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Sarier N.,Istanbul Kultur University | Onder E.,Technical University of Istanbul
Thermochimica Acta | Year: 2012

An organic phase change material (PCM) possesses the ability to absorb and release large quantity of latent heat during a phase change process over a certain temperature range. The use of PCMs in energy storage and thermal insulation has been tested scientifically and industrially in many applications. The broad based research and development studies concentrating on the characteristics of known organic PCMs and new materials as PCM candidates, the storage methods of PCMs, as well as the resolution of specific phase change problems, such as low thermal conductivity and supercooling have been reviewed. The potential industrial applications of PCMs in textiles and clothing systems, the methods of PCM integration into textiles and the methods of evaluating their thermal properties are also presented in this study. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Basar E.,Istanbul Kultur University
International Journal of Psychophysiology | Year: 2012

Aim of the review: Questions related to the genesis and functional correlates of the brain's alpha oscillations around 10. Hz (Alpha) are one of the fundamental research areas in neuroscience. In recent decades, analysis of this activity has been not only the focus of interest for description of sensory-cognitive processes, but has also led to trials for establishing new hypotheses. The present review and the companion review aim to constitute an ensemble of "reasonings and suggestions" to understand alpha oscillations based on a wide range of accumulated findings rather than a trial to launch a new "alpha theory". Surveyed descriptions related to physiology and brain function: The review starts with descriptions of earlier extracellular recordings, field potentials and also considers earlier alpha hypotheses. Analytical descriptions of evoked and event-related responses, event-related desynchronization, the relationship between spontaneous activity and evoked potentials, aging brain, pathology and alpha response in cognitive impairment are in the content of this review. In essence, the gamut of the survey includes a multiplicity of evidence on functional correlates in sensory processing, cognition, memory and vegetative system, including the spinal cord and heart. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Ayag Z.,Kadir Has University | Gurcan Ozdemir R.,Istanbul Kultur University
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2012

The problem of machine tool selection among available alternatives has been critical issue for most companies in fast-growing markets for a long time. In the presence of many alternatives and selection criteria, the problem becomes a multiple-criteria decision making (MCDM) machine tool selection problem. Therefore, most companies have utilized various methods to successfully carry out this difficult and time-consuming process. In this work, both of the most used MCDM methods, the modified TOPSIS and the Analytical Network Process (ANP) are introduced to present a performance analysis on machine tool selection problem. The ANP method is used to determine the relative weights of a set of the evaluation criteria, as the modified TOPSIS method is utilized to rank competing machine tool alternatives in terms of their overall performance. Furthermore, in this paper, we use a fuzzy extension of ANP, a more general form of AHP, which uses uncertain human preferences as input information in the decision-making process, because AHP cannot accommodate the variety of interactions, dependencies and feedback between higher and lower level elements. Instead of using the classical eigenvector prioritization method in AHP, only employed in the prioritization stage of ANP, a fuzzy logic method providing more accuracy on judgments is applied. The resulting fuzzy ANP enhances the potential of the conventional ANP for dealing with imprecise and uncertain human comparison judgments. The proposed approach is also applied for a real-life case in a company. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Basar E.,Istanbul Kultur University
Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience | Year: 2013

The term "brain (or neural) oscillations" refers to the rhythmic and/or repetitive electrical activity generated spontaneously and in response to stimuli by neural tissue in the central nervous system. The importance of brain oscillations in sensory-cognitive processes has become increasingly evident. It has also become clear that eventrelated oscillations are modified in many types of neuropathology, in particular in cognitive impairment. This review discusses methods such as evoked/event-related oscillations and spectra, coherence analysis, and phase locking. It gives examples of applications of essential methods and concepts in bipolar disorder that provide a basis for fundamental notions regarding neurophysiologic biomarkers in cognitive impairment. The take-home message is that in the development of diagnostic and pharmacotherapeutic strategies, neurophysiologic data should be analyzed in a framework that uses a multiplicity of methods and frequency bands. © 2013, AICH.


Basar E.,Istanbul Kultur University
International Journal of Psychophysiology | Year: 2013

This review describes a wide range of functional correlates of gamma oscillations in whole-brain work, in neuroethology, sensory-cognitive dynamics, emotion, and cognitive impairment. This survey opens a new window towards understanding the brain's gamma activity.Gamma responses are selectively distributed in the whole brain, and do not reflect only a unique, specific function of the nervous system. Sensory responses from cortex, thalamus, hippocampus, and reticular formations in animal and human brains, and also cognitive responses, were described by several authors.According to reviewed results, it becomes obvious that cognitive disorders, and medication-which influence the transmitter release-change entirely the understanding of the big picture in cognitive processes.Gamma activity is evoked or induced by different sensory stimuli or cognitive tasks. Thus, it is argued that gamma-band synchronization is an elementary and fundamental process in whole-brain operation. In conclusion, reasoning and suggestions for understanding gamma activity are highlighted. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

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