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  1. Determination of kinetic parameters for biomass combustion.

    Álvarez, A; Pizarro, C; García, R; Bueno, J L; Lavín, A G

    2016-09-01

    The aim of this work is to provide a wide database of kinetic data for the most common biomass by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermogravimetry (DTG). Due to the characteristic parameters of DTG curves, a two-stage reaction model is proposed and the kinetic parameters obtained from model-based methods with energy activation values for first and second stages in the range 1.75·10(4)-1.55·10(5)J/mol and 1.62·10(4)-2.37·10(5)J/mol, respectively. However, it has been found that Flynn-Wall-Ozawa and Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose model-free methods are not suitable to determine the kinetic parameters of biomass combustion since the assumptions of these two methods were not accomplished in the full range of the combustion process. PMID:27233095

  2. Data assimilation for kinetic parameters uncertainty analysis

    Several years ago, the OECD/NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) established the Expert Group on Uncertainty Analysis in Modeling (UAM-LWR) after thorough discussions of the demands from nuclear research, industry, safety and regulation to provide the best estimate predictions of nuclear systems parameters with their confidence bounds. UAM objectives include among others, the quantification of uncertainties of neutronic calculations with respect to their value for the multi-physics analysis. Since the kinetics parameters and their uncertainties are of particular interest for these studies the deterministic approaches for analysis of uncertainties in nuclear reactor kinetic parameters (neutron generation lifetime and delayed neutron effective fraction) have been developed in frame of the UAM-LWR. The approach uses combination of generalization of perturbation theory to reactivity analysis, and the Generalized Perturbation Theory (GPT) for sensitivity computation. It has been applied to the UAM complementary fast neutron SNEAK test case that has unique set of experimental data for βeff. In this example, the covariance matrices of nuclear data have been derived from COMMARA library by Bayesian adjustment upon the set of the fast neutron integral benchmarks with the BERING code package. Then, the kinetic parameters uncertainties with their correlations have been applied to simplified model of a reactivity insertion transient where relative uncertainty of power peak was taken as figure of merit. The results demonstrate that the uncertainties due to nuclear data impact significantly the energy release in a coupled transient modeling. It was also found that such uncertainties become higher if the correlations between uncertainties of different lumped parameters are taken into account. (author)

  3. Kinetic parameter estimation from TGA: Optimal design of TGA experiments

    Dirion, Jean-Louis; Reverte, Cédric; Cabassud, Michel

    2008-01-01

    This work presents a general methodology to determine kinetic models of solid thermal decomposition with thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) instruments. The goal is to determine a simple and robust kinetic model for a given solid with the minimum of TGA experiments. From this last point of view, this work can be seen as an attempt to find the optimal design of TGA experiments for kinetic modelling. Two computation tools were developed. The first is a nonlinear parameter estimation procedure for...

  4. Estimation of Kinetic Parameters in an Automotive SCR Catalyst Model

    Åberg, Andreas; Widd, Anders; Abildskov, Jens;

    2016-01-01

    A challenge during the development of models for simulation of the automotive Selective Catalytic Reduction catalyst is the parameter estimation of the kinetic parameters, which can be time consuming and problematic. The parameter estimation is often carried out on small-scale reactor tests, or p...

  5. Estimation of beech pyrolysis kinetic parameters by Shuffled Complex Evolution.

    Ding, Yanming; Wang, Changjian; Chaos, Marcos; Chen, Ruiyu; Lu, Shouxiang

    2016-01-01

    The pyrolysis kinetics of a typical biomass energy feedstock, beech, was investigated based on thermogravimetric analysis over a wide heating rate range from 5K/min to 80K/min. A three-component (corresponding to hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin) parallel decomposition reaction scheme was applied to describe the experimental data. The resulting kinetic reaction model was coupled to an evolutionary optimization algorithm (Shuffled Complex Evolution, SCE) to obtain model parameters. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first study in which SCE has been used in the context of thermogravimetry. The kinetic parameters were simultaneously optimized against data for 10, 20 and 60K/min heating rates, providing excellent fits to experimental data. Furthermore, it was shown that the optimized parameters were applicable to heating rates (5 and 80K/min) beyond those used to generate them. Finally, the predicted results based on optimized parameters were contrasted with those based on the literature. PMID:26551654

  6. Kinetic and Thermodynamic Parameters for Uncatalyzed Esterification of Carboxylic Acid

    Kehinde S. Bankole

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A fundamental study on uncatalyzed esterification of various biomass-derived aliphatic carboxylic acids with stoichiometric amount of ethanol has been investigated in an isothermal batch reactor, with the objective to convert carboxylic acids to corresponding ethyl esters and to determine both the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters. The effects of temperature on the conversion of carboxylic acid, kinetic and thermodynamic parameters have been investigated. Temperature was found to have significant effect on the rate of reaction and conversion of carboxylic acid. A simple second order reversible kinetic model was developed to determine the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters. The thermodynamic and kinetic parameters varied for uncatalyzed esterification reaction of both short-chain and long-chain carboxylic acids considered. The predicted data from the kinetic model were correlated with experimental data and the two sets of data agreed reasonably well for the uncatalyzed esterification systems. It was observed that the Van’t Hoff plot for uncatalyzed esterification of linoleic acid was non-linear curve, whereas for the Arrhenius and Eyring plots, they were linear. Additional experiments to assess the catalytic and corrosion effects of several metallic substances revealed Inconel 625 alloy, nickel wire and stainless steel materials were susceptible to corrosion problem with uncatalyzed esterification reaction at elevated reaction temperatures. However, tantalum and grade-5 titanium materials were corrosion resistance metals, suitable for similar reaction conditions and this can encourage the design of a flow reactor system. Although, uncatalyzed esterification of carboxylic acids at elevated reaction temperature is still at laboratory scale. It is our hope that the estimated kinetic and thermodynamic parameters would be the guiding tools for reactor scale-up, thus providing a new perspective into the conversion of biomass-derived carboxylic

  7. Simultaneous Thermodynamic and Kinetic Parameters Determination Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry

    Nader Frikha

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The determination of reaction kinetics is of major importance, as for industrial reactors optimization as for environmental reasons or energy limitations. Although calorimetry is often used for the determination of thermodynamic parameters alone, the question that arises is: how can we apply the Differential Scanning Calorimetry for the determination of kinetic parameters. The objective of this study consists to proposing an original methodology for the simultaneous determination of thermodynamic and kinetic parameters, using a laboratory scale Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC. The method is applied to the dichromate-catalysed hydrogen peroxide decomposition. Approach: The methodology is based on operating of experiments carried out with a Differential Scanning Calorimeter. The interest of this approach proposed is that it requires very small quantities of reactants (about a few grams to be implemented. The difficulty lies in the fact that, using such microcalorimeters, the reactants temperature cannot directly be measured and a particular calibration procedure has thus to be developed, to determine the media temperature in an indirect way. The proposed methodology for determination of kinetics parameters is based on resolution of the coupled heat and mass balances. Results: A complete kinetic law is proposed. The Arrhenius parameters are determined as frequency factor k0 = 1.39×109 s−1 and activation energy E = 54.9 kJ mol−1. The measured enthalpy of reaction is ΔrH=−94 kJ mol−1. Conclusion: The comparison of the results obtained by such an original methodology with those obtained using a conventional laboratory scale reactor calorimetry, for the kinetics determination of, shows that this new approach is very relevant.

  8. Determining crystal growth kinetic parameters using optical fibre sensors

    Boerkamp, M.; Lamb, D. W.; Lye, P. G.

    2012-12-01

    The capability of an 'intrinsic exposed core optical fibre sensor' (IECOFS) as a monitoring device of scale formation has been evaluated. The IECOFS has been used to measure kinetics parameters of calcium carbonate heterogeneous crystal growth such as the activation energy, the crystal growth rate and the induction time. The IECOFS was able to evaluate crystal growth inhibition through the use of chemical inhibitors.

  9. Structural and parameter identification of radioactive tracer kinetics

    Powerful algorithms for both structural and parameter identification problems in studying radioactive tracer kinetics data were developed. A systematic procedure for handling these problems or any other biomedical problem of similar nature, starting from real patient data, is explained. In this context, two techniques based on the Gaussian quadrature formulas for the estimation of the model parameters are given. Moreover, several methods are given for the determination of the model order, in addition to two techniques that can ascertain the validity of the model. The techniques proposed for parameter estimation utilize irregularly spaced observations available as an output for the radioactive tracer kinetics process. These techniques have the advantages of being fast and reliable if compared to other algorithms based on nonlinear programming

  10. Kinetic parameters and TL mechanism in cadmium tetra borate phosphor

    Annalakshmi, O. [Radiological Safety Division, Materials Physics Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam-603102 (India); Jose, M.T., E-mail: mtj@igcar.gov.in [Radiological Safety Division, Materials Physics Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam-603102 (India); Sridevi, J. [Central Leather Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chennai 600 020, Tamilnadhu (India); Venkatraman, B. [Radiological Safety Division, Materials Physics Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam-603102 (India); Amarendra, G. [Materials Physics Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam-603102 (India); Mandal, A.B. [Central Leather Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chennai 600 020, Tamilnadhu (India)

    2014-03-15

    Polycrystalline powder samples of cadmium tetra borate were synthesized by a simple solid state sintering technique and gamma irradiated sample showed a simple Thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak around 460 K. The TL kinetic parameters of gamma irradiated phosphor were determined by initial rise (IR), isothermal decay (ID), peak shape (PS), variable heating rate (VHR) and glow curve de-convolution method. The kinetic parameters such as activation energy (E), frequency factor (s) and order of kinetics (b) were calculated by IR, ID, PS and VHR methods are in the order of ∼1.05 eV, 10{sup 9}–10{sup 12} s{sup −1} and 1.58, respectively. From the results of TL and PL emission studies carried out on the phosphor revealed that the defect centers related to TL is different from that for PL. EPR measurements were carried out to identify the defect centers formed in cadmium tetra borate phosphor on gamma irradiation. Based on EPR studies the mechanism for TL process in cadmium tetra borate is proposed in this paper -- Highlights: • Polycrystalline powder samples of undoped cadmium tetra borate synthesized. • Cadmium tetra borate phosphor exhibits a dosimetric peak at 458 K. • Kinetic parameters of the trap responsible for TL evaluated. • TL mechanism is proposed from TL to EPR correlation studies.

  11. Kinetic parameters and TL mechanism in cadmium tetra borate phosphor

    Polycrystalline powder samples of cadmium tetra borate were synthesized by a simple solid state sintering technique and gamma irradiated sample showed a simple Thermoluminescence (TL) glow peak around 460 K. The TL kinetic parameters of gamma irradiated phosphor were determined by initial rise (IR), isothermal decay (ID), peak shape (PS), variable heating rate (VHR) and glow curve de-convolution method. The kinetic parameters such as activation energy (E), frequency factor (s) and order of kinetics (b) were calculated by IR, ID, PS and VHR methods are in the order of ∼1.05 eV, 109–1012 s−1 and 1.58, respectively. From the results of TL and PL emission studies carried out on the phosphor revealed that the defect centers related to TL is different from that for PL. EPR measurements were carried out to identify the defect centers formed in cadmium tetra borate phosphor on gamma irradiation. Based on EPR studies the mechanism for TL process in cadmium tetra borate is proposed in this paper -- Highlights: • Polycrystalline powder samples of undoped cadmium tetra borate synthesized. • Cadmium tetra borate phosphor exhibits a dosimetric peak at 458 K. • Kinetic parameters of the trap responsible for TL evaluated. • TL mechanism is proposed from TL to EPR correlation studies

  12. Alternative definitions of kinetic parameters for accelerator driven systems

    Highlights: ► New definition of kinetic parameters for accelerator driven systems. ► Difference between effective and average delayed neutron fraction. ► Difference between effective and average prompt neutron lifetime. ► Effect of the neutron source (Cf, D–D, D–T) on ksrc. ► Effect of the (n, xn) reactions and source energy-angle distribution on ksrc. - Abstract: This study introduces a new formulation of kinetic parameters for accelerator driven systems and it is structured into two parts. The first part is dedicated to the classic definition of the kinetic parameters and compares different calculation methodologies. The second part considers a new definition of the kinetic parameters for subcritical assemblies, with particular emphasis on the delayed neutron fraction and the prompt neutron lifetime. This new definition takes into account neutrons from the external neutron source and (n, xn) reactions, which increase the fraction of prompt neutrons. The developed theoretical framework has been applied by Monte Carlo and deterministic calculations to the YALINA Thermal subcritical assembly located in Belarus. This facility can be driven by californium, deuterium–deuterium (D–D), or deuterium–tritium (D–T) external neutron sources. For the D–T neutron source, (n, xn) reactions must be taken into account in order to produce accurate results because the average energy of D–T source neutrons is 14.1 MeV, a value which is much higher than the threshold energy of the (n, 2n) cross section of uranium isotopes.

  13. Incremental parameter estimation of kinetic metabolic network models

    Jia Gengjie

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background An efficient and reliable parameter estimation method is essential for the creation of biological models using ordinary differential equation (ODE. Most of the existing estimation methods involve finding the global minimum of data fitting residuals over the entire parameter space simultaneously. Unfortunately, the associated computational requirement often becomes prohibitively high due to the large number of parameters and the lack of complete parameter identifiability (i.e. not all parameters can be uniquely identified. Results In this work, an incremental approach was applied to the parameter estimation of ODE models from concentration time profiles. Particularly, the method was developed to address a commonly encountered circumstance in the modeling of metabolic networks, where the number of metabolic fluxes (reaction rates exceeds that of metabolites (chemical species. Here, the minimization of model residuals was performed over a subset of the parameter space that is associated with the degrees of freedom in the dynamic flux estimation from the concentration time-slopes. The efficacy of this method was demonstrated using two generalized mass action (GMA models, where the method significantly outperformed single-step estimations. In addition, an extension of the estimation method to handle missing data is also presented. Conclusions The proposed incremental estimation method is able to tackle the issue on the lack of complete parameter identifiability and to significantly reduce the computational efforts in estimating model parameters, which will facilitate kinetic modeling of genome-scale cellular metabolism in the future.

  14. Thermoluminescent kinetics parameters of inorganic dust from camomile

    Furetta, C.; Cruz Z, E. [ICN-UNAM, A.P. 70-543, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Favalli, A. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and Security of Citizen, TP800, Via E. Fermi 21020, Ispra VA (Italy); Gomez R, J.M. [CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Kitis, G. [Nuclear Physics Laboratory, University of Thessaloniky (Greece)

    2006-07-01

    The poly mineral dust extracted from camomile herb was exposed to gamma radiation. The glow curves from these poly minerals show a large, single TL peak, centred at about 440 K. Because the large structure of the glow curves, it seems that the TL signal could be produced by a trap distribution instead of a single level. The thermoluminescent kinetic parameters of the glow curves have been accurately analysed using the Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution (CGCD) applied at different steps during fading experiment at room temperature (RT). Deconvolution has been performed using a continuous distribution of trapping levels, uniformly distributed, including one additional peak in the high temperature region. This peak has been modelled with second-order kinetics. (Author)

  15. Reactivity and kinetic parameters determination in a multiplicative non-stationary system

    A revision of several methods used for solving kinetic equations of a neutronic system is considered. Firstly, kinetic equations in general form are analized, before to revise more important aproximations: point-kinetic method; adiabatic; cuasistatic; eigenvalue equations; nodal, modal and systhesis methods; and variational principles for obtaining kinetic equations. Perturbation theory is used to obtain these parameters, with differents eigenvalue equations representatives of the parameter to be calculated. Also, experimental methods have been included in this work, because of importance the parameters can be measured, and related with those obtained by calculations. Finally, adjoint kinetic equations are resolved to obtain the importance function used in weighted reactivity and kinetic parameters determinations. (author)

  16. ENZYPLOTW: A USEFUL TOOL TO CALCULATE ENZYME KINETIC PARAMETERS

    F.A Leone

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Assays  of  enzyme  activity  are  among  the  most  frequently  employed  procedures  in  biochemistry.  They  are used to estimate the amount  of a given enzyme in a cell or tissue, to quantify kinetic parameters or to investigate a catalytic  mechanism.  The purpose of enzyme  kinetics  obtained  under steady-state conditions is  to estimate  KM and VM values by fitting initial rate (v and substrate concentration (S values to the Michaelis-Menten equation, permitting a convenient graphical representation and an accurate estimation of KM and VM. However, there is no ideal assay for any  particular  enzyme  and,  since  the  assay  of enzyme  activity  is  essentially a  kinetic  measurement,  various  pitfalls await  the unwary investigator.  Despite  difficulties  consequent to intrinsic  enzyme  properties,  kinetic  parameters  can be  estimated  accurately  when  steady-state  conditions  (<10%  variation  in  substrate  concentration  during  activity assay and initial rate measurements (catalytic enzyme concentration are guaranteed.EnzyplotW  is  an application developed for  use  on any  Intel-based  computer running  Windows 98 or  later, and uses a non-linear  regression method to fit steady-state kinetic data for Michaelian enzymes. EnzyplotW  can be employed not only for educational purposes but also in routine laboratory work, and includes three important features: teaching students how to obtain and recognize sound data for the best estimation of kinetic parameter values; aid the investigator  at the bench  in gauging  the limitations  of the various  equivalent plots  of the Michaelis-Menten  equation used to estimate KM and VM; and allow the student to manipulate the mathematical formula of the corresponding plot to  comprehend  the  qualitative  and  quantitative  issues  that  govern  the  relationship  between  substrate

  17. Kinetic parameters of silicon uptake by rice cultivars

    Priscila Oliveira Martins

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Silicon is considered an important chemical element for rice, because it can improve tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress. However, in many situations no positive effect of silicon was observed, probably due to genetic factors. The objective of this research was to monitor Si uptake kinetics and identify responses of rice cultivars in terms of Si uptake capacity and use. The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse of the São Paulo State University (UNESP, Brazil. The experiment was arranged in a completely randomized, factorial design with three replications. that consisted of two rice cultivars and two Si levels. Kinetic parameters (Vmax, Km, and Cmin, root morphology variables, dry matter yield, Si accumulation and levels in shoots and roots, uptake efficiency, utilization efficiency, and root/shoot ratio were evaluated. Higher Si concentrations in the nutrient solution did not increase rice dry matter. The development of the low-affinity silicon uptake system of the rice cultivar 'Caiapó' was better than of 'Maravilha'.

  18. Pyrolysis of Sawdust, Rice Husk and Sugarcane Bagasse: Kinetic Modeling and Estimation of Kinetic Parameters using Different Optimization Tools

    Khonde, Ruta Dhanram; Chaurasia, Ashish Subhash

    2015-04-01

    The present study provides the kinetic model to describe the pyrolysis of sawdust, rice-husk and sugarcane bagasse as biomass. The kinetic scheme used for modelling of primary pyrolysis consisting of the two parallel reactions giving gaseous volatiles and solid char. Estimation of kinetic parameters for pyrolysis process has been carried out for temperature range of 773-1,173 K. As there are serious issues regarding non-convergence of some of the methods or solutions converging to local-optima, the proposed kinetic model is optimized to predict the best values of kinetic parameters for the system using three approaches—Two-dimensional surface fitting non-linear regression technique, MS-Excel Solver Tool and COMSOL software. The model predictions are in agreement with experimental data over a wide range of pyrolysis conditions. The estimated value of kinetic parameters are compared with earlier researchers and found to be matching well.

  19. Generation of a library of two-group diffusion and kinetics parameters for DYN3D

    A library of two-group diffusion and kinetics parameters has been generated for the neutron kinetics code DYN3D for analysis of reactivity initiated accidents for the WWER-440 reactors, based on the MAGRU approximation methodology for the diffusion and kinetics parameters. The accuracy of this methodology has been tested and the conclusion is that it is not adequate. A new approximation methodology, based on interpolation for the most widely varying parameters, i.e. the moderator temperature and density, and on approximation for all other independent parameters, is presented. The methodology of calculation of the kinetics parameters using primary data from ENDF-B/VI is described in detail (Authors)

  20. On enzyme kinetic parameters modification of gamma irradiation

    To elucidate the molecular mechanisms of gamma-ray action on biomolecules there were investigated the modifications in activity and other kinetic parameters for some enzymes irradiated in pure dry state at relative high doses. There were considered bacterial and fungal α-amylases, glucoamylase and Mucor sp. protease irradiated by a 60 Co gamma-ray source in the dose range 1.0-30.0 kGy, at different dose-rates between 0.5-2.0 kGy/h, at room temperature. Considering the enzyme inactivation in this dose range, the dose-effect relationships have an expected form and depend on the irradiation conditions but not significantly on the dose rate. The catalytic properties of enzymes were modified by irradiation. By usual methods it is evidenced a direct correlation between the enzymatic activities, Michaelis-Menten constant, Km, reaction velocities, v, and the irradiation dose. These experimental findings can support a self-consistent theoretical approach on biophysical radiation action on biological active molecules like enzymes. At the same time, some enzyme behaviour to irradiation could be considered like a good biological indicator of radiation response. (Author) 4 Figs., 19 Refs

  1. Kinetic model identification and parameters estimation from TGA experiments

    Reverte, Cédric; Dirion, Jean-Louis; Cabassud, Michel

    2007-01-01

    The presented work is a part of an ongoing research effort on the development of a general methodology for the determination of kinetic models of solid thermal decomposition under pyrolysis conditions with thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) devices. The goal is to determine a simple and robust kinetic model for a given solid with the minimum of TGA experiments. From the latter point of view, this work can be seen as the optimal design of TGA experiments for pyrolysis kinetic modelling. In this ...

  2. Thermoluminescence kinetic parameters of perovskite-like KMgF{sub 3} activated by various ions

    Furetta, C.; Azorin, J.; Rivera, T. [Dep. de Fisica, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Sepulveda, F. [Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas IPN, 07738 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Gonzalez, P.R. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo, 11801 Mex o D.F. (Mexico)

    2002-07-01

    This paper reports the results of an investigation on the thermoluminescent (Tl) kinetics parameters of the perovskite KMgF{sub 3} activated by Ce, Er and La ions. The kinetics parameters have been determined using the peak shape (PS) methods. Some of the experimental results have been also checked using an acceptance test. (Author)

  3. Thermoluminescence kinetic parameters of perovskite-like KMgF3 activated by various ions

    This paper reports the results of an investigation on the thermoluminescent (Tl) kinetics parameters of the perovskite KMgF3 activated by Ce, Er and La ions. The kinetics parameters have been determined using the peak shape (PS) methods. Some of the experimental results have been also checked using an acceptance test. (Author)

  4. Calculating the parameters of reactor kinetics with increased accuracy

    The procedure of reactor kinetics equation solution with high accuracy and the program realizing this procedure are described. The method is based on approximation of reactor neutron flux density and concentration of nuclei-precursors of delayed neutrons on the final time interval by the polynomial of the 3d type. This approach permits to by-pass multiple limitations of different numerical methods applied before to solve the same problem (restriction in value of a time step due to possibility of stability loss, in condition of completeness of a set of point kinetics equations, in value of the induced error on every time step). Calculations of reactor kinetics for different variants of reactivity representation are carried out

  5. Mechanism and Kinetic Parameters of Thermal Decomposition of Cobalt Dichloride Hexahydrate

    2000-01-01

    The thermal decomposition of the cobalt dichloride hexahydrate and its kinetics were studied by TG and DTG technique under the non-isothermal condition with nitrogen atnosphere.The non-isothermal kinetic data and kinetic parameters were evaluated by means of integral and differential methods.The most probable mechanism functions of the thermal decomposition reaction for the first stage are:f(α)=(1-α)2 and g(α)=(1-α)-1-1.

  6. An Easy Method for Calculating Kinetic Parameters of Electrochemical Mechanisms: Temkin’s Formalism

    Vidal-Iglesias, Francisco J.; Solla-Gullón, José; Montiel Leguey, Vicente; Aldaz Riera, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    One of the typical problems addressed in electrochemical textbooks is how to define the theoretical kinetic law of an electrochemical reaction and how to propose a plausible mechanism for this reaction from its kinetic parameters, usually the Tafel slope and reaction orders.

  7. Parameter Estimates in Differential Equation Models for Chemical Kinetics

    Winkel, Brian

    2011-01-01

    We discuss the need for devoting time in differential equations courses to modelling and the completion of the modelling process with efforts to estimate the parameters in the models using data. We estimate the parameters present in several differential equation models of chemical reactions of order n, where n = 0, 1, 2, and apply more general…

  8. Estimation of Kinetic Parameters for Autocatalytic Oxidation of Cyclohexane Based on a Modified Adaptive Genetic Algorithm

    刘平乐; 邹丽珊; 罗和安; 王良芥; 郑金华

    2004-01-01

    A modified genetic algorithm of multiple selection strategies, crossover strategies and adaptive operator is constructed, and it is used to estimate the kinetic parameters in autocatalytic oxidation of cyclohexane. The influences of selection strategy, crossover strategy and mutation strategy on algorithm performance are discussed. This algorithm with a specially designed adaptive operator avoids the problem of local optimum usually associated with using standard genetic algorithm and simplex method. The kinetic parameters obtained from the modified genetic algorithm are credible and the calculation results using these parameters agree well with experimental data. Furthermore, a new kinetic model of cyclohexane autocatalytic oxidation is established and the kinetic parameters are estimated by using the modified genetic algorithm.

  9. Kinetic parameters of transformation of americium and plutonium physicochemical forms in podsol soils

    Kinetic parameters of transformation of americium and plutonium physicochemical forms have been estimated and the prognosis of fixing and remobilization of these nuclides in podsol soils have been made on that basis in the work. (authors)

  10. k-Cone analysis: determining all candidate values for kinetic parameters on a network scale.

    Famili, Iman; Mahadevan, Radhakrishnan; Palsson, Bernhard O

    2005-03-01

    The absence of comprehensive measured kinetic values and the observed inconsistency in the available in vitro kinetic data has hindered the formulation of network-scale kinetic models of biochemical reaction networks. To meet this challenge we present an approach to construct a convex space, termed the k-cone, which contains all the allowable numerical values of the kinetic constants in large-scale biochemical networks. The definition of the k-cone relies on the incorporation of in vivo concentration data and a simplified approach to represent enzyme kinetics within an established constraint-based modeling approach. The k-cone approach was implemented to define the allowable combination of numerical values for a full kinetic model of human red blood cell metabolism and to study its correlated kinetic parameters. The k-cone approach can be used to determine consistency between in vitro measured kinetic values and in vivo concentration and flux measurements when used in a network-scale kinetic model. k-Cone analysis was successful in determining whether in vitro measured kinetic values used in the reconstruction of a kinetic-based model of Saccharomyces cerevisiae central metabolism could reproduce in vivo measurements. Further, the k-cone can be used to determine which numerical values of in vitro measured parameters are required to be changed in a kinetic model if in vivo measured values are not reproduced. k-Cone analysis could identify what minimum number of in vitro determined kinetic parameters needed to be adjusted in the S. cerevisiae model to be consistent with the in vivo data. Applying the k-cone analysis a priori to kinetic model development may reduce the time and effort involved in model building and parameter adjustment. With the recent developments in high-throughput profiling of metabolite concentrations at a whole-cell scale and advances in metabolomics technologies, the k-cone approach presented here may hold the promise for kinetic

  11. Determining the Kinetic Parameters Characteristic of Microalgal Growth.

    Martinez Sancho, Maria Eugenie; And Others

    1991-01-01

    An activity in which students obtain a growth curve for algae, identify the exponential and linear growth phases, and calculate the parameters which characterize both phases is described. The procedure, a list of required materials, experimental conditions, analytical technique, and a discussion of the interpretations of individual results are…

  12. Preparation of bilinear weighted kinetics parameters for WWER-440 reactivity measurement

    A practical procedure for the computation of bilinear weighted core kinetics parameters of WWER-440 reactors, intended to be used in experimental reactivity determination by the inverse kinetics method is described. The results from its application are benchmarked against those obtained on the basis of a many-group fine-mesh two dimensional solution of the core boundary problem The sensitivity of core kinetics parameters and of the resultant experimental reactivity values to the variation of primary delayed neutron data is evaluated. The AER kinetics parameters benchmark is solved and the results are commented. Statistical data about calculated and measured reactivity effects during the start-up tests of units 1-4 of the Kozloduy NPP presented and discussed (Authors)

  13. Measurement of kinetic parameters of human platelet DNA polymerase gamma.

    Taanman, Jan-Willem; Heiske, Margit; Letellier, Thierry

    2010-08-01

    Synthesis of mitochondrial DNA is performed by DNA polymerase gamma. Mutations in POLG, the gene encoding the catalytic subunit of DNA polymerase gamma, are a major cause of neurological disease. A large proportion of patients carry rare nucleotide substitutions leading to single amino acid changes. Confirming that these replacements are pathogenic can be problematic without biochemical evidence. Here, we provide a hands-on protocol for an in vitro kinetic assay of DNA polymerase gamma which allows assessment of the K(m) and V(max) for the incoming nucleotide of the polymerization reaction. To avoid measurement of contaminating nuclear DNA polymerases, platelet extracts are used since platelets do not contain a nucleus. Moreover, platelets have the advantage of being obtainable relatively non-invasively. Polymerization activity is determined by measurement of the incorporation of radioactive thymidine 5'-triphosphate (dTTP) on the homopolymeric RNA substrate poly(rA).oligo(dT)(12-18). To further minimize nuclear DNA polymerase activity, aphidicolin, an inhibitor of most nuclear DNA polymerases, is included in the reaction. In addition, reactions are carried out in the absence and presence of the competitive inhibitor of DNA polymerase gamma, 2',3'-dideoxythymidine 5'-triphosphate (ddTTP), to allow calculation of the ddTTP-sensitive incorporation. With this method, platelets from healthy control subjects extracted with 3% Triton X-100 showed a K(m) for dTTP of 1.42 microM and a V(max) of 0.83 pmol min(-1)mg(-1). PMID:20227504

  14. Investigation of transfer parameters from the radiochromium on erythrocyte kinetic

    This study analyzes and interprets results of destruction and survival data from 51Cr labeled red cells to the more common and realistic situations for diagnostic applications in clinical and nuclear hematology. The destructive process and the deviation of the cell system from the equilibrium state can be conveniently studied in terms of the disappearance rate of labeled red blood cells, using some transfer parameters. The investigation was concentrated on selection and study of a mathematical model to describe significantly the elimination process and to improve and simplify the computational analysis of data in chromium erythrokinetics from patients and normal individuals for control. (author)

  15. Adjoint Weighted Kinetics Parameter Estimation in the Monte Carlo Wielandt Calculations

    Choi, Sung Hoon; Shim, Hyung Jin [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    In order to eliminate this huge memory consumption in the current adjoint estimation method, we have developed a new method in which the pedigree of a single history is utilized by applying the MC Wielandt method. The Wielandt method allows the estimations of the adjoint flux and adjoint-weighted parameters within a single cycle neutron simulations. The effectiveness of the new method is demonstrated in the kinetics parameter estimations for an infinite homogeneous two-group problem and the Godiva facility. We have developed an efficient algorithm for the adjoint-weighted kinetics parameter estimation in the MC Wielandt calculations which can significantly reduce the memory usage. From the numerical applications, it is demonstrated that the new method can predict the kinetics parameters with great accuracy.

  16. Inverse modeling approach for evaluation of kinetic parameters of a biofilm reactor using tabu search.

    Kumar, B Shiva; Venkateswarlu, Ch

    2014-08-01

    The complex nature of biological reactions in biofilm reactors often poses difficulties in analyzing such reactors experimentally. Mathematical models could be very useful for their design and analysis. However, application of biofilm reactor models to practical problems proves somewhat ineffective due to the lack of knowledge of accurate kinetic models and uncertainty in model parameters. In this work, we propose an inverse modeling approach based on tabu search (TS) to estimate the parameters of kinetic and film thickness models. TS is used to estimate these parameters as a consequence of the validation of the mathematical models of the process with the aid of measured data obtained from an experimental fixed-bed anaerobic biofilm reactor involving the treatment of pharmaceutical industry wastewater. The results evaluated for different modeling configurations of varying degrees of complexity illustrate the effectiveness of TS for accurate estimation of kinetic and film thickness model parameters of the biofilm process. The results show that the two-dimensional mathematical model with Edward kinetics (with its optimum parameters as mu(max)rho(s)/Y = 24.57, Ks = 1.352 and Ki = 102.36) and three-parameter film thickness expression (with its estimated parameters as a = 0.289 x 10(-5), b = 1.55 x 10(-4) and c = 15.2 x 10(-6)) better describes the biofilm reactor treating the industry wastewater. PMID:25306783

  17. Correlations of kinetic parameters in biomass pyrolysis with solid residue yield and lignin content

    Hashimoto, Kenji; Hasegawa, Isao; Hayashi, Junichi; Mae, Kazuhiro

    2011-01-01

    A kinetic analysis of the pyrolysis of various types of biomass (trunk, bark, leaf, shell, herbage, food dregs, and polysaccharide) as well as synthetic biomass consisting of cellulose and lignin was performed using thermogravimetric analysis data. The reaction rates of biomass pyrolysis were found to be expressed simply by a single nth-order reaction model. The kinetic parameters (frequency factor k0, activation energy E, and reaction order n) were estimated first by differentiating the ther...

