• Identification of photospheric activity features from SOHO/MDI data using the ASAP tool

      Ashamari, Omar; Qahwaji, Rami S.R.; Ispon, Stanley S.; Schöll, M.; Nibouche, O.; Haberreiter, M. (2015-06-19)
      The variation of solar irradiance is one of the natural forcing mechanisms of the terrestrial climate. Hence, the time-dependent solar irradiance is an important input parameter for climate modelling. The solar surface magnetic field is a powerful proxy for solar irradiance reconstruction. The analyses of data obtained with the Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) on board the SOHO mission are therefore useful for the identification of solar surface magnetic features to be used in solar irradiance reconstruction models. However, there is still a need for automated technologies that would enable the identification of solar activity features from large databases. To achieve this we present a series of enhanced segmentation algorithms developed to detect and calculate the area coverages of specific magnetic features from MDI intensitygrams and magnetograms. These algorithms are part of the Automated Solar Activity Prediction (ASAP) tool. The segmentation algorithms allow us to identify the areas on the solar disk covered by magnetic elements inside and outside boundaries of active regions. Depending on their contrast properties, magnetic features within an active region boundary are classified as sunspot umbra and penumbra, or faculae. Outside an active region boundary magnetic elements are identified as network. We present the detailed steps involved in the segmentation process and provide the area coverages of the segmented MDI intensitygrams and magnetograms. The feature segmentation was carried out on daily intensitygrams and magnetograms from April 21, 1996 to April 11, 2011. This offers an exciting opportunity to undertake further investigations that benefit from solar features segmentations, such as solar irradiance reconstruction, which we plan to investigate in the future.
    • Identification of Sunspots on SODISM Full-Disk Solar Images

      Alasta, Amro F.; Algamudi, Abdrazag; Qahwaji, Rami S.R.; Almesrati, Fatma (2018)
      This paper presents a new method that provides the means to detect sunspots on full-disk solar images recorded by the Solar Diameter Imager and Surface Mapper (SODISM) on the PICARD satellite. The method is a totally automated detection process that achieves a sunspot recognition rate of 97.6%. The number of sunspots detected by this method strongly agrees with the NOAA catalogue. The sunspot areas calculated by this method have a 99% correlation with SOHO over the same period, and thus help to calculate the filling factor for wavelength (W.L.) 607nm.
    • Identifying Knowledge Anchors in a Data Graph

      Al-Tawil, M.; Dimitrova, V.; Thakker, Dhaval; Bennett, B. (2016)
      The recent growth of the Web of Data has brought to the fore the need to develop intelligent means to support user exploration through big data graphs. To be effective, approaches for data graph exploration should take into account the utility from a user’s point of view. We have been investigating knowledge utility – how useful the trajectories in a data graph are for expanding users’ knowledge. Following the theory for meaningful learning, according to which new knowledge is developed starting from familiar entities (anchors) and expanding to new and unfamiliar entities, we propose here an approach to identify knowledge anchors in a data graph. Our approach is underpinned by the Cognitive Science notion of basic level objects in domain taxonomies. Several metrics for extracting knowledge anchors in a data graph, and the corresponding algorithms, are presented. The metrics performance is examined, and a hybridization approach that combines the strengths of each metric is proposed.
    • Identifying molecular mass of coagulant protein from edible Hibiscus seeds using SDS-PAGE analysis

      Jones, Alfred N.; Bridgeman, John (2019-11)
      This study used sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analysis and a jar test apparatus to investigate the molecular weight (MW) and turbidity removal potential of Hibiscus seeds. Three Hibiscus species were assessed: okra crude extract (OCE), sabdariffa crude extract (SCE), and kenaf crude extract (KCE). Furthermore, purified versions of each [i.e., purified okra protein (POP), purified sabdariffa protein (PSP), and purified kenaf protein (PKP)] obtained from anionic exchange were evaluated. The results show that whereas the crude extracts had multiple proteins with MW sizes between 11 and 82 kDa, the purified samples consisted of a single coagulant protein band around 39 kDa. In each case, significant turbidity removal was recorded with the purified proteins; POP, PSP and PKP achieved approximately 98%, 94%, and 90% removal, respectively, at a reduced dosage of ≤0.6  mg/L. However, OCE and SCE achieved lower turbidity removal of 86% and 85% using 40-mg/L doses, respectively, whereas KCE recorded only 73% turbidity removal with a 60-mg/L dose. Sludge generation by crude and purified proteins was approximately 25% of sludge produced by aluminum sulfate and had the additional benefit of being biodegradable. Therefore, the coagulant protein in Hibiscus plant seeds has potential applications for improvements to accessing clean water in developing countries.
    • Identifying restorative environments and quantifying impacts

