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Tarique Ahmad, Kafeel Ahmad, Mehtab Alam
Large volume of sludge is generated at the water treatment plants during the purification of surface water for potable supplies. Handling and disposal of sludge require careful attention from civic bodies, plant operators, and environmentalists. Quantification of the sludge produced at the treatment plants is important to develop suitable management strategies for its economical and environment friendly disposal. Present study deals with the quantification of sludge using empirical relation between turbidity, suspended solids, and coagulant dosing...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Coleen M Carrigan
Computing is highly segregated and stratified by gender. While there is abundant scholarship investigating this problem, emerging evidence suggests that a hierarchy of value exists between the social and technical dimensions of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and this plays a role in the underrepresentation of women in the field. This ethnographic study of women's experiences in computing offers evidence of a systemic preference for the technical dimensions of computing over the social and a correlation between gender and social aspirations...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
Feng Lin, Yu Dong, Xinxin Kuang, Le Lu
The strain rate effect of reinforcing steel bars is generally indispensable for modeling the dynamic responses of reinforced concrete structures in blast and impact events. A systematic experimental investigation was conducted on the strain rate behavior of reinforcing steel bar grades HPB235, HRB335, HRB400, and HRB500 which are widely used in the field of civil engineering in China. The dynamic testing was performed using a servo-hydraulic Instron VHS160/100-20 in a strain rate range from 2 to 75 s(-1). Stress-strain curves at preset strain rates were obtained...
December 15, 2016: Materials
How-Ji Chen, Ying-Chih Hsueh, Ching-Fang Peng, Chao-Wei Tang
The lightweight aggregates used by the civil engineering market are sintered at a high temperature, about 1200 °C. In times of high energy prices and regulation of carbon dioxide emissions, lightweight aggregate products of the high-temperature process in sales marketing are not readily accepted. This study developed a sintered-type paper sludge lightweight aggregate. In order to reduce energy consumption, substitution of some reservoir sediment clay in paper sludge substitutes is to be expected. The study used two types of paper sludge (green clay paper sludge and paper pulp sludge)...
October 27, 2016: Materials
Yun-Lai Zhou, Hongyou Cao, Quanmin Liu, Magd Abdel Wahab
Output-based structural damage detection is becoming increasingly appealing due to its potential in real engineering applications without any restriction regarding excitation measurements. A new transmissibility-based damage detection approach is presented in this study by combining transmissibility with correlation analysis in order to strengthen its performance in discriminating damaged from undamaged scenarios. From this perspective, damage detection strategies are hereafter established by constructing damage-sensitive indicators from a derived transmissibility...
July 27, 2017: Materials
Wei Xu, Maosen Cao, Keqin Ding, Maciej Radzieński, Wiesław Ostachowicz
Carbon fiber reinforced polymer laminates are increasingly used in the aerospace and civil engineering fields. Identifying cracks in carbon fiber reinforced polymer laminated beam components is of considerable significance for ensuring the integrity and safety of the whole structures. With the development of high-resolution measurement technologies, mode-shape-based crack identification in such laminated beam components has become an active research focus. Despite its sensitivity to cracks, however, this method is susceptible to noise...
June 15, 2017: Materials
José Marcos Ortega, María Dolores Esteban, Raúl Rubén Rodríguez, José Luis Pastor, Francisco José Ibanco, Isidro Sánchez, Miguel Ángel Climent
Nowadays, one of the most popular ways to get a more sustainable cement industry is using additions as cement replacement. However, there are many civil engineering applications in which the use of sustainable cements is not extended yet, such as special foundations, and particularly micropiles, even though the standards do not restrict the cement type to use. These elements are frequently exposed to the sulphates present in soils. The purpose of this research is to study the effects in the very long-term (until 600 days) of sulphate attack in the microstructure of micropiles grouts, prepared with ordinary Portland cement, fly ash and slag commercial cements, continuing a previous work, in which these effects were studied in the short-term...
