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  1. Evaluation of a 4-channel phased-array coil for MR cardiac imaging. Quantitative assessment of signal to noise ratio improvement

    Recently, the utility of cardiac MR imaging has been increasing for morphological and functional analysis of the heart. However, since the image acquisition time is substantially shortened with recent fast cardiac MR sequences, it is often difficult to obtain a good signal to noise ratio (SNR) in fast cardiac MR imaging. The purpose of the current study was to optimize the design of a 4-channel multi-coil array for cardiac MR imaging, and to compare the performance of this new coil array with that of other product coils by evaluation of the SNR in a phantom and in healthy volunteers. In the phantom study using SE and FGR sequences, the cardiac coils provided significantly better SNR values than those for the other coils, not only in the peripheral part but also in the center of the phantom (p<0.01). When the SNR values were calculated for the anterior, septal, posteroinferior and lateral walls of the volunteer hearts, the SNR values obtained using the cardiac coil were significantly better than those with any of the other coils evaluated in all 4 myocardial segments (p<0.01). These results suggest that the new 4-channel cardiac multi-coil array is useful for MR imaging of the heart. (author)

  2. A 4-channel 3 Tesla phased array receive coil for awake rhesus monkey fMRI and diffusion MRI experiments

    Khachaturian, Mark Haig

    2010-01-01

    Awake monkey fMRI and diffusion MRI combined with conventional neuroscience techniques has the potential to study the structural and functional neural network. The majority of monkey fMRI and diffusion MRI experiments are performed with single coils which suffer from severe EPI distortions which limit resolution. By constructing phased array coils for monkey MRI studies, gains in SNR and anatomical accuracy (i.e., reduction of EPI distortions) can be achieved using parallel imaging. The major...

  3. Research and development of MRI surface coil for TMJ MR imaging; Modulated Helmholtz surface coil

    Kukimoto, Yoshiaki; Kukimoto, Kyoko (Kameda General Hospital, Kamogawa, Chiba (Japan)); Shirakawa, Toyomi

    1989-12-01

    Internal derangements of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are a major cause of jaw pain and dysfunction as well as other related clinical symptoms. TMJ diagnosis is the abnormal position and appearance of the disk. Most X-ray-based methods are useful for evaluating bony abnormalities, but their reduced soft-tissue contrast often makes the diagnostic evaluation of TMJ disorders difficult. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a very recent addition to the medical diagnostic of TMJ diseases. MR imaging can produce high-quality tomographic images of greater soft-tissue contrast without ionizing radiation or known biological hazards. MR system was circular type Simens Magnetom 1.5 tesla. Display matrix was 256x256. A Modulated Helmholtz type coil of 17 cm in diameter was developed in Kameda General Hospital in order to increase signal to noise ratio in the area of bilateral TMJs. The distance between two coils was 16-20 cm. The head was placed in supine position in the center of two surface coils. A Modulated Helmholtz type coil: 1. Modulated Helmholtz type coil was used as an emitter and a receiver. 2. Modulated Helmholtz type coil had a pair of 17 cm coils, which were movable according to head width of each patient. 3. MR imaging of bilateral TMJs was taken at once because of no necessity to reset a surfacecoil. 4. It was easy to set positioning of the head. (author).

  4. Surface coil imaging of the kidney transplant

    Seventy-five MR imaging examinations were performed on 51 patients who had received renal allografts. Studies were performed using a 1.5-T superconductive unit operating at 0.5 T, in spin-echo mode with varying pulsing factors. Surface coils were systematically used for signal detection. After qualitative analysis of the MR imaging appearances of the kidneys, results were correlated with the patients' clinical conditions and with pathological studies. T-1 weighted images were the most sensitive in revealing corticomedullary differentiation (CMD). All normally functioning kidneys had the same typical appearance, with excellent CMD. Acute tubular necrosis with good prognosis had a similar appearance. On average, CMD was altered during acute rejection episodes, but it remained preserved in 31% of cases. In such cases, the cortex thickness and the kidney's behavior during multiecho sequences were valuable factors that improved accurate discrimination of acute rejection

  5. Selective amine labeling of cell surface proteins guided by coiled-coil assembly.

    Yano, Yoshiaki; Furukawa, Nami; Ono, Satoshi; Takeda, Yuki; Matsuzaki, Katsumi

    2016-11-01

    Covalent labeling of target proteins in living cells is useful for both fluorescence live-cell imaging and the subsequent biochemical analyses of the proteins. Here, we report an efficient method for the amine labeling of membrane proteins on the cell surface, guided by a noncovalent coiled-coil interaction. A carboxyl sulfosuccinimidyl ester introduced at the C-terminus of the coiled-coil probe reacted with target proteins under mild labeling conditions ([probe] = 150 nM, pH 7.4, 25°C) for 20 min. Various fluorescent moieties with different hydrophobicities are available for covalent labeling with high signal/background labeling ratios. Using this method, oligomeric states of glycophorin A (GpA) were compared in mammalian CHO-K1 cells and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micelles. In the cell membranes, no significant self-association of GpA was detected, whereas SDS-PAGE suggested partial dimerization of the proteins. Membrane cholesterol was found to be an important factor that suppressed the dimerization of GpA. Thus, the covalent functionality enables direct comparison of the oligomeric state of membrane proteins under various conditions. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers (Pept Sci) 106: 484-490, 2016. PMID:26285787

  6. Improving MRI surface coil decoupling to reduce B1 distortion

    Larson, Christian

    As clinical MRI systems continue to advance, larger focus is being given to image uniformity. Good image uniformity begins with generating uniform magnetic fields, which are easily distorted by induced currents on receive-only surface coils. It has become an industry standard to combat these induced currents by placing RF blocking networks on surface coils. This paper explores the effect of blocking network impedance of phased array surface coils on B1 distortion. It has been found and verified, that traditional approaches for blocking network design in complex phased arrays can leave undesirable B1 distortions at 3 Tesla. The traditional approach of LC tank blocking is explored, but shifts from the idea that higher impedance equals better B1 distortion at 3T. The result is a new design principle for a tank with a finite inductive reactance at the Larmor Frequency. The solution is demonstrated via simulation using a simple, single, large tuning loop. The same loop, along with a smaller loop, is used to derive the new design principle, which is then applied to a complex phased array structure.

  7. Pulmonary MR angiography with phased-array surface coils

    To optimize and apply projection MR angiography of pulmonary vasculature with the use of spoiled GRASS (gradient recalled acquisition in a steady [SPGR]) and surface coils for noninvasive evaluation of pulmonary vascular disease. Four healthy volunteers were examined at 1.5 T to compare flow-compensated GRASS and SPGR sequences, flip angles of 10 degrees - 60 degrees, section thicknesses of 3-10 mm, and body coil as well as Helmholz pair and phased-array surface coils. Acquisition time per section was within 10 seconds, allowing breath holding. Optimal combination of imaging parameters was based on observation by three radiologists and signal-to-noise measurements. With the use of 30-40 contiguous sections encompassing the lung, intrathoracic vasculature was segmented with a UNIX/X-windows-based package dubbed VIDA. Three-dimensional anatomy was visualized by a brightest pixel projection algorithm with right-left and cephalad-caudad rotations. SPGR (TR, 34 msec; TE, 13 msec; flip angle, 30 degrees, 4-mm thick sections, 25-cm field of view, 256 x 128, two excitations, 8.7 sec/section) with phased-array surface coils provided the most satisfactory images. The projected images showed pulmonary vasculature with resolution of vessels beyond segmental branches. The result was reproducible among volunteers. After optimization, the technique was applied to a patient with pulmonary embolism, revealing clot in the right descending pulmonary artery and lack of flow in its anterior and lateral branches. This MR angiographic technique shows promise for noninvasive demonstration of pulmonary vascular disease

  8. A multi-slot surface coil for MRI of dual-rat imaging at 4 T

    Solis, S. E.; Wang, R.; Tomasi, D.; Rodriguez, A. O.

    2011-06-01

    A slotted surface coil inspired by the hole-and-slot cavity magnetron was developed for magnetic resonance imaging of obese rats at 4 T. Full-wave analysis of the magnetic field was carried out at 170 MHz for both the slotted and circular-shaped coils. The noise figure values of two coils were investigated via the numerical calculation of the quality factors. Fat simulated phantoms to mimic overweight rats were included in the analysis with weights ranging from 300 to 900 g. The noise figures were 1.2 dB for the slotted coil and 2.4 dB for the circular coil when loaded with 600 g of simulated phantom. A slotted surface coil with eight circular slots and a circular coil with similar dimensions were built and operated in the transceiver mode, and their performances were experimentally compared. The imaging tests in phantoms demonstrated that the slotted surface coil has a deeper RF-sensitivity and better field uniformity than the single-loop RF-coil. High quality images of two overweight Zucker rats were acquired simultaneously with the slotted surface coil using standard spin-echo pulse sequences. Experimental results showed that the slotted surface coil outperformed the circular coil for imaging considerably overweight rats. Thus, the slotted surface coil can be a good tool for MRI experiments in rats on a human whole-body 4 T scanner.

  9. Design of a quadrature surface coil for hyperpolarized 13C MRS cardiac metabolism studies in pigs

    Giovannetti, G.; Frijia, F.; Hartwig, V.;

    2013-01-01

    coil performance evaluation in terms of coil resistance, sample-induced resistance and magnetic field pattern. Experimental SNR-vs.-depth profiles, extracted from the [1-13C]acetate phantom chemical shift image (CSI), showed good agreement with the theoretical SNR-vs.-depth profiles. Moreover, the...... performance of the quadrature coil was compared with the single TX/RX circular and TX/RX butterfly coil, in order to verify the advantage of the proposed configuration over the single coils throughout the volume of interest for cardiac imaging in pig. Finally, the quadrature surface coil was tested by...

  10. Practical aspects of 13C surface receive coils with active decoupling and tuning circuit

    Nilsson, Daniel; Mohr, Johan Jacob; Zhurbenko, Vitaliy

    2012-01-01

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of nuclei other than 1H (e.g. 13C) allows for characterisation of metabolic processes. Imaging of such nuclei, however, requires development of sensitive MRI coils. This paper describes the design of surface receive coils for 13C imaging in small animals. The design...... is based on application-specified coil profile and includes impedance matching and balancing circuits. Active decoupling is implemented in order to minimize the influence of the receiving coil on the homogeneity of the transmit-coil field. Measurement results for a coil prototype are presented...

  11. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

    Solis S.E.; Tomasi D.; Hernandez J.A.; Rodriguez A.O.

    2012-01-01

    A coil array was composed of two slotted surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 900, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic field of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the finite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulations...

  12. Two-dimensional dc surface motor using window shaped coils; Tagata coil wo mochiita chokuryu surface motor

    Kano, Y.; Yamaguchi, M.; Sugawara, M. [Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-08-20

    The authors have been pursuing the possibility of using a two-dimensional de motor used for a driver of meal assist apparatus. In this paper, a new type dc surface motor using window shaped coils (DSM) is proposed by the authors. And the thrust equations of the DSM is shown following the exciting method of the window shaped coils. The driving characteristics of the DSM are summarized as follows: 1. The maximum flux density of the air gap is calculated at 0.35 teslas when the exciting current is 1.8 amperes. The flux density achieves only 20 % conpered with maximum flux density (1.8 teslas) of the yokes(SS41). 2. The thrust constant of the x-direction and y-direction are 2.93, 2.70 N/A respectively, so these difference is within only 8 %. And the maximum static thrust is over 5 newtons when the exciting current was 1.8 amperes. 3. It is recognized that the positioning control accuracy is good within 7.5 % when the DSM is controlled by PD-control method. 11 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Two-Slotted Surface Coil Array for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla

    Arrays of antennas have been widely accepted for magnetic resonance imaging applications due to their high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) over large volumes of interest. A new surface coil based on the magnetron tube and called slotted surface coil, has been recently introduced by our group. This coil design experimentally demonstrated a significant improvement over the circular-shaped coil when used in the receive-only mode. The slotted coils formed a two-sheet structure with a 90 deg. separation and each coil had 6 circular slots. Numerical simulations were performed using the finite element method for this coil design to study the behaviour of the array magnetic field. Then, we developed a two-coil array for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode. Phantom images were acquired with our coil array and standard pulse sequences on a research-dedicated 4 Tesla scanner. Numerical simulations demonstrated that electromagnetic interaction between the coil elements is negligible, and that the magnetic field showed a good uniformity. In vitro images showed the feasibility of this coil array for standard pulses for high field magnetic resonance imaging

  14. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

    Solis S.E.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A coil array was composed of two slotted surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 900, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic field of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the finite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulations demonstrated that electromagnetic interaction between the coil elements is negligible, and that the magnetic field showed a good uniformity. Phantom images were acquired with our coil array and standard pulse sequences on a research-dedicated 4 Tesla scanner. In vitro images showed the feasibility of this coil array for standard pulses and high field magnetic resonance imaging.

  15. Slotted surface coil with reduced g-factor for SENSE imaging.

    Ocegueda, K; Rodriguez, A O

    2006-01-01

    A new coil design inspired on the slot-and-hole magnetron tube is proposed for SENSE imaging. To investigate its g-factor behaviour: an SNR formula was derived using the quasi-static approach, and combined with the ultimate g-factor formula to compute the ultimate-factor-g-vs-depth plots. A g-factor expression was derived for the circular coil using the same approach for comparison purposes. SNR-vs-depth profiles of an 4-slot coil showed an important improvement over the circular coil. The 4-slot coil g-factor can be up to 58.32% lower than that of a single circular-shaped coil. This improvement makes the slotted surface coil a good choice for SENSE imaging. PMID:17946922

  16. Analyses and Comparison of Bulk and Coil Surface Samples from the DWPF Slurry Mix Evaporator

    Sludge samples from the DWPF Slurry Mix Evaporator (SME) heating coil frame and coil surface were characterized to identify differences that might help identify heat transfer fouling materials. The SME steam coils have seen increased fouling leading to lower boil-up rates. Samples of the sludge were taken from the coil frame somewhat distant from the coil (bulk tank material) and from the coil surface (coil surface sample). The results of the analysis indicate the composition of the two SME samples are very similar with the exception that the coil surface sample shows ∼5-10X higher mercury concentration than the bulk tank sample. Elemental analyses and x-ray diffraction results did not indicate notable differences between the two samples. The ICP-MS and Cs-137 data indicate no significant differences in the radionuclide composition of the two SME samples. Semi-volatile organic analysis revealed numerous organic molecules, these likely result from antifoaming additives. The compositions of the two SME samples also match well with the analyzed composition of the SME batch with the exception of significantly higher silicon, lithium, and boron content in the batch sample indicating the coil samples are deficient in frit relative to the SME batch composition.

  17. ANALYSES AND COMPARISON OF BULK AND COIL SURFACE SAMPLES FROM THE DWPF SLURRY MIX EVAPORATOR

    Hay, M.; Nash, C.; Stone, M.

    2012-02-17

    Sludge samples from the DWPF Slurry Mix Evaporator (SME) heating coil frame and coil surface were characterized to identify differences that might help identify heat transfer fouling materials. The SME steam coils have seen increased fouling leading to lower boil-up rates. Samples of the sludge were taken from the coil frame somewhat distant from the coil (bulk tank material) and from the coil surface (coil surface sample). The results of the analysis indicate the composition of the two SME samples are very similar with the exception that the coil surface sample shows {approx}5-10X higher mercury concentration than the bulk tank sample. Elemental analyses and x-ray diffraction results did not indicate notable differences between the two samples. The ICP-MS and Cs-137 data indicate no significant differences in the radionuclide composition of the two SME samples. Semi-volatile organic analysis revealed numerous organic molecules, these likely result from antifoaming additives. The compositions of the two SME samples also match well with the analyzed composition of the SME batch with the exception of significantly higher silicon, lithium, and boron content in the batch sample indicating the coil samples are deficient in frit relative to the SME batch composition.

  18. MRI of prostate zonal anatomy with an endorectal surface coil

    The development of an endorectal surface coil now permits a partial study of the anatomical model developed by McNeal. Axial and coronal views, which were used to establish the model can be obtained in a short period of time with fast spin echo sequences. Axial views are performed along the proximal urethra and coronal views are performed along the axis of the distal urethra and the ejaculatory duts. Anatomical boundaries of the transitional zone are well delineated on axial views, illustrating the concept of 'inner gland'. The prostatic capsule and the neuro-vascular bundles, pathways of extension of the cancer out of the prostate are also well delineated. Coronal sections allow a very good anatomical study of the caudal junction of the vas deferens and the seminal vesicles (the so called weak space), pathway of tumor extension to the seminal vesicles. Differences in signal of the prostatic zones make the outer gland cancers very conspicuous as well as some transitional cancers which can show, in some cases, an homogeneous hyposignal. (authors). 15 refs., 14 figs

  19. Quadrature Slotted Surface Coil Pair for Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 4 Tesla: Phantom Study

    Solis S.E.; Tomasi D.; Hernandez J.A.; Rodriguez A.O.

    2012-01-01

    A coil array was composed of two slott ed surface coils forming a structure with two plates at 90°, each one having 6 circular slots and is introduced in this paper. Numerical simulations of the magnetic fi eld of this coil array were performed at 170 MHz using the fi nite element method to study its behaviour. This coil array was developed for brain magnetic resonance imaging to be operated at the resonant frequency of 170 MHz in the transceiver mode and quadrature driven. Numerical simulati...

  20. Electronic decoupling of receive-only surface coils with transmission lines during radio frequency excitation

    The authors report a method of detuning surface coils during B/sub 1/ excitation with diodes on the transmission line. This method was compared with two conventional detuning schemes. Experiments were performed on a General Electric whole-body scanner. Identical 12-cm planar surface coils, with nondistributive capacitance design, were studied with three detuning networks. The first two were on the coil: (1) crossed PIN diodes parallel to the receiver coil and (2) the same network with an inductor in series with diodes. The third network had crossed diodes to ground located on the transmission line between the coil and the preamplifier. The reactance of the transmission lines were set according to the following equation: Z/sub 1/ = (Z/sub m/ + Z/sub t/), where Z/sub 1/, Z/sub m/, and Z/sub t/ are the impedances of the line, the matching, and the tuning capacitors, respectively, for a series matched circuit. The reactance of the portion of cable between the coil and diodes was altered by varying the cable length or with a Pi-L circuit. The third network provided the most efficient decoupling of surface coil from the transmit coil during B/sub 1/ excitation. This was evidenced by greater homogeneity, symmetry, and signal-to-noise ratio of the images of a uniform phantom produced at right angles to the coil with the third detuning scheme. The authors offer this method as a convenient way to detune receive-only surface coils for imaging and spectroscopy

  1. Correcting surface coil excitation inhomogeneities in single-shot SPEN MRI

    Schmidt, Rita; Mishkovsky, Mor; Hyacinthe, Jean-Noel; Kunz, Nicolas; Gruetter, Rolf; Comment, Arnaud; Frydman, Lucio

    2015-10-01

    Given their high sensitivity and ability to limit the field of view (FOV), surface coils are often used in magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and imaging (MRI). A major downside of surface coils is their inherent radiofrequency (RF) B1 heterogeneity across the FOV, decreasing with increasing distance from the coil and giving rise to image distortions due to non-uniform spatial responses. A robust way to compensate for B1 inhomogeneities is to employ adiabatic inversion pulses, yet these are not well adapted to all imaging sequences - including to single-shot approaches like echo planar imaging (EPI). Hybrid spatiotemporal encoding (SPEN) sequences relying on frequency-swept pulses provide another ultrafast MRI alternative, that could help solve this problem thanks to their built-in heterogeneous spatial manipulations. This study explores how this intrinsic SPEN-based spatial discrimination, could be used to compensate for the B1 inhomogeneities inherent to surface coils. Experiments carried out in both phantoms and in vivo rat brains demonstrate that, by suitably modulating the amplitude of a SPEN chirp pulse that progressively excites the spins in a direction normal to the coil, it is possible to compensate for the RF transmit inhomogeneities and thus improve sensitivity and image fidelity.

  2. High spatial resolution quantitative MR images: an experimental study of dedicated surface coils

    Measuring spin-spin relaxation times (T2) by quantitative MR imaging represents a potentially efficient tool to evaluate the physicochemical properties of various media. However, noise in MR images is responsible for uncertainties in the determination of T2 relaxation times, which limits the accuracy of parametric tissue analysis. The required signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) depends on the T2 relaxation behaviour specific to each tissue. Thus, we have previously shown that keeping the uncertainty in T2 measurements within a limit of 10% implies that SNR values be greater than 100 and 300 for mono- and biexponential T2 relaxation behaviours, respectively. Noise reduction can be obtained either by increasing the voxel size (i.e., at the expense of spatial resolution) or by using high sensitivity dedicated surface coils (which allows us to increase SNR without deteriorating spatial resolution in an excessive manner). However, surface coil sensitivity is heterogeneous, i.e., it- and hence SNR-decreases with increasing depth, and the more so as the coil radius is smaller. The use of surface coils is therefore limited to the analysis of superficial structure such as the hypodermic tissue analysed here. The aim of this work was to determine the maximum limits of spatial resolution and depth compatible with reliable in vivo T2 quantitative MR images using dedicated surface coils available on various clinical MR scanners. The average thickness of adipose tissue is around 15 mm, and the results obtained have shown that obtaining reliable biexponential relaxation analysis requires a minimum achievable voxel size of 13 mm3 for a conventional volume birdcage coil and only of 1.7 mm3 for the smallest available surface coil (23 mm in diameter). Further improvement in spatial resolution allowing us to detect low details in MR images without deteriorating parametric T2 images can be obtained by image filtering. By using the non-linear selective blurring filter described in a previous

  3. Modulation of water surface waves with a coiling-up-space metasurface

    H. T. Sun; Wang, J.S.; Cheng, Y; Wei, Q.; X. J. Liu

    2016-01-01

    We have designed a gradient-index (GRIN) metasurface to modulate water surface waves (WSWs). The metasurface is composed of an array of coiling-up-space units with a deep sub-wavelength scale, and can focus/scatter WSWs when the units are arranged elaborately and pierced into water. The modulation of WSWs has been ascribed to the relative effective refractive GRIN of the coiling-up-space units, which can be tuned by changing the parameters such as the plate length of units. This work may have...

  4. Modulation of water surface waves with a coiling-up-space metasurface

    H. T. Sun

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available We have designed a gradient-index (GRIN metasurface to modulate water surface waves (WSWs. The metasurface is composed of an array of coiling-up-space units with a deep sub-wavelength scale, and can focus/scatter WSWs when the units are arranged elaborately and pierced into water. The modulation of WSWs has been ascribed to the relative effective refractive GRIN of the coiling-up-space units, which can be tuned by changing the parameters such as the plate length of units. This work may have potential application in energy extraction of water wave.

  5. Modulation of water surface waves with a coiling-up-space metasurface

    Sun, H. T.; Wang, J. S.; Cheng, Y.; Wei, Q.; Liu, X. J.

    2016-05-01

    We have designed a gradient-index (GRIN) metasurface to modulate water surface waves (WSWs). The metasurface is composed of an array of coiling-up-space units with a deep sub-wavelength scale, and can focus/scatter WSWs when the units are arranged elaborately and pierced into water. The modulation of WSWs has been ascribed to the relative effective refractive GRIN of the coiling-up-space units, which can be tuned by changing the parameters such as the plate length of units. This work may have potential application in energy extraction of water wave.

  6. Investigation of high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging by means of surface and array radiofrequency coils at 7 T.

    van der Zwaag, Wietske; Marques, José P; Hergt, Martin; Gruetter, Rolf

    2009-10-01

    In this investigation, high-resolution, 1x1x1-mm(3) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at 7 T is performed using a multichannel array head coil and a surface coil approach. Scan geometry was optimized for each coil separately to exploit the strengths of both coils. Acquisitions with the surface coil focused on partial brain coverage, while whole-brain coverage fMRI experiments were performed with the array head coil. BOLD sensitivity in the occipital lobe was found to be higher with the surface coil than with the head array, suggesting that restriction of signal detection to the area of interest may be beneficial for localized activation studies. Performing independent component analysis (ICA) decomposition of the fMRI data, we consistently detected BOLD signal changes and resting state networks. In the surface coil data, a small negative BOLD response could be detected in these resting state network areas. Also in the data acquired with the surface coil, two distinct components of the positive BOLD signal were consistently observed. These two components were tentatively assigned to tissue and venous signal changes. PMID:19261421

  7. Multi circular-cavity surface coil for magnetic resonance imaging of monkey's brain at 4 Tesla

    Osorio, A. I.; Solis-Najera, S. E.; Vázquez, F.; Wang, R. L.; Tomasi, D.; Rodriguez, A. O.

    2014-11-01

    Animal models in medical research has been used to study humans diseases for several decades. The use of different imaging techniques together with different animal models offers a great advantage due to the possibility to study some human pathologies without the necessity of chirurgical intervention. The employ of magnetic resonance imaging for the acquisition of anatomical and functional images is an excellent tool because its noninvasive nature. Dedicated coils to perform magnetic resonance imaging experiments are obligatory due to the improvement on the signal-to-noise ratio and reduced specific absorption ratio. A specifically designed surface coil for magnetic resonance imaging of monkey's brain is proposed based on the multi circular-slot coil. Numerical simulations of the magnetic and electric fields were also performed using the Finite Integration Method to solve Maxwell's equations for this particular coil design and, to study the behavior of various vector magnetic field configurations and specific absorption ratio. Monkey's brain images were then acquired with a research-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging system at 4T, to evaluate the anatomical images with conventional imaging sequences. This coil showed good quality images of a monkey's brain and full compatibility with standard pulse sequences implemented in research-dedicated imager.

  8. High-frequency analysis on surface micromachined on-chip transformers with stacked interwinding coil structures

    On-chip micro-transformers with a stacked interwinding coil have been developed. The transformer is fabricated using simple and cost-effective MEMS surface micromachining. High-frequency characteristics of the transformer are analyzed by comparing its performances for various coil structures and substrate materials, respectively. The results show that the RF performance of the glass-based transformer is improved compared to that of a silicon-based transformer. An analysis of various coil configuration leads to the conclusion that the metal-to-metal capacitance has a significant influence on the RF characteristics. The process fabrication of the device is simple, highlighting good prospects for future three-dimensional RF-MEMS device application

  9. Comparison of surface and saddle endoanal coil to evaluate anal sphincter in infants and young childern: experimental study using phantom and cats

    We designed an inside-out-type endoanal surface and saddle coil to evaluate the anal sphincter of young children who have difficulty in controlling defecation after the correction of anorectal malformation, and compared two coils using an imaging phantom and cats. Using two coils, T1-and T2- weighted axial and coronal images of the phantom and of the anorectal region of cats were obtained, and the results were compared in terms of changes in signal intensity and SNR according to the distance from the coil's surface. We also compared the capability of the coils to delineate the internal and external anal sphincter of cat anorectum, both of which are important in the control of defection. The saddle coil was slightly superior to the surface coil in terms of SNR, but inferior in terms of the signal intensity of the region of interest of the cat's anorectum. Moreover, artifacts of low signal intensity appeared in an azimuthal direction on axial images acquired using the saddle coil and prohibited delineation of the whole of the anal sphincter. In terms of image quality, the surface coil was therefore superior to the saddle coil. Our findings suggest that among inside-out-type endoanal coils, the surface coil may be superior to the saddle coil in MR imaging to evaluate the anal sphincter of young children

  10. A new holder and surface MRI coil for the examination of the newborn infant hip

    A special holder was developed for examination of the infant hip joint using MRI. This holder allows the infant hip joint to be examined both in a neutral position and in various defined functional positions. A special integrated surface coil, also developed for this purpose, provides the high spatial resolution required for assessment of the fine joint structures. Thirty infants were examined and the new device has proved useful in advanced hip dysplasia, therapy-resistant subluxation and luxation, and for operative therapy planning (reconstruction of the acetabular roof, redirectional osteotomies). Interpretation errors due to misprojection can be eliminated to a large extent since the holder allows standardized and reproducible positioning. (orig.)

  11. MRI of the shoulder joint with surface coils at 1.5 Tesla

    High spatial resolution magnetic resonance images of the shoulder were obtained in axial, sagittal and coronal orientations using a 1.5 T imaging system and anatomically shaped, wrap-around surface coils. Variations in scapular position induced by patient positioning change the relationship of the planes to the shoulder anatomy and make reproducibility of sagittal and coronal planes difficult. We, therefore, use - after axial orientation - image-oblique planes perpendicular and parallel to the glenoid fossa. In this manner MRI can visualise the anatomic structures of the shoulder including rotator cuff, long biceps tendon, articular capsule, articular cartilage, muscles and bones due to the high soft tissue contrast of MRI. (orig.)

  12. A retunable surface coil for high field 31P and 1H magnetic resonance evaluations of the living mouse leg

    This study presents a retunable surface coil that can be adjusted to at least two Larmor frequencies sequentially without the need to remove the coil from the magnet and while avoiding interference between channels. A prototype 1H/31P surface coil for the analysis of the in vivo mouse leg under electrical stimulation was designed for operation at 11.75 T. The coil has a high-quality factor of over 100 for both operational frequencies. To demonstrate the capabilities of this simple design, in vivo experiments were conducted to acquire high-resolution 1H images and 31P spectra of the C57BL/6 mouse leg, both with high temporal resolution. Proton diffusion tensor imaging was also performed to evaluate rodent skeletal muscle architecture. This design makes the acquisition of physiological data about both muscle structure and energetics (PCr, ATP and Pi) possible in a single experimental session

  13. A combined solenoid-surface RF coil for high-resolution whole-brain rat imaging on a 3.0 Tesla clinical MR scanner.

    Underhill, Hunter R; Yuan, Chun; Hayes, Cecil E

    2010-09-01

    Rat brain models effectively simulate a multitude of human neurological disorders. Improvements in coil design have facilitated the wider utilization of rat brain models by enabling the utilization of clinical MR scanners for image acquisition. In this study, a novel coil design, subsequently referred to as the rat brain coil, is described that exploits and combines the strengths of both solenoids and surface coils into a simple, multichannel, receive-only coil dedicated to whole-brain rat imaging on a 3.0 T clinical MR scanner. Compared with a multiturn solenoid mouse body coil, a 3-cm surface coil, a modified Helmholtz coil, and a phased-array surface coil, the rat brain coil improved signal-to-noise ratio by approximately 72, 61, 78, and 242%, respectively. Effects of the rat brain coil on amplitudes of static field and radiofrequency field uniformity were similar to each of the other coils. In vivo, whole-brain images of an adult male rat were acquired with a T(2)-weighted spin-echo sequence using an isotropic acquisition resolution of 0.25 x 0.25 x 0.25 mm(3) in 60.6 min. Multiplanar images of the in vivo rat brain with identification of anatomic structures are presented. Improvement in signal-to-noise ratio afforded by the rat brain coil may broaden experiments that utilize clinical MR scanners for in vivo image acquisition. PMID:20535812

  14. Stochastization of Magnetic Field Surfaces in Tokamaks by an Inner Coil

    A 3-D code has been developed in order to simulate the magnetic field lines in circular cross-section tokamaks. The toroidal magnetic field can be obtained from the individual fields of circular coils arranged around the torus, or alternatively, as a ripple-less field. The poloidal field is provided by a given toroidal current density profile. Proposing initial conditions for a magnetic filed line, it is integrated along the toroidal angle coordinate, and Poincare maps can be obtained at any desired cross section plane. Following this procedure, the code allows the mapping of magnetic field surfaces for the axisymmetric case. For this work, the density current profile is chosen to be bell-shaped, so that realistic safety factor profiles can be obtained. This code is used in order to study the braking up of external surfaces when the symmetry is broken by an inner coil with tilted circular loops, with the purpose of modelling the behaviour of ergodic divertors, such as those devised for TEXTOR

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging of cervical carcinoma using an endorectal surface coil

    Brocker, Kerstin A., E-mail: kerstin.brocker@med.uni-heidelberg.de [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Heidelberg Medical School, Voßstr. 9, 69115 Heidelberg (Germany); Alt, Céline D., E-mail: celine.alt@med.uni-heidelberg.de [Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Heidelberg Medical School, INF 110, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Gebauer, Gerhard, E-mail: gebauer.frauen@marienkrankenhaus.org [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kath. Marienkrankenhaus Hamburg, Alfredstr. 9, 22087 Hamburg (Germany); Sohn, Christof, E-mail: christof.sohn@med.uni-heidelberg.de [Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Heidelberg Medical School, Voßstr. 9, 69115 Heidelberg (Germany); Hallscheidt, Peter, E-mail: hallscheidt@yahoo.de [Radiologie Darmstadt am Alice-Hospital, Dieburger Str. 29-31, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2014-07-15

    Introduction: The objective of this trial is to investigate the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with an endorectal surface coil for precise local staging of patients with histologically proven cervical cancer by comparing the radiological, clinical, and histological results. Materials and methods: Women with cervical cancer were recruited for this trial between February 2007, and September 2010. All the patients were clinically staged according to the FIGO classification and underwent radiological staging by MRI that employed an endorectal surface coil. The staging results after surgery were compared to histopathology in all the operable patients. Results: A total of 74 consecutive patients were included in the trial. Forty-four (59.5%) patients underwent primary surgery, whereas 30 (40.5%) patients were inoperable according to FIGO and underwent primary radiochemotherapy. The mean age of the patients was 50.6 years. In 11 out of the 44 patients concordant staging results were obtained by all three staging modalities. Thirty-two of the 44 patients were concordantly staged by FIGO and histopathological examination, while only 16 were concordantly staged by eMRI and histopathological examination. eMRI overstaged tumors in 14 cases and understaged them in 7 cases. Conclusions: eMRI is applicable in patients with cervical cancer, yet of no benefit than staging with FIGO or standard pelvic MRI. The most precise preoperative staging procedure still appears to be the clinical examination.

  16. Magnetic resonance imaging of cervical carcinoma using an endorectal surface coil

    Introduction: The objective of this trial is to investigate the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with an endorectal surface coil for precise local staging of patients with histologically proven cervical cancer by comparing the radiological, clinical, and histological results. Materials and methods: Women with cervical cancer were recruited for this trial between February 2007, and September 2010. All the patients were clinically staged according to the FIGO classification and underwent radiological staging by MRI that employed an endorectal surface coil. The staging results after surgery were compared to histopathology in all the operable patients. Results: A total of 74 consecutive patients were included in the trial. Forty-four (59.5%) patients underwent primary surgery, whereas 30 (40.5%) patients were inoperable according to FIGO and underwent primary radiochemotherapy. The mean age of the patients was 50.6 years. In 11 out of the 44 patients concordant staging results were obtained by all three staging modalities. Thirty-two of the 44 patients were concordantly staged by FIGO and histopathological examination, while only 16 were concordantly staged by eMRI and histopathological examination. eMRI overstaged tumors in 14 cases and understaged them in 7 cases. Conclusions: eMRI is applicable in patients with cervical cancer, yet of no benefit than staging with FIGO or standard pelvic MRI. The most precise preoperative staging procedure still appears to be the clinical examination

  17. High resolution MR imaging of the anal sphincter using an intravaginal surface coil

    MR imaging was performed using a 1.0 T unit. In 10 females (6 nullipara, one primipara without and three primipara with postpartum faecal incontinence) a surface coil, originally designed for endorectal use, was placed into the vagina. Transverse oblique T1-weighted spin echo and double echo turbo spin echo sequences with T2- and proton density-weighting were acquired parallel to the puborectal, rectococcygeal and anorectal planes. Three readers analysed the images in consensus. The anatomic structures of the external and internal sphincter as well as the mucosa were differentiated in all cases with a good contrast. The best results were yielded by the proton density weighting. In one case of faecal incontinence a sphincter defect after repair of a complete rupture of the anal sphincter was shown. In another case irregularities in the structure of the external sphincter and perineum were visualised. (orig./MG)

  18. Electronically Tunable Surface-Coil-Type Resonator for L-Band EPR Spectroscopy

    Hirata, Hiroshi; Walczak, Tadeusz; Swartz, Harold M.

    2000-01-01

    The automatic frequency control (AFC) circuit in conventional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometers automatically tunes the microwave source to the resonance frequency of the resonator. The circuit works satisfactorily for samples stable enough that the geometric relations in the resonance structure do not change in a significant way. When EPR signals are measured during in vivo experiments with small rodents, however, the distance between the signal source and the surface-coil detector can change rapidly. When a conventional AFC circuit keeps the oscillator tuned to the resonator under those conditions, the resultant frequency change may exceed ±5 MHz and markedly shift the position of the EPR signal. Such a shift results in unacceptable effects on the spectra, especially when the experimenter is dealing with narrow EPR lines. The animal movement also causes a mismatching of the resonator and the 50-ohm transmission line. Direct results of this mismatching are increased noise; shifts in the position of the baseline; and a high probability of overdriving the signal preamplifier with consequent loss of the EPR signal. We therefore designed, built, and tested a new surface-coil resonator using varactor diodes for tuning the resonance frequency to the fixed frequency oscillator and for capacitive matching of the resonator to the 50-ohm transmission line. The performance of the automatic matching system was tested in vivo by measuring EPR spectra of lithium phthalocyanine implanted in rats. Stability and sensitivity of the spectrometer were evaluated by measuring EPR spectra with and without the use of the automatic matching system. The overall experimental performance of the spectrometer was found to significantly improve during in vivo experiments using the automatic matching system. Excellent matching between the 50-ohm transmission line and the resonator was maintained under all experimental circumstances that were tested. This should allow us now to

  19. MR imaging of rectal cancer using endorectal surface coil. Histopathological correlation

    Using a endorectal coil for MRI of receive only, extent and lymph node metastasis of tumor was checked for 55 cases of rectal cancer. MRI was performed with a 1.5 Tesla superconducting MR unit using tailored endorectal surface coils and fast spin echo (FSE) capabilities before surgery. And images compared with histopathological findings of specimens resected by surgery. After a submucosal saline injection using an endoscope, an image was obtained in 11 cases that may contain the early stage cancer. Normal intestinal wall was described as 5-6 layers including mucus and rectal fat tissue in T2-weighted image with FSE. The mucous membrane layer showed low signal, submucous membrane showed high signal, peculiar muscle layer showed low signal. In the diagnosis of depth of carcinomatous invasion, M-carcinoma was described as thickening of the mucous membrane layer in T2-weighted image, SM-carcinoma was as a tumor of low signal intensity in high signal area and asymmetry of a boundary with the submucous membrane and tumor. When a tumor invased to the peculiar muscle layer, the submucous membrane completely lacerated, and it was recognized as thickening of the muscle layer, laceration, and tumor with high intensity in muscle layer. When a tumor invased into rectal fat tissue, outside edge of tumor was showed as asymmetry in T1-weighted image, and described as laceration of the outer longitudinal muscle layer in T2-weighted image. MRI agreed well with histopathological findings in 45 cases. Submucous saline injection made thickening in submucous membrane and was useful for discrimination of M-carcinoma and SM1-3 carcinoma. The shape of the lymph node of the diameter about 5 mm was able to be evaluated because of diagnosing ability of the lymph node metastasis such as sensitivity 78.9% and specificity 74.1%. (K.H.)

  20. Characteristics of eddy current testing using surface coils on small curvature radius space

    An eddy current testing (ECT) is used as a method for inspection techniques of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) defects on welded areas in nuclear power plants. A number of welded areas have small curvature radius (several mm) spaces. We evaluated the eddy current density distributions affected by curved geometry of 5 mm in curvature radius using a simulated electromagnetic field calculation. Calculated results indicated that decrease of eddy current density and extend of its distribution width are caused by increase of the distance between specimen surface and the ECT probe (lift-off) and/or curved geometry. In order to increase eddy current density and narrow its distribution width, we applied a ferromagnetic core to an ECT probe. This core was in close contact with the cross coil in the ECT probe. We numerically confirmed that the core is effective to increase eddy current density and reduce eddy current density distribution width. Furthermore we performed the defect detection test using the prototype ECT probe applied a ferromagnetic core. The prototype ECT probe detected defects at a higher sensitivity on small curvature radius space. (author)

  1. Image analysis from surface scanning with an absolute eddy current coil

    The aim of this work is to implement processing and analysis tools applied to eddy current imaging. These cartographies are issued from steam generator tubes testing using an absolute coil. The first is to eliminate the perturbations due to probe lift-off changes which generate low frequency oscillations on the image. The principle of the processing is to rebuild a complete surface of the noise using only the points around the defect area. The geometric origin of these perturbations led to a model based on sinusoidal functions. The method consists of gradually decomposing the image into a sum of basic sinusoidal surfaces. In order to take into account all kind of cartographies (especially rolling zone) some preprocessing must be applied. The results obtained with this 'cartography flattening'are satisfactory and the phase of analysis could begin with good condition of signal ratio. The second part of this work dealt with the choice and the perfection of image processing tools which would fit the most with the defect characterization. The aim of this characterization is to give the orientation and main size of the detected defect. A morphological skeleton representation has been chosen to illustrate the defect architecture and to allow sizing. A set of tools has been elaborated to obtain an (automatic) processing according to threshold. The results for single defect are satisfactory since the sizing error is around ± 25% and orientation is nearly always correctly given. The processing for area with several defects is more complex and new complementary research directions are proposed. (author)

  2. SU-E-J-239: Influence of RF Coil Materials On Surface and Buildup Dose From a 6MV Photon Beam

    Purpose: In order to perform real time tumour tracking using an integrated Linac-MR, images have to be acquired during irradiation. MRI uses RF coils in close proximity to the imaged volume. Given current RF coil designs this means that the high energy photons will be passing through the coil before reaching the patient. This study experimentally investigates the dose modifications that occur due to the presence of various RF coil materials in the treatment beam. Methods: Polycarbonate, copper or aluminum tape, and Teflon were used to emulate the base, conductor and cover respectively of a surface RF coil. These materials were placed at various distances from the surface of polystyrene or solid water phantoms which were irradiated in the presence of no magnetic field, a transverse 0.2T magnetic field, and a parallel 0.2T magnetic field. Percent depth doses were measured using ion chambers. Results: A significant increase in surface and buildup dose is observed. The surface dose is seen to decrease with an increasing separation between the emulated coil and the phantom surface, when no magnetic field is present. When a transverse magnetic field is applied the surface dose decreases faster with increasing separation, as some of the electrons created in the coil are curved away from the phantom’s surface. When a parallel field is present the surface dose stays approximately constant for small separations, only slightly decreasing for separations greater than 5cm, since the magnetic field focuses the electrons produced in the coil materials not allowing them to scatter. Conclusion: Irradiating a patient through an RF coil leads to an increase in the surface and buildup doses. Mitigating this increase is important for the successful clinical use of either a transverse or a parallel configuration Linac-MR unit. This project is partially supported by an operating grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR MOP 93752)

  3. The lifting scheme of 4-channel orthogonal wavelet transforms

    PENG Lizhong; CHU Xiaoyong

    2006-01-01

    The 4-channel smooth wavelets with linear phase and orthogonality are designed from the 2-channel orthogonal wavelets with high transfer vanishing moments. Reversely, for simple lifting scheme of such 4-channel orthogonal wavelet transforms, a new 2-channel orthogonal wavelet associated with this 4-channel wavelet is constructed. The new 2-channel wavelet has at least the same number of vanishing moments as the associated 4-channel one. Finally, by combining the two such 2-channel wavelet systems, the lifting scheme of 4-channel orthogonal wavelet transform, which has simple structure and is easy to apply, is presented.

  4. Magnetic resonance imaging for radiotherapy planning of brain cancer patients using immobilization and surface coils

    This study investigated the compatibility of a head and neck immobilization device with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The immobilization device is used to position a patient in the same way as when receiving a computed tomography (CT) scan for radiotherapy planning and radiation treatment. The advantage of using immobilization in MR is improved accuracy in CT/MR image registration enabling greater confidence in the delineation of structures. The main practical difficulty in using an immobilization device in MRI is that physical constraints make their use incompatible with head imaging coils. Within this paper we describe a method for MR imaging of the brain which allows the use of head and neck immobilization devices. By a series of image quality tests we obtained the same or better image quality as a multi-channel head coil.

  5. Quantification of phosphorus metabolites in human calf muscle and soft-tissue tumours from localized MR spectra acquired using surface coils

    Doyle, V. L.; Payne, G. S.; Collins, D. J.; Verrill, M. W.; Leach, M. O.

    1997-04-01

    Metabolite concentrations determined from MR spectra provide more specific information than peak area ratios. This paper presents a method of quantification that allows metabolite concentrations to be determined from in vivo MR spectra acquired using a surface coil and ISIS localization. Corrections for the effects of field inhomogeneity produced by surface coils are based on a measured and calibrated spatial sensitivity field map for the coil. Account is taken of imperfections in pulse performance, coil loading effects and relaxation effects, the latter making use of published metabolite relaxation times. The technique is demonstrated on model solutions. The concentrations of the main metabolites in normal human calf muscle measured using this method are [PCr] = ; [Pi] = ; [NTP] = . Quantification of spectra acquired from soft-tissue tumours in patients both pre- and post-treatment showed that changes in metabolite concentrations are more sensitive to metabolic changes than changes in peak area ratios.

  6. Experimental study of coil selection considered from subject size

    We examined the index of coil selection in consideration of subject size to measure signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and uniformity in a phantom experiment. The QD-Head, 8-channel-Head, and 8-channel-Head-Neck coil were used for head examination, QD-Body, 4-channel-TORSO, and 8-channel-Body coil were used for body examination. In the examination of the head, measurements were performed at various positions in a coil. The SNR measured by the QD-Head coil showed the highest values for 9 cm or 12 cm diameters of the phantom, and 10 cm to 15 cm distance from the coil entrance. The QD-Head coil also showed adequate uniformity at most sizes of phantoms. In the body examination, both multi-channel coils showed an SNR higher than the QD-Body coil for all sizes, but they were inferior to the QD-Body coil in uniformity. The 4-channel-TORSO coil showed an SNR higher than the 8-channel-Body coil when a phantom with a diameter of 21 cm or less was used. Since sensitivity distributions differ according to various cases, the 8-channel coil does not necessarily always show a high SNR. It is necessary to perform coil selection according to the subject's size and purpose. (author)

  7. MR findings of facial nerve on oblique sagittal MRI using TMJ surface coil: normal vs peripheral facial nerve palsy

    To evaluate the findings of normal facial nerve, as seen on oblique sagittal MRI using a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) surface coil, and then to evaluate abnormal findings of peripheral facial nerve palsy. We retrospectively reviewed the MR findings of 20 patients with peripheral facial palsy and 50 normal facial nerves of 36 patients without facial palsy. All underwent oblique sagittal MRI using a T MJ surface coil. We analyzed the course, signal intensity, thickness, location, and degree of enhancement of the facial nerve. According to the angle made by the proximal parotid segment on the axis of the mastoid segment, course was classified as anterior angulation (obtuse and acute, or buckling), straight and posterior angulation. Among 50 normal facial nerves, 24 (48%) were straight, and 23 (46%) demonstrated anterior angulation; 34 (68%) showed iso signal intensity on T1W1. In the group of patients, course on the affected side was either straight (40%) or showed anterior angulation (55%), and signal intensity in 80% of cases was isointense. These findings were similar to those in the normal group, but in patients with post-traumatic or post-operative facial palsy, buckling, of course, appeared. In 12 of 18 facial palsy cases (66.6%) in which contrast materials were administered, a normal facial nerve of the opposite facial canal showed mild enhancement on more than one segment, but on the affected side the facial nerve showed diffuse enhancement in all 14 patients with acute facial palsy. Eleven of these (79%) showed fair or marked enhancement on more than one segment, and in 12 (86%), mild enhancement of the proximal parotid segment was noted. Four of six chronic facial palsy cases (66.6%) showed atrophy of the facial nerve. When oblique sagittal MR images are obtained using a TMJ surface coil, enhancement of the proximal parotid segment of the facial nerve and fair or marked enhancement of at least one segment within the facial canal always suggests pathology of

  8. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 2: new vs. old imaging concept

    Sirin, Selma; Schlamann, Marc; Schweiger, Bernd; Goericke, Sophia L. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Metz, Klaus A. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Bornfeld, Norbert; Holdt, Markus [University Hospital Essen, Department of Ophthalmology, Essen (Germany); Temming, Petra; Schuendeln, Michael M. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Essen (Germany)

    2015-08-15

    High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is recommended for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma according to recent guidelines. The aim of this study was to compare diagnostic accuracy of a new imaging concept with two orbit surface coils to that of an old imaging concept with one orbit surface coil. One hundred forty-three patients (148 eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys) underwent high-resolution MRI on 1.5 T scanners using orbit surface coils. The old imaging concept (one orbit surface coil focusing on the (most) effected eye additionally to the standard head coil) was used in 100 patients/103 eye; the new imaging concept (two orbit surface coils (each focusing on one eye) additionally to the standard head coil) in 43 patients/45 eyes. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Detection rate for choroidal invasion was higher for the new compared to that for the old imaging concept (sensitivity/specificity 87.5/94.6 % vs. 57.1/96.1 % for choroidal invasion and 100/97.5 % vs. 58.3/97.7 % for massive choroidal invasion, respectively). Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, peribulbar fat, and scleral invasion were comparable in both imaging concepts; however positive predictive value was higher in the new imaging concept (new vs. old imaging concept: 60 vs. 31.6 % for postlaminar and deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, respectively, and 100 vs. 66.7 % for scleral invasion). The new imaging concept shows a trend towards improving the accuracy of detecting metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma and is therefore recommended for pretherapeutic imaging and follow-up. (orig.)

  9. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 2: new vs. old imaging concept

    High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is recommended for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma according to recent guidelines. The aim of this study was to compare diagnostic accuracy of a new imaging concept with two orbit surface coils to that of an old imaging concept with one orbit surface coil. One hundred forty-three patients (148 eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys) underwent high-resolution MRI on 1.5 T scanners using orbit surface coils. The old imaging concept (one orbit surface coil focusing on the (most) effected eye additionally to the standard head coil) was used in 100 patients/103 eye; the new imaging concept (two orbit surface coils (each focusing on one eye) additionally to the standard head coil) in 43 patients/45 eyes. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Detection rate for choroidal invasion was higher for the new compared to that for the old imaging concept (sensitivity/specificity 87.5/94.6 % vs. 57.1/96.1 % for choroidal invasion and 100/97.5 % vs. 58.3/97.7 % for massive choroidal invasion, respectively). Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, peribulbar fat, and scleral invasion were comparable in both imaging concepts; however positive predictive value was higher in the new imaging concept (new vs. old imaging concept: 60 vs. 31.6 % for postlaminar and deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, respectively, and 100 vs. 66.7 % for scleral invasion). The new imaging concept shows a trend towards improving the accuracy of detecting metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma and is therefore recommended for pretherapeutic imaging and follow-up. (orig.)

  10. Coiled tubing

    Oil and gas wells that flow on initial completion eventually reach a condition of liquid loading that kills the wells. This results form declining reservoir pressure, decreased gas volume (velocity), increased water production and other factors that cause liquids to accumulate at the bottom of the well and exert back pressure on the formation. This restricts or in some cases prevents fluid entry into the wellbore form the formation. Flowing production can be restored or increased by reducing surface backpressure, well bore stimulation, pressure maintenance or by installing a string of smaller diameter tubing. This paper reports on installation (hanging off) of a concentric string of coiled tubing inside existing production tubing which is an economically viable, safe, convenient and effective alterative for returning some of these liquid loaded )logged-up) wells to flowing status

  11. CAMAC based 4-channel 12-bit digitizer

    With the development in Fusion research a large number of diagnostics are being used to understand the complex behaviour of plasma. During discharge, several diagnostics demand high sampling rate and high bit resolution to acquire data for rapid changes in plasma parameters. For the requirements of such fast diagnostics, a 4-channel simultaneous sampling, high-speed, 12-bit CAMAC digitizer has been designed and developed which has several important features for application in CAMAC based nuclear instrumentation. The module has independent ADC per channel for simultaneous sampling and digitization, and 512 Ksamples RAM per channel for on-board storage. The digitizer has been designed for event based acquisition and the acquisition window gives post-trigger as well as pre-trigger (software selectable) data that is useful for analysis. It is a transient digitizer and can be operated either in pre/post trigger mode or in burst mode. The record mode and the active memory size are selected through software commands to satisfy the current application. The module can be used to acquire data at high sampling rate for short time discharge e.g. 512 ms at 1MSPS. The module can also be used for long time discharge at low sampling rate e.g. 512 seconds at 1KSPS. This paper describes the design of digitizer module, development of VHDL code for hardware logic, Graphical User Interface (GUI) and important features of module from application point of view. The digitizer has CPLD based hardware logic, which provides flexibility in configuring the module for different sampling rates and different pre/post trigger samples through GUI. The digitizer can be operated with either internal (for testing/acquisition) or external (synchronized acquisition) clock and trigger. The digitizer has differential inputs with bipolar input range ±5V and it is being used with sampling rate of 1 MSamples Per Second (MSPS) per channel but it also supports higher sampling rate up to 3MSPS per channel. A

  12. Practical design of a 4 Tesla double-tuned RF surface coil for interleaved 1H and 23Na MRI of rat brain

    Alecci, M.; Romanzetti, S.; Kaffanke, J.; Celik, A.; Wegener, H. P.; Shah, N. J.

    2006-08-01

    MRI is proving to be a very useful tool for sodium quantification in animal models of stroke, ischemia, and cancer. In this work, we present the practical design of a dual-frequency RF surface coil that provides 1H and 23Na images of the rat head at 4 T. The dual-frequency RF surface coil comprised of a large loop tuned to the 1H frequency and a smaller co-planar loop tuned to the 23Na frequency. The mutual coupling between the two loops was eliminated by the use of a trap circuit inserted in the smaller coil. This independent-loop design was versatile since it enabled a separate optimisation of the sensitivity and RF field distributions of the two coils. To allow for an easy extension of this simple double-tuned coil design to other frequencies (nuclei) and dimensions, we describe in detail the practical aspects of the workbench design and MRI testing using a phantom that mimics in vivo conditions. A comparison between our independent-loop, double-tuned coil and a single-tuned 23Na coil of equal size obtained with a phantom matching in vivo conditions, showed a reduction of the 23Na sensitivity (about 28 %) because of signal losses in the trap inductance. Typical congruent 1H and 23Na rat brain images showing good SNR ( 23Na: brain 7, ventricular cerebrospinal fluid 11) and spatial resolution ( 23Na: 1.25 × 1.25 × 5 mm 3) are also reported. The in vivo SNR values obtained with this coil were comparable to, if not better than, other contemporary designs in the literature.

  13. Evaluation of reconstructed orbital wall fractures: high-resolution MRI using a microscopy surface coil versus 16-slice MSCT

    Wiener, E.; Settles, M.; Rummeny, E. [Institut fuer Roentgendiagnostik, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (Germany); Kolk, A.; Neff, A. [Klinik fuer Mund-Kiefer-Gesichtschirurgie, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (Germany)

    2005-06-01

    We evaluated high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MR) using a 47-mm microscopy surface coil in comparison to 16-slice multislice CT (MSCT) for postsurgical imaging of reconstructed orbital walls. Twenty-five patients with 27 internal orbital wall fractures were imaged prospectively after reconstruction with resorbable polydioxanone sulfate (PDS) sheets. Coronal high-quality T1- and T2-weighted MR images were obtained with an in-plane resolution of 350 {mu}m within a measure time of 6-7 min for each sequence. Nineteen symptomatic patients underwent MSCT as the current gold standard. In MRI the PDS foil appears in T1- and T2-weighted images as a thin, low-signal-intensity linear structure. In CT it appears hyperdense in comparison to soft tissue and slightly hypodense in comparison to cortical bone. PDS foils could be clearly depicted in 20 out of 25 patients (80%) with MRI and in 13 out of 19 patients (68%) with MSCT. An inadequate foil position or size could be diagnosed in eight patients with MRI and in only three patients with MSCT. In ten symptomatic patients secondary surgery could be avoided because of regular MRI findings except mild hematoma and muscle edema. High-resolution MRI of the orbit using a 47-mm microscopy coil is a promising method to accurately demonstrate normal and pathologic conditions in symptomatic patients after orbital wall reconstruction with PDS foils. (orig.)

  14. Compact stellarator coils

    Experimental devices to study the physics of high-beta (β>∼4%), low aspect ratio (A<∼4.5) stellarator plasmas require coils that will produce plasmas satisfying a set of physics goals, provide experimental flexibility, and be practical to construct. In the course of designing a flexible coil set for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment, we have made several innovations that may be useful in future stellarator design efforts. These include: the use of Singular Value Decomposition methods for obtaining families of smooth current potentials on distant coil winding surfaces from which low current density solutions may be identified; the use of a Control Matrix Method for identifying which few of the many detailed elements of the stellarator boundary must be targeted if a coil set is to provide fields to control the essential physics of the plasma; the use of Genetic Algorithms for choosing an optimal set of discrete coils from a continuum of potential contours; the evaluation of alternate coil topologies for balancing the tradeoff between physics objective and engineering constraints; the development of a new coil optimization code for designing modular coils, and the identification of a 'natural' basis for describing current sheet distributions. (author)

  15. ALEPH Coil

    ALEPH was one of the four experiments installed at the LEP particle accelerator from 1989 - 2000. The detector was used by a collaboration of hundreds of physicists, mostly from Europe but also from China and the USA. The ALEPH superconducting magnet coils provide a very uniform magnetic field of 1.5 Tesla. The current in the coil is about 5000 A and the stored energy is 136 MJ. The coils are cooled by liquid Helium. Two correction coils serve to improve the uniformity of the field. This piece is connected to OBJ-DE-054.

