Sample records for moisture snowflake shapes

  1. Femtosecond pulse shaping using plasmonic snowflake nanoantennas

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    Tok, Ruestue Umut; Sendur, Kuersat [Sabanci University, Orhanli-Tuzla, 34956, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2011-09-15T23:59:59.000Z

    We have theoretically demonstrated femtosecond pulse manipulation at the nanoscale using the plasmonic snowflake antenna's ability to localize light over a broad spectrum. To analyze the interaction of the incident femtosecond pulse with the plasmonic nanoantenna, we first decompose the diffraction limited incident femtosecond pulse into its spectral components. The interaction of each spectral component with the nanoantenna is analyzed using finite element technique. The time domain response of the plasmonic antenna is obtained using inverse Fourier transformation. It is shown that the rich spectral characteristics of the plasmonic snowflake nanoantenna allow manipulation of the femtosecond pulses over a wide spectrum. Light localization around the gap region of the nanoantenna is shown for femtosecond pulses. As the alignment of incident light polarization is varied, different antenna elements oscillate, which in turn creates a different spectrum and a distinct femtosecond response.

  2. A Snowflake-Shaped Magnetic Field Holds Promise for Taming Harsh...

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    other on-going experimental and numerical modeling efforts in USA, Switzerland, Italy and China, provide support to the snowflake divertor configuration as a viable plasma-material...

  3. Snowflake Science

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    Physicists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are using a device called a "snowflake divertor” to solve one of the grand challenges of magnetic fusion.

  4. Snowflake divertor configuration studies for NSTX-Upgrade

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    Soukhanovskii, V A

    2011-11-12T23:59:59.000Z

    Snowflake divertor experiments in NSTX provide basis for PMI development toward NSTX-Upgrade. Snowflake configuration formation was followed by radiative detachment. Significant reduction of steady-state divertor heat flux observed in snowflake divertor. Impulsive heat loads due to Type I ELMs are partially mitigated in snowflake divertor. Magnetic control of snowflake divertor configuration is being developed. Plasma material interface development is critical for NSTX-U success. Four divertor coils should enable flexibility in boundary shaping and control in NSTX-U. Snowflake divertor experiments in NSTX provide good basis for PMI development in NSTX-Upgrade. FY 2009-2010 snowflake divertor experiments in NSTX: (1) Helped understand control of magnetic properties; (2) Core H-mode confinement unchanged; (3) Core and edge carbon concentration reduced; and (4) Divertor heat flux significantly reduced - (a) Steady-state reduction due to geometry and radiative detachment, (b) Encouraging results for transient heat flux handling, (c) Combined with impurity-seeded radiative divertor. Outlook for snowflake divertor in NSTX-Upgrade: (1) 2D fluid modeling of snowflake divertor properties scaling - (a) Edge and divertor transport, radiation, detachment threshold, (b) Compatibility with cryo-pump and lithium conditioning; (2) Magnetic control development; and (3) PFC development - PFC alignment and PFC material choice.

  5. The Effect of Moisture Absorption on the Physical Properties of Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer Foams

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    Yu, Ya-Jen

    2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

    The effect of moisture absorption on the glass transition temperature (Tg) and stress/strain behavior of network polyurethane shape memory polymer (SMP) foams has been investigated. With our ultimate goal of engineering polyurethane SMP foams...

  6. Comparison of ELM heat loads in snowflake and standard divertors

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    Rognlien, T D; Cohen, R H; Ryutov, D D; Umansky, M V

    2012-05-08T23:59:59.000Z

    An analysis is given of the impact of the tokamak divertor magnetic structure on the temporal and spatial divertor heat flux from edge localized modes (ELMs). Two configurations are studied: the standard divertor where the poloidal magnetic field (B{sub p}) varies linearly with distance (r) from the magnetic null and the snowflake where B{sub p} varies quadratrically with r. Both one and two-dimensional models are used to analyze the effect of the longer magnetic field length between the midplane and the divertor plate for the snowflake that causes a temporal dilation of the ELM divertor heat flux. A second effect discussed is the appearance of a broad region near the null point where the poloidal plasma beta can substantially exceed unity, especially for the snowflake configuration during the ELM; such a condition is likely to drive additional radial ELM transport.

  7. A Snowflake-Shaped Magnetic Field Holds Promise for Taming Harsh Fusion

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  8. A Snowflake-Shaped Magnetic Field Holds Promise for Taming Harsh Fusion

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  9. Combination moisture and hydrogen getter

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    1982-04-29T23:59:59.000Z

    A combination moisture and hydrogen getter comprises (a) a moisture getter comprising a readily oxidizable metal; and (b) a hydrogen getter comprising (i) a solid acetylenic compound and (ii) a hydrogenation catalyst. A method of scavenging moisture from a closed container uses the combination moisture and hydrogen getter to irreversibly chemically reduce the moisture and chemically bind the reusltant hydrogen.

  10. Fiber optic moisture sensor

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    Kirkham, R.R.

    1984-08-03T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and apparatus for sensing moisture changes by utilizing optical fiber technology. One embodiment uses a reflective target at the end of an optical fiber. The reflectance of the target varies with its moisture content and can be detected by a remote unit at the opposite end of the fiber. A second embodiment utilizes changes in light loss along the fiber length. This can be attributed to changes in reflectance of cladding material as a function of its moisture content. It can also be affected by holes or inserts interposed in the cladding material and/or fiber. Changing light levels can also be coupled from one fiber to another in an assembly of fibers as a function of varying moisture content in their overlapping lengths of cladding material.

  11. Moisture Metrics Project

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    Schuchmann, Mark

    2011-08-31T23:59:59.000Z

    the goal of this project was to determine the optimum moisture levels for biomass processing for pellets commercially, by correlating data taken from numerous points in the process, and across several different feedstock materials produced and harvested using a variety of different management practices. This was to be done by correlating energy consumption and material through put rates with the moisture content of incoming biomass ( corn & wheat stubble, native grasses, weeds, & grass straws), and the quality of the final pellet product.This project disseminated the data through a public website, and answering questions form universities across Missouri that are engaged in biomass conversion technologies. Student interns from a local university were employed to help collect data, which enabled them to learn firsthand about biomass processing.

  12. Moisture absorption in hybrid composites

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    Clark, Dan Laro

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    . Calculated Moisture Profile: 8/F1552/F1858' ' 95~ RH Calculated Moisture Profile: F1558/F1852/F1558. 49'C, 954 RH. Calculated Moisture Profile: F155, 8. 49 C, 95% RH. Calculated Moisture Profile: F18518. 49'C, 95% RH. Effect of F185 Coating on F155.... Calculated Moisture Profile F18518-. 49'C, 95% RH. 1. 4 1. 05 0 . 35 I I I / / / I F155 18 F 1 8 5 1/F 1 5 5 8/Fl 85 0 0 16 25 32. 5 48. 75 Time(Hours) Figure 28. Effect of F185 Coating on F155 Core: 49'C, 95o HEI. Us Ut 1. 4 1. 05 7 . 35 I...

  13. Moisture Research - Optimizing Wall Assemblies

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    Arena, L.; Mantha, P.

    2013-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) evaluated several different configurations of wall assemblies to determine the accuracy of moisture modeling and make recommendations to ensure durable, efficient assemblies. WUFI and THERM were used to model the hygrothermal and heat transfer characteristics of these walls.

  14. The moisture budget in relation to convection

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    Scott, Robert Wilson

    1976-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Analyses of the local rate-of-change of moisture in the layer from 900-750 mb . . . . . . , . . . , . . . . . . 23 Analyses of the local rate-of-change of moisture in the layer from 750-500 mb 24 Vertical profiles of the net vertical boundary flux... of moisture related to MDR 26 10 Analyses of the net vertical boundary flux of moisture in the layer from 900-750 mb 28 Analyses of the net vertical boundary flux of moisture in the layer from 750-500 mb 29 12 Analyses of the net vertical boundary flux...

  15. Moisture Control | Department of Energy

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  16. Moisture levels at which rice grains will not fissure from moisture adsorption

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    Kamau, John Mugeto

    1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    MOISTURE LEVELS AT WHICH RICE GRAINS WILL NOT FISSURE FROM MOISTURE ADSORPTION A Thesis JOHN MUGETO KAMAU Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE... August 1985 Major Subject: Agricultural Engineering MOISTURE LEVELS AT WHICH RICE GRAINS WILL NQT FISSURE FROM MOISTURE ADSORPTION A Thesis JOHN MUGETO KAMAU Approved as to style and content by: Otto R. Kunze (Chairman of Committee) Calvin B...

  17. PREDICTION OF MOISTURE CONTENT AND MOISTURE GRADIENT OF AN OVERLAID PARTICLEBOARD1

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    PREDICTION OF MOISTURE CONTENT AND MOISTURE GRADIENT OF AN OVERLAID PARTICLEBOARD1 Qinglin Wu and HPL backer. A model based on the diffusion theory was developed to predict MC and moisture distribution for a multi-ply wood composite panel. The model's prediction of the mean MC for a three-layer PB

  18. Moisture Penetration Through Optical Fiber Coatings

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    Matthewson, M. John

    Moisture Penetration Through Optical Fiber Coatings J. L. Armstrong, M. J. Matthewson and C. R for measuring the diffusion coefficients of water vapor through optical fiber polymer coatings has been. Kurkjian #12;732 International Wire & Cable Symposium Proceedings 1998 Moisture Penetration Through Optical

  19. Vadose Zone Soil Moisture Wicking Using Super Absorbent Polymers...

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    Vadose Zone Soil Moisture Wicking Using Super Absorbent Polymers. Vadose Zone Soil Moisture Wicking Using Super Absorbent Polymers. Abstract: Super-absorbent polymers (SAPs) have...

  20. UNCORRECTEDPROOF One-dimensional soil moisture prole retrieval by assimilation of

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    Walker, Jeff

    moisture and surface temperature data into a soil moisture and heat transfer model. The direct insertion

  1. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission

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    Entekhabi, Dara

    The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission is one of the first Earth observation satellites being developed by NASA in response to the National Research Council's Decadal Survey. SMAP will make global measurements of ...

  2. MoistureMap: A soil moisture monitoring, prediction and reporting system for sustainable land and water management

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    Walker, Jeff

    9 MoistureMap: A soil moisture monitoring, prediction and reporting system for sustainable land soil moisture monitoring, prediction and reporting system (MoistureMap) for Australia uncertainty at 1km resolution, by assimilating (i) low-resolution passive microwave-derived surface soil

  3. Measuring soil moisture with imaging radars

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    Dubois, P.C.; Zyl, J. van [California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA (United States). Jet Propulsion Lab.] [California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA (United States). Jet Propulsion Lab.; Engman, T. [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States)] [NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (United States)

    1995-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An empirical algorithm for the retrieval of soil moisture content and surface Root Mean Square (RMS) height from remotely sensed radar data was developed using scatterometer data. The algorithm is optimized for bare surfaces and requires two copolarized channels at a frequency between 1.5 and 11 GHz. It gives best results for kh {le} 2.5, {mu}{sub {upsilon}}{le}35%, and {theta}{ge}30{degree}. Omitting the usually weaker hv-polarized returns makes the algorithm less sensitive to system cross-talk and system noise, simplify the calibration process and adds robustness to the algorithm in the presence of vegetation. However, inversion results indicate that significant amounts of vegetation (NDVI>0.4) cause the algorithm to underestimate soil moisture and overestimate RMS height. A simple criteria based on the {sigma}{sub hv}{sup 0}/{sigma}{sub vv}{sup 0} ratio is developed to select the areas where the inversion is not impaired by the vegetation. The inversion accuracy is assessed on the original scatterometer data sets but also on several SAR data sets by comparing the derived soil moisture values with in-situ measurements collected over a variety of scenes between 1991 and 1994. Both spaceborne (SIR-C) and airborne (AIRSAR) data are used in the test. Over this large sample of conditions, the RMS error in the soil moisture estimate is found to be less than 4.2% soil moisture.

  4. Control of Moisture Ingress into Photovoltaic Modules

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    Kempe, M. D.

    2005-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    During long-term exposure of photovoltaic modules to environmental stress, the ingress of water into the module is correlated with decreased performance. By using diffusivity measurements for water through encapsulants such as ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), we have modeled moisture ingress using a finite-element analysis with atmospheric data from various locations such as Miami, Florida. This analysis shows that because of the high diffusivity of EVA, even an impermeable glass back-sheet alone is incapable of preventing significant moisture ingress from the edges for a 20-year lifecycle. This result has led us to investigate ways to protect modules from moisture through the use of different encapsulating chemistries and materials.

  5. Distributed fiber optic moisture intrusion sensing system

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    Weiss, Jonathan D. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2003-06-24T23:59:59.000Z

    Method and system for monitoring and identifying moisture intrusion in soil such as is contained in landfills housing radioactive and/or hazardous waste. The invention utilizes the principle that moist or wet soil has a higher thermal conductance than dry soil. The invention employs optical time delay reflectometry in connection with a distributed temperature sensing system together with heating means in order to identify discrete areas within a volume of soil wherein temperature is lower. According to the invention an optical element and, optionally, a heating element may be included in a cable or other similar structure and arranged in a serpentine fashion within a volume of soil to achieve efficient temperature detection across a large area or three dimensional volume of soil. Remediation, moisture countermeasures, or other responsive action may then be coordinated based on the assumption that cooler regions within a soil volume may signal moisture intrusion where those regions are located.

  6. Influence of Moisture on Heating in Feeds.

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    Richardson, L. R.; Halick, J. V.

    1953-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    investigation was supported in part by a grant-in-aid from ~uthwestern Sugar and Molasses Company, New York, through urtesy of A. I. Kaplan, president. ?e are indebted to E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, ngton, Del. through the courtesy of F. M. Jornlin..., standards for the moisture content of all in- gredients used in feeds should be reevaluated. The absence of heating in molasses feeds will not be insured by establishing a standard for the moisture content of molasses alone. Standardr for molasses...

  7. Assessment of NGNP Moisture Ingress Events

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    Bill Landman

    2011-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An assessment of modular HTGR moisture ingress events, making use of a phenomena identification and ranking process, was conducted by a panel of experts in the related areas for the U.S. next generation nuclear plant (NGNP) design. Consideration was given mainly to the prismatic core gas-cooled reactor configurations incorporating a steam generator within the primary circuit.

  8. 1. Control moisture. 2. Clean regularly.

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    , water heaters, and fireplaces that burn fuel must vent to the outside. Stoves, ovens, and cook on the things we do to affect how healthy our home is. Step 1. Control Moisture Water and excessive humidity of pesticides. Food and water attract pests. Controlling food and water helps to minimize pests. Sealing

  9. Measurements of moisture suction in hot mix asphalt mixes 

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    Kassem, Emad Abdel-Rahman

    2006-10-30T23:59:59.000Z

    with different bond energies and exhibited different field performance in terms of resistance to moisture damage. The suction measurements in sand asphalt specimens were used to calculate the moisture diffusion coefficient. The results revealed that water...

  10. Soil moisture modeling and scaling using passive microwave remote sensing

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    Das, Narendra N.

    2007-04-25T23:59:59.000Z

    Soil moisture in the shallow subsurface is a primary hydrologic state governing land-atmosphere interaction at various scales. The primary objectives of this study are to model soil moisture in the root zone in a distributed manner and determine...

  11. Evaluation of moisture damage within asphalt concrete mixes 

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    Shah, Brij D.

    2004-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

    as bond energy in order to predict moisture damage. Mixtures with the two types of bitumen and each aggregate with and without hydrated lime were evaluated. The hydrated lime substantially improved the resistance of the mixture to moisture damage....

  12. Effect of varying moisture levels on sorghum stand establishment

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    Kanyenji, Ben Machaki

    1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    to germinate, emerge, and survive under low moisture situations. At the lowest moisture level (20% water holding capacity of the potted soil/media; 264 water on dry weight basis), germination was reduced by 50 percent. Hegari and CSM388 had the highest... germination performance at this moisture level. Seedling emergence was decreased by 60 percent from performance under optimum moisture (454 water holding capacity potted soil/media) and cultivers such as Segaolane and CSM388 had the highest emergence...

  13. Process for treating moisture laden coal fines

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    Davis, Burl E. (New Kensington, PA); Henry, Raymond M. (Gibsonia, PA); Trivett, Gordon S. (South Surrey, CA); Albaugh, Edgar W. (Birmingham, AL)

    1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A process is provided for making a free flowing granular product from moisture laden caked coal fines, such as wet cake, by mixing a water immiscible substance, such as oil, with the caked coal, preferably under low shear forces for a period of time sufficient to produce a plurality of free flowing granules. Each granule is preferably comprised of a dry appearing admixture of one or more coal particle, 2-50% by weight water and the water immiscible substance.

  14. Practical Considerations of Moisture in Baled Biomass Feedstocks

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    William A. Smith; Ian J. Bonner; Kevin L. Kenney; Lynn M. Wendt

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Agricultural residues make up a large portion of the immediately available biomass feedstock for renewable energy markets. Current collection and storage methods rely on existing feed and forage practices designed to preserve nutrients and properties of digestibility. Low-cost collection and storage practices that preserve carbohydrates across a range of inbound moisture contents are needed to assure the economic and technical success of the emerging biomass industry. This study examines the movement of moisture in storage and identifies patterns of migration resulting from several on-farm storage systems and their impacts on moisture measurement and dry matter recovery. Baled corn stover and energy sorghum were stored outdoors in uncovered, tarp-covered, or wrapped stacks and sampled periodically to measure moisture and dry matter losses. Interpolation between discrete sampling locations in the stack improved bulk moisture content estimates and showed clear patterns of accumulation and re-deposition. Atmospheric exposure, orientation, and contact with barriers (i.e., soil, tarp, and wrap surfaces) were found to cause the greatest amount of moisture heterogeneity within stacks. Although the bulk moisture content of many stacks remained in the range suitable for aerobic stability, regions of high moisture were sufficient to support microbial activity, thus support dry matter loss. Stack configuration, orientation, and coverage methods are discussed relative to impact on moisture management and dry matter preservation. Additionally, sample collection and data analysis are discussed relative to assessment at the biorefinery as it pertains to stability in storage, queuing, and moisture carried into processing.

  15. Moisture and temperature effects in composite materials 

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    Fang, Gwo-Ping

    1987-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ) Chairman of Advisory Committee: Dr. Y. Weitsman Th1s thesis concerns env1ronmental effects in graphite/epoxy composites, with emphas1s on environmentally induced damage. The thesis consists of two major parts. The first part presents an experimental 1... weight gain (in %) of a 12-ply unidirectional AS4/3502 graphite/epoxy laminate during exposure to 346'K, 95% R. H. environment. Data (i) and predictions of Flck's law (solid line) Moisture content (ln %) of a 12-ply unidirectional AS4/3502 graphite...

  16. Soil Moisture and the Drought in Texas Todd Caldwell

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    Yang, Zong-Liang

    Neutron scatter 50 2 2010 AmeriFlux Dielectric 215 1 2005 NEON ?? 20 1 ~2011 West Texas Mesonet: 79 sitesSoil Moisture and the Drought in Texas Todd Caldwell Bridget Scanlon Michael Young Di Long Water;Soil Moisture and the Drought in Texas I. How is drought linked to water resources? II. Where does soil

  17. High-R Walls for Remodeling: Wall Cavity Moisture Monitoring

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    Wiehagen, J.; Kochkin, V.

    2012-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The focus of the study is on the performance of wall systems, and in particular, the moisture characteristics inside the wall cavity and in the wood sheathing. Furthermore, while this research will initially address new home construction, the goal is to address potential moisture issues in wall cavities of existing homes when insulation and air sealing improvements are made.

  18. Soil Moisture Measurement in Heterogeneous Terrain Merlin, O.1

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    Walker, Jeff

    , uncertainty assessment, soil moisture patterns. EXTENDED ABSTRACT Reliable soil moisture measurement over such data, portable electronic sensors offer a practical alternative to gravimetric measurements % v/v in clay. On the other hand, the real component of the measured relative DC is found to be more

  19. Moisture Management for High R-Value Walls

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    Lepage, R.; Schumacher, C.; Lukachko, A.

    2013-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The following report explains the moisture-related concerns for High R-value wall assemblies and discusses past Building America research work that informs this study. Hygrothermal simulations were prepared for several common approaches to High R-value wall construction in six cities (Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, and International Falls) representing a range of climate zones (2, 3, 4C, 4, 5A, and 7, respectively). The simulations are informed by experience gained from past research in this area and validated by field measurement and forensic experience. The modeling program was developed to assess the moisture durability of the wall assemblies based on three primary sources of moisture: construction moisture, air leakage condensation, and bulk water leakage. The peak annual moisture content of the wood based exterior sheathing was used to comparatively analyze the response to the moisture loads for each of the walls in each given city. Walls which experienced sheathing moisture contents between 20% and 28% were identified as risky, whereas those exceeding 28% were identified as very high risk. All of the wall assemblies perform well under idealized conditions. However, only the walls with exterior insulation, or cavity insulation which provides a hygrothermal function similar to exterior insulation, perform adequately when exposed to moisture loads. Walls with only cavity insulation are particularly susceptible to air leakage condensation. None of the walls performed well when a precipitation based bulk water leak was introduced to the backside of the sheathing, emphasizing the importance of proper flashing details.

  20. Measurements of moisture suction in hot mix asphalt mixes

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    Kassem, Emad Abdel-Rahman

    2006-10-30T23:59:59.000Z

    The presence of moisture in hot mix asphalt (HMA) causes loss of strength and durability of the mix, which is referred to as moisture damage. This study deals with the development of experimental methods for measuring total suction in HMA, which can...

  1. Moisture Management of High-R Walls (Fact Sheet)

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    2013-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The following report explains the moisture-related concerns for High R-value wall assemblies and discusses past Building America research work that informs this study. Hygrothermal simulations were prepared for several common approaches to High R-value wall construction in six cities (Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, St. Louis, Chicago, and International Falls) representing a range of climate zones (2, 3, 4C, 4, 5A, and 7, respectively). The simulations are informed by experience gained from past research in this area and validated by field measurement and forensic experience. The modeling program was developed to assess the moisture durability of the wall assemblies based on three primary sources of moisture: construction moisture, air leakage condensation, and bulk water leakage. The peak annual moisture content of the wood based exterior sheathing was used to comparatively analyze the response to the moisture loads for each of the walls in each given city. Walls which experienced sheathing moisture contents between 20% and 28% were identified as risky, whereas those exceeding 28% were identified as very high risk. All of the wall assemblies perform well under idealized conditions. However, only the walls with exterior insulation, or cavity insulation which provides a hygrothermal function similar to exterior insulation, perform adequately when exposed to moisture loads. Walls with only cavity insulation are particularly susceptible to air leakage condensation. None of the walls performed well when a precipitation based bulk water leak was introduced to the backside of the sheathing, emphasizing the importance of proper flashing details.

  2. The moisture budget in relation to convection 

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    Scott, Robert Wilson

    1976-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    : x10-6g cm-2s-1) 30 (, 'j I" '~, ". :, ', :, ':: P, ' r 0 (a) 0600 GMT, 24 April 1975 . . . ~t' . '. a--'-, . ' ' P) D (b) 0600 GiXT, 25 April 1975 Analyses of the net vertacal boundary flux of moisture in the layer from 500-350 mb... 120 4 060 , J 16O I 2 1" , 090 ~ J 120 32+ r I 24~ 190 12 10 (b) 700 mb Fig. 3. Synoptic charts for 0600 GMT on 24 April 1975. 16 86. 16 04 08 I 12 I I f 08 I 08 I L 08 12 16 (a) Surface 20 - 8 A 4X 4 0 ) O2O ~~(~ -2 J--4...

  3. The Effect of Moisture Absorption on the Physical Properties of Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymer Foams 

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    Yu, Ya-Jen

    2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

    levels for 96 h were put back in the environmental chamber at 40% humidity for 1 day, 2 days, and 5 days, after which DSC experiments were run with the same experimental procedures described above. 8 2.2.3 Infrared band shift... h were put back in the environmental chamber at 40% humidity for 1 day, 2 days, and 5 days, after which FTIR experiments were run with the same experimental procedures described above. 2.2.4 Stress/strain behavior Strain to failure...

  4. Moisture burst structure in satellite water vapor imagery

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    Ulsh, David Joel

    1988-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The moisture burst is a tropical synoptic-scale weather event that typically originates along the ITCZ and has been defined previously in window-channel infrared imagery. This research uses 6. 7-micrometer water vapor absorption band imagery to composite 35... moisture burst events during the North Pacific cool season of 1983-1984. Composite maps are constructed at four times, each 24 h apart, during the life cycle of the moisture burst. A comparative baseline is provided by an additional composite of 35 dates...

  5. Evaluation of the Effective Moisture Penetration Depth Model for Estimating Moisture Buffering in Buildings

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    Woods, J.; Winkler, J.; Christensen, D.

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This study examines the effective moisture penetration depth (EMPD) model, and its suitability for building simulations. The EMPD model is a compromise between the simple, inaccurate effective capacitance approach and the complex, yet accurate, finite-difference approach. Two formulations of the EMPD model were examined, including the model used in the EnergyPlus building simulation software. An error in the EMPD model we uncovered was fixed with the release of EnergyPlus version 7.2, and the EMPD model in earlier versions of EnergyPlus should not be used.

  6. Thermal Effects of Moisture in Rigid Insulation Board

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    Crow, G. W.

    The impact of moisture in rigid roof insulation upon energy consumption is often assumed to be a simple function of the conductance. This paper will show that there are complex interactions between conductance, thermal mass, and climate. The energy...

  7. Measurement of Moisture Content in Sand, Slag, and Crucible Materials

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    Gray, J.H.

    1999-09-20T23:59:59.000Z

    The deinventory process at Rocky Flats (RFETS) has included moisture content measurements of sand, slag, and crucible (SSC) materials by performing weight loss measurements at 210 degrees - 220 degrees Celsius on representative samples prior to packaging for shipment. Shipping requirements include knowledge of the moisture content. Work at the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) showed that the measurement at 210 degrees - 220 degrees Celsius did not account for all of the moisture. The objective of the work in this report was to determine if the measurement at 210 degrees - 220 degrees Celsius at RFETS could be used to set upper bounds on moisture content and therefore, eliminate the need for RFETS to unpack, reanalyze and repack the material.

  8. Building America Top Innovations Hall of Fame Profile ? Moisture...

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    2. House-as-a-System Solutions 2.1 New Homes with Whole-House Packages Moisture and Ventilation Solutions in Hot, Humid Climates: Florida Manufactured Housing Research by Building...

  9. Moisture Risk in Unvented Attics Due to Air Leakage Paths

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    Prahl, D.; Shaffer, M.

    2014-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    IBACOS completed an initial analysis of moisture damage potential in an unvented attic insulated with closed-cell spray polyurethane foam. To complete this analysis, the research team collected field data, used computational fluid dynamics to quantify the airflow rates through individual airflow (crack) paths, simulated hourly flow rates through the leakage paths with CONTAM software, correlated the CONTAM flow rates with indoor humidity ratios from Building Energy Optimization software, and used Warme und Feuchte instationar Pro two-dimensional modeling to determine the moisture content of the building materials surrounding the cracks. Given the number of simplifying assumptions and numerical models associated with this analysis, the results indicate that localized damage due to high moisture content of the roof sheathing is possible under very low airflow rates. Reducing the number of assumptions and approximations through field studies and laboratory experiments would be valuable to understand the real-world moisture damage potential in unvented attics.

  10. Thermal Effects of Moisture in Rigid Insulation Board 

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    Crow, G. W.

    1992-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The impact of moisture in rigid roof insulation upon energy consumption is often assumed to be a simple function of the conductance. This paper will show that there are complex interactions between conductance, thermal mass, and climate. The energy...

  11. Moisture Diffusion in Asphalt Binders and Fine Aggregate Mixtures

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    Vasconcelos, Kamilla L.

    2011-08-08T23:59:59.000Z

    cost in highway maintenance and vehicle operations. One key mechanism of how moisture reaches the asphalt-aggregate interface is by its permeation or diffusion through the asphalt binder or mastic. Different techniques are available for diffusion...

  12. Evaluation of Moisture Susceptibility of Warm Mix Asphalt

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    Garcia Cucalon, Maria Lorena

    2013-05-03T23:59:59.000Z

    . To evaluate WMA moisture susceptibility during this critical period, standard laboratory tests were used for three field projects each with an HMA control mixtures and multiple WMA mixtures. Different specimen types were also evaluated to capture differences...

  13. The spatial and temporal organization of soil moisture 

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    Vogel, Gregor Klaus

    1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL ORGANIZATION OF SOIL MOISTURE A Thesis by GREGOR KLAUS VOGEL Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE December... 1995 Major Subject: Water Resources Engineering THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL ORGANIZATION OF SOIL MOISTURE A Thesis by GREGOR KLAUS VOGEL Submitted to Texas ARM University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER...

  14. Evaluation of moisture damage within asphalt concrete mixes

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    Shah, Brij D.

    2004-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

    with load cycles. The analysis demonstrates the need to consider mixture compliance as well as bond energy in order to predict moisture damage. Mixtures with the two types of bitumen and each aggregate with and without hydrated lime were... evaluated. The hydrated lime substantially improved the resistance of the mixture to moisture damage. iv To my parents. v ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who helped...

  15. Pulse shaping system

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    Skeldon, M.D.; Letzring, S.A.

    1999-03-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Temporally shaped electrical waveform generation provides electrical waveforms suitable for driving an electro-optic modulator (EOM) which produces temporally shaped optical laser pulses for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. The temporally shaped electrical waveform generation is carried out with aperture coupled transmission lines having an input transmission line and an aperture coupled output transmission line, along which input and output pulses propagate in opposite directions. The output electrical waveforms are shaped principally due to the selection of coupling aperture width, in a direction transverse to the lines, which varies along the length of the line. Specific electrical waveforms, which may be high voltage (up to kilovolt range), are produced and applied to the EOM to produce specifically shaped optical laser pulses. 8 figs.

  16. Pulse shaping system

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    Skeldon, Mark D. (Penfield, NY); Letzring, Samuel A. (Jemez Springs, NM)

    1999-03-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Temporally shaped electrical waveform generation provides electrical waveforms suitable for driving an electro-optic modulator (EOM) which produces temporally shaped optical laser pulses for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research. The temporally shaped electrical waveform generation is carried out with aperture coupled transmission lines having an input transmission line and an aperture coupled output transmission line, along which input and output pulses propagate in opposite directions. The output electrical waveforms are shaped principally due to the selection of coupling aperture width, in a direction transverse to the lines, which varies along the length of the line. Specific electrical waveforms, which may be high voltage (up to kilovolt range), are produced and applied to the EOM to produce specifically shaped optical laser pulses.

  17. Shape Dynamics. An Introduction

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    Julian Barbour

    2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape dynamics is a completely background-independent universal framework of dynamical theories from which all absolute elements have been eliminated. For particles, only the variables that describe the shapes of the instantaneous particle configurations are dynamical. In the case of Riemannian three-geometries, the only dynamical variables are the parts of the metric that determine angles. The local scale factor plays no role. This leads to a shape-dynamic theory of gravity in which the four-dimensional diffeomorphism invariance of general relativity is replaced by three-dimensional diffeomorphism invariance and three-dimensional conformal invariance. Despite this difference of symmetry groups, it is remarkable that the predictions of the two theories -- shape dynamics and general relativity -- agree on spacetime foliations by hypersurfaces of constant mean extrinsic curvature. However, the two theories are distinct, with shape dynamics having a much more restrictive set of solutions. There are indications that the symmetry group of shape dynamics makes it more amenable to quantization and thus to the creation of quantum gravity. This introduction presents in simple terms the arguments for shape dynamics, its implementation techniques, and a survey of existing results.

  18. The Influence of Moisture and Temperature on Cotton Root Rot.

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    Taubenhaus, J. J. (Jacob Joseph); Dana, B. F. (Bliss F.)

    1928-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    . BAYLES, B. S., Superintendent J. PAUL LUSK, S. M., Plant Patholog Teachers in the School of Arnicultnre Carryine Coo~erative Projects on the Statit -- . G W ADRIANCE M S ~srociate~~rofessor of Horticulture S ' W 'BI~SING ~h D 'kro&sor of Entomology V... of the season. This initial moisture supply, together mith the additions during the growing season, permitted the continued development of root rot throughout the entire season. ,It the INFLUENCE OF MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE ON COTTON ROOT ROT 9 end...

  19. Moisture Sensor for Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)-filled Circuit Breakers

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    Sauers, I.

    2001-04-27T23:59:59.000Z

    Measurements at ORNL were made on the Kahn moisture sensor which Doble Engineering wants to evaluate for use in SF{sub 6} circuit breakers. Test conducted at ORNL indicate that vacuum conditions, as might be found in SF{sub 6} circuit breakers prior to filling with SF{sub 6}, could lead to significant changes in calibration, resulting in erroneous readings of moisture content. Similar effects might also be observed in cases where SF{sub 6} byproducts are present, due the reactivity of some of these byproducts with water.

  20. System design description for surface moisture measurement system (SMMS)

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    Vargo, G.F.

    1996-09-23T23:59:59.000Z

    The SMMS has been developed to measure moisture in the top few centimeters of tank waste. The SMMS development was initiated by the preliminary findings of SAR-033, and does not necessarily fulfill any established DQO. After the SAR-033 is released, if no significant changes are made, moisture measurements in the organic waste tanks will rapidly become a DQO. The SMMS was designed to be installed in any 4 inch or larger riser, and to allow maximum adjustability for riser lengths, and is used to deploy a sensor package on the waste surface within a 6 foot radius about the azimuth. The first sensor package will be a neutron probe.

  1. Investigation of moisture content variations in highway subgrades and bases

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    Jenkins, Edward Donald

    1957-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    , temperature gradient, hydraulic gradient, and textural radient, Frost action is caused. by a freezing temperature which forms ice crystals and draws moisnure from the soil pores. This creates a hvdraulic gradient for tI e movement of moisture in the liq... and the remedies are fairly well-known and used. in highway construction. There are three conditions required for detrimental frost action to occur: (1) a frost susceptible soil; (2) a freezing temperature; and ($) a water source. The movement 10 of moisture...

  2. Remote monitoring of soil moisture using airborne microwave radiometers

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    Kroll, Charles Lindsey

    1973-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    REMOTE MONITORING OF SOIL MOISTURE USING AIRBORNE MICROWAVE RADIOMETERS A Thesis by CHARLES LINDSEY J(ROLL Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A)M University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE... August 1973 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering REMOTE MONITORING OF SOIL MOISTURE USING AIRBORNE MICROWAVE RADIOMETERS A Thesis by CHARLES LINDSEY KROLL Approved as to style and content by: man o Co mrtt Hca o D artmc c Ill l c r Mem e Member...

  3. Stresses in adhesive joints due to moisture sorption 

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    Jen, Ming-Hwa Robert

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    for the Case of 2 Moisture Absorpt1on. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The Non-Dimensional Peel Stress p and the Interlaminar Shear Stresses T and T vs. the Non-Dimensional D1stance x for the Case of Moi stfre Absorption . . . . . . . . . 54 The Non...-Dimensional Displacement W2 of the Outer-Adherends vs. the Non-Dimens1onal Distance x for the Case of Moisture Desorption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Non-Dimensional Peel Stress p and the Interlaminar Shear Stresses T and T2 vs. the Non-D1mens1onal...

  4. Predicting farm machinery operation time with a soil moisture mode

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    Bordovsky, James Paul

    1978-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    -1972 . 76 Figure Page 24. Measured and computed plant available soil moisture in the top 30 cm of the soil profile on watershed Y-8 at Riesel, Texas during 1969, 1970, and 1972 79-81 25. Measured and computed plant available soil moisture in the top... for September, October, and November, 1977 97-99 32. Observed and calculated trafficability data at Corpus Christi, Texas for July, September, October, and November, 1977 . . 101-104 A-1 . The value of PM when S = O. l and S = 0. 25 and aM is the independ...

  5. Shaping environmental “justices” 

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    Huang, Chih-Tung

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This thesis investigates the concept of environmental justice (EJ) by tracing its origins, the process of its shaping and reshaping, and its adoption in Taiwan. EJ addresses the phenomenon of disproportionate distribution ...

  6. Analysis of Emission Shapes

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    P. Danielewicz

    2007-07-03T23:59:59.000Z

    Shapes of relative emission sources can be accessed by expanding shapes of correlations at low relative velocities in pair center of mass in Cartesian harmonics. Coefficients of expansion for correlations are related to the respective coefficients of expansion for the sources through one dimensional integral transforms involving properties of pair relative wavefunctions. The methodology is illustrated with analyses of NA49 and PHENIX correlation data.

  7. [MRO] Oligocrystalline Shape Memory Alloys

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    Chen, Ying

    Copper-based shape memory alloys (SMAs) exhibit excellent shape memory properties in single crystalline form. However, when they are polycrystalline, their shape memory properties are severely compromised by brittle fracture ...

