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Sample records for voltage stability evaluation

  1. Wind Power Plant Voltage Stability Evaluation: Preprint

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    Muljadi, E.; Zhang, Y. C.

    2014-09-01

    Voltage stability refers to the ability of a power system to maintain steady voltages at all buses in the system after being subjected to a disturbance from a given initial operating condition. Voltage stability depends on a power system's ability to maintain and/or restore equilibrium between load demand and supply. Instability that may result occurs in the form of a progressive fall or rise of voltages of some buses. Possible outcomes of voltage instability are the loss of load in an area or tripped transmission lines and other elements by their protective systems, which may lead to cascading outages. The loss of synchronism of some generators may result from these outages or from operating conditions that violate a synchronous generator's field current limit, or in the case of variable speed wind turbine generator, the current limits of power switches. This paper investigates the impact of wind power plants on power system voltage stability by using synchrophasor measurements.

  2. Experimental Evaluation of DG's Dynamic Voltage Support Capability Improving Short-Term Voltage Stability on Power System Loads

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    Ueda, Tomoyuki; Komami, Shintaro

    High DG penetration will seriously spoil short-term voltage stability of load in bulk power system. Simulation results on previous studies by the authors have shown that dynamic voltage support (DVS) capability of DG improves the stability, but experimental evaluation doesn't exist yet. This paper presents the effect of DVS capability of DG on an experimental circuit, which consists of an induction motor, a resistance load, and a compensation capacitor behind a reactance. First, an experimental set up that causes voltage instability without DVS is made up. Second, an improvement in DG inverter control is made to realize low voltage ride-through (LVRT) capability and DVS capability, and the DG's performance is confirmed by voltage sag tests. Finally, the tests on the experimental set up demonstrate that DVS capability improves greatly short-term voltage stability of power system loads, and the experimental results give good agreement with simulation results.

  3. Voltage stability analysis in the new deregulated environment

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    Zhu, Tong

    Nowadays, a significant portion of the power industry is under deregulation. Under this new circumstance, network security analysis is more critical and more difficult. One of the most important issues in network security analysis is voltage stability analysis. Due to the expected higher utilization of equipment induced by competition in a power market that covers bigger power systems, this issue is increasingly acute after deregulation. In this dissertation, some selected topics of voltage stability analysis are covered. In the first part, after a brief review of general concepts of continuation power flow (CPF), investigations on various matrix analysis techniques to improve the speed of CPF calculation for large systems are reported. Based on these improvements, a new CPF algorithm is proposed. This new method is then tested by an inter-area transaction in a large inter-connected power system. In the second part, the Arnoldi algorithm, the best method to find a few minimum singular values for a large sparse matrix, is introduced into the modal analysis for the first time. This new modal analysis is applied to the estimation of the point of voltage collapse and contingency evaluation in voltage security assessment. Simulations show that the new method is very efficient. In the third part, after transient voltage stability component models are investigated systematically, a novel system model for transient voltage stability analysis, which is a logical-algebraic-differential-difference equation (LADDE), is offered. As an example, TCSC (Thyristor controlled series capacitors) is addressed as a transient voltage stabilizing controller. After a TCSC transient voltage stability model is outlined, a new TCSC controller is proposed to enhance both fault related and load increasing related transient voltage stability. Its ability is proven by the simulation.

  4. Dynamic Analysis of Power System Voltage Stability.

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    Gebreselassie, Assefa

    This thesis investigates the effects of loads and voltage regulators on the dynamic voltage stability of power systems. The analysis focuses on the interactions of machine flux dynamics with loads and voltage control devices. The results are based on eigenvalue analysis of the linearized models and time simulation of the nonlinear models, using models from the Power System Toolbox, a Matlab -based package for the simulation and small signal analysis of nonlinear power systems. The voltage stability analysis results are developed using a single machine single load system with typical machine and network parameters and the NPCC 10-machine system. Dynamic models for generators, exciters and loads are used. The generator is modeled with a pair of poles and one damper circuit in both the d-axis and the q-axis. Saturation effects are included in the model. The IEEE Type DC1 DC commutator exciter model is used for all the exciters. Five different types of loads: constant impedance, constant current, constant power, a first order induction motor model (slip model) and a third order induction motor model (slip-flux model) are considered. The modes of instability and the stability limits of the different representation of loads are examined for two different operating modes of the exciters. The first, when all the exciters are on automatic control and the second when some exciters are on manual control. Modal participation factors are used to determine the characteristics of the critical modes. The characteristics of the unstable modes are verified by performing time simulation of the nonlinear models. Oscillatory and non-oscillatory instabilities are experienced by load buses when all the exciters are on automatic control and some exciters are on manual control respectively, for loads which are predominantly constant power and induction motors. It is concluded that the mode of instability does not depend on the type of loads but on the operating condition of the exciters. However, the severity of instability depends on the type of loads. Hence in dynamic voltage analysis, to arrive at a meaningful conclusion, the operating conditions of the exciters and the exact load composition should be taken into account.

  5. A Review of Voltage Stability Assessment Techniques with an Improved Voltage Stability Indicator

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    Danish, Mir Sayed Shah; Yona, Atsushi; Senjyu, Tomonobu

    2015-04-01

    A blackout can take place in entire power system or a part of the system due to extreme voltage instability (voltage collapse) that can appear abruptly. Instability prediction and continuous monitoring of the power system performance is, therefore, known exigent. This paper is conducted with a broad overview of the voltage stability indices, which are previously studied in the literature, and have the same foundation during their formulation. Afterward, an improved voltage stability indicator is introduced as a result of the multi-criteria integration and enhancement of the original indices by employing linear algebra methods. It is found that the proposed algorithm can overcome on the probable limitations from calculating point view. Then comparative analysis of the indices is presented in order to reach a unique consensus about the typical techniques of modal analysis (sensitivity, eigenvalue, right eigenvectors, and bus participation factor) as a precise algorithm. Finally, the IEEE 14-bus, and 30-bus test systems are selected to verify the algorithm, and compare the performance of the improved indicator approach with the existing indices.

  6. Optimal placement of unified power flow controllers to improve dynamic voltage stability using power system variable based voltage stability indices.

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    Albatsh, Fadi M; Ahmad, Shameem; Mekhilef, Saad; Mokhlis, Hazlie; Hassan, M A

    2015-01-01

    This study examines a new approach to selecting the locations of unified power flow controllers (UPFCs) in power system networks based on a dynamic analysis of voltage stability. Power system voltage stability indices (VSIs) including the line stability index (LQP), the voltage collapse proximity indicator (VCPI), and the line stability index (Lmn) are employed to identify the most suitable locations in the system for UPFCs. In this study, the locations of the UPFCs are identified by dynamically varying the loads across all of the load buses to represent actual power system conditions. Simulations were conducted in a power system computer-aided design (PSCAD) software using the IEEE 14-bus and 39- bus benchmark power system models. The simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. When the UPFCs are placed in the locations obtained with the new approach, the voltage stability improves. A comparison of the steady-state VSIs resulting from the UPFCs placed in the locations obtained with the new approach and with particle swarm optimization (PSO) and differential evolution (DE), which are static methods, is presented. In all cases, the UPFC locations given by the proposed approach result in better voltage stability than those obtained with the other approaches. PMID:25874560

  7. Optimal Placement of Unified Power Flow Controllers to Improve Dynamic Voltage Stability Using Power System Variable Based Voltage Stability Indices

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    Albatsh, Fadi M.; Ahmad, Shameem; Mekhilef, Saad; Mokhlis, Hazlie; Hassan, M. A.

    2015-01-01

    This study examines a new approach to selecting the locations of unified power flow controllers (UPFCs) in power system networks based on a dynamic analysis of voltage stability. Power system voltage stability indices (VSIs) including the line stability index (LQP), the voltage collapse proximity indicator (VCPI), and the line stability index (Lmn) are employed to identify the most suitable locations in the system for UPFCs. In this study, the locations of the UPFCs are identified by dynamically varying the loads across all of the load buses to represent actual power system conditions. Simulations were conducted in a power system computer-aided design (PSCAD) software using the IEEE 14-bus and 39- bus benchmark power system models. The simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. When the UPFCs are placed in the locations obtained with the new approach, the voltage stability improves. A comparison of the steady-state VSIs resulting from the UPFCs placed in the locations obtained with the new approach and with particle swarm optimization (PSO) and differential evolution (DE), which are static methods, is presented. In all cases, the UPFC locations given by the proposed approach result in better voltage stability than those obtained with the other approaches. PMID:25874560

  8. High voltage stability performance of a gamma ray detection device

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    Abdullah, Nor Arymaswati; Lombigit, Lojius; Rahman, Nur Aira Abd

    2014-02-12

    An industrial grade digital radiation survey meter device is currently being developed at Malaysian Nuclear Agency. This device used a cylindrical type Geiger Mueller (GM) which acts as a detector. GM detector operates at relatively high direct current voltages depend on the type of GM tube. This thin/thick walled cylindrical type of GM tube operates at 450-650 volts range. Proper value and stability performance of high voltage are important parameters to ensure that this device give a reliable radiation dose measurement. This paper will present an assessment of the stability and performance of the high voltage supply for radiation detector. The assessment is performed using System Identification tools box in MATLAB and mathematical statistics.

  9. Application of SMES in wind farm to improve voltage stability

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    Shi, J.; Tang, Y. J.; Ren, L.; Li, J. D.; Chen, S. J.

    2008-09-01

    For the wind farms introducing doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs), voltage stability is an essential issue which influences their widely integration into the power grid. This paper proposes the application of superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) in the power system integrated with wind farms. SMES can control the active and reactive power flow, realizing the operation in four quadrants independently. The introducing of SMES can smooth the output power flow of the wind farms, and supply dynamic voltage support. Using MATLAB/SIMULINK, the models of the DFIG, the power grid connected and the SMES are created. Simulation results show that the voltage stability of the power system integrated with wind farms can be improved considerably.

  10. Voltage stability condition in a power transmission system calculated by sensitivity methods

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    Flatabo, N.; Ognedal, R. ); Carlsen, T. )

    1990-11-01

    A new method for determination of voltage stability condition in a power system is presented. The method is based on sensitivity techniques, taking into account the limits on reactive power generation capacities. A distance to voltage collapse in terms of MVAr is defined as a measure of system security. Results from calculations on a 480-bus network with 140 generators is presented. The method can be efficiently used for reactive power security evaluation both in system planning and operation.

  11. STABILITY OF HIGH VOLTAGE MODULATORS FOR NONLINEAR LOADS

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    PAWLEY,J.C; TOOKER,J; PEAVY,J; CARY,W.P; NEREM,A; HOYT,D; LOHR,J

    2003-10-01

    OAK-B135 Gyrotrons have a nonlinear voltage--current characteristic such that the small signal or ac impedance changes as operational voltage and currents are reached. The ac impedance determines the stability of a voltage or current control system. this can become particularly challenging when several gyrotron are connected in parallel to a single modulator. With all gyrotrons hooked to a common ground, large current loops can be generated as well as non-canceling currents in individual coaxial lines. These inequalities can provide the required feedback impulse to start an oscillation condition in the power system for the tubes. Recent operation of two CPI 110 GHz gyrotrons in the MN class from a single modulator on DIII-D has shown instability in the power system. An oscillation in the drive current occurs at various points in the ramp up and flat top portions of the 80 kV voltage pulse with each tube drawing 40 A at full voltage. Efforts to stabilize these instabilities are presented along with some modeling and examination of the issues for gyrotron modulators.

  12. Concepts of undervoltage load shedding for voltage stability

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    Taylor, C.W. )

    1992-04-01

    Undervoltage load shedding is an economical solution (or partial solution) to the voltage stability challenges facing electric utilities. Simulations, for an equivalent system and for large scale representation of the Puget Sound (Seattle) area of the Pacific Northwest, lead to several concepts for an undervoltage load shedding program. In this paper application factors such as undervoltage relay settings and time delay are discussed. Pacific Northwest utilities are implementing undervoltage load shedding for the 1991-1992 winter operating period.

  13. AC loop voltages and MHD stability in RFP plasmas

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    McCollam, K. J.; Holly, D. J.; Mirnov, V. V.; Sarff, J. S.; Stone, D. R.

    2012-10-01

    Applied AC loop voltages provide a means to study and control the dynamics of MHD activity in RFP plasmas. In MST experiments with a new programmable power supply, applying a poloidal loop voltage oscillation of sufficient amplitude is observed to tightly entrain the ambient quasiperiodic sawtooth magnetic-relaxation cycle in the RFP, making it almost strictly periodic. The RFP's limit-cycle trajectory in (F, θ) space, where F and θ are the equilibrium reversal and pinch parameters, is drastically modified and suggests a fundamentally different relaxation regime. Applying both poloidal and toroidal AC loop voltages, as in oscillating-field current drive (OFCD), changes the limit cycle and can reduce MHD fluctuation amplitudes. The MHD response in OFCD experiments with varying source amplitudes and phase lags is examined in terms of linear stability and nonlinear mode coupling. Linear stability for MHD current-driven modes is calculated in cylindrical geometry, including the effect of conducting-wall proximity, and preliminary results indicate the presence of a stable region in (F, θ) space, consistent with past results for the RFP. By using OFCD to control the RFP's positioning in (F, θ) space, it might be possible to control or suppress MHD activity while driving steady-state plasma current.

  14. Fast voltage stability assessment and reinforcement in an interconnected power system

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    Hsiao, Wen-Ta

    1998-12-01

    It is believed that voltage stability analysis will be more difficult due to the full utilization of transmission systems and the growth of inter-utility power transfer. An online voltage stability analyzing system which can be incorporated into the EMS to deal with the threats of suddenly arising voltage collapses is presented. Operating margin prediction, voltage stability assessment and reinforcement are three major functions. Two predicting methods are proposed to calculate the operating margin according to current operating condition and the anticipative system state. A fast risk indicator based on the saddle-node bifurcation theory is designed to predict the proximity of a system to voltage collapse. A novel CPF method which can trace the power flow solution path through the nose point without notorious numerical difficulties is presented. Speed is the advantage of former method, while accuracy is the important feature of latter one. Voltage stability assessment is required to predict steady-state conditions of a system following a large number of anticipated transmission branch or generator outages. An efficient and simple method based on voltage sensitivity changing rates is proposed for quickly identify the weak buses in a large-scale system. An effective contingency selection function relying on search algorithms built into power flow solutions is designed to filter out most of harmless contingencies for system operators who are working with rapidly changing load/generation patterns and a wide variety of operating conditions. A contingency evaluation function having the ability to deal with real-time numerous contingencies in a very short period of time is utilized to find high-severity contingencies. Var compensation and load shedding are two remedial measures of reinforcement function. Suitable var compensation scheme has three contributions: extending operating margin to avoid voltage collapses, fully utilizing the transmission infrastructure to earn economic benefits, and reducing the number of must-run units to eliminate monopoly profits. A load shedding method is designed to provide protection from fatal voltage collapses occurring outside of prior planning and operating studies. Two practical large-scale power systems and their interconnections are used to study voltage stability throughout this dissertation.

  15. Modal Voltage Stability Analysis of Multi-infeed HVDC System Considering its Control Systems

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    Wu, Guohong; Minakawa, Tamotsu; Hayashi, Toshiyuki

    This work presents a method for investigating the voltage stability of multi-infeed HVDC systems, which is based on the eigenvalue decomposition technique known as modal analysis. In this method, the eigenvalue of linearized steady-state system power-voltage equations are computed to evaluate the long-term voltage stability. The contributions of this work to modal analysis method are control systems of HVDC system, such as an Automatic Power Regulator (APR) and an Automatic (DC) Current Regulator (ACR) on its rectifier side and a changeover between an Automatic (DC) Voltage Regulator (AVR) and an Automatic extinction advance angle Regulator (AγR) modes on its inverter side, were taken into account, and the formularization for modal analysis considering not only these control systems of HVDC system but also generator and load characteristics was fulfilled and presented in this paper. The application results from an AC/DC model power system with dual HVDC systems verified the efficiency of the proposed method and quantitatively illustrated the influence of control systems of HVDC system on AC/DC system long-term voltage stability.

  16. Test Evaluation of a Reduced-Voltage Induction Motor Controller.

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    Portland General Energy Systems.

    1994-07-01

    This project was designed to test the performance of a motor controller called the ``Electro Guard`` that was distributed by Conservation Products Manufacturing. This motor controller was marketed as a new generation motor controller that saves electric energy by reducing voltage to match motor load and to improve power factor. This project included laboratory testing and had the option of field demonstrations to evaluate energy savings and cost effectiveness, equipment stability and reliability, appropriate applications, level of induced harmonic currents, maintenance soft start benefits, and potential regional electrical energy savings.

  17. Strategies for Voltage Control and Transient Stability Assessment

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    Hiskens, Ian A.

    2013-09-25

    As wind generation grows, its influence on power system performance will becoming increasingly noticeable. Wind generation di#11;ffers from traditional forms of generation in numerous ways though, motivating the need to reconsider the usual approaches to power system assessment and performance enhancement. The project has investigated the impact of wind generation on transient stability and voltage control, identifying and addressing issues at three distinct levels of the power system: 1) at the device level, the physical characteristics of wind turbine generators (WTGs) are quite unlike those of synchronous machines, 2) at the wind-farm level, the provision of reactive support is achieved through coordination of numerous dissimilar devices, rather than straightforward generator control, and 3) from a systems perspective, the location of wind-farms on the sub-transmission network, coupled with the variability inherent in their power output, can cause complex voltage control issues. The project has sought to develop a thorough understanding of the dynamic behaviour of type-3 WTGs, and in particular the WECC generic model. The behaviour of such models is governed by interactions between the continuous dynamics of state variables and discrete events associated with limits. It was shown that these interactions can be quite complex, and may lead to switching deadlock that prevents continuation of the trajectory. Switching hysteresis was proposed for eliminating deadlock situations. Various type-3 WTG models include control blocks that duplicate integrators. It was shown that this leads to non-uniqueness in the conditions governing steady-state, and may result in pre- and post-disturbance equilibria not coinciding. It also gives rise to a zero eigenvalue in the linearized WTG model. In order to eliminate the anomalous behaviour revealed through this investigation, WECC has now released a new generic model for type-3 WTGs. Wind-farms typically incorporate a variety of voltage control equipment including tapchanging transformers, switched capacitors, SVCs, STATCOMs and the WTGs themselves. The project has considered the coordinated control of this equipment, and has addressed a range of issues that arise in wind-farm operation. The #12;first concerns the ability of WTGs to meet reactive power requirements when voltage saturation in the collector network restricts the reactive power availability of individual generators. Secondly, dynamic interactions between voltage regulating devices have been investigated. It was found that under certain realistic conditions, tap-changing transformers may exhibit instability. In order to meet cost, maintenance, fault tolerance and other requirements, it is desirable for voltage control equipment to be treated as an integrated system rather than as independent devices. The resulting high-level scheduling of wind-farm reactive support has been investigated. In addressing this control problem, several forms of future information were considered, including exact future knowledge and stochastic predictions. Deterministic and Stochastic Dynamic Programming techniques were used in the development of control algorithms. The results demonstrated that while exact future knowledge is very useful, simple prediction methods yield little bene#12;fit. The integration of inherently variable wind generation into weak grids, particularly subtransmission networks that are characterized by low X=R ratios, aff#11;ects bus voltages, regulating devices and line flows. The meshed structure of these networks adds to the complexity, especially when wind generation is distributed across multiple nodes. A range of techniques have been considered for analyzing the impact of wind variability on weak grids. Sensitivity analysis, based on the power-flow Jacobian, was used to highlight sections of a system that are most severely a#11;ffected by wind-power variations. A continuation power flow was used to determine parameter changes that reduce the impact of wind-power variability. It was also used to explore interactions between multiple wind-farms. Furthermore, these tools have been used to examine the impact of wind injection on transformer tap operation in subtransmission networks. The results of a tap operation simulation study show that voltage regulation at wind injection nodes increases tap change operations. The tradeo#11;ff between local voltage regulation and tap change frequency is fundamentally important in optimizing the size of reactive compensation used for voltage regulation at wind injection nodes. Line congestion arising as a consequence of variable patterns of wind-power production has also been investigated. Two optimization problems have been formulated, based respectively on the DC and AC power flow models, for identifying vulnerable line segments. The DC optimization is computationally more e#14;fficient, whereas the AC sensitivity-based optimization provides greater accuracy.

  18. Development of a terminal voltage stabilization system for the FOTIA at BARC

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    Kansara, M. J.; Sapna, P.; Subrahmanyam, N. B. V.; Bhatt, J. P.; Singh, P.

    2002-11-01

    A terminal voltage stabilization system for the folded tandem ion accelerator (FOTIA) was developed and is in continuous use. The system achieves good voltage stabilization, eliminates ground loops and noise interference. It incorporates a correcting circuit for compensating the mains frequency variations in the GVM amplifier circuit. The present system has two modes of operation namely GVM control mode and slit control mode. A voltage stability of about ±2 kV has been achieved. In this paper, some of the salient features of the voltage stabilization system are discussed.

  19. Global stability analysis method to numerically predict precursor of breakdown voltage

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    Shibata, Hisaichi; Ohmichi, Yuya; Watanabe, Yasumasa; Suzuki, Kojiro

    2015-10-01

    This study presents a new method for predicting a precursor of breakdown voltage. This method applies a global linear stability analysis to a drift-diffusion model coupled with the Poisson equation. The instability of the solution of these equations is evaluated with the proposed method and is considered to be the onset of a breakdown. The proposed method is validated in one dimension by using the Townsend theory as a reference. To extend the one-dimensional case and investigate the characteristics of multidimensional eigenmodes, we apply the method to two-dimensional plane-to-plane discharge tubes. To prove an adaptability against complex electrodes geometry, the discharge path and the corresponding breakdown voltage for the well-known corner-to-plane geometry are qualitatively evaluated.

  20. Ultrasonic evaluation of high voltage circuit boards

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    Klima, S. J.; Riley, T. J.

    1976-01-01

    Preliminary observations indicate that an ultrasonic scanning technique may be useful as a quick, low cost, nondestructive method for judging the quality of circuit board materials for high voltage applications. Corona inception voltage tests were conducted on fiberglass-epoxy and fiberglass-polyimide high pressure laminates from 20 to 140 C. The same materials were scanned ultrasonically by utilizing the single transducer, through-transmission technique with reflector plate, and recording variations in ultrasonic energy transmitted through the board thickness. A direct relationship was observed between ultrasonic transmission level and corona inception voltage. The ultrasonic technique was subsequently used to aid selection of high quality circuit boards for the Communications Technology Satellite.

  1. A Nonlinear Excitation Controller Design Method for Terminal Voltage Regulation and Transient Stability Enhancement

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    Huang, Chongxin; Zhang, Kaifeng; Dai, Xianzhong; Zang, Qiang

    2014-06-01

    This paper proposes a cascade control method to design a nonlinear excitation controller to guarantee the terminal voltage regulation and the transient stability. Firstly, a nonlinear automatic voltage regulator (NAVR) in the inner loop is designed to control the terminal voltage exactly. Secondly, the generator model including the NAVR is transformed to be a reduced one. Subsequently, based on the reduced generator model, the nonlinear power system stabilizer in the external loop is designed to enhance the transient stability of the power systems. Furthermore, a coordination strategy is presented to improve the performances of the terminal voltage regulation in the steady state and the stability in the transient state. Finally, the proposed method is verified by numerous simulation results.

  2. Stability Analysis of A.C. Voltage Controls for Shinkansen Feeding System with Multiple Power Converters

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    Kunomura, Ken; Koseki, Takafumi

    The recent introduction of very fast and frequent train services at Tokaido-Shinkansen makes it difficult to stabilize the feeding voltage only by compensating reactive power. Therefore, active power compensation has been introduced for further stabilization of the voltage, and a converter control strategy called fixed power factor method was applied in the commercial operation that started in February 2009. The feeding voltage stabilizing control by active power compensation is substantially more complicated than the conventional reactive power compensation. This paper describes a novel stability judging method for Shinkansen feeding system with multiple power converters; this method can be used to determine appropriate active/reactive compensation strategies that can be used by the operator of the new Shinkansen power supply system.

  3. Performance Comparison of Voltage Stability Indices for Weak Bus Identification in Power Systems

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    Verayiah, R.; Mohamed, A.; Shareef, H.; Zainal Abidin, I. Hj

    2013-06-01

    Voltage collapse event is identified as complex and localized in nature but its effect is extensive once occurred. The vital effect of voltage collapse would be the total system collapse or blackouts which would cost a large loss to utility companies. Eventually, on- line monitoring of power system stability has become an important factor for electric power utilities. The last utmost option to avert voltage collapse incident from occurring is by the implementation of under voltage load shedding scheme. The identification of location for load shedding is the main motivation of the study. The weakest bus in a power system is identified as the location for load shedding. This location is obtained using voltage stability index Ld. The performance and effectiveness of Ld index is compared with Fast Voltage Stability Index (FVSI) and Le Index. The results obtained indicate that Ld Index can be used to identify the weak bus in a power system and consequently for the placement of UVLS relays in a power system network.

  4. Stabilization of Gyrotron Frequency by PID Feedback Control on the Acceleration Voltage

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    Khutoryan, E. M.; Idehara, T.; Kuleshov, A. N.; Tatematsu, Y.; Yamaguchi, Y.; Matsuki, Y.; Fujiwara, T.

    2015-12-01

    The results of frequency stabilization by proportional-integral-derivative (PID) feedback control of acceleration voltage in the 460-GHz Gyrotron FU CW GVI (the official name in Osaka University is Gyrotron FU CW GOI) are presented. The experiment was organized on the basis of the frequency modulation by modulation of acceleration voltage of beam electrons. The frequency stabilization during 10 h experiment was better than 10-6, which is compared with the results of the frequency deviation in free-running gyrotron operation.

  5. Voltage Stability Impact of Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Utilizing Dynamic Reactive Power Control

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    Omole, Adedamola

    Photovoltaic (PV) DGs can be optimized to provide reactive power support to the grid, although this feature is currently rarely utilized as most DG systems are designed to operate with unity power factor and supply real power only to the grid. In this work, the voltage stability of a power system embedded with PV DG is examined in the context of the high reactive power requirement after a voltage sag or fault. A real-time dynamic multi-function power controller that enables renewable source PV DGs to provide the reactive power support necessary to maintain the voltage stability of the microgrid, and consequently, the wider power system is proposed. The loadability limit necessary to maintain the voltage stability of an interconnected microgrid is determined by using bifurcation analysis to test for the singularity of the network Jacobian and load differential equations with and without the contribution of the DG. The maximum and minimum real and reactive power support permissible from the DG is obtained from the loadability limit and used as the limiting factors in controlling the real and reactive power contribution from the PV source. The designed controller regulates the voltage output based on instantaneous power theory at the point-of-common coupling (PCC) while the reactive power supply is controlled by means of the power factor and reactive current droop method. The control method is implemented in a modified IEEE 13-bus test feeder system using PSCADRTM power system analysis software and is applied to the model of a Tampa ElectricRTM PV installation at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL. This dissertation accomplishes the systematic analysis of the voltage impact of a PV DG-embedded power distribution system. The method employed in this work bases the contribution of the PV resource on the voltage stability margins of the microgrid rather than the commonly used loss-of-load probability (LOLP) and effective load-carrying capability (ELCC) measures. The results of the proposed method show good improvement in the before-, during-, and post-start voltage levels at the motor terminals. The voltage stability margin approach provides the utility a more useful measure in sizing and locating PV resources to support the overall power system stability in an emerging smart grid.

  6. Enhancement of Voltage Stability of DC Smart Grid During Islanded Mode by Load Shedding Scheme

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    Nassor, Thabit Salim; Senjyu, Tomonobu; Yona, Atsushi

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents the voltage stability of a DC smart grid based on renewable energy resources during grid connected and isolated modes. During the islanded mode the load shedding, based on the state of charge of the battery and distribution line voltage, was proposed for voltage stability and reservation of critical load power. The analyzed power system comprises a wind turbine, a photovoltaic generator, storage battery as controllable load, DC loads, and power converters. A fuzzy logic control strategy was applied for power consumption control of controllable loads and the grid-connected dual active bridge series resonant converters. The proposed DC Smart Grid operation has been verified by simulation using MATLAB® and PLECS® Blockset. The obtained results show the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  7. Organic thin film devices with stabilized threshold voltage and mobility, and method for preparing the devices

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    Nastasi, Michael Anthony; Wang, Yongqiang; Fraboni, Beatrice; Cosseddu, Piero; Bonfiglio, Annalisa

    2013-06-11

    Organic thin film devices that included an organic thin film subjected to a selected dose of a selected energy of ions exhibited a stabilized mobility (.mu.) and threshold voltage (VT), a decrease in contact resistance R.sub.C, and an extended operational lifetime that did not degrade after 2000 hours of operation in the air.

  8. Effect of low-voltage electrical stimulation after dressing on color stability and water holding capacity of bovine longissimus muscle.

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    Li, Chunbao; Li, Jing; Li, Xin; Hviid, Marchen; Lundström, Kerstin

    2011-07-01

    The effect of low voltage electrical stimulation after dressing (ES) on color stability and water holding capacity (WHC) of beef was investigated. Nine Swedish red cattle were slaughtered and the left side was electrically stimulated (80 V, 35 s) approximately 30 min after stunning, whereas the other side was not treated and used as control. Color and its stability, WHC, and protein solubility were evaluated on longissimus lumborum muscles from the two sides. ES produced a brighter red color at 24h mainly by increasing the oxygenation capacity of myoglobin (P<0.01), which was attenuated by postmortem aging. ES did not affect WHC, protein solubility and color stability (P>0.05). Therefore, this technology could accelerate meat tenderization without any negative effect on commercial attributes, such as color or drip of bovine longissimus muscle. PMID:21382673

  9. Gyrotron Output Power Stabilization by PID Feedback Control of Heater Current and Anode Voltage

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    Khutoryan, E. M.; Idehara, T.; Kuleshov, A. N.; Ueda, K.

    2014-12-01

    To provide stable output power of a gyrotron during long operation time the power stabilization was achieved by two schemes with PID feedback control of heater current and anode voltage. It was based on the dependence of the output power on both the anode voltage and the beam current and also on the dependence of the beam current on the gun heater current. Both schemes provided decrease of the power standard deviation to 0.3-0.5%. The comparison between parameters of both schemes is discussed in the paper.

  10. Low voltage polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal reflective display by doping ferroelectric nanoparticles.

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    Xu, X W; Zhang, X W; Luo, D; Dai, H T

    2015-12-14

    Low driving voltage is achieved in full color reflective display based on polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal (PS-PBLC), by doping a small amount of ferroelectric nanoparticles. Both reflectance spectra of PS-PBLC with and without BaTiO₃ ferroelectric nanoparticles are studied under different applied external voltages. Superior to PS-PBLC without ferroelectric nanoparticles, the vertical driving electric fields of PS-PBLC with 0.4 wt.% BaTiO₃ ferroelectric nanoparticles are dramatically reduced by more than 70% for red, green and blue cells. The proposed approach would accelerate the practical application of full color PS-BPLC reflective display. PMID:26699017

  11. Improvement of stability of sinusoidally driven atmospheric pressure plasma jet using auxiliary bias voltage

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    Kim, Hyun-Jin; Kim, Jae Young; Kim, Jae Hyun; Kim, Dong Ha; Lee, Duck-Sik; Park, Choon-Sang; Park, Hyung Dal; Shin, Bhum Jae; Tae, Heung-Sik

    2015-12-01

    In this study, we have proposed the auxiliary bias pulse scheme to improve the stability of atmospheric pressure plasma jets driven by an AC sinusoidal waveform excitation source. The stability of discharges can be significantly improved by the compensation of irregular variation in memory voltage due to the effect of auxiliary bias pulse. From the parametric study, such as the width, voltage, and onset time of auxiliary bias pulse, it has been demonstrated that the auxiliary bias pulse plays a significant role in suppressing the irregular discharges caused by the irregular variation in memory voltage and stable discharge can be initiated with the termination of the auxiliary bias pulse. As a result of further investigating the effects of the auxiliary pulse scheme on the jet stability under various process conditions such as the distance between the jet head and the counter electrode, and carrier gas flow, the jet stability can be improved by adjusting the amplitude and number of the bias pulse depending on the variations in the process conditions.

  12. Surface and Structural Stabilities of Carbon Additives in High Voltage Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Zheng, Jianming; Xiao, Jie; Xu, Wu; Chen, Xilin; Gu, Meng; Li, Xiaohong S.; Zhang, Jiguang

    2012-11-23

    Several different carbons have been systematically investigated in high voltage lithium ion batteries. It was founded that the higher surface area, the more parasitic reactions initiating from different onset voltages. A closer inspection reveals that for the low surface area carbon such as Super P, PF6- ions intercalate into carbon structure above 4.7 V contributing partial capacity. For high surface area carbon, in addition to the electrolyte decomposition, the oxidation of functional groups at high voltage further increases the irreversible capacities and Li+ ion consumption. Coulombic efficiency, reversible capacity and cycling stability observed by using different carbon additives are successfully correlated with their structure and surface chemistry providing information for predictive selection of carbons in different energy storage systems.

  13. Development of real-time voltage stability monitoring tool for power system transmission network using Synchrophasor data

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    Pulok, Md Kamrul Hasan

    Intelligent and effective monitoring of power system stability in control centers is one of the key issues in smart grid technology to prevent unwanted power system blackouts. Voltage stability analysis is one of the most important requirements for control center operation in smart grid era. With the advent of Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) or Synchrophasor technology, real time monitoring of voltage stability of power system is now a reality. This work utilizes real-time PMU data to derive a voltage stability index to monitor the voltage stability related contingency situation in power systems. The developed tool uses PMU data to calculate voltage stability index that indicates relative closeness of the instability by producing numerical indices. The IEEE 39 bus, New England power system was modeled and run on a Real-time Digital Simulator that stream PMU data over the Internet using IEEE C37.118 protocol. A Phasor data concentrator (PDC) is setup that receives streaming PMU data and stores them in Microsoft SQL database server. Then the developed voltage stability monitoring (VSM) tool retrieves phasor measurement data from SQL server, performs real-time state estimation of the whole network, calculate voltage stability index, perform real-time ranking of most vulnerable transmission lines, and finally shows all the results in a graphical user interface. All these actions are done in near real-time. Control centers can easily monitor the systems condition by using this tool and can take precautionary actions if needed.

  14. Stability of La2O3 Metal-Insulator-Metal Capacitors under Constant Voltage Stress

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    Shu-Hua Wu,; Chih-Kang Deng,; Tuo-Hung Hou,; Bi-Shiou Chiou,

    2010-04-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the stability of high-κ La2O3 metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors under constant voltage stress (CVS). It was found that the variation in capacitance caused by CVS strongly depends on the injected charges regardless of stress biases. Furthermore, the quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance (α) decreases with a logarithmic increase in dielectric loss. Charge trapping contributes to the relative capacitance variation under CVS while the reduced carrier mobility due to the stress-induced traps is responsible for the reduction of α. Additionally, high stability of 10-year lifetime is achieved for a 10-nm La2O3 MIM capacitor with an 11.4 fF/μm2 capacitance density.

  15. Stability of La2O3 Metal-Insulator-Metal Capacitors under Constant Voltage Stress

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    Wu, Shu-Hua; Deng, Chih-Kang; Hou, Tuo-Hung; Chiou, Bi-Shiou

    2010-04-01

    In this study, we demonstrate the stability of high-κ La2O3 metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitors under constant voltage stress (CVS). It was found that the variation in capacitance caused by CVS strongly depends on the injected charges regardless of stress biases. Furthermore, the quadratic voltage coefficient of capacitance (α) decreases with a logarithmic increase in dielectric loss. Charge trapping contributes to the relative capacitance variation under CVS while the reduced carrier mobility due to the stress-induced traps is responsible for the reduction of α. Additionally, high stability of 10-year lifetime is achieved for a 10-nm La2O3 MIM capacitor with an 11.4 fF/µm2 capacitance density.

  16. Chemical detection and laser wavelength stabilization employing spectroscopic absorption via laser compliance voltage sensing

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    Taubman, Matthew S; Phillips, Mark C

    2014-03-18

    Systems and methods are disclosed that provide a direct indication of the presence and concentration of an analyte within the external cavity of a laser device that employ the compliance voltage across the laser device. The systems can provide stabilization of the laser wavelength. The systems and methods can obviate the need for an external optical detector, an external gas cell, or other sensing region and reduce the complexity and size of the sensing configuration.

  17. Leakage current and stability of acrylic elastomer subjected to high DC voltage

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    Hammami, S.; Jean-Mistral, C.; Jomni, F.; Gallot-Lavallée, O.; Rain, P.; Yangui, B.; Sylvestre, A.

    2015-04-01

    Dielectric elastomers such as 3M VHB4910 acrylate film have been widely used for electromechanical energy conversion such as actuators, sensors and generators, due to their lightweight, high efficiency, low cost and high energy density. Mechanical and electric properties of such materials have been deeply investigated according to various parameters (temperature, frequency, pre-stress, nature of the compliant electrodes…). Models integrating analytic laws deduced from experiments increase their accuracy. Nevertheless, leakage current and electrical breakdown reduce the efficiency and the lifetime of devices made with these polymers. These two major phenomena are not deeply investigated in the literature. Thus, this paper describes the current-voltage characteristics of acrylate 3M VHB4910 and investigates the stability of the current under high electric field (kV) for various temperatures (from 20°C to 80°C) and over short (300 s) and long (12h) periods. Experimental results show that, with gold electrodes at ambient temperature, the current decreases with time to a stable value corresponding to the conduction current. This decrease occurs during 6 hours, whereas in the literature values of current at short time (less than 1 hour) are generally reported. This decrease can be explained by relaxations mechanisms in the polymer. Schottky emission and Poole-Frenkel emission are both evaluated to explain the leakage current. It emerges from this study that the Schottky effect constitutes the main mechanism of electric current in the 3M VHB4910. For high temperatures, the steady state is reached quickly. To end, first results on the leakage current changes for pre-stretch VHB4910 complete this study.

  18. Evaluation of acoustic cavities for combustion stabilization.

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    Oberg, C. L.; Wong, T. L.; Ford, W. M.

    1972-01-01

    The stabilizing influence of acoustic cavities (quarterwave acoustic resonators) on acoustic modes of combustion instability has been studied. The ability to analytically predict cavity damping was improved. Relatively good agreement between predicted damping and measured stability was demonstrated. Full-scale motor firings were made to evaluate the influence of several parameters on stability. Results from these firings showed that stability was changed, but not dramatically, by changes in the engine operating conditions. Variations in the film-coolant flowrate do not significantly affect cavity stabilization. The ability to stabilize an engine with unconventional cavity configurations was demonstrated.

  19. Interpolation Approximation of Voltage Stability Constrained OPF (VSCOPF) for Reactive Power Planning

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    Tolbert, Leon M; Zhang, Wenjuan; Li, Fangxing

    2011-01-01

    Reactive power planning (RPP), or Var planning, is to identify the optimal size and location of reactive power sources. In this paper, first, the previous work using least square method to simplify the voltage stability constrained OPF (VSCOPF) model for RPP is presented. Then, this paper presents a new model simplification solution using interpolation. The interpolation approach can be easily applied to a piecewise formulation while preserving the continuity at boundary points, which cannot be easily achieved by previous works like the least square method. The proposed interpolation approach is numerically tested and compared with the least square approach. It is concluded that interpolation is an improved model simplification approach for RPP.

  20. Stabilization of the Conductive Conformation of a Voltage-gated K+ (Kv) Channel

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    Santos, Jose S.; Syeda, Ruhma; Montal, Mauricio

    2013-01-01

    Voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channels are molecular switches that sense membrane potential and in response open to allow K+ ions to diffuse out of the cell. In these proteins, sensor and pore belong to two distinct structural modules. We previously showed that the pore module alone is a robust yet dynamic structural unit in lipid membranes and that it senses potential and gates open to conduct K+ with unchanged fidelity. The implication is that the voltage sensitivity of K+ channels is not solely encoded in the sensor. Given that the coupling between sensor and pore remains elusive, we asked whether it is then possible to convert a pore module characterized by brief openings into a conductor with a prolonged lifetime in the open state. The strategy involves selected probes targeted to the filter gate of the channel aiming to modulate the probability of the channel being open assayed by single channel recordings from the sensorless pore module reconstituted in lipid bilayers. Here we show that the premature closing of the pore is bypassed by association of the filter gate with two novel open conformation stabilizers: an antidepressant and a peptide toxin known to act selectively on Kv channels. Such stabilization of the conductive conformation of the channel is faithfully mimicked by the covalent attachment of fluorescein at a cysteine residue selectively introduced near the filter gate. This modulation prolongs the occupancy of permeant ions at the gate. It is this longer embrace between ion and gate that we conjecture underlies the observed stabilization of the conductive conformation. This study provides a new way of thinking about gating. PMID:23609443

  1. Power system voltage stability and agent based distribution automation in smart grid

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    Nguyen, Cuong Phuc

    2011-12-01

    Our interconnected electric power system is presently facing many challenges that it was not originally designed and engineered to handle. The increased inter-area power transfers, aging infrastructure, and old technologies, have caused many problems including voltage instability, widespread blackouts, slow control response, among others. These problems have created an urgent need to transform the present electric power system to a highly stable, reliable, efficient, and self-healing electric power system of the future, which has been termed "smart grid". This dissertation begins with an investigation of voltage stability in bulk transmission networks. A new continuation power flow tool for studying the impacts of generator merit order based dispatch on inter-area transfer capability and static voltage stability is presented. The load demands are represented by lumped load models on the transmission system. While this representation is acceptable in traditional power system analysis, it may not be valid in the future smart grid where the distribution system will be integrated with intelligent and quick control capabilities to mitigate voltage problems before they propagate into the entire system. Therefore, before analyzing the operation of the whole smart grid, it is important to understand the distribution system first. The second part of this dissertation presents a new platform for studying and testing emerging technologies in advanced Distribution Automation (DA) within smart grids. Due to the key benefits over the traditional centralized approach, namely flexible deployment, scalability, and avoidance of single-point-of-failure, a new distributed approach is employed to design and develop all elements of the platform. A multi-agent system (MAS), which has the three key characteristics of autonomy, local view, and decentralization, is selected to implement the advanced DA functions. The intelligent agents utilize a communication network for cooperation and negotiation. Communication latency is modeled using a user-defined probability density function. Failure-tolerant communication strategies are developed for agent communications. Major elements of advanced DA are developed in a completely distributed way and successfully tested for several IEEE standard systems, including: Fault Detection, Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR); Coordination of Distributed Energy Storage Systems (DES); Distributed Power Flow (DPF); Volt-VAR Control (VVC); and Loss Reduction (LR).

  2. Evaluation of Epoxy Nanocomposites for High Voltage Insulation

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    Iyer, Ganpathy

    Polymeric materials containing nanometer (nm) size particles are being introduced to provide compact shapes for low and medium voltage insulation equipment. The nanocomposites may provide superior electrical performance when compared with those available currently, such as lower dielectric losses and increased dielectric strength, tracking and erosion resistance, and surface hydrophobicity. All of the above mentioned benefits can be achieved at a lower filler concentration (< 10%) than conventional microfillers (40-60%). Also, the uniform shapes of nanofillers provide a better electrical stress distribution as compared to irregular shaped microcomposites which can have high internal electric stress, which could be a problem for devices with active electrical parts. Improvement in electrical performance due to addition of nanofillers in an epoxy matrix has been evaluated in this work. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was done on the epoxy samples to confirm uniform dispersion of nano-sized fillers as good filler dispersion is essential to realize the above stated benefits. Dielectric spectroscopy experiments were conducted over a wide range of frequencies as a function of temperature to understand the role of space charge and interfaces in these materials. The experiment results demonstrate significant reduction in dielectric losses in samples containing nanofillers. High voltage experiments such as corona resistance tests were conducted over 500 hours to monitor degradation in the samples due to corona. These tests revealed improvements in partial discharge endurance of nanocomposite samples. These improvements could not be adequately explained using a macroscopic quantity such as thermal conductivity. Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) showed higher weight loss initiation temperatures for nanofilled samples which is in agreement with the corona resistance experimental results. Theoretical models have also been developed in this work to complement the results of the corona resistance experiment and the TGA analysis. Degradation model was developed to map the erosion path using Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm. A thermal model was developed to calculate the localized temperature distribution in the micro and nano-filled samples using the PDE toolbox in MATLAB. Both the models highlight the fact that improvement in nanocomposites is not limited to the filler concentrations that were tested experimentally.

  3. Real Power and Reactive Power Control of a Three-Phase Single-Stage-PV System and PV voltage Stability

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    Li, Huijuan; Xu, Yan; Adhikari, Sarina; Rizy, D Tom; Li, Fangxing; Irminger, Philip

    2012-01-01

    Grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems with power electronic interfaces can provide both real and reactive power to meet power system needs with appropriate control algorithms. This paper presents the control algorithm design for a three-phase single-stage grid-connected PV inverter to achieve either maximum power point tracking (MPPT) or a certain amount of real power injection, as well as the voltage/var control. The switching between MPPT control mode and a certain amount of real power control mode is automatic and seamless. Without the DC-to-DC booster stage, PV DC voltage stability is an important issue in the control design especially when the PV inverter is operating at maximum power point (MPP) with voltage/var control. The PV DC voltage collapse phenomenon and its reason are discussed. The method based on dynamic correction of the PV inverter output is proposed to ensure PV DC voltage stability. Simulation results of the single-stage PV system during system disturbances and fast solar irradiation changes confirm that the proposed control algorithm for single-stage PV inverters can provide appropriate real and reactive power services and ensure PV DC voltage stability during dynamic system operation and atmospheric conditions.

  4. Effects of high voltage electrical stimulation on the rate of pH decline, meat quality and color stability in chilled beef carcasses

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    Mombeni, Ehsan Gharib; Mombeini, Manoochehr Gharib; Figueiredo, Lucas Chaves; Siqueira, Luciano Soares Jacintho; Dias, Debora Testoni

    2013-01-01

    Objective To determine the effects of high voltage electrical stimulation (HVES, 800 Voltage) on rapid decreases in pH values and improvements in meat quality. Methods A total of 50 beef carcasses were applied, divided into two groups, one as a control and another for HVES. Meat quality was evaluated based on M. longissimus dorsi by examining pH and temperature levels at 1, 2, 5, 10 and 24 h, while color stability was examined seven days after slaughter. Results HVES decreased the pH values of the meat and accelerated rigor mortis (P<0.05). HVES caused differences in instrumental color values compared with the control groups across the ageing period at 4 °C. Conclusion the HVES had positive effects on meat quality and color stability, in contrast to undesirable consumer preferences. PMID:23998012

  5. Evaluation of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) on a National Level

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    Schneider, Kevin P.; Fuller, Jason C.; Tuffner, Francis K.; Singh, Ruchi

    2010-09-29

    Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) is a reduction of energy consumption resulting from a reduction of feeder voltage. While there have been numerous CVR systems deployed in North America there has been little substantive analytic analysis of the effect; the majority of the published results are based on empirical field measurements. Since these results are based on empirical measurements it is difficult to extrapolate how this technology will behave on the various types of distribution feeders found throughout the nation. This report has utilized the Taxonomy of Prototypical feeder developed under the Modern Grid Initiative (MGI), now the Modern Grid Strategy (MGS), in order to estimate the benefits of CVR on multiple distribution feeder types. This information will then be used to determine an estimate of the national benefits of a wide scale deployment of CVR.

  6. Genetic Algorithm Used for Load Shedding Based on Sensitivity to Enhance Voltage Stability

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    Titare, L. S.; Singh, P.; Arya, L. D.

    2014-12-01

    This paper presents an algorithm to calculate optimum load shedding with voltage stability consideration based on sensitivity of proximity indicator using genetic algorithm (GA). Schur's inequality based proximity indicator of load flow Jacobian has been selected, which indicates system state. Load flow Jacobian of the system is obtained using Continuation power flow method. If reactive power and active rescheduling are exhausted, load shedding is the last line of defense to maintain the operational security of the system. Load buses for load shedding have been selected on the basis of sensitivity of proximity indicator. The load bus having large sensitivity is selected for load shedding. Proposed algorithm predicts load bus rank and optimum load to be shed on load buses. The algorithm accounts inequality constraints not only in present operating conditions, but also for predicted next interval load (with load shedding). Developed algorithm has been implemented on IEEE 6-bus system. Results have been compared with those obtained using Teaching-Learning-Based Optimization (TLBO), particle swarm optimization (PSO) and its variant.

  7. Operational stability in pentacene thin-film transistors with threshold voltages tuned by oxygen plasma treatment

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    Kimura, Yoshinari; Kitamura, Masatoshi; Kitani, Asahi; Arakawa, Yasuhiko

    2016-02-01

    Pentacene-based organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) having a SiO2 gate dielectric treated with oxygen plasma have been investigated for control of the threshold voltage. The threshold voltage changed in the wide range from -15 to 80 V, depending on plasma treatment time, AC power for plasma generation, and gate dielectric thickness. The threshold voltage change was attributed to negative charges induced on and/or near the surface of the gate dielectric. The threshold voltage change on the order of 1 V was particularly proportional to plasma treatment time. The predictable change enables the control of threshold voltage in this range. In addition, the effect of gate bias stress on threshold voltage was examined. The results suggested that gate bias stress does not negate the threshold voltage change induced by plasma treatment.

  8. Wind Farm Stabilization by using DFIG with Current Controlled Voltage Source Converters Taking Grid Codes into Consideration

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    Okedu, Kenneth Eloghene; Muyeen, S. M.; Takahashi, Rion; Tamura, Junji

    Recent wind farm grid codes require wind generators to ride through voltage sags, which means that normal power production should be re-initiated once the nominal grid voltage is recovered. However, fixed speed wind turbine generator system using induction generator (IG) has the stability problem similar to the step-out phenomenon of a synchronous generator. On the other hand, doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) can control its real and reactive powers independently while being operated in variable speed mode. This paper proposes a new control strategy using DFIGs for stabilizing a wind farm composed of DFIGs and IGs, without incorporating additional FACTS devices. A new current controlled voltage source converter (CC-VSC) scheme is proposed to control the converters of DFIG and the performance is verified by comparing the results with those of voltage controlled voltage source converter (VC-VSC) scheme. Another salient feature of this study is to reduce the number of proportionate integral (PI) controllers used in the rotor side converter without degrading dynamic and transient performances. Moreover, DC-link protection scheme during grid fault can be omitted in the proposed scheme which reduces overall cost of the system. Extensive simulation analyses by using PSCAD/EMTDC are carried out to clarify the effectiveness of the proposed CC-VSC based control scheme of DFIGs.

  9. HIGH VOLTAGE ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS, INC.ELECTRON BEAM TECHNOLOGY - INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report evaluates a high-voltage electron beam (E-beam) technology's ability to destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other contaminants present in liquid wastes. Specifically, this report discusses performance and economic data from a Superfund Innovative Technology...

  10. Evaluation of performance of footwear and flooring systems in combination with personnel using voltage probability analysis

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    Smallwood, Jeremy; Swenson, David E.

    2011-06-01

    Evaluation of electrostatic performance of footwear and flooring in combination is necessary in applications such as electrostatic discharge (ESD) control in electronics manufacture, evaluation of equipment for avoidance of factory process electrostatic ignition risks and avoidance of electrostatic shocks to personnel in working environments. Typical standards use a walking test in which the voltage produced on a subject is evaluated by identification and measurement of the magnitude of the 5 highest "peaks" and "valleys" of the recorded voltage waveform. This method does not lend itself to effective analysis of the risk that the voltage will exceed a hazard threshold. This paper shows the advantages of voltage probability analysis and recommends that the method is adopted for use in future standards.

  11. Evaluation of developing inertial stabilization unit

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    Haruna, Masaki; Kodeki, Kazuhide; Shimizu, Seiichi; Fukushima, Kazuhiko; Takahara, Osamu; Ando, Toshiyuki; Suzuki, Jiro; Haraguchi, Eisuke

    2015-03-01

    Micro vibrations generated from some internal disturbance sources such as a reaction wheel degrades the pointing stability of an observation satellite. To suppress the pointing error, we have been developing an inertial stabilization unit. A prototype mechanism is designed based on concepts that it has non-contact actuators and sensors, and rotational leaf springs are applied to support a stabilized platform in order to meet two requirements which are precise drive and tolerance for launch load. Two kind of inertial sensors are installed on the platform to measure the attitude directly. Each of these two inertial sensors covers low or high bandwidth signal respectively. These signals will be able to be combined as one wideband signal to stabilize the platform in inertial space. In this paper, the developing prototype mechanism and control equipment are described and the basic evaluation results are reported. Less than 0.3urad as a drive precision and more than 100Hz as a local sensor control bandwidth are verified. The development of the system has not completely finished yet, but the basic performance is certified to meet the design specification. From now on, we continue to develop the unit. These future results can be applied to inter-satellite laser communication system.

  12. Evaluation of high-voltage, high-power, solid-state remote power controllers for amps

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    Callis, Charles P.

    1987-01-01

    The Electrical Power Branch at Marshall Space Flight Center has a Power System Development Facility where various power circuit breadboards are tested and evaluated. This project relates to the evaluation of a particular remote power controller (RPC) energizing high power loads. The Facility equipment permits the thorough testing and evaluation of high-voltage, high-power solid-state remote power controllers. The purpose is to evaluate a Type E, 30 Ampere, 200 V dc remote power controller. Three phases of the RPC evaluation are presented. The RPC is evaluated within a low-voltage, low-power circuit to check its operational capability. The RPC is then evaluated while performing switch/circuit breaker functions within a 200 V dc, 30 Ampere power circuit. The final effort of the project relates to the recommended procedures for installing these RPC's into the existing Autonomously Managed Power System (AMPS) breadboard/test facility at MSFC.

  13. Evaluation of high temperature dielectric films for high voltage power electronic applications

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    Suthar, J. L.; Laghari, J. R.

    1992-01-01

    Three high temperature films, polyimide, Teflon perfluoroalkoxy and poly-P-xylene, were evaluated for possible use in high voltage power electronic applications, such as in high energy density capacitors, cables and microelectronic circuits. The dielectric properties, including permittivity and dielectric loss, were obtained in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz at temperatures up to 200 C. The dielectric strengths at 60 Hz were determined as a function of temperature to 250 C. Confocal laser microscopy was performed to diagnose for voids and microimperfections within the film structure. The results obtained indicate that all films evaluated are capable of maintaining their high voltage properties, with minimal degradation, at temperatures up to 200 C. However, above 200 C, they lose some of their electrical properties. These films may therefore become viable candidates for high voltage power electronic applications at high temperatures.

  14. Evaluation of high temperature dielectric films for high voltage power electronic applications

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    Suthar, J. L.; Laghari, J. R.

    1992-06-01

    Three high temperature films, polyimide, Teflon perfluoroalkoxy and poly-P-xylene, were evaluated for possible use in high voltage power electronic applications, such as in high energy density capacitors, cables and microelectronic circuits. The dielectric properties, including permittivity and dielectric loss, were obtained in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 100 kHz at temperatures up to 200 C. The dielectric strengths at 60 Hz were determined as a function of temperature to 250 C. Confocal laser microscopy was performed to diagnose for voids and microimperfections within the film structure. The results obtained indicate that all films evaluated are capable of maintaining their high voltage properties, with minimal degradation, at temperatures up to 200 C. However, above 200 C, they lose some of their electrical properties. These films may therefore become viable candidates for high voltage power electronic applications at high temperatures.

  15. Enhancement of Transient Stability Limit and Voltage Regulation with Dynamic Loads Using Robust Excitation Control

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    Hossain, Jahangir; Mahmud, Apel; Roy, Naruttam K.; Pota, Hemanshu R.

    2013-10-01

    In stressed power systems with large induction machine component, there exist undamped electromechanical modes and unstable monotonic voltage modes. This article proposes a sequential design of an excitation controller and a power system stabiliser (PSS) to stabilise the system. The operating region, with induction machines in stressed power systems, is often not captured using a linearisation around an operating point, and to alleviate this situation a robust controller is designed which guarantees stable operation in a large region of operation. A minimax linear quadratic Gaussian design is used for the design of the supplementary control to automatic voltage regulators, and a classical PSS structure is used to damp electromechanical oscillations. The novelty of this work is in proposing a method to capture the unmodelled nonlinear dynamics as uncertainty in the design of the robust controller. Tight bounds on the uncertainty are obtained using this method which enables high-performance controllers. An IEEE benchmark test system has been used to demonstrate the performance of the designed controller.

  16. Stabilization of polymer electrolyte fuel cell voltage with reduced-order Lyapunov exponent feedback and corrective pressure perturbations

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    Burkholder, Michael B.; Litster, Shawn

    2015-02-01

    Polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) system efficiency can be decreased by instabilities resulting from the accumulation of water in the cathode as well as by excessive air delivery parasitic loads used to prevent liquid water accumulation. In this work, we present a new instability detection diagnostic tailored for the nonlinear and chaotic dynamics of PEFC operation with multi-phase flow in the gas channels. The instability statistic, the Lyapunov exponent of the reduced-order voltage return map, ?, is a measure of the exponential rate of divergence in the dynamic voltage signal measured from the fuel cell. A key advantage of this statistic for embedded control is that it is a self-referencing measure of the system stability for feedback and is not based on an a priori performance threshold. Our experiments demonstrate that the Lyapunov exponent statistic provides a warning typically 100 s in advance of significant power loss. Using this statistic as a control diagnostic, a new control scheme that detects PEFC instability in real time and mitigates it with pressure perturbations was applied experimentally to several fuel cell systems, including one that simulates stack operation. Our control scheme resulted in increased PEFC power, decreased cathode flooding leading to a lower parasitic load for air delivery, and stable PEFC performance.

  17. Evaluation of Niobium as Candidate Electrode Material for DC High Voltage Photoelectron Guns

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    BastaniNejad, M.; Mohamed, Abdullah; Elmustafa, A. A.; Adderley, P.; Clark, J.; Covert, S.; Hansknecht, J.; Hernandez-Garcia, C.; Poelker, M.; Mammei, R.; Surles-Law, K.; Williams, P.

    2012-01-01

    The field emission characteristics of niobium electrodes were compared to those of stainless steel electrodes using a DC high voltage field emission test apparatus. A total of eight electrodes were evaluated: two 304 stainless steel electrodes polished to mirror-like finish with diamond grit and six niobium electrodes (two single-crystal, two large-grain, and two fine-grain) that were chemically polished using a buffered-chemical acid solution. Upon the first application of high voltage, the best large-grain and single-crystal niobium electrodes performed better than the best stainless steel electrodes, exhibiting less field emission at comparable voltage and field strength. In all cases, field emission from electrodes (stainless steel and/or niobium) could be significantly reduced and sometimes completely eliminated, by introducing krypton gas into the vacuum chamber while the electrode was biased at high voltage. Of all the electrodes tested, a large-grain niobium electrode performed the best, exhibiting no measurable field emission (< 10 pA) at 225 kV with 20 mm cathode/anode gap, corresponding to a field strength of 18:7 MV/m.

  18. An intelligent load shedding approach to enhance the voltage stability of a power system

    SciTech Connect

    Vadari, S.V.

    1991-01-01

    The objective of this dissertation is to perform an exhaustive study of the areas of load shedding and load management and recommend techniques for improvement (for the voltage problem). Two main accomplishments are presented. They are: (1) Expert Load Shedding (ELS), an intelligent operator's aid to help in load shedding is the result of the study of current load shedding practices, and intelligent methodologies. The method suggested in this document has been designed for implementation in an Energy management System (EMS) environment. A prototype of the ELS has been implemented in the Dispatcher Training Simulator (DTS) which simulates an EMS environment. Preliminary results of tests performed using the ELS on an enhanced version of the New-England 345-kV system has proved very promising. (2) Expert Load Management (ELM) is an expert system which has been used to provide load relief (in a distribution system) in an emergency mode. Load Management (LM) is an application in the Distribution Automation (DA) system which involves the process of controlling utility system loads by the remote control of individual customer loads. This expert system has been implemented in the EMS/DA environment and tested on the ODEC (Old Dominion Electric Cooperative) system. Preliminary results of the test performed have proved very promising. The main reason for the development of ELS and ELM are to enable the eventual linking of the two functions. It is the author's contention that a link between load shedding in the EMS and load management in the DA would be possible to obtain load relief without actually tripping feeders.

  19. Lidocaine stabilizes the open state of CNS voltage-dependent sodium channels.

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    Castañeda-Castellanos, David R; Nikonorov, Igor; Kallen, Roland G; Recio-Pinto, E

    2002-03-28

    We have previously reported that the lidocaine action is different between CNS and muscle batrachotoxin-modified Na+ channels [Salazar et al., J. Gen. Physiol. 107 (1996) 743-754; Brain Res. 699 (1995) 305-314]. In this study we examined lidocaine action on CNS Na+ currents, to investigate the mechanism of lidocaine action on this channel isoform and to compare it with that proposed for muscle Na+ currents. Na+ currents were measured with the whole cell voltage clamp configuration in stably transfected cells expressing the brain alpha-subunit (type IIA) by itself (alpha-brain) or together with the brain beta(1)-subunit (alphabeta(1)-brain), or the cardiac alpha-subunit (hH1) (alpha-cardiac). Lidocaine (100 microM) produced comparable levels of Na+ current block at positive potentials and of hyperpolarizing shift of the steady-state inactivation curve in alpha-brain and alphabeta(1)-brain Na+ currents. Lidocaine accelerated the rates of activation and inactivation, produced an hyperpolarizing shift in the steady-state activation curve and increased the current magnitude at negative potentials in alpha-brain but not in alphabeta(1)-brain Na+ currents. The lidocaine action in alphabeta(1)-brain resembled that observed in alpha-cardiac Na+ currents. The lidocaine-induced increase in current magnitude at negative potentials and the hyperpolarizing shift in the steady-state activation curve of alpha-brain, are novel effects and suggest that lidocaine treatment does not always lead to current reduction/block when it interacts with Na+ channels. The data are explained by using a modified version of the model proposed by Vedantham and Cannon [J. Gen. Physiol., 113 (1999) 7-16] in which we postulate that the difference in lidocaine action between alpha-brain and alphabeta(1)-brain Na+ currents could be explained by differences in the lidocaine action on the open channel state. PMID:11978401

  20. Evaluating the Field Emission Characteristics of Aluminum for DC High Voltage Photo-Electron Guns

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    Taus, Rhys; Poelker, Matthew; Forman, Eric; Mamun, Abdullah

    2013-10-01

    High current photoguns require high power laser light, but only a small portion of the laser light illuminating the photocathode produces electron beam. Most of the laser light (~ 65%) simply serves to heat the photocathode, which leads to evaporation of the chemicals required to create the negative electron affinity condition necessary for photoemission. Photocathode cooling techniques have been employed to address this problem, but active cooling of the photocathode is complicated because the cooling apparatus must float at high voltage. This work evaluates the field emission characteristics of cathode electrodes manufactured from materials with high thermal conductivity: aluminum and copper. These electrodes could serve as effective heat sinks, to passively cool the photocathode that resides within such a structure. However, literature suggests ``soft'' materials like aluminum and copper are ill suited for photogun applications, due to excessive field emission when biased at high voltage. This work provides an evaluation of aluminum and copper electrodes inside a high voltage field emission test stand, before and after coating with titanium nitride (TiN), a coating that enhances surface hardness. National Science Foundation Award Number: 1062320 and the Department of Defence ASSURE program.

  1. Evaluating the Field Emission Characteristics of Aluminum for DC High Voltage Photo-Electron Guns

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    Taus, Rhys; Poelker, Matthew; Forman, Eric; Mamun, Abdullah

    2014-03-01

    High current photoguns require high power laser light, but only a small portion of the laser light illuminating the photocathode produces electron beam. Most of the laser light (~ 65%) simply serves to heat the photocathode, which leads to evaporation of the chemicals required to create the negative electron affinity condition necessary for photoemission. Photocathode cooling techniques have been employed to address this problem, but active cooling of the photocathode is complicated because the cooling apparatus must float at high voltage. This work evaluates the field emission characteristics of cathode electrodes manufactured from materials with high thermal conductivity: aluminum and copper. These electrodes could serve as effective heat sinks, to passively cool the photocathode that resides within such a structure. However, literature suggests ``soft'' materials like aluminum and copper are ill suited for photogun applications, due to excessive field emission when biased at high voltage. This work provides an evaluation of aluminum and copper electrodes inside a high voltage field emission test stand, before and after coating with titanium nitride (TiN), a coating that enhances surface hardness. National Science Foundation Award Number: 1062320 and the Department of Defence ASSURE program.

  2. Evaluation of the piezoelectric properties and voltage generation of flexible zinc oxide thin films

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    Laurenti, M.; Stassi, S.; Lorenzoni, M.; Fontana, M.; Canavese, G.; Cauda, V.; Pirri, C. F.

    2015-05-01

    Local piezoresponse and piezoelectric output voltage were evaluated on ZnO thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering on hard Si/Ti/Au and flexible Cu-coated polyimide substrates. Three different thicknesses of ZnO films were studied (285 nm, 710 nm, and 1380 nm), focusing on characteristics like crystallinity, grain size, surface roughness, and morphology. Independent of the nature of the metal layer and the substrate, our results show that thicker films presented a higher level of crystallinity and a preferential orientation along the c-axis direction, as well as a lower density of grain boundaries and larger crystal sizes. The improvement of the crystalline structure of the material directly enhances its piezoelectric properties, as confirmed by the local characterizations performed by piezoresponse force microscopy and by the evaluation of the output voltage generation under the application of a periodical mechanical deformation on the whole film. In particular, the highest value of the d33 coefficient obtained (8 pm V-1) and the highest generated output voltage (0.746 V) belong to the thickest films on hard and flexible substrates, respectively. These results envision the use of ZnO thin films—particularly on flexible substrates—as conformable, reliable, and efficient active materials for use in nanosensing, actuation, and piezoelectric nanogenerators.

  3. Sitting on stability balls: biomechanics evaluation in a workplace setting.

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    Schult, Tamara M; Awosika, Ebi R; Schmunk, Sandra K; Hodgson, Michael J; Heymach, Bria L; Parker, Celestine Dent

    2013-01-01

    Use of a stability ball alone and stability ball chair were evaluated in the Veterans Health Administration as possible alternatives to incorporate with regular office chair use. The evaluation of stability ball use was conducted under the auspices of a work site health promotion program as a cross-over trial with participants rotating through use of the stability ball, stability ball chair, and regular office chair on a monthly basis for a total duration of 3 months. Rotations on regular office chairs served as the control. Three medical facilities participated. A total of 193 employees completed a baseline questionnaire; 159 completed at least one post-rotation questionnaire. Self-reported measures included perceived posture when sitting, perceptions of overall balance, energy levels, job performance, safety, and pain. Use was associated with improvements in perceived posture (p < 0.0001) and energy levels (p = 0.007) for stability ball users compared with the office chair control, and improvements in perceived posture (p < 0.0001) and overall balance (p = 0.05) for stability ball chair users compared with the control. Use of stability balls at work decreases the likelihood of reporting pain from regular office chair use from approximately 45% to 21%. Alternatively, a high number of participants reported pain with use of the stability ball alone and stability ball chair, 42% and 45%, respectively. The perceived risks and benefits of stability ball use should be weighed when incorporating use. PMID:23252582

  4. Evaluation of SRAM-Core Susceptibility against Power Supply Voltage Variation

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    Sawada, Takuya; Toshikawa, Taku; Yoshikawa, Kumpei; Takata, Hidehiro; Nii, Koji; Nagata, Makoto

    The susceptibility of a static random access memory (SRAM) core against static and dynamic variation of power supply voltage is evaluated, by using on-chip diagnosis structures of memory built-in self testing (MBIST) and on-chip voltage waveform monitoring (OCM). The SRAM core of interest in this paper is a synthesizable version applicable to general systems-on-a-chip (SoC) design, and fabricated in a 90nm CMOS technology. RF power injection to power supply networks is quantified by OCM. The number of resultant erroneous bits as well as their distribution in the cell array is given by MBIST. The frequency-dependent sensitivity reflects the highly capacitive nature of densely integrated SRAM cells.