  16. Ressonância magnética das vias lacrimais: estudo comparativo entre bobinas de superfície convencionais e microscópicas Magnetic resonance dacryocystography: comparison between conventional surface coils and microscopic coils

    Luiz de Abreu Junior

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A ressonância magnética tem sido utilizada para avaliar as vias lacrimais, com vantagens em relação à dacriocistografia por raios-X. O objetivo deste trabalho é obter imagens de alta resolução utilizando bobinas de superfície microscópicas para avaliação de estruturas normais das vias lacrimais, comparando com o aspecto observado utilizando-se bobinas de superfície convencionais. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Cinco voluntários assintomáticos, sem histórico de lacrimejamento, submeteram-se a ressonância magnética de alto campo, com bobinas de superfície (convencional e microscópica, com seqüência STIR após instilação de soro fisiológico. A identificação das estruturas anatômicas normais das vias lacrimais foi comparada utilizando-se as duas bobinas. Mediante uso de um sistema de escore, um valor médio de cada estrutura foi calculado por dois examinadores, consensualmente. RESULTADOS: Em 90% das vezes houve aumento do escore, atribuído à estrutura anatômica no estudo com a bobina microscópica. Em média, houve aumento de 1,17 ponto no escore, por estrutura anatômica visualizada, quando se utilizou a bobina microscópica. Observou-se, ainda, melhora subjetiva da relação sinal-ruído ao se utilizar a bobina microscópica. CONCLUSÃO: A dacriocistografia por ressonância magnética com bobinas microscópicas é um método adequado para o estudo das vias lacrimais, resultando em imagens de melhor qualidade quando comparada ao uso de bobinas de superfície convencionais.OBJECTIVE: Magnetic resonance imaging has been utilized in the evaluation of the lacrimal apparatus with some advantages over conventional dacryocystography. The present study was aimed at acquiring high-resolution images utilizing microscopic coils for evaluating typical structures of the lacrimal apparatus as compared with the findings observed with conventional surface coils. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five asymptomatic volunteers with no history of

  17. Microcalcifications clinically normal breast: the value of high field, surface coil, Gd-DTPA-enhanced MRI

    State-of-the-art screening mammography allows the detection of nonpalpable breast lesions in approximately 30% of patients. The presence of clustered microcalcifications without evidence of solid tumors usually requires further investigations, mainly biopsy. A 1.5-T magnet with a single breast coil was used to evaluate 32 patients with indeterminate mammography suggestive of microcalcifications prior to surgery. Both spin-echo (SE) and gradient-echo (GE; 2D fast low-angle shot [FLASH]) techniques were utilized before and after injection of 0.2 mmol/kg Gd-DTPA. Upon surgery tumor diameters ranged between 3 and 10 mm. Use of MRI demonstrated 87.5% overall accuracy, 83.3% sensitivity, and 92.9% specificity. False-negative MRI results were in situ carcinomas less than 5 mm in size. All the correctly diagnosed carcinomas measured between 5 and 10 mm. Partial volume is probably the greatest limit of this technique and lesions equal to or smaller than 5 mm are only rarely detected. The GE and SE sequences demonstrated comparable results. (orig.)

  18. Tilt optimized flip uniformity (TOFU) RF pulse for uniform image contrast at low specific absorption rate levels in combination with a surface breast coil at 7 Tesla

    van Kalleveen, Irene M. L.; Boer, VO; Luijten, Peter R.; Klomp, DWJ

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Going to ultrahigh field MRI (e. g., 7 Tesla [ T]), the nonuniformity of the B_1 field and the increased radiofrequency (RF) power deposition become challenging. While surface coils improve the power efficiency in B_1, its field remains nonuniform. In this work, an RF pulse was designed tha

  19. FRP surfaces and frictional properties of structural materials in superconducting coils

    To make spacers from a plate made of the Dyneema fiber reinforced plastic (DFRP), a diamond cutter is generally used. When the plate is cut, the many agnail-like Dyneema fibers remain on the face. Hence we polished the face and measured the frictional coefficients on the faces with and without the agnail-like fibers. According to the experimental results the frictional coefficients on the surfaces with/without the Dyneema fibers showed almost the same value at the cryogenic temperatures (77 and 4 K). Therefore, during fabricating process of spacers made of DFRP, it is not necessary to polish the surfaces of DFRP spacers and to remove the agnail-like fibers after cutting the spacers from a viewpoint of the frictional coefficients

  20. Structural and spectroscopic characterisations of the surface oxide scales and inclusions present on edge-burst hot-rolled steel coils

    Detailed structural and spectroscopic characterisations have been carried out on the inclusions and the surface oxides present on edge-burst hot-rolled steel coils. Surface scales were characterised through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Evidence of different types of regular and non-stoichiometric Fe-oxides was found on the cracked surface of the steel wire. Along with the surface scales inclusions with calcium aluminate and spinel was characterized using Raman spectroscopy. The usefulness of Raman spectroscopy has been explored in detail for the characterisation of these inclusions; especially when XRD information ceases to be a limiting tool. The samples collected from the clogged nozzle area were found to be of grossite (CaO·2Al2O3) phase and this was also observed in the inclusions in the finished coils. It was found that this particular calcium aluminate phase has a detrimental effect on casting and final finished steel products. - Highlights: • First investigation and surface study report on edge-bursting issue of steel coils. • Detailed characterisations of the inclusions and surface oxide scales in steel. • Influence of a particular type of calcium aluminate phase on process chemistry

  1. Structural and spectroscopic characterisations of the surface oxide scales and inclusions present on edge-burst hot-rolled steel coils

    Chowdhury, Anirban, E-mail: anirban.chowdhury@gmail.com [Research and Development, Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur 831001 (India); Iyyappan, Ramasamy [Flat Product Technology Group, Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur 831001 (India); Majumdar, Dipanwita; Singha, Achintya [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, 93/1, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700 009 (India)

    2014-11-14

    Detailed structural and spectroscopic characterisations have been carried out on the inclusions and the surface oxides present on edge-burst hot-rolled steel coils. Surface scales were characterised through X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Evidence of different types of regular and non-stoichiometric Fe-oxides was found on the cracked surface of the steel wire. Along with the surface scales inclusions with calcium aluminate and spinel was characterized using Raman spectroscopy. The usefulness of Raman spectroscopy has been explored in detail for the characterisation of these inclusions; especially when XRD information ceases to be a limiting tool. The samples collected from the clogged nozzle area were found to be of grossite (CaO·2Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) phase and this was also observed in the inclusions in the finished coils. It was found that this particular calcium aluminate phase has a detrimental effect on casting and final finished steel products. - Highlights: • First investigation and surface study report on edge-bursting issue of steel coils. • Detailed characterisations of the inclusions and surface oxide scales in steel. • Influence of a particular type of calcium aluminate phase on process chemistry.

  2. Quantification of phosphorus metabolites in human calf muscle and soft-tissue tumours from localized MR spectra acquired using surface coils

    Doyle, V.L.; Payne, G.S.; Collins, D.J.; Leach, M.O. [CRC Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research Group, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Trust, Sutton, Surrey (United Kingdom); Verrill, M.W. [Sarcoma Unit, Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden NHS Trust, Sutton, Surrey (United Kingdom)

    1997-04-01

    Metabolite concentrations determined from MR spectra provide more specific information than peak area ratios. This paper presents a method of quantification that allows metabolite concentrations to be determined from in vivo {sup 31}P MR spectra acquired using a surface coil and ISIS localization. Corrections for the effects of B{sub 1} field inhomogeneity produced by surface coils are based on a measured and calibrated spatial sensitivity field map for the coil. Account is taken of imperfections in pulse performance, coil loading effects and relaxation effects, the latter making use of published metabolite relaxation times. The technique is demonstrated on model solutions. The concentrations of the main {sup 31}P metabolites in normal human calf muscle measured using this method are [PCr] = 26.9{+-}4.1 mM; [Pi] = 3.6{<=}1.2 mM; [NTP] = 6.8{+-}1.8 mM. Quantification of spectra acquired from soft-tissue tumours in patients both pre- and post-treatment showed that changes in metabolite concentrations are more sensitive to metabolic changes than changes in peak area ratios. (author)

  3. An in vitro L-band EPR study with whole human teeth in a surface coil resonator

    L-band EPR measurements were done in vitro on extracted human teeth with the objective to evaluate the feasibility of retrospective in vivo EPR dosimetry. In a recent study, the relative contributions of individual tooth components (enamel, crown dentin and root) to the total response of a whole tooth inside an L-band surface coil resonator was investigated. In the present work, the gamma-dose response curves were evaluated for different EPR signal evaluation methods, using 35 whole teeth with absorbed doses in the range 1-100 Gy. The paper reports on the first attempt to deconvolute the single composite L-band EPR line in components due to CO2- and native radicals. The L-band EPR spectrum of teeth could be approximated by combining powder-simulated spectra of orthorhombic and quasi-axial signals of the CO2- radical and an isotropic signal of the native radicals. Among the applied EPR signal evaluation methods, the evaluation by spectrum deconvolution revealed the lowest detection limit for absorbed dose. A detection limit of about 0.5 Gy was estimated for the currently available L-band equipment

  4. New method of determining coil misalignments in the ITER tokamak on the base of sensitive vacuum magnetic measurements with the use of a 'Saw Tooth' coil providing the creation of stellarator resonance magnetic surfaces

    The paper presents a new highly sensitive 'e-beam' method of determining misalignments of elements in the ITER magnetic system on the base of magnetic measurements (MM). For the period of MM experiments it is suggested to make a 'tokamak-stellarator' hybrid (ITER-S) by means of addition to the ITER magnetic system of a new, not helical Saw Tooth-shaped Coil (STC) in order to provide the creation of 'resonance' magnetic surfaces with the angles of rotational transform t = n/m = 1/2 or t = 1/3. In one of variants the STC parts can be introduced into the vacuum vessel through the largest port and assembled into a single coil. We propose a highly sensitive 'e-beam' method using the luminescent rod, i.e. the fastest and most accurate method giving a direct pictures of magnetic surface structure. In the method proposed the basic component of the equipment is a small (diameter∼1.5mm) metal rod coated with a thin phosphor layer. In other poloidal cross-section the electron gun, movable along the minor radius of the torus, is placed. The pictures of many 'magnetic surfaces' are obtained by photographing the light emitted by phosphor due to electrons striking the rod. Experiments on the Uragan-3M torsatron have shown that up to 15 contours of 'magnetic surfaces' can be registered. The typical resolution δr along the minor radius is of the order of δr ∼ (3-5)mm. The calculations of the ITER-S magnetic configuration show that due to the turn of the poloidal field coil PF3 (radius Rc = 12.01 m) around the axis X direction at an angle α = 1' the resonance structure is formed with t = 1/2 and the maximum island width δo ∼50 mm. Under this tilt the maximum misalignment of coil elements from the design position Δα is only 3.5 mm. The vertical and horizontal magnetic field components in the resonance region are changing by the value bj ∼ (0.5 - 0.6) G, that corresponds approximately to the relative value of perturbation bj/Bo ∼ 1*10-5. Generally in similar cases one

  5. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 1: MRI vs. histopathology

    A reliable detection of metastatic risk factors is important for children with retinoblastoma to choose the right therapeutic regimen. First studies using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with orbit surface coils were promising. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the ability of high-resolution MRI to detect metastatic and especially advanced metastatic risk factors in a large group of children with retinoblastoma. One hundred forty-three consecutive children with retinoblastoma (148 enucleated eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys, mean age 19.7 ± 15.3) who received pretherapeutical high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils on 1.5 T MR scanner systems between 2007 and 2012 and subsequent primary enucleation within 14 days were included in this retrospective study. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists experienced in ocular imaging in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Sensitivity/specificity for the detection of metastatic risk factors using high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils were 60 %/88.7 % for postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 65.5 %/95.6 % for choroidal invasion, 100 %/99.3 % for scleral invasion, and 100 %/100 % for peribulbar fat invasion, respectively. The results increased for the detection of advanced metastatic risk factors, 81.8 %/89.1 % for deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 70.6 %/97.6 % for massive choroidal invasion. High-resolution MRI is clinically valuable for the detection of metastatic, especially of advanced metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma. (orig.)

  6. High-resolution MRI using orbit surface coils for the evaluation of metastatic risk factors in 143 children with retinoblastoma. Part 1: MRI vs. histopathology

    Sirin, Selma; Schlamann, Marc; Schweiger, Bernd; Goericke, Sophia L. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Metz, Klaus A. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Bornfeld, Norbert; Holdt, Markus [University Hospital Essen, Department of Ophthalmology, Essen (Germany); Temming, Petra; Schuendeln, Michael M. [University Hospital Essen, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Essen (Germany)

    2015-08-15

    A reliable detection of metastatic risk factors is important for children with retinoblastoma to choose the right therapeutic regimen. First studies using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with orbit surface coils were promising. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate the ability of high-resolution MRI to detect metastatic and especially advanced metastatic risk factors in a large group of children with retinoblastoma. One hundred forty-three consecutive children with retinoblastoma (148 enucleated eyes, 64 girls, 79 boys, mean age 19.7 ± 15.3) who received pretherapeutical high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils on 1.5 T MR scanner systems between 2007 and 2012 and subsequent primary enucleation within 14 days were included in this retrospective study. Image analysis was performed by two neuroradiologists experienced in ocular imaging in consensus. Histopathology served as gold standard. Sensitivity/specificity for the detection of metastatic risk factors using high-resolution MRI with orbit surface coils were 60 %/88.7 % for postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 65.5 %/95.6 % for choroidal invasion, 100 %/99.3 % for scleral invasion, and 100 %/100 % for peribulbar fat invasion, respectively. The results increased for the detection of advanced metastatic risk factors, 81.8 %/89.1 % for deep postlaminar optic nerve infiltration, 70.6 %/97.6 % for massive choroidal invasion. High-resolution MRI is clinically valuable for the detection of metastatic, especially of advanced metastatic risk factors in children with retinoblastoma. (orig.)

  7. Use of the 3D-M APTOR Code in the Study of Magnetic Surfaces Break-up due to External Non-Axisymmetric Coils

    Full text: We show how the outer magnetic surfaces can be broken up in a spherical tokamak, by breaking the axisymmetry using an inner tilted coil. The configuration chosen for this work is that of the MEDUSA small spherical tokamak, a small glass chamber device, which allows the introduction of such a coil. The simulation is carried out with the 3D-MAPTOR code developed by the authors. Given an initial condition for the magnetic field, it is integrated from the plasma current profile and the external currents, such as the toroidal and the vertical field. Poincare maps along the toroidal angle and the image of the field, as seen from above can be plotted. The latter allows the identification of parameters for which the ripple effect is significant. (author)

  8. Rotor assembly including superconducting magnetic coil

    Snitchler, Gregory L.; Gamble, Bruce B.; Voccio, John P.

    2003-01-01

    Superconducting coils and methods of manufacture include a superconductor tape wound concentrically about and disposed along an axis of the coil to define an opening having a dimension which gradually decreases, in the direction along the axis, from a first end to a second end of the coil. Each turn of the superconductor tape has a broad surface maintained substantially parallel to the axis of the coil.

  9. Image analysis from surface scanning with an absolute eddy current coil; Analyse d`images obtenues par balayage de surface avec un capteur ponctuel courants de Foucault

    Attaoui, P.

    1994-10-19

    The aim of this work is to implement processing and analysis tools applied to eddy current imaging. These cartographies are issued from steam generator tubes testing using an absolute coil. The first is to eliminate the perturbations due to probe lift-off changes which generate low frequency oscillations on the image. The principle of the processing is to rebuild a complete surface of the noise using only the points around the defect area. The geometric origin of these perturbations led to a model based on sinusoidal functions. The method consists of gradually decomposing the image into a sum of basic sinusoidal surfaces. In order to take into account all kind of cartographies (especially rolling zone) some preprocessing must be applied. The results obtained with this `cartography flattening`are satisfactory and the phase of analysis could begin with good condition of signal ratio. The second part of this work dealt with the choice and the perfection of image processing tools which would fit the most with the defect characterization. The aim of this characterization is to give the orientation and main size of the detected defect. A morphological skeleton representation has been chosen to illustrate the defect architecture and to allow sizing. A set of tools has been elaborated to obtain an (automatic) processing according to threshold. The results for single defect are satisfactory since the sizing error is around {+-} 25% and orientation is nearly always correctly given. The processing for area with several defects is more complex and new complementary research directions are proposed. (author).

  10. 4-Channel readout ASIC for MaPMT

    MaPMTs is widely used, but conventional PCB circuits can not satisfy their demands because of the defects of large volume, high power dissipation and noise. The 4-channel readout ASIC for MaPMT is designed for solving these problems with 0.35 μm CMOS technology. The circuit is composed of Pre-Amp, gain adjusting, and CR-RC shaper with Pole-zero cancling. The test results show power dissipation is 66 mW; gain 62.2 mV/pC; dynamic range 13 pC, INL=1.5%; SNR=9.1. The performances meet design requires. (authors)

  11. Inhibition of auxin transport and auxin signaling and treatment with far red light induces root coiling in the phospholipase-A mutant ppla-I-1. Significance for surface penetration?

    Perrineau, F; Wimalasekera, R; Effendi, Y; Scherer, G F E

    2016-06-01

    When grown on a non-penetretable at a surface angle of 45°, Arabidopsis roots form wave-like structures and, in wild type rarely, but in certain mutants the tip root even may form circles. These circles are called coils. The formation of coils depends on the complex interaction of circumnutation, gravitropism and negative thigmotropism where - at least - gravitropism is intimately linked to auxin transport and signaling. The knockout mutant of patatin-related phospholipase-AI-1 (pplaI-1) is an auxin-signaling mutant which forms moderately increased numbers of coils on tilted agar plates. We tested the effects of the auxin efflux transport inhibitor NPA (1-naphthylphtalamic acid) and of the influx transport inhibitor 1-NOA (1-naphthoxyacetic acid) which both further increased root coil formation. The pPLAI-1 inhibitors HELSS (haloenol lactone suicide substrate=E-6-(bromomethylene)tetrahydro-3-(1-naphthalenyl)-2H-pyran-2-one) and ETYA (eicosatetraynoic acid) which are auxin signaling inhibitors also increased coil formation. In addition, far red light treatment increased coil formation. The results point out that a disturbance of auxin transport and signaling is one potential cause for root coils. As we show that the mutant pplaI-1 penetrates horizontal agar plates better than wild type plants root movements may help penetrating the soil. PMID:27058428

  12. Designing Stable Antiparallel Coiled Coil Dimers

    曾宪纲; 周海梦

    2001-01-01

    The history of antiparallel coiled coil dimer design is briefly reviewed and the main principles governing the successful designs are explained. They include analysis of the inter-subunit electrostatic repulsion for determining partners for dimerization and of the buried polar interaction for determining the relative orientation of the partners. A theory is proposed to explain the lack of antiparallel coiled coil homodimers in nature.

  13. PIP2 and PIP3 interact with N-terminus region of TRPM4 channel

    Boušová, Kristýna; Jirků, Michaela; Bumba, Ladislav; Bednárová, Lucie; Šulc, Miroslav; Franěk, M.; Vyklický ml., Ladislav; Vondrášek, Jiří; Teisinger, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 205, Oct 2015 (2015), s. 24-32. ISSN 0301-4622 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP207/11/0717; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-11851S; GA ČR(CZ) GBP304/12/G069 Institutional support: RVO:67985823 ; RVO:61388971 ; RVO:61388963 Keywords : binding site * circular dichroism * molecular modeling * PIP2 * surface plasmon resonance * TRPM4 channel Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 1.986, year: 2014

  14. Dynamics of liquid rope coiling

    Habibi, Mehdi; Maleki, Maniya; Golestanian, Ramin; Ribe, Neil M.; Bonn, Daniel

    2006-12-01

    We present a combined experimental and numerical investigation of the coiling of a liquid “rope” falling on a solid surface, focusing on three little-explored aspects of the phenomenon: The time dependence of “inertio-gravitational” coiling, the systematic dependence of the radii of the coil and the rope on the experimental parameters, and the “secondary buckling” of the columnar structure generated by high-frequency coiling. Inertio-gravitational coiling is characterized by oscillations between states with different frequencies, and we present experimental observations of four distinct branches of such states in the frequency-fall height space. The transitions between coexisting states have no characteristic period, may take place with or without a change in the sense of rotation, and usually (but not always) occur via an intermediate “figure of eight” state. We present extensive laboratory measurements of the radii of the coil and of the rope within it, and show that they agree well with the predictions of a “slender-rope” numerical model. Finally, we use dimensional analysis to reveal a systematic variation of the critical column height for secondary buckling as a function of (dimensionless) flow rate and surface tension parameters.

  15. The coiled coils of cohesin are conserved in animals, but not in yeast.

    Glenn E White

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The SMC proteins are involved in DNA repair, chromosome condensation, and sister chromatid cohesion throughout Eukaryota. Long, anti-parallel coiled coils are a prominent feature of SMC proteins, and are thought to serve as spacer rods to provide an elongated structure and to separate domains. We reported recently that the coiled coils of mammalian condensin (SMC2/4 showed moderate sequence divergence (approximately 10-15% consistent with their functioning as spacer rods. The coiled coils of mammalian cohesins (SMC1/3, however, were very highly constrained, with amino acid sequence divergence typically <0.5%. These coiled coils are among the most highly conserved mammalian proteins, suggesting that they make extensive contacts over their entire surface. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here, we broaden our initial analysis of condensin and cohesin to include additional vertebrate and invertebrate organisms and multiple species of yeast. We found that the coiled coils of SMC1/3 are highly constrained in Drosophila and other insects, and more generally across all animal species. However, in yeast they are no more constrained than the coils of SMC2/4 and Ndc80/Nuf2p, suggesting that they are serving primarily as spacer rods. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: SMC1/3 functions for sister chromatid cohesion in all species. Since its coiled coils apparently serve only as spacer rods in yeast, it is likely that this is sufficient for sister chromatid cohesion in all species. This suggests an additional function in animals that constrains the sequence of the coiled coils. Several recent studies have demonstrated that cohesin has a role in gene expression in post-mitotic neurons of Drosophila, and other animal cells. Some variants of human Cornelia de Lange Syndrome involve mutations in human SMC1/3. We suggest that the role of cohesin in gene expression may involve intimate contact of the coiled coils of SMC1/3, and impose the constraint on sequence

  16. Movable coil type magnetic drives

    In movable coil type magnetic drives suitable to reactor control element drives, if it is intended to increase the retaining force thereof, there has been a problem that the size of the device is increased. Then in electromagnetic coils surrounding a plunger mounted to a driving shaft, auxiliary annular poles are disposed to each of inner ends of poles at both ends of the coils so as to cover almost of the surface on the side of the plunger. As a result, the magnetic bonding force between the electromagnetic coils and the plunger is enhanced, and the retaining force for the driving shaft can be increased by a small sized device without increasing current supplied to the electromagnetic coils and the number of the electromagnetic coils. The present invention is not limited to reactor control element drives, but it can be applied to various kinds of fields such as a driving device for moving materials in contactless manner, for example, in a case of removing drum cans containing radioactive materials or harmful materials. (N.H.)

  17. Multichannel magnetic stimulation system design considering mutual couplings among the stimulation coils.

    Han, Byung H; Chun, In K; Lee, Sang C; Lee, Soo Y

    2004-05-01

    We introduce some simulation and experiment results of the multichannel magnetic stimulator development that has been carried out as an initial attempt to realize a multichannel functional magnetic stimulator. For efficient functional magnetic stimulations, precise spatial localization of stimulation sites without any movements of the stimulation coils is very important. We have found that the mutual coupling effect among the adjacent stimulation coils in the coil array has to be considered in the determination of the charge voltages in some coil array configurations. Experimental results obtained with a 4-channel magnetic stimulator are presented. PMID:15132507

  18. Suppression of magnetic surface breaking by simple extra coils in a finite beta equilibrium of helical system

    A simple method is proposed to suppress actively the breaking of magnetic surfaces which occurs in l = 2 Heliotron/Torsatron equilibria, by which fairly high beta equilibria with clearly nested magnetic surfaces can be realized without changing other physical properties such as the rotational transform profile and the well depth. (author)

  19. Increased Vessel Depiction of the Carotid Bifurcation with a Specialized 16-Channel Phased Array Coil at 3T

    Tate, Quinn; Kim, Seong-Eun; Treiman, Gerald; Parker, Dennis L.; Hadley, J. Rock

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to design and construct a multi-channel receive-only RF coil for 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging of the human carotid artery and bifurcation with optimized signal to noise ratio in the carotid vessels along the full extent of the neck. A neck phantom designed to match the anatomy of a subject with a neck representing the body habitus often seen in subjects with carotid arterial disease, was constructed. Sixteen circular coil elements were arranged on a semi-rigid fiberglass former that closely fit the shape of the phantom, resulting in a 16-channel bilateral phased array coil. Comparisons were made between this coil and a typical 4-channel carotid coil in a study of 10 carotid vessels in 5 healthy volunteers. The 16-channel carotid coil showed a 73% average improvement in signal to noise ratio (SNR) at the carotid bifurcation. This coil also maintained an SNR greater than the peak SNR of the 4-channel coil over a vessel length of 10 cm. The resulting increase in SNR improved vessel depiction of the carotid arteries over an extended field of view, and demonstrated better image quality for higher parallel imaging reduction factors compared to the 4-channel coil. PMID:22777692

  20. Cooling arrangement for a superconducting coil

    A superconducting device is disclosed, such as a superconducting rotor for a generator or motor. A vacuum enclosure has an interior wall surrounding a cavity containing a vacuum. A superconductive coil is placed in the cavity. A generally-annularly-arranged, thermally-conductive sheet has an inward-facing surface contacting generally the entire outward-facing surface of the superconductive coil. A generally-annularly-arranged coolant tube contains a cryogenic fluid and contacts a generally-circumferential portion of the outward-facing surface of the sheet. A generally-annularly-arranged, thermally-insulative coil overwrap generally circumferentially surrounds the sheet. The coolant tube and the inward-facing surface of the coil overwrap together contact generally the entire outward-facing surface of the sheet. 3 figs

  1. Sticky water surfaces: helix-coil transitions suppressed in a cell-penetrating peptide at the air-water interface.

    Schach, Denise; Globisch, Christoph; Roeters, Steven J; Woutersen, Sander; Fuchs, Adrian; Weiss, Clemens K; Backus, Ellen H G; Landfester, Katharina; Bonn, Mischa; Peter, Christine; Weidner, Tobias

    2014-12-14

    GALA is a 30 amino acid synthetic peptide consisting of a Glu-Ala-Leu-Ala repeat and is known to undergo a reversible structural transition from a disordered to an α-helical structure when changing the pH from basic to acidic values. In its helical state GALA can insert into and disintegrate lipid membranes. This effect has generated much interest in GALA as a candidate for pH triggered, targeted drug delivery. GALA also serves as a well-defined model system to understand cell penetration mechanisms and protein folding triggered by external stimuli. Structural transitions of GALA in solution have been studied extensively. However, cell penetration is an interfacial effect and potential biomedical applications of GALA would involve a variety of surfaces, e.g., nanoparticles, lipid membranes, tubing, and liquid-gas interfaces. Despite the apparent importance of interfaces in the functioning of GALA, the effect of surfaces on the reversible folding of GALA has not yet been studied. Here, we use sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) to probe the structural response of GALA at the air-water interface and IR spectroscopy to follow GALA folding in bulk solution. We combine the SFG data with molecular dynamics simulations to obtain a molecular-level picture of the interaction of GALA with the air-water interface. Surprisingly, while the fully reversible structural transition was observed in solution, at the water-air interface, a large fraction of the GALA population remained helical at high pH. This "stickiness" of the air-water interface can be explained by the stabilizing interactions of hydrophobic leucine and alanine side chains with the water surface. PMID:25494788

  2. Sticky water surfaces: Helix-coil transitions suppressed in a cell-penetrating peptide at the air-water interface

    Schach, Denise; Globisch, Christoph; Roeters, Steven J.; Woutersen, Sander; Fuchs, Adrian; Weiss, Clemens K.; Backus, Ellen H. G.; Landfester, Katharina; Bonn, Mischa; Peter, Christine; Weidner, Tobias

    2014-12-01

    GALA is a 30 amino acid synthetic peptide consisting of a Glu-Ala-Leu-Ala repeat and is known to undergo a reversible structural transition from a disordered to an α-helical structure when changing the pH from basic to acidic values. In its helical state GALA can insert into and disintegrate lipid membranes. This effect has generated much interest in GALA as a candidate for pH triggered, targeted drug delivery. GALA also serves as a well-defined model system to understand cell penetration mechanisms and protein folding triggered by external stimuli. Structural transitions of GALA in solution have been studied extensively. However, cell penetration is an interfacial effect and potential biomedical applications of GALA would involve a variety of surfaces, e.g., nanoparticles, lipid membranes, tubing, and liquid-gas interfaces. Despite the apparent importance of interfaces in the functioning of GALA, the effect of surfaces on the reversible folding of GALA has not yet been studied. Here, we use sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG) to probe the structural response of GALA at the air-water interface and IR spectroscopy to follow GALA folding in bulk solution. We combine the SFG data with molecular dynamics simulations to obtain a molecular-level picture of the interaction of GALA with the air-water interface. Surprisingly, while the fully reversible structural transition was observed in solution, at the water-air interface, a large fraction of the GALA population remained helical at high pH. This "stickiness" of the air-water interface can be explained by the stabilizing interactions of hydrophobic leucine and alanine side chains with the water surface.

  3. Diagnosis of breast cancer with MR imaging using the magnetization transfer contrast and a newly-developed breast surface coil for the supine position

    We developed a new breast surface coil for the supine position. The subjects consisted of 9 patients with breast cancer varying from 46 to 60 years of age (average: 52). The cancer image of the SPGR (CE+) method was compared with that of the FSMTC (MTC-SPGR (CE+)) method and that of the FSMTC (MTC-SPGR with fat-saturation (CE+)) method in the sagittal section after injection of Gd-DTPA (0.1 mmol/kg). Quantitative analyses were performed before and after injection of Gd-DTPA in 6 patients. Three patients were excluded from the quantitative analyses owing to the clear detection of tumors in the fat tissue. Signal intensity measurements were systematically performed in each region of interest (ROI), i.e. the cancer lesion, the surrounding mammary gland. Statistical analyses showed significant differences between the lesions using the FSMTC (MTC-SPGR (CE+)), and the FSMTC (MTC-SPGR with fat-saturation (CE+)) methods and the lesions using the SPGR (CE+) method after injection of contrast medium. (p<0.01). (author)

  4. Optimal coil orientation for transcranial magnetic stimulation.

    Lars Richter

    Full Text Available We study the impact of coil orientation on the motor threshold (MT and present an optimal coil orientation for stimulation of the foot. The result can be compared to results of models that predict this orientation from electrodynamic properties of the media in the skull and from orientations of cells, respectively. We used a robotized TMS system for precise coil placement and recorded motor-evoked potentials with surface electrodes on the abductor hallucis muscle of the right foot in 8 healthy control subjects. First, we performed a hot-spot search in standard (lateral orientation and then rotated the coil in steps of 10° or 20°. At each step we estimated the MT. For navigated stimulation and for correlation with the underlying anatomy a structural MRI scan was obtained. Optimal coil orientation was 33.1 ± 18.3° anteriorly in relation to the standard lateral orientation. In this orientation the threshold was 54 ± 18% in units of maximum stimulator output. There was a significant difference of 8.0 ± 5.9% between the MTs at optimal and at standard orientation. The optimal coil orientations were significantly correlated with the direction perpendicular to the postcentral gyrus ([Formula: see text]. Robotized TMS facilitates sufficiently precise coil positioning and orientation to study even small variations of the MT with coil orientation. The deviations from standard orientation are more closely matched by models based on field propagation in media than by models based on orientations of pyramidal cells.

  5. The JET divertor coil

    The divertor coil is mounted inside the Jet vacuum vessel and is able to carry 1 MA turns. It is of conventional construction - water cooled copper, epoxy glass insulation -and is contained in a thin stainless steel case. The coil has to be assembled, insulated and encased inside the Jet vacuum vessel. A description of the coil is given, together with technical information (including mechanical effects on the vacuum vessel), an outline of the manufacture process and a time schedule. (author)

  6. Comparison of three multichannel transmit/receive radiofrequency coil configurations for anatomic and functional cardiac MRI at 7.0T: implications for clinical imaging

    To implement, examine, and compare three multichannel transmit/receive coil configurations for cardiovascular MR (CMR) at 7T. Three radiofrequency transmit-receive (TX/RX) coils with 4-, 8-, and 16-coil elements were used. Ten healthy volunteers (seven males, age 28 ± 4 years) underwent CMR at 7T. For all three RX/TX coils, 2D CINE FLASH images of the heart were acquired. Cardiac chamber quantification, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) analysis, parallel imaging performance assessment, and image quality scoring were performed. Mean total examination time was 29 ± 5 min. All images obtained with the 8- and 16-channel coils were diagnostic. No significant difference in ejection fraction (EF) (P > 0.09) or left ventricular mass (LVM) (P > 0.31) was observed between the coils. The 8- and 16-channel arrays yielded a higher mean SNR in the septum versus the 4-channel coil. The lowest geometry factors were found for the 16-channel coil (mean ± SD 2.3 ± 0.5 for R = 4). Image quality was rated significantly higher (P < 0.04) for the 16-channel coil versus the 8- and 4-channel coils. All three coil configurations are suitable for CMR at 7.0T under routine circumstances. A larger number of coil elements enhances image quality and parallel imaging performance but does not impact the accuracy of cardiac chamber quantification. (orig.)

  7. Comparison of three multichannel transmit/receive radiofrequency coil configurations for anatomic and functional cardiac MRI at 7.0T: implications for clinical imaging

    Winter, Lukas; Graessl, Andreas; Hezel, Fabian; Thalhammer, Christof [Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility, Berlin (Germany); Kellman, Peter [National Institutes of Health/NHLBI, Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, Bethesda, MD (United States); Renz, Wolfgang [Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility, Berlin (Germany); Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen (Germany); Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, Florian von; Schulz-Menger, Jeanette [Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility, Berlin (Germany); HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch, Department of Cardiology and Nephrology, Berlin (Germany); Charite Medical Faculty and the Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Experimental and Clinical Research Center, Berlin (Germany); Tkachenko, Valeriy [Charite Medical Faculty and the Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Experimental and Clinical Research Center, Berlin (Germany); Niendorf, Thoralf [Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility, Berlin (Germany); Charite Medical Faculty and the Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Experimental and Clinical Research Center, Berlin (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    To implement, examine, and compare three multichannel transmit/receive coil configurations for cardiovascular MR (CMR) at 7T. Three radiofrequency transmit-receive (TX/RX) coils with 4-, 8-, and 16-coil elements were used. Ten healthy volunteers (seven males, age 28 {+-} 4 years) underwent CMR at 7T. For all three RX/TX coils, 2D CINE FLASH images of the heart were acquired. Cardiac chamber quantification, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) analysis, parallel imaging performance assessment, and image quality scoring were performed. Mean total examination time was 29 {+-} 5 min. All images obtained with the 8- and 16-channel coils were diagnostic. No significant difference in ejection fraction (EF) (P > 0.09) or left ventricular mass (LVM) (P > 0.31) was observed between the coils. The 8- and 16-channel arrays yielded a higher mean SNR in the septum versus the 4-channel coil. The lowest geometry factors were found for the 16-channel coil (mean {+-} SD 2.3 {+-} 0.5 for R = 4). Image quality was rated significantly higher (P < 0.04) for the 16-channel coil versus the 8- and 4-channel coils. All three coil configurations are suitable for CMR at 7.0T under routine circumstances. A larger number of coil elements enhances image quality and parallel imaging performance but does not impact the accuracy of cardiac chamber quantification. (orig.)

  8. High resolution MR imaging of the anal sphincter using an intravaginal surface coil; Hochaufloesende Magnetresonanztomographie des Analsphinkters mit einer intravaginalen Oberflaechenspule

    Mueller-Schimpfle, M. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany); Franz, H. [Frauenklinik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany); Lobinger, B. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany); Claussen, C.D. [Radiologische Klinik, Abt. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Tuebingen Univ. (Germany)

    1995-06-01

    MR imaging was performed using a 1.0 T unit. In 10 females (6 nullipara, one primipara without and three primipara with postpartum faecal incontinence) a surface coil, originally designed for endorectal use, was placed into the vagina. Transverse oblique T{sub 1}-weighted spin echo and double echo turbo spin echo sequences with T{sub 2}- and proton density-weighting were acquired parallel to the puborectal, rectococcygeal and anorectal planes. Three readers analysed the images in consensus. The anatomic structures of the external and internal sphincter as well as the mucosa were differentiated in all cases with a good contrast. The best results were yielded by the proton density weighting. In one case of faecal incontinence a sphincter defect after repair of a complete rupture of the anal sphincter was shown. In another case irregularities in the structure of the external sphincter and perineum were visualised. (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) wurde an einem 1,0-Tesla-Geraet durchgefuehrt. Bei 10 Frauen (6 Nulliparae, eine Primipara ohne und drei Primiparae mit postpartaler Stuhlinkontinenz) wurde eine Oberflaechenspule, die urspruenglich zur endorektalen Anwendung konzipiert war, intravaginal eingefuehrt. Es wurden T{sub 1}-gewichtete Spin-Echo-Sequenzen sowie Doppel-Echo-Turbo-Spin-Echo-Sequenzen mit T{sub 2}- und Protonendichtegewichtung parallel zur puborektalen, rektokokzygealen und anorektalen Ebene akquiriert. Drei Auswerter analysierten die Aufnahmen im Konsensmodus. Die anatomischen Strukturen des Musculus sphincter ani externus und internus sowie die Mukosa konnten in allen Faellen gut differenziert werden. Das beste Ergebnis wurde mit der Protonendichte-Gewichtung erzielt. In einem Fall von Stuhlinkontinenz zeigte sich ein kombinierter Defekt des M. sphincter ani internus und externus nach Naht eines Dammrisses III. Grades. In einem weiteren Fall waren Irregularitaeten im Perineum und externen Sphinkteranteil darzustellen. (orig./MG)

  9. Active internal corrector coils

    Thompson, P.A.; Cottingham, J.; Dahl, P.; Fernow, R.; Garber, M.; Ghosh, A.; Goodzeit, C.; Greene, A.; Hahn, H.; Herrera, J.

    1986-01-01

    Trim or corrector coils to correct main magnet field errors and provide higher multipole fields for beam optics purposes are a standard feature of superconducting magnet accelerator systems. This paper describes some of the design and construction features of powered internal trim coils and a sampling of the test results obtained.

  10. Active internal corrector coils

    Trim or corrector coils to correct main magnet field errors and provide higher multipole fields for beam optics purposes are a standard feature of superconducting magnet accelerator systems. Some of the design and construction features of powered internal trim coils and a sampling of the test results obtained are described

  11. Structural Determinants of Oligomerization of the Aquaporin-4 Channel.

    Kitchen, Philip; Conner, Matthew T; Bill, Roslyn M; Conner, Alex C

    2016-03-25

    The aquaporin (AQP) family of integral membrane protein channels mediate cellular water and solute flow. Although qualitative and quantitative differences in channel permeability, selectivity, subcellular localization, and trafficking responses have been observed for different members of the AQP family, the signature homotetrameric quaternary structure is conserved. Using a variety of biophysical techniques, we show that mutations to an intracellular loop (loop D) of human AQP4 reduce oligomerization. Non-tetrameric AQP4 mutants are unable to relocalize to the plasma membrane in response to changes in extracellular tonicity, despite equivalent constitutive surface expression levels and water permeability to wild-type AQP4. A network of AQP4 loop D hydrogen bonding interactions, identified using molecular dynamics simulations and based on a comparative mutagenic analysis of AQPs 1, 3, and 4, suggest that loop D interactions may provide a general structural framework for tetrameric assembly within the AQP family. PMID:26786101

  12. The jet divertor coils

    This paper reports on the JET Tokamak which is to be modified to incorporate a divertor. A coil system in the vacuum vessel has been developed, which can produce a range of different divertor plasmas. The divertor coils are of conventional construction and are contained in this Inconel cases. They will be assembled in the vacuum vessel, welded into their cases and impregnated with epoxy resin

  13. LHCb magnet coils arrive

    Maximilien Brice

    2003-01-01

    Each of the two coils for the LHCb magnet comprises 15 individual monolayer 'pancakes' of identical trapezoidal racetrack shape, and is bent at 45 degrees on the two transverse sides. Each pancake consists of eight turns of conductor, wound from a single length (approx. 290 m) of extruded aluminium. The coils have arrived at CERN; one of them is seen here being unloaded above the LHCb experimental cavern.

  14. Ocular MR imaging. Evaluation of different coil setups in a phantom study

    Small loop surface coils are generally recommended for ocular magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, but the optimal coil setup has not been systematically investigated. In this phantom study, we investigated which coil setup of those coils available for our MR imaging system provides the highest signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in ocular MR imaging at 1.5 tesla. Using a phantom to simulate the eyeball and the orbital fat, we employed loop surface coils of 4- and 6-cm diameter and a multi-channel head coil to obtain images using a T1-weighted spin-echo sequence and then measured the SNR for each coil and coil combination. Use of the 6-cm loop coil alone yielded the highest mean SNR (27.5). Even in superficial regions (mesial and temporal), the SNR was higher using the 6-cm loop coil (33.6 and 45.5) than the 4-cm loop coil (28.0 and 33.8). Additional use of the head coil reduced the mean SNR to 10.4. This quantitative analysis suggests that use of a 6-cm loop surface coil offers the best results in ocular MR imaging. Combinations of loop coils or additional use of a head coil cannot be recommended because higher noise degrades image quality. (author)

  15. TFTR toroidal field coil design

    The design of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) Toroidal Field (TF) magnetic coils is described. The TF coil is a 44-turn, spiral-wound, two-pancake, water-cooled configuration which, at a coil current of 73.3 kiloamperes, produces a 5.2-Tesla field at a major radius of 2.48 meters. The magnetic coils are installed in titanium cases, which transmit the loads generated in the coils to the adjacent supporting structure. The TFTR utilizes 20 of these coils, positioned radially at 180 intervals, to provide the required toroidal field. Because it is very highly loaded and subject to tight volume constraints within the machine, the coil presents unique design problems. The TF coil requirements are summarized, the coil configuration is described, and the problems highlighted which have been encountered thus far in the coil design effort, together with the development tests which have been undertaken to verify the design

  16. NCSX Toroidal Field Coil Design

    Kalish, M.; Rushinski, J.; Myatt, L.; Brooks, A.; Dahlgren, F.; Chrzanowski, J.; Reiersen, W.; Freudenberg, K.

    2005-10-07

    The National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) is an experimental device whose design and construction is underway at the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The primary coil systems for the NCSX device consist of the twisted plasma-shaping Modular Coils, the Poloidal Field Coils, and the Toroidal Field (TF) Coils. The TF Coils are D-shaped coils wound from hollow copper conductor, and vacuum impregnated with a glass-epoxy resin system. There are 18 identical, equally spaced TF coils providing 1/R field at the plasma. They operate within a cryostat, and are cooled by LN2, nominally, to 80K. Wedge shaped castings are assembled to the inboard face of these coils, so that inward radial loads are reacted via the nesting of each of the coils against their adjacent partners. This paper outlines the TF Coil design methodology, reviews the analysis results, and summarizes how the design and analysis support the design requirements.

  17. Effective arrangement of separated transmit-only/receive-only RF coil for improvement of B1 homogeneity at 7 Tesla

    Im, Geun Ho; Seo, Jeong-Hoon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam; Heo, Phil; Chung, Julius Juhyun; Jang, Moon-Sun; Lee, Jung Hee; Kim, Jae-Hun; Kim, Sun I.

    2014-09-01

    This article presents an effective arrangement with shifted transmit (Tx)-only and receive (Rx)-only (TORO) radiofrequency (RF) coils in a single-channel surface coil for improving the magnetic flux ( B 1) homogeneity in an ultra-high field (UHF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The proposed new methodology for the coil arrangement using the shifted TORO RF coils was demonstrated for coils with 50-mm, 100-mm, and 150-mm-square surfaces and the results were compared to those for general Tx/Rx surface coils with the same dimensions. The computational analysis indicated that a homogeneous B1 field was achieved when the Rx-only coil was shifted in the two-dimensional xy-plane away from the Tx-only coils. Because the proposed coil configuration provides a unique opportunity for increasing the B 1 homogeneity, this feature is likely to increase the feasibility via new coil arrangements of UHF surface design and fabrication.

  18. TFTR coil case design

    The TFTR (TOKAMAK Fusion Test Reactor) TF (Toroidal Field) coil cases are highly loaded structures designed within severe constraints. Foremost among these are basic machine geometry, material characteristics of both the case and the copper/epoxy matrix it supports, and overall cost. Scoping and parametric studies have been performed continuously since conceptual design. The progression of design decisions including coil shape, support locations and their stiffnesses, material selection, and element sizing are described. The significant variables are identified for each of the studies. The current coil case design is presented in detail along with aspects of the design still under consideration. Questions that remain involve the effects of limitations placed upon the coil materials (copper, epoxy) themselves. Resolution of these questions is to be accomplished by development tests of coil elements similar to those in the current design. Two alternate designs have been held in reserve pending completion of the development tests. Each is briefly described as to its basic configuration, potential for improvement, and its effect on the overall device

  19. Antiparallel coiled-coil-mediated dimerization of myosin X.

    Lu, Qing; Ye, Fei; Wei, Zhiyi; Wen, Zilong; Zhang, Mingjie

    2012-10-23

    Processive movements of unconventional myosins on actin filaments generally require motor dimerization. A commonly accepted myosin dimerization mechanism is via formation of a parallel coiled-coil dimer by a stretch of amino acid residues immediately carboxyl-terminal to the motor's lever-arm domain. Here, we discover that the predicted coiled-coil region of myosin X forms a highly stable, antiparallel coiled-coil dimer (anti-CC). Disruption of the anti-CC either by single-point mutations or by replacement of the anti-CC with a parallel coiled coil with a similar length compromised the filopodial induction activity of myosin X. We further show that the anti-CC and the single α-helical domain of myosin X are connected by a semirigid helical linker. The anti-CC-mediated dimerization may enable myosin X to walk on both single and bundled actin filaments. PMID:23012428

  20. Meiosis specific coiled-coil proteins in Shizosaccharomyces pombe

    Okuzaki Daisuke

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Many meiosis-specific proteins in Schizosaccharomyces pombe contain coiled-coil motifs which play essential roles for meiotic progression. For example, the coiled-coil motifs present in Meu13 and Mcp7 are required for their function as a putative recombinase cofactor complex during meiotic recombination. Mcp6/Hrs1 and Mcp5/Num1 control horsetail chromosome movement by astral microtubule organization and anchoring dynein respectively. Dhc1 and Ssm4 are also required for horsetail chromosome movement. It is clear from these examples that the coiled-coil motif in these proteins plays an important role during the progression of cells through meiosis. However, there are still many unanswered questions on how these proteins operate. In this paper, we briefly review recent studies on the meiotic coiled-coil proteins in Sz. pombe.

  1. Assessment of early-stage optic nerve invasion in retinoblastoma using high-resolution 1.5 Tesla MRI with surface coils: a multicentre, prospective accuracy study with histopathological correlation

    To assess the accuracy of high-resolution (HR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing early-stage optic nerve (ON) invasion in a retinoblastoma cohort. This IRB-approved, prospective multicenter study included 95 patients (55 boys, 40 girls; mean age, 29 months). 1.5-T MRI was performed using surface coils before enucleation, including spin-echo unenhanced and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-weighted sequences (slice thickness, 2 mm; pixel size <0.3 x 0.3 mm2). Images were read by five neuroradiologists blinded to histopathologic findings. ROC curves were constructed with AUC assessment using a bootstrap method. Histopathology identified 41 eyes without ON invasion and 25 with prelaminar, 18 with intralaminar and 12 with postlaminar invasion. All but one were postoperatively classified as stage I by the International Retinoblastoma Staging System. The accuracy of CE-T1 sequences in identifying ON invasion was limited (AUC = 0.64; 95 % CI, 0.55 - 0.72) and not confirmed for postlaminar invasion diagnosis (AUC = 0.64; 95 % CI, 0.47 - 0.82); high specificities (range, 0.64 - 1) and negative predictive values (range, 0.81 - 0.97) were confirmed. HR-MRI with surface coils is recommended to appropriately select retinoblastoma patients eligible for primary enucleation without the risk of IRSS stage II but cannot substitute for pathology in differentiating the first degrees of ON invasion. (orig.)

  2. Assessment of early-stage optic nerve invasion in retinoblastoma using high-resolution 1.5 Tesla MRI with surface coils: a multicentre, prospective accuracy study with histopathological correlation

    Brisse, Herve J. [Institut Curie, Department of Radiology, Paris (France); Institut CURIE, Imaging Department, Paris (France); Graaf, Pim de; Rodjan, Firazia; Jong, Marcus C. de; Castelijns, Jonas A. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Galluzzi, Paolo [Neuroimaging and Neurointerventional Unit (NINT) Azienda Ospedaliera e Universitaria Senese, Siena (Italy); Cosker, Kristel; Savignoni, Alexia [Institut Curie, Department of Biostatistics, Paris (France); Maeder, Philippe [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Department of Radiology, Lausanne (Switzerland); Goericke, Sophia [University Hospital Essen, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Aerts, Isabelle [Institut Curie, Department of Pediatric Oncology, Paris (France); Desjardins, Laurence [Institut Curie, Department of Ophthalmology, Paris (France); Moll, Annette C. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Hadjistilianou, Theodora [Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Department of Ophthalmology, Siena (Italy); Toti, Paolo [University of Siena, Department of Medical Biotechnologies, Pathology Unit, Siena (Italy); Valk, Paul van der [VU University Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Sastre-Garau, Xavier [Institut Curie, Department of Biopathology, Paris (France); Collaboration: European Retinoblastoma Imaging Collaboration (ERIC)

    2015-05-01

    To assess the accuracy of high-resolution (HR) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing early-stage optic nerve (ON) invasion in a retinoblastoma cohort. This IRB-approved, prospective multicenter study included 95 patients (55 boys, 40 girls; mean age, 29 months). 1.5-T MRI was performed using surface coils before enucleation, including spin-echo unenhanced and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-weighted sequences (slice thickness, 2 mm; pixel size <0.3 x 0.3 mm{sup 2}). Images were read by five neuroradiologists blinded to histopathologic findings. ROC curves were constructed with AUC assessment using a bootstrap method. Histopathology identified 41 eyes without ON invasion and 25 with prelaminar, 18 with intralaminar and 12 with postlaminar invasion. All but one were postoperatively classified as stage I by the International Retinoblastoma Staging System. The accuracy of CE-T1 sequences in identifying ON invasion was limited (AUC = 0.64; 95 % CI, 0.55 - 0.72) and not confirmed for postlaminar invasion diagnosis (AUC = 0.64; 95 % CI, 0.47 - 0.82); high specificities (range, 0.64 - 1) and negative predictive values (range, 0.81 - 0.97) were confirmed. HR-MRI with surface coils is recommended to appropriately select retinoblastoma patients eligible for primary enucleation without the risk of IRSS stage II but cannot substitute for pathology in differentiating the first degrees of ON invasion. (orig.)

  3. Swelling and eicosanoid metabolites differentially gate TRPV4 channels in retinal neurons and glia

    Ryskamp, Daniel A; Jo, Andrew O; Frye, Amber M;

    2014-01-01

    retina, critical support to volume regulation is provided by Müller astroglia, but the identity of their osmosensor is unknown. Here, we identify TRPV4 channels as transducers of mouse Müller cell volume increases into physiological responses. Hypotonic stimuli induced sustained [Ca(2+)]i elevations that...

  4. NET model coil test possibilities

    A single full size coil for NET/INTOR represents an investment of the order of 40 MUC (Million Unit Costs). Before such an amount of money or even more for the 16 TF coils is invested as much risks as possible must be eliminated by a comprehensive development programme. In the course of such a programme a coil technology verification test should finally prove the feasibility of NET/INTOR TF coils. This study report is almost exclusively dealing with such a verification test by model coil testing. These coils will be built out of two Nb3Sn-conductors based on two concepts already under development and investigation. Two possible coil arrangements are discussed: A cluster facility, where two model coils out of the two Nb3TF-conductors are used, and the already tested LCT-coils producing a background field. A solenoid arrangement, where in addition to the two TF model coils another model coil out of a PF-conductor for the central PF-coils of NET/INTOR is used instead of LCT background coils. Technical advantages and disadvantages are worked out in order to compare and judge both facilities. Costs estimates and the time schedules broaden the base for a decision about the realisation of such a facility. (orig.)

  5. TEXT tf coil bonding system

    An extensive bond test program was conducted prior to manufacturing and bonding the toroidal field (TF) coils for the Texas Experimental Tokamak (TEXT). The bonding materials consisted of fiberglass cloth with pre-impregnated, 'B' staged Hexcel F-159 resin. Approximately 100 double lap bond samples were constructed to test quality, strength, and repeatability of the bonds. The variables investigated included surface machining methods, surface preparations, bond sample size (planform area), bonding pressure, bonding temperature, and the number of laminations bonded simultaneously. Double lap shear tests conducted at room temperature resulted in ultimate shear strengths for all variables in the range of 3000 to 7000 psi with an average value of 5650 psi. Fatigue tests were also conducted to demonstrate bond integrity over the anticipated cycle lifetime of the TEXT machine (10/sup 6/ cycles) under simulated worst case conditions. 2 refs

  6. Modular coils: a promising toroidal-reactor-coil system

    The concept of modular coils originated from a need to find reactor-relevant stellarator windings, but its usefulness can be extended to provide an externally applied, additional rotational transform in tokamaks. Considerations of (1) basic principles of modular coils, (2) types of coils, (3) types of configurations (general, helically symmetric, helically asymmetric, with magnetic well, with magnetic hill), (4) types of rotational transform profile, and (5) structure and origin of ripples are given. These results show that modular coils can offer a wide range of vacuum magnetic field configurations, some of which cannot be obtained with the classical stellarator or torsatron coil configuration

  7. Degradation analysis of REBCO coils

    RE-Ba-Cu-O (REBCO) layer-wound coils were operated to investigate their properties under electromagnetic forces in an external magnetic field of up to 17.2 T. While REBCO coils were successfully operated under electromagnetic forces over 200 MPa, some showed degradation after quenching. To develop high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets, the reasons for the degradation of REBCO coils should be investigated. In this study, the degraded REBCO coils were carefully rewound. The critical current (Ic) of the rewound REBCO conductor was measured to check the damaged parts in the degraded REBCO coils, and the possible causes for the degradation were discussed. (paper)

  8. CENP-K and CENP-H may form coiled-coils in the kinetochores

    2009-01-01

    Kinetochores are large proteinaceous structure on the surface of chromosomes’ primary constriction during mitosis. They link chromosomes to spindle microtubules and also regulate the spindle assem- bly checkpoint, which is crucial for correct chromosome segregation in all eukaryotes. The better known core networks of kinetochores include the KMN network (K, KNL1; M, Mis12 complex; N, Ndc80 complex)and CCAN (constitutive centromere-associated network). However, the detailed molecular mechanism of the kinetochore protein network remains unclear. This study demonstrates that CENP-H and CENP-K form quite stable subcomplex by TAP (tandem affinity purification) with HEK 293 cells which express TAP-CENP-K, with the ratio of purified CENP-H and CENP-K being close to 1︰1 even with high salt. Bioinformatic analysis suggests that CENP-H and CENP-K are enriched with coiled-coil regions. This implies that CENP-H and CENP-K form heterodimeric coiled-coils. Furthermore, the func- tional regions which form the complex are respectively located on their N- and C-terminals, but the association between the C-terminals is more complex. It is possible that this is the first identified het- erodimeric coiled-coils within the inner kinetochore, which is directly involved in the attachment be- tween kinetochores and the spindle microtubules.

  9. Solution structure of the coiled-coil trimerization domain from lung surfactant protein D

    Kovacs, Helena [Bruker BioSpin AG (Switzerland); O' Donoghue, Sean I. [European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Germany); Hoppe, Hans-Juergen [University of Oxford, MRC Immunochemistry Unit (United Kingdom); Comfort, David [University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry (United Kingdom); Reid, Kenneth B.M. [University of Oxford, MRC Immunochemistry Unit (United Kingdom); Campbell, Iain D. [University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry (United Kingdom); Nilges, Michael [European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Germany)], E-mail: nilges@pasteur.fr

    2002-10-15

    Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is one of four known protein components of the pulmonary surfactant lining the lung alveoli. It is involved in immune and allergic responses. SP-D occurs as a tetramer of trimers. Trimerization is thought to be initiated by a coiled coil domain. We have determined the solution structure of a 64-residue peptide encompassing the coiled coil domain of human SP-D. As predicted, the domain forms a triple-helical parallel coiled coil. As with all symmetric oligomers, the structure calculation was complicated by the symmetry degeneracy in the NMR spectra. We used the symmetry-ADR (ambiguous distance restraint) structure calculation method to solve the structure. The results demonstrate that the leucine zipper region of SP-D is an autonomously folded domain. The structure is very similar to the independently determined X-ray crystal structure, differing mainly at a single residue, Tyr248. This residue is completely symmetric in the solution structure, and markedly asymmetric in the crystalline phase. This difference may be functionally important, as it affects the orientation of the antigenic surface presented by SP-D.

  10. Solution structure of the coiled-coil trimerization domain from lung surfactant protein D

    Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is one of four known protein components of the pulmonary surfactant lining the lung alveoli. It is involved in immune and allergic responses. SP-D occurs as a tetramer of trimers. Trimerization is thought to be initiated by a coiled coil domain. We have determined the solution structure of a 64-residue peptide encompassing the coiled coil domain of human SP-D. As predicted, the domain forms a triple-helical parallel coiled coil. As with all symmetric oligomers, the structure calculation was complicated by the symmetry degeneracy in the NMR spectra. We used the symmetry-ADR (ambiguous distance restraint) structure calculation method to solve the structure. The results demonstrate that the leucine zipper region of SP-D is an autonomously folded domain. The structure is very similar to the independently determined X-ray crystal structure, differing mainly at a single residue, Tyr248. This residue is completely symmetric in the solution structure, and markedly asymmetric in the crystalline phase. This difference may be functionally important, as it affects the orientation of the antigenic surface presented by SP-D

  11. Berberine via suppression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 channel improves vascular stiffness in mice

    Wang, Jie; Guo, Tao; Peng, Qi-sheng; Yue, Shou-Wei; Wang, Shuang-Xi

    2015-01-01

    Berberine, as an alkaloid found in many Chinese herbs, improves vascular functions in patients with cardiovascular diseases. We determined the effects of berberine in hypertension and vascular ageing, and elucidated the underlying mechanisms. In isolated aortas, berberine dose-dependently elicited aortic relaxation. In cultured cells, berberine induced the relaxation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Overexpression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) channel by genetic ...

  12. Sigma-1 receptor agonists directly inhibit Nav1.2/1.4 channels.

    Xiao-Fei Gao

    Full Text Available (+-SKF 10047 (N-allyl-normetazocine is a prototypic and specific sigma-1 receptor agonist that has been used extensively to study the function of sigma-1 receptors. (+-SKF 10047 inhibits K(+, Na(+ and Ca2+ channels via sigma-1 receptor activation. We found that (+-SKF 10047 inhibited Na(V1.2 and Na(V1.4 channels independently of sigma-1 receptor activation. (+-SKF 10047 equally inhibited Na(V1.2/1.4 channel currents in HEK293T cells with abundant sigma-1 receptor expression and in COS-7 cells, which barely express sigma-1 receptors. The sigma-1 receptor antagonists BD 1063,BD 1047 and NE-100 did not block the inhibitory effects of (+-SKF-10047. Blocking of the PKA, PKC and G-protein pathways did not affect (+-SKF 10047 inhibition of Na(V1.2 channel currents. The sigma-1 receptor agonists Dextromethorphan (DM and 1,3-di-o-tolyl-guanidine (DTG also inhibited Na(V1.2 currents through a sigma-1 receptor-independent pathway. The (+-SKF 10047 inhibition of Na(V1.2 currents was use- and frequency-dependent. Point mutations demonstrated the importance of Phe(1764 and Tyr(1771 in the IV-segment 6 domain of the Na(V1.2 channel and Phe(1579 in the Na(V1.4 channel for (+-SKF 10047 inhibition. In conclusion, our results suggest that sigma-1 receptor agonists directly inhibit Na(V1.2/1.4 channels and that these interactions should be given special attention for future sigma-1 receptor function studies.

