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See detailModelling of Fluid-Structure Interaction – Effects of Added Mass, Damping and Stiffness
Zilian, Andreas UL

in Irschik, Hans; Belyaev, Alexander K. (Eds.) Dynamics of Mechanical Systems with Variable Mass (2014)

Fluid-flow around mechanical structures can sometimes lead to catastrophic failures. Improved modelling of fluid/structure interaction is required for safety and mechanical considerations. In this ... [more ▼]

Fluid-flow around mechanical structures can sometimes lead to catastrophic failures. Improved modelling of fluid/structure interaction is required for safety and mechanical considerations. In this contribution, concepts for modelling the interaction of structures and fluids are presented. Starting from excitation mechanisms and associated classifications, various model depth approaches are compared. Among them, the use of added coefficients for quasi-steady problems is discussed. On the basis of potential flow theory, different approaches for determining fluid-induced additional mass are established and illustrated using an analytical example. Given the limitations of simplifying the engineering models, the second part of the paper provides a brief overview on computational methods for fluid-structure interaction and presents a monolithic modelling approach using space-time finite elements for discretisation of both fluid and structure. Applications from aero- and hydro-elasticity show the applicability of computational methods for problems involving flow-induced added mass, damping, and stiffness. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of ultrasound therapeutic heating and numerical study of the dynamics of the induced heat shock response
Mizera, Andrzej UL; Gambin, Barbara

in Communications in Nonlinear Science & Numerical Simulation (2011), 16(5), 23422349

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See detailModelling Thermochemical Processes in Granular Media
Hoffmann, Florian UL

Presentation (2012, October 26)

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See detailModels and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems: new challenges and metaheuristic solutions for large-scale network applications
Viti, Francesco UL; Tampere, Chris M.J.

in Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems (2014), 18(1), 1-4

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See detailLes modes opéatoires de la cryptographie symétrique
Schiltz, Jang UL

Report (2003)

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See detailModification of the Shear-Slip Mesh Update Method with Respect to Space-Time Finite Element Discretisation of Fluid Flows
Schippke, Henning; Zilian, Andreas UL

Scientific Conference (2012, April 27)

Space-time discretisations of physical problems involving moving and deforming bodies, boundaries and interfaces have been shown to offer advantageous properties while being methodologically uniform and ... [more ▼]

Space-time discretisations of physical problems involving moving and deforming bodies, boundaries and interfaces have been shown to offer advantageous properties while being methodologically uniform and flexible. Well-known phenomena which are ideally suited to be analysed by space-time methods, are fluid-structure interaction problems in general as well as fluid flows with subdomain phase boundaries or immersed moving objects. In this contribution a short overview of existing mesh- moving techniques is given within the framework of finite element discretisations of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in space and time. The investigation is based on a SUPG/PSPG velocity-pressure formulation on the deforming space-time domain. A modification of the shear-slip mesh update method in the framework of space-time finite element discretisation is presented leading to a continuous space-time mesh in the shear-slip layer. The modified mesh moving technique is applied to engineering problems with rotating space-time fluid meshes. Its conservation properties and its quality regarding the approximated solutions on moving and deforming meshes are investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailMöglichkeiten und Grenzen generischer Ansätze als Beitrag zur Steigerung der Robustheit von Produktentwicklungsprojekten
Gericke, Kilian UL; Schmidt-Kretschmer, Michael; Blessing, Lucienne UL

in Proceedings of 18th Symposium Design for X (2007)

Zur Darstellung des theoretischen Rahmens dieser Arbeit werden ein Modell zur Visualisierung der Vernetzung von Einflussfaktoren auf den Projekterfolg aus den Domänen Projekt-Management, Produkt und ... [more ▼]