      Watts, Gregory R.; Pheasant, Robert J. (2013)
    • Identifying social roles in a local government's digital community

      Saip, M.A.; Kamala, Mumtaz A.; Tassabehji, Rana (2018)
      Social media have become an important interaction channel between the government and citizens in the era of the digital community. The adoption of social media in local government services offers a new channel to encourage citizen engagement in the public policy decision-making process. Moreover, communication with citizens through social media exposes large opportunities for the local government to analyse and appreciate the relationships among social media participants in the digital community to enhance public services. The purpose of this study is to understand the local government’s social media network and identify the social role in the local government’s social media network structure. Thus, this study adopted the social network analysis (SNA) approach on the Twitter data of a local government’s official account in the UK as a case study. The study revealed that the internal local government stakeholders play an important social role in the local government’s social media network. The implication of the study was discussed.
    • Identifying the nature of domestic load profile from a single household electricity consumption measurements.

      Ihbal, Abdel-Baset M.I.; Rajamani, Haile S.; Abd-Alhameed, Raed A.; Jalboub, Mohamed K. (22/03/2011)
      Detailed electricity load profile for domestic building is an important requirement for the accurate analysis of demand side management. The use of electrical appliances within domestic buildings varies significantly with respect to time, mainly in accordance with the activity and behaviour of the occupants. This paper presents results from a monitoring study of electrical energy consumption profiles for One UK household (two adults with children). Measurements for whole household electricity consumption have been obtained over a period of ten months. They were all obtained at one minute interval. Monthly energy consumptions, daily and overall profiles were derived for this household type from the monitored data. It is intended that the results presented in this paper can be used in the quest for a precise forecast method for electricity consumption for occupants living in the same type of household in the UK. This will allow greater confidence in the sizing of, e.g., adopting renewable energy sources in this type of household. Further investigation is needed for a large sample of households to improve the understanding of monitoring high resolution domestic energy consumption.
    • Identifying tranquil environments and quantifying impacts

      Watts, Gregory R.; Pheasant, Robert J. (2015-03)
      The UK has recently recognized the importance of tranquil spaces in the National Planning Policy Framework. This policy framework places considerable emphasis on sustainable development with the aim of making planning more streamlined, localized and less restrictive. Specifically it states that planning policies and decisions should aim to "identify and protect areas of tranquillity which have remained relatively undisturbed by noise and are prized for their recreational and amenity value for this reason". This is considered by some (e.g. National Park Authorities) to go beyond merely identifying quiet areas based on relatively low levels of mainly transportation noise, as the concept of tranquillity implies additionally a consideration of visual intrusion of man-made structures and buildings into an Otherwise perceived natural landscape. In the first instance this paper reports on applying a method for predicting the perceived tranquillity of a place and using this approach to classify the level of tranquillity in existing areas. It then seeks to determine the impact of a new build, by taking the example of the construction of wind turbines in the countryside. For this purpose; noise level measurements, photographs and jury assessments of tranquillity at a medium sized land based wind turbine were made. It was then possible to calculate the decrement of noise levels and visual prominence with distance in order to determine the improvement of tranquillity rating with increasing range. The point at which tranquillity was restored in the environment allowed the calculation of the position of the footprint boundary. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    • Imaging and analysis of wave type interfacial instability in the coextrusion of low-density polyethylene melts

