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  1. Upper Paleocene-Lower Eocene biostratigraphy of Darb Gaga, Southeastern Kharga Oasis Western Desert, Egypt

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    Ouda, Khaled; Berggren, William A.; Abdel Sabour, Ayman

    2016-06-01

    Paleontological studies on the Upper Paleocene-Lower Eocene succession at Darb Gaga, southeastern Kharga Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt document the changes associated with the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), such as 1) a radical alteration of the relative and absolute abundance of planktonic foraminifera; 2) a massive occurrence of the excursion planktonic foraminiferal taxa; 3) a widespread deposition of calcarenite yielding atypical (extremely high) faunal abundance associated with the younger phase of warming; and 4) a concentration of coprolites associated with the middle phase of warming. We also document the Lowest Occurrence (LO) of dimorphic larger benthic and excursion foraminifera during the earlier phase of warming at Darb Gaga, as recorded in Bed 1 of the Dababiya Quarry Member. The absence of these faunas in Bed 1 at Dababiya (the GSSP for the P/E Boundary) is likely to be due to both intense deficiency in dissolved oxygen and massive carbonate dissolution. Only remains (fish remains) of faunas that can tolerate the toxicity produced by low oxygen conditions are found in the stratigraphic record of this (oldest) phase at Dababiya. The Dababiya Quarry Member (DQM) at Darb Gaga reflects the unfolding of the sedimentary and biotic changes associated with the PETM global warming at, and following, the Paleocene/Eocene boundary on the southern Tethys platform. The changes began with a rapid increase in bottom and "intermediate" water temperature. The temperature increase was accompanied by removal of oxygen during the early and middle stages of warming. This led to the absence of both subbotinids and calcareous benthic foraminifera in the early and second coprolite-bearing phases (Beds 2 and 3 of the DQM). Dissolution seems to have no role during these stages as shown by the unusual abundance and good preservation of the warm-tolerant Ac. sibaiyaensis. This species reaches its maximum abundance in Bed 2 where it exhibits a broad range of size (63

  2. Geology and origin of the late Proterozoic Darb Zubaydah ophiolite, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Quick, J.E.

    1990-01-01

    The Darb Zubaydah ophiolite, north-central Arabian Shield, preserves a largely intact section consisting of ultramafic rocks, gabbro, diabase, granodiorite, and interbedded volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Formation of these rocks within or near an island arc is indicated by the absence of pelagic sediments and the abundance of pillow basalt, turbiditic sediments, lahar deposits, and basaltic to rhyolitic tuff. The oldest extrusive rocks formed in a young, relatively unevolved island arc or in a back-arc basin sufficiently close to an arc to receive calc-alkaline lava flows and coarse-grained, arc-derived detritus. Overlying turbidites and lahar deposits of the Kaffan sandstone point to the initiation of a rifting event. High-Ti basalts, which erupted above the Kaffan sandstone, and related diabase are interpreted to be magmatic products of incipient intra-arc rifting. Renewed arc volcanism produced calc-alkaline volcanic rocks that interfingered with the high-Ti basalt and later dominated the section as the volcanic apron of the arc prograded basinward. Extrusion of voluminous calc-alkaline tuff may have been contemporaneous with intrusion of granodiorite and gravity-driven landsliding. -from Author

  3. The contribution of geographic information systems and remote sensing in determining priority areas for hydrogeological development, Darb el-Arbain area, Western Desert, Egypt

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    Elewa, Hossam H.; Fathy, Rafik G.; Qaddah, Atef A.

    2010-08-01

    The Darb el-Arbain study area is in the southern Western Desert of Egypt and has been attracting increasing developmental interest in the last few decades, especially since agricultural development of the southern Baris area, where the groundwater resources of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS) have been utilized for the cultivation of valuable lands. Due to the proven high potential of both groundwater and land resources, determining the priority areas for sustainable hydrogeological development becomes a necessity. A geographic information system, as a platform for geospatial modeling techniques, has been built, which depends on the recently collected data about the NSAS, in addition to the published databases. Certain criteria of practical value, like depth to groundwater, hydraulic conductivity, groundwater salinity, sodium adsorption ratio, and the safe yield of wells, were selected as decisive parameters for hydrogeological prioritization. The model pinpoints areas characterized by favorable hydrogeological conditions, which could be used for future development and implementation of an artificial storage and recovery (ASR) program. The designated priority areas for hydrogeological development occur at the southern, middle southern and some localized northern parts of the Darb el-Arbain area. The newly formed Tushka Lakes represent a suitable and excellent natural source of freshwater for implementing an ASR program.

  4. Reconnaissance geochemical exploration for gold in the Ad Darb area, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Samater, R.M.; Christian, R.P.; Johnson, P.R.; Bookstrom, A.A.

    1990-01-01

    Overall, metal values in the wadi-sediment samples are low. The known kyanite mineral occurrence is marked by anomalous gold and tin in three minus-80-mesh samples. The low values of the metals do not justify further exploration for the sought deposit type in the immediate vicinity, although the signature of anomalous elements in the wider region is comparable to the signature known in the Carolina Slate Belt, and is permissive of the interpretation that a diffuse hydrothermal system operated in the region during the late Proterozoic. A large concentration of polymetallic anomalies (gold, arsenic, copper, antimony, tin, tungsten, and lead) is outlined in the northeastern part of the survey area on the basis of panned-concentrate samples. The source of the concentration is unknown, and further investigations are recommended. Recommended low-priority investigation of the source of lead and zinc anomalies in the western part of the survey area would be justified as part of a larger program designed to evaluate the mineral potential of the entire belt of Sabya formation rock.

  5. Cutter-Skidder Operator. Competency-Based Training Standards = Conducteur de Debusqueuse-Abatteur d'Arbes. Normes de formation professionnelle basees sur les aptitudes.

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    Ontario Ministry of Skills Development, Toronto.

    This bilingual document contains standards that are based on industry-specific skills identified by labor and management representatives of the forest products industry, successful achievement of which results in issuance of a cutter operator, skidder operator, or cutter-skidder operator Canadian certificate of qualification. With French on all…

  6. JPRS Report. Soviet Union, EKO: Economics & Organization of Industrial Production No. 7, July 1987.

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    2007-11-02

    PeskinJ 46 Lessons From Chernobyl Discussed [V. Gubarev] 47 Writer Views Economic Life [G. Kulishkin] 52 CEMA Countries Economize on Fuel...34, "Ekonomika i organizatsiya promyshlennogo proizvodstva", 1987 11772 Lessons From Chernobyl Discussed 18200222k Novosibirsk EKONOMIKA I...ORGANIZATSIYA PROMYSHLENNOGO PROIZVODSTVA (EKO) in Russian No 7, Jul 87 pp 121-131 [Article by V. Gubarev: "Echoes of Chernobyl "] [Text] In the article

  7. Utilization and cost comparison of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings.

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    Lafeuille, Marie-Hélène; Bailey, Robert A; Vekeman, Francis; Scott McKenzie, R; Lefebvre, Patrick

    2012-01-01

    To compare utilization and associated costs of epoetin alfa (EPO) and darbepoetin alfa (DARB), two erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), in patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy and patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) not on dialysis in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. An analysis of medical claims recorded between January 2006 and December 2009 was conducted using the Premier Perspective Comparative Hospital database. Patients included were ≥18 years old with cancer and chemotherapy or with pre-dialysis CKD and with ≥1 claim for EPO or DARB during a hospital inpatient or outpatient treatment episode. Patients treated with both ESAs or who were receiving dialysis were excluded. Mean cumulative drug costs and dose ratios (units EPO: mcg DARB) were calculated using cumulative dose and April 2010 wholesale acquisition costs. Cancer chemotherapy: 13,832 inpatient stays (EPO: 10,454; DARB: 3378) and 5590 outpatient treatment episodes (EPO: 2856; DARB: 2734) were identified. The inpatient and outpatient populations reported ESA dose ratios of 230:1 and 238:1 with DARB cost premiums of 42% (EPO: $948; DARB: $1348) and 38% (EPO: $3358; DARB: $4627), respectively. CKD: 148,746 hospital stays (EPO: 116,017; DARB: 32,729) and 11,012 outpatient treatment episodes (EPO: 6921; DARB 4091) were identified. The inpatient and outpatient populations reported ESA dose ratios of 251:1 and 257:1 with DARB cost premiums of 30% (EPO: $566; DARB: $738) and 27% (EPO: $2077; DARB: $2642), respectively. The lack of randomization may have led to confounding by indication. In addition, statistical significance must be interpreted with caution in studies involving large samples. This study of 19,422 patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy and 159,758 patients with pre-dialysis CKD reported ESA dose ratios ranging from 230:1-257:1 (units EPO: mcg DARB) and associated cost premiums of 27-42% for DARB.

  8. Propensity score matched assessment of treatment patterns and cost of erythropoiesis stimulating agent treatment in patients with cancer receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy.

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    Tunceli, Ozgur; Bailey, Robert A; Stephenson, Judith J; Singer, Joseph

    2013-12-01

    To examine epoetin alfa (EPO) and darbepoetin alfa (DARB) treatment patterns and erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) costs in patients with cancer receiving chemotherapy (CRC), and to compare the results observed in the pre-matched total study population (TSP) with a propensity score matched population (PSMP). A medical claims analysis was conducted from 1 January 2004 through 31 July 2009 using the HealthCore Integrated Research Database. Patients were at least 18 years old, newly initiated on EPO or DARB, received ≥ 2 ESA doses, and had ≥ 1 claim for cancer and chemotherapy proximate to ESA treatment. Patients were matched using propensity scores. January 2010 Wholesale Acquisition Cost was used to calculate drug cost. Mean cumulative ESA dose and drug costs were evaluated in the TSP and PSMP. 4921 EPO and 9173 DARB patients with CRC were identified. In the TSP, mean cumulative ESA doses were EPO: 398,770 units and DARB: 1508 mcg, with similar treatment durations for each. Mean cumulative drug costs were EPO: $6041 and DARB: $7861 (30% higher for DARB). The cumulative dose ratio (EPO units: DARB mcg) was 264:1. The PSMP analysis identified 4831 ESA treated CRC patients in each group. Mean drug costs were EPO: $6055 and DARB: $7863 (30% higher for DARB). The observed dose ratio (EPO units: DARB mcg) was 265:1. In both analyses, the costs of DARB were higher, even after accounting for baseline differences in the PSMP. Similar trends in dose ratios were also observed in both groups.

