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  1. The Effect of Ballistic Impacts on the High Cycle Fatigue Properties of Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr (at.%)

    Draper, S. L.; Lerch, B. A.; Pereira, J. M.; Nathal, M. V.; Austin, C. M.; Erdman, O.

    2000-01-01

    The ability of gamma - TiAl to withstand potential foreign and/or domestic object damage is a technical risk to the implementation of gamma - TiAl in low pressure turbine (LPT) blade applications. The overall purpose of the present study was to determine the influence of ballistic impact damage on the high cycle fatigue strength of gamma - TiAl simulated LPT blades. Impact and specimen variables included ballistic impact energy, projectile hardness, impact temperature, impact location, and leading edge thickness. The level of damage induced by the ballistic impacting was studied and quantified on both the impact (front) and backside of the specimens. Multiple linear regression was used to model the cracking and fatigue response as a function of the impact variables. Of the impact variables studied, impact energy had the largest influence on the response of gamma - TiAl to ballistic impacting. Backside crack length was the best predictor of remnant fatigue strength for low energy impacts (fatigue strength. For the fatigue design stresses of a 6th stage LPT blade in a GE90 engine, a Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr LPT blade would survive an impact of normal service conditions.

  2. Penetration depth measurements of K2Cr3As3 and Rb2Cr3As3

    Pang, G. M.; Smidman, M.; Jiang, W. B.; Shi, Y. G.; Bao, J. K.; Tang, Z. T.; Weng, Z. F.; Wang, Y. F.; Jiao, L.; Zhang, J. L.; Luo, J. L.; Cao, G. H.; Yuan, H. Q.

    2016-02-01

    The newly discovered superconductors A2Cr3As3 (A=K, Rb, Cs), with a quasi-one-dimensional crystal structure have attracted considerable interest. The crystal structure consists of double-walled tubes of [Cr3As3]2- that extend along the c-axis. Previously we reported measurements of the change in London penetration depth of polycrystalline samples of K2Cr3As3 using a tunnel diode oscillator based technique, which show a linear temperature dependence at low temperatures, giving evidence for line nodes in the superconducting gap. Here we report similar measurements of the penetration depth for polycrystalline Rb2Cr3As3 and several single crystals of K2Cr3As3, prepared by two different research groups. The single crystal measurements show similar behavior to polycrystalline samples down to 0.9-1.2 K, where a downturn is observed in the frequency shift for all single crystal samples. These results give further evidence for nodal superconductivity in K2Cr3As3, which indicates that the superconducting pairing state is unconventional. The different low temperature behavior, observed in samples which have deteriorated after being exposed to air, emphasizes that it is necessary to properly handle the samples prior to being measured because the A2Cr3As3 compounds are extremely air sensitive and evidence for nodal superconductivity from penetration depth measurements is only observed in the samples which display a sharp superconducting transition. Therefore further work is required to improve the quality of single crystals and to identify the origin of the downturn.

  3. Deformation in 2CrMo-1/2CrMoV pressure vessel weldments at elevated temperature

    The elastic and creep deformation occurring in low alloy ferritic steel pipe to pipe weldments has been studied in pressure vessel experiments carried out at 838 K and a range of internal steam pressures. The welds were made in heavy section 1/2CrMoV parent pipe, using 2CrMo weld metal and tested in either the as-welded or stress relieved condition. The results obtained are analysed in terms of the deformations that occur in the hoop and axial direction of the parent pipe and weld metals. Elastically the parent pipe and weld metals behave identically, and both exhibit primary and steady state creep. The steady state behaviour of the parent pipe agrees with that expected from multi-axial creep deformation theory. The stress relieved welds behave similarly to the parent pipe in the hoop direction, but not in the axial direction. This is considered to be due to offloading of stress predominantly in the hoop direction. In the as-welded condition, the hoop and axial creep strains and strain rates are greater than in the parent pipe or stress relieved welds. The reasons for this are discussed in terms of welding residual stresses. (author)

  4. Type IIIa cracking at 2CrMo welds in 1/2CrMoV pipework

    Brett, S.J.; Smith, P.A. [National Power plc, Swindon (United Kingdom)

    1998-12-31

    The most common form of in-service defect found today on the welds of National Power`s 1/2CrMoV pipework systems is Type IV cracking which occurs in intercritically transformed material at the edge of the heat affected zone. However an alternate form of cracking, termed IIIa, which occurs close to the weld fusion line in fully grain refined heat affected zones, has also been observed. The incidence of Type IIIa cracking has increased in recent years and these defects now constitute a significant part of the total recorded crack population. This presentation describes Type IIIa cracking and compares and contrasts it with the better documented Type IV cracking. Particular reference is made to the role of carbon diffusion at the weld fusion line in promoting Type IIIa damage in preference to Type IV. (orig.) 5 refs.

  5. Optical properties of heusler alloys Co2FeSi, Co2FeAl, Co2CrAl, and Co2CrGa

    Shreder, E. I.; Svyazhin, A. D.; Belozerova, K. A.

    2013-11-01

    The results of an investigation of optical properties and the calculations of the electronic structure of Co2FeSi, Co2FeAl, Co2CrAl, and Co2CrGa Heusler alloys are presented. The main focus of our attention is the study of the spectral dependence of the real part (ɛ1) and imaginary part (ɛ2) of the dielectric constant in the range of wavelengths λ = 0.3-13 μm using the ellipsometric method. An anomalous behavior of the optical conductivity σ(ω) has been found in the infrared range in the Co2CrAl and Co2CrGa alloys, which differs substantially from that in the Co2FeSi and Co2FeAl alloys. The results obtained are discussed based on the calculations of the electronic structure.

  6. Epitaxial growth and transport properties of Sr$_2$CrWO$_6$ thin films

    Philipp, J. B.; Reisinger, D.; Schonecke, M.; Opel, M.; Marx, A.; Erb, A.; Alff, L.; Gross, R.

    2002-01-01

    We report on the preparation and characterization of epitaxial thin films of the double-perovskite Sr$_2$CrWO$_6$ by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). On substrates with low lattice mismatch like SrTiO$_3$, epitaxial Sr$_2$CrWO$_6$ films with high crystalline quality can be grown in a molecular layer-by-layer growth mode. Due to the similar ionic radii of Cr and W, these elements show no sublattice order. Nevertheless, the measured Curie temperature is well above 400 K. Due to the reducing growt...

  7. Investigation on Crystal Structure, Magnetism and Colossal Magnetoresistance of Y_2CrS_4

    2011-01-01

    Ternary yttrium chromium sulfide, Y2CrS4, was well prepared by a solid state reaction of Y2S3, Cr, and S. In this year we investigated its crystal structure, magnetism and magnetotransport properties. The X-ray diffraction pattern at 300 K was refined with

  8. Half metallicity in Sr2CrOsO6 via Na doping

    Highlights: • Na-doped Sr2CrOsO6 is investigated by using the density functional theory. • Both NaSr5Cr3Os3O18 and NaSrCrOsO6 are half metals. • The Curie temperature of NaSr5Cr3Os3O18 and NaSrCrOsO6 is higher than room temperature. - Abstract: The insulating Sr2CrOsO6 has the highest Curie temperature of 725 K among the double perovskites so far. In this study, by doping with Na, NaSr5Cr3Os3O18 and NaSrCrOsO6 are investigated by using the density functional theory. The calculated results indicated that the hole generated by Na goes to Os 5d t2g orbitals. This makes one of the insulating spin channels in Sr2CrOsO6 to be metallic in the Na-doped compounds. Thus, they become half metals. The estimated magnetic ordering temperature is 579 K for NaSr5Cr3Os3O18 and 615 K for NaSrCrOsO6, which are higher than the room temperature. Therefore, we expect that the Na-doped Sr2CrOsO6 would be promising candidates as spintronic material

  9. The Cracking Analysis of 2Cr13 Steel Piston Rod While Quenching%2Cr13钢活塞杆淬火裂纹分析

    黄丽秋; 曹虹; 周预平; 赵林武; 张庆坤; 汤晶晶; 王明哲

    2006-01-01

    在生产2Cr13马氏体不锈钢活塞杆时发现,已锻成形的部分有一段被加热到锻造温度范围内,在后续锻造中变形很小甚至没有变形,且淬火时产生了裂纹.经试验分析是由于该段晶粒粗大,淬火时组织应力超过该段的材料强度所致.

  10. Magnetism in Sr2CrMoO6 : A combined ab initio and model study

    Sanyal, Prabuddha; Halder, Anita; Si, Liang; Wallerberger, Markus; Held, Karsten; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2016-07-01

    Using a combination of first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations and exact diagonalization studies of a first-principles derived model, we carry out a microscopic analysis of the magnetic properties of the half-metallic double perovskite compound Sr2CrMoO6 , a sister compound of the much discussed material Sr2FeMoO6 . The electronic structure of Sr2CrMoO6 , though appearing similar to Sr2FeMoO6 at first glance, shows nontrivial differences with that of Sr2FeMoO6 on closer examination. In this context, our study highlights the importance of charge transfer energy between the two transition metal sites. The change in charge transfer energy due to a shift of Cr d states in Sr2CrMoO6 compared to Fe d in Sr2FeMoO6 suppresses the hybridization between Cr t2 g and Mo t2 g. This strongly weakens the hybridization-driven mechanism of magnetism discussed for Sr2FeMoO6 . Our study reveals that, nonetheless, the magnetic transition temperature of Sr2CrMoO6 remains high since an additional superexchange contribution to magnetism arises with a finite intrinsic moment developed at the Mo site. We further discuss the situation in comparison to another related double perovskite compound, Sr2CrWO6 . We also examine the effect of correlation beyond DFT, using dynamical mean field theory.

  11. Neutron diffraction studies of the Na-ion battery electrode materials NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3

    Yahia, H. Ben; Essehli, R.; Avdeev, M.; Park, J.-B.; Sun, Y.-K.; Al-Maadeed, M. A.; Belharouak, I.

    2016-06-01

    The new compounds NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 were synthesized by sol-gel method and their crystal structures were determined by using neutron powder diffraction data. These compounds were characterized by galvanometric cycling and cyclic voltammetry. NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 crystallize with a stuffed α-CrPO4-type structure. The structure consists of a 3D-framework made of octahedra and tetrahedra that are sharing corners and/or edges generating channels along [100] and [010], in which the sodium atoms are located. Of significance, in the structures of NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 a statistical disorder Ni2+/Cr3+ was observed on both the 8g and 4a atomic positions, whereas in NaCoCr2(PO4)3 the statistical disorder Co2+/Cr3+ was only observed on the 8g atomic position. When tested as negative electrode materials, NaCoCr2(PO4)3, NaNiCr2(PO4)3, and Na2Ni2Cr(PO4)3 delivered specific capacities of 352, 385, and 368 mA h g-1, respectively, which attests to the electrochemical activity of sodium in these compounds.

  12. Towards half-metallic interfaces: Co2CrAl/InP contacts

    Although the interest in half-metallic Heusler alloys, likely to be usable in spintronic applications, has grown considerably, their interfaces with semiconductors show very low spin polarization. I identify mechanisms which can keep high spin polarization at the interface (more than 80% of the electrons at the Fermi level of majority spin) although the half-metallicity is lost. The large enhancement of the Cr moment at the interface between a CrAl-terminated Co2CrAl (001) spacer and the InP(001) semiconductor weakens the effect of the interface states, resulting in this high spin polarization. On the other hand, the Co2CrAl/InP interfaces made up by a Co layer and either an In or a P one show a severe decrease of the Co spin moment, but Cr in the subinterface layer is bulklike and the resulting spin polarization is similar to that of the CrAl-based interfaces

  13. Structure, magnetism, and electron-transport properties of Mn2CrGa-based nanomaterials

    Wenyong Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Mn2CrGa in the disordered cubic structure has been synthesized using rapid quenching and subsequent annealing. The cubic phase transforms to a stable tetragonal phase when a fraction of Cr or Ga is replaced by Pt or Al, respectively. All samples are ferrimagnetic with high Curie temperatures (Tc; Mn2CrGa exhibits the highest Tc of about 813 K. The tetragonal samples have appreciable values of magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, which leads to an increase in coercivity (Hc that approaches about 10 kOe in the Pt-doped sample. The Hc linearly increases with a decrease of temperature, concomitant with the anisotropy change with temperature. All samples are metallic and show negative magnetoresistance with room-temperature resistivities on the order of 1 mΩcm. The magnetic properties including high Tc and low magnetic moment suggest that these tetragonal materials have potential for spin-transfer-torque-based devices.

  14. Long afterglow properties of Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Cr3+ phosphor

    Cong, Yan; He, Yangyang; Dong, Bin; Xiao, Yu; Wang, Limei

    2015-04-01

    Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Cr3+ phosphors were prepared by conventional solid state reaction and the photoluminescence properties were investigated. The Mn2+ activated Zn2GeO4 phosphors exhibited green emission at 533 nm due to the 4T1(4G) → 6A1(6S) transition of Mn2+ ions. With Cr3+ co-doping in Zn2GeO4 host, long afterglow characteristics were found from the same transition of Mn2+. The TL results revealed the presence of same traps in the phosphor, and the doping of Cr3+ ions deepened the VGe traps. The native defect VGe as a hole traps is responsible for the long afterglow emission in Zn2GeO4:Mn2+, Cr3+ phosphor. The possible mechanism of this phosphor has also been discussed.

  15. Strain-tunable extraordinary magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films

    Lucy, J. M.; Ball, M. R.; Restrepo, O. D.; Hauser, A. J.; Soliz, J. R.; Freeland, J. W.; Woodward, P. M.; Windl, W.; Yang, F. Y.

    2014-11-01

    We report the discovery of extraordinarily large anisotropy fields and strain-tunable magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films. We determine the strain-induced tetragonal distortions and octahedral rotations in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films grown on (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT), SrTiO3 (STO), and SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3/LSAT substrates using x-ray diffraction and density functional theory. The structural distortions drive dramatic changes in magnetocrystalline anisotropy. We use magnetometry measurements and first principles calculations to determine the atomic origins of the large anisotropy observed. These techniques elucidate the interplay between structural deformations and magnetic behavior and lay the groundwork for the study of other strongly correlated systems in this class of ferromagnetic oxides.

  16. Structure, magnetism, and electron-transport properties of Mn2CrGa-based nanomaterials

    Zhang, Wenyong; Kharel, Parashu; Skomski, Ralph; Valloppilly, Shah; Li, Xingzhong; Sellmyer, David J.

    2016-05-01

    Mn2CrGa in the disordered cubic structure has been synthesized using rapid quenching and subsequent annealing. The cubic phase transforms to a stable tetragonal phase when a fraction of Cr or Ga is replaced by Pt or Al, respectively. All samples are ferrimagnetic with high Curie temperatures (Tc); Mn2CrGa exhibits the highest Tc of about 813 K. The tetragonal samples have appreciable values of magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy, which leads to an increase in coercivity (Hc) that approaches about 10 kOe in the Pt-doped sample. The Hc linearly increases with a decrease of temperature, concomitant with the anisotropy change with temperature. All samples are metallic and show negative magnetoresistance with room-temperature resistivities on the order of 1 mΩcm. The magnetic properties including high Tc and low magnetic moment suggest that these tetragonal materials have potential for spin-transfer-torque-based devices.

  17. Orbital ordering in the two-dimensional ferromagnetic semiconductor Rb2CrCl4

    Schwingenschlögl, U.; Eyert, V.

    2007-05-01

    We present the results of electronic structure calculations for the two-dimensional ferromagnet Rb2CrCl4. They are obtained by the augmented spherical wave (ASW) method as based on density functional theory and the local density approximation. In agreement with experimental data, Rb2CrCl4 is found to be semiconducting and displays long-range ferromagnetic order of the localized Cr 3d moments. The magnetic properties are almost independent of the structural modifications arising from the Jahn-Teller instability, which leads from the parent body-centered tetragonal K2NiF4 structure to a side-centered orthorhombic lattice. In contrast, the insulating gap is observed only for the latter structure due to the reduced symmetry. Our results thus suggest to interpret the orbital ordering as a necessary prerequisite for the opening of the gap rather than for the ferromagnetic order.

  18. Electronic structure, magnetism, and transport properties of the Heusler alloy Fe2CrAl

    We report the electronic band structure, magnetism, and transport properties of the Heusler compound Fe2CrAl. The band-structure calculation for Fe2CrAl at the experimental lattice constant does not show the half-metallicity. The magnetism measurements show that the saturated moment at 5 K and the Curie temperature are 1.75 μB per formula unit and 234 K, respectively. The temperature dependence of the magnetization follows the spin-wave behavior at low temperature. The electrical resistivity shows a semiconducting-like behavior, which can be explained by the electronic band-structure calculations. The dependence of the magnetoresistance on the applied field is related to the competition between the effect of the Lorentz force and the extinction of inelastic s-d-s scattering

  19. Epitaxial growth and magnetic properties of Sr2CrReO6 thin films

    The double perovskite Sr2CrReO6 is an interesting material for spintronics, showing ferrimagnetism up to 635 K with a predicted high spin polarization of ∼86%. We fabricated Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films by pulsed laser deposition on (0 0 1)-oriented SrTiO3 substrates. Phase-pure films with optimum crystallographic and magnetic properties were obtained by growing at a substrate temperature of 7000C in pure O2 of 6.6x10-4mbar. The films are c-axis oriented, coherently strained, and show less than 20% anti-site defects. The magnetization curves reveal high saturation magnetization of 0.8μB/formula unit and high coercivity of 1.1 T, as well as a strong magnetic anisotropy.

  20. Hexavalent hydrogen complex in hypothetical Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6}

    Takagi, Shigeyuki, E-mail: shigeyuki.takagi@imr.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Miwa, Kazutoshi [Toyota Central R and D Laboratories, Inc., Nagakute 480-1192 (Japan); Ikeshoji, Tamio; Sato, Ryutaro; Matsuo, Motoaki; Li, Guanqiao; Aoki, Katsutoshi [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Orimo, Shin-ichi [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: ► A possible synthesis of Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6} was theoretically investigated. ► We found the thermodynamically stable structure with a hexavalent [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−}. ► The large charge state of [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−} brings diversity to the cation combinations. ► The large charge state would provide a chemical flexibility to the complex hydride. -- Abstract: The crystal, electronic and phonon structures, and thermodynamic stability of a hypothetical complex hydride Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6} were investigated using first-principles calculations. We found that the hydride contains CrH{sub 6} octahedra in the K{sub 2}PtCl{sub 6}-type structure. The electronic structure illustrates that two yttrium atoms donate a total of six electrons to the octahedra, indicating the charge state Y{sub 2}{sup 3+}[CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6-} which abides by the 18-electron rule. The phonon dispersion curves demonstrate that the hydride is dynamically stable. The calculated enthalpy change of −11 kJ/mol for the reaction, 2YH{sub 2}+Cr + H{sub 2} → Y{sub 2}CrH{sub 6}, gives a possible route to synthesize the stable complex hydride containing [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−}. The large charge state of the hexavalent complex anion [CrH{sub 6}]{sup 6−} would be useful to explore new complex hydrides, providing the chemical flexibility through the multiple combinations of cations.

  1. Half metallicity in Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} via Na doping

    Zu, Ningning [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang, Jing [Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang, Ying, E-mail: ywang_2012@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wu, Zhijian, E-mail: zjwu@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2015-07-05

    Highlights: • Na-doped Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} is investigated by using the density functional theory. • Both NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and NaSrCrOsO{sub 6} are half metals. • The Curie temperature of NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and NaSrCrOsO{sub 6} is higher than room temperature. - Abstract: The insulating Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} has the highest Curie temperature of 725 K among the double perovskites so far. In this study, by doping with Na, NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and NaSrCrOsO{sub 6} are investigated by using the density functional theory. The calculated results indicated that the hole generated by Na goes to Os 5d t{sub 2g} orbitals. This makes one of the insulating spin channels in Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} to be metallic in the Na-doped compounds. Thus, they become half metals. The estimated magnetic ordering temperature is 579 K for NaSr{sub 5}Cr{sub 3}Os{sub 3}O{sub 18} and 615 K for NaSrCrOsO{sub 6}, which are higher than the room temperature. Therefore, we expect that the Na-doped Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} would be promising candidates as spintronic material.

  2. Strain-dependent, Extraordinary Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 Epitaxial Films

    Lucy, Jeremy; Soliz, Jennifer; Ball, Molly; Restrepo, Oscar; Windl, Wolfgang; Woodward, Patrick; Yang, Fengyuan; Hauser, Adam; Freeland, John; CenterEmergent Materials Collaboration; Magnetic Materials Group Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    We have grown Sr2CrReO6 films that exhibit one of the largest anisotropy fields shown to date (18.1 T) and a large uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy Ku = 9.05 × 106 erg/cm3. We investigate strain-controlled magnetocrystalline anisotropy for epitaxial Sr2CrReO6 films grown on (LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 , SrTiO3 and Sr2CrNbO6/LSAT substrates using high resolution X-ray diffraction, in-plane and out-of-plane superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, and density functional theory calculations. The substrates impose tetragonal distortions of c/ a = 1.025, 1.007 and 0.991, respectively, which lead to dramatic changes in magnetocrystalline anisotropy of order tens of tesla and a switching of the magnetic easy axis from in-plane for compressive strain to out-of-plane for tensile strain, as observed via magnetometry measurements. Density functional theory calculations elucidate the dependence of oxygen octahedra tilting and rotation on tetragonal distortions, which affect both electronic and magnetic properties of the films. Finally, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements reveal strong magnetic moment contributions at the oxygen sites, as evident in oxygen-specific X-ray absorption spectra.

  3. Microstructural and tribological characterization of plasma- and gas-nitrided 2Cr13 steel in vacuum

    Plasma- and gas-nitrided 2Cr13 samples were characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and microhardness testing techniques. Nitrogen concentration profiles in the cross-sections of the nitrided samples were obtained by glow discharge optical spectroscopy (GDOS). Residual stress profiles along depth of the nitrided samples were measured using an X-ray stress tester. The tribological behaviour of the plasma- and the gas-nitrided samples in vacuum was investigated in order to analyse the effect of nitriding on wear resistance of the 2Cr13 steel. The results show the tribological properties of the 2Cr13 steel in vacuum are improved considerably by plasma nitriding and gas nitriding resulted from microstructure modification and surface hardening during nitriding. The plasma-nitrided samples have better wear resistance than the gas-nitrided samples under 30 N, while the gas-nitrided samples have higher wear resistance under 90 N. With increasing normal load from 30 N to 90 N, the wear mechanism shows a transition from mild adhesive and abrasive wear to severe adhesive or even delamination wear. The plasma-nitrided sample has thicker compound layer than the gas-nitrided sample, resulting that it exhibits more intensive delamination under high load of 90 N.

  4. Observation of magnetic cluster phase above Curie temperature in Fe2CrAl Heusler alloy

    We present a detailed magnetic critical behavior study of Fe2CrAl Heusler alloy, for the first time, with rigorous analysis of high precision magnetization data obtained over the critical temperature region. Our studies confirm that B2 type site-disordered in Fe2CrAl alloy exhibits long-range ferromagnetic order below a well defined Curie temperature (T=208 K). Though the nature of this transition is found to be of second order, the estimated critical exponents β=0.42, γ=1.356 and δ=4.25, are in between the theoretically predicted values for three-dimensional Heisenberg and mean-field interaction models. However, it is noteworthy that the scaling relations are obeyed indicating renormalization of interactions around the Curie temperature (TC), where magnetization data collapse into two separate branches, above and below TC. This conclusively shows that calculated critical exponents as well as critical temperature are unambiguous and intrinsic to the system. However, magnetization vs temperature data shows another magnetic transition (at T=313 K) above the Curie temperature. It is shown that the short range magnetic correlation exist even beyond TC with cluster moment ∼102 μB. This is attributed to a site disorder which results in formation of Cr clusters with short range ferromagnetic order. - Highlights: ► Magnetization vs temperature data of Fe2CrAl alloy shows two transitions around 208 K and 313 K. ► We have established that first magnetic transition (208 K) to be a ferromagnetic transition. ► The estimated critical exponents are in between 3D Heisenberg and mean-field models. ► It is shown that the short range magnetic correlation exist even at 313 K with cluster moment ∼102 μB. ► This is attributed to site-disorder, results in formation of Cr clusters.

  5. COST 505 - project D 31. Evaluation of 2% CrMoWV steel (23 CrMoNiWV 8 8) for high temperature steam turbine rotor forgings

    The aim of the research work has been to examine the behaviour of the newly developed 2% CrMoWV (23 CrMoNiWV 8 8) HP and IP rotor steel in creep, low-cycle fatigue, toughness and long-time embrittlement tests. The results of the tests over a duration of about 20 000 h showed that in comparison with the traditional 1% CrMoV shaft steel the 2% CrMoWV shaft steel has a distinctly higher fracture toughness with equal creep and low-cicle fatigue strength. Exposures of notched-bar impact test specimens revealed in the temperature range of 400 bis 500deg C a time and temperature-dependent reduction in fracture toughness on account of P-segregations at the grain boundaries. However, the loss of toughness is within acceptable limits and can presumably be prevented or distinctly decreased by a further reduction of the P-contend during the steel melting process. (orig./MM)

  6. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Fe2Cr1−xCoxSi Heusler alloy

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) was achieved in annealed Fe2Cr1 − xCoxSi (FCCS) Heusler alloys with different Co compositions x. The Co composition is varied to tune the Fermi level in order to achieve both higher spin polarization and better thermal stability. The PMA is thermally stable up to 400 oC for FCCS with x = 0, 0.3, 0.5 and 350 oC for FCCS with x = 0.7, 0.9, 1. The thickness of FCCS films with PMA ranges from 0.6 to 1.2 nm. The annealing temperature and FCCS thickness are found to greatly affect the PMA. The magnetic anisotropy energy density KU is 2.8  ×  106 erg cm−3 for 0.8 nm Fe2CrSi, and decreases as the Co composition x increases, suggesting that the PMA induced at the FCCS/MgO interface is dominated by the contribution of Fe atoms. There is a trade-off between high spin polarization and strong PMA by adjusting the Co composition. (paper)

  7. Sign reversal of transformation entropy change in Co2Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys

    In situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and compression tests were performed on Co2Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys. The reentrant martensitic transformation behavior was directly observed during the in situ XRD measurements. The high-temperature parent phase and low-temperature reentrant parent phase were found to have a continuous temperature dependence of lattice parameter, therefore suggesting that they are the same phase in nature. Moreover, compression tests were performed on a parent-phase single crystal sample; an evolution from normal to inverse temperature dependence of critical stress for martensitic transformation was directly observed. Based on the Clausius-Clapeyron analysis, a sign reversal of entropy change can be expected on the same alloy

  8. NMR investigation of the quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K(2)Cr(3)As(3).

    Zhi, H Z; Imai, T; Ning, F L; Bao, Jin-Ke; Cao, Guang-Han

    2015-04-10

    We report ^{75}As NMR measurements on the new quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K_{2}Cr_{3}As_{3} (T_{c}∼6.1  K) [J. K. Bao et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 011013 (2015)]. We found evidence for strong enhancement of Cr spin fluctuations above T_{c} in the [Cr_{3}As_{3}]_{∞} double-walled subnanotubes based on the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T_{1}. The power-law temperature dependence, 1/T_{1}T∼T^{-γ} (γ∼0.25), is consistent with the Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid. Moreover, absence of the Hebel-Slichter coherence peak of 1/T_{1} just below T_{c} suggests an unconventional nature of superconductivity. PMID:25910155

  9. Antioxidative role of selenium on some tissues of (Cd2+), Cr3+)-induced rainbow trout.

    Orun, Ibrahim; Talas, Zeliha Selamoglu; Ozdemir, Ilknur; Alkan, Aysel; Erdogan, Kenan

    2008-09-01

    Chemical toxic pollutants (especially heavy metals) are important sources of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in biological systems. Membrane phospholipids of aerobic organisms are continually subjected to oxidant challenges from endogenous and exogenous sources, while peroxidized membranes and lipid peroxidation products represent constant threats to aerobic cells. The primary antioxidant protection against free radical and ROS is provided by the enzymes glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT), respectively. The trace element selenium has been implicated in chemo-prevention and drug-resistance through reduction of oxidative stress. Selenium could prevent damage to the unsaturated fatty acid of subcellular membranes by lipid peroxidation induced by free radicals. The results reported here show that sodium selenite has an important contribution to antioxidative defense for the spleen and heart of rainbow trout. The ability of sodium selenite to prevent the oxidative stress induced by heavy metals (Cd(2+), Cr(3+)) in fish was rationalized. PMID:17920681

  10. Grain-size control in Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb with yttrium additions

    Trivedi, P. B.; Patankar, S. N.; (Sam) Froes, F. H.; Baburaj, E. G.; Genç, A.; Ovecoglu, L.

    2002-08-01

    A gas-atomized (GA) prealloyed powder of the Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb intermetallic and 1.6 wt pct Y were mechanically alloyed (MA) and hot isostatically pressed (hipped) to produce a fully dense nanocrystalline material. Mechanical alloying of the as-blended powder for 16 hours resulted in the formation of a disordered fcc phase. Hipping of the alloy powder produced a single-phase nanocrystalline TiAl intermetallic, containing a distribution of 20 to 35-nm-sized Al2Y4O9 particles. The formation of oxide particles occurred by the chemical combination of Al and Y with oxygen, which entered as a contaminant during milling. Oxide particles increased the hardness of the intermetallic compound and minimized grain growth even at 0.8 T m , where T m is the melting point of the compound.

