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Paulina Klimkiewicz, Robert Klimkiewicz, Agnieszka Jankowska, Anna Kubsik, Patrycja Widłak, Adam Łukasiak, Katarzyna Janczewska, Natalia Kociuga, Tomasz Nowakowski, Marta Woldańska-Okońska
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: In this article, the authors focused on the symptoms of ischemic stroke and the effect of neurorehabilitation methods on the functional status of patients after ischemic stroke. The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the functional status of patients after ischemic stroke with improved classic kinesiotherapy, classic kinesiotherapy and NDT-Bobath and classic kinesiotherapy and PNF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: The study involved 120 patients after ischemic stroke...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Gaozhen Liang, Chunwang Dong, Bin Hu, Hongkai Zhu, Haibo Yuan, Yongwen Jiang, Guoshuang Hao
Withering is the first step in the processing of congou black tea. With respect to the deficiency of traditional water content detection methods, a machine vision based NDT (Non Destructive Testing) method was established to detect the moisture content of withered leaves. First, according to the time sequences using computer visual system collected visible light images of tea leaf surfaces, and color and texture characteristics are extracted through the spatial changes of colors. Then quantitative prediction models for moisture content detection of withered tea leaves was established through linear PLS (Partial Least Squares) and non-linear SVM (Support Vector Machine)...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shin-Kyu Park, Sung-Jin Kim, Tak Yong Yoon, Suk-Min Lee
[Purpose] This study aimed to investigate the effects of circular gait training on balance and balance confidence in patients with stroke. [Subjects and Methods] Fifteen patients with stroke were randomly divided into either the circular gait training (CGT) group (n=8) or the straight gait training (SGT) group (n=7). Both groups had conventional therapy that adhered to the neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) approach, for 30 min. In addition, the CGT group performed circular gait training, and the SGT group practiced straight gait training for 30 min...
May 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Wongi S Na, Jongdae Baek
The birth of smart materials such as piezoelectric (PZT) transducers has aided in revolutionizing the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) based on non-destructive testing (NDT) methods. While a relatively new NDT method known as the electromechanical (EMI) technique has been investigated for more than two decades, there are still various problems that must be solved before it is applied to real structures. The technique, which has a significant potential to contribute to the creation of one of the most effective SHM systems, involves the use of a single PZT for exciting and sensing of the host structure...
April 24, 2018: Sensors
Hongkun Li, Changbo He, Reza Malekian, Zhixiong Li
The Centrifugal compressor is a piece of key equipment for petrochemical factories. As the core component of a compressor, the blades suffer periodic vibration and flow induced excitation mechanism, which will lead to the occurrence of crack defect. Moreover, the induced blade defect usually has a serious impact on the normal operation of compressors and the safety of operators. Therefore, an effective blade crack identification method is particularly important for the reliable operation of compressors. Conventional non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT&E) methods can detect the blade defect effectively, however, the compressors should shut down during the testing process which is time-consuming and costly...
April 19, 2018: Sensors
Caterina Casavola, Fania Palano, Francesco De Cillis, Angelo Tati, Roberto Terzi, Vincenza Luprano
Defects detection within a composite component, with the aim of understanding and predicting its mechanical behavior, is of great importance in the aeronautical field because the irregularities of the composite material could compromise functionality. The aim of this paper is to detect defects by means of non-destructive testing (NDT) on T-pull samples made by carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) and to evaluate their effect on the mechanical response of the material. Samples, obtained from an industrial stringer having an inclined web and realized with a polymeric filler between cap and web, were subjected to ultrasonic monitoring and then to T-pull mechanical tests...
April 18, 2018: Materials
Vicha Treeaporn, Mark A Neifeld
Non-destructive testing (NDT) by x-ray imaging is commonly used for finding manufacturing defects, cargo inspection, or security screening. These tasks can be regarded as examples of a detection problem where a target is either present or not. Task-specific information (TSI) [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A24, B25 (2007)JOAOD60740-323210.1364/JOSAA.24.000B25; Appl. Opt.47, 4457 (2008)APOPAI0003-693510.1364/AO.47.004457] bounds, an information-theoretic based metric, are presented for a threat detection task. A system using polychromatic x-ray pencil beam object illumination and energy-resolving detectors for both absorption and diffraction measurements is employed for this task...
