonlinear dynamic hysteresis in the absence of other types of material nonlinearities. The proposed configuration reveals a plethora of interesting phenomena including giant amplitude-dependent attenuation, short-term memory, as well as dispersive properties. Thus, it could find interesting applications in nonlinear wave control devices such as strong amplitude-dependent filters. PMID:26274421