  13. Performance correlation between YBa2Cu3O7‑δ coils and short samples for coil technology development

    Wang, X.; Dietderich, D. R.; Godeke, A.; Gourlay, S. A.; Marchevsky, M.; Prestemon, S. O.; Sabbi, G. L.

    2016-06-01

    A robust fabrication technology is critical to achieve the high performance in YBa2Cu3O{}7-δ (YBCO) coils as the critical current of the brittle YBCO layer is subject to the strain-induced degradation during coil fabrication. The expected current-carrying capability of the magnet and its temperature dependence are two key inputs to the coil technology development. However, the expected magnet performance is not straightforward to determine because the short-sample critical current depends on both the amplitude and orientation of the applied magnetic field with respect to the broad surface of the tape-form conductor. In this paper, we present an approach to calculate the self-field performance limit for YBCO racetrack coils at 77 and 4.2 K. Critical current of short YBCO samples was measured as a function of the applied field perpendicular to the conductor surface from 0 to 15 T. This field direction limited the conductor critical current. Two double-layer racetrack coils, one with three turns and the other with 10 turns, were wound and tested at 77 and 4.2 K. The test coils reached at least 80% of the expected critical current. The ratio between the coil critical currents at 77 and 4.2 K agreed well with the calculation. We conclude that the presented approach can determine the performance limit in YBCO racetrack coils based on the short-sample critical current and provide a useful guideline for assessing the coil performance and fabrication technology. The correlation of the coil critical current between 77 K and 4.2 K was also observed, allowing the 77 K test to be a cost-effective tool for the development of coil technology.

  14. Podocyte Purinergic P2X4 Channels Are Mechanotransducers That Mediate Cytoskeletal Disorganization.

    Forst, Anna-Lena; Olteanu, Vlad Sorin; Mollet, Géraldine; Wlodkowski, Tanja; Schaefer, Franz; Dietrich, Alexander; Reiser, Jochen; Gudermann, Thomas; Mederos Y Schnitzler, Michael; Storch, Ursula

    2016-03-01

    Podocytes are specialized, highly differentiated epithelial cells in the kidney glomerulus that are exposed to glomerular capillary pressure and possible increases in mechanical load. The proteins sensing mechanical forces in podocytes are unconfirmed, but the classic transient receptor potential channel 6 (TRPC6) interacting with the MEC-2 homolog podocin may form a mechanosensitive ion channel complex in podocytes. Here, we observed that podocytes respond to mechanical stimulation with increased intracellular calcium concentrations and increased inward cation currents. However, TRPC6-deficient podocytes responded in a manner similar to that of control podocytes, and mechanically induced currents were unaffected by genetic inactivation of TRPC1/3/6 or administration of the broad-range TRPC blocker SKF-96365. Instead, mechanically induced currents were significantly decreased by the specific P2X purinoceptor 4 (P2X4) blocker 5-BDBD. Moreover, mechanical P2X4 channel activation depended on cholesterol and podocin and was inhibited by stabilization of the actin cytoskeleton. Because P2X4 channels are not intrinsically mechanosensitive, we investigated whether podocytes release ATP upon mechanical stimulation using a fluorometric approach. Indeed, mechanically induced ATP release from podocytes was observed. Furthermore, 5-BDBD attenuated mechanically induced reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton. Altogether, our findings reveal a TRPC channel-independent role of P2X4 channels as mechanotransducers in podocytes. PMID:26160898

  15. Kv4 channel blockade reduces motor and neuropsychiatric symptoms in rodent models of Parkinson's disease.

    Aidi-Knani, Sabrine; Regaya, Imed; Amalric, Marianne; Mourre, Christiane

    2015-02-01

    The striatum, a major input structure of basal ganglia, integrates glutamatergic cortical and thalamic inputs to control psychomotor behaviors. Nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease causes a loss of spinal and glutamatergic synapses in the striatal medium spiny neurons (MSNs). Adaptive responses, a form of homeostatic plasticity, to these changes are caused by a decrease in a potassium Kv4 channel-dependent inactivating A-type potassium (KIA) current that increases the intrinsic excitability of MSNs. Nevertheless, the functional outcome of these compensatory mechanisms does not allow adequate behavioral recovery in vivo. We thus addressed the question of whether further blockade of Kv4 activity could enhance the striatal responsiveness of MSNs to DA depletion and restore normal function in vivo. To test this hypothesis, we examined the effects of a selective blocker of Kv4 channels, AmmTX3, on the motor, cognitive, and emotional symptoms produced by 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the nigrostriatal DA pathway in rats. Striatal infusion of AmmTX3 (0.2-0.4 μg) reduced motor deficits, decreased anxiety, and restored short-term social and spatial memories. These results underlie the importance of Kv4 channels as players in the homeostatic responses, and, more importantly, provide a potential target for adjunctive therapies for Parkinson's disease. PMID:25356731

  16. Test results of the SMES model coil. Mechanical performance

    The mechanical performance of a SMES model coil was measured by strain gauges, displacement gauges and acoustic emission (AE) sensors attached to the coil surface during an overcharge test. The displacements of the SMES model coil were proportional to the squared currents during charging up until 35.4 kA. It was clear that the coil became deformed elastically by the electromagnetic force during overcharging. The test results obtained by the measurement of strains were compared with calculated results obtained by finite element method analysis. As a result of the comparison, good agreement was found in both stresses, and the values were sufficiently small. It was demonstrated that the coil had no problem regarding mechanical performance. It was clarified that AE signals significantly decreased in the current region after repeated excitation. Furthermore, the characteristics of AE signals were different from the coil windings with coil supports. The wave of AE signals in the windings was minimal ms and more than 100 kHz, and in the coil support more than 10 ms but less than 40 kHz. (author)

  17. Structural analysis and verification of the ITER TF model coil test conditions

    An FE-model already used during the design of the test assembly consisting of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Toroidal Field Model Coil (TFMC), the EURATOM LCT-coil and the Inter Coil Structure (ICS) was extended to allow for predictions of tests, which will be performed in the TOSKA facility. For the first test step, with the TFMC current loaded alone (single coil test), predictions are given for 80 kA, the design current. Because of some uncertainty in the friction behaviour between winding pack (WP) and coil case, a parameter study was performed describing the limiting cases of the coil behaviour. Since the mechanical sensors could be installed only on the outer coil case surface, the possibility of deriving from this information details of the internal coil behaviour also is discussed

  18. Formulation for a practical implementation of electromagnetic induction coils optimized using stream functions

    Reed, Mark A.; Scott, Waymond R.

    2016-05-01

    Continuous-wave (CW) electromagnetic induction (EMI) systems used for subsurface sensing typically employ separate transmit and receive coils placed in close proximity. The closeness of the coils is desirable for both packaging and object pinpointing; however, the coils must have as little mutual coupling as possible. Otherwise, the signal from the transmit coil will couple into the receive coil, making target detection difficult or impossible. Additionally, mineralized soil can be a significant problem when attempting to detect small amounts of metal because the soil effectively couples the transmit and receive coils. Optimization of wire coils to improve their performance is difficult but can be made possible through a stream-function representation and the use of partially convex forms. Examples of such methods have been presented previously, but these methods did not account for certain practical issues with coil implementation. In this paper, the power constraint introduced into the optimization routine is modified so that it does not penalize areas of high current. It does this by representing the coils as plates carrying surface currents and adjusting the sheet resistance to be inversely proportional to the current, which is a good approximation for a wire-wound coil. Example coils are then optimized for minimum mutual coupling, maximum sensitivity, and minimum soil response at a given height with both the earlier, constant sheet resistance and the new representation. The two sets of coils are compared both to each other and other common coil types to show the method's viability.

  19. Calculation method of Tesla coil

    Коломієць, Роман Олександрович

    2015-01-01

    Tesla coil, despite the simplicity of its design may be called one of the least studied electronic devices. The article is an attempt to bring in various experimental results of general theoretical framework, which is the basis of exact calculation method of Tesla coils. Such calculation should be the starting point to create devices based on it. In order to develop such methods were considered the general principles of designing Tesla coil, reviewed the most famous mathematical models of its...

  20. The transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 channel modulates uterine tone during pregnancy.

    Ying, Lihua; Becard, Margaux; Lyell, Deirdre; Han, Xiaoyuan; Shortliffe, Linda; Husted, Cristiana Iosef; Alvira, Cristina M; Cornfield, David N

    2015-12-23

    The importance of gaining insight into the mechanisms underlying uterine quiescence and contractility is highlighted by the absence of an effective strategy to prevent or treat preterm labor, the greatest cause of perinatal mortality and morbidity worldwide. Although current evidence suggests that in myometrial smooth muscle cells (mSMCs) calcium homeostasis is modulated near term to promote uterine contractility, the efficacy of blocking voltage-operated calcium channels is limited by dose-related cardiovascular side effects. Thus, we considered whether uterine contractility might be modulated by calcium entry via transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) channels. In mSMC, TRPV4 gene and protein expression increased with gestation, and TRPV4-mediated Ca(2+) entry and contractility were increased in mSMC from pregnant compared to nonpregnant rats. Cell membrane TRPV4 expression was specifically increased, whereas the expression of β-arrestin-1 and β-arrestin-2, molecules that can sequester TRPV4 in the cytoplasm, decreased. Physical interaction of β-arrestin-2 and TRPV4 was apparent in nonpregnant, but absent in pregnant, mouse uterus. Moreover, direct pharmacologic activation of TRPV4 increased uterine contraction, but oxytocin-induced myometrial contraction was blocked by pharmacologic inhibition of TRPV4 and decreased in mice with global deletion of TRPV4. Finally, TRPV4 channel blockade prolonged pregnancy in two distinct in vivo murine models of preterm labor, whereas the absence of either β-arrestin-1 or β-arrestin-2 increased susceptibility to preterm labor. These data suggest that TRPV4 channel activity modulates uterine contractility and might represent a therapeutic target to address preterm labor. PMID:26702092

  1. Triple Halo Coil: Development and Comparison with Other TMS Coils

    Rastogi, Priyam; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive stimulation technique that can be used for the treatment of various neurological disorders such as Parkinson's Disease, PTSD, TBI and anxiety by regulating synaptic activity. TMS is FDA approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder. There is a critical need to develop deep TMS coils that can stimulate deeper regions of the brain without excessively stimulating the cortex in order to provide an alternative to surgical methods. We have developed a novel multi-coil configuration called ``Triple Halo Coil'' (THC) that can stimulate deep brain regions. Investigation of induced electric and magnetic field in these regions have been achieved by computer modelling. Comparison of the results due to THC configuration have been conducted with other TMS coils such as ``Halo Coil'', circular coil and ``Figure of Eight'' coil. There was an improvement of more than 15 times in the strength of magnetic field, induced by THC configuration at 10 cm below the vertex of the head when compared with the ``Figure of Eight'' coil alone. Carver Charitable Trust.

  2. Failure probability of ceramic coil springs

    Nohut, Serkan; Schneider, Gerold A.

    2009-01-01

    Ceramic springs are commercially available and a detailed reliability analysis of these components would be useful for their introduction in new applications. In this paper an analytical and a numerical analyses of the failure probability for coil springs under compression is presented. Based on analytically derived relationships and numerically calculated results, fitting functions for volume and surface flaws will be introduced which provide the prediction of the failure probability of cera...

  3. Evaluation of plasma-based transmit coils for magnetic resonance.

    Webb, A G; Aussenhofer, S A

    2015-12-01

    In this work a new concept for designing transmit coils for magnetic resonance using a plasma is introduced. Unlike conventional coils, a plasma can be turned on and off, eliminating electrical interactions between coils, and enabling radiofrequency-invisibility when desired. A surfatron has been designed to produce a surface-mode wave which propagates along the inner surface of a commercial fluorescent lighting tube. NMR spectra and images have been produced using the plasma as the transmit coil and a copper-based monopole to receive the signal. The transmit efficiency of the plasma tube was estimated, and is currently much lower than that of an equivalently-sized metal-based structure: however, there are many potential methods for increasing the efficiency using a custom-built plasma tube. PMID:26529202

  4. Numerical characterization of a flexible circular coil for magnetic resonance imaging

    Bautista, T.; Hernandez, R.; Solis-Najera, S. E.; Rodriguez, A. O.

    2012-10-01

    Numerical simulations of the magnetic field generated by a flexible surface coil were conducted to study its behavior for applications of animal models at 7 Tesla. This coil design is able to fully cover a volume of interest. The Finite Difference Method in Time Domain (FDTD) was used because of its ability to accurately model complex problems in electromagnetism. This particular coil design is best suited for regions of interests with a spherical shape, since B1 uniformity is not significantly attenuated as in the case of a circular-loop coil. It still remains to investigate the feasibility to actually construct a coil prototype.

  5. Detailed 3D models of the induced electric field of transcranial magnetic stimulation coils

    Previous models neglected contributions from current elements spanning the full geometric extent of wires in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coils. A detailed account of TMS coil wiring geometry is shown to provide significant improvements in the accuracy of electric field (E-field) models. Modeling E-field dependence based on the TMS coil's wire width, height, shape and number of turns clearly improved the fit of calculated-to-measured E-fields near the coil body. Detailed E-field models were accurate up to the surface of the coil body (within 0.5% of measured) where simple models were often inadequate (up to 32% different from measured)

  6. CCHMM_PROF: a HMM-based coiled-coil predictor with evolutionary information

    Bartoli, Lisa; Fariselli, Piero; Krogh, Anders; Casadio, Rita

    2009-01-01

    MOTIVATION: The widespread coiled-coil structural motif in proteins is known to mediate a variety of biological interactions. Recognizing a coiled-coil containing sequence and locating its coiled-coil domains are key steps towards the determination of the protein structure and function. Different...

  7. An Evaluation for the Development of 4-channel RSPT and its Application for the OPR1000 Nuclear Power Plants

    An evaluation project for the development and adaptation of 4-channel reed switch position transmitter (RSPT) has been performed by Korea Power Eng. Company, Inc. (KOPEC) as a contractor of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co. Ltd (KHNP). The 4-channel RSPT is to replace the 2-channel RSPT which is currently installed for all the Optimized Power Reactor 1000 (OPR1000) type nuclear power plants (NPP). The 2-channel RSPT design of OPR1000 could lead an unwanted reactor trip caused by the deviation of a 12-finger control element assembly (CEA) position at each RSPT channel. In addition, the inconsistent channel numbers between 4-channel core protection calculator system (CPCS) and 2-channel RSPT made the system configuration and interface design of the CPCS overly complex. Thus, the 4-channel RSPT development is needed to enhance the OPR1000 plant safety and availability. In this project, while maintaining the existing OPR1000 interfacing system boundary, the 4-channel RSPT manufacturability and the proposed CPCS design with the 4-channel RSPT have been evaluated for their implementation feasibility. A reliability analysis of the proposed CPCS has been also performed. Algorithm changes and the effect of design change regarding interfacing components are also suggested

  8. Superconducting poloidal coils for STARFIRE commercial reactor

    STARFIRE is considered to be the tenth commercial tokamak power plant. A preliminary design study on its superconducting poloidal coil system is presented. Key features of the design studies are: the elimination of the ohmic heating coil; the trade-off studies of the equilibrium field coil locations; and the development of a conceptual design for the superconducting equilibrium field coils. Described are the 100 kA cryostable conductor design, the coil structure, and evaluation of the coil forces

  9. S-glutathionylation of an auxiliary subunit confers redox sensitivity to Kv4 channel inactivation.

    Henry H Jerng

    Full Text Available Reactive oxygen species (ROS regulate ion channels, modulate neuronal excitability, and contribute to the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. ROS differentially suppress fast "ball-and-chain" N-type inactivation of cloned Kv1 and Kv3 potassium channels but not of Kv4 channels, likely due to a lack of reactive cysteines in Kv4 N-termini. Recently, we discovered that N-type inactivation of Kv4 channel complexes can be independently conferred by certain N-terminal variants of Kv4 auxiliary subunits (DPP6a, DPP10a. Here, we report that both DPP6a and DPP10a, like Kv subunits with redox-sensitive N-type inactivation, contain a highly conserved cysteine in their N-termini (Cys-13. To test if N-type inactivation mediated by DPP6a or DPP10a is redox sensitive, Xenopus oocyte recordings were performed to examine the effects of two common oxidants, tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBHP and diamide. Both oxidants markedly modulate DPP6a- or DPP10a-conferred N-type inactivation of Kv4 channels, slowing the overall inactivation and increasing the peak current. These functional effects are fully reversed by the reducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT and appear to be due to a selective modulation of the N-type inactivation mediated by these auxiliary subunits. Mutation of DPP6a Cys-13 to serine eliminated the tBHP or diamide effects, confirming the importance of Cys-13 to the oxidative regulation. Biochemical studies designed to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism show no evidence of protein-protein disulfide linkage formation following cysteine oxidation. Instead, using a biotinylated glutathione (BioGEE reagent, we discovered that oxidation by tBHP or diamide leads to S-glutathionylation of Cys-13, suggesting that S-glutathionylation underlies the regulation of fast N-type inactivation by redox. In conclusion, our studies suggest that Kv4-based A-type current in neurons may show differential redox sensitivity depending on whether DPP6a or DPP10a is highly

  10. S-glutathionylation of an auxiliary subunit confers redox sensitivity to Kv4 channel inactivation.

    Jerng, Henry H; Pfaffinger, Paul J

    2014-01-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) regulate ion channels, modulate neuronal excitability, and contribute to the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. ROS differentially suppress fast "ball-and-chain" N-type inactivation of cloned Kv1 and Kv3 potassium channels but not of Kv4 channels, likely due to a lack of reactive cysteines in Kv4 N-termini. Recently, we discovered that N-type inactivation of Kv4 channel complexes can be independently conferred by certain N-terminal variants of Kv4 auxiliary subunits (DPP6a, DPP10a). Here, we report that both DPP6a and DPP10a, like Kv subunits with redox-sensitive N-type inactivation, contain a highly conserved cysteine in their N-termini (Cys-13). To test if N-type inactivation mediated by DPP6a or DPP10a is redox sensitive, Xenopus oocyte recordings were performed to examine the effects of two common oxidants, tert-butyl hydroperoxide (tBHP) and diamide. Both oxidants markedly modulate DPP6a- or DPP10a-conferred N-type inactivation of Kv4 channels, slowing the overall inactivation and increasing the peak current. These functional effects are fully reversed by the reducing agent dithiothreitol (DTT) and appear to be due to a selective modulation of the N-type inactivation mediated by these auxiliary subunits. Mutation of DPP6a Cys-13 to serine eliminated the tBHP or diamide effects, confirming the importance of Cys-13 to the oxidative regulation. Biochemical studies designed to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism show no evidence of protein-protein disulfide linkage formation following cysteine oxidation. Instead, using a biotinylated glutathione (BioGEE) reagent, we discovered that oxidation by tBHP or diamide leads to S-glutathionylation of Cys-13, suggesting that S-glutathionylation underlies the regulation of fast N-type inactivation by redox. In conclusion, our studies suggest that Kv4-based A-type current in neurons may show differential redox sensitivity depending on whether DPP6a or DPP10a is highly expressed

  11. Improved Sensing Coils for SQUIDs

    Penanen, Konstantin; Hahn, Inseob; Eom, Byeong Ho

    2007-01-01

    An improvement in the design and fabrication of sensing coils of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometers has been proposed to increase sensitivity. It has been estimated that, in some cases, it would be possible to increase sensitivity by about half or to reduce measurement time correspondingly. The pertinent aspects of the problems of design and fabrication can be summarized as follows: In general, to increase the sensitivity of a SQUID magnetometer, it is necessary to maximize the magnetic flux enclosed by the sensing coil while minimizing the self-inductance of this coil. It is often beneficial to fabricate the coil from a thicker wire to reduce its self-inductance. Moreover, to optimize the design of the coil with respect to sensitivity, it may be necessary to shape the wire to other than a commonly available circular or square cross-section. On the other hand, it is not practical to use thicker superconducting wire for the entire superconducting circuit, especially if the design of a specific device requires a persistent-current loop enclosing a remotely placed SQUID sensor. It may be possible to bond a thicker sensing-coil wire to thinner superconducting wires leading to a SQUID sensor, but it could be difficult to ensure reliable superconducting connections, especially if the bonded wires are made of different materials. The main idea is to mold the sensing coil in place, to more nearly optimum cross sectional shape, instead of making the coil by winding standard pre-fabricated wire. For this purpose, a thin superconducting wire loop that is an essential part of the SQUID magnetometer would be encapsulated in a form that would serve as a mold. A low-melting-temperature superconducting metal (e.g., indium, tin, or a lead/tin alloy) would be melted into the form, which would be sized and shaped to impart the required cross section to the coil thus formed.

  12. Vasorelaxant effects of novel Kv7.4 channel enhancers ML213 and NS15370

    Jepps, Thomas Andrew; Bentzen, B H; Stott, J B;

    2014-01-01

    in both rodent and human blood vessels. Recently, two novel Kv7 channel enhancers have been identified, ML213 and NS15370, that show increased potency, particularly on Kv7.4 channels. The aim of this study was to characterise the effects of these novel enhancers in different rat blood vessels and compare...... them to Kv7 enhancers (S-1, BMS-204352, retigabine) described previously. We also sought to determine the binding sites of the new Kv7 enhancers. KEY RESULTS: Both ML213 and NS15370 relaxed segments of rat thoracic aorta, renal artery and mesenteric artery in a concentration-dependent manner....... In the mesenteric artery ML213 and NS15370 displayed EC50 's of 0.74 μM and 0.026 μM, respectively, which were far lower than other Kv7 enhancers tested. Current-clamp experiments revealed both novel enhancers at low concentrations caused significant hyperpolarisation in mesenteric artery smooth muscle cells...

  13. Compact 4-channel AWGs for CWDM and LAN WDM in data center monolithic applications

    Pan, Pan; An, Junming; Wang, Yue; Zhang, Jiashun; Wang, Liangliang; Qi, Ying; Han, Qin; Hu, Xiongwei

    2015-12-01

    InP-based 4-channel AWGs for Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) with channel spacing of 20 nm and Local Area Network (LAN) WDM with channel spacing of 800 GHz are designed and fabricated. The deep-ridge waveguide is used to make the chip compact, chip size of AWG for CWDM is 0.55×3.9 mm2 and for LAN WDM is 1.6×3 mm2. The measured results indicate that, the insertion losses are -5 dB and -7 dB, crosstalk levels are below -25 dB and -24 dB for AWG with 20 nm channel spacing and 800 GHz channel spacing, respectively. These AWGs can be integrated with lasers and detectors array monolithically for data center applications.

  14. Development of a 4-channel TTL scaler for detector signal counting

    At NISER-IOP Experimental High Energy Physics (EHEP) laboratory various gas detectors such as Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM), Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC), Single Wire Proportional Chamber (SWPC) and scintillator detectors have been developed. During the characterisation of these detectors signals are counted in general with source and without source. A rising edge triggered 4-channel TTL (Transistor Transistor Logic) scaler has been developed to record the number of pulses in a given interval of time. The four channels are independent and each channel is capable of capturing maximum 4,294,967,295 (232-1) number of pulses i.e. each channel can count maximum 4,294,96,295 (232-1) number of signals. The details of the design, fabrication and calibration of the scaler is presented

  15. A high temperature superconductor tape RF receiver coil for a low field magnetic resonance imaging system

    Cheng, M C; Yan, B P; Lee, K H; Ma, Q Y; Yang, E S [Jockey Club MRI Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

    2005-08-01

    High temperature superconductor (HTS) thin films have been applied in making a low loss RF receiver coil for improving magnetic resonance imaging image quality. However, the application of these coils is severely limited by their limited field of view (FOV). Stringent fabrication environment requirements and high cost are further limitations. In this paper, we propose a simpler method for designing and fabricating HTS coils. Using industrial silver alloy sheathed Bi{sub (2-x)}Pb{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} (Bi-2223) HTS tapes, a five-inch single-turn HTS solenoid coil has been developed, and human wrist images have been acquired with this coil. The HTS tape coil has demonstrated an enhanced FOV over a six-inch YBCO thin film surface coil at 77 K with comparable signal-to-noise ratio.

  16. Dynamic allostery of protein alpha helical coiled-coils

    Hawkins, R. J.; Mcleish, T.C.B.

    2005-01-01

    Alpha helical coiled-coils appear in many important allosteric proteins such as the dynein molecular motor and bacteria chemotaxis transmembrane receptors. As a mechanism for transmitting the information of ligand binding to a distant site across an allosteric protein, an alternative to conformational change in the mean static structure is an induced change in the pattern of the internal dynamics of the protein. We explore how ligand binding may change the intramolecular vibrational free ener...

  17. ASTROMAG coil cooling study

    Maytal, Ben-Zion; Vansciver, Steven W.

    1990-01-01

    ASTROMAG is a planned particle astrophysics magnetic facility. Basically it is a large magnetic spectrometer outside the Earth's atmosphere for an extended period of time in orbit on a space station. A definition team summarized its scientific objectives assumably related to fundamental questions of astrophysics, cosmology, and elementary particle physics. Since magnetic induction of about 7 Tesla is desired, it is planned to be a superconducting magnet cooled to liquid helium 2 temperatures. The general structure of ASTROMAG is based on: (1) two superconducting magnetic coils, (2) dewar of liquid helium 2 to provide cooling capability for the magnets; (3) instrumentation, matter-anti matter spectrometer (MAS) and cosmic ray isotope spectrometer (CRIS); and (4) interfaces to the shuttle and space station. Many configurations of the superconducting magnets and the dewar were proposed and evaluated, since those are the heart of the ASTROMAG. Baseline of the magnet configuration and cryostat as presented in the phase A study and the one kept in mind while doing the present study are presented. ASTROMAG's development schedule reflects the plan of launching to the space station in 1995.

  18. Heat resistant driving coil and control rod drive mechanism

    Ceramic materials are used for each part of driving coils and used as the driving coils for a driving shaft. That is, a cylindrical bobbin having outwardly protruding flanges on the entire circumference at the upper and the lower portions is made of stainless steels. Ceramics sheets are appended as necessary to the outer circumferential surface of the bobbin. Then, ceramic electric wires are wound around the outer circumference of the bobbin by a required number of turns to constitute coils. The electric wire is prepared by coating the conductor of nickel-plated copper with ceramic coating material, disposing an insulation material to the outer circumference thereof the further coating the outside with ceramic coating material. This can improve the heat resistance and, since the control rod drives using such heat resistant driving coils can operate at a high temperature. It requires no cooling device and can simplify the reactor and its peripheral structures. (T.M.)

  19. Coil end design for the LHC dipole magnet

    This paper describes the design of the coil ends for the Large Hadron Collider dipole magnets of the CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. This alternative to existing European designs was provided by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory by agreement between CERN and the United States. The superconducting cable paths are determined from both magnetic and mechanical considerations. The coil end parts used to shape and constrain the conductors in the coil ends are designed using the developable surface, grouped end approach. This method allows the analysis of strain energy within the conductor groups, and the optimization of mechanical factors during the design. Design intent and implementation are discussed. Inner and outer coil design challenges and end analysis are detailed

  20. A Novel Coil Distribution for Transverse Flux Induction Heating

    Sun, Yu; Wang, Youhua; Yang, Xiaoguang; Pang, Lingling

    For solving the problem of inhomogeneous temperature distribution on the surface of the work piece at the transverse flux induction heating (TFIH) device outlet, a novel coil distribution of the inductor is presented in this paper. The relationship between coil geometry and temperature distribution was analyzed firstly. According to the theoretical analysis results, the novel coil geometry was designed in order to get a uniform temperature distribution. Then the non-linear coupled electromagnetic- thermal problem in TFIH was simulated. The distributions of the magnetic flux density and eddy current of the novel and the traditional rectangular coil geometry were presented. Finally, a prototype was developed according to the numerical results. The experimental results of the temperature distribution agreed with the numerical analysis.

  1. Rapid mixing of viscous liquids by electrical coiling

    Kong, Tiantian; Li, Jingmei; Liu, Zhou; Zhou, Zhuolong; Ng, Peter Hon Yu; Wang, Liqiu; Shum, Ho Cheung

    2016-02-01

    The control for the processing of precursor liquids determines whether the properties and functions of the final material product can be engineered. An inherent challenge of processing viscous liquids arises from their large resistance to deform. Here, we report on the discovery of an electric approach that can significantly contribute to address this challenge. The applied electric force can induce a straight viscous jet to coil, and the resulting coiling characteristics are governed by the electric stress. We demonstrate the promising use of electrical coiling in the rapid and efficient mixing of viscous liquids. Remarkably, the degree of mixing can be precisely adjusted by tuning the applied electric stress. Our approach of controlling the coiling electrically has important implications on applications such as dispensing and printing of resins, printing patterned surfaces and scaffolds, processing of food and generating non-woven fabrics.

  2. Adjustable Induction-Heating Coil

    Ellis, Rod; Bartolotta, Paul

    1990-01-01

    Improved design for induction-heating work coil facilitates optimization of heating in different metal specimens. Three segments adjusted independently to obtain desired distribution of temperature. Reduces time needed to achieve required temperature profiles.

  3. Embedded optical microfiber coil resonator

    Xu, Fei; Brambilla, Gilberto

    2007-01-01

    The embedding of an optical microfiber coil resonator in Teflon is demonstrated. Resonances in excess of 9dB and Q-factors greater than 6000 have been observed. The device is compact, robust and portable.

  4. Coil for LEAR extraction septum

    1982-01-01

    Which way does the current flow ? This intriguing object is the coil for the LEAR extraction septum. There were two septa, first a thin one, then this one, not so thin, somewhat on the borderline between septum and bending magnet.

  5. HELMHOLTZ COILS FOR MEASURING MAGNETIC MOMENTS

    P. N. Dobrodeyev

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The optimal configuration of the double Helmholtz coils for measuring of the magnetic dipole moments was defined. It was determined that measuring coils should have round shape and compensative coils – the square one. Analytically confirmed the feasibility of the proposed configuration of these coils as primary transmitters of magnetic dipole moments.

  6. High resolution MRI via endorectal coil. Results in rectal tumors

    10 volunteers and in 31 patients with suspected rectal tumors were examined. In 17 patients (n=17) with rectal carcinoma, of which 15 subsequently underwent radical surgery, the preoperatively obtained tumor stage was compared with histology. In 12 patients (n=12) with rectal adenoma (severe and medium graded epithelial dysplasias according to the WHO) who underwent endoscopy the results of the endorectal surface coil examination were compared with endoscopy and histology. In 4 patients (n=4) with large rectal adenomas the surface coil was used before and as follow-up after endoscopic electro laser resection and the absence of adenoma after therapy also in the deeper layers of the rectal wall could be confirmed. Visualization of anatomical structures of rectum and adjacent structures is improved by the use of the endorectal surface coil. The diagnosis of carcinoma and adenoma of the rectum and the documentation of the exact extension can be reached with high accuracy (85%). (orig./MG)

  7. S/N Ratio of 4-Channel A/D Geological Radar Non-uniform Sampling Signals

    2007-01-01

    Using the quantitative error probability density method we studied the S/N ratio of alternately sampled signals digitized by a 4-channel A/D.A complete expression for the S/N ratio of a 4-channel A/D non-uniform sampling signal was deduced.First we obtained an expression for the S/N ratio of a 1-channel A/D uniform sampling signal when the sampling frequency was equal to or greater than 2 times the frequency of the sampled signal.Based on the S/N ratio of a 2-channel A/D, alternating, non-uniform sampling signal, we analyzed the distribution of quantitative error using the quantitative error probability density method and the distribution convolution formula.From this the S/N ratio expression of a 4-channel A/D sampling signal was deduced.The simulation result shows that the deduced expression is correct.

  8. Fabrication of Spiral Micro Coil Lines for Electromagnetic Actuators

    Setomoto, Masaru; Matsumoto, Yoshifumi; Yamashita, Shuhei; Noda, Daiji; Hattori, Tadashi

    With the recent progress in downsizing and the sophistication of various industrial products, the need for more compact actuators is increasing. Actuators account for the larger percentage of volume and weight of a product compared with other parts and devices. We have proposed fabrication process of spiral micro coils that employs X-ray lithography. This process will be effective for fabricating coils of a high aspect ratio lines. Reducing the size of coil lines and increasing their aspect ratio are expected to reduce the size and increase the output of actuators. Using this process, we formed spiral coil lines that can be used in electromagnetic actuators. X-ray lithography was used to form a high aspect ratio helical structure on the surface of an acrylic resin pipe. As a measure to suppress void generation, which is one of the shortcomings of electroplating processes, the sputtering apparatus and plating equipment were improved, a pretreatment process was additionally provided, and the actual electroplating method was improved. As a result, a void-free metallic deposit could be formed on a thin coil line. At the final step of this research study, we etched the coil line to determine optimal etching conditions.

  9. Interpretation of measured data and the resolution analysis of the RTP 4-channel pulsed radar

    The resolution of a 4-channel pulsed radar being built at Rijnhuisen for the RTP tokamak is analyzed. The achievable resolution mainly depends on the accuracy of the time-of-flight measurements and the number of sampling frequencies; since the technological solution and the configuration have already been set, emphasis is put on interpretation of the measured data (the inversion problem) and minimization of the overall error. For this purpose, a specific neural network - the Multi Layer Perceptron (MLP) - has successfully been applied. Central density in the range of 0.2-0.6 x 1020 m-3 was considered, i.e., one above the critical density for all four frequencies but not so high as to restrict the measurements to just the edge of the plasma. By balancing the inversion error and the time measurement error, for a wide class of density profiles the overall error in estimating the reflection point position of between 0.72 cm (for the lowest frequency) and 0.52 cm (for the highest frequency) root mean square was obtained, assuming an RMS error of 70 ps in the time of flight measurements. This is probably much better than what could be obtained by the Abel transform. Moreover, mapping with the MLP is considerably faster, and it should be considered for routine multichannel pulsed radar data processing. (author) 2 tabs., 4 figs., 6 refs

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging of rodent spinal cord with an improved performance coil at 7 Tesla

    Solis-Najera, S. E.; Rodriguez, A. O.

    2014-11-01

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging of animal models provide reliable means to study human diseases. The image acquisition particularly determined by the radio frequency coil to detect the signal emanated from a particular region of interest. A scaled-down version of the slotted surface coil was built based on the previous results of a magnetron-type surface coil for human applications. Our coil prototype had a 2 cm total diameter and six circular slots and was developed for murine spinal cord at 7 T. Electromagnetic simulations of the slotted and circular coils were also performed to compute the spatially dependent magnetic and electric fields using a simulated saline-solution sphere. The quality factor of both coils was experimentally measured giving a lower noise figure and a higher quality factor for the slotted coil outperforming the circular coil. Images of the spinal cord of a rat were acquired using standard pulse sequences. The slotted surface coil can be a good tool for spinal cord rat imaging using conventional pulse sequences at 7 T.

  11. BI-ground microstrip array coil vs. conventional microstrip array coil for mouse imaging at 7 tesla

    Hernández, Ricardo; Terrones, M. A. López; Jakob, P. M.

    2012-10-01

    At high field strengths, the need for more efficient high frequency coils has grown. Since the radiation losses and the interaction between coil and sample increase proportionally to field strength, the quality factor (Q) and the sensitivity of the coil decrease as consequence of these negative effects. Since Zhang et al proposed in 2001 a new surface coil based on the microstrip transmission line for high frequency, different Tx-Rx phased arrays based on this concept have been already introduced in animal and whole body systems at high field strengths, each of them with different modifications in order to get better field homogeneity, SNR or isolation between coil elements in the array. All these arrays for animals systems have been built for rat imaging. One of these modifications is called BI-Ground Microstrip Array Coil (BIGMAC). The implementation of a smaller two-channel BIGMAC design for mouse imaging is studied and its performance compared to a two-channel conventional Microstrip array at 7 Tesla, the higher isolation by using BIGMAC elements in comparison with conventional Microstrip elements is shown in this work.

  12. Targeted polymer therapeutics with a coiled coil motif

    Pechar, Michal; Pola, Robert; Ulbrich, Karel; Bednárová, Lucie; Maloň, Petr; Sieglová, Irena; Král, Vlastimil; Fábry, Milan; Kabešová, Martina; Kovář, Marek

    Heraklion : University of Crete, 2012. s. 28. [BIONANOTOX 2012 - "Biomaterials and Bionanomaterials: Recent Problems and Safety Issues", Russian-Hellenic Symposium with International Participation and Young Scientists School /3./, Advanced Research Workshop on Nanotechnologies & Bioanalytical Advances for Improved Public Security and Enviromental Safety and Health. 06.05.2012-13.05.2012, Heraklion] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAAX00500803 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505; CEZ:AV0Z40550506; CEZ:AV0Z50520514; CEZ:AV0Z50200510 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 ; RVO:61388963 ; RVO:68378050 ; RVO:61388971 Keywords : drug carriers * coiled coil * HPMA Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  13. Structural basis for cargo binding and autoinhibition of Bicaudal-D1 by a parallel coiled-coil with homotypic registry

    Bicaudal-D1 (BICD1) is an α-helical coiled-coil protein mediating the attachment of specific cargo to cytoplasmic dynein. It plays an essential role in minus end-directed intracellular transport along microtubules. The third C-terminal coiled-coil region of BICD1 (BICD1 CC3) has an important role in cargo sorting, including intracellular vesicles associating with the small GTPase Rab6 and the nuclear pore complex Ran binding protein 2 (RanBP2), and inhibiting the association with cytoplasmic dynein by binding to the first N-terminal coiled-coil region (CC1). The crystal structure of BICD1 CC3 revealed a parallel homodimeric coiled-coil with asymmetry and complementary knobs-into-holes interactions, differing from Drosophila BicD CC3. Furthermore, our binding study indicated that BICD1 CC3 possesses a binding surface for two distinct cargos, Rab6 and RanBP2, and that the CC1-binding site overlaps with the Rab6-binding site. These findings suggest a molecular basis for cargo recognition and autoinhibition of BICD proteins during dynein-dependent intracellular retrograde transport. - Highlights: • BICD1 CC3 is a parallel homodimeric coiled-coil with axial asymmetry. • The coiled-coil packing of BICD1 CC3 is adapted to the equivalent heptad position. • BICD1 CC3 has distinct binding sites for two classes of cargo, Rab6 and RanBP2. • The CC1-binding site of BICD1 CC3 overlaps with the Rab6-binding site

  14. Structural basis for cargo binding and autoinhibition of Bicaudal-D1 by a parallel coiled-coil with homotypic registry

    Terawaki, Shin-ichi, E-mail: terawaki@gunma-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Yoshikane, Asuka [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Higuchi, Yoshiki [Department of Life Science, Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo, 3-2-1 Koto, Kamigori-cho, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); Department of Picobiology, Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo, 3-2-1 Koto, Kamigori-cho, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Wakamatsu, Kaori [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan); SPring-8 Center, RIKEN, 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)

    2015-05-01

    Bicaudal-D1 (BICD1) is an α-helical coiled-coil protein mediating the attachment of specific cargo to cytoplasmic dynein. It plays an essential role in minus end-directed intracellular transport along microtubules. The third C-terminal coiled-coil region of BICD1 (BICD1 CC3) has an important role in cargo sorting, including intracellular vesicles associating with the small GTPase Rab6 and the nuclear pore complex Ran binding protein 2 (RanBP2), and inhibiting the association with cytoplasmic dynein by binding to the first N-terminal coiled-coil region (CC1). The crystal structure of BICD1 CC3 revealed a parallel homodimeric coiled-coil with asymmetry and complementary knobs-into-holes interactions, differing from Drosophila BicD CC3. Furthermore, our binding study indicated that BICD1 CC3 possesses a binding surface for two distinct cargos, Rab6 and RanBP2, and that the CC1-binding site overlaps with the Rab6-binding site. These findings suggest a molecular basis for cargo recognition and autoinhibition of BICD proteins during dynein-dependent intracellular retrograde transport. - Highlights: • BICD1 CC3 is a parallel homodimeric coiled-coil with axial asymmetry. • The coiled-coil packing of BICD1 CC3 is adapted to the equivalent heptad position. • BICD1 CC3 has distinct binding sites for two classes of cargo, Rab6 and RanBP2. • The CC1-binding site of BICD1 CC3 overlaps with the Rab6-binding site.

  15. Improvement of SNR and acquisition acceleration using a 32-channel head coil compared to a 12-channel head coil at 3T

    Background: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques continue to improve in manifold ways. Besides field strength and sequence optimization, technical advances in coil design and sensitivity yield to increase the signal detection and therefore improve image quality. Purpose: To evaluate the performance of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and parallel acquisition technique (PAT) acceleration of a dedicated 32-channel head coil compared with a standard 12-channel head coil. Material and Methods: In a clinical 3T setting, spatial resolved SNR values for unaccelerated imaging and PAT with acceleration factors of 2-6 of a 32-channel head coil were evaluated in relation to a 12-channel head coil. SNR was determined quantitatively using proton-density-weighted in-vivo examinations in five healthy volunteers. Quantitative SNR maps for unaccelerated and PAT imaging were calculated using unfiltered MR raw data. Results: Up to three-fold higher SNR values were achieved with the 32-channel head coil, which diminished towards the center to an increase of 40 % compared with the 12-channel head coil. When using PAT, the 32-channel head coil resulted in a lower spatial-dependent quantitative noise enhancement, varying between 0 % at R = 2 and 33 % at R = 5. Conclusion: The 32-channel head coil provided superior SNR both with and without PAT compared with a 12-channel head coil, especially close to the brain surface. Using PAT, the unavoidable noise enhancement is diminished up to acceleration factors of 6 for the 32-channel head coil. Therefore, the 32-channel head coil is considered as a preferable tool for high-resolution neuroradiological imaging

  16. Spectroscopy With Surface Coils and Decoupling

    2015-12-23

    Adrenal Cortical Cancer; Brain Cancer; Breast Cancer; CNS Cancer; Colon Cancer; HEENT Cancer; Hodgkin's Disease; Kaposi's Sarcoma; Liver Cancer; Lung Cancer; Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma; Ovarian Cancer; Pancreatic Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Rectal Cancer; Renal Cancer; Sarcoma; Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Thyroid Cancer

  17. MR surface coil imaging of kidney transplant

    MR appearance of the kidney transplant is evaluated on a series of 80 examinations performed on a supraconductive unit operating at 0.5 T. Normal function kidneys displayed a clearly delineated corticomedullary differentiation (CMD); the ratio between the thickness of cortex and medulla didn't exceed 0.6. The same appearance was observed in non complicated acute tubular necrosis. Complete loss of CMD was the major finding in acute rejection (74% of the cases), but it was not specific as it was also observed in chronic rejection and in acute glomerulonephritis. Cortex thickening was helpful for the detection of rejected transplants with visible CMD. The sensitivity of MR in the detection of acute rejection was 94%. Specificity of MR findings for acute rejection depended on the transplant age: it varied from 100% for examinations performed during the first 3 months after transplantation, to less than 50% for examinations of the second year

  18. Deformation of Linked Polymer Coils

    董朝霞; 李明远; 吴肇亮; 林梅钦

    2003-01-01

    Linked polymer solution (LPS) is defined as the solution of linked polymer coils (LPCs) dispersed in water, composed of low concentration partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) and aluminum citrate (crosslinker). In the work, the conformational changes of LPCs under different conditions were investigated by the methods of membrane filtering under low pressure, dynamic light scattering and core flooding experiments. The results showed that in some conditions the LPCs could be compressed mechanically to 1/158.5 of their original volume because of relatively lower HPAM cross-linking. The hydration property of LPCs was similar to that of normal polymer coils. The deformation of LPCs was more restricted than that of ordinary polymer coils under the flow shear stress or the shift of hydration equilibrium caused in the variation of the electrolyte concentration which is responsible for the effective plugging in the throats of porous media when LPCs are used for deep diverting.

  19. Cooling device of superconducting coils

    This device is rotating around an horizontal axis. The superconducting coils are contained in a cryogenic enclosure feeded in liquid helium forced circulation. They are related to an electric generator by electric mains each of them comprising a gas exchanger, and an exchanger-evaporator set between the cryogenic device and those exchangers. The exchanger-evaporator is aimed at dissipating the heat arriving by conductors connected to the superconducting coils. According to the invention, the invention includes an annular canalization with horizontal axis in which the connection conductors bathe in liquid helium

  20. Integrated-blanket-coil (IBC) applications to the TITAN reversed-field pinch reactor

    The Integrated-Blanket-Coil (IBC) concept has been adopted for use in the toroidal field and divertor coil systems of the TITAN-I lithium/vanadium design. The IBC approach combines the breeding and energy recovery functions of the blanket with the magnetic field production of the coils into a single component. This is accomplished by passing the current through the liquid metal coolant, lithium, which flows poloidally around the plasma. A reversed-field pinch (RFP) reactor offers an attractive context for IBC coils since the low toroidal field at the plasma surface (-- 0.36 T) leads to relatively low coil currents. Examination of nuclear, magnetic, thermal-hydraulic, electrical and design integration issues indicates that the IBC coils are a viable and attractive option for the TITAN reactor

  1. 4 channel, 20 ps resolution, monolithic time-to-amplitude converter for multichannel TCSPC systems

    Crotti, Matteo; Rech, Ivan; Labanca, Ivan; Ghioni, Massimo

    2012-06-01

    Over the past years an always growing interest has arisen about the measurement technique of time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) and many applications exploiting TCSPC have been developing in several fields, such as medicine and chemistry. The use of multianode PMTs and of single photon avalanche diode arrays led to the development of acquisition systems with several parallel channels, to employ the TCSPC technique in even more applications. Since TCSPC basically consists in the photons arrival time measurement, the most important part of an acquisition chain is the time measurement block, which must have high resolution and low differential nonlinearity and, in order to implement multidimensional systems, it has to be integrated to reduce both cost and area. To accomplish all these specifications, we have designed and fabricated a 4 channel fully integrated time-to-amplitude converter (TAC), built in 0.35 μm Si-Ge technology, characterized by a variable full scale range from 11 ns to 89 ns, very good time resolution (better than 20 ps FWHM), low differential nonlinearity (better than 0.04 LSB peak-peak and less than 0.2% LSB rms), high counting rate (16 MHz), low and constant power dissipation (50 mW) and low area occupation (340 × 390 μm2 per channel). Our measurements also show a very little crosstalk between converters integrated on the same chip; this feature together with low power and low area make the fabricated converter suitable for parallelization, so that it can be the starting point for future acquisition chains with a high number of parallel channels.

  2. B1 Homogenization in MRI by Multi-layer Coupled Coils

    Wang, Shumin; Murphy-Boesch, Joseph; Merkle, Hellmut; Koretsky, Alan P.; Duyn, Jeff H.

    2009-01-01

    Transmit B1+ field homogenization in high-field (> 3.0 T) human MRI is challenging due to radio frequency (RF) wavelength effects. An approach based on appropriately coupling surface coils to a volume coil was investigated. Electro-magnetic simulation results demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of this method in proton MRI of the human head at 7.0 T.

  3. Large Coil Program magnetic system design study

    The primary objective of the Large Coil Program (LCP) is to demonstrate the reliable operation of large superconducting coils to provide a basis for the design principles, materials, and fabrication techniques proposed for the toroidal magnets for the THE NEXT STEP (TNS) and other future tokamak devices. This paper documents a design study of the Large Coil Test Facility (LCTF) in which the structural response of the Toroidal Field (TF) Coils and the supporting structure was evaluated under simulated reactor conditions. The LCP test facility structural system consists of six TF Coils, twelve coil-to-coil torsional restraining beams (torque rings), a central bucking post with base, and a Pulse Coil system. The NASTRAN Finite Element Structural Analysis computer Code was utilized to determine the distribution of deflections, forces, and stresses for each of the TF Coils, torque rings, and the central bucking post. Eleven load conditions were selected to represent probable test operations. Pulse Coils suspended in the bore of the test coil were energized to simulate the pulsed field environment characteristic of the TNS reactor system. The TORMAC Computer Code was utilized to develop the magnetic forces in the TF Coils for each of the eleven loading conditions examined, with or without the Pulse Coils energized. The TORMAC computer program output forces were used directly as input load conditions for the NASTRAN analyses. Results are presented which demonstrate the reliability of the LCTF under simulated reactor operating conditions

  4. Coil Optimization for HTS Machines

    Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech; Abrahamsen, Asger Bech; Træholt, Chresten; Pedersen, N.F.; Rodriguez Zermeno, Victor Manuel

    An optimization approach of HTS coils in HTS synchronous machines (SM) is presented. The optimization is aimed at high power SM suitable for direct driven wind turbines applications. The optimization process was applied to a general radial flux machine with a peak air gap flux density of ~3T. The...

  5. Finite element coiled cochlea model

    Isailovic, Velibor; Nikolic, Milica; Milosevic, Zarko; Saveljic, Igor; Nikolic, Dalibor; Radovic, Milos; Filipović, Nenad

    2015-12-01

    Cochlea is important part of the hearing system, and thanks to special structure converts external sound waves into neural impulses which go to the brain. Shape of the cochlea is like snail, so geometry of the cochlea model is complex. The simplified cochlea coiled model was developed using finite element method inside SIFEM FP7 project. Software application is created on the way that user can prescribe set of the parameters for spiral cochlea, as well as material properties and boundary conditions to the model. Several mathematical models were tested. The acoustic wave equation for describing fluid in the cochlea chambers - scala vestibuli and scala timpani, and Newtonian dynamics for describing vibrations of the basilar membrane are used. The mechanical behavior of the coiled cochlea was analyzed and the third chamber, scala media, was not modeled because it does not have a significant impact on the mechanical vibrations of the basilar membrane. The obtained results are in good agreement with experimental measurements. Future work is needed for more realistic geometry model. Coiled model of the cochlea was created and results are compared with initial simplified coiled model of the cochlea.

  6. Coupled Coils, Magnets and Lenz's Law

    Thompson, Frank

    2010-01-01

    Great scientists in the past have experimented with coils and magnets. Here we have a variation where coupling occurs between two coils and the oscillatory motion of two magnets to give somewhat surprising results. (Contains 6 figures and 1 footnote.)

  7. Performance of an induction coil gun

    Shokair, I.R.; Cowan, M.; Kaye, R.J.; Marder, B.M.

    1993-10-01

    Performance of an electromagnetic induction launcher is considered for three types of armatures. These are: Solid, 1-element wound and 16-element wound aluminum ar natures. The one element wound armature has uniform current density throughout. Because of the radial distribution of the current density, the wound armature can withstand field reversal (working against embedded flux in the armature) and still maintain low temperature. Slingshot simulations were performed, for several configurations. Best performance was obtained for a single element wound armature with two field reversals. For a 60 kg projectile, 10.5 cm coil inner radius and 5.5 cm coil build, the velocity after 50 meters of launcher length (670 stages) exceeded 3.5 km/sec with an overall efficiency of about 45%. For the same parameters the solid and 16-element wound armatures reach a velocity of about 3.3 km/sec after 800 stages (60 meters of launcher length) but without field reversal. A velocity of 3.5 km/sec is possible after 60 meters of launcher length with the 16-element wound armature with one field reversal, but the temperature is close to the melting temperature of aluminum. In all simulations with a solid armature, melting of some of the surface material occurs. However, it is shown that most of the melting occurs after contribution has been made to the forward going pressure, that is, melting does not affect the electrical performance of the launcher. The effect of coil firing tune jitter on launcher performance is also considered and is found to be very small for realistic perturbations. For {plus_minus}2 {mu}-secs random jitter, the reduction in the final velocity for a 60 meter launcher with a solid armature is less than 0.1% and the increase in temperature is only 2%. This result holds for all types of armatures.

  8. Performance of an induction coil launcher

    Shokair, I.R.; Cowan, M.; Kaye, R.J.; Marder, B.M.

    1993-12-31

    Performance of an electromagnetic induction launcher is considered for three types of armatures. These are: Solid, 1-element wound and 16-element wound aluminum armatures. The one element wound armature has uniform current density throughout. Because of the uniformity of the current density, the wound armature can withstand field reversal and still maintain low temperature. Slingshot simulations were performed for several configurations. Best performance was obtained for a single element wound armature with two field reversals. For a 60 kg projectile, 10.5 cm coil inner radius and 5.5 cm coil build, the velocity after 50 meters of launcher length (670 stages) exceeded 3.5 km/sec with an overall efficiency of about 45%. For the same parameters the solid and 16-element wound armatures reach a velocity of about 3.3 km/sec after 800 stages (60 meters of launcher length) but without field reversal. A velocity of 3.5 km/sec is possible after 60 meters of launcher length with the 16-element wound armature with one field reversal, but the temperature is close to the melting temperature of aluminum. In all simulations with a solid armature, melting of some of the surface material occurs. However, it is shown that most of the melting occurs after contribution has been made to the forward going pressure, that is, melting does not affect the electrical performance of the launcher. The effect of coil firing time jitter on launcher performance is also considered and is found to be very small for realistic perturbations. For {plus_minus} 2 {mu}-secs random jitter, the reduction in the final velocity for a 60 meter launcher with a solid armature is less than 0.1% and the increase in temperature is only 2%. This result holds for all types of armatures.

  9. MR angiography after coiling of intracranial aneurysms

    Schaafsma, J.D.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction Endovascular occlusion with detachable coils has become an alternative treatment to neurosurgical clipping of intracranial aneurysms over the last two decades. Its minimal invasiveness is the most important advantage of this treatment compared to clipping. The disadvantage of occlusion with coils is an approximately 20% risk of reopening of the aneurysm as a result of coil impaction, dissolution of thrombus, or growth of the aneurysm and 10% of coiled patients need additional tre...

  10. Design and modelling of a SMES coil

    The design of a Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) coil wound by coated conductors has been presented. Based on an existing model for coated conductor pancake coils, this paper analysed the magnetic field and current density distribution of the coil at two different operation temperatures, 77K and 22K. A comparison table of the critical currents and AC losses at these two temperatures has been presented. Several steps to improve the transport current of the coil have been suggested as well.

  11. Design and modelling of a SMES coil

    Yuan, Weijia; Campbell, A. M.; Coombs, T. A.

    2010-06-01

    The design of a Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) coil wound by coated conductors has been presented. Based on an existing model for coated conductor pancake coils, this paper analysed the magnetic field and current density distribution of the coil at two different operation temperatures, 77K and 22K. A comparison table of the critical currents and AC losses at these two temperatures has been presented. Several steps to improve the transport current of the coil have been suggested as well.

  12. Nonlinear Dynamics of Coiling in Viscoelastic Jets

    Majmudar, Trushant; Hartt, William; McKinley, Gareth

    2010-01-01

    Instabilities in free surface continuous jets of non-Newtonian fluids, although relevant for many industrial processes, remain less well understood in terms of fundamental fluid dynamics. Inviscid, and viscous Newtonian jets have been studied in great detail; buckling instability in viscous jets leads to regular periodic coiling of the jet that exhibits a non-trivial frequency dependence with the height of the fall. Very few experimental or theoretical studies exist for continuous viscoelastic jets beyond the onset of the first instability. Here, we present a systematic study of the effects of viscoelasticity on the dynamics of free surface continuous jets of surfactant solutions that form worm-like micelles. We observe complex nonlinear spatio-temporal dynamics of the jet and uncover a transition from periodic to doubly-periodic or quasi-periodic to a multi-frequency, possibly chaotic dynamics. Beyond this regime, the jet dynamics smoothly crosses over to exhibit the "leaping shampoo effect" or the Kaye effe...

  13. Thermal Fatigue Test Apparatus for Large Superconducting Coils

    Kephart, J. T.; Fitzpatrick, B. K.; Chen, J.; Lopez, J.; Millar, M.; Wong, L.; Zimmerman, M.; Kostic, J.; Rakus, C.

    2008-03-01

    ABSTRACT The United States Navy has a continued interest in the development of High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) to provide power dense, efficient propulsion and electrical power generation. These machines have large HTS rotor coils that will undergo many thermal cycles during the life of the ship. Thermal fatigue tests for large coils are necessary to understand any degradation and life issues that could arise. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) has sponsored Rowan University to design and build a device that will assist in the thermal fatigue testing of a superconducting coil. It was designed to be autonomous with programmable cool down and warm-up rates and varying temperature from ambient temperature (300K) down to 77K. A typical test would include thermally cycling a coil a specified number of times, then performing a critical current test on the coil and repeating the test cycle as many times as desired. This paper introduces the thermal cycling test setup and presents preliminary calibration data.

  14. Development of SMART CRDM Coil Design

    A control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) is an electromagnetic device which drives a control rod assembly linearly to regulate reactivity of a nuclear core. Driving force is electromagnetic force generated from coils installed outside of a motor housing. The magnetic parts of a motor assembly installed inside of a motor housing are magnetized when a coil is activated, and adhere to each other to produce latching or driving force as a result. A coil assembly consists of a lifting coil, a movable latch coil and a stationary latch coil as shown in Fig. 1. The latch coils make a drive shaft engaged with or released from latches, and the lift coil makes a drive shaft and a control rod assembly move up or drop. A CRDM control system supplies controlled electric current to a specified coil in order, and then a control rod assembly moves up or down. The coil assembly for SMART CRDM has been developed based on the design concept of a coil assembly for control element drive mechanism (CEDM) of the OPR1000, and modified to satisfy dedicated design requirements for SMART reactor. Some of representative design requirements are the lifting capacity of 3200N which is greater, the lifting step of 15.875mm which is longer than that for CEDM, and one step driving instead of two step driving. Design process through an electromagnetic analysis for a lift coil is described herein as a representative example, and representative results of the analysis are presented

  15. Inductively coupled wireless RF coil arrays.

    Bulumulla, S B; Fiveland, E; Park, K J; Foo, T K; Hardy, C J

    2015-04-01

    As the number of coils increases in multi-channel MRI receiver-coil arrays, RF cables and connectors become increasingly bulky and heavy, degrading patient comfort and slowing workflow. Inductive coupling of signals provides an attractive "wireless" approach, with the potential to reduce coil weight and cost while simplifying patient setup. In this work, multi-channel inductively coupled anterior arrays were developed and characterized for 1.5T imaging. These comprised MR receiver coils inductively (or "wirelessly") linked to secondary or "sniffer" coils whose outputs were transmitted via preamps to the MR system cabinet. The induced currents in the imaging coils were blocked by passive diode circuits during RF transmit. The imaging arrays were totally passive, obviating the need to deliver power to the coils, and providing lightweight, untethered signal reception with easily positioned coils. Single-shot fast spin echo images were acquired from 5 volunteers using a 7-element inductively coupled coil array and a conventionally cabled 7-element coil array of identical geometry, with the inductively-coupled array showing a relative signal-to-noise ratio of 0.86 +/- 0.07. The concept was extended to a larger 9-element coil array to demonstrate the effect of coil element size on signal transfer and RF-transmit blocking. PMID:25523607

  16. Cloning, overexpression, purification and crystallization of the CRN12 coiled-coil domain from Leishmania donovani

    Srivastava, Vijay Kumar; Rana, Ajay Kumar; Sahasrabuddhe, Amogh A.; Gupta, C M; Pratap, J.V.