  18. Reaction Kinetic Parameters and Surface Thermodynamic Properties of Cu2O Nanocubes

    Xingxing Li

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Cuprous oxide (Cu2O nanocubes were synthesized by reducing Cu(OH2 in the presence of sodium citrate at room temperature. The samples were characterized in detail by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and N2 absorption (BET specific surface area. The equations for acquiring reaction kinetic parameters and surface thermodynamic properties of Cu2O nanocubes were deduced by establishment of the relations between thermodynamic functions of Cu2O nanocubes and these of the bulk Cu2O. Combined with thermochemical cycle, transition state theory, basic theory of chemical thermodynamics, and in situ microcalorimetry, reaction kinetic parameters, specific surface enthalpy, specific surface Gibbs free energy, and specific surface entropy of Cu2O nanocubes were successfully determined. We also introduced a universal route for gaining reaction kinetic parameters and surface thermodynamic properties of nanomaterials.

  19. Method of tallying adjoint fluence and calculating kinetics parameters in Monte Carlo codes

    A method of using iterated fission probability to estimate the adjoint fluence during particles simulation, and using it as the weighting function to calculate kinetics parameters βeff and A in Monte Carlo codes, was introduced in this paper. Implements of this method in continuous energy Monte Carlo code MCNP and multi-group Monte Carlo code MCMG are both elaborated. Verification results show that, with regardless additional computing cost, using this method, the adjoint fluence accounted by MCMG matches well with the result computed by ANISN, and the kinetics parameters calculated by MCNP agree very well with benchmarks. This method is proved to be reliable, and the function of calculating kinetics parameters in Monte Carlo codes is carried out effectively, which could be the basement for Monte Carlo codes' utility in the analysis of nuclear reactors' transient behavior. (authors)

  20. Fuzzy Stochastic Petri Nets for Modeling Biological Systems with Uncertain Kinetic Parameters.

    Liu, Fei; Heiner, Monika; Yang, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Stochastic Petri nets (SPNs) have been widely used to model randomness which is an inherent feature of biological systems. However, for many biological systems, some kinetic parameters may be uncertain due to incomplete, vague or missing kinetic data (often called fuzzy uncertainty), or naturally vary, e.g., between different individuals, experimental conditions, etc. (often called variability), which has prevented a wider application of SPNs that require accurate parameters. Considering the strength of fuzzy sets to deal with uncertain information, we apply a specific type of stochastic Petri nets, fuzzy stochastic Petri nets (FSPNs), to model and analyze biological systems with uncertain kinetic parameters. FSPNs combine SPNs and fuzzy sets, thereby taking into account both randomness and fuzziness of biological systems. For a biological system, SPNs model the randomness, while fuzzy sets model kinetic parameters with fuzzy uncertainty or variability by associating each parameter with a fuzzy number instead of a crisp real value. We introduce a simulation-based analysis method for FSPNs to explore the uncertainties of outputs resulting from the uncertainties associated with input parameters, which works equally well for bounded and unbounded models. We illustrate our approach using a yeast polarization model having an infinite state space, which shows the appropriateness of FSPNs in combination with simulation-based analysis for modeling and analyzing biological systems with uncertain information. PMID:26910830

  1. Kinetics parameters of a slurry remediation process in rotating drum bioreactors

    Esquivel-Rios, I.; Rodriguez-Meza, M. A.; Barrera-Cortes, J.

    2009-07-01

    The knowledge of biotransformation pollution dynamics in any systems is important for design and optimization purposes of biochemical processes involved. this is focus to the determination of kinetics parameters such as the maximum specific growth rate ({mu}MAX), saturation constant (Ks), biomass yield (YX/S; X: biomass, S: substrate) and oxygen consumption (YO{sub 2}/S; O{sub 2}: oxygen). Several approximations, based on Monod equation, have been developed for estimating kinetics parameters in terms of concentration and type of substrate, bioprocess type and microflora available. (Author)

  2. Kinetics parameter measurements on RSG-GAS, a low-enriched fuel reactor

    Kinetics parameter measurements, such as reactivity worths of control rods and fuel elements, beam tube void reactivity, power reactivity coefficient and xenon poisoning reactivity have been performed on different cores of Reaktor Serba Guna G.A. Siwabessy (RSG-GAS). In parallel, a programme was also initiated to measure the other kinetics parameters like effective delayed neutron life time, prompt neutron decay constant, validation of period reactivity relationship and zero power frequency response function. The paper provides the results of these measurements. (author)

  3. EQUILIBRIUM AND KINETIC PARAMETERS FOR THE SEDIMENTATION OF TARTARIC SALTS IN YOUNG WINES

    Ecaterina Covaci

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In young wines potassium hydrogen tartrate is always present in supersaturating concentration and crystallizes spontaneously. The aim of this study is to obtain kinetic parameters, which explain the stability of young wines during the stabilization treatments. The kinetic and equilibrium parameters were evaluated and discussed. The heating factor has a decisive influence on the reaction rate of potassium hydrogen tartrate precipitation in young wines. An increase of temperature leads to a decrease in efficiency of stabilization process and to an enhancement of the activation energy of the system. According to the obtained experimental results, the optimal regime for production and stabilization of young wines has been established.

  4. Application of micro-genetic algorithm for calibration of kinetic parameters in HCCI engine combustion model

    Haozhong HUANG; Wanhua SU

    2008-01-01

    The micro-genetic algorithm (μGA) as a highly effective optimization method, is applied to calibrate to a newly developed reduced chemical kinetic model (40 species and 62 reactions) for the homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) combustion of n-heptane to improve its autoignition predictions for different engine operating conditions. The seven kinetic parameters of the calibrated model are determined using a combination of the Micro-Genetic Algorithm and the SENKIN program of CHEMKIN chemical kinetics software package. Simulation results show that the autoignition predictions of the calibrated model agree better with those of the detailed chemical kinetic model (544 species and 2 446 reactions) than the original model over the range of equivalence ratios from 0.1-1.3 and temperature from 300-3 000 K. The results of this study have demonstrated that the μGA is an effective tool to facilitate the calibration of a large number of kinetic parameters in a reduced kinetic model.

  5. Study of the Kinetics parameters in LiF: Mg, Cu, P

    This report contains a collection of data on the kinetics parameters of the main thermoluminiscent peaks in LiF:Mg,Cu,P. These data have been obtained using different experimental and numerical methods including initial rise, peak shape, araea measurement, glow curve, deconvolution and isothermal decay methods. From this study it can be deduced that the main peaks in the LiF:Mg,Cu,P glow curve obey first order kinetics, only the residual high temperature peaks 5th and 6th seem to follow higher kinetics order. The agreement among the different methods for the activation energy, frequency factor and kinetics order values for the different peaks is fairly good. (Author)

  6. Evaluation of Anaerobic Biofilm Reactor Kinetic Parameters Using Ant Colony Optimization.

    Satya, Eswari Jujjavarapu; Venkateswarlu, Chimmiri

    2013-09-01

    Fixed bed reactors with naturally attached biofilms are increasingly used for anaerobic treatment of industry wastewaters due their effective treatment performance. The complex nature of biological reactions in biofilm processes often poses difficulty in analyzing them experimentally, and mathematical models could be very useful for their design and analysis. However, effective application of biofilm reactor models to practical problems suffers due to the lack of knowledge of accurate kinetic models and uncertainty in model parameters. In this work, an inverse modeling approach based on ant colony optimization is proposed and applied to estimate the kinetic and film thickness model parameters of wastewater treatment process in an anaerobic fixed bed biofilm reactor. Experimental data of pharmaceutical industry wastewater treatment process are used to determine the model parameters as a consequence of the solution of the rigorous mathematical models of the process. Results were evaluated for different modeling configurations derived from the combination of mathematical models, kinetic expressions, and optimization algorithms. Analysis of results showed that the two-dimensional mathematical model with Haldane kinetics better represents the pharmaceutical wastewater treatment in the biofilm reactor. The mathematical and kinetic modeling of this work forms a useful basis for the design and optimization of industry wastewater treating biofilm reactors. PMID:24065871

  7. Estimation of Adjoint-Weighted Kinetics Parameters in Monte Carlo Wieland Calculations

    Choi, Sung Hoon; Shim, Hyung Jin [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-07-01

    The effective delayed neutron fraction, β{sub eff}, and the prompt neutron generation time, Λ, in the point kinetics equation are weighted by the adjoint flux to improve the accuracy of the reactivity estimate. Recently the Monte Carlo (MC) kinetics parameter estimation methods by using the self-consistent adjoint flux calculated in the MC forward simulations have been developed and successfully applied for the research reactor analyses. However these adjoint estimation methods based on the cycle-by-cycle genealogical table require a huge memory size to store the pedigree hierarchy. In this paper, we present a new adjoint estimation in which the pedigree of a single history is utilized by applying the MC Wielandt method. The effectiveness of the new method is demonstrated in the kinetics parameter estimations for infinite homogeneous two-group problems and the Godiva critical facility.

  8. Computing adjoint-weighted kinetics parameters in TRIPOLI-4® by the Iterated Fission Probability method

    Highlights: • We present a Monte Carlo method for computing the adjoint-weighted kinetics parameters via the IFP algorithm. • Extensive verification tests are performed on simple models. • Several validation tests are performed on the measured values of effective delayed neutron fraction and Rossi alpha. - Abstract: The analysis of neutron kinetics relies on the knowledge of adjoint-weighted kinetics parameters, which are key to safety issues in the context of transient or accidental reactor behavior. The Iterated Fission Probability (IFP) method allows the adjoint-weighted mean generation time and delayed neutron fraction to be computed within a Monte Carlo power iteration calculation. In this work we describe the specific features of the implementation of the IFP algorithm in the reference Monte Carlo code TRIPOLI-4® developed at CEA. Several verification and validation tests are discussed, and the impact of nuclear data libraries, IFP cycle length and inter-cycle correlations are analyzed in detail

  9. Efficient estimation of adjoint-weighted kinetics parameters in the Monte Carlo Wielandt calculations

    The effective delayed neutron fraction, βeff, and the prompt neutron generation time, Λ, in the point kinetics equation are weighted by the adjoint flux to improve the accuracy of the reactivity estimate. Recently the Monte Carlo (MC) kinetics parameter estimation methods by using the adjoint flux calculated in the MC forward simulations have been developed and successfully applied for reactor analyses. However these adjoint estimation methods based on the cycle-by-cycle genealogical table require a huge memory size to store the pedigree hierarchy. In this paper, we present a new adjoint estimation method in which the pedigree of a single history is utilized by applying the MC Wielandt method. The algorithm of the new method is derived and its effectiveness is demonstrated in the kinetics parameter estimations for infinite homogeneous two-group problems and critical facilities. (author)

  10. Determination of Kinetic Parameters within a Single Nonisothermal On-Flow Experiment by Nanoliter NMR Spectroscopy.

    Gomez, M Victoria; Rodriguez, Antonio M; de la Hoz, Antonio; Jimenez-Marquez, Francisco; Fratila, Raluca M; Barneveld, Peter A; Velders, Aldrik H

    2015-10-20

    Conventional methods to determine the kinetic parameters for a certain reaction require multiple, separate isothermal experiments, resulting in time- and material-consuming processes. Here, an approach to determine the kinetic information within a single nonisothermal on-flow experiment is presented, consuming less than 10 μmol of reagents and having a total measuring time of typically 10 min. This approach makes use of a microfluidic NMR chip hyphenated to a continuous-flow microreactor and is based on the capabilities of the NMR chip to analyze subnanomole quantities of material in the 25 nL detection volume. Importantly, useful data are acquired from the microreactor platform in specific isothermal and nonisothermal frames. A model fitting the experimental data enables rapid determination of kinetic parameters, as demonstrated for a library of isoxazole and pyrazole derivatives. PMID:26383715

  11. Estimation of Adjoint-Weighted Kinetics Parameters in Monte Carlo Wieland Calculations

    The effective delayed neutron fraction, βeff, and the prompt neutron generation time, Λ, in the point kinetics equation are weighted by the adjoint flux to improve the accuracy of the reactivity estimate. Recently the Monte Carlo (MC) kinetics parameter estimation methods by using the self-consistent adjoint flux calculated in the MC forward simulations have been developed and successfully applied for the research reactor analyses. However these adjoint estimation methods based on the cycle-by-cycle genealogical table require a huge memory size to store the pedigree hierarchy. In this paper, we present a new adjoint estimation in which the pedigree of a single history is utilized by applying the MC Wielandt method. The effectiveness of the new method is demonstrated in the kinetics parameter estimations for infinite homogeneous two-group problems and the Godiva critical facility

  12. MCNP5 study on kinetics parameters of coupled fast-thermal system HERBE

    Pešić Milan P.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available New validation of the well-known Monte Carlo code MCNP5 against measured criticality and kinetics data for the coupled fast-thermal HERBE System at the Reactor B critical assembly is shown in this paper. Results of earlier calculations of these criticality and kinetics parameters, done by combination of transport and diffusion codes using two-dimension geometry model are compared to results of new calculations carried out by the MCNP5 code in three-dimension geometry. Satisfactory agreements in comparison of new results with experimental data, in spite complex heterogeneous composition of the HERBE core, are achieved confirming that MCNP5 code could apply successfully to study on HERBE kinetics parameters after uncertainties in impurities in material compositions and positions of fuel elements in fast zone were removed.

  13. Kinetic Parameters for the Noncatalyzed and Enzyme-Catalyzed Mutarotation of Glucose Using a Blood Glucometer

    Hardee, John R.; Delgado, Bryan; Jones, Wray

    2011-01-01

    The kinetic parameters for the conversion of alpha-D-glucose to beta-D-glucose were measured using a blood glucometer. The reaction order, rate constant, and Arrhenius activation energy are reported for the noncatalyzed reaction and turnover number and Michaelis constant are reported for the reaction catalyzed by porcine kidney mutarotase. The…

  14. Kinetic parameters of nitrous oxide production and reduction during denitrification in pasture soils

    Čuhel, Jiří; Šimek, Miloslav

    Braunschweig : Bba - Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, 2007. s. 160. [Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology. BAGECO 9. Microbial Community Networks /9./. 23.06.2007-27.06.2007, Wernigerode] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : kinetic parameters * nitrous oxide production * denitrification in pasture soils Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour

  15. Kinetic Parameters Estimation in a MTR Research and Production Reactor in Subcritical States

    Subcritical measurements were performed for the first time at the RA-3 research and production reactor in order to obtain relevant kinetic parameters for the safe operation of the reactor. Measurements were made during the shut-down period in presence of high background gamma radiation (greater than 106 R/h) and xenon. At each stationary subcritical state, the neutron source was assumed to come from photoneutron precursors produced during the normal operation of the reactor. Kinetic parameters were estimated using both neutron noise and inverse kinetics techniques. It was possible to estimate the photoneutron effectiveness of the RA-3 reactor, giving a value of (1.11 ± 0.05) 10-4. Using the least squares inverse kinetics method the neutron source strength was estimated and then used in the inverse kinetics equation in order to get the reactivity evolution during the change of core configuration of the reactor. The study of the obtained experimental values shows the existence of spatial effects in the reactivity estimation, which were confirmed by numerical simulations carried out with the diffusive neutron code PUMA. (author)

  16. A methodology for modeling photocatalytic reactors for indoor pollution control using previously estimated kinetic parameters

    Highlights: ► Indoor pollution control via photocatalytic reactors. ► Scaling-up methodology based on previously determined mechanistic kinetics. ► Radiation interchange model between catalytic walls using configuration factors. ► Modeling and experimental validation of a complex geometry photocatalytic reactor. - Abstract: A methodology for modeling photocatalytic reactors for their application in indoor air pollution control is carried out. The methodology implies, firstly, the determination of intrinsic reaction kinetics for the removal of formaldehyde. This is achieved by means of a simple geometry, continuous reactor operating under kinetic control regime and steady state. The kinetic parameters were estimated from experimental data by means of a nonlinear optimization algorithm. The second step was the application of the obtained kinetic parameters to a very different photoreactor configuration. In this case, the reactor is a corrugated wall type using nanosize TiO2 as catalyst irradiated by UV lamps that provided a spatially uniform radiation field. The radiative transfer within the reactor was modeled through a superficial emission model for the lamps, the ray tracing method and the computation of view factors. The velocity and concentration fields were evaluated by means of a commercial CFD tool (Fluent 12) where the radiation model was introduced externally. The results of the model were compared experimentally in a corrugated wall, bench scale reactor constructed in the laboratory. The overall pollutant conversion showed good agreement between model predictions and experiments, with a root mean square error less than 4%.

  17. Parameter analysis of the neutron point kinetics equations with feedback temperature effects

    Highlights: • Mathematical models describing the point reactor kinetics equations of Nuclear Power Plants. • Block diagram model for kinetic equations solution using VisSim environment. • Comparison between both analytical and numerical solutions. • Neutron flux density and reactor reactivity are analyzed. • Efficient control is performed for Nuclear Power Plants. - Abstract: The paper presents a solution technique for modeling point nuclear kinetic equations based on one group of delayed neutrons and temperature feedback. Explicit and implicit solutions for point kinetic equations are used for this purpose. Analytical treatment is conducted. Mathematical models describing neutron density and reactor reactivity are deduced. Also, Matlab Simulink and VisSim environments are used to achieve the implicit solution. Using of graphical user interface allows a quick experimentation with alternative values of performance parameters such as initial reactivity, initial neutron flux density, temperature coefficient of reactivity and reciprocal of thermal capacity of reactor. Moreover, implicit solutions of dynamic equations governing point nuclear kinetic equations provide exact handling of the device performance. Proposed mathematical models and block diagram simulation results are validated against published work and full agreements are obtained. Several performance parameters are tuned to enhance the performance of these point nuclear kinetic equations through the presented methodology. The resultant performance characteristics and comparison among investigated models are presented in this work. The obtained results confirm that the implicit solution showed less accurate representation of the studied point nuclear kinetic equations compared to mathematical models. Furthermore, the effect of control rod on the neutron flux density was discussed

  18. Thermal kinetic and dielectric parameters of acenaphthene crystal grown by vertical Bridgman technique

    Karuppusamy, S.; Dinesh Babu, K.; Nirmal Kumar, V.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2016-05-01

    The bulk acenaphthene crystal was grown in a single-wall ampoule by vertical Bridgman technique. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the orthorhombic crystal system of title compound with space group Pcm21. Thermal behavior of compound was studied using thermogravimetry—differential scanning calorimetry analysis. Thermal kinetic parameters like activation energy, frequency factor, Avrami exponent, reaction rate and degree of conversion were calculated using Kissingers and Ozawa methods under non-isothermal condition for acenaphthene crystal and reported for the first time. The calculated thermal kinetic parameters are presented. Dielectric studies were performed to calculate the dielectric parameters such as dielectric constant, dielectric loss, AC conductivity, and activation energy from Arrhenius plot.

  19. Effect of temperature on kinetic parameters of decomposition reaction of calcium carbonate

    CHEN Hongwei; CHEN Jiangtao; WEI Riguang; SUO Xinliang

    2013-01-01

    In order to investigate the influence of temperature on behavior of calcium carbonate decomposition,especially on kinetic parameters of the decomposition reaction,the analytically pure calcium carbonate was calcined on a self-built large dose thermogravimetric analyzer.The results indicated that,with an increase in the reaction temperature,the reactivity index of calcium carbonate decomposition increased at stage state while the kinetic parameters decreased at stage state.Moreover,both the reaction indices and the kinetic parameters can be divided into three stages and the temperature turning points in different stages were the same.The phase boundary reaction (cylindrical symmetry) theory was more suitable for calcium carbonate calcination under N2 atmosphere.The change trend of the logarithm of reaction activation with temperature was similar as that of the pre-exponential factor.There existed good liner relationship and kinetic compensation effect between them.The isokinetic temperature of the CaCO3 calcination was 842 ℃ and the reaction rate constant was 0.104 9 min-1 derived by the compensation coefficients.

  20. Thermoluminescence kinetic parameters of different amount La-doped ZnB2O4

    The kinetic parameters of 1%, 2%, 3% and 4% La-doped ZnB2O4 phosphors (i.e. ZnB2O4:0.01La, ZnB2O4:0.02La, ZnB2O4:0.03La and ZnB2O4:0.04La) synthesized by nitric acid method have been calculated. Thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves of ZnB2O4:La phosphors after beta-irradiation showed a very well defined main peak having the maximum temperature at around 200 °C and a shoulder peak at around 315 °C with a constant heating rate of 5 °C/s. The kinetic parameters of ZnB2O4:La phosphors TL glow peaks (i.e. order of kinetics (b), activation energies (Ea) and frequency factors (s)) have been determined and evaluated by Computerized Glow Curve Deconvolution (CGCD), and Peak Shape (PS) methods using the glow curve data. From the results, it can conclude that the values of Ea obtained with these methods for ZnB2O4:La phosphors are consistent with each other, but the s values differ considerably. - Highlights: • Calculation of TL kinetic parameters for La-doped ZnB2O4. • La-doped ZnB2O4 was synthesized by nitric acid method. • Well defined main peak at about 200 °C

  1. Quantification of characteristic parameters for the dissociation kinetics of iron-boron pairs in Czochralski silicon

    We have developed a new process to quantify the dissociation kinetics of iron-boron (FeB) pairs in Czochralski silicon. It is based on determining the characteristic parameters for the association kinetics of FeB pairs by low-temperature thermal activation experiments. The dissociation rates can then be derived from the equilibrium concentration and association rates of FeB pairs at elevated temperatures. Our results show an activation energy of 1.20 eV and an attempt frequency of 9 x 1012 s-1 for FeB dissociation.

  2. Characterisation of sugar cane straw waste as pozzolanic material for construction: Calcining temperature and kinetic parameters

    This paper reports on the influence of calcining temperature (800 and 1000 deg. C) on the pozzolanic activation of sugar cane straw (SCS). The reaction kinetics of SCS ash-lime mixtures were inferred from physicochemical characteristics (X-ray diffraction patterns and thermogravimetry analysis. The fitting of a kinetic-diffusive model to the experimental data (fixed lime versus time) allowed the computing of the kinetic parameters (reaction rate constant) of the pozzolanic reaction. Results obtained confirm that the sugar cane straw ash (SCSA) calcined at 800 and 1000 deg. C have properties indicative of very high pozzolanic activity. No influence of calcining temperature on the pozzolanic activity was observed. Also, no crystalline compounds during the pozzolanic reaction were identified up to 90 days of reaction. Environmental durability and strength of the consequential mortars remain to be assessed

  3. Parameter estimation for whole-body kinetic model of FDG metabolism

    CUI Yunfeng; BAI Jing; CHEN Yingmao; TIAN Jiahe

    2006-01-01

    Based on the radioactive tracer [18F]2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG), positron emission tomography (PET), and compartment model, the tracer kinetic study has become an important method to investigate the glucose metabolic kinetics in human body.In this work, the kinetic parameters of three-compartment and four-parameter model for the FDG metabolism in the tissues of myocardium, lung, liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, and marrow were estimated through some dynamic FDG-PET experiments. Together with published brain and skeletal muscle parameters, a relatively complete whole-body model was presented. In the liver model, the dual blood supply from the hepatic artery and the portal vein to the liver was considered for parameter estimation, and the more accurate results were obtained using the dual-input rather than the single arterial-input. The established whole-body model provides the functional information of FDG metabolism in human body. It can be used to further investigate the glucose metabolism, and also be used for the simulation and visualization of FDG metabolic process in human body.

  4. Kinetic parameter calculation as function of burn-up of candu reactor

    Kinetic parameter calculation as function of burn-up of candu reactor. Kinetic marameter calculation as function of burp-up of CANDU reactor with Canflex fuel type-CANDU has been done. This type of fuel is currently being develop, so kinetic parameter such as effective delay neutron fraction (.......), delay neutron decay constant ( .... ) and prompt neutron generation time ( ...... ) are very important for analysis of reactor operation safety. WIMS-CRNL code was used to generate macroscopic cross section and reaction rate based on transport theory. Fast and thermal neutron velocity and macroscopic cross section fission product of the unit cell were determined by KINETIC Code. The result of calculation showed that the value of effective delay neutron fraction was 7,785616 x 10-3 at the beginning of operation at burn-up of 0 MWD/T and after the reactor operated at burn-up of 7,2231 x 10-3 MWD/T was 4,962766 x 10-3, or reduced by 36%. The value of prompt generation time was 9,982703 x 10-4 s at the beginning of operation at burn-up of 0 MWD/T and 8,965416 x 10-4 s after the reactor operated at burn-up of 7,2231 x 103 MWD/T, or reduced by 10%. The result of calculation showed that the values of effective delay neutron fraction and prompt neutron generation time are still great enough

  5. An investigation on the catalytic capacity of dolomite in transesterification and the calculation of kinetic parameters.

    Niu, Sheng-Li; Huo, Meng-Jia; Lu, Chun-Mei; Liu, Meng-Qi; Li, Hui

    2014-04-01

    The catalytic capacity of dolomite in transesterification was investigated and the kinetic parameters were calculated. The activated dolomites as transesterification catalyst were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption and desorption and Hammett indicator method, where the original dolomite was analyzed by thermogravimetric and X-ray fluorescence in advance. Its potential catalytic capacity was validated from aspects of the activated temperature and the reused property, where the reliability of the experimental system was also examined. Then, influences of the catalyst added amount, the mole ratio of methanol to oil, the transesterification temperature and the transesterification time on the catalytic capacity were investigated. Finally, kinetic parameters of the transesterification catalyzed by the activated dolomite were calculated. PMID:24583217

  6. Effects of correlated parameters and uncertainty in electronic-structure-based chemical kinetic modelling

    Sutton, Jonathan E.; Guo, Wei; Katsoulakis, Markos A.; Vlachos, Dionisios G.

    2016-04-01

    Kinetic models based on first principles are becoming common place in heterogeneous catalysis because of their ability to interpret experimental data, identify the rate-controlling step, guide experiments and predict novel materials. To overcome the tremendous computational cost of estimating parameters of complex networks on metal catalysts, approximate quantum mechanical calculations are employed that render models potentially inaccurate. Here, by introducing correlative global sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification, we show that neglecting correlations in the energies of species and reactions can lead to an incorrect identification of influential parameters and key reaction intermediates and reactions. We rationalize why models often underpredict reaction rates and show that, despite the uncertainty being large, the method can, in conjunction with experimental data, identify influential missing reaction pathways and provide insights into the catalyst active site and the kinetic reliability of a model. The method is demonstrated in ethanol steam reforming for hydrogen production for fuel cells.

  7. Kinetic parameters of soil β-glucosidase response to environmental temperature and moisture regimes

    Yulan Zhang; Lijun Chen; Zhijie Wu; Caixia Sun

    2011-01-01

    Soil β-glucosidase participates in the final step of cellulose biodegradation. It is significant in the soil C cycle and is used as an indicator of the biological fertility of soil. However, the response of its kinetic parameters to environmental temperature and moisture regimes is not well understood. This study tested the β-glucosidase response in the main agricultural soils (black soil, albic soil, brown soil, and cinnamon soil) of Northeast China. Incubation tests were conducted to measur...

  8. Kinetic parameters evaluation of PWRs using static cell and core calculation codes

    Highlights: ► In this study, we have calculated effective delayed neutron fraction and prompt neutron lifetime in PWRs. ► New software has been developed to link the WIMS, BORGES and CITATION codes in Visual C computer programming language. ► This software is used for calculation of the kinetic parameters in a typical VVER-1000 and NOK Beznau reactor. ► The ratios ((βeff)i)/((βeff)core) , which are the important input data for the reactivity accident analysis, are also calculated. - Abstract: In this paper, evaluation of the kinetic parameters (effective delayed neutron fraction and prompt neutron lifetime) in PWRs, using static cell and core calculation codes, is reported. A new software has been developed to link the WIMS, BORGES and CITATION codes in Visual C computer programming language. Using the WIMS cell calculation code, multigroup microscopic cross-sections and number densities of different materials can be generated in a binary file. By the use of BORGES code, these binary-form cross-sections and number densities are converted to a format readable by the CITATION core calculation code, by which the kinetic parameters can be finally obtained. This software is used for calculation of the kinetic parameters in a typical VVER-1000 and NOK Beznau reactor. The ratios ((βeff)i)/((βeff)core) , which are the important input data for the reactivity accident analysis, are also calculated. Benchmarking of the results against the final safety analysis report (FSAR) of the aforementioned reactors shows very good agreements with these published documents.

  9. Prediction of radiation inactivation of presonicated a-amylase in terms of kinetic parameters

    Full text: In-vitro radiation inactivation of enzyme amylase denies display of optimum enzyme function owing to alterations in active site. Certain extent of enzyme activity seems to be protected in case of radiation inactivated enzyme, prior-exposed to ultrasonic frequencies. The present investigation, exploring trends of changes in kinetic parameters and its dependence on ultrasonic frequencies and gamma doses, will be discussed to highlight the functional status of active site under situation

  10. Determination of the temperature coefficients and the kinetic parameters for the HTTR safety analysis

    This report describes the calculational methods which were employed to determine the temperature coefficients and the kinetic parameters for the safety analysis in the HTTR (High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor). The temperature coefficients (doppler, moderator temperature) and the kinetic parameters (prompt neutron life time; l, effective delayed neutron fraction; β eff) are important for the point model core dynamic analysis and should be evaluated properly. The temperature coefficients were calculated by the whole core model. Doppler coefficient was evaluated under the conditions of all control rods withdrawn and the uniform change of fuel temperature. The minimum and the maximum value of the evaluated doppler coefficients in a burnup cycle are -4.6x10-5 and -1.5x10-5 ΔK/K/deg. C respectively. The moderator temperature coefficient was evaluated under the conditions of all control rods withdrawn and the uniform change of moderator temperature. The minimum and the maximum value of the evaluated moderator temperature coefficients in a burnup cycle are -17.1x10-5 and 0.99x10-5ΔK/K/deg. C respectively. In spite of positive moderator temperature coefficient, the power coefficient is always negative. Therefore the HTTR possesses inherent power-suppressing feed back characteristic in all operating condition. We surveyed the effects of the Xe existence, the control rods existence, the fuel temperature and the region in which the temperature was changed on the moderator temperature coefficients. The kinetic parameters were calculated by the perturbation method with the whole core model. The minimum and the maximum value of the evaluated effective delayed neutron fraction (β eff) are 0.0047 and 0.0065 respectively. These of the evaluated prompt neutron life time (l) are 0.67 and 0.78 ms respectively. We have surveyed the effects of the fuel depletion and the core power level on these parameters, and considered these effects on the kinetic parameters. From above

  11. Flow of kinetic parameters in a typical swimming pool type research reactor

    Iqbal, Masood [Nuclear Engineering Division, PINSTECH, P.O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan)], E-mail: masiqbal@hotmail.com; Mahmood, Tayyab; Pervez, Showket [Nuclear Engineering Division, PINSTECH, P.O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2008-03-15

    Calculations were performed to estimate the variation in kinetic parameters (delayed neutron fraction and prompt neutron generation time) in different core configurations of a typical swimming pool type research reactor. Pakistan research Reactor-1 (PARR-1) was employed for this study. The effect due to burnup of the core was also studied. Calculations were performed with the help of computer codes WIMSD/4 and CITATION. Precursors yield was modified according to the neutron flux averaging only. This is the simple way to calculate the precursor yield for a particular core. The kinetic parameters are different for different core configurations. The {beta}{sub eff} decreases with 1.33 x 10{sup -6}/% burnup whereas prompt neutron generation time increases with 6.42 x 10{sup -8} s/% burnup. The results were compared with safety analysis report and with published values and were found in good agreement. This study provides the confidence to understand the change in the kinetic parameters of research reactors with core change and also with burnup of the core.

  12. Estimation of kinetic and transport parameters by quantitative evaluation of EIS and XPS data

    The relatively large number of adjustable parameters often precludes the unambiguous interpretation of electrochemical impedance spectra in terms of a unique kinetic model. In the present paper, the possibilities offered by a combination between in situ electrochemical impedance spectroscopic data and ex situ surface analytical information to improve the credibility of the estimates of the kinetic and transport parameters are discussed. Two electrode systems in which passive oxide films are formed-stainless steel in simulated pressurised water reactor coolant and tungsten in sulphate-fluoride solutions-are used as representative examples to demonstrate the different approaches taken to analyse the experimental data in terms of the Mixed-Conduction Model. Ways to extract information on the rate-limiting steps of the process of passive film formation, growth and restructuring by quantitative comparison of the model equations to electrochemical impedance and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic data are described and the significance of the obtained parameters for the kinetics of the overall process of metal and alloy dissolution in the passive state is discussed.