Zur Darstellung des theoretischen Rahmens dieser Arbeit werden ein Modell zur Visualisierung der Vernetzung von Einflussfaktoren auf den Projekterfolg aus den Domänen Projekt-Management, Produkt und Stakeholder und ein Verbesserungsprozess zur Steigerung der Robustheit von Produktentwicklungsprojekten vorgestellt. Vor diesem Hintergrund werden die Grenzen aber auch die Möglichkeiten generischer Lösungsansätze diskutiert. Anhand einer Fallstudie wird untersucht welche Barrieren die Durchführung des Verbesserungsprozesses und somit auch die Anwendung der Lösungsansätze in der Praxis erschweren. Die Analysen zeigen, dass die Kenntnis der Ursachen von Problemen, die zu Planungsabweichungen in Produktenwicklungsprojekten führen, und eine entsprechende Anpassung der Handlungsempfehlungen Voraussetzungen zur Implementierung daraus abgeleiteter Maßnahmen sind. Die domänenübergreifende Betrachtung möglicher Einflussfaktoren gemäß dem Konzept der Robustheit führt während der Ursachenanalyse zu einem fundierten Verständnis der Problemlage und ermöglicht eine bessere Anpassung der Lösungsansätze. Aus den theoretischen Vorüberlegungen und den Ergebnissen der Fallstudie werden Anforderungen an die Weiterentwicklung des Ansatzes zur Steigerung der Robustheit von Produktentwicklungsprojekten abgeleitet, der die Anwender unterstützen soll, den Transfer empirischer Erkenntnisse und Handlungsempfehlungen auf individuelle Problemstellungen zu vollziehen. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular dynamics/xfem coupling by a three-dimensional extended bridging domain with applications to dynamic brittle fracture
Talebi, H.; Silani, M.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering (2013), 11(6), 527-541

We propose a method to couple a three-dimensional continuum domain to a molecular dynamics domain to simulate propagating cracks in dynamics. The continuum domain is treated by an extended finite element ... [more ▼]

We propose a method to couple a three-dimensional continuum domain to a molecular dynamics domain to simulate propagating cracks in dynamics. The continuum domain is treated by an extended finite element method to handle the discontinuities. The coupling is based on the bridging domain method, which blends the continuum and atomistic energies. The Lennard-Jones potential is used to model the interactions in the atomistic domain, and the Cauchy-Born rule is used to compute the material behavior in the continuum domain. To our knowledge, it is the first time that a three dimensional extended bridging domain method is reported. To show the suitability of the proposed method, a threedimensional crack problem with an atomistic region around the crack front is solved. The results show that the method is capable of handling crack propagation and dislocation nucleation. © 2013 by Begell House, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailMonolithic modeling and finite element analysis of piezoelectric energy harvesters
Ravi, Srivathsan UL; Zilian, Andreas UL

in Acta Mechanica (2017), 228(6), 2251-2267

This paper is devoted to monolithic modeling of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. From a modeling perspective, piezoelectric energy harvesting is a strongly coupled phenomenon with two-way coupling ... [more ▼]

This paper is devoted to monolithic modeling of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. From a modeling perspective, piezoelectric energy harvesting is a strongly coupled phenomenon with two-way coupling between the electromechanical effect of the piezoelectric material and the harvesting circuit. Even in applications related to shunt damping, where the attached electrical circuit is passive, accurate modeling of the strong coupling is crucial for proper evaluation of the relevant parameters. The article proposes a monolithic mixed-hybrid finite element formulation for the predictive modeling and simulation of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. The governing equations of the coupled electromechanical problem are converted into a single integral form with six independent unknown fields. Such a holistic approach provides consistent solution to the coupled field equations which involve structural dynamics, electromechanical effect of the piezoelectric patches and the dynamics of the attached harvesting circuit. This allows accurate computation of the eigenvalues and corresponding mode shapes of a harvester for any finite resistive load coupled to the harvester. The fully three-dimensional mixed-hybrid formulation is capable of analyzing structures with non-uniform geometry and varying material properties. The results of the finite element model are verified against the analytical results of a bimorph harvester with tip mass reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailMonostability and multistability of genetic regulatory networks with different types of regulation functions
Pan, Wei UL; Wang, Z; Gao, H. et al

in Nonlinear Analysis : Real World Applications (2010), 11(4), 31703185

Monostability and multistability are proven to be two important topics in synthesis biology and system biology. In this paper, both monostability and multistability are analyzed in a unified framework by ... [more ▼]

