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1. Energy Dissipation During Impact of an Agglomerate Composed of Autoadhesive Elastic-Plastic Particles

Author:Liu, LF;Thornton, C;Shaw, SJ


Abstract:Discrete Element Method is used to simulate the impact of agglomerates consisting of autoadhesive, elastic-plastic primary particles. In order to explain the phenomenon that the elastic agglomerate fractures but the elastic-plastic agglomerate disintegrates adjacent to the impact site for the same impact velocity, we increase the impact velocity and lower the yield strength of the constituent particles of the agglomerate. We find that increasing the impact velocity can lead to the increased number of yielded contacts, and cause the elastic-plastic agglomerate to disintegrate faster. Mostly importantly, the energy dissipation process for the elastic-plastic agglomerate impact has been investigated together with the evolutions of the yielding contacts, and evolutions of velocity during impact.
2. Deformations of the standard model: SUq(3) flavor symmetry

Author:Gresnigt, NG


Abstract:The quantum group SUq(3) = Uq(su(3)) is taken as a baryon flavor symmetry and exceptionally accurate octet and decuplet baryons mass relations are obtained by accounting for the electromagnetic contribution to baryon masses (to zeroth order). The resulting charge specific q-deformed octet and decuplet baryon mass sum formulas are accurate to 0.02%% and 0.08%% respectively; a factor of 20 reduction in error compared to the standard Gell-Mann-Okubo mass formulas. An explicit formula for the Cabibbo angle, taken to be pi/14, in terms of the deformation parameter q and spin parity J(P) of the baryons is obtained.
3. On the theoretical distribution of the wind farm power when there is a correlation between wind speed and wind turbine availability

Author:Kan, C;Devrim, Y;Eryilmaz, S


Abstract:It is important to elicit information about the potential power output of a wind turbine and a wind farm consisting of specified number of wind turbines before installation of the turbines. Such information can be used to estimate the potential power output of the wind farm which will be built in a specific region. The output power of a wind turbine is affected by two factors: wind speed and turbine availability. As shown in the literature, the correlation between wind speed and wind turbine availability has an impact on the output of a wind farm. Thus, the probability distribution of the power produced by the farm depending on the wind speed distribution and turbine availability can be effectively used for planning and risk management. In this paper, the theoretical distribution of the wind farm power is derived by considering the dependence between turbine availability and the wind speed. The theoretical results are illustrated for real wind turbine reliability and wind speed data.
4. 2,2-Dicyanovinyl-end-capped oligothiophenes as electron acceptor in solution processed bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells

Author:Wu, J;Ma, Y;Wu, N;Lin, Y;Lin, J;Wang, L;Ma, CQ


Abstract:Three 2,2-dicyanovinyl (DCV) end-capped A-pi-D-pi-A type oligothiophenes (DCV-OTs) containing dithieno[3,2-b: 2',3'-d] silole (DTSi), cyclopenta[1,2-b: 3,4-b'] dithiophene (DTCP) or dithieno[3,2-b: 2',3'-d] pyrrole (DTPy) unit as the central donor part, mono-thiophene as the pi-conjugation bridge were synthesized. The absorption spectroscopies, cyclic voltammetry of these compounds were characterized. Results showed that all these compounds have intensive absorption band over 500-680 nm with a LUMO energy level around -3.80 eV, which is slightly higher than that of [6,6] phenyl-C-61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM, E-LUMO = -4.01 eV), but lower than that of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT, ELUMO = -2.91 eV). Solution processed bulk heterojunction "all-thiophene'' solar cells using P3HT as electron donor and the above mentioned oligothiophenes as electron acceptor were fabricated and tested. The highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.31%% was achieved for DTSi-cored compound DTSi(THDCV) 2, whereas PTB7: DTSi(THDCV) 2 based device showed slightly higher PCE of 1.56%%. Electron mobilities of these three compounds were measured to be around 10 (5) cm(2) V (1) s (1) by space charge limited current method, which is much lower than that of PC61BM, and was considered as one of the reason for the low photovoltaic performance. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
5. Clinical Validity and Reliability of the Malay Language Translations of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Questionnaire and Quality of Life in Reflux and Dyspepsia Questionnaire in a Primary Care Setting