    2013-01-01

    The L. donovani coronin CRN12 coiled-coil domain (5.8 kDa) was cloned, overexpressed and purified to homogeneity. Crystals of recombinant L. donovani coronin CRN12 coiled-coil domain were grown by vapour diffusion using a hanging-drop setup.

  17. Experimental studies on effect of wire coiled coil matrix turbulators with and without bonding on the wall of the test section of concentric tube heat exchanger

    Selvam S.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the effect of bonding and without bonding of wire coiled coil matrix turbulator on the heat transfer for a fully developed turbulent flow. Experiments are conducted by maintaining constant wall temperature. Tests are performed on 3 different wire coiled coil matrix turbulators of different pitches of 5, 10 and 15 mm without bonding of the turbulator. Three similar types of heat exchangers are fabricated and the wire coiled coil matrix turbulators with different pitches of 5, 10 and 15mm are inserted in the heat exchangers and bonding is done on the surface of the tube section. Results have indicated that the heat transfer rate enhances inversely with the pitch of the wire coiled coil matrix turbulator with bonding. With a pitch of 5 mm, the turbulators without bonding have resulted in almost 25.4% enhancement when compared with plain tube. On the other hand, for pitches of 10 mm and 15 mm the enhancement were 20.7% and 16.8%, respectively. The empirical correlations developed for turbulators with and without bonding results in ±6% deviation for Nusselt number and ±3% for friction factor. Similarly with a pitch of 5 mm, the turbulators with bonding have resulted in almost 42% enhancement. For pitches of 10mm and 15mm the enhancements were 34.7% and 25%, respectively.

  18. Relation between the shape of high frequency heating coil and the temperature distribution in specimen during thermal fatigue test

    The high frequency heating apparatus used for thermal fatigue tests, the relation between the shape of heating coils, and the temperature distribution of specimens was experimentally examined for SUS 304 stainless steel. Relations between heating coil dimensions and heating rate, the most ideal coil shape for various specimen types, and the effects of temperature range and specimen shape on temperature distribution are described. Results show that the heating rate increases with decreasing distance from specimen surface to heating coil and with increasing coil tube diameter. For the general cylindrical and hour glass type specimens, the most ideal coil shapes are a separate type and a parallel type coil, respectively, as judged from the point of temperature distribution. (U.S.)

  19. Coil Migration through a Neuroform 3 Stent during Endovascular Coiling. A Case Report.

    O'Hare, A

    2009-07-29

    Summary: A 43-year-old woman attended for stent assisted coiling. A Neuroform 30 x 4.5 mm stent had been successfully placed over the left periophthalmic aneurysm. During the coiling the first coil migrated through the crowns in the stent, lodging at the MCA bifurcation. We believe that the coil herniated through the overlying stent due to the carotid siphon curvature and the open cell design. Furthermore the distal markers of the stent impeded coil extraction with a MERCI device.

  20. ANL experimental program for pulsed superconducting coils

    Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) had recognized the clear advantage of a superconducting ohmic-heating (OH) coil and started in aggressive development program in FY 1977. The main objectives for FY 1977 are to develop cryostable basic cable configurations with reasonably low ac losses, to develop 12 kA cryostable cable, using it to design and build a 1.5 MJ pulsed coil, and to develop a rather inexpensive large fiberglass reinforced helium cryostat for the 1.5 MJ pulsed coil. The principal objective in building the 1.5 MJ ac coil is to demonstrate ac cryostability of a large coil ranging from 2 T/s up to 12 T/s. Another objective in the pulsed coil program is to determine the feasibility of parallel coil operation in order to avoid excessive voltage and current requirements and to minimize the number of turns for the equilibrium field (EF) coils, should the EF coils be connected in parallel with the OH coils. A two-coil section model using the 11 kA cable will be built and tested

  1. Coiled transmission line pulse generators

    McDonald, Kenneth Fox

    2010-11-09

    Methods and apparatus are provided for fabricating and constructing solid dielectric "Coiled Transmission Line" pulse generators in radial or axial coiled geometries. The pour and cure fabrication process enables a wide variety of geometries and form factors. The volume between the conductors is filled with liquid blends of monomers, polymers, oligomers, and/or cross-linkers and dielectric powders; and then cured to form high field strength and high dielectric constant solid dielectric transmission lines that intrinsically produce ideal rectangular high voltage pulses when charged and switched into matched impedance loads. Voltage levels may be increased by Marx and/or Blumlein principles incorporating spark gap or, preferentially, solid state switches (such as optically triggered thyristors) which produce reliable, high repetition rate operation. Moreover, these Marxed pulse generators can be DC charged and do not require additional pulse forming circuitry, pulse forming lines, transformers, or an a high voltage spark gap output switch. The apparatus accommodates a wide range of voltages, impedances, pulse durations, pulse repetition rates, and duty cycles. The resulting mobile or flight platform friendly cylindrical geometric configuration is much more compact, light-weight, and robust than conventional linear geometries, or pulse generators constructed from conventional components. Installing additional circuitry may accommodate optional pulse shape improvements. The Coiled Transmission Lines can also be connected in parallel to decrease the impedance, or in series to increase the pulse length.

  2. Using e-beam mapping to detect coil misalignment in NCSX

    The primary object of the e-beam mapping simulation program on NCSX is to develop requirements for the hardware and machine capabilities necessary for the actual e-beam mapping experiments. The magnetic flux surface configuration was constructed using a numerical code, based on the Biot-Savart law, to calculate the magnetic field components and trace the field line trajectory many times around the torus. Magnetic surfaces are then mapped by recording the field line intersections with toroidal cross-sections of the magnetic system, much as in an actual e-beam mapping experiment. In the course of these calculations, a catalog of many hundreds of vacuum magnetic configurations was compiled, each with varying sensitivity to the coil displacements. The NCSX coils were designed to provide good magnetic surfaces at high beta with significant bootstrap current. The coil set includes separately powered modular, toroidal field, and poloidal field coils, and can produce a wide range of magnetic configurations. Many of the vacuum field configurations with low order rational surfaces have finite, stellarator-symmetric islands present. Nevertheless, despite the presence of these islands, configurations have been found which will allow, we believe, the identification of modular and poloidal field coil displacements of < 0.5 mm. There was generally less sensitivity to toroidal field coil displacement, and a novel approach of energizing a subset of the toroidal field coils at higher current is proposed. By using half of the toroidal field coils, at twice the current, it is possible to detect alignment errors of less than approximately 1 mm. These results assume that the spatial resolution of the e-beam mapping apparatus is of order 5 mm, a previously achieved result for the luminescent rod method. We have also investigated the possibility of performing the initial e-beam mapping (and possibly start-up) studies in NCSX using two or fewer power supplies for the coils in the magnetic

  3. HTS planar gradiometer consisting of SQUID with multi-turn input coil and large pickup coil made of GdBCO coated conductor

    Tsukamoto, Akira, E-mail: tsukamot@istec.or.jp [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, ISTEC, 1-10-13 Shinonome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan); Adachi, Seiji; Oshikubo, Yasuo; Hato, Tsunehiro [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, ISTEC, 1-10-13 Shinonome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan); Enpuku, Keiji [Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Sugisaki, Masaki; Arai, Eiichi [Metals Exploration Department, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals Corporation, 2-10-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001 (Japan); Tanabe, Keiichi [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, ISTEC, 1-10-13 Shinonome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: ► We fabricated a large HTS gradiometer with 350-mm-long baseline. ► A 6-turn gradiometric planar pickup was made of a HTS coated conductor. ► A 26-turn HTS input coil chip was stacked on a HTS thin film gradiometer chip. ► A mechanical balancing structure was also implemented. ► The fabricated gradiometer showed a gradient field noise of 0.8 fT/cm Hz{sup 1/2}. -- Abstract: We have investigated the fabrication of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) gradiometer with long baseline for geophysical applications. The proof-of-concept gradiometer using a 1-turn pickup coil made of a GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} coated conductor (GCC) and 5.5-turn input coil integrated on a SQUID was fabricated in our previous work. In this study, we have optimized the device structure to improve the frequency response, gradient field sensitivity and gradiometer balance. The fabricated flux transformer consists of a 6-turn planar gradiometric pickup coil and a 26-turn input coil made of an HTS thin film. A low-melting-point alloy was used to connect polished Ag surfaces of the CGG pickup coil and Au pads of the input coil. An HTS SQUID was formed on another substrate and stacked on the input coil. A mechanical balancing structure using three pieces of GCC as a superconducting shield was also implemented. The fabricated gradiometer showed a gradient field noise of 0.8 fT/cm Hz{sup 1/2} in the white noise regions, a gradiometer balance of 1/142, and a cutoff frequency of 9 Hz corresponding to a 2 mΩ contact resistance between the pickup coil and the input coil.

  4. Self-correction coil: operation mechanism of self-correction coil

    We discuss here the operation mechanism of self-correction coil with a simple model. At the first stage, for the ideal self-correction coil case we calculate the self-inductance L of self-correction coil, the mutual inductance M between the error field coil and the self-correction coil, and using the model the induced curent in the self-correction coil by the external magnetic error field and induced magnetic field by the self-correction coil. And at the second stage, we extend this calculation method to non-ideal self-correction coil case, there we realize that the wire distribution of self-correction coil is important to get the high enough self-correction effect. For measure of completeness of self-correction effect, we introduce the efficiency eta of self-correction coil by the ratio of induced magnetic field by the self-correction coil and error field. As for the examples, we calculate L, M and eta for two cases; one is a single block approximation of self-correction coil winding and the other is a two block approximation case. By choosing the adequate angles of self-correction coil winding, we can get about 98% efficiency for single block approximation case and 99.8% for two block approximation case. This means that by using the self-correction coil we can improve the field quality about two orders

  5. Coiled tubing sidetrack: Slaughter Field case history

    Hightower, C.M.; Blount, C.G.; Ward, S.L.; Martin, R.F.; Cantwell, D.L.; Ackers, M.J.

    1995-03-01

    The paper describes the successful sidetrack of an oil well in the Slaughter Field in West Texas using coiled tubing (CT). Several first-time CT operations performed during this workover include: setting a whipstock in casing on CT; cutting a window with CT; using mud pulse measurement-while-drilling (MWD) with CT in a real well; use of a fluid-operated orientation tool for in-hole toolface changes; successful use of an autodriller to maintain weight on bit while drilling. Directional control of the sidetracked hole proved to be ineffective due to a surface software problem. The resultant wellbore was not horizontal as planned, but instead closely paralleled the original well for much of its length. However, the previously non-productive well flowed 1,000 barrels of fluid per day (BFPD) from the sidetrack following the workover.

  6. Remote maintenance of tandem mirror hybrid coils

    Hybrid Coils (superconducting coils with normal conducting inserts) are being employed with increasing frequency on Tandem Mirror Devices to obtain high field strengths. The normal conducting copper inserts are short lived in comparison to their encircling superconductors. It becomes desirable, therefore, to devise design features and maintenance procedures to replace the inner normal conducting coils without simultaneously replacing the longer lived (and significantly more costly) superconducting coils. The high neutron wall loadings require that the task be accomplished by remote control. The approach is to permanently mount the coil assemblies on track mounted carriages which serve, during machine operation merely as structural supports, but during maintenance procedures as moveable transport devices. The carriages incorporate all necessary provisions to facilitate remote maintenance operations and to adjust and align the coil assemblies with respect to adjacent machine components. The vacuum vessel is severed on both sides of the hybrid coil by means of a remote cutting machine. The entire coil is transported horizontally, normal to the machine axis to a nearby repair station. Prepositioned carriage mounted repair equipment at the repair station withdraws the damaged normal coil as a single entity and inserts a preassembled spare unit. The repaired hybrid coil is reassembled to the reactor. A cost and risk effective procedure has been evolved to maintain one of the more critical components of a Tandem Mirror Machine

  7. Large coil test facility conceptual design report

    In the development of a superconducting toroidal field (TF) magnet for The Next Step (TNS) tokamak reactor, several different TF coils, about half TNS size, will be built and tested to permit selection of a design and fabrication procedure for full-scale TNS coils. A conceptual design has been completed for a facility to test D-shaped TF coils, 2.5 x 3.5-m bore, operating at 4-6 K, cooled either by boiling helium or by forced-flow supercritical helium. Up to six coils can be accommodated in a toroidal array housed in a single vacuum tank. The principal components and systems in the facility are an 11-m vacuum tank, a test stand providing structural support and service connections for the coils, a liquid nitrogen system, a system providing helium both as saturated liquid and at supercritical pressure, coils to produce a pulsed vertical field at any selected test coil position, coil power supplies, process instrumentation and control, coil diagnostics, and a data acquisition and handling system. The test stand structure is composed of a central bucking post, a base structure, and two horizontal torque rings. The coils are bolted to the bucking post, which transmits all gravity loads to the base structure. The torque ring structure, consisting of beams between adjacent coils, acts with the bucking structure to react all the magnetic loads that occur when the coils are energized. Liquid helium is used to cool the test stand structure to 5 K to minimize heat conduction to the coils. Liquid nitrogen is used to precool gaseous helium during system cooldown and to provide thermal radiation shielding

  8. E-coil: an inverse boundary element method for a quasi-static problem

    Sanchez, Clemente Cobos; Garcia, Salvador Gonzalez [Depto. Electromagnetismo y F. de la Materia Facultad de Ciencias University of Granada Avda. Fuentenueva E-18071 (Spain); Power, Henry, E-mail: ccobos@ugr.e [School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2010-06-07

    Boundary element methods represent a valuable approach for designing gradient coils; these methods are based on meshing the current carrying surface into an array of boundary elements. The temporally varying magnetic fields produced by gradient coils induce electric currents in conducting tissues and so the exposure of human subjects to these magnetic fields has become a safety concern, especially with the increase in the strength of the field gradients used in magnetic resonance imaging. Here we present a boundary element method for the design of coils that minimize the electric field induced in prescribed conducting systems. This work also details some numerical examples of the application of this coil design method. The reduction of the electric field induced in a prescribed region inside the coils is also evaluated.

  9. A study on I-V characteristics of conduction-cooled HTS coil

    A conduction-cooled high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coil consisting of two double pancake coils was fabricated. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of HTS coil were obtained at different temperatures by using GM cryocooler. Using OPERA 2D, magnetic field (Br) perpendicular to the surface of the tape at each layer of HTS coil was obtained. In order to compare with the measured values, I-V curve of the HTS coil was simulated, in the basis of the magnetic field dependence of the critical current (Ic) in Bi-2223 tapes and index of n-value. Results showed pretty good agreement between the simulated and the measured critical currents at 77.3 K and 40 K, with a bit difference under simple assumption of index of n value

  10. Monte Carlo-based Noise Compensation in Coil Intensity Corrected Endorectal MRI

    Lui, Dorothy; Haider, Masoom; Wong, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Background: Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer found in males making early diagnosis important. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been useful in visualizing and localizing tumor candidates and with the use of endorectal coils (ERC), the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) can be improved. The coils introduce intensity inhomogeneities and the surface coil intensity correction built into MRI scanners is used to reduce these inhomogeneities. However, the correction typically performed at the MRI scanner level leads to noise amplification and noise level variations. Methods: In this study, we introduce a new Monte Carlo-based noise compensation approach for coil intensity corrected endorectal MRI which allows for effective noise compensation and preservation of details within the prostate. The approach accounts for the ERC SNR profile via a spatially-adaptive noise model for correcting non-stationary noise variations. Such a method is useful particularly for improving the image quality of coil i...

  11. Multichannel receiver coils for improved coverage in cardiac metabolic imaging using prepolarized 13C substrates.

    Dominguez-Viqueira, William; Lau, Angus Z; Chen, Albert P; Cunningham, Charles H

    2013-07-01

    MR imaging using hyperpolarized (13)C substrates has become a promising tool to study real-time cardiac-metabolism in vivo. For such fast imaging of nonrecoverable prepolarized magnetization it is important to optimize the RF-coils to obtain the best signal-to-noise ratio possible, given the required coverage. In this work, three different receiver-coil configurations were computed in pig and human models. The sensitivity maps were demonstrated in phantoms and in vivo experiments performed in pigs. Signal-to-noise ratio in the posterior heart was increased up to 80% with the best multichannel coil as expected. These new coil configurations will allow imaging of the different metabolite signals even in the posterior regions of the myocardium, which is not possible with a single-channel surface-coil. PMID:22907595

  12. Coiled-coil protein composition of 22 proteomes – differences and common themes in subcellular infrastructure and traffic control

    Meier Iris

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Long alpha-helical coiled-coil proteins are involved in diverse organizational and regulatory processes in eukaryotic cells. They provide cables and networks in the cyto- and nucleoskeleton, molecular scaffolds that organize membrane systems and tissues, motors, levers, rotating arms, and possibly springs. Mutations in long coiled-coil proteins have been implemented in a growing number of human diseases. Using the coiled-coil prediction program MultiCoil, we have previously identified all long coiled-coil proteins from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and have established a searchable Arabidopsis coiled-coil protein database. Results Here, we have identified all proteins with long coiled-coil domains from 21 additional fully sequenced genomes. Because regions predicted to form coiled-coils interfere with sequence homology determination, we have developed a sequence comparison and clustering strategy based on masking predicted coiled-coil domains. Comparing and grouping all long coiled-coil proteins from 22 genomes, the kingdom-specificity of coiled-coil protein families was determined. At the same time, a number of proteins with unknown function could be grouped with already characterized proteins from other organisms. Conclusion MultiCoil predicts proteins with extended coiled-coil domains (more than 250 amino acids to be largely absent from bacterial genomes, but present in archaea and eukaryotes. The structural maintenance of chromosomes proteins and their relatives are the only long coiled-coil protein family clearly conserved throughout all kingdoms, indicating their ancient nature. Motor proteins, membrane tethering and vesicle transport proteins are the dominant eukaryote-specific long coiled-coil proteins, suggesting that coiled-coil proteins have gained functions in the increasingly complex processes of subcellular infrastructure maintenance and trafficking control of the eukaryotic cell.

  13. An improved current potential method for fast computation of stellarator coil shapes

    Landreman, Matt

    2016-01-01

    Several fast methods for computing stellarator coil shapes are compared, including the classical NESCOIL procedure [Merkel, Nucl. Fusion 27, 867 (1987)], its generalization using truncated singular value decomposition, and a Tikhonov regularization approach we call REGCOIL in which the squared current density is included in the objective function. Considering W7-X and NCSX geometries, and for any desired level of regularization, we find the REGCOIL approach simultaneously achieves lower surface-averaged and maximum values of both current density (on the coil winding surface) and normal magnetic field (on the desired plasma surface). This approach therefore can simultaneously improve the free-boundary reconstruction of the target plasma shape while substantially increasing the minimum distances between coils, preventing collisions between coils while improving access for ports and maintenance. The REGCOIL method also allows finer control over the level of regularization, and it eliminates two pathologies of NE...

  14. Development of a new error field correction coil (C-coil) for DIII-D

    The C-coil recently installed on the DIII-D tokamak was developed to reduce the error fields created by imperfections in the location and geometry of the existing coils used to confine, heat, and shape the plasma. First results from C-coil experiments include stable operation in a 1.6 MA plasma with a density less than 1.0 x 1013 cm-3, nearly a factor of three lower density than that achievable without the C-coil. The C-coil has also been used in magnetic braking of the plasma rotation and high energy particle confinement experiments. The C-coil system consists of six individual saddle coils, each 60 degree wide toroidally, spanning the midplane of the vessel with a vertical height of 1.6 m. The coils are located at a major radius of 3.2 m, just outside of the toroidal field coils. The actual shape and geometry of each coil section varied somewhat from the nominal dimensions due to the large number of obstructions to the desired coil path around the already crowded tokamak. Each coil section consists of four turns of 750 MCM insulated copper cable banded with stainless steel straps within the web of a 3 in. x 3 in. stainless steel angle frame. The C-coil structure was designed to resist peak transient radial forces (up to 1,800 Nm) exerted on the coil by the toroidal and ploidal fields. The coil frames were supported from existing poloidal field coil case brackets, coil studs, and various other structures on the tokamak

  15. Critical evaluation of in silico methods for prediction of coiled-coil domains in proteins.

    Li, Chen; Ching Han Chang, Catherine; Nagel, Jeremy; Porebski, Benjamin T; Hayashida, Morihiro; Akutsu, Tatsuya; Song, Jiangning; Buckle, Ashley M

    2016-03-01

    Coiled-coils refer to a bundle of helices coiled together like strands of a rope. It has been estimated that nearly 3% of protein-encoding regions of genes harbour coiled-coil domains (CCDs). Experimental studies have confirmed that CCDs play a fundamental role in subcellular infrastructure and controlling trafficking of eukaryotic cells. Given the importance of coiled-coils, multiple bioinformatics tools have been developed to facilitate the systematic and high-throughput prediction of CCDs in proteins. In this article, we review and compare 12 sequence-based bioinformatics approaches and tools for coiled-coil prediction. These approaches can be categorized into two classes: coiled-coil detection and coiled-coil oligomeric state prediction. We evaluated and compared these methods in terms of their input/output, algorithm, prediction performance, validation methods and software utility. All the independent testing data sets are available at http://lightning.med.monash.edu/coiledcoil/. In addition, we conducted a case study of nine human polyglutamine (PolyQ) disease-related proteins and predicted CCDs and oligomeric states using various predictors. Prediction results for CCDs were highly variable among different predictors. Only two peptides from two proteins were confirmed to be CCDs by majority voting. Both domains were predicted to form dimeric coiled-coils using oligomeric state prediction. We anticipate that this comprehensive analysis will be an insightful resource for structural biologists with limited prior experience in bioinformatics tools, and for bioinformaticians who are interested in designing novel approaches for coiled-coil and its oligomeric state prediction. PMID:26177815

  16. Performance improvement of a high-temperature superconducting coil by separating and grading the coil edge

    Ishiguri, Shinichi, E-mail: kckyg592@ybb.ne.j [Fukui National College of Technology, Geshi Sabae, Fukui 916-8507 (Japan); Funamoto, Taisuke [Fukui National College of Technology, Geshi Sabae, Fukui 916-8507 (Japan)

    2011-06-15

    Highlights: {yields} We analyze high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils with anisotropic properties. {yields} To improve performances of the HTS coil, we propose a graded coil. {yields} It was clarified the stored energy improves largely with an optimum graded coil. - Abstract: In this paper, we establish a model to analyze the transport current performance of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coil, considering the dependencies of critical current and n-value of an HTS tape on magnetic field and magnetic field angles. This analysis shows that relatively large electric fields appear at the coil's edges, preventing improvement in the transport current performance of the coil. To solve this problem, in this paper, we propose a graded coil in which several coil edges of different heights are separated and graded. Analysis of its performance shows that the coil's critical current increases, thus confirming that there exists an optimum coil cross section at which the stored energy and central magnetic field improve 2.1 times and 45%, respectively, compared with a typical rectangular coil that employs the same total length of the HTS tape. It is recommended that these results of the coil should be applied to SMES.

  17. AC loss performance of CS insert coil

    The ITER Central Solenoid (CS) model coil and the CS insert coil were fabricated, and the test was carried out. The AC loss measurement of the coil is one of the most important tests to determine coil performance. The AC loss of a short sample conductor for the CS insert coil was measured by using the calorimetric method, and the coupling time constants of the conductor were estimated to be 30 ms and 20 ms for pulse and discharge tests, respectively. The AC loss of the CS insert coil was measured by using the calorimetric method for pulse and discharge tests. The coupling time constant estimated from the result of the pulse tests was 34 ms and almost equal to that of the short sample. The coupling time constant for the discharge test was estimated to be 140 ms and about 4 times that of the pulse test. (author)

  18. Power loss problems in EXTRAP coil systems

    The Ohmic power loss in the coils of external ring traps is minimized with respect to the thermonuclear power production. In the case of the DT-reaction this leads to dimensions and power densities being relevant to full-scale reactors. Not only superconducting or refrigerated coil windings can thus be used, but also hot-coil systems which are operated at several hundred degrees centrigrade and form part of a steam cycle and power extraction system. For hot coils the problems of void formation and tritium regeneration have to be further examined. The high beta value leads to moderately large coil stresses. Finally, replacement and repair become simplified by the present coil geometry. (Auth.)

  19. Argonne National Laboratory superconducting pulsed coil program

    The main objectives are to develop high current (approx. 100 kA) cryostable cable configurations with reasonably low ac losses, to build a demonstration pulsed coil, and to develop a rather inexpensive large fiberglass reinforced helium cryostat. A 1.5-MJ cryostable pulsed superconducting coil has been developed and constructed at ANL. The coil has a peak field of 4.5 T at an operating current of 11.0 kA. A large inexpensive plastic cryostat has been developed for testing the pulsed coil. The coil has been pulsed with a maximum dB/dt of 11 T/s. The coil was pulsed more than 4000 cycles. Detailed results of the ac loss measurements and the current sharing of the cryostability will be described

  20. DEVELOPMENT OF COILED TUBING STRESS ANALYSIS

    Davorin Matanović

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available The use of coiled tubing is increasing rapidly with drilling of horizontal wells. To satisfy all requirements (larger mechanical stresses, larger fluid capacities the production of larger sizes and better material qualities was developed. Stresses due to axial forces and pressures that coiled tubing is subjected are close to its performance limits. So it is really important to know and understand the behaviour of coiled tubing to avoid its break, burst or collapse in the well.

  1. Acoustic rainbow trapping by coiling up space

    Xu Ni; Ying Wu; Ze-Guo Chen; Li-Yang Zheng; Ye-Long Xu; Priyanka Nayar; Xiao-Ping Liu; Ming-Hui Lu; Yan-Feng Chen

    2014-01-01

    We numerically realize the acoustic rainbow trapping effect by tapping an air waveguide with space-coiling metamaterials. Due to the high refractive-index of the space-coiling metamaterials, our device is more compact compared to the reported trapped-rainbow devices. A numerical model utilizing effective parameters is also calculated, whose results are consistent well with the direct numerical simulation of space-coiling structure. Moreover, such device with the capability of dropping differe...

  2. Kv4 channels underlie the subthreshold-operating A-type K+-current in nociceptive dorsal root ganglion neurons

    Thanawath R Na Phuket

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The dorsal root ganglion (DRG contains heterogeneous populations of sensory neurons including primary nociceptive neurons and C-fibers implicated in pain signaling.  Recent studies have demonstrated DRG hyperexcitability associated with downregulation of A-type K+ channels; however, the molecular correlate of the corresponding A-type K+ current (IA has remained hypothetical.  Kv4 channels may underlie the IA in DRG neurons.  We combined electrophysiology, molecular biology (whole-tissue and single-cell RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry to investigate the molecular basis of the IA in acutely dissociated DRG neurons from 7-8 day-old rats.  Whole-cell recordings demonstrate a robust tetraethylammonium-resistant (20 mM and 4-aminopyridine-sensitive (5 mM IA.  Matching Kv4 channel properties, activation and inactivation of this IA occur in the subthreshold range of membrane potentials and the rate of recovery from inactivation is rapid and voltage-dependent.  Among Kv4 transcripts, the DRG expresses significant levels of Kv4.1 and Kv4.3 mRNAs.  Also, single small-medium diameter DRG neurons (~30 mm exhibit correlated frequent expression of mRNAs encoding Kv4.1 and Nav1.8, a known nociceptor marker.  In contrast, the expressions of Kv1.4 and Kv4.2 mRNAs at the whole-tissue and single-cell levels are relatively low and infrequent.  Kv4 protein expression in nociceptive DRG neurons was confirmed by immunohistochemistry, which demonstrates colocalization of Kv4.3 and Nav1.8, and negligible expression of Kv4.2.  Furthermore, specific dominant-negative suppression and overexpression strategies confirmed the contribution of Kv4 channels to IA in DRG neurons.  Contrasting the expression patterns of Kv4 channels in the central and peripheral nervous systems, we discuss possible functional roles of these channels in primary sensory neurons.

  3. A precise technique for manufacturing correction coil

    An automated method of manufacturing correction coils has been developed which provides a precise embodiment of the coil design. Numerically controlled machines have been developed to accurately position coil windings on the beam tube. Two types of machines have been built. One machine bonds the wire to a substrate which is wrapped around the beam tube after it is completed while the second machine bonds the wire directly to the beam tube. Both machines use the Multiwire reg-sign technique of bonding the wire to the substrate utilizing an ultrasonic stylus. These machines are being used to manufacture coils for both the SSC and RHIC

  4. Tesla coil theoretical model and experimental verification

    Voitkans, Janis; Voitkans, Arnis

    2014-01-01

    Abstract – In this paper a theoretical model of a Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wired format, where the line voltage is measured against electrically neutral space. It is shown that equivalent two-wired scheme can be found for a single-wired scheme and already known long line theory can be applied to a Tesla coil. Formulas for calculation of voltage in a Tesla coil by coordinate and calculation of resonance fre...

  5. Defect-Free Carbon Nanotube Coils.

    Shadmi, Nitzan; Kremen, Anna; Frenkel, Yiftach; Lapin, Zachary J; Machado, Leonardo D; Legoas, Sergio B; Bitton, Ora; Rechav, Katya; Popovitz-Biro, Ronit; Galvão, Douglas S; Jorio, Ado; Novotny, Lukas; Kalisky, Beena; Joselevich, Ernesto

    2016-04-13

    Carbon nanotubes are promising building blocks for various nanoelectronic components. A highly desirable geometry for such applications is a coil. However, coiled nanotube structures reported so far were inherently defective or had no free ends accessible for contacting. Here we demonstrate the spontaneous self-coiling of single-wall carbon nanotubes into defect-free coils of up to more than 70 turns with identical diameter and chirality, and free ends. We characterize the structure, formation mechanism, and electrical properties of these coils by different microscopies, molecular dynamics simulations, Raman spectroscopy, and electrical and magnetic measurements. The coils are highly conductive, as expected for defect-free carbon nanotubes, but adjacent nanotube segments in the coil are more highly coupled than in regular bundles of single-wall carbon nanotubes, owing to their perfect crystal momentum matching, which enables tunneling between the turns. Although this behavior does not yet enable the performance of these nanotube coils as inductive devices, it does point a clear path for their realization. Hence, this study represents a major step toward the production of many different nanotube coil devices, including inductors, electromagnets, transformers, and dynamos. PMID:26708150

  6. Response of superconducting coils to internal heating

    Development testing of six different superconducting toroidal field coils from four countries in the Large Coil Task has included investigation of each coil's tolerance for various forms of heating, such as may be encountered in the magnets of a fusion reactor. Embedded heaters and temperature and voltage sensors in the coils were used in stability tests, simulated nuclear heating tests, and measurements of current-sharing temperature at high fields and currents. Results were gratifying and promise to be useful in design of magnets for reactors

  7. Self-correction coil: Operation mechanism of self-correction coil

    Hosoyama, K.

    1983-06-01

    The operation mechanism of self-correction coil is extended with a simple model. For the ideal self-correction coil case, The self-inductance L of the self-correction coil is calculated. This calculation method is extended to a non-ideal self-correction coil case. For measure of completeness of self-correction coil is measured by the ratio of induced magnetic field by the self-correction coil and error field. Examples are L, M and N calculated for two cases; one is a single block approximation of self-correction coil winding and the other is a two block approximation case. By choosing the adequate angles of self-correction coil winding, one can get about 98% efficiency for single block approximation case and 99.8% for two block approximation case.

  8. Offset coil designs for superconducting magnets, a logical development

    Dipoles and quadrupoles for any new, large proton ring must be stronger, smaller and have better field shape (systematic error) than those used in the Doubler. The present two-shell designs are rigid in that the coils are too thin but cannot be relatively fatter without destroying the field quality. An examination of the coil shapes for dipoles and quadrupoles which produce perfect fields from a uniform current density shows clearly that our persistent use of a circular form for the inner surface of the coils is a poor approximation. When this is corrected by ''offsets'' there is a striking improvement both in the strength of fields and in the field quality. The same analysis makes clear that the efficient use of superconductor and the overall magnet size is determined by the perfect coil shapes. Any reasonable magnet will not differ significantly from the ideal for these parameters. This will be particularly helpful in setting design goals for very large quadrupoles. The offset two-shell dipole design preserves the mechanical features of the highly successful, resilient doubler magnets while greatly extending the performance

  9. Superconducting Coil of Po Dipole

    1983-01-01

    The Po superconducting dipole was built as a prototype beam transport magnet for the SPS extracted proton beam P0. Its main features were: coil aperture 72 mm, length 5 m, room-temperature yoke, NbTi cable conductor impregnated with solder, nominal field 4.2 T at 4.7 K (87% of critical field). It reached its nominal field without any quench.After this successful test up to its nominal field of 4.2 T, the power was not raised to reach a quench. The magnet was not installed in a beam and had no other further use. Nevertheless its construction provided knowledges and experience which became useful in the design and construction of the LHC magnets. The photo shows a detail of the inner layer winding before superposing the outer layer to form the complete coil of a pole. Worth noticing is the interleaved glass-epoxy sheet (white) with grooved channels for the flow of cooling helium. See also 8211532X.

  10. Coiled-coil protein composition of 22 proteomes – differences and common themes in subcellular infrastructure and traffic control

    Meier Iris; Stahlberg Eric A; Schraegle Shannon J; Rose Annkatrin

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Background Long alpha-helical coiled-coil proteins are involved in diverse organizational and regulatory processes in eukaryotic cells. They provide cables and networks in the cyto- and nucleoskeleton, molecular scaffolds that organize membrane systems and tissues, motors, levers, rotating arms, and possibly springs. Mutations in long coiled-coil proteins have been implemented in a growing number of human diseases. Using the coiled-coil prediction program MultiCoil, we have previousl...

  11. Modulation of elasticity in functionally distinct domains of the tropomyosin coiled-coil

    Lakkaraju, Sirish Kaushik; Hwang, Wonmuk

    2009-01-01

    Alpha-helical coiled-coils are common protein structural motifs. Whereas vast information is available regarding their structure, folding, and stability, far less is known about their elastic properties, even though they play mechanical roles in many cases such as tropomyosin in muscle contraction or neck stalks of kinesin or myosin motor proteins. Using computer simulations, we characterized elastic properties of coiled-coils, either globally or locally. Global bending stiffness of standard ...

  12. Coiled-Coil Response to Mechanical Force: Global Stability and Local Cracking

    Kreuzer, Steven M.; Elber, Ron

    2013-01-01

    Coiled coils are important structural motifs formed by two or more amphipathic α-helices that twist into a supercoil. These motifs are found in a wide range of proteins, including motor proteins and structural proteins, that are known to transmit mechanical loads. We analyze atomically detailed simulations of coiled-coil cracking under load with Milestoning. Milestoning is an approach that captures the main features of the process in a network, quantifying kinetics and thermodynamics. A 112-r...

  13. Test results of the 100 kWh SMES model coil. AC loss performance

    In order to establish a technology needed for a small-scale 100 kWh SMES device, a SMES model coil was fabricated. Performance tests were carried out at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in 1996. After that, the coil was installed in facilities of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and tested in 1998, in collaboration between Japan and the United States. The AC loss results at LLNL were in good agreement with those at JAERI. It was reconfirmed from the results that the coupling loss of the coil consists of two components with short and long time constants. We found out from the signals of Hall probes that the current loops with long decay time constants were induced in the CIC conductor. These loops could enhance additional AC loss in the coil. To reduce the AC loss, we made small-sized CIC conductor of strands having a CuNi surface, a fabricated the small coil. The measured AC loss of the small coil was reduced to about 1/6. The CuNi surface on the strands was demonstrated to be effective to reduce AC loss in the coil. (author)

  14. A comparative study of flat coil and coil sensor for landslide detection

    Sanjaya, Edi; Muslimin, Ahmad Novi; Djamal, Mitra; Suprijadi, Handayani, Gunawan; Ramli

    2016-03-01

    The landslide is one of the most costly catastrophic events in terms of human lives and infrastructure damage, thus an early warning monitoring for landslides becomes more and more important. Currently existing monitoring systems for early warning are available in terms of monolithic systems. This is a very cost-intensive way, considering installation as well as operational and personal expenses. We have been developing a landslide detection system based on flat coil and coil sensor. The flat coil element being developed is an inductive proximity sensor for detection mass of soil movement. The simple method of flat coil manufactures and low cost, is an attraction that is still inspired to develop flat coil sensors. Meanwhile, although it has a drawback in terms of their size, the coil sensor is still required in many fields due to their sensitivity and robustness. The simple method of coil manufacture and the materials are commonly available and low cost, is an attraction that is still inspired to develop induction coil sensors. A comparative study of alternative configuration of sensor based on flat coil elements and a coil in application to landslide detection has been discussed in this paper. The purpose of this comparison is to show the ideal conditions and the challenges for each sensor. Furthermore, a comparison between flat coil and coil sensor is presented.

  15. Mathematical model and its application of radial effective thermal conductivity for coil heat transfer in HPH furnace

    Wu, Wenfei; Yu, Fan; Zhang, Xinxin; Zuo, Yi

    2002-05-01

    Temperature uniformity of steel coils in High Performance Hydrogen bell-type annealing furnace has a significant effect on their quality and production. The hot rolled coil can be considered as a periodically laminated material composed of steel layers and interface layers in radial direction. A new formula for the radial effective thermal conductivity has been proposed, which is based on surface characteristic, strip thickness and compressive stress of the rolled coil. Furthermore, it has been used to develop a heat transfer mathematical model for steel coils in the HPH furnace. The calculated annealing curves using this mathematical model are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  16. Assessment of the characteristics of MRI coils in terms of RF non-homogeneity using routine spin echo sequences

    One of the major causes of image non-uniformity in MRI is due to the existence of non-homogeneity in RF receive and transmit. This can be the most effective source of error in quantitative studies in MRI imaging. Part of this non-homogeneity demonstrates the characteristics of RF coil and part of it is due to the interaction of RF field with the material being imaged. In this study, RF field non-homogeneity of surface and volume coils is measured using an oil phantom. The method employed in this work is based on a routine Spin Echo based sequence as proposed by this group previously. Materials and Methods: For the determination of RF non-uniformity, a method based on Spin Echo sequence (8θ-180) was used as reported previously by the same author. In this method, several images were obtained from one slice using different flip angles while keeping all other imaging parameters constant. Then, signal intensity at a ROI from all of these images were measured and fitted to the MRI defined mathematical model. Since this mathematical model describes the relation between signal intensity and flip angle in a (8θ-180) Spin Echo sequence, it is possible to obtain the variation in receive and transmit sensitivity in terms of the variation of signal intensity from the actual expected values. Since surface coils are functioning as only receiver (RF transmission is done by Body coil), first the results of receive coil homogeneity is measured, then characteristic of transmit coil (for the body coil) is evaluated Results: The coefficient of variation (C.V.) found for T(r) value obtained from images using head coils was in the order of 0.6%. Since the head coil is functioning as both transmitter and receiver, any non-uniformity in either transmit or receive stage can lead to non-homogeneity in RF field. A part from the surface coils, the amount of non-homogeneity due to receive coil was less than that of the transmit coil. In the case of the surface coils the variation in receive

  17. Discrete control of TRPV4 channel function in the distal nephron by protein kinases A and C.

    Mamenko, Mykola; Zaika, Oleg L; Boukelmoune, Nabila; Berrout, Jonathan; O'Neil, Roger G; Pochynyuk, Oleh

    2013-07-12

    We have recently documented that the Ca(2+)-permeable TRPV4 channel, which is abundantly expressed in distal nephron cells, mediates cellular Ca(2+) responses to elevated luminal flow. In this study, we combined Fura-2-based [Ca(2+)]i imaging with immunofluorescence microscopy in isolated split-opened distal nephrons of C57BL/6 mice to probe the molecular determinants of TRPV4 activity and subcellular distribution. We found that activation of the PKC pathway with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate significantly increased [Ca(2+)]i responses to flow without affecting the subcellular distribution of TRPV4. Inhibition of PKC with bisindolylmaleimide I diminished cellular responses to elevated flow. In contrast, activation of the PKA pathway with forskolin did not affect TRPV4-mediated [Ca(2+)]i responses to flow but markedly shifted the subcellular distribution of the channel toward the apical membrane. These actions were blocked with the specific PKA inhibitor H-89. Concomitant activation of the PKA and PKC cascades additively enhanced the amplitude of flow-induced [Ca(2+)]i responses and greatly increased basal [Ca(2+)]i levels, indicating constitutive TRPV4 activation. This effect was precluded by the selective TRPV4 antagonist HC-067047. Therefore, the functional status of the TRPV4 channel in the distal nephron is regulated by two distinct signaling pathways. Although the PKA-dependent cascade promotes TRPV4 trafficking and translocation to the apical membrane, the PKC-dependent pathway increases the activity of the channel on the plasma membrane. PMID:23709216

  18. Discrete Control of TRPV4 Channel Function in the Distal Nephron by Protein Kinases A and C*

    Mamenko, Mykola; Zaika, Oleg L.; Boukelmoune, Nabila; Berrout, Jonathan; O'Neil, Roger G.; Pochynyuk, Oleh

    2013-01-01

    We have recently documented that the Ca2+-permeable TRPV4 channel, which is abundantly expressed in distal nephron cells, mediates cellular Ca2+ responses to elevated luminal flow. In this study, we combined Fura-2-based [Ca2+]i imaging with immunofluorescence microscopy in isolated split-opened distal nephrons of C57BL/6 mice to probe the molecular determinants of TRPV4 activity and subcellular distribution. We found that activation of the PKC pathway with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate significantly increased [Ca2+]i responses to flow without affecting the subcellular distribution of TRPV4. Inhibition of PKC with bisindolylmaleimide I diminished cellular responses to elevated flow. In contrast, activation of the PKA pathway with forskolin did not affect TRPV4-mediated [Ca2+]i responses to flow but markedly shifted the subcellular distribution of the channel toward the apical membrane. These actions were blocked with the specific PKA inhibitor H-89. Concomitant activation of the PKA and PKC cascades additively enhanced the amplitude of flow-induced [Ca2+]i responses and greatly increased basal [Ca2+]i levels, indicating constitutive TRPV4 activation. This effect was precluded by the selective TRPV4 antagonist HC-067047. Therefore, the functional status of the TRPV4 channel in the distal nephron is regulated by two distinct signaling pathways. Although the PKA-dependent cascade promotes TRPV4 trafficking and translocation to the apical membrane, the PKC-dependent pathway increases the activity of the channel on the plasma membrane. PMID:23709216

  19. Molecular genetics and functional anomalies in a series of 248 Brugada cases with 11 mutations in the TRPM4 channel.

    Hui Liu

    Full Text Available Brugada syndrome (BrS is a condition defined by ST-segment alteration in right precordial leads and a risk of sudden death. Because BrS is often associated with right bundle branch block and the TRPM4 gene is involved in conduction blocks, we screened TRPM4 for anomalies in BrS cases. The DNA of 248 BrS cases with no SCN5A mutations were screened for TRPM4 mutations. Among this cohort, 20 patients had 11 TRPM4 mutations. Two mutations were previously associated with cardiac conduction blocks and 9 were new mutations (5 absent from ~14'000 control alleles and 4 statistically more prevalent in this BrS cohort than in control alleles. In addition to Brugada, three patients had a bifascicular block and 2 had a complete right bundle branch block. Functional and biochemical studies of 4 selected mutants revealed that these mutations resulted in either a decreased expression (p.Pro779Arg and p.Lys914X or an increased expression (p.Thr873Ile and p.Leu1075Pro of TRPM4 channel. TRPM4 mutations account for about 6% of BrS. Consequences of these mutations are diverse on channel electrophysiological and cellular expression. Because of its effect on the resting membrane potential, reduction or increase of TRPM4 channel function may both reduce the availability of sodium channel and thus lead to BrS.

  20. Performance of external and internal coil configurations for prostate investigations at 7 Tesla

    Metzger, Gregory J.; Van de Moortele, Pierre-Francois; Akgun, Can; Snyder, Carl J.; Moeller, Steen; Strupp, John; Andersen, Peter; Shrivastava, Devashish; Vaughan, Tommy; Ugurbil, Kamil; Adriany, Gregor

    2010-01-01

    Three different coil configurations were evaluated through simulation and experimentally to determine safe operating limits and evaluate subject size dependent performance for prostate imaging at 7 Tesla. The coils included a transceiver endorectal coil (trERC), a 16 channel transceiver external surface array (trESA) and a trESA combined with a receive-only ERC (trESA+roERC). While the transmit B1 (B1+) homogeneity was far superior for the trESA, the maximum achievable B1+ is subject size dep...

  1. Operator coil monitoring Acceptance Test Procedure

    The readiness of the Data Acquisition and Control System (DACS) to provide monitoring and control of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) abort coils from the Master and RSS stations will be systematically tested during performance of this procedure. It should be noted that these are not physical abort coils but software coils controlled by the software's ladder logic. The readiness of the DACS to properly interface with the ENRAF wire level gauge installed in the SY-101 storage tank will also be tested. During this test, a verification of all abort coil indications will be conducted at the DACS Development Facility in the 306E Building by injecting an input signal for each DACS sensor that has an associated abort coil until the abort coil actuates, and then ensuring that the status of the abort coil indicated at the Master and RSS stations is correct. Each abort coil will also be tested to ensure that the ''ENABLE'' and ''DISABLE'' controls from the Master and RSS stations function correctly, and only with the use of proper passwords

  2. The bar coil for NMR tomograph

    The bar coil (bi-planar) for the NMR tomograph, designed for medical diagnostics, has been described. The tests of coil shown that it generates good homogenous magnetic field in a big volume what results in improving of the signal-to-noise ratio

  3. Novel transcranial magnetic stimulation coil for mice

    March, Stephen; Stark, Spencer; Crowther, Lawrence; Hadimani, Ravi; Jiles, David

    2014-03-01

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) shows potential for non-invasive treatment of various neurological disorders. Significant work has been performed on the design of coils used for TMS on human subjects but few reports have been made on the design of coils for use on the brains of animals such as mice. This work is needed as TMS studies utilizing mice can allow rapid preclinical development of TMS for human disorders but the coil designs developed for use on humans are inadequate for optimal stimulation of the much smaller mouse brain. A novel TMS coil has been developed with the goal of inducing strong and focused electric fields for the stimulation of small animals such as mice. Calculations of induced electric fields were performed utilizing an MRI derived inhomogeneous model of an adult male mouse. Mechanical and thermal analysis of this new TMS helmet-coil design have also been performed at anticipated TMS operating conditions to ensure mechanical stability of the new coil and establish expected linear attraction and rotational force values. Calculated temperature increases for typical stimulation periods indicate the helmet-coil system is capable of operating within established medical standards. A prototype of the coil has been fabricated and characterization results are presented.

  4. Magnetic field on the baseball coil

    An expression is developed in spherical harmonics for the magnetic field of a baseball coil. A simple dipole-layer model for the coil, and the computer program, MAFCO, yield comparable expansion coefficients, and give practically identical fields near the center of the baseball. 13 refs

  5. Coil Optimization for High Temperature Superconductor Machines

    Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech; Abrahamsen, Asger Bech; Rodriguez Zermeno, Victor Manuel; Træholt, Chresten; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents topology optimization of HTS racetrack coils for large HTS synchronous machines. The topology optimization is used to acquire optimal coil designs for the excitation system of 3 T HTS machines. Several tapes are evaluated and the optimization results are discussed. The optimiz...

  6. Epoxide insulation for Tokamak coils

    The construction and testing of 12-tonne toroidal-field electromagnets for the Joint European Torus by Brown Boveri and Cie (Mannheim) are described. The principle of Tokamak confinement of a plasma which acts as the secondary winding of a transformer is explained. The Cu conductors are sanded and coated with epoxide adhesive before being wrapped in 7mm thick woven glass fibre, dried by heating under vacuum, impregnated and encapsulated in 1.2 tonnes of Araldite, which is solidified under pressure of 4 atmospheres and hardened for ten hours at 1500C. The prototype withstood tests involving 25,000 flexure cycles at 1.1 MN and 2 Hz, 2,000 quarter-hour 10kA heating cycles between 840 and 200C, and exposure to 500 million rads. 32 such coils were constructed at the rate of one every three weeks. (M.B.D.)

  7. Recent advances in helix-coil theory.

    Doig, Andrew J

    2002-12-10

    Peptide helices in solution form a complex mixture of all helix, all coil or, most frequently, central helices with frayed coil ends. In order to interpret experiments on helical peptides and make theoretical predictions on helices, it is therefore essential to use a helix-coil theory that takes account of this equilibrium. The original Zimm-Bragg and Lifson-Roig helix-coil theories have been greatly extended in the last 10 years to include additional interactions. These include preferences for the N-cap, N1, N2, N3 and C-cap positions, capping motifs, helix dipoles, side chain interactions and 3(10)-helix formation. These have been applied to determine energies for these preferences from experimental data and to predict the helix contents of peptides. This review discusses these newly recognised structural features of helices and how they have been included in helix-coil models. PMID:12488008

  8. MIT 12 Tesla Coil test results

    Test results from the MIT 12 Tesla Coil experiment are presented. The coil was tested in the High Field Test Facility (HFTF) of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in October 1984 and January 1985. The experiment measured the performance of an Internally Cooled, Cabled Superconductor (ICCS) of practical size, intended for use in magnetic fusion experiments. The MIT coil carried 15 kA at 11 T for 5 min with no sign of instability. A half turn length in a 10 T field was able to absorb a heat load in 4 msec of more than 200 mJ/cm3 of cable volume while carrying a current of 12 kA. The MIT coil successfully met the performance requirements of the Department of Energy's 12 Tesla Coil Program

  9. LONGSHOT operation with anode-side magnetic field coils

    The LONGSHOT experiment uses a radially magnetically-insulated ion diode to generate an annular ion beam for ion-ring formation studies. The insulating magnetic field had been produced by coils on the cathode side of the diode gap, and flux-shaping conducting surfaces on the anode side. In this configuration, the about 100 keV, about 50 A/cm2, 400 nsec proton beam showed at least 2.50 half-angle divergence 15 cm from the gap, after traversing the cross-magnetic field region of the return flux of the insulating field coils. We have recently eliminated this return flux by relocating the coils to the anode side of the gap so that the return flux is behind the anode and out of the beam path. With proper location and configuration of coils and anode surface and using a flux-excluding cathode tip we now get the same or greater ion current output, but the divergence 15 cm from the gap is reduced to 0 half-angle. Divergence is measured by apertures followed by damage targets. This improvement is presumably due to elimination of all magnetic field downstream of the gap. It is significant that the ion optics are not degraded by using a flux-excluding cathode, which gives highly distorted, curved applied magnetic field lines at the cathode. This gap, in both original and new configurations, gives ion current densities a factor of 30 or more above Child-Langmuir flow for the geometric gap, so the virtual cathode electron flow must be located very near the anode surface, and the diamagnetism of the electron flow must modify the magnetic field in such a way as to produce a flat effective cathode. Experimental results from the present diode, and also preliminary results from LONGSHOT II, a scaled-up version of this new configuration, are presented

  10. A study on geometry effect of transmission coil for micro size magnetic induction coil

    Lee, Kyung Hwa; Jun, Byoung Ok; Kim, Seunguk; Lee, Gwang Jun; Ryu, Mingyu; Choi, Ji-Woong; Jang, Jae Eun

    2016-05-01

    The effects of transmission (Tx) coil structure have been studied for micro-size magnetic induction coil. The size of the receiving (Rx) coil should be shrunk to the micrometer level for the various new applications such as micro-robot and wireless body implanted devices. In case of the macro-scale magnetic induction coil, the power transmission efficiency is generally considered to be higher as the inductance of the transmission coil became larger; however, the large size difference between macro-size Tx coil and micro-size Rx coil can decrease the power transmission efficiency due to the difference of resonance frequency. Here, we study a correlation of the power transmission with the size and distance between the macro-size Tx and micro-size Rx coils using magnetic induction technique. The maximum power efficiency was 0.28/0.23/0.13/0.12% at the distance of 0.3/1/3/5 cm between Rx and Tx coil. In addition, more efficient wireless power transferring method is suggested with a floating coil for the body implantable devices. The voltage output increased up to 5.4 mV than the original one Tx coil system. The results demonstrated the foundational wireless power transferring system with enhanced power efficiency.

  11. Design description of the Large Coil Test Facility pulse-coil support and transport system

    In order to simulate the transient fields which would be imposed on superconducting toroidal field coils in an operating tokamak reactor, the Large Coil Test Facility (LCTF) test stand includes a set of pulse coils. This set of pulse coils is designed to be moved from one test location to another within the LCTF vacuum vessel while the vessel is operating under vacuum and the test stand and test coils are at an operating temperature of 4.2K. This operating environment and the extremely high magnetic loads have necessitated some unique design features for the pulse coil support and transport system. The support structure for the pulse coil must react high overturning moments and axial loads induced on the pulse coil by the interaction of the pulse field with the field generated by the large test coils. These loads are reacted into the test stand support structure or spider frame by an arrangement of six pedestals and a support beam. In order to move the pulse coil set from one test location to another, the support beam containing the pulse coils must be driven across rollers mounted on the pedestals, then clamped securely to react the loads. Because these operations must be performed in a vacuum environment at cryogenic tmperature, special consideration was given to component design

  12. Intra-coil interactions in split gradient coils in a hybrid MRI-LINAC system

    Tang, Fangfang; Freschi, Fabio; Sanchez Lopez, Hector; Repetto, Maurizio; Liu, Feng; Crozier, Stuart

    2016-04-01

    An MRI-LINAC system combines a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system with a medical linear accelerator (LINAC) to provide image-guided radiotherapy for targeting tumors in real-time. In an MRI-LINAC system, a set of split gradient coils is employed to produce orthogonal gradient fields for spatial signal encoding. Owing to this unconventional gradient configuration, eddy currents induced by switching gradient coils on and off may be of particular concern. It is expected that strong intra-coil interactions in the set will be present due to the constrained return paths, leading to potential degradation of the gradient field linearity and image distortion. In this study, a series of gradient coils with different track widths have been designed and analyzed to investigate the electromagnetic interactions between coils in a split gradient set. A driving current, with frequencies from 100 Hz to 10 kHz, was applied to study the inductive coupling effects with respect to conductor geometry and operating frequency. It was found that the eddy currents induced in the un-energized coils (hereby-referred to as passive coils) positively correlated with track width and frequency. The magnetic field induced by the eddy currents in the passive coils with wide tracks was several times larger than that induced by eddy currents in the cold shield of cryostat. The power loss in the passive coils increased with the track width. Therefore, intra-coil interactions should be included in the coil design and analysis process.

  13. Performance improvement of a high-temperature superconducting coil by separating and grading the coil edge

    Ishiguri, Shinichi; Funamoto, Taisuke

    2011-06-01

    In this paper, we establish a model to analyze the transport current performance of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coil, considering the dependencies of critical current and n-value of an HTS tape on magnetic field and magnetic field angles. This analysis shows that relatively large electric fields appear at the coil’s edges, preventing improvement in the transport current performance of the coil. To solve this problem, in this paper, we propose a graded coil in which several coil edges of different heights are separated and graded. Analysis of its performance shows that the coil’s critical current increases, thus confirming that there exists an optimum coil cross section at which the stored energy and central magnetic field improve 2.1 times and 45%, respectively, compared with a typical rectangular coil that employs the same total length of the HTS tape. It is recommended that these results of the coil should be applied to SMES.

  14. Cloning, overexpression, purification and crystallization of the CRN12 coiled-coil domain from Leishmania donovani

    The L. donovani coronin CRN12 coiled-coil domain (5.8 kDa) was cloned, overexpressed and purified to homogeneity. Crystals of recombinant L. donovani coronin CRN12 coiled-coil domain were grown by vapour diffusion using a hanging-drop setup. Leishmania donovani coronin CRN12 is an actin-binding protein which consists of two domains: an N-terminal WD repeat domain and a C-terminal coiled-coil domain. The coiled-coil domain is 53 residues in length. Helix–helix interactions in general and coiled coils in particular are ubiquitous in the structure of proteins and play a significant role in the association among proteins, including supramolecular assemblies and transmembrane receptors that mediate cellular signalling, transport and actin dynamics. The L. donovani coronin CRN12 coiled-coil domain (5.8 kDa) was cloned, overexpressed, purified to homogeneity and the N-terminal 6×His tag was successfully removed by thrombin cleavage. Crystals of recombinant L. donovani coronin CRN12 coiled-coil domain were grown by vapour diffusion using a hanging-drop setup. Diffraction-quality crystals were obtained and data extending to 2.46 Å resolution were collected at 100 K on BM14, ESRF, Grenoble, France. The crystal belonged to the monoclinic space group C2, with unit-cell parameters a = 118.0, b = 50.6, c = 46.0 Å, β = 111.0°. Matthews coefficient (VM) calculations suggested the presence of 4–6 molecules in the asymmetric unit, corresponding to a solvent content of ∼33–55%, and are consistent with self-rotation function calculations

  15. A Built for Purpose Micro-Hole Coiled Tubing Rig (MCTR)

    Bart Patton

    2007-09-30

    This report will serve as the final report on the work performed from the contract period October 2005 thru April 2007. The project 'A Built for Purpose Microhole Coiled Tubing Rig (MCTR)' purpose was to upgrade an existing state-of-the-art Coiled Tubing Drilling Rig to a Microhole Coiled Tubing Rig (MCTR) capable of meeting the specifications and tasks of the Department of Energy. The individual tasks outlined to meet the Department of Energy's specifications are: (1) Concept and development of lubricator and tool deployment system; (2) Concept and development of process control and data acquisition; (3) Concept and development of safety and efficiency improvements; and (4) Final unit integration and testing. The end result of the MCTR upgrade has produced a unit capable of meeting the following requirements: (1) Capable of handling 1-inch through 2-3/8-inch coiled tubing (Currently dressed for 2-3/8-inch coiled tubing and capable of running up to 3-1/2-inch coiled tubing); (2) Capable of drilling and casing surface, intermediate, production and liner hole intervals; (3) Capable of drilling with coiled tubing and has all controls and installation piping for a top drive; (4) Rig is capable of running 7-5/8-inch range 2 casing; and (5) Capable of drilling 5,000 ft true vertical depth (TVD) and 6,000 ft true measured depth (TMD).

  16. Integrated-blanket-coil applications in the TITAN-I reversed-field pinch reactor

    The TITAN-I Reversed-Field Pinch reactor incorporates the Integrated-Blanket-Coil (IBC) concept for the toroidal field and divertor field coil systems. The IBC approach combines the breeding and energy recovery functions of the blanket with the magnetic field production of the coils in a single component. This is accomplished by passing the current through the liquid metal coolant, lithium, which flows poloidally around the plasma. A reversed-field pinch reactor offers an attractive context for IBC coils since the low toroidal field at the plasma surface (∼0.36 T) leads to relatively low coil currents. Design of IBC components addresses four areas: (1) Neutronics, including tritium breeding and blanket energy multiplication; (2) thermal hydraulics, including magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) pressure drops; (3) magnetics, including field magnitude and topology; and (4) electrical engineering of the circuit determining the power supply requirements. The TF-IBC approach, in comparison to copper coils, offers several advantages for a compact RFP reactor: Increased access for coolant and auxiliary services, improved viability for single-piece maintenance, and reduced magnetic ripple in the toroidal magnetic field. In the divertor system, improved magnetic coupling and additional energy recovery and tritium breeding enhance the attractiveness of the IBC relative to copper coils. (orig.)

