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Submissions from 2020

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Casimir Effect on Amplitude-Frequency Response of Parametric Resonance of Electrostatically Actuated NEMS Cantilever Resonators, Dumitru Caruntu and Christian A. Reyes

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“Nothing is impossible”: characteristics of Hispanic females participating in an informal STEM setting, Angela M. Chapman, Felicia D. Rodriguez, Carmen Pena, Erica Hinojosa, Lizbeth Morales, Valeria Del Bosque, Yakeline Tijerina, and Constantine Tarawneh

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Spectroscopic investigations on PVDF-Fe2O3 nanocomposites, Dorina M. Chipara, Victor Kuncser, Karen Lozano, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Elamin Ibrahim, and Mircea Chipara

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The Performance of SiO2 and TiO2 Nanoparticles as Lubricant Additives in Sunflower Oil, Vicente Cortes, Karen Sanchez, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Javier A. Ortega

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Optimization of Railroad Bearing Health Monitoring System for Wireless Utilization, Jonas Cuanang, Constantine Tarawneh, Martin Amaro Jr., Jennifer Lima, and Heinrich D. Foltz

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Effect of Additional Weight on Human Squat Exercise Stability: Ground Reaction Forces and Centers of Pressure, Jose Galarza and Dumitru Carantu

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Luminescent PVDF nanocomposite films and fibers encapsulated with La2Hf2O7:Eu3+ nanoparticles, Santosh K. Gupta, Carlos Hernandez, Jose P. Zuniga, Karen Lozano, and Yuanbing Mao

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Estimating the Inner Ring Defect Size and Residual Service Life of Freight Railcar Bearings Using Vibration Signatures, Jennifer Lima, Constantine Tarawneh, Jesse Aguilera, and Jonas Cuanang

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On the spreading of non-canonical thermals from direct numerical simulations, Kai Liu, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Optimizing Power Consumption of Freight Railroad Bearings Using Laboratory Experimental Data, Carlos E. Lopez III, Constantine Tarawneh, Arturo A. Fuentes, and Harry Siegal

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Finding Balance: Examining the Impact of Grades on Engineering Students' Well-being, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Privileging Learning Over Numbers: Developing an Alternative Student Assessment in Engineering, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Structuring Student Success: Incorporating a Genre-based Pedagogical Method to Improve a Strength of Materials Laboratory Manual, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Centrifugally spun carbon fibers prepared from aqueous poly(vinylpyrrolidone) solutions as binder-free anodes in lithium-ion batteries, Roberto Orrostieta Chavez, Timothy P. Lodge, Juan Huitron, Mircea Chipara, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Processing-structure-property relationships of biopolyester/zinc oxide fibrous scaffolds engineered by centrifugal spinning, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, Heriberto Rodríguez-Tobías, Graciela Morales, Antonio Ledezma-Pérez, Carmen Alvarado-Canché, Cristobal Rodriguez, Robert Gilkerson, and Karen Lozano

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Centrifugally spun mats based on biopolyesters/hydroxyapatite and their potential as bone scaffolds, Victoria Padilla-Gainza; Heriberto Rodríguez-Tobías; Graciela Morales; Eduardo Saucedo; Karen Lozano; Vanessa Montaño-Machado,; and Diego Mantovani

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Design and Validation of a Portable Handheld Device to Produce Fine Fibers Using Centrifugal Forces, Gregory Potter, Raul Barbosa, Alexa Villarreal, Alexandra Salinas, Hector Guzman, Heriberto De Leon, Javier A. Ortega, and Karen Lozano

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An investigation into wayside hot-box detector efficacy and optimization, Constantine Tarawneh, James Aranda, Veronica Hernandez, Stephen Crown, and Joseph Montalvo

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The Use of Succinonitrile as an Electrolyte Additive for Composite-Fiber Membranes in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Jahaziel Villarreal, Roberto Orrostieta Chavez, Sujay A. Chopade, Timothy P. Lodge, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Experimental Study on Plugging Behavior of Degradable Fibers and Particulates within Acid-etched Fracture, Lufeng Zhang, Fujian Zhou, Wei Feng, Maysam Pournik, Zhun Li, and Xiuhui Li