  13. Thermoluminescent kinetic parameters of the perovskite, KMgF3, activated with lanthanum

    The thermoluminescent curves induced by the beta radiation in the perovskite KMgF3 were investigated activated with lanthanum. The classic methods were used to determine the kinetic parameters (the kinetic order b, the activation energy E and the frequency of escape intent s) associated with the peaks of the thermoluminescent curve (Tl) in the KMgF3 activated with lanthanum after the irradiation with beta rays. The method is based on the position of the thermoluminescent peaks, obtained of the temperature change of the peak in the maximum emission caused by the change in the heating rapidity to which the samples were measured. In this work, the samples in form of pellets were re cooked previously at 400 C during one hour before irradiating them with beta particles. The Tl measures were made with a Tl reader system using three different heating rapidities and storing the glow curves. To calculate the depth of the E traps and the frequency factor s, the parameters of the glow curve were determined experimentally of the shame of the glow curve by means of the mensuration of the shame of the maximum temperature of the peak, TM like a function of the heating rapidity. The results indicate that the values of the kinetic parameters are very near among if when they are obtained indistinctly of anyone of the different methods. (Author)

  14. Flow of kinetic parameters in a typical swimming pool type research reactor

    Calculations were performed to estimate the variation in kinetic parameters (delayed neutron fraction and prompt neutron generation time) in different core configurations of a typical swimming pool type research reactor. Pakistan research Reactor-1 (PARR-1) was employed for this study. The effect due to burnup of the core was also studied. Calculations were performed with the help of computer codes WIMSD/4 and CITATION. Precursors yield was modified according to the neutron flux averaging only. This is the simple way to calculate the precursor yield for a particular core. The kinetic parameters are different for different core configurations. The βeff decreases with 1.33 x 10-6/% burnup whereas prompt neutron generation time increases with 6.42 x 10-8 s/% burnup. The results were compared with safety analysis report and with published values and were found in good agreement. This study provides the confidence to understand the change in the kinetic parameters of research reactors with core change and also with burnup of the core

  15. Application of the exact distribution pjk in the determination of kinetic parameters in a reactor

    In this report one distribution of neutron counts obtained by a detector placed in a reactor is studied in order to be used in the determination of reactor kinetic parameters such as β/Λ and reactivities. The parameters accuracy from this new method is compared with the Feynman and Mogilner method, based too in Reactor Neutron Noise Analysis. These three methods have been applied to JEN-2 reactor and the better accuracy and faster collection of experimental data give some interest to the new method which only requires a good footing code. (Author) 68 refs

  16. Kinetic parameter determination of roasted and unroasted argan oil oxidation under Rancimat test conditions

    Zaanoun, I.; Gharby, S.; Bakass, I.; Ait addi, E.; Ait ichou, I.

    2014-01-01

    The present study investigated the Kinetic parameter determination of edible argan oil (coldpressed from roasted argan kernels) and cosmetic argan oil (cold-pressed from unroasted argan kernels) under the Rancimat test conditions. The physicochemical parameters of edible and cosmetic argan oil immediately after preparation and after accelerated oxidation test Rancimat at different temperatures 90 °C, 100 °C, 110 °C, 120 °C, 130 °C and 140 °C were determined and compared. The natural logarithm...

  17. A methodology for modeling photocatalytic reactors for indoor pollution control using previously estimated kinetic parameters

    Passalia, Claudio; Alfano, Orlando M. [INTEC - Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnologico para la Industria Quimica, CONICET - UNL, Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); FICH - Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Facultad de Ingenieria y Ciencias Hidricas, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Ciudad Universitaria, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); Brandi, Rodolfo J., E-mail: rbrandi@santafe-conicet.gov.ar [INTEC - Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnologico para la Industria Quimica, CONICET - UNL, Gueemes 3450, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina); FICH - Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Facultad de Ingenieria y Ciencias Hidricas, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Ciudad Universitaria, 3000 Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Indoor pollution control via photocatalytic reactors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scaling-up methodology based on previously determined mechanistic kinetics. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Radiation interchange model between catalytic walls using configuration factors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Modeling and experimental validation of a complex geometry photocatalytic reactor. - Abstract: A methodology for modeling photocatalytic reactors for their application in indoor air pollution control is carried out. The methodology implies, firstly, the determination of intrinsic reaction kinetics for the removal of formaldehyde. This is achieved by means of a simple geometry, continuous reactor operating under kinetic control regime and steady state. The kinetic parameters were estimated from experimental data by means of a nonlinear optimization algorithm. The second step was the application of the obtained kinetic parameters to a very different photoreactor configuration. In this case, the reactor is a corrugated wall type using nanosize TiO{sub 2} as catalyst irradiated by UV lamps that provided a spatially uniform radiation field. The radiative transfer within the reactor was modeled through a superficial emission model for the lamps, the ray tracing method and the computation of view factors. The velocity and concentration fields were evaluated by means of a commercial CFD tool (Fluent 12) where the radiation model was introduced externally. The results of the model were compared experimentally in a corrugated wall, bench scale reactor constructed in the laboratory. The overall pollutant conversion showed good agreement between model predictions and experiments, with a root mean square error less than 4%.

  18. Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis on reactor kinetic parameters using perturbation theory

    The analysis of nuclear reactors behavior in transient depends on the neutronic parameters including the effective delayed neutron fraction (βeff) and its family dependent components (βeff), the neutron generation lifetime (lp), and the decay constants (λi) for each delayed neutron family. With the aim of an accurate assessment of neutron parameters used to simulate transient, uncertainties on these parameters must be estimated by considering the contributions of different nuclear data, including those from the delayed data (fission yield νd and fission spectrum χd). This paper presents a methodology based on the generalized perturbation theory which allows the assessment of kinetic parameters sensitivities to nuclear data. The methodology is applied to the heterogeneous core design 'CFV' considered for sodium-cooled reactor ASTRID. The contributions of indirect term and direct terms (σfission ν and νd , χ and χd) are decomposed by isotopes and reactions and uncertainties on the kinetic parameters are calculated using the most recent data covariance suggested in COMAC (COvariance Matrices from Cadarache, version 0.1). (author)

  19. Performances of Different Algorithms for Tracer Kinetics Parameters Estimation in Breast DCE-MRI

    Roberta Fusco

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective of this study was to evaluate the performances of different algorithms for tracer kinetics parameters estimation in breast Dynamic Contrast Enhanced-MRI. We considered four algorithms: two non-iterative algorithms based on impulsive and linear approximation of the Arterial Input Function respectively; and two iterative algorithms widely used for non-linear regression (Levenberg-Marquardt, LM and VARiable PROjection, VARPRO. Per each value of the kinetic parameters within a physiological range, we simulated 100 noisy curves and estimated the parameters with all algorithms. Sampling time, total duration and noise level have been chosen as in a typical breast examination. We compared the performances with respect to the Cramer-Rao Lower Bound (CRLB. Moreover, in order to gain further insight we applied the algorithms to a real breast examination. Accuracy of all the methods depends on the specific value of the parameters. The methods are in general biased: however, VARPRO showed small bias in a region of the parameter space larger than the other methods; moreover, VARPRO approached CRLB and the number of iterations were smaller than LM. In the specific conditions analyzed, VARPRO showed better performances with respect to LM and to non-iterative algorithms

  20. An Evaluation of Kinetic Parameters of Cadmium and Copper Biosorption by Immobilized Cells

    Nelly Georgieva

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Bioremediation is the use of living organisms to reduce or eliminate environmental hazards resulting from the accumulation of toxic chemicals and other hazardous wastes. This technology is based on the utilization of microorganisms to transform organic and inorganic compounds. The filamentous yeast Trichosporon cutaneum strain R57, immobilized and free cells was cultivated as batch culture on a liquid medium in the presence of various concentrations of cadmium and copper ions. The simultaneous uptake and accumulation of Cd2+ and Cu2+ ions by Tr. cutaneum cells depending on the initial concentration of Cd2+ and Cu2+ in the medium were studied. The potential use of the free and immobilized cells of Trichosporon cutaneum to remove cadmium and copper ions, from aqueous solutions was evaluated. Two important physicochemical aspects for the evaluation of the sorption process as a unit operation are the equilibrium of sorption and the kinetics. The Cd2+ and Cu2+ ions biosorption capacities of all tested adsorbent were presented as a function of the initial concentration of metal ions within the aqueous biosorption medium. The individual, as well as bicomponent sorption kinetics of copper and cadmium ions by immobilised cells of Trichosporon cutaneum R57 is presented. A second order kinetic model obtains kinetic parameters for the copper and cadmium ions.

  1. Optimization of kinetic parameters for the degradation of plasmid DNA in rat plasma

    Chaudhry, Q. A.

    2014-12-01

    Biotechnology is a rapidly growing area of research work in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. The study of pharmacokinetics of plasmid DNA (pDNA) is an important area of research work. It has been observed that the process of gene delivery faces many troubles on the transport of pDNA towards their target sites. The topoforms of pDNA has been termed as super coiled (S-C), open circular (O-C) and linear (L), the kinetic model of which will be presented in this paper. The kinetic model gives rise to system of ordinary differential equations (ODEs), the exact solution of which has been found. The kinetic parameters, which are responsible for the degradation of super coiled, and the formation of open circular and linear topoforms have a great significance not only in vitro but for modeling of further processes as well, therefore need to be addressed in great detail. For this purpose, global optimization techniques have been adopted, thus finding the optimal results for the said model. The results of the model, while using the optimal parameters, were compared against the measured data, which gives a nice agreement.

  2. Association between plasma zinc concentration and zinc kinetic parameters in premenopausal women.

    Yokoi, Katsuhiko; Egger, Norman G; Ramanujam, V M Sadagopa; Alcock, Nancy W; Dayal, Hari H; Penland, James G; Sandstead, Harold H

    2003-11-01

    The objective of this study was to measure relationships between plasma zinc (Zn) concentrations and Zn kinetic parameters and to measure relationships of Zn status with taste acuity, food frequency, and hair Zn in humans. The subjects were 33 premenopausal women not taking oral contraceptives and dietary supplements containing iron and Zn. Main outcomes were plasma Zn concentrations, Zn kinetic parameters based on the three-compartment mammillary model using 67Zn as a tracer, electrical taste detection thresholds, and food frequencies. Lower plasma Zn was significantly (P rate constants from the lesser peripheral pool to the central pool and from the central pool to the greater peripheral pool. The break points in the plasma Zn-Zn kinetics relationship were found between 9.94 and 11.5 micromol/l plasma Zn. Smaller size of the lesser peripheral pool was associated with lower frequency of beef consumption and higher frequency of bran breakfast cereal consumption. Hypozincemic women with plasma Zn low Zn status. PMID:12865259

  3. Determination of thermoluminescence kinetic parameters of terbium-doped zirconium oxide

    In recent years considerable importance has been attached to zirconium oxide doped with rare earth (ZrO2 : RE) thin films due to their desirable characteristics for use in UV dosimetry. In our laboratories we have developed a method to prepare ZrO2 : RE thin films. Dosimetric characteristics of these materials have been reported previously (Azorin et al., Radiat. Meas. 29 (1998) 315; Radiat. Prot. Dosim. 85 (1999) 317) and results of these have stimulated continued development and analysis of the thermoluminescence mechanism. Two important parameters to be determined in TL studies are the activation energy (E) and the frequency factor (s). This paper presents the results of determining kinetic parameters of terbium-doped zirconium oxide (ZrO2 : Tb) thin films, exposed to 260 nm UV light, using the Lushchik (Sov. Phys. JETF 3 (1956) 390) and Chen (J. Appl. Phys. 40 (1969) 570; J. Electrochem. Soc. 166 (1969) 1254) methods. Kinetic analysis of the glow curve shows second order kinetics for both the first and second glow peaks. (author)

  4. Hybrid Differential Evolution for Estimation of Kinetic Parameters for Biochemical Systems

    ZHAO Chao; XU Qiaoling; LIN Siming; LI Xuelai

    2013-01-01

    Determination of the optimal model parameters for biochemical systems is a time consuming iterative process.In this study,a novel hybrid differential evolution(DE)algorithm based on the differential evolution technique and a local search strategy is developed for solving kinetic parameter estimation problems.By combining the merits of DE with Gauss-Newton method,the proposed hybrid approach employs a DE algorithm for identifying promising regions of the solution space followed by use of Gauss-Newton method to determine the optimum in the identified regions.Some well-known benchmark estimation problems are utilized to test the efficiency and the robustness of the proposed algorithm compared to other methods in literature.The comparison indicates that the present hybrid algorithm outperforms other estimation techniques in terms of the global searching ability and the convergence speed.Additionally,the estimation of kinetic model parameters for a feed batch fermentor is carried out to test the applicability of the proposed algorithm.The result suggests that the method can be used to estimate suitable values of model parameters for a complex mathematical model.

  5. Parameter inference for discretely observed stochastic kinetic models using stochastic gradient descent

    Christley Scott

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Stochastic effects can be important for the behavior of processes involving small population numbers, so the study of stochastic models has become an important topic in the burgeoning field of computational systems biology. However analysis techniques for stochastic models have tended to lag behind their deterministic cousins due to the heavier computational demands of the statistical approaches for fitting the models to experimental data. There is a continuing need for more effective and efficient algorithms. In this article we focus on the parameter inference problem for stochastic kinetic models of biochemical reactions given discrete time-course observations of either some or all of the molecular species. Results We propose an algorithm for inference of kinetic rate parameters based upon maximum likelihood using stochastic gradient descent (SGD. We derive a general formula for the gradient of the likelihood function given discrete time-course observations. The formula applies to any explicit functional form of the kinetic rate laws such as mass-action, Michaelis-Menten, etc. Our algorithm estimates the gradient of the likelihood function by reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling (RJMCMC, and then gradient descent method is employed to obtain the maximum likelihood estimation of parameter values. Furthermore, we utilize flux balance analysis and show how to automatically construct reversible jump samplers for arbitrary biochemical reaction models. We provide RJMCMC sampling algorithms for both fully observed and partially observed time-course observation data. Our methods are illustrated with two examples: a birth-death model and an auto-regulatory gene network. We find good agreement of the inferred parameters with the actual parameters in both models. Conclusions The SGD method proposed in the paper presents a general framework of inferring parameters for stochastic kinetic models. The method is

  6. Analysis of burn up effects on kinetic parameters in an Accelerator Driven Subcritical TRIGA reactor

    Highlights: • Among the kinetic parameters, the most important ones are βeff and Λ. • The kinetic parameters at the end of cycle for 20 days operation at 1 MW reactor power have been calculated using MCNPX code. • The system sub-criticality levels, the required accelerator current and power have been calculated for each burnup step. • Burnup effects on neutronic parameters and accelerator requirements are analysed for a life cycle of the reactor core. - Abstract: In this paper, the kinetic parameters at the end of cycle for 20 days operation at 1 MW reactor power have been calculated using MCNPX code for source multiplication factors (Ks) of critical and 0.97 levels. Accelerator Driven Subcritical TRIGA reactor has been considered as the case study of the problem. The system sub-criticality levels, the required accelerator current (Ip) and power (Pacc) have been calculated for each burn up step. According to the results, the required Ip and Pacc increased as system sub-criticality level decreased. Also, the results show that the effective delayed neutron fraction (βeff) does not depend on sub-criticality levels significantly but the neutron reproduction time (Λ) strongly depends on the number of fuel elements in the core and sub-criticality levels. In addition, it was observed that in comparison with the beginning-of-cycle values, at end-of-cycle, the Λ increases by 112.6% and 108.4% respectively but the βeff decreases by 6.1% and 1.8% respectively in critical and 0.97 levels

  7. Measures of the zero power nuclear reactor's kinetic parameters with application of noise analysis

    The purpose of this work was to establish an experimental technique based on noise analysis for measuring the ratio of kinetic parameters β/ Λ and the power of the Zero Power Nuclear Reactor IPEN-MB 01. A through study of the microscopic and macroscopic noise analysis techniques has been carried out. The Langevin technique and the point kinetic model were chosen to describe the stochastic phenomena that occur in the zero power reactor. Measurements have been made using two compensated ionization chambers localized in the water reflector at symmetric positions in order to minimize spatial effects on the neutron flux fluctuation. Power calibrations based on the low frequency plateau of the cross-power spectral density has also been carried out. (author)

  8. Modelling and determination of the kinetic parameters of the pyrolysis of Dichrostachys cinerea

    In the present study were analyzed biomass samples of Dichrostachys cinerea, commonly known in Cuba as marabou, by thermogravimetric method at various heating rates of devolatilization in nitrogen atmosphere at 5, 10 and 20 C min-1. On the kinetic analysis was used a mechanism of three independent reactions of order 1, generally attributed to three chief components of this kind of lignocellulose materials, hemicelluloses, cellulose and lignin. The values of activation energy, pre-exponential factor and contribution factor were similar to those reported in previous research for this type of biomass. The proposed model predicts with acceptable correlation the experimental and calculated curves of the decomposition of D. cinerea, with a deviation factor less than 5% for the temperature range studied. On the other hand, the kinetic parameters of the thermal decomposition coupled at equations of transport phenomena are essential to optimize the design and use of biomass thermochemical conversion processes, hence the importance of the research. (author)

  9. Accounting for the kinetics in order parameter analysis: lessons from theoretical models and a disordered peptide

    Berezovska, Ganna; Mostarda, Stefano; Rao, Francesco

    2012-01-01

    Molecular simulations as well as single molecule experiments have been widely analyzed in terms order parameters, the latter representing candidate probes for the relevant degrees of freedom. Notwithstanding this approach is very intuitive, mounting evidence showed that such description is not accurate, leading to ambiguous definitions of states and wrong kinetics. To overcome these limitations a framework making use of order parameter fluctuations in conjunction with complex network analysis is investigated. Derived from recent advances in the analysis of single molecule time traces, this approach takes into account of the fluctuations around each time point to distinguish between states that have similar values of the order parameter but different dynamics. Snapshots with similar fluctuations are used as nodes of a transition network, the clusterization of which into states provides accurate Markov-State-Models of the system under study. Application of the methodology to theoretical models with a noisy orde...

  10. Establishment and application of a new method for the determination of kinetic parameters by plug-plug kinetic capillary electrophoresis (ppKCE)

    2008-01-01

    A novel plug-plug kinetic capillary electrophoresis method was established, which can be used to si-multaneously determine the kinetic parameters kon and koff in interaction systems. The method is comparatively simple and some restrictions in conventional ppKCE methods can be effectively avoided. The requirements for resolution and detection sensitivity in this method are much lower than those of conventional ppKCE. The successful determination of the kinetic parameters and the binding constant Kb between citalopram and BSA showed availability of this method. The results were confirmed by us-ing the time ratio method. The application field of kinetic capillary electrophoresis can be expanded with this new method.

  11. Establishment and application of a new method for the determination of kinetic parameters by plug-plug kinetic capillary electrophoresis (ppKCE)

    XIONG CaiQiao; XIA ZhiNing; HUANG Rui; CHEN Hua; XU Pan

    2008-01-01

    A novel plug-plug kinetic capillary electrophoresis method was established, which can be used to si-multaneously determine the kinetic parameters kon and koff in interaction systems. The method is comparatively simple and some restrictions in conventional ppKCE methods can be effectively avoided, The requirements for resolution and detection sensitivity in this method are much lower than those of conventional ppKCE, The successful determination of the kinetic parameters and the binding constant Kb between citalopram and BSA showed availability of this method, The results were confirmed by us-ing the time ratio method. The application field of kinetic capillary electrophoresis can be expanded with this new method,

  12. Closed-form kinetic parameter estimation solution to the truncated data problem

    In a dedicated cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system, the detectors are focused on the heart and the background is truncated in the projections. Reconstruction using truncated data results in biased images, leading to inaccurate kinetic parameter estimates. This paper has developed a closed-form kinetic parameter estimation solution to the dynamic emission imaging problem. This solution is insensitive to the bias in the reconstructed images that is caused by the projection data truncation. This paper introduces two new ideas: (1) it includes background bias as an additional parameter to estimate, and (2) it presents a closed-form solution for compartment models. The method is based on the following two assumptions: (i) the amount of the bias is directly proportional to the truncated activities in the projection data, and (ii) the background concentration is directly proportional to the concentration in the myocardium. In other words, the method assumes that the image slice contains only the heart and the background, without other organs, that the heart is not truncated, and that the background radioactivity is directly proportional to the radioactivity in the blood pool. As long as the background activity can be modeled, the proposed method is applicable regardless of the number of compartments in the model. For simplicity, the proposed method is presented and verified using a single compartment model with computer simulations using both noiseless and noisy projections.

  13. Calculation of kinetics parameters for the Dalat Nuclear Reactor (DNR) using MCNP5

    The determination of kinetics parameters takes an important role in the safety operation of a nuclear reactor, thus the calculation of these parameters is essential. This paper presents the application of Monte-Carlo method in order to perform the above-mentioned purpose. Two types of calculated kinetics parameters for the Dalat reactor are the effective delayed neutron fraction (βeff ) and the prompt neutron generation time (lp). The calculations were performed for the fuel loading patterns of 104 high-enriched uranium (HEU) fuel assemblies and 92 low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel assemblies. The effective delayed neutron fractions were calculated by prompt method, and the calculated results are 0.80 ± 0.02% for HEU and 0.75 ± 0.03% for LEU fuel loading pattern. The prompt neutron generation times were calculated by 1/v method, and the calculated results are 95.01 ± 1.96 (µs) for HEU and 92.31 ± 2.64 (µs) for LEU fuel loading pattern. The comparison of (βeff/lp) ratio between the calculation and previous measurement shows a good agreement. (author)

  14. A robust method for the joint estimation of yield coefficients and kinetic parameters in bioprocess models.

    Vastemans, V; Rooman, M; Bogaerts, Ph

    2009-01-01

    Bioprocess model structures that require nonlinear parameter estimation, thus initialization values, are often subject to poor identification performances because of the uncertainty on those initialization values. Under some conditions on the model structure, it is possible to partially circumvent this problem by an appropriate decoupling of the linear part of the model from the nonlinear part of it. This article provides a procedure to be followed when these structural conditions are not satisfied. An original method for decoupling two sets of parameters, namely, kinetic parameters from maximum growth, production, decay rates, and yield coefficients, is presented. It exhibits the advantage of requiring only initialization of the first subset of parameters. In comparison with a classical nonlinear estimation procedure, in which all the parameters are freed, results show enhanced robustness of model identification with regard to parameter initialization errors. This is illustrated by means of three simulation case studies: a fed-batch Human Embryo Kidney cell cultivation process using a macroscopic reaction scheme description, a process of cyclodextrin-glucanotransferase production by Bacillus circulans, and a process of simultaneous starch saccharification and glucose fermentation to lactic acid by Lactobacillus delbrückii, both based on a Luedeking-Piret model structure. Additionally, perspectives of the presented procedure in the context of systematic bioprocess modeling are promising. PMID:19455623

  15. Kinetic parameters of biomass growth in a UASB reactor treating wastewater from coffee wet processing (WCWP)

    Claudio Milton Montenegro Campos; Marco Antonio Calil Prado; Erlon Lopes Pereira

    2014-01-01

    This study evaluated the treatment of wastewater from coffee wet processing (WCWP) in an anaerobic treatment system at a laboratory scale. The system included an acidification/equalization tank (AET), a heat exchanger, an Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor (UASB), a gas equalization device and a gas meter. The minimum and maximum flow rates and volumetric organic loadings rate (VOLR) were 0.004 to 0.037 m 3 d -1 and 0.14 to 20.29 kgCOD m -3 d -1 , respectively. The kinetic parameters mea...

  16. Effects of metformin on cell kinetic parameters of MCF-7 breast cancer cells in vitro.

    Topcul, Mehmet; Cetin, Idil

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the antiproliferative effects of the metformin was evaluated on MCF-7 Cells (human breast adenocarcinoma cell line). For this purpose cell kinetic parameters including cell proliferation assay, mitotic index and labelling index analysis were used. 30 μM, 65 μM and 130 μM Metformin doses were applied to cells for 24, 48 and 72 hours. The results showed that there was a significant decrease in cell proliferation, mitotic index and labelling index for all experimental groups (p<0.05) for all applications. PMID:25824763

  17. The strong prognostic value of KELIM, a model-based parameter from CA 125 kinetics in ovarian cancer

    You, Benoit; Colomban, Olivier; Heywood, Mark; Lee, Chee; Davy, Margaret; Reed, Nicholas; Pignata, Sandro; Varsellona, Nenzi; Emons, Günter; Rehman, Khalid; Steffensen, Karina Dahl; Reinthaller, Alexander; Pujade-Lauraine, Eric; Oza, Amit

    2013-01-01

    Unexpected results were recently reported about the poor surrogacy of Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup (GCIG) defined CA-125 response in recurrent ovarian cancer (ROC) patients. Mathematical modeling may help describe CA-125 decline dynamically and discriminate prognostic kinetic parameters....

  18. Parameter Identification and On-line Estimation of a Reduced Kinetic Model

    Dellorco, P.C.; Flesner, R.L.; Le, L.A.; Littell, J.D.; Muske, K.R.

    1999-02-01

    In this work, we present the estimation techniques used to update the model parameters in a reduced kinetic model describing the oxidation-reduction re- actions in a hydrothermal oxidation reactor. The model is used in a nonlinear model-based controller that minimizes the total aqueous nitrogen in the reac- tor effluent. Model reduction is accomplished by com- bining similar reacting compounds into one of four component groups and considering the global reac- tion pathways for each of these groups. The reduced kinetic model developed for thk reaction system pro- vides a means to characterize the complex chemical reaction system without considering each chemicaJ species present and the reaction kinetics of every pos- sible reaction pathway. For the reaction system under study, model reduction is essential in order to reduce the computational requirement so that on-line imple- mentation of the nonlinear model-based controller is possible and also to reduce the amount of a priori information required for the model.

  19. Prediction of pyrolysis kinetic parameters from biomass constituents based on simplex-lattice mixture design☆

    Panusit Sungsuk; Sasiporn Chayaporn; Sasithorn Sunphorka; Prapan Kuchonthara; Pornpote Piumsomboon; Benjapon Chalermsinsuwan

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study is to determine the effect of the main chemical components of biomass:cel ulose, hemicel-lulose and lignin, on chemical kinetics of biomass pyrolysis. The experiments were designed based on a simplex-lattice mixture design. The pyrolysis was observed by using a thermogravimetric analyzer. The curves obtained from the employed analytical method fit the experimental data (R2 N 0.9). This indicated that this method has the potential to determine the kinetic parameters such as the activation energy (Ea), frequency factor (A) and re-action order (n) for each point of the experimental design. The results obtained from the simplex-lattice mixture design indicated that cellulose had a significant effect on Ea and A, and the interaction between cellulose and lignin had an important effect on the reaction order, n. The proposed models were then proved to be useful for predicting pyrolysis behavior in real biomass and so could be used as a simple approximation for predicting the overall trend of chemical reaction kinetics.

  20. Determination of the kinetic parameters of Be O using isothermal decay method

    Full text: Most of the existing methods for obtaining the frequency factors make use of the trap depth (activation energy) making some assumptions about the order of the kinetics. This causes inconsistencies in the reported values of trapping parameters due that the values of the activation energy obtained by different methods differ appreciably among them. Then, it is necessary to use a method independent of the trap depth making use of the isothermal luminescence decay method. The trapping parameters associated with the prominent glow peak of Be O (280 degrees C) are reported using isothermal luminescence decay method. As a check, the trap parameters are also calculated by glow curve shape (Chen s) method after isolating the prominent glow peak by thermal cleaning technique. Our results show a very good agreement between the trapping parameters calculated by the two methods. Isothermal luminescence decay method was used for determining the trapping parameters of Be O. Results obtained applying this method are in good agreement with those obtained using other methods, except in the value of the frequency factor. (Author)

  1. Determination of the kinetic parameters of Be O using isothermal decay method

    Azorin N, J.; Torijano C, E. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Azorin V, C.; Rivera M, T., E-mail: azorin@xanum.uam.mx [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    Full text: Most of the existing methods for obtaining the frequency factors make use of the trap depth (activation energy) making some assumptions about the order of the kinetics. This causes inconsistencies in the reported values of trapping parameters due that the values of the activation energy obtained by different methods differ appreciably among them. Then, it is necessary to use a method independent of the trap depth making use of the isothermal luminescence decay method. The trapping parameters associated with the prominent glow peak of Be O (280 degrees C) are reported using isothermal luminescence decay method. As a check, the trap parameters are also calculated by glow curve shape (Chen s) method after isolating the prominent glow peak by thermal cleaning technique. Our results show a very good agreement between the trapping parameters calculated by the two methods. Isothermal luminescence decay method was used for determining the trapping parameters of Be O. Results obtained applying this method are in good agreement with those obtained using other methods, except in the value of the frequency factor. (Author)

  2. Parameters and kinetics of olive mill wastewater dephenolization by immobilized Rhodotorula glutinis cells.

    Bozkoyunlu, Gaye; Takaç, Serpil

    2014-01-01

    Olive mill wastewater (OMW) with total phenol (TP) concentration range of 300-1200 mg/L was treated with alginate-immobilized Rhodotorula glutinis cells in batch system. The effects of pellet properties (diameter, alginate concentration and cell loading (CL)) and operational parameters (initial TP concentration, agitation rate and reusability of pellets) on dephenolization of OMW were studied. Up to 87% dephenolization was obtained after 120 h biodegradations. The utilization number of pellets increased with the addition of calcium ions into the biodegradation medium. The overall effectiveness factors calculated for different conditions showed that diffusional limitations arising from pellet size and pellet composition could be neglected. Mass transfer limitations appeared to be more effective at high substrate concentrations and low agitation rates. The parameters of logistic model for growth kinetics of R. glutinis in OMW were estimated at different initial phenol concentrations of OMW by curve-fitting of experimental data with the model. PMID:25244135

  3. Comment on teaching the flux and transport parameters of Maxwellian gas within the kinetic theory

    Within the kinetic theory of an ideal gas, the flux of particles having a number density n, and average velocity ν-bar impinging on a plane from one side, is sometimes written in textbooks as nν-bar/6 and sometimes as nν-bar/4. The validity of each expression is worked out here with emphasis on their effect on the pre-factor for the expressions of the transport parameters such as viscosity, diffusion coefficient and heat conductivity. It is shown that nν-bar/4 is valid in equilibrium while only when there are gradients, effectively the flux becomes nν-bar/6. For the correct derivation of the transport parameters the introduction of a distribution function for the collision times or mean free paths is essential. A methodology is suggested on how to teach this subject to undergraduate and graduate students. (author)

  4. Estimation of kinetics parameters in Beckmann rearrangement of cyclohexanone oxime using genetic algorithm

    WU Jian; LI Zhong; LUO He-an

    2006-01-01

    Beckmann rearrangement mechanism of cyclohexanone oxime, based on the characteristic of self-catalyzed reaction and polymorphism was proposed. According to the suggested mechanism, the basic approach was the rearrangement of OXH+ while the SO3 acts as dehydrating agent and OXSO3 can turn to CPLSO3 ultimately. Considering self-catalyzed reaction between OXSO3 and CPLH+ , kinetic model for Beckmann rearrangement was established. Corresponding parameters were estimated by using float genetic algorithm (GA) and simulation results agree well with the experimental data below -19.3℃. Industrial equipment was simulated and analyzed. Effects of key process parameters such as molar ratio of sulfuric acid to oxime and circulation ratio on the residual oxime are also discussed. The results show that the caprolactam exists as CPLH+ finally in oleum and the minimum molecular ratio of sulfuric acid to oxime can be 0.5 theoretically.

