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Tomaž Pepelnjak, Tomaž Bren, Bojan Železnik and Mitja Kuštra

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The development of the product from stainless steel, which is produced for the client in large series, is presented. Technological optimisation was mainly focussed on the design of the deep drawing process in a single operation, which proved to be technologically unstable and therefore unfeasible for the prescribed shape of the product. Testing of prototype products showed unacceptable wrinkling due to the cone-shaped geometry of the workpiece. For this purpose, the research work was oriented towards technological optimisation of forming operations and set-up of proper phase plan in order to eliminate the wrinkling of the material. Testing of several different materials of the same quality was performed to determine the appropriate input parameters used for digital analyses. The analyses were focussed towards the set-up of optimal forming process and appropriate geometry of the corresponding tool, which allowed deep drawing of the workpiece without tearing and/or wrinkling of the material. Performed analyses of the forming process in the digital environment were tested with experiments, which showed a good correlation between the results of both development concepts.

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Sara Uhan

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This article presents preliminary model results of climate change impact on biogeochemical processes in soil. With the use of DNDC (DeNitrification-DeComposition) model, a simulation with climate data over seventy years period (1947–2016) from central part of Slovenia has been carried out. Amongst assessed sources of variability, time variability has been estimated to around 10% of the total annual nitrogen leaching. In some cases, a statistically significant downward trend was observed with a 5 kg reduction in nitrogen per hectare in seventy years period. This study represents the first quantitative assessment of nitrogen leaching variability due to precipitation and air temperature variability in three representative soil profiles in the central Slovenia. It offers a starting point for future regional research for the purpose of farming practice optimization, especially in catchment areas of major regional water resources in Slovenia.

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Matej Nagy

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The complicated rock structures and the stability of surrounding rocks of the underground powerhouse are key ground mechanical challenges for hydropower projects.

In this paper, an example of contributing self-support capacity of rock mass to evaluate optimised support for long-term usage of structure is given. It describes importance of investigations in the initial in situ stress distribution, rock mechanical and geological properties, engineering rock mass classifications by different methods, numerical modelling, comparison of tools for stability and support analysis and proper stability control for rock excavation and support.

The results show that after underground excavations in hard rock, detailed analysis of measures to investigate deformation and self-supporting capacity creation is useful and a cost-saving procedure.

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Akanbi Olanrewaju Akinfemiwa

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Studies of structural and hydrogeomorphological units (HGU) that are indicators of groundwater occurrence were carried out across an area extent of more than 700 km2 within the hard rock terrain of southwestern Nigeria. These studies integrated geological remote sensing techniques (RST) and geographical information system (GIS) methods to generate thematic maps that included elevation, drainage, lineaments and vegetation index for characterising the attributes of ground-water occurrence across the area.

The results revealed that the lineament system is mainly rectilinear with major trends of NNW–SSE and NE–SW on the gneiss, NW–SE and NE–SW on porphyritic granite and NNE–SSW, NW–SE and E–W on migmatite. The discharge zones in the area are the lowland terrains underlain by gneiss and amphibolite. Similarly, variably directional discontinuities that are related to rock contacts are equally laden with groundwater.

Conversely, the recharge areas are the high-lying terrains characterised by higher fracture density and underlain by porphyritic granite and migmatite. Additionally, there are evidences of groundwater seepage along the major river channels. Therefore, besides the rock structures, landform is another crucial factor that guides groundwater distribution in the study area.

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Fatemeh Mostaghni and Yasaman Abed

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In this study, we present a systematic study of linear and nonlinear optical properties of Para Red with the aim of Z-scan technique and quantum mechanical calculations. The Z-scan experiments were performed using a 532 nm Nd: YAG (SHG) CW laser beam. Para Red exhibited a strong nonlinear refractive index, nonlinear absorption coefficient and third-order nonlinear susceptibility 3.487 × 10-6cm2/W, 2.341 × 10-1cm/W and 2.157 × 10-4esu, respectively. Also, quantum chemical analysis was used for the calculation of the dipole moment μ, dipole polarizability α, anisotropy of polarizability ∆α and molecular hyperpolarizabilities (β,γ). The results revealed that Para Red has large first and second hyperpolarizabilities. However, from the obtained results, it was found that Para Red can be a promising material for applications in the development of non-linear optical materials.