Author:Vadivelu, S;Ma, ZF;Ong, EW;Hassan, N;Hassan, NFHN;Aziz, SHSA;Kueh, YC;Lee, YY


Abstract:Background: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Questionnaire (GERDQ) and Quality of Life in Reflux and Dyspepsia Questionnaire (QOLRAD) are reliable tools for evaluation of GERD. Aim: We aimed to test validity and reliability of Malay language translations of GERDQ and QOLRAD in a primary care setting. Methods: The questionnaires were first translated into the Malay language (GERDQ-M and QOLRAD-M). Patients from primary care clinics with suspected GERD were recruited to complete GERDQ-M, QOLRAD-M, and Malay-translated 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36 or SF36-M), and underwent endoscopy and 24-h pH-impedance test. Results: A total of 104 (mean age 47.1 years, women 51.9%%) participants were enrolled. The sensitivity and specificity for GERDQ-M cut-off score >= 8 were 90.2 and 77.4%%, respectively. Based on this cut-off score, 54.7%% had a high probability of GERD diagnosis. GERD-M score >= 8 vs. <8 was associated with erosive esophagitis (p < 0.001), hiatus hernia (p = 0.03), greater DeMeester score (p = 0.001), and Zerbib scores for acid refluxes (p < 0.001) but not non-acid refluxes (p = 0.1). Mean total scores of QOLRAD-M and SF-36-M were correlated (r = 0.74, p < 0.001). GERDQ-M = 8, erosive esophagitis, and DeMeester >= 14.72 were associated with impaired QOLRAD-M in all domains (all p < 0.02) but this was not seen with SF-36. Conclusions: GERDQ-M and QOLRAD-M are valid and reliable tools applicable in a primary care setting. (C) 2018 S. Karger AG, Basel
6. Dual algorithm for truncated fractional variation based image denoising

Author:Liang, HX;Zhang, JL


Abstract:Fractional-order derivative is attracting more and more attention of researchers in image processing because of its better property in restoring more texture than the total variation. To improve the performance of fractional-order variation model in image restoration, a truncated fractional-order variation model was proposed in Chan and Liang [Truncated fractional-order variation model for image restoration, J. Oper. Res. Soc. China]. In this paper, we propose a dual approach to solve this truncated fractional-order variation model on noise removal. The proposed algorithm is based on the dual approach proposed by Chambolle [An algorithm for total variation minimisation and applications, J. Math Imaging Vis. 20 (2004), pp. 89-97]. Conversely, the Chambolle's dual approach can be treated as a special case of the proposed algorithm with fractional order . The work of this paper modifies the result in Zhang et al. [Adaptive fractional-order multi-scale method for image denoising, J. Math. Imaging Vis. 43(1) (2012), pp. 39-49. Springer Netherlands 0924-9907, Computer Science, pp. 1-11, 2011], where the convergence is not analysed. Based on the truncation, the convergence of the proposed dual method can be analysed and the convergence criteria can be provided. In addition, the accuracy of the reconstruction is improved after the truncation is taken.
7. A multi-objective optimization model for bike-sharing    

Author:Shan, Yu ; Xie, Dejun ; Zhang, Rui

Source:ACM International Conference Proceeding Series,2019,Vol.

Abstract:The study proposes a multi-objective optimization model for bike-sharing industry by monitoring, with high accuracy, the user demand and providing the suitable number of bikes at selected stations. One of the key factors for designing an optimized bike sharing system is to balance the demand of pick-ups (drop-offs) around a given station and the number of available bikes (vacant lockers) in the station throughout the day. The model optimizes the location of bicycle stations and the number of parking slots that each station should have by taking account of the main contributing factors including the total budget of the bike sharing system, the popularity of riding in the city, and the expected proximity of the stations. A case study using the bike-sharing in New York was conducted to test theeffectiveness of themodel. © 2019 Association for Computing Machinery.
8. Dopamine Surface Modification of Trititanate Nanotubes: Proposed In-Situ Structure Models.

