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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212325/a-low-g-silicon-inertial-micro-switch-with-enhanced-contact-effect-using-squeeze-film-damping
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Yingchun Peng, Zhiyu Wen, Dongling Li, Zhengguo Shang
Contact time is one of the most important properties for inertial micro-switches. However, it is usually less than 20 μs for the switch with rigid electrode, which is difficult for the external circuit to recognize. This issue is traditionally addressed by designing the switch with a keep-close function or flexible electrode. However, the switch with keep-close function requires an additional operation to re-open itself, causing inconvenience for some applications wherein repeated monitoring is needed. The switch with a flexible electrode is usually fabricated by electroplating technology, and it is difficult to realize low-g switches (<50 g) due to inherent fabrication errors...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208707/gaitkeeper-a-system-for-measuring-canine-gait
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Cassim Ladha, Jack O'Sullivan, Zoe Belshaw, Lucy Asher
It is understood gait has the potential to be used as a window into neurodegenerative disorders, identify markers of subclinical pathology, inform diagnostic algorithms of disease progression and measure the efficacy of interventions. Dogs' gaits are frequently assessed in a veterinary setting to detect signs of lameness. Despite this, a reliable, affordable and objective method to assess lameness in dogs is lacking. Most described canine lameness assessments are subjective, unvalidated and at high risk of bias...
February 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208591/fusion-of-inertial-magnetic-sensor-measurements-and-map-information-for-pedestrian-tracking
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Shu-Di Bao, Xiao-Li Meng, Wendong Xiao, Zhi-Qiang Zhang
The wearable inertial/magnetic sensor based human motion analysis plays an important role in many biomedical applications, such as physical therapy, gait analysis and rehabilitation. One of the main challenges for the lower body bio-motion analysis is how to reliably provide position estimations of human subject during walking. In this paper, we propose a particle filter based human position estimation method using a foot-mounted inertial and magnetic sensor module, which not only uses the traditional zero velocity update (ZUPT), but also applies map information to further correct the acceleration double integration drift and thus improve estimation accuracy...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208493/inertia-and-universality-of-avalanche-statistics-the-case-of-slowly-deformed-amorphous-solids
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Kamran Karimi, Ezequiel E Ferrero, Jean-Louis Barrat
By means of a finite elements technique we solve numerically the dynamics of an amorphous solid under deformation in the quasistatic driving limit. We study the noise statistics of the stress-strain signal in the steady-state plastic flow, focusing on systems with low internal dissipation. We analyze the distributions of avalanche sizes and durations and the density of shear transformations when varying the damping strength. In contrast to avalanches in the overdamped case, dominated by the yielding point universal exponents, inertial avalanches are controlled by a nonuniversal damping-dependent feedback mechanism, eventually turning negligible the role of correlations...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208482/aging-underdamped-scaled-brownian-motion-ensemble-and-time-averaged-particle-displacements-nonergodicity-and-the-failure-of-the-overdamping-approximation
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Hadiseh Safdari, Andrey G Cherstvy, Aleksei V Chechkin, Anna Bodrova, Ralf Metzler
We investigate both analytically and by computer simulations the ensemble- and time-averaged, nonergodic, and aging properties of massive particles diffusing in a medium with a time dependent diffusivity. We call this stochastic diffusion process the (aging) underdamped scaled Brownian motion (UDSBM). We demonstrate how the mean squared displacement (MSD) and the time-averaged MSD of UDSBM are affected by the inertial term in the Langevin equation, both at short, intermediate, and even long diffusion times...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208418/mixing-with-applications-to-inertial-confinement-fusion-implosions
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V Rana, H Lim, J Melvin, J Glimm, B Cheng, D H Sharp
Approximate one-dimensional (1D) as well as 2D and 3D simulations are playing an important supporting role in the design and analysis of future experiments at National Ignition Facility. This paper is mainly concerned with 1D simulations, used extensively in design and optimization. We couple a 1D buoyancy-drag mix model for the mixing zone edges with a 1D inertial confinement fusion simulation code. This analysis predicts that National Ignition Campaign (NIC) designs are located close to a performance cliff, so modeling errors, design features (fill tube and tent) and additional, unmodeled instabilities could lead to significant levels of mix...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208343/collective-colloid-diffusion-under-soft-two-dimensional-confinement
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S Panzuela, Raúl P Peláez, R Delgado-Buscalioni
This work presents a numerical and theoretical investigation of the collective dynamics of colloids in an unbounded solution but trapped in a harmonic potential. Under strict two-dimensional confinement (infinitely stiff trap) the collective colloidal diffusion is enhanced and diverges at zero wave number (like k^{-1}), due to the hydrodynamic propagation of the confining force across the layer. The analytic solution for the collective diffusion of colloids under a Gaussian trap of width δ still shows enhanced diffusion for large wavelengths kδ<1, while a gradual transition to normal diffusion for kδ>1...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208312/dense-plasma-heating-by-crossing-relativistic-electron-beams
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N Ratan, N J Sircombe, L Ceurvorst, J Sadler, M F Kasim, J Holloway, M C Levy, R Trines, R Bingham, P A Norreys
Here we investigate, using relativistic fluid theory and Vlasov-Maxwell simulations, the local heating of a dense plasma by two crossing electron beams. Heating occurs as an instability of the electron beams drives Langmuir waves, which couple nonlinearly into damped ion-acoustic waves. Simulations show a factor 2.8 increase in electron kinetic energy with a coupling efficiency of 18%. Our results support applications to the production of warm dense matter and as a driver for inertial fusion plasmas.
