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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
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A distributed surface temperature and energy balance model of a semi-arid watershed.

Washburne, James Clarke. January 1994 (has links)
A simple model of surface and sub-surface soil temperature was developed at the watershed scale (-100 km²) in a semi-arid rangeland environment. The model consisted of a linear combination of air temperature and net radiation and assumed: (1) topography controls the spatial distribution of net radiation, (2) near-surface air temperature and incoming solar radiation are relatively homogeneous at the watershed scale and are available from ground stations and (3) soil moisture dominates transient soil thermal property variability. Multiplicative constants were defined to account for clear sky diffuse radiation, soil thermal inertia, an initially fixed ratio between soil heat flux and net radiation and exponential attenuation of solar radiation through a partial canopy. The surface temperature can optionally be adjusted for temperature and emissivity differences between mixed bare soil and vegetation canopies. Model development stressed physical simplicity and commonly available spatial and temporal data sets. Slowly varying surface characteristics, such as albedo, vegetation density and topography were derived from a series of Landsat TM images and a 7.5" USGS digital elevation model at a spatial resolution of 30 m. Diurnally variable atmospheric parameters were derived from a pair of ground meteorological stations using 30-60 min averages. One site was used to drive the model, the other served as a control to estimate model error. Data collected as part of the Monsoon '90 and WG '92 field experiments over the ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed in SE Arizona were used to validate and test the model. Point, transect and spatially distributed values of modeled surface temperature were compared with synchronous ground, aircraft and satellite thermal measurements. There was little difference between ground and aircraft measurements of surface reflectance and temperature which makes aircraft transects the preferred method to "ground truth" satellite observations. Mid-morning modeled surface temperatures were within 2° C of observed values at all but satellite scales, where atmospheric water vapor corrections complicate the determination of accurate temperatures. The utility of satellite thermal measurements and models to study various ground phenomena (e.g. soil thermal inertia and surface energy balance) were investigated. Soil moisture anomalies were detectable, but were more likely associated with average near-surface soil moisture levels than individual storm footprints.

New considerations for modeling financial volatility. / CUHK electronic theses & dissertations collection / ProQuest dissertations and theses

January 2011 (has links)
About the intraday volatility modeling, the limitations and potential problems of using Andersen & Bollerslev's approach are addressed and distinct modifications are proposed to tackle the corresponding issues. The first suggestion is about the utilization of the interaction between the intraday periodicity and the heteroskedasticity while the second is about the modified normalization for the estimation of the intraday periodicity. / Furthermore, it is demonstrated that the inclusion of overnight variance can improve the prediction accuracy of the Chicago Board of options Exchange (CBOE) volatility indexes (VIX and VXD) under specific weight combinations. The findings contradict the common perception that overnight return does not contain useful information for daily volatility modeling. / On the other hand, the third suggestion is about the inclusion of overnight information for the estimation of daily volatility. This study explores the possibility of incorporating the overnight variance indirectly through the use of linearly combined daily volatility estimators. The empirical results demonstrate that the inclusion of overnight variance can produce substantial influence when the minimum-variance constraints are relaxed. Besides, the influence is revealed to be not monotonic as an increase of the overnight proportion does not necessarily produce a larger influence. / The proposed modifications are tested with different ARCH structures, including GARCH(1,1), FIGARCH(1,d,1) and HYGARCH(1,d,1), by using simulated data and market data. Apart from studying the 1-step-ahead out-of-sample performance, several multiple-step-ahead forecasting results are also addressed. Under the same level of model flexibility (parameterized portions), our proposed modifications always outperform the original method in both in-sample fitness and out-of-sample performance on various forecasting horizons. / This research study investigates three new considerations for improving the performance of volatility modeling of financial returns. Two of them are related to the intraday volatility modeling and the other one is about the use of overnight information for daily volatility modeling. / Chu, Chun Fai Carlin. / Adviser: Kai Pui Lam. / Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-04, Section: A, page: . / Thesis (Ph.D.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2011. / Includes bibliographical references (leaves 180-186). / Electronic reproduction. Hong Kong : Chinese University of Hong Kong, [2012] System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader. Available via World Wide Web. / Electronic reproduction. [Ann Arbor, MI] : ProQuest Information and Learning, [201-] System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader. Available via World Wide Web. / Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest dissertations and theses, [201-] System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader. Available via World Wide Web. / Abstract also in Chinese.