      Martyn, Michael T.; Spares, Robert; Coates, Philip D.; Zatloukal, M. (2009)
      This report covers experimental studies and numerical modelling of interfacial instability in the bi-layer coextrusion flow of two low-density polyethylene melts. Melt streams are converged at an angle of 30° to a common die land. Melt stream confluence was observed in two coextrusion die arrangements. In one die design, which we term ‘bifurcated’ the melt stream is split by a divider plate in the die after being delivered from a single extruder. In the other design melt streams are delivered to a die from two separate extruders. In each die design melt flow in the confluent region and die land to the die exit was observed through side windows of a visualization cell. Velocity ratios of the two melt streams were varied and layer thickness ratios producing wave type interfacial instability determined for each melt for a variety of flow conditions. Stress and velocity fields in the coextrusion arrangements were quantified using stress birefringence and particle image velocimetry techniques. Wave type interfacial instability occurred in the processing of the low-density polyethylene melts at specific, repeatable, stream layer ratios. The birefringent pattern in the confluence region and the beginning of the die land appeared stable even when the extrudate exhibited instability. However, disturbances were observed in the flow field near the exit of the die land. The study demonstrates conclusively it is possible for interfacial instability to occur in the coextrusion of the same melt. The study also shows that wave type interfacial instability in the coextrusion process is not caused by process perturbations of extruder screw rotation. Increased melt elasticity appears to promote this type of instability. A modified Leonov model and Flow 2000™ software was used to simulate the LDPE melt flows through these geometries. There was reasonable agreement between modelled at experimentally determined stress fields. Modelling however provided far more detailed stress gradient information than could be resolved from the optical techniques. A total normal stress difference (TNSD) sign criterion was used to predict the critical layer ratio for the onset of the interfacial instability in one die arrangement and good agreement between theory and experiment has been obtained.
    • Imaging of the cell surface interface using objective coupled widefield surface plasmon microscopy

      Jamil, M. Mahadi Abdul; Denyer, Morgan C.T.; Youseffi, Mansour; Britland, Stephen T.; Liu, S.; See, C.W.; Somekh, M.G.; Zhang, J. (2008)
      We report on the development and on the first use of the widefield surface plasmon (WSPR) microscope in the examination of the cell surface interface at submicron lateral resolutions. The microscope is Kohler illuminated and uses either a 1.45 numerical aperture (NA) oil immersion lens, or a 1.65 NA oil immersion lens to excite surface plasmons at the interface between a thin gold layer and a glass or sapphire cover slip. Like all surface plasmon microscope systems the WSPR has been proven in previous studies to also be capable of nanometric z-scale resolutions. In this study we used the system to image the interface between HaCaT cells and the gold layer. Imaging was performed in air using fixed samples and the 1.45 NA objective based system and also using live cells in culture media using the 1.65 NA based system. Imaging in air enabled the visualisation of high resolution and high-contrast submicron features identified by vinculin immunostaining as component of focal contacts and focal adhesions. In comparison, imaging in fluid enabled cell surface interfacial interactions to be tracked by time-lapse video WSPR microscopy. Our results indicate that the cell surface interface and thus cell signalling mechanisms may be readily interrogated in live cells without the use of labelling techniques.
    • Impact of algorithm design in implementing real-time active control systems

      Hossain, M. Alamgir; Tokhi, M.O.; Dahal, Keshav P. (Springer, 2004)
      This paper presents an investigation into the impact of algorithm design for real-time active control systems. An active vibration control (AVC) algorithm for flexible beam systems is employed to demonstrate the critical design impact for real-time control applications. The AVC algorithm is analyzed, designed in various forms and implemented to explore the impact. Finally, a comparative real-time computing performance of the algorithms is presented and discussed to demonstrate the merits of different design mechanisms through a set of experiments.
    • Impact of Carpet Waste Fibre Addition on Swelling Properties of Compacted Clays

      Mirzababaei, M.; Miraftab, M.; Mohamed, Mostafa H.A.; McMahon, P. (2012)
      Municipalities and recycling and environmental authorities are concerned about the growing amount of carpet waste produced by household, commercial and industrial sectors. It is reported that 500,000 tonnes of carpet waste fibre are plunged into landfills annually in the UK. In the United States of America, around 10 million tonnes of textile waste was generated in 2003. In geotechnical engineering, expansive clay soils are categorised as problematic soils due to their swelling behaviour upon increase in the moisture content. The problematic nature of such soils is intensified with the increase in the plasticity index. This paper presents results of a comprehensive investigation into utilisation of carpet waste fibres in order to improve the swelling characteristics of compacted cohesive soils. Therefore, two different clay soils with markedly different plasticity indices (i.e. 17.0 and 31.5 %) were treated with two different types of carpet waste fibre. Waste fibres were added to prepare specimens with fibre content of 1, 3 and 5 % by dry weight of soil. Soil specimens with different dry unit weights and moisture contents were prepared so as to the swelling behaviour of fibre reinforced compacted clays is completely attained under various scenarios. The results indicated that the behaviour of the fibre reinforced soils seems highly dependent on the initial compaction state and secondary on the moisture content. It was found that the swelling pressure drops rapidly as the percentage of fibre increases in samples prepared at the maximum dry unit weight and optimum moisture content. Reducing the dry unit weight, while maintaining constant moisture content or increasing the moisture content at constant dry unit weight was found to reduce the swelling pressure.
    • Impact of data dependencies for real-time high performance computing.

