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Volume 37, Issue 7A

Volume 37, Issue 7A, July 2019, Page 222-301

Research Paper

Monitoring of Agricultural Drought in the Middle Euphrates Area, IraqUsing Landsat Dataset

Imzahim A. Alwan; Abdul Razzak T. Ziboon; Alaa G. Khalaf

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 222-226
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.1

was conducted to monitor
agricultural drought in
the Middle Euphrates
, Iraq
period from 1988 to 2018.
Multispectral Landsat TM, ETM
, and
were used
dated 1988, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2018
, which
obtained duri
of plants (January, February, March, November, and
A computerized drought monitoring was adopted using
Imagine 2015, ENVI 3.2, and ArcGIS 10.5 environments to process and
analysis the
data. The
indices, which
used in this
study were
: The
Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Vegetation Condition
Index (VCI).
The change analysis presented in this
is based on the
statistics extracted from the six
drought maps. The final results
were il
lustrated that drought area in the region had a noticeable increase
compared with no drought area. The results
of no
drought area
ranged between
) and
period from 1988
to 2018
. The extremely and severely drought classes recorded high
followed by moderately and mild drought in the region.
this study can be concluded that t
here is a high rate of drought in the
especially in its southern and western parts.

Using Microbial Desalination Cell to Treat Iraqi Wastewater

Talib R. Abbas; Majid A. Dixon; Mustafa Hussein Al-Furaiji

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 227-234
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.2

A Three
chambers MDC was made using three identical cubical
glass sections. Each chamber has an effective volume of 35 cm3. An anion
exchange membrane (AEM) was used to separate the anode from the
desalination chambers while a cation exchange membrane (CEM) was used to
separate the cathode from the desalination ch
ambers. Two graphite sheets were
used as anode and cathode electrodes. Biotic experiments have included air
cathode MDC fed with synthetic municipal wastewater, Bio
cathode MDC in
which the cathode chamber was inoculated with microalgae as an oxygen
and air
cathode MDC was fed with floated oil layer in the anode
chamber as
organic source. Maximum power density obtained from the
MDC was 121 mW/m2. The corresponding current density was 410 mA/m2.
Maximum power density obtained in this study was in
with that
presented in previous studies. Maximum coulombic efficiency and charge
efficiency achieved were 9% and 165% respectively. The results of this study
confirmed the validity of using MDC technology to treat municipal wastewater
as well as
oil, desalinate brackish water and generate electric power
simultaneously. Moreover, the results revealed the possibility of using mixed
culture algae, available in
Iraqi environment, in the cathode chamber as an
oxygen source to develop more energy
efficient MDC.
urther study deals with
different system configurations and
different operating conditions are

Investigation of External and Internal Inversion for Aluminum Tube with Various Die Parameters Effect

Basim M. Fadhil; Ava Ali Kamal

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 235-240
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.3

Finite element modeling has been conducted to investigate the
effect of die radius fillet, tube wall thickness, and friction coefficient on both
external and internal inversion for
aluminum tube. A 3D model was used
to build the contact pair for the a
luminum tube and the steel
. Due to the
axial symmetry, a 45
sector for the contact pair has been chosen. It has been
found that there is an important role for those parameters to govern the
inversion process and the mode of deformation beside the valu
e of the
applied force. No local buckling was seen in the external inversion in
contrast with internal inversion. A good correlation for current results with
experimental one that has been got by others.

Enhanced Solution of Inverse Kinematics for Redundant Robot Manipulator Using PSO

Hind Z. Khaleel

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 241-247
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.4

Kinematics of
robot is divided into two parts: the forward
kinematics, which evaluates the end
effector’s position from joint angles,
and the
kinematics, which
the joint angles from the end
position. The solution of
inverse kinematics problem is too difficult and
complicated for the redundant robot arm manipulator. A Particle Swarm
Optimization (PSO) algorithm is an effective method to solve global optimization
problems. This paper presents the solution of inverse kin
ematics problem of a
link redundant manipulator robot arm using PSO without using the inverse
kinematics equations. The circle, square and triangle generated trajectories using
PSO are enhanced as compared with the trajectories of other works. The
hanced PSO algorithm is successfully found the best generating three joint
angles and the best generating end
effector's position of
link robot arm.
Then according to these joints and positions the circle, square and triangle path
ults are smoother than the path trajectories of other work. This
enhanced solution of inverse kinematics using PSO algorithm is too fast due to
the short elapsed time in every
iteration of trajectory. Besides that, these
velocities results have been given
evaluated and give
that the three
link robot is moving fast during the PSO algorithm. The elapsed time of circle
trajectory equals to 20.903981 seconds, the elapsed time of square trajectory
equals to 11.747171 seconds and the elapsed time of
triangle trajectory equals to
15.729663 seconds. MATLAB R2015b program is used in order to
results. The main benefit
of this work
to solve
two problems: 1) inverse
kinematics is too complex equations of the three
link robot. The solutions
of best
joint angles using PSO are computed within joint limits without using inverse
kinematics equations. 2) Another problem, this work is enhanced three
trajectories with respect to the best joint angles and reaches 96% percent as
compared with another
work. The error is too small according to the start and
goal PSO generated points for each trajectory.