Monostability and multistability are proven to be two important topics in synthesis biology and system biology. In this paper, both monostability and multistability are analyzed in a unified framework by applying control theory and mathematical tools. The genetic regulatory networks (GRNs) with multiple time-varying delays and different types of regulation functions are considered. By putting forward a general sector-like regulation function and utilizing up-to-date techniques, a novel Lyapunov–Krasovskii functional is introduced for achieving delay dependence to ensure less conservatism. A new condition is then proposed for the general stability of a GRN in the form of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) that are dependent on the upper and lower bounds of the delays. Our general stability conditions are applicable to several frequently used regulation functions. It is shown that the existing results for monostability of GRNs are special cases of our main results. Five examples are employed to illustrate the applicability and usefulness of the developed theoretical results. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological traits essential to electrospun and grafted Nylon-6 nanofiber membranes for capturing submicron simulated exhaled breath aerosols
Reyes, Catherine UL; Frey, Margaret

in Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2017), 134(17), 1-15

As contagious bio-aerosols continue to impact our society, we examine how the morphological traits of large-scale (15 cm x 93 cm), uniformly thick, electrospun Nylon membranes can contribute to the ... [more ▼]

As contagious bio-aerosols continue to impact our society, we examine how the morphological traits of large-scale (15 cm x 93 cm), uniformly thick, electrospun Nylon membranes can contribute to the development of diagnostic, sensor driven face masks for capturing exhaled breath content. In our study, we compare the capture efficiencies of three types of large-scale Nylon-6 nanofiber membranes against those of commercial control textiles for capturing in-lab simulated salt breath aerosols. One of the electrospun membranes was also surface functionalized via grafting technique. The fabrication, functionalization, and exhaled aerosol capture of these large-scale membranes underscores the importance of assessing the lifetime, and usability, of electrospun materials before future integration with diagnostic sensing platforms can be successfully achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multi-agent approach for in silico simulations of micro-biological systems
Proverbio, Daniele UL; Gallo, Luca; Passalacqua, Barbara et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

A Multi-agent approach forin silicosimulations ofmicro-biological systemsProverbio D., Gallo L., Passalacqua B., Pellegrino J., Maggiora M.AbstractUsing a Multi-agent systems paradigm, the present project ... [more ▼]

A Multi-agent approach forin silicosimulations ofmicro-biological systemsProverbio D., Gallo L., Passalacqua B., Pellegrino J., Maggiora M.AbstractUsing a Multi-agent systems paradigm, the present project develops, validates and exploits a computa-tionaltestbedthat simulates micro-biological complex systems, namely the aggregation patterns of thesocial amoebaDyctiostelium discoideum. We propose a new design and implementation for managingdiscrete simulations with autonomous agents on a microscopic scale, thus focusing on their social be-havior and mutual interactions. Then, the dependence on the main physical variables is tested, namelydensity and number of amoebas; in addition, we analyze the robustness of the dynamics against var-ious noise sources. Along with these results, we suggest a methodology for further studies that makeuse of our validated model. [less ▲]

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See detailMULTI-GNSS ERROR CHARACTERISTICS AND BENEFITS TO LONG-TERM MONITORING APPLICATIONS IN GEOSCIENCES
Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL

Doctoral thesis (2018)

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-derived position solutions are used for crustal deformations for long-term monitoring studies such as correcting sea-level records for vertical land movements and ... [more ▼]

