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Correlation-induced anomalies and extreme sensitivity in fcc-PU1

Description: We have used GGA + U density functional theory to study the effects of correlation on the properties offcc-Pu. We found that the structural and elastic properties offcc-Pu are highly sensitive to the Hubbard U parameter. Within an interval of 0.1 eV ofthe U parameter, the equilibrium lattice constants offcc-Pu can change from 0.44 to 0.47 nm. While the bulk modulus can drop by a factor of5 to 10. The pressure derivative, dB/dp, ofthe bulk modulus can rise dramatically from 5 to 16 and then drop to a negative value before recovering to a more normal value. These observations are partially supported by existing experiments and the prediction of a negative dB/dp needs to be tested in future experiments.
Date: January 1, 2009
Creator: Chen, Shao-ping
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Customer Response to RTP in Competitive Markets: A Study ofNiagara Mohawk's Standard Offer Tariff

Description: Utilizing load, price, and survey data for 119 largecustomers that paid competitively determined hourly electricity pricesannounced the previous day between 2000 and 2004, this study providesinsight into the factors that determine the intensity of price response.Peak and off-peak electricity can be: perfect complements, substitutes,or substitutes where high peak prices cause temporary disconnection fromthe grid, as for some firms with on-site generation. The averageelasticity of substitution is 0.11. Thirty percent of the customers usepeak and off-peak electricity in fixed proportions. The 18 percent withelasticities greater than 0.10 provide 75 percent of the aggregate priceresponse. In contrast to Industrial customers, Commercial/Retail andGovernment/Education customers are more price responsive on hot days andwhen the ratio of peak to off-peak prices is high. Price responsivenessis not substantially reduced when customers operate near peak usage.Diversity of customer circumstances and price response suggest dynamicpricing is suited for some, but not all customers.
Date: June 1, 2006
Creator: Boisvert, Richard N.; Cappers, Peter; Goldman, Charles; Neenan,Bernie & Hopper, Nicole
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Transversely isotropic elasticity and poroelasticity arising from thin isotropic layers

Description: Since the classic work of Postma [1955] and Backus [1962], much has been learned about elastic constants in vertical transversely isotropic (VTI) media when the anisotropy is due to fine layering of isotropic elastic materials. However, new results are still being discovered. For example, the P-wave anisotropy parameter c{sub 11}/c{sub 33} lies in the range 1/4 {<=} c{sub 11}/c{sub 33} {<=} <{lambda}+2{mu}><1/({lambda}+2{mu})>, when the layers are themselves composed of isotropic elastic materials with Lame constants {lambda} and {mu} and the vertical average of the layers is symbolized by <{center_dot}>. The lower bound corrects a result of Postma. For porous layers, a connected solid frame forms the basis of the elastic behavior of a poroelastic medium in the presence of confining forces, while connected pores permit a percolating fluid (if present) to influence the mechanical response of the system from within. For isotropic and anisotropic poroelastic media, we establish general formulas for the behavior of transversely isotropic poroelasticity arising from laminations of isotropic components. The Backus averaging method is shown to provide elementary means of constructing general formulas. The results for confined fluids are then compared with the more general Gassmann [1951] formulas that must be satisfied by any anisotropic poroelastic medium and found to be in complete agreement. Such results are important for applications to oil exploration using AVO (amplitude versus offset) since the presence or absence of a fluid component, as well as the nature of the fluid, is the critical issue and the ways in which the fluid influences seismic reflection data still need to be better understood.
Date: July 1, 1997
Creator: Berryman, J.G.
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Fracture imaging with converted elastic waves

Description: This paper examines the seismic signatures of discrete, finite-length fractures, and outlines an approach for elastic, prestack reverse-time imaging of discrete fractures. The results of this study highlight the importance of incorporating fracture-generated P-S converted waves into the imaging method, and presents an alternate imaging condition that can be used in elastic reverse-time imaging when a direct wave is recorded (e.g., for crosswell and VSP acquisition geometries).
Date: May 29, 2001
Creator: Nihei, K.T.; Nakagawa, S. & Myer, L.R.
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Continuum simulation of dislocation dynamics: Predictions for internal friction response

