Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) April 03, 2012
ScienceIndex.com is a Web 2.0 sciences social network established in 1998 to index the very latest news, headlines, references and resources from science journals, books and websites worldwide. The site covers news in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society. In the field of Engineering Sciences, the site has now included the two new categories Civil Engineering and Communication. The Civil Engineering category covers design and construction of public works, including bridges, dams, and other large facilities, and the Communication Engineering category covers the technologies for transmitting messages.
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ScienceIndex.com’s Civil Engineering Sciences category covers the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems. It currently contains over 6,100 articles partly derived from more than 40 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Civil Engineering Sciences RSS feed. One of the latest additions covers a multi-region boundary element analysis for coupled thermal-fracturing processes in geomaterials and describes a boundary element code development on coupled thermalmechanical processes of rock fracture propagation. The authors present both verification and application cases where a point heat source in a 2D infinite medium and a pilot LNG underground cavern were solved and studied using the coupled code. They observed good agreement between the simulation results, analytical solutions and in situ measurements which thus validates an applicability of the developed coupled code. Another newly included story assesses the Local Irrigation Advisory Services (LIAS) recommendations and farmers irrigation management in southern Spain. While the LIAS carry out essential work to achieve an efficient use of irrigation water at field and irrigation scheme level, which is crucial in Mediterranean irrigation systems, it is unusual to find agronomic and economic assessments of LIAS advice. The authors, therefore, evaluated the LIAS operating in the GenilCabra Irrigation Scheme in southern Spain during the first five years of its advice. The economic indicators by LIAS did not only help to obtain more suitable and economically profitable irrigation schedules, but also contributed towards a greater acceptance of advisory services by farmers, by shifting the emphasis from maximizing production to maximizing irrigation profitability.
ScienceIndex.com’s Communication Engineering Sciences category covers the technologies for transmitting messages. It currently contains nearly 5,000 articles partly derived from 30 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Communication Engineering Sciences RSS feed. One recently included article in this category presents broadband cloaking with transmission-line networks and metamaterial. The authors’ simulation results reveal that the bandwidth of cloaking objects by transmission line and metamaterial increases when embedding the transmission networks in a medium whose refractive index is smaller than unity. The low refractive index medium is realized by embedding thin wires in a host medium.
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