  5. Determination of the kinetic parameters of K2YF5:Tb from isothermal decay of thermoluminescence

    Most of the existing methods for obtaining the frequency factors make use of the trap depth (activation energy) making assumptions about the order of the kinetics. This leads to inconsistencies in the reported values of trapping parameters as the values of the activation energy obtained by different methods differ appreciably among them. Then, it is necessary to employ a method independent of the trap depth as it is the case of the method that makes use of the isothermal decay of the thermoluminescence (TL). In this paper, the isothermal decay of TL was used to determine the trapping parameters of K2YF5:Tb. The results obtained by applying this method are in good agreement with those obtained using the glow curve shape method except in the value of the frequency factor

  6. Determination of thermoluminescence kinetic parameters of terbium-doped zirconium oxide

    In recent years zirconium oxide doped with rare earths (ZrO2:RE) thin films have reached great importance due their desirable characteristics for using them in UV dosimetry. In our laboratories we have developed a method to prepare ZrO2:RE thin films. Dosimetric characteristics of these materials have been reported in previous works. The results have stimulated research to continue developing and to analyze its thermoluminescence mechanism. Two important parameters to be determined in TL studies are the activation energy (E) and the frequency factor (s). This paper presents the results of determining kinetic parameters of terbium-doped zirconium oxide (ZrO2:Tb) thin films, when they were exposed to 260 nm UV light, using the Lushchik and Chen methods. The average E and s values obtained by applying these methods are shown in the abstract in a tabular form

  7. Ethanol Production from Whey by Kluyveromyces marxianus in Batch Fermentation System: Kinetics Parameters Estimation

    Dessy Ariyanti

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. It is a by-product of the manufacture of cheese or casein and has several commercial uses. In environmental point of view, whey is kind of waste which has high pollution level due to it’s contain high organic compound with BOD and COD value 50 and 80 g/L respectively. On the other side, whey also contain an amount of lactose (4.5%-5%; lactose can be used as carbon source and raw material for producing ethanol via fermentation using yeast strain Kluyveromyces marxianus. The objective of this research is to investigate the ethanol production kinetics from crude whey through fermentation using Kluyveromyces marxianus and to predict the model kinetics parameter. The yeast was able to metabolize most of the lactose within 16 h to give 8.64 g/L ethanol, 4.43 g/L biomass, and remain the 3.122 g/L residual lactose. From the results presented it also can be concluded that common kinetic model for microbial growth, substrate consumption, and product formation is a good alternative to describe an experimental batch fermentation of Kluyveromyces marxianus grown on a medium composed of whey. The model was found to be capable of reflecting all batch culture phases to a certain degree of accuracy, giving the parameter value: μmax, Ks, YX/S, α, β : 0.32, 10.52, 0.095, 1.52, and 0.11 respectively. © 2013 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved(Selected Paper from International Conference on Chemical and Material Engineering (ICCME 2012Received: 27th September 2012; Revised: 29th November 2012; Accepted: 7th December 2012[How to Cite: D. Ariyanti, H. Hadiyanto, (2013. Ethanol Production from Whey by Kluyveromyces marxianus in Batch Fermentation System: Kinetics Parameters Estimation. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 7 (3: 179-184. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.7.3.4044.179-184][Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.7.3.4044.179-184 ] View in  |

  8. Local field potentials in primate motor cortex encode grasp kinetic parameters.

    Milekovic, Tomislav; Truccolo, Wilson; Grün, Sonja; Riehle, Alexa; Brochier, Thomas

    2015-07-01

    Reach and grasp kinematics are known to be encoded in the spiking activity of neuronal ensembles and in local field potentials (LFPs) recorded from primate motor cortex during movement planning and execution. However, little is known, especially in LFPs, about the encoding of kinetic parameters, such as forces exerted on the object during the same actions. We implanted two monkeys with microelectrode arrays in the motor cortical areas MI and PMd to investigate encoding of grasp-related parameters in motor cortical LFPs during planning and execution of reach-and-grasp movements. We identified three components of the LFP that modulated during grasps corresponding to low (0.3-7Hz), intermediate (~10-~40Hz) and high (~80-250Hz) frequency bands. We show that all three components can be used to classify not only grip types but also object loads during planning and execution of a grasping movement. In addition, we demonstrate that all three components recorded during planning or execution can be used to continuously decode finger pressure forces and hand position related to the grasping movement. Low and high frequency components provide similar classification and decoding accuracies, which were substantially higher than those obtained from the intermediate frequency component. Our results demonstrate that intended reach and grasp kinetic parameters are encoded in multiple LFP bands during both movement planning and execution. These findings also suggest that the LFP is a reliable signal for the control of parameters related to object load and applied pressure forces in brain-machine interfaces. PMID:25869861

  9. Synergistic improvement of gas sensing performance by micro-gravimetrically extracted kinetic/thermodynamic parameters

    Guo, Shuanbao; Xu, Pengcheng; Yu, Haitao; Cheng, Zhenxing; Li, Xinxin, E-mail: xxli@mail.sim.ac.cn

    2015-03-10

    Highlights: • Sensing material can be comprehensively optimized by using gravimetric cantilever. • Kinetic-thermodynamic model parameters are quantitatively extracted by experiment • Sensing-material performance is synergistically optimized by extracted parameters. - Abstract: A novel method is explored for comprehensive design/optimization of organophosphorus sensing material, which is loaded on mass-type microcantilever sensor. Conventionally, by directly observing the gas sensing response, it is difficult to build quantitative relationship with the intrinsic structure of the material. To break through this difficulty, resonant cantilever is employed as gravimetric tool to implement molecule adsorption experiment. Based on the sensing data, key kinetic/thermodynamic parameters of the material to the molecule, including adsorption heat −ΔH°, adsorption/desorption rate constants K{sub a} and K{sub d}, active-site number per unit mass N′ and surface coverage θ, can be quantitatively extracted according to physical–chemistry theories. With gaseous DMMP (simulant of organophosphorus agents) as sensing target, the optimization route for three sensing materials is successfully demonstrated. Firstly, a hyper-branched polymer is evaluated. Though suffering low sensitivity due to insufficient N′, the bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-hexafluoropropane (BHPF) sensing-group exhibits satisfactory reproducibility due to appropriate −ΔH°. To achieve more sensing-sites, KIT-5 mesoporous-silica with higher surface-area is assessed, resulting in good sensitivity but too high −ΔH° that brings poor repeatability. After comprehensive consideration, the confirmed BHPF sensing-group is grafted on the KIT-5 carrier to form an optimized DMMP sensing nanomaterial. Experimental results indicate that, featuring appropriate kinetic/thermodynamic parameters of −ΔH°, K{sub a}, K{sub d}, N′ and θ, the BHPF-functionalized KIT-5 mesoporous silica exhibits synergistic

  10. Kinetic parameter estimation and fluctuation analysis of CO at SnO 2 single nanowires

    Tulzer, Gerhard

    2013-07-12

    In this work, we present calculated numerical values for the kinetic parameters governing adsorption/desorption processes of carbon monoxide at tin dioxide single-nanowire gas sensors. The response of such sensors to pulses of 50 ppm carbon monoxide in nitrogen is investigated at different temperatures to extract the desired information. A rate-equation approach is used to model the reaction kinetics, which results in the problem of determining coefficients in a coupled system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The numerical values are computed by inverse-modeling techniques and are then used to simulate the sensor response. With our model, the dynamic response of the sensor due to the gas-surface interaction can be studied in order to find the optimal setup for detection, which is an important step towards selectivity of these devices. We additionally investigate the noise in the current through the nanowire and its changes due to the presence of carbon monoxide in the sensor environment. Here, we propose the use of a wavelet transform to decompose the signal and analyze the noise in the experimental data. This method indicates that some fluctuations are specific for the gas species investigated here. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  11. A new multi-wavelength model-based method for determination of enzyme kinetic parameters

    Mohammad-Hossein Sorouraddin; Kaveh Amini; Abdolhossein Naseri; Javad Vallipour; Jalal Hanaee; Mohammad-Reza Rashidi

    2010-09-01

    Lineweaver–Burk plot analysis is the most widely used method to determine enzyme kinetic parameters. In the spectrophotometric determination of enzyme activity using the Lineweaver–Burk plot, it is necessary to find a wavelength at which only the substrate or the product has absorbance without any spectroscopic interference of the other reaction components. Moreover, in this method, different initial concentrations of the substrate should be used to obtain the initial velocities required for Lineweaver–Burk plot analysis. In the present work, a multi-wavelength model-based method has been developed and validated to determine Michaelis–Menten constants for some enzyme reactions. In this method, a selective wavelength region and several experiments with different initial concentrations of the substrate are not required. The absorbance data of the kinetic assays are fitted by non-linear regression coupled to the numeric integration of the related differential equation. To indicate the applicability of the proposed method, the Michaelis–Menten constants for the oxidation of phenanthridine, 6-deoxypenciclovir and xanthine by molybdenum hydroxylases were determined using only a single initial concentration of the substrate, regardless of any spectral overlap.

  12. Evaluation of kinetic parameters of PAN fibre modified by electron beam radiation

    Carbon fibers used for structural application are about 90% based on polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursors due to their physical and mechanical properties. The thermal process is the conventional way to obtain a carbon fiber from PAN precursors. However, the use of ionizing radiation is given as an alternative technology to improve the physical and mechanical properties of the resulting carbon fiber. The aim of this paper was to obtain kinetic parameters (activation energy, conversion and isoconversion data) from DSC curves of PAN fibers irradiated with electron beam (EB) at different doses using the software Model Free Kinetics. The EB irradiation doses applied were: 0.2; 0.4; 0.6; 0.8; 1.0 and 1.2 MGy. The effect of ionizing radiation was evaluated by the thermal behavior of PAN precursors studied by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), which presents an exothermic peak in the range of 200 deg C to 400 deg C, depending on the experimental conditions of the DSC measurements. The obtained results showed that non-irradiated PAN fiber needs higher temperatures or longer reaction times to reach the same conversion degrees of the irradiated PAN fibers. Among the irradiated fibers, the reaction times decrease as a function of the radiation dose applied. However, the most important changes were observed for doses up to 0.4 MGy. The experimental results indicate that the EB radiation induces modification in the PAN fibers, which became them more liable in the oxidation process. (author)

  13. Kinetic study of the anaerobic biodegradation of alkyl polyglucosides and the influence of their structural parameters.

    Ríos, Francisco; Fernández-Arteaga, Alejandro; Lechuga, Manuela; Jurado, Encarnación; Fernández-Serrano, Mercedes

    2016-05-01

    This paper reports a study of the anaerobic biodegradation of non-ionic surfactants alkyl polyglucosides applying the method by measurement of the biogas production in digested sludge. Three alkyl polyglucosides with different length alkyl chain and degree of polymerization of the glucose units were tested. The influence of their structural parameters was evaluated, and the characteristics parameters of the anaerobic biodegradation were determined. Results show that alkyl polyglucosides, at the standard initial concentration of 100 mgC L(-1), are not completely biodegradable in anaerobic conditions because they inhibit the biogas production. The alkyl polyglucoside having the shortest alkyl chain showed the fastest biodegradability and reached the higher percentage of final mineralization. The anaerobic process was well adjusted to a pseudo first-order equation using the carbon produced as gas during the test; also, kinetics parameters and a global rate constant for all the involved metabolic process were determined. This modeling is helpful to evaluate the biodegradation or the persistence of alkyl polyglucosides under anaerobic conditions in the environment and in the wastewater treatment. PMID:26820643

  14. Determination Of Enzyme Kinetic Parameters on Sago Starch Hydrolysis By Linearized Graphical Methods

    Amyloglucosidase (E.C. 3.2.1.3) from Aspergillus niger was used to hydrolyze the sago (Metro xylon sagu) starch into reducing sugars. The experiment was conducted at constant temperature, 55 degree Celsius; pH, 4.5 and enzyme amount, 0.2 U/ ml, respectively. In this investigation, the substrate concentration was varied ranging from 1.0 - 7.0 g/ L. The obtained data were then fixed into linearized plots namely Lineweaver-Burk and Langmuir models to calculate enzyme kinetic parameters, Km and Vmax. Both of the Km and Vmax (mM, mol/min) values from each plot were: Lineweaver-Burk (26.53, 3.31) and Langmuir (13.52, 2.35). Among the linearized models, Km and Vmax values acquired from Langmuir plot was chosen. (author)

  15. Calculation of reactor kinetics parameters βeff and Λ with Monte Carlo differential operator sampling

    The methods to calculate the kinetics parameters βeff (effective delayed neutron fraction) and Λ (neutron generation time) with the differential operator sampling have been reviewed. The comparison of the results obtained with the differential operator sampling and iterated fission probability approaches has been performed. It is shown that the differential operator sampling approach gives the same results as the iterated fission probability approach within the statistical uncertainty. In addition, the prediction accuracy of the evaluated nuclear data library JENDL-4.0 for the measured Βeff/Λ and βeff values is also examined. It is shown that JENDL-4.0 gives a good prediction except for the uranium-233 systems. The present results imply the need for revisiting the uranium-233 nuclear data evaluation and performing the detailed sensitivity analysis. (author)

  16. Sensitivity of natural gas HCCI combustion to fuel and operating parameters using detailed kinetic modeling

    Aceves, S; Dibble, R; Flowers, D; Smith, J R; Westbrook, C K

    1999-07-19

    This paper uses the HCT (Hydrodynamics, Chemistry and Transport) chemical kinetics code to analyze natural gas HCCI combustion in an engine. The HCT code has been modified to better represent the conditions existing inside an engine, including a wall heat transfer correlation. Combustion control and low power output per displacement remain as two of the biggest challenges to obtaining satisfactory performance out of an HCCI engine, and these are addressed in this paper. The paper considers the effect of natural gas composition on HCCI combustion, and then explores three control strategies for HCCI engines: DME (dimethyl ether) addition, intake heating and hot EGR addition. The results show that HCCI combustion is sensitive to natural gas composition, and an active control may be required to compensate for possible changes in composition. The three control strategies being considered have a significant effect in changing the combustion parameters for the engine, and should be able to control HCCI combustion.

  17. Monte Carlo simulation for calculation of kinetic parameters in an Accelerator Driven Subcritical TRIGA reactor

    Highlights: • Among the kinetic parameters, the most important ones are βeff and Λ. • Several methods including the Rossi-α and Feynman-α techniques, slope fit and MCNPX code have been investigated. • The Monte Carlo MCNPX code was used to simulate a geometrical model of the TRIGA core. • The results of the methods have been validated. - Abstract: In this study, noise analysis techniques including Feynman-α (variance-to-mean) and Rossi-α (correlation) and dynamic method such as slope fit method have been used to calculate effective delayed neutron fraction (βeff) and neutron reproduction time (Λ) in Accelerator Driven Subcritical TRIGA reactor. The obtained results have been compared with MCNPX code results. The relative difference between MCNPX code with Feynman-α and Rossi-α techniques and slope fit method for βeff are approximately −5.4%, 1.2%, and −10.6%, −14.8%, respectively, and also for Λ is approximately 2.1%. According to results, the noise methods can been considered ideal for detection with high efficiency and zero dead time and in the slope fit method, the decay of the delayed neutrons has been neglected and only the prompt neutrons have been taken into account. In addition, quantities simulated in the current study are validated against both the reference data and the results of MCNPX code. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to simulate the commonly used experimental methods by MCNPX code and investigate the convergence as well as accuracy of the computational results for different analysis methods in calculation of the kinetic parameters in an Accelerator Driven Subcritical TRIGA reactor

  18. Comparison of safflower oil extraction kinetics under two characteristic moisture conditions: statistical analysis of non-linear model parameters

    E. Baümler; M. B. Fernández; Nolasco, S. M.; Pérez, E. E.

    2014-01-01

    In this study the kinetics of oil extraction from partially dehulled safflower seeds under two moisture conditions (7 and 9% dry basis) was investigated. The extraction assays were performed using a stirred batch system, thermostated at 50 ºC, using n-hexane as solvent. The data obtained were fitted to a modified diffusion model in order to represent the extraction kinetics. The model took into account a washing and a diffusive step. Fitting parameters were compared statistically for both moi...

  19. The determination of kinetic parameters of LiF : Mg,Ti from thermal decaying curves of optical absorption bands

    Yazici, A N

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, the thermal bleaching curves (TBCs) of specific optical absorption bands of LiF : Mg,Ti were measured as a function of temperature. The TBCs obtained were analysed to extract the kinetic parameters (the thermal activation energy (E) and the frequency factor (s)) of some TL glow peaks of LiF : Mg,Ti on the basis of the developed first-order kinetic model over a specified temperature region.

  20. A study of calculation methodology and experimental measurements of the kinetic parameters for source driven subcritical systems

    This work presents a theoretical study of reactor kinetics focusing on the methodology of calculation and the experimental measurements of the so-called kinetic parameters. A comparison between the methodology based on the Dulla's formalism and the classical method is made. The objective is to exhibit the dependence of the parameters on subcriticality level and perturbation. Two different slab type systems were considered: thermal one and fast one, both with homogeneous media. One group diffusion model was used for the fast reactor, and for the thermal system, two groups diffusion model, considering, in both case, only one precursor's family. The solutions were obtained using the expansion method. Also, descriptions of the main experimental methods of measurements of the kinetic parameters are presented in order to put a question about the compatibility of these methods in subcritical region. (author)

  1. Study of kinetic parameters in a mechanistic model for bioethanol production through a screening technique and optimization.

    de Andrade, Rafael Ramos; Rivera, Elmer Ccopa; Atala, Daniel I P; Filho, Rubens Maciel; Filho, Francisco Maugeri; Costa, Aline C

    2009-08-01

    The accurate description of the kinetics and robust modeling of biotechnological processes can only be achieved by incorporating reliable methodologies to easily update the model when there are changes in operational conditions. The purpose of this work is to provide a systematic approach with which to perform model parameters screening and updating in biotechnological processes. Batch experiments are performed to develop a mechanistic model, considering the effect of temperature on the kinetics, and further experiments (batch fermentations using sugar cane molasses from a different harvest) are used to validate the effectiveness of screening before parameters updating. The reduction in the number of kinetic parameters to be re-estimated enabled by the screening procedure reduces significantly the complexity of the optimization, which makes the updating procedure to be significantly quicker, while resulting in accurate performance of the updated model. PMID:19125302

  2. Kinetic parameters estimation in research reactors by means of the neutron noise technique

    This work shows the application of the neutron noise technique for the kinetic parameters estimation in research reactors. It presents the results obtained for the prompt neutron constant 'α' in the research reactors RA-0, RA-1, RA-3, RA-4, RA-6 and RA-8. This important parameter is used in safety analysis and neutron codes validation. The ionization chambers (CI1, CI2) were located close to the reactor core, in order to have a high absolute efficiency with the purpose of obtaining a high precision value of 'α'. It was applied a method based in data fit of the power spectral density, which estimates the absolute efficiency 'ε' of CI1 and CI2 as well as the thermal power. In addition, a second method based in the called 'Autoregressive Moving Average Model' (ARMA) was applied for the first time in the research reactors of CNEA. A comparative study of both methods, is presented for a set of measurements performed in the RA-1 reactor for high and low absolute efficiency. In the case of high efficiency, the estimation of 'α' obtained form both methods was coincident. For the low efficiency case both estimations of 'α' differ approximately in a 30 % by defect with respect to the value obtained in the case of high efficiency. (author)

  3. Estimation of Kinetic Parameters for Enzyme Catalysed Batch Bioreactor for the Production of Ethanol from Corn

    Z. R. Yelebe

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper addresses the challenge of estimating various kinetic parameters for the design of an optimized enzyme catalysed batch bioreactor of high efficiency and yield. Mathematical models were developed to describe the batch reaction time in relation to the substrate, enzyme and product concentration. The results obtained from the plots generated were: 35.50gmol/l.hr for the velocity of reaction of the enzymes (Vmax, 0.10049hr-1 for the maximum specific growth rate (µmax 826.45gmol/l for the Michaelis-Menten constant (Km, 0.005402577 for maintenance coefficient (Ms, 10.104kgCx/kgCs for yield of cell weight per unit weight of substrate (Ycx/CS, 0.05436kgCp/kgCs for yield of product weight per unit weight of substrate utilized (Ycp/CS and 0.01416 for endogenous decay coefficient (Kd for the design of the batch biochemical reactor. Hence, they are useful parameters for predicting the most appropriate batch reaction conditions and the efficiency of the bioreactor. The mathematical model predictions showed that it can be considered as a good complimentary tool to real system since the simulation results of the mathematical model agrees with experimental data reported in literature.

  4. Bayesian inference of biochemical kinetic parameters using the linear noise approximation

    Finkenstädt Bärbel

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fluorescent and luminescent gene reporters allow us to dynamically quantify changes in molecular species concentration over time on the single cell level. The mathematical modeling of their interaction through multivariate dynamical models requires the deveopment of effective statistical methods to calibrate such models against available data. Given the prevalence of stochasticity and noise in biochemical systems inference for stochastic models is of special interest. In this paper we present a simple and computationally efficient algorithm for the estimation of biochemical kinetic parameters from gene reporter data. Results We use the linear noise approximation to model biochemical reactions through a stochastic dynamic model which essentially approximates a diffusion model by an ordinary differential equation model with an appropriately defined noise process. An explicit formula for the likelihood function can be derived allowing for computationally efficient parameter estimation. The proposed algorithm is embedded in a Bayesian framework and inference is performed using Markov chain Monte Carlo. Conclusion The major advantage of the method is that in contrast to the more established diffusion approximation based methods the computationally costly methods of data augmentation are not necessary. Our approach also allows for unobserved variables and measurement error. The application of the method to both simulated and experimental data shows that the proposed methodology provides a useful alternative to diffusion approximation based methods.

  5. Turbulence intensity and turbulent kinetic energy parameters over a heterogeneous terrain of Loess Plateau

    Yue, Ping; Zhang, Qiang; Wang, Runyuan; Li, Yaohui; Wang, Sheng

    2015-09-01

    A deep understanding of turbulence structure is important for investigating the characteristics of the atmospheric boundary layer, especially over heterogeneous terrain. In the present study, turbulence intensity and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) parameters are analyzed for different conditions with respect to stability, wind direction and wind speed over a valley region of the Loess Plateau of China during December 2003 and January 2004. The purpose of the study is to examine whether the observed turbulence intensity and TKE parameters satisfy Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST), and analyze the wind shear effect on, and thermal buoyancy function of, the TKE, despite the terrain heterogeneity. The results demonstrate that the normalized intensity of turbulence follows MOST for all stability in the horizontal and vertical directions, as well as the normalized TKE in the horizontal direction. The shear effect of the wind speed in the Loess Plateau region is strong in winter and could enhance turbulence for all stability conditions. During daytime, the buoyancy and shear effect together constitute the generation of TKE under unstable conditions. At night, the contribution of buoyancy to TKE is relatively small, and mechanical shearing is the main production form of turbulence.

  6. REMOVAL OF BORON USING CLAY-EFFECT OF PROCESS PARAMETERS,KINETIC AND ISOTHERM STUDIES

    N. RAJAMOHAN

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a low-cost eco-friendly adsorbent was prepared from naturally available sarooj clay and is proposed for the removal of boron from aqueous phase. The effect of process parameters, namely initial pH, sorbent quantity, initial boron concentration, shaking speed and temperature were studied on the metal uptake under batch conditions. The process efficiency was observed to be strongly parameter dependent and the optimal pH was found to be 10.0.The uptake capacity decreased with increase in sorbent dose and increased with boron concentration. Temperature was found to have a positive influence confirming the endothermic nature of the process. Equilibrium sorption data were analysed using Langmuir, Freundlich, Temkin and Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm and represented well by Freundlich isotherm. The Freundlich constant was evaluated as 14.791 L g-1 at 35 °C.The mechanism of sorption was investigated using kinetic models, namely, pseudo-second order and intraparticle diffusion models .The batch experimental fitted well to pseudo-second order model and the rate constant was found to be 0.0017 g mg-1min-1 with an initial boron concentration of 100 mg L-1. The sorbent characteristics were studied using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray detector and X-ray fluorescence methods.

  7. Re-examination of safety parameters using kinetic theory of nano-granular flows

    The origin of the kinetic theory of granular flow was originally credited to Bagnold. By using a very primitive expression of the particle collision frequency, he derived an expression for the repulsive pressure of the particles in uniform shear flows. His repulsive pressure was proportional to the square of the velocity gradient and the particle diameter and directly proportional to the particle density. This theory was later extended by Savage and Gidaspow. Such theories provide insight on the dependence of the viscosity, and various moduli (elastic, non elastic, viscous...) in terms of the granular temperature and the associated shear-rates. Until recently, such parameters were difficult to measure because of the lack of specifically designed equipment. This challenge was successfully taken up and resolved by P. Marchal of ENSIC who designed a new rheometer for powders. This equipment can put in evidence the importance of the granular temperature on the elastic and viscous behaviors of the granular flows. Such rheological behavior is important in risk analysis for nanopowders, because as the nanopowder may be subjected to process shear rates and stresses, its structural and topological changes, in terms of the transformation of agglomerates into primary nanoparticles, have strong impacts on emission factors of nanosized particles that can be released in the environment or into a workplace from such dense-phase nanopowder processes. Such transformation can be analyzed by studying the nano-granular rheological signature of the system. Such risk assessment approach using these new fundamental rheological safety parameters is described in this paper.

  8. Kinetic parameters of the phenomenon of light emission thermally stimulated in CaF2 doped with Tm3+ ions

    Full text: The characterization of new thermoluminescent materials used in radiation dosimetry, require the determination of kinetic parameters, which are associated with the number and shape of the peaks representing brightness curves. The most important parameters are: energy or depth of the traps (E), the frequency factor (s) and order kinetics (b). These are necessary to predict the stability of the thermoluminescent information saved after the effect of irradiation on the material. In this paper, the results of the determination of kinetic parameters of CaF2 doped with Tm3+ ions are presented, after being irradiated with gamma rays of 60Co. The methods used for the determination of kinetic parameters were: initial growth of thermoluminescent signal, Chen method of type general order and by deconvolution of the brightness curve. The results showed that the brightness curve of CaF2 has three peaks, the main peak at 491 K and two smaller peaks, one at 431 and another at 573 K. The dosimetric peak (491 K) has general order kinetics. (Author)

  9. Kinetic parameters, bleaching and radiation response of thermoluminescence glow peaks separated by deconvolution on Korean calcite

    Kim, Ki-Bum; Hong, Duk-Geun

    2014-10-01

    Calcite has been of particular interest in studies of thermoluminescence (TL) because of its geological and archeological importance. Although extensive research on the TL glow curves of calcite has been conducted, most previous works have been based on the TL intensity integrated over a particular temperature range on the glow curve, without any separation of peaks. In this paper, the physical characteristics of the overlapping peaks in the TL glow curves of a calcite sample are investigated. These properties can provide useful information for determining the radiation dose absorbed to the sample in radiation dosimetry and luminescence dating research. The Tm-Tstop method is employed to identify the number of hidden glow peaks, and the kinetic parameters of each separated glow peak, including the thermal activation energy, kinetic order, and frequency factor, are evaluated using a computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) method. The Tm-Tstop method indicates that the glow curve of calcite is the superposition of at least four components (P1 - P4) in the temperature range between room temperature and 450 °C. A bleaching experiment for two separated glow peaks (P3 and P4) using a solar simulator revealed that the bleaching rates of peak P3 show two exponential decays, and after bleaching, the TL intensity of peak P3 is reduced to approximately 4% of the initial value. In contrast, peak P4 is bleached exponentially to approximately 30% of the initial TL intensity and thereafter shows no detectable change in intensity. In addition, in a study of the radiation dose response of the two peaks, both peaks have a similar pattern, exhibiting a linear increment up to the maximum dose investigated, 520 Gy.

  10. Kinetic parameter determination of roasted and unroasted argan oil oxidation under Rancimat test conditions

    Zaanoun, I.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The present study investigated the Kinetic parameter determination of edible argan oil (coldpressed from roasted argan kernels and cosmetic argan oil (cold-pressed from unroasted argan kernels under the Rancimat test conditions. The physicochemical parameters of edible and cosmetic argan oil immediately after preparation and after accelerated oxidation test Rancimat at different temperatures 90 °C, 100 °C, 110 °C, 120 °C, 130 °C and 140 °C were determined and compared. The natural logarithms of the kinetic rate constant (kvalue varied linearly with respect to temperature. An increasing rate of oxidation could be observed as temperature increased. On the basis of the Arrhenius equation and the activated complex theory, frequency factors A, activation energies Ea, Q10 numbers, activation enthalpies ΔH, and activation entropies ΔS for oxidative stability of the vegetable oils were calculated. The accelerated oxidation and Kinetic parameters have shown that edible argan oil can be stored much better than cosmetic oil.En presente estudio se determinaron los parámetros cinéticosde aceites de argán comestible (prensado en frío a partir de granos tostados de argán y cosmético (prensado en frío a partir de granos de argán sin tostar bajo las condiciones del método Rancimat. Se determinó y comparó los parámetros físico-químicos de aceites de argán comestible y cosmético inmediatamente después de la preparación y después de la oxidación acelerada mediante Rancimat a temperaturas de 90 °C, 100 °C, 110 °C, 120 °C, 130 °C y 140 °C Los logaritmos naturales de la constante de velocidad cinética (valor k variaron linealmente con respecto a la temperatura. Se pudo observar un valor creciente de la oxidación conel aumento de la temperatura. Se calculó para la estabilidad oxidativa de los aceites vegetalesy sobre la base de la ecuación de Arrhenius y la teoría del complejo activado, la frecuencia de los factores A, energ

  11. Kinetic parameters for nutrient enhanced crude oil biodegradation in intertidal marine sediments

    Arvind K Singh

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Availability of inorganic nutrients, particularly N and P, is often a primary control on crude oil hydrocarbon degradation in marine systems. Nevertheless, there is a paucity of information on fundamental kinetic parameters for nutrient enhanced crude oil biodegradation that can be used to model the fate of crude oil in bioremediation programmes that use inorganic nutrient addition to stimulate oil biodegradation. Here we report fundamental kinetic parameters (Ks and qmax for nitrate- and phosphate-stimulated crude oil biodegradation under nutrient limited conditions and with respect to crude oil, under conditions where N&P are not limiting. Crude oil degradation was limited by both N&P availability. When N was added alone maximum rates of CO2 production measured were 3.94±0.46 µmol CO2 /g wet sediment/day. However when the same levels of N were added in the presence of 0.5% P w/w of oil (1.6 μmol P/g wet sediment maximum rates of measured CO2 production more than doubled (11.52±0.72 µmol CO2 /g wet sediment/day. Ks and qmax estimates for N (in the form of sodium nitrate when P was not limiting were 1.57±0.56 µmol/g wet sediment and 10.57±0.63 µmol CO2 /g wet sediment/day respectively. The corresponding values for P were 80 nmol/g wet sediment and 8.76±1.15 µmol CO2 /g wet sediment/day. The qmax values with respect to N and P were not significantly different (P< 0.05. Analysis of bacterial 16S rRNA genes indicated that Alcanivorax spp. were selected in these marine sediments with increasing inorganic nutrient concentration, whereas Cycloclasticus spp. were more prevalent at lower inorganic nutrient concentrations. These data suggest that simple empirical estimates of the proportion of nutrients added relative to crude oil concentrations may not be sufficient to guarantee successful crude oil bioremediation in oxic beach sediments. The data we present also help define the maximum rates and hence timescales required for bioremediation

  12. Efficient uranium(VI) biosorption on grapefruit peel. Kinetic study and thermodynamic parameters

    The uranium(VI) biosorption by grapefruit peel was studied from aqueous solutions. Batch experiments was conducted to evaluate the effect of contact time, initial uranium(VI) concentration, initial pH, adsorbent dose, salt concentration and temperature. The equilibrium process was well described by the Langmuir, Redlich-Peterson and Koble-Corrigan isotherm models, with maximum sorption capacity of 140.79 mg g-1 at 298 K. The pseudo second order model and Elovish model adequately describe the kinetic data in comparison to the pseudo first order model and the process involving rate-controlling step is much complex involving both boundary layer and intra-particle diffusion processes. The effective diffusion parameter Di and Df values were estimated at different initial concentration and the average values were determined to be 1.167 x 10-7 and 4.078 x 10-8 cm2 s-1. Thermodynamic parameters showed that the biosorption of uranium(VI) onto grapefruit peel biomass was feasible, spontaneous and endothermic under studied conditions. The physical and chemical properties of the adsorbent were determined by SEM, TG-DSC, XRD and elemental analysis and the nature of biomass-uranium (VI) interactions was evaluated by FTIR analysis, which showed the participation of COOH, OH and NH2 groups in the biosorption process. Adsorbents could be regenerated using 0.05 mol L-1 HCl solution at least three cycles, with up to 80% recovery. Thus, the biomass used in this work proved to be effective materials for the treatment of uranium (VI) bearing aqueous solutions. (author)

  13. Kinetic parameters of biomass growth in a UASB reactor treating wastewater from coffee wet processing (WCWP

    Claudio Milton Montenegro Campos

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the treatment of wastewater from coffee wet processing (WCWP in an anaerobic treatment system at a laboratory scale. The system included an acidification/equalization tank (AET, a heat exchanger, an Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactor (UASB, a gas equalization device and a gas meter. The minimum and maximum flow rates and volumetric organic loadings rate (VOLR were 0.004 to 0.037 m 3 d -1 and 0.14 to 20.29 kgCOD m -3 d -1 , respectively. The kinetic parameters measured during the anaerobic biodegradation of the WCWP, with a minimal concentration of phenolic compounds of 50 mg L - ¹, were: Y = 0.37 mgTVS (mgCODremoved -1 , Kd = 0.0075 d-1 , Ks = 1.504mg L -1 , μmax = 0.2 d -1 . The profile of sludge in the reactor showed total solids (TS values from 22,296 to 55,895 mg L -1 and TVS 11,853 to 41,509 mg L -1 , demonstrating a gradual increase of biomass in the reactor during the treatment, even in the presence of phenolic compounds in the concentration already mentioned.

  14. Quantification of kinetic parameters for heterotrophic bacteria via respirometry in a hybrid reactor.

    Trapani, Daniele Di; Mannina, Giorgio; Torregrossa, Michele; Viviani, Gaspare

    2010-01-01

    Over the last decade new technologies are emerging even more for wastewater treatment. Among the new technologies, a recent possible solution regards Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors (MBBRs) that represent an effective alternative to conventional processes. More specifically such systems consist in the introduction of plastic elements inside the aerobic reactor as carrier material for the growth of attached biomass. Recently, one of the mostly used alternatives is to couple the Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) process with the conventional activated sludge process, and the resulting process is usually called HMBBR (Hybrid MBBR). In the MBBR process the biofilm grows attached on small plastic elements that are kept in constant motion throughout the entire volume of the reactor. Indeed, in such a system, a competition between the two biomasses, suspended and attached, can arise for the availability of the substrates, leading, as a consequence, to a modification in the biokinetic parameters of the two biomasses, compared to that of a pure suspended or attached biomass process. This paper presents the first results of a study aimed at estimating the kinetic heterotrophic constants in a HMBBR pilot plant using respirometric techniques. The pilot plant was built at the Acqua dei Corsari (Palermo) wastewater treatment plant and consisted of two parallel lines realized in a pre-anoxic scheme, in one of which the carrier material was added to the aerobic reactor with a filling ratio of 30%. PMID:20371934

  15. Rate Equations and Kinetic Parameters of the Reactions Involved in Pyrite Oxidation by Thiobacillus ferrooxidans.

    Lizama, H M; Suzuki, I

    1989-11-01

    Rate equations and kinetic parameters were obtained for various reactions involved in the bacterial oxidation of pyrite. The rate constants were 3.5 muM Fe per min per FeS(2) percent pulp density for the spontaneous pyrite dissolution, 10 muM Fe per min per mM Fe for the indirect leaching with Fe, 90 muM O(2) per min per mg of wet cells per ml for the Thiobacillus ferrooxidans oxidation of washed pyrite, and 250 muM O(2) per min per mg of wet cells per ml for the T. ferrooxidans oxidation of unwashed pyrite. The K(m) values for pyrite concentration were similar and were 1.9, 2.5, and 2.75% pulp density for indirect leaching, washed pyrite oxidation by T. ferrooxidans, and unwashed pyrite oxidation by T. ferrooxidans, respectively. The last reaction was competitively inhibited by increasing concentrations of cells, with a K(i) value of 0.13 mg of wet cells per ml. T. ferrooxidans cells also increased the rate of Fe production from Fe plus pyrite. PMID:16348054

  16. A study of line widths and kinetic parameters of ions in the solar corona

    Zhao, G Q; Wang, C B

    2014-01-01

    Solar extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lines emitted by highly charged ions have been extensively studied to discuss the issue of coronal heating and solar wind acceleration. Based on observations of the polar corona by the SUMER/SOHO spectrometer, this paper investigates the relation between the line widths and kinetic parameters of ions. It is shown that there exists a strongly linear correlation between two variables $(\\sigma/\\lambda)^2$ and $M^{-1}$, where $\\sigma$, $\\lambda$ and $M$ are the half-width of the observed line profile at $1/\\sqrt{e}$, the wavelength and the ion mass, respectively. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients exceed 0.9. This finding tends to suggest that the ions from a given height of polar corona have a common temperature and a common non-thermal velocity in terms of existing equation. The temperature and non-thermal velocity are obtained by linear least-square fit. The temperature is around $2.8$ MK at heights of 57$''$ and 102$''$. The non-thermal velocity is typical 21.6...