  17. An alternative conformation of the gp41 heptad repeat 1 region coiled coil exists in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) envelope glycoprotein precursor

    The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) transmembrane envelope glycoprotein, gp41, which mediates virus-cell fusion, exists in at least three different conformations within the trimeric envelope glycoprotein complex. The structures of the prefusogenic and intermediate states are unknown; structures representing the postfusion state have been solved. In the postfusion conformation, three helical heptad repeat 2 (HR2) regions pack in an antiparallel fashion into the hydrophobic grooves on the surface of a triple-helical coiled coil formed by the heptad repeat 1 (HR1) regions. We studied the prefusogenic conformation of gp41 by mutagenic alteration of membrane-anchored and soluble forms of the HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins. Our results indicate that, in the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein precursor, the gp41 HR1 region is in a conformation distinct from that of a trimeric coiled coil. Thus, the central gp41 coiled coil is formed during the transition of the HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins from the precursor state to the receptor-bound intermediate

  18. TRPV4 and AQP4 Channels Synergistically Regulate Cell Volume and Calcium Homeostasis in Retinal Müller Glia

    Jo, Andrew O; Ryskamp, Daniel A; Phuong, Tam T T;

    2015-01-01

    facilitates the time course and amplitude of hypotonicity-induced swelling and regulatory volume decrease. We confirm the crucial facets of the signaling mechanism in heterologously expressing oocytes. These results identify the molecular mechanism that contributes to dynamic regulation of glial volume but...... Ca(2+) entry through TRPV4 channels reciprocally modulates volume regulation, swelling, and Aqp4 gene expression. Therefore, TRPV4-AQP4 interactions constitute a molecular system that fine-tunes astroglial volume regulation by integrating osmosensing, calcium signaling, and water transport and, when...... complex set of mechanisms involving reciprocal interactions at the level of glial gene expression, calcium homeostasis, swelling, and volume regulation. Specifically, water influx through AQP4 drives calcium influx via TRPV4 in the glial end foot, which regulates expression of Aqp4 and Kir4.1 genes and...

  19. An Overview Of The ITER In-Vessel Coil Systems

    ELM mitigation is of particular importance in ITER in order to prevent rapid erosion or melting of the divertor surface, with the consequent risk of water leaks, increased plasma impurity content and disruptivity. Exploitable 'natural' small or no ELM regimes might yet be found which extrapolate to ITER but this cannot be depended upon. Resonant Magnetic Perturbation has been added to pellet pacing as a tool for ITER to mitigate ELMs. Both are required, since neither method is fully developed and much work remains to be done. In addition, in-vessel coils enable vertical stabilization and RWM control. For these reasons, in-vessel coils (IVCs) are being designed for ITER to provide control of Edge Localized Modes (ELMs) in addition to providing control of moderately unstable resistive wall modes (RWMs) and the vertical stability (VS) of the plasma.

  20. An Overview Of The ITER In-Vessel Coil Systems

    Heitzenroeder, P J; Chrzanowski, J H; Dahlgren, F; Hawryluk, R J; Loesser, G D; Neumeyer, C; Mansfield, C; Smith, J P; Schaffer, M; Humphreys, D; Cordier, J J; Campbell, D; Johnson, G A; Martin, A; Rebut, P H; Tao, J O; Fogarty, P J; Nelson, B E

    2009-09-24

    ELM mitigation is of particular importance in ITER in order to prevent rapid erosion or melting of the divertor surface, with the consequent risk of water leaks, increased plasma impurity content and disruptivity. Exploitable "natural" small or no ELM regimes might yet be found which extrapolate to ITER but this cannot be depended upon. Resonant Magnetic Perturbation has been added to pellet pacing as a tool for ITER to mitigate ELMs. Both are required, since neither method is fully developed and much work remains to be done. In addition, in-vessel coils enable vertical stabilization and RWM control. For these reasons, in-vessel coils (IVCs) are being designed for ITER to provide control of Edge Localized Modes (ELMs) in addition to providing control of moderately unstable resistive wall modes (RWMs) and the vertical stability (VS) of the plasma.

  1. MR imaging in osteoarthritis: hardware, coils, and sequences.

    Link, Thomas M

    2010-02-01

    Whole-organ assessment of a joint with osteoarthritis (OA) requires tailored MR imaging hardware and imaging protocols to diagnose and monitor degenerative disease of the cartilage, menisci, bone marrow, ligaments, and tendons. Image quality benefits from increased field strength, and 3.0-T MR imaging is used increasingly for assessing joints with OA. Dedicated surface coils are required for best visualization of joints affected by OA, and the use of multichannel phased-array coils with parallel imaging improves image quality and/or shortens acquisition times. Sequences that best show morphologic abnormalities of the whole joint include intermediate-weighted fast-spin echo sequences. Also quantitative sequences have been developed to assess cartilage volume and thickness and to analyze cartilage biochemical composition. PMID:19962095

  2. Switching transients in a superconducting coil

    A study is made of the transients caused by the fast dump of large superconducting coils. Theoretical analysis, computer simulation, and actual measurements are used. Theoretical analysis can only be applied to the simplest of models. In the computer simulations two models are used, one in which the coil is divided into ten segments and another in which a single coil is employed. The circuit breaker that interrupts the current to the power supply, causing a fast dump, is represented by a time and current dependent conductance. Actual measurements are limited to measurements made incidental to performance tests on the MFTF Yin-yang coils. It is found that the breaker opening time is the critical factor in determining the size and shape of the transient. Instantaneous opening of the breaker causes a lightly damped transient with large amplitude voltages to ground. Increasing the opening time causes the transient to become a monopulse of decreasing amplitude. The voltages at the external terminals are determined by the parameters of the external circuit. For fast opening times the frequency depends on the dump resistor inductance, the circuit capacitance, and the amplitude on the coil current. For slower openings the dump resistor inductance and the current determine the amplitude of the voltage to ground at the terminals. Voltages to ground are less in the interior of the coil, where transients related to the parameters of the coil itself are observed

  3. TFTR TF coil thermal analysis and test

    A water cooling passage leak which developed in a TFTR toroidal field (TF) coil has precipitated interest in developing alternative cooling options for this coil system. A test on a spare coil was performed to establish a low power heating schedule and to determine the efficacy of gas cooling the TF coils. A computer analysis was also performed using the test results to benchmark the code. The investigation of gas cooling was initiated as a contingency in the event of future irreparable leaks developing in the TF coil cooling passages. It is generally acknowledged that gas leakage into the electrical insulation would have a relatively benign effect on its dielectric strength whereas recent experience on TFTR indicates a substantial degradation of dielectric strength when wetted with water (the use of high dielectric silicone oil as an alternative coolant, is discussed elsewhere in these proceedings). The purpose of the low power heating test was to establish the proper current settings and IR drop to maintain the TF coil at a prescribed temperature of 80 degree C, in preparation for an elevated temperature dry-out cycle on the leaking coil in TFTR. 3 figs., 9 tabs

  4. Structural attributes for the recognition of weak and anomalous regions in coiled-coils of myosins and other motor proteins

    Sunitha Margaret S; Nair Anu G; Charya Amol; Jadhav Kamalakar; Mukhopadhyay Sami; Sowdhamini Ramanathan

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Coiled-coils are found in different proteins like transcription factors, myosin tail domain, tropomyosin, leucine zippers and kinesins. Analysis of various structures containing coiled-coils has revealed the importance of electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. In such domains, regions of different strength of interactions need to be identified since they could be biologically relevant. Findings We have updated our coiled-coil validation webserver, now called COILCHECK...

  5. Examination of measurement and its method of compensation of the sensitivity distribution using phased array coil for body scan

    Kimura, T; Iizuka, A; Taniguchi, Y; Ishikuro, A; Hongo, T; Inoue, H; Ogura, A

    2003-01-01

    The influence on the quality of images by measurement of a sensitivity distribution and the use of a sensitivity compensation filter was considered using an opposite-type phased array coil and volume-type phased array coil. With the opposite-type phased array coil, the relation between coil interval and filter was investigated for the image intensity correction (IIC) filter, surface coil intensity correction (SCIC) filter (GE), and the Normalize filter (SIEMENS). The SCIC filter and Normalize filter showed distance dependability over the coil interval of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and uniformity was observed, and the existence of an optimal coil interval was suggested. Moreover, with the IIC filter, distance dependability over a coil interval was small, and the decrease in contrast with use was remarkable. On the other hand, with the volume-type phased array coil, the overlap of an array element was investigated to determine the influence it had on sensitivity distribution. Although the value stabilized in t...

  6. Phase reconstruction from multiple coil data using a virtual reference coil

    Parker, Dennis L.; Payne, Allison; Todd, Nick; Hadley, J. Rock

    2013-01-01

    Purpose This paper develops a method to obtain optimal estimates of absolute magnetization phase from multiple-coil MRI data. Methods The element-specific phases of a multi-element receiver coil array are accounted for by using the phase of a real or virtual reference coil that is sensitive over the entire imaged volume. The virtual-reference coil is generated as a weighted combination of measurements from all receiver coils. The phase-corrected multiple coil complex images are combined using the inverse covariance matrix. These methods are tested on images of an agar phantom, an in vivo breast, and an anesthetized rabbit obtained using combinations of four, nine, and three receiver channels, respectively. Results The four- and three- channel acquisitions require formation of a virtual-reference receiver coil while one channel of the nine-channel receive array has a sensitivity profile covering the entire imaged volume. Referencing to a real or virtual coil gives receiver phases that are essentially identical except for the individual receiver channel noise. The resulting combined images, which account for receiver channel noise covariance, show the expected reduction in phase variance. Conclusions The proposed virtual reference coil method determines a phase distribution for each coil from which an optimal phase map can be obtained. PMID:24006172

  7. CS model coil experimental log book

    Charging test of the ITER CS Model Coil which is the world's largest superconducting pulse coil and the CS Insert Coil had started at April 11, 2000 and had completed at August 18, 2000. In the campaign, total shot numbers were 356 and the size of the data file in the DAS (Data Acquisition System) was over 20 GB. This report is a database that consists of the log list and the log sheets of every shot. One can access the database, make a search, and browse results via Internet (http://1ogwww.naka.jaeri.go.jp). The database will be useful to quick search to choose necessary shots. (author)

  8. Design status of the NET toroidal coils

    The Toroidal Field Coil System consists of 16 superconducting coil windings, their coil casings and the intercoil structure. All of these components are located inside a common cryostat vessel and will therefore be at a temperature of about 4.50 degK during operation of the machine. The 16 coils are arranged in a toroidal configuration in order to provide a magnetic field for the confinement of the ring shaped plasma. The inner legs of the D-shaped coils form a vault which is subjected to the centering forces that are caused by the toroidal field itself. The interaction between the poloidal field and the toroidal currents creates Lorentz Forces which are perpendicular to the TF coil plane. Intercoil structure and vault have to resist these forces. The huge size of the coils in combination with the fact that an A15 conductor material has to be used require techniques that are somewhat beyond the present state of the art. Therefore, a conductor and magnet development program has been launched. The development studies carried out by Associated Laboratories in cooperation with NET Team have resulted in several flow cooled composite conductors. Futheron, full size conductor samples were manufactured and two subsize conductors were manufactured and wound into two 12 T model coils. Proposals for the manufacture of the coil winding, the power supply and quench protection system, the cooling system and the instrumentation have been worked out in the course of these studies. To ensure the feasibility of the cois two study contracts have been placed with industry. This report will stress the most difficult aspects of the coil manufacture, the assembly of the winding in its steel casing and the assembly of the 16 coils with the intercoil structure to a toroidal configuration. The results of the thermomechanical and electromagnetic analysis (e.g. eddy currents in coils case, stress, a.c. losses) - will be reported and their impact on the design of the TF system will be

  9. Helical coil thermal hydraulic model

    A model has been developed in Matlab environment for the thermal hydraulic analysis of helical coil and shell steam generators. The model considers the internal flow inside one helix and its associated control volume of water on the external side, both characterized by their inlet thermodynamic conditions and the characteristic geometry data. The model evaluates the behaviour of the thermal-hydraulic parameters of the two fluids, such as temperature, pressure, heat transfer coefficients, flow quality, void fraction and heat flux. The evaluation of the heat transfer coefficients as well as the pressure drops has been performed by means of the most validated literature correlations. The model has been applied to one of the steam generators of the IRIS modular reactor and a comparison has been performed with the RELAP5/Mod.3.3 code applied to an inclined straight pipe that has the same length and the same elevation change between inlet and outlet of the real helix. The predictions of the developed model and RELAP5/Mod.3.3 code are in fairly good agreement before the dryout region, while the dryout front inside the helical pipes is predicted at a lower distance from inlet by the model

  10. Twisted and coiled ultralong multilayer graphene ribbons

    Cranford, Steven; Buehler, Markus J.

    2011-07-01

    The mechanical behavior and properties of multilayer graphene sheets and nanoribbons have been a subject of intensive research in recent years, due to their potential in electronic, structural and thermal applications. Calculations of effective properties range from molecular dynamic simulations to use of structural mechanical continuum models. Here, structural and elastic parameters are obtained via full atomistic simulations, and a two-dimensional mesoscopic model for a sheet of graphene is developed utilizing coarse-grain bead-spring elements with rotational-spring potentials. The assertion of energy conservation between atomistic and mesoscale models through elastic strain energy is enforced to arrive at model parameters, incorporating normal and shear strains, out-of-plane bending and intramolecular interactions. We then apply our mesoscopic model to investigate the structure and conformational behavior of twisted ultralong multilayer graphene ribbons with lengths of hundreds of nanometers, representing several millions of individual atoms, beyond the accessible regime of full atomistic molecular dynamics. We find a distinct transition from a twisted (saddle-like) configuration to a helical (coil-like) configuration as a function of imposed rotation and number of graphene layers. Further, for single layer graphene ribbons, multiple, stable configurations occur at discrete rotations due to the surface adhesion. The model developed and applied here can be more generally used to investigate properties of other two-dimensional membrane and ribbon-like systems for mesoscale hierarchical material design.

  11. Twisted and coiled ultralong multilayer graphene ribbons

    The mechanical behavior and properties of multilayer graphene sheets and nanoribbons have been a subject of intensive research in recent years, due to their potential in electronic, structural and thermal applications. Calculations of effective properties range from molecular dynamic simulations to use of structural mechanical continuum models. Here, structural and elastic parameters are obtained via full atomistic simulations, and a two-dimensional mesoscopic model for a sheet of graphene is developed utilizing coarse-grain bead-spring elements with rotational-spring potentials. The assertion of energy conservation between atomistic and mesoscale models through elastic strain energy is enforced to arrive at model parameters, incorporating normal and shear strains, out-of-plane bending and intramolecular interactions. We then apply our mesoscopic model to investigate the structure and conformational behavior of twisted ultralong multilayer graphene ribbons with lengths of hundreds of nanometers, representing several millions of individual atoms, beyond the accessible regime of full atomistic molecular dynamics. We find a distinct transition from a twisted (saddle-like) configuration to a helical (coil-like) configuration as a function of imposed rotation and number of graphene layers. Further, for single layer graphene ribbons, multiple, stable configurations occur at discrete rotations due to the surface adhesion. The model developed and applied here can be more generally used to investigate properties of other two-dimensional membrane and ribbon-like systems for mesoscale hierarchical material design

  12. Electromagnetic-coil (EM-coil) measurement technique to verify presence of metal/absence of oxide attribute

    range between 10-6 and 10-20 mhos/meter, while the metals and alloys typically span a range between 7x107 and 5x105 mhos/meter. Measurements have been made using materials spanning both ends of each range. The EM coil method operates on the basis of Faraday's Law of induction. An alternating low-voltage signal is applied to an encircling coil at a selected frequency, generating a magnetic field at a storage containers surface. An electric field, of the same frequency, is generated in all metal objects placed inside the coil. The intensity of this electric field diminishes with depth into a metal. This electric field then causes electric current (commonly referred to as eddy current) to flow throughout conductive objects. As these induced currents flow they also generate a secondary magnetic field causing the coils impedance to change in proportion to the total magnetic field passing through the coil. A high-precision, impedance measuring device can monitor the coil's impedance and thus obtain an electromagnetic signature for all conductive objects placed inside the coil. The EM-coil is inherently less intrusive than a radiation measurement since it is sensitive to the combination of configuration and composition. On a mathematical basis, component information cannot be extracted from this measurement because the coil impedance is a two-parameter quantity and the number of parameters affecting the coil impedance is much greater than two. The EM-coil method can make a determination that a container does or does not enclose metal in the expected configuration. Radiation detection methods on the other hand may only be able to establish the lack of oxide, which thereby implies the presence of metal, a weaker statement. The EM-coil data analysis is extremely simple, requiring the definition of a region of interest in a two- dimensional plot. The EM-coil method is able to make a measurement in less than a minute, whereas radiation measurement methods demonstrated to-date have

  13. Screen-printed flexible MRI receive coils

    Corea, Joseph R.; Flynn, Anita M.; Lechêne, Balthazar; Scott, Greig; Reed, Galen D.; Shin, Peter J.; Lustig, Michael; Arias, Ana C.

    2016-03-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging is an inherently signal-to-noise-starved technique that limits the spatial resolution, diagnostic image quality and results in typically long acquisition times that are prone to motion artefacts. This limitation is exacerbated when receive coils have poor fit due to lack of flexibility or need for padding for patient comfort. Here, we report a new approach that uses printing for fabricating receive coils. Our approach enables highly flexible, extremely lightweight conforming devices. We show that these devices exhibit similar to higher signal-to-noise ratio than conventional ones, in clinical scenarios when coils could be displaced more than 18 mm away from the body. In addition, we provide detailed material properties and components performance analysis. Prototype arrays are incorporated within infant blankets for in vivo studies. This work presents the first fully functional, printed coils for 1.5- and 3-T clinical scanners.

  14. Screen-printed flexible MRI receive coils.

    Corea, Joseph R; Flynn, Anita M; Lechêne, Balthazar; Scott, Greig; Reed, Galen D; Shin, Peter J; Lustig, Michael; Arias, Ana C

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging is an inherently signal-to-noise-starved technique that limits the spatial resolution, diagnostic image quality and results in typically long acquisition times that are prone to motion artefacts. This limitation is exacerbated when receive coils have poor fit due to lack of flexibility or need for padding for patient comfort. Here, we report a new approach that uses printing for fabricating receive coils. Our approach enables highly flexible, extremely lightweight conforming devices. We show that these devices exhibit similar to higher signal-to-noise ratio than conventional ones, in clinical scenarios when coils could be displaced more than 18 mm away from the body. In addition, we provide detailed material properties and components performance analysis. Prototype arrays are incorporated within infant blankets for in vivo studies. This work presents the first fully functional, printed coils for 1.5- and 3-T clinical scanners. PMID:26961073

  15. New coil concept for endoluminal MR imaging

    Heye, Tobias; Kuntz, Christian; Düx, Marcus; Encke, Jens; Palmowski, Moritz; Autschbach, Frank; Volke, Frank; Kauffmann, Guenter Werner; Grenacher, Lars

    2006-01-01

    Our aim was to conduct a prospective study to evaluate staging accuracy of a new coil concept for endoluminal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on ex vivo gastric carcinomas. Twenty-eight consecutive patients referred to surgery with a clinically proven primary gastric malignancy were included. Surgical specimens were examined with a foldable and self-expanding loop coil (8-cm diameter) at 1.5 Tesla immediately after total gastrectomy. T1- and T2-weighted and opposed-phase sequences (axial, fr...

  16. Modular test facility for HTS insert coils

    Lombardo, V; Bartalesi, A.; Barzi, E.; Lamm, M.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; /Fermilab

    2009-10-01

    The final beam cooling stages of a Muon Collider may require DC solenoid magnets with magnetic fields in the range of 40-50 T. In this paper we will present a modular test facility developed for the purpose of investigating very high field levels with available 2G HTS superconducting materials. Performance of available conductors is presented, together with magnetic calculations and evaluation of Lorentz forces distribution on the HTS coils. Finally a test of a double pancake coil is presented.

  17. The results of the KSTAR superconducting coil test

    The KSTAR (Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research) device is under construction using superconducting (SC) coils for long pulse operation. The KSTAR superconducting magnet system consists of 16 D-shaped toroidal field (TF) coils, 3 pairs of poloidal field (PF) coils, and 4 pairs of central solenoid (CS) coils. Two kinds of SC coils have been fabricated and tested in the coil test facility in the Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI). One of the coils was a prototype TF coil, TF00 coil, which has been fabricated in the same size as the real coils using Nb3Sn SC cable-in-conduit conductor (CICC). The other was a pair of CS model coils, which were fabricated as a part of a background field system to test the superconductor in a pulsed field environment. The major objectives of the SC coil tests were (i) to verify the coil design and fabrication process in the KSTAR coil development, (ii) to measure the coil performances during cool-down, current excitation, and discharge scenarios, and (iii) to achieve the operational experience of the SC coil test facility and the SC magnet system in the KSTAR device. The prototype TF coil was cooled down to the operating temperature of 4.5 K in 10 days. The coil was charged in steps and this was followed by slow or fast discharges. The transient hydraulic parameters were measured according to the different scenarios. The results of the coil test showed that no noticeable defects of the coil were found, such as helium leaks at cryogenic temperature, and helium circulation through the coil was sufficient to keep the coil at the operating temperature. The CS model coil was also cooled down in 9 days and basic current excitation and discharge tests of the coil have been done. To assess the ac performance of the coil, current charging experiments of the coil will be continued until the end of 2004. In this paper, the experimental results of the prototype TF coil and the CS model coil are described as well as the general coil test

  18. Are Coiled-Coils of Dimeric Kinesins Unwound during Their Walking on Microtubule?

    Duan, Zhao-Wen; Xie, Ping; Li, Wei; Wang, Peng-Ye

    2012-01-01

    Dimeric kinesin motor proteins such as homodimeric kinesin-1, homodimeric Ncd and heterodimeric Kar3/Vik1are composed of two head domains which are connected together by a rod-shaped, coiled-coil stalk. Despite the extensive and intensive studies on structures, kinetics, dynamics and walking mechanism of the dimers, whether their coiled-coils are unwound or not during their walking on the microtubule is still an unclear issue. Here, we try to clarify this issue by using molecular dynamics sim...

  19. NUMERICAL INVESTIGATION FOR THE HEAT TRANSFER ENHANCEMENT IN HELICAL CONE COILS OVER ORDINARY HELICAL COILS

    M. M. ABO ELAZM

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This numerical research is introducing the concept of helical cone coils and their enhanced heat transfer characteristics compared to the ordinary helical coils. Helical and spiral coils are known to have better heat and mass transfer than straight tubes, which is attributed to the generation of a vortex at the helical coil known as Dean Vortex. The Dean number which is a dimensionless number used to describe the Dean vortex is a function of Reynolds number and the square root of the curvature ratio, so varying the curvature ratio for the same coil would vary the Dean number. Two scenarios were adopted to study the effect of changing the taper angle (curvature ratio on the heat transfer characteristics of the coil; the commercial software FLUENT was used in the investigation. It was found that Nusselt number increased with increasing the taper angle. A MATLAB code was built based on empirical correlation of Manlapaz and Churchill for ordinary helical coils to calculate the Nusselt number at each coil turn, and then calculate the average Nusselt number for the entire coil turns, the CFD simulation results were found acceptable when compared with the MATLAB results.

  20. AC loss measurements in HTS coil assemblies with hybrid coil structures

    Jiang, Zhenan; Long, Nicholas J.; Staines, Mike; Badcock, Rodney A.; Bumby, Chris W.; Buckley, Robert G.; Amemiya, Naoyuki

    2016-09-01

    Both AC loss and wire cost in coil windings are critical factors for high temperature superconductor (HTS) AC machinery applications. We present AC loss measurement results in three HTS coil assemblies at 77 K and 65 K which have a hybrid coil structure comprising one central winding (CW) and two end windings (EWs) wound with ReBCO and BSCCO wires with different self-field I c values at 77 K. All AC loss results in the coil assemblies are hysteretic and the normalized AC losses in the coil assemblies at different temperatures can be scaled with the I c value of the coil assemblies. The normalised results show that AC loss in a coil assembly with BSCCO CW can be reduced by using EWs wound with high I c ReBCO wires, whilst further AC loss reduction can be achieved by replacing the BSCCO CW with ReBCO CW. The results imply that a flexible hybrid coil structure is possible which considers both AC loss and wire cost in coil assemblies.

  1. Preliminary Process Design of ITER ELM Coil Bracket Brazing

    LI, Xiangbin; SHI, Yi

    2015-03-01

    With the technical requirement of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, the manufacture and assembly technology of the mid Edge Localized Modes (ELM) coil was developed by the Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Science (ASIPP). As the gap between the bracket and the Stainless Steel jacketed and Mineral Insulated Conductor (SSMIC) can be larger than 0.5 mm instead of 0.01 mm to 0.1 mm as in normal industrial cases, the process of mid ELM coil bracket brazing to the SSMICT becomes quiet challenging, from a technical viewpoint. This paper described the preliminary design of ELM coil bracket brazing to the SSMIC process, the optimal bracket brazing curve and the thermal simulation of the bracket furnace brazing method developed by ANSYS. BAg-6 foil (Bag50Cu34Zn16) plus BAg-1a paste (Bag45CuZnCd) solders were chosen as the brazing filler. By testing an SSMICT prototype, it is shown that the average gap between the bracket and the SSMIC could be controlled to 0.2-0.3 mm, and that there were few voids in the brazing surface. The results also verified that the preliminary design had a favorable heat conducting performance in the bracket.

  2. Image reconstructions with the rotating RF coil.

    Trakic, A; Wang, H; Weber, E; Li, B K; Poole, M; Liu, F; Crozier, S

    2009-12-01

    Recent studies have shown that rotating a single RF transceive coil (RRFC) provides a uniform coverage of the object and brings a number of hardware advantages (i.e. requires only one RF channel, averts coil-coil coupling interactions and facilitates large-scale multi-nuclear imaging). Motion of the RF coil sensitivity profile however violates the standard Fourier Transform definition of a time-invariant signal, and the images reconstructed in this conventional manner can be degraded by ghosting artifacts. To overcome this problem, this paper presents Time Division Multiplexed-Sensitivity Encoding (TDM-SENSE), as a new image reconstruction scheme that exploits the rotation of the RF coil sensitivity profile to facilitate ghost-free image reconstructions and reductions in image acquisition time. A transceive RRFC system for head imaging at 2 Tesla was constructed and applied in a number of in vivo experiments. In this initial study, alias-free head images were obtained in half the usual scan time. It is hoped that new sequences and methods will be developed by taking advantage of coil motion. PMID:19800824

  3. Image reconstructions with the rotating RF coil

    Trakic, A.; Wang, H.; Weber, E.; Li, B. K.; Poole, M.; Liu, F.; Crozier, S.

    2009-12-01

    Recent studies have shown that rotating a single RF transceive coil (RRFC) provides a uniform coverage of the object and brings a number of hardware advantages (i.e. requires only one RF channel, averts coil-coil coupling interactions and facilitates large-scale multi-nuclear imaging). Motion of the RF coil sensitivity profile however violates the standard Fourier Transform definition of a time-invariant signal, and the images reconstructed in this conventional manner can be degraded by ghosting artifacts. To overcome this problem, this paper presents Time Division Multiplexed — Sensitivity Encoding (TDM-SENSE), as a new image reconstruction scheme that exploits the rotation of the RF coil sensitivity profile to facilitate ghost-free image reconstructions and reductions in image acquisition time. A transceive RRFC system for head imaging at 2 Tesla was constructed and applied in a number of in vivo experiments. In this initial study, alias-free head images were obtained in half the usual scan time. It is hoped that new sequences and methods will be developed by taking advantage of coil motion.

  4. Embroidered Coils for Magnetic Resonance Sensors

    Michael I. Newton

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic resonance imaging is a widely used technique for medical and materials imaging. Even though the objects being imaged are often irregularly shaped, suitable coils permitting the measurement of the radio-frequency signal in these systems are usually made of solid copper. One problem often encountered is how to ensure the coils are both in close proximity and conformal to the object being imaged. Whilst embroidered conductive threads have previously been used as antennae in mobile telecommunications applications, they have not previously been reported for use within magnetic resonance. In this paper we show that an embroidered single loop coil can be used in a commercial unilateral nuclear magnetic resonance system as an alternative to a solid copper. Data is presented showing the determination of both longitudinal (T1 and effective transverse (T2eff relaxation times for a flat fabric coil and the same coil conformed to an 8 cm diameter cylinder. We thereby demonstrate the principles required for the wider use of fabric based conformal coils within nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging.

  5. Divertor Coil Design and Implementation on Pegasus

    Shriwise, P. C.; Bongard, M. W.; Cole, J. A.; Fonck, R. J.; Kujak-Ford, B. A.; Lewicki, B. T.; Winz, G. R.

    2012-10-01

    An upgraded divertor coil system is being commissioned on the Pegasus Toroidal Experiment in conjunction with power system upgrades in order to achieve higher β plasmas, reduce impurities, and possibly achieve H-mode operation. Design points for the divertor coil locations and estimates of their necessary current ratings were found using predictive equilibrium modeling based upon a 300 kA target plasma. This modeling represented existing Pegasus coil locations and current drive limits. The resultant design calls for 125 kA-turns from the divertor system to support the creation of a double null magnetic topology in plasmas with IpIGBT power supply modules to provide IDIV<=4 kA. The resulting 20 kA-turn capability of the existing divertor coil will be augmented by a new coil providing additional A-turns in series. Induced vessel wall current modeling indicates the time response of a 28 turn augmentation coil remains fast compared to the poloidal field penetration rate through the vessel. First results operating the augmented system are shown.

  6. COMPASS magnetic field coils and structure systems

    COMPASS is a new experimental toroidal assembly of compact design and with a wide range of physics objectives. It is required to operate either as a Tokamak or as a Reversed Field Pinch with interchangeable circular and dee-section vacuum vessels. The Toroidal field is produced by 16 rectangular coils of 4 turns with tapered conductors on the inside which nest together to form a vault to resist the centering forces. The coils are designed to produce a maximum field on axis of 2.1T which requires a current of 91 kA per turn. Two central solenoids and five pairs of coils symmetrically positioned above and below the machine equator provide the poloidal field. Both coil systems are supported form a mechanical support structure which surrounds the machine. This is primarily designed to resist out-of-plane forces on the TF coils but also acts as the base support for the PF coils and vacuum vessels. An illustration of the COMPASS Load Assembly is given and shows the D-shaped vacuum vessel, the major components and the various field windings

  7. Compass magnetic field coils and structure systems

    COMPASS is a new experimental toroidal assembly of compact design and with a wide range of physics objectives. It is required to operate either as a Tokamak or as a Reversed Field Pinch with interchangeable circular and dee-section vacuum vessels. The Toroidal field is produced by 16 rectangular coils of 4 turns with tapered conductors on the inside which nest together to form a vault to resist the centering forces. The coils are designed to produce a maximum field on axis of 2.1 T which requires a current of 91 kA per turn. Two central solenoids and five pairs of coils symmetrically positioned above and below the machine equator provide the poloidal field. These consist of magnetising windings which can induce a plasma current up to 400 kA and shaping, feedback and equilibrium windings, combinations of which may be selected by link-board arrangements to produce Tokamak discharges of circular, dee, inverse dee, ellipse and kidney bean cross-sections. Both coil systems are supported from a mechanical support structure which surrounds the machine. This is primarily designed to resist out-of-plane forces on the TF coils but also acts as the base support for the PF coils and vacuum vessels. An illustration of the COMPASS Load Assembly is given. (author)

  8. Study for Manufacturing of ITER TF Coil Radial Plates

    During the previous design phase of ITER the ITER Toroidal Field Model Coil (TFMC) has been built to verify the TF coil concept of ITER and to proof the feasibility of an industrial fabrication of such a coil. In April 2004, Forschungszentrum and BNG, started a Manufacturing Study for the full scale Radial Plates (RP) of the TF Coils in the frame of an EFDA task. The main part of the Study was to develop feasible concepts of the technology for the manufacturing of the Full Scale Radial Plates starting with the raw material until final testing. The Feasibility Study has covered all manufacturing steps that are necessary for production of the RP. It has included as well a basic layout for the manufacturing process. During the work several proposals for the single manufacturing work steps have been developed. After that an evaluation of the found proposals has taken place. The most feasible proposals have been combined to manufacturing concepts. Finally two main Concepts were elaborated and evaluated: Concept 1 includes the premachining of segments with grooves, the welding of the segments and the final machining of the RP. Concept 2 includes the welding of not machined small segments to the D-shape of the RP and the following machining of the surface and grooves. Both Concepts will be described in detail with a comparison of tooling and manufacturing details, achievement of technological requirements as well as with the requirements coming from the overall time schedule. Based on the results of the assessment of the different concepts and manufacturing techniques Concept 1 shows some advantages compared to Concept 2. These will be described in the paper. In addition a proposal about additional R(and)D in front of the later manufacturing will be made. (author)

  9. Minimum Inductance Optimal Design for the Gradient Coil

    2002-01-01

    In MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), a crucial role of gradient coils is to image organism, meanwhile the inductance of the coils determines the speed of imaging. So it is of great importance to optimize designs of the gradient coils. The target field approach is an effective method to design the gradient coils. Having applied this method and performing many numerical tests, we achieved the designs of the x-、y-、z- gradient coils , with the linearity of the fields generated by the coils in a sphere of radius 0.30 m less than 5%, in which the inductance and resistance of the coils also meet the requirements.

  10. New printed circuit boards magnetic coils in the vacuum vessel of J-TEXT tokamak for position measurement

    Four sets of magnetic diagnostic coils, which are printed on machinable ceramic printed circuit boards (PCB), are designed, fabricated, installed, and tested in the Joint Texas Experimental Tokamak (J-TEXT) vacuum vessel for detecting the plasma radial and vertical displacements relative to the geometric center of the vacuum vessel in Ohmic discharges. Each coordinate is determined by a pair of variable cross-section Rogowski and saddle coils, which measure the tangential and normal magnetic fields (relative to the coil surface). These coils are suitable for mass production and offer advantages in vacuum compatibility and temperature tolerance that are important for J-TEXT. Position measurements using PCB coils are compared with those from soft x-ray image system and match the position well.

  11. Radio frequency coil design for human proton imaging at 4.0 T (170.7 MHz)

    Traditionally, one of the most effective means of enhancing the information in MR imaging experiments has been to increase the magnetic field strength to take advantage of the resulting increase in signal-to-noise ratio. Consequently, their laboratory has installed a whole-body-sized 4.0-T superconducting magnet for research into human imaging and spectroscopy. This effectively doubles the field strength at which human whole-body MR imaging has been achieved and rases the frequency of proton imaging to 170.7 MHz. New problems dealing with radio frequency (RF) penetration and wavelength and the interaction of the RF coils with human tissues have been encountered. A thorough experimental and theoretical study has led to well-performing coils of all the standard geometries - head coils, body coils, and surface coils - familiar from MR imaging at lower frequencies. High-quality proton images have been achieved at 170.7 MHz

  12. Adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system for acoustic analysis of 4-channel phonocardiograms using empirical mode decomposition.

    Becerra, Miguel A; Orrego, Diana A; Delgado-Trejos, Edilson

    2013-01-01

    The heart's mechanical activity can be appraised by auscultation recordings, taken from the 4-Standard Auscultation Areas (4-SAA), one for each cardiac valve, as there are invisible murmurs when a single area is examined. This paper presents an effective approach for cardiac murmur detection based on adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems (ANFIS) over acoustic representations derived from Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) and Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) of 4-channel phonocardiograms (4-PCG). The 4-PCG database belongs to the National University of Colombia. Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) and statistical moments of HHT were estimated on the combination of different intrinsic mode functions (IMFs). A fuzzy-rough feature selection (FRFS) was applied in order to reduce complexity. An ANFIS network was implemented on the feature space, randomly initialized, adjusted using heuristic rules and trained using a hybrid learning algorithm made up by least squares and gradient descent. Global classification for 4-SAA was around 98.9% with satisfactory sensitivity and specificity, using a 50-fold cross-validation procedure (70/30 split). The representation capability of the EMD technique applied to 4-PCG and the neuro-fuzzy inference of acoustic features offered a high performance to detect cardiac murmurs. PMID:24109851

  13. Structural Correlation of the Neck Coil with the Coiled-coil (CC1)-Forkhead-associated (FHA) Tandem for Active Kinesin-3 KIF13A.

    Ren, Jinqi; Huo, Lin; Wang, Wenjuan; Zhang, Yong; Li, Wei; Lou, Jizhong; Xu, Tao; Feng, Wei

    2016-02-12

    Processive kinesin motors often contain a coiled-coil neck that controls the directionality and processivity. However, the neck coil (NC) of kinesin-3 is too short to form a stable coiled-coil dimer. Here, we found that the coiled-coil (CC1)-forkhead-associated (FHA) tandem (that is connected to NC by Pro-390) of kinesin-3 KIF13A assembles as an extended dimer. With the removal of Pro-390, the NC-CC1 tandem of KIF13A unexpectedly forms a continuous coiled-coil dimer that can be well aligned into the CC1-FHA dimer. The reverse introduction of Pro-390 breaks the NC-CC1 coiled-coil dimer but provides the intrinsic flexibility to couple NC with the CC1-FHA tandem. Mutations of either NC, CC1, or the FHA domain all significantly impaired the motor activity. Thus, the three elements within the NC-CC1-FHA tandem of KIF13A are structurally interrelated to form a stable dimer for activating the motor. This work also provides the first direct structural evidence to support the formation of a coiled-coil neck by the short characteristic neck domain of kinesin-3. PMID:26680000

  14. Impedance of a horizontal coil in a borehole: a model for eddy-current bolthole probes

    Eddy-current induction by an air-cored coil located inside a long cylindrical bolthole in an isotropic conductive medium is examined using a second-order vector potential formalism. Closed-form expressions are presented for (i) the induced electromagnetic fields and currents, and (ii) the change in coil impedance, ΔZ, due to eddy-current induction in the surrounding conductor. In these expressions, the coil characteristics enter via a source function, Ds. Two alternative methods for computing Ds are described: in one, Ds is computed directly, and in the other, Ds is computed using a knowledge of the source magnetic flux density at the surface of the hole. The strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches are discussed. The non-axisymmetric case of a cylindrical coil with its axis perpendicular to the hole axis is examined in detail because of its significance in eddy-current non-destructive evaluation using bolthole probes. An explicit closed-form expression for ΔZ in terms of the coil and bolthole parameters is derived for this important geometry. The validity of the theoretical calculations was tested by comparing the theoretical results with experimental measurements of ΔZ as a function of frequency for a series of air-cored coils inside 10.0 and 6.4 mm diameter boltholes in Al alloy specimens. The theoretical and experimental results are in excellent agreement

  15. A HIGH B1 FIELD HOMOGENEITY GENERATION USING FREE ELEMENT ELLIPTICAL FOUR-COIL SYSTEM

    Sidi M. Ahmed Ghaly

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Design and testing of a prototype probe with high B1 magnetic field homogeneity that can be used for MRI is presented. It consists of four coaxial separately tuned rings of wire in a symmetric arrangement on an ellipsoidal surface. Compared to Helmholtz pair, which presents 2nd-order homogeneity, an improvement in field homogeneity is achieved, while preserving the simplicity of implementation. The proposed probe has an identical self-resonance frequency for all coils to allow easy tuning. The position and diameter of each ring are optimized so that the assembly produces a 6th-order homogeneous field. A complete electrical model of the four-coil system taking into account all coupling effects permits to determine the resonance frequency in the co-current mode and consequently to predict the value of the tuning capacitors. Resulted field homogeneity of the proposed four-coils are compared to that of Helmholtz coil which shows an improvement of 58% in field homogeneity profile when considering 10% profile uniformity width. Moreover, compared to the homologous Helmholtz coil, the proposed four-coil prototype possesses a better quality factor and therefore leads to an improved Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR sensitivity.

  16. Dynamic response analysis of superconducting coils in Wendelstein 7-X and mechanical quench test

    The Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) modular stellarator is under construction at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik in Greifswald, Germany. The W7-X magnet system contains 70 superconducting (sc) coils which are supported by a massive central steel ring structure via bolted connections and by numerous welded as well as gliding inter-coil elements. Load tests on prototypes of bolted coil to support ring connections whose flanges partially open during high field operation, and of sliding support structures between the coils showed that stick-slip events at their contact surfaces cause shock waves. In order to assess the risk of a shock-induced quench of the superconductor, one of the coils was subjected to impact loads - the so-called mechanical quench (MQ) test - in the course of the cryogenic acceptance tests at CEA in Saclay, France. No quench could be triggered even with the lowest coil stability margin. The paper demonstrates that the amplitudes of the shock waves in the W7-X magnet system are comparable to those generated by the impacts in the MQ tests. For that purpose, finite element (FE) models of both W7-X and the MQ test simulating the dynamic responses were developed and successfully validated against measurements.

  17. Quench Protection of DI-BSCCO Coil

    Yamaguchi, T.; Ueno, E.; Kato, T.; Hayashi, K.

    Quench protection is one of the most important requirements for the practical application of high-temperature-superconducting (HTS) coils. Quench protection requires that early detection of a developing quench event is followed by rapid reduction of the operating current. However, such quench detection is very difficult because HTS wire produces heat only locally due to the very slow propagation velocity of a normal zone. Excellent high voltage insulation performance is required if the current is to be reduced rapidly in a large-scale superconducting application with very large inductance. Thus it is important to investigate the behavior of coils with various decay time constants, and to detect voltages on very short time scales. This goal remains to be achieved. In the present study we built test coil and a full-scale pole coil for a 20 MW motor for use in experiments on quench protection, and parameterized the relation between the decay time constant and the detecting voltage, using a conventional balance circuit to detect the quench, which was generated by gradually raising the temperature of the coils. The results verify that a balance circuit can be used for quench detection. For example, when the current decay time constant is 4 seconds, the test coil can be protected even with a detecting voltage of 0.15 volts, despite a significant heat production rate of 126 W. We also confirmed that the full-scale pole coil, with a decay time constant of 20 seconds, can be protected with a detecting voltage of 0.06 V.

  18. Structured Light-Based Motion Tracking in the Limited View of an MR Head Coil

    Erikshøj, M.; Olesen, Oline Vinter; Conradsen, Knut;

    2013-01-01

    A markerless motion tracking (MT) system developed for use in PET brain imaging has been tested in the limited field of view (FOV) of the MR head coil from the Siemens Biograph mMR. The system is a 3D surface scanner that uses structured light (SL) to create point cloud reconstructions of the...... facial surface. The point clouds are continuously realigned to a reference scan to obtain pose estimates. The system has been tested on a mannequin head performing controlled rotational and translational axial movements within the head coil outside the range of the magnetic field. The RMS of the residual...

  19. Immunogenicity of coiled-coil based drug-free macromolecular therapeutics

    Kverka, Miloslav; Hartley, J.M.; Chu, T.W.; Yang, J.; Heidchen, R.; Kopeček, J.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 35, č. 2 (2014), s. 5886-5896. ISSN 1616-0177 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0003 Grant ostatní: NIH(US) GM095606 Institutional support: RVO:61388971 Keywords : coiled-coil * enantiomers * HPMA copolymer Subject RIV: EC - Immunology

  20. Coiled coil heterodimers with parallel and anti-parallel orientation designed for polymer drug delivery systems

    Pechar, Michal; Pola, Robert; Laga, Richard; Braunová, Alena; Ulbrich, Karel; Filippov, Sergey K.; Bogomolova, Anna; Bednárová, Lucie; Sieglová, Irena; Král, Vlastimil; Fábry, Milan; Kabešová, Martina; Kovář, Marek; Vaněk, O.

    Chiang Mai : IUPAC, 2014. 366 /BTEC-7/. [MACRO 2014 - 2014 IUPAC World Polymer Congress. 06.07.2014-11.07.2014, Chiang Mai] R&D Projects: GA ČR GCP207/12/J030 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 ; RVO:61388963 ; RVO:68378050 ; RVO:61388971 Keywords : coiled coil * hydrophilic polymers * polymer therapeutics Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  1. An antibody with a variable-region coiled-coil "knob" domain.

    Zhang, Yong; Goswami, Devrishi; Wang, Danling; Wang, Tsung-Shing Andrew; Sen, Shiladitya; Magliery, Thomas J; Griffin, Patrick R; Wang, Feng; Schultz, Peter G

    2014-01-01

    The X-ray crystal structure of a bovine antibody (BLV1H12) revealed a unique structure in its ultralong heavy chain complementarity determining region 3 (CDR3H) that folds into a solvent-exposed β-strand "stalk" fused to a disulfide crosslinked "knob" domain. We have substituted an antiparallel heterodimeric coiled-coil motif for the β-strand stalk in this antibody. The resulting antibody (Ab-coil) expresses in mammalian cells and has a stability similar to that of the parent bovine antibody. MS analysis of H-D exchange supports the coiled-coil structure of the substituted peptides. Substitution of the knob-domain of Ab-coil with bovine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (bGCSF) results in a stably expressed chimeric antibody, which proliferates mouse NFS-60 cells with a potency comparable to that of bGCSF. This work demonstrates the utility of this novel coiled-coil CDR3 motif as a means for generating stable, potent antibody fusion proteins with useful pharmacological properties. PMID:24254636

  2. Graphene-coated coupling coil for AC resistance reduction

    Miller, John M

    2014-03-04

    At least one graphene layer is formed to laterally surround a tube so that the basal plane of each graphene layer is tangential to the local surface of the tube on which the graphene layer is formed. An electrically conductive path is provided around the tube for providing high conductivity electrical path provided by the basal plane of each graphene layer. The high conductivity path can be employed for high frequency applications such as coupling coils for wireless power transmission to overcome skin depth effects and proximity effects prevalent in high frequency alternating current paths.

  3. Weathering of coil-coatings: UV radiation and thermal effects

    The effect of heat and of QUV ageing on coil coatings was tested by electrochemical impedance, and the results compared with surface analysis of the polymers by FTIR and XPS. It was shown that UV radiation is more relevant than heat to chemical degradation. A different correlation between water permeation and chemical degradation was observed depending on the coating thickness: for the thinner coatings, the higher UV degradation has corresponded to increased water absorption, whereas in the thicker coating, the bulk effect of heat was more relevant to water permeation. (Author) 10 refs

  4. Coil in coil - components for the high voltage superconducting resistive current limiter CULT 110

    Elschner, S.; Stemmle, M.; Breuer, F.; Walter, H.; Frohne, C.; Noe, M.; Bock, J.

    2008-02-01

    The German government (BMBF/VDI) funded project CULT 110 is presently the largest European current limiter project and aims at the development of a one-phase resistive limiter for the voltage level of 110 kV. The contribution presents the actual state of development of the superconducting components. As in the successful predecessor project CURL 10 these are made of melt cast processed BSCCO 2212 bulk material, however monofilar instead of bifilar coils are used. The electrical protection concept is based on a normal conducting coil arranged around a superconducting coil and connected in parallel. Simultaneously this coil serves as an electrical bypass and, under fault conditions, generates a magnetic field for quench homogenisation. Since no continuously connected shunt is needed, a much higher voltage during faults can be applied. The rules for an optimum superconductor and coil design are given and the viability of the whole concept is demonstrated by both, experiment and numerical simulation.

  5. Extrap with iron-cored coils

    In Extrap configurations there is a high average beta value with respect to the plasma confinement volume. The externally imposed magnetic field which is required for stabilization therefore comes out to have a rather moderate strength, even under expected reactor conditions. As a consequence, this field can be generated not only by conventional external conductor arrangements, but also by iron-cored coils being operated below the saturation limit. A proposal for such iron-cored coil systems is presented in this paper. As compared to conventional conductors, this has the advantage of localizing the magnetic energy of the externally imposed magnetic field mainly to the discharge vessel and the plasma volume, thereby increasing the engineering beta value substantially. Also the problems of the coil stresses and of irradiation of the coils appear to become simplified, as well as replacement of the coil system. A main limitation of this proposal is due to combination of iron core saturation with the required stabilization effect from an ion Larmor radius of sufficient relative magnitude. This limitaion requires further investigation, especially in the full-scale reactor case. Also the modifications of the field geometry by iron core shaping needs further analysis. (Author)

  6. Effects of insulation on potted superconducting coils

    Test coils using identical wire but with either Formvar or Polyesterimid insulation were fabricated to determine the effects of insulation on training behavior. It was found that the type of insulation did not affect the training behavior. While considerable attention has been paid to epoxy formulations used for superconducting coils, little study has been devoted to the effects of the wire insulation on training behavior. If the insulation does not bind well with the epoxy, the wires will not be held securely in place, and training will be required to make the coil operate at its design limit. In fact, the coil may never reach its design current, showing considerable degredation. Conversely, if the epoxy-insulation reaction is to soften or weaken the insulation, then shorts and/or training may result. The authors have undertaken a study of the effects of the insulation on potted coils wet wound with Stycast 2850 FT epoxy. The wire was insulated with one of two insulting varnishes: Formvar (a polyvinyl formal resin) or Polyesterimid (a phenolic resin). Formvar is the standard insulation in the United States while Polyesterimid the European standard

  7. Determination of Coil Inductances Cylindrical Iron Nucleus

    Azeddine Mazouz

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes the investigation and development of a structure and performance characteristics of a coil iron nucleus cylindrical (C.I.N.C. The coil iron nucleus cylindrical is a nonlinear electro radio in which the moving of the nucleus in a sense or in other causes change in inductance and can reach extreme values at the superposition of nucleus and coil centers. The variation of the inductance and the degree of freedom of movement of the nucleus can lead to a device with electromechanical conversion The aim of this paper is the determination and visualization of self inductance and mutual of the (C.I.N.C based on geometric dimensions and the displacement of the nucleus.  

  8. Measuring the orthogonality error of coil systems

    Heilig, B.; Csontos, A.; Pajunpää, K.; White, Tim; St. Louis, B.; Calp, D.

    2012-01-01

    Recently, a simple method was proposed for the determination of pitch angle between two coil axes by means of a total field magnetometer. The method is applicable when the homogeneous volume in the centre of the coil system is large enough to accommodate the total field sensor. Orthogonality of calibration coil systems used for calibrating vector magnetometers can be attained by this procedure. In addition, the method can be easily automated and applied to the calibration of delta inclination–delta declination (dIdD) magnetometers. The method was tested by several independent research groups, having a variety of test equipment, and located at differing geomagnetic observatories, including: Nurmijärvi, Finland; Hermanus, South Africa; Ottawa, Canada; Tihany, Hungary. This paper summarizes the test results, and discusses the advantages and limitations of the method.

  9. Acoustic rainbow trapping by coiling up space

    Ni, Xu

    2014-11-13

    We numerically realize the acoustic rainbow trapping effect by tapping an air waveguide with space-coiling metamaterials. Due to the high refractive-index of the space-coiling metamaterials, our device is more compact compared to the reported trapped-rainbow devices. A numerical model utilizing effective parameters is also calculated, whose results are consistent well with the direct numerical simulation of space-coiling structure. Moreover, such device with the capability of dropping different frequency components of a broadband incident temporal acoustic signal into different channels can function as an acoustic wavelength division de-multiplexer. These results may have potential applications in acoustic device design such as an acoustic filter and an artificial cochlea.

  10. OCLATOR (One Coil Low Aspect Toroidal Reactor)

    A new approach to construct a tokamak-type reactor(s) is presented. Basically the return conductors of toroidal field coils are eliminated and the toroidal field coil is replaced by one single large coil, around which there will be placed several tokamaks or other toroidal devices. The elimination of return conductors should, in addition to other advantages, improve the accessibility and maintainability of the tokamaks and offer a possible alternative to the search for special materials to withstand large neutron wall loading, as the frequency of changeover would be increased due to minimum downtime. It also makes it possible to have a low aspect ratio tokamak which should improve the β limit, so that a low toroidal magnetic field strength might be acceptable, meaning that the NbTi superconducting wire could be used. This system is named OCLATOR

  11. Acoustic rainbow trapping by coiling up space.

    Ni, Xu; Wu, Ying; Chen, Ze-Guo; Zheng, Li-Yang; Xu, Ye-Long; Nayar, Priyanka; Liu, Xiao-Ping; Lu, Ming-Hui; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2014-01-01

    We numerically realize the acoustic rainbow trapping effect by tapping an air waveguide with space-coiling metamaterials. Due to the high refractive-index of the space-coiling metamaterials, our device is more compact compared to the reported trapped-rainbow devices. A numerical model utilizing effective parameters is also calculated, whose results are consistent well with the direct numerical simulation of space-coiling structure. Moreover, such device with the capability of dropping different frequency components of a broadband incident temporal acoustic signal into different channels can function as an acoustic wavelength division de-multiplexer. These results may have potential applications in acoustic device design such as an acoustic filter and an artificial cochlea. PMID:25392033

  12. Modelling of lossy coils using fractional derivatives

    Schaefer, Ingo [Federal Armed Forces Underwater Acoustics and Marine Geophysics Research Institute, D-24148 Kiel (Germany); Krueger, Klaus [Institute of Automation Technology, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Armed Forces, 22043 Hamburg (Germany)

    2008-02-21

    Coils exposed to eddy current and hysteresis losses are conventionally described by an inductance with equivalent core-loss resistance connected in parallel. The value of the equivalent core-loss resistance depends on the working frequency and the external wiring. Thus the model is less than satisfactory. The authors propose to describe loss inductance using fractional derivatives containing both a loss term and a storage term. After introducing the theory of fractional derivatives, the operating mode of the fractional coil model is explained by the example of an RLC oscillating circuit. Subsequent measurements of a series resonant circuit with a lossy coil impressively confirm the theoretical model with regard to both the frequency and time domains.

  13. Multiple coil closure of isolated aortopulmonary collateral

    Padhi Sumanta

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A 7-month-old girl was diagnosed to have large aortopulmonary collateral during evaluation for congestive heart failure. There was no other evidence of cardiopulmonary disease. The collateral was successfully closed with multiple coils delivered sequentially. We describe the issues associated during closure of the aortopulmonary collateral in this case. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of large aortopulmonary collateral presenting with heart failure in an otherwise structurally normal heart that was closed successfully with multiple coils delivered sequentially.

  14. MIT 12 tesla test coil experiment

    A 1 m diameter test coil consisting of three 39 m lengths of Internally Cooled Cabled Superconductor (ICCS), wound in the form of three double pancakes, has been installed in the 9 T background field High Field Test Facility (HFTF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The ICCS conductor is a 486 strand bronze matrix Nb3Sn cable, encapsulated in a squaredoff JBK-75 tube with a 32% helium space. The paper describes major test coil characteristics, method of fabrication and test objectives. Tests will be performed during September-October 1984

  15. A HTS dipole insert coil constructed

    Ballarino, A; Rey, J M; Stenvall, A; Sorbi, M; Tixador, P

    2013-01-01

    This report is the deliverable report 7.4.1 “A HTS dipole insert coil constructed“. The report has three parts: “Design report for the HTS dipole insert”, “One insert pancake prototype coil constructed with the setup for a high field test”, and “All insert components ordered”. The three report parts show that, although the insert construction will be only completed by end 2013, all elements are present for a successful completion and that, given the important investments done by the participants, there is a full commitment of all of them to finish the project

  16. Coiled coil interactions for the targeting of liposomes for nucleic acid delivery

    Oude Blenke, Erik E.; van den Dikkenberg, Joep; van Kolck, Bartjan; Kros, Alexander; Mastrobattista, Enrico

    2016-04-01

    Coiled coil interactions are strong protein-protein interactions that are involved in many biological processes, including intracellular trafficking and membrane fusion. A synthetic heterodimeric coiled-coil forming peptide pair, known as E3 (EIAALEK)3 and K3 (KIAALKE)3 was used to functionalize liposomes encapsulating a splice correcting oligonucleotide or siRNA. These peptide-functionalized vesicles are highly stable in solution but start to cluster when vesicles modified with complementary peptides are mixed together, demonstrating that the peptides quickly coil and crosslink the vesicles. When one of the peptides was anchored to the cell membrane using a hydrophobic cholesterol anchor, vesicles functionalized with the complementary peptide could be docked to these cells, whereas non-functionalized cells did not show any vesicle tethering. Although the anchored peptides do not have a downstream signaling pathway, microscopy pictures revealed that after four hours, the majority of the docked vesicles were internalized by endocytosis. Finally, for the first time, it was shown that the coiled coil assembly at the interface between the vesicles and the cell membrane induces active uptake and leads to cytosolic delivery of the nucleic acid cargo. Both the siRNA and the splice correcting oligonucleotide were functionally delivered, resulting respectively in the silencing or recovery of luciferase expression in the appropriate cell lines. These results demonstrate that the docking to the cell by coiled coil interaction can induce active uptake and achieve the successful intracellular delivery of otherwise membrane impermeable nucleic acids in a highly specific manner.Coiled coil interactions are strong protein-protein interactions that are involved in many biological processes, including intracellular trafficking and membrane fusion. A synthetic heterodimeric coiled-coil forming peptide pair, known as E3 (EIAALEK)3 and K3 (KIAALKE)3 was used to functionalize liposomes

  17. Coiled coil interactions for the targeting of liposomes for nucleic acid delivery

    Oude Blenke, Erik E.; van den Dikkenberg, Joep; van Kolck, Bartjan; Kros, Alexander; Mastrobattista, Enrico

    2016-04-01

    Coiled coil interactions are strong protein-protein interactions that are involved in many biological processes, including intracellular trafficking and membrane fusion. A synthetic heterodimeric coiled-coil forming peptide pair, known as E3 (EIAALEK)3 and K3 (KIAALKE)3 was used to functionalize liposomes encapsulating a splice correcting oligonucleotide or siRNA. These peptide-functionalized vesicles are highly stable in solution but start to cluster when vesicles modified with complementary peptides are mixed together, demonstrating that the peptides quickly coil and crosslink the vesicles. When one of the peptides was anchored to the cell membrane using a hydrophobic cholesterol anchor, vesicles functionalized with the complementary peptide could be docked to these cells, whereas non-functionalized cells did not show any vesicle tethering. Although the anchored peptides do not have a downstream signaling pathway, microscopy pictures revealed that after four hours, the majority of the docked vesicles were internalized by endocytosis. Finally, for the first time, it was shown that the coiled coil assembly at the interface between the vesicles and the cell membrane induces active uptake and leads to cytosolic delivery of the nucleic acid cargo. Both the siRNA and the splice correcting oligonucleotide were functionally delivered, resulting respectively in the silencing or recovery of luciferase expression in the appropriate cell lines. These results demonstrate that the docking to the cell by coiled coil interaction can induce active uptake and achieve the successful intracellular delivery of otherwise membrane impermeable nucleic acids in a highly specific manner.Coiled coil interactions are strong protein-protein interactions that are involved in many biological processes, including intracellular trafficking and membrane fusion. A synthetic heterodimeric coiled-coil forming peptide pair, known as E3 (EIAALEK)3 and K3 (KIAALKE)3 was used to functionalize liposomes

  18. Fine-tuning of protein domain boundary by minimizing potential coiled coil regions

    Structural determination of individual protein domains isolated from multidomain proteins is a common approach in the post-genomic era. Novel and thus uncharacterized domains liberated from intact proteins often self-associate due to incorrectly defined domain boundaries. Self-association results in missing signals, poor signal dispersion and a low signal-to-noise ratio in 1H-15N HSQC spectra. We have found that a putative, non-canonical coiled coil region close to a domain boundary can cause transient hydrophobic self-association and monomer-dimer equilibrium in solution. Here we propose a rational method to predict putative coiled coil regions adjacent to the globular core domain using the program COILS. Except for the amino acid sequence, no preexisting knowledge concerning the domain is required. A small number of mutant proteins with a minimized coiled coil region have been rationally designed and tested. The engineered domains exhibit decreased self-association as assessed by 1H-15N HSQC spectra with improved peak dispersion and sharper cross peaks. Two successful examples of isolating novel N-terminal domains from AAA-ATPases are demonstrated. Our method is useful for the experimental determination of domain boundaries suited for structural genomics studies

  19. Test results of ITER model coil. 13 T - 640 MJ Nb3Sn Pulse coil

    In the project for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a Central Solenoid (CS) model coil was developed to demonstrate the feasibility of the coil design and fabrication procedure. The model coil was installed in the test facility at JAERI, Naka, and a performance test is being carried out. The cool-down was completed without cold He leakage at the beginning of April 2000. We could charge the model coil up to the nominal current of 46 kA without quenching in the first DC charging test. The model coil could generate the maximum field of 13 T, and the stored energy was 640 MJ. A manual dump test was also performed with the time constant of 5.3 s from the nominal current. A maximum voltage of 4.8 kV appeared in the coil during the dump test, and no damage was found after the test. In the pulse operation test, the coil could be ramped up to the nominal current in 26 s, with the maximum ramping rate of 0.5 T/s. The target ramping rate of 0.4 T/s was satisfied. The test results are described in this paper. (author)

  20. Antiparallel coiled-coil–mediated dimerization of myosin X

    Lu, Qing; Ye, Fei; Wei, Zhiyi; Wen, Zilong; Zhang, Mingjie

    2012-01-01

    Processive movements of unconventional myosins on actin filaments generally require motor dimerization. A commonly accepted myosin dimerization mechanism is via formation of a parallel coiled-coil dimer by a stretch of amino acid residues immediately carboxyl-terminal to the motor’s lever-arm domain. Here, we discover that the predicted coiled-coil region of myosin X forms a highly stable, antiparallel coiled-coil dimer (anti-CC). Disruption of the anti-CC either by single-point mutations or ...

