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    Taguchi Design of the Experimental approach to Increase the Biomass and Cell Wall Chitosan Contents of Zygomycetous Dimorphic Fungus Benjaminiella Poitrasii


    Journal of Polymer Materials, Vol.38, No.3-4, pp. 219-230, 2021, DOI:10.32381/JPM.2021.38.3-4.4

    Abstract A dimorphic fungus Benjaminiella poitrasii contains high chitin/chitosan (35% of the cell wall) in the mycelial (M) form than its yeast (Y) form (20% of the cell wall). However, the relative proportion of chitosan is more in yeast form cells (chitosan: chitin ratio, 6:1) than mycelial cells (chitosan: chitin ratio, 3:1). Using the Taguchi design of experimental (DOE) approach, interactions among eight different parameters showed that carbon source (starch, 10 g/L), incubation time (48 h), inoculum (M and Y mixed 10%), yeast extract (6 g/L) and peptone (10 g/L), were optimum for maximum biomass production.… More >

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    Process Characterization of the Transesterification of Rapeseed Oil to Biodiesel Using Design of Experiments and Infrared Spectroscopy

    Tobias Drieschner1,2,*, Andreas Kandelbauer1, Bernd Hitzmann2, Karsten Rebner1

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.4, pp. 1643-1660, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.024429

    Abstract For optimization of production processes and product quality, often knowledge of the factors influencing the process outcome is compulsory. Thus, process analytical technology (PAT) that allows deeper insight into the process and results in a mathematical description of the process behavior as a simple function based on the most important process factors can help to achieve higher production efficiency and quality. The present study aims at characterizing a well-known industrial process, the transesterification reaction of rapeseed oil with methanol to produce fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) for usage as biodiesel in a continuous micro reactor… More >

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    Decoding of Factorial Experimental Design Models Implemented in Production Process

    Borislav Savkovic1, Pavel Kovac1, Branislav Dudic2,3,*, Michal Gregus2

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.71, No.1, pp. 1661-1675, 2022, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2022.021642

    Abstract The paper deals with factorial experimental design models decoding. For the ease of calculation of the experimental mathematical models, it is convenient first to code the independent variables. When selecting independent variables, it is necessary to take into account the range covered by each. A wide range of choices of different variables is presented in this paper. After calculating the regression model, its variables must be returned to their original values for the model to be easy recognized and represented. In the paper, the procedures of simple first order models, with interactions and with second… More >

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    Vibration Control of Vertical Turbine Pump by Optimization of Vane Pitch Tolerances of an Impeller Using Statistical Techniques

    Ravindra Birajdar1,*, Appasaheb Keste2, Shravan Gawande2

    Sound & Vibration, Vol.55, No.4, pp. 305-327, 2021, DOI:10.32604/sv.2021.017000

    Abstract The objective of the study is to find the tolerance on vane pitch dimensions of a Vertical Turbine (VT) pump impeller. For this purpose, the study is divided into two parts viz. to find the critical hydraulic eccentricity of a VT pump impeller by way of numerical simulations and design of experiments to find the vane pitch tolerance using critical hydraulic eccentricity. The effect of impeller vane pitch deviations on hydraulic unbalance is examined for a vertical turbine pump using Design of Experiments (DOE). A suitable orthogonal matrix has been selected with vane pitch at More >

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    Effect of Phenolation, Lignin-Type and Degree of Substitution on the Properties of Lignin-Modified Phenol-Formaldehyde Impregnation Resins: Molecular Weight Distribution, Wetting Behavior, Rheological Properties and Thermal Curing Profiles

    Marion Thébault1, Larysa Kutuzova2, Sandra Jury1, Iris Eicher1, Edith-Martha Zikulnig-Rusch1, Andreas Kandelbauer2,*

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.8, No.6, pp. 603-630, 2020, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2020.09616

    Abstract Here, the effects of substituting portions of fossil-based phenol in phenol formaldehyde resin by renewable lignin from two different sources are investigated using a factorial screening experimental design. Among the resins consumed by the wood-based industry, phenolics are one of the most important types used for impregnation, coating or gluing purposes. They are prepared by condensing phenol with formaldehyde (PF). One major use of PF is as matrix polymer for decorative laminates in exterior cladding and wet-room applications. Important requirements for such PFs are favorable flow properties (low viscosity), rapid curing behavior (high reactivity) and… More >

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    Electromechanical Admittance -- Based Damage Identification Using Box-Behnken Design of Experiments

    C.P. Providakis1, M.E. Voutetaki

    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.3, No.4, pp. 211-228, 2007, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2007.003.211

    Abstract Piezoceramic transducers have emerged as new tools for the health monitoring of large-scale structures due to their advantages of active sensing, low cost, quick response, availability in different shapes, and simplicity for implementations. In the present paper, a statistical metamodeling utilization of electro-mechanical (E/M) admittance approach by applying piezoelectric materials to the damage identification is investigated. A response surface metamodel is constructed by empirically fitting a model to a set of design points chosen using a Box-Behnken design of experiment (simulation) technique. This empirical fit allows polynomial models to be produced for relating damage parameter More >

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    Influence of Operating Parameters on Unbalance in Rotating Machinery Using Response Surface Method

    Ameya M. Mahadeshwar1, *, Sangram S. Patil1, Vishwadeep C. Handikherkar1, Vikas M. Phalle1

    Sound & Vibration, Vol.52, No.5, pp. 12-21, 2018, DOI:10.32604/sv.2018.03927

    Abstract Wide range of rotating machinery contains an inherent amount of unbalance which leads to increase in the vibration level and related faults. In this work, the effect of different operating conditions viz. the unbalanced weight, radius, speed and position of the rotor disc on the unbalance in rotating machine are studied experimentally and analyzed by using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). RSM is a technique which consists of mathematical and statistical methods to develop the relationship between the inputs and outputs of a system by distinct functions. L27 Orthogonal Array (OA) was developed by using Design… More >

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