  9. JPRS Report, Soviet Union, World Economy & International Relations, No. 11, November 1988.

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    1989-03-10

    business . Thus in Singapore the government is oriented in the sphere of modernization of industry primarily toward overseas firms inasmuch as the... language monthly journal MIROVAYA EKONOMIKA I MEZHDU- NARODNYYE OTNOSHENIYA published in Moscow by the Institute of World Economy and International...place in the Soviet scholarly literature on capitalism need reassessment. Modern capitalist enterprise large in size and its monopolistic character

  10. JPRS Report, Soviet Union, World Economy & International Relations, No. 8, August 1989.

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    1989-12-21

    Sciences. Refer to the table of contents for a listing of any articles not translated.] Summaries in English of Major Articles [pp 158-159] 1 Case ...for Military Cuts: Reduced Threat, Economic Constraints fS. Blagovolin; pp 5-19] 2 Case Made for Soviet GATT Membership [I. Artemyev; pp 34-44...mezhdunarodnyye otnosh- eniya", 1989. Case for Military Cuts: Reduced Threat, Economic Constraints 18160018b Moscow MIROVAYA EKONOMIKA I

  11. Soviet-American Exchanges: Promises and Problems

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    1988-01-01

    policy management and oversight, and that regular involvement of the CSCE in these matters can significantly contribute to making Soviet-American...system. 4 Literaturnava Gazeta, September 9, 1987. 5 Yu. Zamoshkin, "Yadernaya opasnost’ i faktor strakha," SShA. Ekonomika, Politika. Ideologiya. 1985...prestige), while conduct by ABA leaders, such as the one exhibited at the meeting with Mr. Gromyko, can earn us only contempt from the Soviets. A

  12. JPRS Report, Science & Technology, USSR: Science & Technology Policy..

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    1987-11-13

    Management of Ukrainian S&T Progress on Basis of Automation (V. Shevchenko; EKONOMIKA SOVETSKOY UKRAINY, No 11, Nov 86) , t.^. 32 GENERAL...especially rapid upswing falls to the years, when the management of industry was carried out the councils of the national economy, which had the...scientific and technical problems. In the management of scientific and technical progress the goal program principle is becoming firmly established, there

  13. JPRS Report, Soviet Union, International Affairs

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    2007-11-02

    group of institute employees is getting ready to leave for India to set up there the production of high-quality submerged arc - welded metal. It...KHOZYAYSTVOIPRAVO, No 9, Sep 87] 10 Welding Institute Enters Foreign Market [M. Khromchenko; IZVESTIYA, 28 Nov 87] 12 Armenian Problems in Foreign Trade...COPYRIGHT: Izdatelstvo "Ekonomika", "Khoz- yaystvo i pravo", 1987 11574 Welding Institute Enters Foreign Market 18250029 Moscow IZVESTIYA in

  14. Through Enemy Eyes: A Soviet View of U.S. Intelligence

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    1980-06-01

    government as proof of official membership in the intellignece community. The characterization of the Hoover Institute of Stanford University is typical...the description of that Agency which appcared in US media. For example: This (cormunications se’urity and intelligence) is the principal business of...Reogranization of Intelligence: How the Business of the CIA Was Hiddea). S Sh A Ekonomika, Politika, Ideologiy. No. 9, 1977. Lipavaky, S. "Open

  15. Comment on "Decagonal and quasi-crystalline tilings in medieval Islamic architecture".

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    Makovicky, Emil

    2007-11-30

    Lu and Steinhardt (Reports, 23 February 2007, p. 1106) claimed the discovery of a large, potentially quasi-crystalline Islamic tiling in the Darb-i Imam shrine but regard the earlier Maragha tiling, previously described as quasiperiodic, as a small isolated motif. We demonstrate that the Darb-i Imam pattern is periodic and that the quasi-crystalline discs superimposed on its lattice are derivatives of the Maragha pattern.

  16. Dosing patterns, drug costs, and hematologic outcome in anemic patients with chronic kidney disease switching from darbepoetin alfa to epoetin alfa.

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    Hymes, Jeffrey; Bickimer, Tammy; Jackson, James H; Bookhart, Brahim K; Mody, Samir H; Tak Piech, Catherine

    2007-08-01

    To compare real-world dosing patterns, drug costs, and hematologic outcome in anemic chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, not receiving dialysis, who switched from darbepoetin alfa (DARB) to epoetin alfa (EPO) in a community practice setting. This retrospective observational chart review from a US nephrology clinic included 153 anemic CKD patients > or = 18 years of age who did not receive dialysis during the study period, switched from DARB to EPO between 8/2003 and 8/2005, and received > or = 2 doses of both agents. Paired t-test and McNemar's chi-square were performed comparing pre-switch and post-switch outcomes. Mean interval between doses increased from 24.3 +/- 11.1 days with DARB to 28.8 +/- 19.8 days with EPO (p = 0.001). Weighted mean pre-switch weekly dose for DARB was 25 mug, while weighted mean post-switch weekly dose for EPO was 7090 Units, resulting in a dose ratio (Units EPO:microg DARB) of 287:1. These doses resulted in mean weekly costs of $110 (DARB) and $86 (EPO). Mean hemoglobin (Hb) levels increased over time from 10.8 g/dL at 6 months pre-switch to 11.1 g/dL 6 months after EPO initiation (p = 0.0132). Mean Hb levels were > 11 g/dL, but below 12 g/dL, while patients received EPO. Patients switching from DARB to EPO had a greater mean interval between doses, lower drug costs, and consistently maintained recommended Hb levels over time. The reverse direction (EPO to DARB) was not investigated. Although treatment outcomes were not assessed in a randomized, controlled setting, the study's observational nature provided actual evidence in a real-world setting.

  17. Darbepoetin-α prevents progressive left ventricular dysfunction and remodeling in nonanemic dogs with heart failure

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    Rastogi, Sharad; Imai, Makoto; Sharov, Victor G.; Mishra, Sudhish; Sabbah, Hani N.

    2008-01-01

    In anemic patients with heart failure (HF), erythropoietin-type drugs can elicit clinical improvement. This study examined the effects of chronic monotherapy with darbepoetin-α (DARB) on left ventricular (LV) function and remodeling in nonanemic dogs with advanced HF. HF [LV ejection fraction (EF) ∼25%] was produced in 14 dogs by intracoronary microembolizations. Dogs were randomized to once a week subcutaneous injection of DARB (1.0 μg/kg, n = 7) or to no therapy (HF, n = 7). All procedures were performed during cardiac catheterization under general anesthesia and under sterile conditions. LV end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), and EF were measured before the initiation of therapy and at the end of 3 mo of therapy. mRNA and protein expression of caspase-3, hypoxia inducible factor-1α, and the bone marrow-derived stem cell marker c-Kit were determined in LV tissue. In HF dogs, EDV and ESV increased and EF decreased after 3 mo of followup. Treatment with DARB prevented the increase in EDV, decreased ESV, and increased EF. DARB therapy also normalized the expression of HIF-1α and active caspase-3 and enhanced the expression of c-Kit. We conclude that chronic monotherapy with DARB prevents progressive LV dysfunction and dilation in nonanemic dogs with advanced HF. These results suggest that DARB elicits beneficial effects in HF that are independent of the presence of anemia. PMID:18952719

  18. JPRS Report, Soviet Union, International Affairs

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    1990-05-17

    Currency Auctions Assessed [M. Yershov; EKONOMIKA I ZHIZN No 14, Apr 90] 21 Pepsico Chief on Trade Deal With USSR [D. Kendall; IZVESTIYA, 12 Apr 90...to be hoped in this regard that mechanisms may be devised and adjusted that in time will serve as a basis for a foreign exchange market. Pepsico ...American company Pepsico . One index which characterizes the scope of the deal—planned to the year 2000—can be seen in the 26 new plants in the USSR

  19. Formulation, Characterisation, and in Vitro Skin Diffusion of Nanostructured Lipid Carriers for Deoxyarbutin Compared to a Nanoemulsion and Conventional Cream

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    Tofani, Rendra P.; Sumirtapura, Yeyet C.; Darijanto, Sasanti T.

    2016-01-01

    The long-term use of topical hydroquinone as an anti-hyperpigmentation treatment has well-known, unwanted effects. Deoxyarbutin (4-[(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy]phenol) is a relatively new tyrosinase inhibitor, with stronger inhibitory potency than hydroquinone, that exhibited decreased cytotoxicity against melanocytes and other cells. This study developed novel nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) for improved topical delivery of deoxyarbutin (dArb), leading to improved depigmenting efficacy. dArb is a hydrophobic substance, but it easily degrades in aqueous medium and is thermolabile. Screening and optimisation of the solid lipid, liquid lipid, surfactant, co-surfactant and production methods were performed to choose the optimum particle size and stability for NLCs. One percent dArb NLCs were obtained from a combination of cetyl palmitate (CP) and caprylic/capric tryglicerides (Myr) in 12% total lipids using poloxamer 188 (P-188) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400 as a surfactant and co-surfactant, respectively, with a particle diameter of approximately 500 nm and a polydispersity index (PI) <0.4. These NLCs were produced using the simple method of high-shear homogenisation (10,000 rpm, 5 minutes) and ultrasonication (3.5 min). The compatibility between the substances in the formula was evaluated using Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The morphology of the NLCs was observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In vitro penetration of dArb NLCs was evaluated and compared to the nanoemulsion (NE) and conventional emulsion (CR) delivery methods across Spangler’s membrane (SS). Delivery improvement was clearly observed, and after 8 h of application, dArb gel-NLCs showed the highest dArb penetration, followed by liquid NLCs, NE, and CR.

  20. Deoxyarbutin Possesses a Potent Skin-Lightening Capacity with No Discernible Cytotoxicity against Melanosomes

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    Fan, Zhi-Feng; Jiang, Shan; Xu, Shi-Zheng; Lei, Tie-Chi

    2016-01-01

    Safe and effective ingredients capable of removing undesired hyperpigmentation from facial skin are urgently needed for both pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes. Deoxyarbutin (4-[(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl) oxy] phenol, D-Arb) is a glucoside derivative of hydroquinone. Here, we investigated the toxicity and efficacy of D-Arb at the sub-cellular level (directly on melanosomes) and skin pigmentation using in vivo and in vitro models to compare with its parent compound hydroquinone (1,4-benzenediol, HQ). At first, we examined the ultrastructural changes of melanosomes in hyperpigmented guinea pig skin induced by 308-nm monochromatic excimer lightand/or treated with HQ and D-Arb using transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that prominent changes in the melanosomal membrane, such as bulb-like structure and even complete rupture of the outer membranes, were found in the skin after topical application of 5% HQ for 10 days. These changes were barely observed in the skin treated with D-Arb. To further clarify whether membrane toxicity of HQ was a direct result of the compound treatment, we also examinedultrastructural changes of individual melanosomes purified from MNT1 human melanoma cells. Similar observations were obtained from the naked melanosome model in vitro. Finally, we determined the effects of melanosomal fractions exposed to HQ or D-Arb on hydroxyl radical generation in the Fenton reaction utilizing an electron spin resonance assay. D-Arb-treated melanosomesexhibit a moderate hydroxyl radical-scavenging activity, whereas HQ-treated melanosomessignificantly generate more hydroxyl free radicals. This study suggests that D-Arb possesses a potent ability in skin lightening and antioxidation with less melanosome cytotoxicity. PMID:27776184

  1. 7 CFR Appendix K to Subpart E of... - Regulations for Loan Guarantees for Disaster Assistance For Rural Business Enterprises

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    2010-01-01

    ... Assistance For Rural Business Enterprises K Appendix K to Subpart E of Part 1980 Agriculture Regulations of... Subpart E of Part 1980—Regulations for Loan Guarantees for Disaster Assistance For Rural Business... A and E of part 1980 of this chapter apply to DARBE loans, except as provided in this appendix. All...

  2. Cognitive outcomes of preterm infants randomized to darbepoetin, erythropoietin, or placebo.

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    Ohls, Robin K; Kamath-Rayne, Beena D; Christensen, Robert D; Wiedmeier, Susan E; Rosenberg, Adam; Fuller, Janell; Lacy, Conra Backstrom; Roohi, Mahshid; Lambert, Diane K; Burnett, Jill J; Pruckler, Barbara; Peceny, Hannah; Cannon, Daniel C; Lowe, Jean R

    2014-06-01

    We previously reported decreased transfusions and donor exposures in preterm infants randomized to Darbepoetin (Darbe) or erythropoietin (Epo) compared with placebo. As these erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have shown promise as neuroprotective agents, we hypothesized improved neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 to 22 months among infants randomized to receive ESAs. We performed a randomized, masked, multicenter study comparing Darbe (10 μg/kg, 1×/week subcutaneously), Epo (400 U/kg, 3×/week subcutaneously), and placebo (sham dosing 3×/week) given through 35 weeks' postconceptual age, with transfusions administered according to a standardized protocol. Surviving infants were evaluated at 18 to 22 months' corrected age using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development III. The primary outcome was composite cognitive score. Assessments of object permanence, anthropometrics, cerebral palsy, vision, and hearing were performed. Of the original 102 infants (946 ± 196 g, 27.7 ± 1.8 weeks' gestation), 80 (29 Epo, 27 Darbe, 24 placebo) returned for follow-up. The 3 groups were comparable for age at testing, birth weight, and gestational age. After adjustment for gender, analysis of covariance revealed significantly higher cognitive scores among Darbe (96.2 ± 7.3; mean ± SD) and Epo recipients (97.9 ± 14.3) compared with placebo recipients (88.7 ± 13.5; P = .01 vs ESA recipients) as was object permanence (P = .05). No ESA recipients had cerebral palsy, compared with 5 in the placebo group (P < .001). No differences among groups were found in visual or hearing impairment. Infants randomized to receive ESAs had better cognitive outcomes, compared with placebo recipients, at 18 to 22 months. Darbe and Epo may prove beneficial in improving long-term cognitive outcomes of preterm infants. Copyright © 2014 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  3. Tetanus vaccination status and its associated factors among women attending a primary healthcare center in Cairo governorate, Egypt.

