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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29611587/discrete-element-simulation-studies-of-angles-of-repose-and-shear-flow-of-wet-flexible-fibers
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Y Guo, C Wassgren, W Ketterhagen, B Hancock, J Curtis
A discrete element method (DEM) model is developed to simulate the dynamics of wet, flexible fibers. The angles of repose of dry and wet fibers are simulated, and the simulation results are in good agreement with experimental results, validating the wet, flexible fiber model. To study wet fiber flow behavior, the model is used to simulate shear flows of wet fibers in a periodic domain under Lees-Edwards boundary conditions. Significant agglomeration is observed in dilute shear flows of wet fibers. The size of the largest agglomerate in the flow is found to depend on a Bond number, which is proportional to liquid surface tension and inversely proportional to the square of the shear strain rate...
April 3, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29573675/short-term-effects-of-nanoscale-zero-valent-iron-nzvi-and-hydraulic-shock-during-high-rate-anammox-wastewater-treatment
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Jia-Jia Xu, Zheng-Zhe Zhang, Zheng-Quan Ji, Ying-Hong Zhu, Si-Yu Qi, Chong-Jian Tang, Ren-Cun Jin
The stability and resilience of an anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) system under transient nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron (nZVI) (50, 75 and 100 mg L-1 ), hydraulic shock (2-fold increase in flow rate) and their combination were studied in an up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. The response to the shock loads can be divided into three phases i.e. shock, inertial and recovery periods. The effects of the shock loads were directly proportional to the shock intensity. The effluent quality was gradually deteriorated after exposure to high nZVI level (100 mg L-1 ) for 2 h...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29558410/measuring-gait-quality-in-parkinson-s-disease-through-real-time-gait-phase-recognition
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Ilaria Mileti, Marco Germanotta, Enrica Di Sipio, Isabella Imbimbo, Alessandra Pacilli, Carmen Erra, Martina Petracca, Stefano Rossi, Zaccaria Del Prete, Anna Rita Bentivoglio, Luca Padua, Eduardo Palermo
Monitoring gait quality in daily activities through wearable sensors has the potential to improve medical assessment in Parkinson's Disease (PD). In this study, four gait partitioning methods, two based on thresholds and two based on a machine learning approach, considering the four-phase model, were compared. The methods were tested on 26 PD patients, both in OFF and ON levodopa conditions, and 11 healthy subjects, during walking tasks. All subjects were equipped with inertial sensors placed on feet. Force resistive sensors were used to assess reference time sequence of gait phases...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29555991/high-performance-inertial-impaction-filters-for-particulate-matter-removal
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Xiaowei Zhang, Wei Zhang, Mingqiang Yi, Yingjie Wang, Pengjun Wang, Jun Xu, Fenglei Niu, Feng Lin
Airborne particulate matter (PM) is causing more and more serious air pollution and threatening the public health. However, existing air filter technologies with the easy-to-block manner can rarely meet the requirements of high-performance PM filters. Here we propose a conceptually new type of inertial impaction filters for rapidly high-efficiency PM removal. Under the airflow velocity of 8.0 m/s, the real inertial impaction filters show high PM removal efficiencies of up to 97.77 ± 1.53% and 99.47 ± 0...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29536263/human-performance-in-motorcycle-road-racing-a-review-of-the-literature
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Emanuele D'Artibale, Paul B Laursen, John B Cronin
Performance in motorcycle road racing is typically considered as the summation of interactions between rider, motorcycle, tires, and environment. Despite the substantial investments made towards the development of motorcycle technology and the business interests of manufacturers, published research focusing on the riders is relatively sparse, and a bike-centered mentality tends to dominate the sport. This manuscript reviews the known human performance aspects of motorcycle road racing and suggests directions for future research...
March 13, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29530053/automatic-application-of-neural-stimulation-during-wheelchair-propulsion-after-sci-enhances-recovery-of-upright-sitting-from-destabilizing-events
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Kiley L Armstrong, Lisa M Lombardo, Kevin M Foglyano, Musa L Audu, Ronald J Triolo
BACKGROUND: The leading cause of injury for manual wheelchair users are tips and falls caused by unexpected destabilizing events encountered during everyday activities. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of automatically restoring seated stability to manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (SCI) via a threshold-based system to activate the hip and trunk muscles with electrical stimulation during potentially destabilizing events. METHODS: We detected and classified potentially destabilizing sudden stops and turns with a wheelchair-mounted wireless inertial measurement unit (IMU), and then applied neural stimulation to activate the appropriate muscles to resist trunk movement and restore seated stability...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29466605/continuous-sheath-free-separation-of-drug-treated-human-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans-by-morphology-in-biocompatible-polymer-solutions
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Di Li, Jessica Zielinski, Lukasz Kozubowski, Xiangchun Xuan
Cryptococcal meningitis caused by Cryptococcus neoformans is the leading cause of fungal central nervous system infections. Current antifungal treatments for cryptococcal infections are inadequate partly due to the occurrence of drug resistance. Recent studies indicate that the treatment of the azole drug fluconazole changes the morphology of C. neoformans to form enlarged "multimeras" that consist of three or more connected cells/buds. To analyze if these multimeric cells are a prerequisite for C...
