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    Exploring the Experiences of Personal Recovery among Mental Health Consumers and Their Caregivers Receiving Strength-Based Family Interventions

    Li-yu Song1,*, Su-ting Hsu2

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.8, pp. 915-925, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.019349

    Abstract Background: This study explored the personal recovery of consumers and their caregivers receiving the strength-based family intervention. Method: A three-year project was implemented with 43 dyads from 5 community psychiatric rehabilitation agencies in northern, central, and Southern Taiwan. This paper presents qualitative analysis with a focus on describing the experiences of personal recovery. To gain a deeper understanding of the participants’ personal experiences and perspectives, semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted on three occasions (six months after the inception of the experiment, 18 months after, and when the participants left the services of this study). Over… More >

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    RELATIVE SLIP AMOUNT DEPENDENT ON THE INTERFACIAL SHEAR STRENGTH IN A NANO CHANNEL

    Linyue Guan, Mingjun Pang, Hui Wang, Xuedong Jiang, Yongbin Zhang*

    Frontiers in Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol.9, pp. 1-5, 2017, DOI:10.5098/hmt.9.12

    Abstract The paper presents an analysis for the relative slip amount related to the fluid-wall interfacial shear strength in a nano channel formed by two parallel smooth solid planes sliding against one another. A closed-form equation formulation for the relative slip amount was obtained. It was shown that the relative slip amount is constant in the inlet zone of the channel, where the interfacial slippage occurs. This substantiates the assumption made in the analysis of this kind of channel as shown in the study by Zhang (2015). It was also shown that with the increases of More >

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    The Characteristics of Glued Tensile Shear Strength Constituted of Wood Cut by CO2 Laser

    Fatemeh Rezaei1,2,*, Milan Gaff1,3,4,*, Róbert Nemeth5, Jerzy Smardzewski6, Peter Niemz7, Haitao Li8,9, Anil Kumar Sethy1,10, Luigi Todaro11, Gourav Kamboj1, Sumanta Das1, Roberto Corleto1, Gianluca Ditommaso1, Miklós Bak5

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.8, pp. 3277-3296, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.028352

    Abstract The performance of engineered wood products is highly associated with proper bonding and an efficient cutting method. This paper investigates the influence of CO2 laser cutting on the wetting properties, the modified chemical component of the laser-cut surface, and the strength and adhesive penetration near the bondline. Beechwood is cut by the laser with varying processing parameters, cutting speeds, gas pressures, and focal point positions. The laser-cut samples were divided into two groups, sanded and non-sanded samples. Polyvinyl acetate adhesive (PVAc) was used to bond the groups of laser-cut samples. After assembly with cold pressing, the… More >

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    Experimental Evaluation of Compressive Strength and Gas Permeability of Glass-Powder-Containing Mortar

    Yue Liang, Wenxuan Dai, Wei Chen*

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.10, pp. 2639-2659, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.027622

    Abstract Glass powder of various particle sizes (2, 5, 10 and 15 μm) has been assessed as a possible cement substitute for mortars. Different replacement rates of cement (5%, 10%, 15%, and 20%) have been considered for all particle sizes. The accessible porosity, compressive strength, gas permeability and microstructure have been investigated accordingly. The results have shown that adding glass powder up to 20% has a significantly negative effect on the porosity and compressive strength of mortar. The compressive strength initially rises with a 5% replacement and then decreases. Similarly, the gas permeability of the mortar displays… More >

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    Subsea Compensation of Pressure Based on Reducer Bellows

    Shihong Xiao1,2,*, Shichao Zhou1,*, Linlin Yue1, Xianyou He1, Maolin Xiang1

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.10, pp. 2549-2567, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.025063

    Abstract In this study, the pressure compensation mechanism of a reducer bellows is analyzed. This device is typically used to reduce the size of undersea instruments and improve related pressure resistance and sealing capabilities. Here, its axial stiffness is studied through a multi-fold approach based on theory, simulations and experiments. The results indicate that the mechanical strength of the reducer bellows, together with the oil volume and temperature are the main factors influencing its performances. In particular, the wall thickness, wave number, middle distance, and wave height are the most influential parameters. For a certain type More >

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    Competitive and Cooperative-Based Strength Pareto Evolutionary Algorithm for Green Distributed Heterogeneous Flow Shop Scheduling