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    Hassan, Azza M; Shoman, Ahmed E; Abo-Elezz, Nahla F; Amer, Marwa M

    2016-09-01

    Maintaining maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) elimination status in Egypt requires continued strengthening of routine tetanus toxoid (TT) immunization services for pregnant women. To measure the frequency rate of TT vaccination among women attending the well-baby clinic at the El-Darb El-Ahmar primary healthcare center in Cairo governorate and to identify different associated factors. This was a cross sectional study that targeted 277 mothers who attended the well-baby clinic at the El-Darb El-Ahmar primary healthcare center. Mothers were interviewed by a questionnaire inquiring about their sociodemographic characteristics, obstetric history, details of the last pregnancy, TT vaccination status and knowledge of the TT vaccine, and MNT disease. The results showed that 60.6% had taken all required doses of TT vaccine and 42.6% of the mothers studied were fully protected against MNT in their last birth. The rate of vaccination was found to be affected by mothers' socioeconomic level, education level, place of receiving antenatal care, health education about importance of TT vaccine, knowledge of mothers about NT disease and TT vaccine and the source of this knowledge.

  4. Analytical Treatment of Forecasts of Electric Energy Consumption in Latvia

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    Balodis, M.; Gavars, V.; Andersons, J.

    2014-06-01

    In the paper, the changes in electric energy consumption are analyzed as associated with structural changes in the Latvian economy of postsocialistic period. To the analysis, a particular approach is applied, which consists in comparison of the basic and specific electricity consumption indices in West-, Central-, and East-European states for the time span of 1990-2010, with differences and tendencies of changes revealed. Tendencies of the type are determined for the electric energy consumption in Latvia, and recommendations are given for the use of such indices in the relevant forecasts. Rakstā apskatītas elektroenerģijas patēriņa izmaiņas, kas saistītas ar Latvijas postsociālisma perioda ekonomikas strukturālām izmaiņām. Rakstā dota Latvijas galveno elektroenerģijas patēriņa indikatoru analīze, lietojot īpašu pieeju - Rietumeiropas, Centrāleiropas un Austrumeiropas valstu indikatoru salīdzinājumu. Analizēts periods no 1990. gada līdz 2010. gadam. Salīdzināti Eiropas valstu grupu īpatnējie elektroenerģijas patēriņa indikatori un noskaidrotas to atšķirības un izmaiņu tendences. Noteiktas elektroenerģijas patēriņa izmaiņu tendences Latvijā. Dotas rekomendācijas par šo indikatoru izmantošanu elektroenerģijas patēriņa prognozēšanā. 07.05.2014.

  5. Heat and Moisture Transport in Multi-Layer Walls: Interaction and Heat Loss at Varying Outdoor Temperatures / Siltuma Un Mitruma Pārnese Caur Daudzslāņainām Būvkonstrukcijām: Āra Temperatūras Izmaiņu Ietekme Uz Siltuma Zudumiem Iekštelpā

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    Ozolinsh, A.; Jakovich, A.

    2012-12-01

    The heat and moisture transport in multi-layer walls is analysed for five building units. Using the developed program, a typical of Latvian conditions temperature and relative humidity profiles in multi-layered constructions has been obtained and the indoor heat losses estimated. Consideration is also given to the risk of condensate formation and to the influence of moisture on the U-value. The created mathematical model allows forecasting the energy efficiency and sustainability of different technical solutions as refer to the heat and moisture transport in buildings. Darbā aprakstīts matemātiskais modelis mitruma un temperatūras sadalījuma noteikšanai daudzslāņainās būvkonstrukcijās, ievērojot procesu savstarpējo mijiedarbību. Darbā apskatītas 5 raksturīgas būvkonstrukcijas, kurās siltuma izolāciju nodrošina akmens vate. Izmantojot izstrādāto programmu, iegūts reālistisks novērtējums mitruma un temperatūras sadalījumam būvkonstrukcijās Latvijas klimatiskajos apstākļos, kā arī novērtēta mitruma ietekme uz konstrukcijas siltuma caurlaidību U. Parādīts, ka daļā konstruktīvo risinājumu šī ietekme ir ļoti būtiska, un ir sagaidāma kondensāta rašanās konstrukcijā, kā arī parādīts, ka temperatūras svārstības telpā, āra temperatūrai mainoties diennakts ciklā, efektīvi slāpē būvkonstrukciju masivitāte. Izmantojot darbā aprakstītā modeļa pieņēmumus un pieejamos būvmateriālu raksturlielumus, var prognozēt dažādu konstruktīvo risinājumu energoefektivitāti un ilgtspēju.

  6. Groundwater Numerical Modeling, An Application of Remote Sensing, and GIS Techniquies in El Shab area, Western Desert, Egypt

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    Faid, Abdalla; Ismail, Esam

    2016-04-01

    El Shab region is located in south Darb El Arbaieen, western desert of Egypt. It occupies the area between latitudes 22o 00/ and 22o 30/ North and Longitudes 29o 30/ and 30o 00/ East, from southern border of Egypt to the area north Bir Kuraiym and from the area east of east Owienat to the area west Tushka district, its area about 2750 Km2. The famous features; southern part of Darb El Arbaieen road, G Baraqat El Scab El Qarra, Bir Dibis, Bir El Shab and Bir Kuraiym, Interpretation of soil stratification shows layers that are related to Quaternary and Upper-Lower Cretaceous eras. It is dissected by a series of NE-SW striking faults. The regional groundwater flow direction is in SW-NE direction with a hydraulic gradient is 1m / 2km. Mathematical model program has been applied for evaluation of groundwater potentials in the main Aquifer -Nubian Sandstone- in the area of study. Total period of simulation is 100 years. After steady state calibration, two different scenarios are simulated for groundwater development. 21 production wells are installed at the study area and used in the model, with the total discharge for the two scenarios were 105000m3/d, 210000m3/d. The drawdown was 11.8 m and 23.7 m for the two scenarios in the end of 100 year. Contour maps for water heads and drawdown and hydrographs for piezometric head are represented. The drawdown was less than the half of the saturated thickness (the safe yield case).

  7. Small Hydropower in Latvia and Intellectualization of its Operating Systems / Par Mazo HIDROENERĢĒTIKU LATVIJĀ un TĀS Staciju VADĪBAS SISTĒMAS INTELEKTUALIZĀCIJU

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    Mahnitko, A.; Gerhards, J.; Linkevics, O.; Varfolomejeva, R.; Umbrasko, I.

    2013-12-01

    The authors estimate the potential for power generation from water resources of small and medium-sized rivers, which are abundant in Latvia. They propose the algorithm for optimal operation of a small-scale hydropower plant (SHPP) at the chosen optimality criterion in view of the plant's participation in the market. The choice of SHPP optimization algorithm is made based on two mathematical programming methods - dynamic and generalized reduced gradient ones. Approbation of the algorithm is illustrated by an example of optimized SHPP operation. Darbā analizētas tradicionālo un pieejamo vietējo atjaunojamo energoresursu - mazo un vidējo upju hidroresursa izmantošanas iespējas Latvijas enerģētikā. Tiek sniegts faktiskais materiāls šajā jautājumā, kas iegūts, balstoties uz oficiālos avotos publicētiem citu autoru iepriekš veiktajiem pētījumiem. Tiek atzīmēts, ka teritoriju, kas atrodas mazo upju tuvumā un nav ietvertas centralizētās elektroapgādes sistēmā, saimnieciskā apgūšana rada apstākļus patērētāju stimulēšanai izmantot autonomus vietējos energoresursus, ieskaitot hidroenerģiju, izmantojošas mazas jaudas energoiekārtas. Atjaunojamās enerģijas tehnoloģiju un iekārtu pastāvīga attīstība un pilnveidošanās veicinās mazo upju plūsmas izmantošanas elektroenerģijas ražošanas efektivitātes paaugstināšanos. Mūsdienu enerģētikas attīstības koncepcija, kas balstīta uz viedo tīklu (smart grids) izveidi, ļauj paaugstināt mazās hidroenerģētikas darbības efektivitāti, integrējot to elektroenerģētiskajā sistēmā. Mazo hidroelektrostaciju (MHES) darbības vadības sistēmas intelektualizācijas pamatā jābūt kompleksam algoritmam un programmām, kas ļauj tiešsaistes (online) režīmā nodrošināt izdevīgu MHES darbības grafiku (režīmu) maksimālā ienākuma gūšanai, balstoties uz zināmu elektroenerģijas cenas prognozi attiecīgajam laika periodam (diennaktij). MHES darbības optimiz

  8. Identity of Innovative Multifunctional Material Manufacturing Business in Latvia / Inovatīvu Daudzfunkcionālo Materiālu Ražotāju Identitāte Latvijā

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    Geipele, I.; Staube, T.; Ciemleja, G.; Zeltins, N.; Ekmanis, Yu.

    2015-08-01

    The publication comprises the results from the practical scientific investigation to define the profile and distinctions of the Latvian innovative multifunctional material manufacturing industry. The research is carried out by a holistic approach, including expert interviews, qualitative analysis of the official register data, practical survey, and financial data analysis. The paper seeks to give the detailed data on a technological profile of the mentioned representative companies, if there is a synergy or tough competition in the Latvian market. The current research is topical, because it is unique and does not have analogues in Latvia, and the research is timely due to correspondence with recently stated Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation in Latvia. The main findings are associated with recognition of the factors that make impact on commercialisation of the finished goods, obtained financial results and planned directions of development of the respondent companies. Publikācija sniedz veiktā zinātniski praktiskā pētījuma rezultātus, kura ietvaros tika noteikts Latvijas inovatīvu daudzfunkcionālo materiālu ražotāju darbības profils un identitāte. Pētījumā tika izmantota kompleksās analīzes metode, kas ietvēra ekspertu intervijas, uzņēmumu oficiāli reģistrēto datu kvalitatīvo analīzi, zinātniski praktisko aptauju, kā arī pētāmo uzņēmumu finanšu darbības rezultātu analīzi. Zinātniskais darbs sniedz izsmeļošu informāciju par mērķa uzņēmumu tehnoloģisko profilu un pēta, vai Latvijas mērķa ražošanas nozarē ir sinerģijas vai sīvās konkurences pazīmes. Šim zinātniskajam pētījumam ir noteikta aktualitāte saskaņā ar tā unikalitāti Latvijas valsts mērogā un atbilstība Viedās specializācijas stratēģijai. Pētījuma galvenie secinājumi ir saistīti ar uzņēmumu produkcijas komercializācijas ietekmējošo faktoru apzināšanu, sasniegtajiem finansiālajiem rezultātiem un pl

  9. Heat-flow measurements at shot points along the 1978 Saudi Arabia seismic deep-refraction line; Part II, Discussion and interpretation

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    Gettings, M.E.