Author:Liu, Ruochen; Fu, Xuejian; Wang, Congyi; Dawson, Graham

Source:Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany),2016,Vol.22

Abstract:Two models for self-assembled dopamine on the surface of trititanate nanotubes are proposed: individual monomer units linked by π-π stacking of the aromatic regions and mono-attached units interacting through hydrogen bonds. This was investigated with solid state NMR spectroscopy studies and powder X-ray diffraction.
9. An atomic finite element model for biodegradable polymers. Part 1. Formulation of the finite elements

Author:Gleadall, A;Pan, JZ;Ding, LF;Kruft, MA;Curco, D


Abstract:Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are widely used to analyse materials at the atomic scale. However, MD has high computational demands, which may inhibit its use for simulations of structures involving large numbers of atoms such as amorphous polymer structures. An atomic-scale finite element method (AFEM) is presented in this study with significantly lower computational demands than MD. Due to the reduced computational demands, AFEM is suitable for the analysis of Young's modulus of amorphous polymer structures. This is of particular interest when studying the degradation of bioresorbable polymers, which is the topic of an accompanying paper. AFEM is derived from the inter-atomic potential energy functions of an MD force field. The nonlinear MD functions were adapted to enable static linear analysis. Finite element formulations were derived to represent interatomic potential energy functions between two, three and four atoms. Validation of the AFEM was conducted through its application to atomic structures for crystalline and amorphous poly(lactide). (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
10. Valuation Bounds on Barrier Options Under Model Uncertainty

Author:Hong, Y


Abstract:This article investigates valuation bounds on barrier options under model uncertainty. This investigation enriches the literature on the model-free valuation of these exotic options. It is found that with weak assumptions on underlying price processes, tight valuation bounds on barrier options can be sought from a set of European options. As a result, the numerical routine developed in this article can be reviewed as a new method for the evaluation of barrier options, which is independent of model assumptions. (c) 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Jrl Fut Mark 33:199234, 2013
11. Critically paintable, choosable or colorable graphs

Author:Riasat, A;Schauz, U


Abstract:We extend results about critically k-colorable graphs to choosability and paintability (list colorability and on-line list colorability). Using a strong version of Brooks' Theorem, we generalize Gallai's Theorem about the structure of the low-degree subgraph of critically k-colorable graphs, and introduce a more adequate lowest-degree subgraph. We prove lower bounds for the edge density of critical graphs, and generalize Heawood's Map-Coloring Theorem about graphs on higher surfaces to paintability. We also show that on a fixed given surface, there are only finitely many critically k-paintable/k-choosable/k-colorable graphs, if k >= 6. In this situation, we can determine in polynomial time k-paintability, k-choosability and k-colorability, by giving a polynomial time coloring strategy for "Mrs. Correct". Our generalizations of k-choosability theorems also concern the treatment of non-constant list sizes (non-constant k). Finally, we use a Ramsey-type lemma to deduce all 2-paintable, 2-choosable, critically 3-paintable and critically 3-choosable graphs, with respect to vertex deletion and to edge deletion. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
12. Fabricated Pictures Detection with Graph Matching


Source:ACM International Conference Proceeding Series,2020,Vol.

Abstract:Fabricating experimental pictures in research work is a serious academic misconduct, which should better be detected in the reviewing process. However, due to large number of submissions, the detection whether a picture is fabricated or reused is laborious for reviewers, and sometimes is unrecognizable with human eyes. A tool for detecting similarity between images may help to alleviate this problem. Some methods based on local feature points matching work for most of the time, while these methods may result in mess of matchings due to ignorance of global relationship between features. We present a framework to detect similar, or perhaps fabricated, pictures with the graph matching techniques. A new iterative method is proposed, and experiments show that such a graph matching technique is better than the methods based only on local features for some cases.
13. Treatment for HIV prevention study in southwestern areas of China

Author:Chen, HH;Yang, XY;Zhu, QY;Wu, XH;Chen, L;Lu, HX;Luo, LH;Lan, GH;Ge, XM;Tang, ZZ;Shen, ZY;Pan, SW;Xing, H;Ruan, YH;Shao, YM;Yang, WM


