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The third generation of the BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS-3) is a global navigation system, and is expected to be in full operation by 2020. High-precision orbits are a precondition for BDS-3 to provide a highly accurate service, which needs a global tracking and monitoring capability for the operational satellites. However, it is difficult for BDS to construct global ground monitoring stations. Fortunately, Ka-band Inter-Satellite Link (ISL) antennae fitted to the BDS-3 satellites can be used to extend the visible arc of the Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites and to enhance the ground stations for orbit determination. This paper analyses the ISL-enhanced orbit determination for eight BDS-3 satellites, using the data from ten Chinese domestic stations and 13 international Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Monitoring and Assessment System (iGMAS) overseas stations. The results show that the Three-Dimensional (3D) position Root Mean Square (RMS) error of the Overlapping Orbit Differences (OODs) is approximately 1 m when only ten regional stations are used. When the ISL measurements are added, the 3D position RMS error is decreased to 0·5 m, and the accuracy of the 24-hour orbit prediction can also be improved from 2 m to 0·7 m, which is even better than that of the orbits determined using globally distributed stations. It can be expected that with the subsequent launch of BDS-3 satellites and the increasing number of ISLs, the advantage of the ISL enhanced orbit determination will become more significant.
Direct numerical simulation is conducted to uncover the response of a supersonic turbulent boundary layer to streamwise concave curvature and the related physical mechanisms at a Mach number of 2.95. Streamwise variations of mean flow properties, turbulence statistics and turbulent structures are analysed. A method to define the boundary layer thickness based on the principal strain rate is proposed, which is applicable for boundary layers subjected to wall-normal pressure and velocity gradients. While the wall friction grows with the wall turning, the friction velocity decreases. A logarithmic region with constant slope exists in the concave boundary layer. However, with smaller slope, it is located lower than that of the flat boundary layer. Streamwise varying trends of the velocity and the principal strain rate within different wall-normal regions are different. The turbulence level is promoted by the concave curvature. Due to the increased turbulence generation in the outer layer, secondary bumps are noted in the profiles of streamwise and spanwise turbulence intensity. Peak positions in profiles of wall-normal turbulence intensity and Reynolds shear stress are pushed outward because of the same reason. Attributed to the Görtler instability, the streamwise extended vortices within the hairpin packets are intensified and more vortices are generated. Through accumulations of these vortices with a similar sense of rotation, large-scale streamwise roll cells are formed. Originated from the very large-scale motions and by promoting the ejection, sweep and spanwise events, the formation of large-scale streamwise roll cells is the physical cause of the alterations of the mean properties and turbulence statistics. The roll cells further give rise to the vortex generation. The large number of hairpin vortices formed in the near-wall region lead to the improved wall-normal correlation of turbulence in the concave boundary layer.
Heavy metal contamination in the paddy soils of China is a serious concern because of its health risk through transfer in food chains. A field experiment was conducted in 2014–2015 to investigate the long-term effects of different biochar amendments on cadmium (Cd) and arsenic (As) immobilisation in a contaminated paddy field in southern China. Two types of biochar, a rice-straw-derived biochar (RB) and a coconut-by-product-derived biochar (CB), were amended separately to determine their impacts on rice yield and their efficacy in reducing Cd and As in rice. The two-year field experiment showed that biochar amendments significantly improved the rice yields and that CB is superior to RB, especially in the first growth season. Using a large amount of biochar amendment (22.5tha–1) significantly increased soil pH and total organic carbon, and concomitantly decreased the Cd content in rice grains over the four growth seasons, regardless of biochar type and application rate. Arsenic levels in rice were similar to the control, and results from this study suggest that there was a sustainable effect of biochar on Cd sequestration in soil and reduction of Cd accumulation in rice for at least two years. Biochar amendment in soil could be considered as a sustainable, reliable and cost-effective option to remediate heavy metal contamination in paddy fields for long periods.
We previously reported four heterozygous missense mutations of MYH7, KCNQ1, MYLK2, and TMEM70 in a single three-generation Chinese family with dual Long QT and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy phenotypes for the first time. However, the clinical course among the family members was various, and the potential myocardial dysfunction has not been investigated.
The objective of this study was to investigate the echocardiographic and electrocardiographic characteristics in a genetic positive Chinese family with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and further to explore the association between myocardial dysfunction and electric activity, and the identified mutations.
A comprehensive echocardiogram – standard two-dimensional Doppler echocardiography and three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography – and electrocardiogram were obtained for members in this family.