  5. Stability and Change in Curriculum Evaluation.

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    Levine, Tamar

    2002-01-01

    Addresses the lack of congruence between different curricular and evaluation ideologies and the lack of sensitivity regarding underlying theoretical assumptions in curriculum evaluation practices from a perspective that calls for a joint ontological and epistemological view of the curriculum and curriculum evaluation. Explores curriculum as a…

  6. Evaluation of Silicone Rubber Insulators used in High-Voltage Transmission Lines

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    Ul-Hamid, Anwar; Soufi, Khaled Y.; Al-Hamoudi, Ibrahim

    2008-04-01

    Three long-rod silicone rubber composite insulators used in 230 kV power transmission lines were evaluated for aging affects. The insulators were obtained from various outdoor desert locations within Saudi Arabia where they had been in service for 6 years. Surface degradation associated with the aging process was analyzed by using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) coupled with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR), and Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis (ESCA). Electrical performance of insulators was evaluated by Rapid Flashover Voltage Tests (RFVT) and Pollution Severity Measurement Tests. Depending on their locations of service, the samples exhibited various types of pollutants at their surfaces. The analysis indicated that the insulator material showed localized surface degradation while there was no evidence of micro-cracking. Furthermore, it was noted that the electrical performance of the insulators was not significantly affected by exposure during the in-service period.

  7. Reliability and Power Quality Evaluation of High-Voltage Supplied Customer

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    Yoshino, Jun; Kita, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Eiichi; Hasegawa, Jun; Kubo, Hiroshi; Yonaga, Shigeru

    Recently, a number of electric consumers have concerned about the reliability of electricity to be served. For example, some consumers need the electricity with a higher reliability by the automation of manufacturing processes. On the other hand, some consumers need the electricity of a cheaper price even if the reliability becomes a little worse. Under such circumstances, it is necessary that power suppliers evaluate the needs of every consumers precisely and propose the most desirable measures for meeting their requirements. This paper develops a tool to analyze the reliability for high-voltage supplied consumers quantitatively. Further, this paper presents a method for evaluating the outage cost of consumers to help them choose the most appropriate measures for maintaining the reliability. The proposed method applies the fuzzy reasoning approach. The validity of the proposed method is ascertained through some numerical simulations.

  8. Methods for determining optical power, for power-normalizing laser measurements, and for stabilizing power of lasers via compliance voltage sensing

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    Taubman, Matthew S; Phillips, Mark C

    2015-04-07

    A method is disclosed for power normalization of spectroscopic signatures obtained from laser based chemical sensors that employs the compliance voltage across a quantum cascade laser device within an external cavity laser. The method obviates the need for a dedicated optical detector used specifically for power normalization purposes. A method is also disclosed that employs the compliance voltage developed across the laser device within an external cavity semiconductor laser to power-stabilize the laser mode of the semiconductor laser by adjusting drive current to the laser such that the output optical power from the external cavity semiconductor laser remains constant.

  9. Evaluation of transitional implant stabilized overdentures: a case series report.

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    Ohkubo, C; Kobayashi, M; Suzuki, Y; Sato, J; Hosoi, T; Kurtz, K S

    2006-06-01

    Transitional implants (TI) can immediately improve the stability and retention of existing unstable mandibular complete dentures. This study evaluated the improvement of mandibular complete denture stability and retention with the use of TI. Three TIs were placed in the intraforaminal region of the edentulous mandible of seven patients (three men, four women; mean age 69.7 years). The patients' existing mandibular complete dentures were immediately modified to TI-stabilized overdentures. Their masticatory movements (mandibular movements during mastication) were measured using a commercially available tracking device (BioPACK, Bioresearch, Japan), both before TI placement and about 1 month after delivery of the TI-stabilized overdentures. The mean time of each chewing phase (opening, closing, and occluding) and coefficients of variation were calculated. The patients also completed a questionnaire about the foods they could chew and indicated on a 100 mm Visual Analog Scale (VAS) their personal levels of comfort, ease of chewing, speech, and stability. For masticatory movements, there were no significant differences (P > 0.05) between the TI-stabilized overdentures and existing complete dentures. However, the number of foods that could be chewed increased, and the stability and comfort were reported as improved with the TI-stabilized overdentures. Using TIs, the stability and comfort of the existing mandibular complete dentures studied in this report could be immediately improved. PMID:16671987

  10. ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION FOR UTILIZATION OF ASH IN SOIL STABILIZATION

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    David J. Hassett; Loreal V. Heebink

    2001-08-01

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) approved the use of coal ash in soil stabilization, indicating that environmental data needed to be generated. The overall project goal is to evaluate the potential for release of constituents into the environment from ash used in soil stabilization projects. Supporting objectives are: (1) To ensure sample integrity through implementation of a sample collection, preservation, and storage protocol to avoid analyte concentration or loss. (2) To evaluate the potential of each component (ash, soil, water) of the stabilized soil to contribute to environmental release of analytes of interest. (3) To use laboratory leaching methods to evaluate the potential for release of constituents to the environment. (4) To facilitate collection of and to evaluate samples from a field runoff demonstration effort. The results of this study indicated limited mobility of the coal combustion fly ash constituents in laboratory tests and the field runoff samples. The results presented support previous work showing little to negligible impact on water quality. This and past work indicates that soil stabilization is an environmentally beneficial CCB utilization application as encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project addressed the regulatory-driven environmental aspect of fly ash use for soil stabilization, but the demonstrated engineering performance and economic advantages also indicate that the use of CCBs in soil stabilization can and should become an accepted engineering option.

  11. Evaluation of electropolished stainless steel electrodes for use in DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, Mahzad; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.; Forman, Eric; Covert, Steven; Hansknecht, John; Hernandez-Garcia, Carlos; Poelker, Matthew; Das, Lopa; Kelley, Michael; Williams, Phillip

    2015-07-01

    DC high voltage photoelectron guns are used to produce polarized electron beams for accelerator-based nuclear and high-energy physics research. Low-level field emission (~nA) from the cathode electrode degrades the vacuum within the photogun and reduces the photoelectron yield of the delicate GaAs-based photocathode used to produce the electron beams. High-level field emission (>μA) can cause significant damage the photogun. To minimize field emission, stainless steel electrodes are typically diamond-paste polished, a labor-intensive process often yielding field emission performance with a high degree of variability, sample to sample. As an alternative approach and as comparative study, the performance of electrodes electropolished by conventional commercially available methods is presented. Our observations indicate the electropolished electrodes exhibited less field emission upon the initial application of high voltage, but showed less improvement with gas conditioning compared to the diamond-paste polished electrodes. In contrast, the diamond-paste polished electrodes responded favorably to gas conditioning, and ultimately reached higher voltages and field strengths without field emission, compared to electrodes that were only electropolished. The best performing electrode was one that was both diamond-paste polished and electropolished, reaching a field strength of 18.7 MV/m while generating less than 100 pA of field emission. The speculate that the combined processes were the most effective at reducing both large and small scale topography. However, surface science evaluation indicates topography cannot be the only relevant parameter when it comes to predicting field emission performance.

  12. Evaluation of electropolished stainless steel electrodes for use in DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, Mahzad Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.; Forman, Eric; Covert, Steven; Hansknecht, John; Hernandez-Garcia, Carlos; Poelker, Matthew; Das, Lopa; Kelley, Michael; Williams, Phillip

    2015-07-15

    DC high voltage photoelectron guns are used to produce polarized electron beams for accelerator-based nuclear and high-energy physics research. Low-level field emission (∼nA) from the cathode electrode degrades the vacuum within the photogun and reduces the photoelectron yield of the delicate GaAs-based photocathode used to produce the electron beams. High-level field emission (>μA) can cause significant damage the photogun. To minimize field emission, stainless steel electrodes are typically diamond-paste polished, a labor-intensive process often yielding field emission performance with a high degree of variability, sample to sample. As an alternative approach and as comparative study, the performance of electrodes electropolished by conventional commercially available methods is presented. Our observations indicate the electropolished electrodes exhibited less field emission upon the initial application of high voltage, but showed less improvement with gas conditioning compared to the diamond-paste polished electrodes. In contrast, the diamond-paste polished electrodes responded favorably to gas conditioning, and ultimately reached higher voltages and field strengths without field emission, compared to electrodes that were only electropolished. The best performing electrode was one that was both diamond-paste polished and electropolished, reaching a field strength of 18.7 MV/m while generating less than 100 pA of field emission. The authors speculate that the combined processes were the most effective at reducing both large and small scale topography. However, surface science evaluation indicates topography cannot be the only relevant parameter when it comes to predicting field emission performance.

  13. Evaluation of electropolished stainless steel electrodes for use in DC high voltage photoelectron guns

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    BastaniNejad, Mahzad; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.; Forman, Eric; Covert, Steven; Hansknecht, John; Hernandez-Garcia, Carlos; Poelker, Matthew; Das, Lopa; Kelley, Michael; Williams, Phillip

    2015-07-01

    DC high voltage photoelectron guns are used to produce polarized electron beams for accelerator-based nuclear and high-energy physics research. Low-level field emission (~nA) from the cathode electrode degrades the vacuum within the photogun and reduces the photoelectron yield of the delicate GaAs-based photocathode used to produce the electron beams. High-level field emission (>μA) can cause significant damage the photogun. To minimize field emission, stainless steel electrodes are typically diamond-paste polished, a labor-intensive process often yielding field emission performance with a high degree of variability, sample to sample. As an alternative approach and as comparative study, the performance of electrodes electropolishedmore » by conventional commercially available methods is presented. Our observations indicate the electropolished electrodes exhibited less field emission upon the initial application of high voltage, but showed less improvement with gas conditioning compared to the diamond-paste polished electrodes. In contrast, the diamond-paste polished electrodes responded favorably to gas conditioning, and ultimately reached higher voltages and field strengths without field emission, compared to electrodes that were only electropolished. The best performing electrode was one that was both diamond-paste polished and electropolished, reaching a field strength of 18.7 MV/m while generating less than 100 pA of field emission. The speculate that the combined processes were the most effective at reducing both large and small scale topography. However, surface science evaluation indicates topography cannot be the only relevant parameter when it comes to predicting field emission performance.« less

  14. Modified transmission-line method for evaluation of the contact resistance: Effect of channel-length-dependent threshold voltage

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    Weis, Martin; Lee, Keanchuan; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2014-01-01

    A modified transmission-line method (TLM) for organic field-effect transistors (OFET) contact resistance extraction is proposed. It is shown that the standard TLM approach can provide even the apparent negative contact resistance due to assumption of linear channel-length-dependence of the channel resistance and constant threshold voltage. This can be corrected by the modified TLM, where effect of channel-length-dependent threshold voltage is included with taking into account the dielectric nature of the active layer of OFETs. Obtained results illustrate the need of the threshold voltage discussion for contact resistance evaluation and demonstrate modified TLM approach as more reliable extraction method.

  15. Evaluation of higher distribution and/or utilization voltages. First interim report (December 1978): literature search and problem definition

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    Not Available

    1981-04-01

    A literature search has been conducted on the economics and technical problems associated with the use of higher voltages in both the primary distribution and secondary utilization systems. After a literature review and evaluation, an assessment of the state-of-the-art with regard to high voltage has been made and is presented for the primary and secondary distribution systems, end use elements, and economics and system analysis or optimization. An annotated bibliography is provided for each of the three categories. A comprehensive list of potential advantages and disadvantages of higher primary distribution and utilization voltages has also been prepared and is presented.

  16. Evaluation of stability of live attenuated camelpox vaccine stabilized with different stabilizers and reconstituted with various diluents.

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    Prabhu, M; Bhanuprakash, V; Venkatesan, G; Yogisharadhya, R; Bora, D P; Balamurugan, V

    2014-05-01

    In this study, thermostability of a Vero cell attenuated live camelpox vaccine under conventional lyophilization conditions has been evaluated. Three stabilizers were used separately for freeze-drying the vaccine and the stability of the vaccine, both in freeze-dried and reconstituted forms at different temperatures was assessed. The study revealed that the camelpox vaccine lyophilized with TAA stabilizer found superior with a shelf life of 44 months, 227 days, 22 days and 20 days at 4, 25, 37 and 45 °C, respectively followed by LS stabilizer. In terms of half-life, TAA stabilizer proved better followed by LS and BUGS stabilizers at all temperatures except at 25 °C in which LS found relatively superior. Among the four diluents viz. 1x PBS (phosphate buffered saline, pH 7.4), 0.85% NaCl, distilled water and 1 M MgSO4, PBS was a better diluent followed by 0.85% NaCl. Both the diluents maintained the infectivity titer more than the minimum effective dose (3 log10TCID50 with a maximum titre of 6.53 log10TCID50 in both the diluents) for 60 h at 37 and 45 °C. However, 1 M MgSO4 found less suitable for camelpox vaccine dilution. The study indicates that the TAA and 1× PBS are the choice of stabilizer and diluent, respectively for camelpox vaccine. PMID:24657207

  17. Abandoned metal mine stability risk evaluation.

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    Bétournay, Marc C

    2009-10-01

    The abandoned mine legacy is critical in many countries around the world, where mine cave-ins and surface subsidence disruptions are perpetual risks that can affect the population, infrastructure, historical legacies, land use, and the environment. This article establishes abandoned metal mine failure risk evaluation approaches and quantification techniques based on the Canadian mining experience. These utilize clear geomechanics considerations such as failure mechanisms, which are dependent on well-defined rock mass parameters. Quantified risk is computed using probability of failure (probabilistics using limit-equilibrium factors of safety or applicable numerical modeling factor of safety quantifications) times a consequence impact value. Semi-quantified risk can be based on failure-case-study-based empirical data used in calculating probability of failure, and personal experience can provide qualified hazard and impact consequence assessments. The article provides outlines for land use and selection of remediation measures based on risk. PMID:19645755

  18. Photo stability of solution-processed low-voltage high mobility zinc-tin-oxide/ZrO2 thin-film transistors for transparent display applications

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    Ha, Tae-Jun; Dodabalapur, Ananth

    2013-03-01

    We report solution-processed low-voltage zinc-tin-oxide (ZTO)/zirconium-oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) possessing a field-effect mobility of ˜10 cm2/Vs, a threshold voltage of 0.1 V, and an on-off current ratio of ˜1 × 109. These TFTs exhibit very small hysteresis windows in both dark and illuminated conditions. We also investigate the photo stability combined with prolong negative bias in these devices. Large threshold voltage shifts and sub-threshold swing degradation typically observed in ZTO TFTs are not present in our devices. We believe that these device characteristics, which stem from the electronically clean semiconductor-dielectric interface, satisfy the requirement for high quality and low power-consuming transparent displays.

  19. Stability evaluation and improvement of adaptive optics systems by using the Lyapunov stability approach

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    Wang, Liang; Chen, Tao; Liu, Xin-yue; Lin, Xu-dong; Yang, Xiao-xia; Li, Hong-zhuang

    2016-02-01

    In this research, investigations on the closed-loop control stability of adaptive optics systems are conducted by using the Lyapunov approach. As an direct metric of the control stability, the error propagator includes the effects of both the integral gain and the influence matrix and is effective for control-stability evaluation. An experimental 97-element AO system is developed for the control-stability investigation, and the Southwell sensor-actuator configuration rather than the Fried geometry is adopted so as to suppress the potential waffle mode. Because filtering out small singular values of the influence matrix can be used to improve the control stability, the effect of the influence matrix and the effect of the integral gain are considered as a whole by using the error propagator. Then, the control stability of the AO system is evaluated for varying the integral gains and the number of filtered-out singular values. Afterwards, an analysis of the evaluations of the error propagator is made, and a conclusion can be drawn that the control stability can be improved by filtering out more singular values of the influence matrix when the integral gain is high. In other words, the error propagator is useful for trading off the bandwidth error and the fitting error of AO systems in a control-stability approach. Finally, a performance measurement of the experimental AO system is conducted when 13 smaller singular values of the influence matrix are filtered out, and the results show that filtering out a small fraction of the singular values has a minor influence on the performance of this AO system.

  20. Experimental evaluation of a positive-voltage-driven unimorph deformable mirror for astronomical applications

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    Chen, Junjie; Ma, Jianqiang; Mao, Yuxin; Liu, Ying; Li, Baoqing; Chu, Jiaru

    2015-11-01

    A modified low-cost unimorph deformable mirror (DM) driven only by positive voltages for atmospheric turbulence compensation is presented. The 214 patterned inner actuators generate convex deformations for aberration correction, while one outer ring actuator generates an overall concave bias. To evaluate the aberration correction capability of the proposed DM, the iterative reconstruction of Zernike aberrations and correction were performed in an adaptive optics test system. The experimental results indicate that the fabricated DM has an excellent aberration correction capability, particularly matching the first 20 term Zernike aberrations with the normalized residual root-mean-square (RMS) error <5%. Furthermore, the random atmospheric turbulence aberrations were simulated based on Karhunen-Loève coefficients and reconstructed using the fabricated DM. The simulative and experimental results show that the atmospheric turbulence aberrations can be steadily compensated with λ/40 (λ=2.2 μm) RMS residual error, indicating the prospect for atmospheric applications.

  1. The impact of new generation pre-dressing medium-voltage electrical stimulation on tenderness and colour stability in lamb meat.

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    Toohey, E S; Hopkins, D L; Stanley, D F; Nielsen, S G

    2008-08-01

    Previous work identified that a large number of domestic lamb carcases processed in Australia do not meet the recommended pH/temperature window during chilling. New medium voltage electrical stimulation technology has been developed to alleviate this problem. This study used an optimised setting (800mA with a pulse width 0.5ms) to evaluate the effects on meat quality with a focus on tenderness and meat colour. In total 40 (electrically stimulated) and 40 (non electrically stimulated) lambs from 11 lots killed over 2 days were evaluated. There was a significant difference (P<0.05) between stimulation treatments for initial pH, rate of pH decline and the predicted temperature at pH 6.0. There was also a large difference in the number of carcases that met the recommended window (pH of 6.0, between 18 and 25°C), with an average 67.5% of stimulated carcases and 25% of unstimulated carcases meeting or falling just above the recommended window. The stimulation treatment had no significant (P>0.05) effect on sarcomere length or myofibrillar fragmentation index (MFI) of the m. longissimus (LL). After 1day of ageing LL samples from stimulated carcases had a significantly lower (P<0.05) shear force than non stimulated samples, but there was no difference between stimulation treatments after 5 days ageing. However, ageing period did have a significant effect (P<0.001) on both MFI and shear force, such that 5days aged product had higher MFI and lower shear force values. There were minimal effects of stimulation on colour stability. PMID:22063030

  2. Age-Related Differences in Evaluating Developmental Stability

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    Mustafic, Maida; Freund, Alexandra M.

    2013-01-01

    Two studies examined the hypothesis that the evaluation of developmental stability changes across adulthood. Results of Study 1 ("N" = 119) supported the expectation that older adults ("M"[subscript age] = 65.29 years)--compared to younger ("M"[subscript age] = 23.38 years) and middle-aged adults…

  3. Computational evaluation of load carriage effects on gait balance stability.

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    Mummolo, Carlotta; Park, Sukyung; Mangialardi, Luigi; Kim, Joo H

    2016-08-01

    Evaluating the effects of load carriage on gait balance stability is important in various applications. However, their quantification has not been rigorously addressed in the current literature, partially due to the lack of relevant computational indices. The novel Dynamic Gait Measure (DGM) characterizes gait balance stability by quantifying the relative effects of inertia in terms of zero-moment point, ground projection of center of mass, and time-varying foot support region. In this study, the DGM is formulated in terms of the gait parameters that explicitly reflect the gait strategy of a given walking pattern and is used for computational evaluation of the distinct balance stability of loaded walking. The observed gait adaptations caused by load carriage (decreased single support duration, inertia effects, and step length) result in decreased DGM values (p < 0.0001), which indicate that loaded walking motions are more statically stable compared with the unloaded normal walking. Comparison of the DGM with other common gait stability indices (the maximum Floquet multiplier and the margin of stability) validates the unique characterization capability of the DGM, which is consistently informative of the presence of the added load. PMID:26691823

  4. Stability evaluation of the Markel Mine at Weeks Island, Louisiana

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    Hoffman, E.L.

    1994-06-01

    A three dimensional (3D) finite element analysis of the Markel Mine located on Weeks Island was performed to: (1) evaluate the stability of the mine and (2) determine the effect of mine failure on the nearby Morton Salt mine and SPR facilities. The first part of the stability evaluation investigates the effect of pillar failure on mine stability. These simulations revealed that tensile stresses and dilatant damage develop in the overlying salt as a result of pillar loss. These tensile stresses extend to the salt/overburden interface only for the case where all 45 of the pillars are assumed to fail. Tensile stresses would likely cause microfracturing of the salt, resulting in a flow path for groundwater from the overlying aquifer to enter the mine. The dilatant damage bridges between the mine and the overburden in the case where 15 or more pillars are removed from the model. Dilatant damage is attributed to microfracturing or changes in the pore structure of the salt and could also result in a flow path for groundwater to enter the mine. The second part of the Markel Mine evaluation investigates the stability of the pillars with respect to three failure mechanisms: tensile failure, compressive failure, and creep rupture. A 3D slabbing pillar model of the Markel mine was developed to investigate progressive failure of the pillars and the effect of slabbing on mine stability. Based on a strain-limiting creep rupture criterion, pillar failure is predicted to be extensive at present. The associated loss of pillar strength should be equivalent to removing all pillars from the model as was done in the first part of this stability analysis, resulting in the possibility of ground water intrusion. Since creep rupture is not a well understood phenomenon, further development and validation of this criterion is recommended.

  5. Evaluation Methods of Contamination Flashover Voltage Performance of Cylindrical Type Semi-conducting Glaze Porcelain Insulators

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    Yamada, Kazuma; Hayashi, Akio; Saka, Chiharu; Sakanishi, Kenji; Matsuoka, Ryosuke; Ito, Susumu; Fujii, Osamu

    Higher contamination flashover voltage of a semi-conducting glaze (SG) insulator owes primarily to the drying effect by leakage current flowing in the glaze. Significant reduction in contamination flashover voltage was confirmed on a cylindrical SG insulator when fog density was increased from 0.5g/m3 to 13g/m3 in clean fog test. The effect of de-energized duration between trip-out and re-energization on the contamination flashover voltage of a cylindrical SG insulator under cold-wet switch-on conditions was investigated. As the de-energized duration becomes shorter, the flashover voltage of a cylindrical SG insulator becomes higher. Higher contamination design voltages may be adopted even under cold-wet switch-on conditions.

  6. Evaluating the Performance of a Battery Using Temperature and Voltage Profiles and a Battery-Resistor Circuit Module

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    Sawyer, Bryan; Ji, Michelle; Gordon, Michael J.; Suppes, Galen J.

    2010-01-01

    An experimental learning module has been developed to study the mass and energy balance involved with operation of an AA Alkaline battery under a load current. An extension of the module allows evaluation of laboratory-assembled batteries using granular anodic/cathodic materials. The system allows load resistance to be varied and measures voltage

  7. A vertical-field-driven polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal mode to obtain a higher transmittance and lower driving voltage

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    Kim, Yong-Hun; Hur, Sung-Taek; Park, Chang-Sub; Park, Kyung-Woo; Choi, Suk-Won; Kang, Shin-Won; Kim, Hak-Rin

    2011-08-01

    We demonstrate a vertical-field-driven polymer-stabilized blue phase liquid crystal (PS-BPLC) mode for solving low transmittance and high driving voltage problems in conventional in-plane-switching (IPS) PS-BPLC modes. By controlling the ray directions of incident beams by means of two prism sheets attached to the top and bottom substrates, continuous grayscale properties can be achieved with a vertical field, where the transmittance of the proposed structure can be increased to become twice as high as that of a IPS PS-BPLC cell, and its driving voltage can also be lowered by about 20 V. With the vertical-field-driven PS-BPLC mode, the hysteresis problem of the IPS PS-BPLC mode can also be solved due to a reduction of the electric field required to achieve sufficient field-induced retardation.

  8. Evaluating capacitor-switching devices for preventing nuisance tripping of adjustable-speed drives due to voltage magnification

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    Bellei, T.A.; O`Leary, R.P.; Camm, E.H.

    1996-07-01

    Nuisance overvoltage tripping of pulse-width modulated adjustable-speed drives, due to switching of shunt capacitor banks at a utility`s substation and the subsequent voltage magnification which can occur at an industrial customer`s utilization-voltage bus, is discussed. Adjustable-speed drive design considerations affecting transient overvoltage ride-through capability are identified and discussed. A comparative evaluation of three switching devices equipped with transient overvoltage control, namely, circuit breakers with pre-insertion resistors, circuit switchers with highly damped pre-insertion inductors, and controlled closing devices, is presented.

  9. High voltage stability of LiCoO2 particles with a nano-scale Lipon coating

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    Kim, Yoongu; Veith, Gabriel M; Nanda, Jagjit; Unocic, Raymond R; Dudney, Nancy J

    2011-01-01

    For high-voltage cycling of rechargeable Li batteries, a nano-scale amorphous Li-ion conductor, lithium phosphorus oxynitride (Lipon), has been coated on surfaces of LiCoO{sub 2} particles by combining a RF-magnetron sputtering technique and mechanical agitation of LiCoO{sub 2} powders. LiCoO{sub 2} particles coated with 0.36 wt% ({approx}1 nm thick) of the amorphous Lipon, retain 90% of their original capacity compared to non-coated cathode materials that retain only 65% of their original capacity after more than 40 cycles in the 3.0-4.4 V range with a standard carbonate electrolyte. The reason for the better high-voltage cycling behavior is attributed to reduction in the side reactions that cause increase of the cell resistance during cycling. Further, Lipon coated particles are not damaged, whereas uncoated particles are badly cracked after cycling. Extending the charge of Lipon-coated LiCoO{sub 2} to higher voltage enhances the specific capacity, but more importantly the Lipon-coated material is also more stable and tolerant of high voltage excursions. A drawback of Lipon coating, particularly as thicker films are applied to cathode powders, is the increased electronic resistance that reduces the power performance.

  10. Stability evaluation of Styrylpyrone derivative (SPD) incorporated products

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    Bahtiar, Adibah Ahamad; Nor, Norefrina Shafinaz Md.; Ibrahim, Nazlina

    2015-09-01

    Styrylpyrone derivative (SPD) from Goniothalamus umbrosus has been shown to have antiviral properties against Herpes Simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1). This study aimed to evaluate the purity of isolated SPD and stability of SPD-incorporated formulations. Pure SPD was isolated from dried roots of G. umbrosus as confirmed by GC-MS. Two types of SPD-incorporated products (ointment and gel) were produced. Both products showed stable physical properties after two months and retained the SPD content for one month.

  11. Evaluating the electro-optical effect in alternating current-voltage-modulated Kerr response for multiferroic heterostructures

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    Shu, Li; Gao, Ya; Hu, Jia-Mian; Li, Zheng; Shen, Yang; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, C. W.

    2013-11-01

    Voltage-modified Kerr magnetometer has been widely used to measure the voltage-modulated magnetic properties in multiferroic magnetic/ferroelectric heterostructures, where the Kerr signal change is considered to be in proportion to magnetization change, i.e., the magneto-optical Kerr effect. However, the total Kerr signal changes might also incorporate contribution from the electro-optical effect of the ferroelectric layer in the multiferroic heterostructure. Here, we evaluate quantitatively, by combining analytical calculations with experimental observations, such electro-optical contribution in the total voltage-induced Kerr signal changes with comparison to those from Kerr effect via converse magnetoelectric coupling. Influences of several parameters, including the magnetic film thickness on the Kerr signal changes, are also investigated.

  12. Nondestructive evaluation of the semiconductor interface states' density using the transverse acoustoelectric voltage

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    Davari, B.; Azar, M. Tabib; Liu, T.; Das, P.

    1986-01-01

    Nondestructive determination of the interface states' density ( Dit) is presented. The measurement technique, utilizing the surface acoustic waves, is applied to silicon/thermal oxide structure. The detected signal is the transverse acoustoelectric voltage amplitude (TAV) which is monitored as a function of the applied bias voltage (TAV- V). Dit is measured by comparing the theoretical and experimental TAV- V curves. The calculation procedure of the Dit and the experimental example are presented.

  13. Effect of surge wave from on evaluation of lightning impulse test voltage for GIS

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    Fujinami, Hideo; Takuma, Kaoru; Kawamoto, Tadashi

    1988-05-01

    Because the wave form of lightning overvoltages entered to a gas insulated substation (GIS) is formed with steep-fronted and gently slope-tailed impulse superposing on high frequency oscillation component, there are many differences of wave form between the standard test impulses and the lightning surges. In order to clarify the influence of voltage wave form upon the insulating performance of the gas insulated equipment subjected to lightning overvoltages, the lightning impulse test voltage equivalent to the lightning surges was appraised by applying the equal voltage-time area criterion to V-t characteristics in GIS for those wave forms. In the case of same wave amplitude, the wave form of standard test condition was more severe for insulation than one of lightning overvoltages with high frequency oscillation. However, special attention was given to the tolerance of coordinated condition with a lightning arrester in the short transition time. The standard lightning impulse test voltage equivalent to the maximum lightning surge voltage was studied for 500 kV and 275 kV GIS, and the tolerance of lightning impulse test voltage was conducted.

  14. A comprehensive study to evaluate the effect of constant low voltage iontophoresis on transungual delivery.

    PubMed

    Nair, Anroop B; Singh, Kishan; Shinu, Pottathil; Harsha, Sree; Al-Dhubiab, Bandar E

    2013-05-01

    Treatment of nail diseases by topical drug delivery continues to draw much attention in the recent days. This study aims to systematically investigate the effect of constant voltage iontophoresis in the transungual drug delivery, using ciclopirox as a model drug. Preliminary permeation studies were carried out by applying constant voltage (6 V for 24 h) using a gel formulation across the human nail plate in a Franz diffusion cell. Different protocols have been studied to authenticate the potential of the proposed technique. Antifungal studies were carried out to assess the pharmacodynamic effect of drug depot formed in the nail plate. Initial studies revealed that application of constant voltage iontophoresis enhanced the permeation by an order of magnitude (p = 0.019) and delivered significant amount of drug into the deeper nail layers. Noticeably higher permeation was observed during the active phase in on-off studies. Excellent correlation was observed in permeation (r(2) = 0.98) and drug load (r(2) = 0.97) with the increase in applied voltage (3-12 V), indicating that the current technique is predictable. The data observed suggest that any further increase in voltage could eventually lead to increase in the permeation and drug load, as the saturation level is very distant. Furthermore, the enhancement in permeation with the applied voltage (3-12 V) was found to be 6-20 folds, compared to the passive process. Results of step up and step down studies substantiated the viability of the current technique. Zone of inhibition measured during the antifungal studies demonstrated that the drug molecules loaded into the nail plate by low voltage iontophoresis is active and releases over an extended period of time (~32 days). Given the excellent results, the current technique could be used as an effective approach for the delivery of antimycotics, which would localize the drug at the infection site and potentially offer higher patient compliance. PMID:23057692

  15. APPARATUS FOR REGULATING HIGH VOLTAGE

    DOEpatents

    Morrison, K.G.

    1951-03-20

    This patent describes a high-voltage regulator of the r-f type wherein the modulation of the r-f voltage is accomplished at a high level, resulting in good stabilization over a large range of load conditions.

  16. Robust Voltage Stabilization in an Isolated Wind-Diesel Power System using PSO based-Fixed Structure H∞ Loop Shaping Control

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vachirasricirikul, Sitthidet; Ngamroo, Issarachai; Kaitwanidvilai, Somyot

    It is well known that the power system controller designed by H∞ control is complicated, high order and impractical. In power system applications, practical structures such as proportional integral derivative (PID) etc., are widely used, because of their simple structure, less number of tuning parameters and low-order. However, tuning of controller parameters to achieve a good performance and robustness is based on designer's experiences. To overcome this problem, this paper proposes a fixed structure robust H∞ loop shaping control to design Static Var Compensator (SVC) and Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR) for robust stabilization of voltage fluctuation in an isolated wind-diesel hybrid power system. The structure of the robust controller of SVC and AVR is specified by a PID controller. In the system modeling, a normalized coprime factorization is applied to represent possible unstructured uncertainties in the power system such as variation of system parameters, generating and loading conditions etc. Based on the H∞ loop shaping, the performance and robust stability conditions are formulated as the optimization problem. The particle swarm optimization is applied to solve for PID control parameters of SVC and AVR simultaneously. Simulation studies confirm the control effect and robustness of the proposed control.

  17. Optical voltage reference

    DOEpatents

    Rankin, Richard; Kotter, Dale

    1994-01-01

    An optical voltage reference for providing an alternative to a battery source. The optical reference apparatus provides a temperature stable, high precision, isolated voltage reference through the use of optical isolation techniques to eliminate current and impedance coupling errors. Pulse rate frequency modulation is employed to eliminate errors in the optical transmission link while phase-lock feedback is employed to stabilize the frequency to voltage transfer function.

  18. Optical voltage reference

    DOEpatents

    Rankin, R.; Kotter, D.

    1994-04-26

    An optical voltage reference for providing an alternative to a battery source is described. The optical reference apparatus provides a temperature stable, high precision, isolated voltage reference through the use of optical isolation techniques to eliminate current and impedance coupling errors. Pulse rate frequency modulation is employed to eliminate errors in the optical transmission link while phase-lock feedback is employed to stabilize the frequency to voltage transfer function. 2 figures.

  19. Performance evaluation of wideband bio-impedance spectroscopy using constant voltage source and constant current source

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    Mohamadou, Youssoufa; In Oh, Tong; Wi, Hun; Sohal, Harsh; Farooq, Adnan; Woo, Eung Je; McEwan, Alistair Lee

    2012-10-01

    Current sources are widely used in bio-impedance spectroscopy (BIS) measurement systems to maximize current injection for increased signal to noise while keeping within medical safety specifications. High-performance current sources based on the Howland current pump with optimized impedance converters are able to minimize stray capacitance of the cables and setup. This approach is limited at high frequencies primarily due to the deteriorated output impedance of the constant current source when situated in a real measurement system. For this reason, voltage sources have been suggested, but they require a current sensing resistor, and the SNR reduces at low impedance loads due to the lower current required to maintain constant voltage. In this paper, we compare the performance of a current source-based BIS and a voltage source-based BIS, which use common components. The current source BIS is based on a Howland current pump and generalized impedance converters to maintain a high output impedance of more than 1 MΩ at 2 MHz. The voltage source BIS is based on voltage division between an internal current sensing resistor (Rs) and an external sample. To maintain high SNR, Rs is varied so that the source voltage is divided more or less equally. In order to calibrate the systems, we measured the transfer function of the BIS systems with several known resistor and capacitor loads. From this we may estimate the resistance and capacitance of biological tissues using the least-squares method to minimize error between the measured transimpedance excluding the system transfer function and that from an impedance model. When tested on realistic loads including discrete resistors and capacitors, and saline and agar phantoms, the voltage source-based BIS system had a wider bandwidth of 10 Hz to 2.2 MHz with less than 1% deviation from the expected spectra compared to more than 10% with the current source. The voltage source also showed an SNR of at least 60 dB up to 2.2 MHz in comparison to the current source-based BIS system where the SNR drops below 40 dB for frequencies greater than 1 MHz.

  20. Experimental Evaluation of Load Rejection Over-Voltage from Grid-Tied Solar Inverters

    SciTech Connect

    Nelson, Austin; Hoke, Anderson; Chakraborty, Sudipta; Ropp, Michael; Chebahtah, Justin; Wang, Trudie; Zimmerly, Brian

    2015-06-14

    This paper investigates the impact of load rejection over-voltage (LRO) from commercially available grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) inverters. LRO can occur when a breaker opens and the power output from a distributed energy resource (DER) exceeds the load. Simplified models of current-controlled inverters can over-predict LRO magnitudes, thus it is useful to quantify the effect through laboratory testing. The load rejection event was replicated using a hardware testbed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and a set of commercially available PV inverters was tested to quantify the impact of LRO for a range of generation-to-load ratios. The magnitude and duration of the over-voltage events are reported in this paper along with a discussion of characteristic inverter output behavior. The results for the inverters under test showed that maximum over-voltage magnitudes were less than 200% of nominal voltage, and much lower in many test cases. These research results are important because utilities that interconnect inverter-based DER need to understand their characteristics under abnormal grid conditions.

  1. Development and Evaluation of Transferrin-Stabilized Paclitaxel Nanocrystal Formulation

    PubMed Central

    Lu, Ying; Wang, Zhao-hui; Li, Tonglei; McNally, Helen; Park, Kinam; Sturek, Michael

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to prepare and evaluate a paclitaxel nanocrystal-based formulation stabilized by serum protein transferrin in a non-covalent manner. The pure paclitaxel nanocrystals were first prepared using an antisolvent precipitation method augmented by sonication. The serum protein transferrin was selected for use after evaluating the stabilizing effect of several serum proteins including albumin and immunoglobulin G. The formulation contained approximately 55~60% drug and was stable for at least 3 months at 4 °C. In vivo antitumor efficacy studies using mice inoculated with KB cells demonstrate significantly higher tumor inhibition rate of 45.1% for paclitaxel-transferrin formulation compared to 28.8% for paclitaxel nanosuspension treatment alone. Interestingly, the Taxol® formulation showed higher antitumor activity than the paclitaxel-transferrin formulation, achieving a 93.3% tumor inhibition rate 12 days post initial dosing. However, the paclitaxel-transferrin formulation showed a lower level of toxicity, which is indicated by steady increase in body weight of mice over the treatment period. In comparison, treatment with Taxol® resulted in toxicity issues as body weight decreased. These results suggest the potential benefit of using a serum protein in a non-covalent manner in conjunction with paclitaxel nanocrystals as a promising drug delivery model for anticancer therapy. PMID:24378441

  2. A high-stability scanning tunneling microscope achieved by an isolated tiny scanner with low voltage imaging capability

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Qi; Hou, Yubin; Wang, Junting; Lu, Qingyou

    2013-11-01

    We present a novel homebuilt scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with high quality atomic resolution. It is equipped with a small but powerful GeckoDrive piezoelectric motor which drives a miniature and detachable scanning part to implement coarse approach. The scanning part is a tiny piezoelectric tube scanner (industry type: PZT-8, whose d31 coefficient is one of the lowest) housed in a slightly bigger polished sapphire tube, which is riding on and spring clamped against the knife edges of a tungsten slot. The STM so constructed shows low back-lashing and drifting and high repeatability and immunity to external vibrations. These are confirmed by its low imaging voltages, low distortions in the spiral scanned images, and high atomic resolution quality even when the STM is placed on the ground of the fifth floor without any external or internal vibration isolation devices.

  3. A high-stability scanning tunneling microscope achieved by an isolated tiny scanner with low voltage imaging capability

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Qi; Wang, Junting; Lu, Qingyou; Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 ; Hou, Yubin

    2013-11-15

    We present a novel homebuilt scanning tunneling microscope (STM) with high quality atomic resolution. It is equipped with a small but powerful GeckoDrive piezoelectric motor which drives a miniature and detachable scanning part to implement coarse approach. The scanning part is a tiny piezoelectric tube scanner (industry type: PZT-8, whose d{sub 31} coefficient is one of the lowest) housed in a slightly bigger polished sapphire tube, which is riding on and spring clamped against the knife edges of a tungsten slot. The STM so constructed shows low back-lashing and drifting and high repeatability and immunity to external vibrations. These are confirmed by its low imaging voltages, low distortions in the spiral scanned images, and high atomic resolution quality even when the STM is placed on the ground of the fifth floor without any external or internal vibration isolation devices.

  4. Benchmarking the stability of human detergent-solubilised voltage-gated sodium channels for structural studies using eel as a reference

    PubMed Central

    Slowik, Daria; Henderson, Richard

    2015-01-01

    With the ultimate goal of detailed structural analysis of mammalian and particularly human voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs), we have investigated the relative stability of human and rat VGSCs and compared them with electric eel VGSC. We found that NaV1.3 from rat was the most stable after detergent solubilisation. The order of stability was rNaV1.3 > hNaV1.2 > hNaV1.1 > hNaV1.6 > hNaV1.3 > hNaV1.4. However, a comparison with the VGSC from Electrophorus electricus, which is most similar to NaV1.4, shows that the eel VGSC is considerably more stable in detergent than the human VGSCs examined. We conclude that current methods of structural analysis, such as single particle electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM), may be most usefully targeted to eel VGSC or rNaV1.3, but that structural analysis on the full spectrum of VGSCs, by methods that require greater stability such as crystallisation and X-ray crystallography, will require further stabilisation of the channel. PMID:25838126

  5. Benchmarking the stability of human detergent-solubilised voltage-gated sodium channels for structural studies using eel as a reference.

    PubMed

    Slowik, Daria; Henderson, Richard

    2015-07-01

    With the ultimate goal of detailed structural analysis of mammalian and particularly human voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs), we have investigated the relative stability of human and rat VGSCs and compared them with electric eel VGSC. We found that NaV1.3 from rat was the most stable after detergent solubilisation. The order of stability was rNaV1.3>hNaV1.2>hNaV1.1>hNaV1.6>hNaV1.3>hNaV1.4. However, a comparison with the VGSC from Electrophorus electricus, which is most similar to NaV1.4, shows that the eel VGSC is considerably more stable in detergent than the human VGSCs examined. We conclude that current methods of structural analysis, such as single particle electron cryomicroscopy (cryoEM), may be most usefully targeted to eel VGSC or rNaV1.3, but that structural analysis on the full spectrum of VGSCs, by methods that require greater stability such as crystallisation and X-ray crystallography, will require further stabilisation of the channel. PMID:25838126

  6. Evaluation of Interconnect-Complexity-Aware Low-Power VLSI Design Using Multiple Supply and Threshold Voltages

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Waidyasooriya, Hasitha Muthumala; Hariyama, Masanori; Kameyama, Michitaka

    This paper presents a high-level synthesis approach to minimize the total power consumption in behavioral synthesis under time and area constraints. The proposed method has two stages, functional unit (FU) energy optimization and interconnect energy optimization. In the first stage, active and inactive energies of the FUs are optimized using a multiple supply and threshold voltage scheme. Genetic algorithm (GA) based simultaneous assignment of supply and threshold voltages and module selection is proposed. The proposed GA based searching method can be used in large size problems to find a near-optimal solution in a reasonable time. In the second stage, interconnects are simplified by increasing their sharing. This is done by exploiting similar data transfer patterns among FUs. The proposed method is evaluated for several benchmarks under 90nm CMOS technology. The experimental results show that more than 40% of energy savings can be achieved by our proposed method.

  7. CT x-ray tube voltage optimisation and image reconstruction evaluation using visual grading analysis

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    Zheng, Xiaoming; Kim, Ted M.; Davidson, Rob; Lee, Seongju; Shin, Cheongil; Yang, Sook

    2014-03-01

    The purposes of this work were to find an optimal x-ray voltage for CT imaging and to determine the diagnostic effectiveness of image reconstruction techniques by using the visual grading analysis (VGA). Images of the PH-5 CT abdomen phantom (Kagaku Co, Kyoto) were acquired by the Toshiba Aquillion One 320 slices CT system with various exposures (from 10 to 580 mAs) under different tube peak voltages (80, 100 and 120 kVp). The images were reconstructed by employing the FBP and the AIDR 3D iterative reconstructions with Mild, Standard and Strong FBP blending. Image quality was assessed by measuring noise, contrast to noise ratio and human observer's VGA scores. The CT dose index CTDIv was obtained from the values displayed on the images. The best fit for the curves of the image quality VGA vs dose CTDIv is a logistic function from the SPSS estimation. A threshold dose Dt is defined as the CTDIv at the just acceptable for diagnostic image quality and a figure of merit (FOM) is defined as the slope of the standardised logistic function. The Dt and FOM were found to be 5.4, 8.1 and 9.1 mGy and 0.47, 0.51 and 0.38 under the tube voltages of 80, 100 and 120 kVp, respectively, from images reconstructed by the FBP technique. The Dt and FOM values were lower from the images reconstructed by the AIDR 3D in comparison with the FBP technique. The optimal xray peak voltage for the imaging of the PH-5 abdomen phantom by the Aquillion One CT system was found to be at 100 kVp. The images reconstructed by the FBP are more diagnostically effective than that by the AIDR 3D but with a higher dose Dt to the patients.

  8. Preliminary safety evaluation for the plutonium stabilization and packaging system

    SciTech Connect

    Shapley, J.E., Fluor Daniel Hanford

    1997-03-14

    This Preliminary Safety Evaluation (PSE) describes and analyzes the installation and operation of the Plutonium Stabilization and Packaging System (SPS) at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP). The SPS is a combination of components required to expedite the safe and timely storage of Plutonium (Pu) oxide. The SPS program will receive site Pu packages, process the Pu for storage, package the Pu into metallic containers, and safely store the containers in a specially modified storage vault. The location of the SPS will be in the 2736- ZB building and the storage vaults will be in the 2736-Z building of the PFP, as shown in Figure 1-1. The SPS will produce storage canisters that are larger than those currently used for Pu storage at the PFP. Therefore, the existing storage areas within the PFP secure vaults will require modification. Other modifications will be performed on the 2736-ZB building complex to facilitate the installation and operation of the SPS.

  9. Evaluating Sediment Stability at Offshore Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Facilities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jones, C. A.; Magalen, J.; Roberts, J.; Chang, G.

    2014-12-01

    Development of offshore alternative energy production methods through the deployment of Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) devices (e.g. wave, tidal, and wind generators) in the United States continues at a rapid pace, with significant public and private investment in recent years. The installation of offshore MHK systems includes cabling to the shoreline and some combination of bottom foundation (e.g., piles, gravity bases, suction buckets) or anchored floating structure. Installation of any of this infrastructure at the seabed may affect coastal sediment dynamics. It is, therefore, necessary to evaluate the interrelationships between hydrodynamics and seabed dynamics and the effects of MHK foundations and cables on sediment transport. If sufficient information is known about the physical processes and sediment characteristics of a region, hydrodynamic and sediment transport models may be developed to evaluate near and far-field sediment transport. The ultimate goal of these models and methods is to quantitatively evaluate changes to the baseline seabed stability due to the installation of MHK farms in the water. The objective of the present study is to evaluate and validate wave, current, and sediment transport models (i.e., a site analysis) that may be used to estimate risk of sediment mobilization and transport. While the methodology and examples have been presented in a draft guidance document (Roberts et al., 2013), the current report presents an overall strategy for model validation, specifically for a case study in the Santa Cruz Bight, Monterey Bay, CA. Innovative techniques to quantify the risk of sediment mobility has been developed to support these investigations. Public domain numerical models are utilized to estimate the near-shore wave climate (SWAN: Simulating Waves Near-shore) and circulation and sediment transport (EFDC: Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code) regimes. The models were validated with field hydrodynamic data. Sediment size information was provided by the USGS usSEABED sediment database program. Near-bottom current- and wave-induced shear stresses were computed and used directly to derive a sediment mobilization risk relationship.

  10. Evaluation of higher distribution and/or utilization voltages. Fourth interim report (August 1980): assessment of optimum distribution configuration

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1981-04-01

    This interim report provides documentation on the fourth task, Assessment of Optimum Distribution Configuration, of DOE Contract No. ET-78-C-01-2866, Evaluation of Higher Distribution and/or Utilization Voltages. The work performed under this task includes the development of a computer model for assessment of life cycle costs for the distribution and utilization systems, the development of an optimization algorithm to enable distribution system configuration optimization and a net energy analysis to determine potential net energy savings. Input data for this task derive from Task 3. The major output of this task is a documented computer code.

  11. Demonstration and Field Evaluation of Streambank Stabilization with Submerged Vanes

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Whitman, H.; Hoopes, J.; Poggi, D.; Fitzpatrick, F.; Walz, K.

    2001-01-01

    The effectiveness of submerged vanes for reducing bank erosion and improving aquatic habitat is being evaluated at a site on North Fish Creek, a Lake Superior tributary. Increased runoff from agricultural areas with clayey soils has increased flood magnitudes and the erosion potential/transport capacity of the stream. Most of the creek's sediment load originates from the erosion of 17 large bluffs. This creek contains important recreational fisheries that are potentially limited by the loss of aquatic habitat from deposition of sediment on spawning beds. Submerged vanes are a cost effective and environmentally less intrusive alternative to traditional structural stabilization measures. Submerged vanes protrude from a channel bed, are oriented at an angle to the local velocity, and are distributed along a portion of channel. They induce a transverse force and torque on the flow along with longitudinal vortexes that alter the cross sectional shape and alignment of the channel. Submerged vanes were installed at a bluff/bend site in summer and fall 2000. The number, size, and layout of the vanes were based upon the channel morphology under estimated bankfull conditions. The effectiveness of the vanes will be evaluated by comparing surveys of the bluff face, streamflow, and channel conditions for several years after installation of the submerged vanes with surveys before and immediately after their installation.

  12. HEMC: A sensitive aggregate stability method for soil quality evaluation

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Soil aggregate stability is an important soil quality index, representing mainly soil structural stability and affecting, among others, hydraulic conductivity, seal formation, runoff, water and wind erosion. The most common method of assessing aggregate stability is wet sieving where aggregate stabi...

  13. Passive protection devices for high-voltage equipment: Design procedures and performance evaluation

    SciTech Connect

    Serino, G.; Bonacina, G.; Bettinali, F.

    1995-12-31

    A 420 kV High-Voltage Alternating Current Circuit-Breaker, a typical element of an open-air electrical substation, is considered. Experimental tests carried out on such a piece of equipment by ISMES, under ENEL support, clearly pointed out its inability to withstand the seismic qualification level of highest severity indicated by the standards. The design of a seismic isolation system for the switch-gear composed of spring units and dampers is developed in this paper, and the dynamic earthquake response of the isolated circuit-breaker is compared numerically to the one obtained without the seismic protection system. The remarkable reduction of stresses in the porcelain insulators are shown, evidencing that this occurs to the detriment of a certain increment of displacements at the top of the apparatus.

  14. Predictions of tumour morphological stability and evaluation against experimental observations.

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    Pham, Kara; Frieboes, Hermann B; Cristini, Vittorio; Lowengrub, John

    2011-01-01

    The hallmark of malignant tumours is their spread into neighbouring tissue and metastasis to distant organs, which can lead to life threatening consequences. One of the defining characteristics of aggressive tumours is an unstable morphology, including the formation of invasive fingers and protrusions observed both in vitro and in vivo. In spite of extensive biological, clinical and modelling study and research at physical scales ranging from the molecular to the tissue, the driving dynamics of tumour invasiveness are not completely understood, partly because it is challenging to observe and study cancer as a multi-scale system. Mathematical modelling has been applied to provide further insights into these complex invasive and metastatic behaviours. Modelling a solid tumour as an incompressible fluid, we consider three possible constitutive relations to describe tumour growth, namely Darcy's law, Stokes' law and the combined Darcy-Stokes law. We study the tumour morphological stability described by each model and evaluate the consistency between theoretical model predictions and experimental data from in vitro three-dimensional multicellular tumour spheroids. The analysis reveals that the Stokes model is the most consistent with the experimental observations, and that it predicts our experimental tumour growth is marginally stable. We further show that it is feasible to extract parameter values from a limited set of data and create a self-consistent modelling framework that can be extended to the multi-scale study of cancer. PMID:20519213

  15. Evaluation of electronic stability control effectiveness in Australasia.

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    Scully, Jim; Newstead, Stuart

    2008-11-01

    Electronic stability control (ESC) is an in-vehicle technology aimed at improving primary safety by assisting the driver in avoiding loss of control of the vehicle. The aim of this study was to use available crash data from Australia and New Zealand to evaluate the effectiveness of ESC in reducing crash risk and to establish whether benefits estimated from overseas studies have translated to the Australian and New Zealand environments. The sample analysed included 7699 crashed vehicles fitted with ESC which comprised of 90 different models. Poisson regression was used to test whether the differences in the observed and expected crash counts for ESC fitted vehicles were significant, with exposure being induced from counts of rear end impacts. It was found that ESC reduced the risk of single vehicle crashes in which the driver was injured by 68% for 4WDs compared with 27% for passenger cars. The effect of ESC on multiple vehicle crashes in Australia and New Zealand was not clear. The long-term benefits of fitting ESC to all vehicles in Australia were also investigated based on the estimated single vehicle crash reductions. PMID:19068314

  16. Stability evaluation of lutein nanodispersions prepared via solvent displacement method: The effect of emulsifiers with different stabilizing mechanisms.

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    Tan, Tai Boon; Yussof, Nor Shariffa; Abas, Faridah; Mirhosseini, Hamed; Nehdi, Imededdine Arbi; Tan, Chin Ping

    2016-08-15

    The stability of lutein nanodispersions was evaluated during storage and when exposed to different environmental conditions. Lutein nanodispersions were prepared using Tween 80, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium caseinate (SC) and SDS-Tween 80 as the emulsifiers. During eight weeks of storage, all samples showed remarkable physical stability. However, only the SC-stabilized nanodispersion showed excellent chemical stability. Under different environmental conditions, the nanodispersions exhibited a varied degree of stability. All nanodispersions showed constant particle sizes at temperatures between 30 and 60°C. However, at pH 2-8, only the SC-stabilized nanodispersion was physically unstable. The addition of NaCl (300-400mM) only caused flocculation in nanodispersion stabilized by SDS-Tween 80. All nanodispersions were physically stable when subjected to different centrifugation speeds. Only Tween 80-stabilized nanodispersion was stable against the effect of freeze-thaw cycles (no phase separation observed). In this study, there was no particular emulsifier that was effective against all of the environmental conditions tested. PMID:27006226

  17. Modelling of illuminated current–voltage characteristics to evaluate leakage currents in long wavelength infrared mercury cadmium telluride photovoltaic detectors

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    Gopal, Vishnu E-mail: wdhu@mail.sitp.ac.cn; Qiu, WeiCheng; Hu, Weida E-mail: wdhu@mail.sitp.ac.cn

    2014-11-14

    The current–voltage characteristics of long wavelength mercury cadmium telluride infrared detectors have been studied using a recently suggested method for modelling of illuminated photovoltaic detectors. Diodes fabricated on in-house grown arsenic and vacancy doped epitaxial layers were evaluated for their leakage currents. The thermal diffusion, generation–recombination (g-r), and ohmic currents were found as principal components of diode current besides a component of photocurrent due to illumination. In addition, both types of diodes exhibited an excess current component whose growth with the applied bias voltage did not match the expected growth of trap-assisted-tunnelling current. Instead, it was found to be the best described by an exponential function of the type, I{sub excess} = I{sub r0} + K{sub 1} exp (K{sub 2} V), where I{sub r0}, K{sub 1}, and K{sub 2} are fitting parameters and V is the applied bias voltage. A study of the temperature dependence of the diode current components and the excess current provided the useful clues about the source of origin of excess current. It was found that the excess current in diodes fabricated on arsenic doped epitaxial layers has its origin in the source of ohmic shunt currents. Whereas, the source of excess current in diodes fabricated on vacancy doped epitaxial layers appeared to be the avalanche multiplication of photocurrent. The difference in the behaviour of two types of diodes has been attributed to the difference in the quality of epitaxial layers.

  18. Assessment of voltage security methods and tools. Final report

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    Vaahedi, E.

    1995-10-01

    The main objective of this project was to provide a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of tools that allow the optimal placement and operation of VAr control devices to ensure voltage secure operation of the power system. These tools included the ones currently used by utilities as well as the most promising OPF/optimal VAr allocation programs. To achieve the project objectives, the following tasks were undertaken: An industry survey was conducted to determine the current practices by utilities in regard to voltage security. This was reinforced with comprehensive reviews of (a) technical and economic considerations in establishing voltage profile and (b) optimal power flow/VAr planning methods. Load response tests were performed to identify load models for voltage security. Parameter estimation methods were developed to extract parameters from measured data for static and dynamic models. A generic dynamic load model was developed and incorporated within EPRI`s LOADSYN program. Voltage stability and VAr design studies were carried out on four utility systems using existing static and dynamic simulation tools. Voltage security and VAr planning issues were formulated as optimization problems. Three OPF/optimal VAr planning tools were used to address these problems. Studies were conducted on four utility systems. Based on the findings of the project, recommendations were made in the following primary areas: Bridging the gap of knowledge related to voltage stability among utilities; Load modeling for voltage stability applications; Procedure for voltage stability analysis using existing tools; Procedures for voltage security analysis using OPF/optimal VAr planning tools; Recommendations for further development of OPF/optimal VAr planning tools as well as specifications for a new generation of optimal VAr planning tools.

  19. Tris(trimethylsilyl)borate as an electrolyte additive for improving interfacial stability of high voltage layered lithium-rich oxide cathode/carbonate-based electrolyte

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    Li, Jianhui; Xing, Lidan; Zhang, Ruiqin; Chen, Min; Wang, Zaisheng; Xu, Mengqing; Li, Weishan

    2015-07-01

    Tris(trimethylsilyl)borate (TMSB) is used as an electrolyte additive for high voltage lithium-rich oxide cathode of lithium ion battery. The interfacial natures of Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2/carbonate-based electrolyte are investigated with a combination of electrochemical measurements and physical characterizations. Charge/discharge tests show that the cyclic performance of Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2 in a mixed carbonate electrolyte is significantly improved by using TMSB. After 200 cycles between 2 V and 4.8 V (vs. Li/Li+) at 0.5 C rate, the capacity retention of Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2 is only 19% in the blank electrolyte, while it is improved to 74% when 0.5% TMSB is applied. The results from physical characterizations demonstrate that this excellent cyclic performance is attributed to the improved interfacial stability of Li[Li0.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13]O2/electrolyte due to the thin and protective film generated by TMSB.

  20. SiNWs-based electrochemical double layer micro-supercapacitors with wide voltage window (4 V) and long cycling stability using a protic ionic liquid electrolyte

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    Aradilla, David; Gentile, Pascal; Ruiz, Vanesa; Gómez-Romero, Pedro; Wimberg, Jan; Iliev, Boyan; Schubert, Thomas J. S.; Sadki, Saïd; Bidan, Gérard

    2015-03-01

    The present work reports the use and application of a novel protic ionic liquid (triethylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide; NEt3H TFSI) as an electrolyte for symmetric planar micro-supercapacitors based on silicon nanowire electrodes. The excellent performance of the device has been successfully demonstrated using cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The electrochemical characterization of this system exhibits a wide operative voltage of 4 V as well as an outstanding long cycling stability after millions of galvanostatic cycles at a high current density of 2 mA cm-2. In addition, the electrochemical double layer micro-supercapacitor was able to deliver a high power density of 4 mW cm-2 in a very short time pulses (a few ms). Our results could be of interest to develop prospective on-chip micro-supercapacitors using protic ionic liquids as electrolytes with high performance in terms of power and energy densities. Invited talk at the 2nd International Workshop on Nano Materials for Energy Conversion NMEC-2, 17-20 November, 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

  1. Safety evaluation of interim stabilization of non-stabilized single-shell watch list tanks

    SciTech Connect

    Stahl, S.M.

    1994-12-30

    The report provides a summation of the status of safety issues associated with interim stabilization of Watch List SSTs (organic, ferrocyanide, and flammable gas), as extracted from recent safety analyses, including the Tank Farms Accelerated Safety Analysis efforts.

  2. EVALUATION OF SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION AS A BEST DEMONSTRATED AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY FOR CONTAMINATED SOILS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This project involved the evaluation of solidification/stabilization technology as a BDAT for contaminated soil. Three binding agents were used on four different synthetically contaminated soils. Performance evaluation data included unconfined compressive strength (UCS) and the T...

  3. Evaluation of modulating field of photoreflectance of surface-intrinsic-n+ type doped GaAs by using photoinduced voltage

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    Lee, W. Y.; Chien, J. Y.; Wang, D. P.; Huang, K. F.; Huang, T. C.

    2002-04-01

    Photoreflectance (PR) of surface-intrinsic-n+ type doped GaAs has been measured for various power densities of pump laser. The spectra exhibited many Franz-Keldysh oscillations, whereby the strength of electric field F in the undoped layer can be determined. The thus obtained Fs are subject to photovoltaic effect and are less than built-in field Fbi. In the previous work we have obtained the relation F≈Fbi-δF/2 when δF≪Fbi by using electroreflectance to simulate PR, where δF is the modulating field of the pump beam. In this work a method was devised to evaluate δF by using photoinduced voltages Vs and, hence, the relation can be verified by PR itself. The δFs obtained by Vs are also consistent with those of using imaginary part of fast Fourier transform of PR spectra.

  4. Evaluation of a Programmable Voltage-Controlled MEMS Oscillator, Type SiT3701, Over a Wide Temperature Range

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    Patterson, Richard; Hammoud, Ahmad

    2009-01-01

    Semiconductor chips based on MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology, such as sensors, transducers, and actuators, are becoming widely used in today s electronics due to their high performance, low power consumption, tolerance to shock and vibration, and immunity to electro-static discharge. In addition, the MEMS fabrication process allows for the miniaturization of individual chips as well as the integration of various electronic circuits into one module, such as system-on-a-chip. These measures would simplify overall system design, reduce parts count and interface, improve reliability, and reduce cost; and they would meet requirements of systems destined for use in space exploration missions. In this work, the performance of a recently-developed MEMS voltage-controlled oscillator was evaluated under a wide temperature range. Operation of this new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) device was also assessed under thermal cycling to address some operational conditions of the space environment

  5. An implementation of particle swarm optimization to evaluate optimal under-voltage load shedding in competitive electricity markets

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    Hosseini-Bioki, M. M.; Rashidinejad, M.; Abdollahi, A.

    2013-11-01

    Load shedding is a crucial issue in power systems especially under restructured electricity environment. Market-driven load shedding in reregulated power systems associated with security as well as reliability is investigated in this paper. A technoeconomic multi-objective function is introduced to reveal an optimal load shedding scheme considering maximum social welfare. The proposed optimization problem includes maximum GENCOs and loads' profits as well as maximum loadability limit under normal and contingency conditions. Particle swarm optimization (PSO) as a heuristic optimization technique, is utilized to find an optimal load shedding scheme. In a market-driven structure, generators offer their bidding blocks while the dispatchable loads will bid their price-responsive demands. An independent system operator (ISO) derives a market clearing price (MCP) while rescheduling the amount of generating power in both pre-contingency and post-contingency conditions. The proposed methodology is developed on a 3-bus system and then is applied to a modified IEEE 30-bus test system. The obtained results show the effectiveness of the proposed methodology in implementing the optimal load shedding satisfying social welfare by maintaining voltage stability margin (VSM) through technoeconomic analyses.

  6. Non-iterative Voltage Stability

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    Makarov, Yuri V.; Vyakaranam, Bharat; Hou, Zhangshuan; Wu, Di; Meng, Da; Wang, Shaobu; Elbert, Stephen T.; Miller, Laurie E.; Huang, Zhenyu

    2014-09-30

    This report demonstrates promising capabilities and performance characteristics of the proposed method using several power systems models. The new method will help to develop a new generation of highly efficient tools suitable for real-time parallel implementation. The ultimate benefit obtained will be early detection of system instability and prevention of system blackouts in real time.

  7. Evaluation of accelerated stability test conditions for medicated chewing gums.

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    Maggi, Lauretta; Conte, Ubaldo; Nhamias, Alain; Grenier, Pascal; Vergnault, Guy

    2013-10-01

    The overall stability of medicated chewing gums is investigated under different storage conditions. Active substances with different chemical stabilities in solid state are chosen as model drugs. The dosage form is a three layer tablet obtained by direct compression. The gum core contains the active ingredient while the external layers are formulated to prevent gum adhesion to the punches of the tableting machine. Two accelerated test conditions (40°C/75% RH and 30°C/65% RH) are performed for 6 months. Furthermore, a long-term stability test at room conditions is conducted to verify the predictability of the results obtained from the stress tests. Some drugs are stable in all the conditions tested, but other drugs, generally considered stable in solid dosage forms, have shown relevant stability problems particularly when stress test conditions are applied to this particular semi-solid dosage forms. For less stable drugs, the stress conditions of 40°C/75% RH are not always predictable of chewing gum stability at room temperature and may produce false negative; intermediate conditions, 30°C/65% RH, are more predictive for this purpose, the results of drug content found after 6 months at intermediate stress conditions and 12 months at room conditions are generally comparable. But the results obtained show that only long-term conditions stability tests gave consistent results. During aging, the semi solid nature of the gum base itself, may also influence the drug delivery rate during chewing and great attention should be given also to the dissolution stability. PMID:22794248

  8. VOLTAGE REGULATOR

    DOEpatents

    Von Eschen, R.L.; Scheele, P.F.

    1962-04-24

    A transistorized voltage regulator which provides very close voitage regulation up to about 180 deg F is described. A diode in the positive line provides a constant voltage drop from the input to a regulating transistor emitter. An amplifier is coupled to the positive line through a resistor and is connected between a difference circuit and the regulating transistor base which is negative due to the difference in voltage drop across thc diode and the resistor so that a change in the regulator output causes the amplifier to increase or decrease the base voltage and current and incrcase or decrease the transistor impedance to return the regulator output to normal. (AEC)

  9. Electrical/mechanical evaluation of high voltage dielectrics for OTEC riser cables

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    Traut, R. T.; Kurt, J. P.; DiPietro, F. M.; Roberts, K. P.

    1980-01-01

    The unique design and test requirements for the cable dielectrics selected for evaluation for use in Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plants are described. Specifically, the methodology of developing the test procedure is defined. The basic cable dielectrics selected for evaluation include taped/oil-impregnated insulation, and extruded solid cross-linked polyethylene insulation. These cables are designed to transmit 100 MW at 138 kV, and will be subjected to installation and operating conditions that are unprecedented for any power cable system. These conditions include ocean depths of 4000 to 5000 feet, long vertical suspension, and the motions and forces imparted by the plant and ocean. The developmental test program is designed primarily to determine the weak link in the components of the candidate cable with regard to the ability to successfully withstand the unusual OTEC conditions over a 10 to 30 year lifetime. Two basic areas of concern are the mechanical fatigue of metallic sheaths and strength members, and the electrical/mechanical ''fatigue'' of the dielectric and shielding components. The constraints and problems in such testing are addressed, and the engineering solutions are described. Finally, the scheduled plan for completion of the entire development test plan is defined.

  10. AN EVALUATION OF CONDITION MONITORING TECHNIQUES FOR LOW-VOLTAGE ELECTRIC CABLES

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    LOFARO,R.J.; GROVE,E.; SOO,P.

    2000-07-23

    Aging of systems and components in nuclear power plants is a well known occurrence that must be managed to ensure the continued safe operation of these plants. Much of the degradation due to aging is controlled through periodic maintenance and/or component replacement. However, there are components that do not receive periodic maintenance or monitoring once they are installed; electric cables are such a component. To provide a means of monitoring the condition of electric cables, research is ongoing to evaluate promising condition monitoring (CM) techniques that can be used in situ to monitor cable condition and predict remaining life. While several techniques are promising, each has limitations that must be considered in its application. This paper discusses the theory behind several of the promising cable CM techniques being studied, along with their effectiveness for monitoring aging degradation in typical cable insulation materials, such as cross-linked polyethylene and ethylene propylene rubber. Successes and limitations of each technique are also presented.

  11. Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Pentacycloundecylamines and Triquinylamines as Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel Blockers.

