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IEE Review

Issue 5 • Date 18 Sep 1997

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  • An inspector calls [nondestructive testing]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 189 - 191
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    Composite laminate structures offer many advantages compared with their conventional metal counterparts, but defects can be much harder to detect. In this paper, the author describes how neural networks provide the key to a new, intelligent technique for nondestructive testing View full abstract»

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  • Hide and seek [surface-penetrating radar applications]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 193 - 196
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    The use of surface-penetrating radar in forensic investigations has been well publicised in recent years. In this paper, the author reports on new applications in which the same technology could be used to save lives View full abstract»

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  • No more bolts from the blue [lightning prediction]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 199 - 202
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    Lightning represents a significant danger to both life and property, but predicting where it will strike is a considerable challenge. In this paper, the author describes how the UK's Met Office is increasing the accuracy of its forecasting for one of nature's most spectacular phenomena View full abstract»

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  • No pain, no gain [field instrumentation bus standardisation]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 207 - 208
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    In this paper, Graeme Wood, Chairman of the BSI Fieldbus Committee, gives the author an insider's view of the trials and tribulations behind the search for a bus standard for field instrumentation View full abstract»

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  • Stepping off the ladder [PLC programming]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 210 - 212
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    Current programming methods for programmable logic controllers are relatively simple, but lack many of the features standard in modern high-level languages. In this paper, the authors explain how IEC 1131-3 is set to transform PLC software production View full abstract»

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  • The soft option [industrial PLC replication]

    Publication Year: 1997
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    This paper examines whether a PC could replicate the control functions of a programmable logic controller. The author reviews the issues behind this big debate in the industrial control arena View full abstract»

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  • The power within [Internet]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 220 - 222
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    The public Internet has revolutionised the world's communications. Now companies are rushing to build their own private intranets. The author explains some of the attractions that intranets provide: cross-platform functionality; a consistent view of information; an enabling technology path; ease of integration; ease of communication; relatively low-cost installation; and increased effectiveness of information View full abstract»

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  • Thomson's corpuscles [historical biography]

    Publication Year: 1997 , Page(s): 186 - 188
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    It is 100 years since the electron was discovered by J.J. Thomson. In this paper, the author reviews the life and work of a man who transformed the view of the fundamental constituents of matter, laying the foundations for modern electronics View full abstract»

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  • Catching the TEN-34 [Trans-European Network, 34 Mbit/s]

    Publication Year: 1997
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    A new high-speed computer network should vastly improve the ability of bandwidth-hungry research organisations across Europe to co-operate with one another. The TEN-34 (Trans-European Network interconnect at 34 Mbit/s) is the first Europe-wide high-speed computer network for the research community. Designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for bandwidth, it provides improved communication facilities linking the various European national research networks (NRNs), combined with enhanced cooperation between the NRNs and the major European telecom operators, who are all involved in the project View full abstract»

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