  8. Shape memory polymer medical device

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    Maitland, Duncan (Pleasant Hill, CA); Benett, William J. (Livermore, CA); Bearinger, Jane P. (Livermore, CA); Wilson, Thomas S. (San Leandro, CA); Small, IV, Ward (Livermore, CA); Schumann, Daniel L. (Concord, CA); Jensen, Wayne A. (Livermore, CA); Ortega, Jason M. (Pacifica, CA); Marion, III, John E. (Livermore, CA); Loge, Jeffrey M. (Stockton, CA)

    2010-06-29T23:59:59.000Z

    A system for removing matter from a conduit. The system includes the steps of passing a transport vehicle and a shape memory polymer material through the conduit, transmitting energy to the shape memory polymer material for moving the shape memory polymer material from a first shape to a second and different shape, and withdrawing the transport vehicle and the shape memory polymer material through the conduit carrying the matter.

  9. Derivation of Soil Moisture Retention Characteristics from Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity

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    Kumar, C.P.

    systems require knowledge of the relationships between soil moisture content (), soil water pressure (h, and evapotranspiration. The soil factors include soil matric potential and water content relationship, saturated content of soil. The relation between matric potential and volumetric water content in a soil is termed

  10. SOIL MOISTURE CHARACTERISTICS IN UPPER PART OF HINDON RIVER CATCHMENT

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    Kumar, C.P.

    of the contribution of various parts of a watershed to the ground water storage. Convenient and reliable techniques for the water demand of the vegetation, as well as for the recharge of the ground water storage. A fair into ground water aquifers. For analytical studies on soil moisture regime, critical review and accurate

  11. Integrating soil moisture and groundwater into climate models

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    Krakauer, Nir Y.

    dNm dt =m Nm1- Nm -h Nh min1, Nm State transition to oscillatory solutions with efficient hunting: same initial and boundary conditions, but soil moisture set to seasonal climatology from DYNA experiments: Irrigation Simulate equilibrium climate with a mixed- layer ocean, year-2000 or 2050 (A1B

  12. Moisture Distribution and Flow During Drying of Wood and Fiber

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    Zink-Sharp, Audrey; Hanna, Robert B.

    2001-12-28T23:59:59.000Z

    New understanding, theories, and techniques for moisture flow and distribution were developed in this research on wood and wood fiber. Improved understanding of the mechanisms of flake drying has been provided. Observations of flake drying and drying rate curves revealed that rate of moisture loss consisted of two falling rate periods and no constant rate drying period was observed. Convective heat transfer controls the first period, and bound water diffusion controls the second period. Influence of lower drying temperatures on bending properties of wood flakes was investigated. Drying temperature was found to have a significant influence on bending stiffness and strength. A worksheet for calculation of the energy required to dry a single strandboard flake was developed but has not been tested in an industrial setting yet. A more complete understanding of anisotropic transverse shrinkage of wood is proposed based on test results and statistical analysis. A simplified mod el of a wood cell's cross-section was drawn for calculating differential transverse shrinkage. The model utilizes cell wall thickness and microfibrillar packing density and orientation. In spite of some phenomena of cell wall structure not yet understood completely, the results might explain anisotropic transverse shrinkage to a major extent. Boundary layer theory was found useful for evaluating external moisture resistance during drying. Simulated moisture gradients were quire comparable to the actual gradients in dried wood. A mathematical procedure for determining diffusion and surface emission coefficients was also developed. Thermal conductivity models of wood derived from its anatomical structure were created and tested against experimental values. Model estimations provide insights into changes in heat transfer parameters during drying. Two new techniques for measuring moisture gradients created in wood during drying were developed. A new technique that utilizes optical properties of cobalt chloride was developed for nondestructive determination of surface moisture content. Fundamental new understanding of drying characteristics in wood and fiber has been provided that can be used by researchers to improve drying of wood and fiber. The three techniques for measuring moisture content and gradients provided in this study are efficient, practical, and economical - easy to apply by industry and researchers. An energy consumption worksheet is provided as a first step toward reducing energy consumed during drying of lumber and strandboard flakes. However, it will need additional verification and testing.

  13. Preliminary non-destructive assessment of moisture content, hydration and dielectric properties of Portland cement concrete 

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    Avelar Lezama, Ivan

    2007-04-25T23:59:59.000Z

    Moisture availability is a focal point in the structural development of young concrete. Under low humidity and hot weather conditions, concrete loses moisture rapidly as it hardens, and it is very difficult, if not impossible, ...

  14. Moisture degradation in FRP bonded concrete systems : an interface fracture approach

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    Au, Ching, 1977-

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    (cont.) characterization, and kink criterion implementation, form a synergistic analysis of the mechanistic debonding behavior affected by moisture. Results have shown that moisture affected debonding is a highly complex ...

  15. A Coupled Micromechanical Model of Moisture-Induced Damage in Asphalt Mixtures: Formulation and Applications 

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    Caro Spinel, Silvia

    2011-02-22T23:59:59.000Z

    The deleterious effect of moisture on the structural integrity of asphalt mixtures has been recognized as one of the main causes of early deterioration of asphalt pavements. This phenomenon, usually referred to as moisture damage, is defined...

  16. DEVELOPMENT OF A RAPID TEST TO DETERMINE MOISTURE SENSTIVITY OF HMA (SUPERPAVE) MIXTURES

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    Shiwakoti, Harihar

    2007-12-14T23:59:59.000Z

    Exiting test methods to determine moisture sensitivity in hot mix asphalt are time consuming and inconsistent. This research focused on wheel tracking devices to develop a rapid test method to evaluate moisture sensitivity. The Asphalt Pavement...

  17. SOLID WOOD PRODUCTS I TECHNICAL NOTE CALIBRATION OF MOISTURE METERS FOR

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    tanks, and boats, the kiln and allowed to cool. They were content (MC) of wood. However, the cor and electrical resis- cypress have been supplied by moisture handled or conditioned. One moisture tance

  18. NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Mission and Opportunities for Applications Users

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    Brown, Molly E.

    Water in the soil—both its amount (soil moisture) and its state (freeze/thaw)—plays a key role in water and energy cycles, in weather and climate, and in the carbon cycle. Additionally, soil moisture touches upon human ...

  19. The Soil Moisture Active and Passive Mission (SMAP): Science and Applications

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    Entekhabi, Dara

    The soil moisture active and passive mission (SMAP) will provide global maps of soil moisture content and surface freeze/thaw state. Global measurements of these variables are critical for terrestrial water and carbon cycle ...

  20. Shape memory alloy thaw sensors

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    Shahinpoor, Mohsen (Albuquerque, NM); Martinez, David R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A sensor permanently indicates that it has been exposed to temperatures exceeding a critical temperature for a predetermined time period. An element of the sensor made from shape memory alloy changes shape when exposed, even temporarily, to temperatures above the Austenitic temperature of the shape memory alloy. The shape change of the SMA element causes the sensor to change between two readily distinguishable states.

  1. On Heteropolymer Shape Dynamics

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    Pawel Pliszka; Enzo Marinari

    1992-07-09T23:59:59.000Z

    We investigate the time evolution of the heteropolymer model introduced by Iori, Marinari and Parisi to describe some of the features of protein folding mechanisms. We study how the (folded) shape of the chain evolves in time. We find that for short times the mean square distance (squared) between chain configurations evolves according to a power law, $D \\sim t ^\

  2. Atomic 'mismatch' creates nano 'dumbbells' | Argonne National...

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    Atomic 'mismatch' creates nano 'dumbbells' By Jared Sagoff * December 4, 2014 Tweet EmailPrint ARGONNE, Ill. - Like snowflakes, nanoparticles come in a wide variety of shapes and...

  3. Evolution of moisture convergence in a mesoscale convective complex

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    Bercherer, John Phillip

    1990-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Committee: Dr. Keuneth C. Brundidge Two separate Mesoscale Convective Complexes (MCCs) were investigated to determine if a characteristic surface moisture convergence (MC) signature existed on the mesoscale during their lifecycle. The first storm (Case 1... convergence, a bandpass filtering technique was utilized. It was found that MC could identify the general area of initial thunderstorm activity 2 h prior to its development for both cases. During the initial development stage of Case 1, advection...

  4. Hazards and operability study for the surface moisture monitoring system

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    Board, B.D.

    1996-04-04T23:59:59.000Z

    The Hanford Nuclear Reservation Tank Farms` underground waste tanks have been used to store liquid radioactive waste from defense materials production since the 1940`s. Waste in certain of the tanks may contain material in the form of ferrocyanide or various organic compounds which could potentially be susceptible to condensed phase chemical reactions. Because of the presence of oxidizing materials (nitrate compounds) and heat sources (radioactive decay and chemical reactions), the ferrocyanide or organic material could potentially fuel a propagating exothermic reaction with undesirable consequences. Analysis and experiments indicate that the reaction propagation and/or initiation may be prevented by the presence of sufficient moisture in the waste. Because the reaction would probably be initiated at the surface of the waste, evidence of sufficient moisture concentration would help provide evidence that the tank waste can continue to be safely stored. The Surface Moisture Measurement System (SMMS) was developed to collect data on the surface moisture in the waste by inserting two types of probes (singly) into a waste tank-a neutron probe and an electromagnetic inductance (EMI) probe. The sensor probes will be placed on the surface of the waste utilizing a moveable deployment arm to lower them through an available riser. The movement of the SMMS within the tank will be monitored by a camera lowered through an adjacent riser. The SMMS equipment is the subject of this study. Hazards and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) is a systematic technique for assessing potential hazards and/or operability problems for a new activity. It utilizes a multidiscipline team of knowledgeable individuals in a systematic brainstorming effort. The results of this study will be used as input to an Unreviewed Safety Question determination.

  5. [DELTA T dryer/moisture control system]. Final technical report

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    Not Available

    1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Drying Technology, Inc. was awarded a grant for the purpose of extending DELTA T dryer/moisture control technology into additional industries. Ultimate purpose of the grant was to save energy and improve efficiency in the process industries. Results indicate that these objectives have been met and will continue as this new technology is duplicated in the present industries and also is extended into other industries as well.

  6. The structure of a late-spring moisture burst

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    Stockton, Jay Richard

    1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    masses from tropical air masses. McGuirk et ol. (1983) developed a moisture burst climatology for the months of November through Apnl, utilizing Geostationary Operational Environmental Satelhte-West (GOES-W) IR imagery taken every six hours. Four... in the area. c) Point comparisons outside of the active burst regions show systematic overpredictions of mean relative humidity and underpredictions of temporal variability by ECMWF analyses with respect to observations. d) Satellite channel radiance data...

  7. Nondestructive NMR technique for moisture determination in radioactive materials.

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    Aumeier, S.; Gerald, R.E. II; Growney, E.; Nunez, L.; Kaminski, M.

    1998-12-04T23:59:59.000Z

    This progress report focuses on experimental and computational studies used to evaluate nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for detecting, quantifying, and monitoring hydrogen and other magnetically active nuclei ({sup 3}H, {sup 3}He, {sup 239}Pu, {sup 241}Pu) in Spent nuclear fuels and packaging materials. The detection of moisture by using a toroid cavity NMR imager has been demonstrated in SiO{sub 2} and UO{sub 2} systems. The total moisture was quantified by means of {sup 1}H NMR detection of H{sub 2}O with a sensitivity of 100 ppm. In addition, an MRI technique that was used to determine the moisture distribution also enabled investigators to discriminate between bulk and stationary water sorbed on the particles. This imaging feature is unavailable in any other nondestructive assay (NDA) technique. Following the initial success of this program, the NMR detector volume was scaled up from the original design by a factor of 2000. The capacity of this detector exceeds the size specified by DOE-STD-3013-96.

  8. Shape of black holes

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    Clement, María E Gabach

    2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    It is well known that celestial bodies tend to be spherical due to gravity and that rotation produces deviations from this sphericity. We discuss what is known and expected about the shape of black holes' horizons from their formation to their final, stationary state. We present some recent results showing that black hole rotation indeed manifests in the widening of their central regions, limits their global shapes and enforces their whole geometry to be close to the extreme Kerr horizon geometry at almost maximal rotation speed. The results depend only on the horizon area and angular momentum. In particular they are entirely independent of the surrounding geometry of the spacetime and of the presence of matter satisfying the strong energy condition. We also discuss the the relation of this result with the Hoop conjecture.

  9. Shape memory alloy actuator

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    Varma, Venugopal K. (Knoxville, TN)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An actuator for cycling between first and second positions includes a first shaped memory alloy (SMA) leg, a second SMA leg. At least one heating/cooling device is thermally connected to at least one of the legs, each heating/cooling device capable of simultaneously heating one leg while cooling the other leg. The heating/cooling devices can include thermoelectric and/or thermoionic elements.

  10. Shape memory alloy thaw sensors

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    Shahinpoor, M.; Martinez, D.R.

    1998-04-07T23:59:59.000Z

    A sensor permanently indicates that it has been exposed to temperatures exceeding a critical temperature for a predetermined time period. An element of the sensor made from shape memory alloy changes shape when exposed, even temporarily, to temperatures above the austenitic temperature of the shape memory alloy. The shape change of the SMA element causes the sensor to change between two readily distinguishable states. 16 figs.

  11. ONE DAY ON SHAPE OPTIMIZATION

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    Ceragioli, Francesca

    ONE DAY ON SHAPE OPTIMIZATION Tuesday November 17, 2009 Aula Buzano - Dipartimento di Matematica to "Shape Optimization", a very active research field which combines techniques from several areas of mathematics to set out and solve problems where the optimal shape of an object has to be determined, in order

  12. Using electrical resistance probes for moisture determination in switchgrass windrows

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    Chesser Jr., G. D.; Davis, J. D.; Purswell, J. L.; Lemus, R.

    2011-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Determining moisture levels in windrowed biomass is important for both forage producers and researchers. Energy crops such as switchgrass have been troublesome when using the standard methods set for electrical resistance meters. The objectives of this study were to i) develop the methodologies needed to measure MC in switchgrass using electrical resistance meters, ii) to determine the effects of pressure and probe orientation on MC measurement and iii) to generate MC calibration equations for electrical resistance meters using switchgrass in the senescence growth stage. Two meters (Meter 1, Farmex HT-PRO; Meter 2, Delmhorst F-2000) were selected based on commercial availability. A forage compression apparatus was designed and constructed with on-farm materials and methods to provide a simple system of applying pressure achievable by any forage producer or researcher in the field. Two trials were performed to test four levels of moisture contents (10, 20, 30, and 40%), five pressures (0, 1.68, 3.11, 4.55, 6.22 kN/m 2; 0, 35, 65, 95, 130 lb/ft 2), and two probe orientations (axial and transverse) in a 4x5x2 factorial design. Results indicated that meter accuracy increased as pressure increased. Regression models accounted for 91% and 81% of the variation for Meter 1 and Meter 2 at a pressure of 4.55 kN/m 2 (95 lb/ft 2) and a transverse probe orientation. Calibration equations were developed for both meters to improve moisture measurement accuracy for farmers and researchers in the field.

  13. A soil moisture availability model for crop stress prediction

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    Gay, Roger Franklin

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    wet so11 profile [Ritch1e et al. , 1972] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Relationships between the ratio of actual evaporation (Ea) to pan evaporat1on (E an) as a function of the available soil water in Rule and Bragg soybean [Burch et al. , 1978...] F1gure Interact1ons between soil-moisture status and other components of a general crop yield model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Figure Root densit1es for ra1nfed Ruse and Bragg soybean, 98 days after planting [Burch et al. , 1978...

  14. Transient Analysis for Thermal and Moisture Behavior of Building Elements

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    Guo, X.; Chen, Y.

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    (,0)mx m= (10) 3.SOLVING METHOD Applying the Laplace transformation to Eqs.(3), (4), (5), (6), (7) and (8) with respect to t , they become 2 00 dTLSTTSm dx ??=?? + m (11) 2 00 dmDSmmST dx T? ?=?? + (12) 11 11 1 11 (,) [(,) ] (1... diffusivity approaches unity. So far, there have been many studies[3,8]concerned with the interactive effect between temperature and moisture, experimentally or analytically. However, for the convenience of analysis, most of the analytical investigations...

  15. Determination of moisture in solids using high frequency methods

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    Burton, Melven Boyd

    1953-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ~, An induction-Ccpacit Oscillator of Unusual Fre uenc Stabi lit-, Proc ~ I. -". ". , larch, 1948 ~ (14) Glass':one, Samuel, Textbook of Physical Chemistry? D. Tan Nostrand Companv, Ino. , New York, 1947 pp 417 (15) Ibid, pp, 333 ... and low melting solids ~ . '. :eascrement of a change in a physical consL'ant ro deucrcc ne moisture content is incorporated in many methods' The chango in dielectric constant has been used with some success (0, 7 ' 8), 'cut s. "a' n it has boon more...

  16. Production of High Quality Dust Control Foam to Minimize Moisture Addition to Coal

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    Termine, F.; Jordan, S. T.

    PRODUCTION OF HIGH QUALITY DUST CONTROL FOAM TO MINIMIZE MOISTURE ADDITION TO COAL Frank Tenni ne Steve T. Jordan BETZ Laboratories, Trevose, PA Inc. ABSTRACT Foam is displacing wet suppression as the method of choice for controlling... fugitive emissions from coal. Coal treated by wet suppression consumes through moisture addition, a heat energy equivalent of 1 ton out of every 500 tons fired. The application of foam requires less than 10% of the moisture usually required for wet...

  17. A study of the troxler nuclear soil density and moisture gauges

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    Friedenwald, Robert Lane

    1963-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Be 60 source was used in moisture determinations and a Co source in density measurements. Average deviations of 0. 8 pounds of water per cubic foot of soil were reported for moisture measurements. Density measurements varied by 3 pounds per cubic... foot. It was found that moisture readings may be affected by chemically bound water but for mineral soils, soil type generally has little effect on the calibration of these instruments. Goldberg et al (15) in 1955 constructed a sensitive, r liable...

  18. Advanced MR moisture sensor market feasibility analysis. Executive summary

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    NONE

    1995-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper briefly documents activities, background information, and results of marketing studies on the Magnetic Resonance Advanced Moisture Sensor (AMS). The main goals of the study are to identify industrial uses to guide development efforts, to become familiar with the industrial and magnetic resonance research capabilities/resources at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and to develop a summary data sheet describing the AMS product for use with a broad mail survey of potential users. The studies are being performed through an alliance of Quantum Magnetics, US DOE, SwRI, The Townsend Agency, and PAI Partners. Efforts are being focused on NIR, Raman, and other optical spectroscopies as process measurement tools for onstream applications. Domestic and world markets for process analytical instrumentation, process moisture instrumentation, and nuclear magnetic resonance instrumentation are summarized. Three applications are identified as the most promising for magnetic resonance instrumentation: (1) polymer production, (2) pharmaceuticals preparation, and (3) prepared food processing. It is estimated that the process magnetic resonance market could reach $5 to $10 million annually by the end of this decade.

  19. Monitoring and controlling moisture during carpet and textile drying

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    Robinson, J.W.

    1995-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Industrial dryer/moisture control is usually performed by feedback type systems, i.e., sensors indirectly measure moisture content (MC) of the product after it leaves the dryer, or exhaust temperature from the last zone is used as an indicator of the existing MC. Such a control system is inherently weak because of the {open_quotes}after-the-fact{close_quotes} nature of the MC data. A feedback system may be improved by adding feedforward loops to handle disturbances to the system, e.g., variations in entering MC and feed rate. Such additions to the control system are expensive and require higher expertise for operating and maintaining. If the MC of the product could be measured inside the dryer, a control system could be offered that would be superior to feedback/feedforward types. This has not been possible up to this time because no MC sensor was capable of withstanding the atmosphere inside dryers. Moreover, the sample size would not have been large enough to be representative.

  20. Temperature and moisture dependence of dielectric constant for silica aerogels

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    Hrubesh, L.H., LLNL

    1997-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The dielectric constants of silica aerogels are among the lowest measured for any solid material. The silica aerogels also exhibit low thermal expansion and are thermally stable to temperatures exceeding 500{degrees}C. However, due to the open porosity and large surface areas for aerogels, their dielectric constants are strongly affected by moisture and temperature. This paper presents data for the dielectric constants of silica aerogels as a function of moisture content at 25{degrees}C, and as a function of temperature, for temperatures in the range from 25{degrees}C to 450{degrees}C. Dielectric constant data are also given for silica aerogels that are heat treated in dry nitrogen at 500{degrees}C, then cooled to 25{degrees}C for measurements in dry air. All measurements are made on bulk aerogel spheres at 22GHz microwave frequency, using a cavity perturbation method. The results of the dependence found here for bulk materials can be inferred to apply also to thin films of silica aerogels having similar nano-structures and densities.

  1. Pulse shaping with transmission lines

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    Wilcox, Russell B. (Oakland, CA)

    1987-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and apparatus for forming shaped voltage pulses uses passive reflection from a transmission line with nonuniform impedance. The impedance of the reflecting line varies with length in accordance with the desired pulse shape. A high voltage input pulse is transmitted to the reflecting line. A reflected pulse is produced having the desired shape and is transmitted by pulse removal means to a load. Light activated photoconductive switches made of silicon can be utilized. The pulse shaper can be used to drive a Pockels cell to produce shaped optical pulses.

  2. Pulse shaping with transmission lines

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    Wilcox, R.B.

    1985-08-15T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and apparatus for forming shaped voltage pulses uses passive reflection from a transmission line with nonuniform impedance. The impedance of the reflecting line varies with length in accordance with the desired pulse shape. A high voltage input pulse is transmitted to the reflecting line. A reflected pulse is produced having the desired shape and is transmitted by pulse removal means to a load. Light activated photoconductive switches made of silicon can be utilized. The pulse shaper can be used to drive a Pockels cell to produce shaped optical pulses.

  3. Peel and Shear Fracture Characterization of Debonding in FRP Plated Concrete Affected by Moisture

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    Entekhabi, Dara

    polymer CFRP plated concrete systems by mechanically testing accelerated moisture conditioned mesoscalePeel and Shear Fracture Characterization of Debonding in FRP Plated Concrete Affected by Moisture fracture toughness as the quantification parameter of the CFRP-epoxy-concrete trilayer system, which

  4. Monitoring Soil Moisture and Drought Using a Thermal TwoSource Energy Balance Model

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    Kuligowski, Bob

    Monitoring Soil Moisture and Drought Using a Thermal TwoSource Energy Balance Model Christopher. In general, dry soil or stressed vegetation heats up more rapidly than wet soil or unstressed vegetation, using one dual polarized channel (either Cband or Xband) for the retrieval of soil moisture

  5. Using moisture transport properties of rice seed components for identifying fissure resistance

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    Thomas, Audrey Elizabeth

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    , LaGrue, Lemont, and Cypress. Equilibrium moisture content (EMC) tests exposed 200 grams of brown rice to identify how the four varieties compare in their ability to hold moisture at a specific condition. Cypress, Lemont, and LaGrue tended to hold...

  6. SOIL MOISTURE RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS AT RD 838 OF I. G. N. P. STAGE -II

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    Kumar, C.P.

    aquifers. For analytical studies on soil moisture regime, critical review and accurate assessment among soil moisture characteristic curves are attributed primarily to the differences in pore size structures. In addition, the curves generally show hysteresis according to the wetting or drying of soils

  7. NEC Hazardous classification and compliance regarding the surface moisture monitor measurement system

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    Bussell, J.H., WHC

    1996-06-12T23:59:59.000Z

    The National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, and National Fire Protection Association requirements for use of Surface Moisture Monitor Systems in classified locations are discussed. The design and configuration of the surface moisture monitor are analyzed with respect to how they comply with requirements of the National Electrical Code requirements, articles 500-504.

  8. SOIL MOISTURE CHARACTERIZATION USING MULTI-ANGULAR POLARIMETRIC RADARSAT-2 DATASETS

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    Boyer, Edmond

    SOIL MOISTURE CHARACTERIZATION USING MULTI-ANGULAR POLARIMETRIC RADARSAT-2 DATASETS Hongquan Wang to be a solution to improve the effectiveness of bare soil char- acterization. However, the potential single and multiple incidence angle acquisitions is investigated against in situ soil moisture

  9. Dynamic Effects on Moisture Transport in Asphalt Concrete M. Emin Kutay1

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    Aydilek, Ahmet

    Dynamic Effects on Moisture Transport in Asphalt Concrete M. Emin Kutay1 and Ahmet H. Aydilek2 2007 133:7 406 CE Database subject headings: Moisture; Asphalt concrete; Dynamics; Hydraulic and Magdalena 2002 ; however, limited research has been conducted in modeling dynamic flow in porous geomedia

  10. Importance of moisture transport, snow cover and soil freezing to ground temperature predictions

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    Importance of moisture transport, snow cover and soil freezing to ground temperature predictions moisture transport, snow accumulation and melting, and soil freezing and thawing are investigated transport, snow cover, and soil freezing. 1. Introduction Prediction of ground temperature is an important

  11. Optimization of stomatal conductance for maximum carbon gain under dynamic soil moisture

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    Katul, Gabriel

    Optimization of stomatal conductance for maximum carbon gain under dynamic soil moisture Stefano Accepted 26 September 2013 Available online 9 October 2013 Keywords: Optimization Photosynthesis Soil moisture Stomatal conductance Transpiration a b s t r a c t Optimization theories explain a variety

  12. Method and apparatus for fuel gas moisturization and heating

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    Ranasinghe, Jatila (Niskayuna, NY); Smith, Raub Warfield (Ballston Lake, NY)

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Fuel gas is saturated with water heated with a heat recovery steam generator heat source. The heat source is preferably a water heating section downstream of the lower pressure evaporator to provide better temperature matching between the hot and cold heat exchange streams in that portion of the heat recovery steam generator. The increased gas mass flow due to the addition of moisture results in increased power output from the gas and steam turbines. Fuel gas saturation is followed by superheating the fuel, preferably with bottom cycle heat sources, resulting in a larger thermal efficiency gain compared to current fuel heating methods. There is a gain in power output compared to no fuel heating, even when heating the fuel to above the LP steam temperature.

  13. Moisture corrections in neutron coincidence counting of PuO/sub 2/

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    Stewart, J.E.; Menlove, H.O.

    1987-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Passive neutron coincidence counting is capable of 1% assay accuracy for pure, well-characterized PuO/sub 2/ samples that contain plutonium masses from a few tens of grams to several kilograms. Moisture in the sample can significantly bias the assay high by changing the (..cap alpha..,n) neutron production, the sample multiplication, and the detection efficiency. Monte Carlo calculations and an analytical model of coincidence counting have been used to quantify the individual and cumulative effects of moisture biases for two PuO/sub 2/ sample sizes and a range of moisture levels from 0 to 9 wt %. Results of the calculations suggest a simple correction procedure for moisture bias that is effective from 0 to 3 wt % H/sub 2/O. The procedure requires that the moisture level in the sample be known before the coincidence measurement.

  14. Sawtooth oscillations in shaped plasmas

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    Lazarus, E. A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Luce, T. C.; Burrell, K. H.; Chu, M. S.; Ferron, J. R.; Hyatt, A. W.; Lao, L. L.; Lohr, J.; Osborne, T. H.; Petty, C. C.; Politzer, P. A.; Prater, R.; Scoville, J. T.; Strait, E. J.; Turnbull, A. D. [General Atomics, P.O. Box 85608, San Diego, California 92186-5608 (United States); Austin, M. E.; Waelbroeck, F. L. [University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Brennan, D. P. [University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104 (United States); Jayakumar, R. J.; Makowski, M. A. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550 (United States)] (and others)

    2007-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The role of interchange and internal kink modes in the sawtooth oscillations is explored by comparing bean- and oval-shaped plasmas. The n=1 instability that results in the collapse of the sawtooth has been identified as a quasi-interchange in the oval cases and the internal kink in the bean shape. The ion and electron temperature profiles are followed in detail through the sawtooth ramp. It is found that electron energy transport rates are very high in the oval and quite low in the bean shape. Ion energy confinement in the oval is excellent and the sawtooth amplitude ({delta}T/T) in the ion temperature is much larger than that of the electrons. The sawtooth amplitudes for ions and electrons are comparable in the bean shape. The measured q profiles in the bean and oval shapes are found to be consistent with neoclassical current diffusion of the toroidal current, and the observed differences in q largely result from the severe differences in electron energy transport. For both shapes the collapse flattens the q profile and after the collapse return to q{sub 0} > or approx. 1. Recent results on intermediate shapes are reported. These shapes show that the electron energy transport improves gradually as the plasma triangularity is increased.

  15. Free form hemispherical shaped charge

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    Haselman, Jr., Leonard C. (Livermore, CA)

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A hemispherical shaped charge has been modified such that one side of the hemisphere is spherical and the other is aspherical allowing a wall thickness variation in the liner. A further modification is to use an elongated hemispherical shape. The liner has a thick wall at its pole and a thin wall at the equator with a continually decreasing wall thickness from the pole to the equator. The ratio of the wall thickness from the pole to the equator varies depending on liner material and HE shape. Hemispherical shaped charges have previously been limited to spherical shapes with no variations in wall thicknesses. By redesign of the basic liner thicknesses, the jet properties of coherence, stability, and mass distribution have been significantly improved.

  16. Dynamic Analysis of Moisture Transport Through Walls and Associated Cooling Loads in the Hot/Humid Climate of Florianopolis, Brazil 

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    Mendes, N.; Winkelmann, F. C.; Lamberts, R.; Philippi, P. C.; Da Cunha, Neto, J. A. B.

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    . The simulation results were compared to those obtained by pure conduction heat transfer without moisture effects. Also analyzed were the influence on cooling loads of high moisture content due to rain soaking of materials. and the influence of solar radiation...

  17. Soil moisture in complex terrain: quantifying effects on atmospheric boundary layer flow and providing improved surface boundary conditions for mesoscale models

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    Daniels, Megan Hanako

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    74 ii Soil Moisture Sensors: Decagon ECH2O Capacitance133 A.10 Soil types corresponding to each75 Soil Moisture and Temperature Probe

  18. Caribbean and Pacific moisture sources on the Isthmus of Panama revealed from stalagmite and surface water d18

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    Asmerom, Yemane

    Caribbean and Pacific moisture sources on the Isthmus of Panama revealed from stalagmite values from Panama and Costa Rica. The d18 O values decrease with distance from the Caribbean Sea a contribution of both Caribbean and Pacific sourced moisture to the isthmus. We estimated the Pacific moisture

  19. Recent Advances in Profile Soil Moisture Retrieval Jeffrey P. Walker, Garry R. Willgoose and Jetse D. Kalma

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    Walker, Jeff

    and agriculture. The significance of soil moisture is its role in the partitioning of energy at the ground surface for hydrologic, climatic and agricultural studies, such observations of surface soil moisture must be related to accept remote sensing data as input to track soil moisture status in time. As surface observations

  20. Shape reconstruction from gradient data

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    Ettl, Svenja; Kaminski, Juergen; Knauer, Markus C.; Haeusler, Gerd

    2008-04-20T23:59:59.000Z

    We present a generalized method for reconstructing the shape of an object from measured gradient data. A certain class of optical sensors does not measure the shape of an object but rather its local slope. These sensors display several advantages, including high information efficiency, sensitivity, and robustness. For many applications, however, it is necessary to acquire the shape, which must be calculated from the slopes by numerical integration. Existing integration techniques show drawbacks that render them unusable in many cases. Our method is based on an approximation employing radial basis functions. It can be applied to irregularly sampled, noisy, and incomplete data, and it reconstructs surfaces both locally and globally with high accuracy.

  1. Shape memory polymer foams for endovascular therapies

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    Wilson, Thomas S. (Castro Valley, CA); Maitland, Duncan J. (Pleasant Hill, CA)

    2012-03-13T23:59:59.000Z

    A system for occluding a physical anomaly. One embodiment comprises a shape memory material body wherein the shape memory material body fits within the physical anomaly occluding the physical anomaly. The shape memory material body has a primary shape for occluding the physical anomaly and a secondary shape for being positioned in the physical anomaly.

  2. Development of the prototype Munitions Case Moisture Meter, Model ORNL-1. Final report

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    Agouridis, D.C.; Gayle, T.M.; Griest, W.H.

    1993-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

    There is a great need for a rapid and simple means of determining the moisture content in combustible cartridge case (ccc) munitions. Previous studies have demonstrated that accumulation of moisture in ccc rounds, such as the M829, leads to softening of the case wall and weakening of the adhesive joint. Moisture in the ccc can lead to incomplete combustion of the case upon firing the round. Currently, there are no facile methods for measuring the moisture content. A prototype portable meter for non-destructive and rapid estimation of moisture in ccc has been developed. The Munitions Case Moisture Meter Model ORNL-1 demonstrates the feasibility of developing an instrument based on the moisture dependence of dielectric properties, to measure moisture in ccc munitions in storage and in the field. These instruments are simple, inexpensive, lightweight, portable, low-power battery operated, and intrinsically safe. They provide nondestructive, noninvasive, and rapid measurements. Calibration data for the prototype are not available at this time. Therefore, calibration of the meter and the development of a scale reading directly moisture content in munitions rounds could not be completed. These data will be supplied by the US Army from its tests of the meter with actual munitions. However, experimental results on empty cccs in laboratory conditions demonstrate satisfactory performance of the instrument. Additional work is needed to bring the prototype to its optimum usefulness and accuracy for field measurements. This includes: Calibration of the meter scale with full-up munitions; Data and evaluation procedures to adjust the performance of the meter for different environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity; and Studies of the dielectric properties of moist ccc materials, as a function of frequency and temperature, are needed for adjustment of the meter for optimal performance.

  3. Development of the prototype Munitions Case Moisture Meter, Model ORNL-1

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    Agouridis, D.C.; Gayle, T.M.; Griest, W.H.

    1993-02-24T23:59:59.000Z

    There is a great need for a rapid and simple means of determining the moisture content in combustible cartridge case (ccc) munitions. Previous studies have demonstrated that accumulation of moisture in ccc rounds, such as the M829, leads to softening of the case wall and weakening of the adhesive joint. Moisture in the ccc can lead to incomplete combustion of the case upon firing the round. Currently, there are no facile methods for measuring the moisture content. A prototype portable meter for non-destructive and rapid estimation of moisture in ccc has been developed. The Munitions Case Moisture Meter Model ORNL-1 demonstrates the feasibility of developing an instrument based on the moisture dependence of dielectric properties, to measure moisture in ccc munitions in storage and in the field. These instruments are simple, inexpensive, lightweight, portable, low-power battery operated, and intrinsically safe. They provide nondestructive, noninvasive, and rapid measurements. Calibration data for the prototype are not available at this time. Therefore, calibration of the meter and the development of a scale reading directly moisture content in munitions rounds could not be completed. These data will be supplied by the US Army from its tests of the meter with actual munitions. However, experimental results on empty cccs in laboratory conditions demonstrate satisfactory performance of the instrument. Additional work is needed to bring the prototype to its optimum usefulness and accuracy for field measurements. This includes: Calibration of the meter scale with full-up munitions; Data and evaluation procedures to adjust the performance of the meter for different environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity; and Studies of the dielectric properties of moist ccc materials, as a function of frequency and temperature, are needed for adjustment of the meter for optimal performance.

  4. Moisture in Molasses as a Factor in the Heating of Feeds.

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    Halick, John V.; Richardson, L. R.

    1952-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    sugars after inversion, moisture, Brix and ash. Moist.ure was determined by the vacuum oven drying method and ranged from 19 to over 31 percent. Over 71.0 percent of the samples contained 26 percent or more of lwater. If 10 percent of molasses... in a feed contain a normal amount of water, the extra water added in the molasses might raise the moisture content to an unsafe level. Different values for solids were obtained by the Brix and the vacuum oven drying methods, Brix is an unreliable...

  5. Measurements of Backsheet Moisture Permeation and Encapsulant-Substrate Adhesion: Preprint

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    Jorgensen, G.; Terwilliger, K.; Barber, G.; Kennedy, C.; McMahon, T.

    2001-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Presented at the 2001 NCPV Program Review Meeting: Measurements of backsheet moisture permeation and encapsulant-substrate adhesion. At the March 2001 NCPV workshop on ''Moisture Ingress and High-Voltage Isolation'', industry participants identified several properties associated with PV module durability that are critical for commercial success. These include interface conductivity, adhesion of encapsulants to substrate materials as a function of in-service exposure conditions, and moisture permeation through backsheet materials as a function of temperature. Electrical data is discussed in a companion paper; adhesion and water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) measurements are presented herein.

  6. Experimental Study of Multi-type Macromolecule Porosity Moisture-Conditioned Material

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    Huang, X.; Fan, Y.; Di, Y.

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    MATERIALS AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVICES 4.1 The Experimental Materials (1) Porous materials: Concrete blocks, weight for 550Kg/m3, pore rate of 73%, saturated humidity rate of 45%, dimensions of 300?600?80mm. (2) Combined with the moisture conditioned... on buildings or wallpaper to adjust humidity. 2) Concrete blocks: 300?600?80mm. (3) Combined with the moisture conditioned plate and porous materials 1) Moisture conditioned plate: Absorbent resin adsorption salt solution, forms a Gel, mixed the Gel...

  7. Nitinol-reinforced shape-memory polymers

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    Di Leo, Claudio V

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Reinforced shape-memory polymers have been developed from an acrylate based thermoset shape-memory polymer and nitinol wires. A rectangular shape-memory polymer measuring approximately 1 by 2 by 0.1 inches has a ten fold ...