    1982-01-01

    The heat-flow profile across the Arabian Shield from Ar Riyad to Ad Darb and across the Red Sea is examined for compatibility with the lithospheric structure of the area as deduced from geologic and other geophysical data. Broad continental uplift associated with Red Sea rifting is symmetric about the Red Sea axis, and geologic and geochronologic evidence indicate that uplift has occurred mainly in the interval 25-13 Ma (mega-annum) ago. Thermal-profile changes in the upper mantle resulting from an influx of hot material associated with rifting yield the correct order of magnitude of uplift, and this mechanism is suggested as the explanation for the regional doming. A lithospheric section, constructed from seismic refraction, gravity, and regional geologic data, provides the framework for construction of thermal models. Thermal gradient measurements were made in drill holes at five shot points. Geotherms for the Shield, which assume a radiogenic heat-source distribution that decreases exponentially with depth, yield temperatures of about 450?C at a depth of 40 km (base of the crust) for shot points 2 (Sabhah) and 3. The geotherm for shot point 4 (near Bishah) yields a distinctly higher temperature (about 580?C) for the same depth. Static models used to model the heat flow in the oceanic crust of the Red Sea shelf and coastal plain either yield too small a heat flow to match the observed heat flow or give lithosphere thicknesses that are so thin as to be improbable. Dynamic (solid-state accretion) models, which account for mantle flow at the base of the lithosphere, adequately match the observed heat-flow values. In the deep-water trough of the Red Sea, which is presently undergoing active sea-floor spreading, classical models of heat flow for a moving slab with accretion at the spreading center are adequate to explain the average heat-flow level. At shot point 5 (Ad Darb), the anomalous heat flow of 2 HFU (heat-flow units) can be explained in terms of a Shield

  10. Epr Hyperfine Structure Of Radiation Defect In Oxyfluoride Glass Ceramics/ Radiācijas Defekta Epr Hipersīkstruktūra Oksifluorīdu Stikla Keramikā

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    Běrziņš, D.; Fedotovs, A.; Rogulis, U.

    2012-12-01

    We have investigated the samples of thermally treated oxyfluoride glass ceramics 50SiO2-25LiO2-20YF3-3ErF3-2YbF2 by means of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. After irradiation of the samples with X-rays, in the EPR spectra a hyperfine structure characteristic of F-centres could be observed in different fluoride crystals. The structure of F-centre in the oxyfluoride glass ceramics containing LiYF4 crystallites is discussed. Oksifluorīdu stiklu keramikas 50SiO2-25LiO2-20YF3-3ErF3-2YbF2 radiācijas defektu īpašības pētītas, izmantojot elektronu paramagnētiskās rezonanses (EPR) metodi. Pēc paraugu apstarošanas ar rentgen stariem, EPR spektros tika novērota vairāku fluorīdu kristālu F-centriem raksturīga hipersīkstruktūra. Šajā darbā apskatīta F-centra struktūra oksifluorīdu stiklu keramikā, kura satur LiYF4 kristalītus.

  11. Evaluation of the Uniform Field Distortions Produced by a Toroidal Dielectric Body / Novērtējums Viendabīga Elektriskā Lauka Izkropļojumiem, Kurus Rada Toroīda Formas Dielektrisks Ķermenis

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    Krasnitsky, Y. A.; Popov, A. E.; Kalnacs, A.

    2015-08-01

    Distortions of the structure of a uniform electric field when a dielectric body with a toroidal shape is placed in it are considered in the quasi-static approximation. The rate of distortion is proposed to estimate through the effective permittivity of toroid determined by solving the corresponding boundary value problem. Some numerical estimates obtained using specially developed software in the language of Matlab are given. Darbā apskatīts kvazi-statisks tuvinājums viendabīga elektriskā lauka izkropļojumiem gadījumos, kad tajā tiek ievietots dielektrisks toroīda formas ķermenis. Izkropļojumu apmēru tiek piedāvāts novērtēt ar toroīda efektīvo caurlaidību, kas tiek noteikta, atrisinot atbilstošo robežvērtību uzdevumu. Tiek doti skaitliski novērtējumi, kas iegūti, lietojot speciāli valodā Matlab izstrādātu programmatūru.

  12. Getting into hot water Problematizing hot water service demand: The case of Old Cairo

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    Culhane, Thomas Henry

    This dissertation analyzes hot water demand and service infrastructure in two neighboring but culturally distinct communities of the urban poor in the inner-city area of central Cairo. The communities are the Historic Islamic Cairo neighborhood of Darb Al Ahmar at the foot of Al-Azhar park, and the Zurayib neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasser where the Coptic Zabaleen Recyclers live. The study focuses on the demand side of the hot water issue and involves consideration of built-environment infrastructures providing piped water, electricity, bottled gas, sewage, and the support structures (wiring and plumbing) for consumer durables (appliances such as hot water heaters, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners) as well as water pumps and water storage tanks. The study asks the questions "How do poor communities in Cairo value hot water" and "How do cost, infrastructure and cultural preferences affect which attributes of hot water service are most highly preferred?". To answer these questions household surveys based primarily on the World Bank LSMS modules were administered by professional survey teams from Darb Al Ahmar's Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Zabaleen's local NGO "Spirit of Youth" in their adjacent conununities in and surrounding historic Cairo. In total 463 valid surveys were collected, (231 from Darb Al Ahmar, 232 from the Zabaleen). The surveys included a contingent valuation question to explore Willingness to Pay for improved hot water service; the surveys queried household assets as proxies for income. The dissertation's findings reveal that one quarter of the residents of Darb Al Ahmar and two-thirds of the residents of Manshiyet Nasser's Zabaleen lack conventional water heating service. Instead they employ various types of stoves and self-built contraptions to heat water, usually incurring considerable risk and opportunity costs. However the thesis explores the notion that this is rational "satisficing" behavior; despite the shortcomings of such self

  13. Operative and technological management of super-large united power grids: lessons of major world's blackouts

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    Brinkis, K.; Kreslins, V.; Mutule, A.

    2014-02-01

    Power system (PS) blackouts still persist worldwide, evidencing that the existing protective structures need to be improved. The discussed requirements and criteria to be met for joint synchronous operation of large and super-large united PSs should be based on close co-ordination of operative and technological management of all PSs involved in order to ensure secure and stable electricity supply and minimise or avoid the threat of a total PS blackout. The authors analyse the July 2012 India blackout - the largest power outage in history, which affected over 620 million people, i.e. half of India's population and spread across its 22 states. The analysis is of a general character, being applicable also to similar blackouts that have occurred in Europe and worldwide since 2003. The authors summarise and develop the main principles and methods of operative and technological management aimed at preventing total blackouts in large and super-large PSs. Neskatoties uz sasniegumiem elektroenerģētikas jomā un energosistēmu nepārtrauktu modernizāciju, pasaulē regulāri notiek sabrukumu avārijas. Rakstā apskatīti lielu un superlielu energosistēmu apvienību savstarpējas sinhronas darbības nodrošinājuma prasības un kritēriji, kas pamatojas uz operatīvās un tehnoloģiskās vadības ciešu koordināciju starp energosistēmām. Savstarpējas sinhronas darbības nodrošinājuma prasībām un kritērijiem ir izšķiroša nozīme, lai panāktu elektroapgādes drošumu un stabilitāti katrā energosistēmā, kas darbojas apvienotas energosistēmas sastāvā. Šo prasību un kritēriju ievērošana sekmē totālo avāriju izcelšanās iespēju samazināšanu un to novēršanu. Indijas 2012.gada totālo avāriju un citu analogo avāriju Eiropā un Amerikā analīze un izvērtējums laika posmā no 2003.gada, deva iespēju apkopot un izstrādāt lielu un superlielu energosistēmu operatīvās un tehnoloģiskās vadības principus un metodoloģiju, lai novērstu vai

  14. Undercar Electrical Generator for Railway Passenger Cars: Improvement of Efficiency / Dzelzceļa Pasažieru Zemvagona Elektriskā Ģeneratora Efektivitātes Uzlabošana

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    Levin, N.; Kamolins, E.; Gusakov, A.; Pugachev, V.

    2013-04-01

    Passenger cars of the railway transport are being constantly improved, thus becoming ever more comfortable for public conveyance. These cars are fitted with air conditioners, installations for heating and forced ventilation, heaters, refrigerators; lighting, radio and TV sets; communication equipment, etc. All the listed fittings need continuous and secure electricity supply from a primary independent source. The paper considers the possibilities of meeting requirements for particular power supply systems - first of all for undercar generators. At operation of such a high-power generator under rugged conditions it should be highly reliable, possessing a reasonable mass and high efficiency. The existing designs of these generators still do not meet the listed requirements in full measure. To improve the efficiency of the undercar generator it is proposed to integrate its excitation winding into the armature one, thus reducing the copper consumption, losses and mass, while - which is the most important - considerably raising reliability of the generator and its availability factor. Dzelzceļa transporta pasažieru vilcienu vagoni nepārtraukti tiek pilnveidoti ar mērķi paaugstināt pasažieru komforta līmeni pārvadājumu laikā. Šādi pasažieru vagoni aprīkoti ar gaisa kondicionēšanas, apsildes, ventilācijas, ūdens uzsildīšanas, saldēšanas, apgaismes, radio, televīzijas, sakaru u.c. iekārtām. Visām pieminētajām iekārtām to darbības laikā ir nepieciešama nepārtraukta un droša elektroenerģijas apgāde no primāra neatkarīga avota. Darbā tiek izskatīta elektroapgādes sistēma, kura spētu nodrošināt izvirzītās prasības. Pie šīs sistēmas, pirmkārt, pieder zemvagona ģenerators. Tam ir jābūt paaugstinātas jaudas, smagos darba apstākļos jānodrošina augsts drošums, ar pieņemamu masu un augstu lietderības koeficientu. Šādu ģeneratoru esošās konstrukcijas pilnā mērā nespēj nodrošināt iepriekš minētās pras

  15. Multi-Objective Optimization of Transmission Lines / Elektropārvades Līnijas Daudzkriteriālā Optimizācija

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    Berjozkina, S.; Sauhats, A.; Neimane, V.

    2013-10-01

    Introduction of new advanced electrical connections into a transmission grid reduces the capacity of existing overhead lines (OHLs). At the same time, designing & building of new OHLs and substations involves considerable technical, environmental and economical problems. The authors propose a concept of the multi-objective optimization for selection of transmission line routes, towers (their type, placement and geometry), of conductors, insulators, dampers, earthing and lightning protection systems, span lengths, etc.. The optimization is organized in five stages. At the first and second stages a search for optimum solutions is performed along with determination of the main impacting factors. The next two stages present a two-objective optimization based on Pareto's approach. At the last stage (exemplified by a case study), the probability of the restriction removal conditions is assessed, and preventive measures are identified. The presented approach uses a real line design and is intended for minimizing the total invested capital and maximizing the net present value. In the framework of this approach 20 alternatives have been elaborated, which can successfully be applied in the cases described in the paper. Elektropārvades tīklam rodas nepieciešamība pēc jauniem elektriskajiem pieslēgumiem, kas noved pie esošo gaisvadu līniju jaudas nepietiekamības. Viens no iespējamajiem pastāvošās problēmas risinājumiem ir jaunu gaisvadu līniju un apakšstacijas būvniecība. Gaisvadu līniju projektēšana ir saistīta ar ievērojamām tehniskām, vides un ekonomiskām problēmām. Darbā aprakstīta elektropārvades līnijas optimālās trases izvēles daudzkritēriju optimizācijas koncepcija, ieskaitot balstu tipa, balstu izvietojuma koordināšu, balstu ģeometrijas, vadu tipu un parametru, izolatoru tipu, vibroslāpētāju tipu, zibensaizsardzības un zemēšanas sistēmu, kā arī laidumu garumu izvēles optimizāciju. Optimizācijas uzdevums tiek organiz

  16. Effects of Using Channelling Devices to Increase Efficiency of Hydrokinetic Devices

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    Kalnacs, A.; Kalnacs, J.; Mutule, A.; Entins, V.

    2015-04-01

    /vai virzienu, maina spiedienu straumē, minimizē turbulenci. Šajā darbā apskatītas iespējas palielināt hidrokinētisko iekārtu efektivitāti, lietojot šādas ierīces, ka arī metode, kā novērtēt sagaidāmo ieguvumu no minēto ierīču lietošanas. Darbā ir aprēķināts, ka vadotņu izmantošana var palielināt hidrokinētisko iekārtu efektivitāti par vismaz 110%, neradot ne lielas izmaksas, nedz arī būtisku negatīvu ietekmi.

  17. Assessing the Impact of a Community-Based Health and Nutrition Education on the Management of Diarrhea in an Urban District, Cairo, Egypt

    PubMed Central

    Abdel-Aziz, Shaimaa B.; Mowafy, Maha A.; Galal, Yasmine S.