Torsional Behavior of Solid and Hollow Core Self Compacting Concrete Beams Reinforced with Steel Fibers

Tareq S. Al-Attar; Sarmad S. Abdul Qader; Hind A. Hussain

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 248-255
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.5

Torsion of structural members and the behavior of steel fiber self
compacting reinforced concrete became the area of interest for many
researchers nowadays. The experimental program of the present work consists
of casting nine reinforced self
concrete beams in three groups.
Each group consists of three beams with the dimensions of 200×300×1500
mm. The first beam has a solid cross
section, the second beam has a hollow
core with the dimensions of 60×120×1500mm and the last beam has a hollow
with the dimensions of 80×180×1500mm. The steel fiber contents were 0,
0.5 and 1.0 % by volume for first, second and third groups respectively. T
orsional angle of twist versus torsional moment (torque) of each beam was
found during the experiments, and
the effect of variables, fibers volume
fraction and section geometry, on this relation
was investigated.
Moreover, the fresh and hardened properties of concrete were carried out
using several tests, which included slump flow, L
Box, compressive streng
tensile strength, and finally the torsion test.
The current results showed that
the addition of steel fibers has improved the torsional strength for all beams
and the fibers were more effective in hollow core sections than in the solid

Assessing Water Quality for Al-Diwaniyah River, Iraq Using GIS Technique

Khalid M. Hussein; Sataa A.F. Al-Bayati; Salih A.A. Al-Bakri A.A. Al-Bakri

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 256-264
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.6

In this  study,  Al-Diwaniyah  River  within  Al-Diwaniyah  Governorate was monitored for a set of chemical, physical,and bacteriological parameters for the assessment of water quality during January to July 2018. Water quality maps for  this  river  were  plotted  torepresent  the  change  in  each  parameter  during  the study  period  using  GIS  program.  Three  sampling  stations  along  the  river  and eighteen parameters were selected: air temperature, water temperature, turbidity, pH  value,  electrical  conductivity  (EC),  biochemical  oxygen  demand  (BOD), dissolved oxygen (DO), alkalinity, chloride, Sulfate, total suspended solids (TSS), total  dissolved  solids  (TDS),  calcium,  magnesium,  total  hardness,  lead,  total coliform,and  Escherichia  coli  bacteria.  The  results  explained  that the  water temperature  varied between (15-31) °C. pH  values ranged between (7.4-8.2) and river  water  was  considered  as  slightly  alkaline  with  alkalinity  concentrations between (124-176) mg/L. Most waterof the  river was very  hard according to the values of hardness that varied between (384-531) mg/L. The turbidity values of the river  ranged  between  (1.5-35.2)  NTU.Electrical  conductivity  was  between  (998-1380)  μs/cm.  Total  dissolved  solids  and  total  suspended  solids  were  their  values varied  between  (620-932)mg/L  and  (2-28)  mg/L  respectively.  It  was  found  that among  measured  positive  ions,  calcium  concentrations  were  higher  than  the magnesium  concentrations,  ranging  between  (71-175)  mg/L  and  (21-67)  mg/L respectively.  On  the  other  hand,  when  studying  Anions, sulfate  concentrations were  higher  than  chloride  concentrations  with  values  ranging  from  (152-339) mg/L  and  (101-167)  mg/L  respectively.  River  water  contained  dissolved  oxygen concentrations  ranging  (6.3-10.1)  mg/L  while  concentrations  of  biochemical oxygen  demand  varied  between  (0.6-7.6)  mg/L.  Lead  ranged  in  valuesbetween (0.001-0.017)  mg/L.  The  study  found  that  bacteriological  parameters,  including total coliform and E. coli, ranged between (500-1600) MPN/100ml and (30-1600) MPN/100ml respectively. In general, the parameters of Turbidity, SO4, BOD5, TC and E. coli have exceeded Iraqi standards for drinking water IQS: 417 while the rest  of  the  parameters  were  within  these  limits.  It  revealed  that  station  2  which was  located  only  at  ashort  distance  from  the  site  of  the  wastewater  treatment plant  was  more  polluted  than  the  other  two  stations.  The  results  showed  that  the water  of  the  river  is neithersuitable  for  drinking,  nor  suitable  for  swimming according  to  the  high  bacterial  pollution  in  addition  to  the danger  and  threat  to aquatic life but can be used for irrigation purposes.