  11. Sign reversal of transformation entropy change in Co2Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys

    Xu, Xiao; Omori, Toshihiro; Nagasako, Makoto; Kanomata, Takeshi; Kainuma, Ryosuke

    2015-11-01

    In situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and compression tests were performed on Co2Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys. The reentrant martensitic transformation behavior was directly observed during the in situ XRD measurements. The high-temperature parent phase and low-temperature reentrant parent phase were found to have a continuous temperature dependence of lattice parameter, therefore suggesting that they are the same phase in nature. Moreover, compression tests were performed on a parent-phase single crystal sample; an evolution from normal to inverse temperature dependence of critical stress for martensitic transformation was directly observed. Based on the Clausius-Clapeyron analysis, a sign reversal of entropy change can be expected on the same alloy.

  12. Study of energy bands and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi Heusler alloy

    Dibya Prakash Rai; Sandeep; M P Ghimire; R K Thapa

    2011-10-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi is calculated by using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP–LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT). Density of states (DOS), magnetic moment and band structures of the system are presented. For the exchange and correlation energy, local spin density approximation (LSDA+U) with the inclusion of Hubbard potential U is used. Our calculation shows indirect bandgap of 0.91 eV in the minority channel of DOS. This is supported by band structures and hence favoured the half metallic ferromagnetic (HMF) nature of the system. The effective magnetic moment of 4.006 B also supported our conclusion with a near integral value. The DOS of Co and Cr were found to hybridize and was also responsible for the ferromagnetic nature of the system.

  13. Thermodynamic stabilities of Cs2CrO4(β), Cs3CrO4 and M2Cr2O7(l) (where M=Na, K or Cs) by solid electrolyte emf method

    The emf of the galvanic cells with Pt, Cs2CrO4 (α or β) vertical stroke Cr2O3 vertical stroke Cs3 CrO4 (cell I) and Pt, s2CrO4(β) vertical stroke Cr2O 3 vertical stroke Cs2Cr2O7(l) (cell II) against air vertical stroke Pt reference electrode using 15 mol% calcia stabilized zirconia as the electrolyte were measured to be EI(a)(mV)=(1345.88±3.68)-(0.5 3174±0.03376)T(K); (860-967 K) EI(b) (mV)=(1266.47±1.50)-(0.45345± 0.04351)T(K); (1052-1097 K) EII (mV)=(344.42±1.84)-(0.25715±0.0079)T(K); (1025-1189 K). Using the literature data for the standard Gibbs energies of formation of α-Cs2CrO4 and Cr2O3 together with the above numerical expressions for the emf values of cell I, the transition temperature and the standard enthalpy of α-to-β phase transformation in Cs2CrO4 were found to be 1014 K and 12.8 kJmol-1. In addition, the ΔGf0 (Cs3CrO4) was derived to be as follows: (ΔGf0 (Cs3CrO4)±2.0) (kJmol-1)=-1531.72+0.38044 T(K). The emf results from cell II led to the expression ΔGf0 (Cs2Cr2O7,l±3.35) (kJmol-1)=-2066.47+0.55062 T(K). By making emf measurements on galvanic cells with Pt, M2CrO4 (β) vertical stroke Cr2O3 vertical stroke M2 Cr2O7 (l) (where M=Na or K) against air vertical stroke Pt as the reference electrode in a cell configuration identical with cell II, the following expressions for ΔGf0 of M2Cr2O7(l) were derived. ΔGf0(Na2Cr2O7,l pm2.0) (kJmol-1)=-1942.68+0.51289 T(K), ΔGf0(K2Cr2O7,l±2.5) (kJmol-1)=-2037.35+0.5406 T(K). The third law treatment of the emf data on cells I and II yielded the values of -1549.8±1.4 kJmol-1 and -2108±4 kJmol-1 for the standard enthalpies of formation, ΔHf,2980 of Cs3CrO4(s) and Cs2Cr2O7(s). (orig.)

  14. High-pressure and high-temperature synthesis and physical properties of Ca2CrO4 solid

    Cao, L. P.; Jin, M. L.; Li, W. M.; Wang, X. C.; Liu, Q. Q.; Xu, Y. L.; Pan, L. Q.; Jin, C. Q.

    2016-05-01

    The bulk Ca2CrO4 samples were synthesized under high pressure and high temperature conditions using CaO and CrO2 as starting materials. The structure of the prepared Ca2CrO4 solid is characterized by X-ray diffraction with Rietveld refinement as tetragonal structure with the space group I41/acd. The CrO6 octahedrons elongate along c axis and rotate in ab plane. DC and AC magnetic susceptibility measurement results indicate spin glass behavior at low temperature. Temperature dependence of resistivity measurement results show Ca2CrO4 is an insulator at both ambient condition and high pressure.

  15. The effect of chemical pressure on the structure and properties of A2CrOsO6 (A=Sr, Ca) ferrimagnetic double perovskite

    Morrow, Ryan; Soliz, Jennifer R.; Hauser, Adam J.; Gallagher, James C.; Susner, Michael A.; Sumption, Michael D.; Aczel, Adam A.; Yan, Jiaqiang; Yang, Fengyuan; Woodward, Patrick M.

    2016-06-01

    The ordered double perovskites Sr2CrOsO6 and Ca2CrOsO6 have been synthesized and characterized with neutron powder diffraction, electrical transport measurements, and high field magnetization experiments. As reported previously Sr2CrOsO6 crystallizes with R 3 bar symmetry due to a-a-a- octahedral tilting. A decrease in the tolerance factor leads to a-a-b+ octahedral tilting and P21/n space group symmetry for Ca2CrOsO6. Both materials are found to be ferrimagnetic insulators with saturation magnetizations near 0.2 μB. Sr2CrOsO6 orders at 660 K while Ca2CrOsO6 orders at 490 K. Variable temperature magnetization measurements suggest that the magnetization of the Cr3+ and Os3+ sublattices have different temperature dependences in Sr2CrOsO6. This leads to a non-monotonic temperature evolution of the magnetic moment. Similar behavior is not seen in Ca2CrOsO6. Both compounds have similar levels of Os/Cr antisite disorder, with order parameters of η=80.2(4)% for Sr2CrOsO6 and η=76.2(5)% for Ca2CrOsO6, where η=2θ-1 and θ is the occupancy of the osmium ion on the osmium-rich Wyckoff site.

  16. Epitaxy of thin films of the Heusler compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al

    Conca, A.; Jourdan, M; Herbort, C.; Adrian, H.

    2006-01-01

    Epitaxial thin films of the highly spin polarized Heusler compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al are deposited by dc magnetron sputtering. It is shown by XRD and TEM investigations how the use of an Fe buffer layer on MgO(100) substrates supports the growth of highly ordered Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al at low deposition temperatures. The as grown samples show a relatively large ordered magnetic moment of mu = 3.0mu_B/f.u. providing evidence for a low level of disorder.

  17. 利用离子液体[BMIM]2[CR]萃取牛血清蛋白的研究%Study on the BSA extraction by ionic liquid of [BMIM]2 [CR

    娄本浊

    2012-01-01

    An environmental friendly ionic liquid [ BMIM]2[CR] with affinity is synthesized by ionic exchange and the bovine serum albumin ( BSA) is extracted by this new type of extracting agent. The results showed that the optimum conditions of BSA extraction are 10 mmol/L of ionic liquid concentration, 30 min of extraction time and in acidic solution, and the extraction efficiency can be above 90%. This studied providing certain feasibility conditions for protein extraction application.%利用离子交换过程将亲和性染料刚果红合成为[BMIM]2[CR],并进行牛血清蛋白萃取实验.研究结果表明,[BMIM]2[CR]离子液体的浓度为10mmol/L,萃取时间为30min以及溶液呈酸性时,对牛血清蛋白的萃取效果最佳,可达90%以上.该研究可为[BMIM]2[CR]实际蛋白质萃取应用中提供一定的可行性条件.

  18. Magnetic and structural properties of nanostructured Fe–20Al–2Cr powder mixtures

    Nanostructured Fe–20Al–2Cr (wt.%) powders have been prepared using high energy planetary ball-mill. Changes in structural, morphological and magnetic properties of the powders during mechanical alloying (MA) and during subsequent annealing have been examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The observed structural and microstructural changes have been related to several processes occurring during MA. After MA, the material becomes significantly disordered and refines to nanoscale grain sizes (~ 14 nm). The obtained bcc α-Fe(Al,Cr) solid solution shows a ferromagnetic behavior. Upon subsequent annealing at 400 °C, α-Fe2O3 and spinel oxides are formed at the surface of particles, while structural defects disappeared as Fe(Al,Cr) solid solution becomes more ordered and grain growth occurs. The saturation magnetization (Ms) shows lower values after annealing, attributed to the formation of metal oxides with low magnetic moment. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanostructured Fe–Al–Cr powders were prepared by MA. • Careful analysis of the XRD patterns by using the Rietveld refinement • The lattice distortion is evidenced by the increase of both the lattice parameter and the static Debye Waller parameter. • Annealing at 400 °C stabilizes the microstructure at the nanometer range and leads to the formation of Fe3O4 and Fe2O3 oxides. • Both the milled and annealed samples are ferromagnetic

  19. Pitting Corrosion of Ni3(Si,Ti+2Cr Intermetallic Compound at Various Chloride Concentrations

    Gadang Priyotomo

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The pitting corrosion of Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr containing two regions of a Ni3(Si,Ti single-phase of L12 structure and a mixture phase of of (L12 +Niss was investigated as function of chloride concentrations by using a polarization method, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy in neutral sodium chloride solutions at 293 K.  The pitting corrosion of Ni3(Si,Ti with and without the addition of aluminium and type C276 alloy were also studied under the same experimental condition for the comparison.  The pitting potential obtained for the Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr decreased with increasing chloride concentration.  The specific pitting potentials and the pitting potentials were decreased in the order of C276 alloy > Ni3(Si,Ti > Ni3(Si,Ti + 2Cr > Ni3(Si,Ti + 4Al, which means that the pitting corrosion resistance of Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr was higher than Ni3(Si,Ti with 4 at% Al, but lower than that of Ni3(Si,Ti.  A critical chloride concentration of Ni3(Si,Ti with 2 at% Cr was found to be higher than that of Ni3(Si,Ti with at% Al. In addition, the presence of high concentration for oxygen indicates the occurrence of pit formation.

  20. Structural properties of the quaternary Heusler alloy Co2Cr1-xFexAl

    The quarternary substitutional series Co2Cr1-xFexAl was investigated by means of surface and bulk sensitive techniques in order to exploit its structural and compositional properties. Both bulk and powder samples of the alloy series were investigated to obtain specific information about this material. The long range order was determined by means of x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, while the site specific (short range) order was proved by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The magnetic structure was investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy in transmission and scattering modes in order to compare and separate powder and bulk properties. The chemical composition was analysed by means of x-ray photo emission spectroscopy combined with Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The results from these methods are compared to get an insight into the differences between surface and bulk properties and the appearance of disorder in such alloys. The material shows an extremely high sensitivity to oxygen. In particular, powder materials show a high amount of oxygen contamination. Therefore, an additional oxide-mediated tunnel magneto-resistance may always contribute to measurements of magneto-resistive effects because the oxide layers will provide natural tunnelling barriers. In addition, the results suggest that thin films have to be produced under ultra-high vacuum conditions

  1. Structural properties of the quaternary Heusler alloy Co2Cr1-xFexAl

    Wurmehl, Sabine; Martins Alves, Maria C.; Morais, Jonder; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Teixeira, Sergio R.; Machado, Giovanna; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Felser, Claudia

    2007-03-01

    The quarternary substitutional series Co2Cr1-xFexAl was investigated by means of surface and bulk sensitive techniques in order to exploit its structural and compositional properties. Both bulk and powder samples of the alloy series were investigated to obtain specific information about this material. The long range order was determined by means of x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction, while the site specific (short range) order was proved by extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The magnetic structure was investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy in transmission and scattering modes in order to compare and separate powder and bulk properties. The chemical composition was analysed by means of x-ray photo emission spectroscopy combined with Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The results from these methods are compared to get an insight into the differences between surface and bulk properties and the appearance of disorder in such alloys. The material shows an extremely high sensitivity to oxygen. In particular, powder materials show a high amount of oxygen contamination. Therefore, an additional oxide-mediated tunnel magneto-resistance may always contribute to measurements of magneto-resistive effects because the oxide layers will provide natural tunnelling barriers. In addition, the results suggest that thin films have to be produced under ultra-high vacuum conditions.

  2. High-temperature deformation behavior of the gamma alloy Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb

    The hot-workability of a two-phase (gamma + alpha-2) alloy, Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb, has been studied by conducting isothermal compression tests to 0.8 true strain over the temperature range of 975-1200 C at strain rates between 0.1 and 0.003/S. A deformation map showing temperature, strain rate, soundness of deformation, and isostress contours was constructed. Good workability is found from the low temperature/low strain rate regime to combinations of high temperature and either high or low strain rate. The upper-limit flow stress for good workability is between 450 and 500 MPa. Deformation induced softening occurs at all conditions. SEM and TEM examinations of the deformed specimens reveal that nonuniform deformation takes place at all strain rates, but cracking occurs mostly at high strain rates (e.g. 0.1/s), especially combined with low temperatures. The cracking appears to progress primarily along gamma/alpha-2 interfaces. It is thought that nonuniform deformation develops channels of shear bands, which in turn promote localized recrystallization, thus accommodating higher strains. 9 refs

  3. Instant capture of recoil 51Cr(III) from neutron activated K2CrO4

    A new method of measuring the initial 51Cr(III) produced from nuclear recoil of K2CrO4 was developed. In this method K2CrO4 was mixed with MgO in the presence of a small amount of water, and the mixture was irradiated in a nuclear reactor. After irradiation, the mixture was dissolved in water, and MgO precipitate was separated from the solution. The yield of recoil 51Cr(III) could be calculated from the 51Cr activity in the precipitate measured. On the other hand, the yield of retention of 51Cr as chromate could be calculated from the activity found in the supernatant. The 51Cr(III) yield thus obtained is almost a factor of 2 higher than observed in pure K2CrO4 without mixing with MgO, irradiated under the same condition. Another important observation is that the 51Cr(III) yield is independent of irradiation time in presence of MgO. Without MgO the observed 51Cr(III) yield decreases with increasing irradiation time, suggesting possible oxidation of Cr(III) to chromate during irradiation. This variation is not observed in the system of K2CrO4 containing MgO, indicating that the initial Cr(III) is adsorbed immediately after nuclear recoil by MgO and is protected from oxidation by gamma radiation. (author) 4 refs.; 4 figs.; 2 tabs

  4. Antisite disorder study by Monte Carlo simulation of the double perovskite Sr2CrReO6

    El Rhazouani, O.; Benyoussef, A.; Zarhri, Z.; El Kenz, A.

    2016-03-01

    In the last few years there has been a growing interest in the double perovskite (DP) Sr2CrReO6, as a magnetic material used in spintronics, due to its high Curie temperature (TC=610 K). Antisite disorder is a defect that affects the spin polarization and the Curie temperature of all PDs. We conducted this work by Monte Carlo simulation to study the effect of the antisite disorder on this compound for two cases: Cr-excess expressed by Sr2Cr1+xRe1-xO6 and Re-excess expressed by Sr2Cr1-xRe1+xO6. This simulation has transformed the concept of the antisite conceived as defect, into a tool to explain the role of transition metals, namely Cr and Re, in the stability and the magnetic performance of the compound Sr2CrReO6. This simulation allows positioning the Cr as a key element in determining the high Curie temperature and the ferromagnetic stability. The effect of crystal field of Re in the disordered sublattice regarding the disorder rates was also explored.

  5. Magnetic and structural properties of nanostructured Fe–20Al–2Cr powder mixtures

    Zerniz, N. [Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria); Azzaza, S., E-mail: s.azzaza@gmail.com [Laboratory of Magnetism and Spectroscopy of Solids, Department of Physics, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria); Department of Technology, Faculty of Technology, University 20 Août 1955 of Skikda, B.P.26, Route d' El-Hadaiek, Skikda 21000 (Algeria); Chater, R. [Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria); Abbas, H. [Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Bououdina, M. [Nanotechnology Centre, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, PO Box 32038 (Bahrain); Bouchelaghem, W. [Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University Badji Mokhtar of Annaba, BP: 12, Annaba 23000 (Algeria)

    2015-02-15

    Nanostructured Fe–20Al–2Cr (wt.%) powders have been prepared using high energy planetary ball-mill. Changes in structural, morphological and magnetic properties of the powders during mechanical alloying (MA) and during subsequent annealing have been examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The observed structural and microstructural changes have been related to several processes occurring during MA. After MA, the material becomes significantly disordered and refines to nanoscale grain sizes (~ 14 nm). The obtained bcc α-Fe(Al,Cr) solid solution shows a ferromagnetic behavior. Upon subsequent annealing at 400 °C, α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and spinel oxides are formed at the surface of particles, while structural defects disappeared as Fe(Al,Cr) solid solution becomes more ordered and grain growth occurs. The saturation magnetization (Ms) shows lower values after annealing, attributed to the formation of metal oxides with low magnetic moment. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanostructured Fe–Al–Cr powders were prepared by MA. • Careful analysis of the XRD patterns by using the Rietveld refinement • The lattice distortion is evidenced by the increase of both the lattice parameter and the static Debye Waller parameter. • Annealing at 400 °C stabilizes the microstructure at the nanometer range and leads to the formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides. • Both the milled and annealed samples are ferromagnetic.

  6. The Structure-Function Relationships of Complement Receptor Type 2 (CR2; CD21).

    Hannan, Jonathan Paul

    2016-01-01

    Human complement receptor type 2 (CR2; CD21) is a surface-associated glycoprotein which binds to a variety of endogenous ligands, including the complement component C3 fragments iC3b, C3dg and C3d, the low-affinity IgE receptor CD23, and the type I cytokine, interferon-alpha. CR2 links the innate complement-mediated immune response to pathogens and foreign antigens with the adaptive immune response by binding to C3d that is covalently attached to targets, and which results in a cell signalling phenomenon that lowers the threshold for B cell activation. Variations or deletions of the CR2 gene in humans, or the Cr2 gene in mice associate with a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. A number of infectious agents including Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and prions also bind to CR2 either directly or indirectly by means of C3d-targeted immune complexes. In this review we discuss the interactions that CR2 undertakes with its best characterized ligands C3d, CD23 and the EBV gp350/220 envelope protein. To date only a single physiologically relevant complex of CR2 with one of its ligands, C3d, has been elucidated. By contrast, the interactions with CD23 and EBV gp350/220, while being important from physiologic and disease-associated standpoints, respectively, are only incompletely understood. A detailed knowledge of the structure-function relationships that CR2 undergoes with its ligands is necessary to understand the implications of using recombinant CR2 in therapeutic or imaging agents, or alternatively targeting CR2 to down-regulate the antibody mediated immune response in cases of autoimmunity. PMID:26916158

  7. Tunnelkontakte mit Heusler-Elektrode: Spinpolarisation von Co 2Cr 0,6Fe 0,4Al und Einfluss der Barriere

    Herbort, Christian

    2010-01-01

    Ziel dieser Arbeit ist die Bestimmung der Spinpolarisation von der Heusler-Verbindung Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al. Dieses Ziel wurde durch die sorgfältige Präparation von Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al basierten Tunnelkontakten realisiert. Tunnelwiderstandsmessungen an Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al-basiertenrnTunnelkontakten ergaben einen Tunnelmagnetowiderstand von 101% bei 4 K. DieserrnTunnelmagnetowiderstand legt eine untere Grenze von 67% für die Spinpolarisation von Co2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al fest.rnrnCo2Cr0,6Fe0,4Al ist eine Heusler-Verb...

  8. Soft X-ray photoemission study of Co2(Cr1−xFex)Ga Heusler compounds

    We have performed soft X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (SXPES) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) of the Co-based Heusler compounds Co2(Cr1−xFex)Ga (x = 0.0, 0.4, and 1.0) in order to study their electronic structures. Band-structure calculation was carried out and compared with the experimental results. SXPES spectra show hν-dependence, revealing the contributions of the Co, Cr, and Fe 3d electronic states in the valence band. The band width observed by the SXPES seems to be narrower than that predicted by the band-structure calculation. XAS spectra depend strongly on the value of x in Co2(Cr1−xFex)Ga. The electron correlation effects are found to be stronger as x changes from 0.0 to 1.0. (author)

  9. Electronic and magnetic tunability of Sr2CrReO6 films by growth-mediated oxygen modulation

    Highly ordered epitaxial films of ferrimagnetic semiconductor Sr2CrReO6 (SCRO) have been fabricated by off-axis magnetron sputtering, and characterized as a function of the oxygen partial pressure. In this Letter, we report 18 000% modulation in electrical resistivity at T = 7K (60% at room temperature) from a 1% modulation in the oxygen partial pressure during film growth. The growth window was centered at peak saturation magnetization, which drops due to both increasing and decreasing oxygen growth pressure. The results suggest that n-type doping due to oxygen vacancies plays a dominant role in the electrical properties and modulation of Sr2CrReO6 thin films.

  10. Reversal of the Upper Critical Field Anisotropy and Spin-Locked Superconductivity in K2Cr3As3

    Recently, superconductivity in K2Cr3As3 (Tc =6.1 K) was discovered. The crystalline lattice contains an array of weakly coupled, double well [(Cr3As3)2-]∞ linkages stretched along the c axis, suggesting the possibility of quasi-one-dimensional superconductivity. Moderately anisotropic upper critical field was revealed in single crystals, with very large initial slopes, dH||c2 /dT=12 T/K along the Cr chains and dHperpendicularc2 /dT =7 T/K perpendicular to the chains. Given the ambiguity of conclusions based on the extrapolations of Hc2(T) measured near Tc to low temperatures, we performed high-field measurements of Hc2(T) on K2Cr3As3 single crystals in pulsed magnetic fields which enabled us to reveal the full anisotropic Hc2(T) curves from Tc down to 600 mK.

  11. Strong-coupling electron-phonon superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K$_2$Cr$_3$As$_3$

    Subedi, Alaska

    2015-01-01

    I study the lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling in non-centrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K$_2$Cr$_3$As$_3$ using density functional theory based first principles calculations. The phonon dispersions show stable phonons without any soft-mode behavior. They also exhibit features that point to a strong interaction of K atoms with the lattice. I find that the calculated Eliashberg spectral function shows a large enhancement around 50 cm$^{-1}$. The phonon modes that show large coupl...

  12. Effect of heat treatment on the microstructure of a 2CrMoNiWV rotor steel

    Li, Cheng

    1996-01-01

    A wide range of experiments have been carried out on a 2CrMoNiWV low alloy steel to investigate the effect of various heat treatment conditions on microstructural change, alloy carbide transformation mechanism and mechanical properties. Two complete continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagrams were constructed for this steel on the basis of experimental dilatometry thermal analysis, metallographic examination and current phase transformation theory. The significance of these two ...

  13. ACUTE TOXICITIES OF CD2+, CR+6, HG2+, NI2+, AND ZN2+ TO ESTUARINE MACROFAUNA

    Static acute toxicity bioassays were conducted at 20 C and 20 o/oo salinity with CdCl2-2 and one half H2O, K2CrO4, HgCl2, NiCl2-6H2O, and ZnCl2 using adults of starfish, Asterias forbesi; sandworm, Nereis virens; hermit crab, Pagurus longicarpus; softshell clam, Mya arenaria; mud...

  14. Morphology and magnetoresistance of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al-based tunnelling junctions

    Some ferromagnetic Heusler compounds are theoretically predicted to be half metallic materials, i.e. to be characterized by a huge spin polarization at the Fermi energy. We investigate the correlations between junction preparation conditions, morphology and transport properties of planar MgO/Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al/AlOx/Co/CoOx/Pt tunnelling junctions. Epitaxial Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al thin films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering on different buffer layers (Cr, Fe, MgO) on MgO(1 0 0) substrates. By RHEED, LEED and in situ STM investigations different surface morphologies were observed. Atomically flat surfaces with Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al unit cell sized steps (B2 structure) were obtained by rf sputtering on MgO substrates with e-beam evaporated MgO buffer layers. However, this morphology results in AlOx tunnelling barriers with improper wetting properties.

  15. Depth-resolved magnetic and structural analysis of relaxing epitaxial Sr2CrReO6

    Lucy, Jeremy; Yang, Fengyuan; Hauser, Adam; Liu, Yaohua; Zhou, Hua; Choi, Yongseong; Te Velthuis, Suzanne G. E.; Haskel, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    Structural relaxation in a Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial film, with strong spin-orbit coupling, leads to depth-dependent magnetism. We combine a couple of depth-resolved synchrotron x-ray techniques, including two-dimensional reciprocal space mapping and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism experiments, to demonstrate this effect. An 800 nm film of Sr2CrReO6, grown with tensile epitaxial strain on SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3(200 nm)/LSAT, relaxes away from the Sr2CrReO6/SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3 interface. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction measurements of the film elucidate the in-plane strain relaxation while depth-resolved x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the Re L edge reveals the magnetic contributions of the Re site. The smooth relaxation of the film correlates with a systematic change in the magnetism.This provides an interesting and powerful way to probe the depth-varying structural and magnetic properties of a complex oxide with synchrotron-source x-ray techniques. Work supported by the NSF, Grant No. DMR-1420451.

  16. Giant magnetic anisotropy changes in Sr2CrReO6 thin films on BaTiO3

    The integration of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials into hybrid heterostructures leads to systems with improved or even novel functionality. We here discuss the properties of the ferromagnetic double perovskite Sr2CrReO6, deposited as a thin film onto ferroelectric BaTiO3 single crystal substrates via pulsed laser deposition. High resolution X-ray diffraction evidences the high crystalline quality of the epitaxial Sr2CrReO6 layers. Temperature dependent electrical transport and SQUID measurements show abrupt changes both in resistivity and magnetization at the temperatures of the BaTiO3 phase transitions. Furthermore, the coercive field abruptly changes by more than 1.2 T at the BaTiO3 phase transitions. These observations reveal a giant change of the magnetic anisotropy in the Sr2CrReO6 thin film associated with the crystalline phase transitions of the substrate. We attribute these effects to the high sensitivity of the double perovskites to mechanical deformation.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Heusler alloy Fe2Cr0.5Co0.5Si

    This paper reports the study of structural and magnetic properties of Heusler alloy Fe2Cr0.5Co0.5Si (FCCS) thin film and its tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effect. The smooth quaternary Heusler alloy FCCS film with surface roughness of rms value of 0.25 nm measured by atomic force microscopy and partial L21 phase was obtained by magnetron sputtering at room temperature followed by in-situ annealing at 400 °C. The saturation magnetization and coercivity of FCCS are 410 emu/cm3 and 20 Oe, respectively. The magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) using FCCS as free layer were studied in detail as a function of post-annealing temperature. A TMR ratio of 15.6% has been achieved with 300 °C post-annealing. This is about twice the highest TMR ratio obtained in MTJs using Fe2CrSi. The enhancement of TMR ratio can be attributed to the successful tuning of the Fermi level of Fe2CrSi close to the center of the minority band gap by Co-doping

  18. Modeling the Constitutive Relationship of Powder Metallurgy Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr Alloy During Hot Deformation

    Sun, Yu; Hu, Lianxi; Ren, Junshuai

    2015-03-01

    In the present work, the isothermal compression tests of PM alloy Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr were carried out in the temperature range of 950-1200 °C. A Gleeble 1500D thermosimulation machine was used, and samples were tested at strain rates ranging from 10-3 to 10-1 s-1. Based on the obtained flow stress curves, the hot deformation behavior was presented. The constitutive relationship of powder metallurgy (PM) Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr alloy was developed using an Arrhenius-type constitutive model that involves strain compensation in addition to an artificial neural network model. The accuracy and reliability of the developed models were quantified in terms of statistical parameters such as correlation coefficient and absolute value of relative error. It was found that deformation temperature and strain rate have obvious effects on the flow characteristics, and the flow stress increases with the increasing strain rate and the decreasing temperature. Moreover, the proposed models possess excellent prediction capability of flow stresses for the present alloy during hot deformation. Compared with the traditional Arrhenius-type model, the backpropagation neural network model is more accurate when presenting the isothermal compressing deformation behavior at elevated temperatures for PM Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr alloy.

  19. Investigation of the electronic, magnetic and optical properties of Co2CrZ (Z = Si, Ge) under pressure—a density functional theory study

    The structural, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of Co-based Heusler compounds, Co2CrZ (Z = Si, Ge), are studied using first-principle density functional theory. The calculations are performed within the generalized gradient approximation. Our calculated structural parameters at 0 GPa agree well with previous available results. The calculated magnetic moment agrees well with the Slater–Pauling (SP) rule. We have studied the effect of pressure on the electronic and magnetic properties of Co2CrSi and Co2CrGe. With an increase in applied pressure, a decrease in cell volume is observed. Under application of external pressure, the valence band and conduction band are shifted downward which leads to a modification of electronic structure. There exists an indirect band gap along Γ–X for both the alloys. Co2CrSi and Co2CrGe retain 100% spin polarization up to 60 and 50 GPa, respectively. The local magnetic moments of the Co and Si (Ge) atoms increase with an increase in pressure whereas the local magnetic moment of the Cr atom decreases. In addition, the optical properties such as dielectric function, absorption spectra, optical conductivity and energy loss function of these alloys have also been investigated. To our knowledge this is the first theoretical prediction of the pressure dependence of the structural, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of Co2CrSi and Co2CrGe. (paper)

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of cast Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy melted in various crucibles

    Wang Ligang; Zheng Lijing; Cui Renjie

    2012-01-01

    The main factors limiting the mass production of TiAl-based components are the high reactivity of TiAl-based alloys with the crucible or mould at high temperature. In this work, various crucibles (e.g. CaO, Y2O3 ceramic crucibles and water-cooled copper crucible) were used to fabricate the Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy in a vacuum induction furnace. The effects of crucible materials and melting parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloy were analyzed by means of microstru...

