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  • Harnessing multi-layered soil to design seismic metamaterials with ultralow frequency band gaps 

    Chen, Yanyu; Qian, Feng; Scarpa, Fabrizio; Zuo, Lei; Zhuang, Xiaoying (Elsevier, 2019-04-23)
    Phononic metamaterials are capable ofmanipulatingmechanicalwave propagation in applications ranging from nanoscale heat transfer to noise and vibration mitigation. The design of phononic metamaterials to control lowfrequency ...
  • Characterization of Ablation Thresholds for 3D-Cultured Patient-Derived Glioma Stem Cells in Response to High-Frequency Irreversible Electroporation 

    Ivey, J.W.; Wasson, E.M.; Alinezhadbalalami, N.; Kanitkar, A.; Debinski, W.; Sheng, Z.; Davalos, R.V.; Verbridge, S.S. (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2019-04-28)
    High-frequency irreversible electroporation (H-FIRE) is a technique that uses pulsed electric fields that have been shown to ablate malignant cells. In order to evaluate the clinical potential of H-FIRE to treat glioblastoma ...
  • Momentum, Winter 2019 

    Mechanical Engineering (Virginia Tech. Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019)
    This is the Winter 2019 issue of Momentum, the quarterly magazine of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. Each issue looks at research, faculty, students, awards and what's going on in the department.
  • Adaptive optical beam steering and tuning system based on electrowetting driven fluidic rotor 

    Cheng, Weifeng; Liu, Jiansheng; Zheng, Zheng; He, Xukun; Zheng, Bowen; Zhang, Hualiang; Cui, Huachen; Zheng, Xiaoyu; Zheng, Tao; Gnade, Bruce E.; Cheng, Jiangtao (2020-01-27)
    Reconfigurable beam steering components are indispensable to support optical and photonic network systems operating with high adaptability and with various functions. Currently, almost all such components are made of solid ...
  • Cytoskeletal Disruption after Electroporation and Its Significance to Pulsed Electric Field Therapies 

    Graybill, Philip M.; Davalos, Rafael V. (MDPI, 2020-04-30)
    Pulsed electric fields (PEFs) have become clinically important through the success of Irreversible Electroporation (IRE), Electrochemotherapy (ECT), and nanosecond PEFs (nsPEFs) for the treatment of tumors. PEFs increase ...
  • Data-driven statistical modeling of the emergent behavior of biohybrid microrobots 

    Leaman, Eric J.; Sahari, Ali; Traore, Mahama A.; Geuther, Brian Q.; Morrow, Carmen M.; Behkam, Bahareh (2020-03-01)
    Multi-agent biohybrid microrobotic systems, owing to their small size and distributed nature, offer powerful solutions to challenges in biomedicine, bioremediation, and biosensing. Synthetic biology enables programmed ...
  • Cotton Yield Estimation Using Very High-Resolution Digital Images Acquired With a Low-Cost Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 

    Huang, Y.; Brand, H. J.; Sui, R.; Thomson, S. J.; Furukawa, T.; Ebelhar, M. W. (2016)
    Yield estimation is a critical task in crop management. Traditional methods are costly, time-consuming, and difficult to expand to a relatively large field. Remote sensing can provide quick coverage over a field at any ...
  • Degenerate Near-Planar 3D Reconstruction from Two Overlapped Images for Road Defects Detection 

    Hu, Yazhe; Furukawa, Tomonari (MDPI, 2020-03-15)
    This paper presents a technique to reconstruct a three-dimensional (3D) road surface from two overlapped images for road defects detection using a downward-facing camera. Since some road defects, such as potholes, are ...
  • Propagating fronts in fluids with solutal feedback 

    Mukherjee, Saikat; Paul, Mark (American Physical Society, 2020-03-25)
    We numerically study the propagation of reacting fronts in a shallow and horizontal layer of fluid with solutal feedback and in the presence of a thermally driven flow field of counterrotating convection rolls. We solve ...
  • Cancer Cells Sense Fibers by Coiling on them in a Curvature-Dependent Manner 