Abstract:Background: China has ambitious to achieve significant reductions in HIV transmission and HIV-related mortality by adopting the World Health Organization's "Treat All" approach. Such a prevention strategy is needed future study on regional scale. Methods: An observational cohort study of HIV epidemiology and treatment databases was used to study the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy on the transmission of HIV in serodiscordant couples in Guangxi of China. Results: A total of 7713 couples were entered into the cohort study analysis which included 1885 couples in the treatment-naive cohort and 5828 couples in the treated cohort. During the follow-up of 18985.29 person-years from 2003 to 2014, the average incidence of HIV was 2.4 per 100 person-years (95%% CI 2.1-2.6). HIV seroincidence rate was significantly higher among the treatment naive group (4.2 per 100 person-years, 3.7-4.8) compared with the on treatment group (1.6 per 100 person-years, 1.3-1.8). An overall 45%% reduction in risk of HIV transmission among serodiscordant couple was associated with ART treatment (adjusted Hazard Ratio [HR] 0.55, 95%% Confidence Interval [CI] 0.44-0.69). Treatment prevention had significantly effectiveness for most baseline characteristics of index partners, such as for male, female, age above 25 years, education below high school, farmer, infected by heterosexual intercourse. Conclusion: Treatment-as-prevention can be implemented in the real-world on a national or regional scale, but ART adherence and comprehensive harm reduction while implementing this strategy require further study. (C) 2018 The Authors. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of KeAi Communications Co., Ltd.
14. The effects of the bioanode on the microbial community and element profile in paddy soil

Author:Williamson, G;Chen, Z


Abstract:In paddy soil the reductive dissolution of iron oxide and the availability of organic matter plays an important role in arsenic release under anaerobic conditions. Microbial fuel cells have been shown to reduce organic matter (OM) content and the rate in which this occurs strongly relate to the external resistance applied. In this study we investigated the effects of bioanode operating at different external resistance on the paddy soil microbial community and iron and arsenic concentration. The results show that MFC can be used to reduce soil pore water iron and arsenic concentration and the extent in which this occurs depend on the external resistance applied. The MFC is able to mitigate arsenic release by decreasing organic matter availability. Furthermore, our finding shows that external resistance had a significant influence on the bacterial community composition that develop on the bioanode however only had minimal effect on the community of the bulk soil. These findings suggest that the sMFC can influence the iron and arsenic concentration by reducing OM content and the microbial community that develop in the bioanode vicinity.

Author:Andersson, J;Mikayelyan, H


Abstract:We will prove a partial regularity result for the zero level set of weak solutions to div(B del u) = 0, where B = B(u) = I + (A - I)chi({u<0}), where I is the identity matrix and the eigenvalues of A are strictly positive and bounded. We will apply this to describe the regularity of solutions to the Bellman equations.
16. Macroinvertebrate drift-benthos trends in a regulated river

Author:Tonkin, JD;Death, RG


Abstract:Downstream drift plays a fundamental role in the spatial distribution and community structure of lotic macroinvertebrates. We sampled both benthic and drifting macroinvertebrates at 15 sites, in three sections of river with varying flow alteration along the Tongariro River, New Zealand. Our objectives were to examine whether (i) benthic and drift density were linearly related throughout the river, (ii) the presence of dams affected the propensity of macroinvertebrates to drift, and (iii) drift propensity was related to benthic periphyton biomass or natural longitudinal patterns down the river. More taxa were collected from the drift than the benthos, although drift and benthic samples were generally taxonomically similar, despite some structural differences. Nonetheless, differences were evident between the major groups when assessing density and relative abundance links between the benthos and drift. The presence of dams did not affect the propensity of macroinvertebrates to drift on the whole, nor was propensity affected by periphyton biomass or distance from source. These results suggest that although altered periphyton biomass in downstream sections in the Tongariro River is altering the composition of benthic and drifting macroinvertebrates, drift propensity is unaffected. However, some deviations from linear relationships between benthic and drift density are evident suggesting these links may be taxon specific.
17. Detection of human IgM and IgG antibodies by means of galactofuranose-coated and rhamnose-coated gold nanoparticles