    2016-01-01

    Diarrhea is considered as a major cause of mortality in children aged less than five years old. This pre/post interventional study was designed to assess maternal knowledge about diarrhea and implement a community-based health and nutrition education messages. The study was held in Al-Darb Al-Ahamar (ADAA) district, Cairo, Egypt and targeted a random sample of 600 mothers having at least one child under-five years old and complained of at least one previous attack of diarrhea. The study was conducted in three phases. The pre-intervention phase included a base line survey for the mothers and training activities for the community health workers (CHWs). Intervention phase included health and nutrition education sessions; performance evaluation for the CHWs during providing the message. In phase three, the mothers had no instructions for 3 months then the post- intervention interview and feedback sessions were conducted. Results showed that knowledge of mothers about diarrhea (etiological factors and preventive measures) had improved significantly after the intervention. During observation CHWs’ scored 50% of the required tasks in education and communication skills. In the feedback sessions, all the mothers declared that nutrition education sessions were highly valuable, and asked for on-going support and training programs. The current study found that health and nutrition education sessions were successful in improving mothers’ knowledge regarding preventive measures and management of diarrhea. CHWs are effective health education providers especially in household based intervention. Thus, health services should support community based interventions to reinforce mothers’ knowledge and practices towards their sick children. PMID:26383210

  18. Different kernel functions due to rainfall response from borehole strainmeter in Taiwan

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    Yen Chen, Chih; Hu, Jyr Ching; LIu, Chi Ching

    2014-05-01

    In order to realize reasons inducing earthquakes, project of monitoring of the fault activity using 3-component Gladwin Tensor Strainmeter (GTSM) has been initiated since 2003 in Taiwan, which is one of the most active seismic regions in the world. Observed strain contains several different effects within including barometric, tidal, groundwater, precipitation, tectonics, seismic and other irregular noise. After removing the response of tides and air pressure on strain, we still can find some anomalies highly related to the rainfall in short time in days. The strain response induced by rainfall can be separated into two parts as observation in groundwater, slow response and quick response, respectively. Quick response reflects the strain responding to the load of falling water drops on the ground surface. A kernel function shows the continual response induced by unit precipitation water in time domain. We split the quick response from data removing tidal and barometric response, and then calculate the kernel function by use of deconvolution method. More, an average kernel function was calculated to reduce the noise level. There are five of the sites installed by CGS Taiwan were selected to calculate kernel functions for individual sites. The results show there may be different on rainfall response in different environmental settings. In the case of stations site on gentle terrain, kernel function for each site shows the similar trend, it rises quickly to maximum in 1 to 2 hrs, and then goes down near to zero gently in period of 2-3 days. But in the case of sites settled side by the rivers, there will be 2nd peak of function when collected water in the catchment flows along by the sites related to the hydrograph of creeks. More, landslides will occur in some sites in hazard of landslide with more rainfall stored on, just like DARB in ChiaYi. The curve of kernel function will be controlled by landslides and debris flows.

  19. Registration and fusion of multi-sensor data using multiple agents

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    Tait, Roger J.; Hopgood, Adrian A.; Schaefer, Gerald

    2005-06-01

    Non-destructive evaluation is widely used in the manufacturing industry for the detection and characterisation of defects. Typical techniques include visual, magnetic particle, fluorescent dye penetrant, ultrasonic, and eddy current inspection. This paper presents a multi-agent approach to combining image data such as these for quality control. The use of distributed agents allows the speed benefits of parallel processing to be realised, facilitating increased levels of detection through the use of high resolution images. The integration of multi-sensor devices and the fusion of their multi-modal outputs has the potential to provide an increased level of certainty in defect detection and identification. It may also allow the detection and identification of defects that cannot be detected by an individual sensor. This would reduce uncertainty and provide a more complete picture of aesthetic and structural integrity than is possible from a single data source. A blackboard architecture, DARBS (Distributed Algorithmic and Rule-based Blackboard System), has been used to manage the processing and interpretation of image data. Rules and image processing routines are allocated to intelligent agents that communicate with each other via the blackboard, where the current understanding of the problem evolves. Specialist agents register image segments into a common coordinate system. An intensity-based algorithm eliminates the landmark extraction that would be required by feature-based registration techniques. Once registered, pixel-level data fusion is utilised so that both complementary and redundant data can be exploited. The modular nature of the blackboard architecture allows additional sensor data to be processed by the addition or removal of specialised agents.

  20. Electric Machines with Non-Radially Mounted Rectangular Permanent Magnets / Elektriskās Mašīnas Ar Prizmatiskiem Neradiāli Novietotiem Pastāvīgajiem Magnētiem

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    Levin, N.; Pugachev, V.; Dirba, J.; Lavrinovicha, L.

    2013-04-01

    The authors analyze the advantages and disadvantages of brushless synchronous electric machines with radially and non-radially mounted rectangular permanent magnets. The results show that the proposed nonradial mounting of permanent magnets considered in the paper, in several cases (e.g. multi-pole brushless generators with tooth windings of the armature) allows achievement of the following advantages: better technology of manufacturing the electric machine owing to simple packing of the stator winding in the stator open slots, which also increases the copper slot fillfactor; reduction in the mass-and-size of permanent magnets at least twice; significantly lower cost of the electric machine; and, finally, its greater specific power. Darbā tiek analizētas priekšrocības un trūkumi sinhronām bezkontaktu mašīnām ar radiāli un neradiāli novietotiem prizmatiskiem pastāvīgajiem magnētiem. Parādīts, ka vairākos gadījumos, piemēram, daudzpolu bezkontaktu sinhronajos ģeneratoros ar zobu tinumiem, neradiāls pastāvīgo magnētu izvietojums nodrošina vairākas priekšrocības: uzlabojas mašīnas izgatavošanas tehnoloģija, jo statora atvērtajās rievās vieglāk novietot tinumus un iespējams sasniegt augstāku rievas aizpildījuma koeficientu; samazinās pastāvīgo magnētu masa un izmaksas; palielinās mašīnas īpatnēja jauda.

  1. Assessing the Impact of a Community-Based Health and Nutrition Education on the Management of Diarrhea in an Urban District, Cairo, Egypt.

    PubMed

    Abdel-Aziz, Shaimaa B; Mowafy, Maha A; Galal, Yasmine S

    2015-06-04

    Diarrhea is considered as a major cause of mortality in children aged less than five years old. This pre/post interventional study was designed to assess maternal knowledge about diarrhea and implement a community-based health and nutrition education messages. The study was held in Al-Darb Al-Ahamar (ADAA) district, Cairo, Egypt and targeted a random sample of 600 mothers having at least one child under-five years old and complained of at least one previous attack of diarrhea. The study was conducted in three phases. The pre-intervention phase included a base line survey for the mothers and training activities for the community health workers (CHWs). Intervention phase included health and nutrition education sessions; performance evaluation for the CHWs during providing the message. In phase three, the mothers had no instructions for 3 months then the post- intervention interview and feedback sessions were conducted. Results showed that knowledge of mothers about diarrhea (etiological factors and preventive measures) had improved significantly after the intervention. During observation CHWs' scored 50% of the required tasks in education and communication skills. In the feedback sessions, all the mothers declared that nutrition education sessions were highly valuable, and asked for on-going support and training programs. The current study found that health and nutrition education sessions were successful in improving mothers' knowledge regarding preventive measures and management of diarrhea. CHWs are effective health education providers especially in household based intervention. Thus, health services should support community based interventions to reinforce mothers' knowledge and practices towards their sick children.

  2. Biorefinery Technologies for Biomass Conversion Into Chemicals and Fuels Towards Zero Emissions (Review) / Nulles Emisiju Princips Biomasas Konversijas Tehnoloģijās Aizstājot Fosilos Resursus (Pārskata Raksts)

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    Gravitis, J.; Abolins, J.

    2013-10-01

    Exhausting of world resources, increasing pollution, and climate change are compelling the shift of the world economy from continuous growth to a kind of economy based on integration of technologies into zero emissions production systems. Transition from non-renewable fossil resources to renewable resources provided by solar radiation and the current processes in biosphere is seen in the bio-refinery approach - replacing crude oil refineries by biomass refineries. Biotechnology and nano-technologies are getting accepted as important players along with conventional biomass refinery technologies. Systems design is a significant element in the integration of bio-refinery technologies in clusters. A number of case-studies, steam explosion auto-hydrolysis (SEA) in particular, are reviewed to demonstrate conversion of biomass into value-added chemicals and fuels. Analysis of energy flows is made as part of modelling the SEA processes, the eMergy (energy memory) approach and sustainability indices being applied to assess environmental impacts. Resursu izsīkums, vides piesārņojums un globāla mēroga klimatiskās izmaiņas ir civilizācijas izdzīvošanai būtiski faktori, kas virza pasaules ekonomikas pārmaiņas, atsakoties no nepārtrauktas izaugsmes idejas par labu tādai ekonomikai, kas balstās uz atjaunojošamies resursiem un dažādu tehnoloģiju integrācijemisiju principam atbilstošās ražošanas sistēmās. Saules radiācijas ierosinātajos planētas biosfērā notiekošajos procesos radīto organisko vielu pārstrādes kompleksi, kas operē ievērojot sabalansētu nulles emisiju principu, tiek uzlūkoti kā tās ekonomiskās (ražošanas) struktūras, kurām jānodrošina pāreja uz atjaunojošos resursu izmantošanu, aizstājot esošās fosilo resursu (naftas, ogļu) pārstrādes rūpnīcas. Līdzās jau apgūtajām biomasas rafinēšanas tehnoloģijām svarīga un pieaugoša loma ekonomiskās sistēmas resursu bāzes nomaiņā ir bio- un nanotehnolo

  3. Structural Changes in Pulsed Laser Ablated CuInSe2 Compound STRUKTURĀLĀS IZMAIŅAS Impulsa LĀZERA ABLĒTAJĀ CuInSe2 SAVIENOJUMĀ

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    Ogurcovs, A.; Gerbreders, V.; Tamanis, E.; Sledevskis, E.; Gerbreders, A.

    2013-12-01

    CuInSe2 (CISe) compound was produced by high-temperature synthesis. After mechanical milling, the average CISe particle size decreased to 10μm. The authors study structural changes of the compound after ablation in liquid by a 1064 nm pulsed laser. The SEM examination indicated the presence of spherical particles with the average size of ~ 450 nm. A nonlinear relationship was established between the laser radiation dose and the quantity of spherical particles. The XRD analysis has shown an improvement in the CISe crystalline structure and the absence of significant changes in its stoichiometry. The 3 μm thick experimental CISe samples were screen-printed on planar Ni electrodes, and improvement also was revealed in their photosensitivity. The conclusion is that the pulsed-laser ablation can be applied to chalcopyrite structures like CISe without destruction of their initial properties. Darba autori apskata impulsa lāzera ablācijas pielietojuma iespēju CuInSe2 savienojumam. Eksperimentu gaitā tika konstatēts, ka ablācijas procesā CuInSe2 vidē veidojas sfēriskas formas daļiņas, kuru izmēri ir atkarīgi no lāzera starojuma parametriem un no vides īpašībām. Apstarotā materiāla analīze uzrādīja CuInSe2 struktūras kvalitātes uzlabojumus, kā arī gaismjūtības palielināšanos par 8%, salīdzinājumā ar neapstarotu materiālu. Darba rezultāti liecina par to, ka, mainot lāzera starojuma parametrus, ir iespējams uzlabot CuInSe2 savienojumu, nesagraujot tā darba īpašības. Aprakstītās eksperimentālās metodes un tehnoloģijas sniedz plašu darbības lauku tālākiem pētījumiem šajā jomā.

  4. Advanced Concept for Creation of Security Holograms / PROGRESĪVĀ Koncepcija AIZSARDZĪBAS Hologrammas Izveidei

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    Bulanovs, A.; Gerbreders, S.

