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News Article | November 14, 2016
Site: phys.org

Our future is likely to rely on many 'systems of systems' - networks of technical operations, that work independently, but need to act together. Creating conditions for all sorts of systems to work together could be the next step in optimising technological efficiency. Ending in September 2016, the EU-funded DYMASOS (Dynamic Management of Physically Coupled Systems of Systems) project has developed new management methods and engineering tools for these 'cyber-physical' systems of systems. Improved management leads to better performance and could significantly reduce our consumption of resources and carbon footprints. 'The project has made an important contribution in taking first concrete steps into realising and concretising a novel field of research - the Internet of Things,' says Dr. Iiro Harjunkoski, from ABB Corporate Research in Germany and a member of the DYMASOS consortium. This will enable everyday objects to be networked via the internet, allowing them to send and receive data and giving any system the capacity to be 'smart' and coordinate with other systems. DYMASOS was based on real industrial case studies. These were underpinned by a thorough analysis of markets, industrial needs, and challenges of the industrial project partners.'The research was steered by the application cases but nonetheless also geared towards obtaining fundamental results and new insights.' explains project co-ordinator, Professor Sebastian Engell of Technische Universität Dortmund. The focus of the case studies were in the fields of chemical production, from companies, BASF and INEOS, both among the largest chemicals producers in the world, and in the operation and engineering of electric power distribution and electric vehicle charging infrastructures, using data from HEP ODS, Croatia, and AYESA, Spain. 'The realistic modelling and simulation of DYMASOS is one of the critical issues addressed by the project,' says Dr Patrick Panciatici, Scientific Advisor at RTE, France. DYMASOS developed four different approaches to modelling systems of systems. In a comparison to the behaviour of biological systems, ETH Zurich looked at understanding and controlling population behaviour. They looked, for example at modelling the overnight recharging behaviour of electric car owners, knowing only information about average population behaviour. An electric vehicle case study from the city of Malaga carried out by the University of Seville, modelled coalitional control - how to jointly optimise the behaviour of different elements in a process. TU Dortmund also modelled market-like mechanisms that try to optimise results by dynamic price-setting or constraining resources to balance supply and demand; this was applied to a petrochemical site of INEOS in Cologne and a reactor system at BASF. The University of Zagreb developed a hierarchical control model; where the grid configuration can change dynamically to minimise power losses, based on an electric distribution grid case study provided by HEP ODS. Large-scale simulations of these complex systems successfully validated the management and control algorithms produced. The DYMASOS Engineering Platform provides guidelines for the design of evolving systems of systems that can balance local autonomy and global management. DYNAMOS member, Mark Lewis, a Low Carbon Consultant at Tees Valley Unlimited, in the UK says,'the project has developed a number of practical demonstrations which will interest other complexes within and across companies and organisations to start to take further interest.' Industrial project members are now implementing the solutions developed by DYMASOS and this will give European operators of large technical systems and providers of management and automation solutions strategic competitive advantages, including cost savings, energy efficiency, higher stability and improved resilience to faults and changes in demand. Explore further: Solutions for an Internet of energy


MIDLAND, MI, February 17, 2017-- Bernard J. Meister has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Bernard J. Meister was born to Benjamin and Gertrude Meister in February, 1941 in Maynard, Massachusetts. He attended Maynard public schools and graduated as valedictorian in 1958. He entered Worchester Polytechnic Institute in 1958 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1962. Bernie then entered Cornell University, studied chemical engineering and polymers and wrote his thesis on the breakup of jets into droplets for immiscible liquid systems. He obtained his PhD in 1966.In April 1966 Dr. Meister joined the Dow Chemical Company in the Corporate Research Lab in Midland, Michigan. He started in the rheology lab measuring high shear rate normal stresses in elastic liquids, and using the data to help formulate a viscoelastic constitutive equation that could be used to simulate polymer processing equipment. He then used the constitutive equation he developed to simulate the injection molding of polystyrene cups. In 1972 Bernie married Janet White and had now transferred to the styrenics research lab and he began working on the simulation of the polystyrene polymerization process. He used the kinetic equations of chain initiation, chain propagation, chain termination and chain transfer to predict the amount of polystyrene produced with time and its molecular weight and molecular weight distribution. This computer program was used to guide the development of a new process for a new polystyrene with high molecular weight and low oligomers at high production rates. This was accomplished, the production plant was built and started up on prime product in 1976. The molecular simulation was installed on the plant and started up concurrently with the process. Dr. Meister then added rubberized feed, two phase polymerization and grafting to the program so high impact polystyrene products could be developed in the same way. Also styrene acrylonitrile copolymerization was added for the development of mass ABS products. This made it possible for the researchers and manufacturers to run off line simulations to modify plant conditions and develop new products.The large number of successes and cost savings attributed to the molecular kinetics program led to the promotion of Dr. Meister to Associate Scientist in 1983. Also in that year, he was named Chemical Engineer of the Year by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. On becoming a scientist, there is less time spent on individual products and more time on guiding people and project development and technical review of projects in other locations. One project he guided was the development of a new high impact polystyrene process that provided more grafting. During this time he also refocused on a product design program that could lead to a similar success to the polymerization programs. The focus was on entangling and disentangling molecules and how it was affected by the velocity fields in processing equipment. Bernie was promoted to Research Scientist in 1992 and retired in 1999. He continued to take on projects for Dow part time under contract until 2005. Throughout his lengthy Dow career, he wrote over 100 Dow reports and also contributed his knowledge to many articles in professional journals. Dr. Meister maintains his membership with AIChE, ACS, SPE, Sigma Xi, and the Society of Rheology.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


