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Post-industrial university towns and the triple helix concept: case studies of Bristol, Sheffield, Novosibirsk and Tomsk

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The paper examines the role of universities in city development under the Triple Helix model through case studies of Russian and British cities. The cases of Bristol and Sheffield illustrate that the implementation of the Triple Helix model can be achieved through different approaches. In Bristol, universities reached beyond their campuses to create a ground for cooperation with partners. In Sheffield, there was a platform for interaction with partners using the brand of a top university. Meanwhile, the examples of Tomsk and Novosibirsk provide some evidence for the growing importance of universities in the innovative urban economy. The comparative analysis provides recommendations for Russian universities, whose application of the Triple Helix model is prevented by the lack of experience in developing an effective marketing strategy and weak interactions between research and enterprises.

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Public spending mechanisms and gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the agricultural sector (1970–2016): Lessons for Nigeria from agricultural policy progressions in China

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China has pursued a sustainable path of development in line with reality for four decades. Economic restructuring started in its vast rural areas, focusing on reforms targeting income increase for rural farmers. These radical sustainable policies that China’s political leaders imbibed were not embraced by Nigeria’s past leaders and these resulted in the bane of underdevelopment. The study examines the level and composition of the drivers of public-spending policy mechanisms that contribute to gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the agricultural sector in China and Nigeria and draws up a model of Chinese development for Nigeria. Secondary data was used and were sourced from FAOSTAT and International Monetary Fund’s Government-Finance Statistics (various issues) from 1970–2016. Random-effects model results revealed that the policy of public-expenditure (PUEXP) and intervention (INTEV) variables were significant but negative, while enterprise-development (ENTDEV), drivers of development (DRIVERS) and Dummy D1t (modest public-expenditure access) were significant and positive for Nigeria. Three variables were significant and positive. The dummies D1t and D2t (macro-economic stability) were positive and significant for China. Public-expenditure and GDP growth has an inverse relationship in Nigeria, but a direct relationship in China. In Nigeria, PUEXP coefficient is ˗0.6810 and 0.8902 for China. Hence, macro-economic stability, enhanced market mechanisms and economic progress resulted in China and hereby lessons are drawn for Nigeria. Public leaders are responsible for governing the market in a manner that induces businesses to produce public value. However, if public-policy mechanisms are not well-designed to fit the economy’s needs it could significantly influence the economy in a negative way, and the society bears the costs.

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Analysis of Structural Changes Created by the Blast Effect

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Unfortunately, people can’t live in peace in this century: many wars and terrorist attacks have been witnessed even within the last year. In the case of such attacks, both the people and the civil infrastructure is in danger [1-3]. The modern age (infrastructure) provides electrical networks and communication networks for the citizens. Without electricity and/or communications (e.g. the internet), urban life is paralysed. Explosions create heat and shock waves and their effects can potentially damage the wall and cables of a building as changes in the material structure occur. In this article, the authors introduce a blast load effect testing method in an empirical way. The metal microstructure deformation level is measurable by changes in resistance, because resistance is a physical property which depends on the crystal structure of the metal.

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Applicability Investigation of Joining Technologies for Diamond Core Bits

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For the joining of two metallic components of different material quality, different methods of welding or soldering techniques are used. In this case, these two material qualities are given by the segments containing diamond particles, and thin-walled steel tube. In our previous paper we analysed welded joints with two different kinds of laser sources. In this paper we extend the previous investigations with the analysis of capacitor discharge welded and flame soldered samples. We examine the microstructure of the joints and record the chemical element maps to determine if alloying was formed. Joints are also subjected to fracture and hardness testing. This investigation shows that the applied joining technology meets the increased technical requirements because the joining zone must bear high mechanical and significant thermal loads during usage.

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The Dynamic Particularities of Contour Ploughing

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The plough is the basic machine for soil work. It is usually connected to the tractor by means of a suspension system. The suspension system is a bar-shaped arm system fixed to the tractor frame, which fixes and raises the attached machine in three points. Its role is significant. Single-sided ploughing on slopes creates some special situations. This phenomenon was observed during a plowing competition and in this paper we look for solutions related to this topic.

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The Effect of Temperature Gradients on the Exhalation Rate of Radon Generated by Building Materials

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There is increasing interest in indoor air quality studies. The effect of exhaled radon from soil, walls and ceilings has well-known consequences on human health, so the importance of modelling has been established. The present paper examines radon exhalation, on the one hand, only in the case of diffusion and, on the other hand, diffusion and advection. Comparing the results of the two test types, we can determine how significant the effect of temperature gradients on radon exhalation is. For a broader investigation, we performed the parametric tests on several types of material, wall thickness and radon concentration.

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Modelling and Model-Based Control of an HVAC System

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An HVAC system contains heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment used in office or industrial buildings. The goal of this research is to design a controller for the process of cooling an office building that is made up of three rooms. The desired room temperature can be achieved by controlling the fans making up the fan coil units and the cooling medium’s temperature. By these means the building connected to the electrical grid becomes a smart office. The used building model includes several dynamically changing interior and exterior heat sources affecting the inner climate, which introduces a level of uncertain prediction into the system. We have determined the controller’s performance by the rate of deviation from the expected temperature, the consumed electrical energy and the generated noise. The controller was created in Matlab Simulink with the possibility of migration to a Siemens PLC.

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A New Method for the Calculation of Energy and Power Requirements of Bucket Wheel Excavators

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The bucket wheel excavator (BWE) is a continuous working rock harvesting device which removes the rock by means of buckets armoured with teeth, mounted on the wheel and which transfers rock on a main hauling system (generally a belt conveyor). The wheel rotates in a vertical plane and swings in the horizontal plane and raised / descended in the vertical plane by a boom. In this paper we propose a graphical-numerical method in order to calculate the power and energy requirements of the main harvesting structure (the bucket wheel) of the BWE. This approach - based on virtual models of the main working units of bucket wheel excavators and their working processes - is more convenient than those based on analytical formulas and simplification hypotheses, and leads to improved operation, reduced energy consumption, increased productivity and optimal use of available actuating power.

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Numerical Analysis of Additively Manufactured, Individual Titanium Implants Designed in a Virtual Environment

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The aim of this study is the design, manufacture, and development of a metallic rehabilitation device (titanium frame structure) that is created with a printing process. Product design is inspired by the Computed Tomography (CT) based reconstruction method, during which a metallic frame structure is designed that perfectly fits the retrieved bone surface. The internal structure of the designed metallic frames is a statically analysed three-dimensional construct which makes it possible to create individual product types. Constructs with different structure are checked by finite element analysis. Our goal is to establish a standardised manufacturing process, in which specific mechanical stressing can be carried out and optimal product type chosen, depending on different cases. At the end of this study, our solution of choice is demonstrated with surgical pictures.

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The Numerical Evaluation Errors of the Geometric Model of the Straight Teethed Shaper Cutter

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It is well known that straight teethed shaper cutters present a theoretical profile error. The side edges are situated on a common conical rack face with the result that they and their projection in the generating plane can’t be involute curves. The optimization of the cutter requires such a correlation of the edge defining parameters that the potential theoretical profile error is kept to the minimum possible. Thus the relevance of the edge equations is of great importance. This paper deals with the analysis of the edge equations, presenting two different forms of it. The comparison between the two different forms is realized by applying the numerical evaluation, by substitution of the edge point coordinates in the implicit equations of the originating surfaces. The obtained results present a difference of magnitude 10-E3. Finally, it can be concluded that the two forms of the edge equations cannot be used randomly but only in correlation with the goal proposed by the running application.

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