Meticulous, strange, and hauntingly beautiful, this evocative and enigmatic book will ensure the inquisitive reader a spleenful of cerebral serenity that will take exposure to vast quantities of mediocrity to dispel. "The Squirrel Machine is not for the faint of heart, and features quite disturbing and grotesque imagery - H. R. Giger has nothing on Rickheit's psychosexual nightmares... Existing on the crossroad of creativity and madness, The Squirrel Machine is a nightmare in a series of gristly tableaus... An exploration of an artist's mind, it uncovers the obscene, the things that were never meant to be brought to light." - Ao Meng, The Daily Texan
The sewing machine has been considered by some as one of the most important inventions of 19th-Century America, of equal importance to this story of the invention is the history of the sewing machine's development into a practical, popular commodity.
Tuna, a quirky, pack rat squirrel, lives with her husband, Bubble, in a little room under the eaves of the old brick building just outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York. One day, after feeling a knot of acrobats dancing in her tummy, Tuna gives birth to six babies-and soon discovers that one of her babies is not like the others. Brooklyn is purple! The Two-Leg world is a dangerous place, where Brooklyn and his siblings must learn how to survive. As he embarks on expeditions in Prospect Park and listens to lectures about Two-Legs, Brooklyn becomes more independent. He is thrilled when he receives an invitation to attend the park's annual spring celebration-but when Brooklyn is spotted, a hunt for the rare purple squirrel begins. Brooklyn the Squirrel is a tale for children of all ages that proves that being different is not so bad after all.
The Squirrels are going to war! No one can stand against the Squirrels. They are undefeatable. Every Squirrel knows that. Every Squirrel tells everyone else that. So it must be true! This battle will be no different! Join Jerry, Gary, Hat Squirrel and the rest as they set out on their adventure to attack Kings-Home. Unknown to them, their attack will take them not only into the city, but into another world altogether! Laugh your way through Jerry the Squirrel: Hat Squirrels Revenge to find out the incredible backstory of the Squirrel's attack from Arestana: The Defense Quest! Another addition to the Arestana Series!
Chelsea lives thousands of miles away from her family, where she lives blissfully devoid of harsh realities. She’s built an idyllic new life in Hawaii, surrounded by art, love, nature, and the many pleasures of island living. This happiness is derailed by the news of her father’s battle with cancer. Torn between duty and fear, she takes a leave of absence to be by his side. Leaving her husband, her career, and her detachment from reality behind, Chelsea boards a flight back to her hometown in New York. She doesn’t know exactly how she’ll navigate this new path, one now defined by uncertainty and the heartbreak of impending, inescapable, and unimaginable loss. She relies on her wit and keen observation of human fragility and strength to explore both the tragic and quirky circumstances surrounding death. Pulled from the comfortable delusions of her island life, she’s out of her realm, out of her depth, and definitely out of her comfort zone. Life is chaos.
What do you do when the voice in your head is telling you to walk out of your job and follow your dreams? What would happen if you listened to the voice in your head? What if you walked out of your job, left your home and a few hours later found yourself jobless and homeless, sitting on a park bench, with a pad and a pen and a desperate hope that the book you are going to write in the park will eventually change your life? That's what Craig Stone, professional nobody did. This is the story he made up to keep his sanity while living alone in Gladstone Park, North London, as he came to terms with the consequences of making bold decisions. He sat under a tree, writing about what it was like to be living under a tree. Craig was determined to write a book that would get him out of the park, a book so original it would be published and change the course of his life. The Squirrel that Dreamt of Madness is his story. An imaginative mix of fantasy and his own experiences, this funny and sometimes poignant tale will appeal to those looking for an original and edgy take on autobiographical writing. “One of our favourite guests of the year (and we seriously say that to very few people!)” – The BBC Comedy Café
Technology & Engineering by Jean-Claude Trigeassou
Monitoring and diagnosis of electrical machine faults is ascientific and economic issue which is motivated by objectives forreliability and serviceability in electrical drives. This book provides a survey of the techniques used to detect thefaults occurring in electrical drives: electrical, thermal andmechanical faults of the electrical machine, faults of the staticconverter and faults of the energy storage unit. Diagnosis of faults occurring in electrical drives is an essentialpart of a global monitoring system used to improve reliability andserviceability. This diagnosis is performed with a large variety oftechniques: parameter estimation, state observation, Kalmanfiltering, spectral analysis, neural networks, fuzzy logic,artificial intelligence, etc. Particular emphasis in this book isput on the modeling of the electrical machine in faultysituations. Electrical Machines Diagnosis presents original results obtainedmainly by French researchers in different domains. It will beuseful as a guideline for the conception of more robust electricalmachines and indeed for engineers who have to monitor and maintainelectrical drives. As the monitoring and diagnosis of electricalmachines is still an open domain, this book will also be veryuseful to researchers.
