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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214750/propagation-of-thickness-shear-waves-in-a-periodically-corrugated-quartz-crystal-plate-and-its-application-exploration-in-acoustic-wave-filters
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Peng Li, Li Cheng
The propagation of thickness shear waves in a periodically corrugated quartz crystal plate is investigated in the present paper using a power series expansion technique. In the proposed simulation model, an equivalent continuity of shear stress moment is introduced as an approximation to handle sectional interfaces with abrupt thickness changes. The Bloch theory is applied to simulate the band structures for three different thickness variation patterns. It is shown that the power series expansion method exhibits good convergence and accuracy, in agreement with results by finite element method (FEM)...
February 7, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213831/a-phenomenological-cohesive-model-for-the-macroscopic-simulation-of-cell-matrix-adhesions
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M Cóndor, J M García-Aznar
Cell adhesion is crucial for cells to not only physically interact with each other but also sense their microenvironment and respond accordingly. In fact, adherent cells can generate physical forces that are transmitted to the surrounding matrix, regulating the formation of cell-matrix adhesions. The main purpose of this work is to develop a computational model to simulate the dynamics of cell-matrix adhesions through a cohesive formulation within the framework of the finite element method and based on the principles of continuum damage mechanics...
February 17, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212388/multiple-processes-in-two-dimensional-visual-statistical-learning
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Eiichi Hoshino, Ken Mogi
Knowledge about the arrangement of visual elements is an important aspect of perception. This study investigates whether humans learn rules of two-dimensional abstract patterns (exemplars) generated from Reber's artificial grammar. The key question is whether the subjects can implicitly learn them without explicit instructions, and, if so, how they use the acquired knowledge to judge new patterns (probes) in relation to their finite experience of the exemplars. The analysis was conducted using dissimilarities among patterns, which are defined with n-gram probabilities and the Levenshtein distance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211459/gravitational-body-forces-focus-north-american-intraplate-earthquakes
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Will Levandowski, Mark Zellman, Rich Briggs
Earthquakes far from tectonic plate boundaries generally exploit ancient faults, but not all intraplate faults are equally active. The North American Great Plains exemplify such intraplate earthquake localization, with both natural and induced seismicity generally clustered in discrete zones. Here we use seismic velocity, gravity and topography to generate a 3D lithospheric density model of the region; subsequent finite-element modelling shows that seismicity focuses in regions of high-gravity-derived deviatoric stress...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209345/multiobjective-optimization-of-cartilage-stress-for-non-invasive-patient-specific-recommendations-of-high-tibial-osteotomy-correction-angle-a-novel-method-to-investigate-alignment-correction
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Keke Zheng, Corey J Scholes, Junning Chen, David Parker, Qing Li
Medial opening wedge high tibial osteotomy (MOWHTO) is a surgical procedure to treat knee osteoarthritis associated with varus deformity. However, the ideal final alignment of the Hip-Knee-Ankle (HKA) angle in the frontal plane, that maximizes procedural success and post-operative knee function, remains controversial. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to introduce a subject-specific modeling procedure in determining the biomechanical effects of MOWHTO alignment on tibiofemoral cartilage stress distribution...
February 13, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208996/stress-distribution-under-commercial-denture-liners-a-finite-element-and-clinical-analysis
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Rahul Shrivastava, Saurabh Chaturvedi, Ashok Kumar Verma, Mariyum Ali, Amrita Nagendra, Mudita Chaturvedi
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown that 20-30% of denture users have been dissatisfied with their dentures. AIM: To evaluate the stress pattern under elastic and viscoelastic denture liners using 3-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and its clinical correlation using a questionnaire. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study had both in-vitro and in-vivo phases. In in-vitro phase fabrication of a virtual parametric model of edentulous maxilla and dentures with overlying mucosa was made...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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/28208112/systematic-mechanical-evaluation-of-electrospun-gelatin-meshes
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Annabel L Butcher, Ching Theng Koh, Michelle L Oyen
Electrospinning is a simple and efficient process for producing sub-micron fibres. However, the process has many variables, and their effects on the non-woven mesh of fibres is complex. In particular, the effects on the mechanical properties of the fibre meshes are poorly understood. This paper conducts a parametric study, where the concentration and bloom strength of the gelatin solutions are varied, while all electrospinning process parameters are held constant. The effects on the fibrous meshes are monitored using scanning electron microscopy and mechanical testing under uniaxial tension...