      Hossain, M. Alamgir; Kabir, U.; Tokhi, M.O. (2002)
      This paper presents an investigation into the impact of data dependencies in real-time high performance sequential and parallel processing. An adaptive active vibration control algorithm is considered to demonstrate the impact of data dependencies in real-time computing. The algorithm is analysed in detail to explore the inherent data dependencies. To minimize the impact of data dependencies, an investigation into reducing memory access in sequential computing is provided. The impact of data dependencies with various interconnections is also explored and demonstrated in real-time parallel processing through a set of experiments.
    • Impact of duty cycle on wear progression in variable-displacement vane oil pumps

      Doikin, Aleksandr; Habib Zadeh, Esmaeil; Campean, I. Felician; Proest, Martin; Brown, A.; Sherratt, A. (2018)
      Variable-displacement vane oil pumps are increasingly employed in automotive powertrains for their efficiency benefits through reduced losses. However, confirming long life reliability of a new commodity based on limited data available from product development tests and early field experience is a significant challenge, which is addressed by the work presented in this paper. The approach presented combines physical examination of pumps returned from tests, with analysis of damage factors for pump wear progression, and an analysis of functional parameters for the powertrain system focused on the cause effect linkages across the systems hierarchy. The metrology results from physical measurements of used parts provide useful insights for the wear progression and the expected service performance of the pump. The paper also expands towards a data driven approach based on ECU data analysis that could provide a pathway towards the development of online health monitoring and diagnostics of the oil pumps.
    • Impact of packing and processing technique on mechanical properties of acrylic denture base materials

      Nejatian, T.; Sefat, Farshid; Johnson, T. (2015-04-24)
      The fracture resistance of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as the most popular denture base material is not satisfactory. Different factors can be involved in denture fracture. Among them, flexural fatigue and impact are the most common failure mechanisms of an acrylic denture base. It has been shown that there is a correlation between the static strength and fatigue life of composite resins. Therefore, the transverse strength of the denture base materials can be an important indicator of their service life. In order to improve the fracture resistance of PMMA, extensive studies have been carried out; however, only a few promising results were achieved, which are limited to some mechanical properties of PMMA at the cost of other properties. This study aimed at optimizing the packing and processing condition of heat-cured PMMA as a denture base resin in order to improve its biaxial flexural strength (BFS). The results showed that the plain type of resin with a powder/monomer ratio of 2.5:1 or less, packed conventionally and cured in a water bath for 2 h at 95 °C provides the highest BFS. Also, it was found that the performance of the dry heat processor is inconsistent with the number of flasks being loaded.
    • Impact of sulphuric acid on cylinder lubrication for large 2-stroke marine diesel engines: Contact angle, interfacial tension and chemical interaction

      Sautermeister, F.A.; Priest, Martin; Lee, P.M.; Fox, M.F. (2013)
      The effect of sulphuric acid on the chemical and physical behaviour of the piston ring lubricant in a marine engine cylinder was investigated. To reveal the basic influence of H2SO4 on the lubricant film, the saturated hydrocarbon Squalane (C30H62) was chosen as a simple model oil. The interfacial tension between aqueous H2SO4 (0-98% w/w) and C30H62 was measured between -3 and 165 degrees C to understand droplet formation in the lubricant. Interfacial tension decreases with increasing acid concentration and is temperature dependent.
    • Impact on the biomechanics of overground gait of using an ‘Echelon’ hydraulic ankle–foot device in unilateral trans-tibial and trans-femoral amputees

      De Asha, Alan R.; Munjal, R.; Kulkarni, J.; Buckley, John G. (2014-08)
      If a prosthetic foot creates resistance to forwards shank rotation as it deforms during loading, it will exert a braking effect on centre of mass progression. The present study determines whether the centre of mass braking effect exerted by an amputee's habitual rigid ‘ankle’ foot was reduced when they switched to using an ‘Echelon’ hydraulic ankle–foot device. Nineteen lower limb amputees (eight trans-femoral, eleven trans-tibial) walked overground using their habitual dynamic-response foot with rigid ‘ankle’ or ‘Echelon’ hydraulic ankle–foot device. Analysis determined changes in how the centre of mass was transferred onto and above the prosthetic-foot, freely chosen walking speed, and spatio-temporal parameters of gait. When using the hydraulic device both groups had a smoother/more rapid progression of the centre of pressure beneath the prosthetic hindfoot (p ≤ 0.001), and a smaller reduction in centre of mass velocity during prosthetic-stance (p < 0.001). As a result freely chosen walking speed was higher in both groups when using the device (p ≤ 0.005). In both groups stance and swing times and cadence were unaffected by foot condition whereas step length tended (p < 0.07) to increase bilaterally when using the hydraulic device. Effect size differences between foot types were comparable across groups. Use of a hydraulic ankle–foot device reduced the foot's braking effect for both amputee groups. Findings suggest that attenuation of the braking effect from the foot in early stance may be more important to prosthetic-foot function than its ability to return energy in late stance.
    • Impact resistance of deflection-hardening fiber reinforced concretes with different mixture parameters