  1. Final design and construction of the Wendelstein7-X coils

    The Stellarator of the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) experiment contains a system of 50 non-planar and 20 planar superconducting coils. The coils were designed by the IPP. The coil manufacturing and inspection is shared between several European enterprises and consortiums. The coils consist of the winding pack embedded in a stainless steel casing and of the related instrumentation. Design details, tolerances and guarantee values and differences between the coils types are described in the contribution. The features of the superconductor are described separately. Finally, the contribution indicates measures adopted by the W7-X project to ensure the quality of the coil design and manufacturing

  2. Study of electric phenomena in energy dumping of LCT coil

    In IEA-LCT coil, electric phenomena in energy dumping were studied analytically and experimentally. Protection resistance of the Japanese LCT coil is chosen as 0.1 Ω considering the quenching voltage, so that temperature rise of the coil is no problem. Energy dumping characteristic of the six-coil system is calculated under different conditions. It is concluded that simultaneous dumping of all the coils with the equivalent resistance values of protection is necessary. Flashover voltage tests of the model in 4.2 K liquid helium, 4.2 K gas helium and 4.2 K boiling helium show margin in practical quenching voltage of the coil. (author)

  3. The Affinity of the Dynein Microtubule-Binding Domain is Modulated by the Conformation of its Coiled-Coil Stalk*

    Gibbons, I. R.; Garbarino, Joan E.; Tan, Carol E.; Reck-Peterson, Samara L; Vale, Ronald D.; Carter, Andrew P.

    2005-01-01

    The microtubule binding domain (MTBD) of dynein is separated from the AAA core of the motor by an ~15 nm stalk that is predicted to consist of an anti-parallel coiled coil. However, the structure of this coiled-coil and the mechanism it uses to mediate communication between the MTBD and ATP-binding core are unknown. Here, we sought to identify the optimal alignment between the hydrophobic heptad repeats in the two strands of the stalk coiled-coil. To do this, we fused the MTBD of mouse cytopl...

  4. Stellarator coil design and plasma sensitivity

    The rich information contained in the plasma response to external magnetic perturbations can be used to help design stellarator coils more effectively. We demonstrate the feasibility by first developing a simple direct method to study perturbations in stellarators that do not break stellarator symmetry and periodicity. The method applies a small perturbation to the plasma boundary and evaluates the resulting perturbed free-boundary equilibrium to build up a sensitivity matrix for the important physics attributes of the underlying configuration. Using this sensitivity information, design methods for better stellarator coils are then developed. The procedure and a proof-of-principle application are given that (1) determine the spatial distributions of external normal magnetic field at the location of the unperturbed plasma boundary to which the plasma properties are most sensitive, (2) determine the distributions of external normal magnetic field that can be produced most efficiently by distant coils, and (3) choose the ratios of the magnitudes of the efficiently produced magnetic distributions so the sensitive plasma properties can be controlled. Using these methods, sets of modular coils are found for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) which are either smoother or can be located much farther from the plasma boundary than those of the present design.

  5. Stellarator Coil Design and Plasma Sensitivity

    The rich information contained in the plasma response to external magnetic perturbations can be used to help design stellarator coils more effectively. We demonstrate the feasibility by first devel oping a simple, direct method to study perturbations in stellarators that do not break stellarator symmetry and periodicity. The method applies a small perturbation to the plasma boundary and evaluates the resulting perturbed free-boundary equilibrium to build up a sensitivity matrix for the important physics attributes of the underlying configuration. Using this sensitivity information, design methods for better stellarator coils are then developed. The procedure and a proof-of-principle application are given that (1) determine the spatial distributions of external normal magnetic field at the location of the unperturbed plasma boundary to which the plasma properties are most sen- sitive, (2) determine the distributions of external normal magnetic field that can be produced most efficiently by distant coils, (3) choose the ratios of the magnitudes of the the efficiently produced magnetic distributions so the sensitive plasma properties can be controlled. Using these methods, sets of modular coils are found for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) that are either smoother or can be located much farther from the plasma boundary than those of the present design.

  6. Study on the knee joint imaging for using SENSE coil

    The sensitivity encoding (SENSE) method is a fast-imaging method using multiple reception coils. The method, however, is often restricted by the number or directions of coil, and it tends to cause its own peculiar artifacts. A SENSE-Flex-M coil is commonly used in the area of the knee joint. In this study, we attempted to use a SENSE-Cardiac coil, and reported from the point of view in examination thme, the coil operation and image quality. The results showed that the SENSE-Cardiac coil could be more easily fix to the patients than the SENSE-Flex-M coil and shortens the imaging time by increasing the SENSE-factor up to 2.5 in saggital images, 1.4 near appearance of artifacts in coronal images. We concluded that it was possible to make examinations more quickly and simply by choosing suitable SENSE coils based on their qualities and characteristics. (author)

  7. Mechanical design of a high field common coil magnet

    Caspi, S; Dietderich, D R; Gourlay, S A; Gupta, R; McInturff, A; Millos, G; Scanlan, R M

    1999-01-01

    A common coil design for high field 2-in-1 accelerator magnets has been previously presented as a "conductor-friendly" option for high field magnets applicable for a Very Large Hadron Collider. This paper presents the mechanical design for a 14 tesla 2-in-1 dipole based on the common coil design approach. The magnet will use a high current density Nb/sub 3/Sn conductor. The design addresses mechanical issues particular to the common coil geometry: horizontal support against coil edges, vertical preload on coil faces, end loading and support, and coil stresses and strains. The magnet is the second in a series of racetrack coil magnets that will provide experimental verification of the common coil design approach. (9 refs).

  8. Modular Coils and Plasma Configurations for Quasi-axisymmetric Stellarators

    L.P. Ku and A.H. Boozer

    2010-09-10

    Characteristics of modular coils for quasi-axisymmetric stellarators that are related to the plasma aspect ratio, number of field periods and rotational transform have been examined systematically. It is observed that, for a given plasma aspect ratio, the coil complexity tends to increase with the increased number of field periods. For a given number of field periods, the toroidal excursion of coil winding is reduced as the plasma aspect ratio is increased. It is also clear that the larger the coil-plasma separation is, the more complex the coils become. It is further demonstrated that it is possible to use other types of coils to complement modular coils to improve both the physics and the modular coil characteristics.

  9. Testing electrical insulation of LCT coils and instrumentation

    Three of the superconducting test coils in the Large Coil Task (LCT) use conductors cooled internally by forced flow of helium. In the other three coils, the conductors are cooled externally by a bath of helium. The coils and facility are designed for rapid discharges (dumps) at voltages up to 2.5 kV, depending on coil design. Many coil sensors are connected electrically to the conductors. These sensor leads and signal conditioning equipment also experience high voltage. High-potential tests of ground insulation were performed on all components of the International Fusion Superconducting Magnet Test Facility (IFSMTF). Coil insulation was also tested by ring-down tests that produced voltage distributions within the coils like those occurring during rapid discharge. Methods were developed to localize problem areas and to eliminate them. The effect on breakdown voltage near the Paschen minimum of magnetic fields up to 2 T was investigated

  10. Integrated-blanket-coil (IBC) concept applied to the OH-coil for spherical tori

    This concept combines blanket and coil functions into a single component. The objectives of the concept are to: (1) provide design options, (2) simplify overall configuration, (3) enhance compactness, and (4) reduce costs. Some drawings of the system are given

  11. Compressing DNA sequence databases with coil

    Hendy Michael D

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Publicly available DNA sequence databases such as GenBank are large, and are growing at an exponential rate. The sheer volume of data being dealt with presents serious storage and data communications problems. Currently, sequence data is usually kept in large "flat files," which are then compressed using standard Lempel-Ziv (gzip compression – an approach which rarely achieves good compression ratios. While much research has been done on compressing individual DNA sequences, surprisingly little has focused on the compression of entire databases of such sequences. In this study we introduce the sequence database compression software coil. Results We have designed and implemented a portable software package, coil, for compressing and decompressing DNA sequence databases based on the idea of edit-tree coding. coil is geared towards achieving high compression ratios at the expense of execution time and memory usage during compression – the compression time represents a "one-off investment" whose cost is quickly amortised if the resulting compressed file is transmitted many times. Decompression requires little memory and is extremely fast. We demonstrate a 5% improvement in compression ratio over state-of-the-art general-purpose compression tools for a large GenBank database file containing Expressed Sequence Tag (EST data. Finally, coil can efficiently encode incremental additions to a sequence database. Conclusion coil presents a compelling alternative to conventional compression of flat files for the storage and distribution of DNA sequence databases having a narrow distribution of sequence lengths, such as EST data. Increasing compression levels for databases having a wide distribution of sequence lengths is a direction for future work.

  12. GBNV encoded movement protein (NSm) remodels ER network via C-terminal coiled coil domain

    Singh, Pratibha; Savithri, H.S., E-mail: bchss@biochem.iisc.ernet.in

    2015-08-15

    Plant viruses exploit the host machinery for targeting the viral genome–movement protein complex to plasmodesmata (PD). The mechanism by which the non-structural protein m (NSm) of Groundnut bud necrosis virus (GBNV) is targeted to PD was investigated using Agrobacterium mediated transient expression of NSm and its fusion proteins in Nicotiana benthamiana. GFP:NSm formed punctuate structures that colocalized with mCherry:plasmodesmata localized protein 1a (PDLP 1a) confirming that GBNV NSm localizes to PD. Unlike in other movement proteins, the C-terminal coiled coil domain of GBNV NSm was shown to be involved in the localization of NSm to PD, as deletion of this domain resulted in the cytoplasmic localization of NSm. Treatment with Brefeldin A demonstrated the role of ER in targeting GFP NSm to PD. Furthermore, mCherry:NSm co-localized with ER–GFP (endoplasmic reticulum targeting peptide (HDEL peptide fused with GFP). Co-expression of NSm with ER–GFP showed that the ER-network was transformed into vesicles indicating that NSm interacts with ER and remodels it. Mutations in the conserved hydrophobic region of NSm (residues 130–138) did not abolish the formation of vesicles. Additionally, the conserved prolines at positions 140 and 142 were found to be essential for targeting the vesicles to the cell membrane. Further, systematic deletion of amino acid residues from N- and C-terminus demonstrated that N-terminal 203 amino acids are dispensable for the vesicle formation. On the other hand, the C-terminal coiled coil domain when expressed alone could also form vesicles. These results suggest that GBNV NSm remodels the ER network by forming vesicles via its interaction through the C-terminal coiled coil domain. Interestingly, NSm interacts with NP in vitro and coexpression of these two proteins in planta resulted in the relocalization of NP to PD and this relocalization was abolished when the N-terminal unfolded region of NSm was deleted. Thus, the NSm

  13. GBNV encoded movement protein (NSm) remodels ER network via C-terminal coiled coil domain

    Plant viruses exploit the host machinery for targeting the viral genome–movement protein complex to plasmodesmata (PD). The mechanism by which the non-structural protein m (NSm) of Groundnut bud necrosis virus (GBNV) is targeted to PD was investigated using Agrobacterium mediated transient expression of NSm and its fusion proteins in Nicotiana benthamiana. GFP:NSm formed punctuate structures that colocalized with mCherry:plasmodesmata localized protein 1a (PDLP 1a) confirming that GBNV NSm localizes to PD. Unlike in other movement proteins, the C-terminal coiled coil domain of GBNV NSm was shown to be involved in the localization of NSm to PD, as deletion of this domain resulted in the cytoplasmic localization of NSm. Treatment with Brefeldin A demonstrated the role of ER in targeting GFP NSm to PD. Furthermore, mCherry:NSm co-localized with ER–GFP (endoplasmic reticulum targeting peptide (HDEL peptide fused with GFP). Co-expression of NSm with ER–GFP showed that the ER-network was transformed into vesicles indicating that NSm interacts with ER and remodels it. Mutations in the conserved hydrophobic region of NSm (residues 130–138) did not abolish the formation of vesicles. Additionally, the conserved prolines at positions 140 and 142 were found to be essential for targeting the vesicles to the cell membrane. Further, systematic deletion of amino acid residues from N- and C-terminus demonstrated that N-terminal 203 amino acids are dispensable for the vesicle formation. On the other hand, the C-terminal coiled coil domain when expressed alone could also form vesicles. These results suggest that GBNV NSm remodels the ER network by forming vesicles via its interaction through the C-terminal coiled coil domain. Interestingly, NSm interacts with NP in vitro and coexpression of these two proteins in planta resulted in the relocalization of NP to PD and this relocalization was abolished when the N-terminal unfolded region of NSm was deleted. Thus, the NSm

  14. Investigation of the corrosion behavior of cooling coil material in a simulated concrete environment

    Pitting corrosion of the cooling coils embedded in the concrete roof of the waste tanks is one of the suspected causes of the recent cooling coil failures. Cyclic polarization tests were conducted to predict the threshold chloride level above which pitting would initiate. The threshold chloride level was determined to be 9000 ppM. Although these tests predict the electrochemical or corrosion behavior of the metal, they may not predict the severity of attack. Further tests which investigate the effect of the permeability of the concrete matrix on the transport of water and oxygen to the metal surface are planned to assess the severity of attack

  15. Mechanical Response and Conformational Amplification in α-Helical Coiled Coils

    Yogurtcu, Osman N.; Wolgemuth, Charles W.; Sun, Sean X.

    2010-01-01

    α-Helical coiled coils (CCs) are ubiquitous tertiary structural domains that are often found in mechanoproteins. CCs have mechanical rigidity and are often involved in force transmission between protein domains. Although crystal structures of CCs are available, information about their conformational flexibility is limited. The role of hydrophobic interactions in determining the CC conformation is not clear. In this work we examined the mechanical responses of typical CCs and constructed a coa...

  16. Plasmodium vivax antigen discovery based on alpha-helical coiled coil protein motif.

    Nora Céspedes

    Full Text Available Protein α-helical coiled coil structures that elicit antibody responses, which block critical functions of medically important microorganisms, represent a means for vaccine development. By using bioinformatics algorithms, a total of 50 antigens with α-helical coiled coil motifs orthologous to Plasmodium falciparum were identified in the P. vivax genome. The peptides identified in silico were chemically synthesized; circular dichroism studies indicated partial or high α-helical content. Antigenicity was evaluated using human sera samples from malaria-endemic areas of Colombia and Papua New Guinea. Eight of these fragments were selected and used to assess immunogenicity in BALB/c mice. ELISA assays indicated strong reactivity of serum samples from individuals residing in malaria-endemic regions and sera of immunized mice, with the α-helical coiled coil structures. In addition, ex vivo production of IFN-γ by murine mononuclear cells confirmed the immunogenicity of these structures and the presence of T-cell epitopes in the peptide sequences. Moreover, sera of mice immunized with four of the eight antigens recognized native proteins on blood-stage P. vivax parasites, and antigenic cross-reactivity with three of the peptides was observed when reacted with both the P. falciparum orthologous fragments and whole parasites. Results here point to the α-helical coiled coil peptides as possible P. vivax malaria vaccine candidates as were observed for P. falciparum. Fragments selected here warrant further study in humans and non-human primate models to assess their protective efficacy as single components or assembled as hybrid linear epitopes.

  17. Self-Assembling Peptide-Polymer Hydrogels Designed From the Coiled Coil Region of Fibrin

    Jing, Peng; Rudra, Jai S; Herr, Andrew B.; Collier, Joel H.

    2008-01-01

    Biomaterials constructed from self-assembling peptides, peptide derivatives, and peptide-polymer conjugates are receiving increasing attention as defined matrices for tissue engineering, controlled therapeutic release, and in vitro cell expansion, but many are constructed from peptide structures not typically found in the human extracellular matrix. Here we report a self-assembling biomaterial constructed from a designed peptide inspired by the coiled coil domain of human fibrin, the major pr...

  18. Coiled coil peptides as universal linkers for the attachment of recombinant proteins to polymer therapeutics

    Pechar, Michal; Pola, Robert; Laga, Richard; Ulbrich, Karel; Bednárová, Lucie; Maloň, Petr; Sieglová, Irena; Král, Vlastimil; Fábry, Milan; Vaněk, O.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 12, č. 10 (2011), s. 3645-3655. ISSN 1525-7797 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/08/0543; GA MŠk 1M0505 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505; CEZ:AV0Z40550506; CEZ:AV0Z50520514 Keywords : coiled coil * polymer therapeutics * drug targeting Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 5.479, year: 2011

  19. Design and Testing of Coils for Pulsed Electromagnetic Forming

    Golovashchenko, S.; Bessonov, N.; R Davies

    2006-01-01

    Coil design influences the distribution of electromagnetic forces applied to both the blank and the coil. The required energy of the process is usually defined by deformation of the blank. However, the discharge also results in a significant amount of heat being generated and accumulating in the coil. Therefore, EMF process design involves working with three different problems: 1) propagation of an electromagnetic field through the coil-blank system and generation of pulsed electromagnetic pr...

  20. Multiple-Coil, Pulse-Induction Metal Detector

    Lesky, Edward S.; Reid, Alan M.; Bushong, Wilton E.; Dickey, Duane P.

    1988-01-01

    Multiple-head, pulse-induction metal detector scans area of 72 feet squared with combination of eight detector heads, each 3 ft. square. Head includes large primary coil inducing current in smaller secondary coils. Array of eight heads enables searcher to cover large area quickly. Pulses applied to primary coil, induced in secondary coils measured to determine whether metal present within range of detector head. Detector designed for recovery of Space Shuttle debris.

  1. Leveraging intrinsic chain anisotropy to align coil-coil block copolymers with magnetic fields

    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Zhang, Kai; Gopinadhan, Manesh; Larson, Steve; Majewski, Pawel; Yager, Kevin; Gopalan, Padma; O'Hern, Corey; Osuji, Chinedum

    Magnetic field alignment of block copolymers (BCPs) has typically relied on the presence of liquid crystalline or crystalline assemblies to provide sufficient magnetic anisotropy to drive alignment. Recent experiments however show that alignment is also possible in simple coil-coil BCPs. In particular, alignment of lamellae was observed in poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine) (PS-P4VP) on cooling across the order-disorder transition at field strengths as low as 1 T, with alignment improving markedly with increasing field strength and decreasing cooling rate. Here we discuss the intrinsic chain anisotropy which drives the observed alignment, and its display as a net microdomain anisotropy due to chain tethering at the block interface. We use in-situ X-ray scattering to study the phase behavior and temperature-, time-, and field- dependent dynamics of magnetic alignment in coil-coil BCPs, highlighting the important roles of chain anisotropy and grain size in alignment. For the right combination of field strength and grain size, we can leverage intrinsic chain anisotropy to magnetically direct self-assembly in other coil-coil systems, including cylinder-forming poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane). Field alignment of PS-P4VP with PEO and other blends provides a route to form functional materials such as nanoporous films and ion conducting polymers.

  2. RWM control studies on RFX-mod with a limited set of active coils

    In this paper, the results of resistive wall mode (RWM) control experiments using several sets of active coils are presented. The control effectiveness as a function of coil number and covered torus surface is studied in the RFX-mod device, thanks to the powerful and flexible MHD active control system. Active control is tried using similar coil number and size both in the reversed field pinch (RFP) and in the tokamak configurations, giving a good experimental set to exploit the differences between the two cases. The experimental results are compared with predictions by a new integrated simulator for closed loop RWM growth. The numerical tool couples, in a self-consistent way, a full 3D finite element description of the machine boundaries, a 2D toroidal model of RFP plasma stability and a model of the RFX-mod control system, producing an overall dynamic model cast in the state variable space. In this way a full dynamic flight simulator of RWM control experiments is implemented, where coil coverage and experimental proportional–integral–derivative gains are explored in simulations. Both in the performed experiments and in simulations wall mode active control is proven to be possible in both the configurations with a very reduced set of active control coils. (paper)

  3. Transport of one SC coil through the village of Meyrin

    1956-01-01

    The energizing coils of the Synchro-cyclotron magnet were manufactured in Belgium before travelling to Basel in Switzerland by boat and continuing by road to Geneva. The first coil reached Geneva in December 1955, with the second following in early 1956. The coils were stored in a hangar at the Geneva airport before they were brought to CERN in May 1956.

  4. A voice coil motor based measuring force control system for tactile scanning profiler

    Feng, Shengdong; Liu, Xiaojun; Chen, Liangzhou; Zhou, Liping; Lu, Wenlong

    2015-02-01

    In tactile scanning profiler, the measuring force would change in a wide range when it was used for profile measurement in a large range, which could possibly destroy the measured surface. To solve the problem, measuring force control system for tactile scanning profiler was needed. In the paper, a voice coil motor-based measuring force control system for tactile scanning profiler was designed. In the design, a low stiffness coefficient spring was used to provide contact force, while a voice coil motor (VCM) to balance the spring force so that the contact force could be kept for constant measuring force. A VCM was designed specially, and for active measuring force control, a precision current source circuit under the control of a DSP unit was designed to drive the VCM. The performance of voice coil motor based measuring force control system had been tested, and its good characteristics were verified.

  5. Globular structures of a helix-coil copolymer: self-consistent treatment.

    Nowak, C; Rostiashvili, V G; Vilgis, T A

    2007-01-21

    A self-consistent-field theory was developed in the grand canonical ensemble formulation to study transitions in a helix-coil multiblock globule. Helical and coil parts are treated as stiff rods and self-avoiding walks of variable lengths correspondingly. The resulting field theory takes, in addition to the conventional Zimm-Bragg, [J. Chem. Phys. 31, 526 (1959)] parameters, also three-dimensional interaction terms into account. The appropriate differential equations which determine the self-consistent fields were solved numerically with finite element method. Three different phase states are found: open chain, amorphous globule, and nematic liquid-crystalline (LC) globule. The LC-globule formation is driven by the interplay between the hydrophobic helical segment attraction and the anisotropic globule surface energy of an entropic nature. The full phase diagram of the helix-coil copolymer was calculated and thoroughly discussed. The suggested theory shows a clear interplay between secondary and tertiary structures in globular homopolypeptides. PMID:17249898

  6. Enhanced heat transfer using wire-coil inserts for high-heat-load applications

    Enhanced heat-transfer techniques, used to significantly reduce temperatures and thermally induced stresses on beam-strike surfaces, are routinely used at the APS in all critical high-heat-load components. A new heat-transfer enhancement technique being evaluated at the APS involving the use of wire-coil inserts proves to be superior to previously employed techniques. Wire coils, similar in appearance to a common spring, are fabricated from solid wire to precise tolerances to mechanically fit inside standard 0.375-in-diameter cooling channels. In this study, a matrix of wire coils, fabricated with a series of different pitches from several different wire diameters, has been tested for heat-transfer performance and resulting pressure loss. This paper reviews the experimental data and the analytical calculations, compares the data with existing correlations, and interprets the results for APS front-end high-heat-load components

  7. Field load and displacement boundary condition computer program used for the finite element analysis and design of toroidal field coils in a tokamak

    The design evaluation of toroidal field coils on the Princeton Large Torus (PLT), the Poloidal Diverter Experiment (PDX) and the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) has been performed by structural analysis with the finite element method. The technique employed has been simplified with supplementary computer programs that are used to generate the input data for the finite element computer program. Significant automation has been provided by computer codes in three areas of data input. These are the definition of coil geometry by a mesh of node points, the definition of finite elements via the node points and the definition of the node point force/displacement boundary conditions. The computer programs by name that have been used to perform the above functions are PDXNODE, ELEMENT and PDXFORC. The geometric finite element modeling options for toroidal field coils provided by PDXNODE include one-fourth or one-half symmetric sections of circular coils, oval shaped coils or dee-shaped coils with or without a beveled wedging surface. The program ELEMENT which defines the finite elements for input to the finite element computer code can provide considerable time and labor savings when defining the model of coils of non-uniform cross-section or when defining the model of coils whose material properties are different in the R and THETA directions due to the laminations of alternate epoxy and copper windings. The modeling features provided by the program ELEMENT have been used to analyze the PLT and the TFTR toroidal field coils with integral support structures. The computer program named PDXFORC is described. It computes the node point forces in a model of a toroidal field coil from the vector crossproduct of the coil current and the magnetic field. The model can be of one-half or one-fourth symmetry to be consistent with the node model defined by PDXNODE, and the magnetic field is computed from toroidal or poloidal coils

  8. First-order Wire-wound SQUID Gradiometer System Having Compact Superconductive Connection Structure between SQUID and Pickup Coil

    In order to have a superconductive connection between the wire-wound pickup coil and input coil, typically Nb terminal blocks with screw holes are used. Since this connection structure occupies large volume, large stray pickup area can be generated which can pickup external noise fields. Thus, SQUID and connection block are shielded inside a superconducting tube, and this SQUID module is located at some distance from the distal coil of the gradiometer to minimize the distortion or imbalance of uniform background field due to the superconducting module. To operate this conventional SQUID module, we need a higher liquid He level, resulting in shorter refill interval. To make the fabrication of gradiometers simpler and refill interval longer, we developed a novel method of connecting the pickup coil into the input coil. Gradiometer coil wound of 0.125-mm diameter NbTi wires were glued close to the input coil pads of SQUID. The superconductive connection was made using an ultrasonic bonding of annealed 0.025-mm diameter Nb wires, bonded directly on the surface of NbTi wires where insulation layer was stripped out. The reliability of the superconductive bonding was good enough to sustain several thermal cycling. The stray pickup area due to this connection structure is about 0.1 mm2 , much smaller than the typical stray pickup area using the conventional screw block method. By using this compact connection structure, the position of the SQUID sensor is only about 20-30 mm from the distal coil of the gradiometer. Based on this compact module, we fabricated a magnetocardiography system having 61 first-order axial gradiometers, and measured MCG signals. The gradiometers have a coil diameter of 20 mm, and the baseline is 70 mm. The 61 axial gradiometer bobbins were distributed in a hexagonal lattice structure with a sensor interval of 26 mm, measuring dBz/dz component of magnetocardiography signals.

  9. First-order Wire-wound SQUID Gradiometer System Having Compact Superconductive Connection Structure between SQUID and Pickup Coil

    Lee, Y. H.; Yu, K. K.; Kim, J. M.; Kwon, H.; Kim, K.; Park, Y. K. [Biosignal Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-10-15

    In order to have a superconductive connection between the wire-wound pickup coil and input coil, typically Nb terminal blocks with screw holes are used. Since this connection structure occupies large volume, large stray pickup area can be generated which can pickup external noise fields. Thus, SQUID and connection block are shielded inside a superconducting tube, and this SQUID module is located at some distance from the distal coil of the gradiometer to minimize the distortion or imbalance of uniform background field due to the superconducting module. To operate this conventional SQUID module, we need a higher liquid He level, resulting in shorter refill interval. To make the fabrication of gradiometers simpler and refill interval longer, we developed a novel method of connecting the pickup coil into the input coil. Gradiometer coil wound of 0.125-mm diameter NbTi wires were glued close to the input coil pads of SQUID. The superconductive connection was made using an ultrasonic bonding of annealed 0.025-mm diameter Nb wires, bonded directly on the surface of NbTi wires where insulation layer was stripped out. The reliability of the superconductive bonding was good enough to sustain several thermal cycling. The stray pickup area due to this connection structure is about 0.1 mm{sup 2} , much smaller than the typical stray pickup area using the conventional screw block method. By using this compact connection structure, the position of the SQUID sensor is only about 20-30 mm from the distal coil of the gradiometer. Based on this compact module, we fabricated a magnetocardiography system having 61 first-order axial gradiometers, and measured MCG signals. The gradiometers have a coil diameter of 20 mm, and the baseline is 70 mm. The 61 axial gradiometer bobbins were distributed in a hexagonal lattice structure with a sensor interval of 26 mm, measuring dB{sub z}/dz component of magnetocardiography signals.

  10. Structural attributes for the recognition of weak and anomalous regions in coiled-coils of myosins and other motor proteins

    Sunitha Margaret S

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coiled-coils are found in different proteins like transcription factors, myosin tail domain, tropomyosin, leucine zippers and kinesins. Analysis of various structures containing coiled-coils has revealed the importance of electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. In such domains, regions of different strength of interactions need to be identified since they could be biologically relevant. Findings We have updated our coiled-coil validation webserver, now called COILCHECK+, where new features were added to efficiently identify the strength of interaction at the interface region and measure the density of charged residues and hydrophobic residues. We have examined charged residues and hydrophobic ladders, using a new algorithm called CHAHO, which is incorporated within COILCHECK + server. CHAHO permits the identification of spatial charged residue patches and the continuity of hydrophobic ladder which stabilizes and destabilizes the coiled-coil structure. Conclusions The availability of such computational tools should be useful to understand the importance of spatial clustering of charged residues and the continuity of hydrophobic residues at the interface region of coiled-coil dimers. COILCHECK + is a structure based tool to validate coiled-coil stability; it can be accessed at http://caps.ncbs.res.in/coilcheckplus.

  11. Coil compaction after embolization of the superior mesenteric artery pseudoaneurysm

    Hama, Yukihiro; Iwasaki, Yoshie; Kaji, Tatsumi; Kusano, Shoichi [Department of Radiology, National Defense Medical College, 3-2 Namiki, Tokorozawa, 3590042 Saitama (Japan); Hatsuse, Kazuo [Department of Surgery I, National Defense Medical College, 3-2 Namiki, Tokorozawa, 3590042 Saitama (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    A 58-year-old man with an abscess of the psoas muscle was returned to our hospital with hematemesis. Two years earlier, he had undergone coil embolization for a superior mesenteric artery (SMA) pseudoaneurysm secondary to pancreatitis. Based on the physical examination, serum amylase level, and abdominal radiographs, a diagnosis of acute exacerbation of pancreatitis and coil compaction of the SMA pseudoaneurysm was made. The patient underwent re-embolization for the coil compaction using interlocking detachable coils. His condition improved gradually, and he was discharged 3 weeks later. To our knowledge, this is the first report of coil compaction of SMA pseudoaneurysm. (orig.)

  12. Design of a superconducting 20 MJ induction coil

    This paper presents the results of the detailed design and analyses of the 20 MJ superconducting induction heating coil. The coil is designed to store 20 MJ at 50 kA. The superconductor material is NbTi for a 7.5 tesla maximum field. The coil is designed to survive at least 100,000 cycles of full bipolar half cycle sinusoidal operation from +7.5 tesla to -7.5 tesla fields in one second. The analysis shows that the coil design will meet or exceed all of the performance requirements. The coil is designed to be mechanically rugged and manufacturable

  13. Random coil chemical shift for intrinsically disordered proteins

    Kjærgaard, Magnus; Brander, Søren; Poulsen, Flemming Martin

    2011-01-01

    Secondary chemical shift analysis is the main NMR method for detection of transiently formed secondary structure in intrinsically disordered proteins. The quality of the secondary chemical shifts is dependent on an appropriate choice of random coil chemical shifts. We report random coil chemical....... Temperature has a non-negligible effect on the (13)C random coil chemical shifts, so temperature coefficients are reported for the random coil chemical shifts to allow extrapolation to other temperatures. The pH dependence of the histidine random coil chemical shifts is investigated in a titration series...

  14. Mechanical characteristics of the ATLAS B0 model coil

    Foussat, A; Dudarev, A; Mayri, C; Miele, P; Sun, Z; ten Kate, H H J; Volpini, G

    2003-01-01

    The ATLAS B0 model coil has been tested at CERN to verify the design parameters of the Barrel Toroid coils (BT). The mechanical behavior of the B0 superconducting coil and its support structure is reported and compared with coil design calculations. The mechanical stresses and structural force levels during cooling down and excitation phases were monitored using strain gauges, position sensors and capacitive force transducers instrumentation. In the ATLAS magnet test facility, a magnetic mirror is used to reproduce the electromagnetic forces present in the BT coils, once these are assembled in toroid in the underground cavern in 2004. (8 refs).

  15. Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with superconducting TF coils

    Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with super-conducting toroidal field (TF) coils has been proposed. A center solenoid coil system and an inboard blanket were discarded. The key point was how to find the engineering design solution of the TF coil system with the high field and high current density. The coil system with the center post radius of less than 1 m can generate the maximum field of ∼ 20 T. This coil system causes a compact reactor concept, where the plasma major and minor radii of 3.75 m and 1.9 m, respectively and the fusion power of 1.8 GW. (author)

  16. SSC [Superconducting Super Collider] dipole coil production tooling

    Superconducting Super Collider dipole coils must be produced to high precision to ensure uniform prestress and even conductor distribution within the collared coil assembly. Tooling is being prepared at Fermilab for the production of high precision 1M and 16.6M SSC dipole coils suitable for mass production. The design and construction methods builds on the Tevatron tooling and production experience. Details of the design and construction methods and measured coil uniformity of 1M coils will be presented. 4 refs., 10 figs

  17. Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with superconducting TF coils

    Tight aspect ratio tokamak power reactor with super-conducting toroidal field (TF) coils has been proposed. A center solenoid coil system and an inboard blanket were discarded. The key point was how to find the engineering design solution of the TF coil system with the high and high current density. The coil system with the center post radius of less than 1 m can generate the maximum field of ∼20 T. This coil system causes, a compact reactor concept, where the plasma major and minor radii o 3.75 m and 1.9 m, respectively and the fusion power of 1.8 GW. (author)

  18. Application of Microstructure Engineering in Steel Coil Cooling Process

    LIU Zheng-dong; D Q Jin; I V Samarasekera; J K Brimacombe

    2005-01-01

    The coil cooling and its role in a hot strip mill were reviewed.A mathematical model was developed to describe and analyze the thermal history and its impact on precipitation phenomena during coil cooling for plain car bon,HSLA-V and HSLA-Nb steels.The predicted result of the thermal model was compared with that measured from industrial coil.The effect of cooling condition and coil dimension on the thermal history and final mechanical properties of the steel strip was examined.The coiling temperature and cooling rate have crucial influence on the precipitation strengthening.

  19. Superconducting coil system and methods of assembling the same

    Rajput-Ghoshal, Renuka; Rochford, James H.; Ghoshal, Probir K.

    2016-01-19

    A superconducting magnet apparatus is provided. The superconducting magnet apparatus includes a power source configured to generate a current; a first switch coupled in parallel to the power source; a second switch coupled in series to the power source; a coil coupled in parallel to the first switch and the second switch; and a passive quench protection device coupled to the coil and configured to by-pass the current around the coil and to decouple the coil from the power source when the coil experiences a quench.

  20. The use of horizontal axis coils for the eddy current inspection of fast breeder reactor primary vessels

    This paper reports on an investigation into the feasibility of using eddy current techniques for inspecting the primary austenitic vessel of the LMFBR. The use of horizontal axis coils in this study was prompted by the work of Riaziat and Auld who have suggested that horizontal axis coils may be better for flaw detection than the more conventional vertical axis coils. An analytical theory has been used to obtain impedance change values when a horizontal axis coil is brought close to a conducting half space. These values have been compared with experimental data with values obtained from a newly developed approximate model for the half space system. The approximate model assumes that the inducing magnetic field is uniform in the surface of the material half space. The approximate model has been extended to consider half space stratification

  1. Multiple frequency MR implantable coil system for in vivo studies of bioartificial pancreas at 11.1 T

    Volland, N. A.; Taylor, C. A.; Mareci, T. H.; Constantinidis, I.

    2005-11-01

    Bioartificial pancreatic macroconstructs may deliver insulin secreting cells for blood glucose regulation. Non-invasively monitoring in vivo is key to understanding its function and efficacy. Initial NMR imaging & spectroscopy showed great promise with surface coils at 4.7 T. Sensitivity limitations restrict measurements so we developed an inductively-coupled multiple-frequency coil system for 11.1 T. This system contains an implantable loop-gap resonator, inductively coupled to an external coil, resonating at 471 MHz for ^1H and optimized for ^31P at 191 MHz. This system has a sensitivity gain of ˜5.2 (±2.3) over a surface coil. Images were acquired for both frequencies. Ongoing work focuses on: 1) a receive-only coil system, 2) adding a third resonance (443 MHz for ^19F), and 3) developing coating material and embedding the implantable coil in the macroconstruct. This system will be characterized in vitro prior to its use in vivo.

  2. MIT 12 TESLA coil experimental results

    The MIT 12 tesla coil was fabricated using a 486-strand bronze-matrix Nb3Sn, JBK-75 superalloy sheathed Internally Cooled Cabled Superconductor (ICCS). The rectangularly shaped ICCS conductor was wound into three double pancakes prior to a six-day reaction (4 days at 7000C followed by 2 days at 7300C). Prior to installation in the High Field Test Facility (HFTF) at LLNL the three subcoils were insulated and epoxy potted. With the HFTF providing a 9 T background field, the test coil was used to raise the central field up to 12 T. Measurements of critical current are reported for fields in the 11 to 12 T range for temperatures of 4.2, 5.2 and 7.5 K with supercritical as well as 1 atm, two-phase internal helium. Steady-state, inductively heated as well as quench induced operations are described

  3. Common coil magnet system for VLHC

    Gupta, R

    1999-01-01

    This paper introduces the common coil magnet system for the proposed Very Large Hadron Collider (VLHC). In this system, the high energy booster (HEB), the injector to VLHC, is integrated as the iron dominated low field aperture within the coldmass of the common coil magnet design introduced earlier. This 4-in-1 magnet concept for a 2- in-1 machine should provide a major cost reduction in building and operating VLHC. Moreover, the proposed design reduces the field quality problems associated with the large persistent currents in Nb /sub 3/Sn magnets. The paper also shows that the geometric field harmonics can be made small. In this preliminary magnetic design, the current dependence in harmonics is significant but not unmanageable. (15 refs).

  4. Toroidal high temperature superconducting coils for ISTTOK

    Fernandes, H., E-mail: hf@ipfn.ist.utl.pt [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Goemoery, F. [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84104 Bratislava (Slovakia); Corte, A. della; Celentano, G. [ENEA C.R. Frascati, Via E. Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Italy); Souc, J. [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta 9, 84104 Bratislava (Slovakia); Silva, C.; Carvalho, I.; Gomes, R. [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear, Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Di Zenobio, A.; Messina, G. [ENEA C.R. Frascati, Via E. Fermi 45, 00044 Frascati (Italy)

    2011-10-15

    High temperature superconductors (HTS) are very attractive to be used in fusion devices mainly due to lower operations costs. The HTS technology has reached a point where the construction of toroidal field coils for a tokamak is possible. The feasibility of a tokamak operating with HTS is extremely relevant and ISTTOK is the ideal candidate for a meaningful test due to its small size (and consequently lower cost) and the possibility to operate in a steady-state inductive regime. In this paper, a conceptual study of the ISTTOK upgrade to a superconducting device is presented, along with the relevant boundary conditions to achieve a permanent toroidal field with HTS. It is shown that the actual state of the art in HTS allows the design of a toroidal field coil capable of generating the appropriate field on plasma axis while respecting the structural specification of the machine.

  5. Toroidal high temperature superconducting coils for ISTTOK

    High temperature superconductors (HTS) are very attractive to be used in fusion devices mainly due to lower operations costs. The HTS technology has reached a point where the construction of toroidal field coils for a tokamak is possible. The feasibility of a tokamak operating with HTS is extremely relevant and ISTTOK is the ideal candidate for a meaningful test due to its small size (and consequently lower cost) and the possibility to operate in a steady-state inductive regime. In this paper, a conceptual study of the ISTTOK upgrade to a superconducting device is presented, along with the relevant boundary conditions to achieve a permanent toroidal field with HTS. It is shown that the actual state of the art in HTS allows the design of a toroidal field coil capable of generating the appropriate field on plasma axis while respecting the structural specification of the machine.

  6. Leakage tests on the EURATOM LCT coil

    The acceptance tests at ambient temperature on the superconducting LCT coil, which was developed and manufactured by Siemens, were successful. The size and complexity of the coil imposed high demands on in-process quality control. The helium leakage tests and integrity of the test procedures were particularly important. Leaks were detected at an early stage by means of inspection and test plans and were repaired at no great expense. Unsuitable components were detected by routine tests on critical parts, such as belows, current feed-throughs and potential separators under simulated operating conditions (cycles up to 4 K and 24 bar). The procedure for checking for helium leaks was selected such that the permissible leak rate could be proved within the minimum possible time. 500 m hollow conductors were tested using a specially developed procedure. Over 500 individual inspections and tests were performed using more than 20 different test set-ups. (orig.)

  7. Smaller coil systems for tokamak reactors

    Ripple reduction by ferro-magnetic iron shielding is used to reduce the size of the toroidal field coils down to 7.8 by 10.4 m bore for a commercial tokamak reactor design with plasma parameters similar to STARFIRE. For maximum effectiveness, it is found that the blocks of ferromagnetic iron shielding should have triangular cross section and should be placed as close to the plasma as possible

  8. Voice coil based scanning probe microscopy

    Klapetek, P.; Valtr, M.; Duchoň, V.; Sobota, Jaroslav

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 7, č. 6 (2012), 332:1-7. ISSN 1931-7573 R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI1/241; GA AV ČR KAN311610701; GA MŠk ED0017/01/01 Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : SPM * Voice coil * Interferometry Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.524, year: 2012

  9. Choice of coils for a fusion reactor

    Alexander, Romeo; Garabedian, Paul R.

    2007-01-01

    In a fusion reactor a hot plasma of deuterium and tritium is confined by a strong magnetic field to produce helium ions and release energetic neutrons. The 3D geometry of a stellarator provides configurations for such a device that reduce net toroidal current that might lead to disruptions. We construct smooth coils generating an external magnetic field designed to prevent the plasma from deteriorating.

  10. Stress relaxation in SSC 50mm dipole coils

    We are measuring the stress relaxation of SSC 50mm outer coils with the goal of predicting how much of the coil prestress will be lost while the coils are warehoused between manufacture and cooldown. We manufacture 3 inch (76.2mm) long segments of coil with the same materials and techniques that have been used for prototype coils. We are running four simultaneous tests in an attempt to separate the contributions of the different coil materials. Test one is a completely insulated coil section where the insulation is the all polyamide system being tested at Brookhaven; test two is a wire stack insulated only with the normal Kapton overwrap; test three is a stack of bare cable; and test four is a completely insulated normal coil section. All, except for the bare cable, include the ground insulation. The insulated coil sections are carefully dried before loading and testing in order to eliminate stress changes due to varying moisture content. The temperature dependence of the stress relaxation is being studied separately. Three companion papers presented at this conference will be: (1) ''Temperature dependence of the viscoelastic properties of SSC coil insulation'' (2) ''Measurement of the elastic modulus of Kapton perpendicular to the plane of the film at room and cryogenic temperatures'' (3) ''Theoretical methods for creep and stress relaxation studies of SSC coil.''

  11. Magnetic Field Alignment of PS-P4VP: a Non-Liquid Crystalline Coil-Coil Block Copolymer

    Rokhlenko, Yekaterina; Zhang, Kai; Larson, Steven; Gopalan, Padma; O'Hern, Corey; Osuji, Chinedum

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic fields provide the ability to control alignment of self-assembled soft materials such as block copolymers. Most prior work in this area has relied on the presence of ordered assemblies of anisotropic liquid crystalline species to ensure sufficient magnetic anisotropy to drive alignment. Recent experiments with poly(styrene-b-4-vinylpyridine), a non-liquid crystalline BCP, however, show field-induced alignment of a lamellar microstructure during cooling across the order-disorder transition. Using in situ x-ray scattering, we examine the roles of field strength and cooling rate on the alignment response of this low MW coil-coil BCP. Alignment is first observed at field strengths as low as 1 Tesla and improves markedly with both increasing field strength and slower cooling. We present a geometric argument to illustrate the origin of a finite, non-trivial magnetic susceptibility anisotropy for highly stretched surface-tethered polymer chains and corroborate this using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. We rationalize the magnetic field response of the system in terms of the mobility afforded by the absence of entanglements, the intrinsic anisotropy resulting from the stretched polymer chains and sterically constrained conjugated rings, and the large grain size in these low molecular weight materials.

  12. Mechanical tests of the ITER toroidal field model coil

    The ITER toroidal field model coil (TFMC) was designed to allow an overall mechanical test representative of the ITER toroidal field (TF) coils. The paper details the mechanical tests performed, compares them to model predictions and discusses the experience gained in the understanding of the mechanical behaviour of the ITER TF coils. The good agreement found between prediction given by a finite element model and mechanical measurements performed during the tests demonstrates that coil mechanical behaviour is well understood. The reproducibility of the evolution of stresses and coil deformation during testing including cycling tests showed that no measurable degradation of the mechanical properties of the coil occurred. This test contributed to the qualification of the design and manufacturing procedures of the ITER TF coils

  13. Manufacture and mechanical test of a TORE SUPRA model coil

    Inside the qualifying test programme, supporting the Tore Supra Design, a reduced scale model of a Bsub(T) coil was fabricated by a large industrial firm. This model coil is provided with the same features as those retained for the complete magnet. Tests of this model coil have been carried out in such a way that most of stresses which will arise in Tore Supra windings are simulated; simultaneously its cryogenic supply is fully representative of the system retained for the complete machine. Operation of the model coil has been found highly stable; under the conditions of applied field and forces a coil transition could be triggered, by an electrical heater located inside the coil, only when the temperature of the superfluid helium bath was close to Tsub(lambda). Thus, design and manufacturing techniques have been qualified satisfactorily to proceed to the next step: fabrication of the superconducting Bsub(T) coils of Tore Supra

  14. Mechanical and electrical design of the TFTR poloidal field coils

    The engineering design features, performance, and fabrication specifications for the poloidal field coil systems used for the TFTR machine are described. The outer coils (ranging from 16 to 33 feet in diameter) will be the largest coils ever fabricated for an experimental Tokamak fusion machine operating in a high radiation environment. The coils are water-cooled, hollow copper conductors, insulated with wover fiberglass tape, and vacuum impregnated with epoxy resin. The four coil systems are combined in modular assemblies and are designed for pulse operation at peak currents of 40 kA and peak disruption voltage of 45 kV. Stress levels in the coil conductors and electrical insulation are presented, as well as design details of the coil supports and terminal leads. 7 refs

  15. CPRF/ZTH poloidal and toroidal field coil sets

    The ZTH is a reverse field pinch fusion machine being designed for construction and operation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The plasma magnetic confinement and reversed field is accomplished by poloidal field and toroidal field coils. These coils are to be made of copper conductor with water cooling and are to be vacuum/pressure epoxy impregnated with insulating materials - fiberglass, G10 epoxy fiberglass laminate, Kapton, and possibly Mylar. The poloidal field coils are divided into two subsets according to their function and are called ohmic heating (OH) and equilibrium field (EF) coils. They are symmetrical in geometrical arrangement across a horizontal midplane, thus, the coils are mirror image pairs. The coils are to be made of OFHC CDA 104 copper. Specifications of the coils are presented here. 1 fig., 7 tabs

  16. Carbon footprint of automotive ignition coil

    Chang, Huey-Ling; Chen, Chih-Ming; Sun, Chin-Huang; Lin, Hung-Di

    2015-07-01

    In recent years, environmental issues, such as climate change and global warming due to the excessive development of industry, have attracted increasing attention of citizens worldwide. It is known that CO2 accounts for the largest proportion of greenhouse gases. Therefore, how to reduce CO2 emissions during the life cycle of a product to lessen its impact on environment is an important topic in the industrial society. Furthermore, it is also of great significance to cut down the required energy so as to lower its production costs during the manufacturing process nowadays. This study presents the carbon footprint of an automotive ignition coil and its partial materials are defined to explore their carbon emissions and environmental impact. The model IPCC GWP100a calculates potential global greenhouse effect by converting them into CO2 equivalents. In this way, the overall carbon footprint of an ignition coil can be explored. By using IPCC GWP100a, the results display that the shell has the most carbon emissions. The results can help the industry reduce the carbon emissions of an ignition coil product.

  17. Mechanical Resonances of Helically Coiled Carbon Nanowires

    Saini, D.; Behlow, H.; Podila, R.; Dickel, D.; Pillai, B.; Skove, M. J.; Serkiz, S. M.; Rao, A. M.

    2014-07-01

    Despite their wide spread applications, the mechanical behavior of helically coiled structures has evaded an accurate understanding at any length scale (nano to macro) mainly due to their geometrical complexity. The advent of helically coiled micro/nanoscale structures in nano-robotics, nano-inductors, and impact protection coatings has necessitated the development of new methodologies for determining their shear and tensile properties. Accordingly, we developed a synergistic protocol which (i) integrates analytical, numerical (i.e., finite element using COMSOL®) and experimental (harmonic detection of resonance; HDR) methods to obtain an empirically validated closed form expression for the shear modulus and resonance frequency of a singly clamped helically coiled carbon nanowire (HCNW), and (ii) circumvents the need for solving 12th order differential equations. From the experimental standpoint, a visual detection of resonances (using in situ scanning electron microscopy) combined with HDR revealed intriguing non-planar resonance modes at much lower driving forces relative to those needed for linear carbon nanotube cantilevers. Interestingly, despite the presence of mechanical and geometrical nonlinearities in the HCNW resonance behavior the ratio of the first two transverse modes f2/f1 was found to be similar to the ratio predicted by the Euler-Bernoulli theorem for linear cantilevers.

  18. Throttle coil operation of TMX-U

    A tandem-mirror configuration with an axisymmetric central cell, similar to the geometry of MARS (Mirror Advanced Reactor Study) or the Kelley-TDF mode of MFTB-B, can be generated by inserting a 6-tesla, throttle coil in each end of the TMX-U central cell. The throttle coil geometry of TMX-U will test the physics issues associated with axisymmetric tandem-mirror reactors, such issues as: (1) increased radial confinement time for central-cell ions confined by axisymmetric mirror cells and electrostatic potentials; (2) theoretical limits set by the trapped particle instability for the required passing density between the central cell and the end-cell anchor; and (3) pumping of trapped particles within the thermal barrier and transition regions with methods other than neutral beams. The central-cell plasma parameters for the throttle coil geometry are evaluated for two operating points. The first requires heating hardware (neutral beams and ECRH) and vacuum performance at the TMX-U proposal level, yielding plasma parameters, central-cell betas, and plasma confinement exceeding those of the original TMX-U proposal. The second operating point, requiring approximately half the ECRH end-cell performance of the first, is predicted to equal the beta and to exceed the plasma pressure and confinement time of the central cell in the standard TMX-U geometry

  19. Quench simulation of SMES consisting of some superconducting coils

    Noguchi, S., E-mail: noguchi@ssi.ist.hokudai.ac.jp [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Kita 14 Nishi 9, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0814 (Japan); Oga, Y.; Igarashi, H. [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University, Kita 14 Nishi 9, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0814 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    A chain of quenches may be caused by a quench of one element coil when SMES is consists of many element coils. To avoid the chain of quenches, the energy stored in element coil has to be quickly discharged. The cause of the chain of the quenches is the short time constant of the decreasing current of the quenched coil. In recent years, many HTS superconducting magnetic energy storage (HTS-SMES) systems are investigated and designed. They usually consist of some superconducting element coils due to storing excessively high energy. If one of them was quenched, the storage energy of the superconducting element coil quenched has to be immediately dispersed to protect the HTS-SMES system. As the result, the current of the other element coils, which do not reach to quench, increases since the magnetic coupling between the quenched element coil and the others are excessively strong. The increase of the current may cause the quench of the other element coils. If the energy dispersion of the element coil quenched was failed, the other superconducting element coil would be quenched in series. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the behavior of the HTS-SMES after quenching one or more element coils. To protect a chain of quenches, it is also important to investigate the time constant of the coils. We have developed a simulation code to investigate the behavior of the HTS-SMES. By the quench simulation, it is indicated that a chain of quenches is caused by a quench of one element coil.

  20. MR coil sensitivity inhomogeneity correction for plaque characterization in carotid arteries

    Salvado, Olivier; Hillenbrand, Claudia; Suri, Jasjit; Wilson, David L.

    2004-05-01

    We are involved in a comprehensive program to characterize atherosclerotic disease using multiple MR images having different contrast mechanisms (T1W, T2W, PDW, magnetization transfer, etc.) of human carotid and animal model arteries. We use specially designed intravascular and surface array coils that give high signal-to-noise but suffer from sensitivity inhomogeneity. With carotid surface coils, challenges include: (1) a steep bias field with an 80% change; (2) presence of nearby muscular structures lacking high frequency information to distinguish bias from anatomical features; (3) many confounding zero-valued voxels subject to fat suppression, blood flow cancellation, or air, which are not subject to coil sensitivity; and (4) substantial noise. Bias was corrected using a modification of the adaptive fuzzy c-mean method reported by Pham et al. (IEEE TMI, 18:738-752), whereby a bias field modeled as a mechanical membrane was iteratively improved until cluster means no longer changed. Because our images were noisy, we added a noise reduction filtering step between iterations and used about 5 classes. In a digital phantom having a bias field measured from our MR system, variations across an area comparable to a carotid artery were reduced from 50% to carotid images were qualitatively improved and large regions of skeletal muscle were relatively flat. Other commonly applied techniques failed to segment the images or introduced strong edge artifacts. Current evaluations include comparisons to bias as measured by a body coil in human MR images.

  1. Development of Radar Navigation and Radio Data Transmission for Microhole Coiled Tubing Bottom Hole Assemblies

    Larry G. Stolarczyk; Gerald L. Stolarczyk; Larry Icerman; John Howard; Hooman Tehrani

    2007-03-25

    This Final Technical Report summarizes the research and development (R&D) work performed by Stolar Research Corporation (Stolar) under U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Contract Number DE-FC26-04NT15477. This work involved the development of radar navigation and radio data transmission systems for integration with microhole coiled tubing bottom hole assemblies. Under this contract, Stolar designed, fabricated, and laboratory and field tested two advanced technologies of importance to the future growth of the U.S. oil and gas industry: (1) real-time measurement-while-drilling (MWD) for guidance and navigation of coiled tubing drilling in hydrocarbon reservoirs and (2) two-way inductive radio data transmission on coiled tubing for real-time, subsurface-to-surface data transmission. The operating specifications for these technologies are compatible with 3.5-inch boreholes drilled to a true vertical depth (TVD) of 5,000 feet, which is typical of coiled tubing drilling applications. These two technologies (i.e., the Stolar Data Transmission System and Drill String Radar) were developed into pre-commercial prototypes and tested successfully in simulated coiled tubing drilling conditions. Integration of these two technologies provides a real-time geosteering capability with extremely quick response times. Stolar is conducting additional work required to transition the Drill String Radar into a true commercial product. The results of this advanced development work should be an important step in the expanded commercialization of advanced coiled tubing microhole drilling equipment for use in U.S. hydrocarbon reservoirs.

  2. Ab initio theory of helix <-> coil phase transition

    Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Ilia; Solov'yov, Andrey V.;

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we suggest a theoretical method based on the statistical mechanics for treating the alpha-helix <-> random coil transition in alanine polypeptides. We consider this process as a first-order phase transition and develop a theory which is free of model parameters and is based solely on...... fundamental physical principles. It describes essential thermodynamical properties of the system such as heat capacity, the phase transition temperature and others from the analysis of the polypeptide potential energy surface calculated as a function of two dihedral angles, responsible for the polypeptide...... twisting. The suggested theory is general and with some modification can be applied for the description of phase transitions in other complex molecular systems (e.g. proteins, DNA, nanotubes, atomic clusters, fullerenes)....

  3. Ballistocardiogram of avian eggs determined by an electromagnetic induction coil.

    Ono, H; Akiyama, R; Sakamoto, Y; Pearson, J T; Tazawa, H

    1997-07-01

    As an avian embryo grows within an eggshell, the whole egg is moved by embryonic activity and also by the embryonic heartbeat. A technical interest in detecting minute biological movements has prompted the development of techniques and systems to measure the cardiogenic ballistic movement of the egg or ballistocardiogram (BCG). In this context, there is interest in using an electromagnetic induction coil (solenoid) as another simple sensor to measure the BCG and examining its possibility for BCG measurement. A small permanent magnet is attached tightly to the surface of an incubated egg, and then the egg with the magnet is placed in a solenoid. Preliminary model analysis is made to design a setup of the egg, magnet and solenoid coupling system. Then, simultaneous measurement with a laser displacement measuring system, developed previously, is made for chicken eggs, indicating that the solenoid detects the minute cardiogenic ballistic movements and that the BCG determined is a measure of the velocity of egg movements. PMID:9327626

  4. Theoretical design of gradient coils with minimum power dissipation: accounting for the discretization of current density into coil windings.