    2013-12-01

    A new concept is proposed for digital hologram production along with the relevant techniques developed in our laboratory. The main idea of the concept is to maximally separate the calculation of hologram from its optical recording on the light-sensitive media. A special file format containing information on each holographic pixel is created at the stage of calculation. The file is a device-independent by structure, and can be employed for recording a hologram using any of the existing techniques (dot-matrix, optical matrix lithography, e-beam lithography). An optical lithography device is applied to calculate the images for a spatial light modulator at the stage of hologram recording in accordance with the data from the file and in conformity with the hardware features of the device. The proposed method was tested and successfully used to record security holograms. For commercial use a software package and an optical recording system have been developed. Šajā rakstā tiek apskatītas koncepcijas un metodes, kuras tiek izmantotas drošības hologrammu ražošanai mūsu laboratorijā. Koncepcijas galvenā ideja ir hologrammas aprēķina posmu maksimālais sadalījums no hologrammu optiskā ieraksta uz gaismas jūtīgām vidēm. Hologrammas aprēķina posmā tiek izveidots īpaša formāta fails, kas satur pilnu informāciju par katru hologrāfisko pikseli. Pēc struktūras fails ir neatkarīgs no ierīces un to var izmantot hologrammas ierakstam pēc jebkuras no esošajām tehnoloģijām. Hologrammas ieraksta posmā optiskā litogrāfijas iekārta pēc faila datiem veic SLM (Spatial Light Modulator) attēla aprēķinu, ievērojot iekārtas darbības īpatnības. Piedāvātā metode ir pārbaudīta un veiksmīgi tiek izmantota drošības hologrammu ierakstam. Izstrādāta programmu pakete un optiskā ieraksta iekārta komerciālai izmantošanai.

  5. High-Temperature Nuclear Reactors (Overview. Part 1) / Augstas Temperatūras Kodolreaktori (Pārskata raksts) 1. daļa

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    Ekmanis, J.; Tomsons, E.; Zeltiņš, N.

    2013-02-01

    At the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) of 2001 the measures were approved which are necessary for the development of future generation nuclear reactors (NRs). Six best high-temperature NR technologies were selected, with the main criteria being the safe and economically profitable operation, long-term use, protection against the employment of nuclear material for military purposes and terroristic attacks as well as technologies of fuel close cycle in order to increase the amount of fission material and decrease the amount of highly radioactive waste. In four of the technologies, apart from electricity production also hydrogen is obtained. Part 1 presents a generalized description of the high-temperature NRs, their comparative characteristics and history, with the stopped and operational HTNRs outlined. The properties of different type nuclear fuels are described in detail Ceturtās paaudzes kodolreaktoru starptautiskā forumā 2001.gadā nolēma par nepieciešamiem pasākumiem nākamās paaudzes kodolreaktoru izstrādei. Ir atlasītas sešas reaktoru tehnoloģijas, kuras lietderīgi turpmāk izstrādāt. Tās atlasītas ņemot vērā to drošu un ekonomiski izdevīgu darbību, ilgtspējīgu izmantošanu, aizsardzību pret materiālu izmantošanu militārām vajadzībām un teroristu uzbrukumiem, slēgtā degvielas cikla izmantošanu, lai palielinātu kodoldalīšanās materiālu daudzumu un samazinātu augstas aktivitātes atkritumu daudzumu, kurus būs jāapglabā. Četras no plānotām tehnoloģijām bez elektroenerģijas ieguves varēs ražot ūdeņradi. 1. daļā ietverts vispārīgs apraksts par augstas temperatūras kodolreaktoriem, to salīdzinājums pēc raksturlielumiem, pēc attīstības vēstures. Apskatīti gan apturētie, gan strādājošie reaktori, to kodoldegvielas

  6. Photocatalitic Properties of Tio2 and ZnO Nanopowders / Tio2 un Zno Nanopulveru Fotokatalitiskās Īpašības

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    Grigorjeva, L.; Rikveilis, J.; Grabis, J.; Jankovica, Dz.; Monty, C.; Millers, D.; Smits, K.

    2013-08-01

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and ZnO nanopowders is studied depending on the morphology, grain sizes and method of synthesizing. Photocatalysis of the prepared powders was evaluated by degradation of the methylene blue aqueous solution. Absorbance spectra (190-100 nm) were measured during exposure of the solution to UV light. The relationships between the photocatalytic activity and the particle size, crystal polymorph phases and grain morphology were analyzed. The photocatalytic activity of prepared TiO2 nanopowders has been found to depend of the anatase-to-rutile phase ratio. Comparison is given for the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanopowders prepared by sol-gel and solar physical vapour deposition (SPVD) methods Darbā pētīta fotokatalīzes efektivitāte ar dažādām metodēm sintezētiem TiO2 and ZnO nanopulveriem, kuriem ir atšķirīga morfoloģija un grauda izmērs. Foto katalīzes process raksturots ar metilenzilā sagraušanu ūdens šķīdumā, to apstarojot ar UV gaismu. Analizēta fotokatalīzes efektivitātes atkarība no grauda izmēra, nanokristālu graudu morfoloģijas, TiO2 nanopulveru anatasa-rutīla fāžu svara attiecībām. Parādīts, ka fotokatalītiskā efektivitāte ir atšķirīga TiO2 nanopulveriem sintezētiem ar dažādām metodēm: sola-gēla un tvaicēšanu-kondensēšanu saules reaktorā. Salīdzināta fotokatalīzes efektivitāte ZnO un TiO2 nanopulveriem un secināts, ka ZnO nanopulveri ar tetrapodu morfoloģiju ir labs fotokatalizators

  7. Effect of dissimilatory iron and sulfate reduction on arsenic dynamics in the wetland rhizosphere and its bioaccumulation in plants

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    Jaffe, P. R.; Zhang, Z.; Moon, H. S.; Myneni, S.

    2015-12-01

    The mobility of arsenic in soils is linked to biogeochemical redox processes. The presence of wetland plants in riparian wetlands has a significant impact on the biogeochemical dynamics of the soil/sediment-redoxcline due to the release of root exudates and root turnover and oxygen transfer from the roots into the surrounding sediment. Micro-environmental redox conditions in the rhizosphere affect As, Fe, and S speciation as well as Fe(III) plaque deposition, which affects arsenic transport and uptake by plants. To investigate the dynamics of As coupled to S and Fe cycling in wetlands, mesocosms were operated in a greenhouse under various conditions (high and low Fe, high and low sulfate, with plant and without plants) for four months. Results show that the presence of plants, high Fe, and high SO42- levels enhanced As sequestration in these soils. We hypothesize that this compounding effect is because plants release biodegradable organic carbon, which is used by microorganism to reduce ferrihydrite and SO42- to generate FeS, FeS2, and/or orpiment (As2S3). Over the concentration range studied, As immobilization in soil and uptake by Scirpus actus was mainly controlled by SO42- rather than Fe levels. Under high sulfate levels, As immobilization in soil increased by 50% and As concentrations in plant roots increased by 97%, whereas no significant changes in plant As levels were seen for varying Fe concentrations. More than 80% of As was sequestrated in soils rather than plant uptake. Pore water As speciation analyses indicate that 20% more As(V) was reduced to As(III) under high sulfate as than low sulfate levels and that low Fe was more favorable to the As dissimilatory reduction. More dissimilatory arsenate-respiring bacteria (DARB) under high sulfate were confirmed by quantitative PCR. Arsenic distribution in plant leafs and roots after 30 days of exposure to As was analyzed via Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence analyses. The uptake of As by plants was distributed

  8. Reduction of Electric Breakdown Voltage in LC Switching Shutters / Elektriskās Caursites Sprieguma Samazināšana Šķidro Kristālu Šūnās

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    Mozolevskis, G.; Ozols, A.; Nitiss, E.; Linina, E.; Tokmakov, A.; Rutkis, M.

    2015-10-01

    ātes dēļ ir liela varbūtība šķidro kristālu (LC) šūnā novērot elektrisko caursiti, kuras laikā LC šūna tiek sabojāta. Šis ir viens no galvenajiem iemesliem, kāpēc šāda tipa ekrāni pagaidām vēl nav komerciāli plaši pieejami. Šajā darbā mēs skaidrojam rezultātus, kas iegūti, veicot LC šūnu caursites pētījumus. Elektrisko caursiti LC šūnā novēro brīdī, kad strāva tajā pārsniedz noteiktu sliekšņa vērtību. Strāvas stipruma sliekšņa vērtību nosaka šķidrā kristāla īpatnējā vadītspējā, kā arī punktu defekti LC šūnā, piemēram, putekļi, elektrodu raupjums, caurumi u.c. Strāvas stipruma ierobežošanai šūnā šajā darbā tika izmantotas dažādas metodes - buferslāņu iekļaušana, elektroda izlīdzinošā slāņa iekļaušana, kā arī elektroda sadalīšana ar lāzera ablācijas metodi. Tiek demonstrēts, ka elektrisko lauku, pie kura novēro caursiti šūnās, ir iespējams būtiski palielināt, šūnā iekļaujot elektriskos izolējošus buferslāņus un sadalot elektrodu.

  9. Gravimetric and Spectroscopic Studies of Reversible Hydrogen Sorption on Nanoporous Clinoptilolite

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    Lesnicenoks, P.; Grinberga, L.; Kleperis, J.

    2014-06-01

    Large surface aluminosilicate compounds such as zeolites are not the best option for hydrogen storage due to their low hydrogen sorption capacity above cryogenic temperatures. However, the known crystal structure and easy ion exchange allows considering zeolites as easily tuneable media that with a little effort can be changed to suitable porous media for hydrogen sorption. Metal (Li, Mg) and ammonia ion exchange is performed in natural clinoptilolite samples with the aim to increase the amount of adsorbed hydrogen. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of the prepared samples is used to study sorption of hydrogen molecules in the vicinity of light metal ions. An original thermogravimetric method is applied to characterise the amount of sorbed hydrogen. Our experiments show that the highest hydrogen uptake (~ 6.2 wt%) is for a clinoptilolite sample treated in acid. The cation exchange did not provide the expected hydrogen sorption capability; however, the amount of sorbed hydrogen exceeded that for the initial material. Lielas virsmas alumosilikāta savienojumi, piemēram, ceolīti, nav labākais risinājums ūdeņraža uzglabāšanai, ņemot vērā to niecīgo sorbētā ūdeņraža daudzumu temperatūrā, kas augstāka par kriogēno. Tomēr zināmā kristāla struktūra un vieglā jonu apmaiņas iespēja paver iespēju izmantot ceolītus kā viegli pielāgojamu materiālu, kuru ar nelielām modifikācijām var pārveidot par piemērotu vidi ūdeņraža sorbcijai. Darbā metālu (Li, Mg) un amonjaka jonu apmaiņa tiek veikta dabīgā klinoptilolīta paraugos ar mērķi palielināt sorbētā ūdeņraža daudzumu materiālā. Furjē infrasarkanā spektroskopija tiek izmantota, lai pētītu ūdeņraža molekulas sorbciju vieglo metālu jonu tuvumā. Oriģināla termogravimetrijas metode tiek pielietota, lai raksturotu uzkrātā ūdeņraža daudzumu paraugos. Eksperimentālie rezultāti liecina, ka vislielākais uzkrātā ūdeņraža daudzums (~6,2 masas%) ir ar

  10. Developed Design for Humeral Head Replacement Using 3D Surface Mapping

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    Salah, H. R.