Description: The amplitude dependent mechanical loss due to bosing of an idealized Frank-Read Source is studied using both simulation and analytical techniques. Dislocations are modeled within isotropic elasticity theory, and are assumed to be in the over-damped limit.
Date: February 19, 2002
Creator: Greaney, P. Alex; Friedman, Lawrence H. & Chrzan, D.C.
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Formation mechanism and properties of CdS-Ag2S nanorod superlattices

Description: The mechanism of formation of recently fabricated CdS-Ag{sub 2}S nanorod superlattices is considered and their elastic properties are predicted theoretically based on experimental structural data. We consider different possible mechanisms for the spontaneous ordering observed in these 1D nanostructures, such as diffusion-limited growth and ordering due to epitaxial strain. A simplified model suggests that diffusion-limited growth partially contributes to the observed ordering, but cannot account for the full extent of the ordering alone. The elastic properties of bulk Ag{sub 2}S are predicted using a first principles method and are fed into a classical valence force field (VFF) model of the nanostructure. The VFF results show significant repulsion between Ag{sub 2}S segments, strongly suggesting that the interplay between the chemical interface energy and strain due to the lattice mismatch between the two materials drives the spontaneous pattern formation.
Date: August 11, 2008
Creator: Wang, Lin-Wang; Demchenko, Denis O.; Robinson, Richard D.; Sadtler, Bryce; Erdonmez, Can K.; Alivisatos, A. Paul et al.
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Waste Materials from Tetra Pak Packages as Reinforcement of Polymer Concrete

Description: This article discusses how compressive and flexural strength and modulus of elasticity decrease gradually, when either Tetra Pak particle concentration or particle size is increased.
Date: September 28, 2015
Creator: Martínez-López, Miguel; Martínez-Barrera, Gonzalo; Barrera-Díaz, Carlos; Ureña-Núñez, Fernando & Brostow, Witold, 1934-
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Rocks as poroelastic composites

Description: In Biot's theory of poroelasticity, elastic materials contain connected voids or pores and these pores may be filled with fluids under pressure. The fluid pressure then couples to the mechanical effects of stress or strain applied externally to the solid matrix. Eshelby's formula for the response of a single ellipsoidal elastic inclusion in an elastic whole space to a strain imposed at infinity is a very well-known and important result in elasticity. Having a rigorous generalization of Eshelby's results valid for poroelasticity means that the hard part of Eshelby' work (in computing the elliptic integrals needed to evaluate the fourth-rank tensors for inclusions shaped like spheres, oblate and prolate spheroids, needles and disks) can be carried over from elasticity to poroelasticity - and also thermoelasticity - with only trivial modifications. Effective medium theories for poroelastic composites such as rocks can then be formulated easily by analogy to well-established methods used for elastic composites. An identity analogous to Eshelby's classic result has been derived [Physical Review Letters 79:1142-1145 (1997)] for use in these more complex and more realistic problems in rock mechanics analysis. Descriptions of the application of this result as the starting point for new methods of estimation are presented.
Date: April 30, 1998
Creator: Berryman, J G
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Linking continuum mechanics and 3D discrete dislocation simulations

Description: A technique is developed for linking the methods of discrete dislocation dynamics simulation and finite element to treat elasto-plasticity problems. The overall formulation views the plastically deforming crystal as an elastic crystal with continuously changing dislocation microstructure which is tracked by the numerical dynamics simulation. The FEM code needed in this regard is based on linear elasticity only. This formulation presented here is focused on a continuous updating of the outer shape of the crystal, for possible regeneration of the FEM mesh, and adjustment of the surface geometry, in particular the surface normal. The method is expected to be potentially applicable to the nano- indentation experiments, where the zone around the indenter-crystal contact undergoes significant permanent deformation, the rigorous determination of which is very important to the calculation of the indentation print area and in turn, the surface hardness. Furthermore, the technique is expected to account for the plastic history of the surface displacement under the indenter. Other potential applications are mentioned in the text.
Date: October 18, 1998
Creator: El-Azab, A. A. & Fivel, M.
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Malaysian Natural Rubber Industry: An Econometric Analysis on the Elasticity of Supply and Demand Approaches

Description: The popularity of natural rubber as an important raw material was distorted in the post-World War Two period. It received heavy competition from synthetic rubber. The main purpose of this paper is to determine and to study supply elasticity and demand elasticity of natural rubber in the case of Malaysia. The main aim of analyzing the period since 1971 is that both price and quality competitiveness of Malaysian natural rubber have drastically improved. Therefore, in order for Malaysia to maintain her position as the leading producer and exporter of natural rubber in the world, supportive policies and incentives from the government would further enhance the prospects for improvements in this industry.
Date: December 1989
Creator: Mohd Ismail, Harun Mizam bin
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The influence of wafer elasticity on acoustic waves during LIGA development.