  8. The moisture retention characteristic of four soils from Niger

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    Landeck, Jonathon Keith

    1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    gradient. Determination of the hydraulic gradient through unsatu- rated soil is best obtained by the "instantaneous profile method" (Hillel 1972) which requires frequent measurement of soil wetness and matric suction under conditions of internal...-drained, unsaturated, low-solute soil. Also known as soil-water suction, matric potential (M) is a function of the interaction between solid soil parti- cles and the soil water. The nature of these interactions is a function of the arrangement, sizes, and shapes...

  9. Influence of moisture on the behavior of aerosols

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    Adams, R.E.; Longest, A.W.; Tobias, M.L.

    1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The behavior of aerosols assumed to be characteristic of those generated during light water reactor (LWR) accident sequences and released into containment has been studied in the Nuclear Safety Pilot Plant (NSPP) located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It has been observed that in a saturated steam-air environment a change occurs in the shape of aerosol agglomerates of U/sub 3/O/sub 8/ aerosol, Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ aerosol, and mixed U/sub 3/O/sub 8/-Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ aerosol from branched-chain to spherical, and that the rate of reduction in the airborne aerosol mass concentration is increased relative to the rate observed in a dry atmosphere. The effect of a steam-air environment on the behavior of concrete aerosol is different. The shape of the agglomerated concrete aerosol is intermediate between branched-chain and spherical and the effect on the rate of reduction in airborne mass concentration appears to be slight. In a related project the shape of an agglomerated Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ aerosol was observed to change from branched-chain to spherical at, or near, 100% relative humidity.

  10. Compaction Effects on Uniformity, Moisture Diffusion, and Mechanical Properties of Asphalt Pavements

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    Kassem, Emad Abdel-Rahman Ahmed

    2011-08-08T23:59:59.000Z

    in gyratory specimens were related to the mixture mechanical properties measured using the Overlay and Hamburg tests. The second part of this study focused on studying the relationship between air void distribution and moisture diffusion. A laboratory test...

  11. TEMPERATURE AND MOISTURE EFFECTS ON COMPOSITE MATERIALS FOR WIND TURBINE BLADES

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    TEMPERATURE AND MOISTURE EFFECTS ON COMPOSITE MATERIALS FOR WIND TURBINE BLADES by Mei Li A thesis graduate students in the composite materials group for their help and kindness. Finally, thanks to my dear

  12. Investigation of Conditions for Moisture Damage in Asphalt Concrete and Appropriate Laboratory Test Methods

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    Lu, Qing

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of Asphalt Concrete-Physical Testing. ” Final Report, #930-of Asphalt Concrete: Chemical Testing. ” Alabama Highwayconcrete mixes, it is preferred to use a mix that would have good moisture resistance under laboratory testing

  13. Investigation of Conditions for Moisture Damage in Asphalt Concrete and Appropriate Laboratory Test Methods

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    Harvey, John T; Lu, Qing

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of Asphalt Concrete-Physical Testing. ” Final Report no.of Asphalt Concrete: Chemical Testing. ” Alabama Highwayconcrete mixes, it is preferable to use a mix that would have good moisture resistance under laboratory testing

  14. Estimation of soil moisture in paddy field using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Arif, Chusnul; Setiawan, Budi Indra; Doi, Ryoichi

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    In paddy field, monitoring soil moisture is required for irrigation scheduling and water resource allocation, management and planning. The current study proposes an Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) model to estimate soil moisture in paddy field with limited meteorological data. Dynamic of ANN model was adopted to estimate soil moisture with the inputs of reference evapotranspiration (ETo) and precipitation. ETo was firstly estimated using the maximum, average and minimum values of air temperature as the inputs of model. The models were performed under different weather conditions between the two paddy cultivation periods. Training process of model was carried out using the observation data in the first period, while validation process was conducted based on the observation data in the second period. Dynamic of ANN model estimated soil moisture with R2 values of 0.80 and 0.73 for training and validation processes, respectively, indicated that tight linear correlations between observed and estimated values of s...

  15. OVERSTORY-IMPOSED HETEROGENEITY IN SOLAR RADIATION AND SOIL MOISTURE IN A SEMIARID WOODLAND

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    Breshears, David D.; Rich, Paul M.; Barnes, Fairley J.; Katherine, Campbell

    1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    plants and the intercanopy patches that separate them, yielding an overstory with intermediate closure. Field measurements of microclimate at the scale of canopy patches, particularly for near-ground solar radiation and soil moisture, are largely lacking...

  16. The effects of aggregate gradation on moisture diffusivity in a cementious based material

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    Szecsy, Richard

    1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Gravel), and the presence of fly ash (10% by cement weight or none). Also developed, is an experimental laboratory procedure which measures the moisture diffusivity of a cementious material. The method and procedure for measuring diffusivity developed...

  17. PATTERNS OF LEAF WETTABILITY ALONG AN EXTREME MOISTURE GRADIENT IN WESTERN PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA

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    Brewer, Carol

    PATTERNS OF LEAF WETTABILITY ALONG AN EXTREME MOISTURE GRADIENT IN WESTERN PATAGONIA, ARGENTINA Patagonia, Argentina. Morphological and structural characteristics of leaves significantly affected leaf surfaces. Keywords: leaf wetness, morphology, water droplet, Patagonia, gradient. Introduction A large

  18. Moisture sensor based on evanescent wave light scattering by porous sol-gel silica coating

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    Tao, Shiquan; Singh, Jagdish P.; Winstead, Christopher B.

    2006-05-02T23:59:59.000Z

    An optical fiber moisture sensor that can be used to sense moisture present in gas phase in a wide range of concentrations is provided, as well techniques for making the same. The present invention includes a method that utilizes the light scattering phenomenon which occurs in a porous sol-gel silica by coating an optical fiber core with such silica. Thus, a porous sol-gel silica polymer coated on an optical fiber core forms the transducer of an optical fiber moisture sensor according to an embodiment. The resulting optical fiber sensor of the present invention can be used in various applications, including to sense moisture content in indoor/outdoor air, soil, concrete, and low/high temperature gas streams.

  19. The effects of soil moisture on pecan weevil emergence and predicting drought delay

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    Schraer, Stephen Martin

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    soils. Drought conditions, induced on soil plots, as well as natural soil conditions were used to assess the effects of soil particle size distribution and soil moisture on soil hardness. Soil hardness can be determined by the following: 572...

  20. Modeling land surface processes of the midwestern United States : predicting soil moisture under a warmer climate

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    Winter, Jonathan (Jonathan Mark)

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This dissertation seeks to quantify the response of soil moisture to climate change in the midwestern United States. To assess this response, a dynamic global vegetation model, Integrated Biosphere Simulator, was coupled ...

  1. Measurement of moisture and total reducing sugars using Near Infrared Spectroscopy

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    Mehrubeoglu, Mehrube

    1995-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    industrial applications. In this project, the accuracy and feasibility of measuring moisture and total reducing sugar content in a vegetable medium using a Near Infrared Spectroscopy technique was investigated as an alternative to slow and tedious classical...

  2. MODEL 9975 SHIPPING PACKAGE: IMPACT OF CAPLUG REMOVAL ON FIBERBOARD MOISTURE LEVEL

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    Daugherty, W.

    2011-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Two 9975 shipping packages were removed from KAC and provided to SRNL for test purposes, after both packages were found to exceed the 1 inch maximum criterion for the axial gap at the top of the package. Package 9975-01818 was found with an axial gap of 1.437 inch, and an estimated 2.5 liters of excess moisture in the lower fiberboard layers. Package 9975-02287 was found with an axial gap of 1.008 inch, and only slightly elevated moisture levels relative to typical packages. Prior data from the 9975 Surveillance Program has shown that the 9975 drum provides a degree of isolation, and will tend to preserve fiberboard moisture levels for an extended period of time. Both packages were provided to SRNL to identify whether removal of the 4 caplugs in each package would allow moisture to escape the package. Following testing with the caplugs removed for approximately 1 year, this report documents the findings from this effort. Two 9975 shipping packages removed from service in K-Area Complex (KAC) due to an excessive axial gap have been tested in SRNL to determine if caplug removal would facilitate the reduction of excess fiberboard moisture. An additional question to be answered through this testing was whether the resulting moisture loss would reduce the axial gap, reversing the effect seen during storage with excess moisture present. These packages have completed approximately 1 year in test, during which time the weight of each package has steadily decreased as a result of moisture migration out of the package. However, elevated moisture levels still remain in the packages. During this test period, the bottom fiberboard layers of package 9975-01818 (which contained the greater amount of excess moisture) experienced further compaction, and the axial gap of both packages has increased. This effort has shown that removal of the caplugs may not be a sufficient measure to rehabilitate packages with excess moisture or excess axial gaps in a timely manner. However, this measure might make a meaningful contribution in combination with other actions (to be determined). It is recommended that the caplug removal tests in SRNL be discontinued at this time.

  3. The influence of particle-size distribution and moisture levels on the formation of soil hardpans

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    Bauer, Herman John

    1963-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    THE INFLUENCE OF PARTICLE-SIZE DISTRIBUTION AND MOISTURE LEVELS ON THE FORMATION OF SOIL HARDPANS A Thesis By HERMAN J. BAUER Submitted to the Graduate School of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE January, 1963 Major Subject: Soil Physics THE INFLUENCE OF PARTICLE-SIZE DISTRIBUTION AND MOISTURE LEVELS ON THE FORMATION OF SOIL HARDPANS A Thesis By HERMAN J. BAUER Approved as to style and content...

  4. The influence of particle-size distribution and moisture levels on the formation of soil hardpans 

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    Bauer, Herman John

    1963-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    THE INFLUENCE OF PARTICLE-SIZE DISTRIBUTION AND MOISTURE LEVELS ON THE FORMATION OF SOIL HARDPANS A Thesis By HERMAN J. BAUER Submitted to the Graduate School of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE January, 1963 Major Subject: Soil Physics THE INFLUENCE OF PARTICLE-SIZE DISTRIBUTION AND MOISTURE LEVELS ON THE FORMATION OF SOIL HARDPANS A Thesis By HERMAN J. BAUER Approved as to style and content...

  5. Elemental Analyses of Hanford Surface Neutron Moisture Measurement Calibration Standard Samples

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    Watson, W.T., Westinghouse Hanford

    1996-07-31T23:59:59.000Z

    Elemental analyses have been performed on twenty samples taken from the moisture standards prepared to use in performing experimental calibrations of the surface neutron moisture measurement system. These standards consisted of mixtures of sand, hydrated alumina, and boron carbide. Elemental analyses were performed primarily to discover the quantities of any strong thermal neutron absorbers that may have been present in the mixture in unknown trace quantities.

  6. Effect of external stress on moisture diffusion in an epoxy resin and its composite material

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    Henson, Michael Chamberlain

    1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    EFFECT OF EXTERNAL STRESS ON MOISTURE DIFFUSION IN AN EPOXY RESIN AND ITS C(MPOSITE MATERIAL A Thesis by MICHAEL CHAMBERLAIN HENSON Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirement... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE May 1986 Major Subject: Civil Engineering EFFECT OF EXTERNAL STRESS ON MOISTURE DIFFUSION IN AN EPOXY RESIN AND ITS CCNPOSITE MATERIAL A Thesis by MICHAEL CHAMBERLAIN HENSON Approved as to style and content by: (Y...

  7. The effects of grain moisture content and grain temperature on the penetration of hydrogen cyanide

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    Kunz, Sidney E

    1962-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    THE EFFECTS QF CRAIN MOISTURE CONTENT AND GRAIN TEMiPERATURE ON THE &NETRATION OF HYDROGEN CYANIDE A Thesis SIDNEY EDMUND KUNZ Submitted to the Graduate School of ths Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in partial fulfillment... of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE (Mionth) 1262 (Year) Mayor Subject ghtdlggllQJLK THE EFFECTS OF GRAIN MOISTURE CONTENT JBD GRAIN TEMPERATURE ON THE PENETRATION OF HYDROGEN CYANIDE A Thesis SIDNEY EDNUND KUNZ Approved as to style...

  8. Distribution of soil and leaf water potentials of mature grapefruit trees under three soil moisture regimes

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    Prathapar, Sanmugam Ahembaranathan

    1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    DISTRIBUTION OF SOIL AND LEAF WATER POTENTIALS OF MATURE GRAPEFRUIT TREES UNDER THREE SOIL MOISTURE REGIMES A Thesis by SANMUGAM AHEMBARANATHAN PRATHAPAP, Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment... of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE May 1982 Major Subject; Agricultural Engineering DISTRIBUTION OF SOIL AND LEAF WATER POTENTIALS OF MATURE GRAPEFRUIT TREES UNDER THREE SOIL MOISTURE REGIMES A Thesis by SANMUGAM AHEMBARANATHAN PRATHAPAR...

  9. Dual frequency microwave radiometer measurements of soil moisture for bare and vegetated rough surfaces

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    Lee, Siu Lim

    1974-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    DUAL FREQUENCY MICROWAVE RADIOMETER MEASUREMENTS OF SOIL MOISTURE FOR BARE AND VEGETATED ROUGH SURFACES A Thesis by SIU LIM LEE Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A(M University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree... of MASTER OF SCIENCE August 1974 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering DUAL FREQUENCY MICROWAVE RADIOMETER MEASUREMENTS OF' SOIL MOISTURE FOR BARE AND VEGETATED ROUGH SURFACES A Thesis by SIU LIM LEE Approved as to style and content by: (C rman...

  10. Evaluation of oil shale bitumen as a pavement asphalt additive to reduce moisture damage susceptibility

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    Robertson, R.E.; Harnsberger, P.M.; Wolf, J.M.

    1991-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An unrefined shale bitumen was evaluated as an agent to reduce moisture damage susceptibility of asphalt aggregate mixtures. Some activity was observed but less than might have been expected based on the molecular weight and nitrogen content of the bitumen. The counter effects of free carboxylic acids, which are known to be variable in asphalt and which are also present in the unrefined bitumen, appear to diminish the activity of the bitumen to inhibit moisture damage. 5 refs., 1 tab.

  11. Potential Soil Moisture Products from the Aquarius Radiometer and Scatterometer Using an Observing System Simulation Experiment

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    Luo, Yan [I.M. Systems Group at NOAA/NCEP/EMC; Feng, Xia [George Mason University; Houser, Paul [George Mason University; Anantharaj, Valentine G [ORNL; Fan, Xingang [Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; De Lannoy, Gabrielle [Ghent University, Belgium; Zhan, Xiwu [NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research; Dabbiru, Lalitha [Mississippi State University (MSU)

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Using an observing system simulation experiment (OSSE), we investigate the potential soil moisture retrieval capability of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius radiometer (L-band 1.413 GHz) and scatterometer (L-band, 1.260 GHz). We estimate potential errors in soil moisture retrievals and identify the sources that could cause those errors. The OSSE system includes (i) a land surface model in the NASA Land Information System, (ii) a radiative transfer and backscatter model, (iii) a realistic orbital sampling model, and (iv) an inverse soil moisture retrieval model. We execute the OSSE over a 1000 2200 km2 region in the central United States, including the Red and Arkansas river basins. Spatial distributions of soil moisture retrieved from the radiometer and scatterometer are close to the synthetic truth. High root mean square errors (RMSEs) of radiometer retrievals are found over the heavily vegetated regions, while large RMSEs of scatterometer retrievals are scattered over the entire domain. The temporal variations of soil moisture are realistically captured over a sparely vegetated region with correlations 0.98 and 0.63, and RMSEs 1.28% and 8.23% vol/vol for radiometer and scatterometer, respectively. Over the densely vegetated region, soil moisture exhibits larger temporal variation than the truth, leading to correlation 0.70 and 0.67, respectively, and RMSEs 9.49% and 6.09% vol/vol respectively. The domain-averaged correlations and RMSEs suggest that radiometer is more accurate than scatterometer in retrieving soil moisture. The analysis also demonstrates that the accuracy of the retrieved soil moisture is affected by vegetation coverage and spatial aggregation.

  12. Non-gaussian shape recognition

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    Byun, Joyce; Bean, Rachel, E-mail: byun@astro.cornell.edu, E-mail: rbean@astro.cornell.edu [Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 (United States)

    2013-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A detection of primordial non-Gaussianity could transform our understanding of the fundamental theory of inflation. The precision promised by upcoming cosmic microwave background (CMB) and large-scale structure (LSS) surveys raises a natural question: if a detection given a particular template is made, what does this truly tell us about the underlying theory? Even in the case of non-detections and upper bounds on deviations from Gaussianity, what can we then infer about the viable theories that remain? In this paper we present a systematic way to constrain a wide range of non-Gaussian shapes, including general single and multi-field models and models with excited initial states. We present a separable, divergent basis able to recreate many shapes in the literature to high accuracy with between three and seven basis functions. The basis allows shapes to be grouped into broad ''template classes'', satisfying theoretically-relevant priors on their divergence properties in the squeezed limit. We forecast how well a Planck-like CMB survey could not only detect a general non-Gaussian signal but discern more about its shape, using existing templates and new ones we propose. This approach offers an opportunity to tie together minimal theoretical priors with observational constraints on the shape in general, and in the squeezed limit, to gain a deeper insight into what drove inflation.

  13. Shape memory polymer actuator and catheter

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    Maitland, Duncan J. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Lee, Abraham P. (Walnut Creek, CA); Schumann, Daniel L. (Concord, CA); Matthews, Dennis L. (Moss Beach, CA); Decker, Derek E. (Byron, CA); Jungreis, Charles A. (Pittsburgh, PA)

    2007-11-06T23:59:59.000Z

    An actuator system is provided for acting upon a material in a vessel. The system includes an optical fiber and a shape memory polymer material operatively connected to the optical fiber. The shape memory polymer material is adapted to move from a first shape for moving through said vessel to a second shape where it can act upon said material.

  14. Shape memory polymer actuator and catheter

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    Maitland, Duncan J.; Lee, Abraham P.; Schumann, Daniel L.; Matthews, Dennis L.; Decker, Derek E.; Jungreis, Charles A.

    2004-05-25T23:59:59.000Z

    An actuator system is provided for acting upon a material in a vessel. The system includes an optical fiber and a shape memory polymer material operatively connected to the optical fiber. The shape memory polymer material is adapted to move from a first shape for moving through said vessel to a second shape where it can act upon said material.

  15. CHARACTERIZATION OF SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY BEHAVIOR AND

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    Valasek, John

    CHARACTERIZATION OF SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY BEHAVIOR AND POSITION CONTROL USING REINFORCEMENT LEARNING for Intelligent Bio-Nano Materials and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles Problem: Shape Memory Alloy and Structures for Aerospace Vehicles 4 Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) Metallic Alloys used as actuators Shape Memory

  16. Thermomechanical behavior of shape memory elastomeric composites

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    Thermomechanical behavior of shape memory elastomeric composites Qi Ge a , Xiaofan Luo b,c , Erika September 2011 Available online 1 October 2011 Keywords: Shape memory Shape memory polymers Soft active materials Thermomechanical behaviors Constitutive models a b s t r a c t Shape memory polymers (SMPs) can

  17. Pistol-shaped dosimeter charger

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    Maples, Robert A. (Powell, TN)

    1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A pistol-shaped charger assembly clamps a cylindrical radiation dosimeter against one edge thereof. A triggerlike lever on the handgrip of the assembly is manually pivoted to actuate a piezoelectric current generator held in the handgrip and thereby charge the dosimeter.

  18. FINAL REPORT FOR MOISTURE EFFECTS ON COMPACTION OF FIBERBOARD IN A 9975 SHIPPING PACKAGE

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    Stefek, T.; Daugherty, W.; Estochen, E.

    2013-09-17T23:59:59.000Z

    Compaction of lower layers in the fiberboard assembly has been observed in 9975 packages that contain elevated moisture. Lab testing has resulted in a better understanding of the relationship between the fiberboard moisture level and compaction of the lower fiberboard assembly, and the behavior of the fiberboard during transport. In laboratory tests of cane fiberboard, higher moisture content has been shown to correspond to higher total compaction, greater rate of compaction, and continued compaction over a longer period of time. In addition, laboratory tests have shown that the application of a dynamic load results in higher fiberboard compaction compared to a static load. The test conditions and sample geometric/loading configurations were chosen to simulate the regulatory requirements for 9975 package input dynamic loading. Dynamic testing was conducted to acquire immediate and cumulative changes in geometric data for various moisture levels. Two sample sets have undergone a complete dynamic test regimen, one set for 27 weeks, and the second set for 47 weeks. The dynamic input, data acquisition, test effects on sample dynamic parameters, and results from this test program are summarized and compared to regulatory specifications for dynamic loading. Compaction of the bottom fiberboard layers due to the accumulation of moisture is one possible cause of an increase in the axial gap at the top of the package. The net compaction of the bottom layers will directly add to the axial gap. The moisture which caused this compaction migrated from the middle region of the fiberboard assembly (which is typically the hottest). This will cause the middle region to shrink axially, which will also contribute directly to the axial gap. Measurement of the axial gap provides a screening tool for identifying significant change in the fiberboard condition. The data in this report provide a basis to evaluate the impact of moisture and fiberboard compaction on 9975 package performance during storage at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

  19. Using Whole-House Field Tests to Empirically Derive Moisture Buffering Model Inputs

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    Woods, J.; Winkler, J.; Christensen, D.; Hancock, E.

    2014-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Building energy simulations can be used to predict a building's interior conditions, along with the energy use associated with keeping these conditions comfortable. These models simulate the loads on the building (e.g., internal gains, envelope heat transfer), determine the operation of the space conditioning equipment, and then calculate the building's temperature and humidity throughout the year. The indoor temperature and humidity are affected not only by the loads and the space conditioning equipment, but also by the capacitance of the building materials, which buffer changes in temperature and humidity. This research developed an empirical method to extract whole-house model inputs for use with a more accurate moisture capacitance model (the effective moisture penetration depth model). The experimental approach was to subject the materials in the house to a square-wave relative humidity profile, measure all of the moisture transfer terms (e.g., infiltration, air conditioner condensate) and calculate the only unmeasured term: the moisture absorption into the materials. After validating the method with laboratory measurements, we performed the tests in a field house. A least-squares fit of an analytical solution to the measured moisture absorption curves was used to determine the three independent model parameters representing the moisture buffering potential of this house and its furnishings. Follow on tests with realistic latent and sensible loads showed good agreement with the derived parameters, especially compared to the commonly-used effective capacitance approach. These results show that the EMPD model, once the inputs are known, is an accurate moisture buffering model.

  20. Surface Energy,Surface Energy, Surface Tension & Shape of CrystalsSurface Tension & Shape of Crystals

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    Subramaniam, Anandh

    Surface Energy,Surface Energy, Surface Tension & Shape of CrystalsSurface Tension & Shape of shapes of crystals are important: (i) growth shape and (ii) equilibrium shape Surface/interface energy surfaces. The joining of two phases creates an interface. (Two orientations of the same crystalline phase

  1. Shape memory alloy/shape memory polymer tools

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    Seward, Kirk P.; Krulevitch, Peter A.

    2005-03-29T23:59:59.000Z

    Micro-electromechanical tools for minimally invasive techniques including microsurgery. These tools utilize composite shape memory alloy (SMA), shape memory polymer (SMP) and combinations of SMA and SMP to produce catheter distal tips, actuators, etc., which are bistable. Applications for these structures include: 1) a method for reversible fine positioning of a catheter tip, 2) a method for reversible fine positioning of tools or therapeutic catheters by a guide catheter, 3) a method for bending articulation through the body's vasculature, 4) methods for controlled stent delivery, deployment, and repositioning, and 5) catheters with variable modulus, with vibration mode, with inchworm capability, and with articulated tips. These actuators and catheter tips are bistable and are opportune for in vivo usage because the materials are biocompatible and convenient for intravascular use as well as other minimal by invasive techniques.

  2. Electronmagnetic induction probe calibration for electrical conductivity measurements and moisture content determination of Hanford high level waste

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    Wittekind, W.D., Westinghouse Hanford

    1996-05-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Logic of converting EMI measured electrical conductivity to moisture with expected uncertainty. Estimates from present knowledge, assumptions, and measured data. Archie`s Law has been used since the 1940`s to relate electrical conductivity in porous media to liquid volume fraction. Measured electrical conductivity to moisture content uses: Porosity, Interstitial liquid electrical conductivity, Solid particle density,Interstitial liquid density, and interstitial liquid water content. The uncertainty of assumed values is calculated to determine the final moisture wt.% result uncertainty.

  3. Atmospheric Moisture Budget and Spatial Resolution Dependence of Precipitation Extremes in Aquaplanet Simulations

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    Yang, Qing; Leung, Lai-Yung R.; Rauscher, Sara; Ringler, Todd; Taylor, Mark

    2014-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This study investigates the resolution dependency of precipitation extremes in an aqua-planet framework. Strong resolution dependency of precipitation extremes is seen over both tropics and extra-tropics, and the magnitude of this dependency also varies with dynamical cores. Moisture budget analyses based on aqua-planet simulations with the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) using the Model for Prediction Across Scales (MPAS) and High Order Method Modeling Environment (HOMME) dynamical cores but the same physics parameterizations suggest that during precipitation extremes moisture supply for surface precipitation is mainly derived from advective moisture convergence. The resolution dependency of precipitation extremes mainly originates from advective moisture transport in the vertical direction. At most vertical levels over the tropics and in the lower atmosphere over the subtropics, the vertical eddy transport of mean moisture field dominates the contribution to precipitation extremes and its resolution dependency. Over the subtropics, the source of moisture, its associated energy, and the resolution dependency during extremes are dominated by eddy transport of eddies moisture at the mid- and upper-troposphere. With both MPAS and HOMME dynamical cores, the resolution dependency of the vertical advective moisture convergence is mainly explained by dynamical changes (related to vertical velocity or omega), although the vertical gradients of moisture act like averaging kernels to determine the sensitivity of the overall resolution dependency to the changes in omega at different vertical levels. The natural reduction of variability with coarser resolution, represented by areal data averaging (aggregation) effect, largely explains the resolution dependency in omega. The thermodynamic changes, which likely result from non-linear feedback in response to the large dynamical changes, are small compared to the overall changes in dynamics (omega). However, after excluding the data aggregation effect in omega, thermodynamic changes become relatively significant in offsetting the effect of dynamics leading to reduce differences between the simulated and aggregated results. Compared to MPAS, the simulated stronger vertical motion with HOMME also results in larger resolution dependency. Compared to the simulation at fine resolution, the vertical motion during extremes is insufficiently resolved/parameterized at the coarser resolution even after accounting for the natural reduction in variability with coarser resolution, and this is more distinct in the simulation with HOMME. To reduce uncertainties in simulated precipitation extremes, future development in cloud parameterizations must address their sensitivity to spatial resolution as well as dynamical cores.

  4. STATUS REPORT FOR MOISTURE EFFECTS ON COMPACTION OF FIBERBOARD IN A 9975 SHIPPING PACKAGE

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    Stefek, T.; Daugherty, W.; Estochen, E.

    2011-06-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Compaction of lower layers in the fiberboard overpack has been observed in 9975 packages that contain elevated moisture. Lab testing has resulted in a better understanding of the relationship between the fiberboard moisture level and compaction of the lower fiberboard assembly, and the behavior of the fiberboard during transport. In laboratory tests, higher moisture content has been shown to correspond to higher total compaction of fiberboard material, greater rate of compaction, and continued compaction over a longer period of time. In addition, laboratory tests have shown that the application of a dynamic load results in higher fiberboard compaction. The test conditions and sample geometric/loading configurations were chosen to simulate the regulatory requirements for 9975 package input dynamic loading. Dynamic testing was conducted over a period of six months to acquire immediate and cumulative changes in geometric data for various moisture levels. Currently, one sample set has undergone a complete dynamic test regimen, while testing of another set is still in-progress. The dynamic input, data acquisition, test effects on sample dynamic parameters, and interim results from this test program are summarized and compared to regulatory specifications for dynamic loading. This will provide a basis from which to evaluate the impact of moisture and fiberboard compaction on the safety basis for transportation (Safety Analysis Report for Packaging) and storage (facility Documented Safety Analysis) at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

  5. Variation in soil moisture and N availability modulates carbon and water exchange in a California grassland experiment

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    St. Clair, S.B.

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    in soil moisture and N availability modulates carbon andamount and timing, N availability, and plant communityparticularly as water availability was increased. These

  6. Shapes of dark matter halos

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    James S. Bullock

    2001-06-21T23:59:59.000Z

    I present an analysis of the density shapes of dark matter halos in LCDM and LWDM cosmologies. The main results are derived from a statistical sample of galaxy-mass halos drawn from a high resolution LCDM N-body simulation. Halo shapes show significant trends with mass and redshift: low-mass halos are rounder than high mass halos, and, for a fixed mass, halos are rounder at low z. Contrary to previous expectations, which were based on cluster-mass halos and non-COBE normalized simulations, LCDM galaxy-mass halos at z=0 are not strongly flattened, with short to long axis ratios of s = 0.70 +/- 0.17. I go on to study how the shapes of individual halos change when going from a LCDM simulation to a simulation with a warm dark matter power spectrum (LWDM). Four halos were compared, and, on average, the WDM halos are more spherical than their CDM counterparts (s =0.77 compared to s = 0.71). A larger sample of objects will be needed to test whether the trend is significant.

  7. Low-temperature conversion of high-moisture biomass: Topical report, January 1984--January 1988

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    Sealock, L.J. Jr.; Elliott, D.C.; Butner, R.S.; Neuenschwander, G.G.

    1988-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) is developing a low-temperature, catalytic process that converts high-moisture biomass feedstocks and other wet organic substances to useful gaseous and liquid fuels. The advantage of this process is that it works without the need for drying or dewatering the feedstock. Conventional thermal gasification processes, which require temperatures above 750/degree/C and air or oxygen for combustion to supply reaction heat, generally cannot utilize feedstocks with moisture contents above 50 wt %, as the conversion efficiency is greatly reduced as a result of the drying step. For this reason, anaerobic digestion or other bioconversion processes traditionally have been used for gasification of high-moisture feedstocks. However, these processes suffer from slow reaction rates and incomplete carbon conversion. 50 refs., 21 figs., 22 tabs.

  8. ANALYSIS OF THE AXIAL GAP VS FIBERBOARD MOISTURE CONTENT IN A 9975 SHIPPING PACKAGE

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    Daugherty, W.

    2013-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

    The fiberboard assembly within a 9975 shipping package contains a modest amount of moisture, which can migrate to the cooler regions of the package when an internal heat load is present. Typically, this leads to increased moisture levels in the bottom fiberboard layers, along with elevated chloride levels which can leach from the fiberboard. Concerns have been raised that this condition could lead to corrosion of the stainless steel drum. It has been postulated that checking the axial gap at the top of the package against the current 1 inch maximum criterion provides a sufficient indication regarding the integrity of the fiberboard and drum. This report estimates the increase in axial gap that might be expected for a given moisture increase in the bottom fiberboard layers, and the likelihood that the increase will create a nonconforming condition that will lead to identification of the moisture increase. Using data relating the fiberboard moisture content with the degree of compaction under load, the present analysis indicates that the axial gap will increase by 0.282 inch as the bottom fiberboard layers approach the saturation point. This increase will cause approximately 58% of packages with otherwise nominal package component dimensions to fail the axial gap criterion, based on a survey of axial gap values recorded in K-Area surveillance activities. As the moisture content increases above saturation, the predicted increase in axial gap jumps to 0.405 inch, which would result in 92% or more of all packages failing the axial gap criterion. The data and analysis described in this report are specific to cane fiberboard. While it is expected that softwood fiberboard will behave similarly, such behavior has not yet been demonstrated.

  9. Multiscale characterization and analysis of shapes

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    Prasad, Lakshman (Los Alamos, NM); Rao, Ramana (Sunnyvale, CA)

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An adaptive multiscale method approximates shapes with continuous or uniformly and densely sampled contours, with the purpose of sparsely and nonuniformly discretizing the boundaries of shapes at any prescribed resolution, while at the same time retaining the salient shape features at that resolution. In another aspect, a fundamental geometric filtering scheme using the Constrained Delaunay Triangulation (CDT) of polygonized shapes creates an efficient parsing of shapes into components that have semantic significance dependent only on the shapes' structure and not on their representations per se. A shape skeletonization process generalizes to sparsely discretized shapes, with the additional benefit of prunability to filter out irrelevant and morphologically insignificant features. The skeletal representation of characters of varying thickness and the elimination of insignificant and noisy spurs and branches from the skeleton greatly increases the robustness, reliability and recognition rates of character recognition algorithms.

  10. Functional requirements to shape generation in CAD

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    Chung, Jinpyung, 1967-

    2003-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An outstanding issue in computer-aided design (CAD) is the creation of geometric shapes from the description of functional requirements (FRs). This thesis presents a method that can generate assembled shapes from the given ...

  11. Tropical synoptic scale moisture fields observed from the Nimbus-7 SMMR

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    Fink, Jeffrey David

    1989-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    TROPICAL SYNOPTIC SCALE MOISTURE FIELDS OBSERVED FROM THE NIMBUS ? 7 SMMR A Thesis by JEFFREY DAVID FINK Submitted to the OfFice of Graduate Studies of Texas AkM University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER... ( iliember) AIarshnll J. 1VIcVnrlnnd ( (tlemb er ) James Il. Scoggins (Read of Departnrent) i%lay 1989 ns ABSTRACT Tropical Synoptic Scale Moisture Fields Observed from the NIMBUS ? 7 SMMR. (May 1989) Jefl'rey David Fink, B. S. , Texas A...

  12. Study of the moisture-fertility requirements of cotton in the Brazos River Valley, 1957

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    Keese, Carroll Wayne

    1958-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of the moisture level imposed, and that water was not used efficiently from the two to five-foot zone. Hamilton and Stanberry (2) investigated the effects of varying rates of nitrogen fertilizer on the need of cotton for irrigation at Yuma, Arizona...LIBRARY II a III COLLEI:. e& 7EXAs STUDY OF THE MOISTURE-FERTILITY REQUIREMENTS OF COTTON IN THE BRAZOS RIVER VALLEY - 1957 A Thesis by CARROLL VIAYNE KEESE Submitted to the Graduate School of the Agricultural and Mechanical College...

  13. The effects of soil moisture on the phytotoxicity of a microwave field

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    Whatley, Thomas Lamar

    1974-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    THF. FFFECTS OF SOIL MOISTURE ON THE PHYTOTOXICITY OF A MICROWAVE FIELD A Thesis THOMAS LAMAR WHATLEY Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE... August 1974 Ma5or Sub)ect: Agronomy THE EFFECTS OF SOIL MOISTURE ON THE PHYTOTOXICITY OF A MICROHAVE FIELD A Thesis by THOMAS LAMAR VHATLEY Approved as to style and content by: (Chairman of Committee) (Head of Department) Member) ( t) August...

  14. A climatology of tropical moisture bursts in the eastern North Pacific Ocean

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    Smith, Neil Ray

    1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A CLIil'IATOLOGY OF TROFICAL MOISTURE BURSTS IN THF. EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN A Theseus NEIL R A Y SMITH Submitted to the Graduate College of' Texas AKIil University in partial fulfil)nient of the requirements I'o. the degree of MASTER... OF SCIENCE December 1986 M;i;iir Subject: Meteorology A CLIMATOLOGY OF TROPICAL MOISTURE BURSTS IN THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN A Thesis NEIL RAY SMITH Approved as to style and content by: James P. McE uirk (Co-Chairman) ylmer H, Thompson (Co...

  15. Engineering Notes Ice Shape Characterization Using

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    Tino, Peter

    Engineering Notes Ice Shape Characterization Using Self-Organizing Maps Stephen T. McClain Baylor. Introduction DURING the validation and verification of ice accretion codes, predicted ice shapes must be compared with experimental measurements of wind-tunnel or atmospheric ice shapes. Current methods for ice

  16. Examining the Relationship between Antecedent Soil Moisture and Summer Precipitation in the U.S. Great Plains

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    Meng, Lei

    2010-01-14T23:59:59.000Z

    ............................................................................................. 67 5.2 Spatial variations in the soil moisture-precipitation relationship............ 67 5.3 Temporal variations in the soil moisture-precipitation relationship ....... 71 5.4 Persistence of spatial patterns in SM anomalies... ..................................... 74 5.5 Temporal variations in the relationship between GP summer precipitation and Ni?o SSTs ................................................................... 75 5.6 SST persistence versus SM persistence...