    Kuihua Huang1, Rui Li2, Wenyin Gong2,*, Weiwei Bian3, Rui Wang1

    Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing, Vol.37, No.2, pp. 2077-2101, 2023, DOI:10.32604/iasc.2023.040215

    Abstract This work aims to resolve the distributed heterogeneous permutation flow shop scheduling problem (DHPFSP) with minimizing makespan and total energy consumption (TEC). To solve this NP-hard problem, this work proposed a competitive and cooperative-based strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm (CCSPEA) which contains the following features: 1) An initialization based on three heuristic rules is developed to generate a population with great diversity and convergence. 2) A comprehensive metric combining convergence and diversity metrics is used to better represent the heuristic information of a solution. 3) A competitive selection is designed which divides the population into a… More >

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    Reliability of Foot Intrinsic Muscle Strength Testing and Correlation with Corresponding Muscle Morphology in Elderly Adults

    Lulu Yin1,#, Kun Dong1,#, Zhangqi Lai2, Lin Wang1,*

    Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Vol.20, No.1, pp. 23-33, 2023, DOI:10.32604/mcb.2023.040788

    Abstract Age-related loss of foot intrinsic muscle (FIM) strength may be associated with disability, falls, and inability to perform daily activities. Previous studies have determined the reliability of FIM strength testing and evaluated the relationship between FIM strength and corresponding muscle morphology in young adults. However, few studies have measured FIM strength in the older. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the intra- and inter-reliability of FIM strength tests and the relationship between FIM strength and FIM size in the older. A total of 61 participants aged 60–75 years were recruited, and 18 of them were… More > Graphic Abstract

    Reliability of Foot Intrinsic Muscle Strength Testing and Correlation with Corresponding Muscle Morphology in Elderly Adults

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    Assessment of the Mechanical Properties of Carbon-Fiber Heating Cables in Snow and Ice Melting Applications

    Zhiyong Yang1, Jiacheng Zhang1, Henglin Xiao1,2, Zhi Chen1,*, Tian Bao1, Yin Liu1

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.9, pp. 2267-2288, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.028652

    Abstract The use of carbon-fiber heating cables (CFHC) to achieve effective melting of snow and ice deposited on roads is a method used worldwide. In this study, tensile and compressive tests have been conducted to analyze the mechanical properties of the CFHC and assess whether the maximum tensile and compressive strengths can meet the pavement design specifications. In order to study the aging produced by multiple cycles of heating and cooling, in particular, the CFHC was repeatedly heated in a cold chamber with an ambient temperature ranging between −20°C and +40°C. Moreover, to evaluate how the More > Graphic Abstract

    Assessment of the Mechanical Properties of Carbon-Fiber Heating Cables in Snow and Ice Melting Applications

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    Assessment of Aged Offshore Jacket Type Platforms Considering Environmental Loads and Degradation Parameters

    Yazeed Al-Radhi1,*, Farzad Hejazi2, Azmi Abdulkarim3, Ali Feroozi4

    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.17, No.2, pp. 89-113, 2023, DOI:10.32604/sdhm.2023.011439

    Abstract Offshore steel structures are a common investment in oil and gas industries operating in shallow to medium depth seas. These structures have become increasingly popular since the mid-19th century, with a typical design life of 30-50 years. Despite their popularity, the structural integrity of existing offshore structures remains a controversial topic. Environmental loads and material degradation have been identified as significant factors that can compromise the structural integrity of offshore structures. To address this issue, this study aims to investigate the reserved strength capacity of a selected offshore structure located in the Malaysian Seas. The… More >

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    Experimental Study for the Cementation Effect of Dust Soil by Using Soybean Urease

    Jianwei Zhang1, Yue Yin1, Lei Shi1, Yi Han2, Mi Zhou3,*, Xihong Zhang4

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.11, No.6, pp. 2893-2911, 2023, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.025436

    Abstract Dust is an environmental and health hazard. In this study, a new technology for dust suppressant is introduced using soybean urease with an optimal cementing solution. Calcium carbonate is produced by soybean urease and cementing solution, which bonds the soil particles towards a dust suppressant. A laboratory wind tunnel test is carried out to examine its effectiveness and discover possible optimization solutions. Several factors, including soybean meal concentration, cementing solution concentration, and volume of solution per unit area, are examined to quantify their influences on soil transport mass, evaporation ratio, evaporation rate, surface strength, water… More >

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