Bruce A. Thompson

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A B S T R A C T Vibrothermography, or sonic IR, is a nondestructive evaluation technique used to find surface and near surface defects—such as cracks and delaminations—through observations of vibration-induced heat generation. This method has significant interest as an industrial inspection method, however, a lack of understanding of the fundamental physics(More)
Many types of indices have been developed to assess benthic invertebrate community condition, but there have been few studies evaluating the relative performance of different index approaches. Here we calibrate and compare the performance of five indices: the Benthic Response Index (BRI), Benthic Quality Index (BQI), Relative Benthic Index (RBI), River(More)
Previous simulation research has focused on evaluating the impact of analytic assumption violations on statistics related to the F test and associated p CALCULATED values. The present article evaluated the bias of classical estimates of practical significance (i.e., effect size sample estimators [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], and [Formula: see(More)
Concentrations of many anthropogenic contaminants in the San Francisco Estuary exist at levels that have been associated with biological effects elsewhere, so there is a potential for them to cause biological effects in the Estuary. The purpose of this paper is to summarize information about biological effects on the Estuary's plankton, benthos, fish,(More)
Widespread sediment toxicity has been documented throughout the San Francisco Estuary since the mid-1980s. Studies conducted in the early 1990s as part of the Bay Protection and Toxic Cleanup Program (BPTCP), and more recently as part of the Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) have continued to find sediment toxicity in the Estuary. Results of these studies(More)
A method is described to measure crack opening stresses and closure stress profiles of a surface-breaking crack. Vibration is used to generate frictional heat by rubbing crack face asperities. Heat is generated at regions of contacting crack asperities under low, but nonzero, closure stress. Increasing force is applied to incrementally open the crack and(More)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The California State Water Resources Control Board supported this study through Agreement Number 01-190-250-0. We are grateful to our Project Manager for the State Water Resources Control Board, Dominic Gregorio, and Steve Bay and Steve Weisberg of SCCWRP for their direction, guidance, and review. Chris Beegan recognized the need to(More)
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A rejoinder is offered on the three reviews of Daniel's article (this issue) by Thompson, Knapp, and Levin. It is concluded that the controversy over statistical significance testing will no doubt continue. Nevertheless, the gradual movement of the field toward requiring additional information in the reporting of statistical results is viewed as evidence of(More)