    While, Peter T; Korvink, Jan G; Shah, N Jon; Poole, Michael S

    2013-10-01

    Gradient coil windings are typically constructed from either variable width copper tracks or fixed width wires. Excessive power dissipation within these windings during gradient coil operation limits the maximum drive current or duty cycle of the coil. It is common to design gradient coils in terms of a continuous minimum power current density and to perform a discretization to obtain the locations of the coil tracks or wires. However, the existence of finite gaps between these conductors and a maximum conductor width leads to an underestimation of coil resistance when calculated using the continuous current density. Put equivalently, the actual current density within the tracks or wires is higher than that used in the optimization and this departure results in suboptimal coil designs. In this work, a mapping to an effective current density is proposed to account for these effects and provide the correct contribution to the power dissipation. This enables the design of gradient coils that are genuinely optimal in terms of power minimization, post-discretization. The method was applied to the theoretical design of a variety of small x- and z-gradient coils for use in small animal imaging and coils for human head imaging. Computer-driven comparisons were made between coils designed with and without the current density mapping, in terms of simulated power dissipation. For coils to be built using variable width tracks, the method provides slight reductions in power dissipation in most cases and substantial gains only in cases where the minimum separation between track centre-lines is less than twice the gap size. However, for coils to be built using fixed width wires, very considerable reductions in dissipated power are consistently attainable (up to 60%) when compared to standard approaches of coil optimization. PMID:23994605

  5. Sliding joint concept for toroidal field coils of a tokamak

    A low-cost, compact, copper-coil ignition tokamak is the focus of design studies in FY85. For a minimum-cost machine, the toroidal field (TF) coils must be as compact as practical. On the other hand, smaller TF coils inhibit the assembly and maintenance of the components entrapped by the TF coils, such as the plasma vacuum vessel, limiter, poloidal field coils, etc. If the compact TF coil has at least two demountable electrical joints, removal of the outer part of the TF coil would permit servicing of the entrapped components. The vertical straight leg of a TF coil has the smallest cross-sectional area, but it experiences the largest tensile and compressive forces. The tensile load on the vertical leg can be eliminated if the demountable joints can slide. A possible sliding joint design concept is described in this paper. This sliding joint transfers only current. No forces are transferred from the outer curved leg to the straight leg of the TF coils. The outer curved leg can be separated at the sliding joint to gain access to the components inside the TF coil bore

  6. Quench simulation of SMES consisting of some superconducting coils

    Noguchi, S.; Oga, Y.; Igarashi, H.

    2011-11-01

    In recent years, many HTS superconducting magnetic energy storage (HTS-SMES) systems are investigated and designed. They usually consist of some superconducting element coils due to storing excessively high energy. If one of them was quenched, the storage energy of the superconducting element coil quenched has to be immediately dispersed to protect the HTS-SMES system. As the result, the current of the other element coils, which do not reach to quench, increases since the magnetic coupling between the quenched element coil and the others are excessively strong. The increase of the current may cause the quench of the other element coils. If the energy dispersion of the element coil quenched was failed, the other superconducting element coil would be quenched in series. Therefore, it is necessary to investigate the behavior of the HTS-SMES after quenching one or more element coils. To protect a chain of quenches, it is also important to investigate the time constant of the coils. We have developed a simulation code to investigate the behavior of the HTS-SMES. By the quench simulation, it is indicated that a chain of quenches is caused by a quench of one element coil.

  7. Polymer therapeutics with a coiled coil motif targeted against murine BCL1 leukemia

    Pola, Robert; Laga, Richard; Ulbrich, Karel; Sieglová, Irena; Král, Vlastimil; Fábry, Milan; Kabešová, Martina; Kovář, Marek; Pechar, Michal

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 14, č. 3 (2013), s. 881-889. ISSN 1525-7797 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP301/11/0325; GA AV ČR IAAX00500803 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50520514 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 ; RVO:61388971 ; RVO:68378050 Keywords : coiled coil * polymer therapeutics * scFv Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry; EC - Immunology (MBU-M); EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology (UMG-J) Impact factor: 5.788, year: 2013

  8. Optimal Shape Design of Inductor Coils for Surface Hardening

    Hömberg, Dietmar; Sokolowski, Jan

    1999-01-01

    Nous considérons un problème d'optimisation de forme relatif à la modé­lisation d'endurcissement par induction. Le modèle mathématique consiste en une formulation potentielle vectorielle pour les équations de Maxwell couplée au bilan d'énergie et à une EDO afin de décrire la phase de transition solide-solide dans l'acier pendant le chauffage. En agissant sur la forme de l'anneau, nous contrôlons la fraction de volume de la phase à haute température. L'anneau est modélisé par un tube et est dé...

  9. First full-size ATLAS barrel toroid coil successfully tested up to 22 kA at 4 T

    Dudarev, A; Benoit, P; Berriaud, C P; Broggi, F; Deront, L; Foussat, A; Junker, S; ten Kate, H H J; Kopeykin, N; Olesen, G; Olyunin, A; Pengo, R; Rabbers, J J; Ravat, S; Rey, J M; Sbrissa, E; Shugaev, I; Stepanov, V; Védrine, P; Volpini, Giovanni

    2005-01-01

    The Superconducting Barrel Toroid is providing (together with the two End-Cap Toroids not presented here) the magnetic field for the muon detectors in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC at CERN. The toroid with outer dimensions of 25 m length and 20 m diameter, is built up from 8 identical racetrack coils. The coils with 120 turns each are wound with an aluminum stabilized NbTi conductor and operate at 20.5 kA at 3.9 T local field in the windings and is conduction cooled at 4.8 K by circulating forced flow helium in cooling tubes attached to the cold mass. The 8 coils of 25 m * 5 m are presently under construction and the first coils have already been fully integrated and tested. Meanwhile the assembly of the toroid 100 m underground in the ATLAS cavern at CERN has started. The 8 coils are individually tested on surface before installation. In this paper the test of the first coil, unique in size and manufacturing technology, is described in detail and the results are compared to the previous experience with the...

  10. Experimental studies on effect of wire coiled coil matrix turbulators with and without bonding on the wall of the test section of concentric tube heat exchanger

    Selvam S.; Thiyagarajan Pr.; Suresh S

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the effect of bonding and without bonding of wire coiled coil matrix turbulator on the heat transfer for a fully developed turbulent flow. Experiments are conducted by maintaining constant wall temperature. Tests are performed on 3 different wire coiled coil matrix turbulators of different pitches of 5, 10 and 15 mm without bonding of the turbulator. Three similar types of heat exchangers are fabricated and the wire coiled coil matrix turbulators with different pitch...

  11. Evaluation of the cystic duct using MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) with a synergy body coil (Phased-array Coil)

    This study was conducted to evaluate the visibility of the cystic duct by MRCP when using a synergy body coil (SB coil). In our study, 32 patients underwent MRCP using the SB coil. Another 23 patients underwent MRCP using a C1 coil, and were studied for comparison. The results were independently reviewed by 2 radiologists. The visibility of the cystic duct and the position of cystic duct insertion were scored using the length of the common bile duct and the extra-hepatic duct. Direct cholangiography and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) were used as the standard for comparison. In the study, the cystic duct was visualized 100% when using MRCP with the SB coil. When MRCP was done using the C1 coil, the visualization rate was 96%. Inter-observer difference of the scored position of the cystic duct was smaller when using the SB coil than when using the C1 coil (Kappa value: 0.795 and 0.189 respectively). The average difference between the MRCP with SB coil and cholangiography scores was 0.079%. Therefore, our study suggests that MRCP using the SB coil is an accurate, reliable, and clinically useful method of evaluating the cystic duct. (author)

  12. Comparison of the association of sac growth and coil compaction with recurrence in coil embolized cerebral aneurysms.

    Anna L Hoppe

    Full Text Available In recurrent cerebral aneurysms treated by coil embolization, coil compaction is regarded as the presumptive mechanism. We test the hypothesis that aneurysm growth is the primary recurrence mechanism. We also test the hypothesis that the coil mass will translate a measurable extent when recurrence occurs.An objective, quantitative image analysis protocol was developed to determine the volumes of aneurysms and coil masses during initial and follow-up visits from 3D rotational angiograms. The population consisted of 15 recurrence and 12 non-recurrence control aneurysms initially completely coiled at a single center. An investigator sensitivity study was performed to assess the objectivity of the methods. Paired Wilcoxon tests (p<0.05, one-tailed were performed to assess for aneurysm and coil growth. The translation of the coil mass center at follow-up was computed. A Mann Whitney U-Test (p<0.05, one-tailed was used to compare translation of coil mass centers between recurrence and control subjects.Image analysis protocol was found to be insensitive to the investigator. Aneurysm growth was evident in the recurrence cohort (p=0.003 but not the control (p=0.136. There was no evidence of coil compaction in either the recurrence or control cohorts (recurrence: p=0.339; control: p=0.429. The translation of the coil mass centers was found to be significantly larger in the recurrence cohort than the control cohort (p=0.047.Aneurysm sac growth, not coil compaction, was the primary mechanism of recurrence following successful coil embolization. The coil mass likely translates to a measurable extent when recurrence occurs and has the potential to serve as a non-angiographic recurrence marker.

  13. General Atomic's superconducting toroidal field coil concept

    General Atomic's concept for a superconducting toroidal field coil is presented. The concept is generic for large tokamak devices, while a specific design is indicated for a 3.8 meter (major radius) ignition/burn machine. The concept utilizes bath cooled NbTi conductor to generate a peak field of 10 tesla at 4.2 K. The design is simple and straightforward, requires a minimum of developmental effort, and draws extensively upon the perspective of past experience in the design and construction of large superconducting magnets for high energy physics. Thus, the primary emphasis is upon economy, reliability, and expeditious construction scheduling. (author)

  14. Sound Coiled-Tubing Drilling Practices

    Williams, Thomas; Deskins, Greg (Maurer Technology Inc.); Ward, Stephen L. (Advantage Energy Services Ltd); Hightower, Mel

    2001-09-30

    This Coiled-Tubing Drilling (CTD) Sound Practices Manual provides tools needed by CTD engineers and supervisors to plan, design and perform safe, successful CTD operations. As emphasized throughout, both careful planning and attention to detail are mandatory for success. A bibliography of many useful CTD references is presented in Chapter 6. This manual is organized according to three processes: 1) Pre-Job Planning Process, 2) Operations Execution Process, and 3) Post-Job Review Process. Each is discussed in a logical and sequential format.

  15. New superconducting coil configuration for energy storage

    Energy storage using superconducting coils involves the problem of electromagnetic field pollution outside the considered system. Different configurations are widely studied: the torus, the alone solenoid and multiple parallel solenoids enclosed in one container. A new configuration which minimizes the external pollution is studied in this paper. The theoretical system is composed of two spherical distributions of the current which are concentric. The analytical study uses solution of Laplace equations. Parametric study covers energy, flux density and geometrical data. The second study concerns the numerical approach of this design using coaxial solenoids. A comparison between this new system and the known systems is presented as a conclusion. (orig.)

  16. Analytical solutions to SSC coil end design

    As part of the SCC magnet effort, Fermilab will build and test a series of one meter model SSC magnets. The coils in these magnets will be constructed with several different end configurations. These end designs must satisfy both mechanical and magnetic criteria. Only the mechanical problem will be addressed. Solutions will attempt to minimize stresses and provide internal support for the cable. Different end designs will be compared in an attempt to determine which is most appropriate for the SSC dipole. The mathematics required to create each end configuration will be described. The computer aided design, programming and machine technology needed to make the parts will be reviewed. 2 refs., 10 figs

  17. Design of eddy current coil using finite element model

    Eddy current signal evaluation is based on the relationship between signal shape and defect characteristics. As a numerical approach finite element model can be useful to eddy current phenomena. Using a finite element program for axi-symmetric and two-dimensional geometry, the effect of coil distance and width to the eddy current signal shapes were investigated. Various coils were fabricated and actual eddy current signals were compared with the finite element model calculations. As either coil distance or coil width increases, the signal shape changes from differential-like to absolute-like. The signals from the finite element analysis were well matched to the experimental results. The finite element analysis can be a useful tool for optimization of design parameters for eddy current coil, such as coil dimension, operating frequency, materials properties, and defect type, etc.

  18. Design and construction of an eight Tesla insert coil

    The background field for the first phase of the test facility SULTAN will be generated by two concentric solenoids: a 6 T outer coil with a free bore of 1.3 m and an inner coil for increasing the field to 8 T. The free bore (cold) will be 1.055 m. In this paper the design of the 8 T inner coil is described. This coil will operate at an overall current density of 23X106A/m2. The coil will be cooled directly by forced flow supercritical helium. A hollow conductor is applied, composed of a rectangular copper tube and a 26 strands Rutherford cable, soldered on one side of the tube. The copper tube will be cold worked to cope with the high stress level (165 MPa). The design base and the mechanical design are outlined. The progress of the coil construction is indicated. 2 refs

  19. Superconducting field coil for the high-voltage homopolar generator

    A homopolar generator with 500 volts output is being designed and built as a pulsed power source. A key component used in achieving this high output voltage is the 5 tesla field coil. A superconducting coil is required for a compact configuration that operates above the saturation of iron. The coil case is 158 cm long and has an outside diameter of 137 cm with a 79 cm warm bore for installation of the generator rotor assembly. This large, intrinsically stable coil was designed to achieve a uniform magnetic field in the area of the rotor brushes. The coil was wound with 87.5 km of copper-stabilized niobium/titanium superconductor in an epoxy matrix. Fabrication of the coil and its containment cryostat is complete, and it is being used in the high-voltage homopolar generator test program

  20. An automated coil winding machine for the SSC dipole magnets

    The authors have finished the preliminary design of a fully automated coil winding machine that can be used to manufacture the large number of SSC dipole magnets. The machine aims to perform all coil winding operations including coil parts inserting without human operators at a high productive rate. The machine is composed of five industrial robots. In order to verify the design, they built a small winding machine using an industrial robot and successfully wound a 1 meter long coil using SSC dipole magnet wire. The basic design for the full length coil and the robot winding technique are described in this paper. A fully automated coil winding machine using standard industrial components would be very useful if duplicate production lines are used. 5 figs., 1 tab

  1. Mechanical behavior of the ATLAS B0 model coil

    Foussat, A; Acerbi, E; Alessandria, F; Berthier, R; Broggi, F; Daël, A; Dudarev, A; Mayri, C; Miele, P; Reytier, M; Rossi, L; Sorbi, M; Sun, Z; ten Kate, H H J; Vanenkov, I; Volpini, G

    2002-01-01

    The ATLAS B0 model coil has been developed and constructed to verify the design parameters and the manufacture techniques of the Barrel Toroid coils (BT) that are under construction for the ATLAS Detector. Essential for successful operation is the mechanical behavior of the superconducting coil and its support structure. In the ATLAS magnet test facility, a magnetic mirror is used to reproduce in the model coil the electromagnetic forces of the BT coils when assembled in the final Barrel Toroid magnet system. The model coil is extensively equipped with mechanical instrumentation to monitor stresses and force levels as well as contraction during a cooling down and excitation up to nominal current. The installed set up of strain gauges, position sensors and capacitive force transducers is presented. Moreover the first mechanical results in terms of expected main stress, strain and deformation values are presented based on detailed mechanical analysis of the design. (7 refs).

  2. Performance verification tests of JT-60SA CS model coil

    Obana, Tetsuhiro; Murakami, Haruyuki; Takahata, Kazuya; Hamaguchi, Shinji; Chikaraishi, Hirotaka; Mito, Toshiyuki; Imagawa, Shinsaku; Kizu, Kaname; Natsume, Kyohei; Yoshida, Kiyoshi

    2015-11-01

    As a final check of the coil manufacturing method of the JT-60 Super Advanced (JT-60SA) central solenoid (CS), we verified the performance of a CS model coil. The model coil comprised a quad-pancake wound with a Nb3Sn cable-in-conduit conductor. Measurements of the critical current, joint resistance, pressure drop, and magnetic field were conducted in the verification tests. In the critical-current measurement, the critical current of the model coil coincided with the estimation derived from a strain of -0.62% for the Nb3Sn strands. As a result, critical-current degradation caused by the coil manufacturing process was not observed. The results of the performance verification tests indicate that the model coil met the design requirements. Consequently, the manufacturing process of the JT-60SA CS was established.

  3. The cos-theta coil re-re-visited

    Crawford, Christopher

    2013-10-01

    Precision measurement of symmetry violating effects such the electric dipole moment (EDM) of fundamental particles requires extremely uniform fields. The cos-theta coil is the standard workhorse for generating uniform transverse magnetic fields in these experiments. Limitations in field uniformity include fringe effects (finite length), discretization (finite number of wires), and construction tolerance (finite resources). The field can be isolated from its environment by superposition of two coaxial cos-theta coils of different radii and opposite magnetic moment (double-cos-theta coil), or by shielding the coil inside a permeable or superconducting cylinder. I will discuss methods for optimizing the field uniformity of a compact cos-theta coil, and compare the ultimate limit on errors due to each source described above. Within the context of the scalar potential, I will show a straightforward generalization to non-circular coils with z- or ϕ-symmetry. Supported in part by DOE contract DE-SC0008107.

  4. Coils and transformers - often used but seldomly explained correctly

    Lenz, Michael

    2011-01-01

    The devices coil and transformer are subjects of interest in numerous schoolbooks, in introductory scientific textbooks of physics and engineering, and in laboratory courses at universities. Many descriptions, however, draw a somewhat distorted picture of the underlying physical mechanisms and provide half-knowledge or even clear misconceptions that should not be left uncommented and are therefore studied in detail: (1) Primary and secondary voltage at a transformer have a different sign. (2) Electromagnetic induction is the only mechanism of importance for coils and transformers. (3) The terminal voltage at coils and transformers is compensated by the so-called "induced voltage" (emf), which explains why Kirchhoff's voltage law also applies to coils and transformers. (4) The cores of coils and transformers are used for their ability to store energy. Energy is transported from the primary to the secondary coil within the magnetic core. (5) The stray magnetic and electric fields are sencondary effects not havi...

  5. Poloidal field coil stress analysis for the ZTH machine

    Three-dimensional finite element analysis of representative equilibrium field and ohmic heating coils for the Los Alamos ZTH air core machine was performed to determine static stress levels developed within the coil structure caused by Lorentz-force loading. Because of the complex coil configuration in cross section (copper conductors embedded in an epoxy insulating matrix), the study was performed in three steps: a bulk orthotropic material property determination, a bulk material coil section analysis, and a detailed composite cross section of selected thickness analysis. Computational procedures used with coil stress and displacement results that were obtained are presented. Extensive work was performed to investigate the magnitude of the error in coil stress predictions arising from the use of the three-step analysis procedure. Analytical and numerical procedures used to perform the estimate of error study are also presented. 34 figs

  6. Improving heat transfer in stirred tanks cooled by helical coils

    Pedrosa S.M.C.P.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Stirred Tank Reactors are extensively used in chemical industries. When they are used for highly exothermic reactions, jackets or coils are employed for heat removal. Internal coils can be either helical or axial and they considerably affect the flow inside the reactor because they impose an additional resistance to flow circulation. The aim of this work is to show that the design of vessels cooled by helical coils can be further improved. The design of these reactors follows very much the geometry proposed by Oldshue and Gretton (1954, and some minor modifications in the coil arrangements are likely to improve internal circulation inside these vessels mainly in the region between coils and wall of the vessel. Results show a gain in performance when small alterations are made specially in the shape of the coil arrangement.

  7. Investigation of the mechanical and electrical properties of superconducting coils

    Measurement of elastic (Young's) modulus of the superconducting coil and electrical punch-through test have been performed at LBL to understand the mechanical and electrical properties of the superconducting coils. The authors have investigated the elastic modulus of the superconducting coils with six kinds of insulators (made with polyimide-fiberglass-epoxy and all polyimide insulation with epoxy/polyimide adhesive) at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures using samples made of 10 stacks of superconducting cables. The samples are cured under varying compression to investigate the curing pressure dependence of Young's modulus of the coils with six kinds of the insulation system. The electrical punch-through test has also performed under compression at room and liquid nitrogen temperatures to investigate electrical integrity of the insulated coils. The tensile strength test of four kinds of polyimide films has been performed at various temperatures (between cryogenic and coil curing temperatures) to understand the mechanical properties of the films

  8. pH-dependent Response of Coiled Coils: A Coarse-Grained Molecular Simulation Study

    Enciso, Marta; Site, Luigi Delle

    2013-01-01

    In a recent work we proposed a coarse-grained methodology for studying the response of peptides when simulated at different values of pH; in this work we extend the methodology to analyze the pH-dependent behavior of coiled coils. This protein structure presents a remarkable chain stiffness andis formed by two or more long helical peptides that are interacting like the strands of a rope. Chain length and rigidity are the key aspects needed to extend previous peptide interaction potentials to this particular case; however the original model is naturally recovered when the length or the ridigity of the simulated chain are reduced. We apply the model and discuss results for two cases: (a) the folding/unfolding transition of a generic coiled coil as a function of pH; (b) behavior of a specific sequence as a function of the acidity conditions. In this latter case results are compared with experimental data from the literature in order to comment about the consistency of our approach.

  9. Improvement of probe peptides for coiled-coil labeling by introducing phosphoserines.

    Ono, Satoshi; Yano, Yoshiaki; Matsuzaki, Katsumi

    2012-01-01

    We have developed a method of rapidly labeling membrane proteins in living cells using a high-affinity heterodimeric coiled-coil construct containing an E3 tag (EIAALEK)(3) genetically fused to the target protein and a K4 probe (KIAALKE)(4) labeled with a fluorophore such as tetramethylrhodamine (TMR) at its N-terminus (TMR-K4). However, coiled-coil labeling cannot be applied to highly negatively charged cell lines such as HEK293, because of the nonspecific adsorption of the positively charged K4 probes to cell membranes. To reduce the net positive charge, we synthesized new probes that include phosphoserine residues (pSer) between the K4 sequence and TMR fluorophore (TMR-(pSer)(n)-K4, [n = 1-3]). The affinity of the pSer-introduced probes was comparable to that of the TMR-K4 probe. However, the TMR-(pSer)(2)-K4 and TMR-(pSer)(3)-K4 probes tended to aggregate during labeling. In contrast, TMR-pSer-K4, which was as soluble as TMR-K4, achieved higher signal/background ratios (30-100) for four host cell lines (HEK293, HeLa, SH-SY5Y, and PC12) than did TMR-K4 (~10 for HEK293 cells), demonstrating that the improved probe can be used for various types of cells. PMID:22782565

  10. Switching transients in the MFTF yin-yang coils

    This report is a study of the transients caused by the fast dump of large superconducting coils. Theoretical analysis, computer simulation, and actual measurements are used. Theoretical analysis can only be applied to the simplest of models. In the computer simulations two models are used, one in which the coil is divided into ten segments and another in which a single coil is employed. The circuit breaker that interrupts the current to the power supply, causing a fast dump, is represented by a time and current dependent conductance. Actual measurements are limited to measurements made incidental to the coils' performance tests

  11. Magnetic field, inductance of circular coil and solenoids

    The self-inductance of a current-carrying circular coil and the mutual inductances of the Helmholtz coils and coil-sole-noid systems have been measured and calculated theoretically. The experiments and the required equipment are suited to an undergraduate laboratory. The theoretical calculation involve the use of simple numerical integration methods for evaluating the magnetic field of the circular coil and the inductances. The calculated values agree with the measurements within the experimental error. The material presented can be proposed to the students as a laboratory project. (Author) 7 refs

  12. Experiments on large superconducting toroidal coil in LCT

    The experiment on Large Coil Task (LCT) project which is the works of developing the superconductive coils for nuclear fusion, and has been advanced centering around IEA, was successfully completed on September 3, 1987. In these works which were accompanied by huge hardwares and took 10 years, the contents of the experiment carried out in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in USA, which was the highlight, and the perspective of the evaluation are described. This paper is intended to let those concerned with the technical development of atomic energy understand the experimental results of LCT coils and the contents of the development of large scale technology. The fundamental constitution of the LCT is as follows. ORNL determined the specification of the performance of superconductive toroidal coils. The participants decided their own specification of the construction. The coils were assembled in torus form, and the aptitude of the construction and materials was tested and evaluated under the same condition. The features of six coils made in USA, Euratom, Switzerland and Japan, the experimental items and the most difficult points, the results of precooling and temperature rise, the characteristics of the Japanese coil, the general comparison of six coils, and the technical problems surrounding coils are reported. (Kako, I.)

  13. Developments of RF Coil for P in vivo NMR Spectroscopy .

    S. Khushu

    1993-07-01

    Full Text Available RF receiver coils are very important parts of an NMR System. The design of these coils is very critical and has a dramatic effect on the SNR of the NMR signal and are generally developed in TRA/REC mode. This paper reports the developments of a 3.5 cm TRA/REC 26 MHz RF coil for P spectroscopy of small organs like thyroid. The coil is small in size, fits well in the neck for thyroid spectroscopy and is successfully working with the 1.5 tesla whole body Superconducting NMR System available at INMAS.

  14. Developments of RF Coil for P in vivo NMR Spectroscopy .

    S. Khushu; S.B. Mehta; Sushil Chandra; A Jena

    1993-01-01

    RF receiver coils are very important parts of an NMR System. The design of these coils is very critical and has a dramatic effect on the SNR of the NMR signal and are generally developed in TRA/REC mode. This paper reports the developments of a 3.5 cm TRA/REC 26 MHz RF coil for P spectroscopy of small organs like thyroid. The coil is small in size, fits well in the neck for thyroid spectroscopy and is successfully working with the 1.5 tesla whole body Superconducting NMR System availab...

  15. Coil Array Design Inspired on the Kepler's Lenten Pretzel

    The RF coil arrays are an important part in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, since they are the main device for transmission and reception of the magnetic resonance signal. An RF coil array with a new configuration based on the Kepler's Lenten pretzel for the geocentric path of Mars is proposed in this work. The evenly distributed trajectories may serve as the basic configuration to form a coil array to adequately cover a region of interest for magnetic resonance experiments. The main goal is to investigate the electromagnetic properties of this coil array geometry to obtain an optimal design for its further construction. Hence, the electromagnetic properties of the coil array were numerical simulated using the finite element method and the quasi-static approach. Resulting simulations showed that there is an important concentration of magnetic field lines at the centre of the coil array. This is an advantage over other coil arrays where the magnetic field usually decreased at their geometrical centre. Both the electric and magnetic fields had also a very good uniformity. These characteristics made this coil design a good candidate for applications where the use of multi-coil technology is mandatory

  16. Progress of the ITER Central Solenoid Model Coil Program

    The world s largest pulsed superconducting coil was successfully tested by charging up to 13 T and 46 kA with a stored energy of 640 MJ. The ITER Central Solenoid (CS) Model Coil and CS Insert Coil were developed and fabricated through an international collaboration and their cool down and charging tests were successfully carried out by international test and operation teams. In pulsed charging tests, where the original goal was 0.4T/s up to 13T, the CS Model Coil and the CS Insert Coil achieved ramp rates of 0.6T/s and 1.2T/s up to 13T, respectively. In addition, the CS Insert Coil was charged and discharged 10,003 times in the 13-T background field of the CS Model Coil and no degradation of the operational temperature margin directly coming from this cyclic operation was observed. These test results fulfilled all the goals of CS Model Coil development by confirming the validity of the engineering design and demonstrating that we are now ready to construct the ITER coils with confidence. (author)

  17. Measurement of environmental natural radiation level using 4 channel pulse height discriminator with Φ 4 x 4 NaI(Tl) detector

    A method used to measure and distinguish between different components of environmental natural radiation covering cosmic rays using 4 channel pulse height discriminator with Φ 4 x 4 in NaI(Tl) detector is dealt with. The discriminating thresholds for 4 channels called Disr, Ch1, Ch2 and Ch3 were so designed that the gamma ray energy to be recorded by them can fall within 0.58 MeV-∞ for gamma rays from 40K, U, Th and cosmic rays, within 2.0-4.2 MeV for 2.2 MeV gamma ray of U series 214Bi, 2.61 MeV gamma ray of Th series 208Tl and a small amount of low energy cosmic rays, within 4.2 MeV -∞ for all cosmic rays, excluding a small amount of low energy cosmic rays and within 12.5 MeV -∞ for higher energy cosmic rays, respectively. Using such method, measurements were carried out in the first floor and the ground steel chamber of Low Background Radioactivity Laboratory of China Institute for Radiation Protection. The counts measured in airplanes of Guangzhou-Taiyuan and Beijing-Osaka are also presented

  18. Fabrication and test a 600 kJ SMES model coil

    A small SMES system and a 600 kJ SMES model coil were fabricated. High temperature superconducting (HTS) wire which was reinforced with stainless steel was used for winding the model coil and its critical current was 624 A at self-field and 20 K. The type of model coil is double pancake coil (DPC). The number of turns of a DPC is 282 and length of HTS wire per DPC is about 220 m. A two stage GM cryo-cooler (RDK-408) was used for cool down the SMES system and mounted in the middle of the top plate of a cryostat which has 580 mm outer diameter. Cooling plates for conduction cooling were placed on top and bottom of DPC. Operating temperature of the system is 20 K. Cryogenic temperature sensors (Cernox, SD type) were attached on the surface of a copper cylinder block for cool down test of the system. Temperature control test by a heat load also carried out

  19. Fabrication and test a 600 kJ SMES model coil

    Park, M.J. [Korea Electrical Engineering and Science Research Institute, E-401B, 2121 Jungwang dong, Siheung Shi, Gyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Kwak, S.Y. [Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, W.S.; Lee, S.W. [Korea Electrical Engineering and Science Research Institute, E-401B, 2121 Jungwang dong, Siheung Shi, Gyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Lee, J.K. [Woosuk University, Wanju, Chunbuk (Korea, Republic of); Han, J.H. [Korea Polytechnic University, E-221, 2121 Jungwang dong, Siheung Shi, Gyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Choi, K.D. [Korea Polytechnic University, E-221, 2121 Jungwang dong, Siheung Shi, Gyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: choidal@kpu.ac.kr; Kim, S.R. [Korea Polytechnic University, E-221, 2121 Jungwang dong, Siheung Shi, Gyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Seong, K.C. [Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Hahn, S.Y. [Korea Electrical Engineering and Science Research Institute, E-401B, 2121 Jungwang dong, Siheung Shi, Gyunggi-do (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-10-01

    A small SMES system and a 600 kJ SMES model coil were fabricated. High temperature superconducting (HTS) wire which was reinforced with stainless steel was used for winding the model coil and its critical current was 624 A at self-field and 20 K. The type of model coil is double pancake coil (DPC). The number of turns of a DPC is 282 and length of HTS wire per DPC is about 220 m. A two stage GM cryo-cooler (RDK-408) was used for cool down the SMES system and mounted in the middle of the top plate of a cryostat which has 580 mm outer diameter. Cooling plates for conduction cooling were placed on top and bottom of DPC. Operating temperature of the system is 20 K. Cryogenic temperature sensors (Cernox, SD type) were attached on the surface of a copper cylinder block for cool down test of the system. Temperature control test by a heat load also carried out.

  20. Dental MRI using wireless intraoral coils.

    Ludwig, Ute; Eisenbeiss, Anne-Katrin; Scheifele, Christian; Nelson, Katja; Bock, Michael; Hennig, Jürgen; von Elverfeldt, Dominik; Herdt, Olga; Flügge, Tabea; Hövener, Jan-Bernd

    2016-01-01

    Currently, the gold standard for dental imaging is projection radiography or cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). These methods are fast and cost-efficient, but exhibit poor soft tissue contrast and expose the patient to ionizing radiation (X-rays). The need for an alternative imaging modality e.g. for soft tissue management has stimulated a rising interest in dental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which provides superior soft tissue contrast. Compared to X-ray imaging, however, so far the spatial resolution of MRI is lower and the scan time is longer. In this contribution, we describe wireless, inductively-coupled intraoral coils whose local sensitivity enables high resolution MRI of dental soft tissue. In comparison to CBCT, a similar image quality with complementary contrast was obtained ex vivo. In-vivo, a voxel size of the order of 250∙250∙500 μm(3) was achieved in 4 min only. Compared to dental MRI acquired with clinical equipment, the quality of the images was superior in the sensitive volume of the coils and is expected to improve the planning of interventions and monitoring thereafter. This method may enable a more accurate dental diagnosis and avoid unnecessary interventions, improving patient welfare and bringing MRI a step closer to becoming a radiation-free alternative for dental imaging. PMID:27021387

  1. Dental MRI using wireless intraoral coils

    Ludwig, Ute; Eisenbeiss, Anne-Katrin; Scheifele, Christian; Nelson, Katja; Bock, Michael; Hennig, Jürgen; von Elverfeldt, Dominik; Herdt, Olga; Flügge, Tabea; Hövener, Jan-Bernd

    2016-03-01

    Currently, the gold standard for dental imaging is projection radiography or cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). These methods are fast and cost-efficient, but exhibit poor soft tissue contrast and expose the patient to ionizing radiation (X-rays). The need for an alternative imaging modality e.g. for soft tissue management has stimulated a rising interest in dental magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which provides superior soft tissue contrast. Compared to X-ray imaging, however, so far the spatial resolution of MRI is lower and the scan time is longer. In this contribution, we describe wireless, inductively-coupled intraoral coils whose local sensitivity enables high resolution MRI of dental soft tissue. In comparison to CBCT, a similar image quality with complementary contrast was obtained ex vivo. In-vivo, a voxel size of the order of 250•250•500 μm3 was achieved in 4 min only. Compared to dental MRI acquired with clinical equipment, the quality of the images was superior in the sensitive volume of the coils and is expected to improve the planning of interventions and monitoring thereafter. This method may enable a more accurate dental diagnosis and avoid unnecessary interventions, improving patient welfare and bringing MRI a step closer to becoming a radiation-free alternative for dental imaging.

  2. A novel method for coiled tubing installation

    Simpson, Peter J. [2H Offshore, Houston, TX (United States); Tibbetts, David [Aquactic Engineering and Construction Ltd., Aberdeen (United Kingdom)

    2009-12-19

    Installation of flexible pipe for offshore developments is costly due to the physical cost of the flexible pipe, expensive day rates and the availability of suitable installation vessels. Considering the scarcity of flexible pipe in today's increasingly demanding and busy market, operators are seeking a cost effective solution for installing piping in a range of water depths using vessels which are readily on hand. This paper describes a novel approach to installing reeled coiled tubing, from 1 inch to 5 inch diameter, from the back of a small vessel in water depths from 40 m up to around 1000 m. The uniqueness of the system is the fact that the equipment design is modular and compact. This means that when disassembled, it fits into standard 40 ft shipping containers, and the size allows it to be installed on even relatively small vessels of opportunity, such as anchor handling or installation vessels, from smaller, and cheaper quay side locations. Such an approach is the ideal solution to the problem faced by operators, in that it allows the installation of cheaper, readily available coiled tubing, from cost-effective vessels, which do not need to transit to a pick up the system. (author)

  3. Structured light-based motion tracking in the limited view of an MR head coil

    A markerless motion tracking (MT) system developed for use in PET brain imaging has been tested in the limited field of view (FOV) of the MR head coil from the Siemens Biograph mMR. The system is a 3D surface scanner that uses structured light (SL) to create point cloud reconstructions of the facial surface. The point clouds are continuously realigned to a reference scan to obtain pose estimates. The system has been tested on a mannequin head performing controlled rotational and translational axial movements within the head coil outside the range of the magnetic field. The RMS of the residual error of the rotation was 0.11° and the RMS difference in the translation with the control system was 0.17 mm, within the trackable range of movement

  4. Structured light-based motion tracking in the limited view of an MR head coil

    Erikshøj, M., E-mail: martin@erikshoj.dk [DTU-Informatics, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark); Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Righospitalet, University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Olesen, O.V. [DTU-Informatics, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark); Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Righospitalet, University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Conradsen, K. [DTU-Informatics, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark); Højgaard, L. [Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Righospitalet, University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Larsen, R. [DTU-Informatics, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

    2013-02-21

    A markerless motion tracking (MT) system developed for use in PET brain imaging has been tested in the limited field of view (FOV) of the MR head coil from the Siemens Biograph mMR. The system is a 3D surface scanner that uses structured light (SL) to create point cloud reconstructions of the facial surface. The point clouds are continuously realigned to a reference scan to obtain pose estimates. The system has been tested on a mannequin head performing controlled rotational and translational axial movements within the head coil outside the range of the magnetic field. The RMS of the residual error of the rotation was 0.11° and the RMS difference in the translation with the control system was 0.17 mm, within the trackable range of movement.

  5. Application of engineering analysis techniques to the design of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coils

    In this paper, we develop a new approach to analysing and designing the gradient coils for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners for medical applications. More specifically, a novel higher-order BEM which satisfies the continuity equation for the current density is proposed. We also present solution procedures for applying this method to the inverse problem whereby the divergence-free surface current distribution in the gradient coil is deduced from knowledge of the magnetic flux density in a prescribed region of interest. The novel BEM proposed is a non-traditional one, in the sense that the collocation points are given by the vertices of the triangular elements only and not all the BEM nodes used to define the boundary elements. Furthermore, the degree of the interpolation is one degree less than that of the geometry of the triangular elements employed, so that (for example) the linear boundary elements involve constant interpolation for the surface current density. Moreover, the present method can be easily extended in order to obtain any desired degree of the interpolation for the surface current density. Within the inverse problem, care must be taken to employ the optimal value of the Tikhonov regularisation parameter. Results are presented relating to various geometries of coil, obtained using linear, quadratic and cubic variants of the boundary element formulation; those obtained using the quadratic and cubic elements agree almost precisely, while those from the linear elements exhibit small differences from those of the higher-order formulations

  6. Automated cleaning of fan coil units with a natural detergent-disinfectant product

    Di Onofrio Valeria

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Air conditioning systems represent one important source of microbial pollutants for indoor air. In the past few years, numerous strategies have been conceived to reduce the contamination of air conditioners, mainly in hospital settings. The biocidal detergent BATT2 represents a natural product obtained through extraction from brown seaweeds, that has been tested previously on multidrug-resistant microorganisms. Methods BATT2 has been utilized for the disinfection of fan coil units from four air conditioning systems located in hospital environments with a mean degree of risk. Samples were collected from the air supplied by the conditioning systems and from the surfaces of fan coil units, before and after sanitization procedures. Total microbial counts at 37°C and 22°C and mycotic count at 32°C were evaluated. Staphylococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were also detected on surfaces samples. Results The biodetergent was able to reduce up 50% of the microbial pollution of fan coil units surfaces and air supplied by the air conditioners. Conclusions BATT2 could be considered for cleaning/disinfection of air conditioning systems, that should be performed on the basis of accurate and verifiable sanitization protocols.

  7. Bipolar electrical coil based on YBCO bulks: initial tests

    In the field of the application of HTS in electrical motors, most prototypes are made using superconducting coils based on tape and located in the position where copper coils work in a similar conventional motor. Other prototypes use superconducting bulks (usually disk-shaped) in those positions where normal magnets should work in similar conventional motors. But it is very unusual to find designs using electrical coils based on bulks. This is a challenge whose main problem is the difficulty in machining the superconductor bulks to get the proper shape because of the impossibility of bending the material to wind coils. The design of a bipolar single-turn coil made from a superconducting YBCO disk was proposed by the group of Electrical Application of Superconductors, at the University of Extremadura, several years ago to be an element for the design of a modular two-phase inductor for an air core axial-flux motor. The shape of each coil looks like an 'S'. When a current flows through the circuit, two opposite magnetic fields appear in the upper and lower halves of the piece. Until now, attempts to get a good superconducting circuit by cutting a YBCO disk into the required shape have failed because of cracks appearing in the crystal during the process. Last year, our group at the University of Extremadura began to work with ATZ GmbH who have improved the machining process and made the coils. In this paper we present the coil and the first tests carried out

  8. An Air Bearing Rotating Coil Magnetic Measurement System

    Gottschalk, Stephen C; Taylor, David J; Thayer, William

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a rotating coil magnetic measurement system supported on air bearings. The design is optimized for measurements of 0.1micron magnetic centerline changes on long, small aperture quadrupoles. Graphite impregnated epoxy resin is used for the coil holder and coil winding forms. Coil holder diameter is 11 mm with a length between supports of 750mm. A pair of coils is used to permit quadrupole bucking during centerline measurements. Coil length is 616mm, inner radius 1.82mm, outer radius 4.74mm. The key features of the mechanical system are simplicity; air bearings for accurate, repeatable measurements without needing warm up time and a vibration isolated stand that uses a steel-topped Newport optical table with air suspension. Coil rotation is achieved by a low noise servo motor controlled by a standalone Ethernet servo board running custom servo software. Coil calibration procedures that correct wire placement errors, tests for mechanical resonances, and other system checks will also be discu...

  9. ICE decoupling technique for RF coil array designs

    Li, Ye; Xie, Zhentian; Pang, Yong; Vigneron, Daniel; Zhang, Xiaoliang

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: Parallel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) requires an array of RF coil elements with different sensitivity distributions and with minimal electromagnetic coupling. The goal of this project was to develop a new method based on induced current compensation or elimination (ICE) for improved coil element decoupling and to investigate its performance in phantom MR images.

  10. TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR REACT AND WIND COMMON COIL MAGNETS.

    ESCALLIER,J.; ANERELLA,M.; COZZOLINO,J.; GANETIS,G.; GHOSH,A.; GUPTA,R.; HARRISON,M.; MARONE,A.; MURATORE,J.; PARKER,B.; SAMPSON,W.; WANDERER,P.

    2001-06-18

    High field common coil magnets [1,2] using brittle High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) or Nb{sub 3}Sn cables provide new challenges with respect to the design and manufacturing of coils. We are developing the scaleable techniques that can be used in the production of common coil or other magnets with similar designs [3,4]. By utilizing a cost-effective rapid turnaround short coil program, it is possible to quickly develop and test the new conductors and learn the design and manufacturing concepts needed for them. The flexible nature of a rapid turnaround program required the development of a standard coil cassette for different size cable, allowing coils to be used as building blocks for testing in different magnet configurations. Careful attention is given to the design of the coil structure: The inner bobbin the wire is wound on, the coil winding process, insulation integrity, epoxy vacuum impregnation, and final assembly into a test magnet. This paper will discuss the manufacturing techniques and design rules learned from the rapid turnaround program, and test results to date.

  11. New Development of VPI Process for Large Superconducting Coils

    Pan, Wanjiang; Wu, Songtao; Cui, Yimin

    2003-08-01

    High vacuum is required for Vacuum Pressure Impregnation (VPI) process of large coils used in cryogenic. The defects such as dry spots and over rich resins should be minimized in large superconducting coils used. Both sealing problems associated with the mold and over rich resin problems are eliminated by using vacuum bag mold method with which we can simplify the design of vacuum mold.

  12. ATLAS-Lowering the first Barrel Toroid coil

    CERN Audiovisual Unit

    2004-01-01

    Cranes lowered the first of ATLAS's eight Barrel Toroid coils into the cavern. The part is 25 metres long and the cranes had to hold the 100 tonne coil at a sharp angle while it passed through the 18-metre diameter vertical shaft into the cavern. Then they laid the magnet to a horisontal robust platform. Images from Camera 1

  13. ATLAS-Lowering the first Barrel Toroid coil

    CERN Audiovisual Unit

    2004-01-01

    Cranes lowered the first of ATLAS's eight Barrel Toroid coils into the cavern. The part is 25 meters long and the cranes had to hold the 100 tonne coil at a sharp angle while it passed through the 18-meter diameter vertical shaft into the cavern. Then they laid the magnet to a horizontal robust platform. Images from Camera 2

  14. TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR REACT AND WIND COMMON COIL MAGNETS

    High field common coil magnets [1,2] using brittle High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) or Nb3Sn cables provide new challenges with respect to the design and manufacturing of coils. We are developing the scaleable techniques that can be used in the production of common coil or other magnets with similar designs [3,4]. By utilizing a cost-effective rapid turnaround short coil program, it is possible to quickly develop and test the new conductors and learn the design and manufacturing concepts needed for them. The flexible nature of a rapid turnaround program required the development of a standard coil cassette for different size cable, allowing coils to be used as building blocks for testing in different magnet configurations. Careful attention is given to the design of the coil structure: The inner bobbin the wire is wound on, the coil winding process, insulation integrity, epoxy vacuum impregnation, and final assembly into a test magnet. This paper will discuss the manufacturing techniques and design rules learned from the rapid turnaround program, and test results to date

  15. Magnetic field measurements of JT-60SA CS model coil

    Highlights: • Magnetic fields of the JT-60SA CS model coil were measured. • While the coil current was held constant at 20 kA, magnetic fields varied slightly with several different long time constants. • We investigated coils consisting of CIC conductors and having long time constants. - Abstract: In a cold test of the JT-60SA CS model coil, which has a quad-pancake configuration consisting of a Nb3Sn cable-in-conduit (CIC) conductor, magnetic fields were measured using Hall sensors. For a holding coil current of 20 kA, measured magnetic fields varied slightly with long time constants in the range 17–571 s, which was much longer than the time constant derived from a measurement using a short straight sample. To validate the measurements, the magnetic fields of the model coil were calculated using a computational model representing the positions of Nb3Sn strands inside the CIC conductor. The calculated results were in good agreement with the measurements. Consequently, the validity of the magnetic field measurements was confirmed. Next, we investigated other coils consisting of CIC conductors and having long time constants. The only commonality among the coils was the use of CIC conductors. At present, there is no obvious way to prevent generation of such magnetic-field variations with long time constants

  16. Second Barrel Toroid Coil Installed in ATLAS Cavern

    Tappern, G.

    The second barrel toroid coil was lowered into the ATLAS Cavern on Friday, 26 November. The operation takes approximately five hours of precision crane and winch operations. Before lowering, several checks are made to ensure that no loose items have been left on the coil which would fall during the lowering down the shaft. This is a very difficult, but very important check, with the first coil in position, and partly below the shaft. After changing the winch tooling on Wednesday December 1st, the coil was lifted, rotated and placed into the feet. The girders which support the coil and the Z direction stops had all been pre-set before putting the coil in the feet. The angle is controlled by an inclinometer. When the final adjustments of position have been made, which will locate the coils at the plus/minus two mm level, the connection beams (voussoirs and struts) will be put in place; this requires a complex shimming procedure. This will lock together the two coils into the feet and forms the foundation for th...

  17. Chemical generation of molecular iodine for a COIL

    Jirásek, Vít; Čenský, Miroslav; Špalek, Otomar; Kodymová, Jarmila

    Stuttgart: Bohnlaser Consult, 2009, 1-18. ISBN N. [COIL R&D Workshop. Stuttgart (DE), 13.10.2009-14.10.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100523 Keywords : atomic and molecular iodine * COIL Subject RIV: BH - Optics, Masers, Lasers

  18. NET model coil test possibilities in the TOSKA TWIN configuration

    This report continues an earlier one on the possibilities of NET model coil testing in the TOSKA Upgrade facility at KfK. The investigation of a 'Cluster Test Facility' and a 'Solenoid Test Facility' is followed by the investigation of two further test arrangements. They are called 'Twin Configurations'. One common feature of both arrangements is that the EURATOM-LCT-coil delivers a background magnetic field. This coil should be operated at a temperature of 1.8 K and an enhanced current up to 20 kA compared to the LCT test where 3.5 K and up to 16 kA were the operating conditions. In one configuration the NET model test coil is adjacent to the LCT coil (ATC = Adjacent Twin Configuration), in the other one the NET model coil is inserted into the bore of LCT coil (ITC = Inserted Twin Configuration) either upright or with a 600C slope. The configurations are investigated with respect to their electromagnetic mechanical and thermo-hydraulic properties. The requirements for the necessary mechanical support structure of the LCT coil were computed. Installation and cooling of the whole system were discussed. The time schedule and the costs for the test facility modification were estimated. Advantages and disadvantages for the configurations were discussed with respect to feasibility of the test arrangement and operation. (orig.)

  19. Bipolar electrical coil based on YBCO bulks: initial tests

    Alvarez, A.; Suárez, P.; Ceballos, J. M.; Pérez, B.; Werfel, F.; Floegel-Delor, U.

    2008-02-01

    In the field of the application of HTS in electrical motors, most prototypes are made using superconducting coils based on tape and located in the position where copper coils work in a similar conventional motor. Other prototypes use superconducting bulks (usually disk-shaped) in those positions where normal magnets should work in similar conventional motors. But it is very unusual to find designs using electrical coils based on bulks. This is a challenge whose main problem is the difficulty in machining the superconductor bulks to get the proper shape because of the impossibility of bending the material to wind coils. The design of a bipolar single-turn coil made from a superconducting YBCO disk was proposed by the group of Electrical Application of Superconductors, at the University of Extremadura, several years ago to be an element for the design of a modular two-phase inductor for an air core axial-flux motor. The shape of each coil looks like an 'S'. When a current flows through the circuit, two opposite magnetic fields appear in the upper and lower halves of the piece. Until now, attempts to get a good superconducting circuit by cutting a YBCO disk into the required shape have failed because of cracks appearing in the crystal during the process. Last year, our group at the University of Extremadura began to work with ATZ GmbH who have improved the machining process and made the coils. In this paper we present the coil and the first tests carried out.

  20. Gelatinous Fibers are Widespread in Coiling Tendrils and Twining Vines

    Although tendrils coil and vines twine has been investigated since Darwin’s time, a full understanding of the mechanism(s) of tendril coiling and twining of vines has not yet been accomplished. In a previous study, it was observed that in tendrils of redvine, gelatinous fibers occurred concomitantl...

  1. Coil planet centrifugation as a means for small particle separation

    Herrmann, F. T.

    1983-01-01

    The coil planet centrifuge uses a centrifugal force field to provide separation of particles based on differences in sedimentation rates by flow through a rotating coiled tube. Three main separations are considered: (1) single phase fresh sheep and human erythrocytes, (2) single phase fixed heep and human erythrocytes, and (3) electrophoretically enhanced single phase fresh sheep and human erythrocytes.

  2. First assembly phase for the ATLAS toroid coils

    Patrice Loïez

    2003-01-01

    The ATLAS barrel toroid system consists of eight coils, each of axial length 25.3 m, assembled radially and symmetrically around the beam axis. The coils are of a flat racetrack type with two double-pancake windings made of 20.5 kA aluminium-stabilized niobium-titanium superconductor. In the first phase of assembly, the two 'pancakes' are packed into their vacuum vessel. This is done using bladders filled with resin and glass microbeads under pressure. The resin is heated and, once cooled, holds the pancakes in place. The operation has to be performed on both sides of the coil, which necessitated a special technique to turn the coils over and then transport them to the heating table. Photos 01, 02, 03: Use of the overhead travelling crane to hoist the coil up and then tilt it over, the coil frame's metal feet being used as rotational pivots, supporting half the coil's weight. Once it has been turned over, the coil, now with only half the frame, is transported to the heating table using a special lifting gant...

  3. ALTERNATIVES AND IMPROVEMENTS FOR SUPERCONDUCTING DIPOLE COILS FOR HERA

    Horlitz, G.; Kaiser, H.; Knust, G.; Mess, K.-H.; S. Wolff; Schmüser, P.; Wiik, B.

    1984-01-01

    A 1 m long dipole coil has been clamped with aluminum collars. The same performance has been reached as with stainless steel collars. Up to now no fatigue effects have been observed after 5000 ramping cycles. Several 1 m and 6 m long mils have been built with longitudinal wedges in both coil layers which eliminate 14-pole and 18-pole contributions.

  4. Proposals for cold testing of the ITER TF coils

    The ITER Toroidal Field (TF) magnet system will be made of 18 coils using Nb3Sn as superconducting material. These coils will operate at a maximum field of 11.8 T for a nominal current of 68 kA carried by a dual channel cable-in-conduit conductor cooled by a forced flow of supercritical helium at 4.5 K. In each coil, seven 760 m conductor lengths wound in double pancakes will be connected to each other by low resistance joints. As a final step of the reception tests, it is proposed to perform cold tests of these coils at liquid helium temperature after completion of their manufacture. The testing shall include high voltage tests to check the quality of the insulation, leak tests and pressure drop measurements of the hydraulic circuits as well as measurement of the joint resistances. Testing the coils up to nominal current is a discussed option, addressing on one hand measurement of the electrical performances in self field and on the other hand the mechanical behaviour of the coils. To perform these tests, a dedicated test facility has to be built, allowing possible simultaneous testing of two coils, assembled together in a twin coil configuration, similarly to their assembly in the torus. (authors)

  5. Device for measuring elastic modulus of superconducting coils (See 7903169)

    1979-01-01

    This device was made to measure elastic modulus of the Po dipole superconducting coils. More elaborated devices, but based on the same concept, were later used to measure the apparent elastic moduli of the LHC superconducting magnet coils. See also 7903169, 7901386.

  6. An Energy Filter for Slow Positron Beam Using Cosine Coils

    R.S.Yu; B.Y.Wang; 等

    2001-01-01

    A novel charged-particle velocity filter for slow positron beam has been successfully built and tested.It is a pure magnetic system composed of three magnetic fields,two of them are pure dipole magnetic fields generated by two symmetrically put cosine coils.The physical principle and the performance of the cosine coils are reviewed.

  7. Transformer current sensor for superconducting magnetic coils

    Shen, Stewart S.; Wilson, C. Thomas

    1988-01-01

    A transformer current sensor having primary turns carrying a primary current for a superconducting coil and secondary turns only partially arranged within the primary turns. The secondary turns include an active winding disposed within the primary turns and a dummy winding which is not disposed in the primary turns and so does not experience a magnetic field due to a flow of current in the primary turns. The active and dummy windings are wound in opposite directions or connected in series-bucking relationship, and are exposed to the same ambient magnetic field. Voltages which might otherwise develop in the active and dummy windings due to ambient magnetic fields thus cancel out. The resultant voltage is purely indicative of the rate of change of current flowing in the primary turns.

  8. Designing Magnetic Coils From the Inside Out

    Wagner, Daniel

    2011-10-01

    Traditionally the design cycle for magnetic fields involves guessing at a reasonable conductor and magnetic material configuration, using finite element analysis (FEA) software to calculate the resulting field, modifying the configuration, and iterating to produce the desired results. We take the opposite approach of specifying the required magnetic field, imposing it as a boundary condition on the region of interest, and then solving the Laplace equation to determine the field outside that region. The exact conductor configuration along the boundaries is extracted from the magnetic scalar potential in a trivial manner. This method is being applied to design a coils for the neutron EDM experiment, and an RF waveguide in a new design of a neutron resonant spin flipper for the n-3He experiment. Both experiments will run at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Partially supported by the NSF under grant PHY-0855584.

  9. Re-use of disposable coil dialysers

    Re-use of disposable dialysers has been in practice for over 16 years throughout the world but it still is a polemical subject. The main justification for it is the reduction of costs in the hemodialytic treatment. We evaluated the technique of re-use that we adopt by studying 33 patients who should re-utilize coil dialysers for 8 consecutive hemodialysis sessions. We investigated: 1) small and middle molecules clearances trough a radioisotopic method; 2) the integrity of the system regarding bacterial invasion; 3) the frequency of anti-N antibodies; 4) aspects of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of dialysis membrane after re-use. We observed no changes in the dialysers performance during re-use. We conclude that the re-use of dialyzers is feasible, without risks for the patients, allowing marked reduction of costs, thus making possible to offer treatment to a larger number of uremic patients. (author)

  10. Eddy Current Probe for Surface and Sub-Surface Inspection

    Wincheski, Russell A. (Inventor); Simpson, John W. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    An eddy current probe includes an excitation coil for coupling to a low-frequency alternating current (AC) source. A magneto-resistive sensor is centrally disposed within and at one end of the excitation coil to thereby define a sensing end of the probe. A tubular flux-focusing lens is disposed between the excitation coil and the magneto-resistive sensor. An excitation wire is spaced apart from the magneto-resistive sensor in a plane that is perpendicular to the sensor's axis of sensitivity and such that, when the sensing end of the eddy current probe is positioned adjacent to the surface of a structure, the excitation wire is disposed between the magneto-resistive sensor and the surface of the structure. The excitation wire is coupled to a high-frequency AC source. The excitation coil and flux-focusing lens can be omitted when only surface inspection is required.

  11. Effect of Inductive Coil Geometry on the Thrust Efficiency of a Microwave Assisted Discharge Inductive Plasma Accelerator

    Hallock, Ashley; Polzin, Kurt; Emsellem, Gregory

    2012-01-01

    Pulsed inductive plasma thrusters [1-3] are spacecraft propulsion devices in which electrical energy is capacitively stored and then discharged through an inductive coil. The thruster is electrodeless, with a time-varying current in the coil interacting with a plasma covering the face of the coil to induce a plasma current. Propellant is accelerated and expelled at a high exhaust velocity (O(10-100 km/s)) by the Lorentz body force arising from the interaction of the magnetic field and the induced plasma current. While this class of thruster mitigates the life-limiting issues associated with electrode erosion, pulsed inductive plasma thrusters require high pulse energies to inductively ionize propellant. The Microwave Assisted Discharge Inductive Plasma Accelerator (MAD-IPA) [4, 5] is a pulsed inductive plasma thruster that addressees this issue by partially ionizing propellant inside a conical inductive coil via an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge. The ECR plasma is produced using microwaves and permanent magnets that are arranged to create a thin resonance region along the inner surface of the coil, restricting plasma formation, and in turn current sheet formation, to a region where the magnetic coupling between the plasma and the inductive coil is high. The use of a conical theta-pinch coil is under investigation. The conical geometry serves to provide neutral propellant containment and plasma plume focusing that is improved relative to the more common planar geometry of the Pulsed Inductive Thruster (PIT) [2, 3], however a conical coil imparts a direct radial acceleration of the current sheet that serves to rapidly decouple the propellant from the coil, limiting the direct axial electromagnetic acceleration in favor of an indirect acceleration mechanism that requires significant heating of the propellant within the volume bounded by the current sheet. In this paper, we describe thrust stand measurements performed to characterize the performance

  12. Temperature detection circuit on the low-temperature superconducting coils

    Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) is the fully superconducting Tokamak. The EAST magnet system comprises 16 D-shaped toroidal field coils and 14 poloidal field coils which are cooled by supercritical helium at 4.2 K and 3.8 K. The temperature of superconducting coils is measured by Cernox as a new type low-temperature sensor, and monitored during the cooling and operation. The helium temperature can offer reference for quench signal. In this paper, a technique for the weak temperature signal measurement of superconducting coils is introduced, and its weak voltage is extracted from the intrinsic noise of the amplifier by the low-noise instrumentation amplifier, filter circuit, and high-linearity analog optocoupler. The temperature detection circuit works accurately and safely whether in cooling or operating process. This technique is an effective for the temperature detection on the low-temperature superconducting coils. (authors)

  13. Lessons Learned During the Manufacture of the NCSX Modular Coils

    James H. Chrzanowski,Thomas G. Meighan, Steven Raftopoulos and Lawrence Dudek and Paul J. Fogarty

    2009-09-15

    The National Compact Stellarator Experiment's (NCSX) modular coils presented a number of engineering and manufacturing challenges due to their complex shapes, requirements for high dimensional accuracy and high current density requirements due to space constraints. Being the first of their kind, these coils required the implementation of many new manufacturing and measuring techniques and procedures. This was the first time that these manufacturing techniques and methods were applied in the production of coils at the laboratory. This resulted in a steep learning curve for the first several coils. Through the effective use of procedures, tooling modifications, involvement and ownership by the manufacturing workforce, and an emphasis on safety, the assembly team was able to reduce the manufacturing times and improve upon the manufacturing methods. This paper will discuss the learning curve and steps that were taken to improve the manufacturing efficiency and reduce the manufacturing times for the modular coils without forfeiting quality.

