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See detailh- and p-adaptivity driven by recovery and residual-based error estimators for PHT-splines applied to time-harmonic acoustics
Videla, Javier; Anitescu, Cosmin; Khajah, Tahsin et al

in Computers and Mathematics with Applications (2018), 77(9), 2369-2395

In this work, we demonstrate the application of PHT-splines for time-harmonic acoustic problems, modeled by the Helmholtz equation. Solutions of the Helmholtz equation have two features: global ... [more ▼]

In this work, we demonstrate the application of PHT-splines for time-harmonic acoustic problems, modeled by the Helmholtz equation. Solutions of the Helmholtz equation have two features: global oscillations associated with the wave number and local gradients caused by geometrical irregularities. We show that after a sufficient number of degrees of freedom is used to approximate global oscillations, adaptive refinement can capture local features of the solution. We compare residual-based and recovery-based error estimators and investigate the performance of -refinement. The simulations are done in the context of recently introduced Geometry Independent Field approximaTion (GIFT), where PHT-splines are only used to approximate the solution, while the computational domain is parameterized with NURBS. This approach builds on the natural adaptation ability of PHT-splines and avoids the re-parameterization of the NURBS geometry during the solution refinement process. [less ▲]

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See detailMerging DEMs from VHR Optical Imagery with Drone Data - A High-resolution DEM for Tristan da Cunha
Backes, Dietmar UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

Scientific Conference (2018, December 12)

The extraction of high-resolution, Digital Elevation Models (DEM) from very high-resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery, as well as low altitude drone images by Photogrammetric methods or modern ... [more ▼]

The extraction of high-resolution, Digital Elevation Models (DEM) from very high-resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery, as well as low altitude drone images by Photogrammetric methods or modern Structure from Motion (SFM) engines, has rapidly matured. Today both data sources are representing cost-effective alternatives to dedicated airborne sensors, especially for remote and difficult to access regions. Ever-growing archives of high-resolution Satellite imagery, are providing a rich data source which covers even the most remote locations with high-resolution imagery up to 0.30m ground sample distance multiple times enabling the generation of high-resolution DEMS. Furthermore, low-cost, low weight and easy to use drones can easily be deployed in remote regions and capture limited areas with very high resolution. Dense point clouds derived from this method provide an invaluable data source to fill the gap between globally available low-resolution DEMs and highly accurate terrestrial surveys. The presented case study investigates the use of VHR archive imagery as well as low-cost drone imagery to generate high-quality DEMs using photogrammetric tools over a remote region which is difficult to access by manned airborne platforms. We highlight the potential and limitations of both data sources to provide high resolution, accurate elevation data. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear Model Predictive Control for Ecological Driver Assistance Systems in Electric Vehicles
Sajadi Alamdari, Seyed Amin UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (2018)

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See detailEcological Advanced Driver Assistance System for Optimal Energy Management in Electric Vehicles
Sajadi Alamdari, Seyed Amin UL; Voos, Holger UL; Darouach, Mohamed

in IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine (2018)

Battery Electric Vehicles have a high potential in modern transportation, however, they are facing limited cruising range. The driving style, the road geometries including slopes, curves, the static and ... [more ▼]

Battery Electric Vehicles have a high potential in modern transportation, however, they are facing limited cruising range. The driving style, the road geometries including slopes, curves, the static and dynamic traffic conditions such as speed limits and preceding vehicles have their share of energy consumption in the host electric vehicle. Optimal energy management based on a semi-autonomous ecological advanced driver assistance system can improve the longitudinal velocity regulation in a safe and energy-efficient driving strategy. The main contribution of this paper is the design of a real-time risk-sensitive nonlinear model predictive controller to plan the online cost-effective cruising velocity in a stochastic traffic environment. The basic idea is to measure the relevant states of the electric vehicle at runtime, and account for the road slopes, the upcoming curves, and the speed limit zones, as well as uncertainty in the preceding vehicle behavior to determine the energy-efficient velocity profile. Closed-loop Entropic Value-at-Risk as a coherent risk measure is introduced to quantify the risk involved in the system constraints violation. The obtained simulation and field experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method for a semi-autonomous electric vehicle in terms of safe and energy-efficient states regulation and constraints satisfaction. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of fracture geometry variation on non-Darcy flow in fractures under confining stresses
Chen, Yuedu; Lian, Haojie UL; Liang, Weiguo et al

in International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences (2018), 113

