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Why We Under-Prepare For Hazards, Robert J. Meyer Jan 2006

Why We Under-Prepare For Hazards, Robert J. Meyer

Marketing Papers

Upon many witnessing the immense destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, feelings of sympathy were coupled with those of puzzlement: how could so much carnage be caused by a hazard that was so predictable? In 2004 the region had the benefit of a full dress rehearsal for Katrina when Hurricane Ivan—another category 5 storm while in the Gulf—triggered full-scale evacuations of the same areas, revealing many of the same weaknesses of preparedness procedures that were observed during Katrina. In addition, just weeks before the storm planners in New Orleans engaged in a training exercise that simulated ...


Effect Of Sample Aging On The Accuracy Of The International Energy Agency's Tar Measurement Protocol, Ming Xu, Robert C. Brown, Glenn Norton Jan 2006

Effect Of Sample Aging On The Accuracy Of The International Energy Agency's Tar Measurement Protocol, Ming Xu, Robert C. Brown, Glenn Norton

Mechanical Engineering Publications

The Working Group of the Biomass Gasification Task of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Agreement has developed a protocol for sampling and analysis of tar and particulates from biomass gasifiers, which is commonly accepted as a standard for reliable measurement of tar in producer gas. The methodology is dependent upon dissolving tar in a solvent for subsequent recovery by evaporation or distillation. This paper investigates whether storage of the tar/solvent sample prior to analysis affects the accuracy of the tar measurement. On the basis of the results of this study, we recommend that samples be analyzed within a ...