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  1. Hazard avoidance for high-speed rough-terrain unmanned ground vehicles

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    Spenko, Matthew J. (Matthew Julius), 1976-

    2005-01-01

    High-speed unmanned ground vehicles have important applications in rough-terrain. In these applications unexpected and dangerous situations can occur that require rapid hazard avoidance maneuvers. At high speeds, there is ...

  2. Urbanizing terrains

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    Romanos, Christoforos

    2008-01-01

    Urban "sprawl"in the East Attica area of Athens has dramatically changed the former rural economy in a manner consistent with the urbanizing terrain's underlying properties: agricultural subdivisions, existing centres, ...

  3. Wind assessment in complex terrain with the numeric model Aiolos implementation of the influence of roughness changes and stability

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    Heinemann, Detlev

    to the influence of roughness changes and the thermal stratification. Wind potential assessments of two sites of roughness changes on the terrain surface and thermal stratification of the at- mosphere are taken a neutral thermal stratification situation is assumed. But for a north eu- ropean situation a light stable

  4. Rough-terrain mobile robot planning and control with application to planetary exploration

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    Iagnemma, Karl David

    2001-01-01

    Future planetary exploration missions will require mobile robots to perform difficult tasks in highly challenging terrain, with limited human supervision. Current motion planning and control algorithms are not well suited ...

  5. Bipedal Robotic Walking on Flat-Ground, Up-Slope and Rough Terrain with Human-Inspired Hybrid Zero Dynamics 

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    Nadubettu Yadukumar, Shishir 1986-

    2012-12-10

    The thesis shows how to achieve bipedal robotic walking on flat-ground, up-slope and rough terrain by using Human-Inspired control. We begin by considering human walking data and find outputs (or virtual constraints) that, when calculated from...

  6. GIS Fundamentals Lesson 10: Terrain Analysis Lesson 10: Terrain Analyses

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    Butler, Christopher J.

    GIS Fundamentals Lesson 10: Terrain Analysis Lesson 10: Terrain Analyses What You'll Learn: Basic if needed. You should read chapter 11 in the GIS Fundamentals textbook before starting. Data are located processing, using the ArcGIS Hydrology tools. 1 #12;GIS Fundamentals Lesson 10: Terrain Analysis Project1

  7. Terrainosaurus: realistic terrain synthesis using genetic algorithms 

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    Saunders, Ryan L.

    2007-04-25

    a new, design-by-example method for synthesizing terrain height fields. In this approach, the user designs the layout of the terrain by sketching out simple regions using a CAD-style interface, and specifies the desired terrain characteristics...

  8. Representing Terrain With Mathematical Operators

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    Franklin, W. Randolph

    of the terrain's generation by digging channels in the surface. Given our current reliance on digital map data a series of parameters (including size and area of influence of the drill, as well as the density formation mimics physical phenomena associated with geological terrain formation (such as erosion, digging

  9. All-terrain vehicle

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    Somerton-Rayner, M.

    1986-12-16

    This patent describes an all-terrain vehicle comprising: a chassis; four road wheel axles equally spaced along the chassis; suspension means mounting the axles on the chassis; wheels mounted adjacent both ends of each of the axles, the wheels on the foremost and the rearmost axles being steerably mounted; propulsion and driving means including a single internal combustion engine and gearbox, and first and second transfer boxes both coupled to be driven by the engine through the gearbox; the first transfer box driving the first and third axles and the second transfer box driving the second and fourth axles; means for driving in the alternative all four wheels and only the center two wheels; power-assisted steering gear means operatively connected to the steerably-mounted wheels of the foremost axle; and steering coupling means extending between the steerably-mounted wheels on the foremost and rearmost axles so dimensioned that upon steering of the front wheels, the rear wheels perform castoring constrained to a smaller turning angle and a lower rate of angular movement than the front wheels.

  10. Design methods for cost-effective teams of mobile robots in uncertain terrain

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    Michaluk, Nathaniel

    2014-01-01

    Conducting planetary exploration missions with mobile robots is expensive, with costs ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. Developing reliable robots to work remotely on rough, uncertain terrain is ...

  11. Creating Standards for Winter Terrain Parks

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    to engineering frame motivated creation of a 501c(3) non-profit, United States Terrain Park Council Dedicated fatalities (31 male, 6 female) mostly young J. Shealy (2000) Snowboard injury rate doubled during 1990-2000 from 3.37 to 6.97 per 1000 skier days Deaths: 50 (2007-2008) 39 (2008-2009) Compiled by California Ski

  12. SHORT COMMUNICATION Dynamical analysis of winter terrain park jumps

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    of this work is to show how a dynamical analysis can assess impact injury risks and inform safer terrain park frequently pose a hazard to patrons and may represent a significant liability risk to winter resorts. By performing a simple dynamic analysis of terrain park jumps, the relative risk to impact injuries for any

  13. Benthic Terrain Modeler: Interpreting the Bathymetric Environment Shaun Walbridge1

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    Wright, Dawn Jeannine

    that they can be used on any digital elevation data. The inclusion of easily customizable terrain classification, aspect, and rugosity from an input bathymetric data set. Additionally, terrain classification scripts allow users the freedom to create their own zone and structure classifications and define

  14. Vibration-based Terrain Classification Using Support Vector Machines

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    Zell, Andreas

    Vibration-based Terrain Classification Using Support Vector Machines Christian Weiss, Holger Fr a method for terrain classification based on vibration induced in the vehicle's body. An accelerometer mounted on the vehicle measures the vibration perpendicular to the ground surface. We experimentally

  15. Representation of Terrain Data Using a Mathematical "Drill" Operator

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    Franklin, W. Randolph

    Representation of Terrain Data Using a Mathematical "Drill" Operator Christopher S. Stuetzle1 and W and Franklin (RPI) Autocarto 2012 17 Sep 2012 6 / 24 #12;The Drill Operator v Then cut along an ever deeper Creates hydrography. 1 How can we fit a drill to a terrain location (pixel) p? 2 How can we represent

  16. Title: Digital Terrain Model of Southern Ontario Data Creator /

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    Title: Digital Terrain Model of Southern Ontario Data Creator / Copyright Owner: First Base/A Coverage Date(s): 2002 Updates: N/A Abstract: The Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of southern Ontario / UTM (17) Resolution: N/A Coordinates: N/A Index Map: N/A Keywords (Place): Ontario Keywords (Subject

  17. Digital terrain modeling with the Chebyshev polynomials

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    Florinsky, I V

    2015-01-01

    Mathematical problems of digital terrain analysis include interpolation of digital elevation models (DEMs), DEM generalization and denoising, and computation of morphometric variables by calculation of partial derivatives of elevation. Traditionally, these procedures are based on numerical treatments of two-variable discrete functions of elevation. We developed a spectral analytical method and algorithm based on high-order orthogonal expansions using the Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind with the subsequent Fejer summation. The method and algorithm are intended for DEM analytical treatment, such as, DEM global approximation, denoising, and generalization as well as computation of morphometric variables by analytical calculation of partial derivatives. To test the method and algorithm, we used a DEM of the Northern Andes including 230,880 points (the elevation matrix 480 $\\times$ 481). DEMs were reconstructed with 480, 240, 120, 60, and 30 expansion coefficients. The first and second partial derivatives ...

  18. Park Profiler/Jump Analyzer Practical method for determining terrain park jump performance

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    . Terrain Park jump safety as a rider/resort partnership II. USTPC criteria: Quantifying best practices in terrain park jump design III. "Park Profiler" - practical tool to measure TP jump IV. "Jump Analyzer of flying ... but, as Icarus leaned the hard way, there are risks. #12;Terrain Park Jump Safety Terrain park

  19. Terrain sensing and estimation for dynamic outdoor mobile robots

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    Ward, Christopher Charles

    2007-01-01

    In many applications, mobile robots are required to travel on outdoor terrain at high speed. Compared to traditional low-speed, laboratory-based robots, outdoor scenarios pose increased perception and mobility challenges ...

  20. Flow over Heated Terrain. Part II: Generation of Convective Precipitation

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    Tucker, Donna F.; Crook, N. Andrew

    2005-09-01

    Previous studies have shown that thunderstorms in the Rocky Mountain region have preferred areas in which to form. There has been some indication that these areas depend on the midtropospheric wind direction. A nonhydrostatic model with a terrain...

  1. Geostatistical Mapping of Mountain Precipitation Incorporating Autosearched Effects of Terrain and Climatic Characteristics

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    Texas at San Antonio, University of

    Geostatistical Mapping of Mountain Precipitation Incorporating Autosearched Effects of Terrain 2004, in final form 30 March 2005) ABSTRACT Hydrologic and ecologic studies in mountainous terrain mountain precipitation using only precipi- tation gauge data. The ASOADeK model considers both

  2. Parallel Implementation of a Vehicle-Tire-Terrain Interaction Model

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    Negrut, Dan

    (VTTIM) · Three components o Vehicle o Tire o Terrain/Soil mechanics · Two interfaces o Vehicle support for ANCF `tire' 9 #12;Types of Soil Mechanics Models · Empirical Methods o WES numerics, Bekker of Tire Models · Rigid o Simple to implement in parallel o Only accurate if deformation of soil is much

  3. Towards a mathematics of terrain W. Randolph Franklin

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    Franklin, W. Randolph

    explicitly, and · enforces global consistencies. Why? To put compression and other ops on a logical is derivative of elevation, but · that amplifies errors, and · lossy compression has errors, so · maybe we want the geology) to deep (simulating every molecule). · One solution: Scooping. Carve terrain from a block using

  4. The All Terrain Bio nano Gear for Space Radiation Detection System

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    Mavroidis, Constantinos

    The All Terrain Bio nano Gear for Space Radiation Detection System Ajay Ummat, Constantinos in real-time while an astronaut is in the mission. All Terrain Bio-nano (ATB) gear system is one the current or any other future space suits. The proposed All Terrain Bio nano (ATB) gear is one such concept

  5. Monitoring high-mountain terrain deformation from repeated air-and spaceborne optical data: examples using digital

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    Kääb, Andreas

    Monitoring high-mountain terrain deformation from repeated air- and spaceborne optical data 2002 Abstract High mountains represent one of the most dynamic environments on earth. Monitoring of F 60 m RMS of the ASTER DEM was found for rough high-mountain topography, and F 18 m RMS

  6. Atmospheric studies in complex terrain: a planning guide for future studies

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    Orgill, M.M.

    1981-02-01

    The objective of this study is to assist the US Department of Energy in Conducting its atmospheric studies in complex terrain (ASCOT0 by defining various complex terrain research systems and relating these options to specific landforms sites. This includes: (1) reviewing past meteorological and diffusion research on complex terrain; (2) relating specific terrain-induced airflow phenomena to specific landforms and time and space scales; (3) evaluating the technical difficulty of modeling and measuring terrain-induced airflow phenomena; and (4) avolving severdal research options and proposing candidate sites for continuing and expanding field and modeling work. To evolve research options using variable candidate sites, four areas were considered: site selection, terrain uniqueness and quantification, definition of research problems and research plans. 36 references, 111 figures, 20 tables.

  7. On-the-Fly Decompression and Rendering of Multiresolution Terrain

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    Lindstrom, P; Cohen, J D

    2009-04-02

    We present a streaming geometry compression codec for multiresolution, uniformly-gridded, triangular terrain patches that supports very fast decompression. Our method is based on linear prediction and residual coding for lossless compression of the full-resolution data. As simplified patches on coarser levels in the hierarchy already incur some data loss, we optionally allow further quantization for more lossy compression. The quantization levels are adaptive on a per-patch basis, while still permitting seamless, adaptive tessellations of the terrain. Our geometry compression on such a hierarchy achieves compression ratios of 3:1 to 12:1. Our scheme is not only suitable for fast decompression on the CPU, but also for parallel decoding on the GPU with peak throughput over 2 billion triangles per second. Each terrain patch is independently decompressed on the fly from a variable-rate bitstream by a GPU geometry program with no branches or conditionals. Thus we can store the geometry compressed on the GPU, reducing storage and bandwidth requirements throughout the system. In our rendering approach, only compressed bitstreams and the decoded height values in the view-dependent 'cut' are explicitly stored on the GPU. Normal vectors are computed in a streaming fashion, and remaining geometry and texture coordinates, as well as mesh connectivity, are shared and re-used for all patches. We demonstrate and evaluate our algorithms on a small prototype system in which all compressed geometry fits in the GPU memory and decompression occurs on the fly every rendering frame without any cache maintenance.

  8. FOREST-AIR FLUXES OF CARBON, WATER AND ENERGY OVER NON-FLAT TERRAIN

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    Lee, Xuhui

    FOREST-AIR FLUXES OF CARBON, WATER AND ENERGY OVER NON-FLAT TERRAIN XUHUI LEE and XINZHANG HU-air exchange of carbon, water, and energy was conducted at a mid-latitude, mixed forest on non-flat terrain to address this question, we conducted a field experiment on energy and carbon exchanges in a mixed forest

  9. Title: Digital Terrain Model of Southern Ontario: City of Toronto Data Creator /

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    Title: Digital Terrain Model of Southern Ontario: City of Toronto Data Creator / Copyright Owner Ontario is a topographic model of the earth's surface. The data files outline features such as: bridge: N/A Keywords (Place): Toronto, Ontario Keywords (Subject): Contours, Digital Terrain Models

  10. Stability of Passive Dynamic Walking on Uneven Terrain Katie Byl and Russ Tedrake

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    Tedrake, Russ

    and MFPTs on uneven terrain. mh/m a (m) MFPT: std .5° MFPT: std 1.0° walker #1 2.0 .6 20 6 walker #2 0.3 .7 Institute of Technology email: katiebyl@mit.edu, russt@mit.edu, web: http terrain. Although deterministic definitions of stability do not apply, for sufficiently low levels

  11. A Realistic Framework for Delay-Tolerant Network Routing in Open Terrains with

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    A Realistic Framework for Delay-Tolerant Network Routing in Open Terrains with Continuous Churn to classify routing protocols based on the difference in their behavior under churn. Keywords: Delay model churn in the network, by having these nodes enter the terrain as a Poisson process and exit

  12. Optimal Complete Terrain Coverage using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Anqi Xu, Chatavut Viriyasuthee, and Ioannis Rekleitis

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    Dudek, Gregory

    Optimal Complete Terrain Coverage using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Anqi Xu, Chatavut Viriyasuthee an aerial vehicle. Ex- tensive experimental results in simulation validate the presented system, along. INTRODUCTION This paper presents a realization of an optimal terrain coverage algorithm for an Unmanned Aerial

  13. Modelling of wind turbine wakes in complex terrain using computational fluid dynamics 

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    Makridis, Alexandros

    2012-06-25

    This thesis focuses on modelling of wind turbine wakes when they are affected by real complex terrain features, such as hills and forests, and also examines the effect of the rotational momentum imparted to the downstream ...

  14. Mapping textures on 3d terrains: a hybrid cellular automata approach 

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    Sinvhal, Swapnil

    2007-04-25

    It is a time consuming task to generate textures for large 3D terrain surfaces in computer games, flight simulations and computer animations. This work explores the use of cellular automata in the automatic generation of ...

  15. Guidance and control using model predictive control for low altitude real-time terrain following flight

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    Lapp, Tiffany Rae, 1979-

    2004-01-01

    This thesis presents the design and implementation of a model predictive control based trajectory optimization method for Nap-of-the-Earth (NOE) flight. A NOE trajectory reference is generated over a subspace of the terrain. ...

  16. The design of a frame for an all terrain, lever propelled wheelchair

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    Walton, John Michael

    2011-01-01

    This thesis outlines the process of designing a frame for the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) Prime, an all-terrain levered powered wheelchair designed to improve the mobility of disabled individuals. This design allows for ...

  17. L2-Gain Optimization for Robust Bipedal Walking on Unknown Terrain Hongkai Dai and Russ Tedrake

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    Tedrake, Russ

    control analysis and design methodologies without additional machinery. We attempt to provide that machinery here. In particular, we quantify the robustness of the system to terrain perturbations by defining

  18. Ph.D. Showcase: Measuring Terrain Distances Through Extracted Channel Networks

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    Franklin, W. Randolph

    of elevation data. This is a crucial step in better- ing the design and construction of levees and dams. (Fully An important characteristic of a terrain is the drainage, or channel, network, because hydraulic erosion

  19. Ultrawideband radar clutter measurements of forested terrain, 1991--1992

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    Sheen, D.M.; Severtsen, R.H.; Prince, J.M.; Davis, K.C.; Collins, H.D.

    1993-06-01

    The ultrawideband (UWB) radar clutter measurements project was conducted to provide radar clutter data for new ultrawideband radar systems which are currently under development. A particular goal of this project is to determine if conventional narrow band clutter data may be extrapolated to the UWB case. This report documents measurements conducted in 1991 and additional measurements conducted in 1992. The original project consisted of clutter measurements of forested terrain in the Olympic National Forest near Sequim, WA. The impulse radar system used a 30 kW peak impulse source with a 2 Gigasample/second digitizer to form a UHF (300--1000 MHz) ultrawideband impulse radar system. Additional measurements were conducted in parallel using a Systems Planning Corporation (SPC) step-chirp radar system. This system utilized pulse widths of 1330 nanoseconds over a bandwidth of 300--1000 MHz to obtain similar resolution to the impulse system. Due to the slow digitizer data throughput in the impulse radar system, data collection rates were significantly higher using the step-chirp system. Additional forest clutter measurements were undertaken in 1992 to increase the amount of data available, and especially to increase the amount of data from the impulse radar system.

  20. Minimalistic control of biped walking in rough terrain

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    Iida, Fumiya

    Toward our comprehensive understanding of legged locomotion in animals and machines, the compass gait model has been intensively studied for a systematic investigation of complex biped locomotion dynamics. While most of ...

  1. Performance-Based Rough Terrain Navigation for Nonholonomic Mobile Robots

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    Parker, Lynne E.

    , performance issues (e.g., robot safety, or geometric, time-based, and physics- based criteria) are adequately, such as robot safety, or geometric, time-based, and physics-based criteria. However, where uncertainties exist that by incorporating criterion-optimizing design in each module and organizing them in a behavior-based architecture

  2. Immersed Boundary Methods for High-Resolution Simulation of Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Flow Over Complex Terrain

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    Chow, Fotini Katopodes

    models, such as the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, are in- creasingly used for high facilitates explicit resolution of complex terrain, even urban terrain, in the WRF mesoscale model. First gradient boundary conditions. Specified diurnal heating in a valley, producing anabatic winds, is used

  3. The Inverting Effect of Curvature in Winter Terrain Park Jump Takeoffs J. A. McNeil

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    a significantly greater head/neck injury risk to resort patrons than normal skiing activities [1­4]. One intentionally, curvature in the takeoff can lead to involuntary inversion. In this work we lay out the basic a potential injury risk. A mitigating takeoff design criterion adopted by the US Terrain Park Council based

  4. Modelling the "Pop" in Winter Terrain Park Jumps J. A. McNeil

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    at ski resorts have found that jumping generally poses a signif- icantly greater risk of spine and head found that jumping generally (whether in a terrain park or not) poses a significantly greater risk of the feature." The authors have since identified experimental errors in this work and an erratum has been

  5. SVMs for Vibration-based Terrain Classification Christian Weiss, Matthias Stark, and Andreas Zell

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    Zell, Andreas

    SVMs for Vibration-based Terrain Classification Christian Weiss, Matthias Stark, and Andreas Zell mobile robot traverses different types of ground surfaces, different types of vibrations are induced in the body of the robot. These vibrations can be used to learn a discrimination between different surfaces

  6. Using Immersive 3D Terrain Models For Fusion Of UAV Surveillance Imagery

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    Scerri, Paul

    Using Immersive 3D Terrain Models For Fusion Of UAV Surveillance Imagery Sean Owens , Katia Sycara and Paul Scerri Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA Teams of small and micro UAVs a single operator to utilize data from several UAVs and interact with the data in a more natural and less

  7. Horizontal structures in granulite terrains: A record of mountain building or mountain collapse?

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    Sandiford, Mike

    Horizontal structures in granulite terrains: A record of mountain building or mountain collapse horizontal structures occurred during the metamorphic culmination and was followed by isobaric cooling that no significant erosional denudation fol- lowed the development of the horizontal structures and thus precludes

  8. Approximating the Visible Region of a Point on a Terrain Boaz Ben-Moshe

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    Ben-Moshe, Boaz

    enough; that is, whenever the difference between the sets of visible segments along the cross sections computes the (projections of the) visible por- tions of the cross section of T in this direc§ Abstract Given a terrain T and a point p on or above it, we wish to compute the region Rp that is visible

  9. Saving the soil: AgriLife units work to improve training terrain 

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    Orth, Melanie

    2011-01-01

    Saving the soil AgriLife units work to improve training terrain Story by Melanie Orth txH2O | pg. 9 Heavy tanks and armored vehicles that have continually rolled over the 67,000-acre West Range at Fort Hood for the past 60 years have...

  10. An Experimental Investigation on the Wake Interference of Wind Turbines Sited Over Complex Terrains

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    Hu, Hui

    1 An Experimental Investigation on the Wake Interference of Wind Turbines Sited Over Complex, 50011 An experimental study was conducted to investigate the interferences of wind turbines sited over conducted in a large wind tunnel with of wind turbine models sited over a flat terrain (baseline case

  11. CO2 transport over complex terrain Jielun Sun a,*, Sean P. Burns a

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    Stephens, Britton B.

    CO2 transport over complex terrain Jielun Sun a,*, Sean P. Burns a , Anthony C. Delany a , Steven P; accepted 15 February 2007 Abstract CO2 transport processes relevant for estimating net ecosystem exchange investigated during a pilot experiment. We found that cold, moist, and CO2- rich air was transported downslope

  12. Large Eddy Simulation of Stable Boundary Layer Turbulent Processes in Complex Terrain

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    Eric D. Skyllingstad

    2005-01-26

    Research was performed using a turbulence boundary layer model to study the behavior of cold, dense flows in regions of complex terrain. Results show that flows develop a balance between turbulent entrainment of warm ambient air and dense, cold air created by surface cooling. Flow depth and strength is a function of downslope distance, slope angle and angle changes, and the ambient air temperature.

  13. Autonomous Vision-based Landing and Terrain Mapping Using an MPC-controlled Unmanned Rotorcraft

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    Sastry, S. Shankar

    determines the best trajectory to cover large areas of terrain or to perform closer inspection of potential by tracking the refer- ence trajectory as computed by a real-time MPC-based op- timization. This trajectory. of Aerospace Engineering, Ko- rea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea: hcshim

  14. Evaluation of Single-Doppler Radar Wind Retrievals in Flat and Complex Terrain

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    Newsom, Rob K.; Berg, Larry K.; Pekour, Mikhail S.; Fast, Jerome D.; Xu, Qin; Zhang, Pengfei; Yang, Qing; Shaw, William J.; Flaherty, Julia E.

    2014-08-01

    The accuracy of winds derived from NEXRAD level II data is assessed by comparison with independent observations from 915 MHz radar wind profilers. The evaluation is carried out at two locations with very different terrain characteristics. One site is located in an area of complex terrain within the State Line Wind Energy Center in northeast Oregon. The other site is located in an area of flat terrain on the east-central Florida coast. The National Severe Storm Laboratory’s 2DVar algorithm is used to retrieve wind fields from the KPDT (Pendleton OR) and KMLB (Melbourne FL) NEXRAD radars. Comparisons between the 2DVar retrievals and the radar profilers were conducted over a period of about 6 months and at multiple height levels at each of the profiler sites. Wind speed correlations at most observation height levels fell in the range from 0.7 to 0.8, indicating that the retrieved winds followed temporal fluctuations in the profiler-observed winds reasonably well. The retrieved winds, however, consistently exhibited slow biases in the range of1 to 2 ms-1. Wind speed difference distributions were broad with standard deviations in the range from 3 to 4 ms-1. Results from the Florida site showed little change in the wind speed correlations and difference standard deviations with altitude between about 300 and 1400 m AGL. Over this same height range, results from the Oregon site showed a monotonic increase in the wind speed correlation and a monotonic decrease in the wind speed difference standard deviation with increasing altitude. The poorest overall agreement occurred at the lowest observable level (~300 m AGL) at the Oregon site, where the effects of the complex terrain were greatest.

  15. A case study of pipeline route selection and design through discontinuous permafrost terrain in northwestern Alberta

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    Wiechnik, C.; Boivin, R.; Henderson, J.; Bowman, M.

    1996-12-31

    As the natural gas pipeline system in Western Canada expands northward, it traverses the discontinuous permafrost zone. As the ground temperature of the frozen soil in this zone is just below freezing, it can be expected that within the design life of a pipeline the permafrost adjacent to it will melt due to the disturbance of the insulating cover by construction activities. Differential settlement at the thawing frozen/unfrozen soil interfaces gives rise to pipeline strain. Based on the calculated settlement and resulting strain level, a cost effective mechanical or civil design solution can be selected to mitigate the differential settlement problem. Since these design solutions can be costly, it is desirable to combine them with a pipeline route that traverses the least amount of discontinuous permafrost terrain while minimizing the overall length of the pipeline. This paper will detail the framework utilized to select the routing for a package of pipeline projects in northwestern Alberta. It is believed that the increased front end effort will result in lower operating costs and an overall reduced life-cycle cost. This basic design methodology can be applied to any project that traverses discontinuous permafrost terrain.

  16. Development of an Integrated Sensor System for Obstacle Detection and Terrain Evaluation for Application to Unmanned Ground

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    Florida, University of

    Development of an Integrated Sensor System for Obstacle Detection and Terrain Evaluation field of view of 50 degrees and 38 degrees, respectively. Two sensor systems were utilized to evaluate., Wexford Pennsylvania ABSTRACT This paper describes the development and performance of a sensor system

  17. Innovative Gamma Ray Spectrometer Detection Systems for Conducting Scanning Surveys on Challenging Terrain - 13583

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    Palladino, Carl; Mason, Bryan; Engle, Matt; LeVangie, James [The Palladino Company, Inc., 720 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117 (United States)] [The Palladino Company, Inc., 720 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117 (United States); Dempsey, Gregg [United States Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 98517, Las Vegas, NV 89193-8517 (United States)] [United States Environmental Protection Agency, P.O. Box 98517, Las Vegas, NV 89193-8517 (United States); Klemovich, Ron [HydroGeoLogic, Inc., 6340 Glenwood, Suite 200, Building No. 7, Overland Park, KS 66202 (United States)] [HydroGeoLogic, Inc., 6340 Glenwood, Suite 200, Building No. 7, Overland Park, KS 66202 (United States)

    2013-07-01

    The Santa Susana Field Laboratory located near Simi Valley, California was investigated to determine the nature and extent of gamma radiation anomalies. The primary objective was to conduct gamma scanning surveys over 100 percent of the approximately 1,906,000 square meters (471 acre) project site with the most sensitive detection system possible. The site had challenging topography that was not conducive to traditional gamma scanning detection systems. Terrain slope varied from horizontal to 48 degrees and the ground surface ranged from flat, grassy meadows to steep, rocky hillsides. In addition, the site was home to many protected endangered plant and animal species, and archaeologically significant sites that required minimal to no disturbance of the ground surface. Therefore, four innovative and unique gamma ray spectrometer detection systems were designed and constructed to successfully conduct gamma scanning surveys of approximately 1,076,000 square meters (266 acres) of the site. (authors)

  18. Shear Wave Velocity Structure of Southern African Crust: Evidence for Compositional Heterogeneity within Archaean and Proterozoic Terrains

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    Kgaswane, E M; Nyblade, A A; Julia, J; Dirks, P H H M; Durrheim, R J; Pasyanos, M E

    2008-11-11

    Crustal structure in southern Africa has been investigated by jointly inverting receiver functions and Rayleigh wave group velocities for 89 broadband seismic stations spanning much of the Precambrian shield of southern Africa. 1-D shear wave velocity profiles obtained from the inversion yield Moho depths that are similar to those reported in previous studies and show considerable variability in the shear wave velocity structure of the lower part of the crust between some terrains. For many of the Archaean and Proterozoic terrains in the shield, S velocities reach 4.0 km/s or higher over a substantial part of the lower crust. However, for most of the Kimberley terrain and adjacent parts of the Kheis Province and Witwatersrand terrain, as well as for the western part of the Tokwe terrain, mean shear wave velocities of {le} 3.9 km/s characterize the lower part of the crust along with slightly ({approx}5 km) thinner crust. These findings indicate that the lower crust across much of the shield has a predominantly mafic composition, except for the southwest portion of the Kaapvaal Craton and western portion of the Zimbabwe Craton, where the lower crust is intermediate-to-felsic in composition. The parts of the Kaapvaal Craton underlain by intermediate-to-felsic lower crust coincide with regions where Ventersdorp rocks have been preserved, and thus we suggest that the intermediate-to-felsic composition of the lower crust and the shallower Moho may have resulted from crustal melting during the Ventersdorp tectonomagmatic event at c. 2.7 Ga and concomitant crustal thinning caused by rifting.

  19. Development of an Immersed Boundary Method to Resolve Complex Terrain in the Weather Research and Forecasting Model

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    Lunquist, K A; Chow, F K; Lundquist, J K; Mirocha, J D

    2007-09-04

    Flow and dispersion processes in urban areas are profoundly influenced by the presence of buildings which divert mean flow, affect surface heating and cooling, and alter the structure of turbulence in the lower atmosphere. Accurate prediction of velocity, temperature, and turbulent kinetic energy fields are necessary for determining the transport and dispersion of scalars. Correct predictions of scalar concentrations are vital in densely populated urban areas where they are used to aid in emergency response planning for accidental or intentional releases of hazardous substances. Traditionally, urban flow simulations have been performed by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes which can accommodate the geometric complexity inherent to urban landscapes. In these types of models the grid is aligned with the solid boundaries, and the boundary conditions are applied to the computational nodes coincident with the surface. If the CFD code uses a structured curvilinear mesh, then time-consuming manual manipulation is needed to ensure that the mesh conforms to the solid boundaries while minimizing skewness. If the CFD code uses an unstructured grid, then the solver cannot be optimized for the underlying data structure which takes an irregular form. Unstructured solvers are therefore often slower and more memory intensive than their structured counterparts. Additionally, urban-scale CFD models are often forced at lateral boundaries with idealized flow, neglecting dynamic forcing due to synoptic scale weather patterns. These CFD codes solve the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations and include limited options for representing atmospheric processes such as surface fluxes and moisture. Traditional CFD codes therefore posses several drawbacks, due to the expense of either creating the grid or solving the resulting algebraic system of equations, and due to the idealized boundary conditions and the lack of full atmospheric physics. Meso-scale atmospheric boundary layer simulations, on the other hand, are performed by numerical weather prediction (NWP) codes, which cannot handle the geometry of the urban landscape, but do provide a more complete representation of atmospheric physics. NWP codes typically use structured grids with terrain-following vertical coordinates, include a full suite of atmospheric physics parameterizations, and allow for dynamic synoptic scale lateral forcing through grid nesting. Terrain following grids are unsuitable for urban terrain, as steep terrain gradients cause extreme distortion of the computational cells. In this work, we introduce and develop an immersed boundary method (IBM) to allow the favorable properties of a numerical weather prediction code to be combined with the ability to handle complex terrain. IBM uses a non-conforming structured grid, and allows solid boundaries to pass through the computational cells. As the terrain passes through the mesh in an arbitrary manner, the main goal of the IBM is to apply the boundary condition on the interior of the domain as accurately as possible. With the implementation of the IBM, numerical weather prediction codes can be used to explicitly resolve urban terrain. Heterogeneous urban domains using the IBM can be nested into larger mesoscale domains using a terrain-following coordinate. The larger mesoscale domain provides lateral boundary conditions to the urban domain with the correct forcing, allowing seamless integration between mesoscale and urban scale models. Further discussion of the scope of this project is given by Lundquist et al. [2007]. The current paper describes the implementation of an IBM into the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, which is an open source numerical weather prediction code. The WRF model solves the non-hydrostatic compressible Navier-Stokes equations, and employs an isobaric terrain-following vertical coordinate. Many types of IB methods have been developed by researchers; a comprehensive review can be found in Mittal and Iaccarino [2005]. To the authors knowledge, this is the first IBM approach that is able to

  20. Wind Regimes in Complex Terrain of the Great Valley of Eastern Tennessee

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    Birdwell, Kevin R [ORNL

    2011-05-01

    This research was designed to provide an understanding of physical wind mechanisms within the complex terrain of the Great Valley of Eastern Tennessee to assess the impacts of regional air flow with regard to synoptic and mesoscale weather changes, wind direction shifts, and air quality. Meteorological data from 2008 2009 were analyzed from 13 meteorological sites along with associated upper level data. Up to 15 ancillary sites were used for reference. Two-step complete linkage and K-means cluster analyses, synoptic weather studies, and ambient meteorological comparisons were performed to generate hourly wind classifications. These wind regimes revealed seasonal variations of underlying physical wind mechanisms (forced channeled, vertically coupled, pressure-driven, and thermally-driven winds). Synoptic and ambient meteorological analysis (mixing depth, pressure gradient, pressure gradient ratio, atmospheric and surface stability) suggested up to 93% accuracy for the clustered results. Probabilistic prediction schemes of wind flow and wind class change were developed through characterization of flow change data and wind class succession. Data analysis revealed that wind flow in the Great Valley was dominated by forced channeled winds (45 67%) and vertically coupled flow (22 38%). Down-valley pressure-driven and thermally-driven winds also played significant roles (0 17% and 2 20%, respectively), usually accompanied by convergent wind patterns (15 20%) and large wind direction shifts, especially in the Central/Upper Great Valley. The behavior of most wind regimes was associated with detectable pressure differences between the Lower and Upper Great Valley. Mixing depth and synoptic pressure gradients were significant contributors to wind pattern behavior. Up to 15 wind classes and 10 sub-classes were identified in the Central Great Valley with 67 joined classes for the Great Valley at-large. Two-thirds of Great Valley at-large flow was defined by 12 classes. Winds flowed on-axis only 40% of the time. The Great Smoky Mountains helped create down-valley pressure-driven winds, downslope mountain breezes, and divergent air flow. The Cumberland Mountains and Plateau were associated with wind speed reductions in the Central Great Valley, Emory Gap Flow, weak thermally-driven winds, and northwesterly down sloping. Ridge-and-valley terrain enhanced wind direction reversals, pressure-driven winds, as well as locally and regionally produced thermally-driven flow.