To investigate the influence of geometric characteristics of deformable rough fractures under confining stresses on the behaviors of non-Darcy flow, four fractured sandstone specimens were used for ... [more ▼]

To investigate the influence of geometric characteristics of deformable rough fractures under confining stresses on the behaviors of non-Darcy flow, four fractured sandstone specimens were used for hydraulic tests in the experiments. According to the experimental results of the relationships between the hydraulic gradient and the flow rate, it is demonstrated that the Forchheimer's equation can offer a good description of the non-Darcy flow in rough fractures. In addition, the coefficients A and B in Forchheimer's equation are sensitive to the fracture geometric characteristics, and their values also increase as the confining stress rises, mainly owing to the reduction of the hydraulic aperture and the heterogeneous distribution of the interconnected void areas with the confining stress rising. Then, the surface and interior geometric properties of rough fractures were quantitatively characterized with the peak asperity height and the box-counting fractal dimension of the heterogeneous distribution of the interconnected void areas, respectively. Furthermore, an empirical relationship between the fractal dimension D and the fracture apertures was constructed according to the experimental results. Lastly, a quantitative model was proposed to represent the relationship between the fracture geometric characteristics and the non-Darcy coefficient . This model was further used to link the non-linear coefficient of Forchheimer's equation and the critical Reynold number with the fracture geometric characteristics. The proposed models were validated by the experimental data and would be helpful to characterize the non-Darcy flow behavior in rough fractures under various confining stresses. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Interdisciplinary Methodology to Validate Formal Representations of Legal Text Applied to the GDPR
Bartolini, Cesare UL; Lenzini, Gabriele UL; Santos, Cristiana

Scientific Conference (2018, November 12)

The modelling of a legal text into a machine-processable form, such as a list of logic formulæ, enables a semi-automatic reasoning about legal compliance but might entail some anticipation of legal ... [more ▼]

The modelling of a legal text into a machine-processable form, such as a list of logic formulæ, enables a semi-automatic reasoning about legal compliance but might entail some anticipation of legal interpretation in the modelling. The formulæ need therefore to be validated by legal experts, but it is unlikely that they are familiar with the formalism used. This calls for an interdisciplinary validation methodology to ensure that the model is legally coherent with the text it aims to represent but that could also close the communication gap between formal modellers and legal evaluators. This paper discusses such a methodology, providing an human-readable representation that preserves the formulæ's meaning but that presents them in a way that is usable by non-experts. We exemplify the methodology on a use case where Articles of the GDPR are translated in the Reified I/O logic encoded in LegalRuleML. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear smoothed extended finite element method for fatigue crack growth simulations
Surendran, M; Natarajan, Sundararajan; Palani, G.S. et al

in Engineering Fracture Mechanics (2018), 206

In this paper, the recently proposed linear smoothed extended finite element method (LSmXFEM) is employed to simulate the fatigue crack growth. Unlike the conventional extended finite element method, the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the recently proposed linear smoothed extended finite element method (LSmXFEM) is employed to simulate the fatigue crack growth. Unlike the conventional extended finite element method, the LSmXFEM does not require special numerical integration technique to integrate the terms in the stiffness matrix. The stress intensity factors (SIFs) are evaluated by using the domain form of the interaction integral technique. The fatigue crack growth rate is evaluated using the generalized Paris’ law in conjunction with the maximum hoop stress criterion. The robustness of the method is demonstrated with a few examples for which the results are available in the literature. Then, the fatigue crack growth from the numerical simulation is compared with the experimental investigations performed on CR5 grade cold formed steel. It is seen that the fatigue life and the crack path obtained from the proposed method is in close agreement with the experimental observation. [less ▲]

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See detailA volume-averaged nodal projection method for the Reissner-Mindlin plate model
Ortiz-Bernardin, Alejandro; Köbrich, Philip; Hale, Jack UL et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2018), 341

We introduce a novel meshfree Galerkin method for the solution of Reissner-Mindlin plate problems that is written in terms of the primitive variables only (i.e., rotations and transverse displacement) and ... [more ▼]