The cooperative and competitive strategies in a supply chain with a group buying mechanism. / CUHK electronic theses & dissertations collection

January 2006 (has links)
Song Xiping. / "August 2006." / Thesis (Ph.D.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2006. / Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-142). / Electronic reproduction. Hong Kong : Chinese University of Hong Kong, [2012] System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader. Available via World Wide Web. / Abstracts in English and Chinese.

A downside risk analysis based on financial index tracking models.

January 2003 (has links)
Yu Lian. / Thesis (M.Phil.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2003. / Includes bibliographical references (leaves 81-84). / Abstracts in English and Chinese. / Chapter 1 --- Introduction --- p.1 / Chapter 2 --- Literature Review --- p.4 / Chapter 3 --- An Index Tracking Model with Downside Chance Risk Mea- sure --- p.12 / Chapter 3.1 --- Statement of the Model --- p.13 / Chapter 3.2 --- Efficient Frontier --- p.16 / Chapter 3.3 --- Application of the Downside Chance Index Tracking Model --- p.29 / Chapter 3.4 --- Chapter Summary --- p.34 / Chapter 4 --- Index Tracking Models with High Order Moment Downside Risk Measure --- p.35 / Chapter 4.1 --- Statement of the Models --- p.35 / Chapter 4.2 --- Mean-Downside Deviation Financial Index Tracking Model --- p.38 / Chapter 4.3 --- Chapter Summary --- p.45 / Chapter 5 --- Numerical Analysis --- p.45 / Chapter 5.1 --- Data Analysis --- p.45 / Chapter 5.2 --- Experiment Description and Discussion --- p.48 / Chapter 5.2.1 --- Efficient Frontiers --- p.48 / Chapter 5.2.2 --- Monthly Expected Rate of Return --- p.50 / Chapter 5.3 --- Chapter Summary --- p.52 / Chapter 6 --- Summary --- p.54 / Chapter A --- List of Companies --- p.57 / Chapter B --- Graphical Result of Section 5.2.1 --- p.61 / Chapter C --- Graphical Result of Section 5.2.2 --- p.67 / Chapter D --- Proof in Chapter 3 and Chapter4 --- p.73 / Bibliography --- p.81

Hybrid semantic-document models

Clowes, Darren January 2013 (has links)
This thesis presents the concept of hybrid semantic-document models to aid information management when using standards for complex technical domains such as military data communication. These standards are traditionally text based documents for human interpretation, but prose sections can often be ambiguous and can lead to discrepancies and subsequent implementation problems. Many organisations produce semantic representations of the material to ensure common understanding and to exploit computer aided development. In developing these semantic representations, no relationship is maintained to the original prose. Maintaining relationships between the original prose and the semantic model has key benefits, including assessing conformance at a semantic level, and enabling original content authors to explicitly define their intentions, thus reducing ambiguity and facilitating computer aided functionality. Through the use of a case study method based on the military standard MIL-STD-6016C, a framework of relationships is proposed. These relationships can integrate with common document modelling techniques and provide the necessary functionality to allow semantic content to be mapped into document views. These relationships are then generalised for applicability to a wider context. Additionally, this framework is coupled with a templating approach which, for repeating sections, can improve consistency and further enhance quality. A reflective approach to model driven web rendering is presented and evaluated. This reflective approach uses self-inspection at runtime to read directly from the model, thus eliminating the need for any generative processes which result in data duplication across source used for different purpose.

Experimental investigation of turbulent thermal convection with slip-free boundary conditions. / 滑移邊界條件下湍流熱對流的實驗研究 / Experimental investigation of turbulent thermal convection with slip-free boundary conditions. / Hua yi bian jie tiao jian xia tuan liu re dui liu de shi yan yan jiu