      Banyhussan, Q.S.; Yildirim, G.; Anil, O.; Erdem, R.T.; Ashour, Ashraf F.; Sahmaran, M. (2019-06)
      The impact behavior of deflection-hardening High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Concretes (HPFRCs) was evaluated herein. During the preparation of HPFRCs, fiber type and amount, fly ash to Portland cement ratio and aggregate to binder ratio were taken into consideration. HPFRC beams were tested for impact resistance using free-fall drop-weight test. Acceleration, displacement and impact load vs. time graphs were constructed and their relationship to the proposed mixture parameters were evaluated. The paper also aims to present and verify a nonlinear finite element analysis, employing the incremental nonlinear dynamic analysis, concrete damage plasticity model and contact surface between the dropped hammer and test specimen available in ABAQUS. The proposed modelling provides extensive and accurate data on structural behavior, including acceleration, displacement profiles and residual displacement results. Experimental results which are further confirmed by numerical studies show that impact resistance of HPFRC mixtures can be significantly improved by a proper mixture proportioning. In the presence of high amounts of coarse aggregates, fly ash and increased volume of hybrid fibers, impact resistance of fiberless reference specimens can be modified in a way to exhibit relatively smaller displacement results after impact loading without risking the basic mechanical properties and deflection-hardening response with multiple cracking.
    • Impacts of sedimentation on rainwater quality: case study at Ikorodu of Lagos, Nigeria

      John, Chukwuemeka K.; Pu, Jaan H.; Pandey, M.; Moruzzi, R. (IWA, 2021)
      This study investigated the impact of sedimentation on rainwater storage system using a case study at the Ikorodu area of Lagos state, a rural area in Nigeria. In this investigation, the proportions of Escherichia coli (E. coli) that were settleable (due to sedimentation) and those that were at the free phase have been studied. Water samples were collected from different depths in the inspected rainwater storage tank at two different periods (i.e. rainy and dry periods) for 20 days. The samples collected from these periods have been analysed for physical and microbial measures before passing it through the serial filters with pore sizes of 500 μm, 100 μm, 10 μm and 1.5 μm to measure the retained particle mass. From the results, it was observed that: (1) the water quality at the free-phase zone was better than that at the tank’s bottom; (2) the settleable bacteria rapidly sinked to bottom; (3) the correlation of turbidity, E. coli and total suspended solids (TSS) for all the rain events showed a relatively high Pearson’s coefficient of 0.9 to one another; and (4) over 70% of settling TSS occurred within first 36 hours. Finally, it has been found that the physical sedimentation process can significantly reduce the microbial measures.
    • Impedance Bandwidth Improvement of a Planar Antenna Based on Metamaterial-Inspired T-Matching Network

      Alibakhshikenari, M.; Virdee, B.S.; Shukla, P.; Wang, Y.; Azpilicueta, L.; Naser-Moghadasi, M.; See, Chan H.; Elfergani, Issa T.; Zebiri, C.; Abd-Alhameed, Raed A.; et al. (IEEE, 2021-05-03)
      In this paper a metamaterial-inspired T-matching network is directly imbedded inside the feedline of a microstrip antenna to realize optimum power transfer between the front-end of an RF wireless transceiver and the antenna. The proposed T-matching network, which is composed of an arrangement of series capacitor, shunt inductor, series capacitor, exhibits left-handed metamaterial characteristics. The matching network is first theoretically modelled to gain insight of its limitations. It was then implemented directly in the 50-Ω feedline to a standard circular patch antenna, which is an unconventional methodology. The antenna’s performance was verified through measurements. With the proposed technique there is 2.7 dBi improvement in the antenna’s radiation gain and 12% increase in the efficiency at the center frequency, and this is achieved over a significantly wider frequency range by a factor of approximately twenty. Moreover, there is good correlation between the theoretical model, method of moments simulation, and the measurement results.