February 21, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445037/on-the-diverse-roles-of-fluid-dynamic-drag-in-animal-swimming-and-flying
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REVIEW
R Godoy-Diana, B Thiria
Questions of energy dissipation or friction appear immediately when addressing the problem of a body moving in a fluid. For the most simple problems, involving a constant steady propulsive force on the body, a straightforward relation can be established balancing this driving force with a skin friction or form drag, depending on the Reynolds number and body geometry. This elementary relation closes the full dynamical problem and sets, for instance, average cruising velocity or energy cost. In the case of finite-sized and time-deformable bodies though, such as flapping flyers or undulatory swimmers, the comprehension of driving/dissipation interactions is not straightforward...
February 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373549/a-novel-grid-sins-dvl-integrated-navigation-algorithm-for-marine-application
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Yingyao Kang, Lin Zhao, Jianhua Cheng, Mouyan Wu, Xiaoliang Fan
Integrated navigation algorithms under the grid frame have been proposed based on the Kalman filter (KF) to solve the problem of navigation in some special regions. However, in the existing study of grid strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS)/Doppler velocity log (DVL) integrated navigation algorithms, the Earth models of the filter dynamic model and the SINS mechanization are not unified. Besides, traditional integrated systems with the KF based correction scheme are susceptible to measurement errors, which would decrease the accuracy and robustness of the system...
January 26, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346971/drag-force-in-a-cold-or-hot-granular-medium
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A Seguin, P Gondret
We measure experimentally and analyze the resisting force exerted by a bidimensional packing of small disks on a larger intruder disk dragged horizontally at constant velocity V_{0}. Depending on the vibration level of the packing that leads to a granular "cold" or "hot" packing, two force regimes are observed. At low vibration level ("cold" granular medium), the drag force F does not depend on V_{0}, whereas for high vibrations ("hot" granular medium), the drag force increases linearly with V_{0}...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244746/effects-of-beetroot-juice-supplementation-on-a-30-s-high-intensity-inertial-cycle-ergometer-test
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Raul Domínguez, Manuel Vicente Garnacho-Castaño, Eduardo Cuenca, Pablo García-Fernández, Arturo Muñoz-González, Fernando de Jesús, María Del Carmen Lozano-Estevan, Sandro Fernandes da Silva, Pablo Veiga-Herreros, José Luis Maté-Muñoz
Background: Beetroot juice (BJ) is rich in inorganic nitrates and has proved effective at increasing blood nitric oxide (NO) levels. When used as a supplement BJ has shown an ergogenic effect on cardiorespiratory resistance exercise modalities, yet few studies have examined its impact on high intensity efforts. Objective: To assess the effects of BJ intake on anaerobic performance in a Wingate test. Methods: Fifteen trained men (age 21.46 ± 1.72 years, height 1.78 ± 0.07 cm and weight 76.90 ± 8.67 kg) undertook a 30-s maximum intensity test on an inertial cycle ergometer after drinking 70 mL of BJ (5...
December 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127707/acoustic-characterization-and-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging-of-long-circulating-lipid-coated-microbubbles
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Hongbo Li, Yanye Yang, Meimei Zhang, Liping Yin, Juan Tu, Xiasheng Guo, Dong Zhang
OBJECTIVES: A long-circulating lipid-coated ultrasound (US) contrast agent was fabricated to achieve a longer wash-out time and gain more resistance against higher-mechanical index sonication. Systemic physical, acoustic, and in vivo imaging experiments were performed to better understand the underlying mechanism enabling the improvement of contrast agent performance by adjusting the physical and acoustic properties of contrast agent microbubbles. METHODS: By simply altering the gas core, a kind of US contrast agent microbubble was synthesized with a similar lipid-coating shell as SonoVue microbubbles (Bracco SpA, Milan, Italy) to achieve a longer wash-out time and higher inertial cavitation threshold...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107539/is-inertial-flywheel-resistance-training-superior-to-gravity-dependent-resistance-training-in-improving-muscle-strength-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analyses
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REVIEW
J Vicens-Bordas, E Esteve, A Fort-Vanmeerhaeghe, T Bandholm, K Thorborg
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this systematic review was to determine if inertial flywheel resistance training is superior to gravity-dependent resistance training in improving muscle strength. The secondary aim was to determine whether inertial flywheel resistance training is superior to gravity-dependent resistance training in improving other muscular adaptations. DESIGN: A systematic review with meta-analyses of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials...