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207403/predictive-walking-age-health-analyzer
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Priyanka Mandal, Krishna Tank, Tapas Monday, Chih-Hung Chen, M Jamal Deen
A simple, low-power and wearable health analyzer for early identification and management of some diseases is presented. To achieve this goal, we propose a walking pattern analysis system that uses features such as speed, energy, turn ratio, and bipedal behavior to characterize and classify individuals in distinct walking-ages. A database is constructed from 74 healthy young adults in the age range of 18 to 60 years using the combination of inertial signals from an accelerometer and a gyroscope on a level path including turns...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207317/effects-of-sensor-position-on-kinematic-data-obtained-with-an-inertial-sensor-system-during-gait-analysis-of-trotting-horses
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Valerie J Moorman, David D Frisbie, Christopher E Kawcak, C Wayne McIlwraith
OBJECTIVE To determine the effects of altering location of right forelimb and pelvic sensors on kinematic data obtained with a commonly used inertial sensor system during gait analysis of trotting horses. DESIGN Experimental study. ANIMALS 12 horses with mild to moderate lameness of at least 1 hind limb, with or without lameness of the forelimbs. PROCEDURES All horses were examined while trotting on a high-speed treadmill. The right forelimb sensor was tested at 3 anatomic locations in random order: dorsal midline and 2 cm medial and lateral to that midline...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197810/a-wrist-sensor-and-algorithm-to-determine-instantaneous-walking-cadence-and-speed-in-daily-life-walking
#11
Benedikt Fasel, Cyntia Duc, Farzin Dadashi, Flavien Bardyn, Martin Savary, Pierre-André Farine, Kamiar Aminian
In daily life, a person's gait-an important marker for his/her health status-is usually assessed using inertial sensors fixed to lower limbs or trunk. Such sensor locations are not well suited for continuous and long duration measurements. A better location would be the wrist but with the drawback of the presence of perturbative movements independent of walking. The aim of this study was to devise and validate an algorithm able to accurately estimate walking cadence and speed for daily life walking in various environments based on acceleration measured at the wrist...
February 14, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196073/a-horse-s-locomotor-signature-cop-path-determined-by-the-individual-limb
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Sandra Nauwelaerts, Sarah Jane Hobbs, Willem Back
INTRODUCTION: Ground reaction forces in sound horses with asymmetric hooves show systematic differences in the horizontal braking force and relative timing of break-over. The Center Of Pressure (COP) path quantifies the dynamic load distribution under the hoof in a moving horse. The objective was to test whether anatomical asymmetry, quantified by the difference in dorsal wall angle between the left and right forelimbs, correlates with asymmetry in the COP path between these limbs. In addition, repeatability of the COP path was investigated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195148/energy-dissipation-in-flows-through-curved-spaces
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J-D Debus, M Mendoza, S Succi, H J Herrmann
Fluid dynamics in intrinsically curved geometries is encountered in many physical systems in nature, ranging from microscopic bio-membranes all the way up to general relativity at cosmological scales. Despite the diversity of applications, all of these systems share a common feature: the free motion of particles is affected by inertial forces originating from the curvature of the embedding space. Here we reveal a fundamental process underlying fluid dynamics in curved spaces: the free motion of fluids, in the complete absence of solid walls or obstacles, exhibits loss of energy due exclusively to the intrinsic curvature of space...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194500/the-influence-of-applied-internal-and-external-rotation-on-the-pivot-shift-phenomenon
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Sebastian Kopf, Volker Musahl, Carsten Perka, Ralf Kauert, Arnd Hoburg, Roland Becker
PURPOSE: The pivot shift test is performed in different techniques and the rotation of the tibia seems to have a significant impact on the amount of the pivot shift phenomenon. It has been hypothesised that external rotation will increase the phenomenon due to less tension at the iliotibial band in knee extension. METHODS: Twenty-four patients with unilateral anterior cruciate ligament insufficiency were included prospectively. The pivot shift test was performed bilaterally in internal and external tibial rotation under general anaesthesia...