  1. A new oxochromate: SrNi2Cr8O15 of the BaV10O15 type

    A new quaternary oxochromate(III) was prepared by solid state reaction. Single crystal X-ray investigations of SrNi2Cr8O15 show that this compound belongs to the BaV10O15type. [Space group D2h18-Ccmb, a = 10,042; b = 11,413; c = 9,260A; Z = 4.] Ni2+ and Cr3+ occupy the octahedrally coordinated point positions statistically. The surrounding of Sr2+ is similar to the iso- and heteropolyacids. (Author)

  2. Effects of processing variables on the creep behavior of investment cast Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr

    Intermetallics based on ordered γ-TiAl are being considered for the replacement of steels and nickel-based superalloys for high temperature aerospace and automotive applications. This study investigates the creep behavior of investment cast Ti-48Al-2Nb-2Cr with microstructures ranging from duplex to nearly lamellar. Constant load creep tests were conducted in air at temperatures of 650 C and 760 C and at stress levels of 104MPa, 155MPa, and 207MPa. The effects of cooling rates during casting, aluminum content, oxygen level, and microstructure on creep properties are discussed. The activation energy for creep and stress exponent are also reported

  3. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism study of Re 5d magnetism in Sr2CrReO6

    Majewski, P.; Gepraegs, S.; Sanganas, O.; Opel, M.; Gross, R.; Wilhelm, F; Rogalev, A.; Alff, L.

    2006-01-01

    We have measured Re 5d spin and orbital magnetic moments in the ferrimagnetic double perovskite Sr2CrReO6 by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the L_{2,3} edges. In fair agreement with recent band-structure calculations [Vaitheeswaran et. al., Ref 1], at the Re site a large 5d spin magnetic moment of -0.68 mu_B and a considerable orbital moment of +0.25 mu_B have been detected. We found that the Curie temperature of the double perovskites A2BB'O6 scales with the spin magnetic moment of the...

  4. Ag2CrO4 nanoparticles loaded on two-dimensional large surface area graphite-like carbon nitride sheets: simple synthesis and excellent photocatalytic performance.

    Shi, Lei; Liang, Lin; Wang, Fangxiao; Liu, Mengshuai; Sun, Jianmin

    2016-04-01

    Graphite-like carbon nitride (g-C3N4) with a large surface area was prepared through thermal condensation of guanidine hydrochloride at 650 °C. Various amounts of silver chromate (Ag2CrO4) nanoparticles with small size were highly loaded on the g-C3N4 by a simple co-precipitation method at room temperature. The chemical constituents, surface structure and optical properties of the resultant Ag2CrO4/g-C3N4 composites were thoroughly characterized. And the photocatalytic performances were evaluated by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and phenol, the experimental results indicated that the as-prepared Ag2CrO4/g-C3N4 composites presented excellent photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. With the mass ratio of Ag2CrO4 to g-C3N4 at 1 : 2, the Ag2CrO4/g-C3N4 composites exhibited optimal photocatalytic activity for degrading RhB, approximately 6.1 and 10.4 times higher than those on pure g-C3N4 and bare Ag2CrO4 particles. The improved photocatalytic activity was mainly attributed to the combined effect including the larger surface area, highly dispersed smaller Ag2CrO4 nanoparticles, stronger visible absorption and higher charge separation efficiency of the Ag2CrO4/g-C3N4 composites. Moreover, the possible mechanism for the photocatalytic activity was tentatively proposed. PMID:26937621

  5. Phase diagram of the double perovskite Sr2CrReO6: Effective-field theory

    The double perovskite Sr2CrReO6 has very important characteristics for spintronic applications. It is a ferrimagnetic material distinguished by its high Curie temperature Tc≈635 K. We made this statistical study to further reveal the different ways in which this compound can behave with respect to interaction couplings and crystal fields prevailing in the system. We used as approximation an effective field theory (EFT) without correlation in the context of the Ising model. Thus we report different phase diagrams, firstly in relation to the exchange couplings present in the model adopted, and secondly in relation to the crystal fields of Cr and Re. We compare the results found by this method with those found by other statistical methods. Several phase transitions are detected and reentrant phenomenon was observed. - Highlights: • Phase diagram of double perovskite Sr2CrReO6 has been investigated • The phase diagrams depend on the exchange couplings and the crystal fields • Reentrant phenomenon has been observed

  6. Electronic structure of quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K2Cr3As3 from first-principles calculations.

    Jiang, Hao; Cao, Guanghan; Cao, Chao

    2015-01-01

    The electronic structure of quasi-one-dimensional superconductor K2Cr3As3 is studied through systematic first-principles calculations. The ground state of K2Cr3As3 is paramagnetic. Close to the Fermi level, the Cr-3dz(2), dxy, and d(x(2)-y(2)) orbitals dominate the electronic states, and three bands cross EF to form one 3D Fermi surface sheet and two quasi-1D sheets. The electronic DOS at EF is less than 1/3 of the experimental value, indicating a large electron renormalization factor around EF. Despite of the relatively small atomic numbers, the antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling splitting is sizable (≈60 meV) on the 3D Fermi surface sheet as well as on one of the quasi-1D sheets. Finally, the imaginary part of bare electron susceptibility shows large peaks at Γ, suggesting the presence of large ferromagnetic spin fluctuation in the compound. PMID:26525099

  7. Phase diagram of the double perovskite Sr{sub 2}CrReO{sub 6}: Effective-field theory

    El Rhazouani, O. [LMPHE, URAC 12, Department of Physics, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Benyoussef, A. [LMPHE, URAC 12, Department of Physics, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco); Institute of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, MAScIR, Rabat (Morocco); Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Rabat (Morocco); Kenz, A. El, E-mail: elkenz@fsr.ac.ma [LMPHE, URAC 12, Department of Physics, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat (Morocco)

    2015-03-01

    The double perovskite Sr{sub 2}CrReO{sub 6} has very important characteristics for spintronic applications. It is a ferrimagnetic material distinguished by its high Curie temperature T{sub c}≈635 K. We made this statistical study to further reveal the different ways in which this compound can behave with respect to interaction couplings and crystal fields prevailing in the system. We used as approximation an effective field theory (EFT) without correlation in the context of the Ising model. Thus we report different phase diagrams, firstly in relation to the exchange couplings present in the model adopted, and secondly in relation to the crystal fields of Cr and Re. We compare the results found by this method with those found by other statistical methods. Several phase transitions are detected and reentrant phenomenon was observed. - Highlights: • Phase diagram of double perovskite Sr{sub 2}CrReO{sub 6} has been investigated • The phase diagrams depend on the exchange couplings and the crystal fields • Reentrant phenomenon has been observed.

  8. 金属切削加工中难加工材料2Cr13的本构模型%Constitutive Model of 2Cr13 for Finite Element Analysis of Chip Formation Process

    李琳; 解丽静; 王西彬; 张之敬

    2009-01-01

    使用准静态压缩实验和切削实验相结合的方法,拟合出2Cr13材料的Johnson-Cook模型.在低应变率范围内采用压缩实验的方法来获得材料模型的系数,使用切削实验来获得高应变率条件下的材料系数.由于压缩实验所能获得的最大应变率仍然比切削实验中所能达到的最低应变率低几个数量级,因此实验采用应变外推的方法来获得符合Johnson-Cook公式应用范围的材料参数.在切屑成形仿真模型中,使用新建立的Jonhson-Cook材料模型,将仿真结果同实验进行对比,验证了模型的准确性.%The prediction accuracy of cutting process simulation is related with the description of nonlinear behavior of material at extremely high strain, strain rate and temperature in machining. An integral Johnson-Cook model was presented herein to characterize the mechanical behavior of work materials in machining, and the parameters in the model were determined by fitting the data from both quasi -static compression and cutting tests. Then the material equation of 2Cr13 stainless steel was derived with this method and used in the finite element model of orthogonal cutting with carbide tools. At last, the simulation results were verified with experimental data.

  9. Incubation of cocaine cue reactivity associates with neuroadaptations in the cortical serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT2C receptor (5-HT2CR) system.

    Swinford-Jackson, S E; Anastasio, N C; Fox, R G; Stutz, S J; Cunningham, K A

    2016-06-01

    Intensification of craving elicited by drug-associated cues during abstinence occurs over time in human cocaine users while elevation of cue reactivity ("incubation") is observed in rats exposed to extended forced abstinence from cocaine self-administration. Incubation in rodents has been linked to time-dependent neuronal plasticity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). We tested the hypothesis that incubation of cue reactivity during abstinence from cocaine self-administration is accompanied by lower potency and/or efficacy of the selective serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT2C​ receptor (5-HT2CR) agonist WAY163909 to suppress cue reactivity and a shift in the subcellular localization profile of the mPFC 5-HT2CR protein. We observed incubation of cue reactivity (measured as lever presses reinforced by the discrete cue complex) between Day 1 and Day 30 of forced abstinence from cocaine relative to sucrose self-administration. Pharmacological and biochemical analyses revealed that the potency of the selective 5-HT2CR agonist WAY163909 to suppress cue reactivity, the expression of synaptosomal 5-HT2CR protein in the mPFC, and the membrane to cytoplasmic expression of the 5-HT2CR in mPFC were lower on Day 30 vs. Day 1 of forced abstinence from cocaine self-administration. Incubation of cue reactivity assessed during forced abstinence from sucrose self-administration did not associate with 5-HT2CR protein expression in the mPFC. Collectively, these outcomes are the first indication that neuroadaptations in the 5-HT2CR system may contribute to incubation of cocaine cue reactivity. PMID:26926963

  10. Tunnel magnetoresistance effect in magnetic tunnel junctions using Fermi-level-tuned epitaxial Fe2Cr1−xCoxSi Heusler alloy

    This paper reports a systematic investigation on the structural and magnetic properties of Fe2Cr1−xCoxSi Heusler alloys with various compositions of x by co-sputtering Fe2CrSi and Fe2CoSi targets and their applications in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). Fe2Cr1−xCoxSi films of high crystalline quality have been epitaxially grown on MgO substrate using Cr as a buffer layer. The L21 phase can be obtained at x = 0.3 and 0.5, while B2 phase for the rest compositions. A tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of 19.3% at room temperature is achieved for MTJs using Fe2Cr0.3Co0.7Si as the bottom electrode with 350 °C post-annealing. This suggests that the Fermi level in Fe2Cr1−xCoxSi has been successfully tuned close to the center of band gap of minority spin with x = 0.7 and therefore better thermal stability and higher spin polarization are achieved in Fe2Cr0.3Co0.7Si. The post-annealing effect for MTJs is also studied in details. The removal of the oxidized Fe2Cr0.3Co0.7Si at the interface with MgO barrier is found to be the key to improve the TMR ratio. When the thickness of the inserted Mg layer increases from 0.3 to 0.4 nm, the TMR ratio is greatly enhanced from 19.3% to 28%

  11. Half-metallic behavior and electronic structure of Sr2CrMoO6 magnetic system

    Complex perovskite materials with the A2BB'O6 formula have been recently studied because of their peculiar magnetic and electronic properties. The origin of magnetism in the double perovskite Sr2FeMoO6 brought these properties again into discussion. Recently, a new interaction mechanism was proposed for cases in which the hybridization of 3d and 2p levels of Mo with the 3d Fe levels is responsible for the half-metallic behavior in the Sr2FeMoO6 material. We report on LAPW ab initio calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) to density functional theory (DFT) for another double perovskite, namely, Sr2CrMoO6. Our results show that this is also a half-metallic system. We correlate our results with an extension of the recent model proposed by Sarma to explain the conduction mechanism in this compound

  12. Mössbauer studies of hyperfine fields in disordered Fe2CrAl

    N Lakshmi; K Venugopalan; J Varma

    2002-09-01

    Heusler-like alloy Fe2CrAl was prepared and studied. Structure determination was done by X-ray. The structure was found to conform to the B2 type. Magnetic hyperfine fields in this sample were studied by the Mössbauer effect. The Mössbauer spectra were recorded over a range of temperature from 40 to 296 K. The Mössbauer spectra showed the co-existence of a paramagnetic part with a magnetic hyperfine portion at all recorded temperatures. Even with the distribution in the magnetic hyperfine field, the average hyperfine field follows the $(T=T_{c})^{3/2}$ law. The paramagnetic part of the hyperfine field is explained in terms of the clustering of Cr atoms.

  13. Microstructure of Co2Cr xFe1-xAl thin films for magneto-electronic applications

    Thin films of the Heusler alloy Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al have been prepared by means of magnetron sputtering under varying conditions (sputter power, sputter pressure and substrate temperature). All the films are polycrystalline with the cubic B2 structure. The extent of Co-Al antisite defects, lattice constants, internal stress states are influenced by the sputter conditions which is related to differences in the saturation magnetization. The magnetic moment can be increased by additional annealing up to an optimum temperature of 400 deg. C, but does not reach the theoretically predicted value. Above 600 deg. C the metastable B2 phase transforms into either (ε)-Co/Cr or (α)-Co/Cr

  14. Sign reversal of transformation entropy change in Co{sub 2}Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys

    Xu, Xiao, E-mail: xu@material.tohoku.ac.jp; Omori, Toshihiro; Kainuma, Ryosuke [Department of Materials Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Nagasako, Makoto [Department of Materials Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Kanomata, Takeshi [Department of Materials Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Research Institute for Engineering and Technology, Tohoku Gakuin University, Tagajo 985-8537 (Japan)

    2015-11-02

    In situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and compression tests were performed on Co{sub 2}Cr(Ga,Si) shape memory alloys. The reentrant martensitic transformation behavior was directly observed during the in situ XRD measurements. The high-temperature parent phase and low-temperature reentrant parent phase were found to have a continuous temperature dependence of lattice parameter, therefore suggesting that they are the same phase in nature. Moreover, compression tests were performed on a parent-phase single crystal sample; an evolution from normal to inverse temperature dependence of critical stress for martensitic transformation was directly observed. Based on the Clausius-Clapeyron analysis, a sign reversal of entropy change can be expected on the same alloy.

  15. Strong-coupling electron-phonon superconductivity in noncentrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K2Cr3As3

    Subedi, Alaska

    2015-11-01

    I study the lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling in noncentrosymmetric quasi-one-dimensional K2Cr3As3 using density functional theory based first principles calculations. The phonon dispersions show stable phonons without any soft-mode behavior. They also exhibit features that point to a strong interaction of K atoms with the lattice. I find that the calculated Eliashberg spectral function shows a large enhancement around 50 cm-1. The phonon modes that show large coupling involve in-plane motions of all three species of atoms. The q dependent electron-phonon coupling decreases strongly away from the qz=0 plane. The total electron-phonon coupling is large, with a value of λep=3.0 , which readily explains the experimentally observed large mass enhancement.

  16. Conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy of epitaxial Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al thin films

    Heusler half-metals are promising for spintronic applications. Epitaxial thin films of the exemplar compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy to clarify the factors influencing the spin polarization. CCFA films were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates with and without an Fe buffer layer. Annealing improves their crystallographic order, causes the diffusion of Fe atoms from the Fe buffer layer into the CCFA, and favors the Co-Fe disorder. The listed factors are possible reasons for the increase and subsequent reduction of the tunneling magnetoresistance in CCFA thin films observable across the annealing temperature range

  17. Structure and luminescent properties of Co2+/Cr3+ co-doped ZnGa2O4 nanoparticles

    Co2+/Cr3+ co-doped ZnGa2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by a citrate sol–gel method. Their structure and luminescent properties were studied by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The nanoparticles with the size of 18–50 nm were obtained when the precursor was annealed at 500 °C or above. Ga3+ ions occupied the octahedral sites as well as the tetrahedral sites, while Cr3+ ions only entered the octahedral sites by replacing Ga3+. The as-synthesized samples had partially inverted spinel structure and the inversion degree slightly decreased with increasing temperature. The Cr3+:ZnGa2O4 sample exhibited an intense emission at 695 nm, corresponding to the 2E→4A2 transition of octahedral Cr3+. The emission intensity of Cr3+ was largely reduced when the sample was co-doped with Co2+. However, the emission intensity of Co2+ in 2% Co/1% Cr co-doped ZnGa2O4 is improved approximately 2 times when compared with 2% co-doped sample. This enhanced emission could be attributed to an efficient energy transfer from Cr3+ to Co2+. The energy transfer mechanism is also discussed. - Highlights: • Co2+/Cr3+: ZnGa2O4 nanoparticles have been synthesized by a citrate sol–gel method. • The chemical environments of Ga3+ and Cr3+ as a function of annealing temperature were studied. • Ga3+ ions occupy both the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of spinel structure in the samples. • The emission intensity of Co2+ is improved by Cr3+ codoping in ZnGa2O4 with 550 nm excitation. • The possible energy transfer process was discussed

  18. Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of double perovskite Pb2CrMO6 (M=Mo, W and Re) from first-principles investigation

    We use first-principles methods to study double perovskite Pb2CrMO6 (M: some 4d and 5d transition metals), and find that a magnetic I4/m structure is lowest in total energy per formula unit for M=Mo, W, and Re. Our electronic structure investigation shows that the three double perovskite compounds are half-metallic ferrimagnets with total magnetic moments of 2μB, 2μB and 1μB per formula unit, respectively. With the spin–orbit coupling included, our calculations show the high magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) in Pb2CrReO6. Fortunately, the spin polarization of Pb2CrMO6 at the Fermi level remains 90% ∼99%. The orbital moments of 3d Cr and 4d Mo are small, but the 5d ions of W and Re have large unquenched orbital moments, which can be attributed stronger spin–orbit coupling in the 5d orbitals than in 3d/4d ones. In addition, these results are confirmed by using improved exchange–correlation functionals. Furthermore, we calculate the spin exchange constants of the three Pb2CrMO6, and our Monte Carlo simulated Curie temperatures for them are at least 480 K. These materials, when synthesized, should be useful in spintronics. - Highlights: • Our first-principles calculation show that a magnetic I4/m structure is lowest in total energy per formula unit for Pb2CrMO6 (M=Mo, W, and Re). • With spin–orbit coupling included, the spin polarization of Pb2CrMO6 at the Fermi level remains 90%–99%. • The simulated Curie temperature (Tc) values by Monte Carlo method are at least 480 K, which is favorable for potential spintronic applications

  19. Development of improved HP/IP rotor material 2% CrMoNiWV (23 CrMoNiWV 88)

    The new 2% CrMoNiWV steel has a sufficient strength level, a very good creep (rupture) behaviour and an excellent toughness behaviour for a creep resistant steel. Even after long time high temperature exposure the toughness degradation is so small that it is still better than this of best 1% CrMo(Ni)V steels. The fatigue behaviour is well comparable to this of 1% CrMo(Ni)V. The 2% CrMoNiWV steel has the capability to substitute the traditional 1% CrMo(Ni)V. (orig.) With 26 annexes

  20. Experimental determination of UO2(cr) dissolution kinetics: Effects of solution saturation state and pH

    To evaluate the release of uranium from natural ore deposits, spent nuclear fuel repositories, and REDOX permeable reactive barriers (PRB), knowledge of the fundamental reaction kinetics associated with the dissolution of uranium dioxide is necessary. Dissolution of crystalline uranium (IV) dioxide under environmental conditions has been studied for four decades but a cardinal gap in the published literature is the effect of pH and solution saturation state on UO2(cr) dissolution. To resolve inconsistencies, UO2 dissolution experiments have been conducted under oxic conditions using the single-pass flow-through system. Experiments were conducted as a function of total dissolved carbonate ([CO3-3]T) from 0.001 to 0.1M; pH from 7.5 to 11.1; ratio of flow-through rate (q) to specific surface area (S), constant ionic strength (I)=0.1M, and temperatures (T) from 23 to 60oC utilizing both powder and monolithic specimens. The results show that UO2 dissolution varies as a function of the ratio q/S and temperature. At values of log10q/S>-7.0, UO2 dissolution becomes invariant with respect to q/S, which can be interpreted as evidence for dissolution at the forward rate of reaction. The data collected in these experiments show the rate of UO2 dissolution increased by an order of magnitude with a 30oC increase in temperature. The results also show the overall dissolution rate increases with an increase in pH and decreases as the dissolved uranium concentration approaches saturation with respect to secondary reaction products. Thus, as the value of the reaction quotient, Q, approaches equilibrium, K (with respect to a potential secondary phase) the dissolution rate decreases. This decrease in dissolution rate (r) was also observed when comparing measured UO2 dissolution rates from static tests where r=1.7+/-0.14x10-8molm-2s-1 to the rate for flow-through reactors where r=3.1+/-1.2x10-7molm-2s-1. Thus, using traditional static test methods can result in an underestimation of the

  1. Widmannstätten laths in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy by undercooled solidification

    Liu, Yi; Hu, Rui, E-mail: rhu@nwpu.edu.cn; Yang, Guang; Kou, Hongchao; Zhang, Tiebang; Wang, Jun; Li, Jinshan

    2015-09-15

    Widmannstätten laths in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy were obtained by containerless electromagnetic levitation during undercooled solidification rather than heat treatments in most cases. The nucleation of γ{sub Widmannstätten} is confirmed by the thermal history of the second recalescence behaviour. High dislocation density, stacking faults and dislocation slip are observed by transmission electron microscopy. By quantitative analysis of the transformation energy, the driving force for γ{sub Widmannstätten} in the solid state phase transformation is calculated, compared with that of heat treatments. Meanwhile, the proper undercoolings (ΔT = 257–300 K), post-solidification cooling rates (11.1–29.1 K/s), the fine lamellar colony sizes (306–467 μm) and proper undercoolings in the solid state phase transformation are in favour of promoting the formation of Widmannstätten laths at moderate undercoolings. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Widmannstätten laths were observed in undercooled TiAl alloy. • The influencing factors were discussed in undercooled TiAl alloy. • An analysis of the nucleation of γ{sub Widmannstätten} is carried out.

  2. Manganese-mediated ferromagnetism in La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 perovskite oxides

    R M Tiwari; Mrudul Gadhvi; Abanti Nag; N Y Vasanthacharya; J Gopalakrishnan

    2010-07-01

    We have investigated the structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite oxides of the formula La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 (0 < < 1.0). For 0 < ≤ 0.5, the members adopt the orthorhombic (Pbnm) structure, where the transition metal atoms are disordered at the 4b sites and the MO6 (M = Fe, Mn, Cr) octahedra become increasingly distorted with increasing . For 0.65 ≤ < 1.0, the members adopt the rhombohedral (R-3c) structure that is similar to LaMnO3+ ( ≥ 0.1) where the MO6 octahedra are undistorted. While the magnetic properties of the latter series are largely similar to the parent LaMnO3+ arising from the double-exchange (DE) between mixed valent MnIII/MnIV, the magnetic properties of the orthorhombic members show a distinct (albeit weak) ferromagnetism (C ∼ 200 K) that seems to arise from a MnIII-mediated superexchange (SE) between FeIII/CrIII in the disordered perovskite structure containing FeIII, MnIII and CrIII.

  3. Coordinated XTE Observations of Coronal Structure and Flares on the Rs CVn Binary Sigma(sup 2) CrB

    Brown, Alexander

    1999-01-01

    This NASA grant supported my RXTE observing and data analysis during AO2. The research involved a 100 kilosecond observation of the active RS CVn binary sigma(sup 2) CrB obtained on 1997 March 11-13. This observation covered two orbits of the binary (2.5 days elapsed time) as part of a coordinated satellite and ground-based study of coronal structure and flaring within this system. Simultaneous data was obtained from the ASCA X-ray satellite and the Very Large Array radio telescope. The one month of effort funded for the PI was used to calibrate and analyze the RXTE data. Additional research effort on this project to lead to a final publication has been provided from LTSA and GSRP grants. An initial attempt was made to calibrate the RXTE data in May 1997 but the results were disappointing with poor background subtraction leading to a relatively noisy PCA light curve. Subsequently major improvements have been made in the calibration techniques for low count rate PCA data and we returned to Goddard Space Flight Center in February 1999 when we were able to produce vastly better calibrated data. The RXTE results are currently being integrated with the ASCA and VLA data and a paper should be submitted by the end of summer 1999.

  4. Dendritic Growth and Microstructure Evolution with Different Cooling Rates in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb Alloy

    Liu, Yi; Hu, Rui; Zhang, Tiebang; Kou, Hongchao; Wang, Jun; Yang, Guang; Li, Jinshan

    2016-01-01

    The influence of cooling rates on the dendritic growth and microstructure evolution of Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy is studied by electromagnetic levitation combined with copper mold casting. The different cooling rates of the conical as-cast sample with diameters from 4.7 to 0.8 mm were calculated by ANSYS software. The results show that primary dendrite arm spacing decreases with increase in cooling rate. Peritectic transformation (L + β → α) and the transformation of α → (α2 + γ) are restrained at cooling rate of 2.3 × 104 K s-1. With further increase in cooling rate (2.6 × 104 K s-1), a fine and homogeneous microstructure can be observed in the conical casting sample with the diameter of 0.8 mm. It consists of a large amount of massive γ phase, lath-like γ phase, and only few lamellar structures (α2 + γ). The formation of the microstructure in the alloy is attributed to the strong chilling, giving rise to the high undercooling and the high dislocation density during rapid solidification.

  5. Moessbauer study of epitaxial Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al thin films

    Epitaxial thin films of the promising for spintronic applications Heusler half-metallic compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessssbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) in order to get insight into the structural and magnetic properties. Thin films of 100 nm thickness were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates without and with 10 nm Fe buffer layer. We discuss a correlation between the annealing temperature and the structural disorder and hyperfine fields on Fe atoms measured by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Samples prepared at the optimum annealing temperature as determined by tunneling magnetoresistance measurements show the optimum degree of order on the Fe sites as determined by CEMS. Additionally, we observed evidence for a diffusion of Cr atoms from the CCFA thin film into the Fe buffer layer and the related diffusion of Fe atoms from the buffer into the CCFA film. Thus the thermal treatment changes the Fe to Cr ratio of the Heusler compound additional to influencing the degree of disorder on the Fe/Cr sites

  6. Stress and temperature change creep deformation in polycrystalline and polysynthetically twinned Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr

    Stress change and temperature change creep tests were conducted on investment cast and HIPed near-γ Ti-47Al-2Nb-2Cr alloy (in the duplex microstructure), and on polysynthetically twinned (PST) crystals prepared from the same alloy. Initial results of shear-compression creep on the PST crystal and polycrystals are compared with data from tensile creep tests. Specimens were deformed at 760--808 C (1,400--1,480 F) at strain rates near 10-7 s-1. The PST crystal was cut so that {111} lamellar planes were parallel to the 45 degree axis in a compression-shear fixture and with left-angle 110 right-angle directions parallel to the principle resolved shear stress. Both specimens exhibited normal transients. The PST crystal exhibited an activation energy of about 150 kJ/mol and a stress exponent of n∼5, with are different from values obtained from the polycrystal deformed under similar conditions (260 kJ/mol, n∼3). These data are discussed in terms of current understanding of creep deformation in the literature

  7. Structural and optical properties of crystalline and nanocrystalline NaIn(WO4)2:Cr3+

    Highlights: • Optical properties are summarized for single crystals and nanopowders of NaIn(WO4)2:Cr. • EPR properties are compared in terms of different site occupation of Cr ion in the NaIn(WO4)2 matrix. • The changes in the PL and ESR properties of the nanopowders vs. their decreasing size are studied. • An increase of isolated ions with temperature at the expense of chromium complexes is observed. • Magnetic susceptibility and moment of the powders are discussed in terms of Cr substitution. -- Abstract: EPR and optical spectra of chromium doped NaIn(WO4)2 single crystals and nanopowders have been measured. The resonance EPR measurements have been performed for two crystal orientations in respect to the magnetic field and analyzed in terms of various Cr3+ ion site occupancies in the crystal lattice. They have been structurally and optically identified. The changes in the photoluminescence and electron spin resonance properties of the nanoparticles vs. their decreasing size have also been studied. Magnetic susceptibility and effective magnetic moment of the nanopowders were measured and discussed in terms of chromium substitution. Comparisons between chromium substitution in single crystals and nanopowders have been performed

  8. Electrochemical treatment of heavy metals (Cu2+, Cr6+, Ni2+) from industrial effluent and modeling of copper reduction.

