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    Synthesis and Reinforcement of Thermostable Polymers Using Renewable Resources

    Nicole Segura Salas1, Felipe Orozco Gutiérrez3, Luis Daniel Mora Murillo2, Yendry Corrales Ureña3, Shakira Johnson1, José Vega Baudrit3, Rodolfo Jesús González-Paz3*

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.5, No.3-4, pp. 313-322, 2017, DOI:10.7569/JRM.2017.634122

    Abstract Vegetable oils are being used for the production of biodegradable polymers, opening new possibilities for the synthesis of greener materials that could compete in national markets with petroleum-based polymers. In this study, castor oil and a catalyst (cobalt[II] naphtenate as promotor and MEKP as initiator) from local stores and styrene in different ratios were used to produce thermostable polymers. The kinetics of the polymerization reaction was followed by infrared spectroscopy. A polymeric material was synthetized which presents good mechanical properties. Therefore, composites were produced using 1 wt% of microcellulose extracted from biomass waste as reinforcement More >

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    Deep Q-Learning Based Computation Offloading Strategy for Mobile Edge Computing

    Yifei Wei1,*, Zhaoying Wang1, Da Guo1, F. Richard Yu2

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.59, No.1, pp. 89-104, 2019, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2019.04836

    Abstract To reduce the transmission latency and mitigate the backhaul burden of the centralized cloud-based network services, the mobile edge computing (MEC) has been drawing increased attention from both industry and academia recently. This paper focuses on mobile users’ computation offloading problem in wireless cellular networks with mobile edge computing for the purpose of optimizing the computation offloading decision making policy. Since wireless network states and computing requests have stochastic properties and the environment’s dynamics are unknown, we use the model-free reinforcement learning (RL) framework to formulate and tackle the computation offloading problem. Each mobile user… More >

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    Interfacial Stresses Induced by a Point Heat Source in an Isotropic Plate with a Reinforced Elliptical Hole

    Ching Kong Chao1,2, Chin Kun Chen1, Fu Mo Chen3

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.63, No.1, pp. 1-28, 2010, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2010.063.001

    Abstract A general analytical solution for a reinforced elliptical hole embedded in an infinite matrix subjected to a point heat source is provided in this paper. Based on the technique of conformal mapping and the method of analytical continuation in conjunction with the alternating technique, the general expressions of the temperature and stresses in the reinforcement layer and the matrix are derived explicitly in a series form. Some numerical results are provided to investigate the effects of the material combinations and geometric configurations on the interfacial stresses. The solution obtained can be treated as Green's functions More >

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    Micromechanical analysis of aligned and randomly oriented whisker-/ short fiber-reinforced composites

    S.H. Pyo1, H.K. Lee1,2

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.40, No.3, pp. 271-306, 2009, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2009.040.271

    Abstract This paper presents a micromechanical approach for predicting the elastic and multi-level damage response of aligned and randomly oriented whisker-/ short fiber-reinforced composites. Based on a combination of Eshelby's micromechanics and the evolutionary imperfect interface approach, the effective elastic moduli of the composites are derived explicitly. The modified Eshelby's tensor for spheroidal inclusions with slightly weakened interface [Qu (1993b)] is extended in the present study to model whiskers or short fibers having mild or severe imperfect interfaces. Aligned and random orientations of spheroidal reinforcements are considered. A multi-level damage model in accordance with the Weibull's More >

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    Effect of Reinforcement Corrosion Sediment Distribution Characteristics on Concrete Damage Behavior

    Fenghua Yuan1, Qing Zhang1,*, Xiaozhou Xia1

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.58, No.3, pp. 777-793, 2019, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2019.04182

    Abstract Reinforcement corrosion directly affects the mechanical behavior of reinforced concrete structures. An electric corrosion test was conducted on a reinforced concrete test specimen, and a finite element model of the reinforcement corrosion damage was established. In addition, the damage behavior of reinforced concrete under different corrosion sediment distribution characteristics and different corrosion rates was studied. It was noted that when corrosion sediments are in a “semiellipse+semicircle” distribution, the results of numerical calculation are consistent with those obtained experimentally, reflecting the damage characteristics of reinforced concrete test specimens. Further, the results showed that the distribution characteristics… More >

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    A Computational Approach to Investigate Electromagnetic Shielding Effectiveness of Steel Fiber-Reinforced Mortar

    S.H. Kwon1, H.K. Lee2

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.12, No.3, pp. 197-222, 2009, DOI:10.3970/cmc.2009.012.197

    Abstract The electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of steel fiber-reinforced mortar was numerically examined in this study. A series of numerical analysis on twenty-seven types of specimens of different diameters, lengths, and volume fractions of fibers were conducted using the FE program HFSS to investigate the effect of the dimensions of steel fibers and the amount of fibers added to the mortar on the shielding effectiveness. S-parameters of some specimens were experimentally measured by the free space method and the experimentally measured S-parameters were compared with those computed in order to verify the present numerical analysis method. It More >

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