  1. Approximating the Visible Region of a Point on a Terrain Boaz BenMoshe # Paz Carmi + Matthew J. Katz #

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    Katz, Matthew "Matya"

    supporting ray shooting queries from p, due to Cole and Sharir [5], and its running time is O(n log 2 n. Katz # Abstract Given a terrain and a point p on or above it, we wish to compute the region R p that is visible from p. We present a generic radar­like algorithm for computing an approxima­ tion of R p

  2. Parallelized Distributed Embedded Control System for 2D Walking Robot for Studying Rough Terrain Locomotion

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    Strunk, Gavin

    2010-12-10

    , parallelized, embedded control system was developed to provide the control structure for the Jaywalker. This system was chosen for its ability to execute simultaneous tasks efficiently. The two level control system provides a first level to implement a higher...

  3. Development of a Hybrid Powered 2D Biped Walking Machine Designed for Rough Terrain Locomotion

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    Baker, Bryce C.

    2010-07-28

    Biped robots hold promise as terrestrial explorers because they require a single discrete foothold to place their next step. However, biped robots are multi-input multi-output dynamically unstable machines. This makes ...

  4. Analysis, design, and control of an omnidirectional mobile robot in rough terrain

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    Udengaard, Martin Richard

    2008-01-01

    An omnidirectional mobile robot is able, kinematically, to move in any direction regardless of current pose. To date, nearly all designs and analyses of omnidirectional mobile robots have considered the case of motion on ...

  5. Effects of Terrain Heights and Sizes on Island-Scale Circulations and Rainfall for the Island of Hawaii during HaRP

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    Chen, Yi-Leng

    of Hawaii during HaRP YANG YANG AND YI-LENG CHEN Department of Meteorology, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (Manuscript received 9 August 2006, in final form 23 April 2007) ABSTRACT Islands in Hawaii have different sizes and terrain heights with notable differences in climate and weather

  6. Assessing Terrain Stability in a GIS using SINMAP Pack, R.T. Research Associate Professor, Tarboton, D.G., Associate Professor1

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    Tarboton, David

    Assessing Terrain Stability in a GIS using SINMAP Pack, R.T. Research Associate Professor, Tarboton State University, Logan, UT 84322-5230 Presented at the 15th annual GIS conference, GIS 2001, February 19-22, Vancouver, British Columbia Abstract SINMAP (Stability Index MAPping) is an ArcView GIS

  7. Marine carbonate embayment system in an Eolian dune terrain, Permian Upper Minnelusa Formation, Rozet Area, Powder River Basin, Wyoming

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    Achauer, C.W.

    1987-05-01

    The eolian origin for Minnelusa sandstones has been stressed in numerous published articles. However, the dolomites that are interbedded with the eolian sandstones have received little attention. Isopach mapping of one of the dolomite units (Dolomite I) reflects a marine embayment system whose individual embayments range from 1/2 to 1 mi in width and trend primarily in a northwest direction. Consistently the embayment dolomites pinch out against the flanks of reworked, low relief, broad, eolian dune ridges. So far, 108 mi/sup 2/ of the Dolomite I marine embayment system have been mapped, but the overall extent of the system is undoubtedly much greater. Dolomite I is rarely cored, but cores from stratigraphically higher embayment dolomites in the upper Minnelusa show that these dolomites display the following, shoaling-upward sequence: (1) subtidal, sparingly fossiliferous dolomite; (2) intertidal, algal-laminated or brecciated or mud-cracked dolomite; and (3) very thin, supratidal, nodular anhydrite. The embayments, therefore, became the sites of marine sabkhas located between eolian dunes. Two main conclusions emerge from this study: (1) the juxtaposition of eolian sandstones and marine dolomites in a tectonically stable area suggests that eustatic sea level changes and a very arid climate were responsible for the marked environmental and lithologic changes observed in the upper Minnelusa, and (2) arid, coastal, evaporitic sabkhas bordered by eolian dunes are known from a number of modern and ancient cases, but marine carbonate embayments and associated evaporitic sabkhas that penetrate deeply into eolian sandstone terrains are rare.

  8. Evaluation of WRF predicted near hub-height winds and ramp events over a Pacific Northwest site with complex terrain

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    Yang, Qing; Berg, Larry K.; Pekour, Mikhail S.; Fast, Jerome D.; Newsom, Rob K.; Stoelinga, Mark; Finley, Cathy

    2013-08-16

    The WRF model version 3.3 is used to simulate near hub-height winds and power ramps utilizing three commonly used planetary boundary-layer (PBL) schemes: Mellor-Yamada-Janji? (MYJ), University of Washington (UW), and Yonsei University (YSU). The predicted winds have small mean biases compared with observations. Power ramps and step changes (changes within an hour) consistently show that the UW scheme performed better in predicting up ramps under stable conditions with higher prediction accuracy and capture rates. Both YSU and UW scheme show good performance predicting up- and down- ramps under unstable conditions with YSU being slightly better for ramp durations longer than an hour. MYJ is the most successful simulating down-ramps under stable conditions. The high wind speed and large shear associated with low-level jets are frequently associated with power ramps, and the biases in predicted low-level jet explain some of the shown differences in ramp predictions among different PBL schemes. Low-level jets were observed as low as ~200 m in altitude over the Columbia Basin Wind Energy Study (CBWES) site, located in an area of complex terrain. The shear, low-level peak wind speeds, as well as the height of maximum wind speed are not well predicted. Model simulations with 3 PBL schemes show the largest variability among them under stable conditions.

  9. Development of the Robotic Touch foot Sensor for 2D walking Robot, for Studying Rough Terrain Locomotion

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    Lee, Hunwoo

    2012-08-31

    SENSOR ………..14 2.1 Making coil flat and spiral…………………………………………….....14 2.2 Current generator..……………………………………………………….17 2.3 Passive low pass filter….……..…………………………………………19 2.4 Analog to Digital conversion with a sampling clock generator…………19 2....5 Power management and avoiding redundancy with multiplexers……….21 2.6 Microprocessor to read ADC …………………………………………...23 2.7 Test beds for developed sensors…………………………………………23 3. Trouble shoots……………………………………………………………………25 3.1 Interference among coils...

  10. Terramechanical analysis of rover wheel mobility over simulated Martian terrain at various slip conditions and vertical loads

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    Puszko, Gregory D

    2013-01-01

    Unmanned Mars rovers are presented with the unique challenge of requiring autonomous driving control over rough, adverse territory. A software package, dubbed Artemis, was developed in order to model the expected forces ...

  11. MAPPING CLOUDS AND TERRAIN OF EARTH-LIKE PLANETS FROM PHOTOMETRIC VARIABILITY: DEMONSTRATION WITH PLANETS IN FACE-ON ORBITS

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    Kawahara, Hajime [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Fujii, Yuka, E-mail: kawa_h@tmu.ac.jp [Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan)

    2011-10-01

    We develop an inversion technique of annual scattered light curves to sketch a two-dimensional albedo map of exoplanets in face-on orbits. As a test bed for future observations of extrasolar terrestrial planets, we apply this mapping technique to simulated light curves of a mock Earth-twin at a distance of 10 pc in a face-on circular orbit. A primary feature in recovered albedo maps traces the annual mean distribution of clouds. To extract information of other surface types, we attempt to reduce the cloud signal by taking the difference of two bands. We find that the inversion of reflectivity difference between 0.8-0.9 and 0.4-0.5 {mu}m bands roughly recovers the continental distribution, except for high latitude regions persistently covered with clouds and snow. The inversion of the reflectivity difference across the red edge (0.8-0.9 and 0.6-0.7 {mu}m) emphasizes the vegetation features near the equator. The planetary obliquity and equinox can be estimated simultaneously with the mapping under the presence of clouds. We conclude that the photometric variability of the scattered light will be a powerful means for exploring the habitat of a second Earth.

  12. New Terrain for Rural Politics

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    Fox, Jonathan A

    1992-01-01

    sobrevivir en Santa Maria. Democracia social en un sindicato5. Maruja Barrig, "Democracia Emergente y Movimiento dein Movimientos Sociales y Democracia: Lafundacidnde un nuevo

  13. Pattern classification of terrain during amputee walking

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    Farrell, Matthew Todd

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis I study the role of extrinsic (sensors placed on the body) versus intrinsic sensing (instruments placed on an artificial limb) and determine a robust set of sensors from physical and reliability constraints ...

  14. Resisting globalization- ATTAC in France: local discourses, global terrain 

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    Leonard, Marie des Neiges

    2007-04-25

    The debate over the "globalization" process has been influenced by the emergence of social movements who deplore this process. This research focuses on the French social movement ATTAC (Action for a Tobin Tax for the Aid of Citizens...

  15. Three dimensional terrain editing in StarLogo TNG

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    D'Ambrosio, Michael (Michael A.)

    2009-01-01

    StarLogo TNG is a block based programming language designed to create models and simulations that are used to help middle and high school students understand mathematical and scientific concepts. However, there is a desire ...

  16. High-Resolution Aeromagnetic Mapping Of Volcanic Terrain, Yellowstone...

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    differences in rock composition, types and degree of alteration, and crustal structures that mirror the variable geology of the Yellowstone Plateau. The older, Eocene,...

  17. Ultrasensitive directional microphone arrays for military operations in urban terrain.

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    Hall, Neal A.; Peterson, Kenneth Allen; Parker, Eric Paul; Resnick, Paul James; Okandan, Murat; Serkland, Darwin Keith

    2007-11-01

    Acoustic sensing systems are critical elements in detection of sniper events. The microphones developed in this project enable unique sensing systems that benefit significantly from the enhanced sensitivity and extremely compact foot-print. Surface and bulk micromachining technologies developed at Sandia have allowed the design, fabrication and characterization of these unique sensors. We have demonstrated sensitivity that is only available in 1/2 inch to 1 inch studio reference microphones--with our devices that have only 1 to 2mm diameter membranes in a volume less than 1cm{sup 3}.

  18. Learning to visually predict terrain properties for planetary rovers

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    Brooks, Christopher Allen, 1978-

    2009-01-01

    For future planetary exploration missions, improvements in autonomous rover mobility have the potential to increase scientific data return by providing safe access to geologically interesting sites that lie in rugged ...

  19. Pathfinder: A Relational Query Optimizer Explores XQuery Terrain

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    Teubner, Jens

    :outer, pos:pos1, item) ROW# (pos1:pos>/outer) |X| (iter = inner) @ (pos), val: #1 ¶ (outer:iter, sort:pos, inner) ROOTS NUMBER (inner) ELEM (iter, item:pos, item>) ELEM_TAG @ (item), val: item ¶ (iter, pos:pos1, item) @ (pos), val: #1 ROW# (pos1:pos>/iter) ¶ (iter) @ (pos), val: #1 ¶ (iter

  20. Mythical Terrain and the Building of Mexico’s UNAM

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    Davids, René

    2008-01-01

    and the Environment in Mexico, 2005. No. 14: Kevin P.Trueba, El Pedregal de San Angel. Mexico City: UniversidadNacional Autónoma de Mexico (1995). 5. See Mario Pani and

  1. The Flat Map: A Perception Approach To Modeling Flat Terrain

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    Campbell, Josh

    2009-11-18

    Goals Define a conceptually and computationally compatible definition of flat one based on the perception of flat can be applied globally Test the feasibility of open source software for conducting large-scale geographic analysis Produce a ‘flat...Goals Define a conceptually and computationally compatible definition of flat one based on the perception of flat can be applied globally Test the feasibility of open source software for conducting large-scale geographic analysis Produce a ‘flat...

  2. Multiple Simultaneous Acoustic Source Localization in Urban Terrain

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    Maróti, Miklós

    acoustic sources, eliminate multipath effects, tolerate multiple sensor failures while providing good civilian infrastructure (power and communication network), and robustness against node failures. Figure 1. depicts the acoustic events generated by a typical rifle shot. The muzzle blast produces a spherical wave

  3. Local Terrain Mapping for Obstacle Avoidance using Monocular Vision

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    Langelaan, Jack W.

    a potential field obstacle avoidance routine are presented. Introduction Currently, many unmanned aerial Vehicles Specialist's Forum 1 #12;2 MARLOW AHS UNMANNED VEHICLES SPECIALIST'S FORUM all classes of unmanned unmanned rotorcraft through an unsurveyed envi- ronment consisting of forest and urban canyons. Optical

  4. High-Resolution Aeromagnetic Mapping Of Volcanic Terrain, Yellowstone

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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 on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QAsource History View NewTexas: Energy Resources Jump to:Hershey, Pennsylvania:HiddenTemperature

  5. PRODUCING SATELLITE-DERIVED IRRADIANCES IN COMPLEX ARID TERRAIN

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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 on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QAsource History ViewMayo, Maryland:NPIProtectio Program | OpenWisconsin:NewOverPPS Enviro Power Pvt Ltd Jump

  6. ARM - Field Campaign - Cloud, Aerosol, and Complex Terrain Interactions

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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 Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity ofkandz-cm11 Outreach HomeA Better Anode Design to Improve4AJ01) (See22,Microphysical PropertiesgovCampaignsCloud Radar IOP

  7. Outline DARTS lab Introduction SimScape Large terrain modeling CLOD visualization Conclusion Scalable Large, Multi-Resolution Terrain

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    -Time Simulation (DARTS) EDL simulations (DSENDS) Rover simulations (ROAMS) Airship simulations Robotic arm

  8. Design of robotic quadruped legs

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    McKenzie, Jacob Elijah

    2012-01-01

    Prized for their performance on prepared surfaces, wheeled vehicles are often limited in mobility by rough and unstructured terrain. Conversely, systems that rely on legs have shown promising rough terrain performance but ...

  9. DISCLAIMER

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    the pollutants away from their source and by turbulent air motion that results from solar heating of the earth's surface and air movement over rough terrain and surfaces....

  10. QLOD: A Data Structure for Interative Terrain Visualization RODRIGO TOLEDO1

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    de Figueiredo, Luiz Henrique

    a geographic information system. These models can represent a broad area of the Earth's surface with detailed geographical information. The development of tech- niques and equipment made data collection more precise information, thus yielding very large datasets. For this reason, it is necessary to use a compatible structure

  11. Design and editing 2.5-dimensional terrain in StarLogo TNG

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    Wendel, Daniel J

    2006-01-01

    StarLogo TNG is "The Next Generation" in block-based decentralized programming for modeling and simulation software. Its aim is to make computer programming more appealing for students in middle school and high school. ...

  12. Active Ankle Response for a 2-D Biped Robot with Terrain Contact Sensing

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    Hitschmann, Francis Lee

    2009-11-18

    . 8. Palm(III), W.J., Mechanical Vibration. 1 ed. 2007, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 3. 9. Collins, S.H., A Bipedal Walking Robot with Efficient and Human-Like Gait*. 10. Yamaguchi, Multisensor Foot Mechanism with Shock Absorbing Material.... 8. Palm(III), W.J., Mechanical Vibration. 1 ed. 2007, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 3. 9. Collins, S.H., A Bipedal Walking Robot with Efficient and Human-Like Gait*. 10. Yamaguchi, Multisensor Foot Mechanism with Shock Absorbing Material...

  13. The research and design of a low cost, all terrain, mechanically advantageous wheelchair for developed markets

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    Judge, Benjamin Michael

    2011-01-01

    This thesis presents a case for a paradigm shift in the way mobility technology is approached in the United States. Spawning from the research of developing world wheelchair technology, a conceptual design for a capable ...

  14. Human-Inspired Motion Primitives and Transitions for Bipedal Robotic Locomotion in Diverse Terrain 

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    Zhao, Huihua

    2015-04-27

    This thesis presents a control design approach, which uses human data in the development of bipedal robotic control techniques for multiple locomotion behaviors. Insight into the fundamental behaviors of human locomotion is obtained through...

  15. A Benthic Terrain Classification Scheme for American Samoa Accepted for publication in Marine Geodesy, 2006

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    Wright, Dawn Jeannine

    , invasive species, security training activities, offshore oil and gas exploration, and coral bleaching on earth, continually face destruction from anthropogenic and natural threats. The U.S. Coral Reef Task to increasing coastal populations (Culliton 1998). Natural and anthropogenic processes threaten natural

  16. Improved Fast Replanning for Robot Navigation in Unknown Terrain Sven Koenig

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    often operate in domains that are only incom- pletely known, for example, when they have to move from Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30312-0280 skoenig@cc.gatech.edu Maxim Likhachev School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213 maxim+@cs.cmu.edu Abstract Mobile robots

  17. Improved Fast Replanning for Robot Navigation in Unknown Terrain Sven Koenig

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    Mobile robots often operate in domains that are only incom­ pletely known, for example, when they have of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30312­0280 skoenig@cc.gatech.edu Maxim Likhachev School of Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 15213 maxim+@cs.cmu.edu Abstract

  18. Curiosity Based Exploration for Learning Terrain Models Yogesh Girdhar, David Whitney, and Gregory Dudek

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    Dudek, Gregory

    . We posit that observation data collected from such paths that seek novelty and maximize information and temporal distribution of the data. Moreover, ROST can process the incoming observation data in real time0E9, Canada {yogesh,dwhitney,dudek}@cim.mcgill.ca Fig. 1. Example of an exploratory path (top

  19. Terrain Influences on Synoptic Storm Structure and Mesoscale Precipitation Distribution during IPEX IOP3

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    Monteverdi, John

    , University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah W. James Steenburgh NOAA Cooperative Institute for Regional Prediction and Department of Meteorology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah Justin A. W. Cox NOAA

  20. Adjusting lidar-derived digital terrain models in coastal marshes based on estimated aboveground biomass density

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    Medeiros, Stephen; Hagen, Scott; Weishampel, John; Angelo, James

    2015-03-25

    Digital elevation models (DEMs) derived from airborne lidar are traditionally unreliable in coastal salt marshes due to the inability of the laser to penetrate the dense grasses and reach the underlying soil. To that end, we present a novel processing methodology that uses ASTER Band 2 (visible red), an interferometric SAR (IfSAR) digital surface model, and lidar-derived canopy height to classify biomass density using both a three-class scheme (high, medium and low) and a two-class scheme (high and low). Elevation adjustments associated with these classes using both median and quartile approaches were applied to adjust lidar-derived elevation values closer tomore »true bare earth elevation. The performance of the method was tested on 229 elevation points in the lower Apalachicola River Marsh. The two-class quartile-based adjusted DEM produced the best results, reducing the RMS error in elevation from 0.65 m to 0.40 m, a 38% improvement. The raw mean errors for the lidar DEM and the adjusted DEM were 0.61 ± 0.24 m and 0.32 ± 0.24 m, respectively, thereby reducing the high bias by approximately 49%.« less

  1. Vision-based terrain classification and classifier fusion for planetary exploration rovers

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    Halatci, Ibrahim

    2006-01-01

    Autonomous rover operation plays a key role in planetary exploration missions. Rover systems require more and more autonomous capabilities to improve efficiency and robustness. Rover mobility is one of the critical components ...

  2. Building model generation project : generating a model of the MIT campus terrain

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    Kulikov, Vitaliy Y. (Vitaliy Yurievich), 1981-

    2004-01-01

    Possession of a complete, automatically generated and frequently updated model of the MIT campus leads the way to many valuable applications, ranging from three-dimensional navigation to virtual tours. In this thesis, we ...

  3. Effects of climate, physical erosion, parent mineralogy, and dust on chemical erosion rates in mountainous terrain

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    Ferrier, Ken

    2009-01-01

    in the Idaho Batholith Abstract Chemical weathering promoteschemical weathering rates over millennial timescales: Measurements at Rio Icacos, Puerto Rico Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .chemical erosion rates: Measurements along two altitudinal transects in the Idaho Batholith Abstract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  4. Real -Time Rendering of Photo-Textured Terrain Height Fields LUIZ CARLOS GUEDES

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    de Figueiredo, Luiz Henrique

    can be found in Geographical Information Systems and computer games. Both applications share the need requirement in applications such as flight simulators, action games or geographic information systems. Particularly, geographic information systems deal with large scale virtual worlds and require the integration

  5. INVESTIGATION OF A DYNAMIC POWER LINE RATING CONCEPT FOR IMPROVED WIND ENERGY INTEGRATION OVER COMPLEX TERRAIN

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    Jake P. Gentle; Kurt S Myers; Tyler B Phillips; Inanc Senocak; Phil Anderson

    2014-08-01

    Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) is a smart grid technology that allows the rating of power line to be based on real-time conductor temperature dependent on local weather conditions. In current practice overhead power lines are generally given a conservative rating based on worst case weather conditions. Using historical weather data collected over a test bed area, we demonstrate there is often additional transmission capacity not being utilized with the current static rating practice. We investigate a new dynamic line rating methodology using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to determine wind conditions along transmission lines at dense intervals. Simulated results are used to determine conductor temperature by calculating the transient thermal response of the conductor under variable environmental conditions. In calculating the conductor temperature, we use both a calculation with steady-state assumption and a transient calculation. Under low wind conditions, steady-state assumption predicts higher conductor temperatures that could lead to curtailments, whereas transient calculations produce conductor temperatures that are significantly lower, implying the availability of additional transmission capacity.

  6. Human estimation of slope, distance, and height of terrain in simulated lunar conditions

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    Oravetz, Christopher

    2009-01-01

    As NASA's Vision for Space Exploration seeks to explore mountainous regions near the southern pole through frequent, long excursions, astronauts will require accurate navigational assistance. Current and future technology, ...

  7. Live Webinar on the Funding Opportunity for Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    On April 21, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EST the Wind Program will hold a live webinar to provide information to potential applicants for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. There is no cost to...

  8. Local Adjustment of the Background Error Correlation for Surface Analyses over Complex Terrain

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    Capecchi, Mario R.

    , FL Revision Submitted to: Weather and Forecasting August 23, 2004 1. Corresponding author address quantities are of great importance to weather forecasters. The need for analyses of meteorological surface variables (temperature, wind, etc.) over mountainous regions for applications such as forest fire

  9. Rotor and Subrotor Dynamics in the Lee of Three-Dimensional Terrain JAMES D. DOYLE

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    Frierson, Dargan

    circulation, where they dissipate and contribute their vorticity toward the maintenance of the main rotor of their intensity, such subrotor circulations likely pose the greatest hazard to aviation. 1. Introduction and shear, and have been sug- gested to contribute to numerous aviation incidents and accidents (e.g., NTSB

  10. Near Optimal Location of Two Landings on Flat, Uniform Terrain Francis E. Greulich

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    Greulich, Francis E.

    to be the originator of the alternate location and allocation algorithm, hereafter referred to as the location-allocation region is a strictly convex function. Parenthetically it is noted that this proof is

  11. TOWARDS SEMANTIC INTERACTION IN HIGH-DETAIL REALTIME TERRAIN AND CITY VISUALIZATION

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    Behnke, Sven

    to the availability of huge high-resolution 2.5d digital surface models (Hirschm¨uller, 2005). As sensors also record. Reconstructions from these aerial data will help to match and integrate data obtained from terrestrial sensors (Fr in that they add more and finer semantic categories and metadata (Kolbe et al., 2005). Se- mantic models based

  12. Flight Simulator Evaluation of an Integrated Synthetic and Enhanced Vision System for Terrain Avoidance

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    Kaber, David B.

    to the requirements for route awareness and guidance. 3. Research compared a perspective pathway HUD with a conventional 2-D HUD. The results showed the perspective pathway HUD was better for guidance. Overall, pathway HUDs combine the independent advantages of pathway displays and head-up displays, particularly during

  13. The coupled development of terrain and vegetation : the case of semiarid grasslands

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    Flores Cervantes, Javier Homero, 1977-

    2010-01-01

    The distribution of vegetation in semiarid landscapes organizes as a function of moisture availability, which is often mediated by the form of the land surface. Simultaneously the processes that shape the land surface are ...

  14. Hydrologic modeling using triangulated irregular networks : terrain representation, flood forecasting and catchment response

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    Vivoni, Enrique R. (Enrique Rafael), 1975-

    2003-01-01

    Numerical models are modern tools for capturing the spatial and temporal variability in the land-surface hydrologic response to rainfall and understanding the physical relations between internal watershed processes and ...

  15. Saving the soil: AgriLife units work to improve traning terrain 

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    Orth, Melanie

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this dissertation is to contribute in three ways to the literature on son preference and fertility through a comparative perspective. First, I examine the impact of son preference on fertility in China and South ...

  16. Coastal Wave Generation and Wave Breaking over Terrain: Two Problems in Mesoscale Wave Dynamics 

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    Qian, Tingting

    2010-07-14

    Two problems in mesoscale wave dynamics are addressed: (i) wave-turbulence interaction in a breaking mountain wave and (ii) gravity wave generation associated with coastal heating gradients. The mean and turbulent structures in a breaking mountain...

  17. Effects of all-terrain vehicle trails on stream channel characteristics, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas 

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    Rohrer, Deven Michelle

    2001-01-01

    Research shows that road and trail crossings have negative impacts on forest streams, and that off-road vehicles are detrimental to the environment. However, little information is available concerning the effects of such vehicles on stream channels...

  18. A system to place observers in a polyhedral terrain in polynomial time?

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    Draper, Bruce A.

    was developed focusing on the military context. The Daedalus project 21 has as one of its goals to provide

  19. Placing observers to cover a polyhedral terrain in polynomial time cio Marengoniy

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    Draper, Bruce A.

    on the mili- tary context. The Daedalus project 17 has as one of its goals to provide battle eld commanders

  20. Pathfinder: A Relational Query Optimizer Explores XQuery Terrain Torsten Grust Jan Rittinger Jens Teubner

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    Teubner, Jens

    -Lifting: Turning XQuery into Relational Plans SERIALIZE FRAG_UNION ¶ (iter:outer, pos:pos1, item) EMPTY_FRAG FRAGs ROW# (pos1:pos>/outer) ELEM (iter, item:pos, item>) FRAG_UNION ELEM_TAG FRAG_UNION FRAGs @ (item), val: item ¶ (iter, pos:pos1, item) FRAGs TEXT (res:) ATTR (res:) |X

  1. The effects of cultural noise on controlled source electromagnetic resonses of subsurface fractures in resistive terrain 

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    Fernandes, Roland Anthony Savio

    2009-05-15

    Page 2.1 Transient smoke ring diffusion into a conducting halfspace, conductivity ? = 0.1 S/m. .............................................................................. 10 2.2 The relation of transmitter current with induced emf... generated by this switch-off is shown in figure 2.2. The magnetic flux threads through the earth and the emf associated with its abrupt switch off generates eddy currents within the subsurface. The geometry of the eddy current distribution is approximated...

  2. Energetically Optimal Travel across Terrain: Visualizations and a New Metric of Geographic Distance with Archaeological Applications

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    Wood, Zoë J.

    , travel, prehistory, least cost path. Zoë J. Wood2 California Polytechnic State University Brian M. Wood1 the energetically least cost path is shown in blue. This visualization shows how least cost paths often follow of these two paths further illustrate this fact. See figure 2. The overall caloric saving for the least cost

  3. Estimating the spatial and temporal distribution of snow in mountainous terrain

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    Musselman, Keith Newton

    2012-01-01

    date error. The cumulative sub-canopy direct beam solar radiationdate error. The cumulative sub-canopy direct beam solar radiationsolar radiation from 29 February to 26 April (i.e. NP DBT snow disappearance date)

  4. Escorted Ethnography: Ethics, the Human Terrain System and American Anthropology in Conflict

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    Daily, Eric

    2010-01-01

    2008. Moment of Truth in Iraq. United States: Richardand Jessica Delaney. eds. 2007. “Iraq under the surge”. TheIssue 02. April 1. 2008. “Iraq after the surge: Governance

  5. Effects of climate, physical erosion, parent mineralogy, and dust on chemical erosion rates in mountainous terrain

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    Ferrier, Ken

    2009-01-01

    rates with cosmogenic nuclides and elemental abundances inin situ cosmogenic nuclides: theory and application.C. , 1999. Cosmogenic nuclides, topography, and the spatial

  6. International Conference on Machine Control & Guidance 2008 1 Generation and Analysis of Digital Terrain Models with

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    * University Rostock, Germany Cornelius DONATH** John Deere, AMS Abstract In Europe more than 10.000 dual. For instance in Europe more than 10.000 dual frequency iTC Starfire GPS- receivers were sold in recent years and machine hours and fuel used, the secondary advantages lie in also saving sees fertilizers and pesticides

  7. High compliance all-terrain transport and heavy cargo hybrid bicycle

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    Soto-Fernández, Orlando

    2005-01-01

    A design project was carried out which involved the design, manufacturing, and assembly of a hybrid bicycle. The bicycle was required to operate between two modes, one that permitted fast transport of the operator from one ...

  8. High compliance all-terrain transport and heavy cargo hybrid bicycle

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    Pino, Andres (Andres J.)

    2006-01-01

    This research involved the design and manufacture of a prototype for a hybrid bicycle system. The design called for a vehicle capable of being used in a mode where normal bicycle operation is possible while being reconfigurable ...

  9. Submitted for Publication to SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCING SATELLITE-DERIVED IRRADIANCES IN COMPLEX ARID TERRAIN

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    Perez, Richard R.

    & Ray George NREL 1617 Cole Blvd. Golden, CO 80401 drenne / ray_george@nrel.nrel.gov ABSTRACT This paper range management. Ground specular reflectance had been identified as the main source of model inaccuracy in the arid western US and was found to perform adequately (Perez et al., 2002). However, these stations

  10. Effects of climate, physical erosion, parent mineralogy, and dust on chemical erosion rates in mountainous terrain

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    Ferrier, Ken

    2009-01-01

    Eruptive history and geochronology of Mount Mazama and themeasurements. Quaternary Geochronology 3, 174–195. Barshad,

  11. Are double trailers cost effective for transporting forest biomass on steep terrain?

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    Zamora-Cristales, Rene; Sessions, John

    2015-01-01

    productivities of forest biomass harvesting operations: Ain road assessment for biomass opera- tions in steepinterference in forest biomass recovery operations on steep

  12. Electrokinetic transport in microchannels with random roughness

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    Wang, Moran [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kang, Qinjun [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    We present a numerical framework to model the electrokinetic transport in microchannels with random roughness. The three-dimensional microstructure of the rough channel is generated by a random generation-growth method with three statistical parameters to control the number density, the total volume fraction, and the anisotropy characteristics of roughness elements. The governing equations for the electrokinetic transport are solved by a high-efficiency lattice Poisson?Boltzmann method in complex geometries. The effects from the geometric characteristics of roughness on the electrokinetic transport in microchannels are therefore modeled and analyzed. For a given total roughness volume fraction, a higher number density leads to a lower fluctuation because of the random factors. The electroosmotic flow rate increases with the roughness number density nearly logarithmically for a given volume fraction of roughness but decreases with the volume fraction for a given roughness number density. When both the volume fraction and the number density of roughness are given, the electroosmotic flow rate is enhanced by the increase of the characteristic length along the external electric field direction but is reduced by that in the direction across the channel. For a given microstructure of the rough microchannel, the electroosmotic flow rate decreases with the Debye length. It is found that the shape resistance of roughness is responsible for the flow rate reduction in the rough channel compared to the smooth channel even for very thin double layers, and hence plays an important role in microchannel electroosmotic flows.

  13. Concentration of Eigenfunctions in Rough Media

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    Smith, Hart F.