  17. Effect of grid size on runoff and soil moisture for a variable-source-area hydrology model

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    Walter, M.Todd

    landscapes are dependent on the distribution and pattern of soil moisture and water transport. In this paper for efficient manage- ment of water quality [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1994, 1995, 1996Effect of grid size on runoff and soil moisture for a variable-source-area hydrology model Wen

  18. A Shape Memory Polymer with Improved Shape Recovery* Changdeng Liu1

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    A Shape Memory Polymer with Improved Shape Recovery* Changdeng Liu1 and Patrick T. Mather2 1 ABSTRACT Thermally actuated shape memory polymers (SMPs) interest, both academically and industrially, due process for SMPs is usually retarded compared to that of shape memory alloys, because the thermal

  19. Two-way Antagonistic Shape Actuation Based on the One-way Shape Memory Effect

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    Wadley, Haydn

    Two-way Antagonistic Shape Actuation Based on the One-way Shape Memory Effect A. Y. N. SOFLA,* D. M constrained NiTi shape memory alloys (SMAs) significantly exceeds that required to deform (detwin) its low temperature martensitic phase. The one-way shape memory effect can therefore be used to create antagonistic

  20. Z. B. He et al., Nickel catalyst shape Etchant-induced shaping of nanoparticle

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Z. B. He et al., Nickel catalyst shape - 1 - Etchant-induced shaping of nanoparticle catalysts al., Nickel catalyst shape - 2 - Abstract Carbon nanofibres (CNFs) obtained by plasma-00525194,version1-11Oct2010 #12;Z. B. He et al., Nickel catalyst shape - 3 - 1 Introduction Vertically

  1. SOIL MOISTURE RETENTION CHARACTERISTICS AND HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY FOR DIFFERENT AREAS IN INDIA IN SELECTED STATES

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    Kumar, C.P.

    systems require knowledge of the relationships between soil moisture content (), soil water pressure (h and water content relationship, hydraulic conductivity and water content relationship of the soil, saturated conductivity is affected markedly by the volumetric water content of soil. The relation between matric

  2. MOISTURE EFFECT ON DURABILITY OF AXIALLY LOADED CONCRETE-FILLED TUBULAR FRP PILES

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    MOISTURE EFFECT ON DURABILITY OF AXIALLY LOADED CONCRETE-FILLED TUBULAR FRP PILES Miguel Pando, Ph_rizkalla@ncsu.edu ABSTRACT Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite piles are a possible foundation alternative for projects located in harsh marine environments. Problems associated with traditional pile materials used in harsh

  3. Feasibility study of prompt gamma neutron activation for NDT measurement of moisture in stone and brick

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    Livingston, R. A.; Al-Sheikhly, M. [Materials Science and Engineering Dept., U. of Maryland, College Park MD 20742 (United States); Grissom, C.; Aloiz, E. [Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC 20746 (United States); Paul, R. [Chemical Sciences Division, NIST, Gaithersburg MD 20899 (United States)

    2014-02-18T23:59:59.000Z

    The conservation of stone and brick architecture or sculpture often involves damage caused by moisture. The feasibility of a NDT method based on prompt gamma neutron activation (PGNA) for measuring the element hydrogen as an indication of water is being evaluated. This includes systematic characterization of the lithology and physical properties of seven building stones and one brick type used in the buildings of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. To determine the required dynamic range of the NDT method, moisture-related properties were measured by standard methods. Cold neutron PGNA was also used to determine chemically bound water (CBW) content. The CBW does not damage porous masonry, but creates an H background that defines the minimum level of detection of damaging moisture. The CBW was on the order of 0.5% for all the stones. This rules out the measurement of hygric processes in all of the stones and hydric processed for the stones with fine scale pore-size distributions The upper bound of moisture content, set by porosity through water immersion, was on the order of 5%. The dynamic range is about 10–20. The H count rates were roughly 1–3 cps. Taking into account differences in neutron energies and fluxes and sample volume between cold PGNA and a portable PGNA instrument, it appears that it is feasible to apply PGNA in the field.

  4. A Satellite Study of Tropical Moist Convection and Environmental Variability: A Moisture and Thermal Budget Analysis

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    Masunaga, Hirohiko

    radiometer and scatterometer aboard different platforms. Satellite measurements of atmospheric parameters of moisture and dry static energy and their vertical flux at cloud base from satellite observations alone convergence for highly organized systems; 2) FT diabatic heating is largely offset on an instantaneous basis

  5. Passive microwave soil moisture downscaling using evaporative fraction Olivier Merlin1

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    stations (METFLUX) and six flights of the L-band Push Broom Microwave Radiometer (PBMR). For each PBMR fraction (EF), which is the ratio of the evapotranspiration to the total energy available at the surface, especially for high soil moisture values. Those results illustrate the potential use of high

  6. Evaluation of ERS Scatterometer soil moisture products over a half-degree region in Southwestern France

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    . Based on a high resolution soil moisture simulation (1km²) validated at the local scale, the ERS in the water and energy exchanges between the land surface and the atmosphere. Several authors have shown027231 #12;Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sensors such as the AMSR-E radiometer (since 2002

  7. Soil moisture variability of root zone profiles within SMEX02 remote sensing footprints

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    as the par- titioning of incoming solar radiation and long wave radia- tion into outgoing long wave radiation.e., various active and passive microwave sensors), which provide mean sur- face soil moisture (0­5 cm) values footprints can provide a blueprint to design ground-based experiments and net- works and to efficiently use

  8. Characterization of fracture patterns and hygric properties for moisture flow modelling in cracked concrete

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    of building materials is far from complete. The pore structure of the material itself may change over time assessment, not only of building and building components, but of any built structure in general structures, as well as on the health and comfort of their occupants. Any analysis of moisture transfer

  9. The Effects of Roof Membrane Color on Moisture Accumulation in Low-slope Commercial Roof Systems

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    Kehrer, Manfred [ORNL

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The use of highly reflective roof membrane systems is being promoted and in some cases required in energy codes and green building codes and standards. Highly reflective membranes, which typically are light in color, have demonstrated reduced overall energy consumption in cooling dominated climate. These membranes also are theorized to reduce the heat island effect. Concern has been expressed about using highly reflective roof membrane systems in cool to cold climate zones because they potentially increase moisture accumulation in roof systems. Roof membranes are vapor retarders. The theory is that highly reflective membranes reflect the heat that could enter the roof assembly, potentially providing a condensing surface on the cold side of the roof assembly during winter months. The other concern is that roof systems using highly reflective membranes will not get hot enough during the summer months to dry out moisture that may have condensed or otherwise entered the roof assembly. This study focuses on mechanically attached, highly reflective, single-ply roof systems installed on low-slope (less than 2:12) structures in cool to cold climate zones. Three sources of data are considered when determining the moisture accumulation potential of these systems. 1.Test roof cuts taken during the winter months 2.Modeling data from a building envelope model specifically designed to evaluate moisture accumulation 3.Data from previous studies to determine the effects of roof membrane color on the drying rate of low-slope roof assemblies

  10. ASSESSMENT OF BISCUIT MOISTURE AND BISCUIT BROWNING Jens Michael Carstensen1

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    weight moisture measurements. The data set includes biscuits from different lines and both hot and cooled. The imaging system, VideometerLab (www.videometer.com) captures 18 high resolution spectral images representations may be estimated in both the biscuit center region and in the edge/corner region. CIELAB

  11. Uncertainties in Estimating Moisture Fluxes over the Intra-Americas Sea ALBERTO M. MESTAS-NUEZ

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    by these uncertainties. Therefore, NCEP­ NCAR reanalysis, with its global coverage and long-term record, can be used-third of all the summer moisture that enters the continental United States is transported by the GPLLJ (Helfand United States. Future re- search aimed at understanding summer precipitation must therefore deal

  12. Monitoring ET, Soil Moisture Saves Farmers Water, Energy, Time and Money

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    Nebraska-Lincoln, University of

    Monitoring ET, Soil Moisture Saves Farmers Water, Energy, Time and Money By Sandi Alswager Karstens irrigation," said Gary Zoubek, extension educator in York County. "Using these tools not only saves energy that these two tools used together can save two to three inches of irrigation water per season, he said

  13. Fuel moisture influences on fire-altered carbon in masticated fuels: An experimental study

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    ] Biomass burning is a significant contributor to atmospheric carbon emissions but may also provide mastication (mechanical forest thinning) and fire convert biomass to black carbon is essential moisture and its role in dictating both the quantity and quality of the carbon produced in masticated fuel

  14. Effectiveness of vertical moisture barriers in highway pavements on expansive soils

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    Jayatilaka, Ranasinghege

    1993-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    finite element program, FLODEF, which couples moisture flow and elasticity was calibrated to reproduce the field observations of the suction in each of the locations. The program was then used to perform a study of the effects of climatic zone, degree...

  15. Evapotranspiration and regional probabilities of soil moisture stress in rainfed crops, southern India

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    Biggs, Trent

    India Trent W. Biggs a, *, Prasanta K. Mishra b , Hugh Turral c a Department of Geography, San Diego 0902; fax: +1 619 594 4938. E-mail addresses: tbiggs@mail.sdsu.edu (T.W. Biggs), pkmbellary in press as: Biggs, T.W. et al., Evapotranspiration and regional probabilities of soil moisture stress

  16. The effects of moisture and particle size of feedlot biomass on co-firing burner performance 

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    Chen, Chen-Jung

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    increased from 350 ppm to 650 ppm while CO decreased from 46,000 ppm to 18,000 ppm (data measured at the first probe, 6" from the burner). The external water injection used to simulate high moisture FB decreased the pollutant emissions (NO[]) from 570 ppm...

  17. Modeling studies of gas movement and moisture migration at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Tsang, Y.W.; Pruess, K. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)

    1991-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Modeling studies on moisture redistribution processes that are mediated by gas phase flow and diffusion have been carried out. The problem addressed is the effect of a lowered humidity of the soil gas at the land surface on moisture removal from Yucca Mountain, the potential site for a high-level nuclear waste repository. At the land surface, humid formation gas contacts much drier atmospheric air. Near this contact, the humidity of the soil gas may be considerably lower than at greater depth, where the authors expect equilibrium with the liquid phase and close to 100% humidity. The lower relative humidity of the soil gas may be modeled by imposing, at the land surface, an additional negative capillary suction corresponding to vapor pressure lowering according to Kelvin`s Equation, thus providing a driving force for the upward movement of moisture in both the vapor and liquid phases. Sensitivity studies show that moisture removal from Yucca Mountain arising from the lowered-relative-humidity boundary condition is controlled by vapor diffusion. There is much experimental evidence in the soil literature that diffusion of vapor is enhanced due to pore-level phase change effects by a few orders of magnitude. Modeling results presented here will account for this enhancement in vapor diffusion.

  18. UNCORRECTEDPROOF 1 Towards deterministic downscaling of SMOS soil moisture using MODIS derived soil

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    Boyer, Edmond

    of environmental applications including meteor- 33 ology, hydrology, water resource management and climatology. 34UNCORRECTEDPROOF 1 Towards deterministic downscaling of SMOS soil moisture using MODIS derived soil Kerr b 4 a Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia 5 b Centre d

  19. Atmospheric Moisture Transports from Ocean to Land and Global Energy Flows in Reanalyses

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    Fasullo, John

    Atmospheric Moisture Transports from Ocean to Land and Global Energy Flows in Reanalyses KEVIN E energy and hydrological cycles from eight current atmospheric reanalyses and their depiction of changes over time. A brief evaluation of the water and energy cycles in the latest version of the NCAR climate

  20. Hillslope-scale soil moisture estimation with a physically-based ecohydrology model and L-band microwave remote sensing observations from space

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    Flores, Alejandro Nicolas

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Soil moisture is a critical hydrosphere state variable that links the global water, energy, and carbon cycles. Knowledge of soil moisture at scales of individual hillslopes (10's to 100's of meters) is critical to advancing ...

  1. Radiation source with shaped emission

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    Kubiak, Glenn D.; Sweatt, William C.

    2003-05-13T23:59:59.000Z

    Employing a source of radiation, such as an electric discharge source, that is equipped with a capillary region configured into some predetermined shape, such as an arc or slit, can significantly improve the amount of flux delivered to the lithographic wafers while maintaining high efficiency. The source is particularly suited for photolithography systems that employs a ringfield camera. The invention permits the condenser which delivers critical illumination to the reticle to be simplified from five or more reflective elements to a total of three or four reflective elements thereby increasing condenser efficiency. It maximizes the flux delivered and maintains a high coupling efficiency. This architecture couples EUV radiation from the discharge source into a ring field lithography camera.

  2. Characterization of Shape Memory Alloys Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Valasek, John

    1 Characterization of Shape Memory Alloys Using Artificial Neural Networks Jim Henrickson, Kenton ­ Shape Memory Alloys ­ Artificial Neural Networks Process ­ Implement Shape Memory Alloy Model;3 Introduction Shape memory alloys (SMAs) ­ Active material: material that undergoes macroscopic change

  3. Shaping Tomorrow's Wind Energy Leaders | Department of Energy

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    Shaping Tomorrow's Wind Energy Leaders Shaping Tomorrow's Wind Energy Leaders Addthis Duration 2:22 Topic Wind Science Education...

  4. Effect of process variables on the density and durability of the pellets made from high moisture corn stover

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    Jaya Shankar Tumuluru

    2014-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A flat die pellet mill was used to understand the effect of high levels of feedstock moisture content in the range of 28–38% (w.b.), with die rotational speeds of 40–60 Hz, and preheating temperatures of 30–110 °C on the pelleting characteristics of 4.8 mm screen size ground corn stover using an 8 mm pellet die. The physical properties of the pelletised biomass studied are: (a) pellet moisture content, (b) unit, bulk and tapped density, and (c) durability. Pelletisation experiments were conducted based on central composite design. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) indicated that feedstock moisture content influenced all of the physical properties at P < 0.001. Pellet moisture content decreased with increase in preheating temperature to about 110 °C and decreasing the feedstock moisture content to about 28% (w.b.). Response surface models developed for quality attributes with respect to process variables has adequately described the process with coefficient of determination (R2) values of >0.88. The other pellet quality attributes such as unit, bulk, tapped density, were maximised at feedstock moisture content of 30–33% (w.b.), die speeds of >50 Hz and preheating temperature of >90 °C. In case of durability a medium moisture content of 33–34% (w.b.) and preheating temperatures of >70 °C and higher die speeds >50 Hz resulted in high durable pellets. It can be concluded from the present study that feedstock moisture content, followed by preheating, and die rotational speed are the interacting process variables influencing pellet moisture content, unit, bulk and tapped density and durability.

  5. Post polymerization cure shape memory polymers

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    Wilson, Thomas S; Hearon, Michael Keith; Bearinger, Jane P

    2014-11-11T23:59:59.000Z

    This invention relates to chemical polymer compositions, methods of synthesis, and fabrication methods for devices regarding polymers capable of displaying shape memory behavior (SMPs) and which can first be polymerized to a linear or branched polymeric structure, having thermoplastic properties, subsequently processed into a device through processes typical of polymer melts, solutions, and dispersions and then crossed linked to a shape memory thermoset polymer retaining the processed shape.

  6. Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic Documents: ARCGIS Shape...

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    toolslistarcgis-shape-files Transport Toolkit Region(s): Africa & Middle East Shapefiles for ArcGIS. Users can use the files for analysis of African nations' transport...

  7. Wedding ring shaped excitation coil

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    MacLennan, Donald A. (Gaithersburg, MD); Tsai, Peter (Olney, MD)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A high frequency inductively coupled electrodeless lamp includes an excitation coil with an effective electrical length which is less than one half wavelength of a driving frequency applied thereto, preferably much less. The driving frequency may be greater than 100 MHz and is preferably as high as 915 MHz. Preferably, the excitation coil is configured as a non-helical, semi-cylindrical conductive surface having less than one turn, in the general shape of a wedding ring. At high frequencies, the current in the coil forms two loops which are spaced apart and parallel to each other. Configured appropriately, the coil approximates a Helmholtz configuration. The lamp preferably utilizes an bulb encased in a reflective ceramic cup with a pre-formed aperture defined therethrough. The ceramic cup may include structural features to aid in alignment and/or a flanged face to aid in thermal management. The lamp head is preferably an integrated lamp head comprising a metal matrix composite surrounding an insulating ceramic with the excitation integrally formed on the ceramic. A novel solid-state oscillator preferably provides RF power to the lamp. The oscillator is a single active element device capable of providing over 70 watts of power at over 70% efficiency.

  8. Substrate Moisture Content Effects on Growth and Shelf Life of Angelonia angustifolia

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    Bingham, Alison

    2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

    [Impatiens walleriana (Hook.)], petunia, salvia [Salvia splendens Sellow (ex Roemer & J.A. Schultes)] and vinca [Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don.] for an extended period of time despite varying plant sizes with little to no runoff and wastage of water... moisture sensors and solenoid valves interfaced to an irrigation controller. When ? dropped below the set point, the controller opened solenoid valves and the impatiens, petunias, salvia, and vinca were irrigated and substrate water content was returned...

  9. Influence of Airflow on Laboratory Storage of High Moisture Corn Stover

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    Lynn M. Wendt; Ian J. Bonner; Amber N. Hoover; Rachel M. Emerson; William A. Smith

    2014-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Storing high moisture biomass for bioenergy use is a reality in many areas of the country where wet harvest conditions and environmental factors prevent dry storage from being feasible. Aerobic storage of high moisture biomass leads to microbial degradation and self-heating, but oxygen limitation can aid in material preservation. To understand the influence of oxygen presence on high moisture biomass (50 %, wet basis), three airflow rates were tested on corn stover stored in laboratory reactors. Temperature, carbon dioxide production, dry matter loss, chemical composition, fungal abundance, pH, and organic acids were used to monitor the effects of airflow on storage conditions. The results of this work indicate that oxygen availability impacts both the duration of self-heating and the severity of dry matter loss. High airflow systems experienced the greatest initial rates of loss but a shortened microbially active period that limited total dry matter loss (19 %). Intermediate airflow had improved preservation in short-term storage compared to high airflow systems but accumulated the greatest dry matter loss over time (up to 27 %) as a result of an extended microbially active period. Low airflow systems displayed the best performance with the lowest rates of loss and total loss (10 %) in storage at 50 days. Total structural sugar levels of the stored material were preserved, although glucan enrichment and xylan loss were documented in the high and intermediate flow conditions. By understanding the role of oxygen availability on biomass storage performance, the requirements for high moisture storage solutions may begin to be experimentally defined.

  10. Biochemical changes in the proteins of sorghum grain during moisture reconstitution

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    Billings, Toby Jackson

    1972-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    MICROORGANISM INHABITING SORGHUM GRAIN AFTER RECONSTITUTION Medium Growth Acid Gas MR VP Nitrate Reduction Mannose yes yes no Glucose yes yes no Sucrose yes no no Gal actos e yes yes no Mannitol Starch Maltose yes yes yes no no yes...BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES IN THE PROTEINS OF SORGHUM GRAIN DURING MOISTURE RECONSTITUTION A Thesis by TOBY JACKSON BILLINGS Submitted to the Graduate College of the Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree...

  11. Energy Balance Partitioning and Net Radiation Controls on Soil Moisture – Precipitation Feedbacks

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    Jones, Aubrey R.; Brunsell, Nathaniel A.

    2009-01-14T23:59:59.000Z

    in determining regional weather and climate. Although this idea has been widely accepted, an under- standing of the physical processes and the scales over which these interactions occur remains somewhat limited. Improving the current understanding... of these relationships has important implications for increasing predictability of local weather and climate. According to Barros and Hwu (Barros and Hwu 2002), the basis of studies on land–atmosphere interactions is the idea that moisture and energy gradients across a...

  12. Effect of external stress on moisture diffusion in an epoxy resin and its composite material 

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    Henson, Michael Chamberlain

    1986-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ) Michael Chamberlain Henson, B. S. , Texas A&N University Chairman of Advisory Comnittee: Dr. Y. Weitsman The effects of stress on moisture diffusion in a graphite epoxy composrte material have been studied experimentally by examining the correspondrng... diffusion at all stress levels while the graphite epoxy generated results indicative of Non-Fickean, . concentration dependent diffusion at different levels of stress. The external stress affected both materials in a similar manner, causing...

  13. Effect of an external stress on moisture diffusion in composite materials 

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    Porth, Edward John

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    . . 49 LIST OF FIGURES Figure Page Cure Cycle for Hexcel F155 Graphite/Epoxy. . Cure Cycle for Narmco M329-7 Adhesive. Final Configuration of the Graphite/Epoxy and Stainless Steel Tensile Coupons. Load Frame Used to Stress Tensile Coupons During...-ply laminates absorbed more moisture than unidirectional laminates. However, it was also noted that cross-ply laminates are less compact than unidirectional laminates. Gillat and Broutman [5] subjected bidirectional graphite/epoxy laminates to external loads...

  14. Moisture performance of sealed attics in the mixed-humid climate

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    Boudreaux, Philip R [ORNL; Pallin, Simon B [ORNL; Jackson, Roderick K [ORNL

    2013-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory studied 8 homes in the mixed-humid climate, 4 with vented attics and 4 with sealed attics. ORNL wanted to understand the moisture performance of the sealed attic and how it affected the interior environment. We found that the attic and interior of sealed attic homes were more humid than the attic and interior observed in vented attic homes. This is due to the lack of ventilation in the sealed attic. Historically attics have been vented to dehumidify the attic and interior of the home. A sealed attic design greatly reduces the venting potential and thus this drying pathway and can cause elevated interior moisture over a vented attic home. Despite the elevated attic and interior moisture in the sealed attic homes, so far no mold or material degradation has been found. The roof sheathing moisture content has stayed below 20%, indicating low potential for material degradation. Also the relative humidity at the roof sheathing has stayed within the ASHRAE 160 design criteria except for a short time during the 2011/2012 winter. This was due to a combination of the sealed attic design (minimal venting to the outside) and the duct work not being operated in the attic which usually provides a dehumidification pathway. It was also found that when the humidity was controlled using the HVAC system, it resulted in 7% more cooling energy consumption. In the mixed-humid climate this reduces the cost effectiveness of the sealed attic design as a solution for bringing ducts into a semi-conditioned space. Because of this we are recommending the other alternatives be used to bringing ducts into the conditioned space in both new construction and retrofit work in the mixed-humid climate.

  15. Preliminary non-destructive assessment of moisture content, hydration and dielectric properties of Portland cement concrete

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    Avelar Lezama, Ivan

    2007-04-25T23:59:59.000Z

    PRELIMINARY NON-DESTRUCTIVE ASSESSMENT OF MOISTURE CONTENT, HYDRATION AND DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE A Thesis by IVAN AVELAR LEZAMA Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A... AND DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE A Thesis by IVAN AVELAR LEZAMA Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE...

  16. Size reduction of high- and low-moisture corn stalks by linear knife grid system

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    Womac, A.R. [University of Tennessee; Igathinathane, C. [Mississippi State University (MSU); Sokhansanj, Shahabaddine [ORNL; Narayan, S. [First American Scientific Co.

    2009-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    High- and low-moisture corn stalks were tested using a linear knife grid size reduction device developed for first-stage size reduction. The device was used in conjunction with a universal test machine that quantified shearing stress and energy characteristics for forcing a bed of corn stalks through a grid of sharp knives. No published engineering performance data for corn stover with similar devices are available to optimize performance; however, commercial knife grid systems exist for forage size reduction. From the force displacement data, mean and maximum ultimate shear stresses, cumulative and peak mass-based cutting energies for corn stalks, and mean new surface area-based cutting energies were determined from 4 5 refill runs at two moisture contents (78.8% and 11.3% wet basis), three knife grid spacings (25.4, 50.8, and 101.6 mm), and three bed depths (50.8, 101.6, and 152.4 mm). In general, the results indicated that peak failure load, ultimate shear stress, and cutting energy values varied directly with bed depth and inversely with knife grid spacing. Mean separation analysis established that high- and low-moisture conditions and bed depths 101.6 mm did not differ significantly (P < 0.05) for ultimate stress and cutting energy values, but knife grid spacing were significantly different. Linear knife grid cutting energy requirements for both moisture conditions of corn stalks were much smaller than reported cutting energy requirements. Ultimate shear stress and cutting energy results of this research should aid the engineering design of commercial scale linear knife gird size reduction equipment for various biomass feedstocks.

  17. Tertiary nitrogen heterocyclic material to reduce moisture-induced damage in asphalt-aggregate mixtures

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    Plancher, Henry (Laramie, WY); Petersen, Joseph C. (Laramie, WY)

    1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Asphalt-aggregate roads crack when subjected to freezing and thawing cycles. Herein, the useful life of asphalts are substantially improved by a minor amount of a moisture damage inhibiting agent selected from compounds having a pyridine moiety, including acid salts of such compounds. A shale oil fraction may serve as the source of the improving agent and may simply be blended with conventional petroleum asphalts.

  18. The shape dynamics description of gravity

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    Tim Koslowski

    2015-01-13T23:59:59.000Z

    Classical gravity can be described as a relational dynamical system without ever appealing to spacetime or its geometry. This description is the so-called shape dynamics description of gravity. The existence of relational first principles from which the shape dynamics description of gravity can be derived is a motivation to consider shape dynamics (rather than GR) as the fundamental description of gravity. Adopting this point of view leads to the question: What is the role of spacetime in the shape dynamics description of gravity? This question contains many aspects: Compatibility of shape dynamics with the description of gravity in terms of spacetime geometry, the role of local Minkowski space, universality of spacetime geometry and the nature of quantum particles, which can no longer be assumed to be irreducible representations of the Poincare group. In this contribution I derive effective spacetime structures by considering how matter fluctuations evolve along with shape dynamics. This evolution reveals an "experienced spacetime geometry." This leads (in an idealized approximation) to local Minkowski space and causal relations. The small scale structure of the emergent geometric picture depends on the specific probes used to experience spacetime, which limits the applicability of effective spacetime to describe shape dynamics. I conclude with discussing the nature of quantum fluctuations (particles) in shape dynamics and how local Minkowski spacetime emerges from the evolution of quantum particles.

  19. Shape Dynamics in 2+1 Dimensions

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    Timothy Budd; Tim Koslowski

    2011-07-07T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape Dynamics is a formulation of General Relativity where refoliation invariance is traded for local spatial conformal invariance. In this paper we explicitly construct Shape Dynamics for a torus universe in 2+1 dimensions through a linking gauge theory that ensures dynamical equivalence with General Relativity. The Hamiltonian we obtain is formally a reduced phase space Hamiltonian. The construction of the Shape Dynamics Hamiltonian on higher genus surfaces is not explicitly possible, but we give an explicit expansion of the Shape Dynamics Hamiltonian for large CMC volume. The fact that all local constraints are linear in momenta allows us to quantize these explicitly, and the quantization problem for Shape Dynamics turns out to be equivalent to reduced phase space quantization. We consider the large CMC-volume asymptotics of conformal transformations of the wave function. We then use the similarity of Shape Dynamics on the 2-torus with the explicitly constructible strong gravity (BKL) Shape Dynamics Hamiltonian in higher dimensions to suggest a quantization strategy for Shape Dynamics.

  20. Hypothesis Testing with Nonlinear Shape Models

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    Utah, University of

    a large number of parameters that lie in nonlinear spaces, and so traditional statistical analysis tools a method for two-sample hypothesis testing for statistical shape analysis using nonlinear shape models. Our approach uses a true multivariate permutation test that is invariant to the scale of different model

  1. Impact of Hillslope-Scale Organization of Topography, Soil Moisture, Soil Temperature, and Vegetation on Modeling Surface Microwave Radiation Emission

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    Flores, Alejandro N.

    Microwave radiometry will emerge as an important tool for global remote sensing of near-surface soil moisture in the coming decade. In this modeling study, we find that hillslope-scale topography (tens of meters) influences ...

  2. Dynamic Analysis of Moisture Transport Through Walls and Associated Cooling Loads in the Hot/Humid Climate of Florianopolis, Brazil

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    Mendes, N.; Winkelmann, F. C.; Lamberts, R.; Philippi, P. C.; Da Cunha, Neto, J. A. B.

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We describe the use of a dynamic model of combined heat and mass transfer to analyze the effects on cooling loads of transient moisture storage and transport through walls with porous building materials, under varying boundary conditions...

  3. A wireless soil moisture smart sensor web using physics-based optimal control: Concept and initial demonstrations

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    Moghaddam, Mahta

    This paper introduces a new concept for a smart wireless sensor web technology for optimal measurements of surface-to-depth profiles of soil moisture using in-situ sensors. The objective of the technology, supported by the ...

  4. Precipitation and soil impacts on partitioning of subsurface moisture in Avena barbata: Observations from a greenhouse experiment

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    Salve, R.; Torn, M.S.

    2011-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The primary objective of this study was to assess the impact of two grassland soils and precipitation regimes on soil-moisture dynamics. We set up an experiment in a greenhouse, and monitored soil moisture dynamics in mesocosms planted with Avena barbata, an annual species found in California grasslands. By repeating the precipitation input at regular intervals, we were able to observe plant manipulation of soil moisture during well-defined periods during the growing season. We found that the amount of water partitioned to evapotranspiration, seepage, and soil storage varied among different growth stages. Further, both soil type and precipitation regimes had a significant impact on redistributing soil moisture. Whereas in the low-precipitation treatments most water was released to the atmosphere as evapotranspiration, major losses from the high-precipitation treatment occurred as gravity drainage. Observations from this study emphasize the importance of understanding intra-seasonal relationships between vegetation, soil, and water.

  5. Moisture Flux Convergence in Regional and Global Climate Models: Implications for Droughts in the Southwestern United States Under Climate Change

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    Gao, Yanhong; Leung, Lai-Yung R.; Salathe, E.; Dominguez, Francina; Nijssen, Bart; Lettenmaier, D. P.

    2012-05-10T23:59:59.000Z

    The water cycle of the southwestern United States (SW) is dominated by winter storms that maintain a positive annual net precipitation. Analysis of the control and future climate from four pairs of regional and global climate models (RCMs and GCMs) shows that the RCMs simulate a higher fraction of transient eddy moisture fluxes because the hydrodynamic instabilities associated with flow over complex terrain are better resolved. Under global warming, this enables the RCMs to capture the response of transient eddies to increased atmospheric stability that allows more moisture to converge on the windward side of the mountains by blocking. As a result, RCMs simulate enhanced transient eddy moisture convergence in the SW compared to GCMs, although both robustly simulate drying due to enhanced moisture divergence by the divergent mean flow in a warmer climate. This enhanced convergence leads to reduced susceptibility to hydrological change in the RCMs compared to GCMs.

  6. Shape memory response of ni2mnga and nimncoin magnetic shape memory alloys under compression

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    Brewer, Andrew Lee

    2009-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    In this study, the shape memory response of Ni2MnGa and NiMnCoIn magnetic shape memory alloys was observed under compressive stresses. Ni2MnGa is a magnetic shape memory alloy (MSMA) that has been shown to exhibit fully reversible, stressassisted...

  7. Timber shapes the future | This is London Timber shapes the future

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    Timber shapes the future | This is London Timber shapes the future By David Spittles 02.10.03 Add Fire of London, but nearly 350 years later, a refined version is staging a comeback. Increasingly, wood;Timber shapes the future | This is London Until a few years ago, timber-frame construction was a cottage

  8. Voltage controlled MESFET pulse shape generator

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    Burkhart, S.C.

    1994-10-26T23:59:59.000Z

    A programmable pulse shape generator capable of producing pulse shapes for Nova and Beamlet has been designed and simulated using the circuit code SPICE. The design utilizes power MESFETS, which are commonly used in microwave amplifiers. The pulse shape is varied by setting a bias voltage on each in a chain of MESFETS with a 200 ps temporal resolution. The electrical pulse then drives an integrated electro-optic modulator similar to what is on Beamlet. Pulse shapes 22 and 25, used on Nova, have been generated by this design. There is no fundamental barrier to making such a pulse generator for use on the National Ignition Facility. In fact, the longer time scales on the NIF pulse will ease the high speed requirements of the pulse shape generator allowing the use of less expensive components. The next step will be to build a prototype circuit for initial testing on Beamlet and Nova.

  9. Moisture and temperature effects on curvature of anti-symmetric cross-ply graphite/epoxy laminates 

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    Lott, Randall Stephen

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE EFFECTS ON CURVATURE OF ANTI-SYMMETRIC CROSS-PLY GRAPHITE/EPOXY LAMINATES A Thesis by RANDALL STEPHEN LOTT Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirement... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE December 1980 Major Subject: Mechanical Engineering MOISTURE AND TEMPERATURE EFFECTS ON CURVATURE OF ANTI-SYMMETRIC CROSS-PLY GRAPHITE/EPOXY LAMINATES A Thesis by RANDALL STEPHEN LOTT Approved as to style and content...

  10. IMPACTS OF SOIL MOISTURE VARIABILITY ON CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS THROUGH LAND-ATMOSPHERE FEEDBACKS

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    Jones, Aubrey R.

    2008-08-20T23:59:59.000Z

    of cummulative precipitation for a) FC b) 50FC c) WP ............ 31 Figure 4. Precipitation summed over the domain for the 12 day period for each model run............................................................................................................................ 66 Figure 17. Scatter plots of soil moisture versus Bowen ratio (top) a) FC b) 50FC c) WP and soil moisture versus net radiation (bottom) d) FC e) 50FC f) WP for the 4 km runs...

  11. Snowflake White Mountain Power Biomass Facility | Open Energy Information

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page onYou are now leaving Energy.gov You are now leaving Energy.gov YouKizildere IRaghuraji Agro Industries Pvt LtdShawangunk, New York:SiG26588°, -89.4742177° ShowSmythCounty,Snow

  12. A Birkhoff theorem for Shape Dynamics

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    Henrique Gomes

    2014-04-02T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape Dynamics is a theory of gravity that replaces refoliation invariance for spatial Weyl invariance. Those solutions of the Einstein equations that have global, constant mean curvature slicings, are mirrored by solutions in Shape Dynamics. However, there are solutions of Shape Dynamics that have no counterpart in General relativity, just as there are solutions of GR that are not completely foliable by global constant mean curvature slicings (such as the Schwarzschild spacetime). It is therefore interesting to analyze directly the equations of motion of Shape Dynamics in order to find its own solutions, irrespective of properties of known solutions of GR. Here I perform a first study in this direction by utilizing the equations of motion of Shape Dynamics in a spherically symmetric, asymptotically flat ansatz to derive an analogue of the Birkhoff theorem. There are two significant differences with respect to the usual Birkhoff theorem in GR. The first regards the construction of the solution: the spatial Weyl gauge freedom of shape dynamics is used to simplify the problem, and boundary conditions are required. In fact the derivation is simpler than the usual Birkhof theorem as no Christoffel symbols are needed. The second, and most important difference is that the solution obtained is uniquely the isotropic wormhole solution, in which no singularity is present, as opposed to maximally extended Schwarzschild. This provides an explicit example of the breaking of the duality between General relativity and Shape Dynamics, and exhibits some of its consequences.

  13. Shape memory system with integrated actuation using embedded particles

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    Buckley, Patrick R. (New York, NY); Maitland, Duncan J. (Pleasant Hill, CA)

    2012-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

    A shape memory material with integrated actuation using embedded particles. One embodiment provides a shape memory material apparatus comprising a shape memory material body and magnetic pieces in the shape memory material body. Another embodiment provides a method of actuating a device to perform an activity on a subject comprising the steps of positioning a shape memory material body in a desired position with regard to the subject, the shape memory material body capable of being formed in a specific primary shape, reformed into a secondary stable shape, and controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape; including pieces in the shape memory material body; and actuating the shape memory material body using the pieces causing the shape memory material body to be controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape and perform the activity on the subject.

  14. Shape memory system with integrated actuation using embedded particles

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    Buckley, Patrick R; Maitland, Duncan J

    2014-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A shape memory material with integrated actuation using embedded particles. One embodiment provides a shape memory material apparatus comprising a shape memory material body and magnetic pieces in the shape memory material body. Another embodiment provides a method of actuating a device to perform an activity on a subject comprising the steps of positioning a shape memory material body in a desired position with regard to the subject, the shape memory material body capable of being formed in a specific primary shape, reformed into a secondary stable shape, and controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape; including pieces in the shape memory material body; and actuating the shape memory material body using the pieces causing the shape memory material body to be controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape and perform the activity on the subject.

  15. Shape memory system with integrated actuation using embedded particles

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    Buckley, Patrick R. (New York, NY); Maitland, Duncan J. (Pleasant Hill, CA)

    2009-09-22T23:59:59.000Z

    A shape memory material with integrated actuation using embedded particles. One embodiment provides a shape memory material apparatus comprising a shape memory material body and magnetic pieces in the shape memory material body. Another embodiment provides a method of actuating a device to perform an activity on a subject comprising the steps of positioning a shape memory material body in a desired position with regard to the subject, the shape memory material body capable of being formed in a specific primary shape, reformed into a secondary stable shape, and controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape; including pieces in the shape memory material body; and actuating the shape memory material body using the pieces causing the shape memory material body to be controllably actuated to recover the specific primary shape and perform the activity on the subject.

  16. Intrinsic Shapes of Molecular Cloud Cores

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    C. E. Jones; Shantanu Basu; John Dubinski

    2001-01-08T23:59:59.000Z

    We conduct an analysis of the shapes of molecular cloud cores using recently compiled catalogs of observed axis ratios of individual cores mapped in ammonia or through optical selection. We apply both analytical and statistical techniques to deproject the observed axis ratios in order to determine the true distribution of cloud core shapes. We find that neither pure oblate nor pure prolate cores can account for the observed distribution of core shapes. Intrinsically triaxial cores produce distributions which agree with observations. The best-fit triaxial distribution contains cores which are more nearly oblate than prolate.