News Article | November 14, 2016
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Phronesis Partners, a global Research & Consulting company, announced the appointment of Ashish Nayyar as its SVP for Financial and Business Research practice. Ashish brings with him over 15 years of rich experience in Financial & Business Research outsourcing, Management Consulting and client development. He has an expertise in innovative client solutioning, assuring superlative quality delivery and establishing high performance teams. Ashish has built over 50 research teams for various large corporates, global private equity firms, top investment banks and many leading consulting firms across a range of functions such as corporate strategy, sales & marketing, procurement, deal sourcing, due diligence, portfolio monitoring and corporate finance, amongst others. In his previous assignment as Director and Global Head of Private Equity & Corporate Research at Copal Amba- a Moody’s Analytics company, serving it for over 8 years, Ashish was instrumental in establishing and driving growth in several new business lines for the organization. Prior to this, he was a founding member of Four-S Services, a boutique financial advisory firm. Ashish also played a key role in some of the critical projects relating to M&A, strategy, competitive/market intelligence, internal audits and investor relations while working with a major IT services provider in its corporate finance team during early years in his career. At Phronesis, Ashish is responsible for expanding its world class, round-the-clock, robust & seamless delivery process and driving growth of Financial and Business Research practice across multiple clients segments including Professional services firms, Private Equity and Investment Banks amongst others. About Phronesis Partners: Phronesis Partners, one of the fastest growing research and consulting establishments globally, offers unique and actionable insights to deliver research & intelligence solutions for businesses. We take great pride in our solution-centric culture that drives client success by Simplifying Growth. At the heart of all our activities are bespoke project frameworks advanced by subject matter expertise, ensuring quality at source. A set of specialized databases, 24*7 work culture, highly qualified staff and management team weave together the right knowledge and resources to deliver business insights with direct strategic applicability. For more information, please write to info(at)phronesis-partners(dot)com


News Article | February 28, 2017
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DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., (TSMC) has signed an agreement to participate in two SRC research initiatives. In addition to joining SRC’s New Science Team (NST) project, TSMC will be participating in the Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program. TSMC is the pioneer and global leader of the IC foundry business. The NST project, consisting of both the JUMP and nCORE programs, is a 5-year, $300M research project focused on co-optimized hardware/software solutions for high performance, energy efficient microelectronics. SRC is actively recruiting a diverse group of electronics companies to participate on the NST project that will launch on January 1, 2018. GRC is SRC’s core program consisting of eleven research thrusts that span a wide array of research topics such as analog/mixed-signal, packaging, logic and memory devices, and nano-manufacturing materials and processes. “ SRC is pleased to welcome TSMC to our research consortium of leading semiconductor and technology companies. Today’s announcement represents a strategic partnership for the research and development of disruptive technologies that extend beyond traditional scaling,” said Ken Hansen, President & CEO of SRC. “ As SRC continues to grow our global partnerships, one thing is certain, great things happen when we bring brilliant minds together! We look forward to the unique and broad perspective that TSMC can bring to SRC-sponsored research.” “ Our mission to forge a powerful innovation force in the semiconductor industry has led TSMC to this collaborative venture with SRC,” said Dr. Jack Sun, Vice President of Corporate Research and Chief Technology Officer, TSMC. “ We believe the NST and GRC research programs exemplify collaborative research amongst industry leaders that will lead to fundamental discoveries upon which TSMC will develop into leading edge process and subsystem integration solution offerings. Together, we will expand semiconductor research and development in the pursuit of next-generation innovation.” With the addition of TSMC, six of the top 10 global semiconductor companies are now members of SRC. Furthermore, this membership announcement signifies the fourth non-U.S. headquartered company to join SRC within the last 18 months. Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is a world-class, non-profit consortium that works with industry, government and academia partners to define, fund and manage university research on behalf of its member companies. Through its highly regarded research programs, SRC plays an indispensable part in both research and development strategies of the most influential industry leaders. Members of SRC gain access to research results, fundamental IP, and highly experienced students to compete in the global marketplace and build the workforce of tomorrow. For more information and to stay informed on our advancements, visit www.src.org.