  17. Influence of the mutable kinetic parameters on the adhesion and debonding of thin viscoelastic films.

    Ghosh, Abir; Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar; Sharma, Ashutosh

    2016-09-01

    Detachment of a surface from a viscoelastic layer, such as a film of glue, engenders bridges between the surfaces until separation. Such surface instabilities arising during contact and detachment of viscoelastic films with rigid contactors have been theoretically explored by linear stability analysis and nonlinear simulations. The contact instabilities of viscoelastic materials are found to manifest in either a 'critical' or a 'dominant' mode in which the former is preferred when the contactor is slowly brought near the film while the latter manifests when the film is 'hard-pressed' against it. The nonlinear analysis considers the movement of contactor during adhesion-debonding cycle, which uncovers that the kinetic parameters can overshadow the thermodynamically predicted area of contact, average force for pull-off, energy of contactor-film separation, and pathways of debonding. Three distinct pathways of debonding - peeling, catastrophic column collapse, and column coalescence, are found to manifest with the variation in the ratio of the elastic to viscous compliances of the viscoelastic film. The study also reveals that in the dominant mode of instability, a smaller length scale with a larger area contact between the contactor and film can develop patterns having aspect ratio ∼10 times larger than the same obtained from elastic film. PMID:27254253

  18. Effects of heating rate on slow pyrolysis behavior, kinetic parameters and products properties of moso bamboo.

    Chen, Dengyu; Zhou, Jianbin; Zhang, Qisheng

    2014-10-01

    Effects of heating rate on slow pyrolysis behaviors, kinetic parameters, and products properties of moso bamboo were investigated in this study. Pyrolysis experiments were performed up to 700 °C at heating rates of 5, 10, 20, and 30 °C/min using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and a lab-scale fixed bed pyrolysis reactor. The results show that the onset and offset temperatures of the main devolatilization stage of thermogravimetry/derivative thermogravimetry (TG/DTG) curves obviously shift toward the high-temperature range, and the activation energy values increase with increasing heating rate. The heating rate has different effects on the pyrolysis products properties, including biochar (element content, proximate analysis, specific surface area, heating value), bio-oil (water content, chemical composition), and non-condensable gas. The solid yields from the fixed bed pyrolysis reactor are noticeably different from those of TGA mainly because the thermal hysteresis of the sample in the fixed bed pyrolysis reactor is more thorough. PMID:25063973

  19. Adsorption kinetic parameters of Fe3+ and Ni2+ ions by gyrolite

    Kestutis Baltakys

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work the adsorption kinetic parameters for Fe3+ and Ni2+ ions by gyrolite are presented. Additionally, the adsoption mechanism was described by using pseudo first order and pseudo second order  equations. It was determined that the adsorption capacity of gyrolite and intrusion of heavy metals ions in its structure depends on reaction time and the pH value of adsorptive. It was observed that the incorporation of Fe3+ ions occurs more intensive than Ni2+ ions. It was found that in the acidic solution the intrusion of Fe3+ ions into gyrolite structure proceeds by two types of chemical reaction mechanisms: substitution and addition. Meanwhile, nickel ions were participated only in substitution reaction: gyrolite-Ca0 + Mex+ ↔ gyrolite-Me0 + Ca2+. It was observed that the pseudo second order model fit well for iron and nickel ions adsorption mechanism. It was estimated that the adsorption reactions are not reversible process and the crystal structure of gyrolite is stable. Moreover, synthetic adsorbent and the products of sorption were characterized by XRD, STA and FT-IR methods.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.1.5735

  20. Predicting heavy metals' adsorption edges and adsorption isotherms on MnO2 with the parameters determined from Langmuir kinetics

    Qinghai Hu; Zhongjin Xiao; Xinmei Xiong; Gongming Zhou; Xiaohong Guan

    2015-01-01

    Although surface complexation models have been widely used to describe the adsorption of heavy metals,few studies have verified the feasibility of modeling the adsorption kinetics,edge,and isotherm data with one pH-independent parameter.A close inspection of the derivation process of Langrnuir isotherm revealed that the equilibrium constant derived from the Langmuir kinetic model,Ks-kinetic,is theoretically equivalent to the adsorption constant in Langrnuir isotherm,Ks-Langmuir.The modified Langmuir kinetic model (MLK model) and modified Langmuir isotherm model (MLI model) incorporating pH factor were developed.The MLK model was employed to simulate the adsorption kinetics of Cu(Ⅱ),Co(Ⅱ),Cd(Ⅱ),Zn(Ⅱ) and Ni(Ⅱ) on MnO2 at pH 3.2 or 3.3 to get the values of Ks-kinetic.The adsorption edges of heavy metals could be modeled with the modified metal partitioning model (MMP model),and the values of Ks-Langrnuir were obtained.The values of Ks-kinetic and Ks-Langrnuir are very close to each other,validating that the constants obtained by these two methods are basically the same.The MMP model with Ks-kinetic constants could predict the adsorption edges of heavy metals on MnO2 very well at different adsorbent/adsorbate concentrations.Moreover,the adsorption isotherms of heavy metals on MnO2 at various pH levels could be predicted reasonably well by the MLI model with the Ks-kinetic constants.

  1. Simulating kinetic parameters in transporter mediated permeability across Caco-2 cells. A case study on estrange-3-sulphate

    Rolsted, Kamilla; Rapin, Nicolas; Steffansen, Bente

    2011-01-01

    Substances that compete for the same saturable intestinal transporters may when dosed together lead to altered permeability and hence influence bioavailability. The aim was to simulate kinetic parameters, i.e. K(m) and J(max), for transporter mediated E(1)S permeability across Caco-2 cells by a c...

  2. Modeling the sorption kinetic of metsulfuron-methyl on Andisols and Ultisols volcanic ash-derived soils: kinetics parameters and solute transport mechanisms.

    Cáceres, Lizethly; Escudey, Mauricio; Fuentes, Edwar; Báez, María E

    2010-07-15

    Metsulfuron-methyl sorption kinetic was studied in Andisol and Ultisol soils in view of their distinctive physical and chemical properties: acidic pH and variable surface charge. Different kinetic models were applied to the experimental results. The pseudo-second-order model fitted sorption kinetics data better than the pseudo-first-order model. The rate constant and the initial rate constant values obtained through this model demonstrated the different behavior of metsulfuron-methyl in both kinds of soils, both parameters being the highest for Andisol. The application of Elovich equation, intraparticle diffusion model and a two-site nonequilibrium model (TSNE) allowed to conclude that: (i) the high organic matter content is the governing factor for Andisols where mass transfer across the boundary layer, and in a lesser degree, intraparticle diffusion were the two processes controlling sorption kinetic and (ii) the mineral composition was more relevant in Ultisols where rate was controlled almost exclusively by intraparticle diffusion into macropores and micropores. The slower sorption rate on Ultisols, the mechanism involved and the lower sorption capacity of this kind of soils must be taken into account to assess leaching behavior of this herbicide. PMID:20399011

  3. Respirometric kinetic parameter calculations of a batch jet loop bioreactor treating leachate and oxygen uptake rate estimation by DTM

    A novel circulating jet loop bioreactor adapted for organic matter oxidation has been designed and constructed. In this study, the input was leachate samples collected from Kemerburgaz Odayeri waste landfill site located on the European side of Istanbul. Controlling the jet loop bioreactor to realize high rates of purification depends on maintaining the appropriate loadings and operating conditions. This requires collecting various system data to estimate the dynamics of the system satisfactorily with the aim of keeping certain parameters within the specified range. The differential transform method (DTM) based solution of the state equations reveals the current state of the process so that any deviation in the system parameters can be immediately detected and regulated accordingly. The respirometric method for kinetic parameter calculations for biodegradation has been used for some time. In many studies, the respirometer was designed separately, usually in bench-scale. However, when a separate respirometer is used, the scale effect and parameters that affect the hydrodynamic structure of the system should be taken into consideration. In this study, therefore, the jet loop reactor itself was used as a respirometer. Thus, the kinetic parameters found reflecting the characteristics of microorganisms used for biodegradation would be more realistic. If the main reactor, here the jet loop reactor, would be used as the respirometer, the kinetic parameter changes can easily be monitored in the long run. Using the bioreactor as a respirometer, the most important kinetic parameters, Ks, kd and μmax were found to be 11,000 mg L-1, 0.019 day-1, and 0.21 day-1, respectively. The stoichiometric coefficient, Y, was found to be 0.28 gr gr-1 for the present system

  4. Influences of dysprosium and phosphorous oxides co-doping on thermoluminescence features and kinetic parameters of lithium magnesium borate glass

    This paper presents the main dosimetric characteristics and kinetic parameters of a newly proposed borate glass dosimeter modified with lithium and magnesium oxide (LMB) and co-doped with Dy2O3 and P2O5. Dosimetric features include thermoluminescence (TL) glow-curve, annealing procedure, TL sensitivity, photon dose response, fading, reproducibility, minimum detectable dose, kinetics order, activation energy (E) and frequency factor (s). The proposed dosimeter exhibits simple glow curves, good linearity from 0.01 up to 4 Gy, easy annealing, excellent reproducibility and minimal fading. These attractive features will pave the way to its use in radiation dosimetry. (author)

  5. Kinetic parameters of a material test research reactor fueled with various low enriched uranium dispersion fuels

    The effects of using different low enriched uranium fuels, having same uranium density, on the kinetic parameters of a material test research reactor were studied. For this purpose, the original aluminide fuel (UAlx-Al) containing 4.40 gU/cm3 of an MTR was replaced with silicide (U3Si-Al and U3Si2-Al) and oxide (U3O8-Al) dispersion fuels having the same uranium density as of the original fuel. Simulations were carried out to calculate prompt neutron generation time, effective delayed-neutron fraction, core excess reactivity and neutron flux spectrum. Nuclear reactor analysis codes including WIMS-D4 and CITATION were used to carry out these calculations. It was observed that both the silicide fuels had the same prompt neutron generation time 0.02% more than that of the original aluminide fuel, while the oxide fuel had a prompt neutron generation time 0.05% less than that of the original aluminide fuel. The effective delayed-neutron fraction decreased for all the fuels; the decrease was maximum at 0.06% for U3Si2-Al followed by 0.03% for U3Si-Al, and 0.01% for U3O8-Al fuel. The U3O8-Al fueled reactor gave the maximum ρexcess at BOL which was 21.67% more than the original fuel followed by U3Si-Al which was 2.55% more, while that of U3Si2-Al was 2.50% more than the original UAlx-Al fuel. The neutron flux of all the fuels was more thermalized, than in the original fuel, in the active fuel region of the core. The thermalization was maximum for U3O8-Al followed by U3Si-Al and then U3Si2-Al fuel.

  6. Yield and kinetic parameters estimation and model reduction in a recombinant E. coli fermentation

    Rocha, I.; Ferreira, E. C.

    2004-01-01

    A genetic algorithm was used to estimate both yield and kinetic coefficients of an unstructured model representing a high-cell density fermentation of E. coli. The model is composed of mass balance equations with 3 states: Biomass, Glucose, and Acetate. Kinetic equations are based on the 3 main metabolic pathways of the microorganism: glucose oxidation, fermentation of glucose and acetate oxidation. Genetic Algorithms were used to minimize the normalized quadratic differences ...

  7. Kinetic Parameters of Methane Generated from Source Rocks in the Kuqa Depression of Tarim Basin and Their Application

    LI Xianqing; DONG Peng; XIAO Xianming; MI Jingkui; TANG Yongchun; XIAO Zhongyao; LIU Dehan; SHEN Jiagui; YANG Yunfeng; WANG Yan

    2008-01-01

    In a thermal simulation experiment of gold tubes of closed-system, calculating with the KINETICS and GOR-ISOTOPE KINETICS software, kinetic parameters of gas generation and methane carbon isotopic fractionation from Triassic-Jurassic hydrocarbon source rocks in the Kuqa depression of Tarim Basin are obtained. The activation energies of methane generated from Jurassic coal, Jurassic mudstone and Triassic mudstone in the Kuqa Depression are 197-268 kJ/mol, 180-260 kJ/mol and 214-289 kJ/mol, respectively, and their frequency factors are 5.265×1013s-1, 9.761×1011 s-1 and 2.270×1014 s-1. This reflects their differences of hydrocarbon generation behaviors. The kinetic parameters of methane carbon isotopic fractionation are also different in Jurassic coal, Jurassic mudstone and Triassic mudstone, whose average activation energies are 228 kJ/mol, 205 kJ/mol and 231 kJ/mol, respectively. Combined with the geological background, the origin of natural gas in the Yinan-2 gas pool is discussed, and an accumulation model of natural gas is thus established. The Yinan-2 gas is primarily derived from Jurassic coal-bearing source rocks in the Yangxia Sag. Main gas accumulation time is 5-0 Ma and the corresponding Ro is in the range from 1.25%-1.95%. The loss rate of natural gas is 25%-30%.

  8. Comparison of safflower oil extraction kinetics under two characteristic moisture conditions: statistical analysis of non-linear model parameters

    E. Baümler

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study the kinetics of oil extraction from partially dehulled safflower seeds under two moisture conditions (7 and 9% dry basis was investigated. The extraction assays were performed using a stirred batch system, thermostated at 50 ºC, using n-hexane as solvent. The data obtained were fitted to a modified diffusion model in order to represent the extraction kinetics. The model took into account a washing and a diffusive step. Fitting parameters were compared statistically for both moisture conditions. The oil yield increased with the extraction time in both cases, although the oil was released at different rates. A comparison of the parameters showed that both the portion extracted in the washing phase and the effective diffusion coefficient were moisture-dependent. The effective diffusivities were 2.81 10-12 and 8.06 10-13 m²s-1 for moisture contents of 7% and 9%, respectively.

  9. Fractionation of carbohydrates and protein and rumen degradation kinetic parameters of brachiaria grass silage enriched with rice bran

    Fagton de Mattos Negrão; Anderson de Moura Zanine; Luciano da Silva Cabral; Alexandre Lima de Souza; Guilherme Ribeiro Alves; Daniele de Jesus Ferreira; Carlos Clayton Oliveira Dantas; Aline Lehmkuhl

    2014-01-01

    This experiment was conducted to evaluate the protein and carbohydrate fractions, and to estimate the in situ rumen degradation kinetic parameters of Brachiaria decumbens grass silage with inclusion of rice bran. Five rice bran inclusion levels were tested: 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40% of the natural matter, distributed into a completely randomized design with five replications. The brachiaria grass was obtained at 60 days of regrowth by cutting the forage at 10 cm from the soil and ensiling it in 1...

  10. How is the Monoclonal Antibodies Kinetic Affected by Changes of Their Physical Parameters?

    Delgado-Correal, Camilo; Lizarazo-Pérez, Heidy Alexandra

    2010-01-01

    The study of monoclonal antibodies (MAb) is a field of great interest to science medicine, for example, anti-TNF agents (infliximab and adalimumab) represent an important tool for the management of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. In this work we focus on the physical description of the transport kinetics of MAb in a fluid with laminar flow and parabolic profile. To simulate the kinetics of the MAb, standard equations were solved numerically (using The Verlet algorithm) to calculate the motion of a particle with a spherically symmetric inside of parabolic laminar flow, in order to find the time evolution of the antibody velocity in blood plasma in function of the increase of the radius, mass and density of the MAb, and the fluid pressure in blood vessels. In the case of we fixed the value of the antibody density, their kinetics increased when the pressure in the vessels increased. When we fixed the pressure in the vessels we found: if we reduce the antibody radius their kinetics increased, and when we i...

  11. Chapter 13. Short-term kinetics of soil microbial respiration - a general parameter across scales

    Šantrůčková, Hana; Kurbatova, J.A.; Shibistova, O.B.; Šmejkalová, M.; Uhlířová, Eva

    Dordrecht : Springer, 2005, s. 229-246. ISBN 978-1-4020-3446-6 Grant ostatní: Evropská unie(XE) EVK2-2002-00555 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60660521 Keywords : short-term kinetics * soil microbial respiration Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour

  12. Temperature effects on kinetic parameters and substrate affinity of Cel7A cellobiohydrolases

    Sørensen, Trine Holst; Cruys-Bagger, Nicolaj; Windahl, Michael Skovbo;

    2015-01-01

    We measured hydrolytic rates of four purified cellulases in small increments of temperature (10–50 °C) and substrate loads (0–100 g/liter) and analyzed the data by a steady state kinetic model that accounts for the processive mechanism. We used wild type cellobiohydrolases (Cel7A) from mesophilic...

  13. Kinetic parameters for plasma β-endorphin in lean and obese Zucker rats

    To determine plasma clearance kinetics for β-endorphin (BE) by empirical compartmental analysis, a bolus of radioactive labeled 125I-BE was rapidly injected into a carotid artery catheter of unanesthetized lean (L) and obese (O) Zucker rats. The plasma disappearance of 125I was followed over a 3-h period. A 3-component exponential equation provided the best fit for plasma data. Plasma transit times were very short (10 s); however, plasma fractional catabolic rate was much slower. Plasma mean residence time was similar for both groups (50 min) as was recycle time (1.3 min). These data suggest that BE plasma disappearance kinetics are similar in L and O rats

  14. Kinetic parameters for plasma. beta. -endorphin in lean and obese Zucker rats

    Rodd, D.; Farrell, P.A.; Caston, A.L.; Green, M.H. (Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park (USA))

    1991-03-01

    To determine plasma clearance kinetics for {beta}-endorphin (BE) by empirical compartmental analysis, a bolus of radioactive labeled 125I-BE was rapidly injected into a carotid artery catheter of unanesthetized lean (L) and obese (O) Zucker rats. The plasma disappearance of 125I was followed over a 3-h period. A 3-component exponential equation provided the best fit for plasma data. Plasma transit times were very short (10 s); however, plasma fractional catabolic rate was much slower. Plasma mean residence time was similar for both groups (50 min) as was recycle time (1.3 min). These data suggest that BE plasma disappearance kinetics are similar in L and O rats.

  15. Inference from some pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters of busulfan through the analysis of its induction kinetics of micronuclei polychromated erythrocytes

    The induction kinetics of micronuclei polychromated eritrocites (EPC-MN) which is produced by busulfan and compared with that produced by the ionizing radiation, allows to make inferences over the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of busulfan. Observing two induction mechanisms of MN, this one early at low doses and other later at high doses, this last is presented to a critical dose being very sheer and associated with an increase of the cytotoxicity. The data suggest the transformation or dependence between these two types of leisures, which to determine the narrow therapeutical margin of busulfan. The pharmacokinetic parameters determined in the early mechanisms kinetics indicate a latency period, a time of effective activity and of half life 5.7, 5.2 and 2.6 h respectively. (Author)

  16. Biological kinetics parameters in a pure culture biofilm developed in an airlift reactor

    Lopes, F. A.; Vieira, M. J.; Melo, L. F.

    2000-01-01

    A diffusion-reaction model was fitted to data obtained with Pseudomonas fluorescens biofilms developed in an airlift reactor under different limiting substrate conditions, in order to determine the biofilm kinetic constants and the substrate concentration profiles within the biological films. Model predicted concentration profiles within the biofilms demonstrate that all films were completely penetrated by the substrate and that the reaction rate inside the biofilms was of zero ...

  17. A comparison of region-based and pixel-based CEUS kinetics parameters in the assessment of arthritis

    Grisan, E.; Raffeiner, B.; Coran, A.; Rizzo, G.; Ciprian, L.; Stramare, R.

    2014-03-01

    Inflammatory rheumatic diseases are leading causes of disability and constitute a frequent medical disorder, leading to inability to work, high comorbidity and increased mortality. The gold-standard for diagnosing and differentiating arthritis is based on patient conditions and radiographic findings, as joint erosions or decalcification. However, early signs of arthritis are joint effusion, hypervascularization and synovial hypertrophy. In particular, vascularization has been shown to correlate with arthritis' destructive behavior, more than clinical assessment. Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) examination of the small joints is emerging as a sensitive tool for assessing vascularization and disease activity. The evaluation of perfusion pattern rely on subjective semi-quantitative scales, that are able to capture the macroscopic degree of vascularization, but are unable to detect the subtler differences in kinetics perfusion parameters that might lead to a deeper understanding of disease progression and a better management of patients. Quantitative assessment is mostly performed by means of the Qontrast software package, that requires the user to define a region of interest, whose mean intensity curve is fitted with an exponential function. We show that using a more physiologically motivated perfusion curve, and by estimating the kinetics parameters separately pixel per pixel, the quantitative information gathered is able to differentiate more effectively different perfusion patterns. In particular, we will show that a pixel-based analysis is able to provide significant markers differentiating rheumatoid arthritis from simil-rheumatoid psoriatic arthritis, that have non-significant differences in clinical evaluation (DAS28), serological markers, or region-based parameters.

  18. A Study on the Pyrolysis of Peanut Shells at Different Isothermal Conditions and Determination of the Kinetic Parameters

    Şeyda Taşar

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The pyrolysis process, which is applied for the aim of producing energy and raw materials which are implemented for the chemical industry from biomass sources, is a thermal conversion process. Determination of the pyrolysis kinetic parameters are important In order to suitable equipment and process design. In this target, in the study the pyrolysis of peanut shells was conducted in a muffle furnace at static atmosphere with temperatures ranging from 300-700 °C. The effects of various parameters on the rate of thermal decomposition rate and the solid yield were determined. The parameters of interest were temperature 300-700 °C, particle size 4-50 mesh, pelletizing, and pelletizing pressure 1.103-5.103 kgf/cm2. Regression coefficients for the total decomposition step were obtained using the thermographs were obtained as a result of the pyrolysis of the peanut shells, and 20 different theoretical model equations that represented the degradation by the Coast-Redfern method. According to regression coefficients of the theoretical model equations, we determined the kinetic model that best represented the degradation. Using this model to represent the degradation, the activation energy (Ea and Arhenius frequency factor ln(A for the total reaction were calculated to be 38.245 kJ/mol and 8.124, respectively.

  19. Model description and kinetic parameter analysis of MTBE biodegradation in a packed bed reactor

    Waul, Christopher Kevin; Arvin, Erik; Schmidt, Jens Ejbye

    2008-01-01

    A dynamic modeling approach was used to estimate in-situ model parameters, which describe the degradation of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in a laboratory packed bed reactor. The measured dynamic response of MTBE pulses injected at the reactor's inlet was analyzed by least squares and parameter ...

  20. A robust methodology for kinetic model parameter estimation for biocatalytic reactions

    Al-Haque, Naweed; Andrade Santacoloma, Paloma de Gracia; Lima Afonso Neto, Watson;

    2012-01-01

    correlation of the parameters. The final model with the fitted parameters is able to describe both initial rate and dynamic experiments. Application of the methodology is illustrated with a case study using the x-transaminase catalyzed synthesis of 1-phenylethylamine from acetophenone and 2-propylamine....

  1. Kinetic parameters of the University of Maryland reactor by the interval distribution method

    The Rossi alpha of the University of Maryland Reactor was measured at criticality and at shutdown by the Babala interval-distribution method. At criticality, α/sub c/ = 145.8 +- 2.9 s-1. At shutdown, α/sub s/ = 1025.8 +- 4.1 s-1. The shutdown reactivity was found to be rho/sub s/β = -6.04 +- 0.14 dollars. An inverse kinetics analysis of a rod-drop experiment gave rho/sub s//β = -6.23 +- 0.13 dollars, which is considered with the interval-distribution result

  2. Isolation of liver aldehyde oxidase containing fractions from different animals and determination of kinetic parameters for benzaldehyde

    Kadam R

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aldehyde oxidase activity containing fractions from rabbit, guinea pig, rat and mouse livers were obtained by heat treatment and ammonium sulfate precipitation. Aldehyde oxidase activity was observed in rabbit and guinea pig livers, while aldehyde oxidase activity was absent in rat and mouse liver fractions. Enzyme kinetic parameters, K m and V max , were determined for the oxidation of benzaldehyde to benzoic acid by rabbit and guinea pig liver fractions, by spectrophotometric method, with potassium ferricyanide as the electron acceptor. The K m values obtained for both animal liver fractions were in the range of 10.3-19.1 µM.

  3. DETERMINATION OF THE KINETIC PARAMETERS OF OXY-FUEL COMBUSTION OF COAL WITH A HIGH ASH CONTENT

    K. G. P. Nunes; N. R. Marcílio

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the kinetic parameters of the oxy-fuel combustion of char from a Brazilian bituminous coal with a high ash content. The char, with a particle diameter of 715 μm, was prepared in a N2 atmosphere at 1173 K. The oxy-fuel combustion assays were performed using a thermobalance at different temperatures and O2/CO2 gas mixtures of different concentrations. According to the unreacted core model, the process is determined by chemical reaction at low temp...

  4. Fractionation of carbohydrates and protein and rumen degradation kinetic parameters of brachiaria grass silage enriched with rice bran

    Fagton de Mattos Negrão

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This experiment was conducted to evaluate the protein and carbohydrate fractions, and to estimate the in situ rumen degradation kinetic parameters of Brachiaria decumbens grass silage with inclusion of rice bran. Five rice bran inclusion levels were tested: 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40% of the natural matter, distributed into a completely randomized design with five replications. The brachiaria grass was obtained at 60 days of regrowth by cutting the forage at 10 cm from the soil and ensiling it in 10-L experimental silo bags, which were opened after 40 days. The degradability profiles for DM, CP, NDF and of the feeds for each animal utilized made it possible to obtain the estimates of the parameters analyzed. The contents of total carbohydrates (TCH, fibrous carbohydrates and fraction A+B1 of the TCH decreased linearly as the rice bran levels were elevated. Fraction A of the protein was increased linearly by 0.64% for every 1% of rice bran added to the silage. For nitrogenous fractions B3 and C, there was a decrease of 0.11 and 0.40% for each 1% of rice bran added to the silage, respectively. For the rumen degradability parameters of the dry matter, fractions A and I had estimated increases of 0.54 and 0.04% for every 1% inclusion of rice bran. For the degradation rate of fraction B (c, treatments had no effect. Fractions A and I of the crude protein degradability parameters increased by 0.22 and 0.72%, respectively, with inclusion of 1% rice bran. Inclusion levels of rice bran had no effect on fraction D, on the degradation rate of fraction B (c or lag time (L estimated for neutral detergent fiber. Inclusion of 10 and 20% rice bran in the brachiaria grass silage improves protein and carbohydrate fractions and rumen degradation kinetic parameters of dry matter, crude protein and neutral detergent fiber.

  5. An identification algorithm of model kinetic parameters of the interfacial layer growth in fiber composites

    Zubov, V.; Lurie, S.; Solyaev, Y.

    2016-04-01

    This paper considers the identification algorithm of parameters included in a parabolic law that is often used to predict the time dependence of the thickness of the interfacial layers in the structure of composite materials based on a metal matrix. The incubation period of the process and the speed of reaction and pressure are taken into account. The proposed algorithm of identification is based on the introduction of a minimized objective function of a special kind. The problem of identification of unknown parameters in the parabolic law is formulated in a variational form. The authors of the paper have determined the desired parameters, under which the objective function has a minimum value. It is shown that on the basis of four known experimental values of the interfacial layer thickness, corresponding to different values of temperature, pressure and the time of the interfacial layer growth, it is possible to identified four model parameters. They are the activation energy, a pre-exponential parameter, the delay time of the start of the interfacial layer formation, and the parameter determining the pressure effect on the rate of interfacial layer growth. The stability of the proposed identification algorithm is also studied.

  6. Determination of kinetic parameters in Tl dosemeters of LiF: Mg, Cu, P + PTFE developed in the ININ

    The objective of this work, is the one of determining the kinetic parameters of the dosemeter of LiF: Mg, Cu, P + Ptfe; starting from the curves Tl obtained at being irradiated with alpha radiation (α), beta (β) and gamma (γ). As like to compare its sensitivity with each radiation type, considering the sensitivity of the TLD-100 as the unit. In the Chapter 1, the fundamental structure of the matter is described, making emphasis in the different radiation types, and their interaction with this. In the Chapter 2, the units are described but used in the dosimetry of the radiation. In the Chapter 3, the basic concepts of the phenomenon of Tl are described and those are explained characteristic of the deconvolution method to determine the kinetics of the one phenomenon. In the Chapter 4, the methodology is detailed that was used in the elaboration of this thesis work, describing the material Tl that were considered like reference, as well as the sources of ionizing radiation, with those that the dosemeters were irradiated and the equipment in the one that the curves Tl was obtained. Reference is made to the software used to carry out the deconvolution of the curves Tl that were obtained in the one experimental development. In the Chapter 5, the obtained results of this study are presented, showing the tables of homogenization of dosemeters and the reading of the same one; they are observed the curves Tl obtained to different radiation doses (alpha, beta and gamma), the intensity Tl in function of the dose. Also they are tabulated, the obtained results in the kinetic parameters of the three different study materials (TLD-100H, USA; TLD-100, USA and LiF: Mg, Cu, P + Ptfe developed in the l.N.l.N). They are analyzed shortly for each material Tl their sensitivity to the ionizing radiation as well as their kinetic parameters. The obtained results showed that the Tl dosemeters of LiF: Mg,Cu,P + Ptfe, they presented a bigger sensitivity that the TLD-100 when being

  7. Crystallization kinetics of lithium niobate glass: determination of the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov parameters.

    Choi, H W; Kim, Y H; Rim, Y H; Yang, Y S

    2013-06-28

    The formation of crystalline LiNbO3 (LN) from LN glass has been studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry and in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The LN glass with no glass former was prepared by the polymerized complex method. The isothermal kinetics of the crystallization process is described using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) equation and the Avrami exponent n is found to be ~2.0, indicating that the crystallization mechanism is diffusion-controlled growth with a decreasing nucleation rate. The effective activation energy of crystallization calculated from isothermal measurements is 6.51 eV. It is found that the LN glass directly transforms into a rhombohedral LN crystal without any intermediate crystalline phase and most crystal grains are confined within the size of ~40 nm irrespective of different isothermal temperatures. Application of JMAK theory to the non-isothermal thermoanalytical study of crystallization of LN glass is discussed. PMID:23677338

  8. Maps of receptor binding parameters in the human brain - a kinetic analysis of pet measurements

    A kinetic method is described for the estimation of neuroreceptor density as well as the rate constants for association and dissociation of rapidly equilibrating radioligands. The method is exemplified by positron emission tomographic measurements of the human brain using 11C-raclopride, a D2 dopamine receptor antagonist, and 11C-Ro 15-1788, a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist. Using a linear non iterative algorithm, regional binding characteristics were calculated and displayed poixel by pixel in brain maps. Data from repeated experiments on the same subject with different amounts of the unlabeled ligand were utilized. The binding characteristics were determined according to a two step procedure in which the time course of the free radioligand concentration was estimated from a reference region considered to be free of specific receptor binding sites. Alternative methods to determine the concentration of free radioligand are discussed. (orig.)

  9. Crystallization kinetics and nucleation parameters of Nylon 6 and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate) blend

    Huang, J.-W. [Department of Styling and Cosmetology, Tainan University of Technology, 529 Chung Cheng Road, Yung Kang City 710, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: jw.huang@msa.hinet.net; Chang, C.-C. [Department of International Business Management, Tainan University of Technology, 529 Chung Cheng Road, Yung Kang City 710, Taiwan (China); Kang, C.-C. [R and D Center, Hi-End Polymer Film Co., Ltd., 15-1 Sin Jhong Road, Sin Ying City 730, Taiwan (China); Yeh, M.-Y. [Department of Chemistry, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan City 701, Taiwan (China); Sustainable Environment Research Centre, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (China)

    2008-02-05

    Blend of Nylon 6 and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate) (PEGMA) were prepared by a twin-screw extruder. Morphology observed with scanning electron microscopies (SEM) show PEGMA is well dispersed in Nylon 6 matrix. Isothermal and nonisothermal crystallization of the blend was investigated by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and crystallization kinetics was described by Avrami and Tobin models. Equilibrium melting temperatures were estimated from linear Hoffman-Weeks relationship. All analyses showed that the reaction between PEGMA and Nylon 6 reduced the molecular mobility and reduced the crystallization rate. Expand K{sub g} and U* in the Hoffman-Lauritzen equation by Vyazovkin's method demonstrated that Nylon 6/PEGMA had higher K{sub g} and U* values and provided another supportive evidence to the above interpretation.