    Mukherjee, Apratim; Behkam, Bahareh; Nain, Amrinder S. (2019-09-27)
    Metastatic cancer cells sense the complex and heterogeneous fibrous extracellular matrix (ECM) by formation of protrusions, and our knowledge of how cells physically recognize these fibers remains in its infancy. Here, ...
  • Vibration-based gait analysis via instrumented buildings 

    Kessler, Ellis; Malladi, Vijaya V.N. Sriram; Tarazaga, Pablo Alberto (Sage, 2019-09-11)
    Gait analysis is an invaluable tool in diagnosing and monitoring human health. Current techniques often rely on specialists or expensive gait measurement systems. There is a clear space in the field for a simple, inexpensive, ...
  • Bioinspired design of flexible armor based on chiton scales 

    Connors, Matthew; Yang, Ting; Hosny, Ahmed; Deng, Zhifei; Yazdandoost, Fatemeh; Massaadi, Hajar; Eernisse, Douglas; Mirzaeifar, Reza; Dean, Mason N.; Weaver, James C.; Ortiz, Christine; Li, Ling (Springer Nature, 2019-12-10)
    Man-made armors often rely on rigid structures for mechanical protection, which typically results in a trade-off with flexibility and maneuverability. Chitons, a group of marine mollusks, evolved scaled armors that address ...
  • Numerical Focusing of a Wide-Field-Angle Earth Radiation Budget Imager Using an Artificial Neural Network 

    Yarahmadi, Mehran; Mahan, J. Robert; McFall, Kevin; Ashraf, Anum Barki (MDPI, 2020-01-03)
    Narrow field-of-view scanning thermistor bolometer radiometers have traditionally been used to monitor the earth’s radiant energy budget from low earth orbit (LEO). Such instruments use a combination of cross-path ...
  • Imaging Inflammation and Infection in the Gastrointestinal Tract 

    Frickenstein, Alex N.; Jones, Meredith A.; Behkam, Bahareh; McNally, Lacey R. (MDPI, 2019-12-30)
    A variety of seemingly non-specific symptoms manifest within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, particularly in the colon, in response to inflammation, infection, or a combination thereof. Differentiation between symptom ...
  • Velocity and geometry of propagating fronts in complex convective flow fields 

    Mukherjee, Saikat; Paul, Mark (American Physical Society, 2019-01-22)
    We numerically study the propagation of reacting fronts through three-dimensional flow fields composed of convection rolls that include time-independent cellular flow, spatiotemporally chaotic flow, and weakly turbulent ...
  • Power Supply Switch Circuit for Intermittent Energy Harvesting 

    Jung, Hyun Jun; Nezami, Saman; Lee, Soobum (MDPI, 2019-12-01)
    Energy harvesters generate power only when ambient energy is available, and power loss is significant when the harvester does not produce energy and its power management circuit is still turned on. This paper proposes a ...
  • Mechanical Engineering 2019 Annual Report  

    Mechanical Engineering (Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019)
    A comprehensive look at the Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering and its accomplishments in 2019.
  • Momentum, Fall 2019 

    Mechanical Engineering (Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019)
    This is the Fall 2019 issue of Momentum, the quarterly magazine of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. Each issue looks at research, faculty, students, awards and what's going on in the department.
  • Impacts of process-induced porosity on material properties of copper made by binder jetting additive manufacturing 

    Kumar, Ashwath Yegyan; Wang, Jue; Bai, Yun; Huxtable, Scott T.; Williams, Christopher B. (Elsevier, 2019-07-03)
    Binder Jetting (BJ) is an efficient, economical, and scalable Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology that can be used in fabricating parts made of reflective and conductivematerials like copper, which have applications in ...
  • Focused ultrasound actuation of shape memory polymers; acoustic-thermoelastic modeling and testing 

    Bhargava, Aarushi; Peng, Kaiyuan; Stieg, Jerry; Mirzaeifar, Reza; Shahab, Shima (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017-09-18)
    Controlled drug delivery (CDD) technologies have received extensive attention recently. Despite recent efforts, drug releasing systems still face major challenges in practice, including low efficiency in releasing the ...

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