    2014-12-01

    Assessment of dimensional and geometrical data on the humeral head replacement (HHR) objects is essential for solving the relevant designing problems in the physics of reverse engineering (RE). In this work, 2D-assessment for human humerus was performed using the computed tomography (CT) technique within the RE plan, after which the 2D images of humeral objects were converted into 3D images. The conversion was successful and indicated a clear difference in the 2D and 3D estimates of sizes and geometry of the humerus. The authors have analyzed and confirmed experimentally the statistical information on the relevant anatomical objects. The results of finite-element simulation of the compressive stresses affecting the geometry of 3D surface mapping were analyzed using SolidWorks software. For developing the biomechanical design of an HHR object suitable biomaterials were selected, and different metal-based biomaterials are discussed as applied at various loads. New methodology is presented for the size estimation of humeral head - both anatomical and artificial - in 3D-shape. A detailed interpretation is given for the results of CT D-measurements. Izmēru un ģeometrisko datu novērtējums, kas attiecas uz pleca kaula galviņas nomaiņas (PKGN) objektiem, nepieciešams, lai risinātu virkni reversīvās inženierijas (RI) problēmu. Šajā darbā cilvēka pleca kaula galviņas divdimensiju novērtējums tika veikts ar datortomogrāfijas palīdzību (RI) ietvaros, un pēc tam objekta divdimensiju attēlojums tika pārveidots trīsdimensiju. Pārveidojums bija sekmīgs, parādot pleca kaula galviņas izmēru un ģeometrijas atšķirības starp 2D un 3D novērtējumiem. Autori izanalizēja un eksperimentāli apstiprināja statistisko informāciju pēc dotā veida anatomiskiem objektiem. Saspiešanas sasprindzinājumi, kuri ietekmē trīsdimensiju virsmas attēlojuma ģeometriju, tika analizēti ar gala-elementu simulācijas metodi, lietojot programmu Solid

  11. Ni-Al Protective Coating of Steel Electrodes in Dc Electrolysis for Hydrogen Production / Ni-Al Pārklājuma Ietekme Uz Tērauda Elektrodiem Līdzstrāvas Elektrolīzē Ūdeņraža Ražošanai

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    Aizpurietis, P.; Vanags, M.; Kleperis, J.; Bajars, G.

    2013-04-01

    Hydrogen can be a good alternative to fossil fuels under the conditions of world's crisis as an effective energy carrier derived from renewable resources. Among all the known methods of hydrogen production, water electrolysis gives the ecologically purest hydrogen, so it is of importance to maximize the efficiency of this process. The authors consider the influence of plasma sprayed Ni-Al protective coating of 316L steel anode-cathode electrodes in DC electrolysis. In a long-term (24 h) process the anode corrodes strongly, losing Cr and Ni ions which are transferred to the electrolyte, while only minor corrosion of the cathode occurs. At the same time, the composition of anode and cathode electrodes protected by Ni-Al coating changes only slightly during a prolonged electrolysis. As the voltammetry and Tafel plots evidence, the Ni-Al coating protects both the anode and cathode from the corrosion and reduces the potential of hydrogen evolution. The results obtained show that such a coating works best in the case of steel electrodes. Darbā pētīts, kā līdzstrāvas elektrolīzē tērauda 316L elektrodus (anods un katods) ietekmē ar plazmas izputināšanas metodi iegūts Ni-Al pārklājums. Tikko uznestam pārklājumam ir mikrostrukturēta virsma, kas kodināšanas laikā mainās, gan pēc reljefa, gan elementu sastāva. Veicot ilgstošu (24 stundas elektrolīzi), atrasts, ka tikai tērauda elektrods anoda lomā intensīvi korodē un zaudē hroma un niķeļa jonus, kas pāriet elektrolītā, turpretī katods mainās relatīvi maz. Pārklājums Ni-Al pēc uznešanas tiek kodināts karstā sārmā, kad tiek izšķīdināta daļa sastāvā esošo elementu (Al, Si, Cd), bet ilgstošas elektrolīzes laikā pārklājuma sastāvs mainās maz gan anodam, gan katodam. Elektrodu elektroķīmiskie raksturlielumi noteikti ar voltamperometrijas un Tāfeļa līkņu analīzes metodēm. Atrasts, ka Ni-Al pārklājums aizsargā gan anodu, gan katodu no korozijas un samazina

  12. Obtaining a Well-Aligned ZnO Nanotube Array Using the Hydrothermal Growth Method / Labi Sakārtotu Zno Nanocauruļu Kopu Iegūšana, Izmantojot Hidrotermālo Metodi

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    Krasovska, M.; Gerbreders, V.; Paskevics, V.; Ogurcovs, A.; Mihailova, I.

    2015-10-01

    Optimal growing parameters have been found using the hydrothermal method to obtain well-aligned vertical ZnO nanorod and nanotube arrays. The influence of different growing factors (such as temperature, growing solution concentration, method of obtaining seed layer and condition) on nanotube morphology and size is described in the paper. Well-structured ZnO nanotubes have been obtained by using a selfselective etching method with lowering temperatures of growth during the hydrothermal process. It is shown that the optical properties of the nanostructure arrays obtained are sensitive to the medium in which they are placed, which is why they can be used as sensors for pure substance detection and in different solutions for impurity determination. Dotajā darbā tika noteikti optimāli parametri labi sakārtotu ZnO nanocaurulīšu kopu iegūšanai, izmantojot hidrotermālo metodi ar temperatūras pazemināšanu, jeb t.s. selektīvu pa\\vskodināšanas metodi (self-selective etching), ir uzsvērtas šās metodes priekšrocības salīdzinājumā ar ķīmiskās kodināšanas metodi, kā arī tika aprakstīta dažādu augšanas faktora (tādu, ka darba šķīduma koncentrācija, augšanas temperatūra un laiks, iedīgļu slāņa iegūšanas veids un iegūšanas parametri) ietekme uz iegūtu nanostraktūra morfoloģiju. Tika konstatēts, ka noteicošu lomu ZnO nanocaurulīšu audzēšanas procesā spēlē iedīgļu slāņa graudu izmēri, kas savā staipā nosaka augošu nanostieņu izmērus un to tendenci pie pa\\vskodināšanas. Rentgenogrannnas parāda, ka iegūtām pie noteiktiem parametriem ZnO nanostruktūrām piemīt augsta kristāliskuma pakāpe un sakārtotība vertikālā virzienā. Optiskie mērījumi parāda, ka ZnO nanocauralītes ir jutīgas gan pret tīrām vielām (ūdens, spirts), gan pret dažādiem šķīdumiem, kas ļauj izmantot tos kā pie­jaukumu sensora. Salīdzinājumā ar ZnO nanostieņiem caurulīšu jūtība pieaug, jo pieaug nanostrakt

  13. Infrastructure of Baltic Region Transmission System: Analysis of Technical and Economic Factors of its Development

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    Obushevs, A.; Oleinikova, I.; Mutule, A.

    2014-08-01

    The operational conditions of new networks dictate new requirements for the transmission planning, which would include the electricity market figures and a sizable involvement of renewable generation. This paper focuses on the transmission expansion planning techniques based on the calculations of optimal power flows and on the concept of development planning and sustainability. A description is given for the mathematical model of calculations and analysis of transmission system. The results have shown that the Baltic transmission system infrastructure can successfully be analyzed based on the proposed methodology and developed mathematical model Baltijas valstu (Latvijas, Lietuvas un Igaunijas) energosistēmas ir cieši saistītas vēsturiski, un to darbība nav iespējama bez savstarpējas sadarbības attīstības un darba režīmu jautājumos. Ekonomisko attiecību īstenošanu enerģētikas sektorā paātrināja elektroenerģijas tirgus attīstība. Baltijas valstu enerģētikas politika ir integrēta ES enerģētikas stratēģijas sastāvdaļa, nosakot trīs galvenos mērķus: enerģētikas nozares konkurētspēja, ilgtspējīga attīstība un drošība. Visas trīs Baltijas energosistēmas veica lielu darba apjomu iekārtu modernizācijā un standartu saskaņošanā, kuras ir saskaņā ar Eiropas Savienības prasībām, kā arī par tirgus attiecību un tehnoloģiju standartu ieviešanu, lai nodrošinātu energoapgādes drošību un elektroenerģijas pieejamību patērētājiem Tomēr, ņemot vērā strauji mainīgos ārējos apstākļus, it īpaši ģeopolitiskos faktorus, Baltijas valstu enerģētikas politika būtu jāizskata ar mērķi novērtēt, kā šie faktori ietekmē energosistēmas ilgtspējīgu attīstību kopumā. No iepriekš minētā izriet, ka nepieciešama jauna nacionāla enerģētikas stratēģija, kura stiprinātu efektīvu ekonomisko un sociālo pamatu ilgtspējīgu attīstību Baltijas valstu nacionālā ekonomikā. Šī darba m

  14. Fused Deposition Modelling as Rapid Prototyping for Structural Material Improvement: Analytical Solution / Ātrās Prototipēšanas Ar Kausēšanas Metodi Strukturālā Uzlabojuma Analītisks Risinājums

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    Brensons, I.; Polukoshko, S.

    2013-10-01

    Fused deposition modelling (FDM) is one of the most effective rapid prototyping (RP) techniques due to its low cost, available materials and versatility. In FDM, a part of material (usually plastic) is made by heating this material to the molten state, and from the melt it is extruded through a nozzle and deposited on a surface. In the article, an alternative RP method is considered for improvement of the mechanical properties of a rapid prototype. The authors propose an analytical solution which allows for achievement of this purpose via advanced technologies. The base materials applied in RP technology can be combined with liquid resin which solidifies after a definite time. This makes it possible to create a channel through the prototype and fill it with another material having better mechanical properties. The optimal channel sizes can be chosen in order to raise the strength of material parts. Darbā tiek apskatīts ātrās prototipēšanas veids, kura pamatā ir detaļas veidošana, izmantojot kausētu materiālu parasti plastmasu. Šī detaļu veidošanas metode ir kļuvusi par vienu no visizplatītākajām tās zemo izmaksu, pieejamo materiālu un daudzpusības dēļ. Šī raksta mērķis ir izpētīt alternatīvu veidu, kā uzlabot prototipu mehāniskās īpašības, tādējādi palielinot printētu detaļu izmantošanu kā gala produktu. Raksts piedāvā analītisku risinājumu, kā uzlabot ātro prototipu mehāniskās īpašības, uzlabojot tehnoloģiskos procesus, kas iesaistīti detaļu izgatavošanā. Darba pamatā tiek izmantota 3D printēšanas tehnoloģijas iespēja veidot iekšējus kanālus bez ģeometriskiem ierobežojumiem, kā rezultātā ir iespējams izveidot iekšēju kanālu shēmu, ko pēc tam piepilda ar citu materiālu, kam ir labākas mehāniskās īpašības kā pamata materiālam. Pildīšanai izmantotais materiāls ir epoksīda sveķi, kas pieļauj vieglu iepildīšanu šķidrā fāzē, un sniedz labas mehāniskās īpašības p

  15. Sail-Type Wind Turbine for Autonomous Power Supplay: Possible Use in Latvia

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    Sakipova, S.; Jakovics, A.

    2014-12-01

    Under the conditions of continuous increase in the energy consumption, sharply rising prices of basic energy products (gas, oil, coal), deterioration of environment, etc., it is of vital importance to develop methods and techniques for heat and power generation from renewables. The paper considers the possibility to use a sail-type wind turbine for autonomous power supply in Latvia, taking into account its climatic conditions. The authors discuss the problems of developing a turbine of the type that would operate efficiently at low winds, being primarily designed to supply power to small buildings and farms distant from centralized electricity networks. The authors consider aerodynamic characteristics of such a turbine and the dependence of the thrust moment of its pilot model on the airflow rate at different angles of attack. The pilot model with a changeable blade shape has been tested and shows a good performance. Darbs veltīts vienam no atjaunojamo enerģiju veidiem - vēja enerģijai, analizētas tās izmantošanas iespējas. Vispirms īsi raksturota vēja enerģijas izmantošana pasaulē, kā arī vērtētas izmantošanas perspektīvas no inženiertehniskā un klimatisko apstākļu viedokļa. Turpinājumā raksturota situācija Latvijā, t. sk., arī vēja potenciāla pieejamība dažādos reģionos, kā arī vēja enerģijas izmantošanas efektivitāti raksturojošie lielumi. Konstatējot problēmu, rast vēja turbīnu risinājumus Latvijas apstākļiem ar maziem vidējiem vēja ātrumiem, izveidots buras tipa turbīnas modelis. Šī modeļa raksturlielumu izpēte veikta vēja tunelī Karagandas universitātē, konstatējot relatīvi labus efektivitātes rādītājus tiešai un pretējai vēja plūsmai. Izmantojot mērījumu rezultātus, ierosināti sistēmas uzlabojumi, kurus plānots pētīt turpmāk. Šādas sistēmas potenciāli var rast lietojumu tur, kur nepieciešami autonomi enerģijas avoti.

