Industrial Archaeology: An Introduction

Industrial archaeology is the study of early industrial buildings and machinery, particularly of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. When this book was originally published in 1963, this was becoming a topic of lively interest and controversy among archaeologists, historians, architects and engineers. This book discusses the aims and methods of the science, giving examples of the contribution which different kinds of specialists...

Isochronous Wireless Network for Real-time Communication in Industrial Automation

This dissertation proposes and investigates an isochronous wireless network for industrial control applications with guaranteed latencies and jitter. Based on a requirements analysis of real industrial applications and the characterisation of the wireless channel, the solution approach is developed. It consists of a TDMA-based medium access control, a dynamic resource allocation and the provision of a global time base for the wired a...

Automating with SIMATIC: Controllers, Software, Programming, Data Communication, 6th Edition

The book provides a complete overview of the SIMATIC automation system and the TIA Portal with the engineering tool STEP 7. "Automating with SIMATIC" addresses all those who - want to get an overview of the components of the system and their features, - wish to familiarize themselves with the topic of programmable logic controllers, or - intend to acquire basic knowledge about configuration, programming and interaction of the SIMATIC...

Nuclear Energy for Hydrogen Generation through Intermediate Heat Exchangers

· Explains how to use nuclear process heat for industrial applications, especially process heat for hydrogen production · Illuminates the issue of waste heat in nuclear plants, offering a vision for how it can be used in combined-cycle plants · Undertakes the thermal analysis of intermediate heat exchangers throughout the life cycle, from the design perspective through operational and safety assurance stages This book describes recen...

Statistical Methods for Six Sigma

A guide to achieving business successes through statistical methods Statistical methods are a key ingredient in providing data-based guidance to research and development as well as to manufacturing. Understanding the concepts and specific steps involved in each statistical method is critical for achieving consistent and on-target performance. Written by a recognized educator in the field, Statistical Methods for Six Sigma: In R&D...

The Global Impact of Unconventional Shale Gas Development

This book discusses the economic, political, and environmental issues surrounding the international exploration and exploitation of conventional and unconventional natural gas. Shale gas development in recent years has changed the energy discussion in the US as existing reserves of natural gas coupled with horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing make exploitation of these reserves economically feasible; the discussion is quickly...

Decision Support for Forest Management

This book has been developed as a textbook of decision support methods for s- dents and can also serve as a handbook for practical foresters. It is based on the research we have carried out and lectures we have given over the past years. We have set out to present all the methods in enough details and examples that they can be adopted from this book. For researchers who need more details, references are given to more advanced scienti...

Lasso-MPC - Predictive Control with 1-Regularised Least Squares

This thesis proposes a novel Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy, which modifies the usual MPC cost function in order to achieve a desirable sparse actuation. It features an ℓ1-regularised least squares loss function, in which the control error variance competes with the sum of input channels magnitude (or slew rate) over the whole horizon length. While standard control techniques lead to continuous movements of all actuators, th...

Fuzzy Statistical Decision-Making

This book offers a comprehensive reference guide to fuzzy statistics and fuzzy decision-making techniques. It provides readers with all the necessary tools for making statistical inference in the case of incomplete information or insufficient data, where classical statistics cannot be applied. The respective chapters, written by prominent researchers, explain a wealth of both basic and advanced concepts including: fuzzy probability d...

Graphene: Synthesis and Applications

Since the late 20th century, graphene―a one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice―has garnered appreciable attention as a potential next-generation electronic material due to its exceptional properties. These properties include high current density, ballistic transport, chemical inertness, high thermal conductivity, optical transmittance, and super hydrophobicity at nanometer...