  10. Crystallization kinetics and nucleation parameters of Nylon 6 and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate) blend

    Blend of Nylon 6 and poly(ethylene-co-glycidyl methacrylate) (PEGMA) were prepared by a twin-screw extruder. Morphology observed with scanning electron microscopies (SEM) show PEGMA is well dispersed in Nylon 6 matrix. Isothermal and nonisothermal crystallization of the blend was investigated by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and crystallization kinetics was described by Avrami and Tobin models. Equilibrium melting temperatures were estimated from linear Hoffman-Weeks relationship. All analyses showed that the reaction between PEGMA and Nylon 6 reduced the molecular mobility and reduced the crystallization rate. Expand Kg and U* in the Hoffman-Lauritzen equation by Vyazovkin's method demonstrated that Nylon 6/PEGMA had higher Kg and U* values and provided another supportive evidence to the above interpretation

  11. Super phosphoric acid catalyzed esterification of Palm Fatty Acid Distillate for biodiesel production: physicochemical parameters and kinetics

    Metre Anand V.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present study the esterification of palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD, a by-product from palm oil industry, in the presence of super phosphoric acid (SPA catalyst was studied. The effects of various physico-chemical parameters such as temperature, PFAD to methanol molar ratio and amount of catalyst on the conversion of biodiesel were investigated. The percent conversion of FFA and properties of the biodiesel were determined following standard methodologies. Percent conversion of biodiesel was found to increase with the increase in PFAD to methanol molar ratio and at 1:12 molar ratio and 70°C temperature 95% conversion was achieved. Thermodynamic parameters were also evaluated in terms of Gibbs free energy, enthalpy and entropy at different molar ratio and temperatures. Both pseudo first and second order irreversible kinetics were applied to a wide range of experimental data. However, according to regression coefficient (R2 the second order described better experimental behavior of kinetic data.

  12. Kinetic Modeling and Parameter Estimation in a Tower Bioreactor for Bioethanol Production

    Rivera, Elmer Ccopa; da Costa, Aline Carvalho; Lunelli, Betânia Hoss; Maciel, Maria Regina Wolf; Filho, Rubens Maciel

    In this work, a systematic method to support the building of bioprocess models through the use of different optimization techniques is presented. The method was applied to a tower bioreactor for bioethanol production with immobilized cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Specifically, a step-by-step procedure to the estimation problem is proposed. As the first step, the potential of global searching of real-coded genetic algorithm (RGA) was applied for simultaneous estimation of the parameters. Subsequently, the most significant parameters were identified using the Placket-Burman (PB) design. Finally, the quasi-Newton algorithm (QN) was used for optimization of the most significant parameters, near the global optimum region, as the initial values were already determined by the RGA global-searching algorithm. The results have shown that the performance of the estimation procedure applied in a deterministic detailed model to describe the experimental data is improved using the proposed method (RGA-PB-QN) in comparison with a model whose parameters were only optimized by RGA.

  13. Sensitivity analysis of large system of chemical kinetic parameters for engine combustion simulation

    Hsieh, H; Sanz-Argent, J; Petitpas, G; Havstad, M; Flowers, D

    2012-04-19

    In this study, the authors applied the state-of-the art sensitivity methods to downselect system parameters from 4000+ to 8, (23000+ -> 4000+ -> 84 -> 8). This analysis procedure paves the way for future works: (1) calibrate the system response using existed experimental observations, and (2) predict future experiment results, using the calibrated system.

  14. Influence of process parameters on the reaction kinetics of the chromium-catalyzed trimerization of ethylene.

    Wöhl, Anina; Müller, Wolfgang; Peitz, Stephan; Peulecke, Normen; Aluri, Bhaskar R; Müller, Bernd H; Heller, Detlef; Rosenthal, Uwe; Al-Hazmi, Mohammed H; Mosa, Fuad M

    2010-07-12

    In this paper we report the results of an extensive experimental kinetic study carried out on the novel ethylene trimerization catalyst system, comprising the chromium source [CrCl(3)(thf)(3)] (thf=tetrahydrofuran), a Ph(2)P-N(iPr)-P(Ph)-N(iPr)H (PNPNH) ligand (Ph=phenyl, iPr=isopropyl), and triethylaluminum (AlEt(3)) as activator. It could be shown that the initial activity shows a first-order dependency on the ethylene concentration. Also, a first-order dependency was found for the catalyst concentration. The initial activity follows a typical Arrhenius behavior with an experimentally determined activation energy of 52.6 kJ mol(-1). At elevated temperatures (ca. 80 degrees C), a significant deactivation was observed, which can be tentatively traced back to a ligand rearrangement in the presence of AlEt(3). After a fast initial phase, a pronounced 'kink' in the ethylene-uptake curve is observed, followed by a slow, almost linear, further increase of the total ethylene consumption. The catalyst composition, in particular the ligand/chromium and the cocatalyst/chromium molar ratio, has a strong impact on the catalytic performance of the trimerization of ethylene. PMID:20512824

  15. Kinetics Parameters of VVER-1000 Core with 3 MOX Lead Test Assemblies To Be Used for Accident Analysis Codes

    Pavlovitchev, A.M.

    2000-03-08

    The present work is a part of Joint U.S./Russian Project with Weapons-Grade Plutonium Disposition in VVER Reactor and presents the neutronics calculations of kinetics parameters of VVER-1000 core with 3 introduced MOX LTAs. MOX LTA design has been studied in [1] for two options of MOX LTA: 100% plutonium and of ''island'' type. As a result, zoning i.e. fissile plutonium enrichments in different plutonium zones, has been defined. VVER-1000 core with 3 introduced MOX LTAs of chosen design has been calculated in [2]. In present work, the neutronics data for transient analysis codes (RELAP [3]) has been obtained using the codes chain of RRC ''Kurchatov Institute'' [5] that is to be used for exploitation neutronics calculations of VVER. Nowadays the 3D assembly-by-assembly code BIPR-7A and 2D pin-by-pin code PERMAK-A, both with the neutronics constants prepared by the cell code TVS-M, are the base elements of this chain. It should be reminded that in [6] TVS-M was used only for the constants calculations of MOX FAs. In current calculations the code TVS-M has been used both for UOX and MOX fuel constants. Besides, the volume of presented information has been increased and additional explications have been included. The results for the reference uranium core [4] are presented in Chapter 2. The results for the core with 3 MOX LTAs are presented in Chapter 3. The conservatism that is connected with neutronics parameters and that must be taken into account during transient analysis calculations, is discussed in Chapter 4. The conservative parameters values are considered to be used in 1-point core kinetics models of accident analysis codes.

  16. Low rank coal – CO2 gasification: Experimental study, analysis of the kinetic parameters by Weibull distribution and compensation effect

    Gasification is generally considered as the most effective for low rank coal exploitation and CO2 gasification offers the advantage of upgrading an environmentally detrimental gas. Isothermal CO2 gasification tests of Greek low rank coal were performed in a tubular fixed bed reactor, to study the effect of the various reaction conditions. Greek lignite was quite reactive with CO2, resulting in high conversions even at short reaction times, while the obtained chars remained reactive after devolatilisation, as the continuous increase of conversion indicated. Conversion was very sensitive to temperature due to both pyrolysis and C–CO2 reactions, and for the granulometries studied (up to 1000 μm) the gasification rate was independent of particle size. CO2 partial pressure affected the gasification rate at low CO2 partial pressures, since the reactivity of lignite remained high (conversion ∼85% w/w daf) even for 0.25 atm CO2 partial pressure. The presence of CO retarded the reaction and the gasification rate decreased rapidly as the concentration of CO increased. The first order Volume Reaction Model (VMR) adopted was proven quite effective in describing the experimental results. Experimental results showed that the activation energy (E) varied with time, passing through a wide maximum between 10 and 15 min. The pre-exponential factor (k0) follows the behaviour of the activation energy, however, it exhibits a more sharp maximum at the same time region. The variations of the kinetic parameters with time could be attributed to the different nature of carbon atoms gasified and the changes of the number of active collisions, as the gasification reaction proceeds. As the gasification reaction advanced the Arrhenius parameters (E and k0) increased or decreased simultaneously, exhibiting a compensation effect. The probability density function (pdf) of the Weibull distribution was employed successfully to depict the variations of the kinetic parameters, E and k0.

  17. Kinetics Parameters of VVER-1000 Core with 3 MOX Lead Test Assemblies To Be Used for Accident Analysis Codes

    The present work is a part of Joint U.S./Russian Project with Weapons-Grade Plutonium Disposition in VVER Reactor and presents the neutronics calculations of kinetics parameters of VVER-1000 core with 3 introduced MOX LTAs. MOX LTA design has been studied in [1] for two options of MOX LTA: 100% plutonium and of ''island'' type. As a result, zoning i.e. fissile plutonium enrichments in different plutonium zones, has been defined. VVER-1000 core with 3 introduced MOX LTAs of chosen design has been calculated in [2]. In present work, the neutronics data for transient analysis codes (RELAP [3]) has been obtained using the codes chain of RRC ''Kurchatov Institute'' [5] that is to be used for exploitation neutronics calculations of VVER. Nowadays the 3D assembly-by-assembly code BIPR-7A and 2D pin-by-pin code PERMAK-A, both with the neutronics constants prepared by the cell code TVS-M, are the base elements of this chain. It should be reminded that in [6] TVS-M was used only for the constants calculations of MOX FAs. In current calculations the code TVS-M has been used both for UOX and MOX fuel constants. Besides, the volume of presented information has been increased and additional explications have been included. The results for the reference uranium core [4] are presented in Chapter 2. The results for the core with 3 MOX LTAs are presented in Chapter 3. The conservatism that is connected with neutronics parameters and that must be taken into account during transient analysis calculations, is discussed in Chapter 4. The conservative parameters values are considered to be used in 1-point core kinetics models of accident analysis codes

  18. Reliability of spatiotemporal and kinetic gait parameters determined by a new instrumented treadmill system

    Reed, Lloyd F; Urry, Stephen R; Wearing, Scott C

    2013-01-01

    Background Despite the emerging use of treadmills integrated with pressure platforms as outcome tools in both clinical and research settings, published evidence regarding the measurement properties of these new systems is limited. This study evaluated the within– and between–day repeatability of spatial, temporal and vertical ground reaction force parameters measured by a treadmill system instrumented with a capacitance–based pressure platform. Methods Thirty three healthy adults (mean age, 2...

  19. Mainz Organics Mechanism (MOM): description and sensitivity to some estimated kinetic parameters

    Taraborrelli, Domenico; Cabrera Perez, David; Sander, Rolf; Pozzer, Andrea

    2015-04-01

    Despite decades of reasearch, global atmospheric chemistry models still have significant biases compared to the estimated distribution and evolution of tropospheric ozone and hydroxyl radical. The gas-phase oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOC) is acknowledged to play an important role among the processes affecting tropospheric ozone, methane lifetime and aerosol evolution. Thus, chemical mechanisms of very diverse complexity have been developed for the major VOCs. However, all mechanisms present shortcomings such as neglection or lumping of intermediates and estimate of many rate constants and product distributions. Here, we present a VOC oxidation mechanism of intermediate complexity called the Mainz Organics Mechanism (MOM). With about 400 species and 1500 reactions, it represents the oxidation of about 20 primarily emitted VOCs comprising small alkanes and alkenes, isoprene, pinenes and monocyclic aromatic compounds. The development protocol significantly borrows from the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM). However, MOM distinguishes itself for a number of features. First, the structure activity relationship for estimating the rate constants involving hydroxyl radical is site-specific and dependent on temperature. Second, the alkyl nitrate yields are considered to be dependent on temperature, pressure and molecular structure. RO2 + HO2 reaction kinetics is consistent with the recent direct studies of \\chem{OH}-reformation. Isoprene chemistry includes the latest experimental advancements with respect to OH-recycling and alkyl nitrate chemistry. Pinenes chemistry is largely the one by the MCM but with some modifications according to the work of the Leuven's group. Finally, the chemistry of the aromatics is also borrowed from the MCM but with additional photolysis of ortho-nitrophenols leading to \\chem{HONO} formation. The sensitivity of the model to the temperature and pressure dependence of estimated \\chem{OH} rate constants and alkyl nitrate yields will

  20. Real time kinetic flow cytometry measurements of cellular parameter changes evoked by nanosecond pulsed electric field.

    Orbán, Csaba; Pérez-García, Esther; Bajnok, Anna; McBean, Gethin; Toldi, Gergely; Blanco-Fernandez, Alfonso

    2016-05-01

    Nanosecond pulsed electric field (nsPEF) is a novel method to increase cell proliferation rate. The phenomenon is based on the microporation of cellular organelles and membranes. However, we have limited information on the effects of nsPEF on cell physiology. Several studies have attempted to describe the effects of this process, however no real time measurements have been conducted to date. In this study we designed a model system which allows the measurement of cellular processes before, during and after nsPEF treatment in real time. The system employs a Vabrema Mitoplicator(TM) nsPEF field generating instrument connected to a BD Accuri C6 cytometer with a silicon tube led through a peristaltic pump. This model system was applied to observe the effects of nsPEF in mammalian C6 glioblastoma (C6 glioma) and HEK-293 cell lines. Viability (using DRAQ7 dye), intracellular calcium levels (using Fluo-4 dye) and scatter characteristics were measured in a kinetic manner. Data were analyzed using the FACSKin software. The viability and morphology of the investigated cells was not altered upon nsPEF treatment. The response of HEK-293 cells to ionomycin as positive control was significantly lower in the nsPEF treated samples compared to non-treated cells. This difference was not observed in C6 cells. FSC and SSC values were not altered significantly by the nsPEF treatment. Our results indicate that this model system is capable of reliably investigating the effects of nsPEF on cellular processes in real time. © 2016 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry. PMID:26990601

  1. Kinetic parameters of γ-irradiated Y2O3 phosphors: Effect of doping/codoping and heating rate

    This paper reports the thermoluminescence characteristics of Yb doped and Yb/RE3+ (RE=Eu, Tb) codoped Y2O3 phosphors under γ-irradiations. The phosphors were prepared by combustion synthesis method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Thermoluminescence (TL) techniques. XRD studies confirm the body-centered cubic structure of the phosphors. TL glow curves of doped and codoped phosphors exhibit single broad peak. Codoping with rare earth ions influences the glow peak temperature and intensity drastically. Intensity of the glow peak increases linearly in the studied γ-dose range. Kinetic parameters such as order of kinetics, trap depth and frequency factor associated with the glow peak were calculated by various glow curve methods. - Highlights: • In this paper, the effects of doping/codoping and heating rates are reported. • Codoping with Eu3+ ions is more effective compared to Tb3+ ions for TL sensitivity. • Modification/rearrangement of trap levels after codoping were observed. • Increase in trap depth/frequency factor after codoping was observed

  2. Particle Size Effect on TL Emission of ZnS Nanoparticles and Determination of Its Kinetic Parameters

    L. Robindro Singh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles have large surface area, and most of the ions are lying on its surface. Could these surface ions be contributed in thermoluminescence emission or enhanced nonradiative transition? In view of this, we have prepared small sizes of ZnS nanoparticles at low temperature and made two samples, one as-prepared (size ~3 nm and the other heat-treated at 1073 K (size ~32 nm. Characterization of the samples shows that the prepared phosphors are pure. Thermoluminescence (TL glow curves could not be recorded in both samples without irradiation. Even for higher dose of γ-radiation the as-prepared samples could not show TL signal, but 1073 K heat-treated sample shows the TL signal. This may be due to the fact that smaller particles have large surface area compared to bigger particles, the surface ions may produce the nonradiative transitions. The kinetic parameters of the TL glow curves are evaluated by the conventional methods and compared with curve fitting computerised glow curve deconvolution (CGCD technique. The variations in both techniques are found only ±0.02. The shape factor of all the glow curves ~0.48, and these TL glow curves could be fitted with order of kinetics 1.5.

  3. Micropollutant biotransformation kinetics associate with WWTP process parameters and microbial community characteristics.

    Helbling, Damian E; Johnson, David R; Honti, Mark; Fenner, Kathrin

    2012-10-01

    The objective of this work was to identify relevant wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) parameters and underlying microbial processes that influence the biotransformation of a diverse set of micropollutants. To do this, we determined biotransformation rate constants for ten organic micropollutants in batch reactors seeded with activated sludge from ten diverse WWTPs. The estimated biotransformation rate constants for each compound ranged between one and four orders of magnitude among the ten WWTPs. The biotransformation rate constants were tested for statistical associations with various WWTP process parameters, amoA transcript abundance, and acetylene-inhibited monooxygenase activity. We determined that (i) ammonia removal associates with oxidative micropollutant biotransformation reaction rates; (ii) archaeal but not bacterial amoA transcripts associate with both ammonia removal and oxidative micropollutant biotransformation reaction rates; and (iii) the activity of acetylene-inhibited monooxygenases (including ammonia monooxygenase) associates with ammonia removal and the biotransformation rate of isoproturon, but does not associate with all oxidative micropollutant biotransformations. In combination, these results lead to the conclusion that ammonia removal and amoA transcript abundance can potentially be predictors of oxidative micropollutant biotransformation reactions, but that the biochemical mechanism is not necessarily linked to ammonia monooxygenase activity. PMID:22938719

  4. Morphological Manipulation of Solvothermal Prepared CdSe Nanostructures by Controlling the Growth Rate of Nanocrystals as a Kinetic Parameter

    Zarghami, V.; Mohammadi, M. R.; Fray, D. J.

    2012-11-01

    The morphological manipulation, structural characterization, and optical properties of different cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanostructures are reported. Two different CdSe nanostructures, i.e., nanorods and nanoparticles, were grown by controlling the concentration of precursors (i.e., cadmium nitrate and selenium dioxide) in ethanolamine solvent. By manipulating the kinetic parameter of the process (i.e., growth rate) under constant growth driving force (i.e., degree of supersaturation), the morphology of CdSe nanostructures can be tailored from nanorods to nanoparticles. The optical properties of CdSe nanostructures were investigated using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The absorption edge of the samples showed a blue-shift. CdSe nanostructures prepared under optimized conditions showed good microstructural and optical properties for solar cell applications.

  5. Inference of some pharmacokinetic parameters of the C mitomycin, through the analysis of its micro nucleate polychromatic erythrocytes induction kinetics

    The objective of the present work was to establish pharmacokinetic parameters of the C Mitomycin (MMC) in vivo, comparing its kinetics of induction of polychromatic micro nucleate erythrocytes (EPGMN) with that of the gamma radiation. The used doses were of 0.75; 1.5 and 3. 0 μmoles/kg of MMC. It was observed that the MMC produces MN in the first cycle of cellular division and it is independent of the cytotoxic effect. This agent requires of a relatively long period of latency that is not compatible with her great reactivity, for what the pharmacokinetic values obtained in fact reflect the time that takes the processing of leisure in the DNA and the subsequent induction of ruptures that produce MN. (Author)

  6. Effects of 10-week eccentric overload training on kinetic parameters during change of direction in football players.

    de Hoyo, Moisés; Sañudo, Borja; Carrasco, Luis; Mateo-Cortes, Jesús; Domínguez-Cobo, Sergio; Fernandes, Orlando; Del Ojo, Juan J; Gonzalo-Skok, Oliver

    2016-07-01

    The aim of the current study was to analyse the effect of 10-week eccentric overload training on kinetic parameters during change of direction (COD) in U-19 football players. The outcome measured included relative peak braking (rPB) and propulsive force (rPF), contact time (CT), time spent during braking (BT) and propulsive phase (PT), relative total (rTOT_IMP), braking (rB_IMP) and propulsive (rP_IMP) impulses. Between-group results showed a substantial better improvement (likely) in CT (ES: 0.72) and BT (ES: 0.74) during side-step cutting, and in rPB (ES: 0.84) and rB_IMP (ES: 0.72) during crossover cutting, in the experimental group (EXP) in comparison to control group (CON). Within-group analysis showed a substantially better performance (likely to almost certain) in CT (ES: 1.19), BT (ES: 1.24), PT (ES: 0.70), rPB (ES: 0.75), rPF (ES: 0.68), rTOT_IMP (ES: 0.48) and rB_IMP (ES: 0.50) in EXP during side-step cutting. Regarding crossover cutting, within-group analysis showed a substantial better performance (likely to almost certain) in CT (ES: 0.75), rPB (ES: 0.75), rPF (ES: 1.34), rTOT_IMP (ES: 0.61), rB_IMP (ES: 0.76) and rP_IMP (ES: 0.46) in EXP. In conclusion, the eccentric overload-based programme led to an improvement in kinetic parameters during COD football tasks. PMID:26963941

  7. Estimation of Hoffman-Lauritzen parameters from nonisothermal crystallization kinetics of PET/MWCNT nanocomposites

    Gaonkar, Amita; Murudkar, Vrishali; Deshpande, V. D.

    2016-05-01

    Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Nucleated PET/ multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) nanocomposites with different MWCNTs loadings were prepared by melt compounding. The influence of the addition of MWCNTs and precipitated PET (p-PET) on the morphology and thermal properties of the nanocomposites was investigated. From Transmission Electronic Microscopy (TEM) and Wide angle X-Ray diffraction (WAXD) study, it can be clearly seen that nanocomposites with low MWCNTs contents (0.1 wt. %) get better MWCNTs dispersion than higher MWCNT loading. Comparing with PET, nucleated PET nanocomposite with 0.1% MWCNT loading shows higher value of Lauritzen-Hoffman parameters U* and Kg evaluated using the differential isoconversional method. Crystallization regime transition temperature range shifts to higher temperature (208°C - 215°C) for nanocomposites. The presence of p-PET in addition of MWCNT, which act as good nucleating agent, enhanced the crystallization of PET through heterogeneous nucleation.

  8. Dosimetric and kinetic parameters of lithium cadmium borate glasses doped with rare earth ions

    J. Anjaiah

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Thermoluminescence (TL characteristics of X-ray irradiated pure and doped with four different rare earth ions (viz., Pr3+, Nd3+, Sm3+ and Eu3+ Li2O–Cdo–B2O3 glasses have been studied in the temperature range 303–573 K; the pure glass has exhibited single TL peak at 466 K. When this glass is doped with different rare earth ions no additional peaks are observed but the glow peak temperature of the existing glow peak shifted gradually towards higher temperatures with gain in intensity of TL light output. The area under the glow curve is found to be maximum for Eu3+ doped glasses. The trap depth parameters associated with the observed TL peaks have been evaluated using Chen's formulae. The possible use of these glasses in radiation dosimetry has been described. The result clearly showed that europium doped cadmium borate glass has a potential to be considered as the thermoluminescence dosimeter.

  9. Computer-based gait analysis of dogs: evaluation of kinetic and kinematic parameters after cemented and cementless total hip replacement.

    Drüen, S; Böddeker, J; Meyer-Lindenberg, A; Fehr, M; Nolte, I; Wefstaedt, P

    2012-01-01

    To date it is unclear whether cementless total hip replacement (THR) in dogs is of clinical advantage in comparison to cemented THR with regard to lameness improvement. Thus the aim of this study was to compare objectively the development of the gait pattern after cemented and cementless THR in dogs. For this purpose, 18 adult dogs with hip dysplasia underwent computer-based gait analysis on an instrumented treadmill prior to unilateral THR and then again ten days, four weeks and four months after surgery. Analysed kinetic parameters were symmetry indices (SI) of vertical ground reaction forces (GRF), which included peak vertical forces (PFz), mean vertical forces (MFz), vertical impulse (IFz), and vertical ground reaction forces of the arthroplasty limbs only. Analysed kinematic parameters were range-of-motion and the flexion and extension angles of hip, stifle and hock joints. The symmetry indice for PVF, MFz and IFz decreased to a value less than six in both THR groups four months after surgery, which is defined as not lame. Improvement in lameness of the arthroplasty limbs during the examination period of four months was not significantly different between the cemented and cementless groups. The results suggest that within a short-term observation period of four months after surgery, neither cementless nor cemented THR have a greater advantage with regard to lameness improvement. Additional studies with larger pools of subjects and longer time periods for follow-up examinations are necessary to verify these findings. PMID:22828804

  10. Pyrolysis characteristics and kinetic parameters determination of biomass fuel powders by differential thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA/DTG)

    Highlights: • The sugarcane bagasse powder has better energy value compared to the cotton stalks. • Bagasse moisture is entrained in its cell walls and its evaporation needs more energy. • The cotton stalks is more reactive and readily combustible than the bagasse powders. • A lower E and A0 has been found for bagasse compared with cotton stalks powders. • Calculated E of bagasse and cotton stalks by direct and integral methods are different. - Abstract: The kinetics of the thermal decomposition of the two biomass materials (sugarcane bagasse and cotton stalks powders) were evaluated using a differential thermo-gravimetric analyzer under a non-isothermal condition. Two distinct reaction zones were observed for the two biomasses. The direct Arrhenius plot method and the integral method were applied for determination of kinetic parameters: activation energy, pre-exponential factor, and order of reaction. The weight loss curve showed that pyrolysis of sugarcane bagasse and cotton stalks took place mainly in the range of 200–500 °C. The activation energy of the sugarcane bagasse powder obtained by the direct Arrhenius plot method ranged between 43 and 53.5 kJ/mol. On the other side, the integral method shows larger values of activation energy (77–87.7 kJ/mol). The activation energy of the cotton stalks powder obtained by the direct Arrhenius plot method was ranged between 98.5 and 100.2 kJ/mol, but the integral method shows larger values of activation energy (72.5–127.8 kJ/mol)

  11. Contribution of counterions and degree of ionization for birefringence creation and relaxation kinetics parameters of PAH/PAZO films

    Raposo, Maria, E-mail: mfr@fct.unl.pt; Monteiro Timóteo, Ana Rita; Ribeiro, Paulo A. [CEFITEC, Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, UNL, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Ferreira, Quirina [CEFITEC, Departamento de Física, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, UNL, Campus de Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Instituto de Telecomunicações, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, P-1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Botelho do Rego, Ana Maria [Centro de Química-Física Molecular and IN, Complexo Interdisciplinar, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2015-09-21

    Photo induced birefringent materials can be used to develop optical and conversion energy devices, and consequently, the study of the variables that influences the creation and relaxation of birefringence should be carefully analyzed. In this work, the parameters of birefringence creation and relaxation kinetics curves obtained on layer-by-layer (LBL) films, prepared from azo-polyectrolyte poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4 hydroxyphenylazo) benzene sulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride)(PAH), are related with the presence of counterions and the degree of ionization of the polyelectrolytes. Those kinetics curves obtained on PAH/PAZO LBL films, prepared from PAH solutions with different pHs and maintaining the pH of PAZO solution constant at pH = 9, were analyzed taking into account the films composition which was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The creation and relaxation birefringence curves are justified by two processes: one associated to local mobility of the azobenzene with a characteristic time 30 s and intensity constant and other associated with polymeric chains mobility with the characteristic time and intensity decreasing with pH. These results allow us to conclude that the birefringence creation process, associated to local mobility of azobenzenes is independent of the degree of ionization and of number of counterions or co-ions present while the birefringence creation process associated to mobility of chains have its characteristic time and intensity dependent of both degree of ionization and number of counterions. The birefringence relaxation processes are dependent of the degree of ionization. The analysis of the films composition revealed, in addition, the presence of a protonated secondary or tertiary amine revealing that PAZO may have positive charges and consequently a zwitterionic behavior.

  12. Contribution of counterions and degree of ionization for birefringence creation and relaxation kinetics parameters of PAH/PAZO films

    Raposo, Maria; Ferreira, Quirina; Monteiro Timóteo, Ana Rita; Ribeiro, Paulo A.; do Rego, Ana Maria Botelho

    2015-09-01

    Photo induced birefringent materials can be used to develop optical and conversion energy devices, and consequently, the study of the variables that influences the creation and relaxation of birefringence should be carefully analyzed. In this work, the parameters of birefringence creation and relaxation kinetics curves obtained on layer-by-layer (LBL) films, prepared from azo-polyectrolyte poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4 hydroxyphenylazo) benzene sulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride)(PAH), are related with the presence of counterions and the degree of ionization of the polyelectrolytes. Those kinetics curves obtained on PAH/PAZO LBL films, prepared from PAH solutions with different pHs and maintaining the pH of PAZO solution constant at pH = 9, were analyzed taking into account the films composition which was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The creation and relaxation birefringence curves are justified by two processes: one associated to local mobility of the azobenzene with a characteristic time 30 s and intensity constant and other associated with polymeric chains mobility with the characteristic time and intensity decreasing with pH. These results allow us to conclude that the birefringence creation process, associated to local mobility of azobenzenes is independent of the degree of ionization and of number of counterions or co-ions present while the birefringence creation process associated to mobility of chains have its characteristic time and intensity dependent of both degree of ionization and number of counterions. The birefringence relaxation processes are dependent of the degree of ionization. The analysis of the films composition revealed, in addition, the presence of a protonated secondary or tertiary amine revealing that PAZO may have positive charges and consequently a zwitterionic behavior.

  13. Final Report for NFE-07-00912: Development of Model Fuels Experimental Engine Data Base & Kinetic Modeling Parameter Sets

    Bunting, Bruce G [ORNL

    2012-10-01

    The automotive and engine industries are in a period of very rapid change being driven by new emission standards, new types of after treatment, new combustion strategies, the introduction of new fuels, and drive for increased fuel economy and efficiency. The rapid pace of these changes has put more pressure on the need for modeling of engine combustion and performance, in order to shorten product design and introduction cycles. New combustion strategies include homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), partial-premixed combustion compression ignition (PCCI), and dilute low temperature combustion which are being developed for lower emissions and improved fuel economy. New fuels include bio-fuels such as ethanol or bio-diesel, drop-in bio-derived fuels and those derived from new crude oil sources such as gas-to-liquids, coal-to-liquids, oil sands, oil shale, and wet natural gas. Kinetic modeling of the combustion process for these new combustion regimes and fuels is necessary in order to allow modeling and performance assessment for engine design purposes. In this research covered by this CRADA, ORNL developed and supplied experimental data related to engine performance with new fuels and new combustion strategies along with interpretation and analysis of such data and consulting to Reaction Design, Inc. (RD). RD performed additional analysis of this data in order to extract important parameters and to confirm engine and kinetic models. The data generated was generally published to make it available to the engine and automotive design communities and also to the Reaction Design Model Fuels Consortium (MFC).