March 20, 2018: Applied Optics
Kumar Anubhav Tiwari, Renaldas Raisutis, Liudas Mazeika, Vykintas Samaitis
In this paper, a novel 2D analytical model based on the Huygens's principle of wave propagation is proposed in order to predict the directivity patterns of contact type ultrasonic transducers in the generation of guided waves (GWs). The developed model is able to estimate the directivity patterns at any distance, at any excitation frequency and for any configuration and shape of the transducers with prior information of phase dispersive characteristics of the guided wave modes and the behavior of transducer...
March 26, 2018: Sensors
Zhaoyan Jiang, Huan Li, Zhen Wang, Jianqi Zhang, Yajie Zhang, Kun Lu, Zhixiang Wei
Three novel copolymers based on zigzag naphthodithiophene (zNDT) with different aromatic rings as π bridges and different core side substitutions are designed and synthesized (PzNDT-T-1,3-bis(4-(2-ethylhexyl)-thiophen-2-yl)-5,7-bis(2-ethylhexyl)benzo[1,2-c:4,5-c']-dithiophene-4,8-dione (BDD), PzNDT-TT-BDD, and PzNDTP-T-BDD, respectively). The 2D conjugation structure and molecular planarity of the polymers can be effectively altered through the modification of conjugated side chains and π-bridges. These alterations contribute to the variation in energy levels, light absorption capacity, and morphology compatibility of the polymers...
March 23, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
B Serrano Falcón, M Megía Sánchez, A Ruiz de León, E Rey
BACKGROUND: Beer has been related to gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and dyspepsia, based on its alcohol and gas content. The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between moderate consumption of traditional and alcohol-free beer and upper digestive symptoms, gastric accommodation and GER. METHODS: Healthy adults without frequent gastrointestinal symptoms and GER disease were included. The intervention involved administration of traditional beer to 10 subjects (substudy 1) and alcohol-free beer to 20 (substudy 2); control intervention entailed administration of water...
March 15, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Vamsi Krishna Rentala, Phani Mylavarapu, Jai Prakash Gautam
In order to successfully implement Damage Tolerance (DT) methodology for aero-engines, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques are vital for assessing the remaining life of the component. Probability of Detection (POD), a standard measure of NDT reliability, is usually estimated as per MIL-HDBK-1823A standard. Estimation of POD of any NDT technique can be obtained by both experimental and model assisted methods. POD depends on many factors such as material, geometry, defect characteristics, inspection technique, etc...
July 2018: Ultrasonics
Bruno Corrado, Nadia Sommella, Gianluca Ciardi, Enza Raiano, Iris Scala, Pietro Strisciuglio, Clemente Servodio Iammarrone
BACKGROUND: The development of both gross and fine motor skills in a child with Down syndrome is generally delayed. The most seriously affected stage is the achievement of independent walking ability, which influences the onset of all following motor and cognityive skills. The study objectives were (a) to assess the time taken to achieve independent walking ability in a cohort of children with Down syndrome, (b) to examine differences in walking onset by patient characteristics, (c) to verify the effect of early physical therapy (Neurodevelopmental Treatment on the basis of Bobath Concept practised within the first months of life) in the achievement of that skill...
February 19, 2018: Minerva Pediatrica
Mariana B Méndez, Cintia W Rivero, Fernando López-Gallego, José M Guisán, Jorge A Trelles
The 2'-N-deoxyribosyltransferases [NDT; EC] are a group of enzymes widely used as biocatalysts for nucleoside biosynthesis. In this work, the molecular cloning, expression and purification of a novel NDT from Lactobacillus animalis (LaNDT) have been reported. On the other hand, biocatalyst stability has been significantly enhanced by multipoint covalent immobilization using a hetero-functional support activated with nickel-chelates and glyoxyl groups. The immobilized enzyme could be reused for more than 300 h and stored during almost 3 months without activity loss...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biotechnology
Zhanwei Liu, Dacheng Jiao, Wenxiong Shi, Huimin Xie
Interface disbond in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) is one of the key issues that cause their premature failure. In general, blind hole defects are often used as substitutes in transient thermography. The linear laser fast scanning thermography (LLFST) method was developed in this study and combined with several post-processing algorithms to accurately detect blind hole defects in TBCs. Through numerical simulation and experimental verification, a unique thermal response characteristic of blind holes in the cooling phase, namely a distinct "tailing" phenomenon, was summarized and utilized to recognize small defects...
