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Matti Stenroos
Boundary element methods (BEM) are used for forward computation of bioelectromagnetic fields in multi-compartment volume conductor models. Most BEM approaches assume that each compartment is in contact with at most one external compartment. In this work, I present a general surface integral equation and BEM discretization that remove this limitation and allow BEM modeling of general piecewise-homogeneous medium. The new integral equation allows positioning of field points at junctioned boundary of more than two compartments, enabling the use of linear collocation BEM in such a complex geometry...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Xiang Chen, Changxi Zheng, Kun Zhou
Stress analysis is a crucial tool for designing structurally sound shapes. However, the expensive computational cost has hampered its use in interactive shape editing tasks. We augment the existing example-based shape editing tools, and propose a fast subspace stress analysis method to enable stress-aware shape editing. In particular, we construct a reduced stress basis from a small set of shape exemplars and possible external forces. This stress basis is automatically adapted to the current user edited shape on the fly, and thereby offers reliable stress estimation...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Wei-Tao Wu, Andrea Blue Martin, Alberto Gandini, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
This study is motivated by the development of a blood cell filtration device for removal of malaria-infected, parasitized red blood cells (pRBCs). The blood was modeled as a multi-component fluid using the computational fluid dynamics discrete element method (CFD-DEM), wherein plasma was treated as a Newtonian fluid and the red blood cells (RBCs) were modeled as soft-sphere solid particles which move under the influence of drag, collisions with other RBCs, and a magnetic force. The CFD-DEM model was first validated by a comparison with experimental data from Han et al...
2016: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
JianJun Zhao, JianGuo Xiao, Min Lee Lee, YunTao Ma
Slopes are subjected to stress redistributions during underground mining activities, and this may eventually cause deformation or landslide. This paper takes Madaling landslide in Guizhou Province, China as a case study to investigate the failure mechanism and its run-out behaviours by using discrete element method. Previous qualitative analysis indicated that the slope experienced four stages of failure mechanisms: (1) development of tension cracks, (2) development of stepped-like creep cracks, (3) development of potential rupture surfaces, and (4) occurrence of the landslide...
2016: SpringerPlus
Faeze Mojtabazade, Babak Mirtamizdoust, Ali Morsali, Pejman Talemi
A sonochemical method by using various time and concentrations of initial reagents and power of irradiation, was used to synthesize nano-card house of a new copper(II) metal-organic coordination system, {[Cu2(p-2yeinh)2Cl2]·(H2O)}n (1), where p-2yeinh=pyridin-2-yl ethylidene-isonicotinohydrazide. The compound was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XPRD), and single crystal X-ray analysis. The X-ray structure revealed that the Cu(II) atom is coordinated by one oxygen and three nitrogen atoms from two p-2yeinh ligands and one chloride anion with a CuN3OCl donor set with square pyramid geometry...
September 28, 2016: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
R Ledesma-Alonso, E Raphaël, L Léger, F Restagno, C Poulard
We report on the elastic contact between a spherical lens and a patterned substrate, composed of a hexagonal lattice of cylindrical pillars. The stress field and the size of the contact area are obtained by means of numerical methods: a superposition method of discrete pressure elements and an iterative bisection-like method. For small indentations, a transition from a Hertzian to a soft-flat-punch behaviour is observed when the surface fraction of the substrate that is covered by the pillars is increased. In particular, we present a master curve defined by two dimensionless parameters, which allows one to predict the stress at the centre of the contact region in terms of the surface fraction occupied by pillars...
September 2016: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Lili Tian, Hong Bao, Meng Wang, Xuechao Duan
With the aim of developing multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) coupling systems with a redundant parallel adjustment mechanism on the deployable antenna panel, a structural control integrated design methodology is proposed in this paper. Firstly, the modal information from the finite element model of the structure of the antenna panel is extracted, and then the mathematical model is established with the Hamilton principle; Secondly, the discrete Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) controller is added to the model in order to control the actuators and adjust the shape of the panel...