February 14, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193020/viscoelastic-separation-of-particles-by-size-in-straight-rectangular-microchannels-a-parametric-study-for-a-refined-understanding
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Di Li, Xinyu Lu, Xiangchun Xuan
Microfluidic separation of particles has been implemented using a variety of force fields. We demonstrate in this work a continuous sheath-free separation of both a binary and a ternary particle mixture in viscoelastic polymer solutions through straight rectangular microchannels. This label-free separation arises from the flow-induced lift force that directs particles toward size-sensitive focusing positions in a high width/height channel. It is found to be a strong function of multiple experimental parameters, which is systematically investigated in terms of dimensionless numbers...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192443/roll-vection-in-migraine-and-controls-using-inertial-nulling-and-certainty-estimate-techniques
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Mark Andrew Miller, Benjamin Thomas Crane
Vection is an illusory perception of self-motion that occurs when a visual motion is presented in the majority of the visual field. We used certainty estimate (CE) and inertial nulling (IN) techniques to study the effect of visual stimuli on roll perception in 10 migraine and 9 control subjects. A visual roll stimulus was presented for 1 to 8s. For the IN method, an inertial stimulus was delivered during the final 1s of the visual stimulus during which subjects judged the direction of perceived motion. The inertial motion was varied to find the point of subjective equality (PSE) at which both responses were equally likely to be reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190505/thoracolumbar-movement-in-sound-horses-trotting-in-straight-lines-in-hand-and-on-the-lunge-and-the-relationship-with-hind-limb-symmetry-or-asymmetry
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L Greve, T Pfau, S Dyson
Equine movement symmetry is changed when turning, which may induce alterations in thoracolumbosacral kinematics; however, this has not previously been investigated. Our objectives were to document thoracolumbar movement in subjectively sound horses comparing straight lines with circles on both reins and to relate these observations to the objectively determined symmetry/asymmetry of hindlimb gait. Fourteen non-lame horses were assessed prospectively in a non-random, cross-sectional survey. The horses were trotted in straight lines and lunged on both reins and inertial sensor data collected at landmarks: withers, T13 and T18, L3, tubera sacrale, and left and right tubera coxae...
February 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186914/design-and-validation-of-a-biofeedback-device-to-improve-heel-to-toe-gait-in-seniors
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Abhishek Vadnerkar, Sabrina Figueiredo, Nancy Mayo, Robert Kearney
A feature of healthy human walking gait is a clearly defined heel-strike at initial contact, known as heel-to-toe gait. However, a common consequence of ageing is the deterioration of this heel first gait towards a flat foot, or 'shuffling' gait. This leads to a shortened stride length, slowed gait speed, and an increased fall risk. Shuffling gait is normally treated by physiotherapy, however, therapist time is limited and training is restricted to a clinical environment. Gait rehabilitation could be expedited with the use of a device that distinguishes between heel-to-toe and shuffling gait and gives feedback to the user...
February 7, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186103/quantum-lock-in-force-sensing-using-optical-clock-doppler-velocimetry
#19
Ravid Shaniv, Roee Ozeri
Force sensors are at the heart of different technologies such as atomic force microscopy or inertial sensing. These sensors often rely on the measurement of the displacement amplitude of mechanical oscillators under applied force. The best sensitivity is typically achieved when the force is alternating at the mechanical resonance frequency of the oscillator, thus increasing its response by the mechanical quality factor. The measurement of low-frequency forces, that are below resonance, is a more difficult task as the resulting oscillation amplitudes are significantly lower...
February 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184173/reliability-of-inertial-sensors-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-vestibular-disorders-a-feasibility-study
#20
Sathish K Sankarpandi, Alice J Baldwin, Jaydip Ray, Claudia Mazzà
BACKGROUND: Vestibular disorders affect an individual's stability, balance, and gait and predispose them to falls. Traditional laboratory-based semi-objective vestibular assessments are intrusive and cumbersome provide little information about their functional ability. Commercially available wearable inertial sensors allow us to make this real life assessments objective, with a detailed view of their functional abilities. Timed Up and Go (TUG) and Postural Sway tests are commonly used tests for gait and balance assessments...
2017: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
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