May 30, 2017: Materials
Xianfeng Wang, Peipei Sun, Ningxu Han, Feng Xing
Encapsulation of healing agents embedded in a material matrix has become one of the major approaches for achieving self-healing function in cementitious materials in recent years. A novel type of microcapsules based self-healing cementitious composite was developed in Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Durability for Marine Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University. In this study, both macro performance and the microstructure of the composite are investigated. The macro performance was evaluated by employing the compressive strength and the dynamic modulus, whereas the microstructure was represented by the pore structure parameters such as porosity, cumulative-pore volume, and average-pore diameter, which are significantly correlated to the pore-size distribution and the compressive strength...
January 1, 2017: Materials
Dong-Sheng Xu, Yu-Meng Zhao, Hua-Bei Liu, Hong-Hu Zhu
With the rapid construction of metro tunnels in many metropolises, a fast and convenient solution to capture tunnel deformation is desired by civil engineers. This contribution reports an automatic and wireless tunnel deformation monitoring system using ultrasonic transducers. A processing algorithm of the redundant ultrasonic information (RUI) approach is proposed to improve measurement accuracy. The feasibility of this tunnel deformation monitoring method is carefully examined with various probe angles, distances, and surrounding temperature variations...
August 1, 2017: Sensors
Navdeep K Dhami, Walaa R Alsubhi, Elizabeth Watkin, Abhijit Mukherjee
Microbially-induced CaCO3 precipitation (MICP) is a naturally occurring process wherein durable carbonates are formed as a result of microbial metabolic activities. In recent years, MICP technology has been widely harnessed for applications in civil engineering wherein synthesis of calcium carbonate crystals occurs at ambient temperature paving way for low energy biocement. MICP using pure urease (UA) and carbonic anhydrase (CA) producing bacteria has been promising in laboratory conditions. In the current study we enriched ureolytic and carbonic anhydrase communities in calcareous soil under biostimulation and bioaugmentation conditions and investigated the effect of microbial dynamics on carbonate precipitation, calcium carbonate polymorph selection and consolidation of biological sand column under nutrient limited and rich conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sha Wang, Feng Jiang, Xu Xu, Yudi Kuang, Kun Fu, Emily Hitz, Liangbing Hu
With their impressive properties such as remarkable unit tensile strength, modulus, and resistance to heat, flame, and chemical agents that normally degrade conventional macrofibers, high-performance macrofibers are now widely used in various fields including aerospace, biomedical, civil engineering, construction, protective apparel, geotextile, and electronic areas. Those macrofibers with a diameter of tens to hundreds of micrometers are typically derived from polymers, gel spun fibers, modified carbon fibers, carbon-nanotube fibers, ceramic fibers, and synthetic vitreous fibers...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
Pyo Yeon Cho, Jung-Min Park, Myeong-Ki Hwang, Seo Hye Park, Yun-Kyu Park, Bo-Young Jeon, Tong-Soo Kim, Hyeong-Woo Lee
During civil engineering construction near Sejong-ro, Jongro-ku, Seoul, cultural sites were found that are thought to have been built in the 15th century. This area was home to many different people as well as the leaders of the Yi dynasty. To gain further insight into the life styles of the inhabitants of the old capital, soil samples were collected from various areas such as toilets, water foundations, and drainage ways. Parasite eggs were examined by microscopy after 5 g soil samples were rehydrated in 0...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
Jeffrey D Wolt
Genome editing with engineered nucleases (GEEN) is increasingly used as a tool for gene discovery and trait development in crops through generation of targeted changes in endogenous genes. The development of the CRISPR-Cas9 system (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats with associated Cas9 protein), in particular, has enabled widespread use of genome editing. Research to date has not comprehensively addressed genome-editing specificity and off-target mismatches that may result in unintended changes within plant genomes or the potential for gene drive initiation...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Etiënne L M Vermeirssen, Conrad Dietschweiler, Inge Werner, Michael Burkhardt
Steel components are typically treated with anti-corrosion coatings like epoxy or polyurethane resins to protect the integrity and functioning of steel. Such resins may contain substances, such as bisphenol A (BPA), that have caused concern in a human and environmental toxicological context. We investigated the release of toxicity from four anti-corrosion coatings used in hydraulic and civil engineering. Resins were applied onto glass plates and leachate samples produced by horizontally shaking the plates in water for 7 days...