    Concentration of Eigenfunctions in Rough Media Hart F. Smith Department of Mathematics University of Washington, Seattle UC Irvine - June 18, 2012 Hart F. Smith Eigenfunctions in Rough Media #12;M = compact L2(M) (p) ( p 2 ) Hart F. Smith Eigenfunctions in Rough Media #12;M = compact manifold with volume

  14. Interactive Mapping on Virtual Terrain Models Tony Bernardin Eric Cowgill Ryan Gold Bernd Hamann Oliver Kreylos Alfred Schmitt

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    Hamann, Bernd

    in the creation and interpretation of geologic/neotectonic maps at length scales of 10 m to 1000 km. Our system to measure the orientations of geologic surfaces and record their observations by drawing lines directly and displayed to facilitate understanding of the three-dimensional geometry of geologic surfaces. The main

  15. Immersed Boundary Methods for High-Resolution Simulation of Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Flow Over Complex Terrain

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    Lundquist, Katherine Ann

    2010-01-01

    Wind Energy Association Windpower 2008 Conference, AmericanWind Energy Association Windpower 2006 Conference, American

  16. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    such as the urban heat island and increase in urban energyloads and the urban heat island-the effects of albedo,modeling of urban heat islands. Final report prepared by

  17. Landmine removal : technology review and design proposal as pertaining to humanitarian demining with a focus on locomotion across soft terrain

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    Poteet, Amanda N

    2008-01-01

    A study into the field of humanitarian landmine removal was conducted; with significant attention devoted to an in depth review of existing removal technologies, as well as alternative detection methods. A design proposal ...

  18. Isolating Effects of Water Table Dynamics, Terrain, and Soil Moisture Heterogeneity on the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Using Coupled Models

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    Rihani, Jehan

    2010-01-01

    yearly averages of water and energy balance components forthe transfer of water and energy between the loweryearly averages of water and energy balance components for

  19. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    loads and the urban heat island-the effects of albedo,modeling of urban heat islands. Final report prepared byeffects such as the urban heat island and increase in urban

  20. Evolving Gaits for Increased Selectivity in Terrain Classification Amy C. Larson, Richard M. Voyles, Jaewook Bae, and Roy Godzdanker

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    Voyles, Richard

    .godzdanker@du.edu Fig. 1. Image of two TerminatorBots traversing rocks and woodchips. are investigating the optimization

  1. Airflow-terrain interactions through a mountain gap, with an example of eolian activity beneath an atmospheric hydraulic jump

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    Gaylord, D.R.; Dawson, P.J.

    1987-09-01

    The integration of atmospheric soundings from a fully instrumented aircraft with detailed sedimentary and geomorphic analyses of eolian features in the Ferris dune field of south-central Wyoming lends insight into the manner in which topography interacts with airflow to modify eolian activity. Topographically modified airflow results in zones of airflow deceleration, acceleration, and enhanced atmospheric turbulence, all of which influence the surface morphology and sedimentology. Extreme lateral confluence of prevailing airflow produces accelerated, unidirectional winds. These winds correlate with unusually continuous and elongate parabolic dunes that extend into a mountain gap (Windy Gap). Persistently heightened winds produced at the entrance to Windy Gap have resulted in a concentration of active sand dunes that lack slipfaces. Common development of a strongly amplified atmospheric wave analogous to a hydraulic jump in the gap contributes to the formation of a variety of eolian features that mantle the surface of Windy Gap and the Ferris dune field tail. Heightened, unidirectional winds in this zone promote grain-size segregation, the formation of elongated and aligned sand drifts, climbing and falling dunes, elongate scour streaks, and parabolic dunes that have low-angle (< 20/sup 0/) cross-stratification. Deflation of bedrock and loose sediment has been enhanced in the zone of maximum turbulence beneath the hydraulic jump.

  2. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    pollution. In this research numerical methods are used to investigate some basic turbulent and thermal

  3. Isolating Effects of Water Table Dynamics, Terrain, and Soil Moisture Heterogeneity on the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Using Coupled Models

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    Rihani, Jehan

    2010-01-01

    for simulating surface water–groundwater interactions”,Advances in Water Resources, doi: 10.1016/j.hydraulic properties”, Water Resources Research, 43, W07445,

  4. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    loads and the urban heat island-the effects of albedo,modeling of urban heat islands. Final report prepared byespecially the urban heat island (UHI) and urban air

  5. Examining the Effects of Conformal Terrain Features in Advanced Head-Up Displays on Flight Performance and

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    Kaber, David B.

    and EVS imagery in an advanced head-up display (HUD) during a simulated landing approach under instrument meteorological conditions. Videos of the landing with various HUD configurations were presented to eight pilots with a superimposed tracking task. The independent variables included four HUD feature configurations (baseline [no

  6. Control of a Six-Legged Robot Walking on Abrupt Terrain Enric Celaya and Josep M. Porta

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    Portland State University

    detected using di erent kinds of sensorial information. Thus, for example, in the OSU Hexapod vehicle, and Gorinevsky and Shneider 7], working with a small hexapod, compute appropriate corrections to commanded forces

  7. Immersed Boundary Methods for High-Resolution Simulation of Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Flow Over Complex Terrain

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    Lundquist, Katherine Ann

    2010-01-01

    wall region, the first off wall grid point should be locatedwall point. If the first off wall grid point is located innoting that the first off wall grid point was located in the

  8. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    losses of a flat-plate collector, Solar Energy 35, 15–19.from outer cover of solar collectors, Renew. Energ. 10 (4)

  9. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    Hernandez, Matthew Lave and Neda Yaghoobian. Especiallyto me in my dissertation review, Neda Yaghoobian and Anthony

  10. In the second VRC task, teams had to guide the robot over a series of terrain, including mud,

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    Stryk, Oskar von

    , uneven ground and a debris-littered path. Get Our Free Newsletters Space - Defense - Environment - Energy for the six teams that did best, but in an interesting twist, good sportsmanship and generosity will allow Integration Center Strange Flames on the ISS Europe's space truck docks with ISS SpaceX Will Launch

  11. Unstable Wave Modes Over Complex Terrain Craig C. Epifanio1, David J. Muraki and Youngsuk Lee2

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    the Linear Instability Modes Three peaks, Nh/U = 0.5 color: disturbance ­ lines: Long's · Begin with steady Long's solution · Linearize model about Long's basic flow · Add random noise field · Allow disturbance modes to grow from noise #12;Growing the Linear Instability Modes Getting the growth rate and frequency

  12. A generalized coordinate ocean model and a comparison of the bottom boundary layer dynamics in terrain-following

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    Ezer,Tal

    -order turbulence closure scheme that provides surface and BBL mixing and results in a quite re- alistic climatology-following grid. However, with the same turbulence scheme but using a z-level grid, the model was unable in the two grids is due to the larger vertical mixing generated by the turbulence scheme over the step

  13. Proprioceptive localization for a quadrupedal robot on known terrain Sachin Chitta, Paul Vernaza, Roman Geykhman and Daniel D. Lee

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    Vernaza, Paul

    , Roman Geykhman and Daniel D. Lee GRASP Laboratory University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104. In another approach, the process of localization and choosing the right set of features is carried out

  14. Large eddy simulation of atmospheric boundary layer flow in urban terrain : implications for transport of pollution and heat

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    Sun, Long

    2011-01-01

    downwind of the hill shows small wind speeds (Fig. 4.4a).downwind of the hill shows small wind speeds (Fig.4.4a). For

  15. EuroCG 2010, Dortmund, Germany, March 2224, 2010 Guarding 1.5D Terrains with Demands

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    Matijevic, Domagoj

    , Croatia, domagoj AT mathos.hr Department of Mathematics, J.J. Strossmayer University, Osijek, Croatia

  16. 18-20 2547 -A Leg-Wheel Hybrid Mobile Robot

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    Laksanacharoen, Sathaporn

    improve rough terrain locomotion in a hexapod robot," in Robotics and Autonomous System, vol.18, 1996, pp. Watson, "Design and simulation of a cockroach-like hexapod robot," in Proceedcings ICRA 1997 IEEE

  17. Water Dynamics at Rough Interfaces

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    Markus Rosenstihl; Kerstin Kämpf; Felix Klameth; Matthias Sattig; Michael Vogel

    2014-07-21

    We use molecular dynamics computer simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments to investigate the dynamics of water at interfaces of molecular roughness and low mobility. We find that, when approaching such interfaces, the structural relaxation of water, i.e., the $\\alpha$ process, slows down even when specific attractive interactions are absent. This prominent effect is accompanied by a smooth transition from Vogel to Arrhenius temperature dependence and by a growing importance of jump events. Consistently, at protein surfaces, deviations from Arrhenius behavior are weak when free water does not exist. Furthermore, in nanoporous silica, a dynamic crossover of liquid water occurs when a fraction of solid water forms near 225 K and, hence, the liquid dynamics changes from bulk-like to interface-dominated. At sufficiently low temperatures, water exhibits a quasi-universal $\\beta$ process, which is characterized by an activation energy of $E_a\\!=\\!0.5$ eV and involves anisotropic reorientation about large angles. As a consequence of its large amplitude, the faster $\\beta$ process destroys essentially all orientational correlation, rendering observation of a possible slower $\\alpha$ process difficult in standard experiments. Nevertheless, we find indications for the existence of structural relaxation down to a glass transition of interfacial water near 185 K. Hydrated proteins show a highly restricted backbone motion with an amplitude, which decreases upon cooling and vanishes at comparable temperatures, providing evidence for a high relevance of water rearrangements in the hydration shell for secondary protein relaxations.

  18. Enhanced Mars Rover Navigation Techniques Richard Volpe Tara Estlin Sharon Laubach

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    Volpe, Richard

    the terrain from periscopic cameras, select a path through the terrain to the edge of the effective stereo

  19. Rough surface reconstruction for ultrasonic NDE simulation

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    Choi, Wonjae; Shi, Fan; Lowe, Michael J. S.; Skelton, Elizabeth A.; Craster, Richard V.

    2014-02-18

    The reflection of ultrasound from rough surfaces is an important topic for the NDE of safety-critical components, such as pressure-containing components in power stations. The specular reflection from a rough surface of a defect is normally lower than it would be from a flat surface, so it is typical to apply a safety factor in order that justification cases for inspection planning are conservative. The study of the statistics of the rough surfaces that might be expected in candidate defects according to materials and loading, and the reflections from them, can be useful to develop arguments for realistic safety factors. This paper presents a study of real rough crack surfaces that are representative of the potential defects in pressure-containing power plant. Two-dimensional (area) values of the height of the roughness have been measured and their statistics analysed. Then a means to reconstruct model cases with similar statistics, so as to enable the creation of multiple realistic realizations of the surfaces, has been investigated, using random field theory. Rough surfaces are reconstructed, based on a real surface, and results for these two-dimensional descriptions of the original surface have been compared with those from the conventional model based on a one-dimensional correlation coefficient function. In addition, ultrasonic reflections from them are simulated using a finite element method.

  20. A CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROUGH PATH ABOVE FRACTIONAL ...

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    2013-03-05

    Appl. 120 (2010) 1444–1472], where the construction of a rough path over B was first introduced. 1. Introduction. Rough paths analysis is a theory introduced by ...

  1. Combinatorial Block Copolymer Ordering on Tunable Rough

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    Kulkarni M. M.; Yager K.; Sharma, A.; Karim, A.

    2012-05-01

    Morphology control of block copolymer (BCP) thin films through substrate interaction via controlled roughness parameters is of significant interest for numerous high-tech applications ranging from solar cells to high-density storage media. While effects of substrate surface energy (SE) and roughness (R) on BCP morphology have been individually investigated, their synergistic effects have not been explored in any systematic manner. Interestingly, orientation response of BCP to changes in SE can be similar to what can be accomplished with variations in R. Here we present a novel approach for orienting lamellar BCP films of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) on spin-coated xerogel (a dried gel of silica nanoparticle network) substrate with simultaneously tunable surface energy, {gamma}{sub s} {approx} 29-53 mJ/m{sup 2}, by UVO exposure and roughness, R{sub rms} {approx} 0.5-30 nm, by sol-gel processing steps of regulating the catalyst concentration and sol aging time. As in previous BCP orientation studies on 20 nm diameter monodisperse silica nanoparticle coated surface, we find a similar but broadened oscillatory BCP orientation behavior with film thickness due to the random rather than periodic rough surfaces. We also find that higher random roughness amplitude is not the necessary criteria for obtaining a vertical orientation of BCP lamellae. Rather, a high surface fractal dimension (D{sub f} > 2.4) of the rough substrate in conjunction with an optimal substrate surface energy {gamma}{sub s} 29 mJ/m{sup 2} results in 100% vertically oriented lamellar microdomains. The AFM measured film surface microstructure correlates well with the internal 3D BCP film structure probed by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and rotational small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In contrast to tunable self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-coated substrates, the xerogel films are very durable and retain their chemical properties over period of several months. These results also highlight importantly that BCP orientation control for nanotechnology is possible not only on specially prepared patterned substrates but also on industrially viable sol-gel substrates.

  2. Correlating toughness and roughness in ductile fracture

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    Ponson, Laurent; Osovski, Shmulik; Bouchaud, Elisabeth; Tvergaard, Viggo; Needleman, Alan

    2013-01-01

    Three dimensional calculations of ductile crack growth under mode I plane strain, small scale yielding conditions are carried out using an elastic-viscoplastic constitutive relation for a progres- sively cavitating plastic solid with two populations of void nucleating second phase particles. Full field solutions are obtained for three dimensional material microstructures characterized by ran- dom distributions of void nucleating particles. Crack growth resistance curves and fracture surface roughness statistics are calculated using standard procedures. The range of void nucleating particle volume fractions considered give rise to values of toughness, JIC, that vary by a factor of four. For all volume fractions considered, the computed fracture surfaces are self-affine over a size range of about two orders of magnitude with a roughness exponent of 0.54 $\\pm$ 0.03. For small void nucleating particle volume fractions, the mean large particle spacing serves as a single dominant length scale. In this regime, the c...

  3. Correlating toughness and roughness in ductile fracture

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    Laurent Ponson; Ankit Srivastava; Shmulik Osovski; Elisabeth Bouchaud; Viggo Tvergaard; Alan Needleman

    2013-07-16

    Three dimensional calculations of ductile crack growth under mode I plane strain, small scale yielding conditions are carried out using an elastic-viscoplastic constitutive relation for a progres- sively cavitating plastic solid with two populations of void nucleating second phase particles. Full field solutions are obtained for three dimensional material microstructures characterized by ran- dom distributions of void nucleating particles. Crack growth resistance curves and fracture surface roughness statistics are calculated using standard procedures. The range of void nucleating particle volume fractions considered give rise to values of toughness, JIC, that vary by a factor of four. For all volume fractions considered, the computed fracture surfaces are self-affine over a size range of about two orders of magnitude with a roughness exponent of 0.54 $\\pm$ 0.03. For small void nucleating particle volume fractions, the mean large particle spacing serves as a single dominant length scale. In this regime, the correlation length of the fracture surface corresponding to the cut-off of the self-affine behavior is found to be linearly related to JIC thus quantitatively correlating toughness and fracture surface roughness.

  4. Distributed Roughness Receptivity in a Flat Plate Boundary Layer 

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    Kuester, Matthew Scott

    2014-04-18

    the incoming boundary layer. This dissertation describes an experiment specifically designed to study the shielding effect. Three roughness configurations, a deterministic distributed roughness patch, a slanted rectangle, and the combination of the two, were...

  5. A fast direct numerical simulation method for characterising hydraulic roughness

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    Chung, Daniel; MacDonald, Michael; Hutchins, Nicholas; Ooi, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    We describe a fast direct numerical simulation (DNS) method that promises to directly characterise the hydraulic roughness of any given rough surface, from the hydraulically smooth to the fully rough regime. The method circumvents the unfavourable computational cost associated with simulating high-Reynolds-number flows by employing minimal-span channels (Jimenez & Moin 1991). Proof-of-concept simulations demonstrate that flows in minimal-span channels are sufficient for capturing the downward velocity shift, that is, the Hama roughness function, predicted by flows in full-span channels. We consider two sets of simulations, first with modelled roughness imposed by body forces, and second with explicit roughness described by roughness-conforming grids. Owing to the minimal cost, we are able to conduct DNSs with increasing roughness Reynolds numbers while maintaining a fixed blockage ratio, as is typical in full-scale applications. The present method promises a practical, fast and accurate tool for character...

  6. Adhesive rough contacts near complete contact

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    M. Ciavarella

    2015-05-01

    Recently, there has been some debate over the effect of adhesion on the contact of rough surfaces. Classical asperity theories predict, in agreement with experimental observations, that adhesion is always destroyed by roughness except if the amplitude of the same is extremely small, and the materials are particularly soft. This happens for all fractal dimensions. However, these theories are limited due to the geometrical simplification, which may be particularly strong in conditions near full contact. We introduce therefore a simple model for adhesion, which aims at being rigorous near full contact, where we postulate there are only small isolated gaps between the two bodies. The gaps can be considered as "pressurized cracks" by using Ken Johnson's idea of searching a corrective solution to the full contact solution. The solution is an extension of the adhesive-less solution proposed recently by Xu, Jackson, and Marghitu (XJM model) (2014). This process seems to confirm recent theories using the JKR theory, namely that the effect of adhesion depends critically on the fractal dimension. For D2.5, seems for large enough magnifications that a full fractal roughness completely destroys adhesion. These results are partly paradoxical since strong adhesion is not observed in nature except in special cases. A possible way out of the paradox may be that the conclusion is relevant for the near full contact regime, where the strong role of flaws at the interfaces, and of gaps full of contaminant, trapped air or liquid in pressure, needs to be further explored. If conditions near full contact are not achieved on loading, probably the conclusions of classical asperity theories may be confirmed.

  7. Hydrothermal coupling in a rough fracture

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    Neuville, A; Schmittbuhl, J; Neuville, Am\\'{e}lie; Toussaint, Renaud; Schmittbuhl, Jean

    2006-01-01

    Heat exchange during laminar flow is studied at the fracture scale on the basis of the Stokes equation. We used a synthetic aperture model (a self-affine model) that has been shown to be a realistic geometrical description of the fracture morphology. We developed a numerical modelling using a finite difference scheme of the hydrodynamic flow and its coupling with an advection/conduction description of the fluid heat. As a first step, temperature within the surrounding rock is supposed to be constant. Influence of the fracture roughness on the heat flux through the wall, is estimated and a thermalization length is shown to emerge. Implications for the Soultz-sous-For\\^{e}ts geothermal project are discussed.

  8. Wetting, Spreading, and Adsorption on Randomly Rough Surfaces

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    S. Herminghaus

    2011-11-17

    The wetting properties of solid substrates with customary (i.e., macroscopic) random roughness are considered as a function of the microscopic contact angle of the wetting liquid and its partial pressure in the surrounding gas phase. Analytic expressions are derived which allow for any given lateral correlation function and height distribution of the roughness to calculate the wetting phase diagram, the adsorption isotherms, and to locate the percolation transition in the adsorbed liquid film. Most features turn out to depend only on a few key parameters of the roughness, which can be clearly identified. It is shown that a first order transition in the adsorbed film thickness, which we term 'Wenzel prewetting', occurs generically on typical roughness topographies, but is absent on purely Gaussian roughness. It is thereby shown that even subtle deviations from Gaussian roughness characteristics may be essential for correctly predicting even qualitative aspects of wetting.

  9. 14] L. De Floriani and P. Magillo, \\Horizon computation on a hierarchical triangulated terrain model", Visual Comput., vol. 11, pp. 134{149, 1995.

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    Stewart, James

    , \\Shadows for bump-mapped surfaces", in Advanced Computer Graphics (Proceedings of Computer Graphics Tokyo. Hershberger, \\Finding the upper envelope of n line segments in O(nlogn) time", Inform. Process. Lett., vol. 33. The horizon computation can also be used to build horizon maps that are used in conjunction with bump maps

  10. [14] L. De Floriani and P. Magillo, ``Horizon computation on a hierarchical triangulated terrain model'', Visual Comput., vol. 11, pp. 134--149, 1995.

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    Stewart, James

    . Max, ``Shadows for bump­mapped surfaces'', in Advanced Computer Graphics (Proceedings of Computer, pp. 92--99. [10] J. Hershberger, ``Finding the upper envelope of n line segments in O(n log n) time input to a progressive radiosity algorithm. The horizon computation can also be used to build horizon

  11. 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

    2010-01-01

    groundwater, land-surface, and mesoscale atmospheric model-and modification of mesoscale circulations. , Mon. Wea.J. Davis, The effects of mesoscale surface heterogeneity on

  12. A popular technique for providing non line-of-sight cover-age in mountainous or urban terrain is high frequency

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    Johnson, Eric E.

    THE SOLAR MINIMUM Eric E. Johnson Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering New Mexico State- tiveness of NVIS operation during a solar minimum. In this paper, we present measurements and analysis in the ionosphere overhead the transmitter. This ionization is produced by solar radiation, so some concern

  13. 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

    2010-01-01

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

  14. Aprs-mines 2003, 5-7 Fvrier 2003, Nancy 1 UTILISATION DU REMBLAI EN PATE COMME SUPPORT DE TERRAIN. PARTIE I : DE

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    Aubertin, Michel

    recipe in order to respond to the backfilling design, work safety and mining operations cost criteria design du remblayage avec le calcul de la résistance mécanique critique du remblai en pâte, la recette du liant en vue de l'optimisation de la recette de remblai afin de répondre aux critères de design, de

  15. Enhanced Tissue Adhesion by Increased Porosity and Surface Roughness...

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    Enhanced Tissue Adhesion by Increased Porosity and Surface Roughness of Carbon Based Biomaterials Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Enhanced Tissue Adhesion by Increased...

  16. CHARACTERIZATION OF SURFACE ROUGHNESS AND INITIAL CONDITIONS FOR CYLINDRICAL HYDRODYNAMIC

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    Barnes, Cris W.

    CHARACTERIZATION OF SURFACE ROUGHNESS AND INITIAL CONDITIONS FOR CYLINDRICAL HYDRODYNAMIC AND MIX across a variable density interface, that interface must be well characterized. There exist a number, characterizing, and affecting the surface roughness was driven by Ablative Rayleigh-Taylor work5

  17. Counterintuitive MCNPX Results for Scintillator Surface Roughness Effect

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    2012-08-12

    We have reported on our recent MCNPX simulation results of energy deposition for a group of 8 scintillation detectors, coupled with various rough surface patterns. The MCNPX results generally favored the detectors with various rough surface patterns. The observed MCNPX results are not fully explained by this work.

  18. Diss. ETH NO. 19790 Geometric design alternatives

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    Jenny, Bernhard

    ! 2! Paper I ­ Interactive design of 3D maps with progressive projection ____ 9! Abstract ________________________________ 15! The terrain-bending approach ____________________________________ 16! Unexplored approaches _________________________________________ 17! Interactive design of progressive bending for 2.5D terrain models___________ 17! Terrain base

  19. Gravitational quantum states of neutrons in a rough waveguide

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    A. E. Meyerovich; V. V. Nesvizhevsky

    2006-03-22

    A theory of gravitational quantum states of ultracold neutrons in waveguides with absorbing/scattering walls is presented. The theory covers recent experiments in which the ultracold neutrons were beamed between a mirror and a rough scatterer/absorber. The analysis is based on a recently developed theory of quantum transport along random rough walls which is modified in order to include leaky (absorbing) interfaces and, more importantly, the low-amplitude high-aperture roughness. The calculations are focused on a regime when the direct transitions into the continuous spectrum above the absorption threshold dominate the depletion of neutrons from the gravitational states and are more efficient than the processes involving the intermediate states. The theoretical results for the neutron count are sensitive to the correlation radius (lateral size) of surface inhomogeneities and to the ratio of the particle energy to the absorption threshold in a weak roughness limit. The main impediment for observation of the higher gravitational states is the "overhang" of the particle wave functions which can be overcome only by use scatterers with strong roughness. In general, the strong roughness with high amplitude is preferable if one wants just to detect the individual gravitational states, while the strong roughness experiments with small amplitude and high aperture are preferable for the quantitative analysis of the data. We also discuss the ways to further improve the accuracy of calculations and to optimize the experimental regime.

  20. Wetting on Random Roughness: the Ubiquity of Wenzel Prewetting

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    Stephan Herminghaus

    2012-03-23

    The wetting properties of solid substrates with macroscopic random roughness are considered as a function of the microscopic contact angle of the wetting liquid and its partial pressure in the surrounding gas phase. It is shown that Wenzel prewetting, which has been recently predicted for a rather wide class of roughness pro?les derived from Gaussian random processes by a general distortion procedure, should in fact be ubiquitous and prevail under even much milder conditions. The well-known transition occurring at Wenzel's angle is accompanied by a prewetting transition, at which a jump in the adsorbed liquid volume occurs. This should be present on most surfaces bearing homogeneous, isotropic random roughness.

  1. Influence of surface roughness and waviness upon thermal contact resistance

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    Yovanovich, M. Michael

    1967-01-01

    This work deals with the phenomenon of thermal resistance between contacting solids. Attention is directed towards contiguous solids possessing both surface roughness and waviness. When two such surfaces are brought together ...

  2. Effect of Surface Roughness on Wind Turbine Performance 

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    Ehrmann, Robert Schaefer

    2014-06-25

    Wind farm operators observe production deficits as machines age. Quantifying deterioration on individual components is difficult, but one potential explanation is accumulation of blade surface roughness. Historically, wind turbine airfoils were...

  3. PROPAGATION OF SINGULARITIES FOR ROUGH METRICS HART F. SMITH

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    Smith, Hart F.

    PROPAGATION OF SINGULARITIES FOR ROUGH METRICS HART F. SMITH Abstract. We use a wave packet the Simons Foundation (# 266371 to Hart Smith). 1 #12;2 HART F. SMITH H¨ormander's theorem [9] on propagation

  4. Hypersonic Measurements of Roughness-Induced Transient Growth 

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    Sharp, Nicole Susanne

    2014-04-17

    The effects of surface roughness on boundary-layer disturbance growth and laminar-to-turbulent transition are not well understood, especially in hypersonic boundary layers. The transient growth mechanism that produces algebraic growth of stream wise...

  5. Sept 2001 Rough Draft OFFM Policy Letter 02-1.doc | Department...

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    Sept 2001 Rough Draft OFFM Policy Letter 02-1.doc Sept 2001 Rough Draft OFFM Policy Letter 02-1.doc Sept 2001 Rough Draft OFFM Policy Letter 02-1.doc More Documents & Publications...

  6. Application of Rough Set Theory to Analysis of Hydrocyclone Operation

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    Owladeghaffari, H; Irannajad, M

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes application of rough set theory, on the analysis of hydrocyclone operation. In this manner, using Self Organizing Map (SOM) as preprocessing step, best crisp granules of data are obtained. Then, using a combining of SOM and rough set theory (RST)-called SORST-, the dominant rules on the information table, obtained from laboratory tests, are extracted. Based on these rules, an approximate estimation on decision attribute is fulfilled. Finally, a brief comparison of this method with the SOM-NFIS system (briefly SONFIS) is highlighted.

  7. E ective boundary conditions for laminar ows over periodic rough boundaries

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    Achdou, Yves

    E#27;ective boundary conditions for laminar #29;ows over periodic rough boundaries Yves Achdou #3 are proposed for a laminar #29;ow over a rough wall with periodic roughness elements. These e#27;ective is such an approach ? In this paper, we wish to answer these questions for laminar #29;ows over periodic rough walls

  8. Wireless Networks in Rural Areas: Challenges and Solutions

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    Dyer, Bill

    Wireless Networks in Rural Areas: Challenges and Solutions Shen Wan April 25, 2009 Abstract In this thesis proposal, we discuss the current limitations and chal- lenges in wireless networks, especially in rural, remote or areas with rough terrains. Although traditional wireless networking technologies have

  9. OmniTread OT-4 Serpentine Robot new Features and Experiments Johann Borenstein* and Malik Hansen

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    Borenstein, Johann

    " is a multi-segment mechanism that derives propulsion from undulations (a wave-like motion of the joints only joints to cross gaps and compliant joints to conform to rough terrain for effective propulsion. Another) joints. The segments typically have powered wheels, tracks, or legs to propel the vehicle forward, while

  10. Climate Response to Irrigation in the American West Benjamin J. Wauer

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    Maryland at College Park, University of

    Plains, and concentrated in the valleys of the Sacramento River in California, and Columbia and Snake suggests that in the western plains the dominance of positive or negative feedback is determined West has undergone significant changes over the last 200 years. A rough terrain of woodlands, plains

  11. 116 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SYSTEMS, MAN, AND CYBERNETICS--PART B: CYBERNETICS, VOL. 28, NO. 1, FEBRUARY 1998 [1] R. B. McGhee and A. Frank, "On the stability of quadruped creeping

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    Zheng, Yuan F.

    -preview information in rough-terrain locomotion by a hexapod walking machine," Int. J. Robot. Res., vol. 3, pp. 134 in a hexapod robot," IEEE Trans. Robot. Automat., vol. 8, pp. 293­303, June 1992. [10] P. V. Nagy, S. Desa, C. M. Liao, and T. K. Chen, "On the stability properties of hexapod tripod gait," IEEE J. Robot

  12. Biologically-Inspired Locomotion of a 2g Hexapod Robot Andrew T. Baisch, Student Member, IEEE, Pratheev S. Sreetharan, and Robert J. Wood, Member, IEEE

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    Wood, Robert

    Biologically-Inspired Locomotion of a 2g Hexapod Robot Andrew T. Baisch, Student Member, IEEE-scale fabrication techniques, a 5.7cm hexapod robot with sprawled posture has been created, and is capable over rough terrain [2], and can scale vertical or in- verted surfaces [3]. Two fundamental hexapod

  13. ORIGINAL PAPER Transient Heat Conduction Between Rough Sliding Surfaces

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    Awtar, Shorya

    , and the results are combined with the height distributions to determine the mean heat flux and the mean normal increases with the square root of the sliding speed and decreases with the 3/4 power of the combined RMSORIGINAL PAPER Transient Heat Conduction Between Rough Sliding Surfaces Yuwei Liu · J. R. Barber

  14. Analysis of the Scattering by an Unbounded Rough Surface

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    2011-11-12

    eling acoustic and electromagnetic wave propagation over outdoor ground and sea surfaces, optical scattering from the ... been intensively examined by researchers in the engineering community. ..... explicit characterization of the norm in H1(?) via Fourier coefficient: ...... rough surfaces, Wave Motion, 24 (1996)

  15. LARGE EDDY SIMULATION OF TURBULENT BOUNDARY LAYERS OVER ROUGH BEDS

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    Pawlak, Geno

    that determines the response of the boundary layer is not clear. One method to characterize the irregular nature with different spectral slopes using 2D 10 % loading square waves as basis functions. These square waves can) is then used to simulate the turbulent boundary layer over the rough beds. The LES solver is first validated

  16. Compiled Multi-Lab Geochemistry Synoptic Survey (LANL, ORNL, LBNL), Barrow, Alaska; 2012

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    Brent Newman; Heather Throckmorton

    2012-07-18

    To assess the effects of microtopography and depth on ground water geochemistry in arctic polygonal terrain.

  17. Distributed Energy Systems in California's Future: A Preliminary Report Volume 2

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    Balderston, F.

    2010-01-01

    coal may produce significant visual impact through vegetation removal and terrain disruption in surface mining,

  18. Centauri Dreams Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration

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    Arizona, University of

    and steep terrain to explore them. Airships would be particularly useful in environments like Titan, where

  19. Large-eddy Simulation of the Nighttime Stable Atmospheric Boundary Layer

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    Zhou, Bowen

    2012-01-01

    and wind turbine micro-siting in complex terrain. ” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics

  20. Compiled Multi-Lab Geochemistry Synoptic Survey (LANL, ORNL, LBNL), Barrow, Alaska; 2012

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    Brent Newman; Heather Throckmorton

    To assess the effects of microtopography and depth on ground water geochemistry in arctic polygonal terrain.

  1. Understanding connectivity to sustain and manage coastal resources

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    Levin, Lisa A.; Rasmussen, Linda L.

    2011-01-01

    of larval transport in Southern California. The terrainof larval transport in Southern California. The terrain

  2. Combinatorial Block Copolymer Ordering on Tunable Rough Substrates

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    Kulkarni, Manish M.; Yager, Kevin G.; Sharma, Ashutosh; Karim, Alamgir (IIT-India); (Akron); (BNL)

    2012-10-25

    Morphology control of block copolymer (BCP) thin films through substrate interaction via controlled roughness parameters is of significant interest for numerous high-tech applications ranging from solar cells to high-density storage media. While effects of substrate surface energy (SE) and roughness (R) on BCP morphology have been individually investigated, their synergistic effects have not been explored in any systematic manner. Interestingly, orientation response of BCP to changes in SE can be similar to what can be accomplished with variations in R. Here we present a novel approach for orienting lamellar BCP films of poly(styrene)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-PMMA) on spin-coated xerogel (a dried gel of silica nanoparticle network) substrate with simultaneously tunable surface energy, {gamma}{sub s} {approx} 29-53 mJ/m{sup 2}, by UVO exposure and roughness, R{sub rms} {approx} 0.5-30 nm, by sol-gel processing steps of regulating the catalyst concentration and sol aging time. As in previous BCP orientation studies on 20 nm diameter monodisperse silica nanoparticle coated surface, we find a similar but broadened oscillatory BCP orientation behavior with film thickness due to the random rather than periodic rough surfaces. We also find that higher random roughness amplitude is not the necessary criteria for obtaining a vertical orientation of BCP lamellae. Rather, a high surface fractal dimension (D{sub f} > 2.4) of the rough substrate in conjunction with an optimal substrate surface energy {gamma}{sub s} {approx} 29 mJ/m{sup 2} results in 100% vertically oriented lamellar microdomains. The AFM measured film surface microstructure correlates well with the internal 3D BCP film structure probed by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and rotational small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In contrast to tunable self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-coated substrates, the xerogel films are very durable and retain their chemical properties over period of several months. These results also highlight importantly that BCP orientation control for nanotechnology is possible not only on specially prepared patterned substrates but also on industrially viable sol-gel substrates.

