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Golding K.S.,ISL
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry | Year: 2010

Many of the children and young people who are looked after in foster and residential care or are adopted have complex mental health needs that are not well met by traditional mental health services. These vulnerabilities stem from an interaction between pre- and post-care experience, and often include trauma, attachment and developmental difficulties. It is now widely recognized that these children are best served by dedicated services provided by professionals with expertise in meeting the needs of looked after and adopted children. This involves effective joint working between health, education and social care services and requires supportive policies and structures at all levels of the organizations. This paper will explore the strengths, challenges and barriers of multi-agency and specialist working to meet the needs of these vulnerable children and young people.This will be illustrated with case examples drawn from a multi-agency service in Worcestershire, UK. © The Author(s) 2010. Source


Lemperiere F.,Hydro Coop | Vigny J.-P.,Hydro Coop | Deroo L.,ISL
International Journal on Hydropower and Dams | Year: 2012

Present methods for designing spillways are generally based on traditional criteria, which are not well adapted to present knowledge of actual risks. A review of facts and costs suggests that better adapted criteria and methods of design could reduce risks and costs. Most failures have been caused by floods which exceeded the spillway capacity, but a significant number of gated dams have failed as a result of total jamming of the gates for various reasons, such as mechanical or electrical problems, lack of operators or operational errors. The data for masonry and concrete dams are quite different. The rate of flood failures has been quite high for masonry gravity darns, either at the foundation level or in the dam body. This may be caused by a lower density than expected, uplift in upstream cracks or low mechanical strength, especially for very old dams. The breach may be instantaneous and its length be about five times the dam height. Source


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 591.69K | Year: 2000

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Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2007

The Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I project will develop permanent, self-cleaning, anti-fog coatings for plastic and glass surfaces. Fogging on bathroom mirrors is a common phenomenon. Fogging on a moving automotive windshield, however, represents hazardous situation. Fogging often occurs when a cold surface suddenly contacts warm, moist air. Thousands of tiny water droplets condense on the surface. These droplets scatter light in random patterns, causing the surfaces to become translucent or foggy. The proposed research expects to demonstrate the feasibility of a cost-effective, manufacturing technology for durable, nanoporous, super-hydrophilic coatings as a permanent solution to the fogging problem. Complete resistance to fogging is critical in viewing windows, mirrors and windshields of aircraft, military vehicles and automotives and related personal protective gear for the safe operation of these equipments. Potential applications include automotive, aviation, sporting equipment, domestic, military and healthcare sectors. These coatings can be used as abrasion resistant, anti-fog and anti-reflection coatings on both glass and plastic surfaces. Preventing fogging of personal equipment like spectacles, skiing and swimming goggles, and scuba diving gear are other advantages. The proposed research will also offer a good opportunity for the education of postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students. They will be exposed to applied research and trained in chemistry, materials science, and engineering. In addition, they will gain knowledge and experience in developing a commercial product to meet societal and market needs.


Hogan J.D.,Johns Hopkins University | Spray J.G.,University of New Brunswick | Rogers R.J.,University of New Brunswick | Vincent G.,ISL | Schneider M.,ISL
Planetary and Space Science | Year: 2013

Ejecta velocity measurements were made during impacts into solid planetary materials. Ejecta velocity fields overlie each other when normalized by v max, v50%mass, and v50% KE; these correspond to the maximum velocity and median values of mass and kinetic energy among ejecta velocities. Semi- empirical models were developed to provide predictive capabilities of 10th, 50th, and 90th percentiles of the distributions of mass, momentum and kinetic energy with respect to ejecta velocity. Lastly, a functional equation describing the probability density distribution of mass, momentum and kinetic energy among ejecta velocities was derived. Data and predictive models are valuable in the development and validation of numerical models, where comparison between experiments and simulations rely on well characterized measurements. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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