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  • Presentation: 2019-10-17 10:00 FB42, Stockholm
    Pernow, Marcus
    KTH, Skolan för teknikvetenskap (SCI), Fysik, Partikel- och astropartikelfysik.
    Phenomenology of SO(10) Grand Unified Theories2019Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Although the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics describes observations well, there are several shortcomings of it. The most crucial of these are that the SM cannot explain the origin of neutrino masses and the existence of dark matter. Furthermore, there are several aspects of it that are seemingly ad hoc, such as the choice of gauge group and the cancellation of gauge anomalies.

    These shortcomings point to a theory beyond the SM. Although there are many proposed models for physics beyond the SM, in this thesis, we focus on grand unified theories based on the SO(10) gauge group. It predicts that the three gauge groups in the SM unify at a higher energy into one, which contains the SM as a subgroup. We focus on the Yukawa sector of these models and investigate the extent to which the observables such as fermion masses and mixing parameters can be accommodated into different models based on the SO(10) gauge group. Neutrino masses and leptonic mixing parameters are particularly interesting, since SO(10) models naturally embed the seesaw mechanism.

    The difference in energy scale between the electroweak scale and the scale of unification spans around 14 orders of magnitude. Therefore, one must relate the parameters of the SO(10) model to those of the SM through renormalization group equations. We investigate this for several different models by performing fits of SO(10) models to fermion masses and mixing parameters, taking into account thresholds at which heavy right-handed neutrinos are integrated out of the theory. Although the results are in general dependent on the particular model under consideration, there are some general results that appear to hold true. The observ- ables of the Yukawa sector can in general be accommodated into SO(10) models only if the neutrino masses are normally ordered and that inverted ordering is strongly disfavored. We find that the observable that provides the most tension in the fits is the leptonic mixing angle θ2l3, whose value is consistently favored to be lower in the fits than the actual value. Furthermore, we find that numerical fits to the data favor type-I seesaw over type-II seesaw for the generation of neutrino masses.

  • Presentation: 2019-10-22 13:15 Seminar room, Dept. of Solid Mechanics, Stockholm
    Brandberg, August
    KTH, Skolan för teknikvetenskap (SCI), Hållfasthetslära (Inst.).
    Insights in paper and paperboard performance by fiber network micromechanics2019Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Fiber networks are ubiquitous due to their low cost and high ratio of mechanical performance to weight. Fiber networks made of cellulose fibers from trees are used as information carriers (paper) and as packaging (board). Often the ideal product is both mechanically sturdy and possible to print on. This thesis investigates the underlying reasons for the mechanical performance of paper and board through the discretization and direct simulation of every fiber in the network.

    In Paper A the effect of fiber-fiber bond geometry on sheet stiffness is investigated. Many packaging products seek to maximize the bending stiffness by employing stiff outer layers and a bulkier layer in the middle. In bulky sheets, the fibers are frequently uncollapsed resulting in a more compliant bonded segment. Because all the loads in the network are transferred via the bonds, such compliance can cause unexpectedly large decreases in mechanical performance. Although many models have been presented which aim to predict the tensile stiffness of a sheet, these predictions tend to overestimate the resulting stiffness. One reason is that the bonds are generally considered rigid. By finite element simulations, we demonstrated the effect of the lumina configuration on the stiffness of the bonded segment on the scale of single fiber-to-fiber bonds, and that the average state of the fiber lumen has a marked effect on the macroscopic response of fiber networks when the network is bulky, has few bonds, or has a low grammage.

    Compression strength is central in many industrial applications. In paper B we recreated the short span compression test in a simulation setting. The networks considered are fully three-dimensional and have a grammage of 80 to 400 gsm, which is the industrially relevant range. By modeling compression strength at the level of individual fibers and bonds, we showed that fiber level buckling or bifurcation phenomena are unlikely to appear at the loads at which the macroscopic sheet fails.

    In paper C, we developed a micromechanical model to study the creation of curl in paper sheets subjected to a moisture gradient through the sheet. A moisture gradient is always created during the printing process, which may lead to out-of-plane dimensional instability. We showed that the swelling anisotropy of individual fibers bonded at non-parallel angles causes an additional contribution to the curl observed on the sheet level.

  • Presentation: 2019-10-23 10:00 B25, Stockholm
    Hellgren, Rikard
    KTH, Skolan för arkitektur och samhällsbyggnad (ABE), Byggvetenskap, Betongbyggnad.
    Condition assessment of concrete dams in cold climate2019Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    Dams in many countries are approaching their expected service life. Proper assessment of the aging dams structural health increase the knowledge of the current safety, and allow for better planning of renovation and rebuilding investments. The behavior of concrete dams is, to a great extent, governed by the ambient variation in temperature and water level. In cold regions, the ice sheet formed in the reservoir may subject a pressure load on the dams. Theoretically, this load has a significant impact on the structural behavior of dams. Despite this, the maximum magnitude, as well as the seasonal variation of the ice load, constitute the most considerable uncertainty in the safety assessment of dams.

    This thesis presents research that examines how to model the expected behavior of dams in cold climate. The underlying problem is to predict the response of dams due to variation in the external conditions. Since the ice load is such a vital part of the external conditions in cold climate, the understanding and modeling of ice loads have been given extra attention. Models suitable to predict the long-term behavior of dams can be divided between theoretical, data-based, and hybrid. Prediction accuracy is essential to set alert thresholds, and in that regard, the data-based models are generally superior.

    The major contribution of this thesis is the design and installation of a prototype ice load panel with direct measurement of the ice pressure acting on a dam. The panel is attached on the upstream face of the dam and is large enough so that the whole thickness of the ice sheet is in contact with the panel. The predicted ice load from the best available model that includes loads from both thermal events and water level changes did not correspond to the measured ice loads. As there are no validated models or measurement methods for ice load on the dam, continued research is necessary, both through further measurements to increase knowledge and development of models.

  • Presentation: 2019-10-24 13:00 M108, Stockholm
    Skoglund, Oskar
    KTH, Skolan för arkitektur och samhällsbyggnad (ABE), Byggvetenskap, Bro- och stålbyggnad.
    Innovative structural details using high strength steel for steel bridges2019Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of high strength steel has the potential to reduce the amount of steel used in bridge structures and thereby facilitate a more sustainable construction. The amount of steel and what steel grade that can be used in bridge structures and other cyclic loaded structures are often limited by a material degradation process called fatigue. The fatigue resistance of steel bridges are to a large extent depending on the design of structural details and connections. The design engineer is limited by a few pre-existing structural details and connections – with rather poor fatigue resistance – to choose from when designing steel bridges, and is therefore often forced to increase the overall dimensions of the structure in order to cope with the design requirements of fatigue. This licentiate thesis aims at increasing the fatigue resistance of fatigue prone structural details and connections by implementing new and innovative structural solutions to the already pre-existing details given in the design standards. A typical fatigue prone detail is the vertical stiffener at an intermediate cross-beam, which will be in focus. By improving the fatigue resistance, less steel material will be required for the construction of new steel bridges and composite bridges of steel and concrete. It is shown in this thesis and the appended papers that the use of high strength steel for bridge structures can considerably reduce the amount of steel used, the steel cost and the harmful emissions. However, this is only true if the fatigue strength of critical details can be substantially improved. Furthermore, a few new and innovative structural details and modifications to already existing details are proposed in this thesis and in the appended papers, that have the potential to increase the fatigue resistance of steel bridges and composite bridges of steel and concrete. However, further analyses are required in order to make these structural details viable for construction.