    Hunsom, M; Pruksathorn, K; Damronglerd, S; Vergnes, H; Duverneuil, P

    2005-02-01

    An electrochemical technique was tested in a laboratory scale to treat heavy metals (Cu2+, Cr6+ and Ni2+) from plating industrial effluent. The experiments were performed in a membrane reactor having a capacity of 1 l. Stainless-steel sheets with surface area of 0.011 m2 and titanium coated with ruthenium oxide were used as cathode and anode, respectively. The electrolyte was circulated at a constant flow rate (0.42 l/min) and the pH was kept constant at 1. Applied current densities were 10 and 90 A/m2. According to the experiment, it was found that a membrane reactor with plane electrode was capable for treating plating wastewater with low energy consumption (42.30 kWh/kg metal) and low operating cost (5.43 US dollars/m3). More than 99% of metal reduction was achieved and the final concentrations of copper, chromium and nickel in treated water were 0.10-0.13, 0.19-0.20 and 0.05-0.13 ppm, respectively. The brightener had no effect on copper reduction whereas hexavalent chromium had strong effect. The kinetic of copper reduction in the presence of hexavalent chromium was modeled as a two-step process with respect to copper concentration. PMID:15707634

  9. A mixture of massive and feathery microstructures of Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy by high undercooled solidification

    A mixture of massive and feathery microstructures was observed in Ti48Al2Cr2Nb alloy subjected to the undercooled solidification rather than the heat treatments in most cases. Double recalescence events and primary β solidification confirmed that massive γ phase did not directly nucleate from the undercooled melt but formed during the solid-state transformations. It is believed that small white areas (aluminium-poor) along lamellar grain boundaries may be closely related to the formation of massive γ phase and feathery γ phase. High dislocation density and stacking faults were detected in massive γ phase by transmission electron microscopy. The high energy of defects and undercooling in the solid state phase transformation can provide sufficiently high driving force for the nucleation of massive γ phase. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • A mixture of massive and feathery microstructures was observed. • Massive γ formed during the solid-state transformations. • Defects and undercooling provide driving force for the nucleation of massive γ

  10. Analysis of cross-weld creep rupture data on the 1/2Cr1/2Mo1/4V type IV zone

    For the ferritic steel 1/2Cr1/2Mo1/4V, the operating experience of medium and long term creep failures in power station welds has been of cavitation and cracking in the heat affected zone (HAZ) adjacent to the parent material, in what is referred to as the Type IV zone. This experience has led to the generation of uniaxial cross-weld creep rupture data on 1/2CrMoV weldments and to the development of life assessment procedures such as R5 Volume 7, which uses the rupture strength of the Type IV zone to calculate the life of power station components. Recently, the ECCC Working Group 3A has conducted a collation of the UK and German cross-weld creep rupture data on 1/2CrMoV weldments. Creep failure in 1/2CrMoV cross-weld specimens occurs in a variety of weldment zones; typically in the parent, the Type IV zone or the weld metal. Post test examination of the specimens has enabled those tests that failed in the Type IV zone to be identified and a creep rupture data assessment has been performed to derive a new model for the rupture strength of the Type IV zone.

  11. Effect of Cr incorporation on the structural and optoelectronic properties of TiO{sub 2}:Cr deposited by means of a magnetron co-sputtering process

    Hajjaji, A. [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, INRS-Energie, Materiaux et Telecommunications, 1650, Blvd. Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada); Gaidi, M., E-mail: mounir.gaidi@crten.rnrt.tn [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Bessais, B. [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); El Khakani, M.A. El, E-mail: elkhakani@emt.inrs.ca [Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, INRS-Energie, Materiaux et Telecommunications, 1650, Blvd. Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada)

    2011-10-01

    In this work, we report on the effect of Cr incorporation on the microstructural and optical properties of TiO{sub 2}:Cr thin films deposited by the RF-magnetron sputtering method. The structural, morphological, chemical bonding and optoelectronic properties of the sputter-deposited TiO{sub 2}:Cr films were systematically investigated, as a function the incorporated Cr content, by means of various techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) absorption, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and ellipsometry. The Cr incorporation into the TiO{sub 2} films was controlled by adjusting the RF power (P{sub Cr}) on the Cr target during the co-sputtering process of TiO{sub 2} and Cr. We were thus able to demonstrate that by varying P{sub Cr} from 8 W to 150 W, the Cr content of the TiO{sub 2}:Cr films can be fairly controlled from {approx}2 at.% to {approx}18 at.% and their associated bandgap engineered from 3.3 eV to 1.5 eV. The room-temperature deposited TiO{sub 2}:Cr are mainly amorphous with the presence of some TiO{sub 2} nanocrystallites, and their density increases as their Cr content is increased. The Cr inclusions were found to coexist under both metallic and oxidized forms in the films. By subjecting the TiO{sub 2}:Cr films to post-annealing treatment (at 550 deg. C), their crystalline structure was found to be sensitive to their Cr content. Indeed, an anatase-to-rutile phase transformation has been pointed out to occur at a Cr content of {approx}7 at.%. Likewise, the Cr-content dependence of the bandgap of annealed TiO{sub 2}:Cr films undergoes a transition around the 7 at.% of Cr. Our results demonstrate the ability to control the Cr-content of TiO{sub 2}:Cr films, which leads to tune their optoelectronic properties, such as bandgap or optical absorption edge.

  12. Effect of Cr incorporation on the structural and optoelectronic properties of TiO2:Cr deposited by means of a magnetron co-sputtering process

    In this work, we report on the effect of Cr incorporation on the microstructural and optical properties of TiO2:Cr thin films deposited by the RF-magnetron sputtering method. The structural, morphological, chemical bonding and optoelectronic properties of the sputter-deposited TiO2:Cr films were systematically investigated, as a function the incorporated Cr content, by means of various techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) absorption, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and ellipsometry. The Cr incorporation into the TiO2 films was controlled by adjusting the RF power (PCr) on the Cr target during the co-sputtering process of TiO2 and Cr. We were thus able to demonstrate that by varying PCr from 8 W to 150 W, the Cr content of the TiO2:Cr films can be fairly controlled from ∼2 at.% to ∼18 at.% and their associated bandgap engineered from 3.3 eV to 1.5 eV. The room-temperature deposited TiO2:Cr are mainly amorphous with the presence of some TiO2 nanocrystallites, and their density increases as their Cr content is increased. The Cr inclusions were found to coexist under both metallic and oxidized forms in the films. By subjecting the TiO2:Cr films to post-annealing treatment (at 550 deg. C), their crystalline structure was found to be sensitive to their Cr content. Indeed, an anatase-to-rutile phase transformation has been pointed out to occur at a Cr content of ∼7 at.%. Likewise, the Cr-content dependence of the bandgap of annealed TiO2:Cr films undergoes a transition around the 7 at.% of Cr. Our results demonstrate the ability to control the Cr-content of TiO2:Cr films, which leads to tune their optoelectronic properties, such as bandgap or optical absorption edge.

  13. {[Na1(μ-H2O)Na2]2[(C2O4)2Cr(μ-OH)2Cr(C2O4)2]·H2O} n , a novel hydrated form

    Bélombé, Michel M.; Nenwa, Justin; Ngoune, Jean; Álvarez, Eleuterio; Galindo, Agustín

    2010-01-01

    The unit cell of the title compound, poly[[μ-aqua-μ-hydroxido-di-μ-oxalato-chromium(III)disodium] monohydrate], {[CrNa2(C2O4)2(OH)(H2O)]·H2O} n , contains four [Na1(μ-H2O)Na2][(C2O4)2Cr(μ-OH)·H2O] formula units, each of which consists of two crystallographically independent Na+ sites (bridged by one aqua ligand), one half of a centrosymmetric di-μ-hydroxido-bis­[cis-bis­(oxalato)chromate(III)] dimer, [(C2O4)2Cr(μ-OH)2Cr(C2O4)2]4−, and one uncoordin­ated water mol­ecule. The structure is best ...

  14. Optical properties and electronic structure of alloys Co2Cr1- x Fe x Al ( x = 0, 0.4, 0.6, 1.0)

    Shreder, E. I.; Lukoyanov, A. V.; Marchenkov, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    The results of the investigation of the optical properties and calculations of the density of states N( E) of the Heusler alloys Co2Cr1- x Fe x Al ( x = 0, 0.4, 0.6, 1.0) have been presented. It has been found that the band spectrum substantially changes, especially in the vicinity of the Fermi level, due to the concentration transition from Co2FeAl to Co2CrAl. These changes are accompanied by significant changes in the optical properties. The optical properties of the Co2FeAl alloy are typical of metals. The anomalous behavior of the optical properties of the alloys with x = 0, 0.4, and 0.6 is determined by the electronic states at the Fermi level.

  15. High-pressure structural behavior of the double perovskite Sr2CrReO6: an experimental and theoretical study

    Olsen, J.S.; Gerward, Leif; Vaitheeswaran, G.;

    2009-01-01

    The high-pressure structural behavior of Sr2CrReO6 has been studied experimentally using synchrotron radiation and the diamond anvil cell and theoretically using density functional theory. The experimental zero-pressure bulk modulus is B0=1704GPa and the pressure derivative is B0'=4.71.0. These r......The high-pressure structural behavior of Sr2CrReO6 has been studied experimentally using synchrotron radiation and the diamond anvil cell and theoretically using density functional theory. The experimental zero-pressure bulk modulus is B0=1704GPa and the pressure derivative is B0......'=4.71.0. These results compare well with the calculated values 172.6GPa and 5.7. A pseudo-cubic unit cell can describe the crystal structure at low pressure, but the tetragonal structure becomes evident at high pressure....

  16. Magnetic tunneling junctions with the Heusler compound Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al

    Materials with large spin polarization are required for applications in spintronics devices. For this reason, major research efforts are directed to study the properties of compounds which are expected to be half metals, i.e. materials with 100% spin polarization. Half metals are expected to have a gap in the density of states at the Fermi energy for one spin band while the other spin band is metallic leading to a completely spin polarized current. The ferromagnetic full Heusler alloy Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) has attracted great interest in the field of spintronics. The high Tc (800 K) and the expected half metallicity make CCFA a good candidate for applications in spintronic devices such as magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs). This thesis presents the results of the study of the electronic and structural properties of CCFA thin films. The films were implemented in magnetic tunneling junctions and the tunneling magnetoresistance effect (TMR) was investigated. The main objectives were the measurement of the spin polarisation of the CCFA alloy and to obtain information about its electronic structure. The influence of the deposition conditions on the thin film properties and on the surface crystalline order and their respective influence on the TMR ratio was investigated. Epitaxial CCFA thin films with two alternative growth orientations were deposited on different substrates and buffer layers. An annealing step was used to improve the crystalline properties of the thin films. In the tunneling junctions, Al2O3 was used as a barrier material and Co was chosen as counter electrode. The multilayer systems were patterned in Mesa structures using lithographic techniques. In the framework of the Julliere model, a maximum spin polarisation of 54% at 4K was measured in tunneling junctions with epitaxial CCFA electrodes. A strong influence of the annealing temperature on the TMR ratio was determined. The increase of the TMR ratio could be correlated to an improvement of the

  17. Microstructure and composition of cast Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloys produced by yttria crucibles

    Cui, R.J.; Tang, X.X.; Gao, M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191 (China); Zhang, H., E-mail: zhanghu@buaa.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191 (China); Gong, S.K. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, No. 37, Xueyuan Road, Beijing 100191 (China)

    2012-04-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Second-generation {gamma}-TiAl alloys were melted and allowed to solidify in yttria crucibles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effects of processing parameters on the microstructure and composition of the cast alloys were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cubic crystal structure of {beta} phase was the primary solidification phase and there were three microsegregations in the lamellar microstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A kinetic view of the transport processes and interactions between the melt and the crucible was given. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The increase of oxygen concentration in TiAl melts was governed by a rate equation of dc{sub t}/d{tau}=-KA(c{sub 0}-c{sub s})/V. - Abstract: In this work, second-generation {gamma}-TiAl alloys with chemical compositions of Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb (at.%) with an initial oxygen concentration of 0.05 wt% were melted with different melting parameters (temperatures and times) and allowed to solidify in yttria crucibles. The microstructure and composition of the cast alloys were investigated, using back-scattered scanning electron microanalysis (BSE), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) and chemical composition analysis. The microstructure observations and composition analysis showed that {beta} phase was the primary solidification phase and there were three microsegregations in the metal matrix, i.e. single {gamma} phase, remaining {beta} phase and yttria inclusions. There was not a clear change in the morphology of {beta} phase and the lamellar spacing as melting parameters were changed, while the size and morphology of the yttria inclusions depend on melting parameters. Lower melt temperature and shorter interaction time result in the formation of near-equiaxed yttria particles. Higher melt temperature and longer interaction time lead to the formation of coarser and elongated ribbon-like particles. The oxygen content and the

  18. FP-LMTO investigation of the structural, electronic and agneticproperties of Heusler compounds Ru2CrZ (Ge, Sn, Si

    Elchikh M.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structure of the antiferomagnetic full Heusler alloys Ru2CrZ (Ge, Sn, Si have been studied by first principal calculations using Full-Potential linearized Muffin Tin Orbital (FP-LMTO method based on the generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA. It was shown that obtained equilibrium lattice parameters agree well with available experimental data. The influence of Z-elements on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of these compounds is analysed.

  19. The Influence of Microalloying and Thermal Treatment on Mechanical Properties of Billets and Pipes Prepared from Microalloyed Steel C0.2Mn2Cr1

    The influence of doping with Ca, Ba and B on processing and mechanical properties of tubes prepared from steel C0.2Mn2Cr1 was investigated. Significant increase of plasticity and impact strength was observed. Optimal technological parameters of broaching and reducing processes for obtaining high strength was established and the critical reduction needed for cavity formation at the tip of mandrel was determined. Cavity formation parameters were established via hot-twisting and tapered sample rolling tests. (author)

  20. FP-LMTO investigation of the structural, electronic and agneticproperties of Heusler compounds Ru2CrZ (Ge, Sn, Si)

    Elchikh M.; Bahlouli S.; Aarizou Z.

    2013-01-01

    The electronic structure of the antiferomagnetic full Heusler alloys Ru2CrZ (Ge, Sn, Si) have been studied by first principal calculations using Full-Potential linearized Muffin Tin Orbital (FP-LMTO) method based on the generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA). It was shown that obtained equilibrium lattice parameters agree well with available experimental data. The influence of Z-elements on the electronic structure and magnetic properties of these compounds is analysed.

  1. Structural characterization and complex impedance studies on fast ion conducting mixed system (SbI3)–(Ag2CrO4)1−

    S Austin Suthanthiraraj; S Sarojini

    2013-12-01

    This paper deals with preparation and physico-chemical characterization of a new mixed system, (SbI3)–(Ag2CrO4)1− (0.1 ≤ ≤ 0.9), undertaken with a view to evaluate silver ion transport properties and identify those fast ion conducting compositions. Polycrystalline samples of various compositions were synthesized by rapid melt-quenching method. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis in conjunction with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and electrical transport evaluation involving silver ionic transport number and temperaturedependent electrical complex impedance measurements were carried out in order to identify the different phases responsible for the conduction mechanism. Realization of a fast ionic conductivity value of 3.2 × 10-2 S cm-1 in the case of the composition, (SbI3)0.3–(Ag2CrO4)0.7, at room temperature due to silver ion transport has been discussed in terms of observed structural and thermal characteristics. A detailed analysis of conductivity spectra pertaining to the best conducting system, (SbI3)0.3–(Ag2CrO4)0.7, has also been presented.

  2. Vacancy-induced insulator - direct spin gapless semiconductor - half-metal transition in double perovskite La2CrFeO6: A first-principles study

    Wu, Haiping; Qian, Yan; Tan, Weishi; Kan, Erjun; Lu, Ruifeng; Deng, Kaiming

    2015-11-01

    Double perovskite oxide La2CrFeO6 with the characteristic of ferrimagnetic insulator has been reported by Chakraverty and Lee et al. Engineering the physical properties of materials, including obtaining unusual properties, can be achieved by some measures, and defect-tuning has been one of the most efficient measures. Here, by using density-functional calculations, La vacancy is introduced in La2CrFeO6 and special properties are obtained successfully. The results show that the magnetic phase of La2CrFeO6 would transfer from ferrimagnetic to ferromagnetic ordering as long as La vacancy is introduced. Furthermore, La1.75CrFeO6 shows direct spin gapless semiconductor, and La1.5CrFeO6 behaves as half-metal with the half-metallic gap of 0.42 eV. In the whole range of La vacancy, the electronic configurations of both Cr and Fe ions exhibit high-spin states, the magnetic moment of Fe remains 4.20 μB, while that of Cr ions decreases from 2.66 to 1.97 μB with increasing the amount of La vacancy. This work opens an alternative way to design spintronic materials, especially for direct spin gapless semiconductors which have never been reported in perovskite oxides.

  3. Morphology and magnetoresistance of Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al-based tunnelling junctions

    Herbort, C; Arbelo, E; Jourdan, M, E-mail: jourdan@uni-mainz.d [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, 55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    Some ferromagnetic Heusler compounds are theoretically predicted to be half metallic materials, i.e. to be characterized by a huge spin polarization at the Fermi energy. We investigate the correlations between junction preparation conditions, morphology and transport properties of planar MgO/Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al/AlO{sub x}/Co/CoO{sub x}/Pt tunnelling junctions. Epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films were deposited by dc and rf magnetron sputtering on different buffer layers (Cr, Fe, MgO) on MgO(1 0 0) substrates. By RHEED, LEED and in situ STM investigations different surface morphologies were observed. Atomically flat surfaces with Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al unit cell sized steps (B2 structure) were obtained by rf sputtering on MgO substrates with e-beam evaporated MgO buffer layers. However, this morphology results in AlO{sub x} tunnelling barriers with improper wetting properties.

  4. Ab Initio Research on a New Type of Half-Metallic Double Perovskites, A2CrMO6 (A = IVA Group Elements; M = Mo, Re and W

    Yun-Ping Liu

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The research based on density functional theory was carried out using generalized gradient approximation (GGA for full-structural optimization and the addition of the correlation effect (GGA + U (Coulomb parameter in a double perovskite structure, A2BB’O6. According to the similar valance electrons between IIA(s2 and IVA(p2, IVA group elements instead of alkaline-earth elements settled on the A-site ion position with fixed BB' combinations as CrM (M = Mo, Re and W. The ferrimagnetic half-metallic (HM-FiM properties can be attributed to the p-d hybridization between the Crd-Mp and the double exchange. All the compounds can be half-metallic (HM materials, except Si2CrMoO6, Ge2CrMo and Ge2CrReO6, because the strong-correlation correction should be considered. For M = W, only A = Sn and Pb are possible candidates as HM materials. Nevertheless, an examination of the structural stability is needed, because Si, Ge, Sn and Pb are quite different from Sr. All compounds are stable, except for the Si-based double perovskite structure.

  5. 新型低碳马氏体弹簧钢35Si2CrVB的研究%Study on New Low Carbon Martensite Spring Steel

    黎业生; 饶克

    2001-01-01

    传统中、高碳弹簧钢在性能、生产和使用上存在许多缺点,为适应汽车工业发展的需要,研究了碳含量较低的新型低碳马氏体弹簧钢35Si2CrVB。经与传统弹簧钢60Si2MnA相比较,该钢不仅有高的强度、塑韧性,良好的综合力学性能,而且具有低的脱碳敏感性、高的淬透性和高的弹减抗力等。显微组织观察发现,由于35Si2CrVB钢的含碳量降低,其淬火组织发生了变化,几乎全是具有高位错密度的板条状马氏体,而只有极少量孪晶结构的片状马氏体。%The traditional middle and high carbon spring steels have some drawbacks in properties,production and application,in order to meet the demands of rapid development of automobile,therefore,a new low carbon spring steel 35Si2CrVB has been investigated.Comparing the new spring steel 35Si2CrVB with the traditional spring steel 60Si2MnA it is shown that the new spring steel has not only high strength,good ductility,good comprehensive mechanical properties,but also low decarbonization tendency,sufficient hardenability and high elastic sag resistance etc.The microstructure change in quenched steel,caused by the decreasing of carbon content,was detected through metallographic observation.The new low carbon spring steel 35Si2CrVB after quenching is composed of almost lath martensite with high dislocation density and only a little plaste martensite with twins structure.

  6. Biogeochemical Cycling

    Bebout, Brad; Fonda, Mark (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This lecture will introduce the concept of biogeochemical cycling. The roles of microbes in the cycling of nutrients, production and consumption of trace gases, and mineralization will be briefly introduced.

  7. Sulfur cycle

    LokaBharathi, P.A.

    Microbes, especially bacteria, play an important role in oxidative and reductive cycle of sulfur. The oxidative part of the cycle is mediated by photosynthetic bacteria in the presence of light energy and chemosynthetic forms in the absence of light...

  8. The double perovskite oxide Sr2CrMoO(6-δ) as an efficient electrocatalyst for rechargeable lithium air batteries.

    Ma, Zhong; Yuan, Xianxia; Li, Lin; Ma, Zi-Feng

    2014-12-01

    A double perovskite oxide Sr2CrMoO6-δ (SCM), synthesized using the sol-gel and annealing method with the assistance of citric acid and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, was investigated for the first time as an efficient catalyst for rechargeable lithium air batteries. The SCM cathode enables higher specific capacity, lower overpotential and a much better cyclability compared to the pure Super P electrode owing to its excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the formation/decomposition of Li2O2. PMID:25325080

  9. Investigations on intercrystalline resistance of plasma arc-welded coating materials X 2 CrNiNb 19 9 and S-NiCr 20 Nb

    The resistance to intercrystalline corrosion (IC) has been tested on single and double layer plasma arc-weldings of austenite steel X2CrNiNb199 as well as the alloy inconel 82 (S-NiCr 20 Nb) using short-term testing methods. The austenite platings can be considered as IC resistant. The inconel alloy tends to selective corrosion in the potential range of -30 to +30 mVEsub(H), the areas of greater precipitation are particularly attacked. (GSCH)

  10. Brillouin light scattering study of Co$_{2}$Cr$_{0.6}$Fe$_{0.4}$Al and Co$_{2}$FeAl Heusler compounds

    Gaier, O.; Hamrle, J.; Trudel, S; Parra, A. Conca; Hillebrands, B.; Arbelo, E.; Herbort, C.; Jourdan, M

    2008-01-01

    The thermal magnonic spectra of Co$_{2}$Cr$_{0.6}$Fe$_{0.4}$Al (CCFA) and Co$_2$FeAl were investigated using Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy (BLS). For CCFA, the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) is found to be 0.48 $\\mu$erg/cm (203 meV A$^2$), while for Co$_2$FeAl the corresponding values of 1.55 $\\mu$erg/cm (370 meV A$^2$) were found. The observed asymmetry in the BLS spectra between the Stokes and anti-Stokes frequencies was assigned to an interplay between the asymmetrica...

  11. CYCLIC OXIDATION OF Ti-48%Al-2%Cr-2%Nb-(0~1%)W ALLOYS BETWEEN 800 AND 1000°C IN AIR

    SANG-HWAN BAK; DONG YI SEO; SEON-JIN KIM; JAE CHUN LEE; DONG BOK LEE

    2010-01-01

    Ti-48%Al-2%Cr-2%Nb-(0, 0.5, 1) at.%W alloys were synthesized via the powder metallurgical route, and cyclically oxidized at 800, 900, or 1000°C in air for up to 100 h in order to find the effects of W on their oxidation characteristics. At 800°C, they oxidized relatively slowly, and the scales were thin and adherent. At 900°C, the scales began to spall locally. At 1000°C, they spalled repetitively during oxidation. Cr, Nb, and W improved the cyclic oxidation resistance of TiAl alloys. The oxi...

  12. Removal of Heavy Metals Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+ from Aqueous Solutions by Using Eichhornia Crassipes

    S.A. Shama

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption capacity of Eichhornia Crassipes towards metal ions such as Fe3+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Pb2+, Cr3+ and Cd2+, was studied. The adsorption capacity was investigated by batch experiments. The results showed that the removal percentages increased as the weight of sorbent increased, except for Fe3+ and Zn2+. The effect of contact time was also studied and the results showed that the removal percentages increased as the contact time increased for Cr3+, Zn2+ and Pb2+, but for Fe3+, Cu2+ and Cd2+ the removal decreased. The effect of pH of the solution was also studied and the removal percentages increased as pH increased. Also the effect of the initial concentration of metal ions was studied at four different concentrations (5, 10, 30, 50 mg/L; in case of metal ions (Cu2+, Zn2+ and Cd2+ the removal percentages increased by increasing initial concentration. But, for the other metal ions it decreased by increasing initial concentration over 30 mg/L. The order of increasing removal percentages of metal ions at pH=4.86, initial concentration of metal ions 30 mg/L, and after four hours of shaking was: Cu2+< Cr3+

  13. The interface of tunnelling junctions with the Heusler electrode Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al

    Jourdan, Martin; Herbort, Christian; Arbelo Jorge, Elena; Kallmayer, Michael; Elmers, Hans Joachim [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Mainz (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    The compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al was the first Heusler material for which half metallic properties and a magnetic ordering temperature well above room temperature were predicted. However, no Julliere spin polarisation larger than {approx_equal}60% could be observed up to now. The affinity of Cr for oxidation is considered to be the origin for this reduced value. We improved the vacuum condition of our preparation system to below 10{sup -9} mbar. This resulted in a pronounced change of the morphology of the rf sputter deposited Al layer which is deposited on top of the Heusler electrode in order to become the tunnelling barrier after oxidation. In situ STM investigation show the growth of Al islands on the Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al surface. This growth mode results in an increased roughness of the barrier, which limits the achievable tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR). Alternative methods of barrier deposition are employed and investigated by in situ STM and RHEED. Additionally, the effect of the Al deposition method and oxidation process on the surface magnetisation of the Heusler electrode is investigated by XMCD-TEY experiments.

  14. Corrosion characteristics of Zr-0.8Sn-0.4Fe-0.2Cr-xNb system with the variation of intermediate annealing temperature

    To investigate the effects of Nb content and annealing parameter on corrosion resistance in Zr-0.8Sn-0.4Fe-0.2Cr-xNb (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8%) alloys, corrosion tests have been carried out under the 400 degree C steam condition. The corrosion resistance of the alloys decreased with increasing the Nb content and the accumulated annealing parameter. But the Nb content in precipitates and the hydrogen pick-up fraction in matrix increased when the adding Nb content and the accumulated annealing parameter increased. The fraction of t-ZrO2 in oxide layers decreased with increasing the accumulated annealing parameter. It was concluded that the corrosion resistance of Zr-0.8Sn-0.4Fe-0.2Cr-xNb alloys could be controlled by the characteristics of (Zr, Nb)(Fe, Cr)2 type precipitates with the variation of the Nb content and the accumulated annealing parameter

  15. Antioxidative role of selenium against the toxic effect of heavy metals (Cd+2, Cr+3) on liver of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss Walbaum 1792).

    Talas, Zeliha Selamoglu; Orun, Ibrahim; Ozdemir, Ilknur; Erdogan, Kenan; Alkan, Aysel; Yilmaz, Ismet

    2008-09-01

    The main purpose of this study is to discuss the effect of Cd+2, Cr+3 and Se metals on biochemical parameters in liver tissue of Oncorhynchus mykiss. The rainbow trout were exposed to heavy metal stress (Cd+2, Cr+3) at 2 ppm dosage. The present study was undertaken to determine the protective effect of selenium treatment at the same dosage (2 ppm) on some biochemical parameters. The activity of catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and the changes in levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) from biochemical parameters were determined in liver tissue of the fish groups exposed to heavy metals, especially for the selenium-applied groups. Results of this study showed that the activities of CAT, GSH-Px and SOD in the tissues of fish exposed to the stress of Cd+2 and Cr+3 were significantly lower than the control groups (P metal stress, whereas significant decreases were obtained in selenium-applied groups. The result of the statistical evaluation showed that the negative effects occurring in the biochemical parameters of the applied groups exposed to the toxicity of heavy metal were significantly eliminated (P < 0.05) as a result of selenium treatment. PMID:18665459

  16. Effects of the preparation method on the structure and the visible-light photocatalytic activity of Ag2CrO4

    Difa Xu

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Silver chromate (Ag2CrO4 photocatalysts are prepared by microemulsion, precipitation, and hydrothermal methods, in order to investigate the effect of preparation methods on the structure and the visible-light photocatalytic activity. It is found that the photocatalytic activity of the prepared Ag2CrO4was highly dependent on the preparation methods. The sample prepared by microemulsion method exhibits the highest photocatalytic efficiency on the degradation of methylene blue (MB under visible-light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the smaller particle size, higher surface area, relatively stronger light absorption, and blue-shift absorption edge, which result in the adsorption of more MB molecules, a shorter diffusion process of more photogenerated excitons, and a stronger oxidation ability of the photogenerated holes. Considering the universalities of microemulsion, precipitation, and hydrothermal methods, this work may also provide a prototype for the comparative study of semiconductor based photocatalysis for water purification and environmental remediation.

  17. Delineating the roles of Cr and Mo during ordering transformations in stoichiometric Ni2(Cr1−x,Mox) alloys

    Commercial Ni−Cr−Mo based superalloys form ordered Ni2(Cr, Mo) precipitates at intermediate temperature, which deteriorates their mechanical and corrosion properties, and whose kinetics varies significantly with alloy compositions. The aim of the present study is to understand the roles of Cr and Mo solutes on ordering kinetics and transformation mechanisms in Ni−Cr−Mo alloys. On the basis of the present study, it has been concluded that the Ni2(Cr, Mo) phase evolves with a sluggish ordering kinetics when its formation is governed only by the lattice diffusion of Cr, but its kinetics increases beyond a certain Mo/Cr ratio when lattice diffusion of Mo also starts contributing to its formation. This change has been found to occur in alloys having Mo/Cr ratio = 1 and has been attributed to partial change in the nature of atomic bonding from covalent type to metallic type. This change in the nature of bonding also reduced the necessary undercooling required below the disorder/order phase boundary for the precipitation of the ordered phase. Micromechanisms of ordering transformations involved in the evolution of the ordered phase have been described by a qualitative transformation model

  18. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of quaternary Heusler alloy Co2CrGa1−xGex (x=0−1)

    The electronic structure of Co-based quaternary Heusler compounds Co2CrGa1−xGex (x=0.00, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.00) are calculated by first-principles density functional theory. The substitution of Ga by Ge leads to increase in the number of valence electrons. With increasing concentration of Ge, lattice constant decreases linearly whereas bulk modulus and total magnetic moment increases. This shows that the magnetic properties of the compound are dependent on electron concentration of main group element. The calculations show that the alloys with x=0.00, 0.25, 0.50 are not true half-metallic materials whereas alloy with x=0.75, 1.00 exhibit 100% spin polarization at the Fermi level. It shows that the Fermi level can be shifted within the energy-gap to achieve 100% spin polarization. The effect of volumetric and tetragonal strain on magnetic properties is also studied. - Highlights: • We present study of electronic and magnetic properties of Co2CrGa1−xGex (x=0−1). • The Fermi level shift with change in Ge concentration. • The compounds with x=0.00, 0.25 and 0.50 have spin-polarization less than 100%. • At x=0.75 and 1.00, 100% spin-polarization is achieved. • Effect of volumetric and tetragonal strain on magnetic properties has been studied

  19. Cr(III)-Cr(III) interactions in two alkoxo-bridged heterometallic Zn2Cr2 complexes self-assembled from zinc oxide, Reinecke's salt, and diethanolamine.