October 1, 2016: Sensors
Matthew Torres, Henry Dewhurst, Niveda Sundararaman
Post-translational modifications (PTMs) regulate protein behavior through modulation of protein-protein interactions, enzymatic activity, and protein stability essential in the translation of genotype to phenotype in eukaryotes. Currently, less than 4% of all eukaryotic PTMs are reported to have biological function &- a statistic that continues to decrease with an increasing rate of PTM detection. Previously, we developed SAPH-ire (Structural Analysis of PTM Hotspots) &- a method for the prioritization of PTM function potential that has been used effectively to reveal novel PTM regulatory elements in discrete protein families (Dewhurst et al...
October 3, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Ángel Lázaro Gonzálvez, Javier Martínez Reina, Pedro Cano Luis, Juan Jiménez Baquero, José Sueiro Fernández, Miguel Ángel Giráldez Sánchez
OBJECTIVES: The current biomechanical work compares the symphyseal and sacroiliac stability obtained with two systems of bone osteosynthesis. The two methods of fixation compared were the 6-hole suprapubic non-locked plate and pubic fixation with two cannulated screws, a novel technique that can be applied percutaneously in the clinical practice. The aim of this study was to examine the validity of the use of two-cannulated-screws osteosynthesis in order to minimize the secondary effects of open fixation, especially in patients in whom an open reduction is contraindicated...
September 2016: Injury
Steven Blinka, Michael H Reimer, Kirthi Pulakanti, Sridhar Rao
Super-enhancers are tissue-specific cis-regulatory elements that drive expression of genes associated with cell identity and malignancy. A cardinal feature of super-enhancers is that they are transcribed to produce enhancer-derived RNAs (eRNAs). It remains unclear whether super-enhancers robustly activate genes in situ and whether their functions are attributable to eRNAs or the DNA element. CRISPR/Cas9 was used to systematically delete three discrete super-enhancers at the Nanog locus in embryonic stem cells, revealing functional differences in Nanog transcriptional regulation...
September 27, 2016: Cell Reports
Vincent Bürger, Heiko Briesen
For colloidal particles interacting in suspensions, clusters, or gels, contact models should attempt to include all physical phenomena experimentally observed. One critical point when formulating a contact model is to ensure that the interaction parameters can be easily obtained from experiments. Experimental determinations of contact parameters for particles either are based on bulk measurements for simulations on the macroscopic scale or require elaborate setups for obtaining tangential parameters such as using atomic force microscopy...
October 5, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Joost H van der Linden, Guillermo A Narsilio, Antoinette Tordesillas
We present a data-driven framework to study the relationship between fluid flow at the macroscale and the internal pore structure, across the micro- and mesoscales, in porous, granular media. Sphere packings with varying particle size distribution and confining pressure are generated using the discrete element method. For each sample, a finite element analysis of the fluid flow is performed to compute the permeability. We construct a pore network and a particle contact network to quantify the connectivity of the pores and particles across the mesoscopic spatial scales...
August 2016: Physical Review. E
K Xue, L Sun, C Bai
The shock dissemination of granular rings or shells is characterized by the formation of coherent particle jets that have different dimensions from those associated with the constituent grains. In order to identify the mechanisms governing the formation of particle jets, we carry out the simulations of the shock dispersal of quasi-two-dimensional particle rings based on the discrete-element method. The evolution of the particle velocities and contact forces on the time scales ranging from microseconds to milliseconds reveals a two-stage development of particle jets before they are expelled from the outer surface...
August 2016: Physical Review. E
J D Hyman, J Jiménez-Martínez, H S Viswanathan, J W Carey, M L Porter, E Rougier, S Karra, Q Kang, L Frash, L Chen, Z Lei, D O'Malley, N Makedonska
Despite the impact that hydraulic fracturing has had on the energy sector, the physical mechanisms that control its efficiency and environmental impacts remain poorly understood in part because the length scales involved range from nanometres to kilometres. We characterize flow and transport in shale formations across and between these scales using integrated computational, theoretical and experimental efforts/methods. At the field scale, we use discrete fracture network modelling to simulate production of a hydraulically fractured well from a fracture network that is based on the site characterization of a shale gas reservoir...