We introduce a novel meshfree Galerkin method for the solution of Reissner-Mindlin plate problems that is written in terms of the primitive variables only (i.e., rotations and transverse displacement) and is devoid of shear-locking. The proposed approach uses linear maximum-entropy approximations and is built variationally on a two-field potential energy functional wherein the shear strain, written in terms of the primitive variables, is computed via a volume-averaged nodal projection operator that is constructed from the Kirchhoff constraint of the three-field mixed weak form. The stability of the method is rendered by adding bubble-like enrichment to the rotation degrees of freedom. Some benchmark problems are presented to demonstrate the accuracy and performance of the proposed method for a wide range of plate thicknesses. [less ▲]

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See detailIndustry 4.0 – Implementation of an automated assembly line in a wooden modular house production plant: The case Leko Labs
de Vincenzo, Vincenzo UL; Hichri, Bassem UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in De vincenzo, Vincenzo; Hichri, Bassem; Plapper, Peter (Eds.) Robotix-Academy Conference for Industrial Robotics (RACIR) 2018 (2018, November)

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See detailOptimal dispatching of electric and hybrid buses subject to scheduling and charging constraints
Rinaldi, Marco UL; Parisi, Federico; Laskaris, Georgios UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, November)

We consider the problem of optimally determining the sequence of electric and hybrid buses departing from a multi-line bus terminal, considering both service constraints (schedule adherence) and energy ... [more ▼]

We consider the problem of optimally determining the sequence of electric and hybrid buses departing from a multi-line bus terminal, considering both service constraints (schedule adherence) and energy constraints (electric bus charging status, bus recharging scheduling in capacitated facilities). The problem is formulated as a Mixed Integer Linear Program, with the objective of minimizing the total operational cost for the bus lines in question. System dynamics are captured by practical sets of constraints, ranging from scheduling adherence to discharge- recharge dynamics. Individual operational costs at the bus level and at the trip level are fully parametrized, allowing for extensive sensitivity analysis. We investigate a real-life case study based on the city of Luxembourg, where two charging stations have been installed in the central station’s bus terminal. Experimental results show that, while full electrification is indeed possible, the required fleet size depends strongly on the given line(s) timetable. [less ▲]

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See detailRobotix-Academy Conference for Industrial Robotics (RACIR) 2018
Müller, Rainer; Plapper, Peter UL; Brüls, Olivier et al

Book published by Shaker Verlag - 1st ed (2018)

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See detailFLEXCAP – Cost competitive flexible process for highly aesthetic closures manufacturing
Kakogiannos, Ioannis UL; Hichri, Bassem UL; Plapper, Peter UL

in Kakogiannos, Ioannis; Hichri, Bassem; Plapper, Peter (Eds.) Robotix-Academy Conference for Industrial Robotics (RACIR) 2018 (2018, November)

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See detailControllability of transportation networks
Rinaldi, Marco UL

in Transportation Research. Part B, Methodological (2018), 118

Network-wide traffic control policies determine the optimal values for the different kinds of controllers equipped on a transportation network, with the objective of reducing de- lays and congestion ... [more ▼]

Network-wide traffic control policies determine the optimal values for the different kinds of controllers equipped on a transportation network, with the objective of reducing de- lays and congestion, improving safety and reaching a target Level of Service. While models and algorithms for these problems have been extensively studied in literature, little at- tention has been devoted to investigating whether/how different locations, kinds (pricing controllers, traffic lights, ...) and amounts of controllers in a network affect the overall performance of network-wide schemes. In this work, we adapt the control-theoretical approach of controllability of complex networks to the specific instance of transportation networks, considering both propaga- tion/spillback dynamics and users’ behavior in terms of route choice. Thanks to the newly developed methodology, we then provide exact solutions to the Full Controllability Pric- ing Controller Location Problem for transportation networks. Comparing different pricing controller location policies through two artificial test cases, we empirically demonstrate how indeed the amount and kind of controllers in a network strongly affect the level of performance reachable by network-wide control policies, specifically in terms of Total Cost minimization. [less ▲]

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See detailLink Optimization in Future Generation Satellite Systems
Mengali, Alberto UL

Doctoral thesis (2018)

In recent years, communication networks have seen a huge growth in the amount of requested throughput, pushed from the combination of two main drivers: the introduction of new services and the improvement ... [more ▼]