  17. Orthopaedic applications of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys

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    Guo, Weimin, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Ferromagnetic shape memory alloys (FSMAs) are a new class of magnetic field-actuated active materials with no current commercial applications. By applying a magnetic field of around 0.4 T, they can exert a stress of ...

  18. Thermomechanical modeling of a shape memory polymer 

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    Ghosh, Pritha B.

    2009-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The aim of this work is to demonstrate a Helmholtz potential based approach for the development of the constitutive equations for a shape memory polymer undergoing a thermomechanical cycle. The approach is motivated by the use of a simple spring...

  19. Towards Black Hole Entropy in Shape Dynamics

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    Gabriel Herczeg; Vasudev Shyam

    2014-10-21T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape dynamics is classical theory of gravity which agrees with general relativity in many important cases, but possesses different gauge symmetries and constraints. Rather than spacetime diffeomorphism invariance, shape dynamics takes spatial diffeomorphism invariance and spatial Weyl invariance as the fundamental gauge symmetries associated with the gravitational field. Since the area of the event horizon of a black hole transforms under a generic spatial Weyl transformation, there has been some doubt that one can speak sensibly about the thermodynamics of black holes in shape dynamics. The purpose of this paper is to show that by treating the event horizon of a black hole as an interior boundary, one can recover familiar notions of black hole thermodynamics in shape dynamics and define a gauge invariant entropy that agrees with general relativity.

  20. Factors shaping the future of Cloud Computing

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    Francis, Steven (Steven Douglas)

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Many different forces are currently shaping the future of the Cloud Computing Market. End user demand and end user investment in existing technology are important drivers. Vendor innovation and competitive strategy are ...

  1. Thermomechanical modeling of a shape memory polymer

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    Ghosh, Pritha B.

    2009-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The aim of this work is to demonstrate a Helmholtz potential based approach for the development of the constitutive equations for a shape memory polymer undergoing a thermomechanical cycle. The approach is motivated by the use of a simple spring...

  2. Size Effects in Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys

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    Ozdemir, Nevin

    2012-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

    effects in these mechanisms has both scientific and technological relevance. Superelastic behavior of Ni54Fe19Ga27 shape memory alloy single crystalline pillars was studied under compression as a function of pillar diameter. Multiple pillars...

  3. Applied Optimal Shape Design B. Mohammadi

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    Pironneau, Olivier

    are critical too. The paper is also a summary of the material covered in our recent book[7] keywords · Electromagnetically optimal shapes, such as in stealth airplanes · Wave canceling fore bulbe in boat design · Drag

  4. The Design of Shape from Motion Constraints

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    Caine, Michael E.

    1993-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report presents a set of representations methodologies and tools for the purpose of visualizing, analyzing and designing functional shapes in terms of constraints on motion. The core of the research is an interactive ...

  5. 3D Shapes (K-2) Kindergarten: Standard 4: Shapes can be described by characteristics and position and created by

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    available for reference. 1. Print 3D shape templates for desired shapes 2. Cut templates out 3. Color3D Shapes (K-2) Kindergarten: Standard 4: Shapes can be described by characteristics and position by their attributes and used to represent part/whole relationships Activity: The 3D shape lesson can be adapted

  6. Flexible Ultra Moisture Barrier Film for Thin-Film Photovoltaic Applications

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    David M. Dean

    2012-10-30T23:59:59.000Z

    Flexible Thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) is a low cost alternative to incumbent c-Si PV products as it requires less volume of costly semiconductor materials and it can potentially reduce installation cost. Among the TFPV options, copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) has the highest efficiency and is believed to be one of the most attractive candidates to achieve PV cost reduction. However, CIGS cells are very moisture sensitive and require module water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of less than 1x10-4 gram of water per square meter per day (g-H2O/m2/day). Successful development and commercialization of flexible transparent ultra moisture barrier film is the key to enable flexible CIGS TFPV products, and thus enable ultimate PV cost reduction. At DuPont, we have demonstrated at lab scale that we can successfully make polymer-based flexible transparent ultra moisture barrier film by depositing alumina on polymer films using atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology. The layer by layer ALD approach results in uniform and amorphous structure which effectively reduces pinhole density of the inorganic coating on the polymer, and thus allow the fabrication of flexible barrier film with WVTR of 10-5 g-H2O/m2/day. Currently ALD is a time-consuming process suitable only for high-value, relatively small substrates. To successfully commercialize the ALD-on-plastic technology for the PV industry, there is the need to scale up this technology and improve throughput. The goal of this contract work was to build a prototype demonstrating that the ALD technology could be scaled-up for commercial use. Unfortunately, the prototype failed to produce an ultra-barrier film by the close of the project.

  7. Moisture effects in low-slope roofs: Drying rates after water addition with various vapor retarders

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    Pedersen, C.R. [Technical Univ. of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark); Petrie, T.W. [Marquette Univ., Milwaukee, WI (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Courville, G.E.; Desjarlais, A.O.; Childs, P.W.; Wilkes, K.E. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1992-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Tests have been conducted in the Large Scale Climate Simulator (LSCS) of the US. Building Envelope Research Center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to investigate downward drying rates of various unvented, low-slope roof systems. A secondary objective was to study heat flow patterns so as to understand how to control latent heat effects on impermeable heat flux transducers. Nine test sections were tested simultaneously. The sections had a p deck above fibrous-glass insulation and were examples of cold-deck systems. These five sections had various vapor retarder systems on a gypsum board ceiling below the insulation. The other four sections had a lightweight insulating concrete deck below expanded polystyrene insulation and the same vapor retarder systems, and were examples of warm-deck systems. The cold-deck systems had materials that were relatively permeable to water vapor, while the materials in the warm-deck systems were less permeable. All test sections were topped by an impermeable roofing membrane. The test sections were instrumented with thermocouples between all layers and with small heat flux transducers at the bottom and top of the fibrous-glass insulation and in the middle of the expanded polystyrene insulation. Two different kinds of moisture probes were used to qualitatively monitor the movement of the moisture. The heat flux measurements showed that heat conduction dominates the system using impermeable insulation materials, with only a slight increase due to increased thermal conductivity of wet expanded polystyrene. There was significant transfer of latent heat in the test sections with permeable insulation, causing the peak heat fluxes to increase by as much as a factor of two. With temperatures imposed that are typical of summer days, latent heat transfer associated with condensation and evaporation of moisture in the test sections was measured to be as important as the heat transfer by conduction.

  8. Statistical Shape Modeling of Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement

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    Harris, Michael D.; Dater, Manasi; Whitaker, Ross; Jurrus, Elizabeth R.; Peters, Christopher L.; Anderson, Andrew E.

    2013-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    In this study, statistical shape modeling (SSM) was used to quantify three-dimensional (3D) variation and morphologic differences between femurs with and without cam femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). 3D surfaces were generated from CT scans of femurs from 41 controls and 30 cam FAI patients. SSM correspondence particles were optimally positioned on each surface using a gradient descent energy function. Mean shapes for control and patient groups were defined from the resulting particle configurations. Morphological differences between group mean shapes and between the control mean and individual patients were calculated. Principal component analysis was used to describe anatomical variation present in both groups. The first 6 modes (or principal components) captured statistically significant shape variations, which comprised 84% of cumulative variation among the femurs. Shape variation was greatest in femoral offset, greater trochanter height, and the head-neck junction. The mean cam femur shape protruded above the control mean by a maximum of 3.3 mm with sustained protrusions of 2.5-3.0 mm along the anterolateral head-neck junction and distally along the anterior neck, corresponding well with reported cam lesion locations and soft-tissue damage. This study provides initial evidence that SSM can describe variations in femoral morphology in both controls and cam FAI patients and may be useful for developing new measurements of pathological anatomy. SSM may also be applied to characterize cam FAI severity and provide templates to guide patient-specific surgical resection of bone.

  9. Shape Memory Polymer Therapeutic Devices for Stroke

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    Wilson, T S; Small IV, W; Benett, W J; Bearinger, J P; Maitland, D J

    2005-10-11T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are attracting a great deal of interest in the scientific community for their use in applications ranging from light weight structures in space to micro-actuators in MEMS devices. These relatively new materials can be formed into a primary shape, reformed into a stable secondary shape, and then controllably actuated to recover their primary shape. The first part of this presentation will be a brief review of the types of polymeric structures which give rise to shape memory behavior in the context of new shape memory polymers with highly regular network structures recently developed at LLNL for biomedical devices. These new urethane SMPs have improved optical and physical properties relative to commercial SMPs, including improved clarity, high actuation force, and sharper actuation transition. In the second part of the presentation we discuss the development of SMP based devices for mechanically removing neurovascular occlusions which result in ischemic stroke. These devices are delivered to the site of the occlusion in compressed form, are pushed through the occlusion, actuated (usually optically) to take on an expanded conformation, and then used to dislodge and grip the thrombus while it is withdrawn through the catheter.

  10. Method for net-shaping using aerogels

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    Brinker, C. Jeffrey (Albuquerque, NM); Ashey, Carol S. (Albuquerque, NM); Reed, Scott T. (Albuquerque, NM); Sriram, Chunangad S. (Indianapolis, IN); Harris, Thomas M. (Tulsa, OK)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method of net-shaping using aerogel materials is provided by first forming a sol, aging the sol to form a gel, with the gel having a fluid component and having been formed into a medium selected from the group consisting of a powder, bulk material, or granular aerobeads, derivatizing the surface of the gel to render the surface unreactive toward further condensation, removing a portion of the fluid component of the final shaped gel to form a partially dried medium, placing the medium into a cavity, wherein the volume of said medium is less that the volume of the cavity, and removing a portion of the fluid component of the medium. The removal, such as by heating at a temperature of approximately less than 50.degree. C., applying a vacuum, or both, causes the volume of the medium to increase and to form a solid aerogel. The material can be easily removed by exposing the material to a solvent, thereby reducing the volume of the material. In another embodiment, the gel is derivatized and then formed into a shaped medium, where subsequent drying reduces the volume of the shaped medium, forming a net-shaping material. Upon further drying, the material increases in volume to fill a cavity. The present invention is both a method of net-shaping and the material produced by the method.

  11. Cu-based shape memory microwires : towards complex structures

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    Gager, Mac (Brian McClure, Jr.)

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory alloys are a distinctive type of material that exhibits the fascinating properties of the shape memory effect and superelasticity. Shape memory properties are characterized by the diffusionless phase transformation ...

  12. Grain constraint and size effects in shape memory alloy microwires

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    Ueland, Stian Melhus

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory alloys exhibit interesting and useful properties, such as the shape memory effect and superelasticity. Among the many alloy families that have been shown to exhibit shape memory properties the ones based on ...

  13. International H2O Project (IHOP) 2002: Datasets Related to Atmospheric Moisture and Rainfall Prediction

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    Schanot, Allen [IHOP 2002 PI; Friesen, Dick [IHOP 2002 PI

    IHOP 2002 was a field experiment that took place over the Southern Great Plains of the United States from 13 May to 25 June 2002. The chief aim of IHOP_2002 was improved characterization of the four-dimensional (4-D) distribution of water vapor and its application to improving the understanding and prediction of convection. The region was an optimal location due to existing experimental and operational facilities, strong variability in moisture, and active convection [copied from http://www.eol.ucar.edu/projects/ihop/]. The project's master list of data identifies 146 publicly accessible datasets.

  14. Cavitation controlled acoustic probe for fabric spot cleaning and moisture monitoring

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    Sheen, Shuh-Haw (Naperville, IL); Chien, Hual-Te (Naperville, IL); Raptis, Apostolos C. (Downers Grove, IL)

    1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and apparatus are provided for monitoring a fabric. An acoustic probe generates acoustic waves relative to the fabric. An acoustic sensor, such as an accelerometer is coupled to the acoustic probe for generating a signal representative of cavitation activity in the fabric. The generated cavitation activity representative signal is processed to indicate moisture content of the fabric. A feature of the invention is a feedback control signal is generated responsive to the generated cavitation activity representative signal. The feedback control signal can be used to control the energy level of the generated acoustic waves and to control the application of a cleaning solution to the fabric.

  15. The effect of soil moisture levels on evapotranspiration from cotton and grain sorghum

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    Schneider, Arland David

    1964-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    measured value of soil t moisture. Substituting these values into Equations (I), (2) and (3) gave the following three equations: SM =be ct t SM =bK t t SM = d ? b log (t+c ) t (5) (6) The next logical step would have been to evaluate... as several atmospheres pressure which is sufficient tc move water to the leaves of even the tallest trees. The flew cf water can be governed by either the rate at which it is extracted from the soil or the rate at which it moves through the plants...

  16. Responses of bitterweed (Hymenoxys odorata) to 2, 4-D in relation to soil moisture

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    Sultemeier, George Wayne

    1961-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    aoistme for shoat three weehs battee syrayfsg with 2, ~ oa iTass 7. Taboos clay lhsdaD clay Ososa clay Valesa clog Valera else' shallow yhase Irioa alar Ceyrsssed 16. 3 1702 2$og sSoae ylents ia this sell asterisk sai yro4aee4 seek... and herbicidal aotion at time of spraying on ths several clay soil types. Mater is universally a component of soils, although ths amounts present may wary from hygrosopio to a quantity sufficient to saturate the soil. FLaM moisture samples msy be oompared...

  17. Surface soil moisture estimation with the electrically scanning microwave radiometer (ESMR)

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    Theis, Sidney Wayne

    1979-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    that is important in determining the ability of a plant to uptake water and that determines the state of saturation of a soil. Matric potential is very important for crop modeling and runoff prediction. Roe et al. (1971) observed that the emissivity of a mooth... that were approximately 15 to 20 cm high. For an area covered with thick turfted grass to a height of 20 cm, Barton (1978) obtained a poor relationship between soil moisture and emissivity for both the ESHR and a 2. 65-cm radiometer. The ESHR response...

  18. Phase relationship equation for moisture induced shrink and swell of soils

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    Hoffmann, Stacey Bruemmer

    1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    to the w moisture content prior to swell, a = air void coefficient equal to the ratio of air volume change (AV?) to the initial air volume (V?), n(1-S) = ratio of VA to the initial total volume (Vr). The shrinkage form of PREMISS (1. 2), also derived... in Chapter VI, is: AV hw = Sn ? (t + a, ?j r where a? = the air void constant equal to the ratio of dV? to the change in water volume (dV~). The parameters S, n and w are readily obtained from soil samples. Means of obtaining the change im water...

  19. Soil temperature, soil moisture and thaw depth, Barrow, Alaska, Ver. 1

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    Sloan, V.L.; J.A. Liebig; M.S. Hahn; J.B. Curtis; J.D. Brooks; A. Rogers; C.M. Iversen; R.J. Norby

    This dataset consists of field measurements of soil properties made during 2012 and 2013 in areas A-D of Intensive Site 1 at the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) Arctic site near Barrow, Alaska. Included are i) weekly measurements of thaw depth, soil moisture, presence and depth of standing water, and soil temperature made during the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons (June - September) and ii) half-hourly measurements of soil temperature logged continuously during the period June 2012 to September 2013.

  20. analog pulse shape: Topics by E-print Network

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    systems. Digital pulse shaping Krishnapura, Nagendra 2 Dynamic Matter-Wave Pulse Shaping Quantum Physics (arXiv) Summary: In this paper we discuss possibilities...

  1. Versatile Diesel Particulate Filter Cartridge Any Size, Any Shape...

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    Versatile Diesel Particulate Filter Cartridge Any Size, Any Shape Versatile Diesel Particulate Filter Cartridge Any Size, Any Shape Presentation given at DEER 2006, August 20-24,...

  2. Building America Webinar: High Performance Enclosure Strategies: Part II, New Construction- August 13, 2014- Moisture Monitoring Results in an R-40 Wall

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    This presentation, Moisture Monitoring Results in an R-40 Wall, was presented at the Building America webinar, High Performance Enclosure Strategies, Part II, on August 13, 2014.

  3. Radius of influence for a cosmic-ray soil moisture probe : theory and Monte Carlo simulations.

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    Desilets, Darin

    2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The lateral footprint of a cosmic-ray soil moisture probe was determined using diffusion theory and neutron transport simulations. The footprint is radial and can be described by a single parameter, an e-folding length that is closely related to the slowing down length in air. In our work the slowing down length is defined as the crow-flight distance traveled by a neutron from nuclear emission as a fast neutron to detection at a lower energy threshold defined by the detector. Here the footprint is defined as the area encompassed by two e-fold distances, i.e. the area from which 86% of the recorded neutrons originate. The slowing down length is approximately 150 m at sea level for neutrons detected over a wide range of energies - from 10{sup 0} to 10{sup 5} eV. Both theory and simulations indicate that the slowing down length is inversely proportional to air density and linearly proportional to the height of the sensor above the ground for heights up to 100 m. Simulations suggest that the radius of influence for neutrons >1 eV is only slightly influenced by soil moisture content, and depends weakly on the energy sensitivity of the neutron detector. Good agreement between the theoretical slowing down length in air and the simulated slowing down length near the air/ground interface support the conclusion that the footprint is determined mainly by the neutron scattering properties of air.

  4. Investigation of factors influencing infrared roof moisture surveys using a mathematical model

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    Childs, K.W.; Courville, G.E.; Childs, P.W.

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    In low sloped roofing systems using porous insulation, the presence of water can significantly degrade thermal performance. Because of the different thermal characteristics of wet and dry insulation, there is often a surface temperature differential between areas of wet and dry insulation. Under the right circumstances, the areas of wet insulation can be detected by means of infrared sensing techniques. To better define the conditions under which infrared techniques can distinguish between areas of wet and dry insulation, a mathematical model was developed. This model is a one-dimensional, transient heat transfer model of a roofing system. The model considers conduction through the roof, insolation, radiant exchange between roof and sky, convective heat transfer between the roof and air, and the influence of moisture trapped in insulation. For one particular roof system, a parametric study was undertaken using this model to determine the influence of moisture content, outside air temperature, wind speed, insolation, sky temperature, and other factors on the roof surface temperature. Preliminary recommendations for employing thermal sensing techniques to locate wet insulation are developed.

  5. Investigation of factors influencing infrared roof moisture surveys using a mathematical model

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    Childs, K.W.; Courville, G.E.; Childs, P.W.

    1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    In low sloped roofing systems using porous insulation, the presence of water can significantly degrade thermal performance. Because of the different thermal characteristics of wet and dry insulation, there is often a surface temperature differential between areas of wet and dry insulation. Under the right circumstances, the areas of wet insulation can be detected by means of infrared sensing techniques. To better define the conditions under which infrared techniques can distinguish between areas of wet and dry insulation, a mathematical model was developed. This model is a one-dimensional, transient heat transfer model of a roofing system. The model considers conduction through the roof, insulation, radiant exchange between roof and sky, convective heat transfer between the roof and air, and the influence of moisture trapped in insulation. For one particular roof system, a parametric study was undertaken using this model to determine the influence of moisture content, outside air temperature, wind speed, insulation, sky temperature, and other factors on the roof surface temperature. Preliminary recommendations for employing thermal sensing techniques to locate wet insulation are developed. 11 references, 12 figures.

  6. In situ electrokinetic control of moisture and nutrients in unsaturated soils

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    Lindgren, E.R.; Brady, P.V.

    1994-12-31T23:59:59.000Z

    Many DOE facilities have unsaturated soils contaminated with metals and organic solvents. Because of the large volumes, in situ remediation is often the most economically attractive remediation technique. The success of many in situ treatment technologies depends critically on the degree to which the movement of water and desired ions can be engineered in the vadose zone. Bioremediation efforts in the vadose zone are limited by the ability to provide moisture and nutrients to contaminant-metabolizing microorganisms. An in situ electrokinetic remediation process has been developed at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) for use in unsaturated soils, and is presently undergoing field demonstration. The electrokinetic process is not limited by low soil permeabilities and, therefore, provides a level of control not achievable by hydraulic means. Moisture is added to the subsurface in a controlled fashion such that the field capacity is never exceeded, preventing the unwanted mobilization of dissolved contaminants by saturated wetting fronts. The Sandia electrokinetic process can potentially transport both water and nutrients for bioremediation efforts and is compatible with vapor phase in situ techniques such as bioventing. The approach should as bioventing. The approach should lend itself to the directed transport of biodegradable chelating agents and complexed metals from contaminated soils.

  7. Thermomechanical indentation of shape memory polymers.

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    Long, Kevin N. (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO); Nguyen, Thao D.; Castro, Francisco (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO); Qi, H. Jerry (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO); Dunn, Martin L. (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO); Shandas, Robin (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO)

    2007-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are receiving increasing attention because of their ability to store a temporary shape for a prescribed period of time, and then when subjected to an environmental stimulus, recover an original programmed shape. They are attractive candidates for a wide range of applications in microsystems, biomedical devices, deployable aerospace structures, and morphing structures. In this paper we investigate the thermomechanical behavior of shape memory polymers due to instrumented indentation, a loading/deformation scenario that represents complex multiaxial deformation. The SMP sample is indented using a spherical indenter at a temperature T{sub 1} (>T{sub g}). The temperature is then lowered to T{sub 2} (Shape memory is then activated by increasing the temperature to T{sub 1} (>T{sub g}) during free recovery the indentation impression disappears and the surface of the SMP recovers to its original profile. A recently-developed three-dimensional finite deformation constitutive model for the thermomechanical behavior of SMPs is then used with the finite element method to simulate this process. Measurement and simulation results are compared for cases of free and constrained recovery and good agreement is obtained, suggesting the appropriateness of the simulation approach for complex multiaxial loading/deformations that are likely to occur in applications.

  8. Jet Shapes and Jet Algorithms in SCET

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    Stephen D. Ellis; Andrew Hornig; Christopher Lee; Christopher K. Vermilion; Jonathan R. Walsh

    2010-11-15T23:59:59.000Z

    Jet shapes are weighted sums over the four-momenta of the constituents of a jet and reveal details of its internal structure, potentially allowing discrimination of its partonic origin. In this work we make predictions for quark and gluon jet shape distributions in N-jet final states in e+e- collisions, defined with a cone or recombination algorithm, where we measure some jet shape observable on a subset of these jets. Using the framework of Soft-Collinear Effective Theory, we prove a factorization theorem for jet shape distributions and demonstrate the consistent renormalization-group running of the functions in the factorization theorem for any number of measured and unmeasured jets, any number of quark and gluon jets, and any angular size R of the jets, as long as R is much smaller than the angular separation between jets. We calculate the jet and soft functions for angularity jet shapes \\tau_a to one-loop order (O(alpha_s)) and resum a subset of the large logarithms of \\tau_a needed for next-to-leading logarithmic (NLL) accuracy for both cone and kT-type jets. We compare our predictions for the resummed \\tau_a distribution of a quark or a gluon jet produced in a 3-jet final state in e+e- annihilation to the output of a Monte Carlo event generator and find that the dependence on a and R is very similar.

  9. Researching Complex Heat, Air and Moisture Interactions for a Wide-Range of Building Envelope Systems and Environmental Loads

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    Karagiozis, A.N.

    2007-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    This document serves as the final report documenting work completed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Fraunhofer Institute in Building Physics (Holzkirchen, Germany) under an international CRADA No. 0575 with Fraunhofer Institute of Bauphysics of the Federal Republic of Germany for Researching Complex Heat, Air and Moisture Interactions for a Wide Range of Building Envelope Systems and Environmental Loads. This CRADA required a multi-faceted approach to building envelope research that included a moisture engineering approach by blending extensive material property analysis, laboratory system and sub-system thermal and moisture testing, and advanced moisture analysis prediction performance. The Participant's Institute for Building physics (IBP) and the Contractor's Buildings Technology Center (BTC) identified potential research projects and activities capable of accelerating and advancing the development of innovative, low energy and durable building envelope systems in diverse climates. This allowed a major leverage of the limited resources available to ORNL to execute the required Department of Energy (DOE) directives in the area of moisture engineering. A joint working group (ORNL and Fraunhofer IBP) was assembled and a research plan was executed from May 2000 to May 2005. A number of key deliverables were produced such as adoption of North American loading into the WUFI-software. in addition the ORNL Weather File Analyzer was created and this has been used to address environmental loading for a variety of US climates. At least 4 papers have been co-written with the CRADA partners, and a chapter in the ASTM Manual 40 on Moisture Analysis and Condensation Control. All deliverables and goals were met and exceeded making this collaboration a success to all parties involves.

  10. A conjecture on the relationship of bacterial shape to motility in rod-shaped bacteria

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    Denny, Mark

    ; Escherichia coli; Hydrodynamic e¤ciency 1. Introduction After we ¢rst notice that rod-shaped bacteria, for example, why does Escherichia coli have the shape it does? Why isn't it longer or shorter? 1.1. A priori School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0620, USA b Department of Biology, Stanford University, Hopkins Marine

  11. Ultrafast Pulse Shaping Approaches to Quantum Computing

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    Debabrata Goswami

    2003-12-24T23:59:59.000Z

    Quantum computing exploits the quantum-mechanical nature of matter to exist in multiple possible states simultaneously. This new approach promises to revolutionize the present form of computing. As an approach to quantum computing, we discuss ultrafast laser pulse shaping, in particular, the acousto-optic modulator based Fourier-Transform pulse-shaper, which has the ability to modulate tunable high power ultrafast laser pulses. We show that optical pulse shaping is an attractive route to quantum computing since shaped pulses can be transmitted over optical hardware and the same infrastructure can be used for computation and optical information transfer. We also address the problem of extending coherence-times for optically induced processes.

  12. Directional depletion interactions in shaped particles

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    A. Scala; P. G. De Sanctis Lucentini

    2014-10-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Entropic forces in colloidal suspensions and in polymer-colloid systems are of long-standing and continuing interest. Experiments show how entropic forces can be used to control the self-assembly of colloidal particles. Significant advances in colloidal synthesis made in the past two decades have enabled the preparation of high quality nano-particles with well-controlled sizes, shapes, and compositions, indicating that such particles can be utilized as "artificial atoms" to build new materials. To elucidate the effects of the shape of particles upon the magnitude of entropic interaction, we analyse the entropic interactions of two cut-spheres. We show that the solvent induces a strong directional depletion attraction among flat faces of the cut-spheres. Such an effect highlights the possibility of using the shape of particles to control directionality and strength of interaction.

  13. Release mechanism utilizing shape memory polymer material

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    Lee, Abraham P. (Walnut Creek, CA); Northrup, M. Allen (Berkeley, CA); Ciarlo, Dino R. (Livermore, CA); Krulevitch, Peter A. (Pleasanton, CA); Benett, William J. (Livermore, CA)

    2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Microfabricated therapeutic actuators are fabricated using a shape memory polymer (SMP), a polyurethane-based material that undergoes a phase transformation at a specified temperature (Tg). At a temperature above temperature Tg material is soft and can be easily reshaped into another configuration. As the temperature is lowered below temperature Tg the new shape is fixed and locked in as long as the material stays below temperature Tg. Upon reheating the material to a temperature above Tg, the material will return to its original shape. By the use of such SMP material, SMP microtubing can be used as a release actuator for the delivery of embolic coils through catheters into aneurysms, for example. The microtubing can be manufactured in various sizes and the phase change temperature Tg is determinate for an intended temperature target and intended use.

  14. Ni-Mn-Ga shape memory nanoactuation

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    Kohl, M., E-mail: manfred.kohl@kit.edu; Schmitt, M.; Krevet, B. [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, IMT, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Backen, A.; Schultz, L. [IFW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, 01171 Dresden (Germany); Fähler, S. [IFW Dresden, P.O. Box 270116, 01171 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Chemnitz, Institute of Physics, 09107 Chemnitz (Germany)

    2014-01-27T23:59:59.000Z

    To probe finite size effects in ferromagnetic shape memory nanoactuators, double-beam structures with minimum dimensions down to 100?nm are designed, fabricated, and characterized in-situ in a scanning electron microscope with respect to their coupled thermo-elastic and electro-thermal properties. Electrical resistance and mechanical beam bending tests demonstrate a reversible thermal shape memory effect down to 100?nm. Electro-thermal actuation involves large temperature gradients along the nanobeam in the order of 100?K/?m. We discuss the influence of surface and twin boundary energies and explain why free-standing nanoactuators behave differently compared to constrained geometries like films and nanocrystalline shape memory alloys.

  15. Semiconductor switch geometry with electric field shaping

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    Booth, Rex (Livermore, CA); Pocha, Michael D. (Livermore, CA)

    1994-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An optoelectric switch is disclosed that utilizes a cylindrically shaped and contoured GaAs medium or other optically active semiconductor medium to couple two cylindrically shaped metal conductors with flat and flared termination points each having an ovoid prominence centrally extending there from. Coupling the truncated ovoid prominence of each conductor with the cylindrically shaped optically active semiconductor causes the semiconductor to cylindrically taper to a triple junction circular line at the base of each prominence where the metal conductor conjoins with the semiconductor and a third medium such as epoxy or air. Tapering the semiconductor at the triple junction inhibits carrier formation and injection at the triple junction and thereby enables greater current carrying capacity through and greater sensitivity of the bulk area of the optically active medium.

  16. Semiconductor switch geometry with electric field shaping

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    Booth, R.; Pocha, M.D.

    1994-08-23T23:59:59.000Z

    An optoelectric switch is disclosed that utilizes a cylindrically shaped and contoured GaAs medium or other optically active semiconductor medium to couple two cylindrically shaped metal conductors with flat and flared termination points each having an ovoid prominence centrally extending there from. Coupling the truncated ovoid prominence of each conductor with the cylindrically shaped optically active semiconductor causes the semiconductor to cylindrically taper to a triple junction circular line at the base of each prominence where the metal conductor conjoins with the semiconductor and a third medium such as epoxy or air. Tapering the semiconductor at the triple junction inhibits carrier formation and injection at the triple junction and thereby enables greater current carrying capacity through and greater sensitivity of the bulk area of the optically active medium. 10 figs.

  17. A soil moisture budget analysis of Texas using basic climatic data while assuming a possible warming trend across the state

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    Bjornson, Brian Matthew

    1990-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of the slope (dashed lines) of the regression line of precipitation on mean temperature for the Lower Valley. 35. Isopleths of MTRANGE (in 'F) for Texas during August. 71 36. Percentage of monthly soil moisture (SM) for the High Plains for a O'F (control... are significant at the 95% confidence interval. 74 37. Percentage of monthly soil moisture (SM) for the High Plains for a O'F (control), I' F, 2'F, 3'F, and 4'F increase in the mean annual temperature of Texas. Mean monthly temperatures increase non...

  18. Flexible Residential Test Facility: Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Cooling Season Energy and Moisture Levels

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    Parker, D.; Kono, J.; Vieira, R.; Fairey, P.; Sherwin, J.; Withers, C.; Hoak, D.; Beal, D.

    2014-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Air infiltration and ventilation in residential buildings is a very large part of the heating loads, but empirical data regarding the impact on space cooling has been lacking. Moreover, there has been little data on how building tightness might relate to building interior moisture levels in homes in a hot and humid climate. To address this need, BA-PIRC has conducted research to assess the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in two identical laboratory homes in the hot-humid climate over the cooling season.

  19. Pressure enhanced penetration with shaped charge perforators

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    Glenn, Lewis A. (Danville, CA)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A downhole tool, adapted to retain a shaped charge surrounded by a superatmospherically pressurized light gas, is employed in a method for perforating a casing and penetrating reservoir rock around a wellbore. Penetration of a shaped charge jet can be enhanced by at least 40% by imploding a liner in the high pressure, light gas atmosphere. The gas pressure helps confine the jet on the axis of penetration in the latter stages of formation. The light gas, such as helium or hydrogen, is employed to keep the gas density low enough so as not to inhibit liner collapse.

  20. Shape memory and pseudoelasticity in metal nanowires.

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    Zimmerman, Jonathan A.; Park, Harold S.; Gall, Ken

    2005-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Structural reorientations in metallic fcc nanowires are controlled by a combination of size, thermal energy, and the type of defects formed during inelastic deformation. By utilizing atomistic simulations, we show that certain fcc nanowires can exhibit both shape memory and pseudoelastic behavior. We also show that the formation of defect-free twins, a process related to the material stacking fault energy, nanometer size scale, and surface stresses is the mechanism that controls the ability of fcc nanowires of different materials to show a reversible transition between two crystal orientations during loading and thus shape memory and pseudoelasticity.

  1. UTILIZING THE SHAPE MEMORY EFFECT TO ENABLE FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS

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    Petta, Jason

    UTILIZING THE SHAPE MEMORY EFFECT TO ENABLE FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS Abhishek Raj The University under strain #12;The Shape Memory Effect Shape-memory polymer (SMP) orthopedic cast 4 #12;Polymer Glass Transition Temperature Yakacki CM, Willis S, Luders C, and Gall K. Deformation Limits in Shape-Memory

  2. A shape memory-based multifunctional structural actuator panel

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    Wadley, Haydn

    A shape memory-based multifunctional structural actuator panel Dana M. Elzey *, Aarash Y.N. Sofla significant load. The shape change is effected by shape memory alloy face sheet elements, which exploit a ``one-way'' shape memory effect only. Unlike other related designs, no external or bias forces

  3. Simulation of soil moisture and evapotranspiration in a soil profile during the 1999 MAP-Riviera Campaign Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 7(6), 903919 (2003) EGU

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    -Riviera Campaign 903 Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 7(6), 903919 (2003) © EGU Simulation of soil moisture and evapotranspiration scheme in hydrological models. This study presents the validation of soil moisture soil plot at the edge of a corn field. The hydrological model PREVAH was driven using three

  4. An integral-balance nonlinear model to simulate changes in soil moisture, groundwater and surface runoff dynamics at the hillslope scale

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    Jay, Laurent O.

    An integral-balance nonlinear model to simulate changes in soil moisture, groundwater and surface-state integral-balance model for soil moisture and groundwater dynamics. Development of the model was motivated. Ã? 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. 1. Introduction Recent studies on the modeling

  5. Laser annealing of amorphous NiTi shape memory alloy thin films to locally induce shape memory properties

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    Laser annealing of amorphous NiTi shape memory alloy thin films to locally induce shape memory the results of a crystallization study on NiTi shape memory thin films in which amorphous films are annealed by a scanning laser. This technique has the advantage that shape memory properties can be spatially distributed

  6. Converting Level Set Gradients to Shape Gradients

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    Radke, Rich

    distance function (SDF) associated with a shape, and differentiate these energies with respect to the SDF to the SDF. We discuss some problematic gradients from the literature, show how they can easily be fixed function (SDF) of , i.e. the function that associates any point x with the signed distance (x) = ±d

  7. Damage from pulses with arbitrary temporal shapes

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    Trenholme, J.B.

    1994-06-06T23:59:59.000Z

    In fusion laser designs, the laser pulse has a complicated temporal shape which undergoes significant change as it passes through the laser. Our damage data, however, was taken with pulses whose temporal shapes were (more or less) Gaussian. We want to determine the damage propensity of a material exposed to a pulse of arbitrary temporal shape , given data taken with Gaussian pulses of different pulse widths. To do so, we must adopt a physical model of damage. This model will contain some number of parameters that depend on material properties, geometry, and so forth. We determine the parameters of the model appropriate to each material by fitting the model to the Gaussian data for that material. The resulting normalized model is then applied, using the appropriate pulse shape, to find the damage level for a specific material subjected to a specific pulse. The model we shall assume is related to diffusion, although (as we shall see) the experimental results do not fit any simple diffusion model. Initially, we will discuss simple diffusion models. We then examine some experimental data, and then develop a modified diffusive model from that data. That modified model is then used to predict damage levels in various portions of the NIF laser design.

  8. Shaping a Better Tomorrow Yale West Campus

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    , and the environment. Here, too, scholars from Yale's libraries and museums are employing the latest digital imaging West Campus, where today's discoveries are helping to shape a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow, to developing economically viable sources of sustainable energy, to harnessing the power of digital technology

  9. Shape the future Internship program / IT

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    Kasparian, Azniv

    Shape the future Internship program / IT (Support office) Ref No IP IT 01 The main goal of our Internship program is to put well prepared young specialists into real-life business environment where of a mentor. Now we are looking for a motivated person to join our internship program as part

  10. Acoustic wave (AW) based moisture sensor for use with corrosive gases

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    Pfeifer, K.B.; Frye, G.C.; Schneider, T.W.

    1996-11-05T23:59:59.000Z

    Moisture corrosive gas stream is measured as a function of the difference in resonant frequencies between two acoustic wave (AW) devices, each with a film which accepts at least one of the components of the gas stream. One AW is located in the gas stream while the other is located outside the gas stream but in the same thermal environment. In one embodiment, the film is a hydrophilic material such as SiO{sub 2}. In another embodiment, the SiO{sub 2} is covered with another film which is impermeable to the corrosive gas, such that the AW device in the gas stream measures only the water vapor. In yet another embodiment, the film comprises polyethylene oxide which is hydrophobic and measures only the partial pressure of the corrosive gas. Other embodiments allow for compensation of drift in the system. 8 figs.

  11. Hygric Redistribution in Insulated Assemblies: Retrofitting Residential Envelopes Without Creating Moisture Issues

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    Smegal, J.; Lstiburek, J.

