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    ABSTRACT: A Generalised Cornu Spiral (GCS) is a planar curve defined to have a monotonic rational linear curvature profile and as such these curves are considered fair. However, their implementation in current CAD systems is not straight forward partly due to not being in the usual polynomial form. A GCS cannot be expressed exactly using a finite polynomial and so a compromise can be achieved by instead approximating the GCS with a suitable polynomial. An efficient robust approximation of the GCS using quintic polynomials is presented. The approximation satisfies the G2G2 continuity conditions at the end points and the remaining four degrees of freedom are argued for by looking at G3G3 approximations. The method begins by reparameterising the GCS in terms of more intuitive geometric descriptions; the winding angle, change in curvature and a shape factor. The G3G3 approximations provide insight to help define values for the free parameters, and the new geometric form allows for the shortcomings in the G3G3 approximations to be controlled. The efficiency of the approximation is improved compared to earlier methods which required a numerical search. Also, there is strong evidence that the method guarantees a satisfactory approximation when the GCS lies within certain identified bounds.
    Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics 01/2015; 273:1–12. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Corrosive behaviour of RME (rapeseed methyl ester) in blends with ultra-low sulphur diesel and GTL (gas-to-liquid) fuel is investigated in this study. The tests were carried out at a wide range of blending ratios and for two of the typical metals in manufacturing of engine parts in contact with fuel (aluminium and copper). Tests were divided into two main groups: short-term at elevated temperature (80 °C, 600 h) and long-term (room temperature, 5760 h). Effects of impurities such as presence or absence of dissolved oxygen and absorbed water were also investigated using the same test conditions. Before and after the tests metals and fuels have been investigated in many ways in order to understand the type and extend of the damage on both metal surfaces and fuel properties. Investigation of damages inflicted by fuel on metals was performed using scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM/EDS). Also nature of the oxide layer formed on the surface of the metal was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Degradation of fuels as a result of exposure to metals was investigated for changes in kinematic viscosity, Total Acid Number (TAN) and any compositional changes in the fuel structure using GC–MS. Results revealed that biodiesel increases the corrosiveness of fuels exposed to both metals with more effect on copper samples, also it was found that the presence of dissolved oxygen and absorbed water is a key factor for more corrosion damage to metals. TAN value, kinematic viscosity and changes in the fuel composition all confirmed the degradation of the fuels as a result of exposure to the metals. GTL was found to be the most resistant fuel to corrosion, probably due to its chemical composition.
    Fuel Processing Technology 12/2014; 128:220–231. DOI:10.1016/j.fuproc.2014.07.001


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