    PubMed

    Young, Lois-May; Geldenhuys, Werner J; Domingo, Olwen C; Malan, Sarel F; Van der Schyf, Cornelis J

    2016-04-01

    Preclinical studies for neurodegenerative diseases have shown a multi-targeted approach to be successful in the treatment of these complex disorders with several pathoetiological pathways. Polycyclic compounds, such as NGP1-01 (7a), have demonstrated the ability to target multiple mechanisms of the complex etiology and are referred to as multifunctional compounds. These compounds have served as scaffolds with the ability to attenuate Ca(2+) overload and excitotoxicity through several pathways. In this study, our focus was on mitigating Ca(2+) overload through the L-type calcium channels (LTCC). Here, we report the synthesis and biological evaluation of several novel polycyclic compounds. We determined the IC50 values for both the pentacycloundecylamines and the triquinylamines by means of a high-throughput fluorescence calcium flux assay utilizing Fura-2/AM. The potential of these compounds to offer protection against hydrogen peroxide-induced cell death was also evaluated. Overall, 8-benzylamino-8,11-oxapentacyclo[5.4.0.0(2,6) .0(3,10) .0(5,9) ]undecane (NGP1-01, 7a) had the most favorable pharmacological profile with an IC50 value of 86 µM for LTCC inhibition and significant reduction of hydrogen peroxide-induced cell death. In general, the triquinylamines were more active as LTCC blockers than the oxa-pentacycloundecylamines. The aza-pentacycloundecylamines were potent LTCC inhibitors, with 8-hydroxy-N-phenylethyl-8,11-azapentacyclo[5.4.0.0(2,6) .0(3,10) .0(5,9) ]undecane (8b) also able to offer significant protection in the cell viability assays. PMID:26892182

  12. Technical evaluation report on the adequacy of station electric distribution system voltages for the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. Units 2 and 3

    SciTech Connect

    White, R.L.

    1982-06-21

    This report documents the technical evaluation of the adequacy of the station electric distribution system voltages for the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3. The evaluation is to determine if the onsite distribution system, in conjunction with the offsite power sources, has sufficient capacity to automatically start and operate all Class 1E loads within the equipment voltage ratings under certain conditions established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The analysis submitted indicates that the capacity is sufficient to meet the NRC requirements provided specific plant procedures are followed for shutting down the second unit after an accident in the first unit and with a loss of one offsite source.

  13. A Polybasic Plasma Membrane Binding Motif in the I-II Linker Stabilizes Voltage-gated CaV1.2 Calcium Channel Function.

    PubMed

    Kaur, Gurjot; Pinggera, Alexandra; Ortner, Nadine J; Lieb, Andreas; Sinnegger-Brauns, Martina J; Yarov-Yarovoy, Vladimir; Obermair, Gerald J; Flucher, Bernhard E; Striessnig, Jörg

    2015-08-21

    L-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (LTCCs) regulate many physiological functions like muscle contraction, hormone secretion, gene expression, and neuronal excitability. Their activity is strictly controlled by various molecular mechanisms. The pore-forming α1-subunit comprises four repeated domains (I-IV), each connected via an intracellular linker. Here we identified a polybasic plasma membrane binding motif, consisting of four arginines, within the I-II linker of all LTCCs. The primary structure of this motif is similar to polybasic clusters known to interact with polyphosphoinositides identified in other ion channels. We used de novo molecular modeling to predict the conformation of this polybasic motif, immunofluorescence microscopy and live cell imaging to investigate the interaction with the plasma membrane, and electrophysiology to study its role for Cav1.2 channel function. According to our models, this polybasic motif of the I-II linker forms a straight α-helix, with the positive charges facing the lipid phosphates of the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. Membrane binding of the I-II linker could be reversed after phospholipase C activation, causing polyphosphoinositide breakdown, and was accelerated by elevated intracellular Ca(2+) levels. This indicates the involvement of negatively charged phospholipids in the plasma membrane targeting of the linker. Neutralization of four arginine residues eliminated plasma membrane binding. Patch clamp recordings revealed facilitated opening of Cav1.2 channels containing these mutations, weaker inhibition by phospholipase C activation, and reduced expression of channels (as quantified by ON-gating charge) at the plasma membrane. Our data provide new evidence for a membrane binding motif within the I-II linker of LTCC α1-subunits essential for stabilizing normal Ca(2+) channel function. PMID:26100638

  14. A Polybasic Plasma Membrane Binding Motif in the I-II Linker Stabilizes Voltage-gated CaV1.2 Calcium Channel Function*

    PubMed Central

    Kaur, Gurjot; Pinggera, Alexandra; Ortner, Nadine J.; Lieb, Andreas; Sinnegger-Brauns, Martina J.; Yarov-Yarovoy, Vladimir; Obermair, Gerald J.; Flucher, Bernhard E.; Striessnig, Jörg

    2015-01-01

    L-type voltage-gated Ca2+ channels (LTCCs) regulate many physiological functions like muscle contraction, hormone secretion, gene expression, and neuronal excitability. Their activity is strictly controlled by various molecular mechanisms. The pore-forming α1-subunit comprises four repeated domains (I–IV), each connected via an intracellular linker. Here we identified a polybasic plasma membrane binding motif, consisting of four arginines, within the I-II linker of all LTCCs. The primary structure of this motif is similar to polybasic clusters known to interact with polyphosphoinositides identified in other ion channels. We used de novo molecular modeling to predict the conformation of this polybasic motif, immunofluorescence microscopy and live cell imaging to investigate the interaction with the plasma membrane, and electrophysiology to study its role for Cav1.2 channel function. According to our models, this polybasic motif of the I-II linker forms a straight α-helix, with the positive charges facing the lipid phosphates of the inner leaflet of the plasma membrane. Membrane binding of the I-II linker could be reversed after phospholipase C activation, causing polyphosphoinositide breakdown, and was accelerated by elevated intracellular Ca2+ levels. This indicates the involvement of negatively charged phospholipids in the plasma membrane targeting of the linker. Neutralization of four arginine residues eliminated plasma membrane binding. Patch clamp recordings revealed facilitated opening of Cav1.2 channels containing these mutations, weaker inhibition by phospholipase C activation, and reduced expression of channels (as quantified by ON-gating charge) at the plasma membrane. Our data provide new evidence for a membrane binding motif within the I-II linker of LTCC α1-subunits essential for stabilizing normal Ca2+ channel function. PMID:26100638

  15. Evaluation on oxidative stability of walnut beverage emulsions.

    PubMed

    Liu, Shuang; Liu, Fuguo; Xue, Yanhui; Gao, Yanxiang

    2016-07-15

    Walnut beverage emulsions were prepared with walnut kernels, mixed nonionic emulsifiers and xanthan gum. The effects of food antioxidants on the physical stability and lipid oxidation of walnut beverage emulsions were investigated. The results showed that tea polyphenols could not only increase the droplet size of the emulsions, but also enhance physical stability during the thermal storage at 62±1°C. However, water-dispersed oil-soluble vitamin E and enzymatically modified isoquercitrin obviously decreased the physical stability of the emulsion system during the thermal storage. BHT and natural antioxidant extract had scarcely influenced on the physical stability of walnut beverage emulsions. Tea polyphenols and BHT could significantly retard lipid oxidation in walnut beverage emulsions against thermal and UV light exposure during the storage. Vitamin E exhibited the prooxidant effect during the thermal storage and the antioxidant attribute during UV light exposure. Other food antioxidants had no significant effect on retarding lipid oxidation during thermal or light storage. PMID:26948632

  16. Evaluating competing forces constraining glacial grounding-line stability (Invited)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Powell, R. D.

    2013-12-01

    Stability of grounding lines of marine-terminating glaciers and ice sheets is of concern due to their importance in governing rates of ice mass loss and consequent sea level rise during global warming. Although processes are similar at tidewater and floating grounding zones their relative magnitudes in terms of their influence on grounding-line stability vary between these two end members. Processes considered Important for this discussion are ice dynamics, ice surface melting and crevassing, ocean dynamics, subglacial sediment and water dynamics, and subglacial bed geometries. Models have continued to improve in their representation of these complex interactions but reliable field measurements and data continue to be hard earned and too few to properly constrain the range of boundary conditions in this complicated system. Some data will be presented covering a range of regimes from Alaska, Svalbard and Antarctica. Certainly more data are required on subglacial sediment/water dynamics and fluxes to fully represent the spectrum of glacial regimes and to assess the significance of grounding-zone sediment systems in counteracting the other processes to force grounding-line stability. Especially important here is constraining the duration of the stability that could be maintained by sediment flux - present data appear to show that it is likely to be a limited period.

  17. Evaluation of the stability of gas hydrates in Northern Alaska

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Kamath, A.; Godbole, S.P.; Ostermann, R.D.; Collett, T.S.

    1987-01-01

    The factors which control the distribution of in situ gas hydrate deposits in colder regions such as Northern Alaska include; mean annual surface temperatures (MAST), geothermal gradients above and below the base of permafrost, subsurface pressures, gas composition, pore-fluid salinity and the soil condition. Currently existing data on the above parameters for the forty-six wells located in Northern Alaska were critically examined and used in calculations of depths and thicknesses of gas hydrate stability zones. To illustrate the effect of gas hydrate stability zones, calculations were done for a variable gas composition using the thermodynamic model of Holder and John (1982). The hydrostatic pressure gradient of 9.84 kPa/m (0.435 lbf/in2ft), the salinity of 10 parts per thousand (ppt) and the coarse-grained soil conditions were assumed. An error analysis was performed for the above parameters and the effect of these parameters on hydrate stability zone calculations were determined. After projecting the hydrate stability zones for the forty-six wells, well logs were used to identify and to obtain values for the depth and thickness of hydrate zones. Of the forty-six wells, only ten wells showed definite evidence of the presence of gas hydrates. ?? 1987.

  18. Evaluation of HAN-TEAN Stabilizers using Microcalorimetry

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    Hornung, Steven D.; Davis, Dennis D.; Chang, Craig H.; Baker, David L.

    1997-01-01

    HAN-TEAN (hydroxylammonium nitrate - triethanolammonium nitrate - in water) is being considered for various propellant applications. This propellant has advantages in terms of insensitivity to impact and fire, low vapor pressure and environmentally benign reaction products. One office concerns with HAN-TEAN is its stability and shelf-life, especially when contaminated with trace metals. Stabilizer systems, consisting of anti-oxidants and/or chealating agents were investigated for their ability to control the decomposition of HAN-TEAN. Isothermal microcalorimetry, an ultrasensitive heat measurement technique, was used to monitor the decomposition of HANTEAN at near ambient temperatures. Isothermal microcalorimetry measures the heat flow from a reaction vessel into a surrounding heat sink. Microcalorimetry is approximately 1,000 times more sensitive than accelerating rate calorimetry (ARC) or differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) for measuring heat flow. Samples of HAN-TEAN containing the stabilizers were spiked with 50 ppm iron and the heat evolution monitored for a period of at least 30 days. Ten stabilizer combinations were tested and the rates of HAN-TEAN decomposition were lowered by 74 to 95 percent in the presence of iron.

  19. Toxicological evaluation of the chemical oxidation methods for landfill stabilization.

    PubMed

    Cho, Eun-ah; Tameda, Kazuo; Hanashima, Masataka; Yamada, Tatsuyoshi; Higuchi, Sotaro

    2009-03-01

    As the stabilization criteria for landfill sites, only chemical criteria for the leachate discharges from the landfill sites have been used in Japan and many other countries. Recently, chemical oxidation has been developed as a method for the early-stabilization of landfills. However, by-products that are difficult to detect by chemical analysis can be produced by this method. Therefore, toxicity tests are useful tools for detecting the changes of leachate quality after application of this method. The heat source in the A landfill was analyzed by organic position inquiry technology, and ozone-treated leachate was sprayed back to the heat source in the landfill. Toxicity changes of the leachate after the spray were monitored using Microtoxtrade mark, ToxScreen-II, and DaphTox tests. The hardly-degradable organic matter was efficiently removed and toxicities of the leachate in the heat source decreased after the application. These toxicity results were significantly related to chemical oxygen demand (COD) changes. Thus, it was concluded that the toxicity tests were effective for monitoring the leachate quality after applying the chemical oxidation method for landfill stabilization, and its incorporation to establish the criteria for early-stabilization of landfill sites needs to be considered. PMID:18838260

  20. Evaluation of write error rate for voltage-driven dynamic magnetization switching in magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular magnetization

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    Shiota, Yoichi; Nozaki, Takayuki; Tamaru, Shingo; Yakushiji, Kay; Kubota, Hitoshi; Fukushima, Akio; Yuasa, Shinji; Suzuki, Yoshishige

    2016-01-01

    We investigated the write error rate (WER) for voltage-driven dynamic switching in magnetic tunnel junctions with perpendicular magnetization. We observed a clear oscillatory behavior of the switching probability with respect to the duration of pulse voltage, which reveals the precessional motion of magnetization during voltage application. We experimentally demonstrated WER as low as 4 × 10-3 at the pulse duration corresponding to a half precession period (˜1 ns). The comparison between the results of the experiment and simulation based on a macrospin model shows a possibility of ultralow WER (<10-15) under optimum conditions. This study provides a guideline for developing practical voltage-driven spintronic devices.

  1. Evaluations of frequency shift and stability in rubidium vapor stabilized semiconductor lasers.

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    Furuta, H; Ohtsu, M

    1989-09-01

    Laser frequencies were stabilized to the linear and saturated absorption spectral lines(LAS, SAS) in (87)Rb vapors which were filled into two kinds of glass cell: cell A ((87)Rb vapor only) and cell B ((87)Rb vapor and buffer gases). The frequency shifts induced by the change of laser power density were -5 MHz/(mW/cm(2)) and - 10 MHz/(mW/cm(2)) for cells A and B, respectively, when LAS was used. A frequency shift of -0.8 MHz/K was observed for cell B, which underwent a temperature change. However, such a temperature-induced shift was not observed for cell A. The highest frequency stability was 7.7 x 10(-11) at a 70-s integration time. PMID:20555766

  2. Evaluations of frequency shift and stability in rubidium vapor stabilized semiconductor lasers

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    Furuta, H.; Ohtsu, M. )

    1989-09-01

    Laser frequencies were stabilized to the linear and saturated absorption spectral lines(LAS, SAS) in {sup 87}Rb vapors which were filled into two kinds of glass cell: cell A ({sup 87}Rb vapor only) and cell B ({sup 87}Rb vapor and buffer gases). The frequency shifts induced by the change of laser power density were {minus}5 MHz/(mW/cm{sup 2}) and {minus}10 MHz/(mW/cm{sup 2}) for cells A and B, respectively, when LAS was used. A frequency shift of {minus}0.8 MHz/K was observed for cell B, which underwent a temperature change. However, such a temperature-induced shift was not observed for cell A. The highest frequency stability was 7.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}11} at a 70-s integration time.

  3. Lithium-cyclo-difluoromethane-1,1-bis(sulfonyl)imide as a stabilizing electrolyte additive for improved high voltage applications in lithium-ion batteries.

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    Murmann, Patrick; Streipert, Benjamin; Kloepsch, Richard; Ignatiev, Nikolai; Sartori, Peter; Winter, Martin; Cekic-Laskovic, Isidora

    2015-04-14

    Lithium-cyclo-difluoromethane-1,1-bis(sulfonyl)imide (LiDMSI) was evaluated as an electrolyte additive in lithium-ion batteries for improved high voltage applications. Cycling the cathode at high potentials leads to the electrochemical oxidation of the salt to form a cathode electrolyte interphase (CEI) layer on the cathode surface. With the addition of 2 wt% of LiDMSI to the 1 M LiPF6 in 1 : 1 (by wt) EC : DEC electrolyte, the capacity retention and the Coulombic efficiency in LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2/Li-half-cells as well as in LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2/graphite-full-cells were improved. The cycling results point out the less over-potential and resistance at the cathode/electrolyte interface. These improvements are studied by SEM, EIS and XPS techniques. PMID:25760031

  4. Development and flight evaluation of an augmented stability active controls concept with a small tail

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    1980-01-01

    Parasite drag reduction evaluation is composed of wind tunnel tests with a standard L-1011 tail and two reduced area tail configurations. Trim drag reduction is evaluated by rebalancing the airplane for relaxed static stability. This is accomplished by pumping water to tanks in the forward and aft of the airplane to acheive desired center of gravity location. Also, the L-1011 is modified to incorporate term and advanced augmented systems. By using advanced wings and aircraft relaxed static stability significant fuel savings can be realized. An airplane's dynamic stability becomes more sensitive for decreased tail size, relaxed static stability, and advanced wing configurations. Active control pitch augmentation will be used to acheive the required handling qualities. Flight tests will be performed to evaluate the pitch augmentation systems. The effect of elevator downrig on stabilizer/elevator hinge moments will be measured. For control system analysis, the normal acceleration feedback and pitch rate feedback are analyzed.

  5. Stability evaluation and correction of a pulsed neutron generator prompt gamma activation analysis system

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    Source output stability is important for accurate measurement in prompt gamma neutron activation. This is especially true when measuring low-concentration elements such as in vivo nitrogen (~2.5% of body weight). We evaluated the stability of the compact DT neutron generator within an in vivo nitrog...

  6. TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT: SILICATE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION - SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION OF PCP AND INORGANIC CONTAMINANTS IN SOILS - SELMA, CA

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    This Technolgy Evaluation Report evaluates the solidification/stabilization process of Silicate Technology Corporation (STC) for the on-site treatment of contaminated soil The STC immobilization technology uses a proprietary product (FMS Silicate) to chemically stabilize and ...

  7. Comprehensive Stability Evaluation of Rock Slope Using the Cloud Model-Based Approach

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    Liu, Zaobao; Shao, Jianfu; Xu, Weiya; Xu, Fei

    2014-11-01

    This article presents the cloud model-based approach for comprehensive stability evaluation of complicated rock slopes of hydroelectric stations in mountainous area. This approach is based on membership cloud models which can account for randomness and fuzziness in slope stability evaluation. The slope stability is affected by various factors and each of which is ranked into five grades. The ranking factors are sorted into four categories. The ranking system of slope stability is introduced and then the membership cloud models are applied to analyze each ranking factor for generating cloud memberships. Afterwards, the obtained cloud memberships are synthesized with the factor weights given by experts for comprehensive stability evaluation of rock slopes. The proposed approach is used for the stability evaluation of the left abutment slope in Jinping 1 Hydropower Station. It is shown that the cloud model-based strategy can well consider the effects of each ranking factor and therefore is feasible and reliable for comprehensive stability evaluation of rock slopes.

  8. EVALUATION OF CHEMICALLY BONDED PHOSPHATE CERAMICS FOR MERCURY STABILIZATION OF A MIXED SYNTHETIC WASTE

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    This experimental study was conducted to evaluate the stabilization and encapsulation technique developed by Argonne National Laboratory, called the Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics technology for Hg- and HgCl2-contaminated synthetic waste materials. Leachability ...

  9. Evaluation of degradation kinetics and physicochemical stability of tenofovir

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    Agrahari, Vivek; Putty, Sandeep; Mathes, Christiane; Murowchick, James B.; Youan, Bi-Botti C.

    2014-01-01

    Tenofovir (TFV) has been proven to prevent the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) through the vagina. But, there is little information available about its stability under various storage and stress conditions. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the degradation behavior and physicochemical stability of TFV using liquid chromatography coupled mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and solid state X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The LC-MS analysis was performed on a QTrap mass spectrometer with an enhanced mass spectrum (EMS) scan in positive mode. A reversed phase C18 column was used as the stationary phase. TFV exhibited degradation under acidic and alkaline hydrolytic conditions. The degradation products with m/z 289.2 and 170 amu have been proposed as 6-Hydroxy adenine derivative of TFV, and (2-hydroxypropan-2-yloxy) methylphosphonic acid, respectively. A pseudo-first-order degradation kinetic allowed for estimating the shelf-life, half-life, and time required for 90% degradation values of 3.84,25.34, and 84.22 h in acidic conditions, and 58.26,384.49, and 1277.75 h in alkaline conditions, respectively. No significant degradation was observed at pH 4.5 (normal cervicovaginal pH) and oxidative stress conditions of 3% and 30% v/v hydrogen peroxide solution. The shelf life of TFV powder at room temperature was 23 months as calculated by using an Arrhenius plot. The XRD pattern showed that the drug was stable and maintained its original crystallinity under the accelerated and thermal stress conditions applied. Stability analyses revealed that the TFV was stable in various stress conditions; however, formulation strategies should be implemented to protect it in strong acidic and alkaline environments. PMID:24817173

  10. Evaluation of degradation kinetics and physicochemical stability of tenofovir.

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    Agrahari, Vivek; Putty, Sandeep; Mathes, Christiane; Murowchick, James B; Youan, Bi-Botti C

    2015-03-01

    Tenofovir (TFV) has been proven to prevent the transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) through the vagina. But, there is little information available about its stability under various storage and stress conditions. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the degradation behavior and physicochemical stability of TFV using liquid chromatography coupled mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and solid state X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. The LC-MS analysis was performed on a QTrap mass spectrometer with an enhanced mass spectrum (EMS) scan in positive mode. A reversed phase C18 column was used as the stationary phase. TFV exhibited degradation under acidic and alkaline hydrolytic conditions. The degradation products with m/z 289.2 and 170 amu have been proposed as 6-Hydroxy adenine derivative of TFV, and (2-hydroxypropan-2-yloxy) methylphosphonic acid, respectively. A pseudo-first-order degradation kinetic allowed for estimating the shelf-life, half-life, and time required for 90% degradation of 3.84, 25.34, and 84.22 h in acidic conditions, and 58.26, 384.49, and 1277.75 h in alkaline conditions, respectively. No significant degradation was observed at pH 4.5 (normal cervicovaginal pH) and oxidative stress conditions of 3% and 30% v/v hydrogen peroxide solutions. The shelf life of TFV powder at room temperature was 23 months as calculated by using an Arrhenius plot. The XRD pattern showed that the drug was stable and maintained its original crystallinity under the accelerated and thermal stress conditions applied. Stability analyses revealed that the TFV was stable in various stress conditions; however, formulation strategies should be implemented to protect it in strong acidic and alkaline environments. PMID:24817173

  11. Note: Effective measurement of retained I(c) in evaluating electromechanical properties of high temperature superconductor tapes by the voltage tap clipping technique.

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    Dedicatoria, Marlon J; Bautista, Zhierwinjay; Shin, Hyung-Seop; Sim, Kideok

    2015-08-01

    In this note, the effectiveness of voltage tap clipping technique was assessed in evaluating the electromechanical properties of high temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes in the aspect of practical device applications. In the four-probe transport I(c) measurement, instead of directly soldering the voltage lead wires onto the HTS samples, they were tapped to the sample by either just clipping or soldering them to the clips. This technique facilitated the simultaneous and repeated retained I(c) measurement test for multiple samples. Finally, the critical double bending diameter of HTS tapes and the electrical properties of jointed and striated coated conductor tapes could be easily determined. PMID:26329241

  12. Measurement and protocol for evaluating video and still stabilization systems

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    Cormier, Etienne; Cao, Frédéric; Guichard, Frédéric; Viard, Clément

    2013-01-01

    This article presents a system and a protocol to characterize image stabilization systems both for still images and videos. It uses a six axes platform, three being used for camera rotation and three for camera positioning. The platform is programmable and can reproduce complex motions that have been typically recorded by a gyroscope mounted on different types of cameras in different use cases. The measurement uses a single chart for still image and videos, the texture dead leaves chart. Although the proposed implementation of the protocol uses a motion platform, the measurement itself does not rely on any specific hardware. For still images, a modulation transfer function is measured in different directions and is weighted by a contrast sensitivity function (simulating the human visual system accuracy) to obtain an acutance. The sharpness improvement due to the image stabilization system is a good measurement of performance as recommended by a CIPA standard draft. For video, four markers on the chart are detected with sub-pixel accuracy to determine a homographic deformation between the current frame and a reference position. This model describes well the apparent global motion as translations, but also rotations along the optical axis and distortion due to the electronic rolling shutter equipping most CMOS sensors. The protocol is applied to all types of cameras such as DSC, DSLR and smartphones.

  13. Evaluation of oxygen utilization as an indicator of municipal solid-waste compost stability

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    Zimmerman, R.A.

    1991-01-01

    This research evaluated oxygen utilization parameters as indicators of MSW compost stability. Parameters evaluated were the oxygen utilization rate (OUR), specific oxygen uptake rate (SOUR), five-day biochemical oxygen demand, and chemical oxygen demand. In addition, other suggested indicators of stability were investigated including percent volatile solids, volatile solids reduction, nitrogen content, carbon: nitrogen ratio, and reheating potential (RP). OUR is a measure of the rate of oxygen utilization by the microorganisms in the decomposition of organic matter in compost. OUR was observed to be sensitive to the degree of stabilization and decreased with increasing compost age and stability. OUR values near zero indicate that the compost microorganisms are in a state of endogenous respiration, which is characteristic of a stable compost. Therefore, OUR is an excellent indicator of stability. A number of disadvantages are associated with OUR for practical application. Therefore, other parameters were evaluated as indicators of stability based on their statistical correlation to OUR. RP exhibited the strongest correlation to OUR. In combination, RP and SOUR were the two parameters which exhibited the strongest correlation to OUR. OUR, RP, and SOUR are all measures of microbial activity which reflect the degree of organic decomposition, and therefore, stability. Based on the results of this research; OUR, RP, and SOUR are useful parameters in assessing compost stability.

  14. Evaluation of Thermal Interruption Capability in SF6 Gas Circuit Breakers with Re-ignition Voltage and its Application to Experimental Design

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    Urai, Hajime; Ooshita, Youichi; Koizumi, Makoto; Tsukushi, Masanori

    Thermal interruption characteristics of SF6 gas circuit breakers were investigated by voltage measurements around current zero. We found that re-ignition peak voltage in the case of an interruption failure could effectively indicate the thermal interruption capability. The efficiency of interruption to puffer pressure could also be evaluated by analyzing the dependency of re-ignition peak voltage on puffer pressure. This technique was applied to experimental design based on the Taguchi method. We successfully optimized the balance of the puffer pressure build-up performance and thermal interruption efficiency to puffer pressure. Finally we demonstrated that a small size research circuit breaker with self-blast interrupter was able to successfully clear the 90% short line fault interruption duty corresponding to 50kA rating in the thermal interruption region.

  15. Evaluating the cement stabilization of arsenic-bearing iron wastes from drinking water treatment.

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    Clancy, Tara M; Snyder, Kathryn V; Reddy, Raghav; Lanzirotti, Antonio; Amrose, Susan E; Raskin, Lutgarde; Hayes, Kim F

    2015-12-30

    Cement stabilization of arsenic-bearing wastes is recommended to limit arsenic release from wastes following disposal. Such stabilization has been demonstrated to reduce the arsenic concentration in the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), which regulates landfill disposal of arsenic waste. However, few studies have evaluated leaching from actual wastes under conditions similar to ultimate disposal environments. In this study, land disposal in areas where flooding is likely was simulated to test arsenic release from cement stabilized arsenic-bearing iron oxide wastes. After 406 days submersed in chemically simulated rainwater, <0.4% of total arsenic was leached, which was comparable to the amount leached during the TCLP (<0.3%). Short-term (18 h) modified TCLP tests (pH 3-12) found that cement stabilization lowered arsenic leaching at high pH, but increased leaching at pH<4.2 compared to non-stabilized wastes. Presenting the first characterization of cement stabilized waste using μXRF, these results revealed the majority of arsenic in cement stabilized waste remained associated with iron. This distribution of arsenic differed from previous observations of calcium-arsenic solid phases when arsenic salts were stabilized with cement, illustrating that the initial waste form influences the stabilized form. Overall, cement stabilization is effective for arsenic-bearing wastes when acidic conditions can be avoided. PMID:26247378

  16. Real World Crash Evaluation of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) Technology

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    Bahouth, G.

    2005-01-01

    This study quantifies the effect of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) in reducing crash involvement rates for a subset of vehicles in the US fleet. Crash rates for a variety of impact types before and after VSC technology was implemented are compared. Police-reported crashes from six available US state files from 1998–2002 were analyzed including 13,987 crash-involved study vehicles not equipped with the technology and 5,671 crashes of vehicles equipped with VSC as a standard feature. Overall, an 11.2% (95% CI: 2.4%, 21.1%) reduction in multi-vehicle frontal crash involvement was identified for VSC-equipped vehicles. A 52.6% (95% CI: 42.5%, 62.7%) reduction in single-vehicle crash rates was found. PMID:16179137

  17. Evaluation of the Cell Voltage of Electrolytic HI Concentration for Thermochemical Water-Splitting Iodine-Sulfur Process

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    Tanaka, Nobuyuki; Yoshida, Mitsunori; Okuda, Hiroyuki; Sato, Hiroyuki; Kubo, Shinji; Onuki, Kaoru

    2007-07-01

    Breakdown of the cell voltage in the electro-dialysis process for concentrating HIx solution (HI-H{sub 2}O-I{sub 2} mixture) was preliminarily examined in an effort to clarify the optimal operation condition as well as to optimize the cell design for the application to the thermochemical water-splitting IS process for large-scale hydrogen production. Basic data such as electric resistance of HIx solution, overvoltage of the iodine-iodide ion redox reaction at graphite electrode, and the membrane voltage drop, were measured using HIx solution with composition of interest. Also, a methodology for estimating the cell voltage was discussed. The calculated cell voltage agreed well with the experimental one indicating the validity of the procedure adopted. (authors)

  18. Evaluation of dimensional stability of autoclavable elastomeric impression material.

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    Surendra, G P; Anjum, Ayesha; Satish Babu, C L; Shetty, Shilpa

    2011-03-01

    Impressions are important sources of cross contamination between patients and dental laboratories. As a part of infection control impressions contaminated with variety of micro-organisms via blood and oral secretions should be cleaned and disinfected or sterilized before being handled in dental laboratory. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of autoclaving on dimensional stability of elastomeric impression material (polyvinyl siloxane-Affinis). In this in vitro study standardized stainless steel die as per ADA specification number 19 was fabricated. Polyvinyl siloxane (Affinis) light body and putty viscosity elastomeric impression materials were used. A total of 40 impressions of the stainless steel die were made and numeric coding system was used to identify the samples. Measurements were made using a measuring microscope. Distance between the cross lines CD and C'D' reproduced in the impression were measured before autoclaving, immediately after autoclaving and 24 hours after autoclaving and dimensional change was calculated. The data obtained was subjected to statistical analysis. The mean difference in dimensional change between the three groups was not statistically significant (P > 0.05). However the results revealed that there was higher mean dimensional change immediately after autoclaving when compared to the other 2 time intervals. It is desirable to delay the casting of an autoclavable elastomeric impression material by about 24 hours. Though disinfection of impression is routinely followed autoclaving of impression is an effective method of sterilization. PMID:22379308

  19. High Voltage TAL Performance

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    Jacobson, David T.; Jankovsky, Robert S.; Rawlin, Vincent K.; Manzella, David H.

    2001-01-01

    The performance of a two-stage, anode layer Hall thruster was evaluated. Experiments were conducted in single and two-stage configurations. In single-stage configuration, the thruster was operated with discharge voltages ranging from 300 to 1700 V. Discharge specific impulses ranged from 1630 to 4140 sec. Thruster investigations were conducted with input power ranging from 1 to 8.7 kW, corresponding to power throttling of nearly 9: 1. An extensive two-stage performance map was generated. Data taken with total voltage (sum of discharge and accelerating voltage) constant revealed a decrease in thruster efficiency as the discharge voltage was increased. Anode specific impulse values were comparable in the single and two-stage configurations showing no strong advantage for two-stage operation.

  20. Evaluating Marie Byrd Land stability using an improved basal topography

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    Holschuh, N.; Pollard, D.; Alley, R. B.; Anandakrishnan, S.

    2014-12-01

    Prior understanding of the ice-sheet setting in Marie Byrd Land (MBL) was derived primarily from geologic and geochemical studies of the current nunataks, with very few geophysical surveys imaging the ice covered regions. The geologic context suggested that the ice rests on a broad regional high, in contrast to the deep basins and trenches that characterize the majority of West Antarctica. This assumed topography would favor long-term stability for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) in MBL. Airborne geophysical data collected in 2009 reveal a much deeper bed than previously estimated, including a significant trough underlying DeVicq Glacier and evidence for extensive glacial erosion. Using these data, we produce a new map of subglacial topography, with which we model the sensitivity of WAIS to a warming ocean using the ice-sheet model of Pollard and DeConto (2012b). We compare the results to estimates of ice loss during WAIS collapse using the previously defined subglacial topography, to determine the impact of the newly discovered subglacial features. Our results indicate that the topographic changes are not sufficient to destabilize the northern margin of MBL currently feeding the Getz Ice Shelf; the majority of ice loss occurs from flow toward the Siple Coast. However, despite only slight dynamic differences, using the new bed as a boundary condition results in an additional 8 cm of sea-level rise during major glacial retreat, an increase of just over 2%. Precise estimation of past and future ice retreat, as well as a complete understanding of the geologic history of the region, will require a higher resolution picture of the bed topography around the Executive Committee mountains.

  1. Bench-Scale Evaluation Of Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramic Technology To Stabilize Mercury Waste Mixtures

    EPA Science Inventory

    This bench-scale study was conducted to evaluate the stabilization of mercury (Hg) and mercuric chloride-containing surrogate test materials by the chemically bonded phosphate ceramics technology. This study was performed as part of a U.S. EPA program to evaluate treatment and d...

  2. Enhanced analogue front-end for the measurement of the high state of wide-band voltage pulses with 87 dB common-mode rejection ratio and ±0.65 ppm 1-day offset stability

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    Arpaia, Pasquale; Baccigalupi, Carlo; Martino, Michele

    2015-09-01

    An improved analogue front-end for measuring the high state of trapezoidal voltage pulses with transition duration of 3 μs is presented. A new measurement system, composed by a front-end and the state-of-the-art acquisition board NI PXI-5922, has been realized with improved Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) of more than 87 dB at DC and 3-sigma stability of ±0.65 ppm over 1 day. After highlighting the main design enhancements with respect to state-of-the-art solutions, the CMRR measurement is reported. The output drift due to temperature and humidity is assessed to be negligible. Finally, the worst-case repeatability is measured both with shorted-to-ground inputs and with an applied common-mode voltage of 10 V, which represents the nominal working condition.

  3. Operating stability of a self-breakdown spark-gap frequency switch rated at a voltage of 300 kV and a switched power of up to 450 J

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    Koval'chuk, B. M.; Korolev, Yu. D.; Kumpyak, E. V.; Frants, O. B.; Shemyakin, I. A.

    2014-12-01

    A test bench for studying two-electrode spark gaps rated at a voltage of 300 kV and a pulse repetition rate of up to 10 Hz and operating in air at elevated pressure. The typical time of pulse charging of a capacitive storage in the bench equals about 100 μs. The object of investigation is a spark gap the operating stability of which at a level of 10% of the rate voltage is achieved by initiating a corona discharge at the prebreakdown stage. It is shown that unstable operation is due to the accumulation of nitrogen oxides in the gap. To maintain the oxide content at an acceptable level, continuous gas purging is applied and necessary gas flow rates are estimated.

  4. Extended performance solar electric propulsion thrust system study. Volume 5. Capacitor-diode voltage multiplier: Technology evaluation

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    Martinelli, R. M.

    1977-01-01

    A 1-kW capacitor-diode voltage multiplier (CDVM) was designed, fabricated and tested to demonstrate the power of feasibility of high power CDVM's and to verify the analytical techniques that had been used to predict the performance characteristics of a 6-kw CDVM. High efficiency (96.2%), a low ratio of component weight to power (0.55 kg/kW), and low output ripple voltage (less than 1%, peak to peak) were obtained during the operation of a 1-kW CDVM various input line, load current, and load fault conditions.

  5. Neuromuscular evaluation of post-orthodontic stability: an experimental protocol.

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    Ferrario, Virgilio F; Marciandi, Paolo V; Tartaglia, Gianluca M; Dellavia, Claudia; Sforza, Chiarella

    2002-01-01

    To prevent relapse after orthodontic treatment, retention is often considered indispensable. Soft tissues are thought to have a significant influence on dental movements. To quantify the influence of masticatory muscles on post-treatment relapse, and in an attempt to avoid unnecessary procedures, 2 male orthodontic patients (13 and 30 years old at debonding) were followed up. The patients completed 2 years of fixed orthodontic treatment and received no post-orthodontic retention. After 1 week and again after 6 months, alginate impressions of dental arches and a surface electromyographic (EMG) assessment of the masseter and temporalis muscles during maximum voluntary clenching were performed. The younger patient received surface EMG monitoring once a month for the first 6 months and at the 1-year follow-up appointment. Arch dimensions and the 3-dimensional inclination of the facial axis of the clinical crown (FACC) were measured using a computerized digitizer. Symmetry in muscular contraction was measured by the percentage overlapping coefficient (POC), and potential lateral displacing components were assessed by the torque coefficient (TC). At the 6-month follow-up, no clinical modifications were observed. Quantitative evaluation assessed that arch dimensions had changed slightly (up to 1 mm). While the adolescent patient had no modifications in FACC inclinations, the 30-year-old patient showed significant alterations (up to 18 degrees). In all examinations of the adolescent patient, POC was higher than 86% and TC was lower than 10%. In the adult, POC was inside the normal range, while all TCs were higher than 10.5%. The larger TC measured in the adult may explain the larger modifications in the 3-dimensional position of his dental crowns. In conclusion, a surface EMG assessment may help in the detection of patients who might need post-orthodontic retention. PMID:12596694

  6. Stability of trimethyl phosphate non-flammable based electrolyte on the high voltage cathode (LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4)

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    Matsumoto, Kazuaki; Martinez, Mathieu; Gutel, Thibaut; Mailley, Sophie; De vito, Eric; Patoux, Sébastien; Inoue, Kazuhiko; Utsugi, Koji

    2015-01-01

    Trimethyl phosphate (TMP) which is a non-flammable solvent is a good candidate to replace flammable carbonates in battery electrolytes. In the case of Li-ion battery using high voltage cathode such as LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNM), the use of TMP based electrolyte leads to high cycle performance (96% capacity retention after 50 cycles). Also gas generation drastically decreased. According to careful observation of the LNM surface by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) after cycles, it has been found that TMP decomposes itself and forms polymer based film on the electrode surface suppressing further electrolyte decomposition. This work leads us to propose new electrolytes for Li-ion batteries using high voltage cathode.

  7. Voltage clamp simulation.

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    Kootsey, J M

    1975-04-01

    The voltage clamp experiment on the squid giant axon is successful because of the special characteristics of the preparation: cylindrical shape, large diameter, and so on. The method is much more difficult to apply to small cells and to networks of cells because voltage gradients and unwanted stray impedances are not readily eliminated. Simulation of the voltage clamp experiment is proposed as a method for determining when these factors and the characteristics of the clamp electronics affect the experimental results, for evaluating experimental techniques for improving the quality of the clamp, and as a possible method of learning something about the membrane when no experimental improvement is feasible. The numerical methods for including one spatial variable in the analysis are reviewed briefly. Several examples of voltage clamp simulations are discussed: double sucrose gap clamp of axons, clamp of the giant synapse, single sucrose gap clamp of cardiac muscle bundles, point clamp of the end of a fiber bundle, and the steady-state three-microelectrode clamp of a cable with nonlinear membrane. The results indicate that the quality of a clamp cannot be evaluated from the voltage and current records as commonly measured. PMID:1123090

  8. Evaluation of higher distribution and/or utilization voltages. Third interim report (October 1979): analysis of individual component cost and/or energy efficiencies

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    Not Available

    1981-04-01

    This interim report provides documentation on the third task, Analysis of Individual Component Cost and/or Energy Efficiencies, of DOE Contract No. ET-78-C-01-2866, Evaluation of Higher Distribution and/or Utilization Voltages. The work performed under this task includes the development of both cost and energy loss models for the distribution and customer utilization system elements as well as the analysis of critical performance variables for the types of motors in end use elements, as a function of voltage level. The purpose of this task is to provide individual component cost and energy models which will be incorporated in the global system optimization program under Task 4. A major output of this task is a mathematical model for each component's cost and/or energy losses and a graphical representation of each model.

  9. Evaluation of temporal stability and spatial uniformity of blackbody thermal reference sources

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    Bell, Paul A.; Pruchnic, Stanley J., Jr.; Lewis, Edward M.

    1995-05-01

    Blackbody thermal reference sources are critical test facility components used for the evaluation of thermal imager systems. Extended source blackbodies are used at the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) for testing and evaluation of new generations of thermal imagers. Wider field of view and more sensitive systems especially require knowledge of the accuracy, stability, and uniformity of the thermal reference sources used for their evaluation. This paper demonstrates measurement techniques used to evaluate extended source blackbodies and their controllers using a sensitive, stable, and uniform thermal imager, the Amber Radiance 1.

  10. Technical-evaluation report on the adequacy of station electric-distribution-system voltages for the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2. (Docket Nos. 50-282, 50-306)

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    Selan, J C

    1982-09-17

    This report documents the technical evaluation of the adequacy of the station electric distribution system voltages for the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant, Units 1 and 2. The evaluation is to determine if the onsite distribution system in conjunction with the offsite power sources has sufficient capacity to automatically start and operate all Class 1E loads within the equipment voltage ratings under certain conditions established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The evaluation finds that with some minor transformer loading modifications, hardware changes and the results of equipment testing and manufacturer data, the offsite sources were demonstrated to supply adequate voltage to the Class 1E equipment under worst case conditions.

  11. Improved cycle stability and high-rate capability of Li3VO4-coated Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 cathode material under different voltages

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    Huang, Yan; Jin, Feng-Min; Chen, Fang-Jie; Chen, Li

    2014-06-01

    Li3VO4-coated Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 cathode material exhibits much better cycling stability, rate capability, and high voltage cycling behavior than pristine Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 at room temperature. The sample coated with 3 wt.% Li3VO4 shows the optimum electrochemical performance. It delivers a capacity of 61.5 mAh g-1 at 10 C (1800 mA g-1) after 100 cycles. The capacity retention at 1 C (180 mA g-1) is 63.5% at cut-off voltage 4.6 V, and 63.0% at a higher cut-off voltage 4.8 V. XRD and XPS results reveal that the Li3VO4 coating layer reinforces the surface of matrix material, which benefits structural stability of Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 during long-term cycling. CV and EIS tests indicate that the improvement of electrochemical performances could be attributed to higher Li+ conductivity, suppression of Co and Mn dissolution from Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2, and decreased polarization during cycling since Li3VO4 layer on Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 surface acts as a relatively stable protective barrier as well as an excellent Li-ion conductor.

  12. EVALUATION OF SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION TREATMENT PROCESSES FOR MUNICIPAL WASTE COMBUSTION RESIDUES

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    Investigations were carried out to compare and evaluate solidification/stabilization (S/S) processes to treat residues from combustion (MWC). ull factorial experimental design was used to processes to treat bottom ash, air pollution control (APC) residue, The 5 S/S processes incl...

  13. PILOT-SCALE EVALUATION OF THE THERMAL STABILITY POHC INCINERABILITY RANKING

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    A test series were performed at the U.S. EPA Incineration Research Facility (IRF) to evaluate the thermal-stability-based principal organic hazardous constituent (POHC) incinerability ranking. ixtures of twelve POHCs with predicted incinerabilities spanning the range of most- to ...

  14. Stability and Correlates of Student Evaluations of Teaching at a Chinese University

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    Chen, Guo-Hai; Watkins, David

    2010-01-01

    This paper examines the stability and validity of a student evaluations of teaching (SET) instrument used by the administration at a university in the PR China. The SET scores for two semesters of courses taught by 435 teachers were collected. Total 388 teachers (170 males and 218 females) were also invited to fill out the 60-item NEO Five-Factor…

  15. Solid state high-voltage pulser operates with low supply voltage

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    Milberger, W. E.

    1968-01-01

    High speed klystron cathode pulser requires low voltage to generate high-voltage pulses. Broadband video transformers are wound in two configurations - /1/ transmission line, multifilar toroids and /2/ loop coupling toroids. The circuit adapts to generate high-speed, high-voltage, high-stability power pulses at megawatt levels.

  16. Evaluation of Laser Stabilization and Imaging Systems for LCLS-II - Final Paper

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    Barry, Matthew

    2015-08-20

    By combining the top performing commercial laser beam stabilization system with the most ideal optical imaging configuration, the beamline for the Linear Accelerator Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II) will deliver the highest quality and most stable beam to the cathode. To determine the optimal combination, LCLS-II beamline conditions were replicated and the systems tested with a He-Ne laser. The Guidestar-II and MRC active laser beam stabilization systems were evaluated for their ideal positioning and stability. Both a two and four lens optical imaging configuration was then evaluated for beam imaging quality, magnification properties, and natural stability. In their best performances when tested over fifteen hours, Guidestar-II kept the beam stable over approximately 70-110um while the MRC system kept it stable over approximately 90-100um. During short periods of time, Guidestar-II kept the beam stable between 10-20um, but was more susceptible to drift over time, while the MRC system maintained the beam between 30-50um with less overall drift. The best optical imaging configuration proved to be a four lens system that images to the iris located in the cathode room and from there, imaged to the cathode. The magnification from the iris to the cathode was 2:1, within an acceptable tolerance to the expected 2.1:1 magnification. The two lens configuration was slightly more stable in small periods of time (less than 10 minutes) without the assistance of a stability system, approximately 55um compared to approximately 70um, but the four lens configurations beam image had a significantly flatter intensity distribution compared to the two lens configuration which had a Gaussian distribution. A final test still needs to be run with both stability systems running at the same time through the four lens system. With this data, the optimal laser beam stabilization system can be determined for the beamline of LCLS-II.

  17. Evaluating the reliability and sensitivity of the Kerr electro-optic field mapping measurements with high-voltage pulsed transformer oil

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    Zhang, X.; Nowocin, J. K.; Zahn, M.

    2013-08-01

    Transformer oil is the most widely used dielectric liquid for high voltage insulation. Measurements of the electric field distribution in high voltage pulsed transformer oil are of both practical and theoretical interests. Due to its low Kerr constant, previous electro-optic measurements with transformer oil rely on a technique called ac modulation, which works only for dc steady-state electric field mapping. With the help of a high-sensitivity charge-coupled device, we directly measure the Kerr electro-optic effect between parallel electrodes in transformer oil stressed by high voltage pulses. This work aims at demonstrating the reliability and evaluating the sensitivity of the measurements for three cases with identical electrodes: space-charge free, uniform electric field in the mid-region of the gap; space-charge free, non-uniform fringing electric field; and space charge distorted electric field in the mid-region of the gap. Future directions to improve accuracy by identifying and handling various sources of error and noise are suggested.

  18. Evaluation of the voltage quantities measured with different noninvasive meters for quality control at a calibration laboratory.

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    Vivolo, Vitor; Neves, Lucio P; Perini, Ana P; Silva, Jonas O; Lucena, Rodrigo F; da Penha A Potiens, Maria; Caldas, Linda V E

    2012-07-01

    In this work the peak kilovoltage (kVp), practical peak voltage (PPV) and air kerma rate were measured with the noninvasive meters Radcal Accu-kV® Diagnostic Sensor™ model 40×12-W, and PTW Diavolt. The results were compared in order to ensure the quality control, compare the meters and establish the new quantity PPV, at the Calibration Laboratory of IPEN. These tests were performed using the standard diagnostic radiology quality beam RQR5, and the results are in good agreement. PMID:22196679

  19. Evaluation of Hose in Hose Transfer Line Service Life for Hanford's Interim Stabilization Program

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    TORRES, T.D.

    2000-08-24

    RPP-6153, Engineering Task Plan for Hose-in-Hose Transfer System for the Interim Stabilization Program, defines the programmatic goals, functional requirements, and technical criteria for the development and subsequent installation of transfer line equipment to support Hanford's Interim Stabilization Program. RPP-6028, Specification for Hose in Hose Transfer Lines for Hanford's Interim Stabilization Program, has been issued to define the specific requirements for the design, manufacture, and verification of transfer line assemblies for specific waste transfer applications. Included in RPP-6028 are tables defining the chemical constituents of concern to which transfer lines will be exposed. Current Interim Stabilization Program planning forecasts that the at-grade transfer lines will be required to convey pumpable waste for as much as three years after commissioning. Prudent engineering dictates that the equipment placed in service have a working life in excess of this forecasted time period, with some margin to allow for future adjustments to the planned schedule. This document evaluates the effective service life of the Hose-in-Hose Transfer Lines, based on information submitted by the manufacturer and published literature. The effective service life of transfer line assemblies is a function of several factors. Foremost among these are process fluid characteristics, ambient environmental conditions, and the manufacturer's stated shelf life. This evaluation examines the manufacturer's certification of shelf life, the manufacturer's certifications of chemical compatibility with waste, and published literature on the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation on the mechanical properties of elastomeric materials to evaluate transfer line service life.

  20. Prospective clinical evaluation of mandibular implant overdentures: Part I--Retention, stability, and tissue response.

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    Burns, D R; Unger, J W; Elswick, R K; Beck, D A

    1995-04-01

    Seventeen subjects with preexisting conventional complete dentures were evaluated in this prospective clinical study. Two implants were placed bilaterally in the anterior mandible. In a crossover experimental design, the conventional dentures were modified, and the retention, stability, and tissue response for conventional dentures were compared with implant overdentures that had O-ring and magnet overdenture attachments for all subjects. The study indicated statistical superiority of the implant overdenture to the conventional denture. The O-ring attachment proved significantly better than the magnet attachment for retention and stability. The soft tissue response showed a slight but significant improvement with implant overdenture therapy. PMID:7783014

  1. Evaluation of Energy Characteristics of High Voltage Equipment for Electro-Blasting Destruction of Rocks and Concrete

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    Voitenko, N. V.; Yudin, A. S.; Kuznetsova, N. S.

    2015-11-01

    The splitting off concrete monolith via electro-blast technology is described. High- voltage investigations were performed using the electric-discharge blasting unit with charging voltage up to 15 kV and maximum energy of 126 kJ. Several series of experiments of multiborehole electro-blast with initiation of plasma channel by wire explosion have been carried out. The combined effect of pulse electric discharge and gas generating composition allows to increase the energy of electro-blasting. According to data obtained from experiments the average value of energy for concrete monolith splitting off of 1 m3 is about 1554 kJ. The energy of electrical discharge pulse is about 95 kJ and gas-generating composition has energy contribution of 3.8 kJ/g. For carrying out of one electric-discharge blasting experiment 6-8 minutes has been spent. Therefore, the efficiency of pulse power system is about (0.85-0.9) m3/h.

  2. Section IV.D.3 for DOE 2013 Annual Report: Novel Phosphazene-based Compounds to Enhance Safety and Stability of Cell Chemistries for High Voltage Applications (INL)

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    Kevin L. Gering; Mason K. Harrup; Eric J. Dufek; Sergiy V. Sazhin; Harry W. Rollins; David K. Jamison; Fred F. Stewart; John Burba

    2013-09-01

    Electrolytes play a central role in performance and aging in most electrochemical systems. As automotive and grid applications place a higher reliance on electrochemical stored energy, it becomes more urgent to have electrolyte components that enable optimal battery performance while promoting battery safety and longevity. Safety remains a foremost concern for widespread utilization of Li-ion technology in electric-drive vehicles, especially as the focus turns to higher voltage systems (5V). This work capitalizes on the long established INL expertise regarding phosphazene chemistry, aimed at battery-viable compounds for electrolytes and electrodes that are highly tolerant to abusive conditions. This report showcases our 2013 work for the DOE applied battery research (ABR) program, wherein testing results are summarized for INL electrolytes and alternative anode materials.

  3. Stress wave communication in concrete: II. Evaluation of low voltage concrete stress wave communications utilizing spectrally efficient modulation schemes with PZT transducers

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    Siu, Sam; Qing, Ji; Wang, Kun; Song, Gangbing; Ding, Zhi

    2014-12-01

    Piezoelectric materials, traditionally used for structural health monitoring, have recently been used to implement stress wave communications. Within a protective encasing we fabricate a smart aggregate which enables transmission and reception of modulated stress waves for digital communication within concrete. Our research focuses on building a high efficiency stress wave communication system and comparing the performance of phase shift keying (PSK) with quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM). Our experiments evaluate the performance of QPSK and 16QAM implemented with our stress wave communication system at a transmit voltage ranging from 32 dBV to 37 dBV. We also demonstrate the increase in spectral efficiency of 16QAM compared to QPSK.

  4. TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT: SILICATE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION OF PCP AND INORGANIC CONTAMINANTS IN SOILS SELMA, CA

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    A Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation demonstration was conducted to evaluate the ability of the solidification/ stabilization treatment process developed by Silicate Technology Corporation (STC) to reduce the mobility and leaching potential of organic and inorganic contam...

  5. Evaluation of the Long-Term Stability and Temperature Coefficient of Dew-Point Hygrometers

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    Benyon, R.; Vicente, T.; Hernández, P.; De Rivas, L.; Conde, F.

    2012-09-01

    The continuous quest for improved specifications of optical dew-point hygrometers has raised customer expectations on the performance of these devices. In the absence of a long calibration history, users with a limited prior experience in the measurement of humidity, place reliance on manufacturer specifications to estimate long-term stability. While this might be reasonable in the case of measurement of electrical quantities, in humidity it can lead to optimistic estimations of uncertainty. This article reports a study of the long-term stability of some hygrometers and the analysis of their performance as monitored through regular calibration. The results of the investigations provide some typical, realistic uncertainties associated with the long-term stability of instruments used in calibration and testing laboratories. Together, these uncertainties can help in establishing initial contributions in uncertainty budgets, as well as in setting the minimum calibration requirements, based on the evaluation of dominant influence quantities.

  6. Evaluation of iodine content and stability in recipes prepared with biofortified potatoes.

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    Cerretani, Lorenzo; Comandini, Patrizia; Fumanelli, Davide; Scazzina, Francesca; Chiavaro, Emma

    2014-11-01

    Iodine is an essential micronutrient of the human diet. Deficiency of iodine is diffused in many areas of the world and mild deficiency is present also in developed countries around Europe. Biofortification of vegetables could represent a better strategy with respect to iodized salt in order to increase iodine intake. The aim of this study was evaluating the stability of iodine, derived from biofortified potatoes, in the preparation process of three Italian typical dishes: dumplings, vegetable pie, and focaccia bread. The obtained results showed a good stability of iodine in cooking processes, in particular, during baking of focaccia bread. Significant losses of iodine were detected during boiling of dumplings and baking of vegetable pie. Although the different stability during the cooking processes, the three dishes maintained a good final content of iodine, ranging from the 33.3% to 52.7% of daily recommended intake in adults for individual serving size. PMID:24828007

  7. Social stability and HIV risk behavior: evaluating the role of accumulated vulnerability.

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    German, Danielle; Latkin, Carl A

    2012-01-01

    This study evaluated a cumulative and syndromic relationship among commonly co-occurring vulnerabilites (homelessness, incarceration, low-income, residential transition) in association with HIV-related risk behaviors among 635 low-income women in Baltimore. Analysis included descriptive statistics, logistic regression, latent class analysis and latent class regression. Both methods of assessing multidimensional instability showed significant associations with risk indicators. Risk of multiple partners, sex exchange, and drug use decreased significantly with each additional domain. Higher stability class membership (77%) was associated with decreased likelihood of multiple partners, exchange partners, recent drug use, and recent STI. Multidimensional social vulnerabilities were cumulatively and synergistically linked to HIV risk behavior. Independent instability measures may miss important contextual determinants of risk. Social stability offers a useful framework to understand the synergy of social vulnerabilities that shape sexual risk behavior. Social policies and programs aiming to enhance housing and overall social stability are likely to be beneficial for HIV prevention. PMID:21259043

  8. Technical evaluation of the adequacy of station electric distribution systems voltages for the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2. Docket Nos. 50-317, 50-318

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    Selan, J. C.

    1982-04-09

    This report documents the technical evaluation of the adequacy of the station electric distribution system voltages for the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2. The evaluation is to determine if the onsite distribution system in conjunction with the offsite power sources has sufficient capacity to automatically start and operate all Class 1E loads within the equipment voltage ratings under certain conditions established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The analyses submitted demonstrate that adequate voltage will be supplied to the Class 1E equipment under worst case conditions.

  9. Evaluation of the impact of uncontrolled parametric perturbations on stability of automatic systems with logical control units

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    Moskvina, Svetlana M.; Yukhymchuk, Maria S.; Zhirnova, Oxana; Gromaszek, Konrad

    2015-12-01

    Paper presents a method that allows evaluating the impact of uncontrolled parametric perturbations on the stability of automatic systems with logical control units. The major difference of the proposed method is using analytical form for representing the stability of such systems which allows evaluating the parameters of self-excited oscillations.

  10. Methodologies for evaluating long-term stabilization designs of uranium mill tailings impoundments

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    Nelson, J.D.; Abt, S.R.; Volpe, R.L.; Van Zye, D.; Hinkle, N.E.; Staub, W.P.

    1986-06-01

    Uranium mill tailings impoundments require long-term (200 to 1000 years) stabilization. This report reviews currently available methodologies for evaluating factors that can have a significant influence on tailings stabilization and develops methodologies in technical areas where none presently exist. Mill operators can use these methodologies to assist with (1) the selection of sites for mill tailings impoundments, (2) the design of stable impoundments, and (3) the development of reclamation plans for existing impoundments. These methodologies would also be useful for regulatory agency evaluations of proposals in permit or license applications. Methodologies were reviewed or developed in the following technical areas: (1) prediction of the Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP) and an accompanying Probable Maximum Flood (PMF); (2) prediction of the stability of local and regional fluvial systems; (3) design of impoundment surfaces resistant to gully erosion; (4) evaluation of the potential for surface sheet erosion; (5) design of riprap for protecting embankments from channel flood flow and overland flow; (6) selection of riprap with appropriate durability for its intended use; and (7) evaluation of oversizing required for marginal quality riprap.

  11. pH stability and comparative evaluation of ranaspumin-2 foam for application in biochemical reactors

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    Choi, Hyo-Jick; Ebersbacher, Charles F.; Quan, Fu-Shi; Montemagno, Carlo D.

    2013-02-01

    Aqueous channels of foam represent a simplified, natural bioreactor on the micro-/nano-scale. Previous studies have demonstrated the feasibility and potential application of foams in replicating cellular process in vitro, but no research has been performed to establish a basis for designing stable and biocompatible foam formulations. Our research has been directed specifically to the evaluation of ranaspumin-2 (RSN-2), a frog foam nest protein. The strong surfactant activity of RSN-2 enabled us to produce foams using low protein concentration (1 mg ml-1) over a wide pH range (pH ≥ 3). Importantly, the RSN-2 formulation exhibited the best foam stability at a near neutral pH condition, which shows a potential for application to various biosynthesis applications. Model cellular systems such as liposomes and inactivated A/PR/8/34 influenza virus maintained their physicochemical stability and full hemagglutination activity, indicating biocompatibility of RSN-2 with both cellular membranes and proteins both in bulk solution and in foam. Moreover, the addition of RSN-2 did not exert any deteriorative effects on bacterial cell growth kinetics. In contrast, Tween 20, Triton X-100, and BSA did not show satisfactory performance in terms of foamability, foam stability, physicochemcial stability, and biochemical stability. Although our study has been limited to representative formulations composed of only surfactant molecules, a number of unique advantages make RSN-2 a promising candidate for in vitro foam biosynthesis.

  12. Appearance of second plateau voltage

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    Halpert, G.

    1981-01-01

    Batteries used in TIROS N and NOAA A spacecraft were performance tested. Voltage levels are plotted in a series of graphs. Cell packs from four different manufacturers are evaluated for depth of charge.

  13. Evaluation of the Stability of Concentrated Emulsions for Lemon Beverages Using Sequential Experimental Designs

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    Almeida, Teresa Cristina Abreu; Larentis, Ariane Leites; Ferraz, Helen Conceição

    2015-01-01

    The study of the stability of concentrated oil-in-water emulsions is imperative to provide a scientific approach for an important problem in the beverage industry, contributing to abolish the empiricism still present nowadays. The use of these emulsions would directly imply a reduction of transportation costs between production and the sales points, where dilution takes place. The goal of this research was to evaluate the influence of the main components of a lemon emulsion on its stability, aiming to maximize the concentration of oil in the beverage and to correlate its physicochemical characteristics to product stability, allowing an increase of shelf life of the final product. For this purpose, analyses of surface and interface tension, electrokinetic potential, particle size and rheological properties of the emulsions were conducted. A 24-1 fractional factorial design was performed with the following variables: lemon oil/water ratio (30% to 50%), starch and Arabic gum concentrations (0% to 30%) and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (0 mg/L to 100 mg/L), including an evaluation of the responses at the central conditions of each variable. Sequentially, a full design was prepared to evaluate the two most influential variables obtained in the first plan, in which concentration of starch and gum ranged from 0% to 20%, while concentration of lemon oil/water ratio was fixed at 50%, without dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. Concentrated emulsions with stability superior to 15 days were obtained with either starch or Arabic gum and 50% lemon oil. The most stable formulations presented viscosity over 100 cP and ratio between the surface tension of the emulsion and the mucilage of over 1. These two answers were selected, since they better represent the behavior of emulsions in terms of stability and could be used as tools for an initial selection of the most promising formulations. PMID:25793301

  14. Evaluation of the stability of concentrated emulsions for lemon beverages using sequential experimental designs.

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    Almeida, Teresa Cristina Abreu; Larentis, Ariane Leites; Ferraz, Helen Conceição

    2015-01-01

    The study of the stability of concentrated oil-in-water emulsions is imperative to provide a scientific approach for an important problem in the beverage industry, contributing to abolish the empiricism still present nowadays. The use of these emulsions would directly imply a reduction of transportation costs between production and the sales points, where dilution takes place. The goal of this research was to evaluate the influence of the main components of a lemon emulsion on its stability, aiming to maximize the concentration of oil in the beverage and to correlate its physicochemical characteristics to product stability, allowing an increase of shelf life of the final product. For this purpose, analyses of surface and interface tension, electrokinetic potential, particle size and rheological properties of the emulsions were conducted. A 2(4-1) fractional factorial design was performed with the following variables: lemon oil/water ratio (30% to 50%), starch and Arabic gum concentrations (0% to 30%) and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (0 mg/L to 100 mg/L), including an evaluation of the responses at the central conditions of each variable. Sequentially, a full design was prepared to evaluate the two most influential variables obtained in the first plan, in which concentration of starch and gum ranged from 0% to 20%, while concentration of lemon oil/water ratio was fixed at 50%, without dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. Concentrated emulsions with stability superior to 15 days were obtained with either starch or Arabic gum and 50% lemon oil. The most stable formulations presented viscosity over 100 cP and ratio between the surface tension of the emulsion and the mucilage of over 1. These two answers were selected, since they better represent the behavior of emulsions in terms of stability and could be used as tools for an initial selection of the most promising formulations. PMID:25793301

  15. A scheme for theoretical and experimental evaluation of multivariable system stability robustness

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    Mukhopadhyay, Vivek; Pototzky, Anthony S.; Fox, Matthew E.

    1990-01-01

    A scheme for theoretical and experimental evaluation of multivariable system stability robustness measures is described. The experimental scheme is based on the estimation of frequency responses from power-spectra analyses of a set of time responses due to sine-sweep excitation at each input and then computation of the appropriate singular values. The procedure can also be used on an open-loop stable system to predict the closed-loop stability before closing the loop. Classical Nyquist diagrams can also be constructed to determine one-loop-at-a-time gain or phase margins. The scheme has been implemented in a wind tunnel test for singular-value evaluation of digital flutter suppression control laws and compared with theory. The singular values at the plant input and output of the actual system and the theoretical model are qualitatively similar but have some discrepancies.

  16. Evaluation of the Magnesium Hydroxide Treatment Process for Stabilizing PFP Plutonium/Nitric Acid Solutions

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    Gerber, Mark A.; Schmidt, Andrew J.; Delegard, Calvin H.; Silvers, Kurt L.; Baker, Aaron B.; Gano, Susan R.; Thornton, Brenda M.

    2000-09-28

    This document summarizes an evaluation of the magnesium hydroxide [Mg(OH)2] process to be used at the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) for stabilizing plutonium/nitric acid solutions to meet the goal of stabilizing the plutonium in an oxide form suitable for storage under DOE-STD-3013-99. During the treatment process, nitric acid solutions bearing plutonium nitrate are neutralized with Mg(OH)2 in an air sparge reactor. The resulting slurry, containing plutonium hydroxide, is filtered and calcined. The process evaluation included a literature review and extensive laboratory- and bench-scale testing. The testing was conducted using cerium as a surrogate for plutonium to identify and quantify the effects of key processing variables on processing time (primarily neutralization and filtration time) and calcined product properties.

  17. Evaluation of frac fluid stability using a heated, pressurized flow loop

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    Lescarboura, J.A.; Sifferman, T.R.; Wahl, H.A.

    1982-09-01

    A flow loop was used to evaluate the stability of frac fluids at high temperatures. The design provides enough pressure to prevent vaporization of water base systems up to 350/sup 0/F. The flow loop is a 25-gallon-capacity pipe viscosimeter with a 1-inch-diameter, 20-foot-long test section. Shear rates are variable, but most tests were run at values approximating the shear rates in a fracture. Shearing and heat exposure times of up to 6 hours were run. Cross-linked polymer systems from four service companies were prepared according to each supplier's recommendations and evaluated at 180/sup 0/ and 245/sup 0/F. The tests showed that cross-linked frac fluids degrade with temperature and shear, losing much of their viscosity and proppant-carrying capacity in a few hours. Thermal stability is a major factor in selecting gels for fracing deep, high-temperature reservoirs.

  18. Fabrication and evaluation of an OSO-1 type baseplate. [dimensional stability testing

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    Marschall, C. W.

    1975-01-01

    An OSO-1 type baseplate of a low thermal-expansion glass-ceramic material was evaluated for its dimensional stability after exposure to thermal cycling and mechanical vibration. The results indicate that baseplates of relatively simple design can be successfully cast and machined, although the demonstration article produced deviated somewhat from design specifications. It is likely that baseplates of more sophisticated designs and improved structural efficiency also can be prepared from low thermal expansion material.

  19. Chemical synthesis of tetracyclic terpenes and evaluation of antagonistic activity on endothelin-A receptors and voltage-gated calcium channels.

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    Lu, Jianyu; Aguilar, Angelo; Zou, Bende; Bao, Weier; Koldas, Serkan; Shi, Aibin; Desper, John; Wangemann, Philine; Xie, Xinmin Simon; Hua, Duy H

    2015-09-01

    A class of tetracyclic terpenes was synthesized and evaluated for antagonistic activity of endothelin-1 (ET-1) induced vasoconstriction and inhibitory activity of voltage-activated Ca(2+) channels. Three repeated Robinson annulation reactions were utilized to construct the tetracyclic molecules. A stereoselective reductive Robinson annulation was discovered for the formation of optically pure tricyclic terpenes. Stereoselective addition of cyanide to the hindered α-face of tetracyclic enone (-)-18 was found and subsequent transformation into the aldehyde function was affected by the formation of bicyclic hemiiminal (-)-4. Six selected synthetic tetracyclic terpenes show inhibitory activities in ET-1 induced vasoconstriction in the gerbil spiral modiolar artery with putative affinity constants ranging between 93 and 319 nM. Moreover, one compound, (-)-3, was evaluated further and found to inhibit voltage-activated Ca(2+) currents but not to affect Na(+) or K(+) currents in dorsal root ganglion cells under similar concentrations. These observations imply a dual mechanism of action. In conclusion, tetracyclic terpenes represent a new class of hit molecules for the discovery of new drugs for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension and vascular related diseases. PMID:26190460

  20. ALD gate dielectrics for improved threshold voltage stability in AlGaN/GaN MOS-HFETs for power applications

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    Ramanan, Narayanan; Lee, Bongmook; Misra, Veena

    2015-12-01

    Dielectrics by atomic layer deposition (ALD) are sought after for fabricating AlGaN/GaN based metal oxide semiconductor heterojunction field effect transistors (MOS-HFETs) for power applications. The ideal gate dielectric is required to suppress gate leakage and minimize threshold voltage (V T) instability by hosting minimal interface traps. Additionally, with the need for an enhancement mode device, it is preferable if it minimizes V T shift in the negative direction. For the first time, we compare popular ALD dielectrics like SiO2, Al2O3, HfO2 and HfAlO with identical electrical thickness on AlGaN/GaN, thereby ensuring identical electrostatic conditions across different dielectrics. High-k ALD dielectrics (HfAlO, HfO2 and Al2O3) are found to suppress gate leakage but host a high density of interface traps with AlGaN, thereby resulting in significant V T instability. ALD SiO2 gate dielectric, annealed in N2 above 600 °C, is a promising gate dielectric candidate which provides the most stable and least negative shift in V T while also substantially suppressing gate leakage below that of an HFET.