January 2010 (has links)
Zhao, Xiaozheng = 滑移邊界條件下湍流熱對流的實驗研究 / 趙晓争. / "September 2010." / Thesis (M.Phil.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010. / Includes bibliographical references (leaves 52-57). / Abstracts in English and Chinese. / Zhao, Xiaozheng = Hua yi bian jie tiao jian xia tuan liu re dui liu de shi yan yan jiu / Zhao Xiaozheng. / Abstract --- p.i / 摘要 --- p.ii / Acknowledgement --- p.iv / Contains --- p.iv / List of Figures --- p.vii / List of Tables --- p.xi / Chapter 1 --- Introduction --- p.1 / Chapter 1.1 --- Turbulence --- p.1 / Chapter 1.2 --- Turbulent Rayleigh-Benard Convection --- p.2 / Chapter 1.2.1 --- Physical Picture --- p.2 / Chapter 1.2.2 --- Governing Equations and Characteristic Parameters --- p.5 / Chapter 1.2.3 --- Nu Scaling --- p.7 / Chapter 1.2.4 --- Boundary Layer --- p.8 / Chapter 1.3 --- Motivations of the Present Work --- p.10 / Chapter 2 --- Experimental Setup --- p.13 / Chapter 2.1 --- The Convection Cell --- p.13 / Chapter 2.2 --- Temperature Probe and Translation Stage --- p.15 / Chapter 2.3 --- Calibration of the Thermistors --- p.17 / Chapter 2.4 --- Data Acquisition Units --- p.18 / Chapter 2.5 --- The Working Fluids --- p.19 / Chapter 2.6 --- Heat Leakage Prevention --- p.21 / Chapter 3 --- Heat Transfer and Thermal Boundary Layer Measurement --- p.23 / Chapter 3.1 --- The Setup and Experimental Procedure --- p.23 / Chapter 3.2 --- The Mean Temperature and Temperature Fluctuation Profiles across the Interfaces --- p.24 / Chapter 3.2.1 --- Profiles across the Water-FC77 Interface --- p.24 / Chapter 3.2.2 --- Profiles across the FC77-Mercury Interface --- p.27 / Chapter 3.3 --- Nu Results --- p.29 / Chapter 3.3.1 --- Results Obtained with Assumption of Pure Conduction --- p.30 / Chapter 3.3.2 --- Results from Mean Temperature Profile --- p.32 / Chapter 3.3.3 --- Comparison of the Two Methods --- p.33 / Chapter 3.4 --- Boundary Layer Thickness --- p.37 / Chapter 3.5 --- Summary --- p.39 / Chapter 4 --- Influence of Flow in the Water (Mercury) Layer on the FC77 Layer --- p.41 / Chapter 4.1 --- Experimental Setup --- p.41 / Chapter 4.2 --- Main Results --- p.42 / Chapter 4.3 --- Probability Density Function and Temperature Oscillation --- p.44 / Chapter 4.4 --- Summary --- p.50 / Chapter 5 --- Conclusions and Perspective --- p.51 / Chapter 5.1 --- Conclusions --- p.51 / Chapter 5.2 --- Perspective for Future Work --- p.52

Experimental investigation of velocity and temperature cascades in high Prandtl number turbulent convection. / 高普朗特數湍流對流中速度場和溫度場能量級串傳遞的實驗研究 / Experimental investigation of velocity and temperature cascades in high Prandtl number turbulent convection. / Gao pu lang te shu tuan liu dui liu zhong su du chang he wen du chang neng liang ji chuan chuan di de shi yan yan jiu