  14. Magnet with asbestos-cement insulation of coils

    Problem of creating radiation stable insulation for magnet element coils withstanding radiation loads of above 5X10 Gy appeared in result of growth of accelerator energies and intensities. Magnet structure and technology for coil fabrication with asbestos-cement insulation are described. Results of magnetic measurements are presented. Special bay was constructed for the development of technology for fabricating coils with asbestos-cement insulation. The coil for three meter model magnet, designated for operation in the zone of target stations of hadron channels in experimental base of accelerating and storage facility was fabricated. Principle possibility of fabricating coils with asbestos-cement insulation on the base of domestic cements and asbestos was demonstrated

  15. First assembly phase for the ATLAS toroid coils

    Maximilien Brice

    2003-01-01

    The ATLAS barrel toroid system consists of eight coils, each of axial length 25.3 m, assembled radially and symmetrically around the beam axis. The coils are of a flat racetrack type with two double-pancake windings made of 20.5 kA aluminium-stabilized niobium-titanium superconductor. In the first phase of assembly, the two 'pancakes' are packed into their vacuum vessel. This is done using bladders filled with resin and glass microbeads under pressure. The resin is heated and, once cooled, holds the pancakes in place. The operation has to be performed on both sides of the coil, which necessitated a special technique to turn the coils over and then transport them to the heating table. Photos 01, 02, 03: Transporting the coil to the heating table using a special lifting gantry manufactured at JINR-Dubna, Russia in preparation for the 'bladderisation' operation.

  16. Conceptual designs of heaters for the westinghouse large coil program

    The Large Coil Program (LCP) involves the design, fabrication and testing of large superconducting magnets for use in tokamak reactors. The specification requirements of the LCP calls for heating elements to be installed in the test coils. The heaters are required to (a) simulate irradiation heating, (b) test the coil stability and recovery and (c) investigate the limits of stability. The heaters must also be able to drive the superconductor normal to test the coil stability and recovery to the superconducting state without significantly disturbing the helium coolant. This requirement coupled with the large amount of energy needed to drive the Westinghouse forced flow conductor normal and the space limitations in the coil made the heater design difficult. A pulsed inductive heater concept overcomes all the above restrictions. Also discussed is the design procedure for the resistive heaters which will increase the helium temperature in the forced flow conductor sufficiently to drive it normal. 8 refs

  17. Helical coil alignment in the Advanced Toroidal Facility

    The Advanced Toroidal Facility (ATF) is comprised of several major structural and magnetic coil systems tightly fitted around a thin helically contoured vacuum vessel. A critical parameter for successful operation of this device is the precise alignment of the various coil systems, with particular emphasis on the exact positioning of the helical field (HF) coils. This paper presents a brief overview of the helical coil design concept, detailed descriptions of the method for installation and alignment, and discussions of segment installation and alignment equipment. Alignment is accomplished by optical methods using electronic theodolites connected to a microcomputer to form a coordinate measurement system. The coordinate measurement system is described in detail, along with target selection and fixturing for manipulation of the helical coil segments during installation. In addition, software is described including vendor-supplied software used in the coordinate measurement system and in-house-developed software used to calibrate segment and positioning fixture motion

  18. Vehicle to wireless power transfer coupling coil alignment sensor

    Miller, John M.; Chambon, Paul H.; Jones, Perry T.; White, Clifford P.

    2016-02-16

    A non-contacting position sensing apparatus includes at least one vehicle-mounted receiver coil that is configured to detect a net flux null when the vehicle is optimally aligned relative to the primary coil in the charging device. Each of the at least one vehicle-mounted receiver coil includes a clockwise winding loop and a counterclockwise winding loop that are substantially symmetrically configured and serially connected to each other. When the non-contacting position sensing apparatus is located directly above the primary coil of the charging device, the electromotive forces from the clockwise winding loop and the counterclockwise region cancel out to provide a zero electromotive force, i.e., a zero voltage reading across the coil that includes the clockwise winding loop and the counterclockwise winding loop.

  19. Coiled-coil response to mechanical force: global stability and local cracking.

    Kreuzer, Steven M; Elber, Ron

    2013-08-20

    Coiled coils are important structural motifs formed by two or more amphipathic α-helices that twist into a supercoil. These motifs are found in a wide range of proteins, including motor proteins and structural proteins, that are known to transmit mechanical loads. We analyze atomically detailed simulations of coiled-coil cracking under load with Milestoning. Milestoning is an approach that captures the main features of the process in a network, quantifying kinetics and thermodynamics. A 112-residue segment of the β-myosin S2 domain was subjected to constant-magnitude (0-200 pN) and constant-direction tensile forces in molecular dynamics simulations. Twenty 20 ns straightforward simulations at several load levels revealed that initial single-residue cracking events (Ψ > 90°) at loads <100 pN were accompanied by rapid refolding without either intra- or interhelix unfolding propagation. Only initial unfolding events at the highest load (200 pN) regularly propagated along and between helices. Analysis of hydrophobic interactions and of interhelix hydrogen bonds did not show significant variation as a function of load. Unfolding events were overwhelmingly located in the vicinity of E929, a charged residue in a hydrophobic position of the heptad repeat. Milestoning network analysis of E929 cracking determined that the mean first-passage time ranges from 20 ns (200 pN) to 80 ns (50 pN), which is ∼20 times the mean first-passage time of an isolated helix with the same sequence. PMID:23972847

  20. Stenting plus coiling: dangerous or helpful?; Stenting plus Coiling bei akut rupturierten intrakraniellen Aneurysmen

    Wanke, I.; Gizewski, E.; Doerfler, A.; Stolke, D.; Forsting, M. [Essen Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Radiologie und Neuroradiologie

    2005-09-01

    Purpose: the purpose of this study was to evaluate the procedural risk of treating acute ruptured aneurysms with a stentcoil combination. Material and methods: between August 2001 and January 2004 we treated nine acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients with a combination of stents and platinum coils. Results: six aneurysms were 100% eliminated; the residual three aneurysms had a 95% to 99% occlusion. A transient thrombosis in the stent in one patient could be recanalized by intravenous application of ReoPro {sup registered}. In another patient an occlusive vasospasm at the distal end of the stent was successfully treated with intraarterial Nimotop {sup registered}. Neurological complications occurred in none of the patients. Conclusion: in broad-based aneurysms which cannot be clipped or in which any neurosurgical treatment presents an unacceptably high risk (posterior circulation and paraophthalmic aneurysms), treatment using a combination of stent and platinum coils might be an option even in the acute phase of an SAH. Platelet aggregation can be treated with Aspirin registered and Plavix {sup registered} after placement of the first coil, vasospasms with intraarterial Nimotop {sup registered}, and acute stent thrombosis with GP IIa/IIIb-antagonists. (orig.)

  1. Electromagnetic coil (EM coil) measurement technique to verify presence of metal/absence of oxide attribute

    This paper summarizes how an Electromagnetic coil (EM coil) measurement technique can be used to discriminate between plutonium metal, plutonium oxide, and mixtures of these two materials inside sealed storage containers. Measurement results are from a variety of metals and Aluminium oxide in two different container types, the carbon steel AL-R8 and the stainless steel AT-400R. Within these container types two scenarios have been explored. 1.) The same configuration made from different metals for demonstrating material property effects. 2.) The same metal configured differently to demonstrate how mass distribution affects the EM signature. This non-radiation measurement method offers verification of the 'presence of metal/absence of oxide' attribute in less than a minute. In January 2001, researches at Pacific Northwest Laboratory showed this method to discriminate between aluminium and aluminium oxide placed inside an AT-400R (a total wall thickness of over 2.5 cm) storage container. Subsequent experimental and theoretical investigations into adapting the EM coil technique for arms control applications, suggests a similar response for plutonium and plutonium oxide. This conclusion is consistent with the fact that all metals are electrically conductive while most oxides are electrical insulators (non-conductors). (author)

  2. Development of a forced-cooling d-shaped superconducting coil by supercritical helium

    A D-shaped 12 Tesla superconducting coil with forced cooling Nb3Sn superconductor is developed. Cryogenic stability and conduit stress analyses, result of winding test of copper dummy coil, and cooing system for the test coil are presented

  3. A coiled coil trigger site is essential for rapid binding of synaptobrevin to the SNARE acceptor complex

    Wiederhold, Katrin; Kloepper, Tobias H; Walter, Alexander M;

    2010-01-01

    coiled coil "trigger site." This site is also present in many synaptobrevin homologs functioning in other trafficking steps. Point mutations in this stretch inhibited binding to the syntaxin 1.SNAP-25 dimer and slowed fusion of liposomes. Moreover, the point mutations severely inhibited secretion from...

  4. Very high resolution measurement of the penetration depth of superconductors by a novel single-coil inductance technique

    Gauzzi, A.; Le Cochec, J.; Lamura, G.; Jönsson, B. J.; Gasparov, V. A.; Ladan, F. R.; Plaçais, B.; Probst, P. A.; Pavuna, D.; Bok, J.

    2000-05-01

    We describe a novel single-coil mutual inductance technique for measuring the magnetic penetration depth λ of superconductors at 2-4 MHz as a function of temperature in the 4-100 K range. We combine a single-coil configuration with a high-stability marginal oscillator; this enables us to measure the absolute value of λ on both bulk samples and thin films with very high resolution (δλ=10 pm) and a precision of 30 nm. As example of application, we report measurements on NbTi bulk samples and Nb films. This contactless technique is suited for probing the superconducting properties of samples over large surfaces.

  5. Plate coil thermal test bench for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) carousel cooling system

    Phelps, LeEllen; Murga, Gaizka; Montijo, Guillermo; Hauth, David

    2014-08-01

    Analyses have shown that even a white-painted enclosure requires active exterior skin-cooling systems to mitigate dome seeing which is driven by thermal nonuniformities that change the refractive index of the air. For the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) Enclosure, this active surface temperature control will take the form of a system of water cooled plate coils integrated into the enclosure cladding system. The main objective of this system is to maintain the surface temperature of the enclosure as close as possible to, but always below, local ambient temperature in order to mitigate this effect. The results of analyses using a multi-layer cladding temperature model were applied to predict the behavior of the plate coil cladding system and ultimately, with safety margins incorporated into the resulting design thermal loads, the detailed designs. Construction drawings and specifications have been produced. Based on these designs and prior to procurement of the system components, a test system was constructed in order to measure actual system behavior. The data collected during seasonal test runs at the DKIST construction site on Haleakalā are used to validate and/or refine the design models and construction documents as appropriate. The test fixture was also used to compare competing hardware, software, components, control strategies, and configurations. This paper outlines the design, construction, test protocols, and results obtained of the plate coil thermal test bench for the DKIST carousel cooling system.

  6. Coil-bridge transition in a single polymer chain as an unconventional phase transition: Theory and simulation

    Klushin, Leonid I.; Skvortsov, Alexander M.; Polotsky, Alexey A.; Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Binder, Kurt

    2014-05-01

    The coil-bridge transition in a self-avoiding lattice chain with one end fixed at height H above the attractive planar surface is investigated by theory and Monte Carlo simulation. We focus on the details of the first-order phase transition between the coil state at large height H ⩾ Htr and a bridge state at H ⩽ Htr, where Htr corresponds to the coil-bridge transition point. The equilibrium properties of the chain were calculated using the Monte Carlo pruned-enriched Rosenbluth method in the moderate adsorption regime at (H/Na)tr ⩽ 0.27 where N is the number of monomer units of linear size a. An analytical theory of the coil-bridge transition for lattice chains with excluded volume interactions is presented in this regime. The theory provides an excellent quantitative description of numerical results at all heights, 10 ⩽ H/a ⩽ 320 and all chain lengths 40 free fitting parameters. A simple theory taking into account the effect of finite extensibility of the lattice chain in the strong adsorption regime at (H/Na)tr ⩾ 0.5 is presented. We discuss some unconventional properties of the coil-bridge transition: the absence of phase coexistence, two micro-phases involved in the bridge state, and abnormal behavior in the microcanonical ensemble.

  7. Development of a local current diagnostic using a small Rogowski coil for a spherical tokamak plasma in TST-2

    A local current diagnostic using a small Rogowski coil was developed in the TST-2 spherical tokamak device (R = 0.38 m, a = 0.25 m, Bt = 0.3 T, Ip = 0.1 MA). A Rogowski coil is a cost effective tool for local current diagnostic that can detect the current signal directly. A new small Rogowski coil (outer diameter = 20 mm, inner diameter = 12 mm, number of turns = 360) with small sensitivity to external magnetic fields, such as Bt and Bp, was developed and successfully installed in the TST-2. The measured local current at the edge just inside the last closed flux surface for ohmic heating was about 15 A. (author)

  8. Optimization of Feedback Control Coils for Resistive Wall Mode Stabilization in DIII-D

    Bialek, J.; Boozer, A. H.; Garofalo, A. M.; Mauel, M. E.; Navratil, G. A.; Turnbull, A. D.

    1999-11-01

    Recent experiments in DIII--D on Resistive Wall Mode (RWM) stabilization with active feedback have been very promising. We investigated extensions to the sensor and control coil set that would further improve RWM stabilization. The VALEN computer code models the RWM as an equivalent current distribution on the unperturbed plasma boundary which duplicates the plasma external magnetic field of the mode, as calculated by GATO. This surface current determines the plasma interaction with all conducting structures. In three dimensions the VALEN code models the unstable plasma, passive structure, proposed sensors, and proposed control coils together with the control logic. The problem may be examined as a transient simulation, or for a linear power supply model, as an eigenvalue calculation. A summary of the configurations examined and their predicted effectiveness will be presented.

  9. MR imaging of the eye with a special ocular coil and fast pulse sequences

    This paper reports that to optimize MR imaging of the eye by using a special ocular coil and fast pulse sequences. Twenty-three patients with suspected ocular pathology underwent MR imaging by using a special surface coil (n = 23) and either conventional spin-echo techniques of newly developed fast pulse sequences (n = 8, ultrafast spoiled GRASS; n = 5, fast spin echo) to obtain high-resolution images (1.5 - 3.0-mm section thicknesses, 6-8-cm field of view). Technically acceptable examinations were acquired in 22/23 patients by using the methods described above. The use of the fast pulse sequences drastically reduced image degradation from associated eye motion. The ocular pathology studied in these patients included retinal tumors (especially uveal melanomas and nevi), retinal detachments, discoform degeneration, anterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and macular degeneration with retinal and subretinal hemorrhage

  10. Applications of the Integrated-Blanket-Coil concept to the compact reversed-field pinch reactor

    A design of a compact fusion reactor is proposed based on the reversed field pinch and utilizing the ''Integrated-Blanket-Coil'' (IBC) concept. The IBC is applied to the toroidal field and divertor systems, with liquid metal used for cooling both the first wall and blanket. This simplifies the overall design by requiring only a single coolant cycle. In addition, safety is increased by eliminating any possible lithium-water interaction in the fusion power core. Finally, replacing conventional copper divertor coils with IBC components enhances tritium breeding and energy recovery. A generic problem with liquid metal coolants is their reduced heat transfer capabilities in magnetic fields. In this context, the use of liquid metal coolants may limit the allowable neutron wall loading to a value of 10 MW/m/sup 2/. Above this value it may be necessary to use water cooling for the first wall and divertor surfaces

  11. Cryogenic shear fracture tests of interlaminar organic insulation for a forced-flow superconducting coil

    A forced-flow cooling has been employed for the superconducting poloidal coils of the Large Helical Device (LHD), which is now being constructed as the next experimental helical fusion device at National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS). Since a forced-flow superconducting coil consists of metallic conductors and organic insulation with relatively low mechanical strength, a knowledge of mechanical behavior and properties of the interlaminar insulation is of great importance. Shear fracture tests of interlaminar organic insulation under biaxial stresses were carried out at low temperature, by using test specimens made of stainless steel pieces bonded with impregnated organic insulation (glass-kapton-glass). Inclination of adhesive surface was varied to get combinations of the debonding stresses and to construct the critical curve of the debonding fracture. The test results show that the critical curve approximately agreed with the Mohr-Coulomb criterion and that shear fracture resistance of the bonding interface enhanced with the increase of compressive stress value

  12. Test of a model coil of TORE SUPRA

    Inside the qualifying test programme, supporting the 'Tore Supra' Tokamak design, a reduced scale model of coil was fabricated by an industrial firm and fully tested. This model coil is provided with the same features as those retained for the complete magnet and is built according to the same design; in particular the Nb-Ti mixed matrix monolithic conductor is cooled by a pressurized superfluid helium bath, supplied from a model of the envisaged complete cryogenic system. Three main objectives have been assigned to this test: operation of the cryogenic system, stability of the superconductor winding under high mechanical stresses, mainly shear, and simulation of coil quench conditions. For this purpose, the model coil (outside bore 0.8 m) is located inside a 4 T magnet, an hydraulic jack applies a 1 MN force along a coil diameter. Operation of the model coil has been found highly stable, under the conditions of applied field and forces, a coil transition can be induced by an electrical heater only when the superfluid bath temperature is close to Tlambda. The 1.8 K cryogenic system provides a useful calorimetric measure of total losses induced inside the winding; its operation has been quite simple and reliable, permitting a sure extrapolation to a much larger size

  13. Design and optimization of efficient magnetic coils for biomedical applications

    Ram Rakhyani, Anil Kumar

    Magnetic fields are permeable to the biological tissues and can induce electric field in the conductive structures. Some medical devices take advantage of this ability to transfer energy from the source to the receiving site without direct contact. Prosthetic devices such as retinal implants use time-varying magnetic field to achieve wireless power transfer to the implanted magnetic coil. However, devices such as magnetic stimulators use the induction principle to create an electric field at the stimulation site. Efficiency of these devices is primarily dependent on the design of the magnetic coils. Therefore, in this work, we designed and validated efficient magnetic coils for wireless power transfer to implanted devices and magnetic stimulation of the peripheral nerves. Typical wireless power transfer (WPT) systems uses two-coil based design to achieve contactless power transfer to the implanted electronics. These systems achieve low power transfer efficiency (nerve during magnetic stimulation. In the past, homogeneous models were used to estimate the field profile inside conductive tissue due to the time varying current in the magnetic coil. Moreover, the effect of the surrounding media and stimulation mechanisms was understudied, which limits the optimization accuracy of the magnetic coils. In this work, we developed anatomically correct tissue models to study the effect of tissue heterogeneity and the surrounding media on the induced electric field. We also developed an optimization algorithm for designing energy efficient cm-size magnetic coils, that were then used for ex-vivo magnetic stimulation of the frog's sciatic nerve.

  14. Fetal MRI on a multi-element digital coil platform

    Serai, Suraj D.; Merrow, Arnold C.; Kline-Fath, Beth M. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, 3333 Burnett Ave., MLC 5031, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2013-09-15

    Fetal MRI has an increasing list of indications and is most commonly employed when anomalies detected by prenatal ultrasonography require further characterization. This may occur when sonography is technically challenging or where specific MRI findings will determine pre- and postnatal management, including critical in utero and/or peripartum interventions. In these circumstances, there are high expectations for MRI to sort out complex diagnostic dilemmas through exquisite anatomical imaging that fetal surgeons and obstetricians can comprehend and relay to their patients. These expectations, in light of evolving clinical innovations, continue to drive advances in fetal imaging. Increasing signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is fundamental to improving MR image quality, and proper coil selection is a key component of this pursuit. Since the introduction of parallel imaging techniques, the numbers of elements in phased-array coils have been continuously increased to achieve high SNR and shorter scan times. With the invention of a digital coil platform, it is now possible to connect combinations of multiple coil elements to enhance SNR beyond the capabilities of the adult eight-channel torso-coil routinely used in fetal imaging. This paper describes the application of multi-element radiofrequency coils on a digital broadband imaging platform with unique coil combinations to perform dedicated fetal MRI. (orig.)

  15. Focusing and targeting of magnetic brain stimulation using multiple coils.

    Ruohonen, J; Ilmoniemi, R J

    1998-05-01

    Neurones can be excited by an externally applied time-varying electromagnetic field. Focused magnetic brain stimulation is attained using multiple small coils instead of one large coil, the resultant induced electric field being a superposition of the fields from each coil. In multichannel magnetic brain stimulation, partial cancellation of fields from individual coils provides a significant improvement in the focusing of the stimulating field, and independent coil channels allow targeting of the stimuli on a given spot without moving the coils. The problem of shaping the stimulating field in multichannel stimulation is analysed, and a method is derived that yields the driving currents required to induce a field with a user-defined shape. The formulation makes use of lead fields and minimum-norm estimation from magneto-encephalography. Using these methods, some properties of multichannel coil arrays are examined. Computer-assisted multichannel stimulation of the cortex will enable several new studies, including quick determination of the cortical regions, the stimulation of which disrupts cortical processing required by a task. PMID:9747568

  16. Review of the ATLAS B0 model coil test program

    Dolgetta, N; Acerbi, E; Berriaud, C; Boxman, H; Broggi, F; Cataneo, F; Daël, A; Delruelle, N; Dudarev, A; Foussat, A; Haug, F; ten Kate, H H J; Mayri, C; Paccalini, A; Pengo, R; Rivoltella, G; Sbrissa, E

    2004-01-01

    The ATLAS B0 model coil has been extensively tested, reproducing the operational conditions of the final ATLAS Barrel Toroid coils. Two test campaigns have taken place on B0, at the CERN facility where the individual BT coils are about to be tested. The first campaign aimed to test the cool-down, warm-up phases and to commission the coil up to its nominal current of 20.5 kA, reproducing Lorentz forces similar to the ones on the BT coil. The second campaign aimed to evaluate the margins above the nominal conditions. The B0 was tested up to 24 kA and specific tests were performed to assess: the coil temperature margin with respect to the design value, the performance of the double pancake internal joints, static and dynamic heat loads, behavior of the coil under quench conditions. The paper reviews the overall test program with emphasis on second campaign results not covered before. 10 Refs.

  17. Progress on the Focus Coils for the MICE Channel

    Green, Michael; Lau, Wing; Senanayake, Rohan; Yang, Stephanie

    2005-01-01

    This report describes the progress on the magnet part of the absorber focus coil module for the international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE). MICE consists of two cells of a SFOFO cooling channel that is similar to that studied in the level 2 study of a neutrino factory. The MICE absorber focus coil module consists of a pair of superconducting solenoids, mounted on an aluminum mandrel. The coil package that is in its own vacuum vessel surrounds an absorber, which does the ionization cooling of the muons. Either a liquid or solid absorber is within a separate vacuum vessel that is within the warm bore of the superconducting magnet. The superconducting focus coils may either be run in the solenoid mode (with the two coils at the same polarity) or in the flip mode (with the coil at opposite polarity causing the field direction to flip within the magnet bore). The superconducting coils will be cooled using a pair of small 4 K coolers. This report discusses the progress on the MICE focusing magnets, the...

  18. Research and development for the ITER toroidal field coils

    The ITER Toroidal Field (TF) coils are made up of a winding pack enclosed in a case. In the central region the noses of the coils are wedge shaped and fit together to form a circular vault. On the outside an intercoil support structure joins the coil above and below the equator. The goal of the ITER project L2 is to verify the design principles, design procedures, design criteria, operating margins, analysis methods and manufacturing process, including Quality Assurance (QA) capable of application to the ITER TF coils. The project is divided into two subprojects: TF Model Coil (TFMC) construction and testing and TF coil case fabrication demonstration. The conceptual design of the ITER TFMC has been carried out by the ITER EU HT, the engineering design and construction by European Industries. The testing of the TFMC is foreseen in the TOSKA facility at FZK Karlsruhe starting in the first quarter of 2001. The feasibility demonstration of the TF coil case is being carried out also by European industry by: Forging trapezoidal tubes with variable wall thickness, casting new modified 316LN type material for the intercoil structure and the parts of the case subject to lower stresses, qualifying the welding and NDT methods to be applied to the heavy thickness (∼250mm) to be joined together to form the casing. (author)

  19. Manufacture of EAST VS In-Vessel Coil

    Highlights: • ITER like Stainless Steel Mineral Insulation Conductor (SSMIC) used for EAST Tokamak VS In-Vessel Coil manufacture first time. • Research on SSMIC fabrication was introduced in detail. • Two sets totally four single-turn VS coils were manufactured and installed in place symmetrically above and below the mid-plane in the vacuum vessel of EAST. • The manufacture and inspection of the EAST VS coil especially the joint for the SSMIC connection was described in detail. • The insulation resistances of all the VS coils have no significant reduction after endurance test. -- Abstract: In the ongoing latest update round of EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak), two sets of two single-turn Vertical Stabilization (VS) coils were manufactured and installed symmetrically above and below the mid-plane in the vacuum vessel of EAST. The Stainless Steel Mineral Insulated Conductor (SSMIC) developed for ITER In-Vessel Coils (IVCs) in Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Science (ASIPP) was used for the EAST VS coils manufacture. Each turn poloidal field VS coil includes three internal joints in the vacuum vessel. The middle joint connects two pieces of conductor which together form an R2.3 m arc segment inside the vacuum vessel. The other two joints connect the arc segment with the two feeders near the port along the toroidal direction to bear lower electromagnetic loads during operation. Main processes and tests include material performances checking, conductor fabrication, joint connection and testing, coil forming, insulation performances measurement were described herein

  20. Instrumentation signal conditioning for the Large Coil Test Facility

    Signal conditioning for the LCTF sensors varied with sensor types. The sensors are divided into two areas: coil diagnostics, and facility. The types of sensors used on each of the test coils, and on the facility, are similar; the main difference is the signal conditioning for each. Five types of signals are conditioned: coil voltages, temperature, strain, displacement, and magnetic fields. Voltage tap signal conditioning will provide two functions: coil diagnostics, to determine the cryostability limits, and coil protection by monitoring the IR level of the coil conductor. The signal conditioning will provide high voltage isolation, filtering, analog subtraction of the di/dt signals, detection of a normal zone, and outputs for coil protection. Temperature sensors consist of the resistance type and type E thermocouples. Signal conditioning provides for high voltage isolation, with constant current sources. The thermocouple signals are conditioned through an analog signal scanner system. Strain gages with dummy temperature compensating gages are installed on the coil and supporting structures. An ac carrier system allows for more accurate measurements. A dc excitation system provides for gages that are not at critical locations. Displacements are monitored by either a full bridge strain gage or a moving slug displacement transducer (MSDT). The full bridge strain system is conditioned through a standard strain gage scanner, while the MSDT sensor is excited by a 2 megahertz oscillator/demodulator system. Magnetic field measurements are made using hall probes, copper magnetic resistance probes, and pickup coils. Constant current sources provide the required stimulus. The detected analog signals are conditioned either by a high voltage isolation amplifier or by a low voltage A/D converter

  1. Exploring functional connectivity networks with multichannel brain array coils.

    Anteraper, Sheeba Arnold; Whitfield-Gabrieli, Susan; Keil, Boris; Shannon, Steven; Gabrieli, John D; Triantafyllou, Christina

    2013-01-01

    The use of multichannel array head coils in functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides increased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), higher sensitivity, and parallel imaging capabilities. However, their benefits remain to be systematically explored in the context of resting-state functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI). In this study, we compare signal detectability within and between commercially available multichannel brain coils, a 32-Channel (32Ch), and a 12-Channel (12Ch) at 3T, in a high-resolution regime to accurately map resting-state networks. We investigate whether the 32Ch coil can extract and map fcMRI more efficiently and robustly than the 12Ch coil using seed-based and graph-theory-based analyses. Our findings demonstrate that although the 12Ch coil can be used to reveal resting-state connectivity maps, the 32Ch coil provides increased detailed functional connectivity maps (using seed-based analysis) as well as increased global and local efficiency, and cost (using graph-theory-based analysis), in a number of widely reported resting-state networks. The exploration of subcortical networks, which are scarcely reported due to limitations in spatial-resolution and coil sensitivity, also proved beneficial with the 32Ch coil. Further, comparisons regarding the data acquisition time required to successfully map these networks indicated that scan time can be significantly reduced by 50% when a coil with increased number of channels (i.e., 32Ch) is used. Switching to multichannel arrays in resting-state fcMRI could, therefore, provide both detailed functional connectivity maps and acquisition time reductions, which could further benefit imaging special subject populations, such as patients or pediatrics who have less tolerance in lengthy imaging sessions. PMID:23510203

  2. Fabrication of built-up conductors for large pulsed coils

    The development work was performed to provide a low-loss, cryostable conductor capable of carrying 5 kA at 3 T for a 30-MJ coil cycled at 0.35 Hz. Much of the work is relevant to conductor development for other pulsed coils, such as a tokamak induction heating coil. As part of the development process, various conductor configurations were subjected to ac loss measurements, stability tests, electrical resistance measurements, and mechanical load-bearing and mechanical fatigue tests. The result is a conductor that appears to satisfy the design criteria with a considerable safety margin

  3. Fault Analysis of ITER Coil Power Supply System

    The ITER magnet coils are all designed using superconductors with high current carrying capability. The Toroidal Field (TF) coils operate in a steadystate mode with a current of 68 kA and discharge the stored energy in case of quench with using 9 interleaved Fast Discharge Units (FDUs). The Central Solenoid (CS) coils and Poloidal Field (PF) coils operate in a pulse mode with currents of up to 45 kA and require fast variation of currents inducing more than 10 kV during normal operation on the coil terminals using Switching Network (SN) systems (CSs, PF1 and 6) and Booster and VS converters (PF2 to 5), which are series connected to Main converters. SN and FDU systems comprise high current DC circuit breakers and resistors for generating high voltage (SN) and to dissipate magnetic energy (FDUs). High transient voltages can arise due to the switching operation of SN and FD and the characteristics of resistors and stray components of DC distribution systems. Also, faults in power supply control such as shorts or grounding faults can produce higher voltages between terminals and between terminal and ground. Therefore, the design of the coil insulation, coil terminal regions, feeders, feed throughs, pipe breaks and instrumentation must take account of these high voltages during normal and abnormal conditions. Voltage insulation level can be defined and it is necessary to test the coils at higher voltages, to be sure of reliable performance during the lifetime of operation. This paper describes the fault analysis of the TF, CS and PF coil power supply systems, taking account of the stray parameter of the power supply and switching systems and inductively coupled superconducting coil models. Resistor grounding systems are included in the simulation model and all fault conditions such as converter hardware and software faults, switching system hardware and software faults, DC short circuits and single grounding faults are simulated. The occurrence of two successive faults

  4. Tesla Coil Theoretical Model and its Experimental Verification

    Voitkans Janis; Voitkans Arnis

    2014-01-01

    In this paper a theoretical model of Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wire form, where the line voltage is measured across electrically neutral space. By applying the principle of equivalence of single-wire and two-wire schemes an equivalent two-wire scheme can be found for a single-wire scheme and the already known long line theory can be applied to the Tesla coil. A new method of multiple re...

  5. Tesla Coil Theoretical Model and its Experimental Verification

    Voitkans Janis; Voitkans Arnis

    2014-01-01

    In this paper a theoretical model of Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wire form, where the line voltage is measured across electrically neutral space. By applying the principle of equivalence of single-wire and two-wire schemes an equivalent two-wire scheme can be found for a single-wire scheme and the already known long line theory can be applied to the Tesla coil. A new method of multiple reflections is develope...

  6. Tesla Coil Theoretical Model and its Experimental Verification

    Voitkāns, J; Voitkāns, A

    2015-01-01

    In this paper a theoretical model of Tesla coil operation is proposed. Tesla coil is described as a long line with distributed parameters in a single-wire form, where the line voltage is measured across electrically neutral space. By applying the principle of equivalence of single-wire and two-wire schemes an equivalent two-wire scheme can be found for a single-wire scheme and the already known long line theory can be applied to the Tesla coil. A new method of multiple re...

  7. Progress in the ICCS-HFTF 12 Tesla coil program

    The U.S. Magnetic Fusion Energy Program requires the development of very large and powerful superconducting toroidal magnets. Combined with optimized reactors, these superconducting coils will provide plasma confinement for the generation of electricity. This development is being carried out on two parallel fronts. The Large Coil Program (LCP) is focusing on the development of 5 m scale toroidal coils in a medium field. The second so-called 12 tesla program has its focus on high magnetic field and the development of advanced superconductors. Four advanced superconductor concepts are being developed as part of this 12T program. One of these programs is reported. 3 refs

  8. Magnetic mirror structure for testing shell-type quadrupole coils

    Andreev, N.; Barzi, E.; Bossert, R.; Chlachidze, G.; Kashikhin, V.S.; Kashikhin, V.V.; Lamm, M.J.; Nobrega, F.; Novitski, I.; Tartaglia, N.; Turrioni, D.; /Fermilab

    2009-10-01

    This paper presents magnetic and mechanical designs and analyses of the quadrupole mirror structure to test single shell-type quadrupole coils. Several quadrupole coils made of different Nb{sub 3}Sn strands, cable insulation and pole materials were tested using this structure at 4.5 and 1.9 K. The coils were instrumented with voltage taps, spot heaters, temperature sensors and strain gauges to study their mechanical and thermal properties and quench performance. The results of the quadrupole mirror model assembly and test are reported and discussed.

  9. The Role of Filtration in Maintaining Clean Heat Exchanger Coils

    Li Yang; James E. Braun; Eckhard A. Groll

    2004-06-30

    The main purpose of the study was to investigate the role of filtration in maintaining clean heat exchanger coils and overall performance. Combinations of 6 different levels of filtration (MERV 14, 11, 8, 6, 4, and no filter) and 4 different coils (an eight-row lanced-fin coil, HX8L), (an eight-row wavy-fin coil, HX8W), (a four-row lanced-fin coil, HX4L) and (a two-row lanced-fin coil, HX2L) were tested at 4 different air velocities (1.52, 2.03, 2.54,3.05 m/s (300, 400, 500, 600 ft/min)). The fouled conditions were obtained after injection of 600 grams of ASHRAE standard dust upstream of the filter/coil combination. This magnitude of dust is representative of a year of normal operation for an air conditioning system. The air-side pressure drops of the coils and filters and air-side heat transfer coefficients of the coils were determined from the measurements under the clean and fouled conditions. Depending upon the filter and coil test, the coil pressure drops increased in the range of 6%-30% for an air velocity at 2.54 m/s (500 ft/min). The impact was significantly greater for tests performed without a filter. The largest relative effect of fouling on pressure drop occurs for coils with fewer rows and having lanced fins. Coils with a greater number of rows can hold more dust so that a fixed amount of dust has a relatively smaller impact. The impact of fouling on air-side heat transfer coefficients was found to be relatively small. In some cases, heat transfer was actually enhanced due to additional turbulence caused by the presence of dust. The experimental results for pressure drops and heat transfer coefficients were correlated and the correlations were implemented within computer models of prototypical rooftop air conditioners and used to evaluate the impact of fouling on cooling capacity and EER. The equipment cooling capacity is reduced with fouling primarily because of a decrease in air flow due to the increase pressure drop rather than due to changes in h

  10. Traveling wave instability in helical coil flow

    Webster, D. R.; Humphrey, J. A. C.

    1997-02-01

    Complementary flow visualization photographs and numerical calculations are presented for the transitional state between the laminar and turbulent flow regimes in a helically coiled pipe. The flow visualization covers a Reynolds number range from 3800 to 8650 (890video recordings at Re=5060 and 5480 (De=1190 and 1280). The unsteady three-dimensional finite difference approximations of the Navier-Stokes equations formulated for the toroidal coordinate system are solved numerically. The calculations are performed in a curved pipe with a radius of curvature to pipe radius ratio equal to 18.2 and Re=5480 (De=1280). These test conditions match the flow visualization and previously reported laser Doppler velocimetry measurements. The calculations reveal a complex interaction between the centrifugal force and the cross-stream velocity, hence explaining the mechanism for maintaining the traveling wave. An analogy is made with known centrifugal instabilities to explain the character of the motion observed in the inner half of the pipe along planes defined by the radial and streamwise coordinate directions. Simple considerations show that the cross-stream flow has the potential for a centrifugal instability.

  11. The Search-Coil Magnetometer for MMS

    Le Contel, O.; Leroy, P.; Roux, A.; Coillot, C.; Alison, D.; Bouabdellah, A.; Mirioni, L.; Meslier, L.; Galic, A.; Vassal, M. C.; Torbert, R. B.; Needell, J.; Rau, D.; Dors, I.; Ergun, R. E.; Westfall, J.; Summers, D.; Wallace, J.; Magnes, W.; Valavanoglou, A.; Olsson, G.; Chutter, M.; Macri, J.; Myers, S.; Turco, S.; Nolin, J.; Bodet, D.; Rowe, K.; Tanguy, M.; de la Porte, B.

    2016-03-01

    The tri-axial search-coil magnetometer (SCM) belongs to the FIELDS instrumentation suite on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission (Torbert et al. in Space Sci. Rev. (2014), this issue). It provides the three magnetic components of the waves from 1 Hz to 6 kHz in particular in the key regions of the Earth's magnetosphere namely the subsolar region and the magnetotail. Magnetospheric plasmas being collisionless, such a measurement is crucial as the electromagnetic waves are thought to provide a way to ensure the conversion from magnetic to thermal and kinetic energies allowing local or global reconfigurations of the Earth's magnetic field. The analog waveforms provided by the SCM are digitized and processed inside the digital signal processor (DSP), within the Central Electronics Box (CEB), together with the electric field data provided by the spin-plane double probe (SDP) and the axial double probe (ADP). On-board calibration signal provided by DSP allows the verification of the SCM transfer function once per orbit. Magnetic waveforms and on-board spectra computed by DSP are available at different time resolution depending on the selected mode. The SCM design is described in details as well as the different steps of the ground and in-flight calibrations.

  12. Fully automated coil transfer system at hot finishing in Chiba works; Mujin coil hanso wo jitsugenshita shinnetsushi kojo

    Komami, Y.; Yoshinaga, S.; Takenaka, H. [Kawasaki Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    Introduced is the No. 3 hot finishing mill of the Kawasaki Steel Chiba Works, where high-temperature coils are received, transferred to the pickling/skin pass line, subjected to heat treatment, packaged, and then shipped off. It is so designed that transfer facilities should be able to relay the coils to the next stage and that each of such facilities should have a high transfer capability, and these two requirements are satisfied by two-stage loop vehicles. For the transfer of coils by the stacker crane in the tall warehouse, a fork device is used, installed in the crane carriage and capable of moving back and forth and of rotating, to reduce by half the transfer cycle time and to enable the passing of coils with the two-stage loop vehicles. The overhead crane is provided with sensors for detecting double assignment of coils to one address, coil position, and coil width. In addition, there are a fully automated packaging line, continuous skin pass line, etc. An automated rate of 99.93% or higher and reduction of the labor cost to one fourth or lower have been attained. 10 refs., 10 figs., 7 tabs.

  13. Implementation of a planar coil of wires as a sinus-galvanometer. Analysis of the coil magnetic field

    Stoyanov, Dimitar G

    2010-01-01

    The paper presents a theoretical analysis on the interaction between the Earth's magnetic field of a compass needle and the magnetic field of a straight infinite current-carrying wire. Implementation of a planar horizontal coil of wires has been shown as a sinus galvanometer. The magnetic field over the planar coil of wires has been examined by experiment. The coil could be used as a model for straight infinite current wire in demonstration set-ups or could be given as an assignment in Physics laboratory workshops.

  14. Random coil chemical shifts in acidic 8 M urea: Implementation of random coil shift data in NMRView

    Studies of proteins unfolded in acid or chemical denaturant can help in unraveling events during the earliest phases of protein folding. In order for meaningful comparisons to be made of residual structure in unfolded states, it is necessary to use random coil chemical shifts that are valid for the experimental system under study. We present a set of random coil chemical shifts obtained for model peptides under experimental conditions used in studies of denatured proteins. This new set, together with previously published data sets, has been incorporated into a software interface for NMRView, allowing selection of the random coil data set that fits the experimental conditions best

  15. Progress of the ITER Correction Coils in China

    Wei, J; Han, S; Yu, X; Du, S; Li, C; Fang, C; Wang, L; Zheng, W; Liu, L; Wen, J; Li, H; Libeyre, P; Dolgetta, N; Cormany, C; Sgobba, S

    2014-01-01

    The ITER Correction Coils (CC) include three sets of six coils each, distributed symmetrically around the tokamak to correct error fields. Each pair of coils, located on opposite sides of the tokamak, is series connected with polarity to produce asymmetric fields. The manufacturing of these superconducting coils is undergoing qualification of the main fabrication processes: winding into multiple pancakes, welding helium inlet/outlet on the conductor jacket, turn and ground insulation, vacuum pressure impregnation, inserting into an austenitic stainless steel case, enclosure welding, and assembling the terminal service box. It has been proceeding by an intense phase of R\\&D, trials tests, and final adjustment of the tooling. This paper mainly describes the progress in ASIPP for the CC manufacturing process before and on qualification phase and the status of corresponding equipment which are ordered or designed for each process. Some test results for the key component and procedure are also presented.

  16. Test data from the US-Demonstration Poloidal Coil experiment

    The US Demonstration Poloidal Field Coil (US-DPC) experiment took place successfully at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in late 1990. The 8 MJ niobium-tin coil was leak tight; it performed very well in DC tests; it performed well in AC tests, achieving approximately 70% of its design goal. An unexpected ramp-rate barrier at high currents was identified. The barrier could not be explored in the regime of higher fields and slower ramp rates due to limitations of the background-field coils. This document presents the results of the experiment with as little editing as possible. The coil, conductor, and operating conditions are given. The intent is to present data in a form that can be used by magnet analysts and designers

  17. MR imaging with remote reception using a coil array

    Vazquez, F.; Marrufo, O.; Martin, R.; Rodriguez, A. O.

    2012-10-01

    A strategy for imaging a large field-of-view has recently been proposed applying remote detection with a waveguide and single loop coils. RF coils produce a traveling-wave propagating through the bore of the magnet, which is large enough so the cutoff frequency is below the Larmor frequency. This assumption also considers that a human subject inside the magnet bore. We applied the travelling-wave concept to generate images of a human leg at 3 Tesla. Two circular-shaped coils were used as the reception device and a whole-body coil was used for transmission. Images showed a good signal-to-noise ratio along the entire leg. This experimental results contradict the assumption that a whole-body 7T/65cm imager or higher was necessary to generate images with this approach.

  18. Advanced high-field coil designs: 20 TESLA

    This chapter examines the technology required for producing very high-field barrier solenoid coils. Topics considered include superfluid helium for advanced magnets, conductor reinforcement, the computer programs ADVMAGNET and CONDUCTOR, a sample coil design (20-T, 2-m diameter bore), and future research development needs. CONDUCTOR designs the conductor windings, insulation, stainless steel reinforcing, and coolant flow channels. ADVMAGNET takes the coil pack current densities given by CONDUCTOR, and derives the graded subcoil geometries for producing the required central on-axis magnetic field. The main goal of future research to optimize coil designs is to reduce the magnet's size. It is concluded that the designed magnets will greatly contribute to the national mirror fusion program

  19. Insulation diagnosis assessment for field coil of turbine generator rotor

    Generally, troubles of the insulations applied to turbine generator stator and rotor occur accordingly the bathtub curve. During the second half of operation life of the turbine generators, it is necessary to make periodic insulation diagnosis assessment to assure reliability and minimize forced outage. Electrical insulation diagnosis method is being adopted on stator coil at periodic outage, while any specific insulation method is established for the rotor field coil. For this issue, sampling of pulled out field coil insulation such as slot armor was carried out for life evaluation of turbine generator rotor field coil insulation during the 29th periodic outage conducted from November 8, 2010 at Shimane Nuclear Power Station Unit No.1 (520MVA, operated since March, 1974). (author)

  20. Control and monitoring of the Tore Supra toroidal superconducting coils

    Light nuclei controlled fusion reactions are seen as a possible way to produce nuclear energy. For this reason, the interest in hot plasma researches in tokamaks has increased. The Tore Supra main characteristic is related to the superconducting magnet coils. They allow a suitable energy balance, however, they require an accurate and preventive fault detection. The Tore Supra machine and the different methods to detect a transition (from superconducting to normal mode) in the toroidal coils are described. The voltage of the coils, the pressure of the helium superfluid at 1.8 K and the electric current in the circuit parallel resistances, are measured. A computer aided control system allows the toroidal field monitoring (current in the coils, fault detection). The superconducting magnet configuration chosen for Tore Supra seems to be suitable for future large Tokamak devices

  1. Study on Dynamic Alignment Technology of COIL Resonator

    The performance of great power chemical oxygen-iodine laser (COIL) beam is decided mostly by resonator mirror maladjustment and environment vibration. To improve the performance of light beam, an auto-alignment device is used in COIL resonator, the device can keep COIL resonator collimating by adjusting the optical components of resonator. So the coupling model of COIL resonator is present. The multivariable self study fuzzy uncoupling arithmetic and six-dimensional micro drive technology are used to design a six-input-three-output uncoupling controller, resulting in the realization of the high precision dynamic alignment. The experiments indicate that the collimating range of this system is 8 mrad, precision is 5 urad and frequency response is 20Hz, which meet the demand of resonator alignment system

  2. Coiled Brine Recovery Assembly (CoBRA) Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Coiled Brine Recovery Assembly (CoBRA) project will result in a proof-of-concept demonstration for a lightweight, compact, affordable, regenerable and...

  3. Superconducting coils electromagnet of the Orsay IPN project

    This report describes the K 600 superconducting coils magnet of the cyclotron projected at Orsay. It explains the calculation methods and gives the results. The magnet original characteristics give the possibility to accelerate both protons and heavy ions

  4. Application of superconducting coils to the NASA prototype magnetic balance

    Haldeman, C. W.; Kraemer, R. A.; Phey, S. W.; Alishahi, M. M.; Covert, E. E.

    1981-01-01

    Application of superconducting coils to a general purpose magnetic balance was studied. The most suitable currently available superconducting cable for coils appears to be a bundle of many fine wires which are transposed and are mechanically confined. Sample coils were tested at central fields up to .5 Tesla, slewing rates up to 53 Tesla/ sec and frequencies up to 30 Hz. The ac losses were measured from helium boil-off and were approximately 20% higher than those calculated. Losses were dominated by hysteresis and a model for loss calculation which appears suitable for design purposes is presented along with computer listings. Combinations of two coils were also tested and interaction losses are reported. Two feasible geometries are also presented for prototype magnetic balance using superconductors.

  5. An investigation of pressure drop for helical coils and orifices

    Several empirical correlations were compared to investigate single-phase and two-phase pressure drops through a helical coil. Unfortunately, their results for a two-phase pressure drop had large deviations. To have uniform flowrates, some orifices that can generate a high pressure drop will be installed at the entrances of each coil, and thus the pressure drop differences at the helical coils can be neglected. Two types of orifices were selected and studied in the single-phase and two-phase pressure drops with several relationships and correlations. A single-phase pressure drop test for two type orifices was also performed to check the uniformity of flow. Miniature helical type orifices showed large deviations because of manufacturing tolerances and bur. On the other hand, minor deviations were shown in multi-stage type orifices. Therefore, multi-stage type orifices can be candidate for a heat exchanger with helical coils. (author)

  6. The toroidal field coil design for ARIES-ST

    An evolutionary process was used to develop the toroidal field (TF) coil design for the ARIES-ST (Spherical Tokamak). Design considerations included fabricability, assembly, maintenance, energy efficiency, and structural robustness. The design addresses a number of the concerns (complexity) and criticisms (high cost, high recirculating power) of fusion. It does this by: (1) Applying advanced, but available laser forming and spray casting techniques for manufacturing the TF coil system; (2) Adopting a simple single toroidal field coil system to make assembly and maintenance much easier, the single turn design avoids the necessity of using the insulation as a structural component of the TF coils, and hence is much more robust than multi-turn designs; and (3) Using a high conductivity copper alloy and modest current densities to keep the recirculating power modest

  7. Bi-2223 HTS winding in toroidal configuration for SMES coil

    Kondratowicz-Kucewicz, B; Kozak, S; Kozak, J; Wojtasiewicz, G; Majka, M [Electrotechnical Institute in Warsaw (Poland); Janowski, T, E-mail: t.janowski@pollub.p [Lublin University of Technology (Poland)

    2010-06-01

    Energy can be stored in the magnetic field of a coil. Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) is very promising as a power storage system for load levelling or power stabilizer. However, the strong electromagnetic force caused by high magnetic field and large coil current is a problem in SMES systems. A toroidal configuration would have a much less extensive external magnetic field and electromagnetic forces in winding. The paper describes the design of HTS winding for SMES coil in modular toroid configuration consist of seven Bi-2223 double-pancakes as well as numerical analysis of SMES magnet model using FLUX 3D package. As the results of analysis the paper presents the optimal coil configuration and the parameters such as radius of toroidal magnet, energy stored in magnet and magnetic field distribution.

  8. Critical Current Measurements in Commercial Tapes, Coils, and Magnets.

    Gubser, D. U.; Soulen, R. J., Jr.; Fuller-Mora, W. W.; Francavilla, T. L.

    1996-03-01

    We have measured a number of tapes, coils, and magnets produced by commercial vendors and determined their properties as functions of magnetic field and temperature. The tapes were measured at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in magnetic fields to 20 tesla and at temperatures of 4.2 K, 27 K, 65 K, and 77 K. For the tapes we report critical currents and current-voltage characteristics. Six inch diameter coils were measured at NRL in zero magnetic field. Critical currents, current-voltage characteristics, and reliability studies are reported for the coils. Larger 10 inch diameter coils, which are to be used in a 200 hp superconducting motor, were also measured and results will be presented. The talk will also review the status of the most recent tests of the superconducting motor.

  9. Progress on the Coupling Coil for the MICE Channel

    Green, M A; Virostek, S P; Zisman, M S; Ivanyushenkov, Yury; Lau, Wing; White, Adam; Witte, Holger; Yang, S

    2005-01-01

    This report describes the progress on the coupling coil module for the international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE). MICE consists of two cells of a SFOFO cooling channel that is similar to that studied in the level 2 study of a neutrino factory. The MICE RF coupling coil module consists of a superconducting solenoid, mounted around four cells of conventional 201.25 MHz closed RF cavities. This report discusses the progress that has been made on the superconducting coupling coil that is around the center of the RF coupling module. This report also describes the process one would use to cool the coupling coil using a single small 4 K cooler. The coupling magnet power system and quench protections system is also described.

  10. Studies on Nb3Sn field coils for superconducting machine

    This paper describes experimental studies on several coils wound with multifilamentary (MF) Nb3Sn cables with reinforcing strip for superconducting rotating machine application. To use a Nb3Sn superconductor to field winding of a rotating machine, several coil performances of pre-reacted, bronze processed and stranded MF Nb3Sn cables were investigated, mainly in relation to stress effect. Bending strain up to 0.64% in strand and winding stress of 5 kg/mm2 have resulted in nondegradation in coil performance. A pair of impregnated race-track coils designed for a 30 MVA synchronous condenser was energized successfully up to 80% of critical current without quench. 8 refs

  11. Test data from the US-Demonstration Poloidal Coil experiment

    Painter, T.A.; Steeves, M.M.; Takayasu, M.; Gung, C.; Hoenig, M.O. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Plasma Fusion Center); Tsuji, H.; Ando, T.; Hiyama, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Nishi, M.; Yoshida, K.; Okuno, K.; Nakajima, H.; Kato, T.; Sugimoto, M.; Isono, T.; Kawano, K.; Koizumi, N.; Osikiri, M.; Hanawa, H.; Ouchi, H.; Ono, M.; Ishida, H.; Hiue, H.; Yoshida, J.; Kamiyauchi, Y.; Ouchi, T.; Tajiri, F.

    1992-01-01

    The US Demonstration Poloidal Field Coil (US-DPC) experiment took place successfully at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in late 1990. The 8 MJ niobium-tin coil was leak tight; it performed very well in DC tests; it performed well in AC tests, achieving approximately 70% of its design goal. An unexpected ramp-rate barrier at high currents was identified. The barrier could not be explored in the regime of higher fields and slower ramp rates due to limitations of the background-field coils. This document presents the results of the experiment with as little editing as possible. The coil, conductor, and operating conditions are given. The intent is to present data in a form that can be used by magnet analysts and designers.

  12. Residual stress measurements in coil, linepipe and girth welded pipe

    Residual stresses in gas pipelines come from forming operations in producing the coil and pipe, seam welding the pipe, and girth welding pipes together to form a gas pipeline. Welding is used extensively in gas pipelines, the welds are made without post weld heat treatment. The three normal stresses were measured by neutron diffraction for three types of sample: coil, unwelded rings cut from the pipe made from this coil, and girth welded rings cut from linepipe. All three specimens came from three thicknesses of manufacture (5.4, 6.4, and 7.1 mm). The welds are manual metal arc cellulosic electrode welds made in X70 linepipe, these were measured at 5 through-thickness positions at 19 locations (from the center of the weld up to 35 mm away from the weld) with a spatial resolution of 1 mm3. The coil and unwelded rings were measured at the same five through-thickness positions

  13. High-sensitivity broadband microwave spectroscopy with small nonresonant coils

    Mahdjour, H.; Clark, W. G.; Baberschke, K.

    1986-06-01

    The use of a small, nonresonant, coil of micron dimensions as the microwave magnetic field structure of a broadband electron-spin-resonance (ESR) spectrometer is described. The coil is driven by a broadband microwave generator which operates between 0.1 and 8.5 GHz. The samples may fill the coil to approximately 100 percent. It is shown that for small size samples this system offers higher sensitivity than a conventional cavity spectrometer. Because the system is broadband, either frequency scans or the conventional magnetic field scans can be used to traverse the resonance. Examples for DPPH and for the spin glass AgMn using this method are reported. Since the sample coil is small, it has many potential applications, such as insertion into the mixing chamber of dilution refrigerator or high-pressure cell, efficient use of power in ENDOR and other double resonance experiments, and rapid recovery from transients in pulsed ESR experiments.

  14. Toroidal field coil system for STARFIRE, a preliminary assessment

    An important element of STARFIRE is the 12-coil superconducting toroidal field coil system which is required to generate 5.6 tesla at the 7.0 m plasma axis, with a peak-to-peak field ripple of 1% (maximum). Internal spatial requirements dictate a clear bore about 15 1/2 m high x 10 m wide, resulting in a total stored energy of 67 GJ

  15. Structural design of superconducting magnets for the large coil program

    The Large Coil Program is a research, development, and demonstration effort specifically for the advancement of the technologies involved in the production of large superconducting magnets. This paper presents a review of the status of the structural designs, analysis methods, and verification tests being performed by the participating LCP design teams in the USA, Switzerland, Japan, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The significant structural mechanics concerns which are being investigated with the Large Coil Program are presented

  16. Development of Metallic Coil Identification System Based on RFID

    Kim, Myunsik; Song, Beobsung; Ju, Daegeun; Choi, Eunjung; Cho, Byunglok

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes RFID based metal products identification technique for SCM of iron and steel industry. Specially, the coil identification system is developed. To cope with the falling off the tag identification performance affected by neighbouring metallic objects, the tag attachment method based on flagtag is proposed and the reader antenna packaging technique is developed to improve the performance of target coil identification. A Crane equipped with the developed system can detect the...

  17. Structural design of superconducting magnets for the large coil program

    Gray, W. H.; Long, C. J.; Stoddart, W. C.T.

    1979-01-01

    The Large Coil Program is a research, development, and demonstration effort specifically for the advancement of the technologies involved in the production of large superconducting magnets. This paper presents a review of the status of the structural designs, analysis methods, and verification tests being performed by the participating LCP design teams in the USA, Switzerland, Japan, and the Federal Republic of Germany. The significant structural mechanics concerns which are being investigated with the Large Coil Program are presented.

  18. Structural analysis and optimization for ITER upper ELM coil

    Highlights: •The updated structure of ITER upper ELM coil is introduced and thermal, static and fatigue analyses are performed to obtain its temperature distribution and verify its structural integrity. •Structural optimization for upper ELM coil proves that adding fillet, increasing the thickness of the connecting plate of the bracket and lowering the connecting plate for the bracket are needed in order to increase the strength of bracket. •To enhance the fatigue performance of jacket, the reinforcement and spine is proposed. •After the above efforts, the stress of the IMIC can meet the static and fatigue criteria and this means the basic structure is valid. -- Abstract: ITER ELM coils are used to mitigate or suppress Edge Localized Modes (ELM), which are located between the vacuum vessel (VV) and shielding blanket modules and subject to high radiation levels, high temperature and high magnetic field. These coils shall have high heat transfer performance to avoid high thermal stress, sufficient strength and excellent fatigue to transport and bear the alternating electromagnetic force due to the combination of the high magnetic field and the AC current in the coil. Therefore these coils should be designed and analyzed to confirm the temperature distribution, strength and fatigue performance in the case of conservative assumption. To verify the design structural feasibility of the upper ELM coil under EM and thermal loads, thermal, static and fatigue structural analysis have been performed in detail using ANSYS. In addition, design optimization has been done to enhance the structural performance of the upper ELM coil

  19. Exploring Functional Connectivity Networks with Multichannel Brain Array Coils

    Anteraper, Sheeba Arnold; Keil, Boris; Triantafyllou, Christina; Gabrieli, Susan; Shannon, Steven P.; Gabrieli, John D.E.

    2013-01-01

    The use of multichannel array head coils in functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides increased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), higher sensitivity, and parallel imaging capabilities. However, their benefits remain to be systematically explored in the context of resting-state functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI). In this study, we compare signal detectability within and between commercially available multichannel brain coils, a 32-Channel (32Ch), and a 12-Channel (12Ch) a...

  20. Migrated embolization coil: A rare cause of urinary tract obstruction

    Bhageria, Anand; Seth, Amlesh; Bora, Girdhar S.

    2012-01-01

    Refractory bleeding following percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is mainly due to formation of pseudoaneurysm. Transarterial embolization is required to control the bleeding in such cases. We report a case of post-PCNL hematuria in whom angioembolization was done. An early erosion of the embolization coil from the renal vasculature into the urinary collecting system occurred, causing urinary tract obstruction and urinary tract infection (UTI). The coil was retrieved ureteroscopically after c...