February 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206811/types-of-tooth-movement-bodily-or-tipping-do-not-affect-the-displacement-of-the-tooth-s-center-of-resistance-but-do-affect-the-alveolar-bone-resorption
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Takanobu Kondo, Hitoshi Hotokezaka, Ryo Hamanaka, Megumi Hashimoto, Takako Nakano-Tajima, Kotaro Arita, Takeshi Kurohama, Airi Ino, Jun-Ya Tominaga, Noriaki Yoshida
OBJECTIVE: To investigate how types of tooth movement, bodily or tipping, influence the displacement of the center of resistance in teeth and alveolar bone resorption. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten-week-old female Wistar rats were divided into eight groups of different factors, as follows: type of movement (bodily and tipping) and force magnitude (10, 25, 50, and 100 cN). The maxillary left first molars were moved mesially with nickel-titanium coil springs for 28 days...
February 16, 2017: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205412/an-investigation-of-dimensional-scaling-using-cervical-spine-motion-segment-finite-element-models
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Dilaver Singh, Duane S Cronin
The paucity of experimental data for validating computational models of different statures underscores the need for appropriate scaling methods so that models can be verified and validated using experimental data. Scaling was investigated using 50(th) percentile male (M50) and 5(th) percentile female (F05) cervical spine motion segment (C4-C5) finite element models subject to tension, flexion and extension loading. Two approaches were undertaken: geometric scaling of the models to investigate size effects (volumetric scaling) and scaling of the force-displacement or moment-angle model results (data scaling)...
February 15, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204985/comparison-of-strain-measurement-in-the-mouse-forearm-using-subject-specific-finite-element-models-strain-gaging-and-digital-image-correlation
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Mark Begonia, Mark Dallas, Mark L Johnson, Ganesh Thiagarajan
Mechanical loading in bone leads to the activation of bone-forming pathways that are most likely associated with a minimum strain threshold being experienced by the osteocyte. To investigate the correlation between cellular response and mechanical stimuli, researchers must develop accurate ways to measure/compute strain both externally on the bone surface and internally at the osteocyte level. This study investigates the use of finite element (FE) models to compute bone surface strains on the mouse forearm...
February 15, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201896/plasmon-coupled-resonance-energy-transfer-a-real-time-electrodynamics-approach
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Wendu Ding, Liang-Yan Hsu, George C Schatz
This paper presents a new real-time electrodynamics approach for determining the rate of resonance energy transfer (RET) between two molecules in the presence of plasmonic or other nanostructures (inhomogeneous absorbing and dispersive media). In this approach to plasmon-coupled resonance energy transfer (PC-RET), we develop a classical electrodynamics expression for the energy transfer matrix element which is evaluated using the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method to solve Maxwell's equations for the electric field generated by the molecular donor and evaluated at the position of the molecular acceptor...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198812/highly-stretchable-and-shape-controllable-three-dimensional-antenna-fabricated-by-cut-transfer-release-method
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Zhuocheng Yan, Taisong Pan, Guang Yao, Feiyi Liao, Zhenlong Huang, Hulin Zhang, Min Gao, Yin Zhang, Yuan Lin
Recent progresses on the Kirigami-inspired method provide a new idea to assemble three-dimensional (3D) functional structures with conventional materials by releasing the prestrained elastomeric substrates. In this paper, highly stretchable serpentine-like antenna is fabricated by a simple and quick "Cut-Transfer-Release" method for assembling stretchable 3D functional structures on an elastomeric substrate with a controlled shape. The mechanical reliability of the serpentine-like 3D stretchable antenna is evaluated by the finite element method and experiments...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198781/biomechanical-analysis-of-two-level-cervical-disc-replacement-with-a-stand-alone-u-shaped-disc-implant
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Yang Li, Guy R Fogel, Zhenhua Liao, Rajnesh Tyagi, Gaolong Zhang, Weiqiang Liu
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical study using a three-dimensional nonlinear finite element (FE) model. OBJECTIVE: To analyze biomechanical changes with three prostheses based on two-level arthroplasty and to verify the biomechanical efficiency of dynamic cervical implants (DCIs) with a stand-alone U-shaped structure. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Few studies have compared biomechanical behavior of various prostheses as they relate to clinical results after two-level total disc replacement (TDR)...