January 2010 (has links)
Cai, Debin = 高普朗特數湍流對流中速度場和溫度場能量級串傳遞的實驗研究 / 蔡德斌. / "September 2010." / Thesis (M.Phil.)--Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010. / Includes bibliographical references (p. 84-88). / Abstracts in English and Chinese. / Cai, Debin = Gao pu lang te shu tuan liu dui liu zhong su du chang he wen du chang neng liang ji chuan chuan di de shi yan yan jiu / Cai Debin. / Abstract (in English) --- p.i / Abstract (in Chinese) --- p.ii / Acknowledgements --- p.iii / Contents --- p.iv / List of Figures --- p.vi / List of Tables --- p.xv / Chapters / Chapter 1. --- Introduction --- p.1 / Chapter 1.1 --- Turbulence --- p.1 / Chapter 1.2 --- Turbulent Rayleigh-Benard Convection --- p.2 / Chapter 1.3 --- Small-Scale Properties of Turbulent Convection --- p.6 / Chapter 1.4 --- Motivations and structure of this thesis --- p.9 / Chapter 1.4.1 --- Motivations --- p.9 / Chapter 1.4.2 --- Organization of this thesis --- p.15 / Chapter 2. --- Experimental apparatus and techniques --- p.16 / Chapter 2.1 --- Turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection cell --- p.16 / Chapter 2.2 --- The working fluid 1-Pentanol --- p.20 / Chapter 2.3 --- Technique and instruments in temperature structure function measurement --- p.21 / Chapter 2.3.1 --- Temperature detecting probe --- p.22 / Chapter 2.3.2 --- Electronic instruments for temperature measurement --- p.25 / Chapter 2.4 --- Technique and instruments in velocity structure function measurement --- p.28 / Chapter 3. --- Cascades of Temperature Fluctuations in High Prandtl Number Turbulent Convection --- p.31 / Chapter 3.1 --- Selection of the experimental parameters --- p.31 / Chapter 3.2 --- Temperature structure function at the cell centre --- p.33 / Chapter 3.2.1 --- Experiment arrangements --- p.34 / Chapter 3.2.2 --- Experiment results of temperature structure function at the cell centre --- p.37 / Chapter 3.3 --- Temperature structure function near the cell sidewall --- p.43 / Chapter 3.4 --- Intermittency in the high Pr number system --- p.49 / Chapter 3.5 --- Summary --- p.51 / Chapter 4. --- Cascades of Velocity Fluctuations in High Prandtl Number Turbulent Convection --- p.52 / Chapter 4.1 --- Experiment technique --- p.52 / Chapter 4.2 --- Velocity structure function at the cell centre --- p.54 / Chapter 4.2.1 --- Analysis with time average method only --- p.55 / Chapter 4.2.2 --- Homogeneity and isotropy at the cell centre --- p.61 / Chapter 4.2.3 --- Analysis with spatial average method --- p.65 / Chapter 4.3 --- Velocity structure function near the sidewall --- p.70 / Chapter 4.4 --- Summary --- p.75 / Chapter 5. --- Comparison between Different Experiments --- p.77 / Chapter 5.1 --- Comparison between High and Low Pr Number Cases --- p.77 / Chapter 5.2 --- Comparison between the Temperature and Velocity Structure Function Measurements in High Pr number System --- p.80 / Chapter 6. --- Conclusion --- p.82 / References --- p.84

Development of a posture prediction model

Dendamrongvit, Thidarat 01 May 2002 (has links)
Biomechanical models have been used in designing human work environments to evaluate potential risks to workers before a work environment is constructed. In order for work environments to be modeled correctly, most biomechanical models require as input, an accurate body posture of the worker. This information can be obtained by, either measuring the posture of workers for the task of interest, or estimating the posture. This research explores methods to estimate working postures by developing a model that can predict a worker's posture. The model in this thesis represents the body of the worker with ten links: neck, left and right forearms, left and right upper arms, body, left and right thighs, and left and right calves. The work task inputs consist of the magnitude and direction of the force applied to the hands, and the distances between the hands and the floor. By using these inputs, the model can predict a posture by optimizing an objective function of two criteria: Total Squared Moment and Balance. Model constraints also ensure that a predicted posture is feasible for human. The output of the model is the predicted posture in terms of ten body joint angles: neck, left and right elbows, left and right shoulders, hip, left and right knees, left and right ankles. These joint angles are defined as angles relative to horizontal. The prediction posture can be used as a base reference when inputting into other biomechanical models. By predicting posture from the model, one can obtain postures of the workers without direct measurement of postures from the workers, which can be expensive and time consuming. / Graduation date: 2002