    Semenaka, Valentyna V; Nesterova, Oksana V; Kokozay, Volodymyr N; Dyakonenko, Viktoriya V; Zubatyuk, Roman I; Shishkin, Oleg V; Boca, Roman; Jezierska, Julia; Ozarowski, Andrew

    2010-06-21

    Two new tetranuclear complexes, [Zn(2)Cr(2)(NCS)(4)(Dea)(2)(HDea)(2)].4DMSO (1; DMSO = dimethyl sulfoxide) and [Zn(2)Cr(2)(NCS)(4)(Dea)(2)(HDea)(2)].2CH(3)CN (2), were prepared from zinc oxide, Reinecke's salt, NH(4)[Cr(NCS)(4)(NH(3))(2)].H(2)O, ammonium thiocyanate, and a nonaqueous solution of diethanolamine (H(2)Dea) in a reaction carried out under open air. Both compounds have similar centrosymmetric crystal structures based on a tetranuclear {Zn(2)Cr(2)(mu(3)-O)(2)(mu-O)(4)} core. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements of 1 and 2 show weak antiferromagnetic coupling between chromium centers. The magnetic data and high-field, high-frequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectra were analyzed in terms of the spin Hamiltonian H = JS(1).S(2) - j(S(1).S(2) + mu(B)B{g(1)}S(1) + D(Cr){S(z1)(2) - S(1)(S(1) + 1)/3} + E(Cr)(S(x1)(2) - S(y1)(2)) + mu(B)B{g(2)}S(2) + D(Cr){S(z2)(2) - S(2)(S(2) + 1)/3} + E(Cr)(S(x2)(2) - S(y2)(2)) + D(12){S(z1)S(z2) - S(1).S(2)/3} + E(12)(S(x1)S(x2) - S(y1)S(y2)) with J = 13.7 cm(-1), j = 1.1 cm(-1), D(Cr) = 0.3864 cm(-1), E(Cr) = -0.1104 cm(-1), D(12) = -0.1873 cm(-1), and E(12) = -0.0155 cm(-1) for 1 and J = 9.4 cm(-1), j = 0.8 cm(-1), D(Cr) = 0.3564 cm(-1), E(Cr) = -0.0647 cm(-1), D(12) = -0.1850 cm(-1), and E(12) = -0.0112 cm(-1) for 2. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were employed to calculate the zero-field splitting on Cr(3+) ions. Calculations of the exchange integrals J were attempted by using the "broken-symmetry" DFT method. PMID:20540565

  20. Cycling more for safer cycling

    VAN HOUT, Kurt

    2009-01-01

    Cycling presents a lot of benefits to the individual and to society. Health, environment, accessibility, local businesses, … all gain when more people cycle. Yet many governments are reluctant when it comes to promoting cycling, mainly because of (perceived) safety issues. Since studies have established a clear and consistent relationship between bicycle use and cyclist accident risk, this lack of bicycle promotion will influence the safety outcome of bicyclists. In this paper the relation be...

  1. Cycling injuries.

    Cohen, G. C.

    1993-01-01

    Bicycle-related injuries have increased as cycling has become more popular. Most injuries to recreational riders are associated with overuse or improper fit of the bicycle. Injuries to racers often result from high speeds, which predispose riders to muscle strains, collisions, and falls. Cyclists contact bicycles at the pedals, seat, and handlebars. Each is associated with particular cycling injuries.

  2. Mechanistic study of β-hydroxy elimination from [tetrasulphophthalocyanine Co111-CR1R2CR3R4OH] in aqueous solutions

    The reactions of cobalt(II) tetrasulphophthalocyanine, [Co11(tspc)]4- with .CH3, .CH2Ch(2OH, .CH2C(CH3)2OH free radicals have been studied. The results indicate that the first product formed in these reactions has the form [Co11-(tspc-R)]4-, where R is the aliphatic free radical, the exact nature of the bonding of .R to tspc is not clear. The compled [Co11-(tspc-R)]4- rearranges into [(tspc)Co111-R]4- in a process obeying a first-order rate law. [(tspc)Co111-CH3]4- decomposes into [Co111(tspc)]3-+CH4, whereas the complexes [TSPC)Co111-CR,R2CR3R4OH]4- decompose into [Co111(tspc)]3-+R1R2 C=CR3R4+OH-. (Author)

  3. Interpretation of electron spectra of hexacyano-complexes of Fe(2), Co(3), V(2), Cr(3), Mn(2) by semi-empirical methods

    Semi-empirical interpretation of d-d-transitions of M(CN)sub(6)sup(n+) complexes (M=Fe(2), Co(3), V(2), Cr(3), Mn(2)) is made on the basis of the method of angular overlapping and the theory of ligand field and evaluation of transition with charge transfer using the modified Iorgensen method and parameters B, C, Δ, obtained from the analysis of d-d-transitions on the basis of angular overlapping method, is made. Parameters of Δ, B, C field, obtained according to the method of angular overlapping and the theory of ligand field, to prove the reliability of different interpretations, are compared. It is found that parameters of the angular overlapping method esub(σ), esub(π) are in a good correlation with overlapping integrals Ssub(σ), Ssub(π)

  4. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti{sub 2}CrGe: A first principles study

    Li, Jia, E-mail: jiali@hebut.edu.cn [School of Science, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Zhang, Zhidong [School of Science, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China); Lu, Zunming; Xie, Hongxian; Fang, Wei; Li, Shaomin; Liang, Chunyong; Yin, Fuxing [Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300401 (China)

    2015-11-15

    The Heusler alloy Ti{sub 2}CrGe is a stable L2{sub 1} phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti{sub 1}, Ti{sub 2}, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels.

  5. X-Ray Phase Analysis Of Nitrided Layers Of X2CrNiMo17-12-2 Austenitic Steel

    Frączek T.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the results of diffraction analyses carried out using X-ray phase analyses (XRD and GIXRD of nitrided layers of X2CrNiMo17-12-2 austenitic steel. Plasma nitriding process was c arried out in the temperature range of 325 ÷ 400 °C and time of 2 ÷ 4 h. Hydrogen-nitrogen plasma was used as reactive atmosphere (H2 75% + N2 25% with pressure of 150 Pa. On the basis of the X-ray analyses it was stated that the obtained nitrided layers consisted of a subsurface layer of chromium nitrides and a zone of nitrogen saturated austenite.

  6. Brillouin light scattering study of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and Co2FeAl Heusler compounds

    The thermal magnonic spectra of Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al (CCFA) and Co2FeAl were investigated using Brillouin light scattering (BLS) spectroscopy. For CCFA, the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) is found to be 0.48 ± 0.04 μerg cm-1 (203 ± 16 meV A2), while for Co2FeAl the corresponding values of 1.55 ± 0.05 μerg cm-1 (370 ± 10 meV A2) were found. The observed asymmetry in the BLS spectra between the Stokes and anti-Stokes frequencies was assigned to an interplay between the asymmetrical profiles of hybridized Damon-Esbach and perpendicular standing spin-wave modes, combined with the optical sensitivity of the BLS signal to the upper side of the CCFA or Co2FeAl film.

  7. Current-voltage characteristics of double tunnel contacts Co2CrAl-I-Pb/Sn-I-Pb at spin-polarized tunnel injection

    Current-voltage characteristics and features of the existence of superconducting state under the action of tunnel injection of spin-polarized current Iinj with a high spin polarization degree (p approx 0,97) have been studied in double tunnel contacts ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor-insulator-superconductor Co2CrAl-I-Pb/Sn-I-Pb. An empiric formula for description of dependence of energy gap vs Iinj is proposed. A new spin-polarized inhomogeneous superconducting state, including superconductive and resistance areas, is found. It is found that there exists a of proximity effect between ferromagnetic and superconducting films through the tunnel barrier. The recombination effective time of spin-polarized quasiparticles for nonequilibrium Pb superconductor is estimated.

  8. Interpretation of electron spectra of hexacyano-complexes of Fe(2), Co(3), V(2), Cr(3), Mn(2) by semi-empirical methods

    Zakharieva-Pencheva, O.; Nikolov, G.S. (Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria))

    1982-01-01

    Semi-empirical interpretation of d-d-transitions of M(CN)sub(6)sup(n+) complexes (M=Fe(2), Co(3), V(2), Cr(3), Mn(2)) is made on the basis of the method of angular overlapping and the theory of ligand field and evaluation of transition with charge transfer using the modified Iorgensen method and parameters B, C, ..delta.., obtained from the analysis of d-d-transitions on the basis of angular overlapping method, is made. Parameters of ..delta.., B, C field, obtained according to the method of angular overlapping and the theory of ligand field, to prove the reliability of different interpretations, are compared. It is found that parameters of the angular overlapping method esub(sigma), esub(..pi..) are in a good correlation with overlapping integrals Ssub(sigma), Ssub(..pi..).

  9. The strain induced band gap modulation from narrow gap semiconductor to half-metal on Ti2CrGe: A first principles study

    The Heusler alloy Ti2CrGe is a stable L21 phase with antiferromagnetic ordering. With band-gap energy (∼ 0.18 eV) obtained from a first-principles calculation, it belongs to the group of narrow band gap semiconductor. The band-gap energy decreases with increasing lattice compression and disappears until a strain of −5%; moreover, gap contraction only occurs in the spin-down states, leading to half-metallic character at the −5% strain. The Ti1, Ti2, and Cr moments all exhibit linear changes in behavior within strains of −5%– +5%. Nevertheless, the total zero moment is robust for these strains. The imaginary part of the dielectric function for both up and down spin states shows a clear onset energy, indicating a corresponding electronic gap for the two spin channels

  10. Tunneling junctions with the Heusler electrode Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al

    Herbort, Christian; Arbelo, Elena; Jourdan, Martin [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Some ferromagnetic Heusler compounds are theoretically predicted to be half metallic materials, i. e. to be characterized by a huge spin polarization at the Fermi energy. We investigate the correlations between junction preparation conditions, morphology and transport properties of planar MgO-Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al-AlO{sub x}-Co/CoO{sub x}-Pt tunnelling junctions. Epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) thin films were deposited by dc- and rf-sputtering on different buffer layers (Cr,Fe,MgO) on MgO(1,0,0) substrates. By RHEED, LEED and in-situ STM investigations very different surface morphologies were observed for the different preparation processes. With dc-sputtered CCFA films (island morphology) on Fe buffer layers we determined a maximum spin polarization of the Heusler compound of 54% (Julliere model, T=4 K). Atomically flat surfaces with CCFA unit cell sized steps (B2 structure) were obtained by rf-sputtering on MgO substrates with e-beam evaporated MgO buffer layers. Considering that the TMR of the CCFA based junctions depends strongly on the interface at the tunneling barrier, the AlO{sub x} layer needs to be optimized separately for the different CCFA morphologies. The barrier optimization process on the new atomically flat CCFA surfaces (rf-sputtered on MgO buffer) is in progress and current results of spectroscopic and TMR measurements will be shown.

  11. Glacial cycles

    Kaufmann, R. K.; Juselius, Katarina

    We use a statistical model, the cointegrated vector autoregressive model, to assess the degree to which variations in Earth's orbit and endogenous climate dynamics can be used to simulate glacial cycles during the late Quaternary (390 kyr-present). To do so, we estimate models of varying complexity...... and compare the accuracy of their in-sample simulations. Results indicate that strong statistical associations between endogenous climate variables are not enough for statistical models to reproduce glacial cycles. Rather, changes in solar insolation associated with changes in Earth's orbit are needed...... to simulate glacial cycles accurately. Also, results suggest that non-linear 10 dynamics, threshold effects, and/or free oscillations may not play an overriding role in glacial cycles....

  12. Fuel cycles

    AECL publications, from the open literature, on fuels and fuel cycles used in CANDU reactors are listed in this bibliography. The accompanying index is by subject. The bibliography will be brought up to date periodically

  13. Fes cycling

    Berkelmans Rik

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Many research with functional electrical stimulation (FES has been done to regain mobility and for health benefits. Better results have been reported for FES-cycling than for FES-walking. The majority of the subjects during such research are people with a spinal cord injury (SCI, cause they often lost skin sensation. Besides using surface stimulation also implanted stimulators can be used. This solves the skin sensation problem, but needs a surgery. Many physiological effects of FES-cycling has been reported, e.g., increase of muscles, better blood flow, reduction of pressure ulcers, improved self-image and some reduction of bone mineral density (BMD loss. Also people with an incomplete SCI benefit by FES-cycling, e.g. cycling time without FES, muscle strength and also the walking abilities increased. Hybrid exercise gives an even better cardiovascular training. Presently 4 companies are involved in FES-cycling. They all have a stationary mobility trainer. Two of them also use an outdoor tricycle. One combined with voluntary arm cranking. By optimizing the stimulation parameters the power output and fatigue resistance will increase, but will still be less compared to voluntary cycling.

  14. 压缩机2Cr13活塞杆亚温淬火工艺及其弯曲问题的研究%Research of Subcritical Quenching Process of Compressor 2Cr13 Piston Rod and Its Bending Problems

    曲德毅; 朱国庆

    2011-01-01

    After the 2Crl3 piston rod passes through subcritical quenching and quenching & tempering,the stabilization process of adopting air cooling or furnace cooling of 3 ~ 4h under 580 t can basically eliminate the stress,and there is no obvious second tempering Brittle production. Thus it can ensure the amount of bending decreased when the 2Crl3 piston rod with high - frequency quenching and avoid the discharge phenomenon of sensor from melting piston rod.%2Cr13活塞杆经过亚温淬火、回火调质后,采用580℃保温3~4h空冷或炉冷的稳定化工艺,基本上可以消除应力,并且没有明显的第二类回火脆性的产生,从而保证了2Cr13活塞杆高频淬火时减小弯曲量,避免感应器放电现象熔化活塞杆.

  15. Structure and luminescent properties of Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+} co-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

    Duan, Xiulan, E-mail: xlduan@sdu.edu.cn; Liu, Jian; Wu, Yuanchun; Yu, Fapeng; Wang, Xinqiang

    2014-09-15

    Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+} co-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were prepared by a citrate sol–gel method. Their structure and luminescent properties were studied by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The nanoparticles with the size of 18–50 nm were obtained when the precursor was annealed at 500 °C or above. Ga{sup 3+} ions occupied the octahedral sites as well as the tetrahedral sites, while Cr{sup 3+} ions only entered the octahedral sites by replacing Ga{sup 3+}. The as-synthesized samples had partially inverted spinel structure and the inversion degree slightly decreased with increasing temperature. The Cr{sup 3+}:ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample exhibited an intense emission at 695 nm, corresponding to the {sup 2}E→{sup 4}A{sub 2} transition of octahedral Cr{sup 3+}. The emission intensity of Cr{sup 3+} was largely reduced when the sample was co-doped with Co{sup 2+}. However, the emission intensity of Co{sup 2+} in 2% Co/1% Cr co-doped ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} is improved approximately 2 times when compared with 2% co-doped sample. This enhanced emission could be attributed to an efficient energy transfer from Cr{sup 3+} to Co{sup 2+}. The energy transfer mechanism is also discussed. - Highlights: • Co{sup 2+}/Cr{sup 3+}: ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles have been synthesized by a citrate sol–gel method. • The chemical environments of Ga{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} as a function of annealing temperature were studied. • Ga{sup 3+} ions occupy both the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of spinel structure in the samples. • The emission intensity of Co{sup 2+} is improved by Cr{sup 3+} codoping in ZnGa{sub 2}O{sub 4} with 550 nm excitation. • The possible energy transfer process was discussed.

  16. Effect of the Heat Treatment on the Chromium Partition in CaO-MgO-SiO2-Cr2O3 Synthetic Slags

    Albertsson, Galina Jelkina; Teng, Lidong; Engström, Fredrik; Seetharaman, Seshadri

    2013-12-01

    Mg-spinel phase is known to be important for control of Cr leaching from Cr-containing slags. The objective of the present study is to get an understanding of the phase relationships in the CaO-MgO-SiO2-Cr2O3 system with a view to control the precipitation of Cr-spinel in the slag phase. The equilibrium phases in CaO-MgO-SiO2-Cr2O3 slag system in the range of 1673 K to 1873 K (1400 °C to 1600 °C) have been investigated experimentally and compared with the results from thermodynamic calculations. The slag compositions close to the industrial slag systems were chosen. The Cr2O3 and MgO contents in the slag were fixed to be 6 and 8 wt pct, respectively. The basicity (CaO/SiO2) of the slag was varied in the range of 1.0 to 2.0. The slags were synthesized at a pre-determined oxygen partial pressure (10-4) or air (2.13 × 104 Pa) at a temperature above the liquidus temperature. The samples were then soaked at targeted temperatures for 24 hours in controlled atmosphere in order to achieve the equilibrium state before quenching in water. Four different heat-treatment regimes (defined as Ia, Ib, II.a and II.b) in Section II-D) were used in the present experiments. The lower oxygen partial pressure was maintained by a suitable mixture of CO and CO2 gases. Phases present and their compositions in the quenched slags were studied using scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The chromium content in the phases present was analyzed using wavelength-dispersive spectrometer. The experimental results obtained are compared with the calculation results from Factsage software. The size of spinel crystals increased drastically after slow-cooling from 1873 K (1600 °C) followed by annealing at 1673 K (1400 °C) for 24 hours (heating regimes II) compared to samples being quenched directly after soaking at 1873 K (1600 °C) (heating regime I.a). It was found that the amount of foreign elements in the spinel phase, and

  17. Happy Cycling

    Geert Jensen, Birgitte; Nielsen, Tom

    2013-01-01

    og Interaktions Design, Aarhus Universitet under opgave teamet: ”Happy Cycling City – Aarhus”. Udfordringen i studieopgaven var at vise nye attraktive løsningsmuligheder i forhold til cyklens og cyklismens integration i byrum samt at påpege relationen mellem design og overordnede diskussioner af...

  18. Koszul cycles

    Bruns, Winfreid; Römer, Tim

    2010-01-01

    We prove regularity bounds for Koszul cycles holding for every ideal of dimension at most 1 in a polynomial ring. We generalize the lower bound for the Green-Lazarsfeld index of Veronese rings we proved in arXiv:0902.2431 to the multihomogeneous setting.

  19. Laser stimulated kinetics effects on the phase transition of the ferromagnetic/superconducting MgB2/(CrO2) bilayer thin films

    Graphical abstract: Dependence of resistance versus temperature for different power densities. The nonzero value is generated from the bottom CrO2 resistive layer. The onset transition temperature is our reference for the enhancement value. - Highlights: • Photoinduced enhancement of critical temperature in MgB2–Cr2O3 films was found. • Crucail role of electron–phonon interacton was shown. • Optimal ratio fundamental/SHG intensities was varied within 4:1 and 6:1. - Abstract: Using bicolor laser treatment by Nd:YAG 20 ns laser (1064–532 nm) and 180 ns CO2 laser beams (10.6–5.3 μm) it was shown a possibility of critical temperature enhancement in ferromagnetic superconducting MgB2/CrO2 bilayer films. The role of the phonon sub-system effectively interacting with 3d Cr originating localized trapping levels is discussed. The pump–probe laser kinetics for the probing second harmonic generation at 1064 nm is explored in details to show principal role of the localized trapping levels. The relaxation of the processes after the switching off the photo inducing beams show the disappearance of the enhanced superconductivity after the 20–30 s. The temperature dependence of the resistance show nonlinear dependence versus the pumping power and different optimal fundamental to writing power density beams ratio

  20. Laser stimulated kinetics effects on the phase transition of the ferromagnetic/superconducting MgB{sub 2}/(CrO{sub 2}) bilayer thin films

    AlZayed, N.S. [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Kityk, I.V., E-mail: ikityk@el.pcz.czest.pl [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, PL-42201 Czestochowa (Poland); Soltan, S. [Max Planck Institute, Solid State Research, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, 11798 Helwan, Cairo (Egypt); Wojciechowski, A. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czestochowa University Technology, Armii Krajowej 17, PL-42201 Czestochowa (Poland); Fedorchuk, A.O. [Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Lviv National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies, Pekarska St., 50, 79010 Lviv (Ukraine); Lakshminarayana, G. [Materials Science and Technology Division (MST-7), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 (United States); Shahabuddin, M. [Physics and Astronomy Department, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: Dependence of resistance versus temperature for different power densities. The nonzero value is generated from the bottom CrO{sub 2} resistive layer. The onset transition temperature is our reference for the enhancement value. - Highlights: • Photoinduced enhancement of critical temperature in MgB{sub 2}–Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} films was found. • Crucail role of electron–phonon interacton was shown. • Optimal ratio fundamental/SHG intensities was varied within 4:1 and 6:1. - Abstract: Using bicolor laser treatment by Nd:YAG 20 ns laser (1064–532 nm) and 180 ns CO{sub 2} laser beams (10.6–5.3 μm) it was shown a possibility of critical temperature enhancement in ferromagnetic superconducting MgB{sub 2}/CrO{sub 2} bilayer films. The role of the phonon sub-system effectively interacting with 3d Cr originating localized trapping levels is discussed. The pump–probe laser kinetics for the probing second harmonic generation at 1064 nm is explored in details to show principal role of the localized trapping levels. The relaxation of the processes after the switching off the photo inducing beams show the disappearance of the enhanced superconductivity after the 20–30 s. The temperature dependence of the resistance show nonlinear dependence versus the pumping power and different optimal fundamental to writing power density beams ratio.

  1. Moessbauer study of epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films.

    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg - University, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Herbort, Christian; Jourdan, Martin [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg - University, 55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Epitaxial thin films of the promising for spintronic applications Heusler half-metallic compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessssbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) in order to get insight into the structural and magnetic properties. Thin films of 100 nm thickness were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates without and with 10 nm Fe buffer layer. We discuss a correlation between the annealing temperature and the structural disorder and hyperfine fields on Fe atoms measured by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Samples prepared at the optimum annealing temperature as determined by tunneling magnetoresistance measurements show the optimum degree of order on the Fe sites as determined by CEMS. Additionally, we observed evidence for a diffusion of Cr atoms from the CCFA thin film into the Fe buffer layer and the related diffusion of Fe atoms from the buffer into the CCFA film. Thus the thermal treatment changes the Fe to Cr ratio of the Heusler compound additional to influencing the degree of disorder on the Fe/Cr sites.

  2. Epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films and magnetic tunneling junctions

    Conca, Andres; Jourdan, Martin; Herbort, Christian; Adrian, Hermann [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg University, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The full-Heusler compound Co2Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) is expected to be a half metal, i.e. to show a 100% spin polarization at the Fermi energy. This property, together with the relatively high Curie temperature (800 K) and the soft magnetic behaviour make CCFA a promising candidate for implementation in spinelectronic devices. Magnetic tunneling junctions were deposited using epitaxial CCFA thin films as ground electrode with AlOx as barrier and Co as counter electrode. The use of an Fe buffer layer on MgO(100) induces the growth of highly ordered CCFA films with smooth surface even at low deposition temperatures, as proved by XRD, TEM and in-situ STM investigations. The CCFA films were additionally annealed at different temperatures up to 600 C. The dependence of the TMR ratio on the annealing temperature was studied. A maximum TMR ratio of 40.5% was measured from which a spin polarization of 54% is deduced by the Julliere model. Possible correlations between the TMR ratio and the surface properties, as observed with STM and RHEED, are discussed. Alternatively, epitaxial CCFA films were also grown directly on MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}(100) and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(110). A comparison with the results on MgO substrates is shown.

  3. First-Principles Calculations of the Mechanical and Elastic Properties of 2Hc- and 2Ha-WS2/CrS2 Under Pressure

    Jiang, Hua-Long; Jia, Song-Hao; Zhou, Da-Wei; Pu, Chun-Ying; Zhang, Fei-Wu; Zhang, Shuai

    2016-06-01

    By utilizing the first-principles method, the pressure-induced effects on phase transition, mechanical stability, and elastic properties of WS2/CrS2 are investigated in the pressure range from 0 to 80 GPa. Transitions from 2Hc to 2Ha for WS2 and CrS2 are found to occur at 17.5 and 25 GPa, respectively. It is found that both 2Ha and 2Hc phases of WS2 and CrS2 meet the mechanical stability criteria up to 80 GPa, suggesting that those structures are mechanically stable. The bulk and shear modulus anisotropy of the two phases of WS2 and CrS2 decrease rapidly under pressure and, finally, trend to isotropy. With increasing pressure, the elastic moduli (Y, B, and G), sound velocities (vs, vp, vm), and Debye temperatures (Θ) of 2Ha and 2Hc of WS2 and CrS2 increase monotonously. Moreover, the Debye temperature (Θ) of 2Hc phase is higher than that of 2Ha phase for both WS2 and CrS2. The bulk, shear, and Young's modulus, Poisson coefficient, and brittle/ductile behaviour are estimated. The percentages of anisotropy in compressibility and shear and the ratio of bulk to shear modulus (B/G) are also studied.

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Nd4.5Fe72Co2Cr3Al1B17.5 ribbons

    In this work, it was made a study on structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Nd4.5Fe72Co2Cr3Al1B17.5 ribbons obtained from crystallisation of amorphous precursors. A complex two-step crystallisation process, was found by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC): a first crystallisation peak at around T=570 deg. C exhibiting the precipitation of α-Fe and t-Fe3B phases and a diffusive stage ending in a second exothermic peak. Also, isothermal annealings of 10 min duration were performed at 605, 635, 650 and 685 deg. C . Hysteresis curves of isothermally annealed samples showed magnetic hardening, with coercive fields above 2 kOe and an optimised M R/M S ratio of around 0.6. Except for the highest treatment temperature used in this work, the demagnetizing curves of annealed ribbons exhibited a step near zero field. This fact suggests a low exchange coupling between hard and soft phases, which can be attributed to the grain border phases. Otherwise, Moessbauer effect spectroscopy allowed us to determine that the absence of step in the demagnetizing curve of ribbons annealed at 685 deg. C , may be attributed to the formation of a α-(Fe, Co) solid solution (with hyperfine parameters B HF=35.5 T and δ=-0.11 mm/s). The formation of this solid solution also explains the diffusive process in the second crystallisation stage observed by DSC experiment

  5. Forming Mechanism of Gaseous Defect in Ti-48A1-2Cr-2Nb Exhaust Valves Formed with Permanent Mold Centrifugal Casting Method

    2001-01-01

    A method combining theoretical analysis with experiment is adopted and the flowing process of Ti-48AI-2Cr-2Nb alloy melt poured in a permanent mould during the centrifugal casting process has been analyzed. A mathematical model of the filling process is established and the forming mechanism of internal gaseous defect is summarized. The results of calculation show that the melt fills the mould with varying cross-section area and inclined angle. The filling speed of the cross-section is a function of filling time. The cross-section area is directly proportional to the filling speed and the inclined angle is inversely proportional to the filling speed at a given rotating speed of the platform. Both of them changes more obvious near the mould entrance.The gaseous defect can be formed in several ways and the centrifugal field has an important influence on the formation of the defect. In addition, the filling process in centrifugal field has been verified by wax experiments and the theoretical analysis are consistent with experimental results.

  6. Magnetic properties of the fully spin-polarized Sr2CrOsO6 double perovskite: A Monte Carlo simulation

    El Rhazouani, O.; Zarhri, Z.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.

    2016-03-01

    Sr2CrOsO6 double perovskite (DP) has been gaining importance in recent years thanks to its high ordering temperature (Tc = 725 K) that is the highest Tc measured among all DPs so far. Spin-polarized (5d t2g)-orbital of Os-atoms is completely filled, which allows the compound to be considered as fully spin-polarized exactly at the limit of the metal-insulator transition. This interesting property gives the compound exceptional properties and more ability to use in spintronic applications. In this paper, the energetic and the magnetic behavior of this material have been explored using Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) within the framework of Ising model. Ground state phase diagram has been dressed and analyzed. Size effect on the magnetic properties has been analyzed. Effect of the crystal field of Osmium on the thermal behavior has been explored. Critical exponents have been calculated, discussed regarding the crystal field of Osmium and evaluated against the universality class.

