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    Capacity and efficiency of multi-sensor networks
    Distel, Robert ( 2015)
    This thesis examines the relationship between a distributed sensor information fusion system and the underlying information transport system for systems with large numbers of simple sensors. Practical methods for the prediction of system performance under changes to system parameters such as capacity, number of sensors, system state function, system and sensor noise are developed. A method for transmitting information more efficiently than measurements but convergent despite message loss is proposed. A method of co-operative transmission is developed such that a set of sensors can shape their RF transmission to allow the fusion process to take place within their co-operative interference allowing better performance than optimal joint encoding with less power and bandwidth on a shared channel. These proposals are demonstrated with the simulation of two reference designs, an HF transmission and EHF satellite, fusing multiple sensor observations.
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    A study of time-dependent properties and other physical properties of rocks
    Singh, Devendra Pratap ( 1970)
    The strength and deformation behaviour of rocks are time-dependent. Therefore the design of rock structures underground should be based on the long-term strengths rather than the strength determined by short-term laboratory tests. The direct method of determining the long-term strength of a rock is tedious and time consuming. Hence it is considered important that short-term methods of predicting long-term strengths of rocks be evolved. Short-term methods based on measurement of volumetric strain, stress-strain, log stress-log strain and loading rate were investigated. The long-term strength of Sicilian marble was determined by the direct method and was found to be close to the predicted long-term strengths by short-term methods. With the equipment used in this project, the leading rate method proved to be quicker and more accurate than other short-term methods as the processing and plotting of data were not involved in this case. The volumetric strain method predicted higher time-dependent strengths than the direct method. Dilatancy was observed in many intact rock specimens tested in uniaxial compression. It was also found that the values of Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio of a specimen are stress-dependent. All the three stages of the idealized creep curve i.e. transient, steady state and accelerated stage, were observed in Sicilian marble and Wombayan marble specimens. The lateral creep rate in the above two marbles was found to be larger than the axial creep rate at sustained stresses greater than their yield stresses. In the triaxial tests, in which only Sicilian marble specimens were tested, the ratios of predicted long-term strength to maximum strength showed a declining trend with increasing confining pressures. In the study of friction along the fractured surfaces of Sicilian marble specimens in the triaxial tests, it was found that during sliding the sheer stress and normal stress on the sliding plane have a straight line relationship. The average coefficient of friction for Sicilian marble was found to be 0.84.