January 2018: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985727/respiratory-mechanics-in-infants-with-severe-bronchiolitis-on-controlled-mechanical-ventilation
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Pablo Cruces, Sebastián González-Dambrauskas, Julio Quilodrán, Jorge Valenzuela, Javier Martínez, Natalia Rivero, Pablo Arias, Franco Díaz
BACKGROUND: Analysis of respiratory mechanics during mechanical ventilation (MV) is able to estimate resistive, elastic and inertial components of the working pressure of the respiratory system. Our aim was to discriminate the components of the working pressure of the respiratory system in infants on MV with severe bronchiolitis admitted to two PICU's. METHODS: Infants younger than 1 year old with acute respiratory failure caused by severe bronchiolitis underwent neuromuscular blockade, tracheal intubation and volume controlled MV...
October 6, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964209/development-of-a-cryogenically-cooled-platform-for-the-magnetized-liner-inertial-fusion-maglif-program
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T J Awe, K P Shelton, A B Sefkow, D C Lamppa, J L Baker, D C Rovang, G K Robertson
A cryogenically cooled hardware platform has been developed and commissioned on the Z Facility at Sandia National Laboratories in support of the Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) Program. MagLIF is a magneto-inertial fusion concept that employs a magnetically imploded metallic tube (liner) to compress and inertially confine premagnetized and preheated fusion fuel. The fuel is preheated using a ∼2 kJ laser that must pass through a ∼1.5-3.5-μm-thick polyimide "window" at the target's laser entrance hole (LEH)...
September 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923661/the-influence-of-the-aquatic-environment-on-the-center-of-pressure-impulses-and-upper-and-lower-trunk-accelerations-during-gait-initiation
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Andresa R Marinho-Buzelli, Kei Masani, Hossein Rouhani, Ana M Barela, Gustavo T B Fernandes, Mary C Verrier, Milos R Popovic
Gait initiation is defined as the transition from stationary standing to steady-state walking. Despite the frequent use of therapy pools for training walking in early stages of rehabilitation, none have been reported on the effects of immersion on gait initiation. We aimed to analyze the center of pressure (COP) trajectories, the vertical and anteroposterior impulses and upper and lower trunk accelerations during anticipatory (APA) and execution phases of gait initiation. In the COP trajectory, the execution (EXE) phase was further subdivided in two phases: predominantly mediolateral (EXE1), and predominantly anteroposterior (EXE2)...
October 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894955/a-flexible-cell-concentrator-using-inertial-focusing
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Chunglong Tu, Jian Zhou, Yitao Liang, Bobo Huang, Yifeng Fang, Xiao Liang, Xuesong Ye
Cell concentration adjustment is intensively implemented routinely both in research and clinical laboratories. Centrifuge is the most prevalent technique for tuning biosample concentration. But it suffers from a number of drawbacks, such as requirement of experienced operator, high cost, low resolution, variable reproducibility and induced damage to sample. Herein we report on a cost-efficient alternative using inertial microfluidics. While the majority of existing literatures concentrate on inertial focusing itself, we identify the substantial role of the outlet system played in the device performance that has long been underestimated...
September 11, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846856/perception-and-action-in-swimming-effects-of-aquatic-environment-on-upper-limb-inter-segmental-coordination
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Brice Guignard, Annie Rouard, Didier Chollet, Omar Ayad, Marco Bonifazi, Dario Dalla Vedova, Ludovic Seifert
This study assessed perception-action coupling in expert swimmers by focusing on their upper limb inter-segmental coordination in front crawl. To characterize this coupling, we manipulated the fluid flow and compared trials performed in a swimming pool and a swimming flume, both at a speed of 1.35ms(-1). The temporal structure of the stroke cycle and the spatial coordination and its variability for both hand/lower arm and lower arm/upper arm couplings of the right body side were analyzed as a function of fluid flow using inertial sensors positioned on the corresponding segments...
August 25, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753657/evolution-of-aortic-pressure-during-normal-ageing-a-model-based-study
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Stamatia Pagoulatou, Nikolaos Stergiopulos
BACKGROUND: The age-related increase in pulse pressure (PP) and systolic blood pressure (SBP) is often attributed to alterations in the wave reflection profile and augmented contributions of the reflected waves. However, clinical evidence shows that the stiffening of the proximal aorta with age and the consequent augmentation of the forward pressure wave plays an equally important role. The relative importance of the forward and reflected wave components in essential hypertension has not yet been fully elucidated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738671/inertial-flywheel-resistance-training-and-muscle-oxygen-saturation
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Rafael Timón, Jesús G Ponce-González, José L González-Montesinos, Guillermo Olcina, Alejandro Pérez-Pérez, José Castro-Piñero
BACKGROUND: The inertial flywheel device causes an increase in eccentric overload during training. The aim was to study muscle oxygen saturation produced during an inertial flywheel squat training, comparing it with a barbell squat training. METHODS: Twelve male adults performed a barbell squat training (3 x 8 reps, 75-80% 1RM) and a flywheel squat training (3 x 8 reps, all-out). Muscle oxygen saturation (%SmO2), total hemoglobin (tHb), reoxygenation, heart rate (HR), lactate, vertical jumps, maximal voluntary isometric contraction and rated perceived exertion (RPE) were studied...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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