Pertaining to a method of analysis, particularly useful for fixed linear systems in which one does not deal with functions of time explicitly, but with their Laplace or Fourier transforms, which are functions of frequency.


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TWA

Time Weighted Average

DEAD TIME

  1. The time interval between a change in the input signal to a process control system and the response to the signal.
  2. The time interval, after a response to one signal or event, during which a system is unable to respond to another. Also known as insensitive time.

POINCARE SURFACE OF SECTION

A method of displaying the character of a particular trajectory without examining its complete time development, in which the trajectory is sampled periodically, and the rate of change of a quantity under study is plotted against the value of that quantity at the beginning of each period. Also known as surface of section.

PLANNING HORIZON

In a materials-requirements planning system, the time from the present to some future date for which plans are being generated for acquisition of materials.

PHASE PORTRAIT

A graph showing the time derivative of a system's position (or some other quantity characterizing the system) as a function of position for various values of initial conditions.

PHASE PLANE ANALYSIS

A method of analyzing systems in which one plots the time derivative of the system's position (or some other quantity characterizing the system) as a function of position for various values of initial conditions.

PERS SUNSHINE RECORDER

A type of sunshine recorder in which the time scale is supplied by the motion of the sun.

PERMANENT BENCHMARK

A readily identifiable, relatively permanent, recoverable benchmark that is intended to maintain its elevation without change over a long period of time with reference to an adopted datum, and is located where disturbing influences are believed to be negligible.

PEEL-OFF TIME

In seismic prospecting, the time correction applied to observed data to adjust them to a depressed reference datum.

PAYOUT TIME

A measurement of profitability or liquidity of an investment, being the time required to recover the original investment in depreciable facilities from profit and depreciation; usually, but not always, calculated after income taxes.

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