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Building America program has recognized that most of the current housing stock is in need of energy related retrofits. One of the best ways of reducing the space conditioning energy consumption is to improve the thermal performance of the enclosure by adding exterior board foam insulation. This report quantifies the amount of water that can become trapped in the drainage cavity of typical wall systems, and measures the effect of water trapped in the drainage cavity on the moisture content of the sheathing. This study also attempts to explain the discrepancy between hygrothermal simulations and field performance of low permeance, low R-value exterior insulation (e.g. 3/4-in. foil faced polyisocyanurate) in cold climates.

  12. Test Plan to Evaluate the Relationship Among IAQ, Comfort, Moisture, and Ventilation in Humid Climates

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    Widder, Sarah H.; Martin, Eric

    2013-03-15T23:59:59.000Z

    This experimental plan describes research being conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in coordinatation with Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), Florida HERO, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to evaluate the impact of ventilation rate on interior moisture levels, temperature distributions, and indoor air contaminant concentrations. Specifically, the research team will measure concentrations of indoor air contaminants, ventilation system flow rates, energy consumption, and temperature and relative humidity in ten homes in Gainesville, FL to characterize indoor pollutant levels and energy consumption associated with the observed ventilation rates. PNNL and FSEC have collaboratively prepared this experimental test plan, which describes background and context for the proposed study; the experimental design; specific monitoring points, including monitoring equipment, and sampling frequency; key research questions and the associated data analysis approach; experimental logistics, including schedule, milestones, and team member contact information; and clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of each team in support of project objectives.

  13. Sidewall tensiometer and method of determining soil moisture potential in below-grade earthen soil

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    Hubbell, Joel M. (Idaho Falls, ID); Sisson, James B. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A sidewall tensiometer to in situ determine below-grade soil moisture potential of earthen soil includes, a) a body adapted for insertion into an opening in earthen soil below grade, the body having lateral sidewalls; b) a laterally oriented porous material provided relative to the body lateral sidewalls, the laterally oriented porous material at least in part defining a fluid chamber within the body; c) a pressure a sensor in fluid communication with the fluid chamber; and d) sidewall engaging means for engaging a portion of a sidewall of an earth opening to laterally urge the porous material into hydraulic communication with earthen soil of another portion of the opening sidewall. Methods of taking tensiometric measurements are also disclosed.

  14. In situ changes in the moisture content of heated, welded tuff based on thermal neutron measurements

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    Ramirez, A.L.; Carlson, R.C.; Buscheck, T.A.

    1991-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Thermal neutron logs were collected to monitor changes in moisture content within a welded tuff rock mass heated from a borehole containing an electrical heater which remained energized for 195 days. Thermal neutron measurements were made in sampling boreholes before, during and after heating. The results generally corroborated our conceptual understanding of hydrothermal flow as well as most of the numerical modeling conducting for this study. Conceptual models have been developed in conjunction with the numerical model calculations to explain differences in the drying and re-wetting behavior above and below the heater. Numerical modeling indicated that the re-wetting of the dried-out zone was dominated by the binary diffusion of water vapor through fractures. Saturation gradients in the rock matrix resulted in relative humidity gradients which drove water vapor (primarily along fractures) back to the dried-out zone where it condensed along the fracture walls and was imbibed by the matrix. 4 refs., 28 figs.

  15. Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS) Walls ORNL provides the tools to enable industry to engineer durable, moisture-tolerant

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS) Walls ORNL provides the tools to enable industry the insulating value of walls and the energy efficiency of buildings. The EIFS concept came to America from in both moisture control and insulating value. EIFS's are inherently superior on thermal performance

  16. Evaluation of SMOS Retrievals of Soil Moisture over the Central United States with Currently Available In-situ Observations

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    Robock, Alan

    SMOS retrievals by comparing them to in-situ soil moisture observations4 for the top 5 cm at several.01% of the total water on the planet [Prigent et al.,20 2005]. But soil water content is important for many reasons, such as agriculture. Soil water21 content also has an important influence on climate, as it determines

  17. Wall Design Redundancy for Improving the Moisture Performance of Building Cladding Systems in Hot-Humid Climates

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    Graham, C. W.

    2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An investigation of approximately 4,000 buildings in the hot-humid climate locations of the United States where the potential for decay of hygroscopic building materials or corrosion of metals is moderate-to-severe found that redundant moisture...

  18. INDICATOR: LAKE ERIE ICE COVER Winter ice cover on Lake Erie affects the amount of heat and moisture transferred

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    102 INDICATOR: LAKE ERIE ICE COVER Background Winter ice cover on Lake Erie affects the amount of heat and moisture transferred between the lake and the atmosphere. During winter, ice and snow can decrease the amount of light available below the ice surface for photosynthesis. In the absence of an ice

  19. Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick organic soils

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    Benscoter, Brian W.

    5, Canada. D University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H1, Canada consumption. We experimentally altered soil moisture profiles of peat monoliths collected from several. Additional keywords: bog, boreal, carbon, fire, ground-layer fuels, peat, peatland, Sphagnum, smouldering

  20. Interactive effects of vegetation, soil moisture and bulk density on depth of burning of thick organic soils

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    Turetsky, Merritt

    5, Canada. D University of Alberta, Department of Renewable Resources, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H1, Canada consumption. We experimentally altered soil moisture profiles of peat monoliths collected from several. Additional keywords: bog, boreal, carbon, fire, ground-layer fuels, peat, peatland, smouldering, Sphagnum

  1. A dual-pass variational data assimilation framework for estimating soil moisture profiles from AMSR-E microwave

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    influences the partitioning of surface available energy into sensible and latent heat fluxes and henceA dual-pass variational data assimilation framework for estimating soil moisture profiles from AMSR, we have designed a dual-pass assimilation (DP-En4DVar) framework to optimize the model state

  2. Variation in soil moisture and N availability modulates carbon and water exchange in a California grassland experiment

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    St. Clair, S.B.; Sudderth, E.; Fischer, M.L.; Torn, M.S.; Stuart, S.; Salve, R.; Eggett, D.; Ackerly, D.

    2009-03-15T23:59:59.000Z

    Variability in the magnitude and timing of precipitation is predicted to change under future climate scenarios. The primary objective of this study was to understand how variation in precipitation patterns consisting of soil moisture pulses mixed with intermittent dry down events influence ecosystem gas fluxes. We characterized the effects of precipitation amount and timing, N availability, and plant community composition on whole ecosystem and leaf gas exchange in a California annual grassland mesocosm study system that allowed precise control of soil moisture conditions. Ecosystem CO2 and fluxes increased significantly with greater precipitation and were positively correlated with soil moisture. A repeated 10 day dry down period following 11 days of variable precipitation inputs strongly depressed net ecosystem CO2 exchange (NEE) across a range of season precipitation totals, and plant community types. Ecosystem respiration (Re), evapotranspiration (ET) and leaf level photosynthesis (Amax) showed greatest sensitivity to dry down periods in low precipitation plots. Nitrogen additions significantly increased NEE, Re and Amax, particularly as water availability was increased. These results demonstrate that N availability and intermittent periods of soil moisture deficit (across a wide range of cumulative season precipitation totals) strongly modulate ecosystem gas exchange.

  3. Real time detection of soil moisture and nitrates using on-board in-situ impedance spectroscopy

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    Kumar, Ratnesh

    Real time detection of soil moisture and nitrates using on-board in-situ impedance spectroscopy across a pair of electrodes immersed in that medium. We make accurate measurements on soil impedance over multiple frequen- cies using an in-situ soil-sensor we have designed. The impedance values are then used

  4. SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT RESEARCH CENTER FIGURE 1 Moisture-induced stripping in asphalt treated base layer

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PAVEMENT RESEARCH CENTER FIGURE 1 Moisture-induced stripping in asphalt treated base layer PAVEMENT TECHNOLOGY UPDATE This Technology Transfer Program publication is provided by the University of California Pavement Research Center. The University of California Pavement

  5. 2392 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING, VOL. 41, NO. 10, OCTOBER 2003 Soil Moisture Mapping Using ESTAR Under

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    2392 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING, VOL. 41, NO. 10, OCTOBER 2003 Soil of the entire region. Index Terms--Microwave, remote sensing, soil moisture. I. INTRODUCTION THE FUNDAMENTAL regional heat fluxes [15], and to validate distributed land surface models in order to study the scaling

  6. Soil animal responses to moisture availability are largely scale, not ecosystem dependent: insight from a cross-site

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    Wall, Diana

    Soil animal responses to moisture availability are largely scale, not ecosystem dependent: insight Cruces, NM 88012, USA, 4 USDA ARS Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory, Temple, TX 76502, USA, 5 Abstract Climate change will result in reduced soil water availability in much of the world either due

  7. Detection of nitroesters and moisture in combustible cartridge case wall by indicator strips and instruments. Final report

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    Ho, C.H.; Moneyhun, J.H.; Agouridis, D.C.; Gayle, T.M.; Hurst, G.B.; Griest, W.H.

    1992-09-30T23:59:59.000Z

    Nitroester migration into the case wall from the propellant and moisture accumulation within the case have been identified as important internal and external (respectively) factors which contribute to the physical deterioration of combustible cartridge case (ccc) munitions. The latter factor also may hinder proper ignition of the ccc and cause incomplete combustion in firing. Visual indicators sensitive to these factors and affixed to ccc rounds would allow quality assurance specialists or gun crews in the field to rapidly determine the potential reliability of individual rounds. Previous work in this task identified chemistries suitable for the detection of nitroesters and moisture in the ccc wall. A version of the Griess reaction was modified for a dry colorimetric indicator which in the presence of nitroglycerin (NG) or diethyleneglycol dinitrate (DEGDN) generates a brilliant red color. Inorganic salts such as cupric chloride, which changes from brown to blue-green upon hydration, were suggested as promising visual indicators of moisture. This report describes the development and preliminary testing of prototype nitroester and moisture indicator strips, and the scoping of two instrumental techniques, infrared spectroscopy and electrical capacitance, which could lead to portable instruments for rapid and nondestructive testing of ccc in the field.

  8. Effects of cropping-system-related soil moisture and nutrient dynamics on the sustainability of semiarid dryland agriculture

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    Norton, Jay B.

    Effects of cropping-system-related soil moisture and nutrient dynamics on the sustainability are to evaluate sustainability of conservation cropping systems in order to improve management approaches of semiarid dryland agriculture Project Summary We propose to investigate cropping-system-related soil

  9. A Pacific Moisture Conveyor Belt and Its Relationship to a Significant Precipitation Event in the Semiarid Southwestern United States

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    Williams, Justin

    with the University of Wisconsin- Nonhydrostatic Modeling System, as well as analysis data, surface observations with different influence factors can be distinguished. 1) Close to the COL center, moist tropical air is overrun extraordinary cool season precipitation events in western North America to bands of enhanced moisture transport

  10. ., ~., t.o -., '-'~ Effect of moisture content on the composting of pig-manure sawdust litter disposed from the

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    Tiquia-Arashiro, Sonia M.

    '- ., ~., t.o - ., '-'~ Effect of moisture content on the composting of pig-manure sawdust litter-situ composting, has been developed as one of the recommended methods in Hong Kong to treat pig waste. The system microbial biomass, which is similar to an immature compost. In order to improve the quality of the spent

  11. Investigations of Possible Low-Level Temperature and Moisture Anomalies During the AMIE Field Campaign on Manus Island

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    Long, CN; Holdridge, DJ

    2012-11-19T23:59:59.000Z

    This document discusses results stemming from the investigation of near-surface temperature and moisture “oddities” that were brought to light as part of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) Investigation Experiment (AMIE), Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (DYNAMO), and Cooperative Indian Ocean experiment on intraseasonal variability in the Year 2011 (CINDY2011) campaigns.

  12. Influence of radar frequency on the relationship between bare surface soil moisture vertical profile and radar backscatter

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    produced from Envisat ASAR and TerraSAR-X data, acquired over bare soils with in situ measurements heterogeneity into account in the backscatter model. Key words: SAR, AIEM, soil moisture profile, bare soil hal in the L, C, and X frequency bands, empirical and semi-empirical models are often calibrated using soil

  13. How do elevated [CO2], warming, and reduced precipitation interact to affect soil moisture and LAI in an old field ecosystem?

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    Dermody, Orla [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Weltzin, Jake [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Engel, Elizabeth C. [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Allen, Phillip [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Norby, Richard J [ORNL

    2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Soil moisture content and leaf area index (LAI) are properties that will be particularly important in mediating whole system responses to the combined effects of elevated atmospheric [CO2], warming and altered precipitation. Warming and drying will likely reduce soil moisture, and this effect may be exacerbated when these factors are combined. However, elevated [CO2] may increase soil moisture contents and when combined with warming and drying may partially compensate for their effects. The response of LAI to elevated [CO2] and warming will be closely tied to soil moisture status and may mitigate or exacerbate the effects of global change on soil moisture. Using open-top chambers (4-m diameter), the interactive effects of elevated [CO2], warming, and differential irrigation on soil moisture availability were examined in the OCCAM (Old-Field Community Climate and Atmospheric Manipulation) experiment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee. Warming consistently reduced soil moisture contents and this effect was exacerbated by reduced irrigation. However, elevated [CO2] partially compensated for the effects of warming and drying on soil moisture. Changes in LAI were closely linked to soil moisture status. LAI was determined using an AccuPAR ceptometer and both the leaf area duration (LAD) and canopy size were increased by irrigation and elevated [CO2]. The climate of the southeastern United States is predicted to be warmer and drier in the future. This research suggests that although elevated [CO2] will partially ameliorate the effects of warming and drying, losses of soil moisture will increase from old field ecosystems in the future.

  14. Biomedical Applications of Thermally Activated Shape Memory Polymers

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    Small IV, W; Singhal, P; Wilson, T S; Maitland, D J

    2009-04-10T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are smart materials that can remember a primary shape and can return to this primary shape from a deformed secondary shape when given an appropriate stimulus. This property allows them to be delivered in a compact form via minimally invasive surgeries in humans, and deployed to achieve complex final shapes. Here we review the various biomedical applications of SMPs and the challenges they face with respect to actuation and biocompatibility. While shape memory behavior has been demonstrated with heat, light and chemical environment, here we focus our discussion on thermally stimulated SMPs.

  15. Study of extreme nuclear shapes in extreme conditions

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    Banerjee, Sudhee Ranjan, E-mail: srb@vecc.gov.in [Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, 1/AF, Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata 700 064 (India)

    2014-08-14T23:59:59.000Z

    Studies of extreme nuclear shapes have always fascinated scientists and are being pursued quite strongly over the years. Nuclei present themselves with interesting shapes and structures at different conditions of spin, excitation and also with the number of neutrons and/or protons in them. Gamma decays from the Giant dipole Resonances in nuclei can probe directly their shapes at different extreme conditions by looking at their resonant line-shapes, e.g., Jacobi shapes and shape-transitions, super/hyper-deformation etc. Similar such studies, done for the first time, using the LAMBDA high energy gamma spectrometer developed at VECC, is discussed here.

  16. Microgenetic optimization algorithm for optimal wavefront shaping

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    Anderson, Benjamin R; Gunawidjaja, Ray; Eilers, Hergen

    2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    One of the main limitations of utilizing optimal wavefront shaping in imaging and authentication applications is the slow speed of the optimization algorithms currently being used. To address this problem we develop a micro-genetic optimization algorithm ($\\mu$GA) for optimal wavefront shaping. We test the abilities of the $\\mu$GA and make comparisons to previous algorithms (iterative and simple-genetic) by using each algorithm to optimize transmission through an opaque medium. From our experiments we find that the $\\mu$GA is faster than both the iterative and simple-genetic algorithms and that both genetic algorithms are more resistant to noise and sample decoherence than the iterative algorithm.

  17. Inequality design limits in optimal aerodynamic shapes

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    Seaman, Charles Knight

    1968-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to thank Mr. Stan Lowy for his assistance. ABSTRACT The investigation is concerned with ways of including design con- straints in the problem of optimum aerodynamic shapes. Inequality constraints are examined in the report as one... means of describing design limits in the optimization problem. The use of inequality con- straints to consider design limits in a variational solution is illustrated with an example problem. In the example problem, the admissable profiles for a...

  18. Rimmed and edge thickened Stodola shaped flywheel

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    Kulkarni, S.V.; Stone, R.G.

    1983-10-11T23:59:59.000Z

    A flywheel is described that is useful for energy storage in a hybrid vehicle automotive power system or in some stationary applications. The flywheel has a body composed of essentially planar isotropic high strength material. The flywheel body is enclosed by a rim of circumferentially wound fiber embedded in resin. The rim promotes flywheel safety and survivability. The flywheel has a truncated and edge thickened Stodola shape designed to optimize system mass and energy storage capability. 6 figs.

  19. Apparatus for loading shape memory gripper mechanisms

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    Lee, Abraham P. (Walnut Creek, CA); Benett, William J. (Livermore, CA); Schumann, Daniel L. (Concord, CA); Krulevitch, Peter A. (Pleasanton, CA); Fitch, Joseph P. (Livermore, CA)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and apparatus for loading deposit material, such as an embolic coil, into a shape memory polymer (SMP) gripping/release mechanism. The apparatus enables the application of uniform pressure to secure a grip by the SMP mechanism on the deposit material via differential pressure between, for example, vacuum within the SMP mechanism and hydrostatic water pressure on the exterior of the SMP mechanism. The SMP tubing material of the mechanism is heated to above the glass transformation temperature (Tg) while reshaping, and subsequently cooled to below Tg to freeze the shape. The heating and/or cooling may, for example, be provided by the same water applied for pressurization or the heating can be applied by optical fibers packaged to the SMP mechanism for directing a laser beam, for example, thereunto. At a point of use, the deposit material is released from the SMP mechanism by reheating the SMP material to above the temperature Tg whereby it returns to its initial shape. The reheating of the SM material may be carried out by injecting heated fluid (water) through an associated catheter or by optical fibers and an associated beam of laser light, for example.

  20. New organic crystals for pulse shape discrimination

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    Hull, G; Zaitseva, N; Cherepy, N; Newby, J; Stoeffl, W; Payne, S

    2008-07-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Efficient, readily-available, low-cost, high-energy neutron detectors can play a central role in detecting illicit nuclear weapons since neutrons are a strong indication for the presence of fissile material such as Plutonium and Highly-Enriched Uranium. The main challenge in detecting fast neutrons consists in the discrimination of the signal from the gamma radiation background. At present, the only well-investigated organic crystal scintillator for fast neutron detection, in a n/{gamma} mixed field, is stilbene, which while offering good pulse shape discrimination, is not widely used because of its limited availability and high cost. In this work we report the results of our studies made with a number of new organic crystals, which exhibit pulse shape discrimination for detection of fast neutrons. In particular 1,1,4,4-tetraphenyl-1,3-butadiene features a light yield higher than anthracene and a Figure of Merit (FOM) for the pulse shape discrimination better than stilbene. New crystals are good candidates for the low-cost solution growth method, thus representing promising organic scintillators for widespread deployment for high-energy neutron detection.

  1. Exploring Shape Grammar Optimization as a Tool for Automated Design

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    Cazamias, Jordan A

    2013-09-24T23:59:59.000Z

    requires tediously adjusting its many hard-coded parameters. This research serves to answer whether a sub-optimal shape grammar could instead be adjusted using grammar induction and optimization techniques. A general optimization framework for shape...

  2. Ultrafast optical pulse shaping: A tutorial review Andrew M. Weiner

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    Purdue University

    Ultrafast optical pulse shaping: A tutorial review Andrew M. Weiner Purdue University, School 2011 Keywords: Ultrafast optics Pulse shaping Femtosecond optics Coherent control Optical signal programmable reshapingof ultrafast pulses, or generation of arbitrary optical waveforms, according to user

  3. Structural Thermomechanical Models for Shape Memory Alloy Components

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    Rao, Ashwin

    2014-04-18T23:59:59.000Z

    Thermally responsive shape memory alloys (SMA) demonstrate interesting properties like shape memory effect (SME) and superelasticity (SE). SMA components in the form of wires, springs and beams typically exhibit complex, nonlinear hysteretic...

  4. The Role of Knowledge in Visual Shape Representation

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    Saund, Eric

    1988-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report shows how knowledge about the visual world can be built into a shape representation in the form of a descriptive vocabulary making explicit the important geometrical relationships comprising objects' shapes. ...

  5. The Intelligent Combination of Input Shaping and PID Feedback Control

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    Singhose, William

    The Intelligent Combination of Input Shaping and PID Feedback Control A Dissertation Presented Combination of Input Shaping and PID Feedback Control Approved by: Dr. William Singhose, Advisor School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.4 PID Feedback Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 1.5 Comparison

  6. Development of Superelastic Effects in Ferrous Shape Memory Alloy

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    Olson, Scott Michael

    SE: Superelastic effect SME: Shape memory effect Nitinol:shape memory effect, (SME), whereby the material returns toelastic strain. In SMAs, the SME and SE are based on the

  7. Interested in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies? Help Shape...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Interested in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies? Help Shape the H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition Interested in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies? Help Shape the H2 Refuel H-Prize...

  8. Partnering with Industry to Shape the Future (Presentation)

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    Pacheco, M. A.

    2013-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Keynote presentation given at the 2013 NTEA Green Truck Summit titled Partnering with Industry to Shape the Future.

  9. Method for fabricating uranium alloy articles without shape memory effects

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    Banker, J.G.

    1980-05-21T23:59:59.000Z

    Uranium-rich niobium and niobium-zirconium alloys possess a characteristic known as shape memory effect wherein shaped articles of these alloys recover their original shape when heated. The present invention circumvents this memory behavior by forming the alloys into the desired configuration at elevated temperatures with cold matched dies and maintaining the shaped articles between the dies until the articles cool to ambient temperature.

  10. Method for fabricating uranium alloy articles without shape memory effects

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    Banker, John G. (Boulder, CO)

    1985-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Uranium-rich niobium and niobium-zirconium alloys possess a characteristic known as shape memory effect wherein shaped articles of these alloys recover their original shape when heated. The present invention circumvents this memory behavior by forming the alloys into the desired configuration at elevated temperatures with "cold" matched dies and maintaining the shaped articles between the dies until the articles cool to ambient temperature.

  11. Development of Superelastic Effects in Ferrous Shape Memory Alloy

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    Olson, Scott Michael

    titanium shape memory alloy SIM: Stress-induced martensite LOM: Light optical microscopy SEM: Scanning electron microscope EDS: Energy

  12. Industrial Load Shaping: A Utility Strategy to Deal with Competition

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    Bules, D.

    manufacturing facilities. Both the customer and the utility should realize benefits from these changes. There are five generic load shaping categories: rescheduling operations, capacity additions, product storage, automation and flexible manufacturing... Implementation * Program Monitoring LOAD SHAPE ALTERNATIVES General categories of load shape alternatives include process rescheduling, capacity additions, product storage, automation and flexible manufacturing and electrotechnologies. Process rescheduling...

  13. Fractal Representation of Planar Shapes Wladyslaw Skarbek3

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    Vialatte, François

    Fractal Representation of Planar Shapes Wladyslaw Skarbek3 Frontier Research Program RIKEN, ABS of planar shapes, (e.g. characters in the given font) a fractal operator is de#12;ned which when applied on the fractal representation. Signi#12;cant compression of data volume was obtained for shape representation

  14. A geometric approach to energy shaping1 Bahman Gharesifard2

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    Lewis, Andrew D.

    A geometric approach to energy shaping1 Bahman Gharesifard2 09/07/2009 1 PhD thesis, Department a more systematic geometric exploration of energy shaping. Most of the previous results have been dealt in late 1960's is utilized to analyze the partial differential equations in energy shaping. The energy

  15. Reinforcement Learning for Active Length Control of Shape Memory Alloys

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    Valasek, John

    Reinforcement Learning for Active Length Control of Shape Memory Alloys Kenton Kirkpatrick John Valasek Aerospace Engineering Department Texas A&M University AIAA GNC Conference 21 August 2008 Honolulu;Kirkpatrick & Valasek - 5 Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) Metallic Alloys used as actuators Shape Memory Effect

  16. Guide wire extension for shape memory polymer occlusion removal devices

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    Maitland, Duncan J. (Pleasant Hill, CA); Small, IV, Ward (Livermore, CA); Hartman, Jonathan (Sacramento, CA)

    2009-11-03T23:59:59.000Z

    A flexible extension for a shape memory polymer occlusion removal device. A shape memory polymer instrument is transported through a vessel via a catheter. A flexible elongated unit is operatively connected to the distal end of the shape memory polymer instrument to enhance maneuverability through tortuous paths en route to the occlusion.

  17. Onboard Autonomous Rock Shape Analysis For Mars Rovers

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    in this process, we present an automated technique to allow a rover to classify the shape and other geologic were conducted by characterizing the two-dimensional rock shape while the three-dimensional shape developed and implemented. The per- formance of each measure was characterized by analyzing images from

  18. Design of Innovative Thermoset Shape Memory Polyurethanes (SMPUs)

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    Dalang, Robert C.

    Design of Innovative Thermoset Shape Memory Polyurethanes (SMPUs) Author: Yaobo Ding Supervisor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Email: yaobo.ding@epfl.ch Motivation Shape memory polymers-based shape memory polymers, and microfludic devices is one of them. Low cost SMPUs for microfluidics

  19. Shape Memory Polymer Patrick T. Mather,1,2

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    Shape Memory Polymer Research Patrick T. Mather,1,2 Xiaofan Luo,1,2 and Ingrid A. Rousseau3 1-145419 Copyright c 2009 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved 1531-7331/09/0804-0445$20.00 Key Words shape memory witnessed significant advances in the field of shape memory polymers (SMPs) with the elucidation of new

  20. Introduction Nickel Titanium exhibits shape-memory or

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    Dalang, Robert C.

    Introduction Nickel Titanium exhibits shape-memory or superelastic effect coupled with good of the implant. Figure 1: (a) Shape-memory effect. (b) Superelastic effect Processing and Characterization of NiTi Shape-Memory Alloys with 3D Interconnected Porosity Antoine Emery Supervisors: Prof. A. Mortensen (EPFL

  1. Shape Memory Assisted Self-Healing Coating Xiaofan Luo

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    Shape Memory Assisted Self-Healing Coating Xiaofan Luo and Patrick T. Mather* Department and characterization of new shape memory assisted self- healing (SMASH) coatings. The coatings feature a phase in a shape memory epoxy matrix. Mechanical damage to the coating can be self-healed via heating, which

  2. Toward Evaluation of Shape Memory Alloy Actuators for Endosurgery

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    Toward Evaluation of Shape Memory Alloy Actuators for Endosurgery Kaari Koehn and Shahram Payandeh the movements of MIS tools. One such altemative could be the e:lectromechanical shape memory alloy actuators as in teleoperation. Nickel-Titanium (NiTi)alloy is a commerciallyavailable member of the family of Shape Memory

  3. Dynamic Buckling and Recovery of Thin Cylindrical Shape Memory Shells

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    Nemat-Nasser, Sia

    Dynamic Buckling and Recovery of Thin Cylindrical Shape Memory Shells Mahmoud Reza Amini and Sia@ucsd.edu Phone: (858) 534-6525 FAX: (858) 534-2727 Abstract Shape-memory alloys can sustain relatively large consisting of shape-memory alloys in order to understand the response when used as the core of the sandwich

  4. Shape memory and nanostructure in poly(norbornyl-POSS) copolymers

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    Shape memory and nanostructure in poly(norbornyl-POSS) copolymers HG Jeon,1 * PT Mather2 and TS Blvd., Edwards AFB, CA 93524­7680, USA Abstract: The microstructure and shape-memory properties by rapid quenching in LN2. Shape-memory properties of such drawn samples were explored by measuring

  5. Characterization of Shape Memory Alloys Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Valasek, John

    Characterization of Shape Memory Alloys Using Artificial Neural Networks James V. Henrickson , Kenton Kirkpatrick, and John Valasek Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3141 Shape memory of shape memory alloys, however, is often com- plicated by their hysteretic, non-linear, thermo

  6. Combining Pattern Instability and Shape-Memory Hysteresis for Phononic

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    Combining Pattern Instability and Shape-Memory Hysteresis for Phononic Switching Ji-Hyun Jang Received April 10, 2009 ABSTRACT We report a fully reversible and robust shape-memory effect in a two simulations correctly capture the three steps of the shape-memory cycle observed experimentally. Structures

  7. On the thermomechanical deformation of silver shape memory nanowires

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    Lin, Xi

    On the thermomechanical deformation of silver shape memory nanowires Harold S. Park *, Changjiang an analysis of the uniaxial thermomechanical deformation of single-crystal silver shape memory nanowires using atomistic simulations. We first demonstrate that silver nanowires can show both shape memory

  8. Model-Free Control of Shape Memory Alloys Antagonistic Actuators

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Model-Free Control of Shape Memory Alloys Antagonistic Actuators Pierre-Antoine G´edouin , C with a first application of the new framework of model-free control to the promising technology of shape memory alloys actuators. In particular antagonistic shape memory alloys actuator. These devices are known

  9. Integration of Local and Global Shape Analysis for Logo Classification

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    Samet, Hanan

    Integration of Local and Global Shape Analysis for Logo Classification Jan Neumann, Hanan Samet@il.ibm.com Abstract. A comparison is made of global and local methods for the shape analysis of logos in an image metric on the logos. As representatives for the two classes of methods, we use the negative shape method

  10. Shape memory behavior of ultrafine grained NiTi and TiNiPd shape memory alloys

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    Kockar, Benat

    2009-05-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The cyclic instability in shape memory characteristics of NiTi-based shape memory alloys (SMAs), such as transformation temperatures, transformation and irrecoverable strains and transformation hysteresis upon thermal and mechanical cycling limits...

  11. Tensiometer and method of determining soil moisture potential in below-grade earthen soil

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    Hubbell, Joel M. (Idaho Falls, ID); Sisson, James B. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1997-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A portable tensiometer to in situ determine below-grade soil moisture potential of earthen soil includes, a) a body having opposing first and second ends and being adapted for complete insertion into earthen soil below grade; b) a porous material provided at the first body end, the porous material at least in part defining a fluid chamber within the body at the first body end, the fluid chamber being fluidically sealed within the body but for the porous material; c) a degassed liquid received within the fluid chamber; d) a pressure transducer mounted in fluid communication with the fluid chamber; e) the body, pressure transducer and degassed liquid having a combined mass; f) a flexible suspension line connected to the body adjacent the second body end, the flexible line being of sufficient strength to gravitationally freely self suspend the combined mass; and c) the combined mass being sufficient to effectively impart hydraulic communication between below-grade earthen soil contacted by the porous material under the weight of the combined mass. Tensiometers configured to engage the sidewalls of an earthen opening are also disclosed. Methods of taking tensiometric measurements are also disclosed.

  12. Tensiometer and method of determining soil moisture potential in below-grade earthen soil

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    Hubbell, J.M.; Sisson, J.B.

    1997-07-08T23:59:59.000Z

    A portable tensiometer to in-situ determine below-grade soil moisture potential of earthen soil includes, (a) a body having opposing first and second ends and being adapted for complete insertion into earthen soil below grade; (b) a porous material provided at the first body end, the porous material at least in part defining a fluid chamber within the body at the first body end, the fluid chamber being fluidically sealed within the body but for the porous material; (c) a degassed liquid received within the fluid chamber; (d) a pressure transducer mounted in fluid communication with the fluid chamber; (e) the body, pressure transducer and degassed liquid having a combined mass; (f) a flexible suspension line connected to the body adjacent the second body end, the flexible line being of sufficient strength to gravitationally freely self suspend the combined mass; and (g) the combined mass being sufficient to effectively impart hydraulic communication between below-grade earthen soil contacted by the porous material under the weight of the combined mass. Tensiometers configured to engage the sidewalls of an earthen opening are also disclosed. Methods of taking tensiometric measurements are also disclosed. 12 figs.

  13. Tensiometer and method of determining soil moisture potential in below-grade earthen soil

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    Hubbell, Joel M. (Idaho Falls, ID); Mattson, Earl D. (Albuquerque, NM); Sisson, James B. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1998-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A tensiometer to in situ determine below-grade soil moisture, potential of earthen soil includes, a) an apparatus adapted for insertion into earthen soil below grade, the apparatus having a below-grade portion, and, comprising; b) a porous material provided in the below-grade portion, the porous material at least in part defining a below-grade first fluid chamber; c) a first fluid conduit extending outwardly of the first fluid chamber; d) a first controllable isolation valve provided within the first fluid conduit, the first controllable isolation valve defining a second fluid chamber in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber through the first fluid conduit and the isolation valve, the first controllable isolation valve being received within the below-grade portion; and e) a pressure transducer in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber, the pressure transducer being received within the below-grade portion. An alternate embodiment includes an apparatus adapted for insertion into earthen soil below grade, the apparatus having a below-grade portion, and including: i) a porous material provided in the below-grade portion, the porous material at least in part defining a below-grade first fluid chamber; and ii) a pressure sensing apparatus in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber, the pressure sensing apparatus being entirely received within the below-grade portion. A method is also disclosed using the above and other apparatus.

  14. Tensiometer and method of determining soil moisture potential in below-grade earthen soil

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    Hubbell, J.M.; Mattson, E.D.; Sisson, J.B.

    1998-06-02T23:59:59.000Z

    A tensiometer to in-situ determine below-grade soil moisture, potential of earthen soil includes, (a) an apparatus adapted for insertion into earthen soil below grade, the apparatus having a below-grade portion, and, comprising; (b) a porous material provided in the below-grade portion, the porous material at least in part defining a below-grade first fluid chamber; (c) a first fluid conduit extending outwardly of the first fluid chamber; (d) a first controllable isolation valve provided within the first fluid conduit, the first controllable isolation valve defining a second fluid chamber in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber through the first fluid conduit and the isolation valve, the first controllable isolation valve being received within the below-grade portion; and (e) a pressure transducer in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber, the pressure transducer being received within the below-grade portion. An alternate embodiment includes an apparatus adapted for insertion into earthen soil below grade, the apparatus having a below-grade portion, and including: (1) a porous material provided in the below-grade portion, the porous material at least in part defining a below-grade first fluid chamber; and (2) a pressure sensing apparatus in fluid communication with the first fluid chamber, the pressure sensing apparatus being entirely received within the below-grade portion. A method is also disclosed using the above and other apparatus. 6 figs.

  15. Flexible Residential Test Facility: Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Heating Season Energy and Moisture Levels

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    Vieira, R.; Parker, D.; Fairey, P.; Sherwin, J.; Withers, C.; Hoak, D.

    2013-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Two identical laboratory homes designed to model existing Florida building stock were sealed and tested to 2.5 ACH50. Then, one was made leaky with 70% leakage through the attic and 30% through windows, to a tested value of 9 ACH50. Reduced energy use was measured in the tighter home (2.5 ACH50) in the range of 15% to 16.5% relative to the leaky (9 ACH50) home. Internal moisture loads resulted in higher dew points inside the tight home than the leaky home. Window condensation and mold growth occurred inside the tight home. Even cutting internal moisture gains in half to 6.05 lbs/day, the dew point of the tight home was more than 15 degrees F higher than the outside dry bulb temperature. The homes have single pane glass representative of older Central Florida homes.

  16. Magnitude and reactivity consequences of moisture ingress into the modular High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor core

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    Smith, O.L. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States))

    1992-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Inadvertent admission of moisture into the primary system of a modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor has been identified in US Department of Energy-sponsored studies as an important safety concern. The work described here develops an analytical methodology to quantify the pressure and reactivity consequences of steam-generator tube rupture and other moisture-ingress-related incidents. Important neutronic and thermohydraulic processes are coupled with reactivity feedback and safety and control system responses. The rate and magnitude of steam buildup are found to be dominated by major system features such as break size compared with safety valve capacity and reliability and less sensitive to factors such as heat transfer coefficients. The results indicate that ingress transients progress at a slower pace than previously predicted by bounding analyses, with milder power overshoots and more time for operator or automatic corrective actions.

  17. Size and Shape of Rhenium Nanoparticles

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    Yang, N. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Mickelson, G. E.; Greenlay, N.; Bare, Simon R. [UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL, 60016 (United States); Kelly, S. D. [EXAFS Analysis, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (United States); Vila, F. D.; Kas, J.; Rehr, J. J. [Department of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 (United States)

    2007-02-02T23:59:59.000Z

    In this paper the results from a detailed XAFS characterization of supported rhenium nanoparticles are presented. The Re nanoparticles are formed by the reduction of dispersed supported rhenium oxide in the presence of moist hydrogen. The shape of the wet--reduced Re clusters is determined by comparing the EXAFS spectra of Re-metal to the Re-wet-reduced clusters to 6 A. A decrease in the signal from the 4th and 7th Re shells is an indication of sheet-like rather than spherical-like particles.

  18. Rimmed and edge thickened Stodola shaped flywheel

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    Kulkarni, Satish V. (San Ramon, CA); Stone, Richard G. (Oakland, CA)

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A flywheel (10) is described that is useful for energy storage in a hybrid vehicle automotive power system or in some stationary applications. The flywheel (10) has a body (15) composed of essentially planar isotropic high strength material. The flywheel (10) body (15) is enclosed by a rim (50) of circumferentially wound fiber (2) embedded in resin (3). The rim (50) promotes flywheel (10) safety and survivability. The flywheel (10) has a truncated and edge thickened Stodola shape designed to optimize system mass and energy storage capability.