  3. Heat transfer between elastic solids with randomly rough surfaces

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    B. N. J. Persson; B. Lorenz; A. I. Volokitin

    2009-08-27

    We study the heat transfer between elastic solids with randomly rough surfaces. We include both the heat transfer from the area of real contact, and the heat transfer between the surfaces in the noncontact regions. We apply a recently developed contact mechanics theory, which accounts for the hierarchical nature of the contact between solids with roughness on many different length scales. For elastic contact, at the highest (atomic) resolution the area of real contact typically consists of atomic (nanometer) sized regions, and we discuss the implications of this for the heat transfer. For solids with very smooth surfaces, as is typical in many modern engineering applications, the interfacial separation in the non-contact regions will be very small, and for this case we show the importance of the radiative heat transfer associated with the evanescent electromagnetic waves which exist outside of all bodies.

  4. Capillary adhesion between elastic solids with randomly rough surfaces

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    B. N. J. Persson

    2008-05-06

    I study how the contact area and the work of adhesion, between two elastic solids with randomly rough surfaces, depend on the relative humidity. The surfaces are assumed to be hydrophilic, and capillary bridges form at the interface between the solids. For elastically hard solids with relative smooth surfaces, the area of real contact and therefore also the sliding friction, are maximal when there is just enough liquid to fill out the interfacial space between the solids, which typically occurs for $d_{\\rm K} \\approx 3 h_{\\rm rms}$, where $d_{\\rm K}$ is the height of the capillary bridge and $h_{\\rm rms}$ the root-mean-square roughness of the (combined) surface roughness profile. For elastically soft solids, the area of real contact is maximal for very low humidity (i.e., small $d_{\\rm K}$), where the capillary bridges are able to pull the solids into nearly complete contact. In both case, the work of adhesion is maximal (and equal to $2\\gamma {\\rm cos}\\theta$, where $\\gamma$ is the liquid surface tension and $\\theta$ the liquid-solid contact angle) when $d_{\\rm K} >> h_{\\rm rms}$, corresponding to high relative humidity.

  5. Effects of hydraulic roughness on surface textures of gravel-bed rivers

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    Montgomery, David R.

    Effects of hydraulic roughness on surface textures of gravel-bed rivers John M. Buffington1 that bed-surface grain size is responsive to hydraulic roughness caused by bank irregularities, bars condition of low hydraulic roughness. For a given 0bf , channels with progressively greater hydraulic

  6. Independent External Peer Review Report Rough River Dam 18 August 2011 ii

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    #12;Independent External Peer Review Report ­ Rough River Dam 18 August 2011 ii This page intentionally blank. #12;Independent External Peer Review Report ­ Rough River Dam 18 August 2011 iii Table Panel Members B-1 Appendix C ­ Charge for IEPR Panel C-1 List of Figures Figure 1. Rough River Dam 4

  7. Scaling laws governing the roughness of the swash edge line

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    Ed. Bormashenko; A. Musin; R. Grynuov

    2014-02-23

    The physics of swash i.e. a layer of water that washes up on the beach after an incoming wave has broken is complicated and intriguing. It includes perplexed hydrodynamic and sediment transport events. In our paper we address to the roughness of the moving swash boundary at which a beach, water and air meet. We treat the behavior of this boundary as an interfacial phenomenon, without going into details of formation of edge waves and beach cusps, covered broadly in literature. This "crude" approach turns out to be productive and revealing the resemblance of the swash line with a broad diversity of effects arising from the random pinning of moving boundaries.

  8. Scaling laws governing the roughness of the swash edge line

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    Bormashenko, Ed; Grynuov, R

    2014-01-01

    The physics of swash i.e. a layer of water that washes up on the beach after an incoming wave has broken is complicated and intriguing. It includes perplexed hydrodynamic and sediment transport events. In our paper we address to the roughness of the moving swash boundary at which a beach, water and air meet. We treat the behavior of this boundary as an interfacial phenomenon, without going into details of formation of edge waves and beach cusps, covered broadly in literature. This "crude" approach turns out to be productive and revealing the resemblance of the swash line with a broad diversity of effects arising from the random pinning of moving boundaries.

  9. File:Wind rough example.pdf | 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 on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on QA:QA J-E-1 SECTION J APPENDIX ECoopButtePowerEdistoWhiskey flats 100k.pdf Jump to: navigation, searchWind rough

  10. Semiclassical Theory of Integrable and Rough Andreev Billiards

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    W. Ihra; M. Leadbeater; J. L. Vega; K. Richter

    1999-09-08

    We study the effect on the density of states in mesoscopic ballistic billiards to which a superconducting lead is attached. The expression for the density of states is derived in the semiclassical S-matrix formalism shedding insight into the origin of the differences between the semiclassical theory and the corresponding result derived from random matrix models. Applications to a square billiard geometry and billiards with boundary roughness are discussed. The saturation of the quasiparticle excitation spectrum is related to the classical dynamics of the billiard. The influence of weak magnetic fields on the proximity effect in rough Andreev billiards is discussed and an analytical formula is derived. The semiclassical theory provides an interpretation for the suppression of the proximity effect in the presence of magnetic fields as a coherence effect of time reversed trajectories, similar to the weak localisation correction of the magneto-resistance in chaotic mesoscopic systems. The semiclassical theory is shown to be in good agreement with quantum mechanical calculations.

  11. Local contact stress measurements at a rough interface

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    J. Scheibert; A. Prevost; J. Frelat; P. Rey; G. Debrégeas

    2007-11-07

    An original MEMS-based force sensing device is designed which allows to measure spatially resolved normal and tangential stress fields at the base of an elastomeric film. This device is used for the study of the contact stress between a rough film and a smooth glass sphere under normal load. The measured profiles are compared to Finite Elements Method calculations for a smooth contact with boundary conditions obeying Amontons-Coulomb's friction law. The accuracy of the measurements allows to discriminate between dry and lubricated contact conditions and to evidence load-dependent deviations from Amontons-Coulomb's profiles. These deviations are qualitatively interpreted by taking into account the finite compliance of the micro-contact population.

  12. A rough analytic relation on partial differential equations

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    Kato, Tsuyoshi

    2010-01-01

    We introduce some analytic relations on the set of partial differential equations of two variables. It relies on a new comparison method to give rough asymptotic estimates for solutions which obey different partial differential equations. It uses a kind of scale transform called tropical geometry which connects automata with real rational dynamics. Two different solutions can be considered when their defining equations are transformed to the same automata at infinity. We have a systematic way to construct related pairs of different partial differential equations, and also construct some unrelated pairs concretely. These verify that the new relations are non trivial. We also make numerical calculations and compare the results for both related and unrelated pairs of PDEs.

  13. Thermodynamics of sustaining gases in the roughness of submerged superhydrophobic surfaces

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    Neelesh A. Patankar

    2015-05-22

    Rough surfaces submerged in a liquid can remain almost dry if the liquid does not fully wet the roughness and gases are sustained in roughness grooves. Such partially dry surfaces can help reduce drag or enhance boiling. Gases sustained in roughness grooves would be composed of air and the vapor phase of the liquid itself. The thermodynamics of sustaining vapor was considered in a prior work [Patankar, Soft Matter, 2010, 6:1613]. Here, the thermodynamics of sustaining gases (e.g. air) is considered. Governing equations are presented along with a solution methodology to determine a critical condition to sustain gases. The critical roughness scale to sustain gases is estimated for different degrees of saturation of gases dissolved in the liquid. It is shown that roughness spacings of less than a micron are essential to sustain gases on surfaces submerged in water at atmospheric pressure. This is consistent with prior empirical data.

  14. Surface Roughness of Stainless Steel Bender Mirrors for Focusing Soft X-rays

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    2005-01-01

    Surface Roughness of Stainless Steel Bender Mirrors forWe have used polished stainless steel as a mirror substratefor smooth polishing. Stainless steel is stronger and can be

  15. Flow rule of dense granular flows down a rough incline

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    Tamas Borzsonyi; Robert E. Ecke

    2007-07-09

    We present experimental findings on the flow rule for granular flows on a rough inclined plane using various materials including sand and glass beads of various sizes and four types of copper particles with different shapes. We characterize the materials by measuring $h_s$ (the thickness at which the flow subsides) as a function of the plane inclination $\\theta$ on various surfaces. Measuring the surface velocity $u$ of the flow as a function of flow thickness $h$, we find that for sand and glass beads the Pouliquen flow rule $u/\\sqrt{gh} \\sim \\beta h/h_s$ provides reasonable but not perfect collapse of the $u(h)$ curves measured for various $\\theta$ and mean particle diameter $d$. Improved collapse is obtained for sand and glass beads by using a recently proposed scaling of the form $u/\\sqrt{gh} =\\beta \\cdot h \\tan^2\\theta /h_s\\ \\tan^2\\theta_1$ where $\\theta_1$ is the angle at which the $h_s(\\theta)$ curves diverge. Measuring the slope $\\beta$ for ten different sizes of sand and glass beads, we find a systematic, strong increase of $\\beta$ with the divergence angle $\\theta_1$ of $h_s$. The copper materials with different shapes are not well described by either flow rule with $u \\sim h^{3/2}$.

  16. Lyapunov instability of rough hard-disk fluids

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    Jacobus A. van Meel; Harald A. Posch

    2009-04-02

    The dynamical instability of rough hard-disk fluids in two dimensions is characterized through the Lyapunov spectrum and the Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy, $h_{KS}$, for a wide range of densities and moments of inertia $I$. For small $I$ the spectrum separates into translation-dominated and rotation-dominated parts. With increasing $I$ the rotation-dominated part is gradually filled in at the expense of translation, until such a separation becomes meaningless. At any density, the rate of phase-space mixing, given by $h_{KS}$, becomes less and less effective the more the rotation affects the dynamics. However, the degree of dynamical chaos, measured by the maximum Lyapunov exponent, is only enhanced by the rotational degrees of freedom for high-density gases, but is diminished for lower densities. Surprisingly, no traces of Lyapunov modes were found in the spectrum for larger moments of inertia. The spatial localization of the perturbation vector associated with the maximum exponent however persists for any $I$.

  17. Rapid gravity and gravity gradiometry terrain correction via adaptive quadtree mesh discretization Kristofer Davis, M. Andy Kass, and Yaoguo Li, Center for Gravity, Electrical and Magnetic Studies, Colorado School

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    Kristofer Davis, M. Andy Kass, and Yaoguo Li, Center for Gravity, Electrical and Magnetic Studies, Colorado

  18. Surface roughness and geological mapping at sub-hectometer scale from the High

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    Cord, Aurélien

    and characterized in terms of roughness. Key words: Geological Processes, Impact Processes, Image Processing, Mars valuable insights into the characterization of and discrimination between these geological processesSurface roughness and geological mapping at sub-hectometer scale from the High Resolution Stereo

  19. Evolution of swelling pressure of cohesive-frictional, rough and elasto-plastic granulates

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    Luding, Stefan

    with cohesive-frictional, rough and elasto-plastic "mi- croscopic" contact properties. The spherical particlesEvolution of swelling pressure of cohesive- frictional, rough and elasto-plastic granulates Stefan as function of pressure for different micro- scopic contact properties. Keywords: granular materials, discrete

  20. Computation of the drag force on a rough sphere close to a wall

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    Gérard-Varet, David

    2011-01-01

    We consider the effect of surface roughness on solid-solid contact in a Stokes flow. Various models for the roughness are considered, and a unified methodology is given to derive the corresponding asymptotics of the drag force. In this way, we recover and clarify the various expressions that can be found in the litterature.

  1. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Effects of Surface Roughness on Laminar Separation Bubble over a

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    Wang, Zhi Jian "ZJ"

    1 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Effects of Surface Roughness on Laminar Engineering and CFD Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 Laminar separation bubbles (LSBs) are often of surface roughness on laminar separation and turbulent transition can provide insights into the design

  2. A FETCH DEPENDENT MODEL OF SEA SURFACE ROUGHNESS FOR OFFSHORE WIND POWER UTILISATION

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    Heinemann, Detlev

    A FETCH DEPENDENT MODEL OF SEA SURFACE ROUGHNESS FOR OFFSHORE WIND POWER UTILISATION Bernhard Lange, Resources, Roughness, Coastal Sea Areas, Waves, Rødsand 1 INTRODUCTION Large offshore wind farms are being wind conditions of offshore sites, since the higher energy yield has to compensate the additional

  3. Roughness Tolerance Studies for the Undulator Beam Pipe Chamber of LCLS-II

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    Bane, K

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the effect of wall roughness on the wakefield-induced energy variation in the undulator beam pipe of LCLS-II. We find that a wall roughness equivalent to an rms surface slope of 30 mr increases the total induced energy variation within the bunch (due to the resistive wall wake) by a modest 20%.

  4. Internal wave generation from rough topography D. A. Aguilar and B. R. Sutherlanda

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    Sutherland, Bruce

    Internal wave generation from rough topography D. A. Aguilar and B. R. Sutherlanda Department examine internal wave generation above and in the lee of finite-amplitude periodic topography having various degrees of roughness. We show that internal waves are generated not only by flow over the hills

  5. High-order solutions of three-dimensional rough-surface scattering problems at high frequencies.

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    Turc, Catalin

    High-order solutions of three-dimensional rough-surface scattering problems at high frequencies. I-order numerical method for the solution of high- frequency scattering problems from rough surfaces in three dimensions. The method is based on the asymptotic solution of appropriate integral equations in the high-frequency

  6. Lyapunov instability of rough hard-disk fluids Jacobus A. van Meel*

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    Posch, Harald A.

    Lyapunov instability of rough hard-disk fluids Jacobus A. van Meel* FOM Institute for Atomic The dynamical instability of rough hard-disk fluids in two dimensions is characterized through the Lyapunov, measured by the maximum Lyapunov exponent, is only enhanced by the rotational degrees of freedom for high

  7. Rough Algebras and Automated Deduction Anita Wasilewska 1 and Laurent Vigneron 2

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    Rusinowitch, Michaël

    of Boole himself led to the notion which we now call Boolean algebra, but one of the turning pointsRough Algebras and Automated Deduction Anita Wasilewska 1 and Laurent Vigneron 2 1 Department algebras investigated here are particular cases of topological rough algebras introduced in [26]. We

  8. Engineering Gaussian disorder at rough interfaces for light trapping in thin-film solar cells

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    Engineering Gaussian disorder at rough interfaces for light trapping in thin-film solar cells Piotr A theoretical study of randomly rough interfaces to obtain light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells of thin-film solar cells. © 2012 Optical Society of America OCIS codes: 040.5350, 050.1950. Reducing

  9. An approximate model for the adhesive contact of rough viscoelastic surfaces

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    Guillaume Haiat; Etienne Barthel

    2007-09-05

    Surface roughness is known to easily suppress the adhesion of elastic surfaces. Here a simple model for the contact of \\emph{viscoelastic} rough surfaces with significant levels of adhesion is presented. This approach is derived from our previous model [E. Barthel and G. Haiat {\\em Langmuir}, 18 9362 2002] for the adhesive contact of viscoelastic spheres. For simplicity a simple loading/unloading history (infinitely fast loading and constant pull-out velocity) is assumed. The model provides approximate analytical expressions for the asperity response and exhibits the full viscoelastic adhesive contact phenomenology such as stress relaxation inside the contact zone and creep at the contact edges. Combining this model with a Greenwood-Williamson statistical modeling of rough surfaces, we propose a quantitative assessment of the adhesion to rough viscoelastic surfaces. We show that moderate viscoelasticity efficiently restores adhesion on rough surfaces over a wide dynamic range.

  10. Near-field heat transfer between a nanoparticle and a rough surface

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    Svend-Age Biehs; Jean-Jacques Greffet

    2011-03-11

    In this work we focus on the surface roughness correction to the near-field radiative heat transfer between a nanoparticle and a material with a rough surface utilizing a direct perturbation theory up to second order in the surface profile. We discuss the different distance regimes for the local density of states above the rough material and the heat flux analytically and numerically. We show that the heat transfer rate is larger than that corresponding to a flat surface at short distances. At larger distances it can become smaller due to surface polariton scattering by the rough surface. For distances much smaller than the correlation length of the surface profile, we show that the results converge to a proximity approximation, whereas in the opposite limit the rough surface can be replaced by an equivalent surface layer.

  11. Very high efficiency phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices by using rough indium tin oxide

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    Zhang, Yingjie; Aziz, Hany, E-mail: h2aziz@uwaterloo.ca [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2014-07-07

    The efficiency of organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) is shown to significantly depend on the roughness of the indium tin oxide (ITO) anode. By using rougher ITO, light trapped in the ITO/organic wave-guided mode can be efficiently extracted, and a light outcoupling enhancement as high as 40% is achieved. Moreover, contrary to expectations, the lifetime of OLEDs is not affected by ITO roughness. Finally, an OLED employing rough ITO anode that exhibits a current efficiency of 56?cd/A at the remarkably high brightness of 10{sup 5}?cd/m{sup 2} is obtained. This represents the highest current efficiency at such high brightness to date for an OLED utilizing an ITO anode, without any external light outcoupling techniques. The results demonstrate the significant efficiency benefits of using ITO with higher roughness in OLEDs.

  12. Comprehensive Evaluation Model of Building Energy Efficiency Based on Rough Sets Theory 

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    Ding, L.; Ruan, X.; Huang, J.; Li, Y.

    2006-01-01

    In order to improve the objectivity of building energy efficiency evaluation, this paper uses a new method to evaluate building energy efficiency on the basis of rough sets theory. The contribution of different subentry evaluation indicators...

  13. Significance of the Casimir force and surface roughness for actuation dynamics of MEMS

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    Wijnand Broer; George Palasantzas; Jasper Knoester; Vitaly B. Svetovoy

    2013-03-14

    Using the measured optical response and surface roughness topography as inputs, we perform realistic calculations of the combined effect of Casimir and electrostatic forces on the actuation dynamics of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). In contrast with the expectations, roughness can influence MEMS dynamics even at distances between bodies significantly larger than the root-mean-square roughness. This effect is associated with statistically rare high asperities that can be locally close to the point of contact. It is found that, even though surface roughness appears to have a detrimental effect on the availability of stable equilibria, it ensures that those equilibria can be reached more easily than in the case of flat surfaces. Hence our findings play a principal role for the stability of microdevices such as vibration sensors, switches, and other related MEM architectures operating at distances below 100 nm.

  14. Reduction of vortex induced forces and motion through surface roughness control

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    Bernitsas, Michael M; Raghavan, Kamaldev

    2014-04-01

    Roughness is added to the surface of a bluff body in a relative motion with respect to a fluid. The amount, size, and distribution of roughness on the body surface is controlled passively or actively to modify the flow around the body and subsequently the Vortex Induced Forces and Motion (VIFM). The added roughness, when designed and implemented appropriately, affects in a predetermined way the boundary layer, the separation of the boundary layer, the level of turbulence, the wake, the drag and lift forces, and consequently the Vortex Induced Motion (VIM), and the fluid-structure interaction. The goal of surface roughness control is to decrease/suppress Vortex Induced Forces and Motion. Suppression is required when fluid-structure interaction becomes destructive as in VIM of flexible cylinders or rigid cylinders on elastic support, such as underwater pipelines, marine risers, tubes in heat exchangers, nuclear fuel rods, cooling towers, SPAR offshore platforms.

  15. Enhancement of vortex induced forces and motion through surface roughness control

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    Bernitsas, Michael M. (Saline, MI); Raghavan, Kamaldev (Houston, TX)

    2011-11-01

    Roughness is added to the surface of a bluff body in a relative motion with respect to a fluid. The amount, size, and distribution of roughness on the body surface is controlled passively or actively to modify the flow around the body and subsequently the Vortex Induced Forces and Motion (VIFM). The added roughness, when designed and implemented appropriately, affects in a predetermined way the boundary layer, the separation of the boundary layer, the level of turbulence, the wake, the drag and lift forces, and consequently the Vortex Induced Motion (VIM), and the fluid-structure interaction. The goal of surface roughness control is to increase Vortex Induced Forces and Motion. Enhancement is needed in such applications as harnessing of clean and renewable energy from ocean/river currents using the ocean energy converter VIVACE (Vortex Induced Vibration for Aquatic Clean Energy).

  16. Solid Deuterium-Tritium Surface Roughness In A Beryllium Inertial Confinement Fusion Shell

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    Kozioziemski, B J; Sater, J D; Moody, J D; Montgomery, D S; Gautier, C

    2006-04-19

    Solid deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel layers for inertial confinement fusion experiments were formed inside of a 2 mm diameter beryllium shell and were characterized using phase-contrast enhanced x-ray imaging. The solid D-T surface roughness is found to be 0.4 {micro}m for modes 7-128 at 1.5 K below the melting temperature. The layer roughness is found to increase with decreasing temperature, in agreement with previous visible light characterization studies. However, phase-contrast enhanced x-ray imaging provides a more robust surface roughness measurement than visible light methods. The new x-ray imaging results demonstrate clearly that the surface roughness decreases with time for solid D-T layers held at 1.5 K below the melting temperature.

  17. University of Delaware Technical Analysis for On-Site Wind Generation

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    at the identified wind turbine locations and subsequent foundation design. #12;Final Report ­ Technical Analysis.3 TERRAIN AND ROUGHNESS MAPS 12 2.4 RESOURCE GRID 13 2.5 WIND TURBINE POWER CURVE 14 2.6 SUMMMARY OF MODEL-LEWES ELECTRICITY DATA 19 3.2 NET METERING 19 3.3 USAGE AND RATES 20 3.4 WHOLESALE POWER SALES 22 3.5 WIND DATA 25 3

  18. Nutritional Value of Range Plants in Edwards Plateau Region of Texas. 

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    Huston, J.E.; Rector, B.S.; Merrill, L.B.; Engdahl, B.S.

    1981-01-01

    .S. Rector, L.B. Merrill, and B.S. Engdahl* The Edwards Plateau region of Texas comprises .about 24 million acres of mostly rough terrain, well suitkd for production of cattle, sheep, and goats. The region also supports large populations of deer, tur..., re- spectively, with no distinct boundary. Soils are most- ly calcareous clays and clay loams derived from lime- stone, with the exception of one fairly large area, the Central Basin, which is typified by sandy, granitic soils. Average annual...

  19. hp-finite-elements for simulating electromagnetic fields in optical devices with rough textures

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    Burger, S; Hammerschmidt, M; Herrmann, S; Pomplun, J; Schmidt, F; Wohlfeil, B; Zschiedrich, L

    2015-01-01

    The finite-element method is a preferred numerical method when electromagnetic fields at high accuracy are to be computed in nano-optics design. Here, we demonstrate a finite-element method using hp-adaptivity on tetrahedral meshes for computation of electromagnetic fields in a device with rough textures. The method allows for efficient computations on meshes with strong variations in element sizes. This enables to use precise geometry resolution of the rough textures. Convergence to highly accurate results is observed.

  20. Optimization of central receiver concentrated solar thermal : site selection, heliostat layout & canting

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    Noone, Corey J. (Corey James)

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis, two new models are introduced for the purposes of (i) locating sites in hillside terrain suitable for central receiver solar thermal plants and (ii) optimization of heliostat field layouts for any terrain. ...

  1. Flooding countries and destroying dams

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    Utrecht, Universiteit

    : lifting vertices and lowering vertices. For the former we show that all local minima in a terrain with n such as automatic drainage analysis, to do some kind of preprocessing of the terrain to remove these spurious sinks

  2. Tandem mobile robot system

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    Buttz, James H. (Albuquerque, NM); Shirey, David L. (Albuquerque, NM); Hayward, David R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2003-01-01

    A robotic vehicle system for terrain navigation mobility provides a way to climb stairs, cross crevices, and navigate across difficult terrain by coupling two or more mobile robots with a coupling device and controlling the robots cooperatively in tandem.

  3. Evaluation of the Atmospheric Transport Model in the MACCS2 Code...

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    Terrain effects (CALPUFF) Gaussian Plume Model Lagrangian Puff Model Turbulence Characterization - Atmospheric Stability Classical GP models use a classification...

  4. Slip Prediction Using Visual Information Anelia Angelova

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    Perona, Pietro

    and tested offline on several off-road terrains including: soil, sand, gravel, and woodchips. The slip

  5. Off-road obstacle classification and traversability analysis in the presence of negative obstacles

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    Larson, Jacoby

    2011-01-01

    those areas that are the most hazardous. Classificationin the area of mobility in the face of hazardous terrain.

  6. THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

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    Howat, Ian M.

    ) and built patented 3D models of terrain which prefigured today's "3D printing." In the concluding part

  7. Non-Gaited Humanoid Locomotion Planning Kris Hauser, Tim Bretl, and Jean-Claude Latombe

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    Hauser, Kris

    for the other forces acting on the robot. In flat horizontal terrain, a gaited motion can be pre-computed to satisfy this constraint. However, in highly irregular terrain (e.g., rocky outdoor terrain, broken urban-designated part of the robot's body (e.g., feet, hands, knees) to achieve balance. We have successfully tested our

  8. Large-eddy simulations of surface roughness parameter sensitivity to canopy-structure characteristics

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    Maurer, K. D.; Bohrer, G.; Kenny, W. T.; Ivanov, V. Y.

    2015-04-30

    Surface roughness parameters, namely the roughness length and displacement height, are an integral input used to model surface fluxes. However, most models assume these parameters to be a fixed property of plant functional type and disregard the governing structural heterogeneity and dynamics. In this study, we use large-eddy simulations to explore, in silico, the effects of canopy-structure characteristics on surface roughness parameters. We performed a virtual experiment to test the sensitivity of resolved surface roughness to four axes of canopy structure: (1) leaf area index, (2) the vertical profile of leaf density, (3) canopy height, and (4) canopy gap fraction.more »We found roughness parameters to be highly variable, but uncovered positive relationships between displacement height and maximum canopy height, aerodynamic canopy height and maximum canopy height and leaf area index, and eddy-penetration depth and gap fraction. We also found negative relationships between aerodynamic canopy height and gap fraction, as well as between eddy-penetration depth and maximum canopy height and leaf area index. We generalized our model results into a virtual "biometric" parameterization that relates roughness length and displacement height to canopy height, leaf area index, and gap fraction. Using a decade of wind and canopy-structure observations in a site in Michigan, we tested the effectiveness of our model-driven biometric parameterization approach in predicting the friction velocity over heterogeneous and disturbed canopies. We compared the accuracy of these predictions with the friction-velocity predictions obtained from the common simple approximation related to canopy height, the values calculated with large-eddy simulations of the explicit canopy structure as measured by airborne and ground-based lidar, two other parameterization approaches that utilize varying canopy-structure inputs, and the annual and decadal means of the surface roughness parameters at the site from meteorological observations. We found that the classical representation of constant roughness parameters (in space and time) as a fraction of canopy height performed relatively well. Nonetheless, of the approaches we tested, most of the empirical approaches that incorporate seasonal and interannual variation of roughness length and displacement height as a function of the dynamics of canopy structure produced more precise and less biased estimates for friction velocity than models with temporally invariable parameters.« less

  9. The friction factor of two-dimensional rough-boundary turbulent soap film flows

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    Nicholas Guttenberg; Nigel Goldenfeld

    2009-03-25

    We use momentum transfer arguments to predict the friction factor $f$ in two-dimensional turbulent soap-film flows with rough boundaries (an analogue of three-dimensional pipe flow) as a function of Reynolds number Re and roughness $r$, considering separately the inverse energy cascade and the forward enstrophy cascade. At intermediate Re, we predict a Blasius-like friction factor scaling of $f\\propto\\textrm{Re}^{-1/2}$ in flows dominated by the enstrophy cascade, distinct from the energy cascade scaling of $\\textrm{Re}^{-1/4}$. For large Re, $f \\sim r$ in the enstrophy-dominated case. We use conformal map techniques to perform direct numerical simulations that are in satisfactory agreement with theory, and exhibit data collapse scaling of roughness-induced criticality, previously shown to arise in the 3D pipe data of Nikuradse.

  10. Rough surface electrical contact resistance considering scale dependent properties and quantum effects

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    Jackson, Robert L.; Crandall, Erika R.; Bozack, Michael J.

    2015-05-21

    The objective of this work is to evaluate the effect of scale dependent mechanical and electrical properties on electrical contact resistance (ECR) between rough surfaces. This work attempts to build on existing ECR models that neglect potentially important quantum- and size-dependent contact and electrical conduction mechanisms present due to the asperity sizes on typical surfaces. The electrical conductance at small scales can quantize or show a stepping trend as the contact area is varied in the range of the free electron Fermi wavelength squared. This work then evaluates if these effects remain important for the interface between rough surfaces, which may include many small scale contacts of varying sizes. The results suggest that these effects may be significant in some cases, while insignificant for others. It depends on the load and the multiscale structure of the surface roughness.

  11. General contact mechanics theory for randomly rough surfaces with application to rubber friction

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    Michele Scaraggi; Bo N. J. Persson

    2015-06-23

    We generalize the Persson contact mechanics and rubber friction theory to the case where both surfaces have surface roughness. The solids can be rigid, elastic or viscoelastic, and can be homogeneous or layered. We calculate the contact area, the viscoelastic contribution to the friction force, and the average interfacial separation as a function of the sliding speed and the nominal contact pressure. We illustrate the theory with numerical results for a rubber block sliding on a road surface. We find that with increasing sliding speed, the influence of the roughness on the rubber block decreases, and for typical sliding speeds involved in tire dynamics it can be neglected.

  12. Effect of surface roughness and polymeric additive on nucleate pool boiling at subatmospheric pressures

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    Tewari, P.K.; Verma, R.K.; Ramani, M.P.S.; Mahajan, S.P.

    1986-09-01

    This investigation pertains to boiling heat transfer from a submerged flat surface at subatmospheric and atmospheric pressures in the presence of hydroxy ethyl cellulose (HEC) as a polymeric additive in small doses. Boiling was carried out in presence of the additive on smooth and rough aluminium surfaces having effective cavity size within the range as predicted by Hsu model and the pressure was kept in the range of 8 - 100 KN/sq.m (abs). Effects of surface roughness, saturation pressure and polymer concentration on boiling heat transfer were studied and the results were compared with Rohsenow's correlation.

  13. Atmospheric Momentum Roughness Applied to Stage-Discharge Relationships in Flood Plains

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    Atmospheric Momentum Roughness Applied to Stage-Discharge Relationships in Flood Plains Jennifer M and discharge relationship for turbulent flows over vegetated flood plains. The model is based on the turbulent sites. The model estimates of the flood flow discharges from a natural site are compared to observed

  14. Numerical method for calculating the apparent eddy current conductivity loss on randomly rough surfaces

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    Nagy, Peter B.

    Numerical method for calculating the apparent eddy current conductivity loss on randomly rough Because of their frequency-dependent penetration depth, eddy current measurements are capable of mapping of eddy current conductivity, thereby decreasing the accuracy of the measurements, especially in thermally

  15. A simple numerical model of the apparent loss of eddy current conductivity due to surface roughness

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    Nagy, Peter B.

    A simple numerical model of the apparent loss of eddy current conductivity due to surface roughness of eddy current conductivity has been suggested as a possible means to allow the nondestructive evaluation, the path of the eddy current must follow a more tortuous route in the material, which produces a reduction

  16. Importance of thermal effects and sea surface roughness for offshore wind resource assessment

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    Heinemann, Detlev

    Importance of thermal effects and sea surface roughness for offshore wind resource assessment National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark Abstract The economic feasibility of offshore wind power utilisation depends on the favourable wind conditions offshore compared to sites on land, which have to compensate

  17. FRICTION FACTOR IN HIGH PRESSURE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES FROM ROUGHNESS MEASUREMENTS

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    Gudmundsson, Jon Steinar

    FRICTION FACTOR IN HIGH PRESSURE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES FROM ROUGHNESS MEASUREMENTS DETERMINATION DU and Technology, Norway ABSTRACT Pressure drop experiments on natural gas flow at 80 to 120 bar pressure and high of natural gas at typical operating pressures (100-180 bar). At such Reynolds numbers the classical Colebrook

  18. Flow over rough topography. A preliminary study with high resolution topography at Ormen Lange

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    Avlesen, Helge

    Flow over rough topography. A preliminary study with high resolution topography at Ormen Lange not able to march as long in time as desired, due to stability issues. On the given topography for selected horizontal sections, after im- posing a constant velocity flow over the given topography

  19. Under consideration for publication in J. Fluid Mech. 1 Nonlinear dynamics over rough topography

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    Vanneste, Jacques

    Under consideration for publication in J. Fluid Mech. 1 Nonlinear dynamics over rough topography-dimensional, pe- riodic or random, small-scale topography is investigated using an asymptotic approach. Averaged (or homogenised) evolution equations which account for the flow-topography in- teraction are derived

  20. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING 1 A Simplified Formulation for Rough Surface

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    IEEEProof IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING 1 A Simplified Formulation for Rough paper. To download the IEEE Taxonomy, go to http://www.30 ieee.org/documents/taxonomy_v101.pdf.31 I, OH 43210 USA. Color versions of one or more of the figures in this paper are available online at http://ieeexplore.ieee

  1. Effect of Substrate Roughness on D Spacing Supports Theoretical Resolution of Vapor Pressure Paradox

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    Nagle, John F.