October 13, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Zilin Yan, Sam K Wilkinson, Edmund H Stitt, Michele Marigo
Mixing and segregation in a Freeman FT4 powder rheometer, using binary mixtures with varied particle size ratio and volume fraction, were studied using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). As the blade moves within the particle bed, size induced segregations can occur via a sifting mechanism. A larger particle size ratio and/or a larger volume fraction of large particles lead to a quicker segregation process. A higher particle velocity magnitude can promote the segregation process and the rate for the segregation index increases in the radial direction: from the centre towards the outer layer...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Chi-Seung Lee, Jae-Myung Lee, BuHyun Youn, Hyung-Sik Kim, Jong Ki Shin, Tae Sik Goh, Jung Sub Lee
A new type of constitutive model and its computational implementation procedure for the simulation of a trabecular bone are proposed in the present study. A yield surface-independent Frank-Brockman elasto-viscoplastic model is introduced to express the nonlinear material behavior such as softening beyond yield point, plateau, and densification under compressive loads. In particular, the hardening- and softening-dominant material functions are introduced and adopted in the plastic multiplier to describe each nonlinear material behavior separately...
August 26, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Yu An, Jie Liu, Guanglei Zhang, Shixin Jiang, Jinzuo Ye, Chongwei Chi, Jie Tian
Fluorescence Molecular Tomography (FMT) is a powerful imaging modality for the research of cancer diagnosis, disease treatment and drug discovery. Via three-dimensional (3-D) imaging reconstruction, it can quantitatively and noninvasively obtain the distribution of fluorescent probes in biological tissues. Currently, photon propagation of FMT is conventionally described by the Finite Element Method (FEM), and it can obtain acceptable image quality. However, there are still some inherent inadequacies in FEM, such as time consuming, discretization error and inflexibility in mesh generation, which partly limit its imaging accuracy...
August 18, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Zsigmond Varga, James Swan
We show that discrete element simulations of colloidal gelation must account for hydrodynamic interactions between suspended particles through investigation of gelation in a dispersion of colloids interacting pair-wise via short-ranged attraction and long-ranged repulsion (SALR). These dynamic simulations juxtapose self-assembly with and without hydrodynamic interactions between the particles. The long-ranged repulsion impacts the relative rates of coagulation and compaction of colloidal aggregates pre-gel, and introduces a surprising sensitivity to the nature of hydrodynamic interactions between the suspended colloids...
September 28, 2016: Soft Matter
Ibrahima Dione, Jean Deteix, Thomas Briffard, Eric Chamberland, Nicolas Doyon
In neural structures with complex geometries, numerical resolution of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck (PNP) equations is necessary to accurately model electrodiffusion. This formalism allows one to describe ionic concentrations and the electric field (even away from the membrane) with arbitrary spatial and temporal resolution which is impossible to achieve with models relying on cable theory. However, solving the PNP equations on complex geometries involves handling intricate numerical difficulties related either to the spatial discretization, temporal discretization or the resolution of the linearized systems, often requiring large computational resources which have limited the use of this approach...
2016: PloS One
Yan Ostrovski, Philipp Hofemeier, Josué Sznitman
BACKGROUND: It has been hypothesized that by coupling magnetic particles to inhaled therapeutics, the ability to target specific lung regions (eg, only acinar deposition), or even more so specific points in the lung (eg, tumor targeting), can be substantially improved. Although this method has been proven feasible in seminal in vivo studies, there is still a wide gap in our basic understanding of the transport phenomena of magnetic particles in the pulmonary acinar regions of the lungs, including particle dynamics and deposition characteristics...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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