  1. On the effect of non-carbon nanostructured supports on the stability of Pt nanoparticles during voltage cycling: A study of TiO2 nanofibres

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    Savych, I.; Bernard d'Arbigny, J.; Subianto, S.; Cavaliere, S.; Jones, D. J.; Rozière, J.

    2014-07-01

    Electrospun carbon and Nb-doped TiO2 nanofibres (CNFs, TNFs) have been investigated as electrocatalyst supports for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). The optimal Nb doping amount has been identified for TNFs, and thermal treatment of titanium oxide fibres optimised to balance the surface area and electronic conductivity requirements. The most highly conducting material is characterised by a high concentration of surface Ti3+ and Nb4+ (and oxygen vacancies). Pt nanoparticles of average diameter of 2.3 nm were loaded onto 10%at Nb doped-TiO2, retained as the best candidate for further electrochemical analysis, and on CNFs, using a microwave-assisted polyol method. Significantly higher electrochemically active surface area was retained after voltage cycling to 1.2 V for Pt supported on TNF (73%) than on CNFs, where only 8% of the original ECSA was conserved after 1000 voltammetric cycles. The mass activity was also slightly higher for the titanium oxide based electrodes in the oxygen reduction reaction.

  2. Evaluation of initial stability and crestal bone loss in immediate implant placement: An in vivo study

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    Tadi, Durga Prasad; Pinisetti, Soujanya; Gujjalapudi, Mahalakshmi; Kakaraparthi, Sampath; Kolasani, Balaram; Vadapalli, Sri Harsha Babu

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: (1) To measure the crestal bone levels around implants immediately, and one month, three months, and six months after immediate implant placement, to evaluate the amount of bone level changes in six months. (2) To measure the initial stability in immediate implant placement. Materials and Methods: Ten patients were selected and a total of ten implants were placed in the immediate extraction sites. The change in the level of crestal bone was measured on standardized digital periapical radiographs taken at baseline, first month, third month, and sixth months for each patient, using the SOPRO imaging software. The initial stability of implants was measured with resonance frequency analysis (RFA) and an engine-driven torque. The measurements were statistically analyzed. The student's t-test was used, to identify the significance of the study parameters. Results: When mesial and distal bone losses were averaged, the radiographic evaluation with the SOPRO imaging software showed an average of 0.80 mm, with a standard deviation of ± 0.18 mm bone loss at the first month, followed by 1.03 mm with a standard deviation of ± 0.19 mm at the third month, and 1.23 mm with standard deviation of ± 0.6 mm at the sixth month. The initial stability with the RFA instrument showed a mean of 55 implant stability quotient (ISQ) values and the torque showed a value of 36.50 Nm. Conclusions: The implant has to be placed 2 mm below the crestal bone level to compensate the crestal bone loss. The initial stability is achieved by apical preparation of the socket wall and use of straight screw implants. When the defect is more than 2 mm, autogenous grafts with membranes are the best choice. PMID:25374829

  3. Field soil aggregate stability kit for soil quality and rangeland health evaluations

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    Herrick, J.E.; Whitford, W.G.; de Soyza, A. G.; Van Zee, J. W.; Havstad, K.M.; Seybold, C.A.; Walton, M.

    2001-01-01

    Soil aggregate stability is widely recognized as a key indicator of soil quality and rangeland health. However, few standard methods exist for quantifying soil stability in the field. A stability kit is described which can be inexpensively and easily assembled with minimal tools. It permits up to 18 samples to be evaluated in less than 10 min and eliminates the need for transportation, minimizing damage to soil structure. The kit consists of two 21??10.5??3.5 cm plastic boxes divided into eighteen 3.5??3.5 cm sections, eighteen 2.5-cm diameter sieves with 1.5-mm distance openings and a small spatula used for soil sampling. Soil samples are rated on a scale from one to six based on a combination of ocular observations of slaking during the first 5 min following immersion in distilled water, and the percent remaining on a 1.5-mm sieve after five dipping cycles at the end of the 5-min period. A laboratory comparison yielded a correlation between the stability class and percent aggregate stability based on oven dry weight remaining after treatment using a mechanical sieve. We have applied the method in a wide variety of agricultural and natural ecosystems throughout western North America, including northern Mexico, and have found that it is highly sensitive to differences in management and plant community composition. Although the field kit cannot replace the careful laboratory-based measurements of soil aggregate stability, it can clearly provide valuable information when these more intensive procedures are not possible.

  4. Health-hazard evaluation report HETA 86-339-1741, EMCO High Voltage Company, Sutter Creek, California

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    Belanger, P.L.

    1986-10-01

    Possible exposure to several chemical substances during the fabrication of power-supply modules was investigated at the EMCO High Voltage Company, Sutter Creek, California, at the request of an employee. Environmental air samples were collected during the coating and developing process and during the epoxy potting operation. Samples were analyzed for chlorobenzene and xylenes; no overexposures were registered. No overexposure was observed to butyl-glycidyl-ether and no detectable levels of epichlorohydrin, cyclohexanone, 2-methoxyethanol, or 2-ethoxyethanol were found. During the pot soldering operation there was a potential for exposure to the fluxing agent, 3% hydrochloric-acid, and the operator had complained of throat and nose irritation. The author recommends that the fabrication operator wear protective gloves during coating and developing of copper boards. Gloves and goggles should be worn when weighing out the sodium-persulfate and when removing panels from the bench top etcher. Local exhaust ventilation with a movable duct should be used during the pot soldering operation.

  5. Evaluation of bias voltage modulation sequence for nonlinear contrast agent imaging using a capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer array

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    Novell, Anthony; Legros, Mathieu; Grégoire, Jean-Marc; Dayton, Paul A.; Bouakaz, Ayache

    2014-09-01

    Many clinical diagnoses have now been improved thanks to the development of new techniques dedicated to contrast agent nonlinear imaging. Over the past few years, Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (cMUTs) have emerged as a promising alternative to traditional piezoelectric transducers. One notable advantage of cMUTs is their wide frequency bandwidth. However, their use in nonlinear imaging approaches such as those used to detect contrast agents have been challenging due their intrinsic nonlinear character. We propose a new contrast imaging sequence, called bias voltage modulation (BVM), specifically developed for cMUTs to suppress their inherent nonlinear behavior. Theoretical and experimental results show that a complete cancellation of the nonlinear signal from the source can be reached when the BVM sequence is implemented. In-vitro validation of the sequence is performed using a cMUT probe connected to an open scanner and a flow phantom setup containing SonoVue microbubbles. Compared to the standard amplitude modulation imaging mode, a 6 dB increase of contrast-to-tissue ratio was achieved when the BVM sequence is applied. These results reveal that the problem of cMUT nonlinearity can be addressed, thus expanding the potential of this new transducer technology for nonlinear contrast agent detection and imaging.

  6. The Diminishing Role of Pelvic Stability Evaluation in the Era of Computed Tomographic Scanning

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    Fu, Chih-Yuan; Teng, Lan-Hsuan; Liao, Chien-Hung; Hsu, Yu-Pao; Wang, Shang-Yu; Kuo, Ling-Wei; Yuan, Kuo-Ching

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Pelvic fractures can result in life-threatening hemorrhages or other associated injuries. Therefore, computed tomography (CT) scanning plays a key role in the management of pelvic fracture patients. However, CT scanning is utilized as an adjunct in secondary survey according to traditional Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines, whereas pelvic x-ray is used as a primary tool to evaluate pelvic stability and the necessity of further CT scanning. In the current study, we attempted to evaluate the role of CT scanning in the era of advanced technology. The significance of pelvic stability was also analyzed. From January 2012 to December 2014, the trauma registry and medical records of pelvic fracture patients were retrospectively reviewed. A 64-slice multidetector CT scanner was used in our emergency department as a standard diagnostic tool for evaluating trauma patients. Pelvic x-ray was used as a primary tool for screening pelvic fractures, and pelvic stability was evaluated accordingly. CT scans were performed in patients with unstable pelvic fractures, suspected associated intra-abdominal injuries (IAIs), or other conditions based on the physicians’ clinical judgment. The clinical features of patients with stable and unstable pelvic fractures were compared. The patients with stable pelvic fractures were analyzed to determine the characteristics associated with retroperitoneal hemorrhage (RH) or IAIs. Patients with stable pelvic fractures were also compared based on whether they underwent a CT scan. A total of 716 patients were enrolled in this study. There were 533 (74.4%) patients with stable pelvic fractures. Of these patients, there were 66 (12.4%) and 50 (9.4%) patients with associated RH and IAI, respectively. There were no significant differences between the patients with associated RH based on their primary evaluation (vital signs, volume of blood transfusion, and hemoglobin level). Similarly, the demographics and the primary evaluation results (symptoms, coma scale, and white blood cell counts) of the patients with associated IAIs were also not significantly different from the patients without associated IAIs. Furthermore, the time to definitive hemostasis (surgery or angioembolization) was not significantly different between the unstable patients who underwent a CT scan or those who did not. In the management of pelvic fracture patients, the role of pelvic stability is not significant in the evaluation of associated RH or IAI. Routine CT scanning is suggested for pelvic fracture patients because of the rapid scanning time and sufficient information produced. PMID:27100433

  7. Evaluation of degradation kinetics for abamectin in formulations using a stability indicating method.

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    Awasthi, Atul; Razzak, Majid; Al-Kassas, Raida; Harvey, Joanne; Garg, Sanjay

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate stability characteristics and kinetics behavior of abamectin (ABM) as a 1 % (m/V) topical veterinary solution. During the study, samples stressed at 55 and 70 °C were regularly analyzed for several parameters over 8 weeks on a chromatographic (HPLC) system, using a Prodigy C18, 250 x 4.6 mm, 5-μm, column eluting with 15 : 34 : 51 (V/V/V) water/methanol/ acetonitrile as mobile phase. The HPLC method was validated for precision, accuracy, linearity and specificity, and was found to be stability indicating. The results showed that degradation of ABM followed first-order kinetics and data on loss in kobs (s-1) and half life (t1/2, days) demonstrated ABM showing the maximum stability in glycerol formal. The degradation behavior of ABM varies from solvent to solvent. The effect of added alkali on pH change and loss of ABM was studied and found to be unique for all solvents and very distinct from typical hydrolysis degradation. The present study may serve as a platform to design and develop topical non-aqueous solutions of ABM for veterinary use given no such comprehensive efforts have been published to date on the stability profile of ABM in non-aqueous solvents. PMID:23482313

  8. Development and flight evaluation of an augmented stability active controls concept with a small horizontal tail

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    Rising, J. J.; Kairys, A. A.; Maass, C. A.; Siegart, C. D.; Rakness, W. L.; Mijares, R. D.; King, R. W.; Peterson, R. S.; Hurley, S. R.; Wickson, D.

    1982-01-01

    A limited authority pitch active control system (PACS) was developed for a wide body jet transport (L-1011) with a flying horizontal stabilizer. Two dual channel digital computers and the associated software provide command signals to a dual channel series servo which controls the stabilizer power actuators. Input sensor signals to the computer are pitch rate, column-trim position, and dynamic pressure. Control laws are given for the PACS and the system architecture is defined. The piloted flight simulation and vehicle system simulation tests performed to verify control laws and system operation prior to installation on the aircraft are discussed. Modifications to the basic aircraft are described. Flying qualities of the aircraft with the PACS on and off were evaluated. Handling qualities for cruise and high speed flight conditions with the c.g. at 39% mac ( + 1% stability margin) and PACS operating were judged to be as good as the handling qualities with the c.g. at 25% (+15% stability margin) and PACS off.

  9. Biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles using catclaw buttercup (Radix Ranunculi Ternati) and evaluation of its colloidal stability.

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    Ren, Fang; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin; Yin, Jinjin

    2012-08-01

    The biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles using catclaw buttercup (Radix Ranunculi Ternati) and their stability have been reported in this paper. The aqueous catclaw buttercup was used as mild reducing agent for gold nanoparticles synthesis from HAuCl4 solutions. The influence of reaction time, temperature and mass ratio of HAuCl4/catclaw buttercup were evaluated to investigate their effects on gold nanoparticles synthesis. Under the optimized reaction parameters, the gold nanoparticles obtained are characterized by UV-vis spectrum, X-ray diffraction (XRD), EDAX technique (EDX), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), FTIR spectrum, anthrone-sulfuric colorimetric method, and plus Improved-Lowry Protein Assay Kit. The HRTEM images showed that the biosynthesized gold nanoparticles are mostly spherical with size range from 9-24 nm. Furthermore, it was found that the biosynthesized gold nanoparticles possessed outstanding colloid stability in aqueous solutions as a function of category and concentration of monovalent salt and pH value of the solution when compared with chemosynthetic ones with the similar size. Anthrone-sulfuric colorimetric method revealed that there is no sugar in the biosynthesized gold colloid. While Improved-Lowry tests results demonstrated that the existence of much protein in the biosynthesized gold colloid, which may played an important role in stabilization of it. Owing to their stability, biocompatibility, lower cost and so on, gold nanoparticles synthesized by this biosynthesis method show potential application prospect in optoelectronic and biomedicine. PMID:22852468

  10. Evaluation of the Effects of Different Surface Configurations on Stability of Miniscrews

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    Topcuoglu, Tolga; Bicakci, A. Altuğ; Avunduk, M. Cihat; Sahin Inan, Z. Deniz

    2013-01-01

    Introduction. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of screw design and force application on the stability of miniscrews, using RTT, SEM, and histomorphometric analyses. Materials and Methods. Eighty cylindrical, self-drilling, and Ti6Al4V alloy miniscrews (1,6 × 6 mm) were used. Four mini-screws were inserted in fibulas of each rabbit, and 115 G of force was immediately applied. Four miniscrews were inserted in the other fibula, on which no force was applied. Eight weeks after insertion, osseointegration between miniscrew and the surrounding bone was evaluated by the histomorphometric analyses, SEM, and RTT. Kruskal-Wallis and the paired t-tests were used for statistical analysis. Results. Values obtained from Group I were significantly higher than those of the other loaded groups (P < .05). There were no differences in RTT scores among Groups II, III, and IV. Similar findings were also observed for unloaded mini-screws. There was no significant difference between Groups I and IC, while the differences between loaded and unloaded controls for each miniscrew were statistically significant. Conclusions. Immediate loading of miniscrews does not impair screw stability. Also, the diameter of miniscrew and more frequent thread pitches have a positive effect on stability; however, length of miniscrews does not have a significant effect on the stability. PMID:23935417

  11. A Biomimetic Voltage-Gated Chloride Nanochannel.

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    Liu, Qian; Wen, Liping; Xiao, Kai; Lu, Heng; Zhang, Zhen; Xie, Ganhua; Kong, Xiang-Yu; Bo, Zhishan; Jiang, Lei

    2016-04-01

    A novel biomimetic voltage-gated chloride nanochannel is described. This artificial nanochannel can realize reversible switching between the "on" and "off" states upon addition and removal of Cl(-) and can realize the selective and directional transport of Cl(-) driven by voltage. Moreover, it also has high sensitivity, good selectivity, responsive switchability, and good stability. PMID:26917448

  12. How to measure ecosystem stability? An evaluation of the reliability of stability metrics based on remote sensing time series across the major global ecosystems.

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    De Keersmaecker, Wanda; Lhermitte, Stef; Honnay, Olivier; Farifteh, Jamshid; Somers, Ben; Coppin, Pol

    2014-07-01

    Increasing frequency of extreme climate events is likely to impose increased stress on ecosystems and to jeopardize the services that ecosystems provide. Therefore, it is of major importance to assess the effects of extreme climate events on the temporal stability (i.e., the resistance, the resilience, and the variance) of ecosystem properties. Most time series of ecosystem properties are, however, affected by varying data characteristics, uncertainties, and noise, which complicate the comparison of ecosystem stability metrics (ESMs) between locations. Therefore, there is a strong need for a more comprehensive understanding regarding the reliability of stability metrics and how they can be used to compare ecosystem stability globally. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of temporal ESMs based on time series of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index of 15 global land-cover types. We provide a framework (i) to assess the reliability of ESMs in function of data characteristics, uncertainties and noise and (ii) to integrate reliability estimates in future global ecosystem stability studies against climate disturbances. The performance of our framework was tested through (i) a global ecosystem comparison and (ii) an comparison of ecosystem stability in response to the 2003 drought. The results show the influence of data quality on the accuracy of ecosystem stability. White noise, biased noise, and trends have a stronger effect on the accuracy of stability metrics than the length of the time series, temporal resolution, or amount of missing values. Moreover, we demonstrate the importance of integrating reliability estimates to interpret stability metrics within confidence limits. Based on these confidence limits, other studies dealing with specific ecosystem types or locations can be put into context, and a more reliable assessment of ecosystem stability against environmental disturbances can be obtained. PMID:24777443

  13. New Method of Evaluating Relative Thermal Stabilities of Proteins Based on Their Amino Acid Sequences:. Targetstar

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    Kim, Haejin; Moon, Eun-Joung; Moon, Sungchul; Jung, Ho-Jin; Yang, Young-Lyeol; Park, Young-Hoon; Heo, Muyoung; Cheon, Mookyung; Chang, Iksoo; Han, Dong-Soo

    Several computational methods have been developed to solve the problem of protein thermostabilization. One common drawback of them is that they must have the information of a backbone structure of a protein for the generation of a proper amino acid sequence. In this paper, we propose a new method called TargetStar by incorporating computational biology and statistical physics, in which an approximate partition function and a specific heat are used to calculate the folding transition temperature of a protein and then to predict the relative thermal stabilities for given proteins based only on their amino acid sequences. To evaluate the prediction accuracy of TargetStar, we calculated folding transition temperatures of 289 orthologous protein pairs using the proposed method, where each protein pair contains one hyperthermophilic protein and one mesophilic protein. According to our evaluation, hyperthermophilic and mesophilic proteins are distinguished from each other in terms of relative thermal stabilities with 77% prediction accuracy. Thus, TargetStar may serve as an efficient method to design an amino acid sequence of a target protein with the desired thermal stability prior to the expensive and time-consuming mutagenesis experiment.

  14. [Evaluation of the influence of sterilization method on the stability of carboxymethyl cellulose wound dressing].

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    Muselík, Jan; Wojnarová, Lenka; Masteiková, Ruta; Sopuch, Tomáš

    2013-04-01

    Carboxymethyl cellulose, especially its sodium salt, is a versatile pharmaceutical excipient. From a therapeutic point of view, sodium salt of carboxymethyl cellulose is used in the production of modern wound dressings to allow moist wound healing. Wound dressings must be sterile and stable throughout their shelf life and have to be able to withstand different temperature conditions. At the present time, a number of sterilization methods are available. In the case of polymeric materials, the selected sterilization process must not induce any changes in the polymer structure, such as polymer chains cleavage, changes in cross-linking, etc. This paper evaluates the influence of different sterilization methods (γ-radiation, β-radiation, ethylene oxide) on the stability of carboxymethyl cellulose and the results of long-term and accelerated stability testing. Evaluation of samples was performed using size-exclusion chromatography. The obtained results showed that ethylene oxide sterilization was the least aggressive variant of the sterilization methods tested. When the γ-radiation sterilization was used, the changes in the size of the carboxymethyl cellulose molecule occurred. In the course of accelerated and long term stability studies, no further degradation changes were observed, and thus sterilized samples are suitable for long term storage. PMID:23822575

  15. Selection of food and chewing side for evaluating masticatory path stability.

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    Shiga, Hiroshi; Kobayashi, Yoshinori; Arakawa, Ichiro; Shonai, Yasuharu

    2003-09-01

    In order to find the most suitable food and chewing side for evaluating the stability of masticatory movement, three types of food with varying textures, as well as both free chewing and unilateral chewing, were utilized in analyzing the masticatory path during mastication. A piece of chewing gum, one peanut, and a slice of crispy bread were used as test foods. For 20 healthy subjects, movement of the incisal point while masticating a test food for 10 s on the free side and the habitual side was recorded. Indicators representing movement path stability were calculated and compared among the foods and between the chewing sides. Masticatory movement was most stable when masticating chewing gum, and less stable for the peanut, and most unstable for the crispy bread. There was a statistically significant difference between each pair of foods for almost all of the indicators. The indicators for peanut were approximately 1.5 times larger than those for masticating chewing gum and the indicators for crispy bread were double those for the chewing gum. When comparing free chewing with unilateral chewing, the masticatory movement of unilateral chewing was significantly more stable than that of free chewing for all test foods. From these results it was suggested that, for evaluating masticatory movement path stability, the most suitable type of food was softened chewing gum and the most suitable chewing method was unilateral chewing on the habitual chewing side. PMID:14505186

  16. Evaluation of an Intramedullary Bone Stabilization System Using a Light-Curable Monomer in Sheep

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    Zani, Brett G.; Baird, Rose; Stanley, James R.L.; Markham, Peter M.; Wilke, Markus; Zeiter, Stephan; Beck, Aswin; Nehrbass, Dirk; Kopia, Gregory A.; Edelman, Elazer R.; Rabiner, Robert

    2015-01-01

    Percutaneous intramedullary fixation may provide an ideal method for stabilization of bone fractures, while avoiding the need for large tissue dissections. Tibiae in 18 sheep were treated with an intramedullary photodynamic bone stabilization system (PBSS) comprised of a polyethylene terephthalate (Dacron) balloon filled with a monomer and cured with visible light in situ then harvested at 30, 90 or 180 days. In an additional 40 sheep, a mid-shaft tibial osteotomy was performed and stabilized with external fixators or external fixators combined with the PBSS and evaluated at 8, 12 and 26 weeks. Healing and biocompatibility were evaluated by radiographic analysis, microCT and/or histopathology. In non-fractured sheep tibiae, PBSS implants conformably filled the medullary canal, while active cortical bone remodeling and apposition of new periosteal and/or endosteal bone was observed with no significant macroscopic or microscopic observations. Fractured sheep tibiae exhibited increased bone formation inside the osteotomy gap with no significant difference when fixation was augmented by PBSS implants. Periosteal callus size gradually decreased over time and was similar in both treatment groups. No inhibition of endosteal bone remodeling or vascularization was observed with PBSS implants. Intramedullary application of a light curable PBSS is a biocompatible, feasible method for fracture fixation. PMID:25772144

  17. The idea of PGA stream computations for soil slope stability evaluation

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    Tran, Chi; Srokosz, Piotr

    2010-09-01

    Designing and constructing of road embankments, deep excavations, landslide and snow avalanche predictions or profiling construction sites in slanting terrain need slope stability evaluations. Determination of a safety factor and the position of a potentially critical slip surface is one of the essential issues in classical and modern soil mechanics, which still remains a very important problem in engineering practice. Most of the stability evaluation methods, i.e. based on limit equilibrium assumptions, need optimization, which can be successfully realized with the assistance of a genetic algorithm. The authors propose a variational approach with a four-step technique to determination of the critical height of a slope, which can be treated as an alternative and variant method to the generally applied limit equilibrium and/or finite element methods. Some common obstacles encountered while adapting classical optimization procedures have been solved by application of a parallel genetic algorithm. Substantial acceleration of computations has been achieved by introducing SIMD stream technology, which generally relies on modern graphics processing units. Examples of the results of a slope stability analysis performed using the fast parallel computation technique are also presented.

  18. Key strategies for enhancing the cycling stability and rate capacity of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 as high-voltage cathode materials for high power lithium-ion batteries

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    Yi, Ting-Feng; Mei, Jie; Zhu, Yan-Rong

    2016-06-01

    Spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO) is one of the most promising high voltage cathode materials for future application due to its advantages of large reversible capacity, high thermal stability, low cost, environmental friendliness, and high energy density. LNMO can provide 20% and 30% higher energy density than traditional cathode materials LiCoO2 and LiFePO4, respectively. Unfortunately, LNMO-based batteries with LiPF6-based carbonate electrolytes always suffer from severe capacity deterioration and poor thermostability because of the oxidization of organic carbonate solvents and decomposition of LiPF6, especially at elevated temperatures and water-containing environment. Hence, it is necessary to systematically and comprehensively summarize the progress in understanding and modifying LNMO cathode from various aspects. In this review, the structure, transport properties and different reported possible fading mechanisms of LNMO cathode are first discussed detailedly. And then, the major goal of this review is to highlight new progress in using proposed strategies to improve the cycling stability and rate capacity of LNMO-based batteries, including synthesis, control of special morphologies, element doping and surface coating etc., especially at elevated temperatures. Finally, an insight into the future research and further development of LNMO cathode is discussed.

  19. Partial discharge testing under direct voltage conditions

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    Bever, R. S.; Westrom, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    DC partial discharge (PD) (corona) testing is performed using a multichannel analyzer for pulse storing, and data is collected during increase of voltage and at quiescent voltage levels. Thus high voltage ceramic disk capacitors were evaluated by obtaining PD data interspersed during an accelerated life test. Increased PD activity was found early in samples that later failed catastrophically. By this technique, trends of insulation behavior are revealed sensitively and nondestructively in high voltage dc components.

  20. Evaluation of voltage-dependent calcium channel γ gene families identified several novel potential susceptible genes to schizophrenia

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    Guan, Fanglin; Zhang, Tianxiao; Liu, Xinshe; Han, Wei; Lin, Huali; Li, Lu; Chen, Gang; Li, Tao

    2016-01-01

    Voltage-gated L-type calcium channels (VLCC) are distributed widely throughout the brain. Among the genes involved in schizophrenia (SCZ), genes encoding VLCC subunits have attracted widespread attention. Among the four subunits comprising the VLCC (α − 1, α −2/δ, β, and γ), the γ subunit that comprises an eight-member protein family is the least well understood. In our study, to further investigate the risk susceptibility by the γ subunit gene family to SCZ, we conducted a large-scale association study in Han Chinese individuals. The SNP rs17645023 located in the intergenic region of CACNG4 and CACNG5 was identified to be significantly associated with SCZ (OR = 0.856, P = 5.43 × 10−5). Similar results were obtained in the meta-analysis with the current SCZ PGC data (OR = 0.8853). We also identified a two-SNP haplotype (rs10420331-rs11084307, P = 1.4 × 10−6) covering the intronic region of CACNG8 to be significantly associated with SCZ. Epistasis analyses were conducted, and significant statistical interaction (OR = 0.622, P = 2.93 × 10−6, Pperm < 0.001) was observed between rs192808 (CACNG6) and rs2048137 (CACNG5). Our results indicate that CACNG4, CACNG5, CACNG6 and CACNG8 may contribute to the risk of SCZ. The statistical epistasis identified between CACNG5 and CACNG6 suggests that there may be an underlying biological interaction between the two genes. PMID:27102562

  1. A unified description of two voltage-varying methods for evaluating surface recombination velocity from electron-beam-induced current: Application to normal- and planar-collector configurations

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    Luke, Keung L.

    1996-03-01

    Ever since their respective appearance in the literature, the Watanable-Actor-Gatos (WAG) and Berz-Kuiken (BK) methods—two voltage-varying methods for determining the ratio of surface recombination velocity over diffusion coefficient (sT/D) from electron-beam-induced current (EBIC) data measured as a function of beam voltage—have coexisted as separate, independent methods. Judged by the frequency of its citations in the literature and endorsements in review articles, the WAG method appears to be the method of choice. In this article it is shown that these two methods have a common origin and that in fact they are identical when the EBIC is linearly related to the effective beam penetration depth. Unifying these methods leads to the development of a more general method, named here as the slope-extrapolated-intercepts or SEIs method. To demonstrate its generality, the SEIs method is used to investigate a variety of situations: normal- and planar-collector geometries, Gaussian and point sources, and a wide range of values of material parameters and effective beam penetration depth. It is found that the SEIs method, or the simpler but less general and less accurate BK method, and not the WAG method, should be the method of choice to evaluate sT/D from voltage-varying EBIC data.

  2. An evaluation of the stability of synthetic groundwater formulations GR-3 and GR-4

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    Dill, J.A.; Jones, T.E.; Marcy, A.D.; Baechler, M.O.; Payne, J.R.

    1984-10-08

    Simple solubility calculations indicate that synthetic groundwater formulations GR-3 and GR-4 may be unstable with respect to the precipitation of certain components. However, the validity of calculations of this type is limited by the complexity of these solutions. In order to properly address the chemical stability of these formulations, an experimental evaluation has been accomplished. The findings were that GR-3 and GR-4 were similar in their chemical stability. Both were found to be quite stable with respect to all constituents except silicate and inorganic carbon over a 30-day period. Some instability of monomeric silicate was observed. However, this did not result in a concentration change of greater than 5%, and no evidence of particulate formation was observed. 6 refs., 30 tabs.

  3. Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability

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    Not Available

    1986-01-01

    Although there are many publications pertaining to gas hydrates, their formation and stability in various geological conditions are poorly known. Therefore, for the same reasons and because of the very broad scope of our research, limited amount and extremely dispersed information, the study regions are very large. Moreover, almost without exception the geological environments controlling gas hydrates formation and stability of the studied regions are very complex. The regions studied (completed and partially completed - total 17 locations) during the reporting period, particularly the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle America Trench, are the most important in this entire research project. In the past, both of these regions have been extensively studied, the presence of gas hydrates confirmed and samples recovered. In our investigation it was necessary not only to review all previous data and interpretations, but to do a thorough analysis of the basins, and a critical evaluation of an previously reported and publicly available but not published information.

  4. Implant stability evaluation by resonance frequency analysis in the fit lock technique. A clinical study.

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    Falisi, Giovanni; Galli, Massimo; Velasquez, Pedro Vittorini; Rivera, Juan Carlos Gallegos; Di Paolo, Carlo

    2013-01-01

    Surgical procedures for the application of implants in the lateral-superior sectors are affected by the availability of the residual bone. When this condition is lower than 5 mm it is recommended that techniques involving two therapeutic phases, a reconstructive and an applicative one, as reported in the international literature, are adopted. The authors propose here a new method with the potential to apply implants simultaneously with the reconstructive phase. The aim of this longitudinal retrospective study was to evaluate the stability of implants applied with the fit lock technique in the upper maxillarys in us with bone availability lower than 4 mm by measuring resonance frequency at different follow-up periods The seme as urements, carried out on 30 implants, were analysed with specific statistical procedures. The results indicate that the stability of the implants inserted with the fit lock method increases progressively over time in a statistically significant manner. The stability recorded after one year from the insertion (ISQ T2) is significantly higher than that recorded after six months (ISQ T1), and this is significantly higher than that recorded at the time of implant placement (ISQ T0). The implants inserted in the maxillary zones with scarce bone availability and applied with this technique showed a similar stability as reported with other techniques. In light of the results, the authors confirm that the primary stability represents the basic requirement to guarantee a correct healing of the implant and demonstrate that the fit lock technique also all ows reaching this condition when bone availability is minimal. PMID:23991271

  5. Modeling synchronous voltage source converters in transmission system planning studies

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    Kosterev, D.N.

    1997-04-01

    A Voltage Source Converter (VSC) can be beneficial to power utilities in many ways. To evaluate the VSC performance in potential applications, the device has to be represented appropriately in planning studies. This paper addresses VSC modeling for EMTP, powerflow, and transient stability studies. First, the VSC operating principles are overviewed, and the device model for EMTP studies is presented. The ratings of VSC components are discussed, and the device operating characteristics are derived based on these ratings. A powerflow model is presented and various control modes are proposed. A detailed stability model is developed, and its step-by-step initialization procedure is described. A simplified stability model is also derived under stated assumptions. Finally, validation studies are performed to demonstrate performance of developed stability models and to compare it with EMTP simulations.

  6. Incorporating voltage security into the planning, operation and monitoring of restructured electric energy markets

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    Nair, Nirmal-Kumar

    As open access market principles are applied to power systems, significant changes are happening in their planning, operation and control. In the emerging marketplace, systems are operating under higher loading conditions as markets focus greater attention to operating costs than stability and security margins. Since operating stability is a basic requirement for any power system, there is need for newer tools to ensure stability and security margins being strictly enforced in the competitive marketplace. This dissertation investigates issues associated with incorporating voltage security into the unbundled operating environment of electricity markets. It includes addressing voltage security in the monitoring, operational and planning horizons of restructured power system. This dissertation presents a new decomposition procedure to estimate voltage security usage by transactions. The procedure follows physical law and uses an index that can be monitored knowing the state of the system. The expression derived is based on composite market coordination models that have both PoolCo and OpCo transactions, in a shared stressed transmission grid. Our procedure is able to equitably distinguish the impacts of individual transactions on voltage stability, at load buses, in a simple and fast manner. This dissertation formulates a new voltage stability constrained optimal power flow (VSCOPF) using a simple voltage security index. In modern planning, composite power system reliability analysis that encompasses both adequacy and security issues is being developed. We have illustrated the applicability of our VSCOPF into composite reliability analysis. This dissertation also delves into the various applications of voltage security index. Increasingly, FACT devices are being used in restructured markets to mitigate a variety of operational problems. Their control effects on voltage security would be demonstrated using our VSCOPF procedure. Further, this dissertation investigates the application of steady state voltage stability index to detect potential dynamic voltage collapse. Finally, this dissertation examines developments in representation, standardization, communication and exchange of power system data. Power system data is the key input to all analytical engines for system operation, monitoring and control. Data exchange and dissemination could impact voltage security evaluation and therefore needs to be critically examined.

  7. EVALUATION OF TWO LEAD-BASED PAINT REMOVAL AND WASTE STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY COMBINATIONS ON TYPICAL EXTERIOR SURFACES

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    A study was conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of a wet abrasive blasting technology to remove lead-based paint from exterior wood siding and brick substrates as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of two waste stabilization technologies to stabilize the resulting blast...

  8. Synthesis and evaluation of a 125I-labeled iminodihydroquinoline-derived tracer for imaging of voltage-gated sodium channels.

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    Pérez-Medina, Carlos; Patel, Niral; Robson, Mathew; Lythgoe, Mark F; Arstad, Erik

    2013-09-15

    In vivo imaging of voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) can potentially provide insights into the activation of neuronal pathways and aid the diagnosis of a number of neurological diseases. The iminodihydroquinoline WIN17317-3 is one of the most potent sodium channel blockers reported to date and binds with high affinity to VGSCs throughout the rat brain. We have synthesized a (125)I-labeled analogue of WIN17317-3 and evaluated the potential of the tracer for imaging of VGSCs with SPECT. Automated patch clamp studies with CHO cells expressing the Nav1.2 isoform and displacement studies with [(3)H]BTX yielded comparable results for the non-radioactive iodinated iminodihydroquinoline and WIN17317-3. However, the (125)I-labeled tracer was rapidly metabolized in vivo, and suffered from low brain uptake and high accumulation of radioactivity in the intestines. The results suggest that iminodihydroquinolines are poorly suited for tracer development. PMID:23910595

  9. Design and flight performance evaluation of the Mariners 6, 7, and 9 short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage transducers

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    Patterson, R. E.

    1973-01-01

    The purpose of the short-circuit voltage transducer is to provide engineering data to aid the evaluation of array performance during flight. The design, fabrication, calibration, and in-flight performance of the transducers onboard the Mariner 6, 7 and 9 spacecrafts are described. No significant differences were observed in the in-flight electrical performance of the three transducers. The transducers did experience significant losses due to coverslides or adhesive darkening, increased surface reflection, or spectral shifts within coverslide assembly. Mariner 6, 7 and 9 transducers showed non-cell current degradations of 3-1/2%, 3%, and 4%, respectively at Mars encounter and 6%, 3%, and 4-12%, respectively at end of mission. Mariner 9 solar Array Test 2 showed 3-12% current degradation while the transducer showed 4-12% degradation.

  10. Performance Evaluation and Slip Regulation Control of an Asymmetrical Parameter Type Two-Phase Induction Motor Drive Using a Three-Leg Voltage Source Inverter

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    Piyarat, Wekin; Kinnares, Vijit

    This paper presents a performance evaluation and a simple speed control method of an asymmetrical parameter type two-phase induction motor drive using a three-leg VSI (Voltage Source Inverter). The two-phase induction motor is adapted from an existing single-phase induction motor resulting in impedance unbalance between main and auxiliary windings. The unbalanced two-phase inverter outputs with orthogonal displacement based on a SPWM (Sinusoidal Pulse Width Modulation) method are controlled with appropriate amplitudes for improving the motor performance. Dynamic simulation of the proposed drive system is given. A simple speed controller based on a slip regulation method is designed. The overall system is implemented on a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) board. The validity of the proposed system is verified by simulation and experimental results.

  11. High voltage power transistor development

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    Hower, P. L.

    1981-01-01

    Design considerations, fabrication procedures, and methods of evaluation for high-voltage power-transistor development are discussed. Technique improvements such as controlling the electric field at the surface and perserving lifetimes in the collector region which have advanced the state of the art in high-voltage transistors are discussed. These improvements can be applied directly to the development of 1200 volt, 200 ampere transistors.

  12. SLOPE STABILITY EVALUATION AND EQUIPMENT SETBACK DISTANCES FOR BURIAL GROUND EXCAVATIONS

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    MCSHANE DS

    2010-03-25

    After 1970 Transuranic (TRU) and suspect TRU waste was buried in the ground with the intention that at some later date the waste would be retrieved and processed into a configuration for long term storage. To retrieve this waste the soil must be removed (excavated). Sloping the bank of the excavation is the method used to keep the excavation from collapsing and to provide protection for workers retrieving the waste. The purpose of this paper is to document the minimum distance (setback) that equipment must stay from the edge of the excavation to maintain a stable slope. This evaluation examines the equipment setback distance by dividing the equipment into two categories, (1) equipment used for excavation and (2) equipment used for retrieval. The section on excavation equipment will also discuss techniques used for excavation including the process of benching. Calculations 122633-C-004, 'Slope Stability Analysis' (Attachment A), and 300013-C-001, 'Crane Stability Analysis' (Attachment B), have been prepared to support this evaluation. As shown in the calculations the soil has the following properties: Unit weight 110 pounds per cubic foot; and Friction Angle (natural angle of repose) 38{sup o} or 1.28 horizontal to 1 vertical. Setback distances are measured from the top edge of the slope to the wheels/tracks of the vehicles and heavy equipment being utilized. The computer program utilized in the calculation uses the center of the wheel or track load for the analysis and this difference is accounted for in this evaluation.

  13. Evaluating the Performance of a Battery Using Temperature and Voltage Profiles and a Battery-Resistor Circuit Module

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    Sawyer, Bryan; Ji, Michelle; Gordon, Michael J.; Suppes, Galen J.

    2010-01-01

    An experimental learning module has been developed to study the mass and energy balance involved with operation of an AA Alkaline battery under a load current. An extension of the module allows evaluation of laboratory-assembled batteries using granular anodic/cathodic materials. The system allows load resistance to be varied and measures voltage…

  14. Angioscopic Evaluation of Stabilizing Effects of Bezafibrate on Coronary Plaques in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

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    Fujimori, Yoshiharu; Ohsawa, Hidefumi; Hirose, Jyunichi; Noike, Hirofumi; Tokuhiro, Keiichi; Kanai, Masahito; Yoshinuma, Masaki; Mineoka, Kazuhito; Hitsumoto, Takashi; Aoyagi, Kaneyuki; Sakurai, Takeshi; Sato, Shin; Yoshinaga, Kokushi; Ozegawa, Masaaki; Morio, Hiroshi; Yamada, Katsumi; Terasawa, Kimiko; Uchida, Yuuko; Oshima, Tomomitsu

    2000-01-01

    Background Since long-term administrations of anti-hyperlipidemic agents result in reduction in % stenosis or increase in minimum lumen diameter (MLD) of stenotic coronary segments, it is generally believed that anti-hyperlipidemic agents stabilize vulnerable coronary plaques. However, recent pathologic and angioscopic studies revealed that vulnerability of coronary plaques is not related to severity of stenosis and the rims rather than top of the plaques disrupt, and therefore, angiography is not adequate for evaluation of vulnerability. Angioscopy enables macroscopic pathological evaluation of the coronary plaques. Therefore, we carried out a prospective angioscopic open trial for evaluation of the stabilizing effects of bezafibrate on coronary plaques. Methods From April, 1997 to December, 1998, 24 patients underwent coronary angioscopy of the plaques in the non-targeted vessels during coronary interventions and 6 months later. The patients were divided into control (10 patients, 14 plaques) and bezafibrat (14 patients, 21 plaques) groups. Oral administration of bezafibrate (Bezatol SR, 400mg/day) was started immediately after the interventions and was continued for 6 months. The vulnerability score was determined based on angioscopic characteristics of plaques and it was compared before and 6 months later. Results Six months later, vulnerability score was reduced (from 1.6 to 0.8;p < 0.05) in bezafibrate group and unchanged (from 1.4 to 1.3; NS) in control group. In bezafibrate group, the changes in vulnerability score was not correlated with those in % stenosis or MLD. Conclusion The results indicate that bezafibrate can stabilize coronary plaques. PMID:18493543

  15. Evaluation of Thermal Stability of Nomex Brand Paper in Main Transformer of Shinkansen Train Series 100

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    Tanaka, Hirokazu; Kondo, Chihiro; Naruse, Shinji; Ishii, Yoshitada

    Nomex brand paper has been used as wire wrapping insulation material of main transformers of Shinkansen Train Series 100 with silicone oil. After approximately 12-13 years service, 8 transformers of Series 100 were sampled to evaluate degradation of Nomex brand paper in terms of tensile strength and intrinsic viscosity. All data were compared with initial data. The result of less degradation shows Nomex has good thermal stability in silicone oil in the main transformer of Shinkansen Train which were used in very severe condition.

  16. A battery-based, low-noise voltage source

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    Wagner, Anke; Sturm, Sven; Schabinger, Birgit; Blaum, Klaus; Quint, Wolfgang

    2010-06-01

    A highly stable, low-noise voltage source was designed to improve the stability of the electrode bias voltages of a Penning trap. To avoid excess noise and ground loops, the voltage source is completely independent of the public electric network and uses a 12 V car battery to generate output voltages of ±15 and ±5 V. First, the dc supply voltage is converted into ac-voltage and gets amplified. Afterwards, the signal is rectified, filtered, and regulated to the desired output value. Each channel can deliver up to 1.5 A. The current as well as the battery voltage and the output voltages can be read out via a universal serial bus (USB) connection for monitoring purposes. With the presented design, a relative voltage stability of 7×10-7 over 6.5 h and a noise level equal or smaller than 30 nV/√Hz is achieved.

  17. Development and stability evaluation of olive oil nanoemulsion using sucrose monoester laurate

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    Eid, Ahmad M. M.; Baie, Saringat Haji; Arafat, Osama

    2012-11-01

    Nanoemulsion is a type of emulsion that consists of fine oil-in-water dispersions, with the droplets covering the size range of 20-200 nm. It can be achieved through emulsification process. One of the processes is through low energy emulsification method. Olive oil was chosen in this study due to its efficiency in treating skin problem. Olive oil nanophase gel (NPG) formulations were performed through various ratios of olive oil, sucrose laurate and glycerin. The particle sizes and stability of the prepared olive oil nanophase gel were evaluated and the optimal formulation was then selected for the development of olive oil nanoemulsion. This study proved that the composition of oil and surfactant play an important roles in influencing the nanophase gel droplet size. Nanophase gels containing olive oil in the concentration of 50 and 60 % show good stability at 4 °C and room temperature while it was less stable at 40 °C. Olive oil nanophase gels in the concentration of 50 % and 60 % with sucrose laurate 25 % in each formulation were good candidates to prepare nanoemulsion because they have the suitable droplets size and Polydispersing Index (PDI) when compared to other formulations. A mixture of NPG 50 % and water in the ratio of 40:60 and NPG 60 % and water in the ratio of 33.3:66.7 were used to produce nanoemulsions containing 20 % of oil with negative values of zeta potential (>60) which indicate the good stability of the nanoemulsions.

  18. Microbial stability evaluation of cement-based waste forms at different waste to cement ratio.

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    Idachaba, Michael A; Nyavor, Kafui; Egiebor, Nosa O

    2003-01-31

    An evaluation of the effect of differences in chromium nitrate to cement ratio on the microbial stability of a chromium nitrate/cement waste form, as reflected in the leaching of chromium, calcium, magnesium and aluminum; was carried out in this study. An increase in the proportion of chromium in the waste form from 4.8 to 8.7% had no noticeable effect on microbial stability, with the total chromium leached essentially unchanged. Further increases in the proportion of chromium in the waste form from 8.7 to 10.7%, and from 10.7 to 15.9% resulted in a substantial decrease in microbial stability, with 3-fold and 1.3-fold increase in the total chromium leached, respectively, observed. For calcium, increases in the chromium proportion were accompanied with increases in the total calcium leached even though the increases were not in direct proportion to the increases in chromium proportion. For magnesium and aluminum, increases in the proportion of chromium within the range 4.8-10.7% were accompanied with increases in the total respective metals leached, with minor variation for each metal. On the whole, the maximum percentage chromium leached from the different waste forms was substantially lower than those of the other metals. PMID:12493216

  19. Development and Evaluation of Stability of a Gel Formulation Containing the Monoterpene Borneol

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    Dantas, Milla Gabriela Belarmino; Reis, Silvio Alan Gonçalves Bomfim; Damasceno, Camila Mahara Dias; Rolim, Larissa Araújo; Rolim-Neto, Pedro José; Carvalho, Ferdinando Oliveira; Quintans-Junior, Lucindo José; Almeida, Jackson Roberto Guedes da Silva

    2016-01-01

    Borneol is a bicyclic monoterpenoid alcohol commonly used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. It is extracted from the essential oil of various medicinal plants. It has antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory action proven in studies that used oral and intraperitoneal applications of this monoterpene in mice. The current study was designed to develop a topical gel formulation containing the monoterpene borneol using carbopol as gel base and to evaluate its stability. The prepared formulation was subjected to physical characterization and physical-chemistry assessment. The gel was prepared from carbopol and 5% of borneol. The prepared gel was subjected to pharmacotechnical tests such as its pH, viscosity, conductivity, spreadability, centrifugation, and accelerated stability with freezing-thaw cycle. The borneol was successfully incorporated into the carbopol formulation. Borneol gel (BG5) showed good stability after eight months of its development and after 12 days in the freeze-thaw cycle, not showing statistical difference in pH value, conductivity, and viscosity before and after test. Furthermore, the formulation showed a good spreadability. Therefore, it was concluded that the formulation could be very promising alternative for the topical or transdermal treatment of skin diseases.

  20. Evaluation of hydrothermal treatment in enhancing rice straw compost stability and maturity.

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    Nakhshiniev, Bakhtiyor; Biddinika, Muhammad Kunta; Gonzales, Hazel Bantolino; Sumida, Hiroaki; Yoshikawa, Kunio

    2014-01-01

    In order to evaluate the hydrothermal treatment (HTT) in enhancing compost stability and maturity of lignocellulosic agricultural residues, a bin-scale (90 L) composting of rice straw with and without "HTT" was performed. The rice straw compost product with "HTT" after 6 weeks of composting can be considered stable and adequate for field application as expressed by pH of 8.4, "EC value" of 2.96 dS m(-1), C/N ratio of 12.5, microbial activity of <8.05 mg CO2 g(-1) OM d(-1), NH4(+)-N content of 93.75 mg kg(-1) DM and finally, by "GI" of >83%. However, compost may prove phytotoxic if used as growing media for EC sensitive plants. As for rice straw compost product without "HTT", the high microbial activity (>12.28 mg CO2 g(-1) OM d(-1)) even after 14 weeks of composting suggests that the residue has not stabilized yet and is far away from stability and maturity, although a higher GI (>100%) was observed. PMID:24262840

  1. Evaluation of the color stability of two techniques for reproducing artificial irides after microwave polymerization

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    GOIATO, Marcelo Coelho; dos SANTOS, Daniela Micheline; MORENO, Amália; GENNARI-FILHO, Humberto; PELLIZZER, Eduardo Piza

    2011-01-01

    The use of ocular prostheses for ophthalmic patients aims to rebuild facial aesthetics and provide an artificial substitute to the visual organ. Natural intemperate conditions promote discoloration of artificial irides and many studies have attempted to produce irides with greater chromatic paint durability using different paint materials. Objectives The present study evaluated the color stability of artificial irides obtained with two techniques (oil painting and digital image) and submitted to microwave polymerization. Material and Methods Forty samples were fabricated simulating ocular prostheses. Each sample was constituted by one disc of acrylic resin N1 and one disc of colorless acrylic resin with the iris interposed between the discs. The irides in brown and blue color were obtained by oil painting or digital image. The color stability was determined by a reflection spectrophotometer and measurements were taken before and after microwave polymerization. Statistical analysis of the techniques for reproducing artificial irides was performed by applying the normal data distribution test followed by 2-way ANOVA and Tukey HSD test (α=.05). Results Chromatic alterations occurred in all specimens and statistically significant differences were observed between the oil-painted samples and those obtained by digital imaging. There was no statistical difference between the brown and blue colors. Independently of technique, all samples suffered color alterations after microwave polymerization. Conclusion The digital imaging technique for reproducing irides presented better color stability after microwave polymerization. PMID:21625733

  2. Soy milk as an emulsifier in mayonnaise: physico-chemical, stability and sensory evaluation.

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    Rahmati, Kobra; Mazaheri Tehrani, Mostafa; Daneshvar, Kazem

    2014-11-01

    Mayonnaise is an oil in water emulsion and egg components are its emulsifier. In this research application of soy milk to stabilize mayonnaise was studied. Egg was replaced with full fat soy flour-prepared soy milk at levels of 25, 50, 75, and 100 % and microstructure, stability, color, viscosity and sensory analysis were performed and results were compared with those of control samples containing yolk and whole egg as emulsifier. Results showed that yolk-prepared control (YC) had higher stability and viscosity values and the value of these two attributes decreased as more amounts of soy milk was used. In the case of viscosity there was no statistical difference between soy milk-prepared samples and egg-prepared control (EC) up to 75 % replacement. Color factors changed, which were affected by different proportions of soy milk. Sensory evaluation showed no statistical difference in acceptability of EC and samples with substitution levels up to 50 %. So it can be concluded that egg can be substituted with soy milk in mayonnaise. PMID:26396329

  3. Voltage collapse in complex power grids

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    Simpson-Porco, John W.; Dörfler, Florian; Bullo, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    A large-scale power grid's ability to transfer energy from producers to consumers is constrained by both the network structure and the nonlinear physics of power flow. Violations of these constraints have been observed to result in voltage collapse blackouts, where nodal voltages slowly decline before precipitously falling. However, methods to test for voltage collapse are dominantly simulation-based, offering little theoretical insight into how grid structure influences stability margins. For a simplified power flow model, here we derive a closed-form condition under which a power network is safe from voltage collapse. The condition combines the complex structure of the network with the reactive power demands of loads to produce a node-by-node measure of grid stress, a prediction of the largest nodal voltage deviation, and an estimate of the distance to collapse. We extensively test our predictions on large-scale systems, highlighting how our condition can be leveraged to increase grid stability margins. PMID:26887284

  4. Voltage collapse in complex power grids.

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    Simpson-Porco, John W; Dörfler, Florian; Bullo, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    A large-scale power grid's ability to transfer energy from producers to consumers is constrained by both the network structure and the nonlinear physics of power flow. Violations of these constraints have been observed to result in voltage collapse blackouts, where nodal voltages slowly decline before precipitously falling. However, methods to test for voltage collapse are dominantly simulation-based, offering little theoretical insight into how grid structure influences stability margins. For a simplified power flow model, here we derive a closed-form condition under which a power network is safe from voltage collapse. The condition combines the complex structure of the network with the reactive power demands of loads to produce a node-by-node measure of grid stress, a prediction of the largest nodal voltage deviation, and an estimate of the distance to collapse. We extensively test our predictions on large-scale systems, highlighting how our condition can be leveraged to increase grid stability margins. PMID:26887284

  5. Voltage collapse in complex power grids

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    Simpson-Porco, John W.; Dörfler, Florian; Bullo, Francesco

    2016-02-01

    A large-scale power grid's ability to transfer energy from producers to consumers is constrained by both the network structure and the nonlinear physics of power flow. Violations of these constraints have been observed to result in voltage collapse blackouts, where nodal voltages slowly decline before precipitously falling. However, methods to test for voltage collapse are dominantly simulation-based, offering little theoretical insight into how grid structure influences stability margins. For a simplified power flow model, here we derive a closed-form condition under which a power network is safe from voltage collapse. The condition combines the complex structure of the network with the reactive power demands of loads to produce a node-by-node measure of grid stress, a prediction of the largest nodal voltage deviation, and an estimate of the distance to collapse. We extensively test our predictions on large-scale systems, highlighting how our condition can be leveraged to increase grid stability margins.

  6. Analysis of static noise margin improvement for low voltage SRAM composed of nano-scale MOSFETs with ideal subthreshold factor and small variability

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    Tanaka, Chika; Saitoh, Masumi; Ota, Kensuke; Numata, Toshinori

    2015-07-01

    An ultra-low voltage performance of nanowire-transistors-based SRAM cell is investigated using the SPICE model parameters extracted from measurement data. The impact of S-factor and threshold voltage variations on the static noise margin and the minimum operating voltage is evaluated in nanowire transistor as well as in planar bulk transistor and quasi-planar bulk transistor. The performance benefits of undoped nanowire-transistor-based SRAM are measured in terms of the read stability for low voltage and low off leakage current operation.

  7. A new method for the evaluation of dental implant stability using an inductive sensor.

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    Kim, Dae-Seung; Lee, Woo-Jin; Choi, Soon-Chul; Lee, Sam-Sun; Heo, Min-Suk; Huh, Kyung-Hoe; Kim, Tae-Il; Lee, In-Bog; Han, Jong-Hee; Yi, Won-Jin

    2012-11-01

    We developed a new method for the measurement of dental implant stability by analyzing the impulse response of the implant. The movement of the implant was measured by an inductive sensor with a dedicated adaptor. The large inductance of the adapter amplified the small displacement signal of the implant. The Periotest (Siemens, Bensheim, Germany) was used as a source of excitation force to acquire the impact response of the implant. Power spectrum analysis was applied to the impact response of the implant. The peak frequency of the spectrum was used as a measure of the implant stability. The performance of the system was tested and verified through simulation of the implant-bone interface in an in vitro model. Various implant-bone interfacial conditions were assessed. Holes of varying depth and diameter were drilled into a dental implantation model. Two types of impression materials (EXAMIXFINE, Regisil Rigid) with different degrees of hardness were used to fix the implant into the hole. The implant stability was also measured using the ISQ (implant stability quotient) by resonance frequency analysis on the Osstell Mentor (Integration Diagnostics AB, Goteborgsvagen, Sweden) for comparison. Linear regression analysis of the peak frequency as a stability parameter showed a linear relationship with both the depth and the diameter of the hole (p<0.05). When EXAMIXFINE was used, the peak frequency was linearly associated with the depth (R(2)=0.443) and diameter (R(2)=0.396) of the hole. When Regisil Rigid was used, the peak frequency also showed a linear relationship with the depth (R(2)=0.555) and diameter (R(2)=0.350) of the hole. The peak frequency also increased as the hardness of the impression material increased. Differentiability of the system was evaluated by an ANOVA test. A statistically significant difference (p<0.01) was found between all implantation conditions, except in one case using the Regisil Rigid material. In contrast, the ISQ value did not consistently differentiate under several implantation conditions. The developed method could differentiate the stability changes in simulated implantation conditions with a wider dynamic range and with higher resolution than the ISQ value. PMID:22236553

  8. Monitoring of leachate quality stored in gas ventilation pipes for evaluating the degree of landfill stabilization.

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    Tojo, Yasumasa; Sato, Masahiro; Matsuo, Takayuki; Matsuto, Toshihiko

    2011-01-01

    Monitoring of leachate quality is the essential measure in aftercare for evaluating landfill stabilization. Generally, the most common way of leachate monitoring is executed at the inlet of the leachate treatment facility. However, it does not necessarily reflect the actual state of the site. Thus, methodologies which focus on both the discharge, in order to determine when the post-closure care of the facility should terminate, and on the degree of waste stabilization in the landfill are required. In the present study, monitoring of leachate quality stored in 68 gas ventilation pipes was conducted and the degree of waste stabilization at each location in the landfill was estimated by a statistical approach using the results obtained by monitoring. Leachate characteristics varied significantly for each pipe but seemed to reflect the waste condition of the nearby location. Correlation among the analysed items was quite high. Namely, the difference of leachate quality seemed to be categorized only by the level of concentration but not by the specific characteristics. To confirm this, Euclidean distances of dissimilarity were calculated by multidimensional scaling using six items of leachate quality and temperature. Two factors (thickness of leachate and concentration of total organic carbon (TOC) and electric conductivity (EC)) that distinguish leachate characteristics appeared. To indicate the degree of stabilization by location, the spatial distribution of TOC, total nitrogen (TN), inorganic carbon (IC), and chloride ion were estimated by using the ordinary Kriging methodology. As the result, it was estimated that the concentration of leachate existing within the landfill, especially TN, was higher than the completion criteria for leachate in most parts of the investigated area. PMID:20937618

  9. A Review of Methods for Evaluating Particle Stability in Suspension Based Pressurized Metered Dose Inhalers.

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    D'Sa, Dexter; Chan, Hak-Kim

    2015-01-01

    Advances in particle engineering techniques, such as spray drying, freeze drying and supercritical fluid precipitation, have greatly enhanced the ability to control the structure, morphology, and solid state phase of inhalable sized particles (1 - 5 µm) for formulation in pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDI). To optimize the properties of these engineered particles for formulation in hydrofluoroalkane propellants (HFA 134a / 227) it is necessary to measure both bulk and individual particle properties before, after, and during formulation. This review examines established and recently developed methods for evaluating a variety of particle properties including but not limited to size, surface and internal morphology, chemical composition, and solid state phase. Novel methods for evaluating particle physical and chemical stability directly in propellant or similar environments are also discussed. PMID:26290200

  10. Long Term Stability Evaluation of Prostacyclin Released from Biomedical Device Through Turbiscan Lab Expert

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    Celia, Christian; Locatelli, Marcello; Cilurzo, Felisa; Cosco, Donato; Gentile, Emanuela; Scalise, Daniela; Carafa, Maria; Ventura, Cinzia Anna; Fleury, Mathias; Tisserand, Christelle; Barbacane, Renato C.; Fresta, Massimo; Marzio, Luisa Di; Paolino, Donatella

    2015-01-01

    Therapeutic guidelines indicate prostacyclin as the first line of treatment in inflammation and vascular diseases. Prostacyclins prevent formation of the platelet plug involved in primary hemostasis by inhibiting platelet activation and, combined with thromboxane, are effective vasodilators in vascular damage. Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus Document on Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease II guidelines indicates prostacyclins; in particular, Iloprost, as the first therapeutic option for treating peripheral arterial disease. However, therapeutic efficacy of Iloprost has witnessed several drawbacks that have occurred in patients receiving repeated weekly administration of the drug by intravenous infusions. Adverse reactions arose under perfusion with Iloprost for 6 h and patient compliance was drastically decreased. Biomedical devices could provide a suitable alternative to overcome these drawbacks. In particular, elastomeric pumps, filled with Iloprost isotonic solution, could slowly release the drug, thus decreasing its side effects, representing a valid alternative to hospitalization of patients affected by peripheral arterial disease. However, the home therapy treatment of patients requires long-term stability of Iloprost in solution-loaded elastomeric pumps. The aim of this work was to investigate the long-term stability of Iloprost isotonic solution in biomedical devices using Turbiscan technology. Turbiscan Lab Expert (L’Union, France) predicts the long-term stability of suspensions, emulsions and colloidal formulations by measuring backscattering and transmission of particulates dispersed in solution. The formulations were evaluated by measuring the variation of physical-chemical properties of colloids and suspensions as a function of backscattering and transmission modifications. In addition, the release profile of Iloprost isotonic solution from the biomedical device was evaluated. PMID:25381994

  11. Long Term Stability Evaluation of Prostacyclin Released from Biomedical Device through Turbiscan Lab Expert.

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    Celia, Christian; Locatelli, Marcello; Cilurzo, Felisa; Cosco, Donato; Gentile, Emanuela; Scalise, Daniela; Carafa, Maria; Ventura, Cinzia Anna; Fleury, Mathias; Tisserand, Christelle; Barbacane, Renato C; Fresta, Massimo; Di Marzio, Luisa; Paolino, Donatella

    2015-01-01

    Therapeutic guidelines indicate prostacyclin as the first line of treatment in inflammation and vascular diseases. Prostacyclins prevent formation of the platelet plug involved in primary hemostasis by inhibiting platelet activation and, combined with thromboxane, are effective vasodilators in vascular damage. Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus Document on Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease II guidelines indicates prostacyclins; in particular, Iloprost, as the first therapeutic option for treating peripheral arterial disease. However, therapeutic efficacy of Iloprost has witnessed several drawbacks that have occurred in patients receiving repeated weekly administration of the drug by intravenous infusions. Adverse reactions arose under perfusion with Iloprost for 6 h and patient compliance was drastically decreased. Biomedical devices could provide a suitable alternative to overcome these drawbacks. In particular, elastomeric pumps, filled with Iloprost isotonic solution, could slowly release the drug, thus decreasing its side effects, representing a valid alternative to hospitalization of patients affected by peripheral arterial disease. However, the home therapy treatment of patients requires long-term stability of Iloprost in solution-loaded elastomeric pumps. The aim of this work was to investigate the long-term stability of Iloprost isotonic solution in biomedical devices using Turbiscan technology. Turbiscan Lab Expert (L'Union, France) predicts the long-term stability of suspensions, emulsions and colloidal formulations by measuring backscattering and transmission of particulates dispersed in solution. The formulations were evaluated by measuring the variation of physical-chemical properties of colloids and suspensions as a function of backscattering and transmission modifications. In addition, the release profile of Iloprost isotonic solution from the biomedical device was evaluated. PMID:25381994

  12. A Comprehensive Evaluation of NIPAM Polymer Gel Dosimeters on Three Orthogonal Planes and Temporal Stability Analysis

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    Shih, Cheng-Ting

    2016-01-01

    Polymer gel dosimeters have been proven useful for dose evaluation in radiotherapy treatments. Previous studies have demonstrated that using a polymer gel dosimeter requires a 24 h reaction time to stabilize and further evaluate the measured dose distribution in two-dimensional dosimetry. In this study, the short-term stability within 24 h and feasibility of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) polymer gel dosimeters for use in three-dimensional dosimetry were evaluated using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). NIPAM gels were used to measure the dose volume in a clinical case of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). For dose readouts, MR images of irradiated NIPAM gel phantoms were acquired at 2, 5, 12, and 24 h after dose delivery. The mean standard errors of dose conversion from using dose calibration curves (DRC) were calculated. The measured dose volumes at the four time points were compared with those calculated using a treatment planning system (TPS). The mean standard errors of the dose conversion from using the DRCs were lower than 1 Gy. Mean pass rates of 2, 5, 12, and 24 h axial dose maps calculated using gamma evaluation with 3% dose difference and 3 mm distance-to-agreement criteria were 83.5% ± 0.9%, 85.9% ± 0.6%, 98.7% ± 0.3%, and 98.5% ± 0.9%, respectively. Compared with the dose volume histogram of the TPS, the absolute mean relative volume differences of the 2, 5, 12, and 24 h measured dose volumes were lower than 1% for the irradiated region with an absorbed dose higher than 2.8 Gy. It was concluded that a 12 h reaction time was sufficient to acquire accurate dose volume using the NIPAM gels with MR readouts. PMID:27192217

  13. Evaluation of PFP Furnace Systems for Thermal Stabilization of Washed High Chloride Plutonium Oxide Items

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    Fischer, Christopher M.; Elmore, Monte R.; Schmidt, Andrew J.; Gerber, Mark A.; Muzatko, Danielle S.; Gano, Susan R.; Thornton, Brenda M.

    2002-12-17

    High chloride content plutonium (HCP) oxides are impure plutonium oxide scrap which contains NaCl, KCl, MgCl2 and/or CaCl2 salts at potentially high concentrations and must be stabilized at 950 C per the DOE Standard, DOE-STD-3013-2000. The chlorides pose challenges to stabilization because volatile chloride salts and decomposition products can corrode furnace heating elements and downstream ventilation components. A high-temperature furnace (same make and model as used at the RMC at Plutonium Finishing Plant) and the associated offgas system were set up at PNNL to identify system vulnerabilities and to investigate alternative materials and operating conditions that would mitigate any corrosion and plugging of furnace and offgas components. The key areas of interest for this testing were the furnace heating elements, the offgas line located inside the furnace, the offgas line between the furnace and the filter/knockout pot, the filter/knockout pot, the sample boat, and corrosion coupons to evaluate alternative materials of construction. The evaluation was conducted by charging the furnace with CeO2 that had been impregnated with a mixture of chloride salts (selected to represent the expected residual chloride salt level in washed high chloride items) and heated in the furnace in accordance with the temperature ramp rates and hold times used at PFP.

  14. Evaluation of paracetamol distribution and stability in case of acute intoxication in rats.

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    Battal, D; Hilal, A; Daglioglu, K; Unal, I; Gulmen, Mk

    2013-01-01

    Effects of different storing conditions on paracetamol concentration in biological samples of acute intoxicated rats were investigated. The stability and distribution of paracetamol was observed in postmortem serum, liver, kidney and brain tissues. The serum samples were stored for 30 days and daily changes were evaluated for paracetamol. A significant difference (p = 0.05) was noticed on the 30th experimental day. Paracetamol serum levels changed as much as 66.30% and 33.78% for 4°C and -20°C, respectively. The stability of paracetamol in liver stored at -20°C was also evaluated for 30 days. The paracetamol concentration levels taken from liver samples dramatically decreased from 30.36% on the 1st day to 94.97% on the 30th day. The paracetamol distribution in organs was as 2.68 , 1.11 and 0.68 mg/g in liver, kidney and brain samples, respectively. Meaningful difference in paracetamol in serum and liver samples was in observed in 30th day values (p = 0.05). PMID:23111878

  15. An evaluation of the stability of synthetic Grande Ronde groundwater formulations GR-3 and GR-4

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    Dill, J.A.; Jones, T.E.; Marcy, A.D.; Baechler, M.O.; Payne, J.R.

    1987-03-01

    Simple solubility calculations indicate that synthetic Grande Ronde groundwater formulations GR-3 and GR-4 may be unstable with respect to the precipitation of certain components. The validity of calculations of this type is, however, limited by the complexity of the solutions. To address the chemical stability of these formulations properly, an experimental evaluation was performed. The evaluation revealed that GR-3 and GR-4 were similar in their chemical stability. Both were found to be quite stable with respect to all constituents, except silicate and inorganic carbon, over a 30-d period. Some instability of monomeric silicate was observed. However, this did not result in a concentration change of greater than 5%, and no evidence of particulate formation was observed. Both formulations were found to be relatively unstable with respect to inorganic carbon concentration. A general trend toward increasing carbon concentration was observed. This was attributed to absorption of CO/sub 2/ from the atmosphere. Storing the synthetic groundwater in sealed containers eliminated this problem. 5 refs., 24 tabs.

  16. Evaluation of Hose in Hose Transfer Line Service Life for Hanfords Interim Stabilization Program

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    TORRES, T.D.