Author:Wang, Xinyue; Chen, Huaiyong; Chiodo, Fabrizio; Tefsen, Boris


Abstract:Many infectious diseases lack cheap, fast, and reliable serodiagnostic tools. Recently, glycans coupled to gold nanoparticles (GNPs) have shown potential to fill this void by utilizing them as a coating in ELISA experiments. In this study, we used GNPs functionalized either with galactofuranose (Galf), rhamnose (Rhap) or a mixture of these monosaccharides to detect the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies against these non-human carbohydrates in sera obtained from tuberculosis patients and control groups. Our findings confirm the wide abundance of anti-Rhap antibodies in humans and show for the first time the presence of anti-Galf antibodies in human sera. This study supports further investigation of using GNP-ELISA with microbe-specific carbohydrates for serodiagnosis of infectious diseases.
18. The formation of binary star clusters in the Milky Way and Large Magellanic Cloud

Author:Darma, R;Arifyanto, MI;Kouwenhoven, MBN


Abstract:Recent observations of young embedded clumpy clusters and statistical identifications of binary star clusters have provided new insights into the formation process and subsequent dynamical evolution of star clusters. The early dynamical evolution of clumpy stellar structures provides the conditions for the origin of binary star clusters. Here, we carry out N-body simulations in order to investigate the formation of binary star clusters in the MilkyWay and in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). We find that binary star clusters can form from stellar aggregates with a variety of initial conditions. For a given initial virial ratio, a higher degree of initial substructure results in a higher fraction of binary star clusters. The number of binary star clusters decreases over time due to merging or dissolution of the binary system. Typically, similar to 45 per cent of the aggregates evolve into binary/multiple clusters within t = 20 Myr in the Milky Way environment, while merely similar to 30 per cent survives beyond t = 50 Myr, with separations <= 50 pc. On the other hand, in the LMC, similar to 90 per cent of the binary/multiple clusters survive beyond t = 20 Myr and the fraction decreases to similar to 80 per cent at t = 50 Myr, with separations less than or similar to 35 pc. Multiple clusters are also rapidly formed for highly substructured and expanding clusters. The additional components tend to detach and the remaining binary star cluster merges. The merging process can produce fast rotating star clusters with mostly flat rotation curves that speed up in the outskirts.
19. Topical treatments and photodynamic therapy for actinic keratosis of the face and scalp

Author:Foley,Kelly;Gupta,Aditya K.;Martin,George;Tweed,John A.;Villanueva,Elmer;Carviel,Jessie

Source:Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,2019,Vol.2019

Abstract:This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: To assess the effects of topical interventions and photodynamic therapy as monotherapy or combination therapy for treatment of actinic keratoses on the face and scalp (which includes lip, face, and scalp) of immunocompetent (i.e. normal immune response) adults.
20. Advances of RRAM Devices: Resistive Switching Mechanisms, Materials and Bionic Synaptic Application

Author:Shen, ZJ;Zhao, C;Qi, YF;Xu, WY;Liu, YN;Mitrovic, IZ;Yang, L;Zhao, CZ


Abstract:Resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices are receiving increasing extensive attention due to their enhanced properties such as fast operation speed, simple device structure, low power consumption, good scalability potential and so on, and are currently considered to be one of the next-generation alternatives to traditional memory. In this review, an overview of RRAM devices is demonstrated in terms of thin film materials investigation on electrode and function layer, switching mechanisms and artificial intelligence applications. Compared with the well-developed application of inorganic thin film materials (oxides, solid electrolyte and two-dimensional (2D) materials) in RRAM devices, organic thin film materials (biological and polymer materials) application is considered to be the candidate with significant potential. The performance of RRAM devices is closely related to the investigation of switching mechanisms in this review, including thermal-chemical mechanism (TCM), valance change mechanism (VCM) and electrochemical metallization (ECM). Finally, the bionic synaptic application of RRAM devices is under intensive consideration, its main characteristics such as potentiation/depression response, short-/long-term plasticity (STP/LTP), transition from short-term memory to long-term memory (STM to LTM) and spike-time-dependent plasticity (STDP) reveal the great potential of RRAM devices in the field of neuromorphic application.
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