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Lewis Wolpert
Here, I provide some recollections of my life, starting as a civil engineer in South Africa and how I gradually became interested in biology, particularly pattern formation. In retrospect, I think that my decision to work on chick embryos to study limb development back in 1966 turned out to be the right one. The principles discovered in these 50 years, both by my collaborators and by other colleagues, have established the principles of how the limb develops in higher vertebrates, including humans.
2018: International Journal of Developmental Biology
D Vázquez-Nion, B Silva, B Prieto
Bioreceptivity is a fundamental concept in the ornamental stone industry and in the fields of cultural heritage and civil engineering to understand the susceptibility of stone constructions to biological colonisation and subsequent biodeterioration. However, a bioreceptivity index (BI) has not yet been established for any construction material. The aim of the present study is developing a simple, robust and well-founded BI for granitic rocks. For this purpose, a standardised laboratory protocol was used to grow phototrophic biofilms on several varieties of granite...
March 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Omar Rifaie-Graham, Edward A Apebende, Livia K Bast, Nico Bruns
Sensing of damage, deformation, and mechanical forces is of vital importance in many applications of fiber-reinforced polymer composites, as it allows the structural health and integrity of composite components to be monitored and microdamage to be detected before it leads to catastrophic material failure. Bioinspired and biomimetic approaches to self-sensing and self-reporting materials are reviewed. Examples include bruising coatings and bleeding composites based on dye-filled microcapsules, hollow fibers, and vascular networks...
March 24, 2018: Advanced Materials
Paolo Morandi, Sanja Hak, Guido Magenes
This article contains information related to a recent study "Performance-based interpretation of in-plane cyclic tests on RC frames with strong masonry infills" (Morandi et al., 2017 [1]). Motivated by the necessity to improve the knowledge of the in-plane seismic response of rigid strong masonry infills, a wide experimental campaign based on in-plane cyclic tests on full-scale RC infilled frame specimens, supplemented with a complete characterization of the materials, has been conducted at the laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the University of Pavia...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Jeong-Ki Kim, Arghavan Louhghalam, Geonhui Lee, Benjamin W Schafer, Denis Wirtz, Dong-Hwee Kim
In the original version of this Article, the affiliation details for Arghavan Louhghalam were incorrectly given as 'Institute for NanoBioTechnology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA', and it should have been given as 'Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA'. Furthermore, an incorrect grant number, R1610512, was acknowledged. The correct grant number is NRF-2016R1C1B2015018. These errors have now been corrected in both the PDF and HTML versions of the Article...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Xiaolin Meng, Dinh Tung Nguyen, Yilin Xie, John S Owen, Panagiotis Psimoulis, Sean Ince, Qusen Chen, Jun Ye, Paul Bhatia
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is a relatively new branch of civil engineering that focuses on assessing the health status of infrastructure, such as long-span bridges. Using a broad range of in-situ monitoring instruments, the purpose of the SHM is to help engineers understand the behaviour of structures, ensuring their structural integrity and the safety of the public. Under the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) scheme of the European Space Agency (ESA), a feasibility study (FS) project that used the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) for Structural Health Monitoring of Long-span Bridges (GeoSHM) was initiated in 2013...
March 4, 2018: Sensors
Gabriel Gachelin, Paul Garner, Eliana Ferroni, Jan Peter Verhave, Annick Opinel
Public health strategies for malaria in endemic countries aim to prevent transmission of the disease and control the vector. This historical analysis considers the strategies for vector control developed during the first four decades of the twentieth century. In 1925, policies and technological advances were debated internationally for the first time after the outbreak of malaria in Europe which followed World War I. This dialogue had implications for policies in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, and influenced the broader international control agenda...
February 27, 2018: Malaria Journal
Bradford W Hesse
An "open science movement" is gaining traction across many disciplines within the research enterprise but is also precipitating consternation among those who worry that too much disruption may be hampering professional productivity. Despite this disruption, proponents of open data collaboration have argued that some of the biggest problems of the 21st century need to be solved with the help of many people and that data sharing will be the necessary engine to make that happen. In the United States, a national strategic plan for data sharing encouraged the federally funded scientific agencies to (a) publish open data for community use in discoverable, machine-readable, and useful ways; (b) work with public and civil society organizations to set priorities for data to be shared; (c) support innovation and feedback on open data solutions; and (d) continue efforts to release and enhance high-priority data sets funded by taxpayer dollars...
February 2018: American Psychologist
Dessi A Koleva
The corrosion of reinforced steel, and subsequent reinforced concrete degradation, is a major concern for infrastructure durability. New materials with specific, tailor-made properties or the establishment of optimum construction regimes are among the many approaches to improving civil structure performance. Ideally, novel materials would carry self-repairing or self-healing capacities, triggered in the event of detrimental influence and/or damage. Controlling or altering a material's behavior at the nano-level would result in traditional materials with radically enhanced properties...
February 20, 2018: Materials
A Naillon, P Joseph, M Prat
The stress generation on pore walls due to the growth of a sodium chloride crystal in a confined aqueous solution is studied from evaporation experiments in microfluidic channels in conjunction with numerical computations of crystal growth. The study indicates that the stress buildup on the pore walls is a highly transient process taking place over a very short period of time (in less than 1 s in our experiments). The analysis makes clear that what matters for the stress generation is not the maximum supersaturation at the onset of the crystal growth but the supersaturation at the interface between the solution and the crystal when the latter is about to be confined between the pore walls...