In recent years, communication networks have seen a huge growth in the amount of requested throughput, pushed from the combination of two main drivers: the introduction of new services and the improvement of existing ones, requiring increased amount of traffic (e.g. higher quality of video content). These effects mandate the constant evolution of current systems in order to cope with the growing user demand and should be tackled from multiple angles. On the one hand, better utilization of available resources might help in the short term to keep up with the market and has always been an important priority for operators of terrestrial and satellite networks alike. On the other hand, acquisition and exploitation of currently unused resources might fuel the growth for a significantly longer period of time, ensuring longevity and thus enabling future-proofing of current systems. Both these topics are addressed in this thesis with specific applications relevant to satellite communication networks. In the first part, this thesis focuses on maximization of the user capacity by better exploiting the available radio resources. Motivated by the substantial capacity gains enabled by a higher bandwidth allocation, we investigate the optimization of satellite systems employing full-frequency reuse on the user downlink. Unlike most of the literature on the subject, usually resorting to precoding techniques to mitigate the interference, we propose a combination of predistortion and precoding to jointly counteract on-board non-linear distortions and multi-user interference. First, a flexible framework for the optimization of transmit processing schemes in communication chains is presented. This framework expands on the application of the well known gradient descent technique by applying it to the maximization of the received Signal to Noise plus Interference ratio in complex communication systems. To do so, it identifies a suitable mathematical representation of various key blocks of the system and exploits the chain rule of the derivative to compute the overall gradient as a cascade of the single components. Afterwards, this framework is validated by optimizating the coefficients of the proposed predistortion architecture for the satellite system in analysis. The obtained results highlight the flexibility of the developed optimization framework and the benefits of the suggested predistortion strategy compared to existing state of the art solutions. In the second part of the thesis, the focus is shifted towards investigating the exploitation of novel resources by looking at the use of optical frequencies for ground-to-space feeder links. The topic is introduced by a survey of existing benefits and limitations of free space optical communications. Subsequently, the implications of employing optical frequencies in long distance ground-to-space feeder links with transparent satellites are addressed. Furthermore, a powerful and flexible simulation tool was developed and exploited during the course of this thesis to model and assess the Physical (PHY) layer performance of hybrid optical/Radio Frequencies (RF) satellite networks. This tool is presented together with the scenarios and results obtained as part of the project ONSET (Optical Feeder Links Study for Satellite Networks - ESA Contract No. 40000113462/15/NL/NDe). Finally, the thesis investigates a scenario that combines the transmit processing techniques analyzed in the first part and the context of optical feeder links evaluated in the second part. A hybrid optical/RF system is considered with an electrical predistorter in place to counteract the impairments induced by the combined effects of electrical and optical non-linearities encountered along the end-to-end chain. The developed mathematical framework is exploited to jointly optimize the predistortion coefficients and the working point for the electro-optical modulator. The performance results obtained after the optimization procedure demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed approach for hybrid optical/RF systems with analog modulations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe provision of urban green space and its accessibility: Spatial data effects in Brussels
Le Texier, Marion UL; Schiel, Kerry UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL

in PLoS ONE (2018), 13(10), 0204684

Urban green space (UGS) has many environmental and social benefits. UGS provision and access are increasingly considered in urban policies and must rely on data and indicators that can capture variations ... [more ▼]

Urban green space (UGS) has many environmental and social benefits. UGS provision and access are increasingly considered in urban policies and must rely on data and indicators that can capture variations in the distribution of UGS within cities. There is no consensus about how UGS, and their provision and access, must be defined from different land use data types. Here we identify four spatial dimensions of UGS and critically examine how different data sources affect these dimensions and our understanding of their variation within a city region (Brussels). We compare UGS indicators measured from an imagery source (NDVI from Landsat), an official cadastre-based map, and the voluntary geographical information provided by OpenStreetMap (OSM). We compare aggregate values of provision and access to UGS as well as their spatial distribution along a centrality gradient and at neighbourhood scale. We find that there are strong differences in the value of indicators when using the different datasets, especially due to their ability to capture private and public green space. However we find that the interpretation of intra-urban spatial variations is not affected by changes in data source. Centrality in particular is a strong determinant of the relative values of UGS availability, fragmentation and accessibility, irrespective of datasets. [less ▲]