As previously reported, four missense mutations – MYH7-H1717Q, KCNQ1-R190W, MYLK2-K324E, and TMEM70-I147T – were identified in this family. The MYH7-H1717Q mutation carriers had significantly increased left ventricular mass indices, elevated E/e’ ratio, deteriorated global longitudinal stain, but enhanced global circumferential and radial strain compared with those in non-mutation patients (all p<0.05). The KCNQ1-R190W carriers showed significantly prolonged QTc intervals, and the MYLK2-K324E mutation carriers showed inverted T-waves (both p<0.05). However, the TMEM70-I147T mutation carriers had similar echocardiography and electrocardiographic data as non-mutation patients.
Three of the identified four mutations had potential pathogenic effects in this family: MYH7-H1717Q was associated with increased left ventricular thickness, elevated left ventricular filling pressure, and altered myocardial deformation; KCNQ1-R190W and MYLK2-K324E mutations were correlated with electrocardiographic abnormalities reflected in long QT phenotype and inverted T-waves, respectively.
The Beidou System (BDS) started functioning at the end of 2012. The Yaw-Steering (YS) attitude mode for Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites in BDS ensures that the solar panels face the Sun. The orbit radial accuracies for IGSO/MEO satellites are 0·5 m and the User Equivalent Range Errors (UERE) are 1·5 m in YS mode. BDS-2 satellites adopt Orbit-Normal (ON) mode to meet the power supply and thermal control requirements of the satellite during deep Earth eclipse periods. In ON mode, long-term orbit ephemeris accuracy monitoring in the Operational Control System (OCS) of BDS indicates that the orbit accuracies for IGSO/MEOs are reduced to a few hundreds of metres, seriously affecting the positioning accuracy and navigation service capability of the BDS system. Solar Radiation Pressure (SRP) is difficult to model in ON mode. Continuous Yaw-Steering (CYS) mode is available for new generation Beidou satellites launched since 2015. The orbit accuracies for these new generation Beidou (BDS-3) satellites were estimated based on BDS monitoring station data and SRP models including ECOM 9/5/3. The evaluation method consisted of four steps, namely, orbit internal consistency analysis, UERE calculation, Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) data fitting Root Mean Square (RMS) determinations and positioning performance analysis; the data gathering period lasted for more than 60 days and included two CYS periods and one ON period. The experiments showed that the orbit accuracy of the radial component in CYS mode for the BDS-3 satellites degrades by 2 to 3 cm and positioning accuracy degrades only by 1 cm over that in YS mode which is just a small reduction in accuracy compared with the decimetre-level BDS orbit accuracy and the metre-level single point positioning accuracy with BDS pseudorange data. This overcomes declining orbit and positioning accuracy issues in ON mode for BDS-2 satellites. Other results also show that the reliability of BDS has been improved.
The internal buckling is a common phenomenon in the as-grown carbon nanotube arrays. It makes the physical properties of carbon nanotube array in experiment lower than that in theory. In this work, we analyzed the formation and evolution mechanism of the internal buckling based on quasi-static compression model, which is different from collective effect of the van der Waals interactions. The self-restriction effect and the different growth rate of carbon nanotubes verify the possibility of the quasi-static compression model to explain the morphology evolution of vertical carbon nanotube arrays, especially the phenomenon of the quasi-straight and bent carbon nanotubes coexisted in the array. We generalized the Euler beam to wave-like beam and explained the mechanism of high-mode buckling combined with the van der Waals interaction. The calculated result about the link between compressive stress and strain confirms with the stage of collective buckling in the quasi-static compression test of carbon nanotube array. Preparation of well-organized carbon nanotube arrays was strong evidence verified the effect of self-restriction in experiment.
We report a novel tip-type field emission (FE) emitter by synthesizing the few-layer graphene (FLG) flakes on tip of nichrome (8020) wire (ϕ≈80 μm) by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition(PECVD). These resultant random arrays of free-standing FLG flakes are aligned vertically to the substrate surface in a high-density and stacked to each other to form several larger “flower-like” agglomerates in spherical shapes. The FE performance of the tip-type FLG flakes emitter shows a low threshold field of 0.55 V/μm, a large field enhancement factor of 9455 ± 46, a large field emission current density of 22.18 A/cm2 at 2.70 V/μm, and an excellent field emission stability at high emission current densities (6.93 A/cm2). It can be used in variety of applications that include cathode-ray tube monitors, X-ray sources, electron microscopes, and other vacuum electronic applications.
