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Dancygier A.N.,NBRI | Katz A.,NBRI
3rd International fib Congress and Exhibition, Incorporating the PCI Annual Convention and Bridge Conference: Think Globally, Build Locally, Proceedings | Year: 2010

Reduction of concrete brittleness can be achieved by inclusion of steel fibers, which may be especially advantageous for High Strength Concrete (HSC). Addition of steel fibers to HSC mixtures (FHSC) may influence also other material properties, whose study is therefore, required for proper application of HSC and FHSC in reinforced concrete (RC) structures. One of these properties is bond-slip behavior of deformed steel bars, which is the subject of this study. The current stage focuses on bond in the beam region located over a direct support. This paper describes initial results of an experimental study that consists of pullout tests, which are based on the standard RILEM flexural bond test ("beam test") of deformed steel bars, with modifications that are pertinent to the scope of this study. Specimens were made of plain and fiber reinforced concrete at two strength levels: normal and high strength (NSC, FNSC, HSC and FHSC). The fiber reinforced concrete included 30-mm hooked-end steel fibers at a constant volume ratio of 0.75%. The tested bar diameters were 12 and 20 mm. The paper describes the tests and their initial results and points out main conclusions regarding the influence of concrete strength and the inclusion of fibers on the bond-slip behavior of deformed steel in the region over a direct support in beams. The results of this study are also compared to those of a previous stage, where the bond-slip behavior was examined in similar flexural specimens but without the particular conditions of a direct support.


News Article | December 19, 2016
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The National Business Research Institute (NBRI) is pleased to confer the distinction of Employee Excellence upon Rain Bird Corporation and welcomes this organization to the NBRI Circle of Excellence for the second year in a row. “Employee Engagement drives Financial Performance,” said Dr. Jan G. West, Ph.D., CEO & Organizational Psychologist at NBRI. “This award is a result of Rain Bird’s dedication to measuring and improving their Employee Engagement.” The NBRI Circle of Excellence Award recognizes organizations that place a high value on employee engagement. These organizations demonstrate their dedication by conducting best in class survey research with NBRI and taking action based upon the results. NBRI commends the leadership of these organizations for their commitment to the Continuous Improvement Process and recognizes their achievements with the Circle of Excellence Award. To qualify for this honor, the organization must score at or above Stretch Performance at the 75th benchmarking percentile when measured against their industry, or the organization must improve 5 or more benchmarking percentiles in total company score over the previous research study. NBRI conducts Employee, Customer, and Market Research for businesses, and uses this data to help organizations leverage these human factors to make improvements to operations and strategy. With its extensive experience across all industries, NBRI’s research teams bring their clients a combination of deep industry knowledge and expert advice. NBRI’s mission is to help their Clients set new standards of excellence in their industries, and their product offerings, such as Root Cause Analysis, ensures their clients will focus on the most impactful issues. Rain Bird Corporation is a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services with a commitment to helping its customers use water intelligently.


Tiwari A.K.,Sugarcane Research Station | Sharma P.K.,A.P.S. University | Khan M.S.,NBRI | Snehi S.K.,NBRI | And 2 more authors.
Medicinal Plants - International Journal of Phytomedicines and Related Industries | Year: 2010

Bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) is extensively cultivated in India, China and South East Asia for vegetable and traditional medicines. A severe yellow mosaic disease on bitter gourd (M. charantia) with a significant disease incidence was observed during the survey of different locations of Eastern U.P., India in the year 2007. The disease consisted of yellow mosaic accompanied with slight curling on leaves. The whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) population was also observed in the vicinity. The characteristic disease symptoms and whitefly population indicated the possibility of begomovirus infection. PCR was carried out using the total DNA isolated from infected leaf samples and a pair of begomovirus specific primers which resulted in the expected size (∼800 bp) amplicon in 3/6 samples indicating presence of begomovirus. For further identification of the begomovirus, the PCR amplicons were cloned and sequenced (GenBank accession no. EU439260). The sequence data analysis revealed highest 98-93% similarities with several isolates of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) at both nucleotide and amino acid levels. The phylogenetic analysis also showed closest relationships of the isolate (EU439260) with various variant of ToLCNDV. Based on highest sequence similarities and closest relationships with ToLCNDV the virus isolated from bitter gourd was considered as an isolate of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus.


Singh H.,NBRI | Agnihotri P.,NBRI | Pande P.C.,Kumaun University | Husain T.,NBRI
Environmentalist | Year: 2011

Sacred groves are well recognized in the world in terms of biodiversity conservation. The present study was conducted in the Nakuleshwar sacred grove, in the valley of Thal kedar hill in the Kumaon region of Pithoragarh district in Indian Himalaya, in appreciation of its role in biodiversity conservation. The study aimed at the documentation and inventory of the sacred grove, its phytodiversity, threats and conservation in the Himalayan region, and to achieve this, systematic field surveys were conducted during 2007-2010 covering all four seasons. A total of 83 species from 71 genera and 50 families were identified, of which 43 species are flowering plants, including 7 trees, 7 shrubs, 4 climbers and 25 herbs, and 40 species are non-flowering plants of which lichens are represented by 12 species from 8 genera, bryophytes 6 species from 5 genera, and pteridophytes 7 species from 9 genera, while gymnosperms are represented by a single species. Acer oblongum, Cinnamomum tamala, Cedrus deodara, Coriaria nepalensis act as keystone species in the grove. Ophiopogon inermis is a common herb during the rainy season while Goodyera hemsleyana (Orchid) is a new distribution record for the western Himalaya. A total of 43 species from 38 genera are used ethnobotanically by local people for various ailments. Mahonia nepaulensis, Asparagus adscendens, Thalictrum foliolosum, Cinnamomum tamala and Berberis asiatica are highly exploited species and need to be conserved. Climatic conditions of the grove are moderate and the floristic patch of the grove is completely different from the plant diversity of the surrounding area and matches with the diversified floral wealth of comparatively higher altitudes. Due to anthropogenic pressure, this grove is facing new threats of degradation, hence needing special attention. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Bahadur L.,NBRI | Tiwari D.D.,Csa University Of Agriculture And Technology | Mishra J.,KVK Inc | Gupta B.R.,NBRI
Indian Journal of Agronomy | Year: 2013