February 14, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197969/functional-parallel-factor-analysis-for-functions-of-one-and-two-dimensional-arguments
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Ji Yeh Choi, Heungsun Hwang, Marieke E Timmerman
Parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) is a useful multivariate method for decomposing three-way data that consist of three different types of entities simultaneously. This method estimates trilinear components, each of which is a low-dimensional representation of a set of entities, often called a mode, to explain the maximum variance of the data. Functional PARAFAC permits the entities in different modes to be smooth functions or curves, varying over a continuum, rather than a collection of unconnected responses...
February 14, 2017: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197065/discrimination-of-dynamic-tactile-contact-by-temporally-precise-event-sensing-in-spiking-neuromorphic-networks
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Wang Wei Lee, Sunil L Kukreja, Nitish V Thakor
This paper presents a neuromorphic tactile encoding methodology that utilizes a temporally precise event-based representation of sensory signals. We introduce a novel concept where touch signals are characterized as patterns of millisecond precise binary events to denote pressure changes. This approach is amenable to a sparse signal representation and enables the extraction of relevant features from thousands of sensing elements with sub-millisecond temporal precision. We also proposed measures adopted from computational neuroscience to study the information content within the spiking representations of artificial tactile signals...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195345/in-vivo-measurements-of-human-neck-skin-elasticity-using-mri-and-finite-element-modeling
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Yunqiang An, Changjin Ji, Yong Li, Jianxia Wang, Xinyue Zhang, Yaqi Huang
PURPOSE: The assessment of mechanical properties of the human skin is very important in investigating the mechanism of obstructive sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by repetitive collapse and obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. In this study, a unique method, combining magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and finite element modeling (FEM), was developed to obtain the value of the in vivo elastic modulus of the neck skin. MEHTHOD: A total of 22 subjects, 16 males and 6 females, were recruited to participate in the MRI studies...
February 13, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195284/temperature-dependence-of-x-ray-absorption-and-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectra-probing-quantum-vibrations-of-light-elements-in-oxides
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Ruidy Nemausat, Christel Gervais, Christian Brouder, Nicolas Trcera, Amélie Bordage, Cristina Coelho-Diogo, Pierre Florian, Aydar Rakhmatullin, Ion Errea, Lorenzo Paulatto, Michele Lazzeri, Delphine Cabaret
A combined experimental-theoretical study on the temperature dependence of the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of periclase (MgO), spinel (MgAl2O4), corundum (α-Al2O3), berlinite (α-AlPO4), stishovite and α-quartz (SiO2) is reported. Predictive calculations are presented when experimental data are not available. For these light-element oxides, both experimental techniques detect systematic effects related to quantum thermal vibrations which are well reproduced by density-functional theory simulations...
February 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193063/electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-in-a-droplet-of-solution-for-the-investigation-of-liquid-solid-interface
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Camila Molena de Assis, Thu Huong Ho, Hercilio Gomes de Melo, Michel Keddam, Mireille Turmine, Vincent Vivier
The local electrochemical behavior of a solid-liquid interface can be studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The investigated surface area can be delimited by adding a drop of solution, which forms an interface between the liquid drop and the working electrode, and performing the measurements inside. The size of the drop must be sufficiently small for a simultaneous wettability characterization (from the contact angle measurement) and appropriately large so that wettability is not influenced by the presence of the working and the counter electrode inserted in the droplet...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192498/correction-preserving-posterior-complex-can-prevent-adjacent-segment-disease-following-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-surgeries-a-finite-element-analysis
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Yun-Peng Huang, Cheng-Fei Du, Cheng-Kung Cheng, Zheng-Cheng Zhong, Xuan-Wei Chen, Gui Wu, Zhe-Chen Li, Jin-Duo Ye, Jian-Hua Lin, Li Zhen Wang
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166452.].
2017: PloS One
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