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Maxwell Selase Akple and Holali Kwami Apevienyeku

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A novel and low-cost synthesis of tungsten disulfide (WS2) transition metal dichalcogenide was carried out via gas-solid reaction in a horizontal quartz reactor. In this process, the prepared hollow WO3 precursor was sulfided with CS2 at 550 °C at different durations under N2 gas atmosphere. The as-prepared WS2 samples were formed by substitution of O by S during the sulfidation process. The characterization of these samples was performed employing X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The characterization results showed that the as-prepared WS2 samples were of high quality and purity. No significant differences were observed in various WS2 samples synthesized during different sulfidation periods. The calculated results obtained from the density functional theory (DFT) indicate that WS2 has an indirect band gap of ca. 1.56 eV, which is in agreement with experimental band gap of ca. 1.50 eV. Combining the experimental and DFT results suggests that the novel method used in the synthesis of WS2 has a potential application for large scale production. The obtained WS2 are of high quality and can be implemented in photocatalysis, catalysis, photovoltaics, optoelectronic devices and photosensor devices.

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Durga Verma, R. P. Patel and Mohan L. Verma

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In the present paper, TL and PL study of Dy3+doped Sr2SiO4:Eu2+phosphor is reported. A polycrystalline sample of Sr2SiO4:Eu2+, Dy3+ was prepared by combustion method. The obtained phosphor was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, PL and thermoluminescence. The results of the XRD studies obtained for Sr2SiO4:Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphor revealed its monoclinic structure. The average crystallite size was calculated as 12.77 nm. Thermoluminescence study was carried out for the phosphor using UV irradiation and a single glow peak was found. The thermoluminescence glow curves of the samples were measured at various concentrations of co-dopant. The kinetic parameter has been calculated using Chen’s glow curve method. In this paper, the photoluminescence and afterglow behavior of these phosphors are reported.

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Ali A. Aljubouri, Abdulqader D. Faisal and Wafaa K. Khalef

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Single phase, adherent films of copper oxide nanowires (CuO NWs) were successfully grown on a glass substrate. Titanium nanofilm was pre-coated on the glass substrate to assist the growth of a layer adherent to the substrate. The copper film of 1.5 μm thickness was deposited via physical vapor deposition technique followed by thermal oxidation in air at various temperatures for 4 h. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and Fourier transformation infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy to find the crystal structure, morphology, phases, and optical properties of the deposited films. The CuO NWs film with 60%transmittance at wavelengths greater than 800 nm was obtained. It can be used as an infrared thermal imaging filter and in optoelectronic devices. The fabricated temperature sensor exhibited high sensitivity in the temperature range of 20 °C to 180 °C.

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Deniss Brodņevs

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Remotely piloted operations of lightweight Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) are limited by transmitter power consumption and are always restricted to Line-of-Sight (LOS) distance. The use of mobile cellular network data transfer services (e.g. 3G HSPA and LTE) as well as long-range terrestrial links (e.g. LoraWAN) makes it possible to significantly extend the operation range of the remotely piloted UAV. This paper describes the development of a long-range communication solution for the UAV telemetry system. The proposed solution is based on (but not restricted to) cellular data transfer service and is implemented on Raspberry Pi under Gentoo Linux control. The goal of the project is to develop a flexible system for implementing optimized redundant network solutions for the Non-LOS remote control of the UAV

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A.A. Alabi, A.O. Adewale, J.O. Coker and O.A. Ogunkoya

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Geophysical and geotechnical techniques were used to investigate the sub-surface information of a proposed site for a hostel construction at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Ten vertical electrical sounding (VES) stations were adopted. Typical sounding curves obtained include the HA, KH, AKH and KQH types, of which the AKH-type consists of 40% of the survey points, and a maximum of five geo-electric sub-surface layers were delineated. Laboratory analyses were performed to investigate particle size distribution, Atterberg limit, compaction limit, California bearing ratio (CBR) and specific gravity. The CBR revealed that all soil samples, except L4, are mechanically stable and have high load-bearing capacity. The Atterberg limit test and the geo-electric section showed that the second layer of VES 4 is composed of sandy clay with high plastic index and low liquid limit, which may pose a threat to the foundation of any engineering structure. VES locations 5, 6 and 8 were identified as high groundwater potential zones suitable for optimum groundwater abstraction. The study area is suitable for both shallow and deep foundations, however VES 4 and VES 5 require reinforcement.