    Effect of Substrate Roughness on D Spacing Supports Theoretical Resolution of Vapor Pressure with and provides experimental support for a recently proposed theoretical resolution of the vapor pressure paradox has been called the vapor pressure paradox (Rand and Parsegian, 1989). Resolving this paradox

  2. Stress Drop during Earthquakes: Effect of Fault Roughness Scaling by Thibault Candela, Franois Renard,*

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    Schmittbuhl, Jean

    Stress Drop during Earthquakes: Effect of Fault Roughness Scaling by Thibault Candela, François parameter of static stress drop during an earthquake is related to the scaling properties of the fault and focusing on elastic deformation of the topography, which is the dominant mode at large scales, the stress

  3. Hydrothermal coupling in a self-affine rough fracture A. Neuville,* R. Toussaint, and J. Schmittbuhl

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    Schmittbuhl, Jean

    - thermics is an intensively developing field. Deep enhanced geothermal systems EGSs are based on the energy the hydraulic flow and subse- quently to enhance the thermal exchange. Fracture roughness might, in the opposite as an ellipse or a poly- hedron. This is the case in most fracture network models used for geothermal 10

  4. Roughly 120 years ago, an incon-spicuous pest took a ride on a

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    Latchininsky, Alexandre

    Roughly 120 years ago, an incon- spicuous pest took a ride on a ship from Europe bound discussed the projects he had avail- able, the horn fly project fit best with my background. Horn Fly First, the cattle use costly energy meant for growth to rid themselves of the flies. Some of the behavioral changes

  5. Hydro-thermal flow in a rough fracture EC Contract SES6-CT-2003-502706

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    Toussaint, Renaud

    Hydro-thermal flow in a rough fracture EC Contract SES6-CT-2003-502706 PARTICIPANT ORGANIZATION NAME: CNRS Synthetic 2nd year report Related with Work Package............ HYDRO-THERMAL FLOW in the influence of a realistic geometry of the fracture on its hydro-thermal response. Several studies have

  6. Relations in Mathematical Morphology with applications to Graphs and Rough Sets

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    Stell, John

    School of Computing, University of Leeds Leeds, LS2 9JT, U.K. jgs@comp.leeds.ac.uk Abstract. Rough sets of morphology for graphs. The structure of the paper is as follows. I begin in Section 2 with a brief review

  7. Light trapping in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough and hybrid

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    Light trapping in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough and hybrid textures Piotr Kowalczewski. M. Smets, and M. Zeman, "Plasmonic light trapping in thin-film silicon solar cells with improved Lambertian limits in thin film silicon solar cells with 1D and 2D periodic patterns," Opt. Express 20, A224­A

  8. ENGINEERED SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS: SCATTERING PROPERTIES OF 1D ROUGHNESS

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    ENGINEERED SUBSTRATES FOR THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS: SCATTERING PROPERTIES OF 1D ROUGHNESS S. Del Sorbo, Optical Properties, Substrates, Texturisation, Thin Film Solar Cells 1 MOTIVATION OF THIS WORK The aim of thin film technology is to reduce both the electrical transport losses in the bulk region of a solar

  9. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Thin Films with Rough and Asymmetric Interfaces

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    Walker, D. Greg

    Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Thin Films with Rough and Asymmetric Interfaces N.A. Roberts with the use of interfaces and shows that pristine, imperfect and asymmetric interfaces in thin films can interface whose features are of the order of the phonon wavelength. At a constant temperature difference

  10. Gravitational quantum states of neutrons in a rough waveguide A. E. Meyerovich

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    Meyerovich, Alex

    of such states is indeed a major experimental challenge. What is more, the measure- ments in this energy range/absorber. The analysis is based on a recently developed theory of quantum transport along random rough walls which and are more efficient than the processes involving the intermediate states. The theoretical results

  11. Effect of surface roughness on magnetic domain wall thickness, domain size, and coercivity

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    Wang, Gwo-Ching

    , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590 G. Palasantzas and J. Th. M. De Hosson Department nm thick deposited on plasma etched Si 100 substrates showed that, by increasing surface rough- ness nearly linearly with film thickness. Such an increase of the thickness fluctuations5 was attributed

  12. Large eddy simulations of surface roughness parameter sensitivity to canopy-structure characteristics

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    Maurer, K. D.; Bohrer, G.; Ivanov, V. Y.

    2014-11-27

    Surface roughness parameters are at the core of every model representation of the coupling and interactions between land-surface and atmosphere, and are used in every model of surface fluxes. However, most models assume these parameters to be a fixed property of plant functional type and do not vary them in response to spatial or temporal changes to canopy structure. In part, this is due to the difficulty of reducing the complexity of canopy structure and its spatiotemporal dynamic and heterogeneity to less than a handful of parameters describing its effects of atmosphere–surface interactions. In this study we use large-eddy simulationsmore »to explore, in silico, the effects of canopy structure characteristics on surface roughness parameters. We performed a virtual experiment to test the sensitivity of resolved surface roughness to four axes of canopy structure: (1) leaf area index, (2) the vertical profile of leaf density, (3) canopy height, and (4) canopy gap fraction. We found roughness parameters to be highly variable, but were able to find positive relationships between displacement height and maximum canopy height, aerodynamic canopy height and maximum canopy height and leaf area index, and eddy-penetration depth and gap fraction. We also found negative relationships between aerodynamic canopy height and gap fraction, and between eddy-penetration depth and maximum canopy height and leaf area index. Using a decade of wind and canopy structure observations in a site in Michigan, we tested the effectiveness of our model-resolved parameters in predicting the frictional velocity over heterogeneous and disturbed canopies. We compared it with three other semi-empirical models and with a decade of meteorological observations. We found that parameterizations with fixed representations of roughness performed relatively well. Nonetheless, some empirical approaches that incorporate seasonal and inter-annual changes to the canopy structure performed even better than models with temporally fixed parameters.« less

  13. Remotely controlled sensor apparatus for use in dig-face characterization system

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    Josten, N.E.; Svoboda, J.M.

    1999-05-25

    A remotely controlled sensor platform apparatus useful in a dig-face characterization system is deployed from a mobile delivery device such as standard heavy construction equipment. The sensor apparatus is designed to stabilize sensors against extraneous motions induced by heavy equipment manipulations or other outside influences, and includes a terrain sensing and sensor elevation control system to maintain the sensors in close ground proximity. The deployed sensor apparatus is particularly useful in collecting data in work environments where human access is difficult due to the presence of hazardous conditions, rough terrain, or other circumstances that prevent efficient data collection by conventional methods. Such work environments include hazardous waste sites, unexploded ordnance sites, or construction sites. Data collection in these environments by utilizing the deployed sensor apparatus is desirable in order to protect human health and safety, or to assist in planning daily operations to increase efficiency. 13 figs.

  14. Remotely controlled sensor apparatus for use in dig-face characterization system

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    Josten, Nicholas E. (Idaho Falls, ID); Svoboda, John M. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1999-01-01

    A remotely controlled sensor platform apparatus useful in a dig-face characterization system is deployed from a mobile delivery device such as standard heavy construction equipment. The sensor apparatus is designed to stabilize sensors against extraneous motions induced by heavy equipment manipulations or other outside influences, and includes a terrain sensing and sensor elevation control system to maintain the sensors in close ground proximity. The deployed sensor apparatus is particularly useful in collecting data in work environments where human access is difficult due to the presence of hazardous conditions, rough terrain, or other circumstances that prevent efficient data collection by conventional methods. Such work environments include hazardous waste sites, unexploded ordnance sites, or construction sites. Data collection in these environments by utilizing the deployed sensor apparatus is desirable in order to protect human health and safety, or to assist in planning daily operations to increase efficiency.

  15. Surface roughness and interface width scaling of magnetron sputter deposited Ni/Ti multilayers

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    Maidul Haque, S.; Biswas, A.; Tokas, R. B.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Sahoo, N. K.; Bhattacharya, Debarati

    2013-09-14

    Using an indigenously built r.f. magnetron sputtering system, several single layer Ti and Ni films have been deposited at varying deposition conditions. All the samples have been characterized by Grazing Incidence X-ray Reflectivity (GIXR) and Atomic Force Microscopy to estimate their thickness, density, and roughness and a power law dependence of the surface roughness on the film thickness has been established. Subsequently, at optimized deposition condition of Ti and Ni, four Ni/Ti multilayers of 11-layer, 21-layer, 31-layer, and 51-layer having different bilayer thickness have been deposited. The multilayer samples have been characterized by GIXR and neutron reflectivity measurements and the experimental data have been fitted assuming an appropriate sample structure. A power law correlation between the interface width and bilayer thickness has been observed for the multilayer samples, which was explained in the light of alternate roughening/smoothening of multilayers and assuming that at the interface the growth “restarts” every time.

  16. Wetting Transitions of Condensed Droplets on Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Two-Tier Roughness

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    Lv, Cunjing; Zhang, Xiwen; He, Feng

    2015-01-01

    Although realizing wetting transitions of droplets spontaneously on solid rough surfaces is quite challenging, it is becoming a key research topic in many practical applications which require highly efficient removal of liquid. We report wetting transitions of condensed droplets occurring spontaneously on pillared surfaces with two-tier roughness owing to excellent superhydrophobicity. The phenomenon results from further decreased Laplace pressure on the top side of the individual droplet when its size becomes comparable to the scale of the micropillars, which leads to a surprising robust spontaneous wetting transition, from valleys to tops of the pillars. A simple scaling law is derived theoretically, which demonstrates that the critical size of the droplet is determined by the space of the micropillars. For this reason, highly efficient removal of water benefits greatly from smaller micropillar space. Furthermore, three wetting transition modes exist, in which the in situ wetting behaviors are in good agree...

  17. Interfacial Friction in Gas-Liquid Annular Flow: Analogies to Full and Transition Roughness

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    Bauer, R.C.; Beus, S.G.; Fore, L.B.

    1999-03-01

    New film thickness and pressure gradient data were obtained in a 5.08 by 101.6 mm duct for nitrogen and water in annular flow. Pressures of 3.4 and 17 atm and temperatures of 38 and 93 C were used to vary the gas density and liquid viscosity. These data are used to compute interfacial shear stresses and interfacial friction factors for comparison with several accepted literature correlations. These comparisons are reasonable for small values of the relative film thickness. However, the new data cover conditions not approached by the data used to construct those correlations. By combining the current data with the results of two other comprehensive modern experimental studies, a new correlation for the interfacial friction factor has been developed. This correlation adds elements of transition roughness to Wallis' fully-rough analogy to better predict interfacial friction factors over a wide range of gas Reynolds numbers and liquid film thicknesses.

  18. Electrochemical machining process for forming surface roughness elements on a gas turbine shroud

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    Lee, Ching-Pang (Cincinnati, OH); Johnson, Robert Alan (Simpsonville, SC); Wei, Bin (Mechanicville, NY); Wang, Hsin-Pang (Rexford, NY)

    2002-01-01

    The back side recessed cooling surface of a shroud defining in part the hot gas path of a turbine is electrochemically machined to provide surface roughness elements and spaces therebetween to increase the heat transfer coefficient. To accomplish this, an electrode with insulating dielectric portions and non-insulating portions is disposed in opposition to the cooling surface. By passing an electrolyte between the cooling surface and electrode and applying an electrical current between the electrode and a shroud, roughness elements and spaces therebetween are formed in the cooling surface in opposition to the insulating and non-insulating portions of the electrode, hence increasing the surface area and heat transfer coefficient of the shroud.

  19. Energy production rates in fluid mixtures of inelastic rough hard spheres

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    Andrés Santos; Gilberto M. Kremer; Vicente Garzó

    2010-07-16

    The aim of this work is to explore the combined effect of polydispersity and roughness on the partial energy production rates and on the total cooling rate of a granular fluid mixture. We consider a mixture of inelastic rough hard spheres of different number densities, masses, diameters, moments of inertia, and mutual coefficients of normal and tangential restitution. Starting from the first equation of the BBGKY hierarchy, the collisional energy production rates associated with the translational and rotational temperatures ($T_i^\\text{tr}$ and $T_i^\\text{rot}$) are expressed in terms of two-body average values. Next, those average values are estimated by assuming a velocity distribution function based on maximum-entropy arguments, allowing us to express the energy production rates and the total cooling rate in terms of the partial temperatures and the parameters of the mixture. Finally, the results are applied to the homogeneous cooling state of a binary mixture and the influence of inelasticity and roughness on the temperature ratios $T_1^\\text{tr}/T_1^\\text{rot}$, $T_2^\\text{tr}/T_1^\\text{tr}$, and $T_2^\\text{rot}/T_1^\\text{rot}$ is analyzed.

  20. Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study of Interaction between Model Rough Hydrophobic Surfaces

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    Changsun Eun; Max L. Berkowitz

    2011-06-01

    We study some aspects of hydrophobic interaction between molecular rough and flexible model surfaces. The model we use in this work is based on a model we used previously (Eun, C.; Berkowitz, M. L. J. Phys. Chem. B 2009, 113, 13222-13228), when we studied the interaction between model patches of lipid membranes. Our original model consisted of two graphene plates with attached polar headgroups; the plates were immersed in a water bath. The interaction between such plates can be considered as an example of a hydrophilic interaction. In the present work we modify our previous model by removing the charge from the zwitterionic headgroups. As a result of this procedure, the plate character changes; it becomes hydrophobic. By separating the total interaction (or potential of mean force, PMF) between plates into the direct and the water-mediated interactions we observe that the latter changes from repulsive to attractive, clearly emphasizing the important role of water as a medium. We also investigate the effect of roughness and flexibility of the headgroups on the interaction between plates and observe that roughness enhances the character of the hydrophobic interaction. The presence of a dewetting transition in a confined space between charge-removed plates confirms that the interaction between plates is strongly hydrophobic. In addition, we notice that there is a shallow local minimum in the PMF in case of charge-removed plates. We find that this minimum is associated with the configurational changes that flexible headgroups undergo, as the two plates are brought together.

  1. The Effect of Excimer Laser Treatment on the Surface Roughness and Fracture Strength of Alumina Substrates

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    Smoot, J.E.

    1998-05-13

    The microelectronics industry requires alumina substrates with exceptionally smooth surfaces and few surface defects to allow successful deposition of metallic films for reliable electronic performance. Irradiation by a 248-nm wavelength excimer laser beam (KrF) at a fluence of 125 mJ/mm{sup 2} and at various angles of incidence is shown to significantly reduce the surface roughness of alumina substrates. However, irradiation also creates a fine particulate deposit of alumina that only partially adheres to the substrate and impedes deposition of metal films. Annealing in air between 1350 C and 1450 C was found to remove the particles by sintering. As-received material showed surface roughness average (R{sub a}) mean values of 457 nm, which was reduced to 60 nm (mean) following irradiation and 71 nm (mean) following irradiation and annealing at 1350 C. Irradiation also produced a decrease in the number and severity of surface defects. The flexural strength and Weibull modulus were both increased by laser irradiation and thermal treatment. Flexural strength went from an as-received value of 450 MPa to 560 MPa following irradiation/sintering, measured at 10% probability of failure. The Weibull modulus was increased from the as-received value of about 9, to about 13 following irradiation/sintering. It was concluded that irradiation at an angle of incidence of 60{degree} from perpendicular was most effective in producing a low surface roughness.

  2. Lamellar Diblock Copolymers on Rough Substrates: Self-consistent Field Theory Studies

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    Xingkun Man; Jiuzhou Tang; Pan Zhou; Dadong Yan; David Andelman

    2015-08-18

    We present numerical calculations of lamellar phases of di-block copolymers (BCP) confined between two surfaces, where the top surface is flat and the bottom one is corrugated. The corrugated substrate is assumed to have a single $q$-mode of lateral undulations with a wavenumber q_s and amplitude R. We focus on the effects of substrate roughness, parameterized by the dimensionless quantity, q_sR, on the relative stability between parallel and perpendicular orientations of the lamellar phase. The competition between film confinement, energy cost of elastic deformation and gain in surface energy induces a parallel-to-perpendicular transition of the BCP lamellae. Employing self-consistent field theory (SCFT), we study the critical substrate roughness value corresponding to this transition. The critical value increases as function of the surface preference towards one of the two BCP components, and as function of film thickness. But, it decreases with increasing values of the Flory-Huggins parameter. Our findings are equivalent to stating that the critical value decreases as the BCP molecular weight or the natural BCP periodicity increases. We further show that the rough substrate can overcome the formation of parallel lamellae in cases where the top surface has a preference towards one of the two BCP components. Our results are in good agreement with previous experiments, and highlight the physical conditions behind the perpendicular orientation of lamellar phases, as is desired in nanolithography and other industrial applications.

  3. Effect of the porosity on the fracture surface roughness of sintered materials: From anisotropic to isotropic self-affine scaling

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    Tristan Cambonie; Jonathan Bares; Lamine Hattali; Daniel Bonamy; Véronique Lazarus; Harold Auradou

    2015-01-16

    To unravel how the microstructure affects the fracture surface roughness in heterogeneous brittle solids like rocks or ceramics, we characterized the roughness statistics of post-mortem fracture surfaces in home-made materials of adjustable microstructure length-scale and porosity, obtained by sintering monodisperse polystyrene beads. Beyond the characteristic size of disorder, the roughness profiles are found to exhibit self-affine scaling features evolving with porosity. Starting from a null value and increasing the porosity, we quantitatively modify the self-affine scaling properties from anisotropic (at low porosity) to isotropic (for porosity larger than 10 %).

  4. Single-layer MoS{sub 2} roughness and sliding friction quenching by interaction with atomically flat substrates

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    Quereda, J.; Castellanos-Gomez, A.; Agraït, N.; Rubio-Bollinger, G.

    2014-08-04

    We experimentally study the surface roughness and the lateral friction force in single-layer MoS{sub 2} crystals deposited on different substrates: SiO{sub 2}, mica, and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). Roughness and sliding friction measurements are performed by atomic force microscopy. We find a strong dependence of the MoS{sub 2} roughness on the underlying substrate material, being h-BN the substrate which better preserves the flatness of the MoS{sub 2} crystal. The lateral friction also lowers as the roughness decreases, and attains its lowest value for MoS{sub 2} flakes on h-BN substrates. However, it is still higher than for the surface of a bulk MoS{sub 2} crystal, which we attribute to the deformation of the flake due to competing tip-to-flake and flake-to-substrate interactions.

  5. Rough contact mechanics for graded bulk rheology: The role of small-scale wavelengths on rubber friction

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    Michele Scaraggi; Davide Comingio

    2015-10-13

    We present a numerical model for the prediction of the rough contact mechanics of a viscoelastic block, with graded rheology, in steady sliding contact with a randomly rough rigid surface. In particular, we derive the effective surface response of a stepwise or continuously-graded block in the Fourier domain, which is then embedded in a Fourier-based residuals molecular dynamic formulation of the contact mechanics. Finally we discuss on the role of small-scale wavelengths on rubber friction and contact area, and we demonstrate that the rough contact mechanics exhibits effective interface properties which converge to asymptotes upon increase of the small-scale roughness content, when a realistic rheology of the confinement is taken into account.

  6. MEMS-based contact stress field measurements at a rough elastomeric layer: local test of Amontons' friction law in static

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    Adda-Bedia, Mokhtar

    MEMS-based contact stress field measurements at a rough elastomeric layer: local test of Amontons/Universit´e Paris 6, Paris, France Abstract. We present the results of recent friction experiments in which a MEMS

  7. Effects of grit roughness and pitch oscillations on the S814 airfoil

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    Janiszewska, J.M.; Ramsay, R.R.; Hoffmann, M.J.; Gregorek, G.M. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    1996-07-01

    Horizontal-axis wind turbine rotors experience unsteady aerodynamics when the rotor is yawed, when rotor blades pass through the support tower wake, and when the wind is gusting. An understanding of this unsteady behavior is necessary to assist in the design of new rotor airfoils. The rotors also experience performance degradation due to surface roughness. These surface irregularities are due to the accumulation of insect debris, ice, and/or the aging process. Wind tunnel studies that examine both the steady and unsteady behavior of airfoils can help define pertinent flow phenomena, and the resultant data can also be used to validate analytical computer codes. An S814 airfoil model was tested in The Ohio State University Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory (OSU/AARL) 3 X 5 subsonic wind tunnel (3 X 5) under steady flow with both stationary model conditions and pitch oscillations. To study the extent of performance loss due to surface roughness, a leading edge grit roughness pattern (LEGR) was used to simulate leading edge contamination. After baseline cases were completed, the LEGR was applied for both steady state and model pitch oscillation cases. The Reynolds numbers for steady state conditions were 0.75, 1, 1.25 and 1.5 million, while the angle of attack ranged from -20{degrees} to +40{degrees}. While the model underwent pitch oscillations, data were acquired at Reynolds numbers of 0.75, 1, 1.25, and 1.5 million, at frequencies of 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8 Hz. Two sine wave forcing functions {+-}5.5{degrees} and {+-}10{degrees}, were used; at mean angles of attack of 8{degrees}, 14{degrees}, and 20{degrees}. For purposes herein, any reference to unsteady conditions means the model was in pitch oscillation.

  8. EFFECTS OF GRAPHITE SURFACE ROUGHNESS ON BYPASS FLOW COMPUTATIONS FOR AN HTGR

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    Rich Johnson; Yu-Hsin Tung; Hiroyuki Sato

    2011-07-01

    Bypass flow in a prismatic high temperature gas reactor (HTGR) occurs between graphite blocks as they sit side by side in the core. Bypass flow is not intentionally designed to occur in the reactor, but is present because of tolerances in manufacture, imperfect installation and expansion and shrinkage of the blocks from heating and irradiation. It is desired to increase the knowledge of the effects of such flow, which has been estimated to be as much as 20% of the total helium coolant flow. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations can provide estimates of the scale and impacts of bypass flow. Previous CFD calculations have examined the effects of bypass gap width, level and distribution of heat generation and effects of shrinkage. The present contribution examines the effects of graphite surface roughness on the bypass flow for different relative roughness factors on three gap widths. Such calculations should be validated using specific bypass flow measurements. While such experiments are currently underway for the specific reference prismatic HTGR design for the next generation nuclear plant (NGNP) program of the U. S. Dept. of Energy, the data are not yet available. To enhance confidence in the present calculations, wall shear stress and heat transfer results for several turbulence models and their associated wall treatments are first compared for flow in a single tube that is representative of a coolant channel in the prismatic HTGR core. The results are compared to published correlations for wall shear stress and Nusselt number in turbulent pipe flow. Turbulence models that perform well are then used to make bypass flow calculations in a symmetric onetwelfth sector of a prismatic block that includes bypass flow. The comparison of shear stress and Nusselt number results with published correlations constitutes a partial validation of the CFD model. Calculations are also compared to ones made previously using a different CFD code. Results indicate that increasing surface roughness increases the maximum fuel and helium temperatures as do increases in gap width. However, maximum coolant temperature variation due to increased gap width is not changed by surface roughness.

  9. Force and torque acting on particles in a transitionally rough open channel flow

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    Chan-Braun, Clemens; Uhlmann, Markus

    2011-01-01

    Direct numerical simulation of open channel flow over a geometrically rough wall has been performed at a bulk Reynolds number of approximately 2900. The wall consisted of a layer of spheres in a square arrangement. Two cases have been considered. In the first case the spheres are small (with diameter equivalent to 10.7 wall units) and the limit of the hydraulically smooth flow regime is approached. In the second case the spheres are more than three times larger (49.3 wall units) and the flow is in the transitionally rough flow regime. Special emphasis is given on the characterisation of the force and torque acting on a particle due to the turbulent flow. It is found that in both cases the mean drag, lift and spanwise torque are to a large extent produced at the top region of the particle surface. The intensity of the particle force fluctuations is significantly larger in the large-sphere case, while the trend differs for the fluctuations of the individual components of the torque. A simplified model is used t...

  10. Steady state in a gas of inelastic rough spheres heated by a uniform stochastic force

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    Francisco Vega Reyes; Andrés Santos

    2015-11-04

    We study here the steady state attained in a granular gas of inelastic rough spheres that is subject to a spatially uniform random volume force. The stochastic force has the form of the so-called white noise and acts by adding impulse to the particle translational velocities. We work out an analytical solution of the corresponding velocity distribution function from a Sonine polynomial expansion that displays energy non-equipartition between the translational and rotational modes, translational and rotational kurtoses, and translational-rotational velocity correlations. By comparison with a numerical solution of the Boltzmann kinetic equation (by means of the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo method) we show that our analytical solution provides a good description that is quantitatively very accurate in certain ranges of inelasticity and roughness. We also find three important features that make the forced granular gas steady state very different from the homogeneous cooling state (attained by an unforced granular gas). First, the marginal velocity distributions are always close to a Maxwellian. Second, there is a continuous transition to the purely smooth limit (where the effects of particle rotations are ignored). And third, the angular translational-rotational velocity correlations show a preference for a quasiperpendicular mutual orientation (which is called "lifted-tennis-ball" behavior).

  11. Improved detection of rough defects for ultrasonic NDE inspections based on finite element modeling of elastic wave scattering

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    Pettit, J. R. [Rolls-Royce Nuclear, PO BOX 2000, Derby, UK, DE21 7XX and Research Centre for NDE, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Walker, A. [Rolls-Royce Nuclear, PO BOX 2000, Derby DE21 7XX (United Kingdom); Lowe, M. J. S. [Research Centre for NDE, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2014-02-18

    Defects which posses rough surfaces greatly affect ultrasonic wave scattering behaviour, often reducing the magnitude of reflected signals. Ultrasonic inspections rely upon this response for detecting and sizing flaws. For safety critical components reliable characterisation is crucial. Therefore, providing an accurate means to predict reductions in signal amplitude is essential. An extension of Kirchhoff theory has formed the basis for the UK power industry inspection justifications. However, it is widely recognised that these predictions are pessimistic owing to analytical approximations. A numerical full field modelling approach does not fall victim to such limitations. Here, a Finite Element model is used to aid in setting a non-conservative reporting threshold during the inspection of a large pressure vessel forging that might contain embedded rough defects. The ultrasonic response from multiple rough surfaces defined by the same statistical class is calculated for normal incident compression waves. The approach is validated by comparing coherent scattering with predictions made by Kirchhoff theory. At lower levels of roughness excellent agreement is observed, whilst higher values confirm the pessimism of Kirchhoff theory. Furthermore, the mean amplitude in the specular direction is calculated. This represents the information obtained during an inspection, indicating that reductions due to increasing roughness are significantly less than the coherent component currently being used.

  12. Water-waves modes trapped in a canal by a body with the rough surface

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    G. Cardone; T. Durante; S. A. Nazarov

    2009-10-06

    The problem about a body in a three dimensional infinite channel is considered in the framework of the theory of linear water-waves. The body has a rough surface characterized by a small parameter $\\epsilon>0$ while the distance of the body to the water surface is also of order $\\epsilon$. Under a certain symmetry assumption, the accumulation effect for trapped mode frequencies is established, namely, it is proved that, for any given $d>0$ and integer $N>0$, there exists $\\epsilon(d,N)>0$ such that the problem has at least $N$ eigenvalues in the interval $(0,d)$ of the continuous spectrum in the case $\\epsilon\\in(0,\\epsilon(d,N)) $. The corresponding eigenfunctions decay exponentially at infinity, have finite energy, and imply trapped modes.

  13. Light emitting diode with high aspect ratio submicron roughness for light extraction and methods of forming

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    Li, Ting (Ventura, CA)

    2011-04-26

    The surface morphology of an LED light emitting surface is changed by applying a reactive ion etch (RIE) process to the light emitting surface. High aspect ratio, submicron roughness is formed on the light emitting surface by transferring a thin film metal hard-mask having submicron patterns to the surface prior to applying a reactive ion etch process. The submicron patterns in the metal hard-mask can be formed using a low cost, commercially available nano-patterned template which is transferred to the surface with the mask. After subsequently binding the mask to the surface, the template is removed and the RIE process is applied for time duration sufficient to change the morphology of the surface. The modified surface contains non-symmetric, submicron structures having high aspect ratio which increase the efficiency of the device.

  14. The apparent roughness of a sand surface blown by wind from an analytical model of saltation

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    Thomas Pähtz; Jasper F. Kok; Hans J. Herrmann

    2015-03-16

    We present an analytical model of aeolian sand transport. The model quantifies the momentum transfer from the wind to the transported sand by providing expressions for the thickness of the saltation layer and the apparent surface roughness. These expressions are derived from basic physical principles and a small number of assumptions. The model further predicts the sand transport rate (mass flux) and the impact threshold (the smallest value of the wind shear velocity at which saltation can be sustained). We show that, in contrast to previous studies, the present model's predictions are in very good agreement with a range of experiments, as well as with numerical simulations of aeolian saltation. Because of its physical basis, we anticipate that our model will find application in studies of aeolian sand transport on both Earth and Mars.

  15. Light emitting diode with high aspect ratio submicron roughness for light extraction and methods of forming

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    Li, Ting

    2013-08-13

    The surface morphology of an LED light emitting surface is changed by applying a reactive ion etch (RIE) process to the light emitting surface. High aspect ratio, submicron roughness is formed on the light emitting surface by transferring a thin film metal hard-mask having submicron patterns to the surface prior to applying a reactive ion etch process. The submicron patterns in the metal hard-mask can be formed using a low cost, commercially available nano-patterned template which is transferred to the surface with the mask. After subsequently binding the mask to the surface, the template is removed and the RIE process is applied for time duration sufficient to change the morphology of the surface. The modified surface contains non-symmetric, submicron structures having high aspect ratio which increase the efficiency of the device.

  16. Adhesion between elastic solids with randomly rough surfaces: comparison of analytical theory with molecular dynamics simulations

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    N. Mulakaluri; B. N. J. Persson

    2011-12-22

    The adhesive contact between elastic solids with randomly rough, self affine fractal surfaces is studied by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The interfacial binding energy obtained from the simulations of nominally flat and curved surfaces is compared with the predictions of the contact mechanics theory by Persson. Theoretical and simulation results agree rather well, and most of the differences observed can be attributed to finite size effects and to the long-range nature of the interaction between the atoms in the block and the substrate in the MD model, as compared to the analytical theory which is for an infinite system with interfacial contact interaction. For curved surfaces (JKR-type of problem) the effective interfacial energy exhibit a weak hysteresis which may be due to the influence of local irreversible detachment processes in the vicinity of the opening crack tip during pull-off.

  17. A study of pitch oscillation and roughness on airfoils used for horizontal axis wind turbines

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    Gregorek, G.M.; Hoffmann, M.J.; Ramsay, R.R.; Janiszewska, J.M. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    1995-12-01

    Under subcontract XF-1-11009-3 the Ohio State University Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory (OSU/AARL) with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed an extensive database of empirical aerodynamic data. These data will assist in the development of analytical models and in the design of new airfoils for wind turbines. To accomplish the main objective, airfoil models were designed, built and wind tunnel tested with and without model leading edge grit roughness (LEGR). LEGR simulates surface irregularities due to the accumulation of insect debris, ice, and/or the aging process. This report is a summary of project project activity for Phase III, which encompasses the time period from September 17, 1 993 to September 6, 1 994.

  18. Detailed comparative study and a mechanistic model of resuspension of spherical particles from rough and smooth surfaces

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    Shnapp, Ron

    2014-01-01

    Resuspension of solid particles by a tornado-like vortex from surfaces of different roughness is studied using a three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry (3D-PTV) method. By utilizing the three-dimensional information on particle positions, velocities and accelerations before, during and after the resuspension (lift-off) event, we demonstrate that the resuspension efficiency is significantly higher from the rough surface, and propose a mechanistic model of this peculiar effect. The results indicate that for all Reynolds numbers tested, the resuspension rate, as well as particle velocities and accelerations, are higher over the rough surface, as compared to the smooth counterpart. The results and the model can help to improve modeling and analysis of resuspension rates in engineering and environmental applications.