Zoning Areas Susceptible to Land Subsidence in Tigris and Euphrates Basins

Ali Darvishi Boloorani; Masoud Soleimani; Ramin Papi; Seyed Kazem Alavipanah; Ayad M. Fadhil Al-Quraishi

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 265-272
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.7

Land Subsidence is considered as one of the riskiest hazards in nature
geology. It may be caused by human activities including but not limited to
term depletion of water, petroleum, and gas from underground reservoirs.
Monitoring and zoning of regions susceptible to land
subsidence within Tigris
and Euphrates rivers basi
n can play a major role in predicting and preventing
damages from subsidence and can aid in better planning for utilizing its water
resources. Accordingly, this study proposed to employ 9 effective parameters
on subsidence including: precipitation, total w
ater underground changes,
elevation, slope, population, land use, distance from petroleum and gas fields,
distance from faults, and distance from rivers. Decision Making Trial and
Evaluation Laboratory method was applied for analyzing relationships between
parameters. Fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process and Boolean methods were
combined to produce zoning maps of Tigris and Euphrates basin subsidence.
The results were indicative of the high potential of subsidence in zones
contributing to 1.39% of the total a
rea of the Tigris and Euphrates basin. Inter
parameter analysis by using of Decision Making Trial and Evaluation
Laboratory indicated that land cover, total water underground changes, and
population were the most impressible factors in land subsidence zoni

Study the Behavior of High Performance Concrete Circular Short Columns Confined by CFRP

Asmaa A. Ahmed; Shatha S. Hasan; Ali J. Khalaf

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 273-281
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.8

This paper presents the results of experimental study on reinforced
concrete columns rehabilitation with carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP)
under concentrated load.
short circular reinforced concrete columns
(150 mm diameter and 600 mm height) were tested. Three specimens were
unstrengthening and tested until failure as control specimens. Nine specimens
were rehabilitation by carbon fiber reinforced polymer after loading about
75% from ultimate axial load capa
city of control specimens. The test
parameters were the type of concrete are normal strength concrete (NSC),
high performance concrete (HPC) and high performance concrete containing
engine oil (HPCEO) in additional to effective the ratio CFRP confining (fa
(50%strengthening)and 40mm strips wrap
60mm spacing(40%strengthening)).
Test results showed that Adding used engine oil to concrete have significantly
effect on workability of concrete where work a
s plasticizer. HPCEO mix
showed lower strength (compressive, splitting tensile and flexural)
ultimate axial load of column than those HPC mix but greater than NSC mix.
Where the compressive strength of concrete was (27.3 MPa, 45.8 MPa and
69.7 MPa) for
NSC, HPCEO and HPC respectively. The ultimate axial load
capacity of unconfined reinforced concrete columns was (52 ton, 78 ton and
117 ton) for NSC, HPCEO and HPC respectively. Reducing efficiency of
rehabilitation by CFRP with increasing in compressive
strength of concrete.
The ratios of increasing in ultimate axial load capacity of rehabilitation RC
columns with 100% and 50% wrapping in comparison with 40%wrapping are
20% and 4% respectively for NSC, while these ratios become 15% and 5%
respectively for
HPCEO and for HPC , these ratios are 10%and 3%

Gait Analysis Before and After Total Knee Replacement

Sadiq J. Hamandi; Safa’a D. Al-Hussainy; Summer M. Sabeeh

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 282-289
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.9

Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure for treatment of knee
Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis and
arthritis. The main goals
of TKR are relieve the pain, restore function, mobility and restore normal limb
alignment for the patients. The aim of the study to investigate the gait dynamic
improvements following TKR surgery by compare the dynam
ic parameter pre
operative and post
operative and then compar
the results with the normal gait
parameters. The gait analysis was performed on five patients before and after
they underwent unilateral TKR surgery. After three months from the total knee
placement there was a remarked increase in the function and decrease in pain.
The varus and valgus malalignment will be return to normal alignment after
operation, which is one of the main goals of the TKR. Post
operative cadence is
higher than pre
ve for four patients, post
operative speed is faster than
operative for four patients and post
operative stride length is larger than pre
operative for four patients. The patients continue to walk with significant gait
abnormalities by examining the ki
netics and the kinematics of the operated limb,
the results show the knee function not fully restor
ed three months after unilateraL
TKR surgery

A Cooperation of Fog Computing and Smart Gateways in a Secure and Efficient Architecture for IoT-Based Smart Homes

Amin H. Seno; Sahar A. Alshammari

Engineering and Technology Journal, 2019, Volume 37, Issue 7A, Pages 290-301
DOI: 10.30684/etj.37.7A.10

Nowadays Internet of Things (IoT) is growing to be a serious factor in
numerous areas of our daily life style. Internet of Things b
rings different
opportunities of intelligence to important aspects such as health, payments,
energy management, industrial sectors, transportation and also many other
specialties. It is important to notice that the interaction between these two part
the em
bedded equipment and Cloud based web services is such a common or
prevalent scenario of Internet of Things deployment. When it comes to the
security point of view, jointly users (consumer) and smart devices need to
reassure and establish a secure and confi
dent communication channel and
should have a perfect form of digital identity. In many situations, IoT devices
needs an already or earlier established infrastructure for their usage and that
cannot be managed by the device owner, such as the case in smart
Furthermore, the scenario presupposes a security stack that it is appropriate for
heterogeneous devices which can be integrated in Internet of Things frameworks
or in already presented operating systems. We proposed a Foggy Smart Home
Architecture (
FSHA). We identify end users by writing an authentication and
authorization protocol, and we will reduce the time required for this security
operation, so that the proposed method can prevent Non
online/offline password guessing attack and us
er impersonation attack and man
middle attack. Our method improves performance of smart home and
using fog layer can minimize traffic between cloud and gateways.