  7. Ultrasonic-assisted preparation of novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites and their enhanced visible-light activities in degradation of different pollutants

    Pirhashemi, Mahsa; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-05-01

    Novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites were successfully fabricated via preparation of ZnO/Ag3VO4 followed by coupling of it with Ag2CrO4 through facile ultrasonic-assisted method. The resultant samples were carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and photoluminescence techniques. Photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic dyes, including rhodamine B, methylene blue, and methyl orange was examined under visible-light irradiation. Among the prepared samples, the ternary nanocomposite with 20% of Ag2CrO4 demonstrated the superior activity. This nanocomposite showed 10.6, 2.9, and 3.0-folds greater activity compared to ZnO, ZnO/Ag2CrO4, and ZnO/Ag3VO4, respectively. The enhanced activity was attributed to more harvesting of the visible-light irradiation and efficiently separation of the photogenerated charge carriers in the ternary nanocomposites. To understand efficiently separation of the charge carriers, a plausible diagram was proposed based on formation of tandem n-n heterojunctions.

  8. Simultaneous preconcentrations of Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) ions by Bacillus altitudinis immobilized nanodiamond prior to their determinations in food samples by ICP-OES.

    Ozdemir, Sadin; Kilinc, Ersin; Celik, Kadir Serdar; Okumus, Veysi; Soylak, Mustafa

    2017-01-15

    A novel solid phase extraction method was developed for simultaneous preconcentration-separation of Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) ions prior to their determinations in food samples by ICP-OES. Thermophilic Bacillus altitudinis immobilized nanodiamond was used as a new biosorbent. SEM and FT-IR analysis were studied to characterize the biosorbent. The optimum pH values of quantitative biosorption for Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) were found to be 5.0, 6.0, 6.0 and 6.0, respectively. A flow rate of 3.0mLmin(-1) was selected as optimum for all metal ions. 5mL of 1mol/L HCl was used as eluent. Preconcentration factor was achieved as 80. LODs were calculated as 0.071, 0.023, 0.016 and 0.034ngmL(-1), respectively for Hg(2+), Co(2+), Cr(6+) and Pb(2+). The biosorption capacities were calculated for Co(2+), Cr(6+), Hg(2+) and Pb(2+) as 26.4, 30.4, 19.5, and 35.2mg/g, respectively. The developed method was successfully applied to food samples to determine analyte concentrations. PMID:27542497

  9. Electronic, magnetic, and optical characteristics of half-semiconductor double perovskite oxide Sr2CrOsO6 governed by 3d (t2g3)-5d (t2g3) antiferromagnetic coupling

    H.-E., M. Musa Saad

    2016-07-01

    In this study, motivated by observations of the remarkable magnetic insulating nature and high Curie temperature (TC=725 K) of double perovskite oxide Sr2CrOsO6, the electronic, magnetic, and optical characteristics of Sr2CrOsO6 were determined using the full potential linear muffin-tin orbital method according to density functional theory. The spin-orbit coupling contribution was included in the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA). In addition, the Coulomb repulsion (U) and Hund's exchange (J) energies were considered in both methods (LSDA+U and GGA+U). Full structural optimization confirmed that the ground state of Sr2CrOsO6 is face-centered cubic (Fm-3m symmetry). Calculations predicted that Sr2CrOsO6 is ferrimagnetic half-semiconductive (HSC) due to the vertical hopping of t2g electrons via antiferromagnetic coupling [Cr3+ (t2g3↑)-O (2pπ)-Os5+ (t2g3↓)], which agreed with the experimental results. The HSC energy-gaps originate from the splitting of three partially occupied Os5+ (5d) bands into two fully filled bands and one empty spin-down band. The real ε1 (ω) and imaginary ε2 (ω) parts of the dielectric function ε (ω) and energy-loss spectrum L (ω) were calculated, analyzed, and compared with the electronic results.

  10. Fuel cycle

    The situation of the nuclear fuel cycle for LWR type reactors in France and in the Federal Republic of Germany was presented in 14 lectures with the aim to compare the state-of-the-art in both countries. In addition to the momentarily changing fuilds of fuel element development and fueling strategies, the situation of reprocessing, made interesting by some recent developmnts, was portrayed and differences in ultimate waste disposal elucidated. (orig.)

  11. High-cycle Fatigue Fracture Behavior of Ultrahigh Strength Steels

    Weijun HUI; Yihong NIE; Han DONG; Yuqing WENG; Chunxu WANG

    2008-01-01

    The fatigue fracture behavior of four ultrahigh strength steels with different melting processes and therefore different inclusion sizes were studied by using a rotating bar two-point bending fatigue machine in the high-cycle regime up to 107 cycles of loading. The fracture surfaces were observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). It was found that the size of inclusion has significant effect on the fatigue behavior.For AISI 4340 steel in which the inclusion size is smaller than 5.5 μm, all the fatigue cracks except one did not initiated from inclusion but from specimen surface and conventional S-N curve exists. For 65Si2MnWE and Aermet 100 steels in which the average inclusion sizes are 12.2 and 14.9 μm, respectively, fatigue cracks initiated from inclusions at lower stress amplitudes and stepwise S-N curves were observed. The S-N curvedisplays a continuous decline and fatigue failures originated from large oxide inclusion for 60Si2CrVA steel in which the average inclusion size is 44.4 μm. In the case of internal inclusion-induced fractures at cycles beyond about 1×106 for 65Si2MnWE and 60Si2CrVA steels, inclusion was always found inside the fish-eye and a granular bright facet (GBF) was observed in the vicinity around the inclusion. The GBF sizes increasewith increasing the number of cycles to failure Nf in the long-life regime. The values of stress intensity factor range at crack initiation site for the GBF are almost constant with Nf, and are almost equal to that for the surface inclusion and the internal inclusion at cycles lower than about 1×106. Neither fish-eye nor GBF was observed for Aermet 100 steel in the present study.

  12. Modification of tribology and high-temperature behavior of Ti 48Al 2Cr 2Nb intermetallic alloy by laser cladding

    Liu, Xiu-Bo; Wang, Hua-Ming

    2006-06-01

    In order to improve the tribology and high-temperature oxidation properties of the Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb intermetallic alloy simultaneously, mixed NiCr-Cr 3C 2 precursor powders had been investigated for laser cladding treatment to modify wear and high-temperature oxidation resistance of the material. The alloy samples were pre-placed with NiCr-80, 50 and 20%Cr 3C 2 (wt.%), respectively, and laser treated at the same parameters, i.e., laser output power 2.8 kW, beam scanning speed 2.0 mm/s, beam dimension 1 mm × 18 mm. The treated samples underwent tests of microhardness, wear and high-temperature oxidation. The results showed that laser cladding with different constitution of mixed precursor NiCr-Cr 3C 2 powders improved surface hardness in all cases. Laser cladding with NiCr-50%Cr 3C 2 resulted in the best modification of tribology and high-temperature oxidation behavior. X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) analyses indicated that the formation of reinforced Cr 7C 3, TiC and both continuous and dense Al 2O 3, Cr 2O 3 oxide scales were supposed to be responsible for the modification of the relevant properties. As a result, the present work had laid beneficial surface engineering foundation for TiAl alloy applied as future light weight and high-temperature structural candidate materials.

  13. First principles study of the origin of Strain-tunable extraordinary magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films

    Ball, M. R.; Lucy, J. M.; Restrepo, O. D.; Hauser, A. J.; Soliz, J. R.; Freeland, J. W.; Woodward, P. M.; Windl, W.; Yang, F. Y.

    2015-03-01

    Magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) has significant implications in a range of applications such as power generation and magnetic data storage. We report the discovery of extraordinarily large anisotropy fields and strain-tunable MCA in Sr2CrReO6 epitaxial films. These films grown on (LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT), SrTiO3, and SrCr0.5Nb0.5O3/LSAT substrates undergo dramatic changes in MCA shown by a shift in easy axis from in-plane to out-of plane. To find the origin of this, we determine the strain-induced distortions and octahedral rotations by performing density functional theory (DFT) calculations using VASP. Correlation effects were treated within GGA +U. In DFT, the change in easy axis under strain seen in experiment can be examined through the difference in total energies for magnetic orientation along different crystalline axes known as the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE). The MAE is directly related to the moment anisotropy which is the difference between hard- and easy-axis orbital moments. When a sign change in the moment anisotropy is present, a change in easy axis is indicated. We indeed find this sign change with increasing c / a ratio which is in agreement with experiments. The origin of the MAE resides in the strain-induced changes in spin-orbit coupling on the Re-atoms. This interplay between structural deformations and magnetism leads to a giant MCA

  14. Isolating the Epstein-Barr virus gp350/220 binding site on complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21).

    Young, Kendra A; Chen, Xiaojiang S; Holers, V Michael; Hannan, Jonathan P

    2007-12-14

    Complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21) is essential for the attachment of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) to the surface of B-lymphocytes in an interaction mediated by the viral envelope glycoprotein gp350. The heavily glycosylated structure of EBV gp350 has recently been elucidated by x-ray crystallography, and the CR2 binding site on this protein has been characterized. To identify the corresponding gp350 binding site on CR2, we have undertaken a site-directed mutagenesis study targeting regions of CR2 that have previously been implicated in the binding of CR2 to the C3d/C3dg fragments of complement component C3. Wild-type or mutant forms of CR2 were expressed on K562 cells, and the ability of these CR2-expressing cells to bind gp350 was measured using flow cytometry. Mutations directed toward the two N-terminal extracellular domains of CR2 (SCR1-2) reveal that a large contiguous surface of CR2 SCR1-2 is involved in gp350 binding, including a number of positively charged residues (Arg-13, (Arg-28, (Arg-36, Lys-41, Lys-57, Lys-67, and Arg-83). These data appear to complement the CR2 binding site on gp350, which is characterized by a preponderance of negative charge. In addition to identifying the importance of charge in the formation of a CR2-gp350 complex, we also provide evidence that both SCR1 and SCR2 make contact with gp350. Specifically, two anti-CR2 monoclonal antibodies, designated as monoclonal antibodies 171 and 1048 whose primary epitopes are located within SCR2, inhibit binding of wild-type CR2 to EBV gp350; with regard to SCR1, both K562 cells expressing an S15P mutation and recombinant S15P CR2 proteins exhibit diminished gp350 binding. PMID:17925391

  15. Microstructure and temperature coefficient of resistance of thin cermet resistor films deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by S-gun magnetron

    Technological solutions for producing nanoscale cermet resistor films with sheet resistances above 1000 Ω/□ and low temperature coefficients of resistance (TCR) have been investigated. 2-40 nm thick cermet films were sputter deposited from CrSi2-Cr-SiC targets by a dual cathode dc S-gun magnetron. In addition to studying film resistance versus temperature, the nanofilm structural features and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and electron energy loss spectroscopy. This study has revealed that all cermet resistor films deposited at ambient and elevated temperatures were amorphous. The atomic ratio of Si to Cr in these films was about 2 to 1. The film TCR displayed a significant increase when the deposited film thickness was reduced below 2.5 nm. An optimized sputter process consisting of wafer degassing, cermet film deposition at elevated temperature with rf substrate bias, and a double annealing in vacuum, consisting of in situ annealing following the film sputtering and an additional annealing following the exposure of the wafers to air, has been found to be very effective for the film thermal stabilization and for fine tuning the film TCR. Cermet films with thicknesses in the range of 2.5-4 nm deposited using this technique had sheet resistances ranging from 1800 to 1200 Ω/□ and TCR values from -50 ppm/ deg. C to near zero, respectively. A possible mechanism responsible for the high efficiency of annealing the cermet films in vacuum (after preliminary exposure to air), resulting in resistance stabilization and TCR reduction, is also discussed.

  16. Safe cycling!

    Anaïs Schaeffer

    2012-01-01

    The HSE Unit will be running a cycling safety campaign at the entrances to CERN's restaurants on 14, 15 and 16 May. Pop along to see if they can persuade you to get back in the saddle!   With summer on its way, you might feel like getting your bike out of winter storage. Well, the HSE Unit has come up with some original ideas to remind you of some of the most basic safety rules. This year, the prevention campaign will be focussing on three themes: "Cyclists and their equipment", "The bicycle on the road", and "Other road users". This is an opportunity to think about the condition of your bike as well as how you ride it. From 14 to 16 May, representatives of the Swiss Office of Accident Prevention and the Touring Club Suisse will join members of the HSE Unit at the entrances to CERN's restaurants to give you advice on safe cycling (see box). They will also be organising three activity stands where you can test your knowle...

  17. Magnetic tunneling junctions with the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al

    Conca Parra, A.

    2007-07-20

    Materials with large spin polarization are required for applications in spintronics devices. For this reason, major research efforts are directed to study the properties of compounds which are expected to be half metals, i.e. materials with 100% spin polarization. Half metals are expected to have a gap in the density of states at the Fermi energy for one spin band while the other spin band is metallic leading to a completely spin polarized current. The ferromagnetic full Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) has attracted great interest in the field of spintronics. The high Tc (800 K) and the expected half metallicity make CCFA a good candidate for applications in spintronic devices such as magnetic tunneling junctions (MTJs). This thesis presents the results of the study of the electronic and structural properties of CCFA thin films. The films were implemented in magnetic tunneling junctions and the tunneling magnetoresistance effect (TMR) was investigated. The main objectives were the measurement of the spin polarisation of the CCFA alloy and to obtain information about its electronic structure. The influence of the deposition conditions on the thin film properties and on the surface crystalline order and their respective influence on the TMR ratio was investigated. Epitaxial CCFA thin films with two alternative growth orientations were deposited on different substrates and buffer layers. An annealing step was used to improve the crystalline properties of the thin films. In the tunneling junctions, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} was used as a barrier material and Co was chosen as counter electrode. The multilayer systems were patterned in Mesa structures using lithographic techniques. In the framework of the Julliere model, a maximum spin polarisation of 54% at 4K was measured in tunneling junctions with epitaxial CCFA electrodes. A strong influence of the annealing temperature on the TMR ratio was determined. The increase of the TMR ratio could be correlated

  18. Numerical adiabatic potentials of orthorhombic Jahn-Teller effects retrieved from ultrasound attenuation experiments. Application to the SrF2:Cr crystal

    Zhevstovskikh, I. V.; Bersuker, I. B.; Gudkov, V. V.; Averkiev, N. S.; Sarychev, M. N.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Yasin, S.; Shakurov, G. S.; Ulanov, V. A.; Surikov, V. T.

    2016-06-01

    A methodology is worked out to retrieve the numerical values of all the main parameters of the six-dimensional adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) of a polyatomic system with a quadratic T-term Jahn-Teller effect (JTE) from the ultrasound experiments. The method is based on a verified assumption that ultrasound attenuation and speed encounter anomalies when the direction of propagation and polarization of its wave of strain coincides with the characteristic directions of symmetry breaking in the JTE. For the SrF2:Cr crystal, employed as a basic example, we observed anomaly peaks in the temperature dependence of attenuation of ultrasound at frequencies of 50-160 MHz in the temperature interval of 40-60 K for the wave propagating along the [110] direction, for both the longitudinal and the shear modes, the latter with two polarizations along the [001] and [1 1 ¯ 0 ] axes, respectively. We show that these anomalies are due to the ultrasound relaxation by the system of non-interacting Cr2+ JT centers with orthorhombic local distortions. The interpretation of the experimental findings is based on the T2 g⊗(eg+t2 g) JTE problem including the linear and the quadratic terms of vibronic interactions in the Hamiltonian and the same-symmetry modes reduced to one interaction mode. Combining the experimental results with a theoretical analysis, we show that on the complicated six-dimensional APES of this system with three tetragonal, four trigonal, and six orthorhombic extrema points, the latter are global minima, while the former are saddle points, and we estimate numerically all the main parameters of this surface, including the linear and quadratic vibronic coupling constants, the primary force constants, the coordinates of all the extrema points and their energies, the energy barrier between the orthorhombic minima, and the tunneling splitting of the ground vibrational states. To our knowledge, such a based-on-experimental-data numerical reconstruction of the APES

  19. Deposition of La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.97V0.03O3 and MnCr2O4 thin films on ferritic alloy for solid oxide fuel cell application

    Mikkelsen, Lars; Chen, Ming; Hendriksen, Peter Vang;

    2007-01-01

    Single layer dense films of La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.97V0.03O3 (LSC) and MnCr2O4 with a thickness of 500 nm were deposited on a commercially available ferritic alloy (Crofer 22APU) by large-area Pulsed Laser Deposition. The deposited samples were subsequently oxidized at 1173 K for 500 h in humidified air...

  20. Nanostructured and Conventional Cr2O3, TiO2, and TiO2-Cr2O3 Thermal-Sprayed Coatings for Metal-Seated Ball Valve Applications in Hydrometallurgy

    Vernhes, Luc; Bekins, Craig; Lourdel, Nicolas; Poirier, Dominique; Lima, Rogerio S.; Li, Duanjie; Klemberg-Sapieha, Jolanta E.

    2016-06-01

    A detailed characterization project was undertaken by Velan, an international industrial valve designer and manufacturer, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada, Boucherville, and Polytechnique Montréal. The purpose was to assess the mechanical and tribological resistances of promising ceramic coatings for hydrometallurgy applications, including a novel n-TiO2-Cr2O3 blend. Hardness and shear strength were determined using microhardness indentation testers and universal tensile testing equipment. Wear resistance of the coatings under sliding wear, abrasion, and galling conditions were measured by standard pin-on-disk tests, abrasion tests, and custom-designed galling tests. The main result is that the synergy between Cr2O3 and n-TiO2 produced abrasion performance exceeding that of these materials alone. Also, an optimized balance between the hard and brittle Cr2O3 phases and the soft and ductile n-TiO2 phases resulted in higher abrasion, sliding, and galling resistance. The novel n-TiO2-Cr2O3 blend is therefore considered as a promising evolution of the current TiO2-Cr2O3 blend.

  1. Finite Element Analysis of Precision Forging Process for 2Cr18Ni8W2 Stainless Steel Bar%2Cr18Ni8W2不锈钢圆棒精锻过程的有限元模拟

    肖强

    2016-01-01

    采用DEFORM-3D有限元软件模拟了2Cr18Ni8W2不锈钢在两种精锻工艺下的温度和等效应变分布,分析了工艺条件对精锻过程中温度场和应变场的影响,并进行了试验验证.结果表明:采用优化工艺条件锻造时钢坯表面及内部温度均比现场工艺条件下的低,其内部应变分布也比现场工艺条件下的均匀;在精锻过程中增加倒数第二道次的变形量会导致锻造后的钢坯内部应变分布的不均匀性,造成晶粒大小不均,从而引起探伤误报警;采用优化工艺条件锻造后的圆棒经探伤完全合格,其组织均匀,在等轴晶的内部出现大量的形变孪晶.%The temperature and equivalent strain distribution of 2Cr18Ni8W2 stainless steel bar in two different precision forging processes were simulated by the DEFORM-3D finite element analysis software.The effects of forging process condition on the temperature field and strain field during precision forging process were analyzed and then verified by experimental results.The results show that the temperatures on the surface and inner of the billet in the optimized forging process were lower than those in the on-site process,and the strain distribution in the billet was also more homogeneous than that in on-site process.The deformation increase in the penultimate pass during the precision forging process would increase the uneven distribution of the strain in the billet after the last pass,initiating the grain size nonuniformity,and then resulted in ultrasonic test misinformation.The stainless steel bar forged with optimized process passed the ultrasonic test.The microstructure was uniform and the deformation twin was observed inside the isometric crystal.

  2. Study on HIx cycling techniques for thermo chemical hydrogen production process. R and D on refractory and corrosion resistant pressure sensor for hydrogen iodide cycling test loop

    High refractory and corrosion resistant pressure sensor with tantalum/SUS 316 welding type diaphragm has been developed for hydrogen iodide cycling test in thermo chemical hydrogen production process and tested its fatigue and corrosion properties. With these results, the following conclusions were derived. (1) New type of high refractory and corrosion resistant alloy was found in Ta/SUS 316 welding region and its elemental composition was identified as 83Ta-11Fe-2Ni-2Cr-2Mo [wt.%]. (2) This pressure sensor achieved a new record of the longest fatigue life over 107 cycles within 0.44%F.S./degC and (3) No degradation of its mechanical and sensitivity properties was found after 20000 hours hydrogen iodide cycling test. (author)

  3. Novel mode of 2-fold interpenetration observed in a primitive cubic network of formula [Ni(1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)acetylene)2(Cr2O7)]n.

    Scott, Hayley S; Bajpai, Alankriti; Chen, Kai-Jie; Pham, Tony; Space, Brian; Perry, John J; Zaworotko, Michael J

    2015-10-14

    A primitive cubic (pcu) network of formula [Ni(1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)acetylene)2(Cr2O7)]n, , has been synthesised and found to exhibit a novel type of inclined 2-fold interpenetration and an isosteric heat of adsorption (Q(st)) of 30.5 kJ mol(-1) towards CO2 at zero loading. Q(st) is relatively high in the broad context but less than that observed in related hybrid ultramicroporous materials, a feature that can be understood after studying pore structure and molecular simulations of CO2 adsorption. PMID:26307270

  4. Mixed-ligand coordination of the (UO2)2+ cation and apophyllite topology of uranyl chlorochromate layer in the structure of ((CH3)2CHNH3)[(UO2)(CrO4)Cl(H2O)

    Addition of the Cl- anions to the synthesis mixture stabilizes specific structures of uranyl complexes which results in new compounds with the unprecedented structural topologies. ((CH3)2CHNH3)[(UO2)(CrO4) . Cl(H2O)] is a new member of the small family of compounds based upon the Ur(XmOn)5 (X = Cl, Br, I) bipyramids. The structure is based upon uranyl chloride chromate layers that alternate with the layers of protonated amine molecules. The layers contain UrClO4 pentagonal bipyramids that share three of its equatorial corners with CrO4 tetrahedra. Topological analysis shows that the [(UO2)(CrO4)Cl(H2O)]- layer belongs to the same topology of interpolyhedral linkage as in α-UO2MoO4(H2O)2. This type of topology (linkage of 4-membered rings creating 8-membered rings) is known in silicate crystal chemistry as the topology of the [Si4O10] layers in the minerals of the apophyllite group. Their linkage via various intermediate units results in a large family of open-framework and pillared silicates. (orig.)

  5. Manufacturing, Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Electrophoretically Deposited SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 Coatings On X2CrNiMo17–12–2 Steel

    Ratajski T.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 coatings were electrophoretically deposited on X2CrNiMo17-12-2 steel using ethanol-based suspensions of the SiO2 and Ni powders. The influence of the zeta potential and concentration of the suspensions, the applied voltage and deposition time on the quality of the coatings was studied. Microstructure of the plan-view and cross sections of the coatings was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. The plan-view images revealed the uniform microstructure of the coatings with sporadically observed cracks, pores as well SiO2 and Ni agglomerates. On the cross-sections, the Cr2O3 layer, resulted from oxidation of the substrate during sintering of the coatings was observed. The polarization tests have shown that SiO2 and Ni/SiO2 coatings improve the corrosion resistance of the X2CrNiMo17-12-2 steel in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution.

  6. The business cycle and the life cycle

    Paul Gomme; Richard Rogerson; Peter Rupert; Randall Wright

    2004-01-01

    The paper documents how cyclical fluctuations in market work vary over the life cycle and then assesses the predictions of a life-cycle version of the growth model for those observations. The analysis yields a simple but striking finding. The main discrepancy between the model and that data lies in the inability of the model to account for fluctuations in hours for individuals in the first half of their life cycle. The predictions for those in the latter half of the life cycle are quite close...

  7. Solar cycle 25: another moderate cycle?

    Cameron, Robert H; Schuessler, Manfred

    2016-01-01

    Surface flux transport simulations for the descending phase of cycle 24 using random sources (emerging bipolar magnetic regions) with empirically determined scatter of their properties provide a prediction of the axial dipole moment during the upcoming activity minimum together with a realistic uncertainty range. The expectation value for the dipole moment around 2020 $(2.5\\pm1.1\\,$G) is comparable to that observed at the end of cycle 23 (about $2\\,$G). The empirical correlation between the dipole moment during solar minimum and the strength of the subsequent cycle thus suggests that cycle 25 will be of moderate amplitude, not much higher than that of the current cycle. However, the intrinsic uncertainty of such predictions resulting from the random scatter of the source properties is considerable and fundamentally limits the reliability with which such predictions can be made before activity minimum is reached.

  8. Solar Cycle 25: Another Moderate Cycle?

    Cameron, R. H.; Jiang, J.; Schüssler, M.

    2016-06-01

    Surface flux transport simulations for the descending phase of Cycle 24 using random sources (emerging bipolar magnetic regions) with empirically determined scatter of their properties provide a prediction of the axial dipole moment during the upcoming activity minimum together with a realistic uncertainty range. The expectation value for the dipole moment around 2020 (2.5 ± 1.1 G) is comparable to that observed at the end of Cycle 23 (about 2 G). The empirical correlation between the dipole moment during solar minimum and the strength of the subsequent cycle thus suggests that Cycle 25 will be of moderate amplitude, not much higher than that of the current cycle. However, the intrinsic uncertainty of such predictions resulting from the random scatter of the source properties is considerable and fundamentally limits the reliability with which such predictions can be made before activity minimum is reached.

  9. In-situ observations on interphase boundary migration and grain growth during α/γ phase transformation in iron-4. 2%Cr alloy%Fe-4.2%Cr合金α/γ相变中相边界移动和晶粒长大的原位观察

    渡边忠雄

    2005-01-01

    In-situ observations on α/γ phase transformation were made to study the effects of grain boundary microstructures on the formation of a new phase and the migration of α/γ interphase boundary in an iron-4. 2%Cr alloy. It was found that triple junctions with more random boundaries could be the primary nucleation sites for a new phase, while triple junctions with low angle or low ∑ coincidence boundaries did not play any role as preferential sites. The migration of α/γ interphase boundary during heating over the transformation temperature range showed the two stage behaviour characterized by a stage with a migration velocity of 0. 33~0. 75 mm/s and secondly by a stage with 3. 7~7. 6 mm/s. It was also found that abnormal grain growth and a high density of ∑3 coincidence boundaries could occur in a phase with bcc structure after cycling of α/γ phase transformation. A new mechanism of nucleation and growth of a new phase in α/γ phase transformation is proposed on the basis of roles of plane-matching interphase boundaries, as previously discussed on the origin of anisotropy of grain growth due to the migration of {110} plane-matching boundaries in Fe-3%Si alloy. The most recent theoretical work on the distribution of plane-matching boundaries in solids with different crystal structures was found to be useful for the understanding of nucleation and growth during α/γ phase transformation.

  10. Chromium substitution in mullite type bismuth aluminate: Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} with 0≤x≤2.0

    Debnath, Tapas, E-mail: debnath@du.ac.bd [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh); Ullah, Ahamed [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh); Rüscher, Claus H. [Institute of Mineralogy, Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover (Germany); Hussain, Altaf [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    2014-12-15

    Nominal compositions Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} with 0.0≤x≤2.0 (Δx=0.2) were prepared using appropriate amounts of nitrates dissolved in glycerine and heated at 800 °C for 24 h as we previously used for the preparation of solid solution series Bi{sub 2}M{sub x}/M′{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} (M/M′=Fe/Al, Ga/Al and Fe/Ga). The samples were characterized using XRD, FTIR and optical microscopic techniques. Analyses of XRD data show mullite type single phase can be prepared up to x=1.2. The lattice parameters (a, b and c) increases with increasing Cr content. Further increase in x (i.e., x≥1.4) show the presence of some additional phases indicating a limiting value for Cr doping is in the range of 1.2≤x<1.4. The effect of Cr incorporation could also be observed in the infrared absorption spectra via systematic hard mode shifts of certain lattice modes, e.g. the Bi–O related vibration changes from 96 cm{sup −1} to 93 cm{sup −1} with increasing x up to 1.2 and certain intensity changes together with shift in peak positions. Interestingly, the absence of any splitting and shift of the high energy IR absorption peak at 821 cm{sup −1} as assigned to the characteristic tetrahedral type dimer, Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}, indicate that the Cr thus partially substitutes only the octahedrally coordinated Al. This is confirmed by Rietveld structure refinements, too. - Graphical abstract: Structural model of Cr doped bismuth aluminate, Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9}. - Highlights: • Chromium doped bismuth aluminate, Bi{sub 2}Cr{sub x}Al{sub 4−x}O{sub 9} with mullite type structure are synthesized. • The samples are characterized by XRD and FTIR techniques. • Cr can replace only certain amount of octahedrally coordinated Al in Bi{sub 2}Al{sub 4}O{sub 9} under present experimental conditions.

  11. Estudo da remoção de Cd2+ , Cr3+ e Pb2+ de soluções aquosas empregando a zeólita natural escolecita: uma abordagem cinética e termodinâmica

    Karla Carolina Saqueto

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Devido às suas propriedades físicas favoráveis, associados à alta estabilidade física e química em condições normais, materiais naturais, como as zeólitas, têm sido amplamente aplicadas no tratamento de águas residuárias para remover poluentes. A capacidade de troca catiônica de uma zeólita natural brasileira, identificada como escolecita, tem sido avaliada para aplicação no controle de águas residuais. No presente trabalho o potencial da escolecita para remoção de metais tóxicos (Cd2+, Cr3+ e Pb2+ foi investigado. Os efeitos do pH, da temperatura e da concentração de metais em solução durante o processo de adsorção foram avaliados. Isotermas descrevendo o mecanismo de adsorção foram obtidas utilizando-se soluções contendo 50 mg.L-1 de cada metal. Foi observada a tendência de retenção de Cr3+ = Cd2+> Pb2+, entre 50 e 250 mg.L-1 e Cr3+ = Cd2+> Pb2+, e entre 200 mg.L-1 e 600 mg.L-1, a tendência é mais favorecida, é Cd2+> Cr3+> Pb2+. Acima de 600 mg.L-1, a tendência de adsorção observada é Cr3+>Cd2+>Pb2+. Adsorção de Cr3+ e Cd2+ é melhor descrita pela isoterma de Freundich enquanto que para o Pb2+ é pela isoterma de Langmuir. A ordem de dessorção é Cd2+> Pb2+> Cr3+. A adsorção dos metais estudados segue a cinética de primeira ordem e não foi observada uma expressiva influencia da temperatura na adsorção dos cátions.