Description: During acoustically stimulated LIGA development, a wafer receives sound waves from both sides at a wide variety of incidence angles that vary in time depending on the orientation of the wafer relative to the multiple transducers that are typically actuated in a periodic sequence. It is important to understand the influence of these variables on the transmission of energy through the wafer as well as the induced motion of the wafer itself because these processes impact the induced acoustic streaming of the fluid within features, the mechanism presently thought responsible for enhanced development of LIGA features. In the present work, the impact of wafer elasticity on LIGA development is investigated. Transmission waves, wafer bending waves, and the related concepts such as critical bending frequency, mechanical impedance, coincidence, and resonance, are discussed. Supercritical-frequency incident waves induce supersonic bending waves in the wafer. Incident wave energy is channeled into three components, transmitted, reflected and energy deposited to the wafer, depending on the wafer material, thickness and wave incidence angle. Results show at normal incidence for a 1-mm PMMA wafer, about 47% of the wave energy is deposited in the wafer. The wafer gains almost half of the incident energy, a result that agrees well with the Bankert et a1 measurements. In LIGA development, transmitted waves may sometimes produce strong acoustic motion of the developer on the wafer backside, especially for the so-called coincidence case in which almost all incident wave energy transfers to the backside. Wafer bending waves cause wafer oscillation at high frequency, promoting the development process, but features shaking may weaken their attachments to the substrate. Resonance is not likely for the entire wafer, but may occur in short and wide wafer feature columns, which are least likely to break away from the substrate, perhaps resulting in good agitation of ...
Date: December 1, 2003
Creator: Ting, Aili
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Curved mesh generation and mesh refinement using Lagrangian solid mechanics

Description: We propose a method for generating well-shaped curved unstructured meshes using a nonlinear elasticity analogy. The geometry of the domain to be meshed is represented as an elastic solid. The undeformed geometry is the initial mesh of linear triangular or tetrahedral elements. The external loading results from prescribing a boundary displacement to be that of the curved geometry, and the final configuration is determined by solving for the equilibrium configuration. The deformations are represented using piecewise polynomials within each element of the original mesh. When the mesh is sufficiently fine to resolve the solid deformation, this method guarantees non-intersecting elements even for highly distorted or anisotropic initial meshes. We describe the method and the solution procedures, and we show a number of examples of two and three dimensional simplex meshes with curved boundaries. We also demonstrate how to use the technique for local refinement of non-curved meshes in the presence of curved boundaries.
Date: December 31, 2008
Creator: Persson, P.-O. & Peraire, J.
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Effects of Fe spin transition on the elasticity of (Mg,Fe)O magnesiow�ustites and implications for the seismological properties of the Earth's lower mantle

Description: High-pressure x-ray diffraction of (Mg{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2})O at room temperature reveals a discontinuity in the bulk modulus at 40 ({+-}5) GPa, similar pressure at which an electronic spin-pairing transition of Fe{sup 2+} is also observed. In the x-ray diffraction experiments the transition is completed only at 80 GPa, possibly reflecting lack of equilibration. Combining recent measurements, we document anomalies in the compression curve of Mg-rich magnesiowuestites that are manifestations of the spin transition. The best fit to a third order Birch-Murnaghan equation for the low-spin phase of magnesiowuestite with 17-20 mol% FeO yields bulk modulus K{sub T0} = 190 ({+-}150) GPa, pressure derivative ({partial_derivative}K{sub T}/{partial_derivative}){sub T0} = 4.6 ({+-}2.7) and unit-cell volume V{sub 0} = 71 ({+-}5) {angstrom}{sup 3}, consistent with past estimates of the ionic radius of octahedrally-coordinated low-spin Fe{sup 2+} in oxides. A sharp spin transition at lower-mantle depths between 1100 and 1900 km (40-80 GPa) would cause a unit-cell volume decrease ({Delta}{nu}{sub {phi}}) of 3.7 ({+-}0.8) to 2.0 ({+-}0.2) percent and bulk sound velocity increase ({Delta}{nu}{sub {phi}}) of 8.1 ({+-}6-1.7) percent ({nu}{sub {phi}} = {radical}K{sub s}/{rho}). Even in the absence of a visible seismic discontinuity, we expect the Fe-spin transition to imply a correction to current compositional models of the lower mantle, with up to 10 mol percent increase of magnesiowuestite being required to match the seismological data.
Date: August 29, 2006
Creator: Speziale, S; Lee, V E; Clark, S M; Lin, J F; Pasternak, M P & Jeanloz, R
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CONSTRAINT EFFECT IN FRACTURE WHAT IS IT