Technology & Engineering by Dr. Hidaia Mahmood Alassouli
This book includes my lecture notes for electrical machines course. The book is divided to different learning parts • Part 1- Apply basic physical concepts to explain the operation and solve problems related to electrical machines. • Part 2- Explain the principles underlying the performance of three-phase electrical machines. • Part 3- Analyse, operate and test three-phase induction machines. • Part 4- Investigate the performance, design, operation, and testing of the three-phase synchronous machine.
The following are the proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Human and Machine Perception held in Pavia, Italy, on September 14 -17, 1998. This edition has been under the auspices of two Institutions: the Cybernetic and Biophysics Group (GNCB) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Centro Interdipartimentale di Scienze Cognitive, of Pavia University and the Centro Interdipartimentale Tecnologie della Conoscenza, of Palermo University. A wide spectrum of topics is covered in this series, ranging from computer perception to psychology and physiology of perception, for analysing and comparing biological and artificial approaches. The theme of this workshop was focused on "Emergence, Attention and Creativity". The workshop structure consisted of five modules each one composed of two invited lectures (dealing with solutions in nature and machines respectively) and a panel discussion. The lectures focused on presenting the state-of-the-art and outlining open questions. In particular, they sought to stress links, suggesting possible synergies between different cultural areas. The panel discussion was conceived as a forum for an open debate, briefly introduced by each panellist, and mainly aimed at deeper investigation for the different approaches and strictly related topics. The panellists were asked to prepare a few statements on hot-points, which were delivered in advance to the participants as a guide for a qualified discussion.
A comprehensive text, combining all important concepts and topics of Electrical Machines and featuring exhaustive simulation models based on MATLAB/Simulink Electrical Machine Fundamentals with Numerical Simulation using MATLAB/Simulink provides readers with a basic understanding of all key concepts related to electrical machines (including working principles, equivalent circuit, and analysis). It elaborates the fundamentals and offers numerical problems for students to work through. Uniquely, this text includes simulation models of every type of machine described in the book, enabling students to design and analyse machines on their own. Unlike other books on the subject, this book meets all the needs of students in electrical machine courses. It balances analytical treatment, physical explanation, and hands-on examples and models with a range of difficulty levels. The authors present complex ideas in simple, easy-to-understand language, allowing students in all engineering disciplines to build a solid foundation in the principles of electrical machines. This book: Includes clear elaboration of fundamental concepts in the area of electrical machines, using simple language for optimal and enhanced learning Provides wide coverage of topics, aligning with the electrical machines syllabi of most international universities Contains extensive numerical problems and offers MATLAB/Simulink simulation models for the covered machine types Describes MATLAB/Simulink modelling procedure and introduces the modelling environment to novices Covers magnetic circuits, transformers, rotating machines, DC machines, electric vehicle motors, multiphase machine concept, winding design and details, finite element analysis, and more Electrical Machine Fundamentals with Numerical Simulation using MATLAB/Simulink is a well-balanced textbook perfect for undergraduate students in all engineering majors. Additionally, its comprehensive treatment of electrical machines makes it suitable as a reference for researchers in the field.
Electrical drives convert in a controlled manner, electrical energy into mechanical energy. Electrical drives comprise an electrical machine, i.e. an electro-mechanical energy converter, a power electronic converter, i.e. an electrical-to-electrical converter, and a controller/communication unit. Today, electrical drives are used as propulsion systems in high-speed trains, elevators, escalators, electric ships, electric forklift trucks and electric vehicles. Advanced control algorithms (mostly digitally implemented) allow torque control over a high-bandwidth. Hence, precise motion control can be achieved. Examples are drives in robots, pick-and-place machines, factory automation hardware, etc. Most drives can operate in motoring and generating mode. Wind turbines use electrical drives to convert wind energy into electrical energy. More and more, variable speed drives are used to save energy for example, in air-conditioning units, compressors, blowers, pumps and home appliances. Key to ensure stable operation of a drive in the aforementioned applications are torque control algorithms. In Advanced Electrical Drives, a unique approach is followed to derive model based torque controllers for all types of Lorentz force machines, i.e. DC, synchronous and induction machines. The rotating transformer model forms the basis for this generalized modeling approach that ultimately leads to the development of universal field-oriented control algorithms. In case of switched reluctance machines, torque observers are proposed to implement direct torque algorithms. From a didactic viewpoint, tutorials are included at the end of each chapter. The reader is encouraged to execute these tutorials to familiarize him or herself with all aspects of drive technology. Hence, Advanced Electrical Drives encourages “learning by doing”. Furthermore, the experienced drive specialist may find the simulation tools useful to design high-performance controllers for all sorts of electrical drives.