    2001-03-23

    RPP-6153, Engineering Task Plan for Hose-in-Hose Transfer System for the Interim Stabilization Program (Torres, 2000a), defines the programmatic goals, functional requirements, and technical criteria for the development and subsequent installation of waste transfer line equipment to support Hanford's Interim Stabilization Program. RPP-6028, Specification for Hose in Hose Transfer Lines for Hanford's Interim Stabilization Program (Torres, 2000b), has been issued to define the specific requirements for the design, manufacture, and verification of transfer line assemblies for specific waste transfer applications associated with Interim Stabilization. Included in RPP-6028 are tables defining the chemical constituents of concern to which transfer lines will be exposed. Current Interim Stabilization Program planning forecasts that the at-grade transfer lines will be required to convey pumpable waste for as much as three years after commissioning, RPP-6028 Section 3.2.7. Performance Incentive Number ORP-05 requires that all the Single Shell Tanks be Interim Stabilized by September 30, 2003. The Tri-Party Agreement (TPA) milestone M-41-00, enforced by a federal consent decree, requires all the Single Shell Tanks to be Interim stabilized by September 30, 2004. By meeting the Performance Incentive the TPA milestone is met. Prudent engineering dictates that the equipment used to transfer waste have a life in excess of the forecasted operational time period, with some margin to allow for future adjustments to the planned schedule. This document evaluates the effective service life of the Hose-in-Hose Transfer Lines, based on information submitted by the manufacturer, published literature and calculations. The effective service life of transfer line assemblies is a function of several factors. Foremost among these are the hose material's resistance to the harmful effects of process fluid characteristics, ambient environmental conditions, exposure to ionizing radiation and the manufacturer's stated shelf life. In order to determine the transfer line service life this evaluation examines the certification of shelf life, the certification of chemical compatibility with waste, catalog information of ambient ratings and published literature on the effects of exposure to ionizing radiation on the mechanical properties of elastomeric materials. During initial hose procurements, the hose-in-hose transfer line vendor River Bend Hose Specialty (RBHS) submitted a letter, dated 6/8/00, which recommended the service and shelf life of the hose to be seven years. In submittals for later hose procurements, RBHS submitted a letter, dated 11/6/00, which recommended the service life of the hose to be three years. This submittal was followed by documentation, on 2/14/01, which submitted new storage requirements and restated the seven year shelf life. RBHS revised their original hose service life estimate to a more conservative three years due to concerns over the effects of chemicals in transferred waste. The above mentioned submittals from RBHS are the primary drivers of the three year service life limit established by this document.

  17. Precision voltage regulator

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    Hand, P. J.; Crawford, R. A.

    1972-01-01

    Balanced positive and negative voltage output circuit, in which error voltage for control is developed from difference in absolute value of positive and negative voltages referenced to a common point, regulates voltage for use with inertial reference unit. Fast-acting, temperature-compensated, high-gain operational amplifier circuits maintain common point.

  18. Investigations on Substrate Temperature-Induced Growth Modes of Organic Semiconductors at Dielectric/semiconductor Interface and Their Correlation with Threshold Voltage Stability in Organic Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Padma, Narayanan; Maheshwari, Priya; Bhattacharya, Debarati; Tokas, Raj B; Sen, Shashwati; Honda, Yoshihide; Basu, Saibal; Pujari, Pradeep Kumar; Rao, T V Chandrasekhar

    2016-02-10

    Influence of substrate temperature on growth modes of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) thin films at the dielectric/semiconductor interface in organic field effect transistors (OFETs) is investigated. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging at the interface reveals a change from 'layer+island' to "island" growth mode with increasing substrate temperatures, further confirmed by probing the buried interfaces using X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and positron annihilation spectroscopic (PAS) techniques. PAS depth profiling provides insight into the details of molecular ordering while positron lifetime measurements reveal the difference in packing modes of CuPc molecules at the interface. XRR measurements show systematic increase in interface width and electron density correlating well with the change from layer + island to coalesced huge 3D islands at higher substrate temperatures. Study demonstrates the usefulness of XRR and PAS techniques to study growth modes at buried interfaces and reveals the influence of growth modes of semiconductor at the interface on hole and electron trap concentrations individually, thereby affecting hysteresis and threshold voltage stability. Minimum hole trapping is correlated to near layer by layer formation close to the interface at 100 °C and maximum to the island formation with large voids between the grains at 225 °C. PMID:26761590

  19. Evaluation of solidification/stabilization technology for Buffalo River sediment. Final report

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    Fleming, E.C.; Averett, D.E.; Channell, M.G.; Perry, B.D.

    1991-05-01

    The Buffalo River drains a 446-square-mile (1,155-sq-km) watershed in western New York State and discharges into Lake Erie at the city of Buffalo. The Buffalo River has been classified by the State of New York as a fishing and fish survival stream, but municipal and industrial discharges have degraded the water quality and resulted in a fish advisory for the river. Under the Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediment Program, the US Environmental Protection Agency asked the US Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate solidification/stabilization (S/S) for potential treatment of the contaminated sediments in the Buffalo River. An evaluation of S/S technology was conducted on the bench-scale level on Buffalo River sediment to determine whether physical and chemical properties of the sediment would be improved. Based on analyses of the untreated sediment, five metals were selected for evaluation: chromium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc. Initial screening tests (ISTs) were conducted on the sediments to narrow the range of binder-to-soil ratios (BSRs) to be prepared in the detailed evaluation.

  20. Mine stability evaluation of panel 1 during waste emplacement operations at WIPP

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    Maleki, H.

    1998-07-01

    The specific objectives of the work were defined by the Environmental Evaluation Group (EEG) as follows: (1) assess the stability of panel 1 during the proposed operation of waste emplacement; (2) estimate the amount of time before room closure would be expected to transfer rock loads to the waste packages. The work consisted of (1) an analysis of geotechnical data and a review of the Department of Energy`s (DOE) plans for waste emplacement in panel 1, (2) an evaluation of ground conditions based on data analysis and observations of changes in ground conditions since the first evaluation in 1993 (USBM 1993), and (3) preparation of a report and presentation of the results to EEG staff. Excluded from this study are radiological safety issues and policies. The study is based on data provided by DOE and Westinghouse Electric Corporation (operator of the site) and conversations with DOE and Westinghouse personnel. MTI cannot independently verify the accuracy of the data within the scope of this study and recommends independent evaluations of data gathering, quality assurance procedures, and structural designs. The operator has the ultimate responsibility for structural designs and has expressed a strong commitment to ensuring worker safety.

  1. Investigations on the low voltage cathodoluminescence stability and surface chemical behaviour using Auger and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy on LiSrBO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor

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    Pitale, Shreyas S.; Nagpure, I.M.; Kumar, Vinay; Ntwaeaborwa, O.M.; Terblans, J.J.; Swart, H.C.

    2011-07-15

    Highlights: {yields} Stable orange-red cathodoluminescence observed from LiSrBO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor. {yields} In situ Auger electron spectroscopy, while monitoring the CL output reduction, reveals surface concentration modification of Li, Sr, B and O atoms. {yields} X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the formation of SrO{sub 2} layer due to the electron stimulated surface chemical reactions (ESSCRs). This layer is possibly contributing to the surface chemical stability and prevents further degradation. -- Abstract: Orange-red emissive LiSrBO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors were synthesized through the solid-state reaction method. Under UV radiation (221 nm) and low-voltage electron beam (2 keV, 12 mA/cm{sup 2}) excitation, the Sm{sup 3+} doped LiSrBO{sub 3} phosphor shows emission corresponding to the characteristic {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}-{sup 6}H{sub 7/2} transitions of Sm{sup 3+} with the strongest emission at 601 nm. A high stability of cathodoluminescence (CL) emission during prolong electron bombardment with low-energy electrons was observed. Surface sensitive diagnostic tools such as Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to study the surface chemistry. AES results revealed modifications in the surface concentrations of Li, Sr, B, O and C on the surface of the LiSrBO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor as indicated by the changes in their Auger peak to peak heights (APPH) as a function of electron dose. Observed changes in the high resolution XPS spectra of the LiSrBO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} surface irradiated with the low energy electron beam provide evidence of compositional and structural changes as a result of the electron beam stimulated surface chemical reactions (ESSCRs). Additional SrO{sub 2} was identified by XPS on the phosphor surface after it received an electron dose of 300 C/cm{sup 2} together with the increase in the concentrations of chemical species containing the B-C-O bonding. The new surface chemical species formed during electron beam bombardment are possibly responsible for the stability of the CL in the LiSrBO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphor.

  2. Evaluation of etanercept stability as exposed to various sugars with biophysical assessment.

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    Lim, Dae Gon; Kim, Nam Ah; Lim, Jun Yeul; Kim, Ki Hyun; Hada, Shavron; Jeong, Seong Hoon

    2014-12-10

    Even though sugars have been used widely as additives for protein formulations, their exact mechanisms of protein stabilization and applicability remain still in need of investigation. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of various sugars on the biophysical stability of etanercept (Enbrel(®)). Six well known sugars including glucose, fructose, maltose, sucrose, trehalose, and raffinose were incorporated into the protein solution with different concentrations. The samples were analyzed with dynamic light scattering (DLS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), circular dichroism (CD), and size-exclusion chromatography (SEC). The DLS measurement showed that as the number of simple sugars and solution concentration increased, the hydrodynamic size increased with a decreasing absolute zeta potential. The DSC result provided consistent trends with the DLS data. As the concentration of sugar increased, the protein transition temperature (T(m)) was gradually increased in most of samples. In addition, a non-enzymatic browning reaction (NEB) was observed during heating of the sugar solution. To monitor the storage stability, sample solutions were stored at 4 and 40 °C. At 4 °C, the ratio of monomer, aggregate, and fragment were not significantly changed. However, fragmentation of etanercept was observed in accelerated storage. In addition, fructose and maltose showed a peak shift in the SEC result. Those results suggest that the reducing ability of sugar might be a reason for the different etanercept degradation pathways. Therefore, sugars need to be carefully considered to achieve the maximum efficiency of therapeutic proteins for the development of protein formulations. PMID:25269011

  3. Evaluation of mungbean genotypes based on yield stability and reaction to mungbean yellow mosaic virus disease.

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    Alam, Akm Mahbubul; Somta, Prakit; Jompuk, Choosak; Chatwachirawong, Prasert; Srinives, Peerasak

    2014-09-01

    This work was conducted to identify mungbean genotypes showing yield stability and resistance to mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) disease. Sixteen genotypes were evaluated in a randomized complete block design with two replications for two years (2011 and 2012) at three locations (Gazipur, Ishurdi and Madaripur) of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. An analysis of variance exhibited significant effects of genotype (G), environment (E), and genotype × environment (G×E) on grain yield. Among eight agronomic characters, the principal component 1 (PC1) was always higher than the PC2. Considering G×E interaction, BM6 was the best genotype at all three locations in both years. Based on grain yield and stability performance, BM6 ranked first while the worst performing genotypes were BM1 and G10. Based on discrimination and representation, Gazipur was identified as an ideal environment for these mungbeans. Relationship between soil-plant analysis developments (SPAD) value was positive with yield but negative with MYMV severity. BM6, G1 and G2 were considered as promising sources of resistance for low disease score and stable response across the environments. The environment proved to have an influence on MYMV infection under natural infestation. A positive correlation was observed between disease score and the temperature under natural growing condition. PMID:25289012

  4. Evaluation of the stability of polymer-based plasmid DNA delivery systems after ultrasound exposure.

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    Kuo, Jung-hua Steven; Jan, Ming-shiou; Sung, K C

    2003-05-12

    Under ultrasound exposure, the stability of plasmid DNA protected by polymer-based gene delivery system is an important factor for achieving optimal transfection into cells. We have evaluated the effectiveness of various polymer-based plasmid DNA delivery systems, which are interactive polymers and cationic polymers, to avoid shear degradation induced by ultrasound exposure. Alternatively, it is shown that sonication of plasmid DNA for exposure time as low as 10s resulted in total DNA fragmentation and the loss of transfection potency in NIH/3T3 cells. Among these polymer-based plasmid DNA delivery systems, only cationic polymers had the ability to provide the protection of plasmid DNA from ultrasonic degradation as indicated by the reservation in supercoiled circular (SC) and open circular (OC) forms of plasmid DNA on the agarose gel electrophoresis. The DNA stability protected by cationic polymers decreased after ultrasound exposure in 1M sodium chloride solution. Also, higher molecular weight of cationic polymers and sufficient cationic polymer/DNA weight ratios are essential to prevent DNA from degradation under ultrasound exposure in aqueous or salt solution. These results suggest that the protective mechanism by cationic polymers is due to the attractive bonding between cationic polymer and negative plasmid DNA. Whereas, DNA condensation alone provoked by the addition of polyethylene glycols was not sufficient to resist the DNA fragmentation induced by ultrasound exposure. PMID:12711163

  5. Potential of ultrasonic pulse velocity for evaluating the dimensional stability of oak and chestnut wood.

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    Dündar, Türker; Wang, Xiping; As, Nusret; Avcı, Erkan

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this study was to examine the potential of ultrasonic velocity as a rapid and nondestructive method to predict the dimensional stability of oak (Quercus petraea (Mattuschka) Lieblein) and chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) that are commonly used in flooring industry. Ultrasonic velocity, specific gravity, and radial, tangential and volumetric shrinkages were measured on seventy-four 20×20×30-mm(3) specimens obtained from freshly cut oak and chestnut stems. The ultrasonic velocities of the specimens decreased with increasing moisture content (MC). We found that specific gravity was not a good predictor of the transverse shrinkages as indicated by relatively weak correlations. Ultrasonic velocity, on the other hand, was found to be a significant predictor of the transverse shrinkages for both oak and chestnut. The best results for prediction of shrinkages of oak and chestnut were obtained when the ultrasonic velocity and specific gravity were used together. The multiple regression models we developed in this study explained 77% of volumetric shrinkages in oak and 72% of volumetric shrinkages in chestnut. It is concluded that ultrasonic velocity coupled with specific gravity can be employed as predicting parameters to evaluate the dimensional stability of oak and chestnut wood during manufacturing process. PMID:26678790

  6. Evaluation of Mungbean Genotypes Based on Yield Stability and Reaction to Mungbean Yellow Mosaic Virus Disease

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    Alam, AKM Mahbubul; Somta, Prakit; Jompuk, Choosak; Chatwachirawong, Prasert; Srinives, Peerasak

    2014-01-01

    This work was conducted to identify mungbean genotypes showing yield stability and resistance to mungbean yellow mosaic virus (MYMV) disease. Sixteen genotypes were evaluated in a randomized complete block design with two replications for two years (2011 and 2012) at three locations (Gazipur, Ishurdi and Madaripur) of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. An analysis of variance exhibited significant effects of genotype (G), environment (E), and genotype × environment (G×E) on grain yield. Among eight agronomic characters, the principal component 1 (PC1) was always higher than the PC2. Considering G×E interaction, BM6 was the best genotype at all three locations in both years. Based on grain yield and stability performance, BM6 ranked first while the worst performing genotypes were BM1 and G10. Based on discrimination and representation, Gazipur was identified as an ideal environment for these mungbeans. Relationship between soil-plant analysis developments (SPAD) value was positive with yield but negative with MYMV severity. BM6, G1 and G2 were considered as promising sources of resistance for low disease score and stable response across the environments. The environment proved to have an influence on MYMV infection under natural infestation. A positive correlation was observed between disease score and the temperature under natural growing condition. PMID:25289012

  7. A Preliminary Evaluation of Using Fill Materials to Stabilize Used Nuclear Fuel During Storage and Transportation

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    Maheras, Steven J.; Best, Ralph; Ross, Steven B.; Lahti, Erik A.; Richmond, David J.

    2012-08-01

    This report contains a preliminary evaluation of potential fill materials that could be used to fill void spaces in and around used nuclear fuel contained in dry storage canisters in order to stabilize the geometry and mechanical structure of the used nuclear fuel during extended storage and transportation after extended storage. Previous work is summarized, conceptual descriptions of how canisters might be filled were developed, and requirements for potential fill materials were developed. Elements of the requirements included criticality avoidance, heat transfer or thermodynamic properties, homogeneity and rheological properties, retrievability, material availability and cost, weight and radiation shielding, and operational considerations. Potential fill materials were grouped into 5 categories and their properties, advantages, disadvantages, and requirements for future testing were discussed. The categories were molten materials, which included molten metals and paraffin; particulates and beads; resins; foams; and grout. Based on this analysis, further development of fill materials to stabilize used nuclear fuel during storage and transportation is not recommended unless options such as showing that the fuel remains intact or canning of used nuclear fuel do not prove to be feasible.

  8. Stability and biological activity evaluations of PEGylated human basic fibroblast growth factor

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    Hadadian, Shahin; Shamassebi, Dariush Norouzian; Mirzahoseini, Hasan; Shokrgozar, Mohamad Ali; Bouzari, Saeid; Sepahi, Mina

    2015-01-01

    Background: Human basic fibroblast growth factor (hBFGF) is a heparin-binding growth factor and stimulates the proliferation of a wide variety of cells and tissues causing survival properties and its stability and biological activity improvements have received much attention. Materials and Methods: In the present work, hBFGF produced by engineered Escherichia coli and purified by cation exchange and heparin affinity chromatography, was PEGylated under appropriate condition employing 10 kD polyethylene glycol. The PEGylated form was separated by size exclusion chromatography. Structural, biological activity, and stability evaluations were performed using Fourier transform infrared (FITR) spectroscopy, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and effect denaturing agent, respectively. Results: FITR spectroscopy revealed that both PEGylated and native forms had the same structures. MTT assay showed that PEGyalated form had a 30% reduced biological activity. Fluorescence spectrophotometry indicated that the PEGylated form denatured at higher concentrations of guanidine HCl (1.2 M) compared with native, which denatured at 0.8 M guanidine HCl. Conclusions: PEGylation of hBFGF makes it more stable against denaturing agent but reduces its bioactivity up to 30%. PMID:26605215

  9. Landslides and slope stability evaluation in the historical town of Kruja, Albania

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    Muceku, Y.; Korini, O.

    2013-07-01

    This paper describes the landslides and slope stability evaluation in the urban area of Kruja town, Albania. Kruja is a~historical and heritage center, due to the existence of many important cultural monuments including Skanderbeg castle and Bazaar square etc. The urban area of Kruja town has been affected from the Landslides effects, in the past and also present. From this phenomenon many engineering objects such as buildings, roads etc. are damaged and demolished. From the engineering geological mapping at scale 1 : 5000 it is observed that many active landslides have dramatically increased in activity after 1980s. The landslide types found in the studied area are earth slides, debris flow, as well as rock fall and rock rolling. Also, from field works and laboratory analysis, the slope stability of whole urban areas has been determined; for this purpose the studied zone is divided into the stable and unstable areas, which helps to better understand the mass movement's activity as one of the most harmful hazards of the geodynamics' phenomena.

  10. Landslide and slope stability evaluation in the historical town of Kruja, Albania

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    Muceku, Y.; Korini, O.

    2014-03-01

    This paper describes landslides and slope stability evaluation in the urban area of Kruja, Albania. Kruja is a historical and heritage center, due to the existence of many important cultural monuments, including "Skanderbeg" castle and Bazaar square, etc. The urban area of Kruja has been affected by landslide effects, in the past and also the present. From this phenomenon many engineering objects such as buildings, roads, etc., are damaged and demolished. From engineering geological mapping at scale 1:5000 it is observed that many active landslides have dramatically increased in activity since the 1980s. The landslide types found in the studied area are earthslides, debris flow, as well as rockfall and rock rolling. Also, from field works and laboratory analysis, the slope stability of the whole urban area has been determined; for this purpose the studied zone is divided into stable and unstable areas, which helps to better understand mass movement activity as one of the most harmful hazards of geodynamic phenomena.

  11. Evaluation of different amendments to stabilize antimony in mining polluted soils.

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    lvarez-Ayuso, E; Otones, V; Murciego, A; Garca-Snchez, A

    2013-02-01

    Soil pollution with antimony is of increasing environmental concern worldwide. Measures for its control and to attenuate the risks posed to the ecosystem are required. In this study the application of several iron and aluminium oxides and oxyhydroxides as soil amendments was evaluated in order to assess their feasibility to stabilize Sb in mining polluted soils. Mine soils with different pollution levels were amended with either goethite, ferrihydrite or amorphous Al oxide at various ratios (0-10%). The effectiveness of such treatments was assessed by both batch and column leaching tests. The use of ferrihydrite or amorphous Al oxide proved to be highly effective to stabilize Sb. Immobilization levels of 100% were found when doses of 5% ferrihydrite or 10% amorphous Al oxide were applied, regardless of the soil Sb load. Column leaching studies also showed a high Sb leaching reduction (>75%) when soils were amended with 1% ferrihydrite or 5% amorphous Al oxide. Moreover, such treatments proved to simultaneously immobilize As and Pb in a great extent when soils were also polluted with such toxic elements. PMID:23121985

  12. Power conditioning using dynamic voltage restorers under different voltage sag types.

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    Saeed, Ahmed M; Abdel Aleem, Shady H E; Ibrahim, Ahmed M; Balci, Murat E; El-Zahab, Essam E A

    2016-01-01

    Voltage sags can be symmetrical or unsymmetrical depending on the causes of the sag. At the present time, one of the most common procedures for mitigating voltage sags is by the use of dynamic voltage restorers (DVRs). By definition, a DVR is a controlled voltage source inserted between the network and a sensitive load through a booster transformer injecting voltage into the network in order to correct any disturbance affecting a sensitive load voltage. In this paper, modelling of DVR for voltage correction using MatLab software is presented. The performance of the device under different voltage sag types is described, where the voltage sag types are introduced using the different types of short-circuit faults included in the environment of the MatLab/Simulink package. The robustness of the proposed device is evaluated using the common voltage sag indices, while taking into account voltage and current unbalance percentages, where maintaining the total harmonic distortion percentage of the load voltage within a specified range is desired. Finally, several simulation results are shown in order to highlight that the DVR is capable of effective correction of the voltage sag while minimizing the grid voltage unbalance and distortion, regardless of the fault type. PMID:26843975

  13. Power conditioning using dynamic voltage restorers under different voltage sag types

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    Saeed, Ahmed M.; Abdel Aleem, Shady H.E.; Ibrahim, Ahmed M.; Balci, Murat E.; El-Zahab, Essam E.A.

    2015-01-01

    Voltage sags can be symmetrical or unsymmetrical depending on the causes of the sag. At the present time, one of the most common procedures for mitigating voltage sags is by the use of dynamic voltage restorers (DVRs). By definition, a DVR is a controlled voltage source inserted between the network and a sensitive load through a booster transformer injecting voltage into the network in order to correct any disturbance affecting a sensitive load voltage. In this paper, modelling of DVR for voltage correction using MatLab software is presented. The performance of the device under different voltage sag types is described, where the voltage sag types are introduced using the different types of short-circuit faults included in the environment of the MatLab/Simulink package. The robustness of the proposed device is evaluated using the common voltage sag indices, while taking into account voltage and current unbalance percentages, where maintaining the total harmonic distortion percentage of the load voltage within a specified range is desired. Finally, several simulation results are shown in order to highlight that the DVR is capable of effective correction of the voltage sag while minimizing the grid voltage unbalance and distortion, regardless of the fault type. PMID:26843975

  14. Use of fluorescence for the high-throughput evaluation of synergistic thermal and photo stabilizer interactions in poly (vinyl chloride)

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    Wu Chunyong; Wicks, Douglas A.

    2005-06-15

    The selection of thermal and photo stabilizers for poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) using conventional methods is a time-consuming process. The high-throughput screening method developed in this research demonstrates rapid and efficient ways to quantify the effectiveness of PVC stabilizers with respect to raw plastic materials, stabilizers, levels of use, and testing conditions. An experimental protocol using liquid sampling and fluorescence measurement was developed to determine the effectiveness of formulations. This was used to evaluate the performance of stabilizers based on the change of fluorescence emission at 440 nm after thermal aging or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The performance of PVC formulations using six different types of stabilizers was successfully mapped for both PVC resin and flexible PVC.

  15. Re-evaluating the role of sterics and electronic coupling in determining the open-circuit voltage of organic solar cells.

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    Graham, Kenneth R; Erwin, Patrick; Nordlund, Dennis; Vandewal, Koen; Li, Ruipeng; Ngongang Ndjawa, Guy O; Hoke, Eric T; Salleo, Alberto; Thompson, Mark E; McGehee, Michael D; Amassian, Aram

    2013-11-13

    The effects of sterics and molecular orientation on the open-circuit voltage and absorbance properties of charge-transfer states are explored in model bilayer organic photovoltaics. It is shown that the open-circuit voltage correlates linearly with the charge-transfer state energy and is not significantly influenced by electronic coupling. PMID:23897581

  16. HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATOR

    DOEpatents

    Zito, G.V.

    1959-04-21

    This patent relates to high voltage supply circuits adapted for providing operating voltages for GeigerMueller counter tubes, and is especially directed to an arrangement for maintaining uniform voltage under changing conditions of operation. In the usual power supply arrangement for counter tubes the counter voltage is taken from across the power supply output capacitor. If the count rate exceeds the current delivering capaciiy of the capacitor, the capacitor voltage will drop, decreasing the counter voltage. The present invention provides a multivibrator which has its output voltage controlled by a signal proportional to the counting rate. As the counting rate increases beyond the current delivering capacity of the capacitor, the rectified voltage output from the multivibrator is increased to maintain uniform counter voltage.

  17. Transient Voltage Recorder

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    Medelius, Pedro J.; Simpson, Howard J.

    2002-09-01

    A voltage transient recorder can detect lightning induced transient voltages. The recorder detects a lightning induced transient voltage and adjusts input amplifiers to accurately record transient voltage magnitudes. The recorder stores voltage data from numerous monitored channels, or devices. The data is time stamped and can be output in real time, or stored for later retrieval. The transient recorder, in one embodiment, includes an analog-to-digital converter and a voltage threshold detector. When an input voltage exceeds a pre-determined voltage threshold, the recorder stores the incoming voltage magnitude and time of arrival. The recorder also determines if its input amplifier circuits clip the incoming signal or if the incoming signal is too low. If the input data is clipped or too low, the recorder adjusts the gain of the amplifier circuits to accurately acquire subsequent components of the lightning induced transients.

  18. Development of a biofilm formation method for waste forms stability evaluation.

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    Idachaba, M A; Nyavor, K; Egiebor, N O; Rogers, R D

    2000-10-01

    The development of an accurate assessment protocol is critical for the prediction of long-term performance of waste disposal systems under field conditions. In this study, the development of a biofilm formation method for the evaluation of waste forms stability to microbially induced degradation (MID) is reported. The development process involved significant modifications to the existing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approach. In the biofilm formation method, the control media and fermenter broths are designed to be of similar pH to avoid overestimation of the microbe's capability to degrade the waste forms. In the NRC approach, the pH values are different. The existing one-stage process of the NRC approach is also replaced with a two-stage process in the biofilm formation method. This is to ensure full evaluation of the microbe's involvement in waste forms degradation. The first stage of the two-stage process is for biofilm formation and the second is for biofilm evaluation. The use of a two-stage process eliminates the possibility of substrate limitation, resulting in values of degradation indices that are about two times higher than those obtained using the single-stage NRC approach. Two waste forms (100% Tuskegee cement and 21% cobalt chloride/79% cement) were used in the development of the biofilm formation method. Both waste forms showed evidence of biofilm formation. The formation of biofilm on the cobalt-containing waste form indicates a lack of anti-microbial capability of cobalt. PMID:10946124

  19. Evaluation of the stability and antimicrobial activity of an ethanolic extract of Libidibia ferrea

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    de Oliveira Marreiro, Raquel; Bandeira, Maria Fulgência Costa Lima; de Souza, Tatiane Pereira; de Almeida, Mailza Costa; Bendaham, Katiana; Venâncio, Gisely Naura; Rodrigues, Isis Costa; Coelho, Cristiane Nagai; Milério, Patrícia Sâmea Lêdo Lima; de Oliveira, Glauber Palma; de Oliveira Conde, Nikeila Chacon

    2014-01-01

    Biofilm is a dense, whitish, noncalcified aggregate of bacteria, with desquamated epithelial cells and food debris creating conditions for an imbalance of resident oral microflora and favoring the destruction of hard and soft tissues by development of caries and gingivitis. The aim of this study was to obtain and characterize an extract of Libidibia ferrea, ex Caesalpinia ferrea L. and to evaluate its feasibility for formulation as a mouthwash, according to current legislation. For this purpose, pH, sedimentation, density, and stability were evaluated, along with microbiological testing of the extract. The microbiological test was used to verify the presence of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, fungi, yeasts, coliforms, and minimum inhibitory concentrations of Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus oralis strains. Characterization, microbiological evaluation, and minimum inhibitory concentration results were tabulated and described using descriptive statistics. The L. ferrea extract showed stable characteristics, product quality, and antibacterial activity against the microorganisms tested irrespective of experimental time intervals. According to these results, it can be concluded that formulation of a mouthwash containing L. ferrea extract to control biofilm is feasible, but further studies are needed. PMID:24501546

  20. Seedling development and evaluation of genetic stability of cryopreserved Dendrobium hybrid mature seeds.

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    Galdiano, Renato Fernandes; de Macedo Lemos, Eliana Gertrudes; de Faria, Ricardo Tadeu; Vendrame, Wagner Aparecido

    2014-03-01

    Vitrification, a simple, fast, and recommended cryopreservation method for orchid germplasm conservation, was evaluated for Dendrobium hybrid "Dong Yai" mature seeds. The genetic stability of regenerated seedlings was also evaluated using flow cytometry. Mature seeds from this hybrid were submitted to plant vitrification solution (PVS2) for 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 h at 0 °C. Subsequently, they were plunged into liquid nitrogen (LN) at -196 °C for 1 h and recovered in half-strength Murashige and Skoog culture medium (1/2 MS), and seed germination was evaluated after 30 days. Seeds directly submitted to LN did not germinate after cryopreservation. Seeds treated with PVS2 between 1 and 3 h presented the best germination (between 51 and 58%), although longer exposure to PVS2 returned moderated germination (39%). Germinated seeds were further subcultured in P-723 culture medium and developed whole seedlings in vitro after 180 days, with no abnormal characteristics, diseases, or nutritional deficiencies. Seedlings were successfully acclimatized under greenhouse conditions with over 80% survival. Flow cytometry analysis revealed no chromosomal changes on vitrified seedlings, as well as seedlings germinated from the control treatment (direct exposure to LN). These findings indicate that vitrification is a feasible and safe germplasm cryopreservation method for commercial Dendrobium orchid hybrid conservation. PMID:24402568

  1. Hybrid nanosystems based on natural polymers as protein carriers for respiratory delivery: Stability and toxicological evaluation.

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    Rodrigues, Susana; Cordeiro, Clara; Seijo, Begoa; Remun-Lpez, Carmen; Grenha, Ana

    2015-06-01

    Chitosan/carrageenan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles were previously presented as holding potential for an application in transmucosal delivery of macromolecules, with tripolyphosphate demonstrating to contribute for both size reduction and stabilisation of the nanoparticles. This work was aimed at evaluating the capacity of the nanoparticles as protein carriers for pulmonary and nasal transmucosal delivery, further assessing their biocompatibility pattern regarding that application. Nanoparticles demonstrated stability in presence of lysozyme, while freeze-drying was shown to preserve their characteristics when glucose or sucrose were used as cryoprotectants. Bovine serum albumin was associated to the nanoparticles, which were successfully microencapsulated by spray-drying to meet the aerodynamic requirements inherent to pulmonary delivery. Finally, a satisfactory biocompatibility profile was demonstrated upon exposure of two respiratory cell lines (Calu-3 and A549 cells) to the carriers. A negligible effect on cell viability along with no alterations on transepithelial electrical resistance and no induction of inflammatory response were observed. PMID:25843870

  2. Static var compensators stabilize power voltages

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    Burch, R.

    1996-06-01

    This article discusses the operation of a static var compensator as installed by Alabama Power near a steel mill with a large arc furnace load. This is expected to result in a number of benefits, including flicker reduction, dynamic power factor correction, harmonics filtering and a reduction in system losses.

  3. Molecular MR imaging for the evaluation of the effect of dynamic stabilization on lumbar intervertebral discs

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    Brayda-Bruno, M.; Perona, F.; Fornari, M.; Raimondi, M. T.; Petruzzi, M.; Grava, G.; Costa, F.; Caiani, E. G.; Lamartina, C.

    2009-01-01

    The dynamic stabilization of lumbar spine is a non-fusion stabilization system that unloads the disc without the complete loss of motion at the treated motion segment. Clinical outcomes are promising but still not definitive, and the long-term effect on instrumented and adjacent levels is still a matter of discussion. Several experiments have been devised in order to gain a better understanding of the effect of the device on the intervertebral disc. One of the hypotheses was that while instrumented levels are partially relieved from loading, adjacent levels suffer from the increased stress. But this has not been proved yet. The aim of this study was to investigate the long-term effect of dynamic stabilization in vivo, through the quantification of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) concentration within instrumented and adjacent levels by means of the delayed Gadolinium-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cartilage (dGEMRIC) protocol. Ten patients with low back pain, unresponsive to conservative treatment and scheduled for Dynesys implantation at one to three lumbar spine levels, underwent the dGEMRIC protocol to quantify GAG concentration before and 6 months after surgery. Each patient was also evaluated with visual analog scale (VAS), Oswestry, Prolo, Modic and Pfirrmann scales, both at pre-surgery and at follow-up. Six months after implantation, VAS, Prolo and Oswestry scales had improved in all patients. Pfirrmann scale could not detect any change, while dGEMRIC data already showed a general improvement in the instrumented levels: GAG was increased in 61% of the instrumented levels, while 68% of the non-instrumented levels showed a decrease in GAG, mainly in the posterior disc portion. In particular, seriously GAG-depleted discs seemed to have the greatest benefit from the Dynesys implantation, whereas less degenerated discs underwent a GAG depletion. dGEMRIC was able to visualize changes in both instrumented and non-instrumented levels. Our results suggest that the dynamic stabilization of lumbar spine is able to stop and partially reverse the disc degeneration, especially in seriously degenerated discs, while incrementing the stress on the adjacent levels, where it induces a matrix suffering and an early degeneration. PMID:19396475

  4. A matter of quantum voltages

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    Sellner, Bernhard; Kathmann, Shawn M.

    2014-11-01

    Voltages inside matter are relevant to crystallization, materials science, biology, catalysis, and aqueous chemistry. The variation of voltages in matter can be measured by experiment, however, modern supercomputers allow the calculation of accurate quantum voltages with spatial resolutions of bulk systems well beyond what can currently be measured provided a sufficient level of theory is employed. Of particular interest is the Mean Inner Potential (Vo) - the spatial average of these quantum voltages referenced to the vacuum. Here we establish a protocol to reliably evaluate Vo from quantum calculations. Voltages are very sensitive to the distribution of electrons and provide metrics to understand interactions in condensed phases. In the present study, we find excellent agreement with measurements of Vo for vitrified water and salt crystals and demonstrate the impact of covalent and ionic bonding as well as intermolecular/atomic interactions. Certain aspects in this regard are highlighted making use of simple model systems/approximations. Furthermore, we predict Vo as well as the fluctuations of these voltages in aqueous NaCl electrolytes and characterize the changes in their behavior as the resolution increases below the size of atoms.

  5. A matter of quantum voltages

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    Sellner, Bernhard; Kathmann, Shawn M.

    2014-11-14

    Voltages inside matter are relevant to crystallization, materials science, biology, catalysis, and aqueous chemistry. The variation of voltages in matter can be measured by experiment, however, modern supercomputers allow the calculation of accurate quantum voltages with spatial resolutions of bulk systems well beyond what can currently be measured provided a sufficient level of theory is employed. Of particular interest is the Mean Inner Potential (V{sub o}) the spatial average of these quantum voltages referenced to the vacuum. Here we establish a protocol to reliably evaluate V{sub o} from quantum calculations. Voltages are very sensitive to the distribution of electrons and provide metrics to understand interactions in condensed phases. In the present study, we find excellent agreement with measurements of V{sub o} for vitrified water and salt crystals and demonstrate the impact of covalent and ionic bonding as well as intermolecular/atomic interactions. Certain aspects in this regard are highlighted making use of simple model systems/approximations. Furthermore, we predict V{sub o} as well as the fluctuations of these voltages in aqueous NaCl electrolytes and characterize the changes in their behavior as the resolution increases below the size of atoms.

  6. Evaluation of fixation stability using different targets with the MP1 microperimeter.

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    Cesareo, M; Manca, D; Ciuffoletti, E; De Giovanni, V; Ricci, F; Nucci, C; Cerulli, L

    2015-02-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate fixation stability using two different fixation targets with the Nidek MP1 microperimeter. Twenty-nine healthy subjects with a mean age of 26.53 ± 7.35 years and visual acuity ≥0.0 logMAR were enrolled in this study. Fifty-eight eyes of 29 patients without ophthalmic and/or systemic disease underwent a fixation test with the MP1 microperimeter. Fixation stability related to a red cross (central) and/or a red circle (pericentral) target was quantified using either Fujii classification or by calculating the bivariate contour ellipse area (BCEA). For statistical analysis, BCEA values were converted into their logarithms (logBCEA) and all data obtained were analyzed using paired Student's t test. The inclination values of the axis of BCEA were analyzed with Chi squared test. The mean values of logBCEA and the mean values of the major and minor axis of the ellipses related to the cross and the circle fixation target were significantly different (68.2 %, p = 0.00; 95.4 %, p = 0.00; 99.6 %, p = 0.00, respectively) for each BCEA standard deviation. Fixation was significantly less stable for the pericentral fixation target in normal subjects, indicating an advantage for central fixation targets. These results are of particular interest when evaluation of changes in fixation is needed. PMID:24723270

  7. Nondestructive evaluation of orthopaedic implant stability in THA using highly nonlinear solitary waves

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    Yang, Jinkyu; Silvestro, Claudio; Sangiorgio, Sophia N.; Borkowski, Sean L.; Ebramzadeh, Edward; De Nardo, Luigi; Daraio, Chiara

    2012-01-01

    We propose a new biomedical sensing technique based on highly nonlinear solitary waves to assess orthopaedic implant stability in a nondestructive and efficient manner. We assemble a granular crystal actuator consisting of a one-dimensional tightly packed array of spherical particles, to generate acoustic solitary waves. Via direct contact with the specimen, we inject acoustic solitary waves into a biomedical prosthesis, and we nondestructively evaluate the mechanical integrity of the bone-prosthesis interface, studying the properties of the waves reflected from the contact zone between the granular crystal and the implant. The granular crystal contains a piezoelectric sensor to measure the travelling solitary waves, which allows it to function also as a sensor. We perform a feasibility study using total hip arthroplasty (THA) samples made of metallic stems implanted in artificial composite femurs using polymethylmethacrylate for fixation. We first evaluate the sensitivity of the proposed granular crystal sensor to various levels of prosthesis insertion into the composite femur. Then, we impose a sequence of harsh mechanical loading on the THA samples to degrade the mechanical integrity at the stem-cement interfaces, using a femoral load simulator that simulates aggressive, accelerated physiological loading. We investigate the implant stability via the granular crystal sensor-actuator during testing. Preliminary results suggest that the reflected waves respond sensitively to the degree of implant fixation. In particular, the granular crystal sensor-actuator successfully detects implant loosening at the stem-cement interface following violent cyclic loading. This study suggests that the granular crystal sensor and actuator has the potential to detect metal-cement defects in a nondestructive manner for orthopaedic applications.

  8. Evaluation of the stability of a nanoremediation strategy using barley plants.

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    Gil-Díaz, M; González, A; Alonso, J; Lobo, M C

    2016-01-01

    This study evaluated the effectiveness of nZVI in reducing the availability of Cd, Cr or Zn in polluted soils. The influence of this nanoremediation process on the development of barley plants as well as its impact on soil properties and the stability of the metal immobilization afterwards were also evaluated in a greenhouse experiment. The application of nZVI reduced the availability of these metals in the soil, but the effectiveness of the immobilization and its stability depended on the metal chemical characteristics. Cadmium distribution in soil fractions showed an important change after the barley crop, favoring the immobilization of Cd in RS fraction for both nZVI-treated and untreated soils. The Cr immobilization was stable over the time studied and the doses of Cr were lethal for the barley plants. In contrast, the decrease of Cr availability reached after the nZVI treatment induced a reduction of soil phytotoxicity and an improvement in the development of the plants, which were able to complete their growing period. The Zn immobilization with nZVI was stable over time, but its effectiveness was moderate, and the growth of barley plants was poorer than that observed in the cases of Cd and Cr. Thus the best results of metal immobilization with nZVI were obtained for Cr-polluted soils. There was no overall increase of Fe in barley plants from nZVI-treated soils. In relation to the soil, no negative effects on its physico-chemical properties were observed after the time exposure with nZVI. Taking into account these results we can conclude that the use of nZVI is a promising remediation strategy, and its effectiveness would be conditioned to the soil properties and the bioavailable metal concentration. PMID:26431642

  9. Low distortion automatic phase control circuit. [voltage controlled phase shifter

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    Hauge, G.; Pederson, C. W. (Inventor)

    1974-01-01

    A voltage controlled phase shifter is rendered substantially harmonic distortion free over a large dynamic input range by employing two oppositely poled, equally biased varactor diodes as the voltage controlled elements which adjust the phase shift. Control voltages which affect the bias of both diodes equally are used to adjust the phase shift without increasing distortion. A feedback stabilized phase shifter is rendered substantially frequency independent by employing a phase detector to control the phase shift of the voltage controlled phase shifter.

  10. Stability evaluation of a rocket engine for gaseous oxygen difluoride (OF2) and gaseous diborane (B2H6) propellants

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    Clayton, R. M.

    1972-01-01

    Results of an experimental evaluation of the dynamic stability of a candidate combustor for the space storable propellants gaseous OF2/B2H6 show that the combustor is unstable without supplementary damping. A computer analysis indicated that the uninhibited engine could be unstable. The experiments, conducted with O2/C2H4 substitute propellants and with 70-30 FLOX/B2H6 (OF2 simulated with FLOX), show that the uninhibited combustor has a low stability margin to starting transient perturbations, but that is relatively insensitive to bomb disturbances. Damping cavities are shown to provide stability.

  11. Unique correlation between non-linear distortion of tangential magnetic field and magnetic excitation voltage - Unexplored ferromagnetic phenomena and their application for ferromagnetic materials evaluation

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    Moorthy, V.

    2016-01-01

    Unexplored ferromagnetic phenomena of non-linear distortion of tangential magnetic field (HT) and that of excitation voltage (VE) across the electromagnetic (EM) yoke, in the presence of a ferromagnetic material between the poles of the EM yoke, have been uniquely correlated in this study. Both the HT and VE show similar distortion behaviour, but in the opposite direction, with unique shape for each ferromagnetic sample with different microstructural conditions. Interestingly unique correlation between (dVE / dt) and (dHT / dt) profiles and their ability to distinguish different magnetisation behaviour of ferromagnetic material with different microstructures have also been discussed in this study. One to one correlation between the distortion of HT and VE shown in this study is clear evidence that both these parameters are strongly influenced by the same mechanism of magnetisation process, but in different ways. The systematic changes in the height and position of the peak and the trough on the time derivative profiles of VE and HT reflect the subtle differences in the magnetisation process for each microstructural condition of the steel. This study reveals the new scientific insight and good potential of this novel as well as very simple approach of distortion analysis of HT and VE for understanding the influence of material properties on the mechanism of magnetisation process and also their suitability for variety of applications related to materials evaluation of ferromagnetic components and structures.

  12. Using in-process measurements of open-gate structures to evaluate threshold voltage of normally-off GaN-based high electron mobility transistors

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    Hou, Bin; Ma, Xiao-Hua; Chen, Wei-Wei; Zhu, Jie-Jie; Zhao, Sheng-Lei; Chen, Yong-He; Xie, Yong; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Hao, Yue

    2015-10-01

    The parameters of open-gate structures treated with different etching time were monitored during the gate recess process, and their impacts on the threshold voltage (Vth) of final fabricated AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) based on open-gate structures were discussed in this paper. It is found that Vth can exceed 0 V when channel resistance in the recessed region (Ron-open) increases over ˜275 Ω mm, maximum current (IDmax) decreases below ˜29 mA/mm, or recessed barrier thickness (tRB) is below ˜7.5 nm. In addition, tRB obtained by atomic force microscopy measurements and C-V measurements are also compared. Finally, theoretical common criteria based on the experimental results of this work for tRB and Ron-open were established to evaluate the Vth of a regular normally-off AlGaN/GaN HEMTs. The results indicate that these parameters of open-gate structure can be utilized to achieve normally-off HEMTs with controllable Vth.

  13. Using in-process measurements of open-gate structures to evaluate threshold voltage of normally-off GaN-based high electron mobility transistors

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    Hou, Bin; Ma, Xiao-Hua E-mail: yhao@xidian.edu.cn; Chen, Wei-Wei; Zhu, Jie-Jie; Xie, Yong; Zhao, Sheng-Lei; Chen, Yong-He; Zhang, Jin-Cheng; Hao, Yue E-mail: yhao@xidian.edu.cn

    2015-10-19

    The parameters of open-gate structures treated with different etching time were monitored during the gate recess process, and their impacts on the threshold voltage (V{sub th}) of final fabricated AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) based on open-gate structures were discussed in this paper. It is found that V{sub th} can exceed 0 V when channel resistance in the recessed region (R{sub on-open}) increases over ∼275 Ω mm, maximum current (I{sub Dmax}) decreases below ∼29 mA/mm, or recessed barrier thickness (t{sub RB}) is below ∼7.5 nm. In addition, t{sub RB} obtained by atomic force microscopy measurements and C-V measurements are also compared. Finally, theoretical common criteria based on the experimental results of this work for t{sub RB} and R{sub on-open} were established to evaluate the V{sub th} of a regular normally-off AlGaN/GaN HEMTs. The results indicate that these parameters of open-gate structure can be utilized to achieve normally-off HEMTs with controllable V{sub th}.

  14. Clinical evaluation of accommodation and ocular surface stability relavant to visual asthenopia with 3D displays

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    2014-01-01

    Background To validate the association between accommodation and visual asthenopia by measuring objective accommodative amplitude with the Optical Quality Analysis System (OQAS®, Visiometrics, Terrassa, Spain), and to investigate associations among accommodation, ocular surface instability, and visual asthenopia while viewing 3D displays. Methods Fifteen normal adults without any ocular disease or surgical history watched the same 3D and 2D displays for 30 minutes. Accommodative ability, ocular protection index (OPI), and total ocular symptom scores were evaluated before and after viewing the 3D and 2D displays. Accommodative ability was evaluated by the near point of accommodation (NPA) and OQAS to ensure reliability. The OPI was calculated by dividing the tear breakup time (TBUT) by the interblink interval (IBI). The changes in accommodative ability, OPI, and total ocular symptom scores after viewing 3D and 2D displays were evaluated. Results Accommodative ability evaluated by NPA and OQAS, OPI, and total ocular symptom scores changed significantly after 3D viewing (p = 0.005, 0.003, 0.006, and 0.003, respectively), but yielded no difference after 2D viewing. The objective measurement by OQAS verified the decrease of accommodative ability while viewing 3D displays. The change of NPA, OPI, and total ocular symptom scores after 3D viewing had a significant correlation (p < 0.05), implying direct associations among these factors. Conclusions The decrease of accommodative ability after 3D viewing was validated by both subjective and objective methods in our study. Further, the deterioration of accommodative ability and ocular surface stability may be causative factors of visual asthenopia in individuals viewing 3D displays. PMID:24612686

  15. Spatial evaluation of rock slope geometry, kinematics and stability with RSS-GIS

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    Günther, A.

    2011-12-01

    A GIS-implemented, deterministic approach for the spatial evaluation of geometrical and kinematical properties of rock slope terrains is presented. Based on spatially distributed directional information on planar geological fabrics and DEM-derived topographic attribute data, the internal geometry of rock slopes can be characterized on a grid cell basis. For such computations, different approaches for the analysis and regionalization of available structural directional information applicable in specific tectonic settings are demonstrated and implemented in a GIS-environment. Simple kinematical testing procedures based on feasibility criteria can be conducted on a pixel basis to determine which failure mechanisms are likely to occur at particular terrain locations. In combination with hydraulic and strength data on geological discontinuities, scenario-based rock slope stability evaluations can be performed. For conceptual investigations on rock slope failure processes, a GIS-based specification tool for a 2-D distinct element code (UDEC) was designed to operate with the GIS-encoded spatially distributed rock slope data. The concepts of the proposed methodology for rock slope hazard assessments are demonstrated at three different test sites in Germany.

  16. Evaluation of extra virgin olive oil stability by artificial neural network.

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    Silva, Simone Faria; Anjos, Carlos Alberto Rodrigues; Cavalcanti, Rodrigo Nunes; Celeghini, Renata Maria dos Santos

    2015-07-15

    The stability of extra virgin olive oil in polyethylene terephthalate bottles and tinplate cans stored for 6 months under dark and light conditions was evaluated. The following analyses were carried out: free fatty acids, peroxide value, specific extinction at 232 and 270 nm, chlorophyll, L(∗)C(∗)h color, total phenolic compounds, tocopherols and squalene. The physicochemical changes were evaluated by artificial neural network (ANN) modeling with respect to light exposure conditions and packaging material. The optimized ANN structure consists of 11 input neurons, 18 hidden neurons and 5 output neurons using hyperbolic tangent and softmax activation functions in hidden and output layers, respectively. The five output neurons correspond to five possible classifications according to packaging material (PET amber, PET transparent and tinplate can) and light exposure (dark and light storage). The predicted physicochemical changes agreed very well with the experimental data showing high classification accuracy for test (>90%) and training set (>85). Sensitivity analysis showed that free fatty acid content, peroxide value, L(∗)Cab(∗)hab(∗) color parameters, tocopherol and chlorophyll contents were the physicochemical attributes with the most discriminative power. PMID:25722136

  17. Evaluation of In-Use Stability of Anticoagulant Drug Products: Warfarin Sodium.

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    Nguyenpho, Agnes; Ciavarella, Anthony B; Siddiqui, Akhtar; Rahman, Ziyaur; Akhtar, Sohail; Hunt, Robert; Korang-Yeboah, Maxwell; Khan, Mansoor A

    2015-12-01

    The objective of the study was to evaluate the stability of warfarin products during use by patients or caregivers. For evaluation, three commercial products manufactured by different processes were selected and placed at 30°C/75%RH to simulate in use condition. Samples were withdrawn up to 12 weeks and analyzed for the physicochemical changes. Scanning electron microscopy demonstrated increasing holes and craters in the tablets over the timeframe. Near-infrared chemical imaging and powder X-ray powder diffraction corroborated the change arising from conversion of crystalline to amorphous forms of the drug. Hardness and disintegration time of the tablets were found to increase progressively. With increasing time, moisture contents of the products were found to increase and consequent decrease in isopropyl alcohol content of the product. Dissolution of the tablets in media at pH 4.5 demonstrated discrimination between crystalline and amorphous drug products. Overall, percent drug dissolved in each product at 30 min was found to decrease with increasing exposure time. Dissolution of drug decreased from 54% to 38% and 82% to 54% for the two products while the third product maintained consistently high level of dissolution. These results suggest that the drug product quality attributes can change during use. PMID:26501849

  18. Evaluation of chemical and diastereoisomeric stability of S-adenosylmethionine in aqueous solution by capillary electrophoresis.

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    Desiderio, Claudia; Cavallaro, Rosaria A; De Rossi, Antonella; D'Anselmi, Fabrizio; Fuso, Andrea; Scarpa, Sigfrido

    2005-07-01

    Capillary electrophoresis was used for monitoring the stability of S-adenosylmethionine in aqueous solution under different conditions of storage and incubation used for "in vitro" and "in vivo" experiments, by evaluating both the entity of degradation and the possibility of epimerization at the sulfonium group. The determination of S,S-S-adenosylmethionine in presence of its R,S-epimer and degradation products was performed in uncoated capillary of 50 microm ID using 150 mM sodium phosphate buffer at pH 2.5. The analyses were performed in short or long-end injection modes depending if a fast monitoring of the degradation products or the evaluation of the diastereoisomeric ratio were carried out, respectively. In the long-end injection mode the baseline separation of S-adenosylmethionine diastereoisomeric forms and degradation products was obtained in less than 10 min with efficiency values in the range of 172,520-311,439 number of theoretical plates per meter. The results showed that freezing was the optimum storage mode for S-adenosylmethionine aqueous solutions preserving from degradation and diastereoisomeric ratio alterations. Under incubation conditions at 38 degrees C during 14 days period S-adenosylmethionine showed a strong degradation and the formation of three main increasing degradation products. After 7 and 14 days only the 52% and 32% of the initial drug concentration were available and the active S,S-S-adenosylmethionine form was the most affected. PMID:15925246

  19. Automatic voltage imbalance detector

    DOEpatents

    Bobbett, Ronald E.; McCormick, J. Byron; Kerwin, William J.

    1984-01-01

    A device for indicating and preventing damage to voltage cells such as galvanic cells and fuel cells connected in series by detecting sequential voltages and comparing these voltages to adjacent voltage cells. The device is implemented by using operational amplifiers and switching circuitry is provided by transistors. The device can be utilized in battery powered electric vehicles to prevent galvanic cell damage and also in series connected fuel cells to prevent fuel cell damage.

  20. Mixed voltage VLSI design

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    Panwar, Ramesh; Rennels, David; Alkalaj, Leon

    1993-01-01

    A technique for minimizing the power dissipated in a Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) chip by lowering the operating voltage without any significant penalty in the chip throughput even though low voltage operation results in slower circuits. Since the overall throughput of a VLSI chip depends on the speed of the critical path(s) in the chip, it may be possible to sustain the throughput rates attained at higher voltages by operating the circuits in the critical path(s) with a high voltage while operating the other circuits with a lower voltage to minimize the power dissipation. The interface between the gates which operate at different voltages is crucial for low power dissipation since the interface may possibly have high static current dissipation thus negating the gains of the low voltage operation. The design of a voltage level translator which does the interface between the low voltage and high voltage circuits without any significant static dissipation is presented. Then, the results of the mixed voltage design using a greedy algorithm on three chips for various operating voltages are presented.

  1. Formulation and stability evaluation of extemporaneously prepared atenolol capsules from crushed atenolol tablets.

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    Zaid, Abdel Naser; Malkieh, Numan; Kharoaf, Maher; Abu Ghoush, Abeer; Al-Ramahi, Rowa'

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to formulate a 25-mg atenolol capsule starting from a commercial 100-mg atenolol tablet, given the fact that this strength is not available in Palestine and also because 50-mg atenolol tablets failed the splitting uniformity test of the European Pharmacopoeia, and to evaluate the chemical stability and dissolution behavior of the obtained capsules so as to ensure a high-quality product. A high-performance liquid chromatographic system was used for the analysis and quantification of atenolol in the samples studied. Samples of atenoIol for analysis were prepared as reported by the United States Pharmacopeia monograph. Disintegration and dissolution tests were performed according to the United States Pharmacopeia. The high-performance liquid chromatography assay indicated that the 25-mg atenolol capsules were stable for four months when stored at ambient temperature conditions. The disintegration time for all atenolol capsules was within the United States Pharmacopeia limits of 15 minutes. Atenolol release profile showed that approximately 90% of atenolol dissolved after 10 minutes. This study is important for patients who need to take one half of a 50-mg tablet, but for whom the splitting process doesn't give equal halves, and also for modifying the dose for patients with renal or hepatic problems. Therefore, it is possible for the community pharmacist to crush atenolol 100-mg tablets and refill them in new capsules with each containing a precise amount of atenolol, calculated according to body surface area and kidney and liver functions without affecting the chemical stability of the active ingredient nor its dissolution profile and also have a cost effective dosage form. PMID:23050394

  2. Evaluation method of threshold voltage shift of SiC MOSFETs under negative gate bias using n-type SiC MOS capacitors

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    Ohashi, Teruyuki; Iijima, Ryosuke

    2016-02-01

    A novel method for estimating threshold voltage shifts of n-channel SiC MOSFETs under negative gate bias stresses has been proposed. In the proposed method, n-type SiC MOS capacitors were utilized instead of n-channel SiC MOSFETs. The n-type SiC MOS capacitors were exposed to ultraviolet light to generate holes around the gate region at the SiC surfaces. By applying negative gate voltage under this condition, inversion layers of the holes were formed, and negative gate bias stress was applied to the gate oxides of the n-type SiC MOS capacitors. By this method, we investigated the tendency of flat band voltage shifts in SiC MOS capacitors depending on the gate oxide forming condition, and it was confirmed that the tendency is in accord with that of threshold voltage shifts in SiC MOSFETs obtained by the conventional method.

  3. Bioremediation of Contaminated Lake Sediments and Evaluation of Maturity Indicies as Indicators of Compost Stability

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    Rekha, P.; Suman Raj, D. S.; Aparna, C.; Bindu, V. Hima; Anjaneyulu, Y.

    2005-01-01

    Land contamination is one of the widely addressed problems, which is gaining importance in many developed and developing countries. International efforts are actively envisaged to remediate contaminated sites as a response to adverse health effects. Popular conventional methodologies only transfer the phase of the contaminant involving cost intensive liabilities besides handling risk of the hazardous waste. Physico-chemical methods are effective for specific wastes, but are technically complex and lack public acceptance for land remediation. “Bioremediation”, is one of the emerging low-cost technologies that offer the possibility to destroy various contaminants using natural biological activities. Resultant non -toxic end products due to the microbial activity and insitu applicability of this technology is gaining huge public acceptance. In the present study, composting is demonstrated as a bioremediation methodology for the stabilization of contaminated lake sediments of Hyderabad, A.P, India. Lake sediment contaminated with organics is collected from two stratums – upper (0.25 m) and lower (0.5m) to set up as Pile I (Upper) and Pile II (Lower) in the laboratory. Lime as a pretreatment to the lake sediments is carried out to ensure metal precipitation. The pretreated sediment is then mixed with organic and inorganic fertilizers like cow dung, poultry manure, urea and super phosphate as initial seeding amendments. Bulking agents like sawdust and other micronutrients are provided. Continuous monitoring of process control parameters like pH, moisture content, electrical conductivity, total volatile solids and various forms of nitrogen were carried out during the entire course of the study. The stability of the compost was evaluated by assessing maturity indices like C/N, Cw (water soluble carbon), CNw (Cw/Nw), nitrification index (NH4/NO−3), Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), germination index, humification ratio, compost mineralization index (ash content/oxidizable carbon), sorption capacity index (CEC/oxidizable carbon). Enzyme activities of agricultural interest like urease, phosphatase, β-glucosidase, dehydrogenase and BAA-hydrolyzing protease, which are involved in the nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon cycles, were also assessed. Total content of macro and micronutrients in the final compost was also determined to assess the fertilizer value. The studies revealed that composting could be applied as a remediation technology after removing the top sediment. The maturity indices that are evaluated from the present study can be used to validate the success of the remediation technology. PMID:16705825

  4. Technical evaluation report (Revision 1) on the proposed design modifications and technical specification changes on grid voltage degradation for the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3

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    Selan, J.C.

    1983-03-11

    This report is a revision of the technical evaluation documented in a separate report dated November 3, 1981 (UCID-19115) on the proposed design modification and Technical Specification changes for the protection of the Class 1E equipment from grid voltage degradation for the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3. The review criteria are based on several IEEE standards and The Code of Federal Regulations. The evaluation compares the submittals made by the plant with the NRC staff positions and the review criteria. The evaluation finds that the proposed design modifications and the required changes to the Technical Specifications will ensure that the Class 1E equipment will be protected from sustained voltage degradation.

  5. 30 CFR 18.47 - Voltage limitation.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Voltage limitation. 18.47 Section 18.47 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TESTING, EVALUATION, AND APPROVAL OF MINING PRODUCTS ELECTRIC MOTOR-DRIVEN MINE EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES Construction and Design Requirements § 18.47 Voltage limitation. (a)...

  6. BICUVOX.1-matrix composite electrolyte with yttria-stabilized zirconia as an inert phase: SEM evaluation of the chemical stability under hydrogen atmosphere.

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    Piva, R H; Piva, D H; Venturini, J; Floriano, R; Morelli, M R

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of yttria-stabilized zirconia (3Y-TZP) as an inert phase to prevent the decomposition of Bi2 V0.9 Cu0.1 O5.5 -δ (BICUVOX.1) electrolyte under reducing atmosphere. A post-mortem scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study was performed after chemical stability tests under hydrogen-rich atmosphere using a Sieverts-type apparatus. SEM results showed that BICUVOX.1 decomposition starts under a hydrogen pressure of 19.7 atm at 300°C, even in the case of the composite containing 3Y-TZP. The microstructure of BICUVOX.1 after decomposition was observed to be composed of microspheres ranging from 10 to 100 µm formed primarily of metallic bismuth. In the composite, in addition to microspheres, the microstructure contained bismuth fibers growth from the grain area of the BICUVOX.1 matrix. Despite significant surface morphological modifications, the grain-boundary-arranged 3Y-TZP particles in a BICUVOX.1-matrix composite did not result in enhanced chemical stability. PMID:25940790

  7. Stability evaluation of a cement based waste form to microbially induced degradation.

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    Idachaba, M A; Nyavor, K; Egiebor, N O; Rogers, R D

    2001-08-01

    In this study the current Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) protocol is used to evaluate the stability of Tuskegee cement/cobalt chloride waste form in the presence of Thiobacillus thiooxidans (T. thiooxidans). A critical examination of this protocol and identified limitations are reported also. Tuskegee cement/cobalt chloride waste forms were shown to exhibit considerable instability to microbial degradation as indicated by significant physical deterioration, and increased leaching of calcium and cobalt on exposure to T. thiooxidans. The instability was aggravated with higher levels of cobalt chloride content of the waste forms. The degradative capability of T. thiooxidans closely followed its ability to significantly decrease the pH of its environment. Inherent limitations in the NRC protocol were observed which could lead to serious result interpretation errors. The use of a T. thiooxidans culture that is significantly lower in pH in comparison to the control medium could lead to an overestimation of the degradative effect of T. thiooxidans, while the use of a culture that is substrate limited could result in an underestimation of T. thiooxidans capability. PMID:11720262

  8. Pilot-scale evaluation of the thermal-stability POHC incinerability anking

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    Lee, J.W.; Whitworth, W.E.; Waterland, L.R.

    1992-04-01

    A test series were performed at the U.S. EPA Incineration Research Facility (IRF) to evaluate the thermal-stability-based principal organic hazardous constituent (POHC) incinerability ranking. Mixtures of twelve POHCs with predicted incinerabilities spanning the range of most- to least-difficult-to-incinerate classes were combined with a clay-based sorbent matrix and fed to the facility's pilot-scale rotary kiln incinerator. Kiln operating conditions were varied to include a baseline operating condition, three modes of attempted incineration failure, and a worst-case combination of the three failure modes. Kiln-exit POHC destruction and removal efficiencies (DREs) were in the 99.99% range for the volatile POHCs during the baseline, mixing failure and matrix failure tests. Semivolatile POHCs were not detected at the kiln exit for these tests; corresponding DREs were generally greater than 99.999%. The thermal failure and worst-case tests resulted in substantially decreased kiln-exit POHC DREs, ranging from less than 99% to greater than 99.999%. General agreement between measured and predicted relative kiln-exit POHC DREs was observed for those two tests.

  9. Evaluation of the thermal stability POHC incinerability ranking in a pilot-scale rotary kiln incinerator

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    Lee, J.W.; Waterland, L.R.; Whitworth, W.E.; Carroll, G.J.

    1991-01-01

    A series of pilot-scale incineration tests was performed at EPA's Incineration Research Facility to evaluate the thermal stability-based POHC incinerability ranking. In the tests, mixtures of 12 POHCs with predicted incinerability spanning the range of most to least difficult to incinerate class were combined with a clay-based sorbent and batch-fed to the facility's pilot-scale rotary kiln incinerator via a fiberpack drum ram feeder. Kiln operating conditions were varied to include a baseline operating condition, three modes of attempted incineration failure, and a worst case combination of the three failure modes. Kiln exit POHC DREs were in the 99.99 percent range for the volatile POHCs for the baseline, mixing failure (increased charge mass), and matrix failure (decreased feed H/C) tests. Semivolatile POHCs were not detected in the kiln exit for these tests; corresponding DREs were generally greater than 99.999 percent. The thermal failure (low kiln temperature) and worst case (combination of thermal, mixing, and matrix failure) tests resulted in substantially decreased kiln exit POHC DREs. These ranged from 99 percent or less for Freon 113 to greater than 99.999 percent for the less stable-ranked semivolatile POHCs. General agreement between relative kiln exit POHC DRE and predicted incinerability class was observed.

  10. Comparison of methods for evaluating the thermal stability of human enteric viruses.

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    Arthur, Sabastine E; Gibson, Kristen E

    2015-03-01

    Human enteric viruses have been identified as one of the predominant causative agents of food-borne illnesses in developed countries, and it is estimated that human norovirus accounts for a majority of these illnesses each year. Not all of these viruses can be cultured and hence relatively little is known about their pathogenesis and physicochemical properties. To overcome this, researchers have utilized different virus surrogates for the study of non-cultivable human enteric viruses. In this review, we discuss various methods utilized for the evaluation of the thermal stability of human enteric viruses, compare the results of these methods, and examine how researchers may move toward a single standard approach (i.e., temperatures, virus concentrations, volume/weight of matrices, etc.) for determining thermal inactivation profiles of human enteric viruses and their surrogates. Based on our review, we found that temperature, time of exposure, type of matrix, analysis type, type of heat application, and the concentration and volume of virus used in the experiments were highly variable across virus surrogates even for the same surrogates. Because of these differences-along with the inherent limitations of using surrogate viruses-comparison of these methods and how the results may be extrapolated to human enteric viruses is quite challenging. As a result, we discuss how researchers may move toward a single standard approach for determining thermal inactivation profiles of human enteric viruses and their surrogates. PMID:25526719

  11. Stability Evaluation Of Previous Volcanic Edifice Collapse At Pico De Orizaba Volcano, Mexico, Using Geotechnical Techniques

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    Concha-Dimas, A.; Watters, R. J.

    2001-12-01

    Pico de Orizaba volcano has collapsed twice during its geologic evolution (Carrasco-Nuñez, 1997). The initial stage of evolution for this volcano is known as the Torrecillas cone that collapsed 0.21 Ma b.p., and the related deposits formed the Jamapa avalanche which traveled eastward 75 km. A second, superimposed constructional stage is the Espolón de Oro cone that also ended with a collapse 20 000 years b.p., forming the Tetelzingo avalanche-lahar that traveled 85 km. Samples from the remains of old summit cores and their corresponding collapse deposits were collected and tested in order to obtain strength parameters of altered rock from old volcanic edifices. Hydrothermal alteration and variations of strength of the two avalanche deposits were correlated with the strength values and alterations from the in situ corresponding sources. Strength values: Hoek and Brown's parameters, Uniaxial Compressive Strength (50-300 kPa), cohesion (480-2000 kPa), angle of friction (6° - 35° ); and degree of alteration give insights of rock mass quality and maximum intact rock strengths of the edifice rock mass. These values provide the upper limits for numerical model input parameter values for evaluation of flank stability. Rock strength from numerical model of previous failures can be compared with those obtained for the rock mass and intact rock of the actual edifice. This would permit the assessment of future avalanche hazards.

  12. Evaluation of crystallinity and film stress in yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films

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    Piascik, Jeffrey R.; Thompson, Jeffrey Y.; Bower, Christopher A.; Stoner, Brian R.