Electrocatalytic water splitting for the production of H2 is increasingly becoming a significant method to mitigate the current energy crisis and environmental pollution. However, oxygen evolution reaction (OER), a slow four-electron progress, is the bottle neck of water splitting. Thus, developing new, low cost, and effective catalysts for OER is a research hotspot in material and energy resource fields. Therefore, the research of nonprecious, metal-based OER catalysts has been popular. In this work, it is validated that 3D hollow Co(OH)2 nanoflowers synthesized by a facile template-based strategy at room temperature are effective electrocatalysts for OER. The catalysts display high activity with a current density of 10 mA/cm2 at an overpotential of 310 mV and a small Tafel slope of 68.9 mV/dec in alkaline condition. It’s noteworthy that this material is stable for over 20 h of chronopotentiometry. This work offers a simple and promising way to prepare efficient and durable electrocatalysts.
There has been a lot of study on the SOR-like methods for solving the augmented system of linear equations since the outstanding work of Golub, Wu and Yuan (BIT 41(2001)71-85) was presented fifteen years ago. Based on the SOR-like methods, we establish a class of accelerated SOR-like methods for large sparse augmented linear systems by making use of optimization technique, which will find the optimal relaxation parameter ω by optimization models. We demonstrate the convergence theory of the new methods under suitable restrictions. The numerical examples show these methods are effective.
In this paper, we propose a splitting positive definite mixed finite element method for the approximation of convex optimal control problems governed by linear parabolic equations, where the primal state variable y and its flux σ are approximated simultaneously. By using the first order necessary and sufficient optimality conditions for the optimization problem, we derive another pair of adjoint state variables z and ω, and also a variational inequality for the control variable u is derived. As we can see the two resulting systems for the unknown state variable y and its flux σ are splitting, and both symmetric and positive definite. Besides, the corresponding adjoint states z and ω are also decoupled, and they both lead to symmetric and positive definite linear systems. We give some a priori error estimates for the discretization of the states, adjoint states and control, where Ladyzhenkaya-Babuska-Brezzi consistency condition is not necessary for the approximation of the state variable y and its flux σ. Finally, numerical experiments are given to show the efficiency and reliability of the splitting positive definite mixed finite element method.
This work reports the gold-coated self-organized silicon nanopyramidal array prepared by a wet etching and magnetron sputtering process at room temperature. Scanning electron microscopy was used to detect the morphology of gold films. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of the rhodamine 6G (R6G) molecules adsorbed on a nanoscale gold film were recorded. Experimental results show the relationships between gold film thickness and SERS intensity. A full three-dimensional finite difference time domain calculations were carried out, which compare the experimental results and show agreement with ratios of the SERS enhancement for the different thicknesses of gold films. Furthermore, numerical simulations of the array were conducted for both a real gold metal coating and a perfect electrical conductor to determine whether the SERS enhancement was due to diffraction or plasmonic effects. The sample with the fast fabrication process used in this work could provide a new way to obtain a uniform enhancement and low cost SERS substrate.
This paper proposes a precise and fast direction of arrival estimation method using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) carrier phase measurements. Single-epoch, single-satellite integer cycle ambiguities are reliably resolved by making use of constraints and taking advantages of antenna arrays. The algorithm shows good robustness in cases where signal interruption or corruption occurs on some antenna elements as long as four antenna elements in a non-planar array have uncorrupted observables. The algorithm is demonstrated by field tests where antenna elements are connected to multiple receivers with an external common clock. The results indicate a high success rate of single-epoch ambiguity resolution and high direction of arrival accuracy.
Hyperbranched copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) with uniform spherical morphology has been firstly obtained by ethylene glycol solvothermal synthetic route. The highly dispersed spherical CuPc aggregates with a diameter of ∼500 nm. X-ray diffraction indicated that the molecules were stacked into one-dimensional b-axis aggregate. In addition, the split Soret band together with the broadened and blue-shifted Q-bands in the optical spectra suggested the H (face-to-face) type of interactions in the arrangement of macrocycles in a dense-packed structure. Due to its good symmetrical structure and unique morphology, the hyperbranched spherical CuPc showed excellent broadband microwave absorption behaviors in a frequency of 2–18 GHz. Over an absorber of 5 mm thickness, an absorption bandwidth of 12 GHz corresponding to reflection loss below −10 dB can be obtained. The high value of microwave reflection about −50 dB at the frequency of 16.5 GHz also suggested that the hyperbranched spherical CuPc can be used as promising microwave absorbing materials.
In this work, the metallic element Ru is introduced into a-Si:H. The structural and electrical properties of the films doped with Ru have been investigated. Raman spectra reveal that the addition of Ru disarranges further the intrinsically disordered amorphous network and generates more coordinated defects. Meanwhile, a new paramagnetic signal, associated with the holes localized in valence band tail, has been observed. Moreover, the conductivity increases by about nine orders of magnitude with the increase of doping concentration, and the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) results show that this material may have a potential application in the infrared detectors.