  14. Contribution of counterions and degree of ionization for birefringence creation and relaxation kinetics parameters of PAH/PAZO films

    Photo induced birefringent materials can be used to develop optical and conversion energy devices, and consequently, the study of the variables that influences the creation and relaxation of birefringence should be carefully analyzed. In this work, the parameters of birefringence creation and relaxation kinetics curves obtained on layer-by-layer (LBL) films, prepared from azo-polyectrolyte poly[1-[4-(3-carboxy-4 hydroxyphenylazo) benzene sulfonamido]-1,2-ethanediyl, sodium salt] (PAZO) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride)(PAH), are related with the presence of counterions and the degree of ionization of the polyelectrolytes. Those kinetics curves obtained on PAH/PAZO LBL films, prepared from PAH solutions with different pHs and maintaining the pH of PAZO solution constant at pH = 9, were analyzed taking into account the films composition which was characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The creation and relaxation birefringence curves are justified by two processes: one associated to local mobility of the azobenzene with a characteristic time 30 s and intensity constant and other associated with polymeric chains mobility with the characteristic time and intensity decreasing with pH. These results allow us to conclude that the birefringence creation process, associated to local mobility of azobenzenes is independent of the degree of ionization and of number of counterions or co-ions present while the birefringence creation process associated to mobility of chains have its characteristic time and intensity dependent of both degree of ionization and number of counterions. The birefringence relaxation processes are dependent of the degree of ionization. The analysis of the films composition revealed, in addition, the presence of a protonated secondary or tertiary amine revealing that PAZO may have positive charges and consequently a zwitterionic behavior

  15. TU-C-12A-11: Comparisons Between Cu-ATSM PET and DCE-CT Kinetic Parameters in Canine Sinonasal Tumors

    La Fontaine, M; Bradshaw, T [University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Kubicek, L [University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (United States); Forrest, L [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Jeraj, R [University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: Regions of poor perfusion within tumors may be associated with higher hypoxic levels. This study aimed to test this hypothesis by comparing measurements of hypoxia from Cu-ATSM PET to vasculature kinetic parameters from DCE-CT kinetic analysis. Methods: Ten canine patients with sinonasal tumors received one Cu-ATSM PET/CT scan and three DCE-CT scans prior to treatment. Cu-ATSM PET/CT and DCE-CT scans were registered and resampled to matching voxel dimensions. Kinetic analysis was performed on DCE-CT scans and for each patient, the resulting kinetic parameter values from the three DCE-CT scans were averaged together. Cu-ATSM SUVs were spatially correlated (r{sub spatial}) on a voxel-to-voxel basis against the following DCE-CT kinetic parameters: transit time (t{sub 1}), blood flow (F), vasculature fraction (v{sub 1}), and permeability (PS). In addition, whole-tumor comparisons were performed by correlating (r{sub ROI}) the mean Cu-ATSM SUV (SUV{sub mean}) with median kinetic parameter values. Results: The spatial correlations (r{sub spatial}) were poor and ranged from -0.04 to 0.21 for all kinetic parameters. These low spatial correlations may be due to high variability in the DCE-CT kinetic parameter voxel values between scans. In our hypothesis, t{sub 1} was expected to have a positive correlation, while F was expected to have a negative correlation to hypoxia. However, in wholetumor analysis the opposite was found for both t{sub 1} (r{sub ROI} = -0.25) and F (r{sub ROI} = 0.56). PS and v{sub 1} may depict angiogenic responses to hypoxia and found positive correlations to Cu-ATSM SUV for PS (r{sub ROI} = 0.41), and v{sub 1} (r{sub ROI} = 0.57). Conclusion: Low spatial correlations were found between Cu-ATSM uptake and DCE-CT vasculature parameters, implying that poor perfusion is not associated with higher hypoxic regions. Across patients, the most hypoxic tumors tended to have higher blood flow values, which is contrary to our initial hypothesis. Funding

  16. TU-C-12A-11: Comparisons Between Cu-ATSM PET and DCE-CT Kinetic Parameters in Canine Sinonasal Tumors

    Purpose: Regions of poor perfusion within tumors may be associated with higher hypoxic levels. This study aimed to test this hypothesis by comparing measurements of hypoxia from Cu-ATSM PET to vasculature kinetic parameters from DCE-CT kinetic analysis. Methods: Ten canine patients with sinonasal tumors received one Cu-ATSM PET/CT scan and three DCE-CT scans prior to treatment. Cu-ATSM PET/CT and DCE-CT scans were registered and resampled to matching voxel dimensions. Kinetic analysis was performed on DCE-CT scans and for each patient, the resulting kinetic parameter values from the three DCE-CT scans were averaged together. Cu-ATSM SUVs were spatially correlated (rspatial) on a voxel-to-voxel basis against the following DCE-CT kinetic parameters: transit time (t1), blood flow (F), vasculature fraction (v1), and permeability (PS). In addition, whole-tumor comparisons were performed by correlating (rROI) the mean Cu-ATSM SUV (SUVmean) with median kinetic parameter values. Results: The spatial correlations (rspatial) were poor and ranged from -0.04 to 0.21 for all kinetic parameters. These low spatial correlations may be due to high variability in the DCE-CT kinetic parameter voxel values between scans. In our hypothesis, t1 was expected to have a positive correlation, while F was expected to have a negative correlation to hypoxia. However, in wholetumor analysis the opposite was found for both t1 (rROI = -0.25) and F (rROI = 0.56). PS and v1 may depict angiogenic responses to hypoxia and found positive correlations to Cu-ATSM SUV for PS (rROI = 0.41), and v1 (rROI = 0.57). Conclusion: Low spatial correlations were found between Cu-ATSM uptake and DCE-CT vasculature parameters, implying that poor perfusion is not associated with higher hypoxic regions. Across patients, the most hypoxic tumors tended to have higher blood flow values, which is contrary to our initial hypothesis. Funding: R01 CA136927

  17. Carbon reaction and diffusion on Ni(111), Ni(100), and Fe(110): Kinetic parameters from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional theory analysis

    This paper investigates the reactivity of elemental carbon films deposited from the vapor phase with Fe and Ni substrates at room temperature. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements are presented as a method for evaluating kinetic reaction data. Carbon films are deposited on different surface orientations representing geometries from a dense atom packing as in fcc (111) to an open surface structure as in fcc (100). During annealing experiments several reactions are observed (carbon subsurface diffusion, carbide formation, carbide decomposition, and graphite ordering). These reactions and the respective kinetic parameters are analyzed and quantified by XPS measurements performed while annealing at elevated temperatures (620-820 K). The resulting activation barriers for carbon subsurface diffusion are compared with calculated values using the density functional theory. The determined kinetic parameters are used to reproduce the thermal behavior of carbon films on nickel surfaces

  18. DETERMINATION OF THE KINETIC PARAMETERS OF OXY-FUEL COMBUSTION OF COAL WITH A HIGH ASH CONTENT

    K. G. P. Nunes

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the kinetic parameters of the oxy-fuel combustion of char from a Brazilian bituminous coal with a high ash content. The char, with a particle diameter of 715 μm, was prepared in a N2 atmosphere at 1173 K. The oxy-fuel combustion assays were performed using a thermobalance at different temperatures and O2/CO2 gas mixtures of different concentrations. According to the unreacted core model, the process is determined by chemical reaction at low temperatures, with an activation energy of 56.7 kJ.kmol-1, a reaction order of 0.5 at 973 K and a reaction order of 0.7 overall. The use of the continuous reaction model did not provide a good fit for the experimental data because the consumption of the particles during the reaction was not constant, as predicted by the model. According to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model, the activation energy for the first step was 37.3 kJ.kmol-1.

  19. Measurement of kinetic parameters in the fast subcritical core MASURCA in the framework of the European ADS project MUSE

    In the framework of the European 5FP MUSE measurements are performed to investigate the neutronic behavior of the fast subcritical core MASURCA coupled with the GENEPI accelerator. The aim is to examine the applicability of different techniques for the determination of the main kinetic parameters characterizing the assembly such as the delayed neutron fraction, the mean neutron lifetime and the reactivity (expressed in dollars). When applying the pulsed neutron source analysis, the reactivity (in dollars) together with the ratio of the mean neutron lifetime l and the effective delayed neutron fraction βeff is derived. Although these first results are very promising, further measurements are needed to qualify the method at larger subcritical levels which are representative for future ADS. From Rossi-alpha distributions, recorded with the pulsed neutron source in operation, the α decay constant was easily derived due to good statistics on the correlated signal resulting from the strong intensity of the neutron pulse. These measurements also pointed out that one should avoid locating the detectors in the shielding where neutron thermalization will perturb the measurements. The measurement of Rossi-alpha distributions, recorded with the accelerator turned off, showed that the analysis of the obtained distributions is still feasible for deep subcritical levels where deteriorated statistics occur. A more elaborated measurement campaign is scheduled in the following year to more thoroughly answer the applicability issue of the different measurement techniques for ADS. (author)

  20. Thermoluminescence dosimetry properties and kinetic parameters of lithium potassium borate glass co-doped with titanium and magnesium oxides

    Lithium potassium borate (LKB) glasses co-doped with TiO2 and MgO were prepared using the melt quenching technique. The glasses were cut into transparent chips and exposed to gamma rays of 60Co to study their thermoluminescence (TL) properties. The TL glow curve of the Ti-doped material featured a single prominent peak at 230 °C. Additional incorporation of MgO as a co-activator enhanced the TL intensity threefold. LKB:Ti,Mg is a low-Z material (Zeff=8.89) with slow signal fading. Its radiation sensitivity is 12 times lower that the sensitivity of TLD-100. The dose response is linear at doses up to 103 Gy. The trap parameters, such as the kinetics order, activation energy, and frequency factor, which are related to the glow peak, were determined using TolAnal software. - Highlights: • Lithium potassium borate glass doped with Ti and Mg was prepared. • The material is close to soft tissues in terms of Zeff. • The radiation sensitivity is about 12 times lower than that of TLD-100. • The signal fades about 8% in 10 days and 17% in 3 months

  1. Monin-Obukhov Similarity Functions of the Structure Parameter of Temperature and Turbulent Kinetic Energy Dissipation Rate in the Stable Boundary Layer

    Hartogensis, O.K.; Debruin, H.A.R.

    2005-01-01

    The Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST) functions fepsi; and fT, of the dissipation rate of turbulent kinetic energy (TKE), ¿, and the structure parameter of temperature, CT2, were determined for the stable atmospheric surface layer using data gathered in the context of CASES-99. These data cover

  2. Kinetic Parameters during Bis-GMA and TEGDMA Monomer Polymerization by ATR-FTIR: The Influence of Photoinitiator and Light Curing Source

    Aline B. Denis

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to analyze the kinetic parameters of two monomers using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR: 2,2-bis-[4-(2-hydroxy-3-methacryloxypropyl-1-oxy-phenyl] propane (Bis-GMA and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA. The following were calculated to evaluate the kinetic parameters: maximum conversion rate (Rpmax, time at the maximum polymerization rate (tmax, conversion at Rpmax, and total conversion recorded at the maximum conversion point after 300 s. Camphorquinone (CQ and phenyl propanedione (PPD were used in this study as photoinitiators, whereas N,N-dimethyl-p-toluidine (DMPT amine was used as a coinitiator. LED apparatus and halogen lamp were used in turn to evaluate the effect that light source had on the monomer kinetics. The mass concentration ratio for the three resin preparations was 0.7 : 0.3 for Bis-GMA and TEGDMA: R1 (CQ + DMPT, R2 (PPD + DMPT, and R3 (PPD + CQ + DMPT. The PPD association with the CQ photoinitiator altered the polymerization kinetics compared to a resin containing only the CQ photoinitiator. The light sources exhibited no significant differences for tmax of R1 and R3. Resins containing only the PPD initiator exhibited a higher tmax than those containing only CQ. However, the Rpmax decreased for resins containing the PPD photoinitiator.

  3. Thermoluminescent kinetic parameters of the perovskite, KMgF{sub 3}, activated with lanthanum; Parametros cineticos termoluminiscentes de la perovskita, KMgF{sub 3}, activada con lantano

    Sepulveda M, F. [ESFM-IPN, 07738 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Azorin N, J.; Rivera M, T. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Furetta, C.; Sanipoli, C. [Physics Department, Universita di Roma ' ' La Sapienza' ' , Piazzale A. Moro 2, 00185 Roma (Italy)

    2004-07-01

    The thermoluminescent curves induced by the beta radiation in the perovskite KMgF{sub 3} were investigated activated with lanthanum. The classic methods were used to determine the kinetic parameters (the kinetic order b, the activation energy E and the frequency of escape intent s) associated with the peaks of the thermoluminescent curve (Tl) in the KMgF{sub 3} activated with lanthanum after the irradiation with beta rays. The method is based on the position of the thermoluminescent peaks, obtained of the temperature change of the peak in the maximum emission caused by the change in the heating rapidity to which the samples were measured. In this work, the samples in form of pellets were re cooked previously at 400 C during one hour before irradiating them with beta particles. The Tl measures were made with a Tl reader system using three different heating rapidities and storing the glow curves. To calculate the depth of the E traps and the frequency factor s, the parameters of the glow curve were determined experimentally of the shame of the glow curve by means of the mensuration of the shame of the maximum temperature of the peak, T{sub M} like a function of the heating rapidity. The results indicate that the values of the kinetic parameters are very near among if when they are obtained indistinctly of anyone of the different methods. (Author)

  4. Theoretical study on the glass-crystal transformation and deduction of its kinetic parameters by DSC, using non-isothermal regime

    A method has been developed for deriving the evolution equation with time of the volume fraction crystallized, for integrating the above-mentioned equation under non-isothermal conditions, and for deriving the kinetic parameters of the glass-crystal transformations in solid systems involving the formation and growth nuclei. By means of this method, and considering the assumptions of extended volume and random nucleation, a general expression of the fraction crystallized has been obtained as a function of the time. This equation has been integrated under continuous-heating regime and assuming an Arrhenian temperature dependence of the nucleation frequency and of the crystal growth rate, thus obtaining the volume fraction transformed as a function of temperature, in terms of the heating rate, and the related exponent with the dimensionality of the crystal growth. The kinetic parameters have been deduced, obtaining the maximum crystallization rate, bearing in mind the fact that, in the non-isothermal processes the reaction rate constant is a time function through its Arrhenian temperature dependence. Finally, the theoretical expressions of the kinetic parameters have been applied to the experimental data corresponding to a set of glassy alloys, quoted in the literature, thus obtaining mean values that agreed very satisfactorily with the published data. This fact shows the reliability of the theoretical procedure developed

  5. Burnup-dependent effect of lattice-level homogenization and group condensation on calculated kinetics parameters for CANDU-type lattices

    Highlights: • CANDU-type-lattice kinetics parameters are calculated using different adjoint-weighting approximations at different burnups. • Fine-group space-dependent adjoint weighting is the most accurate method of calculating the kinetics parameters. • Two-group lattice-homogenized adjoint weighting overestimates the effective delayed-neutron fraction by approximately 5%. • Fine-group lattice-homogenized adjoint weighting overestimates the effective delayed neutron fraction only by approximately 2%. - Abstract: Modern analysis of nuclear reactor transients uses space-time reactor kinetics methods. In the Canadian nuclear industry, safety analysis calculations use almost exclusively the Improved Quasistatic (IQS) flux factorization method. The IQS method, like all methods based on flux factorization, relies on calculating effective point kinetics parameters, which dominate the time behavior of the flux, using adjoint-weighted integrals. The accuracy of the adjoint representation influences the accuracy of the effective kinetics parameters. Routine full core calculations are not performed using detailed models and transport theory, but rather using a cell-homogenized model and two-group diffusion theory. This work evaluates the effect of homogenization and group condensation at different burnups, for three fuel types: natural-uranium (NU) fuel, low-void reactivity (LVR) fuel and Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR) fuel. Results show that the use of a two-group lattice-homogenized adjoint consistently overestimates the effective delayed neutron fraction by approximately 5% for all three fuel types and over a wide burnup range. The use of a two-group lattice-homogenized adjoint also introduces errors in the effective neutron generation time, but these are at most 1.3% (and their sign changes with burnup). Errors tend to vary with burnup by approximately 1% (of the individual parameter value). If a 69-group lattice-homogenized adjoint is used, the errors drop to

  6. Impact of process parameters on the breakage kinetics of poorly water-soluble drugs during wet stirred media milling: a microhydrodynamic view.

    Afolabi, Afolawemi; Akinlabi, Olakemi; Bilgili, Ecevit

    2014-01-23

    Wet stirred media milling has proven to be a robust process for producing nanoparticle suspensions of poorly water-soluble drugs. As the process is expensive and energy-intensive, it is important to study the breakage kinetics, which determines the cycle time and production rate for a desired fineness. Although the impact of process parameters on the properties of final product suspensions has been investigated, scant information is available regarding their impact on the breakage kinetics. Here, we elucidate the impact of stirrer speed, bead concentration, and drug loading on the breakage kinetics via a microhydrodynamic model for the bead-bead collisions. Suspensions of griseofulvin, a model poorly water-soluble drug, were prepared in the presence of two stabilizers: hydroxypropyl cellulose and sodium dodecyl sulfate. Laser diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and rheometry were used to characterize them. Various microhydrodynamic parameters including a newly defined milling intensity factor was calculated. An increase in either the stirrer speed or the bead concentration led to an increase in the specific energy and the milling intensity factor, consequently faster breakage. On the other hand, an increase in the drug loading led to a decrease in these parameters and consequently slower breakage. While all microhydrodynamic parameters provided significant physical insight, only the milling intensity factor was capable of explaining the influence of all parameters directly through its strong correlation with the process time constant. Besides guiding process optimization, the analysis rationalizes the preparation of a single high drug-loaded batch (20% or higher) instead of multiple dilute batches. PMID:24036164

  7. Validation of the new DYN3D library of two-group diffusion and kinetics parameters for WWER-1000 reactors

    A new DYN3D library of two group diffusion and kinetics parameters for WWER 1000 has been generated. The advanced lattice code HELIOS 1.5 and its 190 group group library have been used for generation of the XS library. The new HELIOS library for DYN3D is to be used for RIA analyses for the representative equilibrium fuel cycle of WWER 1000 reactors at Kozloduy NPP. The new library has been validated by comparison with BIPR 7. In principle, the DYN3D calculated results should be compared with experimental data in order to validate the library BIPR 7 code and its KASSETA library had been adjusted using WWER 1000 experimental and measured operating data. The library has been validated by comparing its results with those calculated by the BIPR 7 code,which allows indirect comparison with experimental data. A comparison between the maximum deviations between the BIPR 7 and DYN3D code and the maximum errors of BIPR 7 for some basic neutron physical characteristics has been made. A comparison of the assembly-wise distribution by DYN3D and BIPR-7 and BIPR-7A at BOC and EOC has been made and the result has been presented. The re-criticality temperature, reactor scram efficiency, efficiency of control rod group No.10 have been calculated and illustrated. Conclusions: DYN3D underestimates the critical boric acid concentration for BOC at full power by 1.3% with 3% maximum error of BIPR-7; DYN3D underestimates the critical boric acid concentration at zero power states by about 3.1% with 6% maximum error of BIPR-7; there is no global radial tilt in the deviations of the assembly wise power distribution calculated by DYN3D and BIPR-7; the deviation in the xenon poisoning effect at BOC is 8 %, which is greater than the maximum error of 5% of BIPR-7; the temperature reactivity coefficient for start up states at BOC differs no more than 1pcm/0C with maximum error of 3 pcm/0C for BIPR-7; the difference in the re-criticality temperature by the two codes is 90C with maximum error of

  8. Kinetic parameters determination through power spectral densities measurements using pulse-type detectors in the IPEN/MB-01 research reactor

    Nowadays, a collaborative effort to improve the prediction accuracy of some kinetic parameters has been recommended. In special, a target accuracy of ±3% (1 s.d.) was requested for βeff calculations, in way that βeff values must be measured with an experimental error of less than 3%. In such a way, the Reactor Physics Group at IPEN/MB-01 Research Reactor has been compiled an experimental data bank of kinetic parameters, including βeff, Λ, βeff /Λ and others, based on noise analyses techniques. The implemented techniques are: Power Spectral Densities (PSD) using current-type detectors, Rossi-α and Feynman-α techniques. All these techniques provided βeff values with uncertainties within the target accuracy. In order to conclude this data bank, in this work we have been performed PSD measurements using pulse-type detectors. The main advantage of this technique is that it is possible to eliminate some electronic modules, needed in the current-mode experiments, which are sources of parasitic noises. Furthermore, this technique can explain an anomalous behavior reported in current-mode measurements, which is a non-observation of a theoretical predicted plateau above 200 Hz, approximately. Once completed, the kinetic parameters data bank should provide valuable information to determine whether or not the currently data libraries are sufficiently accurate to predict these measured parameters. Further, we intend to submit a proposal for the first international benchmark related to βeff measurements, to the International Reactor Physics Experiment Evaluation Project (IRPhEP, NEA data bank). (author)

  9. Miscibility influence in the thermal stability and kinetic parameters of poly (3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly (ethylene terephthalate) sulphonated blends

    Rafael Silva; Gizilene M. Carvalho; Muniz, Edvani C.; Adley F. Rubira

    2010-01-01

    The thermal degradation of miscible and immiscible poly (3-hidroxy butyrate) PHB/ poly (ethylene terephthalate) sulphonated (PETs) blends was investigated using thermogravimetric analyses. Model-free kinetic analysis, Vyazovkin and Flynn-Wall-Ozawa's methods, were used to determine the apparent activation energy in the whole interval of degradation of the pure polymers, immiscible blends, and miscible blends. The thermal stability of both polymers in their blends is higher when compared to th...

  10. A New Method to Estimate Intrinsic Parameters in the Ping-pong Bisustrate Kinetic: Application to the Oxipolymerization of Phenol

    José L. Gómez

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method for determining the intrinsic parameters of reaction in processes involving a high initial rate has been developed. The usefulness of this alternative, which consists of determining several sets of apparent parameters at different times and then extrapolating these to time zero, is demonstrated proved by the linear dependence obtained between the apparent parameters and the reaction time. The method permitted the values of the intrinsic parameters (enzyme specific activity and Michaelis-Menten constants of both substrates to be obtained for the system under study and was checked with experimental reaction rate data for the soybean peroxidase/phenol/hydrogen peroxide system.

  11. Assessment and parameter identification of simplified models to describe the kinetics of semi-continuous biomethane production from anaerobic digestion of green and food waste.

    Owhondah, Raymond O; Walker, Mark; Ma, Lin; Nimmo, Bill; Ingham, Derek B; Poggio, Davide; Pourkashanian, Mohamed

    2016-06-01

    Biochemical reactions occurring during anaerobic digestion have been modelled using reaction kinetic equations such as first-order, Contois and Monod which are then combined to form mechanistic models. This work considers models which include between one and three biochemical reactions to investigate if the choice of the reaction rate equation, complexity of the model structure as well as the inclusion of inhibition plays a key role in the ability of the model to describe the methane production from the semi-continuous anaerobic digestion of green waste (GW) and food waste (FW). A parameter estimation method was used to investigate the most important phenomena influencing the biogas production process. Experimental data were used to numerically estimate the model parameters and the quality of fit was quantified. Results obtained reveal that the model structure (i.e. number of reactions, inhibition) has a much stronger influence on the quality of fit compared with the choice of kinetic rate equations. In the case of GW there was only a marginal improvement when moving from a one to two reaction model, and none with inclusion of inhibition or three reactions. However, the behaviour of FW digestion was more complex and required either a two or three reaction model with inhibition functions for both ammonia and volatile fatty acids. Parameter values for the best fitting models are given for use by other authors. PMID:26961220

  12. Effect of next-nearest neighbor interactions on the dynamic order parameter of the Kinetic Ising model in an oscillating field

    Baez, William D.; Datta, Trinanjan

    2010-01-01

    We study the effects of next-nearest neighbor (NNN) interactions in the two-dimensional ferromagnetic kinetic Ising model exposed to an oscillating field. By tuning the interaction ratio (p = JNNN/JNN) of the NNN (JNNN) to the nearest-neighbor (NN) interaction (JNN) we find that the model undergoes a transition from a regime in which the dynamic order parameter Q is equal to zero to a phase in which Q is not equal to zero. From our studies we conclude that the model can exhibit an interaction...

  13. Estrone-1-sulphate (E1S) has impact on the kinetics parameters of transporter mediated taurine and glutamate influx in Caco-2 cells

    Steffansen, Bente; El-Sayed, F

    membrane transporters. The aim was therefore to investigate if addition of E1S to the growth medium of Caco-2 cells before but not during the influx study, change the kinetic parameters of transporter-mediated influx of taurine and glutamate by respective TAUT and EAAT transporters. The results show that 4...... days pretreatment with E1S change the concentration dependent influx curves and Km for transporter mediated taurine and Km and Jmax for glutamate influx although the effects on Km and Jmax are not significant....

  14. Determination of the parameters of the point kinetics equation of a nuclear reactor by the quasilinearization technique

    The problem of parameter identification in a pontual model for a thermal reactor is dealt with using the quasilinearization technique. The model considers one group of delayed neutrons and a heavily non-linear temperature feedback in the reactivity. The parameter prompt neutron generation time and a parameter of the fuel temperatura reactivity coefficient equation are identified simultaneously, considering discrete measurements of the reactor power, during the transient produced by a change in the external reactivity. The influences of the choice of the external reactivity disturbance, of the two parameters values initial guesses, of the interval between measurements and the measurement noise level in the method accuracy and rate of convergence are analysed. For noiseless or low level noise measurements, the method proved to be very effective. (Author)

  15. Effect of the scan rate on the kinetic parameters of active dissolution and passivation of iron in a neutral solution

    The effect of polarization rate (V = 0.2-100 mV/s) of a rotating disk-like electrode (with rotation rate v = 6000 rot/min) on kinetics of active anodic dissolution and active-passive transition of Armco iron in deaerated borate duffer solution with 7.40 pH is studied by the method of cyclic volt-amperometry. It is shown that in the whole V range studied without diffusion limitations the rate of active dissolution and formation of a primary passivating film is determined by slow electrochemical stages of electron transport, and a cyclic volt-ampere curve is a nonstationary thermodynamically nonequilibrium one. A linear growth of current at anodic maximum and a positive shift of its potential with a lg V increase are observed

  16. Errors in Sounding of the Atmosphere Using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER) Kinetic Temperature Caused by Non-Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium Model Parameters

    Garcia-Comas, Maya; Lopez-Puertas, M.; Funke, B.; Bermejo-Pantaleon, D.; Marshall, Benjamin T.; Mertens, Christopher J.; Remsberg, Ellis E.; Mlynczak, Martin G.; Gordley, L. L.; Russell, James M.

    2008-01-01

    The vast set of near global and continuous atmospheric measurements made by the SABER instrument since 2002, including daytime and nighttime kinetic temperature (T(sub k)) from 20 to 105 km, is available to the scientific community. The temperature is retrieved from SABER measurements of the atmospheric 15 micron CO2 limb emission. This emission separates from local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) conditions in the rarefied mesosphere and thermosphere, making it necessary to consider the CO2 vibrational state non-LTE populations in the retrieval algorithm above 70 km. Those populations depend on kinetic parameters describing the rate at which energy exchange between atmospheric molecules take place, but some of these collisional rates are not well known. We consider current uncertainties in the rates of quenching of CO2 (v2 ) by N2 , O2 and O, and the CO2 (v2 ) vibrational-vibrational exchange to estimate their impact on SABER T(sub k) for different atmospheric conditions. The T(sub k) is more sensitive to the uncertainty in the latter two and their effects depend on altitude. The T(sub k) combined systematic error due to non-LTE kinetic parameters does not exceed +/- 1.5 K below 95 km and +/- 4-5 K at 100 km for most latitudes and seasons (except for polar summer) if the Tk profile does not have pronounced vertical structure. The error is +/- 3 K at 80 km, +/- 6 K at 84 km and +/- 18 K at 100 km under the less favourable polar summer conditions. For strong temperature inversion layers, the errors reach +/- 3 K at 82 km and +/- 8 K at 90 km. This particularly affects tide amplitude estimates, with errors of up to +/- 3 K.

  17. Crystal Growth Simulations To Establish Physically Relevant Kinetic Parameters from the Empirical Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami Model

    Dill, Eric D.; Folmer, Jacob C.W.; Martin, James D. [NCSU

    2013-12-05

    A series of simulations was performed to enable interpretation of the material and physical significance of the parameters defined in the Kolmogorov, Johnson and Mehl, and Avrami (KJMA) rate expression commonly used to describe phase boundary controlled reactions of condensed matter. The parameters k, n, and t0 are shown to be highly correlated, which if unaccounted for seriously challenge mechanistic interpretation. It is demonstrated that rate measurements exhibit an intrinsic uncertainty without precise knowledge of the location and orientation of nucleation with respect to the free volume into which it grows. More significantly, it is demonstrated that the KJMA rate constant k is highly dependent on sample size. However, under the simulated conditions of slow nucleation relative to crystal growth, sample volume and sample anisotropy correction affords a means to eliminate the experimental condition dependence of the KJMA rate constant, k, producing the material-specific parameter, the velocity of the phase boundary, vpb.

  18. Chemical modification and pH dependence of kinetic parameters to identify functional groups in a glucosyltransferase from Strep. Mutans

    A glucosyltransferase, forming a predominantly al-6 linked glucan, was partially purified from the culture filtrate of S. mutans GS-5. The kinetic properties of the enzyme, assessed using the transfer of 14C glucose from sucrose into total glucan, were studied at pH values from pH 3.5 to 6.5. From the dependence of km on pH, a group with pKa = 5.5 must be protonated to maximize substrate binding. From plots of V/sub max/ vs pH two groups, with pKa's of 4.5 and 5.5 were indicated. The results suggest the involvement of either two carboxyl groups (one protonated, one unprotonated in the native enzyme) or a carboxyl group (unprotonated) and some other protonated group such as histidine, cysteine. Chemical modification studies showed that Diethylyrocarbonate (histidine specific) had no effect on enzyme activity while modification with p-phydroxy-mercuribenzoate or iodoacetic acid (sulfhydryl reactive) and carbodimide reagents (carboxyl specific) resulted in almost complete inactivation. Activity loss was dependent upon time of incubation and reagent concentration. The disaccharide lylose, (shown to be an inhibitor of the enzyme with similar affinity to sucrose) offers no protection against modification by the sulfhydryl reactive reagents

  19. Modeling of a bacterial and fungal biofilter applied to toluene abatement: Kinetic parameters estimation and model validation

    Dorado Castaño, Antonio David; Baquerizo, G.; Maestre, J P; Gamisans Noguera, Javier; Gabriel Buguña, David; Lafuente, J

    2008-01-01

    Biofiltration has been established as a promising alternative to conventional air pollution control technologies. However, gas biofilters modeling has been less developed than experimental research due to the complexity of describing the fundamental processes and the lack of globally accepted physical, chemical and biological parameters. In addition, biofiltration modeling based on degradation activity of fungi has been rarely considered. For this reason, in thiswork, a dynamic model de...

  20. KINETICS AND EQUILIBRIUM PARAMETERS OF BIOSORPTION AND BIOACCUMULATION OF LEAD IONS FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS BY TRICHODERMA LONGIBRACHIATUM

    Enitan S. Balogun; John B. Durosanya; Sarafadeen O. Kareem; Abideen I. Adeogun

    2012-01-01

    Biosorption and bioaccumulation of Lead ions (Pb(II)) by Trichoderma longibrachiatum were investigated in a batch system. The effects of some important parameters such as pH, initial metal concentration, temperature and inoculum concerntration on biosorption capacity were also studied. The maximum biosorption capacity of Trichoderma longibrachiatum was at 25 ppm of lead, showed 100 % removal at pH 7 and 25 oC after fifteen days. Biosorption equilibrium was established in 150 minutes. The proc...

  1. Quality changes of pasteurised orange juice during storage: A kinetic study of specific parameters and their relation to colour instability.

    Wibowo, Scheling; Grauwet, Tara; Santiago, Jihan Santanina; Tomic, Jovana; Vervoort, Liesbeth; Hendrickx, Marc; Van Loey, Ann

    2015-11-15

    In view of understanding colour instability of pasteurised orange juice during storage, to the best of our knowledge, this study reports for the first time in a systematic and quantitative way on a range of changes in specific quality parameters as a function of time and as well as temperature (20-42 °C). A zero-order (°Brix, fructose, glucose), a first-order (vitamin C), a second-order (sucrose) and a fractional conversion model (oxygen) were selected to model the evolution of the parameters between parentheses. Activation energies ranged from 22 to 136 kJ mol(-1), HMF formation being the most temperature sensitive. High correlations were found between sugars, ascorbic acid, their degradation products (furfural and HMF) and total colour difference (ΔE(∗)). Based on PLS regression, the importance of the quality parameters for colour degradation was ranked relatively among each other: the acid-catalysed degradation of sugars and ascorbic acid degradation reactions appeared to be important for browning development in pasteurised orange juice during ambient storage. PMID:25977009

  2. Calculation of reactivities using ionization chamber currents with different sets of kinetic parameters for reduced scram system efficiency in the VVER-1000 of the third unit of the Kalinin nuclear power plant at the stage of physical start-up

    The effectiveness of the VVER-1000 reactor scram system is analyzed using ionization chamber currents with different sets of kinetic parameters with allowance for the isotopic composition in the calculation of these parameters. The most “correct, aesthetically acceptable” results are obtained using the eight-group constants of the ROSFOND (BNAB-RF) library. The difference between the maximum and minimum values of the scram system effectiveness calculated with different sets of kinetic parameters slightly exceeds 2β. The problems of introducing corrections due to spatial effects are not considered in this study.

  3. Structural characterization, thermoluminescence studies and kinetic parameters of SrSO4:Eu nanophosphors under X-ray and gamma excitations

    Jayasudha, S.; Madhukumar, K.; Nair, C. M. K.; Nair, Resmi G.; Anandakumar, V. M.; Elias, Thayal Singh

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured SrSO4:Eu phosphors with high thermoluminescence (TL) emission temperatures have been synthesized through a controlled chemical precipitation method. Structural analysis and TL studies under both γ-ray and X-ray excitations were done. The phosphors were characterized using Powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, SEM, TEM, thermogravimetry, UV-VIS and photoluminescence studies. The average crystallite size estimated using PXRD data is found to be around 40 nm. XPS and PL studies reveal that Eu2 + ions are the luminescence emission centres in the phosphor. The phosphor is found to be highly TL sensitive to both γ-rays and X-rays with very high emission temperature which is not reported so far. The emission behaviour is suitable for environmental radiation dosimetry applications. The TL glow curve shows well-defined isolated high temperature emission peak at 312 °C under 2 Gy γ-excitation and 284 °C for low energy diagnostic X-ray irradiation and 271 °C for high energy therapeutic X-rays. Chen's peak shape method is applied to obtain the kinetic parameters behind the TL emission. The TL mechanism is found to follow second order kinetics, suggesting the probability of re-trapping of charge carriers.

  4. Structural characterization, thermoluminescence studies and kinetic parameters of SrSO4:Eu nanophosphors under X-ray and gamma excitations.

    Jayasudha, S; Madhukumar, K; Nair, C M K; Nair, Resmi G; Anandakumar, V M; Elias, Thayal Singh

    2016-02-15

    Nanostructured SrSO4:Eu phosphors with high thermoluminescence (TL) emission temperatures have been synthesized through a controlled chemical precipitation method. Structural analysis and TL studies under both γ-ray and X-ray excitations were done. The phosphors were characterized using Powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, SEM, TEM, thermogravimetry, UV-VIS and photoluminescence studies. The average crystallite size estimated using PXRD data is found to be around 40nm. XPS and PL studies reveal that Eu(2+) ions are the luminescence emission centres in the phosphor. The phosphor is found to be highly TL sensitive to both γ-rays and X-rays with very high emission temperature which is not reported so far. The emission behaviour is suitable for environmental radiation dosimetry applications. The TL glow curve shows well-defined isolated high temperature emission peak at 312°C under 2Gy γ-excitation and 284°C for low energy diagnostic X-ray irradiation and 271°C for high energy therapeutic X-rays. Chen's peak shape method is applied to obtain the kinetic parameters behind the TL emission. The TL mechanism is found to follow second order kinetics, suggesting the probability of re-trapping of charge carriers. PMID:26562181

  5. Organic matter removal and assessment of kinetic parameters in laboratory-scale constructed wetland systems - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v34i2.12184

    Fátima Resende Luiz Fia

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of constructed wetland systems (SACs for treatment of swine wastewater (ARS under different organic loads (TCOA, and obtain kinetic parameters for sizing of the SACs. The SACs consisted of two tanks measuring 0.40 x 0.10 x 0.15 m, constructed of glass and filled with a 0.13 m layer of pea gravel; these were installed within a BOD incubator to maintain a 20°C temperature. The SACs were not cultivated and were submitted to average TCOA concentrations of 246 (SAC1 and 328 kg ha-1 day-1 of BOD (SAC2 for 51 days. With regard to the removal of organic matter, in the form of TSS, BOD and COD, no statistical difference was verified (p > 0.05 between the SACs, being that the average removal efficiencies for the referred variables in SAC1 and SAC2 were 68 and 76%, 66 and 73%, and 55 and 58%, respectively. The models proposed by Brasil et al. (2007 and Kadlec and Wallace (2008 presented good fit and adequately described the kinetics of organic matter removal (BOD and COD from the evaluated systems, generally presenting R2 greater than 99%.