  16. Power Generation Investment Planning in a Modern Power System With High Share of Renewables

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    Oleinikova, I.; Ruksans, O.; Turcik, M.

    2014-04-01

    This article is focused on investment planning in power generation industry, which becomes an important direction of research under the conditions of newly formed environment of electricity market. The authors emphasize the key role of effective instruments and methods for estimation of the costs and economic efficiency of a generating capacity and its adequacy in a modern power system. In the paper, cost-based concepts are analyzed which form a basis for decision-making and long-term planning of investments in the power generation sector for a power system with high share of renewable energy sources. Mūsdienās energoinfrastruktūras attīstības un tā vadības procesā ir jāpieņem un jāpilda vairāki lēmumi par nepieciešamiem kapitālieguldījumiem, kas ir rūpīgi jāplāno un jāpamato. Viedo tīklu tehnoloģiju ieviešana un energosistēmas drošuma uzturēšana, ņemot vērā liberalizēto elektroenerģijas tirgu, rada nepieciešamību pēc principiāli jaunām pieejām un metodēm kapitālieguldījumu novērtēšanas uzdevumu risināšanai. Pētījums veltīts investīciju plānošanai elektroenerģijas ģenerācijas iekārtai elektroenerģijas tirgus apstākļos, ņemot vērā lielo atjaunīgo energoresursu (AER) īpatsvaru. Modernu energosistēmu vadība prasa pietiekamu ģenerācijas jaudas elastīgumu un to pareizo kombināciju. Lai to sasniegtu, vispirms ir nepieciešama dažādu ģenerācijas tehnoloģijas izmaksu novērtēšana, ko var veikt, izmantojot pienācīgo instrumentu. Tas arī ir pētījuma mērķis, kura rezultātā tika piedāvāta elektrostaciju ekonomiskas dzīvotspējas novērtēšanas koncepcija, balstoties uz elektroenerģijas ražošanas līmeņizmaksām (ed costs), lai salīdzinātu dažādu elektroenerģijas ražošanas tehnoloģijas izmaksas. Lai to sasniegtu tika veikti: - investīciju plānošana ģenerācijā, metožu pētīšana; - elektrostaciju darbības principu analīze elektroenerģijas tirgū; - elektrostaciju

  17. Determination of Two-Liquid Mixture Composition by Assessing Dielectric Parameters 1. Precise Measuring System / Divu Šķidrumu Maisījuma Sastāva Noteikšana, Izvērtējot to Dielektriskos Parametrus 1. Precīza Mērīšanas Sistēma

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    Vilitis, O.; Shipkovs, P.; Merkulovs, D.

    2013-08-01

    ,01%. Šajā darbā piedāvātajā jaunajā mērīšanas sistēmas struktūras risinājumā iekļautas divas tiešas signālu digitālās sintēzes mikrosistēmas, kas ar augstu precizitāti ģenerē mērīšanai nepieciešamās formas, fāzes un amplitūdas signālus ar 100,000 kHz frekvenci un tiek vadītas no mikrokontrolera. Mērīšanas sistēmā izmantota mērsignālu sinhronizētās detektēšanas tehnika. Izstrādātās sistēmas konigurācija, mērīšanas režīma uzstādījums un vadība automātiski praktiski izslēdz virkni mērīšanas signālu parazītisko fāzes nobīžu un fāzes uzstādījumu kļūdas. Izstrādātā mērīšanas sistēma ērti piemērojama vispārējai izmantošanai kapacitātes vai impedances mērierīcēs. Samērā nelielā prognozējamā mērīšanas sistēmas pašizmaksa un kompaktā, portatīvā konstrukcija, kā arī iepriekš minētās priekšrocības paplašina sistēmas lietojumu ne tikai etanola koncentrācijas mērīanai bioetanola ražošanas procesā, bet šī sistēma var tikt izmantota arī eļļas, benzīna un citu degvielu testēšanai, ķīmiskajā, farmācijas un pārtikas industrijā, mikrobioloģijā un medicīnā, lai noteiktu glikozes, antigēnu, antivielu, proteīna, DNS fragmentu un citu vielu saturu šķīdumos u.c.

  18. Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Due to Improvement of Biodegradable Waste Management System

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    Bendere, R.; Teibe, I.; Arina, D.; Lapsa, J.

    2014-12-01

    ārdāmo atkritumu apsaimniekošanas statistikas datu novērtējums atbilstoši likumdošanas prasībām. Izmantojot matemātisko modelēšanas programmu WAMPS, analizēti trīs dažādi bioloģisko noārdāmo atkritumu apsaimniekošanas scenāriji, kuriem veikts vides ietekmes novērtējums, kas izteikts klimata pārmaiņu potenciālā - tonnas CO2 ekv. Darbā secināts, ka lielākais siltumnīcefektu (SEG) avots atkritumu apsaimniekošanas ir atkritumu poligoni (Bāzes scenārijs), ko galvenokārt ietekmē CH4 rašanās, organiskajiem atkritumiem sadaloties anaerobos apstākļos. Būtisku pozitīvo efektu SEG emisiju samazināšanā dod atkritumu pārstrāde otrreizējās izejvielās un sadedzināšana cementa ražotnē, kas ļauj samazināt dabīgo izejmateriālu un fosilo enerģijas resursu patēriņu. Attīstot pārtikas atkritumu pārstrādi biogāzē, lietderīgi veidot alternatīvās vai izmantot esošās sistēmas, kas nodrošina iegūtās enerģijas un digestāta patēriņu, t.i lauksaimniecība, transports vai komunālie pakalpojumi. Lai no zaļajiem dārza atkritumiem iegūtu augstvērtīgu kompostu, valstī jārada tam nepieciešami likumdošanas un ekonomiskie instrumenti, kas veicina komposta tirgus attīstību.

  19. Demarkuota Valstybės Siena su Baltarusijos Respublika

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    Sližienė, Gražina

    2008-06-01

    Valstybės siena tarp Lietuvos Respublikos ir Baltarusijos Respublikos yra išorinės Europos Sąjungos sienos dalis, todėl jos demarkavimas yra itin svarbus žingsnis, leidžiantis tinkamai taikyti išorinės sienos apsaugos režimą. Šios sienos demarkavimas truko dešimtį metų - nuo Sutarties dėl valstybės sienos tarp Lietuvos Respublikos ir Baltarusijos Respublikos demarkavimo, kurią pasirašė Lietuvos Respublikos ir Baltarusijos Respublikos Prezidentai, o Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas 1996 m. ratifikavo, iki 2006 metų, kai Mišri demarkacijos komisija pasirašė galutinius šios valstybių sienos demarkacijos dokumentus. Vykstant demarkavimo darbams šalys tarpusavyje derino įvairius juridinius, techninius, praktinius klausimus, susijusius su valstybės sienos ženklinimu, geodeziniais-kartografiniais darbais, pasienio juostos įrengimu, tarpvalstybine darbų kontrole, galutinių sienos demarkacijos dokumentų sudarymu ir kt. Iki šiol Lietuvos rytinė siena niekada nebuvo demarkuota, todėl atliekant delimitavimo darbus sienai nustatyti buvo panaudota nelygiavertė ar nekokybi\\vska kartografinė medžiaga, valstybės siena buvo tapdinama su neai\\vskiais arba nery\\vskiais vietovės kontūrais, kartais ji ėjo vingiuotais lauko ar mi\\vsko keliukais. Žymint valstybės sieną vietovėje kilo korektūros būtinybė. Pakoregavus sumažėjo sienos ženklų statymo ir pasienio juostos įrengimo išlaidų, išvengta nesisteminių sienos linijos vingių, išlinkių, įtraukta natūralios ribos (upės, kanalai, proskynos ir pan.), buvo išsaugoti inžineriniai-techniniai statiniai ir komunikacinė infrastruktūra bei jos priežiūros statiniai, siena sutrumpėjo, tačiau išliko perskirstomų plotų balansas. Pagal šalių suderintą valstybės sienos ženklų išdėstymo projektą vietovėje siena buvo paženklinta laikinaisiais sienos ženklais, vėliau jie pakeisti patvirtintos konstrukcijos nuostoviaisiais ženklais: centriniu (poligonometriniu

  20. Development of Solar Powered Feeding Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks in low Solar Density Conditions / Bezvadu Sensoru Tīklu Elektroapgādes Sistēmas Izstrāde, Kas Izmanto Saules Paneļus Un Darbojas Pazeminātas Saules Radiācijas Apstākļos

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    Kondratjevs, K.; Zabasta, A.; Selmanovs-Pless, V.

    2015-08-01

    kontekstā ar reģionālajiem apstākļiem un aprēķināt darba režīmus bezvadu tīkla komponentēm vai pieņemt lēmumus par to funkcionalitātes pielāgošanu. Izstrādātais vadības modulis sastāv no saules paneļa fotoelementu moduļa, uzglabāšanas risinājuma (litija vai līdzvērtīgas baterijas) un elektroapgādes pārvaldības moduļa. Pētījuma novitāte ir elektroapgādes pārvaldības modulis, kas nodrošina stabilu un nepārtrauktu elektronisko iekārto darbību dažādos barošanas režīmos, dažādās situācijās, vienlaikus nodrošinot enerģijas saglabāšanu un moduļa sastāvdaļu ilgtspēju. Izstrādātais risinājums nodrošina nepārtrauktu 5V barošanu elektronikas shēmām bez strāvas pārtraukuma, kad notiek komutācija starp barošanas avotiem un enerģijas plūsmām dažādos virzienos. Elektroapgādes pārvaldības modulis nodrošina stabilu spriegumu mainīgos saules radiācijas apstākļos.

  1. Development and Experimental Study of Phantoms for Mapping Skin Chromophores

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    Silapetere, A.; Spigulis, J.; Saknite, I.

    2014-06-01

    Skin chromophore phantoms are widely used for better understanding of the light interaction with tissue and for calibration of skin diagnostic imaging techniques. In this work, different phantoms were examined and compared in order to find biologically equivalent substances that are the most promising for this purpose. For mimicking the skin medium and layered structure, a fibrin matrix with epidermal and dermal cell inclusion was used. Synthesized bilirubin, red blood cells and nigrosin were taken as absorbers. For spectral analysis of the developed phantoms a computer-aided multispectral imaging system Nuance 2.4 (Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, Inc., USA) was used. In this study, skin phantoms were created using such substances as bilirubin, melanin, haemoglobin and nigrosin Mūsdienās multispektrālās attēlošanas iekārtas izmanto ādas parametru un fizioloģisko procesu aprakstīšanai gan pētniecības, gan diagnostikas nolūkiem. Iekārtu darbības uzlabošanai ir nepieciešams labāk saprast gaismas mijiedarbību ar audiem, kā arī veikt šo iekārtu kalibrēšanu ar ādas maketu. Redzamā un tuvā infrasarkanā optiskā diapazona spektroskopijā ir svarīgi ādas maketi, kas simulē audu slāņaino struktūru un ķīmiskās īpašības, kā arī maketi, kas ir bioloģiski līdzvērtīgi. Šajā pētījumā tika izveidots ādas makets no bioloģiskām un ķīmiski sintezētām struktūrām. Ādas maketa izveidei tika izmantota fibrīna matrica ar dermālo un epidermālo šūnu piejaukumu, lai imitētu ādas slāņaino struktūru. Fibrīna matrica tiek veidota no 0,47 ml asins plazmas, 0,4 ml fizioloģiskā šķīduma, 0,8 μl treneksāmskābes un 89,4 μl kalcija glukanāta. Izveidoto matricu ievieto šūnu inkubatorā, lai tā polimerizētos. Nākošais slānis tiek veidots ar dermālo šūnu piejaukumu (180-270 šūnas), un pēdējais fibrīna matriksa slānis tiek veidots ar epidermālo šūnu piejaukumu (270 šūnas) un šūnu aug