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Hybrid phase-change Lattice Boltzmann simulation of vapor condensation on vertical subcooled walls, Wandong Zhao, Yuan Gao, Ruijie Li, Songgang Qiu, Yin Zhang, and Ben Xu

Submissions from 2019

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In situ synthesis of Fe3O4-reinforced carbon fiber composites as anodes in lithium-ion batteries, Mandana Akia, Nataly Salinas, Salomon Luna, Elizabeth Medina, Alejandra Valdez, Jorge Lopez, Jonathan Ayala, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Karen Lozano

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Modeling Nanoparticles Effects on Optimization of Acid Dissolution Performance and Self-diverting in Carbonate Reservoirs and Compare it with Conventional Acid, Peyman Bahmani, Siavash Riahi, Babak Aminshahidy, and Maysam Pournik

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Experimental study of condensation in a thermoacoustic cooler with various 3D printed regenerators using water vapor as the working fluid, Aibek Bekkulov, Andrew Luthen, and Ben Xu

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Investigation into the thermodynamics and kinetics of the binding of Cu2+ and Pb2+ to TiS2 nanoparticles synthesized using a solvothermal process, Jesus Cantu, John Valle, Kenneth Flores, Diego Gonzalez, Carolina Valdes, Jorge Lopez, Victoria Padilla, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Jason Parsons

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Voltage–Amplitude Response of Superharmonic Resonance of Second Order of Electrostatically Actuated MEMS Cantilever Resonators, Dumitru I. Caruntu, Martin A. Botello, Christian A. Reyes, and Julio S. Beatriz

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Voltage effect on amplitude–frequency response of parametric resonance of electrostatically actuated double-walled carbon nanotube resonators, Dumitru Caruntu and Ezequiel Juarez

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Human Knee Inverse Dynamics Model of Vertical Jump Exercise, Dumitru Caruntu and Ricardo Moreno

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Raman spectroscopy and molecular bases of elasticity: SEBS-graphite composites, Dorina M. Chipara, Denis M. Panaitescu, Karen Lozano, Raluca Augusta Gabor, Cristian Andi Nicolae, and Mircea Chipara

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Evaluating the Rheological and Tribological Behaviors of Coconut Oil Modified with Nanoparticles as Lubricant Additives, Vicente Cortes and Javier A. Ortega

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Multidirectional Pin-on-Disk Testing Device to Evaluate the Cross-shear Effect on the Wear of Biocompatible Materials, Vicente Cortes, Carlos A. Rodriguez Betancourth, Javier A. Ortega, and Hasina Huq

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The Educational Value of Modelling Complex Thermodynamic Systems with System Dynamics Software, Stephen Crown and Constantine Tarawneh

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Design and Validation of A Modular Instrument to Measure Torque and Energy Consumption in Industrial Operations, Mary De La Cruz, Ramiro Gonzalez, Jesus A. Gomez, Atilano Mendoza, and Javier A. Ortega

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Fabrication and Characterization of Centrifugally Spun Poly(acrylic acid) Nanofibers, David De la Garza, Francisco De Santiago, Luis Materon, Mircea Chipara, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Roles of oxygen vacancies and pH induced size changes on photo- and radioluminescence of undoped and Eu3+-doped La2Zr2O7 nanoparticles, Santosh K. Gupta, Maya Abdou, Jose P. Zuniga, Partha Sarathi Ghosh, Enrique Molina, Ben Xu, Mircea Chipara, and Yuanbing Mao

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Novel Silica Filled Deep Eutectic Solvent Based Nanofluids for Energy Transportation, Changhui Liu, Hui Fang, Xinjian Liu, Ben Xu, and Zhonghao Rao

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Creating a Learning Environment that Engages Engineering Students in the Classroom via Communication Strategies, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Nurturing Brilliance in Engineering: Creating Research Venues for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorites in Engineering as an Initiative from Faculty Members that Foster Academic Inclusion, Development, and Postgraduation Instruction, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Implementation of Visual Supplements to Strengthen Pedagogical Practices and Enhance the Physical Understanding of Fundamental Concepts in Engineering Mechanics, Eleazar Marquez, Samuel Garcia, and Samuel Molina