July 3, 2017: Water Research
Panagiotis G Asteris, Konstantinos G Kolovos
During the last decades eco-friendly, low-cost, sustainable construction materials for utilization in civil engineering projects have attracted much attention. To this end, soilcretes are non-conventional construction materials produced by mixing natural soil such as natural clay or limestone sand with a hydraulic binder and are recently under detailed and in-depth investigation by many researchers. In this paper the results of the physical and mechanical characteristics of a large set of cylindrical specimens under uniaxial compression, are presented...
August 2017: Data in Brief
S Joseph Antony, George Okeke, D Deniz Tokgoz, N Gozde Ozerkan
Fracture toughness measures the resistance of a material to fracture. This fundamental property is used in diverse engineering designs including mechanical, civil, materials, electronics and chemical engineering applications. In spite of the advancements made in the past 40 years, the evaluation of this remains challenging for extremely heterogeneous materials such as composite concretes. By taking advantage of the optical properties of a thin birefringent coating on the surface of opaque, notched composite concrete beams, here we sense the evolution of the maximum shear stress distribution on the beams under loading...
July 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yasine Sakhawoth, Laurent J Michot, Pierre Levitz, Natalie Malikova
Flocculation and its tuning is of utmost importance in the optimization of the several industrial protocols, in areas such as purification of waste-water or civil engineering. We study polyelectrolyte-induced flocculation of clay colloids on a model system, consisting of purified clay colloids of well-defined size fractions and ionene polyelectrolytes presenting regular and tuneable chain charge density. To characterize ionene-induced clay flocculation, we turn to the combination of light absorbance (turbidity) and zeta potential measurements, as well as adsorption isotherms...
June 29, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
A Hinton, M Perea-Ortiz, J Winch, J Briggs, S Freer, D Moustoukas, S Powell-Gill, C Squire, A Lamb, C Rammeloo, B Stray, G Voulazeris, L Zhu, A Kaushik, Y-H Lien, A Niggebaum, A Rodgers, A Stabrawa, D Boddice, S R Plant, G W Tuckwell, K Bongs, N Metje, M Holynski
The high precision and scalable technology offered by atom interferometry has the opportunity to profoundly affect gravity surveys, enabling the detection of features of either smaller size or greater depth. While such systems are already starting to enter into the commercial market, significant reductions are required in order to reach the size, weight and power of conventional devices. In this article, the potential for atom interferometry based gravimetry is assessed, suggesting that the key opportunity resides within the development of gravity gradiometry sensors to enable drastic improvements in measurement time...
August 6, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Stephen P Luby
Throughout human history, pathogens transmitted through feces from person to person have caused substantial mortality. Over a century ago civil engineers in high income countries developed approaches to collect and remove feces from the environment that in communities with high incomes and strong governments markedly reduced the burden of enteric disease. These approaches, however, have not been successfully extended to impoverished communities in low income countries. Water/sanitation/hygiene professionals have attempted, with only limited success, to reduce fecal exposure and human disease in the absence of definitive civil engineering approaches...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
Johannes Masino, Michael-Jan Foitzik, Michael Frey, Frank Gauterin
Tire road noise is the major contributor to traffic noise, which leads to general annoyance, speech interference, and sleep disturbances. Standardized methods to measure tire road noise are expensive, sophisticated to use, and they cannot be applied comprehensively. This paper presents a method to automatically classify different types of pavement and the wear condition to identify noisy road surfaces. The methods are based on spectra of time series data of the tire cavity sound, acquired under normal vehicle operation...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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