  19. Experimental investigation of moisture and temperature conditioning of C600/5208 graphite/epoxy composite material 

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    Grieger, Kenneth Allen

    1979-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    I XPERIMENTAI INVESTIGATION OF MOI TURE AND TE11PERATURF CONDITIONING OF CGOO/5208 GRAPHITE/EPOXY COMPOSITE MATL'RIAL KENNETH AILEN GRIFGFR Su5&ritted to the Graduate College of Texa. s AQh University in partial fulfillment of the requirement... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIFNCE December 1979 Majo, Subject: Ae&ospace Engineering EXPERINENTAL INVESTIGATION OF MOISTURE AND TENPERATURE CONDITIONING OF C600/5208 GRAPHITE/EPOXY COMPOSITE HATERIAL A Thesis by -KENNETH ALLEN GRIEGER Approved...

  20. Predicting shape and stability of airwater interface on superhydrophobic surfaces comprised of pores with arbitrary shapes and depths

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    Tafreshi, Hooman Vahedi

    Predicting shape and stability of air­water interface on superhydrophobic surfaces comprised-differential equation for the three dimensional shape of air­water interface on superhydrophobic surfaces comprised is drawn for designing pore shapes for superhydrophobic surfaces with maximum stability. VC 2012 American

  1. LARGE FORCE SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY LINEAR ACTUATOR JOS R. SANTIAGO ANADN

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    Florida, University of

    LARGE FORCE SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY LINEAR ACTUATOR By JOSÉ R. SANTIAGO ANADÓN A THESIS PRESENTED ............................................................................................................1 Shape Memory Basics........................................................................................... 5 The Shape Memory Effect

  2. Effects of Constrained Aging on the Shape Memory Response of Nickel Rich Niti Shape Memory Alloys

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    Barrie, Fatmata Haja

    2011-02-22T23:59:59.000Z

    Ni50.6Ti49.4 single and Ni52Ti48 polycrystalline shape memory alloy samples were subjected to aging under a uniaxial stress, to form a single Ni4Ti3 precipitate variant and to investigate the effects of single versus multi-variant coherent...

  3. Reproducibility of the bladder shape and bladder shape changes during filling

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    Lotz, Heidi T.; Herk, Marcel van; Betgen, Anja; Pos, Floris; Lebesque, Joos V.; Remeijer, Peter [Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2005-08-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The feasibility of high precision radiotherapy to the bladder region is limited by bladder motion and volume changes. In the near future, we plan to begin treatment delivery of bladder cancer patients with the acquisition of a cone beam CT image on which the complete bladder will be semi-automatically localized. Subsequently, a bladder shape model that was developed in a previous study will be used for bladder localization and for the prediction of shape changes in the time interval between acquisition and beam delivery. For such predictions, knowledge about urinary inflow rate is required. Therefore, a series of MR images was acquired over 1 h with time intervals of 10 min for 18 healthy volunteers. To gain insight in the reproducibility of the bladder shape over longer periods of time, two additional MRI series were recorded for 10 of the volunteers. To a good approximation, the bladder volume increased linearly in time for all individuals. Despite receiving drinking instructions, we found a large variation in the inflow rate between individuals, ranging from 2.1 to 15 cc/min (mean value: 9{+-}3 cc/min). In contrast, the intravolunteer variation was much smaller, with a mean standard deviation (SD) of 0.4 cc/min. The inflow rate was linearly correlated with age (negative slope). To study the reproducibility of the bladder shape, we compared bladder shapes of equal volume. For all individuals, the caudal part of the bladder was the most reproducible (variations<0.3 cm in all cases). The cranial and posterior parts of the bladder was much less reproducible, with local SD values up to {approx}1.2 cm for bladders with a volume of 200 cc. These large long-term variations were primarily caused by changes in position and filling of the small bowel and rectum. However, for short time intervals, the rectal filling was (nearly) constant. Therefore, the reproducibility of urinary inflow, combined with the previously developed shape model gives us an excellent tool to predict short-term shape changes. We intend to use this tool for further improvement of image-guided radiotherapy for bladder cancer patients.

  4. Drop shaping by laser-pulse impact

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    Klein, Alexander L; Visser, Claas Willem; Lhuissier, Henri; Sun, Chao; Snoeijer, Jacco H; Villermaux, Emmanuel; Lohse, Detlef; Gelderblom, Hanneke

    2015-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    We study the hydrodynamic response of a falling drop hit by a laser pulse. Combining high-speed with stroboscopic imaging we report that a millimeter-sized dyed water drop hit by a milli-Joule nanosecond laser-pulse deforms and propels forward at several meters per second, until it eventually fragments. We show that the drop motion results from the recoil momentum imparted at the drop surface by water vaporization. We measure the propulsion speed and the time-deformation law of the drop, complemented by boundary integral simulations. We explain the drop propulsion and shaping in terms of the laser pulse energy and drop surface tension. These findings are crucial for the generation of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light in lithography machines.

  5. Evolution of smooth shapes and integrable systems

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    Irina Markina; Alexander Vasil'ev

    2011-11-05T23:59:59.000Z

    We consider a homotopic evolution in the space of smooth shapes starting from the unit circle. Based on the Loewner-Kufarev equation we give a Hamiltonian formulation of this evolution and provide conservation laws. The symmetries of the evolution are given by the Virasoro algebra. The `positive' Virasoro generators span the holomorphic part of the complexified vector bundle over the space of conformal embeddings of the unit disk into the complex plane and smooth on the boundary. In the covariant formulation they are conserved along the Hamiltonian flow. The `negative' Virasoro generators can be recovered by an iterative method making use of the canonical Poisson structure. We study an embedding of the Loewner-Kufarev trajectories into the Segal-Wilson Grassmannian, construct the tau-function, the Baker-Akhiezer function, and finally, give a class of solutions to the KP equation.

  6. Design of an Ogive-Shaped Beamstop

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    Van Hagan, T.H.; Doll, D.W.; Schneider, J.D.; Spinos, F.R.

    1998-08-23T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper addresses the evolution, design, and development of a novel approach for stopping cw (continuous-wave), non-rastered proton beams. Capturing the beam in vacuo within a long, axisymmetric surface of revolution has the advantages of spreading the deposited energy over a large area while minimizing prompt neutron backstreaming and reducing shield size and mass. Evolving from a cylinder/cone concept, the ogive shape avoids abrupt changes in geometry that produce sharp thermal transitions, allowing the beam energy to be deposited gracefully along its surface. Thermal management at modest temperature levels is provided with a simple, one-pass countercurrent forced-convection water passage outside the ogive. Hydrophone boiling sensors provide overtemperature protection. The concept has been demonstrated under beam conditions in the CRITS (Chalk River Injector Test Stand) facility.

  7. Method for preparing corrosion-resistant ceramic shapes

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    Arons, Richard M. (Wheaton, IL); Dusek, Joseph T. (Downers Grove, IL)

    1983-09-13T23:59:59.000Z

    Ceramic shapes having impermeable tungsten coatings can be used for containing highly corrosive molten alloys and salts. The shapes are prepared by coating damp green ceramic shapes containing a small amount of yttria with a tungsten coating slip which has been adjusted to match the shrinkage rate of the green ceramic and which will fire to a theoretical density of at least 80% to provide a impermeable coating.

  8. Directional emission of stadium-shaped micro-lasers

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    M. Lebental; J. -S. Lauret; J. Zyss; C. Schmit; E. Bogomolny

    2006-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The far-field emission of two dimensional (2D) stadium-shaped dielectric cavities is investigated. Micro-lasers with such shape present a highly directional emission. We provide experimental evidence of the dependance of the emission directionality on the shape of the stadium, in good agreement with ray numerical simulations. We develop a simple geometrical optics model which permits to explain analytically main observed features. Wave numerical calculations confirm the results.

  9. Observable Equivalence between General Relativity and Shape Dynamics

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    Tim Koslowski

    2012-03-29T23:59:59.000Z

    In this conceptual paper we construct a local version of Shape Dynamics that is equivalent to General Relativity in the sense that the algebras of Dirac observables weakly coincide. This allows us to identify Shape Dynamics observables with General Relativity observables, whose observables can now be interpreted as particular representative functions of observables of a conformal theory at fixed York time. An application of the observable equivalence of General Relativity and Shape Dynamics is to define the quantization of General Relativity through quantizing Shape Dynamics and using observable equivalence. We investigate this proposal explicitly for gravity in 2+1 dimensions.

  10. active shape modelling: Topics by E-print Network

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    including ecology, palaeoecology and forensic science. The model we build represents life cycle and natural variation of both shape and texture over multiple diatom species,...

  11. active shape models: Topics by E-print Network

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    including ecology, palaeoecology and forensic science. The model we build represents life cycle and natural variation of both shape and texture over multiple diatom species,...

  12. active shape model: Topics by E-print Network

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    including ecology, palaeoecology and forensic science. The model we build represents life cycle and natural variation of both shape and texture over multiple diatom species,...

  13. Methods for Analyzing Electric Load Shape and its Variability

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    Price, Philip

    2010-05-12T23:59:59.000Z

    Current methods of summarizing and analyzing electric load shape are discussed briefly and compared. Simple rules of thumb for graphical display of load shapes are suggested. We propose a set of parameters that quantitatively describe the load shape in many buildings. Using the example of a linear regression model to predict load shape from time and temperature, we show how quantities such as the load?s sensitivity to outdoor temperature, and the effectiveness of demand response (DR), can be quantified. Examples are presented using real building data.

  14. Scientists use plasma shaping to control turbulence in stellarators...

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    Scientists use plasma shaping to control turbulence in stellarators By John Greenwald By John Greenwald October 21, 2014 Tweet Widget Google Plus One Share on Facebook Magnetic...

  15. Simultaneous quadrupole and octupole shape phase transitions in Thorium

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    Z. P. Li; B. Y. Song; J. M. Yao; D. Vretenar; J. Meng

    2013-09-11T23:59:59.000Z

    The evolution of quadrupole and octupole shapes in Th isotopes is studied in the framework of nuclear Density Functional Theory. Constrained energy maps and observables calculated with microscopic collective Hamiltonians indicate the occurrence of a simultaneous quantum shape phase transition between spherical and quadrupole-deformed prolate shapes, and between non-octupole and octupole-deformed shapes, as functions of the neutron number. The nucleus $^{224}$Th is closest to the critical point of a double phase transition. A microscopic mechanism of this phenomenon is discussed in terms of the evolution of single-nucleon orbitals with deformation.

  16. Lunar geophysics: The Moon's fundamental shape and paleomagnetism studies

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    Perera, Viranga

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Tectonics.   Reviews  of  Geophysics  and  Space   Physics  SANTA CRUZ Lunar geophysics: The Moon’s fundamental shapeViranga Perera Lunar geophysics: The Moon’s fundamental

  17. Original article The environmental effect on crown shape of common

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Original article The environmental effect on crown shape of common cypress clones Alberi Forestali, C.N.R., Firenze, Italy b Genetics unit, Dept. of Agricultural Biotechnology, University

  18. Total Recall: Detailing Nitinol's Shape-Memory Behavior | The...

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    of the shape change, structures, and transition states, the team constructed a unique computer code and discovered the transformations include a previously-unidentified stable...

  19. aerodynamic shape design: Topics by E-print Network

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    MASTER OF SCIENCE May 1968... Seaman, Charles Knight 2012-06-07 2 Numerical Shape Optimization of Airfoils With Practical Aerodynamic Design Requirements. Open Access Theses and...

  20. Shape Invariant Recognition of Segmented Human Faces using Eigenfaces

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    Cremers, Daniel

    Shape Invariant Recognition of Segmented Human Faces using Eigenfaces Zahid Riaz, Michael Beetz, Bernd Radig Department of Informatics Technical University of Munich, Germany {riaz,beetz

  1. arbitrarily shaped dielectric: Topics by E-print Network

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    dynamic (more) Jung, Jaedal 2014-01-01 9 Numerical solutions to the Poisson equation in media surrounding multiple arbitrarily shaped bodies . Open Access Theses and...

  2. arbitrarily shaped particles: Topics by E-print Network

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    Parthapratim Pradhan 2014-03-25 11 Numerical solutions to the Poisson equation in media surrounding multiple arbitrarily shaped bodies . Open Access Theses and...

  3. arbitrarily shaped nano: Topics by E-print Network

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    dynamic (more) Jung, Jaedal 2014-01-01 6 Numerical solutions to the Poisson equation in media surrounding multiple arbitrarily shaped bodies . Open Access Theses and...

  4. Organic acid preservation of high-moisture sorghum grain and its feeding value for growing-finishing swine

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    Knabe, Darrell Albert

    1973-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    to the 24 to 36% moisture grain when it was harvested in mid-July but extensive mold growth was noted in one bin after 70 days. This required that it be retreated which raised the acid content from about 1. 5 to 3. 4 percent. The failure of the grain... effective in preserving the grain harvested in mid-July that was used in the second group feeding trial. Ho mold growth was found in the three bins and essentially no microbial growth could be plated from grains preserved with 1. 1/ acid after six weeks...

  5. A method of determining the dissolved oxygen in the moisture of a porous medium and some oxygen diffusion studies

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    Runkles, Jack Ralph

    1952-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    this dissolved oxygen The sample chamber apparatus gives ocnsplcte seal of the bottle from the atmosphere The ohsabor does not require a large ameunt Of nitrogen Sb remove all the oxygen from it, It is easily portable and light in weight The proposed method... METHOD QF DETRHRIUIHO THE DISSOLVED OXmEK IE THE MOISTURE OF A POROUS ERDD% @AD SMfE QXYOEB DKFFUSIOE STUDIES ' INTRO DUO fQRF, I Oxygen, bas been known to be important in plant growth fox maay years There has been a great deal of xesearoh...

  6. CO2 CH4 flux Air temperature Soil temperature and Soil moisture, Barrow, Alaska 2013 ver. 1

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    Margaret Torn

    This dataset consists of field measurements of CO2 and CH4 flux, as well as soil properties made during 2013 in Areas A-D of Intensive Site 1 at the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) Arctic site near Barrow, Alaska. Included are i) measurements of CO2 and CH4 flux made from June to September (ii) Calculation of corresponding Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) and CH4 exchange (transparent minus opaque) between atmosphere and the ecosystem (ii) Measurements of Los Gatos Research (LGR) chamber air temperature made from June to September (ii) measurements of surface layer depth, type of surface layer, soil temperature and soil moisture from June to September.

  7. Electrostatic shape-shifting ion optics

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    Dahl, David A.; Scott, Jill R.; Appelhans, Anthony D.

    2006-05-02T23:59:59.000Z

    Electrostatic shape-shifting ion optics includes an outer electrode that defines an interior region between first and second opposed open ends. A first inner electrode is positioned within the interior region of the outer electrode at about the first open end. A second inner electrode is positioned within the interior region of the outer electrode at about the second open end. A first end cap electrode is positioned at about a first open end of the first inner electrode so that the first end cap electrode substantially encloses the first open end of the first inner electrode. A second end cap electrode is positioned at about a second open end of the second inner electrode so that the second end cap electrode substantially encloses the second open end of the second inner electrode. A voltage source operatively connected to each of the electrodes applies voltage functions to each of the electrodes to produce an electric field within an interior space enclosed by the electrodes.

  8. Airfoil shape for a turbine bucket

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    Hyde, Susan Marie; By, Robert Romany; Tressler, Judd Dodge; Schaeffer, Jon Conrad; Sims, Calvin Levy

    2005-06-28T23:59:59.000Z

    Third stage turbine buckets have airfoil profiles substantially in accordance with Cartesian coordinate values of X, Y and Z set forth Table I wherein X and Y values are in inches and the Z values are non-dimensional values from 0 to 0.938 convertible to Z distances in inches by multiplying the Z values by the height of the airfoil in inches. The X and Y values are distances which, when connected by smooth continuing arcs, define airfoil profile sections at each distance Z. The profile sections at each distance Z are joined smoothly to one another to form a complete airfoil shape. The X and Y distances may be scalable as a function of the same constant or number to provide a scaled up or scaled down airfoil section for the bucket. The nominal airfoil given by the X, Y and Z distances lies within an envelop of .+-.0.150 inches in directions normal to the surface of the airfoil.

  9. Deep Learning Representation using Autoencoder for 3D Shape Retrieval

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    benchmarks. I. INTRODUCTION With the fast development of 3D printer, Microsoft Kinect sensor and laserDeep Learning Representation using Autoencoder for 3D Shape Retrieval Zhuotun Zhu, Xinggang Wang@hust.edu.cn Abstract--We study the problem of how to build a deep learning representation for 3D shape. Deep learning

  10. The U-Shaped Productivity Dynamics of French Exporters

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    The U-Shaped Productivity Dynamics of French Exporters N° 2007-01 Janvier 2007 Flora Bellone-shaped Productivity Dynamics of French Exporters Flora Bellone Patrick Musso Lionel Nesta Michel Qu´er´e § January of the relationship between firm productivity and exports. We use a large-scale dataset on French manufacturing firms

  11. Within architectural design a large variety of complex shaped

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    Langendoen, Koen

    architecture with complex geometry brings along new challenges for manufacturers of building componentsWithin architectural design a large variety of complex shaped buildings can be found. Free form nowadays allows for modelling of almost any possible shape. With these tools designers can structures

  12. Characterization of aggregate shape properties using a computer automated system

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    Al Rousan, Taleb Mustafa

    2005-02-17T23:59:59.000Z

    Development Methodology?????.. 176 Statistical-Based Aggregate Shape Classification??............... 177 Analysis and Results???????...?????????. 181 Aggregate Texture versus Angularity????????? 181 Effect of Crushing and Size on Shape Properties...)?????????????.. 40 2.24 Laser-based Aggregate Scanning System (LASS) Hardware Architecture??????????????????????? 41 2.25 Illustration of the Erosion-Dilation and Fractal Behavior Method???????????????...????????? 48 2.26 Illustration of the Difference...

  13. Morphing Unmanned Air Vehicle Intelligent Shape and Flight Control

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    Valasek, John

    to improve the search performance and accuracy of learning the optimal shape change policy. The shape control the requirements of a low-speed, high-altitude loiter and a supersonic strike capable aircraft.2 The designed of variable wing dihedral in which a vortex lattice method is used to calculate the aerodynamics. Desired

  14. CoNiGa High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys

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    Dogan, Ebubekir

    2011-10-21T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory alloys (SMAs) are an important class of smart materials that have the ability to remember a shape. Current practical uses of SMAs are limited to below 100 degrees C which is the limit for the transformation temperatures of most...

  15. AMPHORM : form giving through gestural interaction to shape changing objects

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    Lakatos, Dávid

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape-shifting materials have been part of sci-fi literature for decades. But if tomorrow we invent them, how are we going to communicate to them what shape we want them to morph into? If we look at our history, for thousands ...

  16. SPARCL: Efficient and Effective Shape-based Clustering Vineet Chaoji

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    Zaki, Mohammed Javeed

    of the Kmeans algorithm to generate many small seed clusters. The second stage iteratively merges the gen) shape and are of comparable size, typical distortion minimization cri- teria of Kmeans works well (physical) objects of arbitrary shapes. The Kmeans distortion mini- mization criteria fails to isolate those

  17. Universal features of polymer shapes in crowded environment

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    Viktoria Blavatska; Christian von Ferber; Yurij Holovatch

    2010-03-09T23:59:59.000Z

    We study the universal characteristics of the shape of a polymer chain in an environment with correlated structural obstacles, applying the field-theoretical renormalization group approach. Our results qualitatively indicate an increase of the asymmetry of the polymer shape in crowded environment comparing with the pure solution case.

  18. Hybrid method for aerodynamic shape optimization in automotive industry

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    Dumas, Laurent

    Hybrid method for aerodynamic shape optimization in automotive industry Freedeerique Muyl April 2003; accepted 4 June 2003 Abstract An aerodynamic shape optimization tool for complex industrial precisely the reduction of their drag coefficient, becomes one of the main topics of the automotive research

  19. SHAPE MATCHING USING FUZZY DISCRETE PARTICLE SWARM OPTIMIZATION*

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    Hefei Institute of Intelligent Machines

    importantly, the recognition based on shape feature is also a central problem in those fields such as patternSHAPE MATCHING USING FUZZY DISCRETE PARTICLE SWARM OPTIMIZATION* Ji-Xiang Du1, 2 De-Shuang Huang1 based on fuzzy discrete particle swarm optimization (FDPSO) is proposed. Based on fuzzy theory and PSO

  20. Mnemonic SOMs: Recognizable Shapes for Self-Organizing Maps

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    Rauber,Andreas

    and having a regular grid structure, but in non-rectangular map shapes, is introduced. Utilizing different the specific area on the map reverting to the technical notation of nodes and grid #12;WSOM 2005, Paris or hexagonal grid locations; not covering a complete rectangular grid, they would have map shapes following

  1. Seismic shape parameters estimation and ground-roll suppression using

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    Spagnolini, Umberto

    Seismic shape parameters estimation and ground-roll suppression using vector-sensor beamforming the problem of estimating the shape parameters of seismic wavefields in linear arrays. The purpose of the subsurface layers from the seismic wavefields registered by surface sensors. However, only the waves

  2. Genome Organization and Gene Expression Shape the Transposable Element Distribution

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    Alvarez, Nadir

    Genome Organization and Gene Expression Shape the Transposable Element Distribution The distribution of transposable elements (TEs) in a genome reflects a balance between insertion rate and selection shaping the organization of genomes. Past research has shown that TEs tend to accumulate in genomic

  3. Using Negative Shape Features for Logo Similarity Matching Aya Soffer

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    Samet, Hanan

    Using Negative Shape Features for Logo Similarity Matching Aya Soffer , Hanan Samet y Computer A method for representing and matching logos based on positiveandnegative shape features ispresented. Neg. The goal is to find logos in a database that are most similar to a given sample logo. A border is added

  4. Impact of Infiltration and Ventilation on Measured Space Conditioning Energy and Moisture Levels in the Hot-Humid Climate, Cocoa, Florida (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Air infiltration and ventilation in residential buildings is a very large part of the heating loads, but empirical data regarding the impact on space cooling has been lacking. Moreover, there has been little data on how building tightness might relate to building interior moisture levels in homes in a hot and humid climate. To address this need, BA-PIRC has conducted research to assess the moisture and cooling load impacts of airtightness and mechanical ventilation in two identical laboratory homes in the hot-humid climate over the cooling season. ?

  5. The effects of temperature, moisture and soluble solids or rehydration, fragmentation and texture of freeze-dried and compressed carrot bars

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    Rushing, John Earl

    1975-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    to compression. Three techniques for ob- taining these moisture levels were studied: (1) spraying with water until desired increase in weight is obtained; (2) stopping the freeze-drying operation when the desired moisture level is reach- ed; and (3) allowing... freeze-dried food to equilibrate in a humi- dity chamber until the food adsorbs the desired amount of water. Spraying with water was the method of choice because stopping the freeze-drier at the desired level was difficult and the humidity chamber...

  6. On the approximation of crack shapes found during inservice inspection

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    Bhate, S.R.; Chawla, D.S.; Kushwaha, H.S. [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay (India)] [and others

    1997-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper addresses the characterization of axial internal flaw found during inservice inspection of a pipe. J-integral distribution for various flaw shapes is obtained using line spring finite, element method. The peak J-value and its distribution across the crack is found to be characteristic feature of each shape. The triangular shape yields peak J-value away from the center, the point of depth. The elliptic approximation results in large overestimate of J-value for unsymmetric flaws. Triangular approximation is recommended for such flaws so that further service can be obtained from the component.

  7. A torsion test for the study of the large deformation recovery of shape memory polymers

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    1 A torsion test for the study of the large deformation recovery of shape memory polymers Julie & Development Center, 30500 Mound Rd, Warren, MI 48090-9055, USA. Keywords: Shape memory polymer, Strain was designed and built for testing the shape fixity and shape recovery of shape memory polymers at large

  8. DESIGN OF A VARIABLE STIFFNESS LEG USING SHAPE MEMORY POLYMER COMPOSITES

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    Collins, Emmanuel

    571 DESIGN OF A VARIABLE STIFFNESS LEG USING SHAPE MEMORY POLYMER COMPOSITES DUNCAN W. HALDANE materials called shape memory polymers. Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) experience a several order of magnitude a SMP as the resin matrix, a shape memory polymer composite is formed. A shape memory polymer composite

  9. Chai, S.S., Veenendaal,B., West G. and J.P. Walker (2009). Input Parameter Selection for Soil Moisture Retrieval Using an Artificial Neural Network. In: Ostendorf, B., Baldock, P., Bruce, D., Burdett, M. and P. Corcoran (eds.),

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    Walker, Jeff

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Moisture Retrieval Using an Artificial Neural Network. In: Ostendorf, B., Baldock, P., Bruce, D., Burdett-0-9581366-8-6. INPUT PARAMETERS SELECTION FOR SOIL MOISTURE RETRIEVAL USING AN ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK Soo-See Chai 1-linear and ill-posed problem. Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) have been demonstrated to be good solutions

  10. 1999 International Symposium on Robotics Research, Snowbird. Shape and Enlightenment

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    Jaffe, Jules

    that they have much broader applicability. For example, within industrial and ser- vice robotics1999 International Symposium on Robotics Research, Snowbird. Shape and Enlightenment hand, vision-based robot systems can ex- ploit this naturally occurring variability to better un

  11. Multidimensional Characterization of Thermally Actuated Shape Memory Polymer Stents 

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    Nash, Landon 1990-

    2012-04-23T23:59:59.000Z

    In this work, shape memory polymer neurovascular stent prototypes based on a previously proposed design were thermo-mechanically characterized to expand on the clinical efficacy of the device. The stents were made by dip-coating pins in a...

  12. Dynein Motor Domain Shows Ring-Shaped Motor, Buttress

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    Dynein Motor Domain Shows Ring-Shaped Motor, Buttress Print Movement is fundamental to life. It takes place even at the cellular level where cargo is continually being transported...

  13. Analysis of natural frequencies of concert harp soundboard shapes

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    Rorschach, Katherine L

    2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Two possible soundboard shapes for a concert harp were modeled and their lowest natural frequencies compared in order to evaluate the claim that a harp with a bulbous extension has richer sound in the lower notes than one ...

  14. Oversampled pipline A/D converters with mismatch shaping

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    Shabra, Ayman U. (Ayman Umar)

    2001-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This thesis introduces a technique to improve the linearity of pipeline analog to digital converters (ADC). Through a combination of oversampling and mismatch shaping, the distortion introduced by component mismatch is ...

  15. Magnetic actuation and transition shapes of a bistable spherical cap

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    Loukaides, E. G.; Smoukov, S. K.; Seffen, K. A.

    2015-01-22T23:59:59.000Z

    shape has a lower stain energy content to overcome. 4. Concluding remarks PDMS, a material, common in fields such as microfluidics, flexible optics, soft lithography, and soft robotics, is suggested for multistable shells, such that remote actuation...

  16. Calibration of Distance and Size Does Not Calibrate Shape

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    Bingham, Geoffrey P.

    Calibration of Distance and Size Does Not Calibrate Shape Information: Comparison of Dynamic to monocular vision. That is, when participants were not allowed to calibrate their reaches, performance using

  17. Particle shape effects on the stress response of granular packings

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    Haller, Gary L.

    -convex geometries such as hexapods with various arm lengths, dolos, and tetrahedral frames. All particles were 3D-printed stress and energy loss during cyclic loading, we identify trends among the various shapes that allow

  18. Optimal control of plate shape with incompatible strain fields

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    Gareth Wyn Jones; L. Mahadevan

    2014-12-22T23:59:59.000Z

    A flat plate can bend into a curved surface if it experiences an inhomogeneous growth field. In this article a method is described that numerically determines the optimal growth field giving rise to an arbitrary target shape, optimizing for closeness to the target shape and for growth field smoothness. Numerical solutions are presented, for the full non-symmetric case as well as for simplified one-dimensional and axisymmetric geometries. This system can also be solved semi-analytically by positing an ansatz for the deformation and growth fields in a circular disk with given thickness profile. Paraboloidal, cylindrical and saddle-shaped target shapes are presented as examples, of which the last two exemplify a soft mode arising from a non-axisymmetric deformation of a structure with axisymmetric material properties.

  19. Taxonomy of rigid rod-shaped viruses transmitted by fungi

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Taxonomy of rigid rod-shaped viruses transmitted by fungi Jianping Chen TMA Wilson Scottish Crop genus. taxonomy / transmission / fungi / epidemiology / genome organization Résumé — Taxonomie des représentant 3 sous-genres distincts du genre furovirus. taxonomie / transmission / champignon / épidémiologie

  20. Using shape memory alloy as dampers : design methodology

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    Leong, Siu Loong

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Many shape memory alloy (SMA) material models have been proposed in the literature, but most are suited only to forward analysis and not to design. This project proposes a generalized friction element, the lambda box, to ...

  1. Power corrections to event shapes with mass-dependent operators

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    Mateu Barreda, Vicent

    We introduce an operator depending on the “transverse velocity” r that describes the effect of hadron masses on the leading 1/Q power correction to event-shape observables. Here, Q is the scale of the hard collision. This ...

  2. Constitutive equations for superelasticity in crystalline shape-memory materials

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    Thamburaja, Prakash, 1974-

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A crystal-mechanics-based constitutive model for polycrystalline shape-memory materials has been developed. The model has been implemented in a finite-element program. Finite-element calculations of polycrystal response ...

  3. Multi-range force sensors utilizing shape memory alloys

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    Varma, Venugopal K. (Knoxville, TN)

    2003-04-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The present invention provides a multi-range force sensor comprising a load cell made of a shape memory alloy, a strain sensing system, a temperature modulating system, and a temperature monitoring system. The ability of the force sensor to measure contact forces in multiple ranges is effected by the change in temperature of the shape memory alloy. The heating and cooling system functions to place the shape memory alloy of the load cell in either a low temperature, low strength phase for measuring small contact forces, or a high temperature, high strength phase for measuring large contact forces. Once the load cell is in the desired phase, the strain sensing system is utilized to obtain the applied contact force. The temperature monitoring system is utilized to ensure that the shape memory alloy is in one phase or the other.

  4. Thermomechanical Characterization and Modeling of Shape Memory Polymers

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    Volk, Brent L.

    2010-01-16T23:59:59.000Z

    This work focuses on the thermomechanical characterization and constitutive model calibration of shape memory polymers (SMPs). These polymers have the ability to recover seemingly permanent large deformations under the appropriate thermomechanical...

  5. Shape Memory and Superelastic Ceramics at Small Scales

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    Lai, Alan

    Shape memory materials are a class of smart materials able to convert heat into mechanical strain (or strain into heat) by virtue of a martensitic phase transformation. Some brittle materials such as intermetallics and ...

  6. A phenomenological constitutive model for magnetic shape memory alloys

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    Kiefer, Bjoern

    2007-04-25T23:59:59.000Z

    A thermodynamics-based constitutive model is derived which predicts the nonlinear strain and magnetization response that magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs) exhibit when subjected to mechanical and magnetic loads. The model development is conducted...

  7. Development of a shape memory alloy actuated biomimetic hydrofoil

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    Wilson, Larry Nixon

    2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The development of an active biomimetic hydrofoil that utilizes Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator technology is presented herein. This work describes the design and testing of two experimental hydrofoils. The first model had a trailing edge flap...

  8. Shape coexistence and evolution in neutron-deficient krypton isotopes

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    Z. J. Bai; X. M. Fu; C. F. Jiao; F. R. Xu

    2015-03-31T23:59:59.000Z

    Total Routhian Surface (TRS) calculations have been performed to investigate shape coexistence and evolution in neutron-deficient krypton isotopes ${}^{72,74,76}$Kr. The ground-state shape is found to change from oblate in ${}^{72}$Kr to prolate in ${}^{74,76}$Kr, in agreement with experimental data. Quadrupole deformations of the ground states and coexisting $0^{+}_{2}$ states as well as excitation energies of the latter are also well reproduced. While the general agreement between calculated moments of inertia and those deduced from observed spectra confirms the prolate nature of the low-lying yrast states of all three isotopes (except the ground state of ${}^{72}$Kr), the deviation at low spins suggests significant shape mixing. The role of triaxiality in describing shape coexistence and evolution in these nuclei is finally discussed.

  9. Thermomechanical Characterization and Modeling of Shape Memory Polymers 

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    Volk, Brent L.

    2010-01-16T23:59:59.000Z

    This work focuses on the thermomechanical characterization and constitutive model calibration of shape memory polymers (SMPs). These polymers have the ability to recover seemingly permanent large deformations under the ...

  10. Rotary Firing in Ring-Shaped Protein Explains Unidirectionality

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    The Rho factor is a ring-shaped motor protein made up of six subunits (or, in analogy to combustion engines, six "cylinders"). Such motor proteins (also known as hexameric...

  11. Impact perforation of monolithic polyethylene plates: projectile nose shape dependence

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    Mohagheghian, I.; McShane, G. J.; Stronge, W. J.

    2015-02-12T23:59:59.000Z

    . The perforation mechanisms and energy absorption of these PE plates are contrasted with those of thin aluminium alloy targets that have the same total mass. UHMWPE outperforms these metallic targets for all three projectile nose shapes. Finally, the influence...

  12. Optimization of the axial power shape in pressurized water reactors

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    Melik, M. A.

    1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Analytical and numerical methods have been applied to find the optimum axial power profile in a PWR with respect to uranium utilization. The preferred shape was found to have a large central region of uniform power density, ...

  13. Heart - Shaped Nuclei: Condensation of Rotational Aligned Octupole Phonons

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    S. Frauendorf

    2007-10-24T23:59:59.000Z

    The strong octupole correlations in the mass region $A\\approx 226$ are interpreted as rotation-induced condensation of octupole phonons having their angular momentum aligned with the rotational axis. Discrete phonon energy and parity conservation generate oscillations of the energy difference between the lowest rotational bands with positive and negative parity. Anharmonicities tend to synchronize the the rotation of the condensate and the quadrupole shape of the nucleus forming a rotating heart shape.

  14. Euclidean Dynamical Symmetry in Nuclear Shape Phase Transitions

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    Yu Zhang; Yu-Xin Liu; Feng Pan; Yang Sun; J. P. Draayer

    2014-11-26T23:59:59.000Z

    The Euclidean dynamical symmetry hidden in the critical region of nuclear shape phase transitions is revealed by a novel algebraic F(5) description. With a nonlinear projection, it is shown that the dynamics in the critical region of the spherical--axial deformed and the spherical--$\\gamma$ soft shape phase transitions can indeed be manifested by this description, which thus provides a unified symmetry--based interpretation of the critical phenomena in the region.

  15. Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for making the same

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul; Scher, Erik C; Manna, Liberato

    2013-12-17T23:59:59.000Z

    Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for making shaped nanocrystal particles are disclosed. One embodiment includes a method for forming a branched, nanocrystal particle. It includes (a) forming a core having a first crystal structure in a solution, (b) forming a first arm extending from the core having a second crystal structure in the solution, and (c) forming a second arm extending from the core having the second crystal structure in the solution.

  16. Shaped Nonocrystal Particles And Methods For Making The Same

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul (Oakland, CA); Scher, Erik C. (Menlo Park, CA); Manna, Liberato (Berkeley, CA)

    2005-02-15T23:59:59.000Z

    Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for making shaped nanocrystal particles are disclosed. One embodiment includes a method for forming a branched, nanocrystal particle. It includes (a) forming a core having a first crystal structure in a solution, (b) forming a first arm extending from the core having a second crystal structure in the solution, and (c) forming a second arm extending from the core having the second crystal structure in the solution.

  17. Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for making the same

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul (Oakland, CA); Scher, Erik C. (Menlo Park, CA); Manna, Liberato (Berkeley, CA)

    2011-11-22T23:59:59.000Z

    Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for making shaped nanocrystal particles are disclosed. One embodiment includes a method for forming a branched, nanocrystal particle. It includes (a) forming a core having a first crystal structure in a solution, (b) forming a first arm extending from the core having a second crystal structure in the solution, and (c) forming a second arm extending from the core having the second crystal structure in the solution.

  18. Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for working the same

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    Alivisatos, A. Paul (Oakland, CA); Sher, Eric C. (Menlo Park, CA); Manna, Liberato (Berkeley, CA)

    2007-12-25T23:59:59.000Z

    Shaped nanocrystal particles and methods for making shaped nanocrystal particles are disclosed. One embodiment includes a method for forming a branched, nanocrystal particle. It includes (a) forming a core having a first crystal structure in a solution, (b) forming a first arm extending from the core having a second crystal structure in the solution, and (c) forming a second arm extending from the core having the second crystal structure in the solution.

  19. Three-Dimensional Modeling of Shape Memory Polymers Considering Finite Deformations and Heat Transfer 

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    Volk, Brent Louis 1985-

    2012-10-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a relatively new class of active materials that can store a temporary shape and return to the original configuration upon application of a stimulus such as temperature. This shape changing ability has led...