Description: The meaning of the phrase 'constraint effect in fracture' has changed in the past two decades from 'contained plasticity' to a broader description of 'dependence of fracture toughness value on geometry of test specimen or structure'. This paper will first elucidate the fundamental mechanics reasons for the apparent 'constraint effects in fracture', followed by outlining a straightforward approach to overcoming this problem in both brittle (elastic) and ductile (elastic-plastic) fracture. It is concluded by discussing the major difference in constraint effect on fracture event in elastic and elastic-plastic materials.
Date: October 29, 2008
Creator: Lam, P & Prof. Yuh J. Chao, P
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Low temperature elastic constants and nonlinear acoustic response in rocks and complex materials

Description: The 'P-M Space' model of Guyer and McCall has some success in describing the large nonlinear effects ('slow dynamics') observed by Johnson et al. in rocks. The model uses elements which couple classical nonlinear elasticity with hysteretic components. The actual processes and scales corresponding to the model elements are not yet defined, however it is reasonable to seek energy scales by studying the low-temperature dependence of the elastic constants. We have measured qualitative elastic properties of basalt and Berea sandstone from room temperature down to 4 K using Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS). A simple elastic solid should show a monotonic increase in the elastic constants as temperature decreases. The basalt samples show this gross behavior but the sandstone shows a very unexpected anomalous regime between 40 K and 200 K where the elastic constants decrease with decreasing temperature. Both rocks show temperature-dependent structure in both the modulus and internal friction, and also significant hysteresis, indicating history and rate-dependent properties. This data provides insight into the time and energy scales of dynamical effects observed in sandstones.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Darling, T. W. (Timothy W.); Ulrich, T. J. (Timothy J.); Johnson, P. A. (Paul A.) & Tencate, J. A. (James A.)
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Elastic properties of HMX.

Description: Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations have been used to calculate isothermal elastic properties for {beta}-, {alpha}-, and {delta}-HMX. The complete elastic tensor for each polymorph was determined at room temperature and pressure via analysis of microscopic strain fluctuations using formalism due to Rahman and Parrinello [J. Chem. Phys. 76,2662 (1982)]. Additionally, the isothermal compression curve was computed for {beta}-HMX for 0 {le} p {le} 10.6 GPa; the bulk modulus K and its pressure derivative K{prime} were obtained from two fitting forms employed previously in experimental studies of the {beta}-HMX equation of state. Overall, the results indicate good agreement between the bulk modulus predicted from the measured and calculated compression curves. The bulk modulus determined directly from the elastic tensor of {beta}-HMX is in significant disagreement with the compression curve-based results. The explanation for this discrepancy is an area of current research.
Date: January 1, 2001
Creator: Sewell, T. D. (Thomas D.); Bedrov, D. (Dmitry); Menikoff, Ralph & Smith, G. D. (Grant D.)
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PHOTOELASTIC STUDY OF STRESS IN PERFORATED HEMISPHERICAL CLOSURES FOR A PRESSURE VESSEL. Research Report 100FF996-R1

Description: Photoelastic ''frozen stress'' tests were made of perforated hemispherical closures for a pressure vessel. Three different hole patterns were investigated. The ''circular'' and ''square'' arrangements of holes showed the highest peak stress, a value of stress + pressure of about 10 being noted in each. In comparison, the ''triangular'' arrangement of holes yielded a peak value of 8.20. (auth)
Date: January 1, 1957
Creator: Sampson, R.C. & Leven, M.M.
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