    2005-09-15

    Yttria (3 mol %)-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin films were deposited using radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering. The YSZ thin films were deposited over a range of temperatures (22-300 deg. C), pressures (5-25 mTorr), and gas compositions (Ar/O ratio). Initial studies characterized a select set of properties in relation to deposition parameters including: refractive index, structure, and film stress. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that the films are comprised of mainly monoclinic and tetragonal crystal phases. The film refractive index determined by prism coupling, depends strongly on deposition conditions and ranged from 1.959 to 2.223. Wafer bow measurements indicate that the sputtered YSZ films can have initial stress ranging from 86 MPa tensile to 192 MPa compressive, depending on the deposition parameters. Exposure to ambient conditions (25 deg. C, 75% relative humidity) led to large increase ({approx}100 MPa) in the compressive stress of the films. Environmental aging suggests the change in compressive stress was related to water vapor absorption. These effects were then evaluated for films formed under different deposition parameters with varying density (calculated packing density) and crystal structure (XRD)

  13. Stability evaluation of the Panel 1 rooms and the E140 drift at WIPP

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    Maleki, H.; Chaturvedi, L.

    1996-08-01

    WIPP, intended for underground permanent disposal of defense transuranic waste, is located 40 km east of Carlsbad at a depth of 655 m in the salt beds of the 600-m thick Permian Salado Formation. It will consist of 56 ``rooms`` each 91.5 m long, 10 m wide, and 4 m high, grouped in 8 ``panels`` of 7 rooms each. About 7.5 km of access drifts will also be provided. Excavation began in 1982 and surface/access/test facilities and one panel were completed by 1988, many years before it could be used. Current plans are to start emplacing waste in WIPP in 1998 and continue for 35 years. The north- south drift E140 is the widest (25 ft) of the four main north-south drifts and is the main north-south passage. Plans to conduct experiments with waste in 1993 were abandoned, and the plan now is to use panel 1 for permanent disposal of waste starting in 1998. The stability evaluation resulted in the conclusion that, while it would be possible to safely use portions of panel 1 for waste emplacement, it would be best to abandon panel 1 and mine a new panel after the decision has been made to use WIPP as a repository and the necessary permits obtained.

  14. In Vitro Evaluation of Dimensional Stability of Alginate Impressions after Disinfection by Spray and Immersion Methods

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    Hamedi Rad, Fahimeh; Ghaffari, Tahereh; Safavi, Sayed Hamed

    2010-01-01

    Background and aims The most common method for alginate impression disinfection is spraying it with disinfecting agents, but some studies have shown that these impressions can be immersed, too. The aim of this study was to evaluate the dimensional stability of alginate impressions following disinfecting by spray and immersion methods. Materials and methods Four common disinfecting agents (Sodium Hypochlorite, Micro 10, Glutaraldehyde and De-conex) were selected and the impressions (n=108) were divided into four groups (n=24) and eight subgroups (n=12) for disinfecting by any of the four above-mentioned agents by spray or immersion methods. The control group (n=12) was not disinfected. Then the impressions were poured by type III Dental Stone Plaster in a standard method. The results were ana-lyzed by descriptive methods (mean and standard deviation), t-test, two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Duncan test, using SPSS 14.0 software for windows. Results The mean changes of length and height were significant between the various groups and disinfecting methods. Regarding the length, the greatest and the least amounts were related to Deconex and Micro 10 in the immersion method, respectively. Regarding height, the greatest and the least amounts were related to Glutaraldehyde and Deconex in the im-mersion method, respectively. Conclusion Disinfecting alginate impressions by Sodium Hypochlorite, Deconex and Glutaraldehyde by immersion method is not recommended and it is better to disinfect alginate impressions by spraying of Micro 10, Sodium Hypochlorite, Glutaraldehyde and immersion in Micro 10. PMID:23346340

  15. Immediate release tablets of telmisartan using superdisintegrant-formulation, evaluation and stability studies.

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    Sekar, Vasanthakumar; Chellan, Vijaya Raghavan

    2008-04-01

    Telmisartan (anti-hypertensive) is insoluble in water; hence the drug may be slowly or incompletely dissolved in the gastro intestinal tract. So the rate of dissolution and therefore its bioavailability is less (bioavailability 42%). In the present study an attempt has been made to prepare immediate release tablets of telmisartan by using Polyplasdone XL-10 (Crosspovidone) at intragranular, extragranular and partly intra and extragranular level of addition to increase the rate of drug release from dosage form to increase the dissolution rate and hence its bioavailability. The prepared granules and tablets were evaluated for their physiochemical properties and in-vitro dissolution study was conducted for the prepared tablets. It was concluded that the immediate release tablets with proper hardness, disintegration time and with increase rate of dissolution can be made using Polyplasdone XL-10. Formuation-10 (F10) was selected for stability study and the in-vitro dissolution study showed that was no difference in percent of drug released between initial and sixth month sample. PMID:18379110

  16. INTERNATIONAL WASTE TECHNOLOGIES EVALUATION REPORT SITE PROGRAM DEMONSTRATION, IN-SITU STABILIZATION/SOLIDIFICATION, HIALEAH, FL, VOLUME I

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    A demonstration of the International Waste Technologies (IWT) process, utilizing the Geo-Con, Inc., deep-soil-mixing equipment has been performed under the Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program. his was the first field demonstration of an in situ stabilization...

  17. EVALUATION OF TWO LEAD-BASED PAINT REMOVAL AND WASTE STABILIZATION TECHNOLOGY COMBINATIONS ON TYPICAL EXTERIOR SURFACES: JOURNAL ARTICLE

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    NRMRL-CIN-1624 Daniels*, A., Kominsky, J.R., and Clark*, P.J. Evaluation of Two Lead-Based Paint Removal and Waste Stabilization Technology Combinations on Typical Exterior Surfaces. Published in: Journal of Hazardous Materials 87 (1-3):117-126 (2001). 10/04/2001 A study was co...

  18. Role of primary stability for successful osseointegration of dental implants: Factors of influence and evaluation

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    Ahmed, Hameeda Bashir; Crespi, Roberto; Romanos, Georgios E.

    2013-01-01

    A secure implant primary (mechanical) stability is positively associated with a successful implant integration and long-term successful clinical outcome. Therefore, it is essential to assess the initial stability at different time-points to ensure a successful osseointegration. The present study critically reviews the factors that may play a role in achieving a successful initial stability in dental implants. Databases were searched from 1983 up to and including October 2013 using different combinations of various keywords. Bone quality and quantity, implant geometry, and surgical technique adopted may significantly influence primary stability and overall success rate of dental implants. PMID:24381734

  19. High-voltage power supply with improved thermostability for Xenon gamma-ray spectrometer

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    Petrenko, D.; Uteshev, Z.; Novikov, A.; Shustov, A.; Vlasik, K.; Chernysheva, I.; Smirnova, M.; Krivova, K.; Dmitrenko, V.; Ulin, S.

    2016-02-01

    In this article the high voltage power supply for xenon spectrometer is described. Result of time simulation for output voltage at different temperatures was shown. The experimental data is confirming results of the time simulations. The experimental data showed breadboard model provides a stability of voltage better than 1% of the generated voltage at different temperatures

  20. Evaluating network analysis and agent based modeling for investigating the stability of commercial air carrier schedules

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    Conway, Sheila Ruth

    For a number of years, the United States Federal Government has been formulating the Next Generation Air Transportation System plans for National Airspace System improvement. These improvements attempt to address air transportation holistically, but often address individual improvements in one arena such as ground or in-flight equipment. In fact, air transportation system designers have had only limited success using traditional Operations Research and parametric modeling approaches in their analyses of innovative operations. They need a systemic methodology for modeling of safety-critical infrastructure that is comprehensive, objective, and sufficiently concrete, yet simple enough to be deployed with reasonable investment. The methodology must also be amenable to quantitative analysis so issues of system safety and stability can be rigorously addressed. The literature suggests that both agent-based models and network analysis techniques may be useful for complex system development and analysis. The purpose of this research is to evaluate these two techniques as applied to analysis of commercial air carrier schedule (route) stability in daily operations, an important component of air transportation. Airline-like routing strategies are used to educe essential elements of applying the method. Two main models are developed, one investigating the network properties of the route structure, the other an Agent-based approach. The two methods are used to predict system properties at a macro-level. These findings are compared to observed route network performance measured by adherence to a schedule to provide validation of the results. Those interested in complex system modeling are provided some indication as to when either or both of the techniques would be applicable. For aviation policy makers, the results point to a toolset capable of providing insight into the system behavior during the formative phases of development and transformation with relatively low investment. Both Agent-Based Modeling and Network Analysis were found to be useful in this context, particularly when applied with an eye towards the system context, and concentrated effort on capturing the salient features of the system of interest.

  1. Ultrasonic test application for evaluation of improvement of marl soil stabilized by lime

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    Jamshidi, H.; Sheshpari, M.

    2011-12-01

    Ultrasonic test has been accepted for non-destructive, fast, and accurate measurement of elastic constants, longitudinal and shear wave velocities, in rock and soil materials in the geotechnical engineering. The ultrasonic test is valid for the measurement of compression and shear wave velocities in the both anisotropic and isotropic samples. There is a direct relation between the elastic constants and elastic waves velocities. The velocity of elastic waves varies with the variation of compression and tensile strengths of materials. In this research, using ultrasonic velocity-meter, propagation velocity of high frequency pulses, according to ISRM (International Society for Rock Mechanics), and ASTM D2845 standards, was measured in samples from an unstable telecommunication station site located in Ahvaz city in Iran. The geological materials of the site were composed of marl soils, and the sequences of sandstone, and marlstone. The test results showed that longitudinal and shear wave velocities, Young's and shear modulus are higher in the sandstone samples obtained from the site than the marlstone samples. Some engineering tests showed that the marl soils due to high clay minerals content and high swelling potential are the cause of instability in the form of crack in the site. Chemical stabilization with lime was selected as a way for reduction of the swelling potential and enhancement of the strength characteristics of the marl soils. Several samples of the marl soils were mixed and cured with different (1, 3, 6, 9, 12, and15) percents of lime. Longitudinal wave velocity, according to the standards mentioned above, was measured in the prepared samples. The test results showed that longitudinal wave velocity increases in the samples with the increase of lime content from 1 up to 9 percent, and decreases after 9 percent lime. The uniaxial compression test results showed that the uniaxial strength value of the prepared samples increases with the increase of lime content from 1 up to 9 percent, and decreases after 9 percents. Also, other geotechnical tests showed that 9 percent lime in the marl soil samples, is the optimum content for the improvement of the marl soils in the site. With comparison of the results from these tests, it can be inferred that the ultrasonic testing can be used as a fast method for the evaluation of improvement of marl soils stabilized by lime.

  2. Hyphenation of a Deoxyribonuclease I immobilized enzyme reactor with liquid chromatography for the online stability evaluation of oligonucleotides.

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    Álvarez Porebski, Piotr Wiktor; Gyssels, Ellen; Madder, Annemieke; Lynen, Frederic

    2015-11-27

    The stability of antisense oligonucleotides (ONs) toward nucleases is a key aspect for their possible implementation as therapeutic agents. Typically, ON stability studies are performed off-line, where the ONs are incubated with nucleases in solution, followed by their analysis. The problematics of off-line processing render the detailed comparison of relative ON stability quite challenging. Therefore, the development of an online platform based on an immobilized enzyme reactor (IMER) coupled to liquid chromatography (LC) was developed as an alternative for improved ON stability testing. More in detail, Deoxyribonuclease I (DNase I) was immobilized on epoxy-silica particles of different pore sizes and packed into a column for the construction of an IMER. Subsequently, the hyphenation of the IMER with ion-pair chromatography (IPC) and ion-exchange chromatography (IEC) was evaluated, leading to the successful development of two online methodologies: IMER-IPC and IMER-IEC. More specifically, natural and modified DNA and RNA oligonucleotides were used for testing the performance of the methodologies. Both methodologies proved to be simple, automatable, fast and highly reproducible for the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of ON degradation. In addition, the extended IMER life time in combination with a more straightforward control of the reaction kinetics substantiate the applicability of the IMER-LC platform for ON stability tests and its implementation in routine and research laboratories. PMID:26515385

  3. Parenteral oil-based drospirenone microcrystal suspensions-evaluation of physicochemical stability and influence of stabilising agents.

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    Nippe, Stefanie; General, Sascha

    2011-09-15

    Drospirenone (DRSP) is a contraceptive drug substance with challenging physicochemical properties, due to insufficient solubility in aqueous and oil-based vehicles as well as low chemical stability in aqueous fluids. Although it is one of the most popular orally used progestins, no parenteral long-acting contraceptive containing the drug substance is marketed. An oil-based DRSP microcrystal suspension (MCS) might be an attractive formulation option. The main focus of this study was to investigate the physicochemical stability of such preparations. Moreover, syringeability and injectability via autoinjector were analysed using a materials testing machine. A high chemical stability of DRSP was found in oil-based vehicles. Span() 83, cholesteryl oleate, lecithin, methyl cholate, Aerosil() R972 and 200 Pharma were tested for increasing the physical stability of DRSP dispersions. Changes in viscosity, rheological properties, and solubility were analysed. The intention was to show a stabilising effect of the excipients without increasing viscosity and solubility. To evaluate the physical stability of DRSP MCS with and without addition of stabilising agents, sedimentation and particle growth after storage were examined. Especially, the silica derivatives Aerosil() 200 and R972 Pharma influenced the physical stability positively. PMID:21729745

  4. Enhanced cycling stability and rate performance of Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 by CeO2 coating at high cut-off voltage

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    Liu, Kun; Yang, Gao-Li; Dong, Yue; Shi, Ting; Chen, Li

    2015-05-01

    A rough coating structure of CeO2@Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 can be formed via a wet chemical method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) equipped with an energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS) are carried out to study the structures and morphologies, which all confirm the existence of CeO2 coating layer on the Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 surface. The 2 wt.% CeO2-coated Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 can deliver 97.4 mAh g-1 at 10 C and 59.2 mAh g-1 at 20 C after 100 cycles in the voltage range of 2.8-4.6 V, while the pristine Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 can deliver only 23.5 mAh g-1 at 10 C and 9.0 mAh g-1 at 20 C. The discharge capacities of CeO2-coated Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 samples at high discharge rates are much higher than those of the pristine Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2. Meanwhile, the CeO2-coated Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 sample shows better rate performance at different rates. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements reveal that the improved electrochemical performance can be attributed to the reduced interfacial polarization and stabilized structure of Li[Ni0.5Co0.2Mn0.3]O2 by CeO2 coating. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) is applied to analyze the role of CeO2 coating layer on the long cycling life.

  5. Stability evaluation of a prostaglandin E1 saline solution packed in insulin syringes.

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    Uebel, R A; Wium, C A; Schmidt, A C

    2001-02-01

    This article describes the preparation and stability of a sterile prostaglandin E1 solution. The solution is packed in insulin syringes as single dose injections for the treatment of erectile disfunction. The stability of this preparation is 24 weeks when stored at 5 degrees C. PMID:11313835

  6. Solubilization of beclomethasone dipropionate in sterically stabilized phospholipid nanomicelles (SSMs): physicochemical and in vitro evaluations

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    Sahib, Mohanad Naji; Abdulameer, Shaymaa Abdalwahed; Darwis, Yusrida; Peh, Kok Khiang; Tan, Yvonne Tze Fung

    2012-01-01

    Background The local treatment of lung disorders such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease via pulmonary drug delivery offers many advantages over oral or intravenous routes of administration. This is because direct deposition of a drug at the diseased site increases local drug concentrations, which improves the pulmonary receptor occupancy and reduces the overall dose required, therefore reducing the side effects that result from high drug doses. From a clinical point of view, although jet nebulizers have been used for aerosol delivery of water-soluble compounds and micronized suspensions, their use with hydrophobic drugs has been inadequate. Aim: To evaluate the feasibility of sterically stabilized phospholipid nanomicelles (SSMs) loaded with beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) as a carrier for pulmonary delivery. Methods 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol 5000) polymeric micelles containing BDP (BDP-SSMs) were prepared by the coprecipitation and reconstitution method, and the physicochemical and in vitro characteristics of BDP-SSMs were investigated. Results BDP-SSMs were successfully prepared with a content uniformity and reproducibility suitable for pulmonary administration. The maximum solubility of BDP in SSMs was approximately 1300 times its actual solubility. The particle size and zeta potential of BDP-SSMs were 19.89 0.67 nm and ?28.03 2.05 mV, respectively. The SSMs system slowed down the release of BDP and all of the aerodynamic values of the aerosolized rehydrated BDP-SSMs were not only acceptable but indicated a significant level of deposition in the lungs. Conclusion The SSM system might be an effective way of improving the therapeutic index of nebulized, poorly soluble corticosteroids. PMID:22393583

  7. Montezuma Creek Stability Evaluation at Site of Former Monticello Tailings Pile

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    Korte, N.

    2001-10-04

    This report documents the results of an evaluation of stream stability for Montezuma Creek downstream of the former uranium and vanadium millsite at Monticello, Utah. The work was performed by personnel from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) Environmental Technology Section (ETS). ORNL/ETS was the Independent Verification Contractor (IVC) for the Monticello projects, and it established independent verification strategies that provided the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with a third-party assessment of whether remedial action had effectively reduced levels of contamination and whether supporting documentation that described the remediation was adequate. The DOE regulation 10 CFR 1022, which implements Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 for the protection of wetlands and floodplains, provided the regulatory rationale for the activity. This report documents both the impact of millsite remedial activities and postremediation conditions of Montezuma Creek. The scientific rationale for the stream survey was that conventional engineering practices do not adequately account for varying hydrologic regimes nor do they address the entire riparian zone as an interrelated unit. As a result, modifications to streams consistently cause damage to the environment by increasing erosion and sedimentation. Field activities included the establishment of permanent cross sections and periodic measurements and surveys of physical characteristics. The data demonstrated an increase in downstream stream bank erosion when activities at the millsite were greatest. Note, however, that agricultural practices have also contributed to erosion and bank instability. Nevertheless, an increase in fine sediment and bank recession were correlated to the construction. In addition, the project documented the failure of best management practices such as silt fences, to control sediment loss. Furthermore, conventional engineering designs were used to reroute Montezuma Creek, an action that will require increased maintenance when compared to a natural channel. Although these latter actions remain the most common practices, it is recommended that DOE apply geomorphic designs at future sites.

  8. Gemifloxacin mesylate (GFM) stability evaluation applying a validated bioassay method and in vitro cytotoxic study.

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    Paim, Clésio S; Führ, Fernanda; Barth, Aline B; Gonçalves, Carlos E I; Nardi, Nance; Steppe, Martin; Schapoval, Elfrides E S

    2011-02-15

    The validation of a microbiological assay applying the cylinder-plate method to determine the quinolone gemifloxacin mesylate (GFM) content is described. Using a strain of Staphylococcus epidermidis ATCC 12228 as the test organism, the GFM content in tablets at concentrations ranging from 0.5 to 4.5 μg mL(-1) could be determined. A standard curve was obtained by plotting three values derived from the diameters of the growth inhibition zone. A prospective validation showed that the method developed is linear (r=0.9966), precise (repeatability and intermediate precision), accurate (100.63%), specific and robust. GFM solutions (from the drug product) exposed to direct UVA radiation (352 nm), alkaline hydrolysis, acid hydrolysis, thermal stress, hydrogen peroxide causing oxidation, and a synthetic impurity were used to evaluate the specificity of the bioassay. The bioassay and the previously validated high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method were compared using Student's t test, which indicated that there was no statistically significant difference between these two validated methods. These studies demonstrate the validity of the proposed bioassay, which allows reliable quantification of GFM in tablets and can be used as a useful alternative methodology for GFM analysis in stability studies and routine quality control. The GFM reference standard (RS), photodegraded GFM RS, and synthetic impurity samples were also studied in order to determine the preliminary in vitro cytotoxicity to peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The results indicated that the GFM RS and photodegraded GFM RS were potentially more cytotoxic than the synthetic impurity under the conditions of analysis applied. PMID:21238783

  9. Interfacial degradation effects of aqueous solution-processed molybdenum trioxides on the stability of organic solar cells evaluated by a differential method

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    Lou, Yan-Hui; Wang, Zhao-Kui E-mail: lsliao@suda.edu.cn; Yuan, Da-Xing; Liao, Liang-Sheng E-mail: lsliao@suda.edu.cn; Okada, Hiroyuki

    2014-09-15

    The authors investigate the influence of two hole interfacial materials poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly (styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and aqueous solution-processed MoO{sub 3} (sMoO{sub 3}) on cell stability. sMoO{sub 3}-based device demonstrated obviously improved stability compared to PEDOT:PSS-based one. Current-voltage characteristics analysis is carried out to investigate the effect of the hole interfacial layers on the cell stability. The formation of additional trap states at the interfaces between the hole interfacial layer and the active layer in degraded devices is verified by a differential method. Improved cell stability is attributed to a relatively stable sMoO{sub 3} interfacial layer compared to PEDOT:PSS by comparing their different trap states distributions.

  10. Evaluation of an iterative model–based reconstruction algorithm for low-tube-voltage (80 kVp) computed tomography angiography

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    Noël, Peter B.; Köhler, Thomas; Fingerle, Alexander A.; Brown, Kevin M.; Zabic, Stanislav; Münzel, Daniela; Haller, Bernhard; Baum, Thomas; Henninger, Martin; Meier, Reinhard; Rummeny, Ernst J.; Dobritz, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. The objective of this study was to investigate the improvement in diagnostic quality of an iterative model–based reconstruction (IMBR) algorithm for low-tube-voltage (80-kVp) and low-tube-current in abdominal computed tomography angiography (CTA). A total of 11 patients were imaged on a 256-slice multidetector computed tomography for visualization of the aorta. For all patients, three different reconstructions from the low-tube-voltage data are generated: filtered backprojection (FBP), IMBR, and a mixture of both IMBR+FBP. To determine the diagnostic value of IMBR-based reconstructions, the image quality was assessed. With IMBR-based reconstructions, image noise could be significantly reduced, which was confirmed by a highly improved contrast-to-noise ratio. In the image quality assessment, radiologists were able to reliably detect more third-order and higher aortic branches in the IMBR reconstructions compared to FBP reconstructions. The effective dose level was, on average, 3.0 mSv for 80-kVp acquisitions. Low-tube-voltage CTAs significantly improve vascular contrast as presented by others; however, this effect in combination with IMBR enabled yet another substantial improvement of diagnostic quality. For IMBR, a significant improvement of image quality and a decreased radiation dose at low-tube-voltage can be reported. PMID:26158054

  11. Evaluation of physical stability and leachability of Portland pozzolona cement (PPC) solidified chemical sludge generated from textile wastewater treatment plants.

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    Patel, Hema; Pandey, Suneel

    2012-03-15

    The chemical sludge generated from the treatment of textile dyeing wastewater is a hazardous waste as per Indian Hazardous Waste Management rules. In this paper, stabilization/solidification of chemical sludge was carried out to explore its reuse potential in the construction materials. Portland pozzolona cement (PPC) was selected as the binder system which is commercially available cement with 10-25% fly ash interground in it. The stabilized/solidified blocks were evaluated in terms of unconfined compressive strength, block density and leaching of heavy metals. The compressive strength (3.62-33.62 MPa) and block density (1222.17-1688.72 kg/m3) values as well as the negligible leaching of heavy metals from the stabilized/solidified blocks indicate that there is a potential of its use for structural and non-structural applications. PMID:21724323

  12. Study of second phase in bioabsorbable magnesium alloys: Phase stability evaluation via Dmol{sup 3} calculation

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    Yang, Huazhe; Liu, Chen; Wan, Peng; Tan, Lili; Yang, Ke

    2013-11-01

    Thermodynamical stabilities of four conventional second phases as well as magnesium matrix in bioabsorbable magnesium alloys were investigated theoretically via computer calculation method. Model of individual phase and systems including phase and four water molecular (phase-4H{sub 2}O) were established to simulate the in vitro and in vivo environment. Local orbital density functional theory approach was applied to calculate the total energy for the individual phase and phase-4H{sub 2}O system. The results demonstrated that all the second phases possessed higher phase stability compared with magnesium matrix, but the phase stability was quite different for different types of second phases or second phase-4H{sub 2}O systems. Furthermore, a schematic process of inflammation reaction caused by magnesium alloy implants was proposed for the further evaluation on biocompatibility of different second phases.

  13. Wear and related evaluations of partially stabilized ZrO2

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    Rice, R.W.; Wu, C.CM.

    1985-08-01

    Pin-on-disk (POD) tests show partially stabilized ZrO2 (PSZ) crystals to have about the same wear as fully stabilized ZrO2 crystals, until stabilizer contents are low enough (e.g., 4.5 wt pct Y2O3) so that some monoclinic ZrO2 is present. Then wear increases substantially, as stabilizer content is further reduced, and monoclinic content increases. Tests of PSZ-crystal cutting tools have not proved particularly successful, and rolling-contact fatigue tests of various PSZ materials showed them to be poor candidates for rolling-element bearings, with the latter results indicating a Petch-type dependence. Possible reasons for such limited or poor performance of PSZ, despite its good toughness, are discussed. Poor performance with concentrated loads is noted in particular, indicating limitations due to plastic flow. 9 references.

  14. Evaluation of Laser Stabilization and Imaging Systems for LCLS-II - Oral Presentation

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    Barry, Matthew

    2015-08-19

    This presentation covers data collected on two commercial laser stabilization systems, Guidestar-II and MRC, and two optical imaging systems. Additionally, general information about LCLS-II and how to go about continuing-testing is covered.

  15. TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT: SITE PROGRAM DEMONSTRATION TEST, SOLIDITECH, INC. SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION PROCESS VOL II

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    The primary objective of the Soliditech, Inc. solidification/stabilization demonstration was to develop reliable performance and cost information. he demonstration took palce at the Imperial Oil Company/Champion Chemical Company Superfund site in Morganiville, New Jersey. ontamin...

  16. TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION REPORT: SITE PROGRAM DEMONSTRATION TEST, SOLIDITECH, INC. SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION PROCESS VOL I

    EPA Science Inventory

    The primary objective of the Soliditech, Inc. solidification/stabilization demonstration was to develop reliable performance and cost information. he demonstration took palce at the Imperial Oil Company/Champion Chemical Company Superfund site in Morganiville, New Jersey. Contami...

  17. Improving Low Voltage Ride Through Capability of Wind Generators Using Dynamic Voltage Restorer

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    Sivasankar, Gangatharan; Suresh Kumar, Velu

    2014-08-01

    The increasing wind power integration with power grid has forced the situation to improve the reliability of wind generators for stable operation. One important problem with induction generator based wind farm is its low ride through capability to the grid voltage disturbance. Any disturbance such as voltage dip may cause wind farm outages. Since wind power contribution is in predominant percentage, such outages may lead to stability problem. The proposed strategy is to use dynamic voltage controller (DVR) to compensate the voltage disturbance. The DVR provides the wind generator the ability to remain connected in grid and improve the reliability. The voltage dips due to symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults are considered for analysis. The vector control scheme is employed for fault compensation which uses software phase locked loop scheme and park dq0 transformation technique. Extensive simulation results are included to illustrate the control and operation of DVR.

  18. Economic evaluation of flying-qualities design criteria for a transport configured with relaxed static stability

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    Sliwa, S. M.

    1980-01-01

    Direct constrained parameter optimization was used to optimally size a medium range transport for minimum direct operating cost. Several stability and control constraints were varied to study the sensitivity of the configuration to specifying the unaugmented flying qualities of transports designed to take maximum advantage of relaxed static stability augmentation systems. Additionally, a number of handling qualities related design constants were studied with respect to their impact on the design.

  19. Mass spectrometric evaluation of neuropeptidomic profiles upon heat stabilization treatment of neuroendocrine tissues in crustaceans.

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    Sturm, Robert M; Greer, Tyler; Woodards, Nicole; Gemperline, Erin; Li, Lingjun

    2013-02-01

    Tissue heat stabilization is a vital component in successful mammalian neuropeptidomic studies. Heat stabilization using focused microwave irradiation, conventional microwave irradiation, boiling, and treatment with the Denator Stabilizor T1 have all proven effective in arresting post-mortem protein degradation. Although research has reported the presence of protein fragments in crustacean hemolymph when protease inhibitors were not added to the sample, the degree to which post-mortem protease activity affects neuropeptidomic tissue studies in crustacean species has not been investigated in depth. This work examines the need for Stabilizor T1 or boiling tissue stabilization methods for neuropeptide studies of Callinectes sapidus (blue crab) pericardial organ tissue. Neuropeptides in stabilized and nonstabilized tissue were extracted using acidified methanol or N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and analyzed by MALDI-TOF and nanoLC-ESI-MS/MS platforms. Post-mortem fragments did not dramatically affect MALDI analysis in the range m/z 650-1600, but observations in ESI MS/MS experiments suggest that putative post-mortem fragments can mask neuropeptide signal and add spectral complexity to crustacean neuropeptidomic studies. The impact of the added spectral complexity did not dramatically affect the number of detected neuropeptides between stabilized and nonstabilized tissues. However, it is prudent that neuropeptidomic studies of crustacean species include a preliminary experiment using the heat stabilization method to assess the extent of neuropeptide masking by larger, highly charged molecular species. PMID:23227893

  20. Voltage verification unit

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    Martin, Edward J.

    2008-01-15

    A voltage verification unit and method for determining the absence of potentially dangerous potentials within a power supply enclosure without Mode 2 work is disclosed. With this device and method, a qualified worker, following a relatively simple protocol that involves a function test (hot, cold, hot) of the voltage verification unit before Lock Out/Tag Out and, and once the Lock Out/Tag Out is completed, testing or "trying" by simply reading a display on the voltage verification unit can be accomplished without exposure of the operator to the interior of the voltage supply enclosure. According to a preferred embodiment, the voltage verification unit includes test leads to allow diagnostics with other meters, without the necessity of accessing potentially dangerous bus bars or the like.

  1. International Comparative Evaluation of Knee Replacement with Fixed or Mobile-Bearing Posterior-Stabilized Prostheses

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    Graves, Stephen; Sedrakyan, Art; Baste, Valborg; Gioe, Terence J.; Namba, Robert; Cruz, Olga Martínez; Stea, Susanna; Paxton, Elizabeth; Banerjee, Samprit; Isaacs, Abby J.; Robertsson, Otto

    2014-01-01

    Background: Posterior-stabilized total knee prostheses were introduced to address instability secondary to loss of posterior cruciate ligament function, and they have either fixed or mobile bearings. Mobile bearings were developed to improve the function and longevity of total knee prostheses. In this study, the International Consortium of Orthopaedic Registries used a distributed health data network to study a large cohort of posterior-stabilized prostheses to determine if the outcome of a posterior-stabilized total knee prosthesis differs depending on whether it has a fixed or mobile-bearing design. Methods: Aggregated registry data were collected with a distributed health data network that was developed by the International Consortium of Orthopaedic Registries to reduce barriers to participation (e.g., security, proprietary, legal, and privacy issues) that have the potential to occur with the alternate centralized data warehouse approach. A distributed health data network is a decentralized model that allows secure storage and analysis of data from different registries. Each registry provided data on mobile and fixed-bearing posterior-stabilized prostheses implanted between 2001 and 2010. Only prostheses associated with primary total knee arthroplasties performed for the treatment of osteoarthritis were included. Prostheses with all types of fixation were included except for those with the rarely used reverse hybrid (cementless tibial and cemented femoral components) fixation. The use of patellar resurfacing was reported. The outcome of interest was time to first revision (for any reason). Multivariate meta-analysis was performed with linear mixed models with survival probability as the unit of analysis. Results: This study includes 137,616 posterior-stabilized knee prostheses; 62% were in female patients, and 17.6% had a mobile bearing. The results of the fixed-effects model indicate that in the first year the mobile-bearing posterior-stabilized prostheses had a significantly higher hazard ratio (1.86) than did the fixed-bearing posterior-stabilized prostheses (95% confidence interval, 1.28 to 2.7; p = 0.001). For all other time intervals, the mobile-bearing posterior-stabilized prostheses had higher hazard ratios; however, these differences were not significant. Conclusions: Mobile-bearing posterior-stabilized prostheses had an increased rate of revision compared with fixed-bearing posterior-stabilized prostheses. This difference was evident in the first year. PMID:25520420

  2. In vitro evaluation of the acetabular cup primary stability by impact analysis.

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    Michel, Adrien; Bosc, Romain; Vayron, Romain; Haiat, Guillaume

    2015-03-01

    The implant primary stability of the acetabular cup (AC) is an important parameter for the surgical success of press-fit procedures used for the insertion of cementless hip prostheses. In previous studies by our group (Mathieu, V., Michel, A., Lachaniette, C. H. F., Poignard, A., Hernigou, P., Allain, J., and Haiat, G., 2013, "Variation of the Impact Duration During the in vitro Insertion of Acetabular Cup Implants," Med. Eng. Phys., 35(11), pp. 1558-1563) and (Michel, A., Bosc, R., Mathieu, V., Hernigou, P., and Haiat, G., 2014, "Monitoring the Press-Fit Insertion of an Acetabular Cup by Impact Measurements: Influence of Bone Abrasion," Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng., Part H, 228(10), pp. 1027-1034), the impact momentum and duration were shown to carry information on the press-fit insertion of the AC within bone tissue. The aim of the present study is to relate the impact momentum recorded during the AC insertion to the AC biomechanical primary stability. The experimental protocol consisted in testing 13 bovine bone samples that underwent successively series of 15 reproducible mass falls impacts (5 kg, 5 cm) followed by tangential stability testing. Each bone sample was tested with different hole sizes in order to obtain different stability configurations. The impact momentum and the tangential primary stability reach a maximum value for an interference fit equal to around 1 mm. Moreover, a correlation between the impact momentum and the stability was obtained with all samples and all configuration (R2 = 0.65). The implant primary stability can be assessed through the measurement of the impact force signal analysis. This study opens new paths for the development of a medical device which could be used as a decision support system to assist the surgeon during the insertion of the AC implant. PMID:25565382

  3. Dissipative performance of dielectric elastomers under various voltage waveforms.

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    Zhang, Junshi; Li, Bo; Chen, Hualing; Pei, Qibing

    2016-02-17

    The actuation performance of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is affected by dissipation. In the present article, an analytical model is developed to investigate the dissipative performance of DEs by considering viscoelasticity and leakage current. Various voltage waveforms, such as DC voltage, square voltage, stepwise DC voltage, ramp voltage, sawtooth voltage, and triangular voltage, were applied to explore the dissipative performance of DEs. The DEs with diverse moduli and viscoelasticity intensities were also analyzed by comparing the different dissipative performances. Numerical calculations were employed to evaluate the dissipative behavior of DEs. When the value of the applied voltage is maintained invariable, the stretch gradually creeps, and the total current from the battery and the leakage current approach each other eventually. When the applied voltage varies linearly, the stretch deforms dramatically, and then the total current from the battery is much larger than the leakage current. PMID:26791085

  4. Evaluation of biological stability and corrosion potential in drinking water distribution systems: a case study.

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    Chien, C C; Kao, C M; Chen, C W; Dong, C D; Chien, H Y

    2009-06-01

    The appearance of assimilable organic carbon (AOC), microbial regrowth, disinfection by-products (DBPs), and pipe corrosion in drinking water distribution systems are among those major safe drinking water issues in many countries. The water distribution system of Cheng-Ching Lake Water Treatment Plant (CCLWTP) was selected in this study to evaluate the: (1) fate and transport of AOC, DBPs [e.g., trihalomethanes (THMs), haloacetic acids (HAAs)], and other organic carbon indicators in the selected distribution system, (2) correlations between AOC (or DBPs) and major water quality parameters [e.g. dissolved oxygen (DO), free residual chlorine, and bacteria, and (3) causes and significance of corrosion problems of the water pipes in this system. In this study, seasonal water samples were collected from 13 representative locations in the distribution system for analyses of AOC, DBPs, and other water quality indicators. Results indicate that residual free chlorine concentrations in the distribution system met the drinking water standards (0.2 to 1 mg l(-1)) established by Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (TEPA). Results show that AOC measurements correlated positively with total organic carbon (TOC) and UV-254 (an organic indicator) values in this system. Moreover, AOC concentrations at some locations were higher than the 50 microg acetate-C l(-1) standard established by Taiwan Water Company. This indicates that the microbial regrowth might be a potential water quality problem in this system. Higher DO measurements (>5.7 mg l(-1)) might cause the aerobic biodegradation of THMs and HAAs in the system, and thus, low THMs (<0.035 mg l(-1)) and HAAs (<0.019 mg l(-1)) concentrations were observed at all sampling locations. Results from the observed negative Langelier Saturation Index (LSI) values, higher Ryznar Stability Index (RSI) values, and high Fe3+ concentrations at some pipe-end locations indicate that highly oxidative and corrosive conditions occurred. This reveals that pipe replacement should be considered at these locations. These findings would be helpful in managing the water distribution system for maintaining a safe drinking water quality. PMID:18483769

  5. Evaluation of the physical properties, bulk density and aggregate stability of potential substrates in quarry restoration.

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    Jordan, M.; Garcia-Orenes, F.; Mataix-Solera, J.; Garcia-Sanchez, E.

    2012-04-01

    Quarrying activity entails significant environmental impact affecting the soil, water, plants, landscape, etc. One of the most important impacts is the loss of the productive layer of the soil and its vegetation cover. However, mining activities are absolutely necessary for human development; keeping them sustainable implicates looking for viable solutions for the restoration of these areas to prevent degradation during and after the exploitation period. The aim of this study was to evaluate different substrates obtained from different mixes of sewage sludge and different mine spoils, to check how they are effective in quarry restoration, and to establish good practises in mining restoration. Also, the study tried to approach two refuses, one deriving from mining activity, as are the mine spoils that need to be reused for their valorisation, and the other, sewage sludge, obtained in the water depuration process to acquire a cheap substrate for soil rehabilitation. This preliminary work, which is included in a larger study, shows the results obtained from two physical properties studied, bulk density and aggregate stability, as key properties in the substrate structure for use in mining area restoration. Two doses of composted sewage sludge (30 and 90 Tm/Ha), both very rich in calcium carbonate, were applied to two different mine spoils under lab conditions. The first material, of poor quality, originated from the acquisition of arid particles in crushed limestone (Z). It is characterized by stable ''coarse elements'' predominance (up to 75% of its weight), and by the presence of elevated percentages of sand. The other waste material tested comes from limestone extraction (basically formed by the levels of interspersed non-limestone materials and the remains of stripped soils (D)). The results show that the high dose of sewage sludge applied to a mix of the two mine spoils significantly increased the percentage of stable aggregates by more than 50% than the control (the same mix without sewage sludge) and also produced an important decrease in the bulk density with respect to the control. This substrate could be a good material for use in quarry restoration.

  6. Evaluation of miniature vacuum ultraviolet lamps for stability and operating characteristics, Lyman-Alpha task

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    Hurd, W. A.

    1985-01-01

    Modifications required to change the near ultraviolet source in the Optical Contamination Monitor to a source with output at or near the Lyman-Alpha hydrogen line are discussed. The effort consisted of selecting, acquiring and testing candidate miniature ultraviolet lamps with significant output in or near 121.6 nm. The effort also included selection of a miniature dc high-voltage power supply capable of operating the lamp. The power supply was required to operate from available primary power supplied by the Optical Effect Module (DEM) and it should be flight qualified or have the ability to be qualified by the user.

  7. Stability of smooth and rough mini-implants: clinical and biomechanical evaluation - an in vivostudy

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    Vilani, Giselle Naback Lemes; Ruellas, Antônio Carlos de Oliveira; Elias, Carlos Nelson; Mattos, Cláudia Trindade

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To compare in vivo orthodontic mini-implants (MI) of smooth (machined) and rough (acid etched) surfaces, assessing primary and secondary stability. Methods: Thirty-six (36) MI were inserted in the mandibles of six (6) dogs. Each animal received six (6) MI. In the right hemiarch, three (3) MI without surface treatment (smooth) were inserted, whereas in the left hemiarch, another three (3) MI with acid etched surfaces (rough) were inserted. The two distal MI in each hemiarch received an immediate load of 1.0 N for 16 weeks, whereas the MI in the mesial extremity was not subject to loading. Stability was measured by insertion and removal torque, initial and final mobility and by inter mini-implant distance. Results: There was no statistical behavioral difference between smooth and rough MI. High insertion torque and reduced initial mobility were observed in all groups, as well as a reduction in removal torques in comparison with insertion torque. Rough MI presented higher removal torque and lower final mobility in comparison to smooth MI. MI did not remain static, with displacement of rough MI being smaller in comparison with smooth MI, but with no statistical difference. Conclusions: MI primary stability was greater than stability measured at removal. There was no difference in stability between smooth and rough MI when assessing mobility, displacement and insertion as well as removal torques. PMID:26560819

  8. Laboratory evaluation of the pointing stability of the ASPS Vernier System

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    1980-01-01

    The annular suspension and pointing system (ASPS) is an end-mount experiment pointing system designed for use in the space shuttle. The results of the ASPS Vernier System (AVS) pointing stability tests conducted in a laboratory environment are documented. A simulated zero-G suspension was used to support the test payload in the laboratory. The AVS and the suspension were modelled and incorporated into a simulation of the laboratory test. Error sources were identified and pointing stability sensitivities were determined via simulation. Statistical predictions of laboratory test performance were derived and compared to actual laboratory test results. The predicted mean pointing stability during simulated shuttle disturbances was 1.22 arc seconds; the actual mean laboratory test pointing stability was 1.36 arc seconds. The successful prediction of laboratory test results provides increased confidence in the analytical understanding of the AVS magnetic bearing technology and allows confident prediction of in-flight performance. Computer simulations of ASPS, operating in the shuttle disturbance environment, predict in-flight pointing stability errors less than 0.01 arc seconds.

  9. Voltage balanced multilevel voltage source converter system

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    Peng, Fang Zheng; Lai, Jih-Sheng

    1997-01-01

    A voltage balanced multilevel converter for high power AC applications such as adjustable speed motor drives and back-to-back DC intertie of adjacent power systems. This converter provides a multilevel rectifier, a multilevel inverter, and a DC link between the rectifier and the inverter allowing voltage balancing between each of the voltage levels within the multilevel converter. The rectifier is equipped with at least one phase leg and a source input node for each of the phases. The rectifier is further equipped with a plurality of rectifier DC output nodes. The inverter is equipped with at least one phase leg and a load output node for each of the phases. The inverter is further equipped with a plurality of inverter DC input nodes. The DC link is equipped with a plurality of rectifier charging means and a plurality of inverter discharging means. The plurality of rectifier charging means are connected in series with one of the rectifier charging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of rectifier DC output nodes. The plurality of inverter discharging means are connected in series with one of the inverter discharging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of inverter DC input nodes. Each of said rectifier DC output nodes are individually electrically connected to the respective inverter DC input nodes. By this means, each of the rectifier DC output nodes and each of the inverter DC input nodes are voltage balanced by the respective charging and discharging of the rectifier charging means and the inverter discharging means.

  10. Voltage balanced multilevel voltage source converter system

    DOEpatents

    Peng, F.Z.; Lai, J.S.

    1997-07-01

    Disclosed is a voltage balanced multilevel converter for high power AC applications such as adjustable speed motor drives and back-to-back DC intertie of adjacent power systems. This converter provides a multilevel rectifier, a multilevel inverter, and a DC link between the rectifier and the inverter allowing voltage balancing between each of the voltage levels within the multilevel converter. The rectifier is equipped with at least one phase leg and a source input node for each of the phases. The rectifier is further equipped with a plurality of rectifier DC output nodes. The inverter is equipped with at least one phase leg and a load output node for each of the phases. The inverter is further equipped with a plurality of inverter DC input nodes. The DC link is equipped with a plurality of rectifier charging means and a plurality of inverter discharging means. The plurality of rectifier charging means are connected in series with one of the rectifier charging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of rectifier DC output nodes. The plurality of inverter discharging means are connected in series with one of the inverter discharging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of inverter DC input nodes. Each of said rectifier DC output nodes are individually electrically connected to the respective inverter DC input nodes. By this means, each of the rectifier DC output nodes and each of the inverter DC input nodes are voltage balanced by the respective charging and discharging of the rectifier charging means and the inverter discharging means. 15 figs.

  11. Josephson Voltage Standards

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    Hamilton, Clark

    2001-03-01

    A Josephson junction is a perfect frequency to voltage converter, that is, V=f/KJ where K_J=2e/h=483597.9 GHz/V. This unique property has been used to convert a narrow (1 Hz) band 75 GHz reference frequency to a dc voltage standard. Josephson standards use arrays of thousands of junctions to raise the voltage to 10 V. During the last 30 years they have reduced the uncertainty in dc voltage among national measurement institutes by 3 orders of magnitude to a level of about 1 part in 10^9. More recently, the broadband capability of Josephson devices is being exploited at NIST to create a new ac voltage standard. In this case, the Josephson junction is modeled as a pulse generator that can be triggered at frequencies from dc to 20 GHz, and that produces short (approx. 50 ps) voltage pulses with a time integral of exactly 1/K_J. A Delta/Sigma algorithm with a high oversampling ratio is used to define a digital pulse sequence for any desired output waveform. The sequence is programmed into a digital code generator that triggers the Josephson device. The result is a replication of the desired waveform with a time dependent amplitude that is exactly calculable from a knowledge of the pulse code, the sampling frequency, and the number of Josephson junctions in the array. The talk will summarize progress to date on this new ac voltage standard.

  12. Quantitative evaluation of transient heat transfer on axial flow compressor stability

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    Crawford, R. A.; Burwell, A. E.

    1985-07-01

    An essential factor for acceptable engine performance and safety in the case of an aircraft gas turbine engine is the stable operation of the compression system. A number of basic research programs were conducted to investigate the influence of transient heat transfer effects on axial flow compressor stability. The results of these programs led to the conclusion that sound theoretical models predict a significant influence of transient heat transfer on compressor stability. However, no transient turbine engine data were available to validate model predictions. The present investigation utilizes high quality transient turbine engine data to quantify and support the reported conclusion. Attention is given to core compressor thermal energy storage, standard stability tests for gas turbine engines, transient mass flow calculations, transient heat transfer calculations, blade heat transfer flux, heat transfer results, and a comparison.

  13. Array-level stability enhancement of 50 nm AlxOy ReRAM

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    Iwasaki, Tomoko Ogura; Ning, Sheyang; Yamazawa, Hiroki; Takeuchi, Ken

    2015-12-01

    ReRAM's low voltage and low current programmability are attractive features to solve the scaling issues of conventional floating gate Flash. However, read instability in ReRAM is a critical issue, due to random telegraph noise (RTN), sensitivity to disturb and retention. In this work, the array-level characteristics of read stability in 50 nm AlxOy ReRAM are investigated and a circuit technique to improve stability is proposed and evaluated. First, in order to quantitatively assess memory cell stability, a method of stability characterization is defined. Next, based on this methodology, a proposal to improve read stability, called "stability check loop" is evaluated. The stability check loop is a stability verification procedure, by which, instability improvement of 7×, and read error rate improvement of 40% are obtained.

  14. Fault Current Limiter by Series Connected Voltage Source Inverter

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    Hojo, Masahide; Kuroe, Norihito; Ohnishi, Tokuo

    In recent years, various types of fault current limiter (FCL) have been developed, because installation of the FCL will bring a lot of benefits to power system operation. Power system controllers based on a concept of Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) can also be applicable as the FCL with growing power ratings of them. Such FCLs are expected to contribute power system stabilization or power quality enhancement in addition to fault current limitation. Authors have developed a new type of FCL, which consists of a series reactor and a self-commutated voltage source inverter connected in series with a power distribution line by a coupling transformer. In case of a system fault, the FCL will insert a sufficiently large inductance in series with the distribution line by both the series reactor and the inverter, then it will reduce the fault current. On the other hand, the inverter compensates a voltage drop across the series reactor in a standby mode. As a result, the FCL behaves like a negligible impedance in the standby mode. One of the distinctive features of the FCL is a simple configuration because its control strategy does not require an active power source. In addition, inverter voltage rating of the proposed FCL can be reduced by installing the series reactor as compared with other converter-based FCLs. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the operating characteristics of the FCL with both simulation and experimental studies.

  15. Single Event Transients in Low Voltage Dropout (LVDO) Voltage Regulators

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    LaBel, K.; Karsh, J.; Pursley, S.; Kleyner, I.; Katz, R.; Poivey, C.; Kim, H.; Seidleck, C.

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews the use of Low Voltage Dropout (LVDO) Voltage Regulators in environments where heavy ion induced Single Event Transients are a concern to the designers.Included in the presentation are results of tests of voltage regulators.

  16. Low voltage to high voltage level shifter and related methods

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    Mentze, Erik J. (Inventor); Hess, Herbert L. (Inventor); Buck, Kevin M. (Inventor); Cox, David F. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A shifter circuit comprises a high and low voltage buffer stages and an output buffer stage. The high voltage buffer stage comprises multiple transistors arranged in a transistor stack having a plurality of intermediate nodes connecting individual transistors along the stack. The transistor stack is connected between a voltage level being shifted to and an input voltage. An inverter of this stage comprises multiple inputs and an output. Inverter inputs are connected to a respective intermediate node of the transistor stack. The low voltage buffer stage has an input connected to the input voltage and an output, and is operably connected to the high voltage buffer stage. The low voltage buffer stage is connected between a voltage level being shifted away from and a lower voltage. The output buffer stage is driven by the outputs of the high voltage buffer stage inverter and the low voltage buffer stage.

  17. Influence of Input Parameters on Dynamic Orbital Stability of Walking: In-Silico and Experimental Evaluation

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    Riva, Federico; Bisi, Maria Cristina; Stagni, Rita

    2013-01-01

    Many measures aiming to assess the stability of human motion have been proposed in the literature, but still there is no commonly accepted way to define or quantify locomotor stability. Among these measures, orbital stability analysis via Floquet multipliers is still under debate. Some of the controversies concerning the use of this technique could lie in the absence of a standard implementation. The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of i) experimental measurement noise, ii) variables selected for the construction of the state space, and iii) number of analysed cycles on the outputs of orbital stability applied to walking. The analysis was performed on a 2-dimensional 5-link walking model and on a sample of 10 subjects performing long over-ground walks. Noise resulting from stereophotogrammetric and accelerometric measurement systems was simulated in the in-silico analysis. Maximum Floquet multipliers resulted to be affected by both number of analysed strides and state space composition. The effect of experimental noise was found to be slightly more potentially critical when analysing stereophotogrammetric data then when dealing with acceleration data. Experimental and model results were comparable in terms of overall trend, but a difference was found in the influence of the number of analysed cycles. PMID:24260498

  18. The Evaluation of Strain and Stabilization in Molecules Using Isodesmic Reactions.

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    Fuchs, Richard

    1984-01-01

    Isodesmic reactions are hypothetical chemical changes in which the number of bonds of a given type are retained but change in relation to one another. Discusses use of these reactions and reaction energy to measure deviations from additivity of bond energy. Also considers relationship of enthalpies to strain and resonance stability. (JM)

  19. Influence of input parameters on dynamic orbital stability of walking: in-silico and experimental evaluation.

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    Riva, Federico; Bisi, Maria Cristina; Stagni, Rita

    2013-01-01

    Many measures aiming to assess the stability of human motion have been proposed in the literature, but still there is no commonly accepted way to define or quantify locomotor stability. Among these measures, orbital stability analysis via Floquet multipliers is still under debate. Some of the controversies concerning the use of this technique could lie in the absence of a standard implementation. The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of i) experimental measurement noise, ii) variables selected for the construction of the state space, and iii) number of analysed cycles on the outputs of orbital stability applied to walking. The analysis was performed on a 2-dimensional 5-link walking model and on a sample of 10 subjects performing long over-ground walks. Noise resulting from stereophotogrammetric and accelerometric measurement systems was simulated in the in-silico analysis. Maximum Floquet multipliers resulted to be affected by both number of analysed strides and state space composition. The effect of experimental noise was found to be slightly more potentially critical when analysing stereophotogrammetric data then when dealing with acceleration data. Experimental and model results were comparable in terms of overall trend, but a difference was found in the influence of the number of analysed cycles. PMID:24260498

  20. Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation - Demonstration Bulletin: In-Situ Soil Stabilization

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    In-situ stabilization technology immobilizes organics and inorganic compounds in wet or dry soils by using reagents (additives) to polymerize with the soils and sludges producing a cement-like mass. Two basic components of this technology are the Geo-Con/DSM Deep Soil Mixing Sy...

  1. An Outcome Evaluation of an Inpatient Crisis Stabilization and Assessment Program for Youth

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    Greenham, Stephanie L.; Bisnaire, Lise

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To describe characteristics and outcomes of youth aged 7 to 17 who received inpatient psychiatric and mental health services along different clinical pathways of a new service delivery model. Method: Participants included 211 admissions to an inpatient crisis stabilization and assessment program over a one-year period. Standardized…

  2. STABILITY EVALUATION OF SULFUR DIOXIDE, NITRIC OXIDE AND CARBON MONOXIDE GASES IN CYLINDERS

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    The US EPA recommends in their EPA Traceability Protocol 1 and 2 that reactive gases be reanalyzed every six months. The purpose of this study was to assess the stability of selected reactive gases as a function of time to determine the feasibility of extending the recertificatio...

  3. The Evaluation of the Reliability of Periotest for Implant Stability Measurements: An In Vitro Study.

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    Bilhan, Hakan; Cilingir, Altug; Bural, Canan; Bilmenoglu, Caglar; Sakar, Olcay; Geckili, Onur

    2015-08-01

    Periotest (Medizintechnik Gulden, Modautal, Germany) is a widely accepted implant stability measurement method, although the reliability is not well known. The aim of this in vitro study was to investigate the reliability of the Periotest in implant stability measurements. Thirty implants were placed in 3 cow ribs. The stability of each implant was measured by insertion torque, resonance frequency analyses, and Periotest and then compared. The Periotest values (PTVs) were measured by 4 different examiners. The measurements were repeated twice in both the buccal and mesial directions, for each implant at 2-hour intervals and the intra- and interobserver reliability of Periotest was measured. Results showed that the intraobserver reliability of the Periotest was excellent for the buccal PTVs but fair to poor for the mesial PTVs. The interobserver reliability of the Periotest was excellent for the buccal PTVs but poor for the mesial PTVs. No significance was found between the PTVs and IT values (P = .803) and PTVs and ISQ values, whereas a 47.1% significant correlation was detected between the IT values and ISQ values (P = .009). The present study indicates that only Periotest measurements from buccal result in excellent intra- and interobserver reliability for the quantification of the implant stability. PMID:24593232

  4. AN EVALUATION OF FACTORS AFFECTING THE SOLIDIFICATION/STABILIZATION OF HEAVY METAL SLUDGE

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    Solidification/stabilization (SIS) of hazardous waste involves mixing the waste with a binder material to enhance the physical properties of the waste and to immobilize contaminants that may be detrimental to the environment. Many hazardous wastes contain materials that are know...

  5. Spatial analyses to evaluate multi-crop yield stability for a field

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    This paper proposes that yield stability patterns exist for multiple crops planted on the same land area over a period of years that growers can use to their advantage in planning crop management strategies using precision agriculture technologies. This initial study examines the relationship of s...

  6. Improved Comparative Signature Diagrams to Evaluate Similarity of Storage Stability Profiles of Different IgG1 mAbs.

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    Kim, Jae Hyun; Joshi, Sangeeta B; Esfandiary, Reza; Iyer, Vidyashankara; Bishop, Steven M; Volkin, David B; Middaugh, Charles Russell

    2016-03-01

    For therapeutic protein analytical studies related to evaluating lot-to-lot variability, different processes and/or formulations, or biosimilars, there is growing interest in applying novel data visualization tools for fingerprint analysis to identify statistically significant differences between 2 samples. Comparative Signature Diagrams (CSDs) were previously developed to display such differences as colored contour plots using a variety of biophysical data sets. In this study, several improvements are proposed to enhance readability and quantitative determinations of CSDs using protein stability data from more commonly used analytical methods such as size exclusion chromatography and capillary isoelectric focusing. To demonstrate the effectiveness of improved CSDs for data visualization, an accelerated and real-time stability study was set up for an IgG1 mAb (mAb A) and its corresponding triple mutant (mAb E). The stability profiles of both mAbs were compared for differences in aggregation (size exclusion chromatography) and charge heterogeneity (capillary isoelectric focusing) profiles over time. Both traditional data analysis and the improved CSDs conclude that the triple mutant mAb E is more susceptible to physicochemical degradation than mAb A under accelerated conditions. The current abilities and limitations of CSDs to provide fingerprint analysis of protein stability profiles to facilitate the determination of similarity versus nonsimilarity between samples is discussed. PMID:26886311

  7. High voltage power supply

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    Ruitberg, A. P.; Young, K. M. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A high voltage power supply is formed by three discrete circuits energized by a battery to provide a plurality of concurrent output signals floating at a high output voltage on the order of several tens of kilovolts. In the first two circuits, the regulator stages are pulse width modulated and include adjustable ressistances for varying the duty cycles of pulse trains provided to corresponding oscillator stages while the third regulator stage includes an adjustable resistance for varying the amplitude of a steady signal provided to a third oscillator stage. In the first circuit, the oscillator, formed by a constant current drive network and a tuned resonant network included a step up transformer, is coupled to a second step up transformer which, in turn, supplies an amplified sinusoidal signal to a parallel pair of complementary poled rectifying, voltage multiplier stages to generate the high output voltage.

  8. Electrical safety for high voltage arrays

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    Marshall, N. A.

    1983-01-01

    A number of key electrical safety requirements for the high voltage arrays of central station photovoltaic power systems are explored. The suitability of representative industrial DC power switchgear for control and fault protection was evaluated. Included were AC/DC circuit breakers, electromechanical contactors and relays, load interruptors, cold disconnect devices, sectionalizing switches, and high voltage DC fuses. As appropriate, steady state and transient characteristics were analyzed. Failure modes impacting upon operation and maintenance safety were also identified, as were the voltage withstand and current interruption levels.

  9. Analysis of NSTX TF Joint Voltage Measurements

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    R, Woolley

    2005-10-07

    This report presents findings of analyses of recorded current and voltage data associated with 72 electrical joints operating at high current and high mechanical stress. The analysis goal was to characterize the mechanical behavior of each joint and thus evaluate its mechanical supports. The joints are part of the toroidal field (TF) magnet system of the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) pulsed plasma device operating at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). Since there is not sufficient space near the joints for much traditional mechanical instrumentation, small voltage probes were installed on each joint and their voltage monitoring waveforms have been recorded on sampling digitizers during each NSTX ''shot''.

  10. Evaluation of Need and Location for a Thermogravimetric Analyzer in the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) Materials Stabilization

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    WILLIS, H.T.

    2000-01-20

    This plan provides an analysis for locating a TGA to support PFP Thermal Stabilization processes. The scope of this document is to evaluate the need for, and location for, installation of a TGA system as a supplement to the SFE equipment for moisture measurement in pure oxides. A location assessment for the SFE equipment was previously performed (HNF 1999). Based on that assessment, co-location of the TGA system with the SFE system is the preferred option. This would enable thermally stabilized material to be analyzed for residual moisture by either the TGA system or SFE system or both This evaluation considers glovebox locations in the PFP 234-52 Building Analytical Laboratory or operating areas for the installation of the TGA system and it's supporting equipment. This evaluation considers using existing gloveboxes along with an alternative of adding a new glovebox to existing process lines. The location evaluation criteria focuses mainly on glovebox size, with qualitative consideration of relative cost and schedule impacts associated with system implementation, radiological control, and interaction with other laboratory operations and processes. In addition, the possible co-location of a TGA furnace system with the SFE system was considered.

  11. High voltage DC power supply

    DOEpatents

    Droege, T.F.

    1989-12-19

    A high voltage DC power supply having a first series resistor at the output for limiting current in the event of a short-circuited output, a second series resistor for sensing the magnitude of output current, and a voltage divider circuit for providing a source of feedback voltage for use in voltage regulation is disclosed. The voltage divider circuit is coupled to the second series resistor so as to compensate the feedback voltage for a voltage drop across the first series resistor. The power supply also includes a pulse-width modulated control circuit, having dual clock signals, which is responsive to both the feedback voltage and a command voltage, and also includes voltage and current measuring circuits responsive to the feedback voltage and the voltage developed across the second series resistor respectively. 7 figs.

  12. High voltage DC power supply

    DOEpatents

    Droege, Thomas F.

    1989-01-01

    A high voltage DC power supply having a first series resistor at the output for limiting current in the event of a short-circuited output, a second series resistor for sensing the magnitude of output current, and a voltage divider circuit for providing a source of feedback voltage for use in voltage regulation is disclosed. The voltage divider circuit is coupled to the second series resistor so as to compensate the feedback voltage for a voltage drop across the first series resistor. The power supply also includes a pulse-width modulated control circuit, having dual clock signals, which is responsive to both the feedback voltage and a command voltage, and also includes voltage and current measuring circuits responsive to the feedback voltage and the voltage developed across the second series resistor respectively.

  13. Low-voltage gyrotrons

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    Glyavin, M. Yu.; Zavolskiy, N. A.; Sedov, A. S.; Nusinovich, G. S.

    2013-03-15

    For a long time, the gyrotrons were primarily developed for electron cyclotron heating and current drive of plasmas in controlled fusion reactors where a multi-megawatt, quasi-continuous millimeter-wave power is required. In addition to this important application, there are other applications (and their number increases with time) which do not require a very high power level, but such issues as the ability to operate at low voltages and have compact devices are very important. For example, gyrotrons are of interest for a dynamic nuclear polarization, which improves the sensitivity of the nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. In this paper, some issues important for operation of gyrotrons driven by low-voltage electron beams are analyzed. An emphasis is made on the efficiency of low-voltage gyrotron operation at the fundamental and higher cyclotron harmonics. These efficiencies calculated with the account for ohmic losses were, first, determined in the framework of the generalized gyrotron theory based on the cold-cavity approximation. Then, more accurate, self-consistent calculations for the fundamental and second harmonic low-voltage sub-THz gyrotron designs were carried out. Results of these calculations are presented and discussed. It is shown that operation of the fundamental and second harmonic gyrotrons with noticeable efficiencies is possible even at voltages as low as 5-10 kV. Even the third harmonic gyrotrons can operate at voltages about 15 kV, albeit with rather low efficiency (1%-2% in the submillimeter wavelength region).

  14. Evaluation of thermal-oxidative stability and antiglioma activity of Zanthoxylum tingoassuiba essential oil entrapped into multi- and unilamellar liposomes.

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    Detoni, Cassia B; de Oliveira, Diêgo Madureira; Santo, Islane E; Pedro, André São; El-Bacha, Ramon; da Silva Velozo, Eudes; Ferreira, Domingos; Sarmento, Bruno; de Magalhães Cabral-Albuquerque, Elaine C

    2012-03-01

    Zanthoxylum tinguassuiba essential oil (ZtEO) contains α-bisabolol, a known antiglioma sesquiterpene, among other potentially active substances. Medical applications of this essential oil require advances in the design of distinctive carriers due to its low water solubility and easy degradation by heat, light, and oxygen. The aim of this work was to evaluate enhancement in oxidative stability and the ability to reduce glioblastoma cell viability of ZtEO loaded into liposomes. Multi- and unilamellar vesicles were prepared to carry ZtEO. By using thermal analysis, it was observed that thermal-oxidative stability of the liposomal ZtEO was enhanced, when compared to its free form. Liposomal ZtEO also presented significant apoptotic-inducing activity for glioma cells. These results show that liposomal systems carrying ZtEO may be a potential alternative for gliobastoma treatment. PMID:21548711

  15. Off-set stabilizer for comparator output

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    Lunsford, James S.

    1991-01-01

    A stabilized off-set voltage is input as the reference voltage to a comparator. In application to a time-interval meter, the comparator output generates a timing interval which is independent of drift in the initial voltage across the timing capacitor. A precision resistor and operational amplifier charge a capacitor to a voltage which is precisely offset from the initial voltage. The capacitance of the reference capacitor is selected so that substantially no voltage drop is obtained in the reference voltage applied to the comparator during the interval to be measured.

  16. Novel perchlorate and phosphate salts of vinpocetine: Characterization, relative solid-state stability evaluation and Hirshfeld surface analysis

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    Ma, Yu-heng; Ge, Shu-wang; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Qiang; Zuo, Yun-wei; Zhong, Chang-jiang; Sun, Bai-wang

    2016-02-01

    Salt formation is a very common and effective method of improving a drug's physicochemical properties such as hygroscopicity and physical stability at different humidity conditions. Aqueous solubility is another important parameter that can be improved by salt formation; however this strategy has not yet been evaluated for the important alkaloid drug, Vinpocetine. A poorly water-soluble basic drug (water solubility value≈ 5 μg/ml and pKa value of 7.31), vinpocetine was converted into two novel salts in this work, with perchloric acid and phosphoric acid in a 1: 1 M ratio. However, an unexpected phase transformation occurred in one of the salts after the stability test, which is a major concern in studies on dosage form. The conversion of the salt to free base could be related to the temperature-humidity profile of the type II salt (formed by vinpocetine and phosphoric acid). When the temperature was more than 70 °C under high humidity conditions of more than 80%, the phase transformation occurred immediately. To gain further understanding of this phenomenon, single crystals of the two novel salts were prepared and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, Powder-XRD, infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Constituents of the crystalline phase were also investigated in terms of Hirshfeld surface. The structures were found to be stabilized by H⋯H, C-H⋯O, O-H⋯N and C-H⋯π intermolecular interactions. Our stability studies showed that both these two novel salts could improve the stability of vinpocetine, however the type I salt (formed by vinpocetine and perchloric acid) offers more advantages. This finding will provide valuable information for vinpocetine dosage form development.

  17. Preparation of iron bound succinylated milk protein concentrate and evaluation of its stability.

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    Shilpashree, B G; Arora, Sumit; Sharma, Vivek; Bajaj, Rajesh Kumar; Tomar, S K

    2016-04-01

    Major problems associated with the fortification of soluble iron salts include chemical reactivity and incompatibility with other components. Milk protein concentrate (MPC) are able to bind significant amount of iron due to the presence of both casein and whey protein. MPC in its native state possess very poor solubility, therefore, succinylated derivatives of MPC (succ. MPC) were also used for the preparation of protein-iron complex. Preparation of the complex involved centrifugation (to remove insoluble iron), ultrafiltration (to remove unbound iron) and lyophilisation (to attain in dry form). Iron binding ability of MPC enhanced significantly (P<0.05) upon succinylation. Stability of bound iron from both varieties of complexes was monitored under different conditions encountered during processing. Higher stability (P<0.05) of bound iron was observed in succ. MPC-iron complex than native protein complex. This method could be adopted for the production of stable iron enriched protein, an organic iron source. PMID:26593557

  18. In-Well Sediment Incubators to Evaluate Microbial Community Stability and Dynamics following Bioimmobilization of Uranium

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    Baldwin, Brett R.; Peacock, Aaron D.; Gan, M.; Resch, Charles T.; Arntzen, Evan V.; Smithgall, A. N.; Pfiffner, S.; Freifeld, Barry M.; White, D. C.; Long, Philip E.

    2009-09-23

    An in-situ incubation device (ISI) was developed in order to investigate the stability and dynamics of sediment associated microbial communities to prevailing subsurface oxidizing or reducing conditions. Here we describe the use of these devices at the Old Rifle Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) site. During the 7 month deployment oxidized Rifle aquifer background sediments (RABS) were deployed in previously biostimulated wells under iron reducing conditions, cell densities of known iron reducing bacteria including Geobacteraceae increased significantly showing the microbial community response to local subsurface conditions. PLFA profiles of RABS following in situ deployment were strikingly similar to those of adjacent sediment cores suggesting ISI results could be extrapolated to the native material of the test plots. Results for ISI deployed reduced sediments showed only slight changes in community composition and pointed toward the ability of the ISIs to monitor microbial community stability and response to subsurface conditions.