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-derived position solutions are used for crustal deformations for long-term monitoring studies such as correcting sea-level records for vertical land movements and to determine present-day surface-mass changes. In all these studies scientists rely heavily on precise International GNSS Service (IGS) products. In recent years the IGS products have partly been generated from a rigorous combination of GNSS, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and Globalnaya Navigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema (GLONASS) observations. Although combined solutions from two or more GNSS benefit from the diversity and redundancy of having more than one GNSS, the solutions are also subjected to system-specific systematic errors. Applications which demand high-accuracy products, therefore, would profit from evaluations of the benefits and error characteristics of combined GNSS solutions. In response to the increased availability of multi-GNSS observations from a truly global ground network of receivers, the goal of this thesis is to investigate their overall impacts on the derived products. Primarily, the impacts of combined GNSS data processing for stations in a constrained environment with a potential for signal obstructions, is investigated. The effects of signal obstructions on derived parameter time series and station velocity estimates are assessed. The benefits of combined solutions are evaluated for stations in constrained environments. Moreover, the study of the impacts of combined solutions on satellite orbits and station parameters contributes to the understanding of the error characteristics of combined GNSS data processing on derived products. The consistency of the parameters, noise analysis and system-specific periodic errors are assessed. Dominant system specific periodic errors and the impact of combined solutions on reducing the effects are addressed. Unmodelled or insufficiently modelled (sub-)daily errors propagate to longer periods and appear in high-end products coinciding with other longer periods, which in turn may lead to misleading interpretations of the latter. The propagation mechanism mainly depends, among other factors, on data sampling deficiencies and GNSS ground repeat periods. Here, the results of this study show that combined solutions not only reduce system-specific effects but also provide a means to identifying the sources from other compatible elements. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-robot distributed visual consensus using epipoles
Montijano, E.; Thunberg, Johan UL; Hu, X. et al

in Proceedings of the 50th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference (CDC-ECC) (2011)

In this paper we give a distributed solution to the problem of making a team of non-holonomic robots achieve the same heading (attitude consensus problem) using vision sensors with limited field of view ... [more ▼]

In this paper we give a distributed solution to the problem of making a team of non-holonomic robots achieve the same heading (attitude consensus problem) using vision sensors with limited field of view. The use of cameras with constrained field of view limits the information the robots perceive compared to other omnidirectional sensors. This makes the consensus problem more complicated, because the robots will not always be able to observe other robots. By using structure from motion computed from images, the robots can estimate the difference in their headings from common observations of the environment without the necessity of directly observe each other. In this way, the robots achieve the consensus in their headings while observing the environment instead of each other. The contribution of the paper is a new controller that uses the epipoles computed from pairs of images to estimate the misalignment between neighbor robots. In addition, the control is robust to changes in the topology of the network and does not require to know the calibration of the cameras in order to achieve the desired configuration. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the epipoles are used in multi-robot consensus, putting their properties in value. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-scale methods for fracture: model learning across scales, digital twinning and factors of safety
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Beex, Lars UL; Kerfriden, Pierre et al

Scientific Conference (2015, November 18)

Authors: S. P. A. Bordas, L. A. A. Beex, P. Kerfriden, D. A. Paladim, O. Goury, A. Akbari, H. Rappel  Multi-scale methods for fracture: model learning across scales, digital twinning and factors of safety ... [more ▼]