  6. Determination of Kinetic and Equilibrium Parameters of the Batch Adsorption of Ni-63 onto Egyptian Kaolinite Clay

    This study provide the regulatory bodies and the operators that generate and manage radioactive waste with some recommendations on how to meet the IAEA safety requirements for the safe management of radioactive waste. The Sorption of Nickel from aqueous waste solutions by a natural kaolinite clay was studied. The different parameters affecting the sorption capacity of the selected elements by the investigated resins have been studied. The parameters include solution ph, metal ion concentration and presence of some competing cations. The metal sorbed percent of the investigated elements was determined for kaolinite clay. Sorption data have been interpreted in the terms of Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm equations.The metal sorbed percent of Ni-63 on the kaolinite clay sample is found to reach about 84%. The obtained data show that kaolinite clay can be considered as an efficient sorbent for the investigated metal cations of Ni-63 from their aqueous solutions. Therefore, it could be effectively used for the decontamination of waste solutions containing low concentration of radioactive nuclides of the radioisotopes under this investigation. However it is recommended that to use the kaolinite clay in decontamination purpose since it is easily to found and low cost.

  7. Analysis of the use of voltammetric results as a steady state approximation to evaluate kinetic parameters of the hydrogen evolution reaction

    Marozzi, C.A.; Chialvo, A.C. [Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santiago del Estero, Santa Fe (AR). Programa de Electroquimica Aplicada e Ingenieria Electroquimica (PRELINE), Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica; Canto, M.R.; Costanza, V. [Instituto de Desarrollo Tecnologico para la Industria Quimica (INTEC), Universidad Nacional del Litoral-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, Gueemes, Santa Fe (Argentina)

    2005-11-01

    The use of the voltammetric response j{sup vol}({eta}) of a potentiodynamic sweep at a slow scan rate v{sub s} in place of a steady state polarization curve j{sup ss}({eta}) for the determination of the kinetic parameters of the hydrogen evolution reaction is analyzed. It is proposed to consider j{sup vol}({eta},v{sub s}){approx_equal}j{sup ss}({eta}) when the condition 0.99{<=}j{sup vol}({eta},v{sub s})/j{sup ss}({eta}){<=}1.01 is verified in the overpotentials range {eta} {<=} -0.05 V. It has been also established a simple relationship between the maximum admissible scan rate v{sub s} {sup max} and the equilibrium polarization resistance R{sub p}. Finally, the application of this criterion on different electrodes is described and discussed. (author)

  8. Kinetic model framework for aerosol and cloud surface chemistry and gas-particle interactions: Part 1 – general equations, parameters, and terminology

    Y. Rudich

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Aerosols and clouds play central roles in atmospheric chemistry and physics, climate, air pollution, and public health. The mechanistic understanding and predictability of aerosol and cloud properties, interactions, transformations, and effects are, however, still very limited. This is due not only to the limited availability of measurement data, but also to the limited applicability and compatibility of model formalisms used for the analysis, interpretation, and description of heterogeneous and multiphase processes. To support the investigation and elucidation of atmospheric aerosol and cloud surface chemistry and gas-particle interactions, we present a comprehensive kinetic model framework with consistent and unambiguous terminology and universally applicable rate equations and parameters. It allows to describe mass transport and chemical reactions at the gas-particle interface and to link aerosol and cloud surface processes with gas phase and particle bulk processes in systems with multiple chemical components and competing physicochemical processes. The key elements and essential aspects of the presented framework are: a simple and descriptive double-layer surface model (sorption layer and quasi-static layer; straightforward flux-based mass balance and rate equations; clear separation of mass transport and chemical reactions; well-defined rate parameters (uptake and accommodation coefficients, reaction and transport rate coefficients; clear distinction between gas phase, gas-surface, and surface-bulk transport (gas phase diffusion correction, surface and bulk accommodation; clear distinction between gas-surface, surface layer, and surface-bulk reactions (Langmuir-Hinshelwood and Eley-Rideal mechanisms; mechanistic description of concentration and time dependencies; flexible inclusion/omission of chemical species and physicochemical processes; flexible convolution/deconvolution of species and processes; and full compatibility with traditional

  9. Isotopic discrimination and kinetic parameters of RubisCO from the marine bloom-forming diatom, Skeletonema costatum.

    Boller, A J; Thomas, P J; Cavanaugh, C M; Scott, K M

    2015-01-01

    The cosmopolitan, bloom-forming diatom, Skeletonema costatum, is a prominent primary producer in coastal oceans, fixing CO2 with ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RubisCO) that is phylogenetically distinct from terrestrial plant RubisCO. RubisCOs are subdivided into groups based on sequence similarity of their large subunits (IA-ID, II, and III). ID is present in several major oceanic primary producers, including diatoms such as S. costatum, coccolithophores, and some dinoflagellates, and differs substantially in amino acid sequence from the well-studied IB enzymes present in most cyanobacteria and in green algae and plants. Despite this sequence divergence, and differences in isotopic discrimination apparent in other RubisCO enzymes, stable carbon isotope compositions of diatoms and other marine phytoplankton are generally interpreted assuming enzymatic isotopic discrimination similar to spinach RubisCO (IB). To interpret phytoplankton δ(13) C values, S. costatum RubisCO was characterized via sequence analysis, and measurement of its KCO2 and Vmax , and degree of isotopic discrimination. The sequence of this enzyme placed it among other diatom ID RubisCOs. Michaelis-Menten parameters were similar to other ID enzymes (KCO2 = 48.9 ± 2.8 μm; Vmax = 165.1 ± 6.3 nmol min(-1 ) mg(-1) ). However, isotopic discrimination (ε = [(12) k/(13) k - 1] × 1000) was low (18.5‰; 17.0-19.9, 95% CI) when compared to IA and IB RubisCOs (22-29‰), though not as low as ID from coccolithophore, Emiliania huxleyi (11.1‰). Variability in ε-values among RubisCOs from primary producers is likely reflected in δ(13) C values of oceanic biomass. Currently, δ(13) C variability is ascribed to physical or chemical factors (e.g. illumination, nutrient availability) and physiological responses to these factors (e.g. carbon-concentrating mechanisms). Estimating the importance of these factors from δ(13) C measurements requires an accurate ε-value, and a mass

  10. Varietal differences in photosynthetic characters and chlorophyll fluorescence induction kinetics parameters among intergeneric progeny derived from Oryza×Sorghum, its parents, and hybrid rice

    2002-01-01

    A comparative study on the photosynthetic parameters among intergeneric progenies derived from Oryza sativa L.×Sorghum vulgare L., its maternal parent Gui 630 and commercial 3-line hybrid rice Shanyou 63 in pot experiment in greenhouse was conducted. The morphological and photosynthetic characters of canopy leaves and chlorophyll fluorescence kinetic parameters including Fv/Fm, Fv/F0, photochemical quenching coefficient and non-photochemical coefficient of canopy leaves of 3 varieties were measured. The results showed the progeny, Yuanyou 1, derived from an intergeneric cross of rice and sorghum possesses better canopy spatial architecture with thicker, heavier and bigger canopy leaf than its maternal parent Gui 630. Higher photosynthetic rate due to higher chlorophyll content, higher primary energy transformation efficiency, potential of PSII and non-photochemical quenching coefficient (qE) were also measured in Yuanyou 1. These explain partly why the intergeneric progeny has higher biomass production, and better tolerance to adverse conditions and higher field yields even under stress conditions.

  11. Kinetic parameters, collision rates, energy exchanges and transport coefficients of non-thermal electrons in premixed flames at sub-breakdown electric field strengths

    Bisetti, Fabrizio

    2014-01-02

    The effects of an electric field on the collision rates, energy exchanges and transport properties of electrons in premixed flames are investigated via solutions to the Boltzmann kinetic equation. The case of high electric field strength, which results in high-energy, non-thermal electrons, is analysed in detail at sub-breakdown conditions. The rates of inelastic collisions and the energy exchange between electrons and neutrals in the reaction zone of the flame are characterised quantitatively. The analysis includes attachment, ionisation, impact dissociation, and vibrational and electronic excitation processes. Our results suggest that Townsend breakdown occurs for E/N = 140 Td. Vibrational excitation is the dominant process up to breakdown, despite important rates of electronic excitation of CO, CO2 and N2 as well as impact dissociation of O2 being apparent from 50 Td onwards. Ohmic heating in the reaction zone is found to be negligible (less than 2% of peak heat release rate) up to breakdown field strengths for realistic electron densities equal to 1010 cm-3. The observed trends are largely independent of equivalence ratio. In the non-thermal regime, electron transport coefficients are insensitive to mixture composition and approximately constant across the flame, but are highly dependent on the electric field strength. In the thermal limit, kinetic parameters and transport coefficients vary substantially across the flame due to the spatially inhomogeneous concentration of water vapour. A practical approach for identifying the plasma regime (thermal versus non-thermal) in studies of electric field effects on flames is proposed. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

  12. Evaluation of Kinetic and Equilibrium Parameters of NiFe2O4 Nanoparticles on Adsorption of Reactive Orange Dye from Water

    Raziyeh Zandipak

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Among different pollutants released into the environment, dyes are considered as one of the most dangerous contaminants. In recent years, magnetic nanomaterials have attracted much attention for their dye removal capacity. The aim of this study was to explore the adsorption kinetics of an anionic dye (Reactive Orange 13 (RO by NiFe2O4 nanoparticles (NiFe2O4 NPs under various conditions. Methods: NiFe2O4 nanoparticles (NiFe2O4 NPs were prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electronic microscopy (TEM, pHpzc and BET methods. The adsorption characteristics of the NiFe2O4 NPs adsorbent were examined using Reactive Orange 13 as an adsorbate. The influences of parameters including pH, dose of adsorbent and contact time were investigated to find the optimum adsorption conditions. Results: Decreasing solution pH and increasing contact time were favorable for improving adsorption efficiency. The kinetic and isotherm data of RO adsorption on NiFe2O4 NPs were well fitted by pseudo-second-order and Langmuir models, respectively. Conclusion: The maximal adsorption capacity of RO was 243.9 mg g-1 at 25◦C and pH 3.0 and the adsorption of RO on the NiFe2O4 NPs follows a monolayer coverage model. NiFe2O4 NPs might be an effective and potential adsorbent for removing anionic dyes from aqueous solutions.

  13. Kinetic parameters, collision rates, energy exchanges and transport coefficients of non-thermal electrons in premixed flames at sub-breakdown electric field strengths

    Bisetti, Fabrizio; El Morsli, Mbark

    2014-01-01

    The effects of an electric field on the collision rates, energy exchanges and transport properties of electrons in premixed flames are investigated via solutions to the Boltzmann kinetic equation. The case of high electric field strength, which results in high-energy, non-thermal electrons, is analysed in detail at sub-breakdown conditions. The rates of inelastic collisions and the energy exchange between electrons and neutrals in the reaction zone of the flame are characterised quantitatively. The analysis includes attachment, ionisation, impact dissociation, and vibrational and electronic excitation processes. Our results suggest that Townsend breakdown occurs for E/N = 140 Td. Vibrational excitation is the dominant process up to breakdown, despite important rates of electronic excitation of CO, CO2 and N2 as well as impact dissociation of O2 being apparent from 50 Td onwards. Ohmic heating in the reaction zone is found to be negligible (less than 2% of peak heat release rate) up to breakdown field strengths for realistic electron densities equal to 1010 cm-3. The observed trends are largely independent of equivalence ratio. In the non-thermal regime, electron transport coefficients are insensitive to mixture composition and approximately constant across the flame, but are highly dependent on the electric field strength. In the thermal limit, kinetic parameters and transport coefficients vary substantially across the flame due to the spatially inhomogeneous concentration of water vapour. A practical approach for identifying the plasma regime (thermal versus non-thermal) in studies of electric field effects on flames is proposed.

  14. Kinetic model framework for aerosol and cloud surface chemistry and gas-particle interactions - Part 1: General equations, parameters, and terminology

    Pöschl, U.; Rudich, Y.; Ammann, M.

    2007-12-01

    Aerosols and clouds play central roles in atmospheric chemistry and physics, climate, air pollution, and public health. The mechanistic understanding and predictability of aerosol and cloud properties, interactions, transformations, and effects are, however, still very limited. This is due not only to the limited availability of measurement data, but also to the limited applicability and compatibility of model formalisms used for the analysis, interpretation, and description of heterogeneous and multiphase processes. To support the investigation and elucidation of atmospheric aerosol and cloud surface chemistry and gas-particle interactions, we present a comprehensive kinetic model framework with consistent and unambiguous terminology and universally applicable rate equations and parameters. It enables a detailed description of mass transport and chemical reactions at the gas-particle interface, and it allows linking aerosol and cloud surface processes with gas phase and particle bulk processes in systems with multiple chemical components and competing physicochemical processes. The key elements and essential aspects of the presented framework are: a simple and descriptive double-layer surface model (sorption layer and quasi-static layer); straightforward flux-based mass balance and rate equations; clear separation of mass transport and chemical reactions; well-defined and consistent rate parameters (uptake and accommodation coefficients, reaction and transport rate coefficients); clear distinction between gas phase, gas-surface, and surface-bulk transport (gas phase diffusion, surface and bulk accommodation); clear distinction between gas-surface, surface layer, and surface-bulk reactions (Langmuir-Hinshelwood and Eley-Rideal mechanisms); mechanistic description of concentration and time dependences (transient and steady-state conditions); flexible addition of unlimited numbers of chemical species and physicochemical processes; optional aggregation or resolution

  15. 15N tracer kinetic studies on the validity of various 15N tracer substances for determining whole-body protein parameters in very small preterm infants

    Reliable 15N tracer substances for tracer kinetic determination of whole-body protein parameters in very small preterm infants are still a matter of intensive research, especially after some doubts have been raised about the validity of [15N]glycine, a commonly used 15N tracer. Protein turnover, synthesis, breakdown, and further protein metabolism data were determined by a paired comparison in four preterm infants. Their post-conceptual age was 32.2 +/- 0.8 weeks, and their body weight was 1670 +/- 181 g. Tracer substances applied in this study were a [15N]amino acid mixture (Ia) and [15N]glycine (Ib). In a second group of three infants with a post conceptual age of 15N-labeled 32.0 +/- 1.0 weeks and a body weight of 1,907 +/- 137 g, yeast protein hydrolysate (II) was used as a tracer substance. A three-pool model was employed for the analysis of the data. This model takes into account renal and fecal 15N losses after a single 15N pulse. Protein turnovers were as follows: 11.9 +/- 3.1 g kg-1 d-1 (Ia), 16.2 +/- 2.5 g kg-1 d-1 (Ib), and 10.8 +/- 3.0 g kg-1 d-1 (II). We were able to demonstrate an overestimation of the protein turnover when Ib was used. There was an expected correspondence in the results obtained from Ia and II. The 15N-labeled yeast protein hydrolysate is a relatively cheap tracer that allows reliable determination of whole-body protein parameters in very small preterm infants

  16. Mechanism of oxovanadium (IV)-catalysed and uncatalysed bromate oxidation of lactic acid in acid medium: evaluation of composite and individual kinetic and thermodynamic parameters

    Uncatalysed acid bromate oxidation of lactic acid (LA) exhibits fractional order (1.6) in [acid] and first order each in [Br(V)] and [LA]. Kinetic isotope effect (kH/kD=1) is absent, however an inverse solvent isotope effect (kH2O/kD2O=1.78 at 313 K) is observed. The mechanism proposed consists of a rate determining formation of bromate ester due to the nucleophilic attack by the alcoholic/hydroxyl group at the bromine atom of HOBrO2/H2O2Br+O, followed by a fast disproportionation of the ester through C-C bond cleavage to form products. Oxovanadium(IV)-catalysed LA-Br(V) reaction exhibits second order in [acid], fractional order in [lactic acid] and first order each in [VOSO4] and [oxidant]. The envisaged mechanism assumes a ternary complex formation involving a binary complex of LA and V(IV) and protonated bromate, which subsequently decomposes to the intermediate/products. The rate constants involved for each step of the reactions are evaluated along with their thermodynamic parameters. (author)

  17. Activity, stability and kinetic parameters for -chymotrypsin catalysed reactions in AOT/isooctane reverse micelles with nonionic and zwitterionic mixed surfactants

    Santosh Kumar Verma; Kallol K Ghosh

    2013-07-01

    Reverse micelles (RMs) of sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulphosuccinate (AOT) in nonpolar organic solvents are widely known to have very high solubilization power for water. The method is applied to the hydrolysis of -nitrophenyl acetate (PNPA) catalysed by -chymotrypsin (-CT) in AOT/isooctane/buffer RMs. The increase in -CT activity and stability was an optimum at wo ([H2O]/[AOT]) = 10, z [Isooctane]/[AOT]) = 5. Three typical surfactants were selected based on their head group charges: a non-ionic surfactant Triton-X 100 and two zwitterionic sulphobetaine surfactants of the type CH2+1N+Me2 (CH2)3 SO$^{−}_{3}$ (n = 10; SB3-10, n = 16; SB3-16). The kinetic parameters (such as cat and M) of the -CT at 27°C were determined and compared in the absence and presence of three surfactants. The effect of chain length of zwitterionic surfactant (SB3-10 and SB3-16) on the enzymatic efficacy of -CT as a function of mixed surfactant addition has been investigated in AOT/isooctane RMs at pH 7.75.

  18. Determination of crystallization kinetics parameters of a Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO43 (LAGP glass by differential scanning calorimetry

    A. M. Rodrigues

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Crystallization kinetics parameters of a stoichiometric glass with the composition Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO43 were investigated by subjecting parallelepipedonal samples (3 × 3 × 1.5 mm to heat treatment in a differential scanning calorimeter at different heating rates (3, 5, 8 and 10 °C/min. The data were analyzed using Ligero's and Kissinger's methods to determine the activation energy (E of crystallization, which yielded, respectively, E = 415 ± 37 kJ/mol and 378 ± 19 kJ/mol. Ligero's method was also employed to calculate the Avrami coefficient (n, which was found to be n = 3.0. A second set of samples were heat-treated in a tubular furnace at temperatures above the glass transition temperature, Tg, to induce crystallization. The X-ray diffraction analysis of these samples indicated the presence of LiGe2(PO43 which displays a NASICON-type structure. An analysis by optical microscopy revealed the presence of spheric crystals located primarily in the volume, in agreement with the crystallization mechanism predicted by the Avrami coefficient.

  19. Thermodynamics and kinetics parameters of co-combustion between sewage sludge and water hyacinth in CO2/O2 atmosphere as biomass to solid biofuel.

    Huang, Limao; Liu, Jingyong; He, Yao; Sun, Shuiyu; Chen, Jiacong; Sun, Jian; Chang, KenLin; Kuo, Jiahong; Ning, Xun'an

    2016-10-01

    Thermodynamics and kinetics of sewage sludge (SS) and water hyacinth (WH) co-combustion as a blend fuel (SW) for bioenergy production were studied through thermogravimetric analysis. In CO2/O2 atmosphere, the combustion performance of SS added with 10-40wt.% WH was improved 1-1.97 times as revealed by the comprehensive combustion characteristic index (CCI). The conversion of SW in different atmospheres was identified and their thermodynamic parameters (ΔH,ΔS,ΔG) were obtained. As the oxygen concentration increased from 20% to 70%, the ignition temperature of SW decreased from 243.1°C to 240.3°C, and the maximum weight loss rate and CCI increased from 5.70%·min(-1) to 7.26%·min(-1) and from 4.913%(2)·K(-3)·min(-2) to 6.327%(2)·K(-3)·min(-2), respectively, which corresponded to the variation in ΔS and ΔG. The lowest activation energy (Ea) of SW was obtained in CO2/O2=7/3 atmosphere. PMID:27416513

  20. Methodical studies on measuring kinetic parameters of the protein metabolism of the whole body in connection with measurings of the energy metabolic rate of rats

    In 3 successive experiments with growing rats the suitability of pulse labelling with 15N glycine, linked with labelling by means of 14C lysine (experiment 3), was tested for the determination of kinetic parameters of the protein metabolism of the whole body by the application of the compartment model in comparison with pulse labelling with 15N-amino acid mixture (experiment 2) and long-term labelling with 15N-labelled wheat in the feed (experiment 1) under standardized experiment conditions. In measurings of energy metabolism simultaneously carried out with parallel groups of animals the comparability of the metabolic development was studied. The ascertained values of protein synthesis rate, protein catabolism rate and re-utilization rate showed insignificant differences only between the 3 15N tracer variants (with certain limitations for the 'protein turnover' (P)-group of experiment 2) in comparison with errors of the applied methods, from which conclusions can be drawn for the suitability of 15N glycine as tracer, at least under the experimental conditions tested. Protein synthesis and degradation rates ascertained from 14CO2 excretion in experiment 3 were clearly below those average values ascertained with 15N. The differences in the average heat production between the main periods of the 3 experiments were statistically insignificant. (author)

  1. Varietal differences in photosynthetic characters and chlorophyll fluorescence induction kinetics parameters among intergeneric progeny derived from Oryza×Sorghum, its parents, and hybrid rice

    KatsuyoshiShimizu; 唐建军; 陈欣

    2002-01-01

    A comparative study on the photosynthetic parameters among intergeneric progenies derived from Oryza sativa L.× Sorghum vulgare L. , its maternal parent Gui 630 and commercial 3-line hybrid rice Shanyou 63 in pot experiment in greenhouse was conducted. The morphological and photosynthetic characters of canopy leaves and chlorophyll fluorescence kinetic pm'mneters including Fv/Fm, Fv/F0, photochemical quenching coefficient and non-photochemical coefficient of canopy leaves of 3 varieties were measured. The results showed the progeny, Yuanyou 1, derived from an intergeneric cross of rice and sorghum possesses better canopy spatial architecture with thicker, heavier and bigger canopy leaf than its maternal parent Gui 630.Higher photosynthetic rate due to higher chlorophyll content, higher primary energy transformation efficiency,potential of PSII and non-photochemieal quenching coefficient (qE) were also measured in Yuanyou 1. These explain partly why the intergeneric progeny has higher biomass production, and better tolerance to adverse conditions and higher field yields even under stress conditions.

  2. Kinetic Parameters and Cytotoxic Activity of Recombinant Methionine γ-Lyase from Clostridium tetani, Clostridium sporogenes, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Citrobacter freundii.

    Morozova, E A; Kulikova, V V; Yashin, D V; Anufrieva, N V; Anisimova, N Y; Revtovich, S V; Kotlov, M I; Belyi, Y F; Pokrovsky, V S; Demidkina, T V

    2013-07-01

    The steady-state kinetic parameters of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent recombinant methionine γ -lyase from three pathogenic bacteria, Clostridium tetani, Clostridium sporogenes, and Porphyromonas gingivalis, were determined in β- and γ-elimination reactions. The enzyme from C. sporogenes is characterized by the highest catalytic efficiency in the γ-elimination reaction of L-methionine. It was demonstrated that the enzyme from these three sources exists as a tetramer. The N-terminal poly-histidine fragment of three recombinant enzymes influences their catalytic activity and facilitates the aggregation of monomers to yield dimeric forms under denaturing conditions. The cytotoxicity of methionine γ-lyase from C. sporogenes and C. tetani in comparison with Citrobacter freundii was evaluated using K562, PC-3, LnCap, MCF7, SKOV-3, and L5178y tumor cell lines. K562 (IC50=0.4-1.3 U/ml), PC-3 (IC50=0.1-0.4 U/ml), and MCF7 (IC50=0.04-3.2 U/ml) turned out to be the most sensitive cell lines. PMID:24303205

  3. Magnetic hyperthermia properties of nanoparticles inside lysosomes using kinetic Monte Carlo simulations: Influence of key parameters and dipolar interactions, and evidence for strong spatial variation of heating power

    Tan, R. P.; Carrey, J.; Respaud, M.

    2014-12-01

    Understanding the influence of dipolar interactions in magnetic hyperthermia experiments is of crucial importance for fine optimization of nanoparticle (NP) heating power. In this study we use a kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm to calculate hysteresis loops that correctly account for both time and temperature. This algorithm is shown to correctly reproduce the high-frequency hysteresis loop of both superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic NPs without any ad hoc or artificial parameters. The algorithm is easily parallelizable with a good speed-up behavior, which considerably decreases the calculation time on several processors and enables the study of assemblies of several thousands of NPs. The specific absorption rate (SAR) of magnetic NPs dispersed inside spherical lysosomes is studied as a function of several key parameters: volume concentration, applied magnetic field, lysosome size, NP diameter, and anisotropy. The influence of these parameters is illustrated and comprehensively explained. In summary, magnetic interactions increase the coercive field, saturation field, and hysteresis area of major loops. However, for small amplitude magnetic fields such as those used in magnetic hyperthermia, the heating power as a function of concentration can increase, decrease, or display a bell shape, depending on the relationship between the applied magnetic field and the coercive/saturation fields of the NPs. The hysteresis area is found to be well correlated with the parallel or antiparallel nature of the dipolar field acting on each particle. The heating power of a given NP is strongly influenced by a local concentration involving approximately 20 neighbors. Because this local concentration strongly decreases upon approaching the surface, the heating power increases or decreases in the vicinity of the lysosome membrane. The amplitude of variation reaches more than one order of magnitude in certain conditions. This transition occurs on a thickness corresponding to approximately

  4. Effect of nonuniform activity distribution in a porous support on apparent kinetic parameters of a packed-bed immobilized enzyme reactor; Jutensogata koteika koso hannoki no mikake no sokudo parameter eno takosei tantainai no fukin`itsu kassei bunpu no eikyo

    Miyakawa, H. [Sasebo College of Technology, Nagasaki (Japan); Shiraishi, F. [Kyushu Institute of Technology, Fukuoka (Japan)

    1998-05-10

    The effect of nonuniform activity distribution in a porous support on the apparent kinetic parameters, Vm{sup app} and Km{sup app}, of a packed-bed immobilized enzyme reactor has been theoretically investigated. Vm{sup app} and Km{sup app} increase with the increase of external diffusional resistance, regardless of the type of nonuniform activity distribution. As the external diffusional resistance becomes significant, the apparent kinetic parameters became less dependent on the substrate concentration at the reactor inlet. Like the case of diffusional resistance or electrostatic field, the nonuniform activity distribution had a significant effect on Km{sup app}. 7 refs., 3 figs.

  5. A coupled transport and solid mechanics formulation with improved reaction kinetics parameters for modeling oxidation and decomposition in a uranium hydride bed.

    Salloum, Maher N.; Shugard, Andrew D.; Kanouff, Michael P.; Gharagozloo, Patricia E.

    2013-03-01

    Modeling of reacting flows in porous media has become particularly important with the increased interest in hydrogen solid-storage beds. An advanced type of storage bed has been proposed that utilizes oxidation of uranium hydride to heat and decompose the hydride, releasing the hydrogen. To reduce the cost and time required to develop these systems experimentally, a valid computational model is required that simulates the reaction of uranium hydride and oxygen gas in a hydrogen storage bed using multiphysics finite element modeling. This SAND report discusses the advancements made in FY12 (since our last SAND report SAND2011-6939) to the model developed as a part of an ASC-P&EM project to address the shortcomings of the previous model. The model considers chemical reactions, heat transport, and mass transport within a hydride bed. Previously, the time-varying permeability and porosity were considered uniform. This led to discrepancies between the simulated results and experimental measurements. In this work, the effects of non-uniform changes in permeability and porosity due to phase and thermal expansion are accounted for. These expansions result in mechanical stresses that lead to bed deformation. To describe this, a simplified solid mechanics model for the local variation of permeability and porosity as a function of the local bed deformation is developed. By using this solid mechanics model, the agreement between our reacting bed model and the experimental data is improved. Additionally, more accurate uranium hydride oxidation kinetics parameters are obtained by fitting the experimental results from a pure uranium hydride oxidation measurement to the ones obtained from the coupled transport-solid mechanics model. Finally, the coupled transport-solid mechanics model governing equations and boundary conditions are summarized and recommendations are made for further development of ARIA and other Sandia codes in order for them to sufficiently implement the model.

  6. Parameter Estimation

    Sales-Cruz, Mauricio; Heitzig, Martina; Cameron, Ian;

    2011-01-01

    In this chapter the importance of parameter estimation in model development is illustrated through various applications related to reaction systems. In particular, rate constants in a reaction system are obtained through parameter estimation methods. These approaches often require the application...... of optimisation techniques coupled with dynamic solution of the underlying model. Linear and nonlinear approaches to parameter estimation are investigated. There is also the application of maximum likelihood principles in the estimation of parameters, as well as the use of orthogonal collocation to...... generate a set of algebraic equations as the basis for parameter estimation.These approaches are illustrated using estimations of kinetic constants from reaction system models....

  7. Evaluation of kinetic parameters of chitinases produced by Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill. /
    Avaliação de parâmetros cinéticos de quitinases produzidas por Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill.

    Cristiane Mita; Vanessa Hitomi Sugahara; Jo I Wu; Pedro Manoel Oliveira Janeiro Neves; Dalva Tomoe Miyagui; Geni Varéa-Pereira; Danieli Cristina Sassá; Evelyn Kamogawa

    2008-01-01

    Entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana is currently used as a biocontrol agent for agricultural pests. The infection process involves extracellular enzymes such as proteases and chitinases that degrade the cuticle of the insects. The objective of this work was to evaluate kinetic parameters of pH, temperature, ionic concentration and time of reaction on chitinases activity. The fungus B. bassiana CG432 was cultivated on coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei (Ferrari) and the conidia grow...

  8. Determination of the kinetic parameters of K{sub 2}Y F{sub 5}: Tb; Determinacion de los parametros cineticos de K{sub 2}Y F{sub 5}: Tb

    Gallegos, A.A. [CICATA-IPN, Legaria 694, Col. Irrigacion, 11500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Khaidukov, N.M. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Moscow (Russian Federation); Azorin, J. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2005-07-01

    In this work the K{sub 2}Y doped materials with percentages of 0.01 and 0.2 of F{sub 5} and, 0.8 and 0.99 of Tb{sup 3+} were studied to determine the kinetic parameters (activation energy and frequency factor) of TL peaks with the purpose of comparing those sensitive qualities of the materials at the doping with TR and their candidacy for tests of TL dosimetry (linearity of the response with the absorbed dose and the reproducibility of the measures of the dose). The samples were irradiated with a beta source of {sup 90} Sr/{sup 90} Y, to ambient temperature, giving its a dose of 236.6 mGy, later the kinetic parameters with different experimental procedures were determined: isothermal decay to ambient temperature and erased of peaks not desired to greater temperature than the ambient. The glow curves (TL curves) were obtained with an TL analyzer Harshaw 4000, with interface to CPU for the handling of the data of the curves, which were treated with the curve form method and the models of: Chen first approach and Chen modified, corrected Lushchik approach and Grossweiner approach, to calculate the kinetic parameters of the sample. (Author)

  9. Application of the exact distribution pj{sub k} in the determination of kinetic parameters in a reactor; Aplicacion de la distribucion exacta p{sub k} a la determinacion de parametros cineticos de un reactor

    Alca Ruiz, F.

    1982-07-01

    In this report one distribution of neutron counts obtained by a detector placed in a reactor is studied in order to be used in the determination of reactor kinetic parameters such as {beta}/{lambda} and reactivities. The parameters accuracy from this new method is compared with the Feynman and Mogilner method, based too in Reactor Neutron Noise Analysis. These three methods have been applied to JEN-2 reactor and the better accuracy and faster collection of experimental data give some interest to the new method which only requires a good footing code. (Author) 68 refs.

  10. A comparative study of dried apple using hot air, intermittent and continuous microwave: evaluation of kinetic parameters and physicochemical quality attributes

    Aghilinategh, Nahid; Rafiee, Shahin; Gholikhani, Abolfazl; Hosseinpur, Soleiman; Omid, Mahmoud; Mohtasebi, Seyed S.; Maleki, Neda

    2015-01-01

    Abstract In the study, the effectiveness of intermittent (IMWD) and continuous (CMWD) microwave drying and hot air drying (HAD) treatments on apple slices were compared in terms of drying kinetics (moisture diffusivity and activation energy) and critical physicochemical quality attributes (color change, rehydration ratio, bulk density, and total phenol content (TPC) of the final dried product. The temperature, microwave power, air velocity, and pulse ratio (PR) applied in the experiments were...