  12. Cycling in Sydney, Australia

    Alexis Zander

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Cycling can be an enjoyable way to meet physical activity recommendations and is suitable for older people; however cycling participation by older Australians is low. This qualitative study explored motivators, enablers, and barriers to cycling among older people through an age-targeted cycling promotion program. Methods. Seventeen adults who aged 50–75 years participated in a 12-week cycling promotion program which included a cycling skills course, mentor, and resource pack. Semistructured interviews at the beginning and end of the program explored motivators, enablers, and barriers to cycling. Results. Fitness and recreation were the primary motivators for cycling. The biggest barrier was fear of cars and traffic, and the cycling skills course was the most important enabler for improving participants’ confidence. Reported outcomes from cycling included improved quality of life (better mental health, social benefit, and empowerment and improved physical health. Conclusions. A simple cycling program increased cycling participation among older people. This work confirms the importance of improving confidence in this age group through a skills course, mentors, and maps and highlights additional strategies for promoting cycling, such as ongoing improvement to infrastructure and advertising.

  13. Initiation and growth of thermal fatigue crack networks in an AISI 304 L type austenitic stainless steel (X2 CrNi18-09)

    We studied the behaviour of a 304 L type austenitic stainless steel submitted to thermal fatigue. Using the SPLASH equipment of CEA/SRMA we tested parallelepipedal specimens on two sides: the specimens are continuously heated by Joule effect, while two opposites faces are cyclically. cooled by a mixed spray of distilled water and compressed air. This device allows the reproduction and the study of crack networks similar to those observed in nuclear power plants, on the inner side of circuits fatigued by mixed pressurized water flows at different temperatures. The crack initiation and the network constitution at the surface were observed under different thermal conditions (Tmax = 320 deg C, ΔT between 125 and 200 deg C). The experiment produced a stress gradient in the specimen, and due to this gradient, the in-depth growth of the cracks finally stopped. The obtained crack networks were studied quantitatively by image analysis, and different parameters were studied: at the surface during the cycling, and post mortem by step-by-step layer removal by grinding. The maximal depth obtained experimentally, 2.5 mm, is relatively coherent with the finite element modelling of the SPLASH test, in which compressive stresses appear at a depth of 2 mm. Some of the crack networks obtained by thermal fatigue were also tested in isothermal fatigue crack growth under 4-point bending, at imposed load. The mechanisms of the crack selection, and the appearance of the dominating crack are described. Compared to the propagation of a single crack, the crack networks delay the propagation, depending on the severity of the crack competition for domination. The dominating crack can be at the network periphery, in that case it is not as shielded by its neighbours as a crack located in the center of the network. It can also be a straight crack surrounded by more sinuous neighbours. Indeed, on sinuous cracks, the loading is not the same all along the crack path, leading to some morphological

  14. The role of complement receptors type 1 (CR1, CD35) and 2 (CR2, CD21) in promoting C3 fragment deposition and membrane attack complex formation on normal peripheral human B cells

    Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Pedersen, Morten Løbner; Marquart, Hanne Vibeke Hansen;

    2002-01-01

    Normal human B lymphocytes are known to activate the alternative pathway (AP) of complement, leading to C3-fragment deposition and membrane attack complex (MAC) formation. The process is mediated via complement receptor type 2 (CR2, CD21), with complement receptor type 1 (CR1, CD35) playing a...... subsidiary role. In this study, we examine the relative contributions of CR1 and CR2 to the deposition of C3 fragments and MAC on B lymphocytes under circumstances where all complement pathways are operational. C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation were assessed on human peripheral B lymphocytes in the...... presence of 30% autologous serum. Blocking the CR2 ligand-binding site with monoclonal antibody (mAb) FE8 resulted in significant reduction (37.9+/-11.9%) in C3-fragment deposition, whereas MAC formation was only marginally affected (12.1+/-22.2% reduction). Blocking the CR1 binding-site resulted in...

  15. Selective corrosion of duplex stainless steel. Pt. 1 Corrosion behaviour of duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3 with special consideration of the microstructure

    This paper is dealing with investigations on interrelations between microstructure and corrosion behaviour of duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3. With the application of conventional methods like Strauss- and Huey-test it is not possible to describe correctly the corrosion behaviour. In contrary, by means of the development of the electrochemical potentiodynamic reactivation (EPR) method it is possible to give a reliable proof of corrosion susceptibility. The knowledge about the corrosion of duplex stainless steel was intensified by fundamental investigation of interrelations between precipitations and corrosion behaviour. By means of numerous investigations on the microstructure by means of SEM and TEM secondary phases were analysed and quantified and depletion areas created by precipitations were characterized. (orig.)

  16. Selective corrosion of duplex stainless steel. Pt. 2 Localized corrosion manifestations under exposure of chlorides on duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3 and mechanical behavior in dependence of the microstructure

    In completion to part 1 of this paper this part deals with interrelations between localized corrosion manifestations, mechanical properties and the microstructure of duplex stainless steel X2CrNiMoN22-5-3. The pit formation on duplex stainless steels is substantially determined by the distribution of the alloying elements within single phases and by defects in the oxide layer. The positive properties of molybdenum become ineffective at thicker oxide layers due to the fact, that molybdate, which is responsible for inhibition of pitting, can not be formed. Depletion areas caused by precipitations are preferential attack places for corrosion. The influence of chlorides for duplex stainless steels in rolled and welded conditions is characterized by a logarithmic dependence. (orig.)

  17. Predicted behavior of technetium in a geological disposal vault for used nuclear fuel -- Ramifications of a recent determination of the enthalpy of formation of TcO2(cr)

    Recently, the authors reported a value of ΔfH degree(TcO2(cr)) = -(458 ± 6) kJ-mol based on heat of solution measurements. The implications of this value on the database used in the Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste Management Program for the evaluation of the technetium released by congruent dissolution of used UO2 fuel have now been assessed. It is probable that the Tc(IV) oxides are more stable than previously predicted and, hence, they are less likely to be oxidized to TcO4-(aq) under moderately reducing conditions. The authors have revised earlier calculations done to predict the solution concentrations of technetium species in a vault as a function of the oxidation conditions in model groundwaters

  18. Thermodynamics of bis-(η6-diphenyl)chromium (I) fulleride [(η6-Ph2)2Cr]+[C60].- in the range from T->(0 to 360)K

    In the present work, the temperature dependence of heat capacity Cp,mo=f(T) of crystalline bis-(η6-diphenyl)chromium (I) fulleride [(η6-Ph2)2Cr]+[C60].- has been measured by precision adiabatic vacuum calorimetry between T=(6 and 360)K with an uncertainty of +/-0.2%. In this temperature interval, the transformations were detected and their thermodynamic characteristics were estimated. The experimental data were used for calculating standard (po=0.1MPa) thermodynamic functions Cp,mo/R, Δ0THmo/RT, Δ0TSmo/R and Φmo/R=Δ0TSmo/R-Δ0THmo/RT (where R is the universal gas constant) in the range T->(0 to 360)K

  19. The role of complement receptors type 1 (CR1, CD35) and 2 (CR2, CD21) in promoting C3 fragment deposition and membrane attack complex formation on normal peripheral human B cells

    Nielsen, Claus Henrik; Pedersen, Morten Løbner; Marquart, Hanne Vibeke;

    2002-01-01

    Normal human B lymphocytes are known to activate the alternative pathway (AP) of complement, leading to C3-fragment deposition and membrane attack complex (MAC) formation. The process is mediated via complement receptor type 2 (CR2, CD21), with complement receptor type 1 (CR1, CD35) playing a...... subsidiary role. In this study, we examine the relative contributions of CR1 and CR2 to the deposition of C3 fragments and MAC on B lymphocytes under circumstances where all complement pathways are operational. C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation were assessed on human peripheral B lymphocytes in the......) bearing CR1, however, markedly reduced both C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation. Our data suggest that C3-fragment deposition and MAC formation on B lymphocytes in vivo may involve both AP and classical pathway activation, with CR1 contributing significantly to the latter. On the other hand, the...

  20. Effect of Post-Weld Heat Treatment on Mechanical and Electrochemical Properties of Gas Metal Arc-Welded 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) Stainless Steel

    Muhammad, F.; Ahmad, A.; Farooq, A.; Haider, W.

    2016-08-01

    In the present research work, corrosion behavior of post-weld heat-treated (PWHT) AISI 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) specimens joined by gas metal arc welding is compared with as-welded samples by using potentiodynamic polarization technique. Welded samples were PWHT at 1323 K for 480 s and quenched. Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and microstructures of as-welded and PWHT specimens were investigated. Microstructural studies have shown grain size refinement after PWHT. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength were found maximum for PWHT samples. Bend test have shown that PWHT imparted ductility in welded sample. Fractographic analysis has evidenced ductile behavior for samples. Potentiodynamic polarization test was carried out in a solution composed of 1 M H2SO4 and 1 N NaCl. Corrosion rate of weld region was 127.6 mpy, but after PWHT, it was decreased to 13.12 mpy.

  1. Estudo da remoção de Cd2+ , Cr3+ e Pb2+ de soluções aquosas empregando a zeólita natural escolecita: uma abordagem cinética e termodinâmica

    Karla Carolina Saqueto; Nemésio Neves Batista Salvador; Marcos Valério Battisti; Ana Marta Ribeiro Machado

    2010-01-01

    Devido às suas propriedades físicas favoráveis, associados à alta estabilidade física e química em condições normais, materiais naturais, como as zeólitas, têm sido amplamente aplicadas no tratamento de águas residuárias para remover poluentes. A capacidade de troca catiônica de uma zeólita natural brasileira, identificada como escolecita, tem sido avaliada para aplicação no controle de águas residuais. No presente trabalho o potencial da escolecita para remoção de metais tóxicos (Cd2+, Cr3+ ...

  2. Life cycle assessment (LCA)

    Thrane, Mikkel; Schmidt, Jannick Andresen

    2004-01-01

    The chapter introduces Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its application according to the ISO 1404043 standards.......The chapter introduces Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its application according to the ISO 1404043 standards....

  3. Sucrose-aided combustion synthesis of nanosized LiMn{sub 1.99-y}Li{sub y}M{sub 0.01}O{sub 4} (M = Al{sup 3+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Cr{sup 3+}, Co{sup 3+}, y = 0.01 and 0.06) spinels. Characterization and electrochemical behavior at 25 and at 55 C in rechargeable lithium cells

    Amarilla, J.M.; Pico, F.; Rojo, J.M.; Rojas, R.M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz no. 3, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Petrov, K.; Avdeev, G. [Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2009-06-15

    Doubly doped LiMn{sub 1.99-y}Li{sub y}M{sub 0.01}O{sub 4} (M = Al{sup 3+}, Ni{sup 2+}, Cr{sup 3+}, Co{sup 3+}; y = 0.01 and 0.06) spinels have been synthesized by the sucrose-aided combustion method. Combined TG/DTA and XRD studies have shown that stoichiometric single-phase spinels are formed after annealing of the samples at 700 C for 1 h. The samples obtained are nanocrystalline materials having a narrow size-distribution and a coherent domain size between 40 and 60 nm, depending on the amount of fuel (sucrose) used in the synthesis. The influence of the Li-excess, the type of M{sup n+}-dopant cation and the amount of fuel used in the synthesis on the electrochemical behavior of the spinels in a Li-cell at room and at elevated temperature (55 C) has been studied. At 25 C all the spinels synthesized have a good capacity retention after 100 cycles, QRt-100 > 92%. At 55 C the increase of the Li-excess improves the cycling performances. Rate capability studies show that the spinels retain >90% of their capacity even at 5C rate. The synergic effect of the Li-excess and the particle size on the electrochemical properties of the spinels as cathode material has been settled. The LiMn{sub 1.93}Li{sub 0.06}M{sub 0.01}O{sub 4}, (M = Al{sup 3+}, Ni{sup 2+}) spinels, with cyclabilities >99.9% by cycle at both 25 and 55 C, and high rate capabilities, are the ones that show the best electrochemical properties. (author)

  4. Cycling To Awareness.

    Kozak, Stan

    1999-01-01

    Encourages environmental and outdoor educators to promote bicycling. In the community and the curriculum, cycling connects environmental issues, health and fitness, law and citizenship, appropriate technology, and the joy of being outdoors. Describes the Ontario Cycling Association's cycling strategy and its four components: school cycling…

  5. HIV Life Cycle

    HIV Overview The HIV Life Cycle (Last updated 9/22/2015; last reviewed 9/22/2015) Key Points HIV gradually destroys the immune ... life cycle. What is the connection between the HIV life cycle and HIV medicines? Antiretroviral therapy (ART) ...

  6. The Solar Cycle

    David H. Hathaway

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The solar cycle is reviewed. The 11-year cycle of solar activity is characterized by the rise and fall in the numbers and surface area of sunspots. A number of other solar activity indicators also vary in association with the sunspots including; the 10.7 cm radio flux, the total solar irradiance, the magnetic field, flares and coronal mass ejections, geomagnetic activity, galactic cosmic ray fluxes, and radioisotopes in tree rings and ice cores. Individual solar cycles are characterized by their maxima and minima, cycle periods and amplitudes, cycle shape, the equatorward drift of the active latitudes, hemispheric asymmetries, and active longitudes. Cycle-to-cycle variability includes the Maunder Minimum, the Gleissberg Cycle, and the Gnevyshev–Ohl (even-odd Rule. Short-term variability includes the 154-day periodicity, quasi-biennial variations, and double-peaked maxima. We conclude with an examination of prediction techniques for the solar cycle and a closer look at cycles 23 and 24.

  7. Friction Generated Limit Cycles

    Ohlsson, Henrik; Åström, Karl Johan

    2001-01-01

    This paper treats limit cycles caused by friction. The goal has been to explain phenomena that have been observed experimentally in mechatronic systems. Experiments have shown that oscillations of qualitatively different types can be obtained simply by changing controller specifications. Stiction is important in some cases but not in others. Necessary conditions for limit cycle are given for the case where stiction is important. Conditions for local stability of the limit cycles are also pres...

  8. Real business cycle realizations

    Smith, Gregor W.; Stanley E. Zin

    1997-01-01

    Much recent business cycle research focuses on moments of macroeconomic aggregates. We construct examples of real business cycle sample paths for output, consumption, and employment for the U.S. economy. Annual sample paths are generated from an initial condition in 1925, measured technology and government spending shocks since then, and a standard, calibrated, one-sector model of the business cycle. Quarterly sample paths are generated similarly, from an initial condition in 1955. The law of...

  9. Fictitious Supercontinent Cycles

    Herndon, J Marvin

    2013-01-01

    Descriptions of phenomena, events, or processes made on the basis of problematic paradigms can be unreasonably complex (e.g. epicycles) or simply wrong (e.g. ultraviolet catastrophe). Supercontinent cycles, also called Wilson cycles, are, I submit, artificial constructs, like epicycles. Here I provide the basis for that assertion and describe published considerations from a fundamentally different, new, indivisible geoscience paradigm which obviate the necessity for assuming supercontinent cycles.

  10. Alternative fuel cycles

    Uranium resource utilization and economic considerations provide incentives to study alternative fuel cycles as future options to the PHWR natural uranium cycle. Preliminary studies to define the most favourable alternatives and their possible introduction dates are discussed. The important and uncertain components which influence option selection are reviewed, including nuclear capacity growth, uranium availability and demand, economic potential, and required technological developments. Finally, a summary of Ontario Hydro's program to further assess cycle selection and define development needs is given. (auth)

  11. Euro area business cycles

    Atilim Seymen

    2012-01-01

    The role of global, euro area and country-specific shocks in business cycle dynamics of six euro area member countries is assessed with the aid of SVAR models. Output fluctuations are driven by global shocks to a large extent in the euro area, and no Europeanisation of business cycles due to, for example the European Monetary Union, could be established. Business cycle heterogeneity is driven mainly by (asymmetric) country-specific shocks in the euro area and not by heterogeneous responses to...

  12. Fast breeder fuel cycle

    Basic elements of the ex-reactor part of the fuel cycle (reprocessing, fabrication, waste handling and transportation) are described. Possible technical and proliferation measures are evaluated, including current methods of accountability, surveillance and protection. The reference oxide based cycle and advanced cycles based on carbide and metallic fuels are considered utilizing conventional processes; advanced nonaqueous reprocessing is also considered. This contribution provides a comprehensive data base for evaluation of proliferation risks

  13. [Cycling in Zagreb].

    Matos, Stipan; Krapac, Ladislav; Krapac, Josip

    2007-01-01

    Cycling in Zagreb, as means of urban transport inside and outside the city, has a bright past, hazy presence but a promising future. Every day, aggressive citizens who lack urban traffic culture mistreat many cyclists but also many pedestrians. Sedentary way of living, unhealthy eating habits and inadequate recreation would surely be reduced if Zagreb had a network of cycling tracks (190 cm) or lanes (80 cm). Main city roads were constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the lack of cycling tracks is particularly evident in terms of missing connections between northern and southern parts of the city. Transportation of bikes in public vehicles, parking of bikes as well as cycling along the foot of the mountains Medvednica and Zumberacko gorje is not adequately organized. Better organization is necessary not only because of the present young generation but also because of the young who will shortly become citizens of the EU, where cycling is enormously popular. Cycling tourism is not known in Zagreb, partly due to inadequate roads. The surroundings of Zagreb are more suitable for cycling tourism and attractive brochures and tourist guides offer information to tourists on bikes. Professional, acrobatic and sports cycling do not have a tradition in Zagreb and in Croatia. The same holds true for recreational cycling and indoor exercise cycling. The authors discuss the impact of popularization of cycling using print and electronic media. The role of district and local self-government in the construction and improvement of traffic roads in Zagreb is very important. It is also significant for the implementation of legal regulations that must be obeyed by all traffic participants in order to protect cyclists, the most vulnerable group of traffic participants besides passengers. Multidisciplinary action of all benevolent experts would surely increase safety and pleasure of cycling in the city and its surroundings. This would also help reduce daily stress and

  14. Historicising the Hydrosocial Cycle

    Jeremy J. Schmidt

    2014-01-01

    This paper examines the historical claims made in support of the hydrosocial cycle. In particular, it considers how arguments advancing the hydrosocial cycle make historical claims regarding modernist conceptions of what water is (i.e. H2O) and its fit with society. The paper gives special emphasis to the society/nature dualism and to the notion of agency as key sites of contest in arguments regarding the hydrosocial cycle. It finds that, while several versions of the hydrosocial cycle seek t...

  15. Edgeworth cycles revisited

    Doyle, Joseph [MIT Sloan School of Management, 50 Memorial Drive, E52-447, Cambridge MA 02142 (United States); Muehlegger, Erich [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Mailbox 25, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Samphantharak, Krislert [Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive 1519, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States)

    2010-05-15

    Some gasoline markets exhibit remarkable price cycles, where price spikes are followed by a series of small price declines: a pattern consistent with a model of Edgeworth cycles described by Maskin and Tirole. We extend the model and empirically test its predictions with a new dataset of daily station-level prices in 115 US cities. Consistent with the theory, and often in contrast with previous empirical work, we find the least and most concentrated markets are much less likely to exhibit cycling behavior both within and across cities; areas with more independent convenience-store gas stations are also more likely to cycle. (author)

  16. Seeing the Carbon Cycle

    Drouin, Pamela; Welty, David J.; Repeta, Daniel; Engle-Belknap, Cheryl A.; Cramer, Catherine; Frashure, Kim; Chen, Robert

    2006-01-01

    In this article, the authors present a classroom experiment that was developed to introduce middle school learners to the carbon cycle. The experiment deals with transfer of CO[subscript 2] between liquid reservoirs and the effect CO[subscript 2] has on algae growth. It allows students to observe the influence of the carbon cycle on algae growth,…

  17. The carbon cycle revisited

    Bolin, Bert; Fung, Inez

    1992-01-01

    Discussions during the Global Change Institute indicated a need to present, in some detail and as accurately as possible, our present knowledge about the carbon cycle, the uncertainties in this knowledge, and the reasons for these uncertainties. We discuss basic issues of internal consistency within the carbon cycle, and end by summarizing the key unknowns.

  18. Life Cycle Environmental Management

    Pedersen, Claus Stig; Jørgensen, Jørgen; Pedersen, Morten Als

    1996-01-01

    processes. The discipline of life cycle environmental management (LCEM) focuses on the incorporation of environmental criteria from the life cycles of products and other company activities into the company management processes. This paper introduces the concept of LCEM as an important element of the...

  19. Family Life Cycle: 1980.

    Norton, Arthur J.

    1983-01-01

    Used data from a 1980 national sample survey to show differences in the timing of major family life-cycle events according to age, social and economic characteristics, and marital history. Results suggest that age generational differences, more than any other factor, influence timing of life-cycle events. (Author/JAC)

  20. Life cycle management (LCM)

    Remmen, Arne; Thrane, Mikkel

    2004-01-01

    The chapter gives an introduction to Life Cycle Management (LCM) and shows how LCM can be practiced in different contexts and at different ambition levels.......The chapter gives an introduction to Life Cycle Management (LCM) and shows how LCM can be practiced in different contexts and at different ambition levels....

  1. Rock Cycle Roulette.

    Schmidt, Stan M.; Palmer, Courtney

    2000-01-01

    Introduces an activity on the rock cycle. Sets 11 stages representing the transitions of an earth material in the rock cycle. Builds six-sided die for each station, and students move to the stations depending on the rolling side of the die. Evaluates students by discussing several questions in the classroom. Provides instructional information for…

  2. Power Plant Cycling Costs

    Kumar, N.; Besuner, P.; Lefton, S.; Agan, D.; Hilleman, D.

    2012-07-01

    This report provides a detailed review of the most up to date data available on power plant cycling costs. The primary objective of this report is to increase awareness of power plant cycling cost, the use of these costs in renewable integration studies and to stimulate debate between policymakers, system dispatchers, plant personnel and power utilities.

  3. Corrosion behaviors of a γ-toughened Cr13Ni5Si2/Cr3Ni5Si2 multi-phase ternary metal silicide alloy in NaCl solution

    Corrosion behaviors of a novel corrosion-resistant γ-toughened Cr13Ni5Si2/Cr3Ni5Si2 multi-phase ternary metal silicide alloy and properties of the passive film formed in NaCl solution were examined by anodic polarization, cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments as well as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and potentiostatic polarization measurements. Effects of immersion time and chloride ion concentration on corrosion behaviors of the alloy were also evaluated. Results indicated that the alloy exhibited excellent corrosion resistance in NaCl solution due to the spontaneous formation of a compact and protective passive film composed mainly of chromium (III) oxide as well as the high chemical stability and strong inter-atomic bonds inherent to Cr13Ni5Si2 and Cr3Ni5Si2 intermetallic phases. Moreover, corrosion resistance of the alloy was quite insensitive to the increase of chloride ion concentration and was improved noticeably with the increasing immersion time

  4. Study of vibrational and rapid local motions of hydrogen in the storage compound Ti0.8 Zr0.2 CrMnH3 by slow neutron scattering

    The vibrational and the rapid local motions of hydrogen in the storage compound Ti0,8 Zr0,2 CrMnH3 have been studied by slow neutron scattering with the beryllium-filter-time-of-flight spectrometer. The form of the density of states of the normal modes of vibrations in host metal does no appear to change on hydrogenation, but a shift of 25% towards lower frequencies has been observed. Debye temperatures for the metal and corresponding hydride have been estimated to be respectively (522 +- 15)K and (311 +- 10)K. An energy distribution consisting of three peeks ∼ 50mev (FWHM) wide corresponding to the energy transfer of 85, 115 and 141mev has been observed and were attributed to hydrogen local vibrations in three types of interstices wich differs in composition of Ti and Zr atoms. In the quasielastic scattering, a broadening of 15μev has been detected for the momentum transfer Q = 2,1(angstrom)-1 and for temperature T= 1250C. The broadening has been attributed to rapid local motions of hydrogen in a dumb-bell of lenght equal to the jump lenght for diffusion, l approx. 3(angstrom). (author)

  5. Spectroscopy of the electronic states of the Heusler compounds Co2FeAl and Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and the influence of oxidation

    The band structures of the Heusler compounds Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and Co2FeAl were investigated in situ by angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. The samples were prepared by a sputtering process optimized for tunnelling junction preparation, the photoemission process in the normal direction of the (0 0 1)-oriented thin films was excited by a helium gas discharge lamp (hν = 21.2 eV and hν = 40.8 eV). The spectra of clean samples are compared with calculations of the total and partial bulk density of states and are evaluated within the three-step model of photoemission. Basic agreement with theoretical predictions of the bulk band structure is concluded. At oxygen exposures of the thin films of only 1 Langmuir a chemisorption phase with significant changes in the valence-band spectrum near the Fermi energy is observed. At 10 L oxygen the spectra are indicative of an oxide within the UPS probing depth.

  6. Comparison between MgO and AlO{sub x} barriers in Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al-tunnel junctions

    Herbort, Christian; Conca, Andres; Jourdan, Martin; Adrian, Hermann [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Staudinger Weg 7, 55128 Mainz (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    In magnetic tunnel junctions with conventional ferromagnetic electrodes MgO proved to be a superior barrier material concerning the achievable tunnel magnetoresistance effect (TMR). Alternatively, large TMR effects could be obtained by employing novel materials with high spin polarisation. On example for such a material is the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA). We compare the TMR effect of CCFA based tunnel junctions with amorphous AlO{sub x} and epitaxial MgO barriers. Whereas we have already optimized junctions with AlO{sub x} barriers and obtained TMR effects which can be associated to a spin polarization of the CCFA>50%, the process of MgO deposition requires further improvement. The interface at the barriers is characterized by in situ RHEED and LEED as well as by STM investigations. It is shown that epitaxial MgO can be grown by rf-magnetron sputtering on epitaxial (100) oriented CCFA thin films. The barrier morphology of AlO{sub x} and MgO is compared by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and related to the TMR effect. The dependence of the TMR effect on the major preparation parameters is shown.

  7. Effects of post-growth annealing on structural and compositional properties of the Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al surface and its relevance for the surface electron spin polarization

    Wuestenberg, Jan-Peter; Fischer, Johannes; Aeschlimann, Martin; Cinchetti, Mirko [Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schroedingerstr. 46, D-67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Herbort, Christian; Jourdan, Martin, E-mail: jpwuest@physik.uni-kl.d [Institute of Physics, University of Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    In this study we investigate the influence of post-growth annealing on different Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al samples. We find strong changes in the geometric surface structure as well as in the element specific concentrations during the annealing process. These irreversible changes go in hand with characteristic changes in the electron spin polarization (ESP) at the surface: as observed in Cinchetti et al (2007 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40 1544), the iron buffered sample shows the largest spin polarization at the Fermi level. The latter remains positive as a consequence of the reduced density of states for the minority carriers due to the predicted minority gap, which can be clearly seen for all samples above the proposed minimum annealing temperature of 400 {sup 0}C. Above this temperature we observe a characteristic dip in the ESP as a sign of increasing structure quality. It appears at 0.6 eV binding energy and is consistent with a peak in the minority electron density of states seen in both experiment and theory.

  8. Brillouin light scattering study of Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al and Co{sub 2}FeAl Heusler compounds

    Gaier, O; Hamrle, J; Trudel, S; Conca Parra, A; Hillebrands, B [Fachbereich Physik and Forschungszentrum OPTIMAS, Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schroedinger-Strasse 56, D-67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Arbelo, E; Herbort, C; Jourdan, M, E-mail: gaier@physik.uni-kl.d [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    The thermal magnonic spectra of Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) and Co{sub 2}FeAl were investigated using Brillouin light scattering (BLS) spectroscopy. For CCFA, the exchange constant A (exchange stiffness D) is found to be 0.48 {+-} 0.04 {mu}erg cm{sup -1} (203 {+-} 16 meV A{sup 2}), while for Co{sub 2}FeAl the corresponding values of 1.55 {+-} 0.05 {mu}erg cm{sup -1} (370 {+-} 10 meV A{sup 2}) were found. The observed asymmetry in the BLS spectra between the Stokes and anti-Stokes frequencies was assigned to an interplay between the asymmetrical profiles of hybridized Damon-Esbach and perpendicular standing spin-wave modes, combined with the optical sensitivity of the BLS signal to the upper side of the CCFA or Co{sub 2}FeAl film.

  9. Magnetism of the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al at interfaces with Cr and AlO{sub x}

    Jourdan, Martin; Arbelo-Jorge, Elena; Herbort, Christian [Institut fuer Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany); Charlton, Timothy; Langridge, Sean [ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom)

    2008-07-01

    Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) belongs to the Heusler compounds for which a huge spin polarization is theoretically predicted. However, for spintronics applications the electronic properties at the interface with insulating barriers (tunneling devices) or paramagnetic metals (spin valves) are of major importance. We investigate the ferromagnetic moment of CCFA at interfaces with Cr and AlO{sub x} by polarised neutron reflectometry (PNR). Fitting the reflectometry data to a model which allows layers of the CCFA with different magnetic moments compared to the bulk moment, evidence for a reduced moment in a 1-2nm interface layer of the CCFA was identified. However, the reduction is clearly smaller at the Cr interface compared to the AlO{sub x} interface. Additionally, at the Cr interface the best fits are obtained, if ferromagnetic order of the complete 6nm Cr layer is assumed (with {approx_equal}0.3 {mu}{sub B}/Cr-atom). This surprising observation is discussed in the framework of epitaxially induced stress of the Cr layer.