  19. Soil Investigation and Stability Analysis of a High Rise Fill Embankment for Seismic Hazard Evaluation

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    Miura, Kinya; Morimasa, Shingo; Yoshida, Nozomu; Chino, Katsuhiro; Murata, Yoshinobu

    Seismic slope stability of a high-rise fill embankment was thoroughly investigated. The high-rise fill embankment was constructed on a ravine with mountain stream for the development of a housing lot thirty-five years ago. Since the fill embankment is located in the middle part of Japan, a seismically active area, possible failure during earthquake has been carefully examined through geotechnical surveys, field and laboratory tests, and calculations of vibration behavior and slope stability for two years. In this paper, we present the applicability of these survey and analysis methods to assess a failure risk of fill embankments as well as the results of the investigation and calculation conducted in this study.

  20. An eco-spatial index for evaluating stabilization state of sand dunes

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    Rubinstein, Yehonathan; Groner, Elli; Yizhaq, Hezi; Svoray, Tal; Bar (Kutiel), Pua

    2013-06-01

    Geomorphologies tend to categorize dunes into three major states (mobile, semi-stabilized and stabilized) based on their shape and mobility rate. However, the ecologists try to find bio-indicators that can characterize the mobility rate and the ecological features of the various dune states. Unfortunately, there are limited numbers of significant bio-indicators, if any. The aim of our study was to develop a Dune Assemblage Index (DAI) in order to indicate the affinity of annual plants and arthropods assemblages to dune mobility. The DAI values range between 0 for stabilized dunes and 1 for bare and active dunes. The index was calculated for 10 coastal dunes in Nizzanim nature reserve, located at the southern part of the Israeli Mediterranean coast, from data that were collected in the years 2006 and 2007. Generally, the lower the vegetation cover is, the higher are DAI values for both taxon groups. Generalist species tend to mask the differences between active and stabilized dunes whereas psammophiles (sand-dwelling species) tend to increase the DAI values. Additionally, the DAI may differ among dunes with the same perennial coverage due to differences in the spatial plant distribution patterns. Likewise, the DAI depends also on the distance of the dunes from rural areas, which encourage invasion of generalist species, thus decreases the DAI value. This new defined spatial index that relies on plant and animal assemblages, rather than on individual bio-indicators, can be adapted to any taxon and dune ecosystems. The use of several taxons may support better understanding of the ecosystem state of the dune.

  1. Evaluating Arctic Lower Tropospheric Stability in CAM4 and CAM5

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    Barton, N. P.; Klein, S. A.; Boyle, J. S.

    2012-12-01

    Previous research has shown that the CMIP3 models have an Arctic lower troposphere that is more stable than reanalysis products, and that this bias may lead to an unrealistic Arctic feedback. Basic questions of why these models drift toward a more stable lower troposphere in the Arctic have not been thoroughly investigated. What season is the bias more likely? What atmospheric level or levels is causing the bias? In this analysis, we examine the lower tropospheric stability in CAM4 and CAM5. The models run in forecast and AMIP mode. The lower tropospheric stability is examined across the Arctic domain with analysis products, and in more detail using in-situ data at the North Slope of Alaska. We show that CAM4's and CAM5's Arctic lower tropospheric stability bias is greater during the winter months, and that the bias is largely due to models' surface temperature drifting lower than observations. Reasons why the models' surface temperatures are lower are investigated. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.iases in lower-tropospheric stability (top), potential temperature at 700 hPa (middle), and potential temperature (bottom) at the lowest model level (LML) for CAM4 (left) and CAM5 (right). The biases are averaged poleward of 60N and are measured with respect to ECMWF analysis. The x-axis indicates month and the y-axis indicates the hindcast day in which models were analyzed with the top row illustrating the bias in AMIP mode

  2. Utilization of phosphogypsum in tannery sludge stabilization and evaluation of the radiological impact.

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    Pantazopoulou, E; Zebiliadou, O; Noli, F; Mitrakas, M; Samaras, P; Zouboulis, A

    2015-03-01

    The current global trend towards increasingly stringent environmental standards and efforts for efficient utilization and re-use of available by-products and/or wastes, favors the use of low-cost sorbent materials for the treatment of heavy metal-contaminated solid wastes. In this study, the stabilization of tannery sludge, produced from the physicochemical and biological treatment of tannery wastewaters, was examined by the addition of phosphogypsum (PG) at a ratio of 1:1. Characterization of the tannery sludge leachates showed high amounts of chromium which exceeded the acceptable level for disposal in non-hazardous waste landfills, while the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations exceeded the limits for disposal in landfills for hazardous wastes, according to the EU Decision 2003/33/EC. Leachates of the waste stabilized with PG presented chromium and DOC concentrations below the regulation limits for disposal in landfills for non-hazardous wastes. Moreover, mixing PG with tannery sludge resulted in a stabilized waste with reduced radioactivity. PMID:25432294

  3. Thermal stability evaluation of microstructures and mechanical properties of tungsten vanadium alloys

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    Arshad, Kameel; Zhao, Ming-Yue; Yuan, Yue; Zhang, Ying; Zhou, Zhang-Jian; Lu, Guang-Hong

    2014-10-01

    The thermal stability is important for tungsten based alloys as plasma facing materials to survive against high heat flux in fusion reactors. In this work, the thermal stability of W-5%V alloy fabricated following a powder metallurgy route by spark plasma sintering technique has been studied. To investigate the impact of temperature on the mechanical properties and microstructures, the alloy was subjected to heat treatment for 2 h over the temperature range 900-1500°C in a pure argon furnace. The micro-hardness values of the heat treated alloys were highly stable as compared to pure tungsten. A slight decrease flexural strength was observed with increasing annealing temperature. The maximum change flexural strength at the highest treated temperature was noted about 14% lower. The morphology analyses of the crack surfaces by scanning electron microscopy did not identify a drastic change in tungsten grain size, after heat treatment. The results indicate that the addition of vanadium in tungsten improves the overall thermal stability of microstructures and mechanical properties.

  4. Iron hydroxy carbonate formation in zerovalent iron permeable reactive barriers: Characterization and evaluation of phase stability

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    Wilkin, Richard T.; Lee, T.R.

    2010-10-22

    Predicting the long-term potential of permeable reactive barriers for treating contaminated groundwater relies on understanding the endpoints of biogeochemical reactions between influent groundwater and the reactive medium. Iron hydroxy carbonate (chukanovite) is frequently observed as a secondary mineral precipitate in granular iron PRBs. Mineralogical characterization was carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy on materials collected from three field-based PRBs in the US (East Helena, MT; Elizabeth City, NC; Denver Federal Center, CO). These PRBs were installed to treat a range of contaminants, including chlorinated organics, hexavalent chromium, and arsenic. Results obtained indicate that chukanovite is a prevalent secondary precipitate in the PRBs. Laboratory experiments on high-purity chukanovite separates were carried out to constrain the room-temperature solubility for this mineral. An estimated Gibbs energy of formation ({Delta}{sub f}G{sup o}) for chukanovite is - 1174.4 {+-} 6 kJ/mol. A mineral stability diagram is consistent with observations from the field. Water chemistry from the three reactive barriers falls inside the predicted stability field for chukanovite, at inorganic carbon concentrations intermediate to the stability fields of siderite and ferrous hydroxide. These new data will aid in developing better predictive models of mineral accumulation in zerovalent iron PRBs.

  5. Iron hydroxy carbonate formation in zerovalent iron permeable reactive barriers: Characterization and evaluation of phase stability

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    Lee, Tony R.; Wilkin, Richard T.

    2010-07-01

    Predicting the long-term potential of permeable reactive barriers for treating contaminated groundwater relies on understanding the endpoints of biogeochemical reactions between influent groundwater and the reactive medium. Iron hydroxy carbonate (chukanovite) is frequently observed as a secondary mineral precipitate in granular iron PRBs. Mineralogical characterization was carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy on materials collected from three field-based PRBs in the US (East Helena, MT; Elizabeth City, NC; Denver Federal Center, CO). These PRBs were installed to treat a range of contaminants, including chlorinated organics, hexavalent chromium, and arsenic. Results obtained indicate that chukanovite is a prevalent secondary precipitate in the PRBs. Laboratory experiments on high-purity chukanovite separates were carried out to constrain the room-temperature solubility for this mineral. An estimated Gibbs energy of formation (Δ fG°) for chukanovite is - 1174.4 ± 6 kJ/mol. A mineral stability diagram is consistent with observations from the field. Water chemistry from the three reactive barriers falls inside the predicted stability field for chukanovite, at inorganic carbon concentrations intermediate to the stability fields of siderite and ferrous hydroxide. These new data will aid in developing better predictive models of mineral accumulation in zerovalent iron PRBs.

  6. Evaluation of Metabolically Stabilized Angiotensin IV Analogs as Procognitive/Antidementia Agents

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    McCoy, Alene T.; Benoist, Caroline C.; Wright, John W.; Kawas, Leen H.; Bule-Ghogare, Jyote M.; Zhu, Mingyan; Appleyard, Suzanne M.; Wayman, Gary A.

    2013-01-01

    Angiotensin IV (AngIV: VYIHPF)–related peptides have long been recognized as procognitive agents with potential as antidementia therapeutics. Their development as useful therapeutics, however, has been limited by physiochemical properties that make them susceptible to metabolic degradation and impermeable to gut and blood-brain barriers. A previous study demonstrated that the core structural information required to impart the procognitive activity of the AngIV analog, norleucine1-angiotensin IV, resides in its three N-terminal amino acids, Nle-Tyr-Ile. The goal of this project was to chemically modify this tripeptide in such a way to enhance its metabolic stability and barrier permeability to produce a drug candidate with potential clinical utility. Initial results demonstrated that several N- and C-terminal modifications lead to dramatically improved stability while maintaining the capability to reverse scopolamine-induced deficits in Morris water maze performance and augment hippocampal synaptogenesis. Subsequent chemical modifications, which were designed to increase hydrophobicity and decrease hydrogen bonding, yielded an orally active, blood-barrier permeant, metabolically stabilized analog, N-hexanoic-Tyr-Ile-(6) aminohexanoic amide (dihexa), that exhibits excellent antidementia activity in the scopolamine and aged rat models and marked synaptogenic activity. These data suggest that dihexa may have therapeutic potential as a treatment of disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, where augmented synaptic connectivity may be beneficial. PMID:23055539

  7. Contingency severity assessment for voltage security using non-parametric regression techniques

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    Wehenkel, L.

    1996-02-01

    This paper proposes a novel approach to voltage security assessment exploiting non-parametric regression techniques to extract simple and at the same time reliable models of the severity of a contingency, defined as the difference between pre- and post-contingency load power margins. The regression techniques extract information from large sets of possible operating conditions of a power system screened off-line via massive random sampling, whose voltage security with respect to contingencies is pre-analyzed using an efficient voltage stability simulation. In particular, regression trees are used to identify the most salient parameters of the pre-contingency topology and electrical state which influence the severity of a given contingency, and to provide a first guess transparent approximation of the contingency severity in terms of these latter parameters. Multi-layer perceptrons are exploited to further refine this information. The approach is demonstrated on a realistic model of a large scale voltage stability limited system, where it shows to provide valuable physical insight and reliable contingency evaluation. Various potential uses in power system planning and operation are discussed.

  8. High voltage pulse generator

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    Fasching, George E.

    1977-03-08

    An improved high-voltage pulse generator has been provided which is especially useful in ultrasonic testing of rock core samples. An N number of capacitors are charged in parallel to V volts and at the proper instance are coupled in series to produce a high-voltage pulse of N times V volts. Rapid switching of the capacitors from the paralleled charging configuration to the series discharging configuration is accomplished by using silicon-controlled rectifiers which are chain self-triggered following the initial triggering of a first one of the rectifiers connected between the first and second of the plurality of charging capacitors. A timing and triggering circuit is provided to properly synchronize triggering pulses to the first SCR at a time when the charging voltage is not being applied to the parallel-connected charging capacitors. Alternate circuits are provided for controlling the application of the charging voltage from a charging circuit to be applied to the parallel capacitors which provides a selection of at least two different intervals in which the charging voltage is turned "off" to allow the SCR's connecting the capacitors in series to turn "off" before recharging begins. The high-voltage pulse-generating circuit including the N capacitors and corresponding SCR's which connect the capacitors in series when triggered "on" further includes diodes and series-connected inductors between the parallel-connected charging capacitors which allow sufficiently fast charging of the capacitors for a high pulse repetition rate and yet allow considerable control of the decay time of the high-voltage pulses from the pulse-generating circuit.

  9. Device for monitoring cell voltage

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    Doepke, Matthias; Eisermann, Henning

    2012-08-21

    A device for monitoring a rechargeable battery having a number of electrically connected cells includes at least one current interruption switch for interrupting current flowing through at least one associated cell and a plurality of monitoring units for detecting cell voltage. Each monitoring unit is associated with a single cell and includes a reference voltage unit for producing a defined reference threshold voltage and a voltage comparison unit for comparing the reference threshold voltage with a partial cell voltage of the associated cell. The reference voltage unit is electrically supplied from the cell voltage of the associated cell. The voltage comparison unit is coupled to the at least one current interruption switch for interrupting the current of at least the current flowing through the associated cell, with a defined minimum difference between the reference threshold voltage and the partial cell voltage.

  10. ESR melting under constant voltage conditions

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    Schlienger, M.E.

    1997-02-01

    Typical industrial ESR melting practice includes operation at a constant current. This constant current operation is achieved through the use of a power supply whose output provides this constant current characteristic. Analysis of this melting mode indicates that the ESR process under conditions of constant current is inherently unstable. Analysis also indicates that ESR melting under the condition of a constant applied voltage yields a process which is inherently stable. This paper reviews the process stability arguments for both constant current and constant voltage operation. Explanations are given as to why there is a difference between the two modes of operation. Finally, constant voltage process considerations such as melt rate control, response to electrode anomalies and impact on solidification will be discussed.

  11. Evaluation of the geologic relations and seismotectonic stability of the Yucca Mountain Area Nevada Nuclear Waste Site Investigation (NNWSI)

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    1995-09-30

    This report provides a summary of progress for the project {open_quotes}Evaluation of the Geologic Relations and Seismotectonic Stability of the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada Nuclear Waste Site Investigation (NNWSI).{close_quotes} A similar report was previously provided for the period of 1 October 1993 to 30 September 1994. The report initially covers the activities of the General Task and is followed by sections that describe the progress of the other ongoing Tasks which are listed below. Task 1: Quaternary Tectonics Task 3: Mineral Deposits, Volcanic Geology Task 4: Seismology Task 5: Tectonics Task 8: Basinal Studies.

  12. Evaluation of microwave oven heating for prediction of drug-excipient compatibilities and accelerated stability studies.

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    Schou-Pedersen, Anne Marie V; stergaard, Jesper; Cornett, Claus; Hansen, Steen Honor

    2015-05-15

    Microwave ovens have been used extensively in organic synthesis in order to accelerate reaction rates. Here, a set up comprising a microwave oven combined with silicon carbide (SiC) plates for the controlled microwave heating of model formulations has been applied in order to investigate, if a microwave oven is applicable for accelerated drug stability testing. Chemical interactions were investigated in three selected model formulations of drug and excipients regarding the formation of ester and amide reaction products. In the accelerated stability studies, a design of experiments (DoE) approach was applied in order to be able to rank excipients regarding reactivity: Study A: cetirizine with PEG 400, sorbitol, glycerol and propylene glycol. Study B: 6-aminocaproic acid with citrate, acetate, tartrate and gluconate. Study C: atenolol with citric, tartaric, malic, glutaric, and sorbic acid. The model formulations were representative for oral solutions (co-solvents), parenteral solutions (buffer species) and solid dosage forms (organic acids applicable for solubility enhancement). The DoE studies showed overall that the same impurities were generated by microwave oven heating leading to temperatures between 150C and 180C as compared to accelerated stability studies performed at 40C and 80C using a conventional oven. Ranking of the reactivity of the excipients could be made in the DoE studies performed at 150-180C, which was representative for the ranking obtained after storage at 40C and 80C. It was possible to reduce the time needed for drug-excipient compatibility testing of the three model formulations from weeks to less than an hour in the three case studies. The microwave oven is therefore considered to be an interesting alternative to conventional thermal techniques for the investigation of drug-excipient interactions during preformulation. PMID:25746946

  13. Photoacoustic Evaluation of Sunscreen Stability: Wind, Water, and the Influence of the Substrates

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    Pinto, S. B.; Barja, P. R.

    2012-11-01

    Sunscreens are designed to protect the skin against damage caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation—ranging from sunburns and premature aging to skin cancer. The photoacoustic (PA) technique can be employed to analyze topical products like sunscreens. This study aims to characterize the response of commercially available sunscreens subjected to wind and water exposure and applied in two different substrates: pig ear skin and artificial skin (Vitroskin ® ). The light source of the experimental setup was a tungsten lamp (250 W) mechanically modulated at 11 Hz. Measurements employed a double-faced, open PA cell with a sapphire window on one side; the opposite side was closed by the sample itself. Initial measurements were performed: (i) before sunscreen application in the sample, and (ii) immediately after sunscreen application. The sample was then immersed in a saline solution for 3 s and exposed to the wind under ambient temperature for 30 min; after that, a new measurement was performed. This cycle was repeated each 30 min, up to a total time of 2 h. Fitting curves (Boltzmann type) for the time evolution of the PA signal were generated with the software Origin ® . After measurements, Vitroskin ® was found to be a more adequate substrate than pig skin in the analysis of sunscreen stability. Results obtained indicate that the stability is not dependent on the sun protection factor; measurements performed in Vitroskin ® show good stability of the topically applied products for up to 2 h after sunscreen application, with a fall of less than 40 % in the PA signal amplitude even after exposure to external agents (wind and water).

  14. Evaluation of methane oxidation activity in waste biocover soil during landfill stabilization.

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    He, Ruo; Wang, Jing; Xia, Fang-Fang; Mao, Li-Juan; Shen, Dong-Sheng

    2012-10-01

    Biocover soil has been demonstrated to have high CH(4) oxidation capacity and is considered as a good alternative cover material to mitigate CH(4) emission from landfills, yet the response of CH(4) oxidation activity of biocover soils to the variation of CH(4) loading during landfill stabilization is poorly understood. Compared with a landfill cover soil (LCS) collected from Hangzhou Tianziling landfill cell, the development of CH(4) oxidation activity of waste biocover soil (WBS) was investigated using simulated landfill systems in this study. Although a fluctuation of influent CH(4) flux occurred during landfill stabilization, the WBS covers showed a high CH(4) removal efficiency of 94-96% during the entire experiment. In the LCS covers, the CH(4) removal efficiencies varied with the fluctuation of CH(4) influent flux, even negative ones occurred due to the storage of CH(4) in the soil porosities after the high CH(4) influent flux of ~137 gm(-2) d(-1). The lower concentrations of O(2) and CH(4) as well as the higher concentration of CO(2) were observed in the WBS covers than those in the LCS covers. The highest CH(4) oxidation rates of the two types of soil covers both occurred in the bottom layer (20-30 cm). Compared to the LCS, the WBS showed higher CH(4) oxidation activity and methane monooxygenase activity over the course of the experiment. Overall, this study indicated the WBS worked well for the fluctuation of CH(4) influent flux during landfill stabilization. PMID:22776254

  15. Organic solar cells: evaluation of the stability of P3HT using time-delayed degradation

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    Poh, Chung-How; Poh, Chung-Kiak; Bryant, Glenn; Belcher, Warwick; Dastoor, Paul

    2011-12-01

    Despite the fact that the performance of organic solar cells is generally susceptible to degradation by moisture exposure, there has been suggestion that the photoactive layer (P3HT) is surprisingly resilient. This work attempts to confirm the stability of P3HT as an organic solar cell material by deliberately introducing water into the photoactive layer. A dramatic step drop in device performance during cell characterization is observed approximately one day after the device has been fabricated. The time-delayed step drop in output efficiency strongly suggests that moisture has little effect on the P3HT conducting polymer.

  16. Experimental Evaluation of Journal Bearing Stability and New Gas Wave Bearing Materials

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    Keith, Theo G., Jr.; Dimofte, Florin

    1998-01-01

    A gas journal bearing, with a wavy surfaces was tested in a range of speeds up to 18,000 RPM to determine its stability in an unloaded condition as a function of the wave amplitude. The bearing, was 50 mm in diameter, 58 mm long and had 0.01 65 mm radial clearance. Three waves were created on the inner surface by deforming the bearing sleeve. The ratio of the wave amplitude to the radial clearance (the wave amplitude ratio) was varied from zero to 0.3.

  17. Application of maltodextrin and gum Arabic in microencapsulation of saffron petal's anthocyanins and evaluating their storage stability and color.

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    Mahdavee Khazaei, K; Jafari, S M; Ghorbani, M; Hemmati Kakhki, A

    2014-05-25

    In this work, anthocyanin stability and color of encapsulated freeze-dried saffron petal's extract with various matrices consisting gum Arabic (AG) and maltodextrin (M7 and M20) were studied. Total anthocyanins of powders and color parameters (a*, b*, L*, C, H and TCD) were measured immediately after production and during storage up to 10 weeks by pH differential method and computer vision, respectively. Different compounds of wall materials did not show any significant differences in terms of stabilizing anthocyanins (P<0.01) and no significant decrease in anthocyanin content of the powders was observed after storage. The efficiency order of wall materials considering total color differences (TCD) was AG>M20>M7. By evaluating 3D surface and Cox trace plots it was revealed that wall formulas which had the lowest amount of AG and highest amounts of M20 and M7 showed the lowest total color differences after storage (P<0.05). To conclude, microencapsulation by freeze drying could be recommended as a suitable method for stabilizing anthocyanins of saffron petal's extract. PMID:24708952

  18. Electron launching voltage monitor

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    Mendel, Clifford W.; Savage, Mark E.

    1992-01-01

    An electron launching voltage monitor measures MITL voltage using a relationship between anode electric field and electron current launched from a cathode-mounted perturbation. An electron launching probe extends through and is spaced from the edge of an opening in a first MITL conductor, one end of the launching probe being in the gap between the MITL conductor, the other end being adjacent a first side of the first conductor away from the second conductor. A housing surrounds the launching probe and electrically connects the first side of the first conductor to the other end of the launching probe. A detector detects the current passing through the housing to the launching probe, the detected current being representative of the voltage between the conductors.

  19. Electron launching voltage monitor

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    Mendel, C.W.; Savage, M.E.

    1992-03-17

    An electron launching voltage monitor measures MITL voltage using a relationship between anode electric field and electron current launched from a cathode-mounted perturbation. An electron launching probe extends through and is spaced from the edge of an opening in a first MITL conductor, one end of the launching probe being in the gap between the MITL conductor, the other end being adjacent a first side of the first conductor away from the second conductor. A housing surrounds the launching probe and electrically connects the first side of the first conductor to the other end of the launching probe. A detector detects the current passing through the housing to the launching probe, the detected current being representative of the voltage between the conductors. 5 figs.

  20. High voltage coaxial switch

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    Rink, J.P.

    1983-07-19

    A coaxial high voltage, high current switch having a solid cylindrical cold cathode coaxially surrounded by a thin hollow cylindrical inner electrode and a larger hollow cylindrical outer electrode. A high voltage trigger between the cathode and the inner electrode causes electrons to be emitted from the cathode and flow to the inner electrode preferably through a vacuum. Some of the electrons penetrate the inner electrode and cause a volumetric discharge in the gas (which may be merely air) between the inner and outer electrodes. The discharge provides a low impedance path between a high voltage charge placed on the outer electrode and a load (which may be a high power laser) coupled to the inner electrode. For high repetition rate the gas between the inner and outer electrodes may be continuously exchanged or refreshed under pressure. 3 figs.

  1. High voltage coaxial switch

    DOEpatents

    Rink, John P.

    1983-07-19

    A coaxial high voltage, high current switch having a solid cylindrical cold cathode coaxially surrounded by a thin hollow cylindrical inner electrode and a larger hollow cylindrical outer electrode. A high voltage trigger between the cathode and the inner electrode causes electrons to be emitted from the cathode and flow to the inner electrode preferably through a vacuum. Some of the electrons penetrate the inner electrode and cause a volumetric discharge in the gas (which may be merely air) between the inner and outer electrodes. The discharge provides a low impedance path between a high voltage charge placed on the outer electrode and a load (which may be a high power laser) coupled to the inner electrode. For high repetition rate the gas between the inner and outer electrodes may be continuously exchanged or refreshed under pressure.

  2. Voltage controlled current source

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    Casne, Gregory M.

    1992-01-01

    A seven decade, voltage controlled current source is described for use in testing intermediate range nuclear instruments that covers the entire test current range of from 10 picoamperes to 100 microamperes. High accuracy is obtained throughout the entire seven decades of output current with circuitry that includes a coordinated switching scheme responsive to the input signal from a hybrid computer to control the input voltage to an antilog amplifier, and to selectively connect a resistance to the antilog amplifier output to provide a continuous output current source as a function of a preset range of input voltage. An operator controlled switch provides current adjustment for operation in either a real-time simulation test mode or a time response test mode.

  3. High-voltage engineering

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    Khalifa, M. )

    1990-01-01

    The topics covered in this book include gas discharge, insulating materials, system earthing, overvoltage and insulation coordination, and high-voltage equipment and testing techniques. In two chapters, the principles of design of high-voltage busbars are discussed, together with their insulation and ampacity, whether they are of conventional air-insulated type or the metal-clad GIS types now widely used at the HV and EHV levels. The various types of circuit breakers and cables are discussed including mention of solid-state breakers and superconducting cables. The authors present a treatment of power system grounding, external and internal overvoltages imposed on system insulation, and techniques adopted for insulation coordination. The last three chapters focus on the area of insulation testing, covering the topics of high-voltage generation, measurements, and standard specifications.

  4. High frequency breakdown voltage

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    Chu, Thanh Duy

    1992-03-01

    This report contains information about the effect of frequency on the breakdown voltage of an air gap at standard pressure and temperature, 76 mm Hg and O{degrees}C, respectively. The frequencies of interest are 47 MHz and 60 MHz. Additionally, the breakdown in vacuum is briefly considered. The breakdown mechanism is explained on the basis of collision and ionization. The presence of the positive ions produced by ionization enhances the field in the gap, and thus determines the breakdown. When a low-frequency voltage is applied across the gap, the breakdown mechanism is the same as that caused by the DC or static voltage. However, when the frequency exceeds the first critical value f{sub c}, the positive ions are trapped in the gap, increasing the field considerably. This makes the breakdown occur earlier; in other words, the breakdown voltage is lowered. As the frequency increases two decades or more, the second critical frequency, f{sub ce}, is reached. This time the electrons start being trapped in the gap. Those electrons that travel multiple times across the gap before reaching the positive electrode result in an enormous number of electrons and positive ions being present in the gap. The result is a further decrease of the breakdown voltage. However, increasing the frequency does not decrease the breakdown voltage correspondingly. In fact, the associated breakdown field intensity is almost constant (about 29 kV/cm).The reason is that the recombination rate increases and counterbalances the production rate, thus reducing the effect of the positive ions` concentration in the gap. The theory of collision and ionization does not apply to the breakdown in vacuum. It seems that the breakdown in vacuum is primarily determined by the irregularities on the surfaces of the electrodes. Therefore, the effect of frequency on the breakdown, if any, is of secondary importance.

  5. Using AIRS and IASI Data to Evaluate Absolute Radiometric Accuracy and Stability for Climate Applications

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    Aumann, Hartmut H.; Pagano, Thomas S.

    2008-01-01

    The creation of multi-decadal data sets for climate research requires better than 100 mK absolute calibration accuracy for the full range of spectral temperatures encountered under global conditions. Validation that this accuracy is achieved by the operational hyperspectral sounders from polar orbit is facilitated by comparing data from two instruments. Extreme radiometric calibration stability is critical to allow a long time series of noisy, but presumably long-term accurate truth measurements to be used for the validation of absolute accuracy at the 100 mK level. We use the RTGSST in the tropical oceans as ground truth. The difference between the AIRS derived sst2616 and the RTGSST based on six years of data shows a systematic cold bias of about 250 mK, but better than 4 mK/year stability. The double difference between AIRS and the RTGSST and IASI and the RTGSST with less than one year of data already allows statements at the 100 mK absolute level. It shows a 60 mK difference between the AIRS and the IASI calibration at 2616 cm-(sup 1) and 300 K, with a statistically insignificant 20 mK shift in six months.

  6. Cryopreservation of Quercus suber somatic embryos by encapsulation-dehydration and evaluation of genetic stability.

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    Fernandes, Pedro; Rodriguez, Eleazar; Pinto, Glória; Roldán-Ruiz, Isabel; De Loose, Marc; Santos, Conceição

    2008-12-01

    We describe an encapsulation and dehydration procedure for the cryopreservation of cork oak (Quercus suber L.) somatic embryos that resulted in at least 90% survival. Genetic stability of the regenerated material was assessed by flow cytometry (FCM), amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP) and simple sequence repeats (SSR). Cryopreservation of embryogenic clusters involved encapsulation of each cluster in an alginate bead, followed by a 3-day culture in 0.7 M sucrose and subsequent desiccation to 25 or 35% water content (WC), followed by freezing in liquid nitrogen. Thawed, cryopreserved somatic embryos had high viability and exhibited long-term survival. No morphological differences were observed between somatic embryos desiccated to 25 and 35% WC. Analysis of DNA ploidy stability of control (i.e., encapsulated and dehydrated but not frozen) and cryopreserved material by flow cytometry showed no significant differences. Similarly, DNA-marker analyses (AFLPs and SSR) revealed no significant differences between control and cryopreserved samples at the DNA-sequence level. Nonetheless, because polymorphisms were found between control material and samples cryopreserved and desiccated to 25% WC, the 35% WC method is recommended for cryopreservation of this tissue type. Cryopreservation of Q. suber somatic embryos by this encapsulation-dehydration procedure has potential for use in long-term conservation programs. PMID:19193567

  7. Evaluation of temporal, seasonal and geographic stability of the molluscicidal property of Euphorbia splendens latex.

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    Schall, V T; de Vasconcellos, M C; Villaça-Coelho, A L; Ferreira-Lopes, F E; da Silva, I P

    1992-01-01

    Laboratory tests with aqueous solutions of Euphorbia splendens var. hislopii latex have demonstrated seasonal stability of the molluscacidal principle, with LD90 values of 1.14 ppm (spring), 1.02 ppm (fall), 1.09 ppm (winter), and 1.07 ppm (summer) that have been determined against Biomphalaria tenagophila in the field. Assays on latex collected in Belo Horizonte and Recife yielded LD90 values similar to those obtained with the reference substance collected in Rio de Janeiro (Ilha do Governador), demonstrating geographic stability of the molluscacidal effect. The molluscacidal action of aqueous dilutions of the latex in natura, centrifuged (precipitate) and lyophilized, was stable for up to 124 days at room temperature (in natura) and for up to 736 days in a common refrigerator at 10 to 12 degrees C (lyophilized product). A 5.0 ppm solution is 100% lethal for snails up to 13 days after preparation, the effect being gradually lost to almost total inactivity by the 30th day. This observation indicated that the active principle is instable. These properties together with the wide distribution of the plant, its resistance and adaptation to the tropical climate, its easy cultivation and the easy obtention of latex and preparation of the molluscicidal solution, make this a promising material for large-scale use in the control of schistosomiasis. PMID:1342068

  8. Critical evaluation of the unsteady aerodynamics approach to dynamic stability at high angles of attack

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    Hui, W. H.

    1985-01-01

    Bifurcation theory is used to analyze the nonlinear dynamic stability characteristics of an aircraft subject to single-degree-of-freedom. The requisite moment of the aerodynamic forces in the equations of motion is shown to be representable in a form equivalent to the response to finite amplitude oscillations. It is shown how this information can be deduced from the case of infinitesimal-amplitude oscillations. The bifurcation theory analysis reveals that when the bifurcation parameter is increased beyond a critical value at which the aerodynamic damping vanishes, new solutions representing finite amplitude periodic motions bifurcate from the previously stable steady motion. The sign of a simple criterion, cast in terms of aerodynamic properties, determines whether the bifurcating solutions are stable or unstable. For the pitching motion of flat-plate airfoils flying at supersonic/hypersonic speed and for oscillation of flaps at transonic speed, the bifurcation is subcritical, implying either the exchanges of stability between steady and periodic motion are accompanied by hysteresis phenomena, or that potentially large aperiodic departures from steady motion may develop.

  9. Analysis and test evaluation of the dynamic response and stability of three advanced turboprop models

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    Bansal, P. N.; Arseneaux, P. J.; Smith, A. F.; Turnberg, J. E.; Brooks, B. M.

    1985-01-01

    Results of dynamic response and stability wind tunnel tests of three 62.2 cm (24.5 in) diameter models of the Prop-Fan, advanced turboprop, are presented. Measurements of dynamic response were made with the rotors mounted on an isolated nacelle, with varying tilt for nonuniform inflow. One model was also tested using a semi-span wing and fuselage configuration for response to realistic aircraft inflow. Stability tests were performed using tunnel turbulence or a nitrogen jet for excitation. Measurements are compared with predictions made using beam analysis methods for the model with straight blades, and finite element analysis methods for the models with swept blades. Correlations between measured and predicted rotating blade natural frequencies for all the models are very good. The IP dynamic response of the straight blade model is reasonably well predicted. The IP response of the swept blades is underpredicted and the wing induced response of the straight blade is overpredicted. Two models did not flutter, as predicted. One swept blade model encountered an instability at a higher RPM than predicted, showing predictions to be conservative.

  10. Biomechanical evaluation of proximally placed femoral less-invasive stabilization system plates.

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    Davis, Barry C; McConda, David B; Hubbard, David F; Kish, Vincent L

    2015-02-01

    Loss of fixation of the Synthes 13-hole femoral Less-Invasive Stabilization System (LISS) plate has been noted. The biomechanical stability of this plate may be affected by improper proximal placement. We conducted a study to determine if there is any difference in fixation failure, deformation, or stiffness based on proximal placement. Using synthetic composite bones, we created a comminuted supracondylar distal femur fracture, AO/OTA (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen/Orthopaedic Trauma Association) 33-A3. Three groups of 9 femurs each were created: 1 correctly positioned group and 2 incorrectly positioned groups, 1 with the proximal aspect of the plate 1 cm anterior and 1 with the proximal aspect of the plate 1 cm posterior. The constructs were tested in axial, torsional, and cyclical axial modes to assess plastic and total deformation and stiffness. Under axial loading, the posteriorly placed plate showed a 16.4% increase in stiffness. There was a significant increase of 12% in torsional stiffness in the anteriorly placed plate. Under cyclical axial loading, there was a significant increase of 14% in total deformation in the anteriorly placed plate. No fixation failure was observed. One-centimeter variation in proximal placement of a 13-hole LISS plate in a synthetic composite fracture model had little effect on the overall construct. PMID:25658084

  11. Formulating the alginate-polyornithine biocapsule for prolonged stability: evaluation of composition and manufacturing technique.

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    Thanos, C G; Calafiore, R; Basta, G; Bintz, B E; Bell, W J; Hudak, J; Vasconcellos, A; Schneider, P; Skinner, S J M; Geaney, M; Tan, P; Elliot, R B; Tatnell, M; Escobar, L; Qian, H; Mathiowitz, E; Emerich, D F

    2007-10-01

    Alginate encapsulation is one of the most widely used techniques for introducing cell-based therapeutics into the body. Numerous encapsulation methodologies exist, utilizing a variety of alginates, purification technologies, and unique polycationic membrane components. The stability of a conventional alginate formulation encapsulated using a commercially available technique and apparatus has been characterized extensively. The current study employs an encapsulation protocol and ultra-pure alginate pioneered at the University of Perugia. The enhanced microcapsules were produced, characterized, and implanted into the brain, peritoneal cavity, and subcutaneous space of Long-Evans rats. After 14, 28, 60, 90, 120, and 180 or 215 days, capsules were explanted and the surface was analyzed using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Image analysis was carried out to measure changes in diameter and wall thickness. FTIR peak analysis and surface morphology from SEM indicated that the enhanced encapsulation technique and formulation produced a stable biocapsule capable of survival in all sites, including the harsh peritoneal environment, for at least 215 days. Preimplant analysis showed a marked increase in the structural integrity of the enhanced formulation with improved elasticity and burst strength compared with the baseline formulation, which remained stable for less than 60 days. The enhanced microcapsule composition showed advantages in physical strength and longevity, indicating that small changes in encapsulation methodologies and materials selection can dramatically impact the stability and longevity of alginate microcapsules and their contents. PMID:17607741

  12. Voltage regulation in distribution networks with distributed generation

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    Blažič, B.; Uljanić, B.; Papič, I.

    2012-11-01

    The paper deals with the topic of voltage regulation in distribution networks with relatively high distributed energy resources (DER) penetration. The problem of voltage rise is described and different options for voltage regulation are given. The influence of DER on voltage profile and the effectiveness of the investigated solutions are evaluated by means of simulation in DIgSILENT. The simulated network is an actual distribution network in Slovenia with a relatively high penetration of distributed generation. Recommendations for voltage control in networks with DER penetration are given at the end.

  13. Geomagnetism and induced voltage

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    Abdul-Razzaq, W.; Biller, R. D.

    2010-07-01

    Introductory physics laboratories have seen an influx of conceptual integrated science over time in their classrooms with elements of other sciences such as chemistry, biology, Earth science, and astronomy. We describe a laboratory to introduce this development, as it attracts attention to the voltage induced in the human brain as it is initiated by the change in the magnetic flux due to the Earth's magnetic field and movement. This simple and enjoyable experiment will demonstrate how basic concepts in physics and geology can help us think about possible health effects due to the induced voltage.

  14. High voltage variable diameter insulator

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    Vanacek, D.L.; Pike, C.D.

    1982-07-13

    A high voltage feedthrough assembly having a tubular insulator extending between the ground plane ring and the high voltage ring. The insulator is made of Pyrex and decreases in diameter from the ground plane ring to the high voltage ring, producing equipotential lines almost perpendicular to the wall of the insulator to optimize the voltage-holding capability of the feedthrough assembly.

  15. Fiber-optic voltage measuring system

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    Ye, Miaoyuan; Nie, De-Xin; Li, Yan; Peng, Yu; Lin, Qi-Qing; Wang, Jing-Gang

    1993-09-01

    A new fibre optic voltage measuring system has been developed based on the electrooptic effect of bismuth germanium oxide (Bi4Ge3O12)crystal. It uses the LED as the light source. The light beam emitted from the light source is transmitted to the sensor through the optic fibre and the intensity of the output beam is changed by the applied voltage. This optic signal is transmitted to the PIN detector and converted to an electric signal which is processed by the electronic circuit and 8098 single chip microcomputer the output voltage signal obtained is directly proportional to the applied voltage. This paper describes the principle the configuration and the performance parameters of the system. Test results are evaluated and discussed.

  16. Evaluating the Effect of Ionic Strength on Duplex Stability for PNA Having Negatively or Positively Charged Side Chains

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    De Costa, N. Tilani S.; Heemstra, Jennifer M.

    2013-01-01

    The enhanced thermodynamic stability of PNA:DNA and PNA:RNA duplexes compared with DNA:DNA and DNA:RNA duplexes has been attributed in part to the lack of electrostatic repulsion between the uncharged PNA backbone and negatively charged DNA or RNA backbone. However, there are no previously reported studies that systematically evaluate the effect of ionic strength on duplex stability for PNA having a charged backbone. Here we investigate the role of charge repulsion in PNA binding by synthesizing PNA strands having negatively or positively charged side chains, then measuring their duplex stability with DNA or RNA at varying salt concentrations. At low salt concentrations, positively charged PNA binds more strongly to DNA and RNA than does negatively charged PNA. However, at medium to high salt concentrations, this trend is reversed, and negatively charged PNA shows higher affinity for DNA and RNA than does positively charged PNA. These results show that charge screening by counterions in solution enables negatively charged side chains to be incorporated into the PNA backbone without reducing duplex stability with DNA and RNA. This research provides new insight into the role of electrostatics in PNA binding, and demonstrates that introduction of negatively charged side chains is not significantly detrimental to PNA binding affinity at physiological ionic strength. The ability to incorporate negative charge without sacrificing binding affinity is anticipated to enable the development of PNA therapeutics that take advantage of both the inherent benefits of PNA and the multitude of charge-based delivery technologies currently being developed for DNA and RNA. PMID:23484047

  17. Application of matrix singular value properties for evaluating gain and phase margins of multiloop systems. [stability margins for wing flutter suppression and drone lateral attitude control

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    Mukhopadhyay, V.; Newsom, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    A stability margin evaluation method in terms of simultaneous gain and phase changes in all loops of a multiloop system is presented. A universal gain-phase margin evaluation diagram is constructed by generalizing an existing method using matrix singular value properties. Using this diagram and computing the minimum singular value of the system return difference matrix over the operating frequency range, regions of guaranteed stability margins can be obtained. Singular values are computed for a wing flutter suppression and a drone lateral attitude control problem. The numerical results indicate that this method predicts quite conservative stability margins. In the second example if the eigenvalue magnitude is used instead of the singular value, as a measure of nearness to singularity, more realistic stability margins are obtained. However, this relaxed measure generally cannot guarantee global stability.

  18. ISO 12189 standard for the preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal stabilization devices--II: A parametric comparative study.

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    La Barbera, Luigi; Costa, Francesco; Villa, Tomaso

    2016-02-01

    The International Standardization Organization (ISO) 12189 standard was recently introduced to preclinically evaluate and compare the mechanical properties of posterior stabilization devices. This scenario presents some new significant steps ahead over the vertebrectomy model recommended by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1717 standard: the modular anterior support allows for describing a closer scenario to the effective clinical use as well as to test very flexible and dynamic posterior stabilization devices. Despite these significant advantages, ISO 12189 received little attention in the literature. Anatomical parameters depending on the spinal level were compared to the published data or original measurements on biplanar stereoradiography on 13 patients. Other mechanical variables, describing the test set-up design, were considered and all parameters were investigated using a numerical parametric finite element model. Stress values were calculated by also considering their worst-case combination. The standard set-up represents quite well the anatomy of an instrumented average thoracolumbar segment. The parametric comparative analysis demonstrates a significant (even beyond +350%) maximum increase in the stress on the device, compared to the standard currently in use. The anterior support stiffness plays the most detrimental effect (maximum stress increases up to 396%). The initial precompression step has an important role in determining the final stress values achieved at peak load (up to +76%). Moreover, when combining these two contributions, an even higher stress increase may be achieved (up to 473%). Despite the other anatomical parameters playing a secondary role, their worst-case combination demonstrates that a device could potentially undergo higher stresses than those reached according to standard suggestions (maximum increase of 22.4% at L1). Any user/designer should be aware of these effects when using ISO 12189 standard for the preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal stabilization devices. PMID:26673809

  19. Evaluation of a Cognitive Rehabilitation Protocol in HIV Patients with Associated Neurocognitive Disorders: Efficacy and Stability Over Time

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    Livelli, Alessandro; Orofino, Gian Carlo; Calcagno, Andrea; Farenga, Mariana; Penoncelli, Donatella; Guastavigna, Marta; Carosella, Sinibaldo; Caramello, Pietro; Pia, Lorenzo

    2015-01-01

    The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy and stability over time of a cognitive rehabilitation protocol (restorative and compensatory approach) in HIV/AIDS patients with HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND). At baseline, 32 HIV/AIDS patients (16 with and 16 without HAND) were assessed with a neuropsychological battery (i.e., pre-assessment) consisting of 22 tests covering eight cognitive domains. Then, the experimental group was administered over 4 months a cognitive rehabilitation protocol aimed at improving four cognitive domains by means of eight paper and pencil/computer-based exercises. The control group received guideline-adherent clinical care (i.e., standard of care). At the end of the cognitive treatment, both groups were re-administered the neuropsychological battery (i.e., post-assessment). Additionally, 6 months after post-assessment, the experimental group was given the same neuropsychological battery (i.e., follow up-assessment). In order to test the efficacy of the cognitive rehabilitation protocol, we compared between groups the results of the neuropsychological battery at the pre- and post-assessments. In order to evaluate the stability over time, the effects of the cognitive rehabilitation protocol was examined comparing within the experimental group the results of the neuropsychological battery at post- and follow up-assessments. Our results show that the two groups did not differ at the pre-assessment, but differed at post-assessment. Specifically, the experimental group showed a significant improvement in five domains (Learning and memory, Abstraction/executive functioning, Verbal fluency, Attention/working memory, and Functional), whereas the control group significantly worsened in the same domains. The improvement of the experimental group did not change in the follow up-assessment in two domains (Abstraction/executive functioning, Attention/working memory, and Functional). Overall, these findings support the efficacy and, to some extent, the stability over time of our cognitive rehabilitation protocol. PMID:26635558

  20. Evaluation of Reinforcement and Analysis of Stability of a High-Arch Dam Based on Geomechanical Model Testing

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    Zhang, L.; Liu, Y. R.; Yang, Q.

    2015-03-01

    Reinforcement measures are often used in high-arch dams with complicated geological foundations. The geomechanical model test is an effective method to study the global stability of arch dams and to evaluate the reinforcement effects of foundation treatments. The block masonry technique was developed to simulate the jointed rock mass, tectonic discontinuities, and reinforcement measures. A tailor-made low-strength binder and small blocks were developed to simulate the strength and deformation of the jointed rock mass and discontinuities, respectively. We applied this technique to geomechanical model tests of the Dagangshan arch dam with and without foundation reinforcements. A rupture test was conducted, and the stress and displacement distribution of the dam and abutments were recorded; the failure mechanisms and processes were explored. The reinforcement effects of the foundation treatment were evaluated by comparing the test results of the models with and without foundation reinforcements. Our analysis indicates that foundation reinforcements can improve the stress distribution, decrease deformation, prevent slides, reduce fault movement, and improve the global stability of high-arch dams.

  1. Ti-Ni Rods with Variable Stiffness for Spine Stabilization: Manufacture and Biomechanical Evaluation

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    Brailovski, Vladimir; Facchinello, Yann; Brummund, Martin; Petit, Yvan; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc

    2016-02-01

    A new concept of monolithic spinal rods with variable flexural stiffness is proposed to reduce the risk of adjacent segment degeneration and vertebral fracture, while providing adequate stability to the spine. The variability of mechanical properties is generated by locally annealing Ti-Ni shape memory alloy rods. Ten-minute Joule effect annealing allows the restoration of the superelasticity in the heated portion of the rod. Such processing also generates a mechanical property gradient between the heated and the unheated zones. A numerical model simulating the annealing temperature and the distributions of the mechanical properties was developed to optimize the Joule-heating strategy and to modulate the rod's overall flexural stiffness. Subsequently, the rod model was included in a finite element model of a porcine lumbar spine to study the effect of the rod's stiffness profiles on the spinal biomechanics.

  2. Evaluation of Stability and Biological Activity of Solid Nanodispersion of Lambda-Cyhalothrin

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    Cui, Bo; Feng, Lei; Pan, Zhenzhong; Yu, Manli; Zeng, Zhanghua; Sun, Changjiao; Zhao, Xiang; Wang, Yan; Cui, Haixin

    2015-01-01

    Pesticides are essential agrochemicals used to protect plants from diseases, pests and weeds. However, the formulation defects of conventional pesticides cause food toxicity and ecological environmental problems. In this study, a novel, efficient and environmentally friendly formulation of lambda-cyhalothrin, a solid nanodispersion, was successfully developed based on melt-emulsification and high-speed shearing methods. The solid nanodispersion presented excellent advantages over conventional pesticide formulations in such formulation functions as dispersibility, stability and bioavailability. The formulation is free of organic solvents, and the use of surfactant is reduced. Therefore, the application of the solid nanodispersion in crop production will improve efficacy and reduce the occurrence of both pesticide residues in food and environmental pollution from pesticides. PMID:26281043

  3. Ti-Ni Rods with Variable Stiffness for Spine Stabilization: Manufacture and Biomechanical Evaluation

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    Brailovski, Vladimir; Facchinello, Yann; Brummund, Martin; Petit, Yvan; Mac-Thiong, Jean-Marc

    2016-03-01

    A new concept of monolithic spinal rods with variable flexural stiffness is proposed to reduce the risk of adjacent segment degeneration and vertebral fracture, while providing adequate stability to the spine. The variability of mechanical properties is generated by locally annealing Ti-Ni shape memory alloy rods. Ten-minute Joule effect annealing allows the restoration of the superelasticity in the heated portion of the rod. Such processing also generates a mechanical property gradient between the heated and the unheated zones. A numerical model simulating the annealing temperature and the distributions of the mechanical properties was developed to optimize the Joule-heating strategy and to modulate the rod's overall flexural stiffness. Subsequently, the rod model was included in a finite element model of a porcine lumbar spine to study the effect of the rod's stiffness profiles on the spinal biomechanics.

  4. Phase stability and biological property evaluation of plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite coatings for orthopedic and dental applications.

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    Vahabzadeh, Sahar; Roy, Mangal; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Bose, Susmita

    2015-04-01

    In this work we have investigated the effects of strontium (Sr) dopant on in vitro protein release kinetics and in vivo osteogenic properties of plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings, along with their dissolution behavior. Plasma sprayed HA coatings are widely used in load-bearing implants. Apart from osseointegration, the new generation of HA coating is expected to deliver biomolecules and/or drugs that can induce osteoinduction. This paper reports the preparation of crystalline and amorphous HA coatings on commercially pure titanium (Cp-Ti) using inductively coupled radio frequency (RF) plasma spray, and their stability at different solution pH. Coatings prepared at 110 mm working distance from the nozzle showed an average Ca ion release of 18 and 90 ppm in neutral and acidic environments, respectively. Decreasing the working distance to 90 mm resulted in the formation of a coating with less crystalline HA and phases with higher solubility products, and consequently higher dissolution over 32 days. A 92% release of a model protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) in phosphate buffer with pH of 7.4 was measured for Sr-doped HA (Sr-HA) coating, while only a 72% release could be measured for pure HA coating. Distortion of BSA during adsorption on coatings revealed a strong interaction between the protein and the coating, with an increase in α-helix content. Osteoid formation was found on Sr-HA implants as early as 7 weeks post implantation compared to HA coated and uncoated Ti implants. After 12 weeks post implantation, osteoid new bone was formed on HA implants; whereas, bone mineralization started on Sr-HA samples. While no osteoid was formed on bare Ti surfaces, bone was completely mineralized on HA and Sr-HA coatings after 16 weeks post implantation. Our results show that both phase stability and chemistry can have a significant influence toward in vitro and in vivo response of HA coatings on Ti implants. PMID:25638672

  5. Evaluation of solar selective coating stability. Final report, September 1, 1978-May 31, 1980

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    Spanoudis, L.

    1982-11-01

    Methods were investigated for increasing the cost effectiveness of evacuated tubular collectors through the use of antireflective (AR) coatings and by increasing the high temperature stability. Both surfaces of the cover tube were successfully AR treated using a method found in the patent literature. The AR coating increased the transmittance from 0.92 to 0.98. A number of thin film materials were found to be effective as AR overcoats for the CrO/sub x//Al selective coating. Prototype collector tubes with a MgF/sub 2/ AR coating had absorptivities of 0.89 and emissivities of 0.058 with excellent thermal stability. The mechanism of thermal degradation in a CrO/sub x//Al coating was concluded to be a reaction between the Al and the CrO/sub x/ which accelerates with increasing temperature. The reaction becomes more evident as the Al thickness decreases. The reaction is impeded through the use of barrier coatings between the Al and CrO/sub x/ and by isolating the CrO/sub x//Al coating through the use of undercoats and topcoats. The most thermally stable coating was obtained by substituting Cu for Al. Some development work remains in preventing premature degradation of the Cu during glass sealing and annealing. An excellent selective coating proprietary to the vendor was applied by Denton Vacuum of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A new selective coating was prepared where a metal and a dielectric were co-evaporated in reverse concentration gradients onto metallized coupons. Coatings with high absorptivities were obtained with Al + MgF/sub 2/, Cu + MgF/sub 2/, Ag + MgF/sub 2/ and Cr + MgG/sub 2/. Additional development work is required to apply these coatings onto tubes.

  6. Development and validation of an evaporation duct model. Part II: Evaluation and improvement of stability functions

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    Ding, Juli; Fei, Jianfang; Huang, Xiaogang; Cheng, Xiaoping; Hu, Xiaohua; Ji, Liang

    2015-06-01

    This study aims to validate and improve the universal evaporation duct (UED) model through a further analysis of the stability function ( ψ). A large number of hydrometeorological observations obtained from a tower platform near Xisha Island of the South China Sea are employed, together with the latest variations in ψ function. Applicability of different ψ functions for specific sea areas and stratification conditions is investigated based on three objective criteria. The results show that, under unstable conditions, ψ function of Fairall et al. (1996) (i.e., Fairall96, similar for abbreviations of other function names) in general offers the best performance. However, strictly speaking, this holds true only for the stability (represented by bulk Richardson number R iB) range -2.6 ⩽ R iB < -0.1; when conditions become weakly unstable (-0.1 ⩽ R iB < -0.01), Fairall96 offers the second best performance after Hu and Zhang (1992) (HYQ92). Conversely, for near-neutral but slightly unstable conditions (-0.01 ⩽ R iB < 0.0), the effects of Edson04, Fairall03, Grachev00, and Fairall96 are similar, with Edson04 being the best function but offering only a weak advantage. Under stable conditions, HYQ92 is the optimal and offers a pronounced advantage, followed by the newly introduced SHEBA07 (by Grachev et al., 2007) function. Accordingly, the most favorable functions, i.e., Fairall96 and HYQ92, are incorporated into the UED model to obtain an improved version of the model. With the new functions, the mean root-mean-square (rms) errors of the modified refractivity ( M), 0-5-m M slope, 5-40-m M slope, and the rms errors of evaporation duct height (EDH) are reduced by 21.65%, 9.12%, 38.79%, and 59.06%, respectively, compared to the classical Naval Postgraduate School model.

  7. Geomagnetism and Induced Voltage

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    Abdul-Razzaq, W.; Biller, R. D.

    2010-01-01

    Introductory physics laboratories have seen an influx of "conceptual integrated science" over time in their classrooms with elements of other sciences such as chemistry, biology, Earth science, and astronomy. We describe a laboratory to introduce this development, as it attracts attention to the voltage induced in the human brain as it is

  8. Measuring Breakdown Voltage.

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    Auer, Herbert J.

    1978-01-01

    The article discusses an aspect of conductivity, one of the electrical properties subdivisions, and describes a tester that can be shop-built. Breakdown voltage of an insulation material is specifically examined. Test procedures, parts lists, diagrams, and test data form are included. (MF)

  9. Voltage-Controlled Oscillator

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1995-01-01

    Integrated Component Systems, Inc. incorporated information from a NASA Tech Briefs article into a voltage-controlled oscillator it designed for a customer. The company then applied the technology to its series of phase-locked loop synthesizers, which offer superior phase noise performance.

  10. Geomagnetism and Induced Voltage

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    Abdul-Razzaq, W.; Biller, R. D.

    2010-01-01

    Introductory physics laboratories have seen an influx of "conceptual integrated science" over time in their classrooms with elements of other sciences such as chemistry, biology, Earth science, and astronomy. We describe a laboratory to introduce this development, as it attracts attention to the voltage induced in the human brain as it is…

  11. Linking measurements of biodegradability, thermal stability and chemical composition to evaluate the effects of management on soil organic matter

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    Gregorich, Ed; Gillespie, Adam; Beare, Mike; Curtin, Denis; Sanei, Hamed; Yanni, Sandra

    2015-04-01

    The stability of soil organic matter (SOM) as it relates to resistance to microbial degradation has important implications for nutrient cycling, emission of greenhouse gases, and C sequestration. Hence, there is interest in developing new ways to accurately quantify and characterise the labile and stable forms of soil organic C. Our objectives in this study were to evaluate and describe relationships among the biodegradability, thermal stability and chemistry of SOM in soil under widely contrasting management regimes. Samples from the same soil under permanent pasture, an arable cropping rotation, and chemical fallow were fractionated (sand: 2000-50 μm; silt: 50-5 μm, and clay: < 5 μm). Biodegradability of the SOM in size fractions and whole soils was assessed in a laboratory mineralization study. The chemical composition of SOM was characterized by X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the K-edge and its thermal stability was determined by analytical pyrolysis using a Rock-Eval pyrolyser. The mineralization bioassay showed that whole soils and soil fractions under fallow were less susceptible to biodegradation than other managements and that sand-associated organic matter was significantly more susceptible than that in the silt or clay fractions. Analysis by XANES showed accumulation of carboxylates and strong depletion of amides (protein) and aromatics in the fallow whole soil. Moreover, protein depletion was most significant in the sand fraction of the fallow soil. Sand fractions in fallow and cropped soils were, however, enriched in plant-derived phenols, aromatics and carboxylates compared to the sand fraction of pasture soils. In contrast, ketones, which have been identified as products of microbially-processed organic matter, were slightly enriched in the silt fraction of the pasture soil. These data suggest reduced inputs and cropping restrict the decomposition of plant residues and, without supplemental N additions, protein-N in native SOM is significantly mineralized in fallow systems to meet microbial C mineralization demands. Analytical pyrolysis showed distinct differences in the thermal stability of SOM among the size fractions and management treatments; it also showed that the loss of SOM generally involved dehydrogenation. The temperature at which half of the C was pyrolyzed showed strong correlation with mineralizable C and thus provides solid evidence for a link between the biological and thermal stability of SOM.

  12. Evaluation of MegaVoltage Cone Beam CT image quality with an unmodified Elekta Precise Linac and EPID: a feasibility study.

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    Markwell, Tim; Perera, Lakshal; Trapp, Jamie; Fielding, Andrew

    2014-06-01

    In order to increase the accuracy of patient positioning for complex radiotherapy treatments various 3D imaging techniques have been developed. MegaVoltage Cone Beam CT (MVCBCT) can utilise existing hardware to implement a 3D imaging modality to aid patient positioning. MVCBCT has been investigated using an unmodified Elekta Precise Linac and iView amorphous silicon electronic portal imaging device (EPID). Two methods of delivery and acquisition have been investigated for imaging an anthropomorphic head phantom and quality assurance phantom. Phantom projections were successfully acquired and CT datasets reconstructed using both acquisition methods. Bone, tissue and air were clearly resolvable in both phantoms even with low dose (22 MU) scans. The feasibility of MVCBCT was investigated using a standard linac, amorphous silicon EPID and a combination of a free open source reconstruction toolkit as well as custom in-house software written in Matlab. The resultant image quality has been assessed and presented. Although bone, tissue and air were resolvable in all scans, artifacts are present and scan doses are increased when compared with standard portal imaging. The feasibility of MVCBCT with unmodified Elekta Precise Linac and EPID has been considered as well as the identification of possible areas for future development in artifact correction techniques to further improve image quality. PMID:24609762

  13. Long-term stability of total RNA in RNAstable® as evaluated by expression microarray.

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    Stevenson, Holly S; Wang, Yonghong; Muller, Rolf; Edelman, Daniel C

    2015-04-01

    Storage of labile RNA in laboratories is accomplished through ultra-low freezing of the nucleic acids. This however requires expensive freezers, convenient storage, reliable electrical power, and increased shipping costs, thereby making it a less viable option. Biomatrica (San Diego, CA) has created RNAstable(®), a stabilization reagent that is used to store RNA in a dehydrated state at room temperature (RT) and protects the RNA from degradation. Our objective was to investigate the sequence integrity and suitability of RNA when stored in RNAstable at extended time periods and at varying temperatures through use of Illumina and Agilent RNA expression microarrays. We observed in Bioanalyzer electropherograms that total RNA extracted from 293 cells stored at RT in RNAstable for 4.5 and 11.5 months is similar in quality to RNA stored at -80°C. Illumina mRNA expression array QC metrics and gene expression patterns from RNAstable-protected RNA, in contrast to RNA stored without RNAstable, correlated well with those of freezer controls. Significantly, when RNA was stored in RNAstable at 45°C for 4.5 months, equivalent to 22 months RT storage, RNA quality, microarray probe signal intensities, probe detection rates, and expression profiles remained similar between RNAstable-protected RNA at RT and the -80°C controls. At 10.5 months, miRNA levels were compared among the storage conditions using miRNA expression arrays. Here too we found strong concordance between miRNA expression patterns when total RNA was stored in RNAstable or at -80°C. Further, Bioanalyzer electrophoresis of RNAstable-protected samples stored at RT for a relative total of 33 months or 50.5 months showed comparable integrity scores to those of -80°C controls. We conclude that use of RNAstable holds promise as an effective stabilization reagent for total RNA and should be useful in situations where shipping and storage options are limited resources. PMID:25826008

  14. Evaluation of Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase stability in stored blood samples

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    Jalil, Norunaluwar; Azma, Raja Zahratul; Mohamed, Emida; Ithnin, Azlin; Alauddin, Hafiza; Baya, Siti Noor; Othman, Ainoon

    2016-01-01

    Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the commonest cause of neonatal jaundice in Malaysia. Recently, OSMMR2000-D G6PD Assay Kit has been introduced to quantitate the level of G6PD activity in newborns delivered in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC). As duration of sample storage prior to analysis is one of the matters of concern, this study was conducted to identify the stability of G6PD enzyme during storage. A total of 188 cord blood samples from normal term newborns delivered at UKMMC were selected for this study. The cord bloods samples were collected in ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) tubes and refrigerated at 2-8 °C. In addition, 32 out of 188 cord blood samples were spotted on chromatography paper, air-dried and stored at room temperature. G6PD enzyme activities were measured daily for 7 days using the OSMMR2000-D G6PD Assay Kit on both the EDTA blood and dried blood samples. The mean value for G6PD activity was compared between days of analysis using Student Paired T-Test. In this study, 172 out of 188 cord blood samples showed normal enzyme levels while 16 had levels corresponding to severe enzyme deficiency. The daily mean G6PD activity for EDTA blood samples of newborns with normal G6PD activity showed a significant drop on the fourth day of storage (p < 0.005) while for samples with severely deficient G6PD activity, significant drop was seen on third day of storage (p = 0.002). Analysis of dried cord blood showed a significant reduction in enzyme activity as early as the second day of storage (p = 0.001). It was also noted that mean G6PD activity for spotted blood samples were lower compared to those in EDTA tubes for all days (p = 0.001). Thus, EDTA blood samples stored at 2-8 °C appeared to have better stability in terms of their G6PD enzyme level as compared to dried blood samples on filter paper, giving a storage time of up to 3 days. PMID:27103895

  15. Evaluating the temporal stability of synthetically generated time-series for crop types in central Germany

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    Synthetically generated Landsat time-series based on the STARFM algorithm are increasingly used for applications in forestry or agriculture. Although successes in classification and derivation of phenological orbiomass parameters are evident, a thorough evaluation of the limits of the method is stil...

  16. Stability of Repeated Student Evaluations of Teaching in the Second Preclinical Year of a Medical Curriculum

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    Krantz-Girod, Catherine; Bonvin, Raphael; Lanares, Jacques; Cueanot, Seagoleine; Feihl, Francois; Bosman, Fred; Waeber, Bernard

    2004-01-01

    The second preclinical year of the medical curriculum at the Medical Faculty of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland includes nine multidisciplinary organ-system-oriented modules consisting of lectures and problem-based-learning tutorials. This study reports the experience accumulated with the evaluation of lectures during the academic years…

  17. Understanding Skill in EVA Mass Handling. Volume 4; An Integrated Methodology for Evaluating Space Suit Mobility and Stability

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    McDonald, P. Vernon; Newman, Dava

    1999-01-01

    The empirical investigation of extravehicular activity (EVA) mass handling conducted on NASA's Precision Air-Bearing Floor led to a Phase I SBIR from JSC. The purpose of the SBIR was to design an innovative system for evaluating space suit mobility and stability in conditions that simulate EVA on the surface of the Moon or Mars. The approach we used to satisfy the Phase I objectives was based on a structured methodology for the development of human-systems technology. Accordingly the project was broken down into a number of tasks and subtasks. In sequence, the major tasks were: 1) Identify missions and tasks that will involve EVA and resulting mobility requirements in the near and long term; 2) Assess possible methods for evaluating mobility of space suits during field-based EVA tests; 3) Identify requirements for behavioral evaluation by interacting with NASA stakeholders;.4) Identify necessary and sufficient technology for implementation of a mobility evaluation system; and 5) Prioritize and select technology solutions. The work conducted in these tasks is described in this final volume of the series on EVA mass handling. While prior volumes in the series focus on novel data-analytic techniques, this volume addresses technology that is necessary for minimally intrusive data collection and near-real-time data analysis and display.

  18. Co-surfactant free microemulsions: Preparation, characterization and stability evaluation for food application.

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    Xu, Zhenbo; Jin, Jun; Zheng, Minying; Zheng, Yan; Xu, Xuebing; Liu, Yuanfa; Wang, Xingguo

    2016-08-01

    The aim of the study is to prepare co-surfactant free microalgal oil microemulsions and investigate their properties as well as processing stability for food application. The physicochemical characteristics of the microemulsions were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), turbidity, conductivity, rheological measurements and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Within the microemulsion region, when the surfactant to oil ratio was 9:1, the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) was 18nm; when the surfactant to oil ratio was 7.5:1, the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) was 50nm. Rheological studies proved that the microemulsion system was a pseudoplastic fluid, which followed a shear thinning flow behavior. The loss rate of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was less than 5%wt after ultra high temperature (UHT) and high temperature short time (HTST) thermal treatments. A high content of CaCl2 (10.0%wt) could not destroy the microemulsion system, and it could be stored at 4°C for two years. PMID:26988493

  19. Deep sequencing approach for genetic stability evaluation of influenza A viruses.

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    Bidzhieva, Bella; Zagorodnyaya, Tatiana; Karagiannis, Konstantinos; Simonyan, Vahan; Laassri, Majid; Chumakov, Konstantin

    2014-04-01

    Assessment of genetic stability of viruses could be used to monitor manufacturing process of both live and inactivated viral vaccines. Until recently such studies were limited by the difficulty of detecting and quantifying mutations in heterogeneous viral populations. High-throughput sequencing technologies (deep sequencing) can generate massive amounts of genetic information and could be used to reveal and quantify mutations. Comparison of different approaches for deep sequencing of the complete influenza A genome was performed to determine the best way to detect and quantify mutants in attenuated influenza reassortant strain A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1) and its passages in different cell substrates. Full-length amplicons of influenza A virus segments as well as multiple overlapping amplicons covering the entire viral genome were subjected to several ways of DNA library preparation followed by deep sequencing using Solexa (Illumina) and pyrosequencing (454 Life Science) technologies. Sequencing coverage (the number of times each nucleotide was determined) of mutational profiles generated after 454-pyrosequencing of individually synthesized overlapping amplicons were relatively low and insufficiently uniform. Amplification of the entire genome of influenza virus followed by its enzymatic fragmentation, library construction, and Illumina sequencing resulted in high and uniform sequencing coverage enabling sensitive quantitation of mutations. A new bioinformatic procedure was developed to improve the post-alignment quality control for deep-sequencing data analysis. PMID:24406624

  20. Stability of Norwalk Virus Capsid Protein Interfaces Evaluated by in Silico Nanoindentation

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    Boyd, Kevin J.; Bansal, Prakhar; Feng, Jun; May, Eric R.

    2015-01-01

    Norwalk virus causes severe gastroenteritis for which there is currently no specific anti-viral therapy. A stage of the infection process is uncoating of the protein capsid to expose the viral genome and allow for viral replication. A mechanical characterization of the Norwalk virus may provide important information relating to the mechanism of uncoating. The mechanical strength of the Norwalk virus has previously been investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) nanoindentation experiments. Those experiments cannot resolve specific molecular interactions, and therefore, we have employed a molecular modeling approach to gain insights into the potential uncoating mechanism of the Norwalk capsid. In this study, we perform simulated nanoindentation using a coarse-grained structure-based model, which provides an estimate of the spring constant in good agreement with the experimentally determined value. We further analyze the fracture mechanisms and determine weak interfaces in the capsid structure, which are potential sites to inhibit uncoating by stabilization of these weak interfaces. We conclude by identifying potential target sites at the junction of a weak protein–protein interface. PMID:26284238

  1. First-year evaluation of low-level waste-management stabilization techniques

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    Cox, G.R.