Kim K.-H.,Korea Institute of Science and Technology | Kim K.-H.,Korea University | Lee K.-Y.,Korea University | Kim H.-J.,Korea Institute of Science and Technology | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy | Year: 2010

We analyzed the effects of ionomer content on the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) performance of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) fabricated by a catalyst-coated membrane (CCM) spraying method in partially humidified atmospheric air and hydrogen. When high loading Pt/C catalysts (45.5 wt.%) were used, we observed that catalytic activity was not directly proportional to electrochemical active surface area (EAS). This suggests that ionic conductivity through ionomers in catalyst layers is also an important factor affecting MEA performance. In addition, the effects of mass transport were experimentally evaluated by manipulating the air stoichiometry ratio at the cathodes. MEA performance was more sensitive to flow rates under conditions of higher ionomer content. Due to the combined effect of EAS, ionic conductivity, and mass transfer characteristics (all of which varied according to the ionomer content), an MEA with 30 wt.% ionomer content at the cathode (25 wt.% at the anode) was shown to yield the best performance. © 2009 Professor T. Nejat Veziroglu.


Neto A.C.A.,Corporate Research | Eyland S.,Corporate Research | Ware J.,Offender Services and Programs | Galouzis J.,Corporate Research | Kevin M.,Corporate Research
Psychiatry, Psychology and Law | Year: 2013

As Internet accessibility and use increase dramatically, more and more people are turning to it for sexual purposes. This growing use of the Internet for sexual purposes indicates that the proportion of Internet sexual offences also will continue to rise dramatically. This article examines the impact of Internet problematic behaviours on the potential for recidivism among online sexual offenders. It argues for specialised treatment for these offenders whilst providing an overview of approaches that are currently used in other areas to treat problematic behaviours and how they could be used in the treatment of Internet sexual offenders. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Lee K.,North Carolina State University | Lee K.,General Motors | Ahmed S.,Corporate Research | Lukic S.M.,North Carolina State University
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications | Year: 2016

In many industrial settings, momentary power disruptions commonly occur, resulting in tripping of large electric machines, which then have to be brought to zero speed before the machine can be restarted. This can result in frequent interruptions in an industrial process, which can have negative effects on productivity. A more practical approach would restart the machine back to the original speed as soon as power is restored, not having to wait for the machine to be at a standstill. This concept is known as flying restart. In this paper, we propose an approach to implement the flying restart for permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSM) by using an identification algorithm that determines the speed and position of the machine back-electromotive force so that the correct voltage vector can be applied, thus minimizing the inrush current during the restart. The novelty of the proposed method is that its implementation only requires nameplate machine parameters and needs no machine-specific tuning, making the approach suitable for implementation with both vector- and scalar-controlled PMSM. © 1972-2012 IEEE.


Lee Y.-S.,Hanyang University | Jeong Y.B.,Corporate Research | Kim D.-W.,Hanyang University
Journal of Power Sources | Year: 2010

A hybrid composite membrane is prepared by electrospinning poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) copolymer and Al2O3 powder with a microfibrous form on both sides of a polyethylene membrane. The composite membrane shows better thermal stability and wettability for liquid electrolyte solution than polyethylene membrane. The lithium-ion cell assembled with the composite membrane exhibits good capacity retention and high rate performance due to the effective encapsulation of the electrolyte solution in the cell and the adhesive properties of the swollen polymer towards electrodes. The hybrid composite membrane prepared by the electrospinning method is expected to be a separator with enhanced thermal stability and good cycling performance for application in lithium-ion batteries. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Choi J.-A.,Hanyang University | Kim S.H.,Corporate Research | Kim D.-W.,Hanyang University
Journal of Power Sources | Year: 2010

Ceramic-coated separators are prepared by coating the sides of a porous polyethylene membrane with nano-sized Al2O3 powder and hydrophilic poly(lithium 4-styrenesulfonate) binder. These separators exhibit an improved thermal stability at high temperatures without significant thermal shrinkage. Due to the high hydrophilicity of the polymer binder and large surface area of the small ceramic particles, the separators show good wettability in non-aqueous liquid electrolytes. By using the ceramic-coated separators, lithium-ion cells composed of a carbon anode and a LiCoO2 cathode are assembled and their cycling performance is evaluated. The cells are proven to have better capacity retention than for cells prepared with polyethylene membrane. It is expected that the ceramic-coated separator in this study can be potential candidate as a separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that require thermal safety and good capacity retention. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Sun L.,RWTH Aachen | Harjunkoski I.,Corporate Research | Castro P.,National Laboratory of Energy and Geology
Computer Aided Chemical Engineering | Year: 2013

In today's energy markets there is a growing effort in the alignment of the industrial sector to the power grid for the sake of efficient energy distribution and consumption. The steel making industry, as one of the most energy-intensive stakeholders, may play an important role in this context. In this paper, we use the Resource Task Network (RTN) in order to provide a generic modeling framework for scheduling problems under energy constraints. We study the impact of fluctuating electricity prices on the scheduling of operations in the steel plant and the economic profits that can be obtained from the steel plant's participation in the incentive-based iDSM program. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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