Authors: S. P. A. Bordas, L. A. A. Beex, P. Kerfriden, D. A. Paladim, O. Goury, A. Akbari, H. Rappel  Multi-scale methods for fracture: model learning across scales, digital twinning and factors of safety Fracture and material instabilities originate at spatial scales much smaller than that of the structure of interest: delamination, debonding, fibre breakage, cell-wall buckling, are examples of nano/micro or meso-scale mechanisms which can lead to global failure of the material and structure. Such mechanisms cannot, for computational and practical reasons, be accounted at structural scale, so that acceleration methods are necessary.  We review in this presentation recently proposed approaches to reduce the computational expense associated with multi-scale modelling of fracture. In light of two particular examples, we show connections between algebraic reduction (model order reduction and quasi-continuum methods) and homogenisation-based reduction. We open the discussion towards suitable approaches for machine-learning and Bayesian statistical based multi-scale model selection. Such approaches could fuel a digital-twin concept enabling models to learn from real-time data acquired during the life of the structure, accounting for “real” environmental conditions during predictions, and, eventually, moving beyond the “factors of safety” era. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-scale methods for fracture: model learning across scales, digital twinning and factors of safety
: primer on Bayesian Inference
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Hale, Jack UL; Beex, Lars UL et al

Speeches/Talks (2015)

Fracture and material instabilities originate at spatial scales much smaller than that of the structure of interest: delamination, debonding, fibre break- age, cell-wall buckling, are examples of nano ... [more ▼]

Fracture and material instabilities originate at spatial scales much smaller than that of the structure of interest: delamination, debonding, fibre break- age, cell-wall buckling, are examples of nano/micro or meso-scale mechanisms which can lead to global failure of the material and structure. Such mech- anisms cannot, for computational and practical reasons, be accounted at structural scale, so that acceleration methods are necessary. We review in this presentation recently proposed approaches to reduce the computational expense associated with multi-scale modelling of frac- ture. In light of two particular examples, we show connections between algebraic reduction (model order reduction and quasi-continuum methods) and homogenisation-based reduction. We open the discussion towards suitable approaches for machine-learning and Bayesian statistical based multi-scale model selection. Such approaches could fuel a digital-twin concept enabling models to learn from real-time data acquired during the life of the structure, accounting for “real” environmental conditions during predictions, and, eventually, moving beyond the era of factors of safety. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-scale modelling of fracture
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Kerfriden, Pierre; Beex, Lars et al

Speeches/Talks (2016)

We present recent models on complexity reduction for computational fracture mechanics

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See detailA Multilayer Software Architecture for Safe Autonomous Robots
Gribov, Vladislav UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Proceedings of 19th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Barcelona, Spain, 16-19 Sept. 2014 (2014, September)

In this paper a safety-oriented model based software architecture for robotic solutions is proposed. The main focus herein is to consider aspects such as real-time, het- erogeneity, deployment, modeling ... [more ▼]

In this paper a safety-oriented model based software architecture for robotic solutions is proposed. The main focus herein is to consider aspects such as real-time, het- erogeneity, deployment, modeling and analysis of emerging effects as well as functional safety and to combine all aspects into an overall development approach. The architecture shall capture the complexity caused by the autonomy and mobility of the robot and support the developer with a suitable chain of evidence especially suited for the safety relevant functions. A use case comprising a lightweight robotic manipulator which will be integrated in a mobile service robot underlines the feasibility of this approach. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiline holding based control for lines merging to a shared transit corridor
Laskaris, Georgios UL; Cats, Oded; Jenelius, Erik et al

in Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics (2018)

In transit corridors, multiple lines share a sequence of consecutive stops to provide higher joint frequency in higher demand areas. A key challenge is to coordinate the transition from single line to ... [more ▼]

In transit corridors, multiple lines share a sequence of consecutive stops to provide higher joint frequency in higher demand areas. A key challenge is to coordinate the transition from single line to joint operation. A holding control strategy aimed at minimizing passenger travel times is introduced for lines merging into a shared corridor, accounting for the coordination of vehicle arrivals from the merging lines as well as the regularity of each line. The criterion is tested using an artificial network and a real-world network to analyze the impact of demand distribution and compare cooperative versus single line control. We illustrate how the real-time strategy yields overall passenger gains, depending on the composition of different user groups. Results are assessed based on operation and passenger performance indicators and show that coordination is achieved. When combined with joint control in the common part, the proposed approach achieves consistentnetwork-wide travel time benefits. [less ▲]

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