  19. Roughness of the SiC/SiO{sub 2} vicinal interface and atomic structure of the transition layers

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    Liu, Peizhi; Li, Guoliang; Duscher, Gerd, E-mail: gduscher@utk.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States); Sharma, Yogesh K.; Ahyi, Ayayi C.; Isaacs-Smith, Tamara; Williams, John R.; Dhar, Sarit [Department of Physics, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    The SiC/SiO{sub 2} interface is generally considered to be the cause for the reduced electron mobility of SiC power devices. Previous studies have shown a correlation between the mobility and the transition layer width at the SiC/SiO{sub 2} interface. The authors investigated this interface with atomic resolution Z-contrast imaging and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and discovered that this transition region was due to the roughness of the vicinal interface. The roughness of a vicinal interface consisted of atomic steps and facets deviating from the ideal off-axis cut plane. The authors conclude that this roughness is limiting the mobility in the channels of SiC MOSFETs.

  20. Lattice Boltzmann simulations in microfluidics: probing the no-slip boundary condition in hydrophobic, rough, and surface nanobubble laden microchannels

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    Jens Harting; Christian Kunert; Jari Hyväluoma

    2009-10-19

    In this contribution we review recent efforts on investigations of the effect of (apparent) boundary slip by utilizing lattice Boltzmann simulations. We demonstrate the applicability of the method to treat fundamental questions in microfluidics by investigating fluid flow in hydrophobic and rough microchannels as well as over surfaces covered by nano- or microscale gas bubbles.

  1. Interpretation of recent seismic data from a frontier hydrocarbon province: western Rough Creek graben, southern Illinois and western Kentucky

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    Bertagne, A.J.; Pisasale, E.T.; Leising, T.C.

    1986-05-01

    The northern basement fault of the Rough Creek graben is seismically discernible and has surface expression in the Rough Creek fault zone. The southern basement fault is not clearly defined seismically, but can be inferred from shallow faulting and gravity data. This fault is roughly coincident with the Pennyrile fault zone. Extensional faults that formed the rift boundaries were the sites of late-stage compressional and extensional tectonics. Flower structures observed along the graben boundaries probably indicate post-Pennsylvanian wrench faulting. The basement within the graben plunges north-northwest, with the lowest point occurring south of the Rough Creek fault zone. Pre-Knox sediments thicken to approximately 12,000 in this area. The Knox Megagroup thickens toward the Mississippi Embayment, ranging from 4800 ft (southeastern graben area) to more than 7000 ft (west end of graben). Upper Ordovician to Devonian units also display westward thickening. The top of the Meramecian, New Albany, Maquoketa, and the base of the Knox generate continuous, high-amplitude seismic reflections due to large impedance contrasts between clastic and carbonate units. Shallow oil and gas production (Mississippian and Pennsylvanian) is present in this area. However, deep horizons (Knox, Lower Cambrian) remain relatively untested. Potential hydrocarbon traps in the pre-Knox sequence observed on seismic include fault blocks and updip pinch-outs.

  2. Effect of edge roughness on electronic transport in graphene nanoribbon channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors

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    Gilbert, Matthew

    Effect of edge roughness on electronic transport in graphene nanoribbon channel metal-oxide-semiconductor on transport in graphene nanoribbon metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors MOSFETs are reported of Physics. DOI: 10.1063/1.2839330 Graphene has recently generated considerable interest as a semiconductor

  3. High-order solutions of three-dimensional rough-surface scattering problems at high-frequencies.

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    Turc, Catalin

    High-order solutions of three-dimensional rough-surface scattering problems at high-frequencies. II with the capability of delivering very accurate results from low to high frequencies at a cost that is independent and polarizations. Submitted to: Waves Random Media #12;High-order high-frequency scattering solutions 2 1

  4. September 15, 2003 / Vol. 28, No. 18 / OPTICS LETTERS 1665 Heat treatment for reduction of surface roughness

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    Avrutsky, Ivan

    September 15, 2003 / Vol. 28, No. 18 / OPTICS LETTERS 1665 Heat treatment for reduction of surface postdevelopment heat treatment of the photoresist polymer used in the preparation of holographic gratings has been the postdevelopment heat treatment to reduce the surface roughness, the setup shown in Fig. 1 was used. The diffracted

  5. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, VOL. 28, NO. 5, PAGES 811-814, MARCH 1, 2001 Parameterizing Tidal Dissipation over Rough

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    Jayne, Steven

    of barotropic tidal energy. The first line of evidence comes from observations of mix- ing in the abyssal Brazil ocean, the energy flux carried by internal waves generated over rough topog- raphy dominates the energy issues. The first is whether including a parameterization for internal wave energy-flux in a model

  6. Two Soldiers 

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    .S. Rector, L.B. Merrill, and B.S. Engdahl* The Edwards Plateau region of Texas comprises .about 24 million acres of mostly rough terrain, well suitkd for production of cattle, sheep, and goats. The region also supports large populations of deer, tur... of heavy use by livestock and deer have changed the forage species composition, but good t diversity of vegetation still exists in much of the region. Because cattle, sheep, goats, and deer have unique diet preferences, greater efficiency of produc...

  7. Image Formation by Incoherent and Coherent Transition Radiation from Flat and Rough Surfaces

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    Stupakov, Gennady; /SLAC

    2012-03-01

    In this paper we derive equations for the image formation of transverse profile of a relativistic beam obtained by means of optical transition radiation (OTR) from flat and rough metal surfaces. The motivation behind this study lies in the desire to suppress coherent transition radiation (COTR) observed in experiments at modern free electron lasers. The physical mechanism behind the problem of COTR is that the OTR is predominantly radiated at small angles of order of 1/{gamma} where {gamma} is the relativistic factor of the beam. This means that the transverse formation size of the image is of order of {bar {lambda}}{gamma} where {bar {lambda}} = {lambda}/2{pi} with {lambda} the radiation wavelength. For relativistic beams this can be comparable or even exceed the transverse size of the beam, which would mean that the image of the beam has very little to do with its transverse profile. It is fortuitous, however, that the incoherent image is formed by adding radiation energy of electrons and results in the transverse formation size being of order of {bar {lambda}}/{theta}{sub a}, with {theta}{sub a} is the aperture angle of the optical system. The COTR image, in contrast, is formed by adding electromagnetic field of electrons, and leads to the formation size {bar {lambda}}{gamma}. In situations when the COTR intensity exceeds that of OTR the COTR imaging makes the diagnostic incapable of measuring the beam profile.

  8. IDC Reengineering Phase 2 & 3 Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Cost Estimate Summary (Leveraged NDC Case).

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    Harris, James M.; Prescott, Ryan; Dawson, Jericah M.; Huelskamp, Robert M.

    2014-11-01

    Sandia National Laboratories has prepared a ROM cost estimate for budgetary planning for the IDC Reengineering Phase 2 & 3 effort, based on leveraging a fully funded, Sandia executed NDC Modernization project. This report provides the ROM cost estimate and describes the methodology, assumptions, and cost model details used to create the ROM cost estimate. ROM Cost Estimate Disclaimer Contained herein is a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) cost estimate that has been provided to enable initial planning for this proposed project. This ROM cost estimate is submitted to facilitate informal discussions in relation to this project and is NOT intended to commit Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) or its resources. Furthermore, as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), Sandia must be compliant with the Anti-Deficiency Act and operate on a full-cost recovery basis. Therefore, while Sandia, in conjunction with the Sponsor, will use best judgment to execute work and to address the highest risks and most important issues in order to effectively manage within cost constraints, this ROM estimate and any subsequent approved cost estimates are on a 'full-cost recovery' basis. Thus, work can neither commence nor continue unless adequate funding has been accepted and certified by DOE.

  9. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 5, 527554, 2005 SRef-ID: 1684-9981/nhess/2005-5-527

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    Kääb, Andreas

    classification and change detection techniques support high-mountain hazard studies. Digital terrain models (DTMs on glaciers, permafrost and landslides. Combining DTMs, results from spectral image classification

  10. Reassessing Wind Potential Estimates for India: Economic and Policy Implications

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    Phadke, Amol

    2012-01-01

    Wind Power Development Parameter Criteria for Exclusion Terrain slope Greater than 20 percent Elevation Greater than 1,500 m Protected areas 100 percent Water

  11. BioEarth: Envisioning and developing a new regional earth system model to inform natural and agricultural resource management

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    model for complex terrain. Water Resour Res 30:1665–1679systems (e.g. , land, air, or water). The interconnectednessof nitrogen, carbon, and water present daunting management

  12. Contemporaneous Subsidence and Levee Overtopping Potential, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California

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    2012-01-01

    risk management strategy. Sacramento (CA): California Dept.terrain models of the Sacramento– San Joaquin Delta Region,and sustainability for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. San

  13. B O N N E V I L L E P O W E R A D M I N I S T R A T I O N

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    alternative includes the Casey Road substation site. As compared to the Baxter Road substation site, the Casey Road substation site avoids significant steep, rocky terrain,...

  14. Border Security | ornl.gov

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    control, remote communication, unmanned aerial, and activated delay systems. At the heart of SSFL is a simulated border region of varied terrain including open grassy fields,...

  15. Krypton-81 isotope can help map underground waterways | Argonne...

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    been difficult to get an accurate model of the entire system. Good models could predict water availability according to changes in vegetation, terrain, rain, droughts or...

  16. The Snake River Geothermal Drilling Project - Innovative Approaches...

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    suite of geophysical borehole logs and a vertical seismic profile to extrapolate stratigraphy encountered in the well into the surrounding terrain. Both of the exploration wells...

  17. Funding Opportunity Announcement for Wind Forecasting Improvement...

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    that take place in complex terrain, this funding opportunity will improve foundational weather models by developing short-term wind forecasts for use by industry professionals,...

  18. Upcoming Funding Opportunity for Wind Forecasting Improvement...

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    processes that take place in complex terrain, this funding would improve foundational weather models by developing short-term wind forecasts for use by industry professionals,...

  19. Light trapping and electrical transport in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough Piotr Kowalczewski, Angelo Bozzola, Marco Liscidini, and Lucio Claudio Andreani

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    Light trapping and electrical transport in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough textures Piotr solar cells J. Appl. Phys. 105, 094511 (2009); 10.1063/1.3108689 Local versus global absorption in thin-film in thin-film solar cells with randomly rough textures Piotr Kowalczewski,a) Angelo Bozzola, Marco

  20. Stranski-Krastanow islanding initiated on the stochastic rough surfaces of the epitaxially strained thin films

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    Tarik Ogurtani, Omer; Celik, Aytac; Emre Oren, Ersin

    2014-06-14

    Quantum dots (QD) have discrete energy spectrum, which can be adjusted over a wide range by tuning composition, density, size, lattice strain, and morphology. These features make quantum dots attractive for the design and fabrication of novel electronic, magnetic and photonic devices and other functional materials used in cutting-edge applications. The formation of QD on epitaxially strained thin film surfaces, known as Stranski-Krastanow (SK) islands, has attracted great attention due to their unique electronic properties. Here, we present a systematic dynamical simulation study for the spontaneous evolution of the SK islands on the stochastically rough surfaces (nucleationless growth). During the development of SK islands through the mass accumulation at randomly selected regions of the film via surface drift-diffusion (induced by the capillary and mismatch stresses) with and/or without growth, one also observes the formation of an extremely thin wetting layer having a thickness of a few Angstroms. Above a certain threshold level of the mismatch strain and/or the size of the patch, the formation of multiple islands separated by shallow wetting layers is also observed as metastable states such as doublets even multiplets. These islands are converted into a distinct SK islands after long annealing times by coalescence through the long range surface diffusion. Extensive computer simulation studies demonstrated that after an initial transient regime, there is a strong quadratic relationship between the height of the SK singlet and the intensity of the lattice mismatch strain (in a wide range of stresses up to 8.5?GPa for germanium thin crystalline films), with the exception at those critical points where the morphological (shape change with necking) transition takes place.

  1. Effects of grit roughness and pitch oscillations on the S809 airfoil

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    Ramsay, R.F.; Hoffman, M.J.; Gregorek, G.M. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    1995-12-01

    An S809 airfoil model was tested in The Ohio State University Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory (OSU/AARL) 3{times}5 subsonic wind tunnel (3{times}5) under steady flow and stationary model conditions, and also with the model undergoing pitch oscillations. To study the possible extent of performance loss due to surface roughness, a standard grit pattern (LEGR) was developed to simulate leading edge contamination. After baseline cases were completed, the LEGR was applied for both steady state and model pitch oscillation cases. The Reynolds numbers for steady state conditions were 0.75, 1, 1.25, and 1.5 million, while the angle of attack ranged from {minus}20, to +40 {degrees}. With the model undergoing pitch oscillations, data were acquired at Reynolds numbers of 0.75, 1, 1.25, and 1.4 million, at frequencies of 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8 Hz. Two sine wave forcing functions were used; {plus_minus} 5.5{degrees} and {plus_minus} 10{degrees}, at mean angles of attack of 8{degrees}, 14{degrees}, and 20{degrees}. For purposes herein, any reference to unsteady conditions means the model was in pitch oscillation about the quarter chord. In general, the unsteady maximum lift coefficient was from 4% to 86% higher than the steady state maximum lift coefficient, and variation in the quarter chord pitching moment coefficient magnitude was from {minus}83% to 195% relative to steady state values at high angles of attack. These findings indicate the importance of considering the unsteady flow behavior occurring in wind turbine operation to obtain accurate load estimates.

  2. Wall-slip of highly filled powder injection molding compounds: Effect of flow channel geometry and roughness

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    Hausnerova, Berenika; Sanetrnik, Daniel [Dept. of Production Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, nám. T.G. Masaryka 5555, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic and Centre of Polymer Systems, University Institute, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Nad Ovc (Czech Republic); Paravanova, Gordana [Centre of Polymer Systems, University Institute, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Nad Ovcírnou 3685, 760 01 Zlín (Czech Republic)

    2014-05-15

    The paper deals with the rheological behavior of highly filled compounds proceeded via powder injection molding (PIM) and applied in many sectors of industry (automotive, medicine, electronic or military). Online rheometer equipped with slit dies varying in surface roughness and dimensions was applied to investigate the wall-slip as a rheological phenomenon, which can be considered as a parameter indicating the separation of compound components (polymer binder and metallic powder) during high shear rates when injection molded.

  3. Variation of Solar Attenuation with Height in CAPLTER The atmosphere over rural and urbanized areas differs in many ways in relation to terrain influences and human-induced variations (e.g., heat, humidity, wind, and pollution). The sun's energy penetrate

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    Hall, Sharon J.

    on amounts of solar energy that are accumulated at any given time. These controls range from extraterrestrial of variability cascade into plant productivity, solar energy technology, and urban climate processes, in generalVariation of Solar Attenuation with Height in CAPLTER Abstract The atmosphere over rural

  4. Surface smoothing effect of an amorphous thin film deposited by atomic layer deposition on a surface with nano-sized roughness

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    Lau, W. S. Wan, X.; Xu, Y.; Wong, H.; Zhang, J.; Luo, J. K.; Institute of Renewable Energy and Environment Technology, Bolton University, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5 AB

    2014-02-15

    Previously, Lau (one of the authors) pointed out that the deposition of an amorphous thin film by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on a substrate with nano-sized roughness probably has a surface smoothing effect. In this letter, polycrystalline zinc oxide deposited by ALD onto a smooth substrate was used as a substrate with nano-sized roughness. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (XTEM) were used to demonstrate that an amorphous aluminum oxide thin film deposited by ALD can reduce the surface roughness of a polycrystalline zinc oxide coated substrate.

  5. Experimental and Computational Study of the Effect of the System Size on Rough Surfaces Formed by Sedimenting Particles in Quasi-Two-Dimensions

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    K. V. McCloud; U. Cardak; M. L. Kurnaz

    2004-08-22

    The roughness exponent of surfaces obtained by dispersing silica spheres into a quasi-two-dimensional cell is examined using experimental and computational methods. The cell consists of two glass plates separated by a gap, which is comparable in size to the diameter of the beads. We have studied the effect of changing the gap between the plates to a limit of about twice the diameter of the beads. If the conventional scaling analysis is performed, the roughness exponent is found to be robust against changes in the gap between the plates. The surfaces formed have two roughness exponents in two length scales, which have a crossover length about 1 cm.; however, the computational results do not show the same crossover behavior. The single exponent obtained from the simulations stays between the two roughness exponents obtained in the experiments.

  6. Scale Dependent Definitions of Gradient and Aspect and their Computation

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    Utrecht, Universiteit

    (isoaspects) can aid in digital terrain modelling. Other geomorphological features in terrains are critical. Using such measures and classifications, the goal is for example to derive drainage maps, specify areas numerical value for gradient, and the classification convex or concave for plan and profile curvature

  7. Informal Formal WBA of Important Incidents

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    Ladkin, Peter B.

    , it is precise and captures the intuitive meaning of `cause' well enough for formal failure analysis. We justify757 controlled ight into terrain (CFIT) accident in Buga, near Cali, Colombia in late 1995 in mountainous terrain. Continued descent took them into a mountain, and the GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning

  8. Abstract--Autonomous control of small and micro air vehicles (SMAV) requires precise estimation of both vehicle

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    Hu, Changbo

    , 3D terrain mapping from a laser range finder onboard a small autonomous helicopter, and sensor by a small helicopter which autonomously flies over and scans a terrain or an urban area with an on a single video camera, and a small Yamaha R50-based autonomous helicopter [8], shown in Figure 1(b

  9. The Fifth International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering (CWE2010) Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA May 23-27, 2010

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    the siting of wind turbines to predictions of flow in urban terrain for contaminant dispersion. MesoscaleThe Fifth International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering (CWE2010) Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA May 23-27, 2010 Accurate wind characterization in complex terrain using the immersed boundary

  10. UBC Social Ecological Economic Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report Travis Wade

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    GRYPHON: LCA of electric vs. diesel all-terrain vehicles CEEN 523 December 11, 2013 999 1453 University, Development Studies (SEEDS) Student Report PROJECT GRYPHON: LCA of electric vs. diesel all-terrain vehicles .............................................................................................................................. 4 1.2 Purpose of LCA

  11. 10.1 Numerical errors in flow over steep topography: analysis and alternatives Katherine A. Lundquist1

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    Chow, Fotini Katopodes

    - tures such as sea and land breezes, mountain- valley winds, urban circulations, and forced advec- tion models generally use terrain-following coor- dinates with large aspect ratios near the surface. As high Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Simulations with terrain-following coordinates are compared to those

  12. Experimental study of laser-oxygen cutting of low-carbon steel using fibre and CO{sub 2} lasers under conditions of minimal roughness

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    Golyshev, A A; Malikov, A G; Orishich, A M; Shulyatyev, V B [S.A. Khristianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2014-10-31

    The results of an experimental study of laser-oxygen cutting of low-carbon steel using fibre and CO{sub 2} lasers are generalised. The dependence of roughness of the cut surface on the cutting parameters is investigated, and the conditions under which the surface roughness is minimal are formulated. It is shown that for both types of lasers these conditions can be expressed in the same way in terms of the dimensionless variables – the Péclet number Pe and the output power Q of laser radiation per unit thickness of the cut sheet – and take the form of the similarity laws: Pe = const, Q = const. The optimal values of Pe and Q are found. We have derived empirical expressions that relate the laser power and cutting speed with the thickness of the cut sheet under the condition of minimal roughness in the case of cutting by means of radiation from fibre and CO{sub 2} lasers. (laser technologies)

  13. LNG SAFETY RESEARCH: FEM3A MODEL DEVELOPMENT

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    Jerry Havens; Iraj A. Salehi

    2005-05-10

    The objective of this report is to develop the FEM3A model for application to general scenarios involving dispersion problems with obstacles and terrain features of realistic complexity, and for very low wind speed, stable weather conditions as required for LNG vapor dispersion application specified in 49 CFR 193. The dispersion model DEGADIS specified in 49 CFR 193 is limited to application for dispersion over smooth, level terrain free of obstacles (such as buildings, tanks, or dikes). There is a need for a dispersion model that allows consideration of the effects of terrain features and obstacles on the dispersion of LNG vapor clouds. Project milestones are: (1) Simulation of Low-Wind-Speed Stable Atmospheric Milestones Conditions; (2) Verification for Dispersion over Rough Surfaces, With And Without Obstacles; and (3) Adapting the FEM3A Model for General Application. Results for this quarter are work continues to underway to address numerical problems during simulation of low-wind-speed, stable, atmospheric conditions with FEM3A. Steps 1 and 2 in the plan outlined in the first Quarterly report are complete and steps 3 and 4 are in progress. During this quarter, we have been investigating the effect upon numerical stability of the heat transfer model used to predict the surface-to-cloud heat transfer, which can be important for LNG vapor dispersion. Previously, no consideration has been given to ground cooling as a result of heat transfer to the colder gas cloud in FEM3A. The present effort is directed to describing the ground surface temperature decrease as a function of time.

  14. COMPARISON OF SEA SURFACE ROUGHNESS MODELS FOR OFFSHORE WIND POWER UTILISATION Bernhard Lange(1), Jrgen Hjstrup(2), Sren Larsen(2), Rebecca Barthelmie(2)

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    Heinemann, Detlev

    COMPARISON OF SEA SURFACE ROUGHNESS MODELS FOR OFFSHORE WIND POWER UTILISATION Bernhard Lange(1 Large offshore wind farms are being built in several countries in Europe. The economic viability of such projects depends on the favourable wind conditions of offshore sites, since the higher energy yield has

  15. 44 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ELECTRONICS PACKAGING MANUFACTURING, VOL. 24, NO. 1, JANUARY 2001 Rough Set Theory: A Data Mining Tool for

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    Kusiak, Andrew

    Theory: A Data Mining Tool for Semiconductor Manufacturing Andrew Kusiak, Member, IEEE Abstract of data. Data mining has emerged as a discipline that contributes tools for data analysis, discovery and other aspects of data mining are introduced. The rough set theory offers a viable approach

  16. Suppression of thermal conductivity in graphene nanoribbons with rough edges Alexander V. Savin,1,2 Yuri S. Kivshar,2 and Bambi Hu3,4

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    , Moscow 119991, Russia 2Nonlinear Physics Center, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian, the thermal properties of graphene are also of both fundamental and practical im- portance. SeveralSuppression of thermal conductivity in graphene nanoribbons with rough edges Alexander V. Savin,1

  17. Review of the margins for ASME code fatigue design curve - effects of surface roughness and material variability.

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    Chopra, O. K.; Shack, W. J.; Energy Technology

    2003-10-03

    The ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code provides rules for the construction of nuclear power plant components. The Code specifies fatigue design curves for structural materials. However, the effects of light water reactor (LWR) coolant environments are not explicitly addressed by the Code design curves. Existing fatigue strain-vs.-life ({var_epsilon}-N) data illustrate potentially significant effects of LWR coolant environments on the fatigue resistance of pressure vessel and piping steels. This report provides an overview of the existing fatigue {var_epsilon}-N data for carbon and low-alloy steels and wrought and cast austenitic SSs to define the effects of key material, loading, and environmental parameters on the fatigue lives of the steels. Experimental data are presented on the effects of surface roughness on the fatigue life of these steels in air and LWR environments. Statistical models are presented for estimating the fatigue {var_epsilon}-N curves as a function of the material, loading, and environmental parameters. Two methods for incorporating environmental effects into the ASME Code fatigue evaluations are discussed. Data available in the literature have been reviewed to evaluate the conservatism in the existing ASME Code fatigue evaluations. A critical review of the margins for ASME Code fatigue design curves is presented.

  18. Controlling rough paths

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    and observe that all the terms are in OCd. 2?I; V. #2. ? so that QAZ d. 2?I; V. #2. ? is in the domain of L; then. jjLQjjd;I p. 1. 2d ? 2. ½jjRZjjZ;I jjWjjg;I jjZ0jjN;I jjXjjg;I ...

  19. ANALYSIS OF 3-D URBAN DATABASES WITH RESPECT TO POLLUTION DISPERSION FOR A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN CITIES

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    C. RATTI; ET AL

    2001-03-01

    Models to estimate pollution dispersion and wind flow in cities (both at the city-scale and above) require a parametrical description of the urban canopy. For instance, two key parameters are the aerodynamic roughness length z{sub 0} and the zero-plane displacement height z{sub d}, which are related, amongst others, to the surface drag coefficient, the scale and intensity of turbulence, the depth of the roughness sub-layer and the wind speed profile. The calculation of z{sub 0} and z{sub d}, however, is not straightforward. The classical way to estimate them in open terrain is based on the measurement of wind profile data from a tall mast or, less accurately, on the inference from published roughness values for similar terrain elsewhere (Davenport, 1960; Davenport et al., 2000). Both methods, however, are very difficult to apply to cities, due to the considerable height where wind measurements should be taken (well above the urban canopy) and to the irregularities of urban texture. A promising alternative that has become available in recent years, due to increasing computing resources and the availability of high-resolution 3-D databases in urban areas, is based on the calculation of z{sub 0} and z{sub d} from the analysis and measure of the city geometry (urban morphometry). This method is reviewed for instance in Grimmond and Oke (1999), where values are calculated using different formulas and then compared with the results of field measurements. Urban morphometry opens up a new range of parameters that can easily be calculated in urban areas and used as input for meso-scale and urban dispersion models. This paper reviews a number of them and shows how they could be calculated from urban Digital Elevation Models (DEM) using image-processing techniques. It builds up on the recent work by Ratti et al. 2000, extending the number of case studies cities: London, Toulouse, Berlin, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

  20. Use of field experimental studies to evaluate emergency response models

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    Gudiksen, P.H.; Lange, R.; Rodriguez, D.J.; Nasstrom, J.S.

    1985-07-16

    The three-dimensional diagnostic wind field model (MATHEW) and the particle-in-cell atmospheric transport and diffusion model (ADPIC) are used by the Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability to estimate the environmental consequences of accidental releases of radioactivity into the atmosphere. These models have undergone extensive evaluations against field experiments conducted in a variety of environmental settings ranging from relatively flat to very complex terrain areas. Simulations of tracer experiments conducted in a complex mountain valley setting revealed that 35 to 50% of the comparisons between calculated and measured tracer concentrations were within a factor of 5. This may be compared with a factor of 2 for 50% of the comparisons for relatively flat terrain. This degradation of results in complex terrain is due to a variety of factors such as the limited representativeness of measurements in complex terrain, the limited spatial resolution afforded by the models, and the turbulence parameterization based on sigma/sub theta/ measurements to evaluate the eddy diffusivities. Measurements of sigma/sub theta/ in complex terrain exceed those measured over flat terrain by a factor of 2 to 3 leading to eddy diffusivities that are unrealistically high. The results of model evaluations are very sensitive to the quality and the representativeness of the meteorological data. This is particularly true for measurements near the source. The capability of the models to simulate the dispersion of an instantaneously produced cloud of particulates was illustrated to be generally within a factor of 2 over flat terrain. 19 refs., 16 figs.

  1. SECURITY MODELING FOR MARITIME PORT DEFENSE RESOURCE ALLOCATION

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    Harris, S.; Dunn, D.

    2010-09-07

    Redeployment of existing law enforcement resources and optimal use of geographic terrain are examined for countering the threat of a maritime based small-vessel radiological or nuclear attack. The evaluation was based on modeling conducted by the Savannah River National Laboratory that involved the development of options for defensive resource allocation that can reduce the risk of a maritime based radiological or nuclear threat. A diverse range of potential attack scenarios has been assessed. As a result of identifying vulnerable pathways, effective countermeasures can be deployed using current resources. The modeling involved the use of the Automated Vulnerability Evaluation for Risks of Terrorism (AVERT{reg_sign}) software to conduct computer based simulation modeling. The models provided estimates for the probability of encountering an adversary based on allocated resources including response boats, patrol boats and helicopters over various environmental conditions including day, night, rough seas and various traffic flow rates.

  2. Implementation of the Immersed Boundary Method in the Weather Research and Forecasting model

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    Lundquist, K A

    2006-12-07

    Accurate simulations of atmospheric boundary layer flow are vital for predicting dispersion of contaminant releases, particularly in densely populated urban regions where first responders must react within minutes and the consequences of forecast errors are potentially disastrous. Current mesoscale models do not account for urban effects, and conversely urban scale models do not account for mesoscale weather features or atmospheric physics. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop and implement an immersed boundary method (IBM) along with a surface roughness parameterization into the mesoscale Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. IBM will be used in WRF to represent the complex boundary conditions imposed by urban landscapes, while still including forcing from regional weather patterns and atmospheric physics. This document details preliminary results of this research, including the details of three distinct implementations of the immersed boundary method. Results for the three methods are presented for the case of a rotation influenced neutral atmospheric boundary layer over flat terrain.

  3. Micro-home ownership in a mega-metropolis

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    MacCarroll, Christian D. (Christian David)

    2005-01-01

    As a means to keep pace with today's globally networked society, the home is reconceived as a portable, transformable device that adapts and reconfigures itself to coexist within a range of changing terrains. Ownership ...

  4. We Left Our Keys with Our Neighbours: Memory and the Search for Meaning in Post-Partitioned India

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    Nair, Neeti

    In mainstream Indian and Pakistani nationalist master-narratives, Partition is a contested terrain. For India, it signifies independence and the end-note of a non-violent anti-colonial movement; for Pakistan, it embodies ...

  5. Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute Annual Technical Report

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    ) Continued development of a watershed-based water quality assessment and management methodology (DMA), 4) Kentucky River Basin management coordination (KRA), 5) Superfund outreach program roads in steep terrain: Influence on nonpoint source pollution and hillslope hydrology Basic Information

  6. Bridge Detection from Elevation Data Using a Classifier Cascade

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    Danner, Andrew

    -earth terrain. One of the most important problem features are bridges. From the air, a bridge appears as a solid it is marked out. 1.1 Related Work Sithole and Vosselman (Sithole and Vosselman, 2006) de- scribe a system

  7. MAST/GEOG 667: Wind Power Meteorology Fall 2013, 3 credit hours

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    Firestone, Jeremy

    MAST/GEOG 667: Wind Power Meteorology Fall 2013, 3 credit hours 1 to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind power. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power

  8. Mapping Dominant Vegetation Communities in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Front Range with

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    Frank, Thomas D.

    Thematic Mapper and Digital Terrain Data Thomas D. Frank Department of Geography, University of Illinois, 220 Davenport Hall, 607 South Mathews Street, Urbana, IL 61801 ABSTRACT: Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM

  9. Tradespace model for planetary surface exploration hopping vehicles

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    Cunio, Phillip M

    2012-01-01

    Robotic planetary surface exploration, which has greatly benefited humankind's scientific knowledge of the solar system, has to date been conducted by sedentary landers or by slow, terrain-limited rovers. However, there ...

  10. An Integrated Assessment of the Influences of Upland Thermal-Erosional Features on Landscape Structure and Function in the Foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska

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    Crosby, Benjamin T.

    The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont, USA B.T. Crosby, K. Krieger in foothill and mountain terrain are less well known than similar dynamics on coastal plains and peat plateaus

  11. Venture Acceleration Fund recipients

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    with sand, using the sand to represent the landscape. With Simtable, Google Earth and GIS data are projected onto the sand surface, allowing the user to hand-model the terrain...

  12. Geomorphometric analysis of Hebes Chasma, Mars, using the GRASS GIS. 

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    Harrison, Samantha

    This research addressed the local scale geomorphometric analysis of the Hebes Chasma region on Mars, utilising a new 50 m/pixel digital terrain model derived from stereo imagery. A secondary aspect of the research addressed the role of GIS...

  13. International Snow Science Workshop Grenoble -Chamonix Mont-Blanc -2013 Validating a relationship between avalanche runout distance and frequency

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    International Snow Science Workshop Grenoble - Chamonix Mont-Blanc - 2013 Validating. INTRODUCTION Snow avalanche risk assessments for development in avalanche terrain require estimates of not just extreme (100 to 300 year), but interim (Snow

  14. Pose independent target recognition system using pulsed Ladar imagery

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    Vasile, Alexandru N. (Alexandru Nicolae), 1980-

    2004-01-01

    Although a number of object recognition techniques have been developed to process LADAR scanned terrain scenes, these techniques have had limited success in target discrimination in part due to low-resolution data and ...

  15. ORISE: Helping California Prepare for Emergencies through Golden...

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    terrains and more than 37,000,000 people, California is at risk for earthquakes, floods, fires, civil unrest, heat waves and freezes, industrial accidents, and the threat of...

  16. Towards Global Reinforcement Learning Milen Pavlov

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    Poupart, Pascal

    it to quickly learn to walk on virtually any terrain [1]. Another was using RL to control a helicopter. In the helicopter story, symmetries about the position and orientation of the helicopter are exploited to reduce

  17. Autonomous underwater vehicle navigation and mapping in dynamic, unstructured environments

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    Kunz, Clayton Gregory

    2012-01-01

    This thesis presents a system for automatically building 3-D optical and bathymetric maps of underwater terrain using autonomous robots. The maps that are built improve the state of the art in resolution by an order of ...

  18. Microsoft Word - Cover Page - Exhibit 13

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Map & Terrain Model A digital base map is created of the project and view areas. GIS data, aerial photographs and USGS maps are used as needed. Using the base map and GIS data,...