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Estimating the Outer Ring Defect Size and Remaining Service Life of Freight Railcar Bearings Using Vibration Signatures, Joseph Montalvo, Constantine Tarawneh, Jennifer Lima, Jonas Cuanang, and Nancy De Los Santos

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Forcespinning technique for the production of poly(d,l-lactic acid) submicrometer fibers: Process–morphology–properties relationship, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, Graciela Morales, Heriberto Rodríguez-Tobías, and Karen Lozano

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Electrical Properties and Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Effectiveness of Interlayered Systems Composed by Carbon Nanotube Filled Carbon Nanofiber Mats and Polymer Composites, Claudia A. Ramirez-Herrera, Homero Gonzalez, Felipe de la Torre, Laura Benitez, Jose G. Cabanas-Moreno, and Karen Lozano

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Sub-Optimal Tracking in Switched Systems With Controlled Subsystems and Fixed-Mode Sequence Using Approximate Dynamic Programming, Tohid Sardarmehni and Xingyong Song

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Energy and exergy analysis of a novel multiple-effect vapor chamber distillation system for high-salinity wastewater treatment, Hamidreza Shabgard, Ramkumar Parthasarathy, and Ben Xu

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Prognostics Models for Railroad Tapered Roller Bearings with Spall Defects on Inner or Outer Rings, Constantine Tarawneh, Jennifer Lima, Nancy De Los Santos, and Robert Jones

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Prototyping a Conductive Polymer Steering Pad for Rail Freight Service, Anthony A. Villarreal, Constantine Tarawneh, Miguel Ontiveros, James Aranda, and Robert Jones

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Pressure effect on an ocean-based humidification-dehumidification desalination process, Yingchen Yang

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Linear stability analysis of subaqueous bedforms using direct numerical simulations, ‪Nadim Zgheib and S. Balachandar

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On the Role of Sidewalls in the Transition From Straight to Sinuous Bedforms, ‪Nadim Zgheib and S. Balachandar

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Simulation of droplet impacting a square solid obstacle in microchannel with different wettability by using high density ratio pseudopotential multiplerelaxation- time (MRT) lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM), Wandong Zhao, Ying Zhang, Wenqiang Shang, Zhaotai Wang, Ben Xu, and Shuisheng Jiang

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Centrifugally Spun α-Fe2O3/TiO2/Carbon Composite Fibers as Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Luis Zuniga, Gabriel Gonzalez, Roberto Orrostieta Chavez, Jason C. Myers, Timothy P. Lodge, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

Submissions from 2018

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Modeling of Aggregation and Gelation of Nanoparticles Using Quadrature Method of Moments, Elsayed Abdelfatah and Maysam Pournik

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High-Throughput Production With Improved Functionality and Graphitization of Carbon Fine Fibers Developed from Sodium Chloride-Polyacrylonitrile Precursors, Mandana Akia, Lee Cremar, Manuel Seas, Jahaziel Villarreal, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Karen Lozano

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High-throughput production with improved functionality and graphitization of carbon fine fibers developed from sodium chloride-polyacrylonitrile precursors, Mandana Akia, Lee Cremar, Manuel Seas, Jahaziel Villarreal, Alejandra Valdez, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Karen Lozano

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Texas Sour Orange Juice Used in Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering, Mandana Akia, Nataly Salinas, Cristobal Rodriguez, Robert Gilkerson, Luis A. Materon, and Karen Lozano

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The use of Fe3O4/Carbon composite fibers as anode materials in lithium ion batteries, Howard Campos, Jonathan Ayala, Carolina Valdes, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Use of the Wilshire Equations to Correlate and Extrapolate Creep Data of HR6W and Sanicro 25, Vito Cedro III, Christian Garcia, and Mark Render

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Use of the Wilshire Equations to Correlate and Extrapolate Creep Data of Inconel 617 and Nimonic 105, Vito Cedro III, Christian Garcia, and Mark Render