  20. Atypical Balance between Occipital and Fronto-Parietal Activation for Visual Shape Extraction in Dyslexia

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    Zhang, Ying

    Reading requires the extraction of letter shapes from a complex background of text, and an impairment in visual shape extraction would cause difficulty in reading. To investigate the neural mechanisms of visual shape ...

  1. Reinforcement Learning for Characterization of Hysteresis Behavior in Shape Memory Alloys, and Application to

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    Valasek, John

    Reinforcement Learning for Characterization of Hysteresis Behavior in Shape Memory Alloys & Valasek - 2 Briefing Agenda Shape Memory Alloy Characterization and Control Learning Simulation Results Membrane Air #12;Kirkpatrick & Valasek - 4 Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) Metallic Alloys used as actuators

  2. A microscopically motivated constitutive model for shape memory alloys: formulation, analysis

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    Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH)

    A microscopically motivated constitutive model for shape memory alloys: formulation, analysisTi polycrystalline shape memory alloys exhibiting transformations between three solid phases (austenite, R presented. 1 Introduction Shape memory alloys (SMA) are metallic materials exhibiting remarkable properties

  3. Three-Dimensional Modeling of Shape Memory Polymers Considering Finite Deformations and Heat Transfer

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    Volk, Brent Louis 1985-

    2012-10-16T23:59:59.000Z

    Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a relatively new class of active materials that can store a temporary shape and return to the original configuration upon application of a stimulus such as temperature. This shape changing ability has led...

  4. Magnetic field-induced phase transformation & power harvesting capabilities in magnetic shape memory alloys

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    Basaran, Burak

    2011-02-22T23:59:59.000Z

    Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys (MSMAs) combine shape-change/deformationrecovery abilities of heat driven conventional shape memory alloys (SMA) and magnetic field driven magnetostrictives through martensitic transformation. They are promising...

  5. Ecological Entomology (2011), 36, 344354 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.2011.01278.x Moisture content and nutrition as selection forces

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    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    green ash trees, a behaviour confirmed in greenhouse-grown black ash seedlings. Furthermore, biomass as phloem moisture above the feeding site decreased to levels reducing survivorship and biomass) (Seigler & Price, 1976). The role of plant defence in the evolution of insect herbivore feeding behaviours

  6. Soil moisture surpasses elevated CO2 and temperature as a control on soil carbon dynamics in a multi-factor climate change experiment

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    Garten Jr, Charles T [ORNL; Classen, Aimee T [ORNL; Norby, Richard J [ORNL

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Some single-factor experiments suggest that elevated CO2 concentrations can increase soil carbon, but few experiments have examined the effects of interacting environmental factors on soil carbon dynamics. We undertook studies of soil carbon and nitrogen in a multi-factor (CO2 x temperature x soil moisture) climate change experiment on a constructed old-field ecosystem. After four growing seasons, elevated CO2 had no measurable effect on carbon and nitrogen concentrations in whole soil, particulate organic matter (POM), and mineral-associated organic matter (MOM). Analysis of stable carbon isotopes, under elevated CO2, indicated between 14 and 19% new soil carbon under two different watering treatments with as much as 48% new carbon in POM. Despite significant belowground inputs of new organic matter, soil carbon concentrations and stocks in POM declined over four years under soil moisture conditions that corresponded to prevailing precipitation inputs (1,300 mm yr-1). Changes over time in soil carbon and nitrogen under a drought treatment (approximately 20% lower soil water content) were not statistically significant. Reduced soil moisture lowered soil CO2 efflux and slowed soil carbon cycling in the POM pool. In this experiment, soil moisture (produced by different watering treatments) was more important than elevated CO2 and temperature as a control on soil carbon dynamics.

  7. Shape memory response and microstructural evolution of a severe plastically deformed high temperature shape memory alloy (NiTiHf)

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    Simon, Anish Abraham

    2006-04-12T23:59:59.000Z

    NiTiHf alloys have attracted considerable attention as potential high temperature Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) but the instability in transformation temperatures and significant irrecoverable strain during thermal cycling under constant stress remains a...

  8. An In Situ Study of the Martensitic Transformation in Shape Memory...

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    An In Situ Study of the Martensitic Transformation in Shape Memory Alloys Using Photoemission Electron Microscopy. An In Situ Study of the Martensitic Transformation in Shape...

  9. Effects of Plasma Shaping on Nonlinear Gyrokinetic Turbulence

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    E.A. Belli, G.W. Hammett and W. Dorland

    2008-08-19T23:59:59.000Z

    The effects of flux surface shape on the gyrokinetic stability and transport of tokamak plasmas are studied using the GS2 code [M. Kotschenreuther, G. Rewoldt, and W.M. Tang, Comput. Phys. Commun. 88, 128 (1995); W. Dorland, F. Jenko, M. Kotschenreuther, and B.N. Rogers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 5579 (2000)]. Studies of the scaling of nonlinear turbulence with shaping parameters are performed using analytic equilibria based on interpolations of representative shapes of the Joint European Torus (JET) [P.H. Rebut and B.E. Keen, Fusion Technol. 11, 13 (1987)]. High shaping is found to be a stabilizing influence on both the linear ion-temperature-gradient (ITG) instability and the nonlinear ITG turbulence. For the parameter regime studied here, a scaling of the heat flux with elongation of ? ? ?-1.5 or ?-2.0, depending on the triangularity, is observed at fixed average temperature gradient. While this is not as strong as empirical elongation scalings, it is also found that high shaping results in a larger Dimits upshift of the nonlinear critical temperature gradient due to an enhancement of the Rosenbluth-Hinton residual zonal flows.

  10. Method for fabrication of cylindrical microlenses of selected shape

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    Snyder, James J. (San Jose, CA); Baer, Thomas M. (San Jose, CA)

    1992-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The present invention provides a diffraction limited, high numerical aperture (fast) cylindrical microlens. The method for making the microlens is adaptable to produce a cylindrical lens that has almost any shape on its optical surfaces. The cylindrical lens may have a shape, such as elliptical or hyperbolic, designed to transform some particular given input light distribution into some desired output light distribution. In the method, the desired shape is first formed in a glass preform. Then, the preform is heated to the minimum drawing temperature and a fiber is drawn from it. The cross-sectional shape of the fiber bears a direct relation to the shape of the preform from which it was drawn. During the drawing process, the surfaces become optically smooth due to fire polishing. The present invention has many applications, such as integrated optics, optical detectors and laser diodes. The lens, when connected to a laser diode bar, can provide a high intensity source of laser radiation for pumping a high average power solid state laser. In integrated optics, a lens can be used to couple light into and out of apertures such as waveguides. The lens can also be used to collect light, and focus it on a detector.

  11. Electrostatics-driven shape transitions in soft shells

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    Vikram Jadhao; Creighton K. Thomas; Monica Olvera de la Cruz

    2014-09-12T23:59:59.000Z

    Manipulating the shape of nanoscale objects in a controllable fashion is at the heart of designing materials that act as building blocks for self-assembly or serve as targeted drug delivery carriers. Inducing shape deformations by controlling external parameters is also an important way of designing biomimetic membranes. In this paper, we demonstrate that electrostatics can be used as a tool to manipulate the shape of soft, closed membranes by tuning environmental conditions such as the electrolyte concentration in the medium. Using a molecular dynamics-based simulated annealing procedure, we investigate charged elastic shells that do not exchange material with their environment, such as elastic membranes formed in emulsions or synthetic nanocontainers. We find that by decreasing the salt concentration or increasing the total charge on the shell's surface, the spherical symmetry is broken, leading to the formation of ellipsoids, discs, and bowls. Shape changes are accompanied by a significant lowering of the electrostatic energy and a rise in the surface area of the shell. To substantiate our simulation findings, we show analytically that a uniformly charged disc has a lower Coulomb energy than a sphere of the same volume. Further, we test the robustness of our results by including the effects of charge renormalization in the analysis of the shape transitions and find the latter to be feasible for a wide range of shell volume fractions.

  12. Method for fabrication of cylindrical microlenses of selected shape

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    Snyder, J.J.; Baer, T.M.

    1992-01-14T23:59:59.000Z

    The present invention provides a diffraction limited, high numerical aperture (fast) cylindrical microlens. The method for making the microlens is adaptable to produce a cylindrical lens that has almost any shape on its optical surfaces. The cylindrical lens may have a shape, such as elliptical or hyperbolic, designed to transform some particular given input light distribution into some desired output light distribution. In the method, the desired shape is first formed in a glass preform. Then, the preform is heated to the minimum drawing temperature and a fiber is drawn from it. The cross-sectional shape of the fiber bears a direct relation to the shape of the preform from which it was drawn. During the drawing process, the surfaces become optically smooth due to fire polishing. The present invention has many applications, such as integrated optics, optical detectors and laser diodes. The lens, when connected to a laser diode bar, can provide a high intensity source of laser radiation for pumping a high average power solid state laser. In integrated optics, a lens can be used to couple light into and out of apertures such as waveguides. The lens can also be used to collect light, and focus it on a detector. 11 figs.

  13. Method of preparing a two-way shape memory alloy

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    Johnson, Alfred D. (5383 Bancroft Ave., Oakland, CA 94601)

    1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A two-way shape memory alloy, a method of training a shape memory alloy, and a heat engine employing the two-way shape memory alloy to do external work during both heating and cooling phases. The alloy is heated under a first training stress to a temperature which is above the upper operating temperature of the alloy, then cooled to a cold temperature below the zero-force transition temperature of the alloy, then deformed while applying a second training stress which is greater in magnitude than the stress at which the alloy is to be operated, then heated back to the hot temperature, changing from the second training stress back to the first training stress.

  14. Method of preparing a two-way shape memory alloy

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    Johnson, A.D.

    1984-03-06T23:59:59.000Z

    A two-way shape memory alloy, a method of training a shape memory alloy, and a heat engine employing the two-way shape memory alloy to do external work during both heating and cooling phases are disclosed. The alloy is heated under a first training stress to a temperature which is above the upper operating temperature of the alloy, then cooled to a cold temperature below the zero-force transition temperature of the alloy, then deformed while applying a second training stress which is greater in magnitude than the stress at which the alloy is to be operated, then heated back to the hot temperature, changing from the second training stress back to the first training stress. 8 figs.

  15. Electron beam machining using rotating and shaped beam power distribution

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    Elmer, J.W.; O`Brien, D.W.

    1996-07-09T23:59:59.000Z

    An apparatus and method are disclosed for electron beam (EB) machining (drilling, cutting and welding) that uses conventional EB guns, power supplies, and welding machine technology without the need for fast bias pulsing technology. The invention involves a magnetic lensing (EB optics) system and electronic controls to: (1) concurrently bend, focus, shape, scan, and rotate the beam to protect the EB gun and to create a desired effective power-density distribution, and (2) rotate or scan this shaped beam in a controlled way. The shaped beam power-density distribution can be measured using a tomographic imaging system. For example, the EB apparatus of this invention has the ability to drill holes in metal having a diameter up to 1,000 {micro}m (1 mm or larger), compared to the 250 {micro}m diameter of laser drilling. 5 figs.

  16. Electron beam machining using rotating and shaped beam power distribution

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    Elmer, John W. (Pleasanton, CA); O'Brien, Dennis W. (Livermore, CA)

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An apparatus and method for electron beam (EB) machining (drilling, cutting and welding) that uses conventional EB guns, power supplies, and welding machine technology without the need for fast bias pulsing technology. The invention involves a magnetic lensing (EB optics) system and electronic controls to: 1) concurrently bend, focus, shape, scan, and rotate the beam to protect the EB gun and to create a desired effective power-density distribution, and 2) rotate or scan this shaped beam in a controlled way. The shaped beam power-density distribution can be measured using a tomographic imaging system. For example, the EB apparatus of this invention has the ability to drill holes in metal having a diameter up to 1000 .mu.m (1 mm or larger), compared to the 250 .mu.m diameter of laser drilling.

  17. A Bayesian Approach for Image Segmentation with Shape Priors

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    Chang, Hang; Yang, Qing; Parvin, Bahram

    2008-06-20T23:59:59.000Z

    Color and texture have been widely used in image segmentation; however, their performance is often hindered by scene ambiguities, overlapping objects, or missingparts. In this paper, we propose an interactive image segmentation approach with shape prior models within a Bayesian framework. Interactive features, through mouse strokes, reduce ambiguities, and the incorporation of shape priors enhances quality of the segmentation where color and/or texture are not solely adequate. The novelties of our approach are in (i) formulating the segmentation problem in a well-de?ned Bayesian framework with multiple shape priors, (ii) ef?ciently estimating parameters of the Bayesian model, and (iii) multi-object segmentation through user-speci?ed priors. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our method on a set of natural and synthetic images.

  18. Method and system for producing complex-shape objects

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    Jeantette, Francisco P. (Albuquerque, NM); Keicher, David M. (Albuquerque, NM); Romero, Joseph A. (Albuquerque, NM); Schanwald, Lee P. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A method and system are provided for producing complex, three-dimensional, net shape objects from a variety of powdered materials. The system includes unique components to ensure a uniform and continuous flow of powdered materials as well as to focus and locate the flow of powdered materials with respect to a laser beam which results in the melting of the powdered material. The system also includes a controller so that the flow of molten powdered materials can map out and form complex, three-dimensional, net-shape objects by layering the molten powdered material. Advantageously, such complex, three-dimensional net-shape objects can be produced having material densities varying from 90% of theoretical to fully dense, as well as a variety of controlled physical properties. Additionally, such complex, three-dimensional objects can be produced from two or more different materials so that the composition of the object can be transitioned from one material to another.

  19. Applications of shape analysis to domestic and international security.

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    Prasad, Lakshman; Skourikhine, A. N. (Alexei N.); Doak, J. E. (Justin E.)

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The rapidly growing area of cooperative international security calls for pervasive deployment of smart sensors that render valuable information and reduce operational costs and errors. Among the sensors used, vision sensors are by far the most versatile, tangible, and rich in the information they provide about their environment. On the flip side, they are also the most complex to analyze automatically for the extraction of high-level information. The ability to process imagery in a useful manner requires at least partial functional emulation of human capabilities of visual understanding. Of all visual cues available in image data, shape is perhaps the most important for understanding the content of an image. In this paper we present an overview of ongoing research at LANL on geometric shape analysis. The objective of our research is to develop a computational framework for multiscale characterization, analysis, and recognition of shapes. This framework will enable the development of a comprehensive and connected body of mathematical methods and algorithms, based on the topological, metrical, and morphological properties of shapes. We discuss its potential applications to automated surveillance, monitoring, container tracking and inspection, weapons dismantlement, and treaty verification. The framework will develop a geometric filtering scheme for extracting semantically salient shape features. This effort creates a paradigm for solving shape-related problems in Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, and Image Understanding in a conceptually cohesive and algorithmically amenable manner. The research aims to develop an advanced image analysis capability at LANL for solving a wide range of problems in automated facility surveillance, nuclear materials monitoring, treaty verification, and container inspection and tracking. The research provides the scientific underpinnings that will enable us to build smart surveillance cameras, with a direct practical impact on LANL's capabilities in domestic and international safeguards and security.

  20. Analysis of cavern shapes for the strategic petroleum reserve.

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    Ehgartner, Brian L.; Sobolik, Steven Ronald

    2006-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report presents computational analyses to determine the structural integrity of different salt cavern shapes. Three characteristic shapes for increasing cavern volumes are evaluated and compared to the baseline shape of a cylindrical cavern. Caverns with enlarged tops, bottoms, and mid-sections are modeled. The results address pillar to diameter ratios of some existing caverns in the system and will represent the final shape of other caverns if they are repeatedly drawn down. This deliverable is performed in support of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Several three-dimensional models using a close-packed arrangement of 19 caverns have been built and analyzed using a simplified symmetry involving a 30-degree wedge portion of the model. This approach has been used previously for West Hackberry (Ehgartner and Sobolik, 2002) and Big Hill (Park et al., 2005) analyses. A stratigraphy based on the Big Hill site has been incorporated into the model. The caverns are modeled without wells and casing to simplify the calculations. These calculations have been made using the power law creep model. The four cavern shapes were evaluated at several different cavern radii against four design factors. These factors included the dilatant damage safety factor in salt, the cavern volume closure, axial well strain in the caprock, and surface subsidence. The relative performance of each of the cavern shapes varies for the different design factors, although it is apparent that the enlarged bottom design provides the worst overall performance. The results of the calculations are put in the context of the history of cavern analyses assuming cylindrical caverns, and how these results affect previous understanding of cavern behavior in a salt dome.

  1. The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains

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    M. Min; L. B. F. M. Waters; A. de Koter; J. W. Hovenier; L. P. Keller; F. Markwick-Kemper

    2006-11-10T23:59:59.000Z

    We investigate the composition and shape distribution of silicate dust grains in the interstellar medium. The effect of the amount of magnesium in the silicate lattice is studied. We fit the spectral shape of the interstellar 10 mu extinction feature as observed towards the galactic center. We use very irregularly shaped coated and non-coated porous Gaussian Random Field particles as well as a statistical approach to model shape effects. For the dust materials we use amorphous and crystalline silicates with various composition and SiC. The results of our analysis of the 10 mu feature are used to compute the shape of the 20 mu silicate feature and to compare this with observations. By using realistic particle shapes we are, for the first time, able to derive the magnesium fraction in interstellar silicates. We find that the interstellar silicates are highly magnesium rich (Mg/(Fe+Mg)>0.9) and that the stoichiometry lies between pyroxene and olivine type silicates. This composition is not consistent with that of the glassy material found in GEMS in interplanetary dust particles indicating that these are, in general, not unprocessed remnants from the interstellar medium. Also, we find a significant fraction of SiC (~3%). We discuss the implications of our results for the formation and evolutionary history of cometary and circumstellar dust. We argue that the fact that crystalline silicates in cometary and circumstellar grains are almost purely magnesium silicates is a natural consequence of our findings that the amorphous silicates from which they were formed were already magnesium rich.

  2. Source shape determination with directional fragment-fragment velocity correlations

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    Lefèvre, A; Auger, G; Begemann-Blaich, M L; Bellaize, N; Bittiger, R; Bocage, F; Borderie, B; Bougault, R; Bouriquet, B; Charvet, J L; Chbihi, A; Dayras, R; Durand, D; Frankland, J D; Galíchet, E; Gourio, D; Guinet, D; Hudan, S; Lautesse, P; Lavaud, F; Legrain, R; López, O; Lukasik, J; Lynen, U; Müller, W F J; Nalpas, L; Orth, H; Plagnol, E; Rosato, E; Saija, A; Sfienti, C; Tamain, B; Trautmann, W; Trzcinski, A; Turzó, K; Vient, E; Vigilante, M; Volant, C; Zwieglinski, B

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Correlation functions, constructed from directional projections of the relative velocities of fragments, are used to determine the shape of the breakup volume in coordinate space. For central collisions of 129Xe + natSn at 50 MeV per nucleon incident energy, measured with the 4pi multi-detector INDRA at GSI, a prolate shape aligned along the beam direction with an axis ratio of 1:0.7 is deduced. The sensitivity of the method is discussed in comparison with conventional fragment-fragment velocity correlations.

  3. Vertical vibration and shape oscillation of acoustically levitated water drops

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    Geng, D. L.; Xie, W. J.; Yan, N.; Wei, B., E-mail: bbwei@nwpu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072 (China)

    2014-09-08T23:59:59.000Z

    We present the vertical harmonic vibration of levitated water drops within ultrasound field. The restoring force to maintain such a vibration mode is provided by the resultant force of acoustic radiation force and drop gravity. Experiments reveal that the vibration frequency increases with the aspect ratio for drops with the same volume, which agrees with the theoretical prediction for those cases of nearly equiaxed drops. During the vertical vibration, the floating drops undergo the second order shape oscillation. The shape oscillation frequency is determined to be twice the vibration frequency.

  4. What is the Optimal Shape of a City? Carl M. Bender

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    Bender, Michael

    will pull itself into a con#12;guration of the same area, whose shape minimizes the total potential energy. This lowest-energy shape is the optimal city shape. In Sec. 2 of this paper we formulate this optimizationWhat is the Optimal Shape of a City? Carl M. Bender Department of Physics, Washington University St

  5. Properties of triple shape memory composites prepared via polymerization-induced phase

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    Properties of triple shape memory composites prepared via polymerization-induced phase separation in the field of shape memory polymers has recently witnessed the introduction of increasing complexity application as multi-shape coatings, adhesives, and films. Introduction Shape memory polymers (SMPs

  6. Numerical Simulation of Phase Transformations in Shape Memory Alloy Thin Films

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    Melnik, Roderick

    Numerical Simulation of Phase Transformations in Shape Memory Alloy Thin Films Debiprosad Roy- tions of phase transformation dynamics in shape memory alloy thin films are reported in this paper transformation path from austenite to martensites and recovers the original shape. This is known as shape memory

  7. Shape Memory RGD-Containing Networks: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application in Cell Culture

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    Mather, Patrick T.

    Shape Memory RGD-Containing Networks: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application in Cell Culture for more than a decade that hydrogels can be designed to exhibit shape memory functionality­--the ability to change from one defined shape to another when triggered by a defined stimulus­-- shape memory hydrogels

  8. Identification of Quaternary Shape Memory Alloys with Near-Zero Thermal Hysteresis and Unprecedented

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    Rubloff, Gary W.

    Identification of Quaternary Shape Memory Alloys with Near-Zero Thermal Hysteresis the class of materials showing a reversible martensitic phase transformation and a shape memory effect (SME fatigue of shape memory alloys (SMAs) resulting in changes of physical, mechan- ical, and shape memory (SM

  9. THE EFFECTS OF LASER FORMING ON SUPERELASTIC NITI SHAPE MEMORY ALLOYS Paper # P529

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    Yao, Y. Lawrence

    THE EFFECTS OF LASER FORMING ON SUPERELASTIC NITI SHAPE MEMORY ALLOYS Paper # P529 Andrew J Abstract This work focuses on application of the laser forming process to NiTi shape memory alloys. While all NiTi shape memory alloys exhibit both superlasticity and the shape memory effect, this study

  10. 3D Form Display with Shape Memory Alloy Masashi Nakatani, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Dairoku Sekiguchi,

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    Tachi, Susumu

    3D Form Display with Shape Memory Alloy Masashi Nakatani, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Dairoku Sekiguchi-form Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) as a pin- rod actuator. The prototype has a 4×4 pin-rod matrix, with a 120[mm-form Shape Memory Alloy (SMA), material that can be stretched or deformed from its original shape but would

  11. Modeling and Bayesian parameter estimation for shape memory alloy bending actuators

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    Modeling and Bayesian parameter estimation for shape memory alloy bending actuators John H. Crewsa energy model (HEM) for shape memory alloy (SMA) bending actuators. Additionally, we utilize a Bayesian. Keywords: shape memory alloys, uncertainty quantificiation, markov chain monte carlo 1. INTRODUCTION Shape

  12. Experimental Evaluation of the Rheological Properties of Veriflex Shape Memory Polymer

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Experimental Evaluation of the Rheological Properties of Veriflex® Shape Memory Polymer J. Klesa1 Abstract. Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are materials with a great potential for future use in smart of shape memory alloys. This process induces great changes of the mechanical properties and some shape

  13. Behavior and modeling of superelastic shape memory alloy reinforced concrete beams

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    Vecchio, Frank J.

    Behavior and modeling of superelastic shape memory alloy reinforced concrete beams Alaa Abdulridha analysis a b s t r a c t The re-centering phenomenon of superelastic Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) reinforced as Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) has emerged in the research community. Shape memory al- loys have the ability

  14. Chemically Cross-Linked Polycyclooctene: Synthesis, Characterization, and Shape Memory Behavior

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    Chemically Cross-Linked Polycyclooctene: Synthesis, Characterization, and Shape Memory Behavior analysis (DMA), and wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) in order to gain insight into the rapid shape memory/cis ratio of vinylene groups. A fast shape memory behavior was observed, where the primary stress-free shape

  15. Solid waste leach characteristics and contaminant-sediment interactions Volume 2: Contaminant transport under unsaturated moisture contents

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    Lindenmeier, C.W.; Serne, R.J.; Conca, J.L. [and others

    1995-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The objectives of this report and subsequent volumes include describing progress on (1) development and optimization of experimental methods to quantify the release of contaminants from solid wastes and their subsequent interactions with unsaturated sediments and (2) the creation of empirical data that become input parameters to performance assessment (PA) analyses for future Hanford Site disposal units and baseline risk assessments for inactive and existing solid waste disposal units. For this report, efforts focused on developing methodologies to evaluate contaminant transport in Trench 8 (W-5 Burial Ground) sediments under unsaturated (vadose zone) conditions. To accomplish this task, a series of flow-through column tests were run using standard saturated column systems, Wierenga unsaturated column systems (both commercial and modified), and the Unsaturated Flow Apparatus (UFA). The reactants investigated were {sup 85}Sr, {sup 236}U, and {sup 238}U as reactive tracers, and tritium as a non-reactive tracer. Results indicate that for moderately unsaturated conditions (volumetric water contents >50 % of saturation), the Wierenga system performed reasonably well such that long water residence times (50-147 h) were achieved, and reasonably good steady-state flow conditions were maintained. The major drawbacks in using this system for reactive tracer work included (1) the inability to achieve reproducible and constant moisture content below 50% of saturation, (2) the four to six month time required to complete a single test, and (3) the propensity for mechanical failure resulting from laboratory power outages during the prolonged testing period.

  16. D. Moreau IEA W59 Shape and Aspect Ratio Optimization for High Beta, Steady-State Tokamaks, San Diego, February 2005 PLASMA SHAPE, PROFILES AND FLUX CONTROL

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    D. Moreau IEA W59 Shape and Aspect Ratio Optimization for High Beta, Steady-State Tokamaks, San JET-EFDA Contributors D. Moreau #12;D. Moreau IEA W59 Shape and Aspect Ratio Optimization for High · Conclusion #12;D. Moreau IEA W59 Shape and Aspect Ratio Optimization for High Beta, Steady-State Tokamaks

  17. Exploring Ambiguities for Monocular Non-Rigid Shape Estimation

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    Fua, Pascal

    into account by continuous optimization-based schemes because they result in highly complex energy landscapes handle a complex objective function without having to solve a difficult non-linear minimization problem. Key words: 3D shape recovery, deformation model, nonrigid surfaces. 1 Introduction It has been shown

  18. A Bayesian Generative Approach to Shape from Shading Phillip Isola

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    Oliva, Aude

    to build such models is facilitated by working in Church [7], a language for specifying probabilistic generative models. Using the Church variant of the lambda-calculus, we are able to build models of arbitrary to the problem by using Bayesian inference on a generative model of shape and image formation. Using the Church

  19. Shaping the Future of Water and Wastewater Services

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    Painter, Kevin

    -Scotland Strategies Regional Strategies Asset & System Plans Operational & Capital Delivery Plans "company Asset & System Plans Operational & Capital Delivery Plans "company-wide strategies that set outShaping the Future of Water and Wastewater Services Jim Conlin Acting GM Long Term Asset Strategy

  20. CRITICAL FLUCTUATIONS. ANOMALOUS LINE SHAPES OF Fe3+ -MOSSBAUER SPECTRA

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    CRITICAL FLUCTUATIONS. ANOMALOUS LINE SHAPES OF Fe3+ -MOSSBAUER SPECTRA IN MAGNETICALLY ORDERED Mossbauer ont montre qu'un recuit incomplet des solutions solides CrzO3-Fez03 et A12 0 3-Fez03 donnelieu203-Fe203pures ou dopeespar Fe2+donnent lieu uneespkceentierementnouvelle de spectres Mossbauer

  1. FREQUENCY SHAPED LINEAR OPTIMAL CONTROL WXTH TRANSFER FUNCTION RICCATI EQUATIONS*

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    Moore, John Barratt

    and numerical tool in optimal control problems associated with linear systems having state space descriptions optimal controllers for known multivariable linear stochastic systems. There are some inherent robustnessFREQUENCY SHAPED LINEAR OPTIMAL CONTROL WXTH TRANSFER FUNCTION RICCATI EQUATIONS* John B. Moore** D

  2. DIRECT SPACE-TO-TIME PULSE SHAPING FOR ULTRAFAST OPTICAL

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    Purdue University

    DIRECT SPACE-TO-TIME PULSE SHAPING FOR ULTRAFAST OPTICAL WAVEFORM GENERATION A Thesis Submitted ago. To the students, past and present, post-docs, and visitors of the Ultrafast Optics & Optical me what it is that I love about this work. The experimental optical pulse train generation devices

  3. The cavity of the optimal shape under the shear stresses

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    Cherkaev, Andrej

    at infinity. The cavity of fixed area is said to be optimal if it provides the minimal energy change between the eigenvalues of different sign, the shape of cavity (of fixed area) minimizing the energy 1 #12; increment.B.Movchanz, S.K.Serkovz y Departments of Mathematics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA z School

  4. James Smith: Building the Energy Future Shaping the Future Lecture

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    Mumby, Peter J.

    James Smith: Building the Energy Future Shaping the Future Lecture James Smith was appointed been involved in Shell business in a number of Middle Eastern countries and in the US. James Smith `ought'to do in response and assess what society will `choose'to do in reality. James Smith will identify

  5. Electromagnetic radiation and motion of arbitrarily shaped particle

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    Jozef Klacka

    2001-07-06T23:59:59.000Z

    Covariant form of equation of motion for arbitrarily shaped particle in the electromagnetic radiation field is presented. Equation of motion in the proper frame of the particle uses the radiation pressure cross section 3 $\\times$ 3 matrix. The obtained equation of motion is compared with known result.

  6. Disk-shaped Compact Tension Test for Asphalt Concrete Fracture

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    Paulino, Glaucio H.

    Disk-shaped Compact Tension Test for Asphalt Concrete Fracture by M.P.Wagoner, W.G. Buttlar and G geometry is the ability to test cylindrical cores obtained from in-place asphalt concrete pavements finalizing the specimen geometry, a typical asphalt concrete surface mixture was tested at various

  7. Particle Shape Effects on the Stress Response of Granular Packings

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    Athanasios G. Athanassiadis; Marc Z. Miskin; Paul Kaplan; Nicholas Rodenberg; Seung Hwan Lee; Jason Merritt; Eric Brown; John Amend; Hod Lipson; Heinrich M. Jaeger

    2013-10-15T23:59:59.000Z

    We present measurements of the stress response of packings formed from a wide range of particle shapes. Besides spheres these include convex shapes such as the Platonic solids, truncated tetrahedra, and triangular bipyramids, as well as more complex, non-convex geometries such as hexapods with various arm lengths, dolos, and tetrahedral frames. All particles were 3D-printed in hard resin. Well-defined initial packing states were established through preconditioning by cyclic loading under given confinement pressure. Starting from such initial states, stress-strain relationships for axial compression were obtained at four different confining pressures for each particle type. While confining pressure has the largest overall effect on the mechanical response, we find that particle shape controls the details of the stress-strain curves and can be used to tune packing stiffness and yielding. By correlating the experimentally measured values for the effective Young's modulus under compression, yield stress and energy loss during cyclic loading, we identify trends among the various shapes that allow for designing a packing's aggregate behavior.

  8. Recognition of On-Line Handwritten Patterns Through Shape Metamorphosis

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    methods that handles collectively cursive words, and hand-drawn line figures. The proposed system achieves-line handwritten patterns. It proposes the use of physics-based shape metamorphosis as a poten- tially powerful way time (to the best of our knowledge) it is used for recognition purposes. The proposed system uses

  9. Rigid Shape Interpolation Using Normal Equations William Baxter

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Rigid Shape Interpolation Using Normal Equations William Baxter OLM Digital, Inc. Pascal Barla INRIA Bordeaux University Ken-ichi Anjyo OLM Digital, Inc. Figure 1: Rigid Morphing with large rotations works well and is a very practical way e-mail: baxter@olm.co.jp e-mail: pascal.barla@labri.fr e

  10. Double layer field shaping systems for toroidal plasmas

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    Ohyabu, Nobuyoshi (La Jolla, CA)

    1982-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Methods and apparatus for plasma generation, confinement and control such as Tokamak plasma systems are described having a two layer field shaping coil system comprising an inner coil layer close to the plasma and an outer coil layer to minimize the current in the inner coil layer.

  11. A shape optimization formulation of weld pool determination. , A. Ellabibb

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    The determination of temperature field in a welding process permits the control of mechanical effects (residual consists in finding the weld pool and T the temperature gradient in the workpiece, solution of: K T xA shape optimization formulation of weld pool determination. A. Chakiba , A. Ellabibb , A

  12. SHAPE YOUR FUTURE For six decades, Carleton University's School

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    Dawson, Jeff W.

    IMMIGRATION DEMOGRAPHICS ENERGY EVALUATION TRADE #12;School of Public Policy and Administration 5224 RiverSHAPE YOUR FUTURE For six decades, Carleton University's School of Public Policy and Administration and administration -- examining what governments do, why, and how they could do it better. Our two major graduate

  13. PROFILE SHAPE PARAMETERIZATION OF JET ELECTRON TEMPERATURE AND DENSITY PROFILES

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    PROFILE SHAPE PARAMETERIZATION OF JET ELECTRON TEMPERATURE AND DENSITY PROFILES Beatrix Schunke JET Mercer St., New York NY 10012-1185 The temperature and density profiles of the Joint European Torus to determine which terms in the log-linear model to include. The density and temperature profiles

  14. PROFILE SHAPE PARAMETERIZATION OF JET ELECTRON TEMPERATURE AND DENSITY PROFILES

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    PROFILE SHAPE PARAMETERIZATION OF JET ELECTRON TEMPERATURE AND DENSITY PROFILES Beatrix Schunke JET Mercer St., New York NY 10012­1185 Abstract The temperature and density profiles of the Joint European are used to determine which terms in the log­linear model to include. The density and temperature profiles

  15. Polymer Crowding and Shape Distributions in Polymer-Nanoparticle Mixtures

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    Wei Kang Lim; Alan R. Denton

    2014-10-24T23:59:59.000Z

    Macromolecular crowding can influence polymer shapes, which is important for understanding the thermodynamic stability of polymer solutions and the structure and function of biopolymers (proteins, RNA, DNA) under confinement. We explore the influence of nanoparticle crowding on polymer shapes via Monte Carlo simulations and free-volume theory of a coarse-grained model of polymer-nanoparticle mixtures. Exploiting the geometry of random walks, we model polymer coils as effective penetrable ellipsoids, whose shapes fluctuate according to the probability distributions of the eigenvalues of the gyration tensor. Accounting for the entropic cost of a nanoparticle penetrating a larger polymer coil, we compute the crowding-induced shift in the shape distributions, radius of gyration, and asphericity of ideal polymers in a theta solvent. With increased nanoparticle crowding, we find that polymers become more compact (smaller, more spherical), in agreement with predictions of free-volume theory. Our approach can be easily extended to nonideal polymers in good solvents and used to model conformations of biopolymers in crowded environments.

  16. Imperfect Isolation: Factors and Filters Shaping Madagascar's Extant Vertebrate Fauna

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    Vences, Miguel

    Imperfect Isolation: Factors and Filters Shaping Madagascar's Extant Vertebrate Fauna Karen E. Samonds1 *, Laurie R. Godfrey2 , Jason R. Ali3 , Steven M. Goodman4,5 , Miguel Vences6 , Michael R itself provides evidence of the island's paleogeographic history. Citation: Samonds KE, Godfrey LR, Ali

  17. Process Efficiency Measurements in the Laser Engineered Net Shaping Process

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    DuPont, John N.

    Process Efficiency Measurements in the Laser Engineered Net Shaping Process R.R. UNOCIC and J.N. DuPONT A study of laser energy transfer efficiency, melting efficiency, and deposition efficiency has been material. Measurements revealed that laser energy transfer efficiency ranged from 30 to 50 pct. Laser beam

  18. ASYMPTOTIC SHAPE FOR THE CONTACT PROCESS IN RANDOM ENVIRONMENT

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    ASYMPTOTIC SHAPE FOR THE CONTACT PROCESS IN RANDOM ENVIRONMENT OLIVIER GARET AND R´EGINE MARCHAND in stationary random environment. These theorems gen- eralize known results for the classical contact process environment, when the contact process survives, the set Ht/t almost surely converges to a compact set

  19. SHAPE-BASED SEQUENTIAL MACHINE ANALYSIS Andrew Crews, Forrest Brewer

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    Brewer, Forrest D.

    . Design options including the potential for pipelining and/or locally regenerating critical signals can, construction of a machine in the form of a feedback shift-register is a simple case of a shape constraint such as wire delay and communication power dissipation or skew, dominate the design objectives. Such state

  20. Validation of Purdue Engineering Shape Benchmark Clusters by

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    Martin, Ralph R.

    /Shapespace Ltd W.Regli Drexel University, USA Ananda.Jagadeesan@Strath.ac.uk #12;PLM 09 2 · Micro could be: What is Crowdsourcing? #12;PLM 09 3 Is there a dog in this photo? #12;PLM 09 4 What" within Perdue "Engineering Shape Benchmark" (ESB) to determine families of similar parts. #12;PLM 09 5