  19. Urban Reclamation in São Paulo

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    Eskinazi, Victor

    2009-01-01

    The urbanized terrain of São Paulo is characterized by wasteful landscapes on peripheral areas of the metropolitan agglomeration, and decaying landscapes of waste in the core of the city. If on the one hand, the increasingly ...

  20. Design of a rugged wheel for application in the Leveraged Freedom Chair

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    Falcone, Sara Elizabeth

    2015-01-01

    This thesis analyses the front wheel of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) an all-terrain, off-road wheelchair with two distinct models: one for the developing world and one specifically for American riders. The functional ...

  1. Neuromorphic systems for legged robot control 

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    Monteiro, Hugo Alexandre Pereira

    2013-07-01

    Locomotion automation is a very challenging and complex problem to solve. Besides the obvious navigation problems, there are also problems regarding the environment in which navigation has to be performed. Terrains with ...

  2. UNIVERSIT DU QUBEC MONTRAL VALIDATION DU SIGNAL 8\\80 DANS LA CELLULOSE DE BRYOPHYTES DE

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    UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL VALIDATION DU SIGNAL 8\\80 DANS LA CELLULOSE DE BRYOPHYTES DE'Université d'Ottawa pour les analyses isotopiques de la cellulose. Un grand merci aux assistants de terrain et

  3. The journey from New Delhi to Islamabad : dependence and subversion in the ambivalent expression of nationhood

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    Ahmed, Imran

    1992-01-01

    This thesis addresses the critical terrain on which the colonial and post-colonial narratives of identity take shape. Taking Gayatri Spivak's aphorism that imperialism requires a rereading "not because Empire ..... is ...

  4. Wednesday, March 25, 2009 SMALL BODIES: SHAPES OF THINGS TO COME

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    -induced seismic effects on cratered asteroid terrain, utilizing a two-stage modeling process: a numerical shake Science Conference (2009) full404.pdf #12;10:30 a.m. Richardson J. E. * The Seismic Effect of Impacts

  5. Eurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization (2010) J. Ahrens, K. Debattista, and R. Pajarola (Editors)

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    Pajarola, Renato B.

    2010-01-01

    excessive time to perform fine-grained LOD optimizations that risk starving the fast-paced graphics hardware pipeline. Many of the state-of-art terrain rendering algorithms sup- port high-performance rendering

  6. EECE 478: Project Report Scorched Earth 3D

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    Iverson, Lee

    of the art computer graphics, realistic tank models, multiple level designs, intense wind, new-age music........................................................................................................................................5 3 Software Design...................................................................................................7 Figure 2 ­ Mountain Height Map Generated Using Terrain Engine

  7. See AGSO Research Newsletter on the WWW at URL: http://www.agso.gov.au/information/publications/resnews/ May 1999 AGSO Research Newsletter 30

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    Sandiford, Mike

    has impor- tant implications for generating high geothermal gradient regimes without appealing Australian Proterozoic terrains High-geothermal-gradient processes dominate the geological record of high-geothermal-gradient re- gimes, principally because they are thought to represent significant depar

  8. Constructing a GIS-based 3D urban model using LiDAR and aerial photographs 

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    Lin, Wei-Ming

    2005-02-17

    Due to the increasing availability of high-resolution remotely sensed imagery and detailed terrain surface elevation models, urban planners and municipal managers can now model and visualize the urban space in ...

  9. A parametric analysis of the start-up procedure and flight characteristics of a gliding autogyro

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    Oliver, Michael, 1981-

    2005-01-01

    Currently, Draper Laboratory is in the development stages of a gliding autogyro airdrop system. The goal of the project is to design a platform capable of placing small, high value items into urban terrain. Theoretically, ...

  10. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Small Pressurized Rover Concept

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    research. One of the goals for testing these prototypes on Earth is to identify the benefits of the SPR packages. Even in the midst of challenging terrain, emergency shelter and support can be less than an hour

  11. Quantification of Salt Marsh Carbon Stocks: Integration of Remote Sensing Data and Techniques with Field Measurements 

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    Kulawardhana, Ranjani W

    2013-12-02

    in this study show the capability of remote sensing data for the characterization of salt marsh terrain and vegetation heights and the estimation of above-ground biomass quantities. The best biomass prediction models using lidar heights reported considerably...

  12. Robust Trajectory Planning for Autonomous Parafoils under Wind Uncertainty

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    How, Jonathan P.

    A key challenge facing modern airborne delivery systems, such as parafoils, is the ability to accurately and consistently deliver supplies into di cult, complex terrain. Robustness is a primary concern, given that environmental ...

  13. ATV Safety 

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    Smith, David

    2004-09-16

    All-terrain vehicles are very popular for off-road recreation. However, the number of injuries and deaths from ATV accidents is growing rapidly. This publication lists the causes of injuries and fatalities, discusses Texas ATV laws, and provides...

  14. Security Sciences Field Lab (SSFL) | ORNL

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    stand-alone, remote communication; unmanned aerial and activated delay systems. At the heart of SSFL is a simulated border region of varied terrain such as open grassy fields,...

  15. 3D Trajectory Synthesis and Control for a Legged Swimming Robot David Meger1, Florian Shkurti1, David Cortes Poza1, Philippe Gigu`ere2 and Gregory Dudek1

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    Dudek, Gregory

    system is the 3D control of a hexapod swimming robot, which can move the vehicle through agile sequences, developed for the hexapod autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), Aqua [1], which enable agile, 3D, terrain

  16. 8 APRIL 2011 VOL 332 SCIENCE www.sciencemag.org166 FOR PROPONENTS OF AGRICULTURAL BIO-

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    Noble, William Stafford

    , genetically modified (GM) to resist herbicides. This long-awaited variety was introduced in 2005, and within entered the food supply. This terrain is a stark contrast to the boom years of the 1990s, when varieties

  17. Project EARTH-12-PPS1: Weathering Rates in the Critical Zone: Soil Erosion, River Chemistry and Climate

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    Henderson, Gideon

    Project EARTH-12-PPS1: Weathering Rates in the Critical Zone: Soil Erosion, River Chemistry., Assessing the role of climate on uranium and lithium isotope behaviour in rivers draining a basaltic terrain

  18. Relief: A Scalable Actuated Shape Display

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    Leithinger, Daniel

    2010-01-01

    Relief is an actuated tabletop display, which is able to render and animate three-dimensional shapes with a malleable surface. It allows users to experience and form digital models like geographical terrain in an intuitive ...

  19. Hierarchical occlusion culling for arbitrarily-meshed height fields 

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    Edmondson, Paul Michael

    2004-09-30

    Many graphics applications today have need for high-speed 3-D visualization of height fields. Most of these applications deal with the display of digital terrain models characterized by a simple, but vast, non-overlapping ...

  20. Large-eddy Simulation of the Nighttime Stable Atmospheric Boundary Layer

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    Zhou, Bowen

    2012-01-01

    Turbulence/Rotor Interactions. ” Wind Energy 3 (3): 121–134.to complex terrain. ” Wind Energy 14 (2) (March): 225–237.Patterns at Midwest Wind Energy Facilities. ” In Proceedings

  1. Secure Code Distribution in Dynamically Programmable Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Han, Richard Y.

    , remote wireless reprogramming of deployed sensor nodes that may be spread out over rugged terrain is far of semiconductor fabrication labs or oil tankers [3], code updates must be verified to en- sure that catastrophic

  2. Application of in-situ cosmogenic nuclide analysis to landform evolution in Dartmoor, south-west Britain 

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    Hägg, Joseph Hunter

    2009-01-01

    Located beyond the southern limit of glaciation in Britain, the upland granitic terrain of Dartmoor, south-west England, has been exposed to long intervals of intense periglacial activity during the Pleistocene. This ...

  3. Between nature and artifice : The Landscape Architecture Research Office (1966-1979)

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    McMahon, Catherine F. (Catherine Fae)

    2009-01-01

    Cambridge in the 1960s was a locus of experimentation and research in new computing technologies -from the production of transportation models for New England to the design of war games simulating the vagaries of the terrain ...

  4. Predicting and Utilizing the Vehicle's Past and Futuer Road Grade

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    Predicted road grade may be used to estimate the power required to propel the vehicle through the upcoming terrain so that the engine controller can deliver the necessary power.

  5. Using AI Planning Techniques for Army Small Unit Operations 

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    Tate, Austin; Levine, John; Jarvis, Peter; Dalton, Jeffrey

    In this paper, we outline the requirements of a planning and decision aid to support US Army small unit operations in urban terrain and show how AI planning technologies can be exploited in that context. The work is a rare ...

  6. Development of Extinction Imagers for the Determination of Atmospheric Optical Extinction

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    Shields, Janet Eleanor

    2014-01-01

    of opportunity such as drones or natural terrain features.other dark targets such as drones or ships should be a goodthe ship or a nearby vehicle or drone at night. Although the

  7. Placement of Traffic Barriers on Roadside and Median Slopes 

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    Ferdous, Md Rubiat

    2011-08-08

    terrains are investigated using numerical simulations. A procedure is developed that provide guidance for their placement on roadside and median slopes. The research approach consists of nonlinear finite element analyses and multi-rigid-body dynamic...

  8. CX-100158 Categorical Exclusion Determination

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Forecast Improvement in Complex Terrain near the Columbia River Gorge Award Number: DE-EE0006898 CX(s) Applied: A9 Date: 12/23/2014 Location(s): CO Office(s): Golden Field Office

  9. A Multi-Pass Generation of DEM for Urban Zheng Cui, 2

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    Chen, Shu-Ching

    @cis.uab.edu Abstract--High quality DEM (Digital Elevation Model) is indispensable for a smart city nowadays. A large. The filtering results, such as terrain surfaces and building boundaries, are critical in many smart city

  10. Modelling Lost Person Behaviour and Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in a Wilderness Search and Rescue Scenario 

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    DeRiggi, John

    2013-01-11

    ’re lost should be reasonable input variables into a model attempting to predict the lost person’s most likely path. Taken a significant step further, if unmanned aerial vehicles enabled with terrain recognition and navigation capabilities derived from...

  11. Atmospheric Dispersion and Consequence Analysis at Sandia's TA...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    with desert grasses and sage * TA-V is 5400 ft. above sea level * Annual total precipitation 8.5 inches - Heterogeneous terrain characterized by an alluvial fan with eroded...

  12. Numerical simulation of the 16-19 October 1994 southeast Texas heavy rain event: precipitation results and diagnosis of the lifting mechanism 

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    Petroski, Thomas John

    2000-01-01

    During the period 16-19 October 1994, a mesoscale convective system (MCS) developed within a weakly forced large-scale environment over relatively flat terrain. This resulted in extreme rainfall totals and subsequent ...

  13. Discussion of ``Definition of Wind Profiles in ASCE 7'' by Yin Zhou and Ahsan Kareem

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    Kareem, Ahsan

    --in ASCE 7-98. For open terrain Cat- egory C b^ 1, ^ 1/9.5 Table 6-4, p. 58 of ASCE 7-98, and Table 1; and ¯ 1/4 over built-up terrain ASCE 7-98, Table 6-4, p. 58 and Table 1, Zhou and Kareem . At the gradientDiscussion of ``Definition of Wind Profiles in ASCE 7'' by Yin Zhou and Ahsan Kareem August 2002

  14. Numerical errors in the presence of steep topography: analysis and alternatives

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    Lundquist, K A; Chow, F K; Lundquist, J K

    2010-04-15

    It is well known in computational fluid dynamics that grid quality affects the accuracy of numerical solutions. When assessing grid quality, properties such as aspect ratio, orthogonality of coordinate surfaces, and cell volume are considered. Mesoscale atmospheric models generally use terrain-following coordinates with large aspect ratios near the surface. As high resolution numerical simulations are increasingly used to study topographically forced flows, a high degree of non-orthogonality is introduced, especially in the vicinity of steep terrain slopes. Numerical errors associated with the use of terrainfollowing coordinates can adversely effect the accuracy of the solution in steep terrain. Inaccuracies from the coordinate transformation are present in each spatially discretized term of the Navier-Stokes equations, as well as in the conservation equations for scalars. In particular, errors in the computation of horizontal pressure gradients, diffusion, and horizontal advection terms have been noted in the presence of sloping coordinate surfaces and steep topography. In this work we study the effects of these spatial discretization errors on the flow solution for three canonical cases: scalar advection over a mountain, an atmosphere at rest over a hill, and forced advection over a hill. This study is completed using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Simulations with terrain-following coordinates are compared to those using a flat coordinate, where terrain is represented with the immersed boundary method. The immersed boundary method is used as a tool which allows us to eliminate the terrain-following coordinate transformation, and quantify numerical errors through a direct comparison of the two solutions. Additionally, the effects of related issues such as the steepness of terrain slope and grid aspect ratio are studied in an effort to gain an understanding of numerical domains where terrain-following coordinates can successfully be used and those domains where the solution would benefit from the use of the immersed boundary method.

  15. H2O- and OH-bearing minerals in the Martian regolith: Analysis of 1997 observations from HST/NICMOS

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    E. Z. Noe Dobrea; J. F. Bell III; M. J. Wolff; K. D. Gordon

    2002-12-03

    We have analyzed observations of the Acidalia hemisphere of Mars taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Near-Infrared Camera Multi-Object Spectrograph (HST/NICMOS) during July of 1997 (Ls = 152 degrees, northern Martian summer). The data consist of images at ~60 km/pixel resolution, using both narrow- and medium-band filters specifically selected to allow us to study the hydration state of the Martian surface. Calibration was performed by comparison to Phobos-2 ISM observations of overlapping regions, and atmospheric gas correction was performed by modeling the atmosphere for each pixel using a line-by-line radiative transfer code coupled with the MOLA altimetry data. Our results indicate the presence of at least three spectrally different large-scale (>1000 km diameter) terrains corresponding to the dark regions of northern Acidalia, the southern hemisphere classical dark terrain, and the classical intermediate terrain adjacent to southern Acidalia. We also identified two other spectrally unique terrains, corresponding to the northern polar ice cap, and to the southern winter polar hood. Comparisons with mineral spectra indicate the possibility of different H2O- or OH-bearing (i.e., hydroxides and/or hydrates) minerals existing both in northern Acidalia and in the nearby intermediate albedo terrain. Hydrated minerals do not appear to be spectrally important components of the southern hemisphere dark terrains imaged by HST in 1997.

  16. Roughly 15,000 patents a month are issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).1 By law, these are supposed to cover only "novel" and "nonobvious" inventions, but an average

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    Sadoulet, Elisabeth

    1347 Roughly 15,000 patents a month are issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).1 By law­20 hours of patent examiner time,2 and a substantial proportion of the few patents later fully evaluated the issuance of many ques- tionable patents. Responding to such concerns, the Supreme Court recently made

  17. Geometric frequency shift for electric dipole searches with trapped spin-1/2 particles in general fields and measurement cells of arbitrary shape with smooth or rough walls

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    A. Steyerl; C. Kaufman; G. Müller; R. Golub

    2015-05-13

    The important role of geometric phases in searches for a permanent electric dipole moment of the neutron, using Ramsey separated oscillatory field nuclear magnetic resonance, was first investigated by Pendlebury $\\textit{et al.}$ [Phys. Rev. A $\\mathbf{70}$, 032102 (2004)]. Their analysis was based on the Bloch equations. In subsequent work using the spin density matrix Lamoreaux and Golub [Phys. Rev. A $\\mathbf{71}$, 032104 (2005)] showed the usual relation between the frequency shifts and the correlation functions of the fields seen by trapped particles in general fields (Redfield theory). More recently we presented a solution of the Schr\\"odinger equation for spin-$1/2$ particles in circular cylindrical traps with smooth walls and exposed to arbitrary fields [Steyerl $\\textit{et al.}$, Phys.Rev. A $\\mathbf{89}$, 052129 (2014)]. Here we extend this work to show how the Redfield theory follows directly from the Schr\\"odinger equation solution and include wall roughness, cylindrical trap geometry with arbitrary cross section, and field perturbations that do not, in the frame of the moving particles, average to zero in time and which, therefore, do not satisfy the prerequisites of the statistical approach based on the spin-density matrix. We show by direct, detailed, calculation the agreement of the results from the Schr\\"odinger equation with the Redfield theory for the cases of a rectangular cell with specular walls and of a circular cell with diffuse reflecting walls.

  18. A Unifying Framework to Quantify the Effects of Substrate Interactions, Stiffness, and Roughness on the Dynamics of Thin Supported Polymer Films

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    Paul Z. Hanakata; Beatriz A. Pazmiño Betancourt; Jack F. Douglas; Francis W. Starr

    2015-02-10

    Changes in the dynamics of supported polymer films in comparison to bulk materials involve a complex convolution of effects, such as substrate interactions, roughness and compliance, in addition to film thickness. We consider molecular dynamics simulations of substrate-supported, coarse-grained polymer films where these parameters are tuned separately to determine how each of these variables influence the molecular dynamics of thin polymer films. We find that all these variables significantly influence the film dynamics, leading to a seemingly intractable degree of complexity in describing these changes. However, by considering how these constraining variables influence string-like collective motion within the film, we show that all our observations can be understood in a unified and quantitative way. More specifically, the string model for glass-forming liquids implies that the changes in the structural relaxation of these films are governed by the changes in the average length of string-like cooperative motions and this model is confirmed under all conditions considered in our simulations. Ultimately, these changes are parameterized in terms of just the activation enthalpy and entropy for molecular organization, which have predictable dependences on substrate properties and film thickness, offering a promising approach for the rational design of film properties.

  19. Pressure-dependent transition from atoms to nanoparticles in magnetron sputtering: Effect on WSi{sub 2} film roughness and stress

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    Zhou Lan; Wang Yiping; Zhou Hua; Li Minghao; Headrick, Randall L.; MacArthur, Kimberly; Shi Bing; Conley, Ray; Macrander, Albert T. [Department of Physics and Materials Science Program, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 05405 (United States); Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2010-08-15

    We report on the transition between two regimes from several-atom clusters to much larger nanoparticles in Ar magnetron sputter deposition of WSi{sub 2}, and the effect of nanoparticles on the properties of amorphous thin films and multilayers. Sputter deposition of thin films is monitored by in situ x-ray scattering, including x-ray reflectivity and grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering. The results show an abrupt transition at an Ar background pressure P{sub c}; the transition is associated with the threshold for energetic particle thermalization, which is known to scale as the product of the Ar pressure and the working distance between the magnetron source and the substrate surface. Below P{sub c} smooth films are produced while above P{sub c} roughness increases abruptly, consistent with a model in which particles aggregate in the deposition flux before reaching the growth surface. The results from WSi{sub 2} films are correlated with in situ measurement of stress in WSi{sub 2}/Si multilayers, which exhibits a corresponding transition from compressive to tensile stress at P{sub c}. The tensile stress is attributed to coalescence of nanoparticles and the elimination of nanovoids.

  20. Pavement roughness on expansive clays 

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    Velasco, Manuel O

    1980-01-01

    available weather station data over 20 years. b The roadway sections within this area are located in two different counties. IQ O'I CC O O 0 O CA O c I I- I/I I/I 0 0 0 0 0 /Q Ql 0 0 Z I/I C/I I/I IO 3: Z Z E tJJ Ql 0 O 0 I/I 0 CL m IQ QI... L Qt O V '?C Ct J N ~K 0 Vl ' /U 3 Ct I/I O Ct V E IU UD l- CU O V I CZI IU J O V N tV E Qt IJ- 0 3: C I/I O IU V E tll 5- N CU CJ X N tt- IL 0 Vl ' CU I/I O IU ' V E IU l- Cl N IU C J D N tt- U 0 I/I CJ I/I O...

  1. Controlled Rough Paths on Manifolds

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    Semko, Jeremy

    2015-01-01

    23] L. C. Young, An inequality of H¨older type connectedI. An extension of an inequality of L. C. Young, Math. Res.now that p Inequality (see [23]) along with an

  2. Drying Rough Rice in Storage. 

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    Sorenson, J. W. Jr.; Crane, L. E.

    1960-01-01

    feet columna erating schedule is drying at a rate fast enou 7.2 8 1.80 to prevent mold development. Another importa : 10 3.00 consideration is simplicity of operating instrr : 9.0 8 2.50 tions requiring a minimumjof supervision of i ( 10 4....25 drying operation. Other desirable features in : 10.8 6 1.80 fan operating schedule are maximum drying eE : 8 3.25 ciency and use of minimum air flow rates. . 'Based on data presented by C. K. Shedd (2). The direction of air movement through ri a...

  3. Fundamental Mechanisms of Interface Roughness

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    Randall L. Headrick

    2009-01-06

    Publication quality results were obtained for several experiments and materials systems including: (i) Patterning and smoothening of sapphire surfaces by energetic Ar+ ions. Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS) experiments were performed in the system at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) X21 beamline. Ar+ ions in the energy range from 300 eV to 1000 eV were used to produce ripples on the surfaces of single-crystal sapphire. It was found that the ripple wavelength varies strongly with the angle of incidence of the ions, which increase significantly as the angle from normal is varied from 55° to 35°. A smooth region was found for ion incidence less than 35° away from normal incidence. In this region a strong smoothening mechanism with strength proportional to the second derivative of the height of the surface was found to be responsible for the effect. The discovery of this phase transition between stable and unstable regimes as the angle of incidence is varied has also stimulated new work by other groups in the field. (ii) Growth of Ge quantum dots on Si(100) and (111). We discovered the formation of quantum wires on 4° misoriented Si(111) using real-time GISAXS during the deposition of Ge. The results represent the first time-resolved GISAXS study of Ge quantum dot formation. (iii) Sputter deposition of amorphous thin films and multilayers composed of WSi2 and Si. Our in-situ GISAXS experiments reveal fundamental roughening and smoothing phenomena on surfaces during film deposition. The main results of this work is that the WSi2 layers actually become smoother during deposition due to the smoothening effect of energetic particles in the sputter deposition process.

  4. Development of Autonomous Magnetometer Rotorcraft For Wide Area Assessment

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    Mark D. McKay; Matthew O. Anderson

    2011-08-01

    Large areas across the United States and internationally are potentially contaminated with unexploded ordinance (UXO), with some ranges encompassing tens to hundreds of thousands of acres. Technologies are needed which will allow for cost effective wide area scanning with (1) near 100% coverage and (2) near 100% detection of subsurface ordnance or features indicative of subsurface ordnance. The current approach to wide area assessment is a multi-level one, in which medium - altitude fixed wing optical imaging is used for an initial site assessment. This assessment is followed with low altitude manned helicopter based magnetometry. Subsequent to this wide area assessment targeted surface investigations are performed using either towed geophysical sensor arrays or man portable sensors. In order to be an effective tool for small UXO detection, the sensing altitude for magnetic site investigations needs to be on the order of 1 to 3 meters. These altitude requirements mean that manned helicopter surveys will generally only be feasible in large, open and relatively flat terrains. While such surveys are effective in mapping large areas relatively fast there are substantial mobilization/demobilization, staffing and equipment costs associated with these surveys, resulting in costs of approximately $100-$150/acre. In addition, due to the low altitude there are substantial risks to pilots and equipment. Surface towed arrays provide highresolution maps but have other limitations, e.g. in their ability to navigate rough terrain effectively. Thus there is a need for other systems, which can be used for effective data collection. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) magnetometer platform is an obvious alternative. The motivation behind such a system is that it reduces risk to operators, is lower in initial and Operational and Maintenance (O&M) costs (and can thus potentially be applied to smaller sites) and has the potential of being more effective in terms of detection and possibly characterization (through the use of dynamic acquisition, i.e. survey mission in-flight reprioritization).

  5. Gravitational slopes, geomorphology, and material strengths of the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from OSIRIS observations

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    Groussin, O; Auger, A -T; Kührt, E; Gaskell, R; Capanna, C; Scholten, F; Preusker, F; Lamy, P; Hviid, S; Knollenberg, J; Keller, U; Huettig, C; Sierks, H; Barbieri, C; Rodrigo, R; Koschny, D; Rickman, H; Hearn, M F A; Agarwal, J; Barucci, M A; Bertaux, J -L; Bertini, I; Boudreault, S; Cremonese, G; Da Deppo, V; Davidsson, B; Debei, S; De Cecco, M; El-Maarry, M R; Fornasier, S; Fulle, M; Gutiérrez, P J; Güttler, C; Ip, W -H; Kramm, J -R; Küppers, M; Lazzarin, M; Lara, L M; Moreno, J J Lopez; Marchi, S; Marzari, F; Massironi, M; Michalik, H; Naletto, G; Oklay, N; Pommerol, A; Pajola, M; Thomas, N; Toth, I; Tubiana, C; Vincent, J -B

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    We study the link between gravitational slopes and the surface morphology on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and provide constraints on the mechanical properties of the cometary material. We computed the gravitational slopes for five regions on the nucleus that are representative of the different morphologies observed on the surface, using two shape models computed from OSIRIS images by the stereo-photoclinometry (SPC) and stereo-photogrammetry (SPG) techniques. We estimated the tensile, shear, and compressive strengths using different surface morphologies and mechanical considerations. The different regions show a similar general pattern in terms of the relation between gravitational slopes and terrain morphology: i) low-slope terrains (0-20 deg) are covered by a fine material and contain a few large ($>$10 m) and isolated boulders, ii) intermediate-slope terrains (20-45 deg) are mainly fallen consolidated materials and debris fields, with numerous intermediate-size boulders from $<$1 m to ...

  6. An overview of the ASCOT program

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    Doran, J.C.

    1993-09-01

    ASCOT (Atmospheric Studies in Complex Terrain) is a multi-laboratory U.S. Department of Energy research program studying the properties of atmospheric boundary layers over non-uniform terrain and the interactions among various scales of motion that influence those properties. Within this context, one of the principal goals of the ASCOT program is to provide information necessary for an accurate description of transport and diffusion processes for atmosphere pollutants that may be released in regions of complex terrain. Three examples from past ASCOT research relevant to this goal are presented. Current and proposed research in the Front Range region of Colorado in the vicinity of the Rocky Flats Plant is also described.

  7. The effect of a small creek valley on drainage flows in the Rocky Flats region

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    Porch, W.

    1996-12-31

    Regional scale circulation and mountain-plain interactions and effects on boundary layer development are important for understanding the fate of an atmospheric release from Rocky Flats, Colorado. Numerical modeling of Front Range topographic effects near Rocky Flats have shown that though the Front Range dominates large scale flow features, small-scale terrain features near Rocky Flats are important to local transport during nighttime drainage flow conditions. Rocky Flats has been the focus of interest for the Department of Energy`s Atmospheric Studies in Complex Terrain (ASCOT) program.

  8. THE MARS HOPPER: AN IMPULSE DRIVEN, LONG RANGE, LONG-LIVED MOBILE PLATFORM UTILIZING IN-SITU MARTIAN RESOURCES

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    Robert C. O'Brien; Mark McKay; Brian Gross; JOnathan Webb

    2001-09-01

    The requirements for performance by planetary exploration missions are increasing. Landing at a single location to take data is no longer sufficient. Due to the increasing cost, the missions that provide mobile platforms that can acquire data at displaced locations are becoming more attractive. Landers have also had limited range due to power limitations, limited lifetime of subsystems and the inability to negotiate rough terrain. The Center for Space Nuclear Research has designed an instrumented platform that can acquire detailed data at hundreds of locations during its lifetime - a Mars Hopper. The Mars Hopper concept utilizes energy from radioisotopic decay in a manner different from any existing radioisotopic power sources—as a thermal capacitor. By accumulating the heat from radioisotopic decay for long periods, the power of the source can be dramatically increased for short periods. Thus, a radioisotopic thermal rocket (RTR) is possible. The platform will be able to “hop” from one location to the next every 5-7 days with a separation of 5-10 km per hop. Each platform will weigh around 50 kgs unfueled which is the condition at deployment. Consequently, several platforms may be deployed on a single launch from Earth. With a lifetime estimated at 5-7 years, the entire surface of Mars can be mapped in detail by a couple dozen platforms. In addition, Hoppers can collect samples and deliver them to the Mars Science Laboratory for more detailed analysis. The design and performance of the Mars Hopper will be discussed.

  9. Spatial disaggregation of satellite-derived irradiance using a high-resolution digital elevation model

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    Ruiz-Arias, Jose A.; Tovar-Pescador, Joaquin; Cebecauer, Tomas; Suri, Marcel

    2010-09-15

    Downscaling of the Meteosat-derived solar radiation ({proportional_to}5 km grid resolution) is based on decomposing the global irradiance and correcting the systematic bias of its components using the elevation and horizon shadowing that are derived from the SRTM-3 digital elevation model (3 arc sec resolution). The procedure first applies the elevation correction based on the difference between coarse and high spatial resolution. Global irradiance is split into direct, diffuse circumsolar and diffuse isotropic components using statistical models, and then corrections due to terrain shading and sky-view fraction are applied. The effect of reflected irradiance is analysed only in the theoretical section. The method was applied in the eastern Andalusia, Spain, and the validation was carried out for 22 days on April, July and December 2006 comparing 15-min estimates of the satellite-derived solar irradiance and observations from nine ground stations. Overall, the corrections of the satellite estimates in the studied region strongly reduced the mean bias of the estimates for clear and cloudy days from roughly 2.3% to 0.4%. (author)

  10. Weather pattern climatology of the Great Plains and the related wind regime

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    Barchet, W.R.

    1982-11-01

    The meteorology of the Great Plains can be described as a constant progression of air masses, fronts and cyclonic storm systems. Each of these meteorological conditions can be characterized by identifiable isobaric and related weather parameter patterns. Nine such patterns have been defined to type the weather patterns in the Great Plains. Time series of weather pattern types were produced for 62 stations on the Great Plains. Statistical analyses of these time series produced annual and seasonal frequencies of occurrence of the weather pattern types. Maps of the annual and seasonal frequency of occurrence of weather pattern type are presented for the Great Plains. Persistence and alternation frequencies match what is expected for traveling temperate latitude cyclones, anticyclones and fronts. The wind regime for stations at which the anemometer height and location was constant (and known) for a minimum of three consecutive years was stratified by weather pattern type. Statistical analyses were made to show the response of the wind to the large-scale distribution of air pressure associated with a weather pattern type. The response of the wind to the weather pattern is a site-specific result of the interaction of the large-scale meteorology with local terrain, surface roughness and atmospheric stability. Mean wind speed discriminates between pairs of weather pattern types with better than 75% confidence for more than two-thirds of the possible pairs of weather pattern types.

  11. Automation and optimization of the design parameters in tactical military pipeline systems. Master's thesis

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    Frick, R.M.

    1988-12-01

    Tactical military petroleum pipeline systems will play a vital role in any future conflict due to an increased consumption of petroleum products by our combined Armed Forces. The tactical pipeline must be rapidly constructed and highly mobile to keep pace with the constantly changing battle zone. Currently, the design of these pipeline system is time consuming and inefficient, which may cause shortages of fuel and pipeline components at the front lines. Therefore, a need for a computer program that will both automate and optimize the pipeline design process is quite apparent. These design needs are satisfied by developing a software package using Advance Basic (IBM DOS) programming language and made to run on an IBM-compatible personal computer. The program affords the user the options of either finding the optimum pump station locations for a proposed pipeline or calculating the maximum operating pressures for an existing pipeline. By automating the design procedure, a field engineer can vary the pipeline length, diameter, roughness, viscosity, gravity, flow rate, pump station pressure, or terrain profile and see how it affects the other parameters in just a few seconds. The design process was optimized by implementing a weighting scheme based on the volume percent of each fuel in the pipeline at any given time.

  12. Mask Roughness Induced LER in EUV Lithography

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    McClinton, Brittany

    2011-01-01

    focus…………………………………… Alt-PSM……………………………………………………………… 5.2.122-nm……………………….. 5.2.2 Alt-PSM vs. Lines and Spaces at 22-Simplified LER, alt-psm……………………………… Simulated LER, 22nm alt-

  13. A Rough Road Leads To The Stars

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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 Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity ofkandz-cm11 Outreach HomeA Better Anode Design to Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries PrintA New SolarA Present . .A Review ofA

  14. Adaptive Selective Learning for Automatic Identification of Sub-Kilometer Craters

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    Ding, Wei

    Martian terrain characterized by heterogeneous surface morphology. The experimental results demonstrate and present geological processes and provide the only tool for measuring rela- tive ages of observed geologic. Geologic stratigraphy based on manually collected databases has coarse spatial resolutions. Finer spatial

  15. Bernoulli Trials Based Feature Selection for Crater Detection

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    Ding, Wei

    image exhibiting a heav- ily cratered Martian terrain characterized by heterogeneous surface morphology information about the past and present geological pro- cesses and provide the only tool for measuring relative ages of observed geologic formations [7]. It becomes extremely challenging to automatically count

  16. Groundwater flow to the coastal ocean Ann E. Mulligan and Matthew A. Charette

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    of high hydraulic head to areas of low hydraulic head terrain, such as karst. In addition to typically low flow rates, groundwater discharge is temporally is driven by differences in energy ­ water flows from high energy areas to low energy. The energy content

  17. Icarus 197 (2008) 84109 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect

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    Marchant, David R.