  10. Effects of post-growth annealing on structural and compositional properties of the Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al surface and its relevance for the surface electron spin polarization

    In this study we investigate the influence of post-growth annealing on different Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al samples. We find strong changes in the geometric surface structure as well as in the element specific concentrations during the annealing process. These irreversible changes go in hand with characteristic changes in the electron spin polarization (ESP) at the surface: as observed in Cinchetti et al (2007 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40 1544), the iron buffered sample shows the largest spin polarization at the Fermi level. The latter remains positive as a consequence of the reduced density of states for the minority carriers due to the predicted minority gap, which can be clearly seen for all samples above the proposed minimum annealing temperature of 400 0C. Above this temperature we observe a characteristic dip in the ESP as a sign of increasing structure quality. It appears at 0.6 eV binding energy and is consistent with a peak in the minority electron density of states seen in both experiment and theory.

  11. Spectroscopy of the electronic states of the Heusler compounds Co2FeAl and Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and the influence of oxidation

    Jourdan, Martin; Große-Schulte, Fabian; Hahn, Michaela; Schönhense, Gerd

    2011-04-01

    The band structures of the Heusler compounds Co2Cr0.6Fe0.4Al and Co2FeAl were investigated in situ by angle-resolved ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. The samples were prepared by a sputtering process optimized for tunnelling junction preparation, the photoemission process in the normal direction of the (0 0 1)-oriented thin films was excited by a helium gas discharge lamp (hν = 21.2 eV and hν = 40.8 eV). The spectra of clean samples are compared with calculations of the total and partial bulk density of states and are evaluated within the three-step model of photoemission. Basic agreement with theoretical predictions of the bulk band structure is concluded. At oxygen exposures of the thin films of only 1 Langmuir a chemisorption phase with significant changes in the valence-band spectrum near the Fermi energy is observed. At 10 L oxygen the spectra are indicative of an oxide within the UPS probing depth.

  12. T lymphocyte expression of complement receptor 2 (CR2/CD21): a role in adhesive cell-cell interactions and dysregulation in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

    Levy, E; Ambrus, J; Kahl, L; Molina, H; Tung, K; Holers, V M

    1992-11-01

    Complement receptor 2 (CR2, CD21), the receptor for both the C3d,g portion of human complement component C3 and the Epstein-Barr virus, has been recently described on peripheral T cells. By using dual stain flow cytometric analysis, we have also observed that a peripheral T lymphocyte subpopulation of normal healthy donors bears CR2 in a range varying from 1.1 to 23.2% (mean 12.6%) of total CD3+ cells. T lymphocytes from nine patients with inactive SLE expressed CR2 in a similar range. Three patients with active SLE were also studied. One of them, having neuropathy and glomerulonephritis, displayed an expansion of the CR2 T cell subpopulation which reached as much as 89% of total CD3+ cells. To examine potential functional roles of T cell CR2, cells from a Jurkat-derived CR2 expressing T cell line were found to bind in vitro to human CR2-, complement-coated K562 cell targets in a CR2- and complement-dependent fashion. Based on these studies, we hypothesize that CR2 might act to increase adherence of T cells to nucleated target cells bearing C3d,g, a function which may be relevant to cytotoxicity or other T cell activities requiring cell-cell interaction. PMID:1424280

  13. Structural characterization and electron density distribution studies of (La0.8Ca0.2)(Cr0.9-xCo0.1Mnx)O3

    Saravanan, R.; Thenmozhi, N.; Fu, Yen-Pei

    2016-07-01

    The doped lanthanum chromite (La0.8Ca0.2)(Cr0.9-xCo0.1Mnx)O3 (x=0.03, 0.06, 0.09 and 0.12) were synthesized by solid state reaction technique. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction for structural and charge density analysis. XRD data show that the grown samples are orthorhombic in structure with single phase. The spatial charge density distribution in the unit cell for the synthesized samples has been studied using maximum entropy method. Further, the samples were analyzed by UV-visible spectrometry for optical properties and scanning electron microscopy for surface morphology. From the optical data, it was found that the direct band gap of the samples range from 2.27 to 2.46 eV. The samples were also investigated by vibrating sample magnetometry for magnetic properties. From VSM data, it is inferred that all the samples in this series are found to be predominantly antiferromagnetic in nature. Since the doped lanthanum chromites have good mechanical properties and electrical conductivity at high temperature, these materials are used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).

  14. Nuclear fuel cycles

    The source of energy in the nuclear reactors in fission if a heavy nuclei by absorbing a neutron and giving fission products, few neutrons and gamma radiation. The Nuclear Fuel Cycle may be broadly defined as the set of process and operations needed to manufacture nuclear fuels, to irradiate them in nuclear reactors and to treat and store them, temporarily or permanently, after irradiation. Several nuclear fuel cycles may be considered, depending on the type of reactor and the type of fuel used and whether or not the irradiated fuel will be reprocessed. The nuclear fuel cycle starts with uranium exploration and ends with final disposal of the material used and generated during the cycle. For practical reasons the process has been further subdivided into the front-end and the back-end. The front-end of the cycle occurs before irradiation and the back-end begins with the discharge of spent fuel from the reactor

  15. Predicting the Sunspot Cycle

    Hathaway, David H.

    2009-01-01

    The 11-year sunspot cycle was discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1844. Visual and photographic observations of sunspots have been made by both amateurs and professionals over the last 400 years. These observations provide key statistical information about the sunspot cycle that do allow for predictions of future activity. However, sunspots and the sunspot cycle are magnetic in nature. For the last 100 years these magnetic measurements have been acquired and used exclusively by professional astronomers to gain new information about the nature of the solar activity cycle. Recently, magnetic dynamo models have evolved to the stage where they can assimilate past data and provide predictions. With the advent of the Internet and open data policies, amateurs now have equal access to the same data used by professionals and equal opportunities to contribute (but, alas, without pay). This talk will describe some of the more useful prediction techniques and reveal what they say about the intensity of the upcoming sunspot cycle.

  16. Interlinked Cycles for Index Coding: Generalizing Cycles and Cliques

    Thapa, Chandra; Ong, Lawrence; Johnson, Sarah J.

    2016-01-01

    We consider a graphical approach to index coding. While cycles have been shown to provide coding gain, only disjoint cycles and cliques (a specific type of overlapping cycles) have been exploited in existing literature. In this paper, we define a more general form of overlapping cycles, called the interlinked-cycle (IC) structure, that generalizes cycles and cliques. We propose a scheme, called the interlinked-cycle-cover (ICC) scheme, that leverages IC structures in digraphs to construct sca...

  17. Bimodality and the Hale cycle

    Wilson, Robert M.

    1988-01-01

    Evidence is provided of a modulation of between 20 and 24 yr for the Hale cycle, and comparison of consecutive pairs of cycles strongly suggests that even-numbered cycles are preferentially paired with odd-numbered following cycles. The results indicate that cycles 22 and 23 form a new cyle pair. The sum of monthly mean sunspot numbers over consecutively paired sunspot cycles for Hale cycle 12 is found to be about 19,100 + or - 3000.

  18. Assessing Cycling Participation in Australia

    Chris Rissel; Cameron Munro; Adrian Bauman

    2013-01-01

    Planning and evaluating cycling programs at a national or state level requires accurate measures of cycling participation. However, recent reports of cycling participation have produced very different estimates. This paper examines the reported rates of cycling in five recent population surveys of cycling. Three surveys (one national and two from Sydney) asking respondents when they last rode a bicycle generated cycling participation (cycled in the past year) estimates of 29.7%, 34.1% and 28....

  19. Future fuel cycles

    A fuel cycle must offer both financial and resource savings if it is to be considered for introduction into Ontario's nuclear system. The most promising alternative CANDU fuel cycles are examined in the context of both of these factors over a wide range of installed capacity growth rates and economic assumptions, in order to determine which fuel cycle, or cycles, should be introduced, and when. It is concluded that the optimum path for the long term begins with the prompt introduction of the low-enriched-uranium fuel cycle. For a wide range of conditions, this cycle remains the optimum throughout the very long term. Conditions of rapid nuclear growth and very high uranium price escalation rates warrant the supersedure of the low-enriched-uranium cycle by either a plutonium-topped thorium cycle or plutonium recycle, beginning between 2010 and 2025. It is also found that the uranium resource position is sound in terms of both known resources and production capability. Moreover, introduction of the low-enriched-uranium fuel cycle and 1250 MWe reactor units will assure the economic viability of nuclear power until at least 2020, even if uranium prices increase at a rate of 3.5% above inflation. The interrelationship between these two conclusions lies in the tremendous incentive for exploration which will occur if the real uranium price escalation rate is high. From a competitive viewpoint, nuclear power can withstand increases in the price of uranium. However, such increases will likely further expand the resource base, making nuclear an even more reliable energy source. (auth)

  20. Cycling across borders

    Jože Kos

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the intent and content of the international Velo-City conference 1999, Maribor–Graz and the organisation of this cycling development planning meeting. It focuses on the resolution of the conference concerning cycling traffic policies, the emerging network of European cycling connections and the traffic planning workshop about a difficult square in Maribor. The content framework of particular papers is shown, as well as other post-conference events. In the conclusion certain useful addresses for obtaining added data on sustainable traffic planning are given.

  1. Initiation and growth of thermal fatigue crack networks in an AISI 304 L type austenitic stainless steel (X2 CrNi18-09); Amorcage et propagation de reseaux de fissures de fatigue thermique dans un acier inoxydable austenitique de type X2 CrNi18-09 (AISI 304 L)

    Maillot, V

    2004-07-01

    We studied the behaviour of a 304 L type austenitic stainless steel submitted to thermal fatigue. Using the SPLASH equipment of CEA/SRMA we tested parallelepipedal specimens on two sides: the specimens are continuously heated by Joule effect, while two opposites faces are cyclically. cooled by a mixed spray of distilled water and compressed air. This device allows the reproduction and the study of crack networks similar to those observed in nuclear power plants, on the inner side of circuits fatigued by mixed pressurized water flows at different temperatures. The crack initiation and the network constitution at the surface were observed under different thermal conditions (Tmax = 320 deg C, {delta}T between 125 and 200 deg C). The experiment produced a stress gradient in the specimen, and due to this gradient, the in-depth growth of the cracks finally stopped. The obtained crack networks were studied quantitatively by image analysis, and different parameters were studied: at the surface during the cycling, and post mortem by step-by-step layer removal by grinding. The maximal depth obtained experimentally, 2.5 mm, is relatively coherent with the finite element modelling of the SPLASH test, in which compressive stresses appear at a depth of 2 mm. Some of the crack networks obtained by thermal fatigue were also tested in isothermal fatigue crack growth under 4-point bending, at imposed load. The mechanisms of the crack selection, and the appearance of the dominating crack are described. Compared to the propagation of a single crack, the crack networks delay the propagation, depending on the severity of the crack competition for domination. The dominating crack can be at the network periphery, in that case it is not as shielded by its neighbours as a crack located in the center of the network. It can also be a straight crack surrounded by more sinuous neighbours. Indeed, on sinuous cracks, the loading is not the same all along the crack path, leading to some

  2. The effect of cycling intensity on cycling economy during seated and standing cycling

    Arkesteijn, Marco; Simon A. Jobson; James G Hopker; Passfield, Louis

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Previous research has shown that cycling in a standing position reduces cycling economy compared with seated cycling. It is unknown whether the cycling intensity moderates the reduction in cycling economy while standing. PURPOSE: The aim was to determine whether the negative effect of standing on cycling economy would be decreased at a higher intensity. METHODS: Ten cyclists cycled in 8 different conditions. Each condition was either at an intensity of 50% or 70% ...

  3. Fuel cycle data survey

    A survey of the fuel cycle cost data published during 1977 and 1978 is presented in tabular and graphical form. Cost trends for the period 1965 onwards are presented for yellow cake, conversion, uranium enrichment, fuel fabrication and reprocessing

  4. Fuel cycle studies

    Programs are being conducted in the following areas: advanced solvent extraction techniques, accident consequences, fuel cycles for nonproliferation, pyrochemical and dry processes, waste encapsulation, radionuclide transport in geologic media, hull treatment, and analytical support for LWBR

  5. Cycles in graphs

    Alspach, BR

    1985-01-01

    This volume deals with a variety of problems involving cycles in graphs and circuits in digraphs. Leading researchers in this area present here 3 survey papers and 42 papers containing new results. There is also a collection of unsolved problems.

  6. The Pneumocystis life cycle

    Cécile-Marie Aliouat-Denis; Anna Martinez; El Moukhtar Aliouat; Muriel Pottier; Nausicaa Gantois; Eduardo Dei-Cas

    2009-01-01

    First recognised as "schizonts" of Trypanosoma cruzi, Pneumocystis organisms are now considered as part of an early-diverging lineage of Ascomycetes. As no robust long-term culture model is available, most data on the Pneumocystis cell cycle have stemmed from ultrastructural images of infected mammalian lungs. Although most fungi developing in animals do not complete a sexual cycle in vivo, Pneumocystis species constitute one of a few exceptions. Recently, the molecular identification of seve...

  7. Reviewing the Leverage Cycle

    Ana Fostel; John Geanakoplos

    2013-01-01

    We review the theory of leverage developed in collateral equilibrium models with incomplete markets. We explain how leverage tends to boost asset prices, and create bubbles. We show how leverage can be endogenously determined in equilibrium, and how it depends on volatility. We describe the dynamic feedback properties of leverage, volatility, and asset prices, in what we call the Leverage Cycle. We also describe some cross-sectional implications of multiple leverage cycles, including contagio...

  8. Offshore Rankine Cycles

    Brandsar, Jo

    2012-01-01

    The title of the thesis - "Offshore Rankine Cycles" - is very general and cover a large range of engineering fields, e.g. thermodynamic cycles (Rankine, ORC, Brayton, Kalina, etc.), mechanical equipment (gas/steam turbine, heat exchangers and additional equipment) and safety concerns (flammable and/or toxic fluids, high temperature and pressures), to name the most important.The thesis try to give a brief overview of all critical points and alternatives, concerning employment of a wa...

  9. Resuscitating Real Business Cycles

    Robert G. King; Sergio T. Rebelo

    2000-01-01

    The Real Business Cycle (RBC) research program has grown spectacularly over the last decade, as its concepts and methods have diffused into mainstream macroeconomics. Yet, there is increasing skepticism that technology shocks are a major source of business fluctuations. This chapter exposits the basic RBC model and shows that it requires large technology shocks to produce realistic business cycles. While Solow residuals are sufficiently volatile, these imply frequent technological regress. Pr...

  10. Solar Cycle Prediction

    Petrovay, K

    2010-01-01

    A review of solar cycle prediction methods and their performance is given, including forecasts for cycle 24 and focusing on aspects of the solar cycle prediction problem that have a bearing on dynamo theory. The scope of the review is further restricted to the issue of predicting the amplitude (and optionally the epoch) of an upcoming solar maximum no later than right after the start of the given cycle. Prediction methods form three main groups. Precursor methods rely on the value of some measure of solar activity or magnetism at a specified time to predict the amplitude of the following solar maximum. Their implicit assumption is that each numbered solar cycle is a consistent unit in itself, while solar activity seems to consist of a series of much less tightly intercorrelated individual cycles. Extrapolation methods, in contrast, are based on the premise that the physical process giving rise to the sunspot number record is statistically homogeneous, i.e., the mathematical regularities underlying its variati...

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Nd{sub 4.5}Fe{sub 72}Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 3}Al{sub 1}B{sub 17.5} ribbons

    Pampillo, L.G. [Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Paseo Colon 850 (C1063ACV), Ciudad de, Buenos Aires (Argentina)]. E-mail: lpampillo@fi.uba.ar; Saccone, F.D. [Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Paseo Colon 850 (C1063ACV), Ciudad de, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sirkin, H.R.M. [Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Av. Paseo Colon 850 (C1063ACV), Ciudad de, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2007-02-01

    In this work, it was made a study on structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Nd{sub 4.5}Fe{sub 72}Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 3}Al{sub 1}B{sub 17.5} ribbons obtained from crystallisation of amorphous precursors. A complex two-step crystallisation process, was found by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC): a first crystallisation peak at around T=570 deg. C exhibiting the precipitation of {alpha}-Fe and t-Fe{sub 3}B phases and a diffusive stage ending in a second exothermic peak. Also, isothermal annealings of 10 min duration were performed at 605, 635, 650 and 685 deg. C . Hysteresis curves of isothermally annealed samples showed magnetic hardening, with coercive fields above 2 kOe and an optimised M {sub R}/M {sub S} ratio of around 0.6. Except for the highest treatment temperature used in this work, the demagnetizing curves of annealed ribbons exhibited a step near zero field. This fact suggests a low exchange coupling between hard and soft phases, which can be attributed to the grain border phases. Otherwise, Moessbauer effect spectroscopy allowed us to determine that the absence of step in the demagnetizing curve of ribbons annealed at 685 deg. C , may be attributed to the formation of a {alpha}-(Fe, Co) solid solution (with hyperfine parameters B {sub HF}=35.5 T and {delta}=-0.11 mm/s). The formation of this solid solution also explains the diffusive process in the second crystallisation stage observed by DSC experiment.

  12. Helium process cycle

    Ganni, Venkatarao

    2007-10-09

    A unique process cycle and apparatus design separates the consumer (cryogenic) load return flow from most of the recycle return flow of a refrigerator and/or liquefier process cycle. The refrigerator and/or liquefier process recycle return flow is recompressed by a multi-stage compressor set and the consumer load return flow is recompressed by an independent consumer load compressor set that maintains a desirable constant suction pressure using a consumer load bypass control valve and the consumer load return pressure control valve that controls the consumer load compressor's suction pressure. The discharge pressure of this consumer load compressor is thereby allowed to float at the intermediate pressure in between the first and second stage recycle compressor sets. Utilizing the unique gas management valve regulation, the unique process cycle and apparatus design in which the consumer load return flow is separate from the recycle return flow, the pressure ratios of each recycle compressor stage and all main pressures associated with the recycle return flow are allowed to vary naturally, thus providing a naturally regulated and balanced floating pressure process cycle that maintains optimal efficiency at design and off-design process cycle capacity and conditions automatically.

  13. Helium process cycle

    Ganni, Venkatarao

    2008-08-12

    A unique process cycle and apparatus design separates the consumer (cryogenic) load return flow from most of the recycle return flow of a refrigerator and/or liquefier process cycle. The refrigerator and/or liquefier process recycle return flow is recompressed by a multi-stage compressor set and the consumer load return flow is recompressed by an independent consumer load compressor set that maintains a desirable constant suction pressure using a consumer load bypass control valve and the consumer load return pressure control valve that controls the consumer load compressor's suction pressure. The discharge pressure of this consumer load compressor is thereby allowed to float at the intermediate pressure in between the first and second stage recycle compressor sets. Utilizing the unique gas management valve regulation, the unique process cycle and apparatus design in which the consumer load return flow is separate from the recycle return flow, the pressure ratios of each recycle compressor stage and all main pressures associated with the recycle return flow are allowed to vary naturally, thus providing a naturally regulated and balanced floating pressure process cycle that maintains optimal efficiency at design and off-design process cycle capacity and conditions automatically.

  14. Buoyancy organic Rankine cycle

    Schoenmaker, J.; Rey, J.F.Q. [Centro de Engenharia, Modelagem e Ciencias Sociais Aplicadas, Universidade Federal do ABC (CECS-UFABC), Rua Santa Adelia 166, Bairro Bangu, 09210-170 Santo Andre, SP (Brazil); Pirota, K.R. [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), C.P. 6165, Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2011-03-15

    In the scope of renewable energy, we draw attention to a little known technique to harness solar and geothermal energy. The design here proposed and analyzed is a conceptual hybrid of several patents. By means of a modified organic Rankine cycle, energy is obtained utilizing buoyancy force of a working fluid. Based on thermodynamic properties we propose and compare the performance of Pentane and Dichloromethane as working fluids. Theoretical efficiencies up to 0.26 are estimated for a 51 m (Pentane) and 71.5 m (Dichloromethane) high column of water in a regime below 100 C operation temperature. These findings are especially relevant in the scope of distributed energy systems, combined cycle plants, and low-temperature Rankine cycles. (author)

  15. Superfluid thermodynamic cycle refrigerator

    Swift, Gregory W.; Kotsubo, Vincent Y.

    1992-01-01

    A cryogenic refrigerator cools a heat source by cyclically concentrating and diluting the amount of .sup.3 He in a single phase .sup.3 He-.sup.4 He solution. The .sup.3 He in superfluid .sup.4 He acts in a manner of an ideal gas in a vacuum. Thus, refrigeration is obtained using any conventional thermal cycle, but preferably a Stirling or Carnot cycle. A single phase solution of liquid .sup.3 He at an initial concentration in superfluid .sup.4 He is contained in a first variable volume connected to a second variable volume through a superleak device that enables free passage of .sup.4 He while restricting passage of .sup.3 He. The .sup.3 He is compressed (concentrated) and expanded (diluted) in a phased manner to carry out the selected thermal cycle to remove heat from the heat load for cooling below 1 K.

  16. Superfluid thermodynamic cycle refrigerator

    A cryogenic refrigerator cools a heat source by cyclically concentrating and diluting the amount of 3He in a single phase 3He-4He solution. The 3He in superfluid 4He acts in a manner of an ideal gas in a vacuum. Thus, refrigeration is obtained using any conventional thermal cycle, but preferably a Stirling or Carnot cycle. A single phase solution of liquid 3He at an initial concentration in superfluid 4He is contained in a first variable volume connected to a second variable volume through a superleak device that enables free passage of 4He while restricting passage of 3He. The 3He is compressed (concentrated) and expanded (diluted) in a phased manner to carry out the selected thermal cycle to remove heat from the heat load for cooling below 1 K. 12 figs

  17. Life Cycle Sustainability Dashboard

    Traverso, Marzia; Finkbeiner, Matthias; Jørgensen, Andreas;

    2012-01-01

    One method to assess the sustainability performance of products is life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA), which assesses product performance considering the environmental,economic, and social dimensions of the life cycle. The results of LCSA can be used to compare different products or to...... sustainability is the communicability of the results by means of a graphical representation (a cartogram), characterized by a suitable chromatic scale and ranking score. The integration of LCSA and the dashboard of sustainability into a so-called Life Cycle Sustainability Dashboard (LCSD) is described here. The...... support decision making toward sustainable production and consumption. In both cases, LCSA results could be too disaggregated and consequently too difficult to understand and interpret by decision makers. As non-experts are usually the target audience of experts and scientists, and are also involved in...

  18. Global Carbon Cycle

    Probst, Jean-Luc; Faure, Hugues; Veizer, Jan

    1999-01-01

    The European Union of Geosciences held its 9th biannual meeting in Strasbourg, March 23–27, 1997. During this meeting, Symposium N8 18, Global carbon Cycle, was held under the sponsorship of the IGCP 1 n8404 on the «Terrestrial Carbon in the past 125 Ka», the INQUA 2 Carbon Commission and the ESCOBA-Biosphere 3 project of the EC Environment and Climate Programme. The «Global Carbon Cycle» Symposium attracted 28 oral and poster presentations and about one hundred par...

  19. Resurrecting Equilibria Through Cycles

    Barnett, Richard C.; Bhattacharya, Joydeep; Bunzel, Helle

    equilibria because they asymptotically violate some economic restriction of the model. The literature has always ruled out such paths. This paper studies a pure-exchange monetary overlapping generations economy in which real balances cycle forever between momentary equilibrium points. The novelty is to show...... that segments of the offer curve that have been previously ignored, can in fact be used to produce asymptotically valid cyclical paths. Indeed, a cycle can bestow dynamic validity on momentary equilibrium points that had erstwhile been classified as dynamically invalid....

  20. Global water cycle

    Robertson, Franklin; Goodman, Steven J.; Christy, John R.; Fitzjarrald, Daniel E.; Chou, Shi-Hung; Crosson, William; Wang, Shouping; Ramirez, Jorge

    1993-01-01

    This research is the MSFC component of a joint MSFC/Pennsylvania State University Eos Interdisciplinary Investigation on the global water cycle extension across the earth sciences. The primary long-term objective of this investigation is to determine the scope and interactions of the global water cycle with all components of the Earth system and to understand how it stimulates and regulates change on both global and regional scales. Significant accomplishments in the past year are presented and include the following: (1) water vapor variability; (2) multi-phase water analysis; (3) global modeling; and (4) optimal precipitation and stream flow analysis and hydrologic processes.

  1. Cycles in fossil diversity

    Rohde, Robert A.; Muller, Richard A.

    2004-10-20

    It is well-known that the diversity of life appears to fluctuate during the course the Phanerozoic, the eon during which hard shells and skeletons left abundant fossils (0-542 Ma). Using Sepkoski's compendium of the first and last stratigraphic appearances of 36380 marine genera, we report a strong 62 {+-} 3 Myr cycle, which is particularly strong in the shorter-lived genera. The five great extinctions enumerated by Raup and Sepkoski may be an aspect of this cycle. Because of the high statistical significance, we also consider contributing environmental factors and possible causes.

  2. Carbon cycle makeover

    Canfield, Donald Eugene; Kump, Lee R.

    2013-01-01

    remaining in sediments after respiration leave a residual of oxygen in the atmosphere. The source of oxygen to the atmosphere represented by organic matter burial is balanced by oxygen sinks associated with rock weathering and chemical reaction with volcanic gases. This is the long-term carbon and oxygen...... geochemical cycle. But Earth is an old planet, and oxygen levels have changed through time (2). On page 540 of this issue, Schrag et al. (3) challenge the most commonly used geochemical approach to assess long-term changes in the coupled oxygen and carbon cycles....

  3. Life Cycle Environmental Management

    Pedersen, Claus Stig; Jørgensen, Jørgen; Pedersen, Morten Als

    1996-01-01

    A precondition for environmentally conscious management is the awareness of the environmental impact potentials created by an industrial company. There is an obvious need for management tools to support the implementation of relevant environmental criteria into the industrial decision making...... processes. The discipline of life cycle environmental management (LCEM) focuses on the incorporation of environmental criteria from the life cycles of products and other company activities into the company management processes. This paper introduces the concept of LCEM as an important element...... of the complete set of environmental objects in an industrial manufacturing company....

  4. Menstrual cycle pattern and fertility

    Kolstad, Henrik A.; Bonde, Jens Peter; Hjøllund, Niels Henrik;

    1999-01-01

    To characterize how the menstrual cycle pattern relates to fertility regardless of potential biases caused by inappropriate coital timing during the menstrual cycle or early embryonal loss.......To characterize how the menstrual cycle pattern relates to fertility regardless of potential biases caused by inappropriate coital timing during the menstrual cycle or early embryonal loss....

  5. Fuel cycle. Fuel reprocessing

    Reprocessing includes mechanical and chemical operations on spent fuel for extraction of valuable materials. These operations are a part of the fuel cycle. In this paper are given technical data on spent fuels, transport, storage, decladding, dissolution, Purex process, elaboration of U and Pu and reprocessing engineering. This article is completed by 106 references

  6. Re-Cycling

    Brown, Robert W.; Covault, Corbin E.

    2015-01-01

    An old comedy routine on Saturday Night Live by Father Guido Sarducci introduced a "Five-Minute University," because five minutes is all that's remembered after graduation anyway. In counterpoint, we discuss "cycling," a teaching method for memory enhancement. Our principal implementation consists of offering a simple version…

  7. Assisted Cycling Tours

    Hollingsworth, Jan Carter

    2008-01-01

    This article discusses Assisted Cycling Tours (ACT), a Westminster, Colorado based 501(c)3, non-profit that is offering the joy of bicycle tours in breathtaking, scenic locations to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities and their families. ACT was founded by Bob Matter and his son David with a goal of opening up the…

  8. The Science of Cycling

    Crompton, Zoe; Daniels, Shelley

    2014-01-01

    Children are engaged by finding out about science in the real world (Harlen, 2010). Many children will be cyclists or will have seen or heard about the success of British cyclists in the Olympics and the Tour de France. This makes cycling a good hook to draw children into learning science. It is also a good cross-curricular topic, with strong…

  9. The Pneumocystis life cycle

    Cécile-Marie Aliouat-Denis

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available First recognised as "schizonts" of Trypanosoma cruzi, Pneumocystis organisms are now considered as part of an early-diverging lineage of Ascomycetes. As no robust long-term culture model is available, most data on the Pneumocystis cell cycle have stemmed from ultrastructural images of infected mammalian lungs. Although most fungi developing in animals do not complete a sexual cycle in vivo, Pneumocystis species constitute one of a few exceptions. Recently, the molecular identification of several key players in the fungal mating pathway has provided further evidence for the existence of conjugation and meiosis in Pneumocystisorganisms. Dynamic follow-up of stage-to-stage transition as well as studies of stage-specific proteins and/or genes would provide a better understanding of the still hypothetical Pneumocystislife cycle. Although difficult to achieve, stage purification seems a reasonable way forward in the absence of efficient culture systems. This mini-review provides a comprehensive overview of the historical milestones leading to the current knowledge available on the Pneumocystis life cycle.

  10. Educational Business Cycles

    Tepe, Markus; Vanhuysse, Pieter

    2009-01-01

    teacher employment patterns at the state level in Germany and find strong evidence of cycling mechanisms, in the form of electioneering and honeymooning. Against a backdrop of a continuously shrinking total teachers' pool, German state-level incumbents accelerate the hiring of new teachers during election...