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See detailSimple and extensible plate and shell finite element models through automatic code generation tools
Hale, Jack UL; Brunetti, Matteo; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Computers & Structures (2018), 209

A large number of advanced finite element shell formulations have been developed, but their adoption is hindered by complexities of transforming mathematical formulations into computer code. Furthermore ... [more ▼]

A large number of advanced finite element shell formulations have been developed, but their adoption is hindered by complexities of transforming mathematical formulations into computer code. Furthermore, it is often not straightforward to adapt existing implementations to emerging frontier problems in thin structural mechanics including nonlinear material behaviour, complex microstructures, multi-physical couplings, or active materials. We show that by using a high-level mathematical modelling strategy and automatic code generation tools, a wide range of advanced plate and shell finite element models can be generated easily and efficiently, including: the linear and non-linear geometrically exact Naghdi shell models, the Marguerre-von K ́arm ́an shallow shell model, and the Reissner-Mindlin plate model. To solve shear and membrane-locking issues, we use: a novel re-interpretation of the Mixed Interpolation of Tensorial Component (MITC) procedure as a mixed-hybridisable finite element method, and a high polynomial order Partial Selective Reduced Integration (PSRI) method. The effectiveness of these approaches and the ease of writing solvers is illustrated through a large set of verification tests and demo codes, collected in an open-source library, FEniCS-Shells, that extends the FEniCS Project finite element problem solving environment. [less ▲]

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See detailCorotational cut finite element method for real-time surgical simulation: Application to needle insertion simulation
Bui, Huu Phuoc UL; Tomar, Satyendra UL; Bordas, Stéphane UL

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2018), 345

We present the corotational cut Finite Element Method (FEM) for real-time surgical simulation. The only requirement of the proposed method is a background mesh, which is not necessarily conforming to the ... [more ▼]

We present the corotational cut Finite Element Method (FEM) for real-time surgical simulation. The only requirement of the proposed method is a background mesh, which is not necessarily conforming to the boundaries/interfaces of the simulated object. The details of the surface, which can be directly obtained from binary images, are taken into account by a multilevel embedding algorithm which is applied to elements of the background mesh that are cut by the surface. Dirichlet boundary conditions can be implicitly imposed on the surface using Lagrange multipliers, whereas traction or Neumann boundary conditions, which is/are applied on parts of the surface, can be distributed to the background nodes using shape functions. The implementation is verified by convergences studies, of the geometry and of numerical solutions, which exhibit optimal rates. To verify the reliability of the method, it is applied to various needle insertion simulations (e.g. for biopsy or brachytherapy) into brain and liver models. The numerical results show that, while retaining the accuracy of the standard FEM, the proposed method can (1) make the discretisation independent from geometric description, (2) avoid the complexity of mesh generation for complex geometries, and (3) provide computational speed suitable for real-time simulations. Thereby, the proposed method is very suitable for patient-specific simulations as it improves the simulation accuracy by automatically, and properly, taking the simulated geometry into account, while keeping the low computational cost. [less ▲]

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See detailThe elastic properties of composites reinforced by a transversely isotropic random fibre-network
Lin, Xiude; Zhu, Hanxing; Yuan, Xiaoli et al

in Composite Structures (2018), 208

This research stems from the idea of introducing a fibre-network structure into composites aiming to enhance the stiffness and strength of the composites. A novel new type of composites reinforced by a ... [more ▼]

This research stems from the idea of introducing a fibre-network structure into composites aiming to enhance the stiffness and strength of the composites. A novel new type of composites reinforced by a tranversely isotropic fibre-network in which the fibres are devided into continuous segments and randomly distributed has been proposed and found to have improved elastic properties compared to other conventional fibre or particle composites mainly due to the introduction of cross linkers among the fibres. Combining with the effects of Poisson’s ratio of the constituent materials, the fibre network composite can exhibit extraordinary stiffness. A simplified analytical model has also been proposed for comparison with the numerical results, showing close prediction of the stiffness of the fibre-network composites. Moreover, as a plate structure, the thickness of the fibre network composite is adjustable and can be tailored according to the dimensions and mechanical properties as demanded in industry. [less ▲]

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