Nutrient management is one of the major problem of the sodic land due to low organic matter status and toxicity of sodium, which reduced the availability of other nutrients and affects the soil properties. A field experiment was conducted to evaluate the integrated nutrient management options in sodic soil at Shivali Village of C.S.A. University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur during 2005-06 and 2006-07. The physico-chemical properties of the soil were pH(2.5) - 8.9, EC(2.5) - 0.61 dS/m, organic carbon - 3.6 g/kg, CaCO3-1.24%, GR-7.92 t/ha, sand-56%, silt- 28%, clay-16% (sandy loam), available N-156 kg/ha, available P-25.3 kg/ha, available K-235 kg/ha and available Zn-0.78 ppm. Results indicated that plant height, fertile tillers, biomass/hill, length of ear, test weight, grain and straw yield of rice (Oryza sativa L.) and wheat {Triticum aestivum (L.) emend. Fiori & Paol} significantly increased by application of fertilizer on the soil test basis in comparison to farmers practice. Further increased the yield and yield attributing characters when organic manures (FYM, pressmud and NADEP compost) added @ 5 t/ha with the recommended doses of fertilizers. Application of organic manure (FYM) integrated with recommended dose of fertilizers and biofertilizers (PSB + BGA/ Azotobacter) further increased the yield and yield attributing characters of rice and wheat which was similar to 125% recommended dose of fertilizers. The maximum grain yield of rice and wheat (5.46 and 3.57 t/ha) was recorded with application of NPKZn based on soil test + FYM @ 5 t/ha + PSB + BGA. Similar trends were also recorded in case of nutrient uptake. In case of microbial populations, maximum bacterial population (94.0 × 105/g soil) and Azotobacter (51.5 × 102/g soil) was recorded with application of NPK Zn based on soil test + FYM @ 5 t/ha + PSB + BGA and maximum PSB count (42.0 × 102/g soil) was recorded in with application NPK Zn based on soil test+PSB+BGA. The Actinomycetes population was not affected by the different treatments. Improvement in soil properties (pH, EC, OC) and soil fertility status (NPK and Zn) was recorded when chemical fertilizers were integrated with organic manures.


News Article | November 11, 2016
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The National Business Research Institute (NBRI) is pleased to confer the distinction of Employee Excellence upon Milano Restaurants International and welcomes this organization to the NBRI Circle of Excellence. “Employee Engagement drives Financial Performance,” said Dr. Jan G. West, Ph.D., CEO & Organizational Psychologist at NBRI. “This award is a result of Milano Restaurants International’s dedication to measuring and improving their Employee Engagement.” The NBRI Circle of Excellence Award recognizes organizations that place a high value on employee engagement. These organizations demonstrate their dedication by conducting best in class survey research with NBRI and taking action based upon the results. NBRI commends the leadership of these organizations for their commitment to the Continuous Improvement Process and recognizes their achievements with the Circle of Excellence Award. To qualify for this honor, the organization must score at or above Stretch Performance at the 75th benchmarking percentile when measured against their industry, or the organization must improve 5 or more benchmarking percentiles in total company score over the previous research study. NBRI conducts Employee, Customer, and Market Research for businesses, and uses this data to help organizations leverage these human factors to make improvements to operations and strategy. With its extensive experience across all industries, NBRI’s research teams bring their clients a combination of deep industry knowledge and expert advice. NBRI’s mission is to help their Clients set new standards of excellence in their industries, and their product offerings, such as Root Cause Analysis, ensures their clients will focus on the most impactful issues. Milano Restaurants International Corporation (Milano) operates multiple restaurant concepts, bringing a variety of dining experiences – with an Italian emphasis – to the fast-casual market segment. From pizzerias to bar and grills, Milano has a diverse portfolio that allows for extensive market development within the same geographic area.


News Article | December 27, 2016
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The National Business Research Institute (NBRI) is pleased to confer the distinction of Customer Excellence upon Access Group and welcomes this organization to the NBRI Circle of Excellence. “Customer Engagement drives Financial Performance,” said Dr. Jan G. West, Ph.D., CEO & Organizational Psychologist at NBRI. “This award is a result of Access Group’s dedication to measuring and improving their Customer Engagement.” The NBRI Circle of Excellence Award recognizes organizations that place a high value on customer engagement. These organizations demonstrate their dedication by conducting best in class survey research with NBRI and taking action based upon the results. NBRI commends the leadership of these organizations for their commitment to the Continuous Improvement Process and recognizes their achievements with the Circle of Excellence Award. To qualify for this honor, the organization must score at or above Stretch Performance at the 75th benchmarking percentile when measured against their industry, or the organization must improve 5 or more benchmarking percentiles in total company score over the previous research study. NBRI conducts Employee, Customer, and Market Research for businesses, and uses this data to help organizations leverage these human factors to make improvements to operations and strategy. With its extensive experience across all industries, NBRI’s research teams bring their clients a combination of deep industry knowledge and expert advice. NBRI’s mission is to help their Clients set new standards of excellence in their industries, and their product offerings, such as Root Cause Analysis, ensures their clients will focus on the most impactful issues. Founded in 1983, Access Group is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools. From providing financial education resources and services for students and schools, to supporting research programs and data collection, to driving policy advocacy, we work to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.

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