This work was developed based on the author's experience of more than 10 years working in research and industry in the areas of electrical drives and industrial automation. Seeking the connection between theory and its applications, the author presents a detailed conceptual description with lots of figures and illustrative examples that harmonize the theoretical approach with the practice. Composed of eleven chapters and three appendices, the book describes in a dynamic and didactic way the fundamental concepts related to the drives of electric machines. At the end of each chapter is a set of exercises to ease the fixation of the presented content.
The second edition of this must-have reference covers power quality issues in four parts, including new discussions related to renewable energy systems. The first part of the book provides background on causes, effects, standards, and measurements of power quality and harmonics. Once the basics are established the authors move on to harmonic modeling of power systems, including components and apparatus (electric machines). The final part of the book is devoted to power quality mitigation approaches and devices, and the fourth part extends the analysis to power quality solutions for renewable energy systems. Throughout the book worked examples and exercises provide practical applications, and tables, charts, and graphs offer useful data for the modeling and analysis of power quality issues. Provides theoretical and practical insight into power quality problems of electric machines and systems 134 practical application (example) problems with solutions 125 problems at the end of chapters dealing with practical applications 924 references, mostly journal articles and conference papers, as well as national and international standards and guidelines
The Forgiveness Machine tells the story of greedy businessman Bill Pearce. Haunted on his deathbed by the thought of the many people he’s ruined in his life, he seeks a late forgiveness. He turns to his inventor son, Mark, who develops and casts an oneiric network all over the country in a collective dream where the most delirious things happen. In this cathartic experience, Bill will have his last chance at redeeming himself. This novelette is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 2.
In the fast pace of the modern world it is important, more than ever, for factories to know how and why their machines are failing and what can be done to prevent it. As such, it is imperative that new research is conducted to make sure that factories can operate as efficiently as possible. Fuzzy Logic Dynamics and Machine Prediction for Failure Analysis is an essential reference source for the newest research on the risk assessment matrix, ladder logic, and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS). Featuring widespread coverage across a variety of related viewpoints and topics, such as the Ishikawa diagram, machinery failure analysis and troubleshooting, model reference adaptive control systems, and proportionalintegralderivative (PID) controllers, this book is ideally designed for professionals, upper-level students, and academics seeking current research on the implementation of fuzzy logic in machine prediction failure.
The Industrial Electronics Handbook, Second Edition combines traditional and newer, more specialized knowledge that will help industrial electronics engineers develop practical solutions for the design and implementation of high-power applications. Embracing the broad technological scope of the field, this collection explores fundamental areas, including analog and digital circuits, electronics, electromagnetic machines, signal processing, and industrial control and communications systems. It also facilitates the use of intelligent systems—such as neural networks, fuzzy systems, and evolutionary methods—in terms of a hierarchical structure that makes factory control and supervision more efficient by addressing the needs of all production components. Enhancing its value, this fully updated collection presents research and global trends as published in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Journal, one of the largest and most respected publications in the field. Power Electronics and Motor Drives facilitates a necessary shift from low-power electronics to the high-power varieties used to control electromechanical systems and other industrial applications. This volume of the handbook: Focuses on special high-power semiconductor devices Describes various electrical machines and motors, their principles of operation, and their limitations Covers power conversion and the high-efficiency devices that perform the necessary switchover between AC and DC Explores very specialized electronic circuits for the efficient control of electric motors Details other applications of power electronics, aside from electric motors—including lighting, renewable energy conversion, and automotive electronics Addresses power electronics used in very-high-power electrical systems to transmit energy Other volumes in the set: Fundamentals of Industrial Electronics Control and Mechatronics Industrial Communication Systems Intelligent Systems