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Development of antimicrobial chitosan based nanofiber dressings for wound healing applications, Lee Cremar, Jorge Gutierrez, Jennifer Martinez, Luis A. Materon, Robert Gilkerson, Fenghua Xu, and Karen Lozano

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Developing and Testing an Electronic Homework System to Improve Student Engagement and Learning in Engineering Thermodynamics, Stephen Crown, Constantine Tarawneh, and Jazmin Ley

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Defect Prognostics Models for Spall Growth in Railroad Bearing Rolling Elements, Nancy de los Santos, Constantine Tarawneh, Robert E. Jones, and Arturo A. Fuentes

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Functionalized graphene oxide as reinforcement in epoxy based nanocomposites, F. V. Ferreira, F. S. Brito, W. Franceschi, E. A. N. Simonetti, L. .S Cividanes, Mircea Chipara, and Karen Lozano

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Vibration-Based Defect Detection for Freight Railcar Tapered-Roller Bearings, Joseph Montalvo, Constantine Tarawneh, and Arturo A. Fuentes

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New correlations to predict fracture conductivity based on the formation lithology, Yaser Motamedi-Ghahfarokhi, Mohammad Javad Ameri Shahrabi, Mohammadreza Akbari, and Maysam Pournik

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Fabrication and Characterization of Poly(L-lactic Acid) Fiber Mats Using Centrifugal Spinning, Richard Patlan, Joscelyn Mejias, Zachary McEachin, Alfonso Salinas, and Karen Lozano

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Impact of Hysteresis Heating of Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Pad on Railroad Bearing Thermal Management, Oscar O. Rodriguez, Arturo A. Fuentes, and Constantine Tarawneh

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An Analysis of the Efficacy of Wayside Hot-Box Detector Data, Constantine Tarawneh, James Aranda, Veronica Hernandez, and Claudia J. Ramirez

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Responsiveness comparison between a lift-type and drag-type rotor in waves, Yingchen Yang, Fredrick A. Jenet, Deyanira Jimenez, Brandon Benavides, Jesus Cerda, and Angel Lopez

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A Parametric Study of Wave Interaction With a Rotor Having Hydrofoil Blades, Yingchen Yang, Fredrick A. Jenet, Ben Xu, Juan Carlos Garza, Benjamin Tamayo, Yessica Chavez, Oscar Reyes, and Samuel Fuentes

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Direct Numerical Simulation of Transverse Ripples: 1. Pattern Initiation and Bedform Interactions, ‪Nadim Zgheib, J. J. Fedele, D. C. J. D. Hoyal, M. M. Perillo, and S. Balachandar

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Direct Numerical Simulation of Transverse Ripples: 2. Self-Similarity, Bedform Coarsening, and Effect of Neighboring Structures, ‪Nadim Zgheib, J. J. Fedele, D. C. J. D. Hoyal, M. M. Perillo, and S. Balachandar

Submissions from 2017

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Isotactic polypropylene–vapor grown carbon nanofibers composites: Electrical properties, Gheorghe Virgil Aldica, Magdalena Lidia Ciurea, Dorina M. Chipara, Ana Maria Lepadatu, Karen Lozano, Ionel Stavarache, Stelian Popa, and Mircea Chipara

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Polyethylene oxide—fullerene nanocomposites, Nasar Ali, Dorina M. Chipara, Karen Lozano, James R. Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara

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Frequency response reduced order model of primary resonance of electrostatically actuated MEMS circular plate resonators, Dumitru I. Caruntu and Reynaldo Oyervides

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Nitrogen Doped Carbon Nanofibers Derived from Water-Soluble Precursors, Lee Cremar, Ben Jones, Nicole Martinez, Gustavo Mejia, Hilario Cortez, Edgar Muñoz, Rocío Nava, and Karen Lozano

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Development of Prognostic Techniques for Surface Defect Growth in Railroad Bearing Rolling Elements, Nancy de los Santos, Robert Jones, Constantine Tarawneh, Arturo A. Fuentes, and Anthony Villarreal

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Radiative Heat Transfer Analysis of Railroad Bearings for Wayside Hot-Box Detector Optimization, Arthur Mealer, Constantine Tarawneh, and Stephen Crown