December 11, 2017: Optics Express
Kumar Anubhav Tiwari, Renaldas Raisutis, Vykintas Samaitis
This work proposes a novel hybrid signal processing technique to extract information on disbond-type defects from a single B-scan in the process of non-destructive testing (NDT) of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) material using ultrasonic guided waves (GW). The selected GFRP sample has been a segment of wind turbine blade, which possessed an aerodynamic shape. Two disbond type defects having diameters of 15 mm and 25 mm were artificially constructed on its trailing edge. The experiment has been performed using the low-frequency ultrasonic system developed at the Ultrasound Institute of Kaunas University of Technology and only one side of the sample was accessed...
December 9, 2017: Sensors
Makiko Kobayashi, Taiga Kibe, Hajime Nagata
Continuous ultrasonic in-situ monitoring for industrial applications is difficult owing to the high operating temperatures in industrial fields. It is expected that ultrasonic transducers consisting of a CaBi₄Ti₄O15 (CBT)/Pb(Zr,Ti)O₃(PZT) sol-gel composite could be one solution for ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) above 500 °C because no couplant is required and CBT has a high Curie temperature. To verify the high temperature durability, CBT/PZT sol-gel composite films were fabricated on titanium substrates by spray coating, and the CBT/PZT samples were tested in a furnace at various temperatures...
November 27, 2017: Sensors
Fatih Tekin, Erdogan Kavlak, Ugur Cavlak, Filiz Altug
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to show the effects of an 8-week Neurodevelopmental Treatment based posture and balance training on postural control and balance in diparetic and hemiparetic Cerebral Palsied children (CPC). METHODS: Fifteen CPC (aged 5-15 yrs) were recruited from Denizli Yağmur Çocukları Rehabilitation Centre. Gross Motor Function Classification System, Gross Motor Function Measure, 1-Min Walking Test, Modified Timed Up and Go Test, Paediatric Balance Scale, Functional Independence Measure for Children and Seated Postural Control Measure were used for assessment before and after treatment...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Young-Hoon Kim, Ji-Yeong Byeon, Se-Hyung Kim, Choong-Min Lee, Eui Hyun Jung, Won Ki Chae, Choon-Gon Jang, Seok-Yong Lee, Yun Jeong Lee
Tolterodine is a nonselective muscarinic antagonist that is indicated for the overactive urinary bladder and other urinary difficulties. We developed and validated a simple, rapid and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography analytical method utilizing tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for the quantitation of tolterodine and its major metabolites, 5-hydroxymethyltolterodine (5-HMT) and N-dealkyltolterodine (NDT), in human plasma. After liquid-liquid extraction with methyl t-butyl ether, chromatographic separation of the three analytes was achieved using a reversed-phase Luna Phenyl-hexyl column (100 × 2...
November 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Veerle M H Coupé, Miranda L van Hooff, Marinus de Kleuver, Ewout W Steyerberg, Raymond W J G Ostelo
Information from individual classification systems or clinical prediction rules that aim to facilitate stratified care in low back pain is important but often not comprehensive enough to be used to support clinical decision-making. The development and implementation of a clinically useful decision support tool (DST) that considering all key features is a challenging enterprise, requiring a multidisciplinary approach. Key features are inclusion of all relevant treatment options, patient characteristics, and benefits and harms and presentation as an accessible and easy to use toolkit...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
Manuel Webersen, Sarah Johannesmann, Julia Düchting, Leander Claes, Bernd Henning
Ultrasonic methods are widely established in the NDE/NDT community, where they are mostly used for the detection of flaws and structural damage in various components. A different goal, despite the similar technological approach, is non-destructive material characterization, i.e. the determination of parameters like Young's modulus. Only few works on this topic have considered materials with high damping and strong anisotropy, such as continuous-fiber reinforced plastics, but due to the increasing demand in the industry, appropriate methods are needed...
March 2018: Ultrasonics
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