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Volume 28 Issue 3 • March 1991

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  • Energy management-the DOE: agency under fire

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):32 - 33
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    The problems confronting the US Department of Energy are briefly examined. Efforts are being launched to address deficiencies in its nuclear weapons and civilian energy programs. The policies and decisions being made will have considerable impact in a number of areas, including national security, the atmosphere and environment, competitiveness, and the fuels that will be used to drive the nation's... View full abstract»

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  • Energy management-loosening the bonds of oil

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):34 - 38
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    The politics surrounding the adoption of a national energy strategy, which has been drafted by the US Department of Energy (DOE) but has yet to overcome the hurdle of congressional approval, are examined. The draft disclosed to the press strongly emphasizes energy production (by fossil, nuclear, and other sources) over efficiency and conservation. The fate of renewable and alternative energy progr... View full abstract»

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  • Energy management-overhauling weapons production

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):39 - 44
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    The reduction and reconfiguration of the US Department of Energy's (DOE) nuclear weapons production complex in the face of major safety problems and the end of the cold war are examined. The safety problems have essentially transformed the department from a weapons producer to an environmental agency with a clean-up budget of US $4 billion this year. The problems, which concern the four defense pr... View full abstract»

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  • Energy management-origin of a culture

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):45 - 47
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    The US Department of Energy's (DOE) present-day problems are traced to the secrecy, isolation, and lack of outside assessment built into the agency that was its progenitor, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The origins and history of the AEC are related, focusing on its unprecedented powers, the pressure to produce weapons, and the conflict between the need for secrecy and health and safety issu... View full abstract»

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  • Cutting the high cost of testing

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):48 - 51
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    A modeling approach to the overly long testing of analog and mixed-signal devices that saves substantially on time and cost is described. The discussion focuses on the particular case of a 13 bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The problems that arise in testing ADCs are identified, showing that the success of the test method depends critically on the quality of the model. Two types of models a... View full abstract»

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  • Anatomy of an X terminal

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):52 - 55
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    The X Window System, an open, vendor-neutral standard based on the client/server model is discussed, focusing on its improvements and differences with respect to ASCII terminals. This model permits physically independent application processing and display processing, communicating over a local-area network by means of a well-defined set of graphics commands that comprise the X protocol. The human ... View full abstract»

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  • When bust is best (destructive testing)

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):56 - 59
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    The case of destructive testing is discussed. Two categories of destructive testing are considered. The first is limit testing to the equipment's failure point, to ascertain safety margins and the most extreme conditions under which it will perform its basic functions. The other is environmental testing under real-life conditions, to see how reliably the equipment can withstand the rough handling ... View full abstract»

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  • Behind the Laplace transform

    Publication Year: 1991
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    The origin and history of the Laplace transform are described. The role of the transform in modern electrical engineering and the developments that made it useful are discussed. It is noted that the development of computer programs that simulate even highly nonlinear circuits has threatened the practical importance of the Laplace transform.<<ETX>> View full abstract»

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