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Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology. Perspectives and Prospects

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ISBN: 9789089646347 Year: Pages: 498 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626454 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Philosophy
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Helmuth Plessner (1892-1985) was one of the founders of philosophical anthropology, and his book The Stages of the Organic and Man, first published in 1928, has inspired generations of philosophers, biologists, social scientists, and humanities scholars. This volume offers the first substantial introduction to Plessner’s philosophical anthropology in English, not only setting it in context with such familiar figures as Bergson, Cassirer, and Merleau-Ponty, but also showing Plessner’s relevance to contemporary discussions in a wide variety of fields in the humanities and sciences.

Le voyage excentrique : Jeux textuels et paratextuels dans l'anti-récit de voyage, 1760-1850

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ISBN: 9791036200045 DOI: 10.4000/books.enseditions.9030 Language: French
Publisher: ENS Éditions
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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La période 1760-1850 voit l’émergence, puis le déclin d’un sous-genre nouveau : le récit de voyage excentrique. Ces « anti-récits de voyage » qui se déroulent dans une chambre, dans mes poches, en zigzag… jouent tant avec les codes narratologiques du voyage classique qu’avec sa mise en livre, déployant notamment des extravagances paratextuelles et typographiques qui problématisent la place de l’ouvrage dans un circuit de communication de plus en plus dominé par le paradigme industriel. Si Laurence Sterne, qui lance cette mode avec Tristram Shandy et Le Voyage sentimental, revendique sa célébrité littéraire, pour ses imitateurs Xavier de Maistre et Rodolphe Töpffer il s’agit de maintenir leur automarginalisation dans un champ auctorial de plus en plus sous le signe de la « littérature industrielle » (Sainte-Beuve). Ancrée dans une double tradition de la narratologie française (Lejeune, Genette) et de l’histoire du livre anglo-saxon (Robert Darnton), cette étude retrace le trajet de cet épiphénomène éditorial de ses origines à sa disparition avec le triomphe du paradigme industriel dans la production livresque, mettant ainsi en lumière la métamorphose non seulement d’un genre littéraire, mais du champ auctorial et éditorial dans lequel il s’inscrit.

Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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ISBN: 9783039210305 9783039210312 Year: Pages: 270 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-031-2 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being increasingly used in different applications in both military and civilian domains. These applications include surveillance, reconnaissance, remote sensing, target acquisition, border patrol, infrastructure monitoring, aerial imaging, industrial inspection, and emergency medical aid. Vehicles that can be considered autonomous must be able to make decisions and react to events without direct intervention by humans. Although some UAVs are able to perform increasingly complex autonomous manoeuvres, most UAVs are not fully autonomous; instead, they are mostly operated remotely by humans. To make UAVs fully autonomous, many technological and algorithmic developments are still required. For instance, UAVs will need to improve their sensing of obstacles and subsequent avoidance. This becomes particularly important as autonomous UAVs start to operate in civilian airspaces that are occupied by other aircraft. The aim of this volume is to bring together the work of leading researchers and practitioners in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles with a common interest in their autonomy. The contributions that are part of this volume present key challenges associated with the autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles, and propose solution methodologies to address such challenges, analyse the proposed methodologies, and evaluate their performance.

Control and Nonlinear Dynamics on Energy Conversion Systems

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ISBN: 9783039211104 9783039211111 Year: Pages: 438 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-111-1 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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The ever-increasing need for higher efficiency, smaller size, and lower cost make the analysis, understanding, and design of energy conversion systems extremely important, interesting, and even imperative. One of the most neglected features in the study of such systems is the effect of the inherent nonlinearities on the stability of the system. Due to these nonlinearities, these devices may exhibit undesirable and complex dynamics, which are the focus of many researchers. Even though a lot of research has taken place in this area during the last 20 years, it is still an active research topic for mainstream power engineers. This research has demonstrated that these systems can become unstable with a direct result in increased losses, extra subharmonics, and even uncontrollability/unobservability. The detailed study of these systems can help in the design of smaller, lighter, and less expensive converters that are particularly important in emerging areas of research like electric vehicles, smart grids, renewable energy sources, and others. The aim of this Special Issue is to cover control and nonlinear aspects of instabilities in different energy conversion systems: theoretical, analysis modelling, and practical solutions for such emerging applications. In this Special Issue, we present novel research works in different areas of the control and nonlinear dynamics of energy conversion systems.

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data-driven --- prediction --- neural network --- air-handling unit (AHU) --- supply air temperature --- pulverizing system --- soft sensor --- inferential control --- moving horizon estimation --- multi-model predictive control --- micro-grid --- droop control --- virtual impedance --- harmonic suppression --- power quality --- combined heat and power unit --- two-stage bypass --- dynamic model --- coordinated control system --- predictive control --- decoupling control --- power conversion --- model–plant mismatches --- disturbance observer --- performance recovery --- offset-free --- electrical machine --- electromagnetic vibration --- multiphysics --- rotor dynamics --- air gap eccentricity --- calculation method --- magnetic saturation --- corrugated pipe --- whistling noise --- Helmholtz number --- excited modes --- switched reluctance generator --- capacitance current pulse train control --- voltage ripple --- capacitance current --- feedback coefficient --- distributed architecture --- maximum power point tracking --- sliding mode control --- overvoltage --- permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) --- single artificial neuron goal representation heuristic dynamic programming (SAN-GrHDP) --- single artificial neuron (SAN) --- reinforcement learning (RL) --- goal representation heuristic dynamic programming (GrHDP) --- adaptive dynamic programming (ADP) --- sliding mode observer (SMO) --- permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) --- extended back electromotive force (EEMF) --- position sensorless --- bridgeless converter --- discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) --- high step-up voltage gain --- power factor correction (PFC) --- space mechanism --- multi-clearance --- nonlinear dynamic model --- planetary gears --- vibration characteristics --- new step-up converter --- ultrahigh voltage conversion ratio --- small-signal model --- average-current mode control --- slope compensation --- monodromy matrix --- current mode control --- boost-flyback converter --- explosion-magnetic generator --- plasma accelerator --- current-pulse formation --- DC-DC buck converter --- contraction analysis --- global stability --- matrix norm --- DC micro grid --- efficiency optimization --- variable bus voltage MG --- variable switching frequency DC-DC converters --- centralized vs. decentralized control --- local vs. global optimization --- buck converter --- DC motor --- bifurcations in control parameter --- sliding control --- zero average dynamics --- fixed-point inducting control --- DC-DC converters --- quadratic boost --- maximum power point tracking (MPPT) --- nonlinear dynamics --- subharmonic oscillations --- photovoltaic (PV) --- steel catenary riser --- rigid body rotation --- wave --- the load of suspension point in the z direction --- Cable3D

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