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Hysteresis Heating of Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Element, Oscar O. Rodriguez, Arturo A. Fuentes, Constantine Tarawneh, and Robert E. Jones

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Onboard Load Sensor for Use in Freight Railcar Applications, Constantine Tarawneh, Jazmin Ley, D. Blackwell, Stephen Crown, and Brent Wilson

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A Vertical Axis Wave Turbine With Hydrofoil Blades, Yingchen Yang, Isaiah Diaz, and Sergio Soto Quintero

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A Vertical Axis Rotor for Wave Energy Conversion, Yingchen Yang, Joab Soto, and Francisco Salazar

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Suspension-Driven gravity surges on horizontal surfaces: Effect of the initial shape, ‪Nadim Zgheib, T. Bonometti, and S. Balachandar

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Front dynamics of elliptical gravity currents on a uniform slope, S. J. Zhu, ‪Nadim Zgheib, S. Balachandar, and A. Ooi

Submissions from 2016

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Knee Internal Forces in Moderate Squat Exercise, Dumitru I. Caruntu and Jose Mario Salinas

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Parametric analysis of a solid oxide fuel cell auxiliary power unit operating on syngas produced by autothermal reforming of hydrocarbon fuels, Jun Dong, Xinhai Xu, Ben Xu, and Shuyang Zhang

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Heat Generation in the Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Element, Oscar O. Rodriguez, Juan Carbone, Arturo A. Fuentes, Robert E. Jones, and Constantine Tarawneh

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Temperature Profiles of Railroad Tapered Roller Bearings With Defective Inner and Outer Rings, Constantine Tarawneh, Luz Sotelo, Anthony A. Villarreal, Nancy de los Santos, Ryan L. Lechtenberg, and Robert Jones

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Near race inclusions in bearing components and the resultant effect on fatigue initiation and component life, Brent M. Wilson, Allen J. Fuller, Constantine Tarawneh, and Joseph A. Turner

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Front dynamics and entrainment of finite circular gravity currents on an unbounded uniform slope, ‪Nadim Zgheib, A. Ooi, and S. Balachandar

Submissions from 2015

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Nanofiber-Based Membrane Separators for Lithium-ion Batteries, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Hun Lee, and Xiangwu Zhang

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Energy Harvesting Potential of Terfenol-D for On-Board Bearing Health Monitoring Applications, Raul Estrada, Heinrich D. Foltz, Constantine Tarawneh, and Rene Moreno

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Tracking of Spall Deterioration on Tapered Roller Bearings, Amy Gonzalez, Constantine Tarawneh, Ping Hu, Joseph A. Turner, and Brent Wilson

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Structural integrity of conventional and modified railroad bearing adapters for onboard monitoring, Joseph Montalvo, Alexis Trevino, Arturo A. Fuentes, and Constantine Tarawneh

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Fatigue Life Estimation of Modified Railroad Bearing Adapters for Onboard Monitoring Applications, Alexis Trevino, Arturo A. Fuentes, Constantine Tarawneh, and Joseph Montalvo

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Fibrous cellulose membrane mass produced via forcespinning® for lithium-ion battery separators, Baicheng Weng, Fenghua Xu, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Yuanbing Mao, and Karen Lozano

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Development of hierarchical structured carbon nanotube-nylon nanofiber mats, Baicheng Weng, Fenghua Xu, and Karen Lozano

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Early bearing fatigue initiation by the identification and selection of bearings with near race defects, Brent M. Wilson, Allen J. Fuller, Constantine Tarawneh, Joseph A. Turner, and Ping Hu

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Fabrication of cellulose fine fiber based membranes embedded with silver nanoparticles via Forcespinning, Fenghua Xu, Baicheng Weng, Luis A. Materon, Anxiu Kuang, Jorge A. Trujillo, and Karen Lozano

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Dynamics of non-circular finite-release gravity currents, ‪Nadim Zgheib, T. Bonometti, and S. Balachandar

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Direct numerical simulation of cylindrical particle-laden gravity currents, ‪Nadim Zgheib, Thomas Bonometti, and S. Balachandar