We present an introduction to the rapidly growing field of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide, tracing its development from the original proof-of-concept experiments a decade ago to its present, highly evolved state. The potential of epitaxial graphene as a new electronic material is now being recognized. Whether the ultimate promise of graphene-based electronics will ever be realized remains an open question. Silicon electronics is based on single-crystal substrates that allow reliable patterning on the nanoscale, which is an absolute requirement for any new electronic material. That is why epitaxial graphene is based on single-crystal silicon carbide. We also present recent results on nanopatterned graphene produced by etching the silicon carbide before annealing so that the graphene structures are produced in their final shapes. This avoids postannealing patterning, which is known to greatly affect transport properties on the nanoscale. Creating such structured graphene is an elegant method for avoiding pervasive patterning problems.
Three typical cokes were used for experiments in order to clarify the relationship between coke properties and solution loss behavior and its influence on the post-reaction strength of coke. Isothermal reactions between coke and CO2 at 1050–1300 °C were stopped at a weight loss of 25%. The post-reaction strength of coke was tested by an I-Type tumbler. Coke chemical reactivity and pore structure were tested to analyze the coke properties. The results show that the reaction temperature caused the most serious degradation to three cokes that were different due to their different properties. If two kinds of coke have similar chemical reactivity, the one with the less developed pore structure has a lower temperature, causing the most serious degradation. If two kinds of coke have similar pore structure, the one with the higher chemical reactivity has a lower temperature, causing the most serious degradation. This knowledge contributes to a reference for evaluating the capability of coke strength for resisting solution loss.
The aim of the present study was to investigate the impacts of n-3 PUFA and lymph drainage (D) on intestinal ischaemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury in rats. A total of forty-eight Sprague–Dawley male rats were randomly divided into three groups (n 16): normal diet (N), enteral nutrition (EN) and EN plus n-3 PUFA. Each group was further divided into lymph drainage (I/R+D) and non-drainage (I/R) sub-groups (n 8). After 5 d with different nutrition regimens, the rats were subjected to 60 min ischaemia by clamping the superior mesenteric artery, followed by 120 min reperfusion. At the same time, the rats in the I/R+D sub-groups were treated with intestinal lymph drainage for 180 min. Organs were harvested and we detected the cytokine, endotoxin, and expression of Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4 mRNA and its endogenous ligand high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1). We found that the serum levels of HMGB1, inflammatory cytokine and endotoxin in the three I/R+D sub-groups were significantly lower than those in the N (I/R) and EN (I/R) sub-groups (P < 0·05). The activation of NF-κB and the expression of HMGB1 and TLR4 mRNA significantly increased in the jejunum, ileum, liver and lung after intestinal I/R injury, but notably lower in the I/R+D groups than those in I/R (P < 0·05). The injury degree and HMGB1 expression were decreased in the n-3 PUFA group than in the N and EN groups. We preliminarily concluded that nutrition with n-3 PUFA and/or intestinal lymph drainage may reduce HMGB1 and inflammatory cytokine in serum and lymph and inhibit the expression and signal transmission of TLR4 mRNA, thereby alleviating intestinal I/R injury in rats.
Nowadays, finding ceramic materials with good physical-chemistry characteristics to make
ceramic cups is no longer a big difficulty. However, the stability of the construction,
the anti-penetration ability and the adaptability of the working profile of the hat face
of the ceramic cup are of critical importance to prolong the campaign life of the ceramic
cup itself and thus the BF hearth. In a lot of cases, the so-called “ceramic cup” is
formed just by one, two or more rings of the standard-shaped ceramic bricks which are
installed closely against the carbon hot face. In these linings, there are many
penetrating linear joints from the hot face to the cold face through the ceramic lining.
Both the overall stability of the construction and the anti-penetration ability of the
lining are very poor. Therefore, the goal of installing a ceramic cup, to protect the
carbon lining from the erosion of hot metal, would be difficult to achieve and the
lifetime of the ceramic cup would not be long no matter what excellent materials were
being used. However, an “Integrated Ceramic Cup” structure for the BF hearth is composed
of special-shaped ceramic blocks which are all interlocked with each other. In such a
construction, there is no linear breakthrough joint from the hot face to the cold face of
the ceramic lining. A ceramic lining with this structure can effectively avoid hot metal
and gases penetrating into and then through the joints of the ceramic lining to attack the
carbon lining behind. As a result, the campaign life of the BF hearth, and also the
campaign life of the blast furnace, would be prolonged. Nowadays the “Integrated Ceramic
Cup” structure has been used in many modern blast furnaces and its significant performance
has been proved.