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This paper addresses the development of a nonlinear model based interval model control system for the quasi-keyhole arc welding process, a novel arc welding process which has advantages over the laser welding process and conventional arc welding processes. The structure of the nonlinear model chosen was proposed based on an analysis of the quasi-keyhole(More)
In most patients with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS) the oesophagus is affected. Reflux symptoms are most frequent, whilst dysphagia also occurs. Cisapride, a prokinetic agent, may enhance motility along the gastrointestinal tract. The effects of cisapride on oesophageal transit were evaluated in 12 PSS patient using a solid-phase radionuclide(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SS) alters smooth muscle function throughout the gastrointestinal tract, the oesophagus being the segment most often involved. Involvement of the colon, though less common, may lead to life-threatening complications. We studied 23 unselected patients with SS and 20 age-matched healthy controls using radionuclide colon transit studies.(More)
We studied 472 elders to assess joint association of vitamin D receptor (VDR) variability and physical activity on low handgrip strength (LHS) and osteoporosis (OST). Our findings showed that higher risks of OST were associated with physically inactive elders with some specific VDR variations, highlighting the importance of promotion program for physical(More)
Background: The incidence of postoperative wound infection is higher after colorectal surgery than after other surgical procedures. No studies have evaluated the usefulness of gallium 67 scintigraphy for detecting wound infection after colorectal surgery. We investigated the clinical potential of gallium imaging for detecting wound infection after(More)
Though many parallel implementations of sparse Cholesky factorization with the experimental results accompanied have been proposed, it seems hard to evaluate the performance of these factorization methods theoretically because of the irregular structure of sparse matrices. This paper is an attempt to such research. On the basis of the criteria of parallel(More)
A split-band directly modulated fiber optical CATV system employing −1 side-mode injection-locked and semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA)-based optical single sideband (SSB) modulation techniques is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. For our proposed systems, it is relatively simple to implement as only one SOA is required. Excellent performances(More)
Esophageal motility was studied in 24 patients with mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) and 20 control subjects by the solid phase radionuclide esophageal transit study. A computer routine modified from Klein and Russel was used. Total mean transit time, regional mean transit time, residual fraction after first swallow, and retrograde index increased(More)
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