Expiratory droplet exposure between individuals in a ventilated room

Liu, Li, 刘荔 January 2011 (has links)
Interpersonal transport of expiratory droplets and droplet nuclei constitutes a prerequisite for the transmission of pathogens as well as the transmission of respiratory diseases. This study modeled the physical process of interpersonal transport of droplets and droplet nuclei in a ventilated room. The impacts of a number of parameters in three length scales and three corresponding physical processes were analyzed, including dispersion and evaporation of droplets/droplet nuclei at 1 to 100 μm, human exhalation flows and body plumes at 0.1 to 1 m, and the indoor environment at 1 to 10 m. The strong hygroscopicity of the solutes in the droplet is capable of keeping the droplet with an equilibrium size in humid air, larger than that of a dried particle. Mathematical models were developed to predict the droplet nucleus size in both dry air and humid air, by simplifying the composition of one expiratory droplet to NaCl solution and suspended spherical particles. For a droplet with an initial diameter of 100 μm, initial NaCl concentration of 0.9%, and initial solids ratio of 1.8%, the droplet nucleus size was estimated to be 42 μm in an ambient relative humidity of 90% (25°C), which is 30% larger than it was in a relative humidity of 30% (25°C). A numerical model was also developed to predict droplet evaporation and dispersion in a constant turbulent buoyant jet. Droplets with initial sizes larger than 80 μm were predicted to deposit on the floor at a distance of ~1.25 m (~1.7 m for 60 μm) away from the mouth, while droplets with initial sizes less than 40 μm travelled to the end of the jet. A series of experiments was conducted to assess the characteristics of human exhalation airflows and thermal plume, using a full-scale test room and a breathing thermal manikin. The impacts of the ventilation system were illustrated by comparing the velocity distribution of the exhalation airflows and airflows induced by thermal plume. Further experiments employing two breathing thermal manikins were carried out to evaluate the interpersonal transport of the expiratory contaminants that were simulated by tracer gas. When the two manikins with the same heights were standing face to face at a mutual distance of 0.8 m, the exhalation airflows from the mouth of the source manikin could directly travel into the breathing region of the susceptible manikin, resulting in a high exposure. The high exposure decreased sharply with an increase in the mutual distance from 0.5 m to 1.0 m. Between 1.0 m to 3.0 m, the exposure by the susceptible manikin remained at a low and constant level. Numerical simulations considering droplet evaporation and droplet nucleus sizes were carried out; and the impacts of the parameters of droplet initial size, humidity, vicinity, ventilation conditions and synchronization of exhalation were evaluated. Fine droplets and droplet nuclei were predicted to travel toward the upper part of the test room, whereas large droplets tend to be deposited on the floor. With a high relative humidity, 95%, most of the droplets were deposited on the floor within 16 seconds. Meanwhile, all of the droplets evaporated to droplet nuclei and remained suspended in the air when the relative humidity was 35%. Mixing ventilation that supplied fresh air with a ventilation rate of 5.6 h-1 resulted in drafts and strong turbulence, which made droplets and droplet nuclei dispersed in the room. The average vertical position was higher than that when the ventilation rate was 3.0 h-1. Displacement ventilation led to the vertical temperature stratification in the room. The vertical temperature gradient could neutralize the buoyancy force and weaken body plumes and the vertical dispersion of droplets and droplet nuclei. The inhalation of the droplets and droplet nuclei by the susceptible person and the deposition of the droplets and droplet nuclei on the body surface of the susceptible person were investigated at mutual distances of 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 3.0 m. For one breath from the source person, 1,600 droplets were released. Three and 9 droplet nuclei were inhaled by the susceptible person at a mutual distance of 0.5 and 1.0 m, respectively. No droplet nuclei were inhaled at 1.5 and 3.0 m. / published_or_final_version / Mechanical Engineering / Doctoral / Doctor of Philosophy

Multilateral approaches to the theory of international comparisons

Armstrong, Keir G. 11 1900 (has links)
The present thesis provides a definite answer to the question of how comparisons of certain aggregate quantities and price levels should be made across two or more geographic regions. It does so from the viewpoint of both economic theory and the “test” (or “axiomatic”) approach to index-number theory. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the problem of multilateral interspatial comparisons and introduces the rest of the thesis. Chapter 2 focuses on a particular domain of comparison involving consumer goods and services, countries and households in developing a theory of international comparisons in terms of the the (Kontis-type) cost-of-living index. To this end, two new classes of purchasing power parity measures are set out and the relationship between them is explored. The first is the many-household analogue of the (single-household) cost-of-living index and, as such, is rooted in the theory of group cost-of-living indexes. The second Consists of sets of (nominal) expenditure-share deflators, each corresponding to a system of (real) consumption shares for a group of countries. Using this framework, a rigorous exact index- number interpretation for Diewert’s “own-share” system of multilateral quantity indexes is provided. Chapter 3 develops a novel multilateral test approach to the problem at hand by generalizing Eichhorn and Voeller’s bilateral counterpart in a sensible manner. The equivalence of this approach to an extended version of Diewert’s multilateral test approach is exploited in an assessment of the relative merits of several alternative multilateral comparison formulae motivated outside the test-approach framework. Chapter 4 undertakes an empirical comparison of the formulae examined on theoretical grounds in Chapter 3 using an appropriate cross-sectional data set constructed by the Eurostat—OECD Purchasing Power Parity Programme. The principal aim of this comparison is to ascertain the magnitude of the effect of choosing one formula over another. In aid of this, a new indicator is proposed which facilitates the measurement of the difference between two sets of purchasing power parities, each computed using a different multilateral index-number formula.

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