January 19, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Rebecca Napolitano, Anna Blyth, Branko Glisic
Visualization of sensor networks, data, and metadata is becoming one of the most pivotal aspects of the structural health monitoring (SHM) process. Without the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively between disparate groups working on a project, an SHM system can be underused, misunderstood, or even abandoned. For this reason, this work seeks to evaluate visualization techniques in the field, identify flaws in current practices, and devise a new method for visualizing and accessing SHM data and metadata in 3D...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
Janek Reinik, Natalya Irha, Arina Koroljova, Tõnis Meriste
Oil shale ash (OSA) was used for road construction in a pristine swamp area in East-Estonia during 2013-2014. OSA was used as a binder both in mass stabilization of soft peat soil and in the upper layer. Use of OSA in civil engineering always raises questions about the environmental safety of such activities. Post-construction environmental monitoring of the pilot section was carried out in 2014 and 2015. The monitoring program involved surface water and soil sampling campaigns. Samples were analyzed for selected constituents and parameters of environmental concern...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Adela P Galvín, Jesús Ayuso, Auxi Barbudo, Manuel Cabrera, Antonio López-Uceda, Julia Rosales
In general terms, plant managers of sites producing construction wastes assess materials according to concise, legally recommended leaching tests that do not consider the compaction stage of the materials when they are applied on-site. Thus, the tests do not account for the real on-site physical conditions of the recycled aggregates used in civil works (e.g., roads or embankments). This leads to errors in estimating the pollutant potential of these materials. For that reason, in the present research, an experimental procedure is designed as a leaching test for construction materials under compaction...
December 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Numa Joy Bertola, Maria Papadopoulou, Didier Vernay, Ian F C Smith
Assessing ageing infrastructure is a critical challenge for civil engineers due to the difficulty in the estimation and integration of uncertainties in structural models. Field measurements are increasingly used to improve knowledge of the real behavior of a structure; this activity is called structural identification. Error-domain model falsification (EDMF) is an easy-to-use model-based structural-identification methodology which robustly accommodates systematic uncertainties originating from sources such as boundary conditions, numerical modelling and model fidelity, as well as aleatory uncertainties from sources such as measurement error and material parameter-value estimations...
December 14, 2017: Sensors
Meng Sun, Yide Wang, Cédric Le Bastard, Jingjing Pan, Yuehua Ding
In civil engineering, Time Delay Estimation (TDE) is one of the most important tasks for the media structure and quality evaluation. In this paper, the MUSIC algorithm is applied to estimate the time delay. In practice, the backscattered echoes are highly correlated (even coherent). In order to apply the MUSIC algorithm, an adaptation of signal subspace smoothing is proposed to decorrelate the correlation between echoes. Unlike the conventional sub-band averaging techniques, we propose to directly use the signal subspace, which can take full advantage of the signal subspace and reduce the influence of noise...
December 10, 2017: Sensors
Georgios Kazakis, Ioannis Kanellopoulos, Stefanos Sotiropoulos, Nikos D Lagaros
Construction industry has a major impact on the environment that we spend most of our life. Therefore, it is important that the outcome of architectural intuition performs well and complies with the design requirements. Architects usually describe as "optimal design" their choice among a rather limited set of design alternatives, dictated by their experience and intuition. However, modern design of structures requires accounting for a great number of criteria derived from multiple disciplines, often of conflicting nature...
October 2017: Heliyon
Tao Zhang, Guojun Cai, Weihong Duan
The disposal of scrap rubber tires has induced critical environmental issue worldwide due to the rapid increase in the number of vehicles. Recycled scrap tires as a construction material in civil engineering have significant environmental benefits from a waste management perspective. A systematic study that deals with strength and microstructure characteristics of the rubber-sand mixtures is initiated, and mechanical response of the mixtures is discussed in this investigation. Experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of rubber fraction on the basic properties including mass density (ρ), stress-strain characteristics, shear strength, and unconfined compression strength (qu ) of the rubber-sand mixtures...
February 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jean-Baptiste Legland, Yuxiang Zhang, Odile Abraham, Olivier Durand, Vincent Tournat
The field of civil engineering is in need of new methods of non-destructive testing, especially in order to prevent and monitor the serious deterioration of concrete structures. In this work, experimental results are reported on fault detection and characterization in a meter-scale concrete structure using an ultrasonic nonlinear coda wave interferometry (NCWI) method. This method entails the nonlinear mixing of strong pump waves with multiple scattered probe (coda) waves, along with analysis of the net effect using coda wave interferometry...
October 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Xing Lu, Shuangyou Zhang, Xing Chen, Dohyeon Kwon, Chan-Gi Jeon, Zhigang Zhang, Jungwon Kim, Kebin Shi
Ultrahigh-resolution optical strain sensors provide powerful tools in various scientific and engineering fields, ranging from long-baseline interferometers to civil and aerospace industries. Here we demonstrate an ultrahigh-resolution fibre strain sensing method by directly detecting the time-of-flight (TOF) change of the optical pulse train generated from a free-running passively mode-locked laser (MLL) frequency comb. We achieved a local strain resolution of 18 pε/Hz1/2 and 1.9 pε/Hz1/2 at 1 Hz and 3 kHz, respectively, with large dynamic range of >154 dB at 3 kHz...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Junhwa Lee, Kyoung-Chan Lee, Soojin Cho, Sung-Han Sim
The displacement responses of a civil engineering structure can provide important information regarding structural behaviors that help in assessing safety and serviceability. A displacement measurement using conventional devices, such as the linear variable differential transformer (LVDT), is challenging owing to issues related to inconvenient sensor installation that often requires additional temporary structures. A promising alternative is offered by computer vision, which typically provides a low-cost and non-contact displacement measurement that converts the movement of an object, mostly an attached marker, in the captured images into structural displacement...
October 11, 2017: Sensors
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