    1981-12-01

    The first year of observation for effectiveness of biobarriers and herbicides in revegetation efforts demonstrated that certain practices will result in successful site stabilization: proper orientation of burial trench to reduce erosion; utilization of mulches to conserve moisture; seeding mixed perennial or annual grass species at the proper time for optimization of establishment and growth; and applying 2,4-D amine/Dicamba selective herbicide at the optimum time for enhancement of disirable grasses and reduction of competition from other species. The ultimate success or failure of a revegetation operation depends in part on the availability of equipment and manpower, weather conditions, and engineering feasibility. The data indicated that perennial grasses offered advantages over annual grasses and that the 2,4-D amine/Dicamba herbicide spray program was successful and should be expanded for next year. However, programmatic decisions should not be based on the data for 1 year, but should be based on data gathered over the full 3 years of the project.

  2. Epoxidized Soybean Oil: Evaluation of Oxidative Stabilization and Metal Quenching/Heat Transfer Performance

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    Simencio Otero, Rosa L.; Canale, Lauralice C. F.; Said Schicchi, Diego; Agaliotis, Eliana; Totten, George E.; Sánchez Sarmiento, Gustavo

    2013-07-01

    Vegetable and animal oils as a class of fluids have been used for hundreds of years, if not longer, as quenchants for hardening steel. However, when petroleum oils became available in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the use of these fluids as quenchants, in addition to their use in other industrial oil applications, quickly diminished. This was primarily, but not exclusively, due to their generally very poor thermal-oxidative instability and the difficulty for formulating fluid analogs with varying viscosity properties. Interest in the use of renewable fluids, such as vegetable oils, has increased dramatically in recent years as alternatives to the use of relatively non-biodegradable and toxic petroleum oils. However, the relatively poor thermal-oxidative stability has continued to be a significant reason for their general non-acceptance in the marketplace. Soybean oil (SO) is one of the most highly produced vegetable oils in Brazil. Currently, there are commercially produced epoxidized versions of SO which are available. The objective of this paper is to discuss the potential use of epoxidized SO and its heat transfer properties as a viable alternative to petroleum oils for hardening steel.

  3. Oxidative stability and shelf-life evaluation of selected culinary oils.

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    Kochhar, S Parkash; Henry, C Jeya K

    2009-01-01

    Four out of eight 'healthier' oils-namely, almond oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil and macadamia nut oil-studied were rich sources of monounsaturated fatty acids like olive oil. Grape seed oil, rice barn oil (marketed recently), toasted sesame oil and walnut oil contained high levels of essential fatty acids. The order of oxidative stability determined by Rancimat measuring of the induction period at four temperatures (90 degrees C, 100 degrees C, 110 degrees C, and 120 degrees C) was found to be macadamia oil > rice bran oil approximately toasted sesame oil > avocado oil > almond oil > hazelnut oil > grape seed oil > walnut oil. High-level monounsaturated fatty acid oils gave a linear relationship between 100 times the reciprocal of the induction period against the total unsaturated fatty acid content obtained as %C18:2 + 0.08 x C18:1 + 2.08 x %C18:3, while the polyunsaturated fatty acid oils gave an exponential relationship. In the case of rice bran and hazelnut oils, shelf-life prediction from the extrapolation of the Arrhenius plots and the Q(10) factors was compared well with that of storage time given by the oil producers. In the cases of the other oils (with an exception of macadamia nut oil), the predicted shelf-lives were significantly lower than that of the storage times; especially, walnut oil (very prone to oxidation) gave 15-20 times lower shelf-life than the best-before storage life. PMID:19634067

  4. Evaluation of the stability indices for the thunderstorm forecasting in the region of Belgrade, Serbia

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    Vujovi?, D.; Paskota, M.; Todorovi?, N.; Vu?kovi?, V.

    2015-07-01

    The pre-convective atmosphere over Serbia during the ten-year period (2001-2010) was investigated using the radiosonde data from one meteorological station and the thunderstorm observations from thirteen SYNOP meteorological stations. In order to verify their ability to forecast a thunderstorm, several stability indices were examined. Rank sum scores (RSSs) were used to segregate indices and parameters which can differentiate between a thunderstorm and no-thunderstorm event. The following indices had the best RSS values: Lifted index (LI), K index (KI), Showalter index (SI), Boyden index (BI), Total totals (TT), dew-point temperature and mixing ratio. The threshold value test was used in order to determine the appropriate threshold values for these variables. The threshold with the best skill scores was chosen as the optimal. The thresholds were validated in two ways: through the control data set, and comparing the calculated indices thresholds with the values of indices for a randomly chosen day with an observed thunderstorm. The index with the highest skill for thunderstorm forecasting was LI, and then SI, KI and TT. The BI had the poorest skill scores.

  5. Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability

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    Krason, J.; Finley, P.

    1988-01-01

    The summaries of regional basin analyses document that potentially economic accumulations of gas hydrates can be formed in both active and passive margin settings. The principal requirement for gas hydrate formation in either setting is abundant methane. Passive margin sediments with high sedimentation rates and sufficient sedimentary organic carbon can generate large quantities of biogenic methane for hydrate formation. Similarly, active margin locations near a terrigenous sediment source can also have high methane generation potential due to rapid burial of adequate amounts of sedimentary organic matter. Many active margins with evidence of gas hydrate presence correspond to areas subject to upwelling. Upwelling currents can enhance methane generation by increasing primary productivity and thus sedimentary organic carbon. Structural deformation of the marginal sediments at both active and passive sites can enhance gas hydrate formation by providing pathways for migration of both biogenic and thermogenic gas to the shallow gas hydrate stability zone. Additionally, conventional hydrocarbon traps may initially concentrate sufficient amounts of hydrocarbons for subsequent gas hydrate formation.

  6. Development of Automatic Voltage Regulator for Low Voltage Distribution Systems

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    Matsuda, Katsuhiro; Horikoshi, Kazuhiro; Seto, Toshiyuki; Iyama, Osamu; Kobayashi, Hiromu

    This paper presents the development of a new type of voltage regulator that can adequately maintain the voltage supplied to customers, dealing with the problem of voltage control along with the widespread use of photovoltaic power generation systems. The developed equipment is a pole-mounted type voltage regulator consisting of a step-down transformer that converts voltage from high to low and a series transformer for voltage compensation. The demonstration test conducted at the CRIEPI Akagi Test Center confirmed that the voltage control function of the developed voltage regulator is satisfactory based on the proposed control algorism. Also, simulation analysis, on the assumption of the clustered installation of photovoltaic power generation systems, confirmed that the introduction of the developed voltage regulator enables the system voltage to be adequately maintained and full photovoltaic power generation is possible without suppressing the output. It is anticipated that the developed voltage regulator is very effective in adequately regulating the voltage for low voltage distribution systems and gives an effective way for even more widespread photovoltaic power generation.

  7. Surface voltage gradient role in high voltage solar array-plasma interaction: Center Director's discretionary fund

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    Carruth, M. R., Jr.

    1985-01-01

    A large amount of experimental and analytical effort has been directed toward understanding the plasma sheath growth and discharge phenomena which lead to high voltage solar array-space plasma interactions. An important question which has not been addressed is how the surface voltage gradient on such an array may affect these interactions. The results of this study indicate that under certain conditions, the voltage gradient should be taken into account when evaluating the effect on a solar array operating in a plasma environment.

  8. Histomorphometric Evaluation of the Effects of Various Diode Lasers and Force Levels on Orthodontic Mini Screw Stability

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    Isman, Eren; Taner, Lale; Kurkcu, Mehmet

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of different laser dose and force levels on the stability of orthodontic mini screws used for anchorage, by histomorphometric analyses. Background data Low-level laser therapy speeds up blood flow, improves the mechanism of the revitalization processes, reduces the risk of infection, boosts metabolic activities, and accelerates the healing of the damaged tissue. Although there are many research studies about low-level laser therapy applications in a variety of areas, no investigations were found concerning mini screw stability using various laser dose levels with different force level applications. Methods Seventeen New Zealand white rabbits were used. A total of 68 cylindrical, self-drilling orthodontic mini screws were threaded at the fibula. Experimental subjects were divided into six groups; force application was not performed in the first three groups, whereas 150g of force was applied via nickel-titanium closed-coil springs placed between two mini screws in the other three groups. Measurements of the initial torque values (10?Ncm) were manipulated by a digital portable torque gauge. Various low-level laser doses were applied to the groups during the postoperative 10 days. After 4 weeks, bone-to-implant contact and cortical bone thickness were histomorphometrically analyzed. Results In the 150g force plus 20?J/cm2 dosage group, the highest bone-to-implant contact values were observed. (p<0.05) There were no statistically significant correlations between cortical bone thickness and bone-to-implant contact values; on the other hand, no significant difference was found among the same groups in terms of cortical bone thickness values (p>0.05). Conclusions Low-level laser therapy was noticed to induce the mini screwbone contact area. Low-level laser therapy may be a supplementary treatment method to increase the stability of the orthodontic mini screw. PMID:25594769

  9. Self micro-emulsifying drug delivery system of tacrolimus: Formulation, in vitro evaluation and stability studies

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    Patel, Pranav V; Patel, Hitesh K; Panchal, Shital S; Mehta, Tejal A

    2013-01-01

    Background: Tacrolimus has poor solubility in water ranging from 4 to 12 μg/mL. The oral bio availabilities of tacrolimus is poor and exhibits high intra and inter-subject variability (4-89%, average 25%) in the liver and the kidney transplant recipients and in patients with renal impairment. Aim: The present study deals with the development and characterization of self-micro-emulsifying drug delivery system to improve the oral bioavailability of poorly soluble drug tacrolimus. Materials and Methods: Solubility of the tacrolimus was estimated in various oils, surfactants, and co-surfactants. Various in vitro tests such as percentage transmittance, emulsification time, cloud point, precipitation, and thermodynamic stabilities were used to find out optimized formulations. Optimized liquid self micro-emulsifying (SMEDDS) were characterized by particle size analysis and converted in solid by using the Florite RE as an adsorbent, which is further characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and particle size analysis. Results: The optimized liquid SMEDDS formulation contained 10% Lauroglycol FCC as an oil, 60% Cremophor RH, and 30% PEG (polyethylene glycol) 400 as a surfactant and co-surfactant respectively. The optimized liquid and solid SMEDDS showed higher drug release than the marketed capsule and pure API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) powder. For optimized liquid SMEDDS and solid SMEDDS, the globule sizes were found 113 nm and 209 nm respectively. The solid state characterization of solid-SMEDDS by SEM, DSC, FTIR, and XRD revealed the absence of crystalline tacrolimus in the solid-SMEDDS. Shelf-lives for liquid SMEDDS and solid SMEDDS were found to be 1.84 and 2.25 year respectively. Conclusions: The results indicate that liquid SMEDDS and solid SMEDDS of tacrolimus, owing to nano-sized, have potential to enhance the absorption of the drug. PMID:24015381

  10. Numerical analysis for the evaluation of the stability of underground cavities in calcarenite interacting with buildings

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    Castellanza, Riccardo; Lollino, Piernicola; Oryem Ciantia, Matteo; di Prisco, Claudio; Crosta, Giovanni; Frigerio, Gabriele

    2013-04-01

    Soft and highly porous rocks such as tuffs and calcarenites are very common rocks. Due to their porous calcareous structure they are quite prone to water induced weathering mechanisms. Onshore and inland natural underground cavities are evident signs of these phenomena and of the effects in terms of failure. These materials have been largely employed in the past as building and ornamental stones and as sites to excavate underground cavities for different uses. The world famous Unesco site of "Sassi di Matera", the underground cavities in Canosa di Puglia and Gravina di Puglia , or the calcarenite cliff and natural caves of Polignano a Mare are the most representative cases. Nowadays, many of these are deteriorating because of weathering due to humidity, water infiltration, environmental pollution, and direct exposure to marine aerosols and meteoric water precipitations. In all these cases, a careful assessment of the safety of the built environment and a conscious identification of the safety measures cannot be separated from the analysis of the interaction between the cavities and the overlying buildings, and of the evolution and spatial distribution of the weathering processes. This contribute summarizes the authors' experience on the subject and suggests a methodological approach to quantitatively assess the stability of underground cavities. Starting from experimental evidences at micro and macroscale, the main debonding mechanisms have been taken into account in numerical models. The time-evolution scenarios of the weathering processes is introduced in three-dimensional numerical modelling. The intention is to provide a potentially useful tool for risk assessment in similar complex geomechanical situations.

  11. A low voltage ``railgun''

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    Starr, Stanley O.; Youngquist, Robert C.; Cox, Robert B.

    2013-01-01

    Due to recent advances in solid-state switches and ultra-capacitors, it is now possible to construct a "railgun" that can operate at voltages below 20 V. Railguns typically operate above a thousand volts, generating huge currents for a few milliseconds to provide thousands of g's of acceleration to a small projectile. The low voltage railgun described herein operates for much longer time periods (tenths of seconds to seconds), has far smaller acceleration and speed, but can potentially propel a much larger object. The impetus for this development is to lay the groundwork for a possible ground-based supersonic launch track, but the resulting system may also have applications as a simple linear motor. The system would also be a useful teaching tool, requiring concepts from electrodynamics, mechanics, and electronics for its understanding, and is relatively straightforward to construct.

  12. Short and long term stability of the Diomed 630PDT laser evaluated with integrating sphere, power meter, and calorimeter

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    Austerlitz, C.; Campos, D.; Allison, R.; Sheng, C.; Bonnerup, C.; Sibata, C.

    2009-06-01

    The short and long term stability of the Diomed 630 PDT laser with attached fiberoptic microlens was evaluated by means of integrating sphere, power meter and a calorimetric system. The calorimeter system was designed as a thermal mug with absorbing media (dye and water). Both the tip of the irradiation fiber and the detection probe of a thermocouple thermometer were positioned inside the dye solution and stirred during the measurements. The calorimetric system yielded measurement results consistent with the other two methods, and similar long term variations were observed by all methods. With an indicated laser power of 1 W, the detectors' readings ranged from 0.66 to 1.29 W. For short term stability study, the deviation of laser output assessed by integrating sphere, power meter and calorimetric system were 0.3%, 0.1% and 2.8% with long term deviations of 13%, 7% and 9% respectively. This wide variation in the laser output implies the needs to establish quality control procedures involving measurements pre and post PDT procedures. The calorimetric system has been demonstrated to be a powerful tool for clinical laser QA and maintenance of the calibration factor of the detectors used in this work.

  13. Preparation and evaluation of 2-(allylthio)pyrazine-loaded lipid emulsion with enhanced stability and liver targeting.

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    Jang, Jun-Hee; Kim, Chong-Kook; Choi, Han-Gon; Sung, Jung Hoon

    2009-03-01

    To develop 2-(allylthio)pyrazine (2-AP)-loaded lipid emulsion for parenteral administration, various lipid emulsions were prepared with soybean oil, lecithin, and other carriers using homogenization method, and their physical stabilities were investigated by measuring their droplet sizes. The pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of 2-AP in lipid emulsion after intravenous administration to rats were evaluated compared with 2-AP in solution. 2-AP was lipophilic, sparingly water-soluble, and unstable in aqueous medium. The 2-AP-loaded lipid emulsion composed of 1% of 2-AP, 4% of soybean oil, 4% of lecithin, and 91% of water was physically and chemically stable for at least 8 weeks. It gave significantly faster clearance of 2-AP and higher affinity to the organs, especially the liver, compared with the 2-AP in solution, suggesting that it could selectively deliver 2-AP to the liver. Thus, the lipid emulsion with soybean oil and lecithin could be used as a potential dosage form with the liver-targeting property and enhanced stability of sparingly water-soluble 2-AP. PMID:19016100

  14. Evaluation of the Low-Speed Stability and Control Characteristics of a Mach 5.5 Waverider Concept

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    Hahne, David E.

    1997-01-01

    Static force and moment tests of a 0.062-scale model of a hypersonic vehicle study concept known as the LOFLYTE(TM) configuration were conducted in the Langley 12-Foot Low-Speed Tunnel. These tests looked primarily at the low-speed static stability and control characteristics of this configuration. Data were obtained over an angle-of-attack range of -5 deg. to 22 deg. at sideslip angles that ranged between -10 deg. and 10 deg. The tiperons were sized to provide enough pitch control to trim the vehicle up to alpha = 16 deg. with no more than 10 deg. of surface deflection and data obtained in this test showed that 10 deg. of tiperon deflection was nearly sufficient to trim the configuration up to the desired angle of attack. Because of the pitching-moment characteristics of the LOFLYTE(TM) configuration, there is a reasonably high level of unpowered trimmed lift at nominal takeoff and approach to landing that should allow for acceptable takeoff and landing speeds for this vehicle. Initial evaluation of the directional stability characteristics of this configuration showed a significant instability between alpha = 10 deg. and about alpha = 18 deg. This test determined that the cause of this instability was the interaction of the wing leading-edge vortex with the vertical tails. Moving the vertical tails either inboard or outboard from the baseline location eliminated this unfavorable interaction.

  15. Evaluation of disulfide bond position to enhance the thermal stability of a highly stable single domain antibody.

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    Zabetakis, Dan; Olson, Mark A; Anderson, George P; Legler, Patricia M; Goldman, Ellen R

    2014-01-01

    Single domain antibodies are the small recombinant variable domains derived from camelid heavy-chain-only antibodies. They are renowned for their stability, in large part due to their ability to refold following thermal or chemical denaturation. In addition to refolding after heat denaturation, A3, a high affinity anti-Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B single domain antibody, possesses a melting temperature of ∼84°C, among the highest reported for a single domain antibody. In this work we utilized the recently described crystal structure of A3 to select locations for the insertion of a second disulfide bond and evaluated the impact that the addition of this second bond had on the melting temperature. Four double-disulfide versions of A3 were constructed and each was found to improve the melting temperature relative to the native structure without reducing affinity. Placement of the disulfide bond at a previously published position between framework regions 2 and 3 yielded the largest improvement (>6°C), suggesting this location is optimal, and seemingly provides a universal route to raise the melting temperature of single domain antibodies. This study further demonstrates that even single domain antibodies with extremely high melting points can be further stabilized by addition of disulfide bonds. PMID:25526640

  16. Basalt glass: an analogue for the evaluation of the long-term stability of nuclear waste form borosilicate glasses

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    Byers, C.D.; Jercinovic, M.J.; Ewing, R.C.; Keil, K.

    1984-01-01

    The long-term stability of nuclear waste form borosilicate glasses can be evaluated by understanding the processes that effect the long-term alteration of glass and by comparing laboratory alteration of synthetic basalt and borosilicate glasses with the observed stability of naturally occurring basaltic glasses in diverse geologic environments. This paper presents detailed electron microprobe analyses of naturally altered basaltic glasses (with maximum ages of 10,000 to 20 million years) from low-temperature environments. These results are compared to laboratory data on the corrosion of a synthetic basaltic glass in MCC-1 tests (90/sup 0/C, a SA/V of 0.1 cm/sup -1/ and time periods up to 182 days), MCC-2 tests (190/sup 0/C, a SA/V of 0.1 cm/sup -1/ and time periods up to 210 days) and hydration tests in saturated water vapor (240/sup 0/C, an estimated SA/V of approx. 10/sup 6/ cm/sup -1/ and time periods up to 63 days). Additionally, laboratory-induced hydration alteration of synthetic basalt and borosilicate glasses is compared. These preliminary experiments provide evidence that the alteration processes observed for natural basalt glasses are relevant to understanding the alteration of nuclear waste glass, as both appear to react via similar processes. 12 references, 6 figures, 1 table.

  17. HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATOR

    DOEpatents

    Schwemin, A.J.

    1959-03-17

    A generator is presented for producing relatively large currents at high voltages. In general, the invention comprises a plurality of capacitors connected in series by a plurality of switches alternately disposed with the capacitors. The circuit is mounted for movement with respect to contact members and switch closure means so that a load device and power supply are connected across successive numbers of capacitors, while the other capacitors are successively charged with the same power supply.

  18. Increased voltage photovoltaic cell

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    Ross, B.; Bickler, D. B.; Gallagher, B. D. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A photovoltaic cell, such as a solar cell, is provided which has a higher output voltage than prior cells. The improved cell includes a substrate of doped silicon, a first layer of silicon disposed on the substrate and having opposite doping, and a second layer of silicon carbide disposed on the first layer. The silicon carbide preferably has the same type of doping as the first layer.

  19. High Voltage Seismic Generator

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    Bogacz, Adrian; Pala, Damian; Knafel, Marcin

    2015-04-01

    This contribution describes the preliminary result of annual cooperation of three student research groups from AGH UST in Krakow, Poland. The aim of this cooperation was to develop and construct a high voltage seismic wave generator. Constructed device uses a high-energy electrical discharge to generate seismic wave in ground. This type of device can be applied in several different methods of seismic measurement, but because of its limited power it is mainly dedicated for engineering geophysics. The source operates on a basic physical principles. The energy is stored in capacitor bank, which is charged by two stage low to high voltage converter. Stored energy is then released in very short time through high voltage thyristor in spark gap. The whole appliance is powered from li-ion battery and controlled by ATmega microcontroller. It is possible to construct larger and more powerful device. In this contribution the structure of device with technical specifications is resented. As a part of the investigation the prototype was built and series of experiments conducted. System parameter was measured, on this basis specification of elements for the final device were chosen. First stage of the project was successful. It was possible to efficiently generate seismic waves with constructed device. Then the field test was conducted. Spark gap wasplaced in shallowborehole(0.5 m) filled with salt water. Geophones were placed on the ground in straight line. The comparison of signal registered with hammer source and sparker source was made. The results of the test measurements are presented and discussed. Analysis of the collected data shows that characteristic of generated seismic signal is very promising, thus confirms possibility of practical application of the new high voltage generator. The biggest advantage of presented device after signal characteristics is its size which is 0.5 x 0.25 x 0.2 m and weight approximately 7 kg. This features with small li-ion battery makes constructed device very mobile. The project is still developing.

  20. High voltage pulse conditioning

    DOEpatents

    Springfield, Ray M.; Wheat, Jr., Robert M.

    1990-01-01

    Apparatus for conditioning high voltage pulses from particle accelerators in order to shorten the rise times of the pulses. Flashover switches in the cathode stalk of the transmission line hold off conduction for a determinable period of time, reflecting the early portion of the pulses. Diodes upstream of the switches divert energy into the magnetic and electrostatic storage of the capacitance and inductance inherent to the transmission line until the switches close.

  1. Insulators for high voltages

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    Looms, J.S.T.

    1987-01-01

    This book describes electrical insulators for high voltage applications. Topics considered include the insulating materials, the manufacture of wet process porcelain, the manufacture of tempered glass, the glass-fibre core, the polymeric housing, the common problem - terminating an insulator, mechanical constraints, the physics of pollution flashover, the physics of contamination, testing of insulators, conclusions from testing, remedies for flashover, insulators for special cases, interference and noise, and the insulator of the future.

  2. METHOD FOR STABILIZING KLYSTRONS

    DOEpatents

    Magnuson, D.W.; Smith, D.F.

    1959-04-14

    High-frequency oscillators for the generation of microwaves, particularly a system for stabilizing frequency-modulated klystron oscillators of the reflex type, are described. The system takos advantage of the fact that a change in oscillator frequency will alter the normal phase displacement between the cavity and its modulator, creating an error voltage which is utilized to regulate the frequency of the oscillator and stabilize it.

  3. Design and applications of a flicker voltage generator

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    Chang, W.N.; Wu, C.J.

    1995-12-31

    In this paper, a 200W flicker voltage generator is made by using microcomputers and linear amplification circuits. The modulation amplitudes and frequencies based on the UIE {Delta}V{sub 10} evaluation can be arbitrarily assigned by software with high accuracy. The flicker voltage signals measured at the customer side also can be re-generated. Some applications, such as evaluating the effects of flicker voltage on incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), are also made. From experimental tests by use of the flicker voltage generator, the properties of some compact fluorescent lamps and incandescent lamps are compared. Those properties describe the relation between input voltage variation and output flux of lamps, such that there is direct description of influences of flicker voltages on lamps.

  4. Novel SiL evaluation of an optimal H∞ controller on the stability of a MAV in flight simulator

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    Sampaio, Rafael C. B.; Becker, Marcelo; Siqueira, Adriano A. G.; Freschi, Leonardo W.; Montanher, Marcelo P.

    This paper introduces a novel methodology to assist the evaluation of control algorithms for MAVs (Micro Aerial Vehicles) using Software-in-the-Loop (SiL) based flight simulation. The originality of this paper is to use © Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) as the environment to embed both the dynamic and graphic models of © Ascending Technologies Pelican MAV flying robot. The resulting is a reliable model of the Pelican quadrotor. The full duplex communication between the virtual aircraft and the control algorithm is achieved by a custom C++/C software named FVMS (Flight Variables Management System), developed by Aerial Robots Team (ART), which is able to reach (read/write) a great number of flight variables from MSFS. To illustrate the effectiveness of such method, we first completely present FVMS architecture and main features. Later, the synthesis and then the application of the optimal H∞ robust control algorithm and its operation into the FVMS SiL context are explained. Regarding MAVs control evaluation, SiL simulation considerably contributes to save battery time, to ease control synthesis and prototyping and to prevent accidents during tests with the real robot. The final goal is to evaluate the stability of the Pelican platform in hovering tasks in flight simulation focusing on the efficiency of FVMS to properly run the optimal H∞ robust control algorithm. The SiL control of the MAV has proven FVMS capabilities, which may be extended to assist the design of other classes of controllers.

  5. Comparison of JFTOT heater-tube-deposit rating methods for the evaluation of fuel thermal stability. Interim report

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    Morris, R.E.; Hazeltt, R.N.; McIlvaine, C.L.

    1987-12-29

    Quantification of deposits formed on heated metal surfaces is desirable for the evaluation of thermal stability by the JFTOT procedure. Empirical methods widely employed entail either visual comparisons or measurements of reflected light (TDR), both of which are sensitive to deposit color. The authors examined these and several other measurement techniques for JFTOT heater tubes and found that measurements of total carbon content by combustion were the most reliable. Two novel techniques, based on measurements of dielectric strength and interference effects of monochromatic light have been examined. It was found that the dielectric and interference methods correlated well with the combustion analyses and each other, while the TDR often yielded misleading results. The correlations between the various methods will be discussed in addition to the consequence of method choice on the interpretation of experimental data.

  6. Evaluation of a Treadmill with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (TVIS) for use on the International Space Station.

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    McCrory, J L; Lemmon, D R; Sommer, H J; Prout, B; Smith, D; Korth, D W; Lucero, J; Greenisen, M; Moore, J; Kozlovskaya, I; Pestov, I; Stepansov, V; Miyakinchenko, Y; Cavanagh, P R

    1999-08-01

    A treadmill with vibration isolation and stabilization designed for the International Space Station (ISS) was evaluated during Shuttle mission STS-81. Three crew members ran and walked on the device, which floats freely in zero gravity. For the majority of the more than 2 hours of locomotion studied, the treadmill showed peak to peak linear and angular displacements of less than 2.5 cm and 2.5 degrees, respectively. Vibration transmitted to the vehicle was within the microgravity allocation limits that are defined for the ISS. Refinements to the treadmill and harness system are discussed. This approach to treadmill design offers the possibility of generating 1G-like loads on the lower extremities while preserving the microgravity environment of the ISS for structural safety and vibration free experimental conditions. PMID:11541844

  7. CSER 00-003 Criticality Safety Evaluation report for PFP Magnesium Hydroxide Precipitation Process for Plutonium Stabilization Glovebox 3

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    LAN, J.S.

    2000-07-13

    This Criticality Safety Evaluation Report analyzes the stabilization of plutonium/uranium solutions in Glovebox 3 using the magnesium hydroxide precipitation process at PFP. The process covered are the receipt of diluted plutonium solutions into three precipitation tanks, the precipitation of plutonium from the solution, the filtering of the plutonium precipitate from the solution, the scraping of the precipitate from the filter into boats, and the initial drying of the precipitated slurry on a hot plate. A batch (up to 2.5 kg) is brought into the glovebox as plutonium nitrate, processed, and is then removed in boats for further processing. This CSER establishes limits for the magnesium hydroxide precipitation process in Glovebox 3 to maintain criticality safety while handling fissionable material.

  8. A wind-tunnel evaluation of analytical techniques for predicting static stability and control characteristics of flexible aircraft

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    Abel, I.

    1972-01-01

    An experimental evaluation of analytical techniques for predicting certain stability and control characteristics of a large flexible aircraft is presented. Analytical methods based on both the model approach and flexibility influence coefficients are developed to predict the aerodynamic characteristics of a flexible airplane. These methods are then applied to a flexibly scaled model of a supersonic transport configuration. Comparisons of wind-tunnel data, calculations based on the model approach, and flexibility influence coefficients are presented over the Mach number range from 0.6 to 2.7. An examination of the results obtained from this study indicates that both analytical techniques predict reasonably well the effect of flexibility on the basic longitudinal characteristics and that both techniques give generally comparable results.

  9. Evaluation of a Treadmill with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (TVIS) for Use on the International Space Station

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    McCrory, Jean L.; Lemmon, David R.; Sommer, H. Joseph; Prout, Brian; Smith, Damon; Korth, Deborah W.; Lucero, Javier; Greenisen, Michael; Moore, Jim

    1999-01-01

    A treadmill with vibration isolation and stabilization designed for the International Space Station (ISS) was evaluated during Shuttle mission STS-81. Three crew members ran and walked on the device, which floats freely in zero gravity. For the majority of the more than 2 hours of locomotion studied, the treadmill showed peak to peak linear and angular displacements of less than 2.5 cm and 2.5 deg, respectively. Vibration transmitted to the vehicle was within the microgravity allocation limits that are defined for the ISS. Refinements to the treadmill and harness system are discussed. This approach to treadmill design offers the possibility of generating 1G-like loads on the lower extremities while preserving the microgravity environment of the ISS for structural safety and vibration free experimental conditions.

  10. Stability evaluation of hydrate-bearing sediments during thermally-driven hydrate dissociation

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    Kwon, T.; Cho, G.; Santamarina, J.; Kim, H.; Lee, J.

    2009-12-01

    Hydrate-bearing sediments may destabilize spontaneously as part of geological processes, unavoidably during petroleum drilling/production operations, or intentionally as part of gas extraction from the hydrate itself. In all cases, high pore fluid pressure generation is anticipated during hydrate dissociation. This study examined how thermal changes destabilize gas hydrate-bearing sediments. First, an analytical formulation was derived for predicting fluid pressure evolution in hydrate-bearing sediments subjected to thermal stimulation without mass transfer. The formulation captures the self-preservation behavior, calculates the hydrate and free gas quantities during dissociation, considering effective stress-controlled sediment compressibility and gas solubility in aqueous phase. Pore fluid pressure generation is proportional to the initial hydrate fraction and the sediment bulk stiffness; is inversely proportional to the initial gas fraction and gas solubility; and is limited by changes in effective stress that cause the failure of the sediment. Second, the analytical formulation for hydrate dissociation was incorporated as a user-defined function into a verified finite difference code (FLAC2D). The underlying physical processes of hydrate-bearing sediments, including hydrate dissociation, self-preservation, pore pressure evolution, gas dissolution, and sediment volume expansion, were coupled with the thermal conduction, pore fluid flow, and mechanical response of sediments. We conducted the simulations for a duration of 20 years, assuming a constant-temperature wellbore transferred heat to the surrounding hydrate-bearing sediments, resulting in dissociation of methane hydrate in the well vicinity. The model predicted dissociation-induced excess pore fluid pressures which resulted in a large volume expansion and plastic deformation of the sediments. Furthermore, when the critical stress was reached, localized shear failure of the sediment around the borehole was observed. In summary, the study indicates that the early stability of the sediment (i.e., when any hydrate is still present) is governed by the intensity of a heat source and the thermal conductivity of sediments. Later, the excess pore fluid pressure diffused from the dissociation region destabilizes the shallower sediments. In critical cases, an effective drainage path is necessary to prevent instability problems such as blow-up of sediments or buckling of a well.

  11. A Convenient Thiazole Orange Fluorescence Assay for the Evaluation of DNA Duplex Hybridization Stability

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    Liang, Minmin; Liu, Xinrong; Nakamura, Kayoko; Chen, Xiangji; Cheng, Dengfeng; Liu, Guozheng; Dou, Shuping; Wang, Yi; Rusckowski, Mary; Hnatowich, Donald J.

    2016-01-01

    Objective A simple and rapid method for measuring the hybridization stability of duplexes of DNAs and other oligomers in different environments is described. When added to an oligomer duplex, the thiazole orange (TO) dye intercalates and in this state is fluorescent. Therefore, when duplex dissociation occurs, the release of TO results in a detectable change in fluorescence intensity. This assay was developed primarily to screen antisense oligomer duplexes that are stable in serum and in the cytoplasm but unstable in the presence of their target messenger RNA (mRNA). Methods The two antisense oligomers of this investigation were both 25 mer phosphorothioate (PS) DNAs, one directed against the RIα mRNA and the other directed against the mdr1 mRNA. The former duplex was first used in the solution studies, in most cases duplexed with a 16 mer phosphodiester (PO) complementary DNA (i.e., PS-DNA25/PO-cDNA16). Both duplexes were then tested in a series of cell studies using SK-BR-3 (RIα+), KB-G2 (mdr1++), and KB-31 (mdr1+/−) cells. Results Preliminary measurements in solution showed that maximum fluorescence was achieved when more than ten TO molecules were bound to each duplex. When a 25 mer PO-DNA or PO-RNA with the base sequence of the RIα mRNA was added, the dramatic change in fluorescence intensity that followed signified dissociation of the antisense DNA from the study duplex and reassociation with the target DNA. Kinetic measurements showed that this process was completed in about 3 min. Fluorescent measurements of SK-BR-3 (RIα+) cells incubated at 37°C with the anti-RIα study duplex over time showed a maximum at the point where the loss of fluorescence due to dissociation of the study duplex, probably by an antisense mechanism, began to dominate over the increasing fluorescence due to continuing cellular accumulation. A similar result was observed in the KB-G2 (mdr1+) cells incubated with the anti-mdr1 study duplex. Conclusions When study duplexes shown to be stable in serum were incubated with their target cells, the assay successfully detected evidence of dissociation, most likely by an antisense mechanism. Thus, a TO fluorescence assay has been developed that is capable of detecting the dissociation of DNA duplexes. PMID:19444399

  12. Evaluation of the geological relationships to gas hydrate formation and stability

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    Not Available

    1985-01-01

    During the reported year we have enhanced our knowledge on and gained considerable experience in assessment of the gas hydrate resources in the offshore environments. Specifically, we have learned and gained experience in the following: Efficiently locating data sources, including published literature and unpublished information. We have established personal communication extremely critical in data accessability and acquisition. We have updated information pertinent to gas hydrate knowledge, also based on thorough study and evaluation of most Russian literature and additional publications in languages other than English. Besides critical evaluation of widely spread literature, in many cases our reports include previously unpublished information (e.g. BSRs from the Gulf of Mexico). The assessment of the gas resources potential associated with the gas hydrates, although in most cases at a low level of confidence, appears also very encouraging for further, more detailed, study. We are also confident that, because of the present reports' format, new data and a concept-oriented approach, the result of our study will be of strong interest to various industries, research institutions and numerous governmental agencies.

  13. [Conserved motifs in voltage sensing proteins].

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    Wang, Chang-He; Xie, Zhen-Li; Lv, Jian-Wei; Yu, Zhi-Dan; Shao, Shu-Li

    2012-08-25

    This paper was aimed to study conserved motifs of voltage sensing proteins (VSPs) and establish a voltage sensing model. All VSPs were collected from the Uniprot database using a comprehensive keyword search followed by manual curation, and the results indicated that there are only two types of known VSPs, voltage gated ion channels and voltage dependent phosphatases. All the VSPs have a common domain of four helical transmembrane segments (TMS, S1-S4), which constitute the voltage sensing module of the VSPs. The S1 segment was shown to be responsible for membrane targeting and insertion of these proteins, while S2-S4 segments, which can sense membrane potential, for protein properties. Conserved motifs/residues and their functional significance of each TMS were identified using profile-to-profile sequence alignments. Conserved motifs in these four segments are strikingly similar for all VSPs, especially, the conserved motif [RK]-X(2)-R-X(2)-R-X(2)-[RK] was presented in all the S4 segments, with positively charged arginine (R) alternating with two hydrophobic or uncharged residues. Movement of these arginines across the membrane electric field is the core mechanism by which the VSPs detect changes in membrane potential. The negatively charged aspartate (D) in the S3 segment is universally conserved in all the VSPs, suggesting that the aspartate residue may be involved in voltage sensing properties of VSPs as well as the electrostatic interactions with the positively charged residues in the S4 segment, which may enhance the thermodynamic stability of the S4 segments in plasma membrane. PMID:22907298

  14. Evaluating the Stability of Open Bite Treatments and Its Predictive Factors in the Retention Phase during Permanent Dentition

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    Salehi, Parisa; Pakshir, Hamid Reza; Hoseini, Seyed Ali Reza

    2015-01-01

    Statement of the Problem Orthodontists often find challenges in treating the anterior open bite and maintaining the results. Purpose This retrospective study was aimed to evaluate the stability of corrected open bite in the retention phase during permanent dentition. Materials and Method A total number of 37 patients, including 20 males and 17 females, with the mean age of 18±2.1 years at the beginning of the treatment were studied after correction of the anterior open bite. Overbites of the patients were measured from their lateral cephalograms before (T1), at the end (T2) and at least 3 years after the end of the treatment in the presence of their fixed retainers (T3).The mean overbite changes and the number of patients with open bite, due to treatment relapse, at T3 were calculated. The relationship between the pre-treatment factors and the treatment relapse was assessed at T1 and T2. Also the effects of treatment methods, extraction and adjunctive use of removable appliances on the post-treatment relapse were evaluated. Results The mean overbite change during the post-treatment period was -0.46±0.7 mm and six patients (16.2%) had relapse in the follow-up recall. Cephalometric Jaraback index showed statistically significant, but weak correlation with overbite changes after the treatment (p= 0.035; r= -0.353). No significant difference was found between the extraction and non-extraction groups (p= 0.117) the use and the type of the removable appliances (p= 0.801). Conclusion Fixed retainers alone are insufficient for stabilizing the results of corrected open bite. The change of overbite in the retention phase could not be predicted from cephalometric measurements. Extraction and use of adjunctive removable appliance did not have any effect on the treatment relapse. PMID:25759854

  15. Experimental Evaluation of Journal Bearing Stability and New Gas Bearing Material

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    Keith, Theo G., Jr.; Dimofte, Florin

    2001-01-01

    It has been estimated that the noise levels in aircraft engine transmissions can be reduced by as much as 10 dB through the use of journal bearings. The potential benefits of lower noise levels include reduced wear, longer gear life and enhanced comfort for passengers and crew. Based on this concept the journal-thrust wave bearing was analyzed and its performance was evaluated. Numerical codes, developed over the past 30 years by Dr. Dimofte, were used to predict the performance of the bearing. The wave bearing is a fluid film bearing and therefore was analyzed using the Reynolds pressure equation. The formulation includes turbulent flow concepts and possesses a viscosity-temperature correction. The centrifugal growth of the bearing diameter and the deformation of the bearing under gear loads were also incorporated into the code. An experimental rig was developed to test the journal-thrust wave bearing.

  16. Longwall face stability: An evaluation of face sloughage. Report of Investigations/1993

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    Barczak, T.M.; Chase, F.E.; Organiscak, J.A.

    1993-01-01

    The U.S. Bureau of Mines report examines the causes and consequences of longwall face sloughage. Theoretical relationships were developed to evaluate mechanisms that produce sloughage. From these relationships, contributory factors were identified for further analysis in field efforts. A survey identified 12 mine sites with sloughage problems, and these were investigated. From these studies, it was determined that the depth of cover and mining height are the two most significant factors causing sloughage on longwall faces. Coalbed friability and cleat orientation also were found to be significant factors in promoting sloughage. It was concluded that sloughage is primarily a problem in thicker seams or seams with friable coalbeds, and that the problem is more severe as the depth of cover increases.

  17. Evaluating the potential of natural curcumin for oxidative stability of soybean oil.

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    Eshghi, Naeeme; Asnaashari, Maryam; Khodaparast, Mohammad Hossein Haddad; Hosseini, Fereshteh

    2014-01-01

    The active substance of turmeric rhizome (curcumin) was extracted and identified with TLC and NMR. To evaluate the antioxidant efficiency of different concentrations of curcumin (120, 160 and 200 ppm) compared with tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) (120 ppm) and ?-tocopherol (200 ppm) at two different temperatures (25C and 55C) under dark and light conditions during 90 days, the soybean oil with no added antioxidant was used as a food model, and its fatty acids profile was determined by GC. Results indicated that increasing concentration of curcumin leads to significantly decreased oxidation rates. The soybean oil containing curcumin at 25C in darkness with the lowest rate of increased peroxide value indicated the same antioxidant activity with ?-tocopherol and TBHQ. Moreover, the results of acid value and iodine value indicated that samples with curcumin were more effective in preventing oxidation at both temperatures compared with control. However, light did not have any significant effect. PMID:24702166

  18. Slope stability susceptibility evaluation parameter (SSEP) rating scheme - An approach for landslide hazard zonation

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    Raghuvanshi, Tarun Kumar; Ibrahim, Jemal; Ayalew, Dereje

    2014-11-01

    In this paper a new slope susceptibility evaluation parameter (SSEP) rating scheme is presented which is developed as an expert evaluation approach for landslide hazard zonation. The SSEP rating scheme is developed by considering intrinsic and external triggering parameters that are responsible for slope instability. The intrinsic parameters which are considered are; slope geometry, slope material (rock or soil type), structural discontinuities, landuse and landcover and groundwater. Besides, external triggering parameters such as, seismicity, rainfall and manmade activities are also considered. For SSEP empirical technique numerical ratings are assigned to each of the intrinsic and triggering parameters on the basis of logical judgments acquired from experience of studies of intrinsic and external triggering factors and their relative impact in inducing instability to the slope. Further, the distribution of maximum SSEP ratings is based on their relative order of importance in contributing instability to the slope. Finally, summation of all ratings for intrinsic and triggering parameter based on actual observation will provide the expected degree of landslide in a given land unit. This information may be utilized to develop a landslide hazard zonation map. The SSEP technique was applied in the area around Wurgessa Kebelle of North Wollo Zonal Administration, Amhara National Regional State in northern Ethiopia, some 490 km from Addis Ababa. The results obtained indicates that 8.33% of the area fall under Moderately hazard and 83.33% fall within High hazard whereas 8.34% of the area fall under Very high hazard. Further, in order to validate the LHZ map prepared during the study, active landslide activities and potential instability areas, delineated through inventory mapping was overlain on it. All active landslide activities and potential instability areas fall within very high and high hazard zone. Thus, the satisfactory agreement confirms the rationality of considered governing parameters, the adopted SSEP technique, tools and procedures in developing the landslide hazard map of the study area.

  19. Automatic voltage-imbalance detector

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    Bobbett, R.E.; McCormick, J.B.; Kerwin, W.J.

    1981-05-20

    A device is described for indicating and preventing damage to voltage cells such as galvanic cells and fuel cells connected in series by detecting sequential voltages and comparing these voltages to adjacent voltage cells. The device is implemented by using operational amplifiers and switching circuitry is provided by transistors. The device can be utilized in battery powered electric vehicles to prevent galvanic cell damage and also in series connected fuel cells to prevent fuel cell damage.

  20. High voltage variable diameter insulator

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    Vanecek, David L.; Pike, Chester D.

    1984-01-01

    A high voltage feedthrough assembly (10) having a tubular insulator (15) extending between the ground plane ring (16) and the high voltage ring (30). The insulator (15) is made of Pyrex and decreases in diameter from the ground plane ring (16) to the high voltage ring (30), producing equipotential lines almost perpendicular to the wall (27) of the insulator (15) to optimize the voltage-holding capability of the feedthrough assembly (10).

  1. Low-voltage polyphasic circuits

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    Baird, William H.; Jaynes, Michael L.

    2010-05-01

    Experimentation with polyphasic voltages is greatly simplified when microcontrollers are used to generate multiple square waves with fixed phase offsets. Each square wave is sent through a simple second-order Sallen-Key filter to produce an approximately sinusoidal voltage signal. The microcontroller allows the reproduction of split-phase and three-phase voltage relationships, mirroring those commonly distributed on the North American power grid, at safe voltage levels.

  2. STABILIZED OSCILLATOR

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    Jessen, P.L.; Price, H.J.

    1958-03-18

    This patent relates to sine-wave generators and in particular describes a generator with a novel feedback circuit resulting in improved frequency stability. The generator comprises two triodes having a common cathode circuit connected to oscillate at a frequency and amplitude at which the loop galn of the circutt ls unity, and another pair of triodes having a common cathode circuit arranged as a conventional amplifier. A signal is conducted from the osciliator through a frequency selective network to the amplifier and fed back to the osciliator. The unique feature of the feedback circuit is the amplifier operates in the nonlinear portion of its tube characteristics thereby providing a relatively constant feedback voltage to the oscillator irrespective of the amplitude of its input signal.

  3. Power supply design for the filament of the high-voltage electron accelerator

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    Zhang, Lige; Yang, Lei; Yang, Jun; Huang, Jiang; Liu, Kaifeng; Zuo, Chen

    2015-12-01

    The filament is a key component for the electron emission in the high-voltage electron accelerator. In order to guarantee the stability of the beam intensity and ensure the proper functioning for the power supply in the airtight steel barrel, an efficient filament power supply under accurate control is required. The paper, based on the dual-switch forward converter and synchronous rectification technology, puts forward a prototype of power supply design for the filament of the high-voltage accelerator. The simulation is conducted with MATLAB-Simulink on the main topology and the control method. Loss analysis and thermal analysis are evaluated using the FEA method. Tests show that in this prototype, the accuracy of current control is higher than 97.5%, and the efficiency of the power supply reaches 87.8% when the output current is 40 A.

  4. Charge-pump voltage converter

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    Brainard, John P.; Christenson, Todd R.

    2009-11-03

    A charge-pump voltage converter for converting a low voltage provided by a low-voltage source to a higher voltage. Charge is inductively generated on a transfer rotor electrode during its transit past an inductor stator electrode and subsequently transferred by the rotating rotor to a collector stator electrode for storage or use. Repetition of the charge transfer process leads to a build-up of voltage on a charge-receiving device. Connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in series can generate higher voltages, and connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in parallel can generate higher currents. Microelectromechanical (MEMS) embodiments of this invention provide a small and compact high-voltage (several hundred V) voltage source starting with a few-V initial voltage source. The microscale size of many embodiments of this invention make it ideally suited for MEMS- and other micro-applications where integration of the voltage or charge source in a small package is highly desirable.

  5. Development and evaluation of robust molecular markers linked to disease resistance in tomato for distinctness, uniformity and stability testing.

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    Arens, Paul; Mansilla, Carmen; Deinum, Daniël; Cavellini, Laetitia; Moretti, André; Rolland, Sophie; van der Schoot, Hanneke; Calvache, David; Ponz, Fernando; Collonnier, Cécile; Mathis, René; Smilde, Diederik; Caranta, Carole; Vosman, Ben

    2010-02-01

    Molecular markers linked to phenotypically important traits are of great interest especially when traits are difficult and/or costly to be observed. In tomato where a strong focus on resistance breeding has led to the introgression of several resistance genes, resistance traits have become important characteristics in distinctness, uniformity and stability (DUS) testing for Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) applications. Evaluation of disease traits in biological assays is not always straightforward because assays are often influenced by environmental factors, and difficulties in scoring exist. In this study, we describe the development and/or evaluation of molecular marker assays for the Verticillium genes Ve1 and Ve2, the tomato mosaic virus Tm1 (linked marker), the tomato mosaic virus Tm2 and Tm2 ( 2 ) genes, the Meloidogyne incognita Mi1-2 gene, the Fusarium I (linked marker) and I2 loci, which are obligatory traits in PBR testing. The marker assays were evaluated for their robustness in a ring test and then evaluated in a set of varieties. Although in general, results between biological assays and marker assays gave highly correlated results, marker assays showed an advantage over biological tests in that the results were clearer, i.e., homozygote/heterozygote presence of the resistance gene can be detected and heterogeneity in seed lots can be identified readily. Within the UPOV framework for granting of PBR, the markers have the potential to fulfil the requirements needed for implementation in DUS testing of candidate varieties and could complement or may be an alternative to the pathogenesis tests that are carried out at present. PMID:19855951

  6. Evaluation of Cross-Protocol Stability of a Fully Automated Brain Multi-Atlas Parcellation Tool

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    Liang, Zifei; He, Xiaohai; Ceritoglu, Can; Tang, Xiaoying; Li, Yue; Kutten, Kwame S.; Oishi, Kenichi; Miller, Michael I.; Mori, Susumu; Faria, Andreia V.

    2015-01-01

    Brain parcellation tools based on multiple-atlas algorithms have recently emerged as a promising method with which to accurately define brain structures. When dealing with data from various sources, it is crucial that these tools are robust for many different imaging protocols. In this study, we tested the robustness of a multiple-atlas, likelihood fusion algorithm using Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) data with six different protocols, comprising three manufacturers and two magnetic field strengths. The entire brain was parceled into five different levels of granularity. In each level, which defines a set of brain structures, ranging from eight to 286 regions, we evaluated the variability of brain volumes related to the protocol, age, and diagnosis (healthy or Alzheimer’s disease). Our results indicated that, with proper pre-processing steps, the impact of different protocols is minor compared to biological effects, such as age and pathology. A precise knowledge of the sources of data variation enables sufficient statistical power and ensures the reliability of an anatomical analysis when using this automated brain parcellation tool on datasets from various imaging protocols, such as clinical databases. PMID:26208327

  7. Optical sensing in high voltage transmission lines using power over fiber and free space optics

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    Rosolem, João Batista; Bassan, Fabio Renato; Penze, Rivael Strobel; Leonardi, Ariovaldo Antonio; Fracarolli, João Paulo Vicentini; Floridia, Claudio

    2015-12-01

    In this work we propose the use of power over fiber (PoF) and free space optics (FSO) techniques to powering and receive signals from an electrical current sensor placed at high voltage potential using a pair of optical collimators. The technique evaluation was performed in a laboratorial prototype using 62.5/125 μm multimode fiber to study the sensitivity of the optical alignment and the influence of the collimation process in the sensing system wavelengths: data communication (1310 nm) and powering (830 nm). The collimators were installed in a rigid electric insulator in order to maintain the stability of transmission.

  8. Three Year RSA Evaluation of Vitamin E Diffused Highly Cross-linked Polyethylene Liners and Cup Stability.

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    Sillesen, Nanna H; Greene, Meridith E; Nebergall, Audrey K; Nielsen, Poul T; Laursen, Mogens B; Troelsen, Anders; Malchau, Henrik

    2015-07-01

    Vitamin E diffusion into highly cross-linked polyethylene (E-XLPE) is a method for enhancing oxidative stability of acetabular liners. The purpose of this study was to evaluate in vivo penetration of E-XLPE using radiostereometric analysis (RSA). Eighty-four hips were recruited into a prospective 10-year RSA. This is the first evaluation of the multicenter cohort after 3-years. All patients received E-XLPE liners (E1, Biomet) and porous-titanium coated cups (Regenerex, Biomet). There was no difference (P=0.450) in median femoral head penetration into the E-XLPE liners at 3-years comparing cobalt-chrome heads (-0.028mm; inter-quartile range (IQR) - 0.065 to 0.047) with ceramic heads (-0.043mm, IQR - 0.143to0.042). The 3-year follow-up indicates minimal E-XLPE liner penetration regardless of head material and minimal early cup movement. PMID:25754257

  9. An evaluation of the effects of two distal extension removable partial denture designs on tooth stabilization and periodontal health.

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    Akaltan, F; Kaynak, D

    2005-11-01

    A 30-month follow-up study was conducted on 36 patients to evaluate the effects of the lingual plate as a major connector in distally extended removable partial dentures (RPDs) on tooth stabilization. At the same time, the study evaluated the effects of lingual plate-type RPDs and lingual bar-type RPDs on periodontal health. The most striking finding of the study was that, with the exception of gingival recession (GR), periodontal conditions improved with both types of RPDs. At the end of 30 months, there were significant differences in plaque index, GR and tooth mobility (TM) values between treatment groups (P < 0.05). Plaque accumulation was greater in the lingual plate treatment group; however, this did not result in periodontal breakdown. There were no statistically significant differences between treatment groups with respect to pocket depth, gingival index or attachment loss (P > 0.05). Moreover, patients treated with lingual plate-type RPDs demonstrated less TM when compared with patients treated with lingual bar-type RPDs at the end of 30 months follow-up. Overall study findings established that with adequate checks on oral and denture hygiene at regular intervals, patients with RPDs may even experience improved periodontal health. Moreover, the clinical interpretation of decreased TM observed in patients treated with lingual plate-type RPDs may be questionable as the plaque accumulation was greater in the lingual plate treatment group inspite of periodic recalls. PMID:16202046

  10. Converter Circuit «Voltage-Voltage» Investigation for Power Calibrator

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    Fomichev, Yu M.; Silushkin, S. V.; Mylnikova, T. S.

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents possible circuits to construct a voltage-voltage converter for the calibrator of fictitious power. The problems of circuit solutions were experimentally identified, and the ways of their elimination were found. One of the main problems of convectors is to provide small harmonic distortions and additional phase shift. The use of deep negative instantaneous value feedback helps to provide the desired level of nonlinear distortions and to reduce the phase shift. Corrective circuits are used to ensure the stability of the transducer at greater depths of the feedback; the half-period average value or rms value feedback is used to ensure the stability and accuracy of conversion. However, the accuracy of the power calibrator can be upgraded and its work for various types of loads can be ensured by means of application follower circuit with modern electronic components which are also discussed in the paper.

  11. Superconducting Fault Current Limiter for Transmission Voltage

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    Kraemer, Hans-Peter; Schmidt, Wolfgang; Cai, Hong; Gamble, Bruce; Madura, David; MacDonald, Tim; McNamara, Joe; Romanosky, Walther; Snitchler, Greg; Lallouet, Nicolas; Schmidt, Frank; Ahmed, Syed

    Within a collaboration of American Superconductor, Siemens, Nexans and Southern California Edison one electrical phase of a resistive superconducting fault current limiter for the 115 kV transmission voltage level has been designed and manufactured. The active part of the limiter consists of 63 bifilar coils made of 12 mm wide steel-stabilized YBCO conductor and is housed in a cryostat operated at 5 bar and 74 K. The first phase was completely assembled and successfully subjected to power switching tests and high voltage tests. The basic design of the system and the test results are reported. The work was funded in part by US-DOE under Contract Number DE-FC26-07NT43243.

  12. ISO 12189 standard for the preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal stabilization devices--I: Assembly procedure and validation.

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    La Barbera, Luigi; Villa, Tomaso

    2016-02-01

    The International Standardization Organization introduced standard 12189 for the preclinical evaluation of the mechanical reliability of posterior stabilization devices. The well-known vertebrectomy model formalized in standard F1717 by the American Society for Testing and Materials was modified with the introduction of a modular anterior support made up of three calibrated springs, which allows to describe a more realistic scenario, closer to the effective clinical use, as well to test even very flexible and dynamic posterior stabilization implants. Despite these important improvements, ISO 12189 received very little attention in the literature. The aim of the work is to provide a systematic procedure for the assembly and validation of a finite element model capable of describing the experimental test according to ISO 12189. The validated finite element model is able to catch very well the effective stiffness of the unassembled and assembled constructs (percentage differences <2% and <10%, respectively). As concern the assembled construct, the experimentally measured and predicted strains were found in a good agreement (R2 > 0.75, root mean square error < 30%), but the procedure without precompression lead to much better results (R2 > 0.96, root mean square error < 10%). Given the prediction errors of the assembled construct fall within the experimental range of repeatability, the finite element model can be systematically implemented to support the mechanical design of a variety of spinal implants, to quantitatively investigate the load-sharing mechanism, as well as to investigate the loading conditions set by ISO 12189 standard. PMID:26679431

  13. Evaluation of the Biological Properties and the Enzymatic Stability of Glycosylated Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Analogs.

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    Moradi, Shayli Varasteh; Varamini, Pegah; Toth, Istvan

    2015-09-01

    The enzymatic stability, antitumor activity, and gonadotropin stimulatory effects of glycosylated luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) analogs were investigated in this study. Conjugation of carbohydrate units, including lactose (Lac), glucose (GS), and galactose (Gal) to LHRH peptide protected the peptide from proteolytic degradation and increased the peptides' half-lives in human plasma, rat kidney membrane enzymes, and liver homogenate markedly. Among all seven modified analogs, compound 1 (Lac-[Q(1)][w(6)]LHRH) and compound 6 (GS(4)-[w(6)]LHRH) were stable in human plasma during 4 h of experiment. The half-lives of compounds 1 and 6 improved significantly in kidney membrane enzymes (from 3 min for LHRH to 68 and 103 min, respectively). The major cleavage sites for most of the glycosylated compounds were found to be at Trp(3)-Ser(4) and Ser(4)-Tyr(5) in compounds 1-5. Compound 6 was hydrolyzed at Ser(4)-Tyr(5) and the sugar conjugation site. The antiproliferative activity of the glycopeptides was evaluated on LHRH receptor-positive prostate cancer cells. The glycosylated LHRH derivatives had a significant growth inhibitory effect on the LNCaP cells after a 48-h treatment. It was demonstrated that compound 1 significantly increased the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) at 5 and 10 nM concentrations and compound 5 (GS-[Q(1)]LHRH) stimulated the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) at 5 nM concentration in dispersed rat pituitary cells (p < 0.05). In our studies, compound 1-bearing lactose and D-Trp was the most stable and active and is a promising candidate for future preclinical investigations in terms of in vitro biological activity and metabolic stability. PMID:25956382

  14. Thermal Mechanical Stability of Single-Crystal-Oxide Refractive Concentrators Evaluated for High-Temperature Solar-Thermal Propulsion

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Jacobson, Nathan S.; Miller, Robert A.

    1999-01-01

    Recently, refractive secondary solar concentrator systems were developed for solar thermal power and propulsion (ref. 1). Single-crystal oxides-such as yttria-stabilized zirconia (Y2O3-ZrO2), yttrium aluminum garnet (Y3Al5O12, or YAG), magnesium oxide (MgO), and sapphire (Al2O3)-are candidate refractive secondary concentrator materials. However, the refractive concentrator system will experience high-temperature thermal cycling in the solar thermal engine during the sun/shade transition of a space mission. The thermal mechanical reliability of these components in severe thermal environments is of great concern. Simulated mission tests are important for evaluating these candidate oxide materials under a variety of transient and steady-state heat flux conditions. In this research at the NASA Lewis Research Center, a controlled heat flux test approach was developed for investigating the thermal mechanical stability of the candidate oxide. This approach used a 3.0-kW continuous-wave (wavelength, 10.6 mm) carbon dioxide (CO2) laser (ref. 2). The CO2 laser is especially well-suited for single-crystal thermal shock tests because it can directly deliver well-characterized heat energy to the oxide surfaces. Since the oxides are opaque at the 10.6-mm wavelength of the laser beam, the light energy is absorbed at the surfaces rather than transmitting into the crystals, and thus generates the required temperature gradients within the specimens. The following figure is a schematic diagram of the test rig.

  15. Affect of Voltage Sags on Electro-magnetic Contactor

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    Iyoda, Isao; Ando, Yoshitaro; Pounyakhet, Sompathana; Hirata, Masaya; Ise, Toshifumi

    Sensitivity of electro-magnetic contactors for voltage sags is studied by experiments and simulations. An experimental circuit with a semiconductor fault switch that controls the phase angle of system voltage at the initial point of voltage sags is developed. The phase angle is a new parameter for voltage sags. The operating characteristics of the contactor are evaluated in various conditions. It is found that shallow sags may cause faster trips of contactors compared to deep sags in some cases. The reason of this phenomenon is analyzed with simulations.

  16. Lipid nanocarriers (GeluPearl) containing amphiphilic lipid Gelucire 50/13 as a novel stabilizer: fabrication, characterization and evaluation for oral drug delivery

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    Date, Abhijit A.; Vador, Nimish; Jagtap, Aarti; Nagarsenker, Mangal S.

    2011-07-01

    Purpose. To evaluate the ability of Gelucire 50/13 (an amphiphilic lipid excipient) to act as a stabilizer for lipid nanocarriers such as solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) and to establish the ability of Gelucire 50/13 based lipid nanocarriers to improve oral delivery of hydrophobic drugs using repaglinide (RPG) as a model drug. Methods. The ability of Gelucire 50/13 to nanosize various solid lipids was evaluated. The ability of Gelucire 50/13 to yield NLC was evaluated by using Precirol ATO 5 as a model solid lipid and various liquid lipids (oils). Gelucire 50/13 based NLC (GeluPearl) were evaluated for their ability to improve the efficacy of RPG on oral administration in comparison to RPG tablets. The short term stability of RPG-GeluPearl was evaluated at 25 °C/60% RH. Results. Gelucire 50/13 could successfully yield SLN and NLC of various solid lipids, demonstrating its potential to act as a novel stabilizer. DSC studies indicated that Gelucire 50/13 interacts with Precirol ATO 5 and this interaction suppresses polymorphic transitions of both the components. RPG-GeluPearl exhibited significantly higher anti-diabetic activity compared to marketed RPG tablets. RPG-GeluPearl demonstrated good colloidal and chemical stability at the end of 1 month. Indian patent application number 2167/MUM/2008.

  17. Ex-situ evaluation of bauxite residues as amendment for trace elements stabilization in dredged sediment from Mediterranean Sea: A case study.

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    Taneez, Mehwish; Hurel, Charlotte; Marmier, Nicolas

    2015-09-15

    Stabilization of marine dredged sediments contaminated with multi-elements is a challenging task in choosing the appropriate sorbent and application dosage. The present study investigates the possibility of using bauxite residues (Bauxaline® and Bauxsol) as amendment for the treatment of contaminated sediment. A pilot scale experiment was conducted for three months to stabilize trace elements in composted contaminated sediment sample using 5% by-product amendment. The results showed that after 3months of treatment, cationic trace elements were effectively immobilized but increased leaching of anionic pollutants was observed. Increased leaching of anionic pollutants could be limited by addition of higher quantities of amendments. The total content of available pollutants decreased in stabilized sediments but this treatment has no effect on the classification of waste. The leachates were then evaluated for acute toxicity using estuarine rotifers Brachionus plicatilis. Bauxite residues can be inexpensive choices for the stabilization of cationic pollutants in dredged sediments. PMID:26146133

  18. Evaluation of the bank stability and toe erosion model (BSTEM) for predicting lateral retreat on composite streambanks

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    Midgley, Taber L.; Fox, Garey A.; Heeren, Derek M.

    2012-04-01

    Streambank erosion is known to be a major source of sediment in streams and rivers. The Bank Stability and Toe Erosion Model (BSTEM) was developed in order to predict streambank retreat due to both fluvial erosion and geotechnical failure. However, few, if any, model evaluations using long-term streambank retreat data have been performed. The objectives of this research were to (1) monitor long-term composite streambank retreat during a hydraulically active period on a rapidly migrating stream, (2) evaluate BSTEM's ability to predict the measured streambank retreat, and (3) assess the importance of accurate geotechnical, fluvial erosion, and near-bank pore-water pressure properties. The Barren Fork Creek in northeastern Oklahoma laterally eroded 7.8 to 20.9 m along a 100-m length of stream between April and October 2009 based on regular bank location surveys. The most significant lateral retreat occurred in mid- to late-May and September due to a series of storm events, and not necessarily the most extreme events observed during the monitoring period. BSTEM (version 5.2) was not originally programmed to run multiple hydrographs iteratively, so a subroutine was written that automatically input the temporal sequence of stream stage and to lag the water table in the near-bank ground water depending on user settings. Eight BSTEM simulations of the Barren Fork Creek streambank were performed using combinations of the following input data: with and without a water table lag; default BSTEM geotechnical parameters (moderate silt loam) versus laboratory measured geotechnical parameters based on direct shear tests on saturated soil samples; and default BSTEM fluvial erosion parameters versus field measured fluvial erosion parameters from submerged jet tests. Using default BSTEM input values underestimated the actual erosion that occurred. Lagging the water table predicted more geotechnical failures resulting in greater streambank retreat. Using measured fluvial and geotechnical parameters and a water table lag also under predicted retreat (approximately 3.3 m), but did predict the appropriate timing of streambank collapses. The under prediction of retreat was hypothesized to be due to over predicting the critical shear stress of the non-cohesive gravel, under predicting the erodibility of the non-cohesive gravel, and/or under predicting the imposed shear stress acting on the streambank. Current research improving our understanding of shear stress distributions, streambank pore-water pressure dynamics, and methods for estimating excess shear stress parameters for noncohesive soils will be critical for improving BSTEM and other streambank stability models.

  19. Evaluation of Solvita compost stability and maturity tests for assessment of quality of end-products from mixed latrine style compost toilets

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    Hill, Geoffrey B.; Baldwin, Susan A.; Vinnerås, Bjorn

    2013-07-15

    Highlights: • Solvita® stability and maturity tests used on composting toilet end-product. • Solvita® ammonia better suited in evaluation of feedstock suitability for vermicomposting. • No clear value of Solvita® stability test due to prevalent inhibition of decomposition by ammonia. - Abstract: It is challenging and expensive to monitor and test decentralized composting toilet systems, yet critical to prevent the mismanagement of potentially harmful and pathogenic end-product. Recent studies indicate that mixed latrine composting toilets can be inhibited by high ammonia content, a product of urea hydrolysis. Urine-diverting vermicomposting toilets are better able to accomplish the goals of remote site human waste management by facilitating the consumption of fecal matter by earthworms, which are highly sensitive to ammonia. The reliability of Solvita® compost stability and maturity tests were evaluated as a means of determining feedstock suitability for vermicomposting (ammonia) and end-product stability/completeness (carbon dioxide). A significant linear regression between Solvita® ammonia and free ammonia gas was found. Solvita® ranking of maturity did not correspond to ranking assigned by ammonium:nitrate standards. Solvita® ammonia values 4 and 5 contained ammonia levels below earthworm toxicity limits in 80% and 100% of samples respectively indicative of their use in evaluating feedstock suitability for vermicomposting. Solvita® stability tests did not correlate with carbon dioxide evolution tests nor ranking of stability by the same test, presumably due to in situ inhibition of decomposition and microbial respiration by ammonia which were reported by the Solvita® CO{sub 2} test as having high stability values.

  20. Numerical evaluation of currents induced in a worker by ELF non-uniform electric fields in high voltage substations and comparison with experimental results.

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    Tarao, Hiroo; Korpinen, Leena H; Kuisti, Harri A; Hayashi, Noriyuki; Elovaara, Jarmo A; Isaka, Katsuo

    2013-01-01

    An ungrounded human, such as a substation worker, receives contact currents when touching a grounded object in electric fields. In this article, contact currents and internal electric fields induced in the human when exposed to non-uniform electric fields at 50 Hz are numerically calculated. This is done using a realistic human model standing at a distance of 0.1-0.5 m from the grounded conductive object. We found that the relationship between the external electric field strength and the contact current obtained by calculation is in good agreement with previous measurements. Calculated results show that the contact currents largely depend on the distance, and that the induced electric fields in the tissues are proportional to the contact current regardless of the non-uniformity of the external electric field. Therefore, it is concluded that the contact current, rather than the spatial average of the external electric field, is more suitable for evaluating electric field dosimetry of tissues. The maximum induced electric field appears in the spinal cord in the central nervous system tissues, with the induced electric field in the spinal cord approaching the basic restriction (100 mV/m) of the new 2010 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection guidelines for occupational exposure, if the contact current is 0.5 mA. PMID:22684733