    2008-01-01

    -based tropical mountain glaciation Seth J. Kadish a , James W. Head a,, Rebecca L. Parsons b , David R. Marchant implications of recent glaciation at low latitudes on Mars. GCM results show that increased insolation author. Fax: +1 401 863 3978. E-mail address: James_Head@brown.edu (J.W. Head). rounding terrains

  18. Icarus 202 (2009) 462476 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect

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    Marchant, David R.

    2009-01-01

    " and periglacial mantle processes Joseph S. Levy a , James W. Head a,, David R. Marchant b a Brown University terrain," (3) high-center mantle polygons, and (4) low-center mantle polygons. A combined glacial; Kreslavsky and Head, 2002; Head et al., 2003, 2006a; Kuzmin, 2005; Forget et al., 2006; Fastook et al., 2008

  19. Scalable Coordination in Sensor Networks Deborah Estrin

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    Heidemann, John

    and monitoring the terrain amongst them- selves in an energy-e#30;cient manner, adapt their overall sensing accuracy to the remaining total resources, and re-organize upon sensor failure. When additional sen- sors- derlying the design of services and applications in sen- sor networks. In particular, since the sensing

  20. Remote Sensing of Permafrost-related Problems and Hazards Andreas Kaab*,y

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    Kääb, Andreas

    hazard assessment and management. Awide range of image classification and change detection techniques support permafrost hazard studies. Digital terrain models (DTMs) derived from optical stereo, synthetic. Combining DTMs with results from spectral image classification, and with multi-temporal data from change

  1. Abstract-We propose a methodology to automatically generate plans for a robot excavator like a bucket loader or a backhoe. The

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    Singh, Sanjiv

    to a very large number of stable states of the terrain. Second, the mechanics of soil motion and its makeup, but also factors such as the compaction that it has experienced in the past. Soil mechanics have of soil according to a specification. Exca- vation tasks range from loading from a pile of soil

  2. Fifth IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications, Lisboa, Portugal, July 11-14, 2004 Blind Multiuser Detection for a Multi-Satellite DS/CDMA System

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    Varanasi, Mahesh K.

    Fifth IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications, Lisboa, Portugal envelope depend on the terrain in the vicinity of the mobile and on the ele vation angle of the mobile buildings, a Rician-lognormal probability density function (pdf) closely approximates the received signal

  3. 2342 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT, VOL. 54, NO. 6, DECEMBER 2005 Design of a Wireless Assisted Pedestrian Dead

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    Haenggi, Martin

    2342 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT, VOL. 54, NO. 6, DECEMBER 2005 Design lack of availability when used around obstruc- tions (terrain or man-made) or in the presence constraints (size, weight, power) due to its mobile and man-portable nature, accuracy and availability

  4. Developing Large High-Resolution Display Visualizations of High-Fidelity

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    Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24060 John Ferris Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg are designed and evaluated with automotive and pavement engineers to demonstrate effective- ness of LHRDs and long driving distances [1]. These terrain measure- ments are of particular interest to automotive

  5. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (2001) 8: 429438 Nonlinear Processes

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    Boyer, Edmond

    2001-01-01

    Geophysical Society 2001 Mesoscale predictability under various synoptic regimes W. A. Nuss and D. K. Miller slightly ro- tated terrain are compared to gauge the sentivity of mesoscale forecasts to small forecast errors on the mesoscale in both wind and precipitation. The largest mesoscale errors occur when

  6. Posterior Probability Estimation Techniques Embedded in a Bayes Filter for Vibration-based

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    Zell, Andreas

    Posterior Probability Estimation Techniques Embedded in a Bayes Filter for Vibration-based Terrain Classification Philippe Komma and Andreas Zell Abstract Vibration signals acquired during robot traversal provide] or ladar sensors [15, 10] can be employed. Recently, several researchers considered vehicle vibrations

  7. IDENTIFICATION OF EROSIONAL HOTSPOTS AND SHORELINE POSITION UTILIZING AN ALONGSHORE SHORELINE MONITORING SYSTEM: GALVESTON ISLAND’S WEST END 

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    McInnes, Andrew J.

    2006-07-11

    , the furthest point of wave run-up - and was recorded by tracing the wetline immediately after the turn of the high tide utilizing an all Terrain Vehicle (ATV) equipped with a post-processed kinematic Global Positioning System (GPS). This system provides high...

  8. Journal of Geological Society of Sri Lanka Vol. 15 (2013), 69-83 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY POTENTIAL IN SRI LANKA: A PRELIMINARY

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    Jones, Alan G.

    2013-01-01

    Journal of Geological Society of Sri Lanka Vol. 15 (2013), 69-83 69 GEOTHERMAL ENERGY POTENTIAL faults or hot dry rock that would help geothermal energy development. Data show three regions, metamorphic terrains INTRODUCTION Geothermal energy development in Sri Lanka has been considered

  9. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH: ATMOSPHERES, VOL. 118, 11,58911,599, doi:10.1002/2013JD020526, 2013 Seasonal cycle of orographic gravity wave occurrence above small

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    Alexander, M. Joan

    are not observed in AIRS data they have likely dissipated and induced a drag force on the atmosphere below the 40 to the Southern Hemisphere's lack of orographic waves and orographic wave drag relative to the Northern Hemisphere by mountainous terrain. Mountains are the source of some of the largest amplitude waves in the strato- sphere

  10. 6.9 A NEW APPROACH TO FIRE WEATHER FORECASTING AT THE TULSA WFO

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    6.9 A NEW APPROACH TO FIRE WEATHER FORECASTING AT THE TULSA WFO Sarah J. Taylor* and Eric D. Howieson NOAA/National Weather Service Tulsa, Oklahoma 1. INTRODUCTION The modernization of the National then providesthemeteorologistanopportunitytoadjustmodel forecasts for local biases and terrain effects. The Tulsa, Oklahoma WFO has been a test office

  11. PUBLISHED ONLINE: 23 AUGUST 2009 | DOI: 10.1038/NGEO616 The relative efficacy of fluvial and glacial erosion

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    Montgomery, David R.

    from orogens, such as the coastal ranges of Alaska, where maximum tectonic uplift rates rarely exceed 1 and glacial erosion over modern to orogenic timescales Michele N. Koppes1 * and David R. Montgomery2 Since of erosion1 . The dramatic landscapes associated with glaciated terrain have often led to the argument

  12. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (2009) 131:441463 DOI 10.1007/s10546-009-9371-9

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    Gohm, Alexander

    2009-01-01

    Boundary-Layer Meteorol (2009) 131:441­463 DOI 10.1007/s10546-009-9371-9 ARTICLE Air Pollution, Austria, is analysed in order to study mechanisms of air pollution transport in an Alpine valley in the dispersion of air pollutants in mountainous terrain. Dynamically or thermally forced winds may enhance

  13. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (2010) 134:327351 DOI 10.1007/s10546-009-9442-y

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    Gohm, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    and thermal stratification strongly affect air pollution transport and dispersion in mountainous terrain eventually to high air-pollution M. Lehner (B) · A. Gohm Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, University, and conducted water-tank experiments in order to investigate air pollution transport in the CBL in moun- tainous

  14. 3D cut-cell modelling for high-resolution atmospheric simulations

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    Yamazaki, H; Nikiforakis, N

    2015-01-01

    With the recent, rapid development of computer technology, the resolution of atmospheric numerical models has increased substantially. As a result, steep gradients in mountainous terrain are now being resolved in high-resolution models. This results in large truncation errors in those models using terrain-following coordinates. In this study, a new 3D Cartesian coordinate non-hydrostatic atmospheric model is developed. A cut-cell representation of topography based on finite-volume discretization is combined with a cell-merging approach, in which small cut-cells are merged with neighboring cells either vertically or horizontally. In addition, a block-structured mesh-refinement technique achieves a variable resolution on the model grid with the finest resolution occurring close to the terrain surface. The model successfully reproduces a flow over a 3D bell-shaped hill that shows a good agreement with the flow predicted by the linear theory. The ability of the model to simulate flows over steep terrain is demons...

  15. Range imaging: a new method for high-resolution topographic measurements in small-and medium-

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    Kirchner, James W.

    Range imaging: a new method for high-resolution topographic measurements in small- and medium is a useful complement or alternative to existing methods for high-resolution measurements in small- to medium has led to a dramatic increase in terrain information and opened up new opportunities for hydro- logic

  16. Next Century Challenges: Scalable Coordination in Sensor Networks Deborah Estrin

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    Han, Richard Y.

    , furniture, books, people), the hospital ward (sy- ringes, bandages, IVs) and the factory floor (motors maintenance sensing in more benign, but less accessible, en- vironments: large industrial plants, aircraft the terrain amongst themselves in an energy- permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part ofthjs

  17. Next Century Challenges: Scalable Coordination in Sensor Networks Deborah Estrin

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    California at Berkeley, University of

    , furniture, books, people), the hospital ward (sy­ ringes, bandages, IVs) and the factory floor (motors enable low maintenance sensing in more benign, but less accessible, en­ vironments: large industrial and monitoring the terrain amongst themselves in an energy­ efficient manner, adapt their overall sensing

  18. "Bumping into a Rememory": Place and History in Postcolonial Writing 

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    Lee, Hyangmi

    2013-01-23

    Africa and the City of Cape Town ................................ 88 The City as Palimpsestic Terrain ........................................................................ 95 A City of Labyrinths... therein,? Gordon contends, ?lies the frightening aspect of haunting: you can be grasped and hurtled into the maelstrom of the powerful and material forces that lay claim to you whether you claim them as yours or not? (166). It is a memory engraved...

  19. www.nasa.gov Strategic Plan

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    Waliser, Duane E.

    , and engineers. (Credit: NASA/C. Huston) Our heavy-lift rover Tri-ATHLETE, or All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra activity as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. Aerospace engineer­Urbana Champaign partnered with Glenn to test the model with micro-array flow control to try to alleviate

  20. Wind Energy-Related Atmospheric Boundary Layer Large-Eddy Simulation Using OpenFOAM: Preprint

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    Churchfield, M.J.; Vijayakumar, G.; Brasseur, J.G.; Moriarty, P.J.

    2010-08-01

    This paper develops and evaluates the performance of a large-eddy simulation (LES) solver in computing the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) over flat terrain under a variety of stability conditions, ranging from shear driven (neutral stratification) to moderately convective (unstable stratification).

  1. Robust Horizon Detection using Segmentation for UAV Applications Nasim Sepehri Boroujeni, S. Ali Etemad

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    Whitehead, Anthony

    for various types of terrains from water to ground, and even snow-covered ground. Finally, it is shown of the eyes and brain of an operator for controlling an automated vehicle. Automated cars, unmanned aerial ve of collision or failure, has been subject to extensive research [2]. Obstacle detection for UAVs is the first

  2. The influence of forest clearing on landsliding is central to long-standing concern over the effects of timber harvesting on slope stability.

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    Montgomery, David R.

    the effects of timber harvesting on slope stability. Here we document a strong topographic control on shallow landsliding by combining unique ground-based landslide surveys in an intensively monitored study area in steep, convergent topography. In terrain predicted to be at low risk of slope failure, a random model

  3. Decision Making of Mobile Robot in the Presence of Risk on Its Surroundings 

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    Huh, Sung

    2012-02-14

    Mobile robots are used on many areas and its demand on extreme terrain, hazardous area, or life-threatening place is increasing to reduce the loss of life. A good decision making capability is essential for successful navigation of autonomous robot...

  4. Empire's experts : the politics of knowledge in Spain's royal monopoly of quina (1751-1808)

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    Crawford, Matthew James

    2009-01-01

    bark collectors were already drying their bark in the sun,collectors and officials were instructed to collect “barks from Trees that grow on terrain exposed to sun andsun easily penetrates in order for quick desiccation [of the bark]. ” Furthermore, bark collectors

  5. 04 72 18 63 35 (ou 65 25) contact.formation-continue@ec-lyon.fr

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    Dellandréa, Emmanuel

    VISÉ RESPONSABLE PÉDAGOGIQUE 30 GUIDE2015ECLPro® Dates 2015 Prix Session Lieu Durée Pollution École Processus physico-chimiques Outils et approche d'étude de la pollution atmosphérique : Mesures de terrain, Techniciens supérieur. Toute personne travaillant sur les problématiques de pollution atmosphérique

  6. Regional analysis of the impacts of climate change on cheatgrass invasion shows potential risk and opportunity

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    Bradley, Bethany

    Regional analysis of the impacts of climate change on cheatgrass invasion shows potential risk to increase invasion risk to native ecosystems. Changing climate creates risk as new terrain becomes, followed by winter temperature. I perform a sensitivity analysis on potential cheatgrass distributions

  7. A GIS-based Hydraulic Bulking Factor Map for New Mexico Gallegos, J.B.1

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    Cal, Mark P.

    1 A GIS-based Hydraulic Bulking Factor Map for New Mexico Gallegos, J.B.1 ; Richardson, C New Mexico. Attributes related to drainage and sediment load were characterized using an ArcGIS an ArcGIS® software-based approach. An in-depth terrain analysis based on a Digital Elevation Model (DEM

  8. GIS Fundamentals: Introduction to GIS Lesson 3, Digitizing Lesson 3: Digitizing in ArcMap

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    Butler, Christopher J.

    GIS Fundamentals: Introduction to GIS Lesson 3, Digitizing Lesson 3: Digitizing in ArcMap What You Chapter 4 in the GIS Fundamentals textbook before starting this lab, as the chapter covers the basics on how the photo was taken (flying height, terrain, camera tilt, and other factors). GIS data

  9. Wind measurements are fundamental inputs for the evaluation of potential energy yield and performance of wind farms. Three-dimensional scanning coherent Doppler lidar (CDL) may provide a new basis for

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    for wind farm site selection, design, and control. In this research, CDL measurements obtained from, terrain effects, spatial variation of winds, power density, and the effect of shear at different layers is used to estimate the spatial power density at hub height. Since CDL can measure winds at different

  10. WEED INFESTATIONS ARE GENERALLY MORE frequent along roadsides and other disturbed areas than

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    Maxwell, Bruce D.

    in adjacent land, possibly because vehicles spread seeds into these areas and such areas provide suitable habitats for weed growth. Many types of vehicles, including passenger cars, 4-wheel drive (4WD) trucks, agricultural implements, tracked vehicles and all- terrain vehicles (ATVs) have been found to pick up seeds

  11. Assessing the impacts of military vehicle traffic on natural areas. Introduction to the special

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    Fehmi, Jeffrey S.

    Assessing the impacts of military vehicle traffic on natural areas. Introduction to the special issue and review of the relevant military vehicle impact literature Alan B. Anderson a,*, Antonio J, and the International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems cosponsored a symposium titled ``Assessing the Impacts

  12. Wind power resource assessment in complex urban environments

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    Wind power resource assessment in complex urban environments: MIT campus case-study using CFD in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods holds potential for the advancement of wind energy resource assessment in complex urban terrain by modeling wind circulation around urban obstacles. The geometry

  13. Statistical representation of mountain shading Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8(6), 10451050 (2004) EGU

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    Boyer, Edmond

    2004-01-01

    self-shaded or shaded by remote topography as functions of solar elevation and time of day. These expressions are in good agreement with results from a terrain shading model. Keywords: solar radiation, topography, surface energy balance, statistical parameterisation Introduction Solar radiation is a major

  14. Predicting and Explaining Success and Task Duration

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    system that fights simulated forest fires. In this paper we describe an experiment with Phoenix in which, which fights simulated forest fires, will contain one fire in a matter of hours but fail to contain that fights simulated forest-fires. The simulation uses terrain, elevation, and feature data from Yellowstone

  15. ndergraduates in computer science and engi-neering are helping Boeing envision the future

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    of flight ... literally. Since the fall of 2002, stu- dents in the CSE capstone design course have worked of flight terrain, landing gear, wing flaps, tail flaps, and takeoff and landing maneuvers. "Students add Collaborative Design Students Help Boeing Look to the Future DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

  16. Mesoscale Variations of the Atmospheric Snow Line over the Northern Sierra Nevada: Multiyear Statistics, Case Study, and Mechanisms

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    Minder, Justin

    Mesoscale Variations of the Atmospheric Snow Line over the Northern Sierra Nevada: Multiyear to rainfall, the snow line, can intersect the terrain at an elevation hundreds of meters below its elevation in the free air upwind. This mesoscale lowering of the snow line affects both the accumulation of mountain

  17. Jeffrey J. Biesiadecki P. Chris Leger

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    /or terrain as- sessment. Solar panels generally provide enough energy to drive the vehicle for at most four speed and distance at the cost of increased complexity in the sequences of commands built by human Rover successfully led the rovers to the areas where their in situ instruments found the data they were seeking

  18. Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute Annual Technical Report

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    of natural potable water for residents in these islands where cisterns are required by law. Seawater desalination plants supply the water distribution networks that are restricted to certain areas in the islands due to the hilly terrain. Dependence on rainfall and the expensive desalinated water makes Virgin

  19. A Three-Dimensional Geographic and Storm Surge Data Integration System for Evacuation Planning

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    Chen, Shu-Ching

    @fiu.edu Abstract The rise of offshore water caused by the high winds of a low pressure weather system, or storm to construct a three-dimensional ocean po- sitioned over the terrain models. Ambient details such as wind, vegetation, ocean waves, and traffic are animated based on up-to-date wind and storm surge data. Videos

  20. Professional Aspects of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    of driving, plus a 5-6hr walk in mountainous terrain. · Diesel fuel or gasoline in large portions (e source of wind. However, that is above the forest canopy in many cases. And, the company has not done the very expensive survey that would be required to determine the wind characteristics in the many remote

  1. Professional Aspects of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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    -6hr walk in mountainous terrain. · Diesel fuel or gasoline is prohibitively expensive in most areas, since many of the villages are up in the mountains, there is a relatively constant source of wind survey that would be required to determine the wind characteristics in the many remote locations

  2. Analysis of the behaviour of a neural network model in the identification and quantification of hyperspectral signatures applied

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    Plaza, Antonio J.

    to clean and purify, and water itself is so abundant, that it has been widely used by men to throw waste and the forth is accidental: - Animal or human waste, coming from dunghills, stables, etc. The water that has terrain layers. Domestic waste water pollutes the rivers, with direct waste or partially depurated waste

  3. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING, TO APPEAR. 1 A Hybrid Conditional Random Field for

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    Murphy, Kevin Patrick

    IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING, TO APPEAR. 1 A Hybrid Conditional Random Field of buildings, vegetations, cars, and natural terrain features over large regions. However, in many applications generative) probabilistic model, we call it a hybrid Conditional Random Field. We show that a MAP estimate

  4. Electrical Resistivity Imaging for Unknown Bridge Foundation Depth Determination 

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    Arjwech, Rungroj

    2012-02-14

    as suitable to investigate unknown bridge foundations. The objective of the present study is to apply advanced 2D electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) in order to identify depth of unknown bridge foundations. A survey procedure is carried out in mixed terrain...

  5. MOUNTAIN-VALLEY AND KATABATIC FLOW IN BOULDER Find mountain valley circulation patterns that indicate mountain-valley flow, e.g.,

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    MOUNTAIN-VALLEY AND KATABATIC FLOW IN BOULDER TASK: Find mountain valley circulation patterns that indicate mountain-valley flow, e.g., in the Boulder Canyon or katabatic flow between the mountain ranges and the lower terrains around Denver and Colorado. MOTIVATION: Mountain-valley flow is a common well understood

  6. Guidelines on Safety in Field Research Responsible Unit: Office of Environmental Health and Safety

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    Sokolowski, Marla

    or remote or politically unstable locations; extreme weather conditions; hazardous terrain; harmful wildlife and team leaders who are involved in directly supervising research on location. Due diligence must, the categories of risk that may be associated with each location and kind of field research and in determining

  7. Dr. Lewis Ntaimo Industrial and Systems Engineering

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    Ding, Yu

    for renewable energy, including wind energy, is cost and marketability and that wind energy is perhaps the most of the cost of wind energy generation, depending on wind farm size, terrain and other factors. "You can a cost- effective, optimal maintenance plan for wind turbine operations by considering all

  8. A FLASH-FLOODING STORM AT THE STEEP EDGE OF HIGH

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    Houze Jr., Robert A.

    A FLASH-FLOODING STORM AT THE STEEP EDGE OF HIGH TERRAIN Disaster in the Himalayas by Kristen L. rasmussen and robert a. Houze Jr. A lethal flash flood inundated a town when moist airflow from the lowlands the catastrophic slow-rise flooding of the Indus River in Pakistan in late July 2010 (Houze et al. 2011), flooding

  9. Lithologic and Structural Constraints on TBM Tunneling in New York City p. 704-724 in Hutton, John D. and Rogstad, W. Dave, eds., Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference, 2005

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    Merguerian, Charles

    Lithologic and Structural Constraints on TBM Tunneling in New York City p. 704-724 in Hutton, John York City (NYC), rock mass texture and mineralogy are important factors in predicting TBM penetration 11590 charlesm@dukelabs.com ABSTRACT In medium- to high-grade metamorphic terrains such as found in New

  10. Emotion dysregulation and re-regulation: predictors of relationship intimacy and distress 

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    Abbott, Brian Vaughn

    2005-08-29

    in light of the highly emotional terrain of couple distress. In the present study, one hundred and eight cohabiting couples rated themselves and their partner on key emotion regulation variables (e.g., the tendency to lose control of one??s emotions...

  11. Dvelopper une bibliothque de calculs sur des grands graphes lorsque la matrice

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    Grigoras, .Romulus

    extrêmement favorables pour la faible complexité espace et temps des algorithmes de traitements. Dans ce les propriétés des graphes de terrain an d'optimiser le temps et l'espace des calculs (par l

  12. Multi-source Skyline Query Processing in Road Networks Ke Deng Xiaofang Zhou Heng Tao Shen

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    Zhou, Xiaofang

    to Geographical Information Systems, to support de- cision making in the areas such as intelligent transport sys to physically move from a to b along a spatial network (e.g., roads or water systems) or on/near a terrain

  13. Determination of hydrologic pathways during snowmelt for alpine/subalpine basins, Rocky Mountain

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    Ryan, Joe

    Determination of hydrologic pathways during snowmelt for alpine/subalpine basins, Rocky Mountain Abstract. Alpine/subalpine ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park may be sensitive to atmospherically with soil and vegetation. Because of this, waters draining granitic terrains, such as Rocky Mountain

  14. Ensemble learning for wind profile prediction with missing values Haibo He Yuan Cao Yi Cao Jinyu Wen

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    He, Haibo

    the value of which differs with terrain locations, regional variations, weather conditions, and many other energy system. While the entire smart grid system is an extremely complicated social-technological system Scholar at the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rhode

  15. Landscape Automata for Search Based Procedural Content Generation.

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    Ashlock, Dan

    Landscape Automata for Search Based Procedural Content Generation. Daniel Ashlock and Cameron Mc be used for terrain generation or other procedural content generation. Landscape automata are evolvable idealized landforms and to generate a heightmap with controllable connectivity for agents using the height

  16. Open Archive TOULOUSE Archive Ouverte (OATAO) OATAO is an open access repository that collects the work of Toulouse researchers and

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    Mailhes, Corinne

    and online measurements. (2012) In: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter Annual Meeting on the evaluation of flight performance) will be examined and compared to that of tests currently in use by one crashes. More specifically, Loss of Control In- flight (LOC-I) and Control Flight Into Terrain (CFIT

  17. CX-100307 Categorical Exclusion Determination07

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    Wind Forecasting Improvement Project In Complex Terrain Near The Columbia River Gorge Award Number: DE-EE0006898 CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1 Wind Energy Technologies Office Date: 07/15/2015 Location(s): CO Office(s): Golden Field Office

  18. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 12491265, 2006 www.atmos-chem-phys.net/6/1249/2006/

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    Meskhidze, Nicholas

    . This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Distinct wind convergence patterns in the Mexico City basin due to the interaction of the gap winds with the synoptic flow B influenced by local winds. The combination of high terrain with weak synop- tic forcing leads to weak

  19. Testing and improving OMI DOMINO tropospheric NO2 using observations from the DANDELIONS and INTEXB

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    Boersma, Folkert

    conditions over the Gulf of Mexico and the east Pacific. We present a comparison of measured profiles in the Gulf of Mexico. We also examine the effects of using improved Mexico City terrain heights on the OMI NO spectrum and can be measured as a column inte- gral from satelliteborne solar backscatter instruments

  20. Submitted to FSR'07, 9-12 July 2007, Chamonix, France (authors' manuscript do not distribute)

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    Zimmer, Uwe

    on a plane above the terrain and use field values measured by the individual robots to locally reconstruct of constant altitude. A set of these recorded iso-contours can then be used to reconstruct the field using) and are sometimes even meaningless. In [5], a sin- gle vehicle uses a history of past field values. In [6], UUV- gas

  1. Using LiDAR, Aerial Photography, and Geospatial Technologies to Reveal and Understand Past Landscapes in Four West Central Missouri Counties

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    Price, R. Zane

    2012-05-31

    . Each sensor offers unique advantages and disadvantages due to the design and construction of the sensor. LiDAR can strip away vegetation to present a bare earth model (a DTM) of terrain, useful in the detection of features revealed by subtle elevation...

  2. Route profile analysis system and method

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    Mullenhoff, D.J.; Wilson, S.W.

    1982-07-29

    A system for recording terrain profile information is disclosed. The system accurately senses incremental distances traveled by a vehicle along with vehicle inclination, recording both with elapsed time. The incremental distances can subsequently be differentiated with respect to time to obtain acceleration. The computer acceleration can then be used to correct the sensed inclination.

  3. Shear wave splitting and the pattern of mantle flow beneath eastern Oregon Maureen D. Long a,

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    period of bimodal (basaltic and silicic) volcanism in both the High Lava Plains and Snake River Plain October 2009 Editor: Y. Ricard Keywords: intraplate volcanism High Lava Plains Blue Mountains Pacific Oregon includes the volcanically active High Lava Plains (HLP) province and the accreted terrains

  4. Highway Geology Symposium Santa Fe, 2008 HGS Session 5 -Paper 5.2 Page 1 of 21

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    Haneberg, William C.

    59th Highway Geology Symposium Santa Fe, 2008 HGS Session 5 - Paper 5.2 Page 1 of 21 59 TH HIGHWAY GEOLOGY SYMPOSIUM 2008 Santa Fe, New Mexico SESSION 5 PAPER #5.2 REVISITING AN OLD PROJECT WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY-- DIGITAL TERRAIN MODELING AND MULTI-LAYERED VIRTUAL GEOLOGIC HAZARD MAPPING ALONG A PROPOSED

  5. e n g e n i o u s f a l l 2 0 0 4 o p t i o n p r o f i l e

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    Psaltis, and Yu-Chong Tai. Faculty members from other options on campus join them in developing artificial here sweeps across highly varied terrain. #12;23 Perona's work centers on computational vision. He is interested both in human vision and machine vision applications. He is currently mostly involved in under

  6. Rusty Chris Holleman 5509 Claremont Ave.

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    : "Path Planning with Medial Axis Hints" 1995­1999 Rice University BS Electrical Engineering Research­2004 Wireless engineer, Mountain Area Information Network Maintained rural wireless broadband network for regional nonprofit. Managed geospa- tial databases and developed terrain analysis tools for wireless

  7. DIY World Builder: An Immersive Level-Editing System Owen Leach**

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    Lindeman, Robert W.

    , with motion-capture cameras, fans, and the passive floor surface, (b) terrain editing with the wand, (c control on the tablet. ABSTRACT This paper presents an immersive system for building virtual worlds from through a vibrotactile belt and a novel passive floor technique are used to indicate to the user when she

  8. Mobility platform coupling device and method for coupling mobility platforms

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    Shirey, David L. (Albuquerque, NM); Hayward, David R. (Albuquerque, NM); Buttz, James H. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2002-01-01

    A coupling device for connecting a first mobility platform to a second mobility platform in tandem. An example mobility platform is a robot. The coupling device has a loose link mode for normal steering conditions and a locking position, tight link mode for navigation across difficult terrain and across obstacles, for traversing chasms, and for navigating with a reduced footprint in tight steering conditions.

  9. Tandem robot control system and method for controlling mobile robots in tandem

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    Hayward, David R. (Albuquerque, NM); Buttz, James H. (Albuquerque, NM); Shirey, David L. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2002-01-01

    A control system for controlling mobile robots provides a way to control mobile robots, connected in tandem with coupling devices, to navigate across difficult terrain or in closed spaces. The mobile robots can be controlled cooperatively as a coupled system in linked mode or controlled individually as separate robots.

  10. Control algorithms for autonomous robot navigation

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    Jorgensen, C.C.

    1985-09-20

    This paper examines control algorithm requirements for autonomous robot navigation outside laboratory environments. Three aspects of navigation are considered: navigation control in explored terrain, environment interactions with robot sensors, and navigation control in unanticipated situations. Major navigation methods are presented and relevance of traditional human learning theory is discussed. A new navigation technique linking graph theory and incidental learning is introduced.

  11. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: RETHINKING STANDBY & FIXED COST CHARGES REGULATORY & RATE DESIGN PATHWAYS TO DEEPER SOLAR PV COST

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    PV technology, however, PV-specific charges will negatively impact the solar PV cost reduction goals TO DEEPER SOLAR PV COST REDUCTIONS The Current Terrain In recent years, electric utilities have experienced business models almost exclusively to the rapid growth of distributed solar PV. This focus has led

  12. David Bevly Steven Dubowsky

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    Mavroidis, Constantinos

    disposal, and infrastructure inspection and maintenance 1­3 . To function in these unstructured Cartesian space controllers utilize direct force feedback to control the forces applied to unknown terrain compliance level with force feedback 9 . How- ever, direct force feedback of all the robot-environment forces

  13. Sidewinding on Slopes Ross L. Hatton and Howie Choset

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    Choset, Howie

    of the sidewinding pattern needed to maintain stability. Our theoretical results are supported by experiments to propel the robot over flat terrain or well-defined obstacles such as pipes, e.g. [1]­[5]. As these basic measurements taken on our snake robots. II. BACKGROUND Our analysis in this paper draws on prior research

  14. Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare

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    Oakley, Jeremy

    that things were awry with the medical devices sector in its ability to improve care and lower costs at the difficult and largely untrodden terrain linking technological innovation with business process available to cut the time and cost from concept to continuous improvement in the market, in support

  15. Detection Probability Modeling for Airport Wind-Shear August 28, 2008

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    Cho, John Y. N.

    Detection Probability Modeling for Airport Wind-Shear Sensors August 28, 2008 John Y. N. Cho Robert An objective wind-shear detection probability estimation model is developed for radar, lidar, and sensor combinations. The model includes effects of system sensitivity, site-specific wind-shear, clutter, and terrain

  16. A Virtual Memory System for Real-Time Visualization of Multi-Resolution 2D Objects

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    de Figueiredo, Luiz Henrique

    Management System · Page Loading Rules ­ Rule 1: ­ Rule 2: ­ Rule 3: Level 0 Level 1 Rule 1 Level 1 Level 0 Rule 2 Load Texture Load Texture Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Rule 3 Memory Management System · Page Fault Terrain Data A Solution · Memory management system ­ Virtual memory model. ­ On-demand paging mechanism

  17. 932 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, VOL. 22, NO. 5, OCTOBER 2006 Sensor Data Fusion for Body State Estimation in a

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    Lin, Pei-Chun

    Estimation in a Hexapod Robot With Dynamical Gaits Pei-Chun Lin, Member, IEEE, Haldun Komsuo¯glu, Member state estimator for a hexapod robot executing a jogging gait in steady state on level terrain of the hexapod robot RHex (bearing the appropriate sensor suite) and evaluate its performance with reference

  18. AUTONOMOUS WALKING MACHINES: MOTION PLANNING USING SENSORY INFORMATION

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    Portland State University

    Abstract Current work on the motion planning of a Hexapod walking machine design is described here scheme of walking machine 2 Design Of Control System The advantage of hexapods is that they use simple control rules (i.e. stability, terrain adaptation). Our on- going research into hexapods includes

  19. Multi-Point Contact Models for Dynamic Self-Righting of a Hexapod

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    Multi-Point Contact Models for Dynamic Self-Righting of a Hexapod Uluc. Saranli1 , Alfred A. Rizzi1 on the design of a model-based controller that can achieve dynamical self-righting of a hexapod robot. Extending hexapod robot that negotiates badly irregular terrain at speeds better than one body length per second [12

  20. RHex: A Biologically Inspired Hexapod Runner1 R. Altendorfer2

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    Saranlý, Uluç

    RHex: A Biologically Inspired Hexapod Runner1 R. Altendorfer2 , N. Moore3 , H. Komsuo¯glu2 , M is an untethered, compliant leg hexapod robot that travels at better than one body length per second over terrain., 2000; 2001). Our